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The Race to Bring Meat Alternatives to Scale

Memphis Meats' lab-grown flesh approach is still far off, but Impossible Foods' plant-based approach is already on the menu at Burger King.

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Slack's Stewart Butterfield on Making Workers More Productive—or Not

The CEO spoke with WIRED's editor in chief about the pros and cons of replacing in-person workplace conversations with messaging software.

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African AI Experts Get Excluded From a Conference—Again

For the second year in a row, researchers from the developing world have been denied visas to a major AI conference in Canada.

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The Atlantic Politics Daily: Bloomberg's #MeToo Problem

« TODAY IN POLITICS » (Scott Morgan / Reuters) Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, is reportedly considering a presidential run. But rather than propelling him to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a Bloomberg campaign could force a reckoning over a long history of allegations about the ways in which he—or his namesake company—have undermined women. Bloomberg hasn't really faced

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Vitamin E Found In All Samples of Lung Tissue Taken from Injured Vapers

Mysterious lung illnesses have appeared in 49 different states over recent weeks, and authorities quickly linked them to e-cigarette use or "vaping." The CDC has been urging consumers to steer clear of vaping while it investigated, and there's been a break in the case. The CDC reports that all samples of damaged lung tissue contained traces of vitamin E acetate , and that's something that should

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Instagram Will Test Hiding 'Likes' in the US Starting Next Week

Hiding like counts is just the latest step in Instagram's quest to become the safest place on the internet.

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Neanderthals' cave art skills questioned in dispute over age of images

A dispute over the dating of prehistoric Spanish cave paintings is fuelling a fractious debate over Neanderthals’ artistic capabilities

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The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

At the WIRED25 festival in San Francisco, three *Juliana v. United States* plaintiffs talk about suing the government to force it to save us from climate doom.

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Fall madness: MIT's Mini Cheetah robots play soccer

The Nov. 6 video posted by Biomimetics Robotics Lab at Mass Institute of Technology in Killian Court does not need a text narrative and it has none, but that won't stop you thinking along the …

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Former Facebook Executive Chris Cox on Elections and Climate Change

At WIRED25, the ex-chief product officer talks about why he left the social media company and his new work on climate and progressive politics.

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The California Fires and the Foreboding Future of Now

Josh Edelson's photograph of downtown Los Angeles haloed in smoke forces the viewer to accept the consequences of climate change.

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Fossil suggests apes, old world monkeys moved in opposite directions from shared ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys — a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques — are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study suggests that as far as locomotion goes, apes and Old World monkeys each evolved a way of moving that was different from the ancestral species as they adapted to different niches in their environments

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Apple plans to fix Siri bug that stored encrypted macOS emails in plaintext

Apple has always been known as one of the most privacy-focused tech giants, but no company is perfect. IT Specialist Bob Gendler on Wednesday published a Medium blog post that claims Apple's …

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NASA Installs Final RS-25 Space Shuttle Engine on SLS Core

NASA is heading back to the moon, and it's planning to use the long-delayed Space Launch System ( SLS ) to get there. The agency is working to assemble the first SLS rocket, which will be the most powerful in the world upon completion. Some of that power will come from four RS-25 engines on the core stage. If they look familiar, that's because the RS-25 has a storied history in NASA's Space Shutt

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Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince on the Struggles of Policing the Web

At WIRED25 the internet infrastructure chief talks about doing the hard calculus of pulling support from controversial sites—and why that'll happen again.

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What and how much we eat might change our internal clocks and hormone responses

For the first time, a study led by researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) shows how glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, control sugar and fat levels differently during day and night, feeding and fasting, rest and activity, over the course of 24 hours.

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VIN# + app = massive f-ckery? Is it really that simple?

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Popsicle molds that make it easier to eat ice pops every day of your life

Once you pop… (Lindsay Moe via Unsplash/) Popsicles: simple, iconic, endlessly customizable. You love them as a refreshing treat in the summer, but did you know you can make fall popsicles out of pumpkin and pear, or winter treats of key lime pie? You can also freeze your favorite smoothie and turn it into a dessert. Pops are super easy to make, budget-friendly, and endlessly fun—if you haven't

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Early dispersal for quadrupedal cetaceans: amphibious whale from middle Eocene

Lead author, Olivier Lambert, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Bruxelles, Belgium, presented the team's findings at this year's annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology held this year in Brisbane, Australia.

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Oasis Labs' Dawn Song on a Safer Way to Protect Your Data

At WIRED25, the startup founder talks about her "new privacy paradigm" and how it could protect personal data, and keep it anonymous.

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New Study Challenges The Assumption That Math Is Harder For Girls

Research shows that when boys and girls as old as 10 do math, their patterns of brain activity are indistinguishable. The finding is the latest challenge to the idea that math is harder for girls.

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Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on Crypto, China, and Fixing the Web

In a conversation at WIRED25, the online payments CEO talks about cryptocurrency, government regulation, the housing crisis, and doing business in China.

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Norman Myers Dies at 85; Sounded Early Alarm on Environment

He lobbied governments and wrote books, papers and articles to alert the public to looming disasters like mass extinction well before they were common knowledge.

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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton still thinks you should delete Facebook

Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is still behind the idea of deleting Facebook, telling a crowd at Wired’s 25th anniversary summit …

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Facebook and YouTube move to block spread of supposed whistleblower’s name

Facebook said it would block references to the supposed whistleblower’s name under its policy against “coordinating harm.” But Twitter said it would permit such references, including posts that …

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Netflix To Drop Support For Older Samsung Smart TVs In December

TVs aren't really devices that we change or upgrade frequently. However, it seems that if you largely rely on your smart TV to access apps like Netflix, then you might want to take note …

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Fossil suggests apes, old world monkeys moved in opposite directions from shared ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys — a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques — are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study suggests that as far as locomotion goes, apes and Old World monkeys each evolved a way of moving that was different from the ancestral species as they adapted to different niches in their environments

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Oral health for older adults

Practicing good oral hygiene, using fluoride treatments, and getting regular dental care reduces oral infections and their complications. A recent article published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society offers a helpful overview of oral health for older adults, as well as tips for keeping your teeth and mouth in tip-top shape. Highlights from the article are summarized here.

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Automated wearable artificial kidney may improve peritoneal dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis performed with an automated wearable artificial kidney was safe and effective for removing toxins from the blood of patients with kidney failure. Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2019 Nov. 5-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Bike air pumps for efficient cycling

Productive pedaling. (DepositPhotos/) Cycling with the proper tire pressure is no small thing. When you don't check and pump up your tires regularly, your muscles will work harder—and you might miss a leak that could strand you in the middle of a trip. These four standout air pumps work for all kinds of cyclists, and will make your trail workout, weekend farmer's market excursion, or daily commut

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PERL concludes reduced uric acid has no impact on kidney disease in type 1 diabetes

Three years of sustained reductions of blood levels of uric acid with the generic drug allopurinol did not benefit type 1 diabetes patients with mild to moderate kidney disease.

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New sphenisciform fossil further resolves bauplan of extinct giant penguins

New Zealand is a key area for understanding the diversity of the extinct penguins and has even revealed the existence of 'giant' penguin species (larger than living penguins). A new study describing a remarkably complete giant penguin skeleton from the Oligocene, Kawhia Harbour in the North Island of New Zealand was presented by Simone Giovanardi, Massey University Albany, Auckland, New Zealand, a

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Depressed MS-patients suffer debilitating symptoms earlier

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who also have depression are more likely to suffer debilitating symptoms early than people with MS who are not depressed, according to a study at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that is published in the journal Neurology. The findings highlight the need for early recognition and treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with MS.

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Health Officials Claim Breakthrough on Vaping Illness Culprit

The CDC says vitamin E acetate turned up in every sample of lung fluid from 29 patients — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Are Probiotics Safe for Your Immune System?

There are some situations where beneficial bacteria (either from foods or supplements) can post a threat to the host — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Epic Games Just Banned a 'Fortnite' Streamer for Life

FaZe Jarvis got kicked off of the game after posting a video that showed him cheating.

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Dengue Vaccine Trial Results Show Promise, with Caveats

TAK-003 appears to avoid the safety issues seen with an existing vaccine, but experts say a longer evaluation is needed.

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NASA instrument to probe planet clouds on European mission

NASA will contribute an instrument to a European space mission that will explore the atmospheres of hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun, or exoplanets, for the first time.

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What Keeps NSA Cybersecurity Boss Anne Neuberger Up at Night

At WIRED25, the NSA's Anne Neuberger talked election security, low-orbit satellites, and weaponized autonomous drones.

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How outrage mobs silence academics — and what we can do to stop them

Social media has made it easier than ever to succumb to mob mentality and let our worst instincts and impulses run rampant. Outrage mobs pose a new and unique threat to professors' academic freedom. Although expressing moral outrage can feel good, bad actors can use outrage mobs to further their own specific agendas, leaving careers ruined and productive discourse even further out of reach. Unive

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Untangling the Trump administration's lawsuit over an HIV prevention drug

Does Gilead owe the U.S. government royalties for its "invention" of a lucrative intervention?

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Are Probiotics Safe for Your Immune System?

There are some situations where beneficial bacteria (either from foods or supplements) can post a threat to the host — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Superfood for Mesozoic herbivores?

The long-necked, big bodied sauropod dinosaurs comprise some of the largest terrestrial vertebrates to walk the earth. These behemoths were herbivores that survived solely on plant material. There has been long speculation as to what food resources could have supported their size, particularly when young and growing fast. New research being presented at this year's annual meeting of the Society of

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Vi kan ikke længere redde alt: Havene vil stige i århundreder

Selvom Paris-aftalen overholdes, vil havene blive ved med at stige, siger forskere.

