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Confusion Continues: The United States' Position On The Paris Climate Agreement The White House has reaffirmed its position on the climate pact "unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country," after reports from AFP and the WSJ that the U.S. would stay.
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OutwittedHow tiny creatures with small brains outwit us so easily.
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Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling StudiesAn Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on seismic surveys in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which may open it to drilling.
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Would you Adam and Eve it? Why creation story is at heart of a new spiritual divideMajor survey reveals that it’s atheists who perpetuate the conflict between religious belief and science The biblical account of creation and the fate of Adam and Eve, progenitors of the human race, continues to inspire artists and writers. But according to a groundbreaking new survey, it is also at the heart of a deep misunderstanding between religious and non-religious Britons. A YouGov poll , c
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Harry Dean Stanton's Unmistakable Humanity Grounded Some of Film's Best Moments Image: Lynch/Frost Productions Carl Rodd, the owner of the Fat Trout Trailer Park in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me , has a sign on his door. It reads: Do not wake before 9am under any circumstances. When two FBI agents defy those instructions, he’s understandably dazed and angry. In a movie full of surreal terror, it’s a perfect moment precisely because it’s so mundane. Rodd, who also appears in
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La Croix's Natural Flavors Were Not a Mystery Photo: Getty Images Odds are pretty good that you have consumed a food or beverage item in the past 24 hours containing some sort of “natural flavors.” In fact, there’s a non-zero chance you are ingesting one right now. The term is a catch-all for an enormous number of different ingredients, but the ambiguity of the label does not make any one processed food or drink product an unsolvable enigma.
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Blood pressure better controlled with 'MAP' for doctorsPrimary care practices using the Measure accurately, Act rapidly and Partner with patients (MAP) program drove down hypertension rates among patients. In six months of MAP, hypertension control rose from 65.6 percent to 74.8 percent, among more than 21,000 hypertension patients at US primary care practices.
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Rising CO2 Pushes Plants to Drink SparinglyAs carbon dioxide levels rise, plants are sipping water more efficiently—which could come in handy in a drier future. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Channing Tatum's Smarmy Southerner Spy Makes an Entrance in New Kingsman: The Golden Circle Clip Image: 20th Century Fox We’ve already known that Channing Tatum would be planning an American spy with a hefty Southern accent in the new Kingsman movie, and now we can check out his introduction in a new clip. The scene, made available via the official Kingsman YouTube channel, shows Tatum’s grand entrance, busting Eggsy after he breaks into his bourbon distillery slash secret spy hideout. Adver
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France's hurricane-hit St Martin on guard for health threatsThe French-Dutch island of St Martin, where white sands and turquoise waters once drew foreign visitors in droves, is now attracting a different kind of population: rats and mosquitoes.
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Verizon Is Booting 8,500 Rural Customers Over Data Use, Including Some on 'Unlimited' Plans Photo: AP Verizon has decided to abruptly cut off wireless internet to some 8,500 rural customers in 13 states, saying their heavy data use had made it impossible to profit off of the accounts—even though many of the users had purchased unlimited plans. “Approximately 8,500 customers—using a variety of plans—were notified this month that we would no longer be their service provider after October
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The Joy of Sexagesimal Floating-Point ArithmeticOne eighth equals seven and thirty in this strange base 60 world -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Adults without partners monitor their blood pressure less frequentlyOverall, home blood pressure monitoring has increased among US adults. However, those with less than a high school diploma and no partner are less likely to monitor blood pressure at home. Adults who have and are being treated for high blood pressure show higher rates of home monitoring.
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Time ticking as nations meet on Paris climate dealEnvironment ministers from some 30 countries gathered Saturday in Montreal to push forward on implementing the Paris climate accord without the United States, three months after President Donald Trump walked out on the deal.
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Dubai awards contract for final phase of solar parkThe Gulf desert emirate of Dubai on Saturday announced the award of a $3.8-billion contract for the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030.
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Ars Technica

ISPs can keep sharing your browsing history after California no-vote Enlarge (credit: Dimitri Otis | Getty Images ) California state lawmakers ended their legislative session yesterday without enacting privacy protections for broadband customers after the proposed rule drew opposition from Internet service providers and advertisers. "By failing to pass A.B. 375, the legislature demonstrated that they put the profits of Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast over the privacy r
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Why Vending Machines are Not BodegasTechnology should be bringing communities together, not creating further divisions. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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When time seems to stop, blame your over-prepared brains Head Trip The perceived clock-stoppers. Not every second is made the same—at least as far as our noggins are concerned.
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Ars Technica

Devs unknowingly use “malicious” modules snuck into official Python repository Enlarge (credit: Cedar101 ) The official repository for the widely used Python programming language has been tainted with modified code packages, a computer security authority in Slovakia warned. The authority also said the packages have been downloaded by unwitting developers who incorporated them into software over the past three months. Multiple code packages were uploaded to the Python Packag
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Why Just Play Video Games When You Can Design Your Own?Spending a week at animation academy got kids looking at one of their favorite hobbies from a brand new perspective -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Cosmic Riddle: How Can This Star Be Older Than the Universe? Astronomers have gotten good at dating stars. But this one has them stumped. Read More
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Equifax's Chief Information Officer and Head of Security Are 'Retiring' Photo: AP Two Equifax executives—Chief Information Officer David Webb and Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin—are “retiring” in the wake of a security breach that allowed hackers to run off with financial and other private information for an estimated 143 million Americans. In a post on Equifax’s investor website , the company said the “personnel changes are effective immediately.” Advertisement
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An update on Hurricane Jose and the next threat behind it Enlarge / A Goes-16 satellite image on Saturday morning shows three storms of interest in the Atlantic. (credit: NOAA/Ars Technica) Despite the comings and goings of two major hurricanes that affected the United States during the last month—Harvey and Irma—we remain in the midst of a very active Atlantic hurricane season that may not be done with us yet. Not only must the US East Coast keep an ey
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“Prepare to die” in Dark Souls: The Board Game Enlarge (credit: Steamforged ) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com —and let us know what you think. It’s been surpassed now, but, for a while last year, Dark Souls had the honor of being the most lavishly funded board game ever on Kickstarter. The base game comes in a hefty enough package; imagine
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Rocko Will Navigate Unemployment in Rocko's Modern Life Comic From Boom! Studios All images via Boom! Studios. Illustration by Nick Pitarra. Poor Rocko. After his star turn in the ‘90s, not much has really changed for the poor, beleagured wallaby. Still hanging out with his old friends. Still navigating the surreal messiness of contemporary existence. At least now, thanks to Boom! Studios, he’ll get to do it all in comic book form. As reported yesterday by the Los Angeles Tim
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The Muslim Feminist Group Scrambling France’s Left-Right Divide Lallab, a Muslim feminist organization in France, has been raking in national awards and media attention since its creation by two young students in 2016. It emphasizes the interplay of racism, sexism, and Islamophobia in Muslim women’s daily lives in France, and its website is rife with language like “intersectional” and “allyship,” more reminiscent of American activism than French. Lallab’s bra
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Electric Concept Cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show Reveal the Auto Industry's FutureConcepts from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and others show how big automakers are preparing for the electric age.
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Iværksætter: »Svendebrevet betyder mere end min ph.d.«Civilingeniør, ph.d. Jens Cortsen droppede den faste hyre og blev teknisk direktør i Smooth Robotics – men uden baggrunden som maskinarbejder havde han aldrig stiftet en virksomhed.
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Twitter rival Gab sues Google over app store rejection Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Nguyen Hung Vu ) Gab, a Twitter rival popular with the Breitbart crowd, is suing Google. The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday, argues that Google violated antitrust laws when it rejected Gab's app from its Android app store. Gab says Google rejected Gab to help its business partner Twitter. Google and Twitter signed a data-shari
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The Museum of Colonialism The latest controversy to embroil the British Museum began, as it often seems to do in the early 21st century, on social media, when @britishmuseum tweeted a reply to an innocuous #AskACurator question about exhibition descriptions. “We aim to be understandable by 16-year-olds,” wrote the museum’s Asia curator in a string of tweets. “Sometimes Asian names can be confusing, so we have to be carefu
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Get Ready for EmTech MIT 2017: November 6-9Gain access to the most innovative people and companies in the world, and understand the technologies that will drive the new global economy.
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Koala 'hitches' ride under car wheel archShe survived a 16km (10-mile) car journey, clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive near Adelaide.
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The Everglades Took a Beating From Hurricane Irma Wracks of seagrass deposited along Northwest Cape Sable after Hurricane Irma tore through earlier in the week. Image: Steve Davis Floridians were spared the brunt of Hurricane Irma’s destructive power last week, when the storm instead took direct aim at some of the most pristine sections of the Everglades. Early reports from scientists suggest that these ecosystems saw serious damage, and could f
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Bill Nye Wants Fox News to Get Real About Climate ChangeThe TV personality and science expert wants people to get solid information about global warming.
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Como a Grande Indústria Viciou o Brasil em Junk FoodÀ medida que o crescimento diminui nos países ricos, as empresas de alimentos ocidentais se expandem acintosamente nos países em desenvolvimento, contribuindo para obesidade e problemas de saúde.
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Keep Sharp, MetatheriansA cat-size mammal is an unusual find for its time -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ars Technica

Ad industry “deeply concerned” about Safari’s new ad-tracking restrictions Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto/Getty Images) Apple's latest operating systems for the Mac and iPhone will soon be rolling out, and with that comes new restrictions on ad-tracking in the Safari browser. Adding a 24-hour limit on ad targeting cookies is good for privacy under Apple's new " Intelligent Tracking Prevention " feature. But if you're an advertiser, the macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 Safari bro
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Saturday's Best Deals: Fire Tablets, Travelpro, Instant Pot, and More Your last chance to save on Fire tablets , our readers’ favorite carry-on bag , and a rare deal on a smart Instant Pot lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Top Tech Deals Fire 7 Tablet , $35 for Prime members | Fire HD 8 , $55 for Prime members Update : This deal ends today, so don’t miss your chance. Amazon’s entr
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Romantisk film om lort er et kæmpehit i IndienEn klassisk Bollywood-film med humor, drama, sange og store følelser er blevet et stort hit. Men den handler også om et af de store tabuer i Indien – afføring i det fri.
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Why Protecting a Shark Nursery in the Patagonia Sea Is CrucialThe remoteness and weak law enforcement in Bahia San Blas, a major nursery for several shark species, has led to a significant loss of these sharks.
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Asia’s AI AgendaThe Deep Dive Editions: India
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Asia’s AI AgendaThe Deep Dive Editions: China
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Asia’s AI AgendaThe Deep Dive Editions: Australia
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Facebook Heads to Canada for the Next Big AI BreakthroughAI research center in Montreal will use recent advances in machine learning to give machines better language skills.
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Den brune planet: Toiletvaner i hele verden
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Motorcykellidenskab fra forskærm til nummerpladeEt lille museum i Norditalien vækker stærke følelser hos motorcykelentusiaster og fans af mærket Ducati, hvis fantastiske maskiner gennem årtier har fået hjerter til at slå lidt hurtigere.
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Se de fantastiske Ducatier fra BolognaMotorcykelfabrikanten Ducatis museum i Bologna er et must for alle, der interesserer sig for italienske motorcykler. Her er historien rullet ud fra den første model i 1946 til superbikes med over 200 hk.
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Do Animals Murder Each Other?Animals regularly murder their own kind, and many species do so at a much higher rate than humans.
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The Cassini Team Reflects on How it Feels to Say Goodbye to Their Spacecraft All photos: Mika McKinnon Yesterday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft slammed into the day side of Saturn, the brief flash of its vaporization marking the end of a 13-year mission. But it took people to turn this hunk of aluminum and silicon into an extension of our curiosity. For the past three days, I’ve chatted with engineers and scientists at the wooden tables dotting Jet Propulsion Laborato
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Feds Give Kaspersky Security Products the Boot, and Other Security News This WeekKaspersky, Apple, and more of the week's top security news.
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Electric vehicle price is rising, but cost-per-mile is falling Enlarge / IEA's findings in graphical form (credit: EIA) Around the world, the average price of electric vehicles (EVs) rose in 2016, but that's not necessarily cause for alarm according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) . When the agency divided the list price of EVs with their range, it found a downward trend in how much bang an EV buyer is getting for their buck. The average price of EV
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Claire Messud – All These Falls From Grace – Think Again - a Big Think Podcast #116 Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Author Claire Messud on childhood, growing up, and how we contain the things that scare us. Read More
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7 Ways to Have More Self-DiscplineSavvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers 7 ways to stretch your self-control -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Atlantic

