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Shock and Thaw--Alaskan Sea Ice Just Took a Steep, Unprecedented Dive

Scientific American - May 2, 2018 - 5:30am
Weather conditions and a boost from global warming led to the stunning record low ice cover in winter 2018

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Clean energy sector swings Republican with U.S. campaign donations

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 5:17am
(Reuters) - U.S. solar and wind energy companies have donated far more money to Republicans than Democrats in congressional races this election cycle, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance data, an unprecedented tilt to the right for an industry long associated with the environmental left.
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Prof Stephen Hawking's multiverse finale

BBC - May 2, 2018 - 5:15am
In his last paper, the Cambridge physicist tackles multiple universes and a cosmic paradox.
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The Problem with Asperger's

Scientific American - May 2, 2018 - 5:00am
It’s not the condition; it’s Hans Asperger, who wasn’t the first to describe it in any case, and whose research was influenced by Nazism.

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When Love Breeds Madness: Read This If You've Ever Googled Your Ex

Scientific American - May 2, 2018 - 4:45am
In a new book a clinical psychologist describes patients who developed consuming romantic obsessions

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Iowa 'Fetal Heartbeat' Bill To Ban Abortions After 6 Weeks Poised For Passage

NPR - May 2, 2018 - 4:41am

The bill, which would ban most abortions illegal after a fetal heartbeat bill can be detected. The Republican-majority state Senate fast-tracked the bill early Wednesday.

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WHO reveals shocking figures on air pollution deaths

CBS - May 2, 2018 - 3:07am
U.N. health agency says 7 million people die yearly from "exposure to fine particles in polluted air," and there's a climate change link
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China reiterates call to continue upholding Iran nuclear deal

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 3:03am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated that all sides should continue to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement, and that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said many times Iran is in compliance with the deal.
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Big telco's lower-cost, wireless data-only plans are 'embarrassing,' critics say

CBC - May 2, 2018 - 2:00am

Critics say proposed lower-cost, data-only wireless deals from Bell, Rogers and Telus are no deal at all. The offerings include half a gigabyte of data for $30 a month.

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NASA sending robotic geologist to Mars to dig super deep

geology topix - May 2, 2018 - 1:26am

In this Monday, April 23, 2018 photo, NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, Mars lander is transported in its payload fairing to Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. InSight is scheduled for liftoff on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

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Central American caravan migrants wait in the cold as companions reach U.S.

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 1:12am
TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Dozens of Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans slept a third night outside a U.S. port of entry, hoping to join the first 25 companions let across to seek asylum after traveling in a caravan across Mexico that has angered President Donald Trump.
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South Korea says it wants U.S. troops to stay regardless of any treaty with North Korea

Reuters - May 2, 2018 - 1:08am
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday the issue of U.S. troops stationed in the South is unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement is signed.
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Why genetic IQ differences between 'races' are unlikely

The Guardian - May 2, 2018 - 12:00am

The idea that intelligence can differ between populations has made headlines again, but the rules of evolution make it implausible

The idea that there may be genetic differences in intelligence between one population and another has resurfaced recently, notably in the form of a New York Times op-ed by the Harvard geneticist David Reich. In the article, Reich emphasises the arbitrary nature of traditional racial groupings, but still argues that long periods of ancestry on separate continents have left their genetic marks on modern populations. These are most evident for physical traits like skin and hair colour, where genetic causation is entirely uncontroversial. However, Reich asserts that all genetic traits, including those that affect behaviour and cognition, are expected to differ between populations or races.

This extrapolation from the genetics of physical traits to how our brains work brings back memories of an argument made by the US researchers Charles Murray and Richard J Herrnstein in their 1994 book The Bell Curve, recently resurrected by Murray in conversations with the US neuroscientist and author Sam Harris. In the book, Murray and Herrnstein claim that observed differences in the mean IQ scores of ethnic groups are “highly likely” to be due to both environmental and genetic factors. This sounds quite reasonable at first: the argument concedes that environmental and cultural factors play a big part in any differences seen in the mean IQ scores of various groups. But it also suggests that since genetic variation will contribute to higher or lower IQ in any given population, the genetic differences between one group and another will also underpin mean differences in IQ.

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Mark Zuckerberg on how long it will take to "fix" Facebook

CBS - May 1, 2018 - 11:30pm
In January, the CEO pledged to "fix" the social network as part of his annual challenge, but it looks like the effort will likely stretch beyond 2018
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Magnitude 3.4 earthquake hits Falls City

geology topix - May 1, 2018 - 11:12pm

Residents between here and Hobson felt the ground shake just before noon today as a magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit the area, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was large enough to be felt, but not strong enough to cause any notable damage.

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Facebook "doing the absolute bare minimum" to protect users: reporter

CBS - May 1, 2018 - 10:21pm
Technology reporter Sam Biddle told CBSN that it does't seem like Facebook is particularly concerned about the data scandal that affected millions of users
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Microbes living in a toxic volcanic lake could hold clues to life on Mars

Eureka Alert - May 1, 2018 - 10:00pm
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered microbes living in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Their findings could guide scientists looking for signs of ancient life on Mars.
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Plant breeders balance shared innovation, revenue

Eureka Alert - May 1, 2018 - 10:00pm
(American Society of Agronomy) Crop breeding research and innovation requires funding. But funding--and revenue from the crops developed--is increasingly hard to obtain. In response, a group of plant breeders met to discuss best practices. A recent paper summarizes their recommendations.
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Research identifies unconventional immune cell capable of fighting viral infections

Eureka Alert - May 1, 2018 - 10:00pm
(University of Birmingham) Research led by the University of Birmingham has identified a novel unconventional type of immune cell capable of fighting viral infections.
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Bloomberg era's emphasis on 'health in all policies' improved New Yorkers' heart health

Eureka Alert - May 1, 2018 - 10:00pm
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) From 2002 to 2013, New York City implemented a series of policies prioritizing the public's health in areas beyond traditional healthcare policies and illustrated the potential to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. This strategy is known as employing a 'health in all policies' approach. Researchers catalogued health-relevant legislation in New York City from 1998 to 2017 and found that 7.4 percent of the 3,745 pieces of legislation introduced during the Bloomberg Administration had the potential to impact New Yorkers' cardiovascular health.
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