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Viral clips of murder may help drive contagious copycat killings

2 hours 24 min ago
The shareability of violent videos like that of the Virginia news shooting may contribute to future crimes – and they may be getting more clickable









Obama defends decision to let Shell drill for oil in Arctic

3 hours 24 min ago
This week, the US president visited Alaska to urge action on climate change. But activists are upset over oil drilling his administration has permitted nearby









Practising staring at dots can shrink your blind spot

4 hours 24 min ago
Certain exercises can reduce the gaps in our visual field, and may eventually help those with eye damage to see better









Ban on chimp testing puts wild ape vaccine for Ebola at risk

5 hours 24 min ago
Tests of a promising oral vaccine to protect wild apes from ebola may be held back by moves to end the use of chimps as experimental animals









Doctors use antipsychotics to calm ‘challenging behaviour’

September 1, 2015 - 3:30pm
Psychotropic drugs such as antipsychotics are being prescribed to subdue people with intellectual disability who are not mentally ill









Continental break-up set the stage for life in Earth’s mantle

September 1, 2015 - 9:38am
The first evidence that ancient microbes colonised subsea mantle rock hints at how life might have emerged on Earth – and even other worlds









Vultures are new target for African bushmeat and medicine trade

September 1, 2015 - 6:17am
Africa's raptor birds, especially vultures, are experiencing drastic declines as more are being hunted for meat and use in traditional cures









65 per cent of Europe’s electronic waste is stolen or mismanaged

August 31, 2015 - 7:01am
A two-year investigation into Europe's electronic waste found that 6.2 million tonnes was not disposed of safely, a danger to health and environment









NASA picks post-Pluto destination for New Horizons spacecraft

August 28, 2015 - 1:15pm
Fresh off its July flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is bound for a tiny object even further from the sun









Live cells stuck together like Velcro could mend broken hearts

August 28, 2015 - 11:00am
Heart cells grown on a special mesh can be built up into living, beating tissue that could mend damage after heart attacks









Quantum weirdness proved real in first loophole-free experiment

August 28, 2015 - 8:37am
A century-long debate about whether quantum mechanics described reality or masked a deeper layer, as Einstein suggested, has concluded – quantum reality won









Zoologger: The tiny insects that roar at each other like lions

August 28, 2015 - 7:05am
Two types of mirid bug engage in roaring duels, possibly to establish dominance or attract females, but how they make the noise is unknown









Knotty network could have powered universe’s early growth spurt

August 28, 2015 - 3:14am
The theory behind why cables get tangled could explain both cosmic inflation and why we experience only three dimensions of space









Down in the dumps? Don’t worry, your brain is still on point

August 28, 2015 - 2:00am
When the grey clouds gather, thinking seems like a real effort. But a bad mood has no bearing on your IQ, whereas a sunny mood seems to make you think faster









Europe to discuss deep-sea trawling ban to protect biodiversity

August 27, 2015 - 9:37am
In the run-up to a debate on deep-sea fishing, new data suggests trawling should be banned below 600 metres to protect threatened species









Birds circle and stick together to help them fly in dense fog

August 27, 2015 - 7:41am
A rare observation of cranes flying in foggy conditions reveals that they circle cautiously and make noise to stay in touch with the rest of the flock









Crowdsourced song lets the masses compose – one note at a time

August 27, 2015 - 7:34am
A new site invites people to vote on which note should come next in a melody. Can a mob of strangers on the internet really create an enjoyable tune?









Knut the polar bear’s mysterious cause of death revealed

August 27, 2015 - 6:00am
The famous polar bear that drowned in 2011 at Berlin Zoo seems to have suffered from a brain condition previously only known in humans









Darwin’s fast-evolving finches use a natural insect repellent

August 27, 2015 - 3:54am
Four species of the iconic birds on the Galapagos Islands rub themselves with leaves that deter mosquitoes and parasitic flies









Fatter than your siblings? It could be because you’re older

August 26, 2015 - 3:30pm
Firstborn women are more likely to be overweight then their secondborn sisters. A result of their parents doting on them, or their mother's inexperienced womb?