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  • John Glenn, 1st American to Orbit Earth, Dies
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    John Glenn, 1st American to Orbit Earth, Dies

    John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and a legendary figure in the American space flight program, has died, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. Glenn was 95. Glenn was one of America's first and most celebrated astronauts and had a long public career that included two space flights, 24 years as a senator from Ohio and a run for the presidency. He was born July 18, 1921. He will go down in history as the first American to orbit the earth, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. On Feb. 20, 1962, he climbed into his Friendship 7 capsule, lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, circled the earth three times in five hours — and became a national hero. "Zero G, and I feel fine,"

  • Discovery of Dinosaur Tail Encased in Amber Sheds Light on Evolution
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    Discovery of Dinosaur Tail Encased in Amber Sheds Light on Evolution

    A dinosaur tail preserved in amber has been discovered for the first time ever, researchers announced on Thursday in a paper published in the scientific journal Cell Biology. The feather-covered tail is from a dinosaur that lived on Earth about 99 million years ago, according to a news release from Cell Press, which publishes Cell Biology. Lida Xing, the paper's lead author and lecturer at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, chanced upon the "remarkable specimen" while perusing an amber market in Myitkyina, Myanmar, in 2015, Cell Press said. The dinosaur tail originally could have just ended up "a curiosity or piece of jewelry," Cell Press said, "but Xing recognized its potential

  • World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake
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    World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

    Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said. There have been no deaths reported from the quake, which also caused some small tsunami waves in the Solomon Islands and other Pacific islands. Speaking from the capital Honiara, Suzy Sainovski, World Vision's Pacific Timor-Leste spokeswoman, said it has been hard to get a full assessment from some more remote communities, some of which don't have cellphone coverage.

  • Buzz Aldrin released from hospital
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    Buzz Aldrin released from hospital

    A White Desert doctor and the US Antarctic Program doctor decided an evacuation would the best precautionary measure, according to a release from the company. The tourism operator made a request for a medical evacuation to the National Science Foundation, and it agreed. Aldrin was placed on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, on the Antarctic coast. A US Antarctic Program doctor traveled with him. From McMurdo, another flight took Aldrin to New Zealand. "I'm extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their swift response and help in evacuating me from the Admunsen-Scott Science Station to McMurdo Station and on to New Zealand. I had been having a great time with

  • Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated
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    Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated

    Conjoined twin girls who shared much of their lower body were successfully separated after a surgery that took 17 hours, their doctors said. The 2-year-old girls, Erika and Eva Sandoval, were born joined from the lower chest downwards, and shared a liver, a bladder and a leg, according to a statement from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California, where the surgery was performed. The marathon surgery to separate the twins required a team of about 50 doctors, nurses and operating staff, and was finished in the early morning of Dec. 7.

  • Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers
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    Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

    President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years. The detailed questionnaire seeks a list of all political appointees and senior executives and asks employees to offer their opinions on who "owns" the department's clean energy mission and other policy goals. The transition team also wants to know if there are any legal barriers to moving ahead with a nuclear waste dump in Nevada, a project that is staunchly opposed by the state's congressional delegation.

  • Forbes

    The Surprisingly Complicated Physics Of Sliding On Ice

    Netflix is premiering a new science-related series today, White Rabbit Project, featuring the “build team” from Mythbusters back in the day: Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara. They released a trailer video a little while ago, and it looks pretty awesome: I’m interested in this series not just because of the cool video, though, but because I had a number of conversations with the producers about the science behind some of the segments. I’m particularly excited to see that the first clip in the trailer is Tory going down a luge run, because one of the specific things they talked to me about was luge, thanks to two posts I wrote back in 2014: The Physics of Crazy Sleds and On the Steering

  • NASA Just Uploaded Thousands of Awesome Space GIFs
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    NASA Just Uploaded Thousands of Awesome Space GIFs

    The GIFs run the gamut across the space agency’s expansive spread of missions. The GIFS have been scattered across the space agency’s GIPHY and Pinterest pages, so feel free to browse them both at your leisure and see what gems you can dig up.

