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Parasitic populations solve algorithm problems in half the time

PARASITESarenature’sthieves

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The death of 9-year-old girl may be a tipping point for air pollution

PhotocourtesyoftheEllaRobertaEstateByMichaelLePageAIRpollutionkills7millionpeopleayearworldwide.IntheUS

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Geoengineering the sky is scary but we need to test it now

AndrzejKrauzeFEWpeopleworkingonwaystogeoengineertheatmospheretocoolEarththinkit’sanythingbutascaryidea.Unfortunately

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UK political parties banking on green tech

CANsavingtheworldfromclimatechaosgohandinhandwithsavingtheUKeconomy?Yes

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Robots and AI will actually create more jobs than they take

KristofferTripplaar/AlamyROBOTSwillmakemorejobsthantheytakeintheUK

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IBM's Watson to provide software for personalised healthcare

THEsupercomputerwillseeyounow.IBMhasannounceditwillpartnerwithAppleandmedicaldevicecompaniesJohnsonandJohnsonandMedtronictodevelopahealthplatformforWatson

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Baboon bone found in famous Lucy skeleton

(Image:P.Plailly/E.Daynes/SPL)ITWASapiecefromanotherjigsaw.Astraybaboonbonehasgoneundetecteddespitemorethan40yearsofscrutinyofwhat’sarguablythemostfamousearlyhumanfossil.Foundin1974nearHadarvillag

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Paper microphone may help charge your cellphone

SCREAMINGatyourdyingcellphonebatterymaysoondosomegood

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Deepfakes won't wreck politics this year even if politicians might

AP/rex/shutterstockByTimHwangThere’snodoubtthatrecentdemonstrationsofhowmachinelearningcangeneratebelievablefakesarestriking.Fromuncannysimulatedvoicestofabricatedvideosofpoliticalleaders

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Deaths from liver disease have been rising since the financial crisis

CulturaRMExclusive/KateBallisBySarahLeachDeathsfromliverdiseasehaverisenintheUSsincethefinancialcrisis

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No, mobile phones still won’t give you brain cancer

JuttaKlee/GettyByClareWilsonThesupposedhealthriskfrommobilephonesisthestorythatwillneverdie.Thelatestclaim

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Robots go deep inside Fukushima nuclear plant to map radiation

ByRobGilhoolyVideo:Robotsapproachreactorstomapradiation(Image:KenSatomi/AP/PA)INTHEdarkabandonedshellofFukushimaDaiichinuclearpowerplant

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New monkey species revealed thanks to distinctive penis

(Image:MrChengLi/ImagingBiodiversity/TibetForestry)MEETtheworld’snewestmonkey.Thewhite-cheekedmacaque

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First snake found in amber is a baby from the age of the dinosaurs

MingBAI

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NASA's Curiosity rover finds astronauts could farm water on Mars

ByJacobAron(Image:NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)LIQUIDwatercollectsintheMartiansoileachnight

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Native Hawaiians halt construction of giant telescope

ByMichaelLemonick(Image:APPhoto/HawaiiTribune-Herald

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One Per Cent

(Image:MohammadKheirkhah/Eyevine)Evenreligioncan’tescapewearabletech.Pakistanistart-upHajjGuiderhascreatedasmartbraceletforMuslimsonpilgrimagetoMecca.Thebraceletstrackthewearer’slocationwithGPSand

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Tiny fish's venom makes predators zone out and release them

ByAndyCoghlanSOMElittlefishbiteback.Atropicalblennyusesprominentfangsonitslowerjawstoinjectvenomthatsendslargerfishintoalimpmess.Whenapredatorengulfsablenny

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Cape Town drought was made three times more likely by global warming

MelanieStetsonFreeman/TheChristianScienceMonitorviaGettyByMichaelLePageClimatechangemade CapeTown’srecentdroughtthreetimes morelikely

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Robotic grabber catches squidgy deep sea animals without harming them

WyssInstituteatHarvardUniversityBySarahLeachThedeepseaisachallengingplacetostudywildlife

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Google hit with €4.3 billion fine from EU for abusing market dominance

DursunAydemir/AnadoluAgency/GettyImagesByNewScientiststaffandPressAssociationGooglehasbeenfinedarecord€4.34billionbytheEuropeanCommissionforbreachinganti-trustrulesandabusingitsmarketposition.European

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Passing star may have disturbed the solar system billions of years ago

SpitzerSpaceTelescopeByJesseEmspakA passingstarmayhavebuzzedthesolarsystembillionsofyearsago

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‘Toxic’ levels of borax in toy slime are unlikely to hurt children

jarabee123/GettyIfyoudon’thavechildren

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Google uses neural networks to translate without transcribing

FlorescoImages/GettyByMattReynoldsGOOGLE’slatesttakeonmachinetranslationcouldmakeiteasierforpeopletoconverseindifferentlanguages

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Lazy thinking – not bias – is the real reason we believe fake news

OscarWong/GettyByCarolineWilliamsFakenewstravelsfast.Butwhydoesanyoneactuallybelieveit?Ithasbeenwidelyassumedthatfakenewsspreadsbecauseweliketobelievestoriesthatconfirmourworldview.Butastudyofmoret

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Technology: Simple test screens genetic disease

ByIANANDERSONinMELBOURNEAnewtestcouldsignificantlyspeedupthemassscreeningoflargenumbersofpeopletoseeiftheyarelikelytopassongeneticdiseasessuchascysticfibrosisandsicklecellanaemiatotheirchildren.Austra

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Technology: Navigating the Northeast Passage - The 42nd Congress of the International Astonautical Federation

