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French long-distance swimmer Benoît Lecomte shows off a toothbrush that he found in the ocean. He did not use it to brush his teeth. (Photo: Courtesy of @thevortexswim) Courtesy of @thevortexswim There are two bits of microplastic news from this weekend. One of them is garbage, and the other is poop. First the garbage. On Saturday, 52-year-old
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Pathogens, brace yourselves. The winter is coming effect can prematurely end your outbreak, even if conditions initially seem to be in your favor. Mosquitos carry virus, like those that Zika. Environmental conditions that mosquitos and the virus are exposed to can influence if an outbreak occurs or not. Getty A new study released this week
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India’s first moon lander Vikram successfully separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Monday at 1:15pm, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). According to ISRO, the Vikram Lander is currently located in an orbit of 119km x 127km. The Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in its existing orbit. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprises three
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A protestor holds a sign that says “Stop!,” along with a drawn marijuana leaf and the initials “D.E.A.” Supporters of medical marijuana use and distribution gathered to protest recent raids and closures of stores by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Last week, the federal government announced it would begin processing dozens of
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Science doesn’t tell you what these butterflies are doing, it tells you what we think they’re doing, maybe. Free for commercial use (via PIxabay) We are surrounded by nature. By flying things, buzzing things, crawling things. We feel forces of attraction and repulsion. Something are loud
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Ceres’ lonely mountain, Ahuna Mons, is seen in this simulated perspective view. The elevation has been exaggerated by a factor of two. The view was made using enhanced-color images from NASA’s Dawn mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are independently talking about launching sample return missions to the dwarf planet
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday said it has successfully performed the fourth lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, that is currently in the lunar orbit for its rendezvous with the Moon. All spacecraft parameters are normal, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said after the manoeuvre on the spacecraft. “Fourth Lunar
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Brands are beginning to realize the power of incorporating diversity and inclusivity in their marketing and product development. Cadbury Cadbury At Adobe Annual Conference in 2018, Matt May, Adobe’s head of inclusive design, stressed that “the time is now to rethink how designers create products with diversity and inclusion in mind.” Most recently, I have seen a new
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Scientists have picked up electrical activity in pea-sized, lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our grey matter develops. It’s not clear whether the mini-brains are conscious — the team behind the breakthrough suspect they’re not but can’t say for sure — opening
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JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 15: Smoke emitting from seawater desalination plant, Jizan Province, Jizan, Saudi Arabia on December 15, 2018 in Jizan, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images) Corbis via Getty Images Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce federal oversight of methane that
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Jack Ma believes artificial intelligence poses no threat to humanity, but Elon Musk called that “famous last words” as the billionaire tech tycoons faced off Thursday in an occasionally animated debate on futurism in Shanghai. The Chinese co-founder of Alibaba and the maverick industrialist behind Tesla and SpaceX frequently pulled pained expressions and raised eyebrows
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Updated at 10:39 am and 10:55 am on August 29th to reflect the National Hurricane Center 11 am AST update. By now, you should be hearing about Hurricane Dorian from meteorologists like me. I want to “cut to the chase “and say that the concern and “hype” for this storm is very much warranted. I
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Apeel’s technology could tripe the shelf life of perishable fruit and veg and reduce prices. The central market in Tapiales, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt. AFP/Getty Images While preventing fruit and vegetables from over-ripening too fast, Apeel Sciences itself is maturing rapidly. Following their successful roll-out of avocados with longer shelf-life in
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(Reuters) – SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company’s Mars rocket on Tuesday, unnerving residents near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s interplanetary ambitions. SpaceX’s Mars Starship prototype “Starhopper” hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Trevor Mahlmann
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27, 2019: A dead, fallen Joshua tree decomposes on the ground in Joshua Tree National Park in California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Getty Images Earlier this year a United Nations report predicted that up to one million species
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The telemetry, tracking and command network of the Indian space agency (ISTRAC) performed the third lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, the agency said on Wednesday. “The next lunar-bound orbit manoeuvre is scheduled on August 30 between 6-7pm IST,” ISRO said, adding that spacecraft parameters are normal. “The manoeuvre was performed successfully today (Wednesday) beginning
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A recent study has identified which strains of a common parasite carried by cats is killing sea otters along the coast of California Wild sea otter, Enhydra lutris, preening itself and generally being cute in Morro Bay, California.(Credit: Michael L. Baird / CC BY 2.0) Michael L. Baird via a Creative Commons license It has
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Wasteful spending constitutes an estimated 34% of U.S. healthcare, exceeding $1 trillion annually, and can be attributed to factors such as prevention failures, duplicate services, and over-treatment that could be eliminated without impacting patients. We are operating within a healthcare system that is reactive, inefficient, and overly reliant on trial and error. So what should
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(Reuters) – SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company’s Mars rocket on Tuesday, rattling the nerves of people living near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s interplanetary ambitions. SpaceX’s Mars Starship prototype “Starhopper” hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. August
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Blue carbon ecosystems, such as seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and salt marshes, store away a disproportionate amount of carbon. Often overlooked in blue carbon assessments, seaweed fragments that travel into the open ocean are a mechanism to permanently store blue carbon at depth or on the seafloor. Seaweed, also known as macroalage, sequester blue carbon.
