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How virtual reality is opening up some of the world
How virtual reality is opening up some of the world's most inaccessible archaeological sites

An archaeological site can be inaccessible for a range of reasons. It might be in a remote location or on private property, the archaeological remains may be fragile, or it might just be difficult or dangerous to get there. It also hosts two remote archaeological sites situated in the San Emigdio Hills.

Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend? | Peter Kalmus
Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend? | Peter Kalmus

Around 25,000 of my colleagues flew to a conference, leaving a colossal carbon footprint in their wake. This weekend, 25,000 Earth, Sun, and planetary scientists from across the US and abroad flew to New Orleans for the annual American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting. As an Earth scientist and AGU member myself, I know the importance of their work.

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The World's Largest Muslim Country Is Protesting President Trump's Recognition of Jerusalem

Protests have spread across Muslim-majority countries in solidarity with Palestine

This Nobel Laureate Is Worried U.S. Politics Could Endanger Scientific Research
This Nobel Laureate Is Worried U.S. Politics Could Endanger Scientific Research

A budget proposed by President Trump calls for major cuts to science funding

Forget Mark Zuckerberg's charity - we need corporate tax reform
Forget Mark Zuckerberg's charity - we need corporate tax reform

Can philanthropy of the super-rich ever be better than taxation?

Venezuela's Maduro Has Disqualified His Opposition From the Next Presidential Election
Venezuela's Maduro Has Disqualified His Opposition From the Next Presidential Election

Washington has said President Maduro is behaving like a dictator

Germany's Intelligence Agency Says China Used Fake LinkedIn Profiles to Spy on Officials
Germany's Intelligence Agency Says China Used Fake LinkedIn Profiles to Spy on Officials

More than 10,000 German citizens may have been targeted

Mantis shrimp are the inspiration for this new polarized light camera

Thanks to Mother Nature's inspiration by way of the mantis shrimp, we may now have a camera that can improve early cancer detection, and potentially help us better understand underwater phenomena.

The Christmas Island annual crab migration is coming to Google Street View
The Christmas Island annual crab migration is coming to Google Street View

The migration of tens of millions of red crabs across Australia's Christmas Island is a spectacular natural phenomenon, and Google Street View plans to capture it this year as part of their amazing Google Trekker gallery.

Nikki Haley: President Trump's Sexual Misconduct Accusers Should be Heard
Nikki Haley: President Trump's Sexual Misconduct Accusers Should be Heard

"Women should always feel comfortable coming forward," Haley said

Coco Tops Box Office Again Before Star Wars Hits
Coco Tops Box Office Again Before Star Wars Hits

The Disney-Pixar animated film led the box office for a third weekend

'We Can Take Them Apart.' ICAN Chief Beatrice Fihn Accepts Nobel Peace Prize for Group's Work to Ban Nuclear Weapons

"They don't have to be that special"

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby Says He Couldn
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby Says He Couldn't Bring Himself to Vote for Roy Moore

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said on Sunday that he could not bring himself to vote for Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama's upcoming Senate election. Shelby, a Republican, said he did not vote for the Democratic candidate Doug Jones, but had written in a "distinguished Republican candidate" who he did not name. "I'd rather see a Republican win, but I hope that Republican will be a write in," Shelby told CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Union.

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct
Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.

Learn to Say Astronomy, Constellation, Solar Eclipse, and More in Sign Languages
Learn to Say Astronomy, Constellation, Solar Eclipse, and More in Sign Languages

The result is a priority list of 47 key astronomical terms they are gathering sign language translations for from 31 languages. "Imagine fingerspelling out 'electromagnetic spectrum,'" Kate Meredith, Director of Education Outreach at Yerkes Observatory in Chicago who works on projects making astronomy more accessible to underserved communities but isn't directly involved in the IAU project, told Newsweek.

Learn to Say Astronomy, Constellation, Solar Eclipse, and More in Sign Languages
Learn to Say Astronomy, Constellation, Solar Eclipse, and More in Sign Languages

The result is a priority list of 47 key astronomical terms they are gathering sign language translations for from 31 languages. "Imagine fingerspelling out 'electromagnetic spectrum,'" Kate Meredith, Director of Education Outreach at Yerkes Observatory in Chicago who works on projects making astronomy more accessible to underserved communities but isn't directly involved in the IAU project, told Newsweek.

Ancient Egypt: Two Mysterious 3,500-Year-Old Tombs Reveal Mummy and Vast Treasures in New Excavation
Ancient Egypt: Two Mysterious 3,500-Year-Old Tombs Reveal Mummy and Vast Treasures in New Excavation

In the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, site of the ancient metropolis of Thebes, two new artifacts have been added to a place that is already crowded with mysteries of Egypt's distant past. The burial sites are located on the western bank of the Nile river, the water source that played such a central role in ancient Egyptian life and culture. The cemetery, or necropolis, in which the tombs are located is a known burial place of top officials from the 18th dynasty, according to the Associated Press.

