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  • As Hurricane Maria continues to cause destruction, predictions that 2017 could be the worst hurricane season since 2010 are being borne out

  • A suction cup modelled on how a strange faeces-eater attaches to other fish can withstand a pull of 340 times its weight, letting robots ride sharks and whales

  • The aim of the work is to better understand embryonic development, rather than to see if genome editing could prevent diseases in children

  • Climate change and soil degradation are depleting the nutrients in crops, but now a scanner can analyse grain to help farmers mitigate problems as it grows

  • A huge study of Icelanders suggests that older men pass on four times as many new mutations to their kids than women  

  • Modern aeroplanes are held together with thousands of rivets and fasteners. That could change soon, thanks to 3D-printed weldable alloys

  • A long-standing maths puzzle has 1223 new solutions, more than doubling the number of possible paths three objects can take as they orbit one another

  • Women legally entitled to abortions are attempting to buy pills online because they cannot access clinics due to distance, waiting times and domestic abuse

  • Proxima b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, may have been captured along with its star instead of born in the dangerous three-star system where it now lives

  • A model of how wave forms of quantum systems collapse reveals a way they could create gravitational fields, and perhaps even reconcile two pillars of physics

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