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Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, is considering launching 700 satellites to provide everyone on the planet with internet access.

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Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, is considering launching 700 satellites to provide everyone on the planet with internet access.

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That would be the tardigrades. These tiny, segmented animals range between 0.1mm and 1.5mm in size and are known as ‘water bears’ because of a superficial resemblance in their appearance. There...

Nothing ‘sits’ in your gut. Your digestive system is not a recycling centre that carefully separates your food into meat, vegetables, grains and so on and then processes them...

Armed with a small magnet and some objects, it’s easy to get the impression that only certain varieties of metal, such as steel, respond to magnetic fields. In fact, every material –...

Astronomical objects acquire their names either via long-standing tradition, or through being named by their discoverers. Of all the satellites of the planets, the Moon has the distinction of...

Sighing is a spontaneous deep inhalation and exhalation. It serves to boost blood oxygen levels and fully reinflate the lung tissue. Sighing is not contagious in the same way as yawning, which...

The idea of having an endless supply of artificial blood to give patients, without...

So long as we rely on chemical propulsion to lift us into orbit, space travel will never be cheap. The Tsiolkovsky equation shows that a rocket needs between 10 and 25 times as much propellant as...

Millions of households do put the kettle on simultaneously during ad breaks in popular TV programmes. The electricity grid can anticipate such surges and has extra capacity from sources such as...

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