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5 Things That Could Be Making the Spooky Sounds in My House

Like many people, I live in an apartment. I don’t really know how old my building is, but it must be kind of old: it has a dark and dirty basement, the ceiling has cracks in it, and there are a few exposed metal pipes. As you can probably imagine, my old apartment makes a lot of really spooky noises. Read More >>

animals
Look at These Cool Birds I’ve Seen

A few years ago, I stopped being afraid of birds and realised that, actually, I really liked them. It just clicked one day. It’s cool that there are so many that I can see relatively close to my house, they make for challenging photo subjects, and, in general, I love any subject that provides a large number of random facts to memorise (and later dispense). Read More >>

science
Researchers Accidentally Got High on Laughing Gas From Penguin Poo

When studying penguins, there’s a surprise you need to watch out for: the laughing gas produced by their poo. Read More >>

science
This Philosopher Is Challenging All of Evolutionary Psychology

It’s not often that a paper that attempts to take down an entire field. Yet, this past January, that’s precisely what University of New Hampshire assistant philosophy professor Subrena Smith’s paper tried to do. “Is Evolutionary Psychology Possible?” describes a core problem with evolutionary psychology, called the matching problem. Read More >>

weather
Cold War Nuclear Testing May Have Caused Extra Rain Around the World

A new study has found that nuclear radiation during Cold War-era weapons testing could have induced significant short-term changes in the amount of rainfall far across the globe. Read More >>

space
Hunk of Chinese Rocket Falls to Earth as Uncontrolled Space Debris

A large, out-of-control piece of space debris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, passing over much of the United States. Read More >>

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Lava Lake Is Now Water Lake Atop Kilauea Volcano

Satellite images have captured the result of a lake of lava collapsing on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, revealing an enormous new lake of water. Read More >>

science
These Are the Machines Solving the Biggest Mysteries in Physics

Despite the stereotype of a lone, wild-haired Einstein working tirelessly at a chalkboard, today’s biggest discoveries in physics come from huge collaborations of scientists working on enormous apparatuses that can cost billions of dollars, often located in the most extreme places on Earth. After all, it’s just the fabric of the universe they’re trying to understand. Read More >>

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These Physicists Cannot Rest Until They Understand the Motions of Drunk Worms

You wake up, slightly intoxicated as tap water rinses over your body. You don’t remember why you’re here, but you’re joined by hundreds of fellow sludge worms, wriggling slowly. You start to remember: The temperature changed. The water filled with alcohol. And then the spinning begins again. Read More >>

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How Self-Driving Telescopes Could Transform Astronomy

Astronomers and physicists continue to pursue the answers to the universe’s deepest questions, but on many matters, including dark matter and dark energy, they are stymied. What if an autonomously operating telescope, free from human biases and complications, could find the solutions we’ve been missing? Read More >>

space
Experiment Shows Some Life Can Survive in Exoplanet-Like Conditions

Single-celled organisms like Escherichia coli and yeast can grow and survive in an atmosphere like the kind theorised to exist on many rocky exoplanets, according to a new paper. Read More >>

space
Astronomers May Have Found the Closest Black Hole to Earth

This black hole – if that’s really what it is – is so close to Earth that you can see its star system without a telescope. Read More >>

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Telescopes Around the World Pick Up Fast Radio Burst Coming From Our Own Galaxy

Astronomers just spotted an extremely bright burst of radio waves emanating from within our own galaxy. The surprising observation could help us understand the mystery behind these enigmatic emissions, known as fast radio bursts. Read More >>

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Say There Were a Black Hole in Our Solar System: How Would We Find It?

Last year, scientists published a paper with an iconic diagram: a black circle representing, to scale, a 5-solar-mass black hole – and the size of the hypothetical Planet Nine if it were a black hole instead of a planet. So, if Planet Nine really is a black hole, how would we find it? Read More >>

science
Extremely Weird Bird Hybrid Is Back and Looking to Bone

Last autumn, the birdwatching community was shocked by the appearance of a small yellow bird. Birder Matthew Grube first spotted it off of a trail near Riverside, California in the US, noting that it looked like a hybrid of two birds from different taxonomic families. This perplexing creature has recently returned to the area, and it’s looking to get some action. Read More >>