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A Gun Company Is Now Selling a Handheld Semi-Automatic Railgun
A startup called Arcflash Labs is selling a $3,750 handheld railgun — and it's officially available for preorder now . The company claims that its GR-1 "Anvil" is the world's first handheld Gauss Rifle, a type of weapon that uses electromagnetic coils to accelerate projectiles to extremely high velocities, also known as a railgun or coilgun. "The GR-1 is a potentially lethal weapon, similar to a
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New Video Shows Robot With Terrifyingly Realistic Facial Expressions
The Awakening A UK-based robotics company called Engineered Arts has shown off an impressive new humanoid robot that can put on some eerily realistic facial expressions. A teaser video shows the grey-faced robot wake up, distort its face into a grimace of shock, and then examines its hands in disbelief. The robot ends its charade with a knowing "I got you" grin — as if it was trying to fool us in
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Covid booster shots significantly strengthen immunity, trial finds
Jabs offer far higher protection than that needed to prevent hospitalisation and death, Cov-Boost trial lead says Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid booster shots can dramatically strengthen the body's immune defences, according to a study that raises hopes of preventing another wave of severe disease driven by the Omicron variant. In a study published in the Lanc
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Chinese Rover Exploring What Appears to Be Cube-Shaped Object on Moon
There's a Moon cube now! At least, it looks that way based on some intriguing photos from the Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2, released by the country's space agency this week. The photos show a distant object that looks like a perfect cube, and China say the rover is headed to check it out. It's worth worth noting a few caveats about the photo, spotted yesterday by space journalist Andrew Jones, who
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Florida Is Trying to Get Its Own Military, God Help Us All
Florida's very cool and normal governor is proposing a "civilian military force" that would be under his control — rather than the Pentagon's. CNN reports that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's Florida State Guard would "not encumbered by the federal government." This wasn't just an off-handed suggestion, either. DeSantis said that he's going to ask the state legislature for $3.5 million to equip a
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Scientists Discover Enormous Black Hole Right Near Our Galaxy
Astronomers from the University of Texas have spotted a gigantic black hole at the heart of our galaxy's many dwarf satellite galaxies — meaning that, in intergalactic terms, it's just a stone's throw away from our own Solar System. The newly discovered black hole, dubbed Leo I, is roughly the same size as the suspected black hole at the center of the Milky Way. It also appears to be a bit of an
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Studying our solar system's protective bubble
A multi-institutional team of astrophysicists headquartered at Boston University, led by BU astrophysicist Merav Opher, has made a breakthrough discovery in our understanding of the cosmic forces that shape the protective bubble surrounding our solar system—a bubble that shelters life on Earth and is known by space researchers as the heliosphere.
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The Webb Space Telescope Will Rewrite Cosmic History. If It Works.
To look back in time at the cosmos's infancy and witness the first stars flicker on, you must first grind a mirror as big as a house. Its surface must be so smooth that, if the mirror were the scale of a continent, it would feature no hill or valley greater than ankle height. Only a mirror so huge and smooth can collect and focus the faint light coming from the farthest galaxies in the sky — ligh
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Molecular device turns infrared into visible light
Light is an electromagnetic wave: It consists of oscillating electric and magnetic fields propagating through space. Every wave is characterized by its frequency, which refers to the number of oscillations per second, measured in Hertz (Hz). Our eyes can detect frequencies between 400 and 750 trillion Hz (or terahertz, THz), which define the visible spectrum. Light sensors in cell phone cameras ca
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How to Care Less About Work
A t the bleakest moment in the pandemic, when you felt your most stressed, most scared, least centered, you probably heard some variation of the phrase This is really hard . Maybe you read it; maybe your manager said it to you; maybe you said it to yourself. But that's the truth: Our nearly two years of living through a pandemic have been hard . And like everything else in the United States, that
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Astronomers discover hot, dense planet with eight-hour year
In a new study, published in the journal Nature, the researchers show that the planet, which is 31 light years from Earth, is one of the lightest among the nearly 5,000 exoplanets (planets outside our own solar system) that are known today, with half the mass of Earth. It has a diameter of just over 9,000 kilometers—slightly larger than Mars.
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Potential new gene editing tools uncovered
Few developments have rocked the biotechnology world or generated as much buzz as the discovery of CRISPR-Cas systems, a breakthrough in gene editing recognized in 2020 with a Nobel Prize. But these systems that naturally occur in bacteria are limited because they can make only small tweaks to genes. In recent years, scientists discovered a different system in bacteria that might lead to even more
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Fredspristagaren om Facebook: "Premierar lögner över fakta"
Maria Ressa är fredspristagaren från Filippinerna som menar att Facebook hotar både yttrandefriheten och demokratin i världen. Facebooks användare är som Pavlovs hundar i ett jättelikt experiment, menar hon. Ressas exempel är hemlandet Filippinerna där nästan hela befolkningen är på Facebook och genomslaget för världens största nyhetsplattform är enormt. Men företagets algoritmer gynnar spridninge
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Stem cell-based implants successfully secrete insulin in patients with type 1 diabetes
Interim results from a multicenter clinical trial demonstrate insulin secretion from engrafted cells in patients with type 1 diabetes. The safety, tolerability, and efficacy of the implants, which consisted of pancreatic endoderm cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), were tested in 26 patients. While the insulin secreted by the implants did not have clinical effects in the patien
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People Disturbed by Robot With Ultra-Realistic Human Face Expressions
Yikes It's always a bit chilling when you come across a robot that's able to express itself so much like a human being that it almost tricks the brain into thinking it's possessed by a human spirit. That's more or less what a UK-based robotics company called Engineered Arts managed to pull off with its humanoid robot Ameca. A recently released video shows the grey-faced robot suddenly come alive
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Fossil remains of herd of 11 dinosaurs discovered in Italy
Exceptional find includes biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed in the country A treasure trove of fossils of a herd of 11 dinosaurs has been identified for the first time in Italy, including the biggest and most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country. Although isolated dinosaur remains have been discovered in Italy since the 1990s, palaeontologists have now ide
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UK's progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientist
Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, suggests emergence of Omicron variant means pandemic is far from over Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The emergence of the Omicron variant shows that the world is "closer to the start of the pandemic than the end", one of Britain's most senior scientific figures has warned, as he lamented a lack of political leadership o
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Two hippos test positive for Covid at Antwerp zoo
Staff at zoo in Belgium investigating cause of infections, which could be first reported cases in species Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Two hippos at Antwerp zoo in Belgium have tested positive for Covid-19 in what could be the first reported cases in the species, staff said. Imani, aged 14, and Hermien, 41, have no symptoms apart from runny noses, but the zoo said
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I was told the 12 steps would cure my addiction. Why did I end up feeling more broken?
In this quasi-religious programme, 'working the steps' is the remedy for any problem, but for me the cracks soon started to show Eight of us sat together in a circle in a wooden shed, an outbuilding at a large country house, somewhere in the south of England. The door was ajar, and spring light flooded the room. "Can anyone name any treatment methods for addiction, other than the 12 steps ?" aske
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A Baffling Number of "Stars" Are Actually Spacecraft
Crowded Sky If you've gone stargazing recently, there's a good chance you might have seen something strange: a string of bright star-like objects moving in a straight line across the sky. Well, those aren't stars. They're Starlink satellites — and one astronomer predicts that they'll soon be crowding the night sky even more. Samantha Lawler, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of R
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Hot news from two billion years ago: plankton actually moved mountains
Our planet's geology shaped life on Earth. But now scientists reveal it worked the other way around too The mighty forces that created our planet's mountains in ancient days got some unexpected help, scientists have discovered. Their research shows some of Earth's greatest ranges got a boost from primitive lifeforms whose remains lubricated movements of rock slabs and allowed them to pile up to f
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'Wall of secrecy' in Pfizer contracts as company accused of profiteering
US company faces scrutiny over Covid profits after UK agrees to secrecy clause Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers have agreed a secrecy clause in any dispute with the drugs manufacturer Pfizer over Britain's Covid vaccine supply. Large portions of the government's contracts with the company over the supply of 189m vaccine doses have been redacted and any arbit
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Tucker Carlson Is Completing the Work That Trump Began
Earlier this week, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, the host of the top-rated news show on cable, rose in defense of the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones . "Jones is often mocked for his flamboyance," Carlson said, "but the truth is he has been a far better guide to reality in recent years—in other words, a far better journalist—than, say, NBC News national-security correspondent Ken D
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SpaceX Starts Constructing Starship's Orbital Launch Pad at Cape Canaveral
Cape Pad SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed on Twitter today that SpaceX has begun the "construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape." Satellite images dating back to November 29 shows a flurry of activity at the launch pad. It's an exciting prospect to think of the next-gen spacecraft one day lifting off from historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center — the very same pad that serv
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Elon Musk Says Cybertruck Will Be Able to "Drive Diagonally Like a Crab"
Crab Mode Tesla CEO Elon Musk is finally ready to talk Cybertruck, his most beloved pet project. "Cybertruck is intentionally an insane technology bandwagon," he wrote in a tweet earlier this week. And today, Musk spilled the beans on yet more details. "Will have both front and rear wheel steer, so not just like a tank," he wrote . "It can drive diagonally like a crab." Motor Mouth Interestingly
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What Roe Could Take Down With It
The consensus of Supreme Court watchers after Wednesday's oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is that the demise of Roe v. Wade , or at least its dilution to a point that virtually any government-imposed "burden" on abortion would be constitutionally acceptable, is coming. After all, this Court allowed a Texas law effectively banning most abortions after six weeks to sta
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Omicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?
