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Chromosome alone

INSTEADofbeingpackedtogetheronchromosomeswithhundredsandthousandsofneighbours

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Shopping with feeling

ByCatherineZandonellainSanFranciscoTHEtroublewithshoppingontheInternetisthatyoucan’ttouchanything.Fortunately

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Rough justice

ByNellBoyceEARLIERthismonth

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Microwave ice cream

Here’sonefromtheInventionsYouReallyNeeddepartment:studentsatCornellUniversityinNewYorkhavemadeabakedappledessertfilledwithicecream.Thefrozendessertcanbemicrowavedwithoutmeltingthefilling.Coredapples

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Tip off

ByDeboraMacKenzieinBrusselsTOXICandexplosivechemicalsfromillegaldrugfactoriesarepollutingtheDutchcountryside.Accordingtoareportpublishedthisweek

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Dip damage

ByMichaelDayTHEBritishgovernmentthisweekwarneddoctorstolookoutfornervedamageinfarmworkerscausedbyorganophosphate(OP)pesticidesinsheepdips.TheadvicefollowsthepublicationofasurveybytheInstituteofOccupat

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Digital flicks

ByBarryFoxTHEBritishFilmInstitutehasstartedallowingthepubliconlineaccesstofilmsandTVprogrammesfromitsarchives.Insteadofhavingtowaitweekstobookaprivateviewingofatapedcopy

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Low sperm counts passed on through IVF

ByNicoleJohnstoninWashingtonDCSONSconceivedbyanIVFtechniqueinwhichspermisinjectedintotheeggarelikelytoinherittheirfathers’fertilityproblems

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The long goodbye

ByBarryFoxCINEMASarehopingformorerecordboxofficetakingsnextweekwhenthelatestStarWarsmovieopensinBritain.Butthefilmcouldalsomarkanotherlandmark:thebeginningoftheendofcelluloidfilmforfilmproductionand

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Fight the hype

Britain’sbiotechfirmsnowhaveacodeofconductdesignedtopreventthemfromoverhypingtheprogressofexperimentaldrugs.PublishedthisweekbytheBioIndustryAssociation(BIA)

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Great barren reefs

ByIanAndersoninSydneyMANYoftheworld’scoralreefswillbeirrevocablydamagedbyglobalwarmingoverthenextfewdecades

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Heavenly scent

ByAlisonMotlukTHEsmellfromanoldlady’sarmpitscanraiseyourspirits

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Brain food

ByPhilipCohenDOSPECIFICchemicalsinyourbrainplayakeyroleinhowcleveryouare?BrainimagingspecialistsinNewMexicohavefoundalinkbetweenvariationsinthelevelsoftwobrainchemicalsandtheresultsofIQtests.It’sposs

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All together now

Almost12yearsafterthesigningoftheMontrealProtocol

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Forewarned

Peoplewhofeartheymighthaveinheritedahighriskofovarianorbreastcancernolongerneedwaitforanassessmentbyageneticist.Instead

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Off key

ByBarryFoxIFYOUlikelisteningtomusicCDswhileworkingonyourcomputer

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Space shower

DUSTfrommeteorscouldexplainamysteriouslayerofwatervapourthathangs70kilometresabovethetropics.Ultravioletlightdestroyswatermoleculesataltitudesabove60kilometres

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Buoys watch for whales at risk

ByDuncanGraham-RoweANARRAYofbuoysnowunderconstructionwillensurethatshipsandtrawlerssteerclearofendangeredwhalesthatareswimmingofftheMassachusettscoast.USlegislationthatcameintoforcelastweekrequiresshi

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Lights out

Canadianastronomersaretobethebeneficiariesofanovel“darkskypreserve”

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Search engines can't keep up

ByKurtKleinerinWashingtonDCTheamountofinformationontheWorldWideWebisoutstrippingtheabilityofsearchenginestoindexit

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Must do better . . .

ThetechnologybeingusedtocleanupthechemicalandradioactivemessatUSnuclearweaponsfacilitiesis“simplyineffective”

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It's business as usual

ByAndyCoghlanWIDESPREADderisiongreetedlastweek’sannouncementbytheBritishgovernmentthatitisdelayingitsdecisiononwhethertoallowresearchintohumancloningfor“therapeutic”applications.Inanycase

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Tanning disc

ByBarryFoxItsdaysmaybenumbered

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One less hazard on the road to giving up

ByRobertAdlerIFYOUgiveupsmokingwhenNoSmokingDaycomesroundagain

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Wise eyes

OWLScanseethesameopticalillusionsthatwedo

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The light elastic

ByMelanieCooperRUBBER-LIKElasersmaysoonbeproducinglightshowsworthyofthebestnightclubs.Simplystretchingthelaserchangesthecolourofthelightitproducesfromredtogreenoranycolourinbetween.“Thisisthefirstexam

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Birth of a quasar

ByGovertSchillinginPasadenaWHEREquasarscomefromhasbeenamysterysincetheywerefirstdiscovered40yearsago—butmaybenotformuchlonger.TheAASheardevidencethatputsthemattheheartof“starburst”galaxies

