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Mir mission

ByJeffHechtTheRussianspacecraftthatwilldragthederelictMirspacestationtodestructionintheatmospherereachedorbitonWednesday.TheProgresscargovehicleistodockwithMiron27January.Itisapproachingusingaseriesof

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Animal lab saved

ByAnonymousfinancialbackersfromtheUShavebaledoutacontroversialcompanyinBritainwhichtestspharmaceuticals

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After the war is over

ByDeboraMacKenzieWESTERNgovernmentsarefailingtoconductthetestsneededtogaugetheriskposedtowarveteransbyexposuretodepleteduranium

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Clone age

ByEmmaYoungandAndyCoghlanBritishscientistscannowcreateearlyclonedembryosinthesearchfortreatmentsforseriousdiseases.Theparliamentaryvotealsopermitsthemtoharveststemcellsfromunwantedhumanembryoscreatedd

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Satellite radio

ByBarryFoxTwoUScompaniesareplanningtospend$1billioneachtodowhatnoonepreviouslythoughtpossible:delivermulti-channelradiobysatellitetomovingvehicles.TheyhopethatAmericanswillpaytolistentoradioprogram

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A clear winner

ByPaulMarksINTHEmovieSuperman

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Sprinters set the pace for flagging hearts

THEproteinthatenablestopsprinterstorunsofastcouldsoonbehelpingpeoplewhohaveheartproblems.Sprintersgettheirexplosivepowerfrom“fast-twitch”musclefibres

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Galapagos disaster

ByEmmaYoungFavourablewindsandtidesaremovingtheoilslickintheGalapagosislandsawayfromthearchipelago

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Troubled waters

ByEmmaYoungAfuelspilllessthanakilometrefromtheremoteGalapagosIslandsis“adisaster”posingaseriousthreattouniquewildlife

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Everyone's recorder

DVDplayerswon’treplaceVCRsuntiluserscanrecordprogrammesonthem—butastandardsbattlebetweentwocompetingformatsisconfusingeveryone.NowSonyhasananswer:aDVDrecordercompatiblewithboth

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Wild heritage

Chimpsandothergreatapesshouldberecognisedandprotectedas“heritagespecies”inthesamewaythattheTajMahalisrecognisedasaheritagesite

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Early-bird gene

“MORNINGlarks”whogettiredearlyintheeveningandwakeupinthesmallhoursaren’tnecessarilyunsociable.Theirbodyclocksmaybedifferenttootherpeople’s.LouisPtácekoftheHowardHughesMedicalInstituteattheUniversityof

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Bug sniffing

ByEmmaSprayingbacteriaupchildren’snosesslashesthelikelihoodthatacommonearinfectionwillrecur.Aninflammationinthemiddleearcalledotitismediacancausetemporaryorevenpermanenthearingloss.Itisthemostcommonba

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Body odour

ByAlisonMotlukYourgeneshelpdeterminewhichperfumeyouprefer

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Carefree calling

REASSURINGnewsformobilephoneowners:thelargeststudyyetpublishedfoundnoevidencethatcellphonesincreaseyourriskofdevelopingbraintumours.PeterInskipattheNationalCancerInstitutenearWashingtonDCandhiscolle

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Fair play

ByIanSampleGOLFhandicapsarenotfair

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Light of life

ByNicolaJonesIfalienlifeisbeamingmessagesacrossspacewithlaserlight

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Talking with skyscrapers

Thescatteringofradiowavesbytallbuildingscouldhelpengineerstriplethenumberofchannelsavailabletomobilephones.Electromagneticwavesvibrateinthreedimensions—butvibrationsinthewave’sdirectionoftravelarelost

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Too close for comfort

ByAndyCoghlanandEmmaYoungARHESUSmonkeycalledANDienteredthehistorybookslastweekasthefirstevergeneticallymodifiedprimate.WhileANDi’screatorshopethatGMmonkeyscouldaidmedicalresearch

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Hot warning

ByFredPearceClimatescientistsfromaroundtheworldhavethrownasidetheirprofessionalcautiontopresentatoughmessagetopoliticianscurrentlydeadlockedonhowtocombatglobalwarming.ThescientistsweremeetinginShangha

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Cracking up

ByMickHamerTheultrasonicprobedesignedtodetectraildefectsmayhavemissedthecrackthatcausedthefatalHatfieldcrash

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Cloning catch

ByEmmaYoungLegislationthatwouldallowmedicalresearchonearlyhumanembryos

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Kursk sinking

ByDuncanGraham-RoweThesinkingoftheRussiansubmarineKurskintheBarentsSeainAugust2000wascausedbyanexplosion

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No sweat

ByBarryFoxPore-blockingantiperspirantchemicalsdon’tworkforeveryone.Some“hyperhydrosis”suffererssweatsomuchthattheypayspecialiststoapply60-voltshocksthatdrivealuminiumionsintotheirpores

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Moment-after injection could block HIV

ByAndyCoghlanPEOPLEwhofearthey’vebeenexposedtoHIVinfectioncouldsoonhaveaninjectiontopreventtheAIDSvirusgettingafoothold.Toinvadehumanscellsandestablishinfection

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After Napster, it's Web radio in the firing line

