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Academy scientists describe 213 species in 2020
Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, researchers have described 213 new-to-science species from five continents and three oceans.
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Hemmeligheden bag de største julehits: Et særligt trick får dig i julestemning
Mariah Carey er en af dem, der har skruet den perfekte julesang sammen.
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'Autoantibodies' may be driving severe Covid cases, study shows
Scientists find aberrant immune system in patients with virus could also be cause of 'long Covid' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dramatic levels of "friendly fire" from the immune system may drive severe Covid-19 disease and leave patients with "long Covid" – when medical problems persist for a significant time after the virus has been beaten – scientists have said.
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Liberals Were Right to Fear the Supreme Court's Election Intervention
Any time a worst-case scenario doesn't come to pass, the comforting idea emerges that it wasn't really in play after all. That pattern is now unfolding, following a week during which the United States Supreme Court dealt a pair of what are almost certainly fatal blows to President Donald Trump's bid to overturn the 2020 election results. But concluding that the justices would never have interfere
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Change in perceived direction of body when laying in bed: discrepancy between conscious spatial awareness and spatial cognition
Sometimes when I lie in bed, with my eyes closed, I get the sense that my head is actually at the bottom of the bed, where my feet usually are, when I know it is still resting on the pillow on the top pat of the bed. Sometimes, I get the sense that my head is turned towards one side of the room, when I know is turned to the other side of the room. Basically, there is a disconnect between my consc
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How do human brains detect false irregularities in faces?
With false irregularities in faces, I mean aspects of for example deepfake faces or photoshopped faces which leave irregularities that are not normal for a human face (for example weird lines around eyebrows in deepfakes or colour irregularities in the face). Are there specific brain regions that are used when such irregularities are observed by the human during facial perception? Maybe someone c
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Your guide to every Google app's privacy settings
Google knows a lot, but you can control how much it knows about you. (Solen Feyissa/Unsplash/) It's difficult to avoid Google apps, but using them doesn't necessarily mean handing over all your data and online activity to the tech giant—you can still work within the Google ecosystem while maintaining a respectable level of privacy. Your options vary depending on the app you're using, but Google a
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How Civilization Broke Our Brains
This article was published online on December 13, 2020. S everal months ago , I got into a long discussion with a colleague about the origins of the "Sunday scaries," the flood of anxiety that many of us feel as the weekend is winding down and the workweek approaches. He said that the culprit was clear, and pointed to late-stage capitalism's corrosive blend of performance stress and job insecurit
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Page-Turning Science Books: The First Female Physicians, Breaking Drug Taboos, and a Look Inside Crime Labs
Having your nose in a book is the perfect way to kick off a new year. You also won't want to miss another editor's pick for the month: a podcast with fresh insights on climate change.
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The Grim Politics of Ebola, a Theory of Time, and Racism and Organ Transplants
Book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Astronomer præsenterer det hidtil mest præcise 3D-altas over Mælkevejen
Det Europæiske Rumagentur (ESA) har udgivet nye og mere præcise data over Mælkevejen i tre dimensioner. De nye data har allerede givet astronomer nye indsigter, mens flere opdagelser forventes at være på vej.
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Why These Two Epidemiologists Stopped Working On COVID-19 Research
Feeling their work on COVID-19 was being ignored, and facing hostility, epidemiologists Eileen White and Caroline Buckee threw in the towel. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro discusses their decisions.
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Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits
The goal of the "busy beaver" game is to find the longest-running computer program. Its pursuit has surprising connections to profound questions in math.
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Slut med traktor og lift: Droner skal tilse fremtidens el-net
PLUS. Fra starten af 2021 bliver drone-inspektion af 900 km luftledninger på Sjælland en realitet. Det skal gøre vedligeholdelsen bedre, billigere og nemmere.
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Why I'm A Vaccine Volunteer: Doing What Needs To Be Done
The power of family history can lead a person to do a lot of things. For Howard Berkes, the family tradition of facing crises head-on led him to sign up for experimental testing of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Image credit: Berkes family)
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Ditch Your Data-Hungry Apps for These Privacy-Focused Swaps
From messaging to maps, many popular apps slurp up your data to sell you ads. There's a better way.
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AI Algorithms Are Slimming Down to Fit in Your Fridge
Artificial intelligence programs typically are power guzzlers. New research shows how to generate computer vision from a simple, low-power chip.
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My Highly Unexpected Heterosexual Pandemic Zoom Wedding
Love caught me by surprise, but we were continents apart.
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The Biden Administration Will Have Its Hands Full With Russia
After four years of Trump kowtowing to Putin, the US has its work cut out for it.
