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Why 'Christian nationalists' are less likely to wear masks and social distance

A new study used survey data to examine the interplay between Christian nationalism and incautious behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers defined Christian nationalism as "an ideology that idealizes and advocates a fusion of American civic life with a particular type of Christian identity and culture." The results showed that Christian nationalism was the leading predictor that A

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MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship leaks oil

Mauritius declares a state of emergency after Japanese-owned carrier MV Wakashio starts leaking oil.

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The Atlantic Daily: 9 Poems for This Fraught Moment

Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox . THE ATLANTIC Poems hold power. As my colleague Hannah Giorgis put it: "Whether by conveying the scale of national grief during a pandemic, or exposing the relentlessness of racism, poetry has alr

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Modifying BACTRAC protocol provides first chance to study local leukocyte populations during stroke

Expanding standard techniques during mechanical thrombectomy — a procedure that removes a clot from an artery during stroke — allows researchers to reproducibly obtain and study local leukocyte populations during human stroke, according to a study by the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology, released today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting.

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Treatment option improves chances of survival for babies with rare cerebrovascular disorder

Endovascular treatment of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation (VGAM) in babies with severe pulmonary hypertension can improve chances of survival, according to a study released today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting. The study, Outcomes of Endovascular Treatment of Vein of Galen Aneurysmal Malformation in Neonates, evaluated data from 52 surgery patients

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Coronavirus live news: Brazil death toll nears 100,000 as Australia struggles to contain cases

Anti-Bolsonaro protests as Brazil cases near 3m; Italy cases soar; Australia cases double in less than a month to reach 20,000. Follow the latest, live Trump poised to intervene in relief plans after talks break down 'We're still so tired': European doctors brace for second wave 'Very dead': army and police patrol the deserted streets of coronavirus-stricken Melbourne 1.22am BST Mexico's health m

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Coronavirus severely restricts Antarctic science

Keeping Covid out of Antarctica means little research will be done on the continent in 2020-2021.

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LIVE EVENT | Radical innovation: Unlocking the future of human invention

Add event to calendar Using a combination of imagination and technology, science tech company Nanotronics aims to revolutionize the factory floor so that industries can have a smaller factory footprint, produce less waste, and rapidly increase the speed from R&D to production—it's this very philosophy that allowed Nanotronics to pivot and manufacture ventilators as a rapid response to the COVID-1

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Another Lesson From the Roman Empire

A year ago, I published a piece in the print magazine about that long-standing object of American fascination, the Roman Empire. Usually, and usefully, Americans have over the centuries looked to Rome for guidance on how their nation could avoid the predictable slide from republic to empire to conquest and dissolution. My favorite in this genre is the wonderful 2007 book Are We Rome? , by my frie

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AI invents new 'recipes' for potential COVID-19 drugs

Discovery could bolster global supplies of drugs

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The best hydroponic herb gardens for your kitchen counter

Grow wherever you are. (Lettuce Grow via Unsplash/) We've all been there—at the grocery checkout line with a live basil plant and dreams of fresh pesto and caprese salad. But things get busy, or our kitchens don't get enough sunlight, and within weeks the plant is wilting. Kitchen-top herb garden systems are a great solution for this, with LED grow lights and a water reservoir that make caring fo

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The onions in your kitchen could give you food poisoning

Yellow and red onions are out. Spring onions (not really onions!) are in. (Sincerely Media/Unsplash/) It's been a few months since the US had a big produce recall , but the country now has another doozy on its hands. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) have warned people in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to throw out old onions they have in t

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Two-thirds of parents say technology makes parenting harder

Today's parents believe parenting is harder now than 20 years ago. A Pew Research Center survey found this belief stems from the new challenges and worries brought by technology. With some schools going remote next year, many parents will need to adjust expectations and re-learn that measured screen usage won't harm their children. Parents and guardians have always endured a tough road. They are

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Scientists discover curious clues in the war between cf bacteria

Several different kinds of bacteria can cause lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause pneumonia, typically infects infants or young children and persists for life, while Burkholderia cepacia complex species only infect teenagers and adults. Although Burkholderia infections are rare, when they do take hold, they are deadly. Now, UNC School of Medicine

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Predicting drought in the American West just got more difficult

A new, USC-led study of more than 1,000 years of North American droughts and global conditions found that forecasting a lack of precipitation is rarely straightforward.

