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A trans-acting leader RNA from a Salmonella virulence gene [Microbiology]Bacteria use flagella to move toward nutrients, find its host, or retract from toxic substances. Because bacterial flagellum is one of the ligands that activate the host innate immune system, its synthesis should be tightly regulated during host infection, which is largely unknown. Here, we report that a bacterial leader...
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Virulence protein VirD5 of Agrobacterium tumefaciens binds to kinetochores in host cells via an interaction with Spt4 [Microbiology]The bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens causes crown gall tumor formation in plants. During infection the bacteria translocate an oncogenic piece of DNA (transferred DNA, T-DNA) into plant cells at the infection site. A number of virulence proteins are cotransported into host cells concomitantly with the T-DNA to effectuate transformation. Using yeast...
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Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex GABA deficit in older adults with sleep-disordered breathing [Neuroscience]Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a common disorder in aging that is associated with cognitive decline, including significant executive dysfunction, for which the neurobiological underpinnings remain poorly understood. Using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS), this study assessed whether dysregulation of the homeostatic balance of the major inhibitory and excitatory amino...
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Adaptive benefit of cross-modal plasticity following cochlear implantation in deaf adults [Neuroscience]It has been suggested that visual language is maladaptive for hearing restoration with a cochlear implant (CI) due to cross-modal recruitment of auditory brain regions. Rehabilitative guidelines therefore discourage the use of visual language. However, neuroscientific understanding of cross-modal plasticity following cochlear implantation has been restricted due to incompatibility between...
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Temporal binding function of dorsal CA1 is critical for declarative memory formation [Neuroscience]Temporal binding, the process that enables association between discontiguous stimuli in memory, and relational organization, a process that enables the flexibility of declarative memories, are both hippocampus-dependent and decline in aging. However, how these two processes are related in supporting declarative memory formation and how they are compromised in age-related...
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Prenatal neurogenesis induction therapy normalizes brain structure and function in Down syndrome mice [Neuroscience]Down syndrome (DS) caused by trisomy of chromosome 21 is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability. Although the prenatal diagnosis of DS has become feasible, there are no therapies available for the rescue of DS-related neurocognitive impairment. A growth inducer newly identified in our screen of neural stem...
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EIN2 mediates direct regulation of histone acetylation in the ethylene response [Plant Biology]Ethylene gas is essential for developmental processes and stress responses in plants. Although the membrane-bound protein EIN2 is critical for ethylene signaling, the mechanism by which the ethylene signal is transduced remains largely unknown. Here we show the levels of H3K14Ac and H3K23Ac are correlated with the levels of EIN2...
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Combinatorial interaction network of abscisic acid receptors and coreceptors from Arabidopsis thaliana [Plant Biology]The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is induced in response to abiotic stress to mediate plant acclimation to environmental challenge. Key players of the ABA-signaling pathway are the ABA-binding receptors (RCAR/PYR1/PYL), which, together with a plant-specific subclade of protein phosphatase 2C (PP2C), form functional holoreceptors. The Arabidopsis genome encodes nine PP2C...
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Belief in free will affects causal attributions when ȷudging others’ behavior [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Free will is a cornerstone of our society, and psychological research demonstrates that questioning its existence impacts social behavior. In six studies, we tested whether believing in free will is related to the correspondence bias, which reflects people’s automatic tendency to overestimate the influence of internal as compared to external...
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Lawful relation between perceptual bias and discriminability [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Perception of a stimulus can be characterized by two fundamental psychophysical measures: how well the stimulus can be discriminated from similar ones (discrimination threshold) and how strongly the perceived stimulus value deviates on average from the true stimulus value (perceptual bias). We demonstrate that perceptual bias and discriminability, as functions...
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Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world [Sustainability Science]The concept of community is often used in environmental policy to foster environmental stewardship and public participation, crucial prerequisites of effective management. However, prevailing conceptualizations of community based on residential location or resource use are limited with respect to their utility as surrogates for communities of shared environment-related interests, and...
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Global transcriptional regulatory network for Escherichia coli robustly connects gene expression to transcription factor activities [Systems Biology]Transcriptional regulatory networks (TRNs) have been studied intensely for >25 y. Yet, even for the Escherichia coli TRN—probably the best characterized TRN—several questions remain. Here, we address three questions: (i) How complete is our knowledge of the E. coli TRN; (ii) how well can we predict gene expression using this...
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Limiting Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees Celsius May Still Be PossibleAnalysis suggests researchers may have underestimated how much carbon humanity can emit, although critics disagree -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Management studies: Dishonesty shiftLying comes more easily to people in teams: Behavioral scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have shown in an experimental study why groups are more likely to behave unethically than individuals.
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NASA data shows Otis devoid of precipitation, now a remnantFormer Hurricane Otis was not showing any thunderstorm development or precipitation on satellite imagery on Sept. 19. As a result, the National Hurricane Center declared Otis a remnant low pressure area.
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Tumor-infiltrating B lymphocytes promote melanoma progression & resistance to therapyIn a multi-institutional collaborative study, scientists at The Wistar Institute and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, have identified the role of tumor-infiltrating or tumor-associated B-cells ('TABs') in melanoma progression and resistance to targeted therapy.
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What's the latest on gut microbiota?How many undergraduate classes in microbiology -- or any scientific field, for that matter -- can say they're published in a peer-reviewed journal? 'Human Gut Microbiota: Toward an Ecology of Disease' is a review of the primary literature and latest discoveries on the interactions between gut microbiota and the human host.
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NASA sees Tropical Depression Norma's small area of strengthInfrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite has revealed that the area of strongest storms within now Tropical Depression Norma has diminished.
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Groundbreaking investigative effort identifies gonorrhea vaccine candidatesResearchers at have identified a pair of proteins that show promise as the basis for a gonorrhea vaccine.
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What web browsers and proteins have in commonThe discovery of a previously overlooked site on protein molecules may solve a mystery about how proteins are able to carry out specialized functions in living cells.
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NASA looks within category 5 Hurricane Maria before and after first landfallSatellite data is enabling forecasters to look inside and outside of powerful Hurricane Maria. A NASA animation of satellite imagery shows Hurricane Maria's first landfall on the island of Dominica.
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Research sparks new way to predict movie-goers' facial expressionsResearchers in Simon Fraser University's School of Computing Science have been working with Disney Research to develop a new way to assess and predict the facial expressions of movie goers. This method could help to make artificial data created in animation look more realistic.
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Ludwig scientists discover complex axis of immune suppression exploited by cancersA Ludwig Cancer Research study has uncovered a new mechanism by which cancer cells evade destruction by the immune system. The paper, led by Camilla Jandus of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, describes how immune cells known as group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are recruited by leukemic cells to suppress an essential anticancer immune response.
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One-way track for microwaves based on mechanical interferenceEPFL researchers use interference in the motion of a micrometre-size drum to route microwave signals in a single direction.
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UK oil and gas reserves may last only a decade, study suggestsThe UK has low oil and gas resources and limited prospects for fracking, according to a new analysis by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, who recommend a shift towards greater use of renewable, clean energy.
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What motivates men to donate sperm online? World-first QUT studyA world-first Queensland University of Technology study into online sperm donor behavior has revealed the importance men place on their family, friends and the risks associated with donation, has little impact on their motivation or psychology when choosing to donate their sperm to women they meet online.
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Metabolism switch signals end for healing heartsResearchers have identified the process that shuts down the human heart's ability to heal itself, and are now searching for a drug to reverse it.University of Queensland's Dr James Hudson and Murdoch Children's Research Institute researcher Dr Enzo Porrello have shown a metabolic pathway governs the loss of the heart's proliferative capacity.
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Ahoy, Talk Like A Pirate Happy Hours! A fair wind’s a’blowin and the skies be bright for today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, matey! A vote was called on the deck of Eyewire by @guygeva2311 and by unanimous decision we declare the tides of Happy Hour will twice rise today, September 19. The first treasure sail is today from 2-4 pm US ET. A second, night point raid will begin in the American eve from 9-11 pm. May yer trace b
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Scorching hot Mercury has more ice than we thought There could be much more ice on Mercury’s surface than previously thought, a new study suggests. The scorching hot surface of Mercury seems like an unlikely place to find ice, but research over the past three decades has suggested that water is frozen on the first rock from the sun, hidden away on crater floors that are permanently shadowed from the sun’s blistering rays. The new study adds three
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T-Mobile’s unlimited plan will soon let you use 50GB before slowdowns Enlarge (credit: T-Mobile) T-Mobile USA will soon let subscribers to its unlimited data plans use at least 50GB of data each month before risking slowdowns in congested areas. All four major nationwide carriers slow down their heaviest data users when they connect to congested cell towers. But while Verizon Wireless and AT&T set the potential throttle point at 22GB, and Sprint at 23GB, T-Mobile i
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NASA tracking Jose meandering off US East CoastJose has been a named storm for nearly two weeks now as it continues to slowly move northward off the US East Coast east of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. NASA's GPM satellite and NOAA's GOES East satellites have provided a look at the rainfall and movement of this long-lived storm.
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Future of legalized cannabis focus of expert panel discussion in cannabis journalIn the roundtable entitled "Expert Panel on Understanding Cannabis: Medicine, Society, Government," the panelists shared their views on topics ranging from what actions U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions might take, the business of growing and selling cannabis, risk of addiction, and whether patients should use cannabis to alleviate cancer pain.
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UTHealth discovers how to train damaging inflammatory cells to promote repair after strokeResearchers at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth have discovered a way to turn neutrophils from toxic to helpful after a hemorrhagic stroke.
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Scientists find way to convert bad body fat into good fatWorking in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a way to convert white fat, which stores calories, into brown fat that burns them.
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Amazon: Hello, Customer, You Appear to Be Making a Bomb Image: Amazon Let’s say you’re some sort of weird dickhead who wants to hurt people by setting off a homemade explosive, but you don’t exactly know what ingredients you’ll need in order to instill a feeling of lifelong terror in the people you don’t kill outright. Amazon—the place where you buy bulk toilet paper and bed risers—has some helpful suggestions for you. As the UK’s Channel 4 first disc
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Siri has a peppy new voice. But that’s not the most important thing. Technology We spoke to vocal experts about the digital assistant’s new pipes. Have you heard? Siri, the virtual persona that speaks from your iPhone, sounds different now. Read on.
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Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario Bros. for the very first time, but try to picture it. An 8-bit game world blinks into being: baby blue sky, tessellated stone ground, and in between, a squat, red-suited man standing still — waiting. He’s facing rightward; you nudge him farther in that direction. A few more steps reveal a row of bricks hovering overhead and what l
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'One-size-fits-all’ threshold for P values under fire Scientists hit back at a proposal to make it tougher to call findings statistically significant. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22625
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Body's 'bad fat' could be altered to combat obesity, say scientists By blocking a particular protein, unhealthy ‘white’ fat could be transformed into calorie-burning ‘beige’ fat, experiments show “Bad fat” could be made to turn over a new leaf and combat obesity by blocking a specific protein, scientists have discovered. Most fat in the body is unhealthy “white” tissue deposited around the waist, hips and thighs. But smaller amounts of energy-hungry “brown” fat a
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Why ISIS Is So Good at Branding Its Failures as Successes When you think about terrorist attacks the way the Islamic State does, even blatant technical failure can become strategic success. It’s all about how shrewdly you brand an attack after the fact—and how willing the media is to buy into your narrative. Consider what happened in the U.K. on Friday. During morning rush hour, the London Underground’s District Line was brought to a standstill after a
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Viacom Leak May Have Exposed Hundreds of Digital Properties—Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV, and More Photo: Getty An Amazon server containing roughly a gigabyte’s worth of credentials and configuration files belonging to behemoth media conglomerate Viacom were discovered online and unsecured, according to UpGuard, a California-based “cyber resiliency” firm. A security researcher working for the company discovered the server flapping in the wind last month—without so much as a password between it
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Winner takes all: Success enhances taste for luxury goods, study suggestsFootballers in flashy cars, City workers in Armani suits, reality TV celebrities sipping expensive champagne while sitting in hot tubs: what drives people to purchase luxury goods? New research suggests that it may be a sense of being a 'winner' -- but that contrary to expectations, it is not driven by testosterone.
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Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequencesExtreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention. But what happens when precipitation -- or lack thereof -- occurs in a more measured way?
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Researchers developing advanced lithium-ion and metal-air batteriesA research lab run by University of Central Florida Professor Yang Yang is developing energy storage technologies that are cheaper, safer and more efficient.
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Twitter rival Gab faces domain loss over extremist content Enlarge / Gab insists that its frog mascot is not related to Pepe, the cartoon frog that has been adopted as a mascot for the alt-right. (credit: Yamanaka Tamaki ) It's not easy to host extremist right-wing content on the modern Internet. Gab, a small Twitter rival that bills itself as a bastion of free speech, has received word from its Australian domain registrar that it has five days to find a
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iOS 11 Will Break a Lot of Very Cool Apps Among the many new features and updates iOS 11 will bring to your iPhone and iPad, there’s one that some users might not actually want. Apple is finally neutering older 32-bit apps, which means that some of your favorite games or productivity tools simply won’t load with iOS 11 installed. The iPhone 5S, released back in September of 2013 with iOS 7, brought a big change to iOS: support for 64-bit
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Tuesday's Top Deals: Marvel Comics, PlayStation VR Bundle, Gaming Gold Box and More We kick off today’s top deals with Marvel comics , PlayStation VR + Camera Bundle , Gaming Gold Box , and more! Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Top Tech Deals TedGem Magnetic Cable Organizer (Light) , $7 with code DNE2JDLX | Dark , $7 with code 3S7LBTUW Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about cable management, the depths of Amazon toss
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Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy North Korea' President Donald Trump dispensed with diplomacy at the United Nations, vowing in his maiden speech to the General Assembly that the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. The remarks, reminiscent of those of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s vow in 1968 to “bury” the West, is likely to raise tensions with North Korea
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How Deaths from Opioids Have Impacted US Life ExpectancyLife expectancy in the United States ticked upward between 2000 and 2015, but that rise was blunted by increasing rates of opioid-related deaths, a new report finds.
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New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thoughtA Brown University study identifies three large surface ice deposits near Mercury's north pole, and suggests there could be many additional small-scale deposits that would dramatically increase the planet's surface ice inventory.
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Is there a link between breast milk nutrients, circadian rhythms, and infant health?The fat content and levels of several key nutrients and hormones in breast milk vary with the mother's circadian rhythm, which may have implications for the timing of breastfeeding and feeding of expressed milk, especially for high-risk infants.
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Running roaches, flapping moths create a new physics of organismsSand-swimming lizards, slithering robotic snakes, dusk-flying moths and running roaches all have one thing in common: They're increasingly being studied by physicists interested in understanding the shared strategies these creatures have developed to overcome the challenges of moving though their environments.
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Rogue wave analysis supports investigation of the El Faro sinkingA new analysis done to support the investigation into the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship has calculated the likelihood of a massive rogue wave during Hurricane Joaquin in October of that year -- and demonstrated a new technique for evaluating the probability of rogue waves over space and time.
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New treatment for osteoporosis provides better protection against fracturesA new treatment for osteoporosis provides major improvements in bone density and more effective protection against fractures than the current standard treatment. These are the findings of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The study is the first that compares the effect of two osteoporosis medicines on fractures.
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Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it Science Judges and juries aren’t swayed by genetics. Genes that supposedly help sway your behavior don't sway lawyers and judges.
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Hackers Lock Down Entire School District With Threats: 'We Are Savage Creatures' Photo: Getty In a highly unusual hacking case, an entire school district in Montana shut down for three days following a data breach of student and faculty records. Investigators say that parents received “extremely graphic threats via text messages” and that hackers sent the school board a ransom note demanding bitcoin payments in exchange for the destruction of hacked data. The Flathead County
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FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized Informants to Break the Law Photo: AP This year, the FBI appears to for the first time have overlooked a reporting obligation established by the US Attorney General’s office, and in doing so, the bureau appears to have greatly lowballed the total number of times it authorized confidential informants to engage in criminal activity last year. As a consequence, the bureau did something else that’s new: It revealed the number o
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Molecular motors: Slowing the clockworkProgress on the way to smart nanomachines: Chemists of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have modified the synthesis of a molecular motor so as to reduce the speed of its light-driven rotation, thus permitting the researchers to analyze the mechanism of motion in complete detail.
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Fluorescence microscopy on a chip -- no lenses requiredFluorescence microscopy gives researchers power to illuminate the tiniest structures and capture the real-time activities of cells by tagging biological molecules with a rainbow of fluorescent dyes. Researchers have developed a system that enables scientists to rapidly image fluorescent cells grown inside the chip using a CMOS image sensor, the same technology found in the camera of a smartphone.
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Nonlinear physics bridges thoughts to sounds in birdsongPhysicist Gabriel Mindlin has been looking at the phenomena from what is one of the most unifying and potentially enlightening perspectives of the issue: the dynamical physics of birds' vocal organs. In his work, published this week in the journal Chaos, he explores the role of fundamental physics properties in the acoustic complexity of birdsong, and the relationship they have with neural instruc
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Antibiotics following C-section among obese women reduces risk of surgical infectionAmong obese women undergoing cesarean delivery, a postoperative 48-hour course of antibiotics significantly decreased the rate of surgical site infection within 30 days after delivery, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Contribution of opioid-related deaths to the change in life expectancy in the USBetween 2000 and 2015 in the US, life expectancy increased overall but drug-poisoning deaths, mostly related to opioids, contributed to reducing life expectancy, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Community intervention among low-income patients results in improved blood pressure controlLow-income patients in Argentina with uncontrolled high blood pressure who participated in a community health worker-led multicomponent intervention experienced a greater decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure over 18 months than did patients who received usual care, according to a study published by JAMA.
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How Air-Conditioning Invented the Modern World In the beginning, it wasn’t the heat, but the humidity. In 1902, the workers at Sackett & Wilhelms Lithographing & Printing Company in New York City were fed up with the muggy summer air, which kept morphing their paper and ruining their prints. To fix the problem, they needed a humidity-control system. The challenge fell to a young engineer named Willis Carrier. He devised a system to circulate
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Why some 19th century immigrants went back to Europe Moving back to Europe after emigrating to the United States was one strategy Norwegian immigrants used to lessen their poverty, research suggests. Today’s conversation about immigration and the role of immigrants in America is not so different from the conversations that took place more than 100 years ago, when European immigrants settled in cities and on farms in the United States. Ran Abramitzk
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Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi TáíwòHow can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn't, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò -- it has a knowledge crisis. According to Táíwò, a lack of knowledge on important topics like water and food is what stands between Africa's current state and a future of prosperity. In a powerful talk, he calls for Africa to make the production of
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NASA Nominee Wants to Study Climate Change--on MarsThe plan echoes a common talking point of climate deniers, who say Earth’s warming can be blamed on the sun -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Shaken baby syndrome is not definitive proof of child abuseWhile a debate over the medical diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome rages on, one thing is clear: it is no longer proof of child abuse, says Deborah Tuerkheimer
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These Dinosaurs Had Colorful Eggs Just Like Birds Image: Wiemann et al In the spring, you might find fragmented blue eggshells sitting on the sidewalk, a sign that baby robins hatched somewhere up above. Taking the same walk 66 million years ago, you may have found a giant version of those same blue eggs. Except a much larger, sillier-looking dinosaur was probably sitting nearby. There are a few pigments that give bird eggs a blue-green color, c
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Do These 7 Dead-Simple Safety Checks to Make Sure Your Accounts and Devices Are Safe Image: Gizmodo It’s a hostile world out there and your personal data is constantly being targeted from a whole host of angles. While you can’t control the shoddy security practices of major corporations, you can minimize the risk of your private information getting into the wrong hands. Just as you do regular maintenance on your car, or home, and you go to the doctor just to check in, there are l
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For hospitals, full cybersecurity may be impossible In a new essay, medical and legal experts outline steps that hospitals can take to secure themselves against dangerous and damaging hacking attacks. They also say, however, that many strategies will be difficult to implement and that, ultimately, full security may be impossible to achieve. “To some extent, these attacks are inevitable.” Especially cruel hackers know that lives are on the line whe
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It’s now tougher (and more expensive) to find big ideas Big ideas are getting harder and harder to find, and innovations have become increasingly massive and costly endeavors, according to new research. As a result, tremendous continual increases in research and development will be needed to sustain even today’s low rate of economic growth. This means modern-day inventors—even those in the league of Steve Jobs—will have a tough time measuring up to th
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Toilet Paper Power: How Used Bathroom Tissue (Yuck) Could Generate ElectricityAre we flushing away a greener future? Perhaps, according to scientists who found a way to turn used toilet paper into electricity.
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Five Questions About the Manafort Investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Paul Manafort, the onetime Trump campaign chairman, appears to be moving far more aggressively than any other part of the sprawling Russia investigation. On Monday night, The New York Times reported new details about the July raid on Manafort’s Virginia home. Federal investigators broke into his house in the early morning hours, seizing document
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Coyote vs Roadrunner: Desert Dash The ongoing feud between the predatory Coyote and the swift and sneaky Roadrunner will be a familiar one to anyone who grew up on the 1950’s Looney Tunes cartoon series featuring the two arch nemeses. But what is the relationship between these two desert wanderers in real life? Do roadrunners really say “beep beep” all the time? Do coyotes really harbor large arsenals of TNT to blow the roadrunne
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Lasers could make beer and bread even better Researchers have used a supercontinuum laser to analyze whole grains with long near-infrared wavelengths. The research has significance for our knowledge of food ingredients and may, for example, eventually lead to better quality of bread and beer. Technologically, the supercontinuum laser has undergone extensive development since the turn of the century due to the development of the photonic cry
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Nonlinear physics bridges thoughts to sounds in birdsongThe beautiful sound of birdsongs emerging from the trees is a wonderful example of how much nature can still teach us, even as much about their origins are still mysterious to us. About 40 percent of bird species learn to vocalize when they are exposed to a tutor, a behavior of interest to many neurologists and neurobiologists. The other 60 percent can vocalize instinctually in isolation. The vari
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New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollutionAn inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.
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Scientists identify key regulator of male fertilityWhen it comes to male reproductive fertility, timing is everything. Now scientists are finding new details on how disruption of this timing may contribute to male infertility or congenital illness. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center report in Genes & Development identifying the key molecular and genetic switch that activates production of healthy male sperm -- but only wh
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How the shape and size of your face relates to your sexualityMen and women with shorter, wider faces tend to be more sexually motivated and to have a stronger sex drive than those with faces of other dimensions. These are the findings from a study led by Steven Arnocky of Nipissing University in Canada. The research investigates the role that facial features play in sexual relationships and mate selection and is published in Springer's journal Archives of S
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Black Sea water temperatures may buck global trendUsing a model developed at the JRC, scientists have successfully simulated the Black Sea's long term currents, salt water content and temperature for the first time.
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Puerto Rico Prepares for the Worst as Category 5 Hurricane Maria Draws Near GIF Hurricane Maria as captured by GOES-16 earlier today. (Image: RAMMB/GOES/NOAA) A mere two weeks after Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Caribbean, there’s yet another Category 5 hurricane that’s wreaking havoc in the region. After inflicting “widespread devastation” to the island of Dominica last night, Hurricane Maria is now making a beeline towards the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
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Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers. (Image credit: Ken Christensen/KCTS Television)
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Tackle football before age 12 may boost risks of cognitive, mood disorders Enlarge / Youth Pee-Wee football players wait to take the field. (credit: Getty | Kirby Lee ) Taking hard knocks early in life could shove football players toward neurological problems later, a new study suggests. Among 214 former amateur and professional male football players, those who started playing early—particularly before the age of 12—had greater risks of reporting depression and impaired
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Der er mikroplast overalt i vores omgivelserDerfor er det også vanskeligt at fastslå, hvor mikroplast kommer fra, når vi finder det i øl, honning og drikkevand. I stedet bør vi fokusere på, at det er et generelt problem, at plasten er overalt, siger forsker.
