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Head of NASA Suggests That UFOs Could Be Alien Technology
During an appearance this week at the University of Virginia, NASA boss Bill Nelson made some eyebrow-raising remarks about a possible connection between military sightings of unidentified flying objects and the search for alien life. "I've talked to those pilots and they know they saw something, and their radars locked on to it," Nelson told the crowd at the university, which is where he got his
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The Evangelical Church Is Breaking Apart
T he election of the elders of an evangelical church is usually an uncontroversial, even unifying event. But this summer, at an influential megachurch in Northern Virginia, something went badly wrong. A trio of elders didn't receive 75 percent of the vote, the threshold necessary to be installed. "A small group of people, inside and outside this church, coordinated a divisive effort to use disinf
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Space Tourism Company Cancels Launch Because It Couldn't Find any Passengers
Chilling Effect In what could be a serious reality check for the buzz-filled space tourism industry, its most established player says it had to cancel its upcoming launch with SpaceX because it couldn't find any viable — and sufficiently wealthy — passengers for the journey. "The mission was marketed to a large number of our prospective customers, but ultimately the mix of price, timing and exper
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Astronomers discover infant planet
One of the youngest planets ever found around a distant infant star has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty, students, and alumni.
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The Real Scandal About Ivermectin
Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug, and a very good one. If you are infected with the roundworms that cause river blindness or the parasitic mites that cause scabies, it is wonderfully effective . It is cheap; it is accessible; and its discoverers won the Nobel Prize in 2015. It has also been widely promoted as a coronavirus prophylactic and treatment. This promotion has been broadly criticized
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Listen to the otherworldly sound of Martian wind
Two microphones aboard the Perseverance Rover make it possible to listen in on the Red Planet. They've captured nearly five hours of sounds, including the Martian wind. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)
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Where Did 7 Million Workers Go?
The U.S. economy right now is a little bit like Dune . Not Frank Herbert's magisterial sci-fi epic novel, or Denis Villeneuve's new and reportedly sumptuous film adaptation . I mean David Lynch's infamously bewildering 1984 movie version, which is remembered mostly for being a semi-glorious mess. Like that space oddity, today's economy is too strange to neatly categorize as "clearly great" or "ob
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Mummy's older than we thought: new find could rewrite history
Discovery of nobleman Khuwy shows that Egyptians were using advanced embalming methods 1,000 years before assumed date The ancient Egyptians were carrying out sophisticated mummifications of their dead 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new evidence which could lead to a rewriting of the history books. The preserved body of a high-ranking nobleman called Khuwy, discovered i
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Leos are most likely to get vaccinated, say Utah officials. Is it written in the stars?
Health authorities compared vaccination rates with Zodiac signs, but the results may require further investigation Exciting news for people who believe in science enough to want mass vaccination, but not enough to think horoscopes are made up: Utah's Salt Lake county health department says there's a big difference in vaccination rates depending on your Zodiac sign. At least, that's what officials
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Scientists Say They've Created a "Strange" New State of Matter
Altered States Scientists at the University of Chicago say that they've successfully created a "strange" new state of matter in the laboratory called "superionic ice" — and that the stuff might already exist inside planets in our solar system. "It was a surprise — everyone thought this phase wouldn't appear until you are at much higher pressures than where we first find it," co-author and Univers
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How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall
There was a time, at the start of the 20th century, when the field of public health was stronger and more ambitious. A mixed group of physicians, scientists, industrialists, and social activists all saw themselves "as part of this giant social-reform effort that was going to transform the health of the nation," David Rosner, a public-health historian at Columbia University, told me. They were uni
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College Admissions Are Still Unfair
