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Andrew Cuomo's Office Backtracks After Governor Says America 'Was Never That Great'

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:15

Republicans quickly pounced on the New York politician's comment

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How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Risk of Health Problems

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:00

These five risk factors are key

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Program aims to help young scientists conduct experiments in space

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:20

Many children grow up wanting to be astronauts — but without encouragement or

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President Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director John Brennan

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:19

Brennan has been increasingly critical of Trump

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More Than 70 People Overdosed in a Single Day in New Haven, Officials Say

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:19

Most of the overdoses occurred on the New Haven Green – not far from Yale

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Canada's westernmost province declares wildfires emergency

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:52

British Columbia declared a province-wide state of emergency Wednesday as Canada's military joined firefighters in trying to douse 556 wildfires burning across the craggy region. The province's public safety minister, Mike Farnworth, said the measure -- which allows for officials to take "every action necessary" to protect the public -- would be in effect for 14 days. "Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary," Farnworth said in a statement.

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The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:34

The investment is a bet that legalization will gain traction around the world

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Scorching weather helps uncover archaeological sites around Britain

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:23

Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.

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Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:13

The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday. Compared to hot spells over land, which have claimed tens of thousands of lives since the start of the century, ocean heatwaves have received scant scientific attention. "Marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades," lead author Thomas Frolicher, an environmental physicist at the University of Bern, Switzerland, told AFP.

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Genoa bridge collapse: maintaining these structures is a constant battle against traffic and decay

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:02

Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.

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Scientists develop a system for trapping CO2 that could could slow the effects of global warming

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:53

Mankind might be slowly destroying planet Earth, but there's also a chance we could be the ones to save it from ourselves. A group of scientists led by Ian Power of Trent University in Canada have announced the development of a system that can trap CO2 in a naturally occurring mineral at a much faster rate than it can on its own, potentially opening the door for new weapons against climate change.

Industrialized nations continue to spew various greenhouse gasses into our planet's atmosphere at an alarming rate, gradually increasing the temperature of Earth on a global scale as more and more heat from the Sun is trapped inside. Carbon dioxide is one of those gasses, and developing a system for taking some of it out of the atmosphere would be a huge step toward mitigating the damage humans are causing to the planet.

In their work, the scientists studied how a specific mineral, called magnesite, forms. They knew that the mineral can trap CO2, storing it for long periods of time and removing it from the atmosphere, but research into how it accomplished this feat was minimal. They began by closely studying the formation of the mineral before testing new ways to potentially speed it up.

Eventually the team stumbled upon the solution by using tiny balls of polystyrene to speed up for the formation of the mineral by a huge degree. The process can yield magnesite in just 72 days, rather than the hundreds of thousands of years that it takes to form naturally.

"Using microspheres means that we were able to speed up magnesite formation by orders of magnitude," Power said in a statement. "This process takes place at room temperature, meaning that magnesite production is extremely energy efficient."

It's an awesome development, but their work isn't done yet. For the process to actually be used to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere it has to be tested at scale. The scientific foundation is certainly there, but we may not know how important this discovery is for some time.

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Survivor of newly found WWII shipwreck: 'So many' to rescue

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:40

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.

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Climate Change Fighting Crystals May Be Able to Help Reduce CO2 Emissions

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:23

We need all the tools we can get.

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Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:48

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth.

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Groups calls for Facebook to be broken up

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:31

A group calling itself Freedom from Facebook slammed the social media giant in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. It slams Facebook's privacy policies and suggests remedies to combat what they call Facebook’s ‘monopoly.’

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Think This Summer Was Hot? Wait Till Next Year (And the Year After That)

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:16

Think This Summer Was Hot? Wait Till Next Year (And the Year After That)

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Scientists from Latin America to diffuse advances in neurosciences

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:52

Mexico, Aug. 15 (Notimex).- With the participation of scientists from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, the symposium "The challenge of neurosciences in Latin America" ​​will be held, with the purpose of disseminating the advances that  the research has had in this area. The event is organized by the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav, for its acronym in Spanish) and the Latin American Regional Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO-LARC). In a statement, the Cinvestav reported that this meeting aims to "analyze the understanding gap between society and governments with neuroscientists, as well as the relevance of their research mainly in countries with emerging economies." The meeting will be held next Friday, August 17, and the general public can attend with previous registration on the website Luisa Rocha Arrieta, researcher at the Department of Pharmacobiology of the center, explained that this meeting will expose the need to project their research to solve health problems, as well as to discuss the distance between the neurosciences, governments and supports designated to science. The event is divided into two sessions, the first of them will address the importance of basic science in solving health problems. They will present cutting-edge topics such as the use of stem cells for the repair of the nervous system, or the effective use of new drugs for diseases such as Parkinson, among others. The second session will focus on the importance of science policy and neurosciences in Latin America. "What we consider to be a point in common throughout Latin America, is the need to educate politicians and the population in general, since we believe that as the relevance of doing studies in neurosciences becomes known and disseminated, it will be understood why a drug study can save or improve the quality of a patient´s life,” said the Cinvestav specialist through a statement from the institution. She explained that at a Latin American level, Uruguay may be one of the most advanced countries in this area "for example, they have studies on how to apply marihuana derivatives in different disorders, the government's support is reflected in the quality of their research. NTX/MSG/BBF

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Colorado Police Searching for 'Endangered Missing' Pregnant Mom and 2 Daughters

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:51

"I'm just hoping right now that she's somewhere safe," her husband said

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Trump Tower Operators Are Being Sued for Using Water From the Chicago River

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:44

Illinois’ attorney general is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for removing water from and releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws

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Taylor Swift Speaks Out About Believing Sexual Assault Victims on Anniversary of Her Trial Verdict

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:39

Taylor Swift addresses sexual assault case during concert in Tampa, and what it means for victims of sexual assault who people don't believe.

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