Here’s How Long It Actually Takes to Break a Habit, According to Science

From daily tooth-brushing to the 11am coffee, we all have dozens of habits that get us through our daily routine. Some are great – weekly gym visits are often encouraged – others not so much, like smoking a pack a day, or dialling the number of the pizza place way too often. Because we recognise […]

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Universe Is Expanding Much Faster Than We Thought, Creating a ‘Crisis in Cosmology’

The Universe is expanding much faster than scientists predicted, and nobody knows why. A team of researchers has confirmed this dilemma with data gathered using a new telescope technology that relies on shape-shifting mirrors. According to their study, which was published last month in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, precise measurements of […]

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This Mind-Boggling Infographic Shows Just How Much of The Ocean We Don’t See

People sometimes forget that oceans contain a lot more than the water you see just beneath the surface. The depths below the ocean’s surface comprise a staggering 95 percent of the Earth’s living space, and much of it is unexplored by humans. To put into perspective just how deep the oceans go, Xkcd.com created the […]

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Guess Which Company Was Just Crowned The World’s Biggest Plastic Polluter (Again)

On one day in September, people from over 50 countries decided to do something about our plastic problem. Together, they picked up almost half a million pieces of plastic garbage littering the planet. Over 40 percent of this mountain of trash was still clearly identifiable by brand, and one producer’s trash in particular was picked […]

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Here’s What Tree Planting Can Actually Do For The Climate, According to Science

Elon Musk has pledged to donate US$1 million to a campaign that hopes to plant 20 million trees around the world starting on January 1. He even changed his Twitter name to Treelon. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey followed suit with a US$150,000 pledge of his own. The campaign, #TeamTrees, is spearheaded by the YouTube influencer […]

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Anti-Vaxxer Claims She Gave Trick-or-Treaters Lollipops Infected With Chicken Pox

An Australian anti-vaxxer mum has reportedly said she was giving trick-or-treaters chicken pox-tainted lollipops for Halloween, claiming the candies would help give kids the infection that her son has so they can get the chicken pox over with and be immune for life, according to a post shared in a pro-vaccine group called “Light for […]

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Keystone Pipeline Spills 383,000 Gallons of Oil in North Dakota This Week

Approximately 383,000 gallons of crude oil have spilled into a North Dakota wetland this week in the latest leak from the Keystone Pipeline, further fueling long-standing opposition to plans for the pipeline network’s extension. With about half an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of oil covering roughly half an acre, the leak is among the largest […]

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FDA Has Fast-Tracked a Long-Awaited Cystic Fibrosis Drug That May Help 90% of Patients

A new cystic fibrosis therapy dramatically improved patients’ lung function and showed clear signs of targeting the genetic root of the disease, instead of just alleviating symptoms — a breakthrough so long-sought that many doctors and patients are moved to tears when talking about it. http://https://www.sciencealert.com/images/2019-11/processed/cysticfibrosisdrug_1024.jpg The data, being unveiled Thursday at a national conference […]

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Astronomers Have Found an Exoplanet Somewhere It Really Shouldn’t Have Survived

NASA scientists have found an exoplanet located somewhere no exoplanet should be able to survive. The space agency’s exoplanet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has found some pretty neat things in its time on the job so far, including exocomets, a rocky exoplanet with three Suns, and a black hole devouring a star. This new […]

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Itchy Skin Conditions And Mental Health Are Linked, And We Need to Talk About It

Why do we itch? The reasons are many and varied. But what’s becoming ever clearer is many who experience chronic itching due to skin conditions also shoulder a profound psychological burden no scratching can relieve. While the nature of this link around conditions like eczema and psoriasis has been investigated before, scientists say we’re still […]

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