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Homing instinct

ByWillKnightARussiancompanyplanstolaunchrocketboostersthatcanglidebacktoEarthonextendablewings.Theywouldthenbereadyforreuse.KhrunichevSpaceCentreexhibitedafull-scale27metremodelofthereusablebooster

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Best nest

HOUSE-huntingantcoloniescandecidewherebesttonestevenwhenmostworkersonlyvisitoneprospectivesite.EamonnMallonattheUniversityofBathcolour-codedLeptothoraxalbipennisantswithpaintandvideoedtheminanarenacon

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Whodunnit

ByPhilipCohenEARLYhumansmayhavesystematicallymassacredsomeoftheworld’slargestwildlife.Detectiveworkbytwogroupsofresearchershasfingeredhumansasthechiefsuspectsintwoofpalaeohistory’smostintriguingmurder

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Taking the pee

ByAndyCoghlanDEHYDRATIONcanmaketopathletesandperformerslosetheircompetitiveedge

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Deep freeze

ByGovertSchillinginPasadenaDARK

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Foam alone

ByBarryFoxGettingthecreamtofloatontopofanIrishcoffeecanbefrustrating.Ifyoudon’tmakeitlightenough

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Nuclear purity

ByBarryFoxPlutoniumgeneratedbynuclearplantsisoftencontaminatedwithhighlyradioactiveamericiumandlanthanides.Thematerialisusuallypurifiedwithpotassiumchloride

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Spy in the sky

ByWillKnightAnumberofpassengerairlineswillsoonbeofferingcustomersairborneinternetservicesbutcomputerexpertsareadvisingthemtoplugallpossiblesecuritygaps.Boeing

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Kind and considerate

ByEmmaYoungWomenareattractedtoaltruisticmen

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Pinhead laser

ALASERsmallenoughtofitonapinheadcouldbeusedtoanalysechemicalsinalab-on-a-chip.The“nanolaser”emitsultravioletlightsocouldalsobeusedforopticalcomputinganddatastoragedevices.Tomakethelaser

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Killer gas

ByPaulMarksANINCIDENTinwhichaplane’screwalmostsuffocatedatthecontrolshashighlightedapossiblerisktopilotsofcargoaircraft.America’saviationsafetywatchdognowfearsthatcarbondioxidegasfromevaporatingdryice

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Was mystery explosion a secret nuclear test?

ByRobEdwardsWESTERNgovernmentsmayhavedetonatedanuclearbombinapristineareaofAustraliantropicalrainforestattheheightofthecoldwar.Declassifieddocumentsrevealthatin1963

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Vegetarian T-rex

ByEmmaYoungTwospeciesof“bizarre”bird-likedinosaursthatlived90millionyearsagohavebeenunearthedinNewMexico.Veryfewdinosaurfossilsfromthisperiodhavebeenfound.“Thisopensawindowonatimeperiodthatotherwisewe

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Problem solved

ByAdrianChoIt’sbeenathorninthesideofphysicsforthepastthreedecades:whydoestheSunseemstoemitfewerneutrinosthanthewell-establishedtheoryofthesolarstructurepredicts?Eitherthetheoryiswrongortheneutrinod

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Cheap check

ByEmmaYoungAcheap

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Clear view

ByMelanieCooperAnewimagingtechniquethatpin-pointstheexactlocationandsizeofprostatecancercouldhelphundredsofthousandsofmenworldwide.Othertypesofcancercouldalsobetargeted.Thetechniquecombinestwoexisting

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As safe as it gets?

ByMichaelLePageYETanotherstudyhasfoundnoevidenceofalinkbetweenthemeasles

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Twist and scout

ByIanSampleHOWwouldyoufeelaboutarobotsmallerthanagrainofricepatrollingyourbody

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Rock around the bench

Wearywalkersrestingonparkbencheshavebeenpromisedadigitalsoundexperienceastheywatchtheworldgoby.SolarpanelsoneacharmrestchargehiddenbatteriestopoweranMP3audioplayerburiedinsidethebench.Pluginyourperson

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Rogue on the loose

ByAnilAnanthaswamyAPROTEINfoundinthebloodofcancerpatientscanbehavejustlikeaprion

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In the firing line

ByBryantFurlowASENATORhasdemandedthattheUSNavyhandoverdocumentsthatcouldrevealifalinkexistsbetweenamilitaryfuelandaclusterof14childhoodleukaemiacasesnearanavalairbaseinNevada.Concernsabouthealthrisksh

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All quiet on Mars

PLANStosendamicrophonetoMarsontheFrenchspaceagency’sNetlandermissionin2007maybeinvain.ScientistshadhopedtolistenforearthquakesandMartianstorms.ButJamesChambersfromtheUniversityofMississippihascalculat

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Thwack!

ByDuncanGraham-RoweEXPERIENCEDbaseballfielderscantellhowfaraballisgoingtotraveljustbylisteningtothecrackofthebat.Iftheydidn’t

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