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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.

Is internet access a basic human right? Is internet access a basic human right?

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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If you drink water with your meal, it passes straight through the pyloric sphincter at the bottom of your stomach and into the intestines. That same amount of water, blended with your food to turn...

Cut a magnet in two, and you just end up with two smaller magnets, each with a north and a south pole. Yet according to the laws of physics, there’s no reason why single magnetic poles...

It has been hypothesised that it evokes the sound of babies crying, but it's really not so much the sound itself as the thought of scratching our own nails down a blackboard. This is quite a...

Like yawning and coughing, scratching can be infectious. You see someone else scratching and soon you feel itchy yourself.

‘Itch transmission’ has been investigated by showing...

Some species don’t bother, and don’t seem to suffer, but mice, sand lizards and some shorebirds certainly do. For example, Black-legged kittiwake chicks are much more likely to die if...

Humans are very adept at spotting patterns in the world around us, and reading significance in them – even when they’re meaningless. When one bad event occurs, we may dismiss it as...

Unfortunately not: the genetic instruction in the cells of any organ stays the same after being transplanted. That means the donated organ is always seen as a foreign ‘invader’ by the...

Definitely not. A tsunami is nothing like a regular wave; it isn’t a surface phenomenon generated by the wind, it is a displacement of the entire water column as a result of an undersea earthquake...

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