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Your drive to the shops makes life pretty noisy for whalesAs unlikely as it may seem, your drive to the supermarket is responsible for a lot of noise pollution in our oceans – and a lot of stress to marine life as a result.
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Ung læge fik fri til at forske under hoveduddannelseFørste læge afslutter sin hoveduddannelse i en særlige forskerdelestilling på Herlev og Gentofte Hospital.
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German universities likely to benefit from Brexit, report suggestsA new report suggests that while UK universities are likely to suffer because of Brexit, German universities may reap the benefits.
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How the 'I approve' tagline boosts nasty political adsWith primary season just around the corner, voters will soon start hearing a familiar refrain: "I'm Candidate X, and I approve this message." Since 2002, federal law has required the tagline on all ads paid for by candidates for federal office.
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This laser could charge your phone from across the roomEngineers have, for the first time, come up with a way to safely charge a smartphone wirelessly using a laser. A narrow, invisible beam from a laser emitter can deliver charge to a smartphone sitting across a room—and potentially charge the phone’s battery as quickly as a standard USB cable. To accomplish this, the researchers mounted a thin power cell to the back of a smartphone, which charges t
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New strategy to target transcription factor STAT5 to combat leukaemiaAcute myeloid leukaemia is the most common type of acute cancer of the blood and bone marrow in adults. AML progresses quickly and only 26 percent of the patients survive longer than 5 years as resistance against established treatments arises. The most common molecular cause is FLT3 mutations, which result in hyper-activation of STAT5. A researcher consortium now reports on an early preclinical de
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Putting black skin cancer to sleep -- for goodAn international research team has succeeded in stopping the growth of malignant melanoma by reactivating a protective mechanism that prevents tumor cells from dividing. The team used chemical agents to block the enzymes responsible for erasing epigenetic marks at the DNA. This discovery has potential for use in future combination therapies.
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Disease-bearing mosquitoes gain from shrinkage of green spacesA study conducted in São Paulo, Southern Hemisphere's biggest city, shows that mosquitoes belonging to vector species make up for seven out of the eight most common species found in municipal parks; adapted to urban environment, they benefit from the fragmentation of green areas, a process which leads to the extinction of wild species.
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GWAS identifies genetic alteration associated with opioid dependenceA genome-wide association study has identified a new genetic alteration in European-Americans with opioid dependence. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, included over 3,000 opioid-exposed people. The new findings provide insight into the biological origins of opioid dependence, which has become an epidemic of historical proportions in the US, driven by dangerous use of prescription pai
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There's No One Way to Explain How Flying WorksYou can use Bernoulli's principle to explain how planes fly—but that isn't the only way.
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Neutrino experiments look to reveal big answers about how these fundamental particles interact with matterExcept in horror movies, most scientific experiments don't start with scientists snooping around narrow, deserted hallways. But a tucked-away location in the recesses of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provided exactly what Yuri Efremenko was looking for.
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Researchers develop process producing cell-sized lipid vesicles for cell-cell synaptic therapiesA team of researchers at the University of California in Irvine, California has demonstrated a novel process to produce cell-sized lipid vesicles (CLVs) from microfluidically generated double emulsion templates by investigating the interfacial parameters that control double emulsion stability for storage, and their subsequent dewetting to form multisomes or GUVs (subsets of CLVs). A report detaili
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Why legal marijuana businesses are being kicked off social mediaA number of marijuana companies are kicked off social media without explanation, which is going to force the cannabis industry to answer questions of identity. Read More
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How to make a monster: what's the science behind Shelley's Frankenstein?A look at the problems Victor Frankenstein would have faced, from preservation of tissue to developing new surgical techniques The bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus has meant a lot of people are re-examining this brilliant work of science fiction . My particular interest is the science fact behind the science fiction. How much real science inf
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Bridging the gap between weather and climateAndrew Robertson is a Senior Research Scientist and head of the Climate Group at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). He works on seasonal and sub-seasonal forecasts, with the goal of making these forecasts usable by decision-makers in areas such as agriculture and food security, water resource management, and disaster risk reduction.
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Changing enzymes for clean energy and disease preventionβ-glycosidases are enzymes that play many roles in nature. They can play a role in metabolic disorders and can break down tough plant fibers. Fredj Ben Bdira changed these enzymes in order to enhance the production of clean energy and to improve the treatment of patients with metabolic diseases.
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If chatbots are going to get better, they might need to offend you
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How airplane crash investigations can improve cybersecurityWhile some countries struggle with safety, U.S. airplane travel has lately had a remarkable safety record. In fact, from 2014 through 2017, there were no fatal commercial airline crashes in the U.S.
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New weakness discovered in sleeping sickness pathogenTrypanosomes are single-celled parasites that cause diseases such as human African sleeping sickness and Nagana in animals. But they are also used in basic research as a model system to study fundamental biological questions. Researchers of the University of Bern have now investigated how trypanosomes equally distribute their "power plant" to the daughter cells during cell division. The discovered
