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World takes in muted New Year's Eve under Covid shadow
Lockdowns and curfews curtail celebrations, with limited exceptions, after year most would prefer to forget See all our coronavirus coverage In Sydney the fireworks soared into the sky above the Opera House, but the harbour below was empty. In New York, Times Square will be mostly deserted. No light show illuminated Beijing from the top of the TV tower. With revelry around the world curtailed by
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in the future Could we create magic using custom loss of physics and using plank level tech
Could we create magic properties or elements are unimaginable elements and create omniversemultiverses etc sing plank level in the future submitted by /u/khole1234 [link] [comments]
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Retrofuturism: The Future We Dreamt Of
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I seriously can't see how life will improve in the future
I mean quality of life. For the moment, you can listen to tunes, buy things, walk & do sports, reading and that about it. Overall it's boring and pointless. I mean, how do you plan to make life better ? I think virtual reality is even less likely to happen than mind uploading. So what's the point ? submitted by /u/florian224 [link] [comments]
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The Turing Test Is Obsolete. It's Time to Build a New Barometer for AI
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Wind power accounts for more than half of UKs electricity for first time
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Global Temperatures Already 1.2ºC Above Pre-Industrial Levels
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My children will never learn to drive a car.
If I started planning to have a child today they wouldn't learn to drive until almost 2040. By then cars will be self driving, or so close to it that there would be no point in learning. How far out do we think we are from fully autonomous driving where a steering wheel is an option? In my view 2040 seems about right. submitted by /u/Dazza477 [link] [comments]
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Florida professor predicts Amazon rainforest collapse by 2064
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Researchers achieve sustained, high-fidelity quantum teleportation
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Meatless meat is going mainstream. Now Big Food wants in.
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The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming – Issue 94: Evolving
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our "Intelligence" issue in March, 2020. Dennis Carroll doesn't mean to sound callous when he says the coronavirus outbreak was predictable. And he doesn't. He sounds sympathetic to people frightened by the outbreak. He has been an eyewitness to people around the world suffering from similar
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Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest – Issue 94: Evolving
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our "Energy" issue in June, 2020. Dear Bella, I'm going to imitate Rudyard Kipling and tell you a just-so story. Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the world 100 years ago. He wrote The Jungle Book . And also Just So Stories , which began as bedtime stories he told his daughter J
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How a Nuclear Submarine Officer Learned to Live in Tight Quarters – Issue 94: Evolving
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our "Outbreak" issue in April, 2020. I'm no stranger to forced isolation. For the better part of my 20s, I served as a nuclear submarine officer running secret missions for the United States Navy. I deployed across the vast Pacific Ocean with a hundred other sailors on the USS Connecticut, a
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An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience – Issue 94: Evolving
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our "Maps" issue in January, 2020. On a chilly evening last fall, I stared into nothingness out of the floor-to-ceiling windows in my office on the outskirts of Harvard's campus. As a purplish-red sun set, I sat brooding over my dataset on rat brains. I thought of the cold windowless rooms i
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Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious – Issue 94: Evolving
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our Facts So Romantic blog in May, 2020. In May, the cover of New Scientist ran the headline, "Is the Universe Conscious?" Mathematician and physicist Johannes Kleiner, at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Germany, told author Michael Brooks that a mathematically precise defin
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You Want to See My Data? I Thought We Were Friends! – Issue 94: Evolving
Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our Facts So Romantic blog in July, 2020. Stuart Ritchie is a lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King's College London. His new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth , explains the ideas in this comic,
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'It's crazy.' Upbeat COVID-19 vaccine news from China and U.K. leaves scientists wanting more details
Sinopharm efficacy news, U.K. dosing schedule leave questions
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Microplastics have been found in human placenta
Italian researchers have discovered microplastic particles in human placenta. Out of six collected placentas, four contained colored plastic microparticles. That petrochemical pollutants are present in such a critically important organ is alarming. For the last few years, researchers have become increasingly alarmed at the degree to which microplastics—bits of plastic that are smaller than 5 mill
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Federal appeals court strikes down conversion therapy bans
A recent federal Court of Appeals decision struck down local governments' conversion therapy bans on First Amendment grounds, characterizing licensed mental health therapists' advice as a "viewpoint" and regulation thereof subject to strict scrutiny by the courts, a standard that, historically, is rarely met. This decision carries disturbing implications for the regulation of the practice of medi
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How the Brain Works
Every now and then, it's refreshing to remember how little we know about "how the brain works." I put that phrase in quotes because the search for the Holy Grail of [ spike trains , network generative models , manipulated neural circuit function , My Own Private Connectome , predictive coding , the free energy principle (PDF), or a computer simulation of the human brain promised by the Blue Brain
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Trump administration admits missing Covid vaccination goals
Officials say US states have used only a fifth of the doses they were given
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Mother Nature Sends 2020 Packing With a Bang
The year seems to have been sent to us from the depths of Hades, so what better way to usher it out than with images of that sulfurous realm's manifestations?
