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Brian Cox On why everyone needs to learn to be wrong

Understanding what science is, understanding what it’s not, is a very humble pursuit. It’s the process by which you understand nature. As a professional scientist you’re usually wrong and you try things out and you change your view immediately when … Continue reading

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk plans to fly his own sports car to Mars

Falcon Heavy

Space entrepreneur Elon Musk plans to launch his most powerful rocket in January – to send a bright red sports car to Mars, playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity. An artist’s impression of the Falcon Heavy in flight immediately after launch. … Continue reading

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How tough is the new £5 note?

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First gene-editing in human body attempt

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter’s syndrome. … Continue reading

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The new Tesla Roadster will be faster than a Formula 1 racing car

Elon Musk gave us a surprise during the Tesla semi unveiling event today: the return of the Tesla Roadster. The new stunning four-seater roadster will be the world’s fastest production car. In his remarks, Musk described it as a “smackdown” … Continue reading

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi is a painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World), which has been attributed by some scholars as a work by Leonardo da Vinci since its rediscovery in 2005. This attribution has been rejected by other … Continue reading

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Archaeologists in Cyprus have uncovered an ancient 26-metre long mosaic

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Popocatépetl blowing it’s top

Great video of Popocatépetl blowing it’s top on the 10th of November. Popocatépetl is an active volcano, located in the states of Puebla, Mexico.

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Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manufacturing Applications

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How small can the naked eye see?

Your naked eye can see objects of any size, if they emit or scatter enough light to trigger its detector cells. Light visible from the star Deneb covers a minuscule fraction of your visual field (its ‘angular diameter’ is 0.0024 … Continue reading

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Trilobite Beetle

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Where did those electrons go? Decades-old mystery solved

The concept of “valence” – the ability of a particular atom to combine with other atoms by exchanging electrons – is one of the cornerstones of modern chemistry and solid-state physics. Valence controls crucial properties of molecules and materials, including … Continue reading

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This little robot pill can replace painful injections

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Hello, world: this is WikiTribune

As a big fan of Wikipedia I was very interested to hear that Jimmy Wales was starting a news service. I have, for a very long time, searched for unbiased material for Deskarati in my areas of interest. I have … Continue reading

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Lift and Wings

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Andy Serkis Describes Motion Capture

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Could Neanderthals speak?

Forty years ago, the consensus was that they could not. Neanderthals didn’t make cave paintings, or flint arrowheads, and their larynx wasn’t positioned low enough to allow them to make the full range of human vocal sounds. But more recent … Continue reading

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Escherian Staircase Illusion

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Christening Amazon’s latest wind farm

Fun day christening Amazon’s latest wind farm. #RenewableEnergy pic.twitter.com/cTxeXdsFop — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 19, 2017

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Orchid mantis nymphs

If you don’t think insects can be cute, you haven’t seen baby orchid mantises…I mean, look how adorable! pic.twitter.com/x4Ntkwk8sZ — IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) October 19, 2017

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