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Explaining coprophagy – why do dogs eat their own poo?Dogs are scavengers. As many dog owners know to their cost, dogs often have a penchant for things that we find less than palatable. If it's not counter or table surfing, it might be raiding the kitchen rubbish bin or snacking on rich pickings from the park, street or elsewhere.
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Collimators—the LHC's bodyguardsThe performance of the LHC relies on accelerating and colliding beams made of tiny particles with unprecedented intensities. If even a small fraction of the circulating particles deviates from the precisely set trajectory, it can quench a super-conducting LHC magnet or even destroy parts of the accelerator. The energy in the two LHC beams is sufficient to melt almost one tonne of copper.
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West Coast Wetlands Could Nearly Disappear in 100 YearsAlthough the Gulf and East coasts get most of the attention, the West Coast could see massive losses -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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New Automated Tool Monitors Clinical Trial ReportingThe watchdog website FDAAA TrialsTracker names and shames human studies that breach the FDA's requirements for reporting results.
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Typhoid Outbreak in Pakistan Linked to Extensively Drug-Resistant BacteriaIn January, health officials began an aggressive vaccination campaign to counter the spreading disease.
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How to build a personal landing page onlineDIY Control your image. What do people see when they search for you online? Here's how to set up a personal, one-page website to promote yourself or your work.
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German universities likely to benefit from Brexit, report suggestsA new report suggests that while UK universities are likely to suffer because of Brexit, German universities may reap the benefits.
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New neurons in the adult brain are involved in sensory learningScientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS have demonstrated that the new neurons produced in adults react preferentially to reward-related sensory stimuli and help speed up the association between sensory information and reward. Adult-born neurons therefore play an important role in both the identification of a sensory stimulus and the positive value associated with that sensory experience
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New mutant coral symbiont alga able to switch symbiosis offResearchers have identified the first spontaneous mutant coral symbiont alga to not maintain a symbiotic relationship with its host.
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Trilobites: For Vampire Bats to Live on Blood, It Takes GutsBlood is a very difficult thing to live well on, but a new study of the gut microbes and genomes of vampire bats offer insights into how they do it.
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Kæmpe studie slår fast: Antidepressiv medicin virkerEn række antidepressive midler er bedre mod depression, viser ny metaanalyse.
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Silkeborg vil forebygge genindlæggelser af lungepatienterI Silkeborg vil de i et tværsektorielt projekt mindske antallet af indlæggelser og genindlæggelser af borgere med lungesygdomme. Hospitalet udpeger dem i risikozonen, hvorefter en hjemmesygeplejerske kommer på besøg.
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Palladium catalyst speeds up two separate reactions, making useful molecules in a single processA palladium catalyst developed by A*STAR researchers offers a reliable and efficient way to create a molecular structure that is commonly found in medicines and electronic materials.
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Ozone Pollution Grows, but It Can Be FixedTechnology can be improved in developed countries, and spread much more widely in developing countries -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Distinguishing males from females among king penguinsIt is difficult to distinguish males from females among King Penguins, but a new study reveals that King Penguins can be sexed with an accuracy of 100% based on the sex-specific syllable pattern of their vocalizations. Using the beak length, King Penguin individuals can be sexed with an accuracy of 79%.
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My High School’s Tragedy Actually Led to ChangeStories like mine always seem to begin the same way: The sky that morning was so blue—strikingly blue—and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. We were teenagers, unburdened by the weight of the world beyond our small Midwestern town. Nothing bad—nothing really bad—ever happened in Fox River Grove, Illinois. The next part of the story is the same, too: Shortly after 7 a.m., confusion, fear, and pan
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What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on GunsAs I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation for 13 years, and have diagnosed thousands of handgun injuries to the brain, lung, liver, spleen, bowel, and other vital organs. I thought that I knew all that I needed to know about gunshot wounds, but the sp
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Rare first moment of stellar explosion captured by amateur astronomerAn amateur astronomer testing his new camera captures the moment a supernova became visible in the night sky, which has helped an international team of researchers to test their theory about the beginning stages of a stellar explosion.
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How the 'I approve' tagline boosts nasty political adsNew research by Berkeley Haas Assoc. Prof. Clayton Critcher finds that adding the required 'I approve this message' tagline to negative campaign ads makes them more credible.
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Phase I clinical trial shows some promise for investigational drug for melanomaIn JCI Insight, UNC Lineberger's Stergios Moschos, MD, and colleagues published the results of a phase I, multi-institution clinical trial for an investigational treatment for melanoma and other cancers with mutations in the BRAF or RAS genes.
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Meteorological silk road pattern may take a toll on Eurasian climate in north-jet yearsThe meteorological teleconnection pattern that covers most domains along the ancient Silk Road exerts significant influences on climatic anomalies over Eurasia. Scientists from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, previously found that there is a significant positive relationship between the Silk Road Pattern and the north-south displacement of the Asian jet. Subseque
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Researchers develop process producing cell-sized lipid vesicles for cell-cell synaptic therapiesNovel and robust process to produce functionalized giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) on-demand from double emulsions templates results in artificial cells with surface ligand neuroligin-2 (NL-2) to promote insulin secretion in pancreatic β cells, demonstrating a versatile cell-cell synaptic therapeutic paradigm.
