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Kilogram to be defined by Planck constant instead of a lump of metal

Fri, 2018-11-16 19:25
Scientists from around the world have unanimously voted for a new definition of the kilogram – one based on fundamental constants instead of “Le Grand K”
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There’s an enormous ghost galaxy hiding at the edge of the Milky Way

Fri, 2018-11-16 18:35
The Gaia satellite has spotted a ghost galaxy with a lower surface brightness than any stellar system we’ve ever seen – but the discovery is being questioned
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Microbots made from mushroom spores could clean polluted water

Fri, 2018-11-16 18:35
Water contaminated with heavy metals, such as lead, could be cleaned up by thousands of microbots built from mushroom spores
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Einstein was wrong: Why ‘normal’ physics can’t explain reality

Fri, 2018-11-16 14:00
The most ambitious experiments yet show that the quantum weirdness Einstein famously hated rules the roost – not just here, but across the entire universe
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A computer game’s edible controller lets you play it with your gut

Fri, 2018-11-16 13:00
Players of a video game must kill a virtual parasite by changing the temperature of their gut, which is measured by an ingestible sensor
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Exclusive: A new test can predict IVF embryos’ risk of having a low IQ

Fri, 2018-11-16 11:10
A new genetic test that enables people having IVF to screen out embryos likely to have a low IQ or high disease risk could soon become available in the US
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Walking backwards can boost your short-term memory

Fri, 2018-11-16 09:00
Moving backwards - or simply imagining doing it - can be enough to improve scores on memory tests, but we don't know why
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Catching up on sleep at weekends may aggravate period pain

Thu, 2018-11-15 19:00
Getting up early on weekdays and sleeping in on weekends to compensate may cause period pain by disrupting the circadian rhythms that control hormone cycles
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Web tracker can follow you for months even if you delete your cookies

Thu, 2018-11-15 17:00
This internet tracker can follow your browsing for months even if you use ad blockers, by measuring variations in the quartz crystals in your device's clock
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Environmentalists must embrace nuclear power to stem climate change

Thu, 2018-11-15 16:16
The Union of Concerned Scientists has overturned its longstanding opposition to nuclear power. Other green groups should follow suit, says Mark Lynas
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Huge 30-kilometre wide meteorite crater found under Greenland glacier

Thu, 2018-11-15 16:05
Radar surveys have revealed a crater left when a kilometre-wide asteroid hit Greenland – and the impact could explain a climate mystery
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Prefer tea or coffee? It may be down to your genes for bitter tastes

Thu, 2018-11-15 16:00
People with genes that make them taste caffeine more strongly tend to be coffee-drinkers, while tea-drinkers have genetic aversions to strongly bitter tastes
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A new DNA sequencing service wants to reward you for sharing your data

Thu, 2018-11-15 16:00
Genetics pioneer George Church's new company says it will sequence your genome for free and secure it on a blockchain, so that you can choose who uses your data
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We’ve got thinking all wrong. This is how your mind really works

Thu, 2018-11-15 14:10
From unconscious biases to advertising, the idea we can think fast or slow is influential, but it may be mistaken. Here’s how to think better
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Life may have begun with cells made wholly from simple proteins

Thu, 2018-11-15 14:05
Crude proteins made of short chains of amino acids can form life-like “protocells” that host biological processes – hinting that life began with proteins
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How lab-on-a-chip technology is turning smartphones into food sensors

Thu, 2018-11-15 12:00
A lab-on-a-chip that fits inside a smartphone is set to change our relationship with food and the chemicals we use to make it
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New techniques may soon make designer babies a reality – are we ready?

Thu, 2018-11-15 12:00
As tests that screen embryos for complex traits become available, it's time to decide how to use these ethically – and where to draw the line
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Antibiotic resistance genes are showing up in Antarctic penguins

Thu, 2018-11-15 09:00
Antibiotic resistance has spread around the world - so much so that even penguins living near Antarctic research bases have resistant bacteria in their gut
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There is no fundamental difference between male and female brains

Wed, 2018-11-14 22:00
A lasting desire to find differences in how male and female brains work serves to affirm gender stereotypes, not explain them, says Dean Burnett
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The race to green domestic heating and prevent climate catastrophe

Wed, 2018-11-14 20:00
Household heating systems are huge sources of carbon emissions, but many countries are showing how existing technologies can fix the problem
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