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Science | smithsonianmag.com

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The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2021

From the discovery of a large bioluminescent shark to the use of an innovative drone to study hurricanes, these are the best marine stories of the year

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Wired

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The Matrix Resurrections Review: The Wachowskis Were the True Oracles

Directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski warned about the dangers of trusting tech 22 years ago. With the latest sequel, Lana is back with another harbinger.

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Phys.org

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High wind postpones launch of NASA's newest space telescope

Dangerously high wind will keep NASA's newest space telescope on the ground for at least an extra day, with the launch now targeted for Saturday—Christmas Day—at the earliest.

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Livescience.com

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In a historic launch, the Webb Telescope blasts off into space

An international partnership of space agencies just launched JWST, the biggest, most powerful space telescope ever made, in an achievement that was decades in the making.

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NYT > Science

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Robert H. Grubbs, 79, Dies; Chemistry Breakthrough Led to a Nobel

He helped perfect the manufacturing of compounds that are now used to make everything from plastics to pharmaceuticals, marking an advance in "green chemistry."

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Futurism

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Donald Trump Touts Vaccine Safety, Humiliates Right-Winger

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We never thought we'd see the day when erstwhile President Donald Trump took far-right personality Candace Owens to task for questioning the safety of COVID-19 vaccines — but then again, 2021 has been full of surprises. In a viral video that baffles the imagination, Owens attempts to bait Trump into disparaging the vaccines that were so swiftly manufactured at the end of his presidency, thanks in

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The Atlantic

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'I Am a Writer Because of bell hooks'

listen little sister angels make their hope here in these hills follow me I will guide you (From Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place , by bell hooks) For all the things that bell hooks was—one of the foremost Black intellectuals in the world, renowned feminist, author of more than 40 books, revolutionary cultural critic—and all the places she lived, she was still Gloria Jean Watkins from Hopkinsv

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NYT > Science

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Family Stress Intensifies as Omicron Invades the Holidays

Some people are resigned to another season of restrictions and plan to forge ahead with celebrations. Others are trying to overcome a sense of perpetual fear.

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Futurism

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Mystery Deepens About Whether Elon Musk Actually Lives in Prefab Box

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The more we learn about whether Elon Musk lives in either a shack or a palace, the more confusing the story becomes. After a damning Wall Street Journal report suggested the world's richest man may actually be living in his buddy's multi-million-dollar Austin mansion instead of a prefabricated hovel like he claims, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO denied the claim outright when speaking to Business Insid

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NYT > Science

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An Ichthyosaur With a Grand Piano-Size Head and a Big Appetite

Scientists have described a giant new species of ichthyosaur that evolved its 55-foot-long body size only a few million years after the lizards returned to the seas.

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NYT > Science

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Ichthyosaurs Won an Evolutionary Race to Dominate the Seas

Scientists have described a giant new species of ichthyosaur that evolved its 55-foot-long body size only a few million years after the lizards returned to the seas.

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Quanta Magazine

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The Year in Math and Computer Science

Mathematicians and computer scientists had an exciting year of breakthroughs in set theory, topology and artificial intelligence, in addition to preserving fading knowledge and revisiting old questions. They made new progress on fundamental questions in the field, celebrated connections spanning distant areas of mathematics, and saw the links between mathematics and other disciplines grow. Source

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Science | The Guardian

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Good news is Omicron may be less severe, bad news is it's surging faster

Analysis: smaller proportion of people hospitalised with Covid variant means little when rise in infections is so huge, warn experts Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Evidence that infections caused by Omicron may be less severe than other Covid variants is good news but is likely to make little or no difference to the duration of the pandemic, according to experts. Se

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Phys.org

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Optical examination of the change between singlet and triplet states of electron pairs in charge-separated states

The change between singlet and triplet states of electron pairs in charge-separated states plays an important role in nature. Presumably, the compass of migratory birds can also be explained by the influence of the earth's magnetic field on the magnetic interplay between these two spin states.

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New Scientist

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Cuba's home-grown vaccines have massively cut covid-19 cases

Four months after hospitals collapsed in Cuba due to skyrocketing covid-19 case numbers, the country has rolled out its own vaccines and cases are down to 5 for every 100,000 people

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Phys.org

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Examining recent developments in quantum chromodynamics

Created as an analogy for Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) — which describes the interactions due to the electromagnetic force carried by photons — Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) is the theory of physics that explains the interactions mediated by the strong force — one of the four fundamental forces of nature.

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Phys.org

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The mystery of the small dimensionless number with a big effect

Non-dimensional numbers may sound like a scary, incomprehensible term reserved for scientists in a laboratory, but you have more experience with them than you know. The Mach number measures the speed of an object relative to the speed of sound, so whether measuring in kilometers per second or miles per hour, Mach 2 is always twice the speed of sound. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging worldwi

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Science

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Covid vaccine winners set sights on flu as their next big target

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New mRNA technology could make jabs better-matched to different annual strains and improve efficacy

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Early Studies Out of UK Indicate Omicron Has a Lower Hospitalization Rate Than Delta

Cautiously optimistic.

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Futurism

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Boomers Rejoice: RadioShack is Making Crypto for Old People

Crypto for the Rest of Us After an extremely sad online-only relaunch , RadioShack is gasping for relevancy by launching a cryptocurrency exchange for customers who, in the company's own words, are on average "age 68." The husk of what was once known lovingly as "The Shack" announced this week that it's creating a new decentralized finance (DeFi) exchange called RADIO, with bespoke tokens of the

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Phys.org

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Research indicates that wolves might help moose avoid acquiring a deadly deer parasite

Twenty-three percent of collared moose that died in Northeastern Minnesota over the past 15 years were infected with Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, a brain worm parasite transmitted by white-tailed deer that is one of the biggest threats to adult moose mortality in Minnesota.

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New Scientist

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Breeding with farmed fish is changing the life cycle of wild salmon

Large-scale in Norway finds the evolutionary fitness of wild Altantic salmon is being damaged after they breed with escaped fish from the country's huge aquaculture industry

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Phys.org

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Machine learning used to predict synthesis of complex novel materials

AI Predict Materials

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Scientists and institutions dedicate more resources each year to the discovery of novel materials to fuel the world. As natural resources diminish and the demand for higher value and advanced performance products grows, researchers have increasingly looked to nanomaterials.

