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Data trial identifies vulnerable children who may otherwise be missed

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 7:14am
A trial using data to prevent child abuse helped a UK police force drastically cut the time it takes child protection experts to review cases
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Crabs are being found in the Thames with stomachs full of plastic

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:13am
Crabs in the Thames are ingesting “shocking” amounts of plastic and may be passing it on in high doses to other species in the river, researchers have found
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Cancelled Dyson electric car project received £5m from UK government

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 8:32am
UK taxpayers gave around £5m to the company Dyson to support the electric car project that it announced this week will be scrapped
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NASA engineer's 'helical engine' may violate the laws of physics

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 8:10am
A NASA engineer has published plans for an engine that could accelerate a rocket without using propellant. But there are questions over whether it could work
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Life may have begun with simple genes made out of urine

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 5:00am
Urea, a chemical found in urine, can be used to make simple genetic molecules similar to DNA – which could have been the basis of the first life on Earth
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Quantum weirdness could allow a person-sized wormhole to last forever

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 1:00am
We were unsure if wormholes could exist long enough to allow a person through. Now calculations indicate they are extremely rare, but could last the age of the universe
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Wealthy families in prehistoric Europe may have had live-in slaves

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:00pm
Ancient DNA suggests that during the Bronze Age, wealthy families once lived with poorer individuals, suggesting live-in slavery could be 1300 years older than we thought
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Fridges made from twisty materials could be better for the environment

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:00pm
Cooling powered by twisting materials could make more efficient and sustainable fridges that don't rely on compressing greenhouse gasses
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Depression may reduce the amount of white matter in the brain

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:39pm
Depression appears to cause changes to the structure of the brain, as well as the other way around. That may be due to behaviour changes that can shrink unused brain pathways
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Will a ban on snacking on public transport really help combat obesity?

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:38pm
A proposal to ban snacks on public transport has appeared in a UK government report. But it doesn't seem based on evidence, and the government won't discuss it
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You probably score worse than monkeys on questions about the world

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:18am
New Scientist readers are more knowledgeable than the general public and experts on the state of the world, but still score worse than monkeys would on some questions
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Live: UK's first space rover, Tim Peake and the real life rocket man

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:07am
We'll be live streaming several talks from New Scientist Live including British astronaut Tim Peake's question and answer session, the full announcement of SpaceBit's plans for the first British lunar rover and the real life rocket man Sam Rogers
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Cold-blooded mammals roamed Earth for tens of millions of years

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 8:00am
Two protomammals from the dinosaur era were still cold-blooded like their reptile ancestors, even though their skeletons and brains were mammal-like
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Deep-sea anglerfish may shed luminous bacteria into the ocean water

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 6:00am
Bacteria in deep-sea anglerfish give the predators a luminescent glow – but despite being adapted to this lifestyle the microbes leave for the open water
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Plans for UK's first moon rover announced at New Scientist Live

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 4:00am
A UK-based space start-up is planning to send the smallest rover ever to the moon in 2021, and it will walk around on legs instead of rolling on wheels
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Bees are better at counting if they are penalised for their mistakes

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 6:00pm
We had evidence that bees could count up to four. But it seems they can go further - if prompted with both rewards for correct answers and penalties for errors
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Return of warm water 'blob' in the Pacific threatens marine life

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:14pm
The reappearance of a vast blob of abnormally warm water in the Pacific, around seven times the size of Alaska, has raised the prospect of impacts on marine ecosystems and weather systems  
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Ancient humans planned ahead and stored bones to eat the marrow later

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Patterns of markings from skinning preserved bones are the first evidence that humans living 200,000 to 400,000 years ago stored food to eat later
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Mini organs grown from tumour cells can help us choose the best chemo

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Miniature clumps of cells grown from a person's tumour biopsy can be used to test different cancer treatments so medics can decide which one is best for the individual
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Some corals ‘killed’ by climate change are now returning to life

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Warm water can leave corals looking dead – but in some cases polyps still survive deep in the coral skeleton and in time they can return the coral to life
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