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Fra ond til god cirkel: Havmiljøet får en hjælpende hånd
PLUS. Et banebrydende havmiljøprojekt skal give Vejle Fjord bedre økologisk tilstand og komme nærmere EU's miljøkrav. Virkemidler som ålegræs og muslingebanker får også positiv indflydelse på havets fødekæder, kystsikring og CO2-reduktion.
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New Year's Eve at Home
A highlight reel of what to watch and do (virtually, of course) to ring in the new year.
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Turn Your Sex Life Around
With all its stress and uncertainty, this year hasn't exactly been a banner year for intimacy. But that can change.
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Global report: AstraZeneca chief believes Covid vaccine will work on variant strain
Pascal Soirot says firm has 'winning formula' to improve Oxford jab's efficacy, as countries across Europe roll out vaccination programs See all our coronavirus coverage The head of the firm behind the Oxford Covid vaccine has said researchers believe the jab will be effective against the variant strain of the virus that was first found in the UK. AstraZeneca chief executive, Pascal Soriot, told
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Recipes for Hot Cocktails
Festive and full of good cheer, these warm drinks will bring comfort to cold nights ahead.
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Things To Do At Home
This week, bake a classic tarte Tatin, celebrate Noon Year's Eve or enjoy a birthday concert from Patti Smith.
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How Ugandan Nasa scientist Catherine Nakalembe uses satellites to boost farming
Catherine Nakalembe won this year's Africa Food Prize for pioneering work using satellite images.
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Coronavirus: What has Covid done for climate crisis?
Lockdowns around the world have led to record falls in CO2 emissions. But will this lead to long lasting change?
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The Cost of Visiting Earth May Be Too Astronomical For Aliens
It's certainly too expensive for us to visit them.
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Hong Kong faces public scepticism over mainland Chinese jabs
Chief executive Carrie Lam lambasts 'malicious' rumours and 'politicisation' of vaccines
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Exceptionally well-preserved snack bar unearthed in Pompeii
The frescoed thermopolium, a Roman-era fast-food stall, is the first to be fully excavated Researchers said on Saturday they had discovered a frescoed thermopolium or fast-food counter in an exceptional state of preservation in Pompeii. Related: Researchers win £1m grant to unlock secrets of Viking-era treasure trove Continue reading…
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New antidepressants can lift depression and suicidal thoughts fast, but don't expect magic cures
Depression is the most common cause of disability in the world. Chances are high that you or someone you know will experience a period when depression gets in the way of work, social life or family life. Nearly two in three people with depression will experience severe effects . As a psychiatrist specializing in behavioral neuroscience, I help patients who suffer from mood disorders. Many have "
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Why two doses of the new COVID-19 vaccines are better than one
A Uzbekistani doctor holds up a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (Golib Tolibov/Deposit Photos/) Pfizer and Moderna have enough doses to vaccinate up to 6 percent of the US population against COVID-19 by the end of the year. But one simple change would double the number of people that get the vaccine. Instead of receiving two doses, those first in line could get one. A single shot isn't as ef
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Novel method reveals small microplastics throughout Japan's subtropical ocean
Samples taken from the ocean surrounding the subtropical island of Okinawa have revealed the presence of microplastics in all six areas surveyed, finds new study.
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Discovery of aging mechanism for hematopoietic stem cells
By transferring mouse aged hematopoietic stem cells (aged HSCs) to the environment of young mice (bone marrow niche), it was demonstrated that the pattern of stem cell gene expression was rejuvenated to that of young hematopoietic stem cells.
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Protein tells developing cells to stick together
Scientists have, for the first time, provided experimental evidence that cell stickiness helps them stay sorted within correct compartments during development. How tightly cells clump together, known as cell adhesion, appears to be enabled by a protein better known for its role in the immune system.
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Astrocytes eat connections to maintain plasticity in adult brains
Developing brains constantly sprout new neuronal connections called synapses as they learn and remember. Important connections — the ones that are repeatedly introduced, such as how to avoid danger — are nurtured and reinforced, while connections deemed unnecessary are pruned away. Adult brains undergo similar pruning, but it was unclear how or why synapses in the adult brain get eliminated. Now
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Weedy Seadragon genomics reveal highly distinct populations
To describe weedy seadragons as unique is an understatement. With a fused, elongated jaw, body armor, leafy appendages and no pelvic fins, these fish are like no other. Found only along Australia's temperate coast, numbers have been declining. Now a landmark study using genomics reveals four distinct populations in south-eastern Australia.
