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New study unlocks the long-hidden secrets of ancient Roman concrete

Techniques used by Roman architects approximately 2,000 years ago could be used to create longer-lasting buildings and sea walls capable of withstanding the rising ocean levels expected due to global climate change, according to the authors of a newly-published study.…

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New study shows our oceans are heating rapidly

Climate change is causing ocean temperatures to rise at a rapid rate, no matter which group of statistics are used to gauge the increase, according to a new analysis published this week in the journal Climate Dynamics that used three…

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Sex doesn’t sell, study finds

"Sex sells" - it's an advertising phrase that's well known and widely accepted, and a lot of the ads we're presented with appear to support the idea. But this conventional wisdom is more complex than it seems. According to a…

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Curiosity is firing lasers on Mars– without help from humans

An autonomous targeting system originally announced by NASA last summer has allowed the Mars Curiosity rover to drastically increase the number of times per day it blasts rocks with its laser instrument, allowing it to collect more data than ever…

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Ancient DNA reveals how cats domesticated humans

While dogs are believed to be the first animal to be domesticated, cats – as one might expect from a feline – took their sweet time trying to decide whether or not they wanted to bond with humans, according to…

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Scientists report ice shelf melt the size of Texas in Antarctica

An ice sheet in West Antarctica previously found to be capable of increasing the sea level by as much as 10 feet underwent unexpectedly significant melting last year, and an unexpected rainfall is at least partially to blame, according to…

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First-ever two-headed porpoise accidentally discovered by fishermen

A study published online this week in the Journal of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam details the first ever documented sighting of a two-headed porpoise, but much to the chagrin of the scientifically-minded, the paper’s authors were unable to directly…

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Ex-NASA scientist warns of ‘climate disinformation campaign’

The American people are “under siege” from an “active disinformation campaign” in regards to climate science – a campaign perpetuated by fossil fuel companies and others “who have a profit motive,” former NASA chief scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan told a…

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New study discovers why American politics is so divided

In research that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the current political climate in the US, a new study discovered that supporters of either candidate in the last Presidential election were more likely to accept new data if…

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Nearly complete ancient baby bird discovered encased in amber

Remains of an ancient type of baby birth recently found encased in nearly 100-million-year-old amber is the most complete specimen of its kind discovered to date, according to the authors of a new study published online earlier this week in…