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FEATURED ARTWORKS “THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE” BY J M W TURNER 1838 IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON

This painting has been immensely popular with the ignorant, unlettered and uncultured members of the British public, as well as the rest, ever since it was first displayed in 1839. The artist, Turner would have altogether have approved of this. … Continue reading

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Circle of Willis

The circle of Willis (circulus arteriosus cerebri) is an collection of arteries that are located at the base of the brain. The “circle” was named after Thomas Willis (1621-1675) by his student, Richard Lower. Willis authored Cerebri Anatome which described … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (D)

Here is the fourth, in a series of essays about places in England associated with the life of Jane Austen. It is about a collection of places visited personally, with Jane Austen clearly in mind, but not a comprehensive gazeteer. … Continue reading

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Blue Glowing Coconut Octopus

Amphioctopus marginatus, also known as the coconut octopus and veined octopus, is a medium-sized cephalopod belonging to the genus Amphioctopus. It is found in tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean. It commonly preys upon shrimp, crabs, and clams, and … Continue reading

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First Americans claim sparks controversy

A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than previously suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in the New World no earlier than 25,000 years ago, so the … Continue reading

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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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