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Conjoined Twins Refuse to Be Separated Despite Doctor's Warnings People, April 22, 2017 When Carmen and Lupita Andrade were born, doctors said they only had three days to live. The conjoined twins, now 16, originally born in Mexico and now living in New Milford, Connecticut, defied those odds and lived far past doctors’ expectations. Health problems have emerged and placed the girls’ futures at risk, but they tell the Hartford Courant they don’t see the point in a surgery that... 
 
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Woman has Triplets by 'Superfoetation'


By:  @randy, 7 hours ago
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What is superfoetation?   A British woman's revealed she fell pregnant with twins, then conceived while carrying them and gave birth to triplets. It's called superfoetation - when someone conceives then conceives again between two weeks and a month later. It's extremely rare in humans. This is only the sixth time it's happened in 100 years. Fertility expert Professor Simon Fishel says: "It ought not to happen, but it does." "The first case was reported in 1865 and... 
 
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March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference


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Thousands of scientists have taken part in demonstrations around the world in protest against what they see as a global political assault on facts. The first-ever March for Science, which was timed to coincide with Earth Day, was aimed at promoting action to protect the environment. Organisers said it was a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. The main event was held in Washington DC. The event's promoters said the march in... 
 
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US Navy redesigning its submarines to accommodate women


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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, released by the U.S. Navy, Lt j.g. Marquette Leveque, left, and Lt. j.g. Kyle McFadden, both of the USS Wyoming, receive their pins to indicate that they're qualified to serve on submarines in a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia. With women now serving on submarines, future subs are being built to specifically accommodate gender differences including height, reach and strength. The first vessel built with some of the new... 
 
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ou sensed like a smal


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Michigan's Joe Wormley provides many American footbal groups a great first-round plan | American footbal | Sporting Information Mich s Joe Wormley is the one other defensive linemen who might slip into the first rounded. Below utes the actual perspective with regard to Wormley planning in the 2017 Football Draw up. Michigan defensive deal with Frank Wormley (Getty Photos) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Chris Wormley loved the Steelers as being a kid, consequently evening meal with the crew's instruction... 
 
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FEDOR Is a Gunslinging Robot That’s Just a Skin Suit Away From Westworld


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Author Dom Galeon Russia's FEDOR humanoid robot can now shoot guns, leading critics of artificial intelligence to express concerns over the potential danger it poses. The Russian government, however, was quick to point out that the exercise isn't meant to create a "Terminator." No Terminator, No SkyNet A number of experts have already warned  that artificial intelligence (AI)  could lead to the end of humanity . While these warnings haven’t entirely fallen on deaf ears,... 
 
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What's Your Eye Color? -- New Color Chart!


By:  @dowser, 3 years ago
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Everyone has to put their eye color on their driver's license. Which always leaves me in a quandary. My eyes are gray, green, and blue, depending on where you look. They look more gray when I wear a red shirt, blue when I wear a blue shirt, green when I wear green, and sort of a teal, when you wear that color. Then, I found this neat eye chart. The chart below shows a wide variety of eye colors, based on genetics. My father's eyes were definitely blue and my mother's eyes were definitely... 
 
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Statistical Significance Is Overrated


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I've walked into this trap a thousand times! The phenomenon is real , because it is "statistically significant". But the phenomenon  is of  zero impact! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original article by Noah Smith - Bloomberg View ------------------------------------- Ronald A. Fisher, one of the fathers of modern statistics, reportedly got on the nerves of many of his contemporaries. But if there’s a reason we... 
 
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This is what the earliest ancestor of birds and dinosaurs looked like


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Original article by Angela Chen - The Verge ------------------------------------- Teleocrater roamed the Earth before dinosaurs appeared The new species Teleocrater rhadinus hunting a cynodont, a close relative of mammals. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" (Buenos Aires, Argentina), artwork by Gabriel Lio Before there were dinosaurs, there was this creature: the 10-foot, long-necked Telocrater . For a study published today in... 
 
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A Genetic Oddity May Give Octopuses and Squids Their Smarts


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Original article  by Steph Yin - Trilobites (NYT) ------------------------------------- A California two-spot octopus. Scientists say coleoid cephalopods, a group encompassing octopuses, squid and cuttlefish, make much more extensive use of RNA editing than other marine and land animals. Credit Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory Coleoid cephalopods, a group encompassing octopuses, squid and cuttlefish, are the most intelligent invertebrates: Octopuses can... 
 
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Self-driving cars will only work when we accept autonomy is a myth


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Jack Stilgoe The ability of autonomous vehicles to navigate our cities is impressive. But their potential will only be realised when these cars are interdependent T he crash of an Uber Volvo in Tempe, Arizona has dragged a regulatory spotlight back onto self-driving cars. The Uber car, in driverless mode, ended up on its side after being shunted by a Honda that was turning left. Such incidents bring the hype surrounding automotive autonomy bouncing back to earth. But... 
 
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After Badger Buries Entire Cow Carcass, Scientists Go to the Tape


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Original article by Nicholas Bakalar - NYT Science ------------------------------------- A badger captured on a trap camera after it buried a cow carcass. Credit Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab/University of Utah Scientists reviewing video from camera traps watched dumbfounded as a 16-pound badger worked four days to bury a 50-pound calf carcass. Badgers, carnivores native to the American West, are generally nocturnal and spend most of their time in... 
 
