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The Jerry Jones Photo Explains a Lot
If you're wondering why, in professional football, so few Black coaches get hired and Black players struggle to be heard, you can learn a lot from a 65-year-old image of Jerry Jones. In a 1957 photo published late last month by The Washington Post , the future owner of the Dallas Cowboys, then 14, stood among a group of white teenagers who were blocking six Black students from desegregating his A
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Brain computer interface / Neuralink
Right now it seems, there's going to be 2 kinds of BMI's, the ones that go inside the skull (cranium) and is attached to the brain directly, with connectors thinner than hair. The other one is outside the skull and works with LED light thru the cranium. The inside cranium – version is installed by a robot. First BCI's would be used to control computers. Mobile devices belong to this category. But
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Accelerating pathogen identification in infants and children with bloodstream infections
A collaborative team has re-engineered the process of microbial pathogen identification in blood samples from pediatric sepsis patients using broad-spectrum pathogen capture technology. The advance enables accurate pathogen detection with a combination of unprecedented sensitivity and speed, and could significantly improve clinical outcomes for pediatric and older patients with bloodstream infecti
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'Are we alone in the universe?': Work begins in Western Australia on world's most powerful radio telescope
More than 100,000 antennas will be built on Wajarri country, enabling astronomers to peek billions of years back to the 'cosmic dawn' Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast Construction of the world's largest radio astronomy observatory, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), has officially begun in Australia after three decades in development. A huge intergovernmen
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Accelerating pathogen identification in infants and children with bloodstream infections
A collaborative team has re-engineered the process of microbial pathogen identification in blood samples from pediatric sepsis patients using broad-spectrum pathogen capture technology. The advance enables accurate pathogen detection with a combination of unprecedented sensitivity and speed, and could significantly improve clinical outcomes for pediatric and older patients with bloodstream infecti
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SNL Skewers Gaslighting … With the Help of Hello Kitty
Earlier this week, Merriam-Webster announced its 2022 word of the year: gaslighting . The dictionary's selection of the term—defined as "the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one's own advantage"—was in part a response to public demand: Searches for gaslighting rose by 1,740 percent over the past 12 months. That interest might reflect the fact that gaslighting describe
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Google Teaches AI to Play Stratego and It Becomes One of the World's Top-Rated Players
Stratego AI DeepMind's latest artificial intelligence, DeepNash, has learned how to beat almost all human players at Stratego, a war game that involves two players attempting to capture the enemy's flag. It's yet another fascinating — and impressive — instance of AI learning how to play a game and sharpening its skills enough to become of the top-rated players in the world. Introducing DeepNash –
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18-Year-Old Patient Says $3.5 Million Hemophilia Drug He Needs Seems a "Little Steep"
For a small sum of $3.5 million, you can get your hands on the newest gene therapy drug to treat hemophilia B: Hemgenix, now the most expensive drug in the world. A fleeting title , these days. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that prevents blood from clotting properly when a person's body can't produce the protein necessary to form blood clots. This causes sufferers to bleed profusely from even
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An Unexpected Source Might Be Helping The Universe Glow More Than It Should
Dark matter, conceptual illustration. The image represents a region of space a few hundred megaparsecs across. Dark matter is a form of matter that cannot be detected by telescopes as it emits no radiation. It is thought that cold dark matter first formed after the Big Bang. This matter then collapsed under its own weight to form vast halos (bright yellow) which sucked in normal matter to form vi
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What does it take to be an astronaut? After dreaming of the stars, I decided to find out | Kevin Fong
I got very close to becoming a European Space Agency astronaut, but the final lesson was a bittersweet one In February 2021, the European Space Agency (Esa) announced it would be recruiting a new astronaut class, the first since 2008. It encouraged applicants from a broader spectrum of gender, physical ability, age and ethnicity, so I fired off an application and joined a WhatsApp group of like-m
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Disney Creates AI System to Automatically Change Age of Actors
Face to Face Disney's obsession with de-aging technology is only ramping up, because it's now developed an AI tool that can automatically alter the age of actors, Gizmodo reports . Well, "re-aging," as Disney calls it, would be more accurate. The tool, dubbed the Face Re-aging Network, or FRAN, is capable of making actors look younger as well as older, and promises to drastically speed up visual
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Furious Geese Are Defeating Humans, Scientists Find
Do not fight geese. You will lose, and the geese will win. It's science. Research from scientists at the University of Illinois, newly published in the journal Wildlife Society Bulletin , found that standard goose "harassment" tactics are horribly ineffective at shooing — and keeping — away the notoriously human-hating birds, even if the harassment causes them to flee momentarily. The researchers
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Large band bending at SnS interface opens door for highly efficient thin-film solar cells
Tin sulfide (SnS) solar cells have shown immense promise in the rush to develop more environmentally friendly thin-film solar cells. Yet for years SnS solar cells have struggled to achieve a high conversion efficiency. To overcome this, a SnS interface exhibiting large band bending was necessary, something a research group has recently achieved.
