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Halos of Clay Can Preserve Billion-Year-Old Microbes

New discovery could help scientists unearth more ancient microbial fossils and shed light on some big questions about early life on Earth. Burgess-Shale-and-Mountains.jpg The Burgess Shale, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, contains impressively well preserved fossils that are more than 500 million years old. Finding fossils of earlier life has been challenging. Image credits: NorthStarPhotos via

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Polymers can fine-tune attractions between suspended nanocubes

Researchers demonstrate a high level of control over a type of colloid in which the suspended particles take the form of hollow, nanoscale cubes. This case has only previously been explored through theoretical calculations.

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Memory impairment in mice reduced by soy derivate that can enter the brain intact

Researchers have found that a soy-derived protein fragment that reaches the brain after being ingested reduces memory degradation in mice with an induced cognitive impairment, providing a new lead for the development of functional foods that help prevent mental decline.

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Fungal pathogen disables plant defense mechanism

Cabbage plants defend themselves against herbivores and pathogens by deploying a defensive mechanism called the mustard oil bomb. Researchers have now been able to show that this defense is also effective against the widespread fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. However, the pathogen uses at least two different detoxification mechanisms that enable the fungus to successfully spread on plants defende

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Unique material design for brain-like computations

Over the past few decades, computers have seen dramatic progress in processing power; however, even the most advanced computers are relatively rudimentary in comparison with the complexities and capabilities of the human brain.

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Plants are marvelous chemists, as the gardenia's DNA shows

Plants are some of nature's most extraordinary chemists. Unlike animals, they can't run from predators or pathogens. They can't uproot themselves to spread their seeds. So instead, they manufacture chemicals to make love and war. But how did plants obtain these capabilities? In a new study, scientists explore this question through the evolution of Gardenia jasminoides, sequencing the species' geno

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Physical activity prevents almost 4 million early deaths worldwide each year

At least 3.9 million early deaths are being averted worldwide every year by people being physically active, according to a new study using data from 168 countries. By showing how many deaths are averted, it might also be possible to frame the debate in a positive way and this could have benefits to advocacy, policy and population messaging.

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Simulating wind farm development

Engineers have devised a model to describe how, in the process of establishing wind farms, interactions between developers and landowners affect energy production costs.

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Polymers can fine-tune attractions between suspended nanocubes

Researchers demonstrate a high level of control over a type of colloid in which the suspended particles take the form of hollow, nanoscale cubes. This case has only previously been explored through theoretical calculations.

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Our knowledge of Covid-19 changes every day. Hindsight is misleading when it comes to science | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

It's tempting to look back and say 'if only we had known' – but that ignores the realities The results of a Covid-19 study have been announced. Unlike most of the previous results, this study seems immediately to be a game-changer – rather than minor benefits from an expensive drug, or spurious nonsense from a dubious trial, these results show that a cheap and common medication, dexamethasone, co

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Ancient societies hold lessons for modern cities

Today's modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancient Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more people live together, the better the living standards.

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New research hints at the presence of unconventional galaxies containing 2 black holes

Astronomers have identified periodic gamma-ray emissions from 11 active galaxies, paving the way for future studies of unconventional galaxies that might harbor two supermassive black holes at their centers.

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Simulating wind farm development

Engineers have devised a model to describe how, in the process of establishing wind farms, interactions between developers and landowners affect energy production costs.

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Fantastic muscle proteins and where to find them

Setting out to identify all proteins that make up the sarcomere, the basic contractile unit of muscle cells, resulted in an unexpected revelation, providing experimental evidence that helps explain a fundamental mystery about how muscles work.

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Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world's biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans — in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report.

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New system uses wind turbines to defend the US national grid from power cuts

A 'smart' system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers.

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Skyrmion dynamics and traverse mobility

Scientists aim to understand how skyrmions behave in a substrate under dc and ac drives.

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Ride safely with these essential motorcycle tips

A contrasting color or something bright, like a hi-vis piece of gear, can help other riders see you better, but always ride like other motorists don't see you. (Arai/) This story originally featured on Motorcyclist . There's a lot to learn when you first start out riding a motorcycle . The mechanical aspects of handling the bike are typically the most apparent—how to shift smoothly, how to take a

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Lynika Strozier, Who Researched Early Plant DNA, Dies at 35

She overcame a severe learning disability to become a scientist with "golden hands" and most recently a college instructor. She died of Covid-19.

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What the data say about police brutality and racial bias — and which reforms might work

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01846-z Some interventions could help to reduce racism and rein in the use of unnecessary force in police work, but the evidence base is still evolving.

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New adjuvant successful in extending immunity against HIV

Emory researchers are the first to show a new adjuvant, 3M-052, helps induce long-lasting immunity against HIV. This finding has implications for developing successful vaccines against HIV, influenza and COVID-19.

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COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine

ACP Proposes Policies and Action to Confront Systemic Racism, Discrimination and Injustices in Health and Law Enforcement.

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We need highly formal rituals in order to make life more democratic

Benedictus, Benedicat, per Jesum Christum, Dominum Nostrum. Amen. Please be seated. It's dinner time in St Paul's College, Sydney, where I'm dean and head of house at Graduate House. The members of the High Table, wearing academic gowns, have processed into the refectory to a table laden with candelabra and silver accoutrements from the college treasury, each place set with cutlery and glasses. T

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Hummingbirds Navigate an Ultraviolet World We Never See

New research shows that the nectar-drinking birds use their enhanced color vision to distinguish sources of food.

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The UK's contact tracing app fiasco is a masterclass in mismanagement

There are advantages to being one of the world's largest single-payer health-care systems. For the UK's National Health Service, the NHS, big data is increasingly one of them. Its Recovery Trial, launched early in the coronavirus outbreak to collect information from across the system, has led to the discovery of dexamethasone as one of the most promising life-saving treatments for the novel coron

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Ekstremt velbevaret: Nu kan du se dinosaurernes konge i Danmark

Tyrannosaurus Rex og fem andre sjældne dinosaurere kan fra i dag ses på Statens Naturhistoriske Museum.

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Signs of being prone to adult diabetes are already visible at age 8 years old

Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as 8 years old, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed, according to a new study published in Diabetes Care today [19 June 2020].

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New research hints at the presence of unconventional galaxies containing two black holes

A Clemson University scientist has joined forces with an international team of astronomers to identify periodic gamma-ray emissions from 11 active galaxies, paving the way for future studies of unconventional galaxies that might harbor two supermassive black holes at their centers.

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Teaching physics to neural networks removes 'chaos blindness'

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that teaching physics to neural networks enables those networks to better adapt to chaos within their environment. The work has implications for improved artificial intelligence (AI) applications ranging from medical diagnostics to automated drone piloting.

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A new social role for echolocation in bats that hunt together

Searching for food at night can be tricky. To find prey in the dark, bats use echolocation, their "sixth sense." But to find food faster, some species, like Molossus molossus, may search within hearing distance of their echolocating group members, sharing information about where food patches are located. Social information encoded in their echolocation calls may facilitate this foraging strategy,

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Video: How tear gas affects your body

2-Chlorobenzalmalononitrile, better known as CS gas, is one of the most common tear gases used in the United States today, but did you know it's not actually a gas?

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A new social role for echolocation in bats that hunt together

Searching for food at night can be tricky. To find prey in the dark, bats use echolocation, their "sixth sense." But to find food faster, some species, like Molossus molossus, may search within hearing distance of their echolocating group members, sharing information about where food patches are located. Social information encoded in their echolocation calls may facilitate this foraging strategy,

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Realistic, Interactive VR Sex Is Finally Here, and It's Affordable

Virtual reality, as a concept, has been around for decades. And for as long as it's been in the public consciousness, the concept of VR sex and virtual reality porn has been very close behind. It's natural, after all, for the mind to wander towards the sexual extrapolation of any new technology. But now this VR sex is no longer just a hypothetical. It's becoming science fact thanks to the innovat

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Scientists Demonstrate Quantum Teleportation Using Electrons

Quantum Teleportation A team of researchers claim to have achieved quantum teleportation using individual electrons. Quantum teleportation, or quantum entanglement, allows particles to affect each other even if they aren't physically connected — a phenomenon predicted by famed physicist Albert Einstein. Rather than a teleportation chamber out of a sci-fi movie, quantum teleportation transports in

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Physicist Pleads: Stop Building Stupid, Expensive Particle Colliders

Shifting Priorities After CERN announced plans to build the world's largest particle collider yet, physicist Sabine Hossenfelder has a simple message: we'd be better off without it. Hossenfelder, a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, wrote a Scientific American op-ed in which she argues that the tens of billions of dollars the collider would cost is far too high a pri

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Babies with COVID-19 tend to have mild illness, mostly with fever

A report from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago shows that infants under 90 days of age who tested positive for COVID-19 tend to be well, with little or no respiratory involvement. Fever was often found to be the primary or only symptom. Findings were published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Environmental conditions found to affect stability of virus that causes COVID-19

A new study led by Marshall University researcher M. Jeremiah Matson found that environmental conditions affect the stability of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human nasal mucus and sputum.