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The top MP3 players for all your music

Have all your music on you. (Devon Divine via Unsplash/) It might be hard to believe, but there is a dedicated contingent of MP3 player loyalists who swear by the technology for several reasons. Some of them have large music collections full of rare tracks that aren't available on streaming services. Some of them are audiophiles who can't stand the sound they get out of their phones. Still others

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Ceramic teapots for brewing the perfect cup of tea

For serious tea drinkers. (Sugarman Joe via Unsplash/) Tea is universal. Though preferences, rituals, and flavors may vary—chai, jasmine, green, black, oolong, earl grey, the list goes on and on—many cultures have a popular tea. It can be overwhelming to sort through brewing vessels, because there are so many to choose from, but ceramic is always a timeless choice. It can withstand high heat and

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The best crates for your dog

A place of their own. (Freestocks via Unsplash /) Many of us have brought home a new furry friend over the last few months. Some of us have had time to pamper and train our new pals and some of us haven't. Regardless, odds are that your canine isn't used to being home alone. But it is inevitable that the new pup will not be able to come with you everywhere. It's probably time to start considering

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Why the Coronavirus Is More Likely to 'Superspread' Than the Flu

Most people won't spread the virus widely. The few who do are probably in the wrong place at the wrong time in their infection, new models suggest.

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Need to Take the MCAT? You'll Still Have to Do It in Person

Admissions tests for many graduate schools have gone online. But not the MCAT, the exam for aspiring doctors. It must still be taken in person, pandemic or not.

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Hackers Flood Reddit With Pro-Trump Takeovers

By apparently compromising moderator accounts, the attackers were able to post MAGA materials all over at least 70 popular subreddits.

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Italian valley still in 'red zone' as Mont Blanc glacier threatens collapse

An Italian alpine resort remained on high alert Friday over fears a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures.

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Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

Behold a treat for the eyes! Tens of thousands of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring still lacking flamboyant plumage.

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Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

Behold a treat for the eyes! Tens of thousands of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring still lacking flamboyant plumage.

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Thousands seek refuge as high heat slams Britain, France

Residents and visitors in Britain sought refuge from searing heat Friday, with thousands mobbing beaches and parks despite warnings to maintain social distance and other precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Integration of gene regulatory networks in understanding animal behavior

For years, scientists have attributed animal behavior to the coordinated activities of neuronal cells and its circuits of neurons, known as the neuronal network (NN). However, researchers are pushing the boundaries in understanding animal behavior through the integration of gene regulation.

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Decline in plant breeding programs could impact food security

Public plant breeding programs are declining across the United States.

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New process fast-tracks drug treatments for viral infections and cancer

Discovering antiviral and anticancer drugs will soon be faster and cheaper thanks to new research from Simon Fraser University chemist Robert Britton and his international team.

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Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts

A new publication on the impacts of deep-seabed mining by 13 prominent deep-sea biologists, led by University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, seeks to dispel scientific misconceptions that have led to miscalculations of the likely effects of commercial operations to extract minerals from the seabed.

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Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts

A new publication on the impacts of deep-seabed mining by 13 prominent deep-sea biologists, led by University of Hawai'i at Mānoa oceanography professor Craig Smith, seeks to dispel scientific misconceptions that have led to miscalculations of the likely effects of commercial operations to extract minerals from the seabed.

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Integration of gene regulatory networks in understanding animal behavior

For years, scientists have attributed animal behavior to the coordinated activities of neuronal cells and its circuits of neurons, known as the neuronal network (NN). However, researchers are pushing the boundaries in understanding animal behavior through the integration of gene regulation.

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New process fast-tracks drug treatments for viral infections and cancer

Discovering antiviral and anticancer drugs will soon be faster and cheaper thanks to new research from Simon Fraser University chemist Robert Britton and his international team.

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Decline in plant breeding programs could impact food security

Public plant breeding programs are declining across the United States.

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Highly sensitive dopamine detector uses 2-D materials

A supersensitive dopamine detector can help in the early diagnosis of several disorders that result in too much or too little dopamine, according to a group led by Penn State and including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and universities in China and Japan.

