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Ivy is multiplying across Europe’s forests as the climate warms

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 5:00am
Ivy is multiplying across European forests, riding a perfect storm of warmer conditions and forest management practices
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Armoured liquid marbles connected together in a chain 1.7 metres long

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 3:00am
Liquid marbles that can be picked up and handled have now been linked together in a 1.7-metre-long chain – and could be used as chemical microreactors
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Covid-19 news: UK R number below 1.0 for the first time since August

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:59am
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AI can turn spoken language into photorealistic sign language videos

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:00am
An AI that can produce photorealistic videos of sign language interpreters from speech could improve accessibility by removing the need for humans
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We seem to find larger animals more charismatic than small ones

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 8:00am
Survey data on human attitudes to 13,680 animal species suggests we judge larger animals as more charismatic – although some very small species are also seen as charismatic
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Do Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine results stand up to scrutiny?

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 7:15am
Doubts have been raised over the positive results released earlier this week by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford from trials of their coronavirus vaccine. Here's what you need to know
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Godzilla Sahara dust storm linked to melting Arctic sea ice

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 6:43am
A record-breaking Sahara dust storm that spread harmful air pollution across parts of North America in June 2020 was caused by winds linked to melting Arctic sea ice
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Google Earth reveals suspected nuclear weapons facility in Pakistan

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 4:55am
Sleuthing with satellite images has revealed a substantial and undocumented expansion to a suspected nuclear processing plant in Pakistan, a possible sign the country is boosting capacity for its nuclear weapons programme
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The dazzling winners of the British Ecological Society’s photo awards

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 8:00pm
Images of the extraordinary, but endangered, Dalmatian pelican and weaver ants caring for their young are among those awarded in this year's British Ecological Society’s "Capturing Ecology" photography competition
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CRISPR gene editing of brain cells might prevent Alzheimer's disease

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 3:00pm
CRISPR gene editing could be used to introduce a rare gene variant that greatly reduces the risk of Alzheimer's, but it has only been tried in a dish so far
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Climate change may make autumn leaves fall early and store less carbon

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 2:00pm
Tree leaves could start falling earlier in autumn due to climate change. The finding suggests forests will store significantly less carbon than expected as temperatures rise
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Covid-19 news: New tiers announced for England after lockdown ends

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 12:13pm
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NASA can't decide whether astronauts should wash their underwear

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 10:55am
NASA has partnered with consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble to develop a detergent that can wash clothes in space. Up until now, NASA has found it more cost-efficient to dispose of dirty garments
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Double climate disaster may have ended ancient Harappan civilisation

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 6:44am
The Harappan lived 5200 years ago in the Indus valley in huge, complicated cities before their society eventually disappeared. Now it seems that two droughts in short succession may have caused their downfall
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Possessor review: One of the best and smartest films of the decade

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 5:22am
Possessor follows an assassin who can weaponise the minds and bodies of other people. It is extremely gruesome, but if you can stomach it, it is an excellent film, says Linda Marric
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Endangered animals threatened by pandemic as ecotourists stay home

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 4:00am
The ecotourism that funds many conservation programmes has largely stopped during the covid-19 pandemic, which could lead to losses of endangered animals
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Birds that rapidly moult feathers are more likely to become flightless

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 3:00am
When birds moult feathers on both wings at once, they must find food and avoid being hunted without flying – which could make them prone to becoming flightless
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Earth’s early atmosphere may have been toxic like the one on Venus

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 2:00pm
After the moon formed, Earth was probably left with an ocean of molten rock, which may have given the planet a thick atmosphere full of carbon dioxide like the one on Venus
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Huge reservoir of fresh water found beneath the sea off Hawaii

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 2:00pm
A huge cache of fresh water found beneath the sea floor off the western coast of Hawaii’s Big Island could lift the threat of drought for people living there
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Wasps in Australia are endangering planes by building nests on them

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 2:00pm
Keyhole wasps, notorious for building nests in manufactured structures, have caused aircraft safety incidents by inhabiting crucial plane parts at Brisbane Airport
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