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Glacier-dwelling bacteria thrive on chemical energy derived from rocks and water
Portage Glacier (right), Burns Glacier (center), and Shakespeare Glacier (left) in Southcentral Alaska, seen from the air. (USGS, Alaska Science Center/) In the darkness beneath glaciers, which range in thickness from less than a quarter mile to a full mile deep (or more), microbes cannot depend on sunlight for energy. Instead, many of these hardy organisms rely on rocks and water to survive, sci
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Discovery of Virus Variant in Colorado and California Alarms Scientists
A more contagious version of the coronavirus may alter the course of the pandemic in the United States, researchers said.
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Woolly rhino from Ice Age unearthed in Russian Arctic
Found with most of its organs intact, the rhino is thought to have lived more than 20,000 years ago.
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New Year honours 2020: citizens awarded for response to pandemic crisis
Among those honoured are health and social care workers, Covid response volunteers, virus experts and fund-raising centenarians Hundreds of key workers and community champions who battled the pandemic have been recognised in the New Year honours list for the UK which celebrates people's extraordinary response to the Covid-19 crisis. Lewis Hamilton, the Formula One driver, and the cinematographer
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New Year Honours 2021: 'Green' economist recognised
Prof Dieter Helm is among the environmentalists and scientists who have been recognised.
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Published data from Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial show 94.1 percent efficacy
Data from the COVE study, which evaluated mRNA-1273, a vaccine candidate against COVID-19 manufactured by Moderna, Inc., demonstrated 94.1 percent efficacy in preventing symptomatic COVID-19.
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NIH study uncovers blood vessel damage & inflammation in COVID-19 patients' brains but no infection
In an in-depth study of how COVID-19 affects a patient's brain, National Institutes of Health researchers consistently spotted hallmarks of damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in tissue samples from patients who died shortly after contracting the disease. In addition, they saw no signs of SARS-CoV-2 in the tissue samples, suggesting the damage was not caused by a direct viral a
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Higher red cell transfusion threshold offers no advantage for treating preterm infants
Very low birthweight infants often need blood transfusions to survive. A National Institutes of Health-funded study suggests that providing a higher threshold of red cells within accepted limits offers no advantage in survival or reduction in neurological impairment over a lower threshold.
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Apple Takes Down App That Coordinated Maskless Parties
After an onslaught of media scrutiny, Apple removed Vybe Together, an invite-only app that helped people find secret in-person gatherings, from its app store. If your first question, like ours, was "hold on, an app that did what ?" then yes, Vybe connected people who wanted to host or attend parties despite the still-extremely-dangerous coronavirus pandemic. Now, thankfully, the app has been remo
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U.S. Officials Say Covid-19 Vaccination Effort Has Lagged
"We know that it should be better, and we're working hard to make it better," said Moncef Slaoui, a leader of the federal effort to accelerate vaccine development and distribution.
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74 Facts for 2020
Each day, our editors collect the most interesting, striking or delightful facts to appear in articles throughout the paper. Here are 74 from the past year that were the most revealing.
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Scientists explore deficits in processing speed in individuals with spinal cord injury
A new study examined the neural mechanisms of higher order cognitive tasks of individuals with SCI.
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New research may explain severe virus attacks on the lungs
In some cases, immune cells in the lungs can contribute to worsening a virus attack. In a new study, researchers describe how different kinds of immune cells, called macrophages, develop in the lungs and which of them may be behind severe lung diseases. The study may contribute to future treatments for COVID-19, among other diseases.
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Imaging of ballistic wounds, bullet composition and implications for MRI safety
Since patients with ballistic embedded fragments are frequently denied MRI (due to indeterminate bullet composition sans shell casings), radiography and CT can be used to identify nonferromagnetic projectiles that are safe for MRI.
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Gut cells sound the alarm when parasites invade
When the parasite Cryptosporidium enters the body, it's cells in the intestines that first recognize the invader, triggering an early immune response, according to a new study. A leading cause of diarrheal disease in young children globally, the parasite generates an inflammatory response beginning in the intestines that exacerbates the effects of malnutrition.
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Chemists discover the mix that likely originated life on Earth
New study shows that RNA and DNA likely originated together. The mixture of the acids are believed to haveproduced Earth's first life forms. The molecules were created with the help of a compound available in planet's early days. How did life on Earth originate? Chemists claim to have found the exact ingredients of the primordial soup that resulted in the plethora of creatures we see in the world
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First US Case of UK SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detected
Variant B.1.1.7, though likely more contagious than other strains, does not appear to be more deadly.
