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The microbial gunk that hardens on teeth is revealing our deep past

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Plaque fossilises while we are still alive. Now, dental calculus is giving up the secrets of our ancient ancestors, from what they ate to how they interacted and evolved
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Scientists are often cautious or wrong – and that’s OK

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
We like to think that science can give us definitive answers to our questions, but uncertainty is a crucial part of the scientific process, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
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The pick of the strange science that won Ig Nobel prizes this year

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Chewing gum forensics, sex as a decongestant and attempts to find the smell of fear all scooped accolades at the 2021 Ig Nobel award ceremony, with Feedback watching on
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Why are orcas ‘attacking’ fishing boats off the coast of Gibraltar?

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Orcas, also known as killer whales, have been involved in a number of recent incidents with boats around Gibraltar, leaving researchers, sailors and local authorities scrambling to understand why
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We should isolate when we have flu, not just covid-19

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
The new social norm of isolating when ill with covid-19 should apply to other infectious diseases such as flu, says Jonathan Goodman
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Is the delta coronavirus variant more dangerous for children?

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Reports from some US hospitals have suggested that the delta coronavirus variant is more likely to have severe symptoms in children and hospitalise them, but the evidence for this is limited
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The Story of Looking review: A new film examines the visual world

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 2:00pm
Mark Cousins takes a personal look at how what we see shapes us. It may just make you reconsider how you view things
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Astronomers may have found a moon orbiting a rogue planet with no star

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 1:36pm
Exomoons are notoriously hard to spot, but it may be easier around free-floating planets that don't orbit stars – and a team of astronomers may have already found one
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Call for English households with bulging waste bins to pay extra

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:56pm
Stalled recycling rates in England could be lifted through a bin tax, giving people a financial incentive to send less waste to landfill and reducing collections of waste, says an expert group appointed by the UK government
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Global demand for fish expected to almost double by 2050

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:00pm
Brazil, Ghana, India and Nigeria are all predicted to more than double the weight of fish they consume by 2050, with aquaculture feeding demand
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Most CO2 from Australia’s megafires has been offset by algal blooms

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:00pm
About 80 per cent of the carbon dioxide released by Australia’s huge wildfires of 2019-2020 was captured by ocean algal blooms that grew due to the iron-rich ash
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Generation Covid: What the pandemic means for young people’s futures

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 11:50am
The long-term impact of the pandemic will be felt most by those growing up in its grasp. Generational analysis can tell us what we should expect, from education and income to mental health and the response to climate change
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Younger generations are the most fatalistic about climate change

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 6:54am
Older generations are wrongly accused of caring less about the climate than younger people, according to a new survey. Just one in five Baby Boomers say there is no point in changing their behaviour to tackle climate change, compared with a third of Generation Z
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New climate plans fall far short of limiting global warming to 1.5°C

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 4:00am
The gap between the emissions reductions needed for 1.5°C and countries' pledges has closed by up to 15 per cent - but Climate Action Tracker finds cuts are still far short of what is needed
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Ancient spiders locked in amber died looking after their offspring

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:01pm
Modern spiders are known to be devoted parents, and ancient spiders trapped in 99-million-year-old amber seem to have cared for their young too
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Sharon Peacock interview: How we track down new coronavirus variants

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 2:23pm
Sharon Peacock leads a group of researchers who started sequencing the genome of the coronavirus in March 2020 and identified the rise of the delta variant in the UK
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Piles of animal dung reveal the location of an ancient Arabian oasis

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 2:06pm
Analysis of fossilised faeces from rock hyraxes shows that the extremely dry area of Wadi Sana in Yemen was once a lush oasis
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Jaguars face major threat from Amazon deforestation and fires

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 11:03am
Prospects for South America's biggest wild cat are likely to get worse in the short term unless the Brazilian government strengthens protections against deforestation for timber and cattle farming
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SpaceX is about to send the first ever all-amateur mission into orbit

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:03am
SpaceX’s Inspiration4 launch, planned for 15 September, will mark the first time a flight into orbit has been crewed exclusively by people who are not professional astronauts
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Astronauts could use their blood and urine to make Martian concrete

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 7:22am
Mixing materials extracted from their own blood and urine with native Martian soil could let astronauts produce a type of concrete for building a colony
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