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How artificial intelligence helped me overcome my dyslexia
I rely on apps for help with spelling and grammar as if they were old friends. Now I'm a tech entrepreneur I'm 10 years old. Minutes into a maths lesson and my palms have already begun to sweat. I've positioned myself in the back row, but the teacher walks up and down the aisles of the classroom, peering over our shoulders. I don't understand the rules. The teacher's voice becomes a blur, and I s
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Fit for a king: true glory of 1,000-year-old cross buried in Scottish field is revealed at last
Part of the Galloway Hoard, found in 2014, the piece is so spectacular it may have belonged to a monarch A spectacular Anglo-Saxon silver cross has emerged from beneath 1,000 years of encrusted dirt following painstaking conservation. Such is its quality that whoever commissioned this treasure may have been a high-standing cleric or even a king. It was a sorry-looking object when first unearthed
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Stop Worrying About Budget Deficits
Ten years ago, the United States was clawing its way out of a miserable recession. Washington was running an annual deficit of $1.3 trillion, and the national debt had reached $9 trillion, roughly 60 percent of GDP. Those figures were frightening enough to spur the Obama White House and Congress to create a panel of experts to address the long-term budget and to kick-start several rounds of gover
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Keeping the young cooped up makes scant economic sense
Now that Covid-19 vaccines are arriving there is even more reason to reinstate workers' freedoms
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UK's tier system drives up costs for cash-strapped travel companies
Smaller groups say they are having to hire extra staff to check customer compliance
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Dark web er ikke kun for aktivister og kriminelle: Sådan kan det give dig privatliv på nettet
Med en krypteret browser kan du tage ejerskab over dit digitale liv.
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Vaccine vials, masks: welcome to the first Covid collection, at London's Science Museum
Vial used to give Margaret Keenan the first non-trial dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is among items being used to document UK's response to pandemic The vial of the first dose of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be used outside a trial – administered last Tuesday to 90-year-old Margaret Keenan from Coventry – has been added to a collection of artefacts documenting the pandemic. The empty vial has
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Has a year of living with Covid-19 rewired our brains?
The pandemic is expected to precipitate a mental health crisis, but perhaps also a chance to approach life with new clarity Show your support for rigorous, independent Guardian journalism Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When the bubonic plague spread through England in the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton fled Cambridge where he was studying for the safety of his famil
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Fears of a 'Twindemic' Recede as Flu Lies Low
Despite early worries, flu patients are not competing with Covid-19 patients for ventilators, and the threat of dueling outbreaks may be waning.
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Geminid Meteor Shower: Best Time to See and How to Watch
Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you're lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.
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Covid-19 news: London on 'worrying' trajectory says public health boss
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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Should you avoid alcohol when getting a coronavirus vaccine?
Some Russian scientists are warning that people should avoid drinking alcohol around the time they receive coronavirus vaccines. But while heavy drinking can affect the immune system, it isn't clear whether low levels of alcohol are problematic
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Doctor's diary: Inside the first covid-19 vaccine clinics
Coronavirus vaccinations have begun in the UK, but it will be a huge challenge to deliver the vaccine more widely through local practices, writes one doctor working on the front line
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We may be able to find magnetic fields from the start of the universe
Astronomers have long wanted to find primordial magnetic fields, which were created fractions of a second after the big bang, and now researchers have found a way to detect them
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Record CO2 emissions drop in 2020 won't do much to halt climate change
A record 7 per cent drop in global carbon emissions this year will make no difference to long-term climate change, say researchers
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First ever quantum chess tournament won by Amazon researcher
Quantum chess – a complicated game in which pieces can be in more than one place at the same time – has had its first tournament, and a player from Amazon won
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Plants are soaking up far less extra CO2 than we thought they would
Computer models have overestimated the boost in plant growth from increases in carbon dioxide levels, meaning plants will soak up less of the greenhouse gas than expected
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New species are more likely to evolve in areas where few already exist
It has long been thought that new species are most likely to evolve in biodiversity hotspots like the Amazon rainforest, but a genetic analysis of birds suggests that extreme environments where few species exist help drive evolution
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Crabs with an appetite for seaweed could save Caribbean coral reefs
Coral reefs in the Caribbean are being overrun by seaweed, but the Caribbean king crab could get the overgrowth under control – providing the crabs aren't eaten themselves
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SpaceX's Starship spacecraft made its highest flight yet then exploded
The latest prototype of Starship, the spacecraft that SpaceX plans to use to bring astronauts to the moon, made its highest test flight ever on 9 December – and then exploded
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Could England have avoided second lockdown by sticking to tiers?
A researcher has claimed that England didn't need a second lockdown because daily covid-19 daily cases were already peaking under regional restrictions, but other scientists disagree
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Why is the coronavirus pandemic so politically polarising?
Covid-19 continues to split some people along party lines. We are now beginning to work out why, writes Graham Lawton
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Why geology must abandon fossil fuels and embrace sustainability
Geologist have often served fossil fuel exploration – now is the time for them to focus on climate change and other sustainable development goals instead, says Christopher Jackson
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Boozts eksplosive vækst håndteres af hjemmebyggede systemer
PLUS. Online-modebutikken, Boozt, oplever en vækst på 25 procent om året. Det kræver manøvredygtighed, som virksomheden har hentet gennem egenudviklede it-systemer, små agile teams og topstyret innovation.
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Science has led us to the brink of beating Covid-19. Let's not jeopardise it | Patrick Vallance
Rejoice at the worldwide success of research and technology, but if we don't follow the rules it could all be for nothing Nearly a year after the pandemic started, it was a moment of hope when Margaret Keenan – a 90-year-old grandmother, and resident of Coventry for 60 years – received what she described as an "early birthday present". She was the first person to receive an approved vaccine agains
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Undersøgelse: Overraskende få bruger dark web til skumle formål
Langt de fleste, der benytter sig af en krypteret browser, holder sig på det almindelige internet.
