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How Hedge Funds Can Trade on Data Constantly Collected From the Sky

This article was originally published on International Business Times. Delegates at Newsweek and International Business Times' data science in capital markets event were mesmerised by a video of shoe box-sized satellites, known as "cube sats" being released into the earth's atmosphere. Professor David Hand, chief scientific advisor, Winton, introducing the event, pointed out that the current AI summer is characterised by what he called "automatic data capture".


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Porsche Runs The New Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid At Nardò

Porsche drivers Lars Kern and Timo Bernhard are on hand to run the big power sedan through its paces


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Big Ben’s bongs could sound different after tower repairs 

The distinctive bongs of Big Ben could be altered after refurbishment, experts have said.


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Woolly mammoths suffered genetic 'meltdown' before extinction

Before woolly mammoths went extinct thousands of years ago, their dwindling population suffered a series of genetic mutations that hampered their ability to survive, researchers said Thursday. Woolly mammoths were once among the most common herbivores in North America and Siberia, but came under threat from increased hunting pressure and a warming climate. Experts analyzed the genome of one of the last known woolly mammoths ever found -- a 4,300-year-old specimen from Wrangel Island, off the northern coast of Siberia.


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Global warming made Australia's record-breaking, sizzling summer 50 times more likely

Millions of Australians just endured a sizzlingly hot summer, with three blistering heat waves enveloping much of southeastern Australia during January and February sending temperatures soaring as high as 48.2 degrees Celsius, or 118.7 degrees Fahrenheit.  New South Wales, located in southeastern Australia, had its warmest summer on record, with numerous temperature milestones shattered in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, among other locations.  SEE ALSO: The atmosphere has forgotten what season it is in the U.S. Now a new quick-turnaround analysis from an international group of climate researchers found direct ties between global warming and this summer's heat. In completing the study, the researchers utilized the computing power of hundreds of volunteers' laptops and desktops worldwide, through a project known as weather@home. January 2017 saw the highest monthly mean temperatures on record for Sydney and Brisbane, and the highest daytime temperatures on record in Canberra, th…

Climate change computer model vindicated 30 years later by what has actually happened

Nearly 30 years ago, scientists developed a computer model of the Earth’s climate that predicted the level of global warming – to the ridicule of ‘sceptics’ at a time when there still seemed to be a debate over the issue. For example, when it was first made the model came up with unexpected forecast of little or no warming in the Southern Ocean. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Dr Ronald Stouffer, head of the climate and ecosystem group at Princeton University, and Dr Syukuro Manabe, a senior meteorologist at the same US college, said they had not expected the model to be so accurate.


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Scientists create first artificial mouse 'embryo' from stem cells

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain have for the first time created a structure that resembles a mouse embryo using a 3D scaffold and two types of stem cells - research which deepens understanding of the earliest stages of mammalian development. Publishing their results in the journal Science on Thursday, the team based at Cambridge University said that while the artificial embryo closely resembled the real thing, it would be unlikely to develop further into a healthy mouse fetus. For research purposes, however, the scientists were able to show how the artificial embryo followed the same pattern of development as a normal embryo - with the stem cells organizing themselves in the same way.


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Fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago

The oldest fossils ever found are "direct evidence" of life on Earth 3.8 to 4.3 billion years ago when our planet was still in its infancy, researchers reported Wednesday. "If life happened so quickly on Earth, then could we expect it to be a simple process that could start on other planets?", asked lead author Matthew Dodd, a graduate student at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.


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Your Kids’ Next Favorite Legos Will Honor the Women of NASA

After decades of having their story overlooked, the women of NASA have finally solidified their place in history. The world learned about Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson when Hidden Figures hit theaters, and now these powerful women will be making an appearance in your children's toy box. Lego announced on Tuesday that it will honor the Women of NASA with a new set, which was created by a fan designer, Maia Weinstock. The new product features Johnson as well as NASA emplo


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There’s a reason you’ve probably never seen an elephant sleeping

If you catch any elephants napping on your next African safari, be careful not to wake them up. Humans tend to get cranky…


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Mars astronaut radiation shield set for moon mission trial-developer

By Ori Lewis and Rinat Harash HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - A vest designed to shield astronauts from deadly solar particles in deep space is set for trials on a lunar mission ready for deployment on any manned mission to Mars, its Israeli developers said. The vest will protect vital human tissue, particularly stem cells, which could be devastated by solar radiation in deep space or on Mars, whose sparse atmosphere offers no protection, StemRad's CEO Oren Milstein said. U.S. space agency NASA has said it hopes to send astronauts to Mars in the mid-2030s.


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Uproar as Norway paves way for widening wolf cull

Norway's government on Friday paved the way to widen the culling of wolves, a policy move that incensed green campaigners seeking to protect the endangered species. Pressured by farmers and parliament, Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen presented a draft amendment expanding the legal possibilities for killing wolves, even in areas where their presence is officially tolerated. The draft amendment widens this to allow culling when wolves interfere with specific human activities.


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Why choose to go to the moon? Trump changes commercial space calculations

Nearly 55 years ago, President John F. Kennedy said America chose to go to the moon and take on other challenges “not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Now it’s commercial space ventures that are choosing to go to the moon. Back in the 1960s, the moon effort was aimed at demonstrating America’s greatness. A similar motivation is at work this time around: to demonstrate that President Donald Trump is making America great again. Trump has given nods to the space effort in his two big speeches: His inauguration address, in which he said America was “ready… Read More


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Even Scientists Are Baffled By How Little Sleep Elephants Get

If you thought you could get by on minimal shut-eye, take stock of elephants’ incredible sleep patterns. In zoos, the giant creatures sleep for four to six hours a night – but in the wild, they get by on just two, a new study has found. Researchers tracked two matriarchal elephants in Botswana over several days and found they could stay away for days on end to travel long distances.


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Gene therapy relieves sickle cell in world first: study

Scientists have used gene therapy to relieve the symptoms of a teenager suffering from sickle cell disease (SCD) in a world-first breakthrough, they reported on Thursday. SCD is an inherited disease caused by a gene mutation that results in red blood cells losing their usual donut-like appearance and taking on a sickle or crescent moon shape. Many need chronic blood transfusions.


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Researchers retrieve short film and a full operating system from strands of DNA

A team of researchers from Colombia University have stored a computer operating system and short film on DNA, using an algorithm that streams videos on cellphones to compress the information even further.


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South Africa in talks with Airbus, Boeing to print 3D parts

By Wendell Roelf JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African researchers developing the world’s largest machine for producing aircraft parts using lasers to melt powdered titanium are in talks with Airbus and Boeing, with the first commercial application expected in 2019. Officially launched in 2011 and backed by government, the Aeroswift research project last year produced its first three demonstrator parts – a pilot’s throttle lever, a condition lever grip which is part of the throttle assembly, and a fuel tank pylon bracket, in a digital process known as 3D printing, or additive layer manufacturing. Increasingly adopted by the automotive, aerospace and military industries as a cheaper way of making complex parts, the new manufacturing process could save millions of dollars on fuel and production costs as aircraft makers replace aluminum bodies with lighter materials such as titanium alloys.


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There's not a single red pixel in this photo of strawberries

If you're in the mood to trick your brain, we've got just the thing for you. Akiyoshi Kitaoka is a psychology professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. One look at his Twitter, and it's pretty obvious he has an affinity for making and sharing optical illusions. One illusion in particular involving a picture of strawberries has recently become a viral sensation, and we are berry confused by it. SEE ALSO: People can't believe a supermarket is selling a single boxed strawberry for $22 How exactly are these strawberries an optical illusion? No red pixels are in this photo. 2色法によるイチゴの錯視。この画像はすべてシアン色(青緑色)の画素でできているが、イチゴは赤く見える。Strawberries appear to be reddish, though the pixels are not. http://pic.twitter.com/Ginyhf61F7 — Akiyoshi Kitaoka (@AkiyoshiKitaoka) February 28, 2017 They look red! How can that be? It turns out our brains are the ones to blame. Our brains have been trained to color correct what we see so that objects remain a consistent color regardless of the lig…

Moon missions continue Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's rocket-measuring contest

Another day, another unhinged-sounding plan to fly to the moon announced by an eccentric billionaire. According to a report from the Washington Post, Blue Origin — the spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos — is planning to set up an "Amazon-like" service to send cargo to the moon in the hopes that people will eventually settle there.  The first "Blue Moon" mission — conducted with NASA's help — could launch as early as July 2020, according to the report. SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos-backed rocket landed safely back on Earth after flying to space The Blue Origin news hits just days after SpaceX's Elon Musk announced that his spaceflight company plans to send two unnamed people on a trip around the moon at the end of next year.  Is this yet another case of rocket-measuring by Musk and Bezos?  Maybe.  While these two plans are distinct and Blue Origin's was a case of a news organization breaking a story, rather than a specific announcement by …

This Psychologist's Strawberry Optical Illusion Will Blow Your Mind

Believe it or not, this photo doesn't contain a single red pixel.


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Surviving Russia's winter a grim triumph for homeless

As the fierce winter drags towards an end in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg, Eduard Okuniyev is counting himself lucky to still be alive. Some die of hypothermia, while others suffer complications from existing conditions.


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After 44 days, hearings end for giant telescope in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Long-running hearings for whether a giant telescope can be built atop a Hawaii mountain have wrapped up. But it will be a while before a decision is made on a project that has prompted intense protests by those who believe it will desecrate sacred land.


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New minerals back idea of man-made epoch for Earth: study

By Alister Doyle OSLO, (Reuters) - Scientists have identified more than 200 minerals created as side-effects of human industries in a sign that mankind's imprint on the Earth is so deep that it marks a new geological epoch, a study said on Wednesday. Rare chemical combinations such as those found in mines, ore dumps or smelters have triggered the formation of new minerals, it said. The scientists listed 208 items in the first global catalog of minerals caused exclusively or mainly by human activities, compared to about 5,000 formed by purely natural processes including iron, silicon, gold or silver.


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The Devastating Way Woolly Mammoths Went Extinct

Evolution: Examining why woolly mammoths went extinct holds lessons for protecting endangered species today. Can we bring mammoths back?


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New Technique Could Allow for Cryopreserved Organs

First step to help preserved organs survive the deep freeze.


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‘Planet Earth II’ Heads to the ‘Jungles’: Producers Preview 7 Moments

Week 3 of BBC America’s Planet Earth II takes us to the jungles of the world, which cover less than 6 percent of land but are home to more than half the plants and animals on the planet.


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Your Kids’ Next Favorite Legos Will Honor the Women of NASA

After decades of having their story overlooked, the women of NASA have finally solidified their place in history. The world learned about Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson when Hidden Figures hit theaters, and now these powerful women will be making an appearance in your children's toy box. Lego announced on Tuesday that it will honor the Women of NASA with a new set, which was created by a fan designer, Maia Weinstock. The new product features Johnson as well as NASA emplo


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Mass Effect: Andromeda features over 100 planets, but only ‘a handful’ can be explored

As Mass Effect: Andromeda nears its March 21 release date, developer BioWare has been releasing a series of videos detailing different aspects of the game. This week’s video is all about exploration, which seems to be a bigger focus in Andromeda than any previous Mass Effect game. The video notes that there are over 100 planets (and other strange space anomalies) to discover in Andromeda’s Helius cluster.


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The night sky in March 2017: a disappearing planet and the return of Persephone

A few gaps in the gloomy weather over past weeks may have provided opportunity to spot brilliant Venus shining away in the southwest shortly after sunset. 


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An Anti-Trump Incantation: What's in a Magic Spell?

In Shakespeare's "Macbeth," the titular character must contend with a trio of witches who predict his ascent and then his downfall. Donald Trump may want to read up. A loosely formed group calling itself the Magical Resistance has emerged on Facebook and Twitter, where members shared photos of their "binding spell" setups in a mass demonstration of magic on Friday night (Feb. 24).


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Washington produces record harvest of wine grapes in 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's booming wine industry produced a record harvest of wine grapes in 2016 after cooler weather lengthened the growing season, officials said Wednesday.


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How Hedge Funds Can Trade on Data Constantly Collected From the Sky

This article was originally published on International Business Times. Delegates at Newsweek and International Business Times' data science in capital markets event were mesmerised by a video of shoe box-sized satellites, known as "cube sats" being released into the earth's atmosphere. Professor David Hand, chief scientific advisor, Winton, introducing the event, pointed out that the current AI summer is characterised by what he called "automatic data capture".


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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos wants to start shipping packages to the Moon

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos wants to start delivering packages to the moon. According to The Washington Post, Bezos — who also owns private space travel company Blue Origin — has written an internal report arguing that a good delivery service will be key to establishing a functioning lunar settlement. Blue Origin’s “proprietary and confidential” white paper was authenticated by Post reporter Christian Davenport, who presumably had to ask his boss (Bezos owns The Washington Post).


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Hottest new laptops for when you need an upgrade

Tech Take: Tom's Guide's Sherri Smith showcases the Lenovo Windows Yogabook, Dell XPS 13" 2-In-1, Acer Spin 7, Razer Blade Stealth and the MSI PE60 Prestige


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The Strange 'McGurk' Effect: How Your Eyes Can Affect What You Hear

In other words, even when our vision and hearing are being stimulated at the same time during the film, our brains do a really good job of picking up on which lip movements go  with which speech sounds. But the brain can also be fooled. In an intriguing illusion known as the McGurk effect, watching the movements of a person's lips can trick the brain into hearing the wrong sound.


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Gene therapy lets a French teen dodge sickle cell disease

A French teen who was given gene therapy for sickle cell disease more than two years ago now has enough properly working red blood cells to dodge the effects of the disorder, researchers report.


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NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

NASA Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, says launching a magnetic shield could help warm Mars and possibly allow it to become habitable.


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NASA Mars satellite shifts course to avoid hitting planet's moon

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA science satellite orbiting Mars was forced to make a rare evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision next week with one of the planet's two small moons, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday. Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, commanded the MAVEN spacecraft, which is studying Mars' vanishing atmosphere, to fire up its engine on Tuesday to boost its speed by about 1.3 feet per second (0.4 meters per second). The acceleration was necessary to slightly shift MAVEN's orbit and steer the satellite clear of the Martian moon Phobos, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement.


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SpaceX Announces Plan to Send Two People Around the Moon

The two private citizens want to fly around the moon in a Dragon 2 in 2018.


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There’s a reason you’ve probably never seen an elephant sleeping

If you catch any elephants napping on your next African safari, be careful not to wake them up. Humans tend to get cranky…


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Scientists Build New Computer Made of DNA

The computer can copy itself many times over, making calculations much faster.


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