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Social psychology sheds light on Trump's appealThe surprising election of Donald Trump prompted a widespread desire to understand the factors at play in his unexpected victory, with various analyses attributing his win to strong support among economically deprived voters.
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FBI trænger atter ind bag Tors anonymitet: Sextorter afsløres med inficeret video Endnu en gang beviser politimyndigheden, at anonymiteten på Tor-netværket ikke er absolut. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/fbi-traenger-endnu-gang-ind-bag-tors-sikkerhed-sextorter-afsloeres-med-inficeret-video Version2
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Science | The Guardian

The BBC needs to accept that Nigel Lawson doesn’t exist Climate change is serious: the BBC needs to stop this obsession with ‘balance’ and reject the scientifically-discredited argument that Nigel Lawson exists The BBC has recently come under fire for a Radio 4 programme which featured Nigel Lawson criticising the concept of climate change . This has drawn the ire of many scientists , and rightly so. The science on this matter is settled, there is no
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Dagens Medicin

Finansminister må opgive at sætte pris på en afskaffelse af produktivitetskravFinansministeren oplyser i et svar til Sundheds- og Ældreudvalget, at det er svært at sætte pris på en afskaffelse af produktivitetskravet i sundhedssektoren.
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Ingeniøren

Analyse: Regeringens energimål svigter elektrificeringenEn analyse fra Vindmølleindustrien viser, at regeringens mål om 50 procent grøn energi i 2030 vil føre til stor biomasseudbygning, men meget lidt sol, vind og varmepumper.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Decision systems that respect privacy, fairnessIncreasingly, decisions and actions affecting people's lives are determined by automated systems processing personal data. Excitement about these systems has been accompanied by serious concerns about their opacity and threats they pose to privacy, fairness, and other values. Examples abound in real-world systems: Target's use of predicted pregnancy status for marketing; Google's use of health-rel
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Tracing the links between basic research and real-world applicationsWhat does hailing a ride with Uber have to do with 19th-century geometry and Einstein's theory of relativity? Quite a bit, it turns out.
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Viden

Internettet gør dig overdrevet bekymret for dit helbredDet mener flere eksperter. For din hverdag er fuld af helbredshistorier, og det kan gøre dig unødvendigt bekymret.
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Philippines to cull 400,000 fouls after bird flu outbreakThe Philippines will cull at least 400,000 birds after confirming its first bird flu outbreak, but says no animal-to-human transmission has been reported.
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No longer king of the jungle: New fund to aid Africa's lionsSenegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to fewer than 50 lions after years of poaching decimated not only them but also their prey. Small patches of lion skin are sold at local fetish markets for $10, and their bones have a thriving market in Asia.
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China probes social media platforms for 'obscenity'China has launched probes into three of its largest social networking platforms over the suspected dissemination of violence and obscenity—the latest move aimed at sanitising the country's increasingly closed-off internet.
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Ingeniøren

Energibranchen: Skatteministeriets afgiftsrapport alt for teoretiskBrancheforeningerne Dansk Energi og Dansk Fjernvarme kalder afgiftsanalysen en akademisk øvelse, som kan være svær at bruge i praksis.
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Nyheder - Forskning - Videnskab

Planeternes fødselshistorie skrives omPræcis hvornår og hvor lang tid tager det at danne en ny klippeplanet som Jorden? Det har...
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Dagens Medicin

DSAM fraråder læger at ordinere cannabis Grundlaget for at indføre en forsøgsordningen med medicinsk cannabis er alt for spinkelt, mener de praktiserende lægers videnskabelige selskab, der også frygter, at ordningen vil føre til øget arbejdspres i almen.
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Ingeniøren

Nautilus er sunketOpdateret: Forsvaret bekræfter, at Peter Madsens ubåd er sunket.
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Viden

Grafik: Sunket amatør-ubåd kan dykke i ti timerUbåden UC3 Nautilus blev søsat i 2008 og er for nylig blevet totalrenoveret. Her får du et overblik over, hvordan den virker.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygenScientists at the Universities of Oslo and Liverpool have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish's remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.
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The Atlantic

How Mental-Health Training for Police Can Save Lives—and Taxpayer Dollars Every day seems to bring a new tragic story of a person with serious mental illness killed by police. In Seattle, for example, there were recently back-to-back deaths: a 30-year-old pregnant woman shot in front of her children, and a 20-year-old man killed right before his high-school graduation during what appeared to be his first psychotic episode, with a pen in his hand police mistook for a kn
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Dagens Medicin

Udbud af HPV-vaccine har kun en mulig vinderDet igangværende udbud på HPV-vaccine til det danske børnevaccinationsprogram er udformet, så kun én vaccine kan vinde udbuddet.
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Scientists reveal how goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygenScientists at the Universities of Oslo and Liverpool have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish's remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.
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The Atlantic

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis? On August 5, Philip Zelikow delivered the following keynote address at the annual meeting of the Aspen Strategy Group, a discussion forum for experts and government practitioners. Zelikow, who is currently the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia, has served at all levels of American government, and for administrations of both parties—including roles at the Whit
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The Atlantic

Emmanuel Macron: Monsieur Unpopular Emmanuel Macron has said that he wants to govern like the Roman god Jupiter, staying above the fray of everyday government issues. But less than three months into the French president’s time in office, his poll numbers are proving just how mortal he is. U.K.-based pollster YouGov reported a seven-point drop in the young leader’s approval rating, which fell from 43 to 36 percent over the month of
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Ingeniøren

Nemmere betjening af robotcelle sender programmøren ud på bænkenKompleksiteten og den tunge programmering skal hives ud af robotløsningerne til de mindre virksomheder, lyder det fra sønderjysk robotcelleproducent, som har udviklet et meget mere simpelt brugerinterface.
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Ingeniøren

Nautilus fundet i Køge BugtForsvaret har indstillet den omfattende eftersøgning af ubåden, der siden i nat har været forsvundet med to personer om bord. Ubåden sejlede rundt i Køge Bugt.
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Science : NPR

Nearly 1 In 5 Hospice Patients Discharged While Still Alive The hospices that discharge the most patients before their death also make the most money, a recent study shows. (Image credit: Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images)
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Ingeniøren

Forsvundet ubåd sejler uden AIS-sender om bordPeter Madsens ubåd, Nautilus, der i øjeblikket er forvundet, har modsat militære ubåde ikke en tændt AIS-transponder om bord.
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Viden

Hver femte dansker er meget bekymret for eget helbredDet viser en ny undersøgelse. For meget fokus på helbred kan føre til angst og bekymring, siger psykologiprofessor.
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Dagens Medicin

Anja Mitchell får job på Bornholm 1. oktober skal Foreningen af Speciallægers formand være ledende overlæge på anæstesiologisk afdeling på Bornholms Hospital.
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Science | The Guardian

The bone collector: eccentric archaeological treasury to be digitised The bone reports, body parts and even jokey postcards collected by founding figure of palaeopathology Calvin Wells will be available online for the first time An archaeological treasury – the voluminous collection of papers, slides, research notes, recordings, jokey postcards, and miscellaneous bits of long-dead human beings collected by the late Calvin Wells – is to be digitised to make it avail
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Ingeniøren

