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You can study a painting by taking a step back and studying its composition, but you can also get in closer, examining the brush strokes and the paint. Some researchers are getting extremely close, magnifying the tiniest details and exposing previously hidden secrets. Last month, researchers from Northwestern University announced that they had developed a
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LONDON (Reuters) – It would be irresponsible for any scientist to conduct human gene-editing studies in people, and a central registry of research plans should be set up to ensure transparency, World Health Organization experts said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Maryam MirzakhaniCourtesy of Stanford News Service While Thirdsday and Pi Day have passed for 2019, don’t fret: there are still mathematical holidays to celebrate this year! Between Pi Day (March 14) and Tau Day (June 28) – a celebration of the mathematical constant tau, which is equal
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Miyake died in 1982, just as his invention was gaining global traction.Google Today’s Google Doodle honors inventor Seiichi Miyake, who developed the tactile pavement that helps visually impaired people navigate street crossings and transit stations. If you’ve walked around a city lately, you may have noticed
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cheerful elderly coupleGetty How lifelong inequalities add up is one of the hottest issues in academic gerontology. A new book from Boston University professor Deborah Carr, the editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology, provides a much-needed reality check on the nation’s plans for dealing with retirement. Titled Golden Years? Social Inequalities In Later Life, Carr’s book brings home a
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Humans developed tool use some 2.5 million years ago in Africa. The first tools were made from chipped cobbles or larger flakes that had been carefully selected for size and weight. Simple stone tools persisted almost unchanged until about 250,000 years ago, only then more elaborate
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A Russian cosmonaut and two US astronauts arrived Friday at the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, five months after the failed launch of a rocket carrying two of the passengers. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his Russian colleague Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a dramatically aborted Soyuz launch last year, were joined
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The multiverse idea states that there are an arbitrarily large number of Universes like our own out there, embedded in our Multiverse. It’s possible, but not necessary, for other pockets within the Multiverse to exist where the laws of physics are different. Look out at the Universe all you want, with arbitrarily powerful technology, and
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Artist’s concept. The surface of Mars.Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech Scan the stark Martian surface, and see a dry, dead world. Nothing could survive there, researchers say. The surface is doused by cosmic radiation, devoid of liquid water, and devastatingly cold—last night’s low was 141 below zero F. To sum it up: “The surface is inhospitable,”
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Demis Hassabis, chief executive officer and cofounder of DeepMind Technologies Ltd. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg© 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP DeepMind’s ethics board has been a closely guarded secret ever since the artificial intelligence company was acquired by Google in 2014. But a new report from Hal Hodson at The Economist sheds some light on how the ethics board came
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Deposit Photos Enhanced By CogWorld Introduction Even though neuroscience has made amazing advances, the origin of consciousness in humans — and its nature and processes — still remain largely unknown; the underlying physiological mechanisms of generating conscious beings are still not clearly understood. However, with the advances in brain mapping and neuroscience, we are perhaps
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When Betelgeuse goes Supernova what will be the effects on Earth (not just the radiation but also the ejected gas shell)? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Corey S. Powell, former editor in chief of Discover, on
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin #trashtag challenge photos by Byron Román on Facebook, which prompted a resurgence of the #trashtag challengehttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156466235064055&set=a.10150601078734055&type=3&theater A new challenge has gone viral and this one is prompting people around the world to clean up their nearby green areas and post before/after photos. The space in which
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FILE PHOTO: A Toyota logo is displayed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp, one of the world’s largest automakers, and Japan’s space agency said on Tuesday they had agreed to cooperate in developing a manned lunar rover that runs
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin At least we’re not still calling it “the information superhighway.”Google The World Wide Web turns 30 today — the perfect occasion for a Google Doodle. We tend to use the terms “Web” and “Internet” pretty interchangeably these days (except that almost nobody actually calls it the
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On Valentine’s Day 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that El Niño officially arrived. The climate agency stated in a press release: El Niño conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together, and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and ENSO forecaster. “While sea surface
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NASA has captured unprecedented photos of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft, part of its research into developing planes that can fly faster than sound without thunderous “sonic booms”. When an aircraft crosses that threshold – around 1,225 kilometres (760 miles) per hour at sea level – it produces waves from the pressure
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Raspberry Pi’s like this one have helped make Sony’s manufacturing facility in Wales 30% more efficient, according to its general manager. Image via Sony Open a box with a Raspberry Pi and it can seem like the rest of the computer is missing. Costing just $35, it’s a stripped-down circuit board covered with metal pins and squares,
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Clockwise from top left, the asteroids shown here are 29 Amphitrite, 324 Bamberga, 2 Pallas, and 89 JuliaCredit: ESO/Vernazza et al. Pallas, our solar system’s third largest and wholly unexplored asteroid, is the target for a potential SmallSat NASA flyby mission for possible launch in 2022. This remnant protoplanet, in fact, remains the largest unexplored
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Whoopie Goldberg just revealed that she went through an ordeal. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage,)Getty Recently, Whoopi Goldberg has been out of The View and out of view in general. This prompted some conspiracy theories on social media such as: Whoopi Goldberg’s absence from The View (she’s sick, they say) since the day after they announced
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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon, a finding that may prove beneficial as the agency plans to put astronauts back on the lunar surface. Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) — the instrument aboard LRO — measured sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the
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