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Fish covered in tooth-like armour could help reveal how teeth evolved

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 4:00am
A pet fish adorned with tooth-like scales is helping biologists tackle a longstanding debate about the origin of teeth
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Common plastics can be broken down by enzymes found in cow stomachs

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 1:15am
The bacteria in a cow's stomach produce enzymes that can break down the plastic used to make bottles and bags, and could one day be used to process such plastics after use
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How can we adapt to the intense heat and drought in the western US?

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 3:43pm
An unusual weather pattern called a heat dome has baked the US west, but this anomaly could become more normal as the climate warms – how can we adapt in the next few years?
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Iceland may be part of a submerged continent called Icelandia

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 11:08am
There may be a hidden continent under the North Atlantic, of which Iceland is the only part that extends above water – a relic of a time when Earth’s continents were joined into one
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Strange new fairy lantern plant is already critically endangered

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 8:59am
This bizarre-shaped plant from a Malaysian rainforest appears to be so vanishingly rare it should already be considered critically endangered
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Aquatic beetle caught walking upside down on the undersurface of water

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 6:00am
An Australian aquatic beetle has been seen walking upside down on the underside of the water’s surface – a style of locomotion never been recorded before in an animal with legs
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Mini-heart grown in the lab can pump fluid just like the real thing

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 4:00am
A tiny version of an embryonic heart made using human stem cells can pump fluid around channels on a laboratory slide, and will help researchers study congenital heart defects
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New fossil finds show we are far from understanding how humans evolved

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
We should be wary of attempts to impose a simple narrative on the story of early human evolution – recent discoveries can be interpreted in many ways and future finds are likely to cause further rethinking
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How to make the world’s best barbecue this summer

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
Planning a spot of outdoor grilling? From charcoal briquette to gas, the best place to start is to understand your fuel and how to get the most out of it, says Sam Wong
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A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers is joyful sci-fi reading

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
Becky Chambers, the award-winning author of the Wayfarers series, builds a different world in A Psalm for the Wild-Built. But it shares the same warm optimism, finds Jacob Aron
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Engineered immunity: Redesigning antibodies to better fight disease

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
Antibodies are a vital weapon in our immune system's arsenal. Now we can redesign them like never before to boost our ability to fight cancer and viruses like HIV, says immunologist Daniel M. Davis
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Don't Miss: Biohackers returns to Netflix for season 2

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
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Amazing surfing sharks image shows how currents help them save energy

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
Grey reef sharks seem to be just hanging in the water in this photograph by Laurent Ballesta. In reality, they are surfing upward currents, cutting their energy consumption by about 15 per cent
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Bakelite made the 20th century, but the plastic's legacy is sobering

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
Bakelite was a breakthrough material when it was invented in 1907: industry loved it, and the public admired the stylish radios it made. But as a new documentary hints, it came at a cost
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The dream of a greener post-pandemic society seems to be fizzling out

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
As well-vaccinated countries see a path back to normality from the coronavirus, the greener lifestyles we adopted and hoped to make permanent seem to be slipping away, says Graham Lawton
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Can a new collider reveal the last secrets of the Higgs boson?

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
The most famous subatomic particle has revealed nothing we didn’t expect – so far. Now physicists want to build a “Higgs factory” to better interrogate it for signs of new physics
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The missing link: rise of the PR agent with a smattering of hypertext

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
The strange, new attempt to rewrite our past (articles). Plus: US National Intelligence goes in search of the truth about UFOs, fighting coronavirus with herrings, and more.
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The hunt for extraterrestrial life is about to enter a new era

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
We haven't found proof of life on other planets, but a wave of new telescopes will give us the best chance yet, says Chima McGruder
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Jungle review: How tropical forests helped shape human evolution

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 2:00pm
Patrick Roberts's new book Jungle tells the story of tropical forests, from their origins hundreds of millions of years ago to their current perilous condition, and how they shaped the world and us
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Covid-19 news: England warned it may ‘repeat mistakes of last summer’

Wed, 06/30/2021 - 1:57pm
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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