"The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything so peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy."

— Steven Hawking

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Self-harming has risen dramatically among UK teenage girls

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:30pm
In every 10,000 teenage girls in the UK, more than 37 have self-harmed. The large rise in rates of self-harming may be due to stress or mental health problems
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The 5 biggest discoveries from the hunt for gravitational waves

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:48pm
Detecting gravitational waves has given us a new way to observe the universe by listening to ripples in space-time. Here are five of the biggest finds from LIGO
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Hunger-blocking injection lets fat monkeys quickly lose weight

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:00pm
A protein injection that decreases appetite has been found to help obese monkeys slim down fast, and to cut their risk of developing diabetes
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A common herbal medicine may cause liver cancer mutations

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:00pm
A compound found in some plants used in traditional medicine has been linked to a 78 per cent of cases of liver cancer in hospitals in Taiwan
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Police body cams were meant to keep us safer. Are they working?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:00pm
Equipping police officers with body-worn cameras was intended to defuse tense situations, but footage of brutal incidents keeps going viral
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Huge Piccadilly Circus screen will target ads at certain cars

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:00pm
A vast electronic display in London's Piccadilly Circus will use cameras to watch nearby cars and target certain models with certain ads
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AlphaGo’s AI upgrade gets round the need for human input

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:00pm
AlphaGo Zero, Google DeepMind's artificially intelligent Go player, dominates humans and other AIs by learning itself – without any human training
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Gravitational waves have let us see huge neutron stars colliding

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:00pm
We’ve taken the first pictures of neutron stars colliding 130 million light years away. The resulting gravitational waves may solve some big cosmic mysteries
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Natural history books that look inside the minds of animals

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:18pm
Who says the thoughts and perceptions of animals are closed to us? Adrian Barnett finds out what it is like to be a...
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Online game will spot if you have hidden cybersecurity talents

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:16pm
A music major or law student might have native cybersecurity skills a trained IT student doesn’t – and this online game will identify you
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Journey to the city of tomorrow

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35am
A wealth of technologies promises to keep our ever-growing cities on the move, but they need to keep citizens in mind too (sponsored by Ford Motor Company)
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Hiding in plain sight: The mystery of the sun’s missing matter

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 8:00am
A mass equivalent to 1500 Earths has vanished from the sun. Tracking it down could transform how we see the stars
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A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:30am
If the sun spews “superflares” as often as other stars, one could take down power systems, damage the ozone layer and destroy satellites in the next century
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Google and Apple yet to fix Wi-Fi hole in a billion devices

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:20am
The KRACK vulnerability is bad news for Android and Apple now, but long-term consequences are in store for the internet of things
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Astronaut wee could show us how the plumes on Enceladus work

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:07pm
The way spaceships vent urine and water may be a good stand-in for studying how jets of vapour escape the hidden ocean on one of Saturn’s icy moons
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Butchery of a black rhino wins Wildlife Photographer award

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:01pm
The winner of 2017’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards captures the plight of rhinos, more than 1000 of which are slaughtered yearly for their horn.
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A gaggle of 7 moons keep Saturn’s rings from breaking apart

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:08pm
The gravity from seven of its moons stops Saturn’s bright outer ring from spreading out and dispersing into space, according to Cassini spacecraft measurements
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Online dating may be breaking down society’s racial divisions

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:40pm
Racial segregation has eased in the US over the past two decades. Could hooking up online be responsible?
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Roadside barrier that folds like origami blocks traffic noise

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:10pm
Traffic noise has many frequencies, making it hard to suppress. A new barrier with movable folds can change its acoustic properties in response to traffic patterns
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Four brain genes help explain obsessive compulsive disorder

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00pm
OCD has been linked to genes active in a brain circuit involved in learning and decisions. The finding may help explain why the condition can run in families
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