Scientists are racing to establish the variant's transmissibility, effect on immune system and chance of hospitalisation or death Three major issues will determine the magnitude of the impact of the new Omicron variant of the Covid virus will have on the nation and the rest of the planet. What is the transmissibility of this new Covid variant? How good is it at evading the antibodies and T-cells
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Elon Musk Posts Meme Mocking Crypto Fans, Then Crypto Crashes
Is Elon Musk crashing the crypto market over a sibling rivalry? The top three cryptocurrencies were each down Saturday morning — with the still-dominant Bitcoin down a jarring 12 percent — after the Tesla CEO tweeted a meme mocking crypto fans. The wildest part? It may have been inspired by sibling rivalry. Friday evening, around 8:30 pm ET, the billionaire CEO took to Twitter to make fun of "dec
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Company Under Fire for Using White Actors to Play Black Characters in VR Training
Tough to Stomach Talk about a bad look. A company that provides human resources training to businesses has reportedly been using white actors to play Black characters in its VR training. The kicker? They were racial sensitivity trainings, too. Mursion, a tech company that facilitates corporate education, utilizes VR avatars played by live actors to provide real-time simulations and examples of ra
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Enes Kanter Freedom Is Letting Himself Be Used
T he NBA player Enes Freedom is showing the danger of attracting the wrong kind of supporters. Formerly Enes Kanter, the 29-year-old Boston Celtics center took a new surname when he became an American citizen on Monday. For months, he has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government for its many human-rights violations—specifically its repression of Tibetans, democracy advocates in Hong Kong, an
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The dream of educating Afghan girls lives on | Shabana Basij-Rasikh
In this deeply moving talk, educator Shabana Basij-Rasikh shares the harrowing story of evacuating more than 250 students, staff and family members from the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) — the country's first and only all-girls boarding school — to Rwanda after the Taliban took power in 2021. An exceptional story of hope, resilience and dreaming big for future generations of Afghan gi
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Elon Musk Got a Strange Haircut and We Gotta Say, "Yikes"
Welp. It looks like SpaceX founder Elon Musk actually went into a barbershop and said, " Give me the Macklemore haircut ." On Thursday, the billionaire was spotted after landing in Miami sporting a hairdo that can only be described as "terminally divorced." Musk was on his way to attend Art Basel Miami, a hoity-toity art fair, with his son in tow, The Daily Mail reports . This man literally went
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New Pentagon Group Accused of Trying to "Bury" UFOs Again
A new Pentagon department may be bad news for the degree of transparency that's developed into the military's secretive cache of UFO documentation. In an editorial for The Hill , former defense analyst Marik von Rennenkampff argued that the Pentagon's new Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group is very bad news for the four brief years of unprecedented openness into th
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Omicron driving record rate of Covid infection in South African province
Officials say variant's R number is believed to be above 6, though most cases are mild and no deaths reported Coronavirus – latest updates The pace of Covid infections in the South African province of Gauteng is outstripping anything seen in previous waves, and officials say Omicron is now the dominant variant. Angelique Coetzee, the chair of the South African Medical Association, said Omicron's
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A Disastrous Collision Between COVID and HIV May Have Caused the Omicron Variant
The South African scientist who was first to alert the world to the existence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant believes that it likely emerged after running rampant through the body of an unvaccinated HIV-positive person. As The Los Angeles Times reports , bioinformatician Tulio De Oliveira has long been on alert for new strains of COVID to begin spreading in South Africa, where a large percen
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Jeffrey Epstein's Private Pilot Says Famed NASA Astronaut Rode on His Jet
A new revelation from Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial suggests that one famous American astronaut was connected to billionaire sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein. The Daily Beast reported that during Maxwell's trial in New York, Epstein's longtime pilot Larry Visoski dished on some of the famous figures who he says rode the dead creep's infamous "Lolita Express" private jet— including John Gl
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Quantum Simulators Create a Totally New Phase of Matter
Quantum computers, enthusiasts forecast, will one day work no end of miracles — from breaking digital encryptions to designing wonder drugs. At this early stage, however, the advantage of many quantum algorithms remains speculative. And some researchers wonder whether wielding the necessary control at the subatomic level is even possible. "It's a very daunting goal," said Markus Greiner… Source
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Keeps Tweeting Something Sad and Weird
Kiss Me Has anyone checked on Neil deGrasse Tyson? He might be going through something right now. The famed astrophysicist and science popularizer took to Twitter on Wednesday to post a weird, uh, potential cry for help. "In a mirror, you can kiss yourself only on the lips," Tyson tweeted. Sure, this might seem like a typical NDT showerthoughts-type post. However, one Twitter user dug deeper and
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Harvard Professor Roasts Elon Musk For Dumb Space Mistake
Dude, Where's My Car? Elon Musk got schooled in space science this week after a Harvard astronomer corrected Musk's tweet about the Tesla Roadster he launched into orbit in early 2018 . "My car is currently orbiting Mars," Musk tweeted yesterday, as part of a larger exchange. But Harvard's Jonathan McDowell, who works at the university's Center for Astrophysics, wasn't going to let the comment sl
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Courtney Love Is Threatening Elon Musk With Mysterious "Emails" for Some Reason
In a celebrity feud that sounds like it hatched from a game of Mad Libs, famed grunge vocalist Courtney Love tweeted out some sort of vague threat this week that features Elon Musk's private emails, Bernie Sanders, and a character from the show "Succession." You may remember that back in November, Elon Musk took a below-the-belt shot at Senator Bernie Sanders . "I keep forgetting that you're stil
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Omicron proves we're not in control of Covid – only global action can stop this pandemic
If we keep allowing this virus to spread through unvaccinated populations, the next variant could be even more deadly Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It's almost two years since we first heard of Covid-19, and a year since the first Covid vaccines were rolled out. Yet this staggering progress is being squandered. We have drifted for months now, with richer countries,
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Joe Biden's Year Was Ruined. Whose Fault Is That?
Sign up for Derek's newsletter here . Imagine it's November 2020, and I offer you the following vision of Joe Biden's first year in office: Stocks will soar. Consumer-spending growth will set land-speed records, and the president will oversee the best labor market of this young century. Coming off a flash-freeze recession, the U.S. unemployment rate will dip under 5 percent, lower than it was in
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A Plane Powered by Cooking Oil Just Flew Across the US
The global aviation industry is responsible for two percent of the world's total carbon emissions. Some countries are having success convincing people to fly less , but let's be honest—we're not going to stop taking planes to far-away places altogether. In fact, the opposite will happen, with demand for air travel increasing; by one estimate, the global fleet of aircraft could nearly double by 20
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The Biblical Clash at the Core of The Power of the Dog
The banjo may seem like an innocent instrument, but in The Power of the Dog , it's downright menacing. The swaggering rancher Phil Burbank (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) at the center of Jane Campion's new film is introduced as a thin-skinned bully who's quick to insult those around him. But I didn't realize what a frightening character he was going to be until Phil retired to his bed, pulled o
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People's Choice: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is inviting the public to vote for their favorite image selected from a group of shortlisted entries in this year's competition. Voting for the People's Choice Award is open until February 2, 2022. Organizers have shared a handful of the candidates below. Be sure to click through to their site to see the rest of the images. Wildlife Photographer of th
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How probable is it Omicron Covid variant will take hold in UK?
Analysis: UK's early vaccine deployment and use of different vaccines from South Africa mean it's too soon to say Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Omicron is causing consternation around the world, with the variant found to be behind an exponential rise in Covid cases in South Africa. Yet with just 42 cases confirmed in the UK so far, and most European countries seein
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Omicron Won't Ruin Your Booster
If it doesn't happen with this variant , it'll happen with the next one, or maybe the next. Some version of this coronavirus is bound to flummox our vaccines. In the past two years, SARS-CoV-2 has hopscotched across the globe, rejiggering its genome to better coexist with us. The latest coronavirus contender, Omicron, has more than 50 mutations, making it the most heavily altered coronavirus vari
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Bob Dole Saw Every Stage of the GOP
When Bob Dole returned to the Senate in 1988 after the second of his three presidential defeats, he told the assembled crowd of staffers and supporters, "I am bloodied, but unbowed, as the poet said." The famous quote from Invictus defined few American politicians of the 20th century as much as Dole, who died this morning at the age of 98. The son of Russell, Kansas, Dole was bloodied first on th
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NASA Paying Blue Origin $130 Million for New Space Station, Even After Its Ugly Lawsuit
Big Fat Contracts NASA has awarded a company that sued it a multi-million dollar contract to design a new space station. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin was one of three aeronautics companies chosen to design new "commercial destinations" in space, according to a NASA press release . The total amount awarded for the contracts is $415.6 million. The pile of money will be split fairly evenly amongst the th
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Does the Omicron variant mean Covid is going to become more transmissible?
As new strain dampens idea pandemic might be diminishing, what does the future hold for coronavirus? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When scientists predicted , months ago, that Covid-19 could be entering an endemic phase, many felt ready for the crisis period of the pandemic to be over. The tantalising suggestion that coronavirus might, at some foreseeable point, be
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Watch This Maniac Drive His Tesla Through the Ocean
Amphibious Vehicle One brave Tesla owner took what appears to be a red Model 3 off-road this week, posting a video of the car driving around a beach. At first the water is shallow, but the driver slogs through hood-deep water pretty easily halfway through the short 30-second clip. It's unclear whether the driver is the owner of t he YouTube channel that posted the clip. The Tesla is also surround
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Dealing with uncertainty about the Omicron variant | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Caution is sensible when so much is unknown The race is on to understand the new variant identified by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, dubbed Omicron (the next Greek letter was "nu", but this could have been mistaken for "new"). Fears include greater spread, worse disease or reduced effectiveness of treatments and vaccines. Increased transmission can arise from two factors. First, there i
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Hackers Are Spamming Companies' Receipt Printers with Anti-Work Manifestos
Hacked, Comrade! If Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were alive today, they might have hacked into businesses' receipt printers to churn out the Communist Manifesto . Which is apparently actually happening, at several employers where workers have reported anti-work manifestos randomly printing out on receipts. A report from Vice revealed that someone has hacked at least dozens of businesses' receip
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Tesla Finally Releases Cybertruck ATV… But For Some Reason It's Child-Sized
Tesla is, for some reason, selling a Cybertruck ATV for children before the release of one for adults — and it's already sold out, of course. This kid-sized ATV, named the Cyberquad , is as futuristic-looking as its still-in-production parent, and when it's back in stock will retail at about $1,900. Besides the comparatively-low price point, the Cyberquad diverges from other Tesla products in ano
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CMS collaboration homes in on Higgs boson's lifetime
The Higgs boson doesn't stick around for long. Once it is created in particle collisions, the famed particle lives for a mere less than a trillionth of a billionth of a second or, more precisely, 1.6 x 10-22 seconds. According to theory, that is, for so far experiments have only been able to set bounds on the value of the particle's lifetime or to determine this property with a large uncertainty.
