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In and Out of the Universe

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We’re in for a month of meteor showers as we pass through the tail of Halley’s Comet

We’re in for quite a show over the next few weeks as Earth passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet. Known as the Eta Aquarids, the month-long shower runs from April 20 to May 21, but you’ll be able to … Continue reading

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Where are all the aliens?

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DNA test reveals that Vietnamese twins have two different fathers

In a first for Vietnam, a paternity test has shown that a set of twins have the same mother, but were conceived by separate fathers. Known as bi-paternal twins, this occurrence is exceptionally rare, with only 10 such cases in … Continue reading

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Synthetic bug given ‘fewest genes’

Scientists have taken another step in their quest to understand the bare genetic essentials of life. A team led by US research entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a semi-synthetic, functioning bacterium in the lab that has fewer than 500 genes. … Continue reading

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Mind-Blowing Magic Magnets

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This common bacterium grows 60% better in space than on Earth

It’s something that no one can explain right now, but scientists have found that of the 48 harmless bacteria strains they’ve been raising on the International Space Station, one has not just adapted to its new microgravity environment some 400 … Continue reading

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Two comets will make the closest flyby of Earth in decades this week

On Monday and Tuesday this week, two comets will zip past Earth, with one of them coming closer to our planet than any comet since 1983. And the larger, but more distant, of the two is becoming so bright, scientists … Continue reading

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Venus transits the Sun

That’s Venus, spotted in transit across the rising Sun over the Black Sea. Living in the Solar System is pretty incredible. Image: Emil Ivanov via Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

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A Virtual Universe

Scientists at MIT have traced 13 billion years of galaxy evolution, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. Their simulation, named Illustris, captures both the massive scale of the Universe and the intriguing variety of galaxies — … Continue reading

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Group of biologists is bypassing journals and uploading their work straight to the Internet

Since the first scientific journal was created 351 years ago, the process for disseminating scientific information has remained fundamentally the same – results are written up, peer-reviewed, and eventually published. And while this process helps to ensure high-quality articles, it’s … Continue reading

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Physics of ribbon curling unravelled

Scientists have explained precisely how and why a ribbon curls when we run a scissor blade down one side of it. They teased out the effects of the blade’s sharpness, the tension applied to the ribbon and the speed it … Continue reading

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Six science podcasts you need to be listening to right now

So you need your science fix, but written articles just aren’t doing it for you? Or do you have a long drive to work, and can’t stand hearing Biebs on the radio again? Podcasts have experienced a major resurgence in … Continue reading

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DSCOVR satellite sees total eclipse from space.

Thirteen images taken over the duration of the eclipse were assembled to create this animation. The Moon’s shadow is the dark spot that moves from left to right. The eclipse took place over the Pacific, and you can see China, … Continue reading

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What does sound look like?

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Brian Greene answers the toughest science questions

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How Does New Genetic Information Evolve?

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At 440 million years old, this fungus is the earliest land-based life ever found

Researchers in the UK have announced the discovery of a 440-million-year-old fungus fossil that was likely one of the first organisms to ever dwell on land, and might have kick-started the process of rot, which transformed the landscape to support … Continue reading

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Nature’s Toughest Animal

More information about the magnificent Tardigrade here

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Explaining the math behind Leap Days

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