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#RosettaWatch: Comet water is not like Earth's

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 19:00
The idea that comets brought water to the young Earth has taken a blow after the discovery that comet 67P's water is very different to that of our planet

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That CIA torture methods were pointless is no shock

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 18:30
While the US intelligence agency brutalised detainees, evidence that torture was counterproductive was staring it in the face, says Michael Bond

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Dragonflies anticipate their prey's flight path

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 18:00
Lock-on, orientate, pursue, pounce, dinner. For the first time, an insect has been shown to capture moving prey predictively

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The wrong tools for the job?

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 17:45
A health scare linking a common surgical device with the spread of cancer has sparked furious debate over safety standards, says Alison Motluk

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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: survival of the friendliest, cosmic winds sculpt galaxies, beautiful, smelly, sexy orchids, brain-zapping and more
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Young, hotheaded stars could host habitable worlds

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 17:10
"Infant Earths" could expand the search for alien life – but there's a warning note for supposedly habitable planets orbiting mature stars

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Cosmic rays drive the galactic pottery wheel

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 16:06
The flat disc shape of the Milky Way galaxy had been a mystery. Now simulations suggest it could be thanks to winds driven by charged particles

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The weather bomb, the polar vortex, #snowvember: will the storm of extreme weather names ever end?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 15:54
It used to be that only hurricanes and typhoons were entitled to them, but now barely a day’s forecast goes by without another catchy monicker being coined Continue reading...
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The sun and Jupiter could reveal space-time ripples

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 15:41
The wobbles caused by gigantic gravitational waves have never been measured directly, but we could use the sun and Jupiter as a huge wave detector

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Antibiotic resistance: sometimes knowledge is not enough

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 13:00

A survey has revealed that the people who know most about antibiotic resistance are the most likely to do two things that make the problem even worse

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Philippines learned from Haiyan to cut typhoon deaths

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 12:38
Lessons from typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands of people last year, helped the government keep down the death toll from typhoon Hagupit

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Guardian Live event: Chris Hadfield – space oddities

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 12:18

Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space and to command the International Space Station. Speaking at a Guardian Live event in London, he explained why space exploration is a lot harder than you might think

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Back from the brink: See European beavers at work

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-12-10 12:00
The largest rodent in Europe, the beaver is re-establishing itself on the continent after successful reintroductions

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Blood grown from stem cells could transform transfusions

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 10:00

Stem-cell technology is being used to grow fresh human blood in the laboratory – but don’t hand in your donor card just yet

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In 2007, a team of researchers from the UK and Irish Blood services responded to an oddly specific call from the US military. They wanted scientists to help them build a machine, no bigger than two and a half washing machines, that could be dropped from a helicopter on to a battle field and generate stem-cell-derived blood for injured soldiers.

The team’s application was not successful, but they refocused their efforts and set off on a more utopian mission – to develop a similar technology to create a limitless supply of clean, laboratory-grown blood for use in clinics around the world. Using blood made from stem cells would unshackle blood services from the limits of human supply, and any risk of infection would be removed.

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How I overcame the 'horrors' of a state-school education

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 07:14

Much is said about the differences between state and private school education, and a new initiative to help enhance ‘character’ in schools seems destined to further emphasise this division. But is a private education really a superior one? Or are the benefits all to do with a more privileged position?

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Science and health news hype: where does it come from?

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-12-10 07:00

Our research shows that most exaggeration in health-related science news is already present in the press releases issued by universities. As alarming as this is, it creates an opportunity to foster more accurate journalism

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Warning over experimental brain boost

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 22:00

Equipment that can boost cognitive performance may also impair brain function, research from Oxford University has shown

Electrical brain stimulation equipment – which can boost cognitive performance and is easy to buy online – can have bad effects, impairing brain functioning, research from scientists at Oxford University has shown.

A steady stream of reports of stimulators being able to boost brain performance, coupled with the simplicity of the devices, has led to a rise in DIY enthusiasts who cobble the equipment together themselves, or buy it assembled on the web, then zap themselves at home.

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Personality affects maths-enhancing brain-zap method

New Scientist - news - Tue, 2014-12-09 22:00
Only people who find maths stressful benefit from a brain-stimulation technique – proving for the first time that the effects of zapping depend on personality

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US firms to be given special dispensation in bid to boost search for Ebola vaccine

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 20:55
  • HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell announces step under Prep Act
  • ‘Legitimate liability concerns must not hold back Ebola vaccine’
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Tories ‘must explain’ why they stopped minister attending Lima climate talks

Guardian Science - Tue, 2014-12-09 20:35
Lib Dem MP Ed Davey says Amber Rudd ‘disappointed’ by Michael Gove’s decision to make her stay for counter-terror vote Continue reading...
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