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Africa alerted the world to Omicron. Why are we now the pariahs? | Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija
Rich nations are again raising barriers to ending the pandemic – politicians, globally, must follow the science and act together Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija is the co-chair of the African Union's Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance The advent of the Omicron variant has given us a glimpse of an alternative future in which, had the Sars-CoV-2 virus been initially identified in Africa in early 2020,
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Tech Exec Brags That New Phone' Cameras Will Always Be Watching You
While announcing his company's latest smartphone processor chip, one tech company executive was not only unperturbed that the phone's camera will always be scanning users' faces, but was actually excited by the prospect. As The Verge reported , Judd Heape, the vice president of product management at the Qualcomm corporation, bragged that the company's new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor chip — which
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Antivaxxer Caught Using Fake Arm to Pretend to Get Vaccine
A man in Italy used a fake arm Thursday morning to try and avoid getting a real COVID-19 vaccine, according to the New York Times . The nurse administering the vaccine noticed the man's arm seemed pinker than the rest of his body, and said she realized it was rubber foam after touching his "skin." "It was so humiliating," the nurse told the NYT , "thinking that a nurse cannot tell the difference
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Sweet dreams are made of this: why dream analysis is flourishing
Are dreams a message from the soul or meaningless 'brain farts'? Groups dedicated to interpretation are thriving Jason DeBord regrets the demise of an old parlour game once much-loved in the 19th century: What Did I Eat Last Night? It involved a player recounting their dreams – recorded in a journal upon waking – as an audience was challenged to guess what dream-provoking food they had consumed f
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Australia and Omicron: how and when will the Covid pandemic actually end?
We were looking forward to a summer of relative normality, then along came a new coronavirus variant Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Vaccine rollout tracker ; Cases and data tracker Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing It was meant to be Australia's summer of hope. With vaccination rates against Covid-19 high, international travel restarting, and most
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Office Holiday Parties Really Might Never Be the Same
For companies with the cash to go all out on a holiday party, the ideal spot might look something like Freehold. The industrial-chic venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is equipped with everything an urban Millennial could want: It has a coffee shop, a lounge, a courtyard with twinkly lights, and a Ping-Pong table. The last holiday party I went to in the Before Times was there. It wasn't exactly a r
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Artificial material protects light states on smallest length scales
Light not only plays a key role as an information carrier for optical computer chips, particularly for the next generation of quantum computers. Its lossless guidance around sharp corners on tiny chips and the precise control of its interaction with other light are the focus of research worldwide. Scientists at Paderborn University have now demonstrated the spatial confinement of a light wave to a
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UK Covid live: 'keep calm and carry on' with Christmas plans, says minister despite high case numbers
Oliver Dowden says people should keep going to pubs and restaurants, claiming the government has taken 'sufficient' action against Omicron Booster shots significantly strengthen immunity, trial finds Black and south Asian people urged to get boosters amid higher deaths How the NHS could be hit by Covid this winter How probable is it that Omicron will take hold in UK? Global coronavirus updates –
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International Space Station forced to swerve to avoid US space junk
Orbit dropped by 310 metres briefly to avoid collision with fragment from vessel launched in 1994 The International Space Station performed a manoeuvre to swerve from a fragment of a US launch vehicle, the head of Russia's space agency has said. Dmitry Rogozin, the director general of Roscosmos, said the station's orbit dropped by 310 metres for almost three minutes to avoid a close encounter wit
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Green information technologies: Superconductivity meets spintronics
When two superconducting regions are separated by a strip of non-superconducting material, a special quantum effect can occur, coupling both regions: The Josephson effect. If the spacer material is a half-metal ferromagnet, novel implications for spintronic applications arise. An international team has now, for the first time, designed a material system that exhibits an unusually long-range Joseph
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The US Is Filling the Oceans With Shocking Amounts of Disgusting Plastic
The US is the top generator of plastic waste in the world — and environmental researchers are ringing the alarm bells. A new congressionally mandated report for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine paints an ugly picture of the sheer amount of plastic waste the country produces, much of which eventually ends up leaking into the ocean. "An estimated 8 million metric tons o
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The layered effect: A single-cell map of corn's root reveals a regulator of cellular diversity
A new study uses novel single-cell profiling techniques to reveal how plants add new cell layers that help them resist climate stressors like drought or flooding. The research focuses on corn—a critically important crop around the world—in an effort to create a cell-by-cell map of the plant's root system, which mediates drought stress and absorbs nutrients and fertilizer from the soil.
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No 10 put all their eggs in vaccine basket in effort to save Christmas
Analysis: changes to cabinet and public mood from last year make further restrictions less likely The date ringed in red in Westminster is 18 December – not the date for Christmas parties but the time by which people should start to know how different their festive plans may look. For this government it is quite an inauspicious date, just a day before soaring cases forced Boris Johnson to finally
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Red Rocket Is a Terrifyingly Honest Look at a Shameless Man
Mikey Saber, the preening, confident chump who's the ostensible hero of Sean Baker's new film, Red Rocket , enters on-screen to a loud and familiar tune: "Bye Bye Bye," by *NSync. The song is a piece of mainstream pop from yesteryear (it's a shiver-inducing 21 years old), and its usage in this arty indie film seems laced with irony. Baker knows, though, that for all its non-subtlety, "Bye Bye Bye
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The Atlantic Daily: Five Shows to Spice Up Your Weekend
Now that it's December, you may be tempted to settle in and get cozy. That doesn't mean your entertainment has to be bland. To help spice up this first weekend of the last month of the year, I asked our culture writer Shirley Li to pick a few spunky or nerve-wracking shows to stave off the winter slump. Happy watching. 1. Yellowjackets This new coming-of-age survival thriller is "sort of like Los
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Covid antiviral pill molnupiravir/Lagevrio set for UK at-home trials
People most vulnerable to Omicron would reportedly be offered experimental pill within 48 hours of testing positive The first at-home treatment for Covid-19 could reportedly be offered to UK patients before Christmas as an attempt to protect the most vulnerable from the Omicron variant. The Sunday Telegraph reported that Sajid Javid is set to launch a national pilot of the Molnupiravir antiviral
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Trump's Former Lawyer Is Selling His Prison Badge as an NFT
The former Trump attorney who fumbled the bag hard enough to land himself in prison — and his former employer under special investigation — is now selling his prison badge as an NFT, because we are currently living in the worst timeline and/or simulation. First reported by Page Six , the news that Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is auctioning off a digital version of his i
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Tourist Anime Nerd Accused of Spreading Omicron Variant
We have yet another reason to dunk on nerds, because the United States' second reported case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant seems to have come from an anime convention in New York City last month. As Gothamist and other outlets have reported , a fully-vaccinated Minnesota man who traveled to the Big Apple to attend the Anime NYC convention is now the second person to have gotten this new, report
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Lightweight space robot with precise control developed
Robots are already in space. From landers on the moon to rovers on Mars and more, robots are the perfect candidates for space exploration: they can bear extreme environments while consistently repeating the same tasks in exactly the same way without tiring. Like robots on Earth, they can accomplish both dangerous and mundane jobs, from space walks to polishing a spacecraft's surface. With space mi
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Two-dimensional bipolar magnetic semiconductors with electrically controllable spin polarization realized
Two dimensional (2D) magnetic semiconductors, integrating semiconductivity, ferromagnetism and low dimensionality, serve as the cornerstone for high-speed nanospintronic devices. However, the practical applications of nowadays 2D magnetic semiconductors face two key problems: the rather low magnetic Curie temperature compared to room temperature, and the lack of a simple and efficient method to co
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The Atlantic Daily: Omicron Could Be Bad, or Really Bad—Or Maybe Good
Every discovery of a fast-spreading new variant sets off another wave of uncertainty, and this time, Omicron is to blame. Although it's true that we know frustratingly little about this new variant (other than that it's here — and here, and here ), today we understand a lot more about the coronavirus generally—how it travels, how vaccines work against it—than we did a year ago. We can rely on wha
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How some tissues can 'breathe' without oxygen
Humans need oxygen molecules for a process called cellular respiration, which takes place in our cells' mitochondria. Through a series of reactions called the electron transport chain, electrons are passed along in a sort of cellular relay race, allowing the cell to create ATP, the molecule that gives our cells energy to complete their vital functions.
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Do Covid vaccine mandates work?
Growing number of countries are exploring making jabs compulsory, but is it the right approach? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A growing number of countries are exploring making Covid jabs compulsory for the general population, but is it the right approach? Continue reading…
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Novel two-step mechanism revealed in two-dimensional material formation
Typically only an atom thick, 2D materials exhibit highly desirable properties for advanced technologies, such as flexibility, superconductivity and more. Made from carefully transitioning individual components from gas or vapor to crystalline solids, such materials and the mechanisms by which they become imbued with such characteristics are still shrouded in mystery.
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Why blanket travel bans won't work to stop omicron
Countries are slamming their borders shut again. Since the omicron variant was discovered in southern Africa and reported to the World Health Organization last week, more than 50 countries have imposed border controls. They target mostly South Africa and Botswana, which reported the first cases, but also neighboring countries in the region. The aim was to stop omicron from spreading, but these ba
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The Tech Moguls Are Looking for a New Playground
Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter's CEO this week, holds the dubious distinction of being one of Silicon Valley's most important woolgathering sages. Speaking with him can be incredibly disorienting, the journalist Ashley Feinberg once remarked , "not because he's particularly clever or thought-provoking, but because he sounds like he should be." That echoes my own experience: Dorsey is qu
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Black and south Asian people in UK urged to get jabs to cut higher Covid death rates
Disparity with white people who have lower death rate relative to infection rate suspected to be due to slower vaccine uptake Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Doctors have urged unvaccinated Black and south Asian people to get their Covid jabs after new data revealed hospitalisations and deaths are higher in those groups, despite infection rates being lower than in wh
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UK government's risk planning is weak and secretive, says Lords report
Chair of committee points out unpreparedness for Covid shows better anticipation of future threats is needed Assessment and planning by the government relating to risks facing the UK are deficient and "veiled in secrecy", a report has found. The 129-page report, entitled Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building a Resilient Society, was produced by the House of Lords select committee on risk assessme
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Scientists use quantum processor to simulate 2D states of quantum matter
What would it be like if we lived in a flat two-dimensional world? Physicists predict that quantum mechanics would be even stranger in that case, resulting in exotic particles—so-called "anyons"— that cannot exist in the three-dimensional world we live in. This unfamiliar world is not just a curiosity but may be key to unlocking quantum materials and technologies of the future.