Trump Recorded Campaign Robocall For Roy Moore
Trump Recorded Campaign Robocall For Roy Moore

Donald Trump agreed to record a campaign robocall supporting GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore that will be dialed into homes the day before the special election, Politico reported.

Potatoes for peace: how the humble tuber stopped conflict in Europe
Potatoes for peace: how the humble tuber stopped conflict in Europe

The humble potato -- drought-resistant, able to thrive in diverse soils, and enjoyed fried, steamed or baked -- brought centuries of relative calm and prosperity to Europe after its introduction in the 16th century, a new study says. The blessings that flowed from this agricultural revolution helped ease the economic and societal pressures that can lead to costly and disastrous conflicts, says the report. The introduction of potatoes and the resultant increase in productivity "dramatically reduced conflict" both within and between states for some two centuries, it says.

'You Don't Need to Feel Alone.' Actress Jana Kramer Opens Up About Her Miscarriage
'You Don't Need to Feel Alone.' Actress Jana Kramer Opens Up About Her Miscarriage

She was expecting a baby with husband Mike Caussin

'She Chose to Treat Them Like Trash.' Woman Pleads Guilty to Hiding Her Dead Babies Under a House
'She Chose to Treat Them Like Trash.' Woman Pleads Guilty to Hiding Her Dead Babies Under a House

The infants were stuffed in trash bags

Tremors Detected Near North Korean Nuclear Test Site Likely Aftershocks
Tremors Detected Near North Korean Nuclear Test Site Likely Aftershocks

The aftershocks could signal damage in the nearby mountainous area

Al Franken Is Not Sorry
Al Franken Is Not Sorry

Even as he resigned from the Senate in disgrace this week, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken couldn't resist a parting shot.

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Students at North Carolina State University
Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Students at North Carolina State University

About 60 students have come down with the illness

Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years
Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years

The fearsome roar of Tyrannosaurus Rex as portrayed in film has left many a cinema-goer quaking in their seat. But new research suggests the king of the dinosaurs made a far more sinister sound. For a new BBC documentary, naturalist Chris Packham visited Julia Clarke, professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Texas, to test out a the theory that dinosaurs actually sounded more like birds and reptiles, than today's predatory mammals. "The most chilling noises in the natural world today come from predators, the howl of the wolf, the roar of the tiger, but experts now doubt that T-Rex sounded anything like them," said Packham. Dinosaurs are the ancestors of birds and are...

Astronomers have observed the most-distant supermassive black hole
Astronomers have observed the most-distant supermassive black hole

First observed by Carnegie Observatories researchers, the supermassive black hole was found to exist in a quasar dating to some 690 million after the Big Bang, and aeon to us but just a blip in the timescale of the universe.

Physics Breakthrough: New Form of Matter, Excitonium, Finally Proved to Exist After 50-Year Search
Physics Breakthrough: New Form of Matter, Excitonium, Finally Proved to Exist After 50-Year Search

After 50 years of theories and thwarted attempts, scientists have finally proved the existence of a new form of matter. The never-before-detected condensate is called excitonium, a name first coined in the 1960s by Harvard theoretical physicist Bert Halperin. Halperin is now 76. Peter Abbamonte, the physicist responsible for the discovery, recently saw him at a party; Halperin was, apparently, excited.

The ages people are happiest with their money, their looks, and their life, in one chart
The ages people are happiest with their money, their looks, and their life, in one chart

Researchers have measured when people are the happiest with their money, their looks, and their lives. Research has shown that people report the highest levels of happiness after the age of 55 in three key areas: their financial situation, their physical appearance, and their overall well-being. Meanwhile, in all three areas, people reported the lowest levels of happiness between the ages of 45 and 59, according to data from the Centre for Economic Performance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the General Social Survey.

Assistive tech is progressing faster than ever, and these 7 devices prove it
Assistive tech is progressing faster than ever, and these 7 devices prove it

From robotic prosthetics to brainwave-reading hearing aids, assistive technology has progressed in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Here's 7 amazing examples of that trend

'Firefighting at Christmas' May Be 'New Normal' in California, Governor Says
'Firefighting at Christmas' May Be 'New Normal' in California, Governor Says

Firefighters were on high alert even before the first blazes

Research Unveils New Promising Biofuel
Research Unveils New Promising Biofuel

New research indicates that poplar trees could be an economically viable biofuel material. Now, a team of researchers is trying to make poplar a viable competitor by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently-after only two or three years-instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. The team is the first to try converting the entire young tree-including leaves, bark, and stems-into bio oil, a biologically derived oil product, and ethanol using two separate processes.

Israeli Strikes Kill 2 Hamas Men After Gaza Rocket Attack
Israeli Strikes Kill 2 Hamas Men After Gaza Rocket Attack

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has roiled the region

President Trump Greeted by Protests and Boycotts in Mississippi
President Trump Greeted by Protests and Boycotts in Mississippi

Trump spent about 30 minutes at the museums, gave a 10-minute speech to select guests inside and then flew back to his Florida estate, skipping the public schedule of the dedication ceremony held outside on a chilly day. "The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality.

