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Could Clay Help Attack Superbugs?

Could Clay Help Attack Superbugs?

The ancient remedy could provide a new weapon against microbes Continue reading ?
DNews: The Dreaded Turbulence: What...

DNews: The Dreaded Turbulence: What Makes Flights Bumpy

Most of us probably breathe a sigh of relief when the captain promises "a smooth ride" to wherever we're flying. But, as DNews explains, turbulence is really no big deal.
Why Antarctic Sea Ice Isn't Shrinki...

Why Antarctic Sea Ice Isn't Shrinking

Winds, currents and seafloor features may be responsible for keeping Antarctica's sea ice intact.
Why Is India's Heat Wave Off the Ch...

Why Is India's Heat Wave Off the Chart?

An oppressive heat wave in India led to a record temperature of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- the highest ever in Asia.
Live on a Farm by the Sea for Just ...

Live on a Farm by the Sea for Just $1.50

A four-bedroom bungalow and 416 sheep are all covered by the annual rent. Scenic views available at no additional cost. Continue reading ?
US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed fo...

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in five populous states are closed upon inspection due to dirty and potentially dangerous water, the CDC reported this week. Continue reading ?

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Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors...

Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at California aquarium

Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at California aquariumLA JOLLA, California (AP) ? A Southern California aquarium has built what is believed to be one of the world's largest habitats for sea dragons, the lesser-known cousin of the seahorse.


U.S. Weighs Blacklisting Up to Five...

U.S. Weighs Blacklisting Up to Five Chinese Surveillance Firms

U.S. Weighs Blacklisting Up to Five Chinese Surveillance FirmsThe U.S. is deliberating whether to add Hikvision, Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. and several unidentified others to a blacklist that bars them from U.S. components or software, people familiar with the matter said. The Trump administration is concerned about their role in helping Beijing repress minority Uighurs in China?s west, they said, asking not to be identified talking about private deliberations.


Climate crisis more politically pol...

Climate crisis more politically polarizing than abortion for US voters, study finds

Climate crisis more politically polarizing than abortion for US voters, study findsDemocrats ranked global heating as the third most important issue on their list, while Republican voters ranked it last in a Yale poll ?Climate change is now more politically polarizing than any other issue in America,? said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale program on climate change communication. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images Surging concern among Americans about an overheating planet has done little to shift a political polarization that has now reached a stunning extreme: climate breakdown divides Democrats and Republicans even more than abortion does. When voters were asked to rank topics important to them for the 2020 presidential election, conservative Republicans put global warming last out of 29 issues. Liberal Democrats placed the issue third, behind only environmental protection and healthcare. This yawning gap in priorities between the two voting groups, highlighted in new Yale University data, is more stark than traditionally divisive topics such as abortion and gun control. Abortion ranks fifth and gun policies sit in seventh for conservative Republicans, with these issues coming in at number 13 and number seven, respectively, for progressive Democrats. Graphic There is also a large, although slightly narrower, gap between moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans on climate. These more centrist Democrats put global warming in eighth position, with moderate Republicans putting it in 23rd place. ?Climate change is now more politically polarizing than any other issue in America,? said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale program on climate change communication. ?The issue has climbed and climbed in importance for the Democratic base since the 2016 presidential election to the point that it?s now a top tier concern. We have never seen that in American politics before. ?And yet it?s dead last for conservative Republicans. The issue has flatlined for them over the past five years. In the US, your political party is the greatest indicator to your view on climate change ? more than race, age or gender.? This growing alarm within Democratic ranks has already stirred the party?s presidential candidates, with contenders such as Elizabeth Warren and Beto O?Rourke releasing policies to slash planet-warming emissions and one hopeful, Washington governor Jay Inslee, running solely on the issue of the climate emergency. Joe Biden, the early frontrunner for the nomination, has been put under pressure over his lack of a climate plan to date. It remains to be seen whether climate will fizzle out as a topic once a Democrat emerges to challenge Donald Trump, who has engaged in conspiracy theories about climate science and sought to dismantle regulations aimed at lowering emissions. But polling does show the overall American electorate is now more alarmed about the climate crisis than ever before, with Yale?s latest survey finding that nearly four in ten of all voters consider global heating policies as very important when choosing a candidate. This total includes 64% of all Democrats, a third of independents and 12% of Republicans. ?The crystal ball is cloudy because politics has entered an era of chaos,? said Leiserowitz. ?But it?s safe to say climate will be important in the Democratic primaries and then you won?t hear much about it beyond that. The differences with Donald Trump will be enormous, whoever the candidate is.? The two major parties in US politics experienced a major split over climate breakdown a decade ago, when the Tea Party helped drive a rightward shift among Republicans and candidates started to routinely dismiss mainstream science, aided by fossil fuel-funded groups that aimed to spread misinformation. This scenario has helped scupper any sweeping federal action on climate breakdown, although some Republicans are now modifying their position in the face of growing public concern over dire scientific warnings and a string of punishing wildfires, storms and flooding. Voters are prepared to back rapid action, too. Nearly seven in 10 Americans support the Green New Deal, a set of goals to radically reduce emissions, the Yale polling finds. This total includes 44% of Republicans, although this number has dropped sharply in recent months. ?Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (the New York Congresswoman behind the plan) has been turned into the boogyman by Fox News but if my party wants to win back the House it needs an alternative to the Green New Deal,? said Bob Inglis, a former Republican Congressman who now runs a group advocating conservative climate solutions. ?Republicans in competitive districts are starting to think ?Gee, we need to push away from the president on this issue.? We are starting to see new talking points from Republicans where they talk about realistic solutions to climate change. It?s a huge change from where we?ve disastrously been for the last decade.? Inglis said a shift among grassroots Republicans will be enough to convince around a dozen of the party?s lawmakers to back a tax on carbon dioxide emissions after the next election. ?A price on carbon is rock solid conservatism that is, wonderfully, also shared by many progressives,? he said. ?But we?ve got a long way to go yet.? Reaching out to conservatives on climate change remains a conundrum for activists and scientists. But there are now clearer avenues to talk about renewable energy, such as solar and wind, as well as adaptions to climate-related disasters, according to Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University. ?There?s nothing about the thermometer that gives you a different answer depending on who you vote for,? she said. ?I?ve had many conservative groups say to me ?Hey, it does look like something is happening, how do we prepare for this?? ?The whole idea we can do this without everyone has fallen flat on its face; the Australian election is the latest example of this. But we?ve been doing it ass backwards by trying to get people to accept the science first. ?We don?t have to agree on humans being to blame to agree on the importance on building resilience and weaning ourselves off fossil fuels. There are strong arguments for doing those things anyway.?