This week Amherst College announced that it was ending the use of legacy preferences in its admissions process. Its president, Biddy Martin, acknowledged that providing an advantage to applicants who are the children of alumni "inadvertently limits educational opportunity." When incredibly wealthy, highly selective colleges such as Amherst (endowment: $3.7 billion ; admission rate: 8 percent ) ma
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An invisible threat has pushed us to our limits. Small wonder our brains are overwrought | Emma Kavanagh
Don't beat yourself up if Covid times get to you. We need release from all the stress For me, it was a shoe. One missing shoe. Honestly, it wasn't even a great shoe, just one that I wear to walk the dog. But it was gone. Apparently to the same place all the solitary socks have gone, up there in footwear heaven. And, really, after the two years that we'd had, one would be forgiven for expecting me
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Shipping Containers of "Spontaneous Combustibles" Fall Overboard
Flotsam A container ship encountered rough seas in Canadian waters on Friday, causing about 40 shipping containers to fall overboard — and several, authorities are warning, contain "spontaneous combustibles" that could ignite or explode when exposed to air or water. The US and Canadian Coast Guards say they're both working to find the hazardous containers, which fell off a cargo vessel called the
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I knew that was going to happen… The truth about premonitions
Uncanny and creepy, premonitions that turn out to be authentic can feel profound. But is there science to explain them? Around seven years ago, Garrett, was in a local Pizza Hut with his friends, having a day so ordinary that it is cumbersome to describe. He was 16 – or thereabouts – and had been told by teachers to go around nearby businesses and ask for gift vouchers that the school could use a
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Covid testing failures at UK lab 'should have been flagged within days'
Senior scientists say problems at Immensa site show private firms should not be carrying out PCR tests Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Health officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say. About 43,000 people, mostl
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Palestine Isn't Ferguson
I n the imagination of the Christian West, Jews have been forced to fill every role. For 2,000 years, they have been seen as the ultimate shape-shifters: craven, feeble, abject, weak, and humiliated, but also powerful, conspiratorial, and demonic. They are the prime, indeed fatal, danger to the societies in which they live: arch-capitalists and arch-revolutionaries. Jews are a symbol, a metaphor,
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What the Trump Books Teach Us
William Blake once proposed that John Milton was "of the Devil's party without knowing it" because he evoked Satan in Paradise Lost with such gusto. By contrast, Blake observed, Milton seemed inhibited when he wrote of plodding, sanctimonious old God. Have Donald Trump's recent chroniclers, most of whom quote the former president liberally and with relish, turned to the devil's party? Loathsome c
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Mystery of the environmental triggers for cancer deepens
Study shows that our knowledge of why tumours form is still inadequate Scientists will have to rethink how environmental triggers allow tumours to form and develop, one of Britain's leading cancer experts warned last week. Michael Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said recent results from an international cancer research study – which aimed to pinpoint environmental triggers in
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Only 8% of schools in England have received air monitors promised by government
Survey shows minister is falling short in pledge to send out 300,000 devices Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than nine in 10 schools are still waiting for airflow monitors, which can reduce the spread of Covid-19, despite the education secretary promising that a third of the units would be delivered by the end of this month. Just 8% of schools have received thei
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Coronavirus live: UK travel rules relaxed as arrivals can now use cheaper lateral flow tests
Latest updates: from today fully vaccinated travellers do not have to use more expensive PCR test on arrival UK government paving way to bring in 'plan B' Covid rules Darker skies and colder weather are perfect conditions for Covid to thrive Only 8% of English schools receive promised air monitors Russia sees record deaths as country prepares for new curbs See all our coronavirus coverage Which p
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Lista: De okända klimathjältarna – och bovarna
Att livsstilen med bilåkande, prylkonsumtion, flygresor och biffätande orsakar koldioxidutsläpp som rubbar klimatet har de flesta säkert hört talas om. Men det finns utsläppsskurkar som många inte känner till. Liksom hjältar i alla storlekar som i det tysta fångar upp koldioxid och bromsar den globala uppvärmingen.
