science

Smart Sellotape

Scotch tape, a versatile household staple and a mainstay of holiday gift-wrapping, may have a new scientific application as a shape-changing "smart material."...

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Naive Fish Make Easy Prey

Big fish that have grown up in marine reserves don't seem to know enough to avoid fishers armed with spear guns waiting outside the reserve....

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Mayan Prophesy Fail

'soil loss could eventually have undercut the Maya's ability to grow food'. Ancient Mayans may have foretold our civilisation's doom, but they failed to foresee their own....

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Crunching Genital Injury Stats

Women saw a five-fold increase in genital injuries between 2002 and 2008, and show no signs of slowing....

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Dream Trippin’

What you dream reveals what you are. ...

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A Brave New World of Sugar and Caffeine

Sugar mouthwash makes you more motivated, caffeine improves your cognitive function, and fermented-sugar ethanol will convert the schoolrun into an environmentally friendly activity, wafting the...

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Drunken Tweets Not Confined to Humans

'all the dead birds had become intoxicated on fermented berries, and that some of the injuries they had sustained were the result of mid-air collisions'. Drunken Birds....

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Sneaky Copulation for shy Macaques

'both males and females can harass copulating partners' Rude monkeys have to resort to 'sneaky copulation' to avoid being interrupted....

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Timbre! Another Sense Falls to the Machines

Timbre is a hard-to-quantify concept loosely defined as everything in music that isn't duration, loudness or pitch. Now machines can detect it....

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Beyond Space and Time: New Physics

"Our result gives weight to the idea that quantum correlations somehow arise from outside spacetime, in the sense that no story in space and time can describe them,"...

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Robots as Careworkers

Adults said they are willing to use a robot for reminders to take medicine, but they are more comfortable if a person helps them decide which medication to take. ...

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Size Doesn’t Matter (Shape Does)

'the sexual organs change most rapidly of all morphological features during evolution', the wonders of science bring us new research on the sexual organs of beetles. Hooray!...

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Gaga in Green: Scientists name fern genus after the singer

'At one stage of its life, the new genus Gaga has somewhat fluid definitions of gender and bears a striking resemblance to one of Gaga's famous costumes.' So they named the fern GAGA...

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Cretaceous Acoustics Comeback

Global warming appears to be leading us back to the similar ocean acoustic conditions as those that existed 110 million years ago...

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Knife-Fighting Frogs!

Combat-ready spikes which shoot from fingers sounds like the weaponry of a comic book hero, but a Japanese scientist has found exactly this in a rare breed of frog....

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Worst Sounds Top 10

"It appears there is something very primitive kicking in,", how we react to unpleasant sounds....

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Headphone Def Culture

The tobacco industry was, for many years, adept at concealing the health dangers of smoking. There may well be detailed research on the long term effects of self-determined, persistent, decibel...

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Graphene iPad Possible

a 'Graphene Roadmap' which for the first time sets out what the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material can truly achieve...

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Diamond Planet Discovered

The study estimates that at least a third of the planet's mass — the equivalent of about three Earth masses — could be diamond....

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Foreign Invaders Cost Taxpayer £1.7bn

An acceptable price to pay?...

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Sweet ‘n’ Sour Science

Newly-published research claims 'The way foods make our mouths feel has a great deal to do with what foods we choose to eat'. Still no cure for cancer....

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Asteroid Zapping 101

Blast it, Scotty! Academics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are set to investigate the removal of space debris and deflection of asteroids – leading the first research-based training...

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Flu Epidemics get the Stiff Upper Lip

Britons are less likely than other nations to react to flu epidemics with ‘social distancing behaviours such as avoiding hugging or kissing’. But then, those other nations probably...

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Ketamine Perks Up

Many chronically depressed and treatment-resistant patients experience immediate relief from symptoms after taking small amounts of the drug ketamine. ...

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Modern Day Mesmerism

Many people are familiar with ‘Hypnotism’ in it’s various forms such as Stage Hypnosis and Hypno-therapies, and its modern hyper-packaged cousin ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming’....

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Microbial Music, Biomechanical Bebop

Microbes make music. And it's not bad either....

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Nettle Cloth reveals Bronze-Age Trade Routes

Strontium analysis of ancient nettle fibres reveal bronze age trade routes ...

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Chocolate Makes Snails Smart

Training snails is easier when you feed them chocolate. 'Fetch!' (waits...)...

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Prison inmates overuse Ointment. Study asks why.

The first study to report on the widespread misuse of topical antibiotics found that 59 percent of male and 40 percent of female maximum-security prison inmates are using over-the-counter ointments,...

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Fish Rapist Hooks Up

A newly-discovered fish species in eastern Mexico overcomes female sexual resistance by evolving a four-hooked penis. Charming....

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