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Boosting thermopower of oxides via artificially laminated metal/insulator heterostructure
Thermoelectric materials have the ability to generate electricity when a temperature difference is applied to them. Conversely, they can also generate a temperature gradient when current is applied to them. Therefore, these materials are expected to find use as power generators of electronic devices and coolers or heaters of temperature control devices. To develop these applications, a thermoelect
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Sex ratio of babies linked to pollution and poverty indicators
Study finds some pollutants are correlated with higher levels of boys and others with more girls A swathe of pollutants and indicators of poverty have been linked to changes in the ratio of baby boys to girls born to millions of parents. A study of half the US population and the entire Swedish population examined more than 100 possible factors and found, for example, that mercury, chromium and al
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How you speak up at work can affect whether you're picked for a team
Business leaders and management experts often encourage people to speak up in the workplace. Suggesting a creative idea or a more efficient way to work can help companies overcome challenges and meet goals. But new research shows another, more subtle and often overlooked form of speaking up has a big effect on the way work gets done and how teams come together.
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How does the climate crisis affect the Antarctic fur seal?
The climate crisis is limiting the availability of krill—small crustaceans that are vital in the marine food chain—during summer in some areas of the Antarctica. This involves a decrease in the food abundance for female Antarctic fur seals in summer and a decrease in their reproductive success. Moreover, the predation of pups by the leopard seal has also increased due to a lower abundance of pengu
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 4)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Training Is Outpacing Moore's Law Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum "The increase in transistor density would account for a little more than doubling of performance between the early version of the MLPerf benchmarks and those from June 2021. But improvements to software as well as processor and computer architecture produced a 6.8-11-fold speedup for the best benchmark re
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What are pros and cons of whole-genome sequencing for every UK baby?
Knowing a baby's whole genetic code would help detect a range of health problems, but would not replace need for some existing tests Scientists raise concerns over UK baby genome sequencing plan What is the current newborn screening? All babies in the UK are offered the "heel prick" or blood spot test at around five days old to screen for nine serious health conditions, including cystic fibrosis,
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How Outfits Define Those Who Wear Them
Once, while on a trip to Maui, Haruki Murakami caught a glimpse of a garment that fascinated him—a simple yellow T-shirt that read TONY TAKITANI in blue letters. "What kind of person could Tony Takitani be?" the novelist wondered. So he bought the shirt (which cost just $1), wrote a short story inspired by the name, and eventually met the real-life Mr. Takitani (a political candidate turned lawye
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Using machine learning and computationally derived descriptors to find special classes of catalysts
A team of researchers at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Jyväskylä has developed a system based on machine learning and computationally derived descriptors that can be used to find special kinds of catalysts. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes using machine learning algorithms to find patterns in known types of ligands and applying the results to find
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Researchers develop novel 3D printing technique to engineer biofilms
Anne S. Meyer, an associate professor of biology at the University of Rochester, and her collaborators at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands recently developed a 3D printing technique to engineer and study biofilms—three-dimensional communities of microorganisms, such as bacteria, that adhere to surfaces. The research provides important information for creating synthetic materials a
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The role of messenger RNA in DNA repair
An organism's genome could be compared to a complex system of instructions that allows it not only to develop, but also to carry out all the activities essential to its survival. To do this, this genome needs to be expressed correctly, i.e. these instructions need to be "read" properly, and the information it contains must not be altered or degraded over time.
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Forty percent of North Atlantic right whale population using Gulf of Saint Lawrence as seasonal habitat
Researchers have identified 187 individual North Atlantic right whales—about 40 percent of the catalogued population—in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence during the summer. They used photographs of North Atlantic right whales collected during surveys conducted between 2015 and 2019. Many of the right whales remain in the area through the summer and autumn, feeding and socializing primarily in southern
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Comics Made Them Friends. Their Friendship Made Great Comics.
Each installment of " The Friendship Files " features a conversation between The Atlantic 's Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship. This week she talks with three artists and one writer, who all work on titles for DC Comics, about their collaboration on the page and their friendship off of it. They discuss how working in comics can be iso
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Can seven questions determine how wise you are?
Researchers report that an abbreviated, seven-item scale can help determine with high validity a person's level of wisdom, a potentially modifiable personality trait that has been shown to have a strong association to well-being.
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Most people flee the suburbs, but nowhere land is the perfect backdrop for my novels
Suburbia is neither glamorous nor picturesque. But this is precisely what makes it rich terrain for my books It's early December and in my corner of southeast London the Christmas illuminations are going up. Garden gnomes may have fallen out of fashion, but their seasonal equivalent, inflatable Santas, are very much in evidence. There are some pockets of tasteful conformity, where entire streets o
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Stroke may be triggered by anger, emotional upset and heavy physical exertion
A global study into causes of stroke has found that one in 11 survivors experienced a period of anger or upset in the one hour leading up to it. One in 20 patients had engaged in heavy physical exertion. The suspected triggers have been identified as part of the global INTERSTROKE study, which analyzed 13,462 cases of acute stroke, involving patients with a range of ethnic backgrounds in 32 countr
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Adele's 30 and the Year of the Breakup Album
For most everyone, 2021 has been a long and lonely year. Pop stars, it seems, are no exception. Although music about heartbreak has been around for as long as there's been music, this past year's charts have looked particularly lovelorn. Pop music has been a months-long opera of celebrity splits. We went from Olivia Rodrigo's world-conquering "Drivers License" in January to Adele's new album, 30
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Shining new light on elusive flying bats
How can we understand the activity of wild bats? Mostly soundless, flying in the dark, bats feed at night and evade our senses. Now, an international research team has developed a new non-invasive method 'bat point counts' by combining modern sensing technologies — thermal, ultrasonic and near-infrared — to detect, identify and count all bats flying around in a certain range.
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Book Review: Demystifying the Idea of Consciousness
In "Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious," neuroscientist Antonio Damasio explores the mystery of consciousness and its connection to feeling. For Damasio, consciousness is inextricably linked to feelings and sensations in our bodies that we then, crucially, relate back to our sense of personhood.
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Study reveals that giant planets could reach 'maturity' much earlier than previously thought
An international team of scientists, in which researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) participate together with other institutions from Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, UK, and Mexico, has been able to measure the masses of the giant planets of the V1298 Tau system, just 20 million year old. Masses for such young giant planets had not been obtained previously, and this is th
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Mimicking a human fingertip's sensitivity and sense of direction for robotic applications
As robotic devices such as artificial prosthetics and human-computer interfaces are increasingly integrated into society, researchers have been looking more deeply into the sensitivity of the devices that serve the same function as hands. Human fingertips are remarkably sensitive. They can communicate details of an object as small as 40μm (about half the width of a human hair), discern subtle diff
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Probiotics improve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
Researchers found that probiotics significantly improve the symptoms of pregnancy-related nausea, vomiting and constipation. Nausea and vomiting affect about 85% of pregnancies and can significantly impact quality of life, particularly during early pregnancy.
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Engineering researcher who suddenly left postdoc has ninth paper retracted
An author with ties to researchers believed to have published hundreds of problematic papers has earned his ninth retraction, this time for forged authorship. Mostafa Jalal, once a postdoc at Texas A&M University, is alleged to have "engaged in some manner of collaboration or communication" with three other researchers, including Ali Nazari, who has now … Continue reading
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The Rare Experimental Musician to Embrace the Spotlight
Something about listening to Arca, arguably the most important experimental musician working today, reminds me of sitting in a hot car to avoid getting hit by fake bullets. That memory is from adolescence, when my group of male friends would spend whole days playing at a paintball course on the military base near where we lived. I participated, but I did not love the rude thwack of colorful proje
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Tropical forests recover after deforestation
Tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming rate through deforestation, but they also have the potential to regrow naturally on abandoned lands. This has been shown by an international study led by scientists from Wageningen University. How a forest recovers, depends on the amount of rainfall, the age of the forest, and the functional characteristics of the tree species.
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Elevated heart rate linked to increased risk of dementia
Having an elevated resting heart rate in old age may be an independent risk factor of dementia, according to a new study. Since resting heart rate is easy to measure and can be lowered through exercise or medical treatment, the researchers believe that it may help to identify people with higher dementia risk for early intervention.
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Toys prove to be better investment than gold, art, and financial securities
Unusual ways of investment, such as collecting toys, can generate high returns. For example, secondary market prices of retired LEGO sets grow by 11% annually, which is faster than gold, stocks, and bonds, HSE University economists say. Their paper was published in the Research in International Business and Finance journal.
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Antarctica experiences rare total solar eclipse
A rare total solar eclipse in Antarctica this weekend (Saturday 4 December) is giving researchers a unique opportunity to learn more about how solar eclipses affect space weather. The next total eclipse in Antarctica will not be until 2039.
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Exoplanets in debris disks
Debris disks around main-sequence stars are tenuous belts of dust thought to be produced when asteroids or other planetesimals collide and fragment. They are common: more than about a quarter of all main-sequence stars have debris disks and, since these disks can be hard to detect, it is likely that the fraction is even higher. Current instruments are only able to detect debris disks in systems th
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Study: Recreational cannabis legalization increases employment in counties with dispensaries
Researchers from The University of New Mexico and California Polytechnic University find increased employment, especially in manufacturing, following the opening of legal recreational cannabis dispensaries. They found no evidence of declines in worker productivity, suggesting that any negative effects from cannabis legalization are outweighed by the job growth these new markets create.
