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Scientists finally confirm that Uranus is surrounded by fart clouds

(Article by Rachel Feltman on popsci.com)
Sometimes science simply confirms what we already know to be true. You know what I’m talking about: researchers will find evidence that losing sleep makes you cranky and bad at your job, that eating lots of vegetables is good for your gut, or that Uranus is surrounded by a noxious fart cloud.

Indeed, the new findings on the latter published in Nature Astronomy come as no surprise to those...

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Watch a robot hand learn to manipulate objects just like a human hand

(Article by Matthew Hutson from ScienceMag.org)

A 5-year-old can tie their shoelaces, but robot hands aren’t nearly so nimble. A new system, however, has greatly improved their dexterity.

Hard-coding a robot to coordinate multiple joints is daunting. So computer scientists have turned to machine learning, a field of artificial intelligence (AI) in which computers build skills on their own. Such learning takes time and repetition, however, and robot hardware is slow and breakable. Some researchers instead train algorithms with virtual robots, but reality is always slightly different from simulation.

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6 Kits That Will Blow Your Junior Scientist's Mind

So you have a junior scientist at home, curious as ever and never satisfied with how much they're learning. The worst part is probably that these kids are always experimenting to find out new stuff and such experiments can often be unsafe. Since curiosity and boredom is the worst possible combination for these kids, sufficient scientific learning and continuous brainstorming is the only way to keep them safe and sated and science kits are the perfect solution. Varying widely in the type of kits, ranging from physics, chemistry, biology, archaeology, paleontology and more,...

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Coffee Really May Help You Live Longer, According to Science

  • Drinking any amount of coffee, be it regular or decaf, may help you live longer, according to a new study
  • The widespread study used data from half a million people
  • Add this to coffee's many health benefits, including boosting your athletic performance

    By now, you've probably seen a lot of studies about coffee — so many that it can be hard to know what's true about the caffeinated beverage...

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    This week's record-breaking heat has human fingerprints all over it


    (Article by Jeremy Deato from popsci.com)

    Soaring temperatures shattered records from Ottawa to Oman this week, as the Northern Hemisphere endured an oppressive hot spell. A heat dome cooked much of the eastern United States and parts of Canada, setting all-time temperature records in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Montreal, where extreme heat took the lives of dozens of people in the city and the surrounding areas.

    The scorcher is an urgent reminder that climate change is already fueling dangerous heat, and that rising temperatures will imperil a growing a number of people in the years to...

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