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Watch a Solar Eclipse Being Projected Onto Earth From SpaceAstronauts filmed the cosmic event from the space station.

13-08-2017 07:41:03 ·

In the Future, Humans Will Use Brain to Brain Communication and Download Their Memories If Elon Musk Has His WayElon Musk wants to get inside your head. In April, the Silicon Valley billionaire announced plans to launch Neuralink—a company dedicated to developing a brain-to-machine interface to cure brain ailments like paralysis and memory problems and help people compete with robots when the artificial intelligence revolution makes human brains obsolete. Musk says this will be accomplished by implanting tiny electrodes into the brain—allowing for things like downloading and uploading memory and casual brain-to-brain communication.

13-08-2017 07:10:02 ·

Can you please talk, not text? Parenting the Instagram generationJake Lee, a tanned California teenager in baggy shorts and a T-shirt, is lounging on the floor of his parents’ midcentury home. “I’m on social media every waking moment of my life,” he says, with no particular pride. Equidistant between the headquarters of Apple and Facebook, two of the world’s biggest tech companies, the Lee household is something of a petri dish for the way technology has altered American family life.

13-08-2017 06:07:04 ·

Quora: Is Google Scholar Changing Academia?Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Google Scholar turned the process of academic career selection into a social media video game. Note that Google didn’t invent the h-index, but it definitely helped to make it almost universally known among researchers.

13-08-2017 06:07:02 ·

Chimps Learn To Play Rock-Paper-ScissorsScientists taught a bunch of chimps how to play rock-paper-scissors to see if they could play the game better than children.

13-08-2017 05:53:03 ·

This Technology Could Make You Rich -- and Change the World As We Know ItGene editing appears poised to usher in a brave new world for biotech.

13-08-2017 05:35:03 ·

The Bees Are Better, But They're Not All RightTotal population collapse? No. Weaker insects? Yes. Problematic pesticides? Probably.

13-08-2017 05:35:02 ·

One Day Your Tears Will Fuel These BatteriesScientists at Fudan University in China have developed new batteries that aim to be replacements for batteries used to power wearables and medical devices. As The Verge reports, these batteries are powered by "saltwater and IV rehydration solutions."

13-08-2017 04:16:02 ·

What Does A Solar Eclipse Look Like?Here’s what you can expect to see during the 2017 total solar eclipse.

13-08-2017 03:12:03 ·

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitchJapan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said. MHI, commissioned by the government to carry the satellite into space, postponed Saturday's launch after detecting a decline in pressure levels inside a tank containing helium gas, which is used to operate valves for cooling rocket engines. The launch of a third geo-positioning satellite is part of Japan's plan to build a local version of the U.S. global positioning system (GPS) aimed to offer location information for autopiloting of cars and possible national security purposes.

13-08-2017 02:41:03 ·

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodilesBangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species. Gharials can only breed until the age of 50 and as the small captive population in Bangladesh ages, conservationists decided intervention was needed if the species was to have any chance of survival.

13-08-2017 02:21:02 ·

Washington state utility's nuclear waste shipments suspendedOfficials in Washington state indefinitely suspended a public utility's authority to ship low-level radioactive waste after the utility mislabeled a shipment. The Tri-City Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2vwGFMk ...

13-08-2017 02:09:02 ·

Portugal battling fresh wildfiresPortugal was battling a new rash of forest fires ahead of a weekend of warm temperatures, as authorities warned of further blazes. Some 1,800 firefighters backed by hundreds of vehicles were trying to douse around 10 fires across the country, authorities said Friday. "Despite the relentless fires, the situation is now more stable," said civil protection agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar in Lisbon.

13-08-2017 01:04:02 ·

Readers write: Nuclear options, heartbreaking but illuminating, adults’ guidanceRegarding the July 5 article “North Korea missile test: How big a technological breakthrough?” (CSMonitor.com): Rather than impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, perhaps the United States should undergo a complete nuclear disarmament. North Korea’s efforts to become a nuclear state are their way of “keeping up with the Joneses.” They want to show the world that they are just as good as everyone else. As long as the US remains a nuclear state, it should not have jurisdiction to cherry-pick those nations allowed to have nuclear weapons.

12-08-2017 12:45:04 ·

Impact of elections, Support investigation, Training high-schoolers, Investigate operations, Troubled housing“[W]hy do the elections in Kenya matter not just to Kenyans but to the rest of the African continent and the world?” writes Hamza Mohamed. “Nairobi is East Africa’s economic hub, and the country is the second-largest economy in the region.... The port in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa serves neighboring landlocked countries.... If elections disrupt this transport corridor ... the price of everyday goods, such as rice and cooking oil, could rise significantly.... Kenya is home to several UN and humanitarian agencies that oversee relief efforts in the region.

12-08-2017 12:45:04 ·

California official sues EPA over records on administratorSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday for failing to provide records he contends could show conflicts of interest by Administrator Scott Pruitt.

