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What Protects Elephants from Cancer?

Elephants and other large animals have a lower incidence of cancer than would be expected statistically, suggesting that they have evolved ways to protect themselves against the disease. A new study reveals how elephants do it: An old gene that was no longer functional was recycled from the vast “genome ...

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Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator

DETROIT — Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, the country’s two largest banks, trace their roots in Detroit back decades, when they helped finance the city’s once-booming auto industry. These days, Detroit is still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, and the two banks have pledged to help ...

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As ISIS Is Driven From Iraq, Sunnis Remain Alienated

KARMAH, Iraq — After the Islamic State was finally driven from the central Iraqi city of Karmah last year, Sirhan Sallom returned to his home to find it demolished. Mr. Sallom, 70, has since waited in vain for help. In Iraq’s deeply sectarian system, he doesn’t expect much from the ...

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Harvey Weinstein Ousted From Motion Picture Academy

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s de facto governing body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to “immediately expel” Harvey Weinstein, breaking with 90 years of precedent and turning one of the biggest Oscar players in history into a hall-of-fame pariah. The academy’s 54-member board of ...

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Genes that separate humans from fruit flies found

Genes which determine animal complexity — or what makes humans so much more complex than a fruit fly or a sea urchin — have been identified for the first time. The secret mechanism for how a cell in one animal can be significantly more complex than a similar cell in ...

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Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US

In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces. Though still limited to experiments in the lab, evaporation-harvested power could in principle ...

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