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Turning the heat down: Catalyzing ammonia formation at lower temperatures with ruthenium
Scientists report that the metal ruthenium, supported with lanthanide oxyhydrides, can efficiently catalyze the synthesis of ammonia at a much lower temperature than the traditional approach. In their new study, they highlight the advantages of the oxyhydride support and its potential in becoming a feasible catalyst for low-temperature ammonia synthesis in the future.
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High-brightness source of coherent light spanning from the UV to THz
An international team of scientists reports in Nature Photonics on a novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spanning 7 optical octaves from the UV to the THz.
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New research highlights the importance of a forgotten organ in ensuring healthy pregnancies
An international research team has uncovered for the first time the importance of a small gland tucked behind the sternum that works to prevent miscarriage and diabetes in pregnant women.
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High-brightness source of coherent light spanning from the UV to THz
An international team of scientists reports in Nature Photonics on a novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spanning 7 optical octaves from the UV to the THz.
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BioAFMviewer software for simulated atomic force microscopy of biomolecules
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) allows to obtain images and movies showing proteins at work, however with limited resolution. The developed BioAFMviewer software opens the opportunity to use the enormous amount of available high-resolution protein data to better understand experiments. Within an interactive interface with rich functionality, the BioAFMviewer computationally emulates tip-scanning of
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Put Your Gift Cards to Use With These After-Christmas Sales
Got some new cash to spend? Some of our favorite gadgets and gizmos we've tested and recommend are still discounted.
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Nicholas Christakis: the epidemiologist who knows the value of a good knees-up | Rebecca Nicholson
The Yale professor has some good news for us: once the pandemic is over, people will party like there's no tomorrow As a Christmas present to myself, I had a long, luxurious binge-listen to the wonderful podcast Transmissions: the Definitive Story of Joy Division and New Order . It earns that "definitive" in the title. Narrated by Maxine Peake, and featuring interviews with pretty much everyone y
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The Ethical Challenges of Connecting Our Brains to Computers
We must ensure that companies, policy makers and consumers use neurotechnology in a responsible way — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Identity Theft Only Takes a Minute. Luckily, So Does Protecting Against It.
As you might expect, people are Christmas shopping online in record levels in 2020. Although various e-commerce companies are trying to create a safer environment, online crimes such as identity theft are still a huge issue . One in four Americans have fallen victim to identity theft or credit card fraud while holiday shopping, with 35-percent falling victim online. And that number is sure to ris
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The Worst Year in History: Is 2020 a Contender?
The year 2020 was tough for many reasons, but history reminds us that it could always be worse.
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Sagnomspundet oldtidsrige endelig fundet: Baviantænder blev det afgørende spor
Sagnlandet 'Punt' er nævnt i egyptiske kilder, men indtil nu har forskerne aldrig vidst, hvor det lå.
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Stuck inside feeling lockdown-anxious?
Get off the sofa and become an 'exerciser' Old friends get you doing the strangest things and so it was that, after a fish supper in a beachside café in West Wittering between lockdowns, I found myself catching one friend as she fell off the other friend's stationary training bike in her spare bedroom. The falling friend is a ceramicist and, like me, does not identify as an exerciser. When the pe
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These Were the 15 Most-Read Singularity Hub Stories of 2020
Most Saturdays we post a curated collection of our favorite articles from the week. But with the year nearing its end, this Saturday and next we'll curate 2020 as a whole. First up, we'll take a look at the year's most-read articles from Singularity Hub, and then next week we'll post some of our favorite writing from around the web. 2020 was, of course, dominated by the pandemic, politics, and so
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The 50 Best Podcasts of 2020
This year's 50 Best came together a little differently than before. Just five years ago we could address a fledgling podcastsphere with the 50 best episodes of the year —not shows. Now, something like 1.5 million podcasts exist. Even if only half of those were active in 2020 we still couldn't possibly hear them all, no matter how pathological our dedication to listening. So, of course, this year'
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A 'Bulletproof' Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting
Plus: Dozens of reporters get hit by an iMessage exploit, continued fallout from the SolarWinds hack, and more of the week's top security news.
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Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI
The hottest app of early 2010 faded quickly when it was flooded with unwanted nudity. Smarter content moderation is helping to revive it.
