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California sails toward biggest salmon harvest in years

Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial troller based in San Francisco. It's a sharp reversal for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, an iconic species that helps sustain many Pacific Coast fishing communities.


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Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds

A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries. The pills contained two blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol medicine and aspirin. Many people can't afford or don't stick with taking so many medicines separately, so doctors think a polypill might help.


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Fake News Can Give Us False Memories, Study Finds

A new study proves just how easy it is to manipulate people into believing propaganda and misinformation


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Striking photos show the devastation wreaked by record-breaking fires in the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate due to deforestation and hot, dry conditions exacerbated by climate change.


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UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

France and the United Nations called Thursday for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president blamed NGOs for promoting an "environmental psychosis" to damage the country's interests. UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by the fires in the Amazon. "In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity," he said on Twitter.


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New images from asteroid probe yield clues on planet formation

Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu offer new clues about its composition, insights that are expected to help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) was dropped off by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft on October 3, 2018, free-falling from a height of 41 meters (135 feet) for six minutes before it hit the surface. Ryugu is just 900 meters wide and so its gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's. Had MASCOT been equipped with wheels, its forward motion would have launched it back into space.


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Jay Inslee’s failed presidential run shows that it’s tough to make voters care about climate change

Jay Inslee may be out of the presidential race, but he's not out of the minds of climate policy campaigners. The two-term Washington state governor won high praise from his Democratic rivals as well as experts on global climate change after he acknowledged on Wednesday night that he would not be "carrying the ball" in the presidential campaign, largely due to his failure to attract sufficient support in political polls. One of Inslee's problems on the campaign trail was that he didn't have a "unique selling proposition" for his climate policy initiatives, said Aseem Prakash, founding director of the University… Read More


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Return of the king: Salmon rebounds after California drought

Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a commercial troller based in San Francisco. It's a sharp reversal for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, an iconic species that helps sustain many Pacific Coast fishing communities.


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60 Years Ago We Saw Earth From Space for the First Time — Here’s How We See It Now

From “Earthrise” to “Blue Marble,” here are some of the finest out-of-this-world photographs of Earth.


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Bolsonaro rejects 'Captain Nero' tag over Amazon fires

Unfortunately, this has always happened in the Amazon," Bolsonaro said, referring to dry season, land-clearing fires. It is campaigning against Brazil," the president told reporters outside his Brasilia residence. The reference to Captain Nero appeared to be to the Roman emperor who fiddled while Rome burned.


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Reddit's mysterious influence on tether's market cap

Redditors appear to influence shifts in Tether’s market cap—often suspiciously far in advance.


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Amazon fires stir bitter dispute over who is to blame

As fires raged in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government on Thursday denounced international critics who say President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb massive deforestation. The growing threat to what some call "the lungs of the planet" has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame during the tenure of a leader who described Brazil's rainforest protections as an obstacle to economic development. On Thursday, Bolsonaro said there was a "very strong" indication that some non-governmental groups could be setting blazes in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration.


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Giraffes move closer to endangered species protection

Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for the measure's likely approval by its plenary next week. The plan would regulate world trade in giraffe parts, including hides, bone carvings and meat, while stopping short of a full ban.


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UN chief Guterres says 'deeply concerned' by Amazon fires

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he was "deeply concerned" by wildfires that have devoured large sections of the Amazon rainforest, blanketing several Brazilian cities in thick smoke. "I'm deeply concerned by the fires in the Amazon rainforest. In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity," he said on Twitter.


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New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation

Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan's Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose orbit lies mostly between Earth and Mars, on October 3, 2018. Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.


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Democratic National Committee Votes To Reject Climate Debate

The vote came a day after the 2020 climate candidate Jay Inslee, who had been pushing for the debate, dropped out of the race.


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New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation

Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of our solar system. The German-French Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) hitched a ride on Japan's Hayabusa2 spaceship, touching down on the 900-meter (3,000 feet) wide asteroid, whose orbit lies mostly between Earth and Mars, on October 3, 2018. Ryugu's gravity is 66,500 times weaker than Earth's, and the forward motion of wheels would have launched MASCOT back into space.


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NIH Announces New Centralized Notifications for Unfunded Applications

NIH Funding Opportunities - 10 hours 19 min ago
Notice NOT-OD-19-133 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
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