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Stunning 'new' cloud formations captured in updated atlas – in pictures

The Guardian - March 23, 2017 - 6:35am

Roll clouds and wave-like asperitas are among the additions to the new digital International Cloud Atlas, that dates back to the 19th century. It features hundreds of images captured by meteorologists and cloud lovers from around the world

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Let there be light: Germans switch on 'largest artificial sun'

The Guardian - March 23, 2017 - 6:19am

Scientists hope experiment, which can generate temperatures of around 3,500C, will help to develop carbon-neutral fuel

German scientists are switching on “the world’s largest artificial sun” in the hope that intense light sources can be used to generate climate-friendly fuel.

The Synlight experiment in Jülich, about 19 miles west of Cologne, consists 149 souped-up film projector spotlights and produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on Earth.

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As Trump targets energy rules, oil companies downplay their impact

Reuters - March 23, 2017 - 6:02am
BOSTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s White House has said his plans to slash environmental regulations will trigger a new energy boom and help the United States drill its way to independence from foreign oil.
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Good Science Is Usually Good Business

Scientific American - March 23, 2017 - 6:00am
When it comes to global business expansion, why not inject some science into the art of the deal?

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Cabin or hold? Tech ban latest step in bomb detection battle

Reuters - March 23, 2017 - 5:55am
PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - A ban on large carry-on electronics on some international flights lays bare a high-stakes scientific battle between militant groups and security chiefs that has already dramatically altered airline travel, especially since the September 2001 attacks in the United States.
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Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record-Low Peak for Third Year

Scientific American - March 23, 2017 - 5:30am
Sea ice was also thinner this winter than in the past four years

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Dinosaur Family Tree Poised for Colossal Shake-Up

Scientific American - March 23, 2017 - 5:30am
“Textbook-changing” analysis of dinosaur bones upends long-accepted relationships among major

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Decades of TB progress threatened by drug-resistant bacteria, warn experts

The Guardian - March 23, 2017 - 5:27am

Rise of multi-drug resistant strains of tuberculosis could derail global efforts to eradicate the disease, according to a new report


The rise of multi-drug resistant bacteria threatens to overturn decades of progress on tuberculosis (TB), experts are warning.

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Living and looking for lavatories – why researching relief is so relevant

The Guardian - March 23, 2017 - 5:00am

Toilets are a source of interaction, social structures, organisation, norms and values. So why aren’t sociologists discussing them more?

It may be a turn of the stomach, a nervous flutter, a morning coffee or a sudden, unpredictable rush. You may look for a sign, if you are lucky enough to live in a society where they are readily available. There may or may not be a queue, often depending on the room of your gender. You may look for disabled access, whether you are in a wheelchair or have an invisible illness. You may select a space based on who is there, or your perception of its cleanliness. For some, it is an unwritten rule that one cannot go next to another person relieving themselves. What are you looking for?

A lavatory.

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NASA Satellite Catches Star's Death by Black Hole

Scientific American - March 23, 2017 - 5:00am
The Swift telescope has charted a star's plunge into a supermassive black hole at the core of a distant galaxy

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Exploring the magic and mystery of mushrooms with the L.A. Mycological Society

LA Times - March 23, 2017 - 5:00am

There was a dump truck driver from Baldwin Park, a humanities professor from Long Beach, a conceptual artist from Altadena and a stay-at-home dad from Mid-City.

They didn’t have much in common, except for one thing: They’d all fallen for fungus. Hard.

Their shared obsession led them to the Los...

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Police officer, three others killed in Wisconsin shooting: reports

Reuters - March 23, 2017 - 4:27am
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A police officer and three other people were killed in a string of shootings, including at a bank and a law firm, in central Wisconsin following what police referred to as domestic incident, media reported on Wednesday.
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Trump Tantrum looms on Wall Street if healthcare effort stalls

Reuters - March 23, 2017 - 4:16am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump Trade could start looking more like a Trump Tantrum if the new U.S. administration's healthcare bill stalls in Congress, prompting worries on Wall Street about tax cuts and other measures aimed at promoting economic growth.
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Indonesia survey shows massive coral death from cruise ship

AP News - March 23, 2017 - 3:26am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square meters (204,000 square feet) of coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship that ran aground in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province earlier this month....
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The Voyages Issue: In the Land of Giants

NY Times - March 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Communing with some of the biggest trees on Earth.
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How The 'Scarcity Mindset' Can Make Problems Worse

NPR - March 23, 2017 - 3:00am

Researchers had a hypothesis that when you really want something, you start to focus on it obsessively. It produces a kind of tunnel vision and creates problems for thinking in the long-term.

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

NPR - March 23, 2017 - 3:00am

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.

(Image credit: Brookings Papers on Economic Activity)

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Fierce clashes persist in Syria ahead of renewed peace talks

Reuters - March 23, 2017 - 2:25am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and rebels, including jihadist groups, fought in the capital Damascus and north of Hama on Thursday after the insurgents' biggest offensive for months, underscoring the bleak prospects for peace talks which resume later in the day.
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Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disaster

Reuters - March 23, 2017 - 2:17am
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a gray sea on Thursday, a somber reminder of a tragedy that traumatized the country.
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Dinosaur crater's clue to origin of life

BBC - March 23, 2017 - 1:58am
The crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs reveals clues to the origins of life on Earth.
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