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  • Brewery Toasts NATO Bid
    A small brewery in Finland, just 30 or so miles from the Russian border, has made its feelings about the nation joining NATO clear. Just before Finland submitted its application to the security alliance, Olaf Brewing released a new lager. Its name, OTAN, plays on the Finnish "I'll have a...... Read more »
  • Wisconsin GOP Decides on 'No Endorsement' Option
    Wisconsin Republicans agreed Saturday to have a "no endorsement" option when voting on whether to throw the party's official backing behind a candidate in the hotly contested governor's race. The top candidates in the governor's race were slated to make their pitch later Saturday for an endorsement to more than...... Read more »
  • New Tool for Babies' Health: a 'Smart' Pacifier
    Add pacifiers to the list of "smart" devices. Researchers at Washington State University have created one designed to improve health care for babies in the ICU, reports CBS News . As they explain in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics , the devices helped nurses and doctors monitor electrolytes in hospitalized... Read more »
  • East Coast, You're About to Get Scorched
    Cities along the East Coast, from Richmond and Philly to New York and Boston, will be slammed this weekend with "abnormally hot" temps, which the Washington Post calls "an ominous signal of the effects of human-caused climate change." On Saturday, temperatures along the Eastern Seaboard are expected to soar into...... Read more »
  • Bette Midler's Advice on the Formula Shortage Goes Over Poorly
    Amid the nationwide formula shortage , Bette Midler had some advice for struggling parents: "TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand," she tweeted Thursday. Perhaps not surprisingly, that suggestion did not go over well, the Hill reports. A plethora of responses ranging from respectful disagreement to outrage could be... Read more »
  • First, 'Loud Noises on Their Lanai.' Then, a Surprise Visitor
    May is National Water Safety Month, and Florida's Charlotte County Sheriff's Office has its own tip to contribute. "Always check your pool before diving in!" it noted in a Tuesday Facebook post , along with photos showing why it was issuing such a warning. Authorities report that a family in... Read more »
  • Australia Just Voted Out Its Prime Minister
    Australia's prime minister conceded defeat after an election Saturday that could deliver a minority government. Scott Morrison acted quickly despite millions of votes yet to be counted, because an Australian prime minister must attend a Tokyo summit on Tuesday with US, Japanese, and Indian leaders. "I believe it's very important...... Read more »
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  • Common Clay in Kitty Litter Could Be the Friendliest Way to Cut Emissions and Fight Climate Change
    MIT researchers have come up with a dirt-cheap solution to curbing methane emissions in the air—a major cause of global warming—using minerals commonly found in cat litter. Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and is mostly being emitted by such sources as slash-and-burn agriculture, mining,... Read more »
  • New Google Headquarters Uses ‘Dragonscale’ Solar Panels to Capture Sunlight From All Angles
    A new Google campus in California is fulfilling its goal of working with green energy 90% of the time—in part by powering its building with solar panels inspired by ‘dragon skin’. The Bay View campus in Mountain View opened this month to employees on 42 acres in Silicon Valley. Designed... Read more »
  • Your Inspired Weekly Horoscope From Rob Brezsny: A ‘Free Will Astrology’
    Our partner Rob Brezsny provides his weekly wisdom to enlighten our thinking and motivate our mood. Rob’s Free Will Astrology, is a syndicated weekly column appearing in over a hundred publications. He is also the author of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How All of Creation Is Conspiring To Shower... Read more »
  • Ashes Scattered After Her Dog Dies Formed “Miraculous” Shape in the Wind: ‘They Never Truly Leave Us’ (Watch)
    A photo shared on Reddit went viral when thousands of people got emotional at the sight, and others were flooded with memories of pets gone by. The picture (and video below) shows a woman scattering the ashes of her beloved dog, Biscuit, at a local park. She called it a... Read more »
  • Good News in History, May 21
    12 years ago, solar-sailing technology was successfully demonstrated when the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency launched IKAROS a small observation device attached to a sail of thin reflective polyimide embedded with solar cells. On December 8th 2010, IKRAOS flew past Venus, successfully completing its mission objectives of demonstrated solar sailing flight... Read more »
  • Scientists Discover Breakthrough Method of Making Advanced Electronics With H20
    Water is the secret ingredient in a simple way to create key components for solar cells, X-ray detectors and other optoelectronics devices. The next generation of photovoltaics, semiconductors, and LEDs could be made using perovskites—an exciting and versatile nanomaterial with a crystal structure. Perovskites have already shown similar efficiency to... Read more »
  • An Otter Spotted in Detroit River May be First Sighting in 100 Years
