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Fears persist as new study says solar geoengineering could fight climate change

Fears persist as new study says solar geoengineering could fight climate change

A new study contradicts fears that using solar geoengineering to fight climate change could dangerously alter rainfall and storm patterns in some parts of the world. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change, the analysis finds that...

Guardian, 11 March 2019
 
Radioactive particles from huge solar storm found in Greenland

Radioactive particles from huge solar storm found in Greenland

Traces of an enormous solar storm that battered the atmosphere and showered Earth in radioactive particles more than 2,500 years ago have been discovered under the Greenland ice sheet. Scientists studying ice nearly half a kilometre beneath the...

Guardian, 11 March 2019
 

Starwatch: the waxing gibbous moon moves into Cancer

Starwatch chart 11 March 2019 moon waxing gibbous This week the moon passes through its first quarter phase, when half of the visible surface is illuminated. It occurs on 14 March and marks the moment when the moon stops being a waxing crescent and...

Guardian, 11 March 2019
 
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lets fans cast spells and rescue magic creatures

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lets fans cast spells and rescue magic creatures

The first details of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite have been revealed. It's made by Niantic, the company behind Pokemon Go. Wizards Unite is an augmented reality game you play on your mobile phone, putting animation into real life views through your...

BBC, 11 March 2019
 
Michael Wilks obituary

Michael Wilks obituary

My friend Michael Wilks, who has died of prostate cancer aged 69, was a forensic physician. His professional achievements were underpinned by his courage and honesty in confronting his problems with alcohol and he made an outstanding contribution to...

Guardian, 11 March 2019
 
Solve it did you? Speak Yoda how to

Solve it did you? Speak Yoda how to

Earlier today I set you the following puzzle about the peculiar grammar of Yoda, Star Wars’ pointy-eared Jedi master. Yoda inverts pairs of phrases before speaking. If Yoda says “Believe you I don’t”, we know what he means is “I don’t believe you.”...

Guardian, 11 March 2019
 
Did Elon Musk become a memelord and social media star because he’s ‘lonely’?

Did Elon Musk become a memelord and social media star because he’s ‘lonely’?

Just a few short months ago, we all knew Elon Musk as your average billionaire tech tycoon working on electric cars and space exploration. Now he’s reached a whole new generation after becoming a social media superstar and then transitioning into a...

Metro, 11 March 2019
 
Nasa releases incredible picture of Jupiter that ‘looks a lot like Earth’

Nasa releases incredible picture of Jupiter that ‘looks a lot like Earth’

Our beautiful planet is a huge ball of rock and metal covered by life-sustaining oceans and huge landmasses. Jupiter, on the other hand, is a mysterious cloud-shrouded ‘gas giant’ which may not even have a surface for humans to stand on. These two...

Metro, 11 March 2019
 
Black holes may have relatives called ‘white holes’ which are a lot nicer

Black holes may have relatives called ‘white holes’ which are a lot nicer

Black holes are the most terrifying destructive forces in the universe. But it turns out they may have cousins called white holes which are significantly less scary. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity contains equations which predict both black...

Metro, 11 March 2019
 
US seeks to allay fears over killer robots

US seeks to allay fears over killer robots

Humans will always make the final decision on whether armed robots can shoot, the US Department of Defense has said. The statement comes as plans emerge for gun platforms that can choose their own targets on the battlefield. The plans seek to upgrade...

BBC, 11 March 2019
 
Facebook sues over 'data-grabbing' quizzes

Facebook sues over 'data-grabbing' quizzes

Malicious quiz apps were used to harvest thousands of users' profile data, according to Facebook. The firm says anyone who wanted to take the quizzes was asked to install browser extensions, which then lifted data ranging from names and profile...

BBC, 11 March 2019
 
Apex Legends studio bans 355,000 cheating players

Apex Legends studio bans 355,000 cheating players

The 355,000 players caught cheating on Apex Legends were all using the PC version of the game, the studio behind the game has said. Respawn Entertainment said it intended to be "secretive" about its plans to combat cheating, so as not to...

BBC, 11 March 2019
 
Planet 9 may be a ‘super-Earth’ 5 times the size of our planet, says astrophysicist

Planet 9 may be a ‘super-Earth’ 5 times the size of our planet, says astrophysicist

An astrophysicist from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has suggested the mythical Planet Nine could be a ‘super Earth’ with a mass five times that of our planet. So far, scientists have been unable to pinpoint a ninth planet orbiting...

Metro, 11 March 2019
 
Facebook’s new privacy mantra an ‘excuse to dodge responsibility’ says MP

Facebook’s new privacy mantra an ‘excuse to dodge responsibility’ says MP

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has laid out some extensive plans to make the social network more private. But his motives have been blasted as an “excuse to dodge responsibility” by an MP. Damian Collins, who chairs the House of Commons Digital,...

Metro, 11 March 2019
 
Solve it can you? Speak Yoda how to

Solve it can you? Speak Yoda how to

Today the British linguistics community is launching a campaign to make language analysis – the study of patterns in language – part of mainstream school education. To celebrate this campaign, about which more below, here’s a puzzle about Yoda, the...

Guardian, 11 March 2019
 
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