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First colonists

ByJeffHechtLifemayhaveconqueredthelandmorethanabillionyearsearlierthanpreviouslythought.ThefirstknowncolonistswerematsofphotosyntheticbacteriacoveringthebottomofaseasonalpondinSouthAfrica.Theyarriveds

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Noxious nicotine

ByEmmaYoungandMichaelDayNicotinecouldcauselungcancer

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A broken pact

ByFredPearceTHEbreakdownoftalksaimedattacklingglobalwarminghaditsrootsindisagreementsbetweenEuropeandtheUSoverwhethertheyhadstruckasecretdealthreeyearsbeforeinKyoto.TheUSinsistedthedealallowedittousei

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Ebola hope

ByEmmaYoungAnEbolavaccinehassuccessfullyprotectedmonkeysinfectedwithavirulentstrainofthevirusforthefirsttime.Thebreakthroughraiseshopesofahumanvaccineandevenapossibletreatment.Ebolakillsupto90percento

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Generation game

ByJoannaMarchantGENEtherapyhasprovedoneofmedicalresearch’sgreatestdisappointments.Notonlyhasitfailedtomakemanypeoplebetter

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Brain tissue transplant

ByEmmaYoungTransplantsoffetalbraintissuehavereversedtheprogressionofHuntington’sChoreainpeople–thefirsteffectivetreatmentforthedisease.Huntington’sisaninheriteddisorderthatnormallydevelopsbetweenage30

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Cod crisis

ByEmmaYoungProposalstoslashNorthSeacodquotasbymorethanhalfmaydolittletoprotectdwindlingstocks

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BSE bonfire

ByDeboraMacKenzie

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Early landing

LIFEmayhavecolonisedthelandmorethanabillionyearsearlierthanthought.Layersof2.6-billion-year-oldsoilfromasiteinSouthAfricahavebeenfoundtocontainunusuallevelsoforganiccompounds.Chemicalanalysisindicates

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Grim prospects

WHATdoesthefutureholdafterTheHaguedebacle?ThetalksarenowtechnicallysuspendedandwillresumeinBonnnextyear

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永利皇宫官方网站:Metal eater

ByNicolaJonesThefirstbacteriatomakemineralsofzincsulphideinnaturehavebeenfoundcleaningupthewastewaterinafloodedWisconsinmineshaft.Thediscoveryshedslightonthemysteryofhowsomeoresareformedandmayevenhelp

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Light sensitive

ByAndyCoghlanAvirusinfecting30percentofpeoplecancombinewithsunlighttocausedisfiguringskincancers

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Chart topper

ByStephaniePainThehumpbackwhalesswimmingoffeasternAustraliahavepulledoffamusicalrevolution

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Not so bright

ANEXTREMELYfaintstarhasturnedupinourbackyard

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Euthanasia legalised

ByEmmaYoungTheNetherlandshasbecomethefirstcountryintheworldtolegaliseeuthanasia.ThebillwaspassedintheDutchparliamentonTuesdayby104votesto40

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US ballot controversy

ByKurtKleinerThecontroversialbutterflyballotusedintheUSpresidentialelectionsinPalmBeachCountyhasn’tjustconfusedFloridavoters

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Power failure

ByEmmaYoungTheChernobylnuclearpowerstation’sfinalfunctioningreactorhasbeenshutdown–possiblyforgood.Anice-coveredpowerlinerunningtotheplantsnappedearlyonMonday

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Sabotaging cancer

ByClaireAinsworthResearchershavefoundawayofsabotagingoneofcancer’skeysurvivalstrategies.TheBostonteamusedaproteinfragmenttoblockthemechanismthattumoursswitchontosurviveatlowoxygenlevels.Normaltissueus

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Call of death

ByEmmaYoungAcargooffakemobilephoneswhichfirebulletshasbeeninterceptedonitswayfromtheBalkanstoBritain

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Going for gold

YoucanstoppuzzlingoverwhattodowiththoseunwantedrecordableCDs.ResearchersattheUniversityofSãoPauloinBrazilhavedevelopedawaytomakeelectrodesoutofthepre-polishedgoldthatlinesthem.Usingnitricacid

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永利皇宫官方网站:Solar panels

ByEmmaYoungAstronautsarepreparingtoinstallsolarpanelsontheInternationalSpaceStation

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Health check

ByEmmaYoungSomecomplementaryandalternativemedicine(CAM)iseffective

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Swallowing ships

ByJoannaMarchantTHEoceansareplayingtricksonus

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Take a rib, a hip and some broth…

ByAndyCoghlanSURGEONShavereplacedashatteredfingerjointwithanimplantgrownfromthepatient’sownboneandcartilagecells.“It’sthefirstsuchimplantmadefromboneandcartilage

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Unfit for humans

ByKurtKleinerAPESTICIDEgeneonlyapprovedforuseinmaizeforanimalfeedmayhavejumpedintoacornvarietydestinedforpeople.ThediscoverycomesjusttwomonthsafterStarLinkcorn

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Cellphone radiation "trapped" in train carriages

ByIanSamplePassengersonpackedtrainscouldunwittinglybeexposedtoelectromagneticfieldsfarhigherthanthoserecommendedunderinternationalguidelines.Theproblem?Hordesofcommutersallusingtheirmobilephonesatth

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Artificial voice system says hello

