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Alexa, how do word senses evolve?

Added: 20.02.2018 17:28 | 0 views | 0 comments

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A new paper is the first to look at 1,000 years of English development and detect the kinds of algorithms that human minds have used to extend existing words to new senses of meaning. This kind of 'reverse engineering' of how human language has developed could have implications for natural language processing by machines.

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How political parties influence our beliefs, and what we can do about it

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Fake news is everywhere, but why we believe it is still unclear. Psychologists suggest that valuing our identity more than our accuracy is what leads us to accept incorrect information that aligns with our political party's beliefs. This value discrepancy can explain why high-quality news sources are no longer enough--and understanding it can help us find strategies to bridge the political divide.

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When it comes to our brains, there's no such thing as normal

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There's nothing wrong with being a little weird. Because we think of psychological disorders on a continuum, we may worry when our own ways of thinking and behaving don't match up with our idealized notion of health. But some variability can be healthy and even adaptive, say researchers, even though it can also complicate attempts to identify standardized markers of pathology.

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Industry is leaking huge amounts of microplastics, Swedish study shows

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Millions of plastic pellets are leaking out into the environment from a manufacturing site in Stenungsund, according to a new Swedish study. Despite several international and national sets of regulatory frameworks, the leaking continues.

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Land use change has warmed Earth's surface

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Recent changes to vegetation cover are causing Earth's surface to heat up. Activities like cutting down evergreen forests for agricultural expansion in the tropics create energy imbalances that lead to higher local surface temperatures and contribute to global warming.

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Noise from ships scares porpoises

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Porpoises communicate with each other using sounds. Therefore, they are highly sensitive to noise, such as ship noise. A new study shows that porpoises flee from and stop feeding when disturbed by heavy ship noise.

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Nitrate flux in the Arctic not following the decreasing NOx emissions in neighboring countries

Added: 20.02.2018 13:27 | 0 views | 0 comments


Nitrate deposits in the Arctic remains high even after the turn of the century, despite environmental policies adopted by neighboring countries in the late 20th century to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

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Removing globally used anxiety drug from recycled and wastewater at low cost

Added: 20.02.2018 10:24 | 0 views | 0 comments


Researchers can now remove a common anxiety drug from recycled water and wastewater, using low-cost titanium dioxide nanofibers. In cities running out of water, removing pharmaceuticals from wastewater in a simple, low cost way is becoming a priority.

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'Nobody poaches here': Study exposes misperception of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef and its remedy

Added: 20.02.2018 9:50 | 0 views | 0 comments

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New research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers who poach on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) think the illegal practice is justified, because they believe 'everyone else is doing it.'

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Illegal global trade of pangolins

Added: 17.02.2018 11:39 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins – one of the world’s most endangered animals – out of Central Africa, a new study has found.

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UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimize spill risk

Added: 17.02.2018 9:25 | 0 views | 0 comments


Strict controls would be 'a necessity' to minimize the risk of spills and leaks from any future UK shale gas industry, according to new research.

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Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life

Added: 16.02.2018 14:27 | 3 views | 0 comments

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Hollywood has it wrong. Humans would actually react positively to news of alien life -- intelligent or microbial.

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Even without the clean power plan, US can achieve Paris Agreement emissions reductions

Added: 16.02.2018 11:05 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have calculated that the US can meet -- or even beat -- the near-term carbon dioxide emission reductions required by the United Nations Paris Agreement, despite the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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Genetics makes Asians, Europeans susceptible to dengue shock syndrome

Added: 15.02.2018 14:18 | 3 views | 0 comments

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As globalization and climate change spread tropical diseases around the globe, not all populations are equally susceptible to infection. Gene variants common in people of Asian and European ancestry, for instance, make them more prone than those of African origin to developing severe dengue shock syndrome, according to a new study.

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Consumer and industrial products now a dominant urban air pollution source

Added: 15.02.2018 14:18 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Chemical products that contain compounds refined from petroleum, like household cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes, now rival motor vehicle emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to a surprising new study.

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Researchers challenge claims that sugar industry shifted blame to fat

Added: 15.02.2018 14:17 | 2 views | 0 comments

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In recent years, high-profile claims in the academic literature and popular press have alleged that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and emphasize instead the dangers of dietary fat. Historians challenge those claims through a careful examination of the evidence.

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Study dispels notion social media displaces human contact

Added: 15.02.2018 12:50 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Echoing concerns that grew with the World Wide Web itself a decade earlier, the rise of social media has stoked fears of 'social displacement' -- the alienation of people from friends and family in favor of Facebook and Twitter. A new study goes a fair distance toward debunking that notion.

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Practical work-related tasks may reduce burnout in new employees

Added: 14.02.2018 18:27 | 2 views | 0 comments

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A new study suggests that immediately charging new employees with simple, direct and meaningful tasks may be more effective in preventing newcomer burnout in the workplace than providing 'emotional' assistance.

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Who should be held responsible for the Aliso Canyon gas leak?

Added: 14.02.2018 13:28 | 1 views | 0 comments

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A new analysis of the Aliso Canyon gas leak determined corporate dysfunction and lax regulatory oversight led to the largest greenhouse gas leak in US history. The study is the first to report what went wrong and why an estimated 97,100 metric tons of methane polluted a Los Angeles neighborhood for four months.

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Opioid addiction treatment behind bars reduced post-incarceration overdose deaths in Rhode Island

Added: 14.02.2018 11:11 | 1 views | 0 comments

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A new study suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder.

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