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Apple closes stores in states where virus cases are rising

Move to shutter almost a dozen reopened outlets delivers 'gut punch to reopening bulls'

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Anxiety rises ahead of Trump's Tulsa rally

Even Republicans fret about 19,000 gathering as Covid-19 cases surge and racial tensions mount

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Mathematicians urge colleagues to boycott police work in wake of killings

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01874-9 More than 1,400 researchers have signed a letter calling on the discipline to stop working on predictive-policing algorithms and other models.

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Fiber 2.0–Fiber's New Science of Health-Boosting Benefits

Fiber is so much more than "roughage!" From your heart and your bones to your microbiome, the list of health benefits linked to fiber keeps getting longer as nutrition science learns… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That It Benefits Our Health?

Some people believe certain health problems are the result of a diet that's too acidic. The solution? Alkalizing foods to manage bodily pH. But that doesn't quite add up.

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New Tech Captures Power Plant Exhaust to Generate More Power

Closed Loop A new system can capture some of the environmentally-devastating carbon emissions given off by power plants — and recycle it to generate even more electricity. By reusing exhaust in that way, power plants would be able to cut down on their carbon emissions while also generating more power, according to research published this month in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemical Engineering.

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Should you pay for a coronavirus test? Here's what you need to know

Antibody tests can reveal if you have had and recovered from the coronavirus. But how accurate are these tests and how useful are their results?

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Teaching physics to neural networks removes 'chaos blindness'

Teaching physics to neural networks enables those networks to better adapt to chaos within their environment. The work has implications for improved artificial intelligence (AI) applications ranging from medical diagnostics to automated drone piloting.

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A new social role for echolocation in bats that hunt together

To find prey in the dark, bats use echolocation. Some species, like Molossus molossus, may also search within hearing distance of their echolocating group members, sharing information about where food patches are located. Social information encoded in their echolocation calls may facilitate this foraging strategy that allows them to find food faster.

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New research hints at the presence of unconventional galaxies containing 2 black holes

A Clemson University scientist has joined forces with an international team of astronomers to identify periodic gamma-ray emissions from 11 active galaxies, paving the way for future studies of unconventional galaxies that might harbor two supermassive black holes at their centers.

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Simulating wind farm development

Engineers have devised a model to describe how, in the process of establishing wind farms, interactions between developers and landowners affect energy production costs.

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Synaptic variability provides adaptability for rhythmic motor pattern

From snail to man, one of the most common features in behavior is arguably the variability of motor acts—for example, a soccer player evading an opponent. By studying how the marine snail Aplysia produces variable feeding behavior, researchers have found that variable motor outputs stem from a complex interplay of synaptic variability and the strengths of the synaptic contacts between specific neu

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Ancient societies hold lessons for modern cities

Today's modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancient Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more people live together, the better the living standards.

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You May Be At Risk of Severe COVID If You Have This Blood Type

According to a new study by European researchers, people with type A blood are at a much higher risk of developing severe COVID-19, suggesting there may be a way to explain which COVID-19 patients get far sicker than others, Reuters reports . It could also help health practitioners determine who is more at risk of developing a serious illness as a result of the coronavirus. The research could eve

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You may be able to spot a 'ring of fire' eclipse this weekend

On January 4, 2011, the Hinode satellite captured these breathtaking images of an annular solar eclipse. (NASA/Hinode/XRT/) This Sunday, June 21st, if you're in central Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, don't forget to look up at the sky (with the proper protection )—you're in for a fiery celestial show. At 3:45 UTC, a "ring of fire" will rise in the sky, caused by an annular solar eclipse —a spe

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Cuomo holds final coronavirus briefing as NYC reopens

Governor ends popular daily news conferences in sign hardest-hit state is over the worst

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Nuclear softening expedites interstitial cell migration in fibrous networks and dense connective tissues

Dense matrices impede interstitial cell migration and subsequent repair. We hypothesized that nuclear stiffness is a limiting factor in migration and posited that repair could be expedited by transiently decreasing nuclear stiffness. To test this, we interrogated the interstitial migratory capacity of adult meniscal cells through dense fibrous networks and adult tissue before and after nuclear so

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A reversible oxygen redox reaction in bulk-type all-solid-state batteries

An all-solid-state lithium battery using inorganic solid electrolytes requires safety assurance and improved energy density, both of which are issues in large-scale applications of lithium-ion batteries. Utilization of high-capacity lithium-excess electrode materials is effective for the further increase in energy density. However, they have never been applied to all-solid-state batteries. Operat

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The pore size of mesoporous silica nanoparticles regulates their antigen delivery efficiency

Subunit vaccines generally proceed through a 4-step in vivo cascade—the DUMP cascade—to generate potent cell-mediated immune responses: (1) drainage to lymph nodes; (2) uptake by dendritic cells (DCs); (3) maturation of DCs; and (4) Presentation of peptide-MHC I complexes to CD8 + T cells. How the physical properties of vaccine carriers such as mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) influence thi

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Human TRA2A determines influenza A virus host adaptation by regulating viral mRNA splicing

Several avian influenza A viruses (IAVs) have adapted to mammalian species, including humans. To date, the mechanisms enabling these host shifts remain incompletely understood. Here, we show that a host factor, human TRA2A (huTRA2A), inhibits avian IAV replication, but benefits human IAV replication by altered regulation of viral messenger RNA (mRNA) splicing. huTRA2A depresses mRNA splicing by b

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Million-year lag times in a post-orogenic sediment conveyor

Understanding how sediment transport and storage will delay, attenuate, and even erase the erosional signal of tectonic and climatic forcings has bearing on our ability to read and interpret the geologic record effectively. Here, we estimate sediment transit times in Australia's largest river system, the Murray-Darling basin, by measuring downstream changes in cosmogenic 26 Al/ 10 Be/ 14 C ratios

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Early-career faculty practice learner-centered teaching up to 9 years after postdoctoral professional development

The goal of STEM professional development for teaching is that participants continue to practice what they learn in the long term. However, we do not know if the outcomes are achieved and ultimately persist. We tracked postdoctoral participants from the Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST) IV program into their current positions as early-career biology faculty. We assessed th

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The value of whats to come: Neural mechanisms coupling prediction error and the utility of anticipation

Having something to look forward to is a keystone of well-being. Anticipation of future reward, such as an upcoming vacation, can often be more gratifying than the experience itself. Theories suggest the utility of anticipation underpins various behaviors, ranging from beneficial information-seeking to harmful addiction. However, how neural systems compute anticipatory utility remains unclear. We

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Engineering autologous tumor cell vaccine to locally mobilize antitumor immunity in tumor surgical bed

Autologous tumor cell–based vaccines (ATVs) are emerging as a transformable approach for personalized immunotherapy, but their therapeutic efficacy remains unsatisfying in patients with cancer. Here, we design a photodynamic therapy (PDT)–motivated ATV (P-ATV) in Fmoc-KCRGDK–phenylboronic acid (FK-PBA) hydrogel, which mobilizes local immune activation to inhibit relapse of postoperative tumors. T

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Synaptic mechanisms for motor variability in a feedforward network

Behavioral variability often arises from variable activity in the behavior-generating neural network. The synaptic mechanisms underlying this variability are poorly understood. We show that synaptic noise, in conjunction with weak feedforward excitation, generates variable motor output in the Aplysia feeding system. A command-like neuron (CBI-10) triggers rhythmic motor programs more variable tha

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Smithian growth in a nonindustrial society

A defining feature of the contemporary world is economic growth, and the most frequently cited cause is technological change, especially with respect to energy capture and information processing. This framing masks the potential for economic growth in nonindustrial societies, but there is growing evidence for episodes where the material conditions of life did improve in the preindustrial past. He

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Charge-reversal surfactant antibiotic material for reducing microbial corrosion in petroleum exploitation and transportation

The corrosions caused by sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) are serious problems in petroleum exploitation and transportation, which can lead to safety problems, environmental pollutions, and economic losses. Here, a charge-reversal surfactant antibiotic material N -dodecyl-1-carboxylic acid-1-cyclohexenyl-2-carboxamide (C12N-DCA) is designed and synthesized. C12N-DCA is a negatively charged surfact

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Operando detection of single nanoparticle activity dynamics inside a model pore catalyst material

Nanoconfinement in porous catalysts may induce reactant concentration gradients inside the pores due to local conversion. This leads to inefficient active material use since parts of the catalyst may be trapped in an inactive state. Experimentally, these effects remain unstudied due to material complexity and required high spatial resolution. Here, we have nanofabricated quasi–two-dimensional mim

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Cytosolic delivery of proteins by cholesterol tagging

Protein-based imaging agents and therapeutics are superior in structural and functional diversity compared to small molecules and are much easier to design or screen. Antibodies or antibody fragments can be easily raised against virtually any target. Despite these fundamental advantages, the power and impact of protein-based agents are substantially undermined, only acting on a limited number of

