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Adorable Raccoon-Faced Dinosaur Was Master of Camo

Close The beautiful thing about camouflage is that once you see the pattern, you can guess what sort of environment it was evolved to exist in. In a new paper published in the journal Current Biology, a team of paleontologists did just that, working backward from preserved feather pigments to …

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Opioid Crisis to Be Declared a Public Health Emergency

Close On Thursday morning, ahead of President Donald Trump’s 2 p.m. formal announcement on combating the nation’s opioid crisis, White House staff said the president planned to declare the crisis a public health emergency rather than a national emergency. Trump’s anticipated announcement today is in line with the recommendations made …

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Tremors Detected Deep Within the San Andreas Fault

Close America’s most famous fault line, the San Andreas, is known for its frequent earthquakes, but one part of the system, the San Jacinto Fault zone, in inland Southern California, has been surprisingly quiet for the last 200 years. Now new research has detected small tremors deep under the fault …

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How a Silkworm’s Threads Could Repair Spinal Cords

Close A remarkable number of companies have managed to spin off from silkworms, and for good reason. Turns out that silk has several qualities that make it remarkably suitable for spinal nerves to grow on, according to a new paper published in Scientific Reports. In theory, that would make it …

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Twitter Blocks Ads From Russian Sites Over ‘Fake News’

Close Twitter on Thursday banned two Russian state-run websites from advertising on its platform, citing their alleged spread of “fake news” and involvement in Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election. Advertisements for the two sites, RT—or Russia Today—and Sputnik International, were “off-boarded” immediately. Twitter said the approximately $1.9 million …

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Buying Human Body Parts Online Is Easier Than You Think

Close The neck bones of Cody Saunders, who died on his 24th birthday and whose parents donated his body to science, cost two Reuters journalists just $300 and shipping. The journalists aren’t doctors, or forensic pathologists, or anatomy teachers, and the company that sold it to them never asked if …

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Sophia the Robot Pokes Fun at Elon Musk, Musk Responds

Close This week, billionaire businessman Elon Musk was teased by a robot for being too paranoid about the possible dangers of artificial intelligence, and it’s safe to say he didn’t take the joke very well. Sophia, a female humanoid created by Hanson Robotics and modeled after Audrey Hepburn, was revealed …

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Want More Sex? Marijuana Smokers Get Lucky More Often

Close The combination of sex and drugs has provided inspiration for rock songs, countless experiential essays and now a study that says stoners may have better sex lives. Michael Eisenberg, urologist at Stanford University and co-author of the paper just published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, first became interested …

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Are You Human? AI Masquerades as Human in CAPTCHA Test

AI researchers say learning to overcome the CAPTCHA system is a “hallmark of human intelligence.”Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Artificial intelligence inspired by the human brain has achieved a “hallmark of human intelligence” by cracking CAPTCHA tests designed to protect websites from bots, paving a path towards general artificial intelligence. In a paper …

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Climate Change ‘Unparalleled for 100 Million Years’

Close Scientists may have miscalculated ancient ocean temperature records. If confirmed, the discovery throws decades of climate research into question and could mean we are living through a period of climate change unparalleled for at least 100 million years. It is generally accepted among the scientific community that ocean temperatures …

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