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Gravitricity developing a novel storage technology

Essentially, the Gravitricity system is a huge ‘clock weight’. A cylindrical weight of up to 3000 tonnes is suspended in a deep shaft by a number of synthetic ropes each of which is engaged with a winch capable of lifting … Continue reading

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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to new research. These … Continue reading

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Autonomous flying taxi is coming

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Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

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Falcon Heavy Take Off

Falcon Heavy lifts off! It is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with … Continue reading

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The Most Beautiful Experiment in Biology

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This Dizzying Galaxy Supercluster Will Change Your Perspective on The Cosmos

Astronomers have discovered a massive supercluster of galaxies located approximately 4 billion light-years from Earth – and not only is it one of the largest known structures in the cosmos, it’s also the most distant supercluster we’ve ever observed. See, … Continue reading

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Gallery denies censorship after removing Victorian nymphs painting

A gallery has temporarily removed a Victorian painting of naked adolescent girls in a move to “encourage debate” about how such images should be displayed in the modern age. Manchester Art Gallery has taken down Hylas and the Nymphs by … Continue reading

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Your Amazing Molecular Machines

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Modern humans left Africa much earlier

Researchers have identified the remains of the earliest known modern humans to have left Africa. New dating of fossils from Israel indicates that our species (Homo sapiens) lived outside Africa around 185,000 years ago, some 80,000 years earlier than the … Continue reading

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Induced Current Spin-Up

  Spinning magnets from the magnetic stirrer induce electric currents to flow in the brass PhiTOP- these currents then create their own magnetic field which opposes the magnets underneath and pushes the PhiTOP to spin. Credit to astrophysicist Kenneth Brecher, … Continue reading

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Sultan the Pit Pony

Sultan the Pit Pony, a modern raised-earth sculpture in Caerphilly, Wales. The pony sculpture, affectionately nicknamed ‘Sultan’ after a well-loved pit pony from the local mines, is more than 200m long. Built out of coal shale from those mines, it … Continue reading

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Barriers to EV adoption

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Who was Alexander Hamilton?

Alexander who? Until very recently, it was a question that even citizens of the United States might have asked. Yes, Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the nation, but he was – let’s be frank – a bit of … Continue reading

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Awesome Machines

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‘Serious gap’ in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics

A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now “pretty serious”, and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate. The most recent results suggest the inconsistency is not going away. … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Synergy

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Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered  on this day in 1170. This alabaster panel shows Becket kneeling before an altar with four knights approaching from behind – two of them are about to attack him with swords. The figure … Continue reading

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Ice cubes in Antarctica

The winner of the Royal Society’s annual photo competition was taken over the Antarctic Peninsula in 1995 and recently digitised by the British Antarctic Survey. It shows a most unusual ice formation (plane for scale) with regular crevasses bisecting the … Continue reading

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How to build a Cruise Ship in less than 10 minutes

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