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The rising flood of space junk is a risk to us on Earth – and governments are on the hook

The rising flood of space junk is a risk to us on Earth – and governments are on the hook

A piece of space junk recently crashed through the roof and floor of a man’s home...

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How a teenager helped identify a new species of giant marine reptile

How a teenager helped identify a new species of giant marine reptile

It may be difficult to imagine, but the county of Somerset in south-west England...

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Climate change is causing marine ‘coldwaves’ too, killing wildlife

Climate change is causing marine ‘coldwaves’ too, killing wildlife

The effects of ocean warming are profound and well-documented. But sometimes changes...

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How logic alone may prove that time doesn’t exist

How logic alone may prove that time doesn’t exist

Modern physics suggests time may be an illusion. Einstein’s theory of relativity,...

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The secret world of earthworms: meet the tiger worm and the nightcrawler

The secret world of earthworms: meet the tiger worm and the nightcrawler

Most people are aware of earthworms, but probably give them little thought

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Save our seabed – the bottom of the ocean needs to become a top priority, and the UN agrees

Save our seabed – the bottom of the ocean needs to become a top priority, and the UN agrees

“The science we need for the ocean we want” – this is the tagline for the UN Ocean...

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Gut bacteria and the immune system: How aging changes the microbiome and can lead to ‘inflammaging’

Gut bacteria and the immune system: How aging changes the microbiome and can lead to ‘inflammaging’

The human immune system changes with age. Immune responses start to become less...

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We saw one of the most powerful magnets in the Universe come to life – and our theories can’t quite explain it

We saw one of the most powerful magnets in the Universe come to life – and our theories can’t quite explain it

After a decade of silence, one of the most powerful magnets in the universe suddenly...

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What is a sinkhole? A geotechnical engineer explains

What is a sinkhole? A geotechnical engineer explains

So, what is a sinkhole and why do they happen?

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The Anthropocene epoch that isn’t – what the decision not to label a new geological epoch means for Earth’s future

The Anthropocene epoch that isn’t – what the decision not to label a new geological epoch means for Earth’s future

For almost 15 years, scientists have debated whether the Anthropocene should be...

New journey begins for fourth phase of China's lunar exploration program

New journey begins for fourth phase of China's lunar exploration program

 On March 20, China sent a new relay satellite into space to provide Earth-Moon...

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Growing quickly helped the earliest dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles flourish in the aftermath of mass extinction

Growing quickly helped the earliest dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles flourish in the aftermath of mass extinction

It may be hard to imagine, but once upon a time, dinosaurs didn’t dominate their...

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A solar eclipse and a black hole can both bend light

A solar eclipse and a black hole can both bend light

During night-like conditions created during the totality of a solar eclipse, like...

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Why we need to rethink what we know about dust

Why we need to rethink what we know about dust

You may think of dust as an annoyance to be vacuumed and disposed of, but actually,...

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Total eclipse, partial failure: Scientific expeditions don’t always go as planned

Total eclipse, partial failure: Scientific expeditions don’t always go as planned

For centuries, astronomers have realized that total solar eclipses offer a valuable...

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A rare condition makes other people’s faces look distorted. Why a new case is important

A rare condition makes other people’s faces look distorted. Why a new case is important

If you’ve seen portraits painted by Pablo Picasso or Francis Bacon, you might not...

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