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How suicide in sci fi helps us deal with change

A new book argues that science fiction’s fascination with characters in suicidal crisis has been a part of the genre from the beginning. A few examples: A husband persuades his wife to commit a “pretend” suicide, only...

How Rosetta’s comet got its shape

Two comets collided at low speed in the early Solar System to give rise to the distinctive ‘rubber duck’ shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, say Rosetta scientists. The origin of the comet’s double-lobed form has been...

Hubble spots cluster of monster stars

Astronomers have identified nine massive stars that are more than 100 times the mass of the sun. The team made the discovery using the Hubble Space Telescope. The discovery of the star cluster named R136...

Quiet winter riversides may still be full of birds

In the summer, the air around California’s Central Valley rivers and streams is lively with birds flapping and chirping. Although these riparian areas go quiet in the winter, it’s not true that the birds...

Are the dark rings around this star hiding planets?

Astronomers have for the first time mapped gases in three dark rings around a distant star. The rings mark spaces where planets are thought to have formed from dust and gas around the star. “The...

Mass extinction let tiny fish rule the seas

When times are good, it pays to be the big fish in the sea. But in the aftermath of disaster, smaller may be better. A mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg...

High school football: Teen brains don’t heal during offseason

Brain scans of high school football players taken before, during, and after the season raise concerns they don’t fully recover from repeated head hits. The researchers used an imaging technique called proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy...

How to avoid saying ‘oops, I did it again’

Studies on self-control suggest that recollecting past mistakes is a good way to avoid making them again. But researchers thought there might be more to the story. To find out, they decided to test the...
Van Allen radiation belts

Earth is protected against “killer electrons”

Although we don't realize the electronic flows above our heads (and most times actually don't care about) the whole humankind is only able to exist because we are protected by an incredible shield found around...

Touch sends vibrations far beyond our fingertips

Type an email on your computer. Raise a glass to your lips. Feel for the light switch in a dark room. Simple, everyday tasks can demand subtle interactions between our hands and our surroundings,...
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