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Five ice-age mammoths unearthed in Cotswolds after 220,000 years
David Attenborough will tell of 'pristine' skeletons found with other extinct species Five ice-age mammoths in an extraordinary state of preservation have been discovered in the Cotswolds, to the astonishment of archaeologists and palaeontologists. The extensive remains of two adults, two juveniles and an infant that roamed 200,000 years ago have been unearthed near Swindon, along with tools used
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Giving bug-like bots a boost
Researchers have pioneered a new fabrication technique that enables them to produce low-voltage, power-dense, high endurance soft actuators for an aerial microrobot. These artificial muscles vastly improve the robot's payload and allow it to achieve best-in-class hovering performance.
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London hospital staff speak out: 'We're not here to judge, but please get your Covid vaccines'
Health workers at King's College hospital fear a surge in admissions as the Omicron wave gathers force, but are cautiously optimistic On the third floor of one of the country's biggest hospital trusts, a team of intensive care specialists in masks and visors huddle around a screened bay where a critically ill patient lies unconscious surrounded by cables and tubes. The elderly man's breathing is
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When Saturday Night Live Tried to Keep the Lights On
Saturday Night Live 's final episode before Christmas is usually a festive affair, and this year's was supposed to be even more triumphant than usual. As the last show of 2021, it would've marked the end of a full year of uninterrupted programming, after the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 led to canceled episodes and remote sketches. The actor Paul Rudd was set to be inducted into the
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Rising number of blood cancer patients dying of Covid in England and Wales
Charities ask for more government help and blame confusion over access to care, shortage of boosters and lack of shielding support Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers have been accused of failing to protect the most vulnerable people from rising Covid cases after it emerged that people with blood cancer now account for a higher proportion of coronavirus deaths
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Scientists Say the Laws of Physics May Be Changing
You know the old saying: the only thing constant is change . But we'd wager most people don't think that line applies to the actual rules of the universe itself. As it turns out, though, researchers at Microsoft, along with scientists at Brown University and even one expert who consulted for Disney's "Wrinkle in Time" think the laws of physics might actually be slowly changing, complicating our q
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Tesla Sued Over Elon Musk's Feud With Elizabeth Warren
Twitter's Main Character Elon Musk's celebration for receiving TIME's "person of the year " award might've been cut short this week after a new lawsuit was filed against Tesla on Thursday. Musk wasn't named as a defendant in the case, according to Bloomberg , but the suit — filed in Delaware Chancery Court by Tesla shareholders — accuses Musk of tweeting in a reckless way that hurts the automaker
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The Overlooked Factor in Biden's Unpopularity
BROOKLYN—Outside the Park Slope Food Coop in one of America's bluest bulwarks, masked shoppers still wait outside in socially distant lines. The 48-year-old co-op is perhaps the nation's most political—and progressive—grocery store, but on a recent Friday afternoon, its members were not particularly eager to discuss the man nearly all of them voted for last year: President Joe Biden. "He seems to
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Professor Hides Location of Free Cash in Syllabus, Zero Students Find It
Cashing In You really should be reading your college syllabus, and not just because professors harp about it at the beginning of each semester. It might actually pay cold, hard cash! Kenyon Wilson, associate head of performing arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, wanted to give students a reward for reading the syllabus and hid a scavenger hunt clue for his music seminar class this
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The science is clear: the case for more Covid restrictions is overwhelming
Analysis: Omicron studies so far have been rapid first takes, but the message for England is loud and clear Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage For a variant that came to light less than a month ago, the evidence for Omicron's potential to wreak havoc has mounted at breakneck speed. What studies have emerged are rapid first takes, but the message they convey is now loud
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Woman Gives Birth in Tesla While It's Driving on Autopilot
Backseat Driver A couple nearly changed their baby's middle name to "Tess," which would've been very appropriate given that baby Maeve Lily Sherry was born in the backseat of the family's Tesla in September. First reported this week by the Philadelphia Inquirer , mom Yiran Sherry, 33, and dad Keating Sherry, 34, were on their way to the hospital while Yiran was having contractions. But the couple
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Mass rapid tests in Liverpool cut hospital stays by a third
