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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection

Enlarge (credit: Getty | UniversalImagesGroup ) Bladder cancer is among the most common and deadly of cancers. Because of its high recurrence rate (50-80 percent), patients must be monitored frequently...

Super-solid helium state confirmed in beautiful experiment

Enlarge / Computer artwork of the nucleus of a helium atom, or an alpha particle given off during radioactive decay. The nucleus consists of two positively charged protons (red) and two...

Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big...

Enlarge / China launches Chang'e-4 lunar probe in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 8, 2018. (credit: Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing via Getty Images) Late last week,...

New study gives some handy tips on how to survive on Game of Thrones

Enlarge / How has Tyrion Lannister survived for so long? Being high born helps, being male doesn't. His willingness to switch his allegiance to Daenerys Targaryen likely tipped the balance. (credit:...

Eleven researchers publish sharp critique of EPA fuel economy logic

Enlarge / Cars zoom past during rush hour on Interstate 10 after sunset in El Paso, Texas, on November 27, 2018. (credit: PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images) In this week's edition...

Greenland’s melting snow makes new a hockey stick (graph)

Enlarge / Staring down the barrel of an ice core drill. (credit: Sarah Das / WHOI) The Greenland Ice Sheet’s unhealthy and rapid weight loss—and contribution to sea level rise—occurs...

Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 1.28 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news this week, and much of it good, with Stratolaunch reaching an important test,...

Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again

Enlarge (credit: Le Quéré et al./ESSD) For a young student, report-card season can be an exciting, stressful, or even depressing time of year. The annual tally of the world’s climate-changing...

Move over AlphaGo: AlphaZero taught itself to play three different games

Enlarge / Starting from random play and knowing just the game rules, AlphaZero defeated a world champion program in the games of Go, chess, and shogi (Japanese chess). (credit: DeepMind Technologies,...

Geckos’ new superpower is running on water; now we know how they do it

Enlarge (credit: Getty) Geckos are known for being expert climbers, able to stick to any surface thanks to nearly 500,000  tiny hair-like structures on the bottoms of their feet. Now...