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Electron 'teleportation' could push quantum computing forward

Quantum teleportation may be possible between electrons, researchers say. In the quantum world, teleportation involves the transportation of information, rather than the transportation of matter like in science fiction. Last year, scientists confirmed that information could be passed between photons on computer chips even when the photons were not physically linked. In a paper in Nature Communica

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Coronavirus live news: World Health Organization reports record daily global case increase

China halts imports from US food plant where 481 test positive for Covid-19 ; UK PM to unveil lockdown easing on Tuesday; Brazil deaths pass 50,000. Follow the latest updates Visitors return to Spain as coronavirus state of emergency ends WHO reports record daily rise in cases worldwide Brazil losing a generation of indigenous leaders to coronavirus See all our coronavirus coverage 1.38am BST Dut

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Drug recently shown to reduce coronavirus death risk could run out, experts warn

Supply of intravenous version of dexamethasone, preferred by doctors, is especially at risk

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Host your own Olympics with these five yard games

Kubb is a little like bowling and a little like horseshoes. (Jarren Vink/) Kubb Arrange the rubberwood pieces from the Kubb Empire standard size set into two rows, 26 feet apart. Players hurl six batons at their opponent's formation until they've knocked over all the blocks. Then they can fire at the king in the middle of the pitch. The Spikeball brand is well-known, but the game itself is called

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The Trump 2020 app is a voter surveillance tool of extraordinary power

Ahead of President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted about the event. "Just passed 800,000 tickets," he wrote. "Biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x. Saturday is going to be amazing!" Parscale's numbers for the rally—originally scheduled for Juneteenth and still set to occur just miles from the site of one of American hi

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Images: Solar eclipse wows stargazers in Africa, Asia, Middle East

Stargazers in Africa, Asia and parts of the Middle East looked to the skies Sunday to witness a partial solar eclipse.

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Starwatch: the moon meets the lion's brightest star

The moon moves through Leo the lion every month, and this week is a good time to identify the constellation and the blue-white star Regulus Every month the moon slips past the bright star of Regulus in Leo, the lion . It is a good opportunity to identify the constellation, which doesn't need too much imagination to turn it into a lion. This month the pairing takes place on 25 June. The chart show

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Public Health Experts Reject President's View of Fading Pandemic

Contrary to President Trump's recent comments, specialists say, recent increases are real, and the virus is like a "forest fire" that will burn as long as there is fuel.

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The solar eclipse in Asia, Africa and the Middle East – in pictures

Adults, children and even pets marvelled at the momentary disappearance of the sun Continue reading…

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Signs That Trump Was Furious in Tulsa

In the end, history may record that the most revealing thing about President Trump's rally in Tulsa last night was the way it was covered by the all-news networks. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News had plugged the event as if it were the Pro Bowl. The anchors and reporters vamped for hours with pregame analysis and on-the-scene color shots as the big kickoff approached. And then the moment arrived and the

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Insurers are delaying life cover over Covid-19 concerns

Applications from people deemed to be at risk put on hold, sparking concerns among doctors

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The Commons

Childhood in an Anxious Age In May, Kate Julian wrote about why so many kids are so miserable —and what adults can do about it. Your article was clear, informative, and insightful. But one thing I believe you missed was the demographic-evolutionary account: We now live in a society in which parents' eggs are—literally and figuratively—all in one small basket. If you have four kids, not only do yo

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Health Care Workers Don't Want to Be Heroes

We're forced to fill that role because our government has failed to mount an adequate response to COVID-19. Meanwhile our cities burn, and police assault the very citizens that fund their… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Dine bakterier er ved at uddø: Forskere vil gemme dem i topsikret anlæg

Bakterier fra menneskekroppen skal bevares, så vi kan kurere fremtidens sygdomme.