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Century-old food testing method updated to include complex fluid dynamics

The texture of food, including properties that determine how consumers experience biting and swallowing, is an important part of development of more enjoyable foods. In order to completely understand these properties, better methods and devices for testing are required to capture the motion inside liquid materials, especially in the case of foods that are complex liquids, like gelled desserts.

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Ancient gas cloud reveals universe's first stars formed quickly

The discovery of a 13 billion-year-old cosmic cloud of gas enabled a team of Carnegie astronomers to perform the earliest-ever measurement of how the universe was enriched with a diversity of chemical elements. Their findings reveal that the first generation of stars formed more quickly than previously thought.

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Superfood for Mesozoic herbivores? Emerging data on extreme digestibility of equisetum and implications for young, growing herbivorous sauropods

The long-necked, big bodied sauropod dinosaurs comprise some of the largest terrestrial vertebrates to walk the earth. These behemoths were herbivores that survived solely on plant material. There has been long speculation as to what food resources could have supported their size, particularly when young and growing fast. New research being presented at this year's annual meeting of the Society of

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Trump Advisers Want to Get WiFi, Amazon Deliveries in National Parks

WiFistone If the current administration has its way, your next outdoor camping experience at Yellowstone could include things like WiFi connectivity and Amazon deliveries. A number of Trump administration advisers have offered their "modernized" vision of national park campgrounds, including WiFi, food trucks, electric bike rentals, flushable toilets, and even Amazon deliveries, the Los Angeles T

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A neural network discovered Copernicus' heliocentricity on its own

Scientists trained a neural network to predict the movements of Mars and the Sun. In the process, the network generated formulae that place the Sun at the center of our solar system. The case suggests that machine-learning techniques could help reveal new laws of physics. None A neural network was able to rediscover one of the most important paradigm shifts in scientific history: Earth and other

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the Challenge of Moderation

The professional networking site won't police misinformation generally, he says, to avoid inserting itself into messy user debates about the truth.

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Glutamine-blocking drug slows tumor growth and strengthens anti-tumor response

A compound developed by Johns Hopkins researchers that blocks glutamine metabolism can slow tumor growth, alter the tumor microenvironment and promote the production of durable and highly active anti-tumor T cells.

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Doctors don't realize hair care prevents many African-American women from exercise

African-American women face a unique challenge to regular exercise — their hair. However, it's a problem that is not often acknowledged by primary care doctors as a barrier to healthy lifestyle. A new study finds that, while doctors value conversation about exercise with their African-American female patients, they rarely discuss how hair care affects physical activity.

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Kanye West Unveils Yeezy Sneakers Made of Algae Foam

While on stage at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on Thursday, Kanye West shared a new shoe prototype from his Yeezy fashion line — and the kicks contain environmentally friendly algae. "Eco-concerns are intersecting with what we do," Steven Smith, the head designer at Yeezy, said from the stage. "This is just the beginning of the future that Kanye envisioned for us to start working on." The

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At-home HPV tests up cervical cancer screening

Mailed self-sampling kits that test for HPV—the virus that can cause cervical cancer—helped significantly more women get screened for the cancer. As reported in JAMA Network Open , researchers randomized women who had not had a screening for cervical cancer in more than three years into two groups. They mailed roughly half an HPV self-sampling kit that they could complete as an alternative to Pap

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WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton on Why Privacy Matters

The cofounder of the messaging service and the current chair of the Signal Foundation talks about the proliferation of end-to-end encryption in personal communications.

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What It Takes to be a Space Pilot

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The craft is flown by human pilots to space. (Credit: Steve Mann/Shutterstock) Taking control of a 3,000-pound rocket motor launching into an inhospitable environment at speeds exceeding 2,000 mph sounds terrifying to some. But others will spend their whole careers in pursuit of those ephemeral, weightless moments. With the expansion of commercial space exploration,

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This vitamin D mechanism helps combat melanoma

Scientists have found that manipulating a cell signal, involving vitamin D, can slow the growth of melanoma cells and their advance to the lungs in mice.

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Scientists' panel urges vigorous prevention of sexual harassment and bias in labs

A diverse group of scientists including Nilanjana Dasgupta, professor of social psychology at UMass Amherst and the campus's director of faculty equity and inclusion, report their findings recently and recommendations on how institutions and funding agencies can address and prevent sexual harassment and gender bias in the STEM workforce. Details of their suggested "specific, potentially high-impac

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A distinct spin on atomic transport

Physicists at ETH Zurich demonstrate simultaneous control over transport and spin properties of cold atoms, and thus establish a framework for exploring concepts in spintronics and solid-state physics.

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Many teens have low iron, B12 levels years after bariatric surgery

Five years after bariatric surgery, many teens develop nutritional deficiencies, according to new research from Cincinnati Children's. Experts say one of the two main types of procedures poses fewer complications for teens.

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Twitter Accidentally Trends Horrifyingly Explicit Sexual Terms

Not Safe For Twitter On Thursday morning, Twitter's top trending hashtags included some extremely sexually charged words and phrases. These hashtags included "#creampie" and "#forcedanal," Motherboard reports . While the social media platform says it's investigating what went wrong, the X-rated trends are a particularly damning indictment against putting content moderation in the hands of algorit

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TTUHSC researchers publish preclinical data on new drug combination to treat neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma, the most common cancer outside of the brain in infants and young children, often fails to respond to therapy. To improve treatment outcomes for these patients, C. Patrick Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine's Cancer Center, and a team of colleagues completed a study using fenretinide to boost the effects of venetocla

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How some bacteria 'eat' electricity to survive

New research sheds light on how certain bacteria get their energy from electrical charges. Bacteria don't have mouths, so they need another way to bring their fuel into their bodies. The new research reveals how one such bacteria pulls in electrons straight from an electrode source. "The molecular underpinning of this process has been difficult to unravel until our work," says Arpita Bose, assist

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Why Politicians Want Your Smart-TV Data

In 2017, the FTC and the state of New Jersey fined Vizio $2.2 million, alleging that the smart-TV manufacturer's products tracked consumers in minute detail, without their knowledge or consent. "On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, and commercial content," the FTC alleged. "What's more, Vizio identified viewin

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The Extreme Challenges of Ultramarathons

Pain, gastrointestinal distress, blisters, chafing, mental fatigue and dehydration. Extreme challenges to a tough sport. The Extreme Challenges of Ultramarathons Video of The Extreme Challenges of Ultramarathons Sports Friday, November 8, 2019 – 14:30 Chris Gorski, Editor Ultramarathons force athletes to challenge their bodies and minds for at least several hours. 50 miles, 100 miles, even longe

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From mutton to masterpiece: The juicy history of the hamburger

The hamburger of years past didn't always look like this. (Deposit Photo/) Last month, the PopSci staff elected to forgo red meat with the aim of minimizing our climate footprint. But now, in November, is there any better way to say farewell to No-Red October than with a hot, juicy hamburger? The burger that you can pick up at your local McDonald's, or even a fancy one with ingredients that have

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Scientists Tout "Miracle" Cancer Drug That Starves Tumor Cells

To grow and survive, cancer cells need to eat, and the amino acid glutamine is a big part of their diet. In the 1950s, researchers tried using a compound called DON to prevent cancer cells from metabolizing glutamine, but the side effects of the drug in trials prevented its approval. Now, in an attempt to overcome those side effects, a team at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has created a ve

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Predicting risk of chronic kidney disease

Data from about 5 million people (with and without diabetes) in 28 countries were used to develop equations to help identify people at increased five-year risk of chronic kidney disease, defined as reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).

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Did vitamin D, Omega-3 supplements help prevent development, progression of CKD in adults with type 2 diabetes?

Researchers in this randomized clinical trial investigated if supplementation with vitamin D or omega-3 fatty acids compared with placebo over five years helped prevent the development or progression of chronic kidney disease among adults with type 2 diabetes. The main outcome measure was change in the glomerular filtration rate that was estimated from serum creatinine and cystatin C.

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Supplements don't preserve kidney health in Type 2 diabetes

Supplements of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids (often sold as fish oil) do not help people with type 2 diabetes stave off chronic kidney disease, according to findings from the largest clinical study to date of the supplements in this patient population. The study's primary authors are Dr. Ian de Boer at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Dr. JoAnn Manson at Harvard Medical Scho

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New tool predicts five-year risk of chronic kidney disease

A new risk calculator tool that uses a mix of variables including age, hypertension, and diabetes status can be used to predict accurately whether someone is likely to develop chronic kidney disease within five years.

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High-impact clinical trials yield results that could improve kidney care

The results of numerous high-impact clinical trials that could affect kidney-related medical care will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2019 Nov. 5-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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The Carbon Bomb

A new report shows that deforestation released a shocking 626 percent more CO2 between 2000 and 2013 than previously thought — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Vulnerability discovered in Ring doorbells that leaked network credentials

Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender has found a venerability in Ring doorbells that allowed it to intercept the WiFi credentials of the device's network. It discovered the security hole …

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U Missouri Grad Students Can Unionize: State Supreme Court

After a series of appeals from the university, Missouri courts have ruled for the third time that students have collective bargaining rights.

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Century-old food testing method updated to include complex fluid dynamics

The texture of food is an important part of enjoying foods. In order to completely understand these properties, better methods for testing are required to capture the motion inside liquid materials, especially in the case of foods that are complex liquids, like gelled desserts. Researchers introduce an updated method that can measure linear viscoelasticity and phase lag simultaneously in an opaque

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DNA technology as a novel strategy for delivery of anti-HIV antibodies

Scientists applied synthetic DNA-based technology to drive in vivo production of broadly neutralizing anti-HIV antibodies in small and large-animal models, providing proof of concept for a simple and effective next generation approach to HIV prevention and therapy.