Ugens it-job: Vil du beskytte Danmarks mest følsomme data? Virksomheder som Skat, 3Shape, Sapiens og Domea.dk jagter it-professionelle. Find dit drømmejob i dag. https://karriere.jobfinder.dk/da/artikel/ugens-it-job-vil-du-beskytte-danmarks-mest-foelsomme-data-eller-revolutionere-tandlaegefaget Emner Arbejdsmarked Jobfinder
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Ingeniøren

Eftersøgningen af Nautilus intensiveres: Private opfordres til at assistere med sonarPrivate opfordres nu af Forsvaret til at hjælpe med eftersøgningen af Peter Madsen og den journalist, som blev meldt savnet i nat.
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Dagens Medicin

Nyt ledelsesteam i Anæstesiologisk Afdeling i Horsens Hospitalsenheden Horsens har 1. august fået ny ledelse på Anæstesiologisk Afdeling.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirthIt has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Newspaper woes send Murdoch's News Corp into redUS media group News Corp on Thursday reported a loss in the past quarter, hit by declines in advertising and writedowns at its global newspapers.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Chile eyes quake fault that could strike capitalEarthquake-prone Chile may be one of the countries best prepared for seismic shocks, but officials are nervously watching a major fault line that could shift any time, threatening the capital.
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Online matchmaker aims to save Dutch farms with no heirsStanding in his rubber boots in his fields surrounded by his beloved Red Holstein cows, Dutch farmer Gerard Hartveld has an air of resignation as he contemplates the future.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

All that glitters: Ghana battles illegal miningGhana has long been known for its bountiful gold reserves and was called "the Gold Coast" during its colonial era.
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Strong, but deep, earthquake shakes northern PhilippinesA strong but deep earthquake struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon and was felt in Manila.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender disputeGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination on Thursday after employee questions for management began to leak online from the company's internal messaging service.
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Science | The Guardian

'I've got some Viking': surprising results of DNA test on English village Bledington None of the inhabitants of Bledington in the Cotswolds are 100% Anglo-Saxon, with ancestors coming from all over the world The residents of the Cotswold village of Bledington were entitled to see themselves as the quintessential English villagers, blessed with a village green, stream, medieval church, Kings Head pub, mention in the Domesday Book, even a Victorian maypole. However, a DNA survey, o
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Ingeniøren

Derfor blev domstolenes it-revolution dobbelt så dyr og seks år forsinket Hele processen har været udsat for massiv kritik i flere omgange. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/derfor-blev-domstolenes-it-revolution-dobbelt-saa-dyr-seks-aar-forsinket-1078960 Version2
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Ingeniøren

Stor eftersøgning i København: Ubåden Nautilus meldt savnetHelikoptere og skibe eftersøger lige nu Peter Madsens ubåd, der ikke vendte hjem i aftes.
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Ingeniøren

Leder: Esben Lunde-udbud sætter forskningens tro­værdighed på spil
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Science | The Guardian

Who's the brightest spark out there? It has to be the glow-worm Havant Thicket, Hampshire The beetle’s astonishingly efficient process means 98% of the energy linked to the chemical reaction is emitted as light It was just before 10pm when I spotted the first vivid green spark in the understorey – a female common glow-worm . She had climbed a tall blade of grass and was advertising her availability to males on the wing, curling her abdomen to show off the bio
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Study finds stark increase in opioid-related admissions, deaths in nation's ICUsIn one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of opioid abuse on intensive care units on United States' hospitals, a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's (BIDMC) Center for Healthcare Delivery Science revealed that opioid-related demand for acute care services has outstripped the available supply.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Opioid crisis impacts ICUs with more admissions, deathsThe opioid crisis in the United States is resulting in increased admissions to hospital intensive care units and in increased numbers of ICU deaths from opioid overdoses, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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The Atlantic

Radio Atlantic: Kurt Andersen on How America Lost Its Mind When did the reality-based community start losing to reality show celebrity? Why are "alternative facts" and fake news suddenly ubiquitous features of the landscape? The spread of American magical thinking isn't, in fact, sudden, argues Kurt Andersen in the September 2017 Atlantic . It was rooted in the very origins of the nation, and started to blossom in the '60s. Andersen explores how these fo
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New on MIT Technology Review

Can WeChat Thrive in the United States?Though the messaging app dominates in China, few Americans have even heard of it.
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Gizmodo

Deadspin Why Your Team Sucks 2017: New Orleans Saints | Splinter Forget Bernie Bros: Meet the Young Deadspin Why Your Team Sucks 2017: New Orleans Saints | Splinter Forget Bernie Bros: Meet the Young People of Color Leading the Country’s Socialist Revolution | The Slot Poll: Half of Republicans Want a Dictator, Basically | Very Smart Brothas The 20 Whitest Things White People Say to Black People, Ranked |
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HR-specialist: Sådan øger du dine jobchancer Det er afgørende at skabe gode relationer til rekrutteringsansvarlige, hvis man er jobsøgende. Jobfinder leverer fire råd til at dupere HR- og rekrutteringsmedarbejdere. https://karriere.jobfinder.dk/da/artikel/jagtsaeson-saadan-imponerer-du-haeren-hr-folk-9425 Emner Arbejdsmarked Jobfinder
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Til kamp mod elektronikskrot: En reparationsrevolte er på vejDu skal selv kunne reparere og opgradere produkter, du ejer, uden at miste garantien. Det mener både USA’s copyrightkontor og Europa- Parlamentet, der kræver mere åben software og længere levetid for produkter.
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Live Science

Suicide: Statistics, Warning Signs and PreventionEvery year, tens of thousands of Americans die from suicide. It is the third leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, amounting to about 4,600 deaths a year.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Mental health programs in schools: Growing body of evidence supports effectivenessSchool-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review/
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AI, crowdsourcing combine to close 'analogy gap'Researchers have devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

New guidelines aim treat brain tumors more effectivelyNew European guidelines aim to treat brain tumors more effectively.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Checkpoint inhibitors fire up different types of T cells to attack tumorsCancer immunotherapies that block two different checkpoints on T cells launch immune attacks on cancer by expanding distinct types of T cell that infiltrate tumors, researchers report.
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Novel stem cell-derived model created of inflammatory neurological disorderAn international team of scientists, has created a human stem cell-based model of a rare, but devastating, inherited neurological autoimmune condition called Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS). In doing so, the team was able to identify unusual and surprising underlying genetic mechanisms that drive AGS and test strategies to inhibit the condition using existing drugs.
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A metabolic pathway that feeds liver cancerA little-studied gene may explain how some liver cancer cells obtain the nutrition they need to proliferate, according to new research.
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San Salvador pupfish acquired genetic variation from island fish to eat new foodsPupfish living in salty lakes on San Salvador Island were able to diversify into multiple species with different eating habits, in part, by interbreeding with pupfish from other islands in the Caribbean.
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Political party influences lawmakers' tweets more than genderPoliticians are often expected to have expertise in certain areas, based on their gender. A researcher looked at whether US representatives' tweets support this stereotype. She found that political party plays more of a role than gender in lawmakers' Twitter habits.
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New kinds of brain cells revealedScientists analyzed methylation patterns of neurons to find new subtypes.
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Benchmark Capital Just Sued Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick For FraudVenture-capital firm claims former CEO duped board into approving expansion plant to retain control of company.
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Why Guam Is Important Enough To Be In North Korea's Crosshairs American F-15E Strike Eagles fly alongside a B-2A Spirit Stealth bomber over Andersen AFB on the island of Guam. USAF Photo Following promises of “fire and fury” from President Donald Trump if it continues its belligerence, North Korea released a statement on Wednesday threatening to launch an “enveloping strike” at the island of Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific. Here’s why Pyongyang thinks
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Facebook Watch Muscles Into Online VideoData on what videos users watch and for how long makes new offering a formidable player.
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Elon Musk's New Plan to Tunnel Under Los AngelesThe Boring Company wants to dig a 2-mile test tunnel, starting at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.
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New on MIT Technology Review

