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This fossil reveals how dinosaurs peed, pooped and had sex
We know a lot about dinosaurs -- what they looked like, what they ate and what killed them off -- but no fossils have definitively preserved two dinosaurs in the act of mating.
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Modulating helical nanostructures in liquid crystal phase by molecular design
A team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Yuki Arakawa (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan) has successfully developed sulfur-containing liquid crystal (LC) dimer molecules) with oppositely directed ester bonds,
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Don't usually file taxes? Nonfilers might have to this year to get missing stimulus money
If you're not typically required to file taxes because you're on SSI or SSI, you're retired, or you don't meet the IRS' income threshold, you'll need to take an extra step to claim any missing stimulus money.
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Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have found coronavirus infections in pet cats and dogs and in multiple zoo animals, including big cats and gorillas. These infections have even happened when staff were using personal protective equipment.
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With latest Starlink launch, SpaceX to set record for rapid reuse
SpaceX is continuing to make strides as it pushes the boundaries of reusing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. On Wednesday morning, the company plans to launch its next batch of 60 Starlink ...
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A Surprise in a 50 Million-Year-Old Assassin Bug Fossil: Its Genitals
The latest addition is the sexual organ of a 50-million-year-old assassin bug. Some well-placed sediments and the protective powers of a prehistoric jock strap preserved his penis, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Papers in Paleontology.
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Merck Rebuffed in Supreme Court Bid to Revive $2.5B Verdict
The Supreme Court rebuffed a bid by Merck & Co.’s Idenix to revive a record verdict against Gilead Sciences Inc. in a dispute over a patent for a hepatitis C treatment.
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Ancient Insect Genitals Found in 50-Million-Year-Old Fossil
The fossil assassin bug, described today in Papers in Palaeontology, has perked paleontological attention because the rare specimen has its genitals intact. Chipped out of 50 million-year-old rock, the bug is so exquisitely-preserved that it almost looks ready to crawl out of the stone.
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Using artificial intelligence to manage extreme weather events
Can combining deep learning (DL)—a subfield of artificial intelligence—with social network analysis (SNA), make social media contributions about extreme weather events a useful tool for crisis managers,
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This Coloring Book Shows What A Scientist Really Looks Like!
Soto has turned a project initially started as a way to cope with her own sense of belonging in STEM into a coloring book for all ages that show cases just how many facets there #globalsouthscience
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Beatty joins Neel-Schaffer as Water Resources Engineer
Schaffer, Inc., is pleased to announce that Jacob Beatty, PE, has joined the firm and will serve as a Water Resources Engineer based in the firm’s Birmingham office.
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A realistic model of the ITER tokamak magnetic fusion device
Tokamaks, devices that use magnetic fields to confine plasma into torus-shaped chamber, could play a crucial role in the development of highly performing nuclear fusion reactors. The ITER tokamak, which is set to be the largest nuclear tokamak in the world,
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The first magnetar flare detected from another galaxy was tracked to its home
An outburst from the super magnetic remains of a star suggests similar eruptions are behind some of the most powerful explosions in the universe.
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Get it done in the dark with these 5 tactical flashlights
Enhance your survival gear with these top-rated tactical flashlights. By Corrina Murdoch January 19, 2021 So, you’re prepping your bug-out bag and you need to step it up with a high-grade tactical flashlight.
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A 16-Year-Old’s Innovative Door Handle Solution For Covid-19
When the coronavirus pandemic started, Ethan Gotian’s teacher held a class discussion about all the challenges they would face when the school reopened.
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Firestone Walker just added a massive solar array and canopy on site
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. worked with Duke Energy to complete one of the largest on-site solar arrays in the craft beer industry ­­­– a 2.1-megawatt solar array and 281-kilowatt solar carport on 9.
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The first CubeSat with a Hall-effect thruster has gone to space
Student-led teams aren't the only ones testing out novel electric propulsion techniques recently. Back in November, a company called Exotrail successfully tested a completely new kind of electric propulsion system in space—a small Hall-effect thruster.
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Testing the waters: Analyzing different solid states of water on other planets and moons
Aside from regular ice, water can exist in the form of peculiar solids called clathrate hydrates, which trap small gaseous molecules. They play a large role in the evolution of atmospheres, but predicting their presence in cryogenic temperatures is difficult.
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The magnetic fields swirling within the Whirlpool galaxy
Messier objects are some of the most imaged objects in the universe. In part that's because many of them are so visibly appealing. A good example of that is the Whirlpool galaxy, M51, which recently received an even more dramatic visual representation with a new photo released by NASA.
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Outer space is a mess that Moriba Jah wants to clean up
Add the 20,000 or so bits of orbital debris that authorities are actively tracking, and the image of a limitless expanse of space above the Earth starts to feel a little different. Moriba Jah is a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin who’s on a mission to make the stakes of orbital congestion abundantly clear.
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The latest wild idea for space exploration? Robots made from hunks of ice
Instead of building robots here on Earth and then sending them to distant planets, some say we should build the robots on those planets with found materials
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Chart of the Day: Why Is COVID-19 Worse In Some Parts of the World and Better in Others?
In a recent paper, a team of researchers looked at 140 different HLAs, and in particular discovered that COVID-19 seemed to be sensitive to the ratio of the S and N types. Here’s the chart: One of the great mysteries of COVID-19 is why China has been relatively unscathed.
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VGS files Integrated Resource Plan with a focus on energy efficiency, renewables and smart-energy growth
For Immediate Release January 15, 2021 Plan outlines Company’s commitment to combat climate change and maintain foundational values South Burlington, Vt. – VGS today filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP),
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Same Sun recruits operations manager
For immediate release: January 18, 2021 RUTLAND, VT – Same Sun of Vermont, Inc. is pleased to announce that Emily Palm-Stikkers has joined us as Operations Manager. Creating a new position within the company,
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Humans could move to this floating asteroid belt colony in the next 15 years, astrophysicist says
Now more than ever, space agencies and starry-eyed billionaires have their minds fixed on finding a new home for humanity beyond Earth's orbit. Mars is an obvious candidate, given its relatively close proximity,
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