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Blood test could predict when pregnant women will give birth

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 3:00pm
Current due date predictions are made by counting 40 weeks from a woman's last period, but a blood test looking at 45 biomarkers could predict when labour will actually begin
Categories: Astronomy

Flat pasta that morphs into 3D shapes when cooked saves on packaging

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 3:00pm
A flat pasta has been created that swells into 3D shapes when cooked, and that can be packed efficiently in boxes in a way that traditional pasta shapes such as fusilli can't be
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Blue Origin is auctioning off a seat on its first crewed space flight

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 2:41pm
Blue Origin has announced that the first crewed flight of its New Shepard rocket is scheduled for 20 July, and the company is selling a seat to the highest bidder
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Covid-19 news: Cases surge in Seychelles despite high vaccination rate

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 1:11pm
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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Ant species given first gender-neutral scientific name

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 1:00pm
A newly discovered species of ant from Ecuador has been named Strumigenys ayersthey, with a “-they” suffix used instead of traditional gendered Latin ones to celebrate gender diversity
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Hitting Paris climate goal could cut sea level rise in half by 2100

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:00pm
The amount of sea level rise coastal cities are facing in the coming century from melting ice could be roughly halved if the world meets the Paris Agreement’s toughest goal of holding global warming to 1.5°C
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Trump ban decision shows the limits of a Facebook 'Supreme Court'

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:00pm
Facebook's independent Oversight Board has said the social media giant was right to ban former US president Donald Trump, but has declined to decide whether it should be permanent – punting the decision back to Facebook
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Remains of a 3-year-old child are the oldest known burial in Africa

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:00pm
The oldest known burial in Africa is of a 3-year-old child who died around 78,000 years ago, shedding light on how people in the region cared for their dead at that time
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How to boost your self-awareness and make better decisions

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 8:00am
Having good metacognition - the ability to think about our own thoughts - is key to success in many aspects of life. Fortunately, there are things we can all do to get to know ourselves better
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India's covid-19 crisis: What happens next and how long will it last?

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 7:00am
As cases continue to soar, what does the country need to do to curb the epidemic, how long with the current wave last, and which other countries are at risk of a similar situation?
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Chinese rocket is hurtling back to Earth after space station launch

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 6:00am
On 29 April, China launched the first module of its biggest space station yet atop a Long March 5B rocket. Now, part of that rocket is hurtling back towards Earth, and there is no way to predict exactly where or when it will land
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Floating googly eyes on a stick scare seabirds away from fishing nets

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 8:01pm
Buoys fitted with cartoon-like eyes act a little like scarecrows, keeping seabirds safely away from areas of the sea where they might get caught in fishing nets
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King Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose carried crew from North Africa

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 8:01pm
The Mary Rose, a warship that sank off the south coast of England about 475 years ago, carried some crew members who may have come from North Africa
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Your finger can feel the change of a single atom in a material

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 1:55pm
We mostly tell textures apart by their surface characteristics, but now we know that the human fingertip can sense molecular changes, even if it’s just a single swapped atom
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Fossil shows a shark eating a proto-squid as it ate a crustacean

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 1:46pm
The preserved remains of an ancient squid-like animal suggest it was eating the moulted skin of a crustacean when it was itself partially eaten by a larger animal like a shark
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A species of yeast produces near-identical clones when it has sex

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 1:22pm
Saccharomycodes ludwigii is a sexually reproducing species, but it doesn’t mix up its genes before it mates – which means offspring end up being almost identical to the parents
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Covid-19 news: People in the UK may be able to holiday abroad in weeks

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:54pm
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Science with Sam: Do aliens exist?

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:09pm
Do aliens exist?  If there is intelligent alien life out there, why haven’t we heard from them yet?  Or have we?
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Did you know? The hydrogen in your body was formed in the Big Bang

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 8:43am
The hydrogen that accounts for around 10 per cent of our body mass was formed 13.8 billion years ago
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Viking remains lost for more than a century rediscovered in a museum

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 8:01pm
The remains of a Viking have been rediscovered after being missing for over a century – and it turns out the Viking in question was buried wearing a pair of fancy long trousers
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