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Futurism

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Tesla Under Formal Investigation for Allowing Drivers to Game While Driving

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Gaming While Driving Tesla is now officially under formal investigation for allowing its customers to play a number of games while actively driving the vehicle — a seemingly obvious oversight that could lead to even more distracted driving on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now kicked off its safety investigation into 580,000 Tesla vehicles sold since 2017 over th

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NPR

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A fossilized dinosaur embryo shows a link to modern birds

The embryo fossil was discovered in rocks in east China around the year 2000 and housed in the Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum in Fujian Province, where it was dubbed "Baby Yingliang." (Image credit: Lida Xing via Reuters)

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Common flower species holds promise for beneficial psychedelic drugs

Thanks to a symbiotic fungus, many species of morning glories contain elements of powerful psychedelic drugs, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Communications Biology.

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Science-Based Medicine

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Radioactive 5G Pendants

Authorities had to warn the public not to use radioactive products to protect against harmless 5G. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .

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Vetenskap | SVT Nyheter

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Så bra skyddar de olika vaccinen mot omikronvarianten

Den nya varianten av sars-cov-2, omikron, tar bit för bit över i många länder. Även om mycket kunskap fortfarande saknas varnar forskare för att dagens vaccin inte räcker för att helt undgå sjukdom i samband med omikronsmitta – men det varierar mellan de olika vaccintyperna. SVT:s Bodil Appelquist har sammanställt det som forskare i olika delar av världen hittills sagt och skrivit om vaccinernas s

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Futurism

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Someone Is Selling NFTs of Olive Garden Locations That They Do Not Own

NFT Selling Olive Garden

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Blockchain Casual Because 2021 couldn't get much dumber, someone has begun minting Olive Garden NFTs — even though they admittedly do not have any affiliation with any actual brick-and-mortar Olive Gardens. Taking the generalized meme surrounding the fast-casual "Italian" chain to the next level, the person or people behind these " Non-Fungible Olive Gardens " admit on their site that, for now, p

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NYT > Science

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All Anyone Wants for Christmas Is a Covid Test

Until last week, many Americans were worried about their holiday presents arriving on time. Now, rapid tests are at the top of their list.

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NYT > Science

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James Webb Space Telescope Launches on Journey to See the Dawn of Starlight

NASA Webb Telescope

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Astronomers were jubilant as the spacecraft made it off the launchpad following decades of delays and cost overruns. The Webb is set to offer a new keyhole into the earliest moments of our universe.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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It's Possible to Accidentally Develop an Allergy to Red Meat. Here's The Science

It's not your typical food allergy.

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The Atlantic

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! No, Really.

Christmas, they say, is the most wonderful time of the year. We take time off of work, gather with friends, and indulge in eating, drinking, music, and merriment. For a brief period, the pleasures we ration through the rest of the year take center stage. And then, each January, the newspapers fill up with advice on dieting, teetotalism, and the return to work. The prospect of this chilly month, w

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Viden | DR

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Danskere skal undersøge fjern planet med nyt og kæmpestort rumteleskop

Forskerne bliver blandt de første til at bruge det netop opsendte James Webb-teleskop.

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Science | The Guardian

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One in 35 had Covid in England last week as Omicron drives record infections

In-the-community figures show London most affected with Sage warning hospitalisations rising fast Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The growing wave of Omicron cases has helped drive Covid rates to record highs in England, with one in 35 people now infected across the country and one in 20 infected in London, official figures have shown. Based on random swab tests take

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NYT > Science

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James F. Fries, Who Studied the Good Life and How to Live It, Dies at 83

He showed that while a healthy lifestyle won't help us live much longer, it can stave off chronic disease and disability until our final years.

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New Scientist

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2021 in review: Taliban's takeover gutted science in Afghanistan

Academics in Afghanistan were thriving before the shock takeover by the Taliban this year, which saw many researchers leave the country and universities closed

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New Scientist

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UK has begun using drugs for covid-19 cases before they become severe

Treatments like sotrovimab, molnupiravir and Paxlovid could lead to a new strategy in 2022: tackling covid-19 soon after infection to prevent severe symptoms from developing

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The Atlantic

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The Surreal TV Show That Rewrote Emily Dickinson's Story

In Dickinson 's third and final season, the titular poet (played by Hailee Steinfeld) travels forward in time and meets the author Sylvia Plath ( Saturday Night Live 's Chloe Fineman). Sylvia, it turns out, has a deep knowledge of her predecessor's legacy. Apparently, Emily Dickinson lived a "miserable life," should be considered "the original sad girl," and, Sylvia whispers scandalously, "was a

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The Atlantic

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Is [REDACTED] a Christmas Movie?

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Christmas movie. A Christmas Story is also a Christmas movie. White Christmas is very definitely a Christmas movie. For generations, we didn't even need to say these things. There was more or less unanimous agreement on the question " What is a Christmas movie? " And this was great, because we don't need to debate everything. Well, now, because of the dreaded i

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New Scientist

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Tsunamis create magnetic fields that could act as early warning system

The movement of seawater in a tsunami generates a magnetic field that travels ahead of changes in sea level, which could help us predict and prepare for it

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Livescience.com

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The 10 wildest things we learned about black holes in 2021

A rundown of awesome results about black holes from 2021.

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Wired

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The Best TV Shows of 2021—and How to Watch Them

Yes, you binged Squid Game, but what about Reservation Dogs and The Great?

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Wired

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We Ranked the Democratic Standards of Fictional Netflix Nations

From Christmas economics to incarceration policy, how well do the various monarchical countries of the Princess Switch series treat their humble citizens?

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New Scientist

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Why the UK's booster campaign mustn't forget the vaccine hesitant

With booster jabs forming the backbone of the UK's omicron efforts, it's more important than ever to reach out to pregnant women and people from ethnic minority groups who may be more likely to have concerns over vaccination

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Viden | DR

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DiCaprio skal redde Jorden fra gigantisk komet i ny film: Men holder dommedagsscenariet i virkeligheden?

Videnskaben i filmen 'Don't look up' er ikke langt fra virkeligheden.

