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Wild horses in the US are being shot with contraceptive darts

20 hours 19 min ago
Wild horse populations in the western US are growing out of control, but contraceptive darts may be an effective way to stop them breeding
Categories: Astronomy

Dinosaur tracks seem to show giant sauropod wading on two front legs

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 2:00am
Sauropod dinosaurs grew to 25 metres or more in length and weighed several tonnes – but footprints in Texas seem to suggest they sometimes walked on just two legs
Categories: Astronomy

UK nuclear fusion reactor will fire up for the first time in 23 years

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:16am
Within months researchers will attempt to create a ball of plasma hotter than the sun inside the Joint European Torus, a doughnut-shaped machine in south-east England
Categories: Astronomy

What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus and how deadly is it?

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 6:59am
Everything you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus that emerged in China and has caused over 600 cases so far
Categories: Astronomy

Deepfake software translates videos from one language to another

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 6:20am
An AI based on deepfake technology can translate videos of a person speaking in one language into another. In future, it could help people who don’t speak the same language communicate
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Taking Viagra in early labour reduces the need for emergency caesarean

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 6:01am
A study has found that taking Viagra at the beginning of labour increases blood flow to the baby and halves the chance of needing an emergency c- section
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Australia’s fires may accelerate a jump in CO2 forecasted in 2020

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 7:01pm
The UK’s Met Office is forecasting a big increase in CO2 levels in 2020, due in part to the extreme wildfires that have been burning for months in Australia
Categories: Astronomy

Star Trek: Picard explores what happens when robots go rogue

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 7:01pm
Patrick Stewart returns in triumphant new Star Trek spin-off Picard, but the Federation's robots are missing, discontinued, and for a very good reason
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Antibiotic resistance genes can be passed around by bacteria in dust

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 2:00pm
Disease-causing bacteria living in dust can pass antibiotic resistance genes to one another, a study of samples of dust in public buildings suggests
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Mysteriously bright supernova may have smashed up a huge gas cloud

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 2:00pm
A strange supernova that’s 100 times brighter than it should be has long been a mystery, but it may be explained by the explosion slamming into a cloud of gas
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First suspected cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in the UK

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:56pm
Three people are being tested in Edinburgh, UK, for the new coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan, China, and a fourth possible case is suspected in Glasgow
Categories: Astronomy

Listen to the groaning voice of a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:00am
By recreating a mummy’s vocal tract through 3D printing, we now know what an ancient Egyptian priest sounded like
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Snake cells grown in the lab produce venom we could use as medicine

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 11:00am
Snakes are currently "milked" for their venom to produce antidotes, but lab-grown glands could mean we can avoid having to keep the reptiles on farms
Categories: Astronomy

It's too late to ban face recognition – here's what we need instead

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 5:32am
Plans to ban face recognition in public places would only halt a tiny fraction of its use. Instead we need to regulate the technology – and fast, says Donna Lu
Categories: Astronomy

Smoke from Canadian wildfires caused pollution spikes in New York City

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 4:46am
Two spells of unusually poor air quality in New York City have been traced to harmful smoke pouring from wildfires burning hundreds of kilometres away
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Traumatic experiences boost the effect of depression-linked genes

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 8:00pm
Experiencing trauma seems to alter the way genes for depression are expressed. The vulnerable genes may also help us identify people who might benefit from cognitive behavioural therapies
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Make airlines and oil firms pay for tree-planting boom, says UK report

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 7:01pm
North Sea oil firms and airlines should fund a colossal tree-planting drive to fight climate change as soon as next year, the UK government’s climate advisers have urged
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Wuhan coronavirus may have been transmitted to people from snakes

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 6:19pm
The new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, may have originally jumped from bats to snakes, before moving to humans in a food market
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Skin cream applied to mosquito bites stops viruses infecting mice

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 2:00pm
An immune-boosting skin cream applied directly to mosquito bites stopped viral infections in mice. If approved for human use, it could help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika
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Severed nerves repaired in monkeys thanks to tubes of growth protein

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 2:00pm
A synthetic tube filled with a growth protein can span the gap between severed nerves, helping them to regenerate and restore gripping abilities in macaques
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