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Can you solve it? The birthday birthday problem

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My Monday Puzzle column celebrates its third birthday this week. What better way to mark the occasion than a puzzle about a birthday!

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The Guardian view on AI in the NHS: a good servant, when it’s not a bad master | Editorial
The NHS collects vast amounts of data. It must be used in imaginative ways that respect privacy and make life better for patients and health workers

Technology helps us live better and for longer; in fact it has been doing so since the birth of modern medicine. And as each new technology comes into use, it turns out to have medical uses, even though these are not always the ones that are sold hardest: in the 1920s the American press was full of advertisements for the health benefits of radi...

AI may well be the future but the Maybot gives it a bad name | John Crace

Either the PM is playing a canny long game on Brexit or self-destruction is her default setting

Maybe it was too much time in front of the TV watching the royal wedding. Or maybe it was just too long in the sun. Whatever it was, our politicians appeared to have returned from their weekends even less able to think straight than normal. Even the four pot plants, who can normally be relied upon to be the sole repository of sanity, were beginning to wilt.

Theresa May had woken up d...

Carnivorous plants: so you thought the triffids were make-believe…
A guide to flora with a hunger for flesh – and the intriguing and elaborate ways in which they get hold of it

Scientists at the University of Freiburg in Germany have for the first time characterised the snapping movement of this rare aquatic carnivorous plant, found in wetlands around the world. Aldrovanda vesiculosa snaps its “trap” shut 10 times faster than the much larger Venus flytrap, using a combination of hydraulics and the release of pre-stress to capture water fleas and possibly e...

Fourth most published book in English language to go online

Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789) by Rev Gilbert White inspired generations of naturalists including Darwin

A book that influenced Charles Darwin and is reputedly the fourth most published work in the English language is to be made available online.

The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by the Revere...

Golden State Killer: the end of DNA privacy? Chips with Everything podcast

US investigators recently tracked down the suspect of a 40-year-old murder case after uploading DNA to a genealogy website. Jordan Erica Webber weighs up the pros of finding ancestors with the cons of selling privacy

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How smaller drinks could reduce the UK’s alcohol consumption

Cutting down drinking is difficult, but could smaller servings of alcohol help? Our study suggests it might

Many of us worry about our drinking and want to cut down, but finding the motivation and willpower to stick to it is hard. But what if we could change our environment so drinking less became the default? Making small changes to the environment to nudge people to behave a certain way (sometimes called choice architectur...

The toxic legacy of Canada's CIA brainwashing experiments: 'They strip you of your soul'

In the 1950s and 60s, a Montreal hospital subjected psychiatric patients to electroshocks, drug-induced sleep and huge doses of LSD. Families are still grappling with the effects

Sarah Anne Johnson had always known the broad strokes of her maternal grandmother’s story. In 1956, Velma Orlikow checked herself into a renowned Canadian psychiatric hospital, the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, hoping for help with postpartum depression.

She was in and out of the clinic for thr...

Why is asbestos still killing people? – Science Weekly podcast

Every year, more people die from asbestos exposure than road traffic accidents in Great Britain. Many countries still continue to build with this lethal substance – but why? Hannah Devlin investigates

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Nasa launches InSight lander on mission to Mars - video

Nasa launches the Mars InSight lander from California on the first interplanetary mission to depart from the US west coast. The spacecraft will take more than six months to travel the 300m miles to Mars where it will start geological excavations. InSight will dig deeper into Mars than ever before – about 5 metres – to record the planet’s temperature. It will also place a...