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Critical EFI Code in Millions of Macs Isn't Getting Apple's UpdatesResearchers dug into the deep-seated, arcane code in Apple machines known as EFI, and found it's often dangerously neglected.
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Image of the Day: Heart ShapesHigh-resolution MRI reveals that human fetal hearts rapidly develop their major structures within a four-day period.
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The portable science kit entrepreneurCreator of ChemStart, Bathabile Mpofu, takes hands-on scientific experiments into schools in South Africa.
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An alarming number of patched Macs remain vulnerable to stealthy firmware hacks Enlarge (credit: Autobahn ) An alarming number of Macs remain vulnerable to known exploits that completely undermine their security and are almost impossible to detect or fix even after receiving all security updates available from Apple, a comprehensive study released Friday has concluded. The exposure results from known vulnerabilities that remain in the Extensible Firmware Interface, or EFI, w
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Climate change affecting whooping cranes' migration patterns, study findsEndangered whooping cranes are migrating earlier in the spring and later in the fall in association with higher average temperatures, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
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Using AI to help aging populations live betterThe world's population is rapidly aging: Today there are 617 million people over the age of 65. By 2050, that number will jump to 1.6 billion. The population of seniors over 80 is expected to triple in that timeframe, and in some Asian and Latin American countries, it's expected to quadruple. People might be living longer, but that doesn't mean they are living better.
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Debris from the 2011 tsunami carried hundreds of species across the Pacific OceanWhen a foreign species arrives in a new environment and spreads to cause some form of economic, health, or ecological harm, it's called a biological invasion. Often stowing away among the cargo of ships and aircraft, such invaders cause billions of dollars of economic loss annually across the globe and have devastating impacts on the environment.
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Embedding With the Scientists Behind a NASA Spacecraft Flyby The voice on the handset says “We are in two-way contact,” and the scientists gathered respond with cheers. The operations team has just confirmed that the spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, is alive and healthy. It had been buzzing the Earth as planned, a mere 34,448 miles above the planet’s surface and too close for contact, this spacecraft the size of a UPS truck coursing along at 19,000 miles per hour.
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Seed vs. soil, with some fungus thrown in Enlarge (credit: US National Park Service ) The new trend in cancer research is to view a tumor’s malignancy not as solely determined by the tumor’s damaged genome. That view may be somewhat intuitive and has been dominant for decades, but there’s evidence that a cancer’s behavior is determined by the interplay between the tumor itself (the seed) and the environment in which it resides (the soil)
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Future long-haul flights could take 30 minutes, says Elon Musk - video SpaceX boss unveils plans for intercontinental flights that could use technology developed for space travel to reach long-distance destinations in less than 30 minutes. Musk says that by leaving the Earth's atmosphere commercial flights could arrive at any destination in less than an hour Elon Musk: SpaceX can colonise Mars and build base on moon Continue reading...
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Turning ions into quantum catsIn Schrödinger's famous thought experiment, a cat seems to be both dead and alive—an idea that strains credulity. These days, cats still don't act this way, but physicists now regularly create analogues of Schrödinger's cat in the lab by smearing the microscopic quantum world over macroscopic distances.
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Lighting a path to smarter homes, roads and bridgesIf you're worried about carbon monoxide poisoning, you might purchase a detector for your home. But what if your house itself could sense carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases – nitrogen oxides, natural gas, formaldehyde – without the need for a separate device for each chemical?
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How different ant species coexist in the same territoryIn every animal community, several species in the same group often share habitats. An international team including scientists from Catalonia in Spain has created the largest public-access database on the cohabitation ants. The goal is to understand their tricks for coexistence and how they respond to invasive species and climate change.
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EFPIA udpeger Danmark som bedste kandidat som vært for EMASammenslutningen af Medicinalindustri-foreninger i EU (EFPIA) har i en fortrolig rapport analyseret sig frem til, at Danmark med sin hovedstad København er den bedste egnede vært for det europæiske lægemiddelagentur EMA.
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Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn't slow search for life on MarsThere may be no bigger question than whether we are alone in our solar system. As our spacecraft find new clues about the presence of liquid water now or in the past on Mars, the possibility of some kind of life there looks more likely. On Earth, water means life, and that's why the exploration of Mars is guided by the idea of following the water.
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Model sheds new light on the formation of terrestrial planets and EarthThe element carbon and its compounds form the basics for life on Earth. Short-duration flash-heating events in the solar nebula prior to the formation of planets in our solar system were responsible for supplying the Earth with a presumably ideal amount of carbon for life and evolution. This shows a carbon chemistry model developed by Heidelberg University researchers. The research findings of Pro
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Aaron Hernandez's 'Severe' CTE: How Does It Progress So Quickly?Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), but how did his condition progress so quickly?
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Rare 'Functional Amnesia' Gets 1st Comprehensive StudyA new study sheds light on a type of amnesia that's psychological in origin.
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A theoretical study explains the 'natural selection' of proteinsResearchers from the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Barcelona (IN2UB) have presented the first computational study that mimics the natural selection of proteins in water under different environmental conditions, aiming to design amino acid sequences able to express their functions at specific temperatures and pressures.
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The science behind why some people love animals and others couldn't care lessThe recent popularity of "designer" dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past.
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MATISSE to shed light on the formation of Earth and planetsThe MATISSE instrument is ready to be sent to Chile, where in the next few weeks it will be installed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world's most powerful astronomical observatory. This achievement is the outcome of fifteen years of development, including a final year of testing at the Laboratoire J.-L. Lagrange (Observatoire Côte d'Azur/CNRS/Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis). The instr
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Opioid Crisis Has Frightening Parallels to Drug Epidemic of Late 1800sHistory repeated itself as the overprescription of painkillers caused widespread addiction.
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Ars Technica

Kmart faces copyright lawsuit for selling the wrong banana costume Enlarge / A banana-man, or man-ana. (credit: Rasta Imposta ) A small company called Rasta Imposta has sued Kmart after the retailer stopped carrying the company's banana costume for the 2017 Halloween season. Kmart switched to another company's banana suit, and Rasta Imposta charges that the rival design infringes its copyright. But Cornell legal scholar James Grimmelmann is skeptical. Copyright
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Zeroing In on How Supermassive Black Holes FormedAstronomers have a new model for the origin of these impossibly primitive cosmic monsters -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Preserving coral reefs needs new technologiesClimate change has now gathered such momentum that even if global warming was limited to 1.5oC, the Great Barrier Reef will continue to be damaged from coral bleaching, according to a collective of scientists and reef managers from key Australian universities and institutes.
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How to Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11It takes more than just toggling the little buttons in the Control Center.
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Borrowing from nature to tap the power of the sunAn artificial leaf that can harvest energy from the sun faster than a natural one could lead to a new generation of renewable energy and medical technologies.
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A new knob to control and create higher harmonics in solidsScientists at the MPSD and CFEL have demonstrated the possibility of using a new knob to control and optimize the generation of high-order harmonics in bulk materials, one of the most important physical processes for generating high-energy photons and for the ultrafast manipulation of information.
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New med-tech zinc sensor developedA new zinc sensor has been developed by researchers, which will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body.
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New complex reacting with nitrile—a key to enable down-regulation of cancer enzymesThere are various metal enzymes in the human body. Metal enzymes interact with active oxygen, which is chemically more reactive than normal, to form metal-reactive oxygen species. These metal-reactive oxygen species participate in the synthesis and degradation of biological materials and drug metabolism through oxidation, which is the reaction that combines with oxygen or the reaction that loses h
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Researchers develop technique that could detect explosives, dangerous gases rapidly and remotelyUniversity of Michigan researchers have developed a laser-based method that could be used to detect chemicals such as explosives and dangerous gases quickly and accurately.
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How a tax haven is leading the race to privatise space – podcast Luxembourg has shown how far a tiny country can go by serving the needs of global capitalism. Now it has set its sights on outer space • Read the text version here Subscribe via Audioboom , Apple Podcasts , Soundcloud , Mixcloud , Acast & Sticher and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter Continue reading...
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Ars Technica

