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India drags feet on GM mustard permit amid powerful opposition

India has frozen requests to commercially release a locally developed genetically modified mustard, an environment ministry document released on Tuesday showed, amid stiff opposition to lab-altered food from domestic activists and politicians. The mustard variety would have been the first transgenic food crop to be allowed for commercial cultivation.
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GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades. A Government Accountability Office report released Monday said the federal government has spent more than […]
Tags: Business, Science, News, Washington, US, Ap, GAO, Government Accountability Office, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


Antibiotics From a 'Molecular Pencil Sharpener'

Rutgers University-New Brunswick and other institutions have discovered a "molecular pencil sharpener" that chews away its outer coating to release a powerful antibiotic. Their discovery opens the door to finding new antibacterial agents and drugs to fight toxins.
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Take the kids … to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank is famous for the monumental Lovell telescope – but alongside all the serious science there are plenty of fun activities and hands-on experiments to inspire kidsThe Lovell telescope, centrepiece of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, which has dominated the Cheshire countryside since it was constructed in 1957, was listed as a UK candidate for Unesco world heritage site status this month. As well as the world’s first fully steerable radio telescope, Jodrell Bank is home to a science disco...
Tags: Travel, Space, UK, Science, Unesco, Day trips, Family Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Cheshire, Lovell, Jodrell Bank, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Chester holidays, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Cheshire


New self-regulating nanoparticles could treat cancer

Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed 'intelligent' nanoparticles which heat up to a temperature high enough to kill cancerous cells -- but which then self-regulate and lose heat before they get hot enough to harm healthy tissue.
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Self-esteem mapped in the human brain

A team of UCL researchers has devised a mathematical equation that can explain how our self-esteem is shaped by what other people think of us, in a new study published in the scientific journal eLife.
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Why the EU's Debating a Ban on Weedkiller in Roundup

The European Union faces a consequential decision over glyphosate, one of the world’s most widely used weedkillers. The debate over the chemical pits the farm industry against campaigners who say it poses ...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union


Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.
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A quantum spin liquid

Researchers from Boston College and Harvard report creating a metal oxide with a honeycomb lattice that scientists have sought to advance quantum computing research.
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Researchers test first drug to prevent the onset of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a very common side-effect of chemotherapy and may eventually lead to early discontinuation of treatment.Collaboration between research and industry led to the identification and successful testing of a new molecule capable of preventing this neurological complication.This molecule could potentially become the first existing treatment to prevent this frequent adverse effect and improve the quality of life of cancer patients.
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Starting at age 6, children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future

Deliberate practice is essential for improving a wide range of skills important for everyday life, from tying shoelaces to reading and writing. Yet despite its importance for developing basic skills, academic success, and expertise, we know little about the development of deliberate practice. A new study from Australia found that children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future starting at the age of 6.
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Study highlights value of acknowledging adolescents' perspectives

Across very different cultures -- Ghana and the United States -- when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. Yet having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for youths in the United States but not in Ghana.
Tags: Science, United States, Ghana


Forest fires contributed to record global tree cover loss

A sharp increase in forest fires stoked record losses in global forest cover equivalent to the area of New Zealand in 2016, a Global Forest Watch report said Monday. The alarming pace of destruction -- 51 percent higher than the prior year with a loss of 73.4 million acres (29.7 million hectares), according to data from the University of Maryland -- was partially due to climate change that has increased the risks and intensity of wildfires by triggering temperature rise and drought in some plac...
Tags: Science, New Zealand, El Nino, University Of Maryland, Global Forest Watch


Gaza Bronze Age remains disappearing under concrete

Archaeologists and preservation activists in the Gaza Strip have managed to halt the destruction of a Bronze Age site for now, but the future of what remains may still be in jeopardy. Palestinian archaeologist Moain Sadeq says the mound at Tell es-Sakan near Gaza City is a "unique" site that could offer an invaluable glimpse into the region's ancient heritage. A few weeks ago the earthmoving equipment returned yet again, destroying a large part of archaeological excavations carried out in 1999...
Tags: Science, Gaza, Gaza Strip, Gaza City, Moain Sadeq, Sadeq


Facebook: Hey, Nice Media You Got There, Shame if Some Kind of News Feed Change Happened to It

Facebook tests of a major change to the way its News Feed works in at least six countries have once raised fears the social media giant—a powerful gatekeeper between publishers and audiences—could be preparing to doom parts of the media, the Guardian reported.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Media, Social Media, Journalism


Florida Couple’s Amazon Delivery Came With 65 Pounds of Free, Dank-Ass Weed

Two Amazon customers who purchased 27 gallon plastic storage bins earlier this year were surprised to find their UPS delivery weighed 93.5 pounds, approximately 65 pounds of which was tightly compacted bales of marijuana.Read more...
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Is This $13 Billion Food Security Crisis Intrexon's Next Big Opportunity?

