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755 gange over grænseværdien: Forbudt insektgift ledt ud i sjællandsk å

Store mængder af neonikotinoider, der er forbudt i EU, fordi de slår bier ihjel, er blevet ledt ud fra Slagelse Renseanlæg. Udslippet blev opdaget ved et tilfælde, fordi ingen analyserer for de pesticider i spildevand.

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Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world's oceans, new research shows.

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The Trump Administration Asks a Court to Reward It for Lying

There are many critiques of the Trump administration’s legal strategy in its quest to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census, but one cannot fault its chutzpah. In a filing on Friday , the Department of Justice told Judge George Hazel it might propose “a new rationale”—as yet unspecified—for asking about citizenship, and accordingly asked the federal judge to halt a case about whether the gover

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Mexican President Eases Up on Researchers' Travel Rules

Scientists won't need Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approval to attend meetings internationally, but researchers continue to struggle amidst budget cuts.

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Want to Fight Climate Change? Plant 1 Trillion Trees.

Want to help save the world from climate change? Then grab some seeds, or some seedlings, and start planting trees like there's no tomorrow.

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Research group says America's favorite TV size is now 65 inches

More and more Americans are scooping up 65-inch TVs, so much so that they're now apparently the most popular screen size in the country. Market research company TrendForce reckons …

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Could This Be the End of Frankincense?

As more uses are found for the aromatic resin, the population of trees that produce it are on the brink of collapse.

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Space Radiation Doesn't Seem to Be Causing Astronauts to Die from Cancer, Study Finds

That may be true for the short missions astronauts have gone on so far. But Mars will be a different story.

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Consensus on the Census Is …

Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list. What We’re Following Today It’s Friday, July 5. We’ll be on hiatus all next week while I’m out on a reporting trip, but back with our dispatches on Monday, July 15. ‣ The Trump administration reportedly continues to explore ways to add the citizenship

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A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the U.S. Now it's in California

A mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States and left caves littered with their tiny carcasses has arrived in Northern California and appears poised to spread throughout the state, according to officials.

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Botanists Say Plants Are Not Conscious

Researchers push back against those who work in the field of plant neurobiology and claim plants can learn and have a form of consciousness.

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A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the U.S. Now it's in California

A mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States and left caves littered with their tiny carcasses has arrived in Northern California and appears poised to spread throughout the state, according to officials.

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Tech jobs soar to all-time record heights in Bay Area

The Bay Area's technology boom is so robust that it has reached record highs, but the remarkable surge has also reduced Santa Clara County's share of tech employment in the nine-county region as the San Francisco-San Mateo area has gained a bigger piece of the pie.

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Whoa! Alaska Is Hotter Than NYC. Here's Why.

For the first time in recorded history, Anchorage, Alaska, reached 90 degrees F (32 degrees Celsius).

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July 4th earthquake won't delay the Big One. And it might have worsened quake strain

Does a good-size earthquake help relieve pent-up seismic stress? Does that postpone the day of reckoning when the Big One finally arrives?

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The Books Briefing: The Lesser-Known Details of the American Experiment

Despite the cheery social schedule of barbecues and fireworks that it brings, Independence Day in the U.S. can be bittersweet for many. Familiar stories of patriotic heroism and idealism might prompt feelings of pride, but also of frustration, whether with the current state of the nation or with what those stories leave out. The lesser-known details of American history can be at once inspiring an

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Alaska heat wave shatters temperature record in largest city Anchorage

Temperatures in Alaska's largest city Anchorage have soared to a sweltering all-time record of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 centigrade) as a heat wave grips the US state which straddles the Arctic Circle.

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Long-Term Smoking Might Change Your Personality

(Credit: Nopphon_1987/Shutterstock We all know smoking is bad for your health. But it seems smoking might be bad for your personality, too. A recent paper published in the Journal of Research In Personality reports that, compared to people who didn’t smoke, cigarette smokers were more likely to report not-so-great changes in certain aspects of their personalities. What’s more, giving up smoking di

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The world's largest solar power project begins running in UAE

The United Arab Emirates is on a solar kick — it has just opened the world's largest solar farm. This is only one of several huge power plants they've opened recently. While the country is still heavily dependent on oil, the new solar plants may change things. You might have heard that the United Arab Emirates is building a concentrated solar power plant that will keep the lights on after the sun

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Dansker i hederamte Alaska: 'Røgen fra skovbrande svier i øjne og næse'

Vi skal kun forvente flere varmerekorder, siger klimaforsker. 2019 har allerede budt på en del.

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First observation of native ferroelectric metal

In a paper released today in Science Advances, Australian researchers describe the first observation of a native ferroelectric metal: a native metal with bistable and electrically switchable spontaneous polarization states–the hallmark of ferroelectricity.The study found coexistence of native metallicity and ferroelectricity in bulk crystalline tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) at room temperature.A va

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First observation of native ferroelectric metal

In a paper released today in Science Advances, Australian researchers describe the first observation of a native ferroelectric metal: a native metal with bistable and electrically switchable spontaneous polarization states—the hallmark of ferroelectricity. The study found coexistence of native metallicity and ferroelectricity in bulk crystalline tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) at room temperature. A v

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Emergence of a real-space symmetry axis in the magnetoresistance of the one-dimensional conductor Li0.9Mo6O17

We report on an emerging symmetry axis in the magnetoresistance of bulk single crystals of quasi–one-dimensional Li 0.9 Mo 6 O 17 below T min = 25 K, the temperature at which the electrical resistivity experiences a minimum. Detailed angle-dependent magnetoresistance sweeps reveal that this symmetry axis is induced by the development of a negative magnetoresistance, which is suppressed only for m

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Nanoparticle-laden droplets of liquid crystals: Interactive morphogenesis and dynamic assembly

Defects in liquid crystals serve as templates for nanoparticle (NP) organization; however, NP assembly in cholesteric (Ch) liquid crystals is only beginning to emerge. We show interactive morphogenesis of NP assemblies and a Ch liquid crystalline host formed by cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), in which both the host and the guest experience marked changes in shape and structure as a function of con

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Charge localization and reentrant superconductivity in a quasi-ballistic InAs nanowire coupled to superconductors

A semiconductor nanowire with strong spin-orbit coupling in proximity to a superconductor is predicted to display Majorana edge states emerging under a properly oriented magnetic field. The experimental investigation of these exotic states requires assessing the one-dimensional (1D) character of the nanowire and understanding the superconducting proximity effect in the presence of a magnetic fiel

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Antisymmetric magnetoresistance in van der Waals Fe3GeTe2/graphite/Fe3GeTe2 trilayer heterostructures

With no requirements for lattice matching, van der Waals (vdW) ferromagnetic materials are rapidly establishing themselves as effective building blocks for next-generation spintronic devices. We report a hitherto rarely seen antisymmetric magnetoresistance (MR) effect in vdW heterostructured Fe 3 GeTe 2 (FGT)/graphite/FGT devices. Unlike conventional giant MR (GMR), which is characterized by two

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Engineering entropy for the inverse design of colloidal crystals from hard shapes

