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Why language is neither an instinct nor innate

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 18:00
The ideas of Noam Chomsky, popularised by Steven Pinker, come under fire in Vyvyan Evans's book The Language Myth: Why language is not an instinct






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The Extinction Marathon: the art world's bid to save the human race - The Guardian

Marcus du Sautoy news - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:56

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The Extinction Marathon: the art world's bid to save the human race
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Notable participants ranged from mathematician Marcus de Sautoy, who told three mathematical stories about extinction, and Turner-nominated artist Cornelia Parker who gave a personal “tirade”, to a new sound installation of flocks of starlings by ...

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Comet immortalised before close call with spacecraft

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:33
A comet making its first trip in from the Oort cloud was caught on camera before a near miss with four spacecraft currently orbiting the Red Planet






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Number of eggs a woman has predicts heart attack risk

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:14
A woman's biological clock may also tell her cellular time. The number of eggs a woman has shows how fast her cells are ageing and predicts her heart disease risk






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:45
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: world's oldest genitals, secret spaceplane returns home, arthritis genes leak from fetus to mother, wearable tech tracks workers, Vietnam loses taste for rhino horn, and more






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In defence of offering egg freezing to women workers

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:00
The critics are wrong – offering egg freezing to female staff is a welcome boost to their family ambitions, says pregnancy expert Chavi Eve Karkowsky






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China set to launch probe on round trip to the moon

New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:00
The Chinese space agency's newest space launch will test atmospheric re-entry technology ahead of a more complex mission to collect moon rocks in 2017






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Venomous spider found in Waitrose shopping 'beautiful but aggressive'

Guardian Science - Mon, 2014-10-20 13:35

While most spiders scurry away when confronted, the Brazilian wandering spider stands its ground, says David Clarke of London Zoo

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    Campaign blunts Vietnamese demand for rhino horn

    New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 12:35
    Polls suggest that Vietnam is losing its taste for rhino horn, but rhino poaching is still on course to break records again this year






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    Google Doodle forgets to celebrate Christopher Wren the man of science

    Guardian Science - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:39

    Todays Google Doodle marks the birthday of Christopher Wren, the architect, but we should also remember him as an astronomer and founding figure for the Royal Society and Royal Observatory

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    Wearable tech lets boss track your work, rest and play

    New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:00
    How will our lives change as more and more firms digitally monitor their employees' movements and health, at work and beyond. We're about to find out






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    Europe's new scientific revolution

    New Scientist - news - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:00
    It's great to see scientists across the continent protesting in unison about funding and jobs, says the editor of a website exploring European research issues






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    Information Age: the Science Museum's ambitious new gallery

    Guardian Science - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:00

    Londons Science Museum opens its largest ever gallery on Saturday. To celebrate the launch of Information Age, this week we unveil five of the greatest inventions in the history of communication

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    Halloween special: the science of scary apparitions podcast

    Guardian Science - Mon, 2014-10-20 05:00
    Why are we obsessed with ghosts, werewolves, witches and voices from the other side? Psychologist Chris French and vampire slayer Deborah Hyde explain Continue reading...






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    Earth at risk after cuts close comet-spotting program, scientists warn

    Guardian Science - Mon, 2014-10-20 04:23

    Astronomers sound alarm after closure of the Australian early-warning program that spotted the Siding Spring comet


    Siding Spring skims close to Mars after million-year journey

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    Comet Siding Spring skims close to Mars after million-year journey

    Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 21:57

    Comet discovered just last year in Australia is plunging towards the sun after passing just 140,000km from Mars

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    First act of sexual intercourse was done sideways, square-dance style

    Guardian Science - Sun, 2014-10-19 17:00
    Fossils of 380m-year-old lake-dwelling placoderms point to bony, L-shaped male organ and female cheese-grater genitals, scientists say Continue reading...






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    Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate

    New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-19 17:00
    When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions






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    Oldest genitals found. Went out of fashion for eons

    New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-19 17:00
    If you're going through a dry patch, it's nothing compared to the entire animal kingdom – it appears to have gone millions of years without copulating






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    Fetus's arthritis genes can affect the mother

    New Scientist - news - Sun, 2014-10-19 10:45
    Stowaway DNA which seeps from fetuses to their mothers may raise their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and dads may be to blame






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