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Chinese rover beings exploring ‘dark’ side of moon

BEIJING (AP) — China’s space agency has posted a photo of a lunar rover making tracks on the surface shortly after leaving a spacecraft that had made the first-ever landing on the moon’s far side. The Jade Rabbit 2 rover drove off a ramp and onto the moon at 10:22 p.m. Thursday, about 12 hours […]
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Incredibly detailed satellite images show volcano's collapse after volcanic tsunami

The volcano's cone collapsed and triggered a landslide underwater on Dec. 22, leading to huge waves that weren't detected by tsunami warning systems. As noted by the American Geophysical Union, the pictures show how much the volcano has changed after the disaster, where a bay has formed from the collapse, along with high levels of sediment in the water surrounding the island.
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Ecuador president demands probe into predecessor's oil projects

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Thursday asked the country's prosecutor to probe $4.9 billion of oil-related infrastructure projects, alleging that the OPEC nation's money was looted during the decade-long tenure of his leftist predecessor. Moreno said there were massive cost overruns, operational failings and non-transparent bidding processes at the five projects built during Rafael Correa's presidency, including a $2.2 billion upgrade to the Esmeraldas refinery. "Nearly $5 billion of Ecu...
Tags: Science, Opec, Ecuador, Rafael Correa, Moreno, Lenín Moreno


Chinese rover beings exploring 'dark' side of moon

BEIJING (AP) — China's space agency has posted a photo of a lunar rover making tracks on the surface shortly after leaving a spacecraft that had made the first-ever landing on the moon's far side.
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U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco in an order on Thursday granted Bayer unit Monsanto's request to split an upcoming trial into two phases. The order initially bars lawyers for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman from introducing evidence that the company allegedly attempted to influence regulators and manipulate public opinion. Thursday's order applies to Hardeman's case, which is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25, and two other so-called bellwether trials which will help determine t...
Tags: Science, San Francisco, Monsanto, Bayer, HARDEMAN, Vince Chhabria, Edwin Hardeman


Archaeologists find Mexico temple to god of skinning sacrifices

Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first temple to the pre-Hispanic deity Xipe Totec, a god of fertility and war who was worshipped by sacrificing and skinning captives. Evidence indicates that priests ritually sacrificed their victims on one of the temple's two circular altars, then flayed them on the other and draped themselves in their skin, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement. Historians have long known that Xipe Totec ("the flayed god") was wor...
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The World Bank Says Robots Aren't Killing Jobs Yet. Don’t Listen To It.

The World Bank has released its annual World Development Report, and the headline news this go round, as relayed by Bloomberg and others, is basically that “Robots Aren’t Killing Jobs.” Which, good news, if true.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Bloomberg, Automation, Robots, World Bank, Automaton, World Bank Says Robots Aren


Baidu, Sohu Get Caught in Latest Chinese Internet Clampdown

The Cyberspace Administration of China on Thursday announced it was starting a six-month effort to eradicate “vulgar” information” from a plethora of online media, including messaging services and livestreaming platforms. The Beijing branch of the watchdog said it summoned executives from both firms and ordered several of Baidu’s and Sohu’s news and content feeds to suspend updates from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10 while they root out undesirable content. Baidu’s shares fell 4.7 percent, marking their la...
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Scientists boost plant yield by 40% through 'genetic hack'

For years, researchers at the University of Illinois have been trying to find out whether it is possible to genetically modify a crop to boost its growth. The study is of particular significance because it is the first time that the technique, which has been discussed for several years, resulted in such a major impact in an open field as opposed to a laboratory environment.
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China’s lunar probe sends back its first photos of the far side of the Moon

It's not all that often that China breaks entirely new ground when it comes to space science but that's exactly what the country did earlier today by successfully landing its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the Moon's surface. China's space agency was quick to post new photos snapped from the lander, declaring the touchdown and deployment of its lunar rover a success. This is the very first time that any country has performed a soft landing or rover deployment on the far side of Ear...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, Moon, Carmen, Chang, CNSA


Social media linked to higher risk of depression in teen girls

Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use - mainly due to online harassment and disturbed sleep, as well as poor body image and lower self-esteem, researchers said on Friday. In a study analyzing data from nearly 11,000 young people in Britain, researchers found that 14-year-old girls were heavier users of social media, with two-fifths of them using it for more than three hours a day, compared with a fifth of boys. The study also found tha...
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What Einstein meant by ‘God does not play dice’

'The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secret of the Old One,' wrote Albert Einstein in December 1926. 'I am at all events convinced that He does not play dice.' Einstein was responding to a letter from the German physicist Max Born. The heart of the new theory of quantum mechanics, Born had argued, beats randomly and uncertainly, as though suffering from arrhythmia. Whereas physics before the quantum had always been about doing this and getting that, the new quantum...
Tags: Science, Religion, Physics, Judaism, Amsterdam, Innovation, Universe, Philosophy, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, God, Copenhagen, Einstein, Mach, Bern, Albert


Researcher Distributes Tool That Enables Mass-Hijacking of Google Chromecast Devices