12-08-2017 12:43:02 ·

13 Million-Year-Old Skull May Reveal What Our Ancestors Looked LikeIt's been nicknamed Alesi

12-08-2017 12:13:02 ·

Four Earth-Sized Planets Discovered Around Closest Sun-Like StarTwo of the planets are within the star's habitable zone, meaning there's a good chance to find life there.

12-08-2017 12:03:03 ·

A large wildfire has been burning in Greenland for more than a week, and wait, what?!?If shrubbery and peatlands catch on fire on a sparsely populated island that's synonymous with snow and ice, will anyone notice?  The answer, thanks to satellite monitoring, is an unequivocal "yes." During the past several days, scientists have been keeping close tabs on an unusually large wildfire in southwest Greenland, about 90 miles northeast of the town of Sisimiut. This is one of at least two fires currently burning in Greenland. SEE ALSO: Nuclear war with North Korea 'would be suicidal', climate experts warn While fires are not unheard of along the ice-free edges of the island, the large one near Sisimiut is noteworthy for its size and duration, scientists say. Wildfires in Greenland are outpacing past years in terms of the number of satellite-detected incidents.  The current fire is the largest wildfire spotted in Greenland since a NASA satellite instrument was turned on in 2002.  The Greenland fire evolution since July 29 as captured by @ESA_EO 's #sentinel2 pic.twitter.com/Iuk9blyui9 — Stef Lhermitte (@StefLhermitte) August 9, 2017 While most of Greenland is covered by snow and ice, the edges of the island are covered by grasses, shrubs, mosses, and other vegetation that, when sufficiently dry, can burn.  According to NASA, satellites first detected evidence of the fire on July 31, 2017. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument and the Suomi NPP satellite's instruments collected daily images of smoke streaming from the fire over the next week.  An analysis from Stef Lhermitte of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands suggests that NASA's MODIS instrument has spotted more wildfire activity in Greenland in 2017 than it has during any other year since the sensor began collecting data in 2000.  The fire may be burning through peat, which would make it particularly destructive, since peatlands store large amounts of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane.  #DEIMOS2 fresh image depicts unusual #wildfire raging right now in #Greenland #EmergencyServices pic.twitter.com/p200SWhmPn — DEIMOS IMAGING (@deimosimaging) August 9, 2017 It is not clear what triggered the fire, though it may have been human-caused since hunting and fishing are popular at this time of year. Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, said the fire is occurring in an area "popular with hunters."  "I spoke to a Greenlandic journalist today who had spoken to the fire service, they have apparently also suggested the two [fires] currently burning are most likely human-caused fires," Mottram said in an email.  She also suspects it's a peat fire, saying: "I have not been to this area, but it seems very likely it is a peatland area given other locations I’ve visited."  The area where the large fire is burning has been drier than average this year, with much less precipitation than usual in July, for example.  To wrap up: wildfires have occurred in the past over Greenland but 2017 is exceptional in number of active fire detections by MODIS pic.twitter.com/2HGaVieTEe — Stef Lhermitte (@StefLhermitte) August 7, 2017 Mottram hesitated to blame the fire on any climate change trends, though the Arctic is warming rapidly thanks to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.  "It’s an arid area – and these low rainfall periods happen," she said. "We can say that the mean temperatures in Greenland have been increasing though, based on observations." Jason Box, a climate scientist who also closely studies the Greenland Ice Sheet, said the ongoing fires "are not abnormal," but that the increase in shrubbery in the Arctic is a climate change-related trend that provides more fuel for fires to burn.  #Greenland #wildfire  on 8 August - 3 #Sentinel2 data combinations: 1. natural colours, 2. highlighting the flames, 3. showing burnt areas. pic.twitter.com/6SepBduxDg — ESA EarthObservation (@ESA_EO) August 10, 2017 Box said that studies have shown that there could be a "sharp increase in fire probability with increasing summer temperature," and that fire frequency is expected to increase as global warming continues. Scientists are currently deployed across the Greenland ice sheet during the field campaign season, trying to get a better handle on how much of the ice sheet is going to melt, and how quickly, since this will help determine the fate of coastal cities worldwide from sea level rise.  Interestingly, this summer has been unusually cold for a large part of Greenland. At the Summit Station on top of the ice sheet, a record low temperature for July was set on the 4th, when the temperature dipped to minus-30 degrees Celsius, or minus-22 degrees Fahrenheit. Then on July 28, the temperature climbed to 1.9 degrees Celsius, or 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  The wildfire near Sisimiut began during that period of mild weather, illustrating the link between temperatures and wildfire.  WATCH: Summer 2017 feels like it's on steroids – and it's only going to get worse

12-08-2017 12:03:02 ·

SpaceX to Send Supercomputer Into SpaceSpaceX to Send Supercomputer Into Space

12-08-2017 10:54:03 ·
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