Oh, would it not be absurd if there was no objective state?
What if the unobserved always waits, insubstantial,
till our eyes give it shape?

— Peter Hammill

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A US military robot ship has fired a large missile for the first time

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 8:12am
The US Department of Defense has released footage of an uncrewed ship firing a large missile, in a demonstration of its Ghost Fleet Overlord programme, an initiative to develop robot vessels that can operate alongside crewed warships
Categories: Astronomy

Half-metre-long predator was giant of the seas 500 million years ago

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 4:05am
Most animals that lived in the Cambrian period were small enough to rest comfortably in the palm of your hand – but Titanokorys was much bigger
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Polar bears in Svalbard archipelago are inbreeding due to sea ice loss

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 8:01pm
As global warming causes Arctic ice to melt away, archipelago-based polar bears are having more difficulty reaching each other, resulting in inbreeding
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Foam from frogs' nests could help make bandages that release drugs

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 8:01pm
The foam that some frogs produce to make nests can keep its shape for more than a week and can slowly release drugs for days, which means it could find a use in medicine
Categories: Astronomy

Watch a one-legged robot hop about as researchers try to knock it over

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 2:00pm
A one-legged robot that can stand, hop and keep its balance on sloping or unsteady surfaces could offer a cheaper route to bipedal bots and self-balancing exoskeletons
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Gene responsible for cat fur patterns could lead to designer pets

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:00pm
Researchers have discovered the genetic basis for the different patterns of fur seen in domestic cats, but caution against the idea of using this to create pets with specific coats
Categories: Astronomy

Some animals are evolving new body shapes as the climate changes

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:00pm
Some endotherms, commonly called warm-blooded animals, have grown larger wings, beaks or tails to increase their surface area, which helps them stay cool as the world warms
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High-res carbon emission maps reveal climate impact of commuting

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 6:50am
High-resolution maps of carbon emissions have revealed how our day-to-day patterns of behaviour, such as commuting, affect the release of greenhouse gases, and could help governments quickly see the impact of green policies
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First full survey of Peru and Chile’s threatened fog island ecosystems

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 8:01pm
So-called fog oases along the dry coast of Peru and Chile are home to medicinal plants – and a survey suggests they can grow in an area four times greater than previously thought
Categories: Astronomy

Men fart more when eating a plant-based diet due to good gut bacteria

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 12:00pm
Men fed a plant-based diet farted seven times more per day and had bigger stools than when they were on a Western diet because their “good” bacteria flourished
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Will plans for new UK coal mine scupper net-zero ambitions at COP26?

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:23am
The fate of plans for the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years will be fiercely debated at a public inquiry starting tomorrow, in what is expected to be a landmark test case of what new fossil fuel projects should be allowed as countries act to hit net-zero emissions
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Will the Texas abortion ban spread across the US?

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:13am
One of the most extreme abortion laws in the US went into effect on 1 September in Texas. What does it say, and could this type of law be passed in other US states?
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Covid-19 news: Scientists condemn lack of protections in UK schools

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 9:00am
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Listen to an Australian duck say ‘you bloody fool’ like a human

Sun, 09/05/2021 - 8:01pm
When raised in captivity, musk ducks learn to copy the sounds of human life around them, which shows that they are what’s known as vocal language learners like parrots and humans
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Male bigfin reef squid may be the best fathers of all cephalopods

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 3:00pm
Squids aren’t known for good parenting, mostly because they usually die after mating, but male bigfin reef squid check nests for potential predators and warn other males to stay away
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Call centre workers can use AI to mimic your accent on the phone

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 1:55pm
AI software can detect the accent of a person on one end of an online or telephone conversation and modify the accent of a responding person to match it in real time, which could help with clarity in a range of interactions, including customer support, education and telemedicine
Categories: Astronomy

Zebras rolling in pits help give life to the Namib desert in Africa

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:49am
Rolling on the ground seems to be essential to life – at least in Africa’s Namib desert, where zebras bathe in dust, creating pits in the landscape that promote biodiversity
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Mix-and-match antibiotic prescriptions may help lower resistance risk

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:08am
Antibiotic resistance might be reduced if doctors instruct people to alternate between three different antibiotic medicines daily, tests with cells in the lab suggest
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Covid-19 news: UK and Australia agree to share vaccine doses

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 7:20am
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We have spotted a new kind of supernova triggered by cosmic collisions

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 3:00pm
When a neutron star or a black hole ploughs through a massive star, it can force the star to explode in a type of supernova that has now been observed for the first time
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