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Striking photos of jellyfish shed light on the enigmatic invertebrates

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 2:00pm
Photographer Jan Schlegel’s new project, Of Aliens, Mermaids and Medusas, is a celebration of these prehistoric sea creatures, shot at the jellyfish lab in the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa
Categories: Astronomy

Earth's musical heritage finds an icy home next to global seed vault

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 2:00pm
From work by Indigenous musicians to songs from a sci-art pioneer, the Global Music Vault is open for business as a cultural equivalent to the Svalbard Global Seed Bank
Categories: Astronomy

Digging into the return of an 80-year-old meme, the turbo-encabulator

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 2:00pm
A retro meme that fondly satirises absurd technical language is still bringing engineers joy, finds Annalee Newitz, who is ready for the crypto version
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China finds - then loses - traces of extraterrestial civilisations

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 2:00pm
Feedback ponders the disappearance of a report about China’s discovery of possible alien intelligence, and gets ready to text the Squid Facts hotline
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Why elite universities like Cambridge must ditch big oil funding

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 2:00pm
While institutions like Cambridge talk up climate action, they also maintain partnerships with the fossil fuel giants driving climate catastrophe. This must stop, says Zak Coleman
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On the Scent review: A timely exploration of the least studied sense

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 2:00pm
When journalist Paola Totaro lost her sense of smell, she set out to investigate olfactory impairment. The result, written with her husband Robert Wainwright, is engaging and hopeful
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Does your ability to stand on one leg predict your risk of dying soon?

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:32pm
Some doctors say health checks for older people should include the “flamingo balance test”, asking people to stand on one leg for 10 seconds – but the connection between balance and health is unclear
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Breast cancer is more likely to spread during sleep

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:00pm
Tumour cells appear to circulate in the blood more during the night, hinting that therapies should be targeted to maximise their impact at night
Categories: Astronomy

Elusive exotic matter called a tetraneutron possibly seen in the lab

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:00pm
Twenty years ago, researchers saw hints of the existence of a type of exotic matter made of four neutrons. Now, researchers have found the clearest evidence it exists yet
Categories: Astronomy

Protein from plant-based 'meat' may be less well absorbed by the body

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 9:00am
The protein found in meat alternatives made from wheat and soy may be less well absorbed by the small intestine into the bloodstream than protein from chicken breasts
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AI generates photorealistic 3D scenes and lets you edit them as well

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 9:00am
Artificial intelligence that creates realistic three-dimensional images could be run on a laptop and make it faster and easier to create animated films
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Personalised cancer vaccines are finally beating hard to treat tumours

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 8:00am
Some cancers are being treated with vaccines tailored to the genetic make-up of an individual’s tumours, a strategy that is looking increasingly hopeful
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More than 950 killed in magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Afghanistan

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 7:26am
An earthquake near the city of Khōst in south-east Afghanistan has killed nearly a thousand people and injured hundreds
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UK’s earliest hand axes were made by ancient humans 560,000 years ago

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 8:01pm
Stone tools found in Fordwich in Canterbury may have been made by an early human called Homo heidelbergensis
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How climate change is knocking natural events wildly out of sync

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 2:00pm
Climate change is throwing off the timing of key events in the natural world, from the flowering of plants to the migrations of birds and mammals. Now, ecologists are warning that this could spiral out of control and cause whole ecosystems to break down
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Vitamins and dietary supplements are a waste of money for most people

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 12:00pm
The US Preventive Services Task Force says there isn't good evidence that supplements protect against cancer or heart disease in most people
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Campaigners propose food alliance to reduce climate impact of farming

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 11:11am
Food campaigners hope to persuade countries to join a sustainable farming alliance that could launch at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt
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Feryal Özel on what the first two pictures of black holes tell us

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 8:00am
Astronomer Feryal Özel is one of the pioneers of black hole photography. With two pictures in the album, she explains what we have learned about these gravitational monsters - and what comes next
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Europe swelters as extreme heatwaves arrive unusually early this year

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 7:00am
Naming heatwaves, taking climate change adaptation seriously and cutting carbon emissions would help people cope with rising temperatures, says climate scientist Hannah Cloke
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Teenagers with unhealthy lifestyles age faster than healthier peers

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 3:56am
Smoking, regularly drinking alcohol, doing little exercise and having a high BMI make teenagers age two to five weeks a year faster biologically, according to a large DNA study
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