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Vind med Ingeniørens julekalender: 13. december
Vær med i Ingeniørens julekalender 2020. Hver dag med nye præmier!
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Vind med Ingeniørens julekalender: 13. december
Vær med i Ingeniørens julekalender 2020. Hver dag med nye præmier!
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Se de unika bilderna från månens dolda baksida
2019 blev Kina först i världen med att landa en rymdsond på månens baksida. I november i år skickade de upp sin andra. I klippet ovan visas unika bilder från det första uppdraget. – Under miljoner år har ingen sett baksidan, säger den före detta astronauten Ulrich Walter i Vetenskapens värld.
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Trots ökad oro – självmorden har minskat under pandemin
Trots ökad oro och depression visar svenska siffror att självmord faktiskt minskat under pandemin. Nu släpper forskare från Karolinska institutet en kartläggning av självmordsstatistik från tidigare pandemier i Sverige.
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How to launch a coronavirus app in one week
As Covid-19 cases started mounting in Uruguay, a software developer took on the challenge of his career
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Responding to Dr. Vinay Prasad's "dunking on a 7′ hoop" criticism of SBM
Last week, Dr. Vinay Prasad decided to resurrect his misguided criticism from over a year ago likening SBM-style criticisms of alternative medicine to "dunking on a 7' hoop". Why he would decide to renew his attack on combating science disinformation in the middle of a pandemic that has killed close to 300,000 Americans alone we don't know, but Steve Novella and I could not let such an off-base a
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Make Your Own Seltzer
With our constant need to hit 'refresh' right now, sparkling water is in high demand. Here's how to save money and the planet by making it yourself.
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Guide to Jigsaw Puzzles
Whether made of cardboard or sculpted out of wood, jigsaw puzzles test skills like spatial reasoning and can help to stave off anxiety. They can also be works of art in their own right.
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Things To Do At Home
This week, make the perfect cheese board, dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater or listen to authors read excerpts from their work.
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Grief Films For Children
We are at a time when large numbers of children are experiencing loss. Here are seven movies to help them develop coping skills.
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Vind med Ingeniørens julekalender: 13. december
Vær med i Ingeniørens julekalender 2020. Hver dag med nye præmier!
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Coronavirus live news: South Korea reports highest daily infections as US nears 300,000 deaths after record day
Trump hails start of immunisation programme; Italy overtakes UK for Europe's highest death toll; Germany expected to close shops before Christmas How Covid revealed the truth about our world FDA chief urged by White House to approve Pfizer vaccine 'or quit' Scientists warn against Christmas gatherings in UK California's ICU beds near capacity as hospitalizations hit record See all our coronavirus
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Robots could replace real therapy dogs
Robotic animals could be the 'pawfect' replacement for our real-life furry friends, a new study has found.
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Robots could replace real therapy dogs
Robotic animals could be the 'pawfect' replacement for our real-life furry friends, a new study has found.
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Jerrold M. Post, Specialist in Political Psychology, Dies at 86
He invented the field at the C.I.A., producing influential "psychobiographies" of world leaders. He later used the same methods to analyze Donald Trump.
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Geminid meteor shower to light up Australian skies in stellar week for stargazers
Space party kicks off on Monday with the annual display, followed on Thursday by a once-in-a-20-year event when Jupiter and Saturn 'kiss' Australian stargazers are set to be treated to a galactic display as planets align and shooting stars light up the night sky through the next week. The space party starts with the annual Geminid meteor shower on Monday morning when the Earth passes through the
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Kids gain weight when new convenience stores open nearby
A new study found that changes in the food environment around low-income and high-ethnic/racial minority populations over time impact childhood obesity. Increased availability of small grocery stores selling a selection of healthy items in close proximity to children's homes improves their weight status over time, whereas increased availability of convenience stores selling predominantly unhealthy
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Predicting heart disease from the skin
Researchers find that the genetic underpinnings of a skin disorder at birth indicate future heart problems.
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Toxin provides clues to long-term effects of diarrhea caused by E. coli
A study has found that a toxin produced by E. coli changes intestinal cells to benefit itself, an ability that could provide a clue to why the bacteria have been linked to nutritional problems such as malnutrition and stunted growth.
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Insecure livelihoods hindering efforts to combat anti-microbial resistance globally
Patients living in precarious circumstances are less likely to use antibiotics appropriately according to a new study, suggesting that efforts to improve conditions for those with little security in their livelihoods could have an unexpected benefit in helping to tackle antimicrobial resistance globally.
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Boeing's tanker drone completes first flight with refueling pod
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USA Plans Its Own Nuclear Fusion Power Plant
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Steaks grown from human cells spark interest and outrage
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Global arms race escalates with China becoming the second biggest exporter
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Every Smartphone should have a built in radiation detector
They really aren't difficult or expensive to make, and it could double as a way to generate seeds for pseudo random number generators. Having solid random numbers is extremely important for cyber security. It would also be nice to know if you are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Apps already exist to detect radiation like Bionerd23 on YouTube clued me in to this one. https://play.g
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Using the sun as a lens: simulated planetary images at 30 parsecs.
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Writing Prompt from years ago
(11) [WP] In 2066, all physical contact has been outlawed. Hug dealers tenderly embrace people in the dead of night and shady people hold hands in dark streets. : WritingPrompts (reddit.com) This seems to be like things are today. I could see this happening, a market for hugs for all the people who are isolated from physical contact due to lockdown restrictions. I haven't had a hug since before t
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Crosspost: Clinically treating depression with DMT.