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A Breakdown of Beavers
Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb talks about his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Ethics of "Human Brain Surrogates"
The ethical questions raised by emerging neuro-technologies
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A Breakdown of Beavers
Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb talks about his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Siberia permafrost yields well-preserved ice age woolly rhino
Calf carcass from thawing ground in north-east region of Yakutia found with many internal organs intact A well-preserved ice age woolly rhino with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered from the permafrost in Russia's extreme northern region. Russian media reported on Wednesday that the carcass was revealed by thawing permafrost in Yakutia in August. Scientists are waiting fo
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Popular Science's favorite stories of 2020
Sometimes, all we want is to curl up with a good story. (Gabrielle Dickson / Unsplash/) In a given year, the Popular Science staff produces hundreds of stories, from news articles and series to lean-back-and-read-it-through narratives. From the origin of our favorite companion species (read: dogs) to an in-depth look at the camera in your pocket, the tales that stick on our heads have one thing i
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The Pyramid of Djoser: The World's Oldest Pyramid Is Often Overshadowed
The monuments at Giza might be the best known, but another pyramid preceded the greats.
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Apple Patents Tech to Put Tiny Screen on Every Keyboard Key
Key Lime The sharp-eyed bloggers at Patently Apple spotted a fascinating new patent by Apple: a system that would add a tiny screen to every single key on a device's keyboard. "The first surface may be adjacent to the key display and may receive key label images from the key display," reads the ponderous patent-speak. "The second surface may face outwardly towards a user and may receive key press
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Mice with brain-machine interfaces help scientists understand "intentional control"
Brain-machine interfaces allow humans—and mice—to interact with onscreen objects. Such interfaces may gain wide applications as they become more capable. Scientists want to better understand how they work, and are exploring how mice operate them. Brain-machine interfaces, or BMIs, are fascinating. "Brain machine interfaces are devices that allow a person or animal to control a computer with their
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Trump Could Still Start a Last-Ditch War With Iran
Donald Trump is intent on creating as much chaos as possible on his way out of the White House. Could that include saddling Joe Biden with another war in the Middle East? We already know that Trump is thinking about attacking Iran. In mid-November, after he lost the presidential election, Trump asked for military options against Iranian nuclear facilities, a reckless idea that was derailed by top
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Vaccine Roundup, Late December
There's been a lot of news, so it's time to survey the vaccine landscape. For this post, I'm only going to cover the big players that are either deep into human trials or have actually been rolling out vaccines to the general population – another post to come will go further down the list. But that still leaves us with plenty to talk about. The situation is. . .well, I'm going with "chaotic", ove
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Boston Dynamics Says Goodbye to 2020 With a Robot Dance Party
One day, robots may be dancing on our graves, and they're going to be surprisingly good at it! Boston Dynamics, the robotics firm once owned by Google and now a part of Hyundai, has posted another fascinating and mildly disconcerting video showing off the smooth movement and agility of its robots. This time, the company put together a little dance routine set to the 1962 hit track "Do You Love Me
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Questions hang over UK's rollout of Oxford/AstraZeneca jab
Analysis: regulator surprises by approving 12-week gap between first and second shots of vaccine as well as Pfizer/BioNTech shot Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It's a pragmatic solution to an incredibly urgent problem – how to immunise very large numbers of people at risk from a rampaging variant of Covid-19 in the shortest possible time. The answer that government
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A cancer in hybrids [Genetics]
When healthy, wild-type individuals from closely related species are crossed to each other, the resulting hybrids often display fundamental problems in development. Problems such as hybrid sterility or hybrid inviability can sometimes act as barriers to gene flow between species and are therefore considered to be the stuff of speciation—the…
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True scale-free networks hidden by finite size effects [Physics]
We analyze about 200 naturally occurring networks with distinct dynamical origins to formally test whether the commonly assumed hypothesis of an underlying scale-free structure is generally viable. This has recently been questioned on the basis of statistical testing of the validity of power law distributions of network degrees. Specifically, we…
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Appraisal of sedimentary alkenones for the quantitative reconstruction of phytoplankton biomass [Environmental Sciences]
Marine primary productivity (PP) is the driving factor in the global marine carbon cycle. Its reconstruction in past climates relies on biogeochemical proxies that are not considered to provide an unequivocal signal. These are often based on the water column flux of biogenic components to sediments (organic carbon, biogenic opal,…
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Superconductor-insulator transition in two-dimensional indium-indium-oxide composite [Physics]
The magnetic-field–tuned superconductor-to-insulator transition was studied in a hybrid system of superconducting indium islands, deposited on an indium oxide (InOx) thin film, which exhibits global superconductivity at low magnetic fields. Vacuum annealing was used to tune the conductivity of the InOx film, thereby tuning the inergrain coupling and the nature…
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The importance of microlipophagy in liver [Cell Biology]