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Astronomers discover S0-2 star is single and ready for big Einstein testA team of astronomers led by Devin Chu, a UCLA scientist from Hawaii, has found that S0-2 does not have a significant other after all, or at least one that is massive enough to get in the way of critical measurements that astronomers need to test Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Up until now, it was thought that S0-2 may be a binary, a system where two stars circle around each other.
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Image processing algorithm shows promise for mapping the blood vessel networks in the eyeMore accurate and efficient mapping of retinal blood vessels using a path-following image processing scheme, developed by an A*STAR-led research team, could help improve retinal scanning and medical diagnosis.
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MIT: Disse teknologier får deres gennembrud i 2018MIT Technology Review har offentliggjort en top-10 over teknologier, der vil få deres gennembrud i 2018. Fremadstormende teknologier som 3D-metalprint og cloud-baseret kunstig intelligens er blandt dem, der får størst betydning på fabriksgulvet.
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Kendis-porno og propaganda: Kunstig intelligens udvisker grænsen mellem sandt og falskSnydevideoer lavet med neurale netværk forfalsker den digitale virkelighed. Men de kan ikke forbydes. Så skal lovene skrives om.
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Overlæger fra fagudvalg kritiserer Medicinrådets fravalg af SpinrazaSpecialister fra fagudvalg kritiserer Medicinrådet for ikke at give dem frit talerum i deres vurdering af, hvorvidt Spinraza bør tilbydes som standardbehandling til muskelsvindstypen SMA.
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Letting kids taste alcohol isn’t risk-freeParents who allow their young children to occasionally sip and taste alcohol may be contributing to an increased risk for alcohol use and related problems when those kids reach late adolescence, a new study suggests. The findings contradict the common belief that letting kids taste alcoholic drinks is harmless, and might even help to promote responsible drinking later in life. The study’s lead au
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Nanostructured thin-films that can bend light by large angles could be a replacement for bulky glass optical componentsSurfaces that efficiently redirect the propagation of light have been developed by A*STAR researchers. Ramón Paniagua-Domínguez, working with colleagues from the A*STAR Data Storage Institute and Nanyang Technological University, has invented compact and light-weight optical components that could be integrated into portable optoelectronic devices.
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Shark bite-off rates revealed at NingalooIn a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia have quantified the number of shark bite-offs of recreationally caught fish in the Ningaloo region.
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Researchers optimise broad beans for beesScientists from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Cambridge have been taking part in an experiment to optimise broad beans to increase bee visitation rates; and their findings could benefit both the beans and the bees.
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A dusty atmosphere caused extreme global coolingIn recent Earth history, climate has varied following ~100,000 year, glacial-interglacial cycles with higher and lower temperatures and greenhouse gas concentrations. During the coldest glacial conditions, global mean temperatures were about 5 °C cooler than present with about half as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These cycles were paced by variations in the Earth's orbit but there is sti
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Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-SensesIn a chilly basement room sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment and part like that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in.
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Bring Sanity Back to Your Life With These Four Affirmation AppsThese positive affirmation apps help you build a positive mindset simply by opening a push alert.
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The good and bad health news about your exercise posts on social mediaThe more you see your friends post about exercise on social media, the worse you might feel about your own weight, especially when you perceive those people as being very similar to you, new research suggests. However, certain people -- those who tend to make 'upward social comparisons' -- find their friends' workout posts motivating.
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UNIST introduces new smart contact lens for diabeticsA team of researchers, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has succeeded in developing a new biosensing contact lens capable of detecting glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
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A protein that self-replicatesETH scientists have been able to prove that a protein structure widespread in nature – the amyloid – is theoretically capable of multiplying itself. This makes it a potential predecessor to molecules that are regarded as the building blocks of life.
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A statistical look at the probability of future major warsAaron Clauset, an assistant professor and computer scientist at the University of Colorado, has taken a calculating look at the likelihood of a major war breaking out in the near future. In an article published on the open access site Science Advances, he describes his analysis of the history of human warfare using a large historical dataset, and offers his opinion on whether we are in the midst o
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New studies help researchers evaluate, improve genome engineering in bacteriaResearchers in the lab of geneticist George Church at Harvard Medical School have made two new advances in their ongoing efforts to safely and precisely expand the genetic code of life.
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How cities draw the heatIt is 15 years since the UK sweltered in the record-breaking 2003 summer heatwave. While the sunshine was welcome to many, it also brought deadly consequences, with more than 2,000 people across England and Wales dying in the stifling heat. Some 800 of those deaths were due to air pollution.
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Astronomers discover S0-2 star is single and ready for big Einstein testAstronomers have the "all-clear" for an exciting test of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, thanks to a new discovery about S0-2's star status.
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Image of the Day: Skeeter EaterGeckos could help control mosquito-borne diseases, but their effectiveness depends on the environment.
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Takara: Editing Human iPSCs with CRISPR-Cas9 and Single-Cell CloningVisualize the workflow.
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Noninvasive optical sensors provide real-time brain monitoring after strokeEach year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. experience a stroke, and almost 90 percent of those are ischemic strokes in which a clot cuts off blood flow to part of the brain. To prevent further injury, blood flow to the brain must be restored as quickly as possible. In a new study, researchers show that non-invasive optical sensors can provide clinicians with real-time feedback on whether clot bu
