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'Bizarre' Jurassic dinosaur discovered in remarkable new find

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:25

Chilesaurus diegosuarezi was related to Tyrannosaurus rex, but was vegetarian and has other curious features

Fossil hunters in Chile have unearthed the remains of a bizarre Jurassic dinosaur that combined a curious mixture of features from different prehistoric animals.

The evolutionary muddle of a beast grew to the size of a small horse and was the most abundant animal to be found 145 million years ago, in what is now the Aysén region of Patagonia.

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UK people happy to cut energy use, but wary of smart meters

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-27 16:00
A UK survey of more than 2400 people reveals that those who are most worried about electricity bills are least likely to want smart meters







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Rare cannibal iguana caught snacking on a juicy juvenile

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-27 15:00
Reptiles don't usually tuck into their own kind, but harsh environmental conditions may have pushed this adult iguana to its limits







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Teratomas: the tumours that can transform into ‘evil twins’

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 14:41
Look away if you’re squeamish – our bodies are capable of creating macabre structures when our cells go awry, and this lump of bone, hair and teeth is just one of them Continue reading...
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Nepal earthquake: How to prevent thousands more deaths

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:47
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake taught us that managing and preventing landslides could save thousands of lives in Nepal over the coming weeks







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The first complex life on Earth got eaten to extinction

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:05
Fossil evidence suggests it wasn't climate change that killed off the enigmatic Ediacarans, Earth's first complex life, but competition from Cambrian life forms







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Can humans hibernate in space?

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 13:04
Researchers are studying the feasibility of astronauts mimicking animals to sleep their way to Mars Continue reading...
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Scepticism over rising temperatures? Lord Lawson peddles a fake controversy

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 12:33

Why does the Global Warming Policy Foundation claim to undertake a ‘major inquiry into the integrity of the official global surface temperature records’ on data by meteorological organisations?

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The brains behind the ‘Aha!’ moment

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 11:59

Researchers at UCL have discovered what happens in our brains when we start connecting the dots

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I lost my sense of smell – it was hard not to panic

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 11:52
The scent of perfume, flowers and smoke: all that was lost on me. What a relief to finally wake up and smell the coffee Continue reading...







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Stephen Hawking: Zayn Malik could still be in a parallel One Direction – video

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 11:10
Stephen Hawking tells One Direction fans to pay close attention to theoretical physics. He says it may prove there is an alternative universe in which Zayn Malik is still in the band. The physicist and cosmologist appeared in holographic form at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, streamed in from Cambridge University Continue reading...







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Algorithms are like invisible judges that decide our fates

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 10:00

Companies now use ‘voice analysis’ software to determine whether to hire us. And, once we’re employed, to predict if we’ll stay

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Stephen Hawking tells fans Zayn Malik could still be in a parallel One Direction

Guardian Science - Mon, 2015-04-27 05:56

Holographic Hawking suggests theoretical physics might come to the aid of the band’s fans who long to have the singer still in its lineup

Stephen Hawking has told One Direction fans to pay close attention to theoretical physics because it might come up with proof of an alternative universe in which Zayn Malik is still in the band.

The physicist and cosmologist appeared in holographic form at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, streamed in from Cambridge University in the UK.

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Can we trust scientists' self-control?

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-26 21:38

New biological techniques create the potential for catastrophe. The self-control of scientists is not enough to protect us, or to secure public trust. National governments must step in. Filippa Lentzos, Koos van der Bruggen and Kathryn Nixdorff argue that the US should lead the way.

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Bitter sweet nectar: Why some flowers poison bees

New Scientist - news - Sun, 2015-04-26 20:00
Plants provide pollinators with nectar as a reward for their services, so why lace it with mind-bending toxins? Their motivations are surprisingly devious (full text available to subscribers)







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The Guardian view on Britain’s choice 2015: science policy

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-26 19:28

It is not enough to make vaguely encouraging noises: all the parties need a deeper commitment to the value, and values, of science

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Trial of radioactive implants offers improved prostate cancer survival

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-26 19:02

Treatment using permanently implanted radioactive ‘seeds’ doubles rates of five-year tumour-free survival compared with conventional high-dose radiotherapy

A prostate cancer treatment using permanently implanted radioactive “seeds” doubles rates of five-year tumour-free survival compared with conventional high-dose radiotherapy, a study has found.

Low-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy (LDR-PB) involves the insertion of tiny radioactive implants into the prostate gland.

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Fears for olive crop force Brussels to tackle spread of leaf scorch

Guardian Science - Sun, 2015-04-26 13:59

Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that kills a wide range of fruiting trees and has wiped out Italian plantations, has been identified in Paris

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