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  • People often defend an alleged rapist's character. Here's why you should doubt them
    Mashable

    People often defend an alleged rapist's character. Here's why you should doubt them

    This person vouches for the perpetrator, who in many high-profile cases is accused of sexual harassment, domestic violence or rape. Think, for instance, of Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren, two Fox News anchors among many who contradicted their former colleague Gretchen Carlson and eagerly defended their boss, Roger Ailes, against charges of sexual harassment in recent weeks. Or consider the friends and family who wrote dozens of letters attesting to the moral character of Brock Turner, a Stanford student found guilty of sexual assault.

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  • Algae blooms intensified by human activity, possibly climate change
    The Columbus Dispatch

    Algae blooms intensified by human activity, possibly climate change

    The stench of decaying algae began rising from coastal waterways in southeastern Florida early this month, shutting down businesses and beaches during a critical tourism season. Officials arrived, surveyed the toxic muck and declared states of emergency in four counties. Residents shook their heads, then their fists, organizing rallies and haranguing local officials. In truth, there was little they could do: The disaster that engulfed the St. Lucie River and its estuary had been building for weeks. In May, a 33-square-mile algae bloom crept over Lake Okeechobee, the vast headwaters of the Everglades. After an unseasonably wet winter, the Army Corps of Engineers was forced to discharge water from

  • Reuters

    China completes world's largest amphibious aircraft: Xinhua

    China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight forest fires, the Xinhua news agency reported. The AG600, which is about the size of a Boeing 737 and was developed by state aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, Xinhua said quoting the firm. AVIC deputy general manager, Geng Rugang, said the plane was "the latest breakthrough in China's aviation industry." A plan for the development and production of the AG600 received government approval in 2009.

  • Russian balloonist circling globe crosses Australian coast
    Associated Press

    Russian balloonist circling globe crosses Australian coast

    A 65-year-old Russian adventurer reached the Australian coast on Saturday and was within a few hours of setting a new record for flying solo nonstop around the world, an official said. Fedor Konyukhov's 56-meter (184-foot) -tall helium and hot-air balloon was descending as it crossed the southwest coast directly over the city of Perth at 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and at an altitude of less than 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), support crew member Steve Griffin said. When he drifts across 117 degrees longitude east of Perth, he will have shaved two days off the record of 13 days and eight hours set by American businessman Steve Fossett in 2002.

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  • 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.

  • Da Vinci's 'irrelevant' doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics discovery
    Business Insider

    Da Vinci's 'irrelevant' doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics discovery

    Although it has been common knowledge that Da Vinci conducted the first systematic study of friction (which underpins the modern science of tribology, or the study of friction, lubrication, and wear), we didn't know how and when he came up with these ideas. Hutchings was able to put together a detailed chronology, pinpointing Da Vinci's "aha" moment to a single page of scribbles penned in red chalk in 1493. Almost a century later, Hutchings thought this page was worth a second look.

  • Reuters

    'Brain training' cut dementia risk in healthy adults -U.S. study

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study. The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, are the first to show that any kind of intervention could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults. To date, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have largely rejected evidence that computer-based cognitive-training software or "brain games" have any effect on cognitive function.

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  • What Kind of Rock Would You Be?
    Scientific American Blog Network

    What Kind of Rock Would You Be?

    Shurgoshan asks me, "What kind of rock would you be?" I'd be the schist, of course! I mean, sure, I could've chosen something more serenely sedimentary, with delicate colors and textures. I could've been igneous, firey and explosive. I could've even chosen to be a valuable ore, or a gorgeous semi-precious gemstone. All of those are fabulous choices. But I'm completely schist. I mean, honestly, I'd love being able to introduce myself with comic grandiosity: "I'm the schist!" or mock self-deprecation: "I'm just a little schist." People would ask me how I'm doing, and I could be all, "I feel like schist!" I'm sort of punny that way. If I were schist, I'd have such a history. I'd be very, very old:

  • He rises before the sun: the life of an Orange County farmer
    Los Angeles Times