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Allosteric pluripotency as revealed by protein kinase A

The functional response of a signaling system to an allosteric stimulus often depends on subcellular conditions, a phenomenon known as pluripotent allostery. For example, a single allosteric modulator, Rp-cAMPS, of the prototypical protein kinase A (PKA) switches from antagonist to agonist depending on MgATP levels. However, the mechanism underlying such pluripotent allostery has remained elusive

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Programming van der Waals interactions with complex symmetries into microparticles using liquid crystallinity

Asymmetric interactions such as entropic (e.g., encoded by nonspherical shapes) or surface forces (e.g., encoded by patterned surface chemistry or DNA hybridization) provide access to functional states of colloidal matter, but versatile approaches for engineering asymmetric van der Waals interactions have the potential to expand further the palette of materials that can be assembled through such

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Cryo-EM structures of NPC1L1 reveal mechanisms of cholesterol transport and ezetimibe inhibition

The intestinal absorption of cholesterol is mediated by a multipass membrane protein, Niemann-Pick C1-Like 1 (NPC1L1), the molecular target of a cholesterol lowering therapy ezetimibe. While ezetimibe gained Food and Drug Administration approval in 2002, its mechanism of action has remained unclear. Here, we present two cryo–electron microscopy structures of NPC1L1, one in its apo form and the ot

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Ancient societies hold lessons for modern cities

Today's modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancient Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more people live together, the better the living standards.

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Summer Weather Won't Save Us from Coronavirus

Though hotter, humid weather can dampen transmission, it is not enough to significantly curtail the pandemic — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Covid-19 news: UK coronavirus alert level lowered from four to three

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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This is what our universe looks like to x-ray eyes

First all-sky image released by eROSITA telescope could help explain mysterious dark energy

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Hopes of retail revival central to economic recovery

Amazon tops FT analysis of companies prospering during the pandemic

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Survey finds US adults largely supported measures to limit spread of COVID-19 in May

A new study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report presents data from a survey of Americans assessing their behaviors and attitudes about measures that were adopted by states to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Researcher: Second COVID Wave May Be Psychologically Devastating

As U.S. states ease up their coronavirus lockdown, they're seeing a resurgence in new COVID-19 cases . Overall, it seems as though a resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak is looming in the future — and that has experts worried that a massive psychological toll may come with it, according to the Washington Examiner . "I think a second wave would be devastating for a lot of people," University of

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Remote working is the new norm—work-life balance is more important than ever

Over the last decade, remote working has become more and more popular. Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, up to 62% of people are now working from home. Up to 40% of survey respondents say they feel more productive while working from home. However, there are also negative impacts, such as not taking as many breaks. "Employee burnout" is increasing at an alarming rate. Telecommuting and remote

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Copper Won't Save You From Coronavirus

Pandemic fears have created interest in metallic products touting antimicrobial properties. But experts have doubts about the copper craze.

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European physicists boldly take small step toward 100-kilometer-long atom smasher

A technical and financial feasibility study could arrive in 2026

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Coronapod: Dexamethasone, the cheap steroid that could cut coronavirus deaths

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01872-x Hope rises as the first potentially life-saving treatment emerges from drug trials.

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Measuring a tiny quasiparticle is a major step forward for semiconductor technology

A team of researchers has uncovered new information about the mass of individual components that make up a promising quasiparticle, known as an exciton, that could play a critical role in future applications for quantum computing, improved memory storage, and more efficient energy conversion.

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Teleportation: Important step in improving quantum computing

Researchers are exploring new ways of creating quantum-mechanical interactions between distant electrons. The research marks an important advance in quantum computing.

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The wind beneath their wings: Albatrosses fine-tuned to wind conditions

A new study of albatrosses has found that wind plays a bigger role in their decision to take flight than previously thought, and due to their differences in body size, males and females differ in their response to wind.

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Old drug standards delay new drug approvals

The more information the FDA has about existing drugs, the longer it takes to OK new ones for the same conditions.

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Teleportation: Important step in improving quantum computing

Researchers are exploring new ways of creating quantum-mechanical interactions between distant electrons. The research marks an important advance in quantum computing.

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An ant-inspired approach to mathematical sampling

Researchers have observed the exploratory behavior of ants to inform the development of a more efficient mathematical sampling technique.

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Our biggest questions about immunity to covid-19

We're still not very sure how covid-19 immunity works. As we inch closer to a vaccine and pin our hopes on herd immunity to allow us to safely open up communities again, the uncertainties will only get more pressing. Here's a look at some of the biggest questions we're still trying to answer. How much immunity are we talking about? When most people (i.e., the general public) talk about immunity,

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NASA Spacecraft so Far Away It Can See Stars from Different Angle

New Perspective An extremely-distant NASA spacecraft is giving us the ability to look at the universe from a new perspective. New Horizons is a NASA probe that was launched in the beginning of 2006. Since then, Popular Science reports , it's traveled 4.2 billion miles from Earth. It's so far away that when it looks out at the sky, nearby stars appear to be in different places than they do when se

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Can't get waxed? Remove your hair with sugar at home.

If fuzzy legs are not your thing, sugar can be more than a treat. ( Phi Phi / Unsplash/) If being hairless on certain parts of your anatomy brings you joy and going to a salon isn't an option, sugaring is a cheap and easy alternative to razor burn and store bought wax strips. This hair removal method was likely invented thousands of years ago near Ancient Persia, and it's still popular across the

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NASA observes large Saharan dust plume over Atlantic ocean

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite observed a huge Saharan dust plume streaming over the North Atlantic Ocean, beginning on June 13. Satellite data showed the dust had spread over 2,000 miles.

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Polymers can fine-tune attractions between suspended nanocubes

Colloids are complex mixtures in which microscopic particles of one substance are suspended evenly throughout another. They can be prepared in many different ways, but to achieve desirable properties in the final mixture, researchers must maintain a delicate control over the interactions which take place between the particles. In new research published in The European Physical Journal E, a team le

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Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world

"Beam me up" is one of the most famous catchphrases from the Star Trek series. It is the command issued when a character wishes to teleport from a remote location back to the Starship Enterprise.

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Camilla Rathcke er ny formand for Lægeforeningen

Tidligere formand for Yngre Læger Camilla Rathcke bliver ny formand for Lægeforeningen.

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Over-the-ear headphones to immerse you in high-quality sound

Quality cans for your listening needs. (Petri R via Unsplash/) Maybe you're someone who loves fumbling to put tiny plastic buds close to your eardrums. If you are, this article isn't for you. This article is for the lovers of big, cushy ear pads, comfortable head straps, and booming sound that just won't quit. When considering these lovelies you should take your usual listening environment into a

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Five road trip essentials for savvy travelers

Focus on you and the open road. (Dino Reichmuth via Unsplash/) A vacation is more than just a break from everyday life—it's a chance to see and do things that you'll remember forever. Unlike flying or cruising, jumping in a car with your friends and hitting the road can be a surprisingly affordable getaway option that takes relatively little preparation and puts you in full control of how you spe

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NASA observes large Saharan dust plume over Atlantic ocean

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite observed a huge Saharan dust plume streaming over the North Atlantic Ocean, beginning on June 13. Satellite data showed the dust had spread over 2,000 miles.

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Nerve-blocking antibody relieves chronic low back pain

Tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, may provide relief to people with chronic low back pain, according to new research. Chronic low back pain is one of the leading reasons why people seek medical care and the number one cause of disability worldwide. "This demonstration of efficacy is a major breakthrough in the global search to develop non-opioid treatments for chronic

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A Wide Look at Coronavirus Mutants

Here's a new preprint that goes a long way to telling us what we need to know about coronavirus antibodies and Spike protein mutations. It's from Jesse Bloom's group at the Fred Hutchinson center in Seattle, and it's another one of those experiments that you could only do with modern molecular biology (and modern bioinformatics). This is what I mean by that: as we have all had to learn, the Spike

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Dust storms may shed light on life on Mars

Martian dust storms, like the one that eventually shut down the Opportunity rover, drive the cycle of chlorine from surface to atmosphere and may shed light on the potential for finding life on Mars, according to new research. The work builds on a previous examination of Martian dust storms as an essential factor in the chemical evolution of the red planet's surface. The new paper shifts focus to

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Is COVID-19 the Tipping Point for Telemedicine?

Sheltering in place has pushed virtual health care into the mainstream, making us wonder if we'll ever go back to waiting rooms

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Adolescents from disadvantaged neighborhoods show gene regulation differences

An 18-year study of 2,000 children born in England and Wales found that young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection, and danger display differences in the epigenome — the proteins and chemical compounds that regulate the activity of their genes. The findings suggest that gene regulation may be one biological pathway through w

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Is teleportation possible? Yes, in the quantum world

Researchers at the University of Rochester are exploring new ways of creating quantum-mechanical interactions between distant electrons. The research marks an important advance in quantum computing.

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Skyrmion dynamics and traverse mobility

In a study published in EPJ B authors N.P. Vizarim and C.J.O. Reichhardt from the Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA and their colleagues aim to understand how skyrmions behave in a substrate under dc and ac drives.

