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Climate pledges fall short, says UN

Climate pledges fall short, says UN

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The promises countries have made to control carbon emissions will see temperatures rise by up to 4C during this century, a UN report concludes. The report, from the UN Environment Programme (Unep), comes days before the opening of this year’s climate summit. It concludes there is a significant gap between what science... 

Attractiveness is all in tilt of the head

Attractiveness is all in tilt of the head

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The secret of attractiveness is all in a tilt of the head, according to a new scientific study. The research shows that men and women can make themselves more appealing to the opposite sex by changing the way they angle their face. Women are more alluring if they angle their head forwards so they have to look slightly upwards. In... 

Blankets of Snot Protect Sleeping Reef Fish From Parasites

Blankets of Snot Protect Sleeping Reef Fish From Parasites

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If you were to find yourself in the jungle without a mosquito net, slathering yourself in snot might be a good alternative. It works for fish: Scientists have discovered that some coral reef fish protect themselves from biting isopods, a marine equivalent of mosquitoes, by covering themselves in mucus before going to sleep at... 

Humans do have psychic powers, study claims

Humans do have psychic powers, study claims

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Humans may have the ability to see into the future and influence events before they happen, a new study has claimed. A part-time magician turned psychologist – suggests that people may have latent psychic powers which allow them to sense future events. Professor Daryl Bem, of Cornell University in New York State, carried... 

Japan probe collected particles from Itokawa asteroid

Japan probe collected particles from Itokawa asteroid

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Japanese scientists have confirmed that particles found inside the Hayabusa probe after its seven-year space trip are from the asteroid Itokawa. A statement from the country’s space agency said microscopic analysis of 1,500 grains retrieved from the craft’s sample canister proved they were of extraterrestrial origin. The... 

Ancient Rain Forests Found Upside in Heat Stress

Ancient Rain Forests Found Upside in Heat Stress

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Once again, scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have published a thought-provoking paper highlighting how little is understood about how climate change will affect tropical rain forests. Several years ago, one of the institute’s staff scientists, Joe Wright, set off a firestorm when he suggested that... 

The 2.2billion superlab where scientists are creating a star on Earth

The 2.2billion superlab where scientists are creating a star on Earth

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It may look like any average building but behind closed doors could lie the answer to safe renewable energy of the future. Here at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore California, scientists are aiming to build the world’s first sustainable fusion reactor by ‘creating a miniature star on Earth’. Following... 

India aboard the International Space Station?

India aboard the International Space Station?

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Tucked away somewhere in the middle of the joint statement released by India and the US after President Obama’s visit, is a small paragraph. It talks about an intention to work together on space technologies. There is a teasing reference to the International Space Station or ISS. The Space Station is the largest, most... 

How Bats Can Tell If a Sound Is Important

How Bats Can Tell If a Sound Is Important

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One of the keys to the keen ability of bats to process sound is that the neurons in a bat’s brain work as a team to convey the importance of certain signals — like an anger call or a distress call — while diminishing the effect of less-important sounds, researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center reported this... 

Businesses urge UK and India along low-carbon path

Businesses urge UK and India along low-carbon path

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Closer collaboration between the UK and India could kick-start moves to a low-carbon economy, says a report by business leaders in the two countries. Retailers Marks and Spencer, wind energy giant Suzlon, and HSBC Bank are among the companies contributing to a report making the case for closer ties. Among other things, they... 

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