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CubeSats Have 1 Major Shortcoming, But Not for Long

Over the past decade and a half, satellites the size of a toaster have opened up new possibilities for using space. Called CubeSats, these diminutive spacecraft offer several appealing virtues for scientific and national security missions and one major handicap—but a fix is on the way. Built to a standard …

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Canadians Are First to Sample Genetically Modified Salmon

(Credit: Aristokrates/Shutterstock) After a protracted fight, salmon have become the first genetically modified animal to be sold in stores. The salmon, implanted with genes that boost their growth, come from the U.S.-based biotech firm AquaBounty Technologies, which has been attempting to gain regulatory approval for their product for some 25 years. Last …

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Bronze Age Teens Ate Dogs to Become Men

(Credit: Shutterstock) Some 4,000 years ago in the Russian steppe, the relationship between man and dog was, you could say, complicated. It seems in that time and place, as a rite of passage into manhood, teenage boys were sent to a ritual site to “transform” into dogs by eating their …

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Female Brains Are More Active?

Another day, another over-hyped sex differences neuroscience study. The headlines this time around are especially cringeworthy: Study Finds Women’s Brains Are Far More Active Than Men’s Women Are Using A LOT More Of Their Brains Than Men. Surprise, surprise 😏 Women really DO overthink things! Scans reveal they have ‘more …

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A New Take on the Biodegradable Car

The Lina biodegradable car. (Credit: Eindhoven University) A concept car in the Netherlands is constructed almost entirely of materials the grow in the soil. Called “Lina,” the biodegradable car is the work of students at Eindhoven University of Technology and is composed mainly of sugar beet resin and flax. It weighs …

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The Ice Tank Shaping Future Coast Guard Icebreakers

A demonstration of the icebreaking testing taking place at the National Research Council of Canada in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. Credit: CNW Group/National Research Council Canada Imagine your childhood bathtub playtime magnified into large model ships plowing through an ice-filled tank with a length that rivals the Statue of Liberty’s height. …

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Spreadsheet Risks in Science

Errors in the use of spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel could pose risks for science. That’s according to a preprint posted on arXiv from Ghada AlTarawneh and Simon Thorne of Cardiff Metropolitan University. AlTarawneh and Thorne conducted a survey of 17 researchers from the University of Newcastle neuroscience research centre, …

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