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Hubble cracks up

TheTefloncoatingontheHubbleSpaceTelescope’soutercasingiscrackingup.NASAdidn’texpecttoseeaproblemfor10to15years

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Look! No fillings

BySylviaPagánWestphalinBostonTOOTHACHEandfillingscouldsoonbeathingofthepast.OnbothsidesoftheAtlantic

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Possibly the cheapest vaccine in the world

ByBrianVastaginWashingtonDCASWIGofbeercouldonedayprotectyoufromHIV

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Robots on the brain

AroboticbrainsurgeonhasbegunclinicaltrialsatQueen’sMedicalCentreinNottingham.ThePathFinder—whichlookslikeaone-armedindustrialrobot—isdesignedtotakebiopsiesofbraintumoursorimplantelectrodestocontrolthe

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The inner strength that keeps women going

ByAnilAnanthaswamyTHEkeytowomen’slongevitymayliewiththeirstrongerimmunesystems.Traditionally

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Booze ruse

ByAnilAnanthaswamyHITTINGthebottlealittletoooften?Inthefuture

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BSE hits Japan

JapanhasreporteditsfirstcaseofBSE.TheMinistryofAgriculturesaystestsonthebrainofa5-year-oldHolsteinfromadairyinChibaprefecture

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One small step

ByRachelNowakinMelbourneTHEdistantancestorofcomplexlifeforms

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Silencing radioheads

ByBarryFoxLoudmusicplayingonacarradiocanpreventdrivershearingthesirensofemergencyvehicles.ButSpanishinventorsJavierTesterandJavierCabrerahaveaneatanswer(WO01/45066).Ambulancesandfireengines

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Goodbye mad cow

ByAndyCoghlanHOPESaregrowingthatavaccinemightsomedaycombatBSEincattle

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Leaders of the pack

RACINGcyclistsoftenrideinpackssotheycanreducewinddrag.Butsomesaythatthisgivespoorercyclistsanunfairadvantage

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Robots to the rescue

ByCatherineZandonellainSanFranciscoLUKESKYWALKER’S“dustbinonwheels”maybecomingtoahighwaynearyou.TheR2D2lookalikeisdesignedtobefirstonthesceneafteratrafficaccident

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Pushbike peril

ByJustinMullinsLOWspeedbicyclecrashescanbadlyinjure—orevenkill—childreniftheyfallontotheendsofthehandlebars.Soateamofengineersisredesigningthehumblehandlebarinabidtomakeitsafer.KristyArbogast

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Hands off our telescopes

NASAshouldn’tmonopoliseUSastronomy

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Big attraction

FEWbirdshavepenises

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Media frenzy distorts true picture of human epidemic

ByDamianCarrington“Thisyeartheincidenceofcasesprettymuchmirrorslastyear

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Rip up life's blueprint

ByWilsondaSilvaWESTOREourmostimportantgenesinthecentreofthenucleiofourcells

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Midge magnet

ByRobEdwardsinEdinburghTHEage-oldbeliefthatmidgesbitesomepeoplemorethanothersturnsouttobetrue—andit’salldowntoyoursweat.ResearchersattheUniversityofEdinburgh’sCentreforTropicalVeterinaryMedicinehaveun

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Chip maker celebrates marriage made in heaven

ByJeffHechtTHEFIRSTmicrochipstoreliablycombinetheperformanceofgalliumarsenidewiththecheapnessofsiliconarebeingputthroughtheirpacesbyaUSchipmaker.Thetechnologycouldhelprealisethedreamofcheap

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Global green belt

ByFredPearceTHEnorthernhemisphereisblooming

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Anti-tan fan

JapanesewomenwantingtoavoidtheSunforhealthorfashionreasonsareharnessingnewtechnologyforaveryoldaccessory—thefoldingfan.MikeCorporationofTokyoisusinganewtypeofinkthatreactstoultravioletlighttoprintthet

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The 200-mile-high club

ByWillKnightSTARTsavingnowfortheholidayofalifetime.Russiaplanstohaveaspacestationspeciallyfortouristsinorbitby2004

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The real rogue?

ByAllanCoukellinAucklandDIABETEScouldbetriggeredbyarogueprion-likeprotein

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Sharp kitty

ALIONESSinCameroonhasshownthatcatscanusetools.HansBauerofLeidenUniversityintheNetherlandswatchedthelionessuseathornheldbetweenherteethtopickoutanotherthornthatwasstuckinherpaw.“Itlookedlikesomethingyo

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The brightest stellar wildfire hosts impossibly huge stars

NASA

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Email makes net TV's dial 911

ByWillKnightA“maliciousprogram”hasbeenemailedtopeoplewhousetheinternetthroughaset-toptelevisionbox

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Does eating more salt prevent migraines and severe headaches?