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Woman Can Eat after Stomach Is Removed

Originally published in January 1898 — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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SpaceX Wants to Build Floating Spaceports for Daily Starship Launches

The coronavirus pandemic stopped a lot of things, but it hasn't done much to slow down SpaceX and Elon Musk. The company sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station last month in the first-ever commercially-operated crewed mission , and it's scheduled to launch its tenth group of Starlink satellites next week and a GPS satellite for the US military later this month. As if all that

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The World Doesn't Need a New Gigantic Particle Collider

It would cost many billions of dollars, the potential rewards are unclear—and the money could be better spent researching threats such as climate change and emerging viruses — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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This X-Ray Map of the Entire Sky Is a Psychedelic Dreamworld

A telescope called eROSITA on board the Spektr-RG space observatory has captured breathtaking X-ray observations of the entire sky, Science Alert reports . The X-ray instrument was built by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany (MPE), and was launched along with the Russian-German space observatory Spektr-RG in July 2019. The instrument's observations, 165 gigabytes col

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Insight into Dexamethasone's Benefits in Severe COVID-19

The steroid's exceptional performance in early results from the RECOVERY clinical trial in the United Kingdom is a rational outcome of the drug's anti-inflammatory effects, experts say.

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Measuring a tiny quasiparticle is a major step forward for semiconductor technology

A team of researchers led by Sufei Shi, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has uncovered new information about the mass of individual components that make up a promising quasiparticle, known as an exciton, that could play a critical role in future applications for quantum computing, improved memory storage, and more efficient energy c

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Higher rates of severe COVID-19 in BAME populations remain unexplained

Higher rates of severe COVID-19 infections in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations are not explained by socioeconomic or behavioral factors, cardiovascular disease risk, or by vitamin D status, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London.

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Researchers attempt new treatment approach for blood cancer

In an effort to improve the survival of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms, a type of leukemia, researchers inhibited a specific protein (alpha5beta1 integrin) to decrease the number of large bone marrow cells (megakaryocytes) in an experimental model. An increase in megakaryocyte numbers is thought to be the cause of many problems observed in this disease. This type of treatment approach

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How a historic drought led to higher power costs and emissions

A researcher at North Carolina State University led a study of the impact of a historic drought in California on economic and environmental impacts for electric power systems.

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Polymers can fine-tune attractions between suspended nanocubes

In new research published in EPJ E, researchers demonstrate a high level of control over a type of colloid in which the suspended particles take the form of hollow, nanoscale cubes. This case has only previously been explored through theoretical calculations.

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Mortality rates higher following kidney injury, University of Cincinnati research finds

New research from the University of Cincinnati shows kidney failure resulting from acute kidney injury leads to a higher risk of death in the first six months compared to kidney failure from diabetes or other causes. The study highlights the need for developing treatment strategies targeting factors that enhance kidney recovery.

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New system uses wind turbines to defend the national grid from power cuts

A 'smart' system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers at the University of Birmingham.

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Smartphone app uses voice recordings to detect fluid in the lungs

Voice analysis by a smartphone app identifies lung congestion in heart failure patients, allowing early intervention before their condition deteriorates. The small study is presented today on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

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Coronavirus: A wake-up call to strengthen the global food system

A new commentary in the journal One Earth highlights not only climate-related risks to the global food system, such as drought and floods, but also exposes the coronavirus pandemic as a shock to the system that has led to food crises in many parts of the world. To address the challenges of a globally interconnected food system, a systems approach is required.

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Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and resuscitations during COVID-19 pandemic in New York

This study describes the characteristics associated with outpatient cardiac arrests and death during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.

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Variation in ventilator allocation guidelines by state during COVID-19 pandemic

State guidelines for ventilator allocation decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic are examined in this review.

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Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world's biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans — in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report.

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Hvis det skal blive grønt at flyve, har vi brug for Power-to-X: Men hvad er det overhovedet?

Holland og Danmark laver en aftale om ekstra midler til danske Power-to-X-anlæg.

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Fantastic muscle proteins and where to find them

Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) developed a mouse model that enables them to look inside a working muscle and identify the proteins that allow the sarcomere to contract, relax, communicate its energy needs, and adapt to exercise. Specifically, they were able to map proteins in defined subregions of the sarcomere, starting from the "Z

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Working Scientist podcast: How to sell your public outreach ideas to funders

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01871-y Funding agencies and societies love novel approaches to science communication. Here is some expert advice on how to grab their attention.

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Coronavirus diaries: a lockdown letter to myself as a PhD student

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01867-8 A closed lab prompts John Tregoning to reflect on his early career, informed by his 12-year-old son's response to COVID-19.

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Fantastic muscle proteins and where to find them

Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) developed a mouse model that enables them to look inside a working muscle and identify the proteins that allow the sarcomere to contract, relax, communicate its energy needs, and adapt to exercise. Specifically, they were able to map proteins in defined subregions of the sarcomere, starting from the "Z

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Researchers study a novel type of extracellular vesicles

Researchers from Sechenov University and the University of Pittsburgh compared the properties of two groups of extracellular vesicles. Either present in a liquid phase or attached to the fibres of the extracellular matrix, these vesicles facilitate metabolism and cell-cell communication. A better understanding of their structure, production and movement can help create new bioengineered materials

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NASA Planning Mysterious Test With ISS-Docked SpaceX Crew Dragon

On May 30, SpaceX pulled off a historic launch . The space company launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, the first time astronauts were sent into orbit from American soil since 2011. And their ride, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft , is now being put through its paces as it rests docked to the space station — including a mysterious "test" that cou

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Researchers study a novel type of extracellular vesicles

Researchers from Sechenov University and the University of Pittsburgh compared the properties of two groups of extracellular vesicles. Either present in a liquid phase or attached to the fibres of the extracellular matrix, these vesicles facilitate metabolism and cell-cell communication. A better understanding of their structure, production and movement can help create new bioengineered materials

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We caught bacteria from the most pristine air on earth to help solve a climate modeling mystery

The Southern Ocean is a vast band of open water that encircles the entire planet between Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere landmasses. It is the cloudiest place on Earth, and the amount of sunlight that reflects off or passes through those clouds plays a surprisingly important role in global climate. It affects weather patterns, ocean currents, Antarctic sea ice cover, sea surface temperature

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Effective mouse traps for keeping your home pest-free

Keep your house free of rodents. (Marina Khrapova via Unsplash/) Animal lover or not, there are some critters you just don't want setting up shop in your house uninvited. Mice are one of the most hardy and notorious household pets around, responsible for infesting an estimated 21 million homes annually in the United States alone. Between the damage they do to wood and insulation, the host of unsa

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A Deep Dive With the Weirdest Fishes in the Sea

Go behind the scenes at the California Academy of Sciences to see their greatest specimens, including fish from the "twilight zone" and a massive megalodon tooth.

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Amid Continued Covid-19 Risks, States Move Forward on Reopening

Covid-19 cases swelled in many states this week, as the national death toll reached 118,000. But local spikes in new cases and hospitalizations, several months into a global pandemic that has devastated the national economy, have not been accompanied by a rising sense of urgency from many public officials.

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Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

Three-quarters of new and emerging infectious diseases in humans originate in wildlife. COVID-19, SARS and Ebola all started this way. The COVID-19 global pandemic has drawn new attention to how people think about wild animals, consume them and interact with them, and how those interactions can affect public health.

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On a Pennsylvania Farm, 'Nature Is Not Just Carrying On'

Quarantine in the country means fresh air and space, but a writer's sense of good fortune is darkened by the state of nature. "What I'm observing is unsettling," she says.

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Fantastic muscle proteins and where to find them

Setting out to identify all proteins that make up the sarcomere, the basic contractile unit of muscle cells, resulted in an unexpected revelation, providing experimental evidence that helps explain a fundamental mystery about how muscles work. The research was published in Nature Communications.

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The Kerguelen oceanic plateau sheds light on the formation of continents

How did the continents form? Although to a certain extent this remains an open question, the oceanic plateau of the Kerguelen Islands may well provide part of the answer, according to a French-Australian team led by the Géosciences Environnement Toulouse laboratory (CNRS/Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier/IRD/CNES).

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Human activity on rivers outpaces, compounds effects of climate change

The livelihoods of millions of people living along the world's biggest river systems are under threat by a range of stressors caused by the daily economic, societal and political activity of humans—in addition to the long-term effects of climate change, researchers report.

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Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

Three-quarters of new and emerging infectious diseases in humans originate in wildlife. COVID-19, SARS and Ebola all started this way. The COVID-19 global pandemic has drawn new attention to how people think about wild animals, consume them and interact with them, and how those interactions can affect public health.

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How to Dramatically Curb Extinction

A new model suggests a way to save half of tropical species — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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COVID-19 shutdowns will give wildlife only short-term relief from climate change

There had to be a silver lining to the nearly universal lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the small benefits has been a temporarily lighter human footprint in many ecosystems.

