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Mark Zuckerberg Asked to Testify as Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:44

The firm is accused of using info from millions of Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump

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McConnell Says Trump Should Allow Mueller to Finish Russia Probe

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:28

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said he “should be allowed to finish his job”

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How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane, According to Science

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:36

The secret is picking the right seat

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Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Controversy Could Be Big Trouble for the Social Network. Here’s What to Know

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:34

50 million Facebook users had their data harvested without their consent

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This Is What the Spring Equinox Looks Like From Space

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:11

The moment before the first day of spring was captured from space and shared by the National Weather Service.

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Ivanka Trump's Latest Photo Op Became a Meme Because Of Course It Did

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:46

All Ivanka Trump had to do was tour an education facility for the viral Ivanka Trump scientist meme to be born.

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People Won't Let Avengers: Infinity War Outshine These Other Crossovers

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:20

Can these existing crossovers possibly be outdone?

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Scientists think they know where that bizarre ‘alien probe’ asteroid was born

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:01

Late last year scientists spotted a totally unexpected visitor speeding its way through our Solar System. A long, cigar-shaped object had flown through our little celestial neighborhood at a breakneck pace and flung itself around the sun before heading back out into deep space. Eventually determined to be an asteroid, the object was named Oumuamua which means "scout," and some in the scientific community wondered if it might actually be an alien probe surveying our Solar System in search of life.

The alien theory was eventually brushed off after researchers listening to the object found it was dead silent, but many questions about its origins still remained. Now, after a few months of crunching the data, scientists believe they may have an idea of where the asteroid was born, and it's a whole lot different than what we're used to.

In a paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers led by Dr Alan Jackson of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough suggest that Oumuamua is the product of a binary star system. Unlike our local star system, a binary star system features a pair of stars which orbit around a central point, constantly pulling on each other as they rotate.

The actual origin of Oumuamua is still totally unknown, but the team believes a binary star system is responsible for its creation due to simulations that demonstrate how effective that type of star system is at ejecting rocks at high speeds.

"It's remarkable that we've now seen for the first time a physical object from outside our Solar System," Jackson says. "It's really odd that the first object we would see from outside our system would be an asteroid, because a comet would be a lot easier to spot and the Solar System ejects many more comets than asteroids."

There was plenty of early speculation as to what type of body Oumuamua actually is, especially in the hours and days immediately following its detection. It was declared to be an asteroid, then a comet, and then an asteroid once again, but scientists seem to now have settled on it being a rocky body. Because of that, and because binary star systems would produce lots and lots of asteroids of varying shapes, chances are it was born in the grip of two stars, or at least that's the best guess thus far.

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Bird populations in rural France 'collapsing'

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:55

Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday. Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists detailed in a pair of studies, one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France. "The situation is catastrophic," said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at France's National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.

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Exclusive: Russia Secretly Helped Venezuela Launch a Cryptocurrency to Evade U.S. Sanctions

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:35

A TIME investigation finds Moscow’s fingerprints all over the petro, the world’s first state-backed digital currency

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Coordinating Center to Support NIDA Rural Opioid HIV and Comorbidity Initiative (U24 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:30
Funding Opportunity RFA-DA-19-004 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The purpose of this FOA is to fund a single interdisciplinary Coordinating Center to formalize and centralize support of the rural opioid initiative administered by NIDA and co-funded by CDC, SAMHSA, and ARC. This initiative was funded under RFA-DA-17-014 and RFA-DA-17-023 The Coordinating Center will provide scientific, technical, regulatory, ethical, and logistical support of data comparability, new data collection, and data integration; developing integrated rural opioid initiative datasets; assisting grantees with acquisition and analysis of local administrative and/or research datasets that enable evaluation of their implementation activities or augment their community assessments; conducting requested analyses that relate to the integrated rural opioid initiative datasets; developing and executing a rural opioid initiative publication and dissemination plan; and providing logistical support for in-person meetings, conference calls, and webinars that include the rural opioid initiative grantees and funders. The Coordinating Center will be represented on the rural opioid initiative executive steering committee, along with the funders and rural opioid initiative grantees.
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President Trump Wants to Discuss 'Out of Control' Arms Race With Vladimir Putin

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:28

Donald Trump said he expects to meet soon with Vladimir Putin, after calling on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election

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US lab brews up hoppy beer... without the hops

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:00

Scientists in the US have created a more sustainable pint after discovering a way of getting the distinct hoppy taste into craft beer without the need for water-intensive hops. Researchers say the technique could reduce the beer industry's reliance on hops -- a thirsty and expensive crop -- and produce the consistent aroma and flavour all the rage among beer enthusiasts, including hipsters. In a paper published by the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, scientists from the University of California Berkeley showed how they used DNA-editing software to manipulate the genome of brewer's yeast, splicing in genes from mint and basil plants as well as two from normal yeast.

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Scientists Say Mysterious Georgia Creature Is Likely Just a Rotting Fish or Shark

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:55

Scientists may have pinpointed the identity of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on a Georgia beach last week. Last Friday, Georgia resident Jeff Warren found the washed-up carcass of an unidentified creature on St. Simons Island beach in the southeast part of the state. As of yet, Warren has only released photographic evidence of the creature.The Georgia Department of National Resources is still trying to locate the actual carcass for closer examination, WJXT reported.

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Lawmakers Demand Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Explain Cambridge Analytica Breach on Capitol Hill

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:43

Members of Congress want Facebook founder Mark Zuckergerg to explain what happened in regards to Cambridge Analytica

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16-Year-Old Boy Beat His Friend to Death With a Baseball Bat in Jealous Rage, Police Say

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:43

The 16-year-old beat 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz after they went into a wooded area Monday afternoon, police said

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Novichok: the deadly story behind the nerve agent in Sergei Skripal spy attack

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:28

A long read on how nerve agents were developed – and used in an attack on a former Russian spy on the streets of Salisbury.

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Turmoil at Facebook post-Cambridge Analytica scandal

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:02

Facebook is in turmoil after the news broke that Cambridge Analytics harvested information of 50 million users. The company’s chief security officer is reportedly resigning this year while stock plummeted.

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