Most Americans Think Editing the Human Genome is OK
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Science | The Guardian

Close encounter: asteroid the size of a house set for near miss with Earth Space rock 2012 TC4 expected to zoom by harmlessly, coming within 27,300 miles – an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the Moon A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on 12 October, far inside the Moon’s orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers have said. The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 27,300 miles (44,000km ) – an eighth of the distance fro
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2016 Hit Records For Global Temperature And Climate Extremes An annual report, comprising data from scientists across the globe, shows it was the warmest on records that date back 137 years. It also saw the highest sea levels and lowest polar sea ice. (Image credit: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP)
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De-jargonizing program helps decode science speakScience is fascinating to many, but sentences about research full of expert-level terms and descriptions can scare away even the most passionate audiences. Now, scientists have created a free, scientist-friendly “De-Jargonizer” they hope will make science and research accessible to the public.
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Google Abruptly Cancels Town Hall About Jame's Damore's Memo"TL;DR Sorry for the late notice but we are going to cancel today’s Town Hall"
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Google cancels all-hands diversity meeting over safety concerns (credit: Geoff S. / Flickr ) According to The Wall Street Journal , Google has abruptly canceled a company-wide meeting, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, that was intended to address employee questions about the company's diversity policies. Questions submitted by employees on the company's internal network "appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named pe
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Elon Musk Wants Tesla to Build a Self-Driving, Electric Semi TruckHere's how he could make that happen.
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Mophie's Power Capsule Charges and Protects your Wireless Headphones on the Go [Updated] While truly wireless earbuds are relatively limited in terms of battery life, their accompanying wireless charging cases have, perhaps accidentally, become one of their best features. Mophie’s Power Capsule brings those powers to your not-so-truly wireless bluetooth earbuds. The Power Capsule is a compact, hardshell wireless headphone case with a built-in charging cable and 1,400mAh battery. The
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Consistent backswing crucial in helping sportspeople produce optimum resultsResearch has shown that golfers and tennis players who perfect a consistent backswing when learning the sport can achieve results quicker than those who don't.
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Futurity.org

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill got more veterans to college The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which covers educational costs for veterans beyond tuition, increased college enrollment rates among veterans by 3 percentage points, new research suggests. The increase in enrollment was much larger immediately after the bill’s adoption, however, and has waned in recent years. “The original G.I. Bill not only significantly improved the human capital in the United States
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Innovations enhance genetic analysis of individual cellsSingle cell genomics technology has given scientists the ability to individually read the genetic blueprints of cells, the most fundamental units of life.
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Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipseThree NASA-funded studies will use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a ready-made experiment, courtesy of nature, to improve our understanding of the ionosphere and its relationship to the Sun.
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Scientists use gene editing to eliminate viruses in live pigsScientists have edited the pig genome to deactivate a family of retroviruses. The results hold important implications for transplant medicine in humans.
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Aging is exacerbated by alterations of stem cell circadian rhythmTwo new studies refute the scientific dogma associating aging with the loss of stem cell circadian rhythm. The studies show that during aging, stem cells continue to show rhythmic activity but reprogram their circadian functions. The team also demonstrate that a low-calorie diet delays alterations in the rhythmic functions of stem cells and slows down ageing.
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Gizmodo

Snap CEO on Company Earnings: The Dancing Hot Dog Was Loved by All GIF Image: Snap/Gizmodo Despite sounding pretty screwed during its second-ever investor call on Thursday, Snapchat had a teeny nugget of good news to share. “Our dancing hot dog is likely the world’s very first augmented reality superstar,” said billionaire Snap CEO Evan Spiegel on a webcast with investors. The dancing dog has been seen more than 1.5 billion times inside the app, Spiegel said, wh
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Futurity.org

Fighting negative emotions can make you feel worse Embracing negative emotions can make you feel better, while pressure to be positive can actually make you feel worse, new research suggests. “…if you’re constantly judging your emotions, the negativity can pile up.” “We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health,” says study senior author Iris Ma
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Climate Change Fires Up Polar Bear TreadmillSea ice is drifting faster in the Arctic—which means polar bears need to walk farther to stay in their native range. Emily Schwing reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Why This Meteorologist Is Eager for the Total Solar EclipseBy all accounts a total solar eclipse is a life-changing event. I wouldn't know, I've never seen one. Fortunately for me and millions across the U.S., that will change this summer.
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BBC News - Science & Environment

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floodsIn different parts of Europe, rivers are flooding earlier or later because of rising temperatures, say scientists.
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Gizmodo

Google Cancels Meeting Intended to Address Anti-Diversity Memo Image: Getty Google was reportedly scheduled to hold a company-wide town hall meeting Thursday evening to address the controversy surrounding the anti-diversity manifesto that went viral within the company. That meeting has now been canceled, Recode reports , because employees feared further online harassment after their names and Dory questions were leaked on alt-right sites online. Dory is an i
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First mutant ants shed light on evolution of social behaviorScientists disrupted a gene essential for sensing pheromones, resulting in severe deficiencies in the ants' social behaviors and their ability to survive within a colony.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Mutant ants provide insights into social interactionAnts engineered to lack their 'sense of smell' became unable to communicate, navigate or forage. A new study may further the understanding of the genetics of social communication across evolution, with the potential to shape research into disorders that interfere with it.
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The Atlantic

The Atlantic Daily: Threats Leveled What We’re Following Escalating Tension: President Trump reiterated his threats against North Korea this afternoon, stating his promise of “fire and fury” may not have been “tough enough.” Earlier, North Korea had outlined a detailed plan for how it could strike Guam “to signal a crucial warning to the U.S.,” escalating the vaguer threat it made against the island territory earlier this week. In
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Gizmodo

Investor Lawsuit Seeks to Remove Travis Kalanick From Uber Entirely Photo: Getty Hot on the heels of reports that Uber-founder Travis Kalanick has been trying to sabotage the search for his replacement as CEO of the company, board member Benchmark Capital is suing him and Uber for fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. According to the suit, the investment firm wants Kalanick removed from his position on the board altogether, effectively ending
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Drug trial shows promise for deadly neurological disorderResults of a small clinical trial show promise for treating a rare neurodegenerative condition that typically kills those afflicted before they reach age 20. The disease, called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC), causes cholesterol to build up in neurons, leading to a gradual loss of brain function. In the drug trial, researchers have shown that treatment with a type of sugar molecule called cyclodextrin
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Small molecule inhibitor prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical modelResearchers have created a small molecule that prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model. The inhibitor blocks the function of a key virulence enzyme in an oral bacterium, a molecular sabotage that is akin to throwing a monkey wrench into machinery to jam the gears.
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Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old female statue at citadel gate complex in TurkeyThe remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at an archaeological site in southeast Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world. Excavations at a site near the Syrian border have unearthed a beautifully carved head and upper torso of a female figure. The remnants are largely intact, although the face and chest appear to have been intentionally -- po
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How secure are your messages?Researchers have learned that most users of popular messaging apps are leaving themselves exposed to hacking and fraud because they aren't using important security options.
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Popular Science

