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How to Choose the Best (and Fastest) Alternative DNS Server

Your internet service provider offers its own DNS servers, which help you turn websites like www.howtogeek.com into their respective IP addresses. Your devices use those by default, but you can set your own preferred DNS servers for a bit of improved spee

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Definition of Closed Timelike Curve

Definition of a closed timelike curve and how closed timelike curves can be used in relativity for the purposes of time travel.

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Indian Ocean causes drought and heatwaves in South America

New research has found the record-breaking South American drought of 2013/14 with its succession of heatwaves and long lasting marine heatwave had its origins in a climate event half a world away—over the Indian Ocean.

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    E-cigarette use, flavorings may increase heart disease risk, study finds

    The flavoring liquid for electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease when inhaled, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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      A new plan for keeping NASA's oldest explorers going

      With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able to keep NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft flying for nearly 42 years—longer than any other spacecraft in history. To ensure that these vintage robots continue to return the best sc

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      Are coal-fired power plants affecting your drinking water?

      When you get a drink of water from your fridge or sink, do you think about where that water came from? It has traveled through pipes from a water treatment plant where it underwent chemical processes to make it safe to drink. Chlorine is added to the wate

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      High potency pot 'strongly linked' to psychosis: study

      High potency cannabis, especially when used daily, is "strongly linked" to the risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and paranoia, scientists said Wednesday.

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      'When They Steal Your Land, They Steal Your Future' - LA Times

      For generations, black families passed down the tales in uneasy whispers: "They stole our land."

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      Scientists Cook Up a New Way to Make Breathable Oxygen on Mars | Space

      Scientists have found a new way that future Mars explorers could potentially generate their own oxygen while visiting the planet.

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      Murray Gell‑Mann obituary | Register | The Times

      From the early days of scientific inquiry, scientists have wondered what matter is made from. The ancient Greeks settled on “atoms”, tiny indivisible objects whose name means “uncuttable”. As understanding of particle physics evolved in the 20th c

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      UCSD Dr. Kang Zhang's human research violations showcase national issue

      Dr. Kang Zhang is the chief of eye genetics at UCSD with a history of research violations that put patients in harm’s way for years.

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      The Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Just Dropped Its First Scientific Results

      The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission has released its first batch of scientific results on asteroid Ryugu—and it’s revealed a bunch of surprises about the small, spinning rock.

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      The Ocean Cleanup Project Could Destroy the Neuston - The Atlantic

      Home to vibrantly colored, tiny creatures, the ecosystems floating on the ocean’s surface remain all but unknown.

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      For wind farms, a bit of separation is a good idea | Cosmos

      Putting facilities too close together reduces overall efficiency, research finds. Samantha Page reports.

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      A whale of a tale | symmetry magazine

      Scientists looking for tiny particles off the coast of Italy stumble upon a much bigger research subject.

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      Cryospheric Sciences | Marine Ice Sheet Instability “For Dummies”

      MISI is a term that is often thrown into dicussions and papers which talk about the contribution of Antarctica to sea-level rise but what does it actually mean and why do we care about it? MISI stands for M arine I ce S heet I nstability. In this article

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      How Lyme disease became the first epidemic of climate change | Aeon Essays

      In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change

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      Powerful snooping Android malware spotted by Kaspersky Lab

      Kaspersky Lab malware researchers have found spying capabilities in Android malware. The malware is dubbed Skygofree. How ambitious is it? Kaspersky Lab Daily commented that Skygofree was "overflowing" with functions.

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      Alzheimer’s drug turns back clock in powerhouse of cell – Science Bulletin

      The experimental drug J147 is something of a modern elixir of life; it's been shown to treat Alzheimer's disease and reverse aging in mice and is almost ready

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      Tau burden and the functional connectome in Alzheimer’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy | Brain | Oxford Ac

      Abstract. Alzheimer’s disease and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) represent neurodegenerative tauopathies with predominantly cortical versus subcortical d

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      Soy can reverse breast cancer treatment, scientists warn | Cosmos

      US research finds oestrogen-like compounds in food and fungus can reverse the effects of a widely used therapeutic combination. Andrew Masterson reports.

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      Ants kill the sick to save the rest | Cosmos

      Austrian research finds ants practice “destructive disinfection”. Tanya Loos reports.

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      Robots heal injured pig oesaphagus | Cosmos

      It sounds like something out of Star Trek, but an international team report success with a cell-regenerating robot implant. Andrew P Street reports.

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      Out-of-This-World Diamond-Studded Rock Just Got Even Weirder

      It came from outer space, but otherwise the origin of the Hypatia stone remains a total mystery.

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      A new gel could help in the fight against deadly, drug-resistant superbugs | Science News

      An antibacterial ointment breaks down the defenses of drug-resistant microbes such as MRSA in lab tests.