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NASA Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide

Dec. 13, 2016 – A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency’s satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere. Scientists have tracked the rising concentration of heat-trapping carbon […]

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Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

December 14, 2016 – The wonders of NASA 2014 Mars rovers, astronaut Instagram feeds, audacious missions probing distant galactic mysteries 2014 have long enthralled the American public. And, it turns out, the accomplishments have won the agency the public’s trust: Polls have consistently shown NASA to be the second-most trusted government institution, behind only the […]

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Digital Denied: Free Press Report Exposes the Impact of Systemic Racism on Internet Adoption in U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2016 — On Tuesday, Free Press released a comprehensive study examining and exposing links between the digital divide and systemic discrimination in America. Digital Denied takes a deep and detailed look at the role race plays in determining whether a person has affordable home access to high-speed internet services. The Free Press […]

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Killing in War Leaves Veterans with Lasting Psychological Scars, Study Finds

Dec. 9, 2016 – Killing in war often triggers a moral conflict in veterans that can damage their self-image, relationships and spirituality, according to a study by UCSF researchers at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. For many of these veterans—some of whom may already suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTSD)—the guilt, shame, anger […]

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Sea ice hits record lows

BOULDER, CO, Dec. 6, 2016 – Unusually high air temperatures and a warm ocean have led to a record low Arctic sea ice extent for November, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In the Southern Hemisphere, Antarctic sea ice extent also hit a record low for the month, caused […]

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CBD Oil Reduces Frequency, Severity of Epileptic Seizures, According to UAB Findings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Dec. 3, 2016 – Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, reduces the frequency and severity of seizures in children and adults with severe, intractable epilepsy, according to findings presented by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the American Epilepsy Society 70th Annual Meeting. UAB researchers presented eleven abstracts, or […]

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Psilocybin, active compound in hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms,” eases existential anxiety in people with life-threatening cancer

In a small double-blind study, Johns Hopkins researchers report that a substantial majority of people suffering cancer-related anxiety or depression found considerable relief for up to six months from a single large dose of psilocybin — the active compound in hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms.” The researchers cautioned that the drug was given in tightly controlled conditions […]

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Cold plasma freshens up French fries

November 30, 2016 – Bad smells from deep-fat frying in restaurants and take-away food venues could soon be eradicated thanks to experiments funded by ESA on the International Space Station. Cooking food such as French fries in hot fat or oil releases malodorous molecules that are extremely hard to remove or disperse. These odours are […]

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Chilling climate revelations from the last ice age

Greenland ice sheet. Photo Christine Zenino/Creative Commons November 29, 2016 – About 14,000 years ago, the southwest United States was lush and green, home to saber-toothed cats and mammoths. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest was mostly grassland. That all changed as the last ice age was ending. Climate changes might be expected with the melt of a […]

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CDC supporting Texas investigation of possible local Zika transmission

November 28, 2016 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed by Texas health officials that Zika virus infection has been diagnosed in a resident of Brownsville, Texas, without any other known risk factors, suggesting possible local transmission of Zika virus infection. This case may be the first known occurrence of […]

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Satellites confirm sinking of San Francisco tower

November 25, 2016 – The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the centre of San Francisco is sinking by a few centimetres a year. Studying the city is helping scientists to improve the monitoring of urban ground movements, particularly for subsidence hotspots in Europe. Completed in 2009, the 58-storey Millennium Tower […]

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Why We Fall Prey to Misinformation

November 23, 2016 – Even when we know better, our brains often rely on inaccurate or misleading information to make future decisions. But why are we so easily influenced by false statements such as “vaccinations cause autism” or “30 million illegal immigrants live in the U.S.?” In a new published review, Northwestern University psychologist David Rapp […]

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Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

November 22, 2016 – Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what’s in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined. Scientists examined part of Mars’ Utopia Planitia region, in the mid-northern latitudes, with the orbiter’s ground-penetrating Shallow […]

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