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  • Remarkable 3,000-Year-Old Community Dubbed the 'British Pompeii'
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    Remarkable 3,000-Year-Old Community Dubbed the 'British Pompeii'

    Archaeologists have uncovered a 3,000-year-old, remarkably well-preserved community near Peterborough, England. The excavation at Must Farms, by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, has unearthed a trove of textiles, pottery and tools that reveal new insights into the lives of our ancestors. The sudden destruction, and then subsequent preservation in the river's non-porous silt, caused many of the artifacts to be preserved incredibly well, archaeologist wrote on their online diary, documenting the findings.

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  • Kerry urges phasing-out of toxic greenhouse gases
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    Kerry urges phasing-out of toxic greenhouse gases

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged signatories of an international ozone pact to back the phasing-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- toxic greenhouse gases thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. "Climate change is happening – and it is happening quicker than most of us ever anticipated," Kerry said. "Week after week, month after month, year after year, we continue to see new evidence, tangible evidence, of the danger climate change poses to our planet.

  • So, Space Shuttle Pilot Eileen Collins Speaking at the RNC. That Was Interesting
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    So, Space Shuttle Pilot Eileen Collins Speaking at the RNC. That Was Interesting

    Ted Cruz wasn’t the only speaker who didn’t endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention last night. First there was Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle pilot and commander. Her decision to speak at a convention honoring Trump—a man known for expressing opinions on many things, space exploration not among them—had puzzled some in the space community. So when she got to the end of her speech, the omission was notable. The prewritten text of Collins’ speech ended with, “We need leadership that will make America great again. That leader is Donald Trump.” But she never said the last sentence. Collins has been critical of the Obama administration and NASA’s current mission

  • Associated Press

    Russian balloonist hopes to circumnavigate globe on Saturday

    A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was on the brink of setting a record for flying solo in a balloon around the world nonstop and was expected to land in Australia on Saturday, his son said on Friday. Fedor Konyukhov hopes to land in the wheat fields near Northam in Western Australia state, shaving two days off the current record of 13 days and eight hours set by American businessman Steve Fossett in 2002, Oscar Konyukhov said. Fedor Konyukhov lifted off from Northam at 7:30 a.m. local time on July 12 in a carbon box 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches) high, 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches) long and 1.8 meters (5 feet 11 inches) wide suspended from a 56-meter (184-foot) -tall helium and hot-air balloon.

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  • Bangladesh: Hidden fault could trigger quake
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    Bangladesh: Hidden fault could trigger quake

    While the fault lines in this region have been known about for some time, most believed the subduction, and thus the major earthquake threat, had long since ended. Studying the motion of the plates and looking for evidence of seismic movements in Bangladesh is extremely difficult. Steckler, the lead author of the study, described the subduction zone as being "filled with sediments from the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta," causing the fault to be "blind, totally covered by sediments, so in places we only infer its existence." This study utilized more than 10 years' worth of data from highly precise GPS receivers placed around northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The results allowed the researchers

  • Next week, a meteor shower created by a mysterious comet will reach its peak — here’s how to watch
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    Next week, a meteor shower created by a mysterious comet will reach its peak — here’s how to watch

    The Perseids, one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, is coming up in just under a month. Right now, we are in the middle of a meteor shower called the Delta Aquarids, which began around July 12. Around July 28 and 29, the Delta Aquarids will reach their peak.

  • The Republican Party Is on the Verge of Extinction
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    The Republican Party Is on the Verge of Extinction

    Seldom does the global public have an opportunity to observe an endangered species in its natural habitat, but this week, wildlife enthusiasts received a rare glimpse into the poignant final days of the American Republican elephant. Recently, however, some unknown constellation of events brought more than 2,000 surviving specimens of E. republicanus to a Cleveland watering hole known locally as the Quicken Loans Arena.

