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Your phone and shoes are home to completely unknown life forms

12 hours 46 min ago
Samples taken from people’s shoes and phones have been found to contain DNA from nine mysterious and unstudied branches of the bacteria family tree
Categories: Astronomy

AI autotune makes your terrible karaoke singing more tolerable

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 3:00am
Autotune can often sound robotic because it shifts off notes into perfect pitch, a new version listens to the notes you've already sung and uses them to help fill in the gaps
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Fears of OpenAI’s super-trolling artificial intelligence are overblown

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:55am
Elon Musk-backed firm OpenAI has built a text-generating AI that it says is too dangerous to release because of potential misuse
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A dialect quiz shows we still cling to our regional identities

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:52am
The New York Times' online quiz can pinpoint where in the UK or Ireland you grew up by the words you use and how you say them. We asked a linguist to explain why dialects persist
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The children striking over climate change speak to New Scientist

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 9:30am
New Scientist went to meet the UK schoolchildren who have left their classrooms to join a global protest that calls for the government to declare a climate emergency
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Meet the man who made CRISPR monkey clones to study depression

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 7:05am
Hung-Chun Chang told New Scientist about his team’s controversial project to find drugs for depression and schizophrenia using clones of gene-edited monkeys
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Russia’s plan to unplug from the internet shows cyberwar is escalating

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 7:03am
Media reports suggest Russia is contemplating disconnecting from the global internet. The move is not about isolationism but security, says James Ball
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Interstellar ‘Oumuamua might be a fractal snowflake not an alien probe

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 6:13am
The interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua might be an alien spaceship, at least according to one prominent researcher, but now there is a much more reasonable explanation
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Smugglers are profiting from our failure to define endangered species

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 4:13pm
There are calls to improve a treaty on the international trade in endangered species – but there is no standard way to define species, says Stephen Garnett
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A gut bacteria toxin that damages DNA may be involved in bowel cancer

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 2:00pm
People with bowel cancer often have higher levels of certain toxic-producing bacteria. The toxin has now been shown to damage DNA in gut cells in mice
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CRISPR could help us protect ourselves from viruses like flu and HIV

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:41pm
Gene-edited white blood cells could let us hack our immune systems to prevent infections with pathogens like HIV, flu, and the virus that causes glandular fever
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The last black leopard photographed in Kenya was born in New York

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 9:30am
New images of a black leopard taken by a camera trap in Kenya were claimed to be the first in 100 years, but that wasn't strictly true
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NASA's photo archives reveal 60 years of space travel

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 9:20am
NASA latest book includes big launches, moon landings, Martian panoramas and behind the scenes images that give a human scale to its vast endeavours
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Can teenagers get vaccinated without their parents’ permission?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 6:21am
As measles outbreaks take hold, some teenagers in the US are beginning to look for ways to get vaccinated – against their parents' wishes
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Find tonic water bitter? Part of your brain may be on the small side

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 6:15am
A region of the brain called the left entorhinal cortex varies in size from person to person, and it’s smaller than average in those who find tonic water bitter
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Offspring from older sperm are fitter and age more slowly

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 3:30am
Experiments in fish suggest offspring from older sperm may be healthier – a finding that could change the ways IVF clinics select sperm
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Robot mimics desert ants to find its way home without GPS

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 2:00pm
AntBot is a six-legged robot that can get home without the help of GPS, thanks to tactics borrowed from desert ants
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The Wall review – A dystopian adventure for the climate change era

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:00pm
Though it has its satirical elements, John Lanchester's discomforting new novel does more than point the finger at present ills
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There is No Planet B review: How to save Earth by changing humans

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:00pm
Can Mike Berners-Lee's guide to changing how we think and live help us dump our dangerous habits and learn to use resources respectfully rather than rapaciously?
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How humans evolved to be both shockingly violent and super-cooperative

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:00pm
The origins of our paradoxical nature lie in murder and self-domestication. It's a weird story that may even explain why our species came into existence
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