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  • Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested
    Associated Press

    Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested

    A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was being held on $1 million bail Saturday as their shocked colleagues began processing the news. David Jonathan Brown, a 28-year-old brain and cognitive science student, was arrested in the Friday afternoon attack in the heart of the Los Angeles campus. Brown was among just five students who worked in Tjan's lab that studied vision loss.

  • Will President Trump quash scientific progress in America?
    The Week

    Will President Trump quash scientific progress in America?

    The election of Donald Trump has the global scientific community in panic mode. "I am simply stunned," Neal Lane, a Democrat who led the National Science Foundation and served as White House science adviser under President Bill Clinton, told Science. "Trump's election does not bode well for science or most anything else of value." Recently, a group of more than 2,000 scientists wrote an open letter imploring the president-elect not to neglect scientific inquiry during his tenure. Much of this panic stems from Trump's perceived lack of interest in science and fact-based evidence. After all, this is a man who once called climate change a "hoax" created by the Chinese. But what could a Trump presidency

  • Buzz Aldrin: Altitude Sickness Forced South Pole Evacuation
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    Buzz Aldrin: Altitude Sickness Forced South Pole Evacuation

    Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details on Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. Because of the thick ice that blankets Antarctica, the South Pole sits at an elevation of 2,835 meters (9,300 feet). Aldrin said in a statement he still has some congestion in his lungs and so has been advised to rest in New Zealand until it clears up and to avoid the long flight back to the U.S. for now. Aldrin, his son Andrew and

  • Sea Shepherd ships leave to battle Japanese whaling fleet
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    Sea Shepherd ships leave to battle Japanese whaling fleet

    Two ships have left Australia bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Monday. The organisation's flagship Steve Irwin departed for Antarctic waters along with fast new patrol vessel Ocean Warrior, built with financial support from the Dutch, British and Swedish lotteries. It has a powerful water cannon and is capable of outrunning the whalers, which an official at Japan's Fisheries Agency said would be protected by a fleet of patrol boats.

  • A 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco is sinking — here's why it probably won't fall
    Business Insider

    A 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco is sinking — here's why it probably won't fall

    On November 25, new satellite images revealed that San Francisco's Millennium Tower can be seen sinking from space. Recent data provided by the European Space Agency suggests the building will continue to sink at a rate of two inches per year. The building's developers, Millennium Partners, hired engineers to drill holes around the building in order to test soil samples and figure out why the tower is sinking and what can be done to prevent it from sinking further.

  • Good Sports: Longer Lives Linked to Swimming, Racquetball
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    Good Sports: Longer Lives Linked to Swimming, Racquetball

    Many types of exercise are linked to a lower risk of premature death, but activities like racquet sports, swimming and aerobics seem best at improving people's chances of staving off an early demise, according to a new study. Researchers found that people in the study who regularly played racquet sports had a 47 percent lower risk of dying over the course of the nine-year study than people who did not regularly engage in such sports.

  • Four New Super-Heavy Elements Have Now Been Officially Christened
    International Business Times

    Four New Super-Heavy Elements Have Now Been Officially Christened

    Ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium, and ununoctium — these were the temporary names given to four new super-heavy elements by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) back in December. Now, a year later, these elements have been bestowed official names and have earned their spots in the periodic table. Earlier this week, the IUPAC — the organization in charge of naming and categorizing elements, among other things — revealed the official names of the four elements — nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og). The four elements, which have atomic numbers of 113, 115, 117 and 118, respectively, do not occur naturally and were created in labs. Once created,

  • NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf
    Mashable

    NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf

    The breakup of the massive Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is getting closer and will eventually produce an iceberg the size of Delaware prowling the Southern Ocean, according to new NASA data.  On Friday, NASA released an astonishing new image taken

  • Will AI built by a ‘sea of dudes’ understand women? AI’s inclusivity problem
    Digital Trends

    Will AI built by a ‘sea of dudes’ understand women? AI’s inclusivity problem

    Only 26 percent of computer professionals were women in 2013, according to a recent review by the American Association of University Women. Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy, but it’s poised to become the most disruptive technology since the Internet. Last year, a Carnegie Mellon University study found that far fewer women than men were shown Google ads for high paying jobs.

  • Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris
    AFP

    Russian authorities inspecting crashed spacecraft debris

    Authorities in Russia's Siberian region of Tuva on Monday were examining several pieces of the Progress cargo spaceship found after it crashed last week having failed to reach orbit. Two pieces, including a large spherical object, were found by herders over the weekend, while another was discovered in the courtyard of a residential house on Monday, said the region's head Sholban Karaa-ool, warning people not to touch any metal debris. Regional sanitation officials "inspected the spot where two pieces of the spacecraft were found in the Ulug-Khem district, on the side of the mountain and near a yurt," Kara-ool said on his official website.

  • The Columbus Dispatch

    Editorial: Crime labs needs oversight

    Police and prosecutors call it “the CSI effect”: The unrealistic portrayal of forensic science in television dramas has conditioned jurors to expect — and give great credence to — crime-scene evidence tied to the accused through high-tech analysis. Sometimes, the key to identifying a murderer — and sending him to prison or death — is only few fibers, or maybe a single hair, blood patterns, a trace of poison, a boot mark or a tire track. “Wow,” says the viewer. “That’s unbelievable.” And, in real life, it might be: Forensic science is under attack as highly flawed, according to a recent Dispatch article. A lack of standards, training and verification of results is partly to blame. Other times,

  • 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.

  • Associated Press

    Australia considers charging power generators for pollution

    Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday. The conservative government rejected all polluter-pays options in 2014 when it repealed Australia's 3-year-old carbon tax levied against the nation's biggest industrial polluters.

  • What Is a Crawl Space? An Eye-Opening Peek Underneath Your Home
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    What Is a Crawl Space? An Eye-Opening Peek Underneath Your Home

    Home buyers rarely give much thought to what’s right under their feet when touring homes, but they should—particularly if they’re strolling on top of a crawl space. When searching for a home, you might very well see that phrase in the listing features. A crawl space is essentially a hollow area found under some homes between the ground and the first floor. Aside from elevating your home off the ground, a crawl space is a convenient and inconspicuous place to contain the “guts” of the house, such as its air conditioning and heater, duct work, plumbing, and electric wiring.

  • The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
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    The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

    Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week. 1,000-Year-Old Viking Toolbox Found at Mysterious Danish Fortress: A Viking toolbox found in Denmark has been opened

  • Top 10 Mysterious Skeletons Found In Castles
    Listverse

    Top 10 Mysterious Skeletons Found In Castles

    Every year, millions of tourists flock to castles in Europe and the United Kingdom to get a glimpse of the history, romance, and decadence of a bygone era. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed that many of these castles have their own mysteries as well. Here are ten excavations that uncovered the remains of a castle’s past resident. Their identities are still a mystery. 10 Leine Castle Germany In the summer of 2016, construction workers discovered a skeleton hidden in Leine castle. There was no record of a burial, so archaeologists were called to the scene. Experts from Lund University agree that the skeleton is a few centuries old, but its identity is still a mystery. A missing persons

  • ABC News

    Plans to Restore NASA Mission Control Room Remain in Limbo

    Plans to restore the NASA mission control room that served as the nerve center when man first reached the moon have been discussed for more than 20 years, but its restoration and preservation remain in limbo. Officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston say the restoration of Mission Operation Control Room 2 is a priority, but note that NASA has other priorities too. The room was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and retired seven years later. The Houston Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/2g87794 ) reports that last month, Gene Kranz, a flight director during NASA's Gemini and Apollo missions, told a group of preservationists touring the room that it has been "worn of its heart and soul."

  • 50th Anniversary Celebrated for Rice That Prevented Asia Famines
    VOA News

    50th Anniversary Celebrated for Rice That Prevented Asia Famines

    NEW DELHI —  Back in 1966, Nekkanti Subha Rao, a farmer in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh planted a semi-dwarf rice variety developed by the International Rice Research Institute on 1,000 hectares of land. Crossbred from a tall variety in Indonesia and a dwarf variety in China, IR8 was the world’s first high yielding rice and is credited with having prevented famines and sparking the Green Revolution in rice in Asia. As India and the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines celebrate the 50th anniversary of what came to be known as the Miracle Rice, farmer Rao, now 80 years old, recalls the wonder of the moment when he harvested an astonishing 7.5 tons per hectare. “Never

  • MNN - Mother Nature Network

    World's first polluted river flowed through Jordan 7,000 years ago

    Modern pollution exists on a global-industrial scale, but a site in Jordan might be where it all began about 7,000 years ago, before the dawn of the Bronze Age, reports Phys.org. Researchers have uncovered evidence of what might have been history's first polluted river, a now-dry riverbed in the Wadi Faynan region of southern Jordan that appears to have flowed with slag, a waste product from smelting. "These populations were experimenting with fire, experimenting with pottery and experimenting with copper ores, and all three of these components are part of the early production of copper metals from ores," explained Russell Adams from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Waterloo.

