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Pentagon seeks 'ethicist' to oversee military artificial intelligence

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A Mountain Top Called ‘Little Man’ Falls in Norway, and Residents Weep

For five years, geologists in Norway had urgently warned that the top of a mountain called “Little Man” could collapse and destroy huge swaths of a nearby town. After the 16th warning, it fell.

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This LEGO Robot Is the Fun Way to Teach Your Kids About Coding and STEM

Do you like robots? Don’t bother answering that, everyone likes robots. And if you’re ready to take that love to the next level by building a robot yourself, LEGO has a way for you to build not one, not two, but five specially designed, functional robots with one set of LEGO building bricks. It’s the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101). The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) is 847 pieces that c

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Why Local Innovation Is the Answer

What’s the point of writing a “thought experiment” article, like mine in the current issue about the bright side of the Dark Ages? It’s to generate some thoughts! On top of the first round of responses —which were variations on “Actually, the Dark Ages were pretty dark”—here is a stand-alone. It is from my longtime friend Eric Schnurer , who has worked in and written extensively (including for Th

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Why Do We Dream?

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Would tracing the history of my family’s J Lyons empire be my cup of tea?

I discovered deeds of great bravery – as well as things to be ashamed of. But learning about my ancestors’ remarkable achievements has given my own life more meaning When I started researching my mother’s family, I had no idea what I would find, or how the process would affect me. Would I meet interesting relatives? Would I discover unpleasant secrets? Above all, would answering the question “Who

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The new growth in hair loss research

With increasing evidence of its impact on mental health, scientists are pushing forward with breakthroughs on balding Has there ever been more pressure to have a full and luscious head of hair? Whether it’s dating app snaps, Instagram selfies, or even that corporate headshot on LinkedIn, maintaining a youthful appearance has become a critical feature of modern life. Writing in his autobiography,

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Is It OK to Change Hurricane Forecasts With a Sharpie Doodle?

A physicist wades into the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" surrounding White House weather advisories.

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Space Photos of the Week: Hurricane Dorian and Other Spirals

It's a universal shape, and we find it throughout the cosmos.

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An Unprecedented Cyberattack Hit the US Power Grid

Exposed Facebook phone numbers, an XKCD breach, and more of the week's top security news.

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A Molecule Designed by AI Exhibits ‘Druglike’ Qualities Gregory Barber | Wired “Lots of people are designing machine learning pipelines to produce virtual molecules, but relatively few have published research validating the work in the lab. Insilico’s work takes an extra step forward, AlQuraishi adds, in showing that its AI can be tailored to generate molecules that not on

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Weekend reads: The scale of misconduct in China; toxic peer reviews; license to publish?; an editorial revolt

Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured a researcher at Northwestern who’s up to five retractions; a … Continue reading

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No-deal Brexit could hit cancer trials that save children’s lives

UK researchers fear being blocked from EU-wide testing of treatments for diseases including rare childhood cancers Leading medical researchers have warned that their efforts to find new cancer treatments are likely to suffer major setbacks if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. In particular they fear that researchers based in the UK would face legal restrictions on working with other EU member s

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Saturday Night Live Loses One of Its Most Dynamic Stars

When Leslie Jones made her first on-camera appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2014, she was a breath of fresh air for a creatively stagnant show. Discussing People magazine’s recent choice of Lupita Nyong’o as the most beautiful woman in the world, Jones dug into the beauty standards that society often applies to black women, and into her pride and insecurities about her own self-image. “I’m wa

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The Loser-Spy Novelist for Our Times

Illustration by Paul Spella; Agence Opale / Alamy; Sergi Escribano; David Cornwell / Getty; John Murray Are you a good reader, reader? Patient, curious, broadly cultured, and so on? I’m not—not anymore. Decades of email-checking have splintered my concentration; more recently and speedily, I’ve rotted out my attention span with Netflix and end-of-the-republic updates. Of the new mind, the prodigi

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Mand kloner kat: Kæledyrs-kopier vinder frem i Kina

Kloning af kæledyr er efterhånden en industri i Kina. Nyeste skud på stammen er en kat til 235.000 kroner.

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Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Everyone Should Celebrate Their Love for Dungeons & Dragons

It took author Matt Bell a while to get there, but now he encourages everyone to do the same.

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Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Fetal Scans and Mammograms–There's a Groupon for That

Discount coupons let patients pin down costs before treatment, but raise worries about unnecessary tests and radiation — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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In Praise of Chicago's Hypotenuses

Walking the Pythagorean theorem — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Opinion: Earth Has Survived Extinctions Before, It's Humans Who Are Fragile

Earth has experienced cataclysmic life-destroying events before. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what this means for humans in the midst of climate change. (Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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A Second Failed Moon Landing

Half a century is a blip on cosmic timescales, but feels like an age in technological innovation, long enough to transform a task once considered impossible into something quite doable. So it might seem that, 50 years after human beings touched the surface of the moon, landing a spacecraft on our next-door neighbor should be less difficult, perhaps even easy. It’s not. The latest attempt to land

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Mirage III er det hidtil største trumfkort for fransk flyindustri

Fremstillingen af militære jagerfly står i udviklingens tegn i Vesteuropa, mens amerikanerne konsoliderer sig på markedet med A-7D, Corsair II.

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Can We Ever Stop Thinking?

Our thoughts go on and on and on….

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Is "Neurolaw" Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You?

Neuroscience is closing in on states of mind the legal system cares about: memory, responsibility and mental maturity — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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one night in Istanbul, with Chef Musa Dağdeviren

None There's a pattern that happens with any new thing. First it's scary, then you settle in to a rhythm, then you hit your stride, then you get too attached to things being the way they are. For a while there I thought I could only record an episode of this show sitting in a particular chair facing a particular direction. When that kind of thing happens, it's time to shake things up. So today's

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5 Best Gaming Desktop PCs (2019): Custom, High-End, Cheap

I assure you, these PC battle stations are fully armed and operational. They're also WIRED Recommended.

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How Quickly Can You Fill Up a Circle?

In memory of Michael Boshernitzan — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Is "Neurolaw" Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You?

Neuroscience is closing in on states of mind the legal system cares about: memory, responsibility and mental maturity — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Robert Mugabe Died Too Late

It is usually in bad taste to say of the recently deceased that his death came far too late. But even those most sentimental about Robert Mugabe, the first leader of Zimbabwe, will admit that if he had been hit by a bus on the streets of Harare 25 years ago, or crushed by a landslide of Chanel bags after one of his wife Grace’s shopping sprees in London or Paris, the world would be a better place

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Can Facebook Fix the Dating World Tinder Created?

A common complaint about dating in the time of Tinder is that people often end up on dates with people about whom they know little to nothing. As I wrote last year in a story about how Tinder and apps like it had transformed dating in just half a decade, being on the apps often means dating in a sort of context vacuum: Friends, co-workers, classmates, and/or relatives don’t show up to flesh out t

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‘Failure is part of the game’: Indian spacecraft presumed lost after moon landing attempt

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continues after communications severed with Vikram lander

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The history of cellular agriculture (and the future of food, too)

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Canada Geese and a Golf Club Face Off in Vermont

The Quechee Club postponed plans to invite hunters on its property after animal rights groups and residents lobbed complaints.

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The Windows 10 Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now

Whether you're new to Windows 10 or have been using it for years, take a minute to lock down your privacy.

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14 Great Weekend Tech Deals: Garmin, Instant Pot, and More

Whet your appetite for all the new tech this autumn, with our favorite sales on gaming laptops, loudspeakers, and more.

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Dansk professor glæder sig særligt til tre oplæg på ECTRIMS

Professor Per Soelberg Sørensen skal se resultatet af kliniske forsøg, han selv startede for 10 år siden.

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The Truth Teller

The Wise Men were high-born WASPs of the past century who went to the best schools and joined the most exclusive clubs and assumed top positions in law, banking, and government as naturally as if power were their birthright. They assisted in the creation of NATO, the international monetary system, the Cold War, and the war in Vietnam. Even out of government, they had the ear of presidents of both

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Lima’s ‘Wall of Shame’ and the Art of Building Barriers

LIMA, Peru—They came by night, Raquel Yanac remembers, the throngs of construction workers with cement trucks and police, ready to build the wall meant to keep her out. Yanac, 38, lives with her children on the edge of the great divide here. Their home lies amid a sea of multicolored plywood-and-metal-sheet shacks that make up the city’s slums. Just a stone’s throw away is Casuarinas, a neighborh

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Dead Sea scrolls study raises new questions over texts' origins

Salts used on Temple scroll are not common to Dead Sea region, researchers find The Dead Sea scrolls have given up fresh secrets, with researchers saying they have identified a previously unknown technique used to prepare one of the most remarkable scrolls of the collection. Scientists say the study poses a puzzle, as the salts used on the writing layer of the Temple scroll are not common to the

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Revolutionary K-12 education might look like a creative incubator

As America's mainstream education systems continue to disappoint both parents and students, schooling alternatives present a fresh opportunity and revolutionary approach to teaching children. Collaborative learning communities help students to discover themselves and their passions while parents play an active role in their education. Inspired by Montessori, Catherine Fraise founded Workspace to

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Ugens debat: Hvordan får vi styr på transportens CO2-udslip?

Ifølge de nyeste tal fra Energistyrelsen vil transportsektoren i 2030 stadig være 92 pct. fossilbaseret. Læserne på ing.dk peger på fartgrænser, elektrobenzin og krav til erhvervslivet som mulige veje til et lavere CO2-udslip fra sektoren.

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Three people have now died from lung disease after vaping

Three people in the US have died and hundreds more have had severe lung conditions that are thought to be related to vaping – but officials are still unsure of the exact cause

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Hurricane Dorian death toll climbs to 43, expected to rise 'significantly'

The death toll from Hurricane Dorian's devastating rampage across the Bahamas rose to 43 and was likely to climb "significantly," officials said, with hundreds missing even as rescuers plucked desperate survivors from the debris.

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GPM satellite finds heavy rainfall on northern side of typhoon Lingling

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed the rainfall rates happening within Typhoon Lingling and found the heaviest precipitation on its northern side.

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NASA finds classic comma-shape in tropical storm Faxai

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and looked at comma-shaped Tropical Storm Faxai in infrared light.

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NASA examines Dorian's rainfall, temperatures along Carolina coast

As Hurricane Dorian continued to lash the coast of the Carolinas NASA's IMERG assessed the rainfall the storm generated and NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the temperatures of the cloud tops to assess strength.

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Climate change water variability hurts salamander populations

New research from the University of Montana suggests that streamflow variability brought on by climate change will negatively affect the survival of salamanders.

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Gender discrimination holding women back in veterinary practice

Women face discrimination and occupy fewer places in the higher reaches of the veterinary profession, even as they begin to outnumber men in the field.

