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This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

The Android devices are a part of the FCC's Lifeline Assistance Program, which makes free or subsidized phones available to millions of low-income users.

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NFL Owners Have a Problem With Coaches of Color

This article was updated at 1:33 p.m. ET on January 11, 2020 Last month, a nonprofit think tank published a study about the black experience in corporate America, and the results were what one might expect . Black professionals largely feel invisible, receive less support from upper management than their white counterparts do, often experience subtle and overt racism on the job, and are discourag

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Australske brande er et varsel om, hvad der venter i fremtiden

Et areal, der er omkring dobbelt så stort som Danmark, er allerede blevet slugt af flammerne.

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More railways in the US would be a good solution to the pollution caused by cars

People wouldn't need to go on huge road trips if they could ride high-speed electric trains across the US. In metro areas, building more railways and bike paths would help with making cities cleaner and more accessible. They already to this stuff in much Europe. We wouldn't be so desperate to mass-manufacture electric cars if we just phased cars out entirely. submitted by /u/hemprope00 [link] [co

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Future Cooperatives Based on Block Chain

I have written a paper I will send to those who ask for it about a entire ecosystem based on a decentralized ledger. 3 Components all based on people People are the builders of the products and services (equity – cofounders ) By using people together we get better deals as customer think ( Costco ) ( Groupon ) People are the data – individuals own their own data All tied together through a ecosys

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The Futurist Community's Year in Review, 2019

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Chinese researchers reveal draft genome of virus implicated in Wuhan pneumonia outbreak

Scientists praise decision to make date public; U.S. group sets out to produce live virus from the sequence

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Shocked meteorites provide clues to Earth's lower mantle

An international team of scientists have completed a complex analysis of a "shocked meteorite" and gained new insight into Earth's lower mantle.

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Cracks in Arctic sea ice turn low clouds on and off

The prevailing view has been that more leads are associated with more low-level clouds during winter. But an atmospheric scientists noticed something strange in their study of these leads: when lead occurrence was greater, there were fewer, not more clouds.

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How a piece of the human brain survived for 2,600 years

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Once More, With Turning

The Gauss-Bonnet theorem is a mathematical favorite — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Best Cars, Car Tech, and Trends of CES 2020

LAS VEGAS – CES 2020 cemented its role as the most important show for automotive technology, with a handful of new car introductions (and re-introductions) plus lots of standalone technologies this week. Most US auto shows other than perhaps LA don't generate a critical mass of tech-oriented auto company people, analysts, and journalists. CES certainly did. Some might snicker when Byton CEO Danie

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Beware a closing of the British mind if we abandon European endeavours | Nick Cohen

Post-Brexit, we should be wary of spurning joint projects in science and education Leaving the EU will produce the greatest loss of freedom since the Second World War. The freedom of businesses to trade with Europe dominates politics. But I suspect the loss of the freedom of the individual to live and work where they want in the EU, to fall in love and bring home whoever they choose and, above all

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2 Aussie wildfires merge into inferno; man seriously burned

Two wildfires merged to form a massive inferno in southeastern Australia and a man suffered serious burns protecting a home, in a night of treacherous conditions during the nation's unprecedented wildfire crisis, officials said Saturday.

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If you were putting money on it, what would you expect things to be like by 2050?

We're now in 2020, and in the last thirty years, life has changed drastically. What are your predictions for life and civilisation in the next thirty? what will the cutting edge tech be like? how advanced is medicine? Space travel? What will the social issues be? Will people still work like we do now? submitted by /u/J-Roge-1 [link] [comments]

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An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power for Decades

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Why Elon Musk Created Neuralink (feat. Real Science)

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How far in the future is completely unpredictable?

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Why Elon Musk Created Neuralink (feat. Real Science)

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Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

New imagery provides insight into how the giant cloud got its distinct shape.

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How astrology paved the way for predictive analytics

Astrology has influenced science for millennia, argues a new book – and it endures in algorithmic data modelling If you type "Why are millennials" into Google, the top result completes the question with "obsessed with astrology " . Never mind the answer; the question alone is likely to incite exasperation among scientists, most of whom would condemn astrology as pseudoscience at its most fatuous a

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Microplastics are Everywhere, but Their Health Effects on Humans are Still Unclear

The health effects of microplastics remain unclear, but we do know that they're pervasive in both the environment and our bodies.

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Is Biology Best?

Are there hints that machine life simply doesn't happen in the universe? — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Sri Lanka elephants: 'Record number' of deaths in 2019

Officials warn that human activity is resulting in rising numbers of elephant deaths.

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Tau protein antagonist drug hydromethylthionine could reduce cognitive decline: study<indtalt 2020-01-11-del1>

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Weekend reads: 800 retractions from Russia; paying to publish in Vietnam; a retraction involving Facebook, political misinformation, and Teen Vogue

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: Crossfit being awarded $4 million in sanctions in a case … Continue reading

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2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ravaged a drought-ridden Australia, bots and trolls have begun pushing climate scie

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DOE: New York Will Be Home to a New Particle Collider

Big Decision On Thursday, the United States Department of Energy announced plans to build a cutting-edge nuclear physics research facility called the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) at New York's Brookhaven National Laboratory. "The EIC promises to keep America in the forefront of nuclear physics research and particle accelerator technology, critical components of overall U.S. leadership in science,"

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[Real Engineering] Why Elon Musk Created Neuralink

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Homeless not phoneless: Society's forgotten tech users

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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 11)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Can an AI Be an Inventor? Not Yet. Angela Chen | MIT Technology Review "[Ryan Abbott] believes there will be more and more cases where AI should be considered a genuine inventor and that the law needs to be ready. 'At stake in this discussion is the future of innovation,' he says. Not allowing AI be recognized as an inventor is not only morally problematic, he says, but wi

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I thought I needed alcohol to enjoy sex… but being sober made it so much better

Drunk sex was the only kind I could have with a new guy – until I quit drinking and focussed on sexual satisfaction I never expected I'd be proud of myself for having a one-night stand. Before I quit drinking, I'd always say I "loved dating". Truthfully, I loved drinking and drunk sex was often the logical conclusion of the evening. I'd convince myself that having four or five drinks on a Wednesd

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The Impossible Row: A Look Back | Episode 14

With the row of Drake Passage in the rearview, Colin, Fiann, Andrew, Cameron, John and Jamie reflect on the team's multiple world record setting journey. 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 dangerous 600 miles of open ocean on Earth. World record-holding explorer Colin O'Brady (kn

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Puerto Rico, Devastated by Earthquakes, Needs Our Help

A life is lost, homes are damaged and destroyed, and an iconic Puerto Rican landform is no more. Here are what happened and how you can help — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Norges rigeste oliefelt får verdens største platform

Fra havbunden er der 255 meter op til toppen af produktionsplatformen Statfjord A, som er slæbt til sit bestemmelsessted i Nordsøen 180 km vest for Sognefjorden. Det er Norges største industriprojekt til dato, skrev vi i 1977.

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Teaching Rats to Drive: A New Model for Learning

Rats learned to drive tiny cars as a model for acquiring new skills — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Mandalorian Could Use a Watson

Now that the first season of 'The Mandalorian' is done, one thing is clear: Its protagonist needs more sidekicks.

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The FBI Wants Apple to Unlock iPhones Again

Snooping Ring employees, Skype contractors, and more of the week's top security news.

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Why William and Kate Are a 'Fairy Tale' but Harry and Meghan Are 'Couple Goals'

The phrase fairy tale always seems to hover in the air whenever a marriage takes place within the English monarchy. And indeed, the three most high-profile royal weddings in modern history—those of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer , Prince William and Kate Middleton , and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle —have all involved the classic fairy-tale story line of a prince sweeping a young, beautiful wo

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With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia

As massive fires continue to consume Australia, Aboriginal elders like Noel Butler say officials need to listen to natives about fire control. (Image credit: Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

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The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

From *Final Fantasy VII Remake* to *Halo Infinite*, here's everything you need to play this year.

