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Germany Struggles to Rein In Its New Year’s Eve Firework Frenzy

German officials are urging New Year’s revelers to show restraint in setting off private fireworks, as pollution adds to safety concerns surrounding the holiday tradition. While an effort in Berlin officially to block parts of the capital from private fireworks failed earlier this year, there’s a growing backlash over Germany’s liberal approach to New Year’s …

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Weekly Best Dressed: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Sara Ali Khan keep it sleek!

Weekly Best Dressed: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Sara Ali Khan keep it sleek!  The fashion-conscious B-town is always such a delight! Picking out a vibe with their fashion stylists that suits the occasion, the tinsel townies go about their shenanigans with stunning beauty and hair game in tow. This week saw Deepika …

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EPA says regulation of mercury emissions not “appropriate and necessary”

Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. (credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) On Friday, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it did not think that current mercury emissions rules placed on coal-fired power plants were “appropriate and necessary,” based on the agency’s revised look …

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The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix

The Orville.”> Enlarge / The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for a new season of adventures in season 2 of The Orville. (credit: Fox Broadcasting) The Orville, Seth MacFarlane’s warm homage to the Star Trek franchise, delighted viewers with the interstellar adventures of the crew aboard the titular starship. As the series gears …

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Caltech scientists use DNA tiles to play tic-tac-toe at the nanoscale

Courtesy Qian Lab/Caltech. Scientists at Caltech have created the world’s smallest game board for playing tic-tac-toe out of DNA strands. What’s more, it’s possible to swap hundreds of DNA strands in and out at once to reconfigure the nanostructure at will, making it possible in principle to build complicated nanomachines in different custom patterns. The …

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