Citic and Baidu Seek Up to $1 Billi...

Citic and Baidu Seek Up to $1 Billion for Online Bank

Citic and Baidu Seek Up to $1 Billion for Online BankTraditional lenders have been cutting staff and downsizing their branch network amid competition from online payment giants such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. affiliate Ant Financial and Tencent Holdings Ltd. More banking transactions in China are now completed outside brick-and-mortar branches. A representative for Baidu declined to comment.


China Surveillance Giant Hikvision ...

China Surveillance Giant Hikvision Slumps on U.S. Ban Report

China Surveillance Giant Hikvision Slumps on U.S. Ban ReportThe White House will make a final decision in coming weeks on whether to limit exports of U.S. components to Hikvision, as it?s done with Huawei Technologies Co., the Times reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Such a move would escalate tensions with China and raise questions about whether the U.S. is going after more of the country?s technology champions. Hikvision has grown into a surveillance giant, selling its cameras around the world after cashing in on China?s obsession with monitoring its citizens.


Girl, 4, Celebrates End of Radiatio...

Girl, 4, Celebrates End of Radiation Cancer Treatment Dressed as an Adorable Stormtrooper

Girl, 4, Celebrates End of Radiation Cancer Treatment Dressed as an Adorable StormtrooperGirl Celebrates End of Radiation Treatment Dressed as Stormtrooper


Physorg.com

New method could shed light on work...

New method could shed light on workers' historical radiation exposure

Researchers in the UK have developed a new method for evaluating plutonium workers' historical internal radiation exposure in a study funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Chemical engineers develop biosecur...

Chemical engineers develop biosecurity tool to detect genetically engineered organisms in the wild

If a genetically or synthetically engineered organism is released into the environment, how will we know? How can we tell it apart from the millions of microorganisms that exist naturally in the wild? That's the challenge being taken on by a multi-institution research team, including Eric Young, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), that is developing a biosecurity tool that can detect engineered microorganisms based on their unique DNA signatures.
Researchers create most complete mo...

Researchers create most complete model of complex protein machinery

Environmental conditions, lifestyle choices, chemical exposure, and foodborne and airborne pathogens are among the external factors that can cause disease. In contrast, internal genetic factors can be responsible for the onset and progression of diseases ranging from degenerative neurological disorders to some cancers.
Ammonium fertilized early life on E...