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Cell-based therapy success could be boosted by new antioxidantCell therapies being developed to treat a range of conditions could be improved by a chemical compound that aids their survival, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. Lab tests found that the man-made molecule -- a type of antioxidant -- helps to shield healthy cells from damage such as would be caused when they are transplanted into a patient during cell therapy.
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Mathematician and chronicler of political murdersEmil J. Gumbel's formulas are fundamental for extreme value theory. This statistical discipline describes extreme incidents, such as floods or storms. Little is known, however, that he was also a pioneer of modern data journalism, unveiling the patterns of political murder in the Weimar Republic. Professor Matthias Scherer and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) now intend to fill
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Mathematician and chronicler of political murdersEmil J. Gumbel's formulas are fundamental for extreme value theory. This statistical discipline describes extreme incidents, such as floods or storms. Little is known, however, that he was also a pioneer of modern data journalism, unveiling the patterns of political murder in the Weimar Republic. Professor Matthias Scherer and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) now intend to fill
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Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some storesKohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.
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Words With Friends adds 50,000 pop culture wordsTell your bae or your bestie: The mobile game Words With Friends is adding thousands of pop culture words as part of its largest dictionary update in the game's eight-year history.
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Small quake rattles nerves, causes no damage in Los AngelesLos Angeles was jolted by a small earthquake that rattled nerves and got people talking on social media, but didn't cause any major damage.
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Under GOP Health Care Bill, States Would Struggle to Hang onto ObamacareStates that expanded Medicaid would be particularly hard hit -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Infrared signals in surveillance cameras let malware jump network air gaps (credit: Álvaro Millán ) Researchers have devised malware that can jump airgaps by using the infrared capabilities of an infected network's surveillance cameras to transmit data to and from attackers. The malware prototype could be a crucial ingredient for attacks that target some of the world's most sensitive networks. Militaries, energy producers, and other critical infrastructure providers fre
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Microchip Breakthrough Could Help Us Build a New Kind of Computer Image: Bill Burress /Flickr On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But—as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be—it’s probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does “turn light i
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Novel strategy for chirality controlled synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubesResearchers at Tohoku University have developed a novel strategy for controlling chirality of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). By using this approach, preferential synthesis of (6,4) SWNTs has been realized for the first time. The unique growth mechanism has been elucidated through comparing experiments and theoretical calculations made with a researcher from the University of Tokyo.
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Cost effective quantum moves a step closerCanadian and US researchers have taken an important step towards enabling quantum networks to be cost-effective and truly secure from attack.
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The Science And Art Of Mapping Animal Movements Technology allows mapping of wildlife movements with new precision — and a fresh approach to conservation — as evidenced by Where the Animals Go, released Tuesday in the U.S. , says Barbara J. King. (Image credit: Margaret Crofoot, University of California, Davis; Damien Farine, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology /Courtesy of Oliver Uberti)
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Cold Brew Season Never Has to End With This One-Day Sale Willow & Everett Cold Brew Sale You might associate cold brew coffee with summer, but that’s because you’re conflating it with iced coffee. Iced coffee is a brilliant way to sell people ice for the price of coffee (which is mostly water to begin with). Cold brew on the other hand is a different process that results in less acidity, among other benefits, and you can enjoy it all year round. To
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Researchers Unite in Quest for "Standard Model" of the BrainModelled on big physics projects, International Brain Lab will bring together pre-eminent neuroscientists to probe a single behavior -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Black, white or multicultural: Constructing race in two countriesA new study demonstrates the strong influence ancestry plays in Americans' interpretation of whether someone is black, white or multiracial, highlighting differences in the way race is socially constructed in the U.S. compared to other parts of the world.
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A pirate site explores a new way of paying for the internet that doesn't involve adsTo say that advertising as the main business model of the internet is in a crisis would be an understatement. For a start, there is the fact that Google and Facebook between them suck up most of the revenue from digital advertising. They accounted for 99% of revenue growth in digital advertising in the US in 2016 and took 77% of all advertising spending in that same year. Then there is the growth
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Health care, education key to keeping women offenders out of prisonWomen in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre.
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Harvard forest report: Forests, funding, and conservation in decline across New EnglandNew England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day, according to a new report released today by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University, and a team of authors from across the region. Public funding for land protection has also been steadily declining in all six New England states and is now half what it was at its 2008 peak; with land conserv
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Apple File System in macOS High Sierra won’t work with Fusion Drives Enlarge / The 2016 MacBook. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) MacOS High Sierra will come out of beta and roll out to the public next week. If you have previously installed the beta version, you may need to take extra steps before installing the release so your Fusion Drive-toting machine doesn't experience any negative consequences. Apple announced that the new Apple File system (APFS) won't immediate
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Supercontinuum lasers can lead to better bread and beerResearchers from the Department of Food Science (FOOD) at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark are the first in the world to have analysed whole grains with long near-infrared wavelengths using a new type of light source, the supercontinuum laser. The research has significance for our knowledge of food ingredients and may, for example, eventually lead to better quality of bread and beer.
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An interconnection between the nervous and immune systemWorking with colleagues from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE ), Harvard Medical School and Ohio State University, researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have shown that the increased incidence of infections seen in spinal cord injury patients is directly linked to a disruption of the normal central nervous system.
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CUHK sets out to reveal impact of Arctic amplification on East Asian winter climateAn ongoing research project aims to identify and explain teleconnections and future changes in the East Asian Winter Monsoon under Arctic Amplification. This integral study would be beneficial for policymakers in evaluating the risk of cold extremes in East Asia, and will be of great importance for the socioeconomic development of this densely populated region.
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Novel strategy for chirality controlled synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubesResearchers at Tohoku University have developed a novel strategy for controlling chirality of single-walled carbon nanotubes.
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Cost effective quantum moves a step closerCanadian and US researchers have taken an important step towards enabling quantum networks to be cost-effective and truly secure from attack.The experiments, by the team from the University of Calgary, the California Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Colorado, prove the viability of a measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (QKD) system
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Study suggests link between youth football & later-life emotional, behavioral impairmentA new study has found an association between participation in youth tackle football before age 12 and impaired mood and behavior later in life. The study appears in Nature's Translational Psychiatry.
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Playing American football before age 12 could have long-term health effectsPlaying American football before the age of 12 may have long-term consequences for players' mood and behavior, according to a study involving 214 professional and amateur football players, published in the open access journal Translational Psychiatry.
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The cosmic water trail uncovered by HerschelDuring almost four years of observing the cosmos, the Herschel Space Observatory traced out the presence of water. With its unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution at key wavelengths, Herschel revealed this crucial molecule in star-forming molecular clouds, detected it for the first time in the seeds of future stars and planets, and identified the delivery of water from interplanetary de
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Hurricanes, flood insurance and the dangers of 'business as usual'In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it was reported that up to 80% of home damages were not insured. Insurance schemes are widely advocated as a means of facilitating recovery from – or resilience to – natural and human-made disasters. For those without insurance, or who are under-insured, recovery prospects are bleak. Many such people – who are often alre
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NASA small satellite promises big discoveriesSmall satellites provide a cheap, responsive alternative to larger, more expensive satellites. As demand grows, engineers must adapt these "nanosatellites" to provide greater data returns. NASA, in collaboration with educational partners, targets 2021 for the launch of an innovative CubeSat that addresses these challenges.
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A Proterra electric bus just drove 1,100 miles on a single charge Enlarge (credit: Proterra) On Tuesday, Proterra revealed that one of its Catalyst E2 Max electric buses just set a new world record for the longest distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single charge. The bus, which packs a hefty 660kWh of storage—equivalent to 11 Chevy Bolts—drove a total of 1,101.2 miles (1,772.2km) at the Navistar Proving Grounds in Indiana. It's quite an impressive fe
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Lægesekretærer demonstrerer mod besparelserUdsigten til fyringer og besparelser får Hovedstadens lægesekretærer til at gå på barrikaderne. Overlægeforeningen bakker op.
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Tool-wielding monkeys push local shellfish to edge of extinctionLong-tailed macaques on an island in Thailand are doing such a good job of cracking shellfish with stone tools, they are driving down their prey's numbers and body size
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Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo shipsThe world's busiest shipping lanes have twice as many bolts of lightning as nearby areas, and ships pumping soot into the air seem to be responsible
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American oaks share a common northern ancestorIf you had been in northern Canada 45 million years ago, you might have encountered the distant ancestor of all of the oaks in the Americas. That single species gave rise to 220 more and two distinct lineages—red oaks and white oaks—that moved south through the boreal zone to populate large swaths of the continent all the way into Mexico. These two findings—simultaneous evolutionary diversificatio
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Nanosat fleet proposed for voyage to 300 asteroidsA fleet of tiny spacecraft could visit over 300 asteroids in just over three years, according to a mission study led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The Asteroid Touring Nanosat Fleet concept comprises 50 spacecraft propelled by innovative electric solar wind sails (E-sails) and equipped with instruments to take images and collect spectroscopic data on the composition of the asteroids. Ea
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What do we need to know to mine an asteroid?The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our Solar System. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge of the very diverse population of accessible Near Earth Asteroids (NEA). Last year, dozens of the world's leading asteroid scientists and asteroid m
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Medieval porpoise 'grave' on Channel island puzzles archaeologists Animal may have been placed in carefully cut hole to preserve its meat or have had some sort of religious significance Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave. The team believe the marine animal found on the island of Chapelle Dom Hue, off the west coast of Gu
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Bilos får bakterierne i din næse til at flytteGraden af luftforurening ser ud til at hænge sammen med forekomsten af både gavnlige og skadelige bakterier i vores luftveje. Det indikerer det første studie af sin art.
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Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheresA group analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet's atmosphere can be detected. The largest population-study of exoplanets to date successfully detected atmospheres around 16 'hot Jupiters', and found that water vapour was present in every case.
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Can the world's megacities survive the digital age?Today, megacities have become synonymous with economic growth. In both developing and developed countries, cities with populations of 10 million or more account for one-third to one-half of their gross domestic product.
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This biochemist brews a wild beerWild beer studies are teaching scientists and brewers about the tropical fruit smell and sour taste of success.
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Nikola Motor Company and Bosch team up on long-haul fuel cell truck Enlarge / This is what the Nikola Two will look like. (credit: Nikola Motor Company) Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor Company and German auto components giant Bosch are teaming up to build the Nikola One and Nikola Two—a pair of hydrogen-electric, long-haul trucks that will compete with the handful of other low-emissions trucks and powertrains that have been announced in mid-2017. The Nikola One
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This Free App Adds an iPhone X Notch to Your Android Phone Android smartphones with edge-to-edge screens, like the Samsung S8 or the Essential phone , have found elegant ways to deal with the devices’ forward-facing cameras and sensors. But if you’re an Android user who’d rather have a garish notch up top like the iPhone X, a new app called XOutOf10 will add a screen-blocking bar to whatever device you’re using. The app doesn’t provide any additional fun
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How to Be AwesomePhilosophy professor Nick Riggle offers “a unified theory of how not to suck” -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A piece of the puzzle: 8 autism-related mutations in 1 geneResearchers discover a large number of clustered mutations in a single gene, TRIO, that disrupt the development of the brain's connections and likely contribute to the development of autism-spectrum disorders. The scientists also find that a sister gene linked to schizophrenia, KALRN, is inactive in early brain development, but becomes active in adolescence.
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Nanocapsules enable cell-inspired metabolic reactionsResearchers at the University of Basel succeeded in developing capsules capable of producing the bio-molecule glucose-6-phosphate that plays an important role in metabolic processes. The researchers were able to produce the metabolite in conditions very similar to the biochemical reaction inside natural cells. The results have been published in the scientific journal Chemical Communications.
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A dream of foamETH researchers have discovered a new method to design stable foams. Their findings could make beer froth and ice cream last longer -- and revolutionise construction materials such as concrete.
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Discovery of the closest binary supermassive black hole system in the galaxy NGC 7674Scientists from NCRA-TIFR, Pune, and RIT, USA, have discovered the closest ever binary supermassive black hole system in a spiral galaxy NGC 7674, located about 400 million light years from Earth. The apparent separation of the two black holes in the binary system is less than one light year. This is direct observational proof of the existence of close supermassive black hole binary systems inside
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Researchers working on ways to power the next generation of prosthetic limbsScientists from Deakin University's and CSIRO's Battery Technology Research and Innovation Hub (BatTRI-Hub) are aiming to develop safe and reliable batteries for a unique robotic hand created by researchers from the University of Wollongong as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).
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Understanding the glacial history of the western ArcticTo interpret what we see today both on land and at the seabed, we need to understand how the landscape was different in the past. When we say "past," we mean on a geologic timeframe—specifically, about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago, when the climate was much colder and glaciers covered much of Canada. There have been several other geological periods in the last million years when glaciers covered the
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A day in the life of NASA's VoyagersAt more than 10 billion miles away from Earth, there is no day and night. Time and space are fathomless and our Sun is a distant point of starlight—a faint reminder of the home NASA's twin Voyagers, humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, left behind 40 years ago. Voyager 1, which launched on Sept. 5, 1977, and Voyager 2, launched on Aug. 20, 1977, continue to return data that shape our
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Assessing Hurricane Harvey's financial loss potentialIt's estimated that Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 30 trillion gallons of water across parts of the U.S. – most of it in east Texas and Louisiana.
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Opinion: Brazil must protect its remaining 'uncontacted' indigenous AmazoniansIn a remote corner of far-western Brazil lies the Vale do Javari, home to one of the greatest concentrations of isolated or entirely "uncontacted" tribes in the Amazon. Unlike indigenous lands elsewhere in the country, which have been colonised and polluted, the Javari's very inaccessibility has kept it largely untouched. But the people who live there remain extremely vulnerable. Recently, illegal
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Accelerator company develops product to help wind turbinesSharks swimming deep in the ocean, geckos climbing up trees and wind turbines towering over West Texas don't have a lot in common. At least, not yet.
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Russian helicopter accidentally fires rocket at onlookers Three people injured after rocket from passing rotorcraft explodes near group of men during Zapad war games in Luzhsky A Russian attack helicopter accidentally fired at least one rocket into a group of people during large-scale military exercises close to Nato’s borders, Russian media has reported. Three people were injured in the incident at the Zapad 2017 drills , a source close to the Russian
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Slowing the clockworkProgress on the way to smart nanomachines: LMU chemists have modified the synthesis of a molecular motor so as to reduce the speed of its light-driven rotation, thus permitting the researchers to analyze the mechanism of motion in complete detail.
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The 2017 Hurricane Season Really Is More Intense Than NormalIt’s not your imagination. From Harvey to Irma to Jose to Maria, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season “has been an overachiever by almost every index.”
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Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefactsDigital technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So it was only a matter of time before the ways people interact with the past and ancient artefacts in museum settings became digital, too.
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Bike-sharing schemes might seem like a waste of space, but the economics makes senseHave you ever walked past (or tripped over) a shared bike and wondered how it's possible for the business to survive with a ride costing as little as A$2 per half hour?
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300,000 women are missing from economicsEconomics is an overwhelmingly male field; and the problem is not going away. Less than a third of economics students today are women. A pervasive myth about the missing women students in economics – about 300,000 of them in the US alone by our rough count – is that the problem is their poor maths skills. You know: economics is too maths focused, and women are maths-phobic, right? That must be the
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Downed trees not necessarily a lost causeAmong the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma last week, many downed trees and uprooted plants were left in the storm's wake. Those in a rush to get things back to normal have been quick to break out the chainsaws and remove the fallen debris in the days following the storm. But not all fallen trees and plants are lost causes, according to Christopher Baraloto, director of the International Cent
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Stack Overflow gives an even closer look at developer salaries (credit: Pictures of Money Follow ) A few months ago, Stack Overflow published the terrible news that developers using spaces to indent their code earn more money than those using tabs, based on responses to the company's annual developer survey. Today, Stack Overflow announced a slightly more useful application for that same data, with the Stack Overflow Salary Calculator . Tell it where you liv
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Ny forskning gør op med overdrevne tal for forekomst af diabetes Det er godt, at nye tal viser, at langt færre er på vej til at få diabetes, end vi troede, mener Diabetesforeningen. Men det er et problem, at der fortsat er forskellige tal i omløb, mener foreningen.
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PerkinElmer: Vectra PolarisChange the way you approach slide-based pathology.
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Virgin female spiders found willing to give themselves up to being eaten alive by spiderlings(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Ernst Moritz Arndt University in Germany and Aarhus University in Denmark has found that female virgin velvet spiders (Stegodyphus dumicola) in addition to assisting close relatives in raising their young, allow themselves to be eaten alive by the spiderlings. In their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, the group describes their study of the spide
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Revealing the cause for high air content in concreteA study carried out in Aalto University showed that the effectiveness of the mixing process has a great significance when newer plasticizing additives are used.
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Device for measuring inflammation at homeVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a portable device for measuring inflammation levels quickly in home environment.
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Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma riskChildren exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age, new research supported by the National Institutes of Health reveals. The findings, published September 19 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, may provide clues for the design of strategies to prevent asthma from developing.
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Black, white or multicultural: Constructing race in two countriesA new study demonstrates the strong influence ancestry plays in Americans' interpretation of whether someone is black, white or multiracial, highlighting differences in the way race is socially constructed in the US compared to other parts of the world.
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Scientists identify new hosts for Chagas Disease vectorsSolitary weasel-like animals called tayra might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than 8 million people worldwide.
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Nyt engangsplaster til diabetikere måler glukoseniveauet under træningAmerikanske forskere udvikler et papirbaseret klistermærke med sensor, hvor sved driver målingen.
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Health gains after 65 mostly go to certain groups Older Americans report feeling dramatically healthier than they did 14 years ago but that good health isn’t evenly distributed, with much of the gain going to those who are the wealthiest, most highly educated, and white. The findings suggest a growing gap in health disparities between high-income, educated white people age 65 and older and those who don’t have the same advantages. And lack of ac
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Nanocapsules enable cell-inspired metabolic reactionsResearchers at the University of Basel succeeded in developing capsules capable of producing the bio-molecule glucose-6-phosphate that plays an important role in metabolic processes. The researchers were able to produce the metabolite in conditions very similar to the biochemical reaction inside natural cells. The results have been published in the scientific journal Chemical Communications.
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Destabilization processes in foamOktoberfest is an exciting cultural event, but it is also a source of inspiration for materials scientists and engineers. Not the beer itself, but rather the beer foam is a source of inspiration.
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What we're hoping to learn from the magnetic readings of Cassini's final orbitsIt was a proud but sad moment when NASA announced that mission control had lost the signal from the Cassini spacecraft on September 15. As it takes the signal over an hour to travel from Saturn to Earth, this meant that the spacecraft had already been destroyed in Saturn's atmosphere.
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Researchers find there are at least 14,003 plant types in Amazon basin(Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from Brazil, the U.K., Columbia and Spain has found that scientists have identified 14,003 types of plants growing in a major part of the Amazon rain forest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the many ways they searched for listings of plant types in the area and how they came up with a total.
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The Anti-Rape Gadgets That Never Delivered It’s like clockwork: every month or so, you’ll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, color-changing straws or color-changing nail polish, or “smart stickers” that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There’s the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage that garners hundreds of thousands of views in a few days. But after a fleeting
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New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds full HD display, hands-free Alexa Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) The Fire HD 10 was always the odd one out in the Amazon Fire tablet line up. Neither premium enough to warrant its £170/$230 price tag, nor cheap enough to excuse cost-cutting concessions like a 1280×800 pixel resolution screen (resulting in a paltry 149 PPI when stretched over 10-inches), there was little reason to recommend the HD 10 over its cheaper and smaller co
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Copying nature's lock-and-key system could improve rapid medical diagnosticsResearchers have designed a system that rapidly recognises the specific biological molecules that can indicate disease.
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Self-healing catalysts make it easier to store solar energy with water(Phys.org)—Currently one of the most efficient ways to store solar energy is to transfer the energy to catalysts that split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then the hydrogen can either be used as a fuel or later recombined with oxygen to produce water and release electricity when needed.
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Study showing 70 years of progress for LGBTQ students raises concerns about Trump agendaThe author of a new study showing slow but consistent progress in the experiences of LGBTQ students on college campuses over the past 70 years is concerned that for the first time since 1944, that trend may be reversing.
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Health care, education key to keeping women offenders out of prisonWomen in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre.
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Weighing nonsurgical treatment options for knee osteoarthritis painOsteoarthritis of the knee may not be totally preventable but according to Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with Brigham and Women's Hospital, there are some key factors that we can control to minimize the chances of developing bone and joint pain. What's the best treatment option for those who already have knee OA? Dr. Matzkin explains her study's find
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Scientists discover genetic markers for severe form of multiple sclerosisNew research suggests that a simple genetic test could be used to identify multiple sclerosis patients at risk of developing progressive forms of the disease. Researchers are already developing a medication.
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Harvard forest report: Forests, funding, and conservation in decline across New EnglandNew England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day, according to a new report released today by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University, and a team of authors from across the region. Public funding for land protection has also been steadily declining in all six New England states and is now half what it was at its 2008 peak; with land conserv
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When caring for a sick pet becomes too muchThe mental and physical stress on individuals caring for elderly loved ones with chronic and terminal disease is well-documented and known as caregiver burden. It is linked to depression, anxiety and poor quality of life. There are ways to prevent and treat it. But what about caregivers of pets with chronic and terminal diseases? Do they carry the same level of stress and burden?
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Is my drinking normal, or could I be an alcoholic? Health Alcoholism rose 49 percent in the last decade. Nearly every group of people in the United States right now is drinking more than they did a decade ago. Here's how to know if your drinking is a problem.
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iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S: Slower, but not quite slow Enlarge / The iPhone 5S running iOS 11. Stay gold, phone-y-boy. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) One of my longtime pet projects has been tracking the performance of new iOS versions on the slowest hardware that can run it. I was pleasantly surprised by the iPhone 3GS and iOS 6 , but after that I was in for several years of disappointments. The iPhone 4 struggled to run iOS 7 well, and the iPhone 4S o
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The Neutrino PuzzleThe largest experiment ever to probe these mysterious particles could point the way to new physics -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ny brystkræft-professor vil målrette strålerneBirgitte Vrou Offersen fra Aarhus Universitet og Aarhus Universitetshospital er ny professor i behandling af brystkræft.
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Aarhus Universitet får ny professor i almen medicinKaj Sparle Christensen er ny professor i almen medicin ved Aarhus Universitet. Her forsker og underviser han bl.a. i diagnostik og behandling af mentale lidelser i almen praksis.
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New quasar discovered by astronomers(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Jacob M. Robertson of the Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee has detected a new quasi-stellar object (QSO). They found the new quasar, designated SDSS J022155.26-064916.6, as a result of an analysis of available spectroscopic data. The finding is reported in a paper published Sept. 10 on the arXiv pre-print server.
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Read a scene from my new novel about robots and pirates Enlarge / Detail from the cover of Autonomous. (credit: Will Staehle) My first novel, Autonomous, comes out today, and I'd like to share a scene from it that I hope Ars readers will enjoy. One of the main characters in the novel is a newly made robot named Paladin, a military-grade sentient AI on a mission with a human agent named Eliasz. Part of Paladin's job is to gain intel from both humans an
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Gizmodo

