Behold, directly overhead, a certain strange star was suddenly seen...
Amazed, and as if astonished and stupefied, I stood still.

— Tycho Brahe

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We finally have the tools to build a net-zero world

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
Today, many of the technologies required to decarbonise society are ready to be put in place – and the costs of shifting to net zero must be weighed against the price of inaction
Categories: Astronomy

Now is the perfect time to spot Neptune and Uranus

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
It will soon be a good time to spot Neptune and Uranus, thanks to opportune positions in their orbits, says Abigail Beall
Categories: Astronomy

The Actual Star review: A masterpiece of imaginative world building

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
Monica Byrne's fantastic second novel follows three storylines in the past, present and future, all of which are linked by historical threads and religious ideas, says Michael Marshall
Categories: Astronomy

The surprising upsides of spite and how to harness them

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
In an era of social media cancelling, our nasty side has never been more prominent. But the latest research suggests that, when wielded right, petty ill will can be a force for good
Categories: Astronomy

Wonderworks review: How stories affect our brains

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher tells the fascinating tale of the neuroscience of storytelling. It traces the narrative tools that trigger our brains’ responses to some of history’s greatest literature
Categories: Astronomy

The hard problem of consciousness is already beginning to dissolve

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
Science can solve the great mystery of consciousness – how physical matter gives rise to conscious experience – we just have to use the right approach, says neuroscientist Anil Seth
Categories: Astronomy

The truth about a truth study that was untruthful

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
Researching honesty, plus a handy device for forecasting the weather and Unusual Alternative Measurement Units, in Feedback’s weird weekly round-up
Categories: Astronomy

Why the UK doesn't need a new coal mine

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
The UK is considering opening a new coal mine – here's why it doesn't need one, says Mark Peplow
Categories: Astronomy

The Wonderful review: The people who came together to make the ISS

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
The International Space Station is a marvel to behold and a new documentary, The Wonderful: Stories from the space station, speaks to those who have lived on board
Categories: Astronomy

What ancient money tells us about the future of computers

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 2:00pm
The way that some of the first coins were viewed 2500 years ago is similar to how we regard computers today, writes Annalee Newitz
Categories: Astronomy

Wooden floors laced with silicon generate electricity from footsteps

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 12:00pm
Wooden floors impregnated with silicon and metal ions can generate enough electrical power from human footsteps to power light bulbs or other small electrical appliances
Categories: Astronomy

Amazon fires have affected almost all the region's endangered species

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 12:00pm
Fires set in the Amazon to clear land for farming have affected almost all the endangered species in the Amazon rainforest, cutting down on animal habitats and threatening plant species
Categories: Astronomy

Humans reached Arabia in at least five waves thanks to wetter climates

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 12:00pm
A single Arabian archaeological site has been occupied by ancient humans on five separate occasions over the past 400,000 years, each enabled by a period of wet climate  
Categories: Astronomy

Net-zero living: How your day will look in a carbon-neutral world

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 11:20am
We fast-forward to 2050 and imagine what an average day will be like when we have slashed our carbon emissions – a picture informed by the latest research, ongoing trials and expert opinion
Categories: Astronomy

Scorpions have strange joints that can simultaneously bend and twist

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 8:01pm
Scorpions have unusual joints in their tails that can twist and bend at the same time, and this design could be used for flexible robots
Categories: Astronomy

Wild cockatoos make utensils out of tree branches to open fruit pits

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 12:00pm
In Indonesia, Goffin’s cockatoos have been seen whittling tools such as wedges and scoops that help them break into the pits of sea mangoes
Categories: Astronomy

Shipping has made slow progress on climate change – can methanol help?

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 10:52am
Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, has ordered eight ships capable of running on methanol, which could prove a crucial route to helping the shipping industry decarbonise
Categories: Astronomy

Hurricane Ida was almost certainly made worse by climate change

Tue, 08/31/2021 - 8:50am
Scientists say Hurricane Ida, which reached wind speeds of 241km/h, killed at least one person and left more than a million people without power, was almost certainly made worse because of climate change
Categories: Astronomy

Digital archives meant to be permanent seem to be lost on the web

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:30pm
An analysis of web archives of national libraries and public records offices found that some of the documents meant to be permanent are no longer discoverable when they are moved
Categories: Astronomy

Digital archives meant to be permanent are being lost on the web

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:30pm
An analysis of web archives of national libraries and public records offices found that some of the documents meant to be permanent are no longer discoverable when they are moved
Categories: Astronomy