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  • 1 day ago
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    Monument or mirage? Hand rises from the desert

    It's dry, barren and sparse. The otherworldly landscapes of northern Chile's Atacama Desert could easily be from Mars. It is the driest desert in the world outside of the polar regions, and its 40,500-odd square miles of red and burnt-orange plains stretch as far as the eye can see. The drive through the desert marks a stretch of the Pan-American Highway, a network of roads measuring around 19,000 miles in total; an admirable notch on any road-trip fiend's travel belt.

  • 4 days ago
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    Wife Reads Out Husband's Affair Texts Instead Of Vows At Wedding

    Wedding days are a nerve-racking time for most involved, but usually it’s the good kind of nerves. You know the type: butterflies in your stomach, your heart racing in anticipation for the next step in your life. One bride-to-be experienced a completely different type of nerves though when she stood at the alter and revealed the sordid details of her husband-to-be’s affair to her wedding congregation.

  • 7 days ago
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    China has an "Artificial Sun" and it Just Hit 100 Million Degrees Celsius

    China continues to do its best to allay fears about its rise by generating headlines that feel like they’re coming out of the headquarters of The Grinch or, perhaps more timely, a Stan Lee-imagined baddie. The latest? Oh, just the testing of an artificial sun.

  • 8 days ago
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    Quantum 'compass' promises navigation without using GPS

    GPS is vital to modern navigation, but it's extremely fragile. Never mind coverage -- if a satellite fails or there's a jamming attack, it quickly becomes useless. Scientists may have a much more robust answer, though. Scientists have demonstrated a "commercially viable" quantum accelerometer that could provide navigation without GPS or other satellite technology. The device uses lasers to cool atoms to extremely low temperatures, and then measures the quantum wave properties...

  • 8 days ago
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    The Perceptive Paradox

    All perception is created by the brain, which is therefore illusory and limited by its own function. Because of a certain way the neurons within our brain get fired on specific inputs, they give a distinct output or reaction expressed in our physical reality. A visual of a pizza advertisement gives you a pleasurable craving which can then be converted into an output action, for example.

  • 10 days ago
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    Elephants are evolving to lose their tusks

    The oldest elephants wandering Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park bear the indelible markings of the civil war that gripped the country for 15 years: Many are tuskless. They’re the lone survivors of a conflict that killed about 90 percent of these beleaguered animals, slaughtered for ivory to finance weapons and for meat to feed the fighters.

  • 11 days ago
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    In the balance: scientists vote on first change to kilogram in a century

    For the band of specialists in the much-overlooked arena of metrology, it will be the most profound moment in more than a century. Since 1889, one of the pillars of the science, the kilogram, has been defined by a lump of metal held in a triple-locked vault in a lab on the outskirts of Paris. It is the one true kilogram in the world.

  • 12 days ago
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    Active Ingredient In Marijuana Reduced Alzheimer's-Like Effects In Mice

    A substance that gives pot its kick appears to reduce the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease – at least in mice. In mice that had been genetically tweaked to develop symptoms like those of Alzheimer's, animals that received a synthetic form of tetrahydrocannabinol for six weeks performed as well as healthy mice on a memory test, scientists reported Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Over 2,765,000,000 throw away cups will not get recycled this year in the UK

    Almost 3,000,000,000 single use cups are set to be used in the UK this year – and just one in 25 of them will get recycled. New figures – buried in a report released on budget day – reveal the shocking scale of the problem despite pledges to tackle the mountain of waste heading for landfill. Campaigners have accused the government of ‘sitting on its hands’ and doing little to combat the issue despite growing public outrage.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Data details dynamically driven double-degenerate double-detonation supernova theory

    The identification of three white dwarf stars zooming at hyper-fast velocities might provide evidence to support an alternative theory explaining the formation of Type 1a supernovae, researchers say. Type 1a supernovae, orthodoxy holds, arise when two white dwarf stars locked in a binary orbit merge with each other, kick-starting a runaway nuclear fusion reaction and consequent massive explosion.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Brain cancer: drink that makes tumours glow could make surgery more effective

    Fluorescent marker accumulates in the fastest-growing cells, helping surgeons pinpoint tumours and leave healthy tissue alone

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Why You Don't Have: OCD

    This week's blog post looks at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, why it's so hard to diagnose, and what can be done about it.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    The iPad finally moves to USB-C

    Lightning had a good run, but it’s time to switch everything to USB-C. Apple finally dropped the Lightning port with the new iPad Pro. And the USB-C port is much more versatile than Lightning. For instance, you can plug a 5K display to your iPad Pro and show some video on the external display.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    The Abandoned Graveyards on a Thawing Arctic Island

    HERSCHEL ISLAND, ALSO KNOWN AS Qikiqtaryuk, is fragile and losing ground. The whalers are long gone, and the Inuvialuit who once called it home now only pass through every once in a while, as a seasonal place to camp, or as a stopover while they’re out hunting. This 45-square-mile island in the Beaufort Sea, north of the Arctic Circle, is largely abandoned, and threatened by erosion and rapidly vanishing permafrost.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Study: Ozone pollution may be linked to a type of bleeding stroke

    Exposure to the main ingredient in smog may be linked to a type of bleeding stroke, according to new research. Studies have shown an association between clot-caused ischemic stroke, the most common type, and fine particulate matter such as air pollution from car exhaust. But few, if any, have investigated how air pollution like ground-level ozone impacts intracerebral hemorrhage, a bleeding type of stroke which accounts for about 10 percent of all strokes and happens when a weakened vessel ruptu...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Single-use plastics ban backed by Euro MPs

    The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    NASA to soon end active efforts to restore contact with Opportunity

    NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for more than four months after a major dust storm, but will continue to listen for signals from the spacecraft for months to come. Opportunity, which has been on Mars since January 2004, last contacted Earth June 10. A powerful globe-spanning dust storm blocked the sun and deprived the rover of solar power, putting it into a low-power mode.

  • 1 month ago
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    Mars could have enough molecular oxygen to support life, and scientists figured out where to find it

    Modern-day Mars may be more hospitable to oxygen-breathing life than previously thought.

  • 1 month ago
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    Netflix plans to raise another 2 billion USD from debt markets

    Netflix eyes debt markets for the second time this year in an effort to raise another 2 billion USD. The aim of the video streaming giant is to invest substantial amounts in creating their own productions and in acquiring content against the increasing competition. The move has led to a fall of its stock, as investors are worried about the rising costs of huge investments planned for the next years.