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Iowa: Images of the Hawkeye State

More than 85 percent of the land in Iowa is dedicated to agricultural use, divided up among more than 86,500 farms. More than 3.1 million residents live and work in the state, on its farms and in its cities. Below are a few glimpses of the landscape of Iowa and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo story is part of Fifty , a collection of images from each of the United State

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Touchy

we say, when someone's sensitive. So touchy . So dangerous and delicate and ready to tip. Touching , though, is sweet. And we are touched by the gift, the thought. Moved into knowledge of care if not love. Touched , too, means crazy. God-kissed. The brain lit otherwise. I hope we've all known someone who has got the touch , able to ease a knot, make any machine hum true, tune a string. And Touch

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Nasa: breach of ethical protocols led to executive's resignation – report

Doug Loverro conducted unauthorized discussions with Boeing while it was bidding for Nasa contract, Washington Post says In May, against the excitement of America's imminent return to human spaceflight , the abrupt resignation of a senior Nasa executive was barely a sideshow. Related: Nasa finalises deal for design of lunar Gateway crew cabin Continue reading…

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Abattoir coronavirus outbreak triggers infections surge in Germany

Meat production conditions in spotlight after more than 1,000 workers test positive

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European Football Clubs Are Turning to AI for an Assist

Software company Acronis has been storing the data of the best and brightest teams. Now, it wants to use that to help them win games.

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GE Will 3D Print the Bases of Wind Turbines Taller Than Seattle's Space Needle

If you've seen a wind farm in action, you know modern wind turbines are pretty awe-inspiring—hulking giants all in a row, massive blades turning in the barest breeze. In the last few decades, turbine heights have more than tripled to go after greater gusts at higher altitudes, and they've sprouted rotors long as football fields to more efficiently catch all that energy. The taller the turbine and

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Astronaut?

Did you ever gaze longingly at the stars and swear you'd be an astronaut when you grew up? Here's what it takes to qualify for the NASA astronaut program — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Studie: Vissa länder mer sårbara för coronaviruset

Sverige och andra länder med åldrande befolkning, önationer med mycket diabetes samt afrikanska länder med hög frekvens hiv-positiva har störst andel medborgare som riskerar att drabbas hårt av allvarlig covid-19, enligt matematiska beräkningar som publiceras i en ny studie.

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Why Bill Barr Got Rid of Geoffrey Berman

Late Friday evening, Attorney General Bill Barr claimed that the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York had resigned, and announced his replacement on an interim basis by the current U.S. attorney for New Jersey—a man who served as Chris Christie's defense attorney in the Bridgegate scandal and who seems ill-equipped to handle the Manhattan caseload. That was a lie. A few ho

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Så långt borta är coronavaccinet

I Kina, USA och Storbritannien testar nu tusentals personer olika substanser som är kandidater till framtida coronavaccin. Vissa av dessa projekt har nu testats på människor i flera månader, och nu kommer flera resultat.

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How a historic drought led to higher power costs and emissions

Researchers studied the impact of a historic drought in California on economic and environmental impacts for electric power systems.

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The Difference Between First-Degree Racism and Third-Degree Racism

The unrelenting protests, the supportive statements from white leaders nationwide, and the early momentum behind policing policy changes are all indications that this might be a turning point in our nation's battle against racism. Will we seize this opportunity or will we lose momentum, showing once again that America can be "a 10-day nation" that moves on too easily to the next crisis, as Martin

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Picture a pandemic: how Guardian photographers adapted to lockdown life

Our photojournalists explain how the pandemic has changed their practice – and why physical distancing is no barrier to producing intimate portraits Throughout the pandemic it has been important to show our readers and viewers what's happening in the world outside, to make a historical document and to chart the progress of those on the frontline. During the first weeks, it was difficult to gain a

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If I must wear a face mask, I'll do so with a look of ironic detachment | Zoe Williams

I can't help being sceptical about government rules, but I will cover up when I'm told to. Over to you, eyes Its not only ethnonationalists who myth-make around the second world war – any idiot can make use of mass destruction for parable purposes. One of the favourite tales of my kind of idiot was about saucepans. In 1940, the story goes, Lord Beaverbrook, the press baron turned minister of airc

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How a historic drought led to higher power costs and emissions

Researchers studied the impact of a historic drought in California on economic and environmental impacts for electric power systems.

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Shining light on a malignant lung cancer

Treating a rare type of malignant lung cancer could improve, thanks to near-infrared irradiation and a cancer-targeting compound.

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Scientists explored a buried Roman city without digging up an ounce of soil

The researchers used radar to reveal structures still lurking beneath the surface. (Google Earth; Verdonck et al., Antiquity, 2020/) Traditionally, checking out the towns and cities of our ancient ancestors has required a lot of digging. While we've been exploring ancient sites for centuries, scientists have been working to find newer, less destructive ways to learn about major sites like Pompeii

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Small Numbers Can Have Huge Impacts on Climate and Health

A number can be tiny in relative terms but hugely important nonetheless — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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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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Coronavirus Live News and Updates

Spain's mainland welcomed international visitors for the first time since a state of emergency was lifted. Contact tracing is off to a rough start in New York City.