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  • 2016 is (predictably) set to be the hottest year on record
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    2016 is (predictably) set to be the hottest year on record

    If temperature trends continue, 2016 is on track to be the planet’s hottest year on record, according to NASA. NASA made these high temperature measurements thanks to satellite data and ground-based observation. "While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers," said Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

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    Alcohol Can Cause Certain Cancers, Study Says

    Drinking alcohol may cause seven different types of cancer, a new meta-analysis finds. Previous studies have found an association between drinking alcohol and a higher risk of developing certain cancers, according to the study. In the new meta-analysis, published today (July 21) in the journal Addiction, researchers looked at the major review studies done over the last decade on alcohol and cancer, including reviews from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • New advance in 3D graphics may make the next Avengers movie look even more realistic
    Digital Trends

    New advance in 3D graphics may make the next Avengers movie look even more realistic

    In short, they’ve figured out how to improve the way graphics software can render light as it interacts with extremely small details on the surface of materials. As a brief explainer, the reflection of light emanating from a material’s small details is called “glints,” and until now, graphics software could only render glints in stills. Ramamoorthi and his colleagues plan to reveal their rendering method at SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim, California, later this month.

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  • Removing Wylfa nuclear plant's radioactive fuel 'priority'
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    Removing Wylfa nuclear plant's radioactive fuel 'priority'

    The push to recover used radioactive fuel from the last nuclear power station of its kind is under way. Wylfa nuclear plant's last reactor was turned off after 44 years at an outage ceremony on Anglesey in December. Workers have spent the past six months putting decommissioning plans into action, including a new safety regime. Removing 800 tonnes of spent Magnox fuel will now be the "dominant" focus over the next three years, officials have said. "Once we are fuel free, over 99% of all the radioactivity on the site will have left," said Gordon Malcolm, deputy site director at Wylfa. "Then the whole site moves on to the next phase of work, preparations for care and maintenance... which will last

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    EU approves Monsanto, Bayer genetically modified soybeans

    CHICAGO • The European Commission on Friday approved imports of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend genetically modified soybean variety, after months of delays that had derailed the company’s product launch this spring. U.S. grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland Co. told Reuters on Friday that its elevators and processing plants will now accept the Xtend soybean variety. Rivals Cargill Inc., Bunge Ltd. and CHS Inc., which had also refused to accept the variety without EU import approval, could not be immediately reached for comment. The EU is the second largest importer of soybeans and its approval is not expected to have a major impact on merger talks by German suitor Bayer AG, whose sweetened $64 billion buyout offer of Creve Coeur-based Monsanto was rejected last week, as had been widely anticipated, analysts said on Friday.

  • Why a small agriculture tech company is big business
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    Why a small agriculture tech company is big business

    Agriculture is in a tough spot. The population is expected to teeter over 9.6 billion in 2050, and feeding this global citizenry will require a staggering 70 percent more food than the world produces now, says the United Nations. For agriculture, this means increasing production while also contending with the effects of climate change, which have already caused drought around the world. This essential dilemma has spurred innovation and investment in the agricultural industry, including a record $100 million in second-round funds for Indigo, an agriculture technology start-up. The money, awarded Thursday, represents the largest single financing round in the history of the private ag-tech sector,

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  • How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey
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    How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

    An African bird called the greater honeyguide is famous for leading people to honey, and a new study shows that the birds listen for certain human calls to figure out who wants to play follow-the-leader. The finding underscores the unique relationship that exists between humans and this wild bird. "They're definitely not domesticated, and they're in no way coerced," says Claire Spottiswoode of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. "And they're not taught in any conventional way as well. Humans are not deliberately going out there and training honeyguides." She first heard of the honeyguide as an 11-year-old child in Cape Town, South Africa, where she went to a meeting of her local

  • There's a simple reason why one kind of trip gives you the worst jet lag — and you can use it to make your next trip a breeze
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    There's a simple reason why one kind of trip gives you the worst jet lag — and you can use it to make your next trip a breeze

    No matter how long it lasts, jet lag is never fun, and researchers still haven't found a "cure" for the bothersome side-effect. It turns out that our internal clocks are a bit laggy — they run a tad longer than 24 hours.

  • 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.