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NASA finds a weaker hurricane Juliette

Hurricane Juliette has been weakening and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a look at the strength of storms within.

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Flies overwhelm Pakistan's Karachi in monsoon 'hell'

Swarms of flies are descending on Pakistan's commercial capital in what residents say are record numbers this rainy season, adding to the misery of Karachi's monsoon "hell".

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Climate change water variability hurts salamander populations

New research from the University of Montana suggests that streamflow variability brought on by climate change will negatively affect the survival of salamanders.

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Flies overwhelm Pakistan's Karachi in monsoon 'hell'

Swarms of flies are descending on Pakistan's commercial capital in what residents say are record numbers this rainy season, adding to the misery of Karachi's monsoon "hell".

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India loses contact with Moon lander (Update)

India's space programme suffered a huge setback Saturday after losing contact with an unmanned spacecraft moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing on the Moon.

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Bangalore, we have a problem

India’s effort to land on the Moon may be stillborn

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Ny minister fastholder Viking Link-projekt – men beklager processen

Samråd om det store projekt afslørede en ny energiminister, der bakker op om projektet – men erkender, at processen har været skidt, og at det skal ændres.

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Help! There’s a Bear in My Airbnb

Lake Tahoe is home to some 300 bears in the summer, and cabins, campgrounds and cars often experience nightly Goldilocks-style break-ins. Time to call the Bear Lady.

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Women have a daily hormone cycle as well as a monthly one

Female hormones like oestrogen and FSH have daily ebbs and flows that may explain mood variations and why some female shift-workers struggle to get pregnant

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Li Metal Battery Breakthrough May Boost Electric Vehicle Adoption

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India’s hopes for a successful moon landing appear to be dashed

Scientists lose contact with Chandrayaan-2 landing vehicle a mile from the surface

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Til din næste jobsamtale får du (måske) testet din intelligens

IQ-tests vinder frem herhjemme. Både i det private og i det offentlige.

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The role of GABA neurons in the central circadian clock has been discovered

Temporal order of physiology and behavior is regulated by the central circadian clock located in the SCN. The authors found that GABA in the SCN suppress the burst firing of neuronal activity and intracellular Ca2+ spikes but not for the generation and stability of the molecular circadian oscillation in the SCN. The GABA network may refine the circadian firing rhythm to ensure noiseless communicat

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Lysande nervceller avslöjar hur hjärnan fungerar

Nu har forskare lyckats kartlägga drygt 1000 nervceller i en mushjärna. Resultatet överraskar för det visar hur en enda nervcell kan sträcka sig över hela hjärnan. Se i klippet ovan hur hjärnans nätverk ser ut.

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Fler riskerar att dö av värme i städer

Mer än hälften av jordens befolkning bor nu i städer, och när globala temperaturer stiger blir effekterna större där. Spela klippet för att se hur våra städer blivit värmeöar.

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Bolsonaros skövlingspolitik kan slå tillbaka mot honom själv – i form av torka och regnbrist

Amazonas är världens största källa till sötvatten och regnskogen är avgörande för att förse Sydamerika med regn. Ökad avskogning kan skapa regnbrist i Brasilien och förstöra Bolsonaros planer på mer jordbruksmark.

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First long-distance heart surgery performed via robot

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Red Nebraska Ready For Wind Power Economic Development.

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NOAA Contradicts Weather Service, Backs Trump On Hurricane Threat In Alabama

In the escalating debate over weather projections, meteorologists fear their credibility is at stake. (Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

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India loses contact with its Moon lander minutes before touchdown

Nature, Published online: 07 September 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02697-z The Chandrayaan-2 mission would have been the first to land near the lunar south pole.

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Scientists identify a trigger for type 1 diabetes in mice

Scientists discover a previously unknown switch that causes immune cells to begin destroying insulin, resulting in the onset of type 1 diabetes.

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Given the ability to 3D print functional organs, would they even resemble our natural counterparts? If so why?

It seems to me that 3D printing of functional organs could lead to a new type of human evolution, where we design far better functioning organ systems for ourselves. We may even decide to upgrade our existing organs with the new designs. Would we 3D print a typical 4 chambered human heart or would we 3D print a completely new design, maybe 8 chambers, optimised by AI for maximum durability and ef

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Thieves Used Audio Deepfake of a CEO to Steal $243,000

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Meet the People Using Technology to Save Our Coral Reefs

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NOAA Politicized the Weather Report

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a powerful U.S. scientific agency, took the unprecedented step today of criticizing one of its own meteorologists for publishing an accurate weather forecast. In doing so, NOAA effectively politicized the weather report, taking the side of President Donald Trump over that of its own professional scientific staff. It did so with a brief s

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Preserved capacity for learning statistical regularities and directing selective attention after hippocampal lesions [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]

Prior knowledge about the probabilistic structure of visual environments is necessary to resolve ambiguous information about objects in the world. Expectations based on stimulus regularities exert a powerful influence on human perception and decision making by improving the efficiency of information processing. Another type of prior knowledge, termed top-down attention,…

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Fluid pumping and active flexoelectricity can promote lumen nucleation in cell assemblies [Applied Physical Sciences]

We discuss the physical mechanisms that promote or suppress the nucleation of a fluid-filled lumen inside a cell assembly or a tissue. We discuss lumen formation in a continuum theory of tissue material properties in which the tissue is described as a 2-fluid system to account for its permeation by…

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An ensemble of cryo-EM structures of TRiC reveal its conformational landscape and subunit specificity [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

TRiC/CCT assists the folding of ∼10% of cytosolic proteins through an ATP-driven conformational cycle and is essential in maintaining protein homeostasis. Here, we determined an ensemble of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structures of yeast TRiC at various nucleotide concentrations, with 4 open-state maps resolved at near-atomic resolutions, and a closed-state map…

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Revealing the metabolic capacity of Streblomastix strix and its bacterial symbionts using single-cell metagenomics [Microbiology]

Lower termites harbor in their hindgut complex microbial communities that are involved in the digestion of cellulose. Among these are protists, which are usually associated with specific bacterial symbionts found on their surface or inside their cells. While these form the foundations of a classic system in symbiosis research, we…

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Subcortical connectivity correlates selectively with attention’s effects on spatial choice bias [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]

Neural mechanisms of attention are extensively studied in the neocortex; comparatively little is known about how subcortical regions contribute to attention. The superior colliculus (SC) is an evolutionarily conserved, subcortical (midbrain) structure that has been implicated in controlling visuospatial attention. Yet how the SC contributes mechanistically to attention remains unknown….

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RNA editing alterations define manifestation of prion diseases [Neuroscience]

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by misfolding of the normal prion protein into an infectious cellular pathogen. Clinically characterized by rapidly progressive dementia and accounting for 85% of human prion disease cases, sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (sCJD) is the prevalent human prion disease. Although sCJD neuropathological hallmarks are well-known,…

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Regulation of GSK3 cellular location by FRAT modulates mTORC1-dependent cell growth and sensitivity to rapamycin [Cell Biology]

The mTORC1 pathway regulates cell growth and proliferation by properly coupling critical processes such as gene expression, protein translation, and metabolism to the availability of growth factors and hormones, nutrients, cellular energetics, oxygen status, and cell stress. Although multiple cytoplasmic substrates of mTORC1 have been identified, how mTORC1 signals within…

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A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

Twenty people die waiting for an organ transplant every day in the US, but lab-grown organs so far lack the cellular density, vasculature, and functions required to make them viable replacements. The new SWIFT method solves those problems by 3D printing vascular channel networks directly into living organ building blocks, enabling the creation of larger tissues approximating the size and function

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Exotic physics phenomenon is observed for first time

The Aharonov-Bohm Effect, an exotic physical phenomenon, has been directly observed for the first time, following decades of attempts. The finding could lead to topological phases, and eventually to fault-tolerant quantum computers.

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Nanowires replace Newton's famous glass prism

Scientists have designed an ultra-miniaturized device that could directly image single cells without the need for a microscope or make chemical fingerprint analysis possible from a smartphone.

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New method for imaging biological molecules

Researchers have developed a new method for creating images of molecules in cells or tissue samples. The method is based on the use of DNA snippets and is called DNA microscopy.

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OB-GYNs hesitate to talk about fertility

A new study shows many OB-GYNs are uncomfortable counseling their patients on fertility at a time when more women are delaying pregnancy and needing their doctors to be more vigilant about this education.

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Heating pads may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure when lying down

In people with supine hypertension due to autonomic failure, a condition that increases blood pressure when lying down, overnight heat therapy significantly decreased systolic blood pressure compared to a placebo. Heat therapy may be an innovative, non-pharmacologic approach to treat the overnight high blood pressure in these patients.

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Not all meat is created equal: How diet changes can sustain world's food production

An environmental engineer has created a model that predicts how several different conservation approaches could reduce demand for a nonrenewable resource that is absolutely vital for feeding the world: phosphorus.

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A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

Twenty people die waiting for an organ transplant every day in the US, but lab-grown organs so far lack the cellular density, vasculature, and functions required to make them viable replacements. The new SWIFT method solves those problems by 3D printing vascular channel networks directly into living organ building blocks, enabling the creation of larger tissues approximating the size and function

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Climate change water variability hurts salamander populations

New research suggests that streamflow variability brought on by climate change will negatively affect the survival of salamanders.

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Disrupting the gut microbiome may affect some immune responses to flu vaccination

The normal human gut microbiome is a flourishing community of microorganisms, some of which can affect the human immune system. Researchers have now found that oral antibiotics, which can kill gut microorganisms, can alter the human immune response to seasonal influenza vaccination.

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South African study highlights links between low language ability and poor mental health

A new study focuses on language acquisition for young people in Khayelitsha near Cape Town.

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Science puts historical claims to the test

Two studies show that today's analytical techniques are sufficiently advanced to differentiate between authentic historical artefacts and those that aren't quite what they seem.

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An Electric Porsche, a Tesla Probe, and More Car News This Week

Porsche’s battery-powered Taycan can go 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and features a two-speed gearbox that’s the first of its kind.

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Key enzyme found in plants could guide development of medicines and other products

Researchers studying how plants evolved the abilities to make natural chemicals, which they use to adapt to stress, have uncovered how an enzyme called chalcone isomerase evolved to enable plants to make products vital to their own survival. The researchers' hope is that this knowledge will inform the manufacture of products that are beneficial to humans, including medications and improved crops.

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New wildfire models to predict how wildfires will burn in next 20 minutes

While it's impossible to predict just where the next wildfire will start, new researc is getting into the microscopic details of how fires initiate to provide more insight into how wildfires burn through wildland fuels.

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Rare deer likely lived 50 years beyond declaration of extinction

Schomburgk's deer (Rucervus schomburgki) was added to the extinction list in 1938. But new evidence, gleaned from antlers obtained in late 1990 or early 1991, shows that it survived for at least an additional half century and might still be around today.

