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Why chivalry remains attractive to some women despite being sexist

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:45pm
Women tend to find male chivalry attractive even though they see it as a threat to fairness, according to a new study. Existing inequality may explain why
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Autism can bring extra abilities and now we’re finding out why

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:17pm
Many strengths and difficulties associated with autism stem from the same thing, says Anna Remington, who researches questions autistic people are asking
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What happens when you seal eight people in a giant bubble?

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:00pm
From oxygen shortages to divisive factions, Mark Nelson recalls the challenges of two years in the Biosphere 2 ecosystem – and the media circus it spawned
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Ever ran screaming from a concert? Keaton Henson has a treat in store

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:50am
Aided by the performance artist Brendan Walker, the folk-rock musician is giving concert-goers at London's Barbican Hall a taste of the anxiety disorder that keeps him off the stage.
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We’ve found 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter – and one is probably doomed

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:00am
A new haul of moons brings Jupiter’s total to 79. Nine of the newly discovered satellites are orbiting the wrong way, and could obliterate one of their companions
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Blood test detects melanoma skin cancer while it’s easily treatable

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:00am
A blood test that detects melanoma in its early stages may allow people to get treatment before the cancer spreads and becomes difficult to cure
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Drones are checking up on insurance claims to look for fraudsters

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:35am
Insurance companies are training hundreds of drone pilots to check property damage from the air to make sure claims are legitimate
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Trump’s meeting with Putin may have had a surprise nuclear twist

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 8:50am
On Monday, Vladimir Putin said he’d given Donald Trump a note with suggestions on disarmament. This might be the first move in extending an important agreement
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Weird ‘wind drought’ means Britain’s turbines are at a standstill

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 7:08am
Britain is experiencing a prolonged “wind drought” that has slowed or halted the blades on turbines around the country
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The amazing assortment of stuff at the bottom of one Amsterdam canal

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:00am
Archaeologists have been given a unique opportunity to peel back the layers of history lying under Amsterdam, finding more than 700,000 objects that cover centuries
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Stone Age bakers made first bread thousands of years before farming

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:00pm
Evidence of the first early bread suggests humans were baking with wheat and oats thousands of years before they began farming the cereals
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UK announces plans for two spaceports that could see launches by 2021

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:51pm
The UK is funding the development of spaceports in Scotland and Cornwall, but plans for US firms to launch small satellites could run afoul of US export laws
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Wireless implant lights up inside the body to kill cancer

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00pm
Researchers have developed a sticky sheet that could allow a wirelessly-powered LED chip to be stuck inside the body to deliver "photodynamic therapy"
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CRISPR gene editing is not quite as precise and as safe as thought

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00pm
A study has found that CRISPR can delete large chunks of DNA, suggesting it could cause cancer if used to treat diseases by editing many cells in the body
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Thought plastic was bad enough? Here’s another reason to worry

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 8:00am
We knew marine plastic strangles birds and poisons fish. But it can also pick up some deadly hitch-hikers – with even more profound consequences
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A no-deal Brexit could lead to a catastrophe for science in the UK

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:00am
The flurry of cabinet resignations in the aftermath of the Chequers agreement leaves the UK at serious risk of crashing out of the EU without a deal
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Honeybees gang up to roast invading hornets alive — at a terrible cost

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 6:00am
The worker bees that form “hot defensive bee balls” are effectively kamikaze fighters, with the heat from the ball shortening their life expectancy
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Don’t miss: amateur surgery, aqua-activism and a twisted Turing test

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 5:00am
Wield a scalpel under expert direction, discover in a new book how beavers will transform our planet, and join a debate to choose what other worlds to settle
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A new data-driven idea of warfare doesn’t quite add up

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 6:00am
Mathematical models of conflict are seductive, but we shouldn’t throw out the lessons of the past, warns David Betz
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Globetrotting film sends scientists on “relay race” of inquiry

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 6:00am
A documentary called The Most Unknown uses a global game of science “tag” as a cute way to frame humanity’s big questions – but it can all get a bit earnest
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