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'Virtual pillars' separate and sort blood-based nanoparticles
Engineers have developed a device that uses sound waves to separate and sort the tiniest particles found in blood, in a matter of minutes. The technology is based on a concept called 'virtual pillars' and could be a boon to both scientific research and medical applications.
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Kibble-Zurek mechanism for nonequilibrium phase transitions
The Kibble-Zurek (KZ) mechanism, confirmed experimentally only for equilibrium phase transitions, is also applicable for non-equilibrium phase transitions, as is now shown in a landmark study. The KZ mechanism is characterized by the formation of topological defects during continuous phase transition away from the adiabatic limit. This breakthrough finding could open the doors to investigation of
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Common immune cells can prevent intestinal healing
B cells are critical to the proper functioning of the immune system. However, researchers have shown that they can sometimes do more harm than good, as their numbers greatly increase after bowel damage, preventing the tissue from healing. The results can be of significance to the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
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The Real Paleo Diet: New Evidence Changes What We Thought About How Ancient Humans Prepared Food
We humans can't stop playing with our food . Just think of all the different ways of serving potatoes—entire books have been written about potato recipes alone. The restaurant industry was born from our love of flavoring food in new and interesting ways. My team's analysis of the oldest charred food remains ever found show that jazzing up your dinner is a human habit dating back at least 70,000 y
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Mayakovsky in New York: A Found Poem
Illustrations by Miki Lowe When the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky visited America in 1925, he had to admit that there was something grand about the country. He was amazed by electricity and railroad stations. He stepped onto the Brooklyn Bridge, he wrote, "as a crazed believer enters a church"; of the skyscrapers, he marveled, "Some buildings are as high as the stars." But he was aware of darke
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The Two Americas: The White Lotus Fans and Reacher Fans
This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here . Good morning, and welcome back to The Daily's Sunday culture edition, in which one Atlantic writer reveals what's keeping them entertained. Today's special guest is David French , a contributing write
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Underground Cables Are Taking the Planet's Pulse
This article was originally published in Knowable Magazine . Andreas Fichtner strips a cable of its protective sheath, exposing a glass core thinner than a hair—a fragile, four-kilometer-long fiber that's about to be fused to another. It's a fiddly task better suited to a lab, but Fichtner and his colleague Sara Klaasen are doing it atop a windy, frigid ice sheet. After a day's labor, they have s
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Flapdoodler, roorback, yulehole: Why forgotten words need rescuing from obscurity
As a child, the gift of a dictionary sparked my love of rare words – which snowballed like a hogamadog Christmas morning. I must have been about seven years old. My grandparents had just arrived at our house and my family's presents were all being excitedly exchanged. At last, they came to me, and my grandmother handed over something that seemed absolutely enormous. It was broad, flat, solid and
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How We Survived Winter in Wartime
A s millions of Ukrainians face their first winter of the war, I share in their dread because I know how brutal a winter war can be. As a child in Sarajevo, Bosnia, I survived three long winters in a city under siege. I endured the cold and deprivation alongside the constant anxiety that I might lose my parents to a bullet or a mortar shell every time they went out to forage for wood or water. Wa
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Making science more accessible to people with disabilities
The pandemic prompted workplace changes that proved beneficial to people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM), but there's fear that these accommodations will be rolled back. With International Day of Persons with Disabilities taking place on Dec. 3, a research team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York is calling for w
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Telling Americans to 'eat better' doesn't work. We must make healthier food | Mark Bittman
For decades public health authorities have encouraged us to choose healthier foods – yet most choices available to Americans are bad ones Diet-related chronic disease is the perennial number one killer in the United States, responsible for more deaths than Covid-19 even at the pandemic's peak. Yet we cannot manage to define this as a "crisis". In fact, our response is lame: for decades we've been
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Death metal singers have a vocal counterpart … in bats
Bats and death metal singers have more in common than a love of the dark. A new study has found that some of bats' lower frequency calls appear to use a technique similar to death metal growling. (Image credit: Rob Griffith/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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New toothy diving dinosaur discovered
A new species of non-avian dinosaur with a streamlined body similar to those of modern diving birds, such as penguins and auks, is described in a study published in Communications Biology. The findings represent the first case of a non-avian theropod—a type of carnivorous dinosaur that walked on two legs—to have a streamlined body.