North Korea's miniaturized nuclear warheads were a long time coming Military It shouldn't be a surprise that the country's nuclear program is meeting its goals. All evidence points to North Korea having the nuclear capabilities it says it has. Will it take an atmospheric test to believe it? Read on.
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Live Science

Can a Solar Eclipse Really Blind You?Isaac Newton blinded himself for 3 days after looking at the sun in a mirror.
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BBC News - Science & Environment

US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on recordLong-term global warming and a strong El Niño effect combined to set a new record for the planet.
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Science : NPR

People Back Editing Genes To Treat Disease, But Are Wary Of Inheritable Changes Scientists are getting closer to being able to alter people's genes permanently. A survey found that people are more cautious about changes that could be passed on to future generations. (Image credit: Fotosearch/Getty Images)
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What Newbie Mistake Did This Survivalist Make That Wrecked Her Feet? #NakedAndAfraid | Thursdays at 9p Unable to dry her feet for days, Kaila's skin begins to show signs of trench foot. If left untreated, the condition could lead to gangrene. Full Episodes Streaming FREE: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/naked-and-afraid/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NakedandAfraid https://www.facebook.com
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Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scaleAfter using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to rule out a potential mechanism for galactic wind, astrophysicists are aiming to generate nearly a trillion-cell simulation of an entire galaxy, which would be the largest simulation of a galaxy ever.
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Gizmodo

Amazon Is Being Sued for Alleged Cruel Discrimination Against Transgender Employee Source: TLDEF According to a recently filed lawsuit, a married couple faced persistent, cruel, and grotesque abuse at an Amazon shipping facility, and human resources did nothing to help. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two former employees who allege that they faced sexual harassment and discrimination during their time at the company.
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TED Talks Daily (SD video)

