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To Invite (or Not to Invite) Steve Bannon

Two magazines planned to host events to interview newsmakers in front of audiences. Both invited the former White House chief strategist, and incendiary populist ideologue, Steve Bannon. Both faced nearly immediate backlash—outraged tweets, threatened dropouts from invited speakers. Both published statements explaining the invitation. But that’s where the similarities stopped. On Monday night, le

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VIDEO: Michelin-kok laver middag til Rune, der næsten ikke kan smage

Smerte, lyd og tekstur: Alle sanserne er igang i nyt forskningsprojekt, der skal blive til en kogebog, for de mange uden smag eller lugtesans.

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Erfaren projektleder bag ny ph.d.: Intet værktøj kan fikse projekters kompleksitet

Projektdirektør Leif Iversen sætter fokus på kompleksitet og uforudsigelighed i ph.d.-afhandling, som er et opgør med systemtænkning i projektledelse.

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Trilobites: Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds: You Can Do It, but Should You?

Videos abound on the internet of people using customized hats and other tools to hand-feed the tiny fliers. Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to try it.

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Facial recognition touted as 'user friendly' system for airports

As facial recognition technology use generates intense scrutiny, a new system unveiled at Washington's Dulles airport is being touted as a "user friendly" way to help ease congestion for air travelers.

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Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma announces plans to retire at 54

Alibaba's charismatic co-founder and chairman Jack Ma plans to retire from the Chinese e-commerce giant on Monday to devote his time to philanthropy focused on education, he told the New York Times in an interview.

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København mangler moderne badeanstalter

Mens så godt som alle svenske byer har gode badeanstalter, er vi i Danmark så langt tilbage, at vi må skamme os derover. Det påpeger ingeniør Holger Neergaard ved et foredrag i Ingeniørforeningen i 1900. Især i København er muligheden for en tilfredsstillende brug af bade meget ringe, efter at Ry…

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Mormor forklarer: Algoritmer er ligesom min kogebog

Singulariteten og algoritmer er begreber, du i stigende grad vil støde på. Få en forklaring fra mormor her.

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A giant pool noodle to clean up ocean plastic launches today

The Ocean Cleanup project has launched a system to help clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – but it could be unsustainable and harm fish

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New Scientist Live: what it’s like to be an explorer in the modern age

Astronaut Tim Peake will discuss life as a modern-day explorer with tribe expert Will Millard and Antarctic skier Nics Wetherill at New Scientist Live

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Jeg vil udrydde mennesker! 5 gange hvor kunstig intelligens blev racistisk, morderisk eller vulgær

Fra racisme til selvopfundet kodesprog. Kunstig intelligens er nogle gange røget ud på et skræmmende sidespor.

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Will More Veterans in Politics Make Politics Better?

This week I wrote about With Honor , a non-partisan PAC that is supporting “young veterans” — generally people age 45 and below who have served in the post-9/11 “long wars” — as candidates for political office. The occasion for writing about them was a $10 million donation from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos for this cycle’s Congressional elections. My argument in the piece was that this effort was wor

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Out of Blue review – Carol Morley conjures a cosmically uncanny noir

Patricia Clarkson is drawn into a black hole of murder, murk and existential angst in this adaptation of Martin Amis’s Night Train Carol Morley’s Out of Blue is an intriguing and perplexing creation, starting with that title, from which the word “the” seems to have been removed, making what’s on offer sound like an impressionist painting or a classic jazz album, or some slangily described phenome

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A study of ants provides information on the evolution of social insects

A major characteristic of so-called eusocial species is the division of labor between queens that lay eggs and workers that take care of the brood and perform other tasks. But what is it that determines that a queen should lay eggs and that workers shouldn't reproduce? Evolutionary biologists have now found a completely unexpected answer: one single gene called insulin-like peptide 2.

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A new generation of pain medications

Researchers have developed a new generation of pain medications. The researchers used computer simulations to develop new opioids that will only work at sites affected by injury or inflammation. These drugs can prevent the occurrence of brain- and gut-related side effects typically associated with conventional opioids and have been shown to be successful in preclinical studies.

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Single molecule control for a millionth of a billionth of a second

Physicists have discovered how to manipulate and control individual molecules for a millionth of a billionth of a second, after being intrigued by some seemingly odd results.

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Evaluation of fitness for transport of cull cows varies

In a test to see how farmers, livestock drivers and veterinarians assess the fitness for transport of cull cows based on lameness there were different opinions.

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Emotional scars increase the risk of sports injury

Active top-flight athletes who have experienced sexual or physical abuse at some time in their life run a greater risk of sports-related injury. A new study has shown an association between lifetime abuse experience and injury risk in female athletes.

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Night-time habits of captive flamingos

What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?

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Proactive approach to defending computer systems

Researchers have taken a step toward the development of moving target defense techniques in software-defined networks. This is a demanding cybersecurity research topic, scientists said.

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Superbugs jumping frequently between humans and animals

In a recent study, researchers found that cows are a source of resistant staphylococcus strains causing infections in humans today.

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Quarantined Aircraft and Sick Passengers. It’s Not as Scary as It Sounds.

The quarantine of a flight to New York was followed by sick passengers reported on flights into Philadelphia. But experts say events like this are rare.

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New wildfire rips through northern California

A new wildfire was raging in northern California on Friday, having already devastated almost 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in just two days and continuing to spread.

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NASA technology to be launched from New Mexico spaceport

NASA technology designed to protect spacecraft from heat and pressure when entering a planet's atmosphere will be launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico as part of testing.

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Russian accused of massive data theft extradited to US

A Russian hacker accused of helping pull off the biggest theft yet of consumer bank data in the United States has been extradited to the U.S. to face charges, federal prosecutors said Friday.

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Hot streak: Finding patterns in creative career breakthroughs

You've likely heard of hot hands or hot streaks—periods of repeated successes—in sports, financial markets and gambling. But do hot streaks exist in individual creative careers?

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Megapixels: Watch Saturn's hexagonal clouds swirl

Space Saturn's northern pole is home to a six-sided feature that mystifies scientists. The planet Saturn's northern pole has a beautiful—and mysterious—weather feature: a vortex of clouds shaped like a hexagon.

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Legacy of NASA's Dawn, near the end of its mission

NASA's Dawn mission is drawing to a close after 11 years of breaking new ground in planetary science, gathering breathtaking imagery, and performing unprecedented feats of spacecraft engineering.

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Curiosity rover surveys a mystery under dusty Martian skies

NASA's Curiosity rover recently surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.

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The Atlantic Daily: The Consequences Could Last for Generations

What We’re Following Family Separation: Children who were separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy face lasting consequences even after they’re returned to their families. Jeremy Raff filmed the bittersweet reunion of one mother, Anita, and her 6-year-old son, who’s showing signs of trauma. Read their story, and watch the documentary here. Th

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Before it burned, Brazil’s National Museum gave much to science

When Brazil’s National Museum went up in flames, so did the hard work of the researchers who work there.

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WATCH: 'Superpod' Of Dolphins Seen Racing Off California Coast

The video captures a remarkable scene: dozens and dozens dolphins, breaking through the surface and plunging down again, under skies the same gray as the water. (Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/Monterey Bay Aquarium)

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Holography, light-field technology combo could deliver practical 3-D displays

Researchers have begun to explore a combination of holography and light field technologies as a way to reduce the size and cost of more people-friendly AR/VR devices.

