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Inexpensive clean energy sounds like a pipe dream. Scientists have long thought that nuclear fusion, the type of reaction that powers stars like the Sun, could be one way to make it happen, but the reaction has been too difficult to maintain.  Now, we’re closer than ever before to making it happen — physicists from the University of
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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the nation’s largest protected area, stretches over half-a-million square miles of sea and land in Hawaii. It also includes wonderfully odd and stretchy critters, as a research team aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus observed Thursday. The Nautilus, operated by the nonprofit Ocean Exploration Trust, has been streaming excursions online since 2012. (The Nautilus team
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Why is communication with physicians & and healthcare providers (clinictions as well as general staff) so difficult? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by David Chan, MD from UCLA, Stanford oncology fellowship, on Quora: People have an unrealistic
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin An artist’s rendering of the AI. SpaceFactory MARSHA habitat.AI. SpaceFactory This is part three of a three-part series on Martian infrastructure. You can read Part One on Martian communications infrastructure here and Part Two on resource development on Mars here. You’re an astronaut living and working
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Are addictions a byproduct of evolution, or do they serve a purpose? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Franklin Veaux, entrepreneur, on Quora: Addictions are a byproduct of chemical warfare. Plants evolved chemicals like caffeine, opioids, nicotine,
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BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) – From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth’s last frontiers – the sea floor – to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones. FILE PHOTO: A bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth is pictured at a laboratory of Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor
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It’s been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it’s already been switched on. China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. It’s also designed
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Mosquito control is key to limit the spread of the potentially deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV). Here Sarah MacGregor (C), owner of Dragon Mosquito Control, speaks to employee Andrea Frey while fellow employee Devin Hanington looks on, while spraying a swamp for mosquitoes. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) Its acronym is appropriately EEE. Because, “eeeee”,
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As of this writing, flood waters continue to rise in many areas of North Carolina and points north and east due to the tremendous rainfall brought by (former) Hurricane Florence. Both North and South Carolina set records for the greatest precipitation associated with tropical systems. As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolina coast, forecasts called for
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What do most people misunderstand about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Paul Mainwood, Doctorate in Philosophy of Physics, on Quora: Most people get the logic of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity entirely backwards.
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Early on the night of May 5, a team of scientists snuck out onto the white beaches of south Florida to attach a transmitter in the shell of a nesting leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). They nicknamed her Isla, and for months, members of the non-profit organisation Florida Leatherbacks, Inc. have been following this turtle as
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For hundreds of years, geologists have thought the modern-day British mainland was formed by the collision of two ancient land masses, Avalonia and Laurentia. Now, new research suggests a third continent was involved – Armorica, which today makes up the northwestern region of France. That’s according to some geological detective work that considers, among other
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Our lifestyle and daily routine can impact significantly the environment. A 2016 study of pollutants in Great Britain showed, not surprisingly, traces of pesticides, derived from farming, and PAHs, polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons derived from burning fuel, in the groundwater. A cup of coffee. Image by Wikipedia/Julius Schorzman ,
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In coming weeks, long after Hurricane Florence’s winds and rains have faded, its aftermath will still pose life-threatening hazards: snakes, submerged sharp objects, bacterial infections and disease-carrying mosquitoes. People are trapped by floodwaters and facing dwindling supplies of medicines, food and drinking water. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a danger as people crank up portable generators,
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The Weather Channel’s incredible visualization powered by the Unreal EngineYouTube – The Weather Channel Hurricane Florence may have been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, but the Carolinas are still reeling from one of the worst storms to hit the area in recent memory, with the death toll reaching 32, around
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It was called the Storegga Slide: a massive underwater landslide off the coast of Norway, which generated a towering 20-metre-high (66 ft) tsunami sweeping across the UK’s Shetland Islands. Luckily, that ancient wave of destruction – which also struck mainland Scotland, Norway, and Greenland – happened over 8,000 years ago, leading scientists to think such
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HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) – SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. FILE PHOTO: Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan’s popular fashion shopping site Zozotown
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This portrait of Goodricke was painted shortly before his death.James Scouler, 1785 September 17 marks the 254th birthday of astronomer John Goodricke, whose brief career laid the groundwork for much of what we know today about variable stars. Like far too many children of his era, Goodricke fell seriously ill as a young boy. We’ll
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HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) – SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger as Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. FILE PHOTO: Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan’s popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today
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