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  • NASA's "Spinoff" is the Coolest Magazine You've Never Read
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    NASA's "Spinoff" is the Coolest Magazine You've Never Read

    Since it was founded in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s goals have been civilian. The agency’s main objective, to explore outside our orbit, was part of a larger mission to provide "the most effective utilization of the scientific and engineering resources of the United States." Consider that a success: Each year, thousands of consumer products benefit from “spin-offs,” integration of technologies and processes originally developed for and by NASA. Aptly titled Spinoff, each issue is 100-plus pages of essential nerd material and trivia fodder, charting the diaspora of space technology.

  • Indonesia seizes hundreds of frozen pangolins
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    Indonesia seizes hundreds of frozen pangolins

    Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws, police said Friday. Police discovered the pangolins, known as "scaly anteaters", when they raided a house in Jombang district on the main island of Java after local residents became suspicious about the large number of freezers in the property. A total of 657 pangolins, which are consumed as a luxury dish in China and used in traditional medicine, were found wrapped in plastic and stored in five large freezers, East Java province police spokesman Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono told AFP.

  • Nicer Up North: Canadians Top Americans in Altruism
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    Nicer Up North: Canadians Top Americans in Altruism

    In a study aimed at measuring altruism, researchers "lost" a total of 7,466 letters in 2001 and 2011 in 63 urban areas in the United States and Canada. That changed in 2011, however, when the United States had a 10 percent drop in helping behavior, which did not occur in Canada, suggesting that people in the United States were less altruistic than before, said study researcher Keith Hampton, a professor of media and information at Michigan State University. The project began after Hampton heard an anecdote that altruism was declining in Canada.

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    Deep-Earth Tremor Detected From Atlantic 'Weather Bomb'

    A deep-Earth tremor detected by Japanese earthquake trackers for the first time was traced to a distant and powerful "weather bomb" in the Atlantic. Their findings, published in the journal Science, could help experts learn more about the Earth's inner structure and improve detection of earthquakes and oceanic storms, reported Agence France-Presse. The storm in the North Atlantic, which struck between Greenland and Iceland, was small but potent and gained punch as pressure quickly mounted. Groups of waves sloshed and pounded the ocean floor during the storm, Using seismic equipment on land and on the seafloor that usually detects the Earth's crust crumbling during earthquakes, researchers found

  • Addicted To Coffee? Blame It On Your Genes
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    Addicted To Coffee? Blame It On Your Genes

    Well according to science how much coffee a person needs/wants may be dependent on their genes. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene that may play a role in how the body breaks down caffeine. According to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, people who have a certain variation of a gene called PDSS2, will break down caffeine more slowly.

  • Correction: Hospital Superbug Outbreak story
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    Correction: Hospital Superbug Outbreak story

    In a Feb. 20, 2015 story about an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Associated Press mischaracterized a statement an expert made about proving the cause of an infection. Lawrence Muscarella, a health care and sterilization expert, said he was suggesting an argument hospitals might use when he said, "Proving causation is impossible." Muscarella said an infection can be proven to come from a hospital instrument.

  • We Still Don't Know Who Was First to the North Pole
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    We Still Don't Know Who Was First to the North Pole

    The wind was howling, the sun blinding, and the temperature cold enough to chill your bones when the six made their final march towards the North Pole. American Commander Robert Peary, his assistant Matthew Henson, and four Inuit men arrived at what was, according to Peary's reading of his sextant, exactly 90 degrees north latitude. It had taken more than two decades for Peary to complete this task.

  • A landslide may have caused this brilliant comet outburst captured by Rosetta
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    A landslide may have caused this brilliant comet outburst captured by Rosetta

    In what seems like a great stroke of luck, the Rosetta probe has captured data and images of a brilliant comet outburst, which astronomers think may be the aftermath of a landslide. On February 19, as Rosetta trailed Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from about 22 miles, nine of the spacecraft’s instruments were pointed at the comet for coordinated monitoring. Suddenly, a cloud of gas and dust rose from the comet in an outburst. With its instruments in focus for the next few hours, Rosetta captured a series of images and data, transmitting them back to Earth within a couple days. Related: Rosetta’s 5 billion-mile mission through space coming to an end September 30 “Over the last year, Rosetta has

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    Once a jolly SwagBot: Ageing Aussie drovers go high-tech

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Mustering cattle across rugged terrain and wide open spaces, Australia's newest drover is a far cry from a man with a big hat, a horse and fancy boots. Australia is the world's third largest cattle exporter but with the age of producers creeping higher, and cattle stations averaging about 400,000 hectares (988,420 acres) of land - nearly four time the size of Hong Kong - rearing livestock can be difficult, even with a sufficient number of cowhands. A labour shortage makes the task harder though, and threatens Australia's hope of boosting its livestock output to profit from rising Asian demand for red meat.