Colin Kaepernick and Blade Runner: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing Colin Kaepernick Has a Job Rembert Browne | Bleacher Report “As a black man with a black biological father and a white biological mother, adopted by loving white parents who raised him in a majority white town to become a star three-sport athlete, a God-fearing Christian, and a model citizen, this went well beyond the experience of a privileged American jock. This was a unique finesse, somewhere
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A Hail Mary for North Korea Diplomacy Earlier this week, the passage of yet another United Nations Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea provided the Trump administration with more on the pressure side of its stated “maximum pressure and engagement” strategy to deal with Pyongyang. And then North Korea responded to the pressure, which Trump has admitted is still somewhat short of maximum, as it frequently has
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How to choose the best tablet for you DIY Your ideal device is out there. Stumped about which tablet to buy? This complete guide will make sense of software, specs, form factors, and more to help you choose the best device for you.
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The Bluetooth-Connected Instant Pot Can Also Sous-Vide, and It's Never Been Cheaper Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth Pressure Cooker , $128 If you missed yesterday’s Instant Pot deal, you’ve got another chance today in the form of a smart Bluetooth pressure cooker , now marked down to an all-time low $128. This Instant Pot is nearly identical to the IP-DUO60 that was on sale yesterday, with two major exceptions. The first, as you probably already guessed, is built-in Bluetooth and a
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Space Photos of the Week: So Long, Cassini. Thanks for All the PicsA glittering barred spiral galaxy, Jupiter's storms, and Cassini's long-awaited Grande Finale dive this week in space.
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Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the WorldTo tell truth from fiction, start with quantitative thinking, argues the mathematician Rebecca Goldin.
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Ars Technica

A high profile SpaceX investor tells a datacenter crowd why he believes in Musk Nathan Mattise (on a Moto G 2014) AUSTIN, Texas—The September 13 keynote at this year’s Data Center Austin conference seemed like a bit of an oddity: an angel investor, appearing at an IT/data center industry event, reportedly talking about aerospace funding. Luke Nosek likely doesn’t have any issue with things that appear unusual to outsiders, though. This summer, he made news with what seemed l
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Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're EqualProof rests on a surprising link between infinity size and the complexity of mathematical theories -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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NOx-rens på vej til forbudstruede dieselbilerVirksomheden Amminex har udviklet udstyr til dieselbiler, der i tests sænkede NOx-udledningen med 95 procent. Lancering afhænger af politiske krav.
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BBC News - Science & Environment

Henry the hippo reunites with his baby FionaA happy ending for a family of hippos.
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The Atlantic

Cutting Taxes Will Be Harder Than Trump Thinks On most Tuesdays, known around Capitol Hill as “fly-in day,” House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady holds a quickie media gaggle outside his office, providing reporters the chance to grill him about the coming week’s hot issues. Increasingly, that means one thing: tax reform. With the failure to repeal Obamacare, an overhaul of the tax code has assumed do-or-die urgency for Republicans. “Failu
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Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller In all the coverage of the Trump administration’s fraught interactions with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it has been easy to miss the potentially more consequential interplay unfolding across town: that between Mueller’s team and Congress. Last month, Republican Representative Ron DeSantis proposed a measure to limit funding for Mueller’s probe to six months and restrict its scope. More recent
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Dataekspert advarer mod Telia-dims i bilenForsikringsbranchen kalder det ”dialog” og vil gerne samarbejde med telegigant om at få data om privatbilisters kørsel via et overvågningsapparat fra Telia. Dataekspert kalder det "fuld overvågning".
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The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending September 16, 2017)This week’s most thought-provoking papers from the Physics arXiv.
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Rare White Giraffes Cause a Stir in KenyaA conservancy captured video footage of the mother and child after a villager tipped off rangers.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Ultrafast snapshots of relaxing electrons in solidsWhen x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole behind. For a long time, scientists have suspected that the liberated electron and the positively charged hole form a new kind of quasiparticle—known as 'core-exciton'. But so far, there has not yet been a real proof of its existence. Scientists
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To fight wildlife crime, experts say 'follow the money'In most cases, the conviction of a Thai man trafficking rhino horns through a bizarre scheme that involved hiring prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters would have marked the end of the story.
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Canada climate minister pushes for Paris accord progressCanada's environment minister urged governments to move forward on the Paris climate accord Friday, speaking on the eve of talks over the agreement's implementation.
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California court reinstates foie gras banA US court in California on Friday re-instated a ban on foie gras in a move celebrated by animal rights activists who have long opposed the controversial French delicacy made by force-feeding ducks and geese.
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Equifax executives step down after major hack (Update)Equifax has replaced two senior executives entrusted with watching over its computers, after the credit reporting agency revealed it suffered a major hack that led to one of the worst-ever breaches of personal data.
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Spørg Scientariet: Hvad sker der, når en proton og en positron støder sammen?En læser vil gerne vide, om et proton-positron-sammenstød bliver til nye partikler – eller om de overhovedet kan støde sammen. Det svarer Ole J. Knudsen fra Aarhus Universitet på.
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Tracing Cassini's fiery death was like seeing a heart monitor flatline At a Nasa site nestled in a valley not far from Australia’s capital city, a lucky few get a closer view of the end of the spacecraft’s 20-year odyssey Deep Space Station 43 is an imposing piece of hardware. It’s a 70-metre diameter radio telescope, the largest in the southern hemisphere, and on this cold Canberra Friday night, red lights were flashing to signify it was sending data to one of the
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Deadspin Here’s What ESPN Employees Are Saying About The Jemele Hill Situation On Their Private Mess Deadspin Here’s What ESPN Employees Are Saying About The Jemele Hill Situation On Their Private Message Board | Jezebel How Do I Make Sure My Horrible Future Sister-in-Law Doesn’t Bring Her Kids to My Wedding? | The Root Shit Finally Hits the Fan in St. Louis ... Like We Said It Would | Splinter The NYPD Released Body Cam Video of a Fatal Shooting for the First Time, and the Police Union Is Livid
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Are Hurricane Risk Models Dangerously Out of Date?Join us on Tuesday, September 19, at 11am EST for an interactive online discussion with Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at MIT and a leading hurricane forecaster. The conversation will explore what role climate change may have played in recent major hurricanes like Irma and Harvey, and how scientists are working to improve forecasting for extreme weather events.
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The Atlantic

Federal Court Blocks Trump's Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities A federal judge in Illinois blocked the Justice Department from denying grant money to sanctuary cities on Friday, handing the Trump administration another defeat in its efforts to crack down on jurisdictions that oppose federal immigration policy. Judge Harry D. Leinenweber issued a preliminary injunction to block the policy change while legal proceedings continue. If the city of Chicago, which
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The Atlantic Daily: Mission and Missile What We’re Following Attack in London: A rush-hour explosion from what officials described as an “improvised explosive device” injured at least 19 people on one of London’s underground rail lines. President Trump quickly condemned the attack as the work of “a loser terrorist” and reiterated his call for a “travel ban into the United States” from several Muslim-majority countries—a response that n
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Ars Technica

Equifax CIO, CSO “retire” in wake of huge security breach Enlarge / A monitor displays Equifax Inc. signage on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (credit: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images) On Friday, Equifax announced that two top executives would be retiring in the aftermath of the company’s massive security breach that affected 143 million Americans. According to a press release, the com
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Space X Releases Shocking Blooper Reel: How Not to Land a Rocket "Well, technically it did land... just not in once piece." Read More
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Here’s all the new Apple stuff you can order right now Technology Two iPhone models are available for pre-order, and so are other shiny gadgets. Want a new iPhone now, and feel like saving a couple hundred bucks and by not purchasing the iPhone X?
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Journalist Nearly Banned from YouTube and Gmail For Posting Al-Qaeda Videos From Chelsea Manning Trial Photo: AP YouTube’s latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O’Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who work
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High blood pressure reasons differ by gender in teens; young adultsGender matters when it comes to what's most likely to elevate blood pressure in young to middle-aged adults. The volume of blood pumped from the left ventricle during heartbeats, i.e., stroke volume, is the main determinant of blood pressure levels in women, while blood pressure in men is more likely to be determined by the amount of resistance in the body's blood vessels.
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Here Are the Top Causes of Death WorldwideWhile overall deaths from infectious diseases and preterm birth are decreasing, deaths from heart disease, conflict and terrorism are on the rise.
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Brash Investor Tries to Blow Up the IPO as His Partners QuitVC Chamath Palihapitiya is investing in public companies, but his two co-founders are leaving their firm, Social Capital.
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New iPhones may spur a surge in augmented realityThe runaway success of "Pokemon Go" last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokemon. And two: Creating good augmented reality - the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they're actually chasing a Pikachu - is really, really hard.
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As NASA's Cassini mission flames out over Saturn, scientists mark bittersweet end of missionIn the dark of the early morning, planetary scientist Andy Ingersoll stood alone and slightly stooped at a coffee cart at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 900 million miles across the solar system, the 2-ton Cassini spacecraft that he worked on for more than 20 years was being ripped apart and vaporizing in the cloud tops of Saturn.
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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow CassiniAlthough NASA does not have yet a follow-up mission to Saturn on its schedule, scientists are dreaming up ideas for one.
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Inside Science