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Flight trials for greener aviation set for take off

Commercial flight trials that use satellite-enabled communications to reduce the environmental impact of flying are scheduled to commence once normal traffic levels resume.

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Researchers pioneer new production method for heterostructure devices

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering production method for heterostructure devices, based on 2-D materials such as graphene.

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Global urbanization created the conditions for the current coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 brought the relation between humans and animals to the core of social and scientific debates. COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease: the coronavirus that causes it crossed species boundaries from animals to humans. A wet market in Wuhan may be the place where that original species-jump happened.

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Smart farms of the future: Making bioenergy crops more environmentally friendly

Farmers have enough worries—between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands—without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), including scientists at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), could make agriculture both more sustainable and more profitable.

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Skyrmion dynamics and traverse mobility

Skyrmions could revolutionise computing exhibiting great potential in the electronic storage of information, and the key to such a breakthrough could be understanding their behaviour under applied currents.

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Heat may kill more people in US than previously reported: study

Death records point to hundreds of U.S. deaths from heat each year, but even moderately hot weather may actually be killing thousands. This summer, COVID-19 may make it harder to stay cool.

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Global urbanization created the conditions for the current coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 brought the relation between humans and animals to the core of social and scientific debates. COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease: the coronavirus that causes it crossed species boundaries from animals to humans. A wet market in Wuhan may be the place where that original species-jump happened.

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Demographics/coronavirus: longevity proclivity

The pandemic could be a catalyst for life expectancy to rise, some analysts believe

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Heat may kill more people in US than previously reported: BU and UBC study

As temperatures rise this summer, a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health (UBC SPPH) researchers finds that thousands of U.S. deaths may be attributable to heat each year, far more than the 600 deaths previously estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Researchers pioneer new production method for heterostructure devices

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering production method for heterostructure devices, based on 2D materials such as graphene.

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Geologists shed light on the tibetan plateau origin puzzle: an open-and-shut perspective

Earth's geographical surfaces have been formed over millions of years. Although various geological theories aim to explain their formation, the southern Tibetan Plateau is a region consisting of complex geological structures, whose origin has been unclear until now. In a new study published in Earth Science Frontiers, a team of geologists used an alternative "opening-closing" tectonic model to exp

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Why businesses should offer free trials to existing customers

Everybody loves freebies, whether it's a tasty treat handed out at the supermarket or a month of Netflix. These campaigns are a great way to bring attention to a new product or service, and marketers use them to target new customers and grow their customer base.

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COVID-19 has hit women hard, especially working mothers

A new analysis of USC's Understanding Coronavirus in America Study has found that women, particularly those without a college degree, suffered more job losses than men and bore significantly greater responsibility for child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Book: The FBI used 'dirty tricks' to target Black artists

A new book outlines how the FBI waged a decades-long harassment campaign against prominent African American writers and activists. In F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (Princeton, 2015), William J. Maxwell , a professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, describes the "dirty tricks" the agency used to keep tabs on Black artists and how

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Measuring a tiny quasiparticle is a major step forward for semiconductor technology

A team of researchers led by Sufei Shi, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has uncovered new information about the mass of individual components that make up a promising quasiparticle, known as an exciton, that could play a critical role in future applications for quantum computing, improved memory storage, and more efficient energy c

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Office small talk has a big impact on employees' wellbeing, study finds

Small talk between colleagues—about the weekend, the weather or last night's TV—may seem unimportant but it has a big impact on our wellbeing at work.

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Young women are hit doubly hard by recessions, especially this one

We are entering our first pink-tinged recession.

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The appeal of far-right politics

Why do "ordinary" citizens join far-right organisations? Agnieszka Pasieka explores how far-right groups offer social services, organise festivals and shape their own narrative to attract new members. In her FWF-project, she accompanies activists to investigate their practices and philosophies.

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Domestic abusers use tech that connects as a weapon during coronavirus lockdowns

The coronavirus pandemic has driven much of daily life—work, school, socializing—online. Unfortunately, perpetrators of violence against women and girls are also increasingly turning to technology in response to the pandemic.

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The exhaust gas from a power plant can be recovered and used as a raw reaction material

A research group at Nagoya University has developed a new technology that can drastically conserve the energy used to capture carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the greenhouse gases, from facilities such as thermal power plants. Conventionally, a significant amount of energy (3 to 4 GJ/ton-CO2) or high temperatures exceeding 100 deg.C has been required to capture CO2 from gases exhausted from a concentr

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Fungal pathogen disables plant defense mechanism

Cabbage plants defend themselves against herbivores and pathogens by deploying a defensive mechanism called the mustard oil bomb. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Pretoria have now been able to show that this defense is also effective against the widespread fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. However, the pathogen uses at least two different detoxific

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Two quantum cheshire cats exchange grins

Prof. LI Chuanfeng, XU Jinshi, and XU Xiaoye from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), collaborating with Prof. CHEN Jingling from Nankai University, realized the non-contacing exchange of the polarization of two photons, revealing the unique quantum characteristics of the "Quantum Cheshire Cat".

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Why businesses should offer free trials to existing customers

Offering free trials to existing customers might seem counterintuitive, but new research shows it can increase sales.

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Resounding yes to message on a bottle

A new study examining the levels of support of various alcohol control policies across seven countries including Australia, has found broad support for the proposition that alcohol products should carry pregnancy health warnings.

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New therapy reduces chronic low back pain in large international study

A new study has found that tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, provides relief in patients with chronic low back pain, one of the leading reasons why people seek medical care and the number one cause of disability worldwide.

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Patient data can predict life expectancy for older adults with diabetes

A new study finds that clinicians can use patient data, such as a history of co-occurring health conditions and medication, to predict the 5- and 10-year life expectancy of older people with diabetes.

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KKH's novel clinical triage protocol for threatened miscarriages saves pregnancies

A study conducted by clinicians from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) and researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), which evaluated and demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a KKH-developed novel clinical protocol to screen and triage women with threatened miscarriages, has been published in the journal, Scientific Reports.

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New research says displaying fake reviews increases consumer trust in platforms by 80%

Many people are using COVID-19 quarantine to get projects done at home, meaning plenty of online shopping for tools and supplies. But do you buy blind? Research shows 97% of consumers consult product reviews before making a purchase. Fake reviews are a significant threat for online review portals and product search engines given the potential for damage to consumer trust. Little is known about wha

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'Hard Rock' in the deep sea—the road to deciphering biodiversity on the seabed is stonier than previously assumed

By means of hydroacoustic seafloor mapping Senckenberg and GEOMAR researchers have found out that the seafloor in the Atlantic Ocean is much more diverse than previously assumed. Up to now, biologists have assumed mostly monotonous sediment plains in the abyssal deep sea. In their study published today in the scientific journal PNAS, the scientists now show that a patchwork of rocky habitats and o

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Drones enable the first detailed mapping of the High Plateaus Basin in the Moroccan Atlas

The Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) has led a paper just published in the Journal of Maps reporting the use of drones to capture high-resolution aerial images and topographies of the High Plateaus Basin, a region in Eastern Morocco that is key to understanding human evolution in North Africa during the Quaternary.

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Scientists develop a biodegradable alloy for bone implants for fractures, osteoporosis and myeloma

Material scientists from NUST MISIS and the University of Western Australia have presented an innovative bioresorbable alloy based on magnesium, gallium and zinc. The material can be used for the manufacture of temporary implants in the treatment of fractures and the restoration of surgically removed areas of the bone, as well as in the treatment of osteoporosis, multiple myeloma, Paget's disease.

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Electric dust could be erasing signs of life from the surface of Mars

Dust grains rubbing together on Mars can generate electric charges and kick-start chemical reactions that could destroy possible signs of life on the surface

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Coronakrise aldrig mere igen

Vi skal evaluere sundhedsvæsenet, samfundet, regioner og kommuner for at sikre, at vi i fremtiden kan håndtere et større antal patienter med nye smitsomme sygdomme uden at skulle lukke samfundet ned, skriver Michael Møller, medlem af bestyrelsen i Dansk Selskab for Medicinsk Prioritering.

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The Kerguelen oceanic plateau sheds light on the formation of continents

How did the continents form? Although to a certain extent this remains an open question, the oceanic plateau of the Kerguelen Islands may well provide part of the answer, according to a French-Australian team led by the Géosciences Environnement Toulouse laboratory (CNRS/Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier/IRD/CNES).

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Method to apply microfluidic electrochemical technologies to single-electron transfer redox-neutral reactions

A team of chemists and engineers at MIT has found a new way to apply microfluidic electrochemical technologies to single-electron transfer (SET) redox-neutral reactions. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes introducing a microfluidic redox-neutral electrochemistry to the platform and explain why they believe it has broad applicability to SET chemistry. Jian-Quan Liu

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Informal feedback: We crave it more than ever, and don't care who it's from

The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way many of us work. With the switch to working from home, in particular, a fundamental workplace behavior has gone by the wayside: informal feedback.

