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Unravelling the universe's mysteries

On February 11, 2016, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo observatory announced the detection of a gravitational wave for the first time, a phenomenon that was predicted in 1916 by Albert Einstein in his theory of general relativity. Gravitational waves, according to Einstein, are ripples in the fabric of ...

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Pasteur's artistic insight changed chemistry

If you have ever had milk, you're probably familiar with the work of Louis Pasteur, the 19th-century French chemist and biologist. He prevented diseases, developing a process — widely known as pasteurisation — for killing microbes in milk and wine. He also created vaccines for rabies and anthrax. And his ideas led to the ...

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Studying asteroids that approach Earth

On June 30, 1908, a large explosion occurred near River Tunguska in Russia in the early hours of the day. There were no causalities but eye ...

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The genetics of migration

Genes carry history. It is a history that is characterised by the secrets lying within the DNA. One such fascinating history is the story of human ...

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A 'blob' that runs the body

To the Mesopotamians, the liver was the body's premier organ, the seat of the human soul and emotions. The ancient Greeks linked the liver to ...

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Cancer drug proves to be effective against multiple tumours

The 86 cancer patients were a disparate group, with tumours of the pancreas, prostate, uterus or bone. One woman had a cancer so rare that there were ...

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The mummies' medical secrets? They're perfectly preserved

Hundreds of skeletons have lain scattered around a crypt beneath a church in Vilnius, Lithuania, for centuries. But 23 of these remains are unlike the rest: Flesh wraps their bones, clothes cover their skin, and organs still fill their insides.They are mummies, and since they were recovered about five years ago, scientists have investigated their ...

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Tiny echo of a tumultuous event

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms. Astronomers revealed recently that they had felt space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves from the merger of a pair of mammoth black holes resulting in a pit of infinitely deep ...

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In the age of technological singularity

The term 'singularity' has many meanings. In theoretical physics, singularity refers to a one dimensional point in space where the gravitational field becomes infinity. An example of this would be at the centre of a black hole, where the laws of physics cease to hold true. Technological singularity on the other hand, a term first attributed to ...

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Juno: revealing the unexpected

The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic melange of swirls that are immense storms hundreds of miles across. The planet's interior core appears bigger than expected, and swirling electric currents are generating surprisingly strong magnetic fields. Auroral lights shining in Jupiter's polar regions seem to operate in a reverse ...

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Mysterious flashes on satellite images of earth explained

Mysterious flashes of light that show up on satellite images of Earth's landmasses have puzzled researchers for a couple of years. Now, scientists ...

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The primordial state of matter

Today, the building blocks of matter are considered to be quarks and leptons. There are six quarks, with the first four having names like up, down, ...

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Deciphering the genes of intelligence

In a significant advance in the study of mental ability, a team of European and American scientists announced on May 22, 2017 that they had identified 52 genes linked to intelligence in nearly 80,000 people. These genes do not determine ...

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