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Squid skin could be the solution to camouflage materialCephalopods—which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish—are masters of disguise. They can camouflage to precisely match their surroundings in a matter of seconds, and no scientist has quite been able to replicate the spectacle. But new research by Leila Deravi, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Northeastern, brings us a step closer.
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Building a sustainable lifestyle one habit at a timeDid you make any New Year's resolutions this year? Have they been successful? By about this time of year, research shows that most New Year's resolutions have failed.
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Seychelles designates huge new marine reserveA vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced Thursday.
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European flight safety agency issues drone guidelinesEurope's flight safety authority has published its first proposal on the safe operation of small drones, to serve as a guideline for the European Commission to adopt concrete regulations later this year.
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Seasonal patterns in the Amazon explainedEnvironmental scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have led an international collaboration to improve satellite observations of tropical forests.
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Genetic tools complement the visual identification of endangered fishGenetic tools can be a powerful complement to visual identification of endangered fish, indicates a study from the University of California, Davis.
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Novel search strategy advances the hunt for primordial black holesSome theories of the early universe predict density fluctuations that would have created small "primordial black holes," some of which could be drifting through our galactic neighborhood today and might even be bright sources of gamma rays.
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How urban heat affects bee populationsNorth Carolina is home to 500 species of wild bees, yet only a subset of these are common in cities and suburbs. People encourage wild bees by planting flowers and creating pollinator gardens to provide the pollen and nectar bees need. However, even gardens rich with flowers do not have the same bee abundance or diversity as natural areas. So, there must be things besides flowers that limit urban
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The successful launch of Falcon Heavy prompts a roadmap for radioresistant astronautsThis massively-collaborative research proposes the roadmap for making humans more resistant to radiation and multiple other forms of stress- and age-associated damage.
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Rising sea levels put Pacific salt marshes at risk for extinction, study findsClimate change is dialing up the pressure on species around the world. Polar bears may be the most iconic example, but creatures from corals to elephants are all affected by a warming, changing planet.
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Age matters behind the wheel—but not how you might expectA UCLA researcher explored the relationship between new drivers' skills and four factors.
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Surfing completeSlowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA's ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.
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Image: Hypervelocity impact testingWhat looks like a mushroom cloud turned sideways is actually the instant an 2.8 mm-diameter aluminium bullet moving at 7 km/s pierces a spacecraft shield, captured by a high-speed camera.
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These 2 brain systems work together as we learnResearchers have discovered that two different brain systems work cooperatively as people learn. The study focused on the interplay of two very different modes of learning a new task: reinforcement learning and working memory. Reinforcement learning is an “under-the-hood” process in which people gradually learn which actions to take by processing rewards and punishments at the neural level, and t
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Almost every antidepressant headline you’ll read today is wrongA review of the evidence on antidepressants has been hailed as the final word on these drugs, but questions remain for people with less severe depression
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Everything Americans know about science in seven graphsScience See how the country stacked up in a recent National Science Foundation quiz. No survey can perfectly capture how well a person understands science. But these tests help us get a snapshot of what Americans know, and how that's changing.
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These 7 Animals Would Absolutely Crush It at the Winter OlympicsThe Olympics are designed to test elite athleticism, at least in the human realm. But what about the animal world? How would arctic foxes fair in the Winter Olympics, or snowy owls for that matter?
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'Sex Invades the Schoolhouse'Editor’s Note: This is part of The Atlantic’s ongoing series looking back at 1968. All past articles and reader correspondence are collected here . New material will be added to that page through the end of 2018. Earlier this month, The New York Times Magazine published “What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn,” a feature that probed the frontier of sex education: a 10-hour course for high s
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Economists cash in on efficient, high-performance computing methodEconomists have previously made little use of high-performance computers (HPC) in their research. This is despite the fact that the complex interactions and heterogeneity of their models can quickly cause them to reach hundreds of dimensions, which cannot be calculated using conventional methods. In the past, simplified models were therefore often formulated for answering complex questions. These
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The cryo-electron microscopy structure of huntingtinMutations on a single gene, the huntingtin gene, are the cause of Huntington's disease. They lead to an incorrect form of the correspondent protein. With the help of cryo-electron microscopy researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried and Ulm University have now decoded the three-dimensional, molecular structure of the healthy human huntingtin protein. This now enables
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A global view of species diversity in high elevations, via mountain birdsA new look at mountain birds is helping Yale University researchers test long-held assumptions about species richness in high elevations.