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Science | The Guardian

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'We're all citizens of planet Earth': former astronaut Bill Nelson on his mission at Nasa

Nasa's new administrator discusses the space race with China, UFOs, billionaire 'astronauts' and building a 'mission control' for climate change When Apollo 11 launched in July 1969, Bill Nelson was an army lieutenant on leave behind the iron curtain, listening with colleagues to the BBC on shortwave radio. "There were three young Americans standing on the hills overlooking Budapest, screaming at

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Science | The Guardian

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Nasa's X-ray boom arm for black hole studies extends in orbit

Mission is step closer to exploring most energetic and exotic celestial objects in universe Nasa's Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) has successfully extended its 4-metre boom arm to assume its operational configuration. Launched on 9 December atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, IXPE is a space observatory designed to study X-rays from black holes , neu

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MIT Technology Review

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The China Initiative's first academic guilty verdict raises more questions than it answers

Less than three hours after a jury in Boston began deliberating the fate of Harvard chemistry professor Charlies Lieber, the verdict was in: he was found guilty on Tuesday of six felony counts, including false statements and tax fraud, that stemmed from his failure to disclose affiliations and funding from a Chinese university and talent recruitment program. Lieber's trial was closely watched not

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The Atlantic

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The Most Exciting Spot in the Cosmos Right Now Is French Guiana

KOUROU, French Guiana—One of the first things that the project manager of the world's most powerful space telescope wanted to show me was the sloth. Bill Ochs, a longtime manager at NASA, had already seen the animal a few times, hanging out in a strip of rich-green jungle, across the street from a hotel. "You see this kind of weird-looking tree right here?" Ochs said, pulling the car over. And th

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Phys.org

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Earth and Mars were formed from inner solar system material

Earth and Mars were formed from material that largely originated in the inner solar system; only a few percent of the building blocks of these two planets originated beyond Jupiter's orbit. A group of researchers led by the University of Münster (Germany) report these findings today in the journal Science Advances. They present the most comprehensive comparison to date of the isotopic composition

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TED Talks Daily (SD video)

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A free and fair internet benefits everyone | Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa

Without the internet, how would you have coped with the pandemic — from work and school, to maintaining your closest relationships? In the digital age, reliance on the internet is so common and seems ubiquitous, yet billions of people worldwide still go without it. Digital transformation strategist Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa advocates for collective access to the opportunities and potential the inte

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The Atlantic

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Don't Look Up Is a Primal Scream of a Film

Adam McKay conceived of Don't Look Up as a warning. Once Saturday Night Live 's head writer, he had gained attention as the director of anarchic Will Ferrell comedies such as Anchorman and Step Brothers before receiving Best Picture nominations for darker satires about the Great Recession ( The Big Short ) and the vice presidency of Dick Cheney ( Vice ). "I kept getting this itchy feeling that th

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Wired

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Tetris Helps My Stress and Anxiety Fall Away

When I revisited my preferred childhood pastime, I wondered if the game would still serve as a mental reset. Turns out, it did.

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The Atlantic

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The Great Shoplifting Freak-Out

You've probably seen the shoplifting stories, if only because there are a lot of them. On local news and in national publications , they paint a shocking picture: Across the United States, retail stores are fighting a war against large, violent, highly organized criminal gangs. The attacks are common, and they're escalating in severity. Thieves smash windows at luxury clothing stores, go full-on

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The Atlantic

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The Cure for Holiday Blues

" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. Click here to listen to his new podcast series on all things happiness, How to Build a Happy Life . "I' m dreaming of a white Christmas," croons the voice stuck in your head after a few minutes in CVS. "Just like the ones I used to know." This Christmas carol, like most, is an anthem for ment

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Science | The Guardian

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If Omicron is the dominant variant in UK, why is the number of confirmed cases so low?

What explains the discrepancy between variant's apparent prevalence and the relatively low figures in official data? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The headlines have been unambivalent: Omicron is now the dominant variant in the UK and has been for close to a week. By contrast, the number of confirmed Omicron cases seems extraordinarily low: the UK Health Security A

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Wired

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The Wave-Conquering, Metaverse-Crashing Life of Kai Lenny

Treated as an outcast in Maui's cool-kid surf culture, he went on to master nearly every extreme water sport. No wonder the tech elite has a crush on him.

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New Scientist

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Hundreds of Salvadorans claim money is vanishing from bitcoin accounts

El Salvador's attempt to become the world's first state to adopt bitcoin as legal tender hits another stumbling block as hundreds of citizens claim that funds are disappearing from their accounts

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Too many gorillas? The great apes' hunt for space in Rwanda

A huge male silverback gorilla nibbles on a tasty bamboo shoot before farting loudly, oblivious to his neighbours—farmers working fertile fields a stone's throw away.

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Science-Based Medicine

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I Disagree With an Article Called "Vaccines Save Lives"

For contrarian doctors anchored to their ideas and sheltered from their consequences, it's easier to erase 1,000 dead children, ignore overwhelmed pediatricians, and disparage an effective vaccine than to consider they could have been wrong. How sad. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .

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Phys.org

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Estimating the strength of selection for new COVID-19 variants

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As the discovery of the new omicron variant illustrates, new COVID-19 variants will continue to regularly emerge. In an effort to make sense of these new variants, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed methods to quantify how much more or less transmissible they are, which could have far-reaching implications for public health in terms of COVID-19 risk and the vaccination lev

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Phys.org

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Researchers find that iodine in desert dust destroys ozone

When winds loft fine desert dust high into the atmosphere, iodine in that dust can trigger chemical reactions that destroy some air pollution, but also let greenhouse gases stick around longer. The finding, published today in the journal Science Advances, may force researchers to re-evaluate how particles from land can impact the chemistry of the atmosphere.

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The Atlantic

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U.S. Drone Strikes Are Even Worse Than We Knew

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET on December 22, 2021 Sign up for Conor's newsletter here . This week there's new information in a long-running debate. For more than a decade I've opposed U.S. drone-war policies. Calling drone strikes "surgical" was Orwellian propaganda, I argued . I later urged a drone-strike moratorium due to repeated massacres of innocents , among other reasons . Still, accurate inform

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Futurism

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American Life Expectancy Crashes by Almost Two Years

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According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), life expectancy in the US dropped by 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020. That's a massive drop, in large part due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the largest decline since at least World War II, The Wall Street Journal reports . The coronavirus, however, ranked as only the third leading cause of death within that t

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Phys.org

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New materials for quantum technologies

New Materials Quantum

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While conventional electronics relies on the transport of electrons, components that convey spin information alone may be many times more energy efficient. Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart have now made an important advance in the development of novel materials for such components. These materials may also be

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Phys.org

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New dates for the start of Viking-age trade

Mobility shaped the human world profoundly long before the modern age. But archaeologists often struggle to create a timeline for the speed and impact of this mobility. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Urban Network Evolutions at Aarhus University (UrbNet) has now made a breakthrough by applying new astronomical knowledge about the pa

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The Atlantic

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The 20 Best Books of 2021

Editor's Note: Find all of The Atlantic 's "Best of 2021" coverage here . Much of 2021 has been filled with a dull sense of déjà vu as the coronavirus pandemic has continued to shrink social worlds and batter morale. Many of the books our writers and editors were drawn to investigated failure, grief, apocalypse—resonant themes at a time of constant rupture and regression. Others helped jolt reade

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Science

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Omicron cases less likely to require hospital treatment, studies show

SA Omicron Covid Delta

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Data from Denmark, South Africa and the UK point to reduced severity from infection with the coronavirus strain

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Nature

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Targeting SWI/SNF ATPases in enhancer-addicted prostate cancer

Nature, Published online: 22 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04246-z PROTAC degrader–induced SWI/SNF inactivation abolishes DNA accessibility at enhancer elements of oncogenes and also tempers supra-physiologic expression of driver transcription factors, resulting in potent inhibition of tumour growth in mouse models.

