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PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley's Show After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:59

Smiley denied any misconduct and said that he intends to "fight back"

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Multiple Women Accuse Hip-Hop Producer Russell Simmons of Rape

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:15

He stepped down from Def Jam Recordings in November after separate accusations

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There used to be human-sized penguins roaming around New Zealand, and omg

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant, human-sized penguins. Researchers discovered the fossil remains of the prehistoric penguin in New Zealand’s…

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Records: US Steel failed to test for toxic metal after spill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:03

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plants in northwest Indiana, documents show.

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Microsoft Wants to Take on Google by Making its Search Engine Smarter

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:30

Bing is getting some new smarts that could tempt you to switch

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California Drought Made the Sierras Rise an Inch

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:13

And merciful rainfall brought them back down again, NASA finds.

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Global Warming Played a Big Role in Hurricane Harvey's Record Rainfall

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:11

Researchers said a storm like Harvey would occur about once every 9,000 years

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Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:32

A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.

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Black Voters Just Sent a Strong Message to Democrats By Electing Doug Jones

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:30

The Princeton University professor examines what the Alabama senate race between Roy Moore and Doug Jones means for America

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Japan Will Join U.S. Efforts to Launch New Space Station

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:45

The Japanese government will join a U.S. project to build a new space station that will orbit the moon, reports the Japan Times. The project, which is expected to be complete in the 2020s, may provide the chance for Japan to send one of its own astronauts to the surface of the moon for the first time in history. According to the South China Morning Post, the move might allow Japan to beat China at sending the country's first astronaut to the moon’s surface.

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Blue Origin launched its first rocket in over a year, and nailed the landing

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:39

Blue Origin confirmed that on Tuesday an updated New Shepard booster launched, landed, and successfully deployed the unmanned Crew Capsule 2.0.

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‘Nobody On the Republican Side Is a Winner.’ GOP in Blame Game After Roy Moore's Loss

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:32

Some say it's Steve Bannon's fault, while others blame Mitch McConnell. Either way, the defeat exposes the rifts within the Republican Party

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Wife of Hockey Legend Accuses President Trump of Harassment

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:24

"Just felt bad keeping it to myself"

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Geminid meteor shower could be the year's best, scientists say

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:35

Skywatchers are in for a dazzling show tonight. The annual Geminid meteor shower that will streak across the night sky will be one of the best of the year.

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Ancient Peruvian Culture That Inca Empire Claimed It Destroyed 500 Years Ago Resisted and Persisted, New DNA Evidence Shows

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:24

In the late 1400s, the Inca Empire conquered the indigenous Peruvians of the Chachapoyas region and gained the power to spread the version of history they saw fit. Now, an international team of researchers has found genetic evidence that says otherwise. Today, descendants of the besieged Chachapoyas inhabitants retain distinct pockets of genetic diversity, proving that their ancestors were successful in resisting assimilation into the Empire.

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Cosmic Ray Space Mystery That Baffled Scientists for 60 Years Solved by College Kids With a Tiny Satellite

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:13

For six decades, scientists have been looking for a bunch of electrons hiding near Earth but haven't been able to find them. Those elusive particles have finally been spotted—and by a team composed mainly of college students armed with a satellite the size of a shoebox. “We are reporting the first direct detection of these energetic electrons near the inner edge of Earth’s radiation belt,” lead author Xinlin Li, who studies Earth's space environment at the University of Colorado Boulder. The hidden electrons are the product of a process called cosmic ray albedo neutron decay.

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UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:54

The UN warned Wednesday that waste from discarded electronics like mobile phones, laptops and refrigerators is piling up worldwide, and it urged far better recycling of the often hazardous rubbish. A full 44.7 million tonnes of so-called e-waste was generated around the world in 2016, up eight percent from two years earlier, according to a report from the UN's International Telecommunication Union, the UN University (UNU) and the International Solid Waste Association. By 2021, the world will likely be cluttered with a full 52.2 million tonnes of such waste, which today consists mainly of fridges, washing machines and other domestic appliances, but also increasingly mobile phones and computers.

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First Ingredients for Life Could Have Formed in the Frozen Depths of Outer Space on Ice Blasted With Radiation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:50

A series of experiments show the organic molecules necessary to start life on Earth could have been created on a piece of rock plummeting through the freezing vacuum of space. Although we can pinpoint when life on Earth began—about 3.8 billion years ago—figuring out where it came from is another story. The idea that life, or the building blocks needed to create it, have extraterrestrial origins is popular theory, but it has one major caveat: life has never actually been found to exist anywhere else but Earth.

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Greek Yogurt Waste Could Be Used In Jet Fuel And Livestock Feed

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:25

Your Greek yogurt creates food waste that could one day be used in jet fuel. A process that mixes this waste with thousands of species of bacteria and some heat transforms the whey into a new material called bio-oil, which could be used in biofuels or additives in livestock feed. A study published in Joule on Wednesday details how thousands of bacteria feed on the leftovers from making Greek yogurt and then turn it into caproic acid and caprylic acid—or bio-oil.

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