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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Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos set for launch on his New Shepard craft

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 11:22am
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will attempt to make history tomorrow when his space company Blue Origin launches its first crewed mission to space after 15 uncrewed flights
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Cosmic calculation may settle debate about the rate the universe grows

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 4:00am
The different methods we use to measure the rate of expansion of the universe have been in disagreement for years, but a relatively new method of measurement seems to be providing the first steps to resolving the dispute
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Trilobite fossil shows it was attacked by a human-sized sea scorpion

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 4:00am
A fossil of a trilobite's head shows the animal had an eye injury that healed, suggesting it may have escaped the clutches of a gigantic predator
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Just 1.5 to 7 per cent of the modern human genome is uniquely ours

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 3:00pm
Just 1.5 to 7 per cent of the modern human genome is uniquely ours – meaning it emerged after we split from other ancient human groups including the Neanderthals and Denisovans
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Cannabis was domesticated in north-west China around 12,000 years ago

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 3:00pm
The cannabis plant originally had multiple uses, and farmers only started breeding distinct strains for drug or fibre production around 4000 years ago
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Covid-19 news: England unlocking is ‘unethical’, say 1200 scientists

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 1:12pm
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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Dubai police will use citywide network of drones to respond to crime

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 12:44pm
Dubai police will be able to respond to an incident anywhere in the United Arab Emirates city within a minute, thanks to a network of pre-positioned drone bases
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Climate change made extreme floods in Germany and Belgium more likely

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 11:54am
The weather events thought to be behind the extreme floods in western Europe are becoming more likely due to climate change, according to researchers
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Mae Jemison

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 9:45am
Mae C Jemison was the first Black woman to go into space
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Coal-powered bitcoin mining soars in Kazakhstan following Chinese ban

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 7:58am
A Chinese bitcoin ban has seen power-hungry miners move to Kazakhstan, where fossil fuels including coal power make up more than 90 per cent of the nation's electricity supply
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The Big Butterfly Count has just kicked off - here’s how to help

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 6:41am
Over the next few weeks, the Big Butterfly Count needs help to find out the state of the UK’s butterflies. Layal Liverpool tells you how
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Strange 3D-printed shapes test 150-year-old mathematical theory

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 6:00am
In 1871, the mathematician Lord Kelvin invented a shape called an isotropic helicoid that physicists predicted would behave strangely in a fluid – now it has been tested for the first time
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Most bats have noise-cancelling genes that may stop them going deaf

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 4:00am
Echolocating bats have genes that protect their ears from intense noise, a discovery that may be helpful for treating hearing loss
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Legal lead levels in US tap water may harm people with kidney disease

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 6:00pm
Even very low levels of lead in drinking water may be linked to negative health effects in people with advanced kidney disease, a study of people in the US has found
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Australia’s covid-free status crumbles as delta variant takes hold

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 6:00pm
Australia went more than six months with almost no covid-19 cases and zero deaths, but is now battling an outbreak of the delta variant amid low vaccination rates
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Weird ‘Borg’ DNA found in microbes takes in genes from other organisms

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 2:24pm
Unusual stretches of DNA in microbes are the largest ever elements of genetic material found to move between organisms. Figuring out how they drive methane consumption in their hosts could help us better understand our planet's climate
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3D-printed robotic hand powered by water can play Super Mario Bros

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 2:07pm
A 3D-printed robotic hand controlled by pressurised water can complete the first level of classic computer game Super Mario Bros in less than 90 seconds
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Covid-19 news: 203 long covid symptoms found in international study

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 1:54pm
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Microbes burping methane on Mars may be right next to NASA rover

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 9:00am
Something just a few dozen kilometres from NASA’s Curiosity rover seems to be generating methane – a finding with potential implications in the continuing search for life on Mars
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World's first 3D-printed steel bridge opens in Amsterdam

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 7:00am
The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam. It was created by robotic arms using welding torches to deposit the structure of the bridge layer-by-layer using 4500 kilograms of stainless steel
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