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A Full Solar System May Be Hiding Around Nearest Star

Close Just last year, scientists announced they had spotted a planet orbiting the star nearest our sun, Proxima Centauri. Today, they’re fleshing out the neighborhood with the announcement that they’ve found a ring of cold dust circling the star. That may not sound particularly impressive, but it’s actually a big …

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Japan Is Testing if Faster Roads Are Safer Roads

Close In the 54 years that Japan has been using highways, it’s never seen a speed limit above 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). On Wednesday, the limit on a section of the Shin-Tomei, the country’s oldest expressway, was experimentally raised to 110 kph, or from about 62 …

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The Human Cost of Apple’s Most Expensive iPhone Ever

Close Ten years of metronomic iPhone launches has not muted the mania surrounding the release of the iPhone X—dubbed by Apple as “the future of the smartphone.” But beneath the din of delayed deliveries and overpriced devices are resurfacing allegations of human rights violations at supplier factories, including worker protests …

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Subatomic Event More Powerful Than A Hydrogen Bomb

Close Two teeny tiny particles can theoretically collide to create a “quarksplosion” with eight times more energy than the reaction that powers hydrogen bombs, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. In fact, the paper’s co-authors told Live Science, they very seriously considered not publishing the discovery, …

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Mystery Boom That Shook San Diego Baffles Expert

Close A mysterious loud sound and rattling shook San Diego on Thursday morning, according to NBC 7 . Those who experienced the shaking thought it may have been an earthquake, but local news agencies report otherwise. Rather, it may have been a meteorological event caused by a clash of warm …

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Humans Kill 100 Million Sharks Every Year. Not for Long

Close Updated | Sharks can now swim freely without worrying about being captured once they cross into new, unfamiliar territory. New Scientist reports that 126 countries have signed a pact to support conservation efforts for animals that frequently cross borders to other environments, such as sharks. The Convention on the …

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Egyptian Child Mummy Revealed with 3D Scanning

Close In a marriage of 3D scanning and CT scanning technology, you can now see inside the ancient mummy of a girl who died at five years old—without having to unwrap it. The Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose, California, is home to a large collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. That …

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How Long Before All of Florida Is Underwater?

Close At the rate the world is headed now, hundreds of millions of people living on coasts may watch their cities flood with waters rising two meters by 2100. Global temperatures are expected to rise 3 degrees Celsius, the United Nations announced on Tuesday. Under that prediction, Miami along with …

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Dinosaur Asteroid Delivered Cancer-Killing Metals

Close An asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago may have delivered us a cosmic cancer-killing weapon. Scientists have discovered iridium, a metal that came to Earth via the Chicxulub asteroid, can be used to kill cancer cells by filling them with a poisonous form of oxygen. …

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