Rare Merging Stars Spotted, Soon to Explode

Astronomers peering through the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have spotted something extraordinarily rare: a double star, the surfaces of which have merged. No double star quite like this has ever been seen, and it’s unusual to spot such a system because they are short-lived, the agency said in a release. Indeed, the double-star system—which

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Watch the Earth As Seen From Space Every Day

In July, NASA released its first unstitched image since 1972 of the entire sunlit face of Earth. More than four decades elapsed between the first and second of such “whole Earth” images. But on Monday, the agency launched a new website that will post a dozen or more images of Earth every single day. The daily photo shoot

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WikiLeaks Releases Hacked Emails from CIA Director John Brennan Including Sensitive Family Information

On Wednesday afternoon, WikiLeaks released six documents they claim were retrieved in a hack of CIA director John Brennan’s email account. If genuine, the documents include highly sensitive information about Brennan and his family. One document, titled “Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF86 Format,)” includes the Social Security number of Brennan’s spouse, Katherine. It also includes the addresses of

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What We’ve Learned From The WSJ Tech Conference

The great and the good of the technology world gathered in the luxurious surroundings of Laguna Beach, California this week for the WSJDLive conference. The conference, hosted by the Wall Street Journal, included various chief executives and company bigwigs talking up future company plans. Here, Newsweek summarizes the key things we learned. Apple Music has got

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Arm Mole Count Can Indicate Skin Cancer Risk: Study

People with more than 11 moles on their right arm have a higher-than-average risk of developing skin cancer, according to research published in the British Journal of Dermatology on Monday. Researchers from King’s College London found that counting the number of moles on someone’s right arm can be used to accurately estimate how many moles

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Scottish Nurse Suffering Ebola Complications Shows Improvement

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been upgraded to “serious but stable” condition after suffering complications related to the Ebola virus. The 39-year-old was first diagnosed with Ebola in December 2014 after helping treat those suffering from the disease in Sierra Leone. She was treated for a month at that time. The complications began earlier this

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First Cancer Case Related to Fukushima Diagnosed in Japan

Japan has confirmed that a worker from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which went into meltdown in 2011, is suffering from cancer and is entitled to workplace compensation, AFPreported. A Japanese health ministry official confirmed on Tuesday that the unnamed man in his 40s, who worked at the plant as part of a clean-up operation following

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Infants Experience Touch Differently Than Adults

Experts in early childhood development often tell parents to engage with a newborn through gentle touch and play. Studies find physical interaction with adults facilitates neurodevelopment, and the opposite may cause developmental delays. But it turns out that babies may not experience this type of bonding quite as we were led to believe. New research

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Photos: Clinical Racism in The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Historically, African-Americans, Native Americans and other minorities have been excluded from clinical trials that seek to uncover risk factors for disease and offer life-saving new treatments. The infamous federally funded Tuskegee syphilis experiment—shut down in 1972—denied treatment to hundreds of African-American men suffering from the disease. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was conducted by government-funded researchers from the Tuskegee

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