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Spoiler alert: Republican Scott Wagner is very wrong. By Michael McLaughlin   Scott Wagner State Sen. Scott Wagner may need a refresher science class.   A Republican state senator running for governor of Pennsylvania shared some unusual views this week about what’s causing climate change.  Scott Wagner told a Harrisburg audience on Tuesday that the body heat from the planet’s growing population might be responsible for rising... 
 
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I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations


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Victoria Herrmann These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average ‘In the waning days of 2016 we were warned: save the data.’ Photograph: Andrew Stewart / SpecialistStock A s an Arctic researcher, I’m used to gaps in data. Just over 1% of US Arctic waters have been surveyed to modern standards. In truth, some of the maps we use today haven’t been updated since the second world war. Navigating... 
 
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE THERANOS SAGA SO FAR


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  In the beginning, Theranos was called Real-Time Cures. Corny? Sure. But Elizabeth Holmes was barely 19 when she came up with it, a Stanford dropout aspiring to upend personalized medicine. Besides changing its name, Theranos has come a long way: It’s raised hundreds of millions of dollars, signed deals with huge consumer health companies, received federal approval, and been the subject of glowing profiles in some of the world’s most prestigious publications. Theranos has... 
 
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Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI


By:  @community, 4 weeks ago
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Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new company — yes, another one — focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through technological augmentation. Neuralink, the new venture, officially broke cover thanks to a Wall Street Journal article today, though it’s been known for some time that Musk was working on brain-computer interface tech as a means to help ensure humans can keep pace with the accelerating development of artificial intelligence. Musk at Code Conference last year... 
 
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UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error


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A British teenager has contacted scientists at Nasa to point out an error in a set of their own data. A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data. The 17-year-old from Tapton school in Sheffield said it was "pretty cool" to email the space agency. The correction was said to be "appreciated" by Nasa, which invited him to help analyse the problem. "What we got given was a lot of spreadsheets,... 
 
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Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis


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By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website, The Woodlands, Texas     Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars. The team believe an asteroid triggered 150m-high waves when it plunged into an ocean thought to have existed on northern Mars three billion years ago. Lomonosov crater in the planet's northern plains fits the bill as the source of tsunami deposits identified on the surface.... 
 
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Original article by Brian Resnick  - Vox ------------------------------------- Scientists’ new definition of “planet” includes Pluto — and at least a 100 other objects in the solar system. Johns Hopkins University / APL In 2006, Pluto was demoted from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet. The reason: Pluto wasn’t special anymore. Astronomers had discovered many other Pluto-size objects in Pluto’s section of the solar system, called the Kuiper belt. If Pluto... 
 
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Steve Mnuchin has been compromised (by robots)


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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago

Not to downplay the apparently imminent existential threat of global trade, but this time the call is coming from inside the house. Well, not the House, but the cabinet, where Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has apparently begun to execute the will of our nation’s omnipresent AI-powered shadow government, one willfully ignorant quote at a time. Today in an interview with  new-hip-Politico , Mnuchin dismissed concerns that automation might displace jobs for flesh and blood human... 
 
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An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood


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  Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don't just facilitate respiration - they also play a key role in blood production.  In experiments involving mice, the team found that they produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, equating to the majority of platelets in the animals' circulation. This goes against the decades-long assumption that bone... 
 
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Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living


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SILICON VALLEY IS  coming for death. But it’s looking in the wrong place. After disrupting the way we love, communicate, travel, work, and even eat, technologists believe they can solve the ultimate problem. Perennially youthful Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced last year a $3 billion initiative to obliterate human disease. Among his many crusades, Paypal co-founder and Trump advisor Peter Thiel aims to end mortality. (“Basically, I’m against it,” he... 
 
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Fentanyl Crisis: Columbus, Ohio Has One Fatal Overdose Per Day


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by Corky Siemaszko     The drug that killed Prince is slaying people at a rate of nearly one a day in Ohio's capital city. Fentanyl has already figured in 55 fatal drug overdoses in Columbus and surrounding Franklin County in January and February, the local coroner reported Friday. "The headline is that this is almost half the total number of fentanyl-related deaths we logged all of last year," Franklin County Coroner spokeswoman Tia Moretti told NBC News. And... 
 
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Now Blowing Up YouTube: Secret Nuclear Test Footage


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The films are being preserved by a weapons physicist before they decay       By Michael Harthorne ,  Newser Staff Posted Mar 15, 2017 4:27 PM CDT   (Newser) – The US government has about 10,000 films of the 221 atmospheric nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1962, covering the destructive power from all sorts of angles and distances, Business Insider reports. But until recently those films were literally rotting away in top-secret storage. Gregg... 
 
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Mysterious energy flashes may be aliens firing up interstellar spacecraft, Harvard scientists say By Robert Mendick, The Telegraph (Reported by National Post) March 11, 2017 Let's hope the aliens aren't the type to destroy the White House.   (Claudette Barius) Hold on to your lightsabers and brace yourself for hyperspace. A team from Harvard University suspects mysterious energy flashes detected in galaxies far, far away may be caused by a species of super-advanced aliens firing up... 
 
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