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  • 5 days ago
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    Scientists Achieve Breakthrough on Path to Pig-to-Human Heart Transplants

    Although 54 percent of adults in the United States have registered as organ donors, just one in three people die in a way that allows for organ donation. That leaves more than 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a transplant. Many will die waiting. Because demand for organs outpaces supply and probably always will, researchers have looked to xenotransplantation — placing animal organs into human bodies — as an alternative.

  • 6 days ago
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    Aston Martin will make old cars electric so they don’t get banned from cities

    Add Aston Martin to the growing list of companies using nostalgia to sell customers on the idea of an electric vehicle future. The British automaker announced this week that it’s starting a “Heritage EV” program where owners of classic Aston Martins can have their cars converted to an all-electric powertrain.

  • 8 days ago
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    Better Sleep — Not ‘All-Nighters’ — Helps Students on Final Exams

    Students given extra points if they met “The 8-hour Challenge” — averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week — did better than those who snubbed (or flubbed) the incentive, according to Baylor University research. “Better sleep helped rather than harmed final exam performance, which is contrary to most college students’ perceptions that they have to sacrifice either studying or sleeping.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    FTC pledges loot crate investigation

    The Federal Trade Commission today agreed to investigate video game loot boxes, following an official request by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). In a Congressional oversight committee hearing earlier today, FTC chairman Joe Simons affirmed Sen. Hassan’s request that loot boxes be investigated. The exchange took place in a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing that was mainly focused on data privacy issues, but which ranged into other territories.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Democrats Finally Acknowledging Secular Voters

    The recent midterm elections reflect the increasing clout of secular voters, a group that has grown significantly in recent years, and at least one major party is starting to take note. According to polling data released by Pew, 17 percent of voters in 2018 were religiously unaffiliated, up from only 11 percent in 2006 and 12 percent in both 2010 and 2014. While this unaffiliated bloc grew by about half, the “Protestant/other Christian” bloc was shrinking, down from 55 percent in 2006 and 20...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Elephant-Sized Mammal "Cousin" Lived Along Dinosaurs, Say Scientists

    Scientists on Thursday unveiled the discovery of a gigantic mammal-like reptile the size of an elephant that they believe rubbed shoulders with large Triassic-era dinosaurs, including the relatives of sauropods such as Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S. Dispute With China

    Western bigwigs were a no-show at China’s biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation’s technology industry were only too happy to plug their unique vision for the global internet. Unlike 2017, when Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai graced the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, this year’s gathering was a decidedly domestic affair, presided over by the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. Chairman Ma Huateng.

  • 1 month ago
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    watchOS 5.1.2 adds Control Center toggle for Walkie-Talkie availability

    These ‘bug fix’ versioned Apple software betas keep delivering with all sorts of little additions. New in watchOS 5.1.2 is a Control Center toggle for Walkie-Talkie. Up to now, Walkie-Talkie availability had to be changed in the Walkie-Talkie app itself. There’s a switch at the top of the friends list in the Walkie-Talkie app to toggle availability. With watchOS 5.1.2, you can now do this from anywhere in watchOS thanks to a new Control Center toggle.

  • 1 month ago
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    You’re Literally Sprinkling Plastic On Your Food

    A study published this week in ‘Environmental Science & Technology’ sampled salt brands from across the globe and found 92 percent contained microplastics.

  • 1 month ago
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    Scooters Reveal Urban America's Transportation Crisis

    The transportation options in urban America leave much to be desired. There are crumbling metro systems, roads packed to the brim with car traffic, and around 1,000 bicycle deaths and 467,000 bicycle accidents per year. Silicon Valley and various tech enterprises have sought to “disrupt” this status quo with convenience-first solutions. First it was ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, which created various labor issues, and additional car traffic. Then dockless bikes, which cities fought a...

  • 1 month ago
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    Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

    Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. The system has also set a new record for the most extreme range of orbits yet observed: the outermost planet is more than a thousand times further from the star than the innermost one, which raises interesting questions about how such a system might have formed.

  • 2 months ago
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    Huge Icelandic volcano set to erupt 'dwarfing 2010 ash cloud'

    Scientists have warned that a huge volcano in Iceland is about to erupt, dwarfing the explosion that disrupted air travel across the world eight years ago. Katla, described as “highly hazardous”, has been releasing a massive amount of carbon dioxide – a clear indication that its magma chambers are filling up fast. Researchers believe its eruption could overshadow that of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 – which caused a giant ash cloud that effectively grounded all European air travel.

  • 2 months ago
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    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will back giving people a final say on Brexit if Labour conference votes for it

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will back giving the British people a final say on Brexit in a new referendum if party members vote for it at Labour’s conference this week. The Labour leader said that while he had not called for it up to now he had been elected to “empower” members and would not “walk away from it” if they demanded a new vote.

  • 2 months ago
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    ‘Twin Peaks’ Shut Out at the Emmys, as David Lynch Loses Directing and Writing Races

    It’s not happening again. Despite the original series winning two Emmys and landing a slew of high-profile nominations, “Twin Peaks: The Return” couldn’t make a successful comeback to the Emmys in 2018. At the Creative Arts Emmys, held September 8 and September 9, David Lynch’s limited series lost the first seven awards it could win. Nominated for production design, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, makeup, editing, and hairstyling, “Twin Peaks” lost to the likes of “T...

  • 3 months ago
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    Harrison Ford urges voters to 'stop electing leaders who don't believe in science'

    Harrison Ford made a few requests Thursday at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The event brings together leaders from around the world to discuss tackling climate change, and while onstage, the actor begged voters to know where candidates stand on the matter before filling out their ballots. "For God's sake, stop electing leaders who don't believe in science," he said. "Or even worse, pretend they don't believe in science. Never forget who you'...