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Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved — using real life planetary computer

Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking 'Sum-Of-Three-Cubes' solution for the number 33, mathematicians have solved the final piece of the famous 65-year-old math puzzle with an answer for the most elusive number of all – 42.

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Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

In a recent study, scientists have created a miniaturized chip-based superconducting circuit that couples quantum waves of magnetic spins called magnons to photons of equivalent energy.

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Teens who don't date are less depressed and have better social skills

Adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had good social skills and low depression, and fared better or equal to peers who dated.

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Etna volcano: The Mountain Man celebrates his life's work

The UK volcanologist John Murray has painstakingly measured Mt Etna for half a century.

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Gender discrimination holding women back in veterinary practice

Research by Lancaster University Management School and Open University Business School shows women face discrimination and occupy fewer places in the higher reaches of the veterinary profession, even as they begin to outnumber men in the field.

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Is a suicidal AI closer to humans than anything else?

If an AI develops the desire to die, is it closer to humankind? I've been thinking about that for a while now. For an AI, suicide is the proof that it can decide wheter or not exist in this world, having control over his life. And most importantly, if that's true, what would make it more human, having suicidal thoughts (So, basically, questioning itself about this), or committing suicide (So, mak

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Study Reveals How Bad Actors Use Journalists To Spread Misinformation

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Assuming that over the next two decades automation results in significant net job losses, what will the workaholics that are displaced by this have to take pride in?

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Combating prison recidivism with plants

The United States currently incarcerates the greatest percentage of its population compared with any other nation in the world. The results and information gathered in this study support the notion that horticultural activities can play an important role in influencing an offender's successful reentry into society.

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Biomarker identified for early beta cell death in Type 1 diabetes

Beta cells in the pancreas produce insulin. Their death is a key feature of Type 1 diabetes, and that loss starts long before diagnosis. However, there has been no straightforward way to measure that early loss. Researchers now have identified an early biomarker of Type 1 diabetes-associated beta-cell loss in humans — microRNA-204. This biomarker may provide a much needed approach to assess early

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Pain in the asp: Bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests

While collecting data from live oak trees in the world's largest medical center, evolutionary ecologists have discovered huge quantities of one of North America's most venomous caterpillars.

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Why should you care about AI used for hiring?

Researchers have explored the hype and mystique surrounding artificial intelligence in hiring. They provide an overview of artificial intelligence in the workplace, provides practical to-dos for organizations considering AI tools for their hiring process, and explains how psychologists can help along the way.

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Feeding pets raw food is not considered by pet owners as a significant source of infections

An extensive international survey indicates that pet owners do not consider raw food to considerably increase infection risk in their household. In the survey, targeted at pet owners, raw food was reliably determined to be a contaminant only in three households.

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Speech impairment in five-year-old international adoptees with cleft palate

In a group of internationally adopted children with cleft lip and/or palate, speech at age five is impaired compared to a corresponding group of children born in Sweden, a study shows. The adopted children also need more extensive surgery, which may be due to their surgical interventions taking place later in life.

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How do we get so many different types of neurons in our brain?

Researchers have discovered another layer of complexity in gene expression, which could help explain how we're able to have so many billions of neurons in our brain.

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Study shows how serotonin and a popular anti-depressant affect the gut's microbiota

A new study in mice strongly suggests that serotonin and drugs that target serotonin, such as anti-depressants, can have a major effect on the gut's microbiota — the 100 trillion or so bacteria and other microbes that live in the human body's intestines.

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Mysterious Underwater Thieves Steal 1,600-Lb. Observatory from Bottom of Baltic Sea

No tide, storm or large animal could have moved the underwater metal bulk.

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Nanoparticles in lithium-sulphur batteries detected with neutron experiment

A team has for the first time precisely analyed how nanoparticles of lithium sulphide and sulphur precipitate onto battery electrodes during the course of the charging cycle. The results can help increase the service life of lithium-sulphur batteries.

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Salty tales: new mystery for the Dead Sea Scrolls

Chemical analysis reveals surprising details for the longest and whitest of the 2000-year-old texts. Barry Keily reports.

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A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

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Genetic Study Suggests South Asians Today Descend from Indus Valley Civilization

DNA obtained from an ancient woman's remains have established a genetic link between modern-day Indians and the Indus Valley Civilization's people. (Credit: Vasant Shinde) Two new genetic studies published this week offer some rare insights into the Indus Valley Civilization, one of the earliest human civilizations. The work helps illuminate where these people, who created one of the cradles of ci

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Astronomers Can't Agree What's Going on in This Strange Galaxy Without Dark Matter

GC1052-DF2 is a large, but very diffuse galaxy located some 65 million light-years away. The galaxy is thought to contain a negligible amount of dark matter. This image was captured by the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope. (Credit: NASA/ESA/P. van Dokkum (Yale University)) Some 60 million light-years from Earth, not too far from our local galactic neighborhood, a strange l

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These Four New STIs Are On the Rise

With cases of STIs on the rise, basic methods of protection are more important than ever.(Credit: Purple Anvil/Shutterstock) When it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), we all know the classics: Syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and the like. But these health-class terrors are not the only microbes that can get passed on through sexual contact. There are more than 30 known STIs, and four

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What Is the Sun's Role in Climate Change?

The Sun powers life on Earth; it helps keep the planet warm enough for us to survive. It also influences Earth’s climate: We know subtle changes in Earth’s orbit around the Sun are responsible for the comings and goings of the past ice ages. But the warming we’ve seen over the last few decades is too rapid to be linked to changes in Earth’s orbit, and too large to be caused by solar activity. 1 T

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Nanoparticles in lithium-sulphur batteries detected with neutron experiment

A team has for the first time precisely analyed how nanoparticles of lithium sulphide and sulphur precipitate onto battery electrodes during the course of the charging cycle. The results can help increase the service life of lithium-sulphur batteries.

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Measuring changes in magnetic order to find ways to transcend conventional electronics

Researchers have developed an approach for precisely measuring changes in the magnetic order of antiferromagnetic materials in real time. Further understanding of these materials could enable electronic devices with speeds orders of magnitude higher.

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How our brain filters sounds

When two identical sounds are repeated quickly, a filter reduces the attention that the brain directs to the second sound it hears. In people with schizophrenia, this ability to reduce the brain's response to identical sounds does not function properly. But the question is: Why? Neuroscientists have been investigating the mechanism that lies behind this auditory sensory gating. Their results show

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Selenium anchors could improve durability of platinum fuel cell catalysts

Researchers have developed a new platinum-based catalytic system that is far more durable than traditional commercial systems and has a potentially longer lifespan. The new system could, over the long term, reduce the cost of producing fuel cells.

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Fe metabolic engineering method succeeds in producing 1,2,4-butanetriol sustainably from biomass

A more environmentally-friendly and sustainable method of producing the useful chemical 1,2,4-butanetriol has been discovered. The team utilized a method involving the direct fermentation of xylose in rice straw using an engineered yeast strain to produce 1,2,4-butanetriol.

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India's moon landing suffers last-minute communications loss

Prime minister Narendra Modi consoles scientists distraught as complex mission goes awry India’s attempt to land an unmanned craft on the moon’s uncharted south polar region appears to have gone awry, when communication with the landing vehicle was lost moments before touchdown. “Communications from lander to ground station was lost,” said Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Resear

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Selenium anchors could improve durability of platinum fuel cell catalysts

Researchers have developed a new platinum-based catalytic system that is far more durable than traditional commercial systems and has a potentially longer lifespan. The new system could, over the long term, reduce the cost of producing fuel cells.

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Study locates brain areas for understanding metaphors in healthy and schizophrenic people

Scientists have used MRI scanners to discover the parts of the brain which understand metaphors, in both healthy volunteers and people with schizophrenia. They found that people with schizophrenia employ different brain circuits to overcome initial lack of understanding. The researchers hope this identification of brain reactions and affected areas may help people with schizophrenia to better comp

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Oyster architecture could save our coastlines

New worlds from old oysters. (Illustration by Sinelab/) Protecting the planet’s sandy fringes is increasingly important: Around one-third of Americans live within 50 miles of the coast, even as climate change erodes the land beneath their feet. Storms and sea-level rise are eating away at the fragile edges of continents, leaving us with less and less solid ground to stand on. To combat water’s ad

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India Loses Contact with Lunar Lander During Historic Mission

India's daring moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, lost contact just above the lunar surface, dashing Indian dreams of becoming just the fourth country to successfully land on the moon.

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India's Vikram moon lander appears to have crashed on the moon

The Indian Chandrayaan 2 mission sent a lander towards the surface of the moon, but we lost touch with the craft before it was to land and it may have crashed

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Radio Atlantic: On the Road With Beto

Subscribe to Radio Atlantic : Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher ( How to Listen ) Running for president means spending a lot of time on a bus. Usually, the candidate’s name is splayed across it (often to their great delight ). Not so for Beto O’Rourke, though. The former Texas congressman and noted road warrior has eschewed the typical campaign bus in his bid for the Democratic nomination. And

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'Tiny fat bubbles' can boost immunity, calm disease

People living with inflammatory autoimmune disease could benefit from an 'immune system reboot', and researchers have isolated specific cells to target.

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Bad to the bone or just bad behavior?

A new study suggests that the way we perceive others' bad behavior — as either biological and innate or potentially changeable — impacts our willingness to cut them some slack.

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Fe metabolic engineering method succeeds in producing 1,2,4-butanetriol sustainably from biomass

A more environmentally-friendly and sustainable method of producing the useful chemical 1,2,4-butanetriol has been discovered. The team utilized a method involving the direct fermentation of xylose in rice straw using an engineered yeast strain to produce 1,2,4-butanetriol.

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Tracking sulfur-based metabolism in the open ocean

Oceanographers found that marine microbes process sulfonate, a plentiful marine nutrient, in a way that is similar to soils.

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Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off chronic opioid prescriptions

A recent study found an alarming outcome: Patients coming off opioids for pain were three times more likely to die of an overdose in the years that followed.

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GIS and eDNA analysis system successfully used to discover new habitats of rare salamander

A research team has successfully identified an unknown population of the endangered Yamato salamander (Hynobius vandenburghi) in Gifu Prefecture, using a methodology combining GIS and eDNA analysis. This method could be applied to other critically endangered species, in addition to being utilized to locate small organisms that are difficult to find using conventional methods.

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More targeted, less toxic: The golden future of cancer treatment

New synthetic molecules are up to 24 times more effective at killing cancer cells than a widely-used cancer drug and they're built with resistance-fighting features to keep them effective over time, unlike current chemotherapies. Pre-clinical studies show the molecules are promising candidates for development into a new class of gold-based drugs that can wipe out the cancer without destroying heal

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Sugar alters compounds that impact brain health in fruit flies

When fruit flies are exposed to a high sugar diet, key metabolites associated with brain health become depleted, according to a new study.

