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July 25, 2014

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8:15 PM | Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis
Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.
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8:15 PM | For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria
The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.
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8:15 PM | Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?
Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.
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8:15 PM | In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line
Both the government and the people of Israel have been determined to continue the country's ground invasion in Gaza, despite a growing wave of international criticism. Israelis have been shaken by claims that Hamas has a heavily fortified network of tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
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8:15 PM | Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself
Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, has begun to exhibit symptoms of the disease. For more details on the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Daniel G. Bausch, a colleague of Khan's and an associate professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
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8:15 PM | Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism
The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.
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8:15 PM | Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient
On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.
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8:12 PM | California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon
OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
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8:11 PM | Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats
This post first appeared at Discover‘s Citizen Science Salon. Cats are moody. In the blink of an eye, a cat can change from aloof to affectionate, playful to predatory, carefree to curious. The myth about nine lives is oddly …The post Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats appeared first on CitizenSci.
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8:10 PM | This New Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer Goes Seriously Dark
The Walking Dead just premiered the Season 5 trailer and it starts off with a bang — a "lining the whole cast up to die" kind of bang. Wow. But that's not all; looks this year will feature a lot of "on the road" traveling and a lot less staying in one place and dying from the flu.Read more...
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8:00 PM | Was Quarantine The Right Move?
Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the plague. NIAID/Flickr Yesterday, Chinese authorities finally lifted a nine-day quarantine of 151 individuals from the northwestern city of Yumen, instituted after a 38-year-old man died of a bubonic plague infection last week. Entry and exit points were also sealed off, trapping nearly 30,000 residents. In the end, no other cases of bubonic plague developed. During the same time frame, health officials quickly treated and released four […]
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7:51 PM | Batman Gets Weird When Artists Redesign His Cape and Cowl
The Cape/Cowl/Create art show at SDCC celebrated the 75th anniversary of Batman by giving him a makeover. A collection of artists were tasked with remaking the iconic cowl and cape, and we kind of love what came out. Read more...
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7:48 PM | Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus: Feathered Herbivorous Dinosaur Discovered
Dr Pascal Godefroit, a paleontologist with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, and his colleagues have discovered the fossilized remains of a feathered plant-eating dinosaur that lived in the lake-dotted lowlands of Jurassic Siberia, between 169 and 144 million years ago. Previously only carnivorous dinosaurs were known to have had feathers so [...]
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7:40 PM | Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015: Full Deck-Building, But At What Cost?
The latest installment of the video game version of Magic: the Gathering, Duels of the Planeswalkers, gives players the one thing we've always wanted – the ability to build our own decks from scratch. But the addition of "premium boosters" that cost extra money might completely outweigh it.Read more...
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7:38 PM | Science Blogging as… (fill in the blank)
In science writing, there’s always something new to learn, some new adventure to try. Keep a beginner’s mind, look for new adventures, and have fun. — Dan Ferber (danferber.com, @DanFerber) Today, I decided to collect science writers’ thoughts on blogging from Ed Yong’s 2010 round-up of stories on the Origins of Science Writers. I thought it would be interesting to see how the 100+ science writers who commented on Ed’s post – many now professional […]
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7:34 PM | A woman who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus has escaped quarantine and is wandering in Fr
A woman who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus has escaped quarantine and is wandering in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a city of 1 million people. Over the past several weeks, deadly outbreaks of Ebola have killed many people in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in western Africa.Read more...
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7:32 PM | A New Look at the Next Smash Bros Game
The House of Mario's showing off the next entry of its all-star brawler franchise at Comic-Con right now. And, can we just say, new addition Rosalina looks crazy.Read more...
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7:20 PM | Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams May Star In The Last Of Us Movie
Neil Druckmann, writer and director of the post-apocalyptic video game The Last of Us, and Sam Raimi, who is producing the film adaptation, came to Comic-Con to talk about the movie. And while it's not written in stone yet, they said Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams may be playing Ellie.Read more...
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7:18 PM | Bird Bill of Fare
by julia jacobs Have you ever tried to eat soup with a fork or salad with a spoon? People have learned to use the utensil that works best for different foods they are eating: soup—spoon, salad—fork, and even fries—fingers. Birds do the same thing; only instead of using utensils they use their beaks.  Birds have […]
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7:15 PM | Korean Baseball Team To Fill Seats With Robot Fans
Telepresence Robots Do the 'Wave' by Holding Up LED Signs Hanwha Eagles The Hanwha Eagles of Daejeon, Korea, have been on a long losing streak, the BBC reports… but they are winners in our hearts here at Popular Science. That's because they have decided to amp up their fans by giving them access to three rows of telepresence robots. Not able to score a ticket to an Eagles game? No problem. These robots will be able to cheer, chant, show the faces of remote fans on their own […]
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7:10 PM | Watch What Could Be This Summer’s Best Meteor Shower
A July meteor shower promises a chance to catch a shooting star.
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7:10 PM | Lucy Tells the Greatest Superhero Origin Story Ever
Set five minutes into the future, Lucy is about the birth of a new kind of superhero. With Scarlett Johansson playing our eponymous ninja with mental superpowers, there's a lot of fantastic action here. But sadly, the movie makes some major mistakes, too. Read more...
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6:55 PM | Tracking and combatting our current mass extinction
We're trying to save bird and mammal species, but we may need to replace them.
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6:45 PM | The Webb Telescope's New Sunshield Is SPF 1,000,000
When the Webb telescope flies into space, it's going to need to pack some serious sun protection. Just how strong will it be? To keep the telescope cool on its trip, scientists have constructed this sunshield, which they say has an effective SPF of 1,000,000.Read more...
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6:40 PM | Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs
Holy long-awaited cult-favorite show that until recently was stuck in a legal nightmare! The campy, outstanding 1966 Batman TV series will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th, and we've got the details on all the extra features and the goodies included in the complete series set.Read more...
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6:40 PM | Solar Sponge Efficiently Makes Steam
A schematic of the structure, on the left; the sponge making steam, on the right. MIT Generating steam is enormously useful. Much of the world's energy actually comes from steam--coal power plants heat up water to produce water vapor, which turns turbines to generate electricity. A new technology creates steam by harnessing solar energy, using a relatively cheap sponge-like material, and it does it with greater efficiency that ever previously achieved, according to a study published in the […]
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6:40 PM | It's going to be harder to find habitable Earth-like worlds than we thought.
It's going to be harder to find habitable Earth-like worlds than we thought. An analysis of three hot Jupiters yielded only 1/10 to 1/1000 the amount of water predicted by models. This means our planetary formation theories are incomplete — and that we should expect to see lower water abundances on potentially habitable terrestrial exoplanets. Read more...
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6:32 PM | The WarGames Remake Will Feature New Adversaries
Not only were we lucky enough to catch Project Almanac last night at Comic-Con, but we also got a few minutes with director Dean Israelite, too. Almanac's a solid first feature so it should come as no surprise that the guy's got a pretty cool project lined up next: a new version of the 1983 release, WarGames.Read more...
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6:30 PM | Festival shows the promises and perils of open data
Governments and big businesses want information to be free, but how will it work? A Berlin festival last week cast a friendly but critical eye over the idea
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6:19 PM | Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic
Quantum mechanics is a beautiful and still-controversial idea. It is rightly popular. What's not right is the way people use it to justify any reality-bending idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. "Quantum" does not mean anything you want.Read more...
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