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Capturing the Architect of the Holocaust

In the final days of World War II, as the Red Army advanced on Berlin and the Third Reich teetered on the edge of total military collapse , Adolf Hitler famously shot himself in his bunker. A wave of suicides would follow—high-ranking Nazi officials such as Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Philipp Bouhler, and Martin Bormann killed themselves before being captured by Allied forces. Many war cri

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Boeing's Starliner Lands Safely Back To Earth After Aborted Space Station Mission

The journey is being hailed as a major achievement despite failing to complete a core objective: docking at the international space station. NASA hopes to launch U.S. astronauts in space in 2020. (Image credit: Bill Ingalls/AP)

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Jeanne Guillemin, Who Exposed Soviet Anthrax Lab, Dies at 76

After an anthrax outbreak killed scores of people in 1979, she showed how even a tiny amount of a biological warfare agent could threaten a population.

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Strong change of course for muscle research

Scientists have discovered a new subtype of muscle stem cells. These cells have the ability to build and regenerate new muscles, making them interesting targets for the development of gene therapies.

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CRISPR-Cas9 datasets analysis leads to largest genetic screen resource for cancer research

A comprehensive map of genes necessary for cancer survival is one step closer, following validation of the two largest CRISPR-Cas9 genetic screens in 725 cancer models, across 25 different cancer types. Scientists compared the consistency of the two datasets, independently verifying the methodology and findings. The study will help speed the discovery and development of new cancer drugs.

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A step closer to understanding evolution — mitochondrial division conserved across species

A group of scientists showed for the first time that in red algae, an enzyme that is usually involved in cell division also plays a role in replication of mitochondria — a crucial cell organelle. Moreover, they discovered a similar mechanism in human cells, leading them to believe that the process by which mitochondria replicate is similar across all eukaryotic species — from simple to complex o

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No tempest in a teacup — it's a cyclone on a silicon chip

Researchers have combined quantum liquids and silicon-chip technology to study turbulence for the first time, opening the door to new navigation technologies and improved understanding of the turbulent dynamics of cyclones and other extreme weather.

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Study busts 9 to 5 model for academic work

An observational study of academic working hours has identified large differences in how researchers around the world manage their work-life balance.

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Manta' rays impressive ability to heal

'Whoopi' the manta ray — a regular visitor to Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef — has helped University of Queensland and Murdoch University scientists study rays' impressive ability to heal.

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No tempest in a teacup — it's a cyclone on a silicon chip

Researchers have combined quantum liquids and silicon-chip technology to study turbulence for the first time, opening the door to new navigation technologies and improved understanding of the turbulent dynamics of cyclones and other extreme weather.

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Children allergic to cow's milk smaller and lighter

Children allergic to cow's milk are smaller and weigh less, according to a study of growth trajectories from early childhood to adolescence in children with persistent food allergies.

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Caffeine may offset some health risks of diets high in fat, sugar

In a study of rats, scientists found that caffeine limited weight gain and cholesterol production, despite a diet that was high in fat and sugar.

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Advancing information processing with exceptional points and surfaces

Researchers have for the first time detected an exceptional surface based on measurements of exceptional points. These points are modes that exhibit phenomenon with possible practical applications in information processing.

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Filtered coffee helps prevent type 2 diabetes, show biomarkers in blood samples

Coffee can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes — but only filtered coffee, rather than boiled coffee. New research show that the choice of preparation method influences the health effects of coffee.

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What Does It Mean When Everyone Can Get Their DNA Sequenced?

