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Synthetic iris could let cameras react to light like our eyes do

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:14am
The iris in our eyes shrinks the pupil in bright light and enlarges it in the dark, and now an artificial version could do the same for both eyes and cameras
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Uranus’s crooked, messy magnetic field might open and shut daily

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:00am
The off-kilter tumbling of the magnetic bubble around Uranus may regularly let a barrage of charged particles from the solar wind flow in
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Amputees control avatar by imagining moving their missing limbs

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:44am
Even after losing a limb, brain activity associated with imagined movements can be read by an fMRI brain scanner and used to control a computer character
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Radio powered by your own sweat hints at future of wearables 

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:00am
A small skin patch harnesses enough power from sweat to run a radio for 48 hours. The same technology could be used to power health sensors of the future
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ESA approves gravitational-wave hunting spacecraft for 2034

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:00am
The triplet LISA spacecraft, which will use powerful lasers to measure ripples in space-time from supermassive black holes, have been green-lit
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Weird orbits hint ‘Planet Ten’ might lurk at solar system edge

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:00am
Astronomers studying icy objects in a distant region called the Kuiper belt say an unconfirmed planet with similar mass to Mars could be responsible for tugging them out of alignment
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Google’s multitasking neural net can juggle eight things at once

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:22am
Deep-learning systems can struggle to handle more than one task, but a fresh approach by Google Brain could turn neural networks into jacks of all trades
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Bird eggs may be shaped by the way their mother flies

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:00am
Huge survey reveals that bird species spending more time on the wing tend to have long or pointy eggs
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If you want to be a mega philanthropist Jeff Bezos, take note

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:03am
Amazon's founder, set to be the planet's richest person, wants to use his wealth for the greater good. It's harder than it sounds, warns David Auerbach
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Trump’s wise monkey environment plan: See no evil, hear no evil

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:33am
If you don't measure the bad stuff, you don't have to do anything about it. That looks like the Trump philosophy, say Gretchen Goldman and Andrew Rosenberg
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Special cells explain why cabbage and stress churn your guts

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:00am
When a type of cell in the intestine detects dietary irritants and stress hormones, it sends distress signals to the brain, telling it to move things along
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Google on track for quantum computer breakthrough by end of 2017

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 8:53am
The search giant is testing a 20-qubit processor, its most powerful quantum chip yet, and says it will be able to outperform ordinary computers by the end of the year
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Italy’s drying lakes imperil rare shrimp species found only here

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 8:22am
The survival of ancient and unique species thriving in mountain lakes in central Italy have been threatened by a double whammy of a quake and climate change
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Weird amphibians found at record depth in dark underground lake

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 8:15am
A new sighting of the olm, an amphibious salamander, in a Croatian cave extends our knowledge of this mysterious and vulnerable animal
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Oil-exploration airguns punch 2-kilometre-wide holes in plankton

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 7:00am
The seismic airguns used to look for undersea oil don’t just disrupt marine mammals, their shock waves also kill and disperse the plankton population
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Volunteers teach AI to spot slavery sites from satellite images

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:00am
A crowdsourcing project is helping train a machine learning algorithm to identify possible sites of forced labour in South Asia from space
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Private data of 198 million US voters accidentally leaked online

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:01pm
The data, collected on behalf of the Republican National Committee, included people's phone numbers and addresses as well as assumptions about their religion and ethnicity
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Don’t blame Instagram for the rise of botox and lip fillers

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:01pm
A new report rightly suggests that non-surgical cosmetic procedures need tighter regulation, but stumbles by blaming selfies and social media for their popularity
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Smoking is finally dying out among young people in the UK and US

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:00am
Now only 15.5 per cent of people in the UK are smokers. The largest declines have been seen in the first generation to grow up among anti-smoking laws
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Best evidence yet that Parkinson’s could be autoimmune disease

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:00am
People with Parkinson's show an immune response to brain cell markers that suggests the condition could be caused by having an over-active immune system
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