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We all need to take our heads out of the sand

6 hours 22 min ago
The fact we are running out of something so seemingly limitless as sand is a potent symbol of humanity's destructiveness. We must all strive to do better
Categories: Biology

Drone captures humpback whales catching krill with bubbles

8 hours 22 min ago
It’s the climax of a sophisticated technique called bubble-net hunting – the trapping of krill using columns of bubbles that the whales exhale via their blowholes
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Three photons stick together to create a new form of light

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
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Quantum time machine: How the future can change what happens now

Mon, 2018-02-19 19:30
The idea that the future can influence the past may finally explain the inherent randomness of quantum theory and bring it in line with Einstein's space-time
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We’re evolving a gene that may stop us from drinking alcohol

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
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Electric eel-inspired batteries could power life-long pacemakers

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
Categories: Biology

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

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

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

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?

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

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
Categories: Biology

Our cities are driving evolution and it’s not all bad news

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
Categories: Biology

Long haul with a free conscience

Sun, 2018-02-18 09:00
Gone West is offering travellers and businesses a simple way to reduce their carbon footprints
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Electronic skin animates heartbeat on the back of your hand

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

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

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
Categories: Biology

CRISPR has fixed the genetic cause of a learning disability

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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World without sand: The race to save a precious resource

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:30
From electronics to concrete, modern life depends on sand. With supplies running low and mines harming the environment, it’s time to use it smarter
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Dirty talk: How pollution is snuffing out plants’ scent messages

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:00
Plants use a fragrant language but filthy air is messing with their communication lines, which might explain why insects are in decline and roses are losing their scent
Categories: Biology

Will a new wave of smart glasses make us ‘glassholes’ again?

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:51
A second round of mass-market facial computers looks less likely to inspire public anger than Google's Glass but it will be a fragile truce, says Jamais Cascio
Categories: Biology