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Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis<p>For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with …

Downton Abbey

Rocks, clocks, and zombie lineages

Recent research on solenodon molecules reminds us the study of fossils is far from extinct<p>We can now extract DNA from pretty much anything. If US crime series are anything to go by (they are not), sequencing it only takes an afternoon at a desktop computer, and an expression of determination. DNA …

Paleontology

These ancient, swimming reptiles may have been the biggest animals of all time

England's ichthyosaurs have changed the course of paleontology again.<p>In 2016, Paul de la Salle was walking along the beach in the British town of Lilstock when he came across a rock that looked suspiciously bone-like. Specifically, a 205-million-year-old fragment of bone, possibly belonging to the …

Paleontology

The new biggest marine reptile ever found

As of this latest discovery, the ichthyosaur is the largest marine reptile ever discovered. At the time of this specific creature’s initial …

Paleontology

What Astronomers Wish Everyone Knew About Dark Matter And Dark Energy

If you go by what’s often reported in the news, you’d be under the impression that dark matter and dark energy are houses of cards just waiting to be blown down. Theorists are constantly exploring other options; individual galaxies and their satellites arguably favor some modification of gravity to …

Dark Matter

Origin of Mysterious 2,700-Year-Old Gold Treasure Revealed

New analysis unveils the origin of the storied Carambolo Treasure, and despite previous claims, it has nothing to do with Atlantis.<p>New chemical analysis has solved the mystery regarding the origin of the Carambolo Treasure, a magnificent hoard of ancient gold objects discovered by Spanish …

Archaeology

Fossil find gives middle finger to previous understanding of human exodus from Africa

Even for a desert, the Nefud is nearly bone-dry. Only about an inch of water falls onto the red, sandy soil in northern Saudi Arabia over the course …

Anthropology

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Evolutionary View

Watching a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s play <i>Ghosts</i> as an undergraduate, I was appalled by the dawning realization that young Oswald had congenital …

Biology

Climate Change Could Be Fueling Strength Of Back-To-Back Nor'easters

Tuesday may be the first official day of spring, but much of the East coast is still in the depths of winter. In the following days, the fourth nor’easter in less than three weeks is expected to pummel the region from the mid-Atlantic up to New England.<p>This fourth nor’easter ― a type of storm …

The Arctic is sending us a powerful message about climate change. It’s time for us to listen

Arctic scientists aren’t usually afraid of a little cold. Windy conditions don’t usually get us howling. The beasts we pay attention to are usually …

Measuring universe expansion reveals mystery

Is something unpredicted going on in the depths of space?<p>Here’s the good news: Astronomers have made the most precise measurement to date of the rate …

Nasa spacecraft reveals Jupiter's interior in unprecedented detail

Juno mission paints dramatic picture of the turbulence within the solar system’s largest planet<p>Jupiter’s interior has been revealed in unprecedented detail in observations by Nasa’s Juno spacecraft that show it to be as strange and turbulent as the planet’s surface.<p>Despite extensive studies of …

Astronomy

Arctic has warmest winter on record: 'It's just crazy, crazy stuff'

Sea ice has hit record lows for time of year as experts say global warming probably fueled big storms in Europe and north-eastern US<p>The Arctic winter has ended with more news that is worrying even the scientists who watch the effects of climate change closely.<p>The region experienced its warmest …

Global Warming

Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature rises

Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented<p>An alarming heatwave in the sunless winter Arctic is causing blizzards in Europe and forcing scientists to reconsider even their most pessimistic forecasts of climate …

Global Warming

Cosmic dawn: astronomers detect signals from first stars in the universe

‘Revolutionary’ observations suggest the first stars appeared 180m years after the big bang – and may hold information on dark matter<p>Astronomers have detected a signal from the first stars as they appeared and illuminated the universe, in observations that have been hailed as “revolutionary”.<p>The …

Universe

'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze

A bone-chilling, frigid air mass will soon stretch from Ireland to Siberia, as a record-shattering weather pattern establishes itself across the …

Archaeologists decipher 3,200-year-old stone telling of invasion of mysterious sea people

Ancient symbols on a 3,200-year-old stone slab have been deciphered by researchers who say they could solve "one of the greatest puzzles of …

Archaeology

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought<p>Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and …

Archaeology

Archaeologists discover a crude ancient weapon that could kill a man with a single blow

When an ancient wooden club was yanked from its watery grave in the River Thames in England many months ago, archaeologists didn’t quite know what to …

This city in Alaska is warming so fast, algorithms removed the data because it seemed unreal

Last week, scientists were pulling together the latest data for NOAA’s monthly report on the climate when they noticed something strange: One of …

Global Warming

Dark Energy Theories Demolished: Neutron Star Collision Wipes Out Scientists' Understanding of Mysterious Force

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent …

Duck-Like Dinosaur Is Among Oddest Fossils Yet Found

The exquisite fossil, which was rescued from poachers, is one of the few known dinosaurs that lived on the water.<p>More than 70 million years ago, a creature roaming Earth’s ancient wetlands may have looked like a duck and hunted like a duck—but it was really a dinosaur related to …

Is Planet Nine Even Real?

A year and a half after it was proposed, astronomers are still debating whether the giant mystery planet actually exists.<p>When Mike Brown first proposed that a hidden, massive planet lurks in the outer reaches of our solar system, he was confident someone would prove him wrong. “Planet Nine,” as the …

Universe

Twin super-Earths around a nearby star make our solar system look weird

The more papers I read about "strange" exoplanets, the more I realize <i>we're</i> the strange ones.<p>In 2015, astronomers reported the discovery of a planet …

Science

This Crazy Twist on Black Holes Says There Was No Big Bang

We could be living in a bouncy Universe.<p>A physicist from the University of Campinas in Brazil isn't a big fan of the idea that time started with a …

Our universe should not exist, CERN antimatter study confirms

One of the deepest and most enduring mysteries in the study of the universe is why anything exists at all.<p>It really shouldn’t, not according to the …

Physics

Newfound dust belts suggest that Proxima Centauri has more than one alien planet

Astronomers created a stir last year when they reported that the closest star beyond our own solar system harbors a potentially habitable planet, but …

Science

A Beluga Whale Living With Dolphins Swapped Her Language For Theirs

She's just trying to fit in.<p>A captive beluga whale has done something amazing: she has seemingly "learned" another language and adopted it over her …

Cosmos At Least 250x Bigger Than Visible Universe, Say Cosmologists - MIT Technology Review

When we look out into the Universe, the stuff we can see must be close enough for light to have reached us since the Universe began. The universe is …

Dark Matter