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If we’re in the Meghalayan, whatever happened to the Anthropocene?

Thu, 2018-07-19 19:00
The decision to label our current geological phase the Meghalayan rather than the Anthropocene is misguided, say Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis
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Spectacular new photos of Titan show Saturn’s moon like never before

Thu, 2018-07-19 18:35
Saturn’s moon Titan is shrouded in a thick orange haze, but 13 years of data from the Cassini spacecraft have allowed us to peer through to the frozen surface
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The truth about intelligence: What makes someone smarter than others?

Thu, 2018-07-19 18:00
Our search for genes associated with brainpower is starting to bear fruit, but isn’t the whole story. Your IQ is influenced by many subtle factors
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Climate change is forcing geese to give up pit stops when they migrate

Thu, 2018-07-19 18:00
Barnacle geese are accelerating their migration journeys and taking fewer rest stops along the way to cope with early Arctic springs caused by a warming climate
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Neanderthal hand axes were also used as lighters for starting fires

Thu, 2018-07-19 16:41
There is no doubt that our ancient cousins used fire but we’ve only just found clues that reveal how they lit these fires
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Why weird star systems are where we’ll find alien life

Thu, 2018-07-19 16:00
In the hunt for life beyond Earth, we've been looking for planets and stars like our own. But that is flawed – and a new plan promises answers in our lifetimes
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The truth about intelligence: Do IQ tests really work?

Thu, 2018-07-19 14:00
IQ tests are very reliable, despite being dogged by claims of bias. But we need to be savvy in the way we use them
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Levitating glass particles are fastest spinning objects ever seen

Thu, 2018-07-19 12:00
Tiny particles of glass have been trapped in a laser and spun at more than 1 billion times per second, the fastest rotation of any object ever seen
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Smart bandage sees when wound is infected and treats it automatically

Thu, 2018-07-19 11:00
A high-tech bandage can keep an eye on chronic wounds by detecting infections and releasing medication
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See the bright lights and spectacular colours of our shining universe

Thu, 2018-07-19 10:40
The pictures in the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s astronomy photography competition show the many types and colours of light that shine through our universe
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Deaths from liver disease have been rising since the financial crisis

Thu, 2018-07-19 01:30
Cirrhosis deaths were falling in the US until the financial crisis hit in 2008, but have sharply risen since then, especially among young people
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First snake found in amber is a baby from the age of the dinosaurs

Wed, 2018-07-18 21:00
Around 100 million years ago, this baby snake hatched on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean and then got stuck in resin oozing from a tree
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Robotic grabber catches squidgy deep sea animals without harming them

Wed, 2018-07-18 21:00
The deep sea is full of weird undiscovered creatures. A foldable robotic grabber captures them gently without causing damage
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The death of 9-year-old girl may be a tipping point for air pollution

Wed, 2018-07-18 20:00
The family of Ella Kissi-Debrah want an inquest to rule air pollution as the cause of her death, while other legal cases are challenging government inaction on dirty air
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Fossil-free Dutch vehicles line up for a cool future

Wed, 2018-07-18 20:00
We're wedded to fossil fuels, but no-one told the people of Leeuwarden-Friesland. Is this the most innovative community you've never heard of?
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Medical marijuana: What you really need to know

Wed, 2018-07-18 18:45
The use of medical cannabis is sweeping the world, but for many conditions it’s not clear it’s even effective. What would an evidence-based system prescribe?
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Autism can bring extra abilities and now we’re finding out why

Wed, 2018-07-18 18:17
Many strengths and difficulties associated with autism stem from the same thing, says Anna Remington, who researches questions autistic people are asking
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Deepfakes won’t wreck politics this year even if politicians might

Wed, 2018-07-18 17:55
Political footage faked by AI is talked about as an imminent threat to US democracy. There are good reasons to think it's not a big problem yet, says Tim Hwang
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Is this our first clue to a world beyond quantum theory?

Wed, 2018-07-18 17:20
Our best theory of physical reality is exquisite – but inexplicable. A low, unexplained experimental noise could herald a revolution in the making
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The truth about intelligence: Can I become cleverer?

Wed, 2018-07-18 17:00
Brain-training is thriving despite doubts it can actually boost your smarts. But there is a way to increase your IQ score and keep your brain sharp for longer
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