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Marijuana Study Tying Teens' Pot Use To I.Q. Drop Is Flawed, New Paper Suggests

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this gorgeous, newly-released image of Saturn.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this gorgeous, newly-released image of Saturn.

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Scientists Urge Pardon For Computer Pioneer

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Stephen Hawking and other eminent scientists called Friday for the British government to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing, who helped win World War II but was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Hawking and 10 others urged Prime Minister David Cameron “formally to forgive the iconic British hero.” The letter, whose signatories also include Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, called Turing “one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the modern era.”

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TODAY: Asteroid Narrowly Misses Earth

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(via Universe Today)

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HuffPost Live was just voted Mashable’s Biggest Media Innovation of 2012!

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This Company Wants To Send You To The Moon

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"The instrument works. We found carbon compounds on Mars, but where did they come from? Whatever they turn out to be, the press conference today demonstrated how excited all of us carbon-based lifeforms get about news like this."

– Bill Nye, Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society, on today’s Mars Rover announcement.

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Just In: NASA announces finding evidence of organic compounds on Mars

A team of scientists announced on Monday that the Mars Rover Curiosity had found evidence of organic compounds on the Red Planet.

Martian soil samples analyzed aboard the rover revealed “water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances,” the space agency said in press materials.

Scientists will now have to determine whether the compounds are indigenous to Mars. There is a possibility that the organics could have come to Mars from Earth aboard the rover. There is also a chance that they could be materials that had fallen to Mars from space.

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WATCH LIVE: NASA Mars Rover Announcement

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Lunar Eclipse Photos Show Earth's Shadow On Moon

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What Women Want In A Man: Ladies Prefer Thin Over Macho, Study Suggests

Macho features have long been touted as an evolutionary asset that heterosexual women look for in a potential mate. But new research suggests weight may be a more powerful driver of attraction.

Macho features such as a strong jaw and squinty eyes advertise that a guy possesses high testosterone, according to the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis. Since high levels of this masculinizing hormone interfere with the immune system, the theory goes, macho men must be extra-fit to withstand the handicap their extra testosterone confers.

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Now splashed on HuffPost Green: Hurricane Sandy: Toxic Pollution, Low-Income Families In Direct Path Of Storm Surges

Now splashed on HuffPost Green: Hurricane Sandy: Toxic Pollution, Low-Income Families In Direct Path Of Storm Surges

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Figaro The Cockatoo Makes, Uses Tools To Get Food (VIDEO)

Figaro may not be as talented an inventor as Leonardo da Vinci, but among Goffin’s cockatoos, he’s a prodigy. In their natural habitat—the forests of Indonesia—these cockatoos have never been seen making or using tools. But researchers report today that Figaro, a member of a captive colony of the birds in Austria, invents and uses stick tools of his own design. Although toolmaking and use is not uncommon in animals, this type of spontaneous innovation and individual creativity is “exceedingly rare” among nonhuman animals, the scientists note, and opens up many questions about the cognitive skills required. Understanding these processes, they say, may help unlock many questions about the evolution of intelligence.

More here.

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It's Okay To Be Smart: If only scientists had warned people of how vulnerable NYC is to hurricane-related storm surge in a warming climate with...

jtotheizzoe:

Oh wait, they did! Here’s part of an abstract from Nature Climate Change, from February of this year (emphasis mine):

Struck by many intense hurricanes in recorded history and prehistory, NYC is highly vulnerable to storm surges. We show that the change of storm climatology will probably…

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