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Humans across cultures may share the same universal musical grammar

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Music appears to be made from the same simple building blocks of pitches and chords around the world, upending the prevailing view that universals don’t exist

Suspended animation for emergency medicine: your questions answered

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Yesterday, New Scientist broke the news that suspended animation has been tried on humans for the first time. Helen Thomson answers all your questions on this new procedure

Huge Earth-like worlds could host reservoirs of water deep underground

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Minerals containing water can exist at much higher pressures than we knew, so they could be hiding oceans’ worth of water deep within giant planets

Genetic screening of IVF embryos is unlikely to lead to smarter babies

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Can DNA analysis help prospective parents choose IVF embryos on the basis of future intelligence? A study suggests this approach would have little, if any, effect

Ants trapped for years in old Soviet nuclear bunker became cannibals

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A colony of ants survived for years in an old nuclear bunker despite having no obvious food source – probably because the ants began eating one another

Part of a vital Antarctic glacier has unexpectedly stopped thinning

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A UK team was surprised to find that, in the past six years, a glacier in the Antarctic has virtually paused thinning at its end, but a neighbouring glacier hasn't

Convert your dog's age into human years using this new formula

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Conventional wisdom says that one human year is the equivalent of seven dog years, but a new analysis suggests we’ve been getting this all wrong

Some women feel fetal kicks years after they've given birth

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Around 40 per cent of women in a survey experienced phantom fetal kicks, which is the feeling of a kicking fetus years after giving birth

Wearable artificial kidney works well in first tests in people

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A portable artificial kidney set has been used successfully by 15 people, and could free them from regular haemodialysis sessions

Semen seems to help female fruit flies remember things better

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A molecule in male fruit fly semen boosts females’ long-term memory – the first example of mating playing a role in cognition

Palm oil from Colombia is more climate and wildlife friendly

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Most oil palms in Colombia are planted on land previously used for grazing cattle, rather than land cleared of rainforests, making it a greener choice

Human activities could make a third of tropical African plants extinct

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A third of plant species in tropical Africa are potentially threatened with becoming extinct, which would put a huge strain on local populations

Artificial skin could be used to make video games more realistic

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A synthetic skin could help add the sensation of touch to prosthetic hands or give video games a more realistic feel

CERN boss: Big physics may be in a funk, but we need it more than ever

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The particle physics discoveries have dried up but in politically uncertain times CERN's cooperative model is an example to the world, says its chief Fabiola Gianotti

Hyperpalatable foods are a modern bogeyman. But what even are they?

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The idea that super-addictive foods are being engineered by corporate giants is a pervasive one. But trying to find science on this isn’t straightforward, says James Wong

See Venus and Jupiter next to each other in the sky this week

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Two of the brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, are in conjuction this week, meaning they appear to line up with Earth in the sky. Here's how to spot them

Approval of golden rice could finally end vitamin A deficiency deaths

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Genetically modified golden rice finally seems set for approval where it is needed to address vitamin A deficiency, but anti-scientific misinformation campaigns continue, says Michael Le Page

Pigeons with broken wings get patched up with dog and sheep bones

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Pigeons with broken wing bones could take to the skies again once their fracture was set using lightweight splints made from dog or sheep bones

Geneticists are writing the rule book for creating gene-edited babies

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A year after the world learned that the first-ever gene-edited children had been born in China, doctors and ethicists are looking at how to proceed safely and responsibly

Bitcoin's climate change impact may be much smaller than we thought

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Bitcoin mining may have released 17 megatonnes of CO2 in 2018, similar to the annual emissions from Estonia and just one-third of an earlier emission estimate