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New, long-extinct ape species found in ancient Chinese tomb
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:43:03 -0400

New, long-extinct ape species found in ancient Chinese tombAn entirely new but long-extinct ape species has been discovered in an ancient tomb in central China. The skull and jaw of the never-before-seen gibbon were found in Shaanxi province inside a royal burial chamber that was built some 2,300 years ago. The previously unknown genus and species of gibbon, which researchers have named Junzi imperialis, may be the first ape to have become extinct due to humans, according to a new study published in the journal Science on Friday.


Identifying U.S. troops returned from North Korea may be challenging: experts
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:05:16 -0400

Identifying U.S. troops returned from North Korea may be challenging: expertsBy Daphne Psaledakis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will face a difficult task in identifying the remains of soldiers missing from the Korean War as the Pentagon prepares to receive them from North Korea in coming days, officials and experts said. U.S. President Donald Trump, who met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an historic summit in Singapore this month, said on Thursday that Pyongyang was in the process of returning the remains of U.S. troops missing from the 1950-1953 conflict. The Pentagon has said North Korean officials have indicated in the past they have the remains of as many as 200 U.S. troops, and Trump himself has mentioned that figure.


How genetic genealogy can help solve decades-old crimes
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:53:40 -0400

How genetic genealogy can help solve decades-old crimesGenetic genealogy was used to track down the suspected Golden State Killer. The technology uses DNA data from crime scene samples, public genealogy sites, and research to track down suspects.


'Mom's dead': Radio host found gunned down in her own home: Part 1
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:57:25 -0400

'Mom's dead': Radio host found gunned down in her own home: Part 1A handyman discovered April Kauffman lying dead and shot multiple times in the bedroom of her New Jersey home in May 2012.


Massachusetts Governor's Son Accused of Groping Woman on Plane
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:21:10 -0400

Massachusetts Governor's Son Accused of Groping Woman on PlaneDuring a flight from D.C. to Boston


Paris slams brakes on electric car-sharing scheme
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:29:13 -0400

Paris slams brakes on electric car-sharing schemeThe city of Paris is pulling the plug on an electric car-sharing system once hailed as the future of urban transport, with officials voting to cancel the contract in the face of mounting losses. The more than 4,000 silver Autolib hatchbacks had become a fixture on the streets of the French capital, with docking stations for the electric vehicles found every few blocks. Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the request "preposterous", and lawmakers in Paris and the suburbs participating in the scheme voted Thursday to cancel the contract immediately instead of letting it run out in 2023 as planned.


A Woman Was Detained for 2 Weeks After Accidentally Crossing the Canadian Border While Jogging
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:59:44 -0400

A Woman Was Detained for 2 Weeks After Accidentally Crossing the Canadian Border While JoggingShe says she didn't see any signs


Rare jaguar seen in Arizona mountains feared dead
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:05:19 -0400

Rare jaguar seen in Arizona mountains feared deadTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A nonprofit devoted to protecting jaguars believes one that was spotted in Arizona mountains in recent years has since died.


North and South Korea Agree to Hold Family Reunification Meetings This Summer
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:44:13 -0400

North and South Korea Agree to Hold Family Reunification Meetings This SummerAs the rivals boost reconciliation efforts


Sri Lanka arrests villagers for killing leopard
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:09:46 -0400

Sri Lanka arrests villagers for killing leopardPolice in Sri Lanka on Sunday arrested two men accused of beating a leopard to death in a "sickening" attack that was captured on film and sparked revulsion. Gruesome images of the leopard, a protected species in Sri Lanka, being savagely beaten were shared on social media, generating widespread disgust. "It is sickening to see these images," wildlife deputy minister Palitha Thewarapperuma told parliament as he promised swift action to arrest the perpetrators.


