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ADHD hjernen

Brain differences in ADHD
Largest imaging study of ADHD to date identifies differences in five regions of the brain, with greatest differences seen in children rather than adults.

ALS-patienter kan tale med øjnene

Microsoft app helps people with ALS speak using just their eyes
A smartphone app called GazeSpeak uses eye movements to predict the words you want to say, allowing people with motor disabilities to communicate faster

ansigtsgenkendelse afslører illegale kæledyr-lemurer

Facial recognition could spot illegal pet lemurs
A new computer facial recognition system can correctly identify over 100 lemurs with 98.7 percent accuracy. Facial recognition is usually used to find criminals, identify passport and driver's license fraud, and catch shoplifters, but it could also spot endangered lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar, says Anil Jain, biometrics expert and professor at Michigan State University. "Like humans, lemur

autism tidlig scanning

Brain scans identify if baby sibling also has autism
By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism, scientists were able to correctly identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age. The researchers used MRI to measure the brains of "low-risk" infants, with no family history of autism, and "high-risk" infants who had at least one autis

autisme tidlig scanning

Autism Starts Months before Symptoms Appear, Study Shows. Flagging children early offers the possibility of more effective treatment.

Aztekerne og Salmonella

Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak
DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.

aztekerne og Salmonella

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak
DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.


Otzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers
Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new type of biomarker, so-called microRNAs. These short ribonucleic acid molecules are notable for their very high level of stability. Researchers at Saarland University, the University of Luxembourg and the Eurac Research center


Ötzi the Iceman: Researchers validate the stability of genetic markers
Biomarkers are biological attributes that can give doctors or researchers clues about the health status or illnesses of a patient. Scientists are placing great hope in a new type of biomarker, so-called microRNAs. These short ribonucleic acid molecules are notable for their very high level of stability. Researchers have now established that such microRNAs can remain stable even after 5,300 years.

biosensor påviser HIV på 1 uge

Team develops a biosensor able to detect HIV only one week after infection
A team from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has developed a biosensor that can detect type 1 HIV during the first week after infection. In the experiments, performed on human serum, the biosensor detected the p24 antigen, a protein present in the HIV-1 virus. This new technology, which has been patented by CSIC, detects the protein at concentrations 100,000 times lower than in current


[Feature] The Birth of CRISPR Inc
Just 5 years ago, the community of researchers studying CRISPR, the powerful new genome editing tool, was small. When the first inklings that CRISPR could become a big business emerged, leading scientists expected to work together. But the attempt at unity collapsed—with a good deal of noise and dust. As the science grew even more compelling and venture capital (VC) beckoned, the jockeying to star


[Policy Forum] CRISPR, surrogate licensing, and scientific discovery
Several institutions are embroiled in a legal dispute over the foundational patent rights to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, and it may take years for their competing claims to be resolved (1–4). But even before ownership of the patents is finalized, the institutions behind CRISPR have wasted no time capitalizing on the huge market for this groundbreaking technology by entering into a series

CRISPR mod blindhed

Genome surgery with CRISPR-Cas9 to prevent blindness
CRISPR-Cas9 can be delivered directly into the eye of living animals to treat age-related macular degeneration efficiently and safely, report scientists.

CRISPR patent

Why the CRISPR patent verdict isn't the end of the story
From legal challenges to ongoing experimentation, the story of who owns the rights to CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing is still being written.

CRISPR patent

Who should be allowed to use CRISPR?
Health Exclusive agreements with private companies could delay vital research But what still hangs in the air, detailed in a report out today in the journal Science , is who will be allowed to use this technology and in what way.


6 Takeaways from the CRISPR Patent Decision
The landmark ruling will have ripple effects .


A Patent Decision on Crispr Gene Editing Favors MIT
The US Patent Office says two groups, one based at UC Berkeley and the other in Cambridge, Mass. own overlapping parts of a powerful new genetic technique.


Forskere fra MIT vinder første slag om patent på gensaks
I går faldt første afgørelsen i sagen om patentrettighederne på genredigeringsværktøjet Crispr. Således kan forskere fra Broad Institute på MIT beholde de patenter, som universitetet allerede har på den omstridte teknologi.

den elektroniske læge

Den elektroniske læge: Kan science fiction-fantasien blive virkelighed?
Et apparat, der kan scanne dig og afsløre ti sygdomme, er virkelighed til sommer, lover bagmændene bag en pengestærk international konkurrence. Forskere advarer om, at selv hvis det lykkes, kan det belaste i stedet for aflaste lægerne.

diabetes type 1 og hæmmet immunangreb

Pilot study shows stable insulin production in type 1 diabetes
A small pilot study, in which researchers attempted to slow attacks mounted by the immune system on insulin-producing cells in type 1 diabetes, has given promising results, report investigators.

DNA computer bringer lægemidler frem i blodet

DNA computer brings 'intelligent drugs' a step closer
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) present a new method for controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. In the journal Nature Communications, the team, led by biomedical engineer Maarten Merkx, describes how it has developed the first DNA computer capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood and performing subsequent calculations based on this i

EDTA Anna Iben Hollensberg

Læge giver drop mod åreforkalkninger: »Jeg anser det, jeg laver, som meget lægefagligt«
Anna Iben Hollensberg har forladt den offentlige sygesikring og har solgt sin praksis. Friheden giver hende mulighed for, at tilbyde f.eks. EDTA-infusion mod åreforkalkning, selvom Sundhedsstyrelsen ikke anbefaler behandlingen.


Five of the most explosive non-nuclear chemicals ever made
A chemistry department at a British university was recently evacuated after a student made the known explosive, TATP.

elefant mammut hybrider

Harvard-forskere vil på to år skabe mammutfostre
Elefant-mammut hybrid skal blive til virkelighed ved hjælp af avanceret genteknologi.

elefant mammut hybrider

Can we grow woolly mammoths in the lab? George Church hopes so
We may only be two years away from creating hybrid mammoth embryos, but that would only be the first step on a very long road towards resurrecting the animal

et enkelt fedtmåltid ændrer leverens energistofskifte

Pizza, burgers and the like: A single high-fat meal can damage the metabolism
The global proliferation of overweight and obese people and people with type 2 diabetes is often associated with the consumption of saturated fats. Scientists have found that even the one-off consumption of a greater amount of palm oil reduces the body's sensitivity to insulin and causes increased fat deposits as well as changes in the energy metabolism of the liver.

fange myg og måle vejret

New mosquito trap smart enough to keep just the bad bugs
A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape—and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite.

fedtcelle stamceller mod ældning

Stem cells collected from fat may have use in anti-aging treatments
Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells — such as fibroblasts from the skin — and have the potential for use in anti-aging treatments, according to researchers.

folk dør af kokain sammen med opioder

Opioids May Be Causing Increase in Cocaine Overdoses
The number of people dying from cocaine overdoses in the United States is on the rise, and a new study suggests why: People are using cocaine and opioids together.

frygt for at leve evigt

Apeirophobia is Apparently the Fear of Living Forever
Some people are just as afraid of eternal life as non-existence.

genterapi og ny indsætningsmåde

Glowing mice suggest new gene therapy technique
A collaboration between chemists and gene therapy experts produced a new way of inserting the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice. If successful in humans, the technique could be useful for vaccines or cancer therapies.

genterapi og ny indsætningsmåde

Code for firefly protein makes mouse glow in the dark
Chemists and gene therapy experts have a new way to insert the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice. They've used firefly proteins to make a glow-in-the-dark mouse and, if the technique also works in humans, it could be useful for vaccines or cancer therapies. "It's almost a childlike enthusiasm we have for this." Not only did the mouse glow, recalls Timothy Blake, a postdoctoral fel

genterapi og ny indsætningsmåde

In a possible step forward for gene therapy, researchers made mice glow like fireflies
Timothy Blake, a postdoctoral fellow in the Waymouth lab, was hard at work on a fantastical interdisciplinary experiment. He and his fellow researchers were refining compounds that would carry instructions for assembling the protein that makes fireflies light up and deliver them into the cells of an anesthetized mouse. If their technique worked, the mouse would glow in the dark.


Remembering the need to forget
We are built to forget – it is a psychological necessity. But in a social media world that captures – and, more importantly, remembers – everything we say and do, forgetting is becoming a thing of the past. If we lose the ability to forget our past, we lose the ability to construct our own stories – a part of what it means to be human, warned one Western researcher.

HPV vaccination og Milena Penkowa

Milena Penkowa i tilsynssag
Den omstridte forsker beskyldes for at slå plat på syge piger, som mener, at de har bivirkninger efter HPV-vaccination. Nu er hun indberettet til Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed.

højre og venstre bestemmes af rygmarven

Right-handed or left-handed: Why?
It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord, new research indicates. The biopsychologists have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is asymmetrical already in the womb.

høns og bevaring af sjældne fugle

GM hens help build 'frozen aviary' in Edinburgh
Genetically-modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping scientists set up a "frozen aviary" to conserve rare birds.

høns og bevaring af sjældne fugle

Egg-free surrogate chickens produced in bid to save rare breeds
Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds.

høns og bevaring af sjældne fugle

Hens that can lay eggs from other species could save rare birds
Like a seed bank for poultry, a 'frozen aviary' will store primordial stem cells for rare breeds of birds so they can be saved

indianere slaver i Amerika

Colonists shipped Native Americans abroad as slaves
Native Americans, including noncombatants, who surrendered during King Philip's War to avoid enslavement were enslaved at nearly the same rate as captured combatants, research shows. "Between 1492 and 1880, between 2 and 5.5 million Native Americans were enslaved in the Americas in addition to 12.5 million African slaves." Native American slavery "is a piece of the history of slavery that has bee

klimaændringer og sygdomspredning

Cholera, Other Illnesses May Spread with Climate Change
Climate change is contributing to the spread of certain diseases, researchers say.

Kreativitet og evolution

The Origins of Creativity
New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box .

kræft og biologisk ur

Targeting the biological clock could slow the progression of cancer
Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumor growth? Yes, according to a new study.

leukæmi i reagensglas

Scientists create novel model that shows progression from normal blood cells to leukemia
Researchers have created a novel model that shows the step-by-step progression from normal blood cells to leukemia and its precursor diseases, creating replicas of the stages of the disease to test the efficacy of therapeutic interventions at each stage, according to a study. This research marked the first time scientists have been able to transplant leukemia from humans to a test tube and then in

meteorit dusør Ejby

Stor dusør udbetales for Ejby-meteorittenStor dusør udbetales for Ejby-meteoritten
Stumperne fra danmarkshistoriens største meteoritfald er nu gjort op. I alt blev der fundet 8.937,78…

målrettet strålebehandling af hjernetumor bedst

Targeted radiosurgery better than whole-brain radiation for treating brain tumors
Tumors that originate in other organs of the body and spread to the brain are known as metastatic brain tumors. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this tumor type is the most common in adults, affecting as many as 300,000 people each year. Researchers compared two common postsurgical therapies for metastatic brain tumors and found that stereotactic radiosurgery can provide better o

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

Earth Has a Hidden 8th Continent
The island nation of New Zealand may be the tiny chunk of a massive continent that lurks mostly under the Pacific Ocean, new research suggests.

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

We might have an eighth continent. Here's why that matters.
Science The way we categorize things is actually important Does it really matter if Pluto is a planet or if there are eight continents instead of seven? Yes. Yes it does.

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

Geologer: Vi har fundet et nyt kontinent
Geologibøgerne skal justeres, efter at geologer har opdaget det nye kontinent Zealandia.

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

Geologists Spy an Eighth Continent: Zealandia
This mostly submerged world should be recognized alongside Africa, Australia and others, argue some researchers .

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

N. Zealand part of sunken 'lost continent': scientists
New Zealand sits atop a previously unknown continent—mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific—that should be recognised with the name Zealandia, scientists said Friday.

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?
It's almost all under water, but Zealandia should be considered a continent, say researchers.

New Zealand den 8. kontinent

Geologists spy an eighth continent: Zealandia
This mostly submerged world should be recognized alongside Africa, Australia and others, argue some researchers.

oxytocin får fædre til at blive plejere

How Dads bond with toddlers: Brain scans link oxytocin to paternal nurturing
Fathers given boosts of the hormone oxytocin show increased activity in brain regions associated with reward and empathy when viewing photos of their toddlers, a new study finds.

Parkinson og genetisk kontakt

Discovery of genetic 'switch' could help to prevent symptoms of Parkinson's disease
A genetic 'switch' has been discovered, which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, report scientists.

Permafrost og klimaændring

Climate-driven permafrost thaw
In bitter cold regions like northwestern Canada, permafrost has preserved relict ground-ice and vast glacial sedimentary stores in a quasi-stable state. These landscapes therefore retain a high potential for climate-driven transformation, say researchers.

phthalater hormonforstyrrende

Principiel sejr: EU stempler for første gang phthalater som hormonforstyrrende for mennesker
REACH-komiteen under EU fastslog torsdag, at de fire blødgørere – DEHP, DBP, DIBP og BBP – har sundhedsskadelige effekter, der går videre end kun til problemer med at få børn. Nu går Danmark efter at få stofferne helt forbudt i produkter til mennesker.

piger bedre til at læse som unge

Are girls really better at reading than boys – or are the tests painting a false picture?
In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any difference between men's and women's reading skills. Why is that? Could the answer be in the way the tests are designed?

Schizofreni og B-vitaminer

B vitamins reduce schizophrenia symptoms, study finds
A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose B vitamins — including B6, B8 and B12 — can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.

soldater screening for mentale sygdomme

Screening soldiers doesn't protect them from mental illness
Checking British soldiers for symptoms of PTSD, depression and alcohol problems doesn't prevent them from developing psychological illness after war

sterilisering af mænd med Vasalgel

Can sperm-blocking hydrogel replace vasectomy?
For over a century, men who didn't want to father a child had only one permanent option for contraception: vasectomy. But the findings of the new study suggest there could be an alternative that is as efficient and has the potential to be easily and successfully reversible. The procedure involves the use of Vasalgel—a polymer-based hydrogel that is injected into the vas deferens, which is the tub


From mice, clues to microbiome's influence on metabolic disease
The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin secretion, a key variable in the onset of the metabolic disease diabetes, new research has found.


Fighting the enemy within
The dynamic microbiota that populate all human body surfaces affect health and disease in complex and often subtle ways. At the same time, human gastrointestinal and respiratory tract microbiota are the reservoirs for most of the human pathogens that cause invasive bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance in such pathogens has dramatically increased in recent years, resulting in infections that


Biologists control gut inflammation by altering the abundance of resident bacteria
Numerous human diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and autism spectrum disorders are linked to abnormal gut microbiomes, but an open question is whether these altered microbiomes are drivers of disease. A new study took aim at that question with experiments in zebrafish to dissect whether changes in the abundance of certain gut bacteria can cause intestinal inflammation.

