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Evolution May Make it Harder for Humans to Hold Their Liquor

By Laura Geggel Humans are still evolving… but before toasting to that, know this: Some of the genetic changes may make hangovers worse, a new study finds. So far, only certain populations have genetic adaptations that make it hard for them to process alcohol, but there’s no telling how fast it will spread to other […]

Neanderthal artists made oldest-known cave paintings

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By Emma Marris Neanderthals painted caves in what is now Spain before their cousins, Homo sapiens, even arrived in Europe, according to research published today in Science1. The finding suggests that the extinct hominids, once assumed to be intellectually inferior to humans, may have been artists with complex beliefs. Ladder-like shapes, dots and handprints were painted and stenciled […]

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Pruitt: Bible says ‘harvest the natural resources’

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By Timothy Cama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt said his desire to use the Earth’s resources like oil and coal is grounded in the Bible. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network published Thursday, Pruitt spoke about how his Christian views inform his views on the environment and environmental policy. “The biblical world view with respect to […]

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AZ Senate Passes Bill Letting Teachers Put “God Enriches” Signs in Classrooms

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By Hemant Mehta In Arizona, the law already allows public school teachers and administrators to post any of the following in their classrooms: The national motto (“In God We Trust”), the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Constitution’s preamble, the Declaration of Independence, the Mayflower Compact, any speeches or proclamations by the Founding Fathers or our […]

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Why Elon Musk Is Stepping Down from AI Safety Group He Co-Founded

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By Jeanna Bryner Entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk may have a little more time on his hands (maybe), as he’s departing his spot on the board of the artificial-intelligence safety group OpenAI, according to a blog post. The departure is likely the result of Tesla’s move into the realm of A.I., which […]

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Amateur astronomer catches first glimpses of birth of a supernova

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By Davide Castelvecchi Victor Buso was eager to use the new camera on his telescope. But the amateur astronomer didn’t want to disturb his neighbours with the loud noise of opening his rooftop observatory, so he pointed his telescope through a gap in the enclosure on the night of 20 September 2016. He trained it on […]

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Why Are These Christian Non-Profits Telling the IRS They’re Churches?

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By Hemant Mehta Every non-profit organization in the country has to file a 990 report with the IRS explaining (among other things) how much money they took in, how it was spent, and how much their top staffers made in salaries. It’s a public document, too, a way to keep tabs on whether a non-profit […]

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Florida Responds To Shooting By Forcing Schools To Post ‘In God We Trust’ Signs

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By Michael Stone In response to the recent school shooting every Florida school will now be forced to post “In God We Trust” signs. The Associated Press reports: Every Florida school and school administrative building will have to prominently display “In God we trust” under a bill passed by the Florida House. The House on Wednesday […]

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That Teeny-Tiny Speck in This Image Is the Tesla Roadster

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By Laura Geggel See that unbelievably tiny speck of light? That’s the Tesla Roadster and Starman, its steadfast mannequin driver, that SpaceX launched into our solar system about two weeks ago on Feb. 6. Starman and the Roadster were so remote — about 2.1 million miles (3.5 million kilometers) away from Earth — that it was […]

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Deep learning for biology

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By Sarah Webb Four years ago, scientists from Google showed up on neuroscientist Steve Finkbeiner’s doorstep. The researchers were based at Google Accelerated Science, a research division in Mountain View, California, that aims to use Google technologies to speed scientific discovery. They were interested in applying ‘deep-learning’ approaches to the mountains of imaging data generated by […]

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