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    European Space Agency Cuts Radio Link to Comet Lander

    The European Space Agency says it is switching off its radio link to the probe that landed on a comet, after receiving no signal from the lander for a year. The agency says the decision to shut down a communications instrument on the Rosetta spacecraft Wednesday was taken to conserve energy. Rosetta had used the instrument to communicate with its lander, Philae, which touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. During the next two months, Rosetta will use its remaining power to conduct scientific measurements before it crash-lands on the comet Sept. 30. Data collected by Rosetta and Philae have improved scientists' understanding of comets and the role they played in the

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    ALS-Related Gene Found With Help From Ice Bucket Challenge

    The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene they say is among the most common that contribute to the progressive disease. Those who accepted the challenge allowed buckets of ice water to be dumped on their heads to raise awareness of ALS. The challenge became a viral sensation in 2014 and raised more than $100 million for the association. Some of that money helped fund a global effort to help find genetic drivers of the condition called Project MinE. The ALS Association says a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics reveals Project MinE researchers have identified the NEK1 gene's connection to ALS. It says understanding

  • LiveScience.com

    Police Killings and Race: Do the Numbers Tell the Whole Story?

    Police officers in the U.S. are more likely to stop or arrest black, Hispanic and Native American people than they are to stop or arrest non-Hispanic white people, a new study finds. The researchers also found that more blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans were killed and injured by police over the study period than non-Hispanic whites. "Both blacks and white Hispanics are four times as likely to be killed by the police as white non-Hispanics are," said lead study author Ted Miller, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland.

  • Israel to display ancient mummy with modern-day afflictions
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    Israel to display ancient mummy with modern-day afflictions

    Israel's national museum is set to display a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy of a man who was afflicted with some modern-day illnesses such as osteoporosis and tooth decay, the museum said on Tuesday. The mummy is the only such relic in Israel, named the "Protective Eye of Horus," after a pharaonic deity. It was kept for decades at a Jesuit institute in Jerusalem before it was loaned to the Israel Museum.

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  • New clues emerge about missing flight MH370's possible crash site
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    New clues emerge about missing flight MH370's possible crash site

    The mysterious, missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 likely crashed off the coast of Australia or hundreds of miles to the north, researchers in Italy said. The potential crash area overlaps with the underwater zone that investigators are now scouring for hunks of metal debris. Search efforts have so far failed to reveal why and where the airliner wrecked more than two years ago, taking with it 239 passengers and crew members.

  • Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve
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    Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve

    Spanish troops intervened Tuesday as a wildfire near the eastern city of Valencia spread to a nature reserve after laying waste to some 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land, regional authorities said.

  • Most Americans don't want superhumans to exist in real life
    Newsweek

    Most Americans don't want superhumans to exist in real life

    A recent Pew Research Center survey and accompanying focus group spells out how Americans feel about using biomedical innovation to alter the human body and its performance capacity. The center asked Americans about the use of gene editing, brain chips and synthetic blood enhancements and found that most have little interest in melding man with machine.  Let's take a brief look at three interesting findings from Pew's latest survey—and ask yourself where you fall in the mix. First, consider your religious commitment. Do you pray or attend religious services often, occasionally, or not at all? Survey participants who reported practicing a faith less often than others “are more inclined to see

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    Meter-wide dinosaur print, one of largest ever, found in Bolivia

    A footprint measuring over a meter wide that was made by a meat-eating predator some 80 million years ago has been discovered in Bolivia, one of the largest of its kind ever found. The print, which measures 1.2 meters (1.3 yards) across, probably belonged to the abelisaurus, a biped dinosaur that once roamed South America, said Argentine paleontologist Sebastian Apesteguia, who is studying the find. The print was found some 64 kilometers (40 miles) outside the city of Sucre in central Bolivia by a tourist guide earlier this month.

  • Report: DNC hackers left evidence trail with ties to Moscow
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    Report: DNC hackers left evidence trail with ties to Moscow

    Catherine Herridge reports from Washington, D.C.

  • Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild
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    Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

    A nocturnal species of weasel with a robber-mask-like marking across its eyes has returned to the remote ranchlands of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago. Wildlife officials on Tuesday released 35 black-footed ferrets on two ranches near Meeteetse, a tiny cattle ranching community 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. Black-footed ferrets, generally solitary animals, were let loose individually over a wide area.

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  • Archaeologists Uncover Remains of the Lost Spanish Fort of San Marcos
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    Archaeologists Uncover Remains of the Lost Spanish Fort of San Marcos

    NEWS BRIEF Using remote sensing technologies, U.S. archaeologists have unlocked a lost piece of early North American history—all without actually digging. The fort of San Marcos, located in present-day Parris Island, South Carolina, was one of five forts that existed in 1577 in the Spanish colonial town of Santa Elena, the remains of which were first uncovered almost 40 years ago. After two years of research, Chester DePratter of the University of South Carolina and Victor Thompson of the University of Georgia were able to uncover the missing fort by employing ground-penetrating radar, soil testing, and monitoring magnetic fields to detect the landscape of the ancient settlement. The 16th-century

  • LiveScience.com

    How to Talk About Race to Kids: Experts' Advice for Parents

    These questions affect parents and children of every race and ethnicity, and though the substance of individual conversations may differ, the underlying advice on how to talk to kids doesn't change, experts said: Meet them where they are, encourage openness and don't expect that a single conversation will cover the topic. "It's OK to make a mistake," in conversation with a child, said Kimberly Seals Allers, the founder of MochaManual.com, an online destination for parents of color. Black parents don't have the luxury of ignoring color, Allers told Live Science.

  • Astronaut Mark Kelly to Speak at Democratic National Convention Today
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    Astronaut Mark Kelly to Speak at Democratic National Convention Today

    Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will address the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia today (July 27), presumably about gun violence in America. In January 2011, Giffords was shot in the head during a meeting with constituents at a Tucson supermarket. She survived, but six other people present at the event were killed. Since that tragic event, both Giffords and Kelly have been outspoken advocates of the need for more gun control, and it appears they will address this topic today at the DNC. "Gabby & I are excited to speak at @DemConvention on Wed. about why @HillaryClinton will make our country safer," Kelly said

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  • 'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection
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    'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

    With antibiotic-resistant super bugs on the rise, researchers are on an urgent hunt for other bacteria that might yield chemicals we can harness as powerful drugs. Scientists once found most of these helpful bacteria in soil, but in recent decades this go-to search location hasn't delivered. Now, researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany say that to find at least one promising candidate, we need look no further than our own noses. The scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature that a species of bacteria inside the human nose produces a substance capable of killing a range of bacteria, including the strain of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus known as MRSA. The Tübingen team

  • Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip
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    Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip

    Solar Impulse 2 made history on Tuesday as the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun, opening up new possibilities for the future of renewable energy. Cheers and applause broke out as it touched down before dawn in Abu Dhabi after the final leg of a marathon trip which began on March 9 last year. Swiss explorer and project director Bertrand Piccard was in the cockpit during the more than 48-hour flight from Cairo, crossing the Red Sea, the vast Saudi desert and the Gulf.

  • Scientists say we’ll only get one year to prepare if a super-volcano erupts
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    Scientists say we’ll only get one year to prepare if a super-volcano erupts

    Super volcanic eruptions are so catastrophically powerful that they could devastate the entire planet. In a worst case scenario, these kinds of eruptions can eject 1000s of cubic kilometers of magma and ash in the matter of days or few months. That much ash in the atmosphere could block out the light and heat of the sun for years or decades. Unlike most volcanic eruptions, what makes super-eruptions different is that they are unable to erupt easily.

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  • Who Invented Air Conditioning?
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    Who Invented Air Conditioning?

