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Alzheimer's drug trial shows promising early results

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 20:13

Experts cautiously welcome results of trial of antibody known as aducanumab, which appears to show benefit in patients given it in very earliest stage of disease

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Is Shame Necessary? It can be in the right hands

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 20:00
Public shaming can force institutions to change their ways, finds Jennifer Jacquet – while Jon Ronson explores how it can lead to mob rule on the internet






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Brain training may help people with ADHD to focus

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 19:30
Repeatedly training the brain to get better at specific tasks can boost attention levels in daily life, finds an analysis of a pool of 12 previous studies






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 18:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: a world without chickens, solar eclipse pictures, lifelogging in the womb, bulked up Andromeda galaxy, and more






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Solar eclipse: Faroe Islands and Svalbard see the sun vanish - video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 18:08
Every now and then an eclipse comes around, and this time the northern Atlantic Faroe Islands and Arctic archipelago Svalbard were the only places where a total eclipse could be seen. Svalbard residents had clear skies for a perfect view as the moon passed over the sun, but in the Faroe Islands, cloudy weather marred the experience Continue reading...






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Plane passengers watch solar eclipse from air – video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 17:25
A specially chartered plane left the northern Russian city of Murmansk on Friday and flew to the Arctic so its passengers could get an unobstructed view of the solar eclipse. The plane flew to an area where a total eclipse could be seen, while other parts of the world were only able to witness a partial eclipse Continue reading...






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Arctic winter sea ice shrinks to record low

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 17:05
Unusual jet stream activity and an early spring melt have been blamed for the lowest winter record of Arctic sea ice






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How Charles Dickens can create passwords you remember

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 17:00
Randomly generated passwords are the most secure, but hardest to remember. Now a tool that combs works of literature can generate more memorable alternatives






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Solar eclipse: grey skies part for lucky star-gazers

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 16:57

Astronomers and scientists joined tourists, commuters and schoolchildren to witness what was billed as the most impressive solar eclipse since 1999

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Solar eclipse: the view from space - video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 16:28
A European Space Agency mini-satellite captures the moment the moon passes in front of the sun in Friday's solar eclipse. The ESA's sun-watching Proba-2 monitors turbulence on the sun's surface using ultraviolet wavelengths. As well as being seen from space, the partial eclipse was visible across Europe, Russia and parts of the Middle East, Asia and north Africa Continue reading...






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Pregnancy belt for lifelogging in the womb

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 16:00
A belt that can monitor a developing baby's heartbeat, sleep and motion 24/7 could allow doctors to monitor high-risk pregnancies without hospitalising women






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Dim and dimmer: our underwhelming solar eclipse video

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 15:47
A breathtaking solar eclipse was witnessed by millions of people across Europe this morning. But on the roof of the Guardian HQ in north London, the view was ... underwhelming. A typically cloudy haze had obscured the sun completely before the moon had a chance to eclipse it. Skywatchers had been advised not to look directly at the sun, but on the roof of the Guardian, there was no danger of burnt retinas Continue reading...






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Watching the watchers of the solar eclipse

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 15:46

While the sun’s disappearing act might have been disappointing, the crowd watching it was fascinating

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Solar eclipse: the best timelapse videos from across Europe

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 15:10
The solar eclipse is captured in timelapse video footage from across Europe on Friday. Despite grey skies in many parts of the UK and northern Europe, areas such as Bristol and Plymouth were cloudless enough for sky-gazers to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon. The Faroe Islands and Svalbard were briefly plunged into darkness as the only regions to experience a full eclipse Continue reading...






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Zoologger: Hollow marine monsters as big as whales

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 15:00
Huge colonies of marine invertebrates known as pyrosomes may coordinate their jet-like propulsion system by flashing lights at each other






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Solar eclipse 2015: readers' photos

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 14:48

The solar eclipse might have only been partial in Britain this morning, but a lot of you still managed to capture it beautifully around the UK. Here are some of our favourites

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Quasar backlighting gives weight to Andromeda galaxy

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 14:00
Astronomers find 40 billion suns' worth of gas hiding in our neighbouring galaxy's halo – and get insight into how galaxies collect material over time






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New books party: books that arrived recently

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 13:51

This week, I share my thoughts about a travel-adventure story about a quest to see one of the world’s last surviving “unicorns” (the saola); a paperback about the natural history of Ebola and a second by the same author about the origins of HIV/AIDS, and a book that examines the strange behaviour of numbers

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Feedback: Do we need a fun spy tool?

New Scientist - news - Fri, 2015-03-20 13:00
Now, artificial fruitloopery, tracking illegal or dishonest fruitloop claims, quite interesting predictions and more (full text available to subscribers)






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Vikings were more trade and bling than rape and pillage, museum shows

Guardian Science - Fri, 2015-03-20 12:51

Cornwall exhibition including coins, combs and even a teddy bear brooch challenges popular image of Vikings as homicidal raiders

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