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Two new papers explore the complicated physics behind bubbles and foams

Enlarge / The complex physics of bubbles and foams have fascinated scientists for centuries. Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images Human beings derive intense pleasure from bubbles and all kinds of foamy products, and scientists have long found them equally fascinating, given the complicated underlying physics. Most recently, a group of Japanese researchers published a paper in Scientific …

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Horrified researchers want out of “infomercial” for shady stem-cell clinics

Enlarge / Cheesy graphic from stem-cell documentary “The Healthcare Revolution.” Healthcare Revolution Around a dozen prominent stem-cell experts said this week that they have been duped into appearing in a documentary series some described as an infomercial for the unproven and dangerous stem-cell treatments peddled by clinics now facing federal charges. The researchers said they …

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We may have inadvertently selected for muscles on dogs’ faces

Enlarge / A muscle flex raises the inner portions of the eyebrow at right. Waller et al. Humans domesticated dogs about 30,000 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with them, hunted with them, played with them, and come to rely on them for companionship. And, in the process, we’ve bred them for everything from general …

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After June fires, energy group says hydrogen is future’s fuel

Enlarge / A hydrogen filling station. Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images Hydrogen fuel facilities experienced two fires this month in Santa Clara, Calif., and in Norway. But despite these setbacks, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Friday saying that the fuel is an important potential part of a low-carbon future. The …

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Your sleep tracker might make insomnia worse

Sponsored Links fizkes via Getty Images Sleep tracking can help you determine if you’re getting a good night’s rest, but it might exacerbate your problems in some circumstances. Scientists talking to the New York Times have warned that sleep tracker apps and devices can worsen insomnia both through inaccurate data and by making your anxieties …

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Anti-vaxxers defeated: NY bans exemptions as doctors vote to step up fight

Enlarge / Actress Jessica Biel supporting prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in an effort to protect non-medical vaccine exemptions. Instragram Anti-vaccine advocates received a blow in New York Thursday as state lawmakers banned non-medical exemptions based on religious beliefs—and there may be more blows coming. Also on Thursday, the American Medical Association adopted a …

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Ebola spreads in Uganda, but not an international emergency, WHO says [Updated]

Enlarge / A health worker puts on protective gear as he prepares to screen travelers at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Ugandan border town of Mpondwe as they cross over from the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 13, 2019. Getty | Isaac Kasamani UPDATE 6/14/2019, 1pm ET: The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee …

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Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US

The first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry under construction. Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine / Switch Maritime An artist’s rendering of the hydrogen fuel cell ferry in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine / Switch Maritime On Wednesday, a plan to put hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferries in US waters moved forward as …

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Massive Ebola outbreak spreads across DRC border, infected 5-year-old in Uganda

Enlarge / Health workers carry a coffin containing a victim of Ebola virus on May 16, 2019, in Butembo, DRC, a city at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis. Getty | John Wessels Health officials in Uganda have confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola stemming from a massive outbreak that has been raging across …

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NASA spacecraft will use fuel that’s safer for humans

Sponsored Links Aerojet Rocketdyne Many spacecraft depend on hydrazine in their fuel, but it’s extremely hazardous — and that means very careful fueling processes that slow things down. NASA will soon have a safer option, however. It’s about to test-fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, a spacecraft that ditches hydrazine in favor of a namesake …

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