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The Messy Facts about Diet and Inflammation In health, as with so many things, our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness. Take our astonishingly sophisticated response to injury and infection. Our bodies unleash armies of cellular troops to slaughter invaders and clear out traitors. Their movements are marshaled by signaling chemicals, such as the interleukins, which tell cells where and when to fight and when to stand down. We ex
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Unlocking Happiness Introduction Keys to Better Well-Being by Karin Tucker Section 1: What Does It Mean to be Happy? 1.1 Why It’s So Hard to be Happy by Michael Wiederman 1.2 The Science of Lasting Happiness by Marina Krakovsky 1.3 Can Money Buy Happiness? by Sonja Lyubomirsky 1.4 The Many Faces of Happiness by Suzann Pileggi Pawelski Section 2: Thought Control & Expression
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5 Major Archaeology Discoveries to Look for in 2018 The Dead Sea Scrolls on display at Qumran in 2010. Credit: Shutterstock The burial of a warrior who lived and (literally) died by the sword, a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings and a cave that may have held Dead Sea Scrolls — these are just some of the big archaeology and history stories that we think we may hear about in 2018. Look back at the predictions for 2017 and 2016 to see our track r
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Amsterdam Journal: New Slaughtering Rules Pit Dutch Religious Freedoms Against Animal Rights Amsterdam Journal New Slaughtering Rules Pit Dutch Religious Freedoms Against Animal Rights The Slagerij Marcus kosher butcher shop in Amsterdam. Jewish and Muslim groups have agreed to change ritual slaughter practices in the face of pressure from animal rights activists. Credit Jasper Juinen for The New York Times AMSTERDAM — For 60 years, the Sal Meyer deli in Amsterdam has been serving kosher
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To Give Cancer Survivors a Chance to Conceive, Scientists are Designing Artificial OvariesThe goal is to house patients' follicles in a specially designed tissue matrix and reinsert them after treatment.
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Large meteor spotted in skies across UKPeople across Britain reported seeing a large greenish light streak across the sky on Sunday evening.
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The End of Night: Global Illumination Has Increased Worldwide Artificial light is often seen as a sign of progress: the march of civilization shines a light in the dark; it takes back the night; it illuminates. But a chorus of scientists and advocates argues that unnaturally bright nights are bad not just for astronomers but also for nocturnal animals and even for human health. Now research shows the night is getting even brighter. From 2012 to 2016 the
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1968 and the Making of Modern America 1968 began fifty years ago today. Before it ended, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy would be assassinated; U.S. troops would suffer their deadliest year yet in Vietnam––and massacre scores of civilians at My Lai * ; Richard Nixon would be elected president; the Khmer Rouge would form in Cambodia; humans would orbit the moon; Olympic medal winners in Mexico City would raise their fists in
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From stools to fuels: the street lamp that runs on dog do A long winding road climbs into a gathering dusk, coming to an abrupt dead end in front of a house. Here, a solitary flickering flame casts out a warm glow, illuminating the nearby ridge line of the Malvern Hills. Below the light sits a mysterious green contraption resembling a cross between a giant washing machine and a weather station. This is the UK’s first dog poo-powered street lamp, and it
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ScienceTake: Beach Crawling Doesn’t Tire Out Baby Sea Turtles The reason, apparently, is that they pause frequently in crawling if they are doing it for a long time, unlike the uninterrupted sprint they make when headed straight to the water. So disoriented turtles are not worn out. Dr. Milton answered questions in a telephone interview about the research. Our interview, below, has been edited for clarity and length. Q. This required a lot of late night wor
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Q&A: How Does the Shape of a Head Affect the Brain? Q&A How Does the Shape of a Head Affect the Brain? Credit Victoria Roberts Q. Did cranial deformation as practiced by the ancient Mayans change or impair brain function? A. The famous slanted forehead that was apparently a mark of high rank among pre-Columbian Mayans was achieved by various forms of compression of the head in infancy. It is believed by many researchers to have had no significant
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How to Measure Sea Turtle Stamina See how monkeys teach manners, elephants show empathy and ants imitate water in ScienceTake, combining cutting-edge research from the world of science with stunning footage of the natural world in action.
