Life on Earth started almost immediately after it cooled, but it took 2bn years - half of Earth's history - before photosynthesis arrived. Shortly afterwards we got multicellular life. Energy from sunlight was the difficult bit.

The 50-Year Newspaper: "What would happen if, instead of us getting news updates multiple times a day, what if we only got news updates every 50 years? Things would look really different."

A pentaquark is a particle made of 5 quarks. The has been investigating the most common arrangements of the quarks inside it.

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It's local election time in some parts of the UK. Find out who your local candidates are:

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I'm sure you're all aware of William Shatner's singing career. If not, today's your lucky day

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"Remember: If it's not ISO 8601, it's not a date, it's just hanging out"

Home made pizza. Secret ingredient: Lloyd Grossman Tomato and Basil sauce. Yeah, it's supposed to be for pasta, but it works really well as a tomato sauce here too.

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Sharks are older than trees. 🦈

The first plant species which can be considered a real tree is known as Archaeopteris, and it evolved about 350 million years ago.

The first sharks evolved 50 million years before that!


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Driverless vehicle news: Circle Line trains are fully automated between Hammersmith and Latimer Road.

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The #StopBrexit petition will now actually be discussed in parliament, recognising the huge number of signatures it has received.

Please sign the #RevokeArticle50Petition if you haven’t already done so, and you are a UK citizen who doesn’t want #Brexit to happen!

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@Floppy More important question: do you *really* want to auto-deploy this? If we're talking SQL, we're talking exclusive lock. Which is super-happy fun times. Waits for anything currently using the table to finish, but while waiting causes all new queries to wait. Those queries may take locks on other tables. Setting statement timeout would deal with some of that, maybe.

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