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NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

NASA research shows CFC ban is helping ozone hole recover

Ozone depletion is on the decline, according to NASA, which has announced that scientists have demonstrated a particular aspect of this via a satellite instrument for the first time. According to the instrument, which was made by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chlorine atom levels are decreasing and with that comes a decrease in their destruction of the ozone layer. The favorable change is the direct result of international bans on chlorofluorocarbons, NASA says.

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Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, more commonly referred to as GIMPS (not to be mistaken with the image editing software), has announced the discovery of the largest known prime number. That number is a huge 2^77,232,917-1, which contains 23,249,425 digits. To more easily refer to it, the number is also being called M77232917. Dozens of hours have gone into verifying the number.

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Bomb cyclone: The crazy winter storm explained

Bomb cyclone: The crazy winter storm explained

Forecasters are warning the public about a serious bit of winter weather set to hit large parts of the US East Coast tomorrow, and it is accompanied by a scary-sounding name: bombogensis, AKA "Bomb cyclone." The name inspires fear and mental images of a giant snowy tornado, but reality won't be quite so dramatic. What, exactly, is a "bomb cyclone" and what should you expect on Thursday?

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Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Global warming’s next victim: Chocolate

Researchers reported this week that cacao plants are on the decline thanks to dryer weather and warming temperatures worldwide. To battle the oncoming nightmare of a world without chocolate, researchers and scientists at UC California and UC Berkeley teamed up with the Mars company and IGI. Together, the've begun to modify the genes of cacao crops to allow them to survive this planet's changing climate.

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Tinnitus treatment device could silence the ringing

Tinnitus treatment device could silence the ringing

University of Michigan researchers have developed a device that may one day offer a solution to tinnitus, a condition that causes someone to hear a persistent ringing sound. The device has been tested on animals and humans, the latter of which report decreases in tinnitus severity after four weeks of daily use. This is compared to the placebo group, which didn't experience any improvements to their condition.

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Diabetes drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s

Diabetes drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s

Researchers have discovered an unintended benefit to a drug that was originally developed to treat diabetes. The medication has been found to have potential use as a treatment for Alzheimer's. The scientists say that the drug "significantly reversed memory loss" in mice through a triple method of action.

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Speed breeding crops inspired by NASA grow ultra-fast

Speed breeding crops inspired by NASA grow ultra-fast

More than ten years ago, NASA research looked into the idea of increasing the rate of crop production, and now researchers have used that as inspiration for technology that achieves such a goal. Called "speed breeding," the research involves a method for causing crops to grow at a much faster rate than they would out in a field, bringing food to the market more quickly...or to astronauts that rely on it on a far away planet.

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China’s first space station is about to crash back down to Earth

China’s first space station is about to crash back down to Earth

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1, was launched in late September 2011 with a massive weight of about 19,000lbs. The space station was pushed past its usable lifespan, and in 2016 it became clear that Chinese officials had lost contact with it...and, therefore, control of it. That triggered a process that will end this upcoming March, when the vessel will fall back to Earth with pieces of it likely surviving the reentry.

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Drinking raw water is a terrible idea

Drinking raw water is a terrible idea

A recent report highlights a concerning new trend: drinking "raw water," which means water that hasn't been treated in any way. The motivation behind this trend seems to be a misguided attempt to avoid harmful elements that may be found in tap water while gaining beneficial elements believed to exist only in untreated spring water. The reality, though, is one that could involve serious illnesses uncommon in modern America.

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First Blue Moon eclipse in 150 years happens in January

First Blue Moon eclipse in 150 years happens in January

We've all heard the old expression "Once in a blue moon" and it means something happens very rarely. The last time an actual blue moon total lunar eclipse happened was over 150 years ago. The special event is set to happen again this month.

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30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

Construction workers in China discovered a cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs on Christmas day. The eggs, which were found in what appears to be a dinosaur nest, are described as being in great condition, a fortunate reality considering the use of explosives in the area during the construction process. The preserved nest and egg cache is located on a site that will ultimately be a middle school.

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CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

CDC says flu widespread in US: 21 states have high case numbers

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report indicating that the flu is off to a strong start in the US this year. Influenza-like activity has been reported as widespread across 36 states, with 21 of those states having a large number of flu-related cases. The reason for the widespread presence, according to the CDC, is this year's flu vaccine having a low effectiveness rate.

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