Cytoplasmic lipid droplets (LDs) store energy in the form of esterified fatty acids. Mobilization of those fatty acids can occur through cytosolic lipases that traffic to droplets, through lipophagy, or likely through LD contact sites with other organelles. Lipophagy, the degradation of LDs by lysosomes, has two forms: macrolipophagy, involving…
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Synthesis and delivery of Streptococcus pneumoniae capsular polysaccharides by recombinant attenuated Salmonella vaccines [Microbiology]
Streptococcus pneumoniae capsular polysaccharides (CPSs) are major determinants of bacterial pathogenicity. CPSs of different serotypes form the main components of the pneumococcal vaccines Pneumovax, Prevnar7, and Prevnar13, which substantially reduced the S. pneumoniae disease burden in developed countries. However, the laborious production processes of traditional polysaccharide-based vaccines
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Direct and continuous generation of pure acetic acid solutions via electrocatalytic carbon monoxide reduction [Chemistry]
Electrochemical CO2 or CO reduction to high-value C2+ liquid fuels is desirable, but its practical application is challenged by impurities from cogenerated liquid products and solutes in liquid electrolytes, which necessitates cost- and energy-intensive downstream separation processes. By coupling rational designs in a Cu catalyst and porous solid electrolyte (PSE)…
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Optimal utility and probability functions for agents with finite computational precision [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]
When making economic choices, such as those between goods or gambles, humans act as if their internal representation of the value and probability of a prospect is distorted away from its true value. These distortions give rise to decisions which apparently fail to maximize reward, and preferences that reverse without…
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Glycomic profiling and the mammalian brain [Biochemistry]
The paper by Lee et al. (1) illustrates, in remarkable detail, the advances in glycomic analysis providing deep structural characterization of a glycan subtype in human and mouse brains. With all the existing evidence suggesting glycosylation is important in brain development, this research represents a major advancement in characterizing brain…
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How did trauma centers respond to COVID-19? New processes provide care to trauma patients while keeping providers safe
As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, trauma centers faced unprecedented obstacles to providing care for injured patients. A look at steps taken by trauma centers in response to COVID-19 is provided by a survey in the January/February Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ), the peer-reviewed journal of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). The journal is published in the Lippincott por
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Moving due to unaffordable housing may jeopardize healthcare
People who move due to unaffordable housing are at increased risk of failing to receive the medical care they need, according to a new study from Cedars-Sinai and the University of California, Los Angeles. The study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, concludes that the result could be long-term health problems.
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Dating apps don't destroy love
A study by UNIGE provides a wealth of information about couples who met through dating apps. The results indicate that app-formed couples have stronger cohabitation intentions than couples who meet in a non-digital environment. What is more, women who found their partner through a dating app have stronger desires and intentions to have children. The study shows that these apps play an important ro
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Couples who meet via dating apps keener to settle down, study suggests
Research finds those who couple up after swiping right have stronger long-term intentions With the Covid crisis putting paid to New Year's Eve celebrations and many other opportunities to seek romance in person, dating apps have thrived. But while such tech has long been associated with hookups , a study suggests those who couple up after swiping right have as satisfying a relationship as those w
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The Guardian view on responding to the Covid-19 surge: not enough | Editorial
Millions more are in tier 4 and schools face a delayed return – but tougher action is needed to seize the opportunity offered by the new vaccine The contrast between the good news and the bleak could not have been starker. The UK's approval of the low-cost, highly efficacious Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine represents a shining moment of hope. Never has it been more needed. The announcement came as am
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2020 stunk. Here's how to start 2021 with a fresh mindset
Hold on to that spark. 2020 is almost over. (Danil Aksenov / Unsplash/) When December comes around, it's natural to hope for a fresh start and a new beginning. But if your year was as bad to you as 2020 has been to, well, everyone, chances are your problems, fears, and anxieties will still be with you on January 1 (possibly wrapped up in a horrendous hangover , too). It's true that the strike of
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UK Military Unveils Tiny Spy Drones That Can Travel Over a Mile
Bug Bots The U.K. military revealed that it's acquired 30 palm-sized drones — known as "Bugs" — that are capable of spying on targets or gathering intel across a great distance. The autonomous Bugs, which weigh about the same as a smartphone, can survive intense weather conditions and travel distances of 1.25 miles (2 km) while streaming video footage during their 40-minute battery life, The Guar
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Why East Germany is a map zombie
East Germany has been dead for a little more than three decades. But the former GDR just keeps popping up on all kinds of maps. It's a sign that life in the east of Germany is still very different from the west. Forgotten, but not gone The GDR may be forgotten, but it's not gone. Apart from a shrinking handful of diehard nostalgics, nobody mourns the passing of the German Democratic Republic, as
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MSG Isn't Bad For You, According to Science
Pass the MSG: Monosodium glutamate is just sodium and the amino acid glutamate, which is found in nature. Yet even after scientists have debunked MSG's supposed health effects, the stigma persists.