You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse | David BaronOn August 21, 2017, the moon's shadow will race from Oregon to South Carolina in what some consider to be the most awe-inspiring spectacle in all of nature: a total solar eclipse. Umbraphile David Baron chases these rare events across the globe, and in this ode to the bliss of seeing the solar corona, he explains why you owe it to yourself to witness one, too.
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Let's end ageism | Ashton ApplewhiteIt's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. "Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured," she says. "It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all."
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How your brain decides what is beautiful | Anjan ChatterjeeAnjan Chatterjee uses tools from evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study one of nature's most captivating concepts: beauty. Learn more about the science behind why certain configurations of line, color and form excite us in this fascinating, deep look inside your brain.
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How AI can enhance our memory, work and social lives | Tom GruberHow smart can our machines make us? Tom Gruber, co-creator of Siri, wants to make "humanistic AI" that augments and collaborates with us instead of competing with (or replacing) us. He shares his vision for a future where AI helps us achieve superhuman performance in perception, creativity and cognitive function -- from turbocharging our design skills to helping us remember everything we've ever r
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How computers learn to recognize objects instantly | Joseph RedmonTen years ago, researchers thought that getting a computer to tell the difference between a cat and a dog would be almost impossible. Today, computer vision systems do it with greater than 99 percent accuracy. How? Joseph Redmon works on the YOLO (You Only Look Once) system, an open-source method of object detection that can identify objects in images and video -- from zebras to stop signs -- with
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The stories behind The New Yorker's iconic covers | Françoise MoulyMeet Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker's art director. For the past 24 years, she's helped decide what appears on the magazine's famous cover, from the black-on-black depiction of the Twin Towers the week after 9/11 to a recent, Russia-influenced riff on the magazine's mascot, Eustace Tilley. In this visual retrospective, Mouly considers how a simple drawing can cut through the torrent of images tha
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What six years in captivity taught me about fear and faith | Ingrid BetancourtIn 2002, the Colombian guerrilla movement known as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt in the middle of her presidential campaign. For the next six years, Betancourt was held hostage in jungle prison camps where she was ravaged by malaria, fleas, hunger and human cruelty until her rescue by the Colombian government. In this deeply personal talk, the politi
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Can art amend history? | Titus KapharArtist Titus Kaphar makes paintings and sculptures that wrestle with the struggles of the past while speaking to the diversity and advances of the present. In an unforgettable live workshop, Kaphar takes a brush full of white paint to a replica of a 17th-century Frans Hals painting, obscuring parts of the composition and bringing its hidden story into view. There's a narrative coded in art like th
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Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc RaibertThat science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver packages. Join Raibert for a live demo of SpotMini, a nimble robot that maps the space around it, handles
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Why I still have hope for coral reefs | Kristen MarhaverCorals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it's not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver. She points to the Caribbean -- given time, stable temperatures and strong protection, corals there have shown the ability to survive and recover from trauma. Marhaver reminds us why we need to keep w
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You smell with your body, not just your nose | Jennifer PluznickDo your kidneys have a sense of smell? Turns out, the same tiny scent detectors found in your nose are also found in some pretty unexpected places -- like your muscles, kidneys and even your lungs. In this quick talk (filled with weird facts), physiologist Jennifer Pluznick explains why they're there and what they do.
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How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day | Tristan HarrisA handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech inst
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A simple new blood test that can catch cancer early | Jimmy LinJimmy Lin is developing technologies to catch cancer months to years before current methods. He shares a breakthrough technique that looks for small signals of cancer's presence via a simple blood test, detecting the recurrence of some forms of the disease 100 days earlier than traditional methods. It could be a ray of hope in a fight where early detection makes all the difference.
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How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace KimLoneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and
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How I fail at being disabled | Susan RobinsonBorn with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: "disabled." In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden biases by explaining five ways she flips expectations of disability upside down.
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Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah FeldmanThe divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding Fathers to cut ties and form the country's first political parties. Join Feldman for some fascinating history of American factionalism -- and a hopef
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The human insights missing from big data | Tricia WangWhy do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus instead on "thick data" -- precious, unquantifiable insights from actual people -- to make the right business decisions and thrive in the unknown.
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Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil SethRight now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Seth for a delightfully
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Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate MarvelClimate change is real, case closed. But there's still a lot we don't understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part? There's a small hope that they could buy us some time to fix things ... or they could make global warming worse. Climate scientist Kate Marvel takes us through the science of clouds and wha
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Why our screens make us less happy | Adam AlterWhat are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tablet or computer might be making you miserable -- and what you can do about it.
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What rivers can tell us about the earth's history | Liz HajekRivers are one of nature's most powerful forces -- they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understanding how they form and how they'll change is important for those that call their banks and deltas home. In this visual-packed talk, geoscientist Liz Hajek shows us how rocks deposited by ancient rivers can be used as a time machine to study the histor
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Why journalists have an obligation to challenge power | Jorge RamosYou can kick Jorge Ramos out of your press conference (as Donald Trump infamously did in 2015), but you can never silence him. A reporter for more than 30 years, Ramos believes that a journalist's responsibility is to question and challenge those in power. In this compelling talk -- which earned him a standing ovation midway through -- Ramos explains why, in certain circumstances, he believes jour
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How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksIt's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of "me" to the polit
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Mitch Hunt Today in 5 Lines President Trump continued to publicly criticize Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the party’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. During a brief press appearance, he declined to say whether McConnell should resign, but told reporters they should ask him again down the road. Trump also doubled down on his threats to North Korea, saying that the country should
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North Korea Threatens Guam: Facts About the US TerritoryNorth Korea recently threatened the tiny U.S. territory of Guam, but what is the history of this island, and what is its strategic importance?
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Review: A True-Life Journey Into Interstellar Space in ‘The Farthest’Emer Reynolds’s dazzling film traces the history of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Like the NASA team that produced these spacecraft, it inspires awe.
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Science Says: Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipseWith the total solar eclipse right around the cosmic corner, eye doctors are going into nagging overdrive.
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A metabolic pathway that feeds liver cancerA little-studied gene may explain how some liver cancer cells obtain the nutrition they need to proliferate, according to new research from the University of Maryland. The results of this research will be published as an Editors' Pick in the Aug. 18 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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Jumping Genes Inactivated with CRISPR in PigsThe study could pave the way for transplanting porcine organs to humans without the risk of reigniting endogenous retroviruses.
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CRISPR Corrects RNA-based Disease DefectsIn human cells, researchers deploy the genome editor to snip out toxic repetitive sequences.
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Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming Researchers from MIT have developed a wireless, artificially intelligent sensor that can detect the various stages of sleep, including rapid eye movement—the sleep stage associated with dreaming. The non-invasive system could change the way clinicians diagnose sleep disorders and other health complications. Wi-Fi radio signals are extremely sensitive, and they’ve already been used to see through
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Lyft and Uber are Already Changing Traditional Car Ownership
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Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National EmergencyThe announcement came just two days after his top health aide rejected the notion -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Groups move to ban cyanide traps that kill predator animalsPredator-killing cyanide traps such as one that sickened a boy in Idaho and killed his dog should be banned, environmental groups told the federal government Thursday.
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A metabolic pathway that feeds liver cancerA little-studied gene may explain how some liver cancer cells obtain the nutrition they need to proliferate, according to new research from the University of Maryland.
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Does widespread pain stem from the brain? MRI study investigatesPatients with different chronic pain diagnoses recorded similar brain changes, a new study finds, suggesting a need for new treatment approaches.
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Attitudes on human genome editing vary, but all agree conversation is necessaryIn a study published Aug. 11 in the journal Science, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Temple University assessed what people in the United States think about the uses of human genome editing and how their attitudes may drive public discussion. They found a public divided on its uses but united in the importance of moving conversations forward.
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Uber investor lawsuit accuses Kalanick of rigging boardA major Uber investor on Thursday sued founder Travis Kalanick, accusing the recently departed chief executive of covering misdeeds while rigging the board in order to return to power at the company.
