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UK families in buyers club fly to Argentina for cystic fibrosis drugs

3 hours 36 min ago
The NHS in England won’t provide a new treatment for cystic fibrosis, so families have formed a buyers club and travelled to South America to buy a version
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When two people fancy each other their heart rates jump in harmony

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 1:00am
In a blind date, couples whose heart rates become synchronised are more likely to be attracted to each other – but physical body language makes no difference
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Marcus du Sautoy at NSLive: Can computers ever be truly creative?

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 7:00am
Artificial intelligence is turbo charging the ability of machines to be creative. At New Scientist Live next month, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy will explain just how close we are to an AI Vincent van Gogh
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Australia has a huge shortage of the medical isotope needed for scans

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 1:00am
Australia is facing possibly its worst ever shortage of medical isotopes. These are used in diagnostics, meaning 10,000 people or more may miss out on vital diagnostic scans
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UK academics are stockpiling lab equipment in case of a no-deal Brexit

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 1:00am
The threat of a no-deal Brexit is causing staff at several universities in the UK to stockpile scientific equipment, including protective gloves and fly food
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Herpes vaccine to be tested in humans after best result yet in animals

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 2:00pm
Hopes for a genital herpes vaccine have been raised by a trial treatment that stops genital lesions and low-lying infections in guinea pigs and mice
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Mystery of why humans walk upright may be explained by surprise fossil

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:21am
We thought that walking on all fours like a gorilla is more primitive than walking on two legs as humans do. But new fossils suggest even very ancient apes walked upright
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Autonomous killer drones set to be used by Turkey in Syria

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:14am
Turkey is to become the first nation to use drones able to find, track and kill people without human intervention, when it deploys them in Syria in a few months
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Global climate strikes: millions take to the streets to demand action

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 8:55am
Hundreds of thousands of adults and children from Sydney to London have taken to the streets today as part of a global strike against governments’ inaction on climate change
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Global climate strikes: Here's what's happening on the ground

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 8:55am
Hundreds of thousands of adults and children from Sydney to London have taken to the streets today as part of a global strike against governments’ inaction on climate change
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Stars that eat planets can start spinning so fast they rip apart

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 7:56am
When a star engulfs a planet it can end up spinning so fast that it rips apart. The resulting debris could help us learn about exoplanets that were consumed
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Drone equipped with nail gun can fix the roof so you don't have to

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 6:07am
A drone equipped with a nail gun can autonomously hover over a roof and fix tiles in place. Tests showed it was highly precise and held steady while firing
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The cost of subsidising UK wind farms has dropped to an all-time low

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 5:08am
Results of a UK government auction on Friday show windfarms will be built in 2025 for as little as £39.65 per megawatt hour, a drop of almost a third since 2017
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The US and Canada have lost three billion birds since 1970

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 2:00pm
The US and Canada have lost almost 3 billion birds since 1970, in a dramatic decline researchers are calling an "overlooked biodiversity crisis"
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Some planets may orbit a supermassive black hole instead of a star

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:06am
Planets normally form gradually from the disk of dust around a star. But the same thing could happen around black holes, forming thousands of super heavy planets
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This is almost certainly not what Denisovans looked like

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:00am
A team has used DNA from an ancient fingerbone to predict what our extinct cousins the Denisovans looked like but the method is unlikely to be accurate
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UN climate summit: Scientists’ messages to world leaders

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 9:21am
Greta Thunberg has urged the US Congress to "listen to the scientists". Here's what climate scientists have to say ahead of next week's UN climate summit
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A hat that zaps the scalp with electricity helps reverse male balding

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 6:27am
A scientist has designed an electric skin patch that stimulated fur growth in hairless mice and reversed his dad’s balding, and has now been made into a hat
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Man sees the world in miniature after a stroke damages his brain

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 6:16am
A man perceives all objects and people as 30 per cent smaller after having a stroke, making it difficult to navigate doorways and judge his clothing size
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Do dads matter? Anna Machin on the fascinating science of fatherhood

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 5:41am
At New Scientist Live next month, evolutionary anthropologist Anna Machin will explain why dads are important for protecting children’s mental health
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