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Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Science
Reidar Hahn / FermiLabFrom sticking a magnet on a fridge door to throwing a ball into a basketball hoop, the forces of physics are at play in every moment of our lives.All of the forces we experience every day can be reduced to just four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force.Now, physicists say they have found possible signs of a fifth fundamental force of nature.The findings come from research carried out at a laboratory near Chicago.The four fundamental forces govern how all the objects and particles in the Universe interact with each other.For example, gravity makes objects fall to the ground, and heavy objects behave as if they are glued to the floor.The UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) said the result "provides strong evidence ...

Vanguard gave up on mutual funds in China, but it may have found a different way into the market

Finance
A logo of Ant Group is pictured at the headquarters of the company, an affiliate of Alibaba, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China October 29, 2020.Aly Song | ReutersBEIJING — Vanguard's experiment with financial technology in China is showing early signs of success.In less than a year, more than 1 million users have signed up for "BangNiTou," a smartphone-based investment advisory product run through the American mutual fund giant's joint venture with Alibaba-affiliate Ant Group.That's according to a release from BangNiTou on Thursday, just four days after Vanguard said it would drop its own pursuit of a mutual fund license in China. Instead, the company plans to focus on its partnership with Ant.Ant operates Alipay — one of the two dominant mobile payment apps in China — on which BangNiT
Traces of primordial Earth’s magma ocean found hiding in Greenland’s rocks

Traces of primordial Earth’s magma ocean found hiding in Greenland’s rocks

Science
March 12 (UPI) -- Hidden in the ancient rocks of Greenland, scientists have found the geochemical signatures of Earth's early history, a time when the planet was one big ocean of magma. At some point during Earth's infancy, the molten ocean that covered the planet began to cool and crystalize, yielding Earth's earliest rocks and landforms. This process set the stage for Earth's tectonic evolution and the development of the planet's atmosphere. Advertisement Unfortunately, this process isn't well understood, as most all of the planet's rocks older than 4 billion years have been subsumed by Earth's interior and recycled. In a breakthrough discovery, however, the authors of a new study -- published Friday in the journal Science Advances -- claim to have found remnants of primordial Earth's m...
Bunny Wailer: Reggae legend who found fame with Bob Marley dies, aged 73

Bunny Wailer: Reggae legend who found fame with Bob Marley dies, aged 73

Entertainment
Getty ImagesOne of reggae's most important voices, Bunny Wailer, has died at the age of 73.The musician, from Kingston, Jamaica, was a founding member of The Wailers alongside his childhood friend, Bob Marley.Together, they achieved international fame with reggae classics like Simmer Down and Stir It Up, before Wailer left to go solo in 1974.He went on to win three Grammys and was given Jamaica's Order Of Merit in 2017.His death was confirmed by manager Maxine Stowe, and Jamaica's Culture Minister, Olivia Grange.The cause of death is unknown, but he had been in hospital since having a stroke in July 2020.Tributes have already poured in for the musician, with fans and fellow musicians describing him as a legend."Oh man, god bless Bunny Wailer," wrote Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. "W...
Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs found after being stolen by men who shot dog walker in chest

Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs found after being stolen by men who shot dog walker in chest

Entertainment
Lady Gaga's French bulldogs have been found safe and unharmed - two days after being stolen at gunpoint in Los Angeles.Koji and Gustav were handed in at LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station on Friday evening by a woman who appears to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the armed robbery. It isn't clear how she came to have the animals, but both dogs have now been safely reunited with the pop star's representatives. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Moment Lady Gaga's dog walker is shot "I can confirm that the...