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Missouri issues first fines over misuse of farm chemical in 2016

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:08

Missouri has issued its first fines over the misuse of a farm chemical in 2016 that went on to be linked in different formulations to widespread U.S. crop damage this year, the state said on Thursday. Authorities fined eight people a total of $145,125 for improperly spraying the chemical known as dicamba, used to kill weeds, in what Missouri called "the first wave of civil penalties issued to applicators," according to a statement. The delay between sprayings last year and the state's action shows how a long process of investigating many complaints about dicamba use is straining resources in farm states.

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That interstellar asteroid probably isn't aliens, but the hunt continues

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:06

Well, it should come as no surprise, but the interstellar asteroid astronomers discovered in October doesn't appear to be a piece of alien technology.  According to initial observations made by a radio telescope on Wednesday, the asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua, doesn't appear to have any obvious "artificial signals" coming from it.  But the hunt isn't over yet. SEE ALSO: A group of scientists will listen for alien signals coming from that interstellar asteroid Researchers still have to comb through a fair bit of the data gathered by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to see if there might be some sign of alien technology to be found. However, it's not exactly looking promising. Scientists with the alien-hunting Breakthrough Listen project are still planning to listen in on the object three more times to see if there's anything they can pick up. Even if ‘Oumuamua — which is about 1,312 feet long — wasn't sent to our solar system by aliens, listening in on it with radio telescopes could still give astronomers valuable information about a newfound object.  That data could help scientists learn more about what the asteroid is made of.  This diagram shows the orbit of the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua.Image: ESO/K. Meech et al.“It is great to see data pouring in from observations of this novel and interesting source,” Breakthrough Listen's Andrew Siemion, said in a statement. “Our team is excited to see what additional observations and analyses will reveal." ‘Oumuamua is the first interstellar asteroid seen and mapped by astronomers, but it isn't necessarily one of a kind. NASA estimates that one interstellar asteroid like ‘Oumuamua per year crosses through our solar system after traveling millions of miles across the galaxy.  Scientists, for their part, haven't given much credence to the idea that ‘Oumuamua is some kind of spacecraft.  From the beginning, the researchers working at the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii who found the object have said that all indications point to the fact that it's likely a natural object. But still, the idea of some alien technology just dropping in to say hi to an alien solar system sparks the imagination.  WATCH: NASA created a playlist of creepy space sounds

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New planet on distant star discovered via artificial intelligence

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:26

The planet is 30 percent larger than Earth, and significantly hotter.

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Tick fossil found. Dinosaur traces inside. Theme park doubtful

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:21

Scientists have proven that ticks once fed on the blood of dinosaurs, thanks to a 99-million-year-old piece of fossilized amber. Sadly, there's no chance of using it to gather dino DNA.

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Google crunches data to help NASA find two new planets

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:25

By Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth's solar system. The research by Google and the University of Texas at Austin that used data from NASA raised the prospects of new insights into the universe by feeding data into computer programs that can churn through information faster and more in-depth than humanly possibly, a technique known as machine learning.

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Monster Sharks: Four Fierce Giants That Rival Greenland's Ancient Beast

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:19

Sharks have been making headlines recently after a 2016 report of a Greenland shark that was around 512 years old resurfaced this week. In November, a dinosaur-era frilled shark was on our minds. Here are just a few of the most terrifying examples of sharks from across time.

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Google AI Can Now More Accurately Sequence Your Genome

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:16

Artificial intelligence is being applied to a wide variety of technical challenges and this is just the latest way that Google is applying AI to the area of healthcare.

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My Son Was Killed at Sandy Hook. I Can’t Go Back in Time, But I Can Try to Change the Future

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:05

I can’t go back in time but I can try to change the future

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Air Force Academy Is Downplaying Number of Sexual Assaults, Former Official Says

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:01

She said the school made her a scapegoat

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Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:57

An 8th planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching ours in numbers

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White House Denies Reports That Paul Ryan Will Leave Congress

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:55

"The Speaker assured the President that those were not accurate reports"

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Great Red Spot on Jupiter Investigated by NASA's Juno Probe

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:34

Data collected by NASA's probe shows that the storm is actually 200 miles deep and 1.3 times as wide as Earth.

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White Evangelicals and Catholics Are Most Concerned About North Korea

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:15

More than the average American

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San Francisco SPCA deploys robot security guard

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:53

The 5-foot tall, 300-lb robot called K9 uses cameras, laser 3D mapping, GPS, microphones and license plate recognition software.

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Russia: Man Caught With 30 Million-Year-Old Shark Teeth in His Luggage

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:29

Russian authorities have seized what they believe to be fossilized remains of a prehistoric shark from a smuggler headed for the Chinese border, customs services said. The customs service announced  that a search in the luggage of a Chinese citizen who attempted to cross the border into his homeland turned up the artifacts, which he failed to declare. A university in Russia’s Primorye region later released a statement saying the 24 teeth belonged to sea predator Otodus obliguus, who lived some 30 million years ago.

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FCC Votes Down Obama-Era 'Net Neutrality' Rules

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:27

The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet

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Trump Promised a 'Giant Tax Cut for Christmas.' It May Come Even Earlier

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:14

It looks like lawmakers will meet President Trump's holiday deadline of passing the Republican Tax Reform plan and Democrats are not happy.

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'Oumuamua: Interstellar Asteroid Investigated for Alien Communication and First Results Are In

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:05

Earlier this week, a team of astronomers announced that they would be using radio telescopes to study 'Oumuamua, currently considered the first known asteroid to visit us from another solar system. Radio signals emanating from the object could not occur naturally, so if the analysis picks up any sign of such signals, it would suggest that the object is in fact unnatural, a probe sent to us by an alien civilization communicating with its creators. If they do see any signal, that's an immediate sign that something weird is happening. "There should never be a fluke," Avi Loeb, an astronomer at Harvard University who suggested (and is working on) the new observations, told Newsweek.

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'All the Hard Work Was Worth It.' Watch This 16-Year-Old Lose It After Learning He Got In to Harvard

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 10:54

Ayrton Little's friends burst into celebration with him

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