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Trilobite Beetle

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Hello, world: this is WikiTribune

As a big fan of Wikipedia I was very interested to hear that Jimmy Wales was starting a news service. I have, for a very long time, searched for unbiased material for Deskarati in my areas of interest. I have … Continue reading

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Roman Roads of Britain

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Human Arrival In Australia Pushed Back 18,000 Years

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post We’ve long known that modern humans, or Homo sapiens, existed in Africa as far back as 200,000 years ago. Early humans in Australia were once thought to have arrived 47,000 years ago, … Continue reading

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Storage device writes information atom by atom

The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom. Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on … Continue reading

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This is how Formula 1 engines turn exhaust fumes into power

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Before Present

Before Present (BP) years is a time scale used mainly in geology and other scientific disciplines to specify when events in the past occurred. Because the “present” time changes, standard practice is to use 1 January 1950 as commencement date … Continue reading

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A mathematician has proposed a way to create and manipulate gravity

Yesterday, the physics community got hyped-up over rumours that scientists might have finally detected gravitational waves – ripples in the curvature of spacetime predicted by Einstein 100 years ago – and that their observations could be coming to a peer-reviewed journal … Continue reading

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Four elements have just earned a permanent spot in the periodic table

Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, announcing that there is now enough evidence to give them permanent places on the periodic table, which means … Continue reading

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Why groups of people can remember something that didn’t happen

Strange things happen to our memories when other people are involved: if someone else remembers an event in a particular way, for example, that can influence the way that we recall it. A shared store of knowledge – or a … Continue reading

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The tardigrade genome has been sequenced, and it has the most foreign DNA of any animal

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the tardigrade, AKA the water bear, for the first time. And it turns out that this weird little creature has the most foreign genes of any animal studied so far – or to … Continue reading

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The Orionids meteor shower

The Orionids meteor shower, which is generated by the famous Halley’s Comet, is happening this week. Halley’s Comet is only visible from Earth once every 75 years, but residual chunks from its tail generate two annual meteor showers: the Eta Aquarids … Continue reading

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This device could harvest energy from the air to power our home gadgets

A British tech company has come up with a new way of powering wearables and smart home devices: a device called the Freevolt, which can harvest the ambient energy from radio waves and turn it into a small amount of … Continue reading

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This AI can beat almost anyone at chess after 72 hours of learning

When talk turns to robotics, the most pressing concern is usually how quickly they’re going to take our jobs – but perhaps the grand masters of chess should be the ones looking over their shoulders. A computer scientist in the … Continue reading

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LG unveils double-sided display

Arguments about what to watch on television could soon become a thing of the past – provided you’ve got a big enough living room, two couches, and you don’t mind having to take turns with the remote control. LG has … Continue reading

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This butterfly is half male and half female

The butterfly shown has a completely unique pattern of colours because of a special trait – it has two different sexes. It looks like it was two butterflies cut down the middle and sewn together: One half of its wings … Continue reading

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5 billion light years across—the largest feature in the universe

A Hungarian-US team of astronomers have found what appears to be the largest feature in the observable universe: a ring of nine gamma ray bursts – and hence galaxies – 5 billion light years across. The scientists, led by Prof … Continue reading

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From a Million Miles: The Moon Crossing the Face of Earth

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A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of test images shows the fully illuminated … Continue reading

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Women’s immune genes are regulated differently to men’s

Researchers have found that there’s a big difference between the way that immune system genes are switched off and on in females and the way they’re regulated in males, and it seems to be environmental factors, not DNA, that’s driving … Continue reading

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Hubble sees a dying star’s final moments

A dying star’s final moments are captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The death throes of this star may only last mere moments on a cosmological timescale, but this star’s demise is still quite lengthy by … Continue reading

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