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Posts on science, its history and philosophy, and why these things matter. Named for the 16th century Polish astronomer who dislodged Earth from the centre of the universe.
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May 22, 2014

The meteorite that crashed near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in early 2013 collided with an asteroid around or after 290 million years ago. Where does this leave our ability to predict future crashes? »

May 5, 2014

Only two places on Earth are known to retain live smallpox virus samples. As nations spar over the fate of these tiny vials, the World Health Organisation gets set to make some tough decisions this month. »

April 29, 2014

As scientists have progressed by leaps and bounds in making discoveries and confirming new ideas, they have been disappointed by how one of their favourite theories has been unable to post a positive status update in... years. »

April 17, 2014

Humans have known about the force of gravity since ancient times. Yet, we are still exploring its true nature, how it works, and why it works the way it does. »

April 10, 2014

Over the last at least 100,000 years, mammals in India survived in a unique, interconnected ecosystem whose absence might have seen the animals go extinct. »

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