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Uber pulls self-driving cars after first fatal crash

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 04:40

Kurt 'The Cyber Guy' reacts to a woman being killed by Uber vehicle in Arizona.

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President Xi Jinping Says China Will Defend Itself From Any Attempts to 'Divide the Nation'

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:40

China would never allow "one inch" of territory to be separated from it, Xi told the National Peoples's Congress

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Researchers Asked Kids to ‘Draw a Scientist.’ Here's What They Came Up With

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:15

Kids' gender stereotypes are slowly but surely changing, the study suggests

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Sweet science: Putting corn syrup to work on Earth's origins

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:13

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — How has the Earth evolved, and what's in store for the future? It's a sticky question that has graduate student Loes van Dam covered in corn syrup by the end of a day in the lab.

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Climate change could force millions of people to move within countries

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:52

While conflict and economic reasons are often the biggest factors for people moving within countries, climate change will soon have its own part to play. By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges, according to a new report. SEE ALSO: What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change World Bank report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration analyses the effects climate change will have on three regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, a group that represents 55 percent of the world's developing population. It warns that a lack of action on climate could intensify the global refugee crisis in the future, and that governments need to plan for communities and populations that will inevitably have to move from their homes because of climate-induced problems. "Without the right planning and support, people migrating from rural areas into cities could be facing new and even more dangerous risks," the report’s team lead Kanta Kumari Rigaud said in a statement.  "We could see increased tensions and conflict as a result of pressure on scarce resources. But that doesn’t have to be the future. While internal climate migration is becoming a reality, it won't be a crisis if we plan for it now." The hotspots for climate migration The report identifies "hotspots" where people are likely going to move or settle within Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Mexico because of climate change. In Ethiopia, people are predicted to move away from the northern highlands due to declines in crop productivity, as well as from its capital Addis Ababa, due to rapidly diminishing water availability. It's likely migrants will move to the southern highlands or secondary cities in the east. People are projected to move away from Bangladesh's northeast and around Dhaka, with heat stress and flooding already a problem for the latter.  The most urbanised country of the three, Mexico, is predicted to have people moving from low-lying, flood-threatened areas on the southern coast, as well as from the arid north, to the country's central plateau, where Mexico City and other urban areas lie. The report comes following studies which have tied Syria's civil war to climate change — a preview of things to come with regards to climate change-induced immigration. WATCH: You can literally drink out of a stream with this water filter

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The U.K. Is Seeking a Warrant for Access to Cambridge Analytica's Servers

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:26

The investigation is looking into whether the company illegally acquired and used Facebook data

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The Philippines Is Moving Toward Allowing Divorce. It’s One of Only Two Countries Where the Process Is Illegal

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:10

The Philippines and Vatican City are the only countries in the world where divorce is illegal

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Florida School Shooting Suspect's Younger Brother Arrested

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:57

He said he was there to "reflect on the school shooting"

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A Senate Vote Could Spoil the Saudi Crown Prince's Arrival in Washington

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:31

The Senate will push to end military support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen, potentially embarrassing Crown Prince on a visit to D.C.

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New York's Governor Orders a Review of a 2015 Harvey Weinstein Sex Abuse Case

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:29

The Time's Up initiative has called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate the dropped case

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5 Ways to Defend Science in 2018

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:50

Science leaders discuss how to defend the field.

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Mississippi Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks of Gestation

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:05

A lawsuit contesting the ban was filed an hour after the bill was signed into law

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What Nelson Mandela Would Have Seen in President Trump

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:00

His highest praise for a leader was “measured"

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Facebook criticized for relationship with analytic firm

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:29

Whistleblower claims the social media giant failed to protect the personal data of up to 50 million users which was later used by an outside firm to target voters in the 2016 election; William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles.

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Donald Trump's New Lawyer Once Argued Presidents Can Be Indicted

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 15:16

He was talking about Bill Clinton

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Scientists detect more bizarre radio bursts from deep space, still can’t explain where they come from

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:59

Thanks to the ceaseless march of technology, agencies like NASA and other scientific bodies from around the world have been able to teach us a lot about space. We now get regular news about new plants from other star systems, we know what makes many of our nearest planetary neighbors tick, and we're learning more than ever about how Earth formed long before life existed here. But space still holds many secrets, and fast radio bursts (FRBs) are one of the most tantalizing mysteries of the cosmos.

FRBs are high-energy signals blasted into space that can be detected here on Earth with the help of technology, but their origins remain unclear. When scientists detect them, they are numbered and named based on when they were first heard, but other than that there's not much we know about them. Now, a new batch of bursts has been detected by astronomers in Australia, and one of them was the brightest ever recorded.

