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  1. NASA Ends Efforts to Deploy Mars InSight's 'Mole'

    After two years of futile struggles to penetrate surprisingly sticky soil, the heat probe’s demise leaves large gaps in our understanding of the Red Planet’s interior

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  2. The Second-Generation COVID Vaccines Are Coming

    After Pfizer and Moderna, a slew of other candidates could fill gaps in efficacy, production or distribution

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  3. COVID Can Cause Forgetfulness, Psychosis, Mania or a Stutter

    The virus induces neurological symptoms that persist long after the pandemic ends

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  4. Forever Chemicals Are Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water

    Experts hope that with the incoming Biden administration, the federal government will finally regulate a class of chemicals known as PFASs

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  5. Vaccines Need Not Completely Stop COVID Transmission to Curb the Pandemic

    Lessons from other viruses show that even if vaccines don’t completely stop disease spread, they can still successfully contain it

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  6. Electrical Brain Stimulation May Alleviate Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

    Noninvasive electrical zaps, tuned specifically to individual brain-activity patterns, appear to reduce checking, hoarding and other compulsions for up to three months

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  7. Mysterious Heat Spikes inside Cells Are Probed with Tiny Diamonds

    A new type of sensor may help solve a puzzling cellular phenomenon

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  8. Telescopes on Far Side of the Moon Could Illuminate the Cosmic Dark Ages

    Instruments deployed on missions to the lunar far side might give us an unprecedented view of the early universe

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  9. Should We Change COVID Vaccine Doses to Reach More People? What the Data Say

    Scientists are debating whether to delay, skip or halve doses. But untested tweaks could shake public confidence

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  10. Earth's Biodiversity Bursts Do Not Follow Expected Pattern

    Life’s great radiations do not always line up with mass extinctions, a new study shows

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  11. The World's Oldest Animal Paintings Are on This Cave Wall

    Depictions of pigs found in Indonesia date back at least 45,500 years

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  12. Dire Wolves Were Not Really Wolves, New Genetic Clues Reveal

    The extinct giant canids were a remarkable example of convergent evolution

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  13. Brown Tree Snakes Twist Themselves into 'Lassos' to Climb

    The reptiles scale trees with a technique never before observed in any snake

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  14. COVID Is on Track to Become the U.S.'s Leading Cause of Death--Yet Again

    This winter the novel coronavirus may kill more people than heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s or diabetes

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  15. The 'Shared Psychosis' of Donald Trump and His Loyalists

    Forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee explains the outgoing president’s pathological appeal and how to wean people from it

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  16. Climate Deniers Shift Tactics to 'Inactivism'

    Fossil fuel interests are trying to blame climate change on individuals while also sowing division, says Michael Mann, one of their prime targets

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  17. The Best Evidence for How to Overcome COVID Vaccine Fears

    Social science offers valuable lessons about ways to convince those who are hesitant about the shots

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  18. Dog Domestication May Have Begun because Paleo Humans Couldn't Stomach the Original P

    Unable to digest large amounts of protein, hunters likely left scraps that could have led to the taming of wolves

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  19. Can Free Community College Unite a Divided U.S.?

    The incoming Biden-Harris administration wants to launch a new era in higher education that will make it open to everyone

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  20. Exotic Animal Cafes Featuring Otters, Lizards and Owls Raise Alarms

    The business of these cafés is growing, which could boost the illegal wildlife trade and have negative implications for wild animal populations

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  21. New COVID Vaccines Need Absurd Amounts of Material and Labor

    Companies are scrambling to obtain supplies for hundreds of millions of doses of a type of vaccine that has never been made at this scale before

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  22. Explosive Charges Protect Backcountry Skiers

    Controlled avalanches are a major safety effort during a year of outdoor activities

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  23. Thread: Recent outage

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    Recent outage

    We had a 4hour power outage on the 29th december. It actually affected 4 neighborhoods. The UPS's on the servers only last about an hour.

    the older db server which serves stats.free-dc.org came...
  24. Thread: Free-DC web site

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    We had a fairly major power outage here this...

    We had a fairly major power outage here this morning which affected a bunch of neighborhoods. UPS only keeps the servers on for about 40mins tops and outage was 3 hours.

    I'm busy repairing things...
  25. From Rapping Robots to Glowing Frogs: Our Favorite Fun Stories of 2020

    It has been a tough year, but science still brought us some weird, cool and quirky findings

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