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Weekend Recipe: Marinated Pork Roast
I realize that I've picked up a lot of new traffic to the blog over the last few months, so today's post perhaps needs some introduction. Over the years here I've often posted recipes during breaks and holidays – the old saying is that you should never trust an organic chemist who can't cook, and there's something to it. I'll be adding a "Recipes" category to the list in the sidebar, something I
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Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe
Scientists in Italy are investigating the mysterious appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, caused by algae that accelerate the effects of climate change.
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Højeste ansøgertal nogensinde
Den 5. juli var der ansøgningsfrist til bacheloruddannelserne i kvote 1. Københavns Universitet har modtaget…
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New Mexico: Images of the Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is the fifth-largest state by area and is sparsely populated, with nearly half of the state's 2.1 million residents living in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Below are a few glimpses of the diverse geography and history of New Mexico and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty , a collection of images from each of the United States.
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Why is everyone so selfish? Science explains
Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries. New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it. Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts. Why do so many people seem so selfish these days, putting their needs first? The coronavirus has not only decimated our population and placed lives on anxious hold, it
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It is time we made masks compulsory | Letters
Countries where face mask use is widespread have seen fewer Covid-19 deaths, writes Prof David Smith , while Philip Rundall thinks shops should do more to encourage customers to wear them Your comment ( Editorial , 2 July) that disparagement of face masks might have come at a cost is well illustrated by comparing different countries. In Hong Kong (population 7.45 million), a survey in March found
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Defund Facial Recognition
Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. George Floyd. Rayshard Brooks. Oluwatoyin Salau. Robert Forbes . As each story has emerged of a Black life violently ended by law enforcement, white nationalists, or other forms of interpersonal violence, a multiracial movement for Black lives, led by Black activists, has kept pace. What has also kept pace are the disturbing and highly advanced police t
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TuSimple's Robot Big Rigs Will Automate Freight Coast to Coast
In 2016, an 18-wheeler jam-packed with cans of Budweiser made a beer run from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs—with no driver at the wheel. It was one small 120-mile jaunt for a robot big rig (and its maker, Otto), one giant leap for beer delivery. Four years on, TuSimple, another self-driving truck maker, is planning to extend autonomous beer shipment—or more accurately, whatever cargo their cus
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Speech Recognition Tech Is Yet Another Example of Bias
Siri, Alexa and other programs sometimes have trouble with the accents and speech patterns of people from many underrepresented groups — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Met police urged to investigate Dominic Cummings' trip during Covid-19 lockdown
Exclusive: ex-chief prosecutor's lawyers say behaviour of Boris Johnson's aide warrants 'thorough investigation' The former chief prosecutor for north-west England has urged the Metropolitan police to launch an immediate investigation into Dominic Cummings' trip from London to Durham at the height of the coronavirus outbreak. Lawyers for Nazir Afzal have written to the Met commissioner, Cressida
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World Bank ditches second round of pandemic bonds
Critics say 'convoluted' scheme favoured investors and was too slow to pay out to victims
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New guidelines for children and adolescents with T2D
A team of paediatric specialists, including an expert from the University of Adelaide, has produced new guidelines regarding assessment and management of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Australian and New Zealand children and adolescents.
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How Hemingway felt about fatherhood
Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called "Papa," but what kind of dad was he? In my role as Associate Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project , I spend my time investigating the approximately 6,000 letters sent by Hemingway, 85% of which are now being published for the first time in a multivolume series. The latest volume – the fifth – spans his letters from January 1932 through May 1934 and gi
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WHO underplaying risk of airborne spread of Covid-19, say scientists
Open letter says there is emerging evidence of potential for aerosol transmission Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The potential for Covid-19 to spread through airborne transmission by lingering in the air is being underplayed by the World Health Organization, a group of scientists have said. In an open letter due to be published this week, 239 scientists from 32 coun
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A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines
Neeva—formed by ex-Googler Sridhar Ramaswamy—asks users to be the customer, not the product.
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Assessing the Real Coronavirus Death Rate: Live Updates
Assessing the virus's real death rate could offer clues on what to expect next. Data shows how much harder the pandemic is hitting Black and Latino Americans.
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Fears of widespread disorder unfounded as English pubs reopen
Relief as concerns about overwhelmed emergency services fail to materialise Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Fears that emergency services would be overwhelmed after pubs and restaurants reopened in England were not realised, according to initial reports. Before pubs opened for the first time since 23 March, NHS England told hospitals and ambulance services that deman
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Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let's Not Waste It
The Neobiological Revolution is here. Now's the time to put lessons from the Digital Revolution to use.