ByHELENGAVAGHANinMONTREALTheEuropeanSpaceAgency’s(ESA)newremote-sensingsatellite

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Patents: Inventions mirror industrial strength

ByBARRYFOXAresearchcompanyintheUShasshownthatthenumberandqualityofpatentsthatacompanyfilesisagoodindicatorofitscommercialstrength.AtmeetingsinMunichandLondonrecently

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Ultimate test for HIV vaccines

ByPHYLLIDABROWNinFLORIDAUganda

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Science: The art of avoiding a crowded pouch

ByIANANDERSONinMELBOURNEKangaroosandrelatedanimalsoftenkeepanembryodormantinthewombwhiletheysuckleanotherbabyinthepouch.NowaresearcherinAdelaidehasdiscoveredthatthepowertoreactivatethedormantembryolie

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Science: Missing solar neutrinos still a puzzle for astronomers

ByJOHNGRIBBINItmaybethatnosinglefactorcanexplaintheshortfallinneutrinoscomingfromtheSun

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Last chance to save the world?

ByROGERMILNEEarth’ssurvivaldependsonaglobalcommitmenttostabilisepopulationgrowthwithin20yearsandaconcertedefforttoreducepollution

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El Nino blamed for Japan's typhoons

ByPETERHADFIELDinTOKYOJapan’sunprecedentedbuffetingbyaseriesoftyphoonsinthepastfewweeksisprobablyasymptomofanElNino

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Patents: Killer plants

ByBARRYFOXGeneticallymodifiedplantscouldusescorpionvenomtowardoffpredatorsandpests.ThecompanyAgracetusofWisconsinstatesinEuropeanpatentapplication431829thataneasywaytoincreaseyieldinplantswouldbetohel

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Europe rethinks patent on the Harvard mouse

ByDEBORAMacKENZIEinBRUSSELSHarvardUniversity’s‘onco-mouse’canbepatentedinEurope

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Technology: Tomatoes that ripen on demand

Geneticsresearchershaveproducedmodifiedtomatoesthattakemorethantwiceaslongtoripenasordinaryones.Theirworkmayleadtoawidevarietyoftropicalfruitsthatstayfreshthroughoutlongjourneys.Atpresent

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Research poll

ABritishopinionpollindicatesthat58percentofpeoplebelievethatthegovernmentdoesnotspendenoughmoneyonscienceresearchinuniversities.Only22percentbelievethegovernmentspendsenough.Thepoll

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Blue boxes

TheBritishgovernmentiscommittingmorethan£250000overthenexttwoyearstobackthecountry’slargestprojectsofarinvolvingthesortingandrecyclingofdomesticwaste.Upto100000householdsinandaroundShoreham-by-Sea

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Technology: Satellites strike back against solar flares - The 42nd Congress of the International Astonautical Federation

ByHELENGAVAGHANinMONTREALFrenchscientistsareproposingthataspacenetworkcouldprovideanearlywarningofsolarflares.SolarflarescanwreakeconomichavoconEarthbecausetheenergeticchargedparticles(protons)whichso

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Patents: Smart signature

ByBARRYFOXTheNationalResearchDevelopmentCorporation

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Science: Burst of pollen triggers asthma attacks

Thunderstormsinlatespringcantriggersevereattacksofasthma

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When rhinos roamed the Alps . . .

ThisenormousskullbelongedtoarhinocerosthatwasroamingtheAlpsaround10000yearsago.AfishermanfoundthefossilbyaccidentafterhehaddroppedhisglassesinLakeNeuchatel

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Cure for Hubble

Aftermonthsofagonising

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Science: Polymer emerges from watery beginnings

ByJOHNEMSLEYChemistsintheUShaveforthefirsttimemadeahydrocarbonpolymerinwater.Thepolymerisa‘rigidrod’ofbenzenerings.Itmayhaveapplicationsintheelectronicsindustrybecauseitisanon-metallicconductor.BruceN

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Academics to watch over fate of technology group

ByANDYCOGHLANMonthsofuncertaintyoverthefateoftheBritishTechnologyGroupcametoanendthisweekwhenthegovernmentclearedthewayforitssale.ThebillenablingprivatisationtogoaheadwaspassedonMonday

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Technology: Windows turn rays of sunshine into power

ByANDYCOGHLANBuildingscouldbemademuchmoreenergyefficientbyfittingtheirwindowswithanewtypeoftransparentsolarpanelratherthanglass.Thepanelsarefivetotentimesascheapastoday’ssilicon-basedsolarcellsbutarej

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France must be seen to be green, say MPs

BySYLVIAHUGHESinPARISMoreshouldbedonetoovercomeFrance’s‘verybadimage’ontheenvironment

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Technology: HOTOL hitches a lift from the Soviets - The 42nd Congress of the International Astonautical Federation

ByHELENGAVAGHANinMONTREALBritishAerospaceisabouttobeginmorewind-tunneltestsintheSovietUniontoresolveaspectsofthedesignofitsHOTOLspaceplane.Theoriginalconceptwasforaspaceplanethatcouldtakeofflikeanairc

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All change

TheUniversityofOxford’sEnvironmentalChangeUnitopenedlastweek.Theunit’sdirectorisMartinParry

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Lost hedgerows

AsurveyofhedgerowsinEnglandpublishedthisweekshowsthatmorethan10percentofthelengthwhichexistedin1984hasbeenlostinthesixyearsupto1990.Buttocounterthisloss

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Technology: Fractal maths adds up to a clearer vision

ByWILLIAMBOWNFractalmathematicscouldbeusedtoencodeandbroadcasthigh-definitiontelevisionintheUnitedStatesfollowingadecisionbytheUSNationalInstituteofStandardsandTechnologytofundanewchiptodecodedigitise

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