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Climate Change Is Going to Be Gross
M y first sight of it came one morning in June, as I rode the ferry through the Bosporus strait: a toxic glint on the sea's surface. I initially thought it was oil, spilled from one of the many large container ships that pass through Istanbul via the Bosporus. Yet as we neared the glint, a sallow sludge marbled the water around the boat. In some areas, it was as thick and buoyant as fiberglass in
UK scientists: bring in curbs now or face up to 2m daily Covid infections as Omicron spreads
Deaths could hit 6,000 a day and delaying restrictions until New Year will cut effectiveness, say Sage experts Read more: is there any good news at all on Omicron? The scale of the threat posed by the Omicron variant was laid bare by government scientists last night as they warned that there are now hundreds of thousands of infections every day. That daily number could reach between 600,000 and 2
Elon Musk Shares Video of Starship Steering Its Mighty Engines
Power Steering SpaceX's brush with bankruptcy may be fading. CEO Elon Musk shared a video on Friday of the company's giant Starship flexing the steering system for its engines, a sign its development may be back on track. The short clip shows Starship's nine Raptor engines moving in a circular, dance-like choreography. In a threaded reply, Musk gave an update on the engines Starship will need to
The Magic of Pee-wee Herman in a Dark Year
The day the World Health Organization labeled Omicron a "variant of concern" felt as heavy as any since the pandemic had begun, and I was listening to Pee-wee Herman crack bad jokes with a talking chair. For one night, his puppet friends from Pee-wee's Playhouse , the hit children's TV show from the '80s, had reunited on the radio for an hour of banter and old soul records. Their jokes were stilt
Cargo Ship Will Get Dragged Through Ocean by Giant Kite
Sail Away It looks like one renewable energy company has reinvented the wheel… er, sail. According to Gizmodo , a huge cargo ship will use a large kite to drag itself across the ocean in a test run next month that'll explore the possibility of using wind power to reduce the shipping industry's immense carbon footprint. Airseas, a French renewable energy startup, will make its test run early in 20
Scientists Opening Sealed Container From Final Moon Landing
What a Gas Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are opening a 50-year old Christmas present from the Moon this month, according to a new ESA press release . On Thursday, the ESA announced that a team is ready to use the specially-built piercing tool to open a Moon soil container from the 1972 Apollo 17 mission — NASA's final trip to the Moon to date. The opening will allow the extraction
FDA Says That Abortion Pills Can Be Sent by Mail
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permanently lifted a rule that requires patients to meet in person with certified health providers to get abortion pills — which means Americans can now receive the medication by mail. The FDA's decision — which came in response to a 2017 case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union — means that folks who don't have easy access to an abortion provider ca
More than 10,000 additional Omicron cases reported across UK
Total number of cases now at 24,968, while number of deaths from new variant in England has risen to seven Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than 10,000 additional confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported across the UK bringing the total confirmed cases to 24,968, official figures show. Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) s
Is there any good news at all on Omicron? Yes, there are small signs of hope
Analysis: scientists are only starting to understand new Covid mutation but there is encouraging news from the laboratory, South Africa and on antiviral drugs Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It's hard to find much good news among the waves of grim statistics that have washed over the nation since the emergence of Omicron . Once again, the NHS is threatened and again,
Russian Newspaper Publishes Brutal Takedown of Russian Space Program
Russian journalist Dmitry Popov published a scathing and surprisingly transparent takedown of the Russian space program, Roscosmos, in the state-aligned paper MK this week. In a country that regularly perpetuates police violence and oppressive criminal charges against journalists, it's unusual to see such a damning report in a state-aligned paper. As spotted by Ars Technica , the story is evocati
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China Hawks Don't Understand How Science Advances
W hat do we mean , exactly, when we refer to a piece of technology? The answer will help determine whether the United States can maintain its technological superiority over China. Technology takes three distinct forms. It's an embodied tool, like the pots, pans, or oven in a kitchen. It's written instruction, like patents, blueprints, or a cake recipe. And it's process knowledge—the irreplaceable
