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Despair Not This Earth

0SHARESShare Tweet Whatever one’s specific feelings are as the 45th president of the United States takes office, there is little doubt that the past twelve months represent a moment where a grand human experiment took an unexpected turn. On one hand, it would be the height of hubris to imagine that this is any more significant than dozens of items in ...

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Could Radiation Be a Deal Breaker for Mars Missions?

0SHARESShare Tweet This is a Preview. Buy this Digital Issue or Sign In Neurological Health New studies show cosmic radiation could be even more damaging to astronauts’ brains than we thought. Can humanity still live and travel among the stars? For millennia humans have gazed into the night sky and dreamed of traveling to the stars. Now that people have ...

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High-Sugar Diet Makes Flies Drop Like…Flies

0SHARESShare Tweet I don’t believe, in all my years, I have ever seen a fruit fly I would consider obese . But, thanks to the wonders of modern science, that’s all about to change. Because a team of researchers from Cold Spring Harbor laboratory has produced the first flies that are genetically engineered to overeat .  If you are wondering…why…it’s ...

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Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine'

0SHARESShare Tweet The appearance of fake news on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a “vaccine” to immunise people against the problem.A University of Cambridge study devised psychological tools to target fact distortion.Researchers suggest “pre-emptively exposing” readers to a small “dose” of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out bogus claims.Stories on the US election and Syria ...

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Fire of Australia: The return of the world's finest uncut opal

0SHARESShare Tweet The world’s finest uncut opal has mostly been kept in a safe deposit box since it was unearthed from the South Australian outback with a pick and shovel 70 years ago.Walter Bartram was prospecting in dusty terrain in Coober Pedy, about 750km (466 miles) north of Adelaide, in 1946 when he staked a claim to what became called ...

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Project aims to grow a 'city of trees'

0SHARESShare Tweet A project aims to plant three million trees – one for every man, woman and child – in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society.These include reducing stress, improve air quality and the amount ...

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Are Probiotic Foods a Waste of Time?

0SHARESShare Tweet Probiotic foods and supplements are among the fastest growing sectors in the health food marketplace, thanks to an explosion of popular and scientific interest in the “microbiome.” It’s clear that the bacteria that live in and on our bodies have an enormous impact on our health—one that we are only just beginning to explore. But commerce isn’t one ...

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Coping with the Winter Blues

0SHARESShare Tweet Mental Health Advertisement | Report Ad ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) Dwayne Godwin Dwayne Godwin is a neuroscientist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Recent Articles Jorge Cham Jorge Cham draws the comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper at www.phdcomics.com. Recent Articles SA Mind provides essential reading on the science of you. Memory. Relationships. Intelligence. Emotions. Brain health. ...

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Pesticide Additive Could Be One Culprit in Bee Deaths

0SHARESShare Tweet Springtime is flower season. And that includes some 90 million almond trees in California . It’s the largest pollination event in the U.S.—and beekeepers truck in two thirds of the nation’s captive honeybees to do the job. But for the last decade or so, the keepers have complained about failing colonies, with underdeveloped bees ejected from their hives.  ...

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Scientists Must Become More Involved in the Political Process

I ran for Congress in 2014 and one of the things I learned that thoroughly surprised me was the almost complete absence of people with scientific and technical backgrounds in Congress. Of the 535 Senators and Congressman in the 114th Congress, very few were trained in the natural and hard sciences. In fact, proportionally, the number of scientists and members ...

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