The space of night is infinite,
The blackness and emptiness
Crossed only by thin bright fences
Of logic

— Kenneth Rexroth
"Theory of Numbers"

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IBM says Google may not have reached quantum supremacy after all

5 hours 34 min ago
A leaked paper from Google claimed to have made a quantum computing breakthrough, but new research from IBM says those claims don’t seem to hold up
Categories: Astronomy

Going fully organic would raise greenhouse gas emissions

6 hours 39 min ago
Food yields would nearly halve if all farms in England and Wales went organic, meaning more land would have to be turned over to agriculture elsewhere
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Blue Origin assembles space industry dream team to build moon lander

7 hours 20 min ago
Jeff Bezos’ space flight company Blue Origin has announced three established companies from the space industry as partners for its 2024 lunar lander Blue Moon
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Scientists have trained rats to drive tiny cars to collect food

10 hours 10 min ago
Rats can learn to drive tiny cars around an arena in exchange for a food reward. Their hormone levels suggest they seem to find going for a drive relaxing
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Abortion is now no longer illegal in Northern Ireland

10 hours 40 min ago
Women and girls in Northern Ireland can now legally access abortions, seek medical aftercare and can get funding to travel to England for the procedure
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Changing a child's route to school can halve exposure to air pollution

11 hours 3 min ago
A study of five London schools found a clear difference in exposure to levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide when children travelled via quieter roads
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Deepfakes are being used to dub adverts into different languages

14 hours 39 min ago
Companies are using deepfakes that put words into actors’ mouths as a cheaper alternative to create videos in different languages
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Doctors could team up with AI to spot dangerous brain bleeds faster

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 3:00pm
A piece of software is capable of spotting a brain haemorrhage in X-ray images with similar accuracy to human radiologists
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CRISPR upgrade could make genome editing better and safer

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:00am
A new variant of CRISPR, dubbed prime editing, should make it even better at correcting disease-causing mutations
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Thawing permafrost has turned the Arctic into a carbon emitter

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:00am
Some sites in the Arctic had already flipped from carbon sinks into sources of emissions, but new research shows the phenomenon has happened across the region as a whole
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World's loudest male bird bellows at females sitting right next to it

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:00am
The loudest song of the white bellbird hits an average of 116 decibels, putting it on a par with a pile-driver and beating all previously documented birds
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Stressed about climate change? Eight tips for managing eco-anxiety

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 9:55am
People are increasingly reporting anxiety about climate change. Psychotherapists met on Saturday to discuss how best to manage the dread over our impact on the planet
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AI could help work out how many people are in large crowds

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 7:45am
How many people really attend gatherings or protests, such as the recent Brexit march? Artificial intelligence may be able to figure it out
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Giant toad looks and acts like a venomous snake to scare off predators

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 7:01pm
The Congolese giant toad looks like the head of a Gaboon viper, and it even hisses like a snake when approached – all to scare off potential predators
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Tourists risk giving gorillas deadly diseases when they take selfies

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 6:00am
Ecotourists are breaking rules on keeping their distance from mountain gorillas – social media and the quest for perfect selfies may be partly to blame
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Man’s body brews its own beer after yeast take over his gut microbiome

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 3:00am
One man in the US has started producing beer in his gut after a course of antibiotics allowed brewer’s yeast to outcompete the other microbes in his microbiome
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Bacterial infections in pregnancy may make schizophrenia more likely

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 2:00am
Children of mothers who had bacterial infections during pregnancy are more likely to develop mental health conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
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Farmed bees are mating with native bees - and that could endanger them

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 1:00am
Millions of colonies of farmed bees are used to help pollinate crops. It turns out they can escape and mate with local bees, producing offspring that may be vulnerable to climate change
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Creepy human-like skin makes your phone ticklish and pinchable

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 7:01pm
A smartphone case made from artificial human-like skin responds to being pinched, tickled and stroked to add an extra layer of interactivity to the device
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Moving to Mars – this show will help you become a real Martian

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:57pm
From memorious clothing to wasteless habitats, the reality of living on Mars is brought home at London's Design Museum with genuine optimism
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