Loot boxes have reached a new low with Forza 7’s “pay to earn” option Enlarge / This is not the way loot boxes work in Forza Motorsport 7 . After Aurich's Photoshop job, however, we almost wish it was. (credit: Turn 10 / Aurich remix ) At this point, it would take something monumentally stupid to reverse the "loot box" trend in video games. The practice, which combines real money, virtual items, and random chance, has been found in various free-to-play games for ye
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The Time-Travel Delights of the Super Nintendo Classic The SNES Classic was hallowed property from the second it was announced. It’s a plastic hard drive, the size of a slim paperback, with a plastic shell that makes it look like an shrunken Super Nintendo console. There’s a fake indentation in the top where a cartridge might go, but that’s just for show. Instead, 20 classic games of the 16-bit era (and one new title) are already loaded inside—a trea
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The Risks and Rewards of Student-Exchange Programs In her first letter to Jazmine, a 10th-grader at Amundsen High School in Chicago, Vanessa shares her nickname (“Vane”), says she loves animals, and briskly mentions that her father passed away. “I hope you and I have a lot in common,” she tells her new pen pal. “At first, I didn’t want new friends because I’m scared of talking to people. I hope I get to know you better.” The correspondence betwee
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Ingeniøren

Ny podcast fra Ingeniøren: Velkommen til TransformatorIngeniørens nye ugentlige podcast sætter strøm til ugens største nyheder inden for teknologi, forskning og naturvidenskab. Vi analyserer de svingninger, der på godt og ondt transformerer verden og vores samfund.
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Rød advarselslampe: Tog-computere forsinker nye signaler til jernbanenDen seneste uforudsete udfordring for den 20 milliarder kroner dyre udskiftning af de danske jernbanesignaler er at få computerne med det nye system ind i alle de gamle tog.
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Feeding habit of Malaysian fruit batsThe lesser short-nosed bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, is the most common bat in Peninsular Malaysia and can be found in natural and logged forests, plantations, farms, villages, cities, and towns. Lesser short-nosed bats feed mainly on fruit, but which fruit they prefer remains largely unknown due to difficulties in identifying the digested plant remains of fruit in bats' faeces. Unfortunately, it is
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Travel anywhere in under an hour: Elon Musk's new planGetting anywhere on the planet in under an hour—one of the more intriguing possibilities that Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator, raised as he unveiled plans for a new rocket.
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Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect's extradition caseRussian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, denied the charges against him Friday during an appearance in a Greek court to fight an extradition request.
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VW's dieselgate bill jumps on 'complex' US recallsVolkswagen on Friday said it was setting aside another 2.5 billion euros to deal with the fallout from the "dieselgate" scandal in the United States as its efforts to recall tainted cars there proved to be more "complex" than expected.
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Bali volcano danger signs unabated week after high alertA week after authorities put Bali's volcano on high alert, tremors that indicate an eruption is coming show no sign of abating, swelling the exodus from the region to at least 140,000 people.
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Uber boss to meet London transport chief over banNew Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi will visit London on Tuesday to meet with the city's transport chiefs "to make things right" following their decision not to renew the firm's licence, the company said.
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'Angry Birds' maker spreads wings in market debutFinland's Rovio, creator of the popular smartphone game "Angry Birds" saw its shares take off in its stock market debut Friday, adding tens of millions of euros to its market value within minutes of trading.
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SpaceX's Musk unveils plan to reach Mars by 2022Futurist and inventor Elon Musk unveiled ambitious plans Friday to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rockets to carry people between Earth's major cities in under half-an-hour.
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Researcher unearths hottest rock on recordIt was a stroke of serendipity that led to Michael Zanetti's discovery of the hottest rock on Earth.
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Telescope project still faces fight from Hawaiian opponentsOne of Hawaii's most divisive issues is centered on a largely barren, wintry mountain—its peak the highest point in the state—accessible via vehicles with four-wheel drive that can navigate a steep gravel road with sharp switchbacks. Breathing can be difficult up there at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet (4,267 meters).
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Science | The Guardian

Games developers raise funds to get people with disabilities back into gaming The gamers’ charity SpecialEffect is holding One Special Day, a day-long fundraising drive to help people with disabilities get back into the video games they love Video games can get a pretty raw deal in the news. At worst, we see stories claiming links between playing violent games and some of the worst aspects of humanity, or that games are robbing children of time spent in nature. At best, we
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Science | The Guardian

Elon Musk: we can launch a manned mission to Mars by 2024 – video Elon Musk gives an update on the progress SpaceX, his commercial space agency, is making on interplanetary space travel. Musk tells the audience that he believes a cargo mission to Mars will be possible by 2022, with a manned mission following in 2024. He envisages the creation of an inhabited city on the planet, with up to 100 people able to travel to the base per trip Elon Musk: SpaceX can colo
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Study scraps food waste fallaciesFor Paul van der Werf, it's not about food waste. It's about food.
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Sensible driving saves more gas than drivers thinkIt's common knowledge that driving aggressively can dent gas mileage, but it's difficult to determine exactly how much gas drivers waste.
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World-first optical fiber laser promises to revolutionise detection of gases for industryAn international research group, led by Macquarie University scientists, has developed a world-first optical fiber technology which can help detect a wide range of gases with unprecedented sensitivity, with potential applications ranging from breath analysis to air-quality monitoring. The discovery, which has been published in the journal Optica, outlines the development of an optical fiber device
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Researchers develop smart tattoos for health monitoringHarvard and MIT researchers have developed smart tattoo ink capable of monitoring health by changing color to tell an athlete if she is dehydrated or a diabetic if his blood sugar rises.
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Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged TissueA device delivers infusions of DNA and other molecules restored injured limbs in mice -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Public invited to test new tool to study earth using photos taken by International Space Station astronautsCosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS).
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Developing sensors to defend aircraft against lasersLaser strikes, the aiming of high-power laser pointers at aircraft, are a growing safety concern for pilots and aircraft passengers. They pose numerous dangers to pilots, including distraction during crucial moments in flight, temporary flash blindness, and in rare cases, permanent eye damage. Laser strikes have increased steadily in the last decade and can be criminally motivated, but they are mo
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Researchers identify molecular motor that transforms chromosomesA molecular "motor" that organizes the genome into distinct neighborhoods by forming loops of DNA has been characterized by researchers at MIT and the Pasteur Institute in France.
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Unraveling what genomics can doIt took nearly 10,000 years of breeding to take maize from a tropical crop with thumb-sized ears to the high-yielding Midwest crop of today. But in just the next decade, new corn varieties will likely have higher levels of vital nutrients, handle drought and temperature extremes better, and produce yields more efficiently.
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Lava tubes as hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and MarsLava tubes, underground caves created by volcanic activity, could provide protected habitats large enough to house streets on Mars or even towns on the moon, according to research presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga. A further study shows how the next generation of lunar orbiters will be able to use radar to locate these structures under the moon's surface.
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Image: Saturn-facing hemisphere of EnceladusThe brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. The rest of the moon, lit by light reflected from Saturn, presents a ghostly appearance.
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NASA tests thruster bound for metal worldAs NASA looks to explore deeper into our solar system, one of the key areas of interest is studying worlds that can help researchers better understand our solar system and the universe around us. One of the next destinations in this knowledge-gathering campaign is a rare world called Psyche, located in the asteroid belt.
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Team builds world's first space-ground integrated quantum communication networkThe first quantum-safe video conference was held between President Chunli Bai of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna as the first real-world demonstration of intercontinental quantum communication on September 29th.
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Viden