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Inside Joe Biden's Network of Climate Advisers

The presidential candidate is getting advice from old guard Democrats, liberal activists and union favorites — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Programmable synthetic materials

Artificial molecules could one day form the information unit of a new type of computer or be the basis for programmable substances. The information would be encoded in the spatial arrangement of the individual atoms—similar to how the sequence of base pairs determines the information content of DNA, or sequences of zeros and ones form the memory of computers.

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Inexpensive, accessible device provides visual proof that masks block droplets

Duke physician Eric Westman was one of the first champions of masking as a means to curtail the spread of coronavirus, working with a local non-profit to provide free masks to at-risk and under-served populations in the greater Durham community.

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Materials science researchers develop first electrically injected laser

Materials science researchers, led by electrical engineering professor Shui-Qing "Fisher" Yu, have demonstrated the first electrically injected laser made with germanium tin.

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The World's Highest-Dwelling Mammal Lives atop a Volcano

Scientists spotted a mouse at the summit of Llullaillaco, a 22,000-foot-tall volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina. Julia Rosen reports.

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Trump's Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

The president's latest actions against China may affect US tech firms, and Americans who communicate overseas through the social apps.

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SFU chemist's new process fast-tracks drug treatments for viral infections and cancer

Discovering antiviral and anticancer drugs will soon be faster and cheaper thanks to new research from Simon Fraser University chemist Robert Britton and his international team.

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Decline in plant breeding programs could impact food security

A team of scientists led by Kate Evans, a Washington State University horticulture professor who leads WSU's pome fruit (apples and pears) breeding program, found that public plant breeding programs are seeing decreases in funding and personnel.

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Daily briefing: The wildly complicated immune response to COVID-19

Nature, Published online: 07 August 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02356-8 SARS-CoV-2 seems to interact with the immune system in some unusual ways. Plus: the first cancer tumour seen in a dinosaur and the study that has tracked the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs for decades.

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The Amazing Disappearing Election

O ver the past six months , it has seemed like every news story is about the coronavirus, or President Donald Trump's failed response to it. It's been a challenge for even crucial issues like racial justice and police violence to break into the media agenda for more than a few days at a time. Although the events of 2020 present unique challenges to the media—and to humanity as a whole—the narrowi

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What's In a Shot? Vaccine Types, Explained

In the race to find a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, some contenders come from classic development methods. Others would be the first of their kind.

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The World's Highest-Dwelling Mammal Lives atop a Volcano

Scientists spotted a mouse at the summit of Llullaillaco, a 22,000-foot-tall volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina. Julia Rosen reports. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Children's Immune Systems Differ From Adults. Here's What That Could Mean for COVID-19

Children's innate immune responses might be behind their milder COVID-19 infections. But much less is known about how much kids are spreading SARS-CoV-2 to others.

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Scientists Rename Genes So Excel Won't Reformat Them as Dates

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly powerful program that's just as essential in a laboratory as it is in the average office. However, scientists have had just about enough of Excel renaming genes as if they were dates. It didn't seem likely anyone would convince Microsoft to change the way Excel works, so scientists got together recently and renamed the genes . Anyone who has spent time tinkering w

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The World's Highest-Dwelling Mammal Lives atop a Volcano

Scientists spotted a mouse at the summit of Llullaillaco, a 22,000-foot-tall volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina. Julia Rosen reports. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Coronavirus News Roundup: August 1-August 7

Here are pandemic highlights for the week — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Preston put into local lockdown after jump in cases

Government confirms coronavirus restrictions will be retained across parts of northern England

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Trump Vows to Issue Executive Orders if Coronavirus Relief Talks Collapse

New York's governor said schools could reopen for in-person instruction, but he left the details up to the districts. Africa surpasses a million confirmed cases, though the real number may be higher.

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Air Force One's Successor Could Go 5x the Speed of Sound

Nyoom! A coming iteration of Air Force One, the high tech plane reserved for shuttling the President of the United States around the world, may be able to reach nauseatingly-fast speeds up to Mach 5. The U.S. Air Force just awarded a contract to the aerospace startup Hermeus, Business Insider reports , which calls for the first hypersonic version of Air Force One. The company already has a protot

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Advance in programmable synthetic materials

DNA information is stored in a sequence of chemical building blocks; computers store information as sequences of zeros and ones. Researchers want to transfer this concept to artificial molecules. UC Berkeley and Ruhr-Universität Bochum researchers have taken another step toward encoding information in the sequence of metal atoms in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), showing how to read the sequence.

