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Known as KIC 8462852, or Tabby’s star, it has been baffling astronomers for the past few months after a team of researchers noticed its light seemed to be dipping in brightness in bizarre ways. Proposed explanations ranged from a cloud of comets to orbiting “alien megastructures”. Now an analysis of historical observations reveals the star has been gradually dimming for over a century, leaving everyone scratching their heads as to the cause.


Posted: 1/15/2016 9:12:55 PM   Reads: 163   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

Could time end and take us with it?


Posted: 10/2/2010 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 513   Submitted By: lomi   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

If this doesn’t blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab’s Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram."


Posted: 1/15/2009 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 630   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Alternative Spirituality



Posted: 2/14/2007 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Ancient Mysteries

Applying a gentle electric current to the brain during sleep can significantly boost memory, researchers report.


Posted: 11/12/2006 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 430   Submitted By: jmoore   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: General

There may be no more commercial fish stocks left in the sea by 2050, according to a new study cataloguing the global collapse of marine ecosystems.


Posted: 11/4/2006 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 417   Submitted By: jmoore   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: General

Swirling dust devils on Mars have given NASA scientists both a scientific treat and a very welcome power boost.


Posted: 3/16/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 394   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

A group of engineers has offered a solution for people who want a direct line to aliens - by broadcasting their phone calls directly into space.


Posted: 3/12/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 345   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Oddball News

Now, it turns out that the evidence for dark energy was there in our cosmic backyard all along, and that astronomers could have discovered it nearly 30 years ago.


Posted: 3/12/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 396   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

A declared fan of space exploration with three decades of space industry experience was nominated to be NASA’s new boss by US President George W Bush on Friday.


Posted: 3/11/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 373   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

It is not quite the stuff of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but the fare coming out of Homaru Cantu’s kitchen is just as bizarre. In Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book, chewing gum is made to taste like a three-course meal. Cantu, a cordon-bleu chef, has modified an ink-jet printer to create dishes made of edible paper that can taste like anything from birthday cake to sushi.


Posted: 2/16/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 379   Submitted By: Hawaiianguy05   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

Two pathways, not one, connect the main language areas of the human brain, according to a new study, which also confirms the involvement of an additional brain area involved in the process.


Posted: 12/13/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 383   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

Contact lenses that release controlled doses of drugs to treat eye diseases such as glaucoma have been created by nano-engineers in Singapore.


Posted: 10/31/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 351   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

The twin rovers on Mars - now reviving having survived the freezing depths of Martian winter - have found new signs that water was once plentiful on Mars.


Posted: 10/8/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 366   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

Methane and water vapour are concentrated in the same regions of the Martian atmosphere, say scientists studying data from Europe’s Mars Express orbiter.


Posted: 9/22/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 391   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Science Controversies

The closest observed asteroid yet to skim past the Earth without hitting the atmosphere, was reported by astronomers on Sunday.


Posted: 8/23/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 383   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

A piece of the Sun is set to fall to Earth and be captured by Hollywood stunt pilots in a tricky mid-air manoeuvre, NASA announced on Thursday.


Posted: 8/20/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 371   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

Brighter, clearer beer could be on the way thanks to a superfine filter that owes its existence to the failure of a decade-old recording technology.


Posted: 7/12/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 367   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: go.fark.com Category: Technology News

Record-breaking blasts from unseasonable solar storms seen in late 2003 are just now reaching the edge of the Solar System, scientists reported on Thursday.


Posted: 7/9/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 345   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

The health risks of passive smoking may have been substantially underestimated, according to the first large-scale study looking at tobacco-derived chemicals in the blood of non-smokers.


Posted: 6/30/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 355   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

Human stem cell lines from genetically flawed human embryos have been created by US scientists.


Posted: 6/12/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 354   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

The managers of NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity have decided to take the plunge - they will sent the rover deep down into Endurance crater.


Posted: 6/7/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 363   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

The Earth’s magnetic field takes an average of only 7000 years to reverse its polarity, but the switch happens much more quickly near the equator, according to the most comprehensive study yet of the last four reversals.


Posted: 4/8/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

Titanic waves - seven times as high and long as those blown up on the Earth’s oceans - may swell on the sludgy seas of Saturn’s moon Titan, suggest new computer simulations.


Posted: 4/1/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

The largest object to be discovered in the Solar System since Pluto was found in 1930 was spotted by a sky survey on Tuesday.


Posted: 2/21/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 5   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

The world’s oldest known insect has been found lurking in a fossil-filled vault under a museum. The finding pushes back the origins of winged insects by 80 million years, and could shed light on the mystery of why the ability to fly first evolved.


Posted: 2/12/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: New Science

It is possibly the longest-running murder mystery of them all. What, or even who, killed humankind’s nearest relatives, the Neanderthals who once roamed Europe before dying out almost 30,000 years ago?


Posted: 1/22/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Ancient Mysteries

The Mars rover Spirit has completed its first full set of scientific measurements with the instruments on its robotic arm, revealing mysterious hollow grains in the soil.


Posted: 1/19/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

Another person has died in Vietnam from avian influenza. The World Health Organization Bird flu has now confirmed five deaths, while Vietnamese officials have blamed bird flu for the loss of another nine lives.


Posted: 1/19/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: General

The Mars rover Spirit has not even left its landing platform yet, but mission managers say some of its major scientific goals are already well on the way to being realised. Most importantly, Spirit has detected tantalising signs of minerals that could provide the long-sought evidence of Mars’s watery past.


Posted: 1/13/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 3   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newscientist.com Category: Space

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