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Australian Plant Species Face 'Imminent Extinction' from Invasive Pathogen
The once common native guava has nearly vanished—killed off by an invasive fungus that arrived just 10 years ago. Other plant species may soon follow — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Readers Respond to the March 2020 Issue
Letters to the editor from the March 2020 issue of Scientific American — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Digital Fauna
For a girl to scam the world to slip out the lies from her body she must open up and risk the penetration of fakes and know herself as a name she didn't choose. Online lover: Do you tell God the truth? I don't think we do. I think we have a God-facing self that cannot be entire even as it loves and receives. He is only real in that part of us. Compartments of related truths are not a unity of tru
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"Where there are girls, there are cats" returns, with a new title
The cats are back. As promised, Biological Conservation has replaced a controversial paper on feral cats in China whose cringeworthy title — "Where there are girls, there are cats" — prompted an outcry on social media that resulted in a temporary retraction. The new article boasts a different, non-gendered title: "Understanding how free-ranging cats interact … Continue reading
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LG's CX OLED TV Review: Pretty and Expensive
The company's new C-series is really expensive, but it looks really, really good—and not just when you're watching Zoolander.
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Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT
More narrow than its critics contest, the act would help stop tech giants from prioritizing profits over safety.
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Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe
Researchers are discovering that magnetic fields permeate much of the cosmos. If these fields date back to the Big Bang, they could solve a cosmological mystery.
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Lovende ny metode til produktion af CO2-fri gaskraft
PLUS. En ny forbrændingscyklus baseret på superkritisk CO2 som arbejdsmedium gør det enklere og mere rentabelt at producere strøm og hente klimagassen ud i koncentreret form.
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New Test Strip Can Identify Some Poisonous Mushrooms
A team of researchers is developed a test strip that can detect a toxin found in many species of deadly mushrooms.
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COVID-19 Won't Change Us Forever
Soon after COVID-19 struck the United States, prognosticators began sharing a dreary vision of America's post-pandemic future. Workers will trade mass transit for their cars and abandon cities for "the hinterlands," proclaimed a contributor to The Washington Post . Sports fans will swap stadiums for man-cave bunkers and music lovers will watch concerts on their screens , predicted a writer for ZD
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Leicester lockdown exposes failings of centralised virus control
The expertise and experience of local public health services have been treated with contempt
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How Mass Protests End
Since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, crowds demanding racial justice have surged into public spaces across the country and throughout the world —with solidarity actions springing up in South Korea and South Africa, Argentina and Australia. Domestically, demonstrations have materialized not only in major cities, but also in small-town America, including places with de
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The Unofficial Racism Consultants to the White Evangelical World
In the weeks since George Floyd's death, Philip Pinckney has been inundated with messages from white evangelical pastors who want to take a stand against racism: 40 to 60 phone calls a day, dozens of texts and email chains, endless drafts of sermons and articles. The 34-year-old Black pastor has spent his life in spaces where his race is a point of contradiction. He trained as a cadet at the Cita
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How to Passcode-Lock Any App on Your Phone
Letting someone see your phone shouldn't also mean letting them snoop on your texts, photos, or emails. Here's how to stop it from happening.
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My Gym Is Reopening. Is It Safe To Work Out There?
As gyms open for business, new rules aim to limit the spread of COVID-19, including spacing equipment, regular cleanings and limiting attendance. But experts say it's still safer to exercise at home. (Image credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over
The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight.
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Britons asked to clap for NHS on Sunday to mark 72nd anniversary
Celebration planned for 5pm backed by politicians and head of health service Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People across the UK are being encouraged to clap for the NHS on Sunday afternoon to mark its 72nd anniversary and to thank staff for their work in tackling the coronavirus pandemic . The planned celebration at 5pm has been backed by political leaders and the
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Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over
The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight.
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Satellite-carrying rocket 'lost' after New Zealand launch
A commercial rocket carrying seven satellites was "lost" after take-off Sunday from a New Zealand launch pad, the owner Rocket Lab said.
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16 dead in Japan as heavy rain triggers floods, mudslides: media
At least 16 people are dead after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, local media said Sunday, as rescue workers sift through debris in search of a dozen missing.
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What Camp People Are Losing This Summer
I fought my parents with everything I had when I was 11 years old but they insisted on sending me to overnight camp for eight weeks. It was 1990, and the 17-year cicadas were out in full force. My suburban Chicago neighborhood was a screaming bug cloud, and I hated the idea of being sent into the Michigan woods, where there'd likely be even more insects. I had tried a different overnight camp the
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There's Now an Artificial Cartilage Gel Strong Enough to Work in Knees
This could change the lives of thousands of people.