Throughout the physical sciences, entropy stands out as a pivotal but enigmatic concept that, in materials design, typically takes a backseat to energy. Here, we demonstrate how to precisely engineer entropy to achieve desired colloidal crystals via particle shapes that, importantly, can be made in the laboratory. We demonstrate the inverse design of symmetric hard particles that assemble six dif

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Bioresorbable optical sensor systems for monitoring of intracranial pressure and temperature

Continuous measurements of pressure and temperature within the intracranial, intraocular, and intravascular spaces provide essential diagnostic information for the treatment of traumatic brain injury, glaucoma, and cardiovascular diseases, respectively. Optical sensors are attractive because of their inherent compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Existing implantable optical compon

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Rapid approach to complex boronic acids

The compatibility of free boronic acid building blocks in multicomponent reactions to readily create large libraries of diverse and complex small molecules was investigated. Traditionally, boronic acid synthesis is sequential, synthetically demanding, and time-consuming, which leads to high target synthesis times and low coverage of the boronic acid chemical space. We have performed the synthesis

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Battery-free, fully implantable optofluidic cuff system for wireless optogenetic and pharmacological neuromodulation of peripheral nerves

Studies of the peripheral nervous system rely on controlled manipulation of neuronal function with pharmacologic and/or optogenetic techniques. Traditional hardware for these purposes can cause notable damage to fragile nerve tissues, create irritation at the biotic/abiotic interface, and alter the natural behaviors of animals. Here, we present a wireless, battery-free device that integrates a mi

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A water lily-inspired hierarchical design for stable and efficient solar evaporation of high-salinity brine

In recent years, interfacial solar vapor generation has shown great potential in realizing desalination and wastewater treatment with high energy conversion efficiency. However, high evaporation rate cannot be maintained because of the seemingly unavoidable fouling or salt accumulation on the solar absorbers. The degradation accelerates as the solute concentration increases. Here, we demonstrate

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A room-temperature ferroelectric semimetal

Coexistence of reversible polar distortions and metallicity leading to a ferroelectric metal, first suggested by Anderson and Blount in 1965, has so far remained elusive. Electrically switchable intrinsic electric polarization, together with the direct observation of ferroelectric domains, has not yet been realized in a bulk crystalline metal, although incomplete screening by mobile conduction ch

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As Aftershocks Rattle Southern California, a More Powerful Earthquake Could Soon Strike, Experts Warn

Southern California was rattled by a magnitude 6.4 quake on Thursday (July 4). Bigger quakes could be coming soon.

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Mozilla readies launch of news subscription service

Way back in February, Mozilla announced an upcoming collaboration with Scroll aimed finding a way to help fund news outlets. The organization appears ready to finally launch to the service, …

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Cockroaches are evolving to become invincible

Not only are German cockroaches a major health concern, but they reproduce rapidly and are notoriously difficult to eradicate. A new study shows that their quick reproductive cycles means that they quickly develop resistances to pesticides, to the point where pesticides alone are effectively useless. The study highlights the importance of integrated pest management, such as keeping a clean house

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King Tut Sculpture Sells for $6 Million at Auction Despite Ownership Controversy

A 3,300-year-old sculpture of Tutankhamun’s head has been auctioned off at Christie’s for $6 Million, despite claims from the Egyptian government that the relic was stolen.Read more…

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Toxic processionary caterpillar plague spreads across Europe

The wind-blown hairs of oak caterpillars are a health risk in Germany and Benelux countries.

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How Snub-Nosed Monkeys Adapted to Extreme Cold

Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys have several adaptations to deal with the cold

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Flere ansøgninger trods karakterkrav

Efter to år med tilbagegang i antallet af ansøgninger til Københavns Universitets bacheloruddannelser…

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Forging a Sword with Meteorite | Savage Builds

Adam Savage and a world-class swordsmith team up to forge King Arthur's sword Excalibur, and their investigation could reveal if the legendary blade was made from iron brought to earth by an extraterrestrial visitor. Stream Full Episodes of Savage Builds: https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/savage-builds/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.fac

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Precolonial history may predict conflict in sub-Saharan Africa

New research explores why civil wars and coups d’état occur more frequently in some sub-Saharan African countries than others. What makes violence more likely? In short, African countries that include ethnic groups that were organized as states prior to European colonization are at much higher risk for violence. The finding appears in the journal International Organization . When widespread prote

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The HadSST4 Sea Surface Temperature dataset

The oceans cover two thirds of the surface of the earth, and so sea surface temperatures form a vital part of our understanding of the impact of human activity on the temperature of the planet. Sea surface temperatures contribute to estimates of global surface temperature change which are widely used in the evaluation of climate models, the estimation of internal modes of climate variability, and

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Where to find big ideas for addressing climate change

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by SueEllen Campbell Sometimes we all need a boost of optimism about our prospects of staving off the worst kinds of climate disruption. We also need to see big thinking and big ambition in practice – or, we might say, to see how ideas can be scaled up, even way up. Here are some excellent places to look for this kind of inspiration. Project Drawdow

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A Massive Seaweed Bloom Is Smothering Life from the Caribbean to West Africa

Researchers call it the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.

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The Lost Nurdles Polluting Texas Beaches

Last September, Jace Tunnell discovered a layer of tiny, round plastic pellets covering a beach on Padre Island off the southern coast of Texas. There were “millions of them,” he recalled, “and it went on for miles.” Tunnell, a marine biologist, knew exactly what the pellets were, but says he had never actually seen them before. They’re called nurdles, and they’re the preproduction building block

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Higher Education Has Become a Partisan Issue

James Johnsen’s letter to the University of Alaska system went out like a flare. “It is with grave concern for the future of our university and our state that I share with you devastating news of the budget Gov. Mike Dunleavy released this morning,” Johnsen, the president of the system, wrote in the June 28 note to members of the university. The governor planned to cut $130 million from the schoo

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Men Notice Messes As Much As Women. Here's Why They Don't Clean Up.

There's a reason men do a third as much housework as women do.

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Gut Microbes May Play a Role in Mental Health Disorders

The gut microbiome has been linked to depression, schizophrenia, and other neurological conditions, but it’s not yet clear whether the relationship is causal.

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Ransomware attacks are on the rise and the criminals are winning

Ransomware attacks, which see which see individuals and organisations locked out of their data unless they pay up, are on the rise and raking in huge profits

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How Can You Tell if Someone (or Something) Is Conscious?

Here are 3 tests to figure out if a human, or other animal, is really conscious or just faking it.

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Soy: Good for Your Heart, or Just OK? Scientists Still Disagree

Soy products have repeatedly been found to help cholesterol levels. But do they do enough to make a difference? (Credit: 1989studio/Shutterstock) If you pick up a carton of soy milk, chances are you’ll spot some sort of verbiage boasting the beverage’s heart health benefits. But it’s not the only soy-based food product bearing a “heart healthy” badge. That’s because, in 1999, the Food and Drug Adm

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Italian Eruption Turns Deadly and California Rocked by Earthquake

Stromboli erupting on July 3, 2019. Image by Anil Charley/Twitter. There is the strong tendency in humans to look for patterns, even when none exist. This is amplified by the modern effect of news media, where certain events make headlines for reasons not necessarily related to the severity of the event. We see this frequently in geology, where a news-making eruption or earthquake then starts a ca

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Reflections on the New Fossil Hall From the Experts Who Created It

The team behind the Smithsonian's new dinosaur and fossil hall reflect on what "deep time" means to them.

