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On your markers

ByAndyCoghlanWILLaspoonfulofsugarhelpgeneticallymodifiedfoodgodown?Novartisclearlyhopesso.TheSwissmultinationalhasdevelopedasugar-basedreplacementforthecontroversialantibioticresistancemarkergenesuse

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Ticked off

AVARIANTofLymediseasethatcan’tbedetectedbystandardtestsmaybelurkinginthesoutheasternUS

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UK's wildlife gets far more attention than tropical hotspots

IingIryantoroByFredPearcePitytheJavanwartypig.HighlyendangeredinitsnativeIndonesia

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Gecko Gripper blasts off to help design space-crawling robots

NASA/JPL-CaltechByDouglasMessierInafewyears

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The nick of time

ByCharlesSeifeinWashingtonDCTROUBLESHOOTERSinvestigatingthelossoftheMarsClimateOrbiterspacecrafthaveuncoveredapotentiallycriticalflawintheMarsPolarLander

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Mystery shrouds origins of giant planet

ByCharlesSeifeTHE“suicidenote”leftbehindbyaspaceprobehaspresentedastronomerswithapuzzle:wheredidJupitercomefrom?ThedyingbreathsoftheGalileoatmosphericprobehintthattheplanetmighthavewanderedtoward

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Brain-shocking therapy may work by boosting calcium in the brain

NancyKedersha/SPLBySallyAdeeWemightfinallybefiguringouthowanincreasinglypopulartherapythatuseselectricitytoboostthebrain’sfunctioninghasitseffects–bypushinguplevelsofcalciumincells.Transcranialdirectc

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Unflappable

ByDavidWindleAIRCRAFTwouldbecheapertomake

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Lost Japanese satellite Hitomi shows unexpected signs of life

JAXAByLisaGrossmanJunked?Maybenot.Hitomi

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Whizzing polymers

ResearchersinJapanhavedevelopedagel-based“soft”motorthatcouldbeusedtogeneratetinyamountsofelectricalpower

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Common UK migrating birds are arriving earlier or leaving later

 JohnWatkins/FLPA/CorbisSOMEcommonmigratingbirds–includingtheblackcap

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Taking the guilt out of rock-and-roll

ByDuncanGraham-RoweGUITARplayersperformingatthenext“savetherainforest”benefitgigcouldhaveonelessembarrassingquestiontoanswer.Thankstoatechniqueformouldingacousticguitarsoutofplastic

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Hell on Earth

ByMichaelDayTHEdinosaursmayhaveperishedinagas-fuelledfirestormofunimaginableintensity

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Visions of the singularity: how smart can AI get?

AlfredoCaliz/PanosByHalHodsoninBerlin

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Asteroid barrage may have birthed a short-lived ocean on Mars

Stocktrek/GettyByJacobAroninTheWoodlands

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Artificial cell designed in lab reveals genes essential to life

TomDeerinckandMarkEllismanoftheNationalCenterforMicroscopyandImagingResearchattheUniversityofCalifornia

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Bubbling ocean on Saturn’s moon could explain vanishing island

NASA/JPL/UniversityofArizona/UniversityofIdahoTheoceansandlakesonSaturn’smoonTitanmightbefizzy–asuggestionthatcouldexplainamysteriousdisappearingislandrecentlyseenonthesurface.Titanistheonlyplaceinthe

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The Cold War resurfaces

ByJonCopleyandDuncanGraham-RoweTHEhuntforRedOctoberseemstohavebecomethehuntforglowingplankton.Lastmonth

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Waste nut, want nut

Nutshellsdiscardedbythefoodindustrycouldhelpsoakupmetal-basedpollutantsfromwater.Traditionally

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Back to the drawing board

ByJeffHechtinBostonNASA’sboldestgambletoslashthecostsoflaunchingreusablespacecraftislookingriskierthanever.ThefutureofitsX-33vehicleisinquestionafteraninnovativecompositefueltankfailedon3November.The$

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Masters of symmetry

BOTANISTSstudyingmutantsnapdragonplantshavefoundamastergenethatnormallymakesleavesandpetalsasymmetrical.Thesamegenemaycontrolsymmetryinotherplants

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Giving mosquitoes chemical weapons helps keep them under control

EyeofScience/SciencePhotoLibraryByMichaelLePageCallthemhommesfatales.Releasingsterilemaleshaslongbeenusedasameasuretoreduceoreveneradicatepopulationsofwildinsectswithoutharmfulsideeffects.Nowit’sbeens

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New maths proof shows how to stack oranges in 24 dimensions

JTB/UIGviaGettyByLisaGrossmanIt’satightsqueeze.Mathematicianshaveprovedthattheyknowthebestwaytopackspheresin8and24dimensions–thefirsttimethisproblemhasbeensolvedinanewdimensioninalmost20years.“Ithinkt

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Eyeless cave shrimp senses light and can live frozen in ice