Fresh Rumors About Marvel's Plans to Bring Power Pack to the Big Screen There’s some very weird rumors about Supreme Leader Snoke’s appearance in The Last Jedi . Loki’s plans in Thor: Ragnarok are revealed. Josh Brolin smashes a mirror for Deadpool 2 . Plus, new images from Once Upon a Time ’s return, Star Trek: Discovery episode titles, and new footage from Kingsman: The Golden Circle . Behold, spoilers! Power Pack Salt shakers are the ready, because That Hashtag Sh
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Amazon's Newest Gadget Is a Tablet That's Also an Echo It was bound to happen. Amazon storms into the voice-controlled gadget game, just like the tablet game, and eventually, a Fire tablet becomes an Echo . That just happened. Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 tablet is also a hands-free Echo. It’s mostly a tablet, but that Echo bit is interesting. Let’s talk first about the tablet element. The new Amazon Fire tablet has a 1080p 10.1-inch screen. There’s also
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Gizmodo

I Hate Almost Everything About Fitbit's New Watch—But There Is One Thing I Love All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo The “Your Fitbit Ionic is running low on battery” notification arrived on my phone and in my inbox at the same time around one yesterday afternoon, suggesting I take a moment to charge my smartwatch. Instead, I went to a couple of meetings, took the train home, went for a brisk walk with the dog, and made dinner. When I glanced at the watch again eight hours later,
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The Atlantic