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Typhoid toxin accelerates cell aging to enhance killer infection

Scientists have revealed how the typhoid toxin works to hijack DNA repair machines and accelerate the aging of cells, a breakthrough that could pave the way for new strategies to combat the killer disease.

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Role of cancer protein ARID1A at intersection of genome stability and tumor suppression

The ARID1A tumor suppressor protein is required to maintain telomere cohesion and correct chromosome segregation after DNA replication. This finding indicates that ARID1A-mutated cells undergo gross genomic alterations that are not compatible with survival and explains the lack of genomic instability characteristic of ARID1A-mutated cancers.

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Chandrayaan-2: Modi proud despite Moon landing setback

Chandrayaan-2 was about to land near the Moon's south pole when contact with the craft was lost.

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Why These Voters Still Love Steve King

Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list. What We’re Following Today It’s Friday, September 6. ‣ The U.S. economy added 130,000 jobs in August. ‣ A new report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 450 cases in 33 states of a “vaping illness” that affects the lungs of

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Next-generation unnatural monosaccharides reveal that ESRRB O-GlcNAcylation regulates pluripotency of mouse embryonic stem cells

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11942-y Per-O-acetylated unnatural monosaccharides are popular tools for glycan labeling in live cells but can undergo unwanted side reactions with cysteines. Here, the authors develop unnatural sugars in a partially esterified form that are inert towards cysteines, and use them to probe O-GlcNAcylation in mESCs.

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Central nicotine induces browning through hypothalamic κ opioid receptor

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12004-z Nicotine reduces food intake and increases energy expenditure in brown adipose tissue. Here the authors show that nicotine also induces white adipose tissue browning via central kappa opioid receptor action.

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Similarities and differences in patterns of germline mutation between mice and humans

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12023-w Estimates of mutation rates differ between species. Here, Lindsay et al. perform side-by-side analyses of germline mutation rates using multi-sibling mouse and human pedigrees and find different mutation rates between species, also stratified by sex and temporal stage of mutation acquisition.

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CRISPR-Cas9-based mutagenesis frequently provokes on-target mRNA misregulation

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12028-5 CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing is presumed to knock out gene function by generating a frameshift during NHEJ repair. Here, the authors investigate mRNA and protein expression in edited lines and find genome editing can generate internal ribosome entry sites or alternatively spliced variants.

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Auxin-sensitive Aux/IAA proteins mediate drought tolerance in Arabidopsis by regulating glucosinolate levels

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12002-1 Brassicaceae produce glucosinolates to protect against herbivory and pathogens. Here the authors show that auxin-sensitive Aux/IAA repressor proteins regulate aliphatic glucosinolate levels in Arabidopsis and this promotes stomatal closure via reactive oxygen species during drought stress.

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An ultrahigh resolution pressure sensor based on percolative metal nanoparticle arrays

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12030-x Designing reliable piezoresistive pressure sensors based on percolative nanoparticle (NP) arrays remains a challenge. Here, the authors propose a percolative NP array sensor deposited on a flexible membrane with ultra-high sensitivity and resolution by modifying the thickness of the membrane.

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In vitro role of Rad54 in Rad51-ssDNA filament-dependent homology search and synaptic complexes formation

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-12082-z Homologous recombination uses a template to accurately repair DNA double-strand breaks and stalled replication forks to maintain genome stability. Here authors use electron microscopy to investigate the role of Rad54 in homology search and synaptic complex formation.

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Rapid metabolic shifts occur during the transition between hunger and satiety in Drosophila melanogaster

Nature Communications, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11933-z The relationship between metabolomic and behavioral changes is not well understood. Here, the authors analyze metabolome changes in D. melanogaster heads and bodies during hunger and satiety, and develop the Flyscape tool to visualize the resulting metabolic networks and integrate them with other omics data

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Google Is Still Misleading People Trying to Find Abortion Clinics

Bad Directions Tell Google Maps to point you toward an abortion clinic in North Dakota, and you might find yourself being directed to the doorsteps of anti-abortion groups like North Dakota Right to Life. This sort of misleading Google Maps result is common in regions where access to abortion is under attack or otherwise limited, according to a Vice News investigation . That this misleading infor

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Last week in tech: Fast cars, Facebook Dating, and Android 10

There's not much trunk space, but it's a lot faster than your family's Ford Taurus wagon. (Bugatti/) Supercars exist in a weird space. Most of us will never get to drive one, let alone own one, but we remain fascinated by their impressive feats of meticulous engineering and absurd aerodynamics. Bugatti recently pushed a near-stock version of its Chiron supercar up over 300 mph , which required ri

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Surprise Move: China to Curb Use of Facial Recognition in Schools

Strange Development China plans to “curb and regulate” the use of facial recognition tech in its schools — a surprisingly pro-privacy move for a nation known for its invasive surveillance of citizens. “We need to be very careful when it comes to students’ personal information,” Lei Chaozi, director of science and technology at China’s Ministry of Education, told Shanghai-based media outlet The Pa

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Trump Administration Challenges California And Automakers On Fuel Economy

The Trump administration says only the federal government can set tailpipe emissions standards. It's the latest move in a months long standoff over efforts to weaken a key Obama-era climate rule. (Image credit: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

The Indian Space Research Organization says it lost contact with its lunar lander shortly before touchdown.

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Breaking: India Has Lost Communication With Lunar Lander

Heartbreak At first, everything was going according to plan. India was set to become the fourth country after the U.S., the USSR, and China to softly land a manmade object on the Moon. But then the team at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lost all communications with its Vikram lunar lander at an altitude of 2.1 kilometers. The ISRO has yet to confirm if the lander has crashed or not

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Facebook is considering removing 'like' counts

Facebook is considering hiding its "likes" tally, but hasn't offered any concrete details. Hiding likes is a feature that Facebook-owned Instagram has already begun testing in a number of different countries. The company is motivated by their concern for people's mental health, as well as a drive to increase meaningful usage of their sites. Facebook is playing with the idea of hiding the public "

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India Loses Contact with Lunar Lander

The Chandrayaan-2 mission’s Vikram lander is presumed lost after falling silent in the final moments of its descent — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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India Loses Contact with Lunar Lander

The Chandrayaan-2 mission’s Vikram lander is presumed lost after falling silent in the final moments of its descent — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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India loses communication with moon lander

Chandrayaan-2 was 2 kilometers above surface when it went silent

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Want to seem more authentic? Use politically incorrect language.

The study involved nearly 5,000 participants across nine experiments, which found that both liberals and conservatives viewed politically incorrect speakers as more authentic. The results also suggest that political incorrectness can offend liberals and conservatives — it just depends on the issue. About 80 percent of Americans believe political correctness is a problem in the U.S., according to

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Rhetoric and Citizen Science in a Digital World

Wynn, James. Citizen Science in the Digital Age: Rhetoric, Science, and Public Engagement. The University of Alabama Press, 2017. 224 pages. Paperback $US 24.95. Citizen scientists have repeatedly faced resistance from skeptics questioning their experience, training, and ability, but recent technological advances have brought citizen science into the digital age, transforming many aspects of the p

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The Quest to 3D-Print a Passenger Plane Engine — And Fly It

One-third of GE's Catalyst engine, a turboprop set to fly in the Cessna Denali, is 3D printed. It has the most 3D-printed parts of any plane engine in the world. (Credit: GE Aviation) In 2014, eight engineers started a secret project behind the walls of GE Aviation’s headquarters. Their challenge? Build an aircraft engine with 3D printing instead of traditional manufacturing. The engineers wanted

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Watch Live: India prepares for their first Moon landing

India could be the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface (Credit: ISRO) India’s space agency is prepping for their first soft landing on the Moon today. The mission, called Chandrayaan-2, would make India the fourth country to reach the Moon’s surface — behind the United States, Russia, and China. The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2 mission consists of

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Gyros Protein Technologies introduces PurePep Chorus automated peptide synthesizer

Flexible, modular system, designed for 21CFR Part 11 complianceDelivers high purity, productivity and yield for simple to complex peptides

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Number of Vaping-Related Lung Disease Cases Doubles As Clues Point to 'Chemical Exposure'

The number of Americans sickened by mysterious, vaping-related lung illnesses continues to soar.

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Apple: Security report on iPhone hack created 'false impression'

Apple hit back Friday at a Google research report suggesting iPhones may have been targeted by a long-running hacking operation, calling it inaccurate and misleading.

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Heating pads may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure when lying down

In people with supine hypertension due to autonomic failure, a condition that increases blood pressure when lying down, overnight heat therapy significantly decreased systolic blood pressure compared to a placebo.Heat therapy may be an innovative, non-pharmacologic approach to treat the overnight high blood pressure in these patients.

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NASA finds classic comma-shape in tropical storm Faxai

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and looked at comma-shaped Tropical Storm Faxai in infrared light.

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How a cheap mineral could make a better battery — and help the planet

Nature, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02634-0 Calcium could replace lithium in batteries that store solar and wind power.

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Disrupting the gut microbiome may affect some immune responses to flu vaccination

The normal human gut microbiome is a flourishing community of microorganisms, some of which can affect the human immune system. In a new paper published in Cell, researchers found that oral antibiotics, which can kill gut microorganisms, can alter the human immune response to seasonal influenza vaccination. The work was led by scientists at Stanford University and funded by the National Institute

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Player athleticism increases head impact exposure in youth football

Speed, agility and strength are definitely assets on the football field. But when it comes to hits to the head, those talents may actually increase exposure for the young athletes who account for about 70% of this country's football players.

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Apple says China’s Uighur Muslims were targeted in the recent iPhone hacking campaign

The tech giant gave a rare statement that bristled at Google’s analysis of the novel hacking operation.

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The 'Fireworks Galaxy' Is Exploding in X-Ray Light, and Scientists Are Confused

Scientists spotted a mysterious blast of intense X-ray light flashing out of the distant Fireworks galaxy, and it's no mere supernova.

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How squishy animals evolved strong shells and bones

The animal kingdom abounds with creatures that grow hard shells, carapaces, and skeletons. But complex life was pretty squishy at the beginning. A new study clarifies how and when things changed. Researchers discovered that when carbonate skeletons were first evolving more than 500 million years ago, diverse groups of animals all converged on a similar, counterintuitive process for biomineralizat

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Online Couples Counseling Makes Strengthening Your Relationship Convenient and Affordable

There are a lot of reasons couples decide to go to counseling . And despite what many people believe, counseling is not always a sign that a relationship is on its last legs. Even if you’re in a committed relationship with no perceived issues, counseling is a good way to check-in and make sure you’re growing together, and achieve the goal of deepening your love and commitment. That’s because impr

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Three key takeaways from the climate crisis town hall

The Sunrise Movement visited Congress last December, urging members to move forward with the Green New Deal. More recently, the organization called for the Democratic presidential candidates to hold a climate-specific debate. (Ken Schles, Sunrise Movement/) On Wednesday, 10 top Democratic presidential candidates talked climate change during CNN’s climate crisis town hall. The seven-hour marathon

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With three dead and hundreds sick, the CDC just issued a warning against all vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people stop vaping entirely until the source of a mysterious lung disease linked to the product is confirmed. (Pixabay/) E-cigarettes are often billed as being great tools for smoking cessation, but they've quickly risen to become the most commonly-used tobacco product among U.S. teens —including many youths who never smoked trad

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In Depth Analysis Of Universal Basic Income And Alternative With Richard Wolff

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USA workforce scam.