    It would have been easy for Eric Ste Marie to mistake the bobbing brown head and body in the Detroit River to be a muskrat, but curiosity drove him to chase it as it swam towards Ambassador Bridge in Southeast Michigan. It turns out, it was the first “straight-up river... Read more »
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  • Haptics device creates realistic virtual textures
    Tactile sensation is an incredibly important part of how humans perceive their reality. Haptics or devices that can produce extremely specific vibrations that can mimic the sensation of touch are a way to bring that third sense to life. However, as far as haptics have come, humans are incredibly particular... Read more »
  • Unraveling a perplexing explosive process that occurs throughout the universe
    Novel simulation brings extraordinary fast radio bursts into the laboratory in a way once thought impossible.... Read more »
  • Mixing laser- and x-ray-beams
    Unlike fictional laser swords, real laser beams do not interact with each other when they cross -- unless the beams meet within a suitable material allowing for nonlinear light-matter interaction. In such a case, wave mixing can give rise to beams with changed colors and directions.... Read more »
  • Neuromorphic memory device simulates neurons and synapses
    Researchers have reported a nano-sized neuromorphic memory device that emulates neurons and synapses simultaneously in a unit cell, another step toward completing the goal of neuromorphic computing designed to rigorously mimic the human brain with semiconductor devices.... Read more »
  • Prehistoric feces reveal parasites from feasting at Stonehenge
    Study of ancient faeces found at a settlement thought to have housed builders of the famous stone monument suggests that parasites got consumed via badly-cooked cow offal during epic winter feasts.... Read more »
  • Discovery of 'ghost' fossils reveals plankton resilience to past global warming events
    The 'ghost' fossils are imprints of single-celled plankton called coccolithophores and their discovery is changing our understanding of how plankton in the oceans are affected by climate change.... Read more »
  • Ghostly 'mirror world' might be cause of cosmic controversy
    New research suggests an unseen 'mirror world' of particles that interacts with our world only via gravity that might be the key to solving a major puzzle in cosmology today -- the Hubble constant problem. The Hubble constant is the rate of expansion of the universe today. Predictions for this... Read more »
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  • Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River
    REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A partial skull that was discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota will be returned to Native American officials after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old. The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River about 110 miles (180 kilometers) west... Read more »
  • Orphaned bear cubs settle into new home at wildlife facility
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Two black bear cubs are settling into their new home at a New Hampshire wildlife rehabilitation facility, after their mother was killed last week by an off-duty police officer. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Tuesday the cubs are in good health at... Read more »
  • Finland brewery launches NATO beer with 'taste of security'
    HELSINKI (AP) — A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance. Olaf Brewing's OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval knight in metal armor emblazoned with NATO’s compass symbol.... Read more »
  • Man in Japan gambles COVID town funds mistakenly sent to him
    TOKYO (AP) — The money was supposed to be COVID-19 assistance for low-income households in a small Japanese town, but it was mistakenly wired to a bank account of a resident who refused to return it and spent most of it on online gambling, police said. Sho Taguchi, a 24-year-old... Read more »
  • Happy is an Asian elephant. But is she also a person?
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — She has four limbs, expressive eyes and likes to stroll through greenery in New York City. Happy, by species, is an Asian elephant. But can she also be considered a person? That question was before New York's highest court Wednesday in a closely watched case over... Read more »
  • Baron Cohen drops lawsuit over cannabis dispensary billboard
    SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — Actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against a Massachusetts cannabis dispensary that used an image of his character Borat on a billboard without his permission. A document filed in Boston federal court on Tuesday said the two sides have agreed to dismiss the case... Read more »
  • 168-year-old Peterboro Basket Co. closing, cites forest pest
    PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — A 168-year-old company in New Hampshire known for its handwoven, hardwood baskets is closing its factory and stopping production, partly because of an insect pest that has been destroying ash trees. The Peterboro Basket Company has been in business since 1854. The company said in a... Read more »

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