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Morrissey: 'Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity'

Morrissey: 'Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity' | Gavagai | Scoop.it
Singer Morrissey, of the seminal 1980s band The Smiths, reacts to news of the death of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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geek as hell: random acts of geekness

geek as hell: random acts of geekness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

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How to contain an ebola outbreak

How to contain an ebola outbreak | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With a mortality rate of up to 90%, ebola is terrifying. Is it possible to contain an outbreak?

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Centipede bursts from snake's stomach

Centipede bursts from snake's stomach | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A group of researchers discovered a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. After a post-mortem, the scientists think it's possible that the centipede quite literally eviscerated the snake from the inside out.

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India court recognises third gender

India court recognises third gender | Gavagai | Scoop.it

India's Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.

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Cassini may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon

Cassini may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon | Gavagai | Scoop.it
The potential moon (nicknamed Peggy) is tiny, probably only about a kilometer (0.6 miles) across — really a moonlet — and is invisible in the Cassini pictures. However, its presence is betrayed by an odd clumping of material at the very edge of Saturn’s A ring, the outermost of Saturn’s main rings.
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Pouring saltwater over graphene generates electricity

Pouring saltwater over graphene generates electricity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth.

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Corvid behaviour: much to crow about

Corvid behaviour: much to crow about | Gavagai | Scoop.it

By recreating the setting from Aesop's Fable 'The crow and the pitcher', researchers have shown that corvids are not just capable of grasping that solid objects displace water, but more crucially, they seem to understand the causal relationship between the properties of such objects and their effectiveness.

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The secret spiritual history of calculus

The secret spiritual history of calculus | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Integral calculus originated in a 17th-century debate that was as religious as it was scientific.

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Why you don't need to worry about giant, invincible man-eating super-rats

Why you don't need to worry about giant, invincible man-eating super-rats | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A plague of invincible giant super-rats is reported to be taking over Liverpool. They won't ever eat people, will they?

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AWOL microbes may explain our modern plagues

AWOL microbes may explain our modern plagues | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Antibiotics have endangered our native microbiomes and left us increasingly vulnerable to modern diseases like obesity, diabetes, asthma and autism.

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Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment

Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This is the season of songbirds – the nightingales and skylarks whose voices resonate in poetry and music as well as nature. But with their numbers in freefall, could we lose them for ever.

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Papyrus referring to Jesus' wife is more likely ancient than fake, scientists say

Papyrus referring to Jesus' wife is more likely ancient than fake, scientists say | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife, only that the fragment of papyrus with the phrase, 'Jesus said to them, "My wife"', is most likely not a forgery.

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PBS vs. creationists: a fight over our fishy ancestors

PBS vs. creationists: a fight over our fishy ancestors | Gavagai | Scoop.it
A PBS series aims to show how humans evolved from creatures of the deep. But creationists have denounced it as an attempt to ‘package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science'.
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Another Earth? Astronomers find Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone

Another Earth? Astronomers find Earth-size planet in its star's habitable zone | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The planet is called Kepler-186f and was discovered using the Kepler Space Telescope, which was designed to look for planets orbiting other stars.

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Gender-bending cave insects found in Brazil

Gender-bending cave insects found in Brazil | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Newly discovered insects called Neotrogla are anatomically reversed: males have a vagina and the females a penis.

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Debate flares over identity of celebrated human fossils

Debate flares over identity of celebrated human fossils | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Addressing the Paleoanthropology Society in Calgary last week, Yoel Rak and Ella Been of Tel Aviv University made the case that the bones do not represent a transitional species but instead come from two different genera.

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Scans can be vital in judging severity of brain damage

Scans can be vital in judging severity of brain damage | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Determining levels of consciousness in people who have severe brain injury is notoriously hard. That task may become a little easier with the finding that brain scans can help doctors identify whether patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state are likely to recover to some degree.

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A map of every earthquake over the last century

A map of every earthquake over the last century | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This map takes every quake from the last century and plots them out to give a sense of the incredible scope — and the power — of earthquakes.

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The oldest living things in the world

The oldest living things in the world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life.

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Climate efforts falling short, UN panel says

Climate efforts falling short, UN panel says | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that only an intensive push in the next 15 years can stave off potential disaster, United Nations-appointed experts said.

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For the first time, a mammalian organ has been persuaded to renew itself

For the first time, a mammalian organ has been persuaded to renew itself | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Clare Blackburn of Edinburgh University in Britain, and her colleagues have treated, in mice, an organ called the thymus, a part of the immune system that runs down in old age. Instead of adding stem cells they have stimulated their animals’ thymuses to make more of a protein known as FOXN1. This is a transcription factor (a molecular switch that activates genes), and for the thymus it turns out to be an elixir of life.

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The next America

The next America | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.

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This could be the first animal to live entirely inside a computer

This could be the first animal to live entirely inside a computer | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Animals are exceptionally complicated things. So complicated, in fact, that we've never actually built one ourselves. But the day is fast approaching when we'll be able to create digital versions of organisms on a computer — from the way they move right through to their behaviors. Here's how we'll do it.

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The LHC has found a new particle unlike any other form of matter

The LHC has found a new particle unlike any other form of matter | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collide continue to search for new particles -- and now they've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter.

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The science of smell: how the most direct of our senses works

The science of smell: how the most direct of our senses works | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why the 23,040 breaths we take each day are the most powerful yet perplexing route to our emotional memory.

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The volcano that changed the course of history

The volcano that changed the course of history | Gavagai | Scoop.it
After the tsunami and famine came cholera, opium, and failed Arctic expeditions.
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