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  • 2 days ago
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    Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

    Five new particles have been discovered 'hiding in plain sight' at the Large Hadron Collider. The discovery comes from the collider's LHCb detector, or LHC beauty, which searches for objects such as antimatter. The five new particles are examples of baryons, which means they are made up of three fundamental particles called quarks, and all of them were discovered at once. "The exceptionality of this discovery is that observing five new states all at once is a rather unique ev...

  • 3 days ago
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    Stephen Hawking is going into space thanks to Richard Branson

    Stephen Hawking has been studying, theorizing, pondering, and writing about the universe and everything that makes it tick for decades upon decades, and now he’ll finally get his chance to head into the great unknown for himself. Hawking just revealed that he’s booked a flight on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, thanks to the latter’s offer to help the renowned physicist and cosmologist make his dream of spaceflight a reality.

  • 3 days ago
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    Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role for the Cerebellum

    One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total volume, but contains more than 50 percent of its neurons. Despite all that processing power, it's been assumed that the cerebellum functions largely outside the realm of conscious awareness, instead coordinating physical activities like standing and breathing. But now neuroscientists have discovered that it plays an important role in the reward response - one of the main drives ...

  • 3 days ago
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    Thailand coin-eating sea turtle 'Piggy Bank' dies

    A turtle in Thailand that had an operation to remove nearly 1,000 coins from her stomach two weeks ago has died from blood poisoning. The 25-year-old sea turtle fell into a coma after a second operation on Sunday, following intestinal problems. Named Omsin, meaning "Piggy Bank", she was found to be eating coins thrown into a public pond where she lived, in Chonburi province.

  • 9 days ago
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    Half of Canadians support mairjuana legalization, poll finds

    As Canadians await an expected bill on the legalization of marijuana, a new poll shows the country sharply divided on the issue. Fifty-one per cent of Canadians said they were in favour of legalization in the online survey by NRG Research Group, compared to 33 per cent who said they were in opposition, and 14 per cent who neither support nor oppose the measure.

  • 9 days ago
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    Stretchy electrode paves way for flexible electronics

    Paving the way for flexible electronics, Stanford chemical engineers have developed a plastic electrode that stretches like rubber but carries electricity like wires. The brain is soft and electronics are stiff, which can make combining the two challenging, such as when neuroscientists implant electrodes to measure brain activity and perhaps deliver tiny jolts of electricity for pain relief or other purposes.

  • 12 days ago
    Expression rawlings

    The nightmare scenario of an America without net neutrality

    cture this: It's six months into the great Comcast-Verizon War of 2018. A buddy texts you how insane the third season of Stranger Things is, but he knows he's just rubbing it in. You can't legally watch it, since Netflix sided with Verizon in the conflict, and your neighborhood only gets Comcast. You try to visit the Wikipedia page to read the summary, and not even that works. Ever since Congress voted to defang the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), there's nothing kee...

  • 12 days ago
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    Feds cause standstill for promising marijuana cure for Alzheimer's

    Promising new research conducted last year at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has shown that marijuana extracts may hold a key to treating Alzheimer's disease. The next step: To conduct tests on mice and, if the results are promising, move on to human trials.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    The Night Manager: BBC drama set to return for series two

    A second series of award-winning drama The Night Manager is in development. Director Susanne Bier told Broadcast the script was "slowly being developed" for the follow-up. Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman starred in the BBC One thriller, which was a hit last year. Its three stars won Golden Globes, while Danish director Bier won an Emmy Award.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Meditation is Replacing Detention in Baltimore’s Public Schools, and the Students Are Thriving

    By now, most people are familiar with the term “school-to-prison pipeline,” the description of a system that funnels troubled students through disciplinary program after program. Detentions, suspensions, and often expulsions further aggravate many students’ already difficult lives, and send them “back to the origin of their angst and unhappiness—their home environments or their neighborhoods,” writes Carla Amurao for PBS’ Tavis Smiley Reports.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    U.N. agency suspends Gaza staffer amid alleged ties to Hamas

    Suhail al-Hindi, the chairman of the UNRWA Palestinian workers’ union in, was elected to Hamas’ politburo in a secret vote this month.

  • 1 month ago
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    Israeli forces destroy UNICEF-funded water pipeline in Jordan Valley

    Israeli forces demolished a water pipeline in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank on Monday, after the same pipeline was destroyed earlier this month, according to local sources. Muataz Bisharat, a local official who monitors Israeli activities in the Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers destroyed the eight-and-a-half kilometers pipeline running between the Bedouin communities of al-Hadidiya and al-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley, east of the Tubas distr...

  • 1 month ago
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    Sudanese journalist faces death sentence over condom article

    A female Sudanese journalist has found herself in trouble over her article on condom use. Ms Shamail Alnour is being accused of apostasy for her article on the use of condom as a protection against the HIV/Aids scourge. Her article had explained how condoms could help stem the rising cases of HIV/AIDS infections in the predominantly Muslim state.

  • 1 month ago
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    MPAA: Dealing With Kodi is the $64,000 Question

    Since around 2003, torrent sites have plagued the MPAA. Hydra-like in their ability to withstand all kinds of attacks, from legal onslaughts to domain blocking, torrent platforms are still going strong today. However, what BitTorrent lacks in its standard form is a living-room friendly interface. Regular torrent clients are functional at best, uninviting at worst, and lack the colorful Netflix-style interface demanded by today’s sophisticated media consumer.

  • 1 month ago
    Analysis rawlings

    Coastal Cities Could Flood Three Times a Week by 2045

    The lawns of homes purchased this year in vast swaths of coastal America could regularly be underwater before the mortgage has even been paid off, with new research showing high tide flooding could become nearly incessant in places within 30 years. Such floods could occur several times a week on average by 2045 along the mid-Atlantic coastline, where seas have been rising faster than nearly anywhere else, and where lands are sagging under the weight of geological changes.

  • 1 month ago
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    Cubans anxious about change in US relations

    As US President Donald Trump lashes out at US enemies and allies alike, many Cubans wonder which Trump they will face. Will it be the businessman who said he wanted to open hotels on the communist-run island? Or will it will be the presidential candidate who, during his campaign, appealed to anti-Castro Cuban-Americans by promising to get tough on Cuba, even if that meant withdrawing the newly reopened US Embassy in Havana?

  • 1 month ago
    Expression rawlings

    ‘I misspoke one word’: Kellyanne Conway calls her critics ‘haters’ after Bowling Green fiasco

    Kellyanne Conway wishes her critics would let the “Bowling Green massacre” thing go. Chelsea Clinton, in particular, it seems. “I misspoke one word,” President Trump's campaign manager-turned-presidential adviser told Fox News's Howard Kurtz, according to a preview of a yet-to-air interview. “The corrections in the newspapers that are attacking me are three paragraphs long every day.”

  • 1 month ago
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    Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

    Punxsutawney Phil made his famous weather prediction Thursday morning, emerging from his burrow to see his shadow. That means, according to Groundhog Day tradition, the U.S. will brave another six weeks of winter. The groundhog, emerging from a sleep, squealed as he was pulled from his burrow about 7:15 a.m. He was hoisted into the air and placed on a stump before his official prognostication was made.