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The Executive Branch Must Stop Suppressing Science

Just about everything we do in society depends in part on research by the federal government. Congress can and must protect scientific integrity with legislation — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Are California blackouts the new normal for the state?

Millions of people lost electricity this week in California as the state's utility giant PG&E sought to prevent catastrophic wildfires, leading many to question whether such power shutoffs will …

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Women Look To Close Inventor Gender Gap

Women earn approximately half the PhD awarded in this country, but they account for only about 12 percent of patented inventions. Some are working to change that.

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Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

Did you know that people with bigger hands have larger vocabularies? While that's actually true, it's not a causal relationship. This pattern exists because adults tend know more words than kids. It's a correlation , explains NYU professor Gary Marcus. Deep learning struggles with how to perceive causal relationships. If given the data on hand size and vocabulary size, a deep learning system migh

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Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

Did you know your vocabulary size is correlated with your hand size? While that's actually true, it's not a causal relationship. This pattern exists because adults tend know more words than kids. It's a correlation, explains NYU professor Gary Marcus. Deep learning struggles with how to perceive causal relationships. If given the data on hand size and vocabulary size, a deep learning system might

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Starwatch: Aquarius is one of the oldest named constellations

How to find the faint stars of the water bearer, identified by the Babylonians with their water god Ea Aquarius, the water bearer, is one of the northern hemisphere’s autumnal constellations. It is a faint grouping of stars, found between Capricornus and Pisces, and must be viewed from a dark site. The chart shows the view looking south-south-west at midnight BST on 14 October. Fomalhaut (in Pisc

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Singapore to become first country banning ads on sugary drinks

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Ford Patenting a Drone You Can Deploy from Your Car's Trunk

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An ever nearing future

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What if We Nuke a City?

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National Governments Can't Solve Climate Change Alone

Cities, regions and businesses are also crucial players — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How Can We Reverse the Decline in Breast Cancer Screening?

Making it more convenient and less painful would be a great start — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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National Governments Can't Solve Climate Change Alone

Cities, regions and businesses are also crucial players — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How Can We Reverse the Decline in Breast Cancer Screening?

Making it more convenient and less painful would be a great start — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Cargo ship runs aground in Corsican nature reserve

A 90-metre (295-foot) cargo ship ran aground Sunday in a pristine marine reserve in the Strait of Bonaficio off the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, but no oil appears to have been spilled, maritime police said.

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At least 26 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

Tens of thousands of rescuers were working through Sunday night to reach people feared trapped in Japan by landslides and floods caused by a powerful typhoon that killed at least 26, officials and local media said.

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Indianapolis Zoo receives $4M to open a conservation center

The Indianapolis Zoo plans to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species, an effort that zoo officials call a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize honoring animal conservation leaders.

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Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke across a swath of neighborhoods.

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Indianapolis Zoo receives $4M to open a conservation center

The Indianapolis Zoo plans to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species, an effort that zoo officials call a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize honoring animal conservation leaders.

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Nu kan du besøge kontrolrummet i Tjernobyl – men kun i fem minutter

Turister valfarter til Tjernobyl, som stadig er præget af atomkraftkatastrofen i 1986.

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Thomas Edison’s Greatest Invention

Thomas Alva Edison listened with his teeth. The inventor of the phonograph was completely deaf in one ear and could barely hear in the other, the result of a mysterious affliction in his childhood. To appreciate a delicate tune emanating from a music player or piano, he would chomp into the wood and absorb the sound waves into his skull. From there they would pass through the cochlea and into the

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The Greatest, Fakest World Record

Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET on October 13, 2019. Early yesterday morning, in a misty park in Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in less than two hours. His time, 1:59:40, is the fastest any runner has ever covered 26.2 miles. Kipchoge carved two minutes off his own world record and became the first marathoner to break the two-hour barrier. At the event, branded the INEOS 1:59 Challenge , the perfo

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Woody Harrelson Is a Surprisingly Effective Joe Biden for SNL

When Saturday Night Live debuted Alec Baldwin’s impression of Donald Trump, it felt like the show’s first effective take on the then–presidential candidate. You’d be forgiven for forgetting this fact as the performance’s satirical bite has become more and more toothless . Still, in the years since Baldwin began playing Trump in 2016, SNL has brought in celebrity after celebrity to play major poli

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Cannabis – farligare än du tror?

