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Bowel cancer screening in younger groups may do more harm than good

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 6:30pm
Screening for bowel cancer has been widely introduced, but the benefits are small and may not outweigh the risks of anxiety and false positives
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A prosthetic leg that attaches to nerves feels like part of the body

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 2:00pm
People who have had a leg amputated found that a prosthetic leg with sensors felt like an extension of their own bodies and helped them avoid tripping over
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Experimental drug that targets liver fat may help prevent diabetes

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 2:00pm
The build-up of fat in the liver affects 1 in 3 people and can lead to type 2 diabetes. An experimental drug tested in monkeys appears to reverse it
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App can detect signs of eye diseases in kids by scanning your photos

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 2:00pm
An app uses artificial intelligence to detect "white eye" in photos. This can be just a trick of the light, but is also sometimes a sign of disease
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Andromeda galaxy ate several dwarf galaxies in two-course lunch

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Our nearest major galaxy, Andromeda, has eaten several smaller galaxies over its lifetime. Now we have reconstructed the story of the meal from the leftover debris
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Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten on the science of mindfulness

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Meditation and mindfulness are useful for modern life, says Gelong Thubten, because they can help us be less controlled by stressful thoughts and emotions
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Sea of Shadows: Film documents demise of the world's smallest porpoise

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Decimated by illegal fishing for the totoaba fish, the vaquita is the victim of global organised crime. Can a powerful new documentary improve its chances?
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Gamechanger: L. X. Beckett’s latest sci-fi novel lives up to its name

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Does sci-fi have a moral obligation to guide society rather than scare it? L. X. Beckett’s latest book Gamechanger shows how “adaptation lit” can lead us to a better future
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Volcanoes and Wine: Why a match made in hell tastes like heaven

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
From Etna to Vesuvius, Santorini to Stromboli, volcanoes have long been linked to excellent wines. New book Volcanoes and Wine explores this unlikely terroir
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Dust is annoying, but it is also key to life and death in the cosmos

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Dust gives us trouble, whether at home or in space, but it plays a key role in star formation and destruction, and in allowing us to understand huge objects like galaxies says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
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How many trees are there on Earth? Mission to measure planet's biomass

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Trees are our biggest ally against climate change - but we've never been sure how big. New space-based technology is revealing their potential for the first time
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How to measure light pollution where you live by counting stars

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
If you're an urban stargazer it helps to know how much light pollution there is in your area. Here's a star-based test to find out
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Scare stories of mutant GM mosquitoes aren’t true, but have some truth

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Tales of hybrid super-mosquitoes produced by a GM trial in Brazil are way off the mark – but our careless ways do create mutants that harm us, says Michael Le Page
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Predicting the future is now possible with powerful new AI simulations

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 1:00pm
If you thought Cambridge Analytica had scary tech, wait until you see this. A new form of AI modelling promises accurate simulation of the behaviour of entire cities, countries and one day perhaps, the world
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How to call the International Space Station

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 11:44am
Does the ISS have a phone number? Do ISS astronauts have smartphones or handsets? And does anything in the space station “ring” when an audio call is set up? We spoke to the communications experts who help the world talk to astronauts on the orbiting International Space Station
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A solar-powered airship is being built to transport cargo more greenly

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:30am
Solar-powered airships could be a greener way to transport cargo. One start-up is building one for delivering freight and says it will fly at half the speed of a jumbo jet
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Boris Johnson jokes about UK being ‘on the verge’ of nuclear fusion

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 8:28am
In his speech to the Conservative party conference, prime minister Boris Johnson said the UK can become carbon neutral by the middle of this century
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Sir William Ramsay added a whole new group to the periodic table

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 7:02am
The Scottish chemist William Ramsay discovered helium, argon, xenon, krypton and neon in the space of a few years, adding a new group to the periodic table
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Huge amounts of illegal wild meat from the Amazon are sold in Brazil

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 6:45am
The trade in wild meat from the Amazon is on the same scale as the timber trade, but there is still time to control it before it pushes the affected animals to a crisis
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A hidden drug overdose crisis has struck Scotland - can we fix it?

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 6:00am
Illegal benzodiazepine drugs that cost as little as 15p per tablet are fuelling an overdose crisis in Scotland. How can we prevent hundreds more deaths?
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