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Hayabusa 2 begins long journey home carrying Ryugu asteroid samples

5 hours 14 min ago
With two samples from the interior of the asteroid Ryugu on board, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is due to return to Earth at the end of 2020
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Why dark matter's no-show could mean a big bang rethink

11 hours 39 min ago
We can't find any trace of cosmic dark matter – perhaps because our models of the early universe are missing a crucial piece, says astrophysicist Dan Hooper
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Gaming in the US emits as much carbon dioxide as all of Sri Lanka

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:30pm
Energy use from gaming in the US produces carbon emissions on a par with Sri Lanka’s total annual carbon footprint
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Distant space rock known as Ultima Thule renamed to avoid Nazi links

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 12:09pm
The space rock that the New Horizons probe visited earlier this year had been nicknamed Ultima Thule, but it was pointed out this name has links to the Nazis
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Star systems full of planetary smash-ups are bad news for alien life

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:46am
We've seen the remains of a collision between two planets in a distant star system - and these planetary smash-ups are thought to be surprisingly common
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Row over whether fracking could resume in England despite 'ban'

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 7:36am
A document released just days after the government announced a halt to fracking suggests that future applications will be considered
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How binge-watching your favourite TV show is fuelling climate change

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 6:35am
Streaming video services like Netflix, Apple TV+ and Disney+ are on the rise - but so are their carbon emissions
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Worsening bushfires cause Australia to declare state of emergency

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 6:11am
Australia is preparing for catastrophic bushfires as one state minister warns that this could be the worst week of wildfires in the country’s history
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UK teen almost died from severe lung failure linked to vaping

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 6:30pm
Doctors treating a teenager in the UK for severe lung failure say it was likely caused by an allergic reaction to e-cigarettes
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Ethnic minority academics get less UK research funding

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:57am
White researchers are nearly 59 per cent more likely to receive funding for their studies than ethnic minority researchers, according to data from seven UK research councils
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We thought this tiny deer-like animal was extinct for almost 30 years

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:00am
The silver-backed chevrotain – or Vietnam mouse-deer - hasn't been seen for 30 years, but conservationists have tracked some down
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Tactical voting helps yellow-eyed penguin seize bird of the year crown

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 9:41am
Social media campaigning and a strategic voting alliance have helped the yellow-eyed penguin beat fierce competition to become New Zealand’s bird of the year
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AI can predict if you'll die soon – but we've no idea how it works

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 5:00am
Artificial intelligence can predict a person’s chances of dying within a year by looking at heart test results, but doctors can't work out what patterns it’s picking up
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People are using mosquito nets for fishing – and it works too well

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 10:30pm
People are increasingly repurposing mosquito nets for fishing around the world, but the nets often catch very young fish which could lead to fewer fish in the future
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People with more empathy may actually increase political divisions

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 3:00am
People who score higher on a test of empathy seem to have stronger positive feelings about their own political party and stronger negative ones about the opposition
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Birds are stealing boozy palm wine when people aren't looking

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 3:00am
Three species of African birds have taken to stealing palm wine, the fermented sap of an oil palm, from trees that local people have tapped
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Babies are less afraid when they can smell their mothers

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:00am
When babies can smell their mothers’ odour, their brains respond less to fearful situations
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Neanderthals' cave art skills questioned in dispute over age of images

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 1:00am
A dispute over the dating of prehistoric Spanish cave paintings is fuelling a fractious debate over Neanderthals’ artistic capabilities
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The grand plan to sequence the genomes of 66,000 UK and Irish species

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 7:01pm
The Darwin Tree of Life project aims to sequence the genomes of 60,000 species of animals, plants, fungi and complex cells such as amoeba found in the British Isles
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Emperor penguins could go extinct by 2100 if we fail on climate change

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:00pm
Emperor penguins could become extinct if we don't tackle climate change, but if we limit temperature rises to 1.5°C, then the decline could be less than a third
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