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Phys.org

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Integrated photonics meets electron microscopy

Scientists in Switzerland and Germany have achieved efficient electron-beam modulation using integrated photonics—circuits that guide light on a chip. The experiments could lead to entirely new quantum measurement schemes in electron microscopy.

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Livescience.com

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Flecks of silver in poop of ancient Cambrian creature baffle scientists

Researchers have discovered specks of silver in 500 million-year-old fossilized worm dung; the precious metal likely came from "mining" microbes.

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The Atlantic

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It's Okay If You Don't Have Baby Fever!

Just as soon as they press Save on their out-of-office responses this week, many Americans will catch what, statistically speaking, Americans usually catch during the cold winter months. No, hopefully not COVID-19. I'm talking about baby fever! The holidays are the high season for baby-making, which is why so many people are born between August and October, or about nine months from the week when

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Livescience.com

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9 equations that changed the world

Here are nine equations that altered the course of history.

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Wired

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Face Recognition Is Being Banned—but It's Still Everywhere

Two dozen cities and states prohibit use of the tech. But it's on phones and is increasingly used in airports and in banks.

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NPR

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In 2021, climate ambitions soared and crashed in the U.S. and around the world

President Biden's lofty domestic goals were brought down to earth by congressional opposition, notably from one Democratic senator. International efforts to fight planetary warming also fell short. (Image credit: Kenny Holston/Getty Images)

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NPR

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Why the most powerful space telescope ever needs to be kept really, really cold

The James Webb Space Telescope will give a glimpse of the earliest galaxies formed after the Big Bang — but only if the telescope is kept frigid. That's why there's a tennis court-sized sunshield. (Image credit: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez)

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Livescience.com

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Omicron may cause milder disease. A lab study hints at why.

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The omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be less efficient at infiltrating the lungs and spreading from cell to cell, early lab studies suggest.

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Science

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UK reports record 106,000 coronavirus cases

Boris Johnson coming under pressure to clarify whether England faces post-Christmas restrictions

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Futurism

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Astronaut Barber Means Well, Gives Terrible Haircut in Space

Space Barber Without the assistance of gravity, giving somebody a haircut is a lot tougher than you might think. Besides, the thought of being surrounded by a floating cloud of hair clippings is horrid. Needless to say, astronauts try. But though the resulting haircuts might be able to keep the hair out of their faces, they won't be winning any awards, either. "Step into the space salon where bar

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NYT > Science

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Why These Mexican Fish Do the Wave

Soccer fans aren't the only ones on Earth who make waves.

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Phys.org

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Measurement and computer simulations of the resonant swaying of the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn appears as an immovable, massive mountain that has towered over the landscape near Zermatt for thousands of years. A study now shows that this impression is wrong. An international research team has proven that the Matterhorn is instead constantly in motion, swaying gently back and forth about once every two seconds. This subtle vibration with normally imperceptible amplitudes is st

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Science | The Guardian

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More options for Covid treatments in January as FDA approves two antiviral pills

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The approval comes as reports of shortages in monoclonal antibody treatment arise and cases spike People at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 will likely have more treatment options in January. That's the forecast in the wake of the US Food and Drug Administration's approval this week of the first two antiviral pills used to treat Covid-19 and reports of shortages of a monoclon

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Wired

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How an Aquarium Collects Curious Creatures From the Deep

Take a cruise with scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as they pilot an SUV-sized robot to collect delicate specimens 1,600 feet down.

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Retraction Watch

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Harvard journal retracts paper on Black advocacy in elections

The Harvard Kennedy School's Misinformation Review has retracted an article which claimed – or misclaimed, as the case may be – that an African American advocacy movement discouraged Blacks from voting for Democratic politicians and suppressed news about the Covid-19 pandemic. The article, "Disinformation creep: ADOS and the strategic weaponization of breaking news," appeared in … Continue reading

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NPR

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NASA prepares to launch the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA is getting ready to launch the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope. At mission control in Baltimore, Md., astronomers are getting ready.

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Genetic study finds modern wine grapes first domesticated in South Caucasus

A team of researchers from the University of Udine and Istituto di Genomica Applicata, both in Italy, has found evidence that the wine grapes grown in modern times across Europe were first domesticated in the South Caucasus. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their genetic analysis of a large number of grapes across Europe and in the South Caucasus.

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Retraction Watch

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Court tosses $50 billion suit by 'prince of panspermia' against Springer Nature

A neuroscientist once called the "prince of panspermia" has lost a lawsuit against Springer Nature stemming from a 2019 paper of his that a journal retracted. Here's the summary from United States District Judge John P. Cronan, who heard the original case: Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D., proceeding pro se, is a scientist who claims he found … Continue reading

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Wired

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The Worst Hacks of 2021

It was a year of ransomware, surveillance, data breaches, and yes, more ransomware.

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The Scientist RSS

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Harvard Chemist Found Guilty of Lying About Chinese Funding

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In a win for the US Department of Justice's China Initiative, Charles Lieber was convicted of hiding his financial ties to China from federal agencies.

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Wired

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'Algorithmic Reparation' Calls for Racial Justice in AI

Researchers are encouraging those who work in AI to explicitly consider racism, gender, and other structural inequalities.

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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New grafting technique could combat the disease threatening Cavendish bananas

Technique Cavendish

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Scientists have found a novel way to combine two species of grass-like plant including banana, rice and wheat, using embryonic tissue from their seeds. The technique allows beneficial characteristics, such as disease resistance or stress tolerance, to be added to the plants.

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Phys.org

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Research team creates the world's lightest isotope of magnesium to date

Lightest Magnesium

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In collaboration with an international team of researchers, Michigan State University (MSU) has helped create the world's lightest version—or isotope—of magnesium to date.