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New NASA Animation Shows Mars' Creepy Greenish "Nightglow"

A new NASA simulation shows the ghostly ultraviolet flashes of Mars' "nightglow" — greenish hues in the Martian night sky. The stunning video comes courtesy of the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph on board NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft, which launched back in 2013. The observations were detailed in a new paper appearing the journal Space Physics this week. To th

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COVID-19 may have a longer incubation period, suggests probability analysis of Wuhan cases

By applying the renewal theory in probability to reduce recall bias in initial case reports, scientists have come up with a new estimate for the incubation period of COVID-19. Their mean estimate of 7.76 days.

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Simple approach tested in small group visually evaluates mask effectiveness against viral droplets

Using inexpensive and widely available tools, scientists have developed a simple approach to visually evaluate how effectively different types of masks prevent the spread of droplets that could contain SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, according to a new study. While the authors note

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Inexpensive, accessible device provides visual proof that masks block droplets

In a proof-of-concept study appearing online Aug. 7 in the journal Science Advances, Fischer, Westman and colleagues report that the simple, low-cost technique provided visual proof that face masks are effective in reducing droplet emissions during normal wear.

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Highly sensitive dopamine detector uses 2D materials

A supersensitive dopamine detector can help in the early diagnosis of several disorders that result in too much or too little dopamine, according to a group led by Penn State and including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and universities in China and Japan.

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Scientists introduce FlowRACS for high-throughput discovery of enzymes

Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have now developed a flow mode Raman-activated cell sorter (RACS), called FlowRACS, to support high-throughput discovery of enzymes and their cell factories, at the precision of just one microbial cell.

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Intranasal vaccine platform has potential for more effective vaccines, fewer side effects

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is shining a spotlight on vaccine development. As numerous vaccines race through clinical trials, physicians and researchers continue to develop new vaccine technologies to generate the most effective vaccines with the fewest side effects.A new proof-of-concept study by researchers at the University of Chicago and Duke University demonstrates the potential for one suc

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Authors' 'invisible' words reveal blueprint for storytelling

The "invisible" words that shaped Dickens classics also lead audiences through Spielberg dramas. And according to new research, these small words can be found in a similar pattern across most storylines, no matter the length or format.

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Scientists develop principles for the creation of an "acoustic diode"

In research published in Science Advances, a group led by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) have used a principle, "magneto-rotation coupling," to suppress the transmission of sound waves on the surface of a film in one direction while allowing them to travel in the other.

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Why do so many refugees move after arrival? Opportunity and community

Many refugees in the United States move to a different state soon after arrival, according to a new dataset on nearly 450,000 people who were resettled between 2000 and 2014. And when they move, they are primarily looking for better job markets and helpful social networks of others from their home country — not more generous welfare benefits. These findings counter the stereotype that refugees ar

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Mars may not have been the warm, wet planet we thought it was

Mars today is a cold, dry wasteland—but things were likely much different billions of years ago. Since we started launching robotic missions to Mars in the 1970s, scientists have collected evidence that points to a warmer, wetter past for the Red Planet, where the surface was teeming with lakes and oceans that could have been home to life of some kind. It's part of the reason NASA built and launc

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The Books Briefing: The Writers Who Don't Work Alone

Who wrote Shakespeare's plays? A definitive statement of authorship may be hard to come by, but evidence suggests that the bard did not write alone . He co-wrote The Two Noble Kinsmen with his contemporary John Fletcher, and collaborations with actors, playwrights, and others likely informed his other works. Authorship is not always so disputed, but Shakespeare's case still highlights something i

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Atmospheric dynamics drive most interannual U.S. droughts over the last millennium

The American West exemplifies drought-sensitive regions with growing populations. Paleoclimate investigations have documented severe droughts in this region before European settling, with major implications for water management and planning. Here, we leverage paleoclimate data assimilation to reconstruct past climate states, enabling a large-scale multivariate investigation of U.S. drought dynami

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Traveling and standing waves mediate pattern formation in cellular protrusions

The mechanisms regulating protrusions during amoeboid migration exhibit excitability. Theoretical studies have suggested the possible coexistence of traveling and standing waves in excitable systems. Here, we demonstrate the direct transformation of a traveling into a standing wave and establish conditions for the stability of this conversion. This theory combines excitable wave stopping and the

