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Abortion rate halves if women have to go extra 100 miles

A law that closed many abortion clinics in Texas has led to a drop in the rate of abortions. On average, the nearest clinic is now 80 kilometres further away

Foxes may confuse predators by rubbing themselves in puma scent

Gray foxes in the mountains of California rub in the scent of pumas, possibly to absorb their smell and confuse predators to give themselves a chance to run

Brainwaves could act as your password – but not if you’re drunk

EEG authentication is touted as a potential biometric alternative to passwords, but a test involving shots of whisky suggests it won’t work if you’re tipsy

The Green Sulphur Bacteria

There was a time when we really didn't know what to make of bacterial systematics. We knew that there were a lot of different species out there (not, it turns out, any near as many as there actually are, but still...) but prior to the...Show More Summary

Seals hunt down hidden fish by sensing their breath in the sand

The only way for flatfish hidden under the sand on the sea floor to avoid harbour seal predators might be to hold their breath

Resisting Trump: How women can protect reproductive rights

Under Trump, the right to contraception and abortion could suffer irreversible damage. But there are ways for women to keep the state from meddling with their bodies

Resisting Trump: How scientists can fight a climate witch-hunt

Climate scientists could find themselves facing an internal witch-hunt. But there are several things they can do to fight back, as individuals and as groups

Flawed hunt for flight MH370 shows need for new tracking system

The troubled search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished in 2014 highlights the need for better technology and coordination, says Paul Marks

In an era of nationalism the net needs its freethinking champion

With a rise in isolationist politics and totalitarianism, we must back the body that has quietly defended internet freedom for 10 years, says Carl Miller

Electronic gene control could let us plug bacteria into devices

Hooking up custom-made microbes to electronics could have a host of applications in medicine and industry, such as smarter drugs and better health apps

Calorie restriction diet extends life of monkeys by years

Macaques on permanent diets live significantly longer – the equivalent of nine years in people. But is the detailed meal planning and loss of libido worth it?

Resisting Trump: How to survive the coming surveillance state

Trump has signalled his desire to follow the UK in eroding online privacy. From Tor's hidden dangers to the right secure chat apps, here’s how to stay under the radar

Female shark learns to reproduce without males after years alone

Some fish and reptiles can reproduce asexually, but a shark in an Australian aquarium is a rare case of this in an animal that once had a mate

Cold case: The unsolved mystery of what lit Kepler’s supernova

In 1604, the last Milky Way supernova recorded by naked-eye observers brightened the night sky. Despite 400 years of study, we still don't know what lit the fuse

Make your own meat with open-source cells – no animals necessary

Engineered meat is taking on a new flavour as an entrepreneur aims to help people make animal-free meat at home, like brewing beer, by sharing cell cultures

Taxi races show black cabs beat Uber on speed but not cost

Racing Ubers and black cabs between London destinations is helping researchers develop a journey comparison app that acts like a "Skyscanner for taxis"

We know we are – but what else is conscious too?

A fascinatingly flawed new book, Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs, demonstrates that hunting down consciousness in other species is tough going

Non-Standard Ideas in Amphibian Evolution, Part 3: Could Sirens Not Be Salamanders?

Sirens—long-bodied, aquatic salamanders—are weird. But are they really so weird that they might not be salamanders at all? It's a radical idea that has at least been considered -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

No sign of seasonal dark matter after four years of searching

The XENON100 experiment just checked up on a controversial claim that dark matter comes and goes with the seasons - and found nothing

Smartwatches know you’re getting a cold days before you feel ill

After sensors alerted a researcher to Lyme disease symptoms he was unaware he had, his team have shown that smartwatches can tell if a wearer is getting ill

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