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My 'verbal autopsies' reveal what really killed people

3 hours 14 min ago
Relatives of the recently deceased are helping to pin down the causes of deaths in India, and boost public health, says epidemiologist Prabhat Jha (full text available to subscribers)






No more pause: Warming will be non-stop from now on

31 August 2014 - 1:00pm
Enjoy the recent slowdown in global warming while it lasts, because it's probably the last one we will get this century






Use of 'language of deceit' betrays scientific fraud

29 August 2014 - 1:05pm
Distinguishing scientific papers known to be fraudulent from those that contain genuine results can be done simply by comparing the writing styles






New push for better handling of football head injuries

29 August 2014 - 12:44pm
We know little about the consequences of concussion and even heading the ball in soccer, but the sport's authorities are now taking the issue seriously






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29 August 2014 - 12:30pm
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Soviet dog spacesuit for pooches with the right stuff

29 August 2014 - 12:13pm
Your canine companion can strut its stuff in this authentic Soviet spacesuit, worn by genuine doggy heroes of the space race Belka and Strelka






Painful memories eased by inhaling xenon gas

29 August 2014 - 12:06pm
The odourless, colourless and mostly inert gas xenon has been used to ease painful memories in mice. It could help us to forget our own past traumas






Earth's tectonic plates have doubled their speed

29 August 2014 - 11:00am
The latest study suggests Earth's plates today move twice as fast as they did 2 billion years ago – maybe because the mantle has got more runny






Voyager 2's view of solar system's edge will be unique

29 August 2014 - 10:21am
There's reason to think Voyager 2's sensors will pick up changes that contrast with what Voyager 1 saw en route to the edge of interstellar space






Emailing angry? Your keyboard feels your pain

29 August 2014 - 9:30am
By measuring the way you are typing, a computer program can detect how you are feeling with 80 per cent accuracy






Beautiful spiral cracks could be a feature, not a flaw

29 August 2014 - 9:00am
Unusually uniform, watercolour-like fractures that form in high-tech materials could be used to manufacture micro-patterned surfaces






Feedback: Tipping the quantum scales

29 August 2014 - 7:00am
The appliance of science, fake delusions equal profit, sinister buttocks in essays and more (full text available to subscribers)






Let's talk about the weather to revive climate debate

29 August 2014 - 3:00am
Explaining how climate change is affecting today's weather will be tricky, but it might bring home to the public the everyday reality of global warming






3D-printed books make pictures real for blind children

28 August 2014 - 3:30pm
Children's classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar have come to life for visually impaired children thanks to 3D-printed Braille text and tactile pictures






A to zinc: What supplements are worth taking?

28 August 2014 - 3:00pm
Vitamins, minerals, fish oils… the list of nutritional supplements you can buy keeps growing. Some are worth it, some aren't. We sift the evidence for you (full text available to subscribers)






Taming of the bunny rewrote rabbit genome

28 August 2014 - 2:00pm
When rabbits were domesticated, around 100 regions of their genome changed to make them less fearful, but the variations are not fixed






Moving home? Your microbes will make the trip too

28 August 2014 - 2:00pm
Families have identifiable collections of microbes that travel with them. It can take just 24 hours for the microbes to take over a new house






Mapping the web of disease in Nairobi's invisible city

28 August 2014 - 1:30pm
Peter Guest discovers how studying the way diseases jump from animals to humans sometimes means wrestling pigs in a slum that doesn't officially exist






Fossil dinosaur nursery includes babysitter's bones

28 August 2014 - 12:45pm
A crèche of 30 dinosaur infants looked over by an older animal shows that even terrible lizards needed a night away from the kids






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28 August 2014 - 12:30pm
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