Month: February 2018

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The horrifying relationship between a parasitic fungus and its host has just been examined in close detail, and it reveals once again just how brutal nature can be. Scientists now know in gruesome detail exactly how the fungus Massospora cicadina infects so many cicadas, before going on to hijack their behaviour and explode out of their abdomens,
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Global powers are pushing flight faster. With Japan looking to reintroduce supersonic speeds to aircraft, China has joined several US companies in working on aircraft capable of achieving hypersonic speeds – and they’re relatively far along.   Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing successfully tested their “I Plane” (named because it resembles
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Politically, Americans are more divided than ever. When it comes to issues of race, immigration, national security, and environmental protection, they disagree about how the government should handle things like never before.   Relative to polls in the 1990s, Republicans are now much more likely to say poor people have it easy, while Democrats are
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A Stanford University professor who has argued that the US can power itself entirely with renewable energy by the middle of the century, said Thursday that he’s withdrawing a multimillion-dollar libel suit he brought against an academic critic.   Mark Jacobson’s announcement came shortly after a hearing in the lawsuit in a DC court this week. Last year, Jacobson
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For most of us, how the opposite sex experiences an orgasm is one of life’s great mysteries. And as great as our own side of the coin can be, it’s hard not to wonder if the other side could be having it even better.   We can’t have it both ways (without surgery) to find out,
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Curling is one of the more unusual sports of the Winter Olympics, often drawing comparisons to shuffleboard, but played on ice. A roughly 42-pound curling rock, or stone, is pushed then slides down a sheet of ice, while two players furiously sweep the surface in front of the stone. The sweeping motion heats up the
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Computer model forecasts are advertising a bout of bitter cold to sweep over Europe over the next several days, very possibly the most extreme of the winter and perhaps in several years.   “The well anticipated most widespread #cold temperatures across northern Eurasia since #winter 2013 is imminent,” tweeted Judah Cohen, a meteorologist at Atmospheric
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Since its founding in 1999, Bigelow Aerospace has focused on building inflatable space modules that provide habitats in low-Earth orbit with more breathing room. Now, the Las Vegas-based space company has launched Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), a spinoff venture dedicated to marketing and operating these inflatable space habitats, which could be used as space hotels.
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The world’s deadliest animal isn’t a shark or even a human. Drawing from a graphic from Bill Gates’ blog, we decided to rank the world’s deadliest animals. Most of the deaths caused by animals, it turns out, have less to do with the animals themselves than the diseases they unwittingly transmit.   Note that some numbers are
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It’s a place that almost seems too magical to exist: the world’s largest underwater cave, spanning an incredible 347 kilometres (216 miles) of subterranean caverns, discovered in Mexico a month ago.   When archaeologists unveiled this immense, immersed labyrinth, they said it wasn’t just a natural wonder, but an important archaeological find set to reveal