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Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics Fitness routines that require little equipment, such as yoga and high-intensity interval training, are predicted to be more popular in 2018. Ryan J. Lane/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Ryan J. Lane/Getty Images/iStockphoto Fitness routines that require little equipment, such as yoga and high-intensity interval training, are predicted to be more popular in 2018. Ryan J. Lane/
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Resolved To Lose Weight? We Gave Food-Tracking Apps A Try Exercise is great for your health. But if you're looking to lose weight in the new year, you should know this: How much you eat ultimately matters more than how much you work out. Like a lot of Americans, I've got some extra pounds to shed. So about two months ago, I started tracking everything I eat using an app called Lose It! It's one of several apps out there — like MyFitnessPal and MyPlate –
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Podcast-special: Er livets opståen blot en konsekvens af termodynamik? Det er den samme hårdnakkede overtro, at det levende, er noget skabt, men det kan ikke være mere forkert, det Levende har altid været, det Levende har altid haft Bevidsthed. Det Levende, har altid været det samme, Bevidsthed er altid underkastet udvikling. Alt det skabte, relaterer til evige evner og skabelses-principper, der ikke i sig selv er skabt, men er grundlaget for bevægelses-princippet,
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Energien bød sig til – og der blev liv At liv kræver tilførsel af energi er uomtvisteligt. Men er energi mere end blot en betingelse for liv – giver det også liv? Det spørgsmål rejser den kun 35-årige fysiker Jeremy England fra Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) i Boston, USA, som i løbet af få år er blevet kendt for sin forskning i livets oprindelse og evolution ud fra termodynamiske begreber. Hvis hans forskning kan underst
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Overraskende fototrick får dig til at fremstå som en stærkere jobsøger Når du uploader dit professionelle billede på LinkedIn eller andre steder i forbindelse med din branding og en direkte jobjagt ønsker du at fremstå mest mulig attraktiv som en professionel kandidat. En overraskende opdagelse fra hjerneforskningen viser nu vejen til, hvordan dit portræt skal være, så du fremstår ekstra magtfuld og effektiv. Har du det rigtige foto til jobjagten? Din nye stilling f
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Dybhavsgrave indeholder overraskende meget liv Professor Ronnie N. Glud fra Syddansk Universitet (SDU) er vendt glad hjem fra New Zealand, efter at han i november og december har stået i spidsen for en international forskerekspedition til den såkaldte Kermadec Trench med vanddybder på op til 10 km. Tilfredsheden har flere årsager. Holdet har en masse data med hjem til videre analyser, efter at de har sat verdensrekord i at tage prøver fra sed
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“Raw water”: The latest dangerous “natural health” fad As an old year fades into its final days and a new year approaches, I always wonder what new quackery will make an appearance in the new year. I know, of course, that all the old quackeries, cancer quackery, antivaccine pseudoscience, homeopathy, naturopathy, reflexology, and the huge number of other variations on self-deception will still be there. I also know that, when it comes to pseudoscienc
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UK faces build-up of plastic waste Image copyright Getty Images The UK's recycling industry says it doesn't know how to cope with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, but now the trade has been stopped. At the moment the UK cannot deal with much of that waste, says the UK Recycling Association. Its chief executive, Simon Ellin, told
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Can you solve it? Do your nut with the squirrel puzzle Happy New Year guzzlers! Today’s first problem concerns squirrels. Have a nibble - it’s not too hard a nut to crack. The Squirrel King has buried the Golden Acorn beneath one of the squares in this 6x6 grid. Three squirrels - Black, Grey and Red - are each standing on a square in the grid, as illustrated. (note: for the purposes of today, squirrels can speak, hear, read, count and are perfect log
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Scientists a step closer to mimicking way human body creates sperm Scientists have come a step closer to mimicking the natural process by which the body creates sperm from stem cells in work that could ultimately provide new treatments for infertility. Speaking at the Progress Educational Trust annual conference in London this month, Azim Surani, director of germline and epigenetics research at the University of Cambridge’s Gurdon Institute, said he and colleagu
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Child Receives Transgenic SkinA combination gene-and-cell therapy has given a boy with a grievous skin disease a new lease on life, and resolved a dermatology debate to boot.