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New blood pressure app

Researchers have invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone — with no special equipment.

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Artificial synaptic device simulating the function of human brain

Researchers have developed a high-reliability artificial electronic synaptic device that simulates neurons and synapses. The finding is expected to be utilized in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and brain-like semiconductors.

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New York State sepsis reporting mandate appears to improve care, reduce deaths

A New York State requirement that all hospitals report compliance with protocols to treat severe sepsis and septic shock appears to improve care and reduce mortality from one of the most common causes of death in those who are critically ill, according to a new study.

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Could Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?

It's come close to cancellation several times, but could the successor to the Hubble telescope make the greatest ever discovery?

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Why Jaguar is outfitting self-driving cars with ‘googly eyes’

Jaguar is trying to make pedestrians more comfortable around autonomous cars by giving vehicles cars human-like eyes that follow pedestrians to let them know the car ‘sees’ them. Read More

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Barack At It Again

Written by Elaine Godfrey ( @elainejgodfrey ) Today in 5 Lines President Trump c alled for the Justice Department to launch an investigation into who authored the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times on Wednesday. In a speech at the University of Illinois, former President Barack Obama issued a harsh rebuke of Trump and urged Americans to vote in the midterm elections. Read his full re

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A massive net is being deployed to pick up plastic in the Pacific

As the Ocean Cleanup project embarks, critics remain unconvinced that scooping up debris is the best way to solve the ocean’s plastic problem.

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Finding that links ALS/ataxia to cellular stress opens new approaches for treatment

Scientists report for the first time that a protein, called Staufen1, accumulates in cells of patients suffering from degenerative ataxia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Depleting the protein from affected mice improved symptoms including motor function.

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Republicans Balk at Democrats' Pledge to Snub Hackers

Just over a year ago, hackers targeted Dr. Hans Keirstead, a Democrat running against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman,” Republican Dana Rohrabacher, with spear-phishing emails and over 100,000 “brute-force attempts” to access the server that hosted Keirstead’s campaign’s website. Microsoft has since detected and blocked hacking attempts against three different congression

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Harnessing the power of the crowd could improve screening accuracy

Averaging the results from two independent participants improved screening accuracy, whether participants were looking at baggage scans or mammograms, according to new research.

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When Neutron Stars Collide

Astrophysicists have gotten a better glimpse at what happens to crashing neutron stars by listening in on the electromagnetic echoes of the collision. Christopher Intagliata reports. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Trump Wants Sessions to Investigate ‘Anonymous.’ But There Was No Crime.

President Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation into which senior administration official anonymously authored an explosive New York Times op-ed, published earlier this week, that questioned his fitness to serve and revealed that aides have been secretly thwarting his more dangerous impulses. “I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece wa

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Osteoarthritis research effort works to understand cartilage development

For the first time, researchers have identified and characterized unique cell populations that form the superficial zone of human joint cartilage. The zone has the most critical role in cushioning the joint and is often partially or completely lost in arthritis.

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Scientists developing new blood test to screen for secondary heart attack

Scientists are developing a blood test that quickly and easily detects whether a person is at risk of a secondary heart attack. The researchers have identified plasma lipid biomarkers (fats in the blood) that improve upon traditional risk factors in predicting heart disease and stroke.

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Gallery: Secrets of Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is an oddball, geographically speaking. Now scientists have figured out why.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Can Facebook and Twitter Be ‘Fixed?’

Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg were grilled by the Senate this week. Google was a no-show. And Alex Jones got the boot.

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Barack Obama Makes the Case Against Trump

For most of the last two years, Barack Obama’s stance toward his successor has been elusive and allusive. Elusive because he has largely avoided the public eye ; allusive because when he has spoken about current affairs, he has tended to avoid naming Donald Trump . But the former president broke his silence Friday with a fierce rebuke of Trump and an exhortation to vote, delivered during a speech

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Elon Musk’s Weed-Toking Goodwill Tour Isn't Enough to Save TeslaElon Musk Tesla Joe Rogan

As more high-level executives leave, investors aren't calmed by Musk's attempt to return to his far-out thinking self on Joe Rogan's podcast.

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Trilobites: New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’

A high resolution terrain map of Earth’s frozen continent will help researchers better track changes on the ice as the planet warms.

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Hot streak: Finding patterns in creative career breakthroughs

You've likely heard of hot hands or hot streaks — periods of repeated successes — in sports, financial markets and gambling. But do hot streaks exist in individual creative careers?

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Weed, whiskey, and A.I.: 5 highlights from Elon Musk’s appearance on the Joe Rogan ExperienceElon Musk Joe Rogan

Elon Musk appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience for a conversation that covered topics ranging from the inner workings of neural link technology to the differences between a joint and a blunt. Read More

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Fake Beto O'Rourke Texts Expose New Playground for Trolls

Someone hijacked a volunteer tool to make it look like Beto O'Rourke encouraged voter fraud—and that could just be the beginning.

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Sleep Video Wins Top Honors in 2018 Brain Awareness Contest

It’s commonly known that sleep is important for people to function, but want to dig a little deeper and learn about how it may affect the inner workings of our brains? Cue the Society for Neuroscience’s winner for the 2018 Brain Awareness Video Contest! In Bradley Allf’s video, “I Think, Therefore I Sleep,” he talks about how sleep is believed to affect our memory, function, and health, using cra

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Adding clean energy to the Sahara could make it rain (and not just figuratively)

Science To green or not to green? Some see the Sahara as a potential solution to a looming energy crisis, and one that could potentially make it rain in one of the largest deserts in the world.

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Pumpkin-Size 'Giant' Fibroid Removed from Woman's Uterus

How did a squash-size tumor grow in this woman's uterus?

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7,000 Bugs and Lizards Were Stolen from a Museum … and the Buzz Is, the Employees Did It

Thieves recently made off with 7,000 bugs and lizards from a Philadelphia museum.

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New guidelines for traumatic brain injury — Built with input from rehabilitation professionals

Clinical practice guidelines play a critical role in promoting quality care for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). A new set of guidelines for rehabilitation of patients with moderate to severe TBI — incorporating insights from the rehabilitation professionals responsible for providing care from initial assessment through long-term follow-up — is introduced in the September issue of the

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How 'Searching' Nails Our Online Anxieties

John Cho's new movie gets at the heart of the everyday unease of being online in 2018.

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A 55-Square-Mile Wind Farm Is Now Operating Off England's Shore

The owners say it's the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Each of its 87 turbines stands more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. (Image credit: Phil Noble/Reuters)

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What Made This Woman's Tongue Turn Black and 'Hairy'?

She had what's called a "black hairy tongue."

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Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s

The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren has changed. The shared lifetime between grandmothers and their grandchildren has a fundamental effect on how grandparents and grandchildren influence each other. A study conducted by biologists, based on Finnish parish registers, indicates that, in this agrarian society, the shared lifetime of grandchildren and their grandmothers

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This is how the brain forgets on purpose

Researchers have analysed what happens in the brain when humans want to voluntarily forget something. They identified two areas of the brain — the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus — whose activity patterns are characteristic for the process of forgetting. They measured the brain activity in epilepsy patients who had electrodes implanted in the brain for the purpose of surgical planning.

