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  • The CHIME telescope has picked up 13 unexplained radio signals coming from beyond the Milky Way. These fast radio bursts are part of one of the strangest mysteries of modern astronomy, but the new detections could help unlock their source, thanks to a rare one that seems to be repeating.
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    ​The scratches that form on stainless steel may seem minuscule to us, but they provide a haven for microscopic bacteria. Scientists at the University of Toronto have developed a method of making those scratches less hospitable to the microbes, using a surprisingly simple substance – cooking oil.
  • Don't like the idea of a stranger finding out who you are, based on a photo? Thanks to the facial recognition systems used by social media sites, it's becoming increasingly possible. Scientists decided to do something about it, by turning a couple of AI systems against one another.
  • ​Four years ago, we heard how researchers had created a microwave-oven-sized 3D printer that could produce sheets of skin for treating burns. Now, some of the same scientists have developed a handheld device that prints skin directly onto deep wounds.
  • Autonomous cars could prove to be splendid news for parking, according to new research from the University of Toronto. Because self-driving cars can park themselves, you can cram many more cars in. But according to the researchers, if autonomous cars work together, even more space can be saved…
  • New research led by Dr Alan Jackson at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough indicate that there's a high probability that interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua (1I/2017 U1) came from a binary star system containing at least one hot, massive star.
  • It's frustrating to have a clear mental image of something but not be able to exactly get it across in words or a drawing. Now neuroscientists from the University of Toronto Scarborough has developed a way to digitally recreate exactly the image someone is thinking about, by scanning their brain.
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    Archaeologists have unearthed some of the earliest evidence of winemaking, dating back about 8,000 years. Excavations in the Republic of Georgia dug up shards of pottery from the Early Ceramic Neolithic period around 6000 BCE, which were found to contain the telltale chemical compounds of wine.
  • ​Among other things, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have difficulty initiating and maintaining conversations. That's why a team of scientists created Holli. It's an app that presently runs on Google Glass, and it tells ASD kids what they should say next.
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    ​Sometimes, we end up focusing on fruitless pursuits that we should really just let go of. Well, the next time that you find yourself aware of being in such a situation, try washing your hands. According to scientists, doing so helps us to give up old goals and start pursuing new ones.
  • It's generally accepted that humans originated in Africa, but new studies may paint a different picture. By examining fossils of early homini​ns, researchers have found that humans and chimpanzees may have split earlier than previously thought, and this may have happened in Europe, not Africa.
  • Simulations suggested that the crowded TRAPPIST-1 system is due to come to a catastrophic climax in the next million years. But new research has found that TRAPPIST’s worlds orbit in what’s called a “resonant chain,” which keeps the system stable – and has been translated into a piece of music.