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‘Meditating mice’ reveal secrets of mindfulness training

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 3:00pm
Mice are less on edge if their brainwaves are coaxed to resemble those patterns that meditation boosts in humans
Categories: Astronomy

Teacher body cams are not the answer to bad classroom behaviour

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 12:59pm
There is precious little evidence that equipping school staff with body-mounted video kit will help tackle disruptive students, says teacher Tom Bennett
Categories: Astronomy

The upstart asteroid who showed rings are for everybody

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:40am
Rings were thought to belong only to an exclusive celestial club including flashy giants like Saturn – but then Chariklo crashed the party
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End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries?

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:00am
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet
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Family tree of stars helps reconstruct Milky Way’s formation

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:56am
Using an array of chemical elements detected in stars as proxies for their “DNA”, stellar histories can be tracked around the galaxy, mapping a family tree
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New advice is use fewer passwords – why the change of tack?

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:23am
Unique, strong passwords, changed frequently, has been the mantra for all the websites we log into. Why is that advice under attack, wonders Paul Marks
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Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:15am
Underwater recordings of vocal fish off the Australian coast reveal an ocean choir composed of at least seven distinct choruses
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Alarm as climate sceptic named head of US environment agency

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:57am
Scientists within the EPA say work continues as usual for now, but they worry about potential changes when Scott Pruitt – a climate change sceptic – takes charge
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The father of the Gaia hypothesis shares his greatest invention

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:00am
James Lovelock is best known for his Gaia hypothesis, but it is a device he invented 60 years ago that accidentally helped to save the planet that we should laud him for
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Smart meter tracks when the kettle’s on to check grandpa’s OK

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 6:39am
A monitoring system, tested in hundreds of UK homes, builds profiles of energy use and sends alerts if someone’s routine changes in a worrying way
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Putting cancer patients in hibernation could help tackle tumours

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 6:08am
Tumour growth would slow right down or cease while healthy cells in the body become more resistant to radiation
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US scientists voice fears over how science will fare under Trump

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 5:20am
Concerns over the impact of President Trump’s policies on science have been raised at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston
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We need slow science to sow the seeds of future prosperity

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 5:00am
It's tempting to invest in rapid development at the cost of slow and steady research – but good things come to those who wait
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How the world made us: chance and climate in the human story

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 4:00am
Chance, geo-climatic factors and the changing landscape all have an important part to play in human evolution, argues Mark Maslin in The Cradle of Humanity
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How your private emails can spread all over the world

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 10:00am
If you want to get to grips with the real risks of online privacy you need to understand just what happens to your data in the architecture of the internet
Categories: Astronomy

A space travel guide for your first holiday off-planet

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:00am
The journey won't smell good, but there'll be great sex and a terrific view, so don't leave Earth without The Traveler's Guide to Space
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Pregnant and not heard of Group B Strep?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 2:00am
You’re not alone. However, a campaign is aiming to make a difference
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Fertility facts: How late can you leave it to have a baby?

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:00am
You want kids, just not yet. So here’s how to work out when to start trying – and whether you should take a fertility test
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Connecting us all: How satellites remade the world

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:00am
From cold wars to hot junk, a new book about satellites shows how thousands of satellites extend humans' reach in every possible way
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Two new drug therapies might cure every form of tuberculosis

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:00pm
In small trials across Africa, the therapies cured people with even the most drug-resistant forms of TB, and more quickly than current treatments
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