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Paul Allen’s passing leaves unfinished business on Stratolaunch’s space frontier

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:20

Seattle billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen’s death comes just as his Stratolaunch space venture is counting down to the first flight of the world’s biggest airplane — and lifting the veil on a wide range of space applications. Now it’s up to the Stratolaunch team to make good on the high-flyingest idea from the self-described “Idea Man,” who succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65. Heading that team is President and CEO Jean Floyd, who spent decades as a manager and executive at Orbital Sciences Corp. (now part of Northrop Grumman) before joining the venture in 2015. Like many… Read More


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Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize for 'Very Powerful' Milkman

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:37

The novel is about men, women, conflict and power during Northern Ireland's years of Catholic-Protestant violence


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Prince Harry Reunited With His 98-Year-Old 'Favorite' and Introduced Her to Meghan Markle

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:17

Daphne Dunne has come out to meet Harry on several occasions


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Vibrating slab of Antarctic ice sounds like a horror movie

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:14

In the faraway realms at the bottom of the Earth, Antarctic scientists have unexpectedly recorded bizarre drone-like sounds. After burying 34 seismic monitors in the snow atop the Ross Ice Shelf in 2014 — which is a massive Texas-sized slab of ice that floats over the Southern Ocean — the instruments picked up near-constant "buzzing" noises.  While normally inaudible to the human ear, the researchers have made these ultra-low frequencies detectable to our limited hearing range. They posted the eerie sounds online, along with a Geophysical Research Letters report on their greater research. "If this vibration were audible, it would be analogous to the buzz produced by thousands of cicada bugs when they overrun the tree canopy and grasses in late summer," Douglas MacAyeal, a glaciologist at the University of Chicago who had no role in the research, wrote in a commentary. SEE ALSO: Things in the middle of the Arctic are getting really strange These glacier scientists, however, were not out to record any unsettling noises. Antartica is experiencing an accelerating loss of mass from its ice shelves, which act as plugs holding back the world's largest stores of ice from flowing uninhibited into the ocean.  Relatively warmer waters eating away at ice shelves.Image: giphyThe real goal was to monitor changes on the Ross ice shelf as the greater ice-clad continent — under pressure from both relatively warm air above and seawater eating away ice from below — alter Antarctica's massive glaciers and portend historically unprecedented sea level rise. The vibrations themselves are believed to have been created by strong winds blowing across the dunes atop the Ross Ice Shelf, which vibrates the ice. “It's kind of like you're blowing a flute, constantly, on the ice shelf,” Julien Chaput, a geophysicist at Colorado State University and lead author of the study, said in a statement.  An eerie flute, indeed. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?  


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In a Cosmic First, Scientists Discover Four Giant Planets Orbiting Newborn Star

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:40

These newly-discovered planets are the largest ever found around such a young star.


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How to Tell If Someone Is Manipulating You—And What to Do About It

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:57

There are different forms of manipulation, from casual interactions to toxic relationships. Here, experts share the signs of manipulation.


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'Concrete block on your chest': astronauts recount failed space launch

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:49

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin on Tuesday said the G-force during last week's emergency landing of the Soyuz spacecraft felt like a concrete block on his chest but he and NASA astronaut Nick Hague are now in "great" health. Ovchinin and Hague were forced to make an emergency landing after an accident on their rocket minutes after blast-off to the International Space Station, with the rapid deceleration subjecting them to a painful G-force overload.


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A Ukrainian Who Faked His Own Death Was Recently Found Living in a Castle with a Rolls Royce

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:39

He is known only as the “King of the Castle.” An unnamed man is under arrest in France after he allegedly faked his own death and was found living in luxury.


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Is Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper the 'Antidote to Trump'?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:10

If Democrats decide the best way to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 is to find his opposite, John Hickenlooper thinks he might be their man.


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Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test Shows How She's Weaponizing Transparency

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:03

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is betting that transparency on her tax returns and academic records will help beat Donald Trump.


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It Will Take Millions of Years for Evolution to Replace What We Might Lose in the Next 50

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:57

Earth is in a danger of a crisis in biodiversity unlike any in the planet's history, according to a new study.


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New Pompeii evidence rewrites Vesuvius eruption history

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:08

A newly-discovered inscription at Pompeii proves the city was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius after October 17, 79 AD and not on August 24 as previously thought, archeologists said Tuesday. Archeologists recently discovered that a worker had inscribed the date of "the 16th day before the calends of November", meaning October 17, on a house at Pompeii, the head of archeology at the site, Massimo Osanna, told Italian media. Pompeii and Herculaneum were previously thought to have been destroyed by the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, based on contemporary writings and archeological finds.


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Climate summit host Poland says smart forest management key

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:25

Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday said smart forest management is key to fighting climate change and to help farming, weeks before he leads a major UN climate summit. Duda in December will host the COP24 UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where world leaders will be under pressure to ramp up national carbon-cutting pledges. "Forests have a significant and positive impact on drought-prevention and soil degradation, at the same time, improving and, in many cases, creating favourable conditions for cultivation," Duda said.


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World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:20

From Venice and the tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean basin are deeply threatened by rising sea levels, researchers warned Tuesday. All but two of 49 UN-recognised icons of human civilisation rimming the Mediterranean Sea risk being damaged by the rising watermark, soil erosion, or both, with few options for protecting most of them, they reported in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Venice and its lagoon, the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia, and Ferrera, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta, all hit the top of a risk scale devised for the study.


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Egyptians farmed fish 3,500 years ago: study

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:00

Egyptians practised fish farming more than 3,500 years ago, the earliest evidence of such activity worldwide according to a joint German-Israeli study released on Tuesday. Scientists studied 100 fish teeth found at archaeological sites across modern-day Israel to conclude they had been plucked from a lagoon in Egypt's Sinai thousands of years ago. "The sample of teeth covered a chronological period extending over 10,000 years, from the early Neolithic period through to the early Islamic period," said a statement from Israel's Haifa University, one of the participants in the study.


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New York City Goes an Entire Weekend With No Shootings, the First Time in Decades

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:34

There were no shootings during an entire weekend in New York City, according to the NYPD. The department says that hasn’t happened in decades.


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Egyptians farmed fish 3,500 years ago: study

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:28

Egyptians practised fish farming more than 3,500 years ago, the earliest evidence of such activity worldwide according to a joint German-Israeli study released on Tuesday. Scientists studied 100 fish teeth found at archaeological sites across modern-day Israel to conclude they had been plucked from a lagoon in Egypt's Sinai thousands of years ago. "The sample of teeth covered a chronological period extending over 10,000 years, from the early Neolithic period through to the early Islamic period," said a statement from Israel's Haifa University, one of the participants in the study.


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