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Universal basic income seems to improve employment and wellbeing

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 4:59pm
Finland’s two-year test of universal basic income has concluded that it doesn't seem to disincentivise working, and benefits recipients’ mental and financial wellbeing
Categories: Astronomy

The moon is emitting carbon, raising questions about how it was formed

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 3:00pm
The leading hypothesis for how the moon formed involves a collision between a Mars-sized object and Earth that would have boiled away elements like carbon, making its discovery on the moon a mystery
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BCG vaccine helps fight infections by boosting immune cell production

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 3:00pm
The BCG tuberculosis vaccine boosts the production of immune cells and this may explain how it protects newborns from dying of sepsis
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A Japanese nuclear power plant created a habitat for tropical fish

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 3:00pm
A small increase in water temperature near a Japanese nuclear power plant allowed tropical fish to colonise the area, suggesting global warming will drastically alter some marine ecosystems
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Common herpes virus causes signs of Alzheimer's disease in brain cells

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 3:00pm
A study of brain cells in a dish adds to growing evidence that Alzheimer’s disease can be caused by herpes viruses, but antiviral treatment may help stop it
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Rare sighting of European hare wins German nature photography award

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:00pm
A hare's dream came out on top in the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 competition, while images of a Bavarian forest, a flock of snow geese and a crocodile were also winners
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Code 8 review: A crime and sci-fi mash-up that's actually pretty good

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:00pm
Code 8, a film about people with special powers that have been shunned by the world, is both a cracking crime caper and a comment on society, says Simon Ings
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MIDI 2.0: The code that will define the future of sound has arrived

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:00pm
Four decades ago, we introduced a standard way of encoding digital sound. Its first ever upgrade could lead to new genres of music and ways of experiencing sound
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It's time to retreat from the tyranny of lockdown tech

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:00pm
People in lockdown are no longer trying to use technology to get their old lives back and that's a good thing, says Annalee Newitz
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Can nudge theory really stop covid-19 by changing our behaviour?

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:00pm
Human behaviour is key to the spread of coronavirus, so government scientists are trying to control our decisions. Does it work, and what happens when they get it wrong?
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UK covid-19 official death toll passes 30,000 - world's second highest

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 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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How to sniff out the good coronavirus studies from the bad

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 11:35am
With social media, newspapers and politicians all espousing unverified covid-19 findings, use these seven signs to tell if a study should be treated with caution
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How the covid-19 pandemic has led to a flood of misleading science

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 10:25am
Amid the global coronavirus outbreak, a second epidemic of preliminary, unverified and misinterpreted research has broken out. Can it be fixed?
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Why countries should start weekly covid-19 testing for key workers

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:50am
Many countries are focusing coronavirus testing on people who have covid-19 symptoms. But regularly testing all essential workers would have more of an impact
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You can 'see' the closest known black hole to Earth with the naked eye

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:00am
Astronomers found a star that appeared to be orbiting nothing at all – but it’s actually the closest black hole ever at just 1000 light years away
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