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Study vaccine protects monkeys against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses

Scientists have developed an investigational vaccine that protected cynomolgus macaques against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses endemic to overlapping regions in Africa. Scientists are developing and testing the candidate quadrivalent VesiculoVax vaccine.

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Mammals' complex spines are linked to high metabolisms; we're learning how they evolved

Mammals' backbones are weird. They're much more complex than the spines of other land animals like reptiles. Scientists wanted to find out how these complex backbones evolved in the first place. They discovered that the process was marked by big, dramatic evolutionary changes, and that it's linked to mammals being active animals with high metabolisms.

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The News Roundup – International

Over 11,000 scientists support a new study that warns of a climate emergency. (Image credit: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

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MoS2 pixel arrays for real-time photoluminescence imaging of redox molecules

Measuring the behavior of redox-active molecules in space and time is crucial for understanding chemical and biological systems and for developing new technologies. Optical schemes are noninvasive and scalable, but usually have a slow response compared to electrical detection methods. Furthermore, many fluorescent molecules for redox detection degrade in brightness over long exposure times. Here,

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Stretchable self-healable semiconducting polymer film for active-matrix strain-sensing array

Skin-like sensory devices should be stretchable and self-healable to meet the demands for future electronic skin applications. Despite recent notable advances in skin-inspired electronic materials, it remains challenging to confer these desired functionalities to an active semiconductor. Here, we report a strain-sensitive, stretchable, and autonomously self-healable semiconducting film achieved t

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Room temperature strain-induced Landau levels in graphene on a wafer-scale platform

Graphene is a powerful playground for studying a plethora of quantum phenomena. One of the remarkable properties of graphene arises when it is strained in particular geometries and the electrons behave as if they were under the influence of a magnetic field. Previously, these strain-induced pseudomagnetic fields have been explored on the nano- and micrometer-scale using scanning probe and transpo

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Integrated textile sensor patch for real-time and multiplex sweat analysis

Wearable sweat analysis devices for monitoring of multiple health-related biomarkers with high sensitivity are highly desired for noninvasive and real-time monitoring of human health. Here, we report a flexible sweat analysis patch based on a silk fabric–derived carbon textile for simultaneous detection of six health-related biomarkers. The intrinsically N-doped graphitic structure and the hierar

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Designing electromechanical metamaterial with full nonzero piezoelectric coefficients

Designing topological and geometrical structures with extended unnatural parameters (negative, near-zero, ultrahigh, or tunable) and counterintuitive properties is a big challenge in the field of metamaterials, especially for relatively unexplored materials with multiphysics coupling effects. For natural piezoelectric ceramics, only five nonzero elements in the piezoelectric matrix exist, which h

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Thermionic transport across gold-graphene-WSe2 van der Waals heterostructures

Solid-state thermionic devices based on van der Waals structures were proposed for nanoscale thermal to electrical energy conversion and integrated electronic cooling applications. We study thermionic cooling across gold-graphene-WSe 2 -graphene-gold structures computationally and experimentally. Graphene and WSe 2 layers were stacked, followed by deposition of gold contacts. The I – V curve of t

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Machine learning-assisted molecular design and efficiency prediction for high-performance organic photovoltaic materials

In the process of finding high-performance materials for organic photovoltaics (OPVs), it is meaningful if one can establish the relationship between chemical structures and photovoltaic properties even before synthesizing them. Here, we first establish a database containing over 1700 donor materials reported in the literature. Through supervised learning, our machine learning (ML) models can bui

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Trove of Mammoth Skeletons Excavated Near Mexico City Gives Clues About Hunting

Researchers from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History say the discovery illuminates the relationship between humans and the Pleistocene animals.

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India's Space Agency Wants to Explore Venus

Hey Neighbor The Indian Space Research Organization wants to launch a mission to Venus. The ultimate goal is to use an orbiter to map the entire planet , as well as to scan and figure out what's going on beneath the surface, according to Space.com . If the mission takes off, it could help give scientists a much better understanding of our planetary neighbor — including information about how its b

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The Carbon Bomb

A new report shows that deforestation released a shocking 626 percent more CO2 between 2000 and 2013 than previously thought — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Rich Residents Build Defenses against Rising Seas; Poor Ones Leave

Socioeconomic status and racial diversity affect how different communities adapt to a changing climate — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Physicians create guide for identifying, treating vaping lung illness

As lung injuries from vaping continue to rise across the United States, physicians developed a new tool to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI). The practical and user-friendly algorithm provides a flow-chart for information-gathering, evaluation and treatment of patients who are experiencing this life-threatening condition. Th

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New study suggests 'Pac-Man-like' mergers could explain massive, spinning black holes

Scientists have reported detecting gravitational waves from 10 black hole mergers to date, but they are still trying to explain the origins of those mergers. The largest merger detected so far seems to have defied previous models because it has a higher spin and mass than the range thought possible. A group of researchers, including Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Richard O'S

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Century-old food testing method updated to include complex fluid dynamics

The texture of food is an important part of enjoying foods. In order to completely understand these properties, better methods for testing are required to capture the motion inside liquid materials, especially in the case of foods that are complex liquids, like gelled desserts. In a study in Physics of Fluids, researchers introduce an updated method that can measure linear viscoelasticity and phas

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Best practice treatment guidelines help doctors identify, treat vaping-associated lung injuries

As the outbreak of lung injuries and deaths associated with e-cigarettes, or vaping, continues to spread across the US, researchers have effectively developed a best practice treatment guide to quickly identify and treat patients who develop the new and potentially fatal respiratory injury, according to a new study.

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Arctic shifts to a carbon source due to winter soil emissions

A new study suggests winter carbon emissions in the Arctic may be adding more carbon into the atmosphere each year than is taken up by Arctic vegetation, marking a stark reversal for a region that has captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years.

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Aviation emissions' impacts on air quality larger than on climate, study finds

New research has quantified the climate and air quality impacts of aviation, broken down by emission type, altitude and location. The team found that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to air quality as to the climate.

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Mourning the loss of the good gadgets that (basically) died in 2019

Cybertruck unveil on Nov 21 in LA near SpaceX rocket factory — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2019

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If You Want Peak Mental Performance, Stimulants Alone Are Not Enough

Are you're tired of pumping your brain full of psychoactive stimulants every day so you have the energy to take on your school, work, or family responsibilities? Are you looking for a healthier and more effective way to boost cognitive function and mental stamina? If so, you need to check out the advanced cognitive enhancement supplements from the neuroscience experts at TruBrain . Their speciall

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Scientists further refine how quickly the universe is expanding

Wielding state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, a team of Clemson University astrophysicists has added a novel approach to quantifying one of the most fundamental laws of the universe.

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Cold-war lessons for European science

Nature, Published online: 08 November 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03451-1 The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago united Europe's scientists. But continuing fractures in East–West collaboration must be healed.

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'Artificial leaf' successfully produces clean gas

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These Robodogs at MIT…

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The 3Doodler Pen Might Be The Future of 3D Printing

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Robots 'not evil' says Boston Dynamics as humanoids go viral

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Quickly de-ice your car's windshield with these sprays

Winter's fun. (Jason Abdilla via Unsplash/) When you're running late for work, the last thing you want to do is wait 15 minutes for your engine to heat up and your windshield to slowly defrost. While your car's de-froster will eventually get the job done, you can speed up the process by spraying a de-icer on your car's windows and mirrors. Here are some de-icing sprays that will do the cold work

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Clemson scientists further refine how quickly the universe is expanding

In a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, Clemson scientists Marco Ajello, Abhishek Desai, Lea Marcotulli and Dieter Hartmann have collaborated with six other scientists around the world to devise a new measurement of the Hubble Constant.

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Copper hospital beds kill bacteria, save lives

A new study has found that copper hospital beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) harbored an average of 95% fewer bacteria than conventional hospital beds, and maintained these low-risk levels throughout patients' stay in hospital.

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The apps and sites you'll need to rent out everything you own

If things go extremely well, you might run out of places to store your extra cash. You might already rent out a spare room, or even a whole place, on Airbnb , but that's just scratching the surface of what you can lend to others online. Dig a little deeper and you'll find you can turn even more of your property and possessions into cold, hard cash. The apps and sites that will help you do this ar

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Stunning Skeleton Reveals Early Carnivorous Dinosaur

A fossil uncovered in Brazil adds new details about the earliest days of predatory dinosaurs — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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What Will Not Be Spoken

Because I had this faint memory of the thought of a taste in my mouth and could not name it I went through school sad I could not say it if I had swallowed it or was it even edible maybe I was too young when I first had it I did not know the word yet though the taste stayed as I grew older some nights I could nearly describe it and would put my tongue to chalk and paraffin and iodine and go into

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Watch a Pack of MIT's Mini Robots Cavort in Autumn Leaves

Frolick Bots Here at Futurism, we ask ourselves every day what the future looks like. And it looks like we finally found the answer: half a dozen robotics geeks from MIT standing in a circle, each remotely controlling a backflipping mini robot. In a video uploaded by MIT's Biomimetics department, nine Mini Cheetah robots can be seen rustling up some autumn leaves and doing the occasional backflip

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Vaping Illnesses Are Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says

Samples of lung fluid from patients with the mysterious illness led to a breakthrough in finding a possible cause. More than 2,000 people have been sickened, many from illicit marijuana-based products.

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Just four excellent wine bottle openers

A toast! (Marcelo Leal via Unsplash/) Forget fumbling to open that bottle of wine in front of your friends and family. Below, simple, well-designed wine openers worth toasting. The Wine Ziz pressure pump bottle opener can be used on any size bottle of wine. (Amazon/) Forget pulling and twisting a corkscrew to open your wine, the Wine Ziz opens up your bottle through an air pump. Similar to how yo

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Daily briefing: Physics AI predicts that Earth goes around the Sun

Nature, Published online: 08 November 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03470-y What mystery will it solve next? Plus, measurement might spell the end of the 'proton radius puzzle' and watch a scientific glassblower at work.

