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  • Jupiter Moon May Have Water Plumes That Shoot up 125 Miles
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    Jupiter Moon May Have Water Plumes That Shoot up 125 Miles

    The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter's icy moons shooting up as high as 125 miles. The geysers are apparently from an underground ocean that is thought to exist on Europa, considered one of the top places to search for signs of life in our solar system. The plumes at the south pole were detected by the workhorse telescope as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Even so, the possible presence of plumes, which shoot up and rain back down on the surface, would "allow us to search for signs of life in the ocean of Europa without needing to drill through miles of ice," astronomer William Sparks of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore said Monday.

  • Pillar of Obama climate plan has its day in court
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    Pillar of Obama climate plan has its day in court

    The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's drive to fight global warming underwent close scrutiny Tuesday in a high-stakes day in court. The so-called Clean Power Plan, approved last year, sets state-by-state emissions targets for existing power plants and aims to reduce America's output of CO2 by nearly a third by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. The court's action raised doubts about America's contribution to a historic accord to fight global warming, reached in December in Paris, and infuriated environmentalists around the world.

  • Meet the nuclear cattle of Fukushima
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    Meet the nuclear cattle of Fukushima

    Nuclear Cattle On March 11 2011, a 15-meter tsunami triggered by a 8.9-magnitude earthquake, disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, causing a nuclear accident. Residents within a 20 km radius of the facility were forced to evacuate their homes and leave behind their livelihoods and possessions. Before leaving, some farmers released their cows so they could roam free and survive in the nuclear fallout-affected area. 1,400, however, died from starvation, while the government euthanized 1,500 more. Since 2011, Matsubara has documented both the relationship six farmers have with their surviving herds as well as an ongoing study examining the effects radiation has on large

  • Ehud Barak backs startup Reporty, touts emergency tech
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    Ehud Barak backs startup Reporty, touts emergency tech

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak tells Foxnews.coms James Rogers that startup Reporty Homeland Security will transform emergency systems

  • Canada confirms Arctic discovery of 200-year-old ship
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    Canada confirms Arctic discovery of 200-year-old ship

    Canada's parks department on Monday confirmed the discovery of a British exploration ship that vanished during a storied Arctic expedition in 1846. The statement comes two weeks after scientists from the Arctic Research Foundation announced they had found the ship -- part of a two-vessel expedition during which both disappeared -- submerged but well-preserved beneath 24 meters of water in the Northwest Passage. "Parks Canada's underwater archaeology team is proud to confirm that the wreck located in Terror Bay on the south-west side of King William Island, Nunavut is that of HMS Terror," the government agency said.

  • One of the original 'power posing' researchers now says its effects aren't real
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    One of the original 'power posing' researchers now says its effects aren't real

    Authored by Dana Carney and Andy Yap, then of Columbia University, as well as Amy Cuddy of Harvard, the study suggested that standing like Wonder Woman for two minutes could raise testosterone levels and reduce stress hormone levels temporarily. Cuddy gave a TED talk on power posing in 2012 that has been viewed 46 million times, and she's built a lucrative business based partly on the research that power posing works. Dana Carney, who today serves as a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, recently published a report renouncing the effects of power posing.

  • Did your zodiac sign change? Don't worry, NASA says astrology is still fake
    The Christian Science Monitor

    Did your zodiac sign change? Don't worry, NASA says astrology is still fake

    All over the world, people check their horoscopes to see what's in store for them for the day.  For most, it is an entertaining, meaningless diversion, but a few genuinely believe in their predictions based on their astrological signs sign.  But NASA is causing waves in the astrological community for its recent suggestion that the astrological signs – constellations that are at a certain point in the sky for certain point in the year – have changed as the Earth's axis has shifted over the centuries. The uproar was such that NASA's tumblr felt compelled to release an explanation for the story, emphasizing that astrology is a pseudoscience. The root of the uproar was apparently an article in Cosmopolitan

  • World’s Largest Single-Dish Radio Telescope Begins Testing — NOVA Next
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    World’s Largest Single-Dish Radio Telescope Begins Testing — NOVA Next

    Astronomers in China have started putting the world’s largest single-dish telescope through its paces, kicking off a new era in radio astronomy. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, known as FAST, will peer into the corners of the universe to search for, among other things, pulsars. By making detailed measurements of these magnetized, rotating neutron stars, astrophysicists hope to reveal more about gravitational waves, which were first discovered earlier this year. The observatory’s first tests began yesterday. At 1,640 feet across, FAST’s dish is 640 feet larger than the previous record holder, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Both dishes are made of perforated aluminum

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    Evolution of large dinosaurs linked to development of bony cranial ornaments

    London –  The evolution of gigantic theropod dinosaurs such as "Tyrannosaurus rex" was linked to the development of exaggerated cranial ornaments such as crests and horns, a study published Tuesday said. Researchers from the University of North Carolina concluded in a study published in "Nature Communications" magazine that non-avian theropod species possessing ornaments developed larger body sizes than unadorned lineages. Phyletic giantism _ an evolutionary trend toward large size _ can thus be linked to the possession of cranial ornamentation, the study said. The paper found a clear correlation between the evolution of large-sized bodies and the appearance of osseous ornaments, whose "origin and influence across macroevolutionary time scales remains poorly understood for virtually all animals," according to the study.

