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BBC News - Science & Environment

The effort to build a synchrotron - a large accelerator that generates X-rays for research - in Africa is gaining momentum, a US conference hears.
The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.
Scientists working in Ethiopia have uncovered a jawbone fossil which may push the origin of humans back 400,000 years.
Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74-98% of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates.
Scientists work out the body mass of the superb Stegosaurus specimen recently put on display at London's Natural History Museum.
Wild bumblebees are infected with many of the diseases found in honeybees looked after by bee keepers, according to a national survey.
The government's financial management of Kew Gardens is a "recipe for failure", a Select Committee report warns.
The Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that a government scheme to keep the lights on could lead to unnecessarily high energy costs.
Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading and calls for more international help in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.
Physicists have detected a version of the Higgs Boson in a superconductor, but say this cannot substitute for the work of the LHC.
 

News -- ScienceDaily

Many birds spend only a few months of the year in their breeding range before leaving to spend the winter in another region or even on another continent, and models that only make use of data from one season may not paint a complete picture. For this reason, researchers have written the first comprehensive review of the different types of full-annual-cycle modeling approaches available to ecologists.
Natural gas powered solid oxide fuel cells, located at the point of use to produce electricity for facilities the size of big box stores, could provide economic and environmental benefits, with additional research, according to new study.
Adults who closely followed the Mediterranean diet were 47 percent less likely to develop heart disease over a 10-year period compared to similar adults who did not closely follow the diet, according to a new study.
Recent research has uncovered the remains of an ancient town and burial complex that date to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. In addition to the Neolithic 'spooning' couple that has been highlighted in recent news articles, the team also uncovered several other burials and the remains of an ancient village that suggest the bay was an important center in ancient times.
A new research paper reveals how specially prepared carbon foam can be used in the detection of neutrons emitted by radioactive materials -- a task of critical importance to homeland security, as well as industry and safety.
 

Biology News Net

When it comes to gene expression - the process by which our DNA provides the recipe used to direct the synthesis of proteins and other molecules that we need for development and survival - scientists have so far studied one single gene at a time. A new approach developed by Harvard geneticist George Church, Ph.D., can help uncover how tandem gene circuits dictate life processes, such as the healthy development of tissue or the triggering of a particular disease, and can also be used for directing precision stem cell differentiation for regenerative medicine and growing organ transplants.


Scientists find that people use the touch of a handshake to sample and sniff signaling molecules. A sterile glove was used to identify signaling molecules transmitted via a handshake.
Limp or firm, your handshake conveys subliminal social cues. Now, research reveals it also transmits chemical signals that could explain why the greeting evolved in the first place.

Scientists at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism - effects commonly associated with exercising.


Scientists mapped and read sound memories in rat brains.
Lights, sound, action: we are constantly learning how to incorporate outside sensations into our reactions in specific situations. In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds. The team then used this map to accurately predict the rats' reactions. These results add to our understanding of how the brain processes sensations and forms memories to inform behavior.


The queen bee in this image is marked with a green dot.
Researchers from North Carolina State University, Indiana University and Wellesley College have characterized the gut microbiome of honey bee queens. This is the first thorough census of the gut microbiome - which consists of all the microorganisms that live in the gut of the organism - in queen bees.

 

New Scientist - Online news

Still basking in the glory of the Higgs discovery, CERN's celebrity particle smasher is aiming for even wilder particles – and the truth about supersymmetry (full text available to subscribers)






A skull fragment 2.8 million years old may mean our ancestors were around 400,000 years earlier than thought






Genetically engineered microorganisms could replace flowers as sources of ingredients for perfumes – and even recreate scents from plants long extinct






All the latest on newscientist.com: Facebook's intelligence test, cheap wonder metals and why the US is being urged to eat less meat






Resistance is futile for this remotely controlled cockroach. A battery-powered microcontroller plugged into its nervous system can control its movements






Come flood, drought or heatwave, Europe is getting ready a whole host of projects designed to climate-proof the continent






Earth's Little Ice Age may have been caused by a fall in solar activity – digging holes on Mars could help us find out






If only aluminium, titanium and magnesium were cheaper, they would replace steel and help us cut fuel bills and emissions. That day may not be far off






The US panel advising the government on dietary guidelines urges Americans to eat less meat. There is nothing wrong with that, says Josh Voorhees






Fancy taking Facebook's AI exam for yourself? Here are some example questions that get progressively harder






 
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