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ATLAS Experiment measures light scattering on light and constrains axion-like particles

Light-by-light scattering is a rare phenomenon in which two photons—particles of light—interact, producing another pair of photons. Direct observation of this process at high energy had proven elusive for decades, until it was first seen by the ATLAS Experiment in 2016 and established in 2019. In a new measurement, ATLAS physicists are using light-by-light scattering to search for a hyped phenomen

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Three-dimensional superlattice engineering with block copolymer epitaxy

Three-dimensional (3-D) structures at the nanoscale are important in modern devices, although their fabrication with traditional top-down approaches is complex and expensive. Block copolymers (BCPs) that are analogous to atomic lattices can spontaneously form a rich variety of 3-D nanostructures to substantially simplify 3-D nanofabrication. In a new report on Science Advances, Jiaxing Ren and a r

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'Dark matter' DNA is vital for rice reproduction

Researchers have shed light on the reproductive role of 'dark matter' DNA – non-coding DNA sequences that previously seemed to have no function. Their findings have revealed that a specific non-coding genomic region is essential for the proper development of the male and female reproductive organs in rice.

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Are planets with oceans common in the galaxy? It's likely, scientists find

Several years ago, planetary scientists began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system, might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn.

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Human brain size gene triggers bigger brain in monkey fetus

A human-specific gene causes a larger neocortex in the common marmoset, a non-human primate.

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A Report Blames 'CIA Failures' for the Agency's Worst Hack

A series of WikiLeaks disclosures that exposed a trove of the intelligence organization's secrets could have been avoided, a task force found.

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Scientists develop supersensitive sensors for mirror molecules in medicines

Researchers of Tomsk Polytechnic University with colleagues from the Czech Republic have developed supersensitive sensors for detecting enantiomers, known as "mirror molecules," in drugs. These molecules can reduce drug effectiveness or even be harmful to humans. Experiments revealed that the developed sensors have high sensitivity compared to traditional methods. They use organometallic framework

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Hot ring produces microwave-powered ultrasound pulses wirelessly

Ultrasound imaging is one of the workhorses in a modern hospital. It hits the trifecta of being relatively cheap, portable and non-invasive. Causing future parents to get a bit emotional over fetus images is also an appreciated perk.

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Matching-commitment agreements to incentivize climate action

Many countries are failing to comply with the non-binding commitments of the Paris Agreement, making it increasingly clear that we have to reconsider how to ensure collective action to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C above preindustrial levels. A new IIASA-led study supports a different approach to designing an international climate agreement that would incentivize countries to coope

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Single-spin electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum with kilohertz spectral resolution

A high-resolution paramagnetic resonance detection method based on the diamond nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color center quantum sensor was proposed and experimentally implemented in a study led by academician DU Jiangfeng from CAS Key Laboratory of Microscale Magnetic Resonance of University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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Pink cast reveals brain's amazing 'disuse pulses'

A neuroscientist's hot pink arm cast led the discovery of previously undetected neuronal pulses in the human brain that activate after an immobilizing illness or injury. The pulses appeared on MRI scans used to measure brain activity of the neuroscientist and, later, two additional adults whose arms were in casts. The researchers compared those MRI images with scans of the scientists before and a

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Researchers characterize Meissner corpuscles in mice

A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School and Stanford University has learned more about the role Meissner corpuscles play in sensing touch in mice. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the novel ways they tested responses to changes in mouse skin biology and what they learned about the role Meissner corpuscles play in the sense of touch in mammals. Kara Mar

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Two-thirds of African Americans know someone mistreated by police, and 22% report mistreatment in past year

Sixty-eight percent of African Americans say they know someone who has been unfairly stopped, searched, questioned, physically threatened or abused by the police, and 43% say they personally have had this experience—with 22% saying the mistreatment occurred within the past year alone, according to survey results from Tufts University's Research Group on Equity in Health, Wealth and Civic Engagemen

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Despite clear skies during the pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions are still rising

Physical distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus has resulted in reports of reduced air pollution in some countries. However, this is not showing up as reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

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Researchers characterize Meissner corpuscles in mice

A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School and Stanford University has learned more about the role Meissner corpuscles play in sensing touch in mice. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the novel ways they tested responses to changes in mouse skin biology and what they learned about the role Meissner corpuscles play in the sense of touch in mammals. Kara Mar

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The brain's functional organization slows down following a relationship breakup

During a person's life, the experience of a stressful life event can lead to the development of depressive symptoms, even in a non-clinical population. For example, a relationship breakup is a fairly common event and is a powerful risk factor for quality of life, in addition to increasing the risk of a major depressive disorder.

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Memory impairment in mice reduced by soy derivate that can enter the brain intact

Researchers from Japan have found that a soy-derived protein fragment that reaches the brain after being ingested reduces memory degradation in mice with an induced cognitive impairment, providing a new lead for the development of functional foods that help prevent mental decline.

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Extremely low thermal conductivity in 1D soft chain structure BiSeX (X = Br, I)

Researchers found a new sort of simple one-dimensional (1D) crystal structured bismuth selenohalides (BiSeX, X = Br, I) with extremely low thermal conductivity. Investigations on crystal structure reveal that the ultralow thermal conductivity is due to the weakened chemical bonding in the low-dimensional structure, showing a quasi-0D crystal structure. These findings provide a novel selection rule

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Wind beneath their wings: Albatrosses fine-tuned to wind conditions

A new study of albatrosses has found that wind plays a bigger role in their decision to take flight than previously thought, and due to their differences in body size, males and females differ in their response to wind.

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Targeting stem cells: The path to curing poor-prognosis leukaemia

Researchers have been investigating what they believe to be the root cause of treatment resistance, leukaemia stem cells, and have now hit upon a new therapeutic approach that works by targeting these cells.

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CERN Makes Bold Push to Build $23-Billion Super Collider

European particle-physics lab will pursue a 100-kilometer machine to uncover the Higgs boson's secrets — but it doesn't yet have the funds — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Autonome droner skal finde slitage på Europas jernbaner og broer

Automatiserede droner skal arbejde sammen om at inspicere jernbaner og broer – og tilmed lade sig selv op vej hjælp af elmaster.

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Does intelligent life exist on other planets? Technosignatures may hold new clues

In 1995 a pair of scientists discovered a planet outside our solar system orbiting a solar-type star. Since that finding—which won the scientists a portion of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics—researched have discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets, including some Earth-like planets that may have the potential to harbor life.

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Even amid social distancing, 'vicarious learning' can work

"Vicarious learning" is a term for how we learn from the experiences of others, particularly people in our everyday personal and professional lives. But can it succeed in a time of masks, quarantining, and working from home?

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Researchers establish atlas of lipids in living organisms

In an effort intended to accelerate research into lipids, a research group led by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS), the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS), and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Keio University, have created a standardized atlas of lipids (lipidome), whose main biological functions include the formation of cell

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How a historic drought led to higher power costs and emissions

Drought can mean restrictions for watering the lawn, crop losses for farmers and an increased risk of wildfires. But it can also hit you and your power company in the wallet.

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Our deepest view of the X-ray sky

Over the course of 182 days, the eROSITA X-ray telescope has completed its first full sweep of the sky which it embarked upon about a year ago. This new map of the hot, energetic universe contains more than one million objects, roughly doubling the number of known X-ray sources discovered over the 60-year history of X-ray astronomy. Most of the new sources are active galactic nuclei at cosmologica

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Fungal pathogen disables plant defense mechanism

Cabbage plants defend themselves against herbivores and pathogens by deploying a defensive mechanism called the mustard oil bomb: when the plant tissue is damaged, toxic isothiocyanates are formed and can effectively fend off attackers. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Pretoria have now been able to show in a new study that this defense is also eff

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Study finds 'dark matter' DNA is vital for rice reproduction

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have shed light on the reproductive role of 'dark matter' DNA—non-coding DNA sequences that previously seemed to have no function.

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Researchers establish atlas of lipids in living organisms

In an effort intended to accelerate research into lipids, a research group led by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS), the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS), and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Keio University, have created a standardized atlas of lipids (lipidome), whose main biological functions include the formation of cell

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Fungal pathogen disables plant defense mechanism

Cabbage plants defend themselves against herbivores and pathogens by deploying a defensive mechanism called the mustard oil bomb: when the plant tissue is damaged, toxic isothiocyanates are formed and can effectively fend off attackers. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Pretoria have now been able to show in a new study that this defense is also eff

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Study finds 'dark matter' DNA is vital for rice reproduction

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have shed light on the reproductive role of 'dark matter' DNA—non-coding DNA sequences that previously seemed to have no function.

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Study: More women on boards and in senior leadership positions proves better for business

As Australia moves towards economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report shows that more women on boards and in senior leadership positions drives better company performance, greater productivity and greater profitability.

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Cell removal as the result of a mechanical instability

Researchers at Kanazawa University report in the Biophysical Journal that the process of cell removal from an epithelial layer follows from an inherent mechanical instability. Moreover, the forces generated by an extruding cell can drive the extrusion of other cells in a particular direction.

