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Amir Siraj, a student studying astrophysics at Harvard University, talks about the potential spread of life throughout the Milky Way in a VICE News interview

By Becky Ferreira

February is a blockbuster month for Mars missions. The United Arab Emirates and China have both arrived successfully in Martian orbit this week, and NASA is due to land its Perseverance rover on the red planet next Thursday.

All of these missions are, to some degree, tasked with assessing whether Mars might have hosted life in its distant past, billions of years ago. …


Attending protests and reading anti-racism books are great first steps, but real power comes from working with other people to make change.

By Mary Retta

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ILLUSTRATION BY CHE PORNEA

Over the past year, the combination of Black Lives Matter protests, the coronavirus pandemic, and the historic 2020 election caused many people in America to protest and keep up with left-leaning politics in a way that has never been seen in the mainstream. While attending a protest or reading about the struggle to abolish prisons is a great first step to getting involved, joining a political organization is key for charting a path to making true change.

A political organization is an advocacy group or non-governmental organization that involves itself in activism around a local or national…


The UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce are teaming up to hopefully get humankind deeper into space.

By Samir Ferdowsi

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ROLLS-ROYCE

What if we could get to Mars in half the time, or go further into deep space without solar power? The UK Space Agency announced on Tuesday it will be teaming up with the aerospace company Rolls-Royce plc to explore nuclear-powered propulsion for space exploration.

The two English entities are teaming up to conduct a contemporary study on nuclear-powered space travel. Not to be confused with the luxury car brand, Rolls-Royce plc is an aerospace company. …


The U.S. Navy’s “UFO patents” sound like they’ve been ripped from a science fiction novel.

By Matthew Gault

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IMAGE: LT. STEVE SMITH/U.S. NAVY VIA GETTY IMAGES

The U.S. Navy has patents on weird and little understood technology. According to patents filed by the Navy, it is working on a compact fusion reactor that could power cities, an engine that works using “inertial mass reduction,” and a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft.” Dubbed the “UFO patents, The War Zone has reported that the Navy had to build prototypes of some of the outlandish tech to prove it worked.

Dr. Salvatore Cezar Pais is the man behind the patents and The War…


Gen Z thinks everyone should part their hair down the middle and laugh only in keyboard seizures, but millennials aren’t taking shit from a “generation who ate Tide Pods”.

By Snigdha Bansal

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PHOTO: ALLEF VINICIUS (LEFT) AND LAURA CHOUETTE, COURTESY OF UNSPLASH

It’s no secret that Gen Z has issues with millennials. In the past, they’ve hated on them for the things they hold dear, be it their avocado toasts, their love for wine, or their undying allegiance towards their Harry Potter house.

But now, the Zoomers (NOT named after the online calling platform that’s taken over what were to be the best years of our lives) are getting even…


Are you a Bitcoin babe or a risk-taking cash splasher?

By Ryan Bassil

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Money personalities are like Myers–Briggs types and style subcultures, but for the way people spend and think about money — less punk, more pensions.

According to financial website Investopedia, there are five different tropes: big spenders, savers, shoppers, debtors and investors. Other terms that’ve been splashed around in papers over the years include hoarders, avoiders, and security seekers. …


As we slowly regain normalcy, we’re working, partying and “revenge travelling” harder than ever before to make up for lost time.

By Shamani Joshi

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNA SHVETS VIA PEXELS

Around this time last year, the world was plunged into an inescapable frenzy, one that seemed to render time meaningless, stretching and twisting to feel much longer and transforming our very understanding of life and our control over it. …


The path to dark matter and other fundamental enigmas may be through a warped extra dimension, according to a new study that proposes a new theory of the universe.

By Becky Ferreira

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Scientists want to search for a hypothetical particle that can act as a portal to a warped fifth dimension that mediates the cosmic realms of light and dark.

You would be forgiven for assuming that sentence is a science fiction synopsis, but it is actually the mind-boggling upshot of a recent study that seeks to illuminate some of the most persistent enigmas in science.

The existence of this…


An interview with Professor Alicia M Walker, an expert in infidelity.

By Ralph Jones

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Cheating on a partner is not something many people readily admit to, so it’s near-impossible to put any exact figures on the issue.

One study might definitively say it happens in 70 percent of all marriages, while an independent expert could suggest it happens in anywhere from 20 to 60 percent of relationships. However, while (again) the percentages vary wildly, there is one common theme running through all of these statistics: men tend to cheat more than women.

Professor Alicia M Walker studies intimate relationships, sexuality and infidelity, and in 2017 authored the book The Secret Life…


Scientists think they may have spied the universe’s “gravitational wave background” after more than a decade of searching.

By Becky Ferreira

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IMAGE: DENIS POBYTOV VIA GETTY IMAGES

In 2015, scientists snagged the first detection of a gravitational wave, a ripple in the fabric of spacetime. The achievement marked the beginning of an entirely new field of astronomy and earned the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Now, emerging research suggests that we may be on the cusp of yet another major milestone for gravitational wave astronomy: the detection of the so-called “gravitational wave background.”

The discovery of gravitational waves continues to be one of the most consequential breakthroughs in science because it allows researchers to examine cataclysmic events, such as the mergers of black holes…

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