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High-throughput 3D screening for differentiation of hPSC-derived cell therapy candidates

The emergence of several cell therapy candidates in the clinic is an encouraging sign for human diseases/disorders that currently have no effective treatment; however, scalable production of these cell therapies has become a bottleneck. To overcome this barrier, three-dimensional (3D) cell culture strategies have been considered for enhanced cell production. Here, we demonstrate a high-throughput

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The evolution of white matter microstructural changes after mild traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal DTI and NODDI study

Neuroimaging biomarkers that can detect white matter (WM) pathology after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and predict long-term outcome are needed to improve care and develop therapies. We used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) to investigate WM microstructure cross-sectionally and longitudinally after mTBI and correlate these with ne

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Adjuvant-free nanofiber vaccine induces in situ lung dendritic cell activation and TH17 responses

The current paradigm that subunit vaccines require adjuvants to optimally activate innate immunity implies that increased vaccine reactogenicity will invariably be linked to improved immunogenicity. Countering this paradigm, nanoparticulate vaccines have been reported to act as delivery systems for vaccine antigens and induce immunity without the need for exogenous adjuvants or local inflammation

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The narrative arc: Revealing core narrative structures through text analysis

Scholars across disciplines have long debated the existence of a common structure that underlies narratives. Using computer-based language analysis methods, several structural and psychological categories of language were measured across ~40,000 traditional narratives (e.g., novels and movie scripts) and ~20,000 nontraditional narratives (science reporting in newspaper articles, TED talks, and Su

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Development of a potent Zika virus vaccine using self-amplifying messenger RNA

Zika virus (ZIKV) is the cause of a pandemic associated with microcephaly in newborns and Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults. Currently, there are no available treatments or vaccines for ZIKV, and the development of a safe and effective vaccine is a high priority for many global health organizations. We describe the development of ZIKV vaccine candidates using the self-amplifying messenger RNA (SA

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In search of opportunity and community: Internal migration of refugees in the United States

At a time of heightened anxiety surrounding immigration, state governments have increasingly sought to manage immigrant and refugee flows. Yet the factors that influence where immigrants choose to settle after arrival remain unclear. We bring evidence to this question by analyzing population-level data for refugees resettled within the United States. Unlike other immigrants, refugees are assigned

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Multifunctional bioactive Nd-Ca-Si glasses for fluorescence thermometry, photothermal therapy, and burn tissue repair

Photothermal therapy (PTT), an emerging tumor treatment technology, has attracted tremendous interest, but excessive heat will cause damage to surrounding healthy tissues. Therefore, in situ temperature monitoring during PTT is of great importance to determine optimal treatment temperature and repair heat-damaged normal tissues. Here, we report the preparation of multifunctional Nd-Ca-Si silicate

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Biomolecule-guided cation regulation for dendrite-free metal anodes

Lithium (Li) or zinc (Zn) metal anodes have attracted interest for battery research due to their high theoretical capacities and low redox potentials. However, uncontrollable dendrite growth, especially under high current (>4 mA cm –2 ), precludes reversable cycling in Li or Zn metal batteries with a high-loading (>4 mAh cm –2 ), precludes reversable cycling in Li or Zn metal batteries with high-

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Nonreciprocal surface acoustic wave propagation via magneto-rotation coupling

A fundamental form of magnon-phonon interaction is an intrinsic property of magnetic materials, the "magnetoelastic coupling." This form of interaction has been the basis for describing magnetostrictive materials and their applications, where strain induces changes of internal magnetic fields. Different from the magnetoelastic coupling, more than 40 years ago, it was proposed that surface acousti

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Sub-turn-on exciton quenching due to molecular orientation and polarization in organic light-emitting devices

The efficiency of organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) is often limited by roll-off, where efficiency decreases with increasing bias. In most OLEDs, roll-off primarily occurs due to exciton quenching, which is commonly assumed to be active only above device turn-on. Below turn-on, exciton and charge carrier densities are often presumed to be too small to cause quenching. Using lock-in detection

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Positive dielectrophoresis-based Raman-activated droplet sorting for culture-free and label-free screening of enzyme function in vivo

The potential of Raman-activated cell sorting (RACS) is inherently limited by conflicting demands for signal quality and sorting throughput. Here, we present positive dielectrophoresis–based Raman-activated droplet sorting (pDEP-RADS), where a periodical pDEP force was exerted to trap fast-moving cells, followed by simultaneous microdroplet encapsulation and sorting. Screening of yeasts for triac

