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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Hot Atlantic sets the stage for extreme hurricane season

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 3:51pm
This year could bring up to 25 named tropical storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, due to hot Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures and a shift to La Niña conditions
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Male birth control injection causes reversible infertility in mice

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 3:00pm
Male mice injected with a molecule that affects sperm movement were temporarily unable to impregnate a female, showing promise for a new type of birth control drug for people
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Ants learn faster on caffeine

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 12:00pm
A dose of caffeine helped ants locate a sweet reward 30 per cent faster, suggesting the drug boosts learning in the insects
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Earth-like exoplanet found just 40 light years away – the closest yet

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 11:00am
A nearby planet named Gliese 12 b has an estimated surface temperature of 42°C (108°F), making it a promising candidate for liquid water and maybe life
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El Niño is ending after a year of driving extreme weather

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 8:00am
The warm El Niño pattern in the Pacific Ocean combined with global warming and other factors to create the hottest year on record – and this year may not be any cooler
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Amazing new images of galaxies and nebulae caught by Euclid telescope

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 7:00am
The European Space Agency’s Euclid space telescope has taken images of galaxies, galaxy clusters and newborn stars in unprecedented detail
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Huge nose of male proboscis monkeys is key to mating success

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 6:00am
Male proboscis monkeys use their enormous noses to make loud trumpeting sounds, and the organ’s size advertises their health and status to prospective mates and rivals
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About 1 in 9 children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 1:01am
New survey data estimates that 7.1 million children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point, about 1 million more kids than had been diagnosed as of 2016
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Modern soldiers test ancient Greek armour to show it worked for war

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 3:00pm
An experiment inspired by Homer’s description of combat in The Iliad tested the capabilities of the Dendra armour suit from Greece’s Bronze Age
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Could we live in tree cities grown from giant sequoia in the future?

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm
This week our new Future Chronicles column, which explores an imagined history of inventions of the future, visits carbon negative cities: forest homes grown from giant sequoia, genetically engineered for rapid growth. Rowan Hooper is our guide
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How do you tell apart seemingly identical fanged frogs from Thailand?

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm
Feedback is delighted to learn that there is a better approach to distinguishing different types of fanged frogs than just looking at them
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To stay alive, try being more female

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm
From infections to brain injuries, the female body is more resilient than the male. It is time to reassess the "weaker" sex, says Cat Bohannon
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New psychology book reckons with separating solitude from loneliness

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm
In a social world, being alone (by choice or not) is complex. Solitude: The science and power of being alone by Netta Weinstein, Heather Hansen and Thuy-vy T. Nguyen brings us up to date
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Food, sex, drugs and more – are we addicted to addiction?

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm
New proposals for addictions seem to keep cropping up, but the reality is we don't truly understand the mechanisms behind our cravings in the first place
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Quantum to cosmos: Why scale is vital to our understanding of reality

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 2:00pm
From the vastness of the universe to the infinitesimal particles that comprise it, extremes of scale defy comprehension – and present a problem for physicists seeking a unified theory of everything
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Ancient viruses in the human genome linked to mental health conditions

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 1:31pm
People with higher genetic risk for depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are more likely to have unusual activity levels of "fossil viruses" in their genomes
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How quantum entanglement really works and why we accept its weirdness

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 1:00pm
Subatomic particles can appear to instantly influence one another, no matter how far apart they are. These days, that isn't a source of mystery – it's a fact of the universe and a resource for new technologies
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Source of the sun’s magnetic field may hide right under its surface

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 12:00pm
Scientists have long thought the source of the sun's magnetic field sat deep within the star, but it may exist in a far more convenient spot for us to observe it
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Mysterious element promethium finally reveals its chemical properties

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 12:00pm
The highly unstable radioactive element promethium is hard to study in the lab, but chemists have now coaxed it into forming a compound in water so they can observe its bonding behaviour
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Could mental health conditions be 'transmitted' among teen classmates?

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 12:00pm
The largest study yet looking at whether conditions such as depression and anxiety could spread between teenagers finds that one person in a class being diagnosed is linked with a higher risk for their classmates
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