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Fate of Russian space cargo ship uncertain after launch

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Russian flight controllers were assessing whether a cargo ship that blasted off on Thursday with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station reached its intended orbit, NASA said. Liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan occurred as planned at 9:51 a.m. EST (1451 GMT), a NASA TV broadcast showed.

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Facebook developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos

By Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. Facebook has historically relied mostly on users to report offensive posts, which are then checked by Facebook employees against company "community standards." Decisions on especially thorny content issues that might require policy changes are made by top executives at the company. Candela told reporters that Facebook increasingly was using artificial intelligence to find offensive material.


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Captain Cook's Notes Describe Now-Vanishing Arctic Ice Wall

The meticulous records of Capt. James Cook, the intrepid British explorer famous for exploring Australia and the Hawaiian islands, have found a new and modern-day value: Helping climate change scientists understand the extent of sea ice loss in the icy Canadian Arctic, according to a new study. Notes, charts and maps created by Cook and his crew during an Arctic expedition in August 1778 carefully documented the position and thickness of the ice barring the explorers' way. Cook never found that route, known today as the Northwest Passage.


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Stashed Cash: Rare Ming Dynasty Banknote Found Inside Chinese Sculpture

Art experts in Australia have found a rare paper banknote from the Ming Dynasty of Imperial China hidden inside an antique wooden sculpture that was being prepared for auction. The Chinese characters on the crumpled banknote show that it was issued in the third year of the reign of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty — or 1371 in the Western calendar. The 645-year-old banknote was found hidden inside a wooden sculpture of the head of a "luohan," a religious figure from Chinese Buddhism, that may once have stood in a family or public temple, said Paul Sumner, chief executive of Mossgreen's Auctions in Melbourne, Australia, which discovered the note.


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Scientists Pinpoint How to Calm Oklahoma's Human-Made Quakes

Human-induced earthquakes have rattled Oklahoma in recent years, a state known more for its wide-open plains than havoc-wreaking temblors. This water is pumped as part of the oil and gas production process in Oklahoma and other states in the central and eastern United States. Injecting wastewater from oil and gas extraction into underground wells has occurred for decades in Oklahoma without raising concern over induced seismicity, but in 2009, the rate and volume of injection massively increased, according to the study.


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Skip This Added Expense on Your Next Sun-Filled Vacation

Here's an extra expense you'll want to avoid if you take a tropical vacation this winter: a trip to the emergency room to treat a bad sunburn. From this, researchers estimated that there were a total of 135 million visits to U.S. emergency rooms in 2013, and that more than 33,800 of these visits were related to sunburn, according to the report, led by Gery Guy Jr., a health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these visits involved young adults, the researchers found.


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Spiritual Mind: What a Religious Experience Looks Like in the Brain

People who have had "a religious experience" often report feelings of joy, peace and warmth, and new research has found that during these experiences, certain reward centers in the brain are activated. The study found that, among devoutly religious people, spiritual feelings activate the same areas of the brain as other rewarding and pleasurable experiences, like love, sex and drugs. "We're just beginning to understand how the brain participates in experiences that believers interpret as spiritual, divine or transcendent," study co-author Dr. Jeff Anderson, a neuroradiologist at the University of Utah School of Medicine, said in a statement.


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How Top Swimmers Can Go Faster: It's All in the Fingers

The best way for competitive swimmers to hold their fingers is to spread them slightly apart so they rake the water, a new study finds. In the hunt for the technique that could bring the fastest freestyle swimming, previous research hinted that swimmers could improve their efficiency by spreading their fingers apart, but much remained uncertain how this might work and how much swimmers needed to spread their fingers to benefit. To solve this mystery, fluid dynamicists investigated both virtual models of human arms in computer simulations and 3D-printed models of human arms in wind-tunnel experiments.


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Why Your Balance Gets Worse After 40

The study involved 105 people, ages 18 to 80, who underwent tests of their vestibular system, which is the system that helps people maintain balance and orient themselves. Generally, the lower a person's vestibular threshold, the better their vestibular system is functioning. The participants also took a balance test, in which they stood on memory foam for 30 seconds with their feet together and their eyes closed.


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SpaceX aims for Dec. 16 return to flight, customer Iridium says

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight on Dec. 16, said Iridium Communications Inc IRDM.O, which plans to have 10 of its satellites on board for launching. The launch is contingent on approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees U.S. commercial space transportation, Iridium said on Thursday. “We are looking forward to return to flight,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement from Iridium.

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Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed

The remains of a 5,000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt. The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, in an Arabic language statement. One of the houses excavated in the newly discovered 5,000-year-old city at Abydos was made mostly from organic materials that are now decomposed.


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Ravenous 14-Foot Python Caught with 3 Deer in Its Gut

A Burmese python in the Everglades with a penchant for venison gulped down three whole deer — one doe and two fawns — before wildlife officials captured and euthanized it, a new study reveals. The gustatory feat sets a record: It's the first invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) caught with three deer in its gut, said study co-lead author Scott Boback, an associate professor of biology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. The python probably attacked and ate the deer at different times over a 90-day period, Boback said.


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Neutron Star May Reveal First Evidence of 80-Year-Old Quantum Prediction

In 1930, physicists Werner Heisenberg and Hans Heinrich Euler predicted that very strong magnetic fields could change the polarity of light waves in a vacuum (where polarity refers to the orientation of the light's electric and magnetic fields). This effect, which they dubbed "vacuum birefringence," is not predicted by classical physics. Now, scientists using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) say they may have observed this effect in the light coming from a neutron star— a cosmic object with a very strong magnetic field.


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BRIEF-Uni-Bio Science says unit entered multiple drug co-development agreement

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Uni-bio Science Group Ltd : * unit entered into a multiple drug co-development agreementwith Beijing Sun-Novo Pharmaceutical Research Co., Limited * deal to extend group's current research and developmentcapabilities in small molecule drug development * Project is targeted to start in 2017 and launch sales inmarket around 2020-2021Source text: (http://bit.ly/2gBHcEU)Further company coverage:

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