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Waterbeds simulate weightlessness to help skinsuits combat back pain in spaceAstronauts tend to become taller in weightlessness – causing back pain and making it difficult to fit into spacesuits. Astronauts may be more likely to suffer from 'slipped discs' after landing.
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Chemical-free, low-cost crop storage bags that preserve food longer now commercially availableThe internationally recognized Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag, a specially designed bag to prevent insect-caused post-harvest losses for farmers in developing countries, is now commercially available for farmers worldwide.
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New method uses light and gold nanoparticles for highly targeted, non-invasive drug deliveryOver the last century, there has been astounding progress in medical science, leading to the development of efficient, effective medications for treating cancer and a wide variety of other diseases. But the random dispersion of drugs throughout the body often lowers their effectiveness and, even worse, damages healthy tissue. A prime example of this is the use of chemotherapy drugs, which work to
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Seasonal patterns in the Amazon explainedEnvironmental scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have led an international collaboration to improve satellite observations of tropical forests. With the help of professional tree climbers, the scientists collected field data on three factors that affect canopy 'greenness.'
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Why Elon Musk Is Stepping Down from AI Safety Group He Co-FoundedThe move could have implications for artificial intelligence development at Tesla.
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Researchers reveal how one bacterium inhibits predators with poisonInfections caused by gram-negative bacteria such as salmonella, pneumococcus, and cholera are a major problem for patients with compromised immune systems, as well as for premature babies. Bdellovibrio and like organisms (BALOs) are bacterial predators that attack and feed on other gram-negative bacteria without harming humans. Therefore, the use of predatory bacteria has been suggested as an alte
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EU court says Poland broke air quality lawsThe EU's top court on Thursday found Poland guilty of violating air quality laws, in the latest clash between the bloc's authorities and the rightwing government in Warsaw.
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Permafrost Experiments Mimic Alaska’s Climate-Changed FutureIn the permafrost zone near Denali, an expanse of tundra bristles with so many sensors and cables that it resembles an outdoor ICU ward.
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Airlines Won’t Dare Use the Fastest Way to Board PlanesUnited's latest experiment with the boarding procedure could make things better—but it's no revolution.
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Computer scientists and materials researchers collaborate to optimize steel classificationUsing machine learning techniques, computer scientists and materials scientists in Saarbrücken have now developed a method that is much more accurate and objective than conventional quality control procedures. Their results have just been published in Scientific Reports.
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Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year.
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50 years ago, early organ transplants brought triumph and tragedyIn 1968, the liver transplant field had its first small successes. Now, more than 30,000 patients in the U.S. receive a donated liver each year.
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Er Danmarks bidrag til ballistisk missilforsvar lagt på is?Det nye forsvarsforlig indeholdt ikke den længe ventede beslutning om at træde ind i Natos missilforsvar med nye radarer på de danske fregatter. I stedet skal en række alternative bidrag til missilforsvaret nu undersøges.
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Unexpected discovery about essential enzymeThe enzyme that produces DNA building blocks plays an important role when cells divide. In a new study, researchers have discovered for the first time that the so-called master switch of the enzyme can change locations—while still performing the same task.
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The 'Holy Grail' of peptide chemistry: Making peptide active agents available orallyPeptides, short amino acid chains that control many functions in the human body, represent a billion-dollar market. But normally, peptide-based medications must be injected. A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now determined how peptides can be designed for administration as a liquid or tablet.
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No, Medical-Marijuana Legalization Doesn't Make Teens Smoke More PotMedical-marijuana legalization doesn't seem to lead to an increase in pot usage for teenagers.
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New interaction mechanism of proteins discoveredUZH researchers have discovered a previously unknown way in which proteins interact with one another and cells organize themselves. This new mechanism involves two fully unstructured proteins forming an ultra-high-affinity complex due to their opposite net charge. Proteins usually bind one another as a result of perfectly matching shapes in their three-dimensional structures.
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Asian elephants have different personality traits just like humansResearchers of the University of Turku, Finland, have studied a timber elephant population in Myanmar and discovered that Asian elephant personality manifests through three factors. The personality factors identified by the researchers are attentiveness, sociability and aggressiveness.
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Evolution constrains large-scale bioproductionThe transition toward sustainable biobased chemical production is important for green growth, but productivity and yield of engineered cells frequently decrease in large industry-scale fermentation. This barrier to commercialization of more bioprocesses is largely ascribed to the physical inefficacies of large cubic-meter steel tanks.
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261 vinger fra havmøller skal til Aalborg og have ny forkantEn ny forkant, som limes på møllevinger skal en gang for alle eliminere problemet med erosion offshore.
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Cycling in later life makes you less likely to have a bad fallRiding a bike into your older years means stronger legs, better balance and a lower risk of falls that injure and kill millions of elderly people
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What Clarence Thomas Gets Wrong About the Second AmendmentNever let it be said that Justice Clarence Thomas is overly concerned with appearances. Witness his release of a passionately pro-gun opinion , less than a week after a school shooting took 17 lives at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As near as I can tell, only two subjects excite this most phlegmatic of justices: the death penalty and the Second Amendment’s “right to
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The Atlantic

