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Gadget Lab Podcast: Nick Thompson Discusses the Facebook Cover StoryFacebook Notifications AuthenticationThis week, our guest Nick Thompson talks about Facebook, fake news, Russian propaganda, politics, and journalism.
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Study: 73% of fish in the Northwestern Atlantic have plastic in their gutsAnd that's the good news, because the percentage found in your tap water is much higher. Read More
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Scientists shed light on biological roots of individualityA new study illuminates the biology that guides behavior across different stages of life in worms, and suggests how variations in specific neuromodulators in the developing nervous system may lead to occasional variations.
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Americans would welcome alien life rather than fear itAmericans would probably take the discovery of extraterrestrial microbes pretty well.
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Can Olympic Figure Skaters Break the 5-Spin Barrier?Olympic audiences went wild last week when Mirai Nagasu landed a triple axel, becoming the first U.S. female figure skater to turn an entire 3.5 rotations in the air at the Winter Games.
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Goodbye, census—hello, Street ViewGoogle Street View could be the demographer’s new best friend.
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How a carb-restricted diet battles fatty liver diseaseNew details about how a carbohydrate-restricted diet improves metabolism were revealed in a new study which could lead to improved treatments for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
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While a baby was still attached via the umbilical cord, doctors attached a pacemaker to the baby's heartResearchers completed the first-ever EXIT (Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment) to ventricular pacing procedure. The patient, a 36-week fetus with complete atrioventricular block and cardiac dysfunction, was at high risk of pre-term death. While attached to its mother via umbilical cord, the baby received a temporary pacemaker, which stabilized its dangerously low and irregular heart rate and ensured e
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Decoding the Overlap between Autism and ADHD. The two conditions often coincide, but the search for common biological roots turns up conflicting evidencesubmitted by /u/symonsymone [link] [comments]
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At AAAS: Reducing bird-related tragedy through understanding bird behaviorBird-human actions can end in tragedy -- for bird as well as human. William & Mary professor John Swaddle believes technology and a solid understanding of bird behavior can make those tragedies less frequent, and is working on a pair of initiatives designed to minimize unpleasant results of bird-human interactions.
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Mueller Indictment Against Russia Details Efforts to Undermine US DemocracyRobert Mueller's office has come out with a 37-page indictment that details the extraordinary lengths Russian agents went to influence the 2016 presidential election.
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Cells communicate in a dynamic codeScientists discover an unexpectedly dynamic vocabulary for the language of cellular communication.
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Pilot study in Kenya shows link between chronic pain and glutamate consumptionPreliminary research from a small pilot study carried out in Meru, in eastern Kenya, shows a link between chronic pain and consumption of glutamate, a common flavor enhancer found in Western and non-Western diets worldwide.
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No testosterone changes found in esports gamersPlayers of the competitive esports video game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, researchers have found.
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The One Big Question Settled by the Russia IndictmentShortly after his unexpected victory in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump told Time in an interview that Russia had not interfered in the 2016 election. “I don’t believe they interfered. That became a laughing point; not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say ‘Oh, Russia interfered,’” Trump said . “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be
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Want to monitor air pollution? Test a pigeonFeral pigeons are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans, so help explore the affect of contaminants, say researchers Pigeons might be seen as the scourge of cities, but researchers say they could help us explore both the levels and impacts of a host of toxins in the air, from lead to pesticides. Scientists say feral pigeons are a valuable way of probing contaminants in environment,
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Reducing bird-related tragedy through understanding bird behaviorBird-human actions can end in tragedy—for bird as well as human.
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The Swiss Have Liberal Gun Laws, TooIn February 2011, Swiss citizens voted in a referendum that called for a national gun registry and for firearms owned by members of the military to be stored in public arsenals. “It is a question of trust between the state and the citizen. The citizen is not just a citizen, he is also a soldier,” Hermann Suter, who at the time was vice president of the Swiss gun-rights group Pro Tell, told the BB
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Death Toll Rises in Nigerian Outbreak: What Is Lassa Fever?Around 40 people have died in an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, according to news reports.