The Touch And Feel Of Consumer Products The Touch And Feel Of Consumer Products The sensory perception of a product based on how it feels. The Touchy-Feely of Consumer Products Video of The Touchy-Feely of Consumer Products The sensory perception of a product based on how it feels Human Friday, September 15, 2017 - 16:30 Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor (Inside Science) -- I love learning about a new field of science. It’s like finding a n
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What's Cooler Than One Radiator? Two Radiators! | Diesel Brothers #DieselBrothers | Mondays at 9p Chavis and Diesel Dave install both radiators into the Ultimate Tow Rig to ensure the motor never overheats when it's towing a heavy load. Full Episodes Streaming FREE: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/diesel-brothers/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DieselBrothersTV https://www.facebook.com/D
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Swiss state blocks cyberattack, but another hits contractorSwitzerland's government says state cyber-experts detected and prevented an attempted cyberattack on the Swiss defense department, while another attack "disrupted" the systems of a contractor for the foreign affairs department.
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What Is Ultraviolet Light?Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. These high-frequency waves can damage living tissue.
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Maine orders partial shellfishing shutdown, mussel recallMaine is shutting down shellfish harvesting in parts of the state's eastern coast because of a marine algae bloom that can carry a neurotoxin.
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Mysterious sea monsters that wash ashore are rarely mysterious (and never monsters) Animals The real weirdos never even make it to land. We can’t seem to shake this idea that the sea is a writhing, unfathomable mass filled with peculiar creatures never before seen.
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Facebook opens AI lab in Canada, with Trudeau on handFacebook opened its first artificial intelligence lab in Canada on Friday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand to praise the impact of such cutting-edge research.
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NASA-NOAA's satellite night-time nod to NormaInfrared imagery provides a look at tropical cyclones at night and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite got a look at Tropical Storm Norma in the Eastern Pacific using infrared light.
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NASA sees Typhoon Doksuri making landfall in VietnamNASA's Terra satellite captured an image of Typhoon Doksuri as it made landfall in eastern Vietnam in the Ha Tinh province.
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The Atlantic's Week in Culture Don’t Miss ‘What More Do You Need’ — Megan Garber reads What Happened , Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir, in which the politician has become cautiously diaristic. Katie Posner The Business of Creativity Why I’m Still Trying to Get a Book Deal After 10 Years — Anjali Enjeti explains her dedication to becoming a published author and how her approach has changed over the last decade. Marjorie Liu on
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cassini Goes Out With a Bang Today in 5 Lines At least 22 people were injured when a homemade bomb exploded on a commuter train in London. President Trump’s response to the attack drew pushback from British officials. The U.N. Security Council was called into emergency session in response to North Korea’s latest missile test. NASA sent the Cassini spacecraft, almost out of fuel, crashing into Saturn , ending a successful 20-
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Research team identifies new organelle in parasitic wasp venomCity College of New York biologist Shubha Govind and her research team have identified the composition of "virus-like particles" (VLPs) found in the venom of a wasp that is a parasite of fruit flies. Invisible to the eye, wasp VLPs suppress the flies' immune responses by killing their blood cells.
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Sensing with a twist: A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processingThe world of nanosensors may be physically small, but the demand is large and growing, with little sign of slowing. As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop.
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Sugary secrets of a cancer-related proteinThe proteins in human cells are extensively decorated with different types of sugars, a phenomenon called glycosylation. These modifications greatly increase the diversity of protein structure and function, affecting how proteins fold, how they behave, and where they go in cells. New research that will be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on Sept. 22 demonstrates that a rare type of
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After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength A long-term study of people who survived Hurricane Katrina found that most were doing well, and some feel the experience transformed them. But others remain haunted by anxiety and depression. (Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Watching Cassini’s last moments from inside NASA mission controlThe Cassini team was at once somber and excited as they watched the spacecraft’s radio heartbeat flicker out. Mika McKinnon joined them to say goodbye
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Stuck in a hurricane? Don't forget to look out for tornadoes. Science A serious hidden hazard. The threat of small and quick—yet dangerous—tornadoes can be a hidden hazard when a tropical storm or hurricane makes landfall.
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Alphabet might be about to invest $1 billion in Lyft Enlarge (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Last week, my colleague Tim Lee explained why Lyft is going to be like Android, licensing and partnering with others rather than doing everything in-house. On Friday, Reuters reported on a notable deal that adds more weight to that analysis. According to an unnamed source "familiar with the talks," Alphabet is in the frame as a potential investor. Ly
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The Hottest Known Temperature On Earth Was Caused By an Ancient Asteroid Strike Mistastin Lake, the site of a horrendous asteroid impact some 34 million years ago. (Image: Google Maps) Around 36 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into what is now the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. New research suggests that, for a brief time, the temperature at the point of impact exceeded 4,300 degrees F (2,370 C), making it the hottest temperature known to have occurre
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Trilobites: One Night a Year, This Cactus Flower May Surprise YouA look at the night-blooming cereus, a group of cactus flowers that make a one-night appearance and then disappear.
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Cave Creature Genitalia, Other Weird Discoveries Net 2017 Ig NobelsIn one winning paper, scientists describe an insect whose females have evolved a penis-like appendage that penetrates males' 'vaginas.'
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Trump Keeps Kicking Allies When They're Down “Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” the Bible observes —in other words, friends tell each other hard truths. For Donald Trump, that means suggesting on Twitter , in the raw moments after an explosion on a London train injured dozens on Friday, that the “loser terrorist” behind the blast was in “the sights of” British law-enforcement and might have been stopped had the authorities been as “toug
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Cassini Spacecraft Burns Up Like A Meteor In Dramatic End To Saturn Mission The Cassini spacecraft, which launched almost 20 years ago, ended its mission early Friday morning when it dove directly into Saturn's atmosphere, burning up like a meteor.
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Google Has Spent At Least $1.1 Billion On Self-Driving Car Tech: Report Photo: Waymo Billions are being spent on developing self-driving cars, as seen in megadeals like General Motors dumping $1 billion into Cruise Automation , or Intel paying $15 billion for chipmaker Mobileye . Now, thanks to an ongoing lawsuit between Google’s self-driving car project and Uber, we now know how much Google has spent on developing autonomous tech: at least $1.1 billion, according to
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I Went on Darren Aronofsky's Strange *mother!* Movie Scavenger HuntThe director got me to go down an alley to talk to a dude in trench coat. How was *your* Saturday?
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Fertility research brings death of dogma, birth of hopeA new study shows unequivocally that stem cells in the ovaries are a critical piece of the mammal fertility puzzle, and may be harnessed to revolutionize fertility treatments and perhaps even delay menopause.
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Sensing with a twist: A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processingAs electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale optomechanical resonator that can detect torsional motion at near state-of-the-art sensitivity. Their resonator, into which
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Deprescribing gets support from Canada's seniors, survey showsA majority of Canadians over 65 think 'deprescribing' should be a national government priority .
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Glowing Slinky-Like 'Creature' Is Actually a Mass of EggsA mystery "sea creature" spotted near Port Douglas, Australia, is not actually a creature at all, one expert says.
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The iPhone X's face unlock and the fifth amendment don't mix Technology The new iPhone X is shining a light on a Fifth Amendment debate. Biometric locks, like iPhone X's facial recognition, resides in a legally gray area when it comes to digital security.
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Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News All it takes is a humid day. It’s possible to remove defects from next-generation solar cells using things found outside on a nice day: light, oxygen and a modest amount of humidity.
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How to Save Messages on Your iPhoneNeed to save that text message for proof in a friendly dispute? Something more salubrious? Here's how to back up all the text messages on your phone.
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Eyewire Release Report: 9/15/2017 As detailed here , every few Fridays we’re sharing which bug fixes and tiny features our developers have released into the wild. Apart from bigger changes that have received their own posts, here are the releases on Eyewire since the last report. We’ve fixed a bug where some users were getting double points on a cube by inspecting it in review mode and clicking “move on.” We’ve fixed a bug with c
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Biology Labs Hit by Harveys Eye Face Long Road to RecoveryAt the University of Texas's Marine Science Institute, the hurricane caused more than $100 million in damage, killed hundreds of study animals, and displaced numerous researchers, but its work continues.
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How Bizarre Is This Year’s Wildfire Season, Really?A fire ecologist explains why this summer’s wildfires are so dramatic.
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Sit in the Cockpit with this Drone-Like Paper Airplane Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane , $119 with code 15FPV In combination with your phone, this drone-like paper airplane , and included VR headset, you can live your dream of piloting your own plane. A camera sits on top of the plane allowing you to see what the plane sees for up to a 10 minute flight up to 300 feet. The plane usually sells for around $140 on Amazon but with promo code 15FPV, y
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Ancient amphibian had mouthful of teeth ready to grab you: UTM researchThe idea of being bitten by a nearly toothless modern frog or salamander sounds laughable, but their ancient ancestors had a full array of teeth, large fangs and thousands of tiny hook-like structures called denticles on the roofs of their mouths that would snare prey, according to new research by paleontologists at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).
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The Snow Leopard Is No Longer Endangered. It’s Still at Risk.The animals have been reclassified as vulnerable by a leading conservationist group, but poaching and habitat loss still threaten their populations.
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Dealmaster: Get a Dell Inspiron Core i7 laptop with a 512GB SSD for $580 Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains , we have another round of deals to share. Today's list has discounts on a slew of Dell and Lenovo laptops, including a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series notebook with a Core i7-7500U chip and 512GB SSD for $580. We also have a roundup of your options to buy Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. You can find the rest of the deals below. Not
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What to Do With Your Old iPhoneGive some thought to how you can make the best use of that old device you're leaving behind.
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NASA sees Typhoon Doksuri making landfall in VietnamNASA's Terra satellite captured an image of Typhoon Doksuri as it made landfall in eastern Vietnam in the Ha Tinh province.
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Gab, the Twitter Clone for Trolls, Is Suing Google Image: Gab.ai In the wake of the bloody white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville last month, complicit tech companies decided to finally enforce their policies , pushing back against the rise of extremism online. One service caught in the crackdown was the “free speech” social network Gab, which was booted from Google’s Play Store, and now the Twitter knockoff is suing for what it claim
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This pretty blue fog only happens in warm champagne Science And illustrates some fundamentals of physics. Not many people are into room-temperature champagne. Most of us like our bubbly chilled, but if we weren’t so invested in refrigeration, we might have seen the blue fog…
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Sugary secrets of a cancer-related proteinProteins in human cells are decorated with different types of sugars, a phenomenon called glycosylation. These modifications greatly increase the diversity of protein structure and function, affecting how proteins fold, how they behave, and where they go in cells. New research that will be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on Sept. 22 demonstrates that a rare type of glycosylation p
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After Harvey, Mosquito Control Ramps UpWith flooding still several feet high in some parts of Texas, authorities have intensified mosquito control tactics in the hopes of avoiding disease outbreaks.
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No, Scientists Did Not Say Light Drinking During Pregnancy Was Okay “I don’t know” and “yes” are very different things. “I don’t know if my child is allergic to peanuts” does not mean, “yes, I should feed my child peanuts.” “I don’t know if this berry is poisonous” does not mean, “yes, I should eat this berry.” And “I don’t know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy” does not mean, “I should drink alcohol while I’m pregnant.” New research published recently in
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300 'Shooting Star' Drones Light Up Skies with 'Wonder Woman' DisplayIn the skies of Los Angeles, a fleet of 300 drones performed choreographed maneuvers to spell out the trademark "W" symbol of Wonder Woman.
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NASA-NOAA's satellite night-time nod to NormaInfrared imagery provides a look at tropical cyclones at night and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite got a look at Tropical Storm Norma in the Eastern Pacific using infrared light.
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Brain halves increase communication to compensate for aging, study findsIncreased communication between distant brain regions helps older adults compensate for the negative aspects of aging, reports a new study published this week in Human Brain Mapping.
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CCNY-led research team identifies new organelle in parasitic wasp venomCity College of New York biologist Shubha Govind and her research team have identified the composition of 'virus-like particles' (VLPs) found in the venom of a wasp that is a parasite of fruit flies. Invisible to the eye, wasp VLPs suppress the flies' immune responses by killing their blood cells.
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Steroid hormones could hold further clues about age-related bone lossPrevious research has shown that the protein histone deacetylase 3, or HDAC3, turns off the genes that encourage the stem cells in our bone marrow to make and store fat instead of making bone. As HDAC3 levels decrease naturally with age, bones become less dense and easily breakable. Now scientists looking further upstream to hopefully explain the mechanism behind that process are finding some conf
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The AIY Voice Kit Lets You Build a Google Home for Only $35Google's official kit lets anyone with a Raspberry Pi build a smart speaker.
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Psychologists Think Google Probably Shouldn't Be Your Therapist Image: Google A few weeks ago, Google announced that it had teamed up with a mental health advocacy group to take a stab at addressing the American epidemic of depression. People who type the words “clinical depression” into Google search via mobile in the US are now presented automatically with a link to a screening questionnaire to assess their depression. The assertion that Google has the answ
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Photos of the Week: 9/9–9/15 Hurricanes Jose and Irma, an earthquake in Mexico, the Festival of the Winds in Sydney, the World Wingsuit Championship in China, a lightning storm in San Francisco, a 3,500-year-old tomb newly discovered in Egypt, Cassini’s grand finale above Saturn, and much more.
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First They Killed My Father Is a Surprising, Devastating Triumph There’s only one scene in First They Killed My Father that isn’t told through the eyes of Loung Ung (Sareum Srey Moch), the young daughter of a high-ranking Cambodian government official who was swept up in the terror of the Khmer Rouge’s campaign of genocide in 1975. It’s the opening montage, one cutting between footage of Richard Nixon insisting on American neutrality in the country and newsree
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Brown dwarfs have strong magnetic fields just like real starsFailed stars called brown dwarfs straddle the line between big planets and small stars. An observation of a magnetic field puts another tick in the star column
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Talking to older adults about health prognosis may be helpfulIn a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers examined how older adults with disabilities later in life might react to learning their prognosis, and how they evaluated their own prognosis compared to 'official' estimates.
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'Exciting' discovery on path to develop new type of vaccine to treat global virusesScientists at the University of Southampton have made a significant discovery in efforts to develop a vaccine against Zika, dengue and Hepatitis C viruses that affect millions of people around the world.
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Why One Portland Comic Con Has Banned All Nazi Costumes Image: America #1, Marvel Comics Rose City Comic Con has banned all cosplay that features Nazi symbols or designs, including old-school Hydra and Red Skull costumes. This comes after groups in Nazi-esque gear were spotted at the con, in what Rose City Comic Con’s founder has indicated is a growing trend. “I would say that I’ve seen more people dressed up as some form of Nazi this year at conventi
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Tiny ‘supraballs’ put a new spin on creating long-lasting colorNano-sized balls of melanin and silica generate durable colors.
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Is Apple's iPhone Upgrade Plan Right for You?Mobile carriers and Apple have both made it easy for iPhone lovers to get the latest phone without having to pay the full amount up-front.
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Musical vaginas, dining on humans, and cat fluidity honored with Ig Nobels Enlarge / The speaker goes where? (credit: Babypod ) As the person who is responsible for covering the annual Nobel Prizes in the sciences, it's always good to get a warning that they're about to be awarded. For me, that warning is provided by the Annals of Improbable Research, which has spent the last 27 years hosting its First-Annual Ig Nobel Prizes . Complete with a ceremony that features a mi
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Metabolomics Data Under ScrutinyOut of 25,000 features originally detected by metabolic profiling of E. coli, fewer than 1,000 represent unique metabolites, a study finds.
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Tesla’s Autopilot Trouble, the Mercedes-Benz Hypercar, NHTSA Guidelines, and More Car News From This WeekThat time the federal government got serious about autonomous vehicles.
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France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in EuropeFrench Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused US internet giants on Friday of escaping their fair share of taxes in Europe, as he pushed the EU to urgently address the issue.
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Save $5 On OxyLED's Biggest Stick-Anywhere Light Strip OxyLED T-02 Plus , $20 with code UTWUF6MS Our readers have bought tens of thousands of OxyLED’s motion-sensing night lights , and now they’re offering you only the second deal we’ve ever seen on the supersized T-02 Plus. The Plus features 36 individual LED bulbs, a rechargeable battery, and unlike a several similar models, the ability to turn on manually, rather than relying on the motion and amb
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Will America Accept Refugees From Trump's White House? The first wave of Trump White House refugees is now landing on American shores. The instability of their former abode has already set nearly a dozen senior staffers into motion, with who knows how many more to follow. No question, many of them have suffered horrible abuse and maltreatment. But compassion must be joined to realism. Are these migrants bringing with them values consistent with our w
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Bitcoin ... the way to the future or path to financial ruin?Bitcoin, hailed in some quarters as the future of currency, is having a rough week, with a flurry of rumors that China will shut down exchanges and the head of a major U.S bank calling bitcoin a "fraud."
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Nepal survey to remeasure Mount Everest beginsNepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world's tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015, the government said Friday.
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NASA sees Hurricane Max make landfall and weakenNASA's Aqua satellite captured in infrared-light image of Hurricane Max that showed the storm weakened quickly as it made landfall in southwestern Mexico. Max quickly degenerated into a large area of low pressure.
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Satellite eyeing Tropical Storm Jose churning coastal watersAlthough Tropical Storm Jose was located off the coast of southeastern U.S. it is stirring up the waters along the U.S. East coast, causing dangerous conditions. NOAA's GOES East satellite saw Jose centered about 360 miles northeast of the southwestern Bahamas on Sept. 15.
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Celebrity fossil reveals all for scienceWith the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science's most well-known fossil species; Agnostus pisiformis. The trilobite-like arthropod lived in huge numbers in Scandinavia a half-billion years ago. Today, this extinct species provides important clues for science in several ways.
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Satellite view reveals Tropical Depression 15E still strugglingSatellite imagery showed that Tropical Depression 15E continued to struggle to organize while still being affected by vertical wind shear.
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Nothing to See Here: India's Oldest Use of Zero IdentifiedThe concept of zero as a number was revolutionary in mathematics. Historians have long known the idea came from India, but its exact origins remain murky.
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Researchers find cereal rye is effective at reducing Amaranthus spp. density in soybean cropsFall-planted cover crops are often used as part of an integrated weed control program in herbicide-resistant soybean crops. But researchers writing in the journal Weed Technology say not all cover crops are equally effective against Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and other Amaranthus spp. weeds.
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Video: Cassini's legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of TitanThe Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, is set to end on Sept. 15.
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Why Do Facebook’s Algorithms Keep Abetting Racism? [Updated] Mark Zuckerberg (Getty) Call it algorithmic ignorance. Or maybe, algorithmic idiocy. On Thursday, Pro Publica uncovered that Facebook’s ad targeting system, which groups users together based on profile data, offered to sell ads targeting a demographic of Facebook users that self-reported as “Jew Haters.” “Jew Haters” started trending on Twitter when the piece went viral, and by Friday Facebook an
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This land is (still) their land. Meet the Nebraskan farmers fighting Keystone XL Environment These unlikely environmental activists are running out of time. A decade ago, Carlson didn’t even believe in climate change. But that was before he’d been forced to become a self-taught scholar of all things petroleum—before the…
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NASA gets a dramatic 3-D view of Typhoon Talim's large eyeNASA created a dramatic 3-D image of powerful Typhoon Talim using data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite. Talim's large eye really made the storm stand out as it moved toward landfall.
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Satellite sees Atlantic Tropical Depression 14 forms off Africa's west coastNOAA's GOES East satellite captured a visible image of the latest tropical cyclone to form in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Depression 14E formed, despite battling northerly wind shear.
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Gadgets: Smart sweeper maps territory to cleanOnce you prepare your house for vacuuming, the only thing left to do to clean your floors and carpet is to press a button. From there, the Deebot R95 robotic vacuum cleaner takes over and does the work.
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Lab notes: from ancient zero to space hero – this week's science goes down in a blaze of glory And so farewell to Cassini, whose incredibly rewarding mission to Saturn has reached a fiery and dramatic end after 20 years, eight billion miles, a ton of stunning images and masses of extremely intriguing data . The plucky spacecraft has now become one with the planet it so faithfully observed, which is a nice way of saying it’s burned away to nothing – or zero, the expression of which has caus
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'Long live Cassini': Nasa scientists say farewellThe chief scientists who worked on the spacecraft react after it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere.