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Delivery Vehicles Increasingly Choke Cities with Pollution

Electric vehicles, delivery drones and rules on when delivery trucks can operate are some solutions proposed in a new report — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Lithium price plunges to 4-year low – MINING.COM

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VR has 2 major challenges that will have to get solved

So I've been a huge fan of VR for a while now ever since I picked up my rift. But after getting used to it for a few months I realized that VR has 2 big issues its going to have to tackle in the near future. The first one being the "locomotion problem". Part of what makes VR so special is being able to freely move around in these magical worlds with our own legs in order to explore. The big issue

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10 Best CES 2020 Devices You Can Buy Right Now: Earbuds, E-Bikes, Toys, and More

Most of CES's flashy tech is months, maybe years, from hitting store shelves. Here are a few devices you can order now—and some extra deals we like.

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Public Blast or Private Chat? Social Media Maps a Middle Way

Companies like Twitter and Facebook have begun to carve out a space for users that's more like real life—with more options between shouts and whispers.

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CES 2020 in Photos: Living in a Material World

WIRED photographer Amy Lombard captures the glory, chaos, and optimism of the consumer tech extravaganza.

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Förändringar att vänta – så kan tekniken se ut 2040

Självkörande bilar, mikronät och nya jordbruksmetoder kan komma att bli en del av vår vardag i framtiden. I dokumentären 2040– framtidsfilmen får vi se vilka miljömässiga fördelar framtidens teknik kan bidra med.

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How's Your Internship Going? This Teen Found a Planet

Wolf Cukier, 17, was analyzing brightness of stars during an internship with NASA last year when he made the discovery.

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Why generational pressure is the key to climate change policy

With figures like Greta Thunberg and demonstrations like the global climate strike, it's become apparent that young people are driving the effort to stop climate change. This generational pressure is the key to change. In the same way that smoking became less accepted in society, even frowned upon, so too can the behaviors that have sped up climate change. Moving forward, energy companies will pl

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CES 2020: Bilerne vil have fat i dine følelser

PLUS. Biler og elektriske køretøjer har for længst indtaget CES-showet i Las Vegas. Igen i år var der mærkelige biler, super avancerede teknologier og gakkede køretøjer på standene. Vi har her samlet nogle af de vigtigste fra årets show.

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Species-saving Galapagos giant tortoise Diego can take a rest

Job done, prolific Galapagos giant tortoise Diego is being released back into the wild after being credited by authorities with almost single-handedly saving his species from extinction.

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Species-saving Galapagos giant tortoise Diego can take a rest

Job done, prolific Galapagos giant tortoise Diego is being released back into the wild after being credited by authorities with almost single-handedly saving his species from extinction.

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Climate at mercy of politics in 2020, experts warn

2020 is the most crucial year yet for humanity's plan to dodge the bullet of catastrophic global warming, experts said Saturday, warning that the narrow path to safety was riddled with pitfalls, from the US election to Brexit.

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Gold bar found in Mexico was Aztec treasure: study

A gold bar found in a Mexico City park in 1981 was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago, a new study says.

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Australia fires 'long way from over' but rain brings relief

Massive bushfires in southeastern Australia still have a "long way to go", authorities have warned, even as colder conditions brought some relief to exhausted firefighters and communities on Saturday.

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Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals

The birthplace of Germany's national anthem and a practice bombing range for British airmen after World War II, Helgoland island in the North Sea turns cuddly at the turn of the year as grey seals arrive to give birth.

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Vera Rubin Gets a Telescope of Her Own

The astronomer missed her Nobel Prize. But she now has a whole new observatory to her name.

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Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals

The birthplace of Germany's national anthem and a practice bombing range for British airmen after World War II, Helgoland island in the North Sea turns cuddly at the turn of the year as grey seals arrive to give birth.

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Drought ignites human-wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean villager Dumisani Khumalo appeared to be in pain as he walked gingerly towards a chair under the shade of a tree near his one-room brick shack.

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Spot den lige nu: Danmarks ikoniske isfugl er i fremgang

Du kan også være heldig at opleve en natugle eller en stær, der giver opvisning.

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Ugens debat: Ophedet debat om varmepumper og fjernvarme

Giv tilskud til udskiftning af olie- eller naturgasopvarm­ning med varmepumper, foreslår Dansk Byggeri. Hvis alle skifter, sparer vi CO2-udledning svarende til en kvart million personbiler. Meldingen har på ing.dk skabt stor debat, som hurtigt kom til at handle om, hvorvidt fjernvarme er fremtiden.

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Voyager scientist Ed Stone on the search for extraterrestrial life: 'We need to get back to Enceladus'

Physics professor reflects on career ranging from most distant object to closest approach to the sun The Voyager mission has not lacked for highlights, having beamed back the first glimpses of methane oceans, erupting volcanos on a Jovian moon and a thunderstorm on Saturn. But Prof Ed Stone, who has been at Voyager's scientific helm since 1972, says there is one place above all that he longs to v

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Tortoise with species-saving sex drive returns to Galápagos

The 100-year-old tortoise of legendary libido is credited with saving his species from extinction.

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The future of noise pollution?

I'm not sure if this strikes anyone else, but whenever I'm outside the sheer amount of noise pollution and it's effect on quality of life is staggering. Is anyone aware of work being done in this area? submitted by /u/supadupachop [link] [comments]

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The Moral Hazard of Dealing With China

Shortly before its first-ever applications period was due to close, the Schwarzman Scholars program held an admissions seminar at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. The elite China-based graduate program, funded by American businessman Stephen Schwarzman's personal wealth and fundraising efforts and modeled after Oxford University's Rhodes Scholarship, had recruited heavily from the

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Specific insulin-like peptide regulates how beetle 'weapons' grow

A scientist from Tokyo Metropolitan University and coworkers have discovered that a specific insulin-like peptide called ILP2 regulates the size of 'weapons' in Gnatocerus cornutus beetles in different nutritional environments. They found diminished mandible size when expression of the peptide was suppressed, and that it was specifically expressed in the 'fat body', where beetles store nutrients.

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Skogsexpert om bränderna i Australien: 10-tal djurarter riskerar att ha utrotats

Bränderna som rasar i Australien beräknas nu vara ungefär lika stora som hela Sydkorea. Och så mycket som 1,25 miljarder djur av olika arter i hela landet beräknas ha brunnit upp. Det gör att hela djurarter är hotade.

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2 Continues its Reign as the Smallest Known Prime Number

Large prime numbers get a lot of attention, but this tiny work horse deserves some love too — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Toyota will build its own prototype city

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Longevity breakthrough: 500% increase in nematode lifespan

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Missing regions within the molecular architecture of human fibrin clots structurally resolved by XL-MS and integrative structural modeling [Biochemistry]

Upon activation, fibrinogen forms large fibrin biopolymers that coalesce into clots which assist in wound healing. Limited insights into their molecular architecture, due to the sheer size and the insoluble character of fibrin clots, have restricted our ability to develop novel treatments for clotting diseases. The, so far resolved, disparate…

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Resting state structure of the hyperdepolarization activated two-pore channel 3 [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

Voltage-gated ion channels endow membranes with excitability and the means to propagate action potentials that form the basis of all neuronal signaling. We determined the structure of a voltage-gated sodium channel, two-pore channel 3 (TPC3), which generates ultralong action potentials. TPC3 is distinguished by activation only at extreme membrane depolarization…

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Metabolic dysregulation in the Atp7b-/- Wilson's disease mouse model [Medical Sciences]

Inactivating mutations in the copper transporter Atp7b result in Wilson's disease. The Atp7b−/− mouse develops hallmarks of Wilson's disease. The activity of several nuclear receptors decreased in Atp7b−/− mice, and nuclear receptors are critical for maintaining metabolic homeostasis. Therefore, we anticipated that Atp7b−/− mice would exhibit altered progression of diet-induced…

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Insights into the energy landscapes of chromosome organization proteins from coevolutionary sequence variation and structural modeling [Commentaries]

Uncovering mechanisms of protein function is challenging when structural characterization of the functionally relevant states is elusive, for instance for large and flexible proteins which resist crystallization. This is the case for structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC) proteins and kleisin subunits which are crucial for the segregation of chromosomes during…

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Rare salt formations in Utah could offer clues about life on Mars

Tiny crystals found on edge of Great Salt Lake may offer insight about similar structures on the red planet, scientists say Rare salt formations have been documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good. They're showing up now in part because water levels at the largest natural lak

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Solar-powered facility provides medical treatment in rural Uganda

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New US building codes will make every home ready for electric cars

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Wave physics as an analog recurrent neural network

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A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

A bad code update allowed anyone to easily reveal which accounts posted to Facebook Pages—including celebrities and politicians—for several hours.