T-hjælperceller og influenza

Team tracks rare T cells in blood to better understand annual flu vaccine
A team has found a way to identify the small population of circulating helper T cells present in the blood after an annual flu vaccine to monitor their contribution to antibody strength. A technique that identifies these helper immune cells could inform future vaccine design, especially for vulnerable populations.

Trump og psykiatere

Trump may be very flawed but that doesn't make him mentally ill
Calls from psychiatrists for Donald Trump to be declared unfit to be US president on mental health grounds are misguided, says Dr Allen Frances

Trump og psykiatere

Should Psychiatrists' Weigh in on Trump's Mental Health?
A long-standing code of ethics prohibits diagnosing public figures from afar.

Trump og science

[Policy Forum] Ensuring scientific integrity in the Age of Trump
With the new Donald J. Trump Administration comes uncertainty in the role that science will play in the U.S. federal government. Early indications that the Administration plans to distort or disregard science and evidence, coupled with the chaos and confusion occurring within federal agencies, now imperil the effectiveness of our government. Evidence from the past 20 years demonstrates that, when

Trump og science

European science bodies 'concerned' about Trump
European science bodies on Thursday criticised Donald Trump's administration for what they said was a "policy reorientation" in favour of views "not based on facts and sound scientific processes and evidence."

Trump: Indrejseforbud og forskning

Scientific Conference Planners Concerned About Immigration Policy
There's increasing concern among planners of science and technical conferences about the Trump administration's immigration restrictions. Many groups signed a letter asking Trump to rescind the order.

vinddrevne pumper skal sikre isen på Arntis

Vanvittig idé? 10 millioner vinddrevne pumper skal sikre isen på Arktis
Forskere fra det anerkendte Arizona State University i USA foreslår en ny arktisk løsning til at genfryse dele af Det Arktiske Hav. De kalder selv ideen lidt skør …

vinddrevne pumper skal sikre isen på Arntis

10 mio. ismaskiner skal pumpe havisen tilbage i Arktis
Forskere vil bruge vinddrevne pumper til at genskabe den arktiske havis. Der er dog lige et par udfordringer.

Zika og mikrohjerne

Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly
A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new report.

Two Words Trigger CDC To Stay Quiet
Researchers and administrators at the CDC dare not utter the words guns or firearms for fear of budget cuts from Congress, according to health policy researcher David Hemenway.
Watch SpaceX Try to Launch NASA's Science Into Space
Saturday marks SpaceX's 10th mission ferrying supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station.
How to Avoid Getting Tricked into Assassinating Someone
One surefire way to tell if a spray bottle contains water or something deadly? Chemistry.
This January Was the Third Warmest on Record Globally
The first month of 2017 was extremely warm for the globe, continuing a trend of planetary heat.

Want to Know the Future? Most People Don't, Study Suggests
Despite the popularity of horoscopes, most people don't really want to know their futures, a new study from Europe suggests.

Work Stops at C.D.C.'s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety
Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety.

Finding the Right National Security Adviser Won't Be Easy
After Flynn's resignation, the Trump administration's next pick declined the position. What happens now? The post Finding the Right National Security Adviser Won't Be Easy appeared first on WIRED .

Wind, Rain, Heat: Health Risks Grow with Extreme Weather
As climate change proceeds, there will be more extreme weather events, and these events pose a threat to people's health, experts say.

In photos: Dubai's massive desalination plant
Environment Where they tame the undrinkable ocean One of the fastest-growing cities in the world is also among the driest.

When Will Augmented Reality Get Real?
Pokémon Go may be popular, but ask people about other augmented reality applications and most draw a blank.

'Complexity' of exports is a good predictor of income inequality
A new paper argues that everything else being equal, the complexity of a country's exports also correlates with its degree of economic equality: The more complex a country's products, the greater equality it enjoys relative to similar-sized countries with similar-sized economies.

Big improvement to brain-computer interface
Researchers have developed an improved type of electrode that is more durable, lasts longer in the body and transmits a clearer, more robust signal than electrodes made from current state-of-the-art materials. This could allow for improved restoration of mobility after spinal cord accidents, as well as improved powered prosthetic limbs.

What's in a glass of water?
Health Tap water can be full of surprises Here are some surprising items that might show up in your H2O.

Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees
RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say investigators.

India's big cats and wild dogs get along really well
Three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict, new study in India shows.

White Water: NASA Probes Snow's Effect on Water Resources
Snow plays an important role in Earth's water cycle, and NASA has launched a new initiative to investigate snow and its relationship to readily available liquid water.

Study examines life history of imperiled rattlesnake
Researchers examine the life history of the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, revealing important local climate impacts on the snake that should be carefully weighed when developing conservation strategies. The Eastern Massasauga is a small North American rattler with a distribution centered around the Great Lakes. In 2016, the snake was listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act.

Biocompatible 3-D tracking system has potential to improve robot-assisted surgery
The cutting-edge biocompatible near-infrared 3-D tracking system used to guide the suturing in the first smart tissue autonomous robot (STAR) surgery has the potential to improve manual and robot-assisted surgery and interventions through unobstructed 3-D visibility and enhanced accuracy, according to a new study.

Trump Made a Media Survey That's More Rant Than Science
First rule of surveys: Don't ask yes or no questions.
Visit a Ghost Village at the Foot of an Angry Indonesian Volcano
It looks like the apocalypse near the 8,000-foot stratovolcano Mount Sinabung. And it kind of is.
Juno spacecraft gives up, decides to take the long way around Jupiter
Space It's permanently stuck in the wrong orbit, but at least there's a nice view The Juno spacecraft has been stuck in the wrong orbit around Jupiter for months, and today NASA announced that's where it will live out the rest of its mission.

In Massachusetts, Coastal Residents Consider How To Adapt To Climate Change
Living by the shore in the age of climate change means managing risk. In the community of Nahant, Mass., residents are trying to decide how to adapt.
Congo River fish evolution shaped by intense rapids
New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep canyons. The study reveals that fishes in this part of the river live in 'neighborhoods' that are separated from one another by the waters' turbulent flow.

Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries — small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars.

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt To Lead Environmental Protection Agency
Scott Pruitt is promising an aggressive rollback of regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR takes a look at what he's likely to target and the challenges he will face.

A quadcopter pocket drone 72 percent off? I'd buy it.
Gadgets A beginner's drone for $28. A quadcopter pocket drone 72 percent off? I'd buy it.

Watch a snake robot wriggle through a Norwegian fjord
Technology New tests put the industrial Eelume robot through its paces An industrial inspection robot with a snake-like body just completed tests at sea.

How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own
These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorschach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

Your Feeble Skills Can't Handle This Amazing Sports Car
You can't afford this car. But that's OK, because you can't handle it, either.
Just a Moment
Moment founder Marc Barros joins us to talk about what it's like to design and sell smartphone accessories.
Air Force One: 8 Fascinating Facts About the President's Plane
When the U.S. president needs to fly to another city or country, the primary mode of transportation is a huge 747 jetliner dubbed Air Force One. Here are some interesting facts about the president's plane.

Shot against cancer: Vaccination stops tumor growth in rhinoceros
Female rhinoceros often suffer from vaginal or uterus tumors, which complicate the production of offspring. For the first time, scientists succeeded in stopping the growth and regeneration of innocuous tumors via vaccination.

New, ultra-flexible probes form reliable, scar-free integration with the brain
Ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes have been designed that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when implanted. These smaller-than-a-capillary-sized probes could provide the reliable brain interface needed to control prosthetics, or follow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases.

5 Ingenious Inventions to Help Animals Survive Man-made Eco Harm
Jonathon Keats proposes a "Reciprocal Biomimicry Initiative" to help return the favor after taking so many great ideas from them.

Man Reports Sensation In Missing Fingers Using VR Controllers

Climate Change Could Have Wide-Ranging Effects on Mental Health
Climate change may have surprising and wide-ranging effects on mental health, experts say.

Personalized physical therapy brings relief for lower back pain
Impaired movement control may result in chronic lower back pain. A new study shows that the combination of manual therapy and exercise is an excellent way to combat movement control impairment in the lower back. This combination reduced the disability experienced by patients and significantly improved their functional ability. A personally tailored exercise program was more beneficial for patients

Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica's fastest-retreating glaciers
Local weather plays an important part in the retreat of the ice shelves in West Antarctica, according to new research.

Social exclusion in virtual realities has a negative social and emotional impact in 'real' life
In this age of highly realistic computer games and increasingly popular social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant, as is demonstrated by the growing number of "cyber mobbing" cases. However, up until now, very little research has been carried out into the impact of social exclusion in the digital world upon real-life social behavior, and har

Insect-Like Robots Walk Faster When They Ignore Nature
If six-legged automatons want to get ahead, they should only leave two feet on the ground.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life [Video]
Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon is the next frontier in NASA's hunt for extraterrestrials .
California Drenching: 'Off-the-Charts' Rainfall Headed for State
It could be the biggest storm in six years for Southern California.

Dakota Pipeline: What Makes a Place 'Sacred' for Native Americans?
Plans for construction of the Dakota Access pipeline pass through sacred land for the Native American tribe, Standing Rock Sioux. What makes a place or mound sacred?

This Super-Fast 3-D Printer Is Powered by Holograms
A startup called Daqri has technology that can print solid objects faster and also powers a new kind of head-up display.

Here's who asks sperm bank for donor's info
More than a third of adult offspring at a California sperm bank want the sperm donor's identity—if only to get to know more about him or "get a complete picture," new research finds. The data show that the move to open-identity sperm donation is feasible, says the study's primary author, Joanna Scheib, associate adjunct professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and research

Mistakes at U.S. Lab Force Hundreds of Zika Tests to be Repeated
Two women were incorrectly told they tested negative .
The world's largest solar farm, an overflowing dam, and other amazing images of the week
Science Newsworthy eye candy The world's largest solar farm, drone taxis, and other amazing images of the week…

The EPA has a new leader, and the outlook for science is not good
Environment Make the EPA Great Again? The current administration has floated a bill to A, while a house bill to terminate the EPA has resurfaced. But what does an America without the EPA look like? And are…

New NASA teams will make human Mars missions light and efficient
NASA just funded two new institutes to develop technology for future space missions: one to make lighter materials, one to help build with the resources on Mars itself

You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals
Mice, flies and yeast fed on food from old organisms had a shorter lifespan than animals fed on young organisms, perhaps because of faster accumulation of cellular damage

Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells
Some researchers think turtles evolved the ability to retract and then stretch their necks to snatch prey, not defend themselves in their shells.

No time to run? Tsunami pod aims to save lives—at a price
When Jeanne Johnson lived in New Orleans, she figured out how to weather hurricanes. When the family moved to Kansas City, she taught her kids to take cover from tornadoes. So when Johnson recent bought a house on Washington state's Long Beach Peninsula – about 110 miles southwest of Seattle – she set out to improve her odds of surviving a Cascadia megaquake and tsunami.

China sees 50% drop in severe weather since 1960
The frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms, and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960. The findings, published in Scientific Reports , are based on one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date. "Most of the data published on trends in severe weather has been incomplete or collected for a limited shor

NASA-sonde finder organisk materiale på kæmpeasteroide
Dawn-missionen har opdaget molekyler på Ceres i asteroidebæltet mellem Mars og Jupiter, der er nødvendige for livets opståen.

Zero tolerance policies unfairly punish black girls
Black girls are disproportionately punished in American schools — an 'overlooked crisis' that is populating the school-to-prison pipeline at rising rates, two education scholars argue in a new paper.

New life for 19th-century plants
Humans have long had a knack for concentrating heavy metals that would otherwise remain at low concentrations within the environment. These human-produced pollutants can be found going back as far as one million years ago with fires in caves during the Paleolithic Era, to industrial development in the 19th century, to increased concentrations of contaminants like cadmium and lead in the 20th centu

Avalanches: A force more deadly than polar bears
You might think that polar bears — and the potential for attack — are the biggest danger the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard. But avalanches kill far more people on Svalbard than polar bears ever have. Researchers are working on ways to improve avalanche prediction and protection in the Arctic.

In-mouse catalysis
A gold catalyst can be delivered to a target organ in a higher organism where it performs a chemical transformation visualized by bioimaging. This intriguing approach could make organometallic catalysis applicable for therapy or diagnostics.

People assume sexists are also racist and vice versa
The stigma associated with prejudice against women and people of color seems to transfer from one group to another, according to new findings. In a series of experiments, researchers found that women tended to believe that a person who espoused racist beliefs would also show sexist beliefs and behavior, while men of color believed that someone who expressed sexist attitudes was likely to show raci

90 percent of fish used for fishmeal are prime fish
From 1950 to 2010, 27 percent of commercial marine landings were diverted to uses other than direct human consumption, a new research project has found.

Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms in understanding heat transport
The precise control of electron transport in microelectronics makes complex logic circuits possible that are in daily use in smartphones and laptops.

Moths' sweet way of compensating for lack of antioxidants
Animals that feed almost solely on nectar, which doesn't produce protective antioxidants, are still able to avoid experiencing oxidative damage to their muscles through a clever adaption that involves converting carbohydrates into antioxidants, a new study reveals.

Preferential trade agreements enhance global trade at the expense of its resilience
The global commodity trade is a complex system where its network structure, which may arise from bilateral and multilateral agreements, affects its growth and resilience. At time of economic shocks, redundancy in this system is vital to the resilience of growth.

Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers
Researchers have developed a new, automated platform capable of returning in-depth analyses of MRI scans in a matter of minutes, rather than hours or days. The system has the potential to minimize patient callbacks, save millions annually, and advance precision medicine.

Study maps where US patients appear more ill than they are
In some areas of the US, medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for patients than providers do elsewhere — a fact that has generated considerable public debate. Now a new study suggests that these differences in medical practices influence how the apparent health of populations is measured across regions.

Fish affected by Deepwater Horizon spill give clues to air pollution heart disease
A study into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans' hearts, report scientists.

What the ability to 'get the gist' says about your brain
Many who have a chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) report struggling to solve problems, understand complex information and maintain friendships, despite scoring normally on cognitive tests. New research finds that a gist reasoning test, developed by clinicians and cognitive neuroscientists, is more sensitive than other traditional tests at identifying certain cognitive deficits.

How to watch SpaceX's historic launch on Saturday morning
Space Weather permitting, the Falcon 9 will take off from the pad that launched the first moon missions If weather allows, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will blast off from 39A at 10:01am Eastern on Saturday, February 18.

Moonshot pad roaring back into action with SpaceX launch
The launch pad used to send Americans to the moon and shuttle astronauts into orbit is roaring back into action.

Researchers are first to see DNA 'blink'
Many of the secrets of cancer and other diseases lie in the cell's nucleus. But getting way down to that level—to see and investigate the important genetic material housed there—requires creative thinking and extremely powerful imaging techniques.

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state
A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs.

