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Radioactive waste used to peek inside a star explosion New Scientist 

RADIOACTIVE waste has helped us peer inside a star explosion and solve a long-standing mystery about the cosmic origins of chemical elements. Stars fuse hydrogen in their cores, creating helium and releasing energy. As they run out of hydrogen fuel, very massive stars...

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Everest born when Asia was squeezed like toothpaste New Scientist 

Video: How mountains grow when continents crash If you want to know why Mount Everest is so tall, imagine squeezing and bending a tube of toothpaste. The same process has been happening on a grand scale ever since India smashed into the rest of Asia – an unexpectedly prolonged collision...

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Record-breaking atom laser to hunt quantum gravity New Scientist 

Beam me up, Einstein. The worlds most powerful atom laser could one day be sent into space to probe the mysteries of general relativity and perhaps offer clues to the long-sought connection between gravity and quantum mechanics. Atom lasers emit beams of matter instead...

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Big bang breakthrough: Who is the father of inflation? New Scientist 

The first clear glimpse of ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, is being widely hailed as validation for inflation, the notion that the baby universe ballooned in size mind-bendingly fast just after the big bang. Reported last week, the discovery may earn some scientists...

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Space-time ripples hint at physics beyond the big bang New Scientist 

Read full articleContinue reading page |1|2 Slivers of a second after the universe was born, IT ballooned exponentially in the blink of an eye. This vision of cosmic expansion, called inflation, got a big boost last week with the announcement of the first sighting of primordial...

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Billiard table chaos wins $1 million maths prize New Scientist 

Cutting a hole in the pool table is unlikely to win you many fans down at your local bar, but doing the mathematical equivalent has just led to a million dollar prize. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo announced today that it has awarded Yakov Sinai...

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Dream Job: Stand-up mathematician New Scientist 

Video: Maths stand-up comedy shows 4D cube crash Have you heard the one about the spreadsheets? Believe it or not, such topics are comedy gold for stand-up mathematician Matt Parker. Does he poke fun at them? No – how dare you, he says. Everyone at work is subjected to...

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Vanishing mirror turns into a window as you spin it New Scientist 

Video: Vanishing mirror turns into a window You walk past a mirror, watching your reflection, when suddenly it disappears – the mirror has become a window. Such a mirror now exists thanks to a material that filters light beams based on the direction they are travelling in. It could...

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Prime number enigma could be solved by simple networks New Scientist 

IS THERE a pattern behind prime numbers? This is one of the biggest questions in mathematics. Now networks that reproduce relationships between primes and non-primes could point the way to an answer. Primes are numbers that are only perfectly divisible by themselves and...

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Father of big bang carries its hiss on his cellphone New Scientist 

Video: Recording captures hiss of big bang radiation Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias accidentally discovered the afterglow of the big bang in 1964. Their now-famous horn antenna, built for Bell Labs in New Jersey, was supposed to be picking up the radio waves emitted by galaxy clusters...

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