#30 in our list of the top science stories of 2019

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Christmas Under the Bypass

U.S. Highway 90, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2015 Photograph by Joshua Dudley Greer On a warm, sunny December day in 2015, Joshua Dudley Greer drove into New Orleans and set up his large-format camera beneath Pontchartrain Expressway. The scene Greer encountered was both somber and festive, an assertion of personal space in the bowels of an industrial structure marked no loitering . The tinsel, the c

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Eddie Murphy's Triumphant Return to Saturday Night Live

This may sound like a trite observation, but Saturday Night Live works best when you can tell it's playing to a live audience. This week, with Eddie Murphy's first appearance in 35 years on the show that launched the comedian to fame, it was easy to tell. The excitement in Studio 8H was palpable, and the crowd's reaction to each laugh line crackled with joy. After starting with a cucumber-cool mo

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Tigers Extinct in Laos

The snaring crisis in Southeast Asia appears to have claimed the lives of the country's last wild tigers — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Starliner spacecraft returns early after failed mission

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft returned early after a timing error meant it failed to dock with the ISS.

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Tigers Extinct in Laos

The snaring crisis in Southeast Asia appears to have claimed the lives of the country's last wild tigers — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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'The closest thing on Earth to interplanetary travel'

Justin Rowlatt lands in a dazzling white and blue world to join scientists checking up on Antarctic ice.

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The teenage activists taking after Greta Thunberg

These three teenagers are passionate about issues they see around them, and are training to be activists at The Advocacy Academy in London.

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Scientists struggle to save seagrass from coastal pollution

Peering over the side of his skiff anchored in the middle of New Hampshire's Great Bay, Fred Short liked what he saw.

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Boeing capsule returns to Earth after aborted space mission (Update)

Boeing safely landed its crew capsule in the New Mexico desert Sunday after an aborted flight to the International Space Station that could hold up the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year.

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Notre Dame fire wakes the world up to dangers of lead dust

It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris' most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities.

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What You're Unwrapping When You Get a DNA Test for Christmas

To what extent is giving a DNA test also a present for law enforcement?

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Esketamine, A New Antidepressant, Could Be A Game Changer

#31 in our top science stories of 2019.

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The science stories that shaped 2019

From the first image of a black hole to a detailed survey of sea ice in the Arctic, scientists pick the breakthrough moments that defined the year Was 2019 the year people finally started to listen to climate scientists on global heating? The previous year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had laid out the monumental challenge of limiting warming to 1.5C . Global CO2 emissions

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Missionen slog fejl: Rumkapsel er landet i USA

Starliner fra Boeing, der i fremtiden skal være bemandet, svigtede, da den skulle kobles til rumstation.

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Tænkeboks: Hvilket antal ens lys kan brænde ned samtidig?

Nu kan du dykke ned i ugens juleopgave.

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Would You Want a Personal AI That Knows Everything About You?

A couple years ago I took part in a marketing video where I was recorded answering questions about my career path, interests, and goals. The next day, the videographer offered to show me the footage, so I took him up on it. As I watched myself, I became dismayed. My eyes darted from left to right instead of looking into the camera. I clasped my hands in an awkward, unnatural position behind my ba

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Lesbian Culture Went Viral, Finally, in 2019

From Megan Rapinoe to the "gay rights" meme, queer women's culture was all over the internet this year.

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2019 saw the tragic and unnecessary return of measles in the US

Once deemed a problem of the past in rich nations, the deadly infection has made a huge comeback, reports Chelsea Whyte

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Boeing's Starliner capsule lands safely in New Mexico after failed mission

Aborted flight threatens to derail the company's efforts to launch astronauts on behalf of Nasa next year Boeing safely landed its crew capsule in the New Mexico desert Sunday after an aborted flight to the international space station that threatened to derail the company's effort to launch astronauts on behalf of Nasa next year. The Starliner un-manned spacecraft descended into the US army's Whi

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Analyse: Nye togsignaler i strid modvind

PLUS. Signal-skandalen har slidt så meget på Banedanmarks image, at politikerne nu ikke længere tør tro på løfterne, når jernbanestyrelsen foreslår nye ændringer i signalkøreplanen.

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Sex mellem menneske-arter og fundet af en berømt partikel: "10'erne var et stort årti for videnskaben"

Sammen med en række forskere har vi samlet de nogle af største videnskabelige gennembrud fra det sidste årti.

