2016 Warmest Year Ever - How NASA Knows | Video

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:08pm
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) took measurements from 6300 weather stations across the world, sea surface teships and buoys for sea surface temperatures and measurements from Antarctic research stations to come to the conclusion.
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Geoengineering Earth's Atmosphere: How It Could Affect Astronomy

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 5:00pm
Creating clouds in the sky or redirecting sunlight to bring down the Earth's temperature could have an effect on astronomy.
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2016 Warmest Year Ever - Largely Due To Human Emissions | Video

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:41pm
Using measurements from 6,300 locations, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has come to the conclusion that 2016 was the warmest ever and is breaks the record set just last year.
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Thousands of Note 7 Phones Still in Use On Verizon, All Non-911 Calls To Be Rerouted To Customer Service

Slashdot - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:40pm
Thousands of Verizon customers continue to use the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the carrier said. This despite the widely publicized recalls spurred by battery fire concerns and a software upgrade designed to kill the phone by preventing it from recharging. From a report: "In spite of our best efforts, there are still customers using the recalled phones who have not returned or exchanged their Note 7 to the point of purchase," a Verizon spokeswoman said. "The recalled Note 7s pose a safety risk to our customers and those around them." So now Verizon is fighting fire with fire, so to speak. The carrier plans to reroute all non-911 outgoing calls to its customer service line, and it might bill the holdouts for the full retail cost of the phone.

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2016 warmest year on record globally, NASA and NOAA data show

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:25pm
Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and NOAA. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.
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Ukraine's Power Outage Was a Cyber Attack, Says Power Supplier

Slashdot - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 4:00pm
A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo told Reuters on Wednesday. From the report: When the lights went out in northern Kiev on Dec. 17-18, power supplier Ukrenergo suspected a cyber attack and hired investigators to help it determine the cause following a series of breaches across Ukraine. Preliminary findings indicate that workstations and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, linked to the 330 kilowatt sub-station "North", were influenced by external sources outside normal parameters, Ukrenergo said in comments emailed to Reuters. "The analysis of the impact of symptoms on the initial data of these systems indicates a premeditated and multi-level invasion," Ukrenergo said.

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Extremely Large Telescope's Massive and Unusual Mirrors - Quick Look | Animation

Space.com - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:56pm
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will have the largest convex mirror ever produced and an unusual concave tertiary mirror. The European Southern Observatory has signed contracts to cast the mirrors.
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New data show heightened risk of birth defects with antidepressants prescribed during pregnancy

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:39pm
Antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women could increase the chance of having a baby with birth defects, new research indicates.
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New broad-spectrum antiviral protein can inhibit HIV, other pathogens in some primates

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:39pm
A protein-coding gene called Schlafen11 (SLFN11) may induce a broad-spectrum cellular response against infection by viruses including HIV-1, researchers have discovered.
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Vitamin B-12, and a knockoff version, create complex market for marine vitamins

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:39pm
Vitamin B-12 exists in two different, incompatible forms in the oceans. An organism thought to supply essential vitamin B-12 in the marine environment is actually churning out a knockoff version.
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Luminescent proteins provide color to ecological and cheap bio-displays

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Mobile phone, computer and TV displays all use very expensive color filters and other components, which cannot be easily recycled. Scientists have designed a new screen, which is cheaper and ecological as it uses a hybrid material. This material's luminescent proteins can be used in backlighting systems and color filters made using a 3-D printing technique.
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Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
The world relies heavily on gasoline and other hydrocarbons to power its cars and trucks. In search of an alternative fuel type, some researchers are turning to the stuff of fireworks and explosives: metal powders. And now one team is reporting a method to produce a metal nanopowder fuel with high energy content that is stable in air and doesn't go boom until ignited.
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Toward a 'smart' patch that automatically delivers insulin when needed

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Treatment for certain diabetes cases involves constant monitoring of blood-glucose levels and daily insulin shots. But scientists are now developing a painless 'smart' patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high. The device has been tested on mice.
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What's behind the durian fruit's notorious stench?

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Most people who have tried durian either love it or hate it. The fruit's yellowish flesh is sweet and custard-like, but it comes with an overpowering stench of garbage. Scientists studying the unique fruit have now analyzed a set of 20 stinky and fruity chemical ingredients and found that a mere two compounds can re-create the overall smell.
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Cancer treatment for transplant patients discovered

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Nephrologists have published a letter that profiles a novel drug combination with the potential to help prevent rejection of a donor kidney in transplant patients undergoing cancer treatment.
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Protein involved in blood clotting stimulates liver repair

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
A new pathway in the body that stimulates liver repair has been uncovered by researchers. Using an experimental model of high-dosage acetaminophen, the team found that liver injury activated blood clotting, which then stimulated liver repair.
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Northern Quebec lichen yields two unique molecules and several antibacterial compounds

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:38pm
Two unique molecules have been discovered by researchers in a species of lichen growing in northern Quebec. A number of compounds with interesting antibacterial properties have also been isolated from the lichen, according to an article.
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Researchers develop ways to improve machining, milling processes

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:34pm
Fixing flaws introduced during the machining of large components used in the aircraft and heavy equipment industries can be time-consuming for manufacturers – and costly if they must scrap the flawed parts after they’ve been fabricated. A new approach is helping manufacturers eliminate those flaws before the parts are created.
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Delirium could accelerate dementia-related mental decline

Science Daily - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:34pm
When hospitalized, people can become acutely confused and disorientated. This condition, known as delirium, affects a quarter of older patients and new research shows it may have long-lasting consequences, including accelerating the dementia process.
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Stranded With a Million Dollars: How MTV Spied on Contestants for Real-Life Hunger Games

Wired News - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:30pm
If you think this sounds like the Hunger Games, you're not alone there. The post Stranded With a Million Dollars: How MTV Spied on Contestants for Real-Life Hunger Games appeared first on WIRED.
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