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Video Shows Boston Dynamics Robots Busting Impressive Dance Moves
New Groove A new video shows a crew of Boston Dynamics robots busting some impressive dance moves, to the beat of The Contours' 1962 smash hit "Do You Love Me": Dance Party The clip, like many others that Boston Dynamics has released in the past, is an extraordinary testament to the capabilities of its homebrewed robots. The company's humanoid Atlas bot shines in the video with a variety of deft
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Scientists explore deficits in processing speed in individuals with spinal cord injury
This study is the first to examine the neural mechanisms of higher order cognitive tasks of individuals with SCI."Our ability to observe brain activation while the individual performs specific cognitive tasks provides new information on the mechanisms that underlie the cognitive deficits that we now know affect a substantial proportion of the SCI population," Dr. Wylie said. "Developing treatments
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Discovery boosts theory that life on Earth arose from RNA-DNA mix
Chemists have made a discovery that supports a surprising new view of how life originated on our planet. They demonstrated that a simple compound called diamidophosphate (DAP), which was plausibly present on Earth before life arose, could have chemically knitted together tiny DNA building blocks called deoxynucleosides into strands of primordial DNA.
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Sound waves spin droplets to concentrate, separate nanoparticles
Mechanical engineers have devised a method for spinning individual droplets of liquid to concentrate and separate nanoparticles for biomedical purposes. The technique is much more efficient than traditional centrifuge approaches, working its magic in under a minute instead of taking hours or days, and requires only a tiny fraction of the typical sample size. The invention could underline new appro
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A prayer without words: The story of the wanderer
A tale of silence, an icon of human solitude in the face of the forces of nature, or perhaps a memento of the great artist? I come down from the mountains, The valley dims, the sea roars. I wander silently and am somewhat unhappy, And my sighs always ask "Where?" This is the lamenting of the Wanderer from a song composed by 19-year-old Franz Schubert to the words of G.P. Schmidt. The stranger loo
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Potential new RX strategy for stroke
new research reports that a combination of a new drug and selected DHA derivatives is more effective in protecting brain cells and increasing recovery after stroke than a single drug.
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Will climate change make animals darker—or lighter?
Debate erupts over long-standing belief that warmer temperatures favor darker variants
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How will people actually get COVID-19 vaccines?
What are the logistical challenges of distributing different types of COVID-19 vaccines to millions of people, from urban centers to sparsely populated rural counties? Julie Swann has answers. Swann , a systems engineer with expertise in vaccine distribution whose work focuses on making health care and supply chains more efficient, effective, and equitable, is the department head and professor of
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The new, more-contagious UK COVID-19 strain is officially in the US
Even as COVID testing has ramped up, the US pandemic effort has been inadequate at almost every level. (Jakayla Toney/Unsplash/) Colorado health officials announced on Wednesday that two people are now confirmed to have the same SARS-CoV-2 variant found to be spreading in the UK . At least one of the men has no known recent travel history, and both work in the same assisted living facility (thoug
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Russian Oil Company Builds Bitcoin Farm in Siberia
Odd Pivot The Russian oil company Gazpromneft recently added an unusual feature to its oil drilling field in Siberia: A functional Bitcoin mining farm. The company, which is the oil subsidiary of the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, has started to use its excess carbon dioxide emissions as an energy source for crypto mining rigs, CoinDesk reports . It seems like an unusual combination, but the idea
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How does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine work?
Will the breakthrough allow the UK to check its soaring Covid infection rates?
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Count down our top 10 posts of 2020
First, thank you for reading Futurity this year, whether you're a loyal fan or new to the site. In 2021, we hope you can keep finding useful, mind-blowing, and fun university research here. Thank you for reading and have a happy new year! This year, readers wanted to know more about a huge range of topics, from new COVID-19 discoveries to the US presidential election, from terrifying parasites to
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Amid the horror, we look back at this year of the virus with wonder too | Brigid Delaney
The exhaustion – and perhaps the sadness – comes from saying goodbye to our old life I'm sure everyone after their first plague year feels totally knackered. You can just imagine them in Constantinople at the end of 541AD – the survivors of the Plague of Justinian saying to each other: "Well, that was GRIM!" If you got the disease, your body would be all lumpy and sore, then you would die. In the
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Anti-transpirant products unnecessary in cycad propagation
In a first-of-its-kind study within cycad horticulture literature, University of Guam researchers have found that the use of anti-transpirants neither help nor hinder successful propagation of cycad stem cuttings.
