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    Materials science is helping to transform China into a high-tech economy

    By the time Dawei Zhang’s study visa to the United States had been renewed, it was too late. The 29-year-old materials scientist was back in China with his wife and son, ready to begin a postdoc at the University of Science and Technology Beijing — one of the country’s leading materials institutes. The delay had prompted him to accept a position in China, rather than pursue research on self-healing materials in the United States.

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    Big ruling: Wisconsin Republicans acted illegally by stripping the incoming governor of power

    Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin acted illegally in December by stripping power from the state’s newly elected Democratic governor before he could take office, a judge ruled Thursday. A month after the November election, Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature convened a lame-duck session to undercut incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. They confirmed 82 executive appointees nominated by outgoing Gov. Scott Walker, many without holding a single hearing, and they blocked the new ...

  • 5 days ago
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    SC sheriffs fly first class, bully employees and line their pockets with taxpayer money

    South Carolina sheriffs have embezzled, bribed and dipped into public funds for expensive chauffeurs. They’ve driven drunk and bullied other public officials. They’ve been accused of leveraging their power to sexually assault their female employees. While many South Carolina sheriffs have strong records of serving the public, others served themselves and their cronies, a five-month Post and Courier investigation found.

  • 8 days ago
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    When gunman advanced on New Zealand mosque, 1 man ran at him

    When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn’t hide. Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card machine, and ran outside screaming “Come here!” Aziz, 48, is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his car.

  • 8 days ago
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    As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

    Recycling, for decades an almost reflexive effort by American households and businesses to reduce waste and help the environment, is collapsing in many parts of the country. Philadelphia is now burning about half of its 1.5 million residents’ recycling material in an incinerator that converts waste to energy. In Memphis, the international airport still has recycling bins around the terminals, but every collected can, bottle and newspaper is sent to a landfill.

  • 8 days ago
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    Sea otters' tool use leaves behind distinctive archaeological evidence

    An international team of researchers has analyzed the use by sea otters of large, shoreline rocks as “anvils” to break open shells, as well as the resulting shell middens. The researchers used ecological and archaeological approaches to identify patterns that are characteristic of sea otter use of such locations. By looking at evidence of past anvil stone use, scientists could better understand sea otter habitat use.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Prices of 390 anti-cancer drugs slashed by up to 87 per cent: Check full list here

    The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority today issued a list of 390 anti-cancer drugs which will be available at a cheaper rate for patients. The prices of the listed drugs have been cut by up to 87 per cent by the pharmaceutical body. Prices of at least 38 medicines like Bendamustine, Bortezomib and Pemetrexed have been cut down by 75 per cent and more.

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    ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Is Coming to Netflix

    Netflix announced on Wednesday that it had acquired the rights to develop Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” more than 50 years after it was originally published, in 1967. It will be the first time the novel is adapted for the screen. It was not for lack of interest. In a recent call, the Nobel Prize winning novelist’s son Rodrigo García who will be an executive producer on the project along with his brother Gonzalo...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Support is surging for teens’ climate change lawsuit

    The 21 youths suing the federal government over climate change have gained a new round of supporters, including 30,000 youths who signed onto a legal brief asking an appeals court to allow the long-delayed case to go to trial. The “Young People’s Brief” was among 15 new amicus briefs filed Friday by environmentalists, religious and women’s groups, business leaders and eight members of Congress– all in support of the case being tried in court.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    This food tech startup just raised $90 million to make it easier to invent new plant-based meats

    It took Impossible Foods years–and deep expertise in biotech–to develop a plant-based burger that looked and tasted like beef. Other companies, like Just, also have multimillion-dollar labs. But a new startup now wants to make it easier for the other companies to enter the world of plant-based or cell-grown meat, dairy, and eggs.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Smartphone dependency linked to reduced relationship satisfaction in college students

    People who feel psychologically dependent on their smartphone also tend to be less happy with their romantic relationship, according to research published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture. “My primary area of interest is children and advertising but a couple of years ago I conducted a study working with some undergraduate students where we looked at smartphone use/dependency and relationship attitudes.

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    NASA Astrobiologists Give New Insight Into The Origin Of Life

    NASA scientists have recreated the conditions in which life formed deep in the Earth’s ocean four billions years ago, which may offer insights into possible habitats in the cosmos which could host alien life. Astrobiologist Laurie Barge and her team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working to recognise life on other planets by studying the origins of life here on Earth.

  • 1 month ago
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    Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

    Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. All four airlines said that they have never activated the cameras and have no plans to use them.

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    Linux gaming is on a life-support system called Steam

    In September 2013, Valve founder Gabe Newell gave a rare, 20-minute presentation at LinuxCon. He called Linux "the future of gaming," predicting that as the industry became more user-driven and connected across both distances and devices, an open-source foundation would be the only way to keep pace with coming innovations. With the standard, proprietary operating systems powering Windows, Mac and consoles, Newell argued, all control over content, pricing and change rested in the hands ...

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    Your cable company may soon be forced to be more transparent about your bill

    Customers dazzled by too-good-to-be-true cable and internet deals could soon get a break. Legislation introduced this month by U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, and Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would require phone, cable and internet providers to include all charges in advertised prices.

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    Daniel Radcliffe Somehow Became Hollywood’s Weirdest Actor

    The thing about telling people you’re going to interview Daniel Radcliffe is that everyone, from journalists who have interviewed him to producers who have worked with him to fans who have accosted him for a selfie on the street, says that he is the nicest celebrity you will ever meet. He did nothing to refute that open secret—how lovely for Hollywood to finally have a positive one—when we met in New York City to discuss his next project, the high-concept TBS comedy series Miracle Workers.

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    Mercedes "cooperative car" uses lights to gain pedestrians' trust

    ​It was just last month that we heard about an experimental lighting system developed by Jaguar, that lets leery pedestrians know what autonomous cars are about to do. Well, Mercedes-Benz is working on something similar, in the form of its driver-optional "cooperative car."

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    Dad says man who bonded with toddler at the airport showed her 'kindness and compassion'

    A stranger who showed a little girl “kindness and compassion” at the airport is now her superstar. On Saturday, Kevin Armentrout, a public speaker in Las Vegas, wrote a Facebook post about a traveler named Joseph Wright, a field sales manager at Samsung in Oklahoma, who took joy in entertaining his 16-month-old daughter, Carter Jean, at the airport.

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    Starbucks Canada announces commitment to donate all of its unsold food

    Starbucks Canada made an announcement today that will see the company cut down on food waste and help feed those in need. The coffee chain is now committed to rescue 100% of food that goes unsold at locations across Canada. Starbucks FoodShare will start with 250 stories in the Greater Toronto Area later this month, but aims to be nationwide by 2021.