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Eyewire Release Report 2/16/2018Happy Friday! Here are all changes on Eyewire since the last report, even if there was a separate post about something big, so that you have a comprehensive picture of everything new from the last few weeks. We’ve gotten the Activity Tracker and Review Mode more in sync with each other, and this process involved changing the threshold at which segments are added to consensus. One side effect is a
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Pollution blights UK seagrass meadowsExcessive nitrogen from sewage and livestock waste is damaging the health of marine flowering plants.
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How to test your emotional intelligence, and use it to improve your lifeUber Drivers CompanyThere are a number of different tests, including those developed by experts and free tools you can access online. Read More
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The psychology of Nietzsche and how to use it yourselfPsychology and philosophy have always been intertwined, what does one of the more famous philosophers have to say about how you think? Read More
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Global Warming's Frozen GiantGlobal Warming's Frozen Giant Scientists are braving Arctic winters to study carbon frozen in soil. They keep finding surprises -- all of them bad. Arctic.jpg An anemometer measures wind currents in Alaska. The sensor automatically heats up when it gets covered in frost, allowing the device to keep working in winter. Image credits: Salvatore Losacco (Homepage top image credit: Joe Franich) Earth
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Progress in pursuit of sickle cell cureBioengineers use gene editing to correct the mutation responsible for sickle cell disease in up to 40 percent of patients' cells used for lab testing.
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Mueller’s Indictment Puts Details Behind Claims of Russian InterferenceSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals on Friday connected to Russia’s Internet Research Agency—a Kremlin-backed outfit whose employees posed as Americans and spread disinformation online in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. The indictment details highly specific allegations—including names, dates, and the text of private messages—that appear to substantiate central
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What Mueller's Indictment RevealsA 37-page indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday lays out the most detailed picture of how the Russian government sought to interfere in the 2016 election, meddling with voters to sow division in American society, and encouraging the election of Donald Trump in what the defendants referred to as “information warfare against the United States of America.” “The conspiracy had
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Lab-grown human cerebellar cells yield clues to autismIncreasing evidence has linked autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with dysfunction of the brain's cerebellum, but the details have been unclear. In a new study, researchers used stem cell technology to create cerebellar cells known as Purkinje cells from patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic syndrome that often includes ASD-like features.
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Scientists eavesdrop on volcanic rumblings to forecast eruptionsSound waves generated by burbling lakes of lava atop some volcanoes point to greater odds of magmatic outbursts. This finding could provide advance warning to people who live near active volcanoes.
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Link between hallucinations and dopamine not such a mystery, finds studyResearchers have found that people with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations tend to hear what they expect, an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations. The researchers found that elevated dopamine could make some patients rely more on expectations, which could then result in hallucinations.
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Promising method for improving quantum information processingA team of researchers has demonstrated a new method for splitting light beams into their frequency modes, work that could spur advancements in quantum information processing and distributed quantum computing.
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How 5,000 Pencil-Size Robots May Solve the Mysteries of the UniverseThe little, swiveling robots will look at a new portion of the sky for the invisible force called dark energy that may be causing the accelerating expansion of the universe.
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NASA sees Tropical Storm 10S form along Western Australia CoastAfter days of lingering off the west Kimberley coast of Western Australia as a slowly organizing low pressure area, Tropical Storm 10S has formed about 50 miles west of Broome, Australia.
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How to train like the world's most successful female cross-country skierIf you want to be as fast or as strong as the world's most decorated female winter Olympian ever, you'll have to train a lot -- more than 900 hours a year. But don't worry -- most of that training will be low intensity.
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'Black Panther': Science, Heroes — And How Comics Changed The WorldHidden in the narratives of 1970s comics like the Black Panther was an idea that grew like a seed in the imagination of kids like me: Science and heroism were indelibly linked, says Adam Frank. (Image credit: Marvel Studios 2018)
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This Martian Crater Has a Weirdly Earth-Like SecretIs this mountain from Mars, or Hawaii?
