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New discovery to accelerate development of salt-tolerant grapevines

A discovery is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 6:12 pm

Imaging technique shows progress Alzheimer's disease

Using ‘Raman’ optical technology, scientists can now produce images of brain tissue that is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The images include the surrounding areas, already showing changes.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 6:10 pm

From cars to Mars: What's good for F1 is good for life across the universe

The rocks used to surface the track at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are helping scientists understand how life might occur on other planets.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 5:41 pm

ESA's latest technology CubeSat cleared for launch site

GomX-4B, ESA's latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 5:40 pm

'Lost' 99% of ocean microplastics to be identified with dye?

The smallest microplastics in our oceans – which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful – could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 5:38 pm

Image: Wall of Hertz test chamber

These spiky carbon-impregnated foam pyramids, seen here in ESA's Hertz test chamber, cover the walls of facilities that simulate the endless void of space.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 5:34 pm

Children show implicit racial attitudes from a young age, research confirms

White children show signs of implicit racism from the age of five by favouring people with the same skin colour, according to new research.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 5:30 pm

Morocco to pray for rain

Parched Morocco which is heavily dependent on its agricultural sector is to hold prayers for rain Friday in mosques across the country under a royal decree.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 5:20 pm

Holiday gift ideas: Cord-cutting choices to please even hard-core TV enthusiasts

It's a great time to be a TV consumer. We have great choices for pay TV services from companies like AT&T, Spectrum, DirecTV, Dish and a few others. Cord cutters can also have their pick of streaming services, from Sling TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu, YouTube, DirecTV Now and a few others.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 4:00 pm

Lead poisoning deaths up in New Hampshire loons despite law

More than year after New Hampshire passed one of the nation's toughest bans on using lead fishing tackle, loons are still dying from ingesting fishing weights and lures.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 3:43 pm

Even small black holes emit gravitational waves when they collide, and LIGO heard them

LIGO scientists say they have discovered gravitational waves coming from another black hole merger, and it's the tiniest one they've ever seen.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 3:40 pm

Airbnb takes steps to welcome travelers with disabilities

In response to complaints that its platform isn't always accommodating of guests with disabilities, Airbnb recently revealed new steps to address that problem.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 3:30 pm

Tech education that pays, or you don't

With tuitions ever rising and student debt exploding to $1.45 trillion, there has been increased pressure on schools to demonstrate their value based on their success in placing graduates in good-paying jobs.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 3:20 pm

Game Review: 'Star Wars Battlefront II,' the dark side of gaming

Sirens roar ominously within the mangled remains of a Rebel frigate, warning all to escape. The clanking of hurried footsteps echoes through the halls before being replaced by a series of ghastly screams, loud enough to drown out the alarm. A door slides open to reveal the glow of a red lightsaber backed by the silhouette of Darth Vader. I fire my blaster, and he nonchalantly takes a shot to the chest. He raises his hand and I levitate with it, my throat closing as I inch upward. This spectacle of power is impressive, but as my life fades away, the only thing I can think is, "How much did that player spend to unlock the third level of Punishing Grip?"
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 3:10 pm

Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports

Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat pelts from the United States.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:59 pm

Climate change could increase volcano eruptions

Shrinking glacier cover could lead to increased volcanic activity in Iceland, warn scientists in a new report.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

'Lost' 99% of ocean microplastics to be identified with dye?

The smallest microplastics in oceans, which go largely undetected, can be identified more effectively with an innovative and cheap new method, report researchers. The new method can detect microplastics as small as the width of a human hair, using a fluorescent dye. Previous scientific field work surveys report that only 1% of the plastic waste in the oceans has been found. This new research could lead to discovering the missing 99%.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Neurobiology: The chemistry of memory

Learning requires the chemical adaptation of individual synapses. Researchers have now revealed the impact of an RNA-binding protein that is intimately involved in this process on learning and memory formation and learning processes.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically

Chemistry researchers have now discovered how certain small biomolecules attach to one another. The researchers’ study also overturns the standard picture – particles with the same electrical charge appear to be drawn together and not vice versa. The results may be important for the development of new drugs.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:53 pm

Hunting for the finest droplet

Modern passenger airplanes already consume less than three liters fuel per one hundred kilometers and passenger. Scientists are currently working on further improving this value. In addition, engineers plan to optimize the combustion process such that exhaust gas emission is reduced considerably. For this purpose, they use supercomputers and simulation methods that are usually applied for tsunami calculations or for water effects in computer games.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:53 pm

Flamingo feces and their way of walking stimulate organic matter filtering in saline wetlands

The greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) facilitates microbial ‘filtering’ of organic matter in saline wetlands, thus improving water quality and reducing nitrogen loads by promoting denitrification, research concludes. This is a facilitating role these animals possess which was unknown until now.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:52 pm

Radiographs of Dolly's skeleton show no signs of abnormal osteoarthritis

Original concerns that cloning caused early-onset osteoarthritis (OA) in Dolly the sheep are unfounded, report experts.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:51 pm

A possible explanation for how germlines are rejuvenated

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers affiliated with the University of California and Calico Life Sciences, has discovered a possible explanation regarding how human germlines are rejuvenated. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Adam Bohnert and Cynthia Kenyon describe work they have done with worms in their lab and the possible implications their findings may have on human reproduction.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:51 pm

Review: It's not just the year of the iPhone X for smartphone shoppers

It's been a bit of a banner fall for fans of new flagship smartphones.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:50 pm

Smart tech makes smarter shoppers

Shops will find it pays to wise up to the ways smart technology upgrades customer experience. That's the message from a new study on how people shop.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:47 pm

