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All shook up over topology

Getty The topology of Möbius strips helps to explain the puzzling behaviour of electrons and other particles. The King left his wife in 1972, but it wasn’t the break-up of Elvis and Priscilla Presley that bothered the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson at the time. He was more concerned about the difficulties he saw in an older and more fundamental relationship. ...

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Climate scientists flock to France’s call

Stephen Crowley/NYT/Redux/eyevine French President Emmanuel Macron (right) with his US counterpart, Donald Trump. Hundreds of climate scientists, including many from the United States, have applied to work in France under a €60-million (US$69-million) scheme set up by the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, after his US counterpart Donald Trump rejected the Paris accord on global warming. And Germany has announced that ...

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Maryam Mirzakhani, quantum teleportation and the Great Red Spot

Events | Conservation | Research | People | Facilities | Funding | Trend watch | Business EVENTS Iceberg set adrift from Larsen C shelf A 1-trillion-tonne iceberg has broken away from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. Scientists had been monitoring a rift in the shelf for the past year. Satellite measurements indicate that the segment was set adrift ...

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UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world’s last three northern white rhinos from extinction. At Longleat safari park, scientists have collected eggs from southern white rhinos – a closely related sub species – to use for IVF. The eggs will help researchers to develop the technology to help the remaining northern whites to ...

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How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence

Dogs most likely evolved from wolves at a single location around 20,000 to 40,000 years ago, a study suggests. Previously, it had been thought that dogs were tamed from two populations of wolves living thousands of miles apart. Researchers studied DNA from three dogs found at archaeological sites in Germany and Ireland that were between 4,700 and 7,000 years old. ...

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New Studies Show How The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Still Starves Fish At Sea And Plants On Shore

Jeffrey Short has been asking the same question for nearly three decades: What happened to the herring? After the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill off Alaska’s southern coast, the fish ― a vital link in the food chain and resource for the local economy ― began disappearing. Yet Short, a scientist stationed in Alaska for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ...

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12 Tricks To Rest, Restore And Grow Your Brain On Vacation

Vacation not only feels blissful, it’s also good for your body : Regular trips are linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and increased lifespan , among other benefits.  It may come as no surprise that travel is also associated with mental health  and happiness : While the wrong type of trip  can leave you more stressed and frazzled than ...

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Kids Suing Trump Over Climate Change Get A Boost From Grandpa

If Sophie Kivlehan’s crusade to convince skeptics that humans are causing climate change has taught her anything, it’s that the surest way to erode doubt is to make the science personal. The 18-year-old can now point to new research that comes from a very personal source ― her grandfather. And she only needs to sway the federal judge overseeing a ...

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Why the Most Powerful Treatment for Diabetes Turns Out to Be Surgery

Scientific American July 2017 Surgery that shortens intestines gets rid of the illness, and new evidence shows the gut—not simply insulin—may be responsible When I began training as a surgeon about two decades ago, I was eager to treat tumors, gallbladder stones, hernias and all other conditions within reach of a scalpel. Surgery seemed like a direct solution to some serious ...

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Is Guaranteed Income for All the Answer to Joblessness and Poverty?

Everything old is new again, as the saying goes, including the controversial idea that the solution to economic upheaval is free money. Universal basic income (UBI), a social policy that guarantees a fixed, unconditional stipend to all members of a designated group or entire country, has been kicked around for centuries by thinkers from Thomas Paine to Milton Friedman. Now ...

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