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Car Share Shrinks, a Tax Break Vanishes, and More Car News This Week

Share Now says it is leaving North America, and Tesla buyers will no longer get help from Uncle Sam for their EVs (and GM buyers are next).

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Trump's Impeachment Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

President Trump was officially charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Then came the tweets.

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Inside Tech's Fever Dream

Chau Luong P erhaps the most repeated phrase in Uncanny Valley , Anna Wiener's memoir of life as a tech-industry worker, is "I did not know." When the book opens, Wiener's world feels like one with limited horizons. It's 2013, and she's a 20-something college graduate who has been working in the sclerotic New York publishing industry, stringing together a meager income as a freelance editor and a

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Deep Breather

Explaining the very long steps of Earth's oxygenation—and perhaps that of other planets, too — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Science Behind Why No Two Snowflakes Are Alike

A physicist's obsession with unusual snow crystals has led him to pursue a grand unified theory of how they form.

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Beats Solo Pro Review: More Than a Fashion Statement

With great battery life, sound, and fit, Beats' latest noise-canceling on-ears are among the best headphones you can buy.

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The 5 Best Comics of 2019

These titles stood head-and-shoulders above the rest.

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'Unboxing Toys' Are the New Cracker Jack Prizes

In 1912, the Cracker Jack company made a fateful change to its business strategy. Starting in 1910, every box of the caramel-corn snack had contained a coupon, perhaps for a household appliance, or for a watch or a piece of jewelry. But Cracker Jack then decided to pivot hard toward selling to a different demographic, and began including a toy—perhaps a figurine, a toy car, or a toy ring—in every

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How Music Therapy Could Help People With Dementia

A new study from University College London finds the human brain responds to a familiar song at super speed. Researchers say their finding could be used to help calm patients with dementia.

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The Firefox Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right Now

Get the most out of Mozilla's Firefox browser with these tips and tricks.

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Bitcoin's Path From Insurgents' Talisman to Tool of Big Tech

Blockchain technology was designed to thwart big institutions. Now the likes of Facebook and Twitter are co-opting it.

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What We Learned in Space and Astronomy News in 2019

Developments in and out of this world that we're still thinking about at year's end.

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American Values Were Never the Issue

Recently, the National Basketball Association faced a torrent of criticism from several notable Republicans, including President Donald Trump, for supposedly prioritizing its business relationship with China—a repressive foreign dictatorship—over free speech and other American values. But strangely, that kind of outrage hasn't been directed at the professional golfers, including the superstar Phi

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Madison's Notes Don't Mean What Everyone Says They Mean

"What did the Framers think about impeachment?" This question is everywhere these days, and the answer that follows often references James Madison's rejection, on September 8, 1787, of the term maladministration in favor of "high crimes and misdemeanors." The implication is, supposedly, that a president cannot be impeached for mere poor governance. It's a good story, and one that can be found in

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Elon Musk-backed Team Trees campaign meets $20 million goal

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The fallibility paradox in AI

Assuming for the sake of discussion we even wanted to make a human-like AI, how would you account for the fact that human minds are inherently prone to make errors while a properly programmed machine should not be so fallible? Perhaps free will is really an illusion borne of our propensity to miscalculate whereas a machine intelligence would seem more inclined to make purely rational decisions. C

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Extraterrestrials may be a bit smelly

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Boeings fejlramte Starliner landede blødt på sine airbags i New Mexico

Opdateret: Boeings Starliner-astronautkapsel måtte vende om under testturen til rumstationen, men Nasa fejrer landingen som en succes.

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Is 3D printing the future of battery design?

The technology promises smaller, more capable batteries that can be integrated into products—and, perhaps, designed with recycling in mind.

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'We can beat Ebola but must prepare for what comes next,' says Wellcome Trust head

Jeremy Farrar, a world expert on diseases, tells of the fight against the deadly virus that spread fear this decade – and how to prepare for the health battles to come Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust, has a straightforward view about the way doctors and scientists tackled the current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo . "In four or five years, we have taken a disease

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After mission failure, Boeing Starliner returning to Earth early

Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft will return to Earth on Sunday, six days early, after a clock problem prevented a rendezvous with the International Space Station, NASA and the aerospace giant confirmed Saturday.