ByKurtKleinerinTorontoINTERNETradiostationsintheUSlastweekwonareprievefromapotentiallycripplinglevythattheyclaimwouldhavedrivenmostofthemoutofbusiness.Butthey’renotoutofthewoodsyet.Thestayofexecutionc

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Dressing-down for air-ragers

ByBarryFoxItisn’teasytryingtohandcuffsomeonewhoisontherampageonanaircraft

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Top marks

INITStoughesttestyet

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Bug rewrites the genetic textbook

ByEugenieSamuelAMICROBEfoundincows’stomachsisforcingbiologiststobroadentheirideasaboutthegeneticcode.ItsDNAcodesforapreviouslyunseenaminoacid

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Sleep with the boss

ByAlisonMotlukEXECUTIVESwhotakeapowernapintheofficeareontosomething.Gettingalittleshut-eyeduringtheworkingdaydoeshelpusperformbetter

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The ultimate computer

ByJustinMullinsITMAKESaPentiumchiplooklikeanabacus.Butit’snotamilitarysupercomputerorcolossalnumbercruncher.Thiscomputerwasbootedupatthebigbangandhasbeenrunningfor13billionyears.Yes

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Saline solution

ByJustinMullinsADDsalttoyourchipsandyoucouldendupwithaquantumcomputer—aslongasyourchipsaremadeofsiliconratherthanspuds.Thetricksidestepsmanyofthedifficultiesinvolvedinmanipulatingloneatomstomakequantu

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Spuds they like

ByPeterMcGrathANATTEMPTtomakepotatoplantsresistanttosap-suckinginsectshashighlightedtheunpredictabilityofgeneticengineering.Themodifiedplantsunexpectedlyturnedouttobevulnerabletootherkindsofinsectpest

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How feathers are putting a tail on pollution

ByAndyCoghlanITLOOKSliketitsarebecominglatter-daycanaries.Whilethesongbirdsfamouslygavecoalminerswarningoftoxicgases,

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The last straw

ByAnilAnanthaswamyGLOBALwarmingissinglingoutandharmingspeciesthatarealreadyendangered.AstudyofwoodpeckersintheUShasfoundthatisolated

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Supermarket challenge

ByAndyCoghlanSHOULDweallpaymoreforourfoodtocoverthecostsoflabellingschemesthattellusifit’sgeneticallymodified?Orshouldthecostsbeborneentirelybypeoplewhowanttobesurethatthefoodontheirplateistransge

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Double exposure

ByRobEdwardsNUCLEARregulatorshavemiscalculatedthehealthrisksfromoneoftheworld’smostwidespreadnuclearpollutants.Peoplearetwiceaslikelyaspreviouslythoughttodevelopcancerafterbeingexposedtotritiumspreadi

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Relax: you're not that tempting

IT’Ssafetogobackinthewater—andthat’sofficial.Peoplearen’tatthetopofashark’slistoffavouritesummersnacks.LastJuly

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Birds and bees

Moveoverpeople

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Plane different

ByDuncanGraham-RoweSINCEBritain’sHarrierjumpjetfirstflewin1960

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Creationists fight back

ThedebateoverteachingevolutioninAmericanschoolshasenteredanewphase.TheOhioBoardofEducationisconsideringwhethertoincludetheso-calledtheoryof“intelligentdesign”initscurriculum

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No pay, no talk

ByBarryFoxLiberalisationoftelephonenetworksaroundtheworldhasmadeiteasierforfraudsterstogetfreecallsfromthetypeofpayphonesyounowfindinpubsandbars

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Cut to pieces

ByEmmaYoungLASTweek

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Dead in the water

Spillsfromoiltankersandpipelineshittheheadlines

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Mini black holes do the monster munch

ByMarcusChownTINYblackholescouldbeeatingstarsaliveandintheprocesscausinggamma-raybursts

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Looks familiar?

ByDuncanGraham-RoweSMILE—you’reonCCTV.Butyou’dbetternotgrinifyou’retryingtogoundetected.Itturnsoutthatface-recognitionsystemshaveamuchbetterchanceofmatchingasuspecttoanimageifthepicturesintheirdatabas

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Louder and clearer

ByDuncanGraham-RoweANEWtypeofantennaforcellphonehandsetscouldslashthenumberofbasestationmastsneededfortheupcoming3Gmobilephonenetwork.Findingsitesforthesemastsisamajorheadacheforthecellphonenetworks.C

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Crowd control

ByRachelNowakinSydneyANTI-FOULINGagentsproducedbymarinealgaecouldhelppreventsomeofthemosttroublesomehospitalinfections.Thechemicalsdon’tkillbacteriabutinsteadstopthemgangingtogethertoformdensecolonies

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Compulsive cleanliness is next to godliness

ByJamesRandersonTHEnotionthatastrict

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The wetter sex

MENreallyaresweatierthanwomen.Previousstudiesconcludedthatmen’sextraperspirationcouldbeaccountedforbytheirlargersize

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Electronic circuits created in a flash

ByDavidCohenAmaterialthatturnsintoanelectricalconductorattheflashofalighthasbeendevelopedbyJapaneseresearchers.Circuitscouldbecreatedonthematerialusingastencil

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