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Cover the U.S. In 89 percent trees, or go solar

Researchers found that using bio-sequestration to capture carbon produced by US coal-fired plants even after carbon capture and storage would require using 62 percent of the nation's arable land for that process, or 89 percent of all US land with average forest cover. In comparison, offsetting the amount of carbon produced by manufacturing solar panels is 13 times less land, making it a far more v

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Photos of the Week: Hovercraft Racing, Mud Wallow, Balls of Fire

Supreme Court confirmation hearings and protests in Washington, D.C., a military dance in China, a tattoo expo in Russia, the West Indian Day Parade in New York, an ice cave in a French glacier, earthquake-triggered landslides in Japan, a 3-D-printed Egyptian-cat-mummy skeleton, red peppers in Turkey, a protest in Greece, a devastating fire in the National Museum of Brazil, and much more

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Evolution of psychiatric disorders and human personality traits

How and why human-unique characteristics such as highly social behavior, languages and complex culture have evolved is a long-standing question. A research team has revealed the evolution of a gene related to such human-unique psychiatric traits.

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Protocell guests flee the nest

Researchers have shown that resident artificial cells abandon their protocell hosts by displaying antagonistic behavior on receiving a chemical signal.

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Pregnant women can safely control weight gain through diet and lifestyle changes

Many overweight/obese women gain too much weight during pregnancy. New trials showed these women can safely limit their weight gain with diet and exercise interventions. The reduced weight gain, however, did not result in fewer obstetrical complications. The finding suggests that the lifestyle changes need to start before pregnancy.

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Stress wracks worm nerves, leaving lasting memories

In a recent study, scientists stunted the puberty of male worms by starving them before they underwent sexual maturation. The researchers suggested that stress from starvation even days before sexual maturation prevented normal changes in the wiring patterns of key neuronal circuits, which caused adult male worms to act immature.

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What's The Evidence That Supervised Drug Injection Sites Save Lives?

Proposals in several cities to offer drug users access to a safe space to consume drugs have caused a political stir, but what do we really know about the effectiveness of safe injection sites? (Image credit: Elana Gordon for WHYY)

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Hurricane Harvey's record-setting floodwaters were packed with pollution and disease

Nexus Media News And this problem isn't unique to Texas. A new study finds E. coli, Salmonella and other pathogens thrived in Houston floodwaters after Hurricane Harvey.

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Family genetics vital for understanding autism progression

Research published today in Genetics in Medicine shows that the total amount of rare mutations–deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence–in a person's genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms.

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Dangerous blood pressure spikes among blacks happen five times more often than average

Blacks with high blood pressure experience hypertensive crisis, a life-threatening condition where blood pressure surges severely and quickly, at a rate five times the national average. Hypertensive crisis can lead to organ damage and death. Factors that predict organ damage from hypertensive crisis include age, male gender, anemia, chronic kidney disease and having a history of stroke or cardiova

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Finding a Jesuit Tunnel | Treasure Quest

The team encounters a man-made tunnel that could lead them on the right trail. Catch an all-new TREASURE QUEST Friday 9p on Discovery. Stream Full Episodes of Treasure Quest: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/treasure-quest-snake-island/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TreasureQuestTV/ https://www.facebook.com/Discovery Follo

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Trilobites: Hundreds of Seals Are Dying on the New England Coast

Deaths of gray and harbor seals, in much greater numbers than usual, have been attributed to viruses related to distemper and the flu.

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Science Does Not Support Claims That Contraceptives Are ‘Abortion-Inducing’

Judge Kavanaugh’s use of the term in his confirmation hearing resurrected a controversial phrase.

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New tool diagnoses ‘sick’ solar panels in real-time

Researchers have created a new tool that analyzes how well a solar farm is generating electricity. Diagnosing degraded, or “diseased,” solar panels would contribute to lower electric bills on clean energy and cut manufacturing costs. Companies and governments have regularly invested in solar farms and lost money when weather degradation unexpectedly cut panel lifetime short. “We need to look at t

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Is the key to sparking climate action a game?

Regardless of political affiliation, most participants in the World Climate Simulation — a role-playing game of the UN climate talks — showed increased motivation to combat climate change, a recent study found.

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Chronic diseases driven by metabolic dysfunction

Progress in treating chronic illness, where the cause of the problem is often unknown, has lagged. Chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease defy easy explanation, let alone remedy. In a new paper, a researcher at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, posits that chronic disease is essentially the consequence of the natural healing cycle becoming blocked,

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New discovery on T cell behavior has major implications for cancer immunotherapy

Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that disease-fighting T cells, elicited from vaccines, do not require glucose for their rapid reproduction, a finding with major implications for the development of immunotherapies for cancer patients.

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Decades after a Nobel Prize snub, Jocelyn Bell Burnell's just won $3 million for her work

Science And she's giving it all away. Around 50 years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars—but the Nobel Prize committee awarded her male supervisor for the find. She doesn't mind.

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Former Head of New York Academy of Sciences, Rodney Nichols, Dies

A vice president of Rockefeller University for more than 20 years, Nichols also advised the White House, the NIH, and other groups.

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Folket demonstrerer for klimaet i København, Aarhus, Odense og Aalborg

Folkets Klimamarch forventes at tiltrække mange mennesker lørdag. Klimaet bekymrer folk, siger arrangerører.

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Twice the size of Earth and 145 light years away, planet 503b has just been discovered

About twice the size of Earth, 503b orbits its own star every six days. Read More

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Launching Rogue Satellites Into Space Was a ‘Mistake’

Updated September 7 at 7:36 p.m. ET In January, Sara Spangelo tuned into a live-stream in California to witness a rocket launch thousands of miles away, on an island along the Indian coast overlooking the Bay of Bengal. A 144-foot-tall launch vehicle, owned and operated by India, sat on the launchpad. As a voice on the stream counted down , a small tangle of orange flames appeared at the rocket’s

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New blood pressure app

Michigan State University has invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone — with no special equipment. The discovery, featured in the current issue of Scientific Reports, was made by a team of scientists led by Ramakrishna Mukkamala, MSU electrical and computer engineering professor.

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Finding that links ALS/ataxia to cellular stress opens new approaches for treatment

Scientists at University of Utah Health report for the first time that a protein, called Staufen1, accumulates in cells of patients suffering from degenerative ataxia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Depleting the protein from affected mice improved symptoms including motor function. These results suggest that targeting Staufen1 could have therapeutic pot

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Giant barrier to clear Pacific plastic

The ambitious project aims to tackle a collection of waste known as the Great Garbage Patch.

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AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

New approaches foster hope that computers can comprehend paragraphs, classify email as spam, or generate a satisfying end to a short story.

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Holography, light-field technology combo could deliver practical 3-D displays

While most interaction with digital content is still constrained to keyboards and 2-D touch panels, augmented and virtually reality (AR/VR) technologies promise ever more freedom from these limitations.

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Holography, light-field technology combo could deliver practical 3-D displays

Researchers in Japan and Belgium has begun to explore a combination of holography and light field technologies as a way to reduce the size and cost of more people-friendly AR/VR devices.