People far from urban lights, bright screens still skimp on sleep
Screen time before bed can mess with your sleep. But people without TV and laptops skimp on sleep too, researchers say. A study of people living without electricity or artificial light in a remote farming village in Madagascar finds they get shorter, poorer sleep than people in the US or Europe. But they seem to make up for lost shuteye with a more regular sleep routine, the researchers report.

How desert ants find their way in a featureless environment
A spherical treadmill allows biologists to investigate how desert ants find their way in a featureless environment.

Mars might already be building rings from its moons
Simulations show that Mars will rip its moon Phobos into a ring in a few million years – but proto-rings may already exist

Running DNA Like a Computer Could Help You Fight Viruses One Day
Researchers have deployed DNA to detect antibodies by running a sequence of molecular instructions.
Robbed of royalty: Mutilation and social determination of female Diacamma ants
Triggered by mutilation, expression of select genes determines social castes in Diacamma ants, outlines a new report.

New research examines gun use, injury and fear in domestic violence
About 2 percent of domestic-violence incidents involve guns, according to new research. Victims of these crimes typically have fewer injuries but more fear. These findings come as part of her latest work, which looks at how frequently guns and other weapon types appear in domestic-violence incidents.

DNA computer brings 'intelligent drugs' a step closer
Researchers present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. The team developed the first DNA computer capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood and performing subsequent calculations based on this input. This is an important step towards the development of smart, 'intelligent' drugs that may allow better control of medication wi

Researchers replicate nature's ability to reflect light to develop innovative materials
An innovative new technique has been developed to mimic one of nature's greatest achievements — natural structural color.

Scarcity of resources led to violence in prehistoric central California
A longtime anthropology professor who studies violence among prehistoric people in California has published his work, outlining that there are two views related to the origins of violence and warfare in humans. One view suggests that humans in earlier times were peaceful and lived in harmony, and a second view that there has always been competition for resources, war and violence.

Why Congress Can't Seem to Fix This 30-Year-Old Law Governing Your Electronic Data
New questions about the FBI's power to access data have shifted the years-long political debate over reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Protein structure solved from smallest crystals yet
An international team of scientists used an X-ray laser to determine the structure of an insect virus's crystalline protein "cocoon."

Minor planet named Bernard
A minor planet in the Solar System will officially be known as Bernardbowen from today after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body.

Doctors prescribe more antibiotics when expectations are high, study says
Experimental evidence confirms what surveys have long suggested: Physicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics when they believe there is a high expectation of it from their patients, even if they think the probability of bacterial infection is low and antibiotics would not be effective, according to a study.

Antarctic sea ice is very low – but don't jump to conclusions
Drawing premature conclusions about global warming's role in Antarctic sea ice loss is unjustified whether positive or negative. The evidence must speak for itself

Secret Behind Rorschach Test: Why We See Images in Inkblots
Whether you see a butterfly, dancing elephants or blood stains when peering at the Rorschach inkblots, your answers can divulge some of the darkest, or just hidden, corners of your mind. Now researchers know why so many images are elicited by inkblots.

The Chinese Air Force is about to get a swarm of fighter jets for training pilots
From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal China is investing in the supporting elements of modern air power. The JL-10 (also the Hongdu L-15) is becoming China's top option for preparing pilots for flying stealth fighters.

Restore your deleted Spotify playlists
DIY How to save your favorite songs, even from yourself If you've accidentally scrubbed some of your favorite playlists from Spotify, don't panic: There are ways of getting them back intact.

No headaches: VR headsets that adjust to your eyes
Engineers are developing virtual reality headsets that can adapt how they display images to account for factors like eyesight and age that affect how we actually see. Current VR headsets can't account for differences in vision, which can cause headaches and nausea. "Every person needs a different optical mode to get the best possible experience in VR." "Every person needs a different optical mode

Oroville Dam Reached Capacity Faster Than Previous 16 Years
The Oroville dam is the tallest in the country and has a capacity of 3,537,577 acre feet. It went over capacity last week causing massive evacuations and bringing attention to its damaged spillways.
No, the wooly mammoth won't actually be resurrected by 2019
Animals Contrary to many reports If you had dreams of riding a wooly mammoth in 2019 after reading headlines this week that said; 'Wooly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years' , you might…

Planet Formation out of Black Hole Belches
New studies suggest lonely planets flying through intergalactic space were formed by star-destroying supermassive black holes.
Drones Are Turning Civilians Into an Air Force of Citizen Scientists
Citizen drone scientists need some basic training on study design.
Congo river fish evolution shaped by intense rapids
New DNA-based research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep canyons. The study, led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, the City University of New York, and Fordham University, reveals that fishes in this part of the river live in "nei

Ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones invented
An ultrafast high-contrast camera has been developed that could help self-driving cars and drones see better in extreme road conditions and in bad weather. Unlike typical optical cameras, which can be blinded by bright light and unable to make out details in the dark, this new smart camera can record the slightest movements and objects in real time.

Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with VR
Traditional movies were the popular art form of the 20th century. Is virtual reality what comes next?

Researchers develop controlled delivery of particles via fluid flow
Capitalizing on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and Penn State University's Department of Chemistry have developed a novel method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reactions to drive fluid flow within microfluidic devices. Their research, "Harnessing catalytic pumps for directiona

Low-cost mobile carrier CEO finds his calling
The gig: David Glickman, 51, is co-founder and chief executive of Ultra Mobile, a prepaid mobile carrier that provides low-cost, no-contract SIM cards with a focus on immigrants living in the U.S. The company, headquartered outside Los Angeles, leases wireless telephone and data infrastructure from T-Mobile.

Designing new materials from 'small' data
Finding new functional materials is always tricky. But searching for very specific properties among a relatively small family of known materials is even more difficult.

Students in Ohio's online charter schools perform worse than peers in traditional schools
Despite dramatic growth in enrollment in online charter schools in Ohio, students are not achieving the same academic success as those in brick-and-mortar charter and public schools, finds a study.

HIV hijacks common cells to spread infection
Scientists have discovered that a common type of cell within the human reproductive and intestinal tracts assists HIV in infecting immune cells. Understanding how these cells aid HIV could lead to new methods that prevent HIV transmission.

Rainbow dyes add greater precision to fight against 'superbugs'
A study reveals the operation of the biochemical clockwork that drives cellular division in bacteria in extreme detail. It is s an important step forward in research on bacterial growth and could inform efforts to develop drugs that combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Method developed by biomedical scientists could help in treatment of several diseases
Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) is a processing pathway in cells that, like a broom, cleans up erroneous RNA. Biomedical scientists report that they have come up with a method in the lab that detects NMD efficiency inside the cell.

International students' concept of 'home' shapes post-graduation plans
How international university students think about home significantly influences their migration plans upon graduation, according to a new study.

Congress May Shift Climate Research Away from NASA
NASA's work on climate change would go to another agency, with or without funding, or possibly get cut .
Six-legged robots faster than nature-inspired gait
Researchers have discovered a faster and more efficient gait, never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground. Bio-inspired gaits — less efficient for robots — are used by real insects since they have adhesive pads to walk in three dimensions. The results provide novel approaches for roboticists and new information to biologists.

Researchers design facial recognition system as less invasive way to track lemurs in wild
A team of researchers has developed a new computer-assisted recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild by their facial characteristics and ultimately help to build a database for long-term research on lemur species.

Moths found to produce their own antioxidants from carbohydrates
(—A team of researchers with members from the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University has discovered how a species of moth is able to repair oxidative muscle damage without consuming antioxidants. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their study of the hawkmoth and how they discovered an adaption that allowed it to remain free of muscle damage.

Don't fear superintelligent AI | Grady Booch
New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence

Pennsylvania correlates natural gas fracking with quakes
Pennsylvania environmental regulators have found a likely correlation between a natural gas company's fracking operation and a series of tiny earthquakes in western Pennsylvania last year.

Climate-driven permafrost thaw
In bitter cold regions like northwestern Canada, permafrost has preserved relict ground-ice and vast glacial sedimentary stores in a quasi-stable state. These landscapes therefore retain a high potential for climate-driven transformation.

Cravin' a Shavin'? We Review 4 Electric Razors for Men
They'll take some hair OFF your chest! The post Cravin' a Shavin'? We Review 4 Electric Razors for Men appeared first on WIRED .

When your phone gets glitchy, blame cosmic rays
Alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphone, computer, and other personal electronic devices. When your computer crashes and you get the dreaded blue screen or your smartphone freezes and you have to go through the time-consuming process of a reset, most likely you blame Microsoft or Apple or Samsung. In many cases, though, these operati

DRI unmanned cloud-seeding realizes beyond visual line of sight
Nevada's unmanned cloud-seeding research team has realized another fundamental capability in their effort toward enhancing snowfall in mountainous regions of the West.

Hubble spotlights a celestial sidekick
This image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), a highly efficient wide-field camera covering the optical and near-infrared parts of the spectrum. While this lovely image contains hundreds of distant stars and galaxies, one vital thing is missing—the object Hubble was actually studying at the time!

One-of-a-kind? Or not. USU evolutionary biologist studies formation of new species
At what point on the journey along the branches of the evolutionary tree does a population become its own, unique species? And is a species still distinct, if it mates with a different, but closely related species? Evolutionary biologist Zach Gompert of Utah State University explores these questions and more, using plant-eating stick insects of the Timema genus as a research model.

Better explaining the world around us
A new University of Queensland-led study could help scientists more accurately predict and explain patterns of diversity in nature.

Who benefits from praise? Researcher publishes study on how recognition affects motivation
Verbal recognition of performance works, but perhaps in a somewhat unexpected way: Recognition motivates individuals who were not praised rather than those in the limelight. This is the message of a recent study done by Nick Zubanov, a professor of business economics at the University of Konstanz, and Nicky Hoogveld from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, which is forthcoming in the Journal o

Biocompatible 3-D tracking system has potential to improve robot-assisted surgery
The cutting-edge biocompatible near-infrared 3D tracking system used to guide the suturing in the first smart tissue autonomous robot (STAR) surgery has the potential to improve manual and robot-assisted surgery and interventions through unobstructed 3D visibility and enhanced accuracy, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. The study

Kunstig intelligens på Facebook skal spotte terror-propaganda
Ifølge Mark Zuckerberg skal algoritmer være med til at bedømme indholdet på det sociale medie.

Mark Zuckerberg Has Laid Out His Vision of a World United by Facebook
Zuck plans to use his powerful social network to make the world a better place—but the details are a bit sketchy.

Nasa opretter to tværfaglige rumteknologiske forskningsinstitutter
MIT, Stanford og Berkeley er blandt rækken af universiteter, der skal sikre banebrydende teknologier, der bringer USA's fremtidige bemandede rumskibe langt ud i rummet.

Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works
The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book "The Beautiful Brain."

Havisen ved Antarktis skrumper til rekordlavt niveau
Efter i årevis at have modstået en global hedetur er havisen ved Sydpolen begyndt at give efter.

Rumsonde finder organiske molekyler på dværgplaneten Ceres
Dawn-sondens fund af alfatiske forbindelser på Ceres rejser spørgsmålet om, hvorvidt liv på Jorden er opstået af sig selv.

Math Camp Inequalities: A Widening Racial Divide in a Universal Language
A free math camp for middle-school students from New York's poorest neighborhoods was an effort to increase the number of blacks and Latinos with advanced math degrees.

Make Netflix and Chill Last by Picking the Right Show
Valentine's Day is behind you—now turn up the romance by turning up the TV.
So, Barbie's a Hologram Now. Oh, and She Responds to Your Voice
Mattel's Hello Barbie Hologram brings 3-D animation to the voice-assistant space, providing a next-gen IoT solution for your enterprise.
How do we regulate advanced technologies along social or ethical lines?
How do we regulate advanced technologies along social or ethical lines? ASU expert says powerful new technologies are stretching the boundaries of science and science policy.

Skywire: Treacherous Steamcubes
You continue along your journey only to find that air travel has been shut down due to some inclement weather — and some particularly polluted practices of the city you are currently passing through — Smogtown it's incidentally called. How frustrating! If only there was some kind of Environmental Protection Agency to regulate this kind of health curdling pollution! Visibility is near null and tra

The Public Should Have a Say in Allowing Modification of Our Germline Genetic Code
A new report from the National Academies fails to include this crucial recommendation .
Antallet af trafikdræbte stiger i USA
Bedre økonomi, alkoholindtag, hastighed og manglende brug af sikkerhedssele får skylden for stigningen i antallet af trafikdræbte i USA.

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a new paper. The study looks at the evolutionary changes that are being caused by the way roads slice and dice our planet.

Shoebox-sized satellites bring African crops into focus
Researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-resolution photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites. The approach could help estimate agricultural productivity and test intervention strategies in poor regions of the world where data are currently extremely scarce. "…You're covering most of the world at very high resolution and at very low cost. That's

Research sheds light on mechanisms underlying aging
Scientists have known for decades that drastically restricting certain nutrients without causing malnutrition prolongs health and lifespan in a wide range of species, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect have remained a mystery. Now new research sheds light on an important genetic pathway underlying this effect, raising the possibility that therapies can be developed to prolong heal

Radial acceleration relation found in all common types of galaxies
The distribution of normal matter precisely determines gravitational acceleration in all common types of galaxies, a team of researchers reports. This provides further support that the relation is tantamount to a new natural law, the researchers say.

Polish activists complain to EU about toxic smog
Polish environmental groups on Friday filed a complaint with the European Union against national and local authorities for failing to fight lethal levels of smog.

London to tax old cars to combat air pollution
Motorists in London who own old polluting vehicles are to be hit with a new charge from October, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday, two days after the EU ordered Britain to cut air pollution.

Spider web of cancer proteins reveals new drug possibilities
Scientists have mapped a vast spider web of interactions between proteins in lung cancer cells, as part of an effort to reach what was considered 'undruggable.' This approach revealed new ways to target cells carrying mutations in cancer-causing genes.

Mothers and infants connect through song
New research provides insight into the importance of song for infants and mothers. The work explored the role of infant-directed singing in relation to intricate bond between mother and infant.

Medical mystery: How smoking spared a man from anemia
Scientists discovered that a hemoglobin mutation was causing mild anemia in a young woman in Germany. But why did her father, who has the same mutation, not have anemia, too? The woman, who was in her 20s when diagnosed, and her father share a mutation in the gene that encodes hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for taking up and delivering oxygen to cells around the body. The

3-D Printing Modification Yields Adorable Micro-Tools
A new method of 3-D printing draws inspiration from the semiconductor industry .
Blue light allows for making carbon-nitrogen bonds without 'energetically unfavorable' reactions
(—A team of researchers at Princeton University and a Bristol-Myers Squibb associate have developed a means for creating reactive ammonium radical cations using flashes of blue light. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their new technique and the ways they believe it could be used to create substituted amines.

Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics
You may not realize it but alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphones, computers and other personal electronic devices.

