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2050: THE YEAR OF INSTANT OIL

Another holiday in the near future. Your family is on a road trip, and after several hours, it’s time to fill up. Oil and coal are in short supply, and foreign superpowers are…

Big Bang: The Accidental Proof

Something like 50 years ago, two astronomers made a discovery by accident, which became central to the current leading theory of the creation of the universe – and the theory which the most…

Vintage Science – Big Dig In Panama

  At was nearly two o’clock in the afternoon, the people gathered on the shore of the Gatun Lake became more and more excited. Everybody was looking at the dam, that seperated the…

Etruscan tomb with female aristocrat

Archaeoloy In a tomb in Tarquinia northwest of the Italian capital of Rome, archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery: Behind a stone shield, they found a vaulted tomb full of artefacts of the…

Yeti scalp actually belongs to extinct bear

British genetics professor Bryan Sykes from the University of Oxford decided to subject alleged remains of the Himalayan Yeti legendary creature to genetic testing. And the result is surprising. Sykes analysed two wisps…

What became of the US space station?

30 years ago, the Americans dreamed of building a permanently manned space station, the Power Tower. What happened? Space stations are the future In Science Illustrated No. 10/1985, the first manned US space…

History in the Blood

  Molecular detectives find soft, biological material in hard, fossilised bones of  animals and humans. The material bears witness to everything from hominin skin colour and dinosaurs’ kinship with birds to the Incan…

A 3D-PRINTED SECOND CHANCE

Baby Kaiba seemed healthy, but when he was six weeks old, his parents were shocked to the core. The family was dining at a restaurant, when the little boy suddenly stopped breathing, and…

2014: a space odyssey

Brad Pitt is, Michael Schumacher is, and Stephen Hawking is too. They are waiting. They are excited. Some 580 well-known and unknown people have lined up for the adventure of their lives. They…

The Perfect Killer

Lions and white sharks are top-level predators, but compared to the superior hunter of the world of insects, they’re rank amateurs. Nature has made the dragonfly an efficient killing machine, whose sophisticated vision,…

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