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Two Failed Stars in Our Cosmic Neighborhood Seem to Have… Stripes?
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Two Failed Stars in Our Cosmic Neighborhood Seem to Have… Stripes?

Never appreciated for what they are, brown dwarfs are often compared to what they are not. Indeed, they’re stuck in a celestial no man’s land, classified neither as stars nor gas giant planets. As new research shows, however, comparing brown dwarfs to gas giants like Jupiter is more appropriate than we realized. Read more…

Cancer Researcher Sentenced for Stealing Biological Samples
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Cancer Researcher Sentenced for Stealing Biological Samples

In December 2019, a Chinese cancer expert named Zaosong Zheng working at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was arrested for trying to sneak 19 vials of biological samples to China so he could continue his research. Now Zheng’s been sentenced to time served, The Boston Globe reports, in part due to his value to...

California Is Packing the COVID Dead Into Refrigerated Trucks
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California Is Packing the COVID Dead Into Refrigerated Trucks

So many people are dying at the hands of the coronavirus in California that mortuaries are running out of space to store bodies. State officials are dispatching refrigerated trucks across the state to hold corpses, as the rising COVID-19 death toll is causing funeral homes to fill up, the Los Angeles Times reports. The move...

Climate Change Will Roast Cities More Than Anywhere Else
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Climate Change Will Roast Cities More Than Anywhere Else

Heat Islands Scientists are taking aim at a commonly-overlooked problem in the fight against climate change: what to do about cities. New research shows that the average temperature within a city will rise well beyond the global average temperatures that climate initiatives tend to focus on, Wired reports. In fact, the new models show that...

Sony’s new AI-powered TVs ‘mimic the human brain’
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Sony’s new AI-powered TVs ‘mimic the human brain’

Sony has unveiled a new lineup of Bravia TVs that “mimic the human brain” to replicate how we see and hear. The devices use a new processing method that Sony calls “cognitive intelligence.” The company says it goes beyond standard AI to create an immersive visual and sound experience: While conventional AI can only detect and analyze...