Cannabis är den mest populära olagliga drogen i både världen och i Sverige. Idag tycker allt fler unga att det är riskfritt att testa drogen – men har de rätt? Är cannabis en helt ofarlig växt?

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The harm from worrying about climate change (BBC)

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Atmospheric geoingeneering

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We’re phasing out one of our email alerts. Here’s how to keep up with Retraction Watch.

As some Retraction Watch readers have known, we’ve had off-and-on technological issues with the site. At least in some cases, those problems seem to have been due to DDOS attacks. We’ve been taking steps to ensure the site’s reliability, and we’re taking another one. Since our inception in 2010, we’ve offered a way to receive … Continue reading

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Divestment works – and one huge bank can lead the way | Bill McKibben

On 15 October, the European Investment Bank meets to decide its policy on fossil fuels. The hand of history is on its shoulder Millions of people marched against climate crisis over the past two weeks, in some of the largest demonstrations of the millennium. Most people cheered the students who led the rallies – call them the Greta Generation. But now we’ll start to find out if all their earnest p

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See the Full Hunter's Moon Shine Bright Tonight

October's full moon, called the Hunter's Moon, will rise tonight (Oct. 13), reaching its peak fullness at 5:08 p.m. ET.

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Physicists solve a 140-year-old mystery

Researchers discover a method of extracting previously unavailable information from superconductors. The study builds on a 19th-century discovery by physicist Edward Hall. The research promises to lead to a new generation of semiconductor materials and devices. None New research, led by IBM, made a breakthrough in resolving a mystery that has baffled physicists for 140 years. It promises to lead

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An Artist Takes an Unflinching Look at Her Own Hysterectomy

In her new book, photographer Elinor Carucci grapples with her own aging and mortality.

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Horses Eating Hay ASMR | River of No Return

Take a break from your busy day and enjoy the gentle rustling of horses eating their lunchtime hay. Soon it will be back to work leading people through ‘The Frank’ backcountry. Stream Full Episodes of The River of No Return: https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/river-of-no-return/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Discovery Join Us on

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This Startup Wants to Store Grid Energy by Lifting Concrete Blocks

The energy transition is underway. It’s not just crucial for climate change that we kick our fossil fuel habit—it will soon be more expensive not to. In the UK, for example, it’ll soon be cheaper to build new offshore wind farms than even to run existing natural gas power plants. This is mirrored by declining prices for renewables around the world. However, as we electrify heating and transport,

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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Oct 6 through Sat, Oct 12, 2019 Editor's Pick The world needs a massive carbon tax in just 10 years to limit climate change, IMF says The international organization suggests a cost of $75 per ton by 2030. An aerial view of large icebergs floating as the sun rises near Kulusuk

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4 no-brainer online security measures we need to start practicing now

None The sheer number of massive data breaches and known security vulnerabilities online today should be enough to scare us into better data safety practices. Unfortunately, these issues seem to consistently elicit gasps and condemnations by talking heads and private users, but little else. It's not about turning office and personal computers into Fort Knox, really, it's about using common sense

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Cannabis extract may work as a treatment for cannabis addiction

An extract from cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD helped some people who were addicted to smoking the drug quit

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Gene study reveals Bronze Age slavery

4000-year-old German graves indicate a much more complex society than previously thought. Barry Keily reports.

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Juno's near-death experience

NASA finds an ingenious way to save the solar-powered aircraft from certain doom. Richard A Lovett reports.

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The galaxy might be full of micro-machines

Nanoscale alien robots could be a thing. Barry Keily reports.

