"The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything so peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy."

— Steven Hawking

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Controversial geoengineering scheme will dump iron in the sea

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 6:50am
A former UK chief scientist is planning experiments to drop iron filings in oceans to tackle climate change and restore marine life, in a major geoengineering project that is likely to prove controversial
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Jupiter's strange atmosphere may have formed in a gigantic shadow

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 4:00am
The mix of gases that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere have long puzzled astronomers, but now it seems the giant planet’s shadowy birthplace may be responsible
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An Australian mouse thought to be extinct still survives on an island

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 4:00pm
We thought Gould’s mouse went extinct 125 years ago – but a small population has now been identified on an island off Australia’s west coast
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Delta variant on track to become dominant cause of covid-19 globally

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 1:48pm
Now detected in at least 85 countries, the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads more easily and is better at evading the protection provided by vaccines, meaning it will probably outcompete other variants
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Covid-19 news: Trial of first coronavirus variant vaccine under way

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 12:48pm
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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The clouds of Venus are too dry to support life as we know it

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 12:00pm
An analysis of Venus's toxic clouds found that the amount of water there is more than 100 times too low for life as we know it to survive, putting a damper on recent signs that organisms could potentially exist there
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Clays found in Martian crater hint that the planet was once habitable

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 12:00pm
Parts of Mars may have been habitable for thousands of years, based on analysis of clays found in one of its craters that could only have formed in a stable, life-friendly environment
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AIs don't understand simple physics like a ball rolling down a hill

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 11:35am
Artificial intelligence struggles to predict how objects will interact as they roll, collide or drape over one another
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AI clears up images of fingerprints to help with identification

Mon, 06/28/2021 - 9:43am
An AI that can repair blurred or distorted images of fingerprints lifted from crime scenes could make identifying people easier, but it is unclear whether such evidence would stand up in court
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