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MIT engineers fly first-ever plane with no moving parts

Since the first airplane took flight over 100 years ago, virtually every aircraft in the sky has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, and fans, which are powered by the combustion of fossil fuels or by battery packs that produce a persistent, whining buzz.

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Breast Cancers Enhance Their Growth by Recruiting Cells From Bone Marrow

Researchers in Israel have discovered that breast tumors can boost their growth by recruiting stromal cells originally formed in the bone marrow. 

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NASA Sees Stronger Tropical Cyclone 33W Headed Toward Vietnam

33W was a tropical depression when it crossed the southern and central Philippines. As it moved through the South China Sea over the last two days it strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Usagi. On Nov. 23, NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the stronger storm on approach to Vietnam.

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4 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter — Minus the Air Pollution

Winter is often an intense time for air pollution, with wood stoves and heaters on full blast.

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Researchers find changing environment bringing bear species together

In a just published paper in the peer-reviewed journal Arctic Science, the researchers report they have documented the presence of polar bears, black bears and grizzlies in Wapusk National Park on the west coast of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba.

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Friends to the end? Social cues cause fish to delay survival tactic

Getting into trouble after succumbing to peer pressure isn’t just a human experience.

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Greenhouse Gas Levels in Atmosphere Break Another Record, UN Report Shows

“The science is clear. Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth. 

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How to Deconstruct a Football Tackle with Physics

Few things herald Thanksgiving as loudly as turkeys, flight delays, and long hours in front of the TV watching football. 

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Crowdsourced Field Data Shows Importance of Smallholder Farms to Global Food Production

A new global field size data set collected as part of a crowdsourcing citizen science project by IIASA researchers has shown that the proportion of smallholder farms may be much larger than previously thought, contributing much more to global food production.

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Trent Alumnus Finds Burial Site of Franklin Expedition Officer

A Trent alumnus has helped identify the final resting place of human remains from the Franklin Expedition and hopes to soon be able to add to a list of confirmed crew members from the ill-fated search for the Northwest Passage.

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