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    Preparing for discovery with NASA's Parker Solar Probe

    Weeks after Parker Solar Probe made the closest-ever approach to a star, the science data from the first solar encounter is just making its way into the hands of the mission's scientists. It's a moment many in the field have been anticipating for years, thinking about what they'll do with such never-before-seen data, which has the potential to shed new light on the physics of our star, the Sun.

  • 2 days ago
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    Swarms of bionic bees could monitor farms with electronic backpacks

    As clever as we humans like to think we are, plenty of things we invent have already been done more effectively by nature. Our drones are pretty handy, but nature's drones – bees – are far more efficient. Rather than building our own buzzing robots from scratch, researchers at the University of Washington have created tiny suites of sensors that bees can wear like backpacks, to help gather data from their environment.

  • 3 days ago
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    In 200 years, humans reversed a climate trend lasting 50 million years, study says

    What do scientists see when comparing our future climate with the past? In less than 200 years, humans have reversed a multimillion-year cooling trend, new research suggests. If global warming continues unchecked, Earth in 2030 could resemble its former self from 3 million years ago, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds.

  • 3 days ago
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    Trump Battles Pelosi and Schumer Over Wall Funding and a Government Shutdown

    President Trump on Tuesday vowed to block full funding for the government if Democrats refuse his demand for a border wall, saying he was “proud to shut down the government for border security” — an extraordinary statement that came during a televised altercation with Democratic congressional leaders. “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government — this country needs border security...

  • 3 days ago
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    Rep. Steve King Wants to Hunt Down Liberals Inside Google

    Rep. Steve King demanded from Google CEO Sundar Pichi the names of employees who work on the company's search algorithm, saying he wants to scour their social media to see if they're biased against conservatives. King said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday Republicans “need to know who they are and look at their social media.” Pichai said Google typically doesn’t monitor its employees social media, saying they’re allowed to have their own political opinions,...

  • 4 days ago
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    Bitcoin in 2019: The Definitive Guide | Stadivm.com

    Money and technology have each had starring roles in the story of human civilization. Individually, both hold a special allure to us. The adoption of the use of currency has propelled our collective ability to trade, and for better or worse, the accumulation of currency acts a primary measuring stick of status in society. Our long-standing love affair with technology, research and scientific exploration, seems as much an inherent part of who we are as organisms, as it is a conscious choice that ...

  • 8 days ago
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    Acrobatic geckos can even race on water’s surface

    Geckos are renowned for their acrobatic feats on land and in the air, but a new discovery that they can also run on water puts them in the superhero category, says a University of California, Berkeley, biologist. “They can run up a wall at a meter per second, they can glide, they can right themselves in midair with a twist of their tail and rapidly invert under a leaf running at full speed. And now they can run at a meter per second over water. Nothing else can do that; geckos are superheroes,...

  • 10 days ago
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    Trump, Looking Beyond GM, Seeks to End All Electric Car Tax Credits, Kudlow Says

    President Trump’s top economic adviser said the administration is looking to eliminate subsidies on electric cars, a move that could hamper the auto industry’s push to broaden the market for battery-powered vehicles. “As a matter of our policy, we want to end all those subsidies,” Lawrence Kudlow said on Monday. “And by the way, other subsidies imposed during the Obama administration—renewables, etc. We are a free market.”

  • 12 days ago
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    Cosmic Airburst May Have Wiped Out Part of the Middle East 3,700 Years Ago

    Some 3,700 years ago, a meteor or comet exploded over the Middle East, wiping out human life across a swath of land called Middle Ghor, north of the Dead Sea, say archaeologists who have found evidence of the cosmic airburst. The airburst "in an instant, devastated approximately 500 km2 [about 200 square miles] immediately north of the Dead Sea, not only wiping out 100 percent of the [cities] and towns, but also stripping agricultural soils from once-fertile fields and covering the eastern ...

  • 13 days ago
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    Snowpack declines may stunt tree growth and forests' ability to store carbon emissions

    Researchers conducting a 5-year-long study examining snow cover in a northern hardwood forest region found that projected changes in climate could lead to a 95 percent reduction of deep-insulating snowpack in forest areas across the northeastern United States by the end of the 21st century. The loss of snowpack would likely result in a steep reduction of forests' ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide and filter pollutants from the air and water.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Tim Cook may get that US privacy legislation he's expecting in 2019

    A subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee discussed a potential bill on Tuesday, one which could allow the Federal Trade Commission the ability to enforce and produce regulations that telecommunications firms should abide by, as well as levying civil penalties, in order to help protect the personal data of consumers.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    PlayStation VR Borderlands 2 VR and Beat Saber Bundle Launches December 14

    Today, we’re excited to announce the new PlayStation VR Borderlands 2 VR and Beat Saber Bundle that will give you access to two action-packed VR games. Borderlands 2 VR is the latest blockbuster experience to come to the immersive platform, bringing the iconic shooting-looting world of Pandora to life like never before. Virtually become a treasure-seeking Vault Hunter facing off against the galaxy’s most charming psychopathic dictator — Handsome Jack — with nothing but your wits and your...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Opinion | Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?

    I joined Facebook in 2008, and for the most part, I have benefited from being on it. Lately, however, I have wondered whether I should delete my Facebook account. As a philosopher with a special interest in ethics, I am using “should” in the moral sense. That is, in light of recent events implicating Facebook in objectionable behavior, is there a duty to leave it?

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Trump's half-baked offshore drilling plan is not safe

    President Trump’s plan to open California’s iconic coast to unsafe oil and gas drilling is unfolding minute-by-minute. First, he and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed opening the largest swath of our country’s offshore drilling reserves ever offered to oil companies. Then, they proposed rolling back critical safety measures in place to prevent oil spill disasters.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    South Korea closes biggest dog slaughterhouse complex

    South Korean officials on Thursday began to dismantle the country's largest canine slaughterhouse complex, as animal rights activists push to end the custom of eating dog meat. About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy with the greasy red meat -- invariably boiled for tenderness -- believed to increase energy.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    American 'killed by arrow-wielding tribe'

    An American man has been killed by an endangered tribe in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands. Fishermen who took the man to North Sentinel island say tribespeople shot him with arrows and left his body on the beach. He has been identified as John Allen Chau, a 27 year old from Alabama. Contact with the endangered Andaman tribes living in isolation from the world is illegal because of the risks to them from outside disease.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    A homeless man found rare artwork from Disney's 'Bambi' in a trash bin. When it sold for $3,700, the seller tracked him down to split t...

    The homeless man found a ratty picture of Bambi, the Disney character, in a trash bin and brought it to antique dealer Alexander Archbold to get a few bucks. The men had made similar transactions before, and Archbold -- who owns the Curiosity Inc. store in Edmonton, Canada -- is generally quick with his appraisals. But this one was different.