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Sun traces giant figures-of-eight in the sky

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00
A pinhole camera recorded this time-lapse image over a whole year, showing how the path of the sun across the sky traces a shape called an analemma






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Pioneering implant revives legs of paralysed men

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:42
Refinements in device that reawakens spinal cord could ultimately enable walking, say its developers






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Why do we love to organise knowledge into trees?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 20:00
From studying the bible to visualising computer storage, Manuel Lima's sumptuous The Book of Trees explores the tree diagram's appeal for showing information






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Who really decoded Down's syndrome?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 19:00
The Frenchman credited with finding the genetic cause of Down's is in line for sainthood. Now his colleague says it was her who made the crucial breakthrough (full text available to subscribers)






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Pro violinists fail to spot Stradivarius in blind test

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 19:00
Could you tell a new violin from a vintage Stradivarius? Top-notch soloists couldn't in a blind test, and they even preferred new instruments






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Cold war in space? What NASA's Russia boycott means

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:50
NASA has suspended engagements with Russia, apart from on the International Space Station. We look at what the move means for space activities






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Volcanic blasts hint that Mercury is a migrant planet

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:48
Explosions seem to have rocked the planet Mercury for most of its existence – and that shouldn't be possible if it formed close to the sun






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Global plan to shush ships for the sake of whales

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:44
For the first time a set of guidelines will push shipping companies to keep the noise down, reducing the din bombarding marine animals






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Today on New Scientist

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: where's Voyager? push-button orgasms, robot soldier, chromosomes grow up too soon, renewables go global and more
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Harsh world makes kids' chromosomes look middle-aged

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:59
By the age of 9, children growing up in tough environments can have telomeres that look like they belong to someone several decades older






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Almost half of new electricity is now clean and green

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:43
Investment in clean energy has fallen but nevertheless renewables like solar and wind are going global






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Robot soldier could help save human comrades' lives

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:41
Relax, puny humans – it may look like a prototype Terminator, but this android has come to help. Its job is to test equipment for the UK's armed forces






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Where am I? Voyager on the solar system's frontier

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 19:00
NASA says our furthest emissary has at last broken though into interstellar space – but Voyager's dispatches reveal that nothing is simple at the outer limits (full text available to subscribers)






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Flimsy rocks allowed Earth's plates to start moving

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 17:00
Earth is the only planet whose surface is known to be divided into shifting tectonic plates. An analysis of fragile rock may explain why






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