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What is the Fermi Paradox?
The Fermi Paradox describes the contradiction that despite an abundance of planets in our galaxy, we have yet to detect alien life. Are we actually alone in the universe?
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Why It's Still a Scientific Mystery How Some Live Past 100—and How to Crack It
A 35-year-old man only has a 1.5 percent chance of dying in the next ten years . But the same man at 75 has a 45 percent chance of dying before he reaches 85. Clearly, aging is bad for our health. On the bright side, we have made unprecedented progress in understanding the fundamental mechanisms that control aging and late-life disease. A few tightly linked biological processes, sometimes called
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Learn Windows Automation In This Cyber Week Training Package Deal
While Microsoft exploring some areas more than Windows , the latter's operating system is likely the product most of us know the best. Yet if you're not familiar with PowerShell, you're not getting the most from a tool you use every day. The 2022 Windows PowerShell Certification Bundle will show you what you're missing, and you can save even more on it during our ongoing Cyber Monday sale. What I
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A Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water
"It's a little anxious to be a very small animal entirely surrounded by water" -Piglet the world was already [young | sick | lost] when we came to it we were busy looking [for | at | through] god went to the dance and brought our new [shoes | father | flask] borrowed a [shirt | religion | mask] & sat in the bleachers [music | oil | trash] filled our rivers stayed up for the after [party | life |
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2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #49
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, November 28, 2021 through Sat, December 4, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: Who owns the wind? An anthropologist has ideas , Canada's Tar Sands: Destruction So Vast and Deep It Challenges the Existence of Land and People , PragerU video on climate change repea
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Gerrymandering is a climate problem
This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, a staunch Trump supporter who recently called the Biden administration's attempts to limit fossil fuel emissions " maybe the craziest thing I've ever heard ," represents an Ohio district whose bizarre shape has earned it the nickname "the duck." Just north of the duck's bill lies the distr
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Master The Adobe Creative Cloud With This Cyber Week Training Bundle Deal
Photoshop is so tightly integrated into our lives, Adobe has developed AI to find Photoshopped faces we otherwise wouldn't spot at all. Yet there's far more to the Creative Cloud than just Photoshop, and the 2022 All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification Course Bundle will show you how to tap into it, with an extra savings during our ongoing Cyber Monday Sale. Mastering The Cloud Taught
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Get Focused This Cyber Week With A Lifetime Of WiredVibe
Music is so fundamental, even stars can become instruments with the right tools . And in turn that means your audio affects your focus, your mood, and your energy level. WiredVibe is designed to turn out personalized music that keeps you on task, and you can save on a lifetime subscription during our ongoing Cyber Monday Sale. AI-Powered Music Tested by top universities, including the University
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Master New Coding Disciplines With This Cyber Week Deal
Coding has penetrated so deeply into our lives, our cars may soon be mining cryptocurrencies while we charge them . So whether you're looking for a new career, or need to add skills to stay on top of your current job, the 2022 All-in-One Learn to Code Certification Bundle will teach you what you need to know for the coming year, and it's available at an even deeper discount with our ongoing Cyber
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Fly For Less This Cyber Week With Dollar Flight Club
Artificial intelligence is changing how we get around, from baggage handling to doing the actual driving and flying . That same tool is also making it easier to get the cheapest flight, and for Cyber Monday, you can save on a lifetime subscription to Dollar Flight Club . How It Works Dollar Flight Club earned 4.4 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot by combining big data and human intelligence. The servi
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Protect Your Dog's Health With This Cyber Week DNA And Allergy Test Bundle Deal
Dogs love us, even if we go to space without them , so return that love this Cyber Monday with the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test & Allergy Test My Pet Kit Bundle and save 20% with code CMSAVE20. DNA My Dog Winners of the Leaders in Ethical Canine Testing award at the BHP Biotechnology Awards in 2020, DNA My Dog makes it easy to learn just what breeds lie in your pooch's history with a pain
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Save An Extra 20% On the One Million Dollar Puzzle This Cyber Week
We all love puzzles, and some puzzles have the potential to unlock the human mind . This Cyber WEek, you can save an extra 20% on the One Million Dollar Puzzle , and give the puzzle lover on your list both a head-scratcher and a chance to unlock a $1 million prize. The Puzzle When you first open the box, you're confronted with a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, 15.7″ by 15.7″ square. The MSCHF team have
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How you speak up at work can affect whether you're picked for a team
Business leaders and management experts often encourage people to speak up in the workplace. Suggesting a creative idea or a more efficient way to work can help companies overcome challenges and meet goals. But new research shows another, more subtle and often overlooked form of speaking up has a big effect on the way work gets done and how teams come together.
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Understanding mouthfeel of food using physics
Our understanding of how microscopic structure and changes in the shape of food affect food texture remains underdeveloped, so researchers from Denmark and Germany conducted a series of experiments relating food microstructure and rheology to texture. They used coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy to relate the molecular makeup of the fat in foods with the rheological and mechanical pr
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Printing technique creates effective skin equivalent, heals wounds
Researchers have developed an approach to print skin equivalents, which may play a future role in facilitating the healing of chronic wounds. They used suspended layer additive manufacturing, creating a gel-like material to support the skin equivalent that can then support a second phase of gel injection. During printing, the skin layers are deposited within the support gel. After printing, the te
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ALS therapy should target brain, not just spine
The brain is indeed a target for treating ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), scientists have discovered. This flips a long-standing belief the disease starts in the spinal motor neurons and any therapy would need to target the spine as the key focus. The new study shows the brain degenerates early in ALS, sends warning signals and shows defects very early in the disease. Degeneration of brain mo
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Predicting protein-protein interactions
Scientists have collaborated to build a structurally-motivated deep learning method built from recent advances in neural language modeling. The team's deep-learning model, called D-SCRIPT, was able to predict protein-protein interactions (PPIs) from primary amino acid sequences.
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Tony Beets Saves His Season with Huge Gold Find | Gold Rush
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Weekend reads: Chair leaves post during investigation of double-dipping allegations; geoscientist fined; prof claims another's papers are hers
Before we present this week's Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Our co-founder Ivan Oransky presented oral evidence to the UK … Continue reading
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Meth use, intimate partner violence weaken immune function in HIV-positive men
A study of HIV-positive black and Latino men who have sex with men finds the use of methamphetamine combined with intimate partner violence boosted the activity of genes that regulate the body's inflammatory and antiviral functions. The combination may lead to exhaustion of the immune system in people living with HIV, increasing the risk for developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disea
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Kollegorna: Därför är Giorgio Parisi ett geni
Giorgio Parisi är en av årets Nobelpristagare i fysik och har sedan pandemins början varit en kändis för italienarna. Men i forskarvärlden har han länge varit en celebritet. Han är speciellt berömd för sin ovanligt skärpta matematiska förmåga. Spela vodden för att se hur ett geni tänker.
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How am I able to read abstract descriptions/poetry, understand & interpret it, but not create these types of texts?
How am I able to read abstract descriptions/poetry, understand & interpret (to the best of my ability, and based off my experience; subjective interpretation) but not create these types of texts? I feel like I have a creative block/limitation to not be able to artfully combine words so they are a beautiful or meaningful. But I'm able to appreciate poetry and literature. I Just can't generate it.
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AHA "regrets any confusion" and is reviewing meeting policies after outcry over Covid-19 vaccine abstract
Days after a leading heart journal issued an expression of concern for a meeting abstract suggesting that vaccines against Covid-19 may cause cardiac damage, its publisher, the American Heart Association (AHA), says it is reviewing how it screens such submissions. As we reported late last month, "Mrna COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and … Continue reading
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Sliding ferroelectricity in 2D van der Waals materials: Related physics and future opportunities [Physics]
Near the 100th anniversary of the discovery of ferroelectricity, so-called sliding ferroelectricity has been proposed and confirmed recently in a series of experiments that have stimulated remarkable interest. Such ferroelectricity exists widely and exists only in two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals stacked layers, where the vertical electric polarization is switched…
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Best Night Vision Goggles of 2022
Night vision used to be exclusively used by the military, but now the technology has become a regular feature in many smartphones and security cameras. Night vision goggles have also become commonly used devices for nighttime fishing, boating, hiking, climbing, hunting, and camping because they give the user the ability to see in very dim lighting and in complete darkness. This ability is incredi
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Climate adaptation of households compared internationally
The UN climate conference in Glasgow in 2021 had a clear message: climate adaptation is required of everyone; from governments to individuals around the world. Researchers have now investigated the drivers of what motivates or hinders people in different cultures in climate adaptation.
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Tiny moments of 'blindness' are key to your vision
Researchers have uncovered new information about the role of tiny "fixational" eye movements in enabling us to see clearly. Fixational eye movements are tiny movements of the eye—so small we humans aren't even aware of them. Yet they play a large role in our ability to see letters, numbers, and objects at a distance. "…microsaccades are accompanied by brief periods of visual suppression during wh
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Expectations shape salmon taste test
A blind taste test demonstrates that Danes prefer the taste of both conventionally and organically farmed smoked salmon over wild-caught salmon. However, the picture is turned upside down the second people find out where a fish comes from. A great many packages of sliced and vacuum-sealed smoked salmon find their way into Danish shopping carts every year. The vast majority of this smoked salmon i
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Using green tea as reducing reagent for the preparation of nanomaterials to synthesize ammonia
Researchers have shown that green tea can be used as a reducing reagent for the preparation of nanomaterials to synthesize ammonia. Compared with bulk graphitic carbon nitride, the optimal sample had 2.93-fold photocatalytic nitrate reduction to ammonia activity (2.627 mg/h/gcat), and the NH3 selectivity increased from 50.77% to 77.9%. The team published their approach on September 06 in Energy Ma
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Skeleton analysis uncovers 1,300-year-old murder mystery
A new analysis of a skeleton found in a tomb in China has uncovered the mystery of 1,300-year-old murder—and cleared the victim's name. The mystery began in 2002 when construction crews in the Ningxia region of China discovered an ancient tomb. Several years later, archaeologists discovered a male skeleton in a large shaft leading down into the tomb. "…this was definitely a homicide case." The sh
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The Best Smart Glasses for Music, Video, and More
It wasn't that long ago that the very thought of wearing a computer on your face sounded like a futuristic, sci-fi fantasy, right up there with flying cars. But while flying cars are still beyond the grasp of most mortals for now , so-called smart glasses are already here. Smart glasses are essentially wearable computer glasses that function in a myriad of ways, depending on the type and purpose.