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Eight revelations from MIT's Jeffrey Epstein report

At one point, university officials had wanted to approve Epstein donations of up to $10 million.

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CES 2020: Highlights in Photos

With a nearly unimaginable array of products and concepts on display spread across all of Las Vegas, it is hard to pick out a final few each year for our wrap-up. But here are those we found of particular interest. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 "Many-in-1" Foldable The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is the world's first folding display tablet. (There are obviously several designs that have separate displays on eac

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Author Correction: Global glacier mass changes and their contributions to sea-level rise from 1961 to 2016

Nature, Published online: 11 January 2020; doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1889-5

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MIT review of Epstein donations finds "significant mistakes of judgment"

Nature, Published online: 10 January 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00072-x University suspends professor who accepted research funding from sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Ray Kurzweil predictions from 1999 for 2019 evaluated

Hi, I tried to evaluate all of his predictions he made in 1999 for the last year. The average score is 57% (54% if I valued to more important predictions more). I think it's a pretty good score for 20 year predictions, right? I explained each prediction on my blog ( https://drozhovory.blogspot.com/2020/01/vyhodnoceni-predpovedi-raye-kurweila.html ), though it is in Czech, so feel free to translat

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Feed a family for a week with a single bag of beans

Beans are full of protein and minerals. Plus, they're super tasty. (Mary Kearl/) Beans are healthy—high in protein and fiber and packed with nutrients like iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and more. They're also an affordable and versatile way to feed your family—a one-pound bag of red kidney beans costs less than $2 and can make up to 11 servings. If you're a single adult or have

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Grandmas may be key to species survival, says new study

New research on killer whales suggests that post-menopausal grandmothers play a powerful role in the survival of generations that follow them. "The Grandmother Hypothesis," theorizes that by surviving long past menopause, a woman improves the survival and reproduction of her children's children and, thus, her own genes. Not only do grandma whales help raise and share their own food with their gra

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What is the autonomic nervous system?

The autonomic nervous system is a complex network of cells that control the body's internal state. Read on to discover how it works.

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Three hydration packs that won't let thirst slow you down

Stay hydrated wherever you go. (Carl Cerstrand via Unsplash/) Water bottles of every shape and color are available to hydrate you wherever you go, but they often add weight to your otherwise frugal existence. Thankfully, today's outfitters are keen on delivering products that distribute the H2O burden more evenly for better access. These essential packs with basically turn you into a human camel,

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Daily briefing: Origin of repeating fast radio burst deepens its mystery

Nature, Published online: 10 January 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00065-w They come from outer space, we know that. Plus: the visible fingerprint of climate change on individual days of weather and William Gibson's mind-bending new novel.

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Eyeing Moon, NASA hosts first public astronaut graduation ceremony

NASA on Friday celebrated its latest class of graduating astronauts at a public ceremony in Houston, honoring a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America's return to the Moon and eventual journey to Mars.

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Rare salt formations appear along the Great Salt Lake

Rare salt formations have been documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good.

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Alcohol Deaths Have Risen Sharply, Particularly Among Women

An analysis of death certificates over nearly two decades contained several troubling findings.

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'Escape From Tarkov' Won't Include Playable Women Characters

The game's developers say it would require "a huge amount of work."

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Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Mark Zuckerberg promised default end-to-end encryption throughout Facebook's platforms. Nearly a year later, Messenger's not even close.

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Shocked meteorites provide clues to Earth's lower mantle

Deep below the Earth's surface lies a thick rocky layer called the mantle, which makes up the majority of our planet's volume. While Earth's mantle is too deep for humans to observe directly, certain meteorites can provide clues to this unreachable layer.

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Three headlamps that'll won't leave you in the dark

Look ma, no hands! (Nick Fisher via Unsplash/) Everyone should own a headlamp. Hands-free lighting is convenient, versatile, and frees up both your hands for tasks. With a headlamp you can think of your regular flashlight as a backup: there's no need to put it between your teeth to use both your hands, and you can use it for everything from power outages to working under the sink. Here are a few

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Low-temp photocatalyst could slash the carbon footprint for syngas

Rice University engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that could shrink the carbon footprint of a major segment of the chemical industry.

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New research uses optical solitons in lasers to explore naturally-occurring supramolecules

Curtis Menyuk, professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), has collaborated with a team directed by Philip Russell at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPI) in Erlangen, Germany, to gain insight into naturally-occurring molecular systems using optical solitons in lasers. Optical solitons are packets of light that

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Trace metals in leatherback turtle eggs may harm consumers

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) eggs laid in Bocas del Toro nesting beaches in the Panamanian Caribbean may be harmful to consumers. According to a study by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and collaborating institutions, they contain high concentrations of trace metals and their ingestion could pose health risks to local communities. Decreasing the consumption of leath

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'Superdiamond' carbon-boron cages can trap and tap into different properties

A long-sought-after class of "superdiamond" carbon-based materials with tunable mechanical and electronic properties was predicted and synthesized by Carnegie's Li Zhu and Timothy Strobel. Their work is published by Science Advances.

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Trace metals in leatherback turtle eggs may harm consumers

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) eggs laid in Bocas del Toro nesting beaches in the Panamanian Caribbean may be harmful to consumers. According to a study by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and collaborating institutions, they contain high concentrations of trace metals and their ingestion could pose health risks to local communities. Decreasing the consumption of leath

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Chromatin organizes itself into 3D 'forests' in single cells

Scientists are increasingly interested in the function of chromatin — a mix of DNA and protein within chromosomes — and its role in disease. Using mathematical modeling and optical imaging they developed themselves, researchers now have discovered how chromatin folds at the single-cell level. They found it folds into a variety of tree-like domains spaced along a chromatin backbone. These small a

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Hikikomori: New definition helps identify, treat extreme social isolation

Experts in the Japanese phenomena of hikikomori say the condition of extreme social isolation is more widespread than previously acknowledged, and it deserves a clear and consistent definition to improve treatment across the globe. A simplified and clear definition will improve the recognition and subsequent treatment for people who suffer from the condition.

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SuperTIGER on its second prowl—130,000 feet above Antarctica

A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica three and a half weeks after its launch.

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This Meaty-Looking "Steak" Is Made From Peas and Seaweed

Cut Above A number of startups have already managed to create plant-based alternatives to ground meats like hamburger. Creating a plant-based version of whole cuts of meats, however, has proven far more challenging. But now, Spanish startup Novameat has unveiled a plant-based steak it says is the "most realistic" yet — and it costs about the same as what you're likely to pay for a traditional cut

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Durable doormats that trap dirt and mud

Keep the dirt far away from your rug and couch. (Hombre via Unsplash/) Welcome doormats are good for more than a quippy welcome. They're great for wiping off dirty, muddy, wet boots and keeping your entryway (relatively) clean. The best doormats are made out of durable, easy-to-clean materials that hold up through the seasons. A cute design doesn't hurt, either. Below, some of our favorites. A du

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Type of Herpes Virus Tied to Multiple Sclerosis

A study of 16,000 people suggests that human herpesvirus 6A is a risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis, reinvigorating a neglected hypothesis that the virus could be involved in triggering the disease.