This is the reason the government for the last 25 years have been attacking the United States workforce. It's been a 3 tier attack. One, get taxes lowered for corporations and deregulate safe standard practices. (Ex. EPA) Two, deconstruct unions and sell miss information to the masses about unions. (Unions don't help you and are bad for the workforce.) And finally three, beat and batter the work

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Epigenetic Clock Reversed by an Average of 2.5 Years with New Drug Cocktail

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Robots Displacing Jobs Means 120 Million Workers Need Retraining

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GPM satellite finds heavy rainfall on northern side of typhoon Lingling

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed the rainfall rates happening within Typhoon Lingling and found the heaviest precipitation on its northern side.

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An Underwater Research Station Has Vanished Without a Trace

Whodunnit An underwater research station off the coast of Germany has vanished without a trace, leaving scientists completely baffled. Scientists monitoring the Boknis Eck Observatory noticed that their data feeds suddenly went blank in late August. When divers went out to check on the equipment, Gizmodo reports that they found that the entire observatory was missing. The researchers behind the o

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The US government has a hidden weapon it could deploy against Bitcoin

The US could someday try to crack down on cryptocurrency by calling certain users financial institutions. Critics say that would be a terrible idea.

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Northwestern University Stem Cell Therapy Clinic Closes Abruptly

A Chicago-based center that has long operated a clinical trial program for stem cell therapies, has stopped recruiting further patients as its chief, Richard Burt, leaves for a research sabbatical.

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Apple Finally Breaks Its Silence on iOS Hacking Campaign

In its first public statement since Google revealed a sophisticated attack against iOS devices, Apple defended its security measures.

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Third Person Dies From Vaping-Related Epidemic

On Friday, Indiana health officials announced the state’s first death in relation to the mysterious vaping-related sickness sweeping the United States, bringing the number of known fatalities to three. That same day, federal health officials announced during a media briefing that they’ve now identified 450 possible cases of the illness in 33 states — a huge jump from the 215 possible cases in 25

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China's First Cloned Kitten, Garlic

Owner Huang Yu dug up his deceased cat to give its cells to the pet-cloning company Sinogene.

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Climate change water variability hurts salamander populations

New research from the University of Montana suggests that streamflow variability brought on by climate change will negatively affect the survival of salamanders.

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Chandrayaan-2: India aims for soft landing on Moon's south pole

India aims to become the first country to make a soft landing on the Moon's south pole.

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Gene-Modulation Technologies in the Development of Cell-Based Therapies

Sartorius invites you to join them for an educational webinar.

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‘Extinct’ deer might still be alive today

The last known Schomburgk’s deer died in captivity in 1938. Or so we thought. Native to central Thailand, the wild population of Schomburgk’s deer ( Rucervus schomburgki ) died out from overhunting in 1932. But new evidence, gleaned from antlers obtained in late 1990 or early 1991, shows that it survived for at least an additional half century and might still be around today. A trucker in Laos fo

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Riveting Footage Captures the Destruction of Last Year’s Volcanic Eruptions in Hawai‘i and Guatemala

A new documentary from Smithsonian Channel shows the explosive activity at the Kilauea and Fuego volcanoes

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Gender Inequity Persists in STEM

A study finds women continue to be underrepresented among science, engineering, and math professors, despite making up more than half the student population in these fields.

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NASA finds a weaker hurricane Juliette

Hurricane Juliette has been weakening and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a look at the strength of storms within.

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NASA examines Dorian's rainfall, temperatures along Carolina coast

As Hurricane Dorian continued to lash the coast of the Carolinas NASA's IMERG assessed the rainfall the storm generated and NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the temperatures of the cloud tops to assess strength.

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High blood pressure affects young, healthy medical students

A small study of medical students found that almost two-thirds had abnormal blood pressure levels. Increasing waist circumference by one inch was associated with an 11% increase of developing stage 2 high blood pressure. Young male medical students were 13 times more likely to develop elevated blood pressure than their female counterparts.

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India Is About to Attempt a Moon Landing

Countdown On Friday, India will attempt to become the fourth nation in history to land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. The Indian Space Research Organization — a rough equivalent of NASA — said it expects to begin the landing procedure at about 3:30PM EST, Ars Technica reports . If all goes according to plan, the Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander will slow its descent to about two meters per sec

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Major Drug Maker Is Close to Settling Case to Avert First Federal Trial in Opioid Crisis

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals announced a tentative agreement to pay $24 million to settle claims brought by two Ohio counties, and to give away $6 million of its drugs.

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United States land might not be such a good carbon sink

Land in the United States may not be as good a carbon sink as scientists have previously estimated, according to new research. The new study on agricultural land use calls into question conclusions previous studies have made that recent land-use changes have caused the United States to take up more carbon than it emits. The conclusions from the study arose after the authors reconstructed the US l

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Hurricanes And U.S. Territories In The Caribbean

How well have we helped Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after storms in the past? How can we do better in the future?

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NASA finds Akoni already post-tropical

Tropical Storm Akoni had a quick life as a tropical storm before transitioning into a post-tropical storm. NASA captured a visible image of as it was becoming a tropical storm and an infrared image after it transitioned.

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NASA sees gabrielle go 'post-tropical…' for now

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and observed that Tropical Storm Gabrielle had become post-tropical. GPM also gathered data on rainfall rates occurring in transformed and elongated storm.

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Beyond borders: Understanding migration requires understanding changing land systems

For tens of millions of people, migration is a tough reality. What causes people to migrate away from their home countries, and what happens when they do? Migrants and their labor are responsible for moving hundreds of billions of dollars around the world annually. At their destinations, they affect populations, cultures, and economies. But their movement also has a major impact on the places they

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More learning in 'active learning' classrooms, but students don't know it

A new study shows that, though students felt like they learned more from traditional lectures, they actually learned more when taking part in active learning classrooms.

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Artificial intelligence approaches may improve diagnostics of kidney disease

In two different studies, researchers used machine learning algorithms to classify kidney biopsy samples and found substantial agreement with standard classification by pathologists. The methods may augment traditional diagnostics of kidney disease.

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Tiny airborne particles from wildfires have climate change implications

Wildfires are widespread across the globe. They occur in places wherever plants are abundant — such as the raging fires currently burning in the Brazilian Amazon. Such biomass burning (BB) can be an environmental calamity. The smoke from BB events produces large amounts of aerosol particles and gases. These emissions can cause major problems for visibility and health, as well as for local and glo

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NASA sees Gabrielle go 'post-tropical…' for now

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and observed that Tropical Storm Gabrielle had become post-tropical. GPM also gathered data on rainfall rates occurring in transformed and elongated storm.

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NASA finds Akoni already post-tropical

Tropical Storm Akoni had a quick life as a tropical storm before transitioning into a post-tropical storm. NASA captured a visible image of as it was becoming a tropical storm and an infrared image after it transitioned.

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Beyond borders: Understanding migration requires understanding changing land systems

For tens of millions of people, migration is a tough reality. What causes people to migrate away from their home countries, and what happens when they do? Migrants and their labor are responsible for moving hundreds of billions of dollars around the world annually. At their destinations, they affect populations, cultures, and economies. But their movement also has a major impact on the places they

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A swifter way towards 3D-printed organs

Twenty people die waiting for an organ transplant every day in the US, but lab-grown organs so far lack the cellular density, vasculature, and functions required to make them viable replacements. The new SWIFT method from the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS solves those problems by 3D printing vascular channel networks directly into living organ building blocks, enabling the creation of larger tis

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How to make a book last for millennia

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere determine the unique composition of a surface layer on the Temple Scroll, one of the best-preserved of the more than 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, to uncover the ancient production technology.

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A peculiar atom shakes up assumptions of nuclear structure

Nature, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02655-9 Lopsided potassium isotope survives longer than predicted by theory.

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‘Extreme inbreeding’ revealed by massive human-genome survey

Nature, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02633-1 Analysis suggests that roughly one in 3,600 people studied were born to closely related parents.

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Daily briefing: First-ever image of a black hole wins Breakthrough Prize

Nature, Published online: 06 September 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02695-1 The Event Horizon Telescope team has won US$3-million. Plus: the lost half of one of the most important fossils of all time has been virtually restored and scientists see the first hint that body’s ‘biological age’ can be reversed.

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Apple iPhone Event 2019: What to Expect

The event scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, should be filled with a whole lot of new devices.

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A molecular 'atlas' of animal development

Scientists have studied the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans for decades, making essential contributions to basic science. In the latest milestone, scientists used cutting-edge technology to individually profile the genes expressed in more than 80,000 cells in a developing C. elegans embryo.

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High blood pressure treatment may slow cognitive decline

Among middle-aged and older adults, high blood pressure accelerated cognitive decline and treatment slowed the regression. The rate of cognitive decline was similar between adults receiving high blood pressure treatment and those who did not have high blood pressure at all.

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Temps up, blood pressures down in hot yoga study

Adults taking hot yoga had lower blood pressure measurements after three months of classes, in a small study examining hot yoga's impact on blood pressure. Hot yoga is typically a vigorous workout practiced under hot and humid conditions. Study researchers say this is one of the first studies of hot yoga's benefits in lowering blood pressure and more research is needed to determine if the practice

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When physicians integrate with hospitals, costs go up

When physicians integrate with hospitals, the cost of health care rises even though there's no evidence patients get better treatment, according to a new article.

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Taxing sweetened drinks by the amount of sugar could cut obesity and boost economic gains

Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages by the amount of sugar they contain, rather than by the liquid volume of these drinks, as several US cities currently do, could produce even greater health benefits and economic gains, a team of researchers has concluded.

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Secret to This Dead Sea Scroll’s Incredible Preservation — And Inevitable Destruction — Could Be Salt

The Temple Scroll is the best preserved of all 900 Dead Sea Scrolls, and researchers just got one step closer to figuring out its secret.