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How Far Does the Apple Fall From the Tree?

"Your writing has punch, David. Punch is power!" After all these years, this simple message, my first words of true validation as a fledgling writer, has never left me. It echoes in my mind like a long canyon scream each time I sit down to a blank page, and inspires me to fill it with my true voice. After a childhood of failed classes and dismal report cards (most of which ended with comments suc

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What a Negative COVID-19 Test Really Means

You go out to a bar with friends this week, and you're planning to visit your elderly relatives in a few days. You feel healthy, and you even get a COVID-19 test out of caution. The result comes back negative. Is it safe to go? Not exactly, experts say. How well COVID-19 tests work in people who feel healthy is still a key unknown of the pandemic. The test may overlook the small but growing amoun

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The Dark Soul of the Sunshine State

Marta Monteiro F lorida! Surreal state , plastic state, state of swamp and glitz, state as object of the lust and ridicule of the other 49, state dangling off the body of the continent like—well!—a hanging chad. Seek to encapsulate Florida in a single narrative, and you'll find yourself thwarted. What is normal in the backwoods of the panhandle or on the prairies of north-central Florida is ludic

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Happy Father's Day to All the Fish Dads Underwater

Paternal care has evolved dozens of times in aquatic life, and is more common than maternal or combined parenting.

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Debat: Vincent Hendricks skriver om coronakrisen

PLUS. Ender vi i statskapitalisme eller planøkonomi? Professor Vincent Hendricks fra Københavns Universitet dykker ned i, hvordan fremtidsscenarier kan fastlægges ud fra kontrafaktiske konditionaler.

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A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

Researchers say there are three possible explanations for the anomalous data: One is mundane. Two would revolutionize physics.

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What Is a Side Channel Attack?

Computers constantly give off more information than you might realize—which hackers can use to pry out their secrets.

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The Best Music Gear to Learn an Instrument (2020)

Want to play guitar, piano, or your old clarinet? From mics to metronomes, here's a list of our favorite tools for learning a musical instrument.

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Smile! Could the pandemic lead to happier times?

What lessons can we learn from Laurie Santos, the Yale professor whose 'happiness' course became a global hit? And could the current health crisis lead to a wellbeing revolution? In January 2018, a Yale University professor named Laurie Santos launched a course, Psychology and the Good Life, which quickly became the most popular class in the institution's 319-year-history. After 13 years at Yale,

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In pictures: Rare solar eclipse darkens Asia on the summer solstice

Skywatchers photographed the "ring of fire", where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.

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Elon Musk's Lesson in How Not to Celebrate Diversity

Updated at 4:46 p.m. ET on June 21, 2020. On Friday, Elon Musk announced that two of his best-known companies, the electric-car manufacturer Tesla and the astronaut-launching rocket business SpaceX, would formally recognize a long-standing American holiday. "Juneteenth is henceforth considered a US holiday at Tesla & SpaceX," Musk, who is CEO of both, tweeted . The tweet initially was met with pr

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The Confederacy Was an Antidemocratic, Centralized State

Americans are now debating the fate of memorials to the Confederacy—statues, flags, and names on Army bases, streets, schools, and college dormitories. A century and a half of propaganda has successfully obscured the nature of the Confederate cause and its bloody history, wrapping it in myth. But the Confederacy is not part of "our American heritage," as President Donald Trump recently claimed, n

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How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote (and What to Expect)

You can stream Monday's WWDC keynote on your iOS device, on your computer, or—the best way—on your Apple TV.

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How to Switch to Signal and Bring All your Texts With You

Thinking of boosting your SMS security by switching to Signal? These tips make sure your messages come with you—even to a new phone.

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Why the War on Cocaine Still Isn't Working

Starting in the 1970s, Pablo Escobar bribed and murdered his way to running the world's most powerful cocaine cartel, dominating smuggling routes from South America into the United States. He didn't merely order the killing of rivals. He attempted to assassinate a politician by bombing a commercial flight he was expected to take, killing all 107 passengers on board. He bombed a city block in Colo

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Så ser kryp

Hur ser världen ut för den som har tusentals småögon? Forskning & Framsteg tar en titt på insekternas märkliga synorgan.

