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The Ozone hole is healing

Satellite data shows that the ozone hole in the atmosphere over Antarctica is slowly healing. The data comes from NASA´s Earth-orbiting Aura satellite. It indicates that a depletion rate of the protective ozone layer that was 20% lower in winter 2016 than it was in 2005. Scientists hope that the hole will be gone between 2060 and 2080. Scientists say the change is due to …

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Google AI creates own „child“

Google has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) that created its own child. The system is more advanced than any made by humans. On one hand people are amazed by this achievement but on the other hand they are afraid about what else it could do. Additionally, it sparks an ethical debate about regulations and safety. The AI was built to make it easier to design …

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Robotic Albatrosses

Scientists make use of animal´s movement and behaviour to improve technology, birds inspired airplanes, for example. Now scientists try to copy the abilities of the wandering albatross to use them on drones. The bird is able to soar great distances with minimal effort. The albatross doesn´t flap its wings but just rides the wind. Scientists want to build drones that can make use of the …

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Einstein´s Theory of Happiness

Einstein´s theory of happiness fetched $1.3 million at an auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday. It was a hand-written note with the musings of Albert Einstein on it that sheds some light on one of the great minds of all time. The bidding for the note began at $2,000 but quickly escalated and lasted 25 minutes. Albert Einstein was a founder of the Hebrew University in …

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Are Roboshops the future?

In the future shopping for groceries might be different from the way we know now. A Swedish start up, Wheelys, works together with China´s Hefei Unversity of Technology to overhaul the shopping experience. They predict that in future everyone, from big retailers to small communities, will employ their own mobile, automatic grocery. The technologies are already there – self-driving cars, mobile payment and wireless tagging …

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Chemical surgery might change our lives

Precise chemical surgery has been performed on embryos by a Chinese team at the Sun Yat-sen University to alter their DNA and remove diseases. They were able to alter a single error out of three billion features of our genetic code. They did this on lab-made embryos, which have not been implanted. This medical procedure my one day treat a series of inherited diseases or …

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Solar Eclipse 2017

Yesterday a total solar eclipse took place, the moon passed in front of the sun and cast a huge shadow. It was the first solar eclipse in America since 1918 to track from coast to coast. Within the path of totality the total solar eclipse could be seen, everyone in North America was able to witness the phenomenon. The path stretched from Oregon to South …

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Do multiple universes exist?

The idea of a multiverse – a cosmos where a multiple number of universes exist beside our own – is no longer just confined to science fiction. By now it is a respected theory among scientists and many try to prove its existence. Now scientists might be a step closer. A graduate student from Durham University in England and his colleagues took a closer look …

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Week in Review (18th-24th March)

Week in Review (18th-24th March) CURRENT AFFAIRS London hit by terrorist attack After Paris, Brussels and Berlin, London faced terror as four people died and forty were injured in a series of events happening on Wednesday afternoon in one of the city’s most important areas for politics and tourism. A car deliberately hit people on the famous Westminster Bridge, killing at least two pedestrians and …

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China and India Step Away from Coal

China and India Step Away from Coal ©Xiaolu Chu/Getty Images As the world’s first and third biggest consumers of coal, China and India account for a significant part of our planet’s pollution. In the last few years, the impact of this environmental damage on the daily lives of Chinese and Indian citizens has become increasingly visible, with smog taking over entire cities for days. This …

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