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In 1998, with no explanation or signal of danger, a fearsome disease took off in Malaysia. Pigs died in large numbers and then men slaughtering infected animals also fell ill. They passed it to their families at home. Nearly half of those who got sick died.

Nipah: fearsome virus that caught the medical and scientific world off-guard

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At the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Norwegian, Japanese and German governments, the Wellcome Trust and the Gates Foundation announced they were putting in $460 million – half of what is needed for the first five years of the initiative. Three diseases will initially be targeted: Lassa, Mers and Nipah. All three are caused by viruses that have come from animals to infect humans and could...
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$460m pledged for vaccine initiative aimed at preventing global epidemics

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More than half of the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and lorises are now threatened with extinction as agriculture and industrial activities destroy forest habitats and the animals’ populations are hit by hunting and trade.

Over half of world's wild primate species face extinction, report reveals

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Tomorrow, Donald J Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. He’s arguably the least-qualified candidate ever to take office, and uncertainty surrounding the next four years in global politics is at an all-time high, with immigration, healthcare, international relations, and climate change all in the spotlight. But what lies behind his – and many others’...
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Communicating climate change: a psychoanalysis – Science Weekly podcast

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In local myths, the bare, red circles fringed with grass are footprints of the gods, or patches of land once poisoned by the breath of a subterranean dragon. But even among scientists, who strive for more convincing theories, the curious, repetitive patterns have proved hard to explain.

The secret of Namibia's 'fairy circles' may be explained at last

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With climate sceptics moving into the White House, the Guardian is spending 24 hours focusing on climate change – and what we can all do to help save the planet

Global warning: reasons to be (cautiously) optimistic about humans tackling climate change

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A US company has secured funding to become the first private entity to travel to the moon, with a planned 2017 voyage that will be an international milestone in space exploration.

Moon Express raises $20m for 2017 voyage to the moon

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The conservation effort, funded by a US grant, will restore more than 600 wooden coffins that date to various eras of ancient Egypt and which are currently stored at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Hundreds of coffins to be restored in Egyptian conservation project

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"There are some familiar groups that, although they are extinct, we do know a fair bit about. Trilobites and ammonites fall into this category: we have a good sense of their evolution and diversity through time, and have inferred a fair bit about their biology. There are other groups that are less well understood. We’ve got lots of shells, but we don’t know what the soft bits of the animal...
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Palaeontologists solve an ancient tentacled mystery | Susannah Lydon

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One in five people is affected by a synaesthesia-like phenomenon in which visual movements or flashes of light are “heard” as faint sounds, according to scientists.

Listen with your eyes: one in five of us may 'hear' flashes of light

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The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries

Mind maps: the beauty of brain cells – in pictures

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"Although one of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to assure the research community that the government remained committed to 'ensuring a positive outcome for UK science', since then there have been few encouraging signs. The trail of Theresa May’s speech today indicates that taking back control over immigration is more important to her than retaining membership of the Single...
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The voice of science must be loud and clear in Brexit negotiations

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Of all Australia’s venomous animals, bees and wasps pose the biggest threat to public health, causing more than twice the number of admissions to hospital as snake bites and the same number of deaths.

Australia's bees and wasps revealed to be as dangerous as its snakes

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"I’ve photographed astounding animals across the tropics including plenty of nudibranchs, yet finding exotic-looking animals in my often gloomy native seas seems far more rewarding. I suspect as well that few people have any idea that off our beaches and cliffs the life can be as rich as it truly is."

What lies beneath: discovering surprising jewels in the North Sea

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The Akatsuki probe captured images of the giant wave in the Venusian cloud tops where it became one of the most prominent features in the planet’s atmosphere for four days in December 2015.

Images of giant wave on Venus captured by Japanese probe

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The prince has joined forces with two leading environmental campaigners to produce The Ladybird Book on Climate Change, the first in a new series aimed at adults, The Ladybird Expert, is to be published later this month.

Prince Charles pens Ladybird book on climate change

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In contrast to the vast majority of animals on our planet, women and female killer whales stop reproducing halfway through their lives. Only one other species – the short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) – behaves this way.

Killer whales explain the mystery of the menopause

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Despite multiple attempts to debunk it, Blue Monday still hasn’t gone away. So here's a song from Dean Burnett about it instead.

Depressing day: an ode to Blue Monday | Dean Burnett

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Alex Bellos's Monday puzzle is a peaty poser for a dry January!

Can you solve it? The whisky puzzle that will have you on the rocks

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SpaceX lands its first rocket since a previous attempt in September 2016 exploded before takeoff. The Falcon 9 rocket took approximately nine minutes to return to earth after launch, landing on a barge in the Pacific south of Vandenberg, California to the obvious delight of SpaceX employees