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Indonesia's Mt Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 km high

Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted twice on Sunday, sending clouds of grey ash 6,000 metres into the sky, the country's geological agency said.

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'Ring of fire' solar eclipse thrills skywatchers on longest day

Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and the Far East witnessed a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse Sunday.

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De har bygget Danmarks sidste store kraftværk

PLUS. Forsyningsselskabet Hofor har stået bag byggeriet af et nyt biomassekraftværk med energieffektivitet og arkitektur i højsædet

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Winning by a nose: the dogs being trained to detect signs of Covid-19

In the battle against the virus, we have an unlikely ally. Already used to detect drugs and weapons, dogs are now being trained to sniff out when humans have the virus. Tim Lewis meets the trainers and their hounds Asher was a problem dog. A hyperactive and unruly chocolate-brown cocker spaniel with ears like pittas and a Rudi Völler frizzy shag, he was shunted from owner to owner, maybe as many

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Total number of aliens? You couldn't make it up… | David Mitchell

The truth is out there. Only this probably isn't it The US presidential election night of 2000 is the only one I've ever properly watched on TV. I didn't have much else to do that evening and my middle-aged intoxication with the prospect of an early night was years ahead of me. Also, thinking about it, the lovely general election of 1997 was still a recent memory; I probably fancied another fix o

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The insane problem of US standardized testing

When it comes to elements of the US education system that simply don't work, there is one controversial topic that educators always come back to: standardized testing. For Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author and founder of Cultures of Dignity , using standardized tests as the ultimate barometer of a student's worth (and of the quality of education provided by an institution), and perpetuating t

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Living Environment Correlated with Living to 100

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Learning ecosystem, visualized

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'Love Hormone' Oxytocin Also Promotes Aggression

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Coronavirus: what kind of face mask gives the best protection against Covid-19?

Your questions answered on what type of mask to wear to cut the risk of getting Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Yes. Different types of mask offer different levels of protection. Surgical grade N95 respirators offer the highest level of protection against Covid-19 infection, followed by surgical grade masks. However, these masks are costly, in limited supply

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Tre bud på en månelander: "Overraskende, klassisk…og virkelig vild"

Trump vil have en månelanding, og det skal være nu, så tre firmaer har fået til opgave at lyn-udvikle en månelander for Nasa´s Artemis III mission. Her er de tre bud.

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Does Beijing's Covid outbreak threaten China's recovery?

Market Questions is the FT's guide to the week ahead

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UK coronavirus live: Hancock says 'we're on track' to reopen hairdressers and hospitality on 4 July

Health secretary says 'a lot of the country needs a haircut' as England 'on plan' to further ease lockdown 'Hunger, violence, cramped housing': lockdown life for poorest children School closures 'will trigger UK child mental health crisis' Global coronavirus updates 9.29am BST Hancock also did not rule out a report that VAT could be cut to rescue the ailing economy. He told Sky's Sophy Ridge on S

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'The wondrous map': how unlocking human DNA changed the course of science

Thanks to the success of the Human Genome Project, 20 years ago this week, scientists can track biology and disease at a molecular level Twenty years ago this week, an international group of scientists announced it had put together the first genetic blueprint of a human being. After 10 years of effort, the team – made up of thousands of scientists working on both sides of the Atlantic – revealed

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Unemployment rose like a rocket but will only fall like a feather | Torsten Bell

Research suggests joblessness will stay high for years after the pandemic We are in a jobs crisis with 600,000 fewer employees on payroll and 2 million more of us on universal credit. Tackling this economic and human tragedy will become the central economic challenge of the early 2020s. The Bank of England expects almost one in 10 of the workforce to be unemployed, the highest for 25 years. But w

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Tag på sommerfugle-jagt: Her er 4 sjældne og smukke arter, du kan se lige nu

Du finder de sjældne sommerfugle flere forskellige steder i landet.