Godt humør får influenzavaccine til at virke bedreDu skal være i godt humør, når du får stikket med influenzavaccine, for så virker den bedre, viser nyt studie.
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Elderly who have trouble identifying odors face risk of dementiaA long-term study of nearly 3,000 older adults found that those who could not identify at least four out of five common odors were more than twice as likely as those with a normal sense of smell to develop dementia within five years. About 14 percent could name just three, 5 percent could identify only two, and 2 percent could name just one. One percent of the study subjects were not able to ident
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Study challenges validity of the psychological "Grit Scale"The Grit Scale questionnaire has gained popularity over the past decade, not only in research but also in practical psychology and in employee selection. The questionnaire is used to measure grit—a personality trait combining perseverance in reaching goals and the consistency of one's interests over time. HSE researchers have found a way to prove that grit is not a single personality trait and the
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Scientists analyze the chemical bonds that shape proteinsAn international group of scientists including visiting foreign professor from RUDN University Kamran Makhmudov has analyzed chemical bonds in proteins based on sulfur and other elements from the 16th group of the periodic table. Such atoms are called chalcogens, and the bonds are known as chalcogen bonds. The results were published in Dalton Transactions, and will be presented at the Internationa
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Dagens Medicin

Midtjylland forbyder sponsorerede kongresrejser Speciallæger i Region Midtjylland skal takke nej til betaling af rejser og konferencer fra medicinalindustrien. Regionen vil selv finansiere lægernes efteruddannelse.
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BBC News - Science & Environment

Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutesThe entrepreneur says his new rocket could fly people from London to New York in 29 minutes.
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Ingeniøren

Twitter modtog næsten to millioner fra russisk statsmedie under det amerikanske valg Distribution af russisk propaganda kan være big business. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/twitter-modtog-naesten-to-millioner-tre-russiske-annoncoerer-under-amerikanske-valg-1081196 Version2
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Science | The Guardian

Work in progress: from ants to zika, scientists photograph their research – in pictures Researchers from around the world submitted photos of the various forms of life they study to the BMC Research in Progress Photo Competition; the winners and their weird and wonderful subjects have now been revealed Continue reading...
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Ingeniøren

Apple advarer tvillinger og børn under 13 mod FaceID Er man i farezonen for, at FaceID ikke fungerer efter hensigten, bør man slå funktionen fra, lyder anbefalingen fra Apple selv. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/apple-advarer-tvillinger-boern-under-13-brug-ikke-faceid-1081191 Version2
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Ingeniøren i toppen af Sundhedsplatformen: Vi tager store skridt frem i patientbehandlingen Patientsikkerheden øges, ustabile it-systemer er på vej ud og patientata kommer ind i brugbar struktur. Det er blandt de væsentligste gevinster af Sundhedsplatformen, som allerede nu materialiserer sig, anfører vicedirektør og ingeniør Jan Kold fra underleverandøren NNIT. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/ingenioeren-toppen-sundhedsplatformen-vi-tager-store-skridt-frem-patientbehandlingen-1081010 V
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The Atlantic

The Lawlessness of Roy Moore Both sides of my family hail from Alabama: my mother’s people from the coal mining country of Walker County in the north and the tiny burg of Union Springs farther south; my dad’s, from a speck of a cotton-mill town just east of Montgomery. It has been ages since I lived in the state, but I still have scads of relatives scattered across it. I harbor tribal loyalty in the Auburn-Alabama football r
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The Atlantic

Football Has Always Been a Battleground in the Culture War Let the legend tell it, and America didn’t truly integrate until Bear Bryant told it to. In a dominant career, perhaps Bryant’s most prominent feat as a coach was his endeavor to add black players to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team—an endeavor that pitted him squarely against the notorious segregationist, Alabama Governor George Wallace. Bama and the vaunted Southeastern Conf
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The Atlantic

We Expect Too Much From Our Romantic Partners Tall, dark, handsome, funny, kind, great with kids, six-figure salary, a harsh but fair critic of my creative output ... the list of things people want from their spouses and partners has grown substantially in recent decades. So argues Eli Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University in his new book, The All-or-Nothing Marriage . As Finkel explains, it’s no longer enough f
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The Atlantic

The Mona Lisa Presidency Earlier this month, just after President Trump delivered a speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations that 1) threatened to annihilate North Korea and 2) referred to the leader of that nation as an Elton John lyric , images of the speech began circulating on Twitter—not of Trump delivering his oration, but of John Kelly, the president’s current chief of staff, reacting to it. One of
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Ingeniøren

Ugens it-job: Stor jagt på specialister hos Forsvaret, Energinet og FET På dagens liste søger firmaer som Novo Nordisk, Netcompany, Sigma Designs Technology og Medcom it-professionelle. Der er både behov for udviklere, specialister og ledere. Find dit drømmejob. https://karriere.jobfinder.dk/da/artikel/ugens-it-job-stor-jagt-paa-specialister-hos-forsvaret-energinet-fet-10298 Emner Arbejdsmarked Jobfinder
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Ingeniøren

Her er, hvad revisorerne har undersøgt ved signalprogrammetDetaljerne om yderligere forsinkelser og fordyrelser i de nye togsignaler er fortsat ukendte. Men kommissoriet viser, hvilke overordnede forhold, revisionsfirmaet Deloitte har gransket.
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Ingeniøren

Studie: Drenge bliver ingeniører, fordi de tisser ståendeDrenge har modsat piger mange timers erfaringer med projektil-bevægelser. Heri gemmer der sig et kønsbias, som udgør en alvorlig hæmsko, når skoleelever skal lære om energi og momentum, hævder universitets-lektorer.
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Viden

GRAFIK: Sådan forandrer Alzheimer hjernenAlzheimer er den mest almindelige form for demens, og hjernen forandrer sig drastisk, hvis man rammes af sygdommen.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

China builds world's first space-ground integrated quantum communication networkThe first unbreakable intercontinental message was sent through a space-based quantum communication network to President BAI Chunli of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing from President Anton Zeilinger of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna on Sept. 29, enabling Chinese scientists the first to realize space-ground quantum key distribution (QKD).
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Why do we fall asleep when bored?University of Tsukuba researcher discovers why we have the tendency to fall asleep in the absence of motivating stimuli, i.e., when bored.
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NYT > Science

Trilobites: Who’s Eating Jellyfish? Penguins, That’s WhoResearchers attached miniature video cameras to four penguin species and found that each was a jellyvore, even when other food was available.
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NYT > Science

