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Earth's giant ear marks 50 years of listening for signals from the cosmos

Earth's giant ear marks 50 years of listening for signals from the cosmos | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Arecibo Observatory, home of the world’s largest single radio telescope, celebrated its 50th birthday. In that half-century, the giant, iconic dish and its three towers have become a symbol of the quest to understand the cosmos and whether we are alone in the universe.

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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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A global capitalist conspiracy?

A global capitalist conspiracy? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Steven Poole: Is our entire world at the mercy of an elite business community who run it in secret? This is a crusading book, but an oversimple one.

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Vietnam: the real war – in pictures

Vietnam: the real war – in pictures | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From Malcolm Browne’s photograph of the burning monk to Nick Ut’s picture of a nine-year-old girl running from a napalm attack, the Associated Press’s Saigon bureau captured the realities and tragedies of the Vietnam war.

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Why don't our brains explode at movie cuts?

Why don't our brains explode at movie cuts? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies?

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I was an animal experimenter

I was an animal experimenter | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Paul Gazda: How did it happen? How did I go from being a high school student who played in a rock band to a mad scientist conducting cruel animal experiments?

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The commemoration of the US Civil War's end celebrates a myth

The commemoration of the US Civil War's end celebrates a myth | Gavagai | Scoop.it
The emancipation of black Americans has been written out of the celebration of the Civil War’s end.
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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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Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Kolbert on mass extinctions — and our own eventual one

Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Kolbert on mass extinctions — and our own eventual one | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'We are seeing changes that should take thousands of years'.

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Hubble space telescope's chief scientist on what it took to get the project off the ground

Hubble space telescope's chief scientist on what it took to get the project off the ground | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Hubble Space Telescope launched 25 years ago in 1990. But C. Robert O'Dell started on the project in 1972, garnering support for the world's first telescope free of Earth's atmosphere's blurring effects.

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In memory of José Mariano Gago

In memory of José Mariano Gago | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Mariano was a particle physicist with a career in Portugal and at CERN. He became known all over Europe as minister for Science and Technology in Portugal from 1995 till 2002 and then again as minister for Higher Education and Science and Technology from 2005 till 2011. He was one of the most experienced and influential ministers in Europe. He was a key driver of transforming and internationalizing the Portuguese higher education and science system.

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A gruesome legal case turned Voltaire into a crusader for the innocent

A gruesome legal case turned Voltaire into a crusader for the innocent | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In eighteenth-century France, the wrongful execution of Jean Calas sparked the interest of Voltaire, an unlikely advocate who fought to set the record straight.

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How an earthquake, tsunami, and firestorm all hit Lisbon at once

On November 1, 1755, tectonic plates shift suddenly, causing an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, the epicenter of which is only 150 miles from Portugal's capital. It sets off a tragic chain of events.

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