Ammonium fertilized early life on Earth: study

A team of international scientists?including researchers at the University of St. Andrews, Syracuse University and Royal Holloway, University of London?have demonstrated a new source of food for early life on the planet.
What makes a place a home?

What makes a place a home?

Invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) are now ubiquitous throughout the Caribbean and Western Atlantic on both shallow and deep reefs. While many invasive species disrupt natural ecosystems by spreading disease or competing for food and habitat, lionfish are particularly problematic owing to their voracious appetites and high reproductive capacities.
Eastern forests shaped more by Nati...

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.

PBS

Seeing Friends Disappointed Bums Us...

Seeing Friends Disappointed Bums Us Out. The Same Might Be True for Ravens

These crafty birds might be capable of interpreting and internalizing the emotions of others.
Like a Giant Thermos, Pluto Keeps I...

Like a Giant Thermos, Pluto Keeps Its Underground Ocean From Freezing

Gas trapped in a lattice of ice might buffer Pluto?s subsurface sea from the cooling effects of its icy crust above.
Ultra-Processed Foods Make Us Eat M...

Ultra-Processed Foods Make Us Eat More, and It?s Not About Their Nutritional Makeup

Two groups of study participants were offered nutritionally identical diets. Those eating ultra-processed foods consumed more calories and gained weight.
Bed Bugs Don?t Need Beds, or Humans...

Bed Bugs Don?t Need Beds, or Humans, to Survive. They Never Did

The rise of bed bugs preceded modern humans by at least 100 million years. They survived the extinction that killed the dinosaurs. Could they outlive us all?
China?s Lunar Rover Might Have Foun...

China?s Lunar Rover Might Have Found Material From the Moon?s Interior

New findings from the Chang?e 4 mission could speak volumes about the Moon?s early days.
Apollo-Era Quakes Hint at a Tectoni...

Apollo-Era Quakes Hint at a Tectonically Active Moon

Moonwalking might be dicier than you think.

Scientific American

How Wild Should We Let the Solar Sy...

How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be?

Experts argue that more than 85 percent of the solar system should be left untouched so that we can sustainably move off-world

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Cannabis Compound Eases Anxiety and...

Cannabis Compound Eases Anxiety and Cravings of Heroin Addiction

Cannabidiol reduces levels of stress hormone and blunts urge to use opioids

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
How to Be a Data-Driven Parent

How to Be a Data-Driven Parent

Economist Emily Oster explains how to make the best decisions for your particular child, using the scientific evidence at hand

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Are We More Attracted to People Who...

Are We More Attracted to People Who Look like Our Parents?

Though we might be drawn to people who have physical commonalities with us and therefore our parents, findings say this claim is far from scientific

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Smartphone App Screens Kids for Ear...

Smartphone App Screens Kids for Ear Problems

Parents can use a digital tool at home to detect fluid behind the eardrum

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Can You Prevent Pregnancy with the ...

Can You Prevent Pregnancy with the Pullout Method?

An investigation into one of the biggest misconceptions in male fertility

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Newscientist

Plastic straws will be banned in th...

Plastic straws will be banned in the UK from April 2020

The billions of plastic straws consumed in the UK each year will be banned from April 2020. The move will also cover plastic drinks stirrers and cotton buds
Women who have cardiac arrests are ...

Women who have cardiac arrests are more likely to die than men

Women who have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital are less likely to be resuscitated by a bystander and more likely to die than men
Chimps that mash potatoes challenge...

Chimps that mash potatoes challenge our understanding of tool use

Chimps have figured out how to use sticks to mash potatoes. The finding could prompt a rethink of the role of culture in our hominin ancestors? use of tools
Ancient Egyptians feasted on sweet ...

Ancient Egyptians feasted on sweet watermelons at least 3500 years ago

DNA analysis has revealed that leaves found on an ancient Egyptian mummy came from a domesticated watermelon with sweet, red flesh just like modern varieties
Contaminated blood scandal: Could s...

Contaminated blood scandal: Could some deaths have been prevented?

Campaigners are giving evidence to an inquiry into the haemophilia treatments that infected thousands of people with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s
Turning CO2 into animal feed could ...

Turning CO2 into animal feed could make it greener for us to eat meat

A start-up is converting carbon dioxide into high-protein animal food, with the hope of eventually denting the environmental impact of agriculture

NY times.com Science

Trilobites: How Making Chocolate Is...