Fear of Volcano Eruption on Bali Drives 145,000 From HomesMount Agung, which killed hundreds on the Indonesian island in the 1960s, has shown signs it will explode again soon. But no one can say exactly when.
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Dagens Medicin

Ung forsker fra Aarhus Universitet vinder international forskerpris Forsker Christian Kanstrup Holm vinder forskerprisen Milstein Young Investigator Award. Han håber, at det kan være med til at skabe nye internationale samarbejder.
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Science : NPR

The Pitfalls Of Social Media Advertising Many companies are investing money in social media to advertise new products. But they could be paying a hidden price for those ads.
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The Atlantic

Burma's Human Rights Icon and West Africa's Star Designer: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing What Happened to Myanmar’s Human-Rights Icon? Hannah Beech | New Yorker “Recently, I travelled to Myanmar and interviewed dozens of people to assess what had gone wrong. Many of them pointed out that Suu Kyi’s power is sharply limited. She has no authority over the Army, while military officers still control key areas of government and have the power to reverse democratic reforms. Some believe th
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New Scientist - News

Elon Musk’s new plans for a moon base and a Mars mission by 2022SpaceX aims to launch spaceships to Mars within five years with a new rocket design that could also be used on Earth to make rapid around-the-globe trips
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Science | The Guardian

Did a poisoned fish open my eyes to a culture of fear? | Sasha Abramsky A doctor told Sasha Abramsky that, in all likelihood, he had eaten a fish tainted with ciguatoxin. Suddenly, horrors and anxieties lurked everywhere In early February 2015, two weeks after my family arrived in the atmospheric Chilean port city of Valparaíso to study Spanish for a month, I woke up in the middle of the night convinced I was about to die. We were high up in the hills above the city
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Ingeniøren

F1-ingeniører laver kapsel til at transportere spædbørnBritiske ingeniører fra Williams F1 har med deres viden fra Formel 1 designet en kapsel til at transportere spædbørn i ambulancer og helikoptere. Den er allerede taget i brug i England.
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Dagens Medicin

Overlæge ønsker sin egen jubilæumsfest sparet væk Det er ikke nødvendigt at holde fest for offentlige jubilarer, når der spares andre steder, påpeger overlæge, som selv er jubilar. Regionsrådsformand for Region Hovedstad mener, at det er »for fattigt« at spare jubilæumsfesten for offentlige ansatte væk.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Bali volcano belches steam, sulphur as more evacuees fleeA rumbling volcano on the holiday island of Bali is spewing steam and sulphurous fumes with more intensity, heightening fears of an eruption as officials said the number of evacuees had topped 144,000.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Fungal microbes as biofertilizers in agriculture and gardening—is the reward greater than the risk?Companies are increasingly producing fungal inoculants and marketing these as biofertilizers to improve plant growth and soil health. However, there is little or no evidence of their effectiveness and possible ecological risks, as shown in a new study published in the journal Functional Ecology on 29 September 2017.
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Viden