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New research may explain severe virus attacks on the lungs
In some cases, immune cells in the lungs can contribute to worsening a virus attack. In a new study, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden describe how different kinds of immune cells, called macrophages, develop in the lungs and which of them may be behind severe lung diseases. The study, which was published in Immunity, may contribute to future treatments for COVID-19, among other disea
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Frailty is a factor in higher mortality for women awaiting liver transplants
Women awaiting liver transplants in the United States are known to be about one-third more likely than men to become too ill to undergo surgery or die before receiving a liver. Now a study headed by UC San Francisco and Columbia University highlights the role that frailty plays in this gender gap.
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Pandemic has revealed our dependence on migrant workers
The coronavirus has taught us an important lesson.
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Anti-transpirant products unnecessary in cycad propagation
In a first-of-its-kind study within cycad horticulture literature, University of Guam researchers have found that the use of anti-transpirants neither help nor hinder successful propagation of cycad stem cuttings.
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Largest study of Asia's rivers unearths 800 years of paleoclimate patterns
813 years of annual river discharge at 62 stations, 41 rivers in 16 countries, from 1200 to 2012. That is what researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) produced after two years of research in order to better understand past climate patterns of the Asian Monsoon region.
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The Immune Havoc of COVID-19
The virus flourishes by undermining the body's chemical defense system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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How to simplify the treatment of snake bites
A new drug combination may protect against viper toxins
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Using urine to heat homes
Waste not, want not
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SARS-CoV-2 is following the evolutionary rule book
Its new variants are optimised for spreading
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The Immune Havoc of COVID-19
The virus flourishes by undermining the body's chemical defense system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Sikkerhedsfirma vinder retssag mod Apple: »Dette er en stor sejr for sikkerhedsforskere«
Apple har tabt et søgsmål mod virksomheden Corellium, efter de sidste år lagde sag an mod virksomheden for at bryde ophavsretten. Men er ifølge flere er en sejr for sikkerhedsforskning.
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Common brain disorder more likely in kids with big heads
A common brain disorder called Chiari 1 malformation can result from variations in two genes involved in brain development, research finds. The study also reveals that children with unusually large heads are four times more likely to be diagnosed with Chiari 1 malformation than their peers with normal head circumference. The condition occurs when the lowest parts of the brain are found below the
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The Winter Surge Is Fracturing
Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here . Three weeks ago, the COVID-19 winter surge was well under way and terrifyingly broad . Every day, the Northeast, South, and Midwest were seeing more than 100 deaths per million people, and the West was just shy of that, at 94 per million, with deaths increasing. The winter
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UK faces 'dangerous situation' as new Covid cases surge
Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine approval raises hopes of beating pandemic but questions remain on speed of rollout
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Diddy providing some COVID-19 relief for Miami neighborhood
Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs provided some coronavirus relief in a Miami neighborhood on Tuesday, handing out $50 bills amid a crowd of hundreds.
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The map of nuclear deformation takes the form of a mountain landscape
Until recently, scientists believed that only very massive nuclei could have excited zero-spin states of increased stability with a significantly deformed shape. Meanwhile, an international team of researchers from Romania, France, Italy, the USA and Poland showed in their latest article that such states also exist in much lighter nickel nuclei. Positive verification of the theoretical model used
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ATLAS project finds 12 new species of sea creatures
Researchers working with the ATLAS project have reported to the press that they have found 12 new species of sea creatures new to science. The EU funded undersea project has been ongoing for five years and has carried out 45 research expeditions that involved the work of over 80 scientists and student volunteers.
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Scientists further improve accuracy of directional polarimetric camera
Recently, researchers from the Optical Remote Sensing Center of the Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (AIOFM), Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) have successfully improved the accuracy of directional polarimetric camera (DPC) laboratory polarization calibration via new methods.
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ATLAS project finds 12 new species of sea creatures
Researchers working with the ATLAS project have reported to the press that they have found 12 new species of sea creatures new to science. The EU funded undersea project has been ongoing for five years and has carried out 45 research expeditions that involved the work of over 80 scientists and student volunteers.
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LSU Health New Orleans discovers potential new RX strategy for stroke
Research conducted at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence reports that a combination of an LSU Health-patented drug and selected DHA derivatives is more effective in protecting brain cells and increasing recovery after stroke than a single drug.
