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October 31, 2014

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6:30 PM | One confirmed dead as Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo destroyed in test flight [Updated]
First powered flight in nine months ends with fatal "anomaly," cause unknown.

October 30, 2014

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9:15 PM | In mice, genetics dictates Ebola infection outcomes
Everything from survival to full blown hemorrhagic fever are possible.
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6:07 PM | Learn inflationary cosmology from the guy who invented it
Alan Guth is teaching a live master class via the World Science U.
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5:30 PM | Researchers evolve a molecule that flips the orientation of life
A right-handed molecule can only copy left-handed ones.
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12:00 AM | Worsen a laser to improve it
Researchers show that lasers run better when they shouldn't run at all.

October 29, 2014

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6:15 PM | Earth’s nitrogen-rich atmosphere linked to plate tectonics
Reactions deep in the crust liberate nitrogen, which volcanoes can then release.

October 28, 2014

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10:35 PM | Pope reminds Catholics: evolution, Big Bang are true
God is not a "magician."
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8:26 PM | Cold winters tied to drop in Arctic sea ice
But only in Asia. And by the end of the century, warming will dominate.
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2:42 PM | Orbital Sciences to try supply mission launch again this evening
After yesterday's scratch, a 6:22pm Eastern launch window for the ISS.

October 27, 2014

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9:00 PM | Creating “Hawking radiation” in a tabletop black hole
A sonic "black hole" in a superfluid yields clues about black hole interiors.

October 25, 2014

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9:00 PM | Get ordered to eat a brownie, and you’ll feel good about it
Two wrongs make a right, as vices and lack of control go well together.
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2:45 PM | WHO: global Ebola cases now exceed 10,000
Young girl in Mali becomes the latest of nearly 5,000 deaths since outbreak.

October 24, 2014

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6:15 PM | US carbon emissions rose slightly due to cold winter
More coal in the electricity generating mix didn't help, either.
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2:00 PM | Are mornings for morality? Night owls might disagree
A new study suggests that ethical behavior dances to a circadian rhythm.
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1:32 AM | New York City doctor has tested positive for Ebola
He recently returned from treating patients in West Africa.

October 23, 2014

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8:10 PM | Ferns send signals to decide what sex to be
An inactive hormone, made by females, makes males when activated.
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6:05 PM | A huge tsunami in Hawaii’s past warns of future risk
Aleutian earthquake also put debris 18 meters above sea level near epicenter.
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3:30 PM | Bizarre dinosaur matched to an enormous set of arm bones
50 years after arms were found, we have a very odd looking body to go with them.

October 22, 2014

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11:10 PM | 45,000-year-old modern human bone yields a genome
Places Neanderthal interbreeding at 60,000 years.
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2:30 PM | Strange X-ray source is the brightest pulsar ever observed
Two ultraluminous X-ray sources, two very different objects.

October 21, 2014

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5:57 PM | Paralyzed patient regains partial movement due to olfactory nerve cells
Polish team has stabbing victim upright with walker and braces.
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4:30 PM | Man who stole 190-million-year-old dinosaur footprint gets house arrest
"I'm just extremely sorry for a horrible decision that I made."
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3:08 PM | The north pole moved to the North Pole in a single human lifetime
New record shows last flip of Earth’s magnetic poles happened quickly.

October 20, 2014

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9:20 PM | People think their opponents are hate-filled—unless you pay them money
Cash for accurate judgments keeps people from thinking the opposition hates them.
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2:00 PM | Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage
CO2 has stayed down there for over a million years, but it dissolves slowly.

October 19, 2014

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6:00 PM | The real space oddity, Chris Hadfield, is down-to-Earth
Ex-NASA man wants to give everyone the chance to know what it’s like in space.

October 18, 2014

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7:00 PM | Why China’s economic growth hasn’t been getting cleaner
China wants growth less tied to fossil fuels, but economic goals get in the way.
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3:00 PM | Graphene-like substance generates electricity when stretched
Researchers find this sheet—a single molecule thick—produces electricity when flexed.
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2:00 PM | New destinations past Pluto for New Horizons
A scan with the Hubble locates some Kuiper Belt Objects for it to visit.

October 17, 2014

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8:34 PM | After biosafety lapses, US halts funding for work modifying virus targets
Helping a bird flu virus infect mammals is off the table pending review.
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