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IBM Q brings quantum computing to the cloud for businesses

IBM recently unveiled Q, a new service that will allows users to leverage quantum computing power through its cloud platform.


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This new study helps prove the reality of ADHD, and will hopefully improve the way people with the disorder are treated

In what is now the largest study on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, scientists have concluded ADHD is not a behavioral disorder, but rather…


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Prehistoric humans mined metal 12,000 years ago

Mining for metals began as early as 12,000 years ago in the Stone Age in Upper Silesia, in present-day Poland, research on peat bogs has found. Scientists found the evidence for mining in the ancient layers of bog in Miasteczko Śląskie near Tarnowskie Góry in southern Poland. The bog trapped the impurities that prehistoric people washed from the metal ores, researchers say, showing their findings in an exhibition at the Centre of Silesian Culture in the town of Nakło Śląskie.


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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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The mystery of why pandas are black and white has been solved

We finally know why pandas are black and white. It has nothing to do with them being so very, very cute — instead, its meant to make pandas look tough, according to a new study. SEE ALSO: One Tokyo restaurant's success and failure is decided by pandas having sex Pandas are one of the few mammals that don't have coloring that matches their environment. They're a study in contrasts, with black fur that matches dark forests and white fur for snow-filled landscapes. A team of researchers from UC Davis and California State University, Long Beach, wanted to know the adaptive significance of those colors. (They're the same team who figured out zebras have black and white stripes to keep away blood-sucking flies.) Image: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images They found that the panda's white face, neck, belly, backside and rump (their word) help blend into a snowy scene. But the dark markings around their eyes and ears stand out in a snowy environment. That's because, according…

Jeff Bezos Expected to Unveil Further Plans for Private Space Exploration

The burgeoning space-transportation company owned by Amazon.com Inc. chairman Jeff Bezos this week is expected to announce some customers and new initiatives, the latest step toward its long-term goal of building rockets powerful enough to penetrate deep into the solar system, according to industry officials. The moves by the typically secretive Mr. Bezos, these officials said, are anticipated to disclose further details about Blue Origin LLC’s strategy to create a family of reusable rockets initially intended to take tourists on suborbital voyages, and then propel spacecraft into Earth’s orbit and eventually blast both manned and robotic missions to the Moon and various planets.


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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/…

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…

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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NASA Considers 'Magnetic Shield' To Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

Basically if we warm it up a little, we can move there


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China to develop space rockets to launch from planes - state paper

China will develop rockets that can be launched into space from aircraft, a senior official told the state-run China Daily newspaper, as Beijing aims to send hundreds of satellites into orbit for military, commercial and scientific aims. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology has designed a solid-fuel rocket that could carry a 100 kg (220 lb) payload into low Earth orbit, said Li Tongyu, the head of the agency's carrier rocket development. Chinese President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China's space programme, saying it was needed to enhance national security and defence, although its progress still lags behind the United States and Russia.


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China premier pledges: 'We will make our skies blue again'

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Sunday to make the country's smoggy skies blue again and "work faster" to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity.


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This new study helps prove the reality of ADHD, and will hopefully improve the way people with the disorder are treated

In what is now the largest study on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, scientists have concluded ADHD is not a behavioral disorder, but rather…


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China to develop space rockets to launch from planes: state paper

China will develop rockets that can be launched into space from aircraft, a senior official told the state-run China Daily newspaper, as Beijing aims to send hundreds of satellites into orbit for military, commercial and scientific aims. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology has designed a solid-fuel rocket that could carry a 100 kg (220 lb) payload into low Earth orbit, said Li Tongyu, the head of the agency's carrier rocket development. Chinese President Xi Jinping has prioritized advancing China's space program, saying it was needed to enhance national security and defense, although its progress still lags behind the United States and Russia.


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One sign that 2017 will be a bad year for Lyme disease

Biologists have found in mice a leading indicator of future Lyme outbreaks, which have gone from being a regional condition to a major public health issue.


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Mars far more likely to have had life than we thought, researchers find after new water discovery

A new study, which simulated Martian meteorites to understand more about its ancient environment, suggests that our history of the planet's surface might be entirely wrong. Until now, a specific mineral found in Martian meteorites was used as proof that the planet had an ancient, dry environment. In the study, scientists created a synthetic version of the mineral known as whitlockite.


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Scientists figure out a way to correct a robot's mistakes via brain waves

Computer scientists at MIT and Boston University have developed a system that uses human brain activity data to correct a robot’s mistakes in real time. Here's why it could be useful.


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China to develop space rockets to launch from planes - state paper

China will develop rockets that can be launched into space from aircraft, a senior official told the state-run China Daily newspaper, as Beijing aims to send hundreds of satellites into orbit for military, commercial and scientific aims. The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology has designed a solid-fuel rocket that could carry a 100 kg (220 lb) payload into low Earth orbit, said Li Tongyu, the head of the agency's carrier rocket development. Chinese President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China's space programme, saying it was needed to enhance national security and defence, although its progress still lags behind the United States and Russia.


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An almost impossible engineering project lets us time travel to the start of the universe

Time travel is possible, in a way. Astrophysicists are about to make the sci-fi fantasy a reality using a giant infrared telescope that can peer at star formations 13 billion light years away, seeing them just like they were that many years ago, and illuminating the recipe for the soup that is the universe. On…


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How a $26 Billion Hedge Fund Lures the Beautiful Minds

On the warmest February day on record in Cambridge, about 60 students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology opt to stay inside a dimly lit lobby, crunching data and churning out pages of analysis, ...


