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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: how scientifically plausible is it?

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-17 15:46

The latest Planet of the Apes movie is in UK cinemas from Thursday. Six experts in primate evolution, anatomy, behaviour and communication deliver their verdicts on the film

Scroll down to watch Carole Jahme interview Andy Serkis, who plays the chimp Caesar

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Waste paper turned into a super-spongy battery

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-17 14:00
Treat paper in the right way and it can become a form of porous carbon capable of sucking up charge – making it the perfect battery for storing wind energy






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How to handle the heat (with science)

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:30

Many are reporting that this weekend could see a heatwave in the UK. But wherever and whenever they are, intelligent humans have developed ways to cool down, some of which are more drastic than others

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What will hypercomputers let us do? Good question

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:00
Machines that go beyond human logic could help us understand how we think – if we can only figure out what to ask them






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Higgs boson glimpsed at work for first time

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-17 11:43
Rare particle scattering detected at CERN may help test how the Higgs boson imparts mass to other particles – and perhaps lead to new physics






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Strange dark stuff is making the universe too bright

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:00
Sky surveys suggest that dark matter or some other mysterious dark material may be lighting up the universe with too much ultraviolet radiation






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Scientists name new species of water mite after Jennifer Lopez

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-17 09:32

Litarachna lopezae was given its name as a 'token of gratitude' for the singer's music, which biologists listened to as they documented their discovery

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Spark of life revisited thanks to electric bacteria

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-17 08:00
The discovery and culturing of bacteria that eat and excrete electrons means we may soon find out just how little electricity fundamental life requires






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Films that help parents bring science home to their children

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:00
Many home science demonstrations fail to convey crucial aspects of the subject. The Royal Institution's ExpeRimental films aim to change that Continue reading...






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Breakthrough made in quest for new malaria drugs as resistance fears grow

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:17

Australian scientists starve parasite of crucial proteins, providing a target for the development of new antimalarials

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Asthma drugs stunt growth - but only by a centimetre

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-07-17 00:01
The long-standing worry that steroid-based asthma drugs stunt children's growth is overblown, two reviews of clinical trials conclude






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Turing's oracle: The computer that goes beyond logic

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:00
For 75 years, computers have worked within limits defined by Alan Turing. Now work has begun to fulfil his prophecy of a machine that can solve the unsolvable (full text available to subscribers)






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Giant ancient prawn had tiny brain, new fossil shows

Guardian Science - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:12
520 million year-old fossil reveals early predator had a brain simpler than that of a velvet worm Continue reading...






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Biological pacemaker keeps a beat without the hardware

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:00
Adult pigs have been cured of heart block by turning their own cells into a pacemaker using a gene involved in embryonic heat development






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Watchdog must be tougher on climate sceptic 'charity'

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 18:31
Decisive action is needed to curb Nigel Lawson's Global Warming Policy Foundation, which lobbies against climate change mitigation, says policy expert Bob Ward






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Largest laser gives diamond a record-setting squeeze

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 18:00
A laser used to spark nuclear fusion has compressed diamond at unprecedented pressure, giving the first data on how carbon may behave inside giant planets






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Arthritis drug shows potential to stall Alzheimer's

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 18:00
Etanercept might be able to reduce the cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to a small pilot safety study






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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: psychotherapy that transforms lives, secret writing, electric life forms, world's first home robot and more






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Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 17:08
Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere






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Epic map reveals Mars's geography in unrivalled detail

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-07-16 17:00
It took four spacecraft, billions of dollars and 16 years to gather the data for this glorious map of the Red Planet – now you can have it on your wall






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