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America's Love-Hate Relationship With Adam Schiff

H e stood for hours on the House floor, solemn and ramrod-straight. He wore his regulation uniform of a dark suit, crisp white shirt, and bright-blue tie. Only when one of his Republican colleagues, Representative Lee Zeldin of New York, described President Donald Trump's impeachment as "a total Schiff show" did the target allow himself the barest chuckle. Perhaps that's because, at this signal m

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Greek wine goes back to basics to resist climate change

Thirty-eight years after he revived his family's small vineyard in northern Greece, Vangelis Gerovassiliou proudly gazes on his property that grows one of the country's most popular wines.

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Europe marks 40th anniversary of first Ariane rocket launch

The first Ariane space rocket lifted off over the forests of French Guiana 40 years ago, enabling Europe to at last take its place as an independent player in the international race for space.

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Ursids Meteor Shower 2019: Watch It Peak in Night Skies

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you're lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

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Podcast-special: Her er det vigtigste danske forskningsresultat i 2019

Ingeniøren udpeger hvert år de fem bedste danske forskningsresultater inden for teknik og naturvidenskab. Vinderen er en forskergruppe fra bl.a. Haldor Topsøe og DTU, der har elektrificeret fremstillingen af hydrogen og methanol.

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Thomas indretter hele sin dag for at optimere sin søvn: 'Mange af tingene er fornuftige'

Det er blandt andet godt at undgå stærkt lys om aftenen, fortæller søvnforsker.

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Boeing Starliner Landing Live Updates: Watch Capsule's Early Return

The new ride to orbit built for NASA is returning to Earth early after problems during its first trip to space on Friday.

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Vind med Ingeniørens julekalender: 22. december

Vær med i Ingeniørens julekalender 2019. Hver dag med nye præmier!

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Robots humble US Army in wargames

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Death toll in Europe from storm hits nine (Update)

The death toll from storms that have battered Spain, Portugal and France rose to nine on Sunday as the region braced for more violent winds and heavy rain.

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Egypt beach resorts fight global scourge of plastic trash

Combing the Red Sea beach at an Egyptian luxury resort, workers find bagfuls of plastic garbage—but the news isn't all bad, thanks to a new environmental initiative.

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Meet the Rowers: Fiann Paul | The Impossible Row | Episode 7

Co-Captain of the crew, Fiann Paul, is known for being the "Fastest Ocean Rower" as well as the "Most Record-Breaking Ocean Rower." Now, he plans to complete the "Ocean Explorer's Grand Slam" and become the first man to row five oceans. Stream More Episodes of The Impossible Row: https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/the-impossible-row/ About The Impossible Row: The Drake Passage is the most dangerou

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Nasa and Boeing confident Starliner capsule will land safely

Starliner capsule due to land in New Mexico on Sunday after failing in its mission to dock with the international space station The Nasa and Boeing team behind the un-crewed Starliner space capsule that failed on Friday in its mission to dock with the international space station has expressed confidence that they can land the faulty spacecraft in the US desert on Sunday. Related: Boeing's 737 Max

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November 2019: Earth's Second Warmest November on Record

The year 2019 is very likely to be Earth's second warmest on record, behind 2016 — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How Do You Save an Endangered Tree from Extinction When You Can't Save Its Seeds?

"Recalcitrant" seeds hold the secret to saving a critically endangered Indian tree—thanks to a bit of human help — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How Do You Save an Endangered Tree from Extinction When You Can't Save Its Seeds?

"Recalcitrant" seeds hold the secret to saving a critically endangered Indian tree—thanks to a bit of human help — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Three Studies Are Showing Bees' Amazing Math Abilities

#32 in our top science stories of 2019.

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Why Does the Keto Diet Cause Brain Fog?

