NASA’s InSight lander is using magnetism to search for water on Mars
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NASA’s InSight lander is using magnetism to search for water on Mars

NASA’s InSight lander has taken a selfie on MarsNASA/JPL-Caltech By Leah CraneThe main goal of NASA’s InSight lander, which arrived on the Red Planet in November 2018, is to…

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Thousands of security flaws found on UK government websites
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Thousands of security flaws found on UK government websites

Security flaws have been found on the National Archives website and many other government sitesChris Dorney/Alamy Stock Photo By Chris Stokel-WalkerHundreds of UK government websites have serious security…

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It’s not just reality TV – all media must help to prevent suicides
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It’s not just reality TV – all media must help to prevent suicides

Media coverage of suicide often falls shortBrian Jackson/Alamy Stock Photo By Rory O’ConnorThe apparent suicide last week of Mike Thalassitis, a former contestant on the UK reality TV…

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We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but almost zero are right for life
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We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but almost zero are right for life

Kepler-452b is the only known exoplanet with the right stuff for life – and even that’s a maybeNASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle By Leah CraneWe have found more than 4000…

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AI can mistakenly see cancer in medical scans after tiny image tweaks
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AI can mistakenly see cancer in medical scans after tiny image tweaks

Some medical AIs are easily tripped upScience Photo Library/Getty By Ruby Prosser ScullyMedical artificial intelligence breaks a little too easily. Although AI promises to improve healthcare by quickly…

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Child abuse may change brain structure and make depression worse
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Child abuse may change brain structure and make depression worse

Brain scans could reveal signs of childhood mistreatmentZEPHYR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Ruby Prosser ScullyA study of over a hundred people’s brains suggests that abuse during childhood is linked…

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Stunning picture shows dead star racing away from a massive explosion
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Stunning picture shows dead star racing away from a massive explosion

Wooosh!Jayanne English, University of Manitoba; F. Schinzel et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF; DRAO/Canadian Galactic Plane Survey; and NASA/IRAS. By Chelsea WhyteNeed a kick-start? You would be hard-pressed to find one…

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Genetics studies are too white – that’s failing people and science
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Genetics studies are too white – that’s failing people and science

Truly inclusive genetic studies will improve treatments for allWavebreakmedia/Getty By Scott WilliamsWe are at the beginning of a revolution in medicine, in which a burgeoning knowledge of the…

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Jet fuel made from waste plants could be one of the most efficient yet
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Jet fuel made from waste plants could be one of the most efficient yet

Plant-based jet fuels could help reduce fossil fuel useTobias Titz/Getty By Michael Le PagePlant waste might soon help make flying a little greener. A fuel made from cellulose has…

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Sun bears copy each other’s facial expressions to communicate
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Sun bears copy each other’s facial expressions to communicate

Sun bears mimic each other’s facial expressionsDaniela Hartmann/PA Wire By New Scientist Staff and Press AssociationThe world’s smallest bears copy one another’s facial expressions as a means of…

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Robot swarm inspired by cells can keep moving even if its parts fail
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Robot swarm inspired by cells can keep moving even if its parts fail

A robot swarmColumbia University By Donna LuA swarm of robots inspired by living cells can squeeze through gaps and keep moving even if many of its parts fail.…

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We have to find a way to stop drones disrupting airports
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We have to find a way to stop drones disrupting airports

Drone sightings disrupted flights at Gatwick Airport last yearJeremy Selwyn / Evening Standard / eyevine By Chris Stokel-WalkerGATWICK. Heathrow. Newark. Dubai. Dublin. In the past four months, airports…

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Anaesthesia drug may make it easier to forget upsetting memories
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Anaesthesia drug may make it easier to forget upsetting memories

Anaesthetic may help reshape recent memoriesRafael Metz / Alamy By Ruby Prosser-ScullyA drug used for anaesthesia can make upsetting memories less vivid and may one day be used…

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Deforestation in the Amazon could raise local temperatures by 1.5C
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Deforestation in the Amazon could raise local temperatures by 1.5C

Andy Myatt/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Adam Vaughan THE speed at which trees are being cleared in the Brazilian Amazon today could have a similar local warming effect to decades…

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Electric cars won’t shrink emissions enough – we must cut travel too
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Electric cars won’t shrink emissions enough – we must cut travel too

We are at a crossroads when it comes to transport emissionsPetri Artturi Asikainen/Getty By Adam VaughanEveryone knows that changing the way we get around could reduce climate emissions:…

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I got caught in the middle of a bitter row over humans’ violent past
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I got caught in the middle of a bitter row over humans’ violent past

The cochlea, or inner ear, from an ancient skull fragment, is one of the bits most likely to retain DNAKayana Szymczak/The New York T​imes/Eyevine By Michael MarshallOnce upon…

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