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Researchers find new potential approach to type 2 diabetes treatment

The protein adipsin, which is produced in body fat, helps protect insulin-secreting cells called pancreatic beta cells from destruction in type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine andNewYork-Presbyterian. Among middle-aged adults, higher levels of the protein in the blood were also associated with protection from type 2 diabetes.

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Running for Less Than an Hour a Week Could Help You Live Longer

Running just once a week could lead to a longer life, a new study finds. (Credit: Halfpoint/Shutterstock) Reluctant joggers, here's some encouragement: Running even once a week has some benefits. According to a new study, running 50 minutes a week, at a pace between a 10- and 7.5-minute mile, helped reduce the risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes. Working out more tha

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Beyond borders: Geographers link formation of international laws to refugee crisis

West Virginia University geographers are linking the political and human rights issues at borders today to the legacies of foreign and domestic policy across the globe since World War I.

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Mating sounds from mosquito wings could inspire quieter drones

A mosquito flaps its wings not just to stay aloft but also to generate sound and point that buzz toward a potential mate, according to new research. The new findings about the aerodynamics of mosquito wings could have implications for building quieter drones and for devising nontoxic methods to trap and exterminate the pests. In a paper in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics , the researchers explain

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NASA-NOAA satellite finds a weaker, transitioning Tropical Storm Halong

Halong continued to weaken and is transitioning into an extra-tropical cyclone. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the less organized storm.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook Rebrands, and Google Buys Fitbit

On this week's podcast, we talk about the Facebook rebrand, Google buying Fitbit, and what happens when big brands take over small, disparate products.

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Skeletons reveal genetic history of ancient Rome

A new genetic history of ancient Rome reveals how political and historical events shaped the city's dynamic population, researchers report. The study focuses on the ancient DNA of individuals from Rome and adjacent regions in Italy. Those genetic data reveal at least two major migrations into Rome, as well as several smaller but significant population shifts over just the last few thousand years,

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Stress hormone may control circadian rhythm

The stress hormone corticosterone—called cortisol in humans—helps control the brain's circadian rhythm in rats, according to new research. As day turns into night, and night turns into day, the vast majority of living organisms follow a fixed circadian rhythm that controls everything from sleep needs to body temperature. This internal clock is in everything from bacteria to humans and some very d

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Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show next week, parading across the sun in view of most of the world.

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They've managed the forest forever. It's why they're key to the climate change fight

The first time Mandy Gull visited Canada's Broadback Forest, she was struck by the displays of delicate lichen. By the dense, ancient trees. By the moss-covered floor, which rose and fell like a rumpled green blanket.

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The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don't Protect Public Health

This is a re-post from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Gretchen Goldman The Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel has released their consensus recommendations to the EPA administrator on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. The group of 20 independent experts , that were disbanded by Administrator Wheeler last October and reconvened last week , hosted by t

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DNA Test Startup Claims It Can Spot Embryos With Low Intelligence

Questionable startups are claiming to be able to determine how smart a frozen IVF embryo will become if carried to term, and parents are taking the bait. Genomic Prediction, the most prominent of these companies, offers tests to scan embryos for genetic diseases and other conditions — as well as genetic indicators that a future child will be in the bottom two percent of intelligence. And MIT Tech

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Russian goat who made unlikely friends with tiger dies

A Russian goat named Timur whose unusual friendship with a tiger won him nationwide fame, has died, the director of the safari park where the pair lived, said Friday.

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Oct4, Considered Vital for Creating iPSCs, Actually Isn't Needed

Dropping the transcription factor from the four so-called Yamanaka factors reduces the efficiency of inducing the production of stem cells, but the resulting cells are of greater quality.

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In Sweden, wreck could be sistership to iconic vessel

A marine archaeologist says one of two shipwrecks found in Stockholm's archipelago could be the sister ship of a famed 17th-century Swedish warship that sank on its maiden voyage.

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Russian goat who made unlikely friends with tiger dies

A Russian goat named Timur whose unusual friendship with a tiger won him nationwide fame, has died, the director of the safari park where the pair lived, said Friday.

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People Are Suddenly Getting Texts From Last Valentine's Day

New Month, Who Dis? If you received an unexpectedly romantic text from your SO — or an ex — early Thursday morning, it wasn't because they guzzled some tequila Love Potion No. 9 . A glitch by third-party text platform Syniverse resulted in the delayed delivery of thousands of messages originally penned in February, including texts intended for Valentine's Day — and even some from people who are n

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New tool facilitates genetic mapping of polyploid plants

An innovative genetic mapping system for polyploid species promises to facilitate the work of scientists and plant breeders who use genomics to develop varieties that are more productive and resistant to disease or drought. Polyploids are organisms with more than two sets of chromosomes. Many plant species of economic value such as potato, wheat, cotton and sugarcane, are polyploids.

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New tool facilitates genetic mapping of polyploid plants

An innovative genetic mapping system for polyploid species promises to facilitate the work of scientists and plant breeders who use genomics to develop varieties that are more productive and resistant to disease or drought. Polyploids are organisms with more than two sets of chromosomes. Many plant species of economic value such as potato, wheat, cotton and sugarcane, are polyploids.

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Bushfires on east coast of Australia out of control

An unprecedented number of bushfires have erupted on the east coast of Australia due to hot, dry, windy weather. Smoke billows from the scores of bushfires on Australia east coast in this image captured by NASA's Terra satellite on Nov. 08, 2019, using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard. More than 100 bushfires have ignited and firefighters are rushing to

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NASA finds a stronger Matmo headed for landfall

Matmo strengthened from a tropical storm to a storm with hurricane-force in the overnight hours of Nov. 7. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Bay of Bengal, Northern Indian Ocean and found Matmo appeared more organized. Warnings are in effect in northeastern India and Bangladesh as Matmo approaches.

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NASA sees Nakri strengthen into a Typhoon

Former Tropical Storm Nakri strengthened into a Typhoon in the South China Sea on Nov. 8. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the region and found Nakri appeared more circular and more organized.

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A new quantum data classification protocol brings us nearer to a future 'quantum internet'

Quantum-based communication and computation technologies promise unprecedented applications, such as unconditionally secure communications, ultra-precise sensors, and quantum computers capable of solving specific problems with a level of efficiency impossible to reach by classical computers. In recent times, quantum computers are also envisioned as nodes in a network of quantum devices, where conn

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Vagten med Vangsted

I slutningen af januar 2018 var direktør Anne-Marie Vangsted, Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed, med overlæge Kristian Rørbæk Madsen på en travl vagt på intensivafdelingen på Odense Universitetshospital. Den bød på fødselsdagschokolade, dødsfald og et stort opsat pressemøde.

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Rørbæk ­forberedte ­Vangsted på ­dramatisk vagt

I en mail forud for den meget omtalte nattevagt beskriver overlæge Kristian Rørbæk Madsen, hvad der venter styrelsesdirektør Anne-Marie Vangsted: 27 intensivpatienter, der skal holdes i live for enhver pris. Også manglende dokumentation.

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En fynsk knytnæve

Kristian Rørbæk Madsen døde for et år siden i en alder af blot 43 år. I dag hædres han med Dagens Medicins Knytnæveprisen, og en mere værdig modtager findes næppe.

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Forsyning og prissætning er noget rod

De frie markedskræfter skaber ikke altid en relevant prissætning på lægemidler – nogle gange er prissætningen decideret perverteret. Praktiserende læge Roar Maagard giver tre eksempler.

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Apotekers tilbud om vaccination truer kontinuiteten i almen praksis

Mange praksislæger er utilfredse med, at apoteker i stigende grad tilbyder borgere influenza- og rejsevaccinationer. De oplever, at det truer kontinuiteten i almen praksis, og tror ikke på, at det er lovligt. Men det har apotekerne ret til, pointerer ministeriet.

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DNA technology as a novel strategy for delivery of anti-HIV antibodies

Wistar scientists applied synthetic DNA-based technology to drive in vivo production of broadly neutralizing anti-HIV antibodies in small and large-animal models, providing proof of concept for a simple and effective next generation approach to HIV prevention and therapy. These results were published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Beyond borders: Geographers link formation of international laws to refugee crisis

West Virginia University geographers are linking the political and human rights issues at borders today to the legacies of foreign and domestic policy across the globe since World War I.

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NASA-NOAA satellite finds a weaker, transitioning Tropical Storm Halong

Halong continued to weaken and is transitioning into an extra-tropical cyclone. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the less organized storm.

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Arctic shifts to a carbon source due to winter soil emissions

A NASA-funded study suggests winter carbon emissions in the Arctic may be adding more carbon into the atmosphere each year than is taken up by Arctic vegetation, marking a stark reversal for a region that has captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years.

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Best practice treatment guidelines help doctors identify, treat vaping-associated lung injuries

As the outbreak of lung injuries and deaths associated with e-cigarettes, or vaping, continues to spread across the US, researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City have effectively developed a best practice treatment guide to quickly identify and treat patients who develop the new and potentially fatal respiratory injury, according to a new study.

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How Mass Spectrometry Can Help Limit Reproducibility Problems

Technology comes to the aid against a drain on resources in medical research — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Blackstone takes majority stake in 'Bumble' parent, values firm at about $3 billion

Blackstone Group Inc is taking a majority stake in MagicLab, the parent company of dating app "Bumble" and "Badoo", valuing the company at about $3 billion, the private equity firm said in a …

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Under-bed storage to maximize the space in your tiny room

Maintain a tidy room and take some of the storage burden off your overloaded closet. (Daniil Lobachev via Unsplash/) Unless you're a minimalist with a chic tatami mattress you keep directly on the floor, your bed offers ample opportunity for hidden storage. If you plan out the best way to organize your belongings (instead of just kicking things under of the bedskirt) and equip yourself with bins

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Working Scientist podcast: The award-winning neuroscientist who blazes a trail for open hardware

Nature, Published online: 08 November 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03468-6 Tom Baden's work into the neuroscience of vision has earned him the inaugural Nature Research Award for Driving Global Impact.