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Hacked forensic firm pays ransom after malware attack

Largest private provider Eurofins hands over undisclosed fee to regain control of systems Britain’s largest private forensics provider has paid a ransom to hackers after its IT systems were brought to a standstill by a cyber-attack, it has been reported. Eurofins, which is thought to carry out about half of all private forensic analysis, was targeted in a ransomware attack on 2 June, which the co

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Iceland glacier national park named World Heritage site

UNESCO on Friday added Iceland's Vatnajokull National Park, Europe's largest with a landscape of "fire and ice," to its World Heritage List.

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LGBT+ scientists affected by discrimination

A report finds that 28% of LGBT+ people working in the physical sciences have considered leaving their jobs due to discrimination.

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Lightyear One solar powered electric car | Fully Charged

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Ransomware attacks are on the rise and the criminals are winning

Ransomware attacks, which see which see individuals and organisations locked out of their data unless they pay up, are on the rise and raking in huge profits

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Risk of cancer among children, young adults with congenital heart disease

National registry data in Sweden were used in this study that assessed the risk of developing cancer in children and young adults with congenital heart disease compared with healthy people in the general population from birth to age 41.

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Estimating gender biases among health care professionals, surgeons

This study used measures of implicit and explicit biases to assess how health care professionals associated men and women with career and family, and how surgeons associated men and women with surgery and family medicine.

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Queer voices in palaeontology

Nature, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02113-6 Riley Black, who came out as transgender and non-binary this year, describes the challenges of cultivating diversity in a discipline with an ‘Indiana Jones’ image.

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3 ways to measure your adaptability — and how to improve it | Natalie Fratto

When venture investor Natalie Fratto is determining which start-up founder to support, she doesn't just look for intelligence or charisma; she looks for adaptability. In this insightful talk, Fratto shares three ways to measure your "adaptability quotient" — and shows why your ability to respond to change really matters.

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Call for green burial corridors alongside roads, railways and country footpaths

A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running out of room. With 500,000 deaths annually in England and Wales, it is likely that there will be no burial space left within five years.

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America Has Reached Peak Mask

My college roommate was the first person I met who regularly used a face mask. At 21, I was already well acquainted with plenty of extensive beauty routines; my grandma even insisted on taking her moisturizer with her into hospice care. But the American beauty market still mostly ignored face masks in the mid-2000s. They seemed to me like things that were administered in spas, alongside mud baths

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Teleselskabet 3 udfaser 3G på Roskilde Festival

Over 130.000 festivalgæster er i disse dage forsøgskaniner i 3’s refarming-projekt, hvor teleselskabet omlægger frekvenser fra 3G til 4G.

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Molecular energy machine as a movie star

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cellular processes significantly more effective than before. They have now published their results in the journa

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Being a Brexit remainer or leaver is more psychological than you think

In the newly published study, "How Many Ways to Say Goodbye? The Latent Class Structure and Psychological Correlates of European Union Sentiment in a Large Sample of UK Adults," academics from the university's Department of Psychology took a data-driven approach and identified different clusters of attitudes towards the European Union (EU).

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New approach to energy strategy accounts for uncertainty

Many countries—including Switzerland—are developing an energy strategy to meet various objectives such as reducing reliance on fossil fuels, cutting CO2 emissions and promoting the energy transition. That means governments have to make important decisions about which power sources to prioritize in the future and what technologies to invest in, in order to strike the right balance between keeping p

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Programmed cell death: The roles of caspase-1 and gasdermin D in apoptosis and pyroptosis

Caspase-1 triggers programmed necrosis called pyroptosis by gasdermin-D (GSDMD) cleavage. GSDMD-deficient cells are, however, susceptible to caspase-1-mediated cell death. Researchers at Kanazawa University and others discovered that caspase-1 proteolytically activates Bid and initiates apoptosis in GSDMD-deficient cells. Furthermore, cortical neurons and mast cells, exhibiting little GSDMD expres

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Effect of insecticides on damselflies greater than expected

The latest research from the Leiden outdoor laboratory "Living Lab' shows that the insecticide thiacloprid strongly influences even the most common and robust dragonfly species in the Netherlands. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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The impact of the slave trade on the Dutch economy

To what extent did the Netherlands grow rich from the Transatlantic slave trade? In his dissertation "Walcherse Ketens," Gerhard de Kok looks at Vlissingen and Middelburg, the most important slave trade cities in the Netherlands during the second half of the 18th century. It turns out that, although the slave trade comprised only a small fraction of Dutch national trade, it had a major economic im

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Slow progress: NASA's still trying to get inSight's Mole working again

The InSight lander has been on Mars for 213 Sols on its mission to understand the interior of the red planet. It's armed with a seismometer, a temperature and wind sensor, and other instruments. But it's primary instrument, arguably, is the Mole, or the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3.) And the Mole has been stuck for a while now.

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'Eyes' for the autopilot: Successful automatic landing with vision assisted navigation

Automatic landings have long been standard procedure for commercial aircraft. While major airports have the infrastructure necessary to ensure the safe navigation of the aircraft, this is usually not the case at smaller airports. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and TU Braunschweig have now demonstrated a completely automatic landing with vision assisted navigation that func

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New dairy cattle breeding method increases genetic selection efficiency

Brazilian scientists at São Paulo State University (UNESP) collaborating with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a dairy cattle breeding method that adds a new parameter to genetic selection and conserves or even improves a population's genetic diversity.

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Programmed cell death: The roles of caspase-1 and gasdermin D in apoptosis and pyroptosis

Caspase-1 triggers programmed necrosis called pyroptosis by gasdermin-D (GSDMD) cleavage. GSDMD-deficient cells are, however, susceptible to caspase-1-mediated cell death. Researchers at Kanazawa University and others discovered that caspase-1 proteolytically activates Bid and initiates apoptosis in GSDMD-deficient cells. Furthermore, cortical neurons and mast cells, exhibiting little GSDMD expres

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Effect of insecticides on damselflies greater than expected

The latest research from the Leiden outdoor laboratory "Living Lab' shows that the insecticide thiacloprid strongly influences even the most common and robust dragonfly species in the Netherlands. The study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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New dairy cattle breeding method increases genetic selection efficiency

Brazilian scientists at São Paulo State University (UNESP) collaborating with colleagues at the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a dairy cattle breeding method that adds a new parameter to genetic selection and conserves or even improves a population's genetic diversity.

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How to Fight STEM's Unconscious Bias against LGBTQ People

To boost inclusivity, we need to do better at tracking data and holding institutions accountable — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Researchers find a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions

An international team of researchers has found that a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and methane emissions. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes DNA testing they did on rumen microbes in cattle in several European countries and what they found.