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Analyzing the Training of the World's Best Female Cross-Country SkierAnalyzing the Training of the World's Best Female Cross-Country Skier Researchers took a detailed look at 17 years of training records for Norway's Marit Bjørgen. SkiNorway.jpg Image credits: Cephas via Wikimedia Commons Rights information: CC BY-SA 4.0 Sports Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:30 Chris Gorski, Editor (Inside Science) -- On Feb. 15, Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bj ø rgen won a
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Why we have yet to find extraterrestrial lifeAre we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. Yet to date we know of just one sample of life, that which exists here on Earth.
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Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atomsThe scientists identified which mechanisms destroy the quantum properties of individual insulator. Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope, which utilizes an atomically sharp metal tip, they were able to precisely image individual iron atoms and measure and control the time that the iron atom can maintain its quantum behavior.
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Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien lifeHollywood has it wrong. Humans would actually react positively to news of alien life -- intelligent or microbial.
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Immune signature predicts asthma susceptibilityAsthma is a chronic inflammatory disease driven by the interplay of genetics, environmental factors and a diverse cast of immune cells. Researchers have now identified a subset of T cells, whose frequency serves as early childhood immune signature that predicts the risk of developing asthma later on.
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Drug transfer tested using placenta-on-a-chipResearchers have demonstrated the feasibility of their 'organ-on-a-chip' platform in studying how drugs are transported across the human placental barrier.
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Google begins blocking annoying ads on its browserGoogle has begun a new effort to block annoying ads on its Chrome browser, as part of an initiative aimed at improving the online advertising ecosystem that provides the bulk of its revenues.
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Strong Tides May Have Driven Ancient Fish to Dry LandA closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.
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Walls, toxicity and explosions: How plant cells protect themselves from salinity in soilRoots face many challenges in the soil in order to supply the plant with the necessary water and nutrients. New work shows that one of these challenges, salinity, can cause root cells to explode if the risk is not properly sensed. Salinity has deleterious effects on plant health and limits crop yields, because salt inhibits water uptake and can be toxic for plants. But plant biologists discovered
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Gita weakeningNASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite and the GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Gita is it began weakening from vertical wind shear.
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ASU professor addresses why we have yet to find extraterrestrial lifeAre we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. Yet to date we know of just one sample of life, that which exists here on Earth.
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Researchers demonstrate promising method for improving quantum information processingA team of researchers led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated a new method for splitting light beams into their frequency modes. The scientists can then choose the frequencies they want to work with and encode photons with quantum information. Their work could spur advancements in quantum information processing and distributed quantum computing.
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Steven Pinker Looks At The Bright SideThere's cause for optimism. (Image credit: By Steven Pinker - Rebecca Goldstein, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link )
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It took carbon fiber—and spy work—to get Paralympic skiers better gearTechnology The Paralympic Games begin in South Korea on March 9. After an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2005, Andy Soule had both legs amputated above the knee.
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The fumes from spray cleaners and perfumes are a major source of air pollutionEnvironment Our cars are getting cleaner, but our cleaning products? Not so much. A new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finds that common household items emit a greater proportion of air pollutants than we thought.
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Going For A Gold Medal Weather ForecastGoing For A Gold Medal Weather Forecast Behind the scenes of forecasting winter weather at the Olympics Going For A Gold Medal Weather Forecast Video of Going For A Gold Medal Weather Forecast Earth Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:15 Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer (Inside Science) -- As athletes from around the world set their sights on winning a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So
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Here’s how automation will hollow out the American economy
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Cells communicate in a dynamic codeCaltech scientists discover an unexpectedly dynamic vocabulary for the language of cellular communication.
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Rice U. reports progress in pursuit of sickle cell cureRice University bioengineer Gang Bao and his colleagues use gene editing to correct the mutation responsible for sickle cell disease in up to 40 percent of patients' cells used for lab testing.
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The Full Text of Mueller's Indictment of 13 RussiansOn Friday, February 16, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein announced that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, had indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges that including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. This is the full text of that indictment . IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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Trilobites: Coffee Beans Are Good for Birds, Fancy Brew or NotA study of India’s Western Ghats region found that growing coffee doesn’t interfere with biodiversity, regardless of which bean the farmer chooses.
