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For the first time, physicists have been able to directly measure one of the ways exploding stars forge the heaviest elements in the Universe.

Scientists are getting closer to being able to spot Hawking radiation – that elusive thermal radiation thought to be produced by a black hole’s event horizon. Just understanding the concept of this radiation is tricky though, let alone finding it.

Our recent modeling work suggests that last year’s tamped-down influenza season could lead to a surge in flu cases this coming season.


Our planet’s air during the preindustrial period was not quite as pristine as you might think, according to new research out of Antarctica.

Depression can be a frighteningly relentless condition. Luckily, researchers around the world are constantly working on new treatment options, such as a newly designed brain implant for resistant depression.

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If you live at a high latitude, it’s time to break out the camera. Space weather agencies are predicting a solar storm for Monday 27 September: moderate, with a chance of aurora.

There are around 7,000 human languages that we know of worldwide, and while they’re all unique, they’re also more similar than you might have realized – particularly when it comes to the grammar, or the way that sentences can be formed and used.


Sound waves don’t always hit our ears directly – they can also bounce off other objects and the walls of the space that we’re in, which is why listening to a band play in a cavernous cathedral is a different experience to listening in a small music club.


One of the most important ways in which artificial intelligence algorithms are proving beneficial is in diagnosing disease much faster than mere human beings can – and a new system for detecting potential indicators of Alzheimer’s has reached close to 100 percent accuracy.


Acquiring vocalizations by learning them from other individuals is only known from a limited number of animal groups