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High-Throughput Epigenetics AnalysesEmerging technologies help researchers draw mechanistic links between metabolism and epigenetic modification of DNA.
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Prizes and PenaltiesLife is filled with pleasure and pain. Science and society are struggling mightily with both.
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Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture?Researchers are beginning to tease apart the mechanisms underlying differences in how males and females respond to powerful painkillers.
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Researchers Team Up with Patients to Build a Breast Cancer DatabaseCombining genomic, clinical, and patient-reported data, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project provides a unique resource for the cancer community.
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Mothers Are Hard-Wired to Respond Similarly to Infant Cries Across CulturesResearchers find consistent behaviors and brain activity in an international study.
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Distinct Regions Drive Responses to Anxiety, FearResearchers map brain activity associated with a person's anticipation of or direct confrontation with danger.
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Skin Remembers Wounds, Heals Faster the Second Time AroundAfter an initial wounding, genes needed for repair remain ready for action.
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David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of PainFor nearly 30 years, the UC San Francisco researcher has delved into unexplored corners of the nervous system.
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Annina Schmid: Pain PursuerAssociate professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford. Age: 40
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The Quest for Safer Opioid DrugsFrom basic research in academic labs to Phase 3 clinical trials, myriad efforts are underway to divorce opioids' pain-relieving potential from their undesirable downsides.
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Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in HandScreaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.
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Fake News: Mars Edition, circa 1877Giovanni Schiaparelli's maps of Mars sparked the belief that intelligent life exists on the planet.
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Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain ReliefThe race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.
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Glial Ties to Persistent PainImmune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.
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3-DPrinted Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior StudiesThe DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
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A 3-DPrinted EthoscopeThe instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
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Anticipation versus ConfrontationThe brain is activated differently when it's contemplating, rather than directly facing, a threat.
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Infographic: A Painful PathwaySince the mid-2000s, the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 has emerged as a promising target for a new class of analgesics.
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Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the BodyThe acute pain that results from injury or disease is very different from chronic pain.
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What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal LearningNew research shows humans aren't that different from our winged cousins.
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Animal AnalgesicsA cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.
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Novel Analgesics at a Snails PaceStudying cone snail venom has yielded novel pain pathways, but the peptides that function as toxins are difficult to translate into drugs.
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Researchers Mine Centipede Toxins for AnalgesicsVenomous centipedes may harbor a clue to the creation of a successful pain-killing compound for humans.
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Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic CluesArachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.
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Toxin from a Dangerous Fish DelicacyIn tiny doses, the pufferfish's tetrodotoxin can be turned into a pain-relieving ion channel blocker.
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Sourcing Painkillers from Scorpions StingsCompounds in the arachnids' venom interact with ion channels to both cause and block pain.
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Sea Anemone Toxin Could Treat AutoimmunityIf successful, the treatments could alleviate patients' pain by reducing inflammation.
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Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic ReadyDecades after their discovery by bioprospectors, amphibian-derived analgesics continue to attract scientific attention.
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Linoleic acid derivatives potentially mediate pain and itch in the skinResearchers uncover a family of compounds that may be involved in pain transmission.
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Snake Venoms Cause and Block PainPainful snake bites may hold clues to developing analgesic drugs.
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Five of the Coolest-Looking VR and AR Headsets, Apps, and More Coming in 2018 Let’s face it: it’s going to be a while before most of us get headsets that can virtually transport us to new realities, mix digital images with the world around us, or both. That said, virtual reality and augmented reality advanced a lot in 2017, and there’s much more to come this year, including smartphone apps that bring beloved Harry Potter characters to life, wireless VR headsets, and virtua
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Science stories coming up in 2018The BBC's global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, reveals what to watch out for in the new year.