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Whistleblowing requires courage, but don't expect Facebook to change its ways | John Naughton
Frances Haugen's 'testimony tour' of revelations about the tech company makes good copy, but will its executives listen? If you wanted a paragon of astute, thoroughly modern whistleblowing, then Frances Haugen is your woman. She is the former Facebook employee who revealed that the company knew about the harm that some of its products, especially Instagram, were causing but did little or nothing
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Nasa announces uncrewed flights around the Moon to begin in February 2022
The Orion capsule will be launched on the Space Launch System, paving the way for the resumption of people to walk on Earth's satellite again Nasa has announced plans to launch an uncrewed flight around the Moon in February 2022, paving the way for astronauts to once again set foot on Earth's satellite. The US space agency said on Friday that it was in the final phase of testing to send its Orion
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The Unfunny Transformation of Joe Biden
President Joe Biden's long career can be measured in decades, in legislative achievements, and in Saturday Night Live impersonations: Seven different actors have played him over the years. His first send-up on the show happened in 1991, when Kevin Nealon portrayed him as a straight-faced inquisitor of Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas during the the judge's Suprem
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Poem in Autumn
Illustrations by Miki Lowe May Sarton was a novelist and an avid keeper of journals, but she considered herself a poet above all else . Novels and journals, she said in 1983 , are concerned with growth over time, but "the poem is an essence … it captures perhaps a moment of violent change but it captures a moment." In "," she seizes just that: fall's fleeting turning point between a memory of war
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Machine learning predicts antibiotic resistance spread
Genes aren't only inherited through birth. Bacteria have the ability to pass genes to each other, or pick them up from their environment, through a process called horizonal gene transfer, which is a major culprit in the spread of antibiotic resistance.
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The Atlantic Daily: January 6 Isn't Going Away
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. Getty; The Atlantic Certain moments in history leave long shadows. The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is sure to be one of them, even though the fallout is far from settled. Not even a year
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Twitter's Internal Research Confirms Its Algorithm Favors Right-Wing Voices
In the last 15 years, Twitter has gone from an SMS-based messaging platform to a social network with hundreds of millions of users. In recent years, conservative politicians and activists have railed against "cancel culture," claiming Twitter and other social media outlets are biased against them—hence, the existence of right-wing alternatives like Gab, Parler, and Trump's new Truth Social. Howev
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The Most Poetic Marvel Film Yet
The 10 members of the Eternals are the most powerful protagonists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. They are neither humans nor gods, but immortal attendants of humanity. And during the 7,000 years they've spent living on Earth, they haven't interfered with civilization's affairs unless Arishem—a colossal cosmic entity who manipulates seemingly all energy in the universe—told them to. (So,
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Create Your Perfect Audio Experience With These Earbud Deals
The AirPods are undeniably great earbuds, but if you want to up your audio game, you don't need to turn to Apple to do it. Check out these top-notch ways to listen to your music and podcasts on the go. HyperSonic Lite True Wireless Earphones Pictured above, these are optimized for streaming services and your phone calls, with a multi-beam microphone and an Immersive Sound Engine. Get the HyperSon
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Disruptions to schooling fall hardest on vulnerable students
Even as schools have returned in full swing across the country, complications wrought by the pandemic persist, often falling hardest on those least able to weather them: families without transportation, people with limited income or other financial hardship, people who don't speak English, children with special needs.
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Zapping untreated water gets rid of more waterborne viruses
Using sophisticated microscopy and computational analysis, researchers have now validated the merit of a water purification technology that uses electricity to remove and inactivate an assortment of waterborne viruses. They said the yet-to-be-implemented water purification strategy could add another level of safety against pathogens that cause gastrointestinal ailments and other infections in huma
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Large-scale census of coral heat tolerance
Florida's critically endangered staghorn corals were surveyed to discover which ones can better withstand future heatwaves in the ocean. Insights from the study help organizations working to restore climate-resilient reefs in Florida and provide a blueprint for the success of restoration projects globally.
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