  • Accesswire

    NeurAegis Presents Novel Technology at Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenge in Austin, TX

    POMONA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 5, 2016 / Leaders of the global innovation business and defense organizations and related industries met in Austin to accelerate technology solutions in all areas of defense, including energy, cyber, medical, materials and systems. NeurAegis was invited to present its technologies directed at diagnosing and treating various forms of acute neurodegeneration, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). To further its mission, NeurAegis has started the formation of a Board of Scientific Advisors (SAB) with the appointment of several distinguished academic and pharmaceutical scientists.

  • The Death Star would cost $7.8 octillion a day to run
    VentureBeat

    The Death Star would cost $7.8 octillion a day to run

    The British energy supplier Ovo has put some very well-spent hours into a comprehensive calculation of the operating costs of the Death Star, which will return to the spotlight in the December 16th movie Rogue One. To put that absurdly large number in perspective, $7.8 octillion is more than 100 trillion times the $70 trillion annual global economic activity of Earth, or 30 trillion times the roughly $200 trillion in wealth on our little blue planet. Ovo’s analysis, conducted in collaboration with physics blogger Stephen Skolnick and Dartmouth mathematics Professor Alexander Barnett, approaches the granularity of a good business model (if your business is blowing up planets to intimidate a rebellious populace).

  • Why seabirds can’t stop eating plastic
    BostonGlobe.com

    Why seabirds can’t stop eating plastic

    Photos of dead albatrosses filled to bursting with bright-colored bottle caps and knickknacks have become iconic in recent years, and one study even projected that nearly 99 percent of all seabirds will have eaten plastic by 2050. New research from the University of California Davis’s Bodega Marine Lab gives an explanation: Some seabird species may be gobbling up ocean plastics because they smell appetizing. “Before this, we sort of assumed that it was accidental ingestion,” said Lindsay Young, a wildlife biologist in Honolulu and the executive director of Pacific Rim Conservation. In a natural scenario, DMS gets released into the water when zooplankton or other forces break down microscopic marine plants, called phytoplankton.

  • Google's Deepmind Is Going Public for Researchers
    Bloomberg

    Google's Deepmind Is Going Public for Researchers

    Alphabet Inc.’s artificial intelligence division Google DeepMind is making the maze-like game platform it uses for many of its experiments available to other researchers and the general public. DeepMind is putting the entire source code for its training environment -- which it previously called Labyrinth and has now renamed as DeepMind Lab -- on the open-source depository GitHub, the company said Monday. Anyone will be able to download the code and customize it to help train their own artificial intelligence systems. They will also be able to create new game levels for DeepMind Lab and upload these to GitHub. The decision to make this AI test bed available to the public is further evidence of

  • These science superstars just won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize
    TechCrunch

    These science superstars just won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize

    Today at the 5th annual Breakthrough Prize, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names will award more than $25 million to scientific research in departments across the globe. The event splices together research scientists far more accustomed to red tape than red carpets with tech’s deepest-pocketed and most idealistic upper echelons. The result is a flashy, hopeful hybrid event serving scientific good and valley ego alike. Did we mention that it’s hosted by Morgan Freeman? Like last year, the main awards honor veteran researchers in three categories: life sciences, fundamental physics, and mathematics. Here are this year’s winners: Life Sciences winners (individual $3 million prizes) Stephen J.

  • Researchers develop portable sensor for fast, accurate assessment of blood's clotting ability
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    Researchers develop portable sensor for fast, accurate assessment of blood's clotting ability

    Case Western Reserve University researchers have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person's blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood. Even better, the device provides more information about the blood than existing approaches. Rapid and accurate assessments are essential to ensuring that patients prone to blood clots—as well as those who have difficulty clotting—receive care appropriate to their conditions. This week, XaTek, a new Cleveland-based company, licensed the technology for the device—called ClotChip—with a goal of bringing it to market within the next three years. Case Western Reserve's Technology Transfer Office