Trilobites: How Making Chocolate Is Like Mixing Cement

Researchers delved into the physics of conching, the stirring process that transforms ground cacao into a meltingly smooth treat.
?Earthworm Dilemma? Has Climate Sci...

?Earthworm Dilemma? Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up

Worms are wriggling into Earth?s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models.
Trilobites: Peering Beneath a Sourc...

Trilobites: Peering Beneath a Source of El Capitan?s Deadly Rockfalls

Thermal imaging reveals surprisingly little ?glue? between the famous rock?s face and sheets that are peeling off it.
?Knitting Is Coding? and Yarn Is Pr...

?Knitting Is Coding? and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab

For Elisabetta Matsumoto, knot theory is knit theory.
Trilobites: Bedbugs Menaced the Din...

Trilobites: Bedbugs Menaced the Dinosaur Age Before Moving Into Our Mattresses

We may not even be their preferred meal.
Matter: Scientists Created Bacteria...

Matter: Scientists Created Bacteria With a Synthetic Genome. Is This Artificial Life?

In a milestone for synthetic biology, colonies of E. coli thrive with DNA constructed from scratch by humans, not nature.

Science Daily

Eastern forests shaped more by Nati...

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.
Mathematicians revive abandoned app...

Mathematicians revive abandoned approach to Riemann Hypothesis

Many ways to approach the Riemann Hypothesis have been proposed during the past 150 years, but none of them have led to conquering the most famous open problem in mathematics. A new article suggests that one of these old approaches is more practical than previously realized.
Potential breakthrough in understan...

Potential breakthrough in understanding tumor dormancy

Scientists may have uncovered a primary method through which cancer cells exist undetected in an organism and received more than $1 million to investigate the potential for novel therapeutics that target and destroy cells in a specific state of tumor dormancy.
Developing biosecurity tool to dete...

Developing biosecurity tool to detect genetically engineered organisms in the wild

If a genetically or synthetically engineered organism gets into the environment, how will we tell it apart from the millions of naturally occurring microorganisms? Recently, the US government and research scientists have identified a need for new tools that can detect engineered organisms that have been accidentally or intentionally released beyond the lab. Chemical engineers are developing a detection tool based on DNA signatures.
With a hop, a skip and a jump, high...

With a hop, a skip and a jump, high-flying robot leaps through obstacles with ease

First unveiled in 2016, Salto the jumping robot stands at little less than a foot, but can vault over three times its height in a single bound. Now researchers have equipped the robot with a slew of new skills, giving it the ability to bounce in place like a pogo stick and jump through obstacle courses like an agility dog. Salto can even take short jaunts outside, powered by radio controller.
Flamingoes, elephants and sharks: H...

Flamingoes, elephants and sharks: How do blind adults learn about animal appearance?

They've never seen animals like hippos and sharks but adults born blind have rich insight into what they look like, a new study found.

Eureka Alert

The top 25 medical lab tests around...

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

(University of Waterloo) A recent study can help governments understand which diagnostic laboratory tests are most important when developing universal health coverage systems.
Global study of urban poor links ch...

Global study of urban poor links childhood adversity to adolescent violence and depression

(Burness) In poor urban areas around the world, exposure to adverse events as children -- including physical and emotional neglect, violence, and sexual abuse -- is strongly associated with both adolescent depression and violence perpetrated by young people, with the data suggesting that boys are suffering even more than girls, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Prison-based college presents chall...

Prison-based college presents challenges, but can succeed, study finds

(RAND Corporation) Interest in prison-based education has grown in recent years as an approach to reduce recidivism and improve the future of people who are incarcerated for crimes. A study of a North Carolina program finds that creating a prison-based program where incarcerated individuals can take college classes and then work toward a degree upon release can be successful, but many obstacles challenge the success of such efforts.
First states to expand Medicaid saw...

First states to expand Medicaid saw larger screening rate increases

(American Cancer Society) The five states and District of Columbia that first adopted Medicaid expansion saw larger increases in cancer screening than those states that did not.
PSU wins $1 million contract to emp...

PSU wins $1 million contract to empower Vietnam's provincial capacity and performance

(Portland State University) PSU's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government will serve as the lead academic partner for a newly awarded USAID Strengthening Provincial Capacity (SPC) contract to support economic and political governance reform in Vietnam. Chemonics International Inc., an international development organization in Washington, D.C., will serve as prime contractor for the five-year, $13.3 million award, in a partnership that also includes J.E. Austin Associates Inc. of Arlington, Va.
Russian scientists synthesized prot...

