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Spanish scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a “spinning” star — or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been found. The observations that led to the discovery were performed with the Liverpool and Mercator telescopes at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in the Canary Islands, Spain.
The Group of Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices (DFO) at the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló, led by the professor of Applied Physics Juan Bisquert, together with researchers from the University of Oxford, have created and characterized a photovoltaic device based on a combination of titanium oxide and graphene as charge collector and perovskite as sunlight absorber. The device is manufactured at low temperatures and has a high efficiency.
Fragments of human bones that exhibit cut marks and prolonged exposure to fire have been discovered through various excavations in the Sacred Precinct of Tenochtitlan (located in Mexico City). These skeletal remains are from individuals, such as children, slaves and captured warriors, who were sacrificed during religious festivals.
[Douglas] Scott maintains that Alexander Thom’s interpretation of the Kintraw standing stone, Argyll, as marking an accurate midwinter sunset is a myth, but the evidence he cites is not strictly relevant. A higher observation point than that at the standing stone – such as the nearby prehistoric burial cairns – is needed to see the midwinter notch on Jura over a nearby ridge. However features of the cairns at the site are not relevant because they do not affect the existence or otherwise of the long alignment.
We like to think that we reach conclusions by reviewing facts, weighing evidence and analysing arguments. But this is not how humans usually operate, particularly when decisions are important or need to be made quickly.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and The Planetary Society invite people worldwide to fly their names on a round-trip ride to the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission, the asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx is an unmanned robotic mission, but thousands of names will be hitching a ride to the asteroid, spend over 2 years there, and return to Earth in the Sample Return Capsule in 2023. A copy of the names will also be placed on the spacecraft, which will remain in space long after the sample return capsule is back on Earth.
A mysterious rock has appeared in front of a robotic rover on Mars - and Nasa has no idea how it got there. The rock popped into existence in front of the six-wheeled rover Opportunity a few days ago, entirely out of the blue.
Engineers from the University of Illinois have developed a new line of miniature, swimming bio-bots – the first class of synthetic structures capable of traveling through viscous biological fluids on their own.
URBAN warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution. But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide.
By using the same experimental framework normally applied to test learnt behavioral responses in animals, biologists from Australia and Italy have successfully demonstrated that Mimosa pudica – an exotic herb native to South America and Central America – can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals.
This recently completed Swiss study is truly momentous — it’s the first “double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of LSD-assisted psychotherapy since the early 1970s.” This pilot study found that two LSD-assisted psychotherapy sessions successfully reduced anxiety in end-of-life patients.
At 10am GMT on Monday morning an alarm clock will rouse a snoozing spacecraft that is hurtling through the darkest reaches of the solar system. Launched 10 years ago, and in hibernation for the last three, the time for action has come at last.
New research shows chimpanzees to use gestures to communicate with one another while pursing a specific goal.
Related: Lost in the wild? Chimps can show you the way
Rio de Janeiro: Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Long believed to be lost and scattered, King Alfred the Great's mortal remains may be about to make a re-appearance.
The discovery of a 16th-century coin buried in clay on a Vancouver Island shoreline is rekindling interest in a controversial theory that English explorer Sir Francis Drake made a secret voyage to Canada’s Pacific Coast in 1579 — two centuries before Spanish sailors and the legendary British navigator Capt. James Cook made their famous “first” European visits to the future British Columbia in the 1770s.
Science fiction hasn’t got around to this one yet. Astronomers are described as “baffled” by the sun’s sudden reduction in output. One prediction even suggests that the Thames might freeze over.
Scientists probing the icelands of West Antarctica have discovered a subglacial pit that is deeper than the Grand Canyon.
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