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Doctors Announce First Ever "Fully Functional" Penis Transplant

The anonymous injured veteran who got a full penis and scrotum transplant remains in good health — and it sounds as though the new genitals are working just fine. "He has near-normal erections and the ability to achieve orgasm," the researchers wrote . Last year, the veteran reported a vast improvement to his self-confidence after the penis transplant, which was a world-first because it included

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How Mass Spectrometry Can Help Limit Reproducibility Problems

Technology comes to the aid against a drain on resources in medical research — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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New tool facilitates genetic mapping of polyploid plants

Available online for free, polyploid mapping system developed in Brazil helps breeders of sugarcane, kiwi, blueberry, sweet potato and forages, among other crops.

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NASA sees Nakri strengthen into a Typhoon

Former Tropical Storm Nakri strengthened into a Typhoon in the South China Sea on Nov. 8, 2019. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the region and found Nakri appeared more circular and more organized.

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Earth May Have Just Seen Its 8th Strongest Tropical Cyclone on Record

An advanced satellite analysis found Supertyphoon Halong had 192-mph winds — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Watch a Piece of a SpaceX Rocket Careen Back Down to Earth

Heavy Fairings SpaceX has released an amazing video that shows half of a nose cone from a Falcon Heavy rocket, also known as a "fairing," plummet back down to Earth. The giant piece of metal — used to give the rocket its aerodynamic shape — will be reused during a Falcon 9 launch early next week, according to the space company. The fairing supporting this mission previously flew on Falcon Heavy's

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Bushfires on east coast of Australia out of control

An unprecedented number of bushfires have erupted on the east coast of Australia due to hot, dry, windy weather. Smoke billows from the scores of bushfires on Australia east coast in this image captured by NASA's Terra satellite on Nov. 8, 2019, using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard.

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From plants, UVA extracts a better way to determine what our genes do

The improved technique will help explore genetic diseases and benefit drug development. It could also lead to better, safer weed killers.

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University of Cincinnati finds new option for liver transplant patients

Budesonide, a drug commonly used to treat Crohn's Disease, may offer fewer side effects and work at least as well as prednisone as an anti-organ rejection medication in liver transplant patients.

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NASA finds a stronger Matmo headed for landfall

Matmo strengthened from a tropical storm to a storm with hurricane-force in the overnight hours of Nov. 7, 2019. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Bay of Bengal, Northern Indian Ocean and found Matmo appeared more organized. Warnings are in effect in northeastern India and Bangladesh as Matmo approaches.

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Genetic diversity facilitates cancer therapy

Cancer patients with more different HLA genes respond better to treatment.

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Investigators build a better targeted drug therapy using the power of computation

Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital set out to design more stable and predictable ADCs by using computer simulations to predict and plan out how the drug payload and antibody can stay linked to each other.

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Turbulence creates ice in clouds

Vertical air motions increase ice formation in mixed-phase clouds. This correlation was predicted theoretically for a long time, but can now be observed for the first time in nature. This research was published by a team from Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) in Leipzig in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, an open access journal published by Nature Research.

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Coastlines' contribution to climate change might have been underestimated

Permafrost coasts make up about one third of the Earth's total coastline. As a result of accelerated climate change, whole sections of coastline rapidly thaw, and erode into the Arctic Ocean. A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters now shows that large amounts of carbon dioxide are potentially being produced along these eroding permafrost coastlines in the Arctic.

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The World's Worst Game of Risk Is Playing Out in Syria

The U.S. pulled back. Turkey moved in. Kurdish forces retreated. The Syrian government gloated. Russia struck a deal and sent in more troops. More than 100 people died and more than 100,000 fled. All this happened over a few weeks in October across a long but narrow strip of Syrian land running 300 miles along the Turkish border. It looked like a 21st-century great-power scramble to redraw the ma

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OpenAI Releases Fake News Bot It Previously Deemed Too Dangerous

Machine learning , artificial intelligence, ai, deep learning blockchain neural network concept. Brain made with shining wireframe above multiple blockchain cpu on circuit board 3d render. In February of this year, the nonprofit artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI announced its new algorithm called GPT-2 could write believable fake news in mere seconds. Rather than release the bot to the

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Scientists develop method to standardize genetic data analysis

MIPT researchers have collaborated with Atlas Biomedical Holding and developed a new bioinformatics data analysis method. The developed program, EphaGen, can be used for quality control when diagnosing genetic diseases.

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Study finds glutamates such as MSG can help reduce Americans' sodium intake

A new study indicates that the substitution of glutamates such as MSG for salt can reduce Americans' sodium intake by up to 7-8 percent.

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A new quantum data classification protocol brings us nearer to a future 'quantum internet'

A new protocol created by researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona sorts and classifies quantum data by the state in which they were prepared, with more efficiency than the equivalent classical algorithm. The research was published today in Physical Review X.

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Study shows biomarker accurately diagnoses deadly infant disease

A diagnostic study of 136 premature infants found that a protein involved in managing harmful bacteria in the human intestine is a reliable biomarker for the noninvasive detection of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Led by researchers and clinicians at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, this is one of the largest prospective clinical studies in premature infants yet.

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Leading risk factors, causes of death underrepresented in NIH-supported prevention research

A study by National Institutes of Health scientists in the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) examined NIH grants and cooperative agreements during fiscal years 2012 through 2017 to determine the alignment of prevention research across NIH institutes and centers with leading risk factors and causes of death and disability in the United States.

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Juul is pulling teens' favorite flavor off shelves

Juul is pulling its mint flavor, but the potential ban would affect all e-cigarette manufacturers (Pixabay/) Juul has just pulled its mint-flavored e-cigarette products from the market, following the earlier withdrawal of all other flavors save for menthol and tobacco. While mint is Juul's most popular flavor pod, the decision is not surprising: The Federal government is expected to announce a ba

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Chimera formation could favor the expansion of invasive species in the marine environment

A new article published in the journal Scientific Reports reveals 44% of the colonies of Didemnum vexillum—a marine invertebrate tagged as invasive species—in the Ebro Delta (Tarragona, Spain) are formed by gene chimera: that is, cells with a different gene pool. According to the study, this ability to create chimera could be a determining factor in promoting genetic diversity and the colonizing s

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Chimera formation could favor the expansion of invasive species in the marine environment

A new article published in the journal Scientific Reports reveals 44% of the colonies of Didemnum vexillum—a marine invertebrate tagged as invasive species—in the Ebro Delta (Tarragona, Spain) are formed by gene chimera: that is, cells with a different gene pool. According to the study, this ability to create chimera could be a determining factor in promoting genetic diversity and the colonizing s

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Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses

The ability to transform sunlight into energy is one of Nature's more remarkable feats. Scientists understand the basic process of photosynthesis, but many crucial details remain elusive, occurring at dimensions and fleeting time scales long deemed too minuscule to probe.

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IEA undervurderer væksten i sol- og vindkraft: Resultatet er overinvesteringer i fossil energi

PLUS. Det Internationale Energiargentur (IEA) har konsekvent spået forkert, hvad angår vedvarende energi. Det viser TU's gennemgang af officielle statistikker.

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By Studying Mouth Bacteria, Scientists Hope to Learn the Secrets of Microbiomes

Communities of bacteria and other microbes in the human mouth can help researchers learn how these groups of organisms affect human health

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A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

In this lively talk and performance, artist and TED Fellow Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin offers a sneak peek of her forthcoming musical "At Buffalo." Drawing on archival material from the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition, a world's fair held in Buffalo, New York, the show examines conflicting representations of black identity exhibited at the fair — highlighting unsettlingly familiar parallels between

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Following a Familiar Script, U.S. Officially Withdraws From a Global Climate Pact

More than anything, the withdrawal seemed to highlight the limited power of the executive branch to bring about meaningful climate action — even if it wanted to. After all, while international treaties do offer hope that a sympathetic administration will act, the commitments offer little political leverage.

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Elon Musk: I Can Build a Martian City With 1,000 Starships

A Thousand Ships In one of his trademark Twitter reply conversations on Thursday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk elaborated on his extremely ambitious plans to establish a sustainable settlement on Mars — a vision his space company first laid out about two years ago. "A thousand [Starships] will be needed to create a sustainable Mars city as the planets align only once every two years," Musk wrote . Mars B

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Coastlines' contribution to climate change might have been underestimated

Permafrost coasts make up about one third of the Earth's total coastline. As a result of accelerated climate change, whole sections of coastline rapidly thaw, and erode into the Arctic Ocean. A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters now shows that large amounts of carbon dioxide are potentially being produced along these eroding permafrost coastlines in the Arctic.

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Study vaccine protects monkeys against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses

Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed an investigational vaccine that protected cynomolgus macaques against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses endemic to overlapping regions in Africa. The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Profectus BioSciences of New York are developing and testing the candidate quadrivalent VesiculoVax vaccine, with support

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New technique to identify a common cause to TMA diseases for which there is a treatment

Researchers have developed a technique that allows detecting an anomaly in the alternative pathway of the complement system, a part of our immune system that if deregulated can attack the patient's own endothelial cells and cause thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), a severe injury common to a diversity of diseases. If the pathway is altered, the drug that is used for a syndrome with good prognostic

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New Jersey researchers study social communication in pediatric traumatic brain injury

'These findings support our hypothesis that children with TBI who have problems with social communication also have problems with social cognition and social functioning,' said Dr. Genova. 'This study also suggests that the Social Communication Disorders Checklist has potential for screening children with TBI for deficits in social communication. Such a tool would help us understand the complex so

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Researchers report new insights into Parkinson's disease-related mortality

By following a group of newly diagnosed patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) for a decade or more, researchers have been able to identify several factors never before reported that appear to be associated with higher mortality rates in PD patients compared to the general population. As reported in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, these factors are early onset of PD, early impairment of memory

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Heat sensor frustrates Bloodhound land speed car

The British supercar cuts short its latest run because of temperature concerns but still clocks 481mph.

