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NASA's Curiosity rover finds astronauts could farm water on Mars

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-13 16:19
NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence of a liquid water cycle on Mars, and harnessing this could one day make drinking water for astronauts







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Birth of the blue morphos

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-13 15:14

Today’s “Museum Monday” features a visit to the Natural History Museum’s new Sensational Butterflies exhibition, where we watch a time-lapse video of their blue morpho butterflies emerging from chrysalises

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Borscht by tube? Space menu served up to mark Soviet achievements

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-13 15:14

A vending machine in Moscow is giving diners the chance to eat like Russian cosmonauts. Perfect for fans of freeze dried soup, The Moscow Times report

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Two mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres are not alike

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-13 14:30
The bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres continue to baffle scientists as infrared images reveal they have different thermal properties







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Future Arctic: Why it's time for action, not resignation

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-13 11:00
From the fate of the caribou to the oil sands industry, Edward Struzik's book paints troubling pictures of an unseen Arctic and explores options to save it







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Fukushima robot stranded after stalling inside reactor

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-13 09:30

Robot stopped moving hours into first inspection of containment vessel, and similar inspection using separate device is postponed

Decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered a setback after a robot sent in to a damaged reactor to locate melted fuel stalled hours into its mission and had to be abandoned.

The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said the robot stopped moving on Friday during its first inspection of the containment vessel inside reactor No 1, one of the three reactors that suffered meltdown after the plant was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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Let's help MPs understand the value of randomised controlled trials

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-13 07:15

A new survey suggests MPs are keen to use evidence in policy, but might not understand the technicalities

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A cybercrime wave is coming – brace yourself

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2015-04-12 20:00
Phones, drones and robots can all be hacked and turned against us. Ex-Interpol agent Marc Goodman warns about the coming crime explosion (full text available to subscribers)







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Hay fever: What happens when an allergy kicks in?

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2015-04-12 16:00
Allergens can get right up your nose, causing symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes – and it's all down to your own immune system overreacting (full text available to subscribers)







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Thank You, Madagascar: Diary of a life among lemurs

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2015-04-12 12:00
In exploring the female-dominated world of lemurs in Madagascar, Alison Jolly shed a unique light on a world as biologically rich as it is economically poor







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Science matters to voters, so why is it being ignored by our politicians?

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-12 00:17

Science and technology are not coming up in the general election debates – to the future detriment of our economy

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Bright future for ‘dark sky’ sites as astrotourism grows in appeal

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-12 00:05
Kielder Observatory in Northumberland is top destination for the rising numbers of ‘darkness seekers’ who love astronomy Continue reading...
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Target Pluto: fastest spaceship set for epic encounter with our remotest planet

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-12 00:05
Nasa’s New Horizons spaceship has travelled billions of miles in nine years to answer astronomers’ questions about the tiny world

It is the fastest spaceship ever launched and has been hurtling towards its target at a staggering 36,000mph for the past nine years. But now Nasa engineers are preparing to put their robot craft, New Horizons, on its final course – to the tiny world of Pluto.

Scheduled to reach its target on 14 July, New Horizons has already covered more than three billion miles since its launch, a distance that means signals from the spacecraft now take about 4.5 hours to reach our planet.

Related: Dwarf planet discovery hints at a hidden Super Earth in solar system

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Hay fever: What makes the immune system to go haywire?

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2015-04-11 17:00
Increasing numbers of people are becoming sensitised to what should be seen as innocuous substances. Could our clean living be to blame? (full text available to subscribers)







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Wine and glue tape ideal for post-surgery patch-ups

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2015-04-11 14:00
A simple mixture of two cheap and safe chemicals makes a strong adhesive that sticks to blood or mucus-covered tissues and is reusable like a Post-It note







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Sleeping hummingbird "snores"

Guardian Science - Sat, 2015-04-11 12:38

In today’s “Caturday” video, we watch a hummingbird “snoring” as she awakens from torpor in a small environmental chamber at a research station in Peru

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Soon every summer will be too hot for corals

New Scientist - news - Sat, 2015-04-11 12:00
The future is short for the world's corals, says the chief scientist of a global survey of reefs, but their demise must alert the world to the threat of warming







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