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The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation

Sleep loss in mice sends the brain’s immune cells into overdrive. This might be helpful in the short term, but could increase the risk of dementia in the long run

Three amazing nature areas shortlisted for World Heritage status

Newly proposed world heritage sites in Argentina, China and West Africa could safeguard threatened and endemic species such as elephants and snow leopards

Trump’s 2018 budget slashes funding from healthcare and science

Medicaid is slated to lose billions of dollars in funding, as are many medical, humanitarian and scientific organisations

Bioelectric tweak makes flatworms grow a head instead of a tail

Flatworms regenerate lost body parts, but change the current in their cells and they can regrow the wrong thing, hinting at electricity’s role in body plans

Artificial Venus flytrap grabs things over 100 times its weight

Less than a centimetre in size, the soft robotic device can detect items based on how they reflect light and grasp them with impressive force

DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off

The Go-playing artificial intelligence from DeepMind defeated Ke Jie in the first of three matches taking place this week in Wuzhen, China

Unprecedented cholera outbreak tears through war-torn Yemen

Cholera has killed 332 people and left more than 32,000 ill over the past four weeks, spreading faster than any previous known outbreak in the country

EU nations set to wipe out forests and not account for emissions

The drive for biofuels that international treaties wrongly consider to be emissions-free is driving plans to boost tree harvests in Europe, forgetting about associated emissions

Citizens give up data in blockchain project to improve cities

The DECODE project will give residents of Barcelona and Amsterdam more control over how their personal data is harnessed by local government and businesses

Will technology help or hinder access to famous art?

From van Gogh's Sunflowers to murals by Mark Rothko, everyone wants to see the originals of famous artworks. What role does technology have to play?

Synthetic biology’s ties to our humanity let it elude definition

Sophia Roosth's Synthetic: How life got made delves into the history, anthropology and society of synthetic biology to get a handle on the field

AI can doctor videos to put words in the mouths of speakers

Realistically faked video will soon be a single click away thanks to new technology that might render video evidence meaningless in court

Feedback: Get steamy with a machine that makes “sexy water”

What else have you got to spend A$6545 on? Plus: a pill with the power of 10,000 Capri-Suns, bed bug leads to quadrillion mattresses, and more

The Terrible Leaf Walker Frog

One of the most terrifying frogs in existence is bright yellow, social, reasonably intelligent (for a frog), and one of the biggest members of its group... -- Read more on

UK government watchdog examining political use of data analytics

The Information Commissioner has started a formal investigation into the use of data by political parties, including the use of Facebook and Twitter

Where the wind blows: Mapping our wildest gusts

A new wind atlas will help turbines avoid the doldrums – and solve some of wind's enduring mysteries

The day Mount St Helens erupted and I should have died

But for a chance decision, Don Swanson would have been killed in the Mount St Helens eruption of 1980. That day changed his life, and volcanology, forever

Frog skeleton allows them to jump horizontally or vertically

Astonishingly complex bone movements visualised in lab experiments allow some frogs to take off upwards or forwards, propelled by knees or hips  

Fish boost photosynthesis by wafting water around corals

Call it a fin fan. The action of damselfish swimming between coral branches helps the algae inside corals to increase their photosynthesis

Plasma jet engines that could take you from the ground to space

Jet engines that compress gas into a plasma have been successfully tested at ground level for the first time

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