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Sun can emit superflares every 1000 years

The Sun has the potential to emit massive ‘superflares’ every 1000 years, say scientists.

What causes spring fever?

Is it a pure biological response that makes us lustier and happier in the spring? Or is it just because we think we’re supposed to feel that way?

Dark matter: how can we know if it exists?

There may be a whole invisible galaxy in the middle of the Milky Way, with dark suns and planets, and maybe even dark life.

Can animals and plants tolerate more radioactivity than us?

Animals are thriving in Chernobyl's radioactive habitat. Are they better able to withstand radiation than humans?

Scientist: No evidence of extreme drought and floods in the twentieth century

Climate records show no evidence of increasing extremes in wet-dry climate in the twentieth century that is projected by current climate models, shows new study.

Arctic plants help cool the planet

Global warming is making Arctic plants release compounds that might help cool the planet. But don’t expect it to outpace global warming.

Climate models underestimate rapid ice melt events on Greenland

Severe ice melt events on Greenland go almost undetected by climate models, which could mean that ice melt projections for the future are too low, warn scientists.

Burning a match - does it get rid of nasty bathroom odors?

Two chemists attempt to answer this age-old question.

Scientists move closer to developing a quantum computer

A new nanowire of superconducting semiconductor material is the ideal building block for a quantum computer, shows new research.

Evolution will make our wisdom teeth disappear

A simple mathematical formula explains why our teeth look the way they do and suggest that our wisdom teeth will eventually disappear.

Earth had oxygen 800 million years earlier than thought

The atmosphere contained oxygen 3.8 billion years ago, raising new questions about the history of life on Earth.

Sports drinks from fish heads

In a couple of years you might drink some fish parts after exercising at a gym.