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Decaying Red Sea tanker is an oil spill time bomb
Researchers are calling for action to remove the oil from a decaying and inactive tanker in the Red Sea before its current seepage turns into a massive oil spill. The tanker holds approximately one million barrels of oil—four times the amount of oil contained in the Exxon Valdez, the tanker that had a disastrous environmental oil spill in 1989. Called the Safer, the tanker is a floating storage a
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AstraZeneca/UK vaccination: midsummer gladness
A return to semi-normality in six months is a realistic estimate
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Development of fusion energy
Physicists are working to develop a unique tokamak fusion device called 'SPARC.'
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A pursuit of better testing to sort out the complexities of ADHD
The introduction of computer simulation to the identification of symptoms in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has potential to provide an additional objective tool to gauge the presence and severity of behavioral problems, researchers suggest.
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The happiness and heartbreak of a daughter's first fishing trip
Even at the earliest stages of her fishing life, the author's daughter already looks like a natural. (Jonathon Klein/) This story originally featured on Field & Stream . We're sitting at the dining room table as my mom recalls my love for fishing and when it started, as if I'd caught my first fish just moments ago. "I can't remember a time you didn't have a fishing pole in your hand," she tells m
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The map of nuclear deformation takes the form of a mountain landscape
Until recently, scientists believed that only very massive nuclei could have excited zero-spin states of increased stability with a significantly deformed shape. Meanwhile, an international team of researchers from Romania, France, Italy, the USA and Poland showed in their latest article that such states also exist in much lighter nickel nuclei. Positive verification of the theoretical model used
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'WTF?': Newly Discovered Ghostly Circles in the Sky Can't Be Explained by Current Theories, and Astronomers Are Excited
In September 2019, my colleague Anna Kapinska gave a presentation showing interesting objects she'd found while browsing our new radio astronomical data. She had started noticing very weird shapes she couldn't fit easily to any known type of object. Among them, labeled by Anna as WTF? , was a picture of a ghostly circle of radio emission, hanging out in space like a cosmic smoke-ring. None of us
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Alexander Shulgin : Why I discover psychedelic substances
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Prenatal Metal Exposure Has Long Term Health Consequences
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Best papers/books on belief formation? Especially models of how beliefs are formed.
Writing a popular level book on epistemology, but need some cog sci sources. Book will cover problems to avoid in belief formation/evaluation and suggestions for improving these functions. submitted by /u/cgad123 [link] [comments]
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Explosive Charges Protect Backcountry Skiers
Controlled avalanches are a major safety effort during a year of outdoor activities — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Explosive Charges Protect Backcountry Skiers
Controlled avalanches are a major safety effort during a year of outdoor activities — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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'Covid loves a crowd': Britons urged to stay home on New Year's Eve
Scientists say virus rampant in UK and advise people to avoid meeting up with family and friends Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists, police and the prime minister are urging people to welcome in the new year in their own home, with an NHS chief warning it is "absolutely vital" to avoid meeting family and friends because "Covid loves a crowd". Prof Stephen Pow
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Promoting Effective Project Teams for Drug Discovery
Download this white paper from Collaborative Drug Discovery to explore how modern informatics systems like CDD Vault® can provide a cross-domain platform for storage, analysis, and sharing to promote greater collaboration between drug discovery project team members.
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Eight Aww-Inspiring Videos of the Year's Best Animal and Conservation Stories
From a litter of chirping cheetahs and the birth of a lovable giant panda cub to groundbreaking coral reef research and new strides in animal care
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Six Free Natural History Programs Streaming in January
Stream these free programs and more this January through the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
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You Can Eat Your Christmas Tree. Here's How to Do It
Turn your once-ornamented tree into something scrumptious
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Gut cells warn immune system about parasite invasion
Cells lining the intestines lead a chain reaction that tips the immune system off to the presence of the parasite Cryptosporidium , according to a new study in mice. To effectively combat an infection, the body first has to sense it's been invaded, then the affected tissue must send out signals to corral resources to fight the intruder. Knowing more about these early stages of pathogen recognitio
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A pursuit of better testing to sort out the complexities of ADHD
The introduction of computer simulation to the identification of symptoms in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has potential to provide an additional objective tool to gauge the presence and severity of behavioral problems, Ohio State University researchers suggest in a new publication.
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Largest study of Asia's rivers unearths 800 years of paleoclimate patterns
The SUTD study will be crucial for assessing future climatic changes and making more informed water management decisions.
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Sprogforbistring i sensorland: I det smarte hjem skal du selv være smart
PLUS. Smart home-entusiaster skal holde tungen lige i munden, når huset fyldes med sensorer.
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Long-term prosthetic use may not rewire the brain
A new study highlights how difficult it could be to create prosthetic devices that are indistinguishable from a human limb. Key to solving this challenge is designing devices that not only can be operated with a user's own neural activity, but can also accurately and precisely receive and relay sensory information to the user. "There's been this idea that the nervous system is really plastic… But
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Sale of Arctic Drilling Leases Draws an Unusual Taker. It May Be the Only One.
