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21 million children miss first dose of measles vaccine every year

2 hours 29 min ago
An estimated 169 million children worldwide have missed out on getting the first dose of a measles vaccine, including more than half a million in the UK
Categories: Biology

Robotic tube for surgery autonomously navigates inside a beating heart

Wed, 2019-04-24 21:00
A robotic catheter can move autonomously inside a heart to the location where surgery is required. It has a camera for vision and has been tested in 5 pigs
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China’s efforts to cut pollution in Beijing may make it worse overall

Wed, 2019-04-24 21:00
Heavy polluting industries are being moved away from Beijing in an attempt to cut air pollution, but this could actually result in more pollution not less
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Foragers may have settled in the Amazon 10,000 years ago

Wed, 2019-04-24 21:00
Human burial sites and evidence of hunting, foraging and a cooking hearth reveal that foragers lived in the Amazon thousands of years earlier than we thought
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‘Rule-breaking’ crab fossils have weird shrimp and lobster features

Wed, 2019-04-24 21:00
A newly-discovered type of crab from the Cretaceous period looks like it had the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, and the carapace of a lobster
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Over 400 languages spoken today may have originated in northern China

Wed, 2019-04-24 20:00
The Sino-Tibetan languages include Mandarin and Tibetan. Now, a study suggests they originated in northern China, contradicting previous research
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Mind-reading device uses AI to turn brainwaves into audible speech

Wed, 2019-04-24 20:00
People's brainwaves have been converted into speech using electrodes on the brain. The method could one day help people speak who have lost the ability
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Samsung folding phone delayed after reviewers break them too easily

Wed, 2019-04-24 20:00
Several people given early access to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, broke the screen after a day's use. Samsung now says it will delay the release of the device
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Clever chemistry could make fertiliser with a smaller carbon footprint

Wed, 2019-04-24 19:50
There could finally be a way to make vital agricultural fertiliser without releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases – but will it work on an industrial scale?
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Oldest woman ever or impostor? The controversial case of Calment

Wed, 2019-04-24 14:00
Jeanne Calment apparently lived to be 122, but divisive new research suggests she wasn't who she seemed. There are huge implications for our understanding of longevity
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Anti-ageing drugs are coming that could keep you healthier for longer

Wed, 2019-04-24 14:00
Longevity research is no longer aimed at prolonging lives, it is trying to keep us fit right until the end. New anti-ageing drugs may finally be here to make that happen
Categories: Biology

Reef halo riddle: What's behind the mysterious rings around coral?

Wed, 2019-04-24 10:00
We long assumed that circles of bare sand around coral reefs are caused by fish nibbling away seaweed. But a 10-year investigation has found the truth is far murkier
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NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has felt its first marsquakes

Tue, 2019-04-23 21:53
Measuring seismic activity on Mars could help us figure out how much water the planet has, and now NASA’s InSight lander has felt marsquakes for the first time
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Genetically modified virus may shrink incurable brain cancers

Tue, 2019-04-23 19:20
People with incurable melanomas and brain or breast cancers are to receive injections of genetically modified viruses that may shrink their tumours
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Engineered virus to be tested as treatment for incurable cancers

Tue, 2019-04-23 19:20
People with incurable melanomas and brain or breast cancers are to receive injections of genetically modified viruses that may shrink their tumours
Categories: Biology

The UK has already had more wildfires in 2019 than any year on record

Tue, 2019-04-23 18:48
Just four months into 2019, the UK has been hit by more large wildfires than in the whole of 2018. Fires are thought to be made more likely by climate change
Categories: Biology

Battery-free pacemaker harvests energy from pig hearts in first tests

Tue, 2019-04-23 18:00
A battery-free pacemaker that turns heartbeats into electricity has been successfully tested in pigs for the first time
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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule lost after 'anomaly' during ground test

Tue, 2019-04-23 14:14
The Crew Dragon capsule is intended to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, but a possible explosion during a ground test may set launches back
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Coal-free spells are good, but the UK is falling short of carbon goals

Tue, 2019-04-23 13:45
Despite growth in renewable energy, the UK still uses plenty of gas – and other sectors are failing to cut emissions
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Satellites are checking if boats in remote places are fishing legally

Mon, 2019-04-22 11:00
The Indonesian government is using tiny internet-providing satellites to check if boats in the middle of the ocean are fishing legally
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