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Dividend excess puts companies at greater risk of collapse
Many FTSE 100 and S&P 500 groups spent more on distributions than their net income
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I've spent years taming the OCD monster. Coronavirus has ruined everything
I'd come to think of myself as a sad wizard, burdened with rituals to prevent catastrophes. Then the pandemic made those threats real For many of us, coronavirus has inspired a bit of a germ obsession. We wash our hands until they're chapped. We see other people as potential vectors. We wipe down our groceries with Lysol, apparently having decided that, if it comes to it, we'd rather die of disin
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Hårdt at være med rogn? De her dyr har en vildere 'graviditet' end dig
Elefanten gennemgår et maratonforløb, og pandaen føder nærmest for tidligt.
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The biology of aliens: How much do we know?
Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science. "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just
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If you're over 75, catching covid-19 can be like playing Russian roulette
Are you hiding from covid-19? I am. The reason is simple: the high chance of death from the virus. I was reminded of the risk last week by this report from the New York City health department and Columbia University which estimated that on average, between March and May, the chance of dying if you get infected by SARS-CoV-2 was 1.45%. That's higher than your lifetime chance of getting killed in a
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Småkryp kan påverka klimatet
Huruvida antalet landlevande leddjur (insekter, spindeldjur et cetera) minskar generellt vet vi inte ännu, och vår förståelse av vad som driver de minskningar som observerats och hur ekosystem påverkas, är fortfarande begränsad. Bekämpningsmedel mot insekter tycks vara en av de faktorer som kan spela en roll.
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Former WHO director Anthony Costello: 'Opening pubs before schools says something about our priorities'
The paediatrician and member of Independent Sage on Matt Hancock, the likelihood of a vaccine and why 50,000 deaths were preventable Anthony Costello is a paediatrician and international expert on child health who has been an outspoken critic of the British government's response to Covid-19. He is a member of Independent Sage, a group of experts set up to provide "robust, independent advice" in r
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Efter tre år og tyve millioner kroner: Hvad har Danmark fået ud af TechPlomacy?
PLUS. For tre år siden fik Danmark verdens første 'tech-ambassadør'. Nu er han ansat hos Microsoft, og der skal findes en afløser. Men har indsatsen nyttet? Udenrigsministeriet afviser at udpege konkrete resultater, og uafhængige eksperter kan ikke.
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What kind of face mask gives the best protection against Covid-19?
Your questions answered on what type of mask to wear to cut the risk of getting Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Yes. Different types of mask offer different levels of protection. Surgical grade N95 respirators offer the highest level of protection against Covid-19 infection, followed by surgical grade masks. However, these masks are costly, in limited supply
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Risks, R numbers and raw data: how to interpret coronavirus statistics
Covid-related facts and definitions are confusing, and as lockdown is eased, clarity is more important than ever Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage We're finally over the first peak of the epidemic, but the numbers relating to the virus keep on spreading. Sometimes, however, things get lost in translation from the spreadsheet to the article, broadcast or tweet. Continue
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'It's a tsunami': pandemic leaves vulnerable Latin America reeling
Years of social progress could be reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally inept Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As coronavirus galloped through Latin America in late April, the mayor of Manaus was in despair. "The outlook is dismal," Arthur Virgílio admitted as gravediggers in the Amazon's largest city piled coffins into muddy trenc
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Skal sutten ligne brystvorten, og må du spise chili? Få styr på barsels-myterne
Vi tjekker fem påstande, som nybagte forældre kan støde på.
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Svenskt instrument ska utforska Venus
Ett svenskutvecklat instrument ombord på en indisk rymdfarkost ska avslöja några av planeten Venus hemligheter.
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It is time to say farewell to the scourge of hot-desking
Or all this might be wishful thinking and we will rush back to our frantic old lives
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Australia's CSL warns drugmakers not to rush Covid-19 vaccine
Safe distribution to billions of people will pose a huge challenge
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Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight
An Electron rocket launched from New Zealand's North Island fails in flight, destroying its satellites.
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Physicists Discover Exotic, New 'Tetraquark' Particle We've Never Seen Before
We could be looking at an undiscovered class of particles here.
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239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne
The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.