New planetarium seeks to put NJ science center on travel map
New planetarium seeks to put NJ science center on travel map

New Jersey's Liberty Science Center in Jersey City is aiming to take visitors into space in what they are billing as the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.

Bizarre Antarctic Bacteria That Live on Air Alone Could Show Exactly How Alien Life Works
Bizarre Antarctic Bacteria That Live on Air Alone Could Show Exactly How Alien Life Works

Certain microbes in Antarctica have been surviving on nothing but atmospheric energy. In 2014, a team of researchers from institutions across Australia and New Zealand collected soil samples from two ice-free sites along the eastern Antarctic coast.

A Former State Senator Allegedly Took 700 Pounds of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee as a Bribe
A Former State Senator Allegedly Took 700 Pounds of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee as a Bribe

He was charged with taking $1 million in bribes

'Vicious and Purposeful Mistake.' Trump Rails Against CNN Over Error
'Vicious and Purposeful Mistake.' Trump Rails Against CNN Over Error

The report suggested Trump was tipped off about documents damaging to Clinton

Iraq: War Against Islamic State Group is Over
Iraq: War Against Islamic State Group is Over

Iraq said its war on the IS group is over after over three years of combat

Woman Fleeing in Car Is First Death Linked to Raging California Wildfires
Woman Fleeing in Car Is First Death Linked to Raging California Wildfires

It's the first death connected to the fires

Ancient and Enormous South American Rock Art Mapped for First Time Reveals Mysterious 100-Foot-Long Snake
Ancient and Enormous South American Rock Art Mapped for First Time Reveals Mysterious 100-Foot-Long Snake

Panels of rock art in Venezuela-including some of the largest known examples in the world, and some never seen before-have been mapped for the first time. The 2,000-year-old engravings, called petroglyphs, are located on a group of islands within the Atures Rapids, in the Amazonas State of Venezuela. The purpose of the project is to examine the "cultural mosaic" around the Atures Rapids, according to Philip Riris, a member of the project and post-doctoral researcher at University College London Institute of Archaeology.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: 'A Life Spent'
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: 'A Life Spent'

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' recap: 'A Life Spent'

President Trump: America 'Cannot Afford' for Roy Moore to Lose Alabama Senate Election
President Trump: America 'Cannot Afford' for Roy Moore to Lose Alabama Senate Election

Trump cast doubt on the women who accused Moore of misconduct

The Earth is making a weird noise, and researchers have no idea why
The Earth is making a weird noise, and researchers have no idea why

Thanks to humans, the Earth is a pretty noisy place. We're loud creatures - certainly more so than any other animal ever to walk the planet - and we're even louder when we get together with other humans. But the Earth isn't totally silent, even without noisy animals all over its surface, and scientists are trying to figure out why that is. For the very first time, researchers have captured an underwater recording of a mysterious noise that Earth has apparently be producing for eons, and they still aren't sure why. The sound which the planet produces is a low, steady, unceasing hum. Scientists have been attempting to record and explain the odd noise as far back as the late 1950s, with...

Special Report: How Monsanto
Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

By Joe Bavier BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. U.S. seeds and pesticide company Monsanto proposed an answer: a genetically modified strain of cotton called Bollgard II, which it had already introduced in America and was marketing worldwide. GM was established in large-scale farming in South Africa, but not among the smallholders who produce most African cotton.

Scientists claim humans have peaked, and will never be taller, stronger, or live longer than we do today
Scientists claim humans have peaked, and will never be taller, stronger, or live longer than we do today

If you look at the entire timeline of human existence, we live longer in modern times than we ever have, and we're continually beating world records with physical achievements that set new high bars for human capability. With that in mind, it might be tempting to imagine that humans will just keep getting better and living longer for the foreseeable future, but new research suggests that's simply not the case. Researchers now believe that humans have peaked. According to the new study, which was published in Frontiers in Physiology, the human body is either at or rapidly nearing the absolute limits for its capabilities. Citing what they believe is evidence of a plateau in lifespan,...

Roy Moore Accuser Says She Wrote Part of Yearbook Inscription
Roy Moore Accuser Says She Wrote Part of Yearbook Inscription

Beverly Young Nelson admitted to adding notes but stood by her allegation that Moore sexually assaulted her

Bill Nye Just Settled the "Best Planet" Debate Once and For All
Bill Nye Just Settled the "Best Planet" Debate Once and For All

Can't argue with the Science Guy.

Men Are Losing Their Jobs Over Sexual Harassment. These Women Are Replacing Them
Men Are Losing Their Jobs Over Sexual Harassment. These Women Are Replacing Them

From Christiane Amanpour to Robin Wright

Oklahoma Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Deaf Man Will Not Face Criminal Charges
Oklahoma Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Deaf Man Will Not Face Criminal Charges

The Oklahoma City District Attorney said the shooting was "lawful"

Elderly man fights off intruders, fatally shoots one of them
Elderly man fights off intruders, fatally shoots one of them

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - An 84-year-old Pennsylvania man fatally shot a home intruder and successfully fought off another early Friday, police said.

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