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The combination of medical science and technology is giving people with epilepsy new hope for better quality of life. Brain implants can now be augmented with a new AI system to not only reduce the severity and frequency of seizures, but to predict them up to an hour before.

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Just months after the Curiosity Rover measured a huge methane spike on Mars, triggering scientific debate on the likelihood of life on the Red Planet, scientists have a new puzzle to figure out. Based on six years' worth of data from the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, a portable chemistry lab in the Curiosity rover, we now know that oxygen levels on the Martian surface have been rising and falling by different amounts every year – but we don’t know why.

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It’s not often that new planets are discovered, and even less common to have ordinary people being asked to name a new planet. South Africans, though, are being granted this rare honour thanks to the discovery of an exoplanet by local scientists in 2012.

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People who are asked what makes a song a hit might say it’s the fact that it’s catchy, or that it’s got great lyrics, or even that it’s sung by an attractive person. They would be wrong, according to science.

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An entirely new class of black holes may be lurking in the universe, according to findings published recently by researchers from Ohio State University. For some time now, scientists have hypothesised that there's a class of black holes with a mass that falls in between neutron stars and classic black holes, and it seems that these latest findings prove the hypothesis.

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Most people have heard the phrase “it’s two minutes to midnight”, when the end of the world is being predicted. Some may know that the term refers to the Doomsday Clock, which is a figurative measurement of how close we are to apocalypse, but few are aware of the fact that the Doomsday Clock is very real – and is currently sitting at two minutes to midnight.

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Since DNA was sequenced in the 1970’s, scientists have been trying to find ways to isolate and remove those genes that cause illness in humans. While some have criticised scientists for “playing God” in this manner, predicting that their research could lead to many unforeseen complications, others are looking forward to the day when the risk of diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis is removed from the human experience.

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If you’ve never heard of attribution science, you are not alone. It’s a new – and somewhat contentious – area of research.

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Whenever we click ‘I agree’ on the End User Licence Agreement on a software product or social media site, we are agreeing to allow that company access to all the data we generate on their platform. That data can be used in a variety of ways, usually for marketing purposes, although sometimes it’s used in less honest ways (think of how Facebook’s data was misused in the US presidential election).