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What I Learned About Equal Partnership By Studying Dual-Income Couples

Although the number of dual-career couples is rising , equal partnerships have not necessarily become the norm. Despite much talk about splitting housework, there is a surprising lack of guidance on how exactly to address the deeper challenges that these couples face, such as when and where to relocate, how to split parenting responsibilities, or how to honor both partners’ ambitions. I have spen

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Ways of Being

Chloe Cushman Assigned one gender at birth, we’d felt like the other since childhood. That feeling—which had nothing to do with sexual desire—grew until life in the wrong gender seemed not worth living. So we came out as trans women or trans men to loved ones and health-care providers, who gave us the courage, the hormones, and maybe the surgery to live as who we always were, and then we were fin

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The Fat Bear Vote Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Yes, it’s real, and yes, it matters. Also, here’s what’s up with the impeachment inquiry and the boycott against Blizzard.

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The Vacuum That's Not a Car and Other Transportation News This Week

Dyson scrubs plans to build an EV, Tesla owners learn the cars can't power their homes, and lightning that follows shipping lanes.

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Immune system lends the brain a hand

Study adds fuel to growing evidence that the immune system does more than fight disease. Paul Biegler reports.

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Gladys West maps the future

She played a ‘pivotal role’ in a technology that’s become a household word. Jeff Glorfeld reports.

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New large wasp species discovered in Uganda

The finding expands knowledge of the tropical Rhyssinae wasps.

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Aviation Is on a Low-Carbon Flight Path

Buy offsets if you want, but for real hope, look to electric planes — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Five Myths about Energy Poverty

Thinking too small is unintentionally condemning millions to a lack of prosperity — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Five Myths about Energy Poverty

Thinking too small is unintentionally condemning millions to a lack of prosperity — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Kemi-genbrug med forhindringer: »Hele fabrikken lugtede af brune kartofler«

PLUS. Alumichem i Kalundborg sparer en million om året på at købe brugt lud og eddikesyre. Der har dog været bump på vejen.

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[Serious] 3D printing and use for local government-related things?

Currently, here in the United Kingdom, you have PFI ( Private Finance Initiative ) s to fund streetlighting replacement schemes. What if, however, the councils were to buy a 3D printer, and produce their own streetlighting in-house, based on existing designs, for example, the ever-omnipresent Philips MA50/SRS201 – this example on a 10m steel column with LED lighting for main roads, or the Thorn I

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Start Planting Trees

Recently Deb Fallows kicked off a series of “Big Little Ideas”—innovations or reforms that could be applied fairly easily at the local level and that might have cumulatively very important effect. (Thanks to many readers who have written in. We’ll be sharing some of the many suggestions that have arrived.) Here’s another in the series: making it easy to plant large numbers of trees , city-by-city

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Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out

Many of them avoid the equal sign, hoping to promote a looser relationship of “equivalence” instead. It's been controversial.

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Who Owns the Arctic?

Several countries are launching claims to vast swathes of the Arctic seabed. But what does that mean for political and environmental stability in the region?

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Your Neighbor’s Christian Education, Courtesy of Your Tax Dollars

One of the persistent disappointments of media coverage in the Trump era is how the eye-popping daily headlines about the president obscure slower-moving, equally important developments at all levels of government. This term, the Supreme Court is set to consider cases that could have momentous implications for the future of abortion and LGBTQ rights . It will also hear arguments in Espinoza v. Mo

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The Bodily Horrors of Succession

L ate in Season 2 of Succession , HBO’s satirical dramedy about a Murdochesque media empire, the Roy family and those in their orbit convene for a preview performance of a new Broadway show. Sands was written by Willa, Connor Roy’s girlfriend, and financed by Connor. The most Succession reveals about the play is that it was extremely expensive to produce; that it is not very good (“That was, uh,

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Monocles Were Never Cool

Recently, a Facebook ad tried to sell me a monocle. The ad probably appeared because I had visited too many over-specialized menswear websites. It showed an earnest young man with a full beard, waxed mustache, period clothing, and the anachronistic piece of eyewear. He looked ridiculous. Why would anyone want this? I’ll admit to owning a tweed blazer (or seven), but when it comes to retro men’s f

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The MacOS Catalina Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The latest macOS update is chock-full of ways to better safeguard your data.