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This To-Scale Map of The Solar System Will Make You Appreciate The Vastness of Space

There is a whole lot of nothingness out there.


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Mars far more likely to have had life than we thought, researchers find after new water discovery

A new study, which simulated Martian meteorites to understand more about its ancient environment, suggests that our history of the planet's surface might be entirely wrong. Until now, a specific mineral found in Martian meteorites was used as proof that the planet had an ancient, dry environment. In the study, scientists created a synthetic version of the mineral known as whitlockite.


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IBM quantum computers will unleash weird science on business

Customers in chemistry and finance will be able to pay to use the IBM Q systems -- if they can adapt to the bizarre world of quantum physics.


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Tyson Foods falls on bird flu scare

CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports the latest on Tyson Foods after the discovery of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm that supplies poultry for the company.


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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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Jeff Bezos shows off Blue Origin’s new rocket engine, fully assembled for the first time

Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has finally assembled its first full-scale BE-4 rocket engine — the main engine the company plans to use to propel its future orbital rocket. It’s a major milestone for Blue Origin, which has been working on this crucial piece of hardware since 2011. This morning, CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted out two pictures of the finished engine, noting that two more fully assembled BE-4s will be ready soon.


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This new study helps prove the reality of ADHD, and will hopefully improve the way people with the disorder are treated

In what is now the largest study on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, scientists have concluded ADHD is not a behavioral disorder, but rather…


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Researchers use brain waves to correct robot mistakes

Baxter the robot is blushing. It made yet another embarrassing mistake by placing a spray paint can in the wrong bin. A moment later, the big, red bot makes the right choice, placing a bundle of wire in the wire bin. Baxter smiles at the researcher in front of it, a young woman who’s wearing a rather unattractive electroencephalography (EEG) cap. We’re witnessing a visibly symbiotic relationship between metal and flesh. That’s because Baxter, from Rethink Robotics, and the researcher are connected. Every time the hulking, two-armed robot with a face made out of an animated screen makes a mistake, it’s the researcher’s brainwaves that let it know. SEE ALSO: I moved this robot hand by flexing my arm “We have the EEG cap connected to a laptop that’s processing the signals,” Joseph DelPreto, of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), said in an interview. DelPreto is a part of a small team of researchers who have figured out how to tap into one of our most r…

Sell fatty food in plain packaging, says prize-winning neuroscientist

Fatty foods should be sold in plain packaging to help the battle against obesity, a leading neuroscientist has said. Wolfram Shultz, who was yesterday revealed as the joint winner of a €1 million (£864,600) prize for a lifetime’s work understanding the brain’s decision making process, said the colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods triggered chemicals which encouraged people to overeat. “We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,” he said.


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Earth's Mantle Is More Than 100 Degrees F Hotter Than Scientists Thought

A sweltering 2,570 degrees Fahrenheit (1,410 degrees Celsius), a new study finds. The discovery reveals that the mantle under Earth's oceans — the area just below the crust that extends down to the planet's inner liquid core — is almost 110 degrees F (60 degrees C) hotter than scientists previously thought, the researchers said. "Having such a hot mantle could mean that the mantle is less viscous (flows more easily), which could explain how tectonic plates are able to move on top of the asthenosphere," the upper layer of Earth's mantle, said study lead researcher Emily Sarafian, a doctoral student in the Geology and Geophysics Department at a joint program run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


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IBM Q brings quantum computing to the cloud for businesses

IBM recently unveiled Q, a new service that will allows users to leverage quantum computing power through its cloud platform.


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Hot, dry weather in Ivory Coast sparks concern for cocoa crop

Dry weather and strong heat in some of Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions are raising concerns about the size and quality of the upcoming cocoa mid-crop, farmers said on Monday, following forecasts for record production. The dry season in the world's top cocoa producer stretches from mid-November to March and it is normally very hot in February and March. Exporters and pod counters have predicted record production of nearly 2 million tonnes this season due to good weather.


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Scientist tweak seat cushion material to clean up oil spills

Federal researchers have created a new tool to clean up oil spills by tinkering with the kind of foam found in seat cushions. The modified foam can soak up oil floating on water and lurking below the surface, ...


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Prize for cracking brain's 'feel good' system

Three UK-based scientists who have studied the brain’s reward centre win a prestigious prize worth 1m euros.


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IBM quantum computers will unleash weird science on business

Customers in chemistry and finance will be able to pay to use the IBM Q systems -- if they can adapt to the bizarre world of quantum physics.


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People hadn’t set foot in this ancient ‘lost city’ in the Honduran jungle for 500 years — until now

More than half a century after the collapse of the Mayan civilization, the members of a...


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Infrared Vision Turns the Northwest Into an Alien Planet

Everything looks different in infrared.


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Amazon Wants to Deliver to the Moon

"It is time for America to return to the moon—this time to stay."


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As legal weed sweeps the nation, startups are racing to make a breathalyzer for marijuana

Hound Labs and Cannabix Technologies are at least two of the companies that have developed their own technology for forthcoming marijuana breathalyzers mainly intended to target stoned drivers.


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