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Hurricane Matthew: Where Is This Massive Storm Heading?

Hurricane Matthew is battering Haiti with powerful winds and extreme rain today (Oct. 4), with forecasts indicating it could cross the country and hit eastern Cuba next, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwestern Haiti this morning, it had wind speeds of 145 mph (233 km/h), making it a Category 4 hurricane, the NHC said in a public advisory. "We have it as a Category 4 hurricane for the next 48 hours, which means as it's going through the Bahamas, it's likely to be a Category 4 hurricane and then weaken into a Category 3 hurricane as it's off of the northeastern and east central coasts of Florida," said Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Florida.


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Brainy bees learn how to pull strings to get what they want

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain have managed to teach bumblebees to pull strings to get to food and then pass on what they have learned to others in their colony - showing a high level of intelligence despite their tiny brains. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) said the experiments, often used to test the intelligence of apes and birds, showed for the first time that some insects are up to the task, and can also pass skills on through several generations.


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San Andreas Earthquake Swarm: How Mini-Quakes Affect Risk of Big Ones

A swarm of small quakes near the San Andreas fault spurred officials in California to issue an earthquake alert for residents of Southern California. Based on the swarm activity, the risk of an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 or greater in Southern California shot up to between 1 in 300 and 1 in 100 over the weekend, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Office of Emergency Services in California issued an alert that is in effect until tomorrow (Oct. 4).


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Are Virtual Reality Headsets Safe for Kids?

Virtual-reality headsets are likely to be at the top of many kids' wish lists this holiday season, but with many VR devices coming with age restrictions, is the technology safe for youngsters? The Oculus Rift and Samsung's Gear VR headsets are recommended for ages 13+, while Sony's recommendation for its PlayStation VR is ages 12 and up. HTC's Vive is not designed for children, according to the company, and HTC said young children shouldn't be allowed to use the headset at all.


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Warm Ocean 'Blob' Triggered Worst-Ever Toxic Algae Blooms

Pseudo-nitzschia australis — increase in unprecedented numbers and expand farther north than was previously possible, with devastating effects on a wide range of marine life. A high-resolution image of Pseudo-nitzschia australis, the toxic algae that dominated the 2015 bloom.


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Britons win Nobel for work on "exotic" matter, explained with bagel

By Niklas Pollard and Ben Hirschler STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Three British-born scientists won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for revealing unusual states of matter, leading to advances in electronics and potentially helping work on future quantum computers. David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, who all now work at U.S. universities, share the prize for their discoveries on abrupt changes in the properties, or phases, of ultra-thin materials. The difficult-to-grasp concept was illustrated by Nobel Committee member Thors Hans Hansson at a news conference using a cinnamon bun, a bagel and a pretzel.


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Do Black Holes Die?

But in movies, the scary monster has a weakness, and if black holes are the galactic monsters, then surely they have a vulnerability. In the 1970s, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking made a remarkable discovery of a secret buried under the complex mathematical intersection of gravity and quantum mechanics: Black holes glow, ever so slightly, and given enough time, they eventually dissolve. Quantum mechanics is just as complicated.


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World's Deepest Underwater Cave Discovered

Man and robot teamed up to discover the world's deepest underwater cave in the Czech Republic. It is about 39 feet (12 m) deeper than what is now the world's second-deepest cave, Italy's Pozzo del Merro. Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski first explored Hranick√° Propast in 1999.


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Extinct 12-Foot-Long Shark Is Related to Ginormous Megalodon

"The fact that such a large …shark with such a wide geographic distribution had evaded recognition until now indicates just how little we still know about the Earth's ancient marine ecosystem," said Kenshu Shimada, the lead author of the study and a paleobiologist at DePaul University in Chicago. The genus name is a nod to the shark's mega-size teeth that superficially resemble those of sharks in the genus Lamna. "At first glance, teeth of Megalolamna paradoxodon look like gigantic teeth of the genus Lamna, that includes the modern porbeagle and salmon sharks," Shimada told Live Science in an email.


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Science of 'exotic' states of matter lands Nobel physics prize

By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for their studies of unusual states of matter, which may open up new applications in electronics. "Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter," the academy said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish crown (734,772 pound) prize.

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The Latest: Nobel physics winner 'surprised,' 'gratified'

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel physics prize (all times local):


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Nobel physics prize awarded to 3 for topology work

British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for work that "revealed the secrets of exotic matter," ...


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Thouless, Haldane and Kosterlitz win 2016 Nobel physics prize

British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics for studies of unusual states of matter such as in superconductors, the award-giving body said on Tuesday. "Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($937,000) prize. "Many people are hopeful of future applications in both materials science and electronics." Thouless was awarded half the prize with the other half divided between Haldane and Kosterlitz.

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