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Molecular energy machine as a movie star

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have used the Swiss Light Source SLS to record a molecular energy machine in action and thus to reveal how energy production at cell membranes works. For this purpose they developed a new investigative method that could make the analysis of cellular processes significantly more effective than before. They have now published their results in the journa

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Tracking evolution through teeth: The small-fry ancestor of the great white shark

Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes) are a group consisting of some of the most iconic sharks we know, including the mako shark (the fastest shark in the world), the infamous great white shark, and Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark that has ever roamed the world's oceans. An international team of researchers around Patrick L. Jambura from the University of Vienna found a unique feature in the teeth

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Tuning the energy levels of organic semiconductors

Physicists from the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP) and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the TU Dresden, together with researchers from Tübingen, Potsdam and Mainz were able to demonstrate how electronic energies in organic semiconductor films can be tuned by electrostatic forces. A diverse set of experiments supported by simulatio

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This reminder brings out flexible thinking in kids

Reminding children of their many roles—friend, neighbor, and daughter, for example—can lead to better problem-solving and more flexible thinking, research finds. “This is some of the first research on reminding kids about their multi-faceted selves,” says lead author Sarah Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. “Such reminders boost their problem-solvin

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Researchers find a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and emissions

An international team of researchers has found that a core cow microbiome dictates dairy cow productivity and methane emissions. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes DNA testing they did on rumen microbes in cattle in several European countries and what they found.

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Tracking evolution through teeth: The small-fry ancestor of the great white shark

Mackerel sharks (Lamniformes) are a group consisting of some of the most iconic sharks we know, including the mako shark (the fastest shark in the world), the infamous great white shark, and Megalodon, the biggest predatory shark that has ever roamed the world's oceans. An international team of researchers around Patrick L. Jambura from the University of Vienna found a unique feature in the teeth

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A decade waiting (and working), then two FRBs nailed in a week

But Australian and US astronomers took different approaches. Richard A Lovett reports.

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Nerve surgery restores movement in paralysed hands

Australian trial highlights the potential of a new approach. Nick Carne reports.

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We are stardust. And Big Bang dust.

Neutron star collisions appear to be essential to our chemical origin story, writes Katie Mack.

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Using virtual reality could make you a better person

Thuong Hoang and Guy Wood-Bradley from Australia’s Deakin University look at how we engage with a synthetic world.

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'Cuphead' Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

The team behind the game is trying to make sure it's being made in a manner that's healthy for its developers.

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Altered gene expression may trigger collapse of symbiotic relationship

Researchers in Japan have identified the potential genes responsible for coral bleaching caused by temperature elevation.

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Altered gene expression may trigger collapse of symbiotic relationship

Researchers in Japan have identified the potential genes responsible for coral bleaching caused by temperature elevation.

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New innovative statistical tool improves pollution control in cities

Recent research has studied the relation between environmental pollution and climate change, and suggests the use of covariables to establish sampling points that are representative of the quality of air in urban surroundings

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NUS quantum satellite combines art with science

A satellite built by the National University of Singapore (NUS) entered orbit in June carrying both a high-tech quantum device from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and a quotation from a play written for the NUS Arts Festival.

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From points of light to worlds: UA explores the solar system

A determined bunch of scientists set out to map the moon in preparation of the Apollo landings, but that was only the beginning. A new field of science blossomed, and UA scientists have been involved in nearly every U.S. space mission since.

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Trip to check radiation after 1989 sinking of Russian sub

A joint Norwegian-Russian expedition will assess whether a Russian submarine that sank 30 years ago is leaking radioactive material, Norwegian authorities said Friday.

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UK investigation of Amazon investment shows tougher approach

The U.K. competition watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Amazon's purchase of a large stake in food delivery service Deliveroo, a move that suggests authorities are taking a harder line on the expansion of Big Tech.

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How to Fight STEM's Unconscious Bias against LGBTQ People

To boost inclusivity, we need to do better at tracking data and holding institutions accountable — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Your Awful 4th of July Hangover Is No Match for This Science-Backed Hangover Cure

The dreaded hangover is our body’s way of telling us that we overdid it. And after yesterday’s 4th of July festivities, many of us are currently experiencing this problem first hand. Unfortunately, science has yet to alter alcohol so we don’t wake up in horrible pain after a night of drinking. However, while we can’t yet prevent an alcohol hangover, there is now a way to treat it that actually wo

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Quantum computing for the qubit curious

Quantum computers could change the world. It's a shame they’re so bewildering. Cathal O'Connell prepared this brief primer.

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Epithelial cells take the fight to the flu

Watch out for the antibiotics, however.

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Facebook Claims Libra Offers Economic Empowerment to Billions—an Economist Is Skeptical

Facebook is joining the cryptocurrency craze . Should we be concerned? The social network site on June 18 said it’s launching a new cryptocurrency called Libra with the help of 27 partners, including MasterCard, Visa, ebay, and Uber. In simple terms, Libra is meant to replace the paper bills in your wallet or purse with a digital equivalent. But unlike other cryptocurrencies like bitcoin , Libra

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Self-assembling materials can form patterns that might be useful in optical devices

Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now be made into much more complex patterns that may open up new areas of materials design, a team of MIT researchers say.

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Remembering Those Who Lived the Apollo 11 Mission

Portraits of people forever tethered to the moon landing.

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Trump Commandeers the Fourth of July

At 6:40 last night, President Donald Trump stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, flanked by a pair of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, guns pointed toward the crowd. His speech—the first July 4 address given by a president on the National Mall since Harry Truman in 1951—was unusual, by Trump standards. There was little in the way of self-congratulation; no insults were hurled at enemies. For rough

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A new property of light has been discovered: self-torque

An unsuspected property of light, called "self-torque," had just been discovered. The discovery will allow scientists to control the behavior of light in a new way. The potential applications are still being worked out, but look very exciting. None It's not often that scientists discover an entirely new property of light. The last time was in 1992, when researchers figured out how to twist light.

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Metabolomes: A new way to store data in little space

New research shows it’s possible to store image files in solutions of common biological small molecules. The work is a toward molecular storage systems that could hold vast amounts of data in tiny spaces. DNA molecules are well known as carriers of huge amounts of biological information, and there is growing interest in using DNA in engineered data storage devices that can hold vastly more data t

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Pluto Redux

The faraway world’s demotion more than a decade ago opened a celestial can of worms — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Facing fury over 'fake websites,' Grubhub says restaurants have it wrong

It looked like yet another example of Big Tech's overreach, a David-and-Goliath story pitting a massive internet platform against powerless individuals.

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Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts

The discovery of an unlikely relationship between melting sea ice and magnets could help scientists produce better models of the global climate.

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'Spider-Man: Far From Home': 5 Comics That Help Explain the Ending

Still pondering that post-credits scene? Start here.

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Sikorsky's S-97 Raider Helicopter Is a Pirouetting Speedster

The funky, speedy whirly bird is Sikorksy's bid to win a major new contract from the Army.

