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Robot can leap from water's surface

BBC - 4 hours 57 min ago
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water
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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

NPR - 4 hours 57 min ago

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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Rosetta probe studies released, revealing fullest picture of comet yet

The Guardian - 5 hours 49 sec ago

From the ‘frozen primordial soup’ of organics on the comet to new pictures, the discoveries made during the Philae lander’s first days have been published

The Philae lander may have spoken its final words, but with the data beamed back to its mothership, Rosetta, scientists have painted the fullest picture yet of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Born from the detritus of the primordial solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago, the icy comet has a fluffy coating over a hard-grained surface pocked with gas-spewing sinkholes. Yet it is more nothing than something: its interior is at least 75% empty space.

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Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials

Reuters - 5 hours 23 min ago
SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday.









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Consumer spending bolsters U.S. second-quarter growth

Reuters - 5 hours 28 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth accelerated in the second quarter as solid consumer spending offset the drag from weak business spending on equipment, suggesting a steady momentum that could bring the Federal Reserve closer to hiking interest rates this year.









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2000-Year-Old Cat Paw Prints Discovered on Tile

Discovery - 5 hours 34 min ago
The prints on the 2,000-year-old Roman roof tile proves cats were kept as pets -- and sometimes got in the way.
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Los Angeles passes law banning large-capacity gun magazines

Reuters - 5 hours 37 min ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity gun magazines on Tuesday, following San Francisco to become the second major city in California to take that step. 
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Lawyers to argue over fate of Colorado movie gunman Holmes

Reuters - 5 hours 46 min ago
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers for both sides in Colorado's movie massacre trial are due to make closing arguments on Thursday in the penalty phase, then jurors will decide if mitigating factors such as mental illness outweigh aggravating ones that could justify the death penalty.
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Stars in Milky Way have moved

Science Daily - 5 hours 49 min ago
Researchers are part of a team of scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) that created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their obits.
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Mike Lesser obituary

The Guardian - 5 hours 51 min ago

On 16 February 1963, my friend Mike Lesser, who has died aged 71, was one of the “Spies for Peace” who broke into the then secret regional seat of government (RSG-6) near Reading in Berkshire. The result, that Easter, was the publication of the pamphlet “Danger! Official Secret! RSG-6”, which revealed – with phone numbers and names – the administrative network of underground bunkers prepared for a nuclear strike. RSG-6 was besieged by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Aldermaston marchers, Vanessa Redgrave declaimed from the pamphlet, and the activists were officially denounced as traitors.

Mike, scientist and anarcho-communist, was then the youngest member of the Committee of 100 – non-violent campaigners against nuclear weapons – and had already served a jail term in Wormwood Scrubs prison following a Whitehall protest. After the RSG-6 break-in he spent six months hiding out on the German North Sea coast. None of the Spies for Peace was ever charged, but it would be 2010 before Mike spoke of his role.

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Oil droplets turn cells into tiny lasers

Nature.com - 5 hours 59 min ago

Injecting single cells with spheres of fluorescent dye could open new research and treatment avenues using light.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18061

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Rice researchers redress retraction

Nature.com - 5 hours 59 min ago

Team that retracted its own papers finally finds elusive trigger of plant immune response.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18055

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Visionary leader of China’s genomics powerhouse steps down

Nature.com - 5 hours 59 min ago

Jun Wang leaves post as chief executive of BGI and will pursue research in artificial intelligence.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.18059

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Rosetta preparing for perihelion

ESA - 5 hours 59 min ago
Rosetta's investigations of its comet are continuing as the mission teams count down the last month to perihelion – the closest point to the Sun along the comet's orbit – when the comet's activity is expected to be at its highest.
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What is Apple's secret car project, code-named Titan?

Christian Science Monitor - 5 hours 59 min ago

Apple's project Titan has scooped up hundreds of car engineers and autonomous-vehicle experts, according to reports.

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Hackers hijack Jeep Cherokee: How can you stop them? (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - 5 hours 59 min ago

A security team tests a Jeep Cherokee, finding the car can be remotely accessed and controlled.

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Ashley Madison: 'Moral' hacking or old-fashioned stealing? (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - 5 hours 59 min ago

2015 will be a banner year for cyber thieves, warns an expert. Did morality really motivate the Ashley Madison hackers, or just profit?

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U.S. agency probes possible legal violation in lion killing: source

Reuters - 6 hours 47 sec ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday.









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'Once in a Blue Moon' Happens on Friday -- Why?

Discovery - 6 hours 55 sec ago
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn't have anything to do with the moon's color.
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Aquariums 'deliver health benefits'

BBC - 6 hours 6 min ago
People who spend time watching fish swim in aquarium tanks could improve their physical and mental wellbeing, a study shows.
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