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In Memphis, a Lab Experiment for Local News

It's time for another look at new financial, editorial, and technological models for local journalism. You'll find previous entries at these links: from Mississippi ; from Maine ; from Massachusetts ; from Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area ; from Massachusetts again ; from the Hudson Valley of New York; and from points beyond . They all involve efforts to revive existing news ope

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World's most comprehensive study of a deadly heart condition yields 1st results

Researchers have revealed the initial results from the world's largest comprehensive study of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an abnormal thickening of the heart that often goes undiagnosed and can prove deadly. The condition can present at any age, and it is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

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Photosynthesis seen in a new light by rapid X-ray pulses

In a new study, led by Petra Fromme and Nadia Zatsepin at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, the School of Molecular Sciences and the Department of Physics at ASU, researchers investigated the structure of Photosystem I (PSI) with ultrashort X-ray pulses at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (EuXFEL), located in Hamburg, Germany.

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High numbers of youth report using prescription opioids in the past year

A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these drugs in the past year. Nearly 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively, reported misusing opioids. Findings were published Nov. 5 in PLoS Medicine.

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'Tear down this wall' was almost cut from Reagan speech

For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ronald Reagan's former speechwriter shares what inspired those now famous words—"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"—and how they almost didn't make it into the speech. State Department and National Security Council advisers found the passage outlandish and provocative, says Peter Robinson, a Hooper Institution fellow at Stanford University

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WhatsApp Will Soon Let Users Browse Products In-App

While most of us might take WhatsApp as a messaging app between friends and family and co-workers, it is also being used as a business tool where business can use WhatsApp to keep in touch …

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Hurricanes affecting Puerto Rico reveal the serious crisis the country is experiencing

In the autumn of 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, causing thousands of deaths, illnesses and suffering, which brought about a situation of serious economic, political and public health crisis, as well as widespread death and destruction. However, neither the US nor the Puerto Rican government reacted adequately to such a grave situation.

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Babies are less afraid when they can smell their mothers

When babies can smell their mothers' odour, their brains respond less to fearful situations

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The Books Briefing: How to Build a Family Legacy

How is a family legacy built? Through novels or memoirs, authors puzzle together the myths and realities of their family history to help readers think through that question—and to process it for themselves. Writing her novel, The Turner House , which traces the history of a family home over 50 years in the city of Detroit, helped Angela Flournoy learn more about the gutting transformation of the

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Assessment improves cancer care of older adults

When physicians fully appreciate the concerns older adults with cancer have, such as function and forgetfulness, it elevates patient care and satisfaction, according to a new study. Researchers believe the study is the first to assess in a randomized clinical trial whether a tool known as geriatric assessment (GA) can meaningfully influence cancer care for vulnerable older people. Many oncologist

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Turbulence creates ice in clouds

Vertical air motions increase ice formation in mixed-phase clouds. This correlation was predicted theoretically for a long time, but could now be observed for the first time in nature. This result was published by a team from TROPOS in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, an Open Access journal published by Nature Research. Using laser and radar equipment, the team measured the vertical air veloci

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Chimera formation could favor the expansion of invasive species in the marine environment

A new article published in the journal Scientific Reports reveals 44% of the colonies of Didemnum vexillum -a marine invertebrate tagged as invasive species- in the Ebro Delta (Tarragona, Spain) are formed by gene chimera, that is, cells with different gene pool. According to the study, this ability to create chimera could be a determining factor to promote genetic diversity and the colonizing suc

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Ancient Rome: a 12,000-year history of genetic flux, migrations and diversity

Scholars have been all over Rome for hundreds of years, but it still holds some secrets – for instance, relatively little is known about where the city's denizens actually came from. Now, an international team led by Researchers from the University of Vienna, Stanford University and Sapienza University of Rome, is filling in the gaps with a genetic history that shows just how much the Eternal City

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Kidney disease outcomes differ between severely obese kids vs. adults after bariatric surgery

Adolescents with Type 2 diabetes experienced more hyperfiltration and earlier attenuation of their elevated urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio after gastric bypass surgery compared with adults, according to research presented during the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2019.

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Small molecule combats cancer-causing KRAS protein at last

Nature, Published online: 08 November 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-03242-8 A molecule has now been characterized that acts to inhibit a cancer-causing form of KRAS protein and stimulate the immune system. The inhibitor is one of the first of its kind to show anticancer activity in the clinic.

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NASA's Mars 2020 heads into the test chamber

In this time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 9, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited engineers move the Mars 2020 rover from a high bay in the Spacecraft Simulator Building into the facility's large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions.

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The end of dangerous working conditions starts with informed consumers

Halloween has just passed and your kids are probably still polishing off this year's candy haul. As recently reported in the Washington Post, there's a good chance that some of those chocolate treats were made using child labour. Would knowing that change your mind about purchasing that product?

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Can science break its plastic addiction?

Lucy Gilliam has an infectious passion for environmental action. Today, she works in Brussels on environmental transport policy. But in the early 2000s, she was a molecular microbiologist in Hertfordshire. Like many in her field, Gilliam got through a lot of disposable plastics. It had become a normal part of 21st-century science, as everyday as coffee and overtime.

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Cutting Back On Lousy Conferences

I've written before about the lowest tier of scientific conferences, the ones that are basically "presentation mills" for people to pad their CVs with. Now I see that South Korea is actively discouraging professors from attending such things. The Education Ministry is requiring a checklist form and vetting by each university to make sure that proposed overseas conference travel has some academic

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Tidligere Twitter-ansatte anklaget for at spionere for Saudi-Arabien

Begge ansatte forlod Twitter i 2015, men blev ifølge anklagerne allerede i 2014 erhvervet af den saudi-arabiske regering til at spionere på Twitter-brugere.

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Researchers investigate interstellar bodies originating from beyond our solar system

Astonishingly, not one but two interstellar asteroids have been detected entering our solar system since 2017.

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Stress hormone helps control the circadian rhythm of brain cells

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown how the brain's circadian rhythm in rats is, among other things, controlled by the stress hormone corticosterone — in humans called cortisol. This has been shown by means of a completely new method in the form of implanted micropumps.

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Air pollution in India is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease

The CHAI Project explores the association between exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) and carotid intima-media thickness, a marker of atherosclerosis.

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Hurricanes affecting Puerto Rico reveal the serious crisis the country is experiencing

An article led by Joan Benach, a researcher with the Department of Political and Social Sciences at UPF, published in the journal 'Social Science & Medicine', shows how the underlying causes of the crisis in Puerto Rico stem from colonialism and the lack of political sovereignty.

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2 Connections That Will Unleash a Flood of Human Capital

We are about to massively increase the amount of human genius on Earth in two distinct ways. First, by identifying and connecting those geniuses that already exist, but lack access to the right tools (i.e. they are off the grid). And second, by connecting the average human cortex to the cloud, amplifying human intelligence (HI) with high-bandwidth brain-computer interfaces (BCI). Nothing is more

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The Founders Would Have Called Out Trump for Bribery

"Where are the high crimes and misdemeanors?" That's the question opponents of impeachment keep asking as Democrats investigate President Donald Trump. "There aren't any high crimes and misdemeanors," Rush Limbaugh declares . "There aren't any impeachable offenses." "There are no high crimes and misdemeanors," House Minority Whip Steve Scalise insists . That ambiguous phrase, high crimes and misd

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Nyupptäckta hällmålningar i Tumlehed avslöjar sjöfart på stenåldern

Sydvästra Sveriges mest välbevarade hällmålning har nu daterats – den är från sen stenålder. Med hjälp av ny teknik har forskare vid Göteborgs universitet lyckats blottlägga flera tidigare okända motiv som inte längre är synliga för ögat. Motiv som ger ytterligare bevis för den långväga sjöfart som stenålderns maritima jägare ägnade sig åt. Viktigast av de nyupptäckta motiven är flera båtar med ä

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Nytt verktyg studerar kroppens energifabriker

Våra cellers kraftverk, mitokondrierna, är livsviktiga. Med ett nytt verktyg från Karolinska Institutet kan forskare nu undersöka hur mitokondriernas sätt att tillverka proteiner påverkas av sjukdom, läkemedel, åldrande och olika fysiologiska faktorer som kost och motion. Mitokondrier är cellens energiproducenter. De behövs för att omvandla energin i maten vi äter till en fungerande "energivaluta

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No gender split in child brain function or math skill

There is no gender difference in brain function or math ability, according to new research. "Science doesn't align with folk beliefs," says senior author Jessica Cantlon, a professor of developmental neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. "We see that children's brains function similarly regardless of their gender so hopefully we can recalibrate expectations of what children can achieve in m

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Chemist creates molecular 'merry-go-round' complex for future OLED displays

A RUDN University chemist has synthesized fluorescent compounds with "merry-go-round" molecules that can be used to create economical displays with organic LEDs (OLEDs). The nucleus of these molecules is a triangle of silver or copper atoms, and organic elements are bound to it through phosphorus atoms that rotate around them. This molecular geometry may allow researchers to create more efficient

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Emperor penguins could march to extinction if nations fail to halt climate change

The concept of a canary in a coal mine – a sensitive species that provides an alert to danger—originated with British miners, who carried actual canaries underground through the mid-1980s to detect the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Today another bird, the emperor penguin, is providing a similar warning about the planetary effects of burning fossil fuels.