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Say it with me: Solar Electric Car! Lightyear One, with 725 km/450 miles of range, just wow.
https://lightyear.one/articles/a-car-built-to-perform-on-energy-efficiency ​ I'm seriously blown away, we're making progress a s a species, way to go humans. Shoutout to all those ambitious Lightyear engineers for making such a marvelous piece of tech possible… next year. It's pricey though, but hey, remember the Tesla Roadster? Now we have the Model 3, looking forward to when this tech makes i
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China, in Nudge to U.S., Makes a New Promise to Tackle Global Warming
Speaking at an online summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, Xi Jinping said that China would reduce its carbon intensity by over 65 percent by 2030.
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The Origins of Plate Tectonics May Stretch Further Back in Earth's History
Many of our planet's features are thanks to tectonic plates bumping and grinding together. Two new studies revealed that this movement may have kicked off earlier than geologists previously thought.
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Toxic pollutants can impact wildlife disease spread
Exposure to toxic pollutants associated with human activities may be influencing the spread of infectious diseases in wildlife, according to a new study.
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Eye Treatment Stretches Mouse Sight Beyond Visible Spectrum
Nanoparticles that attach to photoreceptors allowed mice to see infrared and near-infrared light for up to two months.
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Previously Unknown Beaked Whale Species Spotted off Mexico
A team of scientists searching for a rare species of whale instead found a species of whale they say has never been recorded.
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Chile awaits total eclipse of the sun as Covid restrictions rise
Chileans will turn their eyes to the sky on Monday to admire a total eclipse of the sun, but unlike last year's phenomenon their numbers will be severely reduced by coronavirus restrictions.
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Scientists Think They've Discovered a New Species of Beaked Whale
'It just sends chills up and down my spine…'
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Canada aims to beat 2030 climate target, says Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday an annual hike of his country's carbon tax by Can$15 (US$12) per tonne after 2022, and billions in new investments to try to beat its climate target.
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Second young elephant dies from virus at New York zoo
A second young elephant has died at a central New York zoo despite frantic efforts by staff to combat a lethal virus, zoo officials said Friday.
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Flamethrower drone incinerates wasp nests in China
A drone has been converted into a flying flamethrower in central China in a fiery campaign to eradicate more than 100 wasp nests.
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Second young elephant dies from virus at New York zoo
A second young elephant has died at a central New York zoo despite frantic efforts by staff to combat a lethal virus, zoo officials said Friday.
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Flamethrower drone incinerates wasp nests in China
A drone has been converted into a flying flamethrower in central China in a fiery campaign to eradicate more than 100 wasp nests.
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Eye Treatment Stretches Mouse Sight Beyond Visible Spectrum
Nanoparticles that attach to photoreceptors allowed mice to see infrared and near-infrared light for up to two months. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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'Lost connection' hampers Virgin Galactic's test flight (Update)
A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico.
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Eye Treatment Stretches Mouse Sight Beyond Visible Spectrum
Nanoparticles that attach to photoreceptors allowed mice to see infrared and near-infrared light for up to two months. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Icebreaker leaves Australia after 150 Antarctica trips
The giant orange icebreaker Aurora Australis left Australia for the final time on Saturday after more than 150 trips to Antarctica. Next stop: a shipyard in Dubai, where it will be refurbished and either leased or sold.
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What You Need To Know As The First COVID-19 Vaccine Heads Your Way
States are starting to administer their first doses of Pfizer's newly FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. It marks a new phase in the pandemic, but what's that mean for you? (Image credit: Frank Augstein/AP)
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Previously Unknown Beaked Whale Species Spotted off Mexico
A team of scientists searching for a rare species of whale instead found a species of whale they say has never been recorded.
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Physicists Prove Anyons Exist, a Third Type of Particle in the Universe
This year, physicists gave us an early view of a third kingdom of quasiparticles that only arise in two dimensions.
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Endless Creation Out of Nothing
Could our universe have been an experiment by an ancient civilization? — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Best coffee maker: Five things to consider
Here are some quality brewers to make the best cup of coffee. (Karl Fredrickson via Unsplash/) Making coffee used to be simple: you'd toss your grounds in a percolator or drip machine, let it go, and drink. But today, browsing the available coffee makers will bombard you with Aeropresses, vacuum pots, nine-bar espresso machines, precise drip makers, and French presses. Each of these gadgets has i
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Hubble finds cosmic twin of Solar System's mysterious Planet Nine
NASA's Hubble Telescope provides 14 years of data on the exoplanet HD106906 b. It exhibits strange behavior along its orbit 336 light-year away from Earth. Scientists think data from the exoplanet may explain what happened to the possibly hidden Planet Nine in our Solar System. How many planets are in our Solar System? You may think there's an obvious answer you learned in kindergarten, but the n
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Trying to understand amodal and embodied/grounded theories
Hi, I've been looking into and trying to understand both amodal and grounded theories of perception and how both are meant to help us conceptualize the world. I feel like I have some understanding of what both of them are, I feel like a lot of it is going over my head. If anyone could correct me or explain further the main arguments for supporting one over the other, I would be very grateful. So
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US begins distributing Covid vaccine
Food and Drug Administration head denies yielding to White House pressure
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EU lander 'historisk' klimaaftale, og Lego får grønt stempel – her er din uges klimaoverblik
Her får du 5 af ugens vigtigste klimanyheder fra ind- og udland.
