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Meet the turtles surviving an invasion of enormous tractors

14 hours 30 min ago
The eastern painted turtles must now live among enormous, noisy machinery – and studying them is offering clues to how animals survive alongside heavy industry
Categories: Astronomy

America’s total eclipse: The best guides to how to prepare

14 hours 30 min ago
We have always hunted meaning in total eclipses. As the US prepares for a total eclipse, four new books tell us all about them and remind us to enjoy them too
Categories: Astronomy

Choosing alternative cancer treatment doubles your risk of death

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:14pm
People who choose alternative cancer medicines tend to be wealthier and have higher levels of education, but are more than twice as likely to die in five years
Categories: Astronomy

Why adding a drop of water can make whisky taste even better

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:18pm
Scotch aficionados know that adding a little water to their dram can bring out the flavours – now we have glimpsed more of the chemistry behind it
Categories: Astronomy

Why UK midwives are back-pedalling on natural childbirth

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 2:11pm
For decades, women have been encouraged to give birth naturally – that means avoiding all medicines and interventions. Now the Royal College of Midwives is changing its position
Categories: Astronomy

Can a crowdsourced mega-forest offset Trump’s climate chaos?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:50am
It's an appealing idea, a vast forest to soak up the extra carbon released due to Trump's policies, but it may not be so easy in reality, says Olive Heffernan
Categories: Astronomy

Netflix vegan hit What the Health serves up lots of bad science

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:33am
Campaigning vegans will change nothing if they embrace bad science and conspiracy theories when making the health case for their diet, says Anthony Warner
Categories: Astronomy

Win lunch with an astronaut

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:00am
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden flew to the moon and holds two Guinness world records. Now you can have lunch with him in our exclusive competition
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Great American Eclipse: Everything you need to know to get ready

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:51am
The stage is set for the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979. Here’s our guide to the best way to enjoy the spectacle
Categories: Astronomy

The geometry that could reveal the true nature of space-time

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:00am
The discovery of an exquisite geometric structure is forcing a radical rethink of reality, and could clear the way to a quantum theory of gravity
Categories: Astronomy

Can’t stop procrastinating? Try cognitive behaviour therapy

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 6:08am
Do you find yourself doing absolutely any task other than the one at the top of your to-do list? There might now be a way to treat procrastination
Categories: Astronomy

Feedback: NASA seeks a planet-protecting superhero

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 6:00am
Plus: the pubs frequented by spacemen, fossils and monkey-lions, Ireland's longest distance delivery van, and a man named Chicken Rooster.
Categories: Astronomy

Grown-up chimps are less likely to help distressed friends

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 6:00am
Chimpanzees of all ages will comfort upset companions, but adult chimps do it less – perhaps because they are more selective about who they help
Categories: Astronomy

Genetic test helps people avoid statins that may cause them pain

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 3:00am
Many people who take statins ditch them due to painful side effects. But genetic testing can help choose the right drug, minimising this risk
Categories: Astronomy

Solar eclipse will reveal the roiling fog of plasma we call home

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:00pm
The 21 August solar eclipse gives scientists and the public alike a chance to observe the sun’s corona, a ring of plasma that stretches as far as Earth
Categories: Astronomy

Stem cell technique could reverse a major type of infertility

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:00pm
Men with extra sex chromosomes can have difficulty producing fertile sperm. Now researchers have got around this in mice by making stem cells from their skin
Categories: Astronomy

Speedy white dwarf may have survived a rare type of supernova

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:00pm
Type Iax supernovae are weak enough that part of the exploding star may be able to survive. Now, we may have spotted the first star that lived to tell the tale
Categories: Astronomy

Monkeys can be tricked into thinking all objects are familiar

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:00pm
There is a cluster of neurons in monkeys’ brains that decides whether or not they have seen objects before, and stimulating it makes them see everything as familiar
Categories: Astronomy

Culture not biology is behind many differences between the sexes

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:15pm
It is becoming ever clearer that environment and culture may be determining traits we think are down to male or female biology, says neuroscientist Gina Rippon
Categories: Astronomy

Vitamin C helps genes to kill off cells that would cause cancer

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:00pm
Many blood cancers are caused by mutations in the protective TET2 gene, but vitamin C may enhance drug treatments by helping to tell out-of-control cells to stop dividing
Categories: Astronomy