LuisEspinasaetal.ByBrianOwensSpecies:StygobromusallegheniensisHabitat:Cavesthroughoutthenorth-easternUSDeepintheicecavesoftheShawangunkRidgeinNewYorkstatelivesatinycrustaceanwithuniqueabilities.D

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More is less

ByMattWalkerCONSERVATIONbiologistsmayhavetorethinkthewaytheymanagepopulationsofrarespecies.Introducingnewanimalscansometimesreduceratherthanincreaseapopulation’sgeneticvariability

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Now give me your cache

ByDuncanGraham-RoweBILLGateshasseenthefutureofcomputing—andit’stheInternet.JustweeksafterMicrosoftwasorderedtosliceitsempireintwobyaUScourt

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Salty seas

THElong-vanishedoceansofMarsweresalty

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The end of the beginning

ByAndyCoghlanandNellBoyceITTOOKmorethanadecadeofeffort

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Go shoot yourself

ByBarryFoxTakingapictureofyourselfisnevereasy:youdon’tknowexactlywhatthecamerahasintheframe

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Wired like a human

ByIanSampleBECAUSEcomputersworkinaverydifferentwayfromthebrain

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Beastly genes

TheHumanGenomeProjectisnottheonlyshowintown:othercreaturestooarebeingreducedtoajumbleofletters.Legionsofmicrobeshavebeensequencedalready—seewww.tigr.org/tdb/mdb/mdb.html.Ongoingmicrobeprojectsareals

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Toying with smallpox

EightchildreninRussiawhofellillafterplayingwithampoulesofsmallpoxvaccinetheyfoundnearaclinicinVladivostokhavebeenputinquarantineasaprecaution.Thevaccineconsistsofamildrelatedvirus

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Death knell for asbestos

Inavictoryforenvironmentalists

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Credit where credit's due

ByBarryFoxPrivicomofChevyChaseinMarylandwantstomakebuyingbyphoneeasier(WO00/08772).Havingtoreadoutyourcreditcarddetailstakestimeandtheymaybeoverheard.Privicom’scardreader

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Forget me not

ByPhilipCohenIT’Shardtobelievewecouldfailtorecognisepeoplewithwhomwe’vebeenintimate.YetgeneticistsintheUShavecreatedsociallyineptrodentswithjustthatfailing.Theyprovidetheclearestpictureyetofhowamolecu

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Fount of life

ByHazelMuirTHEREwasgreatexcitementlastweekwhennewsleakedoutthataspacecrafthasseensignsthatwatermighthaverecentlyflowedonMars’ssurface.ButexpertsarepuzzledbyhowwatercouldbeliquidinthefrigidMartianclima

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Sideways periscope

Acarthatcanseearoundcornerscouldmakeiteasierfordriverstopulloutofblindjunctions

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Surviving Great Smoky

ByAndyCoghlanTOSUMMERhikersandtouristsitmaylookpretty.ButAmerica’sGreatSmokyMountainsNationalPark

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Brain saver

ANTISENSERNAmoleculescouldhelppreventbraindamageafterheadinjury

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High-octane fuel

FORGETflowerpower.The“honeydew”excretedbyaphidsturnsouttobeafarbetterfuelforfliesthannectar.TrudyStanfieldatBrockUniversityinStCatharines

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Caught out

ByJonathanKnightJAPAN’Sannualscientificcatchofwhalesisdisguisinganundocumentedtradeinmeatfromaccidentallycaughtandpossiblypoachedwhales

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Aching for food

ByJeffHechtTHEskullofaninfamousman-eatinglionhasvindicatedJimCorbett

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Really cooking

ByNicolaJonesASTHESunapproachesthepeakofits11-yearcycleofsolaractivity

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Feathers fly

ByJeffHechtPALAEONTOLOGISTSclaimtohavefoundfeathersonalizard-sizedreptilethatevolved220millionyearsago

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How to forecast storms from space

ByNicolaJonesPREDICTINGwhensolarstormswillarrivehasalwaysbeenhit-and-miss

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Seeing the light

VISIONhasbeenrestoredtomicewithadisorderthatalsoaffectshumans.AmutationintheRpe65genemeansthatpeoplewithLebercongenitalamaurosiscan’tmetabolisevitaminA.Thisblocksthebiochemicalpathwaythatrestoresthere

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Killer feast

INSECTpeststhatgorgeonamodifiedstrainofmaizecoulddieofmalnutrition.JohnHowardandhiscolleaguesatProdiGene

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Stills to CD

Atnextweek’sPCExpoinNewYork

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Picky pests

ByJoannaMarchantTHEspreadofinsectresistancetothetoxinsingeneticallymodifiedcropswillnotbeslowedbyencouragingpeststolivein“refuges”ofweedsaroundtheedgesoffarmers’fields

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Mice to the rescue

ByMichaelDayinBolognaWITHINthenextyearmicewillbeincubatingtheeggsofwomenwhoriskdamagingtheirovariesbecauseofmedicaltreatment

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