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Electrode-free nanopore sensing by DiffusiOptoPhysiology

A wide variety of single molecules can be identified by nanopore sensing. However, all reported nanopore sensing applications result from the same measurement configuration adapted from electrophysiology. Although urgently needed in commercial nanopore sequencing, parallel electrophysiology recording is limited in its cost and its throughput due to the introduced complexities from electronic inte

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Biomanufacturing of organ-specific tissues with high cellular density and embedded vascular channels

Engineering organ-specific tissues for therapeutic applications is a grand challenge, requiring the fabrication and maintenance of densely cellular constructs composed of ~10 8 cells/ml. Organ building blocks (OBBs) composed of patient-specific–induced pluripotent stem cell–derived organoids offer a pathway to achieving tissues with the requisite cellular density, microarchitecture, and function.

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Excited state intramolecular proton transfer in hydroxyanthraquinones: Toward predicting fading of organic red colorants in art

Compositionally similar organic red colorants in the anthraquinone family, whose photodegradation can cause irreversible color and stability changes, have long been used in works of art. Different organic reds, and their multiple chromophores, suffer degradation disparately. Understanding the details of these molecules’ degradation therefore provides a window into their behavior in works of art a

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Quantum computation with universal error mitigation on a superconducting quantum processor

Medium-scale quantum devices that integrate about hundreds of physical qubits are likely to be developed in the near future. However, these devices will lack the resources for realizing quantum fault tolerance. Therefore, the main challenge of exploring the advantage of quantum computation is to minimize the impact of device and control imperfections without complete logical encoding. Quantum err

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The Temple Scroll: Reconstructing an ancient manufacturing practice

The miraculously preserved 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient texts of invaluable historical significance, were discovered in the mid-20th century in the caves of the Judean desert. The texts were mainly written on parchment and exhibit vast diversity in their states of preservation. One particular scroll, the 8-m-long Temple Scroll is especially notable because of its exceptional thinness a

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Gravity surveys using a mobile atom interferometer

Mobile gravimetry is important in metrology, navigation, geodesy, and geophysics. Atomic gravimeters could be among the most accurate mobile gravimeters but are currently constrained by being complex and fragile. Here, we demonstrate a mobile atomic gravimeter, measuring tidal gravity variations in the laboratory and surveying gravity in the field. The tidal gravity measurements achieve a sensiti

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New power of self-assembling carbonic anhydrase inhibitor: Short peptide-constructed nanofibers inspire hypoxic cancer therapy

Carbonic anhydrase (CA) IX overexpresses exclusively on cell membranes of hypoxic tumors, regulating the acidic tumor microenvironment. Small molecules of CA inhibitor modified with short peptide successfully achieve CA IX–targeted self-assembly that localizes CA inhibitors on hypoxic cancer cell surfaces and enhances their inhibition efficacy and selectivity. CA IX–related endocytosis also promo

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Ultrafast optical field-ionized gases–A laboratory platform for studying kinetic plasma instabilities

Kinetic instabilities arising from anisotropic electron velocity distributions are ubiquitous in ionospheric, cosmic, and terrestrial plasmas, yet there are only a handful of experiments that purport to validate their theory. It is known that optical field ionization of atoms using ultrashort laser pulses can generate plasmas with known anisotropic electron velocity distributions. Here, we show t

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A deep UV trigger for ground-state ring-opening dynamics of 1,3-cyclohexadiene

We explore the photo-induced kinetics of 1,3-cyclohexadiene upon excitation at 200 nm to the 3p state by ultrafast time-resolved, gas-phase x-ray scattering using the Linac Coherent Light Source. Analysis of the scattering anisotropy reveals that the excitation leads to the 3px and 3py Rydberg electronic states, which relax to the ground state with a time constant of 208 ± 11 fs. In contrast to t

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Team models climate on each Trappist-1 exoplanet

Astronomers have updated climate models for the seven planets around the star TRAPPIST-1. The work also could help astronomers better use the limited, expensive resources of the James Webb Space Telescope, now expected to launch in 2021. “We are modeling unfamiliar atmospheres, not just assuming that the things we see in the solar system will look the same way around another star,” says Andrew Li

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Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology

First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most well-preserved ancient written materials ever found. Now, a study by researchers at MIT and elsewhere elucidates a unique ancient technology of parchment making and provides potentially new insights into methods to better preserve these precious histor

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T-Mobile Accused of Selling Used Phones and Saying They’re New

Elbow Grease New York City is suing T-Mobile for allegedly selling used cell phones as though they were brand-new. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday lists 45 defendants, which include T-Mobile USA , MetroPCS New York, and a long list of authorized dealers. The crux of the suit comes down to what the city government is calling “abusive sales tactics” that include extra fees, hidden fine print, and ot

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This Guy’s $35,000 Cat Clone Looks Nothing Like the Original

Extra Garlic Heartbroken at the death of his cat Garlic, China’s Huang Yu made a bold decision : he would have the cat cloned. Sure, Garlic 2.0 wouldn’t necessarily have the original’s personality , but at least Huang would be able to look at the new animal and see his beloved Garlic looking back at him. That was the idea, anyway. But what actually happened was that Huang paid Sinogene Biotechnol

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Grigor Dimitrov Takes His Shot

It was once expected that Grigor Dimitrov, the 28-year-old from Bulgaria, would have been rather familiar with playing into the later stages of a major, something he’s accomplished at this year’s U.S. Open. But as the former world No. 3 prepares for what could be the most important match of his career, against Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals today, he enters the contest keenly aware of how humb

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The Books Briefing: What the Storms Left Behind

Late summer often proves turbulent on the Caribbean islands and along the Gulf Coast. Locals exist under the daunting threat of severe storms—such as this week’s Hurricane Dorian—that have the power to destroy lives and infrastructure. Some have tried to prevent massive damage through scientific means, such as the cloud-seeding process—an attempt to affect rainfall—that Sam Kean describes in his

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This Researcher Is Gathering Dick Pics to Test Penis-Detecting AI

Throw Some D’s On Thursday, a Twitter account appeared called “ showMeYourD .” It had a simple request for the internet: send in a legal, consensual picture of your penis. It’s for science. They promise. The goal is to use the dick pics to test an algorithm that can automatically filter out pictures of penises — a much-needed technology for an internet filled with unsolicited nudes, revenge porn,

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Will Tesla, GM, and Nissan Get a Second Shot at EV Tax Credits?

A proposed expansion of the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit has become another polarizing issue, both for fiscal conservatives (“boondoggle … don’t need it”) and liberals and environmental advocates (“an important tool to slow climate change”). It is of greatest interest to Tesla and General Motors, which have already hit the cap. GM is still in the wind-down phase, with a maximum one-quarter

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Dorian's floodwaters trap people in attics in North Carolina

A weakened Hurricane Dorian flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday with a ferocity that took even storm-hardened residents by surprise, forcing people to retreat to their attics. Hundreds were feared trapped by high water.

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France reports first case of fatal olive tree bacteria

France's agriculture ministry said Friday that it had detected its first cases of a bacterium that has been devastating olive trees in Italy and elsewhere in the Mediterranean basin.

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Big Oil investments bet on failure to meet climate goals: report

Oil and gas projects approved by major fossil fuel companies over the last 20 months threaten both shareholder value and efforts to keep Earth from overheating, according to an analysis released Friday.

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First shots with Sony's 24.2-megapixel a6600 mirrorless camera

This story was originally published on Popular Photography The Sony a6600 is a Sony's new flagship camera in the APS-C line. (Jeanette D. Moses/) Last week in New York City Sony announced two new APS-C interchangeable lens cameras, the a6600 and the a6100, as well as some APS-C friendly glass. The a6600 is the new flagship of the APS-C line, and for good reason. The camera is built around a 24.2

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France reports first case of fatal olive tree bacteria

France's agriculture ministry said Friday that it had detected its first cases of a bacterium that has been devastating olive trees in Italy and elsewhere in the Mediterranean basin.

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Not all meat is created equal: How diet changes can sustain world's food production

If you wanted to really mess with the world's food production, a good place to start would be in Morocco. They don't grow much here, but it is home to mines containing most of the world's known reserves of phosphate rock, the main source of the nutrient phosphorus. Most of us across the globe, most days, will eat some food grown on fields fertilized by phosphate rock from these mines.

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Key enzyme found in plants could guide development of medicines and other products

Plants can do many amazing things. Among their talents, they can manufacture compounds that help them repel pests, attract pollinators, cure infections and protect themselves from excess temperatures, drought and other hazards in the environment.

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Video: How much does a cloud weigh?

Imagine 300 midsize cars floating above your head—that's how much your average fluffy cloud weighs.

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Many vegetative patients are actually 'covertly conscious'

For a long time, doctors assessed whether patients were in vegetative states through behavioral tests. However, brain scans have revealed that some of these patients are actually in a state of "covert consciousness." Covertly conscious patients are aware of their surroundings, but cannot respond to external stimuli. None In 2005, a 23-year-old woman was caught in a traffic accident that gave her

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Key enzyme found in plants could guide development of medicines and other products

Researchers from the Salk Institute studying how plants evolved the abilities to make natural chemicals, which they use to adapt to stress, have uncovered how an enzyme called chalcone isomerase evolved to enable plants to make products vital to their own survival. The researchers' hope is that this knowledge will inform the manufacture of products that are beneficial to humans, including medicati

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New wildfire models to predict how wildfires will burn in next 20 minutes

While it's impossible to predict just where the next wildfire will start, new Department of Defense-sponsored research from BYU's Fire Research Lab is getting into the microscopic details of how fires initiate to provide more insight into how wildfires burn through wildland fuels. 'We're aiming towards giving answers on how a fire might propagate in the next 20 minutes instead of the next two week

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Not all meat is created equal: How diet changes can sustain world's food production

David Vaccari, an environmental engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology, has created a model that predicts how several different conservation approaches could reduce demand for a nonrenewable resource that is absolutely vital for feeding the world: phosphorus.

