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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Antarctic seal numbers rose and fell with climate over 50,000 years

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 4:00am
DNA suggests the Antarctic fur seal population has grown and shrunk as the climate has warmed and cooled, and this might help predict where the mammal will move in future
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Mystery of ancient burrows older than earliest animals has been solved

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 4:00pm
Ancient animal burrows in rocks once thought to be 1.2 billion years old have been re-examined, and were likely made 40 to 50 million years ago by crustaceans
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Oxygen and water for lunar explorers can be extracted from moon rocks

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 2:07pm
A device that bakes moon rocks to temperatures above 1000°C can efficiently extract water and oxygen from the dirt, which could be helpful for future lunar explorers
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Weird hybrid meteorite may be evidence of a chaotic early solar system

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 2:00pm
Jupiter’s early orbit had a wobble that may have flung asteroids from the inner and outer solar system into each other, creating hybrid rocks such as the Nedagolla meteorite that fell in India in 1870
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Germany’s new coalition government may boost climate change action

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 1:20pm
Against a backdrop of climate change protests across German cities, the centre-left Social Democratic Party narrowly won the election and now plans to create a coalition to tackle the issue
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Parasite evolution is making it harder to detect and treat malaria

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 12:00pm
In parts of Africa up to 80 per cent of malaria parasites have evolved to evade detection by the rapid tests used to determine if people need treatment
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Limiting warming to 1.5°C may save billions from tropical storms

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 12:00pm
Between 2015 and 2100, if the world follows a 1.5°C global warming trajectory instead of a 3.1°C one it would mean 1.8 billion fewer people will experience a tropical storm in their lifetime
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Children with more books at home have less mental decline when older

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 8:17am
Older people who had large home libraries as children perform better in memory tests, possibly because early cognitive enrichment helps to buffer the brain
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Covid-19 news: Antibodies remain in breast milk months after infection

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 8:13am
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US army to 3D print concrete buildings and bridges in disaster areas

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 4:00am
The US Army Corps of Engineers has developed technology that can 3D print buildings in disaster areas, and there are plans for the world’s first 3D-printed vehicle bridge
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Ada Twist, Scientist review: Brilliant children's TV for the curious

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 2:00am
Netflix's adaptation of the bestselling picture book series Ada Twist, Scientist will be loved by children and provoke a smile from even the most jaded parents
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Tomato is first CRISPR-edited food to go on sale in the world

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 1:21pm
A tomato with higher levels of a nutrient linked to reduced stress can now be bought in Japan – it is the first CRISPR-edited food in the world to be launched commercially
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USB-C chargers: Will EU law cut down on e-waste or just anger Apple?

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 12:42pm
The European Union wants all smartphones and other portable devices to use USB-C chargers, but Apple says such a law would stifle innovation for its iPhones
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How our ape ancestors suddenly lost their tails 25 million years ago

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 11:14am
Why don't humans have tails? A comparison of the genomes of apes and monkeys has revealed the mutation that caused the ancestors of apes to lose these appendages, a change that did not happen gradually but all at once
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Covid-19 news: UK male life expectancy sees first drop in 40 years

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 8:44am
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Simple make-up tips can help you avoid face recognition software

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 7:00am
AI software identifies which areas of your face you should subtly change with make-up to fool face recognition technology – and it works 98.8 per cent of the time
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Foundation review: Isaac Asimov TV adaptation is imaginative reworking

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 10:00pm
Apple TV's adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series stays true to the big ideas, but sensibly nixes the 1940s sexism
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Alok Sharma: COP26 is for ordinary people, not just climate warriors

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 10:47am
Alok Sharma, president of the Glasgow COP26 climate summit due to start in November, says “ordinary people” now understand the need to tackle global warming, not just environmentalists
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Hyenas make faces at each other when they want to play-fight

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 8:00am
Hyenas play-fight with other members of their clan, and they have a clear way to let each other know the fight isn’t serious: they open their mouths and bob their heads
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Covid-19 news: US approves booster vaccines for over-65s

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 7:32am
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