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Joke Christmas medical journal papers make unfunny bad science

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:30pm
Respected medical journal the BMJ has a long history of publishing silly papers at Christmas, but the joke is wearing thin - and actually harming science
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Trump directs NASA to send astronauts to the moon and then Mars

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:47pm
The US space programme has a new focus on an old destination. President Trump has directed NASA to focus its efforts on crewed missions to the moon before Mars
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We may know why younger brothers are more likely to be gay

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00pm
An immune response in some pregnant women’s bodies may explain the “fraternal birth order effect” – that men are more likely to be gay the more older brothers they have
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Bumblebees solve the travelling salesman problem on the fly

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:09am
While buzzing between flowers, bees can solve the maths dilemma called the travelling salesman problem by finding the shortest route that visits every blossom
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Ancient microbes caused Earth’s first ever global warming

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 8:00am
Over 3 billion years ago, the sun was faint so our planet should have been a snowball. But it wasn’t – and microorganisms may have been what kept it warm
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Fasting may boost brainpower by giving neurons more energy

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 6:49am
Some people who fast regularly, like those following the 5:2 diet, feel mentally sharper. Now evidence in mice may explain how fasting boosts brainpower
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Faltering carbon capture needs more investment not doubt

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:00am
The world's first full-scale power plant carbon capture project has stumbled, but we can't let that risk the future of a technology we need, says Olive Heffernan
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‘Scary’ spider photos on Facebook are revealing new species

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:00am
When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook – and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species
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Light from LIGO’s neutron star smashup just got even brighter

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:43pm
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts
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Record-breaking two-tonne fish is the heaviest of its kind

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:50am
The record books say that the ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish alive, but in fact the specimen in question belongs to a different species
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That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:03am
'Oumuamua, an oddly shaped asteroid from beyond our solar system, recently passed by. It may have formed when a planet was ripped into fragments by its star
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Will wildfires finally change Rupert Murdoch’s climate stance?

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:01am
The media-mogul's Santa Monica vineyard was saved from wildfire destruction, but the world may yet burn thanks to his climate views, says Richard Schiffman
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Food delivery robots are teaching themselves how to cross roads

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:46am
Until now, delivery robots have always needed humans to help them when things get tricky. Now machine learning has helped them work out how to manage without us
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Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army is slaughtering Africa’s giraffes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:01pm
Elephants, giraffes, giant elands and chimpanzees are being decimated by poachers linked to violent militias in a lawless region of central Africa
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Bizarre supernova may be powered by hidden disc of dust and gas

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:31pm
A supernova that stayed bright for over three years seemed impossible, but it could be explained if the explosion is running into dense rings of dust and gas
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A boy is missing the vision bit of his brain but can still see

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:12am
A seven-year-old boy whose brain doesn’t have a visual processing centre has baffled doctors. Despite missing this brain area, he is still able to see
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What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:00am
Two gene variants have been found to be more common in gay men. New Scientist looks at what this tells us about the way biology shapes our sexuality
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Robot’s terrible jokes are a new test of machine intelligence

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 5:14am
An AI trained to improvise jokes around topics suggested by an audience is testing the ways we perceive and interact with intelligent machines  
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Daughters of older mums are more likely to never have children

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:45am
An analysis of thousands of women has found that the older your mother was when you were born, the more likely you are to be childless – but we don’t know why
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Earth’s climate will warm 15 per cent more than we thought

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:06pm
Climate models have always offered a range of possible temperature rises, but it turns out the ones that best fit what’s happened so far all predict even greater warming
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