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The Rosetta Stone of Science

The Rosetta Stone of Science

NASA hoped to discover the truth about a remote, lonely comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The original Rosetta Stone was the key to unlocking Egyptian hieroglyphs, since it contained three texts with the same meaning.

Another Type of Chinese Slump

Another Type of Chinese Slump

We were taken aback to learn that Beijing is sinking at a rate of elevens centimetres a year. A study by eminent Chinese geophysicists reveals the underlying cause is too much water pumped up from millennia-old aquifers. The permeable rock hundreds of meters underground is drying out in pockets of air and disintegrating.

China’s Complicated Balance of Power

China’s Complicated Balance of Power

China has embarked on a frenzied effort to bolster its grid with sufficient energy to keep up with demand. Last year it continued its fossil-fuel program, although it began to give more attention to wind. According to the International Energy Agency the current construction rate is two new wind turbines per hour.

The 2016 Space Odyssey Continues

The 2016 Space Odyssey Continues

When NASA released photos of the Mars Monolith in 2009, Buzz Aldrin expected people to want to know who put it there. This did not turn out to be the case. The scientific community thinks this so improbable, it has generally lost interest.

Will It Be Your Charm Tonight

Will It Be Your Charm Tonight

Many of us have memories of how we bonded first with our true love in the cinema, or on the couch watching television. We may have thoughts of ‘I was such a smoothie’, or ‘I was looking at my very best that evening’. Science Mag may has pricked your bubble by fingering endorphins.

The Bulldog: Next Endangered Species?

The Bulldog: Next Endangered Species?

Bulldogs have whiffled their way into our lives to the extent we may have named our most famous prime minister after one, although that is debatable. We are also quite fond of our assorted pugs, and shih-tzus although we may not speak their languages quite as well.

Alive with Sound of Tesla Coils

Alive with Sound of Tesla Coils

Nikola Tesla, born mid-nineteenth century, after whom a certain electric carmaker takes its name, was a Serbian-American inventor at the forefront of new telephony and engineering skills. He produced patents too numerous to mention here. Among these was the famous Tesla Coil still in use for esoteric purposes.

Medley of Possibilities at Mosaic Sinkhole

Medley of Possibilities at Mosaic Sinkhole

The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Some phosphates contain a significant quantity of radioactive uranium isotopes. These may release into surface water after application in farming operations.

Let’s Salute the Paralympic Heroes

Let’s Salute the Paralympic Heroes

The 2016 Rio Olympics were inspiring, although some gilt did chip off the gingerbread with the doping scandal. If anything, we preferred the lower key Paralympics because the competitors were more in line with Olympic Creed

How Now Brown Cow

How Now Brown Cow

Cattle are the universal currency of Africa, and the primary source or wealth in migrant nations. They are prized for their milk and only eaten at special celebrations. If a young man has sufficient cows, his dowry could attract the prettiest girl in the village.

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