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Getty royalty free Along with the many other areas of life affected by not getting enough sleep, inadequate shuteye also significantly increases the chances of causing a motor-vehicle crash. By how much? A new study took a shot at quantifying an answer to that question, and the results may surprise you. Public health campaigns frequently remind us
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NASA’s Landsat-8 satellite image taken after Hurricane Florence, showing pollutants and organic matter flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.NASA NASA just released a stark comparison of how Hurricane Florence impacted the Carolina coastline as polluted rivers dump into the Atlantic. As NASA satellites are directed to take time series snapshots of the North Carolina coast, scientists
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London-based blockchain startup Genomes.io is on a mission to protect and productize DNA. By sequencing and then securely storing full genome sequences using blockchain technology, industries such as pharmaceuticals and insurance will be able to query an individual’s DNA data and reimburse those who should decide to share their information. The DNA industry is growing
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Getty royalty free Looking for short-cuts to healthier places in our lives isn’t laziness, it’s how our brains are wired. We’re short-cut-centric because the quickest route to a goal conserves energy (the human brain, while an energy-hog to operate, is adept at minimizing its energy outlay). Thankfully, there’s a strong current in behavioral research focused on finding short-cuts
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The Catholic Church seems to be close to an agreement with the Chinese government. The crux of the matter is that the Vatican will formally recognize bishops appointed by the Chinese government. This has, according to CNN, been a “key sticking point between Beijing and the Vatican since relations broke down in 1951.” A cross
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Screenshot from NASA’s polar motion simulation, indicating various contributing factors in Earth’s wobble.NASA An in-depth study conducted by NASA found that humans are responsible for the increasing wobble detected as Earth spins on its axis. When you think of Earth you may think of an exact sphere, but Earth is actually an oblate spheroid, pockmarked with
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‘Color-Full Moon’ by astrophotographer Nicolas Lefaudeux.Nicolas Lefaudeux hdr-astrophotography.com What color is the Moon? Tonight is the Harvest Moon, the nearest Full Moon to the autumnal equinox. For a few nights around the Harvest Moon our satellite illuminates the night sky after dark, making it easier for farmers to continue harvesting their crops after sunset, hence its
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A tourist watches the Steamboat Geyser erupt in Norris Basin on August 22, 2018 in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (George Frey/Getty Images) Several of Yellowstone’s geothermal features have become quite excitable as of late. According to a recent blog post by the United States Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO), Ear Spring, which tends to
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Book covers for ANXIETY AND THE EQUATION and TOTALLY RANDOM.Cover images combined by Chad Orzel As someone whose primary claim to fame is writing physics books starring a talking dog, I am obviously often on the lookout for pop-physics books that take a different slant on the subject. I ran across a couple of these
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Getty royalty free “Eat more fiber” is dietary advice that’s earned the right of repetition. High-fiber diets are linked to lower rates of heart disease and certain types of cancer, along with the daily bonus of keeping our digestive system running efficiently. New research suggests another potentially big benefit: high-fiber diets may set off a chemical
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Pictured here is Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (AP Photo/Kathy Young) Sure, our world has more than 99 problems, but antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a big one. A really, really, really big one. That’s why on September 14 at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott
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The very first episode of Mr. Rogers was taped on September 21, 1967.Google Doodle Mr. Rogers taught three generations of kids about a lot of things: kindness, imagination, how to handle really tough feelings, how to face their fears, and how to button a cardigan. But he also taught them about science, art, and technology,
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