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Weekend reads: p-hacking the US election; an apparently fake author sinks a stock; sued for using a research tool
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: Western University materials scientist committed misconduct, according to investigation Public … Continue reading
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 12)
ENVIRONMENT Human-Made Stuff Now Outweighs All Life on Earth Stephanie Pappas | Scientific American "Humanity has reached a new milestone in its dominance of the planet: human-made objects may now outweigh all of the living beings on Earth. Roads, houses, shopping malls, fishing vessels, printer paper, coffee mugs, smartphones and all the other infrastructure of daily life now weigh in at approxi
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2021 Will Launch the Platinum Age of Piracy
And Disney, with its rich in-person experience offerings, is poised to be the biggest winner of all.
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A Delivery Service for Dental Night Guards? I Wouldn't Bite
The newest trend in oral care lets you skip the dentist's office by taking molds of your teeth at home and having a protective night guard mailed to you.
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Readers Respond to the August 2020 Issue
Letters to the editor from the August 2020 issue of Scientific American — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Significant step toward quantum advantage
Researchers have achieved a milestone in quantum computing research, accelerating the journey from theory to research to reality.
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Kids are sick of Zoom too—so their teachers are getting creative
A few times a week, Vincent Buyssens's students in Mechelen, Belgium's Thomas More University College get on Instagram while he's lecturing about creative strategy. They swipe through stories, add posts to their profile, and get lost in rabbit holes. But they're not being surreptitious about it; in fact, Buyssens requires those taking his college course to use the app. The more they scroll during
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The 15 Best TV Shows of 2020
In 2020, TV became essential. With the closures of sports stadiums, concert halls, and movie theaters, the only stage fit for the pandemic turned out to be the small screen. And for those of us who could afford to spare time for such storytelling, TV took us to places where we could find some reprieve, whether in the form of a pulse-pounding mystery, a gut-wrenching romance, an endearing fish-out
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The Artifacts of Bygone Lives
Photographs by Terry Adkins This article was published online on December 12, 2020. W hat you are looking at is the afterlife of memories. Memory jugs were funerary objects found in the South on the graves of African Americans through the mid‑20th century. These small stoneware vessels were adorned with fragments—broken china, glass shards—and items beloved by the departed. The ritual is said to
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Nyt center skal styrke udvikling af autonome systemer
PLUS. Nyt tværfagligt center på DTU skal forberede studerende, forskere og virksomheder på den næste teknologiske revolution: autonome systemer
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An Atlas Shows Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North
Data from 120,000 birdwatchers in 48 countries shows forest birds have expanded their range while area occupied by farmland birds has shrunk.
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Trump Is Looking for Fraud in All the Wrong Places
After losing to Joe Biden in November, President Donald Trump has been amplifying conspiracy theories about electronic voting without knowing or caring just how much this year's swing states have done to protect the integrity of their elections. False claims that voting machines were "rigged" to change or delete votes— accepted by a disturbingly large percentage of Trump supporters —are harmful f
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Mathematician explains cracking California Zodiac Killer cipher – video
The Australian mathematician Samuel Blake describes how he and and two other cryptologists finally solved an encrypted message written by the unnamed serial killer 51 years ago. The FBI confirmed the code, cracked with help from a supercomputer called Spartan, is accurate, but they said it did not help with identification Zodiac: cipher from California serial killer solved after 51 years Continue
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Køleanlæg skal bruge mindre ammoniak
PLUS. Ammoniak er et effektivt middel til industriel køling, men det kan blive endnu mere effektivt, viser et projekt fra Teknologisk Institut, som afsluttes til foråret.
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How to Build Trust in the Vaccines
This week is coming to a close with truly miraculous news: In the coming days, Americans across the country are expected to begin getting vaccinated against COVID-19, a virus that emerged just a year ago. But even miraculous vaccines do little good for public health if people refuse to take them. What will persuade millions of Americans to take these new vaccines, which were developed and tested
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Origin story: what do we know now about where coronavirus came from?
When Chinese scientists alerted colleagues to a new virus last December, suspicion fell on a Wuhan market. What have health officials learned since then? Show your support for rigorous, independent Guardian journalism Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Maria van Kerkhove was staying with her sister in the US for the Christmas holidays, but checking her emails. As always
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Talk is cheap when it comes to climate action. Now the government must deliver | Matthew Pennycook
Despite Boris Johnson's pledges, the UK is way off course on its path to net zero emissions. It's Labour's job to force the issue • Matthew Pennycook is shadow minister for climate change The coronavirus pandemic and the jobs crisis it has precipitated are rightly consuming our immediate attention. Meanwhile, the climate and environment emergency has not gone away. These intersecting crises deman
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How scientists installed world's highest weather station on Everest
A dangerous trip almost ended in disaster but the project was saved with some ingenuity What is the weather like up on Mount Everest today? Last year a bunch of daredevil scientists and Sherpas laboured in the "death zone" and installed the world's highest weather station, perched at 8,430 metres, just 400 metres short of Everest's summit. But it nearly didn't happen. Having been stuck behind a q
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Author Correction: Aptamer-mediated survivin RNAi enables 5-fluorouracil to eliminate colorectal cancer stem cells
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 December 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-77490-4
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1900: Sådan virker Valdemar Poulsens telegrafon
Flere patentkommissioner nægtede opfinderen patent, da opfindelsen måtte anses for en fysisk umulighed. For at få det vigtige tyske patent måtte han demonstrere apparatet for de tyske patentmyndigheder, og først da de hørte deres egne stemmer gengivet af telegrafonen, måtte de indrømme, at opfind…
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Aztec skull tower: Archaeologists unearth new sections in Mexico City
A further 119 skulls of men, women and children are found near a famous Aztec temple in Mexico City.
