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Long penises help hermit crabs avoid being robbed during sex

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 7:01pm
Some male hermit crabs have unusually long penises. This could be so that they can protect their homes whilst having sex
Categories: Astronomy

How hagfish can make enough slime to clog a shark's jaws in seconds

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 7:01pm
Hagfish use slime to clog up sharks’ jaws in milliseconds, and it’s the water drag generated when the shark inhales that helps the slime form so quickly
Categories: Astronomy

We all love Marie Kondo. So why is tidying up so hard?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:37am
The Japanese neatness consultant has inspired millions to declutter. So why is getting your home Instagrammably neat so difficult, asks David H. Freedman
Categories: Astronomy

Call for more transparency over ‘add-on’ fertility treatments

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:20am
The UK’s fertility regulator has said that clinics offering fertility treatments must be more transparent about the effectiveness and costs of “optional extras”
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Astronauts travelling to the moon and Mars risk dying from superbugs

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 6:17am
Just trace amounts of antibiotics in a spacecraft could be enough to let bacteria evolve deadly resistance on long space journeys
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First moon plants sprout in China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:57am
China's space agency has released images of cotton plants sprouting inside the Chang'e 4 moon lander's mini biosphere, the first plant to germinate on another world
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No-deal Brexit could lead to drug shortages and delayed operations

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:46am
Amid huge Brexit uncertainty, a range of emergency measures are being put in place to protect medical supplies – but no one knows if these will be enough
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Teachers are scanning students' brains to check they are concentrating

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 1:17pm
Thousands of school children in China have trialled a brain-scanning headband that lets teachers see if they stop paying attention in class
Categories: Astronomy

Rich people's gardens are better for bees and other pollinators

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:36pm
Gardens in wealthier areas have more pollinating insects, such as bees. This could be because gardens in richer areas tend to have a wider range of flowers
Categories: Astronomy

Wellness gurus' health tips: which to adopt and which to ignore

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:19pm
The daily routines of four wellness obsessives profiled in The Times included some habits backed up by evidence - and some that definitely aren't
Categories: Astronomy

All I Know is What's on the Internet review: The shocks don't work

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:01am
How has our visual culture adapted to the digital age? All too well, according to this show at The Photographers' Gallery, London. Is the internet losing its ability to surprise?
Categories: Astronomy

Weird star system has double binary stars and wonky planetary nursery

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:00am
A planet-forming disc of dust and gas is orbiting a pair of binary stars at an odd angle, and a second set of binary stars circle the whole system to keep it in line
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A child's mix of gut bacteria may determine if they get allergies

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:00am
Faecal transplants from healthy children prevent mice from developing allergies, and drugs could mimic this effect in humans
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Dolphins unintentionally poisoning offspring with banned chemicals

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:33am
Toxins called PCBs were banned in the 1980s, but they persist in the environment where they collect and concentrate in dolphin blubber – and in dolphin milk
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A black hole the size of Jupiter is just wandering around the galaxy

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 3:00am
Black holes are usually the mass of one star or the mass of millions, but we may have found one wandering through our galaxy that’s right in the middle
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Bacteria live in China’s thick smogs and may be making it even worse

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 7:00am
When air pollution is thick, bacteria proliferate and form microscopic particles in the air that may be exacerbating city smogs in China
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Ovarian cancer AI can tell how aggressive a woman’s tumour is

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 7:01pm
Artificial intelligence can determine how dangerous an ovarian cancer is by analysing the shape of the tumour cells
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What are the risks of dying from having the yellow fever vaccine?

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:43pm
The vaccine is very unlikely to cause serious side effects but not all travellers need it as there's also a very low risk of getting the disease
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Why hip surgery wouldn’t help extend Andy Murray’s tennis career

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:06pm
Hip surgery wouldn’t help Andy Murray play professional tennis for longer because it involves cutting key muscles. Stem cell treatments offer hope for the future
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Hackers are stealing computer power to make millions in cryptocurrency

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 10:56am
Cryptojacking uses other people's computer power to mine cryptocurrency, the technique has netted one hacker gang $18 million
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