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New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: how to see the world as a baby, China's net censors, short fiery lives of first stars, chimp empathy and more






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Shortcuts to an infant-like view on the world

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:00
Psychoactive stimulants such as caffeine and magic mushrooms may to some extent revert the brain to an infant-like state






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Botox blitz could work against stomach cancers

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:15
When you think of botox, you are more likely to imagine it smoothing skin than fighting cancer, but the toxin could be effective against stomach tumours






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Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:02
Humans and chimps both involuntarily mimic pupil dilation in others – but only if those others are members of the same species






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Nasa scientists observe Arctic sea ice changes video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-22 13:28
Satellite footage shows seasonal ice melt in the Arctic Ocean melting in the summer. The frozen ice caps melt throughout summer in the Northern Hemisphere until they begin to re-freeze as temperatures get colder in mid-September. Nasa says the sea ice extent in the Arctic is below average for the last 30 years. The average ice cover has decreased by 18% since 2010 to 2.31 million square miles Continue reading...






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Blaming Ebola on God's wrath is worse than you think

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-22 11:30
Some religious leaders invoke divine retribution whenever there is a crisis, but we shouldn't just accept this as a natural reaction, argue two theologians






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Searching for survivors in Hiroshima's shattered homes

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2014-08-22 11:03
The debris left by a landslide that hit Hiroshima, Japan, on Wednesday is being carefully combed for survivors






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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-22 09:46

Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan

Open access: six myths to put to rest

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Doctor Who neuroscience special: the brain of a Time Lord

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:15

This Saturday sees the return of Doctor Who and the debut of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. One of the most enduring qualities of the titular Time Lord is that he relies on superior intelligence to save the day. But what could be the underlying scientific properties of the Time Lords brain that make them such a force to reckoned with?

Kieron Flanagan: Even Daleks need a science policy

Dave Hone: Who Loves Dinosaurs

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Take heart: preventing sudden death on the sports field

Guardian Science - Fri, 2014-08-22 07:00

A students science project may have provided the key to saving the lives of athletes who have a potentially fatal heart condition

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Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 21:35

Excess heat being stored hundreds of metres down in Atlantic and Southern oceans not Pacific as previously thought

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Trippy tots: How to see the world as a baby

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 20:00
We've all been there, and none of us remembers. But psychedelic drugs, love and travel are just some of the ways we can roll parts of our brain back to infancy (full text available to subscribers)






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China sting shows censors fear posts that incite unrest

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
Undercover look into the secrets of China's online censorship system shows how anything that encourages collective action makes the authorities nervous
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Earliest stars lived short, fiery lives

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
The chemical fingerprint of an ancient star suggests its predecessors were more massive than thought, ending up as huge supernovae
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Hummingbirds turned savoury into sweet to taste nectar

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 19:00
Birds lost the taste receptors for sugar, but hummingbirds clearly have a sweet tooth. Now we know how they regained it
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-08-21 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: why are IQs falling? Google's Knowledge Vault, last days of Neanderthals, ever-bigger spiders in Australia and more
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UK's warmest period record sparks call for greater climate action

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-08-21 17:16

Policy expert says figures showing January-July was the warmest since records began should increase urgency of efforts

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