    He rises before the sun: the life of an Orange County farmer

    McKay Smith awakens before the sun rises and retires for the day as the sun sets. As a farmer, working long hours seems to be in his DNA. Smith, 56, has three organic farms — in Fountain Valley, Irvine and Huntington Beach. His Irvine farm is the largest, spanning 8.5 acres. Organic farming is only for the strong of heart. These days Smith has to contend not only with hungry pests and coyotes but also with economic forces that threaten as well to devour the land. His farms, especially the one in Irvine, sit on prime acreage for real estate development. He leases the land, so any decision to do something else with it would not be made by him. "The property is worth so much money," he said. "The

  • Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte
    AFP

    Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte

    The Philippines is reviewing its "crazy" commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, new President Rodrigo Duterte has warned. The government of predecessor Benigno Aquino had pledged to the United Nations to cut the Asian country's emissions by 70 percent by 2030 from 2000 levels if it got support from developed nations to convert to clean technologies. "I have misgivings about this Paris (climate deal).... The problem is these industrialised countries have reached their destination," Duterte said in a series of speeches during a visit to the southern island of Mindanao on Friday.

  • Associated Press

    Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

    Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her "digital attic" — a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college. Strauss, who works at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, is working to make that sci-fi fantasy a reality. Rather, they aim to help companies and institutions archive huge amounts of data for decades or centuries, at a time when the world is generating digital data faster than it can store it.

  • Son Tells Investigators How He Stole Millions With Dad: Part 5
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    Son Tells Investigators How He Stole Millions With Dad: Part 5

    Vincent Cabello told investigators where they hid the stolen money in a safe deposit box in Washington.

  • Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour
    Reuters

    Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour

    By Lila Hassan CAIRO (Reuters) - An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe. Solar Impulse 2, a spindly single-seat plane, took off from Cairo in darkness en route to Abu Dhabi, its final destination, with a flight expected to take between 48 and 72 hours. The plane, which began its journey in Abu Dhabi in March 2015, has been piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard in a campaign to build support for clean energy technologies.

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    Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

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  • 5 psychological rules you should follow when building a bot
    VentureBeat

    5 psychological rules you should follow when building a bot

    B.J. Fogg is a behavioral scientist who has written extensively about how computer products influence people. He coined the term “Captology,” which is an acronym for computers as persuasive technologies. When people view a product as having a life, the computer system inside the product can leverage the principles of social influence to motivate and persuade. In his book, Persuasive Technology, Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, Fogg proposes five types of social cues that can cause people to make inferences about the living presence in a computing product. My advice? Consider these social cues when designing and building your bot. Here they are, with my comments. 1. Physical rule

  • NASA’s laser-shooting Mars rover can now make its own decisions
    Business Insider

    NASA’s laser-shooting Mars rover can now make its own decisions

    Recently, NASA gifted its Martian explorer with the ability to pick and choose which space rocks to zap with its laser. Using something called the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCham), the rover picks a target and shoots laser pulses at it. Over the course of the Curiosity Rover’s life on Mars, scientists have used its tiny laser to inspect more than 1,400 targets.

  • Hyundai analyzes 12 trends that will shape the world of 2030
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    Hyundai analyzes 12 trends that will shape the world of 2030

    Hyundai announced this year the start of Project Ioniq, its attempt at figuring out what the world of 2030 will be like. Of course the project would also use that information to determine how that world will affect the transportation industry. And it happens to share its name with the company's newest eco-friendly model. The first part of Project Ioniq is under way with the Ioniq Lab. This lab will be run by Dr. Soon Jong Lee, a professor at Seoul National University. Lee is also in charge of the Korea Future Design and Research Institute, and ten researchers and ten consultant experts will assist him on the project. Phase one has now yielded what Hyundai sees as 12 "megatrends" that will affect

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  • A groundbreaking scientist in Cameroon is worried about how little of his funding comes from Africa
    Quartz

    A groundbreaking scientist in Cameroon is worried about how little of his funding comes from Africa

    Last year, Wilfred Ndifon, a Cameroonian scientist, announced that his research into the human body’s immune system had solved a 70-year-old immunological mystery. His discovery promises to make it easier to produce more efficient vaccines. In the long run, Ndifon’s pioneering research could reduce the prevalence of infectious diseases and halt the spread of diseases like malaria and HIV, which plague Africa in particular. But Ndifon, one of the honorees at Quartz’s Africa Innovators summit this week in Nairobi, says despite the benefits of improving healthcare and life expectancy on the continent, he receives very little support from governments in Africa. “What I do would not be possible without

