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New photo of Earth between Saturn’s rings

That point of light between Saturn’s rings is Earth, captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on April 12. It is reminiscent of the last photo taken by the Voyager I spacecraft before engineers shut off its imaging systems. Carl Sagan had … Continue reading

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Grand Finale

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (C)

This is the third, in a series of twelve essays about places associated with Jane Austen. It is not a gazeteer, but a collection of places visited personally, with Jane Austen clearly in mind. C. CITY ELEGANCE (i) History of … Continue reading

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Google’s AI seeks further Go glory

Google has challenged China’s top Go player to a series of games against its artificial intelligence technology. It said the software would play a best-of-three match against Ke Jie, among other games against humans in the eastern Chinese city of … Continue reading

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Plane-tracking app explores airspace in 3D

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Inflation

By the way, we are a bit disappointed with the new pound coin. – Jim

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5 very interesting facts about your thigh bone!

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McLaren to 3D-print parts at Bahrain F1 Grand Prix trackside

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First chance to take a picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy

Thanks to Phil Krause for sending us this article. Get ready to peek into the unknown this week as we get our first chance to take a picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. The … Continue reading

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Is consciousness just an illusion?

The cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett believes our brains are machines, made of billions of tiny “robots” – our neurons, or brain cells. Is the human mind really that special? In an infamous memo written in 1965, the philosopher Hubert Dreyfus … Continue reading

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How to Learn Faster with the Feynman Technique

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (B)

The introduction to this series of twelve essays, in Part A, explained that this is a personal record of a number of places associated with the life of Jane Austen, but it is in no way a gazeteer. The opening … Continue reading

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An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found – They Make Blood

Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don’t just facilitate respiration – they also play a key role in blood production. In experiments … Continue reading

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Cell Division Time lapse

If you’ve ever wondered what cell division actually looks like, this incredible time-lapse by francischeefilms on YouTube gives you the best view we’ve ever seen, showing a real-life tadpole egg dividing from four cells into several million in the space … Continue reading

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Human Y and X chromosomes

The Y chromosome has the least amount of genes in all the human genome. With a 30% difference between humans and chimpanzees, the Y chromosome is one of the fastest evolving parts of the human genome. To date, over 200 … Continue reading

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It could only take 28 years to travel 2.54 million light years!

While it takes light approximately 2.54 million years to traverse the gulf of space between Earth and, for instance, the Andromeda Galaxy, it would take a much shorter amount of time from the point of view of a traveler at … Continue reading

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Formula 1 Starts This Week – Go Go Go!

With Formula 1 starting next weekend I thought you might like a look at the changes to this years cars – Jim – Deskarati

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (A)

This year is the 200 anniversary of the death of the novelist, Jane Austen, (1775- 1817) and there will be many celebratory offerings on radio, television, and the printed media. I offer this appreciation for the readers of Deskarati, being … Continue reading

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Neuroscientist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty

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Will circular runways ever take off?

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