New batteries with better performance, improved safety

Currently the most important technology for batteries is the lithium-ion battery technology, but the technology is expensive and contains a flammable liquid. To satisfy the growing demand from emerging markets, researchers have devised a new battery prototype: known as "all-solid-state," this battery has the potential to store more energy while maintaining high safety and reliability levels.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:43 pm

Ocean floor mud reveals secrets of past European climate

Samples of sediment taken from the ocean floor of the North Atlantic Ocean have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the reasons why Europe's climate has changed over the past 3,000 years.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:43 pm

Meadows beat out shrubs when it comes to storing carbon

While the world focuses on controlling global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, less attention has been paid to the capacity of vegetation and soils to take up and store carbon. A remote field site in the Norwegian mountains is improving our understanding of carbon cycling in high-latitude alpine areas.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:43 pm

China's reversing emission flows revealed by research

The flow of China's carbon emissions has reversed, according to new research. The study estimates the carbon implications of recent changes in the country's economic development patterns and role in international trade since the global financial crisis.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:43 pm

Key to regenerating blood vessels discovered

A signaling pathway that is essential for angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, has been discovered by researchers. The findings may improve current strategies to improve blood flow in ischemic tissue, such as that found in atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease associated with diabetes.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:43 pm

Facebook opens 2nd office combating hate speech in Germany

Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:42 pm

Radiographs of Dolly's skeleton show no signs of abnormal osteoarthritis

Original concerns that cloning caused early-onset osteoarthritis (OA) in Dolly the sheep are unfounded, say experts at the University of Nottingham and the University of Glasgow.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:41 pm

Twitter verboten? German parliament edict irks lawmakers

Germany's new parliamentary speaker is meeting resistance to his suggestion that lawmakers refrain from tweeting or snapping photos during sessions.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:41 pm

Tech firms scrounging for skilled workers training their own (Update)

Some information technology companies are growing so concerned about their inability to find enough digital talent that they're training their own.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:41 pm

Thunderstorms create radioactivity, scientists discover

Thunder and lightning have sparked awe and fear in humans since time immemorial. In both modern and ancient cultures, these natural phenomena are often thought to be governed by some of the most important and powerful gods – Indra in Hinduism, Zeus in Greek mythology and Thor in Norse mythology.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 1:40 pm

Gadgets: Extraordinary gifts for the one-of-a-kinds on your list

If you're struggling to find a different, out of the ordinary gift for someone special, here's a head start.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:50 pm

Designing new metal alloys using engineered nanostructures

Materials science is a field that Jason Trelewicz has been interested in since he was a young child, when his father—an engineer—would bring him to work. In the materials lab at his father's workplace, Trelewicz would use optical microscopes to zoom in on material surfaces, intrigued by all the distinct features he would see as light interacted with different samples.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:37 pm

Helpers at the nest may allow mother birds to lay smaller eggs

Cooperatively breeding birds and fish may have evolved the adaptive ability to reduce the size of their eggs when helpers are available to lighten the parental load, a new study suggests. The findings indicate that in some species, the social environment may influence female reproductive decisions even prior to the birth of offspring.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:32 pm

Experiments in robotics could help Amazon beat Australia's slow delivery problem

Amazon's launch in Australia today is likely to put fresh scrutiny on the speed of Australia Post's own deliveries. To that end, Australia Post is trialling the use of robots to deliver parcels more promptly.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:20 pm

No, we aren't running out of new ideas

We've picked all the low hanging fruit when it comes to new ideas, and the world is set for more parsimonious times. This is the idea put forward in a recent research paper by Nicholas Bloom, John Van Reenen and their co-authors.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:10 pm

With a few smart moves, we can relieve the pressure on gas

A new report from ClimateWorks Australia has found that the national demand for gas could be reduced by 25% by 2030 through better energy efficiency measures and using gas alternatives in industry and buildings.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

Mercury decline in seabirds due to diet, not emissions controls

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands surrounded by some of the world's roughest seas.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 11:50 am

How the tax package could blur the separation of church and politics

The tax package pending in Congress includes a provision that would leave churches and other nonprofits, which by law must be nonpartisan, suddenly free to engage in political speech.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 11:40 am

Angry Birds maker posts loss despite jump in sales

Finland's Rovio Entertainment, creator of the popular smartphone game Angry Birds, on Thursday posted a loss for the third quarter despite rising sales, as it increased its investments with a view to boost its winnings in future.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 11:37 am

The Bizarre Mystery of the Unidentified Human Head from Nowhere

In December of 2014 a grim discovery was made in the middle of a field in Economy, Pennsylvania.

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Posted: November 23, 2017, 8:00 am

High-energy 'ghost particles' absorbed by Earth

Neutrinos are known as "ghost particles", because they are known to travel through solid objects with ease.

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Posted: November 23, 2017, 8:00 am

What the Hell Was That Mystery Aircraft Flying Over Oregon?

The mystery plane disappeared before anyone could figure out what it was and has defied all attempts at identification since.

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Posted: November 23, 2017, 8:00 am

Headless Skeleton of Extinct Sea Cow Unearthed in Siberia

Despite the missing noggin, the remains may help researchers solve several mysteries about this enormous, extinct animal.

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Posted: November 23, 2017, 8:00 am

Thanksgiving kitchen nightmares! From burnt turkeys to disastrous desserts, people share their worst fails

These farcical images have been shared on social media as the nation gears up for Thanksgiving holiday.

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Posted: November 23, 2017, 8:00 am

Four simple tests could help GPs spot pneumonia and reduce unnecessary antibiotics

Testing for fever, high pulse rate, crackly breath sounds, and low oxygen levels could be key to helping GPs distinguish pneumonia from less serious infections, according to a large study.
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:06 am

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