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Proteins expressed by viruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti Mosquito

The female Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector of several arthropodborne viruses, such as Mayaro, Dengue, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, and Zika. The objective of the present study was to search for the regularities of the proteins expressed by these five viruses, at residues level, and obtain a "bioinformatic fingerprint" to select them.

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The exhaust gas from a power plant can be recovered and used as a raw reaction material

A Japanese research group developed a new technology that can drastically conserve the energy used to capture CO2 from gases exhausted from a concentrated source such as thermal power plants. With this technology, namely H2 stripping regeneration technology, combustion exhaust gas can be replaced by CO2/H2 gas at lower temperatures than those used in conventional technology.

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The relationship between looking/listening and human emotions

Toyohashi University of Technology has indicated that the relationship between attentional states in response to pictures and sounds and the emotions elicited by them may be different in visual perception and auditory perception. This result suggests visual perception elicits emotions in all attentional states, whereas auditory perception elicits emotions only when attention is paid to sounds, thu

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An ant-inspired approach to mathematical sampling

In a paper published by the Royal Society, a team of Bristol researchers observed the exploratory behaviour of ants to inform the development of a more efficient mathematical sampling technique.

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Stroke survival rates worse in rural areas, study says

A major US study reveals large gaps between urban and rural patients in quality of care received after a stroke and rates of survival. In more rural areas, the ability of hospitals to deliver advanced stroke care is lower and mortality rates substantially higher, the research shows. The analysis, involving nearly 800,000 patients, was led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine

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Researchers study a novel type of extracellular vesicles

Researchers from Sechenov University and the University of Pittsburgh compared the properties of two groups of extracellular vesicles. Either present in a liquid phase or attached to the fibres of the extracellular matrix, these vesicles facilitate metabolism and cell-cell communication. A better understanding of their structure, production and movement can help create new bioengineered materials

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Johnson raises hopes for restaurant and bar reopenings

UK lowers coronavirus alert level and PM signals shift on 2-metre social-distancing rule

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Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market

DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone's dinner plate.

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Single-spin electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum with kilohertz spectral resolution

A high-resolution paramagnetic resonance detection method based on the diamond nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color center quantum sensor was proposed and experimentally implemented by academician DU Jiangfeng from USTC.

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Early clinical trial supports tumor cell-based vaccine for mantle cell lymphoma

A phase I/II clinical trial by researchers at Stanford University suggests that vaccines prepared from a patient's own tumor cells may prevent the incurable blood cancer mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) from returning after treatment. The study, which will be published June 19 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), reveals that the vaccines are a safe and effective way to induce the body's immun

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UK port authorities board cruise ships amid welfare fears for crew

Hundreds of crew members stranded for months near London and Bristol due to coronavirus outbreak Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British port authorities have boarded six cruise ships anchored near London and Bristol amid "serious concerns" over the welfare of almost 1,500 crew stranded because of the coronavirus pandemic. One of the vessels, the Astoria, has been te

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The True Return of LGBTQ+ Pride

After years of rainbow marketing and slogans, June is once again a time of queer action—and revolution.

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eBay's Harassment Campaign Didn't Happen in a Vacuum

Plus: Meg Whitman's experience with angry commenters, technology's double-edged sword, and the wrath of the primates.

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Roborock S6 MaxV Review: A Robot Vac That Avoids Dog Poop

If you've recently acquired a pandemic puppy, you might need a robot vacuum that can recognize pet poop.

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The Cowboys Hunting for Dinosaur Fossils | Dino Hunters

Across the West, the stage is set for a new type of gold rush: the hunt for prehistoric dinosaur fossils. Join the dinosaur cowboys when the Dino Hunters on Discovery on Friday, June 19th at 9P ET. Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Discovery Join Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discovery We're on Instagram! https://instagra

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My triplets had coronavirus anxiety — so I taught them how to do science

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01868-7 They have an idea for a new experiment now, says Jeremy Grabbe.

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The 'lab in your phone' game that taught me four key transferable skills

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01870-z Loriana Vitillo collaborated with sociologists, film-makers and game developers to develop an app that simulates her life as a stem-cell researcher.

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CERN makes bold push to build €21-billion supercollider

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01866-9 European particle-physics lab will pursue a 100-kilometre machine to uncover the Higgs boson's secrets — but it doesn't yet have the funds.

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More and more people may soon celebrate Juneteenth

More people than ever may celebrate Juneteenth this year, says historian Tyina Steptoe. The June 19th holiday honors the emancipation of Confederate slaves. People in many states celebrate with barbecues and festivals. The day has its origins in Galveston, Texas, where, in 1865, a Union Army general announced all slaves would be free more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the

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The best wireless headphones for music and podcasts

What wires? (Vladimir Kondriianenko via Unsplash/) A good pair of wireless headphones can be life-saving, especially when you're working from home. Whether you're bumping your favorite tunes or entering the second hour of a conference call, these headphones make life a little bit better. When looking for a pair you should consider your priorities; is it sound quality, battery life, range, or nois

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Dinosaur footprints show predators as big as T. rex stomped across Australia 160 million years ago

Perhaps the most iconic dinosaur is Tyrannosaurus rex, a massive predator that lived in what is now North America. We have now discovered that carnivorous dinosaurs of a similar size existed in ancient Australia as well.

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An ant-inspired approach to mathematical sampling

In a paper published by the Journal of The Royal Society Interface, a team of Bristol researchers observed the exploratory behavior of ants to inform the development of a more efficient mathematical sampling technique.

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Even during pandemic lockdown, air quality remained poor in parts of China

The viral before-and-after images of improved air quality around the world resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown may not paint an entirely accurate picture, at least not in China. According to a new study published on June 17 in the journal Science, although there was a dramatic reduction in pollution emission during the lockdown that far outstripped the "Olympic Blue" efforts the nation used to te

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Fake news may increase trust in government

Online misinformation, or "fake news," lowers people's trust in mainstream media across party lines, a new study finds. Consuming online misinformation also increases trust in some political parties, however, according to the research. The researchers defined fake news as fabricated information that looks like news content but lacks the editorial standards and practices of legitimate journalism.

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I agree with your conclusions completely, and your paper is still terrible.

Yesterday, dozens of scientists petitioned the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to "retract a paper on the effectiveness of masks, saying the study has 'egregious errors' and contains numerous 'verifiably false' statements," as The New York Times reported. One of those scientists was James Heathers, whose name will likely be familiar to Retraction Watch … Continue reading

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An ant-inspired approach to mathematical sampling

In a paper published by the Journal of The Royal Society Interface, a team of Bristol researchers observed the exploratory behavior of ants to inform the development of a more efficient mathematical sampling technique.

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Scientists uncover pivotal virus structure for replication

Researchers from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) have revealed the structure of a protein complex that is essential for the poliovirus to replicate. The structure may be similar to those in other RNA viruses and form a potential target for the development of antiviral drugs halting virus replication more broadly.

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News vs Commentary

The line between news and commentary has arguably become more blurred in recent decades. This has implications for libel law, which also reflects the shifting media landscape. A recent lawsuit involving Tucker Carlson illustrates the problem. Carlson is being sued for defamation by Karen McDougal for a segment in which she claims Carlson accused her of extortion. She is one of two women that we k

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US biotech group to trial Covid-19 pill for use at home

Ridgeback will test twice-daily tablet to treat mild cases as well as those seriously ill in hospital

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Scientists uncover pivotal virus structure for replication

Researchers from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) have revealed the structure of a protein complex that is essential for the poliovirus to replicate. The structure may be similar to those in other RNA viruses and form a potential target for the development of antiviral drugs halting virus replication more broadly.

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Movers and stayers: New study shows a broad diet helps tropical fish survive a range shift due to climate change

The global redistribution of marine and terrestrial species due to climate change is a major concern for conservation planners and resource managers. Now new research, using data from long term surveys of tropical fishes, indicates that traditional studies of this range shift phenomenon largely ignore the sequential nature of species movement.

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'Like a tunnel for cholesterol': Scientists show how 'bad' cholesterol gets into cells

Scientists have shown for the first time how two proteins provide a tunnel for so-called bad cholesterol to enter our body cells.

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Movers and stayers: New study shows a broad diet helps tropical fish survive a range shift due to climate change

The global redistribution of marine and terrestrial species due to climate change is a major concern for conservation planners and resource managers. Now new research, using data from long term surveys of tropical fishes, indicates that traditional studies of this range shift phenomenon largely ignore the sequential nature of species movement.

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'Like a tunnel for cholesterol': Scientists show how 'bad' cholesterol gets into cells

Scientists have shown for the first time how two proteins provide a tunnel for so-called bad cholesterol to enter our body cells.

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Researchers back calls for enhanced marine protection in English waters

Marine eco-systems in English waters need greater legislative protection, according to a new independent review.