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The False Prophets of Protest Music Protest music is thriving, if you want to hear it. A top-of-my-head assortment: Kendrick Lamar’s post-election self-interrogations , Sheer Mag’s resistance-minded retrofitting of Thin Lizzy , Vince Staples’s dizzying F.U. to the White House , and Lana Del Rey’s knowingly naïve pleas for world peace . Even the slick, chart-courting likes of Fifth Harmony have anthems about building bridges and not
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Medical students not trained to prescribe medical marijuanaMore than half of the states in the US now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation's medical schools, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students don't feel p
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How Just Six Words Can Spark Conversation About Race in America “We clearly are not post-racial,” Michele Norris, the celebrated former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, claims in this interview filmed at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival . That’s why she created the Race Card Project : to “examine and interrogate America’s racial DNA.” Participants are tasked with condensing their experiences, questions, or observations about race and identity into just six w
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Irma Leaves Florida Streets Flooded With Raw Sewage Image: AP Before us humans drained it, South Florida was first and foremost a swamp. Infrastructure improvements went in to make it look the way it is today, with its sewers and drainage systems built to take water back to the ocean. But when Hurricane Irma made itself known last week, it brought back old memories of the aged infrastructure, confirming a prediction made by Quartz . In the wake of
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Chrome Will Soon Block Autoplay Videos With Sound—Here's Why You Should Be Worried Image Sources: Google, Adblock Google has surveyed the advertising landscape that it dominates and determined that it’s time for a change. Beginning in January, its Chrome web browser will block autoplay video ads with sound by default. The effort is being framed as a drive to clean up the web, but it could just as easily be interpreted as a disguised move to further solidify Google’s monopoly. B
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Ig Nobels Awarded For Research Into Big Ears, Feline Fluidity The annual awards for research "that makes you laugh, then think" also singled out scientists who determined that having contact with a crocodile influences a person's willingness to gamble. (Image credit: Michael Dwyer/AP)
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Satellite sees Atlantic Tropical Depression 14 forms off Africa's west coastNOAA's GOES East satellite captured a visible image of the latest tropical cyclone to form in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Depression 14E formed, despite battling northerly wind shear.
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Satellite view reveals Tropical Depression 15E still strugglingSatellite imagery showed that Tropical Depression 15E continued to struggle to organize while still being affected by vertical wind shear.
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Insult to injury: US workers without paid sick leave suffer from mental distressOnly seven states in the US have mandatory paid sick leave laws; yet, 15 states have passed preemptive legislation prohibiting localities from passing sick leave. Paid sick leave is gaining momentum as a social justice issue with important implications for health and wellness. But what are the implications for the mental well-being of Americans without paid sick leave? A new study is the first to
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University of Minnesota researchers replicate FSH muscular dystrophy in miceA new study published in the journal Nature Communications describes a breakthrough in research related to facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). The debilitating genetic disease -- which has no approved treatment -- affects an estimated 38,000 Americans and causes muscle degeneration. Scientists inserted into mice a gene called DUX4, which is believed to cause FSHD in humans. When they ac
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Moon Birth and Methane Weather: Cassini's 7 Oddest Saturn FindsFrom insights into how moons are born to Saturnian lightning to a bizarre hexagon pattern, the Cassini mission has revealed some odd things about the ringed planet.
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Lenovo's Best Gaming Laptop Drops the Ball in One Very Crucial Way All images: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo There’s no shortage of computer makers that would like to sell you a big, expensive gaming laptop. So in an effort to differentiate themselves, companies are thinking of ways to make a portable screen attached to a keyboard and some silicon inside seem more attractive. Asus latched onto Nvidia’s new Max Q design program for its new Zephyrus gaming laptop and cra
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North American Ash on Brink of ExtinctionThe latest IUCN Red List update also reveals substantial declines in antelopes and other species, but some level of recovery in populations of snow leopards.
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House Passes 2018 Spending BillsThe $1.23 trillion budget includes an increase in NIH funding, but the package is unlikely to make it unscathed through the Senate.
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Jim Rossman: Load these five emergency apps before the next disaster strikesIn the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I think it's a good time to recommend some apps for your smartphone that you should have before you need them in an emergency.
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Decreased glucose metabolism in medial prefrontal areas is associated with nutritional status in patients with prodromal and early Alzheimer's diseaseObu, Japan, September 15, 2017 - A new study from the Multimodal Neuroimaging for AD Diagnosis (MULNIAD) study, which is a prospective study implemented at the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG), provides that hypometabolism in the medial prefrontal areas is specifically associated with Alzheimer's disease-related nutritional problems, and decrease in fat mass may have a key rol
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Satellite eyeing Tropical Storm Jose churning coastal watersAlthough Tropical Storm Jose was located off the coast of southeastern US it is stirring up the waters along the US East coast, causing dangerous conditions. NOAA's GOES East satellite saw Jose centered about 360 miles northeast of the southwestern Bahamas on Sept. 15.
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Cassini's legacy and the atmospheric chemistry of Titan (video)The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, is set to end on Sept. 15. The mission has told us a great deal about the unique and unexpected chemistry of Saturn's moon Titan, and it has changed the way we think about our own planet and the entire solar system. Learn how in this video from Speaking of Chemistry: https://youtu.be/Dee0V7axuPI
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Super-Accurate Sculpture of Ancient Sea Creature Is Surprisingly Adorable Image: Esben Horn Well, maybe it’s a face that only a mother could love, but this remarkable recreation of a prolific sea creature that lived over 500 million years ago is offering an entirely new perspective of a particularly well-known species. It’s called Agnostus pisiformis , and it lived between 506 to 492 million years ago, ending its brief but successful reign during the early stages of th
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Final pictures from Cassini as probe smashes into SaturnSay goodbye to humanity’s outpost at Saturn with a look at Cassini’s final images before it was swallowed by Saturn’s atmosphere
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Cassini takes last look at the ring patterns made by mini moonsThese unusual patterns in Saturn's rings give us clues to what happens when planets are born, and may help us understand how our solar system formed
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8,500 Verizon customers disconnected because of “substantial” data use Enlarge (credit: Verizon ) Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts unprofitable for the carrier. The 8,500 customers have 19,000 lines and live in 13 states (Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin), a Verizon W
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Here’s a real-life, slimy example of Uber’s regulator-evading software Enlarge (credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images) We reported back in May that the Justice Department had commenced a criminal investigation into Uber's use of a software tool that helped drivers evade picking up local officials in places where the service had not been approved. Portland, Oregon, was one of the cities we mentioned where Uber employed the so-called "Greyball" tool. The city has now releas
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Facebook's Anti-Semitic Ad Categories Persisted after Promised Hate Speech CrackdownAfter being contacted by ProPublica, Facebook removed several anti-Semitic ad categories and promised to improve monitoring -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Couples weather bickering with a little help from their friendsNew research finds that having good friends and family members to turn to alleviates the stress of everyday conflict between marital partners. According to a new study led by The University of Texas at Austin's Lisa Neff, social networks may help provide protection against health problems brought about by ordinary tension between spouses.
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General emergency departments use CT to diagnose abdominal pain in children more oftenA child with non-traumatic abdominal pain, a common symptom of appendicitis, is more likely to receive a computed tomography (CT) scan in a general emergency department (ED) than if he or she visited a pediatric emergency department, according to a study published in Pediatrics.
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NASA sees Hurricane Max make landfall and weakenNASA's Aqua satellite captured in infrared-light image of Hurricane Max that showed the storm weakened quickly as it made landfall in southwestern Mexico. Max quickly degenerated into a large area of low pressure.
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Quality initiatives can reduce harm to newborns, shorten hospital stay and save millionsA quality-improvement initiative by Children's National Health System's neonatal intensive care unit finds that these chest X-rays can be performed just twice weekly, lessening the chances of a breathing tube popping out accidentally, reducing infants' exposure to radiation and saving an estimated $1.6 million per year.
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Partnering with the community to advance health care quality for immigrant childrenOver the next 40 years, children of immigrant families will grow to represent one-third of United States' residents. This AAP presentation is aimed at helping the nation's pediatricians understand that immigration-related issues, generally, and unresolved immigration status, specifically, can impact children's mental health and overall well-being
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Memory decline after head injury may be prevented by slowing brain cell growthRutgers scientists say a new study indicates that the excessive burst of new brain cells after a traumatic head injury that researchers have traditionally believed helped in recovery could instead lead to epileptic seizures and long-term cognitive decline.
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Don Ohlmeyer Aired An NFL Game Without Announcers And The World Wasn't Ready GIF GIF: Sam Woolley/GMG “All the stuff I’ve done in my career,” Don Ohlmeyer once told an ESPN interviewer, “and that’s what I’m going to be remembered for. It serves me right.” Ohlmeyer was referring to his decision, nearly 40 years ago, to air a nationally televised NFL game without any announcers. But after he died on Sunday at the age of 72, not one of the major obituaries about Ohlmeyer men
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Why Trump Sees Moral Clarity in London and Complexity in Charlottesville For the second time in a month, President Trump has rushed to condemn a terrorist attack abroad as the work of Islamist terrorists, speaking out before the facts are known even to local officials. Trump’s remarks came just a day after he once again insisted he was right to cast blame on both sides after violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. And they renew the question of why he is so
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Animal goo inspires better glueResearchers are turning to nature to create adhesives that work in the wet environment of the human body.
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NASA gets a dramatic 3-D view of Typhoon Talim's large eyeNASA created a dramatic 3-D image of powerful Typhoon Talim using data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite. Talim's large eye really made the storm stand out as it moved toward landfall.
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Flyvbjerg efter nye GLP-1-afsløringer: Det er helt sindssygt Forskerne bag endnu et sikkerhedsstudie fremlagde torsdag aften resultater, der tyder på en række overraskende fordele ved blodsukkerregulerende midler. »Det åbner en helt ny æra,« konkluderer professor Allan Flyvbjerg, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen.
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Gravide med diabetes har fortsat store problemer På trods af store fremskridt i behandlingen af kvinder med type 1-diabetes, kæmper mange stadig med komplikationer i forbindelse med en graviditet.
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Forskere identificerer tre former for type 2-diabetesPatienter med type 2-diabetes kan opdeles i tre kategorier, mener forskere fra DTU. Kategoriseringen kan på på sigt give mulighed for at målrette behandlingen bedre.
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Salt øger risiko for type 2-diabetes Nyt studie kobler salt i maden til øget risiko for at udvikle type 2-diabetes og latent autoimmun diabetes. Personer med højrisiko HLA-genotype har op til tre gange højere risiko for at udvikle diabetes, hvis de spiser meget salt, viser studiet.
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Galdesyre i tarmen får kroppen til at producere GLP-1 Når galdeblæren tømmer galdesyrer ud i tarmen, producerer kroppen GLP-1. Tilføjer man metformin til mixet, øges produktionen yderligere.
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God byplanlægning kan reducere risiko for type 2-diabetesNabolag, der er designet til at få folk til at gå, kan muligvis reducere risikoen for prædiabetes blandt indvandrerfamilier, viser nyt studie.
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Oluf Borbye Pedersen æresmedlem i EASD Efter mange års markante bidrag til forskningen i diabetes er professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen blevet udnævnt til æresmedlem af de europæiske diabetes-forskeres sammenslutning, EASD.
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Biomarkør forudser svangerskabsforgiftning ved type-1Ny forskning viser, at biomarkøren LRG1 kan bruges til at forudsige, om kvinder med type 1-diabetes udvikler svangerskabsforgiftning under graviditeten.
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This year's Ig Nobel prizes for unusual research honored old man ears and the fluidity of cats Entertainment And didgeridoos appeared twice. The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony honors scientists who have pursued, well, unusual research. Here are some of the best awards.
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Liquid Cats, Vagina Speakers and More From the Ig Nobel Prizes of 2017 Photo: Justin Bellmor/Flickr Scientists spend their days hypothesizing, experimenting, and analyzing in order to find evidence to better understand our strange Universe. Sometimes, that requires playing the didgeridoo and then falling asleep. The Nobel Prize, the annual awards ceremony commemorating the most important advances in the sciences and humanities, is coming up soon. But last night came
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Friday's Best Deals: Anker iPhone Accessories, Irwin Tools, Instant Pot, and more Anker iPhone accessories , Irwin Tools , and Instant Pot kick off today’s top deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Top Tech Deals It’s new iPhone season, and whether you’ve already preordered an 8, are anxiously awaiting the X, or are just sticking with your current phone for another year, some of your favorite Anker accessories are on sale right now, as well
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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball Wiffle ball is a variant of baseball played with a plastic perforated ball. Eight three-quarter-inch, oblong holes cover half the ball’s surface area, while the other hemisphere is uninterrupted. Originally designed to relieve the arm of a young baseball pitcher (the son of its inventor, David N. Mullany), the ball achieves a curving trajectory without requiring the pitcher to impart spin or hurl
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The Problem of Securing London's Tube Updated on September 15 at 4:06 p.m. ET At least 19 people were hospitalized Friday after an explosion went off on one of London’s underground rail lines, in an incident claimed by the Islamic State shortly afterward. The explosion took place at approximately 8:20 a.m. local time on the District line near London’s Southwest Parsons Green station—a rush hour period during which, as one observer no
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'The Black Writing Community Is Very Small' When Roxane Gay describes herself as a teenager, she uses phrases like “a complete mess.” Almost 30 years later, she’s the best selling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger , a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a beloved voice on issues of gender, race, and poetry. Throughout her career, Gay has turned to peers such as the fiction writer Tayari Jones—who once advised her to cult
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Darren Aronofsky's mother! Is Incredibly Fascinating and Unbelievably Frustrating Image: Paramount Pictures Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is grueling and gruesome. It’s a deliberately pretentious art-house movie, cast with some of the biggest stars on the planet. It’s horrifying on many levels—and yet there’s something deeply admirable about it. Whatever the opposite of “crowd-pleaser” is, this movie is it. mother! begins with imagery that echoes throughout the film: a woman engu
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Med students aren’t learning enough about marijuana New research suggests that medical students aren’t learning enough about the risks and benefits of medical marijuana, despite 29 states and the District of Columbia allowing marijuana use for medical purposes. Researchers surveyed medical school deans, residents, and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), learning that medica
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Time to dial back on diabetes treatment in older patients? Study finds 11 percent are overtreatedAlmost 11 percent of Medicare participants with diabetes had very low blood sugar levels that suggested they were being over-treated, a new study finds. But only 14 percent of these patients had a reduction in blood sugar medication refills in the next six months.
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Immune system linked to alcohol drinking behaviorResearchers from the University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening.
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Why we did not evolve to live forever: Unveiling the mystery of why we ageResearchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz, Germany, have made a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the ageing process. They have identified that genes belonging to a process called autophagy -- one of the cells most critical survival processes -- promote health and fitness in young worms but drive the process of ageing later in life.
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The Murkiness of Sexual Consent on College Campuses U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to overhaul campus sexual-assault guidelines. Those Obama-era guidelines, she contended in an announcement last week, “failed too many students,” forcing ill-equipped universities to create their own quasi-legal structures and thus depriving the accused of due process. DeVos’s concerns raise several serious questions about students’ rights on campus (Emi
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Why Hillary Clinton's Book Is Actually Worth Reading Most books by politicians are bad. They’re bad because they are cautious, or pious, or boring, or some even-worse combination of all three. They’re cautious because over the years politicians learn they have more to lose than gain by taking “interesting” or edgy stands. (Something I learned when working as a campaign and White House speechwriter: In “normal” writing, your goal is to make your mea
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Bungie explains how white supremacist symbol ended up in Destiny 2 Enlarge / Left: The item being remove from Destiny 2 . Right: The "Kekistan" meme flag that has become a rallying point for some white supremacists. Earlier this week, when it became clear that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 resembled a "Kekistan" flag design that has been repurposed by neo-Nazis, developer Bungie was quick to apologize and work to remove the item from the game. Now, the developer is us
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Living sculptures that stand for history's truths | Sethembile MsezaneIn the century-old statues that occupy Cape Town, Sethembile Mzesane didn't see anything that looked like her own reality. So she became a living sculpture herself, standing for hours on end in public spaces dressed in symbolic costumes, to reclaim the city and its public spaces for her community. In this powerful, tour-de-force talk, she shares the stories and motivation behind her mesmerizing pe
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To measure shock, biologist dunks arm in electric eel tank The shock from a young electric eel feels like accidentally touching a horse fence. A big one is more like getting tasered—by nine of those devices at once. Ken Catania, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, knows because he stuck his arm into a tank with a small eel 10 times. He figured it was the only way to get accurate measurements of the circuit created by animal, arm,
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The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global WarmingThere's a 50 percent chance that temperatures will rise 4 degrees Celsius under a business-as-usual scenario -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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It looks like China is shutting down its blockchain economy Enlarge (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images ) When the Chinese government announced a ban on initial coin offerings last week, it looked like an attempt to rein in the speculative excesses of the cryptocurrency economy. But now it seems like it might have been the start of something more ambitious: a coordinated campaign to shut down use of cryptocurrency in the Middle Kingdom. Th
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HRT won't kill you - but menopausal women still face a difficult decision A study this week concluded HRT does not shorten lives – but it still increases the risk of cancer, leaving those suffering symptoms with a tough choice to make Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), possibly the most controversial medicine ever invented, will not kill you . That was the conclusion this week of a big, respectable study in the United States that was one of the first to flag up the ris
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Crashing Cassini It's always best to go out with a bang. (Image credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ SSI)
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Researchers find cereal rye is effective at reducing Amaranthus spp. density in soybean cropsFall-planted cover crops are often used as part of an integrated weed control program in herbicide-resistant soybean crops. But researchers writing in the journal Weed Technology say not all cover crops are equally effective against Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and other Amaranthus spp. weeds.
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Cuts to mental health services putting young people at risk, say expertsFunding cuts and austerity measures are damaging young people's access to mental health services, with potentially long-term consequences for their mental wellbeing, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.
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Can lost words like ‘rouzy-bouzy’ and ‘wlonk’ be revived? Spare me the ear-rent Researchers have unearthed 30 expressions that they suggest could be brought back to modern conversation – but they wouldn’t be the first words to experience a revival Look, I’ll be honest. I’m struggling to write this as I got rouzy-bouzy 1 last night and the deadline I’ve been given is tremblable 2 . I’m sure the momists 3 among you won’t miss the opportunity to point out my mistakes, but I’d b
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Coffee technology: How to brew like a barista at home, using the latest gearIn this age of high-end coffee, every trip to the cafe is a theater experience. We watch the barista measure out the coffee on a digital scale and check the temperature of the water. We stare as the rivulet of steaming water is then poured from the swan-necked kettle, evenly coating the ground beans in a ritual that ends with the perfect cup of joe.
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Portland Says Uber Targeted More Than a Dozen Officials With 'Greyball' Software Photo: Getty In March, the New York Times revealed that Uber was evading and deceiving law enforcement officials in a number of cities through an internal software program called Greyball. The program goes to alarming lengths of surveillance to sidestep regulators, and an investigation by the city of Portland reveals how it was used to circumvent government officials there. City officials said on
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German scientists question study about plastic-eating caterpillarsDo the larvae of the wax moth really solve the world's plastic problem? Sensational report of biochemical degradation of polyethylene by caterpillars not confirmed.
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Diplomats in Cuba have been under attack—but the weaponry is a mystery Enlarge / The Capri Hotel in 2008. (credit: Getty | ADALBERTO ROQUE ) On Tuesday, the State Department confirmed that two more Americans have fallen victim to an ongoing series of mysterious attacks targeting diplomats in Cuba, the Associated Press reports . The new cases bring the total of Americans affected by the assaults to 21. US authorities first acknowledged the attacks in August, about ni
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Nye veje til trivsel og sundhed i almennyttigt boligområdeForskere fra Københavns Universitet skal i et nyt projekt følge beboeres trivsel og sundhed...
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Algorithm scans medical records for higher Parkinson’s risk Researchers have developed an algorithm that could check patients’ medical histories to find signs of increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease and alert doctors to evaluate patients at greater risk. Before symptoms become pronounced, there is no reliable way to identify who is on track to develop Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating movement disorder characterized by tremors, slowness of
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Screaming Hairy Armadillos Articulate Our Existential Dread Adulthood is kind of like the Olympics where the main event is trying not to fall apart under the weight of your own ennui. Sometimes, you’ve just got to let that internal tension out by screaming into the open air. Or a pillow. Or the frozen foods section at Whole Foods. But honestly, no creature shouts into the void better than the aptly-named Screaming Hairy Armadillo. This week on Animals Are
