Oh, would it not be absurd if there was no objective state?
What if the unobserved always waits, insubstantial,
till our eyes give it shape?

— Peter Hammill

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HPV vaccine linked to fewer premature births in Australia

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:49pm
An estimated 2000 premature births seem to have been prevented by widespread HPV vaccination in Australia, possibly by protecting against damage to the cervix
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A large moon might be hugging an object in the outer solar system

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 9:25am
A trans-Neptunian object known as 2002 TC302 appears to have a large moon at an unusually close orbit
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Tiny robots can travel through rushing blood to deliver drugs

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 3:00pm
Robots smaller than a red blood cell can move against the flow of blood when directed by magnets, which could help deliver drugs directly to cancer cells
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The epic journeys of green sea turtles revealed by 50 years of data

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Using more than 50 years of satellite tracking data, a team found that green sea turtles will skip areas they don't know when looking for a foraging site even if they are suitable
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Our five appetites mean our hunger is far more complex than we thought

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
It is crucial to understand your five-appetite system and how ultraprocessed foods have crashed this set-up – especially as they are so popular in lockdown
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Why do scientists give some species such unusual names?

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
The strange ways we name new species and the politics involved is explained in Stephen Heard's book Charles Darwin's Barnacle and David Bowie's Spider
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The Vast of Night review: A sort of slow-burn 1950s Stranger Things

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Starring youngsters who investigate a mysterious signal that may be from spies or aliens, The Vast of Night is all a bit Stranger Things, says Gege Li
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The surprising benefits of contemplating the death of the universe

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Cosmologist Katie Mack spends her days pondering the end of everything. Whether the cosmos dies a slow heat death or winks out of existence tomorrow, she finds it helps put everyday troubles in perspective
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The strange physics of why blue jays look blue even though they aren't

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Watching birds is great entertainment, and there's fascinating physics behind how some get their colours, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
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Coronavirus is evolving. Knowing how could help us stop the pandemic

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Viruses, like the coronavirus causing covid-19, can evolve rapidly. Knowing how and why they change should help us beat this pandemic and prevent future ones
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Independent scientists urge UK government to delay reopening schools

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 1:30pm
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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UK needs contact strategy to prevent second wave of covid-19

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 1:30pm
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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Covid-19 news: UK aims to recruit 25,000 contact tracers by June

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 1:25pm
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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NASA's Artemis Accords aim to lay down the law of the land on the moon

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 1:19pm
The US has announced the Artemis Accords, a set of agreements that aim to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation on the moon while encouraging mining and exploration
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EU plans to plant 3 billion trees and massively expand organic farming

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:40pm
By 2030, a plan by the European Commission aims to reverse the loss of biodiversity by planting 3 billion extra trees and dramatically expanding organic farming
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Earliest known man with Native American DNA ancestry lived in Siberia

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:00pm
A man who lived in Siberia about 14,000 years ago is the earliest known person in the world to have the specific mix of genes seen in people with Native American ancestry, analysis of DNA from a fossilised tooth has revealed
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Earliest known person of the Native American ancestry lived in Siberia

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:00pm
A man who lived in Siberia about 14,000 years ago is the earliest known person in the world to have the specific mix of genes seen in people with Native American ancestry, analysis of DNA from a fossilised tooth has revealed
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We've found the oldest ever galaxy that looks like our own

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:00pm
A galaxy made up of a rotating disc of dust and stars has been spotted just 1.5 billion years after the big bang, which changes our view of how these vast objects form
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Human-like cyborg eye could power itself using sunlight

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:00pm
A spherical, solar-powered artificial eye is able to distinguish between different letters and could eventually be used as a visual aid for people who cannot see
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Coronavirus and covid-19: Your questions answered

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:54am
Why do some healthy people develop severe symptoms? Do people who recover from covid-19 become immune to the coronavirus? Our answers to readers’ questions
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