City project that used lateral flow tests to monitor population took pressure off NHS at critical time Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Mass lateral flow testing cut the number of people needing hospital treatment for Covid by 32% and relieved significant pressure on the NHS when the measures were piloted last year, a study has shown. Liverpool conducted the first cit
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Covid news live: UK minister says vaccine refusers 'damaging' society; Germany restricts travel from UK
Health secretary says unvaccinated people 'taking up hospital beds' that could be used for someone else ; Germany bans UK travellers over Omicron UK scientists: bring in curbs now or face 2m daily cases England's restaurants plead for help as Omicron wipes out bookings Netherlands to enter strict lockdown over Christmas See all our coronavirus coverage New restrictions in England that would gover
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Loud Silenced Doctors
When the history of this pandemic is written, contrarian doctors divorced from patient care won't be seen as its principle victims because YouTube removed their video, because someone called them "fringe," or because someone put up posters reminding them of words they said. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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Oxford Invited an AI to Debate Its Own Ethics—What It Said Was Startling
Not a day passes without a fascinating snippet on the ethical challenges created by "black box" artificial intelligence systems. These use machine learning to figure out patterns within data and make decisions—often without a human giving them any moral basis for how to do it. Classics of the genre are the credit cards accused of awarding bigger loans to men than women, based simply on which gend
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Don't Panic About Omicron. But Don't Be Indifferent, Either.
T he Omicron wave is upon us, and the national conversation is vacillating between panic and indifference. Those who are near panic point to rapidly rising case counts and lockdowns in several European nations. Those who are indifferent lean into reports of Omicron being a milder coronavirus variant; after nearly two years of COVID, that can feel like reason enough to put the pandemic in the rear
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Nasa sets new date for James Webb space telescope launch
The instrument will be the largest and most powerful telescope ever to be launched into space The much-delayed launch of the James Webb space telescope will go ahead on 24 December, Nasa and the company overseeing the launch have confirmed. The project, begun in 1989, was originally expected to deploy the instrument – which will be the largest and most powerful telescope ever to be launched into
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I'm heartbroken to miss Christmas with my family – but want to inspire girls with this huge challenge
While my husband and two children celebrate Christmas without me, I will be rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic For the past few weeks, I've been getting ready for Christmas. As well as putting the tree up ridiculously early, I've made the cake, bought the presents and assembled the stockings. Even though my children no longer believe in Santa, the crinkle of my dad's old golf socks stuffed ful
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The year's top 10 science stories, chosen by scientists
Billionaires in space, an end-date for deforestation, facing up to racial bias in healthcare – we asked scientists to share the most important developments of 2021 Space made the headlines on many occasions in 2021: the landing of Nasa's Perseverance rover on Mars , the arrival of a rare meteorite in the UK , the launch of a mission to hit an asteroid , the discovery of almost 200 new planets bey
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The Unspoken
If I'm honest, a foal pulled chest-level close in the spring heat, his every-which-way coat reverberating in the wind, feels akin to what I imagine atonement might feel like, or total absolution. But what if, by some fluke in the heart, an inevitable wreckage, congenital and unanswerable, still comes, no matter how attached or how gentle every hand that reached out for him in that vibrant green f
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Relieving memories makes me blutter out words involuntarily.
When i relieve memories specially before i go to sleep, i blutter out words. This happens whenever i remember embarrassing memories, frustrating memories, etc. Most often than not i blutter curses. I thought i may have a mild form of tourettes but it's not a tick, as far as I know. Anyone else have this kind of moments? submitted by /u/PortaSponge [link] [comments]
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What Joe Manchin's 'No' Means for Biden's Agenda
The Build Back Better Act is dead. Long live the Build Back Better Act? With a few short sentences on Fox News, Senator Joe Manchin today dashed the dreams of Democrats by coming out firmly against President Joe Biden's signature legislative proposal. "I've tried everything humanly possible. I can't get there," Manchin said of the $1.75 trillion bill that the House passed last month. His oppositi
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College football players have abnormalities in coordination and inflammation
Collegiate football athletes with a decade or more of experience with the sport have related abnormalities in inflammation, energy production and coordination that are apparent before the football season and across the season, a new study has found. The abnormalities are related to routine repetitive head impacts from tackling and blocking.