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Google's Pixel 3A Is On Sale at Amazon Right Now

Google's Pixel 3A is already a bargain, and it's $50 cheaper than usual at Amazon and $100 cheaper at Best Buy.

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Groundbreaking video captures whale bubble-net feeding in University of Hawaii research

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) researchers and key collaborators captured amazing whale's-point-of-view and aerial drone video of humpback whale bubble-net feeding. It's one component of a project investigating causes of a possible decline in humpback whale numbers.

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The Best Athlete Americans Have Never Heard Of

If Australia exits the Rugby World Cup this coming week in Japan, Americans will lose their last chance to watch one of the best athletes they’ve likely never heard of. David Pocock, although born in Zimbabwe, has been a mainstay of the Australian rugby team for a decade. At his destructive best, he has been among the world’s top players, tormenting opponents with his uncanny ability to disrupt t

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Trump’s Court Artist

Even if you haven’t heard of the artist Jon McNaughton, you’ve seen his work in your news and social-media feeds. He’s gone viral with paintings of President Donald Trump clutching the American flag ( Respect the Flag ), Trump playing football ( All-American Trump ), and Trump at the easel unveiling his masterpiece ( The Masterpiece ). McNaughton is the closest thing the Trump administration has

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The End of Hong Kong’s Postcard Era

The Hong Kong of my youth was a dynamic city, one in which you could eat or drink at all times of day; where you could safely go wherever you wanted, when you wanted; and where you could say what you wanted, to whom you wanted. That postcard image of Hong Kong as a model of safety and predictability has changed in recent months. Witnessing these protests and coming back to the place of my childho

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Spørg Fagfolket: Hvordan måler DMI solskinstimer?

En læser vil gerne vide, hvor meget solen skal skinne, før det tæller i en solskinstime, og hvordan man egentlig måler det. Det svarer DMI på.

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macOS Catalina Is Breaking Apps And Causing Apple Mail Data Loss, What To Do

There have been several problems with macOS Catalina so far that have caused issues for Mac users. One of the first issues that surfaced had to do with popular DJ software that runs on Macs …

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Valmammor "viskar" till sina kalvar

Valar är kända för att kunna kommunicera över mycket långa avstånd under vattnet. Men de kan också kan ”viska” när det behövs, enligt forskning publicerad i tidskriften Biology Letters. En rätvalsmamma pratar med sin nyfödda unge genom små grymtningar som bara hörs på mycket korta avstånd. Ljuden har aldrig dokumenterats tidigare och kan jämföras med mänskliga viskningar, enligtprofessor Susan Par

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The link between stress and depression … and the 10 simple words that could help

Neurological insights into how the brain processes stress, and how it can develop into depression, have led to new interventions It’s a damp, midweek afternoon. Even so, Cardiff’s walk-in stress management course has pulled in more than 50 people. There are teenagers, white-haired older people with walking aids, people from Caucasian, Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds. There is at least one pa

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Why we Need Decentralized Apps: Top 10 Best dApps of 2019

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Video: Ny undersøgelse advarer mod at stole på automatisk bremse

PLUS. Teslas Model 3 klarede sig dårligt i en ny undersøgelse af bilers genkendelse af fodgængere og bremse automatisk.

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Will We Colonize Our Solar System? with Dr. Robert Zubrin July 25, 2019

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Psykolog om ny DR-serie: Her er de karaktertræk, der gør Mike til psykopat

Flere scener i 'Fred til lands' viser, at Mike er en ekstrem sadistisk psykopat.

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Stopp för kinesisk 5G möjligt med ny svensk lag

En ändring i den svenska lagen gör det snart möjligt att stoppa kinesiska leverantörer av 5G. Enligt uppgifter till SVT är syftet att kunna stoppa Huawei.

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Forskarupprop blev del i rysk anti-5G-kampanj

I flera olika upprop på nätet uppmanar 5G-motståndare västvärldens politiker att stoppa den kommande lanseringen av nästa generations mobilnät, 5G.

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