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For 50 Years, Deep-Water Trawls Likely Caught More Fish Than Anyone Thought

Long before it lands on a restaurant menu, Chilean sea bass takes quite a journey to arrive on land. To catch these deep-sea dwellers, fishers usually drag nets along the ocean floor a quarter of a mile, or more, beneath the ocean's surface — a form of fishing called bottom trawling.<p>The United …

Aquaculture

Mexican Walking Fish may hold key to helping paralysed people walk again

An endangered salamander may hold the key to helping paralysed people walk again, scientists believe.<p>The axolotl, or Mexican salamander has the astonishing ability to regenerate limbs and even spinal cord if it has been injured.<p>But now a new study by the University of Minnesota in the US has …

Spinal Cords

Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD.<p>It's marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety — and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too.<p>Part of the appeal, at least for people who don't want to get high, is that CBD …

Cannabis

Gmail accounts appear to send out spam, and their owners are baffled

Something is not right in the land of Gmail.<p>Numerous account holders woke up Sunday morning to discover a raft of spam emails sitting in their sent …

Security

Bajau people 'evolved bigger spleens' for free-diving

<b>In a striking example of recent natural selection, the Bajau people of South-East Asia have developed bigger spleens for diving, a study shows.</b><p>The Bajau are traditionally nomadic and seafaring, and survive by collecting shellfish from the sea floor.<p>Scientists studying the effect of this lifestyle …

Evolution

Chat: Google’s big shot at killing Apple’s iMessage

Google has unveiled a new messaging system, Chat, an attempt to replace SMS, unify Android’s various messaging services and beat Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp with the help of mobile phone operators.<p>Unlike traditional texting, or SMS, most modern messaging services – such as Signal, …

Privacy

Southwest passengers tried to save woman as pilot showed 'nerves of steel'

Retired nurse gave Jennifer Riordan CPR after she was partially sucked out of a window, while captain discussed landing with officials<p>Latest news: aviation authority orders mass engine inspections<p>Terrified passengers struggled in vain to save the life of the woman who was partially sucked …

New Mexico

The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables.<p>The latest example of how one of …

Renewable Energy

Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa …

Smart Homes

How Uber is moving the "blue dot" and improving GPS accuracy in big cities

GPS can’t see through tall buildings, so Uber set out to fix the problem using 3D maps, probability, and math<p>You might have noticed a problem when you try to use your smartphone to navigate a big city: your GPS location is usually super inaccurate. Sometimes it's only by a few feet, but if you’re …

University College London

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt fish has finally been revealed – and it’s down to evolution.<p>The Bajau people are able to dive tens of metres underwater with no conventional …

Biology

The Pilot Who Saved That Southwest Flight Is A Badass

Tammie Jo Shults, reportedly one of the pilots responsible for landing the Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that experienced an engine explosion …

Southwest Airlines

Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Facebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, failed to answer questions about the process from US politicians and as the company prepares to fight a lawsuit over facial recognition in California.<p>In a blog post, …

Privacy

US, UK warn of Russian hackers targeting millions of routers

Russian spies are looking for vulnerabilities in routers for future attacks. Officials are urging people, and device makers, to take security measures.<p>Russian hackers are targeting millions of routers around the world, including devices in homes and offices, according to US and UK officials.<p>In a …

Cybersecurity

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three men are having a furious argument. One of them, drunk, draws back his fist, ready to smash it into his opponent’s face. Seeing what is about to happen, the third grabs a block of wood from a nearby pile. “Dr …

Psychology

Boy unearths treasure of the Danish king Bluetooth in Germany

A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” trove in Germany which may have belonged to the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark.<p>René Schön and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January …

Archaeology

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

<i>The Flintstones</i>, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed <i>The Jetsons</i>, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to …

Artificial Intelligence

NPR Issues Rare Retraction

Listeners who tuned in to <i>All Things Considered</i> Wednesday may have heard a strangely vague on-air story retraction that raised as many questions as it answered — especially for those who didn't hear the original story on April 3.<p>Here's what was said:<p>"Now, we need to tell you about some mistakes made …

Journalism

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Magnetic Fields Are A Big Predictor Of A Loggerhead Turtle's Genes

What makes a group of animals genetically similar to each other?<p>Traditionally, scientists have thought that animals living near each other are more likely to have things in common genetically. Another explanation is that animals living in similar environments — like high altitudes or hot …

Magnetism

Walkouts And Teacher Pay: How Did We Get Here?

Teachers in Arizona are staging what they're calling a walk-<i>in</i> today. They're asking lawmakers for a 20 percent pay raise and for school funding to return to pre-recession levels. This comes as teachers in Oklahoma continue their walk-<i>out.</i> After more than a week of protests and dozens of closed …

Education

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A new sidebar includes Google Calendar alongside messages<p>Google revealed yesterday that it’s planning to launch a new Gmail design in the coming weeks. The refreshed design will appear for Gmail users on the web, bringing it closer to the company’s tweaks for Gmail on mobile devices. <i>The Verge</i> has …

Gmail

A beautiful collection of rare maps shows how the world viewed India over the centuries

In the 1580s, the adventurous son of a Dutch innkeeper found himself on a ship sailing from Lisbon to India. Newly employed by the archbishop of Goa, Jan Huygen van Linschoten was headed to the capital of the <i>Estado da India Portuguesa</i>—the Portuguese State of India—from where the European power …

India

Man eats world's hottest chilli pepper – and ends up in hospital

A man who took part in a chilli pepper eating contest ended up with more than he bargained for when he took on the hottest pepper in the world.<p>After eating a Carolina Reaper pepper, the 34-year-old started dry heaving before developing a pain in his neck that turned into a series of thunderclap …

Food

Federal Budget Deficit Projected to Soar to Over $1 Trillion in 2020

WASHINGTON — The federal government’s annual budget deficit is set to widen significantly in the next few years, and is expected to top $1 trillion in 2020 despite healthy economic growth, according to new projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Monday.<p>The national …

Economics

YouTube Hackers Deface Despacito and Other Popular Vevo Videos [Updated]

The most-watched YouTube video of all time, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, was was briefly removed from YouTube early Tuesday morning, …

Internet