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January 28, 2015

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4:05 PM | Another set of ideas for fixing the funding crisis for young researchers
We've been talking about the problem for a decade, but still no solutions.
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2:00 PM | Where did Earth’s nitrogen come from?
Could have been dragged along as Jupiter wandered the early Solar System.
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1:00 AM | Google Lunar XPRIZE gives out Milestone awards, but no Moon landing yet
In San Francisco, five teams were given a couple million for their advancements.

January 27, 2015

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10:35 PM | Kepler discovered a system of 11-billion-year-old planets
Five of them, all smaller than Earth, indicate planet formation started early.
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3:50 PM | SpaceX elbows into Air Force launch program after dropping lawsuit
Air Force will allow SpaceX to compete for some launches after certification.
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2:00 PM | Modern languages show no trace of our African origins
We can't assume that human migration affects language and genes the same way.
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12:40 AM | Latest round of science education bills hits the state legislatures
See if your state is partaking in the silliness.

January 26, 2015

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3:00 PM | People can be induced to remember crimes they never committed
Implanting a false memory of committing a crime is easier than you think.

January 25, 2015

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10:00 PM | Tool-making may have made language genes more useful
Stone tool techniques are transmitted better through teaching than imitation.
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8:30 PM | Updated ice sheet model matches wild swings in past sea levels
Changes make Antarctica lose more ice, faster.

January 24, 2015

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7:00 PM | The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized
Each autistics' brain is distinct; non-autistics' brains are remarkably uniform.
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3:00 PM | Collapse of Soviet health system may have aided spread of tuberculosis
How world events turned an obscure East Asian bacterium into a global killer.
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2:00 PM | Study: Complaining on Twitter correlates with heart disease risks
Tweets prove better regional heart disease predictor than many classic factors.

January 23, 2015

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3:00 PM | If dark matter is really axions, we could find out soon
An overview of the promising experiments searching for axions as dark matter.

January 22, 2015

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11:53 PM | Live chat tomorrow: Ars in China
Ask John Timmer about traveling, commercial research, or writing about any of it.
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10:40 PM | Making ultra-thin materials with holes the size of water molecules
Reverse osmosis membranes are very tough yet have fine features.
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4:00 PM | Genome engineering used to create a bacterial kill switch
Artificial amino acids ensure that, if they leave the lab, they're dead.
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2:30 PM | The first major geologic map turns 200
Looking back at William Smith’s ground-breaking map of England.

January 21, 2015

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9:45 PM | Making water a renewable resource
GE and the Gates Foundation take very different routes to reusing wastewater.
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3:14 PM | The Solar System may have two undiscovered planets
We haven't seen them, but may have detected their gravitational influence.

January 20, 2015

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6:30 PM | The future of control: Putting virtual wind turbines inside real ones
Physics-based models have lots of benefits. Can we make them run in real time?
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2:00 PM | From CPU modeling to clean water, GE’s China Technology Center tackles it all
Meet some of the people we talked to during our time in Shanghai.

January 19, 2015

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8:56 PM | Google might pour money into SpaceX, really wants satellite Internet
The Information suggests that Elon Musk may have a Google-sponsored card up his sleeve.
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7:40 PM | Fruitful fossil database targeted by US House Science Committee
Committee continues its demands to see peer reviews of certain NSF grants.
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5:36 PM | Your personality influences where you live—and how happy you’ll be there
Personality types combine with urban traits to influence life satisfaction.

January 18, 2015

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9:15 PM | Satellite Internet: meet the hip new investment for Richard Branson, Elon Musk
The two moguls are backing competing networks to bring Internet to the underserved.
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8:00 PM | Fish on ecstasy: Runoff from music festival contaminates rivers
Post-fest analysis also found caffeine, ketamine, other substances in river.
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6:00 PM | Inside New York City’s newest recycling center
Machines use science to separate a stream of waste into valuable raw materials.

January 17, 2015

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4:45 PM | In China, for China
GE Shanghai thinks locally.

January 16, 2015

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6:09 PM | 2014 was the hottest year on record globally
NASA, NOAA, and JMA numbers concur.
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