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Not everyone is on board with that wild Oumuamua ‘alien’ theory

Earlier this week, the mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua was back in the headlines. It didn't resurface because of any new observations or studies since its pass through our solar system back in late 2017, but rather because of a new paper that not-so-subtly hinted the object was actually of alien origin. The paper, which was penned by researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, talks about the behavior of the object as it looped around the Sun and zoomed back out...
Tags: Science, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Katie Mack, Oumuamua


Former Tesla Employee Charged With Embezzling $9.3 Million From Musk's Company

A former Tesla employee was charged by a federal grand jury today of embezzling roughly $9.3 million from Elon Musk’s electric car company over the course of two years. The indictment comes as the result of an FBI inquiry.Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Fbi, Electric Cars, Doj, Musk s Company


Youth climate change lawsuit placed on hold by appeals court

A lawsuit by 25 youths accuses the government of failing to protect natural resources for future generations
Tags: Science, News, Environment, Northwest


Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair and Doctoral Thesis Sell in Multimillion Dollar Auction

A selection of work and belongings of the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking snatched hundreds of thousands of dollars per item at a recent Christie’s auction. Among the items sold were his motorized red leather wheelchair and a copy of his doctoral thesis Properties of Expanding Universes—one of five known…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Auctions, Stephen Hawking, Christie, Christies


John Boyega and Letitia Wright May Team Up For a Space Love Story

The director of Another Earth and I Origins is bringing together two of today’s most popular stars for a literal star-crossed love story.Read more...
Tags: Science, John Boyega, Mike Cahill, Letitia Wright, Hold Back the Stars, Letitia Wright May Team


Google Contractors Say Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct Remains Flawed

Last week, thousands of Google staffers walked out of their offices and into the streets in what is perhaps the largest collective protest of tech workers in history. The demonstration, which included Google offices across several continents, was sparked by reports that the company offered lucrative exit packages to…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Sexual Misconduct, Google Contractors


NASA’s Sun-visiting spacecraft survived its first brush with a star

It's been a busy week for the folks manning the controls of the Sun-touching Parker Solar Probe at NASA. After breaking a bunch of records last week for its distance from the Sun and the speed at which it was traveling, the probe began the week by making the first of its two dozen planned flybys of the star. Now, after waiting patiently for the probe to complete its pass and gather whatever data it could, NASA is reporting that the probe phoned home to let its engineers know that it's do...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Parker, Thomas Zurbuchen


FDA Could Announce Restrictions on Some Flavored E-Cigarette Products as Soon as Next Week: Report

The Food and Drug Administration may soon enforce huge restrictions on where some flavored vaping products can be sold—and soon. The move is brought on by the agency’s effort to crack down on the sale of vaping products to underage consumers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Smoking, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Cigarettes, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Juul


Delhi air

Some popular ways Indians try to beat air pollution - but do they really work?
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'If She Wins': Watch the Short Documentary on 2018's First-Time Congresswomen Who Flipped Their Districts

Here are some of the Democratic women who helped flip the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms in a record-breaking year for women.
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Catching plastic

Microplastics have swamped our ecosystem. Can tech help prevent them entering our water systems?
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How teleporting light and levitating diamonds offer proof of quantum theory

Physicists and researchers working in several laboratories are close to proving a theory that lays the groundwork for an advanced understanding of … well, everything. The theory in question is quantum mechanics, a form of physics that relies on the movements of subatomic particles to explain the natural universe. Proving it has been one of the toughest nuts for scientists to crack. In order to move it from the theoretical column into the canon of scientific fact, physicists must observe certain ...
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Stop Feeding the Hot Duck

Hot Duck mania has gripped the internet. It’s sent birding twitter atwittering, and the New York City news media seems to hang on the duck’s every move. At this point, the duck may be a semi-permanent fixture of the park, and it’s good that so many people love it.Read more...
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Long-Lost Continents Under Antarctica Revealed in Old Satellite Data

Data from an old satellite can tell scientists what's going on underneath the ice, and hopefully how to save it.
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Amazon Breaks Silence on Aiding Law Enforcement Following Employee Backlash

During a company-wide meeting today, Amazon addressed its relationship with law enforcement agencies, including Immigrations Customs and Enforcement—its first direct response to employee concerns raised in June about the company’s often successful attempts to provide cloud infrastructure and facial recognition…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Ice, Jeff Bezos, Facial Recognition, Andy Jassy, Rekognition, Techwontbuildit, Immigrations Customs and Enforcement


Prince Charles Has the Sweetest Story Time Tradition with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

He even does the voices when reading to Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

A motorised wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neurone disease. Some of his belongings including essays, medals, awards and a copy of his book a "Brief Hi...
Tags: Science, Time, Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton Charles Darwin


A Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Dozens of U.S. Sea Mines During the Vietnam War

An analysis of recently declassified U.S. military documents confirms suspicions that, during the late stages of the Vietnam War, a powerful solar storm caused dozens of sea mines to explode. It’s a stark reminder of the Sun’s potential to disrupt our technological activities in unexpected ways.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, The Sun, Space Weather, Solar Storms, Geomagnetic Storms, Spontaneous Combustions


The Future of Safe Self-Driving Cars Is Thermal Imaging

By the end of this year, Google’s Waymo self-driving program plans on expanding its public self-driving ride-sharing program in Arizona, and in the next decade there are about 46 companies working to do the same. Many of these systems don’t yet use thermal imaging, but after a demonstration of how effective it is at…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Arizona, Thermal Imaging, Flir, Autonomous Cars, Self Driving Cars, Car Technology


Our Most Widely-Used Insecticide Makes Bees Lazy And Causes Die-Offs

Researchers knew that neonicotinoids could hurt bees, but they're still learning exactly how. This new study shows some of that damage is behavioral.
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Three New DNA Studies Are Shaking Up the History of Humans in the Americas

It’s a huge day for archaeologists and anyone interested in the history of America’s first settlers. Findings from three new genetics studies—all released today—are presenting a fascinating, yet complex, picture of the first people in North and South America, and how they spread and diversified across two continents.Read more...
Tags: Science, Americas, America, Genetics, Anthropology, South America, North, Human Migrations, Peopling Of The Americas


You Know About Flu Season, but Did You Know About Gonorrhea Season?

Like clockwork, the influenza virus rears its ugly head every winter and makes our lives miserable. But the flu isn’t the only germ that likes a particular time of year, according to a new paper published this week in PLOS Pathogens. Seemingly every infectious disease, including polio, gonorrhea, and even HIV, is…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Flu, Herpes, Epidemiology, Gonorrhea, Worlds Worst Calendar


NASA Figures Out Where Weirdly Square Iceberg Was Born

Earlier this month, NASA published a strange and entrancing photo of a ridiculously square iceberg. Since then, however, NASA went back and looked at some more evidence. Satellite images showed that it split from Antarctica's splintering Larsen C ice shelf behind a much larger, curved iceberg called A-68 and made its way north into clogged, icy water.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Antarctica, Larsen


Not Just the Flu: Gonorrhea, Chicken Pox Also Go Through Seasons

You probably know when flu season happens, but what about chicken-pox season or gonorrhea season? Well, according to a new review study, a whole host of infectious diseases have "seasons" during which their activity peaks. The study, which reviewed information from dozens of scientific papers, found evidence of seasonality in at least 69 different infectious diseases.
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“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with

In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the "other side" to see things differently often feels futile. Psychology has done a great job outlining some of the reasons why, including showing that, regardless of political leanings, most people are highly motivated to protect their existing views.However a problem with some of this research is that it is very difficult to concoct opposing real-life arguments of equal validity, so as to make a fair comparison of people's...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Neuroscience, Innovation, Poland, Slovakia, Mind, Debate, BPS Research Digest, Cognitive Biases, Cognitive Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Vladimíra Čavojová


Everything You Need to Start Playing D&D Is Just $12 On Amazon

Dungeons & Dragons is, dare I say it, cool now? Or at the very least, trendy. If you’re curious to try it out for yourself, but don’t know how to get started, this starter set is down to $12 on Amazon, within a buck of its all-time low.Read more...
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YouTube Finally Lands on Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is getting an official YouTube app starting today. Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Apps, Science, Nintendo, Streaming Video, Consoles, Nintendo Switch, Youtube Comes To The Switch, Youtube On Switch


Earth is being orbited by a pair of wispy ‘dust moons,’ scientists say

In a new paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists explain that they've confirmed the presence of two clouds of dust that are orbiting Earth at around the same distance as our Moon. The discovery is confirmation of work that stretches back decades to the early 1960s when the clouds were first spotted. The presence of the dust clouds has been extremely difficult to prove because they're so faint. They are collections of extremely tiny particles stret...
Tags: Science, Earth, Royal Astronomical Society, Kazimierz Kordylewski, Kordylewski, Judit Slíz Balogh


Explosive Northern California Wildfire Is Consuming 80 Acres of Land a Minute

An incredibly dangerous wildfire has exploded to life in Northern California. The Camp Fire has spurred numerous evacuations in Butte County as it races across the landscape.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, California, Wildfires, Butte County, Camp Fire, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now, Northern California The Camp Fire


Brian Kemp Resigns as Secretary of State After Claiming Victory in Georgia Governor's Race

Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he’s captured enough votes to become Georgia governor, even though his election rival is conceding nothing.
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