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The Future of Food Is Zero Waste

As the world starts to reckon with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's dire climate warnings , a good place to begin is food waste. Every year, one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption—1.3 billion tons—is wasted. (Americans in particular throw away 40 percent of their food, despite the fact that most of it is perfectly edible.) In aggregate, the world's annual foo

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Mark Zuckerberg Says He Hunts Wild Boar With a Bow and Arrow

Hunger Games In 2011, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed to have given himself a "personal challenge" of only eating meat that he killed himself. He even once slaughtered a goat and served it to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, according to a Rolling Stone interview . Now, according to a post about his 2020 New Year's resolutions , Zuckerberg revealed that he still goes hunting. "These days mostly with

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Boeing Employee: 737 Max Is 'Designed by Clowns…Supervised by Monkeys'

Boeing 737-MAX9 Artwork K65780. Credit: Boeing Ever since two Boeing 737 Max planes crashed, Boeing has been playing a frantic game of damage control. In our early reporting on this issue, we emphasized the need for deliberate analysis and evaluation rather than leaping to conclusions. Nearly a year after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 slammed into the ground, killing all aboard, it's evident that

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Can molecular 'doormen' pave way for new obesity treatments?

A new discovery could lead to new treatments for obesity, researchers report. Fat cells are filled with droplets coated by molecules that act like hotel doormen. These doormen control cellular access for nutrients and for the exit of energy-supplying molecules called lipids. In healthy individuals, there's a fine balance between outgoing and incoming traffic in fat cells, supplying energy while p

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Low-temp photocatalyst could slash the carbon footprint for syngas

Engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that could shrink the carbon footprint of syngas producers.

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SuperTIGER on its second prowl — 130,000 feet above Antarctica

A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica three and a half weeks after its launch.

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'Superdiamond' carbon-boron cages can trap and tap into different properties

A new class of 'superdiamond' carbon-based materials has tunable mechanical and electronic properties while retaining robust, diamond-liked bonds.

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Puzzle of early Neolithic house orientations finally solved

Human behavior is influenced by many things, most of which remain unconscious to us. One of these is known among perception psychologists as 'pseudo-neglect.' This refers to the observation that healthy people prefer their left visual field to their right and therefore divide a line regularly left of center. A new study shows for the first time what effect this inconspicuous deviation had in the p

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How a gut infection may produce chronic symptoms

For some unlucky people, a bout of intestinal distress like traveler's diarrhea leads to irritable bowel syndrome. Recent discoveries have given scientists a better idea of how this happens, and potential leads for new treatments.

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New research uses optical solitons in lasers to explore naturally-occurring supramolecules

Researchers have collaborated to gain insight into naturally-occurring molecular systems using optical solitons in lasers. Optical solitons are packets of light that are bound together and move at a constant speed without changing shape.

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Speech-disrupting brain disease reflects patients' native tongue

English and Italian speakers with dementia-related language impairment experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on features of their native languages, according to new research by scientists at the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center and colleagues at the Neuroimaging Research Unit and Neurology Unit at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan.

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Growing Public Evidence Suggests Ukrainian Jetliner Was Hit By Missile

As investigators learn more about what happened to a Ukrainian International Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran, a growing body of online evidence suggests it was shot out of the sky.

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Why Coyotes — Up To 4,000 Of Them — Are Turning Up In Chicago

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Stanley Gehrt of the Cook County Coyote Project about coyotes biting a 5-year-old boy and a man in Chicago. Cook County is home to 4,000 of the animals.

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How Australian Wildfire Emissions May Impact Global Climate

The Australian bushfires have released an enormous amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions. But emissions from wildfires have a complicated effect on the broader global climate.

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UT Austin Releases Report of 17 Employee Sexual Misconduct Cases

Offenses ranged from failure to disclose a consensual relationship to stalking and included three faculty members.

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Chinese Virologists Are Fighting A New Outbreak. Here's What They're Looking For

The new strain of coronavirus is from the same family as SARS, but doesn't appear to spread easily between people. (Image credit: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

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Moving out? Tape measures to help set up your new space

How do you measure up? (El Alce Web via Unsplash/) Need to measure the layout of a new apartment to figure out the possible orientations for your sectional sofa? Want to perfect your table saw set up? Whatever project you're starting, you'll need a precise, durable tape measure that stands up to the job. These measurers have the bells and whistles—like auto locking features, self-adhesive abiliti

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A swarm of mini drones makes … magic! | Marco Tempest

Leading a swarm of small, buzzing flying machines, techno-magician Marco Tempest orchestrates a "cyber illusion" that will have you asking yourself: Was that science or magic?

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These bird species are new to science

Scientists have discovered five bird species and five subspecies of birds completely new to science in three small island groups off Sulawesi, Indonesia. Birds are the best known class of animals, and since 1999, scientists have only described five or six new species each year on average. The team found the birds on islands in the Wallacea region, an archipelago at the interface between the Indom

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This new bandage stops bleeding without sticking to wound

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China Could Be Turning on Its 'Artificial Sun' Fusion Reactor Really Soon

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Gasification goes green

Rice University engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that could shrink the carbon footprint of syngas producers.

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Shocked meteorites provide clues to Earth's lower mantle

An international team of scientists have completed a complex analysis of a "shocked meteorite" and gained new insight into Earth's lower mantle.

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The Amazon stores tons of carbon. Climate change-fueled wildfires could ruin that.

A satellite image of smoke over the Amazon rainforest in 2019 (NASA Earth Observatory/) Last year, tens of thousands of fires raged in the Amazon, much of them the result of clearing and burning land to make way for agriculture. While the vast footprint of those fires was devastating to the people and wildlife that depend on the rainforest, a new study in Science Advances warns things could get m

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Ten Bird Species Newly Identified on Indonesian Islands

Flycatchers, warblers, and more were spotted in a biodiverse region known as Wallacea.

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Trump Broke It. Now He Owns It.

T here's a big question the Trump administration does not want to talk about: Why has the United States escalated its conflict with Iran? Donald Trump and his supporters would prefer to focus on the smaller and more convenient question of direct culpability for the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. By now, it seems near-certain that the Iranian authorities shot down the

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The Atlantic Politics Daily: Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Talk About Her Republican Past

It's Friday, January 10. After a fruitless three-week standoff, Nancy Pelosi said she'd send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Expect a trial sometime after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In today's newsletter: Elizabeth Warren's political conversion. Plus: Is Eric Garcetti, Rhodes Scholar, mayor, and one-time 2020 hopeful, just "kicking himself" now? * « TODAY IN POLITICS » (LEIF S

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15 Tons of Rotting Feral Pigs May Help Save Australian Ecosystem

Bouncing Back The brushfires raging in Australia have already killed an estimated one billion animals and might even cause some entire species to go extinct . Those deaths will no doubt affect the Australian ecosystem long after firefighters extinguish the last blaze — but the rotting corpses of 15 tons of feral pigs in Oklahoma might help it bounce back from the devastation. Pig Cemetery In the

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How aquifer recharge water can get contaminated with arsenic

The potable water municipalities use to recharge an aquifer can become contaminated with dangerous levels of arsenic, new research shows. To replenish groundwater, many municipalities inject reclaimed water into depleted aquifers. Secondary wastewater treatment has purified the injected water, and, in some cases, the water has been treated through tertiary processes and can be clean enough to dri

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Hikikomori: New definition helps identify, treat extreme social isolation

Experts in the Japanese phenomena of hikikomori say the condition of extreme social isolation is more widespread than previously acknowledged, and it deserves a clear and consistent definition to improve treatment across the globe. A simplified and clear definition will improve the recognition and subsequent treatment for people who suffer from the condition, the authors write in a new article pub

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Study finds 95 percent satisfaction rate with Mohs surgery

Patients who received Mohs surgery to treat the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, reported a 95 percent long-term satisfaction rate with their results, according to a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center dermatologists.