Those just starting out on the trendy diet often experience short-term difficulties thinking and concentrating.

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Lucky strike? How lightning inspired builders of Callanish

New technology reveals a star-shaped burn mark hidden under peat that gives clues to the meaning of the standing stones on Lewis For thousands of years the Callanish standing stones erected on the remote Hebridean island of Lewis have remained a mystery. Why were they placed there? And for what purpose? Now archaeologists have uncovered dramatic new evidence that suggests our Neolithic ancestors w

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Mystiske objekter og sorte huller: Her er fire banebrydende rum-opdagelser fra 2010'erne

2010'erne bød blandt andet på billeder af et sort hul, et interstellart besøg og bølger i tiden.

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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #51

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 15 through Sat, Dec 21, 2019 Editor's Pick 2019 in Review: The Year the World Began to Wake up to the Climate Emergency "Climate emergency" is the 2019 word of the year , according to the Oxford English dictionary — and rightfully so. Over the last year, rising emissions

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Scientists plan year locked in ice to unlock Arctic climate change data

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Kristen Pope More than 300 scientists from 19 nations are engaged in planned two- to three-month stints locked in polar ice on the German icebreaker RV Polarstern. Over the winter, researchers face constant darkness, frigid temperatures plunging to -45 degrees Celsius, and the threat of hungry polar bears near their research camps. With humanity

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The world started to wake up to climate change in 2019 – now what?

At last, the public is calling for urgent action to tackle global warming and politicians are falling over themselves to get on board, says Adam Vaughan

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Donald Trump launches space force for 'world's new war-fighting domain' – video

Donald Trump has launched the US space force, the first new US military service in more than 70 years. 'Space is the world's new war-fighting domain,' Trump said during a signing ceremony of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that includes the force. The move is part of a $1.4tn (£1.1tn) government spending package reversing automatic spending cuts to defence and domestic programmes Dona

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Our first Christmas as empty nesters

The kids have left home, and we're not really coping, so this seems like the perfect chance to lure them back My husband and I don't think we have the condition until, one day last month, hundreds of miles from home, we find ourselves outside our younger son's university accommodation at 11.30 on a Sunday morning. I am clutching supplies in a little brown paper bag. Our son knows we're in town, b

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Weekend reads: 100 fake professors; study on police killings retracted; false data won't scuttle company buyout

Before we present this week's Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: The top retractions of 2019; Two retractions and three corrections … Continue reading

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Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

These flyby rocks are some of the most mysterious objects floating around in space.

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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computer Is Set to Complete Beethoven's Unfinished Symphony Justin Huggler | The Guardian "In the most ambitious project of its type ever attempted, a computer has been set to work to complete Beethoven's unfinished 10th symphony. …And they plan to put the results to the test in a public performance by a full symphony orchestra in Beethoven's birthplace, the German city of

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New algorithm suggests four-level food web for gut microbes

A new computational model suggests that the food web of the human gut microbiome follows a hierarchical structure similar to that of larger-scale ecosystems.

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Elon Musk-Backed Tree-Planting Campaign Meets $20 Million Goal

Team Trees In October, YouTuber Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson publicly launched Team Trees, a campaign to raise enough money to plant 20 million trees at a dollar a pop(lar). Within days, the campaign secured a million dollar pledge from Tesla CEO Elon Musk , which was soon followed by a pledge of a million and one dollars from Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke . Now, less than two months later, the tree-planti

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Israeli museum explains the emojis of ancient Egypt

How does an academic explain the importance of ancient hieroglyphics to modern audiences glued to their phones? Through the cunning use of emojis.

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Conservation's hidden costs take bite out of benefits

Scientists show that even popular conservation programs can harbor hidden costs, often for vulnerable populations.

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Why your first battle with flu matters most

Analyzing public health records from Arizona to study how different strains of the flu virus affect people of different ages, researchers found that the first strain we encounter during childhood sets the course of how our immune system responds to exposures later in life.