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The Big Engineering Behind Olympic Snowboarding's Big Air EventIt takes a well orchestrated team to build the sport's most epic ramp.
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ASU professor Davies addresses why we have yet to find extraterrestrial lifeAre we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. Yet to date we know of just one sample of life, that which exists here on Earth. Arizona State University Regents Professor and noted cosmologist Paul Davies will talk about efforts to identify extraterrestrial life at a press briefing Feb. 16 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the A
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Contacting the molecular world through graphene nanoribbonsScientists from CIC nanoGUNE, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Materials Physics Center (CFM) and CiQUS (Center for Research on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials) create the tiniest magnetic device contacted, made of a single molecule.
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Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atomsThe scientists identified which mechanisms destroy the quantum properties of individual insulator. Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope, which utilizes an atomically sharp metal tip, they were able to precisely image individual iron atoms and measure and control the time that the iron atom can maintain its quantum behavior.
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Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien lifeHollywood has it wrong. Humans would actually react positively to news of alien life -- intelligent or microbial.
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Ants practice combat triage and nurse their injuredTermite-hunting ants have their own version of combat medicine for injured nest mates.
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Earthlings likely to welcome alien life rather than panicking, study showsShould aliens be discovered, public reaction is likely to be positive, say researchers – despite alarming fictional portrayals of contact “The fear I felt was no rational fear, but a panic terror,” wrote HG Wells, describing his narrator’s response to a Martian invasion in War of the Worlds. But despite such alarming portrayals, researchers say the discovery of alien life is more likely to be wel
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Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien lifeAs humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it? Will we feel threatened and react in horror? Will we embrace it? Will we even understand it? Or, will we shrug it off as another thing we have to deal with in our increasingly fast-paced world?
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Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atomsResearchers at the Center for Quantum Nanoscience within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have made a major breakthrough in controlling the quantum properties of single atoms. In an international collaboration with IBM Research in San Jose, California, using advanced techniques, the scientists identified which mechanisms destroy the quantum properties of individual atoms by manipulating the m
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Photos of the Week: Skiing Robots, a Bichon Frise Wins Best in ShowThe U.S. Toboggan Championships in Maine, scenes from New York Fashion Week, a camel trip on a Siberian steppe, a school shooting in Florida, welcoming the lunar new year in China, Winter Olympics highlights from South Korea, colorful scenes from Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations, and much more.
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Children's Hospital Colorado doctors complete first-ever EXIT to ventricular pacingResearchers at Children's Hospital Colorado completed the first-ever EXIT (Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment) to ventricular pacing procedure. The patient, a 36-week fetus with complete atrioventricular block and cardiac dysfunction, was at high risk of pre-term death. While attached to its mother via umbilical cord, the baby received a temporary pacemaker, which stabilized its dangerously low and ir
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Gita weakeningNASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite and the GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Gita is it began weakening from vertical wind shear.
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Is Humanity Ready for the Discovery of Alien Life?Most Americans would probably be thrilled to learn extraterrestrials (intelligent or not) exist. Other nationalities beg to differ -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Man's Eye Floater Was Actually a Tapeworm — Plus Thousands of Its EggsA tapeworm in your gut sounds horrifying enough, but imagine having a tapeworm in your eye.
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UNLV study finds no testosterone changes in esports gamersPlayers of the competitive esports video game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, UNLV researchers have found.
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At AAAS, Brown explains how statistics, neuroscience improve anesthesiologyDr. Emery Brown, an MIT neuroscientist and MGH anesthesiologist, has combined scientific and statistical methods to put the brain at the center of anesthesiology practice. By deciphering and monitoring EEG readings in real time he can more optimally dose patients under general anesthesia. He's presenting at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting, Friday Feb. 16.
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Russian bots tried to hijack the gun debate. Did it work?Russian US R. MuellerThe disinformation campaigns made famous in 2016 continue. Read More
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Q&A: It’s Harder to Make Meals in the MountainsWhy does it take longer to cook certain foods at higher altitudes? Reduced air pressure.
