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Quantum computers: The world's first buyers' guide

6 hours 58 min ago
With the first quantum computer already on the market, and more in the offing, should you splash the cash? Here's our verdict on the best buys out there

Why language is neither an instinct nor innate

20 October 2014 - 2:00pm
The ideas of Noam Chomsky, popularised by Steven Pinker, come under fire in Vyvyan Evans's book The Language Myth: Why language is not an instinct

Comet immortalised before close call with spacecraft

20 October 2014 - 1:33pm
A comet making its first trip in from the Oort cloud was caught on camera before a near miss with four spacecraft currently orbiting the Red Planet

Number of eggs a woman has predicts heart attack risk

20 October 2014 - 1:14pm
A woman's biological clock may also tell her cellular time. The number of eggs a woman has shows how fast her cells are ageing and predicts her heart disease risk

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20 October 2014 - 12:45pm
All the latest stories on world's oldest genitals, secret spaceplane returns home, arthritis genes leak from fetus to mother, wearable tech tracks workers, Vietnam loses taste for rhino horn, and more

In defence of offering egg freezing to women workers

20 October 2014 - 12:00pm
The critics are wrong – offering egg freezing to female staff is a welcome boost to their family ambitions, says pregnancy expert Chavi Eve Karkowsky

China set to launch probe on round trip to the moon

20 October 2014 - 11:00am
The Chinese space agency's newest space launch will test atmospheric re-entry technology ahead of a more complex mission to collect moon rocks in 2017

Campaign blunts Vietnamese demand for rhino horn

20 October 2014 - 8:35am
Polls suggest that Vietnam is losing its taste for rhino horn, but rhino poaching is still on course to break records again this year

Wearable tech lets boss track your work, rest and play

20 October 2014 - 4:00am
How will our lives change as more and more firms digitally monitor their employees' movements and health, at work and beyond. We're about to find out

Europe's new scientific revolution

20 October 2014 - 3:00am
It's great to see scientists across the continent protesting in unison about funding and jobs, says the editor of a website exploring European research issues

Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate

19 October 2014 - 1:00pm
When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions

Oldest genitals found. Went out of fashion for eons

19 October 2014 - 1:00pm
If you're going through a dry patch, it's nothing compared to the entire animal kingdom – it appears to have gone millions of years without copulating

Fetus's arthritis genes can affect the mother

19 October 2014 - 6:45am
Stowaway DNA which seeps from fetuses to their mothers may raise their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and dads may be to blame

Secret US spaceplane lands after 674-day mission

18 October 2014 - 11:00am
What was it doing up there? A robotic, top secret US spaceplane landed in California on Friday, after a record-breaking 22 months in orbit

Light beacons let map app talk to blind people

18 October 2014 - 6:00am
A museum in Delhi has installed a new infrared navigation system to help visually impaired people find their way with audio directions

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17 October 2014 - 12:30pm
All the latest stories on nature's walking dead, Estonia's e-citizenship, poisonous frogs sing louder, Google's Express delivery, and more

Locked-in people's awareness revealed by rainbow hair

17 October 2014 - 12:01pm
A colourful visualisation of brain signals could offer a quick and easy way to identify people who are conscious but can't move or speak

Can Google Express deliver on same-day shopping?

17 October 2014 - 12:00pm
Google has found another way to reach into our lives with its same-day delivery service. But it needs to harness new technology to make Google Express viable

Poisonous frogs evolve to sing longer and louder

17 October 2014 - 11:02am
The strong poison and bright warning patterns of the little devil frog mean it can sing shamelessly longer and louder in its efforts to woo a mate

E-citizens unite: Estonia opens its digital borders

17 October 2014 - 8:00am
Estonia has invited people to register as e-residents - a step towards a world where a person's identity online matters just as much as their identity offline