Who owns the heavens? Improved satellite communications come at a price

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor When our ancestors looked up at the night sky, they used the patterns of twinkling light they saw as inspiration for stories that connected their communities. The newest constellation in our sky, created by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, promises a similar story of connectivity. However, it may […]

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The interdisciplinary path to modelling the brain: A talk with neuroscientist Alan Evans

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Sri Ray-Chauduri, Technology & Engineering editor The brain is thought to be the most complex organ in the human body, involved in every minutia of our daily lives. Throughout history, people have worked to describe and decipher this powerful organ, and researcher Alan Evans is no different. Evans, a global authority on brain imaging and […]

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Life on the extreme edge: Microbes in astrobiology

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor Our most resilient organisms, emerging from the coldest reaches of the Earth, are essential avenues of research in astrobiology. They model what life might look like in the harshest corners of the solar system and allow us to test the survival limits of terrestrial life. How do these fascinating organisms help […]

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Time travel is possible, but it’s a one-way ticket

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics and Astronomy editor The ability to travel through time, whether it is to fix a mistake in the past or gain insight into the future, has long been embraced by science fiction and debated by theoretical physicists. While the debate continues over whether travelling into the past is possible, physicists […]

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Teleportation is possible — in the quantum world at least

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor Teleportation has finally become a reality. But before you get too excited, the type of teleportation scientists are experimenting with is not the same as what you’ve seen on Star Trek. Scientists are not trying to teleport people or objects from one place to another. Instead, they […]

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