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Stealth glider made out of special polymer self-destructs in sunlight

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 5:00am
A polymer that breaks down in sunlight has been used to create a glider that can transport objects behind enemy lines at night, then disappear without a trace
Categories: Astronomy

City crows may have high cholesterol because they eat fast food

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:00am
Crows living in urban areas have higher cholesterol than those in rural areas, which may be partly due to fast food they scavenge in cities
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Explaining why Reddit posts are removed helps people comply with rules

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 3:00am
Social media sites could cut the flow of unsavoury material by a fifth by better explaining their rules, according to a study of 32 million posts on Reddit
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Tests at 3 years old could predict how well your brain will age

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 2:00am
Cognitive testing at the age of 3 can predict how healthy a person’s brain will be in their mid 40s, and may indicate whether they are likely to develop dementia
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Facebook’s ad data may put millions of gay people at risk

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 3:00am
Over four million people that live in countries where being gay is illegal have been labelled by Facebook as being interested in homosexuality
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Wild polio has been eradicated in Nigeria but infections will continue

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 11:43am
Nigeria has officially wiped out wild polio, but there have already been 15 cases of infection this year, caused by the live virus used in some vaccines
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Record Amazon rainforest fires spark row between Brazil and France

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 6:17am
The Brazilian space agency, INPE, this week reported more than 75,000 fires across the Brazilian part of the world’s greatest rainforest, up 84 per cent on last year
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Asteroid Ryugu has no dust on it and we don’t know why

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 2:00pm
The most detailed pictures yet from the asteroid Ryugu show it has no dust, which is very strange. There are at least three competing possible explanations
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Bacteria fly into the Atacama Desert every afternoon on the wind

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:00am
The Atacama Desert is one of the most hostile places on Earth, but new microbes arrive there every day on dust grains carried by the wind
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Gene editing turns cells into minicomputers that can record data

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:00am
Gene editing can turn living cells into minicomputers that record data. The technology could track what happens inside the body over time
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Gravitational waves could settle mystery of the universe's expansion

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 7:44am
Supernovae and the big bang's afterglow give us conflicting numbers on how fast the universe is expanding. Gravitational waves could help settle things
Categories: Astronomy

We could use bees' honey to track environmental lead pollution

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 6:55pm
Honey is a surprisingly effective tool for monitoring the levels of lead in the environment. It could be used in places where sampling is hard to organise
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China’s two-child policy linked to 5 million extra babies in 18 months

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 6:30pm
A Chinese government policy allowing all couples to have two children led to an additional 5.4 million births in the first 18 months after it took effect
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Sitting for nine and a half hours a day linked to early death

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 6:30pm
Sitting less and moving more often is associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, suggests a review of data from 36,000 people
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YouTube has become such a garbage fire it is time to dump it for good

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 1:00pm
To make the internet a better place we could start by switching off the world’s biggest video sharing site amid claims its algorithms magnify fringe views, says Annalee Newitz
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Can we halt multiple sclerosis? Catherine Lubetzki is finding out how

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 1:00pm
People affected by multiple sclerosis hold the key to understanding the condition, says Catherine Lubetzki, and she hopes her work could one day stop MS in its tracks
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Why are people still dying of malaria when we have a treatment?

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 1:00pm
Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta created a way to test for malaria without a blood sample. He hopes it will help people get vital treatment faster, and enable us to track and ultimately beat the disease
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From Prey to Observation: Why games set on space stations are a thrill

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 1:00pm
Space stations make great game settings because they are self-contained worlds perfect for exploration and claustrophobic frights, says Jacob Aron in his latest column
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The Vagina Bible: Beating bad science on women's sexual health

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 1:00pm
Top Twitter gynaecologist Jennifer Gunter's new book, The Vagina Bible, attacks the bad science and downright ignorance she believes bedevil women's sexual health
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Inside China's attempt to boost crop yields with electric fields

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 1:00pm
In greenhouses across China, scientists are exposing lettuces and cucumbers to powerful electric fields in an attempt to make them grow faster. Can electroculture work?
Categories: Astronomy