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The Secret Ingredient That Stops Honeybees From Becoming Queens http://ift.tt/2em2CWB

Researchers have identified the molecule from plants that finds its way into the “bee bread” fed to honeybee larvae and determines their destiny. The New York Times

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A First Glimpse of the Great American Eclipse

Making landfall in Oregon, the Moon’s dark umbral shadow toured the United States on August 21. Those gathered along its coast to coast path were witness to a total eclipse of the Sun, possibly the most widely shared celestial event in history. But first, the Moon’s shadow touched the northern Pacific and raced eastward toward land. This dramatic snapshot was taken while crossing the shadow path 250 miles off the Oregon coast, 45,000 feet above the cloudy northern Pacific. Though from a shorter totality, it captures the eclipse before it could be seen from the US mainland. With the eclipsed Sun not far above, beautiful colors appear along the western horizon giving way to a clear, pitch-black, stratospheric sky in the shadow of the Moon. via NASA http://ift.tt/2wUvjFu
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Government Labor Agency Files Complaint Against Tesla For Worker Rights Violations

The National Labor Relations Board, an independent government agency that seeks to enforce U.S. labor laws, has filed a complaint against Tesla in support of claims of intimidation and harassment of workers by Tesla staff and forcing employees to sign an “overly-broad” confidentiality agreement.

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Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me

The story in the New York Times this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of scholars, the Open Markets group. New America had warned its leader Barry Lynn that he was “imperiling the institution,” the Times reported, after he and his group had…

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Hubble Observations Suggest Water May Be Abundant on Outer TRAPPIST-1 Planets

From the moment that seven Earth-sized planets were discovered in orbit around TRAPPIST-1—an ultracool dwarf star located 39 light years away—astronomers have been busy trying to learn everything they can about this intriguing star system, particularly its potential to foster life. Recently, an international team of…

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YouTubers Are Broadcasting Their Perspective Of Hurricane Harvey

Last week, Hurricane Harvey touched down in Texas, causing unprecedented amounts of catastrophic damage to the area and killing at least 38 people according to the New York Times. Entire sections of Houston, the United States’ fourth largest city, are underwater. The storm has been chronicled on the news and social…

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