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Sea urchins can drill holes in solid rock with just their teeth

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:00pm
If a sea urchin can't find a suitable pit to live in, it makes one – even if it has to spend months gnawing away at hard granite
Categories: Astronomy

When it comes to climate change, a tantrum is just what we need

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:30pm
We can’t wait for the next generation to solve the problem of climate change but today’s kids can still be a big force for change, says Michael E. Mann
Categories: Astronomy

We do not know for sure how dark or light Cheddar Man’s skin was

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:02pm
The headline was that an ancient Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark skin, but the genetics of skin colour are so complex that we can’t be sure
Categories: Astronomy

Trigger warnings are taking over universities, but do they work?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:00pm
Talk of trigger warnings and microaggressions are sweeping through university campuses, but some researchers question whether they have any psychological basis
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France wants to have 500 wolves roaming its countryside

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:00pm
The number of wolves in France will be allowed to increase by 40 per cent, as wilderness continues its return to Europe
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We can now squeeze a molecule and turn it into one that we want

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:00pm
We can now precisely tweak molecular structures just by squeezing them - a technique that could let us efficiently build custom drug compounds on the cheap
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Rock dusting on farms could cool the climate, so let’s try it

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:36am
Crushed basalt applied to agricultural land could soak up billions of tons of carbon dioxide and boost crops. Let's put it to the test, says Olive Heffernan
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How clever biochemistry is tackling HIV

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:18am
Just 30 years ago, an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence. Today, thanks to a scientific partnership of epic proportions, it is manageable with a single daily pill
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We’re evolving a gene that may stop us from drinking alcohol

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:35am
Humans are still evolving and producing new gene variants, and one of them may give protection against becoming addicted to alcohol - by stopping us drinking altogether
Categories: Astronomy

Huge underwater landslides and tsunamis may be caused by ooze

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 9:00am
Layers of ooze in the seabed may be responsible for submarine “megaslides” that dwarf ordinary landslides and can cause tsunamis
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The tamed ape: were humans the first animal to be domesticated?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:00am
Deep inside our genome are bits of DNA we share only with animals such as dogs and cattle. Our self-domestication may have been a pivotal moment in making us human
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How you speak predicts if psychedelic therapy will help you

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:51pm
Psilocybin, a compound in magic mushrooms, may help treat depression in some people. Now speech analysis can indicate who would benefit the most
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Why big pharma might pay cryptocurrency for your DNA

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:30pm
More people are getting their genome sequenced than ever before, so start-ups are offering to help people make money from their genomic data
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Quantum time machine: How the future can change what happens now

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:30pm
The idea that the future can influence the past may finally explain the inherent randomness of quantum theory and bring it in line with Einstein's space-time
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Flu is evolving in new and unpredictable ways in China’s poultry

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:15pm
A woman in China has been infected by a new type of flu. With thousands of people travelling after Chinese new year, the risk of new strains spreading is high
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Bunnies draped in fake polar bear fur are both cosy and stealthy

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:08pm
A warm fabric made of freeze-dried liquid silk mimics polar bear fur, making rabbits invisible to infrared cameras. It could do the same for humans
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Real-life Lord of the Flies experiment led us up the warpath

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:00pm
Muzafer Sherif’s notorious experiment with children is held up as proof that conflict is in our blood – but a look behind the scenes tells a different story
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Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:55am
A flexible e-skin containing a few hundred micro LEDs can display your vital signs or messages from your doctor
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Cyclone Gita hits New Zealand after hammering Tonga

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:00am
New Zealand has declared a state of emergency as Cyclone Gita struck the city of Christchurch, just days after causing devastation on the island nation of Tonga
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Mystery honeycombs in rock may be created by water and salt

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:00am
Many rocks are covered with circular hollows that look like honeycomb, and now we may finally understand how these strange formations come into existence
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