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Structure of the sodium-dependent phosphate transporter reveals insights into human solute carrier SLC20

Inorganic phosphate (P i ) is a fundamental and essential element for nucleotide biosynthesis, energy supply, and cellular signaling in living organisms. Human phosphate transporter ( h PiT) dysfunction causes numerous diseases, but the molecular mechanism underlying transporters remains elusive. We report the structure of the sodium-dependent phosphate transporter from Thermotoga maritima ( Tm P

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Target switch of centipede toxins for antagonistic switch

Animal venoms are powerful, highly evolved chemical weapons for defense and predation. While venoms are used mainly to lethally antagonize heterospecifics (individuals of a different species), nonlethal envenomation of conspecifics (individuals of the same species) is occasionally observed. Both the venom and target specifications underlying these two forms of envenomation are still poorly unders

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Nonadiabatic exciton-phonon coupling in Raman spectroscopy of layered materials

We present an ab initio computational approach for the calculation of resonant Raman intensities, including both excitonic and nonadiabatic effects. Our diagrammatic approach, which we apply to two prototype, semiconducting layered materials, allows a detailed analysis of the impact of phonon-mediated exciton-exciton scattering on the intensities. In the case of bulk hexagonal boron nitride, this

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Infinite-order perturbative treatment for quantum evolution with exchange

Many important applications in biochemistry, materials science, and catalysis sit squarely at the interface between quantum and statistical mechanics: Coherent evolution is interrupted by discrete events, such as binding of a substrate or isomerization. Theoretical models for such dynamics usually truncate the incorporation of these events to the linear response limit, thus requiring small step s

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A versatile genetic control system in mammalian cells and mice responsive to clinically licensed sodium ferulate

Dynamically adjustable gene- and cell-based therapies are recognized as next-generation medicine. However, the translation of precision therapies into clinics is limited by lack of specific switches controlled by inducers that are safe and ready for clinical use. Ferulic acid (FA) is a phytochemical with a wide range of therapeutic effects, and its salt sodium ferulate (SF) is used as an antithro

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Single-atom doping of MoS2 with manganese enables ultrasensitive detection of dopamine: Experimental and computational approach

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) emerged as a promising platform to construct sensitive biosensors. We report an ultrasensitive electrochemical dopamine sensor based on manganese-doped MoS 2 synthesized via a scalable two-step approach (with Mn ~2.15 atomic %). Selective dopamine detection is achieved with a detection limit of 50 pM in buffer solution, 5 nM in 10% serum, an

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Scientists develop principles for the creation of an 'acoustic diode'

In research published in Science Advances, a group led by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) have used the principle of magneto-rotation coupling to suppress the transmission of sound waves on the surface of a film in one direction while allowing them to travel in the other. This could lead to the development of acoustic rectifiers—devices that allow waves to propa

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Authors' 'invisible' words reveal blueprint for storytelling

The "invisible" words that shaped Dickens classics also lead audiences through Spielberg dramas. And according to new research, these small words can be found in a similar pattern across most storylines, no matter the length or format.

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Why do so many refugees move after arrival? Opportunity and community

What do you think of when you hear the word "refugee"? For many people, what comes to mind is vulnerability—you might imagine the grim conditions of a refugee camp or the dangers of the desperate journey to safety. So perhaps it's unsurprising that refugees are widely perceived to be especially needy or dependent on public assistance.

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Covid-19 spread in England may be levelling off, say experts

Latest ONS figures appear to show better picture, even as more lockdown measures relaxed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Community spread of Covid-19 in England may be levelling off even as some lockdown measures are relaxed, experts said following the release of official data. Related: Preston added to areas with bans on households mixing due to Covid-19 Continue re

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Strong link found between abnormal liver tests and poor COVID-19 outcomes

Researchers found that patients with COVID-19 presented with abnormal liver tests at much higher rates than suggested by earlier studies. They also discovered that higher levels of liver enzymes — proteins released when the liver is damaged — were associated with poorer outcomes for these patients, including ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, and death.

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Newly discovered mutation could point to heart disease therapeutic target

New work identifies a potential therapeutic target for clogged arteries and other health risks that stem from an excess of harmful fats in the bloodstream. The study opens the door for the design of more specific MTP inhibitors that could reduce circulating triglyceride levels without the risk of unpleasant and serious side effects in the intestines and liver.