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Amerikansk politi får tilladelse til at søge i privat DNA-database – uden brugernes samtykke

I forbindelse med en kriminalsag har amerikansk politi fået adgang til at søge i den private database Gedmatch, som har DNA-profiler på 1,3 millioner mennesker. Det på trods af, at der ikke var givet samtykke fra flere personer i databasen.

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Nanomagnets power micromachine bird

A micromachine that resembles a tiny origami bird flaps its wings and bends its neck as if by magic. Researchers assembled the micromachine from materials that contain small nanomagnets. They can program these nanomagnets to assume a particular magnetic orientation. When the programmed nanomagnets are then exposed to a magnetic field, specific forces act on them. If these magnets are located in f

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Eksperterne er uenige: Kan potteplanter redde luften i din stue?

Planter har en betydning for indeklimaet, men er ikke en mirakelkur, påpeger eksperter.

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Eyes on the prize: Why optimists make superb leaders

Effective leadership comes from, in part, an understanding of the challenges the future might hold. Because optimists are able to focus the opportunities the future presents — instead of the impossibilities — they make great leaders. An understanding of science plays a part in more clearly seeing the future, which contributes to better decision-making as a leader. The Future of Humanity: Our Dest

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Who Owns H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs? The Taxpayers, U.S. Says

In an unexpected lawsuit, federal officials claim that Gilead Sciences willfully disregarded government patents on medicines necessary to end the AIDS epidemic.

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Emperor penguins could march to extinction if nations fail to halt climate change

The concept of a canary in a coal mine – a sensitive species that provides an alert to danger—originated with British miners, who carried actual canaries underground through the mid-1980s to detect the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Today another bird, the emperor penguin, is providing a similar warning about the planetary effects of burning fossil fuels.

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Elizabeth Warren Couldn't Be Luckier

Imagine you're Pete Buttigieg. You had the best October of any candidate in the Democratic presidential race. On September 15, you trailed Joe Biden in Iowa by more than 20 points and both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders by at least 10. Kamala Harris was beating you, too. Now, by some measures, you're in second place , a few points below Warren. You're effectively pounding her on health care,

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New research synthesizes different aspects of causality in quantum field theory

In current quantum field theory, causality is typically defined by the vanishing of field commutators for spacelike separations. Two researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Universidade Federal Rural in Rio de Janeiro have recently carried out a study discussing and synthesizing some of the key aspects of causality in quantum field theory. Their paper, published in Physical Review Lette

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Fitbit data hint at how discrimination alters daily life

Fitbit data is beginning to show how discrimination affects the basics of a person's daily life. Discrimination—differential treatment based on an aspect of someone's identity, such as nationality, race, sexual orientation, or gender—is linked to lower success in careers and poorer health. But there is little information about how individual discrimination events affect people in the short term a

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Watch a Piece of Metal Refuse to Sink in Water

Seeing Double Researchers from the University of Rochester just released a video that looks like an optical illusion. In the clip, they place two seemingly identical metal structures into a glass of water. But while one sinks to the bottom — you know, as you'd expect something metal to do — the other floats. That's because the structures aren't actually identical — and the one that floats could l

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Climate change and overfishing are boosting toxic mercury levels in fish

We live in an era—the Anthropocene—where humans and societies are reshaping and changing ecosystems. Pollution, human-made climate change and overfishing have all altered marine life and ocean food webs.

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Scientists, here's how to use less plastic

The lab is quietly bustling with scientists intent on their work. One gestures to an item on her bench—a yellow container, about the size of a novel. It's almost full to the brim with used plastic pipette tips—the disposable attachments that stop pipettes being cross-contaminated. She stares down at it, despondently. "And this is just from today."

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Targeted gene modification in animal pathogenic chlamydia

Researchers successfully performed targeted gene mutation in the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia caviae.

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Study finds sex bias in bird conservation plans

After pairing up and raising chicks, males and females of some bird species spend their winter break apart. At the end of their journey to Central or South America, you might find mostly males in one habitat, and females in another. Yet conservation strategies have typically overlooked the habitats needed by females, putting already-declining species in even more peril.

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Self-cannibalizing mitochondria may set the stage for ALS development

Scientists have discovered a new phenomenon in the brain that could explain the development of early stages of neurodegeneration that is seen in diseases such as ALS, which affects voluntary muscle movement such as walking and talking. The discovery was so novel, the scientists needed to coin a new term to describe it: mitoautophagy, a collection of self-destructive mitochondria in diseased upper

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Conservation scientists call for reverse to biodiversity loss

A group of international conservationists is urging governments across the globe to adopt a new approach to address the impact of economic development on the natural world.Renowned researchers, including University of Queensland scientists, aim to draw attention to what they call "net positive outcomes for nature".

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NUS researchers discover enzyme's role in 'natural killer T cell lymphoma'

Researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore uncovered an enzyme which could serve as a potential biomarker for 'natural killer T cell lymphoma' and could lead to new targeting routes for treatment.

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Nutrient supplements significantly reduce child deaths

A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that child mortality significantly drops when children receive nutritional supplements rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It found that supplements may decrease mortality among children 6-24 months old by as much as 27% in low- and middle-income countries.

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Study finds key Alzheimer's gene (APOE) acts differently in Caribbean Hispanics

Researchers looking to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease have revealed new insights from old variants. A gene called apolipoprotein E (APOE),long implicated in Alzheimer's disease, has two variants that act differently among Caribbean Hispanics depending on the ancestral origin, according to a study published in Alzheimer's and Dementia. In this study, individuals with African-derived an

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Marriage Story Shows the Painful Asymmetry of a Breakup

Marriage Story begins with an accounting: two lists, sweet and generous ones, in which a husband and wife describe all the things they love about each other. Both monologues are delivered with such tenderness by Charlie (played by Adam Driver) and Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) that it's hard not to be enchanted by their partnership from the get-go—which is exactly what the writer and directo

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Bike Safety Means Having New Lanes and Helmet Laws, US Says

A government panel wants officials to build better cycling infrastructure, but its call to mandate helmets is already rankling cyclingadvocates.

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Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike

Researchers have developed a novel way of predicting lightning strikes to the nearest 10 to 30 minutes and within a radius of 30 kilometers. The system uses a combination of standard data from weather stations and artificial intelligence.

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Where does Parkinson's disease start? In the brain or gut? Or both?

Does Parkinson's disease (PD) start in the brain or the gut? In a new contribution, scientists hypothesize that PD can be divided into two subtypes: gut-first, originating in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) of the gut and spreading to the brain; and brain-first, originating in the brain, or entering the brain via the olfactory system, and spreading to the brainstem and peripheral nervous syste

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Why beta-blockers cause skin inflammation

Beta-blockers are often used to treat high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. However, in some patients they can trigger or exacerbate psoriasis, an inflammatory skin disease. Scientists have now found a possible cause for this.

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SecDef: China Is Exporting Killer Robots to the Mideast

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Billionaires' wealth falls as Chinese economy stalls

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Ecosia's Search Engine Plants More Trees With Every Web Search

The search engine Ecosia is trying to slow climate change by funneling profits into organizations that plant trees in deforested areas.

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Rare transit of Mercury to take place on 11 November

A rare transit of Mercury will take place on 11 November, when the smallest planet in our Solar System will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun. The last time this happened was in 2016, and the next will be in 2032. During the transit, which takes place in the afternoon in the UK, Mercury will appear as a dark silhouetted disc set against the bright surface of the Sun.

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A new way to measure gravity: Using floating atoms

A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, has found a new way to measure gravity—by noting differences in atoms in a supposition state, suspended in the air by lasers. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their new technique and explain why they believe it will be more useful than traditional methods.

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Self-assembled microspheres of silica to cool surfaces without energy consumption

Researchers from the ICN2 and the ICMM-CSIC have developed a new material able to cool another one by emitting infrared radiation. The results are published in Small and are expected to be used in devices where an increase in temperature has drastic effects on performance, like solar panels and computer systems, among other applications.

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Brains of girls and boys are similar, producing equal math ability

New research comprehensively examined the brain development of young boys and girls. Their research shows no gender difference in brain function or math ability.

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A new type of fire, the fuel of the future?

Later this month a Texus rocket will launch from Esrange, Sweden, that will travel about 260 km upwards and fall back to Earth offering researchers six minutes of zero gravity. Their experiment? Burning metal powder to understand a new type of fire.

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Investigating the power of group think

While many people might find it difficult, if not downright distasteful, to dive into 1.5 million hours of partisan talk radio, Clara Vandeweerdt found it thrilling.

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Proving a longstanding conjecture about the area of negatively curved spaces

Johns Hopkins mathematician Joel Spruck and a colleague recently succeeded in proving a longstanding conjecture about the area of negatively curved spaces, such as flower petals or coral reefs, a yearslong endeavor full unexpected hurdles and sleepless nights.

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Newly discovered motifs in rock art in Tumlehed shows seafaring in the Stone Age

South-west Sweden's best preserved rock painting has now been dated—it is from the late Stone Age. With the aid of new technologies, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have been able to reveal a number of previously unknown motifs that are no longer visible to the naked eye. The most important of these newly discovered motifs are boats with elk-head stems. This is the first time that thes

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Targeted gene modification in animal pathogenic chlamydia

Researchers at Umeå University (Sweden), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland and Duke University (U.S.), now for the first time successfully performed targeted gene mutation in the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia caviae.

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Targeted gene modification in animal pathogenic chlamydia

Researchers at Umeå University (Sweden), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland and Duke University (U.S.), now for the first time successfully performed targeted gene mutation in the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia caviae.

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Bredbåndsatellitter flokkes om lav jordbane: »Det handler om at komme først«

PLUS. Lav jordbane er attraktiv til bredbåndssatellitter, hvis man vil undgå for lang latenstid. Men der bliver trængsel i banerne, for bredbånd fra rummet kræver mange satellitter.