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Trace Metals in Leatherback Turtle Eggs May Harm Consumers

Leatherback turtle eggs in the Panamanian Caribbean may be harmful to the health of consumers, due to the concentrations of trace metals found in them. Increasing awareness among local doctors, health workers and the public about these risks may be beneficial for the conservation of this endangered species.

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Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants Linked to Reading Problems

A new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons suggests that prenatal exposure to flame retardants may increase the risk of reading problems.

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SuperTIGER on its second prowl — 130,000 feet above Antarctica

A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica three and a half weeks after its launch.

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Fishing for 'herbivores of the sea' could risk coral reefs

Maintaining a healthy size distribution of parrotfishes in a sea floor ecosystem through smart fishing practices could help maintain reefs that are already facing decline due to climate change, new experimental research suggests. Removing large parrotfish, which graze on algae like large land mammals graze on grasses, can allow algae to overtake the corals, with potentially dire consequences. Thi

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Kitchen shears for trimming herbs and spatchcocking chicken

A truly transformative tool for your food prep. (Amazon/) Kitchen shears are big helpers in the kitchen. You can use them to cut the backbone out of a chicken before it goes in the oven, trim herbs like spring onions or parsley, cut fish, or finish up a chopping job you realized you didn't do a great job on once it's already in a pan. You can use them like regular scissors too, of course—to open

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Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data

Operational weather forecasts have started incorporating novel wind measurements made from orbit.

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Area of Amazon affected by wildfires predicted to grow by 2050

Wildfires in the Amazon in Brazil are projected to worsen, with double the amount of an important region of forest affected by 2050

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Wolf moon: Full moon and lunar eclipse delight skywatchers

The first full moon of 2020 coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse, caused by the Earth's shadow.

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NASA's Research on Climate Change | Above and Beyond

ABOVE AND BEYOND examines the role NASA plays both in our country & for our planet, celebrating past accomplishments, investigating current initiatives & surveying future plans. Watch the full length documentary on Discovery GO: https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/above-and-beyond-nasas-journey-to-tomorrow Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.fac

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Playing with fire could turn the Amazon into a carbon source

Nature, Published online: 10 January 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00028-1 More blazes are forecast for the iconic rainforest as the climate changes, but stringent measures could limit the damage.

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Toyota Envisions Hydrogen-Powered 'Woven City' by Mt. Fuji

LAS VEGAS – Can you engineer a planned city that works over the long haul? Toyota wants to give it a try with Woven City, a 175-acre site at the base of Mount Fuji, 90 miles southwest of Toyota's Tokyo headquarters. There will be hydrogen fuel cells and rooftop solar panels providing power, native vegetation, and hydroponic gardens. There will also be in-home robotics, primarily wood buildings wi

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Just Mercy Is a Stark True Story of Good and Evil

The finest moments of Just Mercy are the quietest, when the director, Destin Daniel Cretton, pauses to consider the simple power of freedom. The biographical film begins in 1987, the year the Alabaman logger Walter McMillian was arrested for a murder he did not commit, based on one piece of coerced testimony. Before he's stopped by police, McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx) is working in the forest

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Scientists examine how a gut infection may produce chronic symptoms

For some unlucky people, a bout of intestinal distress like traveler's diarrhea leads to irritable bowel syndrome. Recent discoveries have given scientists a better idea of how this happens, and potential leads for new treatments.

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'Superdiamond' carbon-boron cages can trap and tap into different properties

A new class of 'superdiamond' carbon-based materials has tunable mechanical and electronic properties while retaining robust, diamond-liked bonds.

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Always counterclockwise

Human behavior is influenced by many things, most of which remain unconscious to us. One of these is known among perception psychologists as 'pseudo-neglect.' This refers to the observation that healthy people prefer their left visual field to their right and therefore divide a line regularly left of center. A study published on Friday, Jan. 10, shows for the first time what effect this inconspicu

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Malnutrition linked with increased risk of Zika birth defects

Environmental factors, such as the diets of pregnant women, have been shown to have an effect on the extent and severity of developmental malformations in babies associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) congenital infection.

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Chromatin organizes itself into 3D 'forests' in single cells

Scientists are increasingly interested in the function of chromatin — a mix of DNA and protein within chromosomes — and its role in disease. Using mathematical modeling and optical imaging they developed themselves, Northwestern University researchers now have discovered how chromatin folds at the single-cell level. They found it folds into a variety of tree-like domains spaced along a chromatin

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Deep learning differentiates small renal masses on multiphase CT

A deep learning method with a convolutional neural network can support the evaluation of small solid renal masses in dynamic CT images — especially in the corticomedullary image model — with acceptable diagnostic performance.

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Technique allows dolphin pregnancy exams to mirror those in humans

In a groundbreaking study, scientists have developed a new ultrasound technique for evaluating dolphin fetuses at all stages of gestation.

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Silica gel solid nanocomposite electrolytes with interfacial conductivity promotion exceeding the bulk Li-ion conductivity of the ionic liquid electrolyte filler

The transition to solid-state Li-ion batteries will enable progress toward energy densities of 1000 W·hour/liter and beyond. Composites of a mesoporous oxide matrix filled with nonvolatile ionic liquid electrolyte fillers have been explored as a solid electrolyte option. However, the simple confinement of electrolyte solutions inside nanometer-sized pores leads to lower ion conductivity as viscos

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Congenital Zika syndrome is associated with maternal protein malnutrition

Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy is associated with a spectrum of developmental impairments known as congenital Zika syndrome (CZS). The prevalence of this syndrome varies across ZIKV endemic regions, suggesting that its occurrence could depend on cofactors. Here, we evaluate the relevance of protein malnutrition for the emergence of CZS. Epidemiological data from the ZIKV outbreak in

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Dropwise condensation on solid hydrophilic surfaces

Droplet nucleation and condensation are ubiquitous phenomena in nature and industry. Over the past century, research has shown dropwise condensation heat transfer on nonwetting surfaces to be an order of magnitude higher than filmwise condensation heat transfer on wetting substrates. However, the necessity for nonwetting to achieve dropwise condensation is unclear. This article reports stable dro

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Widespread activation of developmental gene expression characterized by PRC1-dependent chromatin looping

Polycomb repressive complexes 1 and 2 have been historically described as transcriptional repressors, but recent reports suggest that PRC1 might also support activation, although the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we show that stage-specific PRC1 binding at a subset of active promoters and enhancers during Drosophila development coincides with the formation of three-dimensional (3D)

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Realization of 2D crystalline metal nitrides via selective atomic substitution

Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal nitrides (TMNs) are new members in the 2D materials family with a wide range of applications. Particularly, highly crystalline and large area thin films of TMNs are desirable for applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices; however, the synthesis of these TMNs has not yet been achieved. Here, we report the synthesis of few-nanometer thin Mo 5 N 6 cr

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Beyond mass spectrometry, the next step in proteomics

Proteins can be the root cause of a disease, and they can be used to cure it. The need to identify these critical actors was recognized early (1951) by Sanger; the first biopolymer sequenced was a peptide, insulin. With the advent of scalable, single-molecule DNA sequencing, genomics and transcriptomics have since propelled medicine through improved sensitivity and lower costs, but proteomics has

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PRDM15 loss of function links NOTCH and WNT/PCP signaling to patterning defects in holoprosencephaly

Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a congenital forebrain defect often associated with embryonic lethality and lifelong disabilities. Currently, therapeutic and diagnostic options are limited by lack of knowledge of potential disease-causing mutations. We have identified a new mutation in the PRDM15 gene (C844Y) associated with a syndromic form of HPE in multiple families. We demonstrate that C844Y is a

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{pi}-{pi} stacking interactions: Non-negligible forces for stabilizing porous supramolecular frameworks

Revealing the contribution of – stacking interactions in supramolecular assembly is important for understanding the intrinsic nature of molecular assembly fundamentally. However, because they are much weaker than covalent bonds, – stacking interactions are usually ignored in the construction of porous materials. Obtaining stable porous materials that are only dependent on – stacking interactions,

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Anisotropic structural color particles from colloidal phase separation

Structural color materials have been studied for decades because of their fascinating properties. Effects in this area are the trend to develop functional structural color materials with new components, structures, or morphologies for different applications. In this study, we found that the coassembled graphene oxide (GO) and colloid nanoparticles in droplets could form component phase separation

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The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia

Wildfires, exacerbated by extreme weather events and land use, threaten to change the Amazon from a net carbon sink to a net carbon source. Here, we develop and apply a coupled ecosystem-fire model to quantify how greenhouse gas–driven drying and warming would affect wildfires and associated CO 2 emissions in the southern Brazilian Amazon. Regional climate projections suggest that Amazon fire reg

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Physical and data structure of 3D genome

With the textbook view of chromatin folding based on the 30-nm fiber being challenged, it has been proposed that interphase DNA has an irregular 10-nm nucleosome polymer structure whose folding philosophy is unknown. Nevertheless, experimental advances suggest that this irregular packing is associated with many nontrivial physical properties that are puzzling from a polymer physics point of view.

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Uncovering {beta}-relaxations in amorphous phase-change materials

Relaxation processes are decisive for many physical properties of amorphous materials. For amorphous phase-change materials (PCMs) used in nonvolatile memories, relaxation processes are, however, difficult to characterize because of the lack of bulk samples. Here, instead of bulk samples, we use powder mechanical spectroscopy for powder samples to detect the prominent excess wings—a characteristi

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Evidence for the charge disproportionation of iron in extraterrestrial bridgmanite

Bridgmanite, MgSiO 3 with perovskite structure, is considered the most abundant mineral on Earth. On the lower mantle, it contains Fe and Al that strongly influence its behavior. Experimentalists have debated whether iron may exist in a mixed valence state, coexistence of Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ in bridgmanite, through charge disproportionation. Here, we report the discovery of Fe-rich aluminous bridgman

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Carbon-boron clathrates as a new class of sp3-bonded framework materials

Carbon-based frameworks composed of sp 3 bonding represent a class of extremely lightweight strong materials, but only diamond and a handful of other compounds exist despite numerous predictions. Thus, there remains a large gap between the number of plausible structures predicted and those synthesized. We used a chemical design principle based on boron substitution to predict and synthesize a thr

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Plant life expanding in the Everest region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

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New protocol to generate intestinal organoids in vitro

Researchers have developed a new way to generate groups of intestinal cells that can be used, among others, to make disease models in the lab to test treatments for diseases affecting the gastrointestinal system. Using human induced pluripotent stem cells, this novel approach combined a variety of techniques that enabled the development of three-dimensional groups of intestinal cells called organo

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Always counterclockwise: Puzzle of early Neolithic house orientations finally solved

Human behaviour is influenced by many things, most of which remain unconscious to us. One of these is a phenomenon known among perception psychologists as "pseudo-neglect." This refers to the observation that healthy people prefer their left visual field to their right, and therefore divide a line regularly left of centre.

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Chromatin organizes itself into 3-D 'forests' in single cells

A single cell contains the genetic instructions for an entire organism. This genomic information is managed and processed by the complex machinery of chromatin—a mix of DNA and protein within chromosomes whose function and role in disease are of increasing interest to scientists.

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Chromatin organizes itself into 3-D 'forests' in single cells

A single cell contains the genetic instructions for an entire organism. This genomic information is managed and processed by the complex machinery of chromatin—a mix of DNA and protein within chromosomes whose function and role in disease are of increasing interest to scientists.

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Boeing's Deadly 737 Max "Designed by Clowns," Wrote Employee

In December, Boeing delivered hundred pages of internal messages to Congress to aid its investigation into the 737 Max commercial airplane, which Boeing grounded in March 2019 following two deadly crashes in the previous five months. On Thursday, Boeing made redacted versions of the documents public — and the content of some of the messages is downright disturbing. "This airplane is designed by c

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Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Researcher Iain Kerr was on a boat, covered in whale snot, when the idea hit him: Why not hack a drone to fly into whale snot instead?

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Was Nancy Pelosi's Delay Worth It?

At long last, President Donald Trump will soon get his day in the Senate's impeachment court. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement today that she would relinquish her three-week hold on the articles of impeachment that the House adopted last month indicates that a Senate trial is likely to begin shortly after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, later this month. In a letter to House Democrats, Pel

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Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

This new type of battery can be cut, bent, soaked, shot, and lit on fire—and it still powers up just fine.

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Love, art and stories: decoded | The Age of A.I.

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Baking And Melting Chocolate Simulations Are Now Possible! 🍫

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Technique allows dolphin pregnancy exams to mirror those in humans

Ultrasound has been used for decades to study dolphin health and much of that work has been pioneered by veterinarians at the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF). But in a groundbreaking study just published in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, scientists have developed a new ultrasound technique for evaluating dolphin fetuses at all stages of gestation. This recent advancement in dolphin me

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Technique allows dolphin pregnancy exams to mirror those in humans

Ultrasound has been used for decades to study dolphin health and much of that work has been pioneered by veterinarians at the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF). But in a groundbreaking study just published in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, scientists have developed a new ultrasound technique for evaluating dolphin fetuses at all stages of gestation. This recent advancement in dolphin me

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23andMe has sold the rights to develop a drug based on its users' DNA

Consumer genomics firm 23andMe has signed its first deal to sell the rights to develop a new drug for inflammatory diseases to a pharmaceutical company

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Young galaxies transformed the early universe by blowing bubbles

Early galaxies inflated bubbles around them that eventually filled the entire universe. (Early galaxies inflated bubbles around them that eventually filled the entire universe V. Tilvi et al./NSF's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory/KPNO/AURA/) Space looks empty from an everyday perspective, but those vast stretches of nothingness between galaxies are actually filled with som

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Australian Snipers Are Shooting 10,000 Camels From Helicopters

Open Season On Wednesday, the Australian government began its plan to shoot 10,000 camels over five days. The fire-ravaged continent's large camel population has grown increasingly desperate in the face of dwindling water supplies, according to The Indian Express . In their search for new water, the camels reportedly threatened aboriginal communities and damaged local infrastructure, prompting th

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Team uses plastic to make super light 18-carat gold

Researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements. The discovery will thrill lovers of gold watches and heavy jewelry. The objects of their desire may someday become much lighter, but without losing any of their glitter. Especially in watches, a small amount of weight can make all the difference. No one wants to wear a

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A unique brain signal may be the key to human intelligence

Most research regarding human brains is performed with rodent brains on the assumption that it may also apply to us. An unusual study looked at recently resected human brain tissue that turned out to contain some big surprises. Human neurons' unexpected electrical signals and their behavior shed new light on human intelligence. None Though progress is being made, our brains remain organs of many

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First genomic study of puberty yields insights into development and cancer

In the first-ever genome-scale analysis of the puberty process in humans, researchers outline distinct and critical changes to stem cells in males during adolescence.

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The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk

Two more companies recalled their ranitidine drugs, generic forms of Zantac, over concerns they may contain a carcinogenic substance.

