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Atlantic Ocean current could collapse much sooner than thought, study suggests

An Atlantic Ocean current that brings warmth north from the tropics could collapse much sooner than scientists have previously thought, a new study suggests. Known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), this current prevents the UK and other countries in north-west Europe from having the same icy winters often experienced at the same latitudes […]

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Jane Goodall ‘hopeful’ human intelligence will overcome climate crisis

Renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall has said she is still hopeful for the future of the planet, saying the intelligence of humans will help overcome the climate crisis. The 89-year-old said people are finally beginning to use their brains “wisely” to address the issue. However, she highlighted that change relied on people taking action. Speaking […]

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Rosalind Franklin ‘was an equal contributor in the discovery of DNA structure’

British scientist Rosalind Franklin was “an equal contributor” in the discovery of DNA structure and not a “victim”, according to scientists. Matthew Cobb, a professor of zoology at the University of Manchester and Nathaniel Comfort, a professor of history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, US, said they have found new evidence, in an overlooked […]

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ESA gearing up for mission to discover if Jupiter’s moons can support life

A European spacecraft is about to embark on a 6.6 billion km journey to explore whether Jupiter’s ocean-bearing moons can support life. The six-tonne probe, named Juice (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer), will be heading towards the solar system’s biggest planet carrying 10 scientific instruments, in what is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) biggest deep-space mission […]

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Scientists discover ultramassive black hole ’30bn times the mass of the Sun’

An ultramassive black hole around 33 billion times the mass of the Sun has been discovered by astronomers in the UK. Scientists from Durham University said the gargantuan black hole is one of the biggest ever found. The team described its findings, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, as “extremely […]

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Scientists complete first map of an insect brain

Researchers have built the first ever map of an insect’s brain, according to a new study. The map shows every single neuron (messenger cell) in the brain of a baby fruit fly, and how they are wired together. Scientists say the landmark achievement in neuroscience brings experts closer to true understanding of the mechanism of […]

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