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Oldest plant fossil – Fossil friday

You are looking at the oldest plant remains scientists have ever found. These are spores (cryptospores to be precise) which are no bigger than 40 µm (micrometers) from at least five different species including an unknown one (h). They dated the rocks containing them and found their age to be 471 to 473 millions of years old! Although none of…
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Billion dollar asteroid

What is several hundreds of meters long, moves at an unbelievable speed, could destroy humanity and is worth billions of dollars? This year, the New-Horizon probe has attracted quite a bit of attention but another massive event happened that went a bit under the radar. In July, an asteroid made a fly-by. Its particularity ? It could contain a billion…
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The snake sanctuary

This time, we come back down to Earth and look into a deadly Snake Sanctuary. Its name means land-clearing fire, it is located kilometers away from the Brazilian coast, its lush rainforest harbours some of the deadliest snakes on Earth, let’s enter the Ilha Queimada Grande…

Water on Mars – What we really know – part 1

There has been much hype in the media about water on Mars, about the latest discovery of ravines etc.. At Sci&Fi, we are not too fond of science being made sensational and inaccurate. If you were to pay close attention to what a variety of sources have to say, it seems that we have discovered at least three times that…
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Getting out of a black hole

We picture black holes as mighty beasts that will inevitably engulf everything around them, not even light has a chance to escape. However, a few scientists have claimed that black holes actually aren’t so black so to speak. Dr Stephen Hawking, for instance, claims that some things can indeed come out and that radiations could be observed as if coming…
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The progressive Pope

Whatever one’s stance on Science and religion may be or if one has faith or not, one has to recognize that a turning point in the History of Science has been passed. Three of the most fundamental scientific concepts have been officially recognised by the Pope, namely the Evolution, the Big-bang and Climate change. Could the Pope be more scientific…
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The desert locust, millenary plague

It is one of the ten Biblical plagues but a source of food; harmless when alone, a curse when grouped in swarms of millions of individuals… the desert locust. It’s biology is complex and changing, it can turn into a monster devouring everything on its path in a matter of days if the conditions force it too. As it was…
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Surtsey’s suspended fate

Have you ever wondered what happen to volcanic islands that rise from the sea? Footage of their rising out of the ocean is always spectular but no one ever mentions what goes on next. Think things remain the way they are? You would be so wrong, so many slow processes occur. Actually, many of new volcanic islands never last long…
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The Vikings in the Americas

The Vikings are the first Eurasians to have “discovered” the Americas. The Vikings, these fierce sailors, had set foot on the East coast of the Americas well before Christopher Columbus did. Regularly, we hear stories that others before them did it such as the Arabs or the Chinese via the west coast. At Sci&Fi, we only believe what we see,…
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Europe’s only wild monkeys

Man is not the only primate present in Europe. But would you know where to find the other one? If you have ever been to the Rock of Gibraltar, in the South of Spain, you surely haven’t missed its main attraction, the macaques. If you have never been then know that these are the only wild monkeys present in Europe!…
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