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Dwindling bee numbers put crucial U.S. crops at risk

Dwindling bee numbers put crucial U.S. crops at risk

Bee populations are changing and decreasing in many places around the world, and studies indicate that humans are largely to blame. According to a new national bee-mapping study, which for the first time looks into wild bee populations across the States, the nation’s crucial crops are at risk of destabilization due to the drastic reduction in bee populations.

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Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson: this is why Han Solo says “Parsecs”

Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson: this is why Han Solo says “Parsecs”

This morning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to speak about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He took time to pay extra attention to Han Solo's claim of "making the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs." Han Solo makes this claim all the way back in Star Wars: A New Hope, then repeats his claim in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey suggests that he's heard the ship has made this run in 14 parsecs. There's a problem with that, suggests Tyson. We disagree.

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Newly discovered sea snakes take species off extinction list

Newly discovered sea snakes take species off extinction list

A pair of sea snakes previously believed to be extinct have been found off the coast of Western Australia, according to James Cook University researchers. The discovery of leaf scaled and short-nosed sea snakes was surprising for a few reasons, not the least of which is that they were found outside of their typical habitats; in some cases, they were hundreds of miles away.

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Researchers use Kinect to increase 3D scanning accuracy by 1000x

Researchers use Kinect to increase 3D scanning accuracy by 1000x

It's hard to deny the fact that the Kinect has all but failed as a gaming device. Despite their initial decisions, Microsoft stopped including the device with all Xbox One bundles, which fractured the install base. And with that, fewer and fewer developers felt the need or desire to implement its features into their games. However, the device is still being used to make breakthroughs in other, non-gaming areas.

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Researchers infuse salt into asphalt for winter roads

Researchers infuse salt into asphalt for winter roads

Winter is upon us, and though it has been warmer than usual, those days are limited; sooner or later the roads will be covered in snow, and the city will deal with that issue by dumping a bunch of salt. It’s a common practice, one that can be extremely hazardous if the trucks are delayed or salt availability is limited. The solution may be something that seems incredibly obvious, though: asphalt that is infused with salt.

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Researchers set Guinness World Record for smallest printed color image

Researchers set Guinness World Record for smallest printed color image

Researchers from Switzerland's ETH Zurich and connected start-up Scrona have been confirmed as setting a Guinness World Record for the smallest printed color picture ever known. The image of several clown fish around a sea anemone, seen above, has an area of just 0.0092 mm², making it as small as the cross-section of a human hair. Inkjet printed image is equal to a single pixel from a retina display, measuring 80 µm by 115 µm.

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Deep-learning algorithm predicts how memorable photos are

Deep-learning algorithm predicts how memorable photos are

Researchers at MIT have been working on a deep-learning algorithm that is able to predict the memorability of a photograph at near-human levels. The researchers are working out of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and created the image with the goal of turning it into an app that tweaks photos to make them more memorable. The algorithm is dubbed MemNet.

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Ford autonomous cars hit California roads in early 2016

Ford autonomous cars hit California roads in early 2016

Ford will join Google and others testing self-driving cars on California roads in 2016, sending its autonomous Fusion Hybrid out among the public. The automaker is the latest to acquire a permit in the California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program, which gives permission for self-driving vehicles to escape from the test track and out into the real world.

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NASA uses EPIC to study clouds and Saharan dust

NASA uses EPIC to study clouds and Saharan dust

EPIC stands for Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera and is one of the instruments that is affixed to the NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory known as DSCOVR that sits about a million miles from Earth. EPIC is giving scientists on Earth a new way to view clouds, land, aerosols, and other items in our atmosphere.

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Apple opened secret display lab in Taiwan say sources

Apple opened secret display lab in Taiwan say sources

Sources that claim to be familiar with what's going on with Apple are reporting that the iPhone maker has opened up a secret lab in Northern Taiwan where engineering staff are hard at work. The sources claim that the lab is being used by Apple to work on displays for smartphones and tablets. The facility is located in Longtan and was previously owned by AU Optronics and Qualcomm.

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Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Ditching Facebook is something many users have dreamed of, but ultimately failed to do. Some take a break, only to log back in before their goal date. Others suspend their account, planning to leave the social network for good, only to reactivate it later on. Why? That’s a question Cornell University researchers have answered, with a recent study finding four factors that bring users back.

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