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'Einstein's Unfinished Revolution' Looks At The Quantum-Physics-And-Reality Problem

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 2:01pm

A century after the birth of quantum mechanics, no one is sure what it is telling us about the nature of reality — and Lee Smolin's book adds to a stream of excellent works on the topic.

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Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5, NOAA Finds – The First Since Andrew In 1992

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 12:04pm

With winds of 160 mph, the October hurricane was the strongest on record to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, where communities are still trying to recover. NOAA upgraded it from a Category 4.

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Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 1:01pm

A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.

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Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat 'Bubble Boy' Disease

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 4:12pm

The latest advance is not only encouraging news for patients with severe compromised immunodeficiency. It's a test case for all those scientists working to develop better gene therapy techniques.

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Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:01pm

The cells regained a startling amount of function, but the brains didn't have activity linked with consciousness. Ethicists see challenges to assumptions about the irreversible nature of brain death.

(Image credit: Stefano G. Daniele and Zvonimir Vrselja, Sestan Laboratory, Yale School of Medicine)

Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 9:41am

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.

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Climate Change Is 'Greatest Challenge Humans Have Ever Faced,' Author Says

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:59pm

Bill McKibben, who first warned of climate change 30 years ago, says its effects are now upon us: "The idea that anybody's going to be immune from this anywhere is untrue." His new book is Falter.

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Gene-Editing Human Trials Get Underway

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:01am

This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness, and sickle cell disease.

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Scientists Plan To Start Human Trials Testing CRISPR Soon

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:05am

The powerful gene-editing technique is moving out of the lab and into the clinic. Trials will use CRISPR to try to treat a variety of diseases, ranging from cancer and blindness to blood disorders.

Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France's Pyrenees Mountains

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 5:05pm

Tiny fragments broken down from larger pieces of plastic have already been found in rivers, lakes, oceans and in agricultural soil. But very few studies of wind-borne microplastic have ever been done.

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'Our Planet' Nature Documentary Addresses The 800-Pound Gorilla — Human Impact

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 4:38pm

The new Netflix series takes a hard look at the effects of our behavior on the natural world. Series producer Alastair Fothergill says that this is a different, more urgent type of show.

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Do You Love Lying In Bed? Get Paid By NASA To Do It For Space Research

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 7:31pm

Researchers are currently looking for candidates who will stay in bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 60 straight days for a study on how the body adapts to weightlessness.

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High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack. Here's How To Chill Out

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 4:01pm

A study of siblings finds those who have a stress-related disorder have a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or other cardiovascular event, compared to their less-stressed brothers and sisters.

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Get Paid To Stay In Bed, For Space Science

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 7:03am

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Jennifer Ngo-Anh of the European Space Agency about their planned study during which subjects will stay in bed for two months.

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 7:16am

Some environmentalists say food production needs a fundamental reboot, with crops that stay rooted in the soil for years, like Kernza, a prairie grass. Even General Mills says it likes the idea.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:06am

The arrests of Julian Assange and Omar al-Bashir dominated global news headlines this week.

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Israeli Robotic Moon Landing Fails In Final Descent

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:53pm

Israeli scientists are studying what caused an engine failure in the closing minutes of what they hoped would be a historic lunar landing.

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Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 1:01pm

Scientists are learning how the party drug ketamine relieves depression so quickly — and why its effects fade over time.

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As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Options

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 4:12am

In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.

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Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippines Cave May Rewrite Human History

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:24pm

Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of what they suspect is a previously unknown human species.

(Image credit: Callao Cave Archaeology Project)

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