Month: November 2017

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Using data from two different satellites, astronomers have linked an eerie-sounding phenomenon called a whistler mode chorus to sudden bursts of electrons in the magnetosphere.  Every now and then, the drizzle of charged particles that seeps through Earth’s protective magnetic shell erupts into a sudden downpour. Researchers have had their suspicions as to the cause, and
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At just 11 light-years from our Solar System, a newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest we’ve ever found that’s temperate enough to potentially host and sustain life. Earth-sized planet Ross 128 b orbits inactive red dwarf Ross 128 in the system’s Goldilocks zone. This means it ticks all the initial habitability boxes: it’s probably rocky,
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With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before such devices are ready to help humans extend their natural capabilities. Now, a professor from theUniversity of Southern California (USC) has demonstrated the use of a brain implant to improve the human memory, and the device could have major
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It’s not just your imagination: life in America really has become more unpleasant this year. According to a new Gallup report, American wellbeing fell by a “statistically significant and meaningfully large” amount from 2016 to 2017. The drops were largest among women, minorities, Democrats and low-income Americans.   “Wellbeing” in this case is based on