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Air bubbles sound climate change's impact on glaciers
As the world's temperatures rise, tidewater glaciers are receding and melting, releasing air trapped in the ice. Scientists can listen to the release of the air and potentially use the sounds to help them gauge the impact of climate change on the ice floes.
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Kreativitet centralt i läraryrket
Kan man se på lärarrollen som en slags designer – och kan lärare jobba likt designers för att ta sig an problem i undervisningen? Det har forskaren Elisabeth Rolf, vid Stockholms universitet, undersökt. – Kreativa förmågor är centrala för lärare i deras yrkesroll. Jag vill med min forskning stötta gymnasielärare i att använda digital teknik i undervisningen, säger Elisabeth Rolf, som är gymnasiel
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Why 'tight' cultures had better COVID responses
When crises hit, cultures with less strict social norms may not respond quickly enough, says a cross-cultural psychologist. "Culture is omnipresent: It's all around us, but it's invisible. We take it for granted," says Michele Gelfand, professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. "Often, when we get outside of our cultural bubble, we realize we've been sociali
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Invasive ants can threaten ecosystems by damaging plants at the roots
Invasive ant species can be found in almost every ecosystem on earth, but the impact these invaders may have on plant health has only recently been investigated by scientists. A new study published in Journal of Ecology is the first of its kind to find that invasive ants can disrupt plants' growth and photosynthesis by nesting at their roots—potentially threatening plants in tropical and subtropic
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Genes associated with hearing loss visualized in new study
Researchers have been able to document and visualize hearing loss-associated genes in the human inner ear, in a unique collaboration study between otosurgeons and geneticists. The findings illustrate that discrete subcellular structures in the human organ of hearing, the cochlea, are involved in the variation of risk of age-related hearing loss in the population.
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Unlocking the cause of UTI-induced delirium
Researchers have found that blocking the action of a protein called interleukin 6 (IL-6), part of the immune system, could resolve the delirium that often accompanies urinary tract infection (UTI) in elderly patients. Their study could pave the way for clinical trials of IL-6 inhibitors as a treatment for UTI-associated delirium in humans.
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The layered effect: A single-cell map of corn's root reveals a regulator of cellular diversity
A new study uses novel single-cell profiling techniques to reveal how plants add new cell layers that help them resist climate stressors like drought or flooding. The research focuses on corn — a critically important crop around the world — in an effort to create a cell-by-cell map of the plant's root system, which mediates drought stress and absorbs nutrients and fertilizer from the soil.
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Building a human body through gastrulation
Researchers offer a phylogenetic and ontogenetic overview of the primitive streak and its role in mediating amniote (vertebrate animals that develop on land) gastrulation, and discuss the implications of embryonic stem cell-based models of early mammalian embryogenesis on the function of this structure.
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Development of a single-process platform for the manufacture of graphene quantum dots
Graphene consists of a planar structure, with carbon atoms connected in a hexagonal shape that resembles a beehive. When graphene is reduced to several nanometers (nm) in size, it becomes a graphene quantum dot that exhibits fluorescent and semiconductor properties. Graphene quantum dots can be used in various applications as a novel material, including display screens, solar cells, secondary batt
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Robot with bird feet can perch and grab
With feet and legs like a peregrine falcon, engineers have created a robot that can perch and carry objects like a bird. Like snowflakes, no two branches are alike. They can differ in size, shape, and texture; some might be wet or moss-covered or bursting with offshoots. And yet birds can land on just about any of them. "It's not easy to mimic how birds fly and perch ," says William Roderick, lea
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Loss of huge mammals led to rise in wildfires
The extinction of iconic grazing mammals like woolly mammoth, giant bison, and ancient horses triggered a dramatic increase in fire activity in the world's grasslands, according to a new study. From 50,000 years to 6,000 years ago, many of the world's largest animals went extinct. For the new study, researchers compiled lists of extinct large mammals and their approximate dates of extinctions acr
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Cops Pay Mark and Digger A Visit | Moonshiners
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New sensing technologies to study elusive flying bats
How can we understand the activity of wild bats? Mostly soundless, flying in the dark, bats feed at night and evade our senses. Many bats can use echolocation to hunt and can avoid the traditional nets used to capture them; those that do not "echolocate" cannot be detected by ultrasound bat detectors. Now, an international research team led by the University of Göttingen has developed a new method
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Making your website stickier: The role of customer value, satisfaction, trust and habit
A competitor is usually just one click away, so how to companies make their websites stickier and so retain their potential buyers and persuade them to make a purchase? Writing in the International Journal of Technology Marketing, a team from India has investigated the role of customer values, satisfaction, trust, and habits and how those characteristics related to their sticking with a given webs
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Host and resident bacteria join forces to control fungi in plant roots
In nature, the roots of healthy plants are colonized by complex microbial communities of bacteria and filamentous eukaryotes (i.e., fungi and oomycetes, Fig. 1), the composition of which profoundly influences plant health. Maintaining a microbial equilibrium in their roots is very important for plants to remain healthy, however, the means by which this is achieved by plants is still largely unknow
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Never-before-seen state of matter: Quantum spin liquids
Physicists said they have finally experimentally documented quantum spin liquids, a long sought-after exotic state of matter. The work marks a big step toward being able to produce this elusive state on demand and to gain a novel understanding of its mysterious nature.
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Some polycrystal grain boundaries feel the heat more than others
Researchers have used electron energy loss spectroscopy to directly measure the coefficient of thermal expansion at grain boundaries in the polycrystalline material SrTiO3. The researchers identified differences in the coefficient of expansion depending on the grain boundary. In addition to revealing the thermal properties of SrTiO3, the findings demonstrate the potential of EELS for probing mater
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The Atlantic, Artist Glenn Kaino, and Superblue Announce Immersive Art Experience
The Atlantic, Glenn Kaino, and Superblue are announcing a new art experience that will inspire millions to rethink their relationship to the natural world. This exhibition will be an immersive art event, sponsored by Mastercard and opening in spring 2022 in Los Angeles, that is created by artist Glenn Kaino and produced by Vance Garrett, a leader in experiential productions. The art for this exhi
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Spiders' motion on a web studied as electrons orbiting a nucleus
The tiny male golden orb-weaving spider faces a considerable challenge when searching for a mate. He is a fraction of the size of the massive female, but must carefully enter her web and approach her without being noticed, because the cannibalistic female will kill and eat him if he makes one wrong move on her web. Add to this gamble the competition he faces from other males also on the delicate a
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Researchers one step closer to optoacoustic endoscopic probe for microsurgery
Skoltech researchers and their colleagues have come one step closer to a working optoacoustic endoscopic probe—a device that could slip inside a blood vessel and analyze atherosclerotic plaques by shining laser light on them to make them wobble like a loudspeaker membrane and betray their chemical composition with an ultrasound signature. This could prove useful in robotized microsurgery and medic
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Activating immune cells for cancer nano-immunotherapy
With nanotechnology we can understand, mimic, and modulate our immune system. For her Ph.D. research, Annelies Wauters studied how tiny nanocarriers can be used to control the immune system, and target and activate immune cells to fight cancer cells. Wauters defends her thesis on December 3rd.
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Opinion: Composting should be mandatory in New York City
In Japan, all residents are responsible for sorting their trash into several waste streams. They are required to label clear garbage bags with their name and address, so the contents can be easily identified. If anything is sorted incorrectly, they will have their bag returned and be told to sort their trash correctly. This strict system has resulted in about 99 percent of Japan's municipal waste
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Time is running out for primates, bears and songbirds in Vietnamese wildlife hotspot
Surveys of the montane forests of Kon Plong, in Vietnam's central highlands, conducted by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and our local partner GreenViet, have revealed a rich reservoir of wildlife. This is the first time that these forests have been systematically and intensively surveyed and, in total, the researchers documented nearly 1,000 species of vertebrate and plant.
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An upcoming asteroid mission will be able to peer 100 meters under the surface
Engineers only get one shot at making a spacecraft work as intended—or at least they only get one shot in space. In the preparation leading up to that final, climactic moment, there are typically thousands of hours of tests run on numerous systems and subsystems. If all goes well, it bodes well for the mission's overall success, but if problems arise, it's much easier to address them on the ground
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Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions
From power plants to coffee cups or your childhood home, everything that makes up the economy has a life expectancy. Much of what we make and consume lasts just weeks, months or years. However, lots of infrastructure instead lasts lifetimes, binding future generations into pathways chosen long before them. The dilemma this poses is the quintessential story of climate change, but it is not just abo
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Självkörande bilar tryggare med smart AI
En ny metod gör att självkörande fordon kan visa en förmåga att resonera som liknar människans sunda förnuft – något som inte har gått att åstadkomma i självkörande fordon eller andra AI-tekniker som enbart baseras på maskininlärning. I trafiken är vi människor vana vid att hela tiden förutse vad som kommer att hända härnäst. En slutledningsförmåga som dagens självkörande fordon och AI-system i a
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Attraktionen får guldspeglar att bygga ihop sig själva
Nanospeglar av guld har blivit en praktisk plattform för att studera olika egenskaper inom fysiken. Plattformen nästan skapar sig själv och är lätt att styra med salt, temperatur eller ljus, menar forskarna. De hoppas att detta nya verktyg av guldspeglar kan skalas upp till att ses för blotta ögat. Tänk dig att du behöver ett mångsidigt och lättkontrollerat system för att utforska material ända n
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Using CRISPR For Sex Selection
Each year 6-7 billion male chicks are culled, because only females are needed for egg laying. Many other animals are also culled because one sex is desired either for food production or research. There are many research questions that are sex specific, and therefore large numbers of a single sex of a specific strain of mice may be required. Culling is a crude way to achieve these ends, and raises
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Egg-carton-style patterning keeps charged nanoparticles in place and suitable for a wide range of applications
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Seoul National University of Science and Technology have devised a new method for manufacturing devices that require precisely sized and positioned micro- and nanoscale particles. The technique is suitable for a wide array of assembly of micro- and nanoscale objects, and useful for electronic devices, and biological applications.