FRBs last only fractions of a second before disappearing. They are unpredictable and follow no obvious pattern. This most recent FRB sighting comes from Australia's Parkes Observatory where three distinct radio bursts were detected in rapid succession. The first burst, detected on March 1st, was followed by subsequent radio bursts on March 9th and 11th.

It was the March 9th signal that is most interesting to astronomers, due to its size. It boasted a signal-to-noise ratio of 411, making it the strongest FRB ever recorded by a large margin. As New Atlas explains, the second brightest burst had a signal-to-noise ratio of around 90, with most FRBs falling between 10 and 40 on the same scale.

The mystery of where fast radio bursts come from has fascinated scientists for a long time, but a few theories are currently leading the pack. Some researchers believe that supernovas are responsible for the bright signal bursts, with the radio waves of a distant star's supernova arriving long after the light of the event would have been visible to us. By the time we hear the signal, the actual supernova event has long since fizzled out, making it appear as though the bursts are originating from nothing at all. Or, maybe it's aliens? Yeah, it's probably aliens.

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Millennials Struggling to Care for Aging Baby Boomer Parents Call for Better Paid Leave

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:47

Despite the FMLA, most people in the U.S. do not have access to paid family leave

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Green with envy? How human faces really do change colour with emotion

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:00

Whether it is arguing until ‘blue in the face’ or feeling ‘green with envy’ the English language is well-stocked with idioms linking colour to emotion. Now for the first time, scientists have shown that people actually do change hue depending on their feelings. Although it is a subtle alteration to skin tone and complexion around the nose, eyebrows, cheeks or chin, the effects are picked up subconsciously by observers, making it very hard to hide emotions. It means that a sad person, attempting to put on a brave face will still flush the colour of his or her unhappiness, inadvertently showing the turmoil behind their smile. The scientists believe the changes of colour are triggered by blood flow channelled from the central nervous system to  depending on our state of mind. "We identified patterns of facial coloring that are unique to every emotion we studied," said Dr Aleix Martinez, cognitive scientist and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University. "We believe these color patterns are due to subtle changes in blood flow or blood composition triggered by the central nervous system. “Not only do we perceive these changes in facial color, but we use them to correctly identify how other people are feeling, whether we do it consciously or not." Angryface An original and enhanced 'angry' face For the study, the researchers first took hundreds of pictures of facial expressions and separated the images into different color channels that correspond to how human eyes see colour - either in a red/green channel or blue/yellow. They then ran the images through computer analysis and found that emotions such as ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘anger’ or ‘disgust’ all formed unique color patterns. ‘Disgust’, for instance, creates a blue-yellow cast around the lips, but with a red-green cast around the nose and forehead. Happiness is seen in red at the checks and temples and a little blue around the chin, but the same face with a slightly redder forehead and slightly less blue chin registers as ‘surprised.’ Although the team did not look at 'envy' they suggest that the green colour linked to feelings of jealousy could stem from the nausea which often accompanies the emotion.  Happyface An original and enhanced 'happy' face To test whether colors alone could convey emotions - without smiles or frowns to go along with them - the researchers then superimposed the different emotional color patterns on pictures of faces with neutral expressions. They found that volunteers were able to spot an emotion up to 75 per cent of the time. The effect remained regardless of gender, ethnicity or overall skin tone. Next, researchers showed participants facial expressions of happiness, sadness and other emotions but mixed up the colors of the the images, for example putting ah angry hue on a happy face. Participants reported that something was ‘off’ but could not put their finger on what was wrong. "Participants could clearly identify which images had the congruent versus the incongruent colors," added Prof Martinez. "People have always said that we use makeup to look beautiful or younger, but I think that it is possible that we actually do it to appear happier or create a positive perception of emotion--or a negative perception, if you wanted to do that.” It also enabled researchers to construct computer algorithms that correctly recognize human emotion via face color up to 90 percent of the time. Happiness was the easiest emotion for the computer to recognize by color alone, and it detected the emotion with 90 percent accuracy. Anger was detectable by color alone 80 percent of the time, and sadness 75 percent of the time. Fear was recognizable 70 percent of the time. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Our 1st interstellar visitor likely came from 2-star system

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:55

Our 1st known interstellar visitor likely came from a two-star system

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The Internet Is Inconsolable Over the Death of Keyboard Cat

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:47

"I don’t want to live in a world where keyboard cat is dead"

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