Universe Today
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As Rebecca Mickol, an astrobiologist at the ACSPS and the lead author of the study, explained : One of the exciting moments for me was the detection of methane in the Martian atmosphere. On Earth, most methane is produced biologically by past or present organisms. The same could possibly be true for Mars. Of course, there are a lot of possible alternatives to the methane on Mars and it is still considered controversial. But that just adds to the excitement. As part of the ongoing effort to understand the Martian environment, scientists have spent the past 20 years studying if four specific strains of methanogen Methanothermobacter wolfeii, Methanosarcina barkeri, Methanobacterium formicicum, Methanococcus maripaludis can survive on Mars. While it is clear that they could endure the low-oxygen and radiation (if underground), there is still the matter of the extremely low air-pressure.
Beijing Bulletin
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Futurity
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The team research compared VA opioid prescribing for the year before the OSI rolled out with OSI's first year. The new research shows OSI greatly accelerated the downward trend, which came on the heels of other system attempts to combat risky opioid use, including guidelines for prescribing. Veterans who misuse painkillers often turn to heroin As our nation as a whole is learning, it's important to reduce risky opioid-related prescribing, says Lewei Allison Lin, first author of the new study and an addiction fellow in the University of Michigan psychiatry department who trained in the VA system. We hope that these findings, showing the VA OSI was associated with a reduction in risky prescribing, will encourage others to consider similar health care system interventions to address this complex issue. Deaths and cases of substance use disorders linked to opioid painkillers have risen to epidemic levels nationally, with more than 14,000 deaths from prescription opioids in 2014 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most recent year for which data is available.
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France 24
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During her husband's two terms in the nation's highest office, the native of Chicago's South Side -- who grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with her parents and older brother -- has also become a style icon and global role model. "One of the most intriguing things about Michelle Obama is that she represents so many things to so many different people," Peter Slevin, a professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the author of "Michelle Obama: A Life," told AFP. "She chose her issues, she stayed true to her values and she made the role uniquely her own." - From the South Side to Harvard - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born in Chicago on January 17, 1964 to a stay-at-home mom and a father who never missed work at a city water plant despite a battle with multiple sclerosis. She received an Ivy League education at two of the nation's most elite schools -- Princeton and Harvard, where she studied law, as her future husband would also do.
Washington Free Beacon
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Phys.Org
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Days before Donald J. Trump steps forward on the Inaugural platform in Washington to assume the role of the 45th President of the United States of America, evolutionary biologist and systematist Dr. Vazrick Nazari named a new species in his honour. The author, whose publication can be found in the open access journal ZooKeys, hopes that the fame around the new moth will successfully point to the critical need for further conservation efforts for fragile areas such as the habitat of the new species.
Forbes
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You'll be better off getting freelance gigs, according to the author of a recently published book.
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The fiance of a children's author found dead in a human sewage tank underneath her home told police she had spoken of "wanting space", a court has heard.
Futurity
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Fast and slow talkers end up conveying information at about the same rate, research shows, because faster speech packs less information into each utterance. The study suggests we tend to converse within a narrow channel of communication data so that we do not provide too much or too little information at a given time, says Uriel Cohen Priva, author of the study in the journal Cognition and assistant professor in the department of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences at Brown University. It seems the constraints on how much information per second we should transmit are fairly strict, or stricter than we thought they were, Cohen Priva says. In information theory, rarer word choices convey greater lexical information, while more complicated syntax, such as passive voice, conveys greater structural information.
The Huffington Post
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Going on Watch Starting on January 20th, as Donald Trump takes office, the clock will already be ticking in each of these flashpoint regions. No one knows which will be the first to erupt, or what will happen when it does, but dont count on our escaping at least one, and possibly more, major international crises in the not-too-distant future. Given the stakes involved, its essential to keep a close watch on all of them for signs of anything that might trigger a major conflagration and for indications of a prematurely violent Trumpian response (the moment to raise a hue and cry). Keeping the spotlight shining on these four potential flashpoints may not be much, but its the least we can do to avert Armageddon. Michael T. Klare, a TomDispatch regular , is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of The Race for Whats Left .
Futurity
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Dungeness crab fisheries on the West Coastvalued at about $220 million annually—may face a strong downturn over the next 50 years. The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast's marine food web in unexpected ways, say researchers. Dungeness crabs, for example, will likely suffer as their food sources decline. But pteropods and copepods, tiny marine organisms with shells that are vulnerable to acidification, will likely experience only a slight overall decline because they are prolific enough to offset much of the impact, finds the study published in Global Change Biology . Marine mammals and seabirds are less likely to be affected by ocean acidification, the study found. (Credit: NOAA) What stands out is that some groups you'd expect to do poorly don't necessarily do so badly—that's probably the most important takeaway here, says Kristin Marshall, lead author of the study who pursued the research as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
Voice Of America
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'' According to the publisher, the book reflects Ivanka Trump's "continuing commitment to inspire and empower women to define success on their own terms and to create the lives they want to live." She is donating any net proceeds, including her advance, to charity. Trump is the author of "The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life," published in 2009.
Inc.
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Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor , describes how you can be firm with people while at the same time showing them how much you care.
The Huffington Post
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For months now, readers have talked about the problematic racial elements present in Divergent author Veronica Roth's latest novel, Carve The Mark . Young Adult author Justina Ireland wrote about the damaging content in Carve The Mark and the now-postponed release The Continent . Readers on social media have carried on that conversation and as ARCs poured out into the world, some blogs even declined to include them in giveaways. Carve The Mark seemed poised to be the most problematic, rejected YA offering of 2017. But Roth just had to go that little bit further. In an interview with NPR , Roth explains that novel takes place in a world where once a person reaches adolescence, they receive a "gift" or special talent: "Well, Cyra's is that she experiences constant pain, and she can also give that pain to other people. So the theory is that the current, which is this kind of energy that is present in the galaxy, that it flows through each person and their personality is like a mold that shapes how it comes out.
TIME - Top Stories
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Nottingham Evening Post
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Best-selling Nottinghamshire author Cathy Bramley's new novel is out this month. White Lies and Wishes is the latest paperback written by the Lambley mum-of-two, whose digital and paperback sales hit the 500,000 mark last October.The romantic comedy centres on three women, all strangers, who meet at a funeral and embark on a mission to make their wishes come true within nine months.The idea came to Cathy after attending the funeral of a family member five years ago and is set in the fictional...
TIME - Top Stories
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