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Coarse words and new thinkingAs is often pointed out, coarse or profane language usually represents an outburst of emotion, not careful reason. The president of the United States recently used coarse language while discussing important legislation regarding immigrants with members of Congress.


18-01-2018 05:51:24 ·

Spy suspect's arrest: What motivates turncoats?Recommended: How much do you know about China? As for geopolitics, the US is now aware that China has developed a full spectrum intelligence capability. “I don’t think this should be seen as something that should undermine the [US-China] strategic relationship,” says Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


18-01-2018 05:51:19 ·

The U.S. Has Cut Half of Its Aid to Palestinian Refugees Pending U.N. ReformThe U.S. is the largest donor to the agency that supports millions of Palestinian refugees


18-01-2018 05:51:18 ·

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatierScience Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier


18-01-2018 05:51:08 ·

Despite tragic blaze, New York's fire fatalities are sharply downJust one year ago, New York City officials were celebrating the lowest number of fire fatalities the city had ever seen in over 100 years. It was the largest number of fatalities in a single fire in New York since 1990, when 87 people perished in an arson attack on a Bronx social club – less than a mile from the scene of last night’s deadly fire. “We’re here at the scene of an unspeakable tragedy in the middle of the holiday season, a time when families are ­together,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) at a press conference Thursday evening, with temperatures in the teens.


02-01-2018 01:30:40 ·

States make headway on opioid abuseIn Massachusetts and Rhode Island partial year estimates for 2017 show drops of 10 percent and 9 percent respectively in overdose deaths. Massachusetts was the first of what are now many states that limit the number of opioid pills doctors can prescribe per prescription.


02-01-2018 01:30:40 ·

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Vows to Crush Anti-Government ProtestsDays of conflict have turned deadly


02-01-2018 01:30:39 ·

12-Year-Old Girl Charged With Criminal Homicide After Killing Teen, Police SayThe victim was a 16-year-old girl


02-01-2018 01:30:34 ·

Watch today’s SpaceX launch live right here at 12:30 PM

SpaceX might have some seriously grand plans for the near future of its rocket program, but until the "world's most powerful rocket" is ready to head skyward, it's business as usual at the commercial spaceflight firm. Today, SpaceX will launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft on an unmanned supply run to the International Space Station, and you can watch the launch and recovery live right here, thanks to SpaceX's always fantastic live stream.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 12:31 pm ET, and the SpaceX craft will be taking off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once the first stage of the rocket separates, it will head back to Earth where, if everything goes according to plan, it will land upright and be recovered and refurbished for continued use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLxWsYx8dbo

One of the things that makes today's launch particularly special is that it will be the last time NASA sends a brand new Dragon cargo craft to the ISS. From now on, the company plans on only sending its "flight proven" hardware on those missions. SpaceX still has more resupply launches left in its contract with NASA, which was extended from 12 flights to 20 after the partnership proved successful.

Today's mission will provide some 6,400 pounds of supplies including scientific hardware to the crew of the ISS. The vast majority of the gear being delivered is needed for experiments and research being conducted on the craft, but the astronauts will also be getting a bit of ice cream to make their stay in space a tiny bit more enjoyable.


15-08-2017 11:30:02 ·

Palatine boy scouts send science experiment into space via SpaceX rocketA SpaceX rocket that launched Monday toward the International Space Station is carrying an experiment from a boy scouts troop in Palatine.


15-08-2017 10:58:02 ·

How Technology Might Get Out of ControlThe pace of change may make regulation by humans impossible.


15-08-2017 10:27:03 ·

Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Are Being Sold Online. Here's How to Avoid ScamsSolar eclipse glasses that lack proper protection can lead to eye damage


15-08-2017 09:53:02 ·

Genetically altered ants let scientists sniff out role of smell in the colonyMutant ants have been engineered by scientists from three separate universities but they’re not poised to take over the world. Instead they’re helping researchers study the genetic basis of complex social behaviors.


15-08-2017 08:45:02 ·

Here are the cities in the US where you'll get to see a total solar eclipseAmericans are about to experience a solar eclipse. On August 21, the entire US will be able to...


15-08-2017 07:09:03 ·

AI draws parallels between fields you never knew were connectedDrawing analogies means linking different spheres of knowledge to either clarify or problem solve in new ways. Researchers have come up with a way to teach AI what this means -- and it could be really big.


15-08-2017 06:37:02 ·

Mutant Pig With 2 Bodies, 8 Legs Discovered On Chinese FarmA Chinese farmer discovered a mutated pig with two bodies and eight legs on his farm.