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Infographic: Impact Of Advanced Robotics On Job Markets

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The mission of a lifetime: a drone on Titan in 2034 (Update)

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Scientists combine light and matter to make particles with new behaviors

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One Question Hanging Over the World Cup Final

In the 73rd minute of a scoreless group-stage match between Nigeria and France earlier in this month’s World Cup, the French forward Viviane Asseyi was undercut by a Nigerian defender in the penalty area, drawing a foul. The ruling—confirmed by the replay system known as video assistant referee, or VAR—set up a tense scenario. If the penalty kick, taken by Wendie Renard, went in, France would hea

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Pluto Redux

The faraway world’s demotion more than a decade ago opened a celestial can of worms — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Magmas can hold a surprising amount of water

Magmas are surprising wet, new research finds. Volatile elements in magma, primarily water, drive explosive volcanic eruptions. The tricky part is determining just how much volatile content was present before the eruption took place. This is especially difficult when the only evidence scientists have to go on is the end product after all the volatiles have been lost. The most common method for de

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Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

A roadblock to sustainable energy solutions is coming unstuck — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Kommune overvejer at politi-anmelde insektgift-udledning fra renseanlæg

Slagelse Kommune finder udledninger af neonikotinoider så alvorlige, at politiet sandsynligvis får overdraget sagen. Spørgsmålet er dog, hvor hovedansvaret ligger.

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Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

A roadblock to sustainable energy solutions is coming unstuck — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Rare Lake of Bubbling Lava Discovered on Remote Antarctic Island

A huge lake of sizzling hot lava has been discovered in a volcano on a remote sub-Antarctic island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think

Life’s information-storage system is being adapted to handle massive amounts of information — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Sony WF-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Wireless Earbuds Set To Rival Apple AirPods Next Month, Preorders

Sony made waves in the consumer audio market with its WH-1000XM3 headphones, and now the same (presumably) noise-cancelling technology that helped the headset garner so many accolades is offered …

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Modulation of cardiac ryanodine receptor 2 by calmodulin

Nature, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1377-y The regulatory mechanism through which ryanodine receptor 2 is modulated by calmodulin is revealed through structural determination of ryanodine receptor 2 under eight conditions.

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X-rays show how solid-state batteries crack

X-ray computed tomography offers a real-time view of how cracks form near the edges of the interfaces between materials in solid-state batteries. The findings could help researchers find ways to improve the energy storage devices. Solid-state batteries—a new battery design that uses all solid components—have gained attention in recent years because of their potential to hold much more energy whil

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7 Best Sunglasses for Every Adventure and Budget (2019)

We've tested and picked the best sunglasses to protect your eyes from the burning sun while you run, paddle, or work on your computer outside.

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Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

NASA's Europa mission is struggling, but scientists are keeping the dream alive with exotic approaches to sampling that moon and its mysterious ocean.

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DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think

Life’s information-storage system is being adapted to handle massive amounts of information — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Image of the Day: Murder Mystery

Head wounds in the fossilized skull of a Paleolithic man suggest foul play.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Satirizes the Way Marvel Movies Are Made

This article contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Spider-Man, transformed from the page into a live-action hero, has become a cartoon again. I’m not referring to the myriad animated series revolving around the superhero, or to last year’s phenomenal film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ; I’m talking about the Spider-Man played by Tom Holland. In his five Marvel movies—the most

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Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter

Tesla's latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95,200. The post Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter appeared first on ExtremeTech .

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Nerve surgery helps people with paralysis control their hands and arms

People with quadriplegia can feed themselves and brush their teeth thanks to nerve surgery – and doctors say it’s time to make the surgery more widely available

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DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think

Life’s information-storage system is being adapted to handle massive amounts of information — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Legal debt may prolong homelessness

Among a group of adults experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area, people with outstanding legal debt spent two more years without stable housing than those without legal debt, report researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Public Health , sustains a long-held argument that court-imposed fees and fines may keep the most vulnerable people ensnared in a vicious cycle of poverty a

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King Tut Sculpture with Sketchy Origins Sells at Christie's for Nearly $6 Million

Egypt's ministry of antiquities thinks the statue was stolen from the Karnak Temple some time after 1970.

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The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

Ransomware attacks, supply chain hacks, escalating tensions with Iran—the first six months of 2019 have been anything but boring.

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Tim Wu Explains Why He Thinks Facebook Should Be Broken Up

Tim Wu, who coined the phrase "net neutrality," spoke with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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How to Save Money and Skip Lines at the Airport

Going overseas? Here's what you need to know about Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, and other ways to have a less stressful flight.

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UK roadsides could become burial grounds as graveyards are filling up

Bodies could start to be buried alongside main roads in the UK, as graveyards and cemeteries are running out of room, suggests a former direct of public health

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The new race to the Moon

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Smärta signaleras snabbare än vi trott

Enligt den rådande synen leds nervsignaler om smärta alltid långsammare än signaler om beröring i människan. Den sorts känsel som låter oss uppfatta beröring och ger oss förmågan att lokalisera var på huden den känns hanteras av nerver som har en myelinskida av fett som isolerar nerven. Nerver med ett tjockt lager myelin, även kallade tjocka nervtrådar, leder nervsignalen snabbare än nerver utan

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Journal editors “flabbergasted” by responses to author’s ruse

The Pakistan Journal of Zoology got hoodwinked by a tall fishing tale. And they’re letting everyone know. [Looking for Forensics Friday? They’ll resume as soon as we get through a backlog of posts we didn’t publish during our 10-day outage.] The journal has retracted six papers that share a co-author who the editors say “exploited … Continue reading Journal editors “flabbergasted” by responses to

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Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land after battery charger catches fire

The A330 Airbus was on route to London’s Heathrow but had to land in Boston's Logan Airport at about 8.50pm local time, less than an hour after it left JFK airport, “due to reports of smoke …

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Farewell authors, hello contributors

Nature, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02084-8 More disciplines must embrace a system of academic credit that rewards a greater range of roles more specifically, says Alex Holcombe.

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Huge algal mat spanning an ocean is visible from space

Nature, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02080-y Deforestation in the Amazon has helped to fuel the growth of a seaweed blanket that exceeded 20 million tonnes in 2018.

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More than a thousand sharks and rays have become entangled in plastic

More than a thousand sharks and rays have become entangled in plastic debris, a team has found by reviewing scientific papers and Twitter

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DNA Tests Aside, True Paternity May Be in the Eye of the Beholder

In “Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father,” Nara B. Milanich, a history professor at Barnard College, sifts through decades worth of family sagas, articles, and court records to reveal how cultural ideas about fatherhood have remained stubbornly consistent in the face of scientific progress.

