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A team of researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has reportedly made a ‘once-in-a-decade discovery’ that will radically change how we do chemistry. The discovery? The creation of two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms — something that’s never been seen before in nature.   The research that led to this incredible find was led
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Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods. Rao, whose victory was announced late in the evening of Tuesday 17 October, will take home US$25,000 for the idea, which she said
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An AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not smart enough to survive its own replacement by an even more awesome, alien intelligence. Google’s DeepMind researchers have just announced the next evolution of their seemingly indomitable artificial intelligence – AlphaGo Zero – which has dispensed
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Controversy has erupted over a scientific paper that is being retracted after it was attacked for being ‘antivax pseudoscience‘ and found to contain manipulated, false data… which has now gone mysteriously AWOL. The research, published last month, suggested aluminium contained in vaccine adjuvants could trigger biological responses in mice “consistent with those in autism”, but it
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In August, for the first time ever, scientists witnessed the electromagnetic lightning and gravitational gusts from the stormy collision of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy. The cosmic cataclysm created a “kilonova” – a phenomenon that had never been seen before – and the observations by both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors heralded a new era for
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For the first time, researchers have documented the violent clash of predators from two very different worlds, discovering evidence of alligators feasting on sharks in the wild. While there have been anecdotal reports of this kind of thing happening before, it’s never been comprehensively studied, since ordinarily the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and sharks occupy
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As the unofficial world’s most futuristic city, Dubai sure loves the attention it gets from employing cutting-edge tech such as 3D-printed buildings, hovertaxis, or this incredible Mars simulation city. Now Dubai’s police force, already equipped with little autonomous robocops, is getting another leg up in the law enforcement race with incredibly cool, and somewhat dangerous-looking
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Japanese automaker Toyota is serious about perfecting hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its vehicles, and it’s scheduled an initial feasibility study operations for its zero-emissions heavy-duty truck a little over a week from today. A concept version of a truck running Toyota’s specialised hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-hauling use will be moving
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Ancient burial clothes thought to have been woven with typical Viking patterns have, after decades in storage, revealed a surprise: geometric Kufic script spelling out the words “Ali” and “Allah,” woven in silver thread onto silk. It’s the first time historic artefacts mentioning “Ali” have been found in Scandinavia, marking this as an important archaeological
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For a long while it wasn’t clear whether the island’s native population originated in Polynesia or South America. And how can we explain its apparent paradox: the design, construction and transport of giant “moai” stone statues, a remarkable cultural achievement yet one carried out on a virtually barren island, which seemingly lacked both the resources