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Floods that saturated Louisiana also damaged its seed rice

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year’s planting. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he’s temporarily relaxed certification requirements to ensure farmers can buy enough seed … Continue reading

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Africa's elusive forest elephants are disappearing

The clock is ticking to save Central Africa’s forest elephants. Populations of the elusive elephants have plunged by around 80 percent inside one of the region’s most important nature preserves. Within Gabon’s Minkébé National Park, poachers likely killed about 25,000 … Continue reading

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Billionaire Elon Musk credits his success to these 8 books

On Sunday, Elon Musk ‘s SpaceX made history, successfully completing the first commercial rocket launch from the NASA launch pad that also sent astronauts to the moon. The win comes after multiple failures for the SpaceX and Tesla (TSLA) CEO, … Continue reading

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How Our “Stuff” Has Redefined Our World

This essay appears in today’s edition of the Fortune Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox. Nature was once a “separate and wild province” from human civilization, as Bill McKibben wrote in his famous 1989 call-to-arms, The … Continue reading

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Cern: 'We generate 1PB each second. Here's what that's taught us about big data'

Cern’s experiments probing the fundamental nature of the universe create a lot of data—roughly four times that held in the US Library of Congress—every second. The EU research institution has a long history of generating more data each day than … Continue reading

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Girl power: Elite status was passed on from mothers in ancient Chaco Canyon society

In the complex prehistoric societies of New Mexico, power was passed down the maternal line, scientists have said. Conducting a genetic analysis to establish familial and hierarchical links between ancient individuals, they have shed a new light on the cultural … Continue reading

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Want to chat with Shakespeare? AI bots will soon allow us to talk to the dead

Imagine debating the interpretation of a Shakespearean sonnet and being able to clarify its meaning with the bard himself. Or sitting in history class and being able to ask George Washington questions about the Constitution, no soul-conjuring witchcraft required. In … Continue reading

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Possible 'Hidden Chamber' in King Tut's Tomb Invites More Secretive Scans

A group of archaeologists has said the tomb of Tutankhamun may hold a hidden chamber containing the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. So far, radar scans have failed to confirm such a chamber. Now, a physicist plans to lead a team conducting … Continue reading

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Stanford scientists ‘program’ mice to glow like fireflies

Snjewelry/123RF No, it’s not a deleted scene from The Island of Dr. Moreau; scientists at Stanford University really have come up with a way to make mice glow in the dark by producing firefly proteins. And it could just turn … Continue reading

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Secret Behind Rorschach Test: Why We See Images in Inkblots

Whether you see a butterfly, dancing elephants, bloody humans or some other imagery when peering at one of the abstract blobs that makes up the Rorschach inkblot test, your answers can divulge some of the darkest, or just hidden, corners … Continue reading

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