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Elephants can judge the quantity of hidden food just by using smell

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 3:00pm
Asian elephants have shown that they can judge quantities – the amount of seeds in a locked bucket – just by using their extremely sensitive sense of smell
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Two brain-rejuvenating proteins have been identified in young blood

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 3:00pm
Young blood has mysterious powers to improve cognition in older animals. Two proteins that boost structures in neurons seem to be behind the effect
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Tool-use became widespread 10,000 years earlier than we thought

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 3:00pm
The discovery of an ancient collection of tools suggests that our ancient ancestors began using stone tools on a regular basis about 2.6 million years ago
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Astronomy group calls for urgent action on SpaceX Starlink satellites

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 12:36pm
One of the most important organisations in astronomy has waded into the row about SpaceX's global internet Starlink satellites ruining observations of the night sky
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Plastic producers urged to take responsibility for "nurdle" pollution

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 12:14pm
Billions of plastic pellets called nurdles have washed up on UK beaches. Pollution researcher Alexandra McGoran says producers must do more to stop pollution
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CRISPR babies might live shorter lives due to their gene mutations

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:00am
The world's first CRISPR babies were given a mutation thought to cause resistance to HIV. But a new study suggests this mutation may also shorten lifespan
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Your gut bacteria may influence whether you get drug side effects

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:00am
A study in mice suggests human gut bacteria breakdown many drug treatments - a finding that could explain why drugs are less effective in some people
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Using a meditation app each day may improve your memory and attention

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:00am
Short bursts of app-guided meditation several times a day has been found to improve performance on memory and attention tasks in a study involving 40 adults
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Quantum leaps are real – and now we can control them

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:00am
Quantum leaps are generally assumed to be instantaneous, but researchers have figured out how to intercept them midway, which may be useful in quantum computing
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Uncrewed deep-sea robots will help map the world’s oceans

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:00pm
The Ocean Discovery XPrize has been awarded to an uncrewed vehicle capable of mapping 250 square kilometres of the sea floor within 24 hours
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NASA has selected three lunar landers to bring science to the moon

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 2:22pm
Three companies - Orbit Beyond, Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines - have been awarded contracts by NASA to send landers to the moon’s surface in 2020 and 2021
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Ancient Roman air pollution caused climate change in Europe

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 7:12am
The Roman Empire produced so much air pollution from fires in homes and on farms that it had a detectable cooling effect on the regional climate
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New Zealand wants to make people happy, not rich - will it work?

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 7:03am
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has unveiled what is being called the world's first budget to prioritise well-being over economic activity
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Sea creature uses stem cells to regrow entire body from a tiny piece

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 6:35am
Sea squirts use stem cells to regenerate their bodies from nothing but fragments of blood vessel, a finding that could help uncover the evolution of regeneration
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Koala conservation goes high-tech with virtual reality and drones

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 3:00am
An Australian project has demonstrated airborne thermal cameras and virtual reality could much more accurately pinpoint where koalas live, and improve conservation efforts
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A type of African mole rat is immune to the pain caused by wasabi

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 2:00pm
A species of mole rat doesn't feel pain in response to a compound that gives wasabi its pungent taste, and could hint at new ways to relieve pain in people
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DeepMind's AI gamer is a better teammate than human players

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 2:00pm
DeepMind’s new gaming AI has learned to play Quake III Arena cooperatively with teammates, and performs better than human players
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Wild bees' nest made entirely out of plastic discovered in Argentina

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:50am
The first report of a bee’s nest made entirely from plastic comes from Argentina. The leafcutter bees created cells out of what may be bits of old plastic bags
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Damaged sense of smell fixed in mice by squirting stem cells up nose

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:00am
Stem cell therapy delivered through nasal droplets can restore a sense of smell in mice – but it will take time to develop a safe nasal spray for humans
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Could fracking with carbon dioxide instead of water be greener?

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:00am
Using CO2 to fracture rocks for oil and gas is being touted as a more environmentally friendly approach to fracking, but it may not be greener overall
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