Russian scientists synthesized protein to enrich stock-raising feed

(Far Eastern Federal University) Scientists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS) have developed an effective technology for the synthesis of protein from amaranth grains and mushroom mycelium to enrich a stock-raising feed. To do this, they used genetic engineering methods, inserted into the fungus strain an element of amaranth DNA containing a storage protein.

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Thur 20 Nov - Daily round-up of the...

Thur 20 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Young boy claimed to be reincarnated Marine, four armed baby named God Boy by parents, Bumfight punk body part theft
Mon 17 Nov - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 17 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Philly Jesus goes ice skating, gets arrested, plus: human flesh pastry makers, Swastika bauble outrage and a pair of resurrections
Mon 10 Nov - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 10 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Quadruple amputee is armed and on the run; Man buys home, finds corpse inside; dowsers discover mass grave in Tunbridge Wells
Wed 29 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Wed 29 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

London museum planned to shoot and steal Nessie, Iceland offers Minge Pies for Christmas, plus a ghost in the bathtub
Mon 27 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 27 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Literary argument ends in death, tiger sex spoof video nightmare, man calls suicide hotline and is shot dead by SWAT team
Thur 23 Oct - Daily round-up of the...

Thur 23 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Sex toy clown attack, Hitler coffee creamer PR disaster, man fights off bear with old computer, return of the Swedish mystery subs

Howstuffworks

The Most Embarrassing Moments in th...

The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science

What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It?s shocking to hear, but science isn?t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever.
10 Completely False ?Facts? Everyon...

10 Completely False ?Facts? Everyone Knows

The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast ?- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong.
Flight Pictures

Flight Pictures

Flight pictures show photos from aviation history. Take a look at pictures of the most important aircraft in history.
How the Electoral College Works

How the Electoral College Works

The Electoral College is not an Ivy League school. Rather, it's a process for selecting the next U.S. president that actually carries more weight than the popular vote. Why is it there and should it be continued?
What is a Nor'easter?

What is a Nor'easter?

Nor'easters typically affect the east coast of the United States during the winter season. What exactly are Nor'easters, though, and how do they form. Find out the answer to this question in this article from HowStuffWorks.

Unexplained-mysteries

NASA's 9-year Moon landing plan has...

NASA's 9-year Moon landing plan has leaked

An internal NASA diagram showing details of its plans for the next decade has started to circulate online. Entitled "Integrated Exploration Manifest" ...
Scientists discover liquid ocean on...

Scientists discover liquid ocean on Pluto

The enigmatic dwarf planet has been throwing up no shortage of surprises over the last few years. When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft performed a flyb...
Ghosts abound at UK's most haunted ...

Ghosts abound at UK's most haunted prison

Shepton Mallet Prison in Somerset is believed by many to be one of Britain's most haunted buildings. Formerly Britain's oldest operating prison, Shept...
Storm chaser films from inside a to...

Storm chaser films from inside a tornado

Meteorologist Reed Timmer recently got more than he bargained for when a tornado formed right on top of him. The self-described 'extreme' storm chaser...
Wandering Earth: can we move our pl...

Wandering Earth: can we move our planet ?

Is it really possible to use giant thrusters to physically move our entire planet to a different orbit ? In the Chinese science fiction movie 'The Wan...
Immortality industry 'worth $600bn'...

Immortality industry 'worth $600bn' by 2025

The Bank of America has predicted that extending the human lifespan will soon become a major pursuit. Mankind has been obsessed with gaining immortali...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

That?s no dino!

That?s no dino!

Not all ancient reptiles were dinosaurs. Some soared, many swam the seas and still others looked like dinos?but actually weren?t.
Questions for ?That?s no dino!?

Questions for ?That?s no dino!?

Questions for ?That?s no dino!?
A germ stopper for blood products

A germ stopper for blood products

A new system can disable almost all viruses or bacteria that are lurking in donated blood platelets and plasma.
MERS virus hits South Korea hard

MERS virus hits South Korea hard

MERS ? a killer viral disease ? emerged for the first time only three years ago. That was in the Middle East. Now it has spread to Asia.
Explainer: What is a virus?

Explainer: What is a virus?

Viruses cause many of the world?s common diseases. These germs reproduce by hijacking the cells of their host.
Gulf oil spill: Still poisoning dol...

Gulf oil spill: Still poisoning dolphins to crickets

Once the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill ended, oil continued to harm animals in the Gulf of Mexico. Five years later, it still may not be over, biologists worry.

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