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Strain-induced isomerization of molecular chains

National University of Singapore scientists have demonstrated a strain-induced structural rearrangement of one-dimensional (1D) metal-organic molecular chains for potential use in fabricating functional nanostructures.

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Millions of seabirds rely on discarded fish

Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.

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Millions of seabirds rely on discarded fish

Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.

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En bok till far?

Sapiens Av Yuval Noah HarariI Sapiens beskriver författaren de viktiga övergångarna mellan olika sätt att leva och vara människa – den kognitiva revolutionen, jordbruksrevolutionen för 10 000 år sedan, skrivkonstens och religionernas uppkomst, den vetenskapliga revolutionen, kapitalismen och så vidare.

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Är 5G skadligt för hälsan?

Sedan mobiltelefoni introducerades på 1980-talet har teknologin vidareutvecklats och nya tillämpningar av trådlös kommunikation har tillkommit. Nu börjar man installera femte generationen trådlös kommunikation (5G). Den kommer delvis att använda samma frekvensområden som tidigare generationer, men också högre frekvenser. Ibland misstolkas "högre frekvenser" som att det betyder "högre exponering",

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What Menopause Does to Women's Brains

I 've been keeping a Google Doc of all the words my 53-year-old brain hasn't been able to remember. The list has grown long. It might have grown twice as long, but often I forget the word I've forgotten between forgetting it and rushing to the computer to write it down. Next to the missing word in question, I note the description I used instead, such as "the thing that blows" ( wind ) and "the ki

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Margaret Atwood Bears Witness

I n 1980 , five years before The Handmaid's Tale was published, the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood was appearing at a poetry festival in Portland, Oregon, when her trip was disrupted by natural disaster: Mount St. Helens, in nearby Washington State, began erupting for the second time that spring. Plumes of volcanic ash and gas grounded all flights in Portland, and with trains booked up as well,

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The Secret Identity of a Coyote-Like Creature

It started in 2008, when a pack of strange-looking coyotes—or were they coyotes?—ran off with one of Ron Wooten's dogs. "It wasn't pleasant," he says. The dog did not survive. But Wooten, who by day works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the kind of guy who keeps a dead rattlesnake and deer hide in his freezer, so instead of getting angry with the wild animals, he decided to investigate t

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'Virginity tests' are violent, unnecessary, and without medical merit

Virginity tests are broadly condemned by the UN and WHO. Hymens are trending thanks to a podcast appearance by rapper T.I., where he discussed attending his daughter's annual gynecological visit and asking her doctor to confirm her virginity. As EJ Dickson writes for Rolling Stone , the anecdote "seemed almost lab-engineered to piss off people on the internet," but is far less shocking than it sh

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Paris Ends an E-Scooter Melee With New Rules of the Road

France is moving to crack down on scooter sharing, but questions linger about how micromobility affects cities and citizens.

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How to Combat Firehosing

According to a recent Guardian article : It's ("firehosing") a relatively new term coined by Rand researchers Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews in 2016 to describe the propaganda tactics Russian authorities use to quell dissent and control the political landscape. They report that the strategy has metastasized from political propaganda to science denial campaigns, such as the anti-vaccine move

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What you might have missed

A new material inspired by sunflowers, scientists declare a climate emergency and birds that form complex societies – here are some highlights from a week in science.

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Image of the Day: Cryptosporidiosis Treatment

An enzyme blocker is highly effective at treating intestinal parasitic infection in mice.

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Saving Australia's sea lion population

A world-first trial is under way to treat the Australian sea lion with a topical anti-parasitic in an attempt to rid the endangered species of debilitating hookworm infestation. The experiment is led by Dr. Rachael Gray, from the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

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Saving Australia's sea lion population

A world-first trial is under way to treat the Australian sea lion with a topical anti-parasitic in an attempt to rid the endangered species of debilitating hookworm infestation. The experiment is led by Dr. Rachael Gray, from the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

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Taking on Eysenck: one man's mission to challenge a giant of psychology – Science Weekly podcast

In 1992, Anthony Pelosi voiced concerns in the British Medical Journal about controversial findings from Hans Eysenck – one of the most influential British psychologists of all time – and German researcher Ronald Grossarth-Maticek. Those findings claimed personality played a bigger part in people's chances of dying from cancer or heart disease than smoking. Almost three decades later, Eysenck's in

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Mathematicians' work helps change how people vote

As U.S. courts debate gerrymandering—the process of carving up electoral districts to disproportionately benefit one political party—Wes Pegden's work is helping to shape redistricting maps more fairly.

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Taking on Eysenck: one man's mission to challenge a giant of psychology – Science Weekly podcast

In 1992, Anthony Pelosi voiced concerns in the British Medical Journal about controversial findings from Hans Eysenck – one of the most influential British psychologists of all time – and German researcher Ronald Grossarth-Maticek. Those findings claimed personality played a bigger part in people's chances of dying from cancer or heart disease than smoking. Almost three decades later, Eysenck's i

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Image: Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer

This replica model of ESA's 'Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer', or M-Argo, was on display at the Agency's recent Antennas workshop. It is the one of numerous small missions planned as part of ESA's Technology Strategy, being presented at this month's Space19+ Council at Ministerial Level.

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Satellite observations measure nitrogen oxide lifetimes above multiple North American cities

A pair of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, has used satellite observations as a way to measure the lifetime of nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels above multiple North American cities. In their paper published in the journal Science, Joshua Laughner and Ronald Cohen describe how they used a decade's worth of satellite imagery to measure NOx levels over 49 American cities, and what th

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Microscopic biological motors using magnetotactic bacteria

Since their discovery in the 1970s, scientists have developed a strong interested for magnetotactic bacteria, an intriguing microorganism that moves along the magnetic field lines due the magnetite particles they grow in their body. How this property can be used to induce collective behavior and create a microscopic engine? This is the work done by a team of researchers from the PMMH Laboratory (E

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Mapping the end of incest and dawn of individualism

If you're from a Western society, chances are you value individuality, independence, analytical thinking, and an openness to strangers and new ideas.

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Blurry imaging limits clarified thanks to information technology

Although we're told a picture speaks a thousand words, that cliché seriously underestimates the value of a good image. Our understanding of how the world works is simplified by our ability to turn data into images. Imaging is at the heart of science: if it can be measured, it will be turned into an image to be analyzed.

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Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike

Lightning is one of the most unpredictable phenomena in nature. It regularly kills people and animals and sets fire to homes and forests. It keeps aircraft grounded and damages power lines, wind turbines and solar-panel installations. However, little is known about what triggers lightning, and there is no simple technology for predicting when and where lightning will strike the ground.

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Fjärrstyrda fordon ska bli verklighet på virkesterminaler

Arbetet på virkesterminaler runtom i Sverige ska effektiviseras genom att utveckla ny teknik för att fjärrstyra lastare. Målet är att samma operatör ska kunna ta hand om lastning och lossning på flera virkesterminaler. I Sverige finns ett hundratal virkesterminaler som vanligtvis är lokaliserade på avskilt belägna platser vilket försvårar en effektiv bemanning av terminalerna. I projektet ska en

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Microscopic biological motors using magnetotactic bacteria

Since their discovery in the 1970s, scientists have developed a strong interested for magnetotactic bacteria, an intriguing microorganism that moves along the magnetic field lines due the magnetite particles they grow in their body. How this property can be used to induce collective behavior and create a microscopic engine? This is the work done by a team of researchers from the PMMH Laboratory (E

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Hør en passage fra bogen: Det er bare en virus

PLUS. Virusforsker på Statens Serum Institut Anders Fomsgaard læser højt fra sin bog "Det er bare en virus".

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Lego launching a 3,300-piece Batmobile based on the 1989 movie version

Like other expensive Lego products, the model comes with plenty of pieces—3,306. It measures a hefty 23 inches in length, 8 inches wide, and 4 inches high. Like the movie version, it also comes …

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Scientists Should Stop Naming Species after Awful People

And they ought to consider revoking names that never should have been honored in the first place — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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After a Kidnapping, a Lifetime of Haunted Regret

"I can't ignore the girl in the hallway," Jamie DeWolf says. "It's hard to—I see her every day. She has a gap-toothed smile, messy brown hair, and a doll that dangles from its only arm. She always wants to come inside … but I say, 'Maybe another time. Why don't you run along now?'" DeWolf would live to regret these words. In Valerie Barnhart's animated short film The Girl in the Hallway , DeWolf

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New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

A new data set on the popularity of emoji reveals a problem with Unicode's approval process, along with a way to fix it.

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A Scientist's Tiny Black Hole Brings the Cosmos Into the Lab

Single-purpose quantum computers are helping physicists build simulations of nature's greatest hits and observe them up close.

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Researchers convert 2-D images into 3-D using deep learning

A UCLA research team has devised a technique that extends the capabilities of fluorescence microscopy, which allows scientists to precisely label parts of living cells and tissue with dyes that glow under special lighting. The researchers use artificial intelligence to turn two-dimensional images into stacks of virtual three-dimensional slices showing activity inside organisms.

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Team uses golden 'lollipop' to observe elusive interference effect at the nanoscale

Electrons in atoms are pretty talented. They can form chemical bonds, get kicked out of the atom and even "jump" to different locations based on their energetic states.

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Scientists Should Stop Naming Species after Awful People

And they ought to consider revoking names that never should have been honored in the first place — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Regering vil købe sig til ro: Øger erstatning til støjramte F-35-naboer med 200 mio. kr

PLUS. Et aftaleudkast viser, at regeringen lægger op til at øge erstatningen til naboerne til Flyvestation Skrydstrup fra 30 til 230 mio. kr. Det vil kræve en særlov, advarer jurist over for Ingeniøren.

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