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About 10,000 years ago, humans evolved a tolerance to cow’s milk; over the past 150 years, we’ve added 10 centimetres to our average height; and over the past 65 years, we’ve added 20 years to the average lifespan, mostly thanks to advances in science.   We’ve come so far in such an incredibly short period
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If you really want to teach someone something, starting with a misconception and working backwards is one of the best techniques. A new video from Veritasium does just that. In the new segment, host Derek Muller debunks one of the most common misconceptions about science – namely, that science is simply a steady, gradual way
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Deep in western Russia, if you know where to look, you’ll find a small collection of ragged scrap metal and crumbled concrete. Which isn’t that exciting. But if you rifle through the rubble, you will find a large, metal disc bolted to the ground. This isn’t just any old disc – it’s the welded-shut cap of
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With all this talk about colonising Mars, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Earth and all its mysteries have been well and truly uncovered by the year 2017. But as these bizarre lifeforms and the recently reclassified ‘Zealandia’ continent can attest, our planet still harbours a crapload of surprises, because as good as we humans are at exploring, there
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Here’s a weird fact for you – a hydrogen atom has less mass than the combined mass of the proton and electron that make it up. Okay, it’s not just hydrogen – ALL elements on the periodic table weigh less than the sum of their parts.  Here’s another mind-bender: if you have two objects are