This Guatemalan Mother Sued the U.S. for Separating Her From Her Son at the Border. Now, They Are Reunited
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:57:28 -0400

This Guatemalan Mother Sued the U.S. for Separating Her From Her Son at the Border. Now, They Are ReunitedShe sued the federal government and won


'Making Mistakes Was Not an Option.' Michelle Obama on the Pressure of Being 'The First'
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:53:18 -0400

'Making Mistakes Was Not an Option.' Michelle Obama on the Pressure of Being 'The First''You're the one that's laying the red carpet down for others to follow'


You Can Now Take a Genetic Test to Determine Whether You Should Hate Cilantro
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:49:38 -0400

You Can Now Take a Genetic Test to Determine Whether You Should Hate CilantroHate cilantro? Blame your ancestry


Illumina Might Be Overlooking Its Top Competitor; Here's Why Investors Shouldn't
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:13:00 -0400

Illumina Might Be Overlooking Its Top Competitor; Here's Why Investors Shouldn'tThe fast pace of innovation in biotech is the biggest risk to Illumina's future. With a $42 billion market cap, it could sting sooner than investors think.


The International Space Station is about to create the coldest spot in the entire universe
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:56:52 -0400

The International Space Station is about to create the coldest spot in the entire universe

Space is a chilly place, but scientists aboard the International Space Station are about to make it just a little bit colder — temporarily, at least. The crew is about to power up a small device called the Cold Atom Laboratory to plunge atoms into temperatures close to absolute zero.

As NBC Mach reports, the experiments will focus on the movements of particles at temperatures that are just barely above absolute zero — the theoretical temperature in which all movement stops — in order to observe some of the quirks of quantum mechanics. If you've ever even casually looked into research based on quantum mechanics you already know that things are about to get weird.

For an example of just how bizarre things can get in the world of quantum physics you only need to look at the launch of a Chinese satellite from early in 2017. The satellite used a strange quirk known as quantum entanglement to send an "unhackable" message nearly 750 miles to Earth.

Quantum entanglement allows two particles called "twins" to behave in unison even though they are separated by incredibly long distances. Any kind of interaction with one of the particles will result in the other particle reacting in the same manner, almost as though both the particles are actually one, existing in two places at the same time. It's some seriously mind-boggling stuff, but it's totally real, and scientists are eager to learn more about it.

By cooling particles to incredibly low temperatures, scientists have a better opportunity to observe the behavior of these kinds of particles. The low-gravity environment of the space station makes it an ideal place for this kind of testing, and will give researchers more time to observe the chilled particle clouds before they break down.

The work will actually be conducted by scientists here on Earth, and the tiny laboratory won't require any assistance from the crew of the space station. The remote experiments can be performed for nearly seven hours per day, which will give researches plenty of time to try to untangle the mysteries of the universe.


Discarded napkin helps US police crack 32-year-old murder mystery
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:53:25 -0400

Discarded napkin helps US police crack 32-year-old murder mysteryThe mystery of the sexual assault and murder of a US teenager in Washington state has been resolved 32 years after the crime thanks to a discarded napkin, DNA tests and genetic genealogy. Gary Hartman, 66, has been arrested and is scheduled to appear in court Monday on rape and murder charges in the case, which has long shocked the city of Tacoma, in the northwestern US state. It began on March 26, 1986, when 12-year-old Michella Welch disappeared while playing with her two young sisters at a park.


Warming drives spread of toxic algae in US, researchers say
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:55:09 -0400

Warming drives spread of toxic algae in US, researchers saySALEM, Ore. (AP) — The words blasted to cellphones around Oregon's capital city were ominous: "Civil emergency . prepare for action."


Photo captures green fireball shooting past Venus
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Photo captures green fireball shooting past VenusThis is what's happening in the photo...


These Democratic Candidates Are Trolling Trump in Their TV Ads
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:53:14 -0400

These Democratic Candidates Are Trolling Trump in Their TV AdsA number of other political ads from Democratic candidates this year which have taken direct aim at Donald Trump.


Police: Backup Driver in Fatal Autonomous Uber Crash Was Watching 'The Voice'
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:44:26 -0400

Police: Backup Driver in Fatal Autonomous Uber Crash Was Watching 'The Voice'The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show "The Voice" on her phone and looking downward.


