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  • In 1604, the last Milky Way supernova recorded by naked-eye observers brightened the night sky. Despite 400 years of study, we still don't know what lit the fuse

  • High levels of oceanic oxygen could have allowed advanced, animal-like life to develop for the first time – only to be wiped out again as oxygen vanished

  • The area of ocean covered by floating ice is at its lowest since the satellite era began, and probably the lowest it has been for thousands of years

  • Last week, NASA’s Curiosity rover took a picture that appears to show a new iron-nickel meteorite on Mars, one of only eight that have been discovered by rovers there so far

  • A law that closed many abortion clinics in Texas has led to a drop in the rate of abortions. On average, the nearest clinic is now 80 kilometres further away

  • The red “button” might not be safe under Trump's finger – but the new presidency brings some strange and surprising silver linings for disarmament

  • Gray foxes in the mountains of California rub in the scent of pumas, possibly to absorb their smell and confuse predators to give themselves a chance to run

  • EEG authentication is touted as a potential biometric alternative to passwords, but a test involving shots of whisky suggests it won’t work if you’re tipsy

  • The only way for flatfish hidden under the sand on the sea floor to avoid harbour seal predators might be to hold their breath

  • A man who has died of vCJD has shown that the disease can affect a second genetic subtype of people. It’s likely these people take longer to develop symptoms

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