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Meteorites on Earth Could Help US Solve The Mysteries of Volcanoes

In Brief Mars famously has the largest volcanoes known to science. The largest is Olympus Mons, pictured below, which towers 22km above the surrounding plains — over two and a half times taller than Mount Everest. This extinct volcano is 640km wide even at its narrowest point, greater than the distance between London and Glasgow, or Los Angeles and San Francisco. And Olympus Mons isn’t alone in the Earth-beating stakes — three other Martian volcanoes are more than 10km

Google May Be Buying The Company Behind The Vive VR System

In Brief Today, pioneering tech brand HTC announced that they will halt trading of their shares tomorrow pending “the release of material information.” The company has been rumored to be negotiating a takeover with Google, and this announcement may be a sign that such a buyout is happening. HTC’s official response has simply been that they do not “comment on market rumor or speculation.” Why HTC would make an announcement to halt trading is unclear, though, as it could

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Math Can Help US Treat Diseases and Develop Better Vaccines

In Brief Integrals and Infections What does the subject you likely found most difficult in high school have to do with preventing about 887,000 deaths annually from viral infection? A lot, actually, because math — that frustratingly complex discipline — is the key to understanding the universe. Numbers and equations help us to understand everything from patterns in plant life to the masses of distant stars. They have also helped us predict the shapes of tiny viruses — which

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It may have been the first bit of fake news in the history of the Internet: in 1984, someone posted on Usenet that the Soviet Union was joining the network. It was a harmless April’s Fools Day prank, a far cry from today’s weaponized disinformation campaigns and unscrupulous fabrications designed to turn a quick profit. In 2017, misleading and maliciously false online content is so prolific that we humans have little hope of digging ourselves out of the mire.

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