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  • Big Data and the Flu: How Wikipedia Can Track Influenza

    By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able…

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  • Americans willing to give driverless cars a chance, but wary of brain implants & lab grown meat

    Pew recently released a poll taken in February on Americans' attitudes to three new technologies. And while a small majority are open to traveling in driverless cars — which thus far have proven significantly less accident-prone than human drivers — attitudes towards other innovations like…

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  • Africa's hunger for data sends satellites into orbit

    By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecom fibre links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit. The arrival of submarine cables on Africa's eastern shore…

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  • Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

    Hundreds of Neanderthals' genes were turned off while the identical genes in today's humans are turned on, the international team announced in a paper published online in Science. They also found that hundreds of other genes were turned on in Neanderthals, but are off in people living today. Among…

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  • Diabetes-Related Problems Drop Over Last 2 Decades

    The findings "show that we have come a long way in preventing complications and improving quality of life for people with diabetes," study researcher Edward Gregg, a senior epidemiologist in CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, said in a statement. In fact, the total number of strokes,…

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

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  • 16-Foot Great White Shark Spotted Near Australian Beach

    A massive great white shark has been spotted swimming close to an Australian beach, scaring the locals and forcing the beach to close, according to news reports. Signals from a satellite tag on the shark alerted authorities to its location, and city officials warned residents of Albany, Western…

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    NASA'S SPACE GARDEN

    NEWSMOVIE: NASA has sent a Vegetable Production System to the International Space Station. It is a plant-growing chamber that could grow fresh food for astronauts.

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  • Giant Crab-Like Robot to Plumb the Ocean for Shipwrecks and Treasure

    Prepare to meet the mammoth mechanical crab of your nerdiest undersea dreams.

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  • [video] U.S. Scientists Clone Two Adults

    Scientists in the U.S. have cloned two older people – one aged 35, the other 75 – into early-stage embryos, and then derived genetically-matched tissue through that process. Gautam Naik reports on Lunch ...

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  • Old as Dirt: 2.7-Million-Year-Old Soil Found Under Ice

    Buried thousands of feet under Summit, the highest point on Greenland's ice sheet, is a soil born before humans ever walked on Earth. The 2.7-million-year-old silt is a remnant of the verdant tundra that covered Greenland before it was entombed in ice, researchers report today (April 17) in the…

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  • Clever Goats Can Learn Quickly

    I was surprised that they got it so quickly," said study author Alan McElligott, of Queen Mary University of London. The goats' ability to retrieve food from the box may mean that the animals are generally good at problem solving, McElligott said, a skill that could come handy when they look for…

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  • Ancient shark discovery may rewrite our evolutionary history

    Evolutionary biologists have theorized specifically that the creatures' respiratory systems, fed by efficient gills, were present in the species since they first diverged on Earth more than 400 million years ago. A study of the 325 million year old "shark-like" creature, published in scientific…

    The Verge
  • Political Evolution: Why Do Young Voters Lean Left? It's in the Genes

    Whether you're liberal or conservative may have more to do with brain development than wealth or candidates

    BusinessWeek
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  • Researchers: Exercise could make your skin look younger

    Researchers have discovered yet another benefit of exercise: It not only helps skin look younger, but may even reverse skin aging in those who begin exercising later in life.

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    EARTH-LIKE PLANET FOUND

    Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the Kepler-186 system.

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  • China rejections of GMO U.S. corn cost up to $2.9 billion: group

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions. The National Grain and Feed…

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  • New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazilian Patient

    A new, highly drug-resistant type of the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) recently caused a fatal blood infection in a Brazilian patient, according to a new report. The 35-year-old man, who was in poor health and had been in the hospital for a long time, was infected with…

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  • Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labeling law

    The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can…

    Reuters
  • Vacation Takes On New Meaning For Most Workers

    More than 60 percent of the employees who took paid time off in the past 12 months admit doing at least some work while on vacation. "It's clear the word 'vacation' among employers and employees doesn't mean what it did in the past," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. Of…

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