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Diabetes drug 'significantly reverses memory loss' in mice with Alzheimer's A drug developed for diabetes could be used to treat Alzheimer's after scientists found it "significantly reversed memory loss" in mice through a triple method of action. The research, published in Brain Research , could bring substantial improvements in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease through the use of a drug originally created to treat type 2 diabetes. Lead researcher Professor Christian
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Bollywood's Terrible 2017 In December 2008, the romantic comedy Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi , starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, hit theaters across India. The film, which told the story of a middle-aged man who undergoes a personality makeover to win the love of his young wife, grossed over $25 million worldwide , making it one of that year’s biggest hits. A typically glossy, over-the-top Bollywood romance was just what
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Starwatch: the January night sky January night sky chart Orion, which rises in the E at nightfall and passes due S two hours after our map times, rules a star-spangled evening sky that more than compensates for the fact that our only bright planets are visible before dawn. The Moon is also conspicuous at present, reaching its full phase at 02:25 GMT on the 2nd, only four hours after it is at its closest point for the whole of 20
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Terrawatch: is this how plate tectonics gets started? F or those who don’t like New Year, be grateful that you live on Earth and not Venus. Although the days are long on Venus (equivalent to 116.75 Earth days), the years are short, and come around every 1.92 Venus days. With a surface that seized up hundreds of millions of years ago, temperatures of more than 460C, and clouds of sulphuric acid, this isn’t a friendly planet. The Lavinia Planitia area
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This is the most powerful moment in Olympic sport 1. On track Picture a bobsled course as three sections: a 49-foot segment where athletes get their sleigh moving ahead of the starting line; a 65-to 100-foot portion they use to build up speed after the clock starts; and the remaining 4,000 or so feet down which they ride, twisting and turning, to the finish line. The first few runs of the day are always faster: Each one creates more friction-inc
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Yrsa Daley-Ward’s Powerful, Poetic Distillations Every so often, alarm bells get rung about the possibility that poetry is dead. These arguments usually get stuck in the grooves of what poetry should and shouldn’t do; whether its moment has passed ; whether it has enough of a contemporary readership. Such critiques tend to miss the upside of poetry’s shifting entry points, which have made it, as a language, all the more readily accessible, and
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Secret UFOs, Green Rays and Why ET Is Not Coming to Christmas Dinner A front-page Sunday article in The New York Times , published on December 16 th , revealed a recent secret Pentagon program to investigate UFOs. The astounding effort started in 2007, and—according to the US Defense Department—ended in 2012 (though the NYT reporting indicated that, while unfunded, the program remains alive ). Perhaps not surprisingly, the covert initiative has failed to produce c
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2017: A grand year in scienceA look back at the best science stories of 2017.
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2018 preview: Quantum computers to overtake ordinary machines Michael Fang/Martinis Lab By Jacob Aron If all goes to plan in 2018, Google will unveil a device capable of performing calculations that no other computer on the planet can tackle. The quantum computing era is upon us. Well, sort of. Google is set to achieve quantum supremacy, the long-awaited first demonstration of quantum computers’ ability to outperform ordinary machines at certain tasks.
