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Grade-school students teach a robot to help themselves learn geometry

Science Daily - June 30, 2016 - 7:45pm
Researchers create rTAG, a tangible learning environment that utilizes teachable agent framing, together with a physical robotic agent to get students away from the traditional computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
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Air pollution linked to increased rates of kidney disease

Science Daily - June 30, 2016 - 7:45pm
While air pollution is known to cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, a new study indicates that it also likely causes damage to the kidneys.
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Artificial pancreas likely to be available by 2018

Science Daily - June 30, 2016 - 7:45pm
The artificial pancreas -- a device which monitors blood glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes and then automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body -- is likely to be available by 2018, conclude authors of a new paper.
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​"Guacamole-thick" algae causes crisis on Florida coastline

CBS - June 30, 2016 - 6:52pm
Dock owner says algae smells "like a hundred dead animals that have been sitting in the street for weeks"
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Late scientist Tom Kibble wins award for particle work

BBC - June 30, 2016 - 6:06pm
Prof Sir Tom Kibble is posthumously awarded the highest UK honour for physics.
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Juno probe on course for Jupiter encounter

CBS - June 30, 2016 - 5:53pm
NASA's Juno Probe is quickly accelerating as it approaches Jupiter and a make-or-break July 4 rocket firing
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Predicting the internet

BBC - June 30, 2016 - 5:45pm
Futurologist Alvin Toffler predicted everything from the rise of the Internet to the decline of the nuclear family, but he wasn't always right
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On Jupiter, never-ending auroras seem to be 'throwing a fireworks party' for approaching NASA craft

LA Times - June 30, 2016 - 5:21pm

On Jupiter, Fourth of July fireworks last year-round.

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal a new feature of the gas giant: brilliant blue auroras.

“These auroras are very dramatic and among the most active I have ever seen,” Jonathan Nichols, who studies auroras at the University of...

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Puerto Rico authorizes debt payment suspension; Obama signs rescue bill

Reuters - June 30, 2016 - 5:16pm
SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico authorized suspension of payments on its general obligation debt on Thursday just minutes after U.S. President Barack Obama signed a law creating a federal oversight board with authority to negotiate the restructuring of the island's $70 billion in debt.
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"Selfie Dad" mocks teen daughter's "sexy" photos

CBS - June 30, 2016 - 5:05pm
A 47-year-old dad tried to teach his daughter a lesson by copying her "sexy" Instagram selfies
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Anatomy specimens reveal story of infanticide, stillbirth and poverty

The Guardian - June 30, 2016 - 5:01pm

Study of 18th and 19th century infant anatomy specimens in UK museums and teaching collections reveals a tragic and sometimes dubious history

The dubious means by which 18th and 19th century anatomists obtained the bodies of babies and infants to dissect has been revealed in a study by two Cambridge scientists.

Specimens procured as a result of grave-robbing, infanticide or mothers so poor they were prepared to sell their dead babies, ended up in many museums of anatomy, including the collection of Cambridge University. In a new study, Piers Mitchell and Jenna Dittmar, of the Cambridge Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, reveal that the little bodies were obtained with considerable difficulty, but were regarded as precious- a way of demonstrating human growth and development - and treated with great care to preserve them for display and teaching. The research is published this week in the Journal of Anatomy.

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Ex-London mayor halts bid to be UK prime minister, upends race

Reuters - June 30, 2016 - 5:00pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favored to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU.
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Decades after the Montreal Protocol, there are signs the hole in the ozone layer has begun to heal

LA Times - June 30, 2016 - 4:54pm

For the first time in 30 years, the gaping hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica is showing signs of healing.

Every year since it was discovered in 1985, scientists have watched the hole grow bigger from one Antarctic spring to the next, eventually covering 10.9 million square miles in 2015.

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Boston police captain's son indicted on new charges in alleged bomb plot

Reuters - June 30, 2016 - 4:40pm
(Reuters) - The son of a Boston police captain was indicted on fresh charges in connection with an alleged plot, inspired by Islamic State, to detonate bombs filled with nails and ball bearings in crowded public places, federal prosecutors said on Thursday.
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State finds undisclosed pesticides in pot growing products

AP News - June 30, 2016 - 4:39pm
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's Department of Agriculture says it has found traces of undisclosed pesticides in many of the marijuana-growing fertilizers and other products it tested recently....
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Geologist denies he fudged data in Breitling's alleged $80 million oil fraud scheme

geology topix - June 30, 2016 - 4:38pm

Geologist Joe Simo poses for a photograph inside his Dallas office. He spoke with The Dallas Morning News about his time at Breitling Energy Corporation, which is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission for running a scheme to fraud oil and gas investors.

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House of Representatives reignites gun-control debate with planned vote

Reuters - June 30, 2016 - 4:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, under mounting pressure to advance gun-control legislation, will vote next week on a measure to keep guns out of the hands of people on government terrorism watch lists.
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Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet rendezvous

AP News - June 30, 2016 - 4:13pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out....
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Visa, MasterCard $7.25 billion settlement with retailers is thrown out

Reuters - June 30, 2016 - 3:20pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement reached by Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc with millions of retailers that accused the card networks of improperly fixing credit and debit card fees.
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Ancient tomb may have been used as prehistoric telescope

CBS - June 30, 2016 - 3:11pm
A team of astronomers may have discovered a surprising double purpose for ancient structure
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