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No, It's Not an Alien — Here's What That Tiny, Pointy-Headed Skeleton Really Is

No, It's Not an Alien — Here's What That Tiny, Pointy-Headed Skeleton Really Is | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Scientists have decoded a genetic explanation for an "alien" skeleton.
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The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
What does it take to succeed? What are the secrets of the most successful people? Judging by the popularity of magazines such as Success, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur, there is no shortage of interest in these questions. There is a deep underlying assumption, however, that we can learn from them because it's their personal characteristics--such as talent, skill, mental toughness, hard work, tenacity, optimism, growth mindset, and emotional intelligence-- that got them where they are today. This assumption doesn't only underlie success magazines, but also how we distribute resources in society, from work opportunities to fame to government grants to public policy decisions. We tend to give out resources to those who have a past history of success, and tend to ignore those who have been unsuccessful, assuming that the most successful are also the most competent.But is this assumption correct? I have spent my entire career studying the psychological characteristics that predict achievement and creativity. While I have found that a certain number of traits-- including passion, perseverance, imagination, intellectual curiosity, and openness to experience-- do significantly explain differences in success, I am often intrigued by just how much of the variance is often left unexplained.

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'Plastic, Plastic, So Much Plastic!': Diver Films Sea of Trash Off Bali

'Plastic, Plastic, So Much Plastic!': Diver Films Sea of Trash Off Bali | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
British diver Rich Horner posted footage of his plastic-infested swim off Bali's Manta Point on Saturday. Manta Point is a cleaning and feeding station for Manta rays just off the shores of Nusa Penida in Indonesia. It attracts the creatures all year round, but the video shows a single ray in the background.
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No end to crisis in sight as Lebanon's garbage mountains grow

No end to crisis in sight as Lebanon's garbage mountains grow | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Arpi Kruzian has lived on the coastline east of Beirut for three decades. But now her balcony has a different view: a massive mound of trash rising on the Mediterranean.
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Skeleton teeth and historical photography are retelling the story of the plague

Skeleton teeth and historical photography are retelling the story of the plague | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Results may help predict bacterial evolution.
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Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read

Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You'll Ever Have Time to Read | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
An overstuffed bookcase (or e-reader) says good things about your mind.
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Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Astronomers recently scrambled to observe an intriguing asteroid that zipped through the solar system on a steep trajectory from interstellar space—the first confirmed object from another star.
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A former Google design ethicist fights against what he sees as mass manipulation by social media

A former Google design ethicist fights against what he sees as mass manipulation by social media | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are designed to keep your attention as long as possible. You might not have the sense that they’re manipulating you one tap, swipe, or notification at a time.

But Tristan Harris thinks that’s just what’s happening to the billions of us who use social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, and he’s on a mission to steer us toward potential solutions—or at least to get us to acknowledge that this manipulation is, in fact, going on.

Harris, formerly a product manager turned design ethicist at Google, runs a nonprofit called Time Well Spent, which focuses on the addictive nature of technology and how apps could be better designed; it pursues public advocacy and supports design standards that take into account what’s good for people’s lives, rather than just seeking to maximize screen time. He says he’s moving away from Time Well Spent these days (his new effort is as yet unnamed), trying to hold the tech industry accountable for the way it persuades us to spend as much time as possible online, with tactics ranging from Snapchat’s snapstreaks to auto-playing videos on sites like YouTube and Facebook.
“It’s so invisible what we’re doing to ourselves,” he says. “It’s like a public health crisis. It’s like cigarettes, except because we’re given so many benefits, people can’t actually see and admit the erosion of human thought that’s occurring at the same time.”

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Andres Gomez's curator insight, October 20, 2017 7:31 AM
Nowadays the use of technology is one the principals factor of problems and accidents around the world because many people do not use it in a good way or just think about this type of instruments such as way to know new people no more
Félix Santamaria's curator insight, October 20, 2017 1:41 PM
Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation...
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The World University Rankings 2018 have been released - Best universities in the world

The World University Rankings 2018 have been released - Best universities in the world | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Find the world’s top universities using the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings data
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Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure

Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
The president said he was streamlining regulations in order to speed construction of infrastructure projects like roads and bridges.
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Tanzania's ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

Tanzania's ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations
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Internal EPA Documents Show Scramble for Data on Monsanto’s Roundup

Internal EPA Documents Show Scramble for Data on Monsanto’s Roundup | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
As agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. faces a growing wave of U.S. lawsuits over its top-selling Roundup herbicide line, among its key defense arguments is that
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States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide

States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt decided that his agency would not place an outright ban on chlorpyrifos manufactured by Dow Chemical. Eric Schneiderman
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Ocean Plastic Projected to Triple Within Seven Years

Ocean Plastic Projected to Triple Within Seven Years | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
If we don't act now, plastic pollution in the world's oceans is projected to increase three-fold within seven years, according to a startling new report. The Future of the Sea report, released for the UK government, found that human beings across the globe produce more than 300 million metric tons of plastic per year.
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Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption

Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
A big blast could hobble global trade, communications and financial systems.
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THE CULTURAL CONTEXT REQUIRED TO UNDERSTAND U.S. GUN CULTURE

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Sanchi Oil Spill Has Already Caused 'Serious Ecological Injury'

Sanchi Oil Spill Has Already Caused 'Serious Ecological Injury' | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
The Sanchi oil spill in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst tanker spills in decades, experts are warning, even though the spill has now largely disappeared from news reports.
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Expect exoplanet atmospheres, organs with new functions and fewer traffic jams in 2018

Expect exoplanet atmospheres, organs with new functions and fewer traffic jams in 2018 | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Scientists look to the year ahead.
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One Planet Summit: World Bank to Stop Financing Oil, Gas Projects

One Planet Summit: World Bank to Stop Financing Oil, Gas Projects | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
The World Bank—which provides financial, advisory and technical support to developing countries—said it will “no longer finance upstream oil and gas after 2019"
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Man who thinks pollution can make children healthier set to join Trump's environment team

Man who thinks pollution can make children healthier set to join Trump's environment team | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
An expected choice for science adviser of the US Environmental Protection Agency believes the air is too clean – another indication that Donald Trump’s head of the EPA appears to be stacking the group in charge of trying to protect the environment with climate sceptics.  Robert Phalen, who currently directs the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory at the University of California Irvine, has research that would support the deregulation of policies aimed at preventing air pollution. 
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A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming
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Scientists Discover 91 Volcanoes Hidden Under Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scientists Discover 91 Volcanoes Hidden Under Antarctic Ice Sheet | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Scientists discovered 91 volcanoes in the West Antarctic Rift System, a region that spans from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf to the Antarctic Peninsula.
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These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky

These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above.
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What’s It Like to See a Democracy Destroyed?

What’s It Like to See a Democracy Destroyed? | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
Hannah Dreier spent years covering the implosion of Venezuela. Her takeaway is a sobering one: There’s no rule that says that a miserable situation has to end, just because it’s too miserable.
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Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It | Miscellaneous news items | Scoop.it
A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."
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