US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies
Oct07

US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies

About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in their systems, decades after mining for Cold War weaponry ended on their reservation, a U.S. health official Monday. The early findings from the University of New Mexico study were shared during a congressional field hearing in Albuquerque. Dr. Loretta Christensen — the chief...

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NASA found a weirdly salty ‘ancient oasis’ on Mars
Oct07

NASA found a weirdly salty ‘ancient oasis’ on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered what it dubs an “ancient oasis” on the red planet, featuring some very unusual salts. After sending Curiosity to explore the floor of the 100-meter-wide Gale Crater, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement Monday that millions of years ago, the floor of the crater might have been covered with shallow streams. The layers of rocks and salt in the crater...

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Eyelash glue and snake mouth-to-mouth: Wild things biologists do to follow animals
Oct07

Eyelash glue and snake mouth-to-mouth: Wild things biologists do to follow animals

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — The first time Paul Krausman jumped out of a helicopter and wrestled a deer to the ground was in 1978. Another researcher had shot a net over the deer moments before, but the animal was not sedated, and it fought hard until Krausman managed to blindfold it and fasten a radio collar around its neck. Krausman has now made that leap well over 100 times, collaring species such as...

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Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update
Oct07

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

It’s time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long been split into separate apps for music, video and books. Mac computers follow suit Monday with a software update called Catalina. Music-subscription services...

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Climate activists block roads, march in global protests
Oct07

Climate activists block roads, march in global protests

Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked major roads across major European cities Monday, kicking off a wide-ranging series of worldwide protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change. In Berlin, around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital’s Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column. That protest began before dawn. At Monday...

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