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These early humans survived a supervolcano eruption 74,000 years ago

Scientists analyzed the remains of two Paleolithic human campsites in South Africa (PP5-6 and VBB) to see whether there were dramatic changes after the Toba eruption 74,000 years ago in Sumatra. They found clear evidence that ash and glass from the eruption fell at these sites, and yet human habitation remained uninterrupted. (credit: Nature)

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He’s not just saying he feels her pain—he really is
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“Injury to widespread brain networks” in victims of mystery attacks in Cuba
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Enlarge / A general view of Embassy of the United State of America in Cuba, Havana on September 18, 2017. (credit: Getty | Anadolu Agency)

A preliminary case report on the

James Webb Telescope sun shield snags, further launch delays likely
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Enlarge / NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A for vacuum testing on June 20, 2017. (credit: NASA)

A new report on the

After Thursday’s launch, we can now eye storms in HD from New Zealand to Africa
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United Launch Alliance

America has a new weather satellite—the second of a new generation of high-definition weather observation spacecraft. The GOES-S spacecraft lifted off from Florida on Thursday evening, launched aboard an Atlas V rocket. It will reach its target geostationary orbit in two weeks, about 36,000km above the Earth's surface.

AI trained to spot heart disease risks using retina scan
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The yellow spots in this image are sites of retinal degeneration. (credit: NIH)

The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that you don't have to tell it what to look for in an image. You don't even need to care about what it looks for. With ...

Project Loon team gave Puerto Rico connectivity—and assembled a helicopter
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AUSTIN, Texas—"So this happened—this is September 2017," Juan Ramírez Lugo, president of the AAAS Caribbean divis...

More nightmare fuel: Bedbugs create cesspool of poop and histamine in your bed
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Enlarge / A typical bed bug aggregation showing blood-fed and unfed bed bugs and fecal spots that contain histamine (photo credit: Matt Bertone) (credit: DeVries et al.)

It’s official: pooping the bed is not ...

There’s something strange going on amid the satellite Internet rush
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Enlarge / A happy Greg Wyler after a launch in 2013. (credit: JODY AMIET/AFP/Getty Images)

As Thursday's SpaceX launch of two test satellites viv...

Yes, sea level rise really is accelerating
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Enlarge / A family of sea-level-measuring satellites. (credit: NASA)

Some people have eyeballed satellite measurements of sea level rise and claimed that there is no sign of acceleration—just a linear incr...