The maddening 'plink, plink' of dripping water decoded
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:33:39 -0400

The maddening 'plink, plink' of dripping water decodedIn 1908, Arthur Mason Worthington published a treatise, "A Study of Splashes", featuring the first known photograph in a scientific journal of a drop as it punctures a body of water's still surface. Finally, in 1955, scientists noticed the formation of a tiny bubble of air briefly trapped beneath the cavity as it took shape, speculating that when it burst sound waves rose to the surface and escaped into the air. "Until now, everyone thought these sound waves just passed through the water surface and that's how we heard the sound, much like if you hear someone speaking through a wall," said Samuel Phillips, an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge and lead author of a study in Scientific Reports.


Fox Firepower: Tank-killing robot revealed
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:14:28 -0400

Fox Firepower: Tank-killing robot revealedAllison Barrie has the first look at the new Milrem Robotics THeMIS, a smart robot that can stealthily approach an enemy tank, and destroy it. The ground drone will be adapted with a special turret from MBDA called IMPACT, and armed with powerful missiles, designed to obliterate enemy tanks.


Secretive Samara's space stories thrill visitors
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:03:06 -0400

Secretive Samara's space stories thrill visitorsBy Jack Tarrant SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Samara, once the secretive heart of the Soviet Union's space program, is opening up as a World Cup host venue. The city, known as Kuybyshev until 1991, was the primary manufacturing hub that made the rocket that took Yuri Gagarin on his journey to become the first human into outer space in 1961. During that time, the city was closed off to the outside world, with very few foreign visitors and a culture of secrecy amongst the inhabitants of Kuybyshev, many of whom did not even know what program they were working on.


This insane golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and is helping scientists detect dying stars
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0400

This insane golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and is helping scientists detect dying starsThe Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector is a physics experiment the size of a 15-storey building, buried under a mountain in Japan. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles that pass through us all the time, and studying them can tell us about supernovas and the composition of the universe. The detector is full of ultra-pure water, which can leach the nutrients out of your hair and dissolve metal.


Isle of dogs: Pakistan fishermen feed islands full of strays
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:04:44 -0400

Isle of dogs: Pakistan fishermen feed islands full of straysKarachi (AFP) - More than a dozen decrepit dogs splash into the Arabian Sea as the small wooden boat approaches. They know the fishermen's mission: bringing food and water for the canine population of one of Karachi's "dog islands".


The West Should Not Underestimate the Strength of Turkey's Democratic Spirit
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:25:06 -0400

The West Should Not Underestimate the Strength of Turkey's Democratic SpiritThe elections might not be fair, but they are free. That means Turkey's opposition could stand a chance


European Space Agency shares Rosetta probe's last images of Comet 67P
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:56:58 -0400

European Space Agency shares Rosetta probe's last images of Comet 67PThe European Space Agency released Rosetta Space Probe's last shared images of Comet 67P/Churyumovo-Gerasimenko before it crash-landed on September 2016. The probe was first launched on March 2004.


There Are Effective Alternatives to Family Detention. The Trump Administration Already Ended One
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:53:27 -0400

There Are Effective Alternatives to Family Detention. The Trump Administration Already Ended OneImmigrant advocates argue that there are other alternatives that the Trump Administration isn't considering.


Dozens of last blue macaws to be reintroduced to Brazil
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:45:25 -0400

Dozens of last blue macaws to be reintroduced to BrazilBrasília (AFP) - About 50 of the last Spix's macaws, the blue parrot made famous in the hit animation movie "Rio," will be reintroduced to the wild in Brazil from captivity in Europe, officials said Saturday. Brazilian Environment Minister Edson Duarte is due in Brussels on Sunday to sign the agreement with Belgium and Germany for bringing the birds back in the first quarter of next year, the ministry said in a statement. The Spix's macaw originates from north-east Brazil but is considered extinct in the wild, with only scores remaining in captivity.


No more needles? Diabetics could one day treat themselves with a cup of coffee
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:38:45 -0400

No more needles? Diabetics could one day treat themselves with a cup of coffeeFor diabetics, keeping their illness under control by regulating their blood sugar level is a 24/7 job. But, thanks to Swiss researchers, one day it could be as simple as having a cup of coffee.



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