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Why failing to preserve biodiversity is a profound disrespect

A loss of biodiversity limits the ways we can use biodiversity to make our world better. Hockfield reminds us that biodiversity is a "bank account" of natural assistance. For example, it is key in producing better crops to feed growing populations. How will we double food productivity (which we must do to survive) when we lose the wild plants we crossbreed agricultural crops with? There is much m

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The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity

Last week, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, told the group, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!” Reed is partially right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump. I recently exchanged emails with a pro-Tru

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Europe Has Turned Its Back on Its ISIS Suspects

Samir Bougana, a 24-year-old Italian, was one of thousands of western European recruits who traveled to fight alongside the Islamic State after 2014. But he differs from all of them in one key respect: His own government is taking him home to stand trial. Bougana was captured and held for almost a year by Kurdish forces in Syria before Italy took custody of him, in a decision the State Department

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Trump Couldn’t Ignore the Contradictions of His Foreign Policy Any Longer

Vyacheslav Molotov served in senior positions in the Soviet Union for more than a quarter century, including 10 years as Stalin’s foreign minister. He was dismissed in 1949 when he fell out of favor with Stalin, but he found his way back in to the Foreign Ministry after the dictator’s death in 1953. Over the next four years, he fought with the new Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev. According to Mo

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Where John Roberts Is Taking the Court

Last year’s Supreme Court term ended with a vivid display of willed gullibility by Chief Justice John Roberts. In Hawaii v. Trump, the “travel ban” case, Roberts announced he would pay no attention to that Islamophobia behind the curtain and instead treat the ban as a “facially neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission.” This year’s term ended with the same man s

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UK investigates Amazon investment in food delivery firm

The U.K. competition watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Amazon's purchase of a big stake in food delivery service Deliveroo, a move that suggests authorities are taking a harder …

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VIDEO: Se køerne, der drikker som katte

Der er noget mærkeligt ved vandet på Frimandsgaard i Hallelev ved Slagelse. Hverken landmand Søren Olsens egne køer eller køerne på Københavns Universitet vil drikke det, sådan som køer bør drikke, så vi tog på besøg for at se, hvordan det ser ud, når en ko slikker vandet i sig i stedet for at stikke hele mulen ned.

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How a decision-analysis tool helped one scientist couple make some tough career choices

Nature, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02106-5 When ecologist Rachel Katz was offered a government job in a region with few academic options for her partner, herpetologist Sean Sterrett, a decision-analysis tool helped to solve their ‘two-body problem’.

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When convenience meets surveillance: AI at the corner store

Jacksons Food Store customer Denise Diharce was surprised to learn that the Tacoma location she frequents for odds and ends is testing a high-tech system that, prior to entry, will compare her to images of previous crime suspects.

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Landmanden med det mystiske vand: »Ingen regner mine målinger for noget«

Mød Søren Olsen på Frimandsgaard, der ifølge kommunen er ramt af »strømforurening«. Køerne vil ikke drikke vandet, og hverken Grander-vand, jording af malkerobotten eller udskiftning af motor har hjulpet.

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Syria tanker seized, World Cup, IMF and Moon landings

Britain seizes tanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria

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Climate mistake reveals Earth warmed more than we thought last century

Early weather stations only covered 20 per cent of the globe, causing them to underestimate how much our greenhouse gas emissions have warmed the climate

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JoAnn Morgan: The Only Woman In The Firing Room During Apollo 11

Dozens of technicians and flight controllers piled into the firing room at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to count down the launch of Apollo 11. Among the sea of people, JoAnn Morgan was the only woman.

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Development of a high-throughput strategy for discovery of potent analogues of antibiotic lysocin E

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10754-4 The depsipeptide Lysocin E has antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Here, the authors developed a high-throughput one-bead-on-compound method for the synthesis and screening lysocin E derivatives, with several hits being more active than the parent compound.

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Myelinating Schwann cells ensheath multiple axons in the absence of E3 ligase component Fbxw7

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10881-y The authors find that deletion from Schwann cells of an E3 ubiquitin ligase component called Fbxw7 leads to a phenotype reminiscent of myelination in the central nervous system where a single oligodendrocyte ensheaths multiple axons.

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Clinically-relevant postzygotic mosaicism in parents and children with developmental disorders in trio exome sequencing data

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11059-2 Systematic analysis of postzygotic mosaicism (PZM) is difficult due to challenges in detecting such events. Here, Wright et al. analyse trio exome sequencing data from blood and saliva of 4,293 probands with developmental disorders from the DDD Study and estimate that >3% of causative de novo mutations result fr

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Zero-field nuclear magnetic resonance of chemically exchanging systems

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10787-9 Zero-field nuclear magnetic resonance can identify species and collective behaviors in mixtures without applied magnetic fields. Here the authors demonstrate its use for resolving proton exchange in ammonium and for the detection of hyperpolarized pyruvic acid, an important imaging biomarker.

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Survival probability of stochastic processes beyond persistence exponents

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10841-6 The survival probability of a random walker is the probability that a particular target has not been reached by time t. Here the authors produce a formula for the prefactor involved in the expression of the survival probability which is shown to hold for both Markovian and non-Markovian processes.

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Target preference of Type III-A CRISPR-Cas complexes at the transcription bubble

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10780-2 Type III CRISPR-Cas systems are able to target transcriptionally active DNA sequences in phages and plasmids. Here, the authors reveal the mechanism of the target nucleic acid preference of Type III-A CRISPR-Cas complexes at the transcription bubble by a combination of structural and biochemical approaches.

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Cul3 and insomniac are required for rapid ubiquitination of postsynaptic targets and retrograde homeostatic signaling

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10992-6 The authors use a forward genetic screen to discover postsynaptic factors required for homeostatic synaptic plasticity at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. They identify insomniac and the ubiquitin ligase Cul3, genes involved in sleep regulation, to be necessary for retrograde homeostatic signalling at this

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Relaxin gene delivery mitigates liver metastasis and synergizes with check point therapy

Nature Communications, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10893-8 Activated hepatic stellate cells are associated with fibrosis and liver metastases. Here, the authors identify an endogenous role of relaxin in regulating the activation of hepatic stellate cells and report nanoparticle-mediated relaxin gene therapy to mitigate fibrosis and liver metastasis.

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Jaguar Land Rover decides to build electric cars in UK

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover will make electric cars at its central England factory, it announced Friday, securing thousands of jobs in a major boost to post-Brexit Britain.

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Discovery reveals prolific ability of Schwann cells to generate myelin

Scientists have discovered that a special type of cell is much more prolific in generating a protective sheath covering nerve fibers than previously believed. 'This totally overturns the textbook definition of the way Schwann cells work,' said senior author Kelly Monk, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.

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A new way of making complex structures in thin films

Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now be made into much more complex patterns that might someday be useful for making optical or plasmonic devices (in which electromagnetic waves interact with electrons), according to an MIT study.

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Cathepsin Z as a novel potential biomarker for osteoporosis

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46068-0 Cathepsin Z as a novel potential biomarker for osteoporosis

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Circulation of a novel strain of dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) in stranded cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46096-w Circulation of a novel strain of dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) in stranded cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea

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Comparative transcriptome analysis of cultivated and wild seeds of Salvia hispanica (chia)

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-45895-5 Comparative transcriptome analysis of cultivated and wild seeds of Salvia hispanica (chia)

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No Effect of Ego Depletion on Risk Taking

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46103-0 No Effect of Ego Depletion on Risk Taking

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Quantitative phase imaging in common-path cross-referenced holographic microscopy using double-exposure method

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46348-9 Quantitative phase imaging in common-path cross-referenced holographic microscopy using double-exposure method

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Computer-based tools provide new insight into the key factors that cause physiological disorders of pistachio rootstocks cultured in vitro

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46155-2 Computer-based tools provide new insight into the key factors that cause physiological disorders of pistachio rootstocks cultured in vitro

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Actin stabilizing compounds show specific biological effects due to their binding mode

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46282-w Actin stabilizing compounds show specific biological effects due to their binding mode

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Adenosine A2A receptor stimulation restores cell functions and differentiation in Niemann-Pick type C-like oligodendrocytes

Scientific Reports, Published online: 05 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41598-019-46268-8 Adenosine A 2A receptor stimulation restores cell functions and differentiation in Niemann-Pick type C-like oligodendrocytes

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Is Joe Biden ‘Too Old’?

