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Should This Lake Exist?

The Salton Sea is the largest body of water in California, home to the second most diverse group of birds in America and it exists by accident.

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New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. But some argue that this elegance is overrated. “DNA as a molecule has many things wrong with it,” said Steven Benner, an organic chemist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular … Continue reading

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Deafness could be treated by virus

Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards treating some forms of deafness after restoring hearing in animals. Defects in a baby’s DNA are behind roughly half of cases of hearing loss in early life. The mouse study, published … Continue reading

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Rare system of five stars discovered

Astronomers have discovered a very rare system of five connected stars.The quintuplet consists of a pair of closely linked stars – binaries – one of which has a lone companion; it is the first known system of its kind. The … Continue reading

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How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand?

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Why don’t men live as long as women?

Across the entire world, women can expect to live longer than men. But why does this occur, and was this always the case? According to a new study led by University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology researchers, … Continue reading

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The Plan to Feed the World by Hacking Photosynthesis

With the world population projected to soar past the 11 billion mark by 2100, we’re going to need to find some creative new ways of putting food on the table. The latest science-powered plan to feed the world? Hacking photosynthesis. … Continue reading

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What Would The Sky Look Like If You Could See All The Asteroids?

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The secret to taller, smarter children is genetically diverse parents

The more distantly related a person’s parents are, the more likely they are to be taller, smarter, and better educated, researchers in the UK have found. The results of one of the largest studies to date into genetic diversity, encompassing data … Continue reading

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Do We Have to Get Old and Die?

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Creator of photonic crystals wins Newton medal

The US physicist who first discovered “photonic crystals” which can repel, trap and steer light is to receive the Newton Medal, the BBC can reveal. This is the highest honour given by the Institute of Physics in London. Prof Eli … Continue reading

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Galaxy survey to probe why the universe is accelerating

We know that our universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, but what causes this growth remains a mystery. The most likely explanation is that a strange force dubbed “dark energy” is driving it. Now a new astronomical instrument, called … Continue reading

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Using bacterial ‘fight clubs’ to find new drugs

Creating bacterial “fight clubs” is an effective way to find new drugs from natural sources. That is the conclusion of a team of Vanderbilt chemists who have been exploring ways to get bacteria to produce biologically active chemicals that they … Continue reading

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Researchers predict the existence of a liquid that’s as flat as graphene

Around 12 years ago, scientists thought that two-dimensional materials were impossible. Then a team in the UK discovered a lattice material known as graphene that was just one atom thick, and everything changed. But even though we’ve now accepted that 2D … Continue reading

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The Science of BACON!

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Human volunteers will receive lab-made ‘synthetic blood’ transfusions

Synthetic blood that’s been produced in the lab using umbilical cord stem cells and donated blood looks so good, a world-first human trial has been approved for 2017. Volunteers will receive transfusions of just a few teaspoons of the synthetic … Continue reading

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Ball’s Pyramid

Ball’s Pyramid

An isolated pillar of rock thrusting up from the southern Pacific Ocean is said to be the highest rock pinnacle in the world. Looking at it on a map, the tiny dot that marks Ball’s Pyramid is almost lost in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Victor Hess

Victor Hess

It’s the birthday of Victor Hess, who was born in 1883 in Peggau, Austria. Hess studied physics at the University of Graz. The discovery of radioactivity in 1896 led to the detection of ionizing radiation in the environment. Hess, who … Continue reading

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Interstellar – Building A Black Hole

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Ten reasons Why Beer Is Good For You

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Over the years, various scientific studies have discovered all the different things beer is good for. And as it turns out, beer is good for a lot of things.And so, because we’re so kind, here are ten studies you can quote … Continue reading

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