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The last library
Nature, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03637-6 Words to the wise.
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Daily briefing: What a healthy, sustainable diet looks like
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03639-4 What humanity should eat to stay healthy and save the planet. Plus, the world commits to a pandemic response pact and variations in Earth's orbit influence phytoplankton evolution.
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Ready to Start Making Big Returns on Your Retirement Money? RocketDollar Can Help.
Every neighborhood used to have a milkman. Grocery stores and other modern conveniences have made that job extinct , now appearing only in old movies or your great-grandparents' stories. Technological advancement pushed switchboard operators into the dustbin of history too. Don't look now, but it may not be too long before financial advisors as we know them meet the same fate. Oh sure, there's al
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Revealing nano-scale lattice distortions in implanted material with 3D Bragg ptychography
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27224-5 Atomic point defects formed by irradiation can dramatically alter material properties, but are difficult to probe, limiting understanding of their impact. Here, the authors introduce an x-ray microscopy approach, based on Bragg ptychography, to visualise the distortion caused by these otherwise invisible def
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Spin-neutral currents for spintronics
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26915-3 Spin-polarised electric currents have been studied extensively for use in spintronics, while their spin-neutral counterparts have been largely ignored. Here Shao et al show that such spin-neutral currents can be controlled by the Neel vector orientation of an antiferromagnet and detected using an antiferroma
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A crystalline radical cation derived from Thiele's hydrocarbon with redox range beyond 1 V
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27104-y Organic molecules that can access various redox states have potential applications in electronics, batteries, catalysis, among others. Here the authors report the preparation of an unsymmetrical organoboron analogue of Thiele's hydrocarbon and study its one- and two-electron oxidation reactions; remarkably,
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CRISPR-Cas9 effectors facilitate generation of single-sex litters and sex-specific phenotypes
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27227-2 In areas such as animal research and agriculture a single sex is often required in abundance, leading to wasted resources and ethical considerations. Here the authors develop a CRISPR/Cas9 mediated synthetic lethal system that enables the production of single sex offspring that can be repurposed for use in m
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Inhibition of cytoplasmic EZH2 induces antitumor activity through stabilization of the DLC1 tumor suppressor protein
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26993-3 The tumor suppressor gene DLC1 can be downregulated in cancers through genetic and non-genetic mechanisms. Here, the authors show cytoplasmic EZH2 can directly methylate and destabilize the DLC1 protein, and EZH2 inhibition can increase the DLC1 protein half-life at least 20-fold.
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SET activation of nitroarenes by 2-azaallyl anions as a straightforward access to 2,5-dihydro-1,2,4-oxadiazoles
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26767-x Oxadiazoles are five-membered ring heterocycles comprising an oxygen and two nitrogens, and those with the 1,2,4-oxadiazole skeleton are of interest due to their prevalence in biologically active compounds. Here, the authors report a transition metal-free [3+2]-cycloaddition of nitroarenes with 2-azaallyl an
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Behandlerteams giver lægen kolleger at sparre med
Teamarbejde kan være med til at forebygge udbrændthed blandt praktiserende læger, mener Holger Kjær, der sammen med en lægekollega driver en praksis i Horsens. Her har de gode erfaringer med at give behandlersygeplejersker udvidede beføjelser.
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Evaluering: Patienterne er glade for behandlerteams i almen praksis
En forskningsbaseret evaluering af patienttilfredsheden med behandlerteams i en lægepraksis i Horsens, hvor sygeplejersker står for de fleste konsultationer, afslører høj grad af tilfredshed. Samtidig viser registerdata, at sygeplejerskerne henviser langt færre til røntgen end sammenlignelige klinikker, uden at det ifølge forskningsleder ser ud til at gå udover kvaliteten.
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Webbseminarium om artros och demens
Korta föreläsningar som riktar sig till allmänheten och som lyfter de senaste forskningsrönen inom två områden: Demens och artros. Två helt olika sjukdomar men som har det gemensamt att de drabbar många och att risken ökar med åldern.
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Predictive analytics pays off with complementary investments
The predictive analytics industry is slated to earn more than $273 billion in 2022. Yet, despite the hype over big data and the forecasting power of tools such as statistical modelling and machine learning, not all firms that sink money into them reap benefits, prompting a research team to probe what makes the difference.
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Killer whales lingering in newly melted arctic ocean
Killer whales are intelligent, adaptive predators, often teaming up to take down larger prey. Continuous reduction in sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is opening areas to increased killer whale dwelling and predation, potentially creating an ecological imbalance.
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Schneider Shorts 3.12.2021 – Congrats to Elisabeth Bik!
Schneider Shorts 3.12.2021 – Elisabeth Bik finally gets the Maddox Prize, Russia takes a dump on its science again, one ivermectin trial begins as another one stops, proxalutamide vouchsafed by stellar experts in Italy, Spiderman was never a Canada 150 Research Chair, and why some unethical papers get retracted by heroic editors.
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Incorrect Numbers
Having made them myself, I completely understand that doctors can make errors. However, I can't fathom why some of them don't seem to care about correcting them, especially considering the health of children is at stake. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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Manage Your MacBook Better With This SetApp Subscription
If there's one thing to love about the MacBook, it's how much stuff you can get done on them. It may not yet be a quantum computer , but whether you're managing a team, creating art, or working through spreadsheets, a Mac can handle it. But what if there was a way to squeeze even more out of your Mac? Maybe you need a service with hundreds of apps for you to choose from that enhance your producti
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Save Over 70% On This Drone for Cyber Week
Are you looking for a drone that the techie in your family will love? Maybe you have a photographer friend, or someone who just loves getting the coolest gadgets? Get them a drone. Drones aren't just changing the world , they also combine the fun of flying through the air with the utility of a mounted camera. Perfect for beginners who want to get into drone flying, the Fader Stealth Drone quadcop
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Tracking the neurons that make us social
Human beings, like most mammals, need social interactions to live and develop. The processes that drive them towards each other require decision making whose brain machinery is largely misunderstood. To decipher this phenomenon, a team has studied the neurobiological mechanisms at stake when two mice come into contact through learning a task. They observed that the motivation to invest in a social
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Combined heat and power as a platform for clean energy systems
The state of Georgia could dramatically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, while creating new jobs and a healthier public, if more of its energy-intensive industries and commercial buildings were to utilize combined heat and power (CHP), according to the latest research.
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Researchers attacking menacing 'superbug'
Scientists around the world have been working in earnest to improve understanding of an increasingly virulent superbug, Clostridium difficile. The highly contagious hospital-acquired pathogen, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the five most urgent threats to the U.S. healthcare system, causes more than 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths each year at a total s
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Twisting elusive quantum particles with a quantum computer
While the number of qubits and the stability of quantum states are still limiting current quantum computing devices, there are questions where these processors are already able to leverage their enormous computing power. Scientists used a quantum processor to simulate the ground state of a so-called toric code Hamiltonian — an archetypical model system in modern condensed matter physics, which wa
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Want To Win Your Own Lambo? Enter This Contest From Mr. Beast
There's no daytime talk show but you'll still get a car when you enter this sweepstakes from home. Fronted by the famous YouTuber Mr. Beast, you can enter to win a new Lambo, guaranteed! There's just one catch though…you have no idea how big that Lambo is gonna be. Will it be a die-cast toy Lambo, a remote-control Lambo, a kid's Ride-on Lambo, or a full-sized sports car? As part of our Cyber Mond
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Air quality models can improve the accuracy of forecasts of daily solar power production in the future
The expansion of renewable energies is placing increasing demands on the power grids. Precise forecasts of the amount of solar power that will be fed into the grid is key to effective energy management. In addition to clouds, aerosol particles also strongly influence the amount of electricity generated by photovoltaic systems. Current air quality models are a good basis for estimating the producti
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Parent-teacher relationship vital to home schooling
A research survey of primary school teachers in England has emphasized the importance of the relationship between parents and primary schools during lockdown school closures. 84% of teachers said they felt some pupils were disadvantaged by their home circumstances.
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Covira Surgical Might Have Solved a Major U.S. Healthcare Problem
We can't all be a Jonas Salk, pioneering new treatments in medicine to change the course of the modern world. But investors can certainly still make their voices heard through the ages, backing historic innovations that could help shape the course of medicine for decades to come. Of course, being able to distinguish the groundbreaking from the mundane is no simple task either. But when you look i
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Meditation & Predictive Processing
Laukkonen & Slagter recently published a paper that explains meditation through the lens of predictive processing, which I found brilliant & fruitful. I got the chance to interview Ruben (Laukkonen) for my podcast , discussing their model & expanding on the implications. A few themes: How meditation reduces the temporal horizon of counterfactualizing, bringing attention closer to the sensory pres
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Shaping up nicely: Adjusting the plasma edge can improve the performance of a star on Earth
While trying out a new device that injects powder to clean up the walls of the world's largest stellarator, a twisty fusion device known as Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) in Greifswald, Germany, scientists were pleased to find that the bits of atoms confined by magnetic fields within the device got temporarily hotter after each injection. Researchers led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (D
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Best Home Security Cameras for Safety in 2022
While home security cameras were once for the elite, today security cameras are an affordable option for most homes. Home security cameras consist of wired and wireless cameras that allow homeowners to monitor the interior or exterior of their homes. Their function is twofold: to surveil the property to prevent thefts, vandalism, or break-ins while also allowing homeowners to monitor pets and chi
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Researchers receive patent for identifying viable embryos
Since 1978 when the first test tube baby was born, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a reasonable option for couples that have trouble getting pregnant. Originally developed to help women with obstructed tubes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as of 2018, assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) such as IVF account for as many as four million births each year, o
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Stellar cocoon with organic molecules at the edge of our galaxy
Astronomers have detected a newborn star and the surrounding cocoon of complex organic molecules at the edge of our Galaxy, which is known as the extreme outer Galaxy. The observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array reveal the hidden chemical complexity of our Universe.
