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Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text

A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed - by cracking the...

Do you need to dominate a coffee addict? Make him smell some coffee

Regular coffee drinkers can sniff out even tiny amounts of coffee and are faster at recognising the aroma, compared to non-coffee drinkers, new research has found. Habitual coffee drinkers are...

Why most solar systems have super-earths but not ours?

New research improves our understanding of how large super-Earth planets with small, quick orbits form. The galaxy is littered with planetary systems vastly different from ours. In the solar system,...

Why water dances and skitters on very hot surfaces?

Rather than sizzling and evaporating on super hot surfaces, water droplets instead stay intact, dancing and skittering over the surface in what’s known as the Leidenfrost effect. Now researchers...

Nixon had a speech ready in case the astronauts who went to the Moon...

The Apollo XI mission in 1969, when Armstrong and Aldrin set foot on the Moon, was a historic milestone and a great triumph of (american) technique. At the time, however,...

A species requires high genetic diversity to ensure its long-term survival… but narwhal

A narwhal discovery challenges the idea that genetic diversity is necessary for a species to survive. Researchers at the Natural History Museum of Denmark sequenced the genome of a narwhal...

NASA records Mars earthquake for the first time

The seismometer installed on Mars has detected the first seismic tremor on the red planet. It was last April 6 and a soft but distinctive seismic signal was detected, similar...

Global warming is ravaging life in the oceans

Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, researchers report. The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities...

New DNA calculator software can answer questions such as how many different species exist...

A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of a software tool that can provide conclusive answers to some of the world's most fascinating questions. The tool, which combines...

A name is sought for a new planet in our Solar System

Planet 2007 OR10 was discovered on July 17, 2007, during a search for distant bodies in a region of space known as the Kuiper Belt. Now, the three astronomers...
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Companies are lazy and unclear sending alerts about data breaches

The notifications that companies send consumers about data breaches lack clarity and may add to customer confusion about whether their data is at risk,...

After augmented reality, the virtual world still affects you

New research digs into how augmented reality affects people’s behavior—in both the physical world and a digitally enhanced one. Researchers found that after people had...

What is the economic rationale as to whether we should impose a tax on...

Soda taxes offer a “net good,” according to an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior. The two working papers point to advantages similar to...

How to reduce the chance of clicking through to a phishing link?

New research compares different kinds of warnings alerting email users to potential phishing scams. Just when we think we have a handle on the tricks...

What is Google Translatotron?

Google Translate goes a step further with 'Translatotron', a service that translates without the need for text. The translator converts your audio to another...

Google Play may be still used on Huawei devices

Google, the technological giant on which android operating systems depend and which has announced its rupture with Huawei, announces that users will be able...

When price is the first factor in the purchasing decision, consumers make poor choices

A new framework to enable retailers to better position their products to consumers has been devised by Tamer Boyaci and Frank Huettner at ESMT...

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