Policy change in Jakarta accidentally teaches drivers the value of carpool lanes

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Los Angeles, if you think traffic on the 101 is bad, be thankful you don’t live in Jakarta — especially since the city did away with its controversial carpool rules.

When vehicles on the main road into the Indonesian capital’s business district were required to have at least three occupants during…

Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

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If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider.

After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers…

To preserve mental acuity into old age, experts suggest focusing on these three things

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Preventing the diseases we fear most as we age is rarely a sure or simple matter. But for those determined to slow mental decline and drive down the likelihood of developing dementia, researchers have reached a rare consensus around a trio of straightforward strategies: Engage your brain (but choose…

Holstered pistol, dinette chairs, fake Christmas tree: Just part of the haul from Newport’s harbor cleanup

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An underwater cleanup of Newport Harbor this month yielded more than a half-ton of trash and other things that weren’t supposed to be in the water — including a gun.

In addition to the typical beer cans, cups and food packaging that get tossed or fall in, divers pulled up a shopping cart, a bicycle,…

Ambulances are so 2016. After a cardiac arrest, the fastest way to send help is on a flying drone

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The best medicine for a person who goes into sudden cardiac arrest is an electric shock. That jolt temporarily stops the heart, along with its rapid or erratic beat. When the heart starts itself up again, it can revert to its normal rhythm and resume pumping blood to the brain and the rest of the…

Trump administration can’t alter California national monuments, state attorney general says

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California’s attorney general argued Thursday that President Trump has no legal authority to revoke or modify national monuments created by previous administrations.

In an 11-page letter to the Interior Department, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra vowed “to take any and all legal action necessary”…

Black hole collision detected by LIGO confirms another part of Einstein’s theory of relativity

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Scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, have detected the signal from a cataclysmic collision between two black holes that lie 3 billion light-years away – much farther than the previous two discoveries.

The findings, described in a paper accepted to Physical…

Lamb fetuses can now grow in artificial wombs. Will humans be next?

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When babies are born, they draw their first breaths. Those gulps of oxygen trigger the lungs to stop developing.

When babies are born prematurely, the same thing happens. But a preemie’s lungs are critically underdeveloped. Scientific advancements have made it possible for babies born as early…

Fly along with Cassini: New video gives you a passenger’s eye view of Saturn

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One day our human descendants may be able to go sightseeing in the glorious Saturn system. Until then, we have Cassini.

In the newly released video below, it almost feels as if you are peeking out of a spaceship window as it flies over the hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole and then…

Even you can have the memory of a champion memorizer

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The making of a memory champion, it turns out, is not so different from the making of any other great athlete.

To triumph in sport, athletes sculpt muscle and sinew and lash them together with head and heart to deliver optimum performance. To perform extraordinary feats of memorization, memory…

Vegetarian Neanderthals? Extinct human relatives hid a mouthful of surprises

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It seems modern humans aren’t the only ones to have had regional cuisine. According to the plaque on their teeth, Neanderthals had striking differences in their diets, depending on where they lived — and they may have also used plants and mold to treat illness and pain.

The findings, described…

You are living in a unique time on planet Earth — mineralogically speaking

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You are living in an amazing time on planet Earth — mineralogically speaking.

Scientists say there are more unique minerals on our planet than ever before in its 4.5-billion-year history, and it’s thanks in part to us.

In a paper published this week in American Mineralogist, a team of researchers…

Pregnant women with Zika are 20 times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, CDC says

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It’s been clear for a while now that pregnant women who become infected with the Zika virus are more likely to have babies with microcephaly, neural tube defects and other serious problems. Now experts can say just how much bigger that risk is for these babies: 20 times greater than if their mothers…

How plants can provide clues about the spread of ancient civilizations

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Indiana Jones may have found a few more lost temples if he’d known a thing or two about plants. By mapping the distribution of tree species with known archaeological sites in the Amazon basin, scientists have discovered that humans shaped the makeup of the Amazon forests over thousands of years.

In 3.7-billion-year-old rock, scientists find what could be the oldest fossils on Earth

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Scientists have found what they claim are the oldest-known fossils on Earth, embedded in Canadian rocks that are at least 3.7 billion years old.

If they are right, the discovery suggests that life on Earth began within 200 million to 500 million years of the birth of the planet 4.5 billion years…

Oklahama’s earthquake threat now equals California’s due to man-made temblors, USGS says

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The earthquake risk for Oklahoma and southern Kansas is expected to remain significant in 2017, threatening 3 million people with seismic events that can produce damaging shaking, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey forecast released Wednesday.

The seismic risk is forecast to be so high that…

Are restrictions on the ‘abortion pill’ politics or science?

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The Food and Drug Administration’s restrictions on the dispensing of mifepristone — one half of the two-drug cocktail used to end a pregnancy in its first 10 weeks — “no longer makes clinical sense” and should be “expeditiously withdrawn,” experts argue in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As…

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