Month: November 2019

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A bizarre blacked-out structure in Antarctica has sparked a frenzy of debate about a possible top-secret government cover-up – or a subterranean alien base. The mysterious footage released on YouTube conspiracy page thirdphaseofmoon showed a row of identical structures lined up in Antartica on Google Earth. The site was claimed to be located at 75°
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Forget nuclear weapons, biological warfare, and the slew of other ways humanity could cause its own destruction for a moment. If you take into account only naturally occurring phenomena — supervolcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts, and the like — researchers from the University of Oxford recently determined that the probability of our entire species going extinct
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Electron microscopes are great at producing high-resolution images of a material’s atomic structure – if the material is hard, that is. Unfortunately, the devices’ electron beams can destroy softer materials, so scientists typically rely on X-rays, which can’t reach atomic resolution, to image those.   But scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National
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It has long been thought that one of the reasons we humans developed large brains was to allow us to maintain complex social structures. But the social system of a small-headed guineafowl now suggests that large brains are not necessarily a requirement for complex multi-levelled societies.   Even amongst a crowd, vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) can
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Something strange is happening in America. Research shows fewer Americans are identifying with organised religion, but in pockets of the country, a seeming explosion in new-found faith borders on the miraculous.   Take Vermont, for example. After 2016, the number of families professing deep religious convictions spiked suddenly by over seven times, a new study
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In November 1990, archaeologists found a burial cave in south Jerusalem, containing 12 bone boxes, two of which featured the inscription “Caiaphas” – the name given to the Jewish high priest who was behind the crucifixion of Jesus according to the Gospels of the New Testament. Alongside the finds, two Roman-era nails were found, one inside the
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When it comes to squeezing maximum amounts of energy out of the daylight hours, plants have a head start thanks to evolution. Now, engineers have designed solar panels that mimic the sunflower’s sun-chasing talent, through clever use of nanotechnology.   By moulding temperature-sensitive materials into thin, supportive structures, scientists have come up with tiny ‘stems’
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It’s the closest thing we’ve seen to real-life Transformers: robotic blocks that can travel independently, attach themselves to each other in predefined structures, follow paths and light sources, and more.   MIT researchers just released video footage of these new M-Blocks 2.0 cubes in action, and we can’t stop watching. They can shuffle themselves into
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A miracle is an event that can not be explained by natural or scientific laws, often attributed to a supernatural being. For Christians, the Bible tells the story of Jesus’ said miracles, including walking on water, turning water into wine and the resurrection. The stories have come under fire from many atheists, who claim they are no more than myths and legends