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New mutations for herbicide resistance rarer than expected, study finds

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After exposing more than 70 million grain amaranth seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant. Though preliminary, the findings suggest that the...

MacKenzie Bezos pledges half her fortune to charity

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MacKenzie Bezos, who finalized her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year, is pledging to give away half her fortune to charity.

Army project develops agile scouting robots

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In a research project for the U.S. Army, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley developed an agile robot, called Salto that looks like a Star Wars Imperial walker in...

Walmart hires former Google, Amazon exec for new tech role

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Walmart has hired a tech veteran whose resume includes stints at Amazon, Microsoft and Google for a newly elevated position of chief technology officer and chief development officer.

Canadian lawmakers blast Facebook's execs for snub

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Canadian lawmakers have voted to serve a summons on Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg that would compel them to appear before them the next time either visits Canada.

Sound waves bypass visual limitations to recognize human activity

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Video cameras continue to gain widespread use, but there are privacy and environmental limitations in how well they work. Acoustical waves are an alternative medium that may bypass those limitations....

The power of empathy in product development

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What kind of potato chip would you create, and what would you name it, if you wanted to sell the product exclusively to pregnant women?

Can Robots Help Pick Up after the Recycling Crisis?

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They will have to overcome the challenges of America’s convenient single-stream recycling system -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Beautiful Math

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A new book shows off spectacular works of art inspired by mathematical principles -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Watch: Snake captured after being discovered in Florida man's toilet

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A Florida man received an unusual surprise in the bathroom when a ball python slithered out of his toilet and bit him on the hand.

Amadou Gallo Fall named president of the new Basketball Africa League

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The NBA announced Tuesday that Amadou Gallo Fall has been named president of the new Basketball Africa League.

Fifth-seed Zverev advances in French Open despite destroying racket

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Emotions got the better of fifth-seed Alexander Zverev Tuesday during his French Open victory over John Millman, with Zverev's racket paying the price.

In photos: Students compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Students from around the United States compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Md.

Serbia orders troops to ready after Kosovo raids, clashes

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Serbia put its troops on alert near the border with Kosovo on Tuesday after Kosovar authorities arrested more than 20 people in raids in a Serb-dominated region, officials said.

TSA updates medical marijuana policy to allow some CBD oil, hemp products

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The Transportation Security Administration altered its cannabis policy to allow FDA-approved medical marijuana and some forms of cannabidiol.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant traveling to Toronto for Games 1 and 2

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Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant traveled with the team to Toronto on Tuesday for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.

Watch: Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich does Michael Jordan shrug after third homer

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Cincinnati slugger Derek Dietrich belted three home runs in the Reds' 11-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Scripps National Spelling Bee kicks off second round

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The second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee kicked off on Tuesday, as hundreds of young people took the stage to participate in the prestigious competition.

3 Questions: The fact finders

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When publication such as U.S. News and World Report roll out their annual university rankings, typically with MIT among the top schools listed, some may wonder where the data they’re based on actually...

Bringing human-like reasoning to driverless car navigation

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With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, MIT researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new,...

Momentum Grows for Nuclear Thermal Space Propulsion

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With congressional funding and industry support, nuclear thermal propulsion technology is making progress for potential use on future NASA deep space missions.

Zimbabwe’s researchers hope political change will revitalize science

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Academics optimistic that the end of Robert Mugabe’s authoritarian rule could boost research and international collaboration.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.23039

European Union nations vote to keep using controversial weedkiller glyphosate

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One agency has linked the widely used herbicide to cancer.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.23044

United Kingdom relies on science to revive flagging economy

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Long-awaited industrial strategy pins hopes on commercial gains from research.Nature 551 551 doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.23043

How an underwater sensor network is tracking Argentina's lost submarine

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An expert from a nuclear-test-monitoring system explains how his team is trying to help in the search for the ARA San Juan .Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.23041

Mathematicians Edge Closer to Solving a 'Million Dollar' Math Problem

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A new paper could end up being a big step toward solving one of the oldest unanswered puzzles in mathematics: Is the Riemann hypothesis correct?

In Russia’s Provinces, the Doctor Is in (the Streets)

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A new doctors’ union is organizing job actions and demanding greater pay than the $8,670 one surgeon said he was making.

Oklahoma Faces Off Against J & J in First Trial of an Opioid Maker

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With Purdue Pharma and Teva settling the case, the state sought to hold J & J responsible for the broader opioid crisis. The company argued that it operated responsibly and...