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Finding your way in the dark depends on your internal clock

Surprising results show how circadian rhythm changes the way mammals can see. Mice can accomplish a vision task better at night than during day. The researchers expected the body's internal clock to alter how strong nerve signals were at night, but discovered that the animal's behavior changed depending on the time of day instead. This opens interesting lines of inqury into how circadian rhythm ch

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Scientists discover medicinal cannabis substitute for treating Parkinson's disease

A drug that provides the benefits obtained from medicinal cannabis without the 'high' or other side effects may help to unlock a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.

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Amazon forest regrowth much slower than previously thought

The regrowth of Amazonian forests following deforestation can happen much slower than previously thought, a new study shows. The findings could have significant impacts for climate change predictions as the ability of secondary forests to soak up carbon from the atmosphere may have been over-estimated. The study, which monitored forest regrowth over two decades, shows that climate change, and the

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Analyse: Ny lov strammer op om klimaindsats

PLUS. Klimaloven lægger en yderst forpligtende ramme omkring Folketingets arbejde frem mod et CO2-neutralt Danmark i 2050.

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How one of the most remote places in the world hosts some of the most incredible science

A science lab at the edge of the world. (Adam Simpson/) In 1911, famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's team of trekkers became the first humans to reach the South Pole. They stayed for less than a week. But today, one of the most isolated spots on Earth hosts residents year-round. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station's position at the bottom of the globe and ­seclusion from society enables s

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Board Games Are Getting Really, Really Popular

Tabletop gaming has seen a surge in recent years.

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Facebook Finally Fixes Its Two-Factor Mess

A Wawa breach, Russian spies, and more of the week's top security news.

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How Flamenco Went Pop

Illustration by Simon Montag; David M. Bennett / Getty God must have made Camarón de la Isla weak for a purer display of glory. Camarón was small and pale—his name means "shrimp" in Spanish—and he sat on a wooden chair and sang. His pained and primitive voice roared through him, with no concern for his person; his fragility increased its power. Camarón was Romany and his art was flamenco, the ela

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The AI Doctor Will See You Now

Advances in neural networks and other techniques promise to transform health care while raising profound questions about our bodies and society.

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Jad Abumrad ("Radiolab", "Dolly Parton's America") – American Multiverse

None If you'd told me a couple months ago that a podcast about Dolly Parton could move me deeply and raise all kinds of questions that go straight to the wounded heart of America today, I guess I would have been skeptical to say the least. But that skepticism might be exactly the point. America is an image factory. Country music. Rock and Roll. New York City. Nashville. We paint with big, broad b

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Why The Rise of Skywalker Is So Frantic

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. I just wanted more elephant-walrus Coachella. Early in The Rise of Skywalker , the final movie in Disney's main Star Wars trilogy, the heroes travel to a desert planet where they encounter a sprawling bacchanalia populated by spongey-skinned aliens with tentacles dangling from their face. C-3PO informs them that it is the "Festi

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Weird jaguar catfish is covered in spines and lives in wooden logs

A newly described catfish, found in Brazil and Peru, is covered in spines, lives in a log, has spots like a jaguar and has serrated fins

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We asked teenagers what adults are missing about technology. This was the best response.

Social media allows young people to explore how they express themselves, says Taylor Fang of Logan, Utah, the winner of our youth essay contest.

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26 Fantastic Last-Minute Christmas Deals (2019)

Fellow procrastinators, there's still time to grab deals on laptops, cameras, Kindles, smartphones, and more before the big day.

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The 8 Most Important Memes of 2019

From feral hogs to Baby Yoda, these are the internet fodders that truly made an impact this year.

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How Hong Kong's Protests Turned Into a "Mad Max" Tableau

The demonstrations are fueled by technology high and low, from encrypted messaging apps and laser pointers to bows and arrows and molatov cocktails.

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What Went Wrong With The Morning Show?

