Month: October 2017

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Skeletal remains uncovered from a ritual platform in the Peruvian highlands at the site now known as Pacopampa show that people buried there suffered violent injuries, likely as part of ceremonial rituals, according to an archaeological study published earlier this month. The scientists behind the discovery wrote that it looks like individuals suffered ceremonial blows to
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A team of researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has reportedly made a ‘once-in-a-decade discovery’ that will radically change how we do chemistry. The discovery? The creation of two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms — something that’s never been seen before in nature.   The research that led to this incredible find was led
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Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods. Rao, whose victory was announced late in the evening of Tuesday 17 October, will take home US$25,000 for the idea, which she said
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An AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not smart enough to survive its own replacement by an even more awesome, alien intelligence. Google’s DeepMind researchers have just announced the next evolution of their seemingly indomitable artificial intelligence – AlphaGo Zero – which has dispensed
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Controversy has erupted over a scientific paper that is being retracted after it was attacked for being ‘antivax pseudoscience‘ and found to contain manipulated, false data… which has now gone mysteriously AWOL. The research, published last month, suggested aluminium contained in vaccine adjuvants could trigger biological responses in mice “consistent with those in autism”, but it
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In August, for the first time ever, scientists witnessed the electromagnetic lightning and gravitational gusts from the stormy collision of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy. The cosmic cataclysm created a “kilonova” – a phenomenon that had never been seen before – and the observations by both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors heralded a new era for
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New research says whales and dolphins (cetaceans) have social lives much like ours, with tight-knit social groups, complex relationships, regional dialects, and one-to-one chats. And it’s all thanks their beautiful brains. Information on 90 different species of dolphins, whales, and porpoises was collected by the international team of scientists, making this the first study of
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For the first time, researchers have documented the violent clash of predators from two very different worlds, discovering evidence of alligators feasting on sharks in the wild. While there have been anecdotal reports of this kind of thing happening before, it’s never been comprehensively studied, since ordinarily the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and sharks occupy
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A few years ago, researchers were finding that psychology research was being affected by something WEIRD – an oversampling from Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, and Democratic communities. Now it seems neurology suffers from a similar issue, with a recent study revealing that low diversity among volunteers in neuroimaging research projects risks warping our impression of
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Well folks, that massive gravitational wave announcement has been well worth the wait. Read on for our brief summary of today’s press conference:   For the first time ever, scientists have detected gravitational waves coming from the collision between two neutron stars. LIGO/Virgo detections of gravitational waves were paired with a gamma ray burst, which
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As the unofficial world’s most futuristic city, Dubai sure loves the attention it gets from employing cutting-edge tech such as 3D-printed buildings, hovertaxis, or this incredible Mars simulation city. Now Dubai’s police force, already equipped with little autonomous robocops, is getting another leg up in the law enforcement race with incredibly cool, and somewhat dangerous-looking