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In Case You Missed It
Top news from around the world — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Scientists Have Found Some Truly Ancient Ice, But Now They Want Ice That's Even Older
Ice is usually ephemeral; it doesn't last that long before melting. But some ice on our planet has stayed frozen for millions of years, according to scientists on a quest to find the oldest ice. (Image credit: John Higgins)
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Can the Paris Agreement Still Avert Climate Chaos?
As the Trump era wanes, there is a sense of optimism about what the accord could achieve, five years in—but only if countries meet their targets.
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Weekend reads: $1.5 million payout after failure to disclose conflicts; systematic review retractions; entire class penalized for cheating
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 year-ed tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Publisher retracts 14 papers by doctor who ran afoul … Continue reading
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The Astonishing Duality of BTS
BTS has spent enough time in the pop-music stratosphere that it can be easy to forget, or surprising to learn, about the years they spent at the basement level. Back in 2014, for the first anniversary of their debut, the group's seven members celebrated by cleaning the tiny dorm they shared and cooking a nice meal. They recorded a video of themselves for fans , soaking seaweed for a traditional K
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For Scientists Who Study Virus Transmission, 2020 Was A Watershed Year
The emergence of COVID-19 started scientists on a yearlong crash course to learn how the coronavirus might travel through the air and how to stop it. They learned a lot, and quickly. (Image credit: Francesco Carta fotografo/Getty Images)
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The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020
These are the games, both old and new, that we relied on to blow off steam, to hang out online, or just to feel better this year.
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How Lewis Hamilton is helping make racing greener
Lewis Hamilton isn't just the world's most successful F1 driver, he's also a key backer of a new off-road electric vehicle racing series called Extreme E.
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My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help
After 10 months of witnessing the coronavirus's destructive capacity, on December 16 I joined thousands of health-care workers across the country and received my initial dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. I felt hope for the first time since March, when COVID-19 patients started streaming into my emergency room. My colleagues and I would now have one more layer of protection in our fight against the vir
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The Best Punishment for a Horrible Year
Jonathan Twingley If 2020 were a person, what sort of punishment would they deserve? And given the sensible prohibitions against torture in human-rights law, what would be the next best option? The conceit of personifying a year dates back to at least the ancient Greeks and, in American newspaper culture, to the early 20th century, when the cartoonist J. C. Leyendecker established a tradition of
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Dad Got the Vaccine, but No One Else Did — Yet
Vaccinated health workers must navigate another new normal: households in which not all family members are immunized.
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Deep Adaptation and the Science of Climate Change
"Deep Adaptation" made people confront the end of the world from climate change. Does it matter if it's not correct?
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The best new photography gear of the year
Canon's R5 was the best new camera of the year. (Canon/) Canon R5 and R6 No cameras made a bigger splash this year than Canon's full-frame mirrorless bodies. The follow-ups to the original Canon R line brought a bevy of long-awaited new features, including 45 megapixels of resolution in the R5, and dual card slots for redundant backups as you shoot. I've been shooting with an R5 since summer and
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Rädda julefriden – så avstyr du mellandagstjafset
Nu under helgerna är vi tillsammans mycket och det kan innebära en hel del konflikter, inte minst mellan barn. Men hur ska man agera när bråken uppstår?
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Lista: Fem tips för att stoppa syskongrälen innan de uppstår
Bråk mellan syskon är en del av vardagen. Men det finns tips du kan ta till för att förebygga att bråken uppstår överhuvudtaget.
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Videnskabens Top-5: Signalmolekyler er nøglen til mindre brug af kunstgødning
PLUS. Nogle mikrober gør det muligt for planter at optage nitrogen, andre er skadelige. Nu ved vi, hvordan planterne skelner dem fra hinanden.
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Sådan gik det i 2020 – hvor mange quizspørgsmål kunne du svare på?
Ingen læsere fik alle 13 spørgsmål rigtige, men tre læsere fik en 12'er i sidste års tipskupon om begivenheder i 2020. Læs her, hvad du skulle have svaret.
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Ten reasons why we got Covid-19 vaccines so quickly without 'cutting corners' | Adam Finn
The speedy rollout is thanks to a combination of foresight, hard work and lucky breaks Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The speed at which effective Covid-19 vaccines have come through to authorisation has caused surprise. Compared with previous vaccines, the process has been very fast and so, naturally, people are asking how can it have happened without some kind of
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Coronavirus live news: millions more wake up to tier 4 in England
Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic across the world Millions wake up to tougher restrictions in UK South Korea at 'crossroads' as concern mounts over variants Covid led to huge London property exodus, says Hamptons Australian golf great Greg Norman tests positive for Covid-19 10.12am GMT More than 79.59 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globa
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Nye arter væltede frem, og det vilde Danmark kom på finansloven: 3 tegn på, at 2020 var naturens år
I det dybe hav fandt forskere verdens længste dyr på hele 47 meter.