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Getty Getty Podcasts are increasingly becoming a source of information and communication. Right now, there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 million podcast episodes. According to Apple in 2018, these numbers stood at 550,000 and 18.5 million respectively. So, there has been a staggering increase in both the number of new podcasts
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A time-lapse photo like this composition reminds us that photographs are normally snapshots of locations at particular moments, with each moment distinct and unique from the last. In the context of relativity, time is not just a coordinate, but a dimension all unto itself. flickr user Anthony Pucci If you were asked to describe how
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A still image, taken from a video footage and released by Russian space agency Roscosmos, shows robot Skybot F-850, also known as FEDOR, inside the Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft carried by Soyuz-2.1a booster after the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan August 22, 2019. Russian space agency Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian
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People 50 and older have a lot to look forward to, according to Juvenescence’s Greg Bailey—mainly that we won’t be aging as fast or poorly as our parents. “Science fiction has become science,” said the UK-based anti-aging biotech’s CEO about the company’s completing its $100 million Series B round of financing last week. “I think the
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US space agency NASA is investigating what may be the first crime committed in outer space, The New York Times reported Saturday. Astronaut Anne McClain is accused of identity theft and improperly accessing her estranged wife’s private financial records while on a sixth-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Times said. The astronaut’s
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FILE PHOTO: A white rhino walks at the Nairobi National Park, near Nairobi, Kenya, December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo NAIROBI (Reuters) – Seven eggs from the world’s last two remaining northern white rhinos have been successfully fertilized artificially, reviving hopes of saving the endangered animals, scientists said on Monday. The world’s last male northern
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin ICELAND – 2017/06/30: Portrait of an Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), also known as the common puffin, with its beak full of sand eels sitting at the seabird colony near Borgarfjordur in eastern Iceland. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket LightRocket via Getty Images In the 19th century, Atlantic
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NASA astronaut Nick Hague with the BioFabrication Facility (BFF) aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are conducting some pretty amazing experiments. One of the most amazing ones uses 3D bioprinters to create organ-like structures in space. That’s because printing complex structures inside organs has proven difficult in Earth’s
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Sharks and rays are painted as these solitary predators, but this isn’t the case for all of the species. And this was shown by research recently published by scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Macquarie University, the University of Papua, and the University of York. The researchers found that manta rays form social relationships and
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin There is no question that fake news is a real problem. Especially in online venues, it’s hard for people to filter what is from legitimate sources and what is not. But now, in addition to reinforcing people’s biases or swaying people’s opinions in harmful directions, a
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Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan’s Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose
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The Amazon fires have finally started to garner the attention of the world. The wildfires and deforestation, mostly in Brazil, are an ecological, political, and societal disaster. The rainforest ecosystem provides oxygen, takes in carbon dioxide, supplies water vapor for the global weather-climate system, and hosts untapped medicinal benefits. The loss of trees and the
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