What Is the Meaning of Mother!? This story contains spoilers throughout for the plot of mother! Since it was announced, the prime selling point of Darren Aronofsky’s new film mother! has been two-fold: that it stars one of the most famous actresses working today, Jennifer Lawrence, and that the particulars of its plot are an utter mystery. Well, after months of secrecy, the movie hit theaters in wide release last weekend, and a
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What the World Needs Now Is Science -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ars Technica

How to RGB: A system builder’s guide to RGB PC lighting Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Corsair has a lot to answer for. In 2014, the PC parts specialist debuted the world's first mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX RGB switches. The idea, according to Corsair, was to provide the ultimate in keyboard customisation by individually lighting each key with an LED capable of displaying one of 16.8 million colours. Coupled with some bundled software, users cou
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Futurity.org

Why some people’s bad sleep doesn’t turn into depression Poor sleep is both a risk factor for, and a common symptom of, depression. But not everyone who tosses and turns at night becomes depressed. Why? In a new study, researchers found that college students with poor quality sleep were less likely to have symptoms of depression if they also had higher activity in a reward-sensitive region of the brain. “This helps us begin to understand why some peopl
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In Physics, Crossing a River Is Just Like Landing a PlaneCrosswind landings follow the same concepts as a classic physics problem.
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American oaks share a common northern ancestorA single species gave rise to 220 more and two distinct lineages of oaks -- red oaks and white oaks -- that moved through the boreal zone to populate large swaths of the continent all the way into Mexico. These two findings -- simultaneous evolutionary diversification in the red and white oaks, each following the same geographic routes; and two relatively recent origins of the Mexican oaks -- are
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Ars Technica