Researchers discover method to replicate nature's ability to reflect light to develop innovative materials
Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed an innovative new technique to mimic one of nature's greatest achievements – natural structural colour.

Ancient cave reveals Syria may suffer further from severe droughts
A stalagmite collected from a remote cave in the Middle East has revealed climate models may be underestimating the severity of droughts likely to hit the region in future years.

What happens to gene transcription during DNA damage?
It's well known that when the DNA in a cell is damaged, the cell responds by activating specific genes that help defend the integrity of its genome. But less well studied is the fact that the cell actually shuts down the vast majority of its other genes.

Observing wildfire smoke plumes from space
Recent wildfires in Chile had a devastating impact on the country, its people and the environment.

Mutilation and social determination of female Diacamma ants
Social insects, such as ants, bees and wasps, display an organizational complexity, called eusociality, where individual members of a colony act more like parts of a whole rather than independent organisms. In their colonies, each individual performs specific tasks based on which caste they belong to: either the reproductive caste or the worker caste. In many species, the reproductive role is dete

A novel socio-ecological approach to identifying suitable wolf habitats in human-dominated landscapes
About one third of the Swiss landscape offers suitable wolf habitat. Nonetheless, there is only a small fraction thereof where the wolf is tolerated by local communities. Those regions – characterized by both favourable environmental conditions and a positive attitude towards the wolf – are identified as candidate regions for the successful short to medium-term wolf expansion, according to a study

Can I Learn to Think More Rationally?
Daniel Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and author of Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do, responds .
Nu skal der styr på batterianlæggene
Små og store batterianlæg pibler frem, og forventningen er, at der kommer flere og flere. Nu sender forslag ud til en såkaldt teknisk forskrift for tilslutning til det kollektive elnet.

Study shows China's severe weather patterns changing drastically since 1960
In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.

Plastic 'nurdles' found littering UK beaches
Billions of tiny plastic lentil-sized pellets can be spotted on UK shores – but how do 'nurdles' get there?

Paleolithic Pebbles Used in Death Rituals Uncovered
A 12,000-year-old site reveals signs that prehistoric people used stones and ochre to paint the bodies of the dead, and then smashed the stones to "kill" them.

New guidance on hand-rearing decisions for endangered penguin chicks
The first model of its kind which provides guidance on the survival likelihood of abandoned penguin chicks admitted to rehabilitation has been developed by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter, Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and Bristol Zoological Society.

One bot to rule them all? Not likely, with Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft virtual assistants
It's no wonder titans of tech are locked in an epic battle of the bots, racing furiously to produce the best virtual assistant.

Ocean mapping XPRIZE cuts teams to 21
The international competition to drive innovation in seafloor mapping announces the teams that will take part in its semi-final stage.

Vanskeligt at rydde olie efter skibsforlis ved Fyn
Efter skibsforliset: Forureningen på øen Endelave er langt sværere at håndtere end først forventet. Problemet er grus og sten.

NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes
NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system.

Tina Fey Nailed It: Hollywood Has a Serious Ageism Problem
There really are only good roles in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.
Machine Learning Invades the Real World on Internet Balloons
Project Loon's balloons learned to read the weather better than humans ever could on their own.
If Trump Sends NASA to the Moon, Congress Might Be Into It
The president seems to want to target a human spaceflight program away from Mars and back toward the moon.
The mix of products that countries export is a good predictor of income distribution, study finds
In a series of papers over the past 10 years, MIT Professor César Hidalgo and his collaborators have argued that the complexity of a country's exports—not just their diversity but the expertise and technological infrastructure required to produce them—is a better predictor of future economic growth than factors economists have historically focused on, such as capital and education.

Reforestation in urban landscapes
Decades after abandonment as a residential and industrial dump, the Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, New York, is not regenerating itself with canopy trees native to Western New York. Research reported in "Canopy trees in an urban landscape–viable forests or long-lived gardens?" appeared in the journal Urban Ecosystems.

Border patrol can search your cell phone whenever they feel like it
Technology Securing our digital lives might require offline solutions Digital devices—cellphones, laptops, and tablets—carry an incredible amount of our personal information. US Customs and Border Patrol is leveraging existing laws to…

World's Rarest Boa Snake Seen for 1st Time in 64 Years
A tree-dwelling Cropan's boa snake recently captured in Brazil is the first living specimen seen in 64 years.

Minor planet named Bernard
A minor planet in the solar system will officially be known as Bernardbowen from today after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body.

Mathematical models predict how we wait in line, traffic
As New Jersey drivers approach the George Washington Bridge to enter New York City, a digital sign flashes overhead with estimates of the delays on the upper and lower levels of the bridge. Most drivers choose the level with the shortest predicted wait. But a few savvy drivers choose the other level, expecting that the digital signs are lagging and that conditions will change by the time they arri

Readers Respond to "The Caregiver's Dilemma"
Researcher reports strategies to help policymakers break through partisan gridlock
Shakespeare's Juliet famously asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." She argued that Romeo's surname, Montague – that of her family's rival house – was a mere title with no real bearing on his "dear perfection" to her.

What are the ethics of creating new life in a simulated universe?
Science The morality of intelligence in laboratory-made worlds. In this book, Merali explores the possibilities of creating an infant universe in a laboratory.

Antarctic sea ice extent lowest on record
This year the extent of summer sea ice in the Antarctic is the lowest on record. The Antarctic sea ice minimum marks the day – typically towards end of February – when sea ice reaches its smallest extent at the end of the summer melt season, before expanding again as the winter sets in.

Molecular phenomenon discovered by advanced NMR facility
Cutting edge technology has shown a molecule self-assembling into different forms when passing between solution state to solid state, and back again – a curious phenomenon in science – says research by the University of Warwick.

Melting polar ice, rising sea levels not only climate change dangers
Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, but proof of its impact is sometimes found in unlikely places.

Engineers design a bulletproof origami shield to protect law enforcement
BYU engineering professors have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire.

What Traits Should Every Supreme Court Justice Have?
Politics aside, based on the 112 justices who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court thus far, what qualities should the ideal justice have?

Net neutrality should be Silicon Valley's next fight
Silicon Valley is rightly focused on President Donald Trump's immigration order. But it should be gearing up for another fight that's vital to both tech companies and their customers.

Kræftplan IV er klar
16 konkrete initiativer fra Kræftplan IV sættes nu i gang

Sverige vil revidere logningslov: Den er i klar strid med EU-dom
En udredning vil være klar til oktober, oplyser den svenske stat.
Global nedkøling: Vandpumper i Arktis eller førerløse skibe med kunstige skyer?
I anledning af weekenden trækker 'Ministeriet for alternative globale nedkølingsideer' en ældre geo-engineering-teknologi frem fra arkivet.

Breakthrough in understanding heat transport with a chain of gold atoms
The precise control of electron transport in microelectronics makes complex logic circuits possible that are in daily use in smartphones and laptops. Heat transport is of similar fundamental importance and its control is for instance necessary to efficiently cool the ever smaller chips. An international team including theoretical physicists from Konstanz, Junior Professor Fabian Pauly and Professo

Organ-targeted metal-complex catalysis within living biological systems
Address and deliver: A gold catalyst can be delivered to a target organ in a higher organism where it performs a chemical transformation visualized by bioimaging. This intriguing approach has been introduced by a Japanese team of scientists in the journal Angewandte Chemie. It could make organometallic catalysis applicable for therapy or diagnostics.

Father's diet impacts on son's ability to reproduce, study finds
New research involving Monash University biologists has debunked the view that males just pass on genetic material and not much else to their offspring. Instead, it found a father's diet can affect their son's ability to out-compete a rival's sperm after mating.

Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 warn of dangerous Antarctic ice crack
Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.

Vizio's caught monitoring TV owners' viewing habits, selling info
Vizio was the first television maker to get caught and punished with a $2.2 million fine by the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, for monitoring the viewing habits of its Smart TV set owners and selling the data to advertisers.

How NASA's Cassini Saturn mission found a new target in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth
On Feb. 17, 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was making the first-ever close pass over Saturn's moon Enceladus as it worked through its detailed survey of the planet's icy satellites. Exciting, to be sure, just for the thrill of exploration. But then Cassini's magnetometer instrument noticed something odd.

Transportminister imponeret over Ingeniørens læsere
Da Transportministeren ikke kendte løsningen på snydesoft- og hardware i lastbiler, bad Ingeniøren læserne om løsningsforslag. Ministeren er imponeret.

Ant odd couple work together to build and keep a healthy nest
A 15-millimetre-long species of ant happily shares its home with a distantly related species that is one-sixth its size

System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems.

Anbefalinger til det nære sundhedsvæsen udsat til juni
Sundhedsministeren giver udvalget for det nære og sammenhængende sundhedsvæsen ekstra arbejdstid til at komme med deres anbefalinger til at styrke sammenhængen på tværs af sundhedsvæsenet.

Tysk transportminister kalder en halv million biler på værksted
500.000 europæiske dieselbiler skal gøres mere miljøvenlige ved at ændre på det temperaturområde, hvor NOx-filtret virker.

NIST quest for climate-friendly refrigerants finds complicated choices
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have just completed a multiyear study to identify the "best" candidates for future use as air conditioning refrigerants that will have the lowest impact on the climate.

Local weather impacts melting of one of Antarctica's fastest-retreating glaciers
Local weather plays an important part in the retreat of the ice shelves in West Antarctica, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications.

Six-legged robots faster than nature-inspired gait
When vertebrates run, their legs exhibit minimal contact with the ground. But insects are different. These six-legged creatures run fastest using a three-legged, or "tripod" gait where they have three legs on the ground at all times – two on one side of their body and one on the other. The tripod gait has long inspired engineers who design six-legged robots, but is it necessarily the fastest and m

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics.

Tynd tråd giver store problemer for europæisk observatorium for gravitationsbølger
På mandag indvies det europæiske gravitationsbølgeobservatorium Virgo i Italien efter en større opgradering, men problemer med en 0,4 millimeter tynd tråd betyder, at observatoriet ikke i første omgang opnår sin forventede følsomhed.

Hop på en dronetaxa i Dubai
Til juli kan turister tage en dronetaxa rundt i Dubai. Dronen kan flyve op til 100 km/t i 30 minutter, før den skal lades op.

Samsung family succession hits snag with chief's arrest
South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country's richest family and de-facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation.

Nicaragua focuses on climate-change resistant coffee
With climate change threatening crops in many parts of the world, Nicaragua is turning to a robust variety of coffee bean to protect one of its key exports.

Spinal Manipulation for Back and Neck Pain: Does It Work? Annotated.
Spinal Manipulation for Back and Neck Pain: Does It Work? You would think it does if you read the article but not if you actually read the literature.

Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected
Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup.

China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak
China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people.

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics.

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs
Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

Call for brain donors
Scientists are calling for more people to donate their brains to research to help find cures for mental and psychological disorders.

GPS'er på vej i alle taxier: »Endnu et skridt mod omfattende overvågning« En GPS skal i fremtiden overvåge taxier og dermed deres kunders færden, og informationerne skal være til rådighed for myndighederne. Det fremgår af den politiske aftale, som netop er vedtaget.
Leder: Røde borgmestre må tage egen medicin

Vi er mange, der undrer os sammen med Michael Krogsgaard
Åbent brev til professor Ewa M. Roos, SDU: Dine fund ligner på ingen måde den kliniske hverdag, og vi bliver nærmest kriminaliseret, når vi sætter spørgsmålstegn ved dine metoder og resultater.

Et simpelt forslag ved stuegang
Problemet med manglende privatsfære ved stuegang på flersengsstuer er ældgammelt. Når nu alt andet er umuligt, kunne man i det mindste forsyne patienterne i nabosengene med … hovedtelefoner.

Garvet karkirurg siger op på grund af Sundheds­platformen
En garvet karkirurg fra Rigshospitalet er så ked af at arbejde med Sundhedsplatformen, at han har valgt at opsige sin stilling, længe før han havde planlagt at skulle gå på pension. IT-systemet stjæler al den tid, han ellers ville have brugt på at oplære hospitalets næste generation af dygtige karkirurger.

Eksplosion i udgifter til kræftbehandling er udeblevet
Stigende udgifter til kræftmedicin modsvares af organisatoriske ændringer, som samlet set har holdt de direkte udgifter til kræftbehandling i de europæiske lande på et konstant niveau i mange år, viser svensk sundhedsøkonomisk rapport.

Lad os dø i fred
Hvorfor kan vi ikke slippe for behandling og indlæggelse på sygehus i de sidste uger af livet uden kamp, spørger Else Smith.

Meltdown of Toshiba's Nuclear Business Dooms New Construction in the U.S.
The collapse of the Tokyo company's nuclear development arm puts a likely end to new U.S. plants.

Brystkirurger på Riget: »Sundhedsplatformen stjæler vores tid til patienterne«
På HovedOrtoCentret ved Rigshospitalet er man fortsat nødt til at blokere for tre daglige patienttider for at kunne være sikker på at have tid nok til at opdatere journaler i Sundhedsplatformen

Vedkommer dette almuen?
Det er ikke nogen hemmelighed, at læger rekrutteres fra bestemte samfundslag. Den anekdotiske artikel om familien Pless burde være rammet ind af samfundsmæssig og sociologisk viden.

Facts About Groundhogs
Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, are large rodents known traditionally as weather forecasters.

Scientists appeal for more people to donate their brains
They say they are lacking the brains of people with disorders such as depression and PTSD.

How You Saw Trump's Press Conference Depends on How You Watched
Your filter bubble determined whether you thought Trump's words were presidential or unhinged.
UK scientists seek closer relationship with US after Brexit
Research institutions want to make it easier for scientists to collaborate and share facilities.

Alpha Wavelet Power as a Biomarker of Antidepressant Treatment Response in Bipolar Depression
There is mounting evidence of a link between the properties of electroencephalograms (EEGs) of depressive patients and the outcome of pharmacotherapy. The goal of this study was to develop an EEG biomarker of antidepressant treatment response which would require only a single EEG measurement. We recorded resting, 21-channel EEG in 17 inpatients suffering from bipolar depression in eyes closed and

Normative theory of visual receptive fields
This article gives an overview of a normative computational theory of visual receptive fields, by which idealized functional models of early spatial, spatio-chromatic and spatio-temporal receptive fields can be derived in an axiomatic way based on structural properties of the environment in combination with assumptions about the internal structure of a vision system to guarantee consistent handlin

The True "Bottom" of the Food Chain Is Plenty Polluted
Critters living more than six miles below the ocean surface contain high levels of harmful compounds like PCBs and flame retardants. Julia Rosen reports.
E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance
Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are calling their senators to try to defeat Scott Pruitt's confirmation to run the agency.

Can facial recognition systems help save lemurs?
Facial recognition is a biometric system that identifies or verifies a person from a digital image. It's used to find criminals, identify passport and driver's license fraud, and catch shoplifters. But can it be used to identify endangered lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar?