  • Lost WWII Ships Explored in Underwater Expedition
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    Lost WWII Ships Explored in Underwater Expedition

    An exploration of a World War II battleground right off U.S. shores is now underway. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is working with several nonprofit and private partners to explore the twin wrecks of the freighter SS Bluefieldsand the German U-boat U-576. The German submarine attacked and sank the Bluefields on July 15, 1942, and was then itself sunk by bombs from U.S. Navy air cover and the deck gun of another merchant ship in the convoy, the Unicoi.

  • Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore
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    Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore

    Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by haze, across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. The number of hotspots detected in Sumatra and Borneo by weather satellites has increased in the past month though they are below levels last year when massive fires in Indonesia caused a regional crisis.

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    Why Areas with More Men Have Higher Marriage Rates

    The research showed that counties in the U.S. with more men than women generally had higher rates of marriage, fewer births outside marriage and fewer single female heads of household — all of which are generally signs of greater family stability, according to the researchers. "There's this numerical expectation that, as men increase in numbers, that means that there are fewer women available, so men are less likely to get married," said Ryan Schacht, the study's lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in anthropology at the University of Utah. In the study, the researchers looked at U.S. Census data from 2,800 counties in all 50 states, focusing on the relationship between each county's gender ratio (the number of men relative to women) and certain markers of family stability that researchers commonly use in research like this, such as marriage rates and the percentage of households with children who were headed by single women.

  • Smoking, swirling 'ash devil' sweeps through California wildfire
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    Smoking, swirling 'ash devil' sweeps through California wildfire

    The Grade Fire blazing across the northern edge of California briefly spun up a spectacularly odd phenomenon known as an "ash devil" on Thursday. The ash devil, which is closely related to "fire whirls," formed in Yreka, California began pulling in burnt ashes and debris from the fire as it spun across the fire area.

  • NASA probe set to make closest approach yet to Jupiter
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    NASA probe set to make closest approach yet to Jupiter

    NASA's Juno space probe on Saturday was set to pass the closest it will get to the planet Jupiter during the main phase of its planned mission to the gas giant, the US space agency's officials said. Juno was to swing within some 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) of the solar system's largest planet, the closest any spacecraft has passed, traveling at 130,000 miles per hour (208,000 kilometers per hour) at around 5:51 am (12:51 GMT). It was the first time Juno’s eight scientific instruments and its camera were switched on, marking the science mission's start, officials said in a statement on NASA's website.

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    Deaths from Fentanyl, Drug That Killed Prince, Rise Sharply

    Overdose deaths from the opioid painkiller fentanyl — the same drug that killed singer-songwriter Prince in April — have increased sharply in a number of U.S. states, according to a new report. From 2013 to 2014, eight U.S. states — Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina — had large increases in overdose deaths tied to synthetic opioids. During that same time, the number of drug products that tested positive for fentanyl after being seized by law enforcement officers increased by more than 10 times in the eight states, rising from 293 to 3,340.

  • Dark Matter Galaxy; Making Bland Tasty; Ouchless Insulin « Science World
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    Dark Matter Galaxy; Making Bland Tasty; Ouchless Insulin « Science World

    A team of astronomers, using two of the world’s most powerful ground based telescopes, have discovered an enormous galaxy that’s only .01 percent visible. The remaining 99.9 percent, according to the astronomers, is made up of dark matter. The faint galaxy is called Dragonfly 44. It’s located within the Coma cluster, about 321 million light-years from Earth, and is nearly 70 thousand light-years across. To make their discovery, the astronomers used the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini North telescope, which are both on Maunakea, Hawaii. A spectrograph, a device that splits light into separate wavelengths, called DEIMOS was installed on the Keck Observatory’s Keck II telescope to help astronomers

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    Why Tesla's Model S Is So Incredibly Fast

    Blink and you'll miss it: The Tesla Model S was just rated the third-fastest accelerating production car in the world, beating out cars such as the Lamborghini Aventador and the Bugatti Veyron. The head-snapping acceleration of the new supercharged Model S raises a question: Just how did engineers at Tesla get the electric, seven-seat family sedan to go so fast? It turns out, one part of the car largely determines the Tesla's impressive performance.