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Trump Doubles Down on North Korea Threatening an unstable adversary in possession of nuclear weapons with “fire and fury” would, in most cases, be seen as the final warning that comes before an actual military strike. But President Trump Thursday doubled down on his remarks about North Korea, suggesting they weren’t “tough enough.” “Frankly, the people that were questioning that statement—was it too tough?— maybe it wasn’t tough
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Investors hit Uber ex-CEO hard, sue over alleged “gross mismanagement” [Updated] Enlarge / Travis Kalanick, one of Uber's co-founders, seen here in 2013. (credit: Fortune Live Media / Flickr ) Travis Kalanick, the recently removed CEO of Uber, has been sued by a group of investors that has accused him of "gross mismanagement and misconduct" during his tenure. Benchmark Capital Partners, which currently holds 13 percent of the company’s stock and about 20 percent of its voting
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Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old female statue at citadel gate complex in TurkeyThe remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at the archaeological site of Tayinat in Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world.
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Perching Drone Clings to Walls ​This fixed wing drone copies a bird to land on vertical surfaces and lift off again. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Novel stem cell-derived model created of inflammatory neurological disorderAn international team of scientists, led by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers, has created a human stem cell-based model of a rare, but devastating, inherited neurological autoimmune condition called Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS). In doing so, the team was able to identify unusual and surprising underlying genetic mechanisms that drive AGS and test strategies to
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Innovations enhance genetic analysis of individual cellsSingle cell genomics technology has given scientists the ability to individually read the genetic blueprints of cells, the most fundamental units of life. Now, the center that pioneered the technology, Bigelow Laboratory's Single Cell Genomics Center, has developed several key enhancements to the technology and published them in Nature Communications.
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Airbnb's impact on Canadian housing marketsAirbnb has removed as many as 14,000 units of housing from rental markets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, according to a report released this week by the Urban Politics and Governance Lab in McGill's School of Urban Planning.
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Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scaleWhen astronomers peer into the universe, what they see often exceeds the limits of human understanding. Such is the case with low-mass galaxies—galaxies a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way.
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Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic toolResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments. Costing only $550, the spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-Analyzer from Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Brian Cunningham's lab attaches to a
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Is This What the Common Ancestor of Humans and Apes Looked Like? The discovery in Kenya of a 13-million-year-old fossil skull unearths the common ancestor of humans and apes. Read More
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Ajit Pai accused of conflict for helping former client, a prison phone company Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on June 20, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg ) A prisoners' rights group has accused Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai of having a conflict of interest because he used to represent a prison phone company as a lawyer. Under Pai's direction, the FCC dropped its court defense of rules
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Celestial target of small worlds beyond Pluto Astronomers ponder the make-up of an oddly shaped Kuiper belt object before Nasa’s spacecraft completes a flyby in 2019 Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft is making good progress towards its next target, an elongated mini planet which may actually be two smaller worlds in orbit around one another. Since New Horizons made the first ever flyby of Pluto, in July 2015, the spacecraft has been heading int
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Why Is Trump Turning on the Ally He Needs Most? The three people with the greatest power over Donald Trump’s political future are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Trump himself. And if the president’s recent treatment of McConnell and Mueller is any indication, Trump had better watch out. The president is on a sustained campaign against the leader of the Senate. For the second day in a row, Trump brok
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Amazon's Running By Far the Best PlayStation VR Deal To Date PlayStation VR + Camera Bundle , $300 with code PSVRGAMES If you’ve entertained any stray thoughts about buying PlayStation VR , today’s the day you want to do it. $300 gets you the headset, the PS4 camera, and three VR games ( Until Dawn: Rush of Blood , RIGS Mechanized Combat League , and Worlds ) with promo code PSVRGAMES, while supplies last. For reference, the headset by itself still sells f
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The earliest airborne mammals may have glided among the dinosaurs 160 million years ago Animals It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… We all know about flying squirrels, but the earliest gliding mammals may have actually evolved separately 160 million years ago.
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Scientists are naming new species after musicians, and it’s kind of amazing Animals From Beyoncé to Shakira. No one really knows how many species actually inhabit planet Earth—some say millions , others trillions —but regardless, it's the job of taxonomists to name them all.
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How the brain recognizes familiar facesScientists have located two areas in the brain that help us recognize familiar faces. The discovery will help them delve deeper into the relationship between face recognition, memory, and social knowledge.
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Mental health programs in schools -- Growing body of evidence supports effectivenessSchool-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in the September/October issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old female statue at citadel gate complex in TurkeyThe remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at an archaeological site in southeast Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world. Excavations led by University of Toronto archaeologists at a site near the Syrian border have unearthed a beautifully carved head and upper torso of a female figure. The remnants are largely intact, although the face and c
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ERs can improve population health in rural areasEmergency physicians in Michigan propose a new health care delivery model for rural populations that depends on a partnership between emergency medicine and primary care and seeks to reverse the trend of failing health in underserved parts of the country. Their proposal was published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('An Emergency Medicine-Primary Care Partnership to Improve Rural
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Nemours, UD technology pushes cancer research forwardNemours Biomedical Research and the University of Delaware (UD) Department of Materials Science and Engineering have developed a patent-pending process to make 3-D models work in high throughput screening labs, allowing drug discovery to move into more meaningful screening systems. Sigrid Langhans, PhD, of Nemours, along with Darrin Pochan, PhD, of UD and colleagues, published an article about the
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North Korea: The View From Guam In the hours following North Korea’s announcement Tuesday night that it was reviewing plans to launch ballistic missiles at Guam, a question kept coming up: “What is Guam?” Handy primers and tweet threads started cropping up to explain. (In short: It’s a tiny U.S. territory nearly 4,000 miles west of Hawaii that’s home to two large American military bases, which are key to U.S. defense interests
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Trump Informally Declares the Opioid Crisis a National Emergency President Trump said Thursday afternoon that he is declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, implementing the top recommendation from a presidential commission that studied the growing epidemic. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” he told reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. “It’s a national emergency. We’re going
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Feds might force table-saw makers to adopt radically safer technology Enlarge (credit: John Loo ) In 2015, 4,700 people in the US lost a finger or other body part to table-saw incidents. Most of those injuries didn't have to happen, thanks to technology invented in 1999 by entrepreneur Stephen Gass. By giving his blade a slight electric charge, his saw is able to detect contact with a human hand and stop spinning in a few milliseconds. A widely circulated video sho
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Hey, Let's Actually Read That Study About Vitamin B Preventing Birth Defects These are D vitamins, sorry (Image: AP) It would be really nice if something you could just go to CVS and buy off a shelf unequivocally had some massive health benefit. But the world does not work that way, and neither does science. There are an array of caveats, and layers of complexity, attached to nearly every health study you see sensationalized and oversimplified on the internet. The latest
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How secure are your messages?Researchers have learned that most users of popular messaging apps are leaving themselves exposed to hacking and fraud because they aren't using important security options.
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How dietary fiber helps the intestines maintain healthUC Davis Health researchers have discovered how by-products of the digestion of dietary fiber by gut microbes act as the right fuel to help intestinal cells maintain gut health.
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What the Hell Is a 'Covert Sonic Device' and Why Is It Deafening Diplomats in Cuba? People pose for photographs at reopening of Cuban embassy. Photo: Getty Russia is a boogeyman once again, and the threat of nuclear war looms in the background of our daily lives, but it wouldn’t be a real reboot of the Cold War unless the US was having problems with Cuba. On Wednesday, officials confirmed that two Cuban diplomats were expelled from the US embassy following an “incident” that, we
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Massive El Niño sent greenhouse-gas emissions soaring Disruptive weather pattern in 2014–2016 spurred tropical forests to pump out 3 billion tonnes of carbon. Nature 548 269 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22440
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A 13 million year old skull could show us what our ancestors looked like Science A complete skull of an ancient infant primate was found in northern Kenya A tiny, infant skull discovered in the Napudet area, west of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya could tell us what our ancestors looked like millions of years ago.
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The LG Gram Is One Beautifully Light and Simple Laptop All image: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo There’s a never-ending list of things you can do on a laptop, but at their core, they are pretty simple devices. More often than not, it’s feature bloat and things you never even wanted to use that cause a system to go haywire. Instead of gussying up systems with magical touchbars and ridiculous expandable screens , laptop makers should take a page from LG’s play
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Haunting Images of Clouds on Mars GIF Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University Last month, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured some of the most remarkable images of Martian clouds we’ve ever seen. Now rare, these Earth-like cirrus clouds are a glimpse into the Red Planet’s distant past. On July 17, NASA’s Curiosity rover pointed its NavCam straight up into the Martian sky and snapped eight photos of wispy clouds as they wafted by over
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What algae can tell us about political strategyCells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.
