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Scientists build with DNA bricks

Scientists build with DNA bricks | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have coaxed single strands of DNA to fit together like Lego bricks and form scores of complex three-dimensional shapes, including a teeny-tiny space shuttle.

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Baltimore: nonviolence as compliance

Baltimore: nonviolence as compliance | Gavagai | Scoop.it

When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.

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Parkinson's diagnosis by typing on a keyboard

Parkinson's diagnosis by typing on a keyboard | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In a new study from MIT, researchers show how analyzing people's keystrokes as they type can reveal a great deal of information about the state of their motor function.

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How schools kill creativity: forget standardized tests, here's how we really engage our kids

How schools kill creativity: forget standardized tests, here's how we really engage our kids | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Test makers rake in bucks, students and teachers chafe under the strain. Here's a better way forward for everyone

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What the world will be like in 2050, in eight maps and charts

What the world will be like in 2050, in eight maps and charts | Gavagai | Scoop.it

By 2050, India will have overtaken the US as the world’s second largest economy.

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Mercury is shrinking — and 4 other facts we've learned from NASA's Messenger probe

Mercury is shrinking — and 4 other facts we've learned from NASA's Messenger probe | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Its diameter has shrank by 8.5 miles.

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Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old

Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Old age does not begin until 74, researchers suggest in a new report which looks at the real impact of an ageing population.

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Why does Hodor in Game of Thrones only say one word? Neuroscience explains

Why does Hodor in Game of Thrones only say one word? Neuroscience explains | Gavagai | Scoop.it

George R. R. Martin's Hodor is a textbook example of someone with expressive aphasia.

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Armenian genocide survivors' stories: 'My dreams cannot mourn'

Armenian genocide survivors' stories: 'My dreams cannot mourn' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

To mark the centenary of the massacre, The Guardian asked readers to tell how a legacy of mass killings and deportations has affected the way Armenians live now.

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Drone strikes reveal uncomfortable truth: US is often unsure about who will die

Drone strikes reveal uncomfortable truth: US is often unsure about who will die | Gavagai | Scoop.it

By most accounts, hundreds of militants have been killed by drones. But the results of some strikes have turned out to be deeply troubling.

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Congress probes possible bias against women in US science funding

Congress probes possible bias against women in US science funding | Gavagai | Scoop.it

ut half of the biggest research agencies do not collect gender data about grant winners.

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This map shows you what environmental progress looks like

This map shows you what environmental progress looks like | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The images, based on data collected by NASA’s Aura satellite, show how air quality has improved as the pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) declined in the U.S. Nitrogen dioxide is an ugly yellowish-brown gas that harms the lungs and is a good proxy for air pollution, generally. It comes from car and truck engines, as well as power plants.

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Maps of things not there: Eden

Maps of things not there: Eden | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The map 'Tabula Paradisi Terrestris justa Systema Auctoris incisa a P. Stark-Man' was printed late in the 18th century, probably around 1775, and locates the Garden of Eden deep in old Armenia, near Mount Ararat.

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The emperor's new watch

The emperor's new watch | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The first time-gatherers – horologes – come to us from legend. According to one fairly visceral story, the 'division of the day into hours was first suggested by the regular exercise of the bodily functions of a consecrated monkey, called the Cynocephalus'.

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This is how fast America changes its mind

This is how fast America changes its mind | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As the Supreme Court considers extending same-sex marriage rights to all Americans, we look at the patterns of social change that have tranformed the nation.

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Nepal earthquake: eerie footage shows flock of birds fleeing crumbling building

Nepal earthquake: eerie footage shows flock of birds fleeing crumbling building | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Tourist captures terrifying moment Nepal earthquake strikes Kathmandu's Durbar Square.

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This is what happens when you die, according to a bunch of different people who died

This is what happens when you die, according to a bunch of different people who died | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What happens to us when we die? It’s a question that has exercised humanity’s finest minds since those humans have been around to have them – and has been recently the subject of a number of groundbreaking scientific studies.

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Experts long feared Nepal buildings couldn't survive big quake

Experts long feared Nepal buildings couldn't survive big quake | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake the killed more than 1,100 people Saturday occurred in a seismically dangerous region with a history of catastrophic temblors made all the more destructive by weak building codes.

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FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Forensic hair matches were overstated in many cases heard before 2000, including those of 32 defendants sentenced to death, the FBI and the Justice Department acknowledged after a review.

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NASA's head scientists predict alien life will be found by 2025

NASA's head scientists predict alien life will be found by 2025 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, NASA's scientists say.

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A century after the Armenian genocide, these groups face being wiped out

A century after the Armenian genocide, these groups face being wiped out | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As the world commemorates the Armenian genocide today, campaigners are warning of continuing atrocities against ethnic and religious groups around the world.

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Germ-line gene therapy: to the crack of doom

Germ-line gene therapy: to the crack of doom | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A group of scientists in China has just crossed one of biotechnology's red lines.

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The beautiful animals facing climate change extinction

The beautiful animals facing climate change extinction | Gavagai | Scoop.it

WWF UK picks out some of the most endangered animals on Earth and explains how climate change is threatening their extinction – and why.

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How you and the world have changed since you were born

How you and the world have changed since you were born | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Our planet has been around for 4.5 billion years. But how has it changed in your lifetime?

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