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Dinosaurs shrank to evolve into birds over 50m years

Theropods underwent 12 stages of miniaturisation from 163kg beasts to becoming the first birds on Earth, study finds Continue reading...

PM: genome project will transform cancer care

NHS to sequence DNA of 40,000 patients over next four years Continue reading...

Ebola fears at Commonwealth Games dismissed after cyclist tests negative

Sierra Leone athlete Moses Sesay was tested for virus and other conditions after being admitted to hospital in Glasgow feeling ill Continue reading...

Terrawatch: The everlasting fire

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Genetic disorders: 'It is devastating to watch your child lose every ability'

Breakthrough genomics project will receive £3m public and private funding as announced by David Cameron Continue reading...

Audiences, astrology and antibiotics blogs roundup

Posts on our network this week included science stories about the first world war, robot-assisted rehabilitation, and a brain flapping birthday Continue reading...

Shared brain activity predicts audience preferences

Similarities in the brain responses of small groups of people may predict the popularity of a product within the wider population Continue reading...

Fun with science blogging (two Flapping years)

The Brain Flapping blog is two years old today. In that time, it has caused many bizarre things to occur. Here are some of them Continue reading...

Malaria experts bid to stamp out disease before parasite becomes drug resistant

Leading scientists say spread of artemisinin-resistant parasites to Africa could prove disastrous Continue reading...

Secret language of penguins decoded

Six distinctive calls made by African or 'jackass' penguins express the birds' ecstasy, love, hunger, anger and loneliness Continue reading...

Ann Hunt obituary

Campaigner and researcher into genetic conditions Continue reading...

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War Continue reading...

Does OKCupid need our consent?

We need a better quality debate about the algorithms that rule our online lives Continue reading...

Women, antibiotics and the Longitude Prize

Athene Donald: Times have changed since the first Longitude Prize and women now form an important part of the scientific workforce. Can the resultant diversity help to find creative solutions to this challenge prize? Continue reading...

The blatant sexism of lists about 'attractive girls'

It's not uncommon to see articles that refer to attractive people as a separate social group, or even a different sort of people altogether. The basis for doing so is often illogical and doesn't stand up to scrutiny Continue reading...

Mars rover's long-distance running hailed by Nasa

Solar-powered robot Opportunity beats Soviet record to go further than any other man-made vehicle on another world Continue reading...

West African countries announce new measures to stop Ebola spread

Nigeria quarantines hospital and Liberia shuts borders but lack of resources and understanding fuels deadly outbreak Continue reading...

World's largest solar boat on odyssey to find ancient inhabited site in Greece

Scientists on catamaran PlanetSolar will search for village built by Neothlithic Europeans and also survey Aegean Sea Continue reading...

Open access: are effective measures to put UK research online under threat?

The universities of the UK should not squander the opportunity to put in place an effective mechanism for making their published research freely available Continue reading...

Smashing Physics: how we discovered the Higgs boson - podcast

The British physicist Jon Butterworth discusses his new book Smashing Physics, an insider's account of the discovery of the Higgs boson. Plus, the origins of life Continue reading...

Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs, new evidence shows

Edinburgh University experts say asteroid hit Earth at a time when ecosystems had been weakened by a loss of biodiversity Continue reading...

Starwatch: The August night sky

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Robo rehab

Robot-assisted rehabilitation is gaining traction in hospital stroke units, but exoskeleton-type devices may actually discourage patients from performing their exercises. Continue reading...

Science and war

Science and war have a complex relationship, mediated by technology and politics. Some thoughts on an excellent lecture by Jon Agar Continue reading...

New Books Party: books received this week

Lots of fabulous books to tell you about this week! These fascinating new titles will certainly keep me busy reading for the next few weeks! Continue reading...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: an evolutionary perspective

Carole Jahme interviewed Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis about talking apes, motion capture and extinction Continue reading...

Combining astrology and healthcare: your medical horoscopes

MP David Tredinnick has stated that he wants to see more astrology used in healthcare and medicine in the UK. Rather than dismiss or mock such an idea, perhaps it would be better to see how it might pan out. Continue reading...

Social media, science advisors and Siberian dinosaurs - blogs roundup

Posts on our network this week included a lookat the meaning of exponential, new techniques for detecting dementia, and a profile of the most famous navigator you've probably never heard of Continue reading...

Siberian dinosaur spreads feathers around the dinosaur tree

Newly discovered _Kulindadromeus_ opens up the possibility of many more dinosaurs having been coated in feather-like structures Continue reading...

Piggybacking cells hold clue to cancer growth and treatment for melanoma

Discovery of how fast growing tumour cells hitch ride on invasive cells could help create a new drug to tackle skin cancer Continue reading...


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