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Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 6:39am

Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren't doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around "fact and not sentimentality."

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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 6:00am

In this latest form of self-harming behavior, adolescents anonymously post mean or derogatory comments about themselves on social media, as a way of managing feelings of sadness or self-loathing.

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Betting On Artificial Intelligence To Guide Earthquake Response

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:55pm

A California tech firm believes that artificial intelligence can help communities prepare for, and respond to, quakes.

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Malibu Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastic

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:53pm

Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

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It's the Hubble Space Telescope's Birthday. Enjoy Amazing Images Of The Lagoon Nebula

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:16pm

This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28 years in space, and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency issued photos of colorful, explosive beauty.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, STScI)

Major Earthquake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill 800 People, USGS Predicts

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:36am

The U.S. Geological Survey simulated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault near Oakland, Calif., and found that such a quake could kill hundreds and cause more than $100 billion in damage.

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For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:00am

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

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How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:06am

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It's not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they're onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.

(Image credit: Kira Puntenney-Desmond/Colorado State University)

8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00am

Eight years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, a safety watchdog aims to prevent another disaster. But it faces multiple challenges, and a shift in focus under the Trump administration.

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Bottlenose Dolphins Spotted Off Canada's Pacific Coast For The First Time

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:05pm

This was a bizarre sight because this kind of dolphin has never before been spotted in this northern area. They like the warmer waters farther south. About 200 were swimming in the group.

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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it's because they were tasty.

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Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

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To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:31pm

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

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After Alert On Russian Hacks, Bigger Push To Protect Power Grid

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:29am

Homeland Security and the FBI have blamed Russia for a series of cyberattacks on U.S. power plants. The industry is stepping up efforts to protect the electric grid.

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Rwandan Reconciliation Through Radio Soap Opera

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 4:00am

In the ruins of the recently-ended Rwandan civil war, a team of radio performers attempted to unite Hutus and Tutsis through a soap opera.

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Launches NASA Satellite To Search For Alien Worlds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:29pm

TESS — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will spend two years searching for planets near bright, nearby stars. The launch is scheduled for Wednesday night around 6:51 p.m. ET.

Gene Therapy For Inherited Blood Disorder Reduced Transfusions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:01pm

A small study finds promise for using gene therapy to treat patients with beta-thalassemia, a blood condition that can cause severe anemia. The experimental treatment is in early development.

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Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:46pm

The ecosystem has collapsed for 29 percent of the 3,863 reefs in the giant coral reef system, according to new research. Scientists are learning which corals are the "winners" and "losers."

(Image credit: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ Gergely Torda)

How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:04pm

A brain imaging study of grown-ups hints at how children learn that "dog" and "fog" have different meanings, even though they sound so much alike.

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Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:43pm

Each night, the organisms gather in a "vertical stampede" to feed at the ocean's surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

(Image credit: Isabel Houghton / J.R. Strickler /courtesy of Stanford / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

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