Topforsker: Alzheimer skyldes måske en overreaktion i hjernenPrisvindende forsker foreslår en ny teori om, hvorfor vi får Alzheimer. Danske eksperter finder teorien interessant.
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Elon Musk: SpaceX can colonise Mars and build moon base Musk says project codenamed BFR would also allow commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a new spacecraft that he says would allow his company SpaceX to colonise Mars, build a base on the moon, and allow commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour. The spacecraft is currently still codenamed the BFR (Big Fucking Rocket). Musk says the c
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Lockheed Martin unveils reusable water-powered Mars landerA reusable, water-powered Mars lander that will allow humans to explore the Red Planet from an orbiting 'base camp' as early as the 2030s was unveiled Friday by US defence giant Lockheed Martin.
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EU leaders look to digital futureEU leaders will look to the bloc's digital future at a summit in Tallinn on Friday, a day after debating wider plans unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen the union.
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Twitter execs talk to House, Senate in Russia probeExecutives of the social media giant Twitter spoke with House and Senate investigators Thursday at the Capitol about Russian interference in the 2016 elections and anonymous "bots" that can spread misinformation.
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FAA bans drone flights near major US landmarksThe Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet (122 meters) of several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
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Conservationists should harness 'Hollywood effect' to help wildlifeHow did Finding Nemo affect clownfish? Was Jaws bad for sharks? Did the remake of the Jungle Book help pangolins?
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A stinging report: Research shows climate change a major threat to bumble beesNew research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.
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Elon Musk's Next Rocket Might Fly You to Earth Image: SpaceX Before the 68th International Aeronautical Congress early this morning, Elon Musk delivered some bold predictions for his aeronautics company SpaceX: a massive new rocket that could put a satellite ten times the size of Hubble into space, a base on the moon, and two manned missions to Mars by 2024 to find a water source and build a rocket refueling depot. He capped off his presentat
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A stinging report: FSU research shows climate change a major threat to bumble beesNew research from a team of Florida State University scientists and their collaborators is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.
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Nation's public cord blood banks provide benefits, despite drop in use, study findsMore than a decade ago the federal government helped support the creation of public umbilical cord banks to collect and store a genetically diverse set of stem cells for clinical care and research. While use of stem cells from the banks has been dropping, the system still deserves support and can be bolstered in several ways to improve its usefulness, according to a new study.
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Hernán Cortés: Conqueror of the AztecsThe Spanish conquistador who invaded Mexico was aided by superstition and disease.
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Russian group spent $274,000 on Twitter ads during US electionA Russian media group with links to the Moscow government spent $274,000 in 2016 on Twitter ads which may have been used to try to influence the US election, the social media firm said Thursday.
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Hunt is over for one of the 'Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi'In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of "mystery" fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.
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Electrically heated textiles now possibleCommuters, skiers, crossing guards and others who endure frozen fingers in cold weather may look forward to future relief as manufacturers are poised to take advantage of a new technique for creating electrically heated cloth developed by materials scientist Trisha Andrew and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They have made gloves that keep fingers as warm as the palm of the h
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NASA sees Maria weaken to a Tropical StormNASA and NOAA satellites provided information and imagery to forecasters that showed Hurricane Maria weakened to a tropical storm on Sept. 28.
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You Only Have Six Days Left to Make That Sick, Viral Statue of Liberty Drone Video Source: YouTube/Kevin Bright The FAA fun police have struck again. The agency has already put restrictions on flying drones over and around national parks , military bases, and airports. Now it has announced it’s restricting drone flights near Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam. These are popular filming locations for amateur drone vi
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When Nancy Pelosi Confronted Donald Trump When Nancy Pelosi joined other congressional leaders to meet Donald Trump at the White House just a few days after his inauguration in January, there was a sense of anticipation about what the new president would say. After all, the House minority leader recalled on Thursday afternoon, this was Trump’s first opportunity to address the senior officers of the legislative branch—the men and (relativ
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New clues from brain structures of mantis shrimpNew research led by neuroscientists from the University of Arizona sheds new light on the evolution of some of the earliest brain structures, and stirs up new, intriguing questions about the origins of centers that support learning and memory.
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NASA sees Maria weaken to a Tropical StormNASA and NOAA satellites provided information and imagery to forecasters that showed Hurricane Maria weakened to a tropical storm on Sept. 28.
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Spacewatch: twin research satellites head for burn-out The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment has revealed ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica and mapped water levels in the Yangtze river A pair of German-American Earth observation satellites are due to be retired this November and put on trajectories that will see them burn up in Earth’s atmosphere in 2018. The two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) satellites were launched on 17
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How Puerto Rico's Hurricane Recovery Could Be Stunted by a 1920 Shipping Law The story of the 1920 law holding up relief efforts in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Read More
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Why the Times' White House Reporter Quit Twitter Not long ago, Glenn Thrush, a White House reporter for The New York Times, sat down at 7:30 a.m. to plan his day. His schedule and laptop sat arrayed before him. With so much time to spare, he checked Twitter—an easy mistake to make—where he noticed someone saying something vile and ill-considered. And then, somehow, 90 minutes passed. It was 9 a.m. No planning had gotten done. “Someone had said
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Hunt is over for one of the 'top 50 most-wanted fungi'Scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of 'mystery' fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.
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Electrically heated textiles now possible via UMass Amherst researchSkiers, crossing guards and others who endure frozen fingers in cold weather may look forward to future relief as manufacturers are poised to take advantage of a new technique for creating electrically heated cloth developed by materials scientist Trisha Andrew and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They have made gloves that keep fingers as warm as the palm of the hand.
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New role for fragile X protein could offer clues for treatmentThe protein behind fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of autism and intellectual disability, controls a suite of genetic regulators.
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Children with craniofacial defects face most difficult social pressures in grade schoolElementary school children with craniofacial anomalies show the highest levels of anxiety, depression and difficulties in peer interactions when compared to youths with craniofacial defects in middle and high schools. The findings suggest that keeping a close watch for these signs and educating the child's peers about their condition may be necessary for this age group.
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A Mirrored Train Ride Through Tokyo Leaves You Wondering Which Way Is Up GIF By simply vertically mirroring footage from a commuter train ride through Tokyo, YouTube channel afridimensional made Japan’s capital look like the backdrop for a futuristic sci-fi film in this chill short film, Neo Tokyo Metro . Buildings become abstract floating structures, subway trains appear to fly through the air, and it’s often impossible to tell which way is up. It almost feels like a
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Hawaii land board grants permit to build divisive telescopeHawaii's land board on Thursday granted a construction permit for a giant telescope on a mountain that Native Hawaiians consider sacred, a project that has divided the state.
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The oft-delayed James Webb Space Telescope gets delayed again Enlarge / The towering primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stands inside a cleanroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. (credit: NASA ) Under development for two decades, the James Webb Space Telescope isn't quite ready to go into space yet. On Thursday, NASA announced that the next-generation space telescope would not be ready for launch in October 2018 and would have to
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How the Latest U.S. Travel Ban Could Affect ScienceShort-term travel and meeting attendance could become harder for researchers from eight countries, including Iran -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years OldEmbedded within 3.95-billion-year-old rock, scientists have found graphite with a carbon signature that indicates biological activity.
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Technique Adapted from CRISPR-Cas9 Corrects Mutation in Human EmbryosResearchers use base-editing to swap out an erroneous nucleotide responsible for a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.
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What teen pregnancy looks like in Latin America | Christian RodríguezChristian Rodríguez is a photographer and filmmaker -- and the son of a teenage mother. For the past five years, he has documented teen pregnancy in Latin America, creating intimate and dignified portraits of mothers as young as 12 years old. In this moving, visual talk, he shares his work and explores how young motherhood traps girls in a cycle of poverty and exploitation.
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To fight antibiotic resistance, we need higher taxes—or fewer meat eaters Health Putting all our options on the table. Bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics, driven in part by antibiotic use in animal feed.
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Hundreds of Japanese species floated to the US on tsunami debrisThe 2011 Tohoku tsunami swept vast amounts of debris out into the Pacific, carrying over 280 species across to America
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Extreme gusts of space gas made early black holes enormousSome of the earliest black holes in the universe are bigger than our current theories can explain, but gas left over from the big bang could be the solution
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Plan to slash farm antibiotic use may stop spread of resistanceBacterial resistance to antibiotics is rising, but a plan to change farming practices and eat less meat could cut use of the drugs and keep them working for us
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First Evidence That Night Owls Have Bigger Social Networks than Early RisersIf you stay up late, your social network is likely to be bigger than those of morning people, say researchers. And they think they know why.
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The False Dream of a Neutral Facebook Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg each told partial truths yesterday. First, Trump tweeted that “Facebook was always anti-Trump.” From all available information, it does seem true that the vast majority of Facebook’s employees did not want Donald Trump elected president of the United States. They are disproportionately young, urban, and socially liberal, living in California’s most left-wing regio
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Who Trump Is Really Talking to When He Talks to North Korea David Petraeus has a theory about Donald Trump’s tough talk to Kim Jong Un concerning the North Korean nuclear-weapons program: The American president isn’t actually talking to Kim, at least not primarily. “This is about China,” which, in accounting for 90 percent of North Korea’s trade and supplying the North with oil, “controls the umbilical cord that literally keeps the lights on in Pyongyang,
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EU Issues Strongest Warning Yet Demanding Tech Companies Crack Down on Illegal Content Photo: Getty The European Union is still not satisfied with how leading tech companies are handling the removal of illegal content online. On Thursday, it released a new set of guidelines for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft, giving them just months to shape up—or face unspecified future regulation. “With the surge of illegal content online, including online terrorist propaganda and xeno
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Russian booster rocket launches commercial satelliteA Russian Proton-M booster rocket carrying a U.S.-built commercial satellite has had a successful liftoff from Kazakhstan.
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Hubble observes the farthest active inbound comet yet seenNASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of 1.5 billion miles from the Sun (beyond Saturn's orbit). Slightly warmed by the remote Sun, it has already begun to develop an 80,000-mile-wide fuzzy cloud of dust, called a coma, enveloping a tiny, solid nucleus of frozen gas and dust. These observations represent the earliest sign
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Build Your Own Mini SNES (Or Just About Anything Else) With This Raspberry Pi 3 Deal Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit , $40 with code NQSP6XGS You can seemingly build just about anything with a Raspberry Pi, including your own miniature game console , and here’s a great deal on the newest Raspberry Pi 3 . The kit comes with a case, a power supply, and some heatsinks, so just add a microSD card , and you’ll have everything you need to get started.
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Scientists develop broad-spectrum inhibitors of influenza virusA team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Janssen Research & Development (Janssen) has devised artificial peptide molecules that neutralize a broad range of influenza virus strains. Peptides are short chains of amino acids - like proteins but with smaller, simpler structures. These designed molecules have the potential to be developed into medicines that target influenza
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A fresh look at older data yields a surprise near the martian equatorScientists taking a new look at older data from NASA's longest-operating Mars orbiter have discovered evidence of significant hydration near the Martian equator—a mysterious signature in a region of the Red Planet where planetary scientists figure ice shouldn't exist.
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The 25 Funniest Magic: The Gathering Card Descriptions Image: Wizards of the Coast. Art by Matt Cavotta. Magic: The Gathering has spent nearly 25 years bringing us to weird, wonderful worlds through its cards, thanks to their gorgeous art but also through the lore-filled “flavor text” on each card. They tell fantastical stories in a mere sentence or two —or sometimes, they just make you giggle. Here’s 25 of the funniest. 25) Runeboggle Art by Ron Spe
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Sexually transmitted diseases are at an all time high. But why? Health The CDC's report is troubling, but not for the reasons you might think. The United States' rise in STD diagnoses isn't a sign of moral decline, it's a public health failure of epic proportions.
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Japanese castaways rafted to U.S. shores aboard tsunami debrisResearchers report finding 289 living Japanese marine species that washed up on American shores on debris from the 2011 East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
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Scientists develop broad-spectrum inhibitors of influenza virusA team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Janssen Research & Development (Janssen) has devised artificial peptide molecules that neutralize a broad range of influenza virus strains.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk, Lockheed Martin Announcing Updated Mars Plans TonightTonight (Sept. 28), SpaceX and Lockheed Martin will unveil their latest plans for getting people to Mars.
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The Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois offers three postdoctoral fellows programs to support outstanding young scientists at the Beckman Institute. submitted by /u/BeckmanInst [link] [comments]
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Dealmaster: Get a lightweight Dell business laptop for $600 Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains , we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is highlighted by discounts on a number of Dell laptops, desktops, and monitors. We've also got savings on Amazon's latest Echo and Fire TV devices, Luma's mesh Wi-Fi system, TVs, and more. You can find the rest of the deals below. Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales
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Microsoft makes a 'crazy' bet on fuel cells to feed power-hungry data centersIn an industrial space tucked off a side street in Seattle's Sodo District, Microsoft is trying to reinvent the data center.
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Climate Change Likely Killed Off Tasmanian Tigers Image: Baker; E.J. Keller/ Smithsonian There are plenty of reasons species go extinct. Perhaps they die en masse in a meteor event, or a new species comes along that outperforms or eats them. These days, humans can often play a role, like they did with the passenger pigeon—literally hunting it to extinction. But what happened to the thylacine, aka the Tasmanian tiger? It’s pretty obvious that hum
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Diagnosis: Breast Cancer By the NumbersActress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced today (Sept. 28) on Twitter that she has breast cancer.
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Op-ed: The Deep Space Gateway would shackle human exploration, not enable it Enlarge / What the Deep Space Gateway might look like based on NASA concept drawings. (credit: NASA ) Editor’s note: NASA’s proposed Deep Space Gateway has been in the news recently due to a joint statement of support for the project from US and Russian officials. However, as former space shuttle pilot and International Space Station commander Terry Virts writes in an op-ed below, there is little
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Homes with a fuel-efficient car tend to buy second ‘gas guzzler’ Households that buy a fuel-efficient car tend to buy a larger, less fuel-efficient second car, according to new research. This tendency, combined with the changes in driving behavior that result, may reduce up to 60 percent of the expected future gas savings from increased fuel economy in two-car households. “Unintended consequences like this need to be taken into account when making policy.” The