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‘This Is Not Normal’: Obama Takes His Hardest Stance Against Trump

On Friday, former President Barack Obama accepted the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government at the University of Illinois. Obama’s remarks provided the first taste of the message he’ll deliver on behalf of Democratic candidates around the country when he hits the campaign trail this fall. Below, the full text of Obama’s remarks as delivered. Hello, Illinois! ILL! ILL! Okay, okay. Checkin

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Letters: The Power of the Press

Why a Free Press Matters The American free press is in a state of crisis, Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner argued last month. The threat, they wrote, has been “years, if not decades, in the making.” “Why a Free Press Matters” is an impassioned piece from people who obviously care a great deal about their institution and the valuable role it plays. I agree with much of what they say, but at the sam

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Pennsylvania's 9/11 memorial is one of the first in the world to use sound as a tribute

Technology After centuries of silent designs, architects are designing for the ear, too. After centuries of silent designs, the architects of two major 9/11 memorial sites have settled on sound.

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Future of nuclear energy

Scientists have analyzed the reasons for the current global stall of nuclear energy capacity and discuss measures that could be taken to arrest and reverse that trend.

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Toddlers prefer winners, but avoid those who win by force

Toddlers aged just 1 1/2 years prefer individuals whom other people yield to. It appears to be deeply rooted in human nature to seek out those with the highest social status. This motive might have evolved because being close to high-ranking individuals has given people access to resources, territory and mates.

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Simple but effective: Spontaneous synthesis of homogenous polymer networks

Researchers have developed a spontaneous polymer network synthesis that allowed for the preparation of gels containing narrow molecular weight distribution polymers. The gel networks showed swelling properties that were responsive to temperature and solvent concentration. The reported process demonstrates the potential for facile preparation of high quality materials that exhibit the full range of

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PNAS to Stop Publishing Its Print Edition in 2019

The move to online-only will allow for articles to be longer in length.

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Fishermen Haul in Monstrous Skull and Antlers of Extinct Irish Elk

These fishermen netted a gigantic surprise catch.

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Five rad and random toys I found this week

Gadgets The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 55. My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are ingenious or clever or ridiculously cheap.

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Harnessing the power of the crowd could improve screening accuracy

Averaging the results from two independent participants improved screening accuracy, whether participants were looking at baggage scans or mammograms, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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The Hidden Link Between Farm Antibiotics and Human Illness

For decades researchers sought evidence that antibiotics fed to farm animals transferred super bacteria to humans. Now a single study has provided a much needed smoking gun.

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DNA mutations may predict breast cancer relapse

Certain DNA mutations are linked to a high relapse risk for one type of breast cancer while other mutations are associated with better outcomes, a large genomic analysis shows. The findings could help predict which patients are most likely to have their cancer return and spread, and could help guide treatment decisions. It also opens the door to developing more aggressive treatments for patients

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Enormous Iceberg Pirouettes after Splitting from Ice Shelf

The Delaware-size chunk of ice has been snagging on rises on the ocean floor — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

Activision Blizzard on Friday added six new teams to is "Overwatch" League, including one in Paris, as the city-based approach to eSports headed into its second season.

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Global Health: Vaccines Against H.I.V., Malaria and Tuberculosis Unlikely, Study Says

Unless the $3 billion spent annually on research triples, the world may not be able to invent vaccines or rapid cures for many ills of the poor.

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Eye movements take edge off traumatic memories

Two human experiments demonstrate that a widely used yet controversial psychotherapy technique suppresses fear-related amygdala activity during recall of a traumatic memory.

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Pluto should be reclassified as a planet, experts say

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research.

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RUDN biochemists described a new mechanism for autoimmunity suppression

RUDN biochemists suggested a new mechanism following which a human body prevents the development of autoimmune diseases (i.e. conditions caused by the damaging influence of the immune system on a body's own organs and tissues), allergies, and implant rejection. It turned out that regulatory T-cells are able to suppress the reproduction of autoimmune cells. The work was published in the Molecular I

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US military investing $2 bn in 'next generation' artificial intelligence

The Pentagon's research wing said Friday it was investing $2 billion to develop a new generation of artificial intelligence with "human-like communication" skills.

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Ryanair U-turns on Poland but faces 'biggest' strike

Ryanair performed a U-turn Friday, saying it no longer planned to transfer jobs and planes to Poland after a deal with pilots, but nonetheless faced a fresh pan-European strike.

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Tesla tumbles as new exits raise fresh concernsElon Musk Tesla Joe Rogan

Shares of Tesla Motors tumbled Friday as a pair of executive departures raised fresh concerns for the electric automaker already in turmoil over the erratic behavior of its mercurial chief executive Elon Musk.

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How 50 Years of Latino Studies Shaped History Education

When Dolores Huerta took the stage at California State University at Los Angeles to address a room of more than 600 people at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies department on Thursday, she began with a reflection. “It was actually here in the city of Los Angeles where the Chicano movement started,” she said. That activism was the only reason she was in the ro

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Report: Head of Verizon's AOL, Yahoo in talks to depart

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon's media and advertising chief, Tim Armstrong, is in talks to leave.

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'Act of espionage': France accuses Russia of trying to spy on satellite data

Defence minister says Russia’s Luch-Olymp craft got ‘so close’ to French military satellite last year The French defence minister has accused Russia of attempting to intercept France’s satellite communications, calling it an act of espionage. Florence Parly said Russia tried to intercept transmissions and spy on a satellite providing secure communications for the French military last year. Contin

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National survey shows ocean and coastal recreation is big business

A new report by social scientists at NOAA Fisheries reveals that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it.

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Smiling doesn't necessarily mean you're happy

Smiling does not necessarily indicate that we are happy, according to new research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

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Google’s AI hate speech detector is easily fooled by a few typos

Demand is growing for tools that automatically flag online hate speech, but the current crop can easily be fooled by adding a few typos or an innocuous word

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Tropical Depression Gordon still lingering over Arkansas

Tropical Depression Gordon just doesn't want to give up. Gordon is meandering in the southern U.S. and satellites pinpointed its center over Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 7. Gordon continues to soak the southern U.S. and NASA's Aqua satellite located the strongest storms associated with the depression.

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Deep-sea mining causes massive loss of species lasting for decades

In cooperation with an international team, Senckenberg scientists examined the impact of deep-sea mining – such as the extraction of manganese nodules – on the species diversity at the ocean floor. They were able to show that even 26 years after the end of the mining activity a significant loss of ground-dwelling organisms can be registered. Filter-feeding animals are particularly affected – more

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Thirteen adult elephants to be collared in Mikumi and Selous Tanzania

Thirteen adult elephants are expected to be fitted with satellite collars in Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania during the first two weeks of September. The completion of this exercise will make a total of 20 GPS satellite collars fitted on adult elephants within and outside core areas of Selous Ecosystem.

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Wall Street’s embrace could break Bitcoin

Going mainstream could be disastrous for the currency, if traders treat it like a conventional asset.

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How leftovers mess with your eating and exercise

Leftovers may be throwing off your sense of how much you’ve actually eaten and how much you need to exercise, particularly as portion sizes—and therefore leftover portions—increase, according to a new study. “We know that growing portion sizes increase consumption, but grossly enlarged portions also cause consumers to face more and more food leftovers,” says Aradhna Krishna of the Ross School of

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Federal Policy Vacuum Spurs Surge of State Environmental Ballot Measures

Carbon taxes, fracking bans and salmon conservation will all be put up for a vote — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Is ocean plastic rising up the food chain to us?

