The Cambrian explosion was caused by a lack of oxygen, not an abundance

DURING the Cambrian period, which began 541m years ago, animal life took a remarkable leap forward. The first creatures believed by most (though not all) palaeontologists to be multicellular animals appear in the previous geological period, the Ediacaran. But though they are abundant and reasonably diverse, Ediacaran creatures do not look ancestral More...

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By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
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HIV+ volunteers are bequeathing their organs to a new project

MUCH of the medical research conducted on HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, looks at patients’ blood. This is no surprise. Blood is both easy to collect and easy to preserve. But HIV is not confined to the More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
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Another’s wasted investment is as disturbing as one’s own

THAT human beings often continue to pour money into bad projects because they have already invested in them and cannot bring themselves to lose that investment is well known. Indeed the sunk-cost fallacy, as this More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
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A rocket that devours itself

IT TAKES a lot of oomph to launch a satellite into space. Typically, the payload represents only about 5% of the mass of a rocket as it leaves the launch pad. The rocket’s motors account for some of the rest, More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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NASA to Announce New Mars Science Results Thursday

NASA's rover Curiosity has found something on Mars, and the space agency will have a press conference Thursday to reveal something special, it said in a statement on its website. "The media and public More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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Gizmodo: FCC Emails Show It Spread Lies to Bolster False Claims of Attack

The Federal Communications Commission purposely misled several news organizations last year, giving journalists false information in an effort to counter speculation that senior officials manufactured a cyberattack More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
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Expert: Researchers Scrapping Pursuit of Human-Like AI

Amid the artificial intelligence revolution, researchers are scrapping the pursuit of human-like A.I. in favor of putting the advances to date into real-world use, an expert on the topic told Axios. "We have More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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Pew Study: Teens' Internet Obsessions Getting Worse

American teens are not just social-media savvy, they are obsessed — with nearly half reporting they are online on a near-constant basis, almost double the number just a few years ago, a new report found. In More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Forbes: Flying Cars, Taxis Are Nearly Ready for Mass Use

A few companies are closing in on commercializing a futuristic fleet of flying cars and air taxis, Forbes reported. According to Forbes, the personal aircraft under development, include: Pal-V Liberty, a two-seat, More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Germ-free children may be more prone to leukaemia

THE long struggle to cure acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a childhood blood cancer, is a stand-out tale in the history of medicine. It was a massive endeavour, over decades, with many toxic drugs being tested More...