  • Kayla Mueller Part 5: Kayla's Sacrifice Allows Sex Slave to Escape
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    Kayla Mueller Part 5: Kayla's Sacrifice Allows Sex Slave to Escape

    Even after being raped by ISIS leader, Kayla foregoes her chance to run to save others. There's the Christmas tree. And there's my mom on Christmas eve. Reporter: With Kayla missing now for two christmases in a row, the family's only joy came in the

  • Alaskans live among bears _ both real and brightly colored
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    Alaskans live among bears _ both real and brightly colored

    Alaska's largest city is home to more than 300 grizzly and black bears — and now more than a dozen multicolored ones. Life-size statues painted by city artists for a public art installation called "Bears on Parade" are popping up as part of an effort to raise awareness that if you live in Anchorage, you live near bears. "The whole point of this was to engage in conversation about bears and their habitat — the food that they eat, where they live," said Brenda Carlson, a tourism official who helped organize the program.

  • From Cancer Research to Financial Crises, High-Performance Computing is Defining Our Future
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    From Cancer Research to Financial Crises, High-Performance Computing is Defining Our Future

    Predicting earthquakes. Mapping the human genome. Recreating the “big bang.” Our attempt to unravel the world’s biggest mysteries would be impossible without computers—and with increased access to innovative computing technologies, we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what can be deciphered. Computing power is growing exponentially. The first supercomputer, a CDC 6600 released in 1964, operated at three million floating-point operations per second. Compare that with today’s supercomputers which operate at 125 quadrillion floating-point operations per second. Despite these advancements, the roadblock to mass-implementation of supercomputers has, to date, been cost—supercomputers require

  • Dead Sea Transforms Deathly Dress Into Gorgeous Salt-Encrusted Jewel
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    Dead Sea Transforms Deathly Dress Into Gorgeous Salt-Encrusted Jewel

    A gorgeous new exhibit reveals just how salty the Dead Sea is. Artist Sigalit Landau submerged a 1920s-style long, black dress in Israel's Dead Sea for two months in 2014. Landau has been inspired by the Dead Sea's unique environment for past artwork, including salt-crystal-encrusted lamps, a salty hangman's noose and a crystalline island made of shoes, according to the artist's website.

  • 23andMe has a problem when it comes to ancestry reports for people of color
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    23andMe has a problem when it comes to ancestry reports for people of color

    But the data took me in some strange directions. As did the horrifying lack of data. Seventy-six Koreans seemed small to me, but what do I know? I’m just a journalist. So I spoke to geneticist Spencer Wells, founder and former director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project (arguably a 23andMe competitor), which he ran from 2005-2015. “[76] is a really low number,” he concurred. In which I discover I am part Japanese. Or not. Who knows Let us rewind to a more innocent time when I thought this report was going to be accurate. The envelope, please: Based on the 23andMe report, I have zero Middle-Eastern genetic markers. Also, astonishingly, the report shows that I am 13.4% Japanese and 14%

  • What would a real 'cyber war' with Russia look like?
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    What would a real 'cyber war' with Russia look like?

    Tech Take: TrustedSec's Alex Hamerstone on how a cyber conflict with Russia might escalate in the wake of recent hacks on the New York Times and DNC

  • It's the End of the World — How Do You Feel?
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    It's the End of the World — How Do You Feel?

    Terry Root often goes to sleep at night wondering how she’ll be able to get up the next morning and do it all over again. A senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, Root has spent the past two decades unraveling the thread between climate change and the eventual mass extinctions of countless species of plants, animals — and, yes, humans. “That’s a tough, tough thing to cope with,” Root says in a weary, jagged voice. Stanford University built a non-secular spiritual center on campus called Windhover, where students and faculty can go to meditate and reflect.

  • Science just found a “ghost galaxy” and it sounds incredibly cool
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    Science just found a “ghost galaxy” and it sounds incredibly cool

    Scientists have found a “ghost galaxy” that is 99.99% made up of dark matter. It’s located inside of the Coma galaxy and has probably already spawned hundreds of new sci-fi scripts being sent to the desks of Hollywood producers’ assistants. Its discovery is another win for the scientific community, which has identified the ghost galaxy’s location even though dark matter doesn’t reflect light and can’t be seen.