Trump’s Hollow Gesture on GunsOn Tuesday, in the aftermath of the shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, Trump sent a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordering a proposal to ban bump stocks and to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. But experts and advocates say the move is more performative than meaningful—and the decision is being criticized by gun-contro
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The Atlantic

Where Gun-Control Advocates Could Win in 2018The shifting geography of the electoral battlefield is providing gun-control advocates their best opportunity in years to tilt the balance on the issue in Congress. Since the early 1990s, the National Rifle Association has sustained an impregnable congressional blockade against new gun-control measures. But the weakest link in that chain has always been the Republican-held suburban seats in the H
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As Protection Ends, Here’s One Way to Test for Net NeutralitySome states plan to uphold net neutrality principles. How will they know if telecom companies are obeying their own promises?
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How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Director Ava DuVernay Became a Creator of WorldsWith "A Wrinkle in Time," director Ava DuVernay merges sci-fi’s embrace of the Other with her own vision for a better, more inclusive future.
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Dockless Electric Bike-Share Companies Take on UberJump Bikes, Spin, Limebike, Nere: Startups line up to transform urban mobility. It just might work
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Scientific American Content: Global

What Is "Normal," Anyway?In psychology and psychiatry, it really means "average" or "typical," but we too easily think of it as a synonym for "how everyone is supposed to think and feel" -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Tomatoes of the same quality as normal, but using only half the waterExperts from the University of Seville have published a study showing that reducing the water used to irrigate cherry tomato crops by more than 50% has no effect on nutritional or commercial quality, it also increases the level of carotenoids, compounds of great interest in the food-processing industry. Carotenoids are vitamin A precursors, which are beneficial for the health, and have cosmetic us
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Bacteria produce more substances than hitherto assumedStreptomyces chartreusis is an antibiotic-producing bacterium that releases more metabolites into the surrounding medium than scientists previously assumed based on genomic analysis. Many of the substances are likely released to mediate interactions with its environment. They might also include molecules that are of interest as potential pharmaceutical agents. A team headed by Prof Dr. Julia Bando
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How bacteria manipulate plantsAttack at the protein front: Xanthomonas bacteria causes disease in tomato and pepper plants and injects harmful proteins into plant cells. Researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Bonn, the University of Freiburg and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle have now discovered how one of these proteins manipulates the nutrient supply an
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Urban mining to reduce environmental footprint of consumer goodsMining isn't the only way to extract valuable metals. Soon, they could increasingly be recovered from waste, reducing the need for new raw materials and helping Europe's transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater caveScientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Air France passengers grounded by strikeHalf of Air France's long-haul flights out of Paris were cancelled Thursday due to a strike over pay by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.
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Saudi Arabia to invest $64 bn in entertainment in next decadeSaudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a programme of social and economic reforms.
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Deutsche Telekom rings up big profits thanks to US tax reformGerman telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom on Thursday announced a big jump for its 2017 net profit, as a tax bump from the United States helped offset record investments in fibre-optic infrastructure.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Women who suffer with SCAD may fare better with conservative carePatients who suffer from a type of heart attack that affects mainly younger women, called spontaneous coronary artery dissection or SCAD, may benefit most from conservative treatment, letting the body heal on its own. This is according to a new scientific statement by a Mayo Clinic led team, published by the American Heart Association in its journal, Circulation.
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Digestive ability of ancient insects could boost biofuel developmentA study of the unusual digestive system of an ancient group of insects has provided new insights into future biofuel production.
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Ingeniøren