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This Gift Voucher Might Just Get You a KidneyAbout 30 hospitals participate in this national program -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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North Korea's Bitcoin and Kenya's New Railway: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing North Korea Is Dodging Sanctions With a Secret Bitcoin Stash Yuji Nakamura and Sam Kim | Bloomberg “North Korea appears to be stepping up efforts to secure bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, which could be used to avoid trade restrictions including new sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council. Hackers from Kim Jong Un’s regime are increasing their attacks on cryptocurrency excha
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Will Netflix or HBO Dominate the 2017 Emmy Awards? In 2013, Netflix became the first streaming service to win a Primetime Emmy Award. That was just four years ago, but feels considerably longer in TV years—at the time, individual chapters of the show House of Cards were still commonly referred to as “webisodes,” and Netflix had a relatively paltry 30 million subscribers instead of the roughly 104 million it has today. Today, the television landsc
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Celebrity fossil reveals all for scienceWith the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science's most well-known fossil species; Agnostus pisiformis. The trilobite-like arthropod lived in huge numbers in Scandinavia a half-billion years ago. Today, this extinct species provides important clues for science in several ways.
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Chemotherapy pain could be eased by jetlag drug, study suggestsPainful side effects from cancer medicines could be tackled with a drug that eases the effects of jetlag, research suggests.
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Danish discovery can pave the way for more effective cholesterol medicineResearch from Aarhus University sheds new light on how the body converts the bad kind of cholesterol. The discovery could lead to new and potentially more effective medicine.
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The body's own fat-metabolism protects against the harmful effects of sugarResearchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have discovered that the fat-metabolism in the cells takes place simultaneously with a detoxification of the harmful substances from the blood sugar, which can avert the damage that can in turn lead to age-related diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer. This indicates that we have a detoxification system which we were not previously aware of.
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New analysis shows damage to monarch butterfly colonies in 2016 storm worse than thoughtA much greater number of monarch butterflies perished in a snowstorm in March 2016 in Mexico than previously estimated, according to new research. Analysis of damage from the storm--and the ensuing salvage logging--sheds further light on the precarious state of the famed butterflies' overwintering colonies.
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When hurricanes strike, people aren't the only victims(HealthDay)—Judi Hudek and David Clevinger braved Hurricane Irma at a friend's home in Florida rather than a shelter for one reason—their three cats.
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Engineers Push the Limits to Develop the World’s Fastest Bike Engineers Push the Limits to Develop the World’s Fastest Bike In annual speed test, international teams must negotiate the complexities of aerodynamics and airflow. Torontoteambike.jpg Image credits: Courtesy of Jun Nogami Rights information: This photo may only be republished in conjunction with this Inside Science story. Sports Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:00 Ramin Skibba, Contributor (Insid
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Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam on Friday, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles.
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Humans no longer have ancient defence mechanism against virusesInsects and plants have an important ancient defence mechanism that helps them to fight viruses. This is encoded in their DNA. Scientists have long assumed that vertebrates - including humans - also had this same mechanism. But researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have found that vertebrates lost this particular asset in the course of their evolution.
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Arctic sea ice once again shows considerable meltingThis September, the extent of Arctic sea ice shrank to roughly 4.7 million square kilometres, as was determined by researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, the University of Bremen and Universität Hamburg. Though slightly larger than last year, the minimum sea ice extent 2017 is average for the past ten years and far below the numbers from 1979 to 2006. The Northeast Passage was traversable fo
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It Took 297 Agonizing Tries For This Complex Rube Goldberg Machine to Work Flawlessly GIF After losing a bet, YouTube’s jackofallspades98 spent four months building one of the most complicated Rube Goldberg machines I’ve ever seen. Spread across two tables, it’s so dense and complex that it took 297 attempts before it worked all the way from start to finish. It’s hard to imagine trying anything 297 times until you get it right, but it’s especially hard to wrap your head around tha
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New analysis shows damage to monarch butterfly colonies in 2016 storm worse than thoughtA much greater number of monarch butterflies perished in a snowstorm in March 2016 in Mexico than previously estimated, according to new research. Analysis of damage from the storm—and the ensuing salvage logging—sheds further light on the precarious state of the famed butterflies' overwintering colonies.
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Boeing Tests a Lidar Laser System for Turbulence DetectionThe system, created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency could give aircraft a 60-second warning before turbulence strikes.
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Spinzall Review: It Clarifies and Separates, But It's Too Much for Most People's NeedsThe Spinzall kitchen centrifuge does stuff like clarify fruit juices, make butter, and create clear herb oils.
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How Islamophobia overlaps with racism A new paper argues that Islamophobia represents a form of racism mixed with cultural intolerance, rather than just an issue of religious intolerance. “We often hear that because Muslims are not a race, people cannot be racist for attacking Muslims. This argument does not stack up.” Author Craig Considine, a lecturer in sociology at Rice University, reviewed more than 40 news articles and referenc
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Paul Knoepfler: What Are The Unintended Consequences Of Human Gene Editing? New gene editing tools hold a great deal of promise, but biologist Paul Knoepfler says we should be cautious. He warns altering DNA can have dire consequences, including a new form of eugenics. (Image credit: TED)
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Juan Enriquez: What Can Happen If Humans Control The Future Of Evolution? From genetically modified animals and crops, we can already manipulate DNA. But futurist Juan Enriquez argues soon we can take full control of human evolution to create a better life for all of us. (Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash/TED)
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Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent AI? Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction? Not for Sam Harris. He says it's not a question of if but when — with potentially destructive consequences. (Image credit: Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED)
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Star formation influenced by local environmental conditionsThree scientists at Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), University of Copenhagen, have carried out extensive computer simulations related to star formation. They conclude that the present idealized models are lacking when it comes to describing details in the star formation process. 'Hopefully our results can also help shed more light on planet formation', says Michael Küffmeier, astrophysicist and head o
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Arctic sea ice once again shows considerable meltingThis September, the extent of Arctic sea ice shrank to roughly 4.7 million square kilometres, as was determined by researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, the University of Bremen and Universität Hamburg.
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Humans no longer have ancient defence mechanism against virusesInsects and plants have an important ancient defense mechanism that helps them to fight viruses. This is encoded in their DNA. Scientists have long assumed that vertebrates -- including humans -- also had this same mechanism. But researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have found that vertebrates lost this particular asset in the course of their evolution.
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20 minute test determines attention and memory capacity in patients with schizophreniaResearchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in collabroation with the University of Oviedo and the CIBERSAM, have designed a test which in only 20 minutes can examine short-term memory capacity, mental agility and organisational capacities in patients with schizophrenia. The test was published recently in Schizophrenia Research and forms part of a doctoral thesis presented at the Depar
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Accessorize Your New (or Old) iPhone With Deals On Your Favorite Anker Gear [Exclusive] It’s new iPhone season, and whether you’ve already preordered an 8, are anxiously awaiting the X, or are just sticking with your current phone for another year, some of your favorite Anker accessories are on sale right now, as well as brand new cases from Anker’s Karapax brand. Note : I’ve been told that the PowerCore Fusion has limited stock available, so order that one early if you want it. Bat
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Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.Now that Cassini has gone out in a blaze of glory, here's our guide to cosmic missions over the next decade that you should get excited about now.
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14 Things You Can Do in macOS High Sierra That You Couldn't Do Before Image: Apple macOS High Sierra is heading your way on September 25, and while it’s not packed with major new features to transform your Mac computing experience, there are some cool new tricks you should know about—here are 11 of them to get familiar with before the OS arrives on your machine. 1) Snap Live Photos from FaceTime If someone is doing something particularly memorable at the other end
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Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targetingFacebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent "discriminatory" targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as "Jew haters."
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The influenza vaccine and miscarriages: Much ado about nothingA study published on Wednesday claims to have found a link between influenza vaccination and miscarriage, and antivaxers are gloating. The study itself suffers mightily from post hoc subgroup analyses on small numbers, so much so that even its authors don’t really believe its results. None of that stopped them from publishing the study, thus justifying "more research" that will almost certainly re
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Eka Kurniawan's Darkly Comic Tale of Boyhood The novel Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash opens simply, by stating its premise: The teenager Ajo Kawir has a bit of a hardware problem. His bird, as he puts it, “won’t stand up.” His friend Gecko knows what’s going on; it’s why he never invites Ajo Kawir to watch porn together or to “loiter in front of the post office and catcall the girls passing by.” Gecko’s father does, too; it’s why he
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Comcast said he used too much data—so he opted to live without home Internet Longtime Comcast customer Drew Weaver was surprised in mid-May of this year when he got an automated call notifying him that he’d gone over his 1TB monthly data cap. First of all, Comcast alleged that he'd exceeded the data cap two months in a row, and Weaver says he never got a notification about the first overage. Moreover, Weaver just didn't believe that he'd used more than 1TB of data. But af
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Florida recovery picks up momentum, but dangers persistFlorida's post-Irma recovery picked up momentum Friday as power outages dropped and schools made plans to reopen. But two new cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from temporary generators made clear that dangers remained nearly a week after the powerful storm hit.
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New study on the placebo effect and antidepressants in children and adolescentsAlthough the clinical efficacy of antidepressants in children and adolescents is proven, it is frequently accompanied by side effects. In addition, the influence of the placebo effect on the efficacy of antidepressants is unclear. A meta-analysis of data from over 6,500 patients has now shown that, although antidepressants are more effective than placebos, the difference is minor and varies accord
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Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogsA rattle will only make noise if you shake it. Animals like the wolf also understand such connections and are better at this than their domesticated descendants. Researchers at the Wolf Science Center of the Vetmeduni Vienna say that wolves have a better causal understanding than dogs and that they follow human-given communicative cues equally well. The study in Scientific Reports provides insight
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Contaminants in food: Health risks of natural origin are frequently underestimatedJust under 60 percent of the German population view undesirable substances in food as a high or very high health risk. The most well-known of these substances, which are scientifically denoted as contaminants, are mercury compounds and dioxins. In contrast, only around 13 percent of respondents have heard of the natural contaminants pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in honey or tea - and only roughly
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Physicists predict nonmetallic half-metallicityThe team of researchers, which included physicists from Russia and Japan, has demonstrated a theoretical mechanism for achieving half-metallicity that requires no transition metal atoms. This possibility would have a number of useful applications, including in implantable devices.
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Huge Wafts of Smoke From North American Wildfires Have Traveled All the Way to Europe Natural-color image showing smoke across the upper Midwest on September 13, 2017. (Image: NASA/Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)) It’s been a particularly brutal wildfire season in parts of western North America , as several large blazes continue to cause headaches from California up to British Columbia. As shocking new satellite images show, the smoke from these fires hasn’t
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How Facebook Tricks You Into Trusting Algorithms Photo: Getty Mark Zuckerberg disingenuously poses as a friendly critic of algorithms. That’s how he implicitly contrasts Facebook with his rivals across the way at Google. Over in Larry Page’s shop, the algorithm is king, a cold, pulseless ruler. There’s not a trace of life force in its recommendations and very little apparent understanding of the person keying a query into its engine. Facebook,
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Metal-catalyzed addition of saturated carbon into C-C bonds: A relevant reaction for the synthesis type II polyketides(Phys.org)—Type II polyketides are a class of compounds found in nature as secondary metabolites derived from microorganisms. Their complex structures are characterized by fused polycyclic aromatic rings decorated with a profusion of ketones and hydroxyl groups. Many common antibiotics, anti-fungal, and anti-cancer drugs are type II polyketides or are derivatives of these naturally-occurring compo
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How One of Apple's Key Privacy Safeguards Falls ShortApple has boasted of its use of a cutting-edge data science known as "differential privacy." Researchers say they're doing it wrong.
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‘Skør ide’ på Amager Bakke vinder stålpris7.500 ton stål og 1.500 dækelementer af beton udgør indpakningen af et forbrændingsanlæg og et 11 etagers kontorhus. Ovenpå skal det skrå tag lægge ryg til en skibakke. Udfordringen er nu blevet belønnet med flere priser.
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Farewell: Cassini makes its final plunge to Saturn When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft careened to its final destination in the upper atmosphere of Saturn this morning, it ended a journey of 4.9 billion miles and just one month shy of 20 years in space. The spacecraft’s fateful dive was the final beat in the mission’s Grand Finale —22 weekly dives, begun in late April, through the gap between Saturn and its rings. No spacecraft has ever ventured so cl
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A Vatican Diplomat Has Been Recalled From the U.S. Following Child-Pornography Charges The Holy See announced on Friday that a priest who is part of its diplomatic corps has been recalled to Rome following allegations that he violated child-pornography laws. The official had been accredited to serve in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Department of State notified Catholic Church leaders about the alleged crime through diplomatic channels. The Vatican has opened an investigation and i
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New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics more than hurricane impactPopular portrayals of "nature reclaiming civilization" in flood-damaged New Orleans, Louisianna, neighborhoods romanticize an urban ecology shaped by policy-driven socioecological disparities in redevelopment investment, ecologists argue in a new paper in the Ecological Society of America's open access journal Ecosphere.
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Microneedle skin patch that delivers fat-shrinking drug locally could be used to treat obesity and diabetesResearchers have devised a medicated skin patch that can turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat locally while raising the body's overall metabolism. The patch could be used to burn off pockets of unwanted fat such as "love handles" and treat metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University o
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New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics more than hurricane impactPopular portrayals of "nature reclaiming civilization" in flood-damaged New Orleans neighborhoods romanticize an urban ecology shaped by policy-driven socioecological disparities in redevelopment investment, ecologists argue in a new paper in ESA's open access journal Ecosphere. Studying plant life across the city, they found that demographic factors of wealth, race, housing recovery, and land aba
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Skin patch dissolves 'love handles' in miceResearchers have developed a medicated skin patch that can turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat locally while raising the body's metabolism. The patch could be used to burn off pockets of unwanted fat and treat metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes.
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People with schizophrenia left out of longevity revolutionA team of researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have analyzed all eight published longitudinal studies of mortality in schizophrenia that met their strict research criteria and found that the mean standardized mortality ratio -- a measure of the mortality rate in schizophrenia -- has increased 37 percent from pre-1970s
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Poor sleep hastens progression of kidney diseasePeople with chronic kidney disease may be especially vulnerable to the deleterious effects of poor sleep, according to a new paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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Tiger Species Thought Extinct Is Possibly Spotted in IndonesiaRangers at a national park in West Java photographed a rare big cat, leading to speculation that it was a Javan tiger, a species declared extinct 40 years ago.
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Facebook allowed adverts to be targeted at ‘Jew haters’Facebook's ad-placing software allowed an investigative news site to target advertising at users who declared an interest in anti-Semitic topics
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Modelling a city's minuscule changesBy using 3D models, computational scientists can create precise, static representations of a city. However, cities, much like living things, are almost always in motion. Major construction projects—from new buildings to public transportation infrastructure—seismic events, or shoddy construction can quickly alter a city's properties both above and below ground.
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Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls Health Diversify your (sports) portfolio. High school-aged girls who only play soccer had lower sleep quality, higher stress and more fatigue than teammates who also play other sports.
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R.I.P. CassiniAfter 20 years, nearly 300 orbits and pioneering discoveries, the Cassini spacecraft plunges to its death in Saturn’s atmosphere — taking data until its very last breath.
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The U.S. just got really bad grades in walking The US earns an “F” for children and youth walking behavior, safety, public transportation, institutional policies, and pedestrian infrastructure, according to the National Walking and Walkable Communities Report Card. In addition, it earns a “D” for walkable neighborhoods and pedestrian policies. It gets a “C” for adult walking behavior. “Report cards can facilitate change,” says Amy Eyler, asso
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Parrotfish ‘farm’ by rotating through algae patches Steephead parrotfish ( Chlorurus microrhinos ) in the central Pacific essentially “farm” their food by strategically rotating through algae patches, waiting for each patch to regrow before dining on it again. The large algae-eaters also defend their feeding territory while the food patches recuperate sufficiently, a new study finds. The study and another paper by the same authors, describing move
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World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and warAfter falling for over a decade, the number of people going hungry has risen again - and climate change and war are to blame
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There are hardly any old fish left in the ocean – and that’s badIndustrial fishing has disproportionately removed older fish, which tend to be the most adaptable individuals that can best survive environmental change
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This Minimalist Tablet Wants to Replace All Your Paper NotebooksCan a distraction-free e-Ink slate save us from our cluttered digital lives?
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WIRED's Fall Music Preview: St. Vincent, Ibeyi, Kelela, and MoreSummer is nearly done. Get ready for fall with these nine albums.
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A Brief History of Sex on the InternetFew foresaw that the Web would become the largest wank-off machine in creation. Though there were inklings.
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Our First Look at a Fiery New Foe From Thor: Ragnarok Ezra Miller apologizes for one piece of classic Flash lore that didn’t make it into Justice League . HBO’s adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is moving forward. Melissa Benoist teases a new suit for Kara on Supergirl . Plus, new footage from Arrow , and casting updates for Game of Thrones and Good Omens . Behold, spoilers! Thor: Ragnarok Here’s our first look at Surtur’s dragon, who w
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Tarmen: 8 meter langt organ manipulerer dit helbred
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Meet The People Who Say They’re Serious About Building The Hyperloop Photo: Hyperloop One The morning commute across Manhattan on Thursday was a typical-as-of-late snarl of bottlenecks and delays, with debris of unknown origins causing an oppressive backup of the city’s subway system. It was the latest in a string of examples of the deteriorating, century-old system, another sign of the significant level of investment that’s needed to bring the subway up to 21st c
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Regioner vil udpege formænd til fagudvalg under Medicinrådet Danske Regioner siger ja til forslag fra Medicinrådet, der i særlige tilfælde skal give regionerne mulighed for at udpege formænd for fagudvalg.
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De faglige selskaber: Øget fokus på kronikere i almen praksis er vigtigt Det er fornuftigt, at overenskomstaftalen på praksisområdet udflytter store dele af KOL- og diabetes-behandlingen til praksis, mener de faglige selskaber. Men almen praksis skal genoptage brugen af data og holde fokus på kvalitetssikring, lyder det fra endokrinologerne.
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Randers får professor i hjertestopbehandling Bo Løfgren skal i nyt professorat udvikle sin forskning i hjertestopbehandlin
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RIP, Cassini: Historic Mission Ends with Fiery Plunge into SaturnNASA's Cassini spacecraft broke up in Saturn's atmosphere this morning, bringing an end to its historic 13-year mission at the ringed planet that was marked by incredible discoveries.
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Nasa's Cassini spacecraft falls silent after dramatic plunge towards Saturn One of the most successful space missions ever launched by Nasa has ended, becoming the first manmade object to pass between Saturn and its rings Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has met its demise as it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere this morning where it was vaporised within minutes in a meteoric blaze. The dramatic end of one the space agency’s most successful missions was confirmed at just before
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Seismologists Stumped by Mystery Shock after North Korea Nuclear TestA second jolt felt minutes after this month's detonation continues to confound researchers -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Inside Job: He helps people secure their passwords with KeeperWhat's it really like to work at Chicago startups and tech companies? Blue Sky's Inside Job lets people on the ground tell us in their own words.
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A new efficient and portable electrocaloric cooling device(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of California and SRI International has developed a new type of cooling device that is both portable and efficient. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their new device and possible applications for its use. Q.M. Zhang and Tian Zhang with the Pennsylvania State University offer some background on electrocaloric th
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Better predictions for new molecules could reduce nuclear waste A new chemical principle allows scientists to accurately predict how effectively engineered molecules will perform in solution. “…we want to make molecules that will work in practice to help solve problems in the real world.” The discovery could advance the long-term storage of nuclear waste, an increasingly burdensome and costly task for the public and private agencies that protect people from t
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Spotify and Hulu team up to bring $4.99 subscription bundle to studentsIn the arms race for streaming supremacy, music and television services online have become more divided than ever.
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Ars Technica

