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NASA Mars lander on course for Monday touchdown

After a six-month voyage from Earth, NASA’s InSight Mars lander, streaking through space at some 12,300 mph, will slam into the thin Martian atmosphere Monday afternoon to begin a nail-biting six-and-a-half-minute descent to the surface, kicking off a billion-dollar mission to probe the red planet’s hidden interior. “The goal of InSight is nothing less than […]

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Study uncovers link between air pollution and intellectual disabilities in children — ScienceDaily

British children with intellectual disabilities are more likely than their peers to live in areas with high outdoor air pollution, according to a new Journal of Intellectual Disability Research study funded by Public Health England. The findings come from an analysis of data extracted from the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study, a nationally representative sample of […]

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Climate change report: National Climate Assessment released today reveals staggering economic and health toll of climate change

Last Updated Nov 23, 2018 3:37 PM EST NEW YORK — Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities, according to a long-awaited report released Friday by the federal government. The National Climate Assessment warns that extreme weather and climate-related events in the […]

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Effects visible even in adolescence — ScienceDaily

The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased significantly over the last decades, creating substantial financial and societal burdens. Due to this, researchers are trying to discover new approaches to the prevention and treatment of these diseases. A new PhD thesis from the University of Eastern Finland shows that there is a link between immune responses […]

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Facebook’s outgoing VP of comms Elliot Schrage defends using Definers Public Affairs PR firm to dig up info on critics

Facebook’s outgoing head of public policy and communications has taken full responsibility for hiring a controversial public relations firm accused of pushing critical stories on Facebook’s opponents. Elliot Schrage stepped down from his role at Facebook in June but remains as an adviser to the company’s executive team. He took “full responsibility” for hiring Definers Public Affairs […]

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