The space of night is infinite,
The blackness and emptiness
Crossed only by thin bright fences
Of logic

— Kenneth Rexroth
"Theory of Numbers"

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Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to fall from space

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 3:26pm
The Chinese space agency is getting ready to bring its small space station, Tiangong-2, down from orbit to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on 19 July
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Weird new type of magnetic liquid could be used to control soft robots

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 2:00pm
A strange liquid magnet full of iron nanoparticles can change its shape in a magnetic field, and it may eventually be used to make wireless, moving soft robots
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Adding more bioethanol to petrol is no way to go green

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:18pm
Making “greener” fuels by adding bioethanol to petrol will wreck the environment, not save it. We need to focus on making electric cars work, says Michael Le Page
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London gender clinic reports rising number of non-binary attendees

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:07am
A gender identity clinic for under-18s says the rise in young people seeking help may be levelling off, and that an increasing proportion identify as non-binary
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Oldest Denisovan art discovered on 100,000-year-old bone fragments

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 8:19am
Etchings on pieces of ancient bone found in China could be the clearest evidence yet found that the mysterious Denisovans were capable of advanced cognition
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We're pushing 28,000 species closer to extinction

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 6:58am
More than 28,000 species are threatened with extinction due to humans over-exploiting wildlife, according to the IUCN red list
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WHO declares international emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 6:57am
The World Health Organization is calling for international support to help stop the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from spreading
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Birds and insect species are heading north in the UK as climate warms

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:01am
More than 50 of the UK’s estimated 39,000 animal species, mostly insects and birds, extended their range northwards within the UK between 2008 and 2018
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Half of all harm caused by medical care is preventable

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 6:30pm
About half of all the harm caused by medical care is preventable, according to a review of 70 studies involving more than 330,000 patients around the world
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A type of antibiotics can cause hearing loss - and now we know why

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 2:00pm
Aminoglycoside antibiotics can save lives, but the drugs can also cause hearing loss because of the toxic effect they have on sensory cells in the ear
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Artificial skin can sense 1000 times faster than human nerves

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 2:00pm
An artificial skin inspired by the human nervous system can sense pressure and temperature. It has been tested on a robotic hand and improved its ability to grasp a cup of coffee
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A drastic plan might prevent catastrophic Antarctic ice sheet collapse

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 2:00pm
Pumping huge volumes of ocean water onto the West Antarctic ice sheet may stop it collapsing and causing a dramatic sea level rise that would threaten New York
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Life’s winners think success was earned even if it was down to luck

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 2:00pm
People who win in a card game that involves almost no skill and was rigged in their favour tend to think the game was fair and that success was down to talent
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Parasite brings down mosquito numbers in parts of Guangzhou

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:00pm
The number of biting Asian tiger mosquitoes, which spread dengue and Chikungunya, has been reduced by more than 80 per cent at two sites in Guangzhou, China
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All hail London’s urban jungle as it becomes first national park city

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:00pm
With impressive biodiversity and ecosystems, London should set a trend for metropolises everywhere as it becomes the first National Park City in the world
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The super fly that could feed us, end waste and make plastic and fuel

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:00pm
The black soldier fly is the next big thing in sustainability, digesting waste products with minimal greenhouse gas emission. Farming them could save the world
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Electronics projects for beginners: Get your plants talking to you

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 1:00pm
Well-loved plants are happy plants. Here’s how to wire yours up to a BBC micro:bit so they can tell you when they are too hot, dry or cold
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Costa Rica is banning the use of polystyrene packaging from 2021

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:46pm
Costa Rica lawmakers are to ban the import of expanded polystyrene packaging in a bid to curb its damaging effects on the environment and human health
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Internet joke plan to 'raid' Area 51 gets stern reply from US military

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:18pm
What has driven millions of people to sign up to "storm" Area 51, the US government's military base? It's clearly just a bit of fun by internet jokesters, but the US military isn't laughing
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Experimental Alzheimer’s drug targets gum disease bacteria

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:00am
A small trial testing a new kind of treatment for Alzheimer’s that blocks the toxins of P. gingivalis bacteria has had some encouraging preliminary results
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