  • The Next Fitness Trackers Could Be Made of Silly Putty
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    The Next Fitness Trackers Could Be Made of Silly Putty

    A combination of graphene and homemade “silly putty” called G-putty could be used to make fitness trackers and intruder detection systems, among other products, experts believe. Now researchers led by Jonathan Coleman, a chemical physicist based in Ireland, have found that mixing it with homemade silly putty produces an incredibly sensitive sensor that can even detect human pulse and breathing.

  • Video: John Glenn, 1st American to Orbit Earth, Dies
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    Video: John Glenn, 1st American to Orbit Earth, Dies

    This is an ABC news special were. Good day after Elizabeth Vargas in new York and were interrupting program to report the death of a true American hero. Legendary astronaut and later politician John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95. Glenn had been in failing health since suffering from a small stroke and he had been hospitalized. In his home state of Ohio for more than a week. In 2012 Glenn was awarded the presidential medal of freedom from President Obama. Who noted that on the morning in 1962. That Glenn blasted into space America stood still. ABC's David Wright has more on the incredible life of John Glenn. Godspeed John Glenn. John Glenn later said as he. Hurtled through space at first

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    Cute Critters Score Cash From Donors, Ugly Animals Not So Much

    Which endangered animals attract donors’ hard-earned dollars? New research finds that the most attractive species tend to attract donations more than those in the most need. The researchers call this a “charity beauty premium”—an indication that donors favor “beautiful” species such as koalas and polar bears over less attractive species such as snakes and lizards.

  • Apple just made a major investment in Chinese wind power
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    Apple just made a major investment in Chinese wind power

    UPDATE: Dec. 9, 2016, 10:20 a.m. EST Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that Apple had been purchasing wind power prior to this deal. Much like other Silicon Valley giants, Apple is serious about cutting its reliance on non-renewable energy sources — and this week, it took a major step on this front. The Cupertino company has invested in four Chinese companies owned by Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment, a subsidiary of Goldwind, according to a Chinese regulatory filing.

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    China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle

    Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday. The meat sold for aboujt 70 yuan ($10) per kilogram, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Xinhua that six villagers have been referred to investigators.

  • Alternate Theories to Who May Have Killed Ira Yarmolenko: Part 5
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    Alternate Theories to Who May Have Killed Ira Yarmolenko: Part 5

    Chris Mumma says the only way to resolve the questions in the case is for the DNA evidence to be retested. Reporter: Ever since the day 20 yearold Ira yarmolenko's bright life was cut short, mark carver's answers have been the same.

  • Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild
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    Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

    Indonesia's president traveled Friday to areas of Aceh province devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt. Stopping at a collapsed mosque in Tringgading not far from the quake's epicenter, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave out envelopes stuffed with 15 million rupiah ($1,125) — a small fortune in Aceh where the minimum wage is about 2 million rupiah ($150) a month — to people whose family members were killed. More than 100 people were killed in the quake that hit the northeast of Aceh province on Sumatra before dawn Wednesday.

  • Neural networks? Machine learning? Here's your secret decoder for AI buzzwords
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    Neural networks? Machine learning? Here's your secret decoder for AI buzzwords

    Right now, artificial intelligence is to Silicon Valley what One Direction is to 13-year-old girls: an omnipresent source of obsession to throw all your cash at, while daydreaming about getting married whenever Harry Styles is finally ready to settle down. — and can terms like “machine learning,” “artificial neural networks,” “artificial intelligence” and “Zayn Malik” (we’re still working on that analogy…) be used interchangeably? To help you make sense of some of the buzzwords and jargon you’ll hear when people talk about AI, we put together this simple guide help you wrap your head around all the different flavors of artificial intelligence — If only so that you don’t make any faux pas when the machines finally take over.

  • Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk
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    Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk

    A cable that's as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit — and when it's deployed, it'll test an idea to knock out orbital debris. Japan's space agency sent the electrodynamic tether into space along with supplies for the International Space Station. Reels aboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori 6 craft will deploy the 700-meter (2,296 feet) tether, essentially unspooling a clothesline in space that could help clean up the roughly 20,000 pieces of potentially hazardous space debris that are tracked by systems on Earth. Those pieces of junk are dangerous enough on their own — but they can also generate thousands more smaller pieces of debris if they collide,

  • Meet the team making history in Southeast Asia's space race
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    Meet the team making history in Southeast Asia's space race

    In Kuala Lumpur, a small team of Malaysian engineers is racing to make history in Southeast Asian space exploration. Independence-X is the sole team from the region to participate in the Google Lunar XPrize, a global competition in which private-sector players must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, have it travel 500 meters and transmit high-definition (HD) video and images back to Earth, by the end of 2017. It's impossible to have a vision of the future without development in space technology," team leader Izmir Yamin said on the sidelines of the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Community conference in Kuala Lumpur.