New evidence emerges that microplastics eaten by marine animals may be traveling up the food chain to our plates. Read More

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Animal welfare: if you want cheap knitwear, it's the sheep that may suffer

Secretly filmed footage of a group of sheep shearers working on a farm makes for shocking viewing. Animals are kicked, stamped on and punched in the face. The abuse, uncovered by an animal rights group, is difficult to watch.

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The Saddest Part of the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed

Okay—let’s make sure we have this straight: The anonymous senior administration official who devastated Donald Trump in the op-ed pages of The New York Times this week believes that the president is amoral; “is not moored to any discernible first principles”; acts “in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic”; is unstable and prone to “half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally r

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Whose ‘Resistance’ Is It Anyway?

Wednesday morning, The New York Times published an op-ed titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” written by an anonymous senior government official. “There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first,” he writes toward the end of the column, which describes a calculated campaign in which multiple concerned staffers in the p

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Japan wants people to virtually embody avatars orbiting in space

The Japanese space programme has partnered with an airline to build humanoid robots to assist astronauts and allow people on the ground to experience space

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Novichok attack: Did Russian agents have enough poison to kill 4000?

Media reports say the dose of Novichok nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack was high enough to kill thousands – but this would have been almost impossible

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Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Despite whimsical ads about computing "in the cloud," the internet lives on the ground. Data centers are built on land, and most of the physical elements of the internet – such as the cables that connect households to internet services and the fiber optic strands carrying data from one city to another – are buried in plastic conduit under the dirt. That system has worked quite well for many years,

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Time-lapse Image Acquisition of Undifferentiated Embryonic Stem Cells

Download this application note from Olympus to find out how low-phototoxic time-lapse imaging was used to track embryonic stem cell differentiation for 57 hours!

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Kidding Misunderstands the Appeal of Jim Carrey

A plot device that is shocking, deeply upsetting, or very dark in some way is not uncommon in the world of premium-cable television, a medium where practically anything goes, any bad word can be uttered, and creativity is supposedly more unfettered. But, of course, just because something is shocking doesn’t mean it’s interesting. Showtime’s new series Kidding is predicated on a notion that its cr

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Q&A: Flying Toward the Light

Several theories examine why night airborne insects are drawn to artificial lights, even if it spells doom for them.

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Hurricane Olivia's eye obvious from NASA's Aqua satellite

Hurricane Olivia's eye was clear in infrared imagery taken by NASA's Aqua satellite from its orbit in space.

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Designing greener streets starts with finding room for bicycles and trees

City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years on average. Until recently, U.S. streets have also lacked cycle tracks – paths exclusively for bicycles between th

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Study reveals night-time habits of captive flamingos

What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?

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Low-income neighborhoods would gain the most from green roofs in cities like Chicago

Heat waves aren't just a source of discomfort. They're the nation's deadliest weather hazard, accounting for a fifth of all deaths caused by natural hazards in the U.S.

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Certain weather makes you more likely to get a rattlesnake bite

Animals When it rains, it pours (snakes). A new study suggests you might be better off venturing into the wild during times of drought.

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Latest Structural Heart issue features research on TAVR and Mitral VIV and VIR procedures

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team features original research articles on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with aortic stenosis and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and the safety and efficacy of percutaneous mitral valve-in-valve and valve-in ring procedures. Th

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Toddlers prefer winners — but avoid those who win by force

Toddlers aged just 1 1/2 years prefer individuals whom other people yield to. It appears to be deeply rooted in human nature to seek out those with the highest social status. This motive might have evolved because being close to high-ranking individuals has given people access to resources, territory and mates.

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Single molecule control for a millionth of a billionth of a second

Physicists at the University of Bath have discovered how to manipulate and control individual molecules for a millionth of a billionth of a second, after being intrigued by some seemingly odd results.

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When more bone-making cells equal less bone

A rare mutation in a gene causes weak bones in mice and people – but not for the reasons you might expect. UConn researchers report in the Sept. 7 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry how this mutation creates more bone-making cells but results in less bone, and find intriguing hints as to how the gene might affect other conditions as diverse as breast cancer and dementia.

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AI has already been weaponised – and it shows why we should ban 'killer robots'

A dividing line is emerging in the debate over so-called killer robots. Many countries want to see new international law on autonomous weapon systems that can target and kill people without human intervention. But those countries already developing such weapons are instead trying to highlight their supposed benefits.

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New tools improve farm nutrient and water management

EU-funded researchers have developed new mapping tools and services to help farmers better manage the application of nutrients and water to their fields and promote sustainable agriculture.

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Lesotho emerges as unlikely testbed for 5G revolution

The mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa has become an unexpected test venue for high-speed 5G mobile technology that is set to revolutionise global communication, transport and entertainment.

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Aqua satellite finds Florence temporarily fighting wind shear

Tropical Storm Florence appeared weaker in infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite, with warmer cloud top temperatures. However, forecasters believe this is a temporary setback.

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Shoppers could be left in the dark about hazardous hormone-treated beef

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, there are signs that some government ministers would be willing to sacrifice food standards to win trade agreements with non-EU states such as the USA.

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Using biosensors to deliver personalized doses of antibiotics

A team of eight EPFL students has come up with a portable biosensor that can measure the amount of vancomycin in a patient's blood stream, enabling doctors to better control the dosage and reduce harmful side effects. Their technology – developed for the upcoming SensUs international competition – could eventually be used for other antibiotics as well.

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Nanoparticles form supercrystals under pressure

Self-assembly and crystallisation of nanoparticles (NPs) is generally a complex process, based on the evaporation or precipitation of NP-building blocks. Obtaining high-quality supercrystals is slow, dependent on forming and maintaining homogenous crystallisation conditions. Recent studies have used applied pressure as a homogenous method to induce various structural transformations and phase tran

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New research suggest Pluto should be reclassified as a planet

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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How Can We Avoid Climate Avoidance?

Many people accept the reality of global warming but don’t want to deal with it — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Research takes proactive approach to defending computer systems

A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea have taken a step toward the development of moving target defense techniques in software-defined networks. This is a demanding cybersecurity research topic, scientists said.

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Does technology really enhance our decision-making ability?

An Army scientist recently won a best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery's 26th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization for discovering that most people cannot distinguish between liking a user interface and making good choices.

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What happens when data scientists crunch through three centuries of Robinson Crusoe?

Since Daniel Defoe's shipwreck tale "Robinson Crusoe" was first published nearly 300 years ago, thousands of editions and spinoff versions have been published, in hundreds of languages.

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Mobile platforms can give refugees access to vital information when they arrive in Australia

Waves of asylum seekers emerging from conflict zones in Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere are expected to add more than one million people to global resettlement needs this year.

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Electron microscopy provides new view of tiny virus with therapeutic potential

The imaging method called cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) allows researchers to visualize the shapes of biological molecules with an unprecedented level of detail. Now, a team led by researchers from the Salk Institute and the University of Florida is reporting how they used cryo-EM to show the structure of a version of a virus called an AAV2, advancing the technique's capabilities and the viru

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Clinton lost US election because Democrats were too inclusive—study

Hillary Clinton may have lost out to Donald Trump in the battle for the US Presidency because the Democrats were too willing to welcome others with differing views to theirs into their political party, a new study reveals.

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Not too wet, not too dry—plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right

Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. But keeping them dry has long been a challenge, as they produce water during the process of converting hydrogen and oxygen into electricity.

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NASA finds Hurricane Norman hammered by wind shear

NASA's Aqua satellite obtained a visible image of Hurricane Norman northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and found the storm weakening and battling wind shear.

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As Google turns 20, questions over whether it's too powerful

Twenty years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all of the internet's information, the search engine they named Google has morphed into a dominating force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more.

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Hsp90—more than just a chaperone

Researchers from the Verstreken lab (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified a completely novel function for Hsp90, one of the most common and most studied proteins in our body. In addition to its well-known role as a protein chaperone, Hsp90 stimulates exosome release. These findings shed new light on treatment strategies for both cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

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We've got apps and radars – but can ants predict rain?

It's often said that ants can predict impending rain and respond by changing their behaviour.

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How attention orchestrates groups of nerve cells to enrich the brain's symphony

A new study on rhesus monkeys shows how our brain processes complex signals.

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A Great Social Experiment of the 21st Century

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64. Two years later, recreational marijuana was legal. “No other state had ever done [this] before,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in an interview at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival in June. In the video above, Hickenlooper details his experience implementing what he describes as “one of the great social experiments of the first half

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The Senate Shreds Its Norms

Thursday morning brought drama to the Senate Judiciary Committee. While the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sat silently, Democrats and Republicans on the committee clashed, exchanging some very personal remarks and attacks, over the process being used for documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House. At least one of those documents involved Kavanaugh’s writings and opi

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National survey shows ocean and coastal recreation is big business

A new report by social scientists at NOAA Fisheries reveals that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it. The recently released report provides results from the National Ocean Recreation Expenditure Survey, the first of its kind for NOAA.

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NASA finds Hurricane Norman hammered by wind shear

NASA's Aqua satellite obtained a visible image of Hurricane Norman northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and found the storm weakening and battling wind shear.

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NASA's Aqua satellite finds Florence temporarily fighting wind shear

Tropical Storm Florence appeared weaker in infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite, with warmer cloud top temperatures. However, forecasters believe this is a temporary setback.

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Army research takes proactive approach to defending computer systems

A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea have taken a step toward the development of moving target defense techniques in software-defined networks. This is a demanding cybersecurity research topic, scientists said.

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New book connects ancient clues to give voice to silent cultures

Besides working as the engineering school's associate dean for undergraduate affairs, Peter Bogucki is a noted archaeologist specializing in Neolithic cultures of northern Europe. His recent book, The Barbarians, received the 2018 Popular Book Award from the Society for American Archaeology.

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New research throws light on factors associated with the decline of Britain's hedgehogs

Results from the first systematic survey of rural hedgehog populations in England and Wales using footprint tracking tunnels has been published in Scientific Reports today.

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Shark tourism can change your mind about these much-maligned predators

Shark ecotourism can change people's attitudes about sharks and make them more likely to support conservation projects – even after allowing for the fact that ecotourists are more likely to be environmentally minded in the first place.

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Teacher turnover is a problem – here's how to fix it

Each school year, a good portion of parents find out that their child's teacher is leaving for a job at another school or a different kind of job all together. An average of 16 percent of public school teachers change schools or leave teaching every year. This is over half a million teachers nationwide.

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Does being smart and successful lower your chances of getting married?

Having a committed partner and good family relationships are important to most people. Countless novels, fairy tales and movies have told romantic stories about love that endear us to the idea of romantic love.

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Protection for the ozone layer: Sugar molecules bind harmful CFCs

Researchers have managed to make a breakthrough when it comes to dealing with the extremely ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon Freon 11. Their findings could make a major contribution to protecting the endangered ozone layer.

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Study reveals night-time habits of captive flamingos

What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?

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Spying on the virus: Development to increase effectiveness of viral cancer therapy

Scientists have learned how to observe the processes of oncolytic viruses in cancer cells in real time. For the first time ever, a group of scientists from NUST MISIS and the University of Calgary (Canada) has managed to apply the technique of intravital microscopy to study the interaction of oncolytic viruses with both tumor and healthy cells of the body.

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Hurricane Olivia's eye obvious from NASA's Aqua satellite

Hurricane Olivia's eye was clear in infrared imagery taken by NASA's Aqua satellite from its orbit in space.

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Tropical Depression Gordon still lingering over Arkansas

Tropical Depression Gordon just doesn't want to give up. Gordon is meandering in the southern US and satellites pinpointed its center over Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 7. Gordon continues to soak the southern US and NASA's Aqua satellite located the strongest storms associated with the depression.

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New research suggests Pluto should be reclassified as a planet

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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A love letter to realism in a time of grief | Mark Pollock and Simone George

When faced with life's toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George explore the tension between acceptance and hope in times of grief — and share the groundbreaking work they're undertaking to cure paralysis.

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Toyota kalder 2.900 danske hybridbiler på værksted

Ledningsfejl på en række af Toyotas hybridbiler betyder, at bilerne bliver kaldt til reparation. Indrapporteringen til amerikanske myndigheder advarer om risiko for brand.

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We're Probably Living in a Simulation, Elon Musk Says

We're all probably trapped in a "Matrix"-like pseudo existence, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said early Friday (Sept. 7) during a long, wide-ranging and very entertaining appearance on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast.

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Russia Can Stop a Slaughter in Idlib

A war that seems to be ending could still witness its most deadly assault yet. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned on Twitter that “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province,” adding it would be “a grave humanitarian mistake” for Russia and Iran to “take part in this potential human tragedy.” “Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed,” he concluded.

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The rise of the 'bin chicken,' a totem for modern Australia

In just a few decades, the Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) has made itself at home in many of Australia's coastal and inland cities. And aside from the feathered birds we see daily (often foraging amongst garbage), representations of ibis have exploded in popular culture. The humble ibis, it seems, has gone viral.

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Massive solar and wind farms could bring vegetation back to the Sahara

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an important and necessary step towards averting climate change. However, in our efforts to go green, we also need to be mindful of other consequences, both intended and unintended – and that includes how a mass deployment of renewable technology might affect its surrounding climate.

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Crowds of people are laughing at science (but in a good way)

Science-inflected comedy is everywhere – and if the performances at this year's Edinburgh Fringe are anything to go by, it's doing vital work

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An unexpected gray area could bring about long-lasting solar cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a surprising discovery that could dramatically improve the lifetime of solar energy harvesting devices.

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Put unused and 'lazy' land to work to ease the affordable housing crisis

Greater Melbourne officially became home to 5 million people last month – that's almost 90% of the state's population. With these figures in mind, the state government is taking important steps to address the growing affordable housing crisis.

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'Mindful people' feel less pain; MRI imaging pinpoints supporting brain activity

Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the answers — mindfulness.

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Emotional scars increase the risk of sports injury

Active top-flight athletes who have experienced sexual or physical abuse at some time in their life run a greater risk of sports-related injury. A new study from the Athletics Research Center at Linköping University in Sweden has shown an association between lifetime abuse experience and injury risk in female athletes.

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Researchers identify pitfall in popular prostate cancer PET imaging method

Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has become a popular method for determining the stage of a patient's prostate cancer. However, researchers have identified a major pitfall in this imaging technique and are cautioning medical professionals to be aware of the potential for misdiagnosis.