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Drug that treats psoriasis also reduces aortic vascular inflammationAn antibody used to treat the skin disease psoriasis is also effective at reducing aortic inflammation, a key marker of future risk of major cardiovascular events.
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A mineral blueprint for finding Burgess Shale-type fossilsScientists have identified a mineral signature for sites that are more likely to contain rare fossils that preserve evidence of soft tissue -- essential information to understanding ancient life.
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Researchers demonstrate promising method for improving quantum information processingA team of researchers led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated a new method for splitting light beams into their frequency modes, work that could spur advancements in quantum information processing and distributed quantum computing.
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Scientists produce human intestinal lining that re-creates living tissue inside organ-chipScientists created human intestinal lining outside an individual’s body that mirrors living tissue inside microengineered Intestine-Chips, opening possibilities for personalized testing of medicines. The re-created intestinal lining, derived from an adult's cells that were converted into stem cells and grown into organoids, bore the adult's genetic fingerprint. The findings potentially could chang
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How UPS delivers faster using $8 headphones and code that decides when dirty trucks get cleanedInside EDGE: the shipping giant’s ambitious, tech-driven bid to keep Amazon and others at bay.
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Rural ranchers face less access to water during drought than urban counterpartsThe findings highlight a rural-urban divide and show that ranchers' access to water was neither equal nor valued during the drought in Mexico's Baja California Sur state from 2006 to 2012.
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Evolutionary origin of termite gut microbiome revealedResearchers have shown that the bacterial communities in termite guts came about through both inheritance and transfer between colonies.
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New treatment strategies for chronic kidney disease from the animal kingdomBiomimetics offers an innovative approach to solving human problems by imitating strategies found in nature. Medical research could also benefit from biomimetics as scientists point out using the example of chronic kidney disease. In future research, they intend to study the mechanisms that protect the muscles, organs and bones of certain animals during extreme conditions such as hibernation.
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New tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries finds they can be charged 5 times fastResearchers have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries' internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.
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Precision experiments reveal gaps in van der Waals theoryScientists have used single-crystal synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements to establish the electron density of TiS2. Given the broad range of applications for 2-D materials, this fundamental understanding is expected to have a wide-reaching influence on their uses, such as in topological insulators, electrode materials, catalysts, and charge-density-wave materials.
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Labs differ widely in BRCA testing protocolsA new article showcases the wide differences in BRCA testing protocols at labs around the world. The article surveyed 86 laboratories around the world about their BRCA testing practices and found that all the labs differed widely in their approach.
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James Webb Space Telescope challenges artists to see in infraredAstronomy artists face new challenges in translating James Webb’s invisible data into visuals.
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Engineers test drug transfer using placenta-on-a-chipResearchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science have demonstrated the feasibility of their "organ-on-a-chip" platform in studying how drugs are transported across the human placental barrier.
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New light shed on how plants get their nitrogen fixLegumes are widely-consumed plants that use soil bacteria to obtain nitrogen through root nodulation. The process is energetically costly, and so legumes inhibit nodulation when soil nitrate is available. However, the mechanism that drives this inhibition is unknown. Researchers found that NRSYM1 is responsible for inhibiting nodulation in the presence of nitrate, and acts by directly regulating g
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High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fishA new study finds 73 percent of mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic had microplastics in their stomachs -- one of the highest levels globally. Typically living at depths of 200-1,000 meters, these fish could spread microplastic pollution throughout the marine ecosystem, by carrying microplastics from the surface down to deeper waters. They are also prey for fish eaten by humans, mean
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Bringing a hidden superconducting state to lightUsing high-intensity pulses of infrared light, scientists found evidence of superconductivity associated with charge 'stripes' in a material above the temperature at which it begins to transmit electricity without resistance -- a finding that could help them design better high-temperature superconductors.
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Texas' first federally endangered mussel speciesScientists are working to understand the ecology and taxonomy of Texas' first federally endangered mussel species.
