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A microscopic diving board can cheat the second law of thermodynamics

Not all diving boards obey the laws of thermodynamics vm/Getty Images A microscopic version of a diving board has been driven to cheat the second

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Your pupils change size as you breathe

Pupil size can help diagnose conditions such as concussion Irina Shilnikova/Getty Images The size of our pupils fluctuates as we breathe. They are at their

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Google creates self-replicating life from digital ‘primordial soup’

Snippets of self-replicating code compete for space in a virtual environment Google A self-replicating form of artificial life has arisen from a digital “primordial soup”

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Britain saw centuries of economic growth under Roman rule

A hoard of Roman gold coins found below the floor of a Roman house in Corbridge, UK World History Archive/Alamy After the Romans conquered Britain

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Gaiasia jennyae: Giant salamander-like predator roamed Namibia 280 million years ago

A reconstruction of Gaiasia jennyae Gabriel Lio A giant, salamander-like predator that sucked its prey into its mouth, then held it in place with huge

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Time ticks faster on the moon by 57 microseconds per Earth day

With lunar exploration ramping up, NASA has been tasked with defining a time zone for the moon. New calculations show that time is ever so

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The last woolly mammoths on Earth died from bad luck, not inbreeding

An artist’s impression of the last woolly mammoth Beth Zaiken Around 10,000 years ago, a handful of woolly mammoths found themselves stranded on an island

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Insects thrive in tiny city gardens even if plants are non-native

Tiny street gardens in Amsterdam can support insects Marineke Thissen/Shutterstock Tiny city gardens can be a haven for wildlife such as insects, a study of

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World’s oldest wine found in 2000-year-old Roman tomb

The 2000-year-old wine found in a Roman tomb in Carmona, Spain Juan Manuel Román/University of Cordoba A reddish liquid found in a 2000-year-old Roman mausoleum

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Chemists invoke bizarre Maxwell’s demon on the largest scale yet

Physicist James Clerk Maxwell proposed his demonic thought experiment in 1867 SSPL/Science Museum/Getty Images A chemical pump based on a 19th-century thought experiment involving an