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Konspirationsteorierne trives, når skyerne trækker sammen: Fra glasfrygt til 5G-stråling og QAnon
PLUS. Irrationel frygt for usynlige trusler går flere hundrede år tilbage i tiden. Men nye teknologier er som steroider for ideerne, og vi bør lytte godt efter, mener forskere.
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Brugen af selvflyvende politidroner med AI breder sig i USA
Borgerne bør være kritiske over for det amerikanske politis brug af droner, mener borgerrettighedsgruppen American Civil Liberties Union.
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'Covid-19 has an odour, and the dogs are detecting it': meet the canine super-squad sniffing out the virus
They're loyal, diligent – and have unbeatable noses. Could dogs play a key part in the fight against the pandemic? A single-storey building in a lonely rural business park, a few miles from Milton Keynes on a grey autumn day. It looks like a location for a bleak thriller: where a kidnap victim is held, perhaps, or the scene of a final shootout. Inside, though, something kind of cool is happening.
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Patients with non-cardiac chest pain are reassured with brief education
Patients diagnosed with non-cardiac chest pain are reluctant to believe they do not have heart disease. A new study shows that explaining the test results convinces patients and reduces the likelihood of future chest pain. The research is presented at EACVI – Best of Imaging 2020, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Chest pain is one of the most frequent causes of co
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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Reassess Routine Medical Care
All this year, patients stayed away from doctors' offices in droves, postponing tests and treatments. Maybe there's a silver lining.
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Hjärnans reningsverk fångat på 3D-film
Hjärnan har ett slags rengöringssystem som skyddar mot hjärnsjukdomar såsom Alzheimers sjukdom. Nu har forskare vid Lunds universitet fångat systemet i 3D-upplösning hos grishjärnor. Spela klippet för att se hur det ser ut.
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Se den unika planetträffen
Just nu ligger Jupiter och Saturnus ovanlig nära varandra på himlen. Den 21 december är de som närmast och då kommer det att vara svårt att urskilja de bägge planeterna. Spela klippet där astronom Maria Sundin berätta hur du kan se den unika planetträffen.
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Kina är rymdens nya stormakt
Kina planerar att skicka människor till månen om tio år. Kolonisationen av vår närmaste granne är ett led i landets långsiktiga strategi att vara en stormakt i rymden. – Rent tekniskt har inte Kina längre någonting att lära av resten av världen, säger rymdexperten Sven Grahn.
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Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women May Opt to Receive the Vaccine
Although no coronavirus vaccine has been studied in these women, many scientists believe the benefits will outweigh any potential risks.
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This Bat Wears a Facemask
The wrinkle-faced bat covers its face with a flap of skin, seemingly as part of its courtship rituals.
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This Bat Wears a Facemask
The wrinkle-faced bat covers its face with a flap of skin, seemingly as part of its courtship rituals. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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This Bat Wears a Facemask
The wrinkle-faced bat covers its face with a flap of skin, seemingly as part of its courtship rituals. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The FDA just green-lit America's first COVID vaccine
This is just the first vaccine to be approved in the US. (Pexels/) Follow all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage here , including the truth about herd immunity , advice for pregnant women , and a tutorial on making your own mask . The FDA just announced that Pfizer will get an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine in the US. The decision comes just one day after the FDA'
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID Vaccine Is First to Win U.S. Authorization
The FDA issued the emergency use authorization for the vaccine late on Friday. And immunizations of health care workers and long-term care facility residents could begin within days​ — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID Vaccine Is First to Win U.S. Authorization
The FDA issued the emergency use authorization for the vaccine late on Friday. And immunizations of health care workers and long-term care facility residents could begin within days​ — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Researchers decry Trump picks for education sciences advisory board
Critics point to lack of relevant knowledge for eight members of long-ignored panel
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Snx14 proximity labeling reveals a role in saturated fatty acid metabolism and ER homeostasis defective in SCAR20 disease [Cell Biology]
Fatty acids (FAs) are central cellular metabolites that contribute to lipid synthesis, and can be stored or harvested for metabolic energy. Dysregulation in FA processing and storage causes toxic FA accumulation or altered membrane compositions and contributes to metabolic and neurological disorders. Saturated lipids are particularly detrimental to cells, but…
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Increasing the rate of the hydrogen evolution reaction in neutral water with protic buffer electrolytes [Chemistry]
Electrocatalytic generation of H2 is challenging in neutral pH water, where high catalytic currents for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) are particularly sensitive to the proton source and solution characteristics. A tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (TRIS) solution at pH 7 with a [2Fe-2S]-metallopolymer electrocatalyst gave catalytic current densities around two orders of magnitude…
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Targeting transcriptional regulation of SARS-CoV-2 entry factors ACE2 and TMPRSS2 [Medical Sciences]
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus responsible for COVID-19, employs two key host proteins to gain entry and replicate within cells, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and the cell surface transmembrane protease serine 2 (TMPRSS2). TMPRSS2 was first characterized as an androgen-regulated gene in the prostate. Supporting a…
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The spread of COVID-19 shows the importance of policy coordination [Commentaries]
The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced communities to confront what sacrifices they are willing to make to quickly address threats to public health. The pandemic shock is unusual in its rapid appearance, but the question of trade-offs is nothing new. Environmental regulations, safety mandates, and the battles against other infectious…
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Two-boson quantum interference in time [Physics]
The celebrated Hong–Ou–Mandel effect is the paradigm of two-particle quantum interference. It has its roots in the symmetry of identical quantum particles, as dictated by the Pauli principle. Two identical bosons impinging on a beam splitter (of transmittance 1/2) cannot be detected in coincidence at both output ports, as confirmed…
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Testing the drift-diffusion model [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]
The drift-diffusion model (DDM) is a model of sequential sampling with diffusion signals, where the decision maker accumulates evidence until the process hits either an upper or lower stopping boundary and then stops and chooses the alternative that corresponds to that boundary. In perceptual tasks, the drift of the process…
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Vind med Ingeniørens julekalender: 12. december
Vær med i Ingeniørens julekalender 2020. Hver dag med nye præmier!