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Rise in Iranian traditional medicine as Covid crisis grows
Increase in demand for ancient treatment proves contentious even as it reflects frustration with conventional medicine
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UK doctors flag mental pressures pandemic puts on young people
Coronavirus has mostly spared teenagers physically but it is taking an alarming toll on their mental health
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Intet behov for målere: Kunstig intelligens giver viden om nettab i fjernvarmen
PLUS. Med digital styring kan fjernvarmeselskaberne banke fremløbstemperaturen ned med op imod 10 grader og spare et trecifret millionbeløb. Ny kunstig intelligens overflødiggør endda at installere målere i nettet for at høste de digitale gevinster.
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Aerial poison bombardment defeats Australian island's rat population
Numbers of rare species on Lord Howe rebound after 350,000 rodents were eradicated
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Sidste chance: Tip 13 rigtige om 2021 og vind rødvin
Kan du gætte næste års nyheder? Hvis alle dine forudsigelser holder stik, kan du vinde tre flasker god rødvin i Ingeniørens nytårsquiz.
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What Is a 'Role-Playing Game' Anyway?
Jon Petersen's latest book, The Elusive Shift, shows how games like Dungeons & Dragons came to be known, controversially, as RPGs.
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Boston Doctor Develops Severe Allergic Reaction After Getting Moderna Vaccine
The patient, who has a severe shellfish allergy, recovered quickly with treatment. Until now, reports of severe reactions had been linked to the Pfizer vaccine.
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Just How Dark Were the Dark Ages?
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe wasn't quite the horrible and backwards place earlier historians would have you believe. Modern scholars now look at the Dark Ages in a whole new light.
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UK scientists trial drug to prevent infection that leads to Covid
Exclusive: Antibody therapy could confer instant immunity to Covid-19 on at-risk groups See all our coronavirus coverage British scientists are trialling a new drug that could prevent someone who has been exposed to coronavirus from going on to develop the disease Covid-19, which experts say could save many lives. The antibody therapy would confer instant immunity against the disease and could be
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How to Set Up Your New Google Nest Speaker
"OK Google, help me set up my Google Nest Mini."
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How to Set Up Your Nest Thermostat
The future is here, and it's atmospherically superior.
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Japan and France report cases of coronavirus variant found in UK
Six new cases emerge as Russia becomes latest country to tighten controls on travel from Britain See all our coronavirus coverage Five cases of the new coronavirus variant spreading fast across the UK have been found in Japan, and one case has been confirmed in France, while Russia has become the latest country to impose stricter quarantine on travellers from Britain. Japan has avoided the huge i
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The Books Briefing: The Best Books of 2020
This year has highlighted the particularities of that thing called reading. Some found books impossible to pick up; sustained attention to text on a page is hard when the world is in so much pain. Others turned to literature anew, rediscovering the ways it can refresh and inspire. Below are some of the titles we were most drawn to in 2020: a wide-ranging list that includes new spins on epic poems
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The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us
Adorable puppies and baby cheeks don't just make us feel good—they change our behavior in surprising ways.
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US to require people flying from the UK to test for Covid
Travellers will need to provide a negative coronavirus result 72 hours before departure
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2020 has sucked—but there are some small silver linings
The consensus is that 2020 has been "the worst." But there is reason to look back at this year and find the unexpected silver linings of quarantine, particularly when it comes to how we connect with other people. None of these benefits compare with the death and suffering and misery of a terrible year, but here's a list of the small wins that we can hold onto and nurture as we finally shake the d
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Covid-19 has shown us that health is not just down to biology | Devi Sridhar
Of all the lessons we've learned from this pandemic, the most significant is how unequal its effects have been Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage If you wanted to run an experiment on Earth to understand human behaviour, the pandemic would be the perfect opportunity. In some people, the virus that causes Covid-19 has no symptoms. In others it leads to deadly disease. Th
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Why HDR Looks Too Dark on Your TV, and How to Fix It
Wait, isn't that fancy new TV supposed to deliver bright, beautiful images? If yours is a little dimmer than expected, we can help.
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Could Floating Cities Be a Haven as Coastlines Submerge?
"Seasteader" housing built on platforms would rise and fall with the tides, but practical challenges are huge — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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