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UCLA researchers discover potential reason for unusual atmospheric wave on Venus

UCLA researchers may have discovered the cause of a huge, bow-shaped wave on Venus that has puzzled planetary scientists for years. |SOURCE| Their computer simulations of the Venusian atmosphere showed that wind blowing across mountains creates oscillations of the air, called mountain waves, that launch high into the clouds. The waves change how [...] Read more

Humans are still evolving - and it's happening faster than ever

Humans are evolving more quickly than at any time in history, researchers say. In the past 5,000 years, humans have evolved up to 100 times more quickly than any time since the split with the ancestors of modern chimpanzees 6m years ago, a team from the University of Wisconsin found. |SOURCE| The study also suggests that human races in different [...] Read more

AI teaches itself to identify materials – and predict new ones too

A deep learning neural network trained on 50,000 crystal structures of inorganic materials has acquired the ability to recognise chemical similarities and predict new materials. |SOURCE| One way to find out whether two elements from the periodic table will form a crystalline material is the tried and trusted ‘shake and bake’ – mix them together at [...] Read more

Einstein proved right in another galaxy

An international team of astronomers have made the most precise test of gravity outside our own solar system. |SOURCE| By combining data taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, their results show that gravity in this galaxy behaves as predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of [...] Read more

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