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The sun shrinks and grows again by 2 kilometres every 11 years

Fri, 2018-07-20 18:29
The sun’s size changes throughout its 11-year cycle of magnetic activity, and measuring that growth may help us figure out what’s going on inside
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Why weird star systems are where we’ll find alien life

Fri, 2018-07-20 17:00
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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Movie studio AI predicts who will like a film based on its trailer

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:10
It’s difficult to know who will like a film, so 20th Century Fox have built an AI that watches movie trailers and predicts who’s most likely to go see it
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How dodgy sausages are saving a cute marsupial from toxic toads

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:00
In a true-life alien versus predator story, a touch of food poisoning could save an endangered Australian species from a relentless toxic tide
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We’ve started to uncover the true purpose of dreams

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:00
For the first time, researchers have got evidence that dreams help soothe the impact of emotional events in our lives, acting like overnight therapy
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Baby poo reveals that even light drinking during pregnancy affects IQ

Fri, 2018-07-20 15:51
Occasional drinking during pregnancy may affect IQ, according to a study that tested newborn babies’ faeces to see if their mothers had consumed alcohol
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The truth about intelligence: How useful is a high IQ?

Fri, 2018-07-20 14:00
A smart brain might help you do well in tests, but there are many other ways it can affect your life, both positively and negatively
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Fewer baby boys were born after three major earthquakes in Japan

Fri, 2018-07-20 13:21
A lower proportion of boys were born nine months after Japan’s three worst earthquakes in recent history, suggesting stress makes it harder to conceive males
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Feedback: Gulls just wanna have fun

Fri, 2018-07-20 12:00
Boozy birds crash land in the UK. Plus: ominous sarcophagus, bullet train gets a boost, authorities lose the scent of mystery pooper, and more
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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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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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