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Forever alone: Why too much social media use might lead to loneliness

The more time you spend staring at your smartphone — scrolling through Facebook, trolling on Twitter, snapping on Snapchat — the lonelier you're prone to feel, researchers say. A national study on young adults found that frequent use of social media might be associated with increased feelings of isolation. As anyone with FOMO knows, watching other people's digital lives is an imperfect substitute for real-world interactions. SEE ALSO: I love social media, even if it doesn't love me back "We are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalize us instead of bringing us together," said Brian Primack, the study's lead author and director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health at the University of Pittsburgh.  "While it may seem that social media presents opportunities to fill that social void, I think this study suggests that it may not be the solution people were hoping for," he said in a press release. People…

Hackers could allegedly comprise the US Air Force's updated E-3G radar planes

The US Air Force is reportedly working on upgrading its E-3 Sentry early warning and control aircraft (AWACS) to the new E-3G versions, which come with modern computing systems. The US Air Force is reportedly operating a fleet of 32 E-3s across the globe. The E-3G upgrades swap the Sentry's outdated computers with a Red Hat Linux-based system for the main flight computer and Windows-based systems for the workstations, according to a report by Motherboard.


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Striking N.Korea is very dangerous: Academic

Robert Kelly, associate professor at Pusan National University, weighs in on the options available in responding to North Korea's missile launch.


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IBM adds new API to quantum computing cloud service

IBM announced today that it was updating its Quantum Experience cloud with a new API that it hopes will increase the abilities of researchers and other interested parties to build more sophisticated applications with its experimental quantum computing system.Last May, IBM opened up its 5 qubit computer in its NY state labs to the public in the...


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Key Large Hadron Collider Experiment Gets A New ‘Heart’

Engineers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have successfully installed a new "pixel tracker" in the CMS detector, increasing the odds of discovering signs of "new physics."


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Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars

Sending tourists for a trip around the moon is the latest big idea launched by Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley star known for turning his passions into visionary enterprises. Musk has become one of the United States' best-known innovators. SpaceX recently announced that two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever traveled to deep space since the 1970s.


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S.Korea bans U.S. poultry imports over bird flu scare

South Korea will ban imports of U.S. poultry after a strain of H7 bird flu virus was confirmed at a U.S. chicken farm, the agriculture ministry said on Monday, cutting shipments from its main supplier during a current egg shortage. A case of the highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza was found on Sunday in a chicken breeder flock on a Tennessee farm contracted to U.S. food giant Tyson Foods Inc.


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South Korea to ban imports of U.S. poultry as bird flu found in U.S.

South Korea will ban imports of U.S. poultry after a strain of H7 bird flu virus was confirmed at a U.S. chicken farm, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. The import ban will be effective from March 6, the agriculture ministry said in a statement. South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, has been importing eggs from the United States as its worst-ever bird flu outbreak has tightened the country's egg supplies.


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U.S. confirms avian influenza in Tennessee chicken flock

(Reuters) - A strain of bird flu has been detected in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee's Lincoln County and the 73,500 birds will be culled to prevent the virus from entering the food system, U.S. and state agriculture officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this represented the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The facility has been placed under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 6.2-mile (10 km)radius of the site, the Tennessee state government said.


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Enjoy NOAA's vital satellite imagery, while you still can

U.S. satellites help us predict and prepare for powerful storms, even before they arrive at our door. The data let us to monitor climate change and map the effects on coastlines, glaciers, oceans and land. With satellite systems, we can tell when it's safe to fly a plane, steer a ship or drive a car.  This research — and far more — all falls largely under the umbrella of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), one of the top U.S. climate science agencies. SEE ALSO: The first photos from a revolutionary new weather satellite are gorgeous Yet NOAA may soon be forced to dial back or pause some of this work if the Trump administration succeeds in slashing the agency's budget.  The White House aims to cut NOAA's funding by 17 percent from current levels, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by the Washington Post last week. Are you ready for the next round of @NOAA's GOES-16 images? See the first lightning mapper images on Monday @ https://t.co/…

U.S. Identifies Bird Flu Outbreak at Tennessee Chicken Breeder

A strain of bird flu has been detected in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee's Lincoln County and the 73,500 birds will be culled to prevent the virus from entering the food system, U.S. and state agriculture officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this represented the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The facility has been placed under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 6.2-mile (10 km) radius of the site, the Tennessee state government said.