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Rush to publish coronavirus data creates academic 'storm'

Three papers in prominent journals have been retracted over data quality concerns

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The 'Silent Majority' Didn't Show Up For Trump

Rarely has a single campaign rally drawn as much hype as the one President Donald Trump held Saturday night at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma—a relaunch of his reelection bid that, according to the president himself , more than 1 million people had requested tickets to attend. Rarely has a presidential event endangered the public health of the community it was held in. And rarely has a spotty

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Trump relaunches campaign before reduced crowd in Tulsa

President stages his first major rally since the US went in to lockdown because of pandemic

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Air, Sea and Space: Ocean Health, Atmosphere Insights and Black Holes

Biological oceanography expert Miriam Goldstein talks about issues facing the oceans. Reporter Adam Levy discusses air pollution info available because of the pandemic. And… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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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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The rate we acquire genetic mutations could help predict lifespan, fertility

Differences in the rate that genetic mutations accumulate in healthy young adults could help predict remaining lifespan in both sexes and the remaining years of fertility in women, according to scientists. Their study, believed to be the first of its kind, found that young adults who acquired fewer mutations over time lived about five years longer than those who acquired them more rapidly.

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One-fifth of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped

This leaves four-fifths – twice the area of Mars – still to be surveyed to a modern standard.

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Nabta Playa: The World's First Astronomical Site Was Built in Africa and Is Older Than Stonehenge

This 7,000-year-old stone circle tracked the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. It's the oldest known astronomical site on Earth.

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Spain begins accepting UK tourists without need for quarantine

Country tries to rescue hospitality industry from devastation inflicted by coronavirus crisis

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One in four UK adults at risk of hunger and potential malnutrition following lockdown

One in four adults in the UK are experiencing food insecurity, which is likely to have left them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition, during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the main finding of a survey published today.

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Turn your YouTube channel into a career with this 8-step course bundle

Over 1.3 billion people use YouTube regularly and 30 million visit the site daily. Over 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day. The Become a Professional YouTuber Bundle can show you how to leverage the platform and make money. YouTube is the primary platform for capturing an audience. Since launching in April 2005, the video-sharing site now services over 300 hours of content every mi

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From day trading to penny stocks, here's your complete guide to investing

The stock market can be unpredictable, but understanding its patterns makes you a better investor. Learning technical analysis and trading strategies is possible for anyone willing to invest some time, thanks to this bundle. Staying cool under pressure is a skill transferrable from the stock market to everyday life. All eyes have been on the stock market over the last few months. While many peopl

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Your kids aren't growing up too quickly, but your brain sure thinks they are

It might seem like time is flying faster when you're raising a child, but the reality is that the world is turning the same. (Kay/Unsplash/) Keith Payne is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This story originally featured on The Conversation . I'm one of those men for whom it is impossible to find Father's Day gifts. I don't wear ties. M

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NIH Halts Hydroxychloroquine Study; Says 'Unlikely' To Help COVID-19 Patients

The NIH said that while the anti-malarial drug did not cause harm to patients in the study, testing showed little evidence that it would benefit patients hospitalized with COVID-19. (Image credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Ge)

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This Kickstarter-funded brass stylus helps you avoid germs in public places

The CDC says your hands spread germs on objects like tables, ATM machines, elevator buttons, and door handles. Hygiene Hand is a tool to help avoid direct contact with shared surfaces. After a successful funding round on Kickstarter, the Hygiene Hand is now available to everyone. You've likely never washed your hands as much as you have in these last few months. But sadly, not everyone is as vigi

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Unleash your inner da Vinci with these art and science drawing lessons

Masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper followed countless hours of anatomical studies. Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by the human form. The Complete Creative Art & Science of Drawing Bundle teaches you how to draw human bodies, heads, and more. Fans of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are captivated by Leonardo da Vinci's exceptional eye for human forms. Those masterpieces follow

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'A peek into the future': how worst-case scenario coronavirus modelling saved Australia from catastrophe

Although early Covid-19 modelling was inaccurate, experts say it did make us see what could happen if we did nothing When Covid-19 shifted from a disease in returned travellers to a virus that was spreading throughout the Australian community, dire predictions of deaths proliferated on social media and in the news. In March, the deputy chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, said modelling reveal

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Forest loss escalates biodiversity change

New international research reveals the far-reaching impacts of forest cover loss on global biodiversity.

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Researchers create a photographic film of a molecular switch

Molecular switches are the molecular counterparts of electrical switches and play an important role in many processes in nature. Nanotechnologist now produced a photographic film at the atomic level and thus tracked the motion of a molecular building block. The result was a light-controlled 'pedalo-type motion', going forward and backward.

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Researchers create a photographic film of a molecular switch

Molecular switches are the molecular counterparts of electrical switches and play an important role in many processes in nature. Nanotechnologist now produced a photographic film at the atomic level and thus tracked the motion of a molecular building block. The result was a light-controlled 'pedalo-type motion', going forward and backward.