New patent review process has saved billions—so why is it under attack? Enlarge / The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. (credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Five years ago this month, the first "inter partes review" began, a process laid out in the America Invents Act, which was passed in 2011. In a piece of legislation that was timid in its scope, the IPR process gave some hope to those in the tech sector who
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Kenneth J. Rothman er ny æresdoktor på Aarhus UniversitetProfessor Kenneth J. Rothman blev udnævnt til æresdoktor ved Aarhus Universitets årsfest i sidste uge.
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HPV-piger tog oftere psykiatrisk medicin inden vaccinenEn ny undersøgelse viser, at piger med symptomer efter HPV-vaccinen oftere havde psykiske problemer inden vaccinationen end andre.
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Image of the Day: Microbial Puppet MastersBacteria inhabiting mouse tumors hold sway over a cancer cell's response to treatment.
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Futurity.org

Therapy rides for veterans don’t stress out horses Therapeutic horseback riding programs for veterans with PTSD don’t stress out the horses involved, research shows. Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder often are prescribed this type of therapy in order to cope with anxiety, but little has been known about how these programs affect the stress levels in horses. The results show that therapeutic horseback riding, also known as THR
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Ingeniøren

Ny etiket afslører, hvis fødevarer får varme under transportRFID-etiket logger temperaturen op til 10.000 gange under transport. Dermed har kunden data på, om sikkerheden for varerne har været i orden.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Algae growing on snow found to cause ice field to melt faster in Alaska(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has found that algae growing on packed snow causes the snow to melt faster. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes testing the impact of algae growing on snow and measuring its impact on an Alaskan ice field.
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The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objectsThe human and non-human primate brain is remarkable in recognizing partially hidden objects. A study, conducted during a shape recognition task, shows as more of the shape is hidden, a brain area involved in cognition starts to sends signals to the visual cortex. The findings make the scientists wonder if this communication between different brain areas might be impaired in people with autism or A
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Supercontinuum lasers can lead to better bread and beerResearchers from the Department of Food Science (FOOD) at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark are the first in the world to have analysed whole grains with long near-infrared wavelengths using a new type of light source, the supercontinuum laser. The research has significance for our knowledge of food ingredients and may, for example, eventually lead to better quality of bread and beer.
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Comprehensive meta-analysis affirms cranberries' role in promoting a healthy urinary tractA thorough review of dozens of studies led scientists to conclude that healthcare professionals should be telling their patients to have cranberry products as a first step in reducing recurrent UTIs.
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Ars Technica

iOS 11, thoroughly reviewed Enlarge / The iOS 11 era begins. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) The iPad is having a great year. It started with the $329 iPad back in April, a compelling tablet that’s both good and cheap enough to entice upgraders and people who have never bought a tablet before. And it continued in June, with new 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros with high-end screens and powerful specs that make them look and feel a
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Ingeniøren

Danmark støtter ikke nyt EU-skatteforslag for Facebook og Google Danmark afviser EU-forslag om ny type skat til store it-virksomheder sammen med kendte skattelylande. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/danmark-stoetter-ikke-nyt-eu-skatteforslag-facebook-google-1080812 Version2
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Popular Science

How to pack for months of endless daytime Science Surviving sunny summers in Antarctica. Without darkness to divide light from day, researchers find ways to cope. After 21 field seasons, here are an ecologist's must-haves.
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How animals vote to make group decisionsToday we opt for ballot boxes but humans have used numerous ways of voting to have their say throughout history. However, we're not the only ones living (or seeking to live) in a democratic society: a new study has suggested that African wild dogs vote to make group decisions.
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The Atlantic

The #ReadingMyAtlantic Instagram Contest Is Back for Round 2 Last month, we watched you take your Atlantic magazine to school , to the kitchen , and to the back of your truck to view the Great American Eclipse. You enjoyed our issue with loved ones , and with some very photogenic furry friends . And of course, we were impressed with the photo taken by the winner of our inaugural Instagram contest, Chris Morales, who enlisted the help of his younger sister
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Dana Foundation

New Sticker Design Contest for Brain Awareness Week Fall is here and with it comes a brand new brainy competition for people of all ages! Whether you’re known to have a flair for creativity or simply want to try something new this season, the Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Sticker Design Contest gives everyone a shot at seeing their art become the new BAW sticker for 2018! We’re challenging applicants from around the world to capture the spirit of Bra
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The sublime challenge of jet noiseHumans make a lot of noise. The riffs of heavy metal bands like Metallica and Kiss have soared to levels in the 130-decibel range, levels sure to lead to auditory damage.
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Who should pay for damage associated with climate change – and who should be compensated?Hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly floods across South Asia have once again raised the issue of climate justice.
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Speed plus control in new computer chip—slowing down light to soundLight travels fast – sometimes a little too fast when it comes to data processing.
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Scientists find way to remove 'noise' from big data in metabolomics studyNot long ago, scientists placed wagers on the number of genes in the human genome. Some bets ranged upward of 100,000 genes being present. Once the human genome sequence was completed, a project led in part by the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, even the lowest guess of 25,947 proved to be above the true number.
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Gizmodo

Amazon's One Day Sale Is Full of Gaming PCs and Useful Accessories Gaming PC and Accessory Gold Box Whether you’re in the market for a new gaming PC, or just want some accessories for your current rig, today’s Amazon Gold Box has you covered. The stars of the show here are the gaming desktops and laptops, including some Razer Blades , plus an ASUS tower with a GTX 1070 for just $780 . Beyond the computers though, you’ll find a ton of peripheral and accessory dea
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Price-optimization method to increase online retailers' revenue, market share, and profitHow can online businesses leverage vast historical data, computational power, and sophisticated machine-learning techniques to quickly analyze and forecast demand, and to optimize pricing and increase revenue?
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How VR is revolutionizing the way future doctors are learning about our bodiesWearing virtual reality goggles, Jordan Holler was hard at work taking apart muscles inside of a body.
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Gizmodo

Gin Wong, LA Architect Who Inspired The Jetsons, Dies at 94 The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (Photo by Matt Novak) You may not know the name Gin D. Wong, but you definitely know his work. He’s responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Theme Building at the Los Angeles Airport (pictured above), and he even inspired the designers of the legendary 1962 animated TV show The Jetsons . Wong died on Se
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After Cassini's End at Saturn, Outer Planets Exploration Shifts to JupiterNASA and the European Space Agency may soon launch new missions to the solar system’s largest planet -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Live Science

Did Ancient Greeks Deliberately Build Temples on Earthquake Faults?A new paper suggests the ancient Greeks built and rebuilt structures on fissures created by earthquakes, viewing the tremors as mystical occurrences.
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Study finds religious program advertising appeals mainly to fearChristians and fundamentalists are a major section of American society, with influence in political, social and economic circles. Yet, little is known about how advertisers work to reach a fundamentalist population. A study from the University of Kansas analyzed advertising content from religious programs and found that fear is the primary appeal used to reach Christian viewers and medical product
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When it comes to social media, consumers trust each other, not big brandsIt's well known that the vast majority of America's largest corporations use social media platforms to boost their brands, especially Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. But the precise link between consumers, social media, and shareholder value has gone largely unstudied—until now.
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NY AG presses TransUnion, Experian for cybersecurity detailsNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing TransUnion and Experian to explain what cybersecurity they have in place to protect sensitive consumer information following a recent breach at Equifax that exposed the data of 143 million Americans.
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Lægerne: Flyt ansvaret for misbrugsbehandlingen fra kommunerne til regionerne Kommunerne er ikke gode nok til at give en ordentlig misbrugsbehandling, lyder det fra Lægeforeningen. Derfor skal det være en opgave for regionerne.
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Review: Glitzy iPhone X aside, the iPhone 8 is fine for mostThe difference between Apple's new iPhone models is a bit like flying first class compared with coach. We envy first class, but coach gets us there without breaking the budget.
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New resource traces lives of British convicts transported to AustraliaFamily historians, teachers, crime writers and academics can now follow the lives of people convicted and transported to Australia or imprisoned in Britain using a vast, free online resource, the Digital Panopticon website.
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Music piracy on increase worldwide: industry groupMusic piracy is on the increase worldwide, with 40 percent of users are accessing unlicensed music, up from 35 percent last year, the global recorded music industry group IFPI said.
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Connected Lighting Test Bed advancing smart, adaptive lightingLong gone are the days when light bulbs simply shine in the darkness.
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How to Download and Install iOS 11Make your old iPhone feel new again with Apple's latest software.
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Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 PlusThis isn't 2017's most exciting iPhone. But the iPhone 8 shines even in the shadow of the iPhone X.
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Tour Europe and America's Wacky, Culture-Swapping FestivalsIt's not exactly historically accurate, but it's certainly entertaining.
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Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Phone HomeStates rely on faulty, outdated technology, and resist efforts to use videophones.
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Can Conservative Journalism Survive? Donald Trump’s rise to power put National Review , The Weekly Standard , and the sorts of journalists who work there in a distressing bind. Neither the president nor the #MAGA loyalists who staff his White House adhere to conservative principles. Yet many donors, subscribers, and readers who sustain their publications prefer Trump’s blustering, bombastic project, massively shifting the center of
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Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You ThinkAwareness can be part of it, but it’s much more than that -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growingAir pollution levels have come down since the 1970s, but smog is being linked with a growing list of diseases, including dementia, obesity, diabetes and even Parkinson’s.
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Ars Technica

How Qi wireless charging works, and why it hasn’t taken over yet Enlarge / The Qi-compatible Nexus 5 on the Nexus Wireless Charger. New chargers will be able to increase the space between the device and the pad. (credit: Andrew Cunningham ) The Qi wireless charging standard from the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is having a relatively good year. Now is a good time for a bird’s-eye view of the technology—how it works, what it’s for, and what its prospects are
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Method allows researchers to collect body odour samples of mammals in a non-invasive mannerMammals communicate with each other using olfactory cues. This way they recognize relatives or friends or find a genetically suitable mate. However, to collect smells, especially in the wild, is anything but easy to accomplish. A team of researchers from the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have now succeeded in adapting a method
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False eyespots intimidate predators, researchers findThe widespread occurrence of eyespots, from butterflies to fish, has intrigued biologists for years but the mechanism behind their function has, until now, remained unclear.
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Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomyRadio astronomy is undergoing a major boost, with new technology gathering data on objects in our universe faster than astronomers can analyse.
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Americans vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equalityAmericans appear profoundly unaware of the vast economic inequality that persists between black and white Americans in contemporary society, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University.
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Paris climate aim 'still achievable'The ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, a study indicates.
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Fujitsu develops world's first wearable, hands-free speech translation deviceFujitsu Laboratories today announced the development of the world's first wearable, hands-free speech translation device, suitable for tasks in which the users' hands are often occupied, such as in diagnoses or treatment in healthcare.
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Gizmodo

Russian Military Accidentally Fires at Civilians During War Games GIF At least two civilians have been injured in a bombing incident during Russia’s war games on Monday. Videos of the incident have been posted to YouTube and appear to show two helicopters firing at a civilian viewing area. Russian media report that the incident is being investigated by the military . The war exercises, called “Zapad-2017" or “West 2017,” are believed to be the largest show
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Scientists identify new hosts for Chagas disease vectorsSolitary weasel-like animals called tayra might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than 8 million people worldwide. In a study published today in the journal PeerJ, researchers from the University of California, Riverside have identified
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Scientific American Content: Global

Extended Adolescence: When 25 Is the New 18It is a common grumble that children grow up too fast. No more. Teens are in no hurry to embrace the putative joys of adulthood -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Live Science

London's 143-Ton 'Fatberg' Gets Second Chance As BiofuelEven a 143-ton "fatberg" — a clotted, greasy mass of oily garbage recently found clogging a London sewer — deserves a second chance.
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Science | The Guardian

Robots 'could take 4m UK private sector jobs within 10 years' Royal Society of Arts survey suggests technology could phase out mundane roles, raise productivity and bolster wages Four million jobs in the British private sector could be replaced by robots in the next decade, according to business leaders asked about the future of automation and artificial intelligence. The potential impact amounts to 15% of the current workforce in the sector and emerged in
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Live Science

US Cities Ranked by Exercise Rates: Full ListA new poll ranks nearly 200 U.S. communities based on the percentage of residents who say they exercise regularly.
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Live Science

These Cities Have the Highest Rates of Regular ExerciseSeveral cities in Colorado and California lead the nation in rates of regular exercise, according to a new poll.
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*Blade Runner 2049*: Inside the Dark Future of a Sequel 35 Years in the MakingWhat the sequel can tell us about the state of sci-fi and America's appetite for dystopia.
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Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate ChangeIf every city with more than 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the Paris accord's emissions cuts.
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The Atlantic

