The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

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Robot port in China to unload shipping containers without humans

10 hours 16 min ago
Driverless vehicles will make the global shipping network cheaper and more efficient – and cost jobs
Categories: Astronomy

Don’t rely on draconian controls to keep your kids safer online

10 hours 29 min ago
Concerns about use of social media by children and teens are multiplying. But is heavy-handed intervention the solution, wonders Paul Marks
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The world’s biggest hacking market has just been busted

11 hours 44 min ago
A website that provided hacking services for a monthly fee and had hundreds of thousands of subscribers was closed in international bust
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Origin of our species: Why humans were once so much more diverse

12 hours 33 min ago
The idea that all humans evolved from a small population in East Africa turns out to be wrong. Our beginnings were far stranger and more colourful
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Superlight aerogel made by mimicking a baby dragonfly’s wings

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:01pm
Dragonflies solidify their jelly-like wings with sodium bicarbonate they make in their gut. Aerogels used for heat shields have been made using the same method
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Blood cell and bacteria stuck together to deliver cancer drugs

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:00pm
A red blood cell stuck to a swimming E. coli bacterium can be steered using magnetism and induced to release drugs on demand – perhaps avoiding side effects
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To help heal the Korean peninsula try scientific cooperation too

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Research exchanges could help open up North Korea and reduce long-standing tensions with South Korea and its allies -if politicians will allow it, says Mark Zastrow.
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Austerity has put UK forensic labs in crisis and justice at risk

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Thousands of criminal cases are under review, forensic labs are failing to meet basic standards and some are just going bust. Where did it all go wrong?
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Why growing human brain tissue in a dish is an ethical minefield

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:00pm
The increasing ability to create mini human brains in labs or integrate human cells into animal brains is rightly provoking worries about their use, says Alex Pearlman
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Why the US is wrong to say burning wood is carbon neutral

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:04pm
The US’s decision to regard wood as carbon neutral flies in the face of the evidence and will lead to increased emissions
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What to expect from the controversial new choice as NASA boss

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:24am
Republican politician Jim Bridenstine has taken the reins at NASA after a long battle. What will his appointment mean for the space agency, asks Samantha Murphy
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7 mathematicians you should have heard of – but probably haven’t

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:15am
Awarded every four years, the Fields medals honour the brightest young mathematical talent. We look back at some of the most intriguing past winners
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Russia cuts off Google and Amazon by trying to ban Telegram app

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:15am
Russia has unintentionally knocked out several major cloud services in ongoing efforts to cut access to secure messaging app Telegram
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G-spot surgery given to three women to boost sexual pleasure

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:33am
The “G-spotplasty” is intended to improve G-spot sensitivity, but some worry it will make women who don’t orgasm vaginally think they have a medical problem
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Biggest ever 3D map of the galaxy pinpoints 1.7 billion stars

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:31am
The Gaia satellite has been scouring the sky for years. Over 22 months, it has located billions of stars and thousands of galaxies. Here’s what it found
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The origins of sexism: How men came to rule 12,000 years ago

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:00am
Human societies weren’t always male-dominated. The switch came when we became farmers – and that suggests ways to roll back towards a more equal system
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Theorem of everything: The secret that links numbers and shapes

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:00am
For millennia mathematicians have struggled to unify arithmetic and geometry. Now one young genius could have brought them in sight of the ultimate prize
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Ancient Swedish massacre hints at chaos after the fall of Rome

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:00am
The inhabitants of Sandby borg in southern Sweden were violently killed 1500 years ago, just decades after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire
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How an Amazonian people convey their entire language by drumbeat

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:01pm
The Bora people can encode complex messages into drumbeats that mimic human speech, and even include a “ringtone” to announce the start of a message
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Stoner app lets cannabis users keep track of how high they are

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:30pm
A series of smartphone tests that score memory and reaction are intended to make cannabis use safer and lead to a better understanding of the drug
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