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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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Scientists can now clone thousands of genes in a single reaction

Things are about to speed up dramatically in genetic research, with scientists developing a new technique that can clone thousands of genes in a single reaction. The new technology, called a LASSO probe, could be used to create libraries of … Continue reading

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Peacock mantis shrimp

Peacock mantis shrimp are feisty little creatures best known for hammer-like appendages that help them dismember their enemies punch by punch. But after spawning, the mantis shrimp utilize their mitts for a more peaceful purpose: hauling a giant sack of … Continue reading

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Epigenetics between the generations: Researchers prove that we inherit more than just genes

We are more than the sum of our genes. Epigenetic mechanisms modulated by environmental cues such as diet, disease or lifestyle take a major role in regulating the DNA by switching genes on and off. It has been long debated … Continue reading

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NASA turns Boeing 747 into the world’s biggest flying telescope

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Researchers from China create graphene aerogel that converts sunlight into heat to produce water vapor at room temperature

Graphene aerogel assists water treatment image

Researchers at the Chinese Hubei University have designed a graphene aerogel film capable of producing water vapor at room temperature using only sunlight. The aerogel floats on the surface, where it heats up only a small part of the water … Continue reading

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Behold Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

An American space agency probe has returned the most detailed pictures ever of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The Juno spacecraft passed over the giant storm on Monday as it continued with its series of close passes of the gaseous world. … Continue reading

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Brontosaurus is back! New analysis suggests genus might be resurrected

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post. The Brontosaurus has been consigned to extinction not once, but twice – the second time when scientists concluded it was too similar to other long-necked dinosaurs to deserve its own genus. Now … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (I)

This is the ninth illustrated essay, in a series of twelve, describing some of the houses and places associated with Jane Austen, although it is not a comprehensive gazetteer. I. FILM AND TV LOCATIONS – “SENSE AND SENSIBILITY” (i) Dramatic … Continue reading

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Carbon nanotubes mimic biology

Proteins in lipid membranes are one of the fundamental building blocks of biological functionality. Lawrence Livermore researchers have figured out how to mimic their role using carbon nanotube porins. Using high-speed, atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM), the team showed that a … Continue reading

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Shooting bullet into Gel in slow motion

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New DNA from a Neanderthal bone holds evidence of a lost tribe of humans

A femur discovered in a cave in southwestern Germany has provided researchers with firm evidence that a small population of humans left Africa and then vanished, long before the big migration that saw humans populate the globe. Signs of this … Continue reading

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This new type of well could solve water issues remote regions usually face

Thanks to Phil Krause and Daniel Robb for bringing this to our attention.  

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Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807). Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s … Continue reading

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Humans show no sign of a maximum age limit, says new study

Who wants to live forever – Highlander Global life expectancy rates continue to rise, which poses the question: will the trend ever stop? New research reports there’s no sign of a fixed age limit for the human body, with human … Continue reading

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From DNA to Protein

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