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Cities are Eliminating Your Excuses to Skip on Composting

Even if you don't have a personal garden to sprinkle compost in, there are other ways the soil additive can be helpful.

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Italian glacier covered to slow melting

A vast tarpaulin unravels, gathering speed as it bounces down the glacier over glinting snow. Summer is here and the alpine ice is being protected from global warming.

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'Ring of fire' solar eclipse to dim Africa, Asia

Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness on Sunday a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

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Colombia urged to rethink tax-free day after 'Covid Friday'

Critics say the government risked a spike in coronavirus cases in its desperation to spur consumer spending

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AI: The Ghost-writer From the Future

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Nanoparticles Help Overcome Leukemia Treatment Resistance

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Reviving the economy should start with the US power grid

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Teaching physics to neural networks removes 'chaos blindness'

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One day, humans could colonize habitable exomoons

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Remote work: Employers are taking over our living spaces and passing on costs

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The World in 2050, by the Futurology YT channel

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Robots in a utopia vs dystopia

Before starting the conversation on robots, its important to realize that the frame of reference within which the conversation takes place is shaped strongly by the entertainment industry which in the era of politically-correct culture and global markets has eliminated reliance on foreign enemies and instead turns science and technology into monsters to be feared. Strong AI that is stuck on Earth

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CERN makes bold push to build €21-billion super-collider

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Scientists have grown mini brains containing Neanderthal DNA

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NHS Covid app developers 'tried to block rival symptom trackers'

Developers claim government technology unit was hostile to other groups, hampering the fight against the disease Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government's failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Develope

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India's Coronavirus Refugees Are Also Development Refugees

The pandemic has increased the desperation of a population already facing economic exploitation and environmental destruction — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Coronavirus News Roundup for June 13-June 19

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

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RIP David Perlman, the Dean of American Science Writing

Among other things, he covered the Apollo moon landings, the rise of recombinant DNA technology and the emergence of AIDS — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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RIP David Perlman, the Dean of American Science Writing

Among other things, he covered the Apollo moon landings, the rise of recombinant DNA technology and the emergence of AIDS — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Why are sitcom dads still so inept?

From Homer Simpson to Phil Dunphy , sitcom dads have long been known for being bumbling and inept. But it wasn't always this way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, sitcom dads tended to be serious, calm and wise, if a bit detached. In a shift that media scholars have documented , only in later decades did fathers start to become foolish and incompetent. And yet the real-world roles and expectations of

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Trump's 3-Point Plan to Win in 2020

The polls for Donald Trump are grim. But if voter preference decided U.S. elections, Hillary Clinton would have won the presidency by almost 3 million ballots. Presidential elections can be gamed—and late yesterday night, events came together to reveal how the Trump administration hopes to game 2020. Attorney General William Barr announced the "resignation" of the U.S. attorney for the Southern D

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Why lockdown silence was golden for science

From acoustic engineers in Britain to marine biologists in Canada, researchers made the most of the drastic drop in noise from human activity One of the few upsides of lockdown was that, if a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, you had a chance of hearing it. City dwellers across the globe delighted in the silence, the freedom from the incessant rumble of traffic, and the joy of birdsong. How cl

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Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

Archaeologists have found a monument, market, temple, bath complex, and water pipes from the walled town of Falerii Novi.

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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 20)

ROBOTICS Boston Dynamics Will Now Sell Any Business Its Own Spot Robot for $74,500 James Vincent | The Verge "It's a hefty price tag, equal to the base price for a luxury Tesla Model S. But Boston Dynamics says, for that money, you're getting the most advanced mobile robot in the world, able to go pretty much anywhere a human can (as long as there are no ladders involved)." ENERGY How Elon Musk A

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What Can We Learn from Our Sweat?

We wear sensors that track steps, heart rate, and calories burned. Soon, we may measure our sweat, too! What will those measurements tell us? — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Dåseskinke, missiler og Budweisere: Bunden af Stillehavet flyder med affald

Affaldet er fundet på op til seks kilometers dybde.

