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  • ABC News

    Russia: Space Ship Malfunctions, Breaks up Over Siberia

    An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said. The Progress MS-04 cargo craft broke up at an altitude of 190 kilometers (118 miles) over the remote Russian Tuva region in Siberia that borders Mongolia, Roscosmos said in a statement. It said most of spaceship's debris burnt up as it entered the atmosphere but some fell to Earth over what it called an uninhabited area. Local people reported seeing a flash of light and hearing a loud thud west of the regional capital of Kyzyl, more than 3,600 kilometers (2,200 miles) east of Moscow, the Tuva government

  • ABC News

    SpaceX Shooting for Mid-December Launch, 1st Since Blast

    SpaceX is shooting for a mid-December launch, its first since a dramatic rocket accident on the pad. Iridium Communications Inc. said Thursday that 10 of its satellites will be aboard the SpaceX Falcon rocket tentatively scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Dec. 16. That would end a 3 ?-month launch hiatus by SpaceX. The Federal Aviation Administration must first sign off on the accident investigation. SpaceX says the investigation is nearly complete. A massive fireball engulfed a Falcon rocket on the pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 1. The rocket's helium pressurization system was breached as fueling was underway for a test firing. Engineers have zeroed

  • Researchers Figure Out the Reason for Your Cat’s Weird Tongue with a Giant 3D Model
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    Researchers Figure Out the Reason for Your Cat’s Weird Tongue with a Giant 3D Model

    Your cat’s cute lil’ pink tongue has long been a source of terror for anyone who has looked too closely at it. For larger cats, it was assumed that they had rough tongues to help them scrape bloody meat from bone — because your cat is nothing if not a scaled-down lion or tiger, never forget that — but now, researchers at Georgia Tech have uncovered another purpose to the many tiny hooks adorning a kitty’s tongue.

  • Bernie Sanders burns the House Science Committee for promoting a misleading article on climate change
    Business Insider

    Bernie Sanders burns the House Science Committee for promoting a misleading article on climate change

    On Thursday, The House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted a misleading article published by Breitbart about the state of the global climate. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists," the tweet read. Breitbart then states, without any evidence, that "the news has been greeted with an eerie silence by the world's alarmist community," a term used by climate science doubters to describe climate scientists and the reporters who cover their work.

  • New conservative ‘watch list’ targets professors for advancing ‘leftist propaganda’
    Washington Post

    New conservative ‘watch list’ targets professors for advancing ‘leftist propaganda’

    It’s called “Professor Watchlist,” which, according to the website, is a listing of professors at U.S. colleges and universities who allegedly “discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” It’s not the first such list of academics who say/do one thing or another that some people find threatening, but it is the newest, having been started late last month. Critics have said it is an assault on academic freedom. The watch list is a project of the nonprofit organization Turning Point USA, which, according to its website, is a national movement that seeks to “educate students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets.” The nonprofit’s founder and executive director is 23-year-old Charlie Kirk, who, according to the Daily Herald, graduated from Wheeling High School in Illinois and then turned down an invitation to attend Baylor University and took some education classes at Harper College in Palatine, Ill., while he founded the nonprofit.

  • United Launch Alliance’s RocketBuilder Is the Best Online Configurator Yet
    The Drive

    United Launch Alliance’s RocketBuilder Is the Best Online Configurator Yet

    United Launch Alliance has launched (no pun intended) a new online configurator that lets you design and build the rocket of your dreams on your home computer. To be fair, ULA’s online configurator for its Atlas V rocket—which you can access here—is a little more complex than your average automaker’s build-your-own website.

