The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

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Texas cold crisis early this year linked to melting Arctic sea ice

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 3:00pm
The extreme cold snap that left millions without power in Texas early this year may have been made more likely due to melting Arctic sea ice, according to a scientific model
Categories: Astronomy

Cavalier King Charles spaniels carry a high number of harmful genes

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 3:00pm
A genetic study of eight dog breeds including German shepherds and golden retrievers found that cavalier King Charles spaniels had the highest number of potentially harmful mutations
Categories: Astronomy

Google is shutting down controversial data-sharing project with NHS

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 2:32pm
Google is shutting down its controversial Streams app, which used machine learning to analyse medical records and was found to have failed to comply with UK data protection laws
Categories: Astronomy

Should we ban space weapons to stop the huge space junk problem?

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 2:15pm
A group of experts are calling for a ban on anti-satellite weapons tests because the debris they could create may threaten other satellites or even make parts of Earth’s orbit unusable
Categories: Astronomy

GitHub's AI programming assistant can introduce security flaws

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 1:16pm
AI that automatically generates source code to help human programmers complete projects has been found to include bugs or security flaws in up to 40 per cent of the code it outputs
Categories: Astronomy

Stingrays’ bulging eyes and mouths make them much faster swimmers

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:33pm
Stingrays have protruding eyes and mouths, which seem like they would make swimming less efficient, but they actually create vortices that let the rays swim faster
Categories: Astronomy

Rapidly evolving bits of DNA helped develop the human brain

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 12:00pm
Some sections of the human genome have changed quickly during our evolution, and hundreds of them seem to be involved in the development of our brains
Categories: Astronomy

Mu variant of covid-19 (B.1.621)

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 11:31am
The coronavirus variant B.1.621, or 'mu', was first identified in Colombia in January 2021
Categories: Astronomy

Covid-19 news: UK to offer third jab to immunosuppressed people

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 7:33am
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
Categories: Astronomy

Large Hadron Collider sticks with reels of tape for vast storage needs

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 6:00am
The physicists at CERN still rely on tape for the long-term storage of data from the LHC, because it is more reliable and cheaper than hard discs or flash storage
Categories: Astronomy