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Bringing space inside the lab: Researchers replicate the climates of exoplanets to help find extraterrestrial life

Scientists do not need to travel light-years away to chart the atmospheres of exoplanets, thanks to research happening in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering with scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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France cancels order for Merck antiviral tablet on efficacy fears

France Order Merck

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Concerns grow over molnupiravir's ability to reduce Covid hospitalisations and deaths

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Venoms in snakes and salivary protein in mammals share a common origin

Snakes, some lizards and even a few mammals can have a venomous bite. Although these lineages split more than 300 million years ago, their venoms have evolved from the same ancestral salivary protein, reported scientists today in BMC Biology.

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Phys.org

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Hubble lends a helping hand

Far above rain clouds, light pollution, and atmospheric distortion, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has a clear view of the universe. It has shown us distant galaxies, tracked interstellar objects as they soar through our solar system, and studied the atmospheres of planets that orbit other stars. In addition to its own stunning images and groundbreaking discoveries, Hubble uses its powerful vision

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Science | The Guardian

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UK, EU and US 'get more Covid vaccines in six weeks than Africa has all year'

Analysis from People's Vaccine Alliance highlights gulf as it calls for dose recipes to be shared Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK, European Union and the US have received more doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the past six weeks than African countries have all year, according to analysis from the People's Vaccine Alliance (PVA). The research comes after the former

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MIT Technology Review

76

The rare spots of good news on climate change

Climate Zero Years

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The deadly consequences of climate change only grew clearer this year, as record-shattering heat waves , floods , and wildfires killed thousands and strained the limits of our disaster responders. In the closing days of 2021, scientists warned that the eastern ledge of a Florida-size glacier is about to snap off of Antarctica and US legislators found they may have flubbed their best chance in a d

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Ingeniøren

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Spørg Fagfolket: Hvorfor står vindmøllerne stille i stormen?

En læser undrer sig over, hvorfor vindmøllerne knap bevæger sig, når det stormer udenfor. Det er der en helt simpel forklaring på, fortæller vindmøllepionér Henrik Stiesdal.

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Observing the secret life of molecules inside the cell

To understand how cells function, scientists study how their different components—from single molecules to multiple organelles—work together. Using traditional structural biology techniques, they can look at individual molecules, zooming in to individual atoms. In most cases, however, this approach provides only static snapshots of molecules. To infer how molecular structures behave in their cellu

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Phys.org

75

Blazar Ton 599 investigated by Indian astronomers

Using NASA's Fermi spacecraft, researchers from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore, India, have conducted a gamma-ray flux and spectral variability study of a blazar known as Ton 599, during its recent flaring activity. Results of the research, published December 13 on the arXiv pre-print server, shed more light on the properties of this source.

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New Scientist

72

Archerfish prove they can count by spitting at computer screens

Previous research has suggested that fish have an innate sense of numbers, but critics say these experiments aren't the final word. Now, a new study has shown that archerfish really can count

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Science | smithsonianmag.com

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The Ten Most Significant Science Stories of 2021

Thrilling discoveries, hurdles in the fight against Covid and advancements in space exploration defined the past year

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Phys.org

72

Novel semiconductor gives new perspective on anomalous Hall effect

A large, unconventional anomalous Hall resistance in a new magnetic semiconductor in the absence of large-scale magnetic ordering has been demonstrated by Tokyo Tech materials scientists, validating a recent theoretical prediction. Their findings provide new insights into the anomalous Hall effect, a quantum phenomenon that has previously been associated with long-range magnetic order.

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Phys.org

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Developing the next generation of artificial vision aids

One Bionic Eyes Developing

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A new technology solution which will provide low-power systems for use in bionic eyes, has been jointly developed by academics from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and Northumbria University.

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Phys.org

69

'Pop-up' electronic sensors could detect when individual heart cells misbehave

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a powerful new tool that monitors the electrical activity inside heart cells, using tiny "pop-up" sensors that poke into cells without damaging them. The device directly measures the movement and speed of electrical signals traveling within a single heart cell—a first—as well as between multiple heart cells. It is also the first to

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New Scientist

66

Beatles documentary Get Back used custom AI to strip unwanted sound

Sound engineers used custom-made artificial intelligence to strip out unwanted audio from footage of the band in the studio

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Wired

65

Transparency Laws Let Criminal Records Become Commodities

For millions of people, details from an arrest—even a mistaken one—live on after being sold to data brokers. And the state profits.

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ScienceDaily

62

Astronomers uncover largest group of rogue planets yet

Rogue planets are elusive cosmic objects that have masses comparable to those of the planets in our Solar System but do not orbit a star, instead roaming freely on their own. Not many were known until now, but a team of astronomers, using data from several European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes and other facilities, have just discovered at least 70 new rogue planets in our galaxy. This is

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The Atlantic

62

K-pop Fans Have a New Nemesis

NFT 2021 Christmas

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K-pop is made to be listened to. But it's also made to be watched . When a group releases a song, it's just one part of a package that typically includes a visually arresting music video and several live performances of complex dance choreography paired with inventive outfits and hairstyles. The best-looking members of groups are literally known as "visuals" in the industry. Here in the United St

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62

Equity in Health Care Is Essential

How to improve well-being by fighting bias, discrimination and ignorance — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Phys.org

61

Space telescope launched on daring quest to behold 1st stars

The world's largest and most powerful space telescope rocketed away Saturday on a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life.

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Livescience.com

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10 rowing machine benefits

that will have you making a beeline for this piece of home gym equipment.

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Phys.org

60

Communication between cells plays a major role in deciding their fate

Scientists have found a way to prove that biochemical signals sent from cell to cell play an important role in determining how those cells develop.

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Phys.org

60

Children's books solidify gender stereotypes in young minds

A new study from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found children's books may perpetuate gender stereotypes. Such information in early education books could play an integral role in solidifying gendered perceptions in young children. The results are available in the December issue of the journal Psychological Science.

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Discover Magazine

60

How a Tardigrade "Micro Animal" Became Quantum Entangled with Superconducting Qubit

Physicists have extended the conditions in which life can exist further than ever before.

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Scientific American Content

59

Can Quantum Mechanics Quell the Holiday Blues?

Scientists search for hidden variables underpinning our swerving moods and thoughts — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Viden | DR

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Glade jul, farlige jul: Her er tre juletraditioner, der kan være livstruende

Både hjerte og lunger kan være udsatte i december.

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57

The Top Retractions of 2021

From Star Trek to ivermectin, we look back on some of the most notable about-faces in publishing this year.