  • ABC News

    Nations OK European Space Agency's Mission to Mars in 2020

    Nations have approved an additional 440 million euros ($469 million) to fund the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars. As part of the ExoMars mission, the agency this year sent an orbiter and a test lander to the red planet. The Trace Gas Orbiter was successfully deployed but the Schiaparelli lander malfunctioned and a href='https://www.apnews.com/57477f19a45b4751a27ab57971e4d4b9/Hard-crash-landing-may-have-wrecked-Europe's-Mars-probe'crashed on the surface/a of Mars, raising fears about the next stage of the mission. Despite the crash, officials meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Friday approved the budget that ESA said it requires to send a rover to Mars in 2020. In all, member states

  • Human ancestor 'Lucy' adept at tree climbing as well as walking
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    Human ancestor 'Lucy' adept at tree climbing as well as walking

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking, an ability that in her case may have proven fatal. Researchers on Wednesday announced the results of an intensive analysis of the 3.18 million-year-old fossils of Lucy, a member of a species early in the human evolutionary lineage known as Australopithecus afarensis. The scans of Lucy's arm bones showed they were heavily built, like chimpanzees, indicating that members of this species spent significant time climbing in trees and used their arms to pull themselves up in the branches.

  • Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed
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    Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed

    The remains of a 5,000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt. The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, in an Arabic language statement.

  • Magic mushrooms ease anxiety in cancer patients, studies show
    Mashable

    Magic mushrooms ease anxiety in cancer patients, studies show

    SEE ALSO: Ecstasy can reduce fears and stress in PTSD patients. Burgess was among 29 participants in a small clinical trial to see whether psilocybin — a banned substance in the United States — could ease anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

  • Bloomberg

    Russia Is Building Its Own Silicon Valley in Siberia

    Sixty years ago, the Soviet Union tried to turn the Siberian city of Akademgorodok into a scientific outpost. It tempted engineers and researchers to live in the middle of nowhere by offering them spacious apartments, delicious food, and the promise

  • World cities seek $375 bn to fight climate change
    AFP

    World cities seek $375 bn to fight climate change

    The world's big cities will need $375 billion of investment to curb climate change, a large gathering of mayors heard in Mexico on Thursday. Together we will seek that money," said the new president of the C40 network of big cities, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. If that amount is made available "humanity will have a chance of surviving," she told a gathering of C40 mayors in Mexico.

  • It’s official: 4 new elements added to periodic table have formal names
    Washington Post

    It’s official: 4 new elements added to periodic table have formal names

    Oh, hello, oganesson. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the century-old organization charged with maintaining the periodic table, finally announced it had approved the names of four new elements. These monikers, attached to new heavy elements, were the result of an almost year-long process. In December 2015, IUPAC made the first of several broadcasts: Four elements, Nos. 113, 115, 117 and 118, met the criteria for inclusion in the periodic table. The seventh, bottom row of the periodic table was complete. In June, IUPAC announced the tentative names. And on Nov. 28, after a five-month waiting period during which IUPAC accepted public comments, the organization released an

  • France detects H5N8 bird flu on duck farm
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    France detects H5N8 bird flu on duck farm

    PARIS –  France has detected a case of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu on a duck farm in the southwest, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. The outbreak, which killed 2,000 out of a flock of 5,000 ducks on the farm in the Tarn region, follows a case of H5N8 confirmed among wild birds in northern France this week and is the latest of a series of outbreaks in Europe.

  • Leaning San Francisco Tower Seen Sinking From Space
    Popular Mechanics

    Leaning San Francisco Tower Seen Sinking From Space

    Engineers in San Francisco have tunneled underground to try and understand the sinking of the 58-story Millennium Tower. The European Space Agency has released detailed data from satellite imagery that shows the skyscraper in San Francisco's financial district is continuing to sink at a steady rate-and perhaps faster than previously known. The luxury high-rise that opened its doors in 2009 has been dubbed the Leaning Tower of San Francisco.

  • These 8 Winter Boots Are the Safest for Icy Conditions
    Travel+Leisure

    These 8 Winter Boots Are the Safest for Icy Conditions

    Leave it to Canadians to determine which footwear you should rely on for icy conditions this winter. Researchers at the Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology labsat the Torontos Rehabilitation Institute used simulatedicy winter conditions to test 98 pairs of winter boots for safety. The eight brands with the highest score achieved only one snowflake, though the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute says it has been working with footwear manufacturers to test prototypes that earned two and three snowflakes.