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Overcoming genomic imprinting barrier improves mammal cloning

Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT, also known as cloning) technology holds great potential in animal production and regenerative medicine. However, the extremely low efficiency and frequently observed abnormalities in cloned embryos limit the development and application of this technology. Although the cloned embryos harbor complete genomic DNA sequence, multiple epigenetic barriers are the limi

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Physical link between RNA processing and epigenetic silencing discovered

RNA-mediated chromatin regulation is central to gene expression in many organisms but until now the mechanism of how RNA regulates chromatin packaging of DNA, and thereby switches genes on and off, has remained poorly understood.

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Study shows how Australia's burrowing frogs handle the heat

Researchers have shown how the unique genetic make-up of a group of Australian frogs could be the key to their survival, allowing them to better withstand our harsh climate.

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Researchers back calls for enhanced marine protection in English waters

Marine eco-systems in English waters need greater legislative protection, according to a new independent review.

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BESIII reports most precise measurements of strong-phase parameters in neutral D meson decay

The BESIII collaboration has reported the most precise measurements to date of the relative strong-phase parameters in decays of neutral D mesons. These results are presented in two articles published in the journals Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D on June 15, respectively.

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Overcoming genomic imprinting barrier improves mammal cloning

Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT, also known as cloning) technology holds great potential in animal production and regenerative medicine. However, the extremely low efficiency and frequently observed abnormalities in cloned embryos limit the development and application of this technology. Although the cloned embryos harbor complete genomic DNA sequence, multiple epigenetic barriers are the limi

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Researchers place age constraints on appearance and duration of Jehol biota

The Jehol biota is well known for producing exceptionally preserved specimens of feathered dinosaurs, early birds, mammals, as well as insects and early flowering plants.

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Physical link between RNA processing and epigenetic silencing discovered

RNA-mediated chromatin regulation is central to gene expression in many organisms but until now the mechanism of how RNA regulates chromatin packaging of DNA, and thereby switches genes on and off, has remained poorly understood.

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Study shows how Australia's burrowing frogs handle the heat

Researchers have shown how the unique genetic make-up of a group of Australian frogs could be the key to their survival, allowing them to better withstand our harsh climate.

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Research reveals promising shifts in pollution during lockdown

Fluctuations in commuter behavior and air quality are always a preoccupation for Matthew Adams. So, it is with particular interest that the air-pollution scientist is examining the current extraordinary situation, where reduced traffic congestion across the GTA might be leading to improved breathing conditions.

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Bacterial 'Death Stars' could be tricked into destroying themselves

Researchers have discovered a network of channels inside bacterial communities which could be used to kill bacteria more quickly by 'tricking' them into transporting drugs.

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Nye beregninger: Dansk CO2-udledning var i maj næsten tilbage til normalen

Især transportsektoren har været med til at trække den danske CO2-udledning ned med en tredjedel under coronakrisen.

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Bacterial 'Death Stars' could be tricked into destroying themselves

Researchers have discovered a network of channels inside bacterial communities which could be used to kill bacteria more quickly by 'tricking' them into transporting drugs.

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Australia plans university fees hike to deter humanities students

Australia's conservative government announced plans Friday to double university fees for humanities students, in a bid to push people into more useful, "job-relevant" courses like maths and science.

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An Extinction Event for America's Restaurants

The American restaurant as you knew it died on March 19. That's the day Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-in order to the citizens of California, the first in a 50-state cascade that brought to an end one of the most momentous and successful runs in the industry's history. Sure, some of the restaurants you know and love will return. But anywhere from 20 to 80 percent will permanently close, acc

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'Nanosponges' draw coronavirus away from lung cells

"Nanosponges" appear to stop the coronavirus infection in its tracks by diverting its attention away from living lung cells, researchers report. The technology could have major implications for fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the global pandemic that's already claimed nearly 450,000 lives and infected more than 8 million people. But, perhaps even more significantly, it has the poten

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NASA's New Horizons is so far away, it's seeing stars from new angles

Our @NASANewHorizons mission is more than four billion miles away. When the spacecraft turned its camera to some nearby stars, it saw them differently than we do from Earth: https://t.co/aZKGBihH69 pic.twitter.com/RhDrugPDQF — NASA (@NASA) June 11, 2020

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Zoos Find Creative Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Lockdowns

The institutions are turning to various solutions, including livestreams and fundraisers, to connect with would-be visitors and continue caring for their animals — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Why Juneteenth Went Viral

The George Floyd protests have brought the holiday to the foreground. May it be a day of reflection and reckoning.

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Shelter In Place Works—If You Can Afford to Stay Home

In San Francisco's Mission District, a study showed Covid-19 tests aren't enough if people can't take time off of work. They need financial and social support, too.

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Zoos Find Creative Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Lockdowns

The institutions are turning to various solutions, including livestreams and fundraisers, to connect with would-be visitors and continue caring for their animals — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Black Joy—Not Corporate Acknowledgment—Is the Heart of Juneteenth

In 2002 I was at the University of Iowa conducting research on the history of Emancipation Day celebrations in the state. I remember at one point being somewhat baffled by what Leslie Schwalm, the professor I was working with, had found: From 1865 to 1963, there were more than 200 Emancipation Day festivities in Iowa alone. I had always thought of the event as a Texas holiday . While most enslave

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Trump Will Stand Atop a Land of Tragedies

Tomorrow, in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donald Trump will hold his first campaign rally in more than 100 days. The rally has been widely criticized because of concerns that it will spread the coronavirus, and because its original date—June 19—is Juneteenth, a holiday marking the day the last enslaved people in the former Confederacy gained their freedom. After public outcry, the rally was moved by

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The Damage of Trump's Voter-Fraud Allegations Can't Be Undone

It's too early to say who will win the 2020 presidential election, but there's a good chance that one loser will be faith in the electoral system. President Donald Trump is alleging—as he did four years ago, though sooner in the cycle this time and with greater vehemence but no more evidence—that the voting system is subject to widespread fraud. Should he win, it will give him another four years

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Trump vs. Biden: How COVID-19 Will Affect Voting for President

Republicans' and Democrats' distinct responses to the pandemic could influence in-person and mail-in voting—and who wins — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Trump vs. Biden: How COVID-19 Will Affect Voting for President

Republicans' and Democrats' distinct responses to the pandemic could influence in-person and mail-in voting—and who wins — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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PODCAST: De selvkørende biler, der aldrig kom. Hjernen lægger selv farver på dit syn

For få år siden lovede Tesla, at i 2020 ville de være klar med selvkørende biler. Sådan gik det ikke. Første bid af regeringens klimaplan kom til at handle om affald. Et forsøg viser, at vi kan opfatte næsten sort-hvide billeder som i farver. Efter 50 år på Ingeniøren går Lynch på pension.

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Revenge of the Suburbs

Editor's Note: This article is part of " Uncharted ," a series about the world we're leaving behind, and the one being remade by the pandemic. L ucy Honeychurch grew up at Windy Corner, a comfortable estate in a polite enclave outside London. It was pleasant in the way suburbs always are: The neighbors were friendly, and the environment, free from the noise and grime of the city, was perfect for

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Ole Miss's Monument to White Supremacy

Confederate ghosts still haunt the University of Mississippi, where I teach. The school's nickname , Ole Miss, is a play on the term enslaved people used to refer to their master's wife. Its teams, "the Rebels," play home games on a campus where the Confederate dead are buried , and several buildings and a Tiffany stained-glass window are dedicated to the "University Greys," a Confederate company

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What Bob Dylan Knows About This Moment

If it's possible to spoil a musical that can't currently be experienced by anyone, here's a spoiler: Girl From the North Country, the 2020 Broadway production based on Bob Dylan's catalog , mostly does not turn out happily. Throughout the play, working-class residents of a 1930s-era Minnesota town fight to survive the Great Depression, and by the end, many of them have lost that struggle, with st

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The Social Codes of the Crazy Rich

Lauren Tamaki K evin Kwan's career as an observer of class, privilege, and wealth began when he was in first grade. He attended the private Anglo-Chinese School, which catered to Singapore's ruling class. Kwan's great-grandfather was one of the founders of the nation's oldest bank, and his family had been going to ACS for generations. Back in his great-grandfather's day, the island was a port in

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No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

Throughout history, US presidents have fudged the truth about their health. But all the data voters need about Trump is already out for everyone to see.

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Facebook and Twitter Want to Keep the Justice System Skewed Against Defendants

Their CEOs have pledged support for reform amid the George Floyd protests—while their lawyers are fighting to preserve law enforcement's advantage in court.

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How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

Sociologist and author Simone Browne connects the dots between modern marketing and the branding of slaves.

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Why the pandemic unleashed a frenzy of toilet-paper buying

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01836-1 Personality traits help to explain why some people and not others hoarded a humdrum product in the face of a deadly virus.

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Mange danskere udelukket fra Smittestop-app

Den nye Smittestop-app kræver som minimum Android 6.0 eller iOS 13.5, som mange danskere hverken har eller kan opdatere til.

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Low-Tech Water Wand Finds Contaminated Drinking Water

A cheap, simple device that detects heavy metals could streamline testing — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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