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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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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This New Technology Can Fully Charge an Electric Car in Just 10 Minutes

It’s called ‘range anxiety’, and it’s often pointed to as one of the key reasons why consumer uptake of battery-powered electric vehicles still hasn’t really taken off. In a nutshell, range anxiety is the fear that an electric car’s battery won’t hold enough juice to get you where you need to be going – and […]

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StarCraft II Has a New Grandmaster, And It’s Not Human

Video games were invented for humans, by humans. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re the best when it comes to playing them. In a new achievement that signifies just how far artificial intelligence (AI) has progressed, scientists have developed a learning algorithm that rose to the very top echelon of the esports powerhouse StarCraft II, […]

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Chinese Man Chops Off Own Finger After Snake Bite, Doctors Say It Was Unnecessary

When bitten on the finger by a venomous snake, a farmer in China took the only recourse he thought available to him: he lopped the digit right off before undertaking a journey to the nearest city with a hospital. But, according to the doctors who treated the patient once he arrived, he needn’t have bothered […]

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NASA Just Recorded A Black Hole Devour A Sun-Sized Star For The First Time Ever

Events like this are not only incredibly rare but difficult to capture. NASA managed it with a state-of-the-art satellite and a network of robotic telescopes. Have you ever wondered what a star looks like as it’s ripped apart by a black hole? Probably not. But thanks to NASA and Ohio State University, you don’t have […]

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New Study Pinpoints The Ancestral Homeland of All Humans Alive Today

A group of researchers say they have pinpointed the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today: modern-day Botswana. In a new study published in the journal Nature, scientists analysed mitochondrial DNA – genetic information that gets passed down the female line – from more than 1,200 people across myriad populations in Africa. By examining which […]

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Growing Older Doesn’t Automatically Mean You’ll Get Fat, According to Science

One of the most frustrating things about getting older is when the pounds pile up along with the years. Keeping weight off can be a challenge, even when you aren’t eating more or exercising less. But don’t be discouraged. Aging may be inevitable, but getting fatter need not be. Obesity affects about 40 percent of […]

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Latest Estimates Show More People Will Face Rising Waters Than We Ever Expected

Say we stopped emitting greenhouse gases overnight; by the year 2100, the world’s oceans would still likely rise another foot and a half. More realistically, we’ll likely see seas get 2 or 3 feet higher. The projected flooding from that sea-level rise threatens hundreds of millions of people and vast amounts of infrastructure along coastlines […]

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