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Engineers of Samara University presented a propulsion system for nanosatellites

The scientists of the Inter-University Department of Space Research of Samara University presented a prototype of a propulsion system for the maneuvering nanosatellite SamSat-M. The presentation took place at the IV International Conference 'Scientific and Technological Experiments on Automatic Space Vehicles and Small Satellites' (SPEXP) in Samara.

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A new generation of pain medications

Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Zuse Institute Berlin have developed a new generation of pain medications. The researchers used computer simulations to develop new opioids that will only work at sites affected by injury or inflammation. These drugs can prevent the occurrence of brain- and gut-related side effects typically associated with conventional opioids and have

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Smiling doesn't necessarily mean you're happy

Smiling does not necessarily indicate that we are happy, according to new research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

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A study of ants provides information on the evolution of social insects

A major characteristic of eusocial species is the division of labor between queens and. But what determines this distinction? And how did it come about during the course of evolution? Dr. Romain Libbrecht of Mainz University in cooperation with researchers at Rockefeller University in NYC has found a completely unexpected answer: One single gene called insulin-like peptide 2 (ILP2), which is proba

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Superbugs jumping frequently between humans and animals

In a recent study, researchers found that cows are a source of resistant staphylococcus strains causing infections in humans today.

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Solution: ‘Evolutionary Math and Just-So Stories’

In our August Insights puzzle , we explored the ability of certain population structures to accelerate or slow down evolution. Ever since Darwin’s spectacular evolutionary discoveries in the Galápagos Islands, it has become increasingly clear that the process of evolution is accelerated on island archipelagos. The key geographic feature seems to be that the archipelago should have small islands t

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Radio Atlantic: How Much Longer Can Football Last?

Subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Mark Leibovich has a day job covering the reality show of politics as The New York Times Magazine ’s chief national correspondent, but he’s spent the past few years reporting a book on America’s other biggest reality show: football. The new season begins with Colin Kaepernick the face of Nike, Donald Trump the NFL’s bi

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‘The Separation Was So Long. My Son Has Changed So Much.’

SAN BENITO , Texas—Anita and Jenri, mother and son, fled north from Honduras and crossed the Rio Grande on a raft near McAllen, Texas, in mid-June. They immediately turned themselves over to Border Patrol and asked for asylum. Agents transported them to the station known among immigrants as the perrera , or “dog pound,” because of the chain-link cages used to hold them. Anita and Jenri had no way

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Dansk rumstrategi øremærker millioner fra ESA

ESA har tildelt 17 mio. kroner til danske rumvirksomheder – for første gang med udgangspunkt i den danske rumstrategi.

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Getting an up-close, 3-D view of gold nanostars

Extremely small structures, far smaller in diameter than a strand of hair, could greatly benefit sensors and other devices. To master these nanomaterials, scientists need to determine their shape. That's difficult. Scientists developed a new way to perform high-resolution, 3-D imaging of tiny metallic structures. The method uses scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Using this method,

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Almost 500 explosions found in galaxy cores

Apart from a billion Milky Way stars, ESA's Gaia spacecraft also observes extragalactic objects. Its automated alert system notifies astronomers whenever Gaia spots a transient event. A team of astronomers have found out that by tweaking the existing automated system, Gaia can be used to detect hundreds of peculiar transients in the centres of galaxies. They found about 480 transients over a perio

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Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives

Always go with your gut…if you want to make bad decisions.

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Space Force: Out Of This World?

The proposed newest branch of the military already has its first mission. (Image credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

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William Shatner: "Live Long And…"

What would you ask the iconic actor if you could? (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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Brazil's National Museum Fire Proves Cultural Memory Needs a Backup

The devastating fire at the National Museum of Brazil shows the importance of digitizing the world's knowledge.

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‘Smart’ materials could cut flying’s cost and noise

Researchers have discovered a new group of smart materials that could improve the efficiency of fuel burn in airplane engines. Improving fuel efficiency has the potential to cut the cost of flying. The materials, which could also reduce airplane noise over residential areas, have additional applications in a variety of other industries. “What excites me is that we have just scratched the surface

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Complete makeover in fight of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

Several new medicines have been found to be more effective than traditional ones used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to a new international collaborative study. These findings may precipitate a complete overhaul of worldwide TB treatment guidelines.

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Birds retreating from climate change, deforestation in Honduras cloud forests

Cloud forests are not immune to very down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. A 10-year study of bird populations in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, shows that the peak of bird diversity in this mountainous park is moving higher in elevation. Additional land protection, unfortunately, may not be enough to reverse the trend, driven in part by globally rising temperatures.

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Evaluation of fitness for transport of cull cows varies

In a test to see how farmers, livestock drivers and veterinarians assess the fitness for transport of cull cows based on lameness there were different opinions.

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Single molecule control for a millionth of a billionth of a second

Physicists at the University of Bath have discovered how to manipulate and control individual molecules for a millionth of a billionth of a second, after being intrigued by some seemingly odd results.

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Classification of extreme precipitation events and associated flood risk in central China

Extreme precipitation events (EPEs) generally trigger flood disasters. The combination of evolving EPEs and rapid expansion of urban agglomeration is most likely to change urban flood risk distribution in the future. A new research reveals the different type characteristics of EPEs and its associated flood risk.

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Spontaneous synthesis of homogenous polymer networks

Nagoya researchers developed a spontaneous polymer network synthesis that allowed for the preparation of gels containing narrow molecular weight distribution polymers. The gel networks showed swelling properties that were responsive to temperature and solvent concentration. The reported process demonstrates the potential for facile preparation of high quality materials that exhibit the full range

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The End Finally Comes for Alex Jones

On Thursday, Twitter permanently banned Alex Jones, after the prominent conspiracy theorist violated the platform’s policies on abusive behavior by tweeting out a video of himself heckling the CNN reporter Oliver Darcy. “We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations,” the compan

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Michelle Knox: Can Talking About Death Take Fear And Stress Out Of The Inevitable?

How can we better cope with grief? After observing funerals around the world, banker and travel blogger Michelle Knox suggests we talk about death with our loved ones — especially when we're healthy. (Image credit: Jean-Jacques Halans/Jean-Jacques Halans/TED)

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Tesla's top accountant exits after a month on the job

Tesla's top accountant announced Friday he was stepping down after a month on the job, citing the electric car company's frenetic pace.

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Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s

The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren has changed. The shared lifetime between grandmothers and their grandchildren has a fundamental effect on how grandparents and grandchildren influence each other. A study conducted by biologists at the University of Turku, based on Finnish parish registers, indicates that, in this agrarian society, the shared lifetime of grandchild

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Heavy backpacks can hurt kids—here's how to send them back to school safely

DIY Wear that weight the right way. Over time, carrying too much weight can cause injuries and pain. This school year, choose an ergonomic backpack for your child—and make sure it fits just right.

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Video: Understanding the benefits of school diversity in the majority-minority age

As soon as 2043, if not before, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the United States will become a "diverse-majority" country – meaning that more than 50 percent of Americans will identify as non-white.

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What's all the 'excitement' about flight?

Have you ever wondered how tirelessly the tiny fruit fly buzzes around your fruit bowl? This behavior not only demands tremendous energy but also requires highly coordinated neuronal signaling that enables continuous flight. A recent study from Prof. Gaiti Hasan's lab has uncovered molecules in fruit fly brains required for enabling flight for long periods of time and helps them locate the fruit b

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Bravery cells found in the hippocampus

Why do some people comfortably walk between skyscrapers on a high-wire or raft the Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel whereas others freeze on the mere thought of climbing off escalators in a shopping mall? In a new study, scientists have found that a certain type of cells in the hippocampus play a key role.

