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Are addictions a byproduct of evolution, or do they serve a purpose? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Franklin Veaux, entrepreneur, on Quora: Addictions are a byproduct of chemical warfare. Plants evolved chemicals like caffeine, opioids, nicotine,
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BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) – From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth’s last frontiers – the sea floor – to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones. FILE PHOTO: A bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth is pictured at a laboratory of Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor
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Mosquito control is key to limit the spread of the potentially deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV). Here Sarah MacGregor (C), owner of Dragon Mosquito Control, speaks to employee Andrea Frey while fellow employee Devin Hanington looks on, while spraying a swamp for mosquitoes. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) Its acronym is appropriately EEE. Because, “eeeee”,
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As of this writing, flood waters continue to rise in many areas of North Carolina and points north and east due to the tremendous rainfall brought by (former) Hurricane Florence. Both North and South Carolina set records for the greatest precipitation associated with tropical systems. As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolina coast, forecasts called for
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What do most people misunderstand about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Paul Mainwood, Doctorate in Philosophy of Physics, on Quora: Most people get the logic of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity entirely backwards.
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Astronomers announced the discovery of an exoplanet with 8.47 times Earth’s mass and twice Earth’s radius in the 40 Eridiani star system, distant 17 light-years from our Sun. In the Star Trek universe, the Eridiani constellation is mentioned as the star system where the planet Vulcan
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Our lifestyle and daily routine can impact significantly the environment. A 2016 study of pollutants in Great Britain showed, not surprisingly, traces of pesticides, derived from farming, and PAHs, polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons derived from burning fuel, in the groundwater. A cup of coffee. Image by Wikipedia/Julius Schorzman ,
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HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) – SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. FILE PHOTO: Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan’s popular fashion shopping site Zozotown
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This portrait of Goodricke was painted shortly before his death.James Scouler, 1785 September 17 marks the 254th birthday of astronomer John Goodricke, whose brief career laid the groundwork for much of what we know today about variable stars. Like far too many children of his era, Goodricke fell seriously ill as a young boy. We’ll
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, United States of America What happens when a hurricane hits an active volcano? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Kelly Martin, Geophysicist, on
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(Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong/S3studio/Getty Images) Apple and Amazon are both flirting with one trillion dollar valuation. Apple deserves it. Amazon doesn’t, at least not yet. A trillion dollars may sound too big a valuation for a single company. It is roughly 5% of the American GDP. That sounds scary for some investors who
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“If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes” – Anonymous Every afternoon, each of the National Weather Service (NWS) offices issues temperature forecasts for the next seven days. One of the products they issue for cities within their area of responsibility is called a Point Forecast Matrix (PFM). These are auto-generated forecasts from
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ALCANTARA SPACE CENTER, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil is ready to launch small commercial rockets from its space base near the equator as soon as it agrees to safeguard U.S. technology that is dominant in the industry, the Brazilian Air Force officer managing the space program said on Friday. A view of Alcantara space center during
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