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Even without the clean power plan, US can achieve Paris Agreement emissions reductionsResearchers have calculated that the US can meet -- or even beat -- the near-term carbon dioxide emission reductions required by the United Nations Paris Agreement, despite the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
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The Bornean orangutans clinging on to survivalMore than 100,000 of the animals have been killed since 1999.
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Astrophotographer captures Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster tumbling through spaceThe launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy was widely covered by the media, but one astrophotographer wanted a different kind of shot of the Tesla Roadster tumbling through space. Read More
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The Problem With #MeToo’s AgendaWhat happens when a movement loses sight of its original goal? That’s what The Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan believes is occurring with #MeToo. In this new video, Flanagan argues that for the movement that was galvanized in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, “no problem was too small or too vague to be included, so long as a man was to blame.” If #MeToo is to succeed, Flanagan posit
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Thrill-seeking personalities can help Olympic athletes win goldScience Some Olympians may be hard-wired to seek out daring stunts. Some people have a personality trait that helps them focus in highly chaotic environments like the Winter Olympics: a high sensation-seeking personality.
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E-cigarettes and the burning issues around vaping - Science Weekly podcastIan Sample asks: how safe is vaping? Can it help people stop smoking? And should it be available via a doctor’s prescription? Subscribe and review on Apple Podcasts , Soundcloud , Audioboom , Mixcloud and Acast , and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter If you’re not a smoker, it may be hard to imagine the appeal of cigarettes. The idea of inhaling thousands of chemicals into your body jus
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Penn engineers test drug transfer using placenta-on-a-chipResearchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science have demonstrated the feasibility of their 'organ-on-a-chip' platform in studying how drugs are transported across the human placental barrier.
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Link between hallucinations and dopamine not such a mystery, finds studyResearchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) found that people with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations tend to hear what they expect, an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations. The researchers found that elevated dopamine could make some patients r
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Newly-hatched salmon use geomagnetic field to learn which way is upResearchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth's geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from gravel nests to reach surface waters.
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First multiplex test for tick-borne diseasesA new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens.
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Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making renewable energy from woodResearchers have discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could now potentially be used to sustainably convert wood biomass into valuable chemical commodities such as biofuels.
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Hidden talents: Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paperThermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of producing them with the simplest of components: a normal pencil, photocopy paper, and conductive paint are sufficient to convert a temperature difference into electricity via the thermoelectric effect.
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Germany says it won’t use killer robots, but soldiers are torn
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Hajskæl skal give os bedre fly, droner og vindmøllerAmerikanske forskere finder nyt potentiale i huden på superhurtig haj.
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E-cigarettes and the burning issues around vaping - Science Weekly podcastIan Sample asks: how safe is vaping? Can it help people stop smoking? And should it be available via a doctor’s prescription?
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A child's gender can be detected in their speech from age five, research saysUniversity of Minnesota academics say boys and girls pick up speech cues from adults around them, resulting in differences The gender of children can be picked up from their speech from as young as five years old, researchers have revealed. While male and female children have no physiological reason for sounding different before puberty, when changes to the larynx kick in, researchers say boys an
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Uber introduces UK safety measures amid licence battleUS ride-hailing app Uber on Friday announced new safety features for its service in Britain, as it appeals against the withdrawal of its licence in London.
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Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repairSpacewalking astronauts wrapped up months of repair work Friday on the International Space Station 's big robot arm.
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CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So FarThe vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.
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Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticismFacebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app.
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Qualcomm rejects $121 bn hostile Broadcom bid, againUS mobile chipmaking giant Qualcomm on Friday rejected for a second time a hostile $121 billion takeover bid from Singapore's Broadcom, but said it was open to "further discussions" on a tie-up.
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Scientists eavesdrop on volcanic rumblings to forecast eruptionsA new study has shown that monitoring inaudible low frequencies called infrasound produced by a type of active volcano could improve the forecasting of significant, potentially deadly eruptions.