A single invasive agricultural pest is laying waste to African crops.
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Hong Kong Dissident Joshua Wong Has Been Freed on Bail by the Territory's Highest Court

He will be due back in court at an appeal hearing on Nov. 7
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'Idiots of the century' swim in baited croc trap

A group of men seen swimming inside a baited crocodile trap in Australia near where a woman was recently eaten were blasted as "idiots of the century" Tuesday. Photos posted on Facebook showed the four men clambering on the floating trap set near a marina at Port Douglas in northern Queensland state and even posing inside it. It is not far from where a 4.3-metre (14-foot) croc killed dementia sufferer Anne Cameron.
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This Nightmare On Elm Street LP Box Set Is Simply Exquisite

Monsters, scares, and gore can only take a horror movie so far. Sound and music are also essential—which is why this brand new box set of the scores to the Nightmare on Elm Street films is such a perfect idea.Read more...
Tags: Science, Soundtrack, Vinyl, This Is Awesome, Mondo, Angelo Badalamenti, Christopher Young, Charles Bernstein, J Peter Robinson, Mike Saputo, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Craig Safan, Jay Ferguson


Born in Sandy-flood hospital, kids ‘stronger than the storm’

NEW YORK (AP) — Their lives began with one of the most dramatic stories of Superstorm Sandy: the evacuation of 32 newborn babies from a major New York City hospital that got flooded and lost power. Hospital staffers tended to laboring women in the dark and carried mothers and tiny infants — 21 of them […]
Tags: New York, Science, News, New York City, Nation & World


Attention, parents: Hackers are now targeting kids at school

The Wall Street Journal says more than three dozen school districts across the country have been hit by cyber-thieves who are stealing students' personal information and other data then demanding ransom to get it back.
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When Stars Collide: CSUF Researchers Contribute to Space Discovery

CSU Fullerton researchers are key players in the groundbreaking observation of the first-ever gravitational wave signals emitted from the collision of two neutron stars.
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Facebook research automatically creates an avatar from a photo

 Creating avatars. Who’s got time for it?! Computers, that’s who. You’ll never have to waste another second selecting your hair style, skin tone or facial hair length if this research from Facebook finds its way into product form. Read More
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Emoji, Facial Recognition, Bitmoji


Palestinian Man Arrested After Facebook Auto-Translates 'Good Morning' as 'Attack Them' 

A Palestinian construction worker was arrested by Israeli police after Facebook incorrectly translated the text of one of his posts. Haaretz reports that the man uploaded a picture from his job at a construction site with the text “good morning” in Arabic. When officers used Facebook’s automatic translation service to…Read more...
Tags: Translation, Facebook, Science, Ai, Haaretz, IDF


Chinese scientists stuck a mouse gene into pigs to make 12 low-fat piglets

Chinese scientists in Beijing say they’ve successfully created a dozen low-fat piglets using gene-editing technology. The researchers rejiggered the piglets’ genes using Crispr-Cas9 to help the animals regulate their body temperatures by burning fat. It’s an application of the technology that could one day help farmers save millions of dollars in pork-production costs. Current agricultural…
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The Teaser Trailer for World of Tomorrow Episode Two Is Oh So Wonderful

The teaser trailer for Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow Episode Two is here, and while it’s disappointingly short, it’s just as weird and wonderful as you’d hope. Read more...
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This insane underwater restaurant is being built in Norway

Shoreline seafood restaurants are typically great places to enjoy an evening, but if you want to get truly up-close-and-personal with the watery depths while you devour the creatures that reside their, your options are pretty limited. Now, a new high-end restaurant is being built in Norway that will let you do just that, and its dining area is completely under water. It's called, fittingly, "Under," and it's being built on the coast of Norway — or, to be more specific, it will become par...
Tags: Science, Norway, Snøhetta


The dream of customizable virtual 3D foliage is alive at Disney

 Oh, to work at Disney, to have a hand in creating those lusciously detailed 3D worlds, every character lovingly rendered, every animal sidekick unique and hilarious, every tree… filled with leaves. Designed and placed individually. In movies that take place in forests. There has to be a better way. What if you could just 3D scan some leaves and then tweak them to your liking? Read More
Tags: TC, Science, Media, Disney, Tech, Pixar, Cg, 3d Scanning, Computer Graphics


Nicaragua signs Paris climate agreement

Nicaragua signed the Paris climate agreement Monday, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two holdouts on the global climate pact. The government of President Daniel Ortega said the global 2015 pact represented "the only international instrument that offers the conditions to face global warming and its effects," according to a statement read out by Vice President Rosario Murillo. Monday's announcement leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries holding out on the Paris ...
Tags: Science, Syria, United States, Paris, Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, Daniel Ortega