Month: December 2017

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There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the ’90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e. following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e. innate talent) – not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and more. Indeed, as animal behaviourist Frans de Waal has
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Superstring theory, which underpins some of Professor Stephen Hawking’s ground-breaking research and hunt for a Theory of Everything, is a scientific hypothetical helping pull together diverse views of the universe.  But a team of scientists in the USA using the telescope known as the Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered filaments which are light-years in
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1. The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, scientists were able to photograph a collision between two neutron stars. By conducting simultaneous optical and gravitational wave observations, they were able to accurately measure the speed of gravity for the first time.  2. A
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The most common New Year’s resolutions tend to be vague goals intended to “get your life together” by losing weight, eating healthier food, or exercising more. But most people don’t successfully follow through on their resolutions – largely because they’re so general and non-specific.   That’s where science can help. Using specific, science-backed resolutions, you
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GETTY Nostradamus 2018 predictions foretell cataclysmic wars and natural disasters Michel de Nostredame, a famed 16th century French prophet and apothecary, warned nearly 500 years ago that humanity is facing global doom. But the world will not end in one swift cataclysm, and conspiracists instead believe that Earth will suffer great natural disasters, deadly asteroids
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The shock claim from a leading artificial intelligence (AI) researcher follows a surge in AI capabilities this year. Many predict 2018 may hold a big breakthrough for “transcending humanity”. Stephen Cave, who heads the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge, told the BBC that these developments put our capacity to live safely with AI at risk.
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Nearly half of Puerto Rico is still without power three months after Hurricane “Maria” devastated the island, officials said Friday, December 29, 2017. 45% of nearly 1.5 million customers in Puerto Rico are still without power after a Category 4 Hurricane “Maria” devastated the island on September 20. Authorities had previously reported power generation (standing
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New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between December 20 and 26, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New
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Alien truth seekers have been celebrating after the Pentagon confirmed the Defense Intelligence Agency ran a £16.5 million five year probe into UFOs called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme (AATIP). The US Government had always maintained it stopped looking at the UFO phenomenon in 1969. The probe was led by former intelligence officer Luis
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Tropical Cyclone “Hilda,” the third named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region cyclone season, formed Wednesday, December 27, 2017, and hit Western Australia later that day with heavy rain and strong winds. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Hilda was moving at 12 km/h (7.4 mph) almost parallel to the coast near Anna Plains
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The discovery may shed light on a brief yet volatile period in the history of many solar systems, including our own. Study co-author Catherine Pilachowski said: “We know it’s not uncommon for planets to migrate inward in young solar systems since we’ve found so many solar systems with ‘hot Jupiters’—gaseous planets similar in size to