Joe Biden is looking for that sweet spot between “wise” and “over the hill.” That can be hard to find when your voting record is older than some of the other candidates in the race. People who know him have told me that the former vice president has decided, out of both strategy and conviction, that he should never apologize. He still sees himself as the same young-buck visionary, the one who was

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Facebook Libra digital currency will carry hidden costs

When Facebook announced its intention last month to get into the money business with its own digital currency, we were left wondering what would be next. Its own court system? Its own standing army?

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Surge in sick, hungry sea lions off California coast puzzles marine biologists

A rise in the number of ailing and malnourished sea lions along the California coastline has marine experts somewhat puzzled, KNTV reports.

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Surge in sick, hungry sea lions off California coast puzzles marine biologists

A rise in the number of ailing and malnourished sea lions along the California coastline has marine experts somewhat puzzled, KNTV reports.

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Jaguar Land Rover set to build electric cars in UK

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has decided to produce a range of electric vehicles at its central England factory, it announced Friday, securing thousands of jobs in a major boost to post-Brexit Britain.

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'Eyes' for the autopilot: Successful automatic landing with vision assisted navigation

Automatic landings have long been standard procedure for commercial aircraft. While major airports have the infrastructure necessary to ensure the safe navigation of the aircraft, this is usually …

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We the Peeps will use blockchain to try to break the big-money monopoly in politics

Its founders think crowdfunding, cryptocurrency, and blockchain voting can help citizens call the shots.

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Google backs down after New Zealand murder case gaffe

Google agreed Friday to change how it publishes New Zealand news after top officials in Wellington lashed the US tech giant for breaching court suppression orders in a high-profile murder case.

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Google backs down after New Zealand murder case gaffe

Google agreed Friday to change how it publishes New Zealand news after top officials in Wellington lashed the US tech giant for breaching court suppression orders in a high-profile murder case.

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Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions.

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Turning food waste into bioplastics

An ingenious new solution being engineered at the University of Canterbury (UC) aims to turn food waste into valuable chemical components that could be used to make bioplastics.

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Beavers engineer their ecosystems in a way that helps moose and otters

A wildlife survey in Finland has found that by felling trees and building dams, beavers increase the diversity and abundance of woodland mammals

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Armoured liquid droplets make mini disco balls, letters and shapes

Liquid marbles made from hexagonal plates can be moulded into different letters and shapes, and could be used as miniature reactors

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Microsoft patents live picture overlays for mixed reality systems

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Hell in high water: Braving the monsoon to save India's rhinos

The monsoon may bring respite from the scorching heat, but for the rangers and animals at Kaziranga National Park it also brings danger as poachers take advantage of greater camouflage and flooding.

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Elephants: the jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch's sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.

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Tel Aviv takes a ride to scooter 'paradise'

Matan Ben Ari was among the many taking to one of Tel Aviv's main streets on a recent day—not with a car or public transport, but with an electric scooter.

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Call for green burial corridors alongside roads, railways and country footpaths

A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running out of room. With 500,000 deaths annually in England and Wales, it is likely that there will be no burial space left within five years.

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Hell in high water: Braving the monsoon to save India's rhinos

The monsoon may bring respite from the scorching heat, but for the rangers and animals at Kaziranga National Park it also brings danger as poachers take advantage of greater camouflage and flooding.

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Elephants: the jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

The jungle was so thick that Emmanuel Olabode only found the elephants he was tracking when the great matriarch's sniffing trunk reached out close enough to almost touch.

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Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world's oceans, new research shows.

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E-scooters: a transport 'tsunami' flooding cities worldwide

They appeared in June last year as Paris was waking up from its annual all-night Festival of Music: hundreds of green-and-black electric scooters dotting the pavements of the capital.

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E-scooter market charges ahead but faces bumpy road

The E-scooter market has exploded over the past two years but operators are by no means assured of finding a long-term niche in the urban transport sector.

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Samsung Electronics flags 56% fall in Q2 operating profit

Samsung Electronics said Friday it expects operating profit to tumble 56 percent for the second quarter of this year in the face of a weakening chip market.

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Bury bodies along UK's motorways to ease burial crisis, expert suggests

New approaches to disposing of the dead needed as graveyards and crematoria are almost full From burials in pyramids to scattering ashes and even plastination , there has been no shortage of ideas about how to deal with human corpses. But with graveyards and crematoria almost full in Britain, the conundrum of what to do with the dead has resurfaced with new urgency. Now a leading public health ex

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Cross Section: Giles Yeo – Science Weekly podcast

Why do some of us pile on the pounds, while others seem to get away with it? Hannah Devlin speaks to Dr Giles Yeo about some of the latest findings from the field of obesity research – from the role of our genes and how heritable our weight is, to how, as a society, we’ve become overweight and what we can do about it. Continue reading…

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Cross Section: Giles Yeo – Science Weekly podcast

Why do some of us pile on the pounds, while others seem to get away with it? Hannah Devlin speaks to Dr Giles Yeo about some of the latest findings from the field of obesity research – from the role of our genes and how heritable our weight is, to how, as a society, we’ve become overweight and what we can do about it.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/sciencepod

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10 of the best moon-landing anniversary events in the UK

The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing, on 20 July 1969, is being celebrated globally but giant leaps aren’t necessary for these ‘missions’ in the UK Seven metres in diameter, artist Luke Jerram’s spherical, internally lit lunar sculpture features detailed imagery of the moon’s surface from Nasa – each centimetre of the artwork representing about 5km of the moon. It was inspired by Bristolia

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The Strengthening Anti-China Bonds Between Hong Kong and Taiwan

TAIPEI—When Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping signed the agreement that would hand control of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997, East Asia was a vastly different place than it is today. The year was 1984: China was in the early days of its economic rise and was experiencing one of its most politically free periods under Communist rule; Hong Kong was the booming financial hub and crown jew

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Photos of the Week: Cool Pup, Orion Launch, Pitch Invader

Flooding in Irkutsk, a freak hailstorm in Mexico, an eruption near Sicily, Fourth of July fireworks in New York, a DMZ visit in North Korea, Women's World Cup semifinals in France, water shortages in India, haute couture fashion in Paris, surfing in Sydney, and much more.

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Seven-Eleven Japan to wrap its billions of rice balls in bioplastic

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Anchorage was 89 degrees on July 4. That's not a typo

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The Tech Giants are Coming for Our Homes | The B1M

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Forsker svarer på vild konspiration: Nej, tyngdekraften forsvinder ikke

Dansk rumforsker får ofte underlige spørgsmål og kommentarer fra folk, der tvivler på videnskaben.

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Caspase-1 initiates apoptosis, but not pyroptosis, in the absence of gasdermin D

Caspase-1 triggers programmed necrosis called pyroptosis by gasdermin-D (GSDMD) cleavage. GSDMD-deficient cells are, however, susceptible to caspase-1-mediated cell death. Researchers at Kanazawa University and others discovered that caspase-1 proteolytically activates Bid and initiates apoptosis in GSDMD-deficient cells. Furthermore, cortical neurons and mast cells, exhibiting little GSDMD expres

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Electric cars 'will not solve transport problem,' report warns

Car use will still need to be curbed, even when all vehicles use clean electricity, a report warns.

