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Program Predicts Who Will Die on Game of Thrones

Researcher maps probabilities on popular TV show.

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Posted: July 22, 2017, 8:00 am

Mutual UFO Network Symposium Explores Secret Space Program

George Knapp reports on the controversial MUFON convention this weekend.

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Posted: July 22, 2017, 8:00 am

Scientists Find Link Between Vastness of Universe and Smallest Particles

Seeing 'the universe in a grain of sand.'

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Posted: July 22, 2017, 8:00 am

Historic UFO Encounter May Have Inspired Crop Circles

1966 Australian object left a circular "nest" in reeds.

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Posted: July 22, 2017, 8:00 am

UFO Sightings Make Witnesses Happy

Neuroscientist says sightings often have positive effects.

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Posted: July 22, 2017, 8:00 am

Google Street View's Latest Destination: The International Space Station - NDTV


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Google Street View's Latest Destination: The International Space Station
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The Street View imagery was captured by Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut with the European Space Agency, who spent six months aboard the ISS before returning to Earth in June. World | © 2017 The Washington Post | Peter Holley, The Washington Post ...
International Space Station helps Google map the heavensThe National
Now, navigate through International Space Station on Google MapsETTelecom.com
Have a look at the Google street view of the International Space Station (ISS)Irish Tech News
WLNS -Android Community -BallerStatus.com
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Posted: July 22, 2017, 2:05 am

That Weird Signal From Space Is No Longer All That Weird - ScienceAlert


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That Weird Signal From Space Is No Longer All That Weird
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In May this year astronomers detected a strange signal that lined up with a star 11 light years away. As usual, if it's a little out of the ordinary we love to make a list of possibilities with 'alien technology' at the bottom, and then hope it's ...
Not Aliens: Weird Radio Signal from Star Likely Has Duller ExplanationSpace.com
Weird signals from nearby star probably weren't from thereCNET
This Mysterious Space Signal Is (Probably) Not From AliensNDTV
Yahoo News Canada (blog) -GeekWire -The Verge -Newsweek
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Posted: July 22, 2017, 1:57 am

"Great American Eclipse": Excitement builds for total solar eclipse Aug. 21 - CBS News


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"Great American Eclipse": Excitement builds for total solar eclipse Aug. 21
CBS News
On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy -- and study -- a fleeting but ...
25 burning questions about solar eclipses, answeredkgw.com
NASA to use 11 different spacecraft to measure the sun during solar eclipseGlobalnews.ca
The science behind the solar eclipse has Colorado researchers excitedFOX31 Denver
Deccan Chronicle -9NEWS.com -KCCI Des Moines -The Denver Channel
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 8:40 pm

NASA notes 9th northwestern Pacific Tropical Cyclone

The ninth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean has formed and developed into a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Kulap was spotted by NASA's Terra satellite far to the west of Midway Island.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 7:01 pm

GOES Satellite sees Tropical Depression 09E form

The Eastern Pacific Ocean has been recently generating a lot of tropical cyclones. Tropical Depression 09E just formed off the southern coast of Mexico and was captured in imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:53 pm

Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science

Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States August 21.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:50 pm

Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners—for a price

Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:24 pm

Judge OKs $11.2M settlement for hacked Ashley Madison users

A federal judge on Friday approved an $11.2 million settlement between the marital infidelity website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information, including financial data and details of their sexual proclivities.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:22 pm

Since its IPO, Snap Inc. did exactly what it said it would, so why is its stock struggling?

The Los Angeles tech company behind Snapchat offers a simple sales pitch to investors: We'll release features niftier than anything our competitors can produce.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:20 pm

High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?

Facebook could be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:20 pm

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was found to be twice as high as previously believed.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:06 pm

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

Everyone knows that exposure to pollution during rush hour traffic can be hazardous to your health, but it's even worse than previously thought. In-car measurements of pollutants that cause oxidative stress found exposure levels for drivers to be twice as high as previously believed.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:53 pm

Incredible worm-like robot can climb up into the air, make itself bigger and squeeze into small holes - The Independent


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Incredible worm-like robot can climb up into the air, make itself bigger and squeeze into small holes
The Independent
Stanford University researchers built the soft, worm-like robot, which can also squeeze itself through small holes. It's designed to mimic the movements of plants, which can grow around physical obstacles, but at speeds comparable to animals.
Magic Bots: Vine-Inspired Robots Can Grow on DemandLive Science
Watch Stanford's Freaky New Soft Robot Grow ItselfExtremeTech
New type of soft, growing robot createdScience Daily
I4U News -Ars Technica UK -The New Indian Express -EurekAlert (press release)
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:44 pm

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens

Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:37 pm

Silicon Valley investors embrace a new vision of college

Make School, a for-profit startup in this city's South of Market district, is one of the most unusual schools in the country: It lets students enroll in classes for free if they agree to pay later after they land a job.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:20 pm

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

A new electrochemical energy harvesting device can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:19 pm

3-D scanning with water

An innovative technique has been developed that more completely reconstructs challenging 3-D objects. This new approach to 3-D shape acquisition is based on the well-known fluid displacement discovery by Archimedes and turns modeling surface reconstruction into a volumetric problem. Their method accurately reconstructs even hidden parts of an object that typical 3-D laser scanners are not able to capture.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:19 pm

Good fighters are bad runners

For mice and men, a strength in one area of Darwinian fitness may mean a deficiency in another. A look at Olympic athletes shows that a wrestler is built much differently than a marathoner. It's long been supposed that strength in fighting, or protecting territory and resources, comes at the expense of running, or spatial mobility. Now an experiment with house mice provides evidence for this theory.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:19 pm

Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn't include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:13 pm

