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North Korea’s willingness to temporarily suspend nuclear testing can be explained by geology

Just days after North Korea announced it was suspending its testing programme, scientists revealed that the country’s underground nuclear test site had partially collapsed. This assessment was based on data gathered from smaller earthquakes that followed North Korea’s biggest nuclear test in 2017. A new study published in Science has now confirmed the collapse using satellite radar imaging. The collapse may have played a role in North Korea’s change in policy. If correct, and with the hindsight ...
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Nvidia’s researchers teach a robot to perform simple tasks by observing a human

Industrial robots are typically all about repeating a well-defined task over and over again. Usually, that means performing those tasks a safe distance away from the fragile humans that programmed them. More and more, however, researchers are now thinking about how robots and humans can work in close proximity to humans and even learn from them. In part, that’s what Nvidia’s new robotics lab in Seattle focuses on and the company’s research team today presented some of its most recent work aro...
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Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago. Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away from the […]
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Gastro-trickery: how optical illusions could fool our minds and our taste buds

When psychologist Joseph Jastrow created his whimsical duck/rabbit illusion in 1899 it was to prove that an individual’s perception of the world is based on their emotional state, background and surroundings. A child with a beloved pet bunny, for example, or an adult looking forward to Easter would naturally see the rabbit, while the thoughts of a field sports enthusiast should spontaneously turn towards the duck. But now chefs believe the same mind games could alter the taste of food and even p...
Tags: UK, Science, Spain, Britain, Oxford University, Picasso, Jastrow, Joseph Jastrow, Spence, Gastro, Charles Spence, Jozef Youssef, Heston Blumethal, Jeff Gilbert, International Journal of Gastronomy


Whitewater river in Colorado a bright spot amid grim drought

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — Despite a severe drought across the Southwestern United States this spring, there should be plenty of water for rafters and anglers in one of the nation’s most popular mountain rivers. State and federal officials say water from melting snow is rushing into the Arkansas River in central Colorado, thanks to a […]
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China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua

China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said. Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the satellite was launched at 5:28 a.m. (2128 GMT Sunday) on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch center in the southwest of the country. "The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first ...
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Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — In the weeks since Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began erupting, dozens of homes have burned from oozing lava, people have fled their homes and plumes of steam from the summit have shot skyward, prompting officials to distribute face masks to protect against ash particles. Lava flows have grown more vigorous in recent […]
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Rudy Giuliani Says Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation May End by September

"No one wants this to drag into the midterms," Giuliani says
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Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea, spews new danger

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury.
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‘Jurassic Park’ dinosaur expert’s next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana paleontologist who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the “Jurassic Park” movies is developing a three-dimensional hologram exhibit that will showcase the latest theories on what dinosaurs looked like. Jack Horner and entertainment company Base Hologram are aiming to have multiple traveling exhibits ready to launch next spring. They […]
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Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated. The carcasses of the elephants, aged between one and 37, were discovered at different locations in Sabah state on Borneo island, local wildlife department director Augustine Tuuga told AFP. "We are currently conducting tests on their internal organs," he said, adding the carcasses di...
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Small charities face bankruptcy for not complying with GDPR, but put clients at risk if they do

Small charities aren't like small companies, and the way they operate may pose greater risks under GDPR than for others.
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NASA shipper Orbital ATK launches space station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — One of NASA’s prime shippers, Orbital ATK, has launched a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station. The Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, before dawn Monday, treating early risers along the East Coast to a cosmic light show, at least where skies were clear. The […]
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There's a crisis in psychology – here's how technology could provide a solution

Studies in psychology cannot be replicated in the same way as in other fields. But technology could change that.
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Brumby reprieve: Australia to ban wild horses cull at national park

Australia said Sunday the culling of wild horses in a unique national park would be banned despite fears the animals were threatening native species. An estimated 6,000 feral horses, known locally as "brumbies", live in Kosciuszko National Park, a UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserve some 470 kilometres (292 miles) south of Sydney that has plant species found nowhere else in the world. Conservationists have called for the brumbies to be culled, saying the introduced animals were causing environ...
Tags: Science, Australia, Unesco, Sydney, Kosciuszko National Park, Brumby


Loss of marine habitats is threatening the global fishing industry – new research

Seagrass meadows play a significant role in supporting world fishery productivity.
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Voice control: why AI must resist our bad habit of stereotyping human speech

Amazon, Google and Apple's attempts to understand the tone of human voices can reflect human biases.
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In breakthrough, surgeon builds windpipes from arteries

Where others failed, sometimes spectacularly, French surgeon Emmanuel Martinod has helped people whose windpipes have been ravaged by cancer and other diseases to live and breathe normally again. At least one of his patients, sporting a new trachea, has taken up long-distance running. Since 2009, Martinod and his team at Avicenne Hospital near Paris have carried out more than a dozen trachea transplants using donor aortas reinforced with custom-made internal scaffolding, called stents.
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Tom Wolfe told the truth about space exploration

“To this day, I’m not very interested in the actual exploration of space,” the late Tom Wolfe told a reporter during the book tour for The Right Stuff, his seminal tale of the first American astronauts. Neither, as it turned out, was NASA. In retrospect, the American government’s decision to devote a huge share of…
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Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Ed Arends grabbed what he could in the night and fled his 5-acre property, lava oozing from a crack in his neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island. That was more than two weeks ago. He hasn’t been able to stay at his house since. “It’s disconcerting not being home, being displaced,” Arends […]
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Mark Zuckerberg's EU Testimony Will Be Livestreamed, Was Originally Planned To Be Behind Closed Doors

Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify in front of at least eight members of the European Parliament on Tuesday about privacy, security, and election interference. The Facebook CEO’s testimony was originally planned to take place behind closed doors. But after pressure from European leaders, that testimony will now…Read more...
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Mowgli's Andy Serkis Explains Why the Time Is Right for a New Take on The Jungle Book

Today we got our very first look at Mowgli, Warner Bros.’ moody interpretation of The Jungle Book that’s been years in the making under the watchful eye of Andy Serkis. We spoke with Serkis to learn more about his approach to Rudyard Kipling’s iconic novel, and how his decades of experience in motion capture helped…Read more...
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Woodcessories Makes Apple Gear You Can Feel Good About

Want to feel a little better about the gadgets you use every day that are full of irreplaceable metals and assembled by underpaid factory workers? Protecting them with responsibly farmed wood is a start.Read more...
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Protect Your Floors With These Discounted Gym Mats

Pad the floor of your home gym with these interlocking foam mats. A recycled rubber-topped set and a yoga mat-topped set are both at great prices today. They cover 24 square feet are about a 1/2 inch thick. Easy to clean and antimicrobial, they could also work well in a kids’ playroom or work shop.Read more...
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School Districts Can Hardly Wait to Start Tracking Kids With Police State-Style Face Recognition

The most advanced technology in schools is no longer found only in classrooms, computer labs, and libraries. It’s in the networked cameras angled for maximum visibility, the weapons detectors at entrances, and soon, in an advanced surveillance system designed to identify threats—and it may be turned on students as…Read more...
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Giant Chinese Salamander: World's Largest Amphibian Is Heading for Extinction

The Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) is the world’s largest amphibian, weighing in at more than 140 pounds and measuring up to 5.9 feet in length. Despite playing an important role in Chinese culture for centuries—it is thought that the animals even inspired the famous Taoist yin and yang symbol—the salamander has now been all but driven to extinction in the wild, according to a landmark new study published in the journal Current Biology. The animals are under threat from habitat ...
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Pray for the Souls of the People Sucked Into This Dating Site Hell

Earlier this year, the media got very excited about Trump.dating, a site for the pro-Donald set that promised to “make dating great again.” Much of the media coverage was critical: The site only allowed users to conduct heterosexual searches; the male-half of the couple originally featured on the homepage had a child…Read more...
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Turtle and Bird Genomes Provide Tantalizing Clues to Dinosaur Genomics

Comparing how the chromosomes of modern-day birds and turtles are structured can help scientists figure out how dinosaur genomes might have looked. An Iowa State University scientist contributed to an international research team that recently published its findings reaching back through 260 million years of genomics.
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Our 10 Favorite Surprises in Deadpool 2, Ranked

Deadpool 2 is so packed with references and jokes about every single genre and property imaginable (and some unimaginable, too), trying to cover them all comprehensively is basically impossible. So we’re going with quality over quantity instead: These are our favorite surprises—the characters, references, one-liners,…Read more...
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What Facebook isn't telling us about its fight against online abuse

Facebook has released the first batch of data about how many abusive or violent posts it has removed.
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