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Every bottle of prosecco may erode 4.4 kilograms of Italian hillside

Sat, 2019-01-19 11:00
In Italy's traditional prosecco-growing region, estimates suggest that 400,000 tonnes of soil is eroded from the vineyards each year
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We've dug up tiny animals from beneath a frozen Antarctic lake

Fri, 2019-01-18 18:51
The discovery of preserved carcasses of tiny crustaceans and tardigrades beneath Lake Mercer suggests biologically complex life may survive deep beneath the ice
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10 year challenge: How science and the world have changed

Fri, 2019-01-18 17:36
The last 10 years have seen amazing advances in science and technology – and stark damage to the world we live in. Like a lot of people on social media we thought we'd take a look back at the last ten years in science and New Scientist
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Australia swelters in record temperatures with warmest ever night

Fri, 2019-01-18 14:23
Noona in New South Wales recorded Australia's warmest ever night with temperatures remaining above 35.9°C on 17 January
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Peacocks might use their showy tails for covert communication

Fri, 2019-01-18 10:00
Tigers, leopards and dogs all hunt peacocks, but their colour vision is poor, suggesting they might not actually notice a peacock's colourful tail
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Behind the Sheet review: Eye-opening play follows slaves’ story

Fri, 2019-01-18 03:01
The story of the unsung slave women who helped end an excruciating condition by enduring surgery without anaesthetic makes a play that deserves a wide audience
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Silencing brain cells in mice can make them no longer care about pain

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
When certain brain cells are silenced in mice, they still sense pain but no longer seem bothered by it. The finding could lead to new pain treatments
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Moon craters reveal surprise rise in asteroid shrapnel pelting Earth

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
Craters on the moon show that it and Earth faced a massive increase in large meteorite strikes about 290 million years ago, which could have endangered life on the planet
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Saturn’s rings formed in a smash-up less than 100 million years ago

Thu, 2019-01-17 21:00
Some of the Cassini spacecraft’s final measurements of Saturn’s gravitational field show that its rings are younger than we thought, and its winds run deeper
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Could a diet save the planet? Only if we pay the real cost of food

Thu, 2019-01-17 19:27
There is no doubt that a “planetary diet” involving more vegetables and less meat would benefit the environment and likely save lives too, but making it happen won’t be easy
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AI chemist figures out how to legally clone expensive patented drugs

Thu, 2019-01-17 18:00
Pharma firms protect their drugs with hundreds of complex patents but an AI called Chematica can find workarounds, which could potentially make drugs cheaper
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Global leaders warn of ecological collapse and technological meltdown

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:38
The top five global threats are all now either environmental or technological, according to a World Economic Forum survey of business and political leaders
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We've seen methane rain gleaming on the icy plains of Titan

Thu, 2019-01-17 14:29
Images from the Cassini spacecraft have revealed the rainy season near the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan - and it's pretty weird
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Why CERN's plans for a €20 billion supersized collider are a bad idea

Thu, 2019-01-17 13:10
The research potential of a proposed massive particle smasher that would dwarf the Large Hadron Collider doesn’t justify its huge price tag, says Sabine Hossenfelder
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Rational thinking is saving antibiotics – it could work on Brexit too

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:35
The turning of the tide in the fight against bacterial resistance to antibiotics shows the benefits of clear thinking and leadership, and it could work for Brexit too
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Songwriter AI emulates the Beatles with a little help from its friends

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:00
Many songwriters have honed their skills listening to the Beatles. Now AI has done the same by learning to write pop songs that mimic their style
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Mathematician’s record-beating formula can generate 50 prime numbers

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:00
Figuring out the pattern of the primes is one of the long-standing mysteries of maths, and now there is a way to spit some out on demand
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Engineered bacteria could mop up toxic ammonia in the human gut

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:00
Toxic ammonia can build up in the guts of people with certain disorders – probiotics containing bacteria engineered to break down the toxin could help
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Robot dog taught itself to get back up when people kick it over

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:00
The ANYmal robot is about the size of a large dog. AI has taught it to stand up after being pushed over by researchers
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Manatees, whales and turtles are coming back from the brink in the US

Wed, 2019-01-16 21:00
The Trump administration has plans to weaken a key environmental law, but it has helped many marine animals avoid extinction
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