Google Chrome will block autoplay video starting January 2018 Enlarge (credit: Isaac Bowen / Flickr ) Google is taking on the irritating trend of auto-playing web videos with its Chrome browser. Starting in Chrome 64, which is currently earmarked for a January 2018 release, auto-play will only be allowed when the video in question is muted, or when a "user has indicated an interest in the media." The latter applies if the site has been added to the home scr
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What did the Cassini mission tell us about Saturn and its moons? Cassini revealed Saturn and its moons in stunning detail, but its observations of the moon Enceladus are potential game-changers in the hunt for life And so Cassini has met its end. One of the most successful space missions ever launched, it revealed Saturn and its moons in glorious detail. Images beamed home from the probe showed raging hurricanes that enveloped the planet, and millions of rings
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Ars Technica

Bitcoin and Ethereum plunge on Chinese crackdown [Updated] Enlarge / The price of Bitcoin has fallen 25 percent since the start of September. (credit: Bitcoincharts.com ) Update: Since this article was originally published on Thursday morning, Bitcoin has risen by about 20 percent to $3,700. It's still down 25 percent from its September 1 high. The original article follows. The last year has seen an astonishing boom in the two most popular cryptocurrenci
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Using sugar molecules to make cotton material glow(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany, Israel and Austria has developed a process for imbuing cotton fibers with material that glows under fluorescent light. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process, how well it works and other applications under which it might prove useful.
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VIDEO Kan japanske toiletter spule dig sundere?Avancerede toiletter, der automatisk skyller og tørrer numsen, finder vej ind i flere og flere danske hjem.
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Dagens Medicin

