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An unlikely source is revealing some secretive habits of whales: the group tasked with monitoring nuclear weapons testing. The underwater hydrophone network of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) was designed to listen for massive explosions, but its sonic sensors more often pick up the peaceful rumblings of the world’s largest
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Paraguay issued a stamp honoring Schmiedl in 1984.Wikimedia Commons, public domain A decade before the Apollo 11 launch, the U.S. Postal Service proclaimed that it would deliver mail by rocket long before people walked on the Moon — and then it launched 3,000 letters from a submarine to prove the point. It wasn’t the first
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SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) – Scientists in Crimea are poring over a mass of preserved animal bones dating back half a million years after workmen discovered a sprawling underground cave during the construction of a motorway. Work on the road has been temporarily halted while the scientists study the contents of the cave, which include the
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The 8th Annual Robot Film Festival in Portland OregonRobot Film Festival Red Carpet for The 8th Annual Robot Film Festival in Portland Oregon July 14th, 2018Liana Kramer The 8th annual Robot Film Festival kicked off this past Saturday in Portland, Oregon, celebrating films of both real and fictional robots. The festival is co-founded by Heather
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America’s national parks might seem like an obvious refuge from city smog. Not so, according to new research that finds popular parks’ levels of ozone—a major air pollutant—match those of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. The study, published Wednesday in Science Advances, also suggests national park visitation drops when ozone levels soar. But some experts
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At the high temperatures achieved in the very young Universe, not only can particles and photons be spontaneously created, given enough energy, but also antiparticles and unstable particles as well, resulting in a primordial particle-and-antiparticle soup.Brookhaven National Laboratory 13.8 billion years ago, at the moment of the Big Bang, the Universe was the hottest it’s
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ROME (Reuters) – A new high-tech forensic study of the blood flows on the Shroud of Turin, the mysterious linen some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth, is the latest analysis to suggest that it is most likely a mediaeval fake. FILE PHOTO: Carabinieri’s paramilitary police stands next to the Holy Shroud during a media
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A small, faint galaxy residing some 65 million light-years away has been threatening to upend scientists’ entire paradigm of dark matter—the supposedly ubiquitous particles thought to pervade the universe like a hidden cosmic skeleton. All galaxies should be surrounded by a more massive cloud of dark matter, the thinking goes, but a team of astronomers
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Diamonds, diamonds everywhere?Description:LYNETTE COOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Leah Crane Carbon-rich planets with black graphite surfaces hiding rich seams of diamonds may orbit distant stars. Now, researchers have made tiny versions of these weird worlds in the lab to figure out what they are like. Kaustubh Hakim at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and his
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Fly like an action potential, the electrical impulses that charge down axons in your brain at speeds up to five times faster than a cheetah.  The neurons in your brain are connected by some 150 trillion synapses. A single cell can have thousands, even tens of thousands
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Astronomers on Tuesday announced the discovery of 10 more moons of Jupiter, bringing to 79 the number known to be circling the giant gas planet, including one “wrong-way driver” that appears destined to crash into other moons sharing its orbital highway. NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, as the spacecraft performed
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Schematic showing the newly discovered Jovian moons.Roberto Molar Candanosa, Carnegie Institution for Science Twelve new moons have been discovered orbiting Jupiter, bringing the grand total to seventy nine. The new moons are small, only about 1 – 3 kilometers wide, but they could provide clues to
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Ancient henge discovered in IrelandAnthony Murphy / Mythical Ireland The unusual lack of rain, combined with a fortuitous drone flight has revealed an ancient henge in Ireland’s Boyne Valley. Much of the discovery was right timing and right place as Ireland is in the middle of
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Kentville Clock Time Travel.Rodger Evans (CC BY-ND 2.0) In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture. Amaia Arranz-Otaegui, a University of Copenhagen postdoctoral researcher in archaeobotany, and Ali Shakaiteer,
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You’ve heard the numbers: More than half of the world’s people now live in cities, and in just a few decades more than two thirds of the globe’s rapidly growing population will be urban. Because cities already suck up much of the planet’s resources and generate much of its waste, these trends threaten to make
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Some half a million people worldwide with severe hearing loss use an electronic implant in the ears to be able to let them understand speech. Cochlear implants, as they are known, are one of the most successful technologies to have come out of neuroscience, but only provide partial correction for any hearing deficit. They are
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An actor-patient, made up to look as if he is infected with smallpox, is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the Nebraska biocontainment unit in Omaha, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) “You have smallpox,” are 3 words that you never want to hear, regardless of whether the “you” is you or any other
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belgium will be acclaimed at celebrations in Brussels on Sunday with thousands expected to hail the team but they will carry mixed feelings about their achievement at the World Cup. Soccer Football – World Cup – Third Place Play Off – Belgium v England – Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia –
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