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World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

Six of the world’s large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study. The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming. Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say scientists. ...

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Thousands Of Slime Eels Spill Onto Oregon Highway In Gross, Gooey Crash

Police in Oregon were in a slimy situation on Thursday after a truck carrying 7,500 pounds of live hagfish failed to stop at a construction site and spilled its contents onto the highway and over surrounding cars. Oregon State Police and the Depoe Bay Fire Department shared pictures on Twitter of the bizarre accident, which took place on Highway 101. ...

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Mental Illness Is Common, but Long-Lasting Mental Illness Is Rare

Most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a bout of debilitating mental illness. Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds of episodes are typically considered unusual, and even shameful. New research, from our lab and from others around the world, however, suggests mental illnesses are so common that almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable ...

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How Fake News Goes Viral–Here's the Math

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars! Photos taken by a Chinese orbiter reveal an alien settlement on the moon! Shape-shifting reptilian extraterrestrials that can control human minds are running the U.S. government! What drives the astonishing popularity of such stories? Are we a particularly gullible species? Perhaps not—maybe we’re just overwhelmed. A bare-bones model of how news spreads on ...

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Hunt for Flight MH370 Takes Searchers into Uncharted Territory

The hunt for the missing flight MH370 plane maps a largely unexplored part of the Indian Ocean’s seafloor The first scientific study to come out of the search effort reveals a detailed underwater terrain marked by steep slopes and pockmarks. Shown here is the Diamantina Escarpment. Credit: Commonwealth of Australia and Geoscience Australia, 2017 When a Malaysia Airlines flight vanished ...

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London's Deadly Grenfell Tower Fire: Building Material Now Leading Suspect

The Grenfell Tower fire in the UK has shone a spotlight on building materials—and how fire retardant they are—after initial analysis suggested the rapid spread of the blaze was aided by the combustible filler used inside panels of aluminium cladding on the building’s exterior. On June 14 flames ripped through the west London block’s 24 stories, killing at least 80 ...

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What an Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears about AI

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring . It’s perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces ...

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NIH Fetal Research Plan Blocked in House Panel's Draft Bill

WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee’s draft 2018 spending plan would prohibit federal funds from being spent on research that uses fetal tissue, a symbolic win for conservatives who are also taking aim at money for family planning and public health programs around the country. The proposal from the House Appropriations health subcommittee is unlikely to be enacted, and the restriction ...

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In Case You Missed It

Policy & Ethics Top news from around the world U.S. Researchers modeled noise levels in nearly 500 wilderness and park locations and found that more than half of them were twice as loud as the environment would be without human-generated sounds. This cacophony could inhibit animals’ hunting, mating and other survival behaviors. CHINA Some caterpillar pests have grown resistant to ...

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Old Records Help Resurrect Historic Quake

Ninety-nine years ago, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Puerto Rico . It also caused a tsunami that swept through coastal towns. All told, the shaking and flooding killed more than 100 people and damaged many buildings and roads. Now, scientists are getting a clearer picture of the tragic event thanks to an unexpected source: century-old documents unearthed in an archive ...

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