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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating EffectsOne amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.
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Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 TsunamiMarine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.
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Scientists Unexpectedly Find Rosetta’s Final Image of Comet 67P/CG Image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA On September 30th, 2015, the Rosetta spacecraft slowly drifted to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ending a wildly successful 12-year mission. Scientists from the European Space Agency thought they had recovered all of Rosetta’s photos, but a re-analysis of the spacecraft’s final transmission has revealed
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Trilobites: The Evolutionary Event That Gave You Pumpkins and SquashAbout 100 million years ago, the genome of a melon-like fruit copied itself, leading to fruits now associated with autumn, scientists have found.
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The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study SuggestsA single variation in its DNA may have helped equip the virus to attack fetal cells, contributing to a surge of birth defects in Latin America.
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After the Tsunami, Japan’s Sea Creatures Crossed an OceanHundreds of species — mussels, crabs and others — traveled thousands of miles on plastic debris to American shores.
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Microsoft's Nadella gives some glimpses behind the curtain in 'Hit Refresh'The day he introduced himself to his Microsoft co-workers as their new chief executive, Satya Nadella knew he faced a skeptical audience.
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The Muted GOP Response to Roy Moore's Anti-Muslim Prejudice Historians will record that for about half a decade, between the presidential campaigns of 2012 and 2016, Republicans tussled over whether to welcome anti-Muslim bigotry into their party. The response to Roy Moore’s nomination on Tuesday as the GOP’s Senate candidate in Alabama shows—even more clearly than Donald Trump’s election—that the fight is over. In today’s GOP, claiming that American Musl
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Judgment Day for Public Unions Public-sector unions are heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could deal a devastating blow. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear a challenge to the unions’ fee system in its upcoming term, setting up a major clash on organized labor one year after the Court deadlocked in a similar case. The Court took up Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,
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Tons of animals have floated from Japan to Oregon on plastic junk Animals Trash is the new Titanic. The 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan launched hundreds of tons of plastic into the ocean. More than 300 species colonized the debris.
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Ikea’s stuff is tough to assemble, so it bought a startup to do it for you Enlarge / TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot (left) and Ikea CEO Jesper Brodin (right). (credit: IKEA ) Ikea, the Swedish furniture retail giant, has bought TaskRabbit, a San Francisco startup that lets people hire workers to do short-term odd jobs—like setting up Ikea furniture, fixing a leaky faucet, or setting up for a party. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Recode, which first report
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Tropical Forests Now Have a Serious Carbon Footprint Problem Image: AP Photo/Esteban Felix Full-on deforestation is a major environmental problem, but what about seemingly less impactful changes, like forest degradation and disturbance? A new study published today in the journal Science finds that these less eye-catching human impacts are more harmful than has been assumed, and are actually causing tropical forests to now emit more carbon than they capture
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Understanding connection between HIV transmission & racial/ethnic/geographical differencesThe health effects of where people live, work, and interact are well documented, as are the value of neighborhood-level structural interventions designed to improve health. But place-based characteristics that contribute to disparities in HIV transmission and disease burden are poorly understood, possibly resulting in less-effective HIV risk reduction interventions and programming.
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Disease resistance successfully spread from modified to wild mosquitoesUsing genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce or prevent the spread of disease is a rapidly expanding field of investigation. One challenge is ensuring that GM mosquitoes can mate with their wild counterparts so the desired modification is spread in the wild population. Investigators at Johns Hopkins University have engineered mosquitoes with an altered microbiota that suppresses human malaria-c
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How molecular scissors cut in the right placeA research group at Uppsala University has found out how CRISPR-Cas9 -- also known as 'molecular scissors' -- can search the genome for a specific DNA sequence. Cas9 already has many applications in biotechnology and is also expected to revolutionise medicine. The new research findings show how Cas9 can be improved to make the molecular scissors faster and more reliable. The study is being publish
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Massive projected increase in use of antimicrobials in animals by 2030The amount of antimicrobials given to animals destined for human consumption is expected to rise by a staggering 52 percent and reach 200,000 tonnes by 2030 unless policies are implemented to limit their use, according to new research.
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Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years agoHow old is our species? The complete genomes of three Stone Age individuals from the KwaZulu-Natal coast, helped to shed light on the age of our species. Their DNA shows that genetically modern humans emerged much earlier than previously thought, and probably in more than one African region.
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Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across PacificThe 2011 Japanese tsunami set the stage for something unprecedented. For the first time in recorded history, scientists have detected entire communities of coastal species crossing the ocean by floating on makeshift rafts. Nearly 300 species have appeared on the shores of Hawaii and the US West Coast attached to tsunami debris, marine biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center,
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Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percentEPFL scientists have greatly improved the operational stability of perovskite solar cells by introducing cuprous thiocyanate protected by a thin layer of reduced graphene oxide. Devices lost less than 5 percent performance when subjected to a crucial accelerated aging test during which they were exposed for more than 1,000 hours to full sunlight at 60°C.
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Supersonic gas streams left over from the Big Bang drive massive black hole formationA super-computer simulation by an international team of researchers has shown the formation of a rapidly growing star from supersonic gas streams in the early universe left over from the Big Bang. The star ends its life with catastrophic collapse to leave a black hole with a mass of 34,000 times that of the Sun.
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Researchers explore why humans don't purge lethal genetic disorders from the populationThe human population carries around more deadly genetic diseases than would be expected based on a simple comparison of mutation rates and deaths of affected individuals.
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Non-native species from Japanese tsunami aided by unlikely partner: PlasticsA new study appearing this week in Science reports the discovery of a startling new role of plastic marine debris -- the transport of non-native species in the world's oceans.
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Stanford study shows how 'love hormone' spurs sociabilityOxytocin, a substance involved in nurturing, sexual and pair-bonding behaviors, has also been implicated in overall sociability. A new Stanford study describes the brain circuitry that's involved.
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A single mutation in Zika virus results in microcephalyOne single genetic change, likely acquired in 2013, gave the Zika virus the ability to cause severe fetal microcephaly, researchers report.
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Ancient genomes shed light on divergence in human populationsSequencing and analysis of ancient African genomes suggests that humans first began to diverge as a population between 350,000 and 260,000 years ago.
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Modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago new study suggestsA genomic analysis of ancient human remains from KwaZulu-Natal revealed that southern Africa has an important role to play in writing the history of humankind. A research team from Uppsala University, Sweden, the Universities of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand, South Africa, presents their results in the Sept. 28 early online issue of Science.
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Resolving the mysterious carbon contribution of the tropicsTropical forests release more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than they remove from it, according to a new study, finding that most of the release is due to deforestation and degradation.
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How one tsunami and lots of manmade debris are triggering a mass marine migrationFollowing the 2011 East Japan tsunami, more than 280 coastal marine species have been recorded crossing the Pacific by hitching a ride on debris, a new study reveals.
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Meditation might be useful addition to heart-healthy lifestyle and medical treatmentTraditional medical therapy for high cholesterol, blood pressure and other risk factors remains the mainstay of preventing heart disease, but meditation may be helpful to some people who want to reduce the risk of heart disease as long as they understand its benefits have not been clearly established.
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New measurements show widespread forest loss has reversed the role of tropics as a carbon sinkPeer reviewed report provides the most comprehensive picture of deforestation's toll on critical climate change safeguard; reveals hard-to-measure forest degradation is responsible for nearly 70 percent of emissions from tropical forests.
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To avoid a post-antibiotic world, researchers target animal farming and meat intakeA new study in Science by researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and partners analyzes and describes a comprehensive strategy for preserving antibiotic effectiveness by reducing antibiotic use in farm animals up to 80 percent globally by the year 2030. The study was co-authored by researchers at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University (USA);
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Promising results for 2 genetic weapons against malariaAntimalarial bacteria and immune-boosted mosquitoes show strong potential to spread in the wild.
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Central America 'kissing bug' carries two main subtypes of Chagas disease parasiteTrypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, is divided into six strains, each of which differs in where they are found and in how important they are in human infections. Now, researchers have found that most T. cruzi parasites in Central America belong to just two of those strains. The results are detailed this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
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Male hormones may promote infection by virus that causes Kaposi's sarcomaMale hormones may facilitate infection with a virus that can cause a type of cancer known as Kaposi's sarcoma. This finding, published in PLOS Pathogens by Ke Lan's group of the State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan University, China, could help explain why men have an increased risk of developing Kaposi's sarcoma.
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Molecular fingerprint of breast tumors linked to immune response in bloodstreamUsing newly developed software, researchers have shown that genes and molecular processes in breast cancer tumor cells are tightly linked to genes and processes in blood cells, including immune system cells. The findings are published in PLOS Computational Biology.
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Mosquito gut bacteria may offer clues to malaria controlMosquitoes harbor gut bacteria just like people do—and the bugs inside the bugs may hold a key to fighting malaria.
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TV-gadget maker Roku's stock soars after IPO raises $219MShares of Roku, an early player in streaming-video gadgets, soared Thursday after its initial public offering of stock raised $219 million.
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China's Baidu, police crack down on 'rumours'Chinese internet giant Baidu has teamed up with the country's cyber police to control the spread of rumors and fake news, the company said Thursday, as authorities continue to tighten censorship ahead a major Communist Party congress next month.
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Database of earthquakes triggered by human activity is growing—with some surprisesThe Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake), the world's most complete database of earthquake sequences proposed to have been triggered by human activity, now includes approximately 730 entries, according to a report published October 4 in the "Data Mine" column of the journal Seismological Research Letters.
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Continental controls needed to maintain fightback against tree diseasesTighter controls on timber and plant movements into Europe are necessary to prevent further disastrous effects of plant diseases, a new study of the ash-dieback pathogen advises.
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Team builds flexible new platform for high-performance electronicsA team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world—and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that's easily scalable to the commercial level.
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Gadgets: Nothing to sneeze at! Desktop device monitors indoor air quality.I recently tested the Awair, Air Quality Monitor, which tracks the five key factors of air quality including chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide, dust, humidity, and temperature. A lot of the chemicals are in standard products we use for cleaning, and beauty products.
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Three detectors catch gravitational wave hitting Earth Scientists are the first to track the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes using three different detectors—a critical new capability that lets scientists more closely locate a gravitational wave’s birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge. A paper about the new gravitational wave
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Google quantum computer test shows breakthrough is within reachThe idea that quantum computers can do things that regular ones cannot isn’t proven. But Google thinks it knows a problem only a quantum computer can solve
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Ancient ‘sea woodlice’ had surprisingly complicated gutsFossil trilobites dating back to the dawn of animal evolution had unexpectedly complex and varied digestive systems, hinting that they ate varied and hard-to-digest food
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One Gene Mutation May Cause Zika's Devastating Birth DefectsResearchers have been rushing to tease apart how Zika went from tepid to toxic, and they may have found the genetic tweak to blame.
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FCC chief Ajit Pai wants Apple to stop disabling FM radio chips in iPhones [Updated] Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) Update (9/28/2017 4:25 ET) : Apple has responded to FCC chairman Ajit Pai's call for the company to enable FM radio chips in its devices. In an emailed statement, the company downplayed the need for FM radio broadcasts in times of emergency, and said its iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 devices have neither the chips nor the antennas necessary to allow FM radio reception in the
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Meditation Could Play a Role in Heart Disease Prevention, Experts SayMeditation may help ward off heart disease, experts say.
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Mark Warner to Facebook: Tell Me What You Know Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to know what Facebook saw during the election. Reuters reported Wednesday night that executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been asked to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where Warner is the ranking member. Part of its investigation into Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, the November 1 hearing is expected to examin
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Two Ways of Making Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes Mosquitoes carry microbes that cause devastating diseases, from the viruses behind Zika, dengue, and yellow fever, to the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. But mosquitoes, like all other animals, also harbor a more benign coterie of bacteria. And some members of this microbiome, far from causing diseases, might be the keys to preventing them. When a mosquito bites someone with malaria, Pla
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Japanese Animals Are Still Washing Up in America After The 2011 Tsunami On March 11, 2011, an unprecedentedly powerful earthquake struck the Tōhoku region of Japan. It destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings, wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, created a tsunami that reached 40 meters in height, and shifted the entire planet a few inches on its axis. But among these catastrophic consequences, there were also subtler ones. For example, the tsunami inunda
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Steven Mnuchin's Defense of Trump's Tax Plan It’s been difficult to figure out what economic policy under Donald Trump’s administration will look like, because for the most part the White House’s proposals have been light on details . Despite that vagueness, when Donald Trump discussed the latest version of his proposed tax reform, he said that the policy would provide “tremendous” economic growth—at the upper end of his projections, U.S. G
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Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across PacificThe 2011 Japanese tsunami set the stage for something unprecedented. For the first time in recorded history, scientists have detected entire communities of coastal species crossing the ocean by floating on makeshift rafts. Nearly 300 species have appeared on the shores of Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast attached to tsunami debris, marine biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Supersonic gas streams left over from the Big Bang drive massive black hole formationAn international team of researchers has successfully used a supercomputer simulation to recreate the formation of a massive black hole from supersonic gas streams left over from the Big Bang. Their study, published in this week's Science, shows this black hole could be the source of the birth and development of the largest and oldest super-massive black holes recorded in our universe.
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Modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago, new study suggestsA genomic analysis of ancient human remains from KwaZulu-Natal revealed that southern Africa has an important role to play in writing the history of humankind. A research team from Uppsala University, Sweden, the Universities of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand, South Africa, presents their results in the September 28th early online issue of Science.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

