It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.

— Plato

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Mars meteorite assault stopped 500 million years earlier than thought

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:00am
The Late Heavy Bombardment may have stopped on Mars 4.48 billion years ago, allowing it to become more favourable to life earlier than previously suggested
Categories: Astronomy

Can your gut bacteria really make you a better runner?

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:00am
A new study opens the door to probiotics that boost physical performance, but whether they will work in humans is far from proven
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Storing sperm in a freezer for a decade hardly affects birth rates

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 10:14am
Many countries impose time limits on storing frozen sperm, but a sperm bank study has found this may not be necessary as it has little effect on birth rates
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Freezing embryos doesn't boost IVF success rate despite common use

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 10:00am
People are often advised to freeze embryos and delay implantation so the uterus can recover from drugs taken during egg removal, but there may be few benefits
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Vegetables as well as meat could spread superbugs into food chain

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 8:25am
Antibiotic-resistant microbes may be able to enter the human food chain via plants and vegetables as well as via meat, according to research in mice
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Hundreds of orcas hold an annual meeting and now we may know why

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 7:33am
We may now know why Orcas mysteriously meet near Australian every year. Underwater canyons funnel squid to the area making it a perfect feasting spot
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AI learns to gamble illogically like humans to predict our behaviour

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 3:00am
Artificial intelligence trained on human-made gambling decisions has picked up our illogical habits, which could help machines better predict human behaviour
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The US is making digital camouflage so that AIs can’t spot spy planes

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 5:00am
The US Navy wants to modify military vehicles to fool AIs. For example, so that an AI misclassifies a tank as just an ordinary car
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NASA is going back to the moon but most people in the US don't want to

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:01pm
Most people in the US don’t support going to the moon or Mars, according to a recent survey, but about half say they’d take a trip to orbit Earth if given the chance
Categories: Astronomy

Death of mother prompts adolescent chimps to look after their siblings

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:39am
After their mothers died, adolescent chimps adopted their younger siblings and became upset if they lost sight of them even temporarily
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Artificial intelligence could spot early signs of schizophrenia

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 8:10am
Years before schizophrenia can be diagnosed by doctors, artificial intelligence may be able to detect early signs of the condition in people's speech
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We are more likely to return a lost wallet if it is full of cash

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 2:00pm
People are more likely to hand in found wallets if they contain more money, probably because we don’t like to think of ourselves as thieves
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Seals have been trained to sing the Star Wars theme - have a listen

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:27am
Scientists have trained grey seals to copy speech, as well as notes from music including the Star Wars theme and the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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SpaceX is about to launch a sail propelled through space by sunshine

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:35am
The Planetary Society’s LightSail-2 satellite, which uses sails to harness the energy of sunlight, is planned to launch on 24 June aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket
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We’re living through a climate emergency. Time to start acting like it

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 9:28am
It’s not enough to call climate change an emergency, says Adam Vaughan. We need to take emergency action as well
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Weird whale may be a hybrid of a narwhal mother and beluga father

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 9:00am
DNA analysis of an unusually shaped skull found in west Greenland suggests the creature was a hybrid male whale, with a narwhal mother and beluga father
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Japan wants to launch the first ever rover to visit a Martian moon

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:59am
In 2024, Japan wants to send a rover to one of Mars’s moons, Phobos and Deimos. Samples taken there could help us sort out how they formed and whether they hold ice
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Weather forecasts could soon pin extreme events on climate change

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:03am
Weather forecasts may soon include explanations of how climate change may have impacted extreme weather events
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Rare footage of a beaver gnawing through a tree in North Yorkshire

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:01am
Rare footage shows a Eurasian beaver in North Yorkshire gnawing through a tree trunk and felling the tree in just 15 minutes
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US suicide rate at its highest since the end of the second world war

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 12:01am
Suicide rates in the US are at their highest since the second world war, and a new report shows an increase among Native Americans and Asian or Pacific Islanders
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