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6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning

0SHARESShare About seven years ago, I started learning how to paint as a hobby. I was pretty terrible. Everything looked flat, I did not have the right proportions, and my colors were totally off. My friends and colleagues suggested that I stop wasting my time on something I wasn’t good at. “Focus on your day job,” they said. I kept ...

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The Plastic Tide

0SHARESShare Estimates are currently at trillions of pieces and counting, with over 60 percent of the oceans being heavily contaminated with plastics. With each piece of plastic taking over 400 years to degrade, our oceans, all marine life, and even our own health and livelihoods are in real danger of drowning. Despite this and the 8 million tons of plastics ...

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Bird Nests Used to Look More Like Fortresses

0SHARESShare Which came first, the cup or the dome? Unlike the old chicken-versus-egg conundrum, this question appears to have an answer. A new study suggests that the familiar open-cup style—built by nearly three fourths of today’s passerines, or perching birds—is a modification of roofed spherical structures that just a handful of species now make. Most biologists had theorized that nest ...

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Trump Order Aims to Expand U.S. Offshore Drilling

0SHARESShare U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to extend offshore oil and gas drilling to areas that have been off limits, in a move to boost domestic production just as industry demand for the acreage nears the lowest in years. The order could lead to a reversal of bans on drilling across swathes of the Atlantic, ...

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This Fantastic Idea for a Circular Runway Is Sadly Going Nowhere

0SHARESShare The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. Building a new runway is often a tight squeeze. For example, part of the opposition to a new runway in London, which has provoked national debate , comes from the hundreds of families whose homes will be demolished to make way for ...

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Portraits of Malaria

0SHARESShare Scientific American is part of Springer Nature, which owns or has commercial relations with thousands of scientific publications (many of them can be found at www.springernature.com/us ). Scientific American maintains a strict policy of editorial independence in reporting developments in science to our readers. 0SHARESShare

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Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unraveling

0SHARESShare The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the region. The warming is hastening the melting of Arctic ice and boosting sea-level rise . The report, compiled by more than 90 scientists, documents the myriad changes already under way across the Arctic  because of climate change—from declining sea ice ...

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Ancient Human DNA Found in Cave Dirt

0SHARESShare Fossilized skulls and skeletons found in European caves gave us our first glimpse of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals. And a finger bone, found in a Siberian cave, first indicated the existence of another relative—the Denisovans . But fossils are hard to come by. So here’s another option: analyze cave floors to see if it contains any DNA.  “We ...

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Scientists Are Teaching Robots to Laugh

0SHARESShare When robot Nao laughs, he does so with his whole body: slapping his knees, shaking his head. But the adorable android, made by SoftBank Robotics, is not merely good at expressing mirth; he can correctly identify as much as 65 percent of happy laughter outbursts in humans, according to a study presented in 2015 at a nonverbal language workshop ...

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Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling

0SHARESShare Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at reducing restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic in order to “unleash American energy”. The US president said it would create “thousands and thousands” of jobs, despite a downturn in the oil market. It could undo a ban put in place by Barack Obama in order to protect ...

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