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    • Two years on, the Kuiper Belt is in sight

      Two years on, the Kuiper Belt is in sight

      The heart of the matterON SEPTEMBER 11th, nearly 6bn kilometres from Earth, beyond the orbit of Neptune, a spacecraft emerged from hibernation. The primary task of New Horizons, launched by NASA in 2006, was to explore Pluto. It completed that missio…
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    • Faking cellular suicide could help control inflammation

      Faking cellular suicide could help control inflammation

      What a good death looks likeAS PARACELSUS first pointed out in the 16th century, it is the dose that makes the poison. Inflammation, in particular, is vital to fighting infection or healing wounds. If it lingers, however, it can cause more harm than…
      - 10 days ago 14 Sep 17, 2:54pm -
    • As electric motors improve, more things are being electrified

      As electric motors improve, more things are being electrified

      HENRY FORD may have brought motoring to the masses in 1908 with the Model T, but his wife, Clara, preferred to drive an electric car. Combustion engines were noisy, dirty and in their early years required hand-cranking to start. Mrs Ford’s 1914 Det…
      - 10 days ago 14 Sep 17, 2:54pm -
    • The giant panda is on a bit of a roll

      The giant panda is on a bit of a roll

      Climbing out of a holePANDAS are famously shy. Rather than counting them directly, surveyors must infer their presence from dung and semi-chewed bamboo stalks scattered on the forest floor. But they are also hard to find because there are not many le…
      - 11 days ago 13 Sep 17, 8:33pm -
    • A clever way to transmit data on the cheap

      A clever way to transmit data on the cheap

      THE word “smart” is ubiquitous these days. If you believe the hype, smart farms will all employ sensors to report soil conditions, crop growth or the health of livestock. Smart cities will monitor the levels of pollution and noise on every street…
      - 11 days ago 13 Sep 17, 4:32pm -
    • Antibiotic resistance in fish farms is passed on from fish food

      Antibiotic resistance in fish farms is passed on from fish food

      THE mucky sediment below fish farms usually teems with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The presence of such bacteria is a cause of increasing concern because resistance can limit the ability to fight diseases, but it is also not that surprising: pisci…
      - 17 days ago 7 Sep 17, 2:44pm -
    • After exploring Saturn, Cassini faces a fiery end

      After exploring Saturn, Cassini faces a fiery end

      On a mission to the endON SEPTEMBER 11th, around 1.2bn kilometres from Earth, Cassini, a robotic spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn for 13 years, will make a final flypast of Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. Since April the NASA craft has been c…
      - 17 days ago 7 Sep 17, 2:44pm -
    • Advances in AI are used to spot signs of sexuality

      Advances in AI are used to spot signs of sexuality

      MODERN artificial intelligence is much feted. But its talents boil down to a superhuman ability to spot patterns in large volumes of data. Facebook has used this ability to produce maps of poor regions in unprecedented detail, with an AI system that…
      - 18 days ago 6 Sep 17, 8:03pm -
    • Researchers produce images of people’s faces from their genomes

      Researchers produce images of people’s faces from their genomes

      What the genes predicted, and what we gotCRAIG VENTER, a biologist and boss of Human Longevity, a San Diego-based company that is building the world’s largest genomic database, is something of a rebel. In the late 1990s he declared that the interna…
      - 18 days ago 6 Sep 17, 8:03pm -
    • A wonder drug for heart disease that isn’t that wonderful

      A wonder drug for heart disease that isn’t that wonderful

      ON AUGUST 27th the results of a trial of an anti-inflammatory medicine called canakinumab were released at a meeting, in Barcelona, of the European Society of Cardiology. Press reports were gushing, telling of a fabulous new drug that would cut the r…
      - 24 days ago 31 Aug 17, 2:51pm -
    • Robotic flippers reveal how plesiosaurs swam

      Robotic flippers reveal how plesiosaurs swam

      Plesiosaurs roamed Earth’s oceans for nearly 150m years, until their extinction 66m years ago. They were propelled by four equal-sized flippers, unlike any animal alive today. A question that has long bothered palaeontologists is, did all four flap…
      - 24 days ago 31 Aug 17, 2:51pm -
    • Microscopic lasers may stop tumours spreading around the body

      Microscopic lasers may stop tumours spreading around the body

      Set spasers to “kill”IT IS more than 50 years since “Fantastic Voyage” hit the silver screen. The film’s premise, shrinking a submarine and her crew of doctors to the point where they can travel through a patient’s bloodstream to repair d…
      - 24 days ago 31 Aug 17, 2:51pm -