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Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods. Rao, whose victory was announced late in the evening of Tuesday 17 October, will take home US$25,000 for the idea, which she said
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Controversy has erupted over a scientific paper that is being retracted after it was attacked for being ‘antivax pseudoscience‘ and found to contain manipulated, false data… which has now gone mysteriously AWOL. The research, published last month, suggested aluminium contained in vaccine adjuvants could trigger biological responses in mice “consistent with those in autism”, but it
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Ancient burial clothes thought to have been woven with typical Viking patterns have, after decades in storage, revealed a surprise: geometric Kufic script spelling out the words “Ali” and “Allah,” woven in silver thread onto silk. It’s the first time historic artefacts mentioning “Ali” have been found in Scandinavia, marking this as an important archaeological
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It’s difficult to contemplate the tragedy of losing a loved one and never knowing what happened to them. Every year, an estimated 38,000 people go missing in Australia.   While almost 95 percent of these individuals are found relatively quickly, 5 percent become long-term missing persons cases, with many suspected victims of foul play. British
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The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophers, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations
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