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Why Are So Many Volcanoes Erupting?
planet earth, volcanoes, eruptions, volcanic activity, volcano season
September 30th, 2014
While volcanoes may not have “seasons” as we know them, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity.
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Men, Pride and Depression (Op-Ed)
The Thinker, men, suffering, depression
September 26th, 2014
Men often don’t feel able to reach out for assistance because both the symptoms of depression and the act of seeking help goes against a stereotypical view of how us blokes should or shouldn’t behave.
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Why Do Some Men Show Signs of Pregnancy? (Op-Ed)
health, couvade syndrome, sympathetic pregnancy, psychology
September 25th, 2014
Couvade is an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy in men with a partner who is expecting a baby — sometimes called “sympathetic pregnancy.”
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Fighting Hockey Concussions with Safer Helmets (Op-Ed)
USA vs. Canada in Innsbruck, Austria, hockey, concussion
September 29th, 2014
New helmet ratings, based on laboratory testing, will let consumers know which hockey protection is best at preventing concussions.
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How to Turn an Inkjet Printer into a Bio Lab (Op-Ed)
Chemical reaction printer
September 26th, 2014
A group of enterprising chemists from Tsinghua University are exploiting that precision engineering, which normally results in high-resolution colour prints, to screen millions of different chemical reactions.
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5 Ways the Superintelligence Revolution Might Happen
superintelligence, AI, artificial intelligence, intelligence
September 25th, 2014
Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.
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'Dr. Mütter's Marvels' (US 2014): Book Excerpt
Dr. Mutters Marvels book cover
September 25th, 2014
In the early 18th century, people with severe disfigurations had to hide from the public — until surgical pioneers like Thomas Dent Mütter emerged.
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Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action? (Op-Ed)
Indian solar power
September 26th, 2014
India and the United States are poised to push historic climate changes, but will they?
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Dissecting the Agony and the Ecstasy of Win-Win Choices (Op-Ed)
A woman decides between eating an apple or a cupcake
September 25th, 2014
If you have trouble picking ice cream amongst 31 flavors, you are not alone — but why are win-win choices so difficult?
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'Climate Smart' Agriculture Is Blossoming (Op-Ed)
farming wheat
September 25th, 2014
Farmers must get "climate smart" if they wish to keep up with a changing planet.
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