New study highlights the impacts of a global strategy to reduce antibiotic consumption in food animal productionA new study in Science by researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and partners analyzes and describes a comprehensive strategy for preserving antibiotic effectiveness by reducing antibiotic use in farm animals up to 80 percent globally by the year 2030. The study was co-authored by researchers at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University (USA);
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How molecular scissors cut in the right placeA research group at Uppsala University has found out how CRISPR-Cas9—also known as 'molecular scissors'—can search the genome for a specific DNA sequence. Cas9 already has many applications in biotechnology and is also expected to revolutionise medicine. The new research findings show how Cas9 can be improved to make the molecular scissors faster and more reliable. The study is being published in
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New measurements show widespread forest loss has reversed the role of tropics as a carbon sinkA new, cutting-edge approach to measuring changes in aboveground forest carbon density has helped scientists determine that widespread deforestation, degradation and disturbance has caused tropical forests to now emit more carbon than they capture, countering their role as a net carbon "sink."
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Tsunami Sent Species on a Transoceanic TripThe 2011 east Japan tsunami swept huge amounts of wreckage out to sea—and Japanese species hitchhiked across the Pacific on the debris. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Single Mutation Helps Modern Zika Cause Birth DefectsThe minuscule change allows the virus to more readily damage brain cells -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ancient boy’s DNA pushes back date of earliest humansGenes from South African fossils suggest humans emerged close to 300,000 years ago.
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A mutation may explain the sudden rise in birth defects from ZikaA mutation in a protein that helps Zika exit cells may play a big role in microcephaly.
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Latest Headlines | Science News