15-08-2017 04:00:03 ·

Fired Google employee speaks outJames Damore, who was fired for a controversial memo he wrote about Google's diversity policies, tells Tucker the real reason he believes he was dismissed #Tucker


15-08-2017 03:29:03 ·

In-flight Movies Make Men CryMen are wimps who hide their tears under blankets on planes.In a survey by Virgin Atlantic, 41 percent of men on airplanes admitted to burying “themselves in blankets to hide tears in their eyes from other passengers.”There’s even an episode of "This American Life" dedicated to the phenomenon — and one man who claims to cry at every single movie he watches on an airplane (partial list includes “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Bend It Like Beckham” and “What a Girl Wants.”)Although the percentage of women who cry on airplanes is unknown, the Virgin Atlantic survey concluded that about 55 percent of people admit to being more emotional while flying. And scientists have confirmed the sentiment, although there aren’t (yet) any studied explanations for why it seems to affect men so profoundly. Related: How to Cry on an Airplane Without Anyone NoticingA study by a behavioral scientist in the Netherlands determined that adult humans are most likely to cry when dealing with issues of attachment or lack, including loneliness, separation, or feelings of powerlessness. Even when crying happy tears, these emotions can usually be traced back to strong bonds — which some philosophers might take a step further to the temporality of relationships and deep-rooted fear of losing them.So crying on airplanes may be more common due to a combination of: being alone among other people, powerless to control the direction of the plane, and unable to contact friends and family on the ground. (If this theory holds any weight, as more aircraft introduce onboard Wi-Fi it may be possible that in-air crying will decrease.)A second theory is based on distraction. While traveling in a plane, activities are at a bare minimum and the brain is able to fully invest in any entertainment — which could make for a more powerful emotional response. But even in a movie theater, people watch films without distraction and are (many times) able to emerge without having become blubbering messes.One academic paper from George Mason University hypothesizes that the airplane cabin is a perfect landscape, fertile for emotional tears. The in-flight entertainment’s small screen size, personal audio, and close proximity to the passenger creates a feeling of intimacy. However given that cabin lights may be on and the passenger is literally rubbing shoulders with a stranger, the final effect is jarring: deep connection with a movie in an environment with no real connection, neither to the surrounding people nor the physical space.And even the physical space itself could be making people cry.The pressure and oxygen levels in the airplane cabin are similar to what a human would experience at about 8,000 feet above sea level, according to Tonic. This decreases blood oxygenation, which in turn means that the brain is getting less oxygen, which can affect mood. According to one study from the U.S. Institute of Medicine, “the initial mood experienced at altitude is euphoria, followed by depression.”Factor in that free glass of wine with meal service, the stress of air travel, and likely sleep deprivation and it’s not entirely unlikely you'll shed a few tears while in transit.Choose your in-flight movie wisely.


15-08-2017 03:29:03 ·

The Disruptors: Space - Planet LabsThe Disruptors: Space - Planet Labs


15-08-2017 02:19:02 ·

Trappist-1 Could Be Twice As Old As Solar System, Changing the Odds of Finding LifeSince NASA announced the discovery of Trappist-1, a dwarf star, and its planetary system in February, astronomers and scientists have posited it as among the likeliest candidates for finding life outside our solar system. At the very least, the Trappist-1 star is 5.4 billion years old, almost a billion years older than our solar system, which formed around 4.5 billion years ago. Old age does not necessarily mean there cannot have been, or still be, forms of life on the planets in this system.


15-08-2017 01:47:02 ·
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Coarse words and new thinking

As is often pointed out, coarse or profane language usually represents an outburst of emotion, not careful reason. The president of the United States recently used coarse language while discussing im

Spy suspect s arrest: What motivates turncoats?

Recommended: How much do you know about China? As for geopolitics, the US is now aware that China has developed a full spectrum intelligence capability. “I don’t think this should be seen as someth

The U.S. Has Cut Half of Its Aid to Palestinian Refugees Pending U.N. Reform

The U.S. is the largest donor to the agency that supports millions of Palestinian refugees

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier

Despite tragic blaze, New York s fire fatalities are sharply down

Just one year ago, New York City officials were celebrating the lowest number of fire fatalities the city had ever seen in over 100 years. It was the largest number of fatalities in a single fire in

States make headway on opioid abuse

In Massachusetts and Rhode Island partial year estimates for 2017 show drops of 10 percent and 9 percent respectively in overdose deaths. Massachusetts was the first of what are now many states that

Watch today’s SpaceX launch live right here at 12:30 PM

SpaceX might have some seriously grand plans for the near future of its rocket program, but until the world s most powerful rocket is ready to head skyward, it s business as usual at the commercial

Palatine boy scouts send science experiment into space via SpaceX rocket

A SpaceX rocket that launched Monday toward the International Space Station is carrying an experiment from a boy scouts troop in Palatine.

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