Month: October 2019

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The scientific community is in danger of overstepping (or may have already breached) its ethical responsibilities in a rush to study and understand the mysteries of the brain via experimentation with artificially grown substitutes, researchers warn.   Mini-brains, also known as organoids, have in recent years become a hugely important resource in neuroscience and related
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The Antarctic ozone hole hit its smallest annual peak on record since tracking began in 1982, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA announced Monday. Although we’re making progress in cutting down on the use of ozone-depleting chemicals, the milestone doesn’t mean we’ve solved the problem, the agencies cautioned.   Instead, scientists attribute
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Are we alone in the Universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable fluke. By definition, probable events occur frequently, improbable events occur rarely – or once.   Our evolutionary history shows that many key adaptations – not just intelligence, but complex animals, complex cells, photosynthesis,
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NASA made history Friday morning when astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery charger. The all-female spacewalk — the first of its kind “in human history,” the agency said — began at 7:38 am Eastern time as the two American astronauts set their suits to
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Record warm temperatures above Antarctica over the coming weeks are likely to bring above-average spring temperatures and below-average rainfall across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland.   The warming began in the last week of August, when temperatures in the stratosphere high above the South Pole began rapidly heating in a phenomenon
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Nostradamus was a French astrologer, physician and foreseer, who is best known for his book “Les Propheties”, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events published more than 500 years ago. In the years since the publication of his prophecies, Nostradamus has attracted many supporters, who credit him with having accurately predicted several major world events. Among some
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The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a loosely defined region in the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships have disappeared. The vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle is among the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean islands. Popular culture has
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Hurricanes are one thing. Earthquakes are another. But these hazardous events aren’t mutually exclusive, and sometimes one can even feed the other. In a new study, scientists have identified what they say is a new geophysical phenomenon entirely unknown to science – a hybrid entity where powerful storms such as hurricanes trigger seismic episodes that
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“That is what NASA just did – the space agency’s probe just drove past it.” This bizarre image reportedly first surfaced in 2015, but Waring maintains NASA, however, never acknowledged it. Waring claims, without foundation, how the original source for the Mars photo “disappeared” from NASA’s Curiosity website. “I had to find this today to
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Like an old time carnival show, the Paris Zoological Park’s latest attraction promises a shocking mystery. Dubbed ‘the blob’, the zoo is hoping to draw in the crowds by featuring a goo-like brainless creature with no mouth and hundreds of sexes, which displays an ability to survive – even thrive – when dissected.   While
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If you’ve ever studied biology, you’ll be familiar with mitochondria – the organelles often referred to as the ‘powerhouse of the cell’. And you’ll probably be aware that they’re often compared to traditional AA batteries, with each organelle operating as a single unit.   But an important new study suggests they’re actually more like the