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Custodians of the hypothetical ‘space nation’ Asgardia will be launching their first ever satellite in the coming months, and they’ve finally revealed their initial plans for the hundreds of thousands of people who have already applied for citizenship. While more than 500,000 people have already registered their interest, the team behind the off-planet nation state
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Powering homes using clean energy is becoming easier thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives.  Some government programs help homeowners with the financial burden of equipping their residences with energy-generating solar panels, and Elon Musk’s Tesla has developed roofing tiles that double as solar panels to give solar power generation an aesthetic boost. Now, a new innovation out
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For the first time, physicists have achieved ‘liquid light’ at room temperature, making this strange form of matter more accessible than ever. This matter is both a superfluid, which has zero friction and viscosity, and a kind of Bose-Einstein condensate – sometimes described as the fifth state of matter – and it allows light to actually flow around objects and
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How do you separate a true star from the stellar wannabes of the Universe? After a decade of collecting data, astronomer Trent Dupuy thinks he finally has the answer. With so many objects known to sit in that weird middle ground between giant planets and tiny stars, scientists have struggled to boil it down to a
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It’s a question that’s been bothering humans for centuries, even before the theory of evolution was first conceived. Why do men and other male mammals have nipples if they don’t feed their young? What’s the point? “I have received more than a dozen requests to explain how evolution could possibly produce such a useless structure,”
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The belief that there is a link between talent and left-handedness has a long history. Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed. So were Mark Twain, Mozart, Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, and Aristotle. It’s no different today – former US president Barack Obama is a left-hander, as is business leader Bill Gates and footballer Lionel Messi. But is
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In the cold waters of the North Sea, trawlers catch all manner of unintended things. Garbage, often. Porpoises, sometimes, for the shores of the Netherlands are teeming with hundreds of thousands of them. But on May 30, several nautical miles off the Hook of Holland, a boat hauled up something perhaps never before seen by man. Two feet (61 centimetres)
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By heating carbon to an intimidating 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 degrees Fahrenheit), scientists have discovered a brand new elemental form that’s ultra-strong and ultra-light, but also elastic like rubber and electrically conductive. This new form of carbon not only offers up a range of extraordinary properties – the method used to find it could lead to
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Scientists recently discovered the hottest planet ever found – with a surface temperature greater than some stars. As the hunt for planets outside our own solar system continues, we have discovered many other worlds with extreme features. And the ongoing exploration of our own solar system has revealed some pretty weird contenders, too. Here are seven
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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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1. The impossible EM drive… works? Since first hearing rumours about NASA’s physics-breaking propulsion system late last year, a paper describing their device has passed peer-review, and China claims to be testing their own version in space right now. And yet, no one can explain how this fuel-less drive is able to violate Newton’s Third Law: