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NASA's Cassini Ends Date With Saturn: Here Are Some Of The Best Images Snapped By This Spacecraft

The grand finale or end journey of Cassini spacecraft is progressing well. In the next few months, the spacecraft will plunge into Saturn's surface.


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New Airless Bike Tires That Will Never Get Flat

A flat tire is a thing that can ruin even the best bike trip. However, riders can forget dragging around their patch kits and pumps, because Nexo created an airless tire to ensure they keep pedaling.


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Gender ideas being turned upside down (at least as per the dominant human cultural perceptions) - here is a series of cartoons imagining how human relations would look like if we had to emulate some other species.
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How Microsoft computer scientists and researchers are working to ‘solve‘ cancer

At Microsoft’s research labs around the world, computer scientists, programmers, engineers and other experts are trying to crack some of the computer industry’s toughest problems, from system design and security to quantum computing and data visualization.

A subset of those scientists, engineers and programmers have a different goal: They’re trying to use computer science to solve one of the most complex and deadly challenges humans face: Cancer.
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Watch the first orangutan taught to mimic human conversation

Rocky, a friendly ape, might be the key to how we humans found our voices. He also really likes treats.

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'Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts

Researchers have found a way to persuade the body's immune system to attack tumours – and it is largely free from side effects.
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Our human ancestors infected Neanderthals with herpes, tuberculosis, tapeworm

Herpes is forever — and has been for a long, long time.

Humans migrating out of Africa may have spread the genital herpes virus, as well as tuberculosis, tapeworm and other diseases, to Neanderthals in Europe and Asia more than 50,000 years ago.
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Humans May Have Tipped The Planet Into A New Geological Age

Geologically speaking, we are currently living in the Holocene — an epoch that began with the end of the last ice age nearly 12,000 years ago. However, a team of scientists now posits that the impact of our species should be considered significant enough to merit categorizing the age we live in as a separate epoch — the Anthropocene.
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Ancient Irish genome reveals a massive migration from the east



A reconstruction of an ancient Irish woman. Her genes tell us she had black hair and brown eyes.
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The Ocean Cleanup Foundation began as a high school senior project when Slat was only 17 years old along with his friend Nguyen Tan. Spending more than 500 hours at work instead of the required 80, the duo created a system to remove plastic from the ocean based on the rotational movement of ocean currents.
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Scientists have used DNA tests to track Africa’s worst elephant poaching spots

The key to saving elephants from poachers could be locked up in the animals' DNA, according to the results of a new study. By analyzing the DNA of tons of ivory seized by authorities, researchers were able to identify the sources of 28 large ivory shipments. And all but one of them came from one of just two areas in Africa. The results were reported in a paper published Thursday in Science.
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Once-stable Antarctic glaciers have suddenly started melting



A dramatic shift has taken place in the glaciers of the southern Antarctic peninsula, writes Bert Wouters. Six years ago these previously stable bodies suddenly stated shedding 60 cubic kilometres of ice per year into the ocean. A stark warning of further surprises to come?
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Global warming to push 1 in 13 species to extinction: study

Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.

It won't quite be as bad in North America, where only 1 in 20 species will be killed off because of climate change or Europe where the extinction rate is nearly as small. But in South America, that forecasted heat-caused extinction rate soars to 23 percent, the worst for any continent, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science. ...
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Arctic warming bolsters summer heat waves



The waning of summer storms due to Arctic warming can exacerbate summertime heat waves across the Northern Hemisphere, such as the record-setting summer 2003 season chronicled above in Europe, new research suggests. Red regions experienced hotter July temperatures than those measured in 2001.


Weird Winter Weather Plot Thickens as Arctic Swiftly Warms



Scientists are working out potential linkages between rapid Arctic warming caused by climate change and a more wavy jet stream causing weird winter weather.
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Self-mummified man discovered inside ancient Buddha statue



Researchers at a museum in the Netherlands were shocked to learn a certain Buddha statue’s secret: the 1,000-year-old mummified remains of a monk sitting inside it.

“On the outside, it looks like a large statue of Buddha,” the Drents Museum stated in a release. “Scan research has shown that on the inside, it is the mummy of a Buddhist monk who lived around the year 1100.”

Imaging initially revealed a human skeleton behind the cast. Sitting in a lotus position, the corpse fits the statue’s dimensions perfectly. Through additional examination, via and endoscopy and supplementary CT scans performed at the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort, the mummy was discovered to have had its internal organs removed. In their place are scripts covered in messages written in Chinese.
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Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists

A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him.

Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.

Not for the faint of heart )
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