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ExtremeTechExtreme – ExtremeTech

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NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope Launch Due to Weather

NASA Webb Telescope

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Stop me if you've heard this one, but the James Webb Space Telescope launch has been delayed. This time it's not a matter of engineering, assembly, or transport — it's the weather. NASA had planned to launch the fabulously expensive spacecraft on December 24th, but now that has been pushed to Christmas Day at the earliest . Of course, this is far from the first launch timeline for Webb. The teles

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Phys.org

51

Out of Africa: The path of Homo sapiens

What routes did Homo sapiens take on his way from Africa to Europe and Asia in the previous millennia? The climatic conditions changed, and with them the living conditions. The advance was hampered in some places by deserts, in others by dense forests. Over the past twelve years, a team of researchers within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center 806 "Our Way to Europe" unraveled the c

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New Scientist

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Meet the scientists who perform magic tricks on birds

Performing magic tricks with Eurasian jays helps scientists to understand the animals' powers of perception, but also their ability to read minds, remember the past and anticipate the future.

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Phys.org

48

Researchers make world's thinnest Christmas tree

A Christmas tree with a thickness of one atom has been made at DTU. It shows how terahertz measurements can be used to ensure the quality of graphene.

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Undark Magazine

48

'Everything Living Is Dying': Environmental Ruin in Modern Iraq

While pollution writ large is known to be deadly in the aggregate, linking specific health outcomes to ambient pollution is a notoriously difficult task. Even so, few places on earth beg such questions as desperately as modern Iraq, a country devastated by decades of war, poverty, and fossil fuel extraction.

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Ingeniøren

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Power-to-X kan skabe store vandforsyningsproblemer – rejses nu politisk

PLUS. SF opfordrer regeringen til at sikre, at det store vandbehov ved PtX ikke belaster drikkevandsforsyningen. Klimaministeren lover at undersøge vandudfordringen grundigt, men tror dog ikke på nationale problemer. Branchen er også mest bekymret for lokale og regionale udfordringer.

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Science

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AstraZeneca booster raises antibodies against Omicron less than Pfizer, study shows

AstraZeneca Omicron

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Pharma group says it is confident its Covid vaccine 'should be given as a third dose booster'

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Viden | DR

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Eksotiske varer fra hele verden: Vikingerne var tidligt ude med international handel

De handlede blandt andet med perler fra Mellemøsten.

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The Atlantic

44

How Far Can Marvel Keep Pushing Its Own Success?

Spider-Man Holland

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In its opening weekend alone, Spider-Man: No Way Home became the highest-grossing movie of the year. On pace to be the only billion-dollar film of 2021 and already setting the record for biggest December opening ever, Spidey does impressive numbers. And as No Way Home is the third Tom Holland entry, the ninth overall Spider-Man movie, and the 27th release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its num

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Singularity Hub

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How the Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope Will Rest on a Nail-Biting Knife Edge

NASA Webb Telescope

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When the immense sound of the Ariane 5 rocket rumbles across Europe's spaceport in French Guiana, it will signal the end of a journey decades in the making. Perched atop the rocket will be the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) , the most sophisticated and complex observatory ever constructed. An enormous mirror 6.5 meters across, consisting of 18 gold-plated segments, will be delicately folded to

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Phys.org

42

Team succeeds in culturing the pygmy zebra octopus

For generations, scientists have relied on a handful of organisms to study the fundamentals of biology. The usual suspects—fruit flies, zebrafish, and mice, among others—all have short lifespans, small body size, can be bred through multiple generations in the laboratory, and have been developed for genetic investigations. These research organisms leave out a whole swath of biological diversity an

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Evidence of free tropospheric and long-range transport of microplastic at Pic du Midi Observatory

Nature Communications, Published online: 21 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27454-7 Microplastics are found in the environment globally, but their atmospheric transport is not well understood. Here the authors report atmospheric microplastic pollution at the Pic du Midi Observatory, suggesting free long range transport in the troposphere.

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MIT Technology Review

42

How to measure all the world's fresh water

Manila Water Denver

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The Congo River is the world's second-largest river system after the Amazon. More than 75 million people depend on it for food and water, as do thousands of species of plants and animals that live in the swamps and peatlands it supports. The massive tropical rainforest sprawled across its middle helps regulate the entire Earth's climate system. The amount of water in the system, however, is somet

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Discover Magazine

41

New Evidence for How Languages Spread 10,000 Years Ago

The ancestral tongues of Japanese, Korean and mainland Asian languages may have followed the dissemination of agriculture.

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New Scientist

40

Florian Solzbacher interview: Mind-reading implant may soon go on sale

The president of Blackrock Neurotech says the company's brain-computer interface, designed for people who are paralysed, could be available in 2022 if regulators approve it

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Undark Magazine

40

Book Review: A History of Monsanto and Its Toxic Legacy

Bartow J. Elmore's "Seed Money" chronicles Monsanto's Midwestern roots and its relentless quest to transform American agriculture. Elmore traces the seed company's transformation into an agricultural and biotechnology giant, while providing a thorough accounting of its ideology.

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ExtremeTechExtreme – ExtremeTech

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SpaceX Nails 100th Falcon 9 Landing

It used to be big news every time SpaceX landed a Falcon 9 booster because, of course, no one had ever done such a science-fictional thing with rockets before. Now, it's becoming so commonplace that it's easy to forget how many rockets SpaceX is launching. In the company's final launch of 2021, the Falcon 9 successfully pushed its Dragon capsule into orbit and landed on a drone ship. That would b

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ScienceDaily

40

For some Greenlanders, eating sugar is healthy

A genetic variation among some Greenlanders makes sugar healthy — significantly more than for most people. According to a new study, gut bacteria and a unique diet that has nourished Greenlanders for millennia have provided them with a genetic variation that offers an incredible advantage.

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Science

39

Joe Biden acknowledges Covid testing push could have come earlier

Long waits for tests in Omicron hotspots such as New York and Washington, DC

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Phys.org

39

No returning to climate of the past even with carbon dioxide reduction

While the entire world focuses on achieving carbon neutrality—zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—new research shows climate change in some regions is inevitable even if the already increased CO2 level is reduced. As CO2 decreases, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) shifts southwards, which can trigger persistent El Niño conditions. El Niño refers to a phenomenon in which the sea surface te

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ScienceDaily

38

COVID-19 infection detected in deer in six Ohio locations

Scientists have detected infection by at least three variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 in free-ranging white-tailed deer in six northeast Ohio locations, the research team has reported.

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Scientific American Content

38

What Is a Lagrange Point?

