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Cold war nuclear bomb tests changed rainfall patterns over the UK

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 6:00am
Radiation from nuclear bomb test detonations in the cold war may have affected rainclouds, causing increases in rainfall thousands of kilometres away
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We have seen hints of a new fundamental force of nature

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 2:00am
Multiple indications seem to be showing that something is manipulating the universe beyond the four basic forces we know – and we are starting to work out what it is
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Ancient anchovies were huge and used sabre teeth to eat other fish

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 8:01pm
Fossils have revealed that after the extinction of the dinosaurs, anchovies evolved into metre-long predators with sharp sabre-like teeth to devour other fish
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Coronavirus: Developing countries are ‘on a ledge with no safety net’

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 6:42pm
David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, says the world's richest countries still have time to help protect the most fragile countries from the spread of covid-19
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Covid-19 news: UK job retention scheme extended until October

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 1:15pm
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Independent scientists criticise UK government's covid-19 approach

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 12:20pm
The UK government's "stay alert" messaging, use of statistics and outsourcing of coronavirus contact tracing have been criticised by an independent science committee
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An AI trained to spot hidden objects can see through camouflage

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:57am
An AI trained to spot objects hidden against a background is able to see through camouflage and outperforms existing algorithms at the task
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Bluetooth may not work well enough to trace coronavirus contacts

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 10:18am
An experiment reveals how difficult it is to use Bluetooth on phones to determine if people have been in close enough contact to spread the coronavirus
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Covid-19 news: Coronavirus restrictions to ease slightly in England

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 1:15pm
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Neanderthals may have learned jewellery-making from us

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 12:00pm
The first modern humans to settle in Europe made pendants out of bear teeth – and a few thousand years later, Neanderthals started doing it too
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US start-up is testing drones in India to enforce social distancing

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 8:20am
Police are using surveillance drones to enforce social distancing rules worldwide during the covid-19 pandemic, raising concerns about privacy violations
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UK plan for green heating will take 1500 years to hit 2050 target

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 6:48am
Details of a UK plan to reduce carbon emissions by switching to green heating sources falls a long way short of a 2050 target set by government climate advisers – at the proposed funding rate, it will take 1500 years
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Philip Pullman: 'A story will help us make sense of anything'

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 6:20am
In His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman touches on difficult philosophical and scientific questions about our existence. We spoke to him about science, daemons and dust
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Philip Pullman: Some things are better understood by art than science

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 6:20am
In His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman touches on difficult philosophical and scientific questions about our existence. We spoke to him about science, daemons and dust
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How some African countries are beginning to ease coronavirus lockdowns

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 6:07am
Ghana and South Africa are among the African countries now loosening coronavirus restrictions, but the two nations are taking very different approaches
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Climate change has already made parts of the world too hot for humans

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 3:00pm
Global warming has already made parts of the world – including cities in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates – hotter than the human body can withstand
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Stars in the Milky Way's centre often get dangerously close together

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 3:00am
About 80 per cent of stars in the Milky Way’s central bulge have relatively close encounters with another star, which can fling off any planets orbiting them
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New Zealand is close to wiping out covid-19 - can it return to normal?

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 2:00am
New Zealand is on track to eliminate covid-19 altogether, but keeping the virus out for good will be a challenge, and the economic impacts are likely to hurt
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Black people in England and Wales twice as likely to die with covid-19

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 1:30pm
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Brain cells reach out to each other through miniature cages

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:17am
Mouse neurons trapped inside cages grow long appendages to connect to each other. Trapping the cells allows us to precisely control their growth
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