Month: June 2017

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A review of three separate experiments has turned up “remarkably similar” results, pointing to what researchers say is a strong possibility that we’ve found hits of a phenomenon that goes beyond the standard model of particle physics.  When taken together, data from experiments conducted in the US, Switzerland, and Japan, have yielded a result with
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Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, there’s been a proliferation of strange new two-dimensional materials. In all of them, scientists have been chasing one invaluable property – magnetism, which is crucial for data storage, medical devices, and electricity generators. After years of searching, many suspected that true two-dimensional magnets might not actually exist. But
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Scientists have uncovered the earliest hints of human-caused changes in Earth’s geological processes, and they suggest that we’ve been impacting the planet’s climate and ecosystems for up to 11,500 years. Based on core samples dug up from the Dead Sea, erosion rates in the area were completely incompatible with what was going on elsewhere during
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Some 5,000 light-years from Earth, there’s a bizarre and mysterious nebula that clocks an average temperature of just 1 Kelvin (−272.15 °C or −457.87 °F), making it the coldest natural object in the known Universe. For decades, scientists have struggled to explain how this otherwise unremarkable cloud of gas maintains temperatures colder than empty space
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Scientists have developed the first low-cost system for splitting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen – a process that’s crucial if we’re going to ramp up renewable energy use in the future. This splitting process has long been identified as a promising way of turning renewables into fuel without increasing the levels of carbon
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Species that share similar kinds of brain anatomy have been caught using different neural circuits to perform identical behaviours, and it challenges a basic assumption on the relationship between behaviour and neurology. The team is yet to figure out why this strange overlap exists among species, but the discovery points to how important behaviours can be
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It’s been a particularly glum couple of days for climate scientists, with President Donald Trump withdrawing US support for the Paris Climate Agreement, an action that resulted in the resignation of serial entrepreneur Elon Musk from his government advisory posts. The move was widely criticised by experts, other nations, and the majority of Americans as a major setback in the global fight against climate change.