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient scientific breakthrough serves as the foundation for the team's modern, innovative solution to remaining challenges in current 3D shape reconstruction. This new approach to 3D shape acquisition is based on the well-known fluid displacement discovery by Archimedes and turns modeling surface reconstruction into a volumetric problem. Most notably, their method accurately reconstructs even hidden parts of an object that typical 3D laser scanners are not able to capture.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:13 pm

Good fighters are bad runners

For mice and men, a strength in one area of Darwinian fitness may mean a deficiency in another. A look at Olympic athletes shows that a wrestler is built much differently than a marathoner. It's long been supposed that strength in fighting, or protecting territory and resources, comes at the expense of running, or spatial mobility. Now an experiment with house mice provides evidence for this theory. 
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:11 pm

Satellite sees Tropical Storm Greg after 'eating' a depression

Tropical Storm Greg is intensifying after absorbing the moisture from the remnants of former Tropical Depression 8E. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Greg as it moves west in the Eastern Pacific.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:10 pm

NASA Recommends Safety Tips to View the August Solar Eclipse

More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:10 pm

NASA: Mars Moon Phobos Orbits Red Planet in Beautiful Time-Lapse Captured by Hubble - Newsweek


Newsweek

NASA: Mars Moon Phobos Orbits Red Planet in Beautiful Time-Lapse Captured by Hubble
Newsweek
It looks like a glowing speck or star moving swiftly around the surface of Mars. The tiny moon Phobos orbits the red planet in a new time-lapse video released by NASA. The Hubble Space Telescope captured a series of 13 images of Mars over the course of ...
Speedy Mars Moon Zips Around Red Planet in Amazing NASA VideoSpace.com
This is just really cool – a time-lapse animation from the Hubble telescope showing a tiny moon zinging around MarsDiscover Magazine (blog)
Mars rover concept vehicle tours this planetUSA TODAY
Business Standard -AZCentral.com -Mashable -CNET
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 5:00 pm

NASA Television Coverage Set for Next International Space Station Crew Launch

Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on Friday, July 28.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:29 pm

Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon

The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova, one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright as the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy combined, occurred about 3.5 billion years after the big bang at a period known as 'cosmic high noon,' when the rate of star formation in the universe reached its peak.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:25 pm

Best Buy rings up a rebound

Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com and other online sellers.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:20 pm

NC island's mysterious birth appears on NASA satellite images

NASA has released satellite images that show North Carolina's newly formed Shelly Island was born in November.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 4:08 pm

Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon

The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright as the 100 billion stars of our Milky Way galaxy combined, occurred about 3.5 billion years after the big bang at a period known as "cosmic high noon," when the rate of star formation in the universe reached its peak.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:51 pm

In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a 'ghost' species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in sub-Saharan Africa today. The research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that sexual rendezvous between different archaic human species may not have been unusual.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:34 pm

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom, report investigators.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:34 pm

Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact

Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dali's vast estate.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:06 pm

Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:05 pm

Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin

Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. Discoveries of new amphibians are extremely rare in the United States with only three new frog species discovered since 1985 - and toad species are even more rare, with the last species discovered north of Mexico, the now extinct Wyoming toad, in 1968.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:04 pm

In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:04 pm

NASA sees Tropical Storm Fernanda sliding into central Pacific

Tropical Storm Fernanda has crossed the 140 degree longitude line and entered the central Pacific Ocean. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission, or GPM, satellite took a look at the rainfall the weakening system was still generating as it moves toward Hawaii.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:03 pm

Computers using linguistic clues to deduce photo content

Scientists at Disney Research and the University of California, Davis have found that the way a person describes the content of a photo can provide important clues for computer vision programs to determine where various things appear in the image.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:02 pm

The moon is front and center during a total solar eclipse

In the lead-up to a total solar eclipse, most of the attention is on the sun, but Earth's moon also has a starring role.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 3:01 pm

Neural nets model audience reactions to movies

Disney Research used deep learning methods to develop a new means of assessing complex audience reactions to movies via facial expressions and demonstrated that the new technique outperformed conventional methods.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:57 pm

Scanning the surface of lithium titanate

Researchers have applied advanced scanning methods to visualize the previously unexplored surface of a superconductor: lithium titanate.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:55 pm

Flashes of light on the dark matter

A web that passes through infinite intergalactic spaces, a dense cosmic forest illuminated by very distant lights and a huge enigma to solve. These are the picturesque ingredients of a scientific research - carried out by an international team composed of researchers from the International School for Adavnced Studies (SISSA) and the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, the Institute of Astronomy of Cambridge and the University of Washington - that adds an important element for understanding one of the fundamental components of our Universe: the dark matter.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:51 pm

Is Syria really a 'climate war'? The links between drought, migration and conflict

The Syrian civil war has raged for more than six years now. You've probably heard the following story linking it to climate change: an intense drought, made more likely thanks to global warming, caused "mass migration" within the country from rural to urban areas, which in turn contributed to the 2011 uprising which then escalated into civil conflict.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:50 pm

Tough robots making an ImPACT

New and improved rescue robots tough enough to function in extreme and hostile environments were unveiled recently at a demonstration at Tohoku University, Japan.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:46 pm

Seagrass meadows: Critical habitats for juvenile fish and dugongs in the east coast Johor islands

Seagrass meadows in Johor harbor have three times more juvenile fish than coral reefs, scientists have found. They also found that the dugong herds there prefer certain types of meadows over others.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:45 pm

Probing the pores in membrane vesicles

Ion channels in the membrane vesicles that mediate intracellular protein transport play a crucial role in cell physiology. A method developed by an Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich team now allows them to be studied with greater specificity than ever before.
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Posted: July 21, 2017, 2:45 pm