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Spiders lace webs in toxins to paralyze prey

A new study suggests some spiders might lace their webs with neurotoxins similar to the ones in their venom. The toxins were shown to be effective at paralyzing insects injected with them. Previous studies showed that other spiders lace their webs with chemicals that repel large insects. Everybody knows how spiders catch bugs to eat. They weave a sticky web and wait for something to land in it. T

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COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Have Negligible Effect on Climate Change

A new study finds reductions in greenhouse gases are insufficient to substantially slow warming, and the authors argue that to continue the benefits of reduced emissions, policymakers will need to adopt green economic recovery strategies.

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Scientists Oppose NSF's New Graduate Fellowship Priority

More than 3,000 researchers have signed on to a petition that expresses concern over the agency's 2021 application for the funding program, which emphasizes three areas of computational science and might further disadvantage underrepresented groups.

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Covid-19 news: Coronavirus cases may be levelling off in England

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

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Zapping the Brain Improved Language Learning Abilities by 13%

In a new study published in the journal Science of Learning , researchers showed that small amounts of electrical stimulation through specially designed ear pieces improved the adult participants' abilities to recognize foreign language tones — an effect that lasted after the stimulation was halted. "Humans are excellent perceptual learners," the paper's introduction reads. "Yet, a notable and we

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Spotting the Elusive Whitetip Weasel Shark | Shark Week

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How Could the Beirut Explosion Happen? Experts Explain

To get to the roots of disasters like this one, investigators rely on video footage, documents, interviews and other evidence — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How Could the Beirut Explosion Happen? Experts Explain

To get to the roots of disasters like this one, investigators rely on video footage, documents, interviews and other evidence — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Strong link found between abnormal liver tests and poor COVID-19 outcomes

New Haven, Conn. — Researchers at the Yale Liver Center found that patients with COVID-19 presented with abnormal liver tests at much higher rates than suggested by earlier studies. They also discovered that higher levels of liver enzymes — proteins released when the liver is damaged — were associated with poorer outcomes for these patients, including ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, and

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Integration of gene regulatory networks in understanding animal behavior

For years, scientists have attributed animal behavior to the coordinated activities of neuronal cells and its circuits of neurons, known as the neuronal network (NN). However, researchers are pushing the boundaries in understanding animal behavior through the integration of gene regulation.

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Unfiltered lessons of a female entrepreneur

Women today are founding more businesses than ever. In 2018, they made up 40% of new entrepreneurs, yet in that same year, they received just 2.2% of all venture capital investment. The playing field is off-balance. So what can women do? They can get candid with each other. In this Big Think Live session, Victoria Montgomery Brown , co-founder and CEO of Big Think, and Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Pr

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Raket på størrelse med Rundetårn flyver for første gang: Et vigtigt skridt på vej mod Mars

Elon Musks rumfirma SpaceX er nu tættere på en bemandet mission til Mars.

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Russian developers created a platform for self-testing of AI medical services

Experts from the Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine have developed a platform for self-testing services which is based on artificial intelligence and designed for medical tasks, such as for analyzing diagnostic images. The first working prototype of the platform is hosted on the popular GitHub service, and developers from all over the world can take part in its improvement by adding verificat

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Sugar-based signature identifies T cells where HIV hides despite antiretroviral therapy

Wistar scientists may have discovered a new way of identifying and targeting hidden HIV viral reservoirs during treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These findings were published in Cell Reports and may have translational implications for improving the long-term care of HIV positive people.

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Materials science researchers develop first electrically injected laser

Materials science researchers have demonstrated the first electrically injected laser made with germanium tin. Used as a semiconducting material for circuits on electronic devices, the diode laser could improve micro-processing speed and efficiency at much lower costs.

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The Traumatic Loss of a Loved One Is Like Experiencing a Brain Injury

What happens in the brain when someone you love dies — and how to overcome it with time.

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Diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 with qPCR

This virtual symposium, brought to you by The Scientist, will explore the limitations and challenges of current SARS-CoV-2 qPCR-based testing approaches, their root causes, and what can be learned for the future.