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F.D.A. Clears Pfizer Vaccine, and Millions of Doses Will Be Shipped Right Away
An initial shipment of about 2.9 million doses of the vaccine will be sent around the United States over the next week.
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Discovery suggests new promise for nonsilicon computer transistors
An alloy material called InGaAs could be suitable for high-performance computer transistors, according to researchers. If operated at high-frequencies, InGaAs transistors could one day rival those made of silicon.
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Beating the heat: Oxidation in novel coating material for aircraft gas turbine engines
Ytterbium silicide (Yb-Si) is a promising coating material for the high-temperature sections of aircraft gas turbine engines. Although Yb-Si is heat-resistant and prevents formation of structurally harmful SiO2 in the coating, its oxidation mechanisms are unclear. In a recent study, scientists demonstrate how the Yb to Si ratio in the material, and the surrounding atmosphere, affect the oxidation
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Researcher adds to timeline of human evolution by studying an island fox
Nearly two decades ago, a small-bodied 'human-like' fossil, Homo floresiensis, was discovered on an island in Indonesia. Some scientists have credited the find, now nicknamed 'Hobbit,' as representative of a human ancestor who developed dwarfed features after living on the island, while others suggest it represents a modern human suffering from some type of disease because of its distinct human-li
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Coronavirus live news: Mexico approves Pfizer vaccine; Australia pins hopes on Oxford trials
UK coronavirus hospitalisations increase; indoor dining restrictions reinstated in New York; WHO warns number of deaths surging FDA chief urged by White House to approve Pfizer vaccine 'or quit' Scientists warn against Christmas gatherings in UK California's ICU beds near capacity as hospitalizations hit record See all our coronavirus coverage 1.53am GMT South Korea reported 950 new coronavirus c
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'Not enough' climate ambition shown by leaders
UK minister Alok Sharma says world leaders are failing to show the necessary level of ambition.
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Space tourism: Virgin space plane to fly above new base
Sir Richard Branson's tourist rocket plane will make a first flight above its new spaceport home.
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The Atlantic Daily: The GOP Goes Down a Dangerous Road
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 . DAVID GOLDMAN / AP Donald Trump did not win the 2020 election. That outcome has been obvious for more than a month now, and yet the president and his supporters refuse to accept the result. Inste
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The Atlantic Daily: Welcome to Vaccine Purgatory
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 . KATIE MARTIN / THE ATLANTIC Welcome to vaccine purgatory. "We've spent 2020 adjusting to a pandemic normal, and now a strange, new period is upon us," my colleague Sarah Zhang, who covers vaccine
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Rectal cancer patients who "watch and wait" may only need few years of stringent follow-up
The growing consensus among experts is that surgery should no longer be the only therapeutic option for rectal cancer. A non-invasive approach, the Watch-and-Wait protocol – which drastically reduces the toll on patients' quality of life – has increasingly shown promising results for the treatment of such tumours. A new study now explores the next logical step: should these patients be submitted f
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No deal Brexit could have detrimental impact for people in UK living with a rare disease
Experts have warned that a 'no deal' Brexit will result in the exclusion of the UK from the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) that were established to improve the care of patients bearing the lifelong burden of a rare disease, which require highly specialised diagnosis and treatment.
