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Soot-covered, 100-year-old birds reveal black carbon level

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Horned larks are small songbirds with white bellies and yellow chins.  But one hundred years ago, at the peak of urban smoke pollution in the US, their pale feathers were stained dark gray by the soot in the atmosphere.  A new study has shown that the discolored feathers of these old bird specimens can be Read More

Amazon looking into ways to deliver packages to your car

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Amazon is looking into creative new ways to securely deliver packages to your home, in efforts to thwart ‘porch pirates,’ according to a new report. The firm is reportedly nearing a deal with smart license plate-maker Phrame, which could allow delivery personnel to load goods into the trunk of your car. Sources familiar with the Read More

Half of the universe’s ‘missing matter’ has been found

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The elusive ‘missing’ half of the universe’s observable matter has been found by two teams of astronomers in a world first.  Scientists think the universe is made up of regular matter, dark matter and dark energy – though experts are yet to detect the latter two. Models of space claim there should be twice as Read More

NASA astronauts go spacewalking to grease robotic arm

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NASA astronauts took another spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, this time to grease the robot arm’s new hand. Commander Randy Bresnik ventured out for the second time in less than a week, along with Mark Vande Hei. The pair replaced the latching mechanism on one end of the 58-foot robot arm last Read More

‘Smart drug’ keeps your brain sharp at high altitudes

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There is a new way to stay clear-headed at high altitudes when your body feels deprived of oxygen, a study has revealed. The report from Third Military Medical University in China found that a drug called oxiracetam improved people’s cognitive function when they were at about 13,000 feet. Altitude sickness causes a host of symptoms Read More

How the coffee industry will be affected by climate change

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Fall is always a good time to create new habits, and coffee chains know it. These days, they are desperately trying to find any excuse to get you to drink their java. Many chains used National or International Coffee Day, just passed, as a reason to offer their coffee at a discount, or even for Read More

Robotic police hit the streets of Beijing

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It may sound like the plot from the latest science fiction blockbuster, but police robots have taken to the streets of Beijing to control crowds. The robots are fitted with facial recognition software that can sense danger, as well as an extendable electroshock arm. The machines are being trialled this week during China’s national holiday, Read More

NVIDIA unveils platform for fully autonomous cars

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Silicon Valley graphics chipmaker NVIDIA unveiled on Tuesday the first computer chips for developing fully autonomous vehicles and said it had more than 25 customers working to build a new class of driverless cars, robotaxis and long-haul trucks. Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world´s largest mail and logistics company, and ZF, a top automotive parts Read More

Snapchat context cards let you access services like Uber

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Snapchat has teamed up with several online services to enrich its platform, introducing a new feature called ‘Context Cards’. Select Snaps now show a ‘more’ button that links users to information related to the locations pictured, including opening hours or contact details. The feature can also help you take simple actions such as booking a Read More

Clownfish population reducing due to climate change

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Finding Nemo is getting harder as climate change makes the fish infertile, according to new research. The homes of the clownfish that inspired the hit movie are being destroyed by warming seas in the South Pacific. It’s stressing the colourful creatures out and reducing their sex drive, decimating numbers of offspring by three quarters, warn Read More