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Hominins may have left Africa 700,000 years earlier than we thought

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 12:20pm
Our hominin ancestors originated in Africa and the consensus is that they didn't leave there until about 1.8 million years ago, but stone tools found in Jordan challenge the idea
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Sensitive prosthetic lets man feel hot and cold in his missing hand

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 11:00am
By applying heat or cold in certain locations on the upper arm, an adapted prosthetic with sensors can give people with an amputation the sensation of temperature in their phantom limb
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SpaceX aims to let astronauts avoid a radio blackout during re-entry

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 10:00am
When spacecraft re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, friction heats them up and creates a plasma sheath that stops communications – but SpaceX thinks its Starlink satellites could solve the problem
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Old milk can be used to extract gold and other metals from e-waste

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 7:00am
To extract valuable metals from discarded computer motherboards, researchers have developed a gold-absorbing material made from old milk
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Minecraft could be the key to creating adaptable AI

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 6:00am
Researchers have a new way to assess an AI model’s intelligence: drop it into a game of Minecraft, with no information about its surroundings, and see how well it plays
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Einstein may be wrong about how mirrors travelling at light speed work

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 4:00am
In 1905, Einstein discovered a paradox in the predicted behaviour of mirrors travelling at impossible speeds, but it may now have been resolved
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5 amazing things discovered by the eROSITA X-ray telescope

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 1:00am
The eROSITA X-ray telescope’s survey of the night sky has revealed extreme and violent processes in the universe, including inexplicably strange stars and erupting black holes
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Giant magma flow in Iceland was the fastest ever recorded

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 2:00pm
As a 15-kilometre crack formed ahead of the recent eruptions, magma flowed into it at the highest rate observed anywhere in the world
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Air pollution is changing the scent of flowers and confusing insects

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 2:00pm
Insects may be finding it harder to locate flowers because the scent molecules released by the flowers smell different after they react with pollutants in the air
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Huge deposit of natural hydrogen gas detected deep in Albanian mine

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 2:00pm
Companies are searching all over the world for deposits of geologic hydrogen that could be used as clean fuel, and a mine in Albania could give them clues about where to look
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Does Viagra ward off Alzheimer's disease? It's too soon to say

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 1:03pm
A new study has found an intriguing link between erectile dysfunction drugs and lower Alzheimer's risk, but they are not definitive
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Spiral scratches on contact lenses can turn them into multifocals

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 10:00am
Inscribing a spiral in the centre of a contact lens seems to create optical vortices that interact so that the lens provides a clear image of objects at all distances
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Enormous underwater mountains discovered off west coast of Americas

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 9:00am
An ocean research vessel has just discovered four underwater mountains, the tallest almost 3 kilometres high, that might be hotspots of deep-sea life
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UK nuclear fusion reactor sets new world record for energy output

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 8:00am
In its final experiments before being shut down for good last year, the UK's JET reactor set a world record for the energy output of a fusion reaction
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Exercise programme helps people with long covid, but it's no panacea

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 4:22am
An eight-week virtual exercise programme improved the quality of life of people with long covid, but the effect was relatively modest and it may not benefit everyone with the condition
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Cyborg locusts with brain nanoparticles could act as bomb sniffers

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 1:00am
Researchers wanting to make use of locusts’ keen sense of smell to sniff out certain chemicals have found that injecting their brains with nanoparticles seems to make odour identification more reliable
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Hottest January on record sees the world reach 1.7°C warming mark

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 10:00pm
The global average temperature in January 2024 was 1.7°C above pre-industrial levels for the month, meaning the planet has breached the 1.5°C benchmark for the past 12 months
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Super Earths that seem to have oceans may actually be covered in magma

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 3:00pm
A type of distant planet long thought to have water oceans on its surface may be too hot for liquid water, and magma oceans might be more likely
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Inhalable nanoparticles could help treat chronic lung disease

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 2:00pm
Nanoparticles designed to release antibiotics deep inside the lungs reduced inflammation and improved lung function in mice with symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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Tom Gauld on the journey to a magma chamber

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 1:00pm
Tom Gauld's weekly cartoon
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