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Wisconsin could ban university doctors from performing abortions

University of Wisconsin doctors could be severely restricted in their ability to perform abortions or train medical students on the procedure, if the legislature passes a controversial bill that was up for debate at a state Senate hearing on Tuesday. The measure, AB 206, would ban UW staff from providing abortion services or training at […]

New analysis suggests that preserving rare species is vital to tropical forests

(University of Oregon) The world's tropical forests are in 'a critical state' in which the extinction of rare tree species could be a tipping point, according to an international team of scientists who have developed an analytical method to map their biodiversity.

Three-quarters of the total insect population lost in protected nature reserves

(Radboud University Nijmegen) Since 1989, in 63 nature reserves in Germany the total biomass of flying insects has decreased by more than 75 percent. This decrease has long been suspected but has turned out to be more severe than previously thought. Show More Summary

ICE detained immigrant after his green card interview, ‘forcibly pushed out’ lawyer and interpreter

Last week, Viviana Andazola Marquez, a 21-year-old Yale University student accompanied her father to a local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency branch in Colorado for a scheduled appointment to get his green card. What happened next, she recounted in a phone interview with ThinkProgress, was a series of confusing events and unsettling claims […]

Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers

(University of Cambridge) New study finds 'messy' microscopic structures on petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour effect that is easily seen by bee pollinators. Researchers say these petal grooves evolved independently multiple times across flowering plants, but produce the same result: a floral halo of blue-to-ultraviolet light.

New study predicts worldwide change in shallow reef ecosystems as waters warm

(University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) A new study based on the first global survey of marine life by scuba divers has provided fresh insights into how climate change is affecting the distribution of marine...Show More Summary

Activist Defends Women Having Multiple Abortions: OK to Get Rid of “Pregnancies They Don’t Want”

Women should not be judged for aborting multiple unborn babies, argues Carrie Purcell, a research associate at the University of Glasgow. In a column for “The Conversation,” Purcell urged greater acceptance of abortion in society today. She said it should not matter if a woman has one or multiple abortions, she should not feel bad […]

Flexible ‘Skin’ Gives Robots Sense of Touch

7 minutes agoTechnology / Gadgets :

One of the prime differences between humans and robots is our ability to feel—emotionally and physically. A team of engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA, however, are working to bridge that […] The post Flexible ‘Skin’ Gives Robots Sense of Touch appeared first on

Electrode materials from the microwave oven

Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed...Show More Summary

Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light

Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light.

Riddle of matter remains unsolved: Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties

The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center have been able to measure the magnetic force of antiprotons with almost unbelievable precision. Show More Summary

How the mortgage tax break widens the racial divide

The mortgage interest deduction (MID) is one of the biggest drivers of racial housing inequality, a new report says. The report, published by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School (IASP) and...Show More Summary

Quantum physics boosts artificial intelligence methods

13 minutes agoAcademics / Physics : Fermilab News

Researchers from Caltech and the University of Southern California report the first application of quantum computing to a physics problem. By employing quantum-compatible machine learning techniques, they developed a method of extracting a rare Higgs boson signal from copious noise data.

The Dow Chemical Demonstration In Madison, October 18, 1967

A half century ago today on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin was the first seriously violent demonstration against the war in Vietnam, which resulted in 76 injuries. It brought a resounding end to the naïve idealism...Show More Summary

The New York Times released new staff social media guidelines, so phew, thankfully that’s settled

Last night, in an event at George Washington University, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet talked about his frustration with the social media profiles of some of the Times’ reporters and editors: “I’ve spent full days policing our social media,” executive editor Dean Baquet said, adding that he’s called reporters personally. Baquet said his...

Even smart people are shockingly bad at analyzing sources online. This might be an actual solution.

Many smart people are still very bad at evaluating sources. Stanford’s Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew observed “10 Ph.D. historians, 10 professional fact checkers, and 25 Stanford University undergraduates…as they evaluated live websites...Show More Summary

Florida Brewery Hatches Clever Plot to Thwart Richard Spencer Event

Trade in your admission tickets for free beer A brewery in Gainesville, Florida has cooked up an ingenious plan to undermine a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the nearby University of Florida on Thursday. Alligator Brewing Co. Show More Summary

Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest

(University of Arizona) Researchers are blending archaeology and geochemistry to get a more complete picture of turquoise's mining and distribution in the pre-Hispanic Southwest.

Individual receptors caught at work

(University of Würzburg) Using a revolutionary live-cell microscopy technique, an international team of scientist has observed for the first time individual receptors for hormones and widely used drugs at work in intact cells.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 getting Android 13, Tapion DLC

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 has some more DLC on the way, and it's going to add in two more playable characters. Both Android 13 and Tapion are going to be added in the DLC, as well as Universe 11 battle costumes. There will also be a “Hero Colosseum” facility that adds to the story and lets you battle using figures. This content will be paid DLC.

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