Science & Education

Fundamental and applied research continues to receive huge funding today, remaining a major driver of progress. In this section we write about cutting-edge scientific achievements (including independent ones) and educational opportunities available to forward-looking people. Who does what and where, what grants are awarded and who gets them, what to expect from the discoveries at the interface of various scientific disciplines and where one can learn things that are going to spread a year, five or ten years from now. You will find all about it here.

Teacher gives a mathematics lesson in Half-Life: Alyx

Teacher gives a mathematics lesson in Half-Life: Alyx

We are used to seeing computer games as a good way to distract ourselves from problems and relax. But, as practice shows, they can also serve as a good platform for gaining knowledge.
The Moon could have been created by the Earth colliding with another planet

The Moon could have been created by the Earth colliding with another planet

According to scientists at the University of New Mexico, the Moon could break away from the Earth because of an impact with another celestial body.
The remains of an ancient dwarf lion were discovered in Australia

The remains of an ancient dwarf lion were discovered in Australia

We're used to the fact that animals of antiquity were bigger than their descendants. But there are exceptions to this rule: palaeontologists found the remains of an ancient lion, which was the size of an ordinary domestic cat.

Alphabet plans to save the oceans from pollution

One of the subdivisions of the holding announced a project to conserve and protect the resources of our oceans.

DNA samples found in dinosaur remains

Previously, scientists believed that in the best-case scenario, DNA could be stored for a million years, but the age of recently found dinosaur remains are seventy-five times older.

Scientists have created an eco-friendly superglue that can be unstuck

Any superglue has two problems: harmful chemicals in the composition and difficulty in detaching glued objects. It seems that both issues have been solved.

Scientists have discovered fossils of green algae which are billions of years old

We're talking about Proterocladus antiquus algae, found in northern China in the province of Liaoning.

A unique animal discovered that doesn't need oxygen

This mysterious creature is called the Henneguya salminicola;  completely lacking the Mitochondrial genome.

Carrots will suffice: scientists have named the best method of dog training

As it turned out, punishment has an adverse effect on animals' psyche.

Martian plants offer urine fertiliser

Struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) harvested from human urine, has helped to grow beans in soil that mimics alien soil.

Scientists discover the giant shell of a prehistoric tortoise

It's estimated that the reptile weighed more than 1,200 kg and was more than 3 metres long. The fossil was found in South America.

Keep your brain sharp with these physical exercises

Australian scientists have conducted a research, during which they learned that aerobics has a positive effect on brain neuroplasticity.

What does the largest firework in history look like?

The largest firework in history was recently launched in Steamboat Springs (Colorado, USA). Weighing in at 1270 kg, this firework beat last year’s record by 182 kg. 

Mars 2020 will be equipped with rock evaporating laser

This year, we will witness another NASA mission. Part of this mission will include the dispatch of the Mars 2020 rover to the Red Planet, and this time the vehicle will be equipped with an unusual laser to explore the rock formations on the planet. 

What board games did the Vikings like to play?

Scientists have discovered a figurine that was used in board games more than 1200 years ago.
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