Tropical forests have flipped from sponges to sources of carbon dioxideAnalyses of satellite images suggest that degraded forests now release more carbon than they store.
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A flexible new platform for high-performance electronicsA team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world -- and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that's easily scalable to the commercial level. It's an advance that could open the door to an increasingly interconnected world, enabling manufacturers to add 'smart,' wireless capabilities to any number of large or
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Researchers look to protect 'self-reactive' immune cells so they can fight melanomaUNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and colleagues report on a potential new way to fight melanoma by blocking one of the immune system's checks and balances.
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Neuro-immune crosstalk in allergic asthmaA research team has uncovered a fundamental molecular cue that the nervous system uses to communicate with the immune system, and may potentially trigger allergic lung inflammation leading to asthma. Their insights into this neuro-immune crosstalk are published in Nature.
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Database of earthquakes triggered by human activity is growing -- with some surprisesThe Human-Induced Earthquake Database (HiQuake), the world's most complete database of earthquake sequences proposed to have been triggered by human activity, now includes approximately 730 entries, according to a report published Oct. 4 in the 'Data Mine' column of the journal Seismological Research Letters.
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GoPro Hero 6 Black Specs, Price, and Release DateThe new Hero 6 Black comes with improved image stabilization and captures 4K footage at 60 frames per second.
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AT&T’s wireless home Internet, with 160GB cap, is now in 18 states Parts of 18 states in AT&T's 21-state wireline footprint are getting a wireless home Internet option. (credit: AT&T) AT&T has brought wireless home Internet to nine more states, offering rural and underserved customers a slightly faster replacement for old DSL lines. "Our Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers a home Internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps and upload speeds
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30 percent off an Amazon TV and Dot and other good deals happening today Gadgets A quick guide to getting the goods for cheaper. PopSci is always on the lookout for today's best deals. Our lists will be updated throughout the day, so check back to see if stumbled upon any awesome new discounts.
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Free Money Alert: Sign Up For a Free Amazon Music Trial, Get a Bonus $10 Amazon Credit $10 credit with new Amazon Music Unlimited trial . Use code MUSIC1. At $8 per month (for Prime members), Amazon Music Unlimited was already more affordable than Spotify Premium or Apple Music , but Amazon’s sweetening the pot right now with a $10 Amazon.com credit when you sign up for a free trial with promo code MUSIC1 . We’ve seen similar deals in the past that gave you a credit towards the cos
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Skip the checkout lines: Whole Foods, Walmart and other stores embrace online grocery shoppingGrocery shopping can feel like you're navigating through an obstacle course filled with crowded parking lots, long lines and screaming kids.
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Microsoft replacing Skype for Business with TeamsMicrosoft is ending Skype's foray into business communications, packaging its communications tools into Microsoft Teams, the company's challenge to workplace collaboration startup Slack.
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RUDN mathematicians have simulated the motion of incompressible liquidA group of researchers from Russia and Italy have conducted a study that produced a more precise scheme of numerical solution of incompressible Navier-Stokes equations for plane motion than that existed before. Details of the research can be found in the Applied Mathematics and Computation journal.
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DOE should take steps toward facilitating energy development on its public landsThe US Department of Energy should place a higher priority on developing an accurate and actionable inventory of agency-owned or managed properties that can be leased or sold for energy development, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
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Bed bugs attracted to dirty laundry, study findsBed bugs are attracted to dirty laundry, according to new research published by University of Sheffield scientists this week.
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Ars Technica

Miniature trampoline may let microwave and optical qubits communicate Enlarge / Like this, but for photons. (credit: US Consumer Product Safety Commission ) As happened in the past with classical computers, researchers are still searching for a good way to implement quantum computers. It isn't so much that researchers don't know what they want to build; it's more of a question of searching for the right materials to create a scalable quantum computer. The current l
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Less Than Half of Americans Got Their Flu Shots Last YearLess than half of all Americans ages 6 months and up got their flu shots last year, leaving a majority of people unvaccinated against a potentially serious illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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As Consumer DNA Testing Grows, Two States ResistMaryland and New York still restrict who can order genetic tests and how companies can market them.
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Snap ups its game with sports, weather dataSnapchat isn't a resource many turn to for weather and sports scores, but it's spending increasing amounts of money on licensing deals to give users such information.
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Uber will start paying drivers extra for UberPool tripsUber pitched its carpooling service as a way for passengers to save cash. But for drivers, UberPool felt like a raw deal because taking on extra passengers didn't mean they would collect extra payouts.
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