Who Gets Health in Old Age? Rich, White People It’s often said that Americans are living “ longer, healthier lives ,” and while that’s true overall, white wealthy people are still far more likely to enjoy good health than other demographics in old age. A new research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday revealed clear racial, income, and educational disparities in the number of senior citizens who experience good health—and the g
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The Atlantic

Those Who Don’t Learn From Financial Crises Are Doomed to Repeat Them Veterans of the stock market insist that the four most dangerous words on Wall Street are “this time is different.” It rarely is. In the autumn of 1929, Irving Fisher, a prominent economist at Yale, assured Americans that stock prices had reached “what looks like a permanently high plateau .” That was on October 15, just days before the opening stumble in an epic crash that, by its nadir in 1931,
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Physicists develop new design for fast, single-photon gunsResearchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the University of Siegen have explained the mechanism of single-photon generation in diamond diodes. Their findings, published in Physical Review Applied, offer new avenues for the development of high-speed single-photon sources for quantum communication networks and quantum computers of the future.
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An effective way to eliminate atrazine and its byproducts in surface waterAtrazine, widely used as a weedkiller, is known to have harmful effects on aquatic wildlife and presents a risk to human health by altering the action of certain hormones. In a study published recently in Water Research, a team of researchers led by INRS professor Patrick Drogui compares various processes used to degrade atrazine, one of the most common pesticides detected in surface water in Queb
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Researchers produce first 2-D field-effect transistor made of a single materialModern life would be almost unthinkable without transistors. They are the ubiquitous building blocks of all electronic devices, and each computer chip contains billions of them. However, as the chips become increasingly small, the current 3-D field-electronic transistors (FETs) are reaching their efficiency limit. A research team at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has developed the first 2-D
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Ingeniøren

For høj NOx-udledning dræber årligt 5.000 europæereDen NOx-udledning, der ligger over EU’s grænseværdier, er årligt skyld i omkring 5.000 for tidlige dødsfald i Europa. Det viser en ny undersøgelse.
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Ingeniøren

Hotmail og Outlook kører igen efter kæmpe europæisk nedbrud En overbelastning af en server lagde mandag to af Microsofts mailsystemer ned. De er nu oppe at køre igen, så brugerne kan sende og modtage emails. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/hotmail-outlook-koerer-igen-1080795 Version2
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Ingeniøren

Regeringen vil beholde atomaffald på RisøPlaner om at etablere et depot til det danske atomaffald skal udskydes, foreslår regeringen. Affaldet skal blive på Risø de næste 30 til 50 år, indtil der er fundet en permanent løsning.
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Dagens Medicin

Ny test kan finde patienter med aggressiv lymfekræftNy gentest kan afgøre, om patienter med Hodgkin lymfom har den aggressive eller den mindre aggressive udgave af sygdommen, hvilket kan være afgørende for, om patienterne skal tilbydes immunterapi.
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Nyheder - Forskning - Videnskab

Nyt KU-center for tidlig indsatsForskning i spæd- og småbørns udvikling har længe været i centrum blandt...
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New model may help science overcome the brain's fortress-like barrierScientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier.
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Researchers compose guidelines for handling CAR T cell side effectsImmune-cell based therapies opening a new frontier for cancer treatment carry unique, potentially lethal side effects that provide a new challenge for oncologists, one addressed by a team led by clinicians at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with proposed guidelines for systematically dealing with the toxicities of these drugs.
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One step closer to lifelike robotsResearchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3-D-printable synthetic soft muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight. The muscle has intrinsic expansion ability and, unlike previous artificial muscles, it does not require an external compressor or high voltage equipment, signaling a breakthrough in the creation of soft robots that can move independently. The new material also has a st
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The Atlantic

How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms President Trump’s approach to governance is unlike that of his recent predecessors, but it is also not without antecedents. The groundwork for some of this dysfunction was laid in the decades before Trump’s emergence as a political figure. Nowhere is that more true than in the disappearance of the norms of American politics. Norms are defined as “a standard or pattern, especially of social behavi
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Ingeniøren

Farvel til tastatur og mus - goddag til mixed realitySERIE: Mixed reality vil revolutionere måden, vi interagerer med den digitale verden på. Det kan fjerne vores behov for at bruge mus, tastatur og endda skærme inden for få år.
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Ingeniøren

Indien får pengeoverførsel med lydbølger Google har lanceret Tez, en app der lader indere overføre penge direkte til hinandens bankkonti med lydbølger https://www.version2.dk/artikel/indien-faar-pengeoverfoersel-med-lydboelger-1080774 Version2
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The Atlantic

Reading the Bible Through Neuroscience James Kugel has been spent his entire scholarly career studying the Bible, but some very basic questions about it still obsess him. What was it about the minds of ancient Israelites that allowed them to hear and see God directly—or at least, to believe that they did? Were the biblical prophets literally hearing voices and seeing visions, understanding themselves to be transmitting God’s own exact
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Soft robotics: self-contained soft actuator three times stronger than natural muscle, without the need of externalsResearchers at Columbia Engineering have solved a long-standing issue in the creation of untethered soft robots whose actions and movements can help mimic natural biological systems. A group in the Creative Machines lab led by Hod Lipson, professor of mechanical engineering, has developed a 3D-printable synthetic soft muscle, a one-of-a-kind artificial active tissue with intrinsic expansion abilit
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Viden

Mikroplast fundet i dansk drikkevandPolitikere vil have undersøgt, hvor meget mikroplast der er i det danske drikkevand.
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The Atlantic

Is There Any Hope for Facebook's Fact-Checking Efforts? Facebook’s fact-checking efforts are on the rocks. Five months after the social-media giant debuted a third-party tool to stop the spread of dubious news stories on its platform, some of its fact-checker partners have begun expressing frustration that the company won’t share data on whether or not the program has been effective. In the absence of that official data, a study by Yale researchers ma
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Common Core used widely, despite continuing debateMost of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math.
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The Neurocritic

Neuroexistentialism: A Brain in Search of Meaning [image from Huth et al., 2016 ] No, not “meaning ” in the semantic sense... “Neuroexistentialism” is the angst that some humans feel upon realizing that the mind and spirit have an entirely physical basis. At a personal level I don't understand all the hubbub, because I accepted that mind = brain when I entered graduate school to study neuroscience. But for others: “Coming to terms with the neura
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Ingeniøren

Tre brødre lavede eget hydrofoil-board på fire uger»Vi ville gerne have sådan et board, men vi ville ikke betale 12.000 dollars for det. Derfor bestemte vi os for at lave det selv.«
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Science | The Guardian

Feeling like an impostor? You can escape this confidence-sapping syndrome | Fiona BucklandEven the highest achievers, such as Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, suffer from this corrosive form of low self-esteem. But there are coping strategies The philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” Whether on a local or global level, the problems we face require the be
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Researcher wants to put the power to model air pollution into your handsWhen we talk about studying air pollution, we typically think of official government agencies and university labs, measuring particles and tracking wind speed – and with good reason. Until very recently, modeling the movement of pollution in the air required very complex calculations – models that often took days and even weeks to run. But air quality affects everyone: not just governments and uni
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Bringing harmony to discord in the IoT worldBillions of devices are connected to wireless networks all over the globe, and because of the Internet of Things (IoT), they're starting to communicate with each other and the cloud now more than ever. Today, some of our devices can 'talk' with other applications to make our lives more manageable and stress-free: our smart phones can track our movements to help us navigate, and our Fitbits can cou
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Science-Based Medicine

Flu Shots: Here We Go Again!The many myths about flu shots continue to circulate and persuade some people not to get a flu shot. Flu shots are excellent insurance, safe and reasonably effective. Immunization protects not only the recipient but also vulnerable groups in the community.
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Carbon 'budget' may be bigger than thought: studyAn ambitious goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is still within reach, said researchers Monday who calculated humanity may have a larger allowable "budget" for burning carbon than previously thought.
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EU antitrust chief defends probe of Google, US tech giantsEurope's top antitrust regulator Magrethe Vestager on Monday defended her agency's investigations of Google and other US tech giants, arguing that dominant companies have a "special responsibility" to avoid abusing their market power.
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Startup Pi out to slice the charging cordSilicon Valley youngster Pi on Monday claimed it had developed the world's first wireless charger that does away with cords or mats to charge devices.
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'Car nation' Germany distrustful of driverless vehiclesGerman carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology.
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Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users.
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The person named most dangerous online might surprise youOne-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory—she's been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet.
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Four US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitatInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises.
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Declining queen conch populations are fragmented and that's changing the conservation gameThe queen conch, a marine mollusk prized for its edible meat and its glossy shell, is one of the most economically and culturally important species in the Caribbean. In the past few decades, intense international fishing driven largely by the demand for export to the United States, has led to declining populations that threaten local fisheries in countries throughout the Caribbean. Some countries
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Why aren't house sparrows as big as geese?Why are house sparrows the exact size they are? Why aren't they hummingbird size or as large as geese?
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Ironing out a puzzleAlison Butler has never met Canadian chemist and philanthropist Alfred Bader, but they have something important in common.
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Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safetyCould the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? The question has been scrutinized by chaos theorists, stock-market analysts and weather forecasters for decades. For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth - particularly when a real disaster strikes.
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New mirror-coating technology promises dramatic improvements in telescopesMaterials scientist Nobuhiko Kobayashi wasn't quite sure why the astronomer he met at a wine-tasting several years ago was so interested in his research, but as he learned more about telescope mirrors it began to make sense.
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Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metalsScarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomateri
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Ambitious neuroscience project to probe how the brain makes decisions Combining expertise from 21 labs in Europe and the US, the International Brain Laboratory will attempt to answer one of the greatest mysteries of all time World-leading neuroscientists have launched an ambitious project to answer one of the greatest mysteries of all time: how the brain decides what to do. The international effort will draw on expertise from 21 labs in the US and Europe to uncover
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Machine Learning op til seksdobler Danske Banks hitrate i markedsføring At udbrede advanced analytics til forretningen udløser samme skepsis som lommeregneren mødte for 70 år siden, fortæller Danske Banks analysechef. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/danske-bank-machine-learning-skakalgoritmer-vi-skal-ikke-ringe-kunder-foretraekker-mail Version2
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History of HalloweenHalloween has its roots in a pagan harvest festival, while different traditions were added on throughout the years.
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It's time to take the 'great' white men of science off their pedestals | Yarden Katz Yes, the Oxford statue of Rhodes should fall but why not novelist HG Wells, a eugenics enthusiast, and J Marion Sim, the ‘father of gynaecology’ who experimented on slaves, too Science’s most elite magazine, Nature, published an editorial recently arguing that calling for monuments to figures such as J Marion Sims – often called the “father of gynaecology” – to be removed amounts to “whitewashing
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Amazons 100.000 industrirobotter giver en forsmag på fremtidenUdvalgte amerikanske medier har fået et opsigtsvækkende kig ind bag murene på Amazons varelagre, der nu beskæftiger 100.000 robotter – næsten lige så mange, som der er medarbejdere. Det rejser spørgsmålet, om der overhovedet er plads til mennesker i morgendagens højteknologiske varelagre?
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Loftium Wants You to Host an Airbnb for 357 Days a Year in Exchange for a Home Down Payment A woman cleans an Airbnb rental in Las Vegas in February 2017. Photo: AP Ask someone what their dream house is, and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Perhaps a rustic ranch house out on the plains. Maybe a New York or San Francisco brownstone. It could even be that perfect little cottage with the nice rose garden, or a remote farm in Lincolnshire, where Mrs. Buckley lives (every July, peas g
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5 African countries approach control of their HIV epidemicsData released today from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control in Lesotho. These results add to prior PEPFAR-supported Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) announced in the last nine months for Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Together, these data demonstrate impressive progress toward controlling the HIV ep
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Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safetyCould the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth -- particularly when a real disaster strikes. Yet, in space, similarly small fluctuations in the solar wind as it streams toward the Earth's magnetic shield actually can affect the speed and strength of 'space hurricanes,' resea
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Researchers document changes in teenage parenthoodThe US birth rate hasn't changed for two generations of teenage girls, but other aspects of young parenthood are shifting, especially regarding young fathers, according to new Indiana University research.
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Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metalsScarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomateri
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Why aren't house sparrows as big as geese?A group of researchers spent twelve seasons making some house sparrows bigger and others smaller. Their experiment showed how evolution works to match size to an organism's environment.
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Victimization of transgender youths linked to suicidal thoughts, substance abuseIn two peer-reviewed papers, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that transgender adolescents are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts as the general population, and they are up to four times as likely to engage in substance use.
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The wrong first step to revive athletes in cardiac arrestNew research presented in HeartRhythm, suggests that the main obstacle to an appropriate bystander response during athletes' cardiac arrest could be an apparently widespread myth: that 'tongue swallowing' is a common complication of sudden loss of consciousness that must be avoided or relieved at all costs to prevent death from asphyxia.
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Declining queen conch populations are fragmented and that's changing the conservation gameTo provide a vital scientific foundation for conservation efforts, an international team has conducted a genetic analysis comparing queen conch at 19 sites throughout the Caribbean. Their findings, published Sept. 19 in the journal Diversity and Distributions, will help scientists understand how local subpopulations of conch are fragmented throughout the Caribbean, an essential first step needed t
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Students' self-concepts of ability in math, reading predict later math, reading attainmentA new longitudinal study looked at how youths' self-concepts are linked to their actual academic achievement in math and reading from middle childhood to adolescence. The study found that students' self-concepts of their abilities in these two academic domains play an important role in motivating their achievements over time and across levels of achievement.
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Teens are growing up more slowly today than they did in past decadesA new study explored this issue by examining how often teens in recent years (compared to teens in previous decades) engaged in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, or having sex. The study found that today's adolescents are less likely than their predecessors to take part in activities typically undertaken by adults.
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Developing a Tough, Time-Consuming Technology? This Investor Is InterestedThe president of a new MIT-backed venture fund explains why it incubates capital- and time-intensive tech and how it picked its first crop of startups.
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Artificial Human Embryos Are Coming, and No One Knows How to Handle ThemStem cells can be coaxed to self-assemble into structures resembling human embryos.
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Report: Authorities Wiretapped Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Twice Photo: AP CNN has learned US authorities wiretapped Paul Manafort, the spin artist for dictators who worked a tumultuous four-and-a-half month term as Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016. According to CNN, the FISA court-authorized surveillance continued before and after he worked on the campaign and initially “centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s form
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Eksperter til utilfredse DAB-ejere: Brug radioen rigtigtOver 150 DAB-brugere har klaget til Ingeniøren over deres DAB-signal. Men det er ikke DAB- og DAB+-signalerne, der er for dårlige, mener Teracom og DR, der står for hver deres del af DAB-nettet.
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If an Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Happens, He'll Probably Look Like This All Images: Sideshow Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to formally announce if an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is going to happen, but Sideshow Collectibles is more than happy to give us a sneak peek of what the character might look like if the film gets made. The company has just officially revealed a new 1:6 scale Obi-Wan Kenobi figure based on what the Jedi Knight may have looked like between Revenge of t
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We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right? (Image credit: Renee Klahr)
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Equifax's Troubles Grow With News of Prior Breach, DOJ Investigation Into Stock Trades Photo: AP Equifax, the credit reporting agency which recently lost said credit information on up to 143 million people to hackers, experienced another security breach months before it has already disclosed—and this news broke on the same day it was reported senior Equifax executives are being investigated for selling off stock after the attack. Per Bloomberg , three people familiar with the situa
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Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall in Dominica as Other Islands Brace for Potential DisasterThe Caribbean islands scrambled to prepare for another big storm, Hurricane Maria, which was barreling through only days after Irma killed more than two dozen.
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Futurity.org