Danskere bruger Facebook til at handle våben og hælervarerFacebook-grupper med så åbenlyse navne som 'Hælergruppen Nordjylland' handler åbenlyst med ulovlige varer. Alligevel har politiet svært ved at gøre noget ved det.
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Ingeniøren

Mobilselskab ændrer vilkår igen: Nu må sim-kort bruges i tabletsMobilselskabet Oister må for anden gang på en uge ændre vilkårene for sit nye fri tale/fri data-abonnement, fordi det er i strid med de europæiske netneutralitetsregler.
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Nyheder - Forskning - Videnskab

Tidlig introduktion til forskningsverdenen giver poteNanoscience-uddannelsen på Københavns Universitet har siden 2010 involveret førsteårsstuderende...
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The Atlantic

How Will Iraq Contain Iran's Proxies?In June 2014, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the leading Shiite clergyman in the world, called on all able-bodied Iraqis to defend their country against the Islamic State. Iraq’s U.S.-trained armed forces had collapsed, fleeing the advance of ISIS as it seized Mosul and much of northern Iraq. Sistani’s fatwa mobilized a 100,000-strong fighting force known as the Hashd al-Shaabi , or Popul
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Digestive ability of ancient insects could boost biofuel developmentA study of the unusual digestive system of an ancient group of insects has provided new insights into future biofuel production.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Study: Salt marshes will vanish if seas keep rising and California keeps buildingOn one side, there's the rising ocean. On the other, rising buildings.
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The Atlantic

The Frustrating Inadequacy of AntidepressantsIn 1897, the French sociologist Émile Durkheim decided to study and compare the suicide rates of different religions. He found that Protestants were most likely to commit suicide, and Jews least likely. Durkheim chalked it up to the absence of clergy and confessions in Protestantism, which he believed promoted loneliness, as well as the religion’s do-it-yourself spirit. If you don’t manage to do
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Testing lithium battery limitations may improve safety and lifetimesResearchers are using neutrons to study a battery material that could offer a safer alternative to the flammable liquid component found in most types of lithium-ion batteries.
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First evidence that seals can consume microplastics via their preyMicroplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, reveals new research by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), University of Exeter and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

