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The neuroscientist harnessing the placebo effect to help soothe pain

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 11:00am
How exactly the placebo effect works is still a mystery, but neuroscientist Luana Colloca is working to find the answers in order to change the way we treat pain
Categories: Astronomy

Ocean thunderstorms generate the most intense lightning ever observed

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 10:00am
An analysis of satellite observations has identified some extreme thunderstorms over the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Mexico with lightning flashes so frequent that the sky would appear continuously lit
Categories: Astronomy

Asteroid sampled by NASA may once have been part of an ocean world

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 7:00am
A sample from the asteroid Bennu, brought back by the OSIRIS-REx mission, contains hints that it was once part of a planetesimal with conditions favourable for life to emerge
Categories: Astronomy

Lager could get array of novel flavours thanks to new strains of yeast

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 5:00am
Researchers have recreated the hybridisation of two wild yeast species that led to the first lager yeasts, generating new varieties that could make beer with a range of new flavours
Categories: Astronomy

Blue eyes may be better for reading in dim light than brown eyes

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 1:00am
People with blue eyes may have better sight in dim conditions than those with brown eyes, which could explain why the colour has persisted in certain populations
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Ancient Herculaneum scroll piece revealed by AI – here's what it says

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 5:00pm
A Greek philosopher’s musings on pleasure, contained in ancient papyrus scrolls buried by Mount Vesuvius’s eruption 2000 years ago, have been rediscovered with the help of AI
Categories: Astronomy

Extinct elk species had antlers that were too big to make sense

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 4:21pm
For decades we thought the Irish elk’s body size alone explained why it had enormous antlers, but the truth may be more complicated
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Lightning during volcanic eruptions may have sparked life on Earth

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 3:00pm
Lightning strikes during volcanic eruptions could have provided nitrogen in a form that was needed by early life forms
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Hurricanes are becoming so strong we may need a new scale to rate them

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 3:00pm
Five storms in the past decade had wind speeds that belong in a hypothetical category 6 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale
Categories: Astronomy

Nuclear fusion reaction releases almost twice the energy put in

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 11:00am
The US National Ignition Facility has achieved even higher energy yields since breaking even for the first time in 2022, but a practical fusion reactor is still a long way off
Categories: Astronomy

Global temperatures may have passed 1.5°C of warming a decade ago

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 11:00am
Earth’s air temperature passed the agreed 1.5°C warming limit around 2010, according to measurements from the skeletons of sea sponges in the Caribbean, but some climate scientists aren't convinced
Categories: Astronomy

Could mysterious marine fungi save us from antibiotic resistance?

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 11:00am
DNA sampling is revealing fungi thriving throughout the oceans, from hydrothermal vents to the open seas. They might even help tackle antibiotic resistance and clear up plastic pollution
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Deaths from shark attacks across the world doubled in 2023

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 9:00am
There were 69 unprovoked shark attacks on people and 10 fatalities in 2023 worldwide, with four of the deaths occurring in Australia
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AI chatbots tend to choose violence and nuclear strikes in wargames

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 5:00pm
As the US military begins integrating AI technology, simulated wargames show how chatbots behave unpredictably and risk nuclear escalation
Categories: Astronomy

Hormone changes during your period don’t affect cognitive skills

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 3:40pm
It has been suggested that hormonal changes throughout the menstrual cycle may affect cognition, but new research finds verbal or spatial skills don’t seem to be affected
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Being on your period doesn’t affect your cognitive skills

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 3:40pm
Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle have previously been blamed for "brain fog", but new research finds they have no effect on verbal or spatial skills
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Mathematicians have finally proved that Bach was a great composer

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 2:00pm
Converting hundreds of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach into mathematical networks reveals that they store lots of information and convey it very effectively
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Armies of bots battled on Twitter over Chinese spy balloon incident

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 9:00am
Large proportions of users posting on Twitter – now X – about the Chinese balloon that drifted over the US and Canada in 2023 were bots attempting to shape the debate
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Some animal cells contain tiny tornadoes that mix up their contents

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 8:00am
Researchers studying fruit fly egg cells have discovered that they stir up the fluid inside them with a twister-like current
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Ukraine will spoof GPS across the country to stop Russian drones

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 7:00am
A nationwide electronic warfare system called Pokrova can disrupt satellite navigation – Ukraine may already be using it to prevent strikes by Russian drones and missiles, but doing so will also affect satnavs in the country
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