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Better internet could be a simple router upgrade away

It's highly likely this looks a lot better than the one you got from your internet service provider. (Eero/) When you sign up with an internet service provider, you get a router to blanket your home in precious Wi-Fi . This box will do its job perfectly well, so you might not think there's any need to spend your hard-earned money to upgrade it. But depending on the model of the router and what ex

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Weekend reads: When peer review fails; gender imbalances in citations; COVID-19 science under scrutiny

Before we present this week's Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: A paper that took a journal three days to accept … Continue reading

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We Need More Movies Where the Sharks Win

Jaws is great, but no one has ever been able to build on what Steven Spielberg did.

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Sneaky Mac Malware Is Posing as Flash Downloads

Plus: OnlyFans pirates, a nasty Netgear bug, and more of the week's top security news.

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The 8 Best Chef's Knives for Your Kitchen (2020): Affordable, Japanese, Carbon Steel

It's the indispensable multi-tool of the kitchen. We sliced and diced our way through meats and veggies to find today's best blades.

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In Case You Missed It

Top news from around the world — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Mariana Trench: Don Walsh's son repeats historic ocean dive

Sixty years after his father did it first, Kelly Walsh dives to the deepest point in Earth's oceans.

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Blood Plasma Treatments Could Be Helpful For COVID-19 Patients

The approach of taking blood plasma from people who have recovered and giving it to patients still suffering from a disease has been used for centuries. Now it's being used on COVID-19 patients.

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Doctor Warns Of Risks In Rush To Embrace A COVID-19 Treatment

As researchers herald dexamethasone as a potential breakthrough treatment for critically ill patients, Dr. Kirsten Lyke says publicizing research that hasn't been rigorously vetted could erode trust. (Image credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Will Sex Scenes Survive the Pandemic?

In a world of social distancing, touching can be a turn off— even on-screen . With productions being allowed to resume in Los Angeles , Atlanta , and abroad , industry guilds and labor unions have drafted proposals for new on-set safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic. A common recommendation? Limit the amount of time actors have to closely interact. That's an issue for intimacy coordin

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Seamus Heaney's Journey Into Darkness

Illustration by Oliver Munday; Eamonn McCabe / Popperfoto / Getty I n a lecture called "Frontiers of Writing," Seamus Heaney remembered an evening he spent as the guest of an Oxford college in May 1981. A "quintessentially Oxford event," he called it: He attended chapel alongside a former lord chancellor of the U.K., went to a big dinner, slept in a room belonging to a Conservative cabinet minist

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Coronavirus Updates: Latest News and Analysis

Southern officials warn of new clusters linked to bars and frat parties. Health officials fear tonight's Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., could be a "superspreader" event. Turkey and Australia see the virus resurging.

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Daily briefing: DNA hints at an ancient dynasty in Neolithic Ireland

Nature, Published online: 19 June 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01876-7 Revelations from the spectacular Newgrange monument indicate incest among the elite. Plus, 'lava lamp' cells could lead to better drugs, and CERN's bold plan to build a new super-collider.

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Færre ingeniører får kurser på universitetsniveau

Andelen af ingeniører i stat, regioner og kommuner, der får efteruddannelse på universiteter, er dalet de seneste ti år. Det kan svække ingeniørernes markedsværdi, frygter IDA.

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eBay and the Deliveries You Never Wanted

This week, we discuss the harassment campaign allegedly carried out by six former eBay employees against the owners of a news website critical of the ecommerce industry.

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Microtransit Gives City Agencies a Lift During the Pandemic

Public transit ridership has dropped, so some cities are trying on-demand apps for more private van, bus, or shuttle rides—and possibly contact tracing.

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'Tipping point': Greta Thunberg hails Black Lives Matter protests

People are realising 'we cannot keep looking away from these things', says climate activist Greta Thunberg has said the Black Lives Matter protests show society has reached a tipping point where injustice can no longer be ignored, but that she believes a "green recovery plan" from the coronavirus pandemic will not be enough to solve the climate crisis. Reflecting on the protests that have swept t

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Being Trans Shouldn't Exclude Me From Health Laws

One day in June, I sat in a crowd of thousands at Dolores Park in San Francisco, blankets spread across the lawn, bottles of champagne uncorked, rainbow flags waving in the breeze. All around me were women in sparkling halters, men in skimpy shorts, trans and cis and genderqueer people. Glitter everywhere. It was 2011. New York had just legalized marriage equality, and "I ♥ NY" T-shirts dotted th

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The 15 Best Weekend Deals: Tablets, Laptops, TVs, and More