The mystery behind the proboscis monkey's big noseExaggerated male traits, such as a large nose, can be great for attracting females, finds a study of proboscis monkeys in Malaysia.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Study debunks claim that medical marijuana laws increase recreational pot use for US teensLegalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among US adolescents, according to a new study. For now, there appears to be no basis for the argument that legalizing medical marijuana has increased teens' use of the drug. The researchers analyzed the results of eleven separate studies dating back to 1991. No significant changes, increases or decreases, occurred in
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Debunking claims about medical marijuana: More teen recreational use, fewer opioid deathsTwo papers published today look at the current evidence of the effects of medical marijuana laws and conclude there is little support that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents or reduce opioid overdose deaths.
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Ingeniøren

Vandrapport fra Cape Town: Storbyen kæmper for at undgå Day ZeroMed alverdens påfund kæmper millionbyen mod at skulle lukke for vandforsyningen. Men endnu en tør vinter kan blive katastrofal.
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Viden

Datatilsynet får kritik for at afvise Facebook-sagDatatilsynet afviser at undersøge Facebooks indsamling af data i Danmark, og det bliver nu mødt med kritik.
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A promising new drug to combat serious inflammatory diseaseStill's disease is a serious orphan disease caused by a deregulation of the immune system triggering an acute inflammatory response. Under the auspices of UNIGE and HUG, an international team has successfully tested a molecule inhibitor of interleukin-18, a protein involved in immune response. These encouraging results in terms of safety and efficacy are paving the way for a new kind of treatment,
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Four arrests over Taiwan's 'first' bitcoin robberyTaiwan police have arrested four men over a bitcoin robbery worth Twd$5 million ($170,000) in what they said was the first case of its kind on the island.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experienceBohemian or traditional?
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German citiesJudges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe's largest economy.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Cobalt prices soar, but Congo's small miners see little of the gainIn global markets the price of cobalt, a mineral used in batteries for high-tech products from iPhones to Tesla electric cars, has nearly tripled to $81,500 a tonne in two years.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Mexican gray wolf population grows by 1 animal, survey saysAt least one more endangered Mexican gray wolf is roaming the American Southwest compared with a year earlier, and U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday that lower survival rates among pups are primarily to blame for the lack of strong growth in the population.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Social media and internet not cause of political polarization, new research suggestsThe argument against echo chambers is well documented: helped by social media algorithms, we are increasingly choosing to interact in safe spaces, with people who think and act like us - effectively preaching our opinions to the converted. As a result, this behaviour is distorting our world view and, in the process, our ability to compromise, which in turn, stimulates political polarisation. Howev
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Scientific American Content: Global

Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of DangerThe bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Distinguishing males from females among king penguinsIt is difficult to distinguish males from females among King Penguins, but a new Ibis study reveals that King Penguins can be sexed with an accuracy of 100% based on the sex-specific syllable pattern of their vocalisations. Using the beak length, King Penguin individuals can be sexed with an accuracy of 79%.
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Scaly Plastic Snakeskins Inch Immobile Robots ForwardThese stretchy skins help robots move across rough surfaces, and potentially promote exploration and environmental monitoring. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Shuri Effect: A Generation of Black Scientists?There are a zillion things to love about Black Panther, but seeing Letitia Wright embody a brilliant black scientist brought me incredible joy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Beautiful Brain

Sciencewashing: How Science and the Pursuit of Knowledge Gentrify CitiesSteph Yin and Alexis Takahashi of Free Radicals speaking at Caveat. In front of a full house at Caveat in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Wednesday evening, co-founders of the activist collective Free Radicals Steph Yin and Alexis Takahashi delivered a torrent of a talk that deftly exposed the role that science-making plays in the unjust economic tide that continues to sweep across cities aro
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Ingeniøren

Microsoft har fastfrosset Grønlands selvstyreDet grønlandske Selvstyres domæne, Nanoq.gl, har siden januar været blokeret. Selvstyret er derfor forhindret i at sende mail til borgere, som bruger en af Microsofts mail-løsninger.
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Scientific American Content: Global

Talking with--Not Just to--Kids Powers How They Learn LanguageBack-and-forth exchanges build the brain’s language center and verbal ability -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Live Science

Is This Seal the Earliest Evidence of Biblical Prophet Isaiah?The 2,700-year-old seal impression refers to Isaiah, which may be the first extra-biblical evidence of the man who has a book in the Hebrew Bible named after him.
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