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Study dates origin of plant photosynthesis to 2.1 billion years ago

Peer into a plant cell and you’ll find the engine at its heart is a stowaway. In size, shape, and the genes it carries it resembles a bacterium: a cyanobacterium, to be precise. It’s a very valuable stowaway. Known as … Continue reading

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Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist. Lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks said the … Continue reading

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Helen Czerski on the fun of physics

University College London physicist Helen Czerski studies the properties of the bubbles that form in the ocean, including their optics, acoustics, and influence on the surrounding atmosphere. BBC viewers will recognize her as the host of several science programs, most … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Den

The Devil’s Den or Devil’s Den is a burial chamber located on Fyfield Hill near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. (Not to be confused with the Devil’s Den Cave in Florida, USA). The chamber is what is left of a neolithic passage … Continue reading

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This robot may someday save your life

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Scientists Have Invented a Graphene-Based Sieve That Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water

Researchers have achieved a major turning point in the quest for efficient desalination by announcing the invention of a graphene-oxide membrane that sieves salt right out of seawater. At this stage, the technique is still limited to the lab, but … Continue reading

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Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates. Listen to or download an audiobook of this story on SoundCloud and iTunes. When my parents informed me that … Continue reading

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Who Lived in North West England During the Bronze Age?

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Temperature anomalies by country and continent

This video was prepared and shared by Antti Lipponen (https://twitter.com/anttilip) using the compiled temperature measurements across the Earth’s countries and regions in the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies database, which extends back to the 19th century. Each bar shows … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Fuel Could Become a Viable Energy Alternative Thanks to This Aluminium Alloy

If you have seen or read The Martian, you may recall the stranded astronaut converting a hydrogen-based fuel into water.  Well, we may have just discovered material that easily reverses this process. Researchers at the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (K)

This is the eleventh illustrated essay, in a series of twelve, which describes some of the houses and places associated with Jane Austen, and her novels, as well as the film and TV adaptations, although it is not a comprehensive … Continue reading

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Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

A simple device to cut the weight of washing machines could save fuel, cut carbon emissions, and reduce back injuries, according to researchers. A typical budget washing machine is weighted by 25kg of concrete to stop it moving while on … Continue reading

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There are bodies under the giant heads of Easter Island

The Giant stone heads on eater Island are images that we’ve all grown up seeing and hearing about, many of us dream of visiting them and looking for ourselves, it now seems that if we get to make the journey … Continue reading

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The Incredible Biodiversity of the Oceans

Thanks to Phil Krause for bringing this to our attention.

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Zermatt: ‘Longest’ hanging pedestrian bridge opens in Switzerland

A nearly 500m (1,640ft) bridge for hikers billed as the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world has opened near the Swiss town of Zermatt. The 494m bridge, named the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge), hangs up to 85m above the Grabengufer … Continue reading

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Roman Roads of Britain

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Walking on beautiful clean ice in Slovakian Mountains

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (J)

This is the tenth illustrated essay, in a series of twelve, describing houses and places associated with Jane Austen, and her novels, although it is not a comprehensive gazetteer. J. FILM AND TV LOCATIONS – “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” (i) The … Continue reading

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The Future of Farming – Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept!

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Human Arrival In Australia Pushed Back 18,000 Years

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post We’ve long known that modern humans, or Homo sapiens, existed in Africa as far back as 200,000 years ago. Early humans in Australia were once thought to have arrived 47,000 years ago, … Continue reading

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