Climate Change Is Transforming the World's Food Supply
The biological and physical changes happening on Earth due to climate change will transform food production, researchers say.

3D-Printed 'Laugh' Is 1st Major Artwork to Be Made in Space
On Friday (Feb. 10), a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station created a sculpture that represents human laughter — the first significant piece of art ever to be produced off Earth, project representatives said.

Android Phone Hacks Could Unlock Millions of Cars
Kaspersky security researchers find missing security safeguards in nine different connected car apps.
Solar Occultations To Be Used For Ozone Layer Check-Up | Video
The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (Sage-III), which is will be launched to the International Space Station on SpaceX-10 cargo mission, will use solar and lunar occultations to "get a vertical profile of the (ozone layer) gases."

A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt
In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.
Surprise, surprise. AT&T trumpets its own new unlimited plan
AT&T says any cellphone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday. That option had been limited to customers of AT&T-owned DirecTV.

Warning on Flu: It's Not Going Away Just Yet, CDC Says
U.S. health officials expect flu activity to remain elevated for at least a few more weeks, according to a new report.

Not Even Street Closures Can Make San Francisco Traffic Any Worse
If you want to make a terrible thing much worse, you're gonna need a bigger slab of concrete.
Classy-as-Hell Dentist Offices We Wouldn't Actually Dread Visiting
Clinical environments are out. Warm, Scandinavian spaces are in.
Mark Zuckerberg's Answer to a World Divided by Facebook Is More Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg believes his platform brings people together, despite the evidence that in connecting the world, Facebook may be helping to tear it apart.
Winston Churchill Believed We Weren't Alone in the Universe, Newly Found Essay Reveals
Churchill displays a surprising amount of knowledge on a question that we are still wrestling with.

Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create (Update)
Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything—baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence.

Innovation in brain imaging
Writers and scientists throughout history have searched for an apt technological analogy for the human brain, often comparing it to a computer. For Pulkit Grover, Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, this analogy couldn't be more fitting. Although Grover and his research team spend much of their time exp

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?
For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind.

Who's Brave Enough to Be a Test Pilot for Flying Cars?
They're still years off, but airborne automobiles are inching toward reality—and the companies building them are looking for pilots.

Lipid transport by TMEM24 at ER–plasma membrane contacts regulates pulsatile insulin secretion
Insulin is released by β cells in pulses regulated by calcium and phosphoinositide signaling. Here, we describe how transmembrane protein 24 (TMEM24) helps coordinate these signaling events. We showed that TMEM24 is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)–anchored membrane protein whose reversible localization to ER-plasma membrane (PM) contacts is governed by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation in respon

[Editorial] Data in public health
In 1854, physician John Snow helped curtail a cholera outbreak in a London neighborhood by mapping cases and identifying a central public water pump as the potential source. This event is considered by many to represent the founding of modern epidemiology. Data and analysis play an increasingly important role in public health today. This can be illustrated by examining the rise in the prevalence o

[In Brief] News at a glance
In science news around the world, NASA selects three finalist landing sites for its next Mars rover, several animal welfare organizations sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the removal of thousands of documents from its website, a U.K. cancer charity announces up to £71 million in awards to four research teams tackling daunting problems in cancer research, Boston University neuroscientist

[In Depth] European gravitational wave detector falters
On 20 February, dignitaries will descend on Virgo, Europe's premier gravitational wave detector near Pisa, Italy, for a dedication ceremony to celebrate a 5-year, €24 million upgrade. But the pomp will belie nagging problems that are likely to keep Virgo from joining its U.S. counterpart, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), in a hunt for gravitational wave sources that

[In Depth] Demise of stream rule won't revitalize coal industry
Environmentalists were outraged earlier this month after the Republican-led Congress used an obscure law to erase a new regulation aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused by coal mining. The votes to undo the so-called stream protection rule, released last month on President Barack Obama's last day in office, were "a disgraceful opening salvo from this Congress, as they begin to try and

[In Depth] Congress sharpens its regulatory ax
Other rules that Congress could cancel using the Congressional Review Act include the following. Methane leaks: The House of Representatives has voted to undo a rule aimed at cutting leaks and burning of methane, a potent global warming gas, from drilling operations on public lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Land use planning: The House has also voted to repeal a BLM land

[In Depth] A yellow light for embryo editing
Editing the DNA of a human embryo could be ethically allowable in limited circumstances, says a report released this week by a committee convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Such experiments "might be permitted, but only following much more research" on risks and benefits, and "only for compelling reasons and under strict oversi

[In Depth] Drop in foreign applicants worries engineering schools
Amid the uncertainty over U.S. immigration policy, one fact is sending a chill through U.S. higher education: Some U.S. graduate programs in engineering, Science has learned, are seeing a sharp drop this year in the number of applications from international students. University administrators worry that the declines, as much as 30% from 2016 levels in some programs, reflect heightened fears among

[In Depth] Easier cure for resistant TB
A new treatment strategy has had astonishing success against extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), which kills more than 70% of patients. XDR and other drug-resistant forms of TB are burgeoning among people with HIV, and current treatments are so prolonged and toxic that many patients fail to adhere to them. But a small study now shows that a simpler, safer regimen can cure the disease

[In Depth] Parasitic worm may trigger mystery nodding syndrome
Between 1990 and 2013, thousands of children in war-torn South Sudan and northern Uganda suddenly developed a severe and puzzling form of epilepsy. When exposed to food or cold temperatures, affected children nodded their heads uncontrollably. Over time the seizures often worsened, leaving the children severely disabled. Many died of malnutrition, accidents, or secondary infections. The outbreak t

[In Depth] Failed spinal cord trial offers cautionary tale
Eight months after cell therapy company StemCells Inc. announced the failure of its closely watched clinical trial for spinal cord injury, some of the company's longtime academic collaborators have come forward with disheartening animal data—and an admonition for future trials. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found no benefit to the company's human neural stem cell product, de

Sweet relief for pollinators
During the first half of Earth's history, oxygen supplies were scant. Photosynthesis probably evolved soon after the appearance of life, but it was not until 2.4 to 2.1 billion years ago that photosynthetic organisms invented the ability to use water as an electron donor and began to produce molecular oxygen (O2) as a waste product. The production of O2 and its accumulation in the atmosphere facil

Relief for retinal neurons under pressure
Advancing age predisposes us to a number of neurodegenerative diseases, yet the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. With some 70 million individuals affected, glaucoma is the world's leading cause of irreversible blindness. Glaucoma is characterized by the selective loss of retinal ganglion cells that convey visual messages from the photoreceptive retina to the brain. Age is a major risk

Illuminating amination
Amines, molecules containing carbon-nitrogen (C–N) bonds, are among the most common and biologically important molecules in organic chemistry; 84% of small-molecule pharmaceuticals contain at least one C–N bond (1). Hydroamination, the direct addition of an N–H bond across a carbon-carbon double or triple bond, represents an ideal approach for the synthesis of amines (2). Despite extensive researc

Dwarf planet Ceres and the ingredients of life
A fundamental question in the evolution of the early Earth is the origin of the oceans and of some of the organic molecules that were required for the formation of life. Earth formed in the protoplanetary disk, a mixture of gas and dust. At the location of Earth, temperatures were too high for water vapor and some more volatile organic components to condense. This led to the idea that those materi

Fibroblasts become fat to reduce scarring
Following cutaneous injury in adult mammals, one of two outcomes can occur: successful healing with scar formation or nonsuccessful healing and a chronic wound. In humans, scar formation can be classified in terms of "normal scar" formation versus pathologically increased fibrosis, as seen in hypertrophic scarring and keloids (1). Although scarring does not look or function like surrounding unwoun

Oliver Smithies (1925–2017)
Oliver Smithies passed away on 10 January 2017, at the age of 91, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. On that day, the world lost a legendary scientist, and I lost a colleague, collaborator, and friend. Smithies began his career as a physical biochemist and transitioned into genetics, earning a share of a Nobel Prize for his work in 2007. His interests and talents were wide ranging. In addition to his

[Book Review] The tie that binds
We often need different scientific fields to work together to make sense of the world. But for multidisciplinary approaches to work, a common ground first needs to exist between fields. Historian Peter Watson's new book, Convergence, sheds light on what can be gained when research areas come together, chronicling a series of major scientific milestones that span the past two centuries. Author: Jos

[Book Review] Building the future
Engineering has an image problem. The phrase "engineering disaster" rolls off the tongue, while great technical achievements are more often heralded as "scientific miracles." Enter Dream Big. Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers with support from Bechtel Corporation, the film sets out to reframe engineering as a force for good and a profession in service to people and the planet. A

U.S. immigration ban undermines scientists
Author: Mohamed Hassan

Maternal antibodies' role in immunity
Author: Hilmar Lemke

Maternal antibodies' role in immunity—Response
Authors: Katelyn M. Gostic, Monique Ambrose, Michael Worobey, James O. Lloyd-Smith

Organic compounds detected on Ceres
Author: Keith T. Smith

Hypoxic conditioning of immune cells
Author: Angela Colmone

Coordinating cell wall synthesis and cell division
Author: Stella M. Hurtley

Stamping hydrogen into metal
Author: Brent Grocholski

Sugar rush
Author: Sacha Vignieri

When is a mutation a true genetic variant?
Author: Laura M. Zahn

Vitamin B3 protects mice from glaucoma
Author: Priscilla Kelly

Touchdown for gut pathogen virulence
Author: Caroline Ash

Peak HIV viremia pushes CD8+ T cells
Author: Lindsey Pujanandez

Understanding insulin release
Author: Stella M. Hurtley

Host-pathogen point-counterpoint
Author: Pamela J. Hines

Hydroamination gets a light push uphill
Author: Jake Yeston

Hair follicles: Secret to prevent scars?
Author: Beverly A. Purnell

Passivating traps in perovskites
Author: Phil Szuromi

Being selective in fighting infection
Author: Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink

An encephalitis-boosting microRNA
Author: John F. Foley

Missing meadows fail to mop up microbes
Author: Caroline Ash

[[@ the code underlying snowslides]]
Author: Brent Grocholski

[[@ curiosity versus polarization]]
Author: Barbara R. Jasny

[[@ the effects of APOE]]
Author: Stella M. Hurtley

[[@ channeled by developmental affordances]]
Author: Pamela J. Hines

[[@ detection of diamond defects]]
Author: Ian S. Osborne

[[@ the remaining synapses]]
Author: Peter Stern

[[@ less structured way to better hydrogels]]
Author: Marc S. Lavine

A paralogous decoy protects Phytophthora sojae apoplastic effector PsXEG1 from a host inhibitor
The extracellular space (apoplast) of plant tissue represents a critical battleground between plants and attacking microbes. Here we show that a pathogen-secreted apoplastic xyloglucan-specific endoglucanase, PsXEG1, is a focus of this struggle in the Phytophthora sojae–soybean interaction. We show that soybean produces an apoplastic glucanase inhibitor protein, GmGIP1, that binds to PsXEG1 to blo

Observation of the Wigner-Huntington transition to metallic hydrogen
Producing metallic hydrogen has been a great challenge in condensed matter physics. Metallic hydrogen may be a room-temperature superconductor and metastable when the pressure is released and could have an important impact on energy and rocketry. We have studied solid molecular hydrogen under pressure at low temperatures. At a pressure of 495 gigapascals, hydrogen becomes metallic, with reflectivi

Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres
Organic compounds occur in some chondritic meteorites, and their signatures on solar system bodies have been sought for decades. Spectral signatures of organics have not been unambiguously identified on the surfaces of asteroids, whereas they have been detected on cometary nuclei. Data returned by the Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer on board the Dawn spacecraft show a clear detection of

Efficient and stable solution-processed planar perovskite solar cells via contact passivation
Planar perovskite solar cells (PSCs) made entirely via solution processing at low temperatures (<150°C) offer promise for simple manufacturing, compatibility with flexible substrates, and perovskite-based tandem devices. However, these PSCs require an electron-selective layer that performs well with similar processing. We report a contact-passivation strategy using chlorine-capped TiO2 colloidal n

Catalytic intermolecular hydroaminations of unactivated olefins with secondary alkyl amines
The intermolecular hydroamination of unactivated alkenes with simple dialkyl amines remains an unsolved problem in organic synthesis. We report a catalytic protocol for efficient additions of cyclic and acyclic secondary alkyl amines to a wide range of alkyl olefins with complete anti-Markovnikov regioselectivity. In this process, carbon-nitrogen bond formation proceeds through a key aminium radic

Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes, and invertebrates
Plants are important in urban environments for removing pathogens and improving water quality. Seagrass meadows are the most widespread coastal ecosystem on the planet. Although these plants are known to be associated with natural biocide production, they have not been evaluated for their ability to remove microbiological contamination. Using amplicon sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA gene, we f

Hawkmoths use nectar sugar to reduce oxidative damage from flight
Nectar-feeding animals have among the highest recorded metabolic rates. High aerobic performance is linked to oxidative damage in muscles. Antioxidants in nectar are scarce to nonexistent. We propose that nectarivores use nectar sugar to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the muscular demands of flight. We found that sugar-fed moths had lower oxidative damage to their flight muscle membranes

Host cell attachment elicits posttranscriptional regulation in infecting enteropathogenic bacteria
The mechanisms by which pathogens sense the host and respond by remodeling gene expression are poorly understood. Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), the cause of severe intestinal infection, employs a type III secretion system (T3SS) to inject effector proteins into intestinal epithelial cells. These effectors subvert host cell processes to promote bacterial colonization. We show that the T

Treadmilling by FtsZ filaments drives peptidoglycan synthesis and bacterial cell division
The mechanism by which bacteria divide is not well understood. Cell division is mediated by filaments of FtsZ and FtsA (FtsAZ) that recruit septal peptidoglycan-synthesizing enzymes to the division site. To understand how these components coordinate to divide cells, we visualized their movements relative to the dynamics of cell wall synthesis during cytokinesis. We found that the division septum w

GTPase activity–coupled treadmilling of the bacterial tubulin FtsZ organizes septal cell wall synthesis
The bacterial tubulin FtsZ is the central component of the cell division machinery, coordinating an ensemble of proteins involved in septal cell wall synthesis to ensure successful constriction. How cells achieve this coordination is unknown. We found that in Escherichia coli cells, FtsZ exhibits dynamic treadmilling predominantly determined by its guanosine triphosphatase activity. The treadmilli

Regeneration of fat cells from myofibroblasts during wound healing
Although regeneration through the reprogramming of one cell lineage to another occurs in fish and amphibians, it has not been observed in mammals. We discovered in the mouse that during wound healing, adipocytes regenerate from myofibroblasts, a cell type thought to be differentiated and nonadipogenic. Myofibroblast reprogramming required neogenic hair follicles, which triggered bone morphogenetic

DNA damage is a pervasive cause of sequencing errors, directly confounding variant identification
Mutations in somatic cells generate a heterogeneous genomic population and may result in serious medical conditions. Although cancer is typically associated with somatic variations, advances in DNA sequencing indicate that cell-specific variants affect a number of phenotypes and pathologies. Here, we show that mutagenic damage accounts for the majority of the erroneous identification of variants w

Vitamin B3 modulates mitochondrial vulnerability and prevents glaucoma in aged mice
Glaucomas are neurodegenerative diseases that cause vision loss, especially in the elderly. The mechanisms initiating glaucoma and driving neuronal vulnerability during normal aging are unknown. Studying glaucoma-prone mice, we show that mitochondrial abnormalities are an early driver of neuronal dysfunction, occurring before detectable degeneration. Retinal levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleo

Creatures of the Night: How Shadow-Dwelling Animals See in the Dark
Animals that are active at night or in the ocean depths use their sight in sometimes unexpected ways to navigate the darkness.

