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In today's edition:

// Fusion ignition breakthrough

// Worker bots

// Megalodons

// Mars' climate

U.S. scientists repeat fusion ignition breakthrough for 2nd time | Yahoo! News

"U.S. scientists have achieved net energy gain in a fusion reaction for the second time since December, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said on Sunday.

Scientists at the California-based lab repeated the fusion ignition breakthrough in an experiment in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) on July 30 that produced a higher energy yield than in December, a Lawrence Livermore spokesperson said."

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Adopting robots will cause a business's profits to decline at first | TechXplore

"Researchers have found that robots can have a 'U-shaped' effect on profits: causing profit margins to fall at first, before eventually rising again.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, studied industry data from the UK and 24 other European countries between 1995 and 2017, and found that at low levels of adoption, robots have a negative effect on profit margins. But at higher levels of adoption, robots can help increase profits."

There's a fascinating new clue to the giant megalodon's extinction | Mashable

"What caused the demise of such a commanding creature is an ongoing investigation, but scientists have discovered a compelling clue. In research recently published in the science journal Nature Communications, earth scientists and biologists found preserved chemical evidence (in fossilized teeth) that megalodons and great white sharks coexisted as apex predators near the end of the megalodon's reign, some 5.3 to 3.6 million years ago."

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How climate change alters rivers on both Earth and Mars |

"Rivers on Earth can be divided into two categories: Those that keep their general shape, and those that change as they wind through terrain. So too, according to one study, can rivers on Mars.

This study foremost helps researchers understand how the changing climate is bound to affect rivers on Earth. But Chenliang Wu, an environmental scientist in Tulane University and one of the study authors, also believes these findings open the door for studying the ancient Martian climate."

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//Quiz: An earthquake that measures 8 on the Richter Scale would be how many times stronger than an earthquake that measures 4 on the same scale?

An earthquake that measures 8 on the Richter Scale would be how many times stronger than an earthquake that measures 4 on the same scale?

Hint: It's definitely more than 2x stronger, that's for sure.