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Denver Is Voting on Whether to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms 1

Denver Is Voting on Whether to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

Trip to the Polls Denver, Colorado may become the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize shrooms — if a new initiative gets voted through. It’s only one city, but the vote suggests that Americans are coming around to a more progressive view on recreational — and potentially therapeutic — psychoactive drugs. Changing Minds If passed, Initiative …

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Climate Change Could Cause Fukushima-Style Meltdowns in the US 2

Climate Change Could Cause Fukushima-Style Meltdowns in the US

Unprepared Most nuclear power plants in the United States are not prepared for the increase in flooding and severe weather that climate change will soon bring. Of the roughly 60 operational plants in the U.S., 90 percent have at least one design flaw that will render them susceptible to flood damage and storm surge, according …

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Amazing New Rocket Engine Sucks up Atmospheric Oxygen for Fuel 3

Amazing New Rocket Engine Sucks up Atmospheric Oxygen for Fuel

Air-Breathing Rocket U.K. aerospace manufacturer Reaction Engines is preparing a potentially revolutionary rocket engine for a real-world test within the next 18 months. The Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) runs partially on oxygen collected from the atmosphere rather than relying on heavy fuel. That means serious weight savings, according to the European Space Agency — such that a payload could be delivered …

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Listen to Brutal Death Metal Made by a Neural Network 4

Listen to Brutal Death Metal Made by a Neural Network

Death Metal In a project called “Relentless Doppelganger,” a neural network is grinding out the blast beats, super-distorted guitars, and bellowing vocals of death metal. The best part of all: it’s streaming its brutal creations 24 hours a day on YouTube — an intriguing and public example of AI that’s now able to generate convincing imitations of human art. …

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Puerto Rico Will Stop Burning Coal Next Year 5

Puerto Rico Will Stop Burning Coal Next Year

Spring Cleaning Puerto Rico has a plan in motion to shut down its coal-burning power plants by next year. The Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, recently signed by Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Roselló, puts the island on track to completely ditch non-renewable energy sources by 2050, according to The Rising — a heartening sign that Puerto Rico …

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China’s Military Built an Autonomous Amphibious Landing Vehicle 6

China’s Military Built an Autonomous Amphibious Landing Vehicle

Marine Lizard China has announced what local media is calling the “world’s first armed amphibious drone boat.” The 39-foot-long Marine Lizard is designed to assist land assault operations and can form a web with other drone ships and airborne drones in order to act in tandem with them. It can reach a maximum of 50 …

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The Government Wants to Make an Example out of Mark Zuckerberg

Target Acquired After seemingly countless privacy scandals rocked Facebook in recent years, federal regulators are considering taking a more aggressive approach — including potentially holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg responsible for the social media giant’s misconduct. The news comes from anonymous sources close to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s ongoing, confidential probe into Facebook’s business practices who spoke …

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Scientists Find Genetic Variants That Prevent Obesity, Diabetes 7

Scientists Find Genetic Variants That Prevent Obesity, Diabetes

Drug Discovery Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered genetic variants, or mutations, that protect people from obesity and its symptoms — and they think the discovery could lead to new weight-loss medications. “A powerful emerging concept is that genetic variants that protect against disease can be used as models for the development of …

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Scientists Create Material With “Artificial Metabolism” 8

Scientists Create Material With “Artificial Metabolism”

Slime Mold Scientists just got one step closer to creating living machines — or at least machines that mimic biological life as we know it. A new biomaterial built in a Cornell University bioengineering lab uses synthetic DNA to continuously and autonomously organize, assemble, and restructure itself in a process so similar to how biological …

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IBM Pulls the Plug on Drug-Discovering Watson AI 9

IBM Pulls the Plug on Drug-Discovering Watson AI

Bye, Watson On Thursday, STAT published a story claiming that IBM is halting sales of Watson for Drug Discovery — a service that uses the company’s Watson AI to analyze connections between genes, drugs, and diseases on the hunt for useful new medications — citing as its source a person familiar with IBM’s internal decision-making. “We are focusing our resources …

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