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Back to Earth: SpaceX capsule returns from International Space Station

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 16:58
  • Unmanned Dragon cargo vessel splashes down off California coast
  • SpaceX vessel returns with science samples including roundworms
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Zoologger: Musical spider purrs like a cat to attract mates

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-21 16:25
Male "purring" wolf spiders are virtuosos when it comes to leaf tapping – making sounds that travels through air to another leaf where a female picks it up







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Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-21 16:02
From clever screens to super foods and computer games: the vision-boosting tricks your optician won't tell you about







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Octopus has automatic camouflage thanks to its light-sensing skin

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-21 15:19
Octopuses are good at changing colour, but for the first time it's been shown that one species' skin reacts directly to light to cover it in camouflage







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Watching 3D movies 'helps improve brain power'

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 13:24

British study suggests surgeons, boxers and tennis players might benefit from watching films in stereoscope before taking on challenging tasks

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How to solve the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that stumped parents and teachers

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 12:30

I set this maths puzzle yesterday. Now for the solution. It wasn’t pretty, folks, but we got there in the end

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Planets about to cause megaquake? Beware this social media yarn

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:58
The wild idea that we're about to experience a major US earthquake caused by planets aligning would have sunk if it hadn't been reshared uncritically online







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Does scientific evidence support a reduction in the drink-driving limit?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:57

The Police Federation have called for the drink-driving limit to be reduced to levels seen in Scotland. What effects does alcohol have on driving ability?

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First images of collisions at 13 TeV in CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 11:51

At first glance they look much like previous proton-proton collisions recorded by the detectors at the world’s biggest particle accelerator, but in fact no one has seen such events before

Last night we passed another milestone in the continuing adventure of the Large Hadron Collider.

Quick update, the story so far: after a very successful first running period (2009-2012) - in which amongst other things the Higgs boson was discovered - the LHC was shut down for maintenance and upgrades, and a planned restart this year at even higher energies.

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Be mindful of mindfulness: drug-free doesn't mean side-effect free

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 07:10

When it comes to psychiatric treatments, it’s not just mood-altering drugs that can have side-effects

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Kazakhstan's mass antelope deaths mystify conservationists

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 07:00

With over 19,000 carcasses buried and more deaths expected officials are no closer to determining the cause of the catastrophe. RFE/RL report

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Will home-brewed drugs lead to revolution or evolution?

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2015-05-21 07:00
Soon, you'll be able to make hard drugs using only simple brewing equipment. Is that cause for concern?







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Spacecraft sailing on sunbeams begins test flight

Guardian Science - Thu, 2015-05-21 00:53

Craft financed by crowd-funding piggy-backs on the launch of an Atlas 5 rocket

A tiny spacecraft designed to sail on sunbeams has been launched in a test flight that could transform long-distance space exploration.

The probe, called LightSail, is equipped with a huge silver sail that will unfurl in the coming weeks and use the momentum of sunlight to propel it smoothly through space.

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Study of attitudes to same-sex marriage retracted over 'fake data'

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 23:26

Prof Donald Green ‘embarrassed’ over claims of errors by his co-author in study that found a conversation with a gay canvasser could soften attitudes

The senior author of a study claiming to find that a brief, face-to-face conversation with a gay political canvasser had the ability to soften the opinions of those opposed to same-sex marriage has retracted its findings, claiming there were errors in his co-author’s work.

The study, which was published in Science in December and was widely covered in the media, found support for same-sex marriage climbed among voters who had a single conversation with a gay or lesbian canvasser. In addition, the authors found that the changed views not only lasted for at least a year, but also positively influenced the opinions of other members of the household.

(1/2) I read "Irregularities in LaCour (2014)," posted at http://t.co/SJ3jE89XeD on May 19, 2015 by Broockman et al. I’m gathering evidence

(2/2) and relevant information so I can provide a single comprehensive response. I will do so at my earliest opportunity.

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The octopus can see with its skin

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 23:00

Octopus skin contains a light-sensitive pigment found in eyes, suggesting that these clever cephalopods can “see” without using their eyes

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Oldest broken bone reveals our ancestors' switch to life on land

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 23:00
The first known leg break could only have happened on land, pushing back the transition of our four-legged ancestors from water to land by 2 million years







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Supernova space bullets could have seeded Earth's iron core

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 22:00
Stellar explosions seed the universe with heavy elements, and they might have produced dense clouds of iron that went on to form other stars and planets







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These sparkly sea organisms are an eerie omen of climate change

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 21:00
A bloom of bioluminescent plankton has wowed crowds along a river in Southern Tasmania this week, but it could be a warning sign of climate change







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The big bang blip: Solving the mystery of why matter exists

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2015-05-20 20:00
Matter and antimatter should have wiped each other out at the universe's birth. The upgraded Large Hadron Collider aims to find why matter alone survived (full text available to subscribers)







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Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm male foetus, study shows

Guardian Science - Wed, 2015-05-20 19:00

Researchers investigating reproductive defects in baby boys identify possible link between low levels of testosterone and paracetamol intake

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