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Airbnb's impact on Canadian housing marketsAirbnb has removed as many as 14,000 units of housing from rental markets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, according to a report released this week by the Urban Politics and Governance Lab in McGill's School of Urban Planning.
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Test uses nanotechnology to quickly diagnose Zika virusCurrently, testing for Zika requires that a blood sample be refrigerated and shipped to a medical center or laboratory, delaying diagnosis and possible treatment. Now, Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly can detect the presence of Zika virus in blood. Although the new proof-of-concept technology has yet to be produced for use in medical situations, tes
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Academic biomedical research community should take action to build resilience to disastersThe academic biomedical research community should improve its ability to mitigate and recover from the impacts of disasters, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The consequences of recent disasters, from hurricanes to cyberattacks, have shown that the investments of the U.S. federal government and other research sponsors -- which total about $27 bi
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Small molecule inhibitor prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical modelUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have created a small molecule that prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model. The inhibitor blocks the function of a key virulence enzyme in an oral bacterium, a molecular sabotage that is akin to throwing a monkey wrench into machinery to jam the gears.
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Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scaleAfter using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to rule out a potential mechanism for galactic wind, UC Santa Cruz astrophysicist Brant Robertson and University of Arizona graduate student Evan Schneider, now a Hubble Fellow at Princeton University, are aiming to generate nearly a trillion-cell simulation of an entire galaxy, which would be the largest simulation of a galaxy e
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When the Planet Is Reality Television This is the age of the cliffhanger. It is the age of the plot twist. It is the age that has taught people to make sense of the world not merely with that time-honored aid—the story—but also with stories that self-consciously mimic the serial workings of television. So the recent Congressional debates over the future of Obamacare resolved not just with a vote, but with “ the most dramatic night in
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Voyager's 40th Anniversary In August of 1977, the first of two identical robotic probes was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, bound for our outermost planets and beyond. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have each traveled more than 10 billion miles in the past 40 years, sending back invaluable observations and images. They discovered two dozen new moons, discovered active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io, took a famous “family p
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Primate brains react differently to faces of friends and VIPsTwo newly identified brain areas reveal how rhesus macaques recognise the difference between intimately familiar faces and faces that the monkeys know less well
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CRISPR makes piglets that may be better organ donors for humansOrgan transplants from pigs are a step closer, after the birth of piglets that have had the harmful viruses in their DNA inactivated using gene editing
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Google's CEO Must Answer These Questions About That MemoMore than 5,400 Google employees have weighed in on queries Sundar Pichai should tackle related to controversial diversity memo.
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Oops, Snapchat Accidentally Ended Up on a Russian Government Snitch Registry FSB headquarters. Photo: Getty. As Russia transitions into an internet dystopia, it appears that Snapchat has been dragged right in. Today, Snapchat’s parent company Snap was registered as an “information distribution organizer.” And by July 1st, 2018, an amended law will require “information distribution organizers” to store months of user data, and make it available for the Russian law enforcem
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New handheld spectral analyzer uses power of smartphone to detect diseaseResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments.
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Immune cells promote or prevent cytomegalovirus activity in mice depending on locationImmune system cells called regulatory T cells appear to promote cytomegalovirus (CMV) latency in the spleen of mice, but suppress it in the salivary gland.
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Maxine Waters Is More Than the Sum of Her MemesBy projecting loose cultural sentiments onto Waters’ public-facing persona, the internet has occluded the gravity of her work.
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Hypothetical black holes could be eating neutron stars Enlarge (credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center ) Immediately after the Big Bang, the Universe's matter was incredibly dense and rippled with random fluctuations. Is it possible that some portions of it reached densities high enough to collapse into black holes? The idea of primordial black holes has been kicking around in theoretical circles for a while, in part because they could provide mu
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Cyberattack leaves millions without mobile phone service in VenezuelaA massive cyberattack that took down government websites in Venezuela earlier this week also has left seven million mobile phone users without service, the government said Thursday.
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Snapchat's not-growing pains are a boom for InstagramFacebook once failed to buy Snapchat; ever since, it's tried to copy it, mostly without success.
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Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipseOn Aug. 21, 2017, the Moon will slide in front of the Sun and for a brief moment, day will melt into a dusky night. Moving across the country, the Moon's shadow will block the Sun's light, and weather permitting, those within the path of totality will be treated to a view of the Sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona.
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AI, crowdsourcing combine to close 'analogy gap'Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products.
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Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipseThree NASA-funded studies will use the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse as a ready-made experiment, courtesy of nature, to improve our understanding of the ionosphere and its relationship to the Sun.
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What algae can tell us about political strategyCells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research published in Nature Scientific Reports, general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.
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Being bullied may dramatically affect sleepNew McLean Hospital research, using a mouse model simulating human bullying, suggests that being bullied produces long-lasting, depression-like sleep dysfunction and other effects on daily biological rhythms
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AI, crowdsourcing combine to close 'analogy gap'Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem devised a method enabling computers to mine databases of patents, inventions and research papers, identifying ideas that can be repurposed to solve new problems or create new products.
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Gene editing used to eliminate viruses in live pigseGenesis, a biotechnology company focused on transforming xenotransplantation into a lifesaving medical procedure, announced the publication of a study in the journal Science by eGenesis scientists and their collaborators demonstrating the inactivation of PERV to prevent cross-species viral transmission and a breakthrough in producing the first PERV-free pigs, an important milestone for xenotransp
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Crank the AC, cut in-car pollutionAfter conducting a new research approach using actual commutes, a group of engineers discovered a simple shift in driving habits can help to reduce exposure to pollutants while out on the road.
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Origins of DNA folding suggested in archaeaProteins in archaea bend strands of DNA in a way that's similar in eukaryotes, new research reveals. That similarity hints at the evolutionary origin of the elaborate folding that eukaryotic cells use to cram their genome into a nucleus.
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US biomedical-research facilities unprepared for attacks and natural disasters Science panel says institutions need to do more to prevent and mitigate damage to research equipment and animals. Nature 548 270 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22446
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Even Amateur Filmmakers Can Afford This Tiny Motion Control Camera Rig GIF Motion control rigs capable of repeatedly recreating smooth, controlled camera movements usually cost tens of thousands of dollars, and they require trained operators to set up and use. But Edelkrone ’s new SurfaceONE costs just $690 and apparently can be configured in just a few minutes using a smartphone app as a remote control. The rigs used in Hollywood, often for complicated special effe
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Salesforce “red team” members present tool at Defcon, get fired Enlarge / Meatpistol was supposed to be released at DEFCON. But Salesforce pulled the plug—and fired two security employees for presenting about it. (credit: DEFCON/Schwartz and Cramb ) At Defcon in Las Vegas last month, word rapidly spread that two speakers—members of Salesforce's internal "red team"—had been fired by a senior executive from Salesforce "as they left the stage." Those two speaker
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Climate change is shifting when Europe’s rivers floodData spanning 50 years shows that today, floods come days, weeks, even months earlier in some areas and later in others.
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It’s a Fine Line Between Utopia and GattacaIn a previous piece, we talked about why scientists and innovators around the world are so excited about CRISPR, a powerful new gene editing technology. The tool was first published 2012, but it still regularly makes headlines. Less than a month ago researchers in Portland, Oregon announced the first successful use of CRISPR in human […]
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What Is Global Warming?Global warming is the gradual heating of Earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere.
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Experimental defense unit funds new tech but faces skepticsPresident Donald Trump's administration is throwing its support to a Barack Obama-era effort enlisting startup companies to come up with solutions to the military's toughest technological challenges.
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Chemists use electrochemistry to amp up drug manufacturingGive your medicine a jolt. By using - electrochemistry - a technique that combines electricity and chemistry, future pharmaceuticals - including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States - soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way.
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Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into HumansGeneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients.
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First mutant ants shed light on evolution of social behaviorScientists disrupted a gene essential for sensing pheromones, resulting in severe deficiencies in the ants' social behaviors and their ability to survive within a colony.
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Sleep biology discovery could lead to new insomnia treatments that don't target the brainScientists report the first evidence that a gene outside the brain controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation -- a very surprising discovery that could eventually lead to greatly improved treatments of insomnia and other sleep disorders that do not require getting a drug into the brain.
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New measure of insulin-making cells could gauge diabetes progression, treatmentResearchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new measurement for the volume and activity of beta cells, the source of the sugar-regulating hormone insulin.
