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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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Despite having sub-zero average temperatures, coastal Antarctica is sometimes above freezing, allowing rain to fall. For example, the British Antarctic Survey’s base at Rothera has around 30...

It doesn't. Their masses are identical. The only thing that will be different is their volume. Even if you compressed the feathers until you squeezed all the air out, they would still be seven...

It is a widely held belief that cows and horses cannot walk down stairs. These animals can't easily see the ground right at their feet and the design of their hips and knees makes it hard to shift...

This anomalous warming of the central Pacific causes bizarre weather events in Peru around Christmas. The effects are felt much further afield, but it has proved hard to predict their appearance....

The idea of a budgie flapping through the cosmos in a little space suit is quite splendid but physically impossible. Birds fly by sending a mass of air downward by the flap of their wings, with...

With around 10 per cent of the population suffering from irrational aversions, phobias are among the most common of all mental disorders. Several hundred phobias have been identified and their...

They can. Zero gravity could even help them to travel, if the aroma was spreading through a virtual vacuum. Smells travel by the movement of individual aroma molecules. Under the influence of...

Conan the Bacterium, aka Deinococcus radiodurans, is the most radiation-resistant organism in the world. Why it's so radiation-resistant is unclear, but the fact that its DNA is packed in a tight...

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