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The War on Women's Body Hair

12 February 2017 - 8:03pm
Nadine Ajaka, The Atlantic
I'm sure there was a time when I was not hairy, but I can't remember it. I have an early memory from middle school where a doctor examined my sideburns, which stretched almost down to my jawline, and suggested some pills to slow the growth. She told me they were for people with a lot of facial hair, like me.
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Can We Launch Nuclear Waste Into the Sun?

10 February 2017 - 11:56pm
Fraser Cain, UT
When I look at the Sun, I don't see a warm life-giving orb, nourishing all living creatures here on Earth. No, I see that fiery ball as a cosmic garbage compactor. A place I can dump all my household garbage, to make room for new impulse purchases.I mean, the Sun is right there, not doing anything right? It's hotter than any garbage incinerator, and it's the gravitational well at the heart of the Solar System. Get me a rocket, let's blast that waste into oblivion.
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Eclipse Reveals Surprising Shape of Moon's Shadow

10 February 2017 - 11:09pm
Ethan Siegel, SWaB!

The Earth is nearly a perfect circle, and when the Sun strikes it, it casts a shadow. That circle, during a perfect alignment between the Earth, Sun and Moon, is visible on the lunar surface, and what we see lines up exactly with what we expect: a near-perfect circle. The Moon, too, is nearly a perfect circle. Whether you see it lit up during a full Moon, the faint outline from earthshine during a crescent phase or are viewing it silhouetted against the Sun during a solar eclipse, it, too, appears circular. But if you were to view the shadow the Moon makes on Earth during this time, not only...
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Can Contraception Control Wild Horse Populations?

10 February 2017 - 10:55pm
Ben Masters, Nat Geo

TJ Holmes waited for a clean broadside shot before raising her rifle. She looked through the scope at the grazing horses, slowly exhaled as the crosshairs landed on her target, and squeezed the trigger. A dart flew from the air rifle and hit the mare smack on the hindquarter. The entire herd of horses moved 50 yards in alarm at the sound of the gun.Holmes stayed still until the horses calmed down before picking up the dart. She walked back to our film team.Pretty amazing, isn't it? she said. The PZP fertility control in this dart can keep a mare from becoming pregnant for a year,...
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Simple Solutions for US Energy Policy

10 February 2017 - 10:55pm
Alex B. Berezow, ACSH

Some policy issues are so complicated, there appears to be no good or easy solution. Take foreign policy, for example. With nearly 200 countries in the world, each with its own strategic goals and interests, it is nearly impossible either to ensure that everybody gets along or to craft policies that advance American interests while treating everyone else fairly. Deception and communication barriers, such as language and culture, exacerbate the problem. Indeed, statecraft is a job full of contradiction and frustration.
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Nuclear Power Industry Makes Appeal to Trump

10 February 2017 - 10:55pm
Hannah Northey, Science Mag

The Trump administration's arrival has forced the U.S. nuclear industry to revise its climate-based pitch for government assistance for at-risk reactors.Maria Korsnick, the new head of the Nuclear Energy Institute, told skeptical Wall Street analysts in New York today that supporting financially struggling, aging reactors is critical to curbing heat-trapping emissions, and that states like Illinois, New York and now Connecticut are stepping up with financial support.
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Origin of Ice on Mercury Shrouded in Mystery

10 February 2017 - 10:55pm
Elizabeth Howell, Seeker
Although Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, some of its craters hide water ice in their shaded depths but how much ice is there, and where exactly did it come from?A new study has part of the answer, suggesting that the ice is around 50 meters thick on average, but there is considerable uncertainty with that measurement. What kind of comets deposited the water there in the first place, however, is a mystery.
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MRI Developer Sir Peter Mansfield Dead at Age 83

10 February 2017 - 10:55pm
BBC News
A Nobel laureate who failed his school exams before going on to pioneer body scanning technology has died aged 83.Sir Peter Mansfield led a team in the 1970s that developed Magnetic Resonance Imaging, one of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine.The son of a gas fitter, he left school at the age of 15 before embarking on a career at the University of Nottingham.Vice-chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway said his work "changed our world for the better".
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