Science and society

Three photons stick together to create a new form of light

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 19:40
Photons don’t normally make friends, but now three have been bound together into a brand-new form of light by tricking them into acting like atoms

We’re evolving a gene that may stop us from drinking alcohol

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 18:23
Humans are still evolving and producing new gene variants, and one of them may give protection against becoming addicted to alcohol - by stopping us drinking altogether

Electric eel-inspired batteries could power life-long pacemakers

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 15:00
A new battery made of fleshy hydrogel layers generates and stores power like electric eels do. It could power pacemakers without ever needing to be replaced

Electric eel-inspired batteries could power life-long pacemakers

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Mon, 2018-02-19 15:00
A new battery made of fleshy hydrogel layers generates and stores power like electric eels do. It could power pacemakers without ever needing to be replaced
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Facebook may guess millions of people’s sexuality to sell ads

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 14:20
Three-quarters of all EU users may have had sensitive data inferred about them by Facebook, including things like sexual orientation, religion and political leanings

Facebook may guess millions of people’s sexuality to sell ads

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Mon, 2018-02-19 14:20
Three-quarters of all EU users may have had sensitive data inferred about them by Facebook, including things like sexual orientation, religion and political leanings
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Flu is evolving in new and unpredictable ways in China’s poultry

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 14:03
A woman in China has been infected by a new type of flu. With thousands of people travelling after Chinese new year, the risk of new strains spreading is high

Flu is evolving in new and unpredictable ways in China’s poultry

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Mon, 2018-02-19 14:03
A woman in China has been infected by a new type of flu. With thousands of people travelling after Chinese new year, the risk of new strains spreading is high
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Real-life Lord of the Flies experiment led us up the warpath

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Mon, 2018-02-19 14:00
Muzafer Sherif’s notorious experiment with children is held up as proof that conflict is in our blood – but a look behind the scenes tells a different story
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Should we revisit ethically dubious experiments from the past?

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 12:00
From deadly Nazi medical experiments to sociological studies on children, past science has taken paths we wouldn't tread today, but the results still have value

Should we revisit ethically dubious experiments from the past?

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Mon, 2018-02-19 12:00
From deadly Nazi medical experiments to sociological studies on children, past science has taken paths we wouldn't tread today, but the results still have value
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Mute crickets can’t chirp but rub their wings together anyway

HIV and AIDS - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:00
Male Hawaiian crickets that have lost the ability to chirp still go through the motion of “singing”, even though females can’t hear them

Mute crickets can’t chirp but rub their wings together anyway

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Mon, 2018-02-19 11:00
Male Hawaiian crickets that have lost the ability to chirp still go through the motion of “singing”, even though females can’t hear them
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Our cities are driving evolution and it’s not all bad news

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Sun, 2018-02-18 12:00
Urbanisation may be overrunning our planet, but in his book Darwin Comes to Town, evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen seeks – and finds – the positives
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Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand

HIV and AIDS - Sat, 2018-02-17 19:00
A flexible e-skin containing a few hundred micro LEDs can display your vital signs or messages from your doctor

Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Sat, 2018-02-17 19:00
A flexible e-skin containing a few hundred micro LEDs can display your vital signs or messages from your doctor
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William Harvey: The delightful inside story of blood

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Sat, 2018-02-17 12:00
He spent 10 painstaking years working out how our blood really circulates: 17th-century physician William Harvey deserves his own London exhibition
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Quantum computer could have predicted Trump’s surprise election

HIV and AIDS - Fri, 2018-02-16 19:47
Quantum computers can improve election forecasts by taking into account how states affect one another, allowing one to predict Trump's slim 2016 election win

Quantum computer could have predicted Trump’s surprise election

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Fri, 2018-02-16 19:47
Quantum computers can improve election forecasts by taking into account how states affect one another, allowing one to predict Trump's slim 2016 election win
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CRISPR has fixed the genetic cause of a learning disability

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Fri, 2018-02-16 15:00
CRISPR gene editing has been used to alleviate the genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, but the technique has only been tried in cells in a dish so far
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