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DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds
The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
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Humanity's impact is monkeying with animals' evolution
Evolution is something that happens over time, but animals (humans included) are always mutating and adapting. Thanks to human presence and interference, animals are experiencing what has been referred to as " human-guided evolution ." More animals are becoming night owls. Pollution determines which moths dominate the tree trunks of the U.K. Are these short-term changes, or is humanity doing last
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How to make creamy, authentic-tasting gelato at home
Get the recipe for Pistachio Gelato Ice Cream » Compared to American and French ice creams, Italian-style gelato is made with less cream. Get the recipe for Pistachio Gelato Ice Cream » (Matt Taylor-Gross/) This story originally featured on Saveur . Gelato is a totem. Yes, it's a dessert, but at this point in the collective American unconscious, it's also an idea. An aspiration. Gelato is the sop
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Stop making sense: why it's time to get emotional about climate change | Rebecca Huntley
The science has been settled to the highest degree, so now the key to progress is understanding our psychological reactions It took me much longer than it should have to realise that educating people about climate change science was not enough. Due perhaps to my personality type (highly rational, don't talk to me about horoscopes, please) and my background (the well-educated daughter of a high sc
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WHO says trials show malaria and HIV drugs don't cut Covid-19 hospital deaths
Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir not found to help patients in hospital Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients in hospital with Covid-19 after they failed to reduce mortality. The
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London hospital starts virtual ward rounds for medical students
Imperial College doctors with AR glasses examine patients as trainees watch remotely Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A flock of students stumbling after a consultant on a ward round has long been a familiar sight in hospitals. Perhaps not for much longer though – a university has pioneered the use of augmented reality to allow students to take part from home. Imperia
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How Infrared Images Could Be Part of Your Daily Life
In a post-quarantine world, heat sensors could help spot sick people with elevated temperatures as they enter public places. But it's not that simple.
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Does Using Brain-Enhancing Drugs Count as Cheating?
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Light to Moderate Drinking May Prevent Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
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Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. – Taking Control of Your Brain — FitMind
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On Simulating Neural Damage in Connectionist Networks
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Individual Neurons Help Us Make Memory-Based Decisions, Says Study
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Leadership, diversity and personal finance in the COVID-19 era
Add event to calendar What should you be doing with your money during the coronavirus financial crisis? In this Big Think Live session, Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest , a financial advisory and investment platform for women, will discuss personal finance and wealth-building career strategies with Bob Kulhan, founder and CEO of Business Improv . What steps can we take to guard ou
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How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today
Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath. It was here, on a winter expedition, that scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction, and when it happened. Dr Beth Shapiro is a paleo-geneticist, who co-runs the Paleog
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Does the key to anti-ageing lie in our bones?
Osteocalcin, a hormone produced in the bones, could one day provide treatments for age-related issues such as muscle and memory loss Gérard Karsenty was a young scientist trying to make a name for himself in the early 1990s when he first stumbled upon a finding that would go on to transform our understanding of bone, and the role it plays in our body. Karsenty had become interested in osteocalcin
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Conspicuous consumption is over. It's all about intangibles now
In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite social position. In Veblen's now famous treatise The Theory of the Leisure Class , he coined the phrase 'conspicuous consumption' to denote the way that material objects were paraded as indicators of social position and status. More than 100 years later, conspicuous consumption is still part of t
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The Pandemic's Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?
Even with more than 500,000 dead worldwide, scientists are struggling to learn how often the virus kills. Here's why.
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Scolding Beachgoers Isn't Helping
We've entered another risky, uncertain phase of America's pandemic summer. COVID-19 cases are surging across most states, and once again, intensive-care units are filling up . Eighteen states have either paused or rolled back their plans to reopen, and even Republican governors who previously resisted public-health guidelines about masks are now asking people to mask up. So why on Earth do so man
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The Dr. Strange of the American Revolution – Facts So Romantic
In Rush , author Stephen Fried confirms what earlier biographical writings on the doctor had observed: that history misunderstood him, "had not taken him seriously enough as a founder, a writer, a teacher, and a revolutionary in politics, medicine, religion, public health, and philosophy.". Painting by John Trumbull / Wikicommons I ascribe the Success of our Revolution to a Galaxy," Benjamin Rush
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Having anxiety and agoraphobia holds you back. But there are positives to be found…
If I hadn't experienced anxiety and agoraphobia and the therapy that resulted from them, I wouldn't now understand human complexities as I do, writes Charlotte Levin I sometimes wonder about my parallel life: the one in which I attended drama school, became a respected actor, travelled the world and ended up marrying Louis Theroux after meeting him at an awards ceremony. The life in which I didn'
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 4)
VIRTUAL REALITY How Holographic Tech Is Shrinking VR Displays to the Size of Sunglasses Kyle Orland | Ars Technica "…researchers at Facebook Reality Labs are using holographic film to create a prototype VR display that looks less like ski goggles and more like lightweight sunglasses. With a total thickness less than 9mm—and without significant compromises on field of view or resolution—these disp
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Vitamin D promoted as potential defence against coronavirus
Scientists caution that more research is needed to prove whether supplements can fight off Covid-19
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