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Frozen in Dwindling Ice, an Historic Expedition Finds a "New Arctic"

Over the first leg of the trip, scientists say they are already learning how much humans have altered the polar region — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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CES 2020 in 10 GIFS

Yes, CES is over. But these looping GIFs will help you stay there forever.

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US Military Admits It Has Secret Footage of UFO Incident

UFO Frenzy In December 2017, the New York Times published a story detailing a 2004 incident in which Navy pilots encountered a series of mysterious "Tic Tac-shaped" objects that seemed to defy the laws of physics . Now, Motherboard reports that the U.S. Navy appears to be be holding on to documentation and more footage of the strange encounter, and is refusing to make either public. A review of t

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Even around kids, many gun owners don't lock up firearms

A new survey reveals that 40% of gun owners at gun safety events reported having at least one firearm in their home that they had not locked up. Nearly 3,000 people filled out the one-page survey asking how they stored guns at home and other household information while waiting for free firearm storage devices at the events held in sporting goods stores across Washington. What the participants rep

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Laserphysics: At the pulse of a light wave

Physicists have developed a novel type of detector that enables the oscillation profile of light waves to be precisely determined.

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Molecular switch for repairing central nervous system disorders

A molecular switch has the ability to turn on a substance in animals that repairs neurological damage in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS) researchers discovered. The early research in animal models could advance an already approved Food and Drug Administration therapy and also could lead to new strategies for treating diseases of the central nervous system.

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Technique allows dolphin pregnancy exams to mirror those in humans

In a groundbreaking study just published in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, scientists have developed a new ultrasound technique for evaluating dolphin fetuses at all stages of gestation.

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Deep learning differentiates small renal masses on multiphase CT

According to an ahead-of-print article in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), a deep learning method with a convolutional neural network can support the evaluation of small (? 4 cm) solid renal masses in dynamic CT images — especially in the corticomedullary image model — with acceptable diagnostic performance.

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NASA's latest astronaut graduates almost half women

NASA on Friday honored its latest class of graduating astronauts in a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America's return to the Moon and eventual journey to Mars.

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These Two Stars Might Merge in an Explosion Visible From Earth This Century

The pair of stars known as V Sagittae is on a spiraling collision course whose explosive end we'll see by the end of the century, astronomers think.

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3 ways quantum computing can help us fight climate change

Part of what makes fighting climate change so hard is that solutions take years or even decades to develop. Meanwhile, the amount of CO2 already in the atmosphere means that climate change has momentum on its side, and its effects are already being felt. However, quantum computing would represent a breakthrough that could cut down on the time needed to research and develop solutions exponentially

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NASA satellite sees Blake's remnants bringing desert rain to Western Australia

NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the remnant clouds and storms associated with Ex-tropical Cyclone Blake as it continues to move through Western Australia and generate rainfall over desert areas. Blake's rainfall has triggered four area flood warnings in some parts of southeastern Western Australia. The remnants have dropped over 10 inches of rain in the Sandy Desert.

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Laser physics: At the pulse of a light wave

Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) have developed a novel type of detector that enables the oscillation profile of light waves to be precisely determined.

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Scientists find oldest-known fossilized digestive tract at 550 million years old

A 550 million-year-old fossilized digestive tract found in the Nevada desert could be a key find in understanding the early history of animals on Earth.

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Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future

Salvage logging and re-seeding a forest after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster, according to a new paper from a Washington State University researcher.

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Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya

Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

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Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya

Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

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These High Tech Work Shoes Look Like Sneakers But Protect Like Boots

Americans spend an estimated $20 billion on sneakers annually. Clearly, the light, comfortable, stylish footwear is extremely popular. But as popular as they may be, sneakers don't offer much in the way of protection for your feet, which means they make less than ideal work shoes for anyone doing intense physical labor or handling heavy objects. However, thanks to the durable, high-tech design of

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The Early Internet, Explained by One Weird Celine Dion Fan Site

Yury Toroptsov remembers the moment he fell in love with Celine Dion. In 1997, he had a layover in South Korea. Flipping through the channels on his hotel-room TV, halfway through getting dressed to go out, he caught a glimpse of the 1996 music video for "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"—six minutes long, starring Dion in a floor-length, long-sleeved, white-lace nightgown, following her through a

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Physics predicts how spaghetti curls as it's boiled

Nature, Published online: 10 January 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00029-0 But the scientific literature remains silent on lasagna.

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Mystery virus found in Wuhan resembles bat viruses but not SARS, Chinese scientist says

So far, the novel coronavirus has been found in 15 patients; no new cases reported since 5 January

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SpaceX Is Going to Blow up a Falcon 9 Rocket Just After Launch

SpaceX Sacrifice Before Crew Dragon can ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, SpaceX needs to prove that its spacecraft will keep those astronauts safe in the event of a catastrophic rocket failure. Next Saturday, January 18, SpaceX hopes to do just that — by deliberately blowing up one of its Falcon 9 rockets soon after launch. Ready for Launch SpaceX's In-Flight Abort Test w

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New cellular player involved in obesity discover

The group also found that in experimental disease models that mimic the development of human obesity, loss of iRhom2 results in less fat accumulation in the body. In addition, adipose tissues are protected from inflammation and from the development of insulin resistance, two known hallmarks of metabolic disease. The discovery, besides improving the understanding of the cellular mechanisms associat

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'There's something here': teen discovers new planet while interning at Nasa

Wolf Cukier, 17, discovered a planet 6.9 times larger than Earth and only the 13th of its kind A teenage intern on his third day helping out at a Nasa program to find worlds beyond our solar system has discovered a previously unknown planet with two stars 1,300 light years from Earth away in the constellation Pictor, the agency has announced . Wolf Cukier, 17, from Scarsdale, New York, made the d

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Five simple fixes to keep your clothing around longer

Repairing clothing might seem intimidating, but once you learn the right tricks, it's not so bad. (AllaSerebrina via Depositphotos/) Somewhere in your home there is a pile of clothing that you keep telling yourself you'll repair or alter when you finally have a free afternoon. Occasionally, you might move this pile from one place to another, maybe even unfolding the garments, looking at them, and

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Healthcare Company Repossesses Veteran's Prosthetic Legs

After the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs refused to pay for Army veteran Jerry Holliman's prosthetic legs , the company that provided the legs came back to repossess them. Holliman, who was exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, had his legs amputated after complications from diabetes and multiple battles against cancer, according to the Clarion Ledger . But the VA wouldn't pay for

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Bored with Sunday Service? Maybe Nudist Church Is Your Thing

Or even mass from the comfort of your driver's seat. No matter your lifestyle, there's a way for you to convene with God in America.

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Ny test kan revolutionere kræftbehandling – hvis der er hold i økonomien

At lade hospitalerne indføre en ny blodprøvetest, der tidligt kan spore kræft-tilbagefald, kan enten slå bunden ud af hospitalernes økonomi eller medføre besparelser. Professor i sundhedsøkonomi Jes Søgaard skal forsøge at finde svaret.

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Transformative 3D printing approach established from insight into developmental biology

Engineers need to get more creative in their approach to design and additive manufacturing (AM) systems, by taking inspiration from the way humans grow and develop, say researchers.

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Water governance: Could less sometimes be more?

Does the never-ending introduction of new regulations of environmental resources have a positive effect? Researchers analyzed water governance regulations in six European countries from 1750 to 2006 and show that rules designed to improve resource management come into conflict in the long run, creating an equal number of positive and negative effects until the system falls apart. At this point, th

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Mars: Water could disappear faster than expected

The small red planet is losing water more quickly than what theory as well as past observations would suggest. An international research team has just revealed that water vapor is accumulating in large quantities and unexpected proportions at an altitude of over 80 km in the Martian atmosphere. The capacity of water to escape would greatly increase during certain seasons.

