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Facebook to examine tens of thousands of apps for data misuse

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in front of the SenateChip Somodevilla/Getty Images By New Scientist staff and Press Association Facebook will investigate tens of thousands of apps to discover if any other companies have accessed data in a similar way to Cambridge Analytica. It will look for misuses of personal information and then alert users if it finds anything suspicious. The…

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We can read memories by analysing brain gene activity

Zephyr/Science Photo Library/GettyBy Jessica Hamzelou Memories have a unique genetic signature in the brain – a code that has only just been discovered and unlocked. The findings, in mice, suggest we may be able to read people’s memories by examining the patterns in their brains, and even one day alter or repair them to treat psychiatric…

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Theresa May pledges £75 million for prostate cancer research

NANCY KEDERSHA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARYBy New Scientist staff and Press Association The prime minister, Theresa May, is to pledge £75 million for clinical trials researching prostate cancer. The aim is to improve early diagnosis for the disease, and boost survival rates. The plans, which will be announced on Tuesday, will particularly target men who are at…

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Antarctica still losing ice despite big rise in snowfall

A fluffy Adelie Penguin chick covered in snow during a snow storm in Antarctica.Jason Edwards/Getty By Andy Coghlan Snowfall in Antarctica has increased by 10 per cent since 1800, an analysis of ice cores from Antarctica has revealed. An increase in snowfall has long been predicted as a result of global warming. “A warming atmosphere…

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