DEET and PMD spray-on repellents most effective at repelling mosquitoes
In a crowded marketplace of products advertised to repel mosquitoes, consumers are wise to trust spray-on repellents containing DEET or PMD, say researchers. In a comparison study of several mosquito-repellent products, 'wearable' devices such as bracelets or sonic repellers were found to be largely ineffective in repelling Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Seagrass meadows — bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth — can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research.

Antibiotic Resistance is a Growing Problem. Have We Just Figured Out How to Stop It?
Our increased dependency on antibiotics creates more resistant bacteria. How will we outwit these bad actors? Read More

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is "significantly decreased" after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Geology of Ceres illuminates origin of organics
NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet. Data from the spacecraft suggest that the interior of Ceres is the source of these organic materials, as opposed to arriving via impacting asteroids or comets, according to a new article.

NASA Satellite Spots Mile-Long Iceberg Breaking Off of Antarctic Glacier
'Aftershocks' from a major iceberg break caused Antarctic glacier to shed another.

Ukrainian hacker gets prison for leading online theft ring
A Ukrainian hacker who admitted using thousands of infected computers to steal user names and passwords for bank accounts and other online services has been sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Study examines life history of imperiled rattlesnake
A new study is bringing attention to a little known and imperiled rattlesnake that slithers among the wetlands in regions surrounding the Great Lakes.

Honey bee genetics sheds light on bee origins
Where do honey bees come from? A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis and UC Berkeley clears some of the fog around honey bee origins. The work could be useful in breeding bees resistant to disease or pesticides.

Op-Ed Contributors: By Investing in Science, Trump Can Strengthen the Economy
Federal support for science has been getting leaner as countries in Europe and Asia have been ramping up research spending.

Whales use nested Russian-doll structure to protect nerve tissue during lunge dives
Fin whales use two neatly packed levels of nested folds to protect the nerves along the floor of their mouth during lunge feeding, according to new research.

Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment
Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper is available now online in 'early view' ahead of being featured on the cover in the print edition on March 1.

Ignore the Silly Name—the 812 Superfast Is the Most Powerful Ferrari Ever
The latest cannon in Maranello's canon.
Linguist's 'big data' research supports waves of migration into the Americas
Linguistic anthropologists are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. Their new research suggests complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas.

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane, captures carbon dioxide
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available.

Method to predict surface ozone pollution levels provides 48-hour heads-up
A novel air quality model will help air quality forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources, according to a team of meteorologists.

After joint replacement surgery, smokers at increased risk of reoperation for infection
For patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, smoking is associated with an increased risk of infectious (septic) complications requiring repeat surgery, reports a new study.

Printable solar cells just got a little closer
A new innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Researchers have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.

Who's Brave Enough to Be a Flying Car Test Pilot?
They're still years off, but airborne automobiles are inching toward reality—and the companies building them are looking for pilots.

Google adds voice-activated shopping, taking on Amazon
Google announced Thursday it was launching voice-activated shopping from its artificial intelligence-powered Home speaker, in a direct challenge to Amazon's Alexa devices.

What we know so far about problems at the tallest US dam
It's been more than a week since engineers at the nation's tallest dam noticed damage to its emergency spillway, launching a series of events that culminated with the threat of catastrophic flooding and the two-day evacuation of nearly 200,000 California residents downstream.

Research team finds radial acceleration relation in all common types of galaxies
The distribution of normal matter precisely determines gravitational acceleration in all common types of galaxies, a team led by Case Western Reserve University researchers reports.

When your eyes override your ears: New insights into the McGurk effect
Seeing is not always believing — visual speech (mouth movements) mismatched with auditory speech (sounds) can result in the perception of an entirely different message. This mysterious illusion is known as the McGurk effect. Neuroscience researchers have created an algorithm to reveal key insight into why the brain can sometimes muddle up one of the most fundamental aspects of the human experienc

Here's How Climate Change Can Cause More Air Pollution (All By Itself)
Not only does air pollution trap sunlight and cause climate change, but the relationship also works the other way: Rising temperatures increase levels of air pollution.

A case where smoking helped: Scientists help understand mechanics of rare hemoglobin mutation
There's at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of scientists led by a Rice University professor to figure out why.

A Robot Physical Therapist Helps Kids with Cerebral Palsy
A humanoid bot called Darwin shows how aspects of nursing and child care might be mechanized.

Leaks Are Totally American—They're Just Easier Now
President Trump has denounced leakers as "un-American." Actually, some of the founding fathers were well-known whistleblowers.
Why Is Oroville a Big Deal? Look at All the Places That Need Its Water
Keeping California properly hydrated requires some of the most complicated plumbing in the world.
'Resurrecting' tiny lake-dwelling animals to study evolutionary responses to pollution
A University of Michigan biologist combined the techniques of "resurrection ecology" with the study of dated lake sediments to examine evolutionary responses to heavy-metal contamination over the past 75 years.

Zero tolerance policies unfairly punish black girls
Black girls are disproportionately punished in American schools – an "overlooked crisis" that is populating the school-to-prison pipeline at rising rates, two education scholars argue in a new paper.

Professors build AI to help autonomous vehicles locate themselves on maps
Self-driving cars could account for 21 million new vehicles sold every year by 2035. Over the next decade alone such vehicles—and vehicles with assisted-driving technology —could deliver $1 trillion in societal and consumer benefits due to their improved safety.

'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health
Underwater flowering plants play multiple roles in keeping coastal ecosystems healthy.

Is your big data messy? We're making an app for that
Like a teenager's bedroom, big data is often messy.

After Earth's Worst Mass Extinction, Life Rebounded Rapidly, Fossils Suggest
A teenager's fossil hunt two decades agao may have changed paleontologists' understanding of how long it took to recover from the "Great Dying" 252 million years ago.

Ocean meadows scrub seawater of harmful bacteria
Seagrasses keep waterborne pathogens in check, potentially benefiting people and coral reefs.
'The Blob' in Pacific Ocean Linked to Spike in Ozone
The "blob," a patch of warm water that sat off the Pacific Coast between 2014 and 2015, caused higher ozone levels throughout the western region of the United States, new research finds.

VIDEO Indisk raket bringer 104 satellitter i kredsløb samtidigt
Unik video viser den indiske rekordopsendelse set fra raketten i rummet.

Seagrass meadows help remove dangerous bacteria from ocean water
Seawater samples reveal that seagrass areas have much lower levels of a microbe found in sewage – adding to the known benefits of these declining ecosystems

Dwarf planet Ceres hosts home-grown organic material
The first evidence of organic material on Ceres opens the door to the possibility that other asteroids harbour precursors to primitive life

Matter: Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find
An ecological cornerstone is vanishing rapidly from the oceans, and scientists fear the consequences for climate change, fisheries and disease.

The dwarf planet Ceres may be capable of supporting life
Space Dawn spacecraft discovers organic materials on its surface This is the first time organic molecules have been definitively detected in the asteroid belt.

Rainbow dyes add greater precision to fight against 'superbugs'
A study reported Feb. 17 in the journal Science led by researchers at Indiana University and Harvard University is the first to reveal in extreme detail the operation of the biochemical clockwork that drives cellular division in bacteria.

Cells divide by 'bricklaying on moving scaffolding'
It is the most crucial mechanism in life – the division of cells. For 25 years, it has been known that bacteria split into two by forming a Z ring at their centre. They use this to cut themselves into two daughter cells. Using advanced microscopes, researchers from the universities of Harvard, Indiana, Newcastle, and Delft have succeeded in finding out how bacteria do this. The bacteria appear to

Dawn discovers evidence for organic material on Ceres (Update)
NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists using the spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR) detected the material in and around a northern-hemisphere crater called Ernutet. Organic molecules are interesting to scientists because they are necessary, tho

Preferential trade agreements enhance global trade at the expense of its resilience
Bi- and multilateral trade agreements can make commodity trade networks more efficient and lead to more rapid growth of the volume of trade, but these gains come at the expense of resilience to economic shocks, such as the 2009 global financial crisis which decimated economies around the world. A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE makes use of the similarities between ecosystems and commo

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16.

Carbs during workouts help immune system recovery
Eating carbohydrates during intense exercise helps to minimize exercise-induced immune disturbances and can aid the body's recovery, research has found.

Being a tattoo artist is a pain in the neck, study finds
Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either. That's the finding of the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists — workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who often don't have access to workers' compensation if they get injured.

Study associates proximity to oil and gas development and childhood leukemia
Young Coloradans diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to young Coloradans diagnosed with other types of cancer, according to researchers.

Stunning Scenes Dazzle in Underwater Images (Photos)
Contest winners in the photo competition Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 showcase breathtaking scenes and species representing ocean biodiversity.

Combatting Stereotypes: How to Talk to Your Children
For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.

Al Gore: 'Horrific' Health Risks from Climate, But 'We Have Solutions'
The health risks of climate change, and their potential solutions, were discussed here today in Atlanta.

Sensors embedded in sports equipment could provide real-time analytics to your smartphone
In an effort to make big data analytics more accessible for the sports industry, researchers have utilized IoT devices — low-cost sensors and radios — that can be embedded into sports equipment (e.g., balls, rackets, and shoes), as well as in wearable devices.

The US Needs to Seriously Beef Up Its Volcano Monitoring
Surprise eruptions like Bogoslof in Alaska would wreak havoc if it happens in the lower 48 states.
Postmenopausal hormone therapy exceeding ten years may protect from dementia
Postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease in a large study. The study explored the association between postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and cognition in two nation-wide case-control studies and two longitudinal cohort studies. The largest study comprised approximat

Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech
Gadgets are set to become flexible, highly efficient and much smaller, following a breakthrough in measuring two-dimensional 'wonder' materials, report investigators.

Solcelle-rekord: USA fordobler antal af nye installationer på et år
Amerikanerne installerede i 2016 solceller nok til at dække strømforbruget i mere end 13 mio. husstande.

Complex neurological infections require team care
A multidisciplinary approach is important for diagnosis and treatment of healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis, suggest new guidelines. These complex brain and spinal infections can be deadly or cause permanent disability if they are not identified early and treated correctly. The guidelines suggest how such infections can be prevented, including the use of prophylactic antimicrobial

Researchers develop potential treatment for fatal kidney disease
Researchers have developed a potential drug to treat polycystic kidney disease — an incurable genetic disease that often leads to end-stage kidney failure.

Is Space Real, or Just Something We Misunderstand?
What does it mean for spooky action at a distance if distances aren't real, but just the way they look to us? Read More

Miniaturekamera ser skarpt som en ørn og video inde i LHC
Ugens videnskabelige nyhedstrøm bød også på et nyt matematisk bevis til glæde for seismologer og muligheden for at komme på rundtur i Large Hadron Collider med en robot.

Prebiotic evolution: Hairpins help each other out
The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make particularly effective DNA replicators.

A high-precision digital kitchen scale for 70 percent off? I'd buy it.
Gadgets Cook with accuracy—for 12 bucks. A high-precision digital kitchen scale for 70 percent off? I'd buy it.

Outdoor air pollution tied to millions of preterm births
Outdoor air pollution has been linked to 2.7 million preterm births per year, a major study has concluded. When a baby is born preterm (at less than 37 weeks of gestation), there is an increased risk of death or long-term physical and neurological disabilities.

Dual-drug combination shows promise against diabetic eye disease in animal model
A two-drug cocktail provided better protection against diabetes-related vision loss than a single drug during testing in rat models, a team of researchers has found.

In the developing ears of opossums, echoes of evolutionary history
Hidden in the development of opossums is one possible version of the evolutionary path that led from the simple ears of reptiles to the more elaborative and sensitive structures of mammals, including humans, animal scientists have discovered.

More patients with early-stage breast cancer may be able to avoid chemotherapy in the future
Women with early-stage breast cancer who had an intermediate risk recurrence score (RS) from a 21-gene expression assay had similar outcomes, regardless of whether they received chemotherapy, a new study has found.

Linguist's 'big data' research supports waves of migration into the Americas
University of Virginia linguistic anthropologist Mark A. Sicoli and colleagues are applying the latest technology to an ancient mystery: how and when early humans inhabited the New World. Their new research analyzing more than 100 linguistic features suggest more complex patterns of contact and migration among the early peoples who first settled the Americas.

Italian taxi drivers stage wildcat strike over pro-Uber bill
Taxi drivers in Rome, Milan and Turin are staging wildcat strikes to protest proposed Italian legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-sharing services.

Sea ice at poles hit record low for January
The amount of sea ice at the Earth's poles fell to a record low for January, while the planet's temperatures last month were the third highest in modern times, US government scientists said Thursday.

2017 American Samoa deep-sea expedition to reveal wonders of unexplored ecosystem
There is a species of coral—called bubblegum coral for its pinkish appearance—that has provided a peak into ancient migration paths for marine species as far back as 10 million years.

Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue
More no-till farmers are using cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds, but many vegetable producers are reluctant to get on board. That's because many small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. However, the potential benefits of no-till cover crop systems compelled researchers to give it a try with snap bean.

Snow science supporting our nation's water supply
Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water resources: snow.

Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers
One of the main tools doctors use to detect diseases and injuries in cases ranging from multiple sclerosis to broken bones is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the results of an MRI scan take hours or days to interpret and analyze. This means that if a more detailed investigation is needed, or there is a problem with the scan, the patient needs to return for a follow-up.

Earth science on the Space Station continues to grow
The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow.

Researcher works with NASA to study using Martian soil to build human habitats
It's hard enough to transport humans to Mars. But once they get there, where will they live?

How to make all your social media posts truly private
DIY Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram privacy settings, explained When you update your social media accounts, you might be revealing more than you think to a wider audience than you expected. Here are the settings you need to know…

Special Wavy Nerves Help Whales Take Big Gulps Without Pain
Double-wavy nerves allow baleen whales to gulp huge mouthfuls of water without pain or damage.

Yahoo Warns More Users That Their Private Information May Have Been Stolen
The company warned some users that their accounts may have been accessed using forged cookies in connection with a previously disclosed hack in 2014.
What's next for the drone war?
Military If Trump follows Obama's precedent, careful consideration and gradual transparency. But that's a pretty big "if." A new book on the drone war discusses technocratic solutions using modern technology against a thorny problem.

