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Nature’s Mechanical Secrets Could Help Build Faster Robots

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:00
Some small animals can produce bullet-like accelerations—could robots do it, too?
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Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sexual Assault Retrial

Jurors listened to more than two weeks of testimony from 25 witnesses, including five women who had never before confronted the entertainer in a criminal courtroom.

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CNN's Jake Tapper On McCarthyism, Trump And The 'Jar Jar Binks Principle'

Tapper's new novel, The Hellfire Club, takes place in 1954 during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist "witch hunt" — a time he describes as "very resonant" with the current political climate.

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Arkansas Installs A New Ten Commandments Monument At Its Capitol

The first version of a Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol lasted less than 24 hours before it was destroyed by a car last June.

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Bill To Protect Mueller Investigation Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee

While the bill lacks support from GOP leaders in the House and Senate, it's intended to send a message to President Trump that he avoid interfering with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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A New Startup Wants to Use Crispr to Diagnose Disease

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:00
Genetics pioneer Jennifer Doudna has launched the first commercial Crispr platform for detecting disease-causing DNA.
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Benzodiazepines: America's 'Other Prescription Drug Problem'

Drugs like Valium, Xanax and Ativan are more popular than ever. Frequently used to treat anxiety, the medicines can be risky, especially when mixed with alcohol or opioids.

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Greece and the Aegean and Ionian Seas

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:00
This view from above the nation of Turkey looks out across the Aegean Sea, over Greece and onto the Ionian Sea where Sicily and the boot of Italy are barely visible. The sun's glint on the Mediterranean waters highlight the Greek islands while clouds cloak the island of Crete.
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What To Expect From Friday's Summit Between North And South Korea

"President Trump is in for a rude surprise if he thinks ... Kim Jong Un is going to say, 'Sure, I'll hand over my nuclear weapons,'" North Korea expert Jean H. Lee tells NPR.

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Ominous Views of Japan's New Concrete Seawalls

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:00
Can these 41-foot-high walls protect the country from another tsunami?
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