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Chemists use electrochemistry to amp up drug manufacturingGive your medicine a jolt. By using -- electrochemistry -- a technique that combines electricity and chemistry, future pharmaceuticals -- including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States -- soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way.
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Circular RNA linked to brain functionFor the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information -- like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.
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Breakthrough method yields trove of neuron subtypes, gene regulatorsWith funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, researchers have discovered a trove of neuronal subtypes and gene regulators, using a new method they developed. It allows for the discovery of subtypes based on their unique profiles of molecular switches that regulate gene expression within the cell. This opens the door to potentially discovering changes in such profiles linked to brain disorders, say
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Aedes aegypti mosquitos introduced to California multiple timesAedes aegypti mosquitos can carry the pathogens that cause dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, and yellow fever, among other diseases. In 2013, scientists first reported that A. aegypti had been found in California. Now, researchers writing this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have studied those bugs and found that the California mosquitos came from at least two distinct introductions
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New technique searches 'dark genome' for disease mutationsResearchers have developed a new methodology for identifying disease-causing genetic mutations in the non-coding region of the genome. This portion of the genome has remained uninterpretable until now.
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Climate change shifts timing of European floodsA linkage between climate change and floods has been identified using a river flow dataset of unparalleled scale and diversity. This is the first time this link has been demonstrated at a continental scale using observational data.
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Scientists find new way to map differences in the brainA team from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego has, for the first time, profiled chemical modifications in the DNA of individual neurons, giving the most detailed information yet on what makes one brain cell different from its neighbor.
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Microbe may explain evolutionary origins of DNA foldingIn the cells of palm trees, humans, and some single-celled microorganisms, DNA gets bent the same way. Now, by studying the 3-D structure of proteins bound to DNA in microbes called Archaea, University of Colorado Boulder and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have turned up surprising similarities to DNA packing in more complicated organisms.
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Ah yes, I remember youIn monkeys, researchers have identified two new areas of the brain that facilitate the recognition of familiar faces.
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How perception, association and belief drive hallucinationsA new study suggests that people prone to auditory hallucinations are overly influenced by expectations and prior associations.
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Scientists use gene editing to eliminate viruses in live pigsScientists have edited the pig genome to deactivate a family of retroviruses. The results hold important implications for transplant medicine in humans.
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Climate change means earlier spring flooding for parts of EuropeAn analysis of five decades' worth of data finds that climate change is altering the timing of river flooding across Europe.
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Researchers explore what happens when people hear voices that others don'tPeople who hear voices -- both with and without a diagnosed psychotic illness -- are more sensitive than other subjects to a 125-year-old experiment designed to induce hallucinations. And the subjects' ability to learn that these hallucinations were not real may help pinpoint those in need of psychiatric treatment, suggests a new Yale-led study published Aug. 11 in the journal Science.
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eGenesis study addresses cross-species viral transmission concern in xenotransplantation published in ScienceFirst pigs without active porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) produced using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology -- a landmark advance for xenotransplantation.
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New kinds of brain cells revealedSalk and UC San Diego scientists analyzed methylation patterns of neurons to find new subtypes.
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Origins of DNA folding suggested in archaeaProteins in archaea bend strands of DNA in a way that's similar in eukaryotes, new research from HHMI investigator and colleagues reveals. That similarity hints at the evolutionary origin of the elaborate folding that eukaryotic cells use to cram their genome into a nucleus.
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Immune cells promote or prevent cytomegalovirus activity in mice depending on locationImmune system cells called regulatory T cells appear to promote cytomegalovirus (CMV) latency in the spleen of mice, but suppress it in the salivary gland. Maha Almanan of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation, and colleagues present this surprising finding in a new study in PLOS Pathogens.
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San Salvador pupfish acquired genetic variation from island fish to eat new foodsPupfish living in salty lakes on San Salvador Island were able to diversify into multiple species with different eating habits, in part, by interbreeding with pupfish from other islands in the Caribbean, report Emilie Richards and Christopher Martin, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Aug. 10, 2017, in PLOS Genetics.
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Dealmaster: Get an Ecovacs Wi-Fi robot vacuum for half the price of a Roomba Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains , we're back with a number of new deals to share. Of note is a killer price on a robo-vacuum: you can get an Ecovacs Deebot M80 Pro Wi-Fi-controlled robotic vacuum with mop and water tank (it can clean hard floors and low-pile carpet) for just $179. That's a great price for a robo-vacuum in general, but it's especially good when you cons
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Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: reportThe Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday.
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Crank the AC, cut in-car pollutionFor many, the commute to and from work is a lengthy, stressful process. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it takes the average American about 26½ minutes to get to work. That's nearly an hour each day—to work and back—to face traffic snarls and congested highways. That commute can also be hazardous to your health, exposing drivers to an increased amount of air pollutants that have been linked t
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First In Vivo Function Found for Animal Circular RNAMice lacking the RNA had deregulated microRNAs in the brain, disrupted synaptic communication, and behavioral abnormalities associated with neuropsychiatric disorders.
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Genetically Engineering Pigs to Grow Organs for People The idea of transplanting organs from pigs into humans has been around for a long time. And for a long time, xenotransplants—or putting organs from one species into another—has come up against two seemingly insurmountable problems. The first problem is fairly intuitive: Pig organs provoke a massive and destructive immune response in humans—far more so than an organ from another person. The second
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Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to PerceptionPsychics and psychosis sufferers alike hold beliefs that may predispose them to hearing voices -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Portuguese firefighters gain upper hand against wildfires (Update)Firefighters aided by calmer winds were gaining control of wildfires raging across drought-hit Portugal on Thursday but warned the fire danger remained high in the coming days.
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Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweaponA hack that manipulated the location of 20 ships in the Black Sea may be the first use of GPS spoofing, a form of cyberwarfare capable of widespread disruption
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Gene editing to remove viruses brings transplant organs from pigs a step closer Study shows gene editing can remove porcine endogenous retroviruses from DNA, potentially making it safe to grow human transplant organs in pigs Growing human transplant organs in pigs has become a more realistic prospect after scientists used advanced gene editing to remove threatening viruses from the animals’ DNA. Porcine endogenous retroviruses (Pervs) are permanently embedded in the pig geno
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Tourism industry funds research trip to most damaged part of Great Barrier Reef Exclusive: Unprecedented scientific expedition funded by private tourism company is designed to unlock secrets of surviving coral A scientific research expedition funded by the tourism industry will undertake the first significant underwater study of remote northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef, which were severely damaged by recent coral bleaching. Nonprofit organisation Great Barrier Reef
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CRISPR Opens Up New Possibilities for Transplants Using Pig OrgansScientists have bred gene-edited pigs free of viruses that pose a potential health risk for humans.
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The first look at how archaea package their DNA reveals they’re a lot like usArchaea microbes spool their DNA much like plants and animals do.
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Gene editing creates virus-free pigletsPigs engineered to lack infectious viruses may one day produce transplant organs.
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Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worsePressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.
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San Salvador pupfish acquired genetic variation from island fish to eat new foodsPupfish living in salty lakes on San Salvador Island were able to diversify into multiple species with different eating habits, in part, by interbreeding with pupfish from other islands in the Caribbean, report Emilie Richards and Christopher Martin, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 10, 2017 in PLOS Genetics.
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Origins of DNA folding suggested in archaeaIn the cells of palm trees, humans, and some single-celled microorganisms, DNA gets bent the same way. Now, by studying the 3-D structure of proteins bound to DNA in microbes called Archaea, University of Colorado Boulder and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have turned up surprising similarities to DNA packing in more complicated organisms.
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Climate change shifts timing of European floodsA study conducted by TU Wien and 30 European partners shows that the timing of the floods has shifted across much of Europe, dramatically in some areas. When a major flood event occurs it is often attributed to climate change. However, a single event is not proof, and so far it has been unclear whether climate change has a direct influence on river floods at large scales in Europe.
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Circular RNA linked to brain functionWhile hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the current issue of Science, Nikolaus Rajewsky and his team at the Berlin Institute of Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC), as well as other collaborators within t
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Gene-Editing Success Brings Pig-to-Human Transplants Closer to RealityCRISPR has enabled researchers to inactivate viruses in donor animals that may sicken humans -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Why the Curiosity Rover Stopped Singing 'Happy Birthday' to Itself When the Curiosity rover studies soil on Mars, it does it with a little shimmy. Its robotic arm collects a pinch of soil and drops it into the sample-analysis unit in the robot’s belly. The unit vibrates at different frequencies, shaking the powdery sample so it settles down into small cups. There, the unit heats up the soil, causing the grains to release fumes that scientists can study for hints
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