Month: October 2017

China is in the midst of an all-out blitz on polluters flouting emissions standards, closing tens of thousands of factories in a massive effort to address the nation’s catastrophic pollution problems. Estimates of the crackdown suggest as much as 40 percent of China’s factories have been temporarily closed by safety inspectors, with officials from more
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Plenty of misconceptions and conspiracy theories surround this topic. Internet searches for ‘iPhone slow’ spike after the release of a new-generation model, but there’s no evidence to suggest that manufacturers deliberately degrade the performance of older devices with software updates. Computer hardware does not typically slow down over its useful life. Instead, there are several other reasons
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Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of E. coli bacteria – the equivalent of more than 1 million years of human evolution. The latest results suggest we might have been wrong about one of the fundamental aspects of how species evolve.   Traditionally, researchers predicted that the
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Skeletal remains uncovered from a ritual platform in the Peruvian highlands at the site now known as Pacopampa show that people buried there suffered violent injuries, likely as part of ceremonial rituals, according to an archaeological study published earlier this month. The scientists behind the discovery wrote that it looks like individuals suffered ceremonial blows to
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A team of researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has reportedly made a ‘once-in-a-decade discovery’ that will radically change how we do chemistry. The discovery? The creation of two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms — something that’s never been seen before in nature.   The research that led to this incredible find was led
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Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her sensor that can detect lead levels in water better than traditional methods. Rao, whose victory was announced late in the evening of Tuesday 17 October, will take home US$25,000 for the idea, which she said
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An AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not smart enough to survive its own replacement by an even more awesome, alien intelligence. Google’s DeepMind researchers have just announced the next evolution of their seemingly indomitable artificial intelligence – AlphaGo Zero – which has dispensed
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Controversy has erupted over a scientific paper that is being retracted after it was attacked for being ‘antivax pseudoscience‘ and found to contain manipulated, false data… which has now gone mysteriously AWOL. The research, published last month, suggested aluminium contained in vaccine adjuvants could trigger biological responses in mice “consistent with those in autism”, but it
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