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Podcast: How your thinking style is getting you into trouble

11 hours 31 min ago
Find out how the human brain has evolved to effortlessly guide us in the wrong direction. Plus, data detox tips and the best science books to stuff in a stocking
Categories: Astronomy

Food delivery robots are teaching themselves how to cross roads

11 hours 41 min ago
Until now, delivery robots have always needed humans to help them when things get tricky. Now machine learning has helped them work out how to manage without us
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Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming

12 hours 31 min ago
Over 3 billion years ago, the sun was faint so our planet should have been a snowball. But it wasn’t – and microorganisms may have been what kept it warm
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Fasting may boost brainpower by giving neurons more energy

13 hours 42 min ago
Some people who fast regularly, like those following the 5:2 diet, feel mentally sharper. Now evidence in mice may explain how fasting boosts brainpower
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Waterworlds: How should we protect our most precious resource?

14 hours 1 min ago
As new politics of protecting natural resources emerges, what does that mean for water? And who writes the rules? Three new books explore
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Wildebeest no more: The death of Africa’s great migrations

16 hours 1 min ago
Many of Africa's savannahs are emptying of wildlife as cattle fences kill its charismatic fauna. But we are finding ways to save them
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The Soviet genius who tried to beat capitalism at its own game

16 hours 31 min ago
The USSR once believed it could catch up with or even overtake the US. If it had listened to one of its brightest mathematical stars, that might have been true
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Faltering carbon capture needs more investment not doubt

17 hours 31 min ago
The world's first full-scale power plant carbon capture project has stumbled, but we can't let that risk the future of a technology we need, says Olive Heffernan
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‘Scary’ spider photos on Facebook are revealing new species

19 hours 31 min ago
When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook – and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species
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Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:43pm
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts
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Record-breaking two-tonne fish is the heaviest of its kind

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:50pm
The record books say that the ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish alive, but in fact the specimen in question belongs to a different species
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What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation?

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:45pm
Two gene variants have been found to be more common in gay men. New Scientist looks at what this tells us about the way biology shapes our sexuality
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That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:03pm
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star
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Will wildfires finally change Rupert Murdoch’s climate stance?

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:01am
The media-mogul's Santa Monica vineyard was saved from wildfire destruction, but the world may yet burn thanks to his climate views, says Richard Schiffman
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Daughters of older mums are more likely to never have children

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:45am
An analysis of thousands of women has found that the older your mother was when you were born, the more likely you are to be childless – but we don’t know why
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US cyberweapons have been stolen and there’s nothing we can do

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:35am
Malicious code exploits are the new weapons of war, but can we ever reach international agreement on how they should be used and who gets to control them?
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Feedback: Proposals for a new drugs class are double plus good

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:00am
To win the war on drugs, we're going to need a bigger alphabet. Plus, a pineapple that promises to end sleepless nights, and flat Earth rocket rides...
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Africa’s giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony’s army

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:01am
Elephants, giraffes, giant elands and chimpanzees are being decimated by poachers linked to violent militias in a lawless region of central Africa
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Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:31pm
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas
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Bitcoin in the balance: The troublesome quest to reinvent money

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:10pm
Cryptocurrencies are surging to record highs – but with a civil war raging inside bitcoin and the big banks muscling in, can they fulfil their promise?
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