Being unpredictable pays off for rodent on two legs When bipedal desert rodents called jerboas are being chased, sudden changes in direction, gait, and speed help them elude hungry predators and likely give them a competitive edge over their quadrupedal neighbors, a new study suggests. “We developed a method to measure the unpredictability of animal movements in 3D and used it to study escape-related movement in several species of desert rodents,”
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Without much rain, roots dive deep to find water The amount of water in soil and the climate of a region affect the depth of root systems, a new study suggests. The study also finds that some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep searching for water and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants’ adaptation to climate change
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Size matters when it comes to extinction riskThe biggest and the smallest of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are most at risk of dying out.
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Amazon's Selling Thousands of Marvel Digital Comics For a Few Bucks Each, For Some Reason Marvel Digital Comic Sale Amazon’s running a Marvel digital comic sale that’s bigger than any Avengers movie today, with literally thousands of titles marked down to just a few bucks , in most cases. You’ll find everything from the Guardians of the Galaxy to Darth Vader to Deadpool to Captain America in there, and every hero in between, so there’s never been a better time to stock your digital sh
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This 1980s-Style Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Is an Absolute Delight Image: Nerdist Hey, remember the 1980s? It was a time when you had to go to a store to rent a movie—and that movie was on video tape with terrible sound and picture quality. But back then, we didn’t know that. We just knew we loved movies. On occasion, those VHS movies would have incredibly cheesy, dramatic trailers before the feature. Advertisement It’s an era that holds a special place in the h
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Ars Technica

Uber: We don’t have to pay drivers based on rider fares Enlarge (credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images ) Uber is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit that says it secretly over charges riders and under pays drivers. In its defense, the ride-hailing service claims that nobody is being defrauded in its "upfront" rider fare pricing model. The fares charged to riders don't have to match up with the fares paid to drivers, Uber said, because that's what a driv
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Taking a break from dieting may improve weight lossAvoiding continuous dieting may be the key to losing weight and keeping the kilos off, the latest University of Tasmania research shows.In findings published in the International Journal for Obesity, School of Health Sciences researchers showed in a randomized controlled trial, that taking a two-week break during dieting may improve weight loss.
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Researchers unite in quest for ‘standard model’ of the brain Modelled on big physics projects, the International Brain Lab will bring together some of the world’s pre-eminent neuroscientists to probe a single behaviour. Nature 549 319 doi: 10.1038/549319a
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Deadspin Auburn QB Kicked Off Team For Allegedly Behaving Like A College Student | Jezebel Kevin Har Deadspin Auburn QB Kicked Off Team For Allegedly Behaving Like A College Student | Jezebel Kevin Hart’s Extortionist Is Using His Claim That He ‘Wouldn’t Be a Good Cheater Right Now’ Against Him | The Root Uber Driver Kicks Not Racist White People Out of Car for Being Racist | Splinter I Hung Out With Juggalos and Trump Voters and Saw Our Weird and Bad Future |
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The Atlantic Daily: Repeal and Recap What We’re Following Health-Care Déjà Vu: The latest GOP proposal to repeal Obamacare has gained momentum in the Senate: With the September 30 deadline to pass it by a simple majority fast approaching, the bill’s backers, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, now say 47 of their colleagues have expressed private support for the compromise-oriented bill. The 50th vote could still prove hard to get, sin
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A Running List of Uber's (Predictably Lukewarm) Apologies Photo: Getty On Monday, Uber apologized after Uber Bangalore sent out a “totally inappropriate” promotional message for “Wife Appreciation Day,” offering users a discount on UberEATS in order to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen.” “We’ve removed it and we apologize,” the company wrote in a tweet. It’s not exactly surprising that a billion-dollar company known for its invasive user tr
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Parasitic eye infection poses significant threat to UK dogs, warn expertsA research team, led by John Graham-Brown at the University of Liverpool, describe three cases in UK dogs with recent history of travel to mainland Europe.
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3 Flavors of Liberalism: Rational, Romantic, Realist Are noble 18th-century norms fit for 21st-century life? Especially when, as Yuval Harari says, liberalism’s “factual statements just don’t stand up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.” Read More
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The Fight Over DRM Standards for Streaming Video Is Over and Big Business Won Photo: Getty A fight over the future of video streaming has been brewing for years—and it finally came to a head today, with a major electronic privacy organization bowing out of the consortium that sets standards for the web. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) resigned from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today over the W3C’s freshly-released recommendations on protecting copyright in
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Third Time's the Charm? Today in 5 Lines World leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where they're expected to discuss the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal, among other issues, over a four-day span. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN that if President Trump kills the nuclear agreement, the United States would “carry a high cost.” Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassi
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Ars Technica

The United States Air Force turned 70 today Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty ) The United States' position as the sole remaining superpower on Earth is in large part thanks to its air force. That organization—the United States Air Force, or USAF—turns 70 years old today, and since we know there are plenty of plane spotters and aviation geeks here at Ars, we thought we'd assemble a gallery of some of our favorite USAF planes to celebrate. Of
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An Emmy Win for The Handmaid's Tale Paints a Dystopian Future for Traditional TV Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale won the Emmy award for Best Drama Series on Sunday night, the first time that a streaming service has snagged the show’s top award. In many ways, this is a surprising news peg (Hulu?!) for an unsurprising story (the rise of streaming television). Hulu is a distant third behind Netflix and Amazon in the streaming wars, which makes last night’s underdog achievement impres
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What George Stephanopoulos Gets Wrong About Climate Policy This weekend, we got a great view into the broken way that the American political media covers climate change. Many people sense that U.S. politics reporters don’t always cover global warming in the most substantive or evidence-grounded way. This weekend provides a good example of how their coverage is also frequently negligent and just plain silly. On Sunday, George Stephanopolous hosted H.R. Mc
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What the Pop Sci folks are reading right now Gadgets The books on our end-of-summer reading list. "It's one of the best classical fantasy series ever." From sci-fi to biographies, these are the books we're reading now.
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Limiting global warming to 1.5 °C may still be possible Analysis suggests that researchers have underestimated how much carbon humanity can emit before reaching this level of warming. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22627
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CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns One gene draws the lines while a second fills in the colours. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22628
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U.S. Governors at U.N. Assembly: ‘You Have Allies’ on Climate ChangeAs world leaders gather at the United Nations for the world body’s annual General Assembly, a group of American state governors is taking an increasingly high-profile role on climate change.
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Why Is Someone Clogging Swiss Toilets With Tens of Thousands of Euros in Cash? Image Source: Public Domain Pictures Swiss authorities are trying to crack a strange case involving the disposal of more than $100,000 worth of 500-euro notes that were flushed down the toilets of public establishments in Geneva. The perfectly good cash caused thousands of dollars worth of plumbing damage and officials are stumped by the seemingly pointless destruction. Swiss outlet Tribune de Ge
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The 2017 Emmy Winners Were Heartening, But TV Diversity Is Still Far From PrestigeAt Sunday's award ceremony, the night's most significant wins served as a reminder that the TV industry still suffers from an ugly imbalance.
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Mars Simulation ConcludesResearchers in a psychology experiment emerge from eight months of isolation in a dome atop a Hawaiian mountaintop.
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New mirror-coating technology promises dramatic improvements in telescopesAt UC Santa Cruz, an electrical engineer has teamed up with astronomers to improve telescope mirrors using thin-film technology from the electronics industry. They are developing new protective coatings using an atomic layer deposition system large enough to accommodate telescope mirrors.
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Now we know how much glacial melting ‘watermelon snow’ can causeAlgae that give snow a red tint are making glacial snow in Alaska melt faster.
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The Most Shocking Thing About American Horror Story: Cult Is How Bad It Is Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards on American Horror Story: Cult. Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX American Horror Story has long been one of the most in-your-face shows on TV, layering fantastical plots with cartoonish violence and knowingly over-the-top acting. Last season’s Roanoke took aim at reality TV, with mixed but generally amusing results. This season’s Cult takes aim at reality itself,
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Why some hurricanes linger while other storms die quicklyThis hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms' life cycles can be.
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V745 Sco: Two stars, three dimensions, and oodles of energyFor decades, astronomers have known about irregular outbursts from the double star system V745 Sco, which is located about 25,000 light years from Earth. Astronomers were caught by surprise when previous outbursts from this system were seen in 1937 and 1989. When the system erupted on February 6, 2014, however, scientists were ready to observe the event with a suite of telescopes including NASA's
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ADHD kids can be still -- If they're not straining their brainsLack of motivation or boredom with school isn't to blame for squirming by children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Symptoms such as fidgeting, foot-tapping and chair-swiveling are triggered by cognitively demanding tasks - like school and homework. But movies and video games don't typically require brain strain, so the excessive movement doesn't manifest.
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Catheterization procedure linked to potentially long-lasting blood vessel damageTransradial catheterization -- when a clinician inserts a long thin tube through the radial artery in the arm -- is commonly used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions.
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Human-Caused Climate Change Could Doom Coastal Cities, Neil Tyson SaysThe United States "might not be able to recover" from climate change if extreme weather events and flooding continue to swamp the country's largest coastal cities, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson told CNN yesterday (Sept. 17).
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Secrets of butterfly wing patterns revealed by gene hackingButterflies' wings have extraordinary patterns and colours, and it turns out they are controlled by a single "master gene" that performs many roles
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Wisconsin governor signs $3 billion Foxconn bill into lawGov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion incentive package Monday for Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal he says will provide thousands of jobs for generations.
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Cassini is gone. What comes next? Space Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. Cassini is no more, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop exploring.
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DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'Biochemical engineers at the Johns Hopkins University have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce 'soft' robots and "smart" medical devices that do not rely on cumbersome wires, batteries or tethers.
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Your Sense of Hunger May Have More to Do with Perception Than Biology What role do expectations play in whether we feel hungry or satiated? Read More
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Lawsuit aims to block oil drilling on US land in NevadaEnvironmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration.
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New research indicates the importance of early season control of herbicide-resistant kochiaResearchers writing in the latest edition of the journal Weed Science are providing new insights into the control of herbicide-resistant kochia, a weed that competes with both dryland and irrigated crops across the Great Plains states.
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New self-powered paper patch could help diabetics measure glucose during exerciseA new paper-based sensor patch developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise.
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Fake news more likely to thrive online due to lowered fact-checkingThe power and proliferation of fake online news stems not only from its apparent ubiquity but also from a sense of the presence of others that social media sites create, according to new research conducted by Gita Johar, the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, along with doctoral students Rachel Meng and Youjung Jun. The researchers found that when people are presente
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Trilobites: Genes Color a Butterfly’s Wings. Now Scientists Want to Do It Themselves.In two new studies, researchers turned to DNA editing to learn how master genes shape the patterns and colors of butterfly wings.
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Reliance on 'gut feelings' linked to belief in fake newsPeople who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests.
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NASA sees Hurricane Jose off the US east coastHurricane Jose producing dangerous surf and rip currents along the east Coast of the United States. Satellite imagery shows Jose is now close enough to the coast to also trigger a tropical storm warnings and watches.
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Researchers unlock potential pathway to treat flesh-eating bacteriaResearchers at Houston Methodist have solved a 100-year-old mystery, providing them a possible key to unlock a pathway for treating diseases caused by flesh-eating bacteria. This is timely news, given the current dangers lurking in the debris and destruction left behind by Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters that destroyed tens of thousands of homes in Texas.
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Horses working in therapeutic riding programs do not experience additional stressIn the United States, therapeutic horseback riding offers equine-assisted therapy to diverse populations, including children and adults who have anxiety disorders. Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder often are prescribed this type of therapy in order to cope with anxiety, but little is known about how these programs affect the stress levels in horses. Now, a University of Missou
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New self-powered paper patch could help diabetics measure glucose during exerciseA new paper-based sensor patch developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise.
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New lung cell type discoveredA recent study has identified a new lung cell type that is implicated in the body's innate immune defense against the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae -- one of the leading causes of pneumonia worldwide.
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How eyes get clogged in glaucoma and how to free themIBS biologists find an explanation for the increase in intraocular pressure in glaucoma and a promising therapeutic option to rejuvenate the eye.
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Urine output to disease: Study sheds light on the importance of hormone quality controlA discovery about the endoplasmic reticulum in hormone-producing cells shed lights on water balance under normal physiology and could open doors to better understanding of diseases related to misfolded proteins.
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New research indicates the importance of early season control of herbicide-resistant kochiaResearchers writing in the latest edition of the journal Weed Science are providing new insights into the control of herbicide-resistant kochia, a weed that competes with both dryland and irrigated crops across the Great Plains states.
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Intel chips loaded in Waymo self-driving minivansIntel on Monday announced its computing tech is being loaded into Waymo self-driving minivans as the chip giant seeks a leading position on the road to autonomous vehicles.
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Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethyleneScientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant milestone in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.
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Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest researchAn enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. No other enzyme has shown that ability.
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Ars Technica

