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Small Volcanic Eruptions Slow Global Warming

Small volcanic eruptions account for part of the global warming slowdown since 2000, a new study suggests. Until now, the climate impacts of small volcanic blasts were overlooked because their planet-cooling particles cluster below the reach of satellites, scientists reported … Continue reading

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Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain

Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research. In the study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the brains of 48 adults who were chronic … Continue reading

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Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans’ Detriment

The demand for global trade is driving huge growth in ship traffic in the world’s oceans, with four times as many ships at sea now than in 1992, a new study reports. The study also found evidence of illegal fishing … Continue reading

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Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells. Among other things, the “Handbook of Ritual Power,” as researchers call the book, tells readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil spirits and treat “black … Continue reading

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Planet Hunting to Sky Surveys, Astronomy and Statistics Realign (Op-Ed)

G. Jogesh Babu is director of the Center for Astrostatistics at Penn State, and Eric Feigelson is the center’s associate director and professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State. The authors contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed Insights … Continue reading

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Gemini Spacecraft Lands at Auction, Escapes Parking Ticket

A mockup of a 1960s space capsule that was used by NASA for ground tests has sold at auction for more than $50,000 — parking fees not included. The 9.5-foot-tall (3-meter) Gemini spacecraft, which was part of RR Auction’s week-long … Continue reading

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Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples

Many Americans support legal rights for gay and lesbian couples but still don’t think those couples should kiss in public, a new study suggests. Over the past two decades, same-sex couples have made great progress in terms of legal rights … Continue reading

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Gecko Tech: Sticky Invention Lets People Scale Walls

Like Spider-Man scaling skyscrapers, people may someday climb glass walls with the help of a gecko-inspired invention, researchers say. In addition to futuristic gear used by soldiers and spies to climb walls, the researchers suggest their new invention could lead … Continue reading

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Early-Life Trauma May Help with Managing Stress Later

Stress in one generation can lead to problems in that generation’s offspring, but it may also pass certain benefits on to future generations, new research in mice suggests. Studies have shown that, in humans, trauma in early life can lead … Continue reading

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People Move Less in Extreme Weather, Jawbone Tracker Finds

When the weather outside is frightful, people tend to move around less, according to new data from Jawbone, a technology and fitness-tracking company based in San Francisco.   The company looked at data posted online over the course of a … Continue reading

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