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U.S. confirms avian influenza in Tennessee chicken flock

A strain of bird flu has been detected in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee's Lincoln County and the 73,500 birds will be culled to prevent the virus from entering the food system, U.S. and state agriculture officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this represented the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in the United States this year. The facility has been placed under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 6.2-mile (10 km)radius of the site, the Tennessee state government said.


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Nasa scientist floats idea of putting a magnetic shield around Mars to make it habitable

If living on Mars is of the realm of sci-fi fantasy, one Nasa scientist has an idea, which could make it possible in a matter of years. Speaking at the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop at the Nasa headquarters in Washington, one scientist presented the extraordinary idea to put a magnetic shield around Mars to restore its atmosphere, which eventually could make it habitable. In a talk, Nasa’s Planetary Science Division Director James Green set out how the organisation could be in a position to carry out daily science and exploration on Mars.


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Industrial Cadets awards set sights on providing the workforce of the future 

One programme successfully smashing that stereotypical view is Industrial Cadets, which last week held its inaugural annual awards, highlighting the positive aspects of welcoming young people into industry. Callum Finch, who was named as Industrial Cadet of the year in the awards which are supported by Telegraph Media Group, said: “When you hear about people going on work experience, you think all they will do is make cups of tea and stand around.


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Jeff Bezos wants to launch 'Amazon-like' delivery service to the moon for future human settlement

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is reportedly planning to launch an "Amazon-like" delivery service for the moon to shuttle supplies for experiments, cargo and habitators by 2020 for future lunar colonies. Bezos' space company Blue Origin has reportedly been circulating a seven-page white paper dated 4 January to NASA leadership and President Donald Trump's transition team about the idea, the Washington Post, who obtained a company of the proposal, reported. According to the Post, which is owned by Bezos, the proposal discusses Blue Origin's interest in building a lunar spacecraft that would touch down near Shackleton Crater on the moon's south pole where there is water and near continuous sunlight for solar energy.


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Have We Found A New Human Species?

The recent discovery of two "archaic" human skulls in China exhibiting a curious mishmash of features raises an intriguing possibility — the hominid family tree may be bigger than previously thought.


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NASA Releases Software Catalog For Free

The space agency released its 2017-2018 software catalog to the public sans royalty or copyright fees.


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Israeli experts find 'mystery' Bronze Age dolmen

Israeli archeologists have unearthed a "rare and mysterious" Bronze Age dolmen in the Galilee hills, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Sunday. "This is the first art ever documented in a dolmen in the Middle East," the authority quoted Uri Berger, one of its archaeologists, as saying. The statement did not say when the table-like structure was discovered adjacent to a kibbutz in the upper Galilee region of northern Israel, but dated it to the Middle Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago.


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West's Super Floods May Wash Over Aging Dams, Scientists Warn

In the late 1980s, a Japanese scientist named Koji Minoura stumbled on a medieval poem that described a tsunami so large it had swept away a castle and killed 1,000 people. Intrigued, Minoura and his team began looking for paleontological evidence of the tsunami beneath rice paddies, and discovered not one but three massive, earthquake-triggered waves that had wracked the Sendai coast over the past 3,000 years. In a 2001 paper, Minoura concluded that the possibility of another tsunami was significant.


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Scientists create ultra-light, super strong new material based on wood and bone

The process is comparable to a rare event found in some African deserts where fog containing sulphur evaporates to slowly form crystalline “desert roses”. One of the researchers, Professor Rahul Panat, of Washington State University, said: “This is a ground-breaking advance in the 3D architecturing of materials at nano- to macroscales with applications in batteries, lightweight ultra-strong materials, catalytic converters, super-capacitors and biological scaffolds. Silver was used in the study because it is an easy material to work with, but Professor Panat said any material that can be turned into nanoparticles could be shaped in the same way.


