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Amazon to begin UK delivery drone trials to make them safer

New Scientist - %age fa
The firm wants to deliver parcels to private addresses over a short distance as part of its Prime Air initiative - now it will get the chance to test its technology

US and UK fall behind in largest ever global study of height

New Scientist - %age fa
While English-speaking countries have high rates of obesity, their citizens are nowhere near as tall as the average heights of the Netherlands and Latvia

Revealed: the teenage brain upgrades that occur before adulthood

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 21:00
Editing, pruning and strengthening of neuron connections in adolescent brains makes for sleeker performance – but errors may cause schizophrenia

Visit MetaWorld – the virtual world that exists after you leave

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 18:55
MetaWorld is a VR setting designed for hanging out with other people – or playing chess, hot-air ballooning and meditating. Chris Baraniuk steps inside

Astronauts prepare for Mars mission at the bottom of the sea

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 18:16
An international crew of astronauts dove to the Aquarius Reef Base to try out technologies for future journeys to Mars

Neanderthal skulls and brains may have developed just like ours

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 18:00
The way that skull shape changed as Neanderthals grew up suggests that they were just as smart as us, although it's still a contentious finding

Most powerful obesity gene yet boosts risk by 40 per cent

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 17:00
A genetic variant common among people in Samoa may have evolved to support their ancestors on long island voyages in the South Pacific

Zika epidemic could burn out in 3 years but return after 10

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 17:00
Herd immunity could drive the Zika epidemic in South and Central America to an end, but some 93 million people could be infected before then

Mystery ancient human ancestor found in Australasian family tree

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 17:00
A genome analysis suggests that Asian and Pacific human populations share a single origin and their ancestors might have bred with Homo erectus

Universal ancestor of all life on Earth was only half alive

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 17:00
The identification of genes likely to belong to the common ancestor of life suggests its biochemistry was incomplete, forcing it to cling to undersea vents

California’s fires force evacuation of people and exotic animals

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 13:42
The wildfires have destroyed at least 18 houses in northern Los Angeles and a movie set so far

We’re discovering new ways to detect if someone is lying

New Scientist - Lu, 25/07/2016 - 13:12
Eye contact and language cues really can give away whether a person is telling a fib - but we usually aren’t much better at guessing than if we just flipped a coin

[Editorial] Living in colour—American children, race, and wellbeing

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
The image is burnished in many Americans' minds. In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, flanked by US Marshals, made her way to school through a throng of jeering protestors and made history by desegregating an elementary school in New Orleans, LA. Fast forward to July 6, 2016, and to another little girl, 4-year-old Dae'Anna, comforting her mother, Diamond Reynolds, who had just videoed the aftermath of the fatal shooting during a traffic stop of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, by a police officer. In addition to demonstrating a kind of a preternatural bravery in the face of terrible circumstances, what links these two girls is that they are both black.

[Editorial] Protocol disparities and research governance

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
To improve health, research should be reported fully and transparently. If this is not done, it is important to understand why, as discussed today in Correspondence about a trial of neurodevelopmental outcomes after anaesthesia in infancy. Article authors, Andrew Davidson and colleagues, respond to COMPare by explaining that the discrepancies in their reporting were minor errors of omission. Trial registry manager Lisa Askie recommends better updating of outcome details. Meanwhile, the COMPare website states that not only do journals not check for outcome switching, but they routinely permit it.

[Editorial] Towards elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
Viral hepatitis—particularly hepatitis B and C—has been regarded as the silent killer for decades. However, with some vital progress now made, 2016 could be a turning point for the global prevention and control of viral hepatitis infection.

[Comment] The wisdom of crowds

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
It is often assumed that the history of mental health is full of “terrible, dark places with chains and mistreatment”, says Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library, London, UK (audio feature). White's work is challenging that view. She hopes to “balance out some of the inaccuracies in the history of psychiatry and mental health” by promoting expert contributions to Wikimedia sites including Wikipedia, and “increasing accessibility” to the Wellcome Library's extensive archives.

[Comment] Offline: The crisis in scientific publishing

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
Back in 1990, no one used the words strategy, brand, or monetisation. Scientific publishing was a gentle and languorous affair. Manuscripts edited by pencil. Page layout with scissors and glue. Proof reading over a pint of beer at our typesetters. And when the weekly issue went to press, a small toast made with a glass of sherry. The Lancet then occupied a beautiful rabbit warren of an 18th-century town house in Bloomsbury. You could see a blue plaque across Bedford Square marking the home of the journal's founder, Thomas Wakley.

[World Report] Concerns raised over future of Medicare in Australia

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
Australia's Conservative Government won this month's election by a razor-thin margin. The victory could signal bad news for health and the environment. Chris McCall reports.

[World Report] Peru's transgender community: the battle for rights

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
Trans women and trans men in Peru face stigmatisation and discrimination in all aspects of life. Local community activists are campaigning to change the situation. Barbara Fraser reports.

[World Report] Uncertain future for initiative against FGM in the UK

The Lancet - Sa, 23/07/2016 - 00:00
Activists say that a community-based programme to tackle female genital mutilation in the UK needs support from central or local government to continue. Sharmila Devi reports.
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