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will travel to a special spot where the gravity from Earth and the sun is balanced — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Phys.org

38

Optics and photonics: Miniaturization of diffusers for new applications

Miniaturization Diffusers

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Miniaturization of optical components is a challenge in photonics. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Friedrich Schiller University of Jena have now succeeded in developing a diffuser, a disk that scatters light, based on silicon nanoparticles. It can be used to specifically control the direction, color, and polarization of light. This novel technology may be used in transp

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Livescience.com

37

10 extraordinary dinosaur discoveries from 2021

Here's what we've learned about dinosaurs in 2021.

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ScienceDaily

37

Earth's first giant

The two-meter skull of an enormous new ichthyosaur species, Earth's first known giant creature, reveals how both the extinct marine reptiles and modern whales became giants.

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Phys.org

37

Antiviral strategy repurposes and misdirects how a virus assembles

Researchers have proposed a novel antiviral strategy which repurposes and misdirects how a virus assembles. The new approach exploits the microscopic understanding of how viruses assemble around their genomes.

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The Atlantic

35

2021 Seen Through the Lens of Brandon Bell

Brandon Bell, a Getty Images staff photographer, has spent the past year documenting dozens of important U.S. news stories. Bell, who is based in Houston, covered the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his conviction for the murder of George Floyd, migrants entering the United States at the Texas border, the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, medical staff cop

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MIT Technology Review

35

Climate change is helping sink Mexico City

The comings and goings of water define Mexico City, a mile-high metropolis sprawled across three dry lake beds. The city floods in the wet season and thirsts during regular droughts. CDMX, as the city of 21 million styles itself, pumps more water from the aquifer below it than it replenishes: the city sank some 12 meters in the last century and may sink another 30 meters before hitting rock botto

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Phys.org

35

Scientists calculate how carbon nanotubes and their fibers experience fatigue

Up here in the macro world, we all feel fatigue now and then. It's the same for bundles of carbon nanotubes, no matter how perfect their individual components are.

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The Atlantic

34

Photos of the Week: California Snow, Choir Candles, Magic Tree

Diving in Abu Dhabi, damage from Typhoon Rai in the Philippines, snowboarding in Colorado, preparing to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in French Guiana, Christmas decorations in Thailand, flooding in Malaysia, a Nativity performance in a Slovenian cave, welcoming the winter solstice in Ireland, and much more

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ScienceDaily

34

Mapping the musical mind

Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of secondary school students during a task focused on musical observation. They found that students trained to play music from a young age exhibited certain kinds of brain activity more strongly than other students. The researchers also observed a specific link between musical processing and areas of the brain associated with language

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Phys.org

34

Blueprint reveals how plants build a sugar transport lane

A tiny region at the root tip has been found to be responsible for orchestrating the growth and development of the complex network of vascular tissues that transport sugars through plant roots.

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Phys.org

34

Exploring safer carbon capture and storage

Honeywell Austin Carbon

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Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have increased significantly over the last 50 years, resulting in higher global temperatures and abrupt changes to Earth's climate. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the new technologies that scientists hope will play an important role in tackling the climate crisis. It involves the capture of CO2 from emissions from industrial processes, or from th

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NYT > Science

33

Hubble Telescope vs. Webb Telescope

NASA Webb Telescope

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The James Webb Space Telescope will advance astronomy far beyond the vaunted Hubble, which has been humanity's most powerful space observatory for more than 30 years.

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Wired

33

Can You Solve Climate Change Better Than World Leaders?

What even happened at the UN climate summit—and could you do a better job? These online and in-person simulators let you take a swing at saving the world.

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ScienceDaily

33

Researchers lay groundwork for potential dog-allergy vaccine

Scientists have identified a series of molecular candidates for those parts of dog allergens that cause immune reactions in people–the first step in developing a vaccine against most causes of dog allergies.

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Singularity Hub

33

NFT Sneakers Take Off as Nike and Adidas Look to Cash in on Digital Shoes

Recently NFTs have taken the form of everything from apes to a yacht to a life-sized 3D video sculpture . As trading volume of NFTs hits a staggering $22 billion and we near the end of the year, another new type of NFT is being added to the list: shoes. And not only shoes, but other athletic wear, some of which even comes in non-digital form. That's right—you can spend thousands of dollars on sho

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Wired

33

How to Use SharePlay to Virtually Connect With Loved Ones

You can watch movies, listen to a new album, share your screen, or even work out with others on FaceTime through your Apple devices.

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Phys.org

33

Hunting for dead stars

Neutron stars are tiny in size, but almost incomprehensibly dense. Actually, they are stellar corpses, but they still have enough life in them to show some of the most exciting phenomena you can find in space.

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MIT Technology Review

33

Our favorite photographs from 2021

In 2021 we saw images capturing the speed of climate change, the visionaries working on today's pressing issues, a glimpse into a transhuman future, and more. Inside the machine that saved Moore's Law CHRISTOPHER PAYNE How technology might finally start telling farmers things they didn't already know LUCAS FOGLIA The pandemic could remake public transportation for the better CHONA KASINGER Why co

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MIT Technology Review

32

Our favorite stories of 2021

The end of the year is always a good time for a bit of introspection and self-reflection. It also seems right to pause to celebrate some of the high points from a challenging year. We asked our writers and editors to look back over all the stories we published in 2021 and tell us which ones really stood out. Which stories did their colleagues publish that made them proud to work for MIT Technolog

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ScienceDaily

32

What makes an mRNA vaccine so effective against severe COVID-19?

A new study helps explain why mRNA vaccines have been so successful at preventing severe disease.

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Science | The Guardian

32

UK gyms hit out after being excluded from £1bn Omicron support

Industry body urges rethink on leaving out sector from aid package, saying many firms 'will go to the wall' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres in the UK have appealed for a government rethink after being excluded from the £1bn Omicron business support package. Huw Edwards, the chief executive of the industry body UKactive, said t

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Wired

30

The 8 Best Albums of 2021

This year's most searing records—from Adele's 30 to Jazmine Sullivan's Heaux Tales—asked listeners to pause, reflect, and reconsider the path ahead.

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ScienceDaily

30

People with IBD have more microplastics in their feces

Microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in length — are everywhere, from bottled water to food to air. According to recent estimates, people consume tens of thousands of these particles each year, with unknown health consequences. Now, researchers have found that people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have more microplastics in their feces than healthy controls, suggesting th

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Phys.org

29

The perspective from space unlocks the Amazon water cycle

The Amazon basin is the world's largest river basin, with intricate and complex hydrology. It stretches across seven nations and feeds 4 of the 10 largest rivers in the world. The basin encompasses dense tropical forests, extensive floodplains, and interconnected wetlands. The region also receives a lot of rain—approximately 2,200 millimeters (86 inches) per year. Gaining a better understanding of

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Researchers identify mechanism that explains how tissues form complex shapes that enable organ function

From the smooth tubes of our arteries and veins to the textured pockets of our internal organs, our bodies are made of tissues arranged in complex shapes that aid in performing specific functions.

