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60 second science

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For this competition you have to create a 60 second video for one of the various categories of science (you can enter multiple videos if you want). The videos have to both explain and show an aspect of science, rather than just show a phenomena. For more detail on the rules visit http://www.60secondscience.net/the-details/the-rules. This competition […]

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Wind farms affect local weather

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Wind farms can affect weather in their immediate locality, raising night-time temperatures on the ground, researchers working in Texas have shown. They used satellite data to show that land around newly constructed wind farms warmed more than next-door areas. The result – published in the journal Nature Climate Change – confirms an earlier, smaller study from 2010. The scientists believe […]

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H5N1 research censorship ‘problematic’

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The editor of the world-leading scientific journal Nature says current procedures to assess and censor medical research potentially of use to terrorists need to be improved. Dr Philip Campbell made his remarks to BBC News following the publication of controversial research into the bird flu virus H5N1.Two research papers have raised the concern of anti-terrorist agencies.One was submitted […]

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Infographic: The secret life of drinking water

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Water scarcity will be one of the defining features of the 21st century. The U.N. predicts that by 2025 two thirds of the world’s population will suffer water shortages. Here CNN takes a look at what we do with the water we can drink.   http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/road-to-rio/secret-life-drinking-water/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

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Biomining: How microbes help to mine copper

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Chile is the world’s biggest copper exporter, and has the planet’s largest known reserves of the red metal. Export of the metal is essential for Chile’s economy – it amounts to about 70% of all Chilean exports – and the more copper the country digs out, the more money pours in.  As Pilar Paddar, research […]

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Mercury poles give up hints of water ice

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A Nasa spacecraft has found further tantalising evidence for the existence of water ice at Mercury’s poles. Though surface temperatures can soar above 400C, some craters at Mercury’s poles are permanently in shadow, turning them into so-called cold traps. Previous work has revealed patches near Mercury’s poles that strongly reflect radar – a characteristic of […]

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Crocodiles have strongest bite

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Saltwater crocodiles have the strongest bite of any living animal, research has shown. The huge reptiles, which can measure more than 20ft, have jaws that snap shut with a force of 3,700lb, or almost two tons. In comparison, the great white shark has a chomping capacity of 2,095lb at the tip of its jaws. The […]

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Junk food diet ‘lowers sperm count’

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Eating junk food may reduce a man’s sperm count, research has shown. A study of men attending a US fertility clinic found those with the fattiest diets produced significantly less sperm. Their sperm density was also lower. The research also showed that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and plant oils, were […]

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Radio glitch delays 5-rocket launch to edge of space

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A radio system glitch on one of five small rockets aimed at the edge of space has forced NASA to cancel a barrage of overnight launches tonight that promised to dazzle East Coast skywatchers with glowing midnight clouds.The malfunction was detected as scientists prepared for the late-night launch rocket launches, which were scheduled to blast off […]

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Human fossils hint at new species

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The remains of what may be a previously unknown human species have been identified in southern China. The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago. But scientists are calling them simply the Red Deer Cave people, after one of the sites where they were unearthed. […]

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Oxygen envelops Saturn’s icy moon

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A Nasa spacecraft has detected oxygen around one of Saturn’s icy moons, Dione.The discovery supports a theory that suggests all of the moons near Saturn and Jupiter might have oxygen around them.Researchers say that their finding increases the likelihood of finding the ingredients for life on one of the moons orbiting gas giants.The study has […]