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Mysterious vaping illness characterized by fat-laden cells in the lung

University of Utah Health investigators have identified a previously unrecognized characteristic of the vaping-related respiratory illness that has been emerging in clusters across the US in recent months. Within these patients' lungs are large immune cells containing numerous oily droplets, called lipid-laden macrophages. The finding may allow doctors to definitively diagnose the nascent syndrome

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Study links lower emotional intelligence to prejudiced, right-wing views

New research measured the emotional and cognitive abilities, as well as the political ideologies, of nearly 1,000 Belgian undergraduate students. The results showed that students who scored lower on the cognitive and emotional tests were more likely to measure higher on tests measuring right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation. Still, the study only showed an association, and c

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‘Blueprints’ help small business take advantage of the cloud

“Blueprints” could help resource-strapped small businesses take advantage of the power of cloud computing, researchers report. Imagine a small business develops vehicle parts for a large automotive manufacturer located hundreds of miles away. For efficiency, both businesses utilize “the cloud” to transmit the large amounts of design data—such as automobile part specifications—back and forth and d

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The Highwomen’s Joyful Country-Music Rewrites

In the 1985 hit version of “Highwayman,” four great country outlaws boldly went where no cowboy had gone before. Willie Nelson sang about a stagecoach robber who was hanged, Kris Kristofferson about a sailor lost at sea, and Waylon Jennings about a dam builder who slipped on the job. To this list of rugged and doomed workmen, Johnny Cash added … an astronaut. “I fly a star-ship across the univers

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The Secret Power of Menopause

Don’t try to tell this to a mother sitting in the bleachers during a four-hour swim meet; or enduring a birthday party involving toddlers and craft projects; or resting in an armchair on a peaceful evening, savoring the heft of a tiny body and the scent of an infant’s freshly washed hair. Interminable or sweetly languid though they may feel in the moment, the childbearing years are startlingly br

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Colleges Face Growing International Student-Visa Issues

The Trump administration’s immigration policies are beginning to be felt acutely by universities, as international students struggle to get the visas they need to study in the United States. Representatives from 10 schools recently told The Atlantic that they are facing an increasing workload as they try to help students navigate bureaucracy and advocate on their behalf—a sentiment echoed by vari

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Robert Mugabe's Journey From Freedom Fighter to Oppressor

During a trip to Harare a few years ago, I met with local officials and businesspeople, chatting with them in their offices, in hotel lobbies, and in cafés. In each place, a large framed photograph of Robert Mugabe—regal, bespectacled, sporting his trademark faux-Hitlerian mini-moustache—beamed down on me. Such portraits are common across Africa, showing respect for the leader while implicitly in

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Hurricane Dorian Makes Landfall on Cape Hatteras, Takes Aim at Canada

Still a dangerous storm, Dorian plowed over North Carolina's Cape Hatteras this morning.

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Astronomers Decode Weird X-Ray Pattern Coming from Neutron Star

Astronomers have detected a neutron star system blasting X-ray light at Earth and detected a rare, months-long pattern in those light bursts.

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Why should you care about AI used for hiring?

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology has published a new white paper that explores the hype and mystique surrounding artificial intelligence in hiring. This white paper provides an overview of artificial intelligence in the workplace, provides practical to-dos for organizations considering AI tools for their hiring process, and explains how I-O psychologists can help along the

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Biomarker identified for early beta cell death in Type 1 diabetes

Beta cells in the pancreas produce insulin. Their death is a key feature of Type 1 diabetes, and that loss starts long before diagnosis. However, there has been no straightforward way to measure that early loss. Researchers now have identified an early biomarker of Type 1 diabetes-associated beta-cell loss in humans — microRNA-204. This biomarker may provide a much needed approach to assess early

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Book offers 5 ways to improve Jewish education

Hebrew and Jewish day schools could use the following research-based methods and techniques to improve instruction, say researchers. In Advancing the Learning Agenda in Jewish Education (Academic Studies Press, 2018), researchers argue that the Jewish education system needs to adopt a more rigorous and serious approach to learning. Here are some of the key recommendations from the book, which Jon

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Sugary diets mess with fruit fly brain health

When fruit flies are exposed to a high sugar diet, key metabolites associated with brain health become depleted, according to a new study. The finding could tell researchers why behaviors that change with the internal energy state, such as food intake, learning, memory, and sleep, change on high-nutrient diets. When our bodies metabolize food, that food is broken down into metabolites—small molec

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Can New Species Evolve From Cancers? Maybe. – Facts So Romantic

Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog . The parasites called myxosporeans live in fish during one stage of their life and in aquatic worms during another. If a new theory is right, they had a bizarre origin: as a form of transmissible cancer that evolved into its own species of animal.Ivan Fiala Aggressive cancers can spread so fiercely that they seem less like tissue

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Preclinical study reveals the impact of age on immunotherapy treatment for breast cancer

In order to understand the influence of aging on the effectiveness of immune checkpoint blockade therapy, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School conducted preclinical studies using younger and older mice with triple negative breast cancer, finding that age affects the efficacy of ICB therapy. The results of this study are publish

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Pain in the asp: Bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests

While collecting data from live oak trees in the world's largest medical center, Rice University evolutionary ecologists have discovered huge quantities of one of North America's most venomous caterpillars.

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Two blood-clotting disorders with different causes interact synergistically

In a preclinical study published in the journal Blood, researchers have found a synergistic connection, or crosstalk, between two rare but potentially deadly blood-clotting diseases — thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic uremic syndrome. Such a linkage between the two thrombotic microangiopathic disorders may provide a rationale for a more targeted therapeutic intervention in patient

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Satellite crashes will plague us unless we manage space traffic better

The recent near-miss between SpaceX and ESA highlights the weaknesses in our current system for keeping Earth’s orbit safe.

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Geologists uncover history of lost continent buried beneath Europe

Most of “Greater Adria” is now trapped in Earth’s mantle, but some of its rocks ended up high in the Alps

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Marine plastic pollution hides a neurological toxin in our food

In the mid-1950s, domesticated cats in Minamata, Japan mysteriously began to convulse and fall into the bay. The people of Minamata took on similar symptoms shortly after, losing their ability to speak, move, and think.

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Should the international community protect the Amazon?

If Brazil won't stop them, then perhaps others should step in?

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Tibetan Mastiffs Bred with Mountain Wolves to Survive at Super-High Altitudes

Tibetan mastiffs are monstrous dogs that survive high in the mountains, and now we know that's because of a little extra shot of wolf in their genes.

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Mysterious Skyglow 'STEVE' May Have Been Lurking in an Aurora on Labor Day

Scientists are analyzing data from the Labor Day auroral light show to find out if a phenomenon known as STEVE was part of the picture.

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Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

In a recent study, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created a miniaturized chip-based superconducting circuit that couples quantum waves of magnetic spins called magnons to photons of equivalent energy.

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Sound deprivation in one ear leads to speech recognition difficulties

Chronic conductive hearing loss, which can result from middle-ear infections, has been linked to speech recognition deficits, according to the results of a new study of 240 patients, led by scientists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. This study suggests that not properly treating infections or other conditions that chronically affect the middle ear may lead to neural deficits and increased difficulti

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In a twist, Colorado asks EPA to lower state's air rating

Colorado took the unusual step of inviting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to downgrade the air quality rating of the state's biggest population center, and not everyone thinks that was a good idea.

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Putin rebukes officials over space delays

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday gave a dressing down to space officials on a visit to Russia's long-delayed and corruption-tainted cosmodrome in the Far East.

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Evidence suggests rare deer lived 50 years beyond 'extinction'

A rare deer species that lived in central Thailand might have come back from the dead—without the help from sci-fi-like genetic engineering.

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Leaked Apple documents point to Siri getting major upgrades in 2021 – CNET

Apple may finally be giving Siri some long-overdue improvements.

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Evidence suggests rare deer lived 50 years beyond 'extinction'

A rare deer species that lived in central Thailand might have come back from the dead—without the help from sci-fi-like genetic engineering.

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Which Weighs More, a Pound of Stone or a Pound of Styrofoam?

It’s not a trick question: your brain answers differently depending on whether they’re part of the same object or not — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Combating prison recidivism with plants

A study out of Texas State University attempted to determine the number of available horticultural community service opportunities for individuals completing community service hours per their probation or parole requirements, and whether that brand of community service generates a calculable offset against the common nature of repeat offenses for an inmate population once released.

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How to spin a disk around young protostars

How do stars and planets form? Scientists are now one step closer to pinning down the conditions for the formation of proto-stellar disks. Observations of three systems in the early stages of star formation in the Perseus cloud revealed that the profile of the angular momentum in these systems is between that expected for a solid body and pure turbulence, indicating that the influence of the core

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Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved—using real life planetary computer

Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking 'Sum-Of-Three-Cubes' solution for the number 33, a team led by the University of Bristol and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has solved the final piece of the famous 65-year-old maths puzzle with an answer for the most elusive number of all—42.

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For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?

Doctors and nurses are often barred from turning to FDA-approved medications that research shows to be the most effective way to quit. Critics of that policy say stigma is undermining best practice (Image credit: /Tony Luong for NPR)

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Does Testosterone Make Men Less Empathetic? A New Study Says No

A study asking men to infer emotions by looking at the others concluded that testosterone does not affect empathy levels. (Credit: El Nariz/Shutterstock) Testosterone often gets a bad rap. The hormone responsible for male sexual development has been linked in studies to aggression and a lack of empathy. People with autism – a developmental condition that can lead to anxiety and trouble interacting

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Scientists measure precise proton radius to help resolve decade-old puzzle

Researchers have made a precise measurement of the size of the proton — a crucial step towards solving a mystery that has preoccupied scientists around the world for the past decade. The world's physicists have been scrambling to resolve the proton-radius puzzle. Now, a study finds a new measurement for the size of the proton at 0.833 femtometers, which is just under one trillionth of a millimete

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Mathematicians crack elusive puzzle involving the number 42

Can we write any number as the sum of three cubes? It’s a puzzle that has perplexed mathematicians for centuries. Now we have finally have an answer for 42

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Which Weighs More, a Pound of Stone or a Pound of Styrofoam?

It’s not a trick question: your brain answers differently depending on whether they’re part of the same object or not — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Combating prison recidivism with plants

The United States currently incarcerates the greatest percentage of its population compared with any other nation in the world. The results and information gathered in this study support the notion that horticultural activities can play an important role in influencing an offender's successful reentry into society.

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Evidence suggests rare deer lived 50 years beyond 'extinction'

Schomburgk's deer (Rucervus schomburgki) was added to the extinction list in 1938. But new evidence, gleaned from antlers obtained in late 1990 or early 1991, shows that it survived for at least an additional half century and might still be around today.

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Protecting Your Data and Online Privacy Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

A VPN is essential for anybody who wants to stay private while using the internet, away from either the prying eyes of advertisers or other even more sinister entities. But choosing one can be easier said than done, with so many different products out there. That particular struggle can now come to an end, though, because you’re about to learn all about TunnelBear VPN, an easy to use virtual priv

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Which Weighs More, a Pound of Stone or a Pound of Styrofoam?

It’s not a trick question: your brain answers differently depending on whether they’re part of the same object or not — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The paradox of different house flies with few genetic differences

Evolutionary biologists have published findings on sex determinates of house flies. The work examines the slight difference in genetic makeup of male flies who hail from the north and those from the south. Though minute, the difference between the two types of flies is the position of the Y chromosome in the sequence of the genes.

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Source water key to bacterial water safety in remote Northern Australia

In the wet-dry topics of Australia, drinking water in remote communities is often sourced from groundwater bores. The geochemistry of that groundwater impacts the occurrence of opportunistic pathogens in the drinking water supply, researchers now report.

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New insights on impacts of crop trading in China

Feeding the world's growing population is one of the great challenges of the 21st century, particularly in China, which has nearly a quarter of the world's population but a fraction of the cropland. A recent study looks at both the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of crop trading in China for the first time.

