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  • 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

  • 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,"

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Former astronaut John Glenn dies at the age of 95
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    Former astronaut John Glenn dies at the age of 95

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. Glenn then spent 24 years as a Democrat from Ohio in the Senate and briefly made a run for president in 1984.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • DiCaprio, Trump discuss green job creation
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    DiCaprio, Trump discuss green job creation

    Leonardo DiCaprio met President-elect Donald Trump to discuss climate change and how renewable, clean energy could boost the economy by creating millions of new jobs, the actor's foundation said Thursday. Terry Tamminen, chief executive of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, said in a statement he and the Hollywood star presented the Republican property tycoon, his daughter Ivanka and other aides with a plan to unleash "a major economic revival" through investments in sustainable infrastructure. "Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation," Tamminen added.

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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.

  • Mummified child could rewrite history of smallpox
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    Mummified child could rewrite history of smallpox

    When did humans first suffer from smallpox? The mummy was first found in 2015 through a collaboration with the Lithuanian Mummy Project. “There have been signs that Egyptian mummies that are 3,000 to 4,000 years old have pockmarked scarring that have been interpreted as cases of smallpox,” says Ana Duggan, a postdoctoral fellow at the McMaster University Ancient DNA Center in Canada and primary author of a new study on the findings that appears in the journal Cell Biology. The child mummy, which radiocarbon dating places between 1643 and 1665, when several major European and Asian epidemics took hold, was first found in 2015 within the crypt of the Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Biotech ETFs: A Short-Lived Boon From Biogen

    Biogen (BIIB) shareholders aren’t the only ones suffering from the stock’s about face. The drug maker was up as much as 6% earlier today after it unveiled positive data from a small study of its experimental Alzheimer’s drug. It is being applauded as a big win. Earlier today, Barron’s weighed in, calling Biogen “a biotech bargain.” But Biogen’s share price ended the day in the red as some investors engaged in profit taking and others reacted (some say overreacted) to questions about safety. Biogen’s initial share price surge helped to lift the bio biotech exchange-traded funds at a clip that dramatically outpaced the broader market. ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotech (BIB) rose as much as 4.9% Friday

  • Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy?
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    Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy?

    Instead of being urged to simply "be more compassionate," doctors should learn specific empathy skills during their training to improve their care of patients, one doctor argues in a new paper. According to Dr. David Jeffrey, an honorary lecturer in palliative medicine at the Center for Population Health Sciences in Edinburgh, Scotland, who wrote the paper, there is concern about a general lack of psychological and social support for patients from doctors. In addition, the "commercialization of health care leaves people vulnerable" to being treated as though their care is simply an instrument to bring in money to the system, Jeffrey said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    John Glenn, Iconic Kennedy-era Astronaut And Former US Senator, Dies At 95

    John Glenn, the small-town Ohio boy who grew up to be a decorated military aviator and test pilot, an icon of John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier as the first American to orbit the earth and a four-term U.S. senator, has died at age 95. Glenn died Thursday at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, surrounded by family members, according to the Columbus Dispatch. He’d been admitted to the hospital about a week earlier, according to media reports. Tributes to the man, who’s been celebrated in literature, film and song, included praise from President Barack Obama. “With John’s passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend,” Obama said in a statement

  • Experts Unsure Why US Life Expectancy Down
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    Experts Unsure Why US Life Expectancy Down

    A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. Experts aren’t sure why. (Dec. 8)

  • 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 launches cargo ship to space station
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    Japan launches cargo ship to space station

    A powerful rocket carrying a Japanese HTV cargo ship streaked into orbit Friday, kicking off a four-day trip to the International Space Station to deliver 4.3 tons of supplies and equipment, including a set of powerful new batteries for the lab’s solar power system. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB rocket’s hydrogen-fueled LE-7A main engine and four solid-fuel strap-on boosters ignited with a spectacular rush of flame at 8:26:47 a.m. EST (GMT-5; 10:26 p.m. local time), quickly pushing the 174-foot-tall booster away from its seaside launch pad at the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center. Climbing directly into the plane of the space station’s orbit, the rocket smoothly accelerated, leaving the rocky coast of Tanegashima Island behind as it shot away on a southeasterly trajectory. Fourteen minutes later, the H-IIB’s LE-5B second stage shut down and a minute after that, the HTV “Kounotori” cargo ship was released to fly on its own.

  • 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