Category: Science

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Ravens Plan Ahead In Unnatural Tasks

Ravens have passed what may be their toughest tests yet of powers that, at least on a good day, let people and other apes plan ahead. Lab-dwelling common ravens (Corvuscorax) in Sweden at least matched the performance of nonhuman apes and young children in peculiar tests of advanced planning ability. The birds...

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Is my data safe in online drives?

It’s very handy to have files synchronised with online services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, Flickr or whatever. You should be able to retrieve most or all of your photos if your smartphone or laptop breaks or is lost or stolen. However, you can never assume that...

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Plants can counter human emissions

Under right conditions, photosynthesis-respiration cycle stems accelerating rise of atmospheric gas Plants temporarily halted the acceleration of rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, new research suggests. From 2002 through 2014, CO2 levels measured over the oceans climbed from around 372 parts per million to 397 parts per million. But the average...

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DNA can now store images, video and data

With a smartphone, you can look up facts, stream videos, check out Facebook, read tweets and listen to music. But all of those data aren’t stored on your phone. They are kept somewhere else, perhaps half a world away. For now, companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook store those data...

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Breathing Dirty Air May Boost Obesity Risk

Air pollution is bad for our lungs. It may not be great for our waistlines either, a new study in rats finds. China’s capital city of Beijing has some of the worst air pollution in the world. On really bad days, its air can host more than 10 times as...

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Eggshells Help Hatch A New Idea For Packaging

Nano bits of eggshells let two biodegradable plastics work better together. An old proverb says you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. Most people then toss those eggshells out. Indeed, a lot of eggshells end up in landfills, observes Boniface Tiimob. He’s a materials scientist and...

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A Possible Ninth Planet Beyond Neptune

The solar system may host a ninth planet that is about 10 times bigger than Earth and orbiting far beyond Neptune, according to a research published recently. Computer simulations show that the mystery planet, if it exists, would orbit between about 200 and 1,000 times farther from the sun than...

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Banana threat Attack of the clones

Scientists find that many of the fungi killing bananas around the world are clones of one another The fight to save the banana just got more challenging. A fungus that threatens the world’s most popular fruit is spreading, according to a new study. And it’s doing so despite massive efforts to stop...

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Internet use may harm teen health

Connecting with other teens online may be fun. But spending too much time on the Internet could lead to health problems, a new study reports. Heavy Internet use appears able to put teens at serious risk of high blood pressure, it finds. As the term suggests, high blood pressure exerts...

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Wishmas Nina Kiriki Hoffman

A knock sounded on the door. Arly was sitting at the table with her little brother Sim on her right. Sim was eight, and would have been gone by now if Mama had been normal. Mama sat at the head of the table with the turkey in front of her,...

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Practice Day Ian Clarke

The air-bike hovered perfectly still and silent a couple of cms above the floor of his apartment. It resembled an old style jet-ski he had seen once but had a toughened clear canopy that completely enclosed the rider. He tapped the console and selected his destination from a list then...

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Hummingbird tongues may be tiny pumps

Hummingbirds flit from flower to flower to drink sugar-laden nectar. The birds have a long tongue that lets them lap up their meals. Scientists had thought they understood how the tongues work. Nectar was thought to flow up open grooves in the tongue the way water rises inside thin capillary tubes. But...

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Boa constrictors stop their victims’ hearts

The snakes kill by cutting off blood flow, not breath Boa constrictors don’t suffocate their prey so much as break their hearts. A new study finds that these snakes kill like demon blood-pressure cuffs. They squeeze down blood circulation until it stops. Without blood delivering fresh oxygen, the heart, and brain starve. This...

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Navigate Chrome like an Expert

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers nowadays, by far. However, just like any other browser, if you know all of the tips and tricks, the experience can be improved in a multitude of ways. There are some improvements that can literally make you a lot more productive, while at the same...

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Students sent instrument to Pluto

They named their dust counter for the child who came up with Pluto’s name The New Horizons spacecraft is hauling the first student-built instrument on a planetary mission. Called the Venetia Burney Student Dust Counter, its job is to record impacts from space dust. Students at the University of Colorado,...

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Teen finds Exoplanet

At 15, British student may be the youngest person ever to discover another world A student in England may be the youngest person ever to find a planet. Tom Wagg discovered the planet orbiting a star far beyond our solar system. He was just starting a weeklong internship at a...

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Make Inbox Work Smarter For You

These are some of the more powerful features of Google’s Gmail alternative app that lurk just below the surface. I’ve lived a frenetic life with my Gmail lately. One day I’d embrace Inbox with its quick snooze and swipe features that help me reach that elusive state of Inbox Zero....

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Table Will Replace Air-Conditioner

Welcome to the 21st century. You are living in an age where watches are computers and printers make 3-D edible food. Those 2014 inventions better make room for the newest technological advancement—a table that’s an air conditioner. Advantages to Having an Air Conditioner that Looks Like a Table It is attractive. Traditional...

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Mother Dear

Kazi Falguni Eshita She almost died while giving birth to me Her sacrifices? I can’t yet see. She never asked for a full shopping cart, Just my time, prayers and a place in my heart. My favorite time is when I get my hair done No stylist can do it...

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Scientists Take First Picture of Thunder

For the first time, scientists have precisely captured a map of the boisterous bang radiating from a lightning strike. The work could reveal the energies involved in powering some of nature’s flashiest light shows. As electric current rapidly flows from a negatively charged cloud to the ground below, the lightning...