  • The Economist

    All sewn up

    WEARABLE and implantable medical gadgets are a promising technology. By continuously collecting information from patients they make it easier to diagnose and treat whatever the problem may be. But most of the sensors in such devices have to lie flat against the body. That limits what they can do. Now a team of researchers are trying to use one of humanity’s oldest technologies to do better. As they report in Microsystems & Nanoengineering, Sameer Sonkusale at Tufts University, in Massachusetts, and his colleagues, propose to turn threads, of the sort spun to make clothes, into sensors. Thread has many advantages. It is cheap, flexible and mostly tolerated by human bodies. Most pertinently, doctors

  • The chicken is the most underrated member of the animal kingdom
    The Verge

    The chicken is the most underrated member of the animal kingdom

    This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. Some people ask, what came first, the chicken or the egg? To me, that question is akin to asking whether basketball or Michael Jordan came first. The answer, in both cases, is that the later thing redefined the earlier thing to the point of fundamentally transforming it. MJ turned the sport of basketball into a global spectacle, while the chicken made the egg a universal staple of human diets everywhere. The smartphone came first, but it was the iPhone that made it matter.

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  • LUX: World's most sensitive detector finds no dark matter. What's next?
    Los Angeles Times

    LUX: World's most sensitive detector finds no dark matter. What's next?

    The findings, presented at the Identification of Dark Matter conference in Sheffield, England, were not unexpected — though they do highlight the challenge of finding the elusive stuff known as dark matter. “I couldn’t say with a straight face that I was expecting to find dark matter with this particular data set,” said Simon Fiorucci, an experimental physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and science coordination manager for LUX. Dark matter can’t be seen, heard or felt – but scientists know something must be there because they watch how its enormous mass turbocharges the spin of galaxies. Everything we can detect in the universe, from Earth to the stars, black holes and distant galaxies – all of it makes up less than 5% of the mass and energy in the universe.

  • How Do Solar Sails Work?
    Forbes

    How Do Solar Sails Work?

    A 20-meter solar sail and boom system, developed by ATK Space Systems of Goleta, Calif., is fully deployed during testing at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Plum Brook facility in Sandusky, Ohio. Blue lights positioned beneath the system help illuminate the four triangular sail quadrants as they lie outstretched in Plum Brook’s Space Power Facility — the world’s largest space environment simulation chamber. The material is produced under license by SRS Technologies of Huntsville, Ala. The deployment, part of a series of tests in April, is a critical milestone in the development of solar sail propulsion technology that could lead to more ambitious inner Solar System robotic exploration. The more energetic the wave is, the higher its frequency, and so dividing by frequency is just another way of slicing by energy levels.

  • The Cheat Sheet

    The 5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die

    With all the distraction that life provides us, it can be easy to let the things that matter fade into the background. While never pleasant, death has the uncanny ability to peel back the layers and get to the heart of what matters. Being aware of death

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  • The Columbus Dispatch

    Geology: Mediterranean sediment points to huge ancient earthquake

    The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most seismically active areas on Earth. That's especially true of the Ionian Sea, which is 13,000 feet deep and lies between Italy and Greece. One effect of those quakes is the production of thick layers of sediments called turbidites. An earthquake can stir up huge quantities of sediment near the shore. Because that muddy water is heavier than the surrounding clear water, it flows downslope, like a truck without its brakes, sometimes at speeds of more than 50 mph. That sediment-laden flow is called a turbidity current. Once the turbidity current reaches the flat sea bottom, the flow's velocity slowly decreases, and the larger pebbles settle out first, followed

  • Google, Twitter accused of censoring content about Clinton
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    Google, Twitter accused of censoring content about Clinton

    Tech companies allegedly suppressing information critical of the candidate

  • These 10 units of measurement have fascinating roots
    Business Insider

    These 10 units of measurement have fascinating roots

    We see the world in units of measurement. You're this many feet tall and this many years old, and you weigh this many pounds. You have this many minutes left in your work day and your home is that many miles away. But not everything can be measured in miles, pounds, and minutes. Over the course of history, we've had to come up with some pretty unique ways to measure things. Check out some units of measurement that have fascinating histories below: