Month: June 2017

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A review of three separate experiments has turned up “remarkably similar” results, pointing to what researchers say is a strong possibility that we’ve found hits of a phenomenon that goes beyond the standard model of particle physics.  When taken together, data from experiments conducted in the US, Switzerland, and Japan, have yielded a result with
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Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, there’s been a proliferation of strange new two-dimensional materials. In all of them, scientists have been chasing one invaluable property – magnetism, which is crucial for data storage, medical devices, and electricity generators. After years of searching, many suspected that true two-dimensional magnets might not actually exist. But
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Scientists have uncovered the earliest hints of human-caused changes in Earth’s geological processes, and they suggest that we’ve been impacting the planet’s climate and ecosystems for up to 11,500 years. Based on core samples dug up from the Dead Sea, erosion rates in the area were completely incompatible with what was going on elsewhere during
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Some 5,000 light-years from Earth, there’s a bizarre and mysterious nebula that clocks an average temperature of just 1 Kelvin (−272.15 °C or −457.87 °F), making it the coldest natural object in the known Universe. For decades, scientists have struggled to explain how this otherwise unremarkable cloud of gas maintains temperatures colder than empty space
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It’s been a particularly glum couple of days for climate scientists, with President Donald Trump withdrawing US support for the Paris Climate Agreement, an action that resulted in the resignation of serial entrepreneur Elon Musk from his government advisory posts. The move was widely criticised by experts, other nations, and the majority of Americans as a major setback in the global fight against climate change.
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The effects of zero gravity on the human body are taxing, regardless of gender, and NASA has found no differences between men and women in terms of their psychological and behavioural responses to space flight. But sex does seem to have a role in how being in space for long periods of time affects astronauts’ bodies.   In June
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For every ten people hit by lightning, nine will survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts? Sometimes they’ll keep the clothing, the strips of shirt or trousers that weren’t cut away and discarded by the doctors and nurses.   They’ll tell and retell their story at
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For the third time in two years, physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, that Albert Einstein predicted the existence of more than 100 years ago with his theory of general relativity. “Einstein continues to rock, in the sense that we keep pushing the boundaries of his theory,” Vicky Kalogera, an astrophysicist at Northwestern