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Harvard Researchers Have Found The Source Of Human Consciousness

"Classical neurology defines consciousness as the ongoing process of arousal and awareness. Its origin however, has been much harder to pinpoint. Now, researchers at Harvard Medical School, along with colleagues at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, have discovered the neural network from which consciousness derives."

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Print Your Own Body Parts

For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform mobility for millions around the world.

— Ian Birrell

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Meet Kanako, The Chimp With 'down Syndrome' Who Could Help Find A Cure

Kanaka, a 24-year-old female chimp, is the second recorded case of a chimpanzee with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to Down syndrome, according to researchers at Kyoto University in Japan.
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TransferWise Bot Lets Users Transfer Money Internationally Through Facebook

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      This Transferwise app that Facebook bought sounds like an electronic version of the long-standing "hawala" money transfer system, which goes back centuries in Muslim countries and operates the same way.

      Right after 9-11, I remember reading that this hawala system was what made terrorism funding so hard to track, since it is untraceable.

      So does this mean that Facebook will now become a repository of vast pools of dark money? Or will it all be secretly tracked?

      The article says, "TransferWise is regulated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and the company said that its Facebook bot complies with all relevant consumer protection laws," but how much regulatory scrutiny did it get in this country?

      How much SHOULD it get?

      Nothing about that in this story.

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      What's The Oldest Thing Alive Today?

      "The oldest living thing on Earth today is … well, it's controversial.

      Let's back up. Figuring out the oldest thing alive requires defining "alive." That's not as easy as it might seem. If you want to be strict about finding the oldest living thing, you have to look for organisms that have been alive and active for their entire life spans — continuously metabolizing. A less rigid definition might allow for seeds or bacteria that have been dormant for ages but that can be revived. (Is a seed alive? Hmm…)

      You also have to define what qualifies as an organism. Maybe you want to be stringent about it and limit your search to ancient individuals. Alternatively, you could count clonal organisms, like certain plants or fungal colonies. Those are made up of relatively young offshoots, but these are part of a continuously living being."

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      Did Salmonella Wipe Out The Aztecs?

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          When Spanish forces arrived in Mexico in 1519, the native population was estimated to be around 25 million. A century later, there were only around 1 million left, following several devastating outbreaks of disease brought in from overseas.
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          Drone Captures Amazing Footage Of Falcon 9 Landing

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              "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared this amazing drone footage of the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returning for a perfect landing after the launch of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. It drops flawlessly through the clouds, easy as pie, touching down at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral."

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