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Why Nasa’s next Moon mission can’t be an Apollo retread

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong’s one small step, the agency’s planners have new priorities

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Direktør erkender: Mystisk kollaps i datacenter har ført til »seriøse« kontraktbrud

Virksomheden Interxion er nu kommet tættere på at finde årsagen til søndagens nedbrud i deres store datacenter i Ballerup, men afviser, at det skyldes én enkelt hændelse. Flere svar mangler dog stadig.

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Nerve transfer surgery restores hand function and elbow extension in 13 young adults with complete paralysis

Nerve transfer surgery has enabled 13 young adults with complete paralysis to regain movement and function in their elbows and hands, according to the largest case series of this technique in people with tetraplegia (paralysis of both the upper and lower limbs).

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Gay Animals and the Science of Sexuality

Earlier this year, a New York Times headline struck my attention: The Gay Penguins of Australia. The story details the lives of Sphen and Magic, two male Gentoo penguins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia. Sphen is 6 years old and rather quiet. Magic likes to chase after toys and is 3 years […]

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$2.5 Million Taken From National Parks for Trump's Bombastic 4th of July Display

This event is costing America a lot more than her dignity. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Carbon dioxide to methanol conversion

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Luna 15 Accompanied Apollo 11 to the Moon

(Credit: taffpixture/Shutterstock) On July 13, 1969, Apollo 11’s Saturn V sat on launchpad 39A at Cape Canaveral. The pre-launch countdown was already underway though the actual final countdown wouldn't start for another day and a half. Nevertheless, there was plenty of activity buzzing around the Cape, but the big news in space that day wasn't the impending manned lunar landing attempt. It was Lu

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Pain signaling in humans more rapid than previously known

Pain signals can travel as fast as touch signals, according to a new study. The discovery of a rapid pain-signaling system challenges our current understanding of pain.

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Deep-CEE: The AI deep learning tool helping astronomers explore deep space

Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive structures in the cosmos, but despite being millions of lightyears across, they can still be hard to spot. Researchers have turned to artificial intelligence for assistance in finding galaxy clusters, developing 'Deep-CEE' (Deep Learning for Galaxy Cluster Extraction and Evaluation), a novel deep learning technique to speed up the process of finding the

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Collision course: Amateur astronomers play a part in efforts to keep space safe

Heavy traffic is commonplace on Earth but now congestion is becoming an increasing problem in space. With over 22,000 artificial satellites in orbit it is essential to keep track of their positions in order to avoid unexpected collisions. Amateur astronomers have been helping the Ministry of Defence explore what is possible using high-end consumer equipment to track objects in space.

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Non-aromatic annulene-based aggregation-induced emission system via aromaticity reversal process

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10818-5 Molecular systems displaying aggregation-induced emission (AIE) have important biomedical and optoelectronic applications. Here the authors report a further mechanism for AIE, through aromaticity reversal from the ground state to the excited state, in the non-aromatic annulene derivative of cyclooctatetrathiophe

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Induction of memory-like dendritic cell responses in vivo

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10486-5 Wormley and colleagues present data showing that vaccine strategies can be devised to prime dendritic cells to respond in a memory-like fashion upon subsequent exposure to a pathogen.

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Mutations in SMARCB1 and in other Coffin–Siris syndrome genes lead to various brain midline defects

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10849-y Why and how mutations in genes encoding BAF complex components lead to distinct disease entitites remains unresolved. In this study, authors establish the first Smarcb1 mutant mouse model with multiple brain abnormalities recapitulating human Coffin–Siris syndrome and show that one prominent midline abnormality,

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Facilitating the transmetalation step with aryl-zincates in nickel-catalyzed enantioselective arylation of secondary benzylic halides

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10851-4 Fluoroalkyl groups are widely found in pharmaceutical products. Here, the authors report a highly enantioselective nickel-catalyzed cross coupling method for the construction of fluoromethylated stereogenic centers via a highly reactive zincate species facilitating the transmetalation step in the nickel catalyti

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Bone-targeting AAV-mediated silencing of Schnurri-3 prevents bone loss in osteoporosis

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10809-6 The adaptor protein SHN3 suppresses new bone formation by controlling osteoblast activity. Here, the authors show that ablation of SHN3 function, either genetically or by delivering an artificial miRNA via AAV9, rescues bone loss in osteoporotic mice, and show that engineering of the AAV9 capsid improves targeti

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Direct spinning and densification method for high-performance carbon nanotube fibers

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10998-0 The tensile strength of a carbon nanotube fiber is predicted to increase as its constituent nanotubes become more perfectly and densely aligned. Here, the authors present an optimized direct-spinning and chlorosulfonic acid densification method to rapidly produce carbon nanotube fibers with excellent mechanical

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Pooled clone collections by multiplexed CRISPR-Cas12a-assisted gene tagging in yeast

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10816-7 Construction of yeast libraries is time-consuming, costly and limited to the genetic background of the chosen strain. Here the authors present CASTLING which uses CRISPR-Cas12a and oligonucleotide pools to rapidly generate pooled libraries with large insertions such as fluorescent protein tags.

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Astrocytic p38α MAPK drives NMDA receptor-dependent long-term depression and modulates long-term memory

Nature Communications, Published online: 04 July 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-10830-9 How astrocytes influence neuronal plasticity remains unclear, as they are typically considered as modulators of core mechanisms driven by neuronal components. Here, authors show that Long-term depression (LTD) induction in the hippocampus triggers calcium signaling in the astrocyte and enhances SNARE-dependent a

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Call for green burial corridors alongside roads, railways and country footpaths

A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running out of room. With 500,000 deaths annually in England and Wales, it is likely that there will be no burial space left within five years.

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Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world's oceans, new research shows.

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Scientists discover the biggest seaweed bloom in the world

The record-breaking belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico — and it's likely here to stay, says a team.

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Camera brings unseen world to light

Researchers have developed a highly compact, portable camera that can image polarization in a single shot. The miniature camera — about the size of a thumb — could find a place in the vision systems of autonomous vehicles, onboard planes or satellites to study atmospheric chemistry, or be used to detect camouflaged objects.

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Successful automatic landing with vision assisted navigation

Automatic landings have long been standard procedure for commercial aircraft. While major airports have the infrastructure necessary to ensure the safe navigation of the aircraft, this is usually not the case at smaller airports. Researchers have now demonstrated a completely automatic landing with vision assisted navigation that functions properly without the need for ground-based systems.

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How trees could save the climate

Around 0.9 billion hectares of land worldwide would be suitable for reforestation, which could ultimately capture two thirds of human-made carbon emissions. A study shows that shows this would be the most effective method to combat climate change.

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Here’s the uncomfortable truth about George Washington’s ‘wooden’ teeth

George Washington faced many challenges regarding his teeth. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC/) We have all heard the tales about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac Rive, and, of course, wearing wooden teeth. They are all just myths, but one thing is certain: The father of our country suffered horribly with dental pain. Today, the de

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