With a deadline looming and weak interest from oil companies, the state of Alaska may step in and buy leases in the hope of reassigning them later. Some analysts saw that as a long shot.
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20 Things That Made the World a Better Place in 2020
From record-beating scientific discoveries to an elephant baby boom, this year was about much more than just a global pandemic.
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'Just not functioning': quotes from a tumultuous year in markets
From the March panic to the stimulus-soaked rally, the coronavirus crisis left investors awestruck
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Why Is January 1 the Beginning of a New Year?
You can thank Julius Caesar, Pope Gregory XIII and 2,000 years of calendar controversy for our New Year's date and calendar system. Some cultures only recently adopted it.
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Anti-transpirant products unnecessary in cycad propagation
In a first-of-its-kind study within cycad horticulture literature, University of Guam researchers have found that the use of anti-transpirants neither help nor hinder successful propagation of cycad stem cuttings.
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Novel public-private partnership facilitates development of fusion energy
PPPL working in coordination with MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems to develop a unique tokamak fusion device called "SPARC."
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UC researcher urges caution using remdesivir to treat COVID-19
Research at the University of Cincinnati, however, contends that this antiviral drug is being used too indiscriminately when treating patients hospitalized with the virus. The study is published in the journal Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology .
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These Hemp Flower Cigarettes Can Help You Kick Your Nicotine Habit
Everyone knows that cigarettes aren't as popular as they once were. As more and more people became aware of the massive health risks involved in their continued use, the popularity of the once ubiquitous oral accessory has dwindled, but that doesn't mean there aren't still lots of smokers out there who know they should quit but don't want to give up the allure of the cigarette altogether. There's
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Poem: Letter to 2050
Science in meter and verse — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Coral survivors show some cope better with heatwaves
Some corals managed to survive a recent and globally unprecedented heatwave, according to new research. Coral reefs serve important ecological functions, from providing habitat for countless species to protecting shorelines from erosion. Reef-dependent fisheries are also a vital source of food and income for hundreds of millions of people in tropical island nations where coral reefs are valued at
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Fish sex organs boosted under high CO2
Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future.
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Fish sex organs boosted under high CO2
Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future.
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Bekymret for at få covid-vaccinen? Det er din stenalderhjernes skyld
Psykologiske mekanismer, nedarvet fra stenalderen, kan gøre dig bange for bivirkninger.
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We Need a Paris Agreement for Plastics
They're flowing into the natural environment every day at an unprecedented rate — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2020 har været forfærdeligt: Her er 4 år i historien, der var endnu værre
I år 536 forsvandt solens stråler i halvandet år.
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Our Ten Most Popular Stories of 2020
From Anglo-Saxon artifacts to copper's antibacterial properties, systemic racism and murder hornets, these were the most-read stories of the year
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Observations shed more light on the atmosphere of white dwarf GD 424
Astronomers have performed spectroscopic observations of a newly detected white dwarf star known as GD 424. Results of the observational campaign provide more insights into the atmosphere of this object. The study was presented in a paper published December 23 on arXiv.org.
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The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2020
This year saw plenty of destructive hacking and disinformation campaigns—but amid a pandemic and a historic election, the consequences have never been graver.
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How My Record Player Helped Me Feel the Music
If streaming can't cure your stay-at-home blues, a spinning platter just might do the trick.
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30 Years Since the Human Genome Project Began, What's Next?
Eric Green, head of the nation's top genomics research institute, looks back on how far the field has come and shares his bold vision for the future.
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What Will 2021 Hold for Cities?
O n March 6, Levar Stoney, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, released a 2020 budget proposal full of promises. The plan featured more money for education, funds to keep people from being evicted, millions for infrastructure, and a new fund to address racial disparities in maternal health. Twelve days later, Stoney announced Richmond's first positive cases of COVID-19. The following weeks and month
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If You Can't Stand the Heat
Illustrations by Nicole Rifkin It was September 2019 , and I'd been slow-roasting in a small Southern Oregon town for a couple of weeks, waiting on a big one. A wildfire. An opportunity. A chance to prove myself useful and, preferably, profitable. This was the pre-coronavirus era, a simpler time. From the South, I had driven out West in hopes of embedding with workers at a "fire camp," the catcha
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Organic meats found to have approximately the same greenhouse impact as regular meats
A trio of researchers from the Technical University of Munich, the University of Greifswald and the University of Augsburg have found that the meat production process for organic meats produces approximately the same amounts of greenhouse gases as does the conventional meat production process. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Maximilian Pieper, Amelie Michalke and Tob
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