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  • Cutting H-1B Visas Endangers Scientific Progress For Everyone

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S recent executive order calling for a sweeping review of the H-1B visa program has raised alarm in STEM-related industries that rely heavily on an international supply of high-skilled labor.  Current policy for H-1B visas, which permit highly skilled foreigners to work in the US temporarily, prohibits...
  • Cities drive animals and plants to evolve

    Ever seen a raccoon unlatch a garbage can in search of leftovers? Or shimmy across power lines to get from one rooftop to another? If so, you’ve witnessed an animal adapting its behavior to city life. That’s been going on since people started building cities thousands of years ago....
  • Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

    CELLS ARE BASICALLY tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly. If you chug a Frappuccino, your blood sugar spikes, and your pancreatic #cells get the message. Output: more insulin. But cellular computing is more than just a convenient metaphor. In the last couple of decades, biologists...
  • Scientists make giant leap in age-old pursuit of longer, healthier life

    Scientists have found a way to reverse the ageing process, extending the lifespan of mice by 20 per cent and raising the prospect of an anti-ageing treatment for humans within a decade. The discovery has attracted the attention of US space agency #Nasa , which is keen to protect...
  • The Newly Discovered TRAPPIST-1 Star System Was Hiding In Elite: Dangerous All Along

    NASA had some big news this past week. No, it wasn’t aliens. It was the next best thing: the discovery of seven new “Earth-sized exoplanets,” a few of which could be hospitable to life. Now, it turns out that Elite: Dangerous actually predicted the existence of the TRAPPIST-1 star...
  • Stephen Hawking says Earth may be doomed in 1,000 years

    Stephen Hawking has a simple message for humanity: Haul your butt to Mars(and beyond). In a speech delivered this week at the Oxford Union, the legendary scientist says humanity can only survive another thousand years or so on Earth thanks to growing threats that include climate change, nuclear war,...
  • NASA Finds More Evidence of Water Plumes on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

    LAST WEEK, NASA announced its scientists had found “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s moon Europa. And, just like you’d expect, the space-dork corner of the Internet whipped itself into a frenzy. Because that kind of vague statement can only mean they found aliens, right? Well, not really. But some people...
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