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Meta Feels the Downturn Burn, Slashes Hiring by 30%
Big tech is going through a hard time. Meta, the...
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Blockchain not just for bitcoin: It can secure and store genomes, too
Blockchain is a digital technology that allows a secure and decentralized record of transactions that is increasingly used for everything from cryptocurrencies to artwork. But Yale researchers have found a new use for blockchain: they’ve leveraged the technology to give individuals control of their...
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In 10 years, CRISPR transformed medicine. Can it now help us deal with climate change?
Coming from a long line of Iowa farmers, David Savage always thought he would do research to improve crops. That dream died in college when it became clear that any genetic tweak to a crop would take at least a year to test; for some perennials and trees, it could take five to 10 years. Faced with...
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Google is shutting Hangouts in November
Google is prompting Hangouts mobile users to migrate to Chat in...
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Do we need a new theory of evolution?
Strange as it sounds, scientists still do not know the answers to some of the most basic questions about how life on Earth evolved. Take eyes, for instance. Where do they come from, exactly? The usual explanation of how we got these stupendously complex organs rests upon the theory of natural...
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Child Pirate of the Caribbean: John King Was Just 11 When he Joined Infamous Pirate Crew
Nearly 300 years before the first Pirates of the Caribbean film fuelled the imagination of young, modern minds with exciting pirate adventures, a young boy named John King was living the life of a pirate of the Caribbean. He was no more than 11 years old (conflicting sources say he was 9, 10, or 11...
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Exoplanets may provide habitable conditions for billions of years, study says
Rocky exoplanets – planets outside our Solar System – with atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium could provide habitable conditions for billions of years, new research has suggested. The study suggests these planets can sustain temperate conditions and liquid water on their surface for long...
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NASA's Curiosity rover reveals evidence of past life on Mars
CAIRO – 27 June 2022: While traveling on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover discovered evidence of the past existence of lakes on the "Red Planet". The NASA rover detected on Mount Sharp, which is about 5 km high, clay minerals formed from lakes and...
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Unlocking mom’s brain
Life isn’t always easy for little mouse pups: Hours to days after they are born, the squirmy babies, who can’t hear or see, can roll or stumble away from their nest. Cold and lonely, they call out to their mother. Luckily, Mom snaps into action to ensure the adventures of the little ones are...
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Gold miner in Canada finds mummified 35,000-year-old woolly mammoth
It was a young miner, digging through the northern Canadian permafrost in the seemingly aptly named Eureka Creek, who sounded the alarm when his front-end loader struck something unexpected in the Klondike gold fields. What he had stumbled upon would later be described by the territory’s...
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