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This Adorable Wallaby Halted Traffic by Hopping Across the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:19

The wallaby bounded across the Sydney Harbor Bridge with police in pursuit


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Steyn: Potentially dangerous 'duopoly' with Google-Facebook

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:59

Two lawsuits against Google and Twitter argue tech companies favor liberal and moderate voices and have a bias against conservatives. #Tucker


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Protesters Converge on Times Square to Denounce Racism and President Trump

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:49

Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the demonstration


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Palestinian Leaders are Calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to Withdraw Recognition of Israel

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:40

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council declared it should no longer be bound by the 1993 Oslo peace accords


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This unbelievable image of Jupiter’s cloud belts makes me want to move there

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:00

Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth, and its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium. Even within our own Solar System, there are much better candidates for sustaining life, even including some of Jupiter's own moons.

But from space, it's far harder to see Jupiter's hostility to life forms. In fact, this color-enhanced image of Jupiter's cloud belts, taken by the Juno spacecraft, makes the planet look positively inviting.

The image was taken by Juno on December 16th, during the probe's tenth-closest flyby of the gaseous giant. Although the image looks close, that's mostly because Jupiter is huge. At the time of capture, Juno was 8,453 miles from Jupiter.

A spokesperson for Nasa said: “The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt. Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds. This is the largest feature in Jupiter's low latitudes that's a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).”

In the same pass, Juno also captured a far more abstract photo of Jupiter's clouds. The image above was captured 8,292 miles from Jupiter's atmosphere on the same day, and it shows the turbulence with far greater detail. The second image was color-enhanced by Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using publicly available data from Juno's sensors, while the first image was processed by Kevin M. Gill. The publicly available feed of images from Juno has proved fertile ground for citizen scientists to try their hand at image processing.

 


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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children on President Trump: ‘Work on This Man’s Heart’

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:51

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the activist's children spoke out about President Trump's policies and recent comments


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Olympic Champion Simone Biles Says She Was Also Sexually Abused by Team Doctor

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:45

In a tweet, Biles says she was also abused by national team doctor Larry Nassar


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Biologists sniff out another method that microbes use to make methane

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:03

News brief: Every year, microbes produce hundreds of millions of tons of methane, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. Scientists had thought the job was done exclusively through methanogenesis. But in the journal Nature Microbiology, a research team led by the University of Washington’s Caroline Harwood lays out an alternate method that makes use of a backup enzyme called iron-only nitrogenase. “Our findings are significant because they give scientists a second target to chase in understanding biological methane formation and rising methane emissions,” Utah State University’s Lee Seefeldt said in a news release. “In addition, the discovery could drive… Read More


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Pope Francis Warns We're at 'the Very Limit' of Nuclear War

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:49

His comment comes after Hawaii sent out a false missile alert


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'We Are Crushed.' Celebrities React to Death of Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:12

The Cranberries lead singer died suddenly at the age of 46


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Thousands Flee As Lava Flows Down Philippines Volcano

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:03

Scientists warn the eruption could turn explosive


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Obesity Shaved Almost a Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:00

It may account for an extra 186,000 deaths per year, finds a new study


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China Winning Artificial Intelligence War Against U.S.

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:42

Chinese artificial intelligence is now capable of outperforming humans in reading comprehension. A neural network model created by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba beat its flesh-and-blood competition on a 100,000-question Stanford University test that's considered the world’s top measure of machine reading. The model, developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies, scored 82.44, while humans scored a 82.304.


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Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:08

"Day zero" is forecast to be April 22


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The Person Who Sent Hawaii's False Missile Alert Has Been Reassigned

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:00

They're "in a role that does not provide access to the warning system"


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NASA raises safety concerns over Boeing, SpaceX spacecraft

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:44

Space.com Managing Editor Tariq Malik on NASA's warning about Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.


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Ancient Mexican Civilization Nearly Wiped Out by Something Stuck in Their Teeth, New DNA Evidence Reveals

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:10

Researchers believe they have identified a likely cause for a 16th century epidemic that decimated a group of indigenous Mesoamerican people known as the Mixtec—and it’s related to the bug that might give you food poisoning after a bad barbecue. Beginning in 2004, researchers found and exhumed several bodies from the more than 800 buried in mass graves near a churchyard cemetery at an archeological site called Teposcolula-Yucundaa. DNA from a strain of Salmonella turned up in the remains of people who died during this epidemic—specifically, in the pulpy part of their teeth. “This was a hugely devastating epidemic,” Kirsten Bos, one of the lead authors of the paper and a physical anthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, told Newsweek.


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Salt Is Not Just Bad for Your Heart, It is Also Bad for Your Brain

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:00

Discussions about the effects of salt on our bodies are typically focused on heart health. A new study suggests eating too many salty foods could create an inflammatory response that impacts your brain health. In 2015, researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, found that too much salt appeared to reprogram the brains of lab rats.


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Feathered Dinosaur Shimmered Like a Rainbow, Fossil Reveals

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:47

Three years ago, a farmer in the Hebei province of China uncovered a mysterious fossil and brought it to the the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning. Now, after studying the find, scientists have announced that the fossil is of a new, duck-sized dinosaur—and when it lived it had an incredible feather display that shined like a living rainbow. An international team of scientists studying the dinosaur, called Caihong juji, made the discovery by carefully analyzing tiny melanosomes, the part of the cells that contain pigment, in the fossil, which turned up dramatic evidence of the dinosaur’s flamboyant plumage.


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