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AI can mistakenly see cancer in medical scans after tiny image tweaks

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 2:00pm
Medical artificial intelligence is brittle. Although it promises to quickly analyse medical scans, it can trip up on seemingly innocuous issues
Categories: Astronomy

Child abuse may change brain structure and make depression worse

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:54am
Brain scans suggest that mistreatment during childhood is linked to changes in brain structure that may make depression more severe in later life
Categories: Astronomy

Stunning picture shows dead star racing away from a massive explosion

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:06am
A speedy pulsar moving 1100 kilometres per second is racing away from the supernova explosion that created it in this image taken by the Very Large Array radio telescope
Categories: Astronomy

Jet fuel made from waste plants could be one of the most efficient yet

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:00am
A way of turning cellulose from plants into a superior jet fuel might help limit the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from flying
Categories: Astronomy

Genetics studies are too white – that’s failing people and science

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:00am
Three-quarters of people in studies linking genetics and health are of white European descent, leading us to miss vital clues, says researcher Scott Williams
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Sun bears copy each other's facial expressions to communicate

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:48am
The world's smallest bears, sun bears, copy one another's facial expressions as a means of communication. Few other animals are known to do this
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Elizabeth Holmes: The hypnotic tale of the rise and fall of Theranos

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 9:56am
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes built a $10 billion company on the promise of a miracle blood test. But it didn’t work. A new film, The Inventor, follows the fallout
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Robot swarm inspired by cells can keep moving even if its parts fail

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
A swarm of bots inspired by the way living cells move can slither through gaps and keep moving if many of its parts fail
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Anaesthesia drug may make it easier to forget upsetting memories

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
A drug used for anaesthesia can make upsetting memories less vivid and may one day be used to help some people with post-traumatic stress disorder
Categories: Astronomy

Electric cars won't shrink emissions enough - we must cut travel too

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
Until now, the focus has been on moving to greener means of transport, but some people are proposing that we need to cut back on travelling and stay in one place
Categories: Astronomy

Is religion good or bad for humanity? Epic analysis delivers an answer

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
A scientific review of 10,000 years of history is finally revealing the unexpected truth behind religion's role in human civilisation
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Gaia rebooted: New version of idea explains how Earth evolved for life

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
The controversial Gaia hypothesis sees Earth as a superorganism adapted to be perfect for life. A weird type of evolution may finally show how that actually happens
Categories: Astronomy

Deforestation in the Amazon could raise local temperatures by 1.5C

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
Deforestation in the Amazon could have a similar local warming effect to decades of climate change-driven temperature rises
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We have to find a way to stop drones disrupting airports

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 2:00pm
Drones near airports are grounding flights and leaving people miserable, but can we actually find a way to stop them?
Categories: Astronomy

I got caught in the middle of a bitter row over humans' violent past

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 1:12pm
A simmering feud between geneticists and archaeologists has finally exploded. This turf war is unwise and unscientific, says Michael Marshall
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Most powerful thunderstorm ever measured produced 1.3 billion volts

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:00am
A record-breaking 1.3 billion volts of electric potential were created in a thunderstorm, a voltage that may explain how high-energy gamma rays are made during storms
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One in four scientists have experienced harassment or discrimination

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 8:00am
A survey of nearly 3700 scientists across Europe and North America suggests that harassment, bullying and discrimination are widespread
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Why I believe humans were in Australia much earlier than we thought

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 7:30am
Newly discovered shells and blackened stones are compelling evidence that humans lived in Australia 60,000 years earlier than we thought, says James Bowler
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Genetic risk scores could help the NHS but they aren't ready yet

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 6:12am
Analysing huge genetic databases is allowing us to score people on their risk of common diseases, but the technique isn't ready to roll out across the NHS
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Schrödinger’s kittens: New thought experiment breaks quantum theory

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 5:05am
A twist on the famous Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment could undermine quantum physics – or provide a path to a deeper understanding of how the world works
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