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Unprecedented Facebook URLs Dataset now Available for Academic Research through Social Science One
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The dataset itself contains a total of more than 10 trillion numbers that summarize information about 38 million URLs shared more than 100 times publicly on Facebook (between 1/1/2017 and 7/31/2019). It also includes characteristics of the URLs (such as whether they were fact-checked or flagged by users as hate speech) and the aggregated data concerning the types of people who viewed, shared, liked, reacted to, shared without viewing, and otherwise interacted with these links.

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Making air from Moon dust: Scientists create a prototype oxygen plant
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Scientists have created a prototype "lunar oxygen plant" by testing a method for extracting oxygen from imitation Moon rocks that could be invaluable for lunar settlements.

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The geology and geophysics of Kuiper Belt object (486958) Arrokoth
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The Cold Classical Kuiper Belt, a class of small bodies in undisturbed orbits beyond Neptune, are primitive objects preserving information about Solar System formation. In January 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past one of these objects, the 36-km long contact binary (486958) Arrokoth (provisional designation 2014 MU69).

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Gears - Bartosz Ciechanowski
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I’ve always been fascinated by mechanical gears. There is something captivating about the way their teeth come together to create a fluid, unified motion

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A Prospective Alzheimer’s Trial Reports
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For the past several years, a clinical trial from Washington University (St. Louis) has been underway in people with genetic mutations that lead to early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Simple, solar-powered water desalination
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System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.

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Pitch drop experiment
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The pitch drop experiment is a long-term experiment which measures the flow of a piece of pitch over many years. 'Pitch' is the name for any of a number of highly viscous liquids which appear solid; most commonly bitumen. At room temperature, tar pitch flows at a very low rate, taking several years to form a single drop.

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Show Me the Science - How to Wash Your Hands
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Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

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The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves
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Rogue waves — enigmatic giants of the sea — were thought to be caused by two different mechanisms. But a new idea that borrows from the hinterlands of probability theory has the potential to predict them all.

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Bose–Einstein condensate
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A Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) is a state of matter (sometimes called the fifth state of matter) which is typically formed when a gas of bosons at low densities is cooled to temperatures very close to absolute zero (-273.15 °C).

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Nature will publish peer review reports as a trial
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Research involves deep discussions between authors and reviewers. Starting this week, readers of some Nature Research journals will be able to see this up close.

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Sun's surface seen in remarkable new detail
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Behold the Sun's convulsing surface at a level of detail never seen before!

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To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies
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A soda can might seem unworthy of scientific research. But just ask chemist Tom Mallen. With his back to a laboratory table, he holds up a silvery disk and points to the spot where a metal pull tab is pinned to the middle. That spot is one of the toughest tests for the thin plastic layer coating the insides of cans.

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Is there any truth in truth serums?
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In 1942, as World War II raged, the United States’ newly established spy agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), asked its scientists to turn their attention from their other projects to the urgent mission of creating a truth drug to interrogate prisoners of war.

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Human body temperature has decreased in United States, study finds
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Stanford researchers have determined that average human body temperature in the United States has decreased since the 1800s.

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Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism
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Researchers hope the living robots, made up of masses of cells working in coordination, can help unlock the mysteries of cellular communication.

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World Premiere in Zurich: Machine keeps human livers alive for one week outside of the body
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Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, Wyss Zurich and the University of Zurich have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keep them alive outside the body for one week. This breakthrough may increase the number of available organs for transplantation saving many lives of patients with severe liver diseases or cancer.

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‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine
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In the spring of 2014, as Ebola exploded across West Africa, a scientist named Gary Kobinger was following the news intently from Canada.

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Television viewing and cognitive decline in older age: findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
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There has been significant interest in the effects of television on cognition in children, but much less research has been carried out into the effects in older adults. This study aimed to explore whether television viewing behaviours in adults aged 50 or over are associated with a decline in cognition.

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