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Distant stars above the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, in the UK. Flickr/Rich Grundy, CC BY-NC

When you look up, how far back in time do you see?

When you look up, how far back in time do you see? Distant stars above the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, in the UK. Flickr/Rich Grundy, CC BY-NC  Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University Our senses are stuck in the past. There’s a flash of lightning, and then seconds pass…

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Why we will probably never have a perfect clock

Why we will probably never have a perfect clock pexels photo. Daniel Brown, Nottingham Trent University The time has come again when many of us switch our clocks from summer or daylight-saving time back to winter time. And the usual confusion sets in, is it an hour forwards or back?…

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How maths can help us answer questions we haven’t thought of yet

How maths can help us answer questions we haven’t thought of yet “We’re all mad here.” Shutterstock Alexei Vernitski, University of Essex Maths is considered an instrument that produces correct answers to our questions about the universe. For example, maths can predict correctly that if you have two apples and…

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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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