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Science, like any other field that attracts investment, is prone to bubbles. Overly optimistic investments in scientific fields, research methods and technologies generate episodes comparable to those experienced by financial markets prior to crashing.

Ezkuztako aztarnategian (Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa), Paleolitoko bi hagaxka eta beste tresna ugari topatu ditu ikertzaile-talde batek, tartean, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitateko Alvaro Arrizabalagak, Ikerbasqueko Maria Jose Iriartek eta Antxeta Kultura Elkarteko Javier Lazkanok.

A mysterious astronomical object known simply as G2 has intrigued and confounded researchers ever since it was found to be on a near-collision course with the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. When it failed to produce the predicted celestial fireworks over the past few months, astronomers were left scratching their heads. Now, one team thinks it has figured out why nothing happened: G2 is not a gas cloud but a strange, more stable object formed from a pair of recently merged stars.

Un repaso de las películas más taquilleras de la historia apenas ha encontrado correlación entre las más violentas y el número de asesinatos en los años siguientes a su estreno. En el caso de los juegos, la relación es incluso negativa. el aumento de su contenido violento ha coincidido con una reducción de la violencia juvenil en la vida real.

These particles should not have mass, but they do. By sending neutrinos through the ground from Illinois to Minnesota, physicists hope to learn why

Testing the multiverse hypothesis requires measuring whether our universe is statistically typical among the infinite variety of universes. But infinity does a number on statistics.

Once a year, after the summer monsoon rains, two species of harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex) join in a mad mating frenzy, as in the photo above. The queens aren’t making a mistake by hooking up with the wrong species, scientists report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Instead, they use the sperm from the foreign males to produce sterile worker ants. And they use the sperm from their own species to produce their daughter queens—which the sterile workers then care for.

Rate of infection in Liberia seems to plateau, raising questions over the usefulness of models in an outbreak.

The hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human music

Adultos mayas de Guatemala sin alfabetizar han demostrado tener capacidad para evaluar probabilidades en situaciones de azar, lo que sugiere que esta habilidad se adquiere espontáneamente durante el desarrollo cognitivo y, por lo tanto, es común a todas las personas, independientemente de su nivel cultural o educativo. Este estudio podría hacer recomendable introducir cambios en la enseñanza de las matemáticas en los países occidentales.