Christmas is the perfect time to rewatch Rev – the TV comedy that is never cruel | Tim Adams
Tom Hollander made us laugh at the hypocrisy of religion, but also showed us human kindness Of all the Christmas TV specials on repeat or catchup, the one I find most poignant, and funniest, is that episode of Rev in which Tom Hollander spectacularly fails to conjure some authentic spiritual feeling in his drunken congregation at midnight mass. The beauty of that series was that even in comically
UK space firm secures £7.6m to fund trial of factory satellites
From a humble garage to international backing, Space Forge plans to manufacture alloys, medicines and semiconductors in microgravity Last year, when Josh Western and Andrew Bacon set up their company Space Forge , they had a garage to work in and little else. Today, the two Cardiff-based entrepreneurs have a staff of 25 and are now planning further expansion after raising £7.6m of international s
Lack of walk-in vaccine centres puts England's booster jab target at risk
Thousands drive miles as appointment-only systems jeopardise aim of offering third vaccination to all adults by end of month Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Large swathes of the country, including several major cities, have no vaccination walk-in centres, it has emerged, sparking fears the government will miss its target of offering all adults a booster jab by the en
Sufferers of chronic pain have long been told it's all in their head. We now know that's wrong
As part of a Guardian series about chronic pain and long Covid, Linda Geddes explores the growing realisation that pain can be a disease in and of itself. Gabrielle Jackson, associate editor of audio and visual, introduces this story You can read the original article here: You can also read and watch more from our series about chronic pain here: The pain that can't be seen Continue reading…
Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley Is Lurid, Violent, and Boring
Guillermo del Toro has always had a special fondness for misfits and monsters. His Hellboy films made superheroes out of paranormal beings, while his most recent Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water , spun a tender romance between a mute woman and an amphibious fish-man. That the writer-director would take on Nightmare Alley next makes sense. The melancholic thriller about a carnival con man is
Coast redwood and sequoia genome sequences completed
Scientists have completed the sequences for the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes. The research helps better explain the genetic basis for these species' ability to adapt to their changing environments. The findings indicate that the coast redwood genome evolved from a single ancestral species.
Maybe 'boson clouds' could explain dark matter
The nature of dark matter continues to perplex astronomers. As the search for dark matter particles continues to turn up nothing, it's tempting to throw out the dark matter model altogether, but indirect evidence for the stuff continues to be strong. So what is it? One team has an idea, and they've published the results of their first search.
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The Atlantic Daily: New Music to Stave Off the Omicron Blues
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. (Maria Chimishkyan) If we're going to have to face another bout of pandemic uncertainty , then, hey: We at least deserve some good tunes. This week, our culture writer Spencer Kornhaber summarized
This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 18)
COMPUTING This 'Breakthrough' in Chipmaking Could Bring Us a Phone With One-Week Battery Life Phillip Tracy | Gizmodo "The world's largest chipmakers are promising significant performance and efficiency gains within the next decade, and they're attributing them to the same method: transistor stacking. IBM and Samsung revealed during the IEDM conference in San Francisco a new technique for stackin
Varför väljer flickor bort matematik i skolan?
I skolan presterar flickor i allmänhet bättre än pojkar i matematik. Ändå väljer de sällan utbildningar inom naturvetenskap, teknik och matematik. Är flickors "relativa förmåga" förklaringen? Inlägget dök först upp på .
Weekend reads: 'Fraudulent and faulty research;' a $275K settlement — but resignation — for a professor; 'COVID-19, ivermectin, and beyond'
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: Exercise researcher earns more retractions as investigations mount Another setback … Continue reading
Nitrogen's impact on soil carbon sequestration
Soil organic carbon is a cornerstone of soil health. It improves soil structure while enhancing water- and nutrient-holding capacity, key factors for any agricultural production system. To build it up, farmers incorporate crop residues into soils. So why, despite decades of residue inputs, is soil organic carbon diminishing in corn production systems? Short answer: it's the nitrogen.


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