  • AP WAS THERE: John Glenn Blasts off Into Orbit Around Earth
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    AP WAS THERE: John Glenn Blasts off Into Orbit Around Earth

    John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, was lauded as a hero of the American space program on Feb. 20, 1962, when he became the nation's first astronaut to orbit the earth. The accomplishment galvanized Americans and evened up the space race with the Soviets. In sometimes fanciful language, The Associated Press reported on the liftoff that took Glenn "towards his intended rendezvous with the stars." The AP is republishing excerpts of its original coverage. With a mighty shriek of its engines, an Atlas missile blasted off today to boost astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. into a journey around the Earth. The huge missile spilled a torrent of flame over the launching pad. Ponderously the 125-ton monster

  • Brain Gain: Aerobic Exercise Pumps Up Gray Matter
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    Brain Gain: Aerobic Exercise Pumps Up Gray Matter

    Looking to increase your brain size? You may want to try aerobic exercise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that participants who exercised aerobically four times a week for six months showed greater increases in brain volume than participants who exercised for that same amount of time by stretching.

  • Endangered sea otters fly into France
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    Endangered sea otters fly into France

    The two males, named Matchaq and Tangiq, looked relieved to take a cool bath in a quarantine centre in France after spending 15 hours aboard a private jet chartered specially for the journey. Only one of them has survived.

  • Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima cleanup
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    Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima cleanup

    The estimated cost of cleaning up Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning expenses expected to continue to increase, a government panel said Friday. Officials say its decommissioning will take several decades. Rising cost estimates mean an increased burden on consumers.

  • Dad DIYs his daughter's sleep onesie into a NASA space suit
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    Dad DIYs his daughter's sleep onesie into a NASA space suit

    One of the best parts of being a parent is dressing your baby however you want. While his wife Emily was at work, Ben Brucker of San Francisco added a little flair to his baby's sleep suit. With just a few patches, he transformed his four-month-old daughter Maya into a NASA astronaut. SEE ALSO: NASA unveils 'food bars' to feed astronauts on long space journeys After a stressful week, Brucker tells Mashable that he decided it would be fun to surprise his wife and share some photos of Maya in her redesigned sleep suit. A sleep suit, Brucker explains, is an "infant product that is meant to limit movement and mimic the feeling of being held tight or wrapped up, without being completely swaddled." 

  • New Observations Shed Light On Millisecond Pulsars
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    New Observations Shed Light On Millisecond Pulsars

    The pulsar, which is a rotating neutron star, feeds off of gas gravitationally pulled from the companion, eventually turning into a millisecond pulsar that has a rotational period of between 1 and 10 milliseconds. In recent years, astronomers studying these millisecond pulsars (MSPs) have observed that every now and then these objects can “turn off” — stop emitting beams of radiation — and return to a state in which they are once again siphoning off material from their companion. A new study published in the latest edition of the Astrophysical Journal suggests that in many MSP binary systems, the companion star’s strong magnetic field may be responsible for switching the pulsar on and off intermittently.

  • Ominous beauty: A gigantic crack in Anarctic ice
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    Ominous beauty: A gigantic crack in Anarctic ice

    An ominous crack in an Antarctic ice shelf takes on an otherworldly beauty in a new aerial image. Snapped by scientists on NASA’s IceBridge mission, the shot shows a rift in Larsen C, an ice shelf floating off the Antarctic Peninsula. When the crack spreads across the entire ice shelf, it will create an iceberg the size of Delaware, according to IceBridge. As of Nov. 10, when the Ice­Bridge scientists observed this crack, it was 70 miles long and more than 300 feet wide. The crack plunges about a third of a mile, all the way through the ice to the ocean below. [ See More Gorgeous Antarctic Images from IceBridge ] According to NASA, this rift is relatively new: The MIDAS Project, a British research