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A Network Theorist Seeks "Universal Laws" of Success

Tue, 2018-12-18 06:45
A scientist leverages big data to pin down precepts that extend beyond the self-help aisle

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U.S. Health Official Expresses Alarm at Increase in Vaping among Teens

Mon, 2018-12-17 11:45
Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse addresses record high stats among 12th graders

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Pterosaurs Just Keep Getting Weirder

Mon, 2018-12-17 11:15
They beat birds at powered flight. Were they also a step ahead with feathers?

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Caught in the Act--Astronomers Get Their Best Look Yet at a Supernova Blowing Up

Mon, 2018-12-17 06:45
New observations of a stellar explosion have revealed a surprise that could point to the trigger behind these violent, yet mysterious, eruptions

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"Spy" Virus Eavesdrops on Bacteria, Then Obliterates Them

Fri, 2018-12-14 06:45
Viruses use bacteria’s chemical language to time their destruction; this might lead to new ways to fight infections 

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Could Medical Procedures Transmit Alzheimer's?

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:20
A protein associated with the degenerative disease was passed to eight patients decades ago in contaminated growth hormones

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A Math Function Describes How Whole Societies Remember--and Forget

Thu, 2018-12-13 08:00
A Neruda masterpiece—and a bi-exponential curve—define the dynamics of the fast then slow fade of our greatest collective sorrows and joys

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Experts Aren't Taking a Shine to California's Rooftop Solar Rule

Thu, 2018-12-13 06:45
Energy economists say the new home requirement is inefficient and benefits wealthier people; supporters say it’s just one piece of the puzzle

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Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

Wed, 2018-12-12 06:45
Influential astrophysicists, roboticists and astronauts say that orbital construction could spark a renaissance in space science and exploration

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As Winters Warm, Blood-Sucking Ticks Drain Moose Dry

Tue, 2018-12-11 06:45
Researchers across New England and Canada scramble to protect the iconic species from growing parasite populations

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Voyager 2 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

Mon, 2018-12-10 14:30
After a journey of more than four decades, Voyager 2 has passed beyond the sun’s influence

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Infectious Outbreaks Threaten the Last Asiatic Lions

Mon, 2018-12-10 06:45
Parasites and dog disease in India sweep through the cats’ only home, triggering fears for the species’ survival

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China Launches First-Ever Mission to the Moon's Farside

Fri, 2018-12-07 13:50
In late December or early January the Chang’e 4 spacecraft will touch down at a site near the lunar south pole within the solar system’s largest-known impact crater

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Google Searches Could Predict Heroin Overdoses

Fri, 2018-12-07 06:45
Internet queries about opioids are linked to drug-related hospital admissions 

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"Superhuman" AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

Thu, 2018-12-06 15:15
Will a general algorithm that masters chess, go and shogi succeed as well for games with less-defined rules?

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Germs of Genius--a Masterpiece's "Microbiome" Can Spell Its Demise

Thu, 2018-12-06 12:30
But microbes living on canvases may also help preserve irreplaceable works of art

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Is the U.S. Lagging in the Quest for Quantum Computing?

Thu, 2018-12-06 08:00
U.S. government funding is needed to sustain the arduous journey toward a practical quantum computer, experts say

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Freshwater is Getting Saltier, Threatening People and Wildlife

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:45
Road deicing, industrial activity and other culprits are pushing salt levels in rivers and streams to alarming levels

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Pig Hearts Successfully Transplanted into Baboons for First Time

Wed, 2018-12-05 15:25
The cross-species heart procedure brings human trials into view

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First Successful Uterus Transplant from Deceased Donor Leads to Healthy Baby

Wed, 2018-12-05 06:45
If repeated, the feat may open the door to expanding infertility treatments

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