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Shedding light on black holes

Few cosmic phenomena capture our imaginations like black holes. The subject  of countless sci-fi misadventures, it’s hard to describe a black hole without using grandiose and somewhat misguided metaphors. ‘Cosmic whirlpool’, or ‘deep space vacuum cleaner’ spring to mind along with notions, … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

The study of lice DNA has revealed humans first started wearing clothes 170,000 years ago. Through analysing DNA sequencing of lice, David Reed was able to calculate when clothing lice genetically diverged from human head lice. A new study has … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

New light has been shed on the astonishing way bacteria prioritise their DNA repair work. A team at the University of Bristol discovered a greater similarity between bacteria and human DNA repair than previously thought. Type 1 diabetic men may … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

Jet-setters may run the risk of long-term memory problems. A study using Syrian hamsters has shown that chronic jet lag creates persistent changes in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that plays an important role in memory processing. A … Continue reading

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Attack of the Little Green Men: the Discovery of Pulsars

It’s 1967. A radio signal is picked up by astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell and radio astronomer Antony Hewish at a UK observatory. Originating from the Vulpecula constellation- a faint pattern of stars known as ‘the fox’- the signal is similar to … Continue reading

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WHSD? The Week in Science

The venom from a scorpion sting could be used to reduce the risk of heart bypass failures, research has shown. A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion hasbeen found to be 100 times more effective in controlling the growth … Continue reading

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Need to Weigh a Star? Use a Moon.

Astrophysicist David Kipping has discovered that in special cases, we can directly measure the mass of the star by looking at the movement of the planets orbiting it. By measuring the amount of light blocked by a planet, astronomers found … Continue reading

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