A method a pair of hackers used this week to hijack thousands of Google Chromecast devices is, for those who hadn’t figured it out already, now plain as day.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Chromecast, Google Chromecast, Stop Forwarding To Port 8008, Google Chromecast Devices


Not a baby factory: South Korea tries to fix demographic crisis with more gender equality

This year, President Moon Jae-In, who describes himself as a feminist president, is testing a new angle: showing women more respect. At the end of last year, South Korea announced plans to remove some of the disincentives for employing women, allowing both parents to take parental leave at the same time and extending paid paternal leave. "Efforts on gender equality are very timely," said Shin Eun-kyung, an economist with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Edinburgh scientists discover mammoth secret in ivory DNA

Researchers at Edinburgh Zoo have found woolly mammoth DNA inside ivory trinkets from the illegal trade.
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Moon motivation

What China's Chang'e-4 mission could tell us about the far side of the Moon.
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Mars motivation

What China's Chang'e-4 mission could tell us about the far side of the Moon.
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When You're Chronically Ill and Don't Know What Constitutes an Emergency Anymore

What it's like when you have a chronic illness and aren't sure when to go to the emergency room for your symptoms.
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After historic flyby, New Horizons probe treks deeper on hunt for moons

The piano-sized probe is traveling deep into the ring of celestial bodies known as the Kuiper Belt looking for small, icy moons that spun off the snowman-shaped Ultima Thule formation, a pair of icy space rocks that fused in orbit billions of years ago. "If we've seen bodies one and two, the question is what about bodies three, four and five?" Mark Showalter, a New Horizons investigator, said during a news conference at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. New Horizons on...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Kuiper Belt, Mark Showalter, Ultima Thule, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


New Jersey boy, 11, died from allergic reaction after smelling fish cooking, authorities believe

An 11-year-old boy died in New York, Tuesday after what authorities believe was an allergic reaction to seafood that was being cooked at the time.
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GoFundMe Is Still Enabling 'Garbage' Cancer Treatment Scams, Study Finds

Medical crowdfunding has become a billion-dollar industry practically overnight, led by sites like GoFundMe. But yet another new study shows a dark side of the trend: Millions of dollars funneled to ludicrous, unscientific treatments for life-threatening diseases like cancer. Tragically, the study also found that many of the desperate people at the center of these campaigns died despite whatever treatments they sought.
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GoFundMe Is Still Enabling 'Garbage' Cancer Treatment Scams, Study Finds

Medical crowdfunding has become a billion-dollar industry practically overnight, led by sites like GoFundMe. But yet another new study shows a dark side of the trend: Millions of dollars funneled to ludicrous, unscientific treatments for life-threatening diseases like cancer. Tragically, the study also found that many…Read more...
Tags: Science, Crowdfunding, Cancer, Scams, Pseudoscience, Homeopathy


Bot Chips Ahoy! PepsiCo Is Test-Driving a Snack Delivery Robot

Bot Chips Ahoy! PepsiCo Is Test-Driving a Snack Delivery Robot
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Nearby galaxy is hurtling towards Milky Way on collision course which could wipe out life on Earth

A neighbouring galaxy is hurtling towards the Milky Way on a collision course which could shift Earth outside the Goldilocks zone, making it too hot or too cold for life, scientists have warned. New research led by astrophysicists at Durham University, predicts that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years’ time. Although the collision will not directly impact the Solar System, it will trigger a secondary chain of events, dislodging other stars from their aro...
Tags: Science, Earth, Milky Way, Durham University, LMC, Barcroft Media, Marius Cautun, Cautun, Carlos Frenk


Nearby galaxy set to collide with Milky Way, say scientists

Collision will ‘cause fireworks’ but probably won’t happen for about 2.5 billion years As if battered post-Christmas finances, a looming disorderly Brexit and the prospect of a fresh nuclear arms race were not enough to dampen spirits, astronomers have declared that a nearby galaxy will slam into the Milky Way and could knock our solar system far into the cosmic void.The unfortunate discovery was made after scientists ran computer simulations on the movement of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, LMC


NASA’s first planetary defense mission will send a spacecraft crashing into an asteroid

The relentless march of technology is allowing scientists to consider the possibility of human exploration of the Solar System and beyond but, even as we dream of the day where man sets foot on Mars, we have to consider how we'll protect our home planet from major threats in the future. The possibility of an asteroid-borne apocalypse is a real one, and NASA wants to make sure mankind is prepared to defend itself from such events. To that end, NASA is already planning the first real planetar...
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Donald Trump, Drone Expert

The president today wandered into a surprise White House press briefing already attended by border security suits to restate that he is, among other things, an expert on drone technology.Read more...
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Olivia Newton-John Addresses Death Rumors in Heartbreaking New Video

Reports have claimed that the actress is "clinging on to life."
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus Is the Flu-Like Illness You Haven't Heard About

Here's what to look out for.
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Confused about the 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' that's coming soon? Here's your guide

Sure, you may know the 'super blood wolf moon eclipse' is coming to a sky near you later this month. But what does it all mean?
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