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LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue

Image copyright EQUINOX GRAPHICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994. Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had […]

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SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth

The SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth with a full load of science samples after its mission to the International Space Station. The capsule left the station after being released by astronauts Thomas Pesquet (of France) and Shane Kimbrough (of NASA) using a robotic arm. It’s equipped with a heat shield that allows cargo to […]

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Can dolphins reveal why whales strand?

Researchers in the US are working with dolphins in an effort to work out why closely related whale species in the wild strand themselves on land. The team, from the University of California Santa Cruz, carried out experiments to measure the effect on the animals of human-made noise, something that has been implicated in mass […]

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Device promises injections without needles

A computerised system for injecting medicine without using needles has won an innovation award at the South by SouthWest Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas. Portal Instruments’ device, which the company hopes will be on the market in the next two years, won in the health category. The BBC’s North America technology reporter Dave Lee […]

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'Narcissistic' bird wins internet fans in Australia

Image copyright Nick Wiggins/ABC Image caption Wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor posted a note above the bush stone-curlew When wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor saw a bird mesmerised with its reflection, she feared people might be concerned. So she posted a note above it. “I’m a bush stone-curlew,” the message explained. “I’m fine. I just like to […]

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Black tide

Image copyright Philippe Le Tellier Fifty years ago, the supertanker SS Torrey Canyon hit rocks off the coast of Cornwall, spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil into the English Channel. Beaches were left knee-deep in sludge and thousands of sea birds were killed in what remains the UK’s worst environmental accident. It was […]

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Scientists play 'geological genealogy'

Image copyright Rick Carlson Image caption The rocks on the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay are among the oldest on Earth Scientists have tracked the “family history” of a rock back to some of the earliest times on Earth. Researchers analysed the concentration and distribution of particular types of atoms in the granite to […]