    Carrier, who saw himself as the Thomas Edison of air conditioners, changed the world with his invention—but its original aims were much smaller than that. The air conditioner, built to both cool a room and reduce humidity, was originally created to keep moist air in a printing plant from wrinkling magazine pages. Research he produced for the company saved them $40,000 a year, and Carrier was put in charge of a new department of experimental engineering, where he designed his first air-conditioner for the printing plant.

  • Associated Press

    House GOP chairman threatens more action on climate probe

    The chairman of the House Science Committee threatened further action Wednesday after the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general refused to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking records about their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas GOP Rep. Lamar Smith said he was disappointed that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey refused to comply with subpoenas he issued two weeks ago.

  • NASA's training for deep space means living in the deep sea first
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    NASA's training for deep space means living in the deep sea first

    Astronauts and scientists are living 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Video provided by Newsy

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    Scientist Brian Cox holds summer master class in London for kids

    British physics professor Brian Cox taught students at St. Paul's Way Trust School in London on Tuesday how to create fire with methane gas. The school is hosting a science summer school and invited the celebrity physicist, who says he hopes the project will bring in those from different backgrounds. "There is no shortage of enthusiasm for students and young people when you talk about science and engineering," Cox said.

  • LiveScience.com

    7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool During Hot Weather

    Just this week, 14 dogs were found dead in a truck in Ohio after the vehicle's air conditioning unit failed, according to the South Bend Tribune. The incident underscores the need for owners to pay careful attention to their pets during hot weather, said Genny Carlson, executive director of the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, which is investigating the case. "This serves as a reminder for people with pets, children and elderly relatives that being in a car without proper ventilation or a working air conditioner can be dangerous, and to take the proper precautions," Carlson told the news outlet cleveland.com.

  • Prehistoric village likely torched by Bronze-Age warriors
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    Prehistoric village likely torched by Bronze-Age warriors

    A fire that destroyed a Bronze Age village in the marshlands of eastern England around 3,000 years ago may have been set on purpose, possibly in a raid by warriors from a hostile group, according to a new archaeological study. "We've been working with [a fire] investigator who works a lot with modern fires, and he thinks there's a good chance that the fire was set deliberately," said Selina Davenport, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge. The researchers found four houses that were likely all burned at the same time, which suggests it was a large fire, they said. [See Photos of the Must Farm Site and Its Bronze-Age Treasures] "For that to have spread from something like a spark off

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    Transgender Identity Is Not a Mental Health Disorder, Study Finds

    People who identify as transgender should not be considered to have a mental health disorder, according to a new study from Mexico. The World Health Organization currently lists transgender identity as a mental health disorder, and the new study is the first in a series of research aimed at finding out whether this categorization is apt. In the new study, published today (July 26) in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, the researchers investigated whether the distress and dysfunction associated with transgender identity were the result of social rejection and stigmatization or an inherent part of being transgender.

  • US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study
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    US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study

    US military bases along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico will be increasingly vulnerable to floods and power-packed storms as the planet warms, researchers said Wednesday. The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists spanned 18 military bases, and found that many risk losing land and strategic assets in the coming decades due to sea level rise. The analysis was based on two different projections of sea level rise and how it may affect US bases from Florida to Maine.

  • White Humpback Whale Spotted Off The Coast Of Australia
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    White Humpback Whale Spotted Off The Coast Of Australia

    Migaloo’s dazzling pearly skin has made him the most famous white whale in the world—and he has just been spotted again this year off of Australia’s east coast near Byron Bay. Migaloo (Aboriginal for “whitefella”) was photographed for the first time on June 28th, 1991 and was determined to be an adult male after a small piece of his skin was sampled and genetically fingerprinted. Until 2004, it was thought Migaloo was the only white humpback whale, but another white whale calf was spotted in Australian waters, so now it seems there are at least two in this area of the world. Researchers are unsure if the whale spotted this week was Migaloo, or the other white whale sometimes called “Migaloo Junior,” but using the tail shape for identification, some are sure this is indeed Migaloo.