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Wind Power Sets Records As Countries Seek Climate Fixes

Wind Power Sets Records As Countries Seek Climate Fixes

As global climate efforts intensify this year, a renewable power source is setting new records. Wind's costs are plummeting in the United States, and offshore farms are soaring in Europe—at least for now. Worldwide, wind power expanded more last year than ever before, and new reports sho

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Smart People Live Longer — Here's Why

Smart People Live Longer — Here’s Why

Smarter people tend to live longer than those with less luck in the intelligence department. Now, a new study hints at why: It's (almost) all about good genes. About 95 percent of the relationship between intelligence and longevity is explained by genetic influences on both traits, researchers r

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Music 'reduces pain and anxiety' for surgery patients

Music ‘reduces pain and anxiety’ for surgery patients

Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain, according to a review. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London said the patients who had listened to music had been less anxious after their surgery and had needed less pain relief. Writing in the Lancet, they

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See the world through an animal's eyes

See the world through an animal’s eyes

From pink dandelions and yellow snowdrops to bright orange leaves, new technology has revealed what the world looks like though different animals’ eyes. Researchers have come up with new software that converts digital photos to animal vision. It can be used to analyse colours and patterns and co

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Elephant-Size Underwater Blob Mystifies Divers

Elephant-Size Underwater Blob Mystifies Divers

Divers often swim past bizarre creatures of the deep, but an elephant-size, jellylike blob left a group of them mystified. The transparent sphere floated about 72 feet (22 meters) below sea level off the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It sparkled like a ball of glitter when the divers shone their

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What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

What a ‘Tree of 40 Fruit’ Tells Us About Agricultural Evolution

Compass, Mirabelle, Long John, and Early Golden—they’re not a fleet of ships headed for the high seas. These are actually a few of the plum varieties artist Sam Van Aken worked with while creating his “Tree of 40 Fruit,” which as its name suggests, bears 40 varieties of stone fruit, includ

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New GIF Shows dark Side of the Moon Passing by Earth

New GIF Shows dark Side of the Moon Passing by Earth

While the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft was keeping an eye out for solar storms, it caught a glimpse of the mysterious far side of the moon passing over the Earth’s sunlit face. So, of course, NASA made a GIF of it.Views of this side of the moon are

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First Snake Crawled on Four Feet

First Snake Crawled on Four Feet

The world's first known snake has just been discovered in Brazil, according to new research that solves many mysteries about the slithering reptiles. The snake (Tetrapodophis amplectus), described in the latest issue of the journal Science, is also the first known snake to have four limbs. This s

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Rare Harpy Eagle Chick Captured

Rare Harpy Eagle Chick Captured

Harpy eagles nesting high above the understory of the Peruvian rainforest have been captured in a series of stunning new photos. One of the eagles is a mama bird, while the other is an adorable eagle chick. Because the giant bird of prey lives in the darkest portions of the rainforest and hunt

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First Pluto Flyby Pictures Are 'Complicated and Fascinating'

First Pluto Flyby Pictures Are ‘Complicated and Fascinating’

NASA has released the first of many images taken during New Horizons' close encounter with dwarf planet Pluto.  And they are, in a word, astounding. The images include a high-res view of a small patch near Pluto’s equator, in which mountains made of water ice rise 11,00

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