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US scientists announce fusion energy breakthrough

A “major scientific breakthrough” in the decades-long quest to harness fusion, the energy that powers the sun and stars, has been announced by US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for the first time produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was used to ignite it, something […]

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Learning to play the piano ‘improves ability to process sights and sounds’

Playing the piano improves the brain’s ability to process sights and sounds, as well as reducing depression, anxiety and stress, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Bath followed beginners who took lessons for an hour a week over an 11-week period. The one-to-one lessons consisted of 20 minutes of finger exercises, followed […]

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Scientists discover new kind of seaweed 100m below surface in Antarctica

Scientists working in the Antarctic region have discovered a type of seaweed living at depths some 100 metres below the surface. Researchers hailed the discovery of red alga Palmaria decipiens deep underwater as being “important for furthering our knowledge of Antarctica”. The seaweed was discovered by a team working at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island, […]

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