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Muscle paralysis eased by light-sensitive stem cells

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 19:00
Stimulating neurons with light can restore movement to paralysed mouse muscles – a step towards using "optogenetic" approaches to treat nerve disorders

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Redesigned crops could produce far more fuel

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 19:00
A genetic tweak has made it far easier to unlock the valuable chemicals held inside plants. It could lead to more environmentally friendly biofuels

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Buried 'Lake Superior' seen on Saturn's moon Enceladus

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 19:00
Gravity readings suggest that the jets Enceladus spits out come from a deep ocean in contact with a rocky core, raising hopes that the moon hosts life

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Muddled impartiality is still harming climate coverage

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 17:31
Amid the strongest evidence yet that humans have changed the climate, media reporting is giving sceptics too much of a free rein, says Bob Ward

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New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 17:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: infiltrating bacteria's walled cities, brain map, Google Glass hackathon, Shroud of Turin, supernova spawn and more
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Radioactive waste used to peek inside a star explosion

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 16:00
Scrap from an old particle accelerator helps solve riddle of how chemical elements are created in supernovae

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UN's safe drinking water target was never really met

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 12:50
Two years ago we achieved the Millennium Development Goal of giving millions more people access to safe drinking water. It seems it never really happened

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Permanent tattoos inked by hacked 3D printer

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 12:19
A group of design students have modified a Makerbot 3D printer to ink permanent tattoos on human skin, using parts from a standard tattoo machine

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When I met Jane Goodall, she hugged me like a chimp

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 12:02

Jane Goodall, inspiration to millions, is 80 today. In December, she gave me two hours of her time, during which I asked her about her childhood, her work with the Gombe chimps and her life as an activist.

In February 1935, the year of King George Vs silver jubilee, a chimpanzee at London Zoo called Boo-Boo gave birth to a baby daughter. A couple of months later, a little blonde-haired girl was given a soft-toy replica of the zoos new arrival to mark her first birthday. This was Jane Goodalls first recorded encounter with a chimp.

Goodall is 80 today (happy birthday Dr Jane). In the intervening years, her research on a community of chimpanzees in Tanzania revolutionised our understanding of these primates, our closest living relatives, and challenged deepset ideas of what it means to be human. She then packed in her fieldwork to become an activist, campaigning tirelessly for a more enlightened attitude towards animals and the environment. Along the way she has received nearly 50 honorary degrees, and became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2002 and Dame Jane in 2004.

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Scientists decode honeybee 'waggle dance'

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 10:45

Unique form of communication allowed researchers to map the distance and location where bees foraged from month to month

Honeybees fly much longer distances in the summer than in the spring and autumn to find good sources of food, a new study has found.

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Science has nothing to tell us about the soul? I disagree | Andrew Brown

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 10:06
To completely separate science from philosophy is to neglect the fact that they are reliant on each other, like two sides of an arch

Can science tell us anything about the soul? A lovely clear answer came from Iain McGilchrist, talking at the RSA this week. "No," he said, and the room filled with laughter, not entirely kindly. He had been responding to a questioner who wanted to know whether the increasing sophistication of brain imaging would not reveal the soul to be an illusion, an unnecessary imprecision.

"To expect that we will find something in the brain that corresponds with the soul is just crass," he said. The moderator, Jonathan Rowson, pressed him: "Is it the case that science can help us understand better what the soul is?"

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Ketamine may help treat depression, UK study finds

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:21
Researchers find that 29% of group of depressed patients experienced significant improvement in mood within a week

The first UK study to give ketamine to severely depressed patients has found that it had dramatic positive effects on some long-standing sufferers who had not responded to other treatments.

The government announced in February that ketamine would be upgraded to a Class B banned substance in the face of evidence that it has cause physical and psychological harm to recreational users.

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Front-line climate action should inspire us all

New Scientist - news - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:00
People whose livelihoods are affected by climate change have already started to act, and the rest of the world doesn't have long to decide what to do

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Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage (and other political courtship rituals) | Dean Burnett

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:15

The BBC has a proud history of nature documentaries, and this looks set to continue with the live debates between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, showing us the courtship rituals of the simple, maligned but noble creature that is the politician, in their never-ending quest to woo the voter

[Authors note: this piece makes a lot more sense if you imagine David Attenborough reading it aloud]

Some people seem to be objecting to the BBC dedicating primetime coverage to the debates between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage. But such cynical views should be ignored, and the BBC should be praised for showing us detailed footage of the behaviours of that enigmatic species, the politician.

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Talk to me! Top tips for conducting interviews with scientists | Chrissie Giles

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:00

Using original quotes can really bring your science article alive, but how do you persuade people to take the time to chat with you? And how do you get the best out of an interview?

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize is open for entries

When youre asking someone for their time, be clear about what exactly you would like from them. Your potential interviewee might get hundreds of emails a day, so make yours concise, simple and direct.

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TED: 对称性之谜TED艺术 - 新浪网

Marcus du Sautoy news - Thu, 2014-04-03 03:39

TED: 对称性之谜TED艺术
Oxford's newest science ambassador Marcus du Sautoy is also author of The Times' Sexy Maths column. He'll take you footballing with prime numbers, whopping symmetry groups, higher dimensions and ...

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Nasa cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine crisis, except for space station

Guardian Science - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:59

Exemption for International Space Station co-operation highlights American dependence on Russia in space

After insisting that space relations would not be altered by earthly politics, Nasa on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, except for the International Space Station.

Nasa employees cannot travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice. They are also barred from emailing or holding teleconferences with their Russian counterparts because of Russia's actions in Ukraine, according to a memo sent to workers.

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Gaggle of dwarf planets found by dark energy camera

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:12
Designed to study distant galaxies, the world's largest digital camera is also uncovering faint, distant worlds on the outskirts of the solar system

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Shroud of Turin depicts Y-shaped crucifixion

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-02 20:30
Crucifixion may have been even more intolerable than thought, with the hands nailed above the head, according to a new study of the Shroud of Turin

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I'm infiltrating the walled cities where bacteria hide

New Scientist - news - Wed, 2014-04-02 20:00
The biofilms that bacteria gather inside protect them and help them spread. Biologist Anders Hakansson is studying ways to breach those barriers (full text available to subscribers)

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