  • Gary Johnson Declares Space Travel and Colonization ‘The Future of the Human Race’
    The Fiscal Times

    Gary Johnson Declares Space Travel and Colonization ‘The Future of the Human Race’

    Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson raised plenty of eyebrows on Sunday by declaring that mankind eventually will have to flee to the far reaches of outer space to save itself when the Earth finally either succumbs to global warming or is obliterated by the sun. "We do have to inhabit other planets,” Johnson explained to George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC News’ This Week.

  • Asia's poor choking on filthy air
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    Asia's poor choking on filthy air

    Polluted air is a "public health emergency", the World Health Organization said Tuesday, adding nine out of 10 people globally breathe bad air that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year. Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region -- including China -- are the hardest hit, the data showed. South Asia is also badly affected, with the WHO saying poor air quality is responsible for the deaths of more than 600,000 people in India and 37,000 people in Bangladesh every year.

  • Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Kill Superbugs Without Antibiotics
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    Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Kill Superbugs Without Antibiotics

    As antibiotics become more commonplace, whether we need them or not, superbugs are worrying doctors and turning up more and more often. Shu Lam, a graduate student at the University of Melbourne, has a simple solution: Impale the little buggers. Lam is being cautious, noting that she’s only tested it on six superbugs and only done one live trial with mice.

  • Bloomberg

    Russian Airline Owner Moves to Challenge Musk, Bezos in Space

    A Russian airline entrepreneur wants to join the space race, challenging Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin LLC with a plan to launch commercial rockets. S7 Group, the owner of Russia’s S7 Airlines, agreed to buy the floating rocket platform Sea Launch from a group of investors and aims to restore its operations after a more than two-year hiatus, the family-owned company said. S7 Group co-founder Vladislav Filev described the deal as an “admission ticket” into the aerospace industry.

  • WSU research leads to algae treatment for blindness
    Detroit Free Press

    WSU research leads to algae treatment for blindness

    In a coup for Wayne State University’s reputation as a research center, a small eye-care company that uses green algae genes to treat a type of human blindness has sold for $60 million. The company, RetroSense Therapeutics, which is now based at the Ann Arbor SPARK business accelerator, was acquired this month by Allergan, a $4 billion-a-year maker of skin and eye care products. The company's treatment uses a virus to deliver a photoreceptor gene from the algae into a human patient's eye. The research, which aims to cure an inherited disease that causes people to slowly go blind, has shown promise. The Federal Drug Administration gave permission for a clinical trial. Sean Ainsworth, founder and

  • Big Earthquakes May Be More Likely During New and Full Moons
    Scientific American

    Big Earthquakes May Be More Likely During New and Full Moons

    Every two weeks, on the full and new moons, the sun, moon and Earth fall along a nearly straight line. The combination of gravitational forces in this arrangement creates large swings in the tides. But the celestial alignment affects more than the oceans—it also tugs on Earth’s crust, adding to the stress on faults. This makes it more likely that major earthquakes will strike at these times, according to a new study. The idea isn’t new, but scientists have had a hard time testing the earthquake-tide relationship. For instance, three of the largest earthquakes in recent years happened when tidal stress was high. But those big ones are rare and the link seems to break down for smaller events. So

  • ZDNet

    MIT, Google have just dreamt up the drop-down meeting cubicle

    Once all the rage, the open-plan office appears to have fallen out of favor in recent times, with studies showing they contribute to a higher number of sick days and decreased productivity due to constant disruptions. According to a Bloomberg report last year, staff at some open-plan offices have resorted to using red and green cups to signal whether they can or cannot be disturbed. On the other hand, the open-office concept has been zealously embraced in Silicon Valley to support greater collaboration, which can boost productivity as long as the endless interruptions don't have the opposite effect. With this goal in mind, MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, in partnership with Google, has come up with

  • How your big data career is killing other jobs
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    How your big data career is killing other jobs

    There's a lot of money to be made in data science, as a new O'Reilly report indicates. How much money? Over the last three years, "About half of [those surveyed] reported a 20% change [in salary], and the salary of 12% of the sample doubled." With a median salary of $106,000 for US data professionals, those are significant jumps. Yet, there's also a lot of unemployment. At least, for those people who data science helps to put out of a job. What Patrick McKenzie wrote of engineers is equally true of data scientists: "You're in the business of unemploying people." Data, done right, makes systems more efficient and, inevitably, "efficiency gains" generally translate into "somebody will lose their