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Massachusetts General Hospital performs first-of-its-kind heart transplant in New England

Mass General Hospital recently performed the largest number of adult heart transplants in the country using what are known as Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) donor hearts.

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NASA satellite sees Blake's remnants bringing desert rain to Western Australia

NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the remnant clouds and storms associated with Ex-tropical Cyclone Blake as it continues to move through Western Australia and generate rainfall over desert areas. Blake's rainfall has triggered four area flood warnings in some parts of southeastern Western Australia. The remnants have dropped over 10 inches of rain in the Sandy Desert.

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Samsung Dives Into the Uncanny Valley With Neon 'Artificial Humans'

LAS VEGAS – There have been a lot of debates over how humanoid robots should be designed, and at what point their resemblance to humans becomes a problem. Samsung's NEON subsidiary (part of the company's STAR Labs) has taken a deep dive into the same territory by launching a family of 2-D "artificial humans." The company has made some amazingly bold and possibly scary claims about its plans for t

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Artificial Intelligence Makes Bad Medicine Even Worse

A new study out from Google seems to show the promise of AI-assisted healthcare. Actually, it shows the threat.

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Transformative 3D printing approach established from insight into developmental biology

Engineers need to get more creative in their approach to design and additive manufacturing (AM) systems, by taking inspiration from the way humans grow and develop, say researchers.

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Scientists find oldest-known fossilized digestive tract — 550 million years

An analysis of tubular fossils provides evidence of a 550-million-year-old digestive tract — one of the oldest known examples of fossilized internal anatomical structures — and reveals what scientists believe is a possible answer to the question of how these animals are connected.

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Molecular characteristics of leptomeningeal melanoma metastases

Very little information is known about the molecular development of leptomeningeal melanoma metastases (LMM), making it difficult to develop effective therapies. Researchers sought to change this by performing an extensive analysis of the molecular characteristics of the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with LMM.

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Taking one for the team: How bacteria self-destruct to fight viral infections

Researchers have discovered how a new immune system works to protect bacteria from phages, viruses that infect bacteria — new information that could be leveraged to improve treatment of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections by refining phage therapy.

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Plant physiology: One size may not suit all

A new study demonstrates that there are no simple or universal solutions to the problem of engineering plants to enable them to cope with the challenges posed by climate change.

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New open-source software judges accuracy of computer predictions of cancer genetics

Researchers have created new open-source software which determines the accuracy of computer predictions of genetic variation within tumor samples.

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Scientists Find Source of Bizarre Worldwide Humming Noise

Humbug A mysterious seismic humming detected across the entire globe had scientists scratching their head since it was first discovered in November 2018 . But now a team of German researchers claim to have found the source, The Washington Post reports : a gigantic underwater volcano forming off the coast of Madagascar. Simone Cesca, German seismologist and lead author of the paper published this

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Indonesian health minister under fire for pushing his own controversial stroke treatment

"Brain flushing" with blood thinner has no proven benefit and could do harm, critics say

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Researchers develop new protocol to generate intestinal organoids in vitro

Boston researchers have developed a new way to generate groups of intestinal cells that can be used, among others, to make disease models in the lab to test treatments for diseases affecting the gastrointestinal system. Using human induced pluripotent stem cells, this novel approach combined a variety of techniques that enabled the development of three-dimensional groups of intestinal cells called

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Laserphysics: At the pulse of a light wave

Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) have developed a novel type of detector that enables the oscillation profile of light waves to be precisely determined.

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20 Tech Metatrends to Look out for in the 2020s

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Teenagers' health is linked to how they view their families

Nature, Published online: 10 January 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00042-3 Socioeconomic factors are less important than an adolescent's assessment of their family's place in society.

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Mayo Clinic discovers a molecular switch for repairing central nervous system disorders

A molecular switch has the ability to turn on a substance in animals that repairs neurological damage in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Mayo Clinic researchers discovered. The early research in animal models could advance an already approved Food and Drug Administration therapy and also could lead to new strategies for treating diseases of the central nervous system.

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Taking one for the team: How bacteria self-destruct to fight viral infections

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers have discovered how a new immune system works to protect bacteria from phages, viruses that infect bacteria — new information that could be leveraged to improve treatment of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections by refining phage therapy.

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Medicaid expansion associated with fewer opioid overdose deaths across the US

The expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income adults permitted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with a 6% reduction in total opioid overdose deaths nationally, according to new research from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and University of California, Davis.

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Hummingbirds' rainbow colors come from pancake-shaped structures in their feathers

Hummingbirds are some of the most brightly-colored things in the entire world. Their iridescent feathers reflect light in a way that other birds can't match, and scientists weren't sure what made hummingbirds special. But a new study in Evolution shows that while hummingbird feathers have the same basic makeup as other birds', the special shape of their pigment-containing structures enables them t

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Militærekspert: Intet militærfly flyver sådan, med mindre de beder om at blive skudt ned

PLUS. Dårlig uddannelse og manglende evne til at tænke kritisk må være eneste forklaring, hvis et missilsystem bliver fejlbetjent, vurderer dansk ekspert.

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Mexico City gold was Aztec loot Spanish abandoned as they fled in 1520, tests show

Analysis of gold bar published a few months before 500th anniversary of battle that forced Cortés to beat a temporary retreat A new scientific analysis of a large gold bar found decades ago in downtown Mexico City has confirmed it was part of the plunder Spanish conquistadors abandoned as they beat a temporary retreat from the Aztec capital. Related: After 500 years, Cortés still looms large on b

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Hummingbirds get their wild coloring from 'air-filled pancakes' in their feathers

Hummingbirds aren't the only birds that are iridescent, but they are by far the best at it. Hummingbirds are oddballs in the bird world. They're the tiniest birds around, have to hoover-up half their body weight in bugs and nectar daily to survive, can fly backwards, and they're basically tiny flying jewels. Hummingbirds boast some of the most dazzling colors in the animal kingdom. "Something tha

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How Night Nannies Fit Into Affluent Urban Family Life

Three Lions / Getty When Sandra Barsoum gave birth to her son, almost three years ago, she was worried. "The fear of the unknown as a first-time mom is really scary," she said. "You hear a human you created screaming." She was 39 years old when she became pregnant, having wanted to focus on her career in her 20s and 30s. Once her child was on the way, she quit her job as a city manager of West Ho

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What happens to deferred intentions in the brain?

Placing a checkmark on the to-do list is an extremely liberating feeling for many eager list lovers, especially when the task has been postponed for a long time. But what happens in our brain when we have completed a postponed task? Will it be deactivated? If so, how? A team of scientists from the Collaborative Research Centre 940 'Volition and Cognitive Control' at TU Dresden, together with two l

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Losing tongue fat improves sleep apnea

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients, researchers found that reducing tongue fat is a primary factor in lessening the severity of OSA.

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New function for potential tumor suppressor in brain development

New research has now uncovered a novel, opposite role for Cdkn1c. When Cdkn1c is removed only in certain cells of the brain, these cells die, arguing for a new growth promoting role of Cdkn1c.

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Effective, professional-grade oven mitts to keep you safe in the kitchen

Keep your fingers toasty, not burnt. ( Taylor Grote via Unsplash/) Picture this: you've just finished making a pot roast in your extremely hot dutch oven, but realized that your last pair of oven mitts are missing, worn through, or too decorative to protect your hands. So you wrap dish towels around the handle and spill it all in a primal instinct to prevent burned fingers. There's a simple solut

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Hummingbirds' rainbow colors come from pancake-shaped structures in their feathers

Hummingbirds are some of the most brightly-colored things in the entire world. Their feathers are iridescent— light bounces off them like a soap bubble, resulting in shimmering hues that shift as you look at them from different angles. While other birds like ducks can have bright feathers, nothing seems to come close to hummingbirds, and scientists weren't sure why. But a new study in Evolution sh

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