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Ingeniøren

29

Ny teleaftale: Alle danskere skal have gigabit-bredbånd i 2025 – næsten

PLUS. I 2025 er det ambitionen at 98 procent af alle danske adresser har adgang til en forbindelse med mindst en gigabit i sekundet, lyder det i ny telepolitisk aftale, som et bredt flertal i Folketinget står bag. Teleindustrien forventer at det vil koste seks mia. kr.

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Wired

28

Gear to Help Make Your Livestreams Look and Sound Good

Whether you stream on Twitch, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, or anywhere else, these tools and tips can turn you into a pro.

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ScienceDaily

28

No more annual flu shot? New target for universal influenza vaccine

Annual New Universal

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A new antibody discovered in the blood of some people vaccinated against or infected with influenza can recognize a broad variety of flu viruses.

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Science | The Guardian

28

Covid vaccination for UK children: what has been approved?

FDA Pfizer Covid 5 11

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Young children most vulnerable to Covid will be offered vaccine, and there are changes to booster schedules for some older ones The UK government's vaccine advisers have issued new guidance on Covid vaccinations for young people in light of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. The advice opens up Covid vaccinations for children as young as five and extends the booster programme to more teenager

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Science | The Guardian

28

Covid: how has the pandemic changed in the UK in 2021?

The year has been marked by the success of the vaccination drive – yet thousands have still died This time last year, Covid-19 cases were soaring in the UK, hospitalisations were steadily increasing, and the government had tightened restrictions to try to get a handle on a concerning new variant . Twelve months on, there is a sense of deja vu. A weary public is worried about its festive plans bei

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Science | The Guardian

27

Worried about super-intelligent machines? They are already here | John Naughton

Forget about the danger of robots creating a sci-fi-style dystopia. The modern corporation is already doing all of that In the first of his four (stunning) Reith lectures on living with artificial intelligence , Prof Stuart Russell, of the University of California at Berkeley, began with an excerpt from a paper written by Alan Turing in 1950. Its title was Computing Machinery and Intelligence and

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Viden | DR

27

Nord for polarcirklen er svenskerne i gang med at flytte en hel by

Byen med 20.000 indbyggere skal flyttes for, at en jernmine kan udvide.

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Science

27

UK reports a record 122,000 new coronavirus cases

Johnson due to convene ministers next week to consider whether new Covid restrictions are needed

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Wired

27

VCs Lavished Startups With Cash in 2021. Now Comes the Hard Part

"Is it a casino or the future of tech? Everyone's trying to figure that out."

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The Atlantic

26

The Atlantic Daily: A Very Omicron Holiday

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. This week brings tidings of joy—and fear. Americans are gearing up for the holidays just as a new variant helps send coronavirus cases upward . In an address this afternoon, President Joe Biden at

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New Scientist

26

Covid-19 news: Isolation rules for covid cases changed in England

Omicron Two Covid Study

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The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

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Scientific American Content

25

Trees Have the Potential to Live Indefinitely

Trees die as a result of severe damage, but some have overcome storms, droughts, fires, and more to survive for thousands of years — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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MIT Technology Review

25

The US exports too much of its most valuable resource

Manila Water Denver

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The Sulphur Springs Valley is a windswept desert in southeastern Arizona, bounded on three sides by forest-­topped mountain ranges known as the sky islands. It can take an hour or more to drive between inhabited places in the valley, but the community there is tight-knit—many of the farmers went to the same high school (as did their grandparents), and today they graze their cattle on the plains a

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Wired

24

Jackbox's 8th Party Pack Is Worth It For Drawful: Animate Alone

Which is good, because the rest of the pack is uneven and, at times, downright confusing.

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Wired

24

How to Set Up Your New Xbox Series X/S

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass

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There are a few things you'll need to do before you can jump right into Halo: Infinite

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ScienceDaily

24

SARS-CoV-2 goes 'underground' to spread from cell to cell

The virus that causes COVID-19 has adopted some stealth moves to stay alive and kicking, and one secret to its success is hiding from the immune system by spreading through cell-to-cell transmission, a new study has found.

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Farmed fish breeding with wild fish is changing the life cycle of wild fish

A team of researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and Rådgivende Biologer, has found that interbreeding between farmed salmon and wild salmon is changing the life cycle of the wild salmon. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of scale growth patterns in thousands of salmon taken from rivers in Norway over the years 2010 to 2

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Phys.org

24

Israeli archaeologists find treasures in ancient shipwrecks

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday the discovery of remnants of two shipwrecks off the Mediterranean coast, replete with a sunken trove of hundreds Roman and medieval silver coins.

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Wired

24

And Now: 31 Notable WIRED Long-Form Stories of 2021

In another strange year, our feature articles bubbled up through the cracks and managed to capture the zeitgeist.

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New Scientist

23

2021 in review: Weather records aren't just broken, they're smashed

Record-shattering fires, freezes and rainfall around the world made it all too clear that extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal

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Phys.org

23

Controlled burning of natural environments could help offset our carbon emissions

Planting trees and suppressing wildfires do not necessarily maximize the carbon storage of natural ecosystems. A new study has found that prescribed burning can actually lock in or increase carbon in the soils of temperate forests, savannahs and grasslands.

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Phys.org

23

Mother elephant seals able to recognize their pup's voice just two days after giving birth

A team of researchers from the University of California's Institute of Marine Sciences, Institut des Neurosciences Paris-Saclay and the University of Lyon has found that mother elephant seals are able to distinguish their own pups' voices just two days after giving birth. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their study of a colony of the seals.

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Undark Magazine

23

Long Covid is Pitting Patients Against Doctors. That's A Problem.

Long COVID

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Feeling dismissed by doctors who seem to question their illness, long Covid sufferers are increasingly turning to patient and advocacy support groups for solutions. These groups provide needed social and emotional support — but they can also be cauldrons of misinformation.

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Phys.org

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New graphene-based neural probes improve detection of epileptic brain signals

Graphene Based Neural

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New research published today has demonstrated that tiny graphene neural probes can be used safely to greatly improve our understanding of the causes of epilepsy.

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TED Talks Daily (SD video)

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4 ways the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we sleep | Matt Walker

Have you been having weird dreams lately? For many people, that's just one of the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has altered their sleeping habits, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. From when to how much to how well we're sleeping, this pandemic may have shaken up bedtime for good.

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