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NASA Says It Will Stop Using Racist Names for Space Objects

Taking Stock NASA has an unfortunate history of granting insensitive and bigoted nicknames to stars, galaxies, and other stuff in space. Because of that, the space agency announced on Wednesday that it's taking stock of all the various nicknames it's assigned and eliminating any that don't pass muster. In those instances, NASA says that going forward it will only use the official, acronym- and nu

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New Class of Planet Can Form Around Black Holes, Say Astronomers

The dust clouds around supermassive black holes are the perfect breeding ground for an exotic new type of planet.

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Cancer researcher hit with 10-year ban on federal US funding for nearly 100 faked images

A former scientist at Wayne State University in Detroit who lost his PhD from the institution has agreed to a 10-year ban on any federally funded research after being found guilty of misconduct. The U.S. Office of Research Integrity says Zhiwei Wang fabricated data in nine grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, as … Continue reading

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Newly discovered mutation could point to heart disease therapeutic target

New work identifies a potential therapeutic target for clogged arteries and other health risks that stem from an excess of harmful fats in the bloodstream. The study opens the door for the design of more specific MTP inhibitors that could reduce circulating triglyceride levels without the risk of unpleasant and serious side effects in the intestines and liver.

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Layer of nanoparticles could improve LED performance and lifetime

Adding a layer of nanoparticles to LED designs could help them produce more light for the same energy, and also increase their lifetime.

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Satellites find penguins by following the poo

Nature, Published online: 07 August 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02346-w Images from space bolster the population count, but the birds remain vulnerable to climate change.

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Nearly 60 different types of fish found in Chicago waterways, study shows

Amazing what can happen when a city stops dumping massive amounts of bleach into its waterways.

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How COVID-19 Might Increase Risk of Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline

Many patients suffering from COVID-19 exhibit neurological symptoms, from loss of smell to delirium to a higher risk of stroke. Down the road, will COVID-19 survivors face a wave of cognitive issues?

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NASA sounding rocket finds helium structures in sun's atmosphere

Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen. But scientists aren't sure just how much there actually is in the Sun's atmosphere, where it is hard to measure. Knowing the amount of helium in the solar atmosphere is important to understanding the origin and acceleration of the solar wind—the constant stream of charged particles from the Sun.

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Nearly 60 different types of fish found in Chicago waterways, study shows

Amazing what can happen when a city stops dumping massive amounts of bleach into its waterways.

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Cluster's 20 years of studying Earth's magnetosphere

Despite a nominal lifetime of two years, ESA's Cluster is now entering its third decade in space. This unique four-spacecraft mission has been revealing the secrets of Earth's magnetic environment since 2000 and, with 20 years of observations under its belt, is still enabling new discoveries as it explores our planet's relationship with the Sun.

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ESA's 'first' satellite: COS-B

This weekend sees the 45th anniversary of the launch of Cos-B, the first satellite to be launched under the banner of the newly created European Space Agency, on 9 August 1975.

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A titanate nanowire mask that can eliminate pathogens

Filter 'paper' made from titanium oxide nanowires is capable of trapping pathogens and destroying them with light. This discovery by an EPFL laboratory could be put to use in personal protective equipment, as well as in ventilation and air conditioning systems.

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Stellar egg hunt with ALMA—Tracing evolution from embryo to baby star

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) took a census of stellar eggs in the constellation Taurus and revealed their evolution state. This census helps researchers understand how and when a stellar embryo transforms to a baby star deep inside a gaseous egg. In addition, the team found a bipolar outflow, a pair of gas streams, that could be telltale evidence of a t

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Better precipitation forecasts up to several hours in advance

Where, when and how much precipitation is expected? Information on precipitation not only crucial for water management and agriculture, but also for events, road traffic, aviation and other sectors of the economy. While weather models have gotten better over the decades, predicting the exact location and amount of rainfall remains challenging, even for just a few hours in advance. Deltares, Wageni

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Electric cars won't save us if the numbers don't add up—economist

Electric cars are one of the fastest growing sectors of the automotive industry. Record sales are being made despite the economic crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Seven years ago, there were only 3500 plug-in cars in the UK—there are now 300,000. Almost 120,000 of them run purely on battery power. Many view the current period, even though it coincides with the pandemic, as a watershed mom

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Researchers find link between Atlantic hurricanes and weather system in East Asia

With a new Atlantic hurricane season in full swing, scientists may have found a new influence on how tropical cyclones develop.

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