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Sugar Vs Fat

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This crazy ‘Einstein ring’ has just been discovered 10,000 million light-years from Earth

Originally predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, an Einstein ring is one of the rarest and most exciting sights in the galaxy. It’s created by two distant galaxies that are perfectly aligned, even though they’re millions of light-years apart. They’re incredible … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Proof of E=mc²

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After a secret meeting, scientists announce they are making synthetic human genomes

An international group of scientists has just announced their plan to create a synthetic human genome within 10 years – which means they’re going to try to write a brand new DNA code for human life from scratch. The ambitious … Continue reading

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How cancer was created by evolution

I wont bore you all with this article, but for those of us with an interest in cancer it is well worth a read. Jim – Deskarati Read here: How cancer was created by evolution

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Europe announces that all scientific papers should be free by 2020

This week was a revolutionary week in the sciences – not because we discovered a new fundamental particle or had a new breakthrough in quantum computing – but because some of the most prominent world leaders announced an initiative which asserts that … Continue reading

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The Universe in less than 4 minutes

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The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40

As The Selfish Gene notches up 40 years in print, BBC News asked Richard Dawkins whether his most famous book is relevant today (answer: yes), whether he has any regrets about public spats over religion (no), and whether he is … Continue reading

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New diatom species identified

A newly discovered species of diatom, a microscopic creature that is key to the health of the planet, is named after a Lancaster professor. Professor Philip Barker has dedicated much of his working life to the study of diatoms, exploring … Continue reading

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Neck and shoulder arteries

Coloured X-ray of the arteries (red) of a human neck and shoulder. The bones (purple) are also seen on the X-ray, aiding identification of the arteries. The ribs of the chest (across bottom) are seen from the front. The head … Continue reading

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This new tattoo ink is designed to disappear after a year

If you’ve ever considered getting a tattoo but have been put off by its permanence – who knows how you’ll feel about that “E = mc2” face tattoo in 10 year’s time? – then a new startup called Ephemeral has you … Continue reading

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Why Scientists Should Learn to Fail, ‘Fast and Often’

Silicon Valley runs on failure. Its unofficial motto, after all, is “Fail fast, fail often,” and it is the region that gave birth to FailCon, where stories of entrepreneurial failure are badges of honor. That’s more than just cute marketing. As … Continue reading

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Our own immune system is still one of the best ways to fight cancer

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Surprise! This eukaryote completely lacks mitochondria

Mitochondria are membrane-bound components within cells that are often described as the cells’ powerhouses. They’ve long been considered as essential components for life in eukaryotes, the group including plants, fungi, animals, and unicellular protists, if for no other reason than … Continue reading

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Incredible coloured section through a human spinal nerve

Incredible coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of section through a human spinal nerve. The nerve is composed of numerous bundles of myelinated axons. In the centre is a blood vessel filled with red blood cells. The human body contains 31 … Continue reading

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Ground Deformation at Mount Etna Volcano

  This animation depicts a time-series of ground deformation at Mount Etna Volcano between 1992 and 2001. The deformation results from changes in the volume of a shallow chamber centered approximately 5 km (3 miles) below sea level. The accumulation … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Important Freezer

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For the first time in a decade, Mercury is about to transit the Sun

On Monday May 9, it’s time to drop everything and remind yourself that whatever crap you’ve got going on, you’re still a part of a giant, unknowable Solar System filled with mysterious neighbours like our potential new home, Mars, and … Continue reading

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This new, ridiculously rare violet diamond has just been unearthed in Australia

If diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend – like decades of marketing campaigns would have you to believe – then the Argyle Violet, uncovered recently in Australia’s remote Argyle mine, could provide several lifetimes worth of friendship, because this is one of … Continue reading

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The largest study of life forms ever has estimated that Earth is home to 1 TRILLION species

The largest scientific study of its kind estimates that Earth could play host to more than 1 trillion different species, which means we’ve probably only identified a vanishingly small proportion of them – only about one-thousandth of 1 percent. To … Continue reading

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