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China’s Heat Waves Are Taking a Toll on Pets

The record-breaking summer temperatures in China are not just affecting people — it’s also tormenting their pets. As the mercury rises for a prolonged period in many parts of China, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are becoming increasingly irritable and aggressive, according to experts and pet owners. Extreme heat, experts said, could harm […]

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Health

Lake Mead’s bodies may be identified using genetic genealogy, a science redefining ‘unsolvable’

“Lake Stickney John Doe” spent almost a decade underwater before surfacing in June 1994 — a pair of fishermen found him among a patch of lily pads in Snohomish County, Washington. The body was decomposed to the point of corpse wax — a blue-gray clay-like coating on the skin, the body waterlogged and bloated with […]

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Gaming

President Biden Signs CHIPS And Science Act In Effort To End Semiconductor Shortage

President Joe Biden is signing the CHIPS and Science Act today. This piece of legislation is meant to invest in the manufacturing of semiconductors in the United States, which in turn could alleviate the supply issues with video game consoles. According to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s website, the CHIPS and Science Act […]

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Science

‘The Sacrifice Zone’: Myanmar bears cost of green energy

The birds no longer sing, and the herbs no longer grow. The fish no longer swim in rivers that have turned a murky brown. The animals do not roam, and the cows are sometimes found dead. The people in this northern Myanmar forest have lost a way of life that goes back generations. But if […]

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Showbiz

GP wades into ‘difficult’ Archie Battersbee case ‘Science can’t tell us what’s right’

The 12-year-old’s family confirmed on Saturday afternoon Archie had died following his life support and treatment ceasing at 10am. Hollie Dance and Paul Battersbee were told on Friday treatment for Archie will be withdrawn after they made a last-ditch appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on Friday night to intervene. The case has […]

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Business

Space factory startup Varda secures NASA partnerships ahead of demo flight next year

Varda co-founders Varda Space Industries Early stage Varda Space Industries has signed a pair of agreements with NASA, the company announced Friday, securing access to key technologies the company will need for the first demonstration of its space factory system. Varda’s goal is to develop a new method for manufacturing materials in space, an opportunity […]

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Business

SpaceX raises another $250 million in equity, lifts total to $2 billion in 2022

A Starship prototype stands on the company’s launchpad in Boca Chica, Texas on March 16, 2022. SpaceX Elon Musk’s SpaceX raised $250 million in an equity round last month, the company disclosed in a securities filing on Friday. It has now raised $2 billion in 2022. The filing doesn’t specify the sources of the funds, […]

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Business

Getting back to where we once belonged An argument for restoring creative spirit in science – The Cancer Letter

The scene opens with a group of four musicians sitting on couches around a table in a studio. One of them is strumming aimlessly on his guitar, trying out various chords in sequences. Some of it sounds okay, even pleasant; other parts don’t work and are discarded.  Gradually, fragments of a vaguely familiar tune begin […]

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Science

James Lovelock and the legacy of his Gaia hypothesis – podcast

James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia hypothesis, died last Tuesday on his 103rd birthday. Known as something of a maverick, the scientist and inventor was one of the most influential thinkers of the past century. Our global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, tells Madeleine Finlay about spending time with Lovelock for his forthcoming biography, the […]

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US

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to launch metaverse campuses

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has announced plans to launch digital replicas of the institution’s two campuses via a metaverse platform. The platform named MetaHKUST is set to open in September, according to a press release. It will be the first of its kind in the world and will use extended reality […]