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Munc18-dependent and -independent clustering of syntaxin in the plasma membrane of cultured endocrine cells [Neuroscience]
Syntaxin helps in catalyzing membrane fusion during exocytosis. It also forms clusters in the plasma membrane, where both its transmembrane and SNARE domains are thought to homo-oligomerize. To study syntaxin clustering in live PC12 cells, we labeled granules with neuropeptide-Y-mCherry and syntaxin clusters with syntaxin-1a green fluorescent protein (GFP). Abundant…
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Identification and characterization of an atypical G{alpha}s-biased {beta}2AR agonist that fails to evoke airway smooth muscle cell tachyphylaxis [Medical Sciences]
G protein–coupled receptors display multifunctional signaling, offering the potential for agonist structures to promote conformational selectivity for biased outputs. For β2-adrenergic receptors (β2AR), unbiased agonists stabilize conformation(s) that evoke coupling to Gαs (cyclic adenosine monophosphate [cAMP] production/human airway smooth muscle [HASM] cell relaxation) and β-arrestin engagement
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Spatiotemporal dynamics of animal contests arise from effective forces between contestants [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Competition among animals for resources, notably food, territories, and mates, is ubiquitous at all scales of life. This competition is often resolved through contests among individuals, which are commonly understood according to their outcomes and in particular, how these outcomes depend on decision-making by the contestants. Because they are restricted…
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Partial synthetic models of FeMoco with sulfide and carbyne ligands: Effect of interstitial atom in nitrogenase active site [Chemistry]
Nitrogen-fixing organisms perform dinitrogen reduction to ammonia at an Fe-M (M = Mo, Fe, or V) cofactor (FeMco) of nitrogenase. FeMco displays eight metal centers bridged by sulfides and a carbide having the MFe7S8C cluster composition. The role of the carbide ligand, a unique motif in protein active sites, remains…
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Accelerating strain phenotyping with desorption electrospray ionization-imaging mass spectrometry and untargeted analysis of intact microbial colonies [Chemistry]
Reading and writing DNA were once the rate-limiting step in synthetic biology workflows. This has been replaced by the search for the optimal target sequences to produce systems with desired properties. Directed evolution and screening mutant libraries are proven technologies for isolating strains with enhanced performance whenever specialized assays are…
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An upper bound on one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles [Applied Physical Sciences]
There is ample evidence that masking and social distancing are effective in reducing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission. However, due to the complexity of airborne disease transmission, it is difficult to quantify their effectiveness, especially in the case of one-to-one exposure. Here, we introduce the concept of…
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In vivo kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 infection and its relationship with a person's infectiousness [Applied Mathematics]
The within-host viral kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 infection and how they relate to a person's infectiousness are not well understood. This limits our ability to quantify the impact of interventions on viral transmission. Here, we develop viral dynamic models of SARS-CoV-2 infection and fit them to data to estimate key within-host…
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Measuring the buffering capacity of gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae [Genetics]
Gene silencing in budding yeast is mediated by Sir protein binding to unacetylated nucleosomes to form a chromatin structure that inhibits transcription. Transcriptional silencing is characterized by the high-fidelity transmission of the silent state. Despite its relative stability, the constituent parts of the silent state are in constant flux, giving…
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A quantitative paradigm for water-assisted proton transport through proteins and other confined spaces [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Water-assisted proton transport through confined spaces influences many phenomena in biomolecular and nanomaterial systems. In such cases, the water molecules that fluctuate in the confined pathways provide the environment and the medium for the hydrated excess proton migration via Grotthuss shuttling. However, a definitive collective variable (CV) that accurately couples…
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Stable sodium-sulfur electrochemistry enabled by phosphorus-based complexation [Chemistry]
A series of sodium phosphorothioate complexes are shown to have electrochemical properties attractive for sodium-sulfur battery applications across a wide operating temperature range. As cathode materials, they resolve a long-standing issue of cyclic liquid–solid phase transition that causes sluggish reaction kinetics and poor cycling stability in conventional, room-temperature sodium-sulfur batte
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Correction for Salganik et al., Measuring the predictability of life outcomes with a scientific mass collaboration [Social Sciences]
SOCIAL SCIENCES Correction for "Measuring the predictability of life outcomes with a scientific mass collaboration," by Matthew J. Salganik, Ian Lundberg, Alexander T. Kindel, Caitlin E. Ahearn, Khaled Al-Ghoneim, Abdullah Almaatouq, Drew M. Altschul, Jennie E. Brand, Nicole Bohme Carnegie, Ryan James Compton, Debanjan Datta, Thomas Davidson, Anna Filippova, Connor…
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Correction for Mielke et al., The concurrent decline of soil lead and children's blood lead in New Orleans [Environmental Sciences]
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES Correction for "The concurrent decline of soil lead and children's blood lead in New Orleans," by Howard W. Mielke, Christopher R. Gonzales, Eric T. Powell, Mark A. S. Laidlaw, Kenneth J. Berry, Paul W. Mielke Jr., and Sara Perl Egendorf, which was first published…
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Lasers shake up ideas about the fall of the Maya
New research shakes up what we know about the fall of ancient Maya kingdoms. A severe, prolonged drought created an agricultural crisis that swept all of the Maya kingdoms into history. Or, at least that's the popular narrative for the fall of the ancient Maya. New research suggests the truth may not be so simple. The researchers found signs that communities in the Western Maya Lowlands likely ha
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How do you find an 'unseeable' black hole?
There's a black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy. Andrea Ghez , an astrophysicist from the University of California, Los Angeles, uncovered the black hole and in 2020 she won a Nobel Prize for the discovery. "Today, we think that most, if not all, galaxies harbor black holes at their centers ," says Ghez, "and that this black hole plays a really essential part in both the formation of the
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The Atlantic Daily: The New Normal on Abortion
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. Drew Angerer / Getty; Win McNamee / Getty Will Roe v. Wade be reversed, or simply defanged? Today the Supreme Court signaled that it will uphold an abortion ban in Mississippi (not to be confused
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Luz Cumba García (Mayo Clinic): Decoding Brain Tumors with Extracellular Vesicles
http://www.iBiology.org Solid tumors, such as those in the brain, can be deadly when they expand or spread to other parts of the body. Before they spread, tumors send out molecular messages within small membranous structures known as extracellular vesicles (EVs). The proteins and small non-coding RNAs inside EVs can help tumors evade the immune system and seed new sites of growth. In this Share Y
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Two-photon microscope provides unprecedented brain-imaging ability
Advancing our understanding of the human brain will require new insights into how neural circuitry works in mammals, including laboratory mice. These investigations require monitoring brain activity with a microscope that provides resolution high enough to see individual neurons and their neighbors.
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Growing carbon footprint for plastics
After analyzing the global plastics supply chain, researchers found that the impact of plastics on the climate and health is greater than thought due to the increased use of coal for process heat, electricity and as a raw material in production.
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Filtering unwanted sounds from baby monitors
New parents often keep a constant ear on their children, listening for any signs of distress as their baby sleeps. Baby monitors make that possible, but they can also inundate parents with annoying background audio.
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Studies of children's stories shows differences in Russian, US approaches to emotion
Recent research of parents in Russia and the United States, as well as children's literature in both countries, highlights how cultural differences in socializing emotions begin before children even start attending school. Specifically, the research found that Russian parents are more likely than U.S. parents to read stories to their children that feature negative emotions, such as fear, anger and
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Sounding off on Seattle Space Needle renovation
The Seattle Space Needle, a city landmark for nearly 60 years, recently underwent a renovation to enhance the visitor experience. Acoustic designers were tasked with ensuring that the new design is a quiet one.
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Wrangling an octopus-like viral replication machine
Endemic in Western African countries, Lassa virus is transmitted to humans through food or household items that are contaminated with the urine or feces of Mastomys rats. Even though many people who become infected with Lassa virus are asymptomatic, one in five infections results in severe haemorrhagic disease, attacking vital organs like the liver, spleen, and kidneys.
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Scientists pinpoint protein's role in critical gene expression
Each cell in our body needs a fuel source to grow and divide to keep us alive. Most cells prefer a fuel source of high energy-containing sugar, but there are many times when our cells find themselves in short supply and must find other sources of energy to maintain their basic functions to stay alive. As most organisms experience times of feast and famine, cells have evolved ways to respond rapidl
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Researcher outlines how whales' sensory systems have evolved through imaging technology
If you've ever had an ear infection that made you dizzy or unbalanced, the infection likely was affecting your vestibular complex—part of the intricate system of hard and soft tissues that make up the inner ear. Knowledge of this structure has been made possible through computed tomography scans—imaging technology that continues to shape our understanding of evolution across species.
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Virtual chat rooms can increase negative political biases of debate viewers
The campaign for the 2020 U.S. presidential election was historic in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the use of digital watch parties to view the presidential and vice-presidential debates. This viewing method allowed people to continue interacting socially while watching the debates and remaining socially distanced in their homes.
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Giving ugly food a chance
Explaining the value of misshapen vegetables—that they are as healthful as their picture-perfect counterparts and buying them helps reduce food waste—could help improve sales of "ugly" produce, new research suggests.
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Expert: Too soon to say if Omicron is 'the next scary thing'
The new coronavirus variant—first detected in South Africa, and named Omicron by the World Health Organization—has stirred up concerns around the world. It's sent stock markets on a roller-coaster ride, triggered new air travel bans, and raised a number of questions. President Joe Biden addressed the American public after Thanksgiving, calling for calm and stating the variant should be a "cause f
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Plant pathogen evades immune system by targeting the microbiome
A team of biologists has identified that the pathogenic fungus Verticillium dahliae, responsible for wilt disease in many crops, secretes an 'effector' molecule to target the microbiome of plants to promote infection. The research was performed by the team of Alexander von Humboldt Professor Dr. Bart Thomma at the University of Cologne (UoC) within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence on Pla
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How bad is Omicron? What scientists know so far
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03614-z COVID researchers are working at breakneck speed to learn about the variant's transmissibility, severity and ability to evade vaccines.
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