Alvorlige tilfælde hypoglykæmi er forbundet med øget risiko for dødNye analyser viser, at mennesker med type 2-diabetes, som oplever et tilfælde af alvorlig hypoglykæmi, har en højere risiko for dødsfald.
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Dagens Medicin

Demensudredning skal samles på færre enhederNye anbefalinger fra Sundhedsstyrelsen lægger op til færre og mere tværfaglige enheder for demensudredning. Det skal give en højere og mere ensartet kvalitet for mennesker med demens.
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Dagens Medicin

Læger anmelder færre patientskaderPatienterstaningen har modtaget færre anmeldelser om behandlingsskader på sygehusene, især fra sundhedspersonalet. Sundhedsjurist mener, det kan skyldes, at nogle hospitaler belønner for færre erstatningssager.
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How affirmative action could cure cancer and heart diseaseAffirmative action programs are designed to provide access to high-quality higher education for underrepresented minorities, but the Trump administration is targeting these essential programs by directing resources toward investigating and possibly suing colleges and universities that use race as a factor in admissions.
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German scientists question study about plastic-eating caterpillarsIn April, a report of plastic bag-eating caterpillars caused a sensation in worldwide media. The authors led by Federica Bertocchini of the University in Santander (Spain) had reported that the larvae of the wax moth Galleria mellonella were able to digest polyethylene (PE). This polymer is mainly used for making plastic packaging and bags. Co-workers of Till Opatz, professor for Organic Chemistry
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Climate change aggravates global hunger: UNHunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said Friday, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts.
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The time is RIPE to transform agriculture and feed the worldPolitical and agricultural leaders gathered at the University of Illinois today to see transformative work by Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) that has increased yields by 20 percent. The research project announced that it will continue work to address the global food challenge with the support of a $45 million, five-year reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B
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A rushed response to Hurricane Irma could cause bigger disastersWe must prepare for the bigger storms to come, but if planners get it wrong, their efforts to protect people could make future mega-disasters even worse
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Ancestor of sea reptile super-predators found in GermanyA new species of extinct sea monster from the Early Jurassic has been identified by a team of German and Swedish researchers. The fossilized bones were found in a clay pit near the city of Bielefeld in Germany. The findings will be published in the journal Alcheringa.
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Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogsDomestic dogs may have lost some of their innate animal skill when they came in from the wild, according to new research conducted at the Wolf Science Center in Austria.
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GRACE mission making plans for final science data collectionWith one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection.
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Medie: Regeringen udskyder ny energiaftale til næste årIfølge netmediet Energiwatch vil regeringen først præsentere sit forslag til en ny energiaftale i det nye år. Forklaringen er travlhed i efteråret, siger energiministeren.
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A New Understanding of Inflammation in the Spine Inflammation has become a lucrative buzzword in health marketing. The meaning is usually unclear, but the vague implication is that this is something to avoid. Turmeric and yoga and sugar substitutes and the like are marketed as things that decrease inflammation. Even Harvard Medical School’s consumer-facing website has a page titled “Foods That Fight Inflammation.” At the same time, other checko
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Dittoheads for Cutting Deals With Democrats What to make of Donald Trump’s willingness to work with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on the debt ceiling, over the objections of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, and Trump’s subsequent negotiations on immigration policy, including an alleged deal to grant legal status or even the possibility of citizenship to young, law-abiding people brought to the United States by their paren
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Commuting by subway? What you need to know about air quality,Four more major Indian cities will soon have their own metro lines, the country's government has announced. On the other side of the Himalayas, Shanghai is building its 14th subway line, set to open in 2020, adding 38.5 km and 32 stations to the world's largest subway network. And New Yorkers can finally enjoy their Second Avenue Subway line after waiting for almost 100 years for it to arrive.
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Farewell Cassini: Saturn spacecraft makes fiery, final dive (Update)NASA's Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn on Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.
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How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm Head Trip Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body. Everyone hates awkward pauses, and your brain is no exception.
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Popular Science

Eulogy for Cassini Space Farewell to a faithful explorer. Cassini, we hardly knew ye.
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Racial microaggressions may reveal deeper beliefs Whites who are more likely to make microagressions against black people are also more likely to hold some degree of negative feelings towards black people as a whole, whether they know it or not, a new study suggests. “Our study results offer validation to people of color when they experience microaggressions.” While blatant racism may seem easy to identify—a shouted racial slur, a white supremac
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Reinvented DystopiaHulu's Emmy-nominated show presents a familiar scenario that seems far more horrifying than drought or an AI takeover.
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What's the Big Deal With All These Bezel-Free Phones?The iPhone X is all screen, no bezel—and it's a feat of industrial design.
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Image: Syracuse, ItalyThe province of Syracuse on the southeastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.
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Female inmates that serve jail time with their babies significantly less likely to reoffendWomen able to care for their infants while serving time in prison are significantly less likely to reoffend, according to a new report launched last night by a University of South Australia lawyer.
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Cassini Is Gone and I'm Not Crying You're Crying After a 20 year sojourn in the final frontier, at approximately 5:00 AM PT this morning, NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory lost contact with the Cassini spacecraft, which had plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere about an hour and a half prior, ending its 13-year exploration of the Saturn system. “Maybe a trickle of telemetry left, but we just heard the signal from the spacecraft is gone, and within th
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Ars Technica