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Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases Image copyright BBC News Image caption Light of different frequencies can bring out writing that is obscured by the paste and plaster that holds mummy cases together Researchers in London have developed scanning techniques that show what is written on the papyrus that mummy cases are made from. These are the decorated boxes into which the wrapped body of the deceased was placed before it was put
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Instant-Read Kitchen Thermometers: Thermoworks, Oxo Good Grips, Etekcity 1 OXO Good Grips Thermocouple The circular hinge on this contortionist lets the probe pivot up to 225 degrees so you can use it with your right or left hand. The center button allows for rotation of the hot poker without ­singeing your skin. Flip the orientation and the screen auto-flips for ­right-side up display. $100 2 Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Is that skillet hot enough to properly sear your so
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Can a Shipping Container Increase Access to Hands-On STEM? Designing STEM outreach programs for K-12 classrooms often becomes a balancing act between ambitious goals and limited resources. Scientific equipment is just one kind of resource, but one that is unavailable to many schools. Time is a less obvious resource, but time away from classroom curriculum is becoming increasingly hard for teachers to justify with their administrators. And personal access
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The Year In Space Discoveries It's been a banner year in space. We hear about 2017's biggest highlights, including the "Great American Eclipse" and NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Researchers Gather Health Data For 'All Of Us' Mine Cicek, an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic, processes samples for the All of Us program. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption toggle caption Richard Harris/NPR Mine Cicek, an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic, processes samples for the All of Us program. Richard Harris/NPR Federal taxpayers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a quest for blood samples, medical information
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The Future of Weed Science Is a Van in Colorado You enter the University of Colorado Boulder's newest research laboratory through the side entrance. The door—which is heavy and white, with a black, jug-style handle—slides open from right to left. Crammed inside are a plain wooden dresser, two chairs, and a small desk, above which someone has taped a mediocre landscape-print (mountains, trees, clouds, etc.). A kaleidoscopic purple tapestry hang
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Curbing climate change: Study finds strong rationale for the human factor Changes in human behavior in response to climate change, such as installing solar panels or insulating homes, alter greenhouse gas emissions. A new study for the first time measures the effects of these "behaviorally adjusted emissions" on the climate. Credit: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping
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Global warming: Study predicts a significantly drier world at 2 C Credit: CC0 Public Domain Over a quarter of the world's land could become significantly drier if global warming reaches 2C—according to new research from an international team including the University of East Anglia. The change would cause an increased threat of drought and wildfires. But limiting global warming to under 1.5C would dramatically reduce the fraction of the Earth's surface that un
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Single metalens focuses all colors of the rainbow in one point This flat metalens is the first single lens that can focus the entire visible spectrum of light -- including white light -- in the same spot and in high resolution. It uses arrays of titanium dioxide nanofins to equally focus wavelengths of light and eliminate chromatic aberration. Credit: Jared Sisler/Harvard SEAS Metalenses—flat surfaces that use nanostructures to focus light—promise to revolut
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How 'Artful Thinking' Can Improve Your Visual Intelligence A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania shows how principles from the field of visual arts can successfully be applied to medical training to increase observational and descriptive abilities. Observational skills are critical for medical students and yet students undergo no specific training to develop them. Several medical fields in particular, like ophthalmology and dermatology,
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Black Mirror: 'Black Museum' Is a Throwback to Episodes Past Sophie Gilbert and David Sims will be discussing the new season of Netflix’s Black Mirror , considering alternate episodes. The reviews contain spoilers; don’t read further than you’ve watched. See all of their coverage here . While I didn’t love “Metalhead,” David, which felt like a 40-minute black-and-white episode of Black Mirror does The Hunger Games , I did think there was something almost u
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Grieving for Aleppo, One Year After its Fall Last autumn, we watched as Bashar al-Assad pummeled the life out of east Aleppo. His barrel bombs collapsed stone apartment buildings into concrete slabs, crushing their inhabitants between the layers. Those who survived were left with hunger, disease, and despair. Death surrounded them. With devastating detail, the siege taught us the full meaning of “kneel or starve,” the Syrian president’s str
