"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

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Ancient marine reptile found on UK beach may be the largest ever

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 3:00pm
The jawbone of an ichthyosaur uncovered in south-west England has been identified as a new species, and researchers estimate that the whole animal was 20 to 25 metres long
Categories: Astronomy

Ancient humans lived inside a lava tube in the Arabian desert

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 3:00pm
Underground tunnels created by lava flows provided humans with shelter for thousands of years beneath the hot desert landscape of Saudi Arabia
Categories: Astronomy

Fallout review: This jaunty trip to the apocalypse is lots of fun

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Amid a deluge of dour TV shows about the end of the world, Fallout, based on the hit video games of the same name and set in the wastelands of 2296, stands out, says Bethan Ackerley
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These photos show AI used to reinterpret centuries-old graffiti

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Artist Matthew Attard turned to eye-tracking technology to generate a fresh take on images of ships carved by seafarers on chapels in Malta hundreds of years ago
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May Contain Lies review: How to cut to the truth and think smarter

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Can you see through deceiving data and beguiling stories? Read Alex Edmans's new book and take his card test to find out
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Does the future of boxing lie in humans versus robots? Possibly

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Feedback pores over new research that suggests "robot-human boxing" would reduce brain injuries by reducing the number of live opponents involved
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Why we need to change the way we think about exhaustion

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
One in five adults worldwide is living with fatigue. The general advice is to “do more” - but this isn’t the only solution to our exhaustion epidemic, says Amy Arthur
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A Body Made of Glass review: A very personal history of hypochondria

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Millions of people experience symptoms many doctors dismiss as imaginary, but why? Caroline Crampton's moving first-person account is very revealing
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Old-fashioned pessimism might actually help us fight climate change

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Negative thinking is unpopular but it could drive more realistic efforts to limit harm from global warming
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How to see the Lyrid meteor shower and when is the peak?

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00pm
Caused by debris from a comet thought to originate in the Oort Cloud, the Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on 22 April and is best viewed from the northern hemisphere, says Abigail Beall
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Skin-deep wounds can damage gut health in mice

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 1:00pm
We know there is some connection between skin and gut health, but many assumed the gut was the one calling the shots. A new study suggests that the influence can go the other way
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Intel reveals world's biggest 'brain-inspired' neuromorphic computer

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 12:00pm
A computer intended to mimic the way the brain processes and stores data could potentially improve the efficiency and capabilities of artificial intelligence models
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Turning plants blue with gene editing could make robot weeding easier

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 12:00pm
Weeding robots can sometimes struggle to tell weeds from crops, but genetically modifying the plants we want to keep to make them brightly coloured would make the job easier, suggest a group of researchers
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A new understanding of tinnitus and deafness could help reverse both

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 12:00pm
Investigations of the paradoxical link between tinnitus and hearing loss have revealed a hidden form of deafness, paving the way to possible new treatments
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A cicada double brood is coming – it's less rare than you think

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 10:53am
Up to 17 US states could be peppered with more than a trillion cicadas this spring, and though it has been a while since these two specific broods emerged at once, double broods are not that rare
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Dusting farms with waste concrete could boost yields and lock up CO2

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 8:41am
Ground-up concrete can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a similar way to ground-up rocks, according to a field study in Ireland
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Colonies of single-celled creatures could explain how embryos evolved

Wed, 04/17/2024 - 2:00am
We know little about how embryonic development in animals evolved from single-celled ancestors, but simple organisms with a multicellular life stage offer intriguing clues
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Sleeping bumblebees can survive underwater for a week

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 8:01pm
A serendipitous lab accident revealed that hibernating bumblebee queens can make it through days of flooding, revealing that they are less vulnerable to extreme weather than previously thought
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Starfish have hundreds of feet but no brain – here's how they move

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 12:00pm
Starfish feet are coordinated purely through mechanical loading, enabling the animals to bounce rhythmically along the seabed without a central nervous system
Categories: Astronomy

The man reinventing economics with chaos theory and complexity science

Tue, 04/16/2024 - 12:00pm
Traditional economics makes ludicrous assumptions and poor predictions. Now an alternative approach using big data and psychological insights is proving far more accurate
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