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This odd dinosaur changed drastically as it aged

This odd dinosaur changed drastically as it aged

In the Gobi desert a new sort of dinosaur has been discovered which changed drastically from birth to age six. Using a total of 19 sets of bones, paleontologists show how Limusaurus inextricabilis ("mire lizard who could not escape") changed in big ways in the first year of its life. Researchers have shown how baby versions of this dinosaur had teeth, but that these teeth left the dinosaur within a year. But what about reptiles in our modern age that lose and grow several sets of teeth? This research has an answer for that, and other oddities, too.

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Study shows how many bugs are migrating over England (it’s a LOT)

Study shows how many bugs are migrating over England (it’s a LOT)

If you have ever taken a random insect to the face and wondered just how many of the little buggers are in the sky a new study sought to answer that question. The study was published in the journal "Science" and found that there are over three trillion migrating insects flying over south-central England each year. One of the scientists on the study figures that number would expand significantly if you conducted similar research elsewhere.

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Ebola outbreak fears in Africa squashed as new vaccine proves effective

Ebola outbreak fears in Africa squashed as new vaccine proves effective

The last major Ebola outbreak that struck in West Africa several years back may be the last such outbreak in history as a new vaccine has proven effective in preventing infection. During that last outbreak there was no vaccine and over 11,000 people died from the vicious disease among the almost 30,000 people that were infected with Ebola.

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Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

The tiny artificial leaves you see here are not cute little toys, these are mini-factories that are capable of manufacturing drugs anywhere. They would function just as well in the deepest jungle as they would on the surface of Mars. The design of the artificial leaves is patterned after the way leaves on a tree capture sunlight to make food.

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Honda and Waymo may team up on self-driving cars

Honda and Waymo may team up on self-driving cars

Honda and Waymo, the autonomous car company spun off from Google, are in talks that could potentially see future Honda cars get Waymo-powered self-driving abilities. Discussions are underway between Honda R&D - the Japanese automaker's research and development arm - and Waymo, Honda confirmed today. Although initially that would likely lead to another expansion of the Waymo fleet, beyond that it could mean far more advanced driver-assistance systems in Honda cars.

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Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Study: eating cured meats can make asthma worse

Bad news, meat lovers: another study highlights cured meats as potential sources of health issues, especially for those with asthma or COPD. The study set out to investigate whether cured meats can make asthma symptoms worse, and the results indicate that is, indeed, the case. This is on top of carcinogenic factors associated with cured meats, also increasing one's risk of developing various sorts of cancer.

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What is Climate Change? Defining the term without bias

What is Climate Change? Defining the term without bias

A recent study showed that people in record high temperatures, when asked, believe in climate change, while those in record low temperatures often do not. This study was published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" in December of 2016, which meant I needed to create a sort of guide to simplify what Climate Change is. The definition of Climate Change is the basis of all arguments having to do with Climate Change - we need to get this bit down solid, first and foremost.

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Breakthrough non-surgical treatment or low-risk prostate cancer uses light therapy

Breakthrough non-surgical treatment or low-risk prostate cancer uses light therapy

Professor Mark Emberton has pioneered a new non-surgical treatment for low risk prostate cancer that uses light therapy to kill cancer cells. The breakthrough treatment is being used in a clinical trial that includes 413 patients right now. Emberton is the Dean of UCL Medical Sciences and a consultant urologist at UCLH.

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CERN sees Antimatter Spectrum for first time in history

CERN sees Antimatter Spectrum for first time in history

Spectral information on antimatter has been obtained by researchers for the first time in the history of science. This was made a reality over the course of a 20-year study using the ALPHA experiment at CERN. This team was lead by Dr. Ahmadi of the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool, and the study will play a big role in further understanding matter and energy in a variety of scientific disciplines well into the future.

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ALPHA records first ever measurement of optical spectrum of antimatter atom

ALPHA records first ever measurement of optical spectrum of antimatter atom

ALPHA published a paper in the journal Nature this week that reports the first ever measurement of the optical spectrum of an antimatter atom. The team behind the paper says that this is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community. The measurements are of the antihydrogen spectrum and were performed with high-precision according to the team.

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Ultra rare “ghost shark” captured on film for first time

Ultra rare “ghost shark” captured on film for first time

Sharks like hammerheads or great whites might usually enjoy the most time in the limelight, but this past weekend, all eyes have been on the mysterious "ghost shark." While not technically a shark - National Geographic points out that these fish are relatives of sharks and rays - and most certainly not a ghost, Hydrolagus trolli is still making quite the splash. That's because this is the first time one has been captured alive on film, in its natural habitat.

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Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

Taking Hyundai’s Ioniq autonomous car for a Las Vegas test drive

The Las Vegas Strip does its best to grab your attention, but it's the displays inside Hyundai's Ioniq Autonomous Concept that are holding my gaze as the car drives itself. Nevada's loudest, shiniest city is trying to make a name for itself as more than just gambling and Celine Dion impersonators, aiming to wrest the title of "most tech-friendly" from San Francisco. That means self-driving cars plowing the streets, as automakers like Hyundai attempt to crack the code on the mobility of tomorrow.

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