“Fake” net neutrality comments at heart of lawsuit filed against FCC Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | designer491 ) The Federal Communications Commission has ignored a public records request for information that might shed light on the legitimacy of comments on Chairman Ajit Pai's anti-net neutrality plan, according to a lawsuit filed against the FCC. Freelance writer Jason Prechtel filed a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request on June 4 asking the FCC for data
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Optical and electrical bistability study sheds light on next-gen high speed data transferToday, electrical bistable devices are the foundation of digital electronics, serving as building blocks of switches, logic gates and memories in computer systems. However, the bandwidth of these electronic computers is limited by the signal delay of time constants important to electronic logic operations. In an attempt to mitigate these problems, scientists have considered the development of an o
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VLA begins huge project of cosmic discoveryAstronomers have embarked on the largest observing project in the more than four-decade history of the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA)—a huge survey of the sky that promises a rich scientific payoff over many years.
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Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversionScientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put
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Newfound Roman Mosaic Is So Rare, an Archaeologist Thought It Was a HoaxIn August, a group of volunteers discovered a rare Roman mosaic thought to have originated between A.D. 360 and 380 in Boxford, England.
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Fortnite devs inadvertently prove cross-console play is possible [Updated] Enlarge / It's now apparent there's no technical reason why Fortnite players on Xbox One and PS4 can't play together. (credit: Epic Games ) Update: As if to reconfirm Microsoft's interest in cross-console play, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said on Twitter that he "would have liked to see [Epic] leave it on." Original story People playing Epic's Fortnite on consoles recently were surprised to discove
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NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar powerNext-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Ren
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New approach boosts performance in thermoelectric materialsThermoelectric materials are considered a key resource for the future - able to produce electricity from sources of heat that would otherwise go to waste, from power plants, vehicle tailpipes and elsewhere, without generating additional greenhouse gases. Although a number of materials with thermoelectric properties have been discovered, most produce too little power for practical applications.
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Horsey seal injured by flying ring 'making recovery'Volunteers came to the aid of a seal after its neck was trapped within a plastic flying ring.
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NASA identifies wind shear affecting Tropical Storm LeeVisible imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed Tropical Storm Lee as a weak swirl of clouds around its center with most of its clouds and thunderstorms pushed east of its center.
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ThinkGeek is Knocking Up to 80% Off Tons of Geek Paraphernalia ThinkGeek’s Fall Blowout Clearance ThinkGeek is helping the nerds in your life get ready for back-to-school. Score up to 80% off of a ton of products and apparel during their Fall Blowout Clearance. There are seriously hundreds of items to choose from, which means every corner of geekdom is covered by this sale.
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Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs? Got any snacks? (Felicity Robinson/Wolf Science Center) From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won’t make a noise until it’s shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs do not. This finding suggests that domest
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Fake news more likely to thrive online due to lowered fact-checkingFake News More Likely to Thrive Online Due to Lowered Fact-Checking, According to Research from Columbia Business School
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Beta blockers not needed after heart attack if other medications takenA new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds beta blockers are not needed after a heart attack if heart-attack survivors are taking ACE inhibitors and statins. The study is the first to challenge the current clinical guideline that heart-attack survivors should take all three drugs -- beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins -- for the rest of their lives.
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Horses working in therapeutic riding programs do not experience additional stressIn the US, therapeutic horseback riding offers equine-assisted therapy to diverse populations who have anxiety disorders. Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder often are prescribed this type of therapy to cope with anxiety, but little is known about how these programs affect the stress levels in horses. Now, a University of Missouri study has revealed that horses ridden by veteran
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NASA identifies wind shear affecting Tropical Storm LeeVisible imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed Tropical Storm Lee as a weak swirl of clouds around its center with most of its clouds and thunderstorms pushed east of its center.
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Researchers unlock potential pathway to treat flesh-eating bacteriaResearchers at Houston Methodist have solved a 100-year-old mystery, providing them a possible key to unlock a pathway for treating diseases caused by flesh-eating bacteria. Muthiah Kumaraswami and his team at Houston Methodist Research Institute found a critical target on which to focus for developing a potential Group A Streptococcus vaccine or antibiotic to fight it. By manipulating this target
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The State: A Provocative New Drama Considers ISIS When it premiered in the U.K. in August, Peter Kosminsky’s four-part miniseries The State capped a summer that had seen two of the worst terrorist events in recent British history: a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 22 people and wounded 250, and an attack near London Bridge in which eight died and 48 were injured. Both acts were claimed by the Islamic State, the mili
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All the ways hurricanes can harm—and help—the ecosystems they hit Environment What Harvey and Irma left behind. Hurricanes alter every ecosystem they pass through on both land and sea.
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Live Science

Satan's Enigma: 'Possessed' Nun's 17th-Century Letter DecipheredA mysterious letter written more than 300 years ago by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Satan has finally been deciphered. Scientists used a deep-web code breaker to read the letter.
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Ars Technica

Trump admin wants to allow seismic study of Alaska refuge for oil drilling Enlarge / Alaska, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Brooks Range across Coastal Plain. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images ) The US Department of the Interior (DOI) is moving to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, which could reverse 30 years of conservation efforts in the far north of the 49th state. According to a document obt
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Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL researchAn enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. No other enzyme has shown that ability.
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NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar powerNext-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Ren
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Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversionBerkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.
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Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethyleneBerkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.
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NASA sees Hurricane Jose off the US east coastHurricane Jose producing dangerous surf and rip currents along the east Coast of the United States. Satellite imagery shows Jose is now close enough to the coast to also trigger a tropical storm warnings and watches.
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Study uncovers markers for severe form of multiple sclerosisNew Haven, Conn. -- Scientists have uncovered two closely related cytokines -- molecules involved in cell communication and movement -- that may explain why some people develop progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), the most severe form of the disease. The findings, authored by researchers at Yale University, Ohio Health & Science University, and the University of California point the way toward dev
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New approach boosts performance in thermoelectric materialsA team of researchers -- from universities across the United States and China, as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- is reporting a new mechanism to boost the performance of thermoelectric materials through higher carrier mobility, increasing how quickly charge-carrying electrons can move across the material.
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Blood testing via sound waves may replace some tissue biopsiesScientists from MIT and other institutions have developed a microfluidic device that uses sound waves to isolate cellular packets called exosomes from blood samples, which could be used to diagnose diseases such as cancer or fetal abnormalities.
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Catching diversity of fish species means more stable income for fishersA team of scientists analyzed nearly 30 years of revenue and permitting records for individuals fishing in Alaskan waters and tracked how their fishing choices, in terms of permits purchased and species caught, influenced their year-to-year income volatility.
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Deep roots in plants driven by soil hydrologySearching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of
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Analyzing the language of colorMIT cognitive scientists have found that languages tend to divide the "warm" part of the color spectrum into more color words, such as orange, yellow, and red, than the "cooler" regions, which include blue and green. This pattern may reflect the fact that most objects that stand out in a scene are warm-colored, while cooler colors such as green and blue tend to be found in backgrounds.
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Tug of war between Parkinson's protein and growth factorAlpha-synuclein, a sticky and sometimes toxic protein involved in Parkinson's disease, blocks signals from the growth factor BDNF, adding to evidence that alpha-synuclein is a pivot for brain cell damage. Also helps explain why cells that produce dopamine are more vulnerable to degeneration.
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Scientists edit butterfly wing spots and stripesAn international research team working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama knocked-out a single control gene in the DNA of seven different butterfly species. In the Sept. 18 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences early online edition, they reveal the surprising results of rewiring the WntA gene: a single gene influences the exuberant diversity of butterfly wing patter
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Democrats Urge Full Review of Republicans' 11th-hour attack on ObamacareThe bill has two weeks to advance -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Facebook's Reckoning Draws Nearer Nine months after Donald Trump won the presidency by unexpectedly swinging key states in the upper Midwest by slim margins, Facebook’s role in the 2016 election is still not clear. Just in the last week, Facebook’s advertising has come under new scrutiny. Friday evening, The Wall Street Journal reported and CNN confirmed that special prosecutor Robert Mueller served the company with a search warr
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The Atlantic

Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings When the butterfly emerged from its pupa, Robert Reed was stunned. It was a Gulf fritillary—a bright-orange species with a few tigerlike stripes. But this butterfly had no trace of orange anywhere. It was entirely black and silver. “It was the most heavy-metal butterfly I’ve ever seen,” Reed says. “It was amazing to see that thing crawl out of the pupa.” Reed’s team at Cornell University had crea
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The Atlantic

The Real Difference Between Warm and Cool Colors The internet abounds with techniques for teaching elementary schoolers the difference between warm and cool colors—an often-invisible, somewhat flexible line down the middle of the color wheel to separate warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns from cool blues, greens, purples, and grays. The balance between them is said to enhance the beauty of Baroque landscapes and the Mona Lisa . Interior des
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Ars Technica

Intel reveals it has been working with Google on self-driving cars since 2009 Enlarge (credit: Waymo) Self-driving cars have Silicon Valley salivating. Something of a gold rush is going on right now, as everyone is trying to perfect the technology that could banish gridlock and traffic casualties once and for all. Google started working on the problem back in 2009, then in 2016 spun the project out as a company in its own right called Waymo. Today, we learned something new
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When it comes to the threat of extinction, size mattersAnimals in the Goldilocks zone—neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size—face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis.
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