After orbiting Saturn for 13 years, Cassini has become part of the planet NASA The Cassini spacecraft, after spending 13 nearly flawless years revealing a complex, ringed gas giant along with its extensive array of enigmatic moons—and finding two worlds capable of supporting life—died on Friday morning. It expired after setting its engines on full thrust and flying directly into the maw of Saturn. It was 19 years old. The spacecraft made its final significant maneuver
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Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory The NASA probe that has spent the past 13 years making countless discoveries about the ringed planet and its moons was taken out of orbit and sent plunging into Saturn's atmosphere. (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky/(NASA/Joel Kowsky))
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Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 winners – in pictures Awe-inspiring views of the universe were celebrated at the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 awards ceremony, held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory Continue reading...
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Celebrate the end of Saturn mission with a free ebook – The Ringed PlanetToday, Nasa's Cassini spacecraft will point itself toward the surface of Saturn, and end with a crash its 13-year mission delving into the mysteries of the ringed planet's system.
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Does Marijuana Really Help You Sleep?Many hope that marijuana will help their insomnia. A sleep psychologist examines the evidence.
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Liquid cats and blood-sucking bats: 2017's Ig Nobel awardsCan a cat be both liquid and solid at the same time? Have vampire bats developed a taste for human blood? Will holding a crocodile bolster or blunt your gambling drive?
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Trump's Morning Tweetstorm Includes Bigger Muslim Ban, Getting 'Nasty' on ISIS, Whining About ESPN President Donald Trump, noted white supremacist, waves after answering a question from the media as he arrives at the White House yesterday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) President Donald Trump is awake, angry, and tweeting. So it’s pretty much like any given Friday. Except for the fact that there was a terrorist attack at a London tube station this morning that has left 18 people injured . And Trump h
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In the shadow of Fat Man and Little Boy: how the stigma of nuclear war was unravelled Atomic bombs ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy’ exploded over Nagasaki and Hiroshima 72 years ago creating a lasting nuclear taboo – until now. What has changed? Until recently, a significant taboo has existed around the use of nuclear weapons in war. However, we are now in a position where that taboo is being flagrantly disregarded by the leaders of the most powerful nation in the world, and a totalitar
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The hunt for light dark matterTechnology proposed 30 years ago to search for dark matter is finally seeing the light.
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Pizza delivery by robot cars has arrived with big questionsPeople in Ann Arbor, Mich., are experiencing home food-delivery without a driver.
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New study looks deeper into atoms than ever beforeScientists are now able to observe a never before seen atomic transformation that may take place in many catalytic reactions, thanks to researchers at Binghamton University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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The key to ultrathin high-efficiency sensors and solar cells could be materials covered with tiny trenchesFuture ultrathin solar cells and light sources could have their surfaces covered by tiny trenches, after A*STAR researchers found such structures enhance efficiency by four orders of magnitude.
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Researchers find new way to manipulate magnetismIn a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials.
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Retaining older teachers for secondary educationNot all teachers succeed in staying happy with their work until the end of their career. Dissatisfied older teachers will tend to quit before reaching retirement age. Work overload, low status of the profession, disruptive student behaviour, and a poor relationship with students are reasons often mentioned for the declining job satisfaction of older teachers.
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Spectacular Saturn Images by 'Amateurs' Will Make Your Jaw DropThese amazing images of Saturn were created by enthusiasts from the public data available from the Cassini spacecraft.
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InflateSail CubeSat comes to a successful and fiery endInflateSail, a CubeSat with a lightweight sail mounted on an inflatable mast, was designed, built and tested at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) in the University of Surrey on behalf of the Von Karman Institute in Belgium.
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Blade Runner Is Getting A Short Anime From Cowboy Bebop's Director [Image: Sony Pictures Japan ] Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame is directing a short Blade Runner anime. Sony Pictures Japan has uploaded a sneak peek of the short. The short anime is called Blade Runner Black Out 2022 . It’s takes place a few years after the first movie and, according to NetLab , is set during a power outage. Advertisement “The work that has influence
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Unexpected facets of Antarctica emerge from the labsSix months after the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition ended, the teams that ran the 22 scientific projects are hard at work sorting through the many samples they collected. Some preliminary findings were announced during a conference in Crans Montana organized by the Swiss Polar Institute, who just appointed Konrad Steffen as new scientific director (see the interview below).
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Who's Home at the White House Science and Technology Office?Obama’s science office helped respond to numerous disasters—was anyone there as Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc?
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Raising Wages to Help Workers Could Actually Help Robots Replace ThemStudies find that worker-protection rules, minimum-wage increases may bring more robots, fewer workers.
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LG loses European appeal against 541 mn euro fine: firmSouth Korean electronics giant LG Electronics has lost its final appeal against a giant price-fixing fine imposed by the European Union and will pay more than 540 million euros, it said Friday.
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In Namibia, 1533 Portuguese shipwreck's relics hidden awayDiamond prospectors in Namibia nearly a decade ago stumbled upon remnants of a shipwrecked Portuguese vessel whose trading journey to India was cut violently short by a storm in 1533.
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Mother! Is a Stunning, Ferocious Head Trip Darren Aronofsky’s heady horror film mother! begins with a large and beautifully octagonal Victorian country house, encircled on all sides by tall grass and, beyond, by trees. There is no driveway or other obvious means of access—no evidence, really, of a world apart from this house. A young woman lives there with her older husband, a poet. She is played by Jennifer Lawrence and identified only a
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The Atlantic

Is Free Speech Really Challenged on Campus? The election of Donald Trump, and the early days of his presidency, have driven many Americans to rummage through history in search of context and understanding. Trump himself has been compared to historical figures ranging from Ronald Reagan to Henry Ford , and from Andrew Jackson to Benito Mussolini . His steps have been condemned as unprecedented by his critics, and praised as historic by his
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Smart mirrors serving as virtual shopping assistants found to increase salesMirrors that offer suggestions for what to try on in the fitting room have great potential to accelerate the shopping process and increase sales, according to a study in the Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology.
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Seniors shaping the way we live, cities growSenior citizens are shaping the way neighbourhoods evolve and grow, all in the name of maintaining deeper connections to their communities as they age, according to one Western researcher's work inside a pair of London neighbourhoods.
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Researchers building resilience amid the roiling watersThey produce winds strong enough to swallow whole islands in their maw. They whip up waves that re-shape cityscapes. And they bring rains and floods, devastating and seemingly relentless.
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Outsmarting pathogens—research aims to solve key water filtration challengesBy the year 2025 it is projected that nearly 2 billion people will live in areas of water scarcity. These projections point to the need for advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies to provide options for an ever-increasing water demand.
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Web strength determined by how spiders apply glue, not how much they useMacquarie University academics have discovered the way the spiders apply glue to silk threads, not the amount, makes the attachment to an object stronger.
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100 Years after the Lethal 1918 Flu Pandemic, We Are Still VulnerableOur public health infrastructure has improved, but without a universal influenza vaccine, a similar virus could result in a worldwide catastrophe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Trump Order Resurfaces Debate about "Militarizing" PoliceThe White House lifted Obama’s ban on gear like tracked vehicles and grenade launchers, imposed after harsh police response to Ferguson protests -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The global transport of microbesWastewater, tourism, and trade are moving microbes around the globe at an unprecedented scale, a group of international researchers, including Professor Michael Gillings from Macquarie University, have argued. The editorial article, published in the premier journal Science, voices the concerns of the scientists, who warn that as we travel the modern world we leave billions of bacteria at every sto
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NASA selects economic research studies to examine investments in spaceNASA has selected five new research proposals to understand the effective drivers of investments in the global space economy, encouraging non-traditional companies, as well as traditional aerospace companies, to look beyond satellites for new opportunities in commercial space development.
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Image: Orion parachutes measure up in high pressure testOrion's three main orange and white parachutes help a representative model of the spacecraft descend through sky above Arizona, where NASA engineers tested the parachute system on Sept. 13, 2017, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma. NASA is qualifying Orion's parachutes for missions with astronauts.
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Cassini er som en baby – derfor græder ingeniører og forskereNasa sendte farvelkysset til Saturn-sonden. Store følelser er involveret, når den bliver et med planeten, forklarer danske rumforskere.
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How the female Viking warrior was written out of history What Bj 581, the ‘female Viking warrior’ tells us about assumed gender roles in archaeological inquiry In the 1880s Scandinavian archaeologists unearthed a grave containing all the implements required for battle, including shields, an axe, a spear, a sword, and a bow with a set of heavy arrows, along with two horses, a mare and a stallion. A set of game pieces has long lead researchers to believe
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Diet tracker in spaceWhether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to track everything you eat. The trend has arrived in space: European astronauts are now logging their meals on a tablet to make sure they are getting the right amount of nutrients.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring spaceAs humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Video: Earliest recorded use of zero is centuries older than first thoughtScientists from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries have used carbon dating to trace the figure's origins to the famous ancient Indian scroll, the Bakhshali manuscript. The text dates back to the third or fourth century, making it the oldest recorded use of the symbol.
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Science | The Guardian

Cassini's final moments: Nasa spacecraft sends last signals on Saturn death plunge – as it happened After 20 years and a journey of eight billion kilometres, Cassini has fallen silent following its dive towards Saturn Full story: Cassini spacecraft falls silent What did the Cassini mission tell us about Saturn and its moons? 1.45pm BST We are going to wrap up the liveblog now. You can find our news story on the fiery demise of Cassini here , and our piece on what we learned from the mission her
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Discovery of the most accelerated binary pulsarFifty years after Jocelyn Bell discovered the first pulsar, students are no longer going through reams of paper from pen chart recorders but instead search through 1,000s of terabytes of data to find these enigmatic pulsating radio stars. The most extreme binary pulsar system so far, with accelerations of up to 70 g has been discovered by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
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Physicists predict nonmetallic half-metallicityA team of researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), in collaboration with a colleague from RIKEN (Institute for Physical and Chemical Research in Japan), has provided theoretical proof of the existence of a new class of materials, spin-valley half-metals. Their paper was published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The discovery has potential applications in implantable electronic
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Venus' mysterious night side revealedScientists have used ESA's Venus Express to characterise the wind and upper cloud patterns on the night side of Venus for the first time–with surprising results.
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Ingeniøren

Facebooks reklamealgoritmer lader kunder målrette ‘jøde-hadere’ Automatisk genererede emneord er nu fjernet fra reklamesystemet hos it-giganten. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/facebooks-reklamealgoritmer-lader-kunder-maalrette-joede-hadere-1080567 Version2
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The Atlantic

What Ta-Nehisi Coates Gets Wrong About American Politics There’s a lot to admire in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new essay . It’s one of those pieces that grabs you with its first paragraph and never lets go. The argument keeps gathering force, building on the striking imagery (“Trump cracked the glowing amulet open”) and the caustic scouring of the polemics (opioids are treated as a sickness, crack was punished as a crime), to the very end. At its heart is the
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Ars Technica

Build, gather, brawl, repeat: The history of real-time strategy games Enlarge / Not every DOS-era RTS game inspires a film adaptation. The rise and fall of real-time strategy games is a strange one. They emerged gradually out of experiments to combine the excitement and speed of action games with the deliberateness and depth of strategy. Then, suddenly, the genre exploded in popularity in the latter half of the 1990s—only to fall from favor ( StarCraft aside) just
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Ars Technica

FrontRow camera review: A body camera for the always-recording millennial Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson (video link) It's all too common to see a sea of smartphones, at-attention and up in the air, at a live event. Whether a concert, or sports game, or protest, many attendees are now using the devices at their fingertips to record the events in front of them for later viewing and sharing. You wouldn't expect the latest recording and livestreaming technology t
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Image of the Day: Leggy BeesFemale South African bees evolved lengthy limbs to better amass oil from the snapdragon flowers they pollinate.
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Viden

Se højdepunkterne fra NASAs dødsdømte rumsondeBILLEDER: Rumsonden Cassinis rejse, der begyndte for 20 år siden, slutter i dag, når den brænder op som et stjerneskud i Saturns atmosfære. Vi har samlet en række af sonden største opdagelser.
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Failing to adapt to climate change likely to cost at least five times moreCoastal cities deal with the constant fear that sea levels will continue to rise in coming years due to climate change. In the case of Santos, home of Latin American's biggest harbor, a study supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) estimates that by 2100, the sea level might be 45 cm higher, bringing more frequent storm surges at 20 cm, surpassing current peak levels.
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