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The Road to Self-Driving Cars

Scientific American - May 29, 2016 - 6:15am
Steven Shladover explains how automated cars can solve transportation issues—but only if they are deployed safely

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Wrecked By Superstorm Sandy, Conservationists Work To Restore Migratory Birds' Refuge

NPR - May 29, 2016 - 5:38am

The migratory birds of the East Coast are about to get back a piece of habitat they lost to Hurricane Sandy — a freshwater pond in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.

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New Zealand's Alpine Fault Just Keeps Slipping

Scientific American - May 29, 2016 - 5:30am
The fault has shifted approximately 700 kilometers over the past 25 million years

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Turkey's new prime minister wins vote of confidence in parliament

Reuters - May 29, 2016 - 4:18am
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's government on Sunday won a vote of confidence in parliament as well as approval for his legislative program, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said.
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Death Talk Is Cool At This Festival

NPR - May 29, 2016 - 4:13am

How to make thinking about death less somber? Hold a festival! Indianapolis did. Through art, film and book talks, residents explored everything from bucket lists to advance directives and cremation.

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Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

NPR - May 29, 2016 - 4:12am

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.

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The Selfish Gene turns 40

The Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 3:00am
In 1976 Richard Dawkins’s study of evolutionary theory became the first popular science bestseller. How do its ideas stand up today?

It’s 40 years since Richard Dawkins suggested, in the opening words of The Selfish Gene, that, were an alien to visit Earth, the question it would pose to judge our intellectual maturity was: “Have they discovered evolution yet?” We had, of course, by the grace of Charles Darwin and a century of evolutionary biologists who had been trying to figure out how natural selection actually worked. In 1976, The Selfish Gene became the first real blockbuster popular science book, a poetic mark in the sand to the public and scientists alike: this idea had to enter our thinking, our research and our culture.

Previous attempts to explain evolution had been academic and rooted in maths. Dawkins walked us through it in prose

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Netflix border crackdown: Why some Canadians feel wronged

CBC - May 29, 2016 - 3:00am

Netflix customers affected by the crackdown on virtual border hoppers believe they have a right to complain. That's because for years they were able to freely sneak across borders with no repercussions.

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Flexi-space room expansion complete

BBC - May 29, 2016 - 2:40am
A new, expandable "room" has been opened up on the International Space Station.
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Ground control and Major Tim team up to revive schoolchildren’s interest in space

The Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 2:00am
The British astronaut’s multimedia ability, and the efforts of volunteers back on Earth, are bringing the excitement of his mission into the classroom

It’s a drizzly summer morning down here on planet Earth. Soft is-it-or-isn’t-it rain is falling from the sky. The hedgerows are bursting with nettles and cowslips. And the earth is damp and smells of… I take a deep noseful and think about this. It smells of earth. If you were a long, long way away in a cold and alien place, this spot here, Ottery St Mary, near the folded east Devon hills, is the kind of landscape that might come to you in a hallucinatory dream.

It’s the essence of the English countryside on a cool early summer morning. And somewhere, high above, in a tin capsule circling planet Earth, is Major Tim. The urge to quote David Bowie lyrics is almost irresistible – is irresistible – because at the King’s School in Ottery St Mary, there’s a massive antenna in the playground, a temporary space station in the school hall and a small crowd of children and parents waiting patiently. Ground control is literally about to call Major Tim: Tim Peake – our man in space. The first Briton in space for a long time and the first of the modern social-media age, a role that has led to other firsts, including being the first astronaut to appear at the Brit awards and “run” the London marathon and, for one morning only, the first to speak to the students at the King’s School, live, from the International Space Station.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee: ‘Genes are personal. They ask the question: why are we like this?’

The Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 2:00am
The Pulitzer-winning cancer specialist is back with a study of genes that is also a memoir of his family and its history of mental illness

The Gene is subtitled An Intimate History, and a very personal story runs through it. Can you explain what that is
The book gets intimate from the first page. I have two uncles who have schizophrenia and bipolar disease and then one of my cousins, also from my father’s side, was also diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalised. So that story hung over my childhood and raised questions that were very urgent. Would I be affected? Was there a genetic predisposition? What was happening in my family? We’re often tempted to think about genes in terms of laboratories or universities, but of course it’s personal: it’s your story, it’s my story, it’s a story of how hereditary factors influence our lives. It’s the question that we’ve all wondered about. Why do we look like this? Why do we behave like this? Why are we like this?

Did you uncover things about yourself?
Absolutely. I had blocked out anything to do with mental illness. I didn’t want to understand partly because I was too fearful of understanding, but then this book allowed me to answer that with a clarity I would have otherwise lacked. When you have a history like this, amazing forces of denial rise inside you. Much of my childhood and my family was organised around the idea that it wasn’t there.

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Zoo gorilla shot as boy falls into moat

BBC - May 29, 2016 - 1:37am
Zoo officials shoot dead a gorilla after it grabbed a four-year-old boy who fell into its enclosure in the US city of Cincinnati.
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Whether it is cricket or physics, imagined scenarios can expand the limits of our understanding

The Guardian - May 29, 2016 - 12:45am

Exploring contrived extremes isn’t pointless, but it’s best done as a thought experiment

It is lunchtime. England face Sri Lanka in the second test, and the radio commentary is on as we eat. The cricketers are also at lunch, but the commentary from BBC Test Match Special continues with an ‘Ask the Umpire’ session, in which bizarre and unlikely cricket scenarios are postulated,

A batsman hits the ball in the air towards the stumps, it grazes the bowler’s fingers, hits the stumps (with the non-striker out of his ground) and loops up into the air and is caught at mid-on. Who’s out?

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Eve the Jurassic sea monster

BBC - May 28, 2016 - 11:41pm
Piecing together the bare bones of a sea reptile that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.
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Would you shock yourself to avoid being alone with your thoughts?

The Guardian - May 28, 2016 - 11:00pm

Being by themselves in an empty room can feel so unbearable to some people that they willingly self-harm

To be left alone with our thoughts can be torture. Insomniacs who suffer agonies as they lie awake night after night soon learn that it is far better to get up and do something – anything – rather than thrash about with only their restless mind for company. Negative emotions such as guilt, self-doubt and anxiety run amok at night. Daylight, with its promise of mundane tasks and social interaction, usually sends these monsters of our imagination scurrying back to their caves, but they can re-emerge whenever there are no external distractions to occupy the mind.

Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to prevent this from happening, as a series of experiments carried out in 2014 by psychologists at Harvard and the University of Virginia demonstrated. College students were instructed to sit by themselves for up to 15 minutes in a sparsely furnished, unadorned room and “entertain themselves with their thoughts”. They were allowed to think about whatever they liked, the only rules being they should remain in their seats and stay awake. Unsurprisingly, a majority reported afterwards that they found it difficult to concentrate and their minds had wandered, with around half saying they didn’t enjoy the experience.

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Onboard camera shows SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully landing from space – video

The Guardian - May 28, 2016 - 10:37pm

Remarkable footage shows the rocket returning to Earth from space and successfully landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the third time in a row the Falcon 9 rocket has delivered its payload into the upper atmosphere and returned safely

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Astronaut inflates new addition to International Space Station

CBS - May 28, 2016 - 10:19pm
New effort comes after space station crew ran into unexpected problems earlier in the week
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Premature babies may grow up to have weaker bones

Eureka Alert - May 28, 2016 - 10:00pm
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Low birth weight babies are at higher risk of osteoporosis later in life, especially if they are born prematurely. Targeting these children with the appropriate diet and weight-bearing exercise can help improve the problem.
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Alma telescope peers into space

BBC - May 28, 2016 - 5:38pm
Alma telescope peers into space from Chile
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NASA successfully inflates new space station room

AP News - May 28, 2016 - 4:57pm
CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world's first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts....
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