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Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain

Scientifc America - 3 hours 5 min ago
At-home video sessions and apps could reduce costs and expand treatment in rural areas

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Enabling longer space missions

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-08-20 13:09
The Hall thruster is a propulsion system that is often used by spacecraft engaged in longer missions. A recent study has shown how the operating lives of these systems can be further extended.

A Once Common Gecko Is Vanishing from Parts of Asia

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-08-20 10:25
With millions of tokay geckos trapped each year for use in traditional Chinese medicine, conservationists are calling for international protections

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Stardust in the Antarctic snow

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-08-20 10:16
The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. Only a very small amount of this isotope reaches the earth from distant stars. Now, a research team has discovered iron-60 in Antarctic snow for the first time. The scientists suggest that the iron isotope comes from the interstellar neighborhood.

Black hole holograms

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-08-20 10:16
Researchers show how a holographic tabletop experiment can be used to simulate the physics of a black hole. This work may lead the way to a more complete theory of quantum gravity that harmonizes quantum mechanics and relativity.

NASA Has Committed to a Rocket for the Europa Mission--and It Won't Be Ready on Time

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-08-20 08:00
Although alternatives such as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy exist, the space agency is legally required to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft on the behind-schedule Space Launch System

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California's Mount Shasta Loses a Historical Eruption

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-08-20 06:45
Clues from an old map erase a false 1786 event and are part of a global volcanic-record cleanup

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Astronomers Spy a Black Hole Devouring a Neutron Star

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-08-19 14:00
If confirmed, the detection could be the first of its kind and would open new vistas on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and the physics of extreme matter

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A second planet in the Beta Pictoris system

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-08-19 11:27
A team of astronomers has discovered a second giant planet in orbit around alpha Pictoris, a star that is relatively young (23 million years old) and close (63.4 light years), and surrounded by a disk of dust. The alpha Pictoris system has fascinated astronomers for the last 30 years since it enables them to observe a planetary system in the process of forming around its star.

Scientists Mull the Astrobiological Implications of an Airless Alien Planet

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-08-19 11:00
A rocky world devoid of atmosphere arouses debate over the habitability of the Milky Way’s most common star systems

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Panama Risks Becoming A Broken Link in an Intercontinental Wildlife Route

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-08-19 06:45
A survey of nine large mammals found fragmented habitats throughout the country, suggesting the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor is failing

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An Innovative Robotic Exosuit Boosts Both Walking and Running

Scientifc America - Fri, 2019-08-16 13:00
The soft wearable could prove useful for military applications, emergencies and medical rehabilitation

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The Reason Antarctica Is Melting: Shifting Winds, Driven by Global Warming

Scientifc America - Fri, 2019-08-16 09:30
A new study helps solve the puzzle of why the continent’s western glaciers are melting so fast

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Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2019-08-16 09:24
Researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers.

Your Employer May Be Spying on You--and Wasting Its Time

Scientifc America - Fri, 2019-08-16 06:45
New technologies help companies monitor their workers’ every move. But do those data tell them anything useful?

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Scientists Seek Better Guidelines for Editing Genes in Human Embryos

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-08-15 13:45
In the first of two meetings, an international commission discussed the criteria required before such experiments should be conducted—if ever

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Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-08-15 12:06
If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past decade.

Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-08-15 11:37
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to a new study.

Can We Rely on Our Intuition?

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-08-15 08:00
As the world becomes more complex, making decisions becomes harder. Is it best to depend on careful analysis or to trust your gut?

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