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England World Cup success could drive up Covid infections, scientists warn
People attending large gatherings to watch matches are urged to be cautious about visiting vulnerable relatives afterwards England's progress in the World Cup could drive up the number of Covid cases across the country this winter, scientists have warned. Researchers say that mass gatherings in pubs, and in homes where friends and relatives get together to watch the team compete in Qatar, could l
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When exactly do everyday fantasies go from 'little white lies' to a mental disorder? | Yvonne Roberts
Billy Liar's loose grasp on reality is common today but experts say it is less benign. That is, if you believe them Billy Liar, created in the 1950s, is a fantasist; a teller of tall tales who lives much of his time in the imaginary world of Ambrosia. He is engaged to two girls and fancies a third. He is desperate to get out of the dead-end town of Stradhoughton where he lives with his working-cla
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Radical new therapy for Parkinson's will use stem cell transplants
Lab-grown nerve cells will replace those destroyed by disease – scientists hope treatment may be available in five years Early next year, a radical new treatment for Parkinson's disease involving tissue transplants will receive its first trial with patients – including a group from the UK. Stem cells grown in the laboratory and transformed into nerve cells will be used to replace those destroyed
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This latest Alzheimer's drug breakthrough is reason for hope – and further funding
Researchers are a step closer to unravelling the cruel mystery of the dementia that afflicts my wife and so many others In an age of excessive information, we have each developed a filtering system. To compensate, we acquire our own keywords, which pierce these systems, or, in the old parlance, make our ears prick up, be they the names of favourite teams, musicians, pastimes, conspiracy theories.
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Svante Pääbo: Vi var den hemliga familjen
"Han är en äventyrare, som aldrig blivit vuxen." Så beskriver vännerna årets svenske Nobelpristagare Svante Pääbo som nu belönas för sin forskning på neandertalarna och denisovamänniskan. Idag är han en superkändis i forskarvärlden men hans liv hade en mer komplicerad start
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Så kan klick-kemi ha banat väg för nytt cancerläkemedel
En av årets nobelpristagare i kemi hoppas kunna använda sin upptäckt för att skapa effektivare läkemedel. Med hjälp av klick-kemi kan forskarna skapa nya ämnen, bland annat ett som de hoppas kunna använda för att bekämpa cancer. – Förhoppningen är att patienter som inte svarar på någon annan behandling svarar på denna nya sorts immunterapi, säger Carolyn Bertozzi, en av pristagarna.
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China's Xi Jinping 'unwilling' to accept western Covid vaccines says US intelligence chief
Despite daily Covid-19 cases near all-time highs and recent protests over lockdowns, US intelligence see no threat to Xi's stability Chinese leader Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept western vaccines despite the challenges China is facing with Covid-19, and while recent protests there are not a threat to Communist party rule, they could affect his personal standing, US director of national intelli
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Career opinion needed
I'm currently a ca intermediate student,i gave my ca foundation in dec 2020 , then intermediate group 1 only in dec 21 , i cleared both at first go ,but then group 2 i gave in may ,i couldn't clear ,i have given my exams in November again for group 2 , so I'm confused should I start article ship or not ,and if yes which firm , because most of the good firm's aren't taking single group ,also I'm r
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future?
What if technology is so great that it can now be attached to human body for convenience. Wouldn't it be so prone with cyber attack, corruption, fraud and other crisis as well? And if it does, how can the human mind control it when the technology is so great that it surpass the humans capability of thinking? Artificial intelligence is a growing topic these days and probably will be the next gener
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How can fake books be detected?
Weird question. Given that there are algorithms out there that can replace the text of a book with new content but in the style of the author (using ML/AI algos), how can you tell if the book you're reading is the original or not? It would be trivial for a couple of psychopaths (or people who want to destroy another country's culture) to start creating fake or butchered books. I've been super wor
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