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New Shepard shows promise with second successful landing

January 2016 marked the historical vertical landing of a previously used suborbital rocket, Blue Origin’s New Shepard. This rocket is named after Alan Shepard, the first American who traveled into space. Headed by technology entrepreneur and investor Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin is one of the many competing commercial space travel companies. The first successful vertical…

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Marvin Minsky dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, died in a Boston hospital on Jan. 24 after a lengthy fight with cerebral hemorrhage. Minsky was born in New York City and attended the Bronx High School of Science. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 during the last two years of the Second…

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Height may contribute to attractiveness

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while romantic comedies like to suggest that you may fall in love this Feb. 14 because of cosmic destiny, science begs to differ. A new study reveals that a human’s choice in romantic partner is influenced by their genes, including the genes that determine a person’s height. Throughout the…

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Youth violence and youth bullying more prominent in poor nations

Youth violence and youth bullying are factors that undermine a country’s economic wealth and social development—the factors being particularly prominent in poorer countries—new research reveals. The study, conducted by Frank Elgar, a professor at the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, used two international school-based surveys to gather data on rates of…

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Altruism less common among children from religious families

Children born and raised within religious households are less likely to be altruistic, a new international study from the University of Chicago claims. Published by Current Biology and written and researched by professor Jean Decety and his team of psychologists, the study deeply examined the behavior of 1,170 children in six different countries: Canada, Jordan,…

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Learning during sleep depends on timing

Retaining new information can be as easy as getting some uninterrupted sleep claims a recent study funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Researchers from the University of Zurich and Fribourg confirmed the findings of a previous study, which claimed that newly-learned foreign vocabulary words can be memorized more easily if the same words are…

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