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You Might Still Get to Be a Toys R Us Kid

CNN – The company said it is considering “a new, operating Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us branding company,” the filing said. The plan would “create new, domestic, retail operating businesses under the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us names, as well as expand its international presence and further develop its private brands business.”The details of when and how the brand would be brought back to life were not disclosed. | Get the Full Story

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Russians in the Central African Republic? You Betcha!

World Affairs Journal – In December 2017, Russia secured an exemption to the Security Council arms embargo, allowing Moscow to deliver arms and training for what a UN panel of experts describes as part of a multinational effort — including the European Union Military Training Mission — to boost the capabilities of the CAR’s military and security forces. | Get the Full Story

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Quantum experiment suggests there really are ‘alternative facts’

NewScientist – There are no objective facts in the world. This isn’t a statement about fake news. Rather, it is the implication of an experiment that suggests the nature of reality depends on who is looking.
The work is rooted in thought experiments about the nature of quantum mechanics, but this is the first time one has been done in the lab, with potentially profound implications. “I am very excited about it,” says theorist Carlo Rovelli at Aix-Marseille University in France. | Get the Full Story

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Twas Air That Killed the Dinosaurs

Science Alert – …..scientists have demonstrated what obliterated the marine life: rising temperatures accelerated the metabolisms of ocean creatures, which increases their oxygen requirements, while simultaneously depleting the oceans of oxygen. | Get the Full Story

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Cooperation Versus Competition, and the Need for Mixing

Science Daily – Research has shown that two fundamental ways in which nodes in one system can influence nodes in another one are interdependence (or cooperation), as in critical infrastructures or financial networks, and antagonism (or competition), as observed in ecological systems, social networks, or in the human brain. | Get the Full Story

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Zombie Deer is Good Eats, Docs Say

NY Post – Researchers examined about 80 people who’ve feasted on the meat of deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease — a fatal illness that causes zombie-like behavior in the animals and could spread to humans — and found over the course of the six-year study “no significant changes in health conditions,” USA Today reported on Thursday. | Get the Full Story

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Monster Turtle Missing in New Mexican Desert – AP News

AP News – ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can’t run fast and can’t be missed — a 100-pound tortoise.
KOB-TV reports Dusty the Turtle went missing earlier this month in Roswell, New Mexico after strong winds knocked open a gate that housed him. | Get the Full Story

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RightZilla – OAC Pulls Boss Card in Epic Video Slapdown

The American Mirror – Talking about how she tried to overcome her insecurities, she said, “I’m at least trying, and they’re not. And so the power is in the person who’s trying, regardless of the success.“If you’re trying, you’ve got all the power, you’re driving the agenda, you’re doing all this stuff,” Ocasio-Cortez said. | Get the Full Story

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Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change

Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change  – Science Daily
“We have recently discovered that while (bacteria infected with viruses) are in the process of dying, microbes can produce new viruses that then go to attack their original invader. This is a form of resistance we had not observed before,” said Buchan.This type of competitive interaction, Buchan said, is important for stabilizing the size of microbial populations in marine systems. This balance may be crucial for biogeochemical processes, including many related to climate change. | Get the Full Story

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After More than 10 Years, The Quest for Room Temp Magnet Reversal is Over

Magnetization reversal achieved at room temperature using only an electric field- Phys.org
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have achieved magnetization reversal in cobalt-substituted bismuth ferrite by applying an electric field. Researchers have sought such a technique for over a decade in order to make new types of low-power-consumption magnetic memory devices. | Get the Full Story

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Decentralizing-Empowering Nebulas Could Save Blockchain

Nebulas could be the Future of Improving The Efficiency of Blockchain Upgrades  – the-blockchain
Pertaining to the issue of system upgrades, Nebulas believes that “the decision makers of a blockchain upgrade should not be centralized. It belongs to every participant in the community. Every token user of Nebulas has the right to participate in and choose the future direction of Nebulas.”
One of the many new features that Nebulas NOVA will include is the Nebulas Blockchain Runtime Environment (NBRE) and is the first version of Nebulas Force as stated in Nebulas’ whitepaper. NBRE is the execution environment for the Nebulas core protocols and algorithms; based on the JIT (Just In Time) LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) compiler, making it possible to manage, execute and submit LLVM Intermediate Representation (IR) to the Nebulas blockchain. | Get the Full Story

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Quantum Leaping Your Way Thanks to Quantum of Light

In the blink of an eye: Team uses quantum of light to create new quantum simulator  – Science Daily
Imagine being stuck inside a maze and wanting to find your way out. How would you proceed? The answer is trial and error. This is how traditional computers with classical algorithms operate to find the solution to a complex problem. Now consider this: What if, by magic, you were able to clone yourself into multiple versions so that you were able to go through all the various paths at the same time? You’d find the exit almost instantly. | Get the Full Story

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Your Glowing Pea Could End Needle Biopsies

Fluorescing urine signals organ transplant rejection, could replace needle biopsies – Science Daily
A new screening method using sensor particles and a urine test could catch rejection much earlier, more comprehensively, and without a biopsy needle.
When the body’s immune system has just begun attacking cells of a transplanted organ, the new method’s particles send a fluorescent signal into the urine. In a new study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University validated the method in a mouse model, and they have engineered the sensor with highly biocompatible components, which could make the path to potential future trials easier. | Get the Full Story

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How You Smell Things Could Determine How Long You Live

The smelling of food controls cellular recycling and affects life expectancy – Science Daily
The smell of food induces a variety of physiological processes in our body. Thus, the production of saliva and digestive enzymes is stimulated before the actual food intake in order to prepare the gastrointestinal tract for the upcoming digestive process. In a healthy organism, this coordination depends on a dynamic balance between formation and degradation of proteins (proteostasis). This plays an important role for the recycling of cells and during the aging process. | Get the Full Story

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Solar Winds Teaching Scientists to Make New Chemical Factory

Ingredients for water could be made on surface of moon, a chemical factory  – Science Daily
Using a computer program, scientists simulated the chemistry that unfolds when the solar wind pelts the Moon’s surface. As the Sun streams protons to the Moon, they found, those particles interact with electrons in the lunar surface, making hydrogen (H) atoms. These atoms then migrate through the surface and latch onto the abundant oxygen (O) atoms bound in the silica (SiO2) and other oxygen-bearing molecules that make up the lunar soil, or regolith. Together, hydrogen and oxygen make the molecule hydroxyl (OH), a component of water, or H2O | Get the Full Story

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Cows Need Love Too, and So there’s Tudder, Tinder for Cows

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love  – Reuters
A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.
Called “Tudder” – a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of.
They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy. | Get the Full Story