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Don't want the new iPhone? Try these smartphone alternatives
Three new versions of the iPhone have just been announced, and while they may be light years ahead of Apple's previous models, they may not be for everyone. The idea proved to be nothing more than a gimmick for consumers, so LG scrapped it for the G6. The phones also offer similar form factors to the iPhone, meaning those who are switching from Apple's flagship phone should be comfortable with the Pixel's dimensions.
Study links juveniles' views of police with likelihood of aggressive behavior
Although many juvenile offenders report that they believe they have experienced police injustice, little has been known about how this perception of police injustice may impact future behavior. The study found that youth who tended to justify behaviors that violate general moral standards, such as believing it is OK to lie or fight, were also more likely to be aggressive. This relationship was found only among juvenile offenders who also reported high levels of perceived police injustice.
Fast radio bursts may be firing off every second
When fast radio bursts, or FRBs, were first detected in 2001, astronomers had never seen anything like them before. Since then, astronomers have found a couple of dozen FRBs, but they still don't know what causes these rapid and powerful bursts of radio emission. Instead of the light we can see with our eyes, these flashes come in radio waves.
Mercedes to invest $1 billion at Tuscaloosa, add 600 jobs
Germany's Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The company says it will make future electric SUVs under Mercedes' EQ sub-brand there and will also build a new battery plant, adding 600 new jobs in the region. Mercedes executive Markus Schaefer said in a statement Thursday that with the addition of electric SUVs to our future fleet, we will provide discerning drivers with a new, high-quality automotive option.
Billionaire gives $30M to Univ. of Arizona for Biosphere 2
Texas billionaire Edward P Bass is giving $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the Biosphere 2 research facility. Biosphere 2 Director Joaquin Ruiz says Bass' gift will allow continued research into global climate change and other grand scientific challenges affecting daily life. The university's announcement Wednesday says the gift is the third major commitment by a Bass foundation to support the university's research and operations at Biosphere 2.
Tesla denies claims that it tried to block unionizing effort
Tesla Inc is denying claims that it tried to prevent employees from passing out union leaflets at its Fremont, California, factory. The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Tesla earlier this month, citing multiple incidents at its Fremont assembly plant. Some workers allege that Tesla's security guards refused to let them pass out leaflets about the United Auto Workers union.
Fed agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked
According to the SEC, the breach was discovered last year, but the possibility of illicit trading was uncovered only last month. It did not explain why the hack itself was not revealed sooner, or which individuals or companies may have been impacted. Those documents can cause enormous movements in the market, sending billions of dollars in motion in fractions of a second.
Rapid imaging of granular matter
Granular systems such as gravel or powders can be found everywhere, but studying them is not easy. Granular systems - a generic term for anything that resembles grains or powders - play a pivotal role not just in nature. They are equally important in practical applications, such as the chemical industry, where three quarters of the raw materials are granular substances. This allowed them to measure the internal dynamics of granular systems ten thousand times faster than had been possible before.
Scientists study wildlife rangers, what motivates them?
Wildlife rangers are on the front lines protecting our most iconic species-tigers, elephants, gorillas and many others. The survey asked rangers to rank nine job aspects according to what most and least motivated them to continue working as rangers. The survey also asked rangers if they would want or not want their children to become rangers and why. The top reasons rangers did not want their children to become rangers were low salary and no reward for hard work.
Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light
Nature Communications today published research by a team comprising Scottish and South African researchers, demonstrating entanglement swapping and teleportation of orbital angular momentum 'patterns' of light. To make it secure and fast requires a higher-dimensional alphabet, for example, using patterns of light, of which there are an infinite number. In this latest work, the team performed the first experimental demonstration of entanglement swapping and teleportation for orbital angular momentum (OAM) states of light.
DNA sheds light on African history
DNA from ancient remains has been used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa. The results suggest that populations related to the indigenous people of southern Africa had a wider distribution in the past. This southern African-like genetic background is found in hunter-gatherers from Malawi and Tanzania in the east of the continent. The later spread of farmers from western Africa had a major impact on the genetic make-up of people in surrounding regions.
DNA discovery could help shed light on rare childhood disorder
New insights into how our cells store and manage DNA during cell division could help point towards the causes of a rare developmental condition. Their findings shows how proteins associated with chromosomes work to set up an environment that ensures careful maintenance of the genetic material. These proteins carry out a strategy in which biochemical components in the cell designate sections of DNA at which proteins are recruited to organise the genetic material.
Scientists sequence asexual tiny worm-whose lineage stretches back 18 million years
A team of scientists has sequenced, for the first time, a tiny worm that belongs to a group of exclusively asexual species that originated approximately 18 million years ago-making it one of the oldest living lineages of asexual animals known. The work reveals how it has escaped the evolutionary dead end usually met by organisms that do not engage in sex. Such shuffling does not occur within asexual species, they tend to go extinct rapidly.
Signs of sleep seen in jellyfish
Researchers have demonstrated that fruit flies sleep, and Sternberg and others have argued that a roundworm called Caenorhabditis elegans does too. Sleep in more primitive animals-like sponges and jellyfish- is even more nebulous. Cassiopea don't look like typical jellyfish - they're silver dollar-sized, splotched with black pigment, and rest upside-down on the sea floor. They're less active after losing sleep, Nath says, but after they catch up on their sleep, they return to normal.
Study provides insights into how algae siphon carbon dioxide from the air
If we could engineer other crops to concentrate carbon, we could address the growing world demand for food, Jonikas said. All plants use an enzyme called Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide into sugar that can be used or stored by the plant. Algae have an advantage over many land plants because they cluster the Rubisco enzymes inside the pyrenoid, where the enzymes encounter high concentrations of carbon dioxide pumped in from the air.
How Three Friends Proved That Jellyfish Can Sleep
There's no way these jellyfish sleep, she said, before joining them. In the darkened lab, they observed a tankful of jellyfish pulsing infrequently and staying still for long periods of time - jellyfish that looked, in other words, like they were sleeping. To prove that jellyfish sleep, the students had to demonstrate that they fulfill three behavioral criteria. The following day and night, the jellyfish exhibited much lower levels of activity than normal, suggesting sleep deprivation.
Clues to Africa's Mysterious Past Found in Ancient Skeletons
More recently, Dr Thompson teamed up with experts in ancient DNA and began searching for skeletons in Malawi. Eventually she and her colleagues discovered DNA-bearing skeletons as old as 6,000 years in caves in the highlands. This analysis allowed them to determine how living Africans descended from ancient populations, which are older in Africa than anywhere else on Earth. Africa is now going to be fully included in the ancient genomics revolution, Dr Reich said.
The island people with an escape plan
Unlike many island communities facing such problems, the Guna have an escape plan. It is the people of Gardi Sugdub - Crab Island - who are in the vanguard of the relocation project. My grandchildren want to play soccer and volleyball, but there's no place for them to do that on the island. Efforts to enlarge the island may have made its inhabitants more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Mexico's earthquake at street level
His neighbourhood - Portales, in the borough of Benito Juarez - suffered gravely in Tuesday's earthquake, the most lethal tremor to hit Mexico in a generation. The area I live in was hit pretty hard, so a lot of the people - a lot of my neighbours are devastated. The new earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a magnitude 8 quake that killed up to 10,000 people and left 30,000 others injured.
UK scientists edit DNA of human embryos
DNA - has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The researchers used 41 embryos that had been donated by couples who no longer needed them for IVF. From the embryo's perspective it is a disaster but for scientists it has given unprecedented insight. It is the first time human embryos have been edited to answer questions about fundamental biology. One option for IVF is to have a better way of testing which embryos are going to be successful.

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