ByDuncanGraham-RoweWhenHideyukiSawadasayshewantshisrobotstobearticulate

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Mutant viruses order quantum dots

ByKurtKleinerAthreedimensionalgridofquantumdotscreatedandheldtogetherbygenetically-engineeredvirusescouldenableanewgenerationofcomputerdisplays

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Music player bug could let in MP3 viruses

ByWillKnightThecodeinsideapopularmusicplayingprogramcontainsabugthatcouldallowcomputervirusestobeconcealedwithinMP3files.Expertssaythisparticularbackdoorcaneasilybeclosed

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Liquid crystal displays "painted on"

ByWillKnightLiquidcrystaldisplayscouldsoonbepaintedstraightontosurfaces

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Out of the frying pan

ByAndyCoghlanFISHandchipsandotherfriedfoodsaretakingyetanotherbattering.LastweekSwedishresearchersraisedthealarmthatfried

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Smog "protects" India against global warming

ByFredPearceBlacksmogsarereversingtheeffectsofglobalwarminginIndia

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永利皇宫官方网站:Ozone hole causes mixed Antarctic message

ByFredPearceRecentconflictingreportsaboutwhetherAntarcticaiswarmingorcoolingcannowatleastbeexplained–itisallthefaultoftheozonehole.Changingwindpatternstriggeredbytheozoneholearecausingsomeareastowarmw

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Men's murky motives for romance

ByEmmaYoungMenaremorelikelytospoiltheirfemalepartnersandkeepacloseeyeontheirmovementsaroundthetimeofovulation.Thiscouldbeanevolutionarystrategytokeepwomenawayfromothermenduringfertileperiods

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The hidden catch

ByDeboraMacKenzieIT’Sauniquepublichealthconundrum

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Blood filtering allows unmatched kidney transplants

ByEmmaYoungFilteringtheantibodiesfromakidneypatient’sbloodmeanstheycanreceiveaneworganfromanydonor

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Gene linked to stress-related drinking

ByEmmaYoungVariationsinakeygenemightexplainwhysomepeopleturntoalcoholwhentheyarestressed

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Hubble's new vision "stuns" astronomers

ByJeffHecht(Image:NASA/ACSScienceteam)SpectacularshotsofgalacticcollisionsandnewborngalaxiesfromtheHubbleSpaceTelescope’snewcamerahavedelightedastronomers.TheAdvancedCameraforSurveys(ACS)wasinstall

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Competition to "reverse engineer" mystery program

ByWillKnightProgrammerstheworldoverwillnextweekhavethechanceto“reverseengineer”amysteriousandmaliciouscomputerprogram.Theymustdetermineitsintentionsandtesttheirprogrammingskills.Theideaistosimulatethe

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"Robo-rat" controlled by brain electrodes

ByDuncanGraham-RoweTheageofthelivingrobotisuponus.Andallittakestoturnalivingratintoaradio-controlledautomatonisthreeelectrodescarefullyplacedintheanimal’sbrain.Simplypressingkeysonacomputer500metresaw

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Mars mission dangers set out

ByJeffHechtPlannersofthefirsthumanmissiontoMarswillhavetoworrymoreabouthexavalentchromium–thetoxicwasteinthemovieErinBrockovitch–thanabouthostileMartians.Toassessthatdanger

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Tied up in knots

ByPhilipCoheninSanFranciscoHOWgoodwouldyoubeattyingknotsthroughatinyopening?It’sachallengethatmanysurgeonsarehavingtoface

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永利皇宫官方网站:WHO backs gene research for world's poor

ByAndyCoghlanGeneresearchhasthepotentialtovanquishmajordiseaseswhichplaguetheworld’spoorestcountries

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Bat bites blamed for US rabies deaths

ByEmmaYoungBitesfromtinybatscausealmostallcasesofrabiesinpeopleintheUS

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Galaxies' date with destiny revealed

ByWillKnightAspectacularinter-galacticcollision

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Dead man walking

ByAndyCoghlanDOCTORFrankenstein’sidentityhasfinallybeenrevealedafteralmost200years.MaryShelley’sinfamousfictionalfigurewasinspiredbytheeminentScottishscientistJohnLind

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Women's fertility declines in late twenties

ByEmmaYoungAwoman’sfertilitystartstodeclineinherlatetwenties

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It'll come out in the wash

ByJamesRandersonWE’VEbeenwashingourclothesformillennia.HomerevenmentionedthechoreintheOdyssey.Butit’salwaysbeenapuzzlehowwashinggetsthedirtoutofclothessoquickly.NowDutchresearchersthinkthey’veworkedit

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Rain is "earthquake in the sky"

ByJRMinkelArainshowerinLondonmayhavemoreincommonwithanearthquakeinCaliforniathanyouwouldthink–bothprocessesobeysimilarstatisticalrules.Thescientistswhodiscoveredthelinksaythinkingaboutrainasakindof“ea

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Sewage turned into hydrogen fuel

ByWillKnightWastefromsewageplantscouldbetransformedintocleanhydrogenfuelwithhighefficiencyusingnewprocessingtechnologydevisedinEurope.Theprocessinvolvesextractinghydrogenfrom“wet”waste

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Leech cocoon preserves 200-million-year-old fossil

ByBobHolmesMoveoveramber.Whenitcomestopreservingsoft-bodiedanimalsthroughtheages

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