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Black Mirror: 'Metalhead' Is a Short, Stylish Survival Thriller Sophie Gilbert and David Sims will be discussing the new season of Netflix’s Black Mirror , considering alternate episodes. The reviews contain spoilers; don’t read further than you’ve watched. See all of their coverage here . “Hang the DJ” might have been my favorite episode of the season. Yes, it hits you over the head with the metaphor, but it’s such a perfect deployment of Charlie Brooker’s s
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Scientists search for survivors after the Thomas fire scorches a condor sanctuary Pushed by instinct and age, a fledgling California condor had been expected to step to the edge of its cliff-side cave sometime in December and make its first flight over the scrubby terrain of the Los Padres Sespe Condor Sanctuary. But then the Thomas fire broke out. The blaze ripped across Los Padres National Forest and into the 53,000-acre sanctuary, where 80 of the state's 172 free-flying c
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Source code for Apple's 1983 Lisa computer to be made public next year Apple Lisa with a ProFile hard drive stacked on top of it. Credit: Stahlkocher/ GNU Free Documentation License Before there was an iPhone, iMac or Macintosh, Apple had the Lisa computer. The Lisa computer—which stands for Local Integrated Software Architecture but was also named after Steve Jobs' eldest daughter—was a flop when it released in 1983 because of its astronomical price of $10,000 - $2
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Disse artikler fik flest debattører til tasterne i 2017 Carsten Kanstrup fik bølgerne til at gå højt med sin teori Hvilken teori ? Hvis man er flink, kan man måske kalde det en hypotese. "En teori skal opfylde kravene til videnskabelige principper. Nogle teorier er et resultat af empiriske studier, mens andre hovedsagelig er opbygget om logiske ræssonnementer. Teorier er således ikke gætterier eller meninger. Teorier i naturvidenskaben understøttes af
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The appliance of science: hope and fear in tomorrow’s world | Jim Al-Khalili M eteorologists can now reliably tell us if it is going to rain tomorrow, but wouldn’t dream of forecasting rain a year from now. Similarly, scientists find it much easier to predict what the world will look like in the next decade rather than in a century. This is because the technology of tomorrow relies on the science of today – it is only after we have understood a certain concept that we can
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Are you civic minded and what does that say about you? – personality quiz | Ben Ambridge Are you an active participant in community life or more a ‘charity begins at home’ type? And where did those attitudes come from? To find out, give each of the following statements a score between 1 (not at all true) and 4 (very true). (a) I volunteer my time for community activities (b) I regularly donate to charitable causes (c) I vote in elections If you scored (a) 2, (b) 2 and (c) 3 then you
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This Ultra-Thin Material Can Stop Bullets by Hardening Like a Diamond Researchers from The City University of New York (CUNY) have figured out that if you stack two layers of graphene, the new material it can harden to a diamond-like consistency upon impact. Where is that quality useful? In bullet-proof armor, which tends to be quite heavy, but doesn’t have to be if this graphene-based material is employed. Graphene , the world’s strongest material, is made up
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The best science long reads of 2017 (part two) From investigating the songbird trade in South-East Asia to hanging out with a man who keeps some very poisonous company, here's a second festive selection of the best science and environment long reads this year. You can read part one here . Sold for a song. By Victoria Gill Lush green blankets of vegetation drape over Java's steep mountains. But these dense rain forests - on Indonesia's most cr
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A Raging Forest Fire Is Headed Straight For Parker's Claim | Gold Rush #GoldRush | Friday 9p A forest fire heads straight for Parker's claim. Evacuation plans are in order if the wind doesn't change direction. Full Episodes Streaming FREE: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/gold-rush/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discovery Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gold_Rush https://twitter.com
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Three human-powered tools for maximum destruction On its own, the human body stands zero chance against concrete or lumber. Armed with a sturdy tool , though, we can smash foundations and tear down walls. But don’t be hasty: Picking the wrong implement will supercharge your frustration. Wielding the right one, however, will amplify the power in your physique. These three are ideal choices for grunt-inducing jobs. Best of all, they don’t need plu
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Why Panpsychism Is the Jedi Philosophy One of the most iconic elements of the Star Wars universe is the Force. That mysterious energy field that permeates the galaxy, which all lifeforms interact with but only a rare few can harness. It gives the science fiction series a mystical punch and serves to make our heroes a little more compelling. Not merely action heroes, they have a deeper connection to the cosmos they protect. The philo
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