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  • Inside the test-flight of Facebook’s first internet drone
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    Inside the test-flight of Facebook’s first internet drone

    At 2AM, in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. He was traveling to an aviation testing facility in Yuma, AZ, where a small Facebook team had been working on a secret project. Their mission: to design, build, and launch a high-altitude solar-powered plane, in the hopes that one day a fleet of the aircraft would deliver internet access around the world. Zuckerberg arrived at the Yuma Proving Ground before dawn. “A lot of the team was really nervous about me coming,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with The Verge. A core group of roughly two dozen people work on the drone, named Aquila (uh-KEY-luh), in locations from Southern California to the United

  • Reuters

    Newly developed wheel converts any bicycle into an electric vehicle

    Right off the bat, Michael Burtov said he and his team at technology startup GeoOrbital did not re-invent the wheel. After two years and five prototypes, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup has developed a new type of electric bicycle wheel that steered the company into crowdfunding stardom raising more than $1.2 million at a record-setting pace on Kickstarter.   The newly developed bicycle wheel has the major components of an electric vehicle – a 500 watt motor, a lithium battery and a suit of electronics, all arranged to fit perfectly into the radial of a wheel made out of high density foam to avoid a flat. “The unique thing about this wheel is that we rearranged it," Michael Burtov, the CEO & Founder of GeoOrbital said.

  • Will space 'Trump' the RNC?
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    Will space 'Trump' the RNC?

    Much can be and has been said about the Presidential campaign of Mr. Donald J. Trump, leading up to the U.S. Presidential Elections in 2016.  From an unprecedented self-examination of the electorate, to those watching from abroad, we collectively understand the weight of the Office he seeks, the history behind who has sat in the Oval Office before him, the impact of the seat of the Executive and the widespread ramifications for the rest of the world, come November’s elections—no matter the victor. The Republican and Democratic conventions are a political milestone in the race for the U.S. Presidency and given their commencement, I’d like to talk about one such particular milestone—A woman who's

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  • ‘Security Is Only as Good as Your Fastest Computer’
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    ‘Security Is Only as Good as Your Fastest Computer’

    China has, for the seventh time in a row, taken the top prize as the global leader in supercomputing. The Sunway TaihuLight, at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, a city near Shanghai, has clocked a theoretical peak performance of 125.4 petaflops, meaning 1,254 trillion calculations per second. As announced on June 20 on Top500.org, a website considered the industry benchmark for supercomputer rankings, the machine is nearly three times faster than the previous first-place holder, the Chinese Tianhe-2.

  • Midwest mugginess linked to crops working up a 'corn sweat'
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    Midwest mugginess linked to crops working up a 'corn sweat'

    The Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say. Basically, when corn crops mature in late July, they act like billions of straws drawing up soil moisture.

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

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  • Brazil scientists find Zika traces in Culex mosquitoes in wild
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    Brazil scientists find Zika traces in Culex mosquitoes in wild

    Brazilian researchers on Thursday said they found signs of the Zika virus in a common mosquito that is a separate species from the insect known to be the primary means of transmission. They warned, however, that further tests are needed to determine whether the species, known as Culex quinquefasciatus, is in fact responsible for transmitting the virus to humans and, if so, to what extent. The scientists, from a leading Brazilian research institute known as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, discovered the Zika traces in Culex mosquitoes captured in and around the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, capital of the state that was hit hardest by the Zika outbreak since last year. In March, the same

  • Scientists say a common leadership strategy makes men in charge look foolish
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    Scientists say a common leadership strategy makes men in charge look foolish

    A few years ago, researchers at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School published some attention-getting findings about the surprising benefits of asking for help. According to the findings, men in leadership positions wind up looking less competent when they ask for other people's help.

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    Carube Copper Makes Exciting Copper Gold Discovery

    OTTAWA, ON / ACCESSWIRE / July 22, 2016 / Carube Copper Corp. (TSXV: CUC) is pleased to announce recent initial drill results from the Bellas Gate and Above Rocks Joint Ventures in Jamaica. The 2016 exploration programs at both JV's are being operated