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US pardons people convicted for marijuana possession under federal law

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 7:14pm
US president Joe Biden announced a pardon for thousands of people convicted for possession of marijuana under federal law
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Can Britain avoid winter blackouts amid the European energy crisis?

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 1:51pm
If the electricity supply from the continent ceases, households in England, Scotland and Wales may need to ration their own power use at peak times to keep the lights on
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Space adverts are now economically viable but potentially dangerous

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 12:58pm
Falling launch costs for satellites mean space advertising may now make commercial sense, according to a feasibility study, but the idea remains controversial
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Metal-enriched silkworm silk is one of the strongest materials ever

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 12:00pm
Standard silkworm silk has been made stronger than spider’s silk, one of the toughest materials known, by bathing it with metals and respinning it
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Lava erupting on Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io is over 1000°C

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 7:40am
Astronomers used radio telescopes to estimate the temperature of molten rock on Io, the most volcanically active world in the solar system
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Astronomers found a weird asteroid closer to the sun than any other

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 6:06pm
Scientists have found three strange asteroids that orbit relatively close to the sun – one is the closest to the sun we’ve ever found, and another may someday hit Earth
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A complex network of fungi links orchids in the rainforest canopy

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 5:42pm
Orchids that grow on trees in the forest canopy may access food by connecting to a network of fungal threads
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Nutrient-measuring device could make microwaves that count calories

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 5:15pm
Scientists have found a way to use leaked electromagnetic radiation to measure nutrients in microwaved meals
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I am planning my wife's woodland burial, but green funerals are costly

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 2:00pm
My late wife was an environmentalist and wanted an eco-friendly funeral. I have seen to her wishes, but a woodland burial isn't possible for all those who would like one, writes Graham Lawton
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Why the UK government's attack on nature cannot be allowed to succeed

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 2:00pm
The UK government’s bid to slash environmental protections is an onslaught on nature and the laws that protect it. We are angry, and we are not alone, says RSPB chief executive Beccy Speight
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Two eye-opening new books delve into the world of animal communication

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 2:00pm
Tom Mustill's How to Speak Whale and Karen Bakker's The Sounds of Life explore what we know about the way life on Earth communicates, from whales to coral reefs. They are both must-reads
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Dredging in crucial habitat sparks row over UK marine protected areas

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 1:29pm
Footage showing protected Scottish waters raked clean by scallop dredgers shows that marine protected areas are "paper parks", say campaigners
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Ships release invisible contrails that slightly cool the climate

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 12:00pm
The effect of aerosol pollution from shipping and other sources on clouds has been underestimated and may need to be factored into future climate models
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DeepMind AI finds new way to multiply numbers and speed up computers

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 12:00pm
Matrix multiplication - where two grids of numbers are multiplied together - forms the basis of many computing tasks, and an improved technique discovered by an artificial intelligence could boost computation speeds by up to 20 per cent
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JWST and Hubble teamed up to take a stunning image of two galaxies

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 11:55am
The James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope observe the universe in different wavelengths, and combining their data has given astronomers a detailed look at the interstellar dust in a pair of galaxies
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Did magnetism shape the universe? An epic experiment suggests it did

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 11:00am
The idea that magnetism helped shape the universe has been dismissed by scientists for decades, but now new experiments involving plasma that is hotter than the sun are prompting a rethink
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Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for reliable molecule-building tool

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 7:01am
The 2022 Nobel prize for chemistry has been jointly awarded to Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for their development of click chemistry – ways of joining molecules together
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International rugby union players face higher risk of dementia

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 7:30pm
Men who played rugby union for Scotland are much more likely to develop dementia, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease than the rest of the population
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AI can tell which buildings are energy efficient from the outside

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 4:09pm
AI can use images from Google Street View and satellites to estimate building energy efficiency across entire cities. That could guide investments in reducing energy waste and fighting climate change
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Experiments hint at how molecules essential to all life first arose

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 3:00pm
A series of chemistry experiments suggest that a molecule that provides energy for all living cells, called ATP, could have been forged in geothermal vents in the ocean or created in freshwater ponds
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