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Rare glimpse: satellites catch the birth of two volcanic islands

It’s only fair to share…Rare glimpse: satellites catch the birth of two volcanic islands Dave McGarvie, The Open University The birth of a volcanic island is a potent and beautiful reminder of our dynamic planet’s ability to make new land. Given the destruction we’ve seen following natural events like earthquakes and tsunamis in the past… Read more »

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This once-stable Antarctic region has suddenly started melting

It’s only fair to share…This once-stable Antarctic region has suddenly started melting Bert Wouters, University of Bristol Antarctica’s glaciers have been making headlines during the past year, and not in a good way. Whether it’s a massive ice shelf facing imminent risk of collapse, glaciers in the West Antarctic past the point of no return,… Read more »

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How we recreated the early universe in the laboratory

It’s only fair to share…How we recreated the early universe in the laboratory Gianluca Sarri, Queen's University Belfast One of the all-time great mysteries in physics is why our universe contains more matter than antimatter, which is the equivalent of matter but with the opposite charge. To tackle this question, our international team of researchers… Read more »

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Hubble in pictures: astronomers’ top picks

It’s only fair to share…Hubble in pictures: astronomers' top picks Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria In this special feature, we have invited top astronomers to handpick the Hubble Space Telescope image that has the most scientific relevance to them. The images they’ve chosen aren’t always the colourful glory shots that populate the countless “best of” galleries… Read more »

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Why is oil and gas activity causing earthquakes? And can we reduce the risk?

It’s only fair to share…Why is oil and gas activity causing earthquakes? And can we reduce the risk? Matthew Hornbach, Southern Methodist University If you’ve been following the news lately, chances are you’ve heard about – or even felt – earthquakes in the central United States. During the past five years, there has been an… Read more »

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Creating dinosaurs: why Jurassic World could never work

It’s only fair to share…Creating dinosaurs: why Jurassic World could never work John Long, Flinders University When the first Jurassic Park movie hit the silver screens in 1993, I cried. Never before had dinosaurs, those magnificent creatures of bygone days, been brought to life so realistically. It was a palaeontologist’s dream come true. Jurassic Park… Read more »

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Faster-than-light travel: are we there yet?

It’s only fair to share…Faster-than-light travel: are we there yet? Robert Scherrer, Vanderbilt University Long before the Empire struck back, before the United Federation of Planets federated, Isaac Asimov created Foundation, the epic tale of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire. Asimov’s Empire comprised 25 million planets, knit together by sleek spaceships hurtling… Read more »

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Classquake: What the global media missed in Nepal earthquake coverage

It’s only fair to share…Classquake: What the global media missed in Nepal earthquake coverage Andrew Nelson, University of North Texas As the world comes to terms with Nepal’s earthquake and media outlets start shifting their gaze elsewhere, it is worth analyzing how the global English media covered the disaster – and what they missed. This… Read more »

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Tesla batteries: just the beginning of how technology will transform the electric grid

It’s only fair to share…Tesla batteries: just the beginning of how technology will transform the electric grid Michael McElfresh, Santa Clara University Tesla Motors already makes batteries for its electric cars. On Thursday, it’s expected to introduce battery systems for homes, businesses and electric utilities. The spread of cost-effective batteries will fundamentally change the way… Read more »

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No, feminism is not about choice

It’s only fair to share…No, feminism is not about choice Meagan Tyler, RMIT University Feminism is back in fashion. As the push to claim the “f-word” has intensified, public figures, corporations and much of the mainstream media have propelled a largely unchallenging version of feminism into the popular consciousness. It is a feminism that never… Read more »

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World’s largest asteroid impact site could be right here in Australia

It’s only fair to share…World's largest asteroid impact site could be right here in Australia Andrew Glikson, Australian National University Not long ago, asteroid impacts weren’t considered as a significant factor in the evolution of Earth. Following the Late Heavy Bombardment, which pummelled the inner solar system around 3.8 billion to 3.9 billion years ago,… Read more »

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Why too much Facebook can leave you feeling down

It’s only fair to share…Why too much Facebook can leave you feeling down Mai-Ly Nguyen Steers, University of Houston “Comparison is the thief of joy”, said former US president Theodore Roosevelt. Spoken more than a century ago, Roosevelt’s words highlight a fundamental truth that is just as relevant today. In the 1950s, the acclaimed social… Read more »

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Self-driving cars will need people, too

It’s only fair to share…Self-driving cars will need people, too Michael Nees, Lafayette College Self-driving cars are expected to revolutionize the automobile industry. Rapid advances have led to working prototypes faster than most people expected. The anticipated benefits of this emerging technology include safer, faster and more eco-friendly transportation. Until now, the public dialogue about… Read more »

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Mating market theory: the math of one-night stands and long-term relationships

It’s only fair to share…Mating market theory: the math of one-night stands and long-term relationships Ryan Schacht, University of Utah and Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, University of California, Davis Popular wisdom and established evolutionary science hold that the sexes seek fundamentally different relationships: men want short-term, no-strings-attached relationships whereas women value longer-term, loyal partnerships. The explanation… Read more »