ChrisFertnig/GettyByJessicaHamzelouCouldasaltydietkeepmigrainesatbay?Peoplewhoeatalotofsaltreporthavingfewermigrainesandsevereheadaches–thefirstevidencethatdietarysodiummayaffectthecondition.Butthe

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For children, depleted uranium shells are the dirty bombs

ByRobEdwardsandPaulMarksSOILintheGulfandtheBalkansthat’scontaminatedwithdebrisfromspentdepleteduraniumweaponspresentsfartoohigharisktolocalchildren

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Spookiness is in the brain of the beholder

ByHelenPhilipsWHETHERornotyoubelieveintheparanormalmaydependentirelyonyourbrainchemistry.Peoplewithhighlevelsofdopaminearemorelikelytofindsignificanceincoincidences

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Clever cash bags

ByBarryFoxTransportingbagsofcashfromshopstobankswouldbesaferifpickupscameatlesspredictableintervals

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World’s oldest ocean crust dates back to ancient supercontinent

incamerastock/AlamyStockPhotoByEmilyBensonTheoldestpatchofundisturbedoceaniccrustonEarthmayliedeepbeneaththeeasternMediterraneanSea–andatabout340millionyearsold

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Black holes collide in computer

ByWillKnightAcomputersimulationoftwoblackholesviolentlymergingintoonewillhelpdirectastronomersintheirsearchforgravitationalwaves–oneofthemostfundamental

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First wearable brain scanner to probe people with amazing gifts

ChrisBauerByHelenThomsonTakeawalkwhileIlookinsideyourbrain.ScientistshavedevelopedthefirstwearablePETscanner–allowingthemtocapturetheinnerworkingsofthebrainwhileapersonisonthemove.Theteamplanstouseitt

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Human-animal chimeras may be key to us living healthier lives

KevinCurtis/SPL/GettyThere’saone-in-fivechanceyou’lldieofheartdisease.Butimagineifassoonasyourheartshowedsignsofdisease

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Dispatches

LIFEFORHACKERSComputerhackersintheUScouldbejailedforlifeunderanewactpassedbytheHouseofRepresentativeslastweek.Thesentencewouldbegiventohackersconvictedof“knowingly”causingorattemptingtocausedeathorser

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Milky Way's oldest star clusters are stolen fakes

ByRobinOrwantAsetofstarclusterspreviouslythoughttobethemostancientnativesystemsinourgalaxy

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Hot pants

DANISHmenhavebeenwalkingaroundwithtemperaturesensorsintheirunderpants.Spermareknowntofarebetteratcoolertemperatures

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Alcohol health boost has a kick

ByGaiaVinceThegoodnewsisthatdrinkingalcoholcanindeedbegoodforyourhealth

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Criminal investigation into Korean human cloning

ByGaiaVinceandDamianCarringtonSouthKoreaislaunchingacriminalinvestigationintoaclaimthataKoreanwomanispregnantwithaclonedembryo

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It's time we all became eco-warriors for water

AFarchive/AlamyINFrankHerbert’ssciencefictionclassic

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Black hole made in the lab shows signs of quantum entanglement

AmiJablonovsky/GettyByRebeccaBoyleThere’sonlyonewaytostudyablackholeupclose:buildacopyinthelab.Onephysicistclaimshisdesktopblackhole

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Physicists look to the future as new particle dream dies

AlastairPhilipWiper/Corbis/GettyByLeahCraneLASTweek

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Mating stars hide their modesty behind a thick veil of dust

NASA

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Torpedo fuel leak sank Kursk

ByWillKnightTheRussiangovernmenthasfinallyadmittedthattheKursknuclearsubmarinewassunkbyanexplosioncausedbyatorpedofuelleak

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We have to recycle water on a massive scale – this is how we can

DamonWinter/NYT/Redux/eyevineZIKAisn’ttheonlypallhangingovertheRioOlympics.Thecity’swaterproblemsaresointractablethatswimmershavebeentoldtokeeptheirmouthsclosedsothattheydon’tingestsewage.Thesituation

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Laser comms crucial for space exploration

ByKurtKleinerNewspacecraftandsatellitesmustbefittedwithlaserstotransmitdigitalsignalsbacktoopticaltelescopesonEarth

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104-year-old cyclist named world's greatest centenarian athlete

Reuters/AlamyStockPhotoByHelenThomsonThinkyou’retoooldtodosport?Thinkagain.Researchershaveanalysedtheperformancesoftheworld’soldestrecord-breakersandnameda104-year-oldcyclistchampion.RomualdLepers

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Parents giving unproven IQ-boosting drugs to kids with Down's

plainpicture/MaskotByClareWilsonDRUGSthatchangethechemistryandstructureofthebraincouldboosttheintelligenceofpeoplewithDown’ssyndrome.Severalcompoundshaveimprovedmemoryandlearninginamouseversionoftheco

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Deadly fish reveals hidden human genes

ByNicolaJonesThefirstcomparisonoftheentirehumangenomewithanothervertebratehasbeenpublished–itpredictstheexistenceof900as-yetundiscoveredhumangenes.Thecomparisonwasmadewiththepufferfish

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Artists turn DNA into the ultimate personalised gift

ByAndyCoghlanTHEYarebeingtoutedasthecustomisedgiftparexcellence–itemsbearingpatternsbasedontherecipient’sowngeneticfingerprint.NeilSullivan

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Fertility decline is economic 'window of opportunity'

ByEmmaYoungReducingpopulationgrowthbyimprovingfamilyplanningservicescreatessignificanteconomicgrowthandreducespoverty

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