  • NPR.org

    Russian Supply Rocket Breaks Apart En Route To Space Station

    An unmanned cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station was destroyed after takeoff on Thursday. The Russian rocket took off as planned from Baikonur, Kazahkstan, on Thursday morning but stopped transmitting data about six minutes into its flight, as NPR's Rae Ellen Bichell reported: "Russian officials say the spacecraft failed ... when it was about 100 miles above a remote part of Siberia. "The ship was carrying more than 2 1/2 tons of supplies — including food, fuel and clothes. Most of that very likely burned up as the unmanned spacecraft fell back toward Earth. "NASA says the six crew members on board the International Space station, including two Americans, are well stocked for

  • Scientists Pinpoint How to Calm Oklahoma's Human-Made Quakes
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    Scientists Pinpoint How to Calm Oklahoma's Human-Made Quakes

    Human-induced earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma in recent years, a state known more for its wide-open plains than havoc-wreaking temblors. This water is pumped as part of the oil and gas production process in Oklahoma and other states in the central and eastern United States. Injecting wastewater from oil and gas extraction into underground wells has occurred for decades in Oklahoma without raising concern over induced seismicity, but in 2009, the rate and volume of injection massively increased, according to the study.

  • “Fatal” security bugs discovered in defibrillators and medical implants
    Digital Trends

    “Fatal” security bugs discovered in defibrillators and medical implants

    A team of researchers found several potentially “fatal” security flaws in 10 different medical implants. Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and the University of Leuven in Belgium discovered vulnerabilities in the software and signals that communicate with implant devices. The device manufacturer name has not been disclosed but researchers said the bugs have since been patched by the maker before the research paper was made public.

  • US lead on AI will shrink without more funding and education
    Engadget

    US lead on AI will shrink without more funding and education

    The hearing's only pleasant surprise was its bipartisan support. Senators from both sides of the aisle, along with Cruz, all took the expert panel's testimony seriously. Granted, AI still has the the new-car smell of a nascent field with great potential, which could boost US labor productivity by 40%, Cruz said in his introductory remarks. Golden bullet it might seem, but even the current experiments using AI to assist or solely could take a chunk out of the 35,000 annual vehicular deaths, 94% of which are caused by human error, committee member Senator Gary Peters noted. Artificial intelligence could save even more lives, said the hearing's first witness, Microsoft Research Lab's managing director

  • Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award
    AFP

    Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award

    Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said Friday ecologists should "not lose hope" in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including US President-elect Donald Trump. "These are uncertain times, but I want to tell people to continue their work and not bother about it," Basu, born in Dubai to Indian parents, told AFP in The Hague, where she was awarded the prestigious International Children's Peace Prize. World leaders, CEOs, negotiators and activists attending a UN conference earlier this month in Marrakesh voiced concern following the election of Trump, who has vowed to withdraw the US from a hard-won global agreement on climate change.

  • Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction
    Associated Press

    Thomas Edison's lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction

    Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected. Six keys in all from the famous inventor's Menlo Park home and work place will be auctioned Saturday in Dallas, along with five lightbulbs, including two that he created. The items were acquired by Charlie Knudsen, 69, of Pittsburgh and had belonged to his great-aunt.

  • 48 bodies unearthed at Black Plague burial site in England
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    48 bodies unearthed at Black Plague burial site in England

    Archaeologists in England have discovered the remains of 48 victims of the Black Death in a mass grave, just the third such known site of its kind in the United Kingdom. Among the four dozen bodies found at the site, a medieval abbey in Lincolnshire, England, are the remains of 27 children. The pit was excavated over three summers, and now analysis of DNA found in the teeth of the skeletons has pointed a finger at Yersinia pestis, a bacterium and the culprit of the bubonic plague. Radiocarbon dating has placed the site historically in the 14th century. “To our complete surprise, we found a huge medieval mass grave,” Dr Hugh Willmott, a senior lecturer in the archaeology department at the University

  • The Cheat Sheet

    7 Ways That 'Star Trek' Changed the World

    The idea that Star Trek has changed the world might sound as farfetched as some of the USS Enterprise’s spacefaring missions, but the truth is that the science fiction series has directly or indirectly impacted both our present and future. It seems like an absurd statement — when creator Gene Roddenberry was first kicking around the idea in 1964, he probably never imagined that Star Trek would still be around in 2016 with reboots in the pipeline. Here are seven ways that Star Trek changed the world. 1.