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Michael Gove's green makeover is promising, but not the revolution we need

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 23:11

The Conservatives seem desperate to convince us of their new green credentials.


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Firefighters Take Advantage of Calmer Winds to Dig In and Contain Californian Wildfires

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 21:48

"Everything's holding really well," fire information officer Lisa Cox said


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Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:09

The card, created by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the U.K.'s national measurement standards laboratory, measures 15 x 20 micrometers. The card's cover features an etching of a snowman, above the words "seasons greetings," as well as a seasonal message inside. One of the card's inventors, NPL's Dr David Cox, who created the card along with his colleague Dr Kin Mingard, said the technology used in its making had more practical uses.


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Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the Right

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 20:02

The former airline magnate previously governed Chile from 2010 to 2014


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Rep. Pittenger on Google building new AI center in China

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 19:59

The congressman has introduced legislation to encourage tech companies to invest in America.


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Some assembly required: OceanGate readies Titanic sub for the holidays

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 17:33

EVERETT, Wash. — Almost all the pieces are in place for a Yuletide delivery of Titanic proportions: the completion of a multimillion-dollar underwater craft that’s due to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck next year. Cyclops 2, a five-person submersible that takes advantage of the latest in marine engineering, is taking shape at OceanGate Inc.’s headquarters on Everett’s waterfront. “The goal is to have it in the water by the end of the year,” said Stockton Rush, OceanGate’s CEO and co-founder. Last week, Cyclops 2 was still on OceanGate’s shop floor, and workers were still turning screws into place on a… Read More


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Season's micro-greetings: Scientists claim smallest Christmas card

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 17:09

The card, created by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the U.K.'s national measurement standards laboratory, measures 15 x 20 micrometers. The card's cover features an etching of a snowman, above the words "seasons greetings," as well as a seasonal message inside. One of the card's inventors, NPL's Dr David Cox, who created the card along with his colleague Dr Kin Mingard, said the technology used in its making had more practical uses.


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'Nervous' Prince Harry Interviews Barack Obama for Radio Show

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 12:21

The interview covered a wide range of topics


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Half of Voters Want Democrats to Control Congress, Poll Finds

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:54

It's not good news for the Republicans


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Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:28

Some passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship


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French Sailor Breaks Solo Around-the-World Record

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:35

Francois Gabart circumnavigated the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours


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Ancient Egypt: Archaeologists Discover Child Graves Containing Jewelry and Amulets in Temple Quarry

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:00

Archaeologists in Upper Egypt discovered four intact children’s graves at a quarry that once provided stone for the temples and tombs of the 15th century B.C. The youngest of the children was 2 or 3 years old at the time of death, according to Live Science. The child graves aren’t the first to be discovered at the quarry, which is known as Gebel el-Silsila. Over the last couple of years, researchers have recorded 69 tombs at the site, most of which had been long since looted, as Live Science reported.


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Elon Musk Is Sending a Tesla to Mars

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:13

Unless, of course, this whole thing is one big joke.


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Giant Volcano Erupting in Bali Could Help Predict Future Deadly Lava Flows

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:00

Understanding what a volcano might do requires having great data about what's happening under Earth's surface, and that data is really hard to get. Mt. Agung began erupting on November 21 after catching scientists' eyes with a huge spurt of earthquakes in September.


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SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:04

A SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas


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Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 02:50

Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice meditation? In a new book titled Beyond the Self, two friends—Matthieu Ricard, who left a career as a molecular biologist to become a Buddhist monk in Nepal, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—engage in an unusually well-matched conversation about meditation and the brain. Below is a condensed and edited excerpt.


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