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Music 'reduces pain and anxiety' for surgery patients

Music ‘reduces pain and anxiety’ for surgery patients

Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain, according to a review. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London said the patients who had listened to music had been less anxious after their surgery and had needed less pain relief. Writing in the Lancet, they

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See the world through an animal's eyes

See the world through an animal’s eyes

From pink dandelions and yellow snowdrops to bright orange leaves, new technology has revealed what the world looks like though different animals’ eyes. Researchers have come up with new software that converts digital photos to animal vision. It can be used to analyse colours and patterns and co

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What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

Compass, Mirabelle, Long John, and Early Golden—they’re not a fleet of ships headed for the high seas. These are actually a few of the plum varieties artist Sam Van Aken worked with while creating his “Tree of 40 Fruit,” which as its name suggests, bears 40 varieties of stone fruit, includ

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New GIF Shows dark Side of the Moon Passing by Earth

New GIF Shows dark Side of the Moon Passing by Earth

While the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft was keeping an eye out for solar storms, it caught a glimpse of the mysterious far side of the moon passing over the Earth’s sunlit face. So, of course, NASA made a GIF of it.Views of this side of the moon are

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Mars Mission Will Drill Deep for Inside Information

Mars Mission Will Drill Deep for Inside Information

Besides some Martian meteorites collected on Earth, some gravity data from spacecraft and other bits of information, our knowledge of the planet’s insides is small, said Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator of a new lander called InSight, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. B

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Putting the Art in Artificial Intelligence

Putting the Art in Artificial Intelligence

A few weeks back, researchers with Google's artificial neural networks team issued a blog post about its A.I. system, Deep Dream, that could see pictures in clouds and even (arguably) create original art. Yesterday, a team of four engineering students at Hack Reactor announced via Popular Scien

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Malaria vaccine gets 'green light'

Malaria vaccine gets ‘green light’

The world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa. The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness. It represents a 'green light' for the Mosquirix jab, developed by Glaxo

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Astronauts and sushi safely arrive at the ISS

Astronauts and sushi safely arrive at the ISS

With a bear hug and broad smiles, three new astronauts have arrived at the International Space Station after nearly two months of delays. Kjell Lingren, a Nasa astronaut, Kimiya Yui, from Japan, and Oleg Kononenko, a veteran Russian cosmonaut, arrived at the outpost in orbit around our planet six h

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New Horizons finds another icy mountain range on Pluto

New Horizons finds another icy mountain range on Pluto

Astronomers have discovered a second, impressive mountain range on Pluto's icy surface. New Horizons spotted the new, apparently less lofty series of mountains on the lower-left edge of Pluto's best known feature, the bright, heart-shaped region named Tombaugh Regio. These newly-discovered frozen

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Shoe Made from Plastic Ocean Pollution

Shoe Made from Plastic Ocean Pollution

There are an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating through the world's oceans, enough to fill almost 600 jumbo jets. Part of the monumental task of de-cluttering the world's waterways involves figuring out exactly what to do with all of that discarded plastic. German athletic retailer

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