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An astronaut and cosmonaut survived a harrowing mid-flight failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket on Thursday morning. But human access to space is now on hold indefinitely while authorities investigate the launch failure. After NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011 without a replacement, the US had no American spaceship to fly people to and from the International
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The marijuana industry boasts hundreds of different cannabis strains, all of which promise a unique ‘high’. Traditionally, this is thought to depend on each strain’s individual levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two major active chemical compounds found in the plant. THC is regarded as the ‘psychoactive’ compound, while CBD is more about the
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(Reuters) – British billionaire Richard Branson said on Thursday that his Virgin Group would suspend its discussions with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over a planned $1 billion investment in the group’s space ventures, in light of events involving missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Richard Branson listens to speeches as he is inducted into the
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Researchers are becoming so adept at mining information from genealogical, medical and police genetic databases that it is becoming difficult to protect anyone’s privacy—even those who have never submitted their DNA for analysis. In one of two separate studies published October 11, researchers report that by testing the 1.28 million samples contained in a consumer
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BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Reuters) – The two-man U.S.-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft en route to the International Space Station was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday when their rocket failed in mid-air. U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without harm and rescue crews who
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Baby-making science has crossed a new threshold, at least in rodents. A team of scientists in China has managed to create a small number of apparently healthy mouse pups from same-sex female parents. The researchers also generated offspring from two mouse dads—but those pups all died shortly after birth, underscoring the fact that the new
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If you are an astronomer—or, at least, someone interested in the search for alien life—this year’s hottest film may be Clara, a Canadian indie feature that premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by 23-year-old cinema wunderkind Akash Sherman, the film follows a troubled astronomer, Isaac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams),
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Prehistoric humans were sexual adventurers, mating with Neanderthals and Denisovans, but DNA studies reveal dalliances with populations we never knew existed Peter Strain By Catherine Brahic WE LEARN about our ancestors in many ways. Bones tell us what they looked like. Teeth reveal their diet. Tools, pots, art and other artefacts hold stories about their
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If you’re looking for insight into the true you, there’s a buffet of personality questionnaires available. Some are silly—like the internet quiz that tells everyone who takes it that they are procrastinators at the core. Other questionnaires, developed and sold as tools to help people hire the right candidate or find love, take themselves more
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It’s International Day of the Girl on October 11. Today Disney shared inspiration and advice for young leaders around the globe from 20 women in tech, entertainment, medicine and law, amongst others. As you can see below, the list is impressive. Just as interesting, however, is that is in the form of a series of videos for Disney’s DreamBigPrincess series each
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Lovelace also studied mesmerism and phrenology, two fields which have since been discredited.Alfred Edward Chalon The second Tuesday in October is Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate and encourage the accomplishments of women in science, technology, and engineering. But who was Ada Lovelace? She wrote the first computer program and was the first to imagine
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(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday its blockbuster drug Stelara was found to be effective in treating a chronic bowel disease in a late-stage trial. FILE PHOTO: A Johnson & Johnson building is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo Two doses of Stelara, already approved for psoriasis, psoriatic
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New U.N. Climate Report Says Put a High Price on Carbon Image The Tesoro Los Angeles oil refinery in California. Economists have long been enthusiastic about carbon pricing because of the idea’s simplicity.CreditCreditLucy Nicholson/Reuters By Brad Plumer Oct. 8, 2018 WASHINGTON — In its landmark report on the fast-approaching dangers of climate change, a United Nations
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Your Dog May Be Smart, but She’s Not Exceptional Image Douglas Moreira, a dog walker, and his charges in Central Park this summer. A new study on dog intelligence says they are smart, but not “exceptional.”CreditCreditEmma Howells/The New York Times By Laura M. Holson Oct. 8, 2018 Cat lovers of the world rejoice! In the
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Australia’s Other Great (and Threatened) Coral Reefs Image Every one of Australia’s coral reefs, including Ningaloo Reef, above, is threatened by climate change, potentially devastating not just the country’s ecosystems but its economy as well.CreditCreditNick Thake By Livia Albeck-Ripka Oct. 8, 2018 MELBOURNE, Australia — The United Nations issued a dire alert on Monday, warning
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Millions are hooked on Fortnite, but are they addicted?LARRY W SMITH/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Clare Wilson What is “problem internet use”? The usual suspects: excessive online gaming, gambling, porn, social media use or being cyberbullied. According to a manifesto released today by the European Problematic Use of the Internet Research Network, we urgently need to wake up
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How is today’s political culture affecting the way women are treated at home and school? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Joel Levin, Co-founder/Program Director, Stop Sexual Assault in Schools, on Quora: Being mindful that broad generalizations
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What are the steps can we take to reduce climate change? How feasible are they? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Karen Piper, Author of A Girl’s Guide to Missiles, on Quora: There is something called the
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A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes The ancestors of today’s squamates were lost in time. Now paleontologists have identified the earliest known example: Meet Megachirella. Image The fossil of Megachirella, a 240 million-year-old lizard found in the Italian Alps.CreditCreditMUSE – Science Museum, Trento, Italy By Asher Elbein Oct. 8, 2018
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