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Unexpectedly, data show that anaesthetists and intensive care doctors are at lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with other medical staff
Following the first recorded death of an anaesthetist from COVID-19 in the UK in November 2020, a review of available data published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) shows that unexpectedly, despite their perceived increased exposure to COVID-19 patients and high-risk procedures, anaesthetists and intensive care doctors appear to be at lower risk of being infected wit
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US endures deadliest week of coronavirus pandemic
States respond to 'tragic milestone' with new restrictions as they await a vaccine rollout
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An MIT Artist Used Slime Mold to Simulate COVID Spread
Diemut Strebe, an artist who's worked at MIT since 2010, recently in an MIT residency program, has a lot to say about the United States' failure to contain or even meaningfully slow down the coronavirus pandemic. But she decided to let a single-celled organism called Physarum polycephalum , better known as slime mold, do the talking. In a new project titled "HYDRA," Strebe and scientist collabora
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Best gaming mouse: What to look for when buying this accessory
Upgrade your mouse option for smoother gameplay. (Emmanuel via Unsplash/) Any PC gamer knows that finding the best gaming mouse is paramount to your setup. A good gaming mouse determines how precise, quick, and accurate your various strikes, selections, and sudden moves will be. A regular computer mouse isn't built to handle rapid movement or vigorous clicking, which makes it susceptible to break
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Humans Domesticated Yeast Through Bread-Making: Study
Over centuries of cultivating Saccharomyces cerevisiae to make dough, bakers have put selective pressure on the species, causing it to diverge into two distinct groups, according to the authors.
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Disney World Seems to be Editing Masks Into Visitors' Photos
Covering Up At the Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida , masks are required at all times — even during photo ops. But that hasn't stopped some defiant park guests from sneaking around and getting on rides mask-free. Now, Disney is reportedly taking an eccentric approach to mask enforcement: editing a digital mask onto visitors' faces in photos. The bizarre practice, first spotted on social m
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Magic Mushrooms Are Expanding Minds and Advancing an Emerging Field of Science
Science on psychedelic fungi is thawing after decades of prohibition. Here's what we know so far.
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So Many People Are Dying From COVID Every Day That It Almost Defies Comprehension
A vaccine is on the way , but countries around the world are getting clobbered by COVID-19 at record-breaking levels. The death toll in the U.S. continues to climb, reaching an all-time high of over 3,300 deaths on Thursday, according to The Washington Post . And other countries — especially in Europe — that initially seemed to be on the mend are seeing record-breaking death tolls as well. So far
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The Paris climate pact is 5 years old. Is it working?
Nations gather Saturday to assess progress and make new pledges
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The Latest Mysterious Monolith Is Engraved With Coordinates
Engraved Monolith Australia just got its own mysterious metal monolith — and this time it features coordinates engraved on its surface that point to some cryptic places, as Yahoo News reports . The world has been gripped by monolith fever, with a countless number of new ten-foot-ish installations popping up around the globe on an almost daily basis. The first one, discovered in the Utah wildernes
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Carrots are healthy, but active enzyme unlocks full benefits
Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. But to get the full health benefits of this superfood, you need an active enzyme to produce this vitamin.
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Mexican experts find 119 more skulls on Aztec 'trophy rack'
Archaeologists in Mexico City said Friday they have found another section of 119 skulls that were part of the Aztec capital's main trophy rack of sacrificed humans.
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EXPLAINER: The real math behind "net zero" carbon emissions
More than 100 countries—responsible for about two-thirds of the world's heat-trapping gases—have announced plans to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" in coming decades to help curb man-made climate change.
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EU leaders agree to reduce emissions after all-night talks
European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal Friday to cut the bloc's net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N. climate meeting this weekend.
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Researchers discover strong correlation between partisanship and social mobility during COVID-19 pandemic
According to many medical experts, reduced social mobility—defined here as social contact and travel within and among communities—is a necessary factor to contain the spread of COVID-19.
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Two, six, many: Emergence of collective behavior
Phase transitions describe dramatic changes in properties of a macroscopic system – like the transition from a liquid to a gas. Starting from individual ultracold atoms, physicists were able to observe the emergence of such a transition with an increasing number of particles.
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Muscle cell secrets
A muscle fiber consists of just one cell, but many nuclei. A team has now shown just how varied these nuclei are. The study can help us better understand muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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The secret behind male ornaments
In many species all over the animal kingdom, males have eye-catching characteristics. Although often impractical, they are beneficial in finding a mate. Scientists have now mapped the genetic bases of such a male ornament in a fish.
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Two, six, many: Emergence of collective behavior
Phase transitions describe dramatic changes in properties of a macroscopic system – like the transition from a liquid to a gas. Starting from individual ultracold atoms, physicists were able to observe the emergence of such a transition with an increasing number of particles.
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Your Entire Life Is Online. Isn't It Time To Start Protecting It?
In today's world, it seems like almost everything we do is online. Not only are we shopping and banking via the web, but we're also having virtual get-togethers with loved ones, watching movies and TV shows, playing video games, and even working and going to school online. And if you want to make sure you have privacy and security when you do these things, you need to get a VPN . And right now, t
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In a Mind-Bending New Paper, Physicists Give Schrodinger's Cat a Cheshire Grin
What if a particle could separate from its properties?
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Lateral flow tests pick up only half of Covid-19 cases, study finds
Sage releases research showing Innova procedure picked up just 48.89 per cent of active infections
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Ancient Puebloans used ice caves to survive droughts
A new study shows that ancient peoples in the American Southwest were using the same caves to collect ice for a millennium. The dates of their collection activities line up with tree-ring records of drought events in the area. The ice in the cave is melting, and studies on other possible collection events must occur soon before the evidence vanishes. Living in the desert isn't easy. Being defined
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