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Why Is This Quasar Running Away From Such a Handsome Galaxy?

We don’t understand quasars all that well, but are pretty certain that these incredibly bright lights belong in the centres of galaxies. So it looked a little weird when astronomers spotted quasar 3C 186 thirty six thousand light years away from the centre of its galaxy, seemingly trying to escape. Read More >>

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Trust Me, Living on the Moon Will Be Hell

Humans (not you, you’ll be dead) are going to have to live somewhere other than Earth eventually. There might be some options for new homes on Mars, the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, or even one of the planets in the Trappist-1 system. But what about the Moon for starters? It’s round like our Earth, it’s close, it’s got gravity—what more could you want? Read More >>

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You Don’t Want to Know How a Climate Change-Induced Mass Extinction Can End (Hint: Lizards)

It’s a widely accepted fact that we’re fucked. That’s sort of in a general sense. You, reader, are certainly not making it past 2100. And civilisation? Maybe it will meet its maker from superbugs and nuclear war in 50 years, or sea level rise in a few centuries. Maybe it’ll be an asteroid in a thousand years, or the sun engulfing the planet in a few billion. Or, maybe a new mass extinction event will result in a fucking lizard-pocalypse, which is basically what happened in Australia 35 million years ago. Read More >>

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Sting Operation Reveals Science’s Insane Fake News Problem 

If someone applied to a top position at a company, you’d hope a hiring manager would at least Google the applicant to ensure they’re qualified. A group of researchers sent phony resumes to 360 scientific journals for an applicant whose Polish name translated to “Dr. Fraud.” And 48 journals happily appointed the fake doctor to their editorial board. Read More >>

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Finally, an Astrophysics Simulation Even Your Stoner Friend Will Love

The Milky Way isn’t just stars orbiting a black hole—it’s loaded with dust and debris, floating with reckless abandon in the space between solar systems. And like the stuff that accompanies wildfires or windy days in the desert, dust makes it hard to see. Think about that, bro... we’re just like, specks of dust. Read More >>

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Astronauts Can See Mount Etna’s Crazy Eruption From the Space Station

Seeing as the Earth is a puny nugget of metal sitting atop a nearly 2000 mile-thick mantle of high-pressure flowing rock, it’s no surprise that the rock occasionally seeps out, either slowly or explosively, through the surface. It’s pretty cool to see the magma glowing beside Sicily’s nighttime lights, though. Read More >>

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How Deadly Spider Venom Might Save Lives

Funnel web spiders are a perplexing bunch. The eight-legged Australian creatures can kill with their venom, but are simultaneously required for creating the antidote. Now, it turns out their venom might have another purpose—protecting the brain from the damaging effects of a stroke. Read More >>

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Kid Basically Shits Himself Feeding a Llama

Did you ever go to a petting zoo as a kid, have an awesome time, but then your scaredy cat little brother just flips out and causes a scene? Well, let us be the first to say: It is a very hilarious scene to behold. Read More >>

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How to Prove to Yourself That the Earth Is Round

There’s a group of people who’ve lost trust in scientists, professors, academics, and pretty much anyone who is paid to establish and dispense facts. Some of these people are rejecting a fact established centuries ago that sits at the core of most modern biology, geology and astronomy: We live on a big, round, spinning ball. That group has now grown to include several spinning ball lovers, like former pro basketball player Shaquille O’Neil. Read More >>

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Scientists Observe Freaky Parrot Ritual, Call It Contagious Laughter

Birds are incredible, beautiful creatures from afar. They have lots of colours, they have beaks, they can fly, and all that other neat birdy stuff. Up close, they are horrible, smelly dinosaurs with sharp claws who squawk and could attack at any moment. Read More >>

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Scientists Are Turning Earth Into a Telescope to See a Black Hole

Black holes may be one of the universe’s most bizarre phenomena. They’re literally divide-by-zeros in the sky, places where the mathematics of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity falls apart. These dense behemoths have such strong gravitational fields that time stops, and all futures point directly at the centre, and light crossing the boundary, or event horizon, can’t escape. But no one’s ever taken a picture of a black hole, and scientists want to change that. Read More >>

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Think We’re Living in a Computer Simulation? Prove It

Science doesn’t have all the answers. There are plenty of things it and may never prove, like whether there’s a God. Or whether we’re living in a computer simulation, something proposed by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom and others, and maybe your stoned friend Chad last week. Read More >>

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Mars Might Have Had a Kickass Big Moon Instead of Two Tiny Crappy Ones 

Orbiting our dusty red neighbour are two puny potatoes, Phobos and Deimos. They look like they belong among the worst (but not the absolute worst) moons in the solar system, but their existence might tell a crazy story about Mars’ history. Read More >>

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This Ridiculous True Butterfly Crime Story Gets Weirder and Weirder

We've got some beautiful rare butterflies here in England, haven't we? It would be a real shame if some of them... went missing. Read More >>

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The First 3D Printed Cheese Was as Bizarre As You’d Expect

Imagine a future in which humans can produce a vast variety of foods with all sorts of textures and shapes at the flick of a switch. Just throw a mix into your 3D printer, and, presto, gooey gorgonzola globules! Crunchy candy cubes! Incredible! Read More >>