As disasters go, it wasn't Cats , or even John Carter . The Morning Show left no fatalities in its wake, not even shredded careers or dented egos. While knowing how many people have actually seen the flagship Apple TV+ series is impossible, almost 12,000 people have reviewed the show on IMDb, the large majority positively. With the caveat that Golden Globes nominations and star power tend to go h

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2019 most talked about: Why flat-Earth theory and anti-vax conspiracies exist

Big Think's most talked about video of 2019 presents the explanation that if you see animals when you look at clouds or see faces in pieces of wood, that's called pareidolia: the phenomenon of making familiar objects from vague stimuli. Humans evolved to be superstitious, and Michio Kaku posits that there is a gene for superstition and magical thinking. Nine times out of 10, your beliefs can be w

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Historians Should Stay Out of Politics

I signed a petition once, in a professional capacity, and regretted it straightaway. This was during the last election. Someone who knew that I despised Donald Trump as a public figure—I don't know him as anything else—gave my name to another acquaintance, and presto: Suddenly I was being asked to lend my nonexistent prestige to the cause of Republican writers against Trump. I can hear you now: R

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What Yang Voters Really Want

Updated at 9:28 a.m. on December 21, 2019. If you ask members of the Yang Gang to explain their love for Andrew Yang, they will smile— they love this question —take a deep breath, and begin bragging on his behalf. "Imagine someone that is, like, really smart," said AJ Sutton, a 32-year-old attorney, at a trivia night for Yang supporters in Arlington, Virginia, earlier this month. Sutton wore a na

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The Forgotten Glories of Department Stores

I renewed my relationship with department stores two years ago, on a sopping wet September evening in Amsterdam after a workshop I had been invited to participate in. Thousands of miles away from my home in Canada, I had just received the kind of invitation a lifelong film nerd like me could not refuse: a spot at a premiere party at the Toronto International Film Festival. The problem: It was hap

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'If Someone Speaks the Truth, He Will Be Killed'

BERLIN—One morning last April, immigration officers approached Minkail Malizaev's residence in the German town of Lüdenscheid with troubling news. After four years in Germany, he and his family were being sent back to where they had come from: back to Russia. Back to Chechnya. Before long, they were whisked to a nearby airport, set to board an upcoming flight. Malizaev was not in good health, tho

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50 år gammelt matematisk problem løst

PLUS. En form for orden og struktur, som kendes fra store systemer, opstår også i uendeligt store systemer. Det har forskere ved Københavns Universitet påvist, og de er blandt de nominerede til årets bedste forskningsresultat.

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What We Learned in Science News in 2019

Developments in science that we're still thinking about at year's end.

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Scientists harness AI to reverse ageing in billion-dollar industry

Race on to find proven ways to help people live longer, healthier lives Who wants to live forever? Until recently, the quest to slow ageing or even reverse it was the stuff of legends – or scams. But, today, an evidence-based race to delay or prevent ageing is energising scientists worldwide. Backed by governments, business, academics and investors in an industry worth $110bn (£82.5bn) – and esti

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Den ene var erklæret uddød: Her er 10 dyr, som har gjort comeback

Guamskovriksen blev erklæret uddød i 1987. Nu er den tilbage i naturen.

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A New Safety Program Takes On Silica Dust Amid A Possible Crisis

It will now be easier for the government to inspect shops where workers might get exposed to lung-damaging silica dust. But it's unclear how much it will affect countertop workers. (Image credit: Michael Conroy/AP)

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Donald Trump officially launches US Space Force

US president approves funding for America's first new military service in 70 years Donald Trump has launched Space Force, the first new US military service in more than 70 years. In signing the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that includes the force, Trump claimed a victory for one of his top national security priorities two days after being impeached by the House of Representatives. Cont

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Ekspert: Sådan køber du klimavenlige julegaver

Mange danskere vil gerne købe klimavenlige julegaver, men kun en ud af ti gør det.

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Cheers! Scientists take big step towards making the perfect head of beer

Drinkers will soon be cheering all the way to the bar thanks to a team of scientists who have taken a big step forward in solving the puzzle of how to make the perfect head of beer.

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