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BBC – Future – Has humanity reached the highest intelligence?

You may not have noticed, but we live in an intellectual golden age. Since the invention of the intelligence test over 100 years ago, our IQ scores have risen steadily. Even today's average person would have been a genius compared to a man born in 1919 – a phenomenon known as the Flynn effect. We may have to enjoy it …

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BBC – Future – The secret of unexplained earthquakes

The TV presenter is terrified the moment her television studio begins to tremble. She stops in the middle of the monologue and falls silent. The tremor worsens. Other presenters sitting around the awkwardly large plastic table sit quietly apart from a few worried looks left and right. Then the tremor gets stronger. The rattling of the devices above them can …

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BBC – Future – Apollo in 50 numbers: weights and measures

362: Total mass of the collected moon rocks in kilograms The Apollo program was conceived as a political challenge to beat the Russians to the moon. It became a technical challenge to achieve that goal, and finally a scientific challenge to make sure the astronauts did something useful on their arrival. The key to this was the training of Apollo …

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BBC – Culture – Spider-Man: Far From Home Criticism

After all the mass annihilation and cosmic resurrection in Avengers: Endgame, it's about time that the characters were on vacation in a Marvel blockbuster – and they get that in Spider-Man: Far From Home. It is also a holiday for the viewer. For a change, we need not worry about the fate of the universe. We are invited to go …

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BBC – Future – How plants recaptured the poisoned land of Chernobyl

Chernobyl has become synonymous with disaster. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently reopened by the hugely popular eponymous television program, caused thousands of cancers, turned a once-populated area into a ghost town and resulted in an exclusion zone of 2,600 km² (1,000 square kilometers) miles Size. But Chernobyl's exclusion zone is not without life. Wolves, boars and bears have returned to …

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BBC – Future – How to renovate old oil super tankers

As you read this, around 10,420 giants are drifting across the oceans. Their huge metal body rumble despite rough weather and rough sea on. In their intestines, these beasts carry 3.8 billion barrels of crude oil, enough to fuel some 418,000 transatlantic flights and supply the world's cars 3 billion miles between them. Their sticky cargo is the raw material …

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BBC – Future – Apollo in 50 numbers: Food

170: Weight of astronaut-consumed breakfast steaks in grams Every NASA astronaut since Alan Shepard in 1961 has received a hearty breakfast before take-off. All pre-flight Apollo meals have been formulated specifically for diet, calories and, most importantly, what doctors call "low residue". In other words, low-fiber meals where astronauts do not have to rush to the bathroom after taking off. …

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