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It turns out that when people don't have the cash to purchase new things it can have a significant effect on the amount of carbon dioxide that gets pumped into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, according to a study in Nature Communications.
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"We have a healthy spacecraft, we have a healthy system, and we are outbound for Pluto," Alice Bowman, mission operations manager for New Horizons, said just before 6 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday as the first group of ones and zeroes arrived at Mission Control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. 
It's official: New Horizons has successfully made it through its close flyby of the Pluto system unscathed. 
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Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report that by 2030, a driverless taxi could lower greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90% compared with a ride in a privately-owned gas-powered car today.

Even if you had a more efficient hybrid car of your own in 2030, the researchers calculated that a ride in an autonomous taxi would still reduce per-mile greenhouse emissions from 63% to 82%.
If you want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider commuting by robo-cab.
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Olson calls himself a celestial sleuth, and he has a history of using astronomy to ground famous works of art in time and place.He was able to pin down the exact month, day, hour and minute of two of Ansel Adams' Yosemite photographs by analyzing the angles of various shadows in the pictures as well as the tilt of the moon, among seven other lines of evidence.
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Leap years come like clockwork every fourth calendar year, but leap seconds are less predictable. The June 30, 2015, leap second is the 26th time that an extra second has been tacked on to a day since atomic clocks began governing our time in 1967.
On June 30, the world will receive a gift of time: a single, extra second known as a "leap second."
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In a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, a team of doctors relay the cautionary tale of a 35-year-old woman who wound up lying prone on the pavement, unable to get up, after spending the day in skinny jeans while helping a relative move.
Head's up, hipsters: A new case study suggests that wearing skinny jeans can lead to serious nerve damage in your lower legs ;-- if you spend the day in a squatting position.
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The new pictures show Pluto is home to a large mountain range made of water ice with peaks as high as 11,000 feet, rivaling the Rocky Mountains in size.  

They also reveal that Pluto's largest moon, Charon, has cliffs, troughs and a mysterious gash 4 to 6 miles deep that cuts across the surface, as well as vast areas of smooth terrain. 

But almost as notable from these early results is what was missing from the images: impact craters.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first high-resolution images of Pluto early Wednesday morning, and scientists say they are stunned.
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A spacecrafts sped past  dwarf planet today, and space history was made.
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"The spacecraft and all the instruments are operating flawlessly," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute said Monday. "We came a long way to explore Pluto and all indications are that Pluto is not going to let us down."
All systems are go for New Horizons' flyby of Pluto on July 14, members of NASA 's New Horizons team said two days after a technical glitch caused the spacecraft to briefly lose touch with our planet.
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In a paper published in the journal Nature, researchers describe 18 mysterious depressions on the speeding comet that they say could only occur by sinkhole collapse. 
Giant pits nearly 600-feet deep on the surface of Rosetta's comet are likely caused by massive sinkholes, scientists say.
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Entomologists have known about fireflies in our region for a long time, but they say they are rarely seen and are difficult even for the professionals to find.
A never-before-seen species of firefly was just discovered in the Santa Monica mountains, in Topanga.
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In a paper published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers say there is a link between political ideology and the ability to exert self-control.

In a series of three studies with more than 300 participants, the authors found that people who identify as conservative perform better on tests of self-control than those who identify as liberal regardless of race, socioeconomic status and gender.
Are conservatives more likely to stick to a ;diet than liberals? ;The answer might be yes.
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Deborah Netburn is a science reporter at the Los Angeles Times. 
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  • Wesleyan University
    Religion, 1995 - 1999