Sluse i rumdragten skal redde astronauter fra rumlort
En amerikanske oberst har vundet NASA-konkurrence med en løsning, der måske kan redde menneskeliv i rummet.

How to Tame Quantum Weirdness
Quantum mechanics is universally considered to be so weird that, as Niels Bohr quipped, "if you are not shocked by it, you don't really understand it." One of the most shocking phenomena predicted by quantum mechanics is quantum entanglement, which Einstein called "spooky action at a distance." He thought a more complete theory could avoid it, but in 1964 John Bell showed that if the predictions

Trump May Start Reshaping the EPA Soon
Staff at the EPA have been told the president is preparing a handful of executive orders concerning the agency .
Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole
An Earth-sized "virtual telescope" is ready to take the first ever picture of a black hole – the monster mysterious object at the centre of our galaxy.

Skywire: Aether of Accuracy Happy Hour
You're ready to begin your journey and give your Skycycle a final wind up before you start heading up up and away. However, you are feeling a bit parched and decide it is a good idea to partake in some provisions before taking off. The local pub is having a midday special on a very enticing looking absinthe, and you decide that is the perfect thing to quench your thirst before this long and arduo

Whales use nested Russian-doll structure to protect nerve tissue during lunge dives
When rorqual whales eat, they open their mouths and lunge. Their tongues invert as their mouths take in a huge volume of water and prey. In the process, nerves running through the ventral groove blubber along the floor of the whales' mouths stretch to more than double their length and then recoil again without suffering any damage in the process. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on Fe

Physical basis of tissue coordination uncovered
The little striped zebrafish starts out as single big cell sitting on top of the yolk. During the next 3 days, cells divide and tissues move to give the fish its final shape. But how do tissues coordinate their often-complicated movements? The physical basis of tissue coordination in early zebrafish development is subject of a study by Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Professor at the Institute of Science

Texting and Driving Isn't a Millennial Problem. It's an Engineering Problem
Designers gave us smartphones. How do we take them away? The post Texting and Driving Isn't a Millennial Problem. It's an Engineering Problem appeared first on WIRED .

Can fond memories prompt smokers to quit?
Rather than inciting fear, anti-smoking campaigns should tap into smokers' memories and tug at their heartstrings, a new study suggests. Advertisers often use nostalgia-evoking messages to promote consumer products, and that tactic could be just as effective in encouraging healthy behaviors, argue Ali Hussain, a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism, and Maria Lapinski, professor in the

International students' concept of 'home' shapes post-graduation plans
How international university students think about home significantly influences their migration plans upon graduation, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.

How to forecast ozone levels 48 hours in advance
A new air quality model could help forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources. The method, called regression in self-organizing map (REGiS), weighs and combines statistical air quality models by pairing them with predicted weather patterns to create probabilistic ozone forecasts. Unlike current chemical transport models, REGiS can predict ozone lev

What's Next for AI Home Assistants
Phone calls, wider integration, and even screens could make our new domestic butlers more useful.

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available.

Rekordsalg af elbiler i Norge
Salget af elbiler og hybridbiler i Norge når op på hele 37% i januar. Målet er, at al nysalg skal være elbiler i 2025.

Fort Scythe Cells now under Scythe control!
Hello Scythes! First off, we want to say many thanks for all your hard work on our Fort Scythe cells! Our cell count has increased drastically since we've introduced them. Now we are planning to give you guys almost complete autonomy over these cells! Going forward, Fort Scythes will be completed nearly independently by Scythes. Admins will still give a quick glance over each cell to make sure th

How jails extort the poor | Salil Dudani
Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differentl

High rates of satisfaction for applicator free local estrogen softgel ovule
A new investigational delivery method for localized vaginal estrogen therapy received high rates of patient satisfaction among post-menopausal women, according to post-trial survey results.

Metal-organic frameworks used as looms
Researchers have made major progress in the production of two-dimensional polymer-based materials. To produce cloths from monomolecular threads, the scientists used SURMOFs, i.e. surface-mounted metal-organic frameworks, developed by KIT. They inserted four-armed monomers, i.e. smaller molecular building blocks, into some SURMOF layers. Cross-linking of the monomers then resulted in textiles consi

Iowa State engineer addresses need for scientists, engineers to engage the public
It's no longer enough for scientists and engineers to communicate their work by publishing in technical journals, says an associate dean for Iowa State University's College of Engineering.

Bringing satellites to users can improve public health and safety
The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It's just that education isn't exactly what she's offering.

The Cute Robot That Follows You Around and Schleps All Your Stuff
Piaggio's Gita follows you around. It goes with you, turns with you, stops with you.
Step Into 'The Void,' a Physical Playground for VR
A real-world gaming experience created for the headset crowd.
Getting inside teens' heads: Study upsets beliefs about feelings and exercise probability
A pilot study tracking adolescents' internal psychological states and physical activity in near real-time challenges prevailing assumptions about how to increase physical activity.

Mental shortcuts: Many physicians choose insomnia meds based on habit
Clinical decision-making and treatment choice is a complex cognitive process influenced by multiple variables, report researchers.

Energy-Free AC? Heat-Reflecting Wrap Could Cool Without Power
A new heat-reflecting wrap could be used to efficiently cool buildings without using any energy, new research suggests.

Can't we all just get along—like India's cats and dogs?
A new WCS study in India shows that three carnivores—tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog)—seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict. Usually, big cats and wild canids live in different locations to avoid each other.

NASA gets a night-time view ex-Tropical Cyclone Dineo
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite got a night-time view of former Tropical Cyclone Dineo over the southeastern coast of Mozambique. Warnings have already been posted in the northeastern region of South Africa as Dineo continues to track inland.

Remember that time Yosemite's firefall was actual fire?
Environment The optical illusion we enjoy today is nothing compared to this insane historical practice Yosemite's firefall only happens in mid- to late February when the conditions are just right. But years ago visitors could have seen a different firefall every single…

Italian teams restore damaged busts from ancient Syrian city
Italian art conservationists have restored two funerary busts from the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria that were badly damaged by members of the Islamic State group.

Treat opioid addiction in hospital ED for better results
There may be lasting benefits to giving people addicted to opioids medication to reduce cravings while in the hospital emergency department (ED). The benefits of such treatment persist for two months after the initial visit to the ED, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine . A prior study showed that people with opioid addiction who were treated with medica

Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space
Going to space is never routine, and Sentinel-2 mission controllers are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the critical days following next month's liftoff.

Less snow and a shorter ski season in the Alps
After long-awaited snowfall in January, parts of the Alps are now covered with fresh powder and happy skiers. But the Swiss side of the iconic mountain range had the driest December since record-keeping began over 150 years ago, and 2016 was the third year in a row with scarce snow over the Christmas period. A study published today in The Cryosphere, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, sh

Do you really get paid less if you're 'ugly'?
Do beautiful people earn more while those who are not so gorgeous are paid less? It's not as simple as that, according to Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK and Mary Still of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. People's salaries are influenced by more than just physical attractiveness (or lack thereof), and individual differences count too. Th

Method to predict surface ozone pollution levels provides 48-hour heads-up
A novel air quality model will help air quality forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources, according to a team of meteorologists.

Algorithm can create a bridge between Clinton and Trump supporters
A growing number of people have expressed their concern about high levels of polarization in the society. For instance, the World Economic Forum's report on global risks lists the increasing societal polarization as a threat – and others have suggested that social media might be contributing to this phenomenon. The article that received the best student-paper award in the Tenth International Confe

Ebola funding surge hides falling investment in other neglected diseases
Global research funds for these illnesses are at their lowest levels for a decade, when cash for West Africa epidemic is excluded.
Research opens door to smaller, cheaper, more agile communications tech
Research on the use of magnets to steer light has opened the door to new communications systems which could be smaller, cheaper and more agile than fiber optics.

Using an air conditioner in summer may affect sleep quality
Using an air conditioner helps people sleep better on sweltering nights. However, researchers found that when airflow is directed at a human body, even at an insensible velocity, it impacts on sleep conditions causing sleeping positions and affects the depth of sleep.

Separating fact from fiction using a 'fake news' algorithm
The impetus behind Victoria Rubin's research is a tip from Ernest Hemingway: "Develop a built-in bullshit detector."

Online buyers are still significantly influenced by a business's geographical location, study finds
Professor Gianvito Lanzolla and Dr Hans Frankort, examined a large online B2B marketplace to identify the key factors which influence a buyers' decision to make a purchase.

Paper says Mexico's energy reform must follow the best sustainability practices
For the new energy sector in Mexico to spearhead the economic development of the country, it must follow the best international practices of sustainability, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Here are the teams competing to map the ocean for $7 million in prizes
Science The Ocean Discovery XPrize competition announces its semifinalists One area of the Earth remains a mystery—the ocean floor.

Ground-breaking robotic arms that could transform your weekly food shop
Partly supported through the EU-funded SOMA project, robotics researchers have developed versatile robotic grippers to pick thousands of supermarket items.

How can the UK reduce air pollution?
The European Commission says the UK has two months to address repeated breaches of air pollutants.

The New X-Plane Flight Sim Is So Ridiculously Detailed, It Even Has Catering Trucks
From Manhattan's skyscrapers to the caterers scuttering across the tarmac, step into the skies.
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Scientists have demonstrated how to levitate a variety of objects — ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands and thistle seeds — between a warm plate and a cold plate in a vacuum chamber.

Regional chemotherapy technique for extremity sarcoma salvages limbs from amputation
Patients with a type of advanced malignant cancer of the arms or legs have typically faced amputation of the afflicted limb as the only treatment option. However, a technique that limits the application of chemotherapy to the cancerous region can preserve limbs in a high percentage of these patients, researchers report.

One fifth of Indonesian households exhibit double burden of malnutrition
The coexistence of both undernutrition and overweight/obesity, a phenomenon called double burden of malnutrition, is a global public health challenge existing at all levels from the individual to the population, especially in low-to middle-income countries. Research on malnutrition in Indonesia found that about 20 percent of households exhibit double burden of malnutrition. A new report emphasizes

Dream Chaser spacecraft may be used for Hubble repair mission
The final servicing mission to the venerable Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was in 2009. The shuttle Atlantis completed that mission (STS-125,) and several components were repaired and replaced, including the installation of improved batteries. The HST is expected to function until 2030 – 2040. With the retiring of the shuttle program in 2011, it looked like the Hubble mission was destined to play i

If atoms are mostly empty space, why do objects look and feel solid?
Chemist John Dalton proposed the theory that all matter and objects are made up of particles called atoms, and this is still accepted by the scientific community, almost two centuries later. Each of these atoms is each made up of an incredibly small nucleus and even smaller electrons, which move around at quite a distance from the centre.

Crystal growth, earth science and tech demo research launching to orbiting laboratory
The tenth SpaceX cargo resupply launch to the International Space Station, targeted for launch Feb. 18, will deliver investigations that study human health, Earth science and weather patterns. Here are some highlights of the research headed to the orbiting laboratory:

What causes whale mass strandings?
Around 600 pilot whales recently became stranded on a New Zealand beach, around 400 of which died before volunteers could refloat them back into the sea. Sadly, this kind of mass whale stranding has occurred since human records began, and happens somewhere in the world on a regular basis.

Listen to Your Ingredients
"For a marinara like this, the San Marzano tomato, grown on the hills of the volcano above Naples, Vesuvius, is about the best." That was just part of the advice offered up by Lidia Bastianich , who was recently featured at the Rubin Museum during the museum's Brainwave series . The Italian-born American chef and psychobiologist Gary Beauchamp , PhD, explored the link between the brain and cookin

Key Alzheimer's drug shows 'virtually no chance of working'
The failure of another drug that targets beta amyloid plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's has revived doubts over whether plaque causes the disease

Birds don't carry seeds far enough to save rainforest
In order to restore tropical rainforests, it is not enough to simply set up protected areas and leave them alone, research in an Indian rainforest shows. Leaving degraded and logged areas of tropical forests to nature doesn't allow populations of certain endangered trees species to recover—particularly those that rely on birds to distribute the seeds of their large fruit. Researchers from ETH Zur

Modifying fat content in soybean oil with the molecular scissors Cpf1
A team from the Center for Genome Engineering, within the Institute for Basic Research (IBS), succeeded in editing two genes that contribute to the fat contents of soybean oil using the new CRISPR-Cpf1 technology: an alternative of the more widely used gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9. The results of this new plant gene editing method, applied to soybeans and wild tobacco genes, are published in Natu

Wireless power transmission safely charges devices anywhere within a room
A new method developed by Disney Research for wirelessly transmitting power throughout a room enables users to charge electronic devices as seamlessly as they now connect to WiFi hotspots, eliminating the need for electrical cords or charging cradles.

Modeling Reality: Putting Systems Engineering Theory into Practice.
An online-only MIT certificate course explores the role of model-based systems engineering in today's work environment.

A new spin on electronics
Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components deployed cannot be miniaturized further. But, there is another option: using an electron's spin, instead of its charge, to transmit information. A team of scientists is now demonstrating how this works.

Lifetime weight gain linked to esophageal and stomach cancers
People who are overweight in their twenties and become obese later in life may be three times more likely to develop cancer of either the esophagus (food pipe) or upper stomach, according to a study.

How mobility may affect future transit use
Where is travel demand going to be in the future and do changes in America's population matter? Ten or 20 years from now, any movement could influence where to send bus lines and other modes of transit.

Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics
Wearable electronics are here — the most prominent versions are sold in the form of watches or sports bands. But soon, more comfortable products could become available in softer materials made in part with an unexpected ingredient: green tea. Researchers report a new flexible and compact rechargeable energy storage device for wearable electronics that is infused with green tea polyphenols.

Potential new causes for the odor-producing disorder TMAU
A new study provides new insight into the causes of trimethylaminura (TMAU), a genetically-transmitted metabolic disorder that leads to accumulation of a chemical that smells like rotting fish. Previously attributed solely to mutations in the FMO3 gene, the study identifies additional genes that may contribute to TMAU. The findings indicate that genetic testing to identify FMO3 mutations may not b

Only a limited HIV subset moves from mother to child, study shows
In the transmission of HIV-1 from mother to child only a subset of a mother's viruses infects their infants either in utero or via breastfeeding, and the viruses that are transmitted depend on whether transmission occurs during pregnancy or through breastfeeding, according to new research.

Neurotrophic factor GDNF is an important regulator of dopamine neurons in the brain
New research results are expanding our understanding of the physiological role of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor GDNF in the function of the brain's dopamine systems. In a new article, researchers establish that GDNF is an important physiological regulator of the functioning of the brain's dopamine neurons.

