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The mysterious Antikythera mechanism is more ancient than we thought

The mysterious Antikythera mechanism is more ancient than we thought | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As if the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism wasn't astounding enough, a new analysis suggests the astronomical device is older than archaeologists assumed.

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First digital animal will be perfect copy of real worm

First digital animal will be perfect copy of real worm | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Next year the world's first digital animal will be born inside a computer. Could its descendants be conscious?

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Why you probably can't draw a map of your city from memory

Why you probably can't draw a map of your city from memory | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Human sense of direction first relies on 'egocentric' knowledge of places, like landmarks. Conceptualizing the overall lay of the land is much harder.

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The settlement of Tibet depended on an exotic crop from the West

The settlement of Tibet depended on an exotic crop from the West | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new crop not only allowed people to colonise the highest reaches of Tibet, but let them do so at a time when the weather was actually getting colder.

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The Milky Way and the tallest mountain

The Milky Way and the tallest mountain | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Take one part Himalayan mountain, one part gigantic galaxy (seen from a distance), and one part photographer (premixed with talent + adventurousness), and mix them together to produce three minutes of magnificence.

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Why vultures don't die from food poisoning

Why vultures don't die from food poisoning | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Vultures live on a diet of rotting meat that would result in severe food-poisoning and death in most other creatures. How they do it is a mystery, but a recent investigation suggests these opportunistic feeders have evolved an extreme stomach to help them cope with their rather severe dietary habits.

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The race to save the world's chocolate

The race to save the world's chocolate | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.

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The bad news about the news

The bad news about the news | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Robert Kaiser, the former managing editor of the Washington Post, presents an examination of the changing state of the news industry and the impending threat to American democracy.

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Magical thinking still haunts all our thoughts

Magical thinking still haunts all our thoughts | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Andrew Crumey: Why magical thinking haunts everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science.

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Blaming religion for violence allows us to dismiss the violence we've exported worldwide

Blaming religion for violence allows us to dismiss the violence we've exported worldwide | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: 'It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps'.

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'Get me off your fucking mailing list' is an actual science paper accepted by a journal

'Get me off your fucking mailing list' is an actual science paper accepted by a journal | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It's literally just those seven words, over and over again.

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Time travel is real. Here are the people and spacecraft who have done it

Time travel is real. Here are the people and spacecraft who have done it | Gavagai | Scoop.it

tTo get ahead in life, spend some time on the International Space Station. Why? Well, according to the theory of relativity, astronauts on the ISS age more slowly due to the spacecraft’s high orbital speed.

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The cocoa crisis: why the world's stash of chocolate is melting away

The cocoa crisis: why the world's stash of chocolate is melting away | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It’s the world’s favourite sweet treat – and this week one of the industry’s biggest players warned that supplies could soon be running low. Guardian writers around the world report on the causes of the problem, from disease and crop failure to the rise of the chocolate crisp.

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Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries

Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A recently discovered form of carbon graphite – the material in pencil lead – has turned out to have a completely unexpected property which could revolutionise the development of green energy and electric cars.

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Woolly mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at auction

Woolly mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at auction | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Monty the Mammoth is one of the most complete skeletons of the species and was purchased at auction by a private UK buyer.

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Recreating asteroid strike that killed dinosaurs

Recreating asteroid strike that killed dinosaurs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The dinosaurs died off after a massive asteroid strike with a billion times more energy than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima. A team at NASA studies the impact to learn more.

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Neuronal 'superhub' might generate consciousness

Neuronal 'superhub' might generate consciousness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Could a thin, enigmatic layer of nerve cells be a key component of the networks generating conscious experience?

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Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, Nasa says

Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, Nasa says | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The shrimp are called Rimicaris hybisae. They live in clumps on hydrothermal vents 7,500 feet underwater, where temperatures reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit and it's very, very dark.

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America's post-white future is already here

America's post-white future is already here | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The sweeping racial changes transforming the United States come with an important demographic dimension: age.

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Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels

Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The cost of electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted, making it cheaper than coal or natural gas in some places.

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Cosmigraphics: picturing space through time in 4,000 years of mapping the universe

Cosmigraphics: picturing space through time in 4,000 years of mapping the universe | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A visual catalog of our quintessential quest to understand the cosmos and our place in it.

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The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'

As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work.

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European science's great leap backward

European science's great leap backward | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientific achievement has become a questionable priority in both Europe and the United States. Increasingly, we express contempt for the idea that decisions should be based on verifiable data.

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Why isn't academic research free to everyone?

Why isn't academic research free to everyone? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scholarly articles, filled with indubitable knowledge and analysis, only exist for the general public behind pricey paywalls. So one lecturer is advocating for them to be free of charge.

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