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Realistic model of mouse hippocampus uncovers new mechanism for pattern separation
Our brains can distinguish highly similar patterns, thanks to a process called pattern separation. How exactly our brains separate patterns is, however, not full,y understood yet. Using a full-scale computer model of the dentate gyrus, a brain region involved in pattern separation, researchers found that inhibitory neurons activated by one pattern suppress all their neighboring neurons, thereby sw
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A new way to find genetic variations removes bias from human genotyping
Since the first sequencing of the human genome more than 20 years ago, the study of human genomes has relied almost exclusively on a single reference genome to which others are compared to identify genetic variations. Scientists have long recognized that a single reference genome cannot represent human diversity and that using it introduces a pervasive bias into these studies. Now, they finally ha
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Magnetic 'hedgehogs' could store big data in a small space
Atomic-scale magnetic patterns resembling a hedgehog's spikes could result in hard disks with massively larger capacities than today's devices, a new study suggests. The finding could help data centers keep up with the exponentially increasing demand for video and cloud data storage.
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Maples in the mountains provide clues to past distribution
Researchers have investigated the genetic structure of the relic species, Acer miyabei, from three regions in Japan: Hokkaido Island and two southern groups in Northern and Central Honshu. There was significant genetic differentiation among the regions, with the northern group separated from the southern groups. Populations in the mountains of Central Honshu showed a high proportion of distinct al
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For IBS, specific diets are less important than expected
Many IBS sufferers avoid certain types of food and often exclude gluten. However, a large new study does not show a relationship between high intake of gluten and increased IBS symptoms. The researchers did find that a certain type of carbohydrate called 'fodmaps' can aggravate intestinal problems, however, the overall results indicate that they also have less influence than previously thought.
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Study shows how HIV copies itself in the body
HIV replication in the human body requires that specific viral RNAs be packaged into progeny virus particles. A new study has found how a small difference in the RNA sequence can allow the viral RNA to be packaged for replication, creating potential targets for future HIV treatments.
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How diet influences taste sensitivity and preference
What you eat influences your taste for what you might want to eat next. So claims a University of California, Riverside, study performed on fruit flies. The study offers a better understanding of neurophysiological plasticity of the taste system in flies.
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Sara loved her baby. So why was she caught up in guilt, anxiety and resentment? | Barbara Rysenbry
Like countless other new parents, Sara had sailed straight into the 'iceberg' of unrealistically high expectations The modern mind is a column where experts discuss mental health issues they are seeing in their work When I saw Sara* had booked to see me again I was wondering how things had been going with her new baby, who I expected would have been about six months old at this point. It was now
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Molecular switch for addiction behavior
A molecular switch influences addiction behavior and determines how strong the response to addictive drugs is. A research team made the discovery in mice treated with cocaine. The researchers demonstrated that the protein Npas4 regulates the structure and function of nerve cells that control addiction behavior in mice. If the quantity of Npas4 was reduced in an experiment, the animals' response to
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Overactive bladder and urinary incontinence worsen with age
If you're feeling more sudden urges to run to the bathroom as you age, you're not alone. A new study suggests postmenopausal women aged 45 to 54 years are more likely to have overactive bladder (OAB) syndrome. Additionally, obesity and multiple births put a woman at greater risk for stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
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25 kilometers højspændingskabler ved Kolding kan graves ned
PLUS. En teknisk analyse fra Energinet viser, at en ny forbindelse på 25 km mellem Kolding og Vejen kan graves ned som en 400 kV kabelforbindelse. Det ændrer dog ikke på den omdiskuterede vestkystforbindelse, hvor en ny 400 kV-højspændingsforbindelse skal etableres via knap 150 kilometer luftledning.
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Schools aren't enough.
There is an urgent requirement to overhaul the education system to be better prepared for the future. Young people should be provided knowledge about emotional intelligence and tools to strengthen resilience so that they can be better prepared for a rapidly changing future. While I highlight the importance of introducing these in standard educational institutions, I would also like to point out t
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2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #51
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, December 12, 2021 through Sat, December 18, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: Scientists discover 'surprising' cause of Europe's little ice age in late medieval era , Super Typhoon Rai slams into the Philippines as tens of thousands evacuate , Crucial Antarctic
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