How much biomass grows in the savannah?
Savannahs form one of the largest habitats in the world, covering around one-fifth of the Earth's land area. They are mainly to be found in sub-Saharan Africa. Savannahs are home not only to unique wildlife, including the 'Big Five' – the African elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion – but also to thousands of endemic plant species such as the baobab, or monkey bread tree.

Digital chemistry set reaches new heights with space launch
A University of Glasgow research project is set to get underway beyond the earth's atmosphere following a successful launch into space today (Wednesday 15 February).

Moving existing reactive structural health monitoring systems towards a preventive model
A team of researchers from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Strathclyde are carrying out research that will help move existing reactive structural health monitoring systems towards a preventive model. With over 10,000 road bridges in the UK, worth over £1 million, their structural integrity must be effectively and efficiently monitored to ensure safety, prevent accident

Big improvements to brain-computer interface
When people suffer spinal cord injuries and lose mobility in their limbs, it's a neural signal processing problem. The brain can still send clear electrical impulses and the limbs can still receive them, but the signal gets lost in the damaged spinal cord.

Molecular hairpin structures make effective DNA replicators
The evolution of cells and organisms is thought to have been preceded by a phase in which informational molecules like DNA could be replicated selectively. New work shows that hairpin structures make particularly effective DNA replicators.

Research opens door to smaller, cheaper, more agile communications tech
Research led by ANU on the use of magnets to steer light has opened the door to new communications systems which could be smaller, cheaper and more agile than fibre optics.

Using 'real life' analogies to get past scientific uncertainty on climate change
Many people still treat global warming as a contentious political issue, instead of one backed by scientific consensus. For example, in a recent Pew survey, only 48% of all US adults agreed that the Earth is warming mostly due to human activity. This finding is frustrating to many science communicators, who may feel that they've bombarded the public with messages of human-caused global warming, to

Your dog can remember more than you think
Any dog owner will tell you how smart they think their dog is. What we usually think of as smartness in dogs is measured or observed in their external behaviour. Being able to respond to commands, for example, or remember the location of a hidden toy.

How robots could help chronically ill kids attend school
Over the past century, American schools have integrated an ever-more-diverse group of students. Racial integration is most prominent, but it's not just Native Americans, blacks and Latinos who have been brought into public education. Schools today serve children with conditions on the autism spectrum, Down syndrome and many other medical issues. But there is one group of children who still cannot

Biodiversity can promote ecosystem efficiency
Humans influence evolution. In the case of whitefish in Swiss lakes, one consequence of this is replacement of a diversity of specialised species by fewer generalists. A recent analysis now suggests that communities of diverse specialists utilise trophic resources more efficiently.

Kronik: Tillykke – Fremtiden tilhører teknologerne

Women in Oregon fishing industry have important, but sometimes invisible role
Women have always played an important role in Oregon's commercial fishing industry, even if they don't actually fish or work on boats – but a new study indicates their roles are changing.

Engineers help arctic ships assess ice buildup
As global temperatures rise and arctic ice melts, more ships are taking advantage of expedient, yet dangerous ocean routes that are opening in the polar region.

Biochemist's technique rapidly detects Ebola virus
In 2014, the most widespread Ebola virus outbreak in history wreaked havoc in Western Africa. The epidemic resulted in more than 28,000 reported cases and 11,315 deaths over 21 months.

Ring roads of the future in an urban context
Electric cars that require charging and autonomous cars that can be summoned to take you from A to B. How do you take these future challenges into account in spatial planning? And what will Dutch roads and the living environment look like in 2030? In February 2016, the Professional Association of Dutch Architect's Agencies (Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus, BNA) and TU Delft launch

Researchers develop blueprint for future Indian cities
Researchers at the University of Birmingham worked with children, young people and their families living in a new urban development in India to understand the everyday experiences of urban transformation – with the results informing the future development of Indian cities.

Our mothers' exposure to BPA might lead us to binge as adults
Health A mouse study found brain changes related to satiety Exposure to BPA before birth might change the developing brain's sensitivity to leptin, a hormone that normally suppresses hunger.

Ants Scurry on 'Treadmills' for Science
For the first time, scientists have analyzed the rhythm of ants' steps by tracking them as they walk on special treadmills.

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees
Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.
Step Lively! Ants' Gaits Tracked on Treadmill | Video
Scientists study ants' fancy footwork by placing them on tiny, spherical treadmills.

Inspired! The Science of Creativity
Ah, the Beauty of Nature … Seen Through Creepy Webcams
Marcus DeSieno's photos remind you that the eye in the sky is never too far.
Decline of grass threatens world's most endangered antelope
University of Wyoming researchers took a big step toward solving the mystery of the decline of hirola, a rare African antelope, conducting wildlife research in one of the most formidable environments—the border region of eastern Kenya and southern Somalia.

Will blazing a low-carbon path pay off for California?
President Trump has made it clear he intends to dismantle the Obama administration's policies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But California Governor Jerry Brown has declared that his state – which would be the sixth-largest economy in the world if it was an independent nation – will not waver from its decade-long push to fight climate change.

Ny forskning skal kort­lægge ernærings­status hos lungekræft­patienter
Et nyt ph.d.-studie vil undersøge, hvordan ernæringsrelaterede problemer hos patienter med lungekræft påvirker deres behandlingsforløb. Studiet skal danne grundlag for en tværfaglig behandlingsplan, som skal forebygge vægttab og underernæring blandt patienterne.

Scaling up the next generation of UAVs
After working for more than a decade on hover-capable drones no bigger than the palm of a hand, Dr. Moble Benedict and a team of researchers are studying the feasibility of scaling these concepts to larger unmanned aircraft (UAVs).

The cybersecurity risk of self-driving cars
Ten million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020, according to an in-depth report by Business Insider Intelligence. Proponents of autonomous vehicles say that the technology has the potential to benefit society in a range of ways, from boosting economic productivity to reducing urban congestion. But others—including some potential consumers and corporate risk managers—have expressed serio

Image: Glacial 'aftershock' spawns Antarctic iceberg
Pine Island Glacier has shed another block of ice into Antarctic waters. The loss was tiny compared to the icebergs that broke off in 2014 and 2015, but the event is further evidence of the ice shelf's fragility.

Tre kraftværker i København blev stoppet af fejl i kontrolanlæg
En fejl i et kontrolanlæg på H.C. Ørstedsværket skabte en dominoeffekt, der på tur slukkede dampleverancen fra tre forskellige københavnske kraftværker. Hofor arbejder på højtryk på at skifte rørene ud.

Weather experts say new El Niño possible later this year
The World Meteorological Organisation say there is a possibility of a new El Niño later this year.

New fossil discovery suggests sea life bounced back after the 'Great Dying' faster than thought
(—An international team of researchers has found a trove of marine fossils at a North American site that offers evidence of life bouncing back faster than thought after the most devastating mass extinction in Earth's history. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the wide assortment of fossils they found and what they believe the discovery will contr

Muon detector important for imaging and monitoring carbon dioxide storage sites
Invisible to the naked eye, muons are elementary particles created by the collisions of cosmic rays with molecules in the upper atmosphere. These muons are constantly beaming down on the earth's surface at various angles. Because muons pass through materials, scientists since the 1960s have turned to them to "see" the inside of structures, such as the pyramids of Giza.

Climate change doubled the likelihood of the Australian heatwave
The heatwave that engulfed southeastern Australia at the end of last week has seen heat records continue to tumble like Jenga blocks.

Putting data in the hands of doctors
Regina Barzilay is working with MIT students and medical doctors in an ambitious bid to revolutionize cancer care. She is relying on a tool largely unrecognized in the oncology world but deeply familiar to hers: machine learning.

Snap values itself at up to $22B ahead of IPO
Snap Inc. is valuing the company at up to $22 billion as it prepares for the tech industry's biggest initial public offering in years.

Dutch trial foot-level traffic lights for phone users
"Oy, get your head out of your phone!"

Sikkerhedsfirma: Der er udbetalt 1,4 milliarder kroner i løsesum for ransomware-angreb i 2017 I 2016 er der sket en kæmpe stigning i antallet af ransomware angreb. Og Internet of Things enheder er massivt kompromitterede for DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) angreb. Det skriver Sonicwall i en nyligt offentliggjort rapport.

Chinese passenger drones are coming to Dubai
From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal Ehang 184 starts its drone limo service in July 2017 Dubai will start passenger services with the Ehang 184, each carrying a passenger as the drone zips through the air at speeds of 100 mph.

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups
One of the two top air pollutants in the U.S., ground-level ozone is harmful not only to your health but also to your bank balance. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of ozone can lead to respiratory and lung disease such as asthma, conditions that drive up medical expenses and sometimes result in lost income. Ozone exacts a particularly heavy toll on people living in economically disadvant

Fuel Sentinel-2B: done
As liftoff day draws closer, the Sentinel-2B 'to do' list is shrinking as tasks are ticked off, including the tricky process of fuelling the satellite. And, even despite having to do a few unexpected jobs, everything is on track for launch.

Cell-infused gloves and bandages light up when in contact with certain chemicals
Engineers and biologists at MIT have teamed up to design a new "living material"—a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically programmed to light up in the presence of certain chemicals.

Setting sun on space station solar research
Today, ground control in Belgium switched off a package that had been continuously watching the Sun from the International Space Station for nine years.

Opinion: India's militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works
In Kaziranga, a national park in north-eastern India, rangers shoot people to protect rhinos. The park's aggressive policing is, of course, controversial, but the results are clear: despite rising demand for illegal rhino horn, and plummeting numbers throughout Africa and South-East Asia, rhinos in Kaziranga are flourishing.

The Digital Ocean: Our Next Information Frontier
We need an information superhighway of the seas .
What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
The Washington Post 's Heliograf software can autowrite tons of basic stories in no time, which could free up reporters to do more important work.
Old-School Media Is Pulling Way More Viewers Than You Think
In researching who was watching and reading what at the end of 2016, one thing became clear: Some of the oldest voices in the news are still the biggest.
Breakthrough in 'wonder' materials paves way for flexible tech
Gadgets are set to become flexible, highly efficient and much smaller, following a breakthrough in measuring two-dimensional 'wonder' materials by the University of Warwick.

Possible 'Hidden Chamber' in King Tut's Tomb Invites More Secretive Scans
As a last-ditch effort, scientists have announced new radar scans of King Tut's tomb, where they hope to find a potential hidden chamber holding the burial of Queen Nefertiti.

Running ants: Why scientists built an insect treadmill
The researchers recording ants' brain activity as they run.

'Smart' mobile tool may be used to diagnose and treat serious diseases
Finding practical solutions to detect proteins, cancer biomarkers, viruses and other small objects has been a key challenge for researchers worldwide for decades. These solutions hold promise for saving lives through more timely diagnosis and treatment of serious infections and diseases.

Vitamins and aminoacids regulate stem cell biology
An International Reserach Team coordinated by Igb-Cnr has discovered a key role of vitamins and amino acids in pluripotent stem cells. The research is published in Stem Cell Reports, and may provide new insights in cancer biology and regenerative medicine

Fjernstyringsnedbrud stopper alle S-tog i 35 minutter
Et nedbrud på Banedanmarks fjernstyringssystem fik torsdag alle S-tog til at holde stille. Det giver forsinkelser langt ud på eftermiddagen.

Why You Should Donate Your Medical Data When You Die
Organs are not the only item of value from the deceased .
3D-Printed Micro-Camera Sees with Eagle-Eye Vision
The bio-inspired camera could be used with the smallest of drones.

Professor says US lags in workplace gender equality
A Purdue University professor known internationally for her work and research in gender equity in the workplace believes Monday's (Feb. 13) female business leaders meeting at the White House was a good start.

Revealing the origin and nature of the outskirts of stellar megalopolis
The most detailed study of the outskirts of massive elliptical galaxies at half the age of the Universe was carried out by an international team led by Fernando Buitrago, of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço and Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). The study was published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and contributes to the understa

Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Though not visible to the naked eye or even with binoculars, the green-tailed Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (HMP) did not escape the gaze of the world-renowned Arecibo Observatory. Scientists from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at Arecibo Observatory have been studying the comet with radar to better unders

The Hunger Gains: Extreme Calorie-Restriction Diet Shows Anti-Aging Results
A new study shows five days of hunger a month may reduce risk factors for aging and age-related diseases .
PewDiePie's Fall Shows the Limits of 'LOL JK'
The prominent YouTuber's casual racism and attacks on the media have made him an idol in the eyes of the so-called alt-right.
Far-off asteroid caught cohabiting with Uranus around the sun
The second Trojan asteroid of Uranus ever found suggests there could be hundreds more associated with the planet

Spread of lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico is threat to reef fisheries
As the old saying goes: "You can't put the genie back in the bottle."

17-årig vinder af Googles kodekonkurrence er afrikaner og bor i en by uden internet
Nji Collins Gbah må tage 320 kilometer væk fra sit hjem for at få internet.

Når kulkraft stopper, mangler betonindustrien flyveaske
I dag anvender man flyveaske fra kulkraftværker som bindemiddel i beton. Når danske kraftværker ikke længere kører på kul, må byggebranchen lede andre steder efter en erstatning for asken.

Students in Ohio's online charter schools perform worse than peers in traditional schools
Despite dramatic growth in enrollment in online charter schools in Ohio, students are not achieving the same academic success as those in brick-and-mortar charter and public schools, finds a study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and RAND Corporation.

Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming
After milkmaids helped discover vaccination, we spent the next 150 years learning how to keep ourselves safe from germs. By the 1960s, we thought the battle was finally over. If only!
Banedanmark lover: Problemer med is under S-tog er løst inden næste vinter
S-togenes nye signalsystem går i stå på grund af is på togenes radarer, bekræfter Banedanmark. Men afisning af togene hjælper, og problemet er permanent løst inden næste vinter, lover Banedanmark.

Biologists report findings on ants' internal navigation systems
Biologists of the University of Freiburg have used a spherical treadmill to investigate how desert ants navigate in a featureless environment. Cataglyphis desert ants live in salt pans and are ideal models for such navigation research. When they set out in search of food in their flat, bare, hostile environment, they are always able to find their way back to their nest via the shortest route possi

Study shows how the predator brain organizes the hunt
For scientists who study the brain, predatory hunting is a complex behavior involving different skills that must be exercised in an efficient and articulated manner if a predator is to succeed.

Intergalactic unions more devastating than we thought
Scientists from MIPT, the University of Oxford, and the Russian Academy of Sciences have estimated the number of stars disrupted by solitary supermassive black holes in galactic centers that formed via mergers of galaxies containing supermassive black holes. The astrophysicists determined whether gravitational effects arising from two black holes drawing closer to one another can explain why fewer

Detectable anthropogenic shift toward heavy precipitation over eastern China
Global warming increases the water holding capacity of the atmosphere, and thus, precipitation characteristics are expected to change. Changing precipitation characteristics directly affect society through their impacts on drought and floods, hydro-dams and urban drainage systems. An understanding of the changes in precipitation characteristics is not only important for climate research but also f

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