  • SpaceX plans to send people to Mars using its Interplanetary Transport System
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    SpaceX plans to send people to Mars using its Interplanetary Transport System

    SpaceX on Tuesday shared with the world its ambitious plan to send humans to another planet for the first time in history. In the crudest explanation, SpaceX will utilize what it’s calling the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) to get the job done. From the beginning, astronauts and cargo will take off from a traditional launch pad using a rocket system that produces more than 28 million pounds of thrust. Once in a parking orbit, the rocket booster will separate from the spacecraft and head back to Earth. As we’ve seen SpaceX demonstrate multiple times now, the booster will land in an upright position where it’ll immediately be fitted with a propellant tanker and shot back into space. From

  • How warm is the Earth? Study suggests a 120,000-year record
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    How warm is the Earth? Study suggests a 120,000-year record

    The Earth today is warmer than it’s been in 120,000 years, and could be poised to break a 2-million-year temperature record, thanks to current greenhouse gas levels that may have already committed Earth to an eventual total warming of 5 degrees Celsius over the next few millenniums, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature, constructs a 2-million-year-long temperature record to predict future rises in heat. Using 61 sea surface temperature proxies taken from ocean sediment cores from around the world, Carolyn Snyder, who conducted the research at Stanford University and now works as a climate policy official at the Environmental Protection Agency, looked at average temperatures over periods of 5,000 years, finding that changes in temperature coincided with carbon dioxide levels.

  • Let's fill a toilet with 240 pounds of mercury and then flush it
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    Let's fill a toilet with 240 pounds of mercury and then flush it

    Mercury, both beautiful and potentially dangerous, is a heavy metal that's liquid at normal ambient temperatures. It can be poisonous and should be treated with care. So what do you do with several large flasks of the shimmery stuff? You flush it down a toilet, of course. YouTube channel Cody's Lab filmed that exact experiment for us all to watch with wonder. Related stories Flush a functional solid-gold toilet at the Guggenheim Museum Iron Throne toilet lets you rule the bathroom The Cody's Lab video, posted on Tuesday, kicks off by discussing just how hard it is to flush a dense lead bullet down a toilet. You need a super-sucker of a loo to get the job done. The bullet test prompted Cody to

  • We talked to the scientist at the center of a brutal firestorm in the field of psychology
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    We talked to the scientist at the center of a brutal firestorm in the field of psychology

    On Thursday, I wrote an article about a firestorm in the field of psychology. Susan Fiske, a Princeton University social psychologist and former president of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), had written a column for the newsletter APS Observer arguing that there was a serious problem of anonymous, ad-hominem attacks among researchers in the field. Many researchers say that there's a "replication crisis" in the field of psychology, with many prominent results based on faulty statistics.

  • Susan Miller on Why October's New and Full Moons Will Lead to Personal Reinvention
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    Susan Miller on Why October's New and Full Moons Will Lead to Personal Reinvention

    Susan Miller is InStyle's resident astrologer and founder of AstrologyZone.com. The new moon in Libra that appeared just one day prior to the dawning of October on Sept. 30 is a glorious one, and gives a tone of optimism and happiness during the first two weeks of October. Think of a new moon as a portal that opens to bring opportunities in one area of life, coaxing you to act on a goal important to you.

  • Australia: Residents panic as gigantic 'meteor' seen over Queensland skies
    International Business Times UK

    Australia: Residents panic as gigantic 'meteor' seen over Queensland skies

    A huge fireball caused by a 'meteor' allegedly seen over earth panicked local residents in the Gladstone area of Queensland, Australia, according to reports on Monday (26 September). Police reported receiving phone calls from people, who reported feeling tremors of an earthquake. However, the claim was dismissed by Geoscience Australia, while the Higgins Storm Chasing crew said that the "meteorite impacted somewhere offshore." The weather watching group posted a description of the incident on Facebook. "The light was seen as far south as Hervey Bay and as far north as Yepoon with a tremor being felt upon impact over the general Gladstone area and Boyne Island." Eyewitnesses described the phenomenon

  • Happy anniversary Ötzi: 25 years later, we’re still obsessed with the Iceman
    Washington Post

    Happy anniversary Ötzi: 25 years later, we’re still obsessed with the Iceman

    The Copper Age traveler was trekking through the Alps when an arrow suddenly struck him from behind. The point pierced his left shoulder and the man fell to the snowy ground, face down against a rock. Soon his body was covered in ice, and it would stay that way for the next 5,300 years. Until, 25 years ago this month, two German tourists found his mummified body wedged into a melting glacier on the border between Austria and Italy. Scientists named him Ötzi for the mountain range where he was found, and they've been captivated by him ever since. "In terms of his significance for science, Ötzi is not simply an isolated mummy discovery. He could be seen as a typical European from earlier times