"The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything so peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy."

— Steven Hawking

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I went hunting for willow seeds in the home of Winnie-the-Pooh

2 hours 58 min ago
Willow trees in the UK are potentially at risk from rising disease outbreaks, so efforts are underway to bank their seeds
Categories: Astronomy

Funding crisis threatens crucial UK ocean monitoring project

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 4:00am
The array of moorings monitoring a weakening in the Atlantic conveyor belt risk being left in the lurch when funding expires in 2020, leaving key questions about the climate unanswered
Categories: Astronomy

Scientists have finally worked out what screaming sounds like

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 4:00am
Can you tell the difference between a scream and a whistle? Most people consider rough, high-pitched noises a scream – and 70 per cent were tricked by a whistle
Categories: Astronomy

No, koalas are not 'functionally extinct', but they are in trouble

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:29am
A conservation group has claimed that koalas are "functionally extinct". That isn't true, but many populations are falling sharply due to habitat loss and global warming
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Cannabis plant evolved super high (on the Tibetan Plateau)

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:47am
An analysis of pollen suggests cannabis evolved on the Tibetan Plateau, not far from a cave that was frequented by our ancient Denisovan cousins
Categories: Astronomy

Digital camera sees around corners by guessing what's lurking behind

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:00am
An algorithm allows digital cameras to photograph objects hidden around a wall by interpreting subtle patterns of light that reflect on the floor or walls
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Sea otters are bouncing back - and into the jaws of great white sharks

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 7:23am
Decades of conservation work have boosted sea otter populations in many parts of the North Pacific, but the animals are now being killed by great white sharks
Categories: Astronomy

Compulsory vaccines are needed to keep measles under control in the UK

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 9:00pm
The UK should make measles vaccinations compulsory before children start school, according to an analysis of international measles data
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Squished faces aren’t the only cause of bulldog breathing difficulties

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 3:00pm
A gene mutation present in English and French bulldogs may be partly responsible for their breathing problems
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Peasants in medieval England ate a diet of meat stew and cheese

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 1:02pm
Medieval peasants mainly ate stews of meat and vegetables, along with dairy products such as cheese, according to a study of old cooking pots
Categories: Astronomy

Our pick of Venice Biennale 2019's most scientific artworks

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:49pm
Venice’s Biennale is colourful, brash, and full of experiments. But in the end, it’s about the trickiness of learning to live with our digital creations
Categories: Astronomy

Alabama’s extreme new law could lead to an end of US abortion rights

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:34pm
A wave of extreme abortion laws in the US has started a fight that could end with federal courts overturning abortion protections in place for nearly 50 years
Categories: Astronomy

Could geoengineering really help us solve the climate crisis?

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:44am
With increasing public concern over climate change, interest is turning to geoengineering again. Is it time to take a serious look at engineering our climate?
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China wants to make the fastest planes ever with a new material

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:00am
Researchers in China may have created an ultra heat-resistant material for making hypersonic planes — aircraft that fly at over five times the speed of sound
Categories: Astronomy

Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery to focus on anti-evolution treatments

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 8:01pm
Most people who die of cancer are killed by drug-resistant tumours. Can a new research centre focusing on developing anti-evolution treatments change that?
Categories: Astronomy

The quest for better snakebite treatments gets a funding boost

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 8:01pm
A multimillion-pound programme has been launched to improve treatment for snakebites, which are thought to kill up to 138,000 people each year
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Hearing device picks out right voice from a crowd by reading your mind

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:00pm
An experimental hearing aid can detect which voice someone wants to listen to in a crowded room by reading their mind
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Smartphone app that chirps in your ear could diagnose ear infections

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:00pm
Parents could use an app to check if their children have an ear infection. It works by making a soft chirping sound and analysing the echoes
Categories: Astronomy

Did we split from Neanderthals 400,000 years earlier than we thought?

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:00pm
An analysis of fossil teeth suggests that the shared ancestor of modern humans and our Neanderthal cousins may have lived more than 800,000 years ago
Categories: Astronomy

China's rover peeks under the crust of the far side of the moon

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 2:00pm
China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon has found material from deep under the satellite's crust, which we have never been able to study before
Categories: Astronomy