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Electron microscopy provides new view of tiny virus with therapeutic potential

Researchers are reporting how they used cryo-EM to show the structure of a version of a virus called an AAV2, advancing the technique's capabilities and the virus' potential as a delivery vehicle for gene therapies.

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Bioadhesive, wirelessly-powered implant emitting light to kill cancer cells

A new wirelessly-powered light-emitting device, which sticks onto animal tissue like a sticker with tissue-adhesive and elastic nanosheets, could possibly facilitate treatment for hard-to-detect microtumors and deeply located lesions that are hard to reach with standard phototherapy. If clinically applied, the device could be beneficial for cancer patients who seek minimally invasive treatment, he

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Not too wet, not too dry: Plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right

Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. But keeping them dry has long been a challenge, as they produce water during the process of converting hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. Now researchers say they may have found a solution: pre-treating the electrode — a key component of fuel cells — with ionized oxygen gas, or plasma.

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Ny hospitalsplan i Midt er et rent minefelt

ANALYSE. Lige siden den forkætrede beslutning om at bygge et hospital Gødstrup har det stået klart, at placeringen af byggerier og behandlinger er sprængstof i midtjysk politik. Nu sætter politikerne gang i en ny plan.

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Ny plan skal sætte kursen for midtjyske hospitaler

Politikere i Region Midtjylland vil have en ny hospitalsplan. Regionsrådsformand Anders Kühnau ønsker, at planen skal gøre op med »matrikeltænkning« og »udvikle stærke faglige miljøer på regionshospitalerne«. Overlægernes formand advarer mod at haste en ny plan igennem.

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How phosphorus came in from the cold

Phosphorus, which is vital to life but somewhat rare, condensed inside asteroids in the outer Solar System before moving back towards the sun, where some of it ended up on Earth, according to new research.

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Image: Atmospheric tricks hide sun's power

This panorama comprises five images showing the sun setting over the medieval and Renaissance town of Montepulciano, southern Tuscany.

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'Dragon eggs' hatched to monitor volcanic activity

The University of Bristol is pioneering the monitoring of volcanic activity by developing a cutting-edge measurement system that can withstand the harsh conditions around the heart of an active volcano.

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Scientists discover new function of heat-shock protein

An international research team has identified a new function of Hsp90, one of the most common and studied proteins in the human body. The study has implications for the development of new drugs.

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Clinton lost US election because Democrats were too inclusive — study

Hillary Clinton may have lost out to Donald Trump in the battle for the US Presidency because the Democrats were too willing to welcome others with differing views to theirs into their political party, a new study reveals.

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Evolution of psychiatric disorders and human personality traits

How and why human-unique characteristics such as highly social behavior, languages and complex culture have evolved is a long-standing question. A research team led by Tohoku University in Japan has revealed the evolution of a gene related to such human-unique psychiatric traits.

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This is how the brain forgets on purpose

Researchers have analysed what happens in the brain when humans want to voluntarily forget something. They identified two areas of the brain — the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus — whose activity patterns are characteristic for the process of forgetting. They measured the brain activity in epilepsy patients who had electrodes implanted in the brain for the purpose of surgical planning.

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Hsp90: More than just a chaperone

Researchers from the Verstreken lab (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified a completely novel function for Hsp90, one of the most common and most studied proteins in our body. In addition to its well-known role as a protein chaperone, Hsp90 stimulates exosome release. These findings shed new light on treatment strategies for both cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Artificial synaptic device simulating the function of human brain

Korean researchers has developed a high-reliability artificial electronic synaptic device that simulates neurons and synapses. The finding is expected to be utilized in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and brain-like semiconductors.

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Simple but effective: spontaneous synthesis of homogenous polymer networks

Nagoya researchers developed a spontaneous polymer network synthesis that allowed for the preparation of gels containing narrow molecular weight distribution polymers. The gel networks showed swelling properties that were responsive to temperature and solvent concentration. The reported process demonstrates the potential for facile preparation of high quality materials that exhibit the full range

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The link between meat and social status

Eating meat is a symbol of power and status, and those who see themselves as having lower socio-economic status prefer meat, and eat more meat, due to this perception, according to new research from Monash University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

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Fossil fuel firms should inform investors of climate risks

A test disclosure program offering limited safe harbor from litigation would help close the gap between what fossil fuel firms now share about their climate change risks and what investors need to know, according to a new study.

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The TESS Input Catalog

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), launched on April 18, has as its core mission goal to discover small transiting exoplanets orbiting nearby bright stars, and to do so it will conduct a nearly all-sky photometric survey over the next two years. For 27.4 days at a time TESS will look at one region of the sky while its 64-million-pixel camera reads out once every 30 minutes in an eff

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Asteroid-deflection mission passes key development milestone

The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense has moved into the final design and assembly phase, following NASA's approval last month.

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Synthesis studies transform waste sugar for sustainable energy storage applications

Biorefinery facilities are critical to fueling the economy—converting wood chips, grass clippings, and other biological materials into fuels, heat, power, and chemicals.

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Journey to explore the inexhaustible resource of genetic information found in microorganisms

The microbial production of enzymes, chemicals and fuels could become more efficient and economical with a newly engineered system for controlling genes called "Jungle Express."

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Unleashing TIGER on small RNAs

Efforts to explore the landscape of small RNAs (sRNAs)—short RNA molecules that are poorly understood—often use high-throughput sequencing (sRNA-seq). These efforts are hampered by a lack of tools to identify, quantify and analyze all the different sRNAs in sRNA-seq datasets.

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New report assesses health of the High Plains aquifer

Recent multiyear droughts accelerated groundwater-level declines in the High Plains aquifer as pumping increased to compensate for lack of rain. Those losses underscore the dilemma western Kansans could face if water levels fall too low to support irrigation and other water needs in hard-hit regions of the aquifer.

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Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s

The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren has changed. The shared lifetime between grandmothers and their grandchildren has a fundamental effect on how grandparents and grandchildren influence each other. A study conducted by biologists at the University of Turku, based on Finnish parish registers, indicates that, in this agrarian society, the shared lifetime of grandchild

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Bioadhesive, wirelessly powered implant emitting light to kill cancer cells

A new wirelessly powered light-emitting device, which sticks onto animal tissue like a sticker with tissue-adhesive and elastic nanosheets, could possibly facilitate treatment for hard-to-detect microtumors and deeply located lesions that are hard to reach with standard phototherapy. If clinically applied, the device could be beneficial for cancer patients who seek minimally invasive treatment, he

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Walking gives older women’s hearts a health boost

Walking significantly lowers the risk of heart failure in older women, a new study shows. The study of more than 137,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 is the largest and most comprehensive to date that has evaluated physical activity within the context of heart failure prevention. In addition to reducing overall heart failure by 25 percent, increased physical activity benefits two heart fail

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Two unrelated studies result in discovery of CRISPR-Cas12a inhibitors

Two teams working independently of one another have identified several CRISPR-Cas12a inhibitors. The first team was made up of members from the University of California, Berkeley, the other had members from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California. Both used bioinformatics tools to scan bacterial genomes for possible inhibitors and both have published their results in the jo

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