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Mysterious Unidentified Object Crashes in Myanmar

Unidentified piece of an aircraft, believed to be an engine, falls near Hpakant jade mine | #Myanmar https://t.co/W2im1NOCdh http://pic.twitter.com/NFRCJiAYM5— The Myanmar Times (@TheMyanmarTimes) November 11, 2016


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iPad Game Helps Treat Lazy Eye in Kids

Kids with lazy eye — or amblyopia, the medical term for the condition — may improve their vision by playing a specially designed iPad game, a new study finds. The findings suggest that treatments for lazy eye that require children to use both eyes, as the iPad game does, "may yield faster gains than patching," the researchers, from a nonprofit eye research institute called the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, in Dallas, wrote in the Nov. 10 issue of the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. Children with lazy eye don't see as well with one of their eyes as they do with the other, and this weaker eye may wander from side to side, according to the Mayo Clinic.


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New Record! Robot Solves Rubik's Cube in Less Than a Second

Solving a Rubik's Cube is an impressive feat by itself, but now, a robot can do it in record time, cracking the 3D puzzle about 10 times faster than the human who holds the world record. German technology company Infineon staged the record attempt at the Electronica trade fair in Munich this week, as a way to highlight its self-driving-car technology. "It takes tremendous computing power to solve such a highly complex puzzle with a machine," Infineon said in a statement.


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'Firework' Drones Swarm the Sky, Setting New World Record

Fireworks sparkled in the night sky over a football field in Germany recently, but no one heard a single boom. The pyrotechnics-free display was part of Intel Corporation's fake-fireworks drone program. With a 500-drone fleet, Intel broke its own Guinness World Record for the most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously.


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Dave the Giant Earthworm Sets Record in UK, World

Imagine being in your garden and stumbling on an enormous earthworm that measures about as long as a standard bowling pin is tall, and that weighs about the same as a small chocolate bar. The encounter, while likely startling, ended up being a record-setting encounter for a man in the United Kingdom, after he came across what has now been crowned the earthworm that is not only the longest ever found in the U.K., but also the heaviest known wild worm in the world. It was then sent to the Natural History Museum in London for evaluation, where museum experts determined that Dave is a lob worm, Lumbricus terrestris.


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What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Science?

President-elect Donald Trump is likely to affect science when he comes into office next year, with the potential to change everything from climate change action and the Keystone pipeline to sex education and fetal tissue research.


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Oldest Beer Brewed from Shipwreck's 220-Year-Old Yeast Microbes

Yeast microbes from the world's oldest bottle of beer — a 220-year-old bottle found in one of Australia's earliest shipwrecks — are being used to create a new, modern beer with the characteristic taste of the 18th-century brew. The yeast was grown from the contents of a bottle of beer recovered from the wreck of the Sydney Cove, a British trading ship that got caught in a storm near the island of Tasmania, off Australia's south coast, in 1797 while on its way from Calcutta to the prison colony at Port Jackson, now the city of Sydney. The crew of the Sydney Cove survived by grounding the sinking ship on a tiny island off northern Tasmania, now called Preservation Island, which is part of the inspiration for the name of the recreated beer: Preservation Ale.


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Maine Legalizes Marijuana for Recreational Use

Voters in Maine have decided to legalize recreational marijuana use, the Associated Press reported today. Maine is now the fourth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in this election, following California, Nevada and Massachusetts. The Maine law allows people ages 21 and over to use marijuana recreationally.


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HIV Test to Go: USB Tool Could Aid Developing Countries

A new technology that fits on a USB stick can be used to test for levels of HIV in people's blood, which could aid in treatment of the disease in developing countries, according to a new study. The device has a chip that uses just a drop of blood to detect HIV levels, the researchers said. It creates an electrical signal that is sent to a USB stick, which can then be read by a computer.


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Why Copying Yoga Poses from Magazines Could Be a Bad Move

Yoga poses depicted in magazines and other media outlets may draw eyeballs, but most people probably shouldn't try them, a new study suggests. Images of yoga in the media often show poses that are unsafe, or just aren't doable for the average person, the researchers said. "They might feel that they're not flexible enough and [yoga] isn't something their body is capable of doing," Vladagina said.


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The Mysteries of 'Dreamless Sleep' Come to Light

Deep, dreamless sleep has long been thought of as a state of unconsciousness, but in a new paper, several researchers suggest that consciousness may not completely disappear when the mind recedes into deep sleep. Instead, the article's authors suggest, people actually experience a range of different states within dreamless sleep. Traditionally, dreamless sleep has been straightforwardly defined as the part of sleep that occurs you're not dreaming, and it has been looked at as one uniform stage.


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How Trump Could Erase Decades of Climate Change Action

Donald Trump has said that one of the top priorities for his presidency would be to remove the United States from international agreements to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, Trump has said he would renege on the historic Paris climate pact. In addition, he has selected Myron Ebell, who is skeptical that human-caused climate change is occurring, to spearhead the transition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the new administration, as reported by ClimateWire.


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Diver Finds Long-Lost Nuke While Hunting Sea Cucumbers

A man diving off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, may have stumbled upon a nuclear weapon that the United States lost decades ago. Now, the Royal Canadian Navy is scoping out the strange object to see if it is indeed a Mark IV bomb that was jettisoned by an American pilot in 1950 just before his plane crashed. The man, Sean Smyrichinsky, was using an underwater scooter to hunt for sea cucumbers near Pitt Island, when he came upon a weird bagel-shaped object.


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Night delight: 'supermoon' to grace Earth's skies

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades will be on display in the coming days, promising Earth-bound sky-watchers a celestial "supermoon" spectacle. The full moon will come nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers said. At closest approach, which occurs at 6:23 a.m. EST on Monday, the moon will pass within 216,486 miles (348,400 km) of Earth's surface, about 22,000 miles (35,400 km) closer than average, they added.


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'Impossible' Space Engine Might Actually Work, Study Suggests

An experimental propulsion system that seems to violate the laws of physics may actually work, a new study suggests. A controversial and puzzling engine design known as the EmDrive generated small amounts of thrust in a lab test, NASA researchers reported in the study, which has yet to be published or peer-reviewed but was recently leaked online. The EmDrive, which was developed by British researcher Roger Shawyer more than a decade ago, generates thrust by bouncing microwaves around inside a cone-shaped chamber.


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