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Nanowires replace Newton's famous glass prism

Scientists have designed an ultra-miniaturized device that could directly image single cells without the need for a microscope or make chemical fingerprint analysis possible from a smartphone.

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Synthetic biologists extend functional life of cancer fighting circuitry in microbes

Bioengineers have developed a method to significantly extend the life of gene circuits used to instruct microbes to do things like produce and deliver drugs, break down chemicals and sense the environment. Most circuits synthetic biologists insert into microbes break or vanish after a certain period of time — typically days to weeks — because of various mutations. Researchers demonstrated they c

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New MRI technique can 'see' molecular changes in brain

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India's Chandrayaan-2 Mission to Attempt Historic Moon Landing Today

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Germany plans to ban single-use plastic shopping bags next year

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Winning Westerns: Proven Strategies to Optimize Your Western Blots

MilliporeSigma invites you to join them for this educational webinar.

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This Chemical May Be Causing Vaping-Related Deaths, Hospitalizations

Since late June, more than 200 people in 25 states have contracted a severe respiratory illness . Two of those people went on to die from it , and the only connection health officials could see between the cases was that each patient had vaped prior to experiencing symptoms. But now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes it’s found a new clue connecting these cases: vitamin E acetate. V

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Metabolic engineering method succeeds in producing 1,2,4-butanetriol sustainably from biomass

A more environmentally-friendly and sustainable method of producing the useful chemical 1,2,4-butanetriol has been discovered. The Kobe University team were the first in the world to utilize a method involving the direct fermentation of xylose in rice straw using an engineered yeast strain to produce 1,2,4-butanetriol. In the course of conducting this research, the team successfully overcame two b

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Nanoparticles in lithium-sulphur batteries detected with neutron experiment

Lithium-sulphur batteries are regarded as one of the most promising candidates for the next generation of energy storage devices. They have a theoretical gravimetric energy density that is five times higher than that of the best lithium-ion batteries currently available. And they even work at sub-zero temperatures of down to -50 °C. In addition, sulphur is inexpensive and environmentally friendly.

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Giant mass of warm water off the Pacific Coast could rival 'the blob'

A large and unusually warm mass of water is threatening to disturb the marine ecosystem along the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Alaska, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

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Why does so much news seem negative? Human attention may be to blame

Ever wonder why there's so much bad news out there? Maybe it's because people find bad news more interesting than good news.

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Radiotavshed: Crashede det indiske månefartøj?

Opdateret 22.59: Den indiske lander Vikram fra Chandrayaan-2-missionen lagde an til landing på Månen kort før kl. 22.30, men en halv time senere er der stadig radiotavshed.

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Metabolic engineering method succeeds in producing 1,2,4-butanetriol sustainably from biomass

A more environmentally-friendly and sustainable method of producing the useful chemical 1,2,4-butanetriol has been discovered. The Kobe University team were the first in the world to utilize a method involving the direct fermentation of xylose in rice straw using an engineered yeast strain to produce 1,2,4-butanetriol. In the course of conducting this research, the team successfully overcame two b

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Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved — using real life planetary computer

Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking 'Sum-Of-Three-Cubes' solution for the number 33, a team led by the University of Bristol and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has solved the final piece of the famous 65-year-old maths puzzle with an answer for the most elusive number of all – 42.

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India's Moon mission: Preparing a pitstop for Mars

India is due this weekend to become only the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon, but there is more at stake than that.

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Innovative method provides unique insights into the structure of cells and tissues

Cells are the basic building blocks of life—and, as such, they have been the object of intense study since the invention of the optical microscope in the 17th century. The development of mass spectrometry (MS) methods—those which define the chemical composition of cells—represent a further milestone for research in the field of cell biology. In the latest issue of the journal Nature Methods, the w

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Measuring changes in magnetic order to find ways to transcend conventional electronics

Researchers around the world are constantly looking for ways to enhance or transcend the capabilities of electronic devices, which seem to be reaching their theoretical limits. Undoubtedly, one of the most important advantages of electronic technology is its speed, which, albeit high, can still be surpassed by orders of magnitude through other approaches that are not yet commercially available.

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Is This the World’s Most Accessible Museum?

Those without disabilities might not notice the innovations, but a museum in London is winning plaudits for its design and content.

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Jeremy Renner's App Developer: 'This Is a Freak Situation'

The CEO of EscapeX explains what went so wrong with Jeremy Renner Official—and why he thinks it's an outlier.

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New method for imaging biological molecules

Researchers have developed a new method for creating images of molecules in cells or tissue samples. The method is based on the use of DNA snippets and is called DNA microscopy.

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Stopping progression of tissue injury after button battery ingestion

Button battery injuries in children have been increasingly severe — resulting in devastating injuries and even death. Button batteries damage esophageal tissue through isothermic hydrolysis reactions, resulting in alkaline caustic injury, which leads to tissue necrosis. Prompt removal of the battery is critical to minimizing damage. However, when children swallow a button battery, the injury can

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Climate change could bring short-term gain, long-term pain for loggerhead turtles

New research suggests that while some loggerheads will suffer from the effects of a changing climate, populations in certain nesting areas could stand to reap important short-term benefits from the shifting environmental conditions.

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MouseLight project maps 1,000 neurons (and counting) in the mouse brain

Scientists have mapped more than 1,000 neurons in the mouse brain. It's the most extensive neural wiring diagram available, and the data are accessible online.

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New patterns of key ocean nutrient

The important nutrient phosphate may be less abundant in the global ocean than previously thought, according to a new article. The researchers compiled data collected using highly sensitive techniques that measure phosphate to create a more accurate dataset to power global ocean models.

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Protein tangles linked with dementia seen in patients after single head injury

Scientists have visualized for the first time protein 'tangles' associated with dementia in the brains of patients who have suffered a single head injury.

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80% cut in antibiotics entering Thames is needed to avoid surge in superbugs

The amount of antibiotics entering the River Thames would need to be cut by as much as 80 per cent to avoid the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs', a new study has shown. It found that across three-quarters of the Thames catchment, the antibiotics present, due to effluent discharge, were likely to be at levels high enough for antibiotic-resistant bacteria to develop.

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Genetic regions associated with left-handedness identified

New research identifies regions of the genome associated with left-handedness in the general population and links their effects with brain architecture. Scientists linked these genetic differences with the connections between areas of the brain related to language.

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Children with an older brother have poorer language skills than those with a big sister

The role of birth order in shaping who we are has been a matter of some debate in psychology. Recent research has cast doubt on the idea that an individual's position in relation to their siblings influences their personality, for instance. But there may be other domains where birth order is still important: in particular, researchers have found that children with a greater number of older siblin

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Astronomers Say They’ll Soon Release First Video of a Black Hole

Casting Call In a new interview with Agence France-Presse, the leader of the team that shared the first image of a black hole last year revealed the squad’s next release: a video of the cosmic monster devouring vast clouds of gas. “It could be that maybe we will make the first crude movie” by 2020, Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration Director Shep Doeleman told the news service. He also opined,

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In One-Year Study, Drug Cocktail Appears to Reverse “Genetic Age”

Birthdays aren’t the only thing that determine how old we are. Our biological age can also be measured by examining chemical changes in our DNA — and that’s something we might be able to influence with the help of cutting-edge treatments. In a one year trial, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, gave nine healthy men a cocktail of three drugs — one common growth hormone and tw

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Teens who don't date are less depressed and have better social skills

Adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had good social skills and low depression, and fared better or equal to peers who dated.

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Long-term opioid use has known link to low testosterone but not many men screened, treated

Long-term opioid use previously has been linked with low testosterone in men. What has been unclear is how many men taking opioids had been screened or treated for low testosterone. A new study by researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has found a very low rate of screening for low testosterone, a surprising finding given that a link is known.

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Disturbed childhood can lead to adult insomnia

Parents should help their children with better sleep patterns, along with any problem behavioural issues, because this can lead to severe insomnia in middle age, a groundbreaking new study shows. Published in JAMA Network Open (Psychology) journal today, Australian researchers have used data from a long-running UK population study to find links between moderate to severe childhood behavioural prob

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Black, Hispanic patients more likely to be brought to safety-net hospital emergency rooms

A new national study done by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center showed large differences in the emergency department (ED) and hospital destinations of minority (Black and Hispanic) patients who are transported by emergency medical services (EMS) when compared with their non-Hispanic white counterparts. The study appears in JAMA Network Open.

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9/11 World Trade Center exposure linked to heart disease among NYC firefighters

A study of New York City firefighters finds that exposure to 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) dust is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System, and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) report in JAMA Network Open that those who arrived first at the WTC site have a 44% increased risk of

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Study examines suicide at county level in US

This study examined patterns of suicide in the United States at the county level during an 18-year period and looked at associated geographic and community-level factors. Between 1999 and 2016, 453,577 people ages 25 to 64 died by suicide.

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Transgender, gender-nonbinary teens in china report abuse, neglect, bullying

Most transgender and gender-nonbinary teens in China who participated in a national survey study reported abuse, neglect or bullying at home and in school, which the researchers suggest may be due in part to the socially conservative values prevalent in the country. The study included 385 adolescents (average age nearly 17) who responded to an online survey.

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Racial/ethnic differences in emergency department destination of EMS for patients living in same area

Black and Hispanic Medicare patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS) to an emergency department (ED) were less likely to go to the same ED as white Medicare patients living in the same area. Evidence from previous studies has suggested differences in hospitals where racial/ethnic minorities receive care. Using Medicare claims data, this study looked at patterns of ED destination of

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Is exposure to world trade center disaster associated with cardiovascular disease risk for NY firefighters

A study of nearly 9,800 Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) male firefighters suggests an association between greater exposure to the World Trade Center disaster and long-term cardiovascular disease risk, while the results of other studies have been mixed.

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Suicide rates climbing, especially in rural America

Suicide is becoming more common in America, an increase most pronounced in rural areas, new research has found. The study also highlights a cluster of factors, including lack of insurance and the prevalence of gun shops, that are associated with high suicide rates.

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Mammography unlikely to benefit older women with chronic illnesses

Regular screening mammograms are unlikely to benefit women 75 and older who have chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes. New data suggest they would likely die due to other health conditions before they developed breast cancer.

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New compound promotes healing of myelin in nervous system disorders

Researchers working with mice have developed a compound that promotes rebuilding of the protective sheath around nerve cells that's damaged in conditions such as multiple sclerosis. The compound is now being tested, and potentially refined, on a rare population of macaque monkeys that carry a naturally occurring version of MS.

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Why do clowns creep us out?

Clowns can inspire fear and loathing in the best of us. (Shutterstock/) Hollywood has long exploited our deep ambivalence about clowns, and this fall’s film lineup is no different. Stephen King's evil clown, Pennywise , will make his second screen appearance in two years in " IT Chapter Two ," while Batman's demented nemesis The Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, will appear as the antihero of his

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