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Underestimation of dust threatens BICEP results

BICEP ESA CMB

Spinning dust grains have put a dampener on the celebrations that cosmologists have found faint signals of cosmic background radiation released a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

Cheetah-bot’s successful test run

MIT robotic cheetah

Cheetahs are the fasted land mammal on Earth, capable of going zero to 60 miles per hour in a matter of seconds, and researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm to mimic the feline’s bounding at a sixth of the speed.

Extremophile key to nuclear waste disposal

extremophile-nuclear-waste

A subterranean bacterium could solve the problem of how to dispose of nuclear waste say researchers at the University of Manchester.

Splitting water based on nuclear spin

Splitting water nuclear spin

Separation of water based on the nuclear spin of individual molecules has been made possible thanks to what scientists are dubbing an electric prism.

Freshwater springs likely played role in early human evolution

Freshwater-springs-evolution

The ability to move and seek out new sources of groundwater in dry periods may have been pivotal to survival and evolution of the human species.

New threat to ozone layer

ozone layer hole

The Antarctic ozone hole is beginning to show signs of recovery, but a new threat is lurking suggests a report from the United Nations: “new” CFCs discovered in the atmosphere.

Autism therapy could eliminate symptoms

Autism therapy eliminates symptoms

A new therapy aimed at treating infants as young as 6-months-old who exhibit signs of autism has shown promising results. 

Alice returns results

Alice returns results

Alice, the miniature ultra-violet imaging spectrograph aboard the Rosetta orbiter, has successfully relayed its first science data from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – it’s darker than expected.

Maglev to allow manufacture using soft materials

maglev-soft-materials

A system which allows objects to float in suspension could aid manufacturing with fragile materials say scientists – and it uses magnets similar to those found in the fridge.

Winter weather set to get more erratic

UK-set-for-erratic-winters

Extreme variations in pressure over the North Atlantic are responsible for our increasingly erratic winter weather.

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