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The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite, circling the planet at an average distance of roughly 385,000 kilometers (239,000 miles).  With a diameter of just under 3,500 kilometers (about 2,160 miles), the cratered surface of the rocky object is one Read more…


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There’s no doubt that modern science owes the 17th century English polymath Sir Isaac Newton some gratitude. You don’t get a whole unit of force named after you for nothing. But if you’re feeling guilty that your time in isolation Read more…


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It’s been twelve months since we counted down the final minutes of 2019 and joyfully screamed ‘Happy New Year’. We were so blissfully unaware of what was in store for us in the days ahead.   For those who lost Read more…


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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), warned members of the incoming Trump administration in January 2017 about the inevitability of a “surprise outbreak” of a new disease. He said at the time that Read more…


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An international team of scientists in South China accidentally discovered the oldest terrestrial fossil ever found, about three times more ancient than the oldest known dinosaur.   Investigations are still ongoing and observations will need to be independently verified, but Read more…


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A four-year-old girl stunned paleontologists after she found a perfectly-preserved dinosaur footprint that dates back 220 million years. Lily Wilder made the discovery on January 23 while walking along a beach in South Wales with her father and dog. The Read more…


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The evolution of the opposable thumb is often placed hand-in-hand with the rise of stone tools. Without the ability to grasp or manipulate objects with power and precision, some scientists think our early human ancestors may never have driven our Read more…


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The end of the last ice age, around 12,000 years ago, was characterised by a final cold phase called the Younger Dryas. Scandinavia was still mostly covered in ice, and across Europe the mountains had many more, and larger, glaciers Read more…


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The Sun has a lot of rhythm and goes through different cycles of activity. The most well-known cycle might be the Schwabe cycle, which has an 11-year cadence. But what about cycles with much longer time scales? How can scientists Read more…

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