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High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fishA new study sheds light on the magnitude of microplastic pollution in our oceans. The study, published today in open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science, found microplastics in the stomachs of nearly three out of every four mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic—one of the highest levels globally. These findings are worrying, as the affected fish could spread microplastics throug
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Big Think

Elon Musk quietly plans to put 11,925 satellites into orbitElon Musk and SpaceX plan an "internet in space" consisting of 11,295 satellites that are about to begin launching. Read More
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A detailed virtual house will help robots train to become your butler
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Guilt over household chores is 'harming working women's health'Worries over whether women are doing their ‘fair share’ has a clear impact on their health, according to a new analysis Guilt about not doing enough housework may be harming working women’s health, according to new analysis of data from the International Social Survey Programme . Over a two-year period, women in 24 countries were asked to rate the amount of household chores they do each day in te
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Researchers study Texas' first federally endangered mussel speciesIn February the Texas hornshell mussel, Popenaias popeii, became the first among 15 state-threatened freshwater species to receive federal protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Breaking up with Facebook: users confess they're spending less timeFacebook Users NewsMikita Burton has had a Facebook account for nine years, nearly as long as her youngest child has been alive. And, until arguments about the presidential election spread like a contagion throughout her news feed, she averaged three hours a day chatting with friends on the social network.
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Computers outperform lab rats in detecting toxic chemicalsUL, the science safety company, and Johns Hopkins University have embarked on joint research that has resulted in findings that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is superior in finding toxic substances to traditional animal testing. Beyond being more effective, UL's Cheminformatics REACHAcross™ software computer processing can be performed in a matter of seconds and at a fraction of the cost to traditi
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Stanford scientists eavesdrop on volcanic rumblings to forecast eruptionsSound waves generated by burbling lakes of lava atop some volcanoes point to greater odds of magmatic outbursts. This finding could provide advance warning to people who live near active volcanoes.
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Pilot study in Kenya shows link between chronic pain and glutamate consumptionPreliminary research from a small pilot study carried out in Meru, in eastern Kenya, shows a link between chronic pain and consumption of glutamate, a common flavor enhancer found in Western and non-Western diets worldwide.
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New approaches in neuroscience show it's not all in your headOur own unique experiences shape how we view the world and respond to the events in our lives. But experience is highly subjective. These differences can matter, especially as a growing body of research shows that our thoughts about and interpretations of our experiences can have physical consequences in our brains and bodies, says University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Healthy Minds founder a
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Teens post online content to appear interesting, popular and attractiveTeens work very hard to create a favorable online image through careful selection of which photos, activities and links to post on Facebook and Instagram, according to a recent study. Content that makes them appear interesting, well-liked and attractive to their friends and peers is a primary goal for adolescents when deciding what to share in digital spaces.
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Mystery of phytoplankton survival in nutrient-poor pacificUpwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean provides essential nutrients for the region’s microscopic plants, but iron – a key ingredient that facilitates nitrogen consumption – is in short supply. To compensate, the phytoplankton band together to recycle the scarce metal and retain it in their upper-ocean habitat, scientists have discovered.
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The Atlantic

Black Panther Is More Than a Superhero MovieBlack Panther MovieNote: Although this review avoids plot spoilers, it does discuss the thematic elements of the film at some length. After an animated introduction to the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, Black Panther opens in Oakland in 1992. This may seem an odd choice, but it is in fact quite apt. The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, got his start in the city, having been born there in 1986. His filmmaking c
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Even without the clean power plan, US can achieve Paris Agreement emissions reductionsCarnegie Mellon University researchers have calculated that the U.S. can meet—or even beat—the near-term carbon dioxide emission reductions required by the United Nations Paris Agreement, despite the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Increased stress on fathers leads to brain development changes in offspringNew research in mice has found that a father's stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father's sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understanding of the key role that fathers play in the brain development of offspring.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Restoring memory creation in older or damaged brainsAging or impaired brains can once again form lasting memories if an enzyme that applies the brakes too hard on a key gene is lifted, according to neurobiologists.
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Immune signature predicts asthma susceptibilityAsthma is a chronic inflammatory disease driven by the interplay of genetics, environmental factors and a diverse cast of immune cells. In their latest study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LJI) identified a subset of T cells, whose frequency serves as early childhood immune signature that predicts the risk of developing asthma later on.


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