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Scientists May Have Discovered Why The Wooly Mammoth Died Out

Genetic disease may have driven the last of the wooly mammoths to extinction, according to a groundbreaking analysis of the ancient creatures’ DNA. The research reveals that the isolated mammals suffered a ‘genomic meltdown’ which turned their coats translucent and impaired their sense of smell.


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Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon and stars

Sending tourists for a trip around the moon is the latest big idea launched by Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley star known for turning his passions into visionary enterprises. Musk has become one of the United States' best-known innovators.


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Emma Watson schools critics on what feminism actually means

Emma Watson has taken umbrage with critics who say her posing braless for Vanity Fair makes her a bad feminist.  "Feminism is about giving women choice," she said in a BBC News interview to promote her upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast. "It's about equality," she stressed. "It's not ... I really don't know what my tits have to do with it. It's very confusing." SEE ALSO: Merriam-Webster subtweeted Kellyanne Conway on behalf of feminists everywhere In her Vanity Fair cover story, Watson discusses her "metamorphosis" from playing Hermione Grainger — the true hero of the Harry Potter series — to championing gender equality as the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. The feature also includes a high-fashion photo shoot, and in one image, Watson poses braless in a Burberry shrug.  To her detractors on social media, showing part of her breasts makes Watson a "hypocrite" and undermines her efforts to promote equal rights for women…

LPG tunkey project solution in Bangladesh

What is LPG?
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a clean and safe fuel that has a range of properties closest to petrol. It is a by-product of petrol refining and natural gas production. Under slight pressure, LPG turns into liquid form and can then be stored in tanks. 
LPG is a naturally occurring by-product of natural gas extraction (60%) and crude oil refining (40%). It is therefore either used or it is wasted.It is a combination of propane and butane molecules, along with trace amounts of other compounds. 

The key property of LPG is the fact that it is highly calorific gas, which easily condenses even at relatively low pressures and current temperatures. Thank to these properties it can be stored also in small tanks or cylinders.
Another key property of LPG is its easy vaporization and possibility of combustion in gaseous state, when it has even 3x greater calorific value than natural gas and at the same time belongs among most ecological fuels. Pure propane vaporizes at temperatures hig…

Another satellite launch for Europe's Earth monitoring system

Europe is set to launch a fourth satellite next Tuesday for its ambitious Copernicus Earth monitoring project to track changing land cover and pollution, launch firm Arianespace said. Dubbed Sentinel-2B, the satellite will blast off on a Vega rocket from Europe's space port in Kourou, French Guiana, at 0149 GMT, the company said. "The Sentinel-SB Earth observation satellite primarily focuses on monitoring land masses and coastal zones around the world," Arianespace said in a statement.


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Quora Question: Has NASA Discovered Life on Other Planets?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. One of the most fundamental questions is “are we alone?” The answer to that question would shake the foundations of our understanding of the universe and our place within it. The answer to “are we alone?” would shake the foundations of religion, philosophy and biology.


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Have We Found A New Human Species?

The recent discovery of two "archaic" human skulls in China exhibiting a curious mishmash of features raises an intriguing possibility — the hominid family tree may be bigger than previously thought.


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Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls. Herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra have gathered near one of the holes, where for six months, pea farmer Patrick Mwalua has been delivering water to them in a rented blue truck. The 41-year-old was haunted by the memory of a 2009 drought, which the International Fund for Animal Welfare estimates led to the loss of 40 percent of the animals in the neighbouring Tsavo West National Park.


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Forget about Mars for a minute: Let's talk about these rad moon missions

While the 2030s might be owned by missions to Mars, the 2020s belong to the moon. A number of companies and nations are now planning to send crewed and uncrewed missions to the vicinity of the moon in the coming decade.  SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about SpaceX's big moon announcement Even though many have a "been there, done that" attitude toward the moon, there are still plenty of interesting scientific and commercial endeavors to take part in on the lunar surface.  Here are five of the most promising moon missions coming up before the 2030s.  SpaceX Fly me to the moon ... Okhttps://t.co/6QT8m5SHwn — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2017 In one of the more exciting space exploration moments of the year so far, SpaceX announced on Monday that the Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company has two customers that want to charter a trip to circumnavigate the moon.  Musk said the mission should launch by the end of next year, and the two mystery space tourists have a…

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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