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Curious Kids: if the universe is like a giant brain, then where’s its body?

Curious Kids: if the universe is like a giant brain, then where’s its body? Andrew Pontzen, Fabio Governato/Wikimedia Commons., CC BY Maya Horton, University of Hertfordshire This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children of all ages. The Conversation is asking young people to send in questions…

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Curious Kids: how does gravity pull things down to Earth?

Curious Kids: how does gravity pull things down to Earth? What goes up, must come down. Shutterstock. Monica Grady, The Open University This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children of all ages. The Conversation is asking young people to send in questions they’d like an expert…

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Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness

Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness All in the mind. Shutterstock Adam Barrett, University of Sussex Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last decade, a fledgling community of “consciousness scientists” have…

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How to reason with flat earthers (it may not help though)

How to reason with flat earthers (it may not help though) SpaceX Nikk Effingham, University of Birmingham Thinking that the earth might be flat appears to have grown in popularity in recent years. Indeed, flat earthers are gathering for their annual conference this year in Birmingham, just two miles from…

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I’m an expat US scientist – and I’m returning to Trump’s America to stand up for science

I’m an expat US scientist – and I’m returning to Trump’s America to stand up for science The first March for Science, April 22, 2017, Washington DC. Molly Adams, CC BY Elizabeth Madin, Macquarie University Editor’s note: With the second March for Science scheduled for April 14, The Conversation is…

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Looking up in the main chamber at SNOLAB’s facility in the Vale Creighton nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., a giant spherical neutrino sensor array the size of a 10 storey building is used to detect subatomic particles that pass through the earth. (Handout)

How scientists unlock secrets of the universe from deep underground

How scientists unlock secrets of the universe from deep underground Looking up in the main chamber at SNOLAB’s facility in the Vale Creighton nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., a giant spherical neutrino sensor array the size of a 10 storey building is used to detect subatomic particles that pass through…

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Cmdr. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) goes on a scientifically implausible spacewalk in Star Trek: Discovery. (Handout)

Astronomer explains how Star Trek: Discovery warps science

Astronomer explains how Star Trek: Discovery warps science Cmdr. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) goes on a scientifically implausible spacewalk in Star Trek: Discovery. (Handout) Bryan Gaensler, University of Toronto I’ve been alive for 44 years, and I’ve been watching Star Trek for 44 years. I was a baby sitting on…

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The solar eclipse is reflected on the sunglasses of a man in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Eclipse of reason: Why do people disbelieve scientists?

Eclipse of reason: Why do people disbelieve scientists? People reject science such as that about climate change and vaccines, but readily believe scientists about solar eclipses, like this one reflected on the sunglasses of a man dangerously watching in Nicosia, Cyprus, in a 2015 file photo. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias) Bryan…

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Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any) Shutterstock Ian Crawford, UCL The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of astrobiology, ranging…

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Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor

Time travel: a conversation between a scientist and a literature professor andrey_l / Shutterstock.com Richard Bower, Durham University and Simon John James, Durham University Literature professor Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machines – the past, the future, and how…

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Why data-driven science is more than just a buzzword

Why data-driven science is more than just a buzzword Tara Murphy, University of Sydney Forget looking through a telescope at the stars. An astronomer today is more likely to be online: digitally scheduling observations, running them remotely on a telescope in the desert, and downloading the results for analysis. For…

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Artist’s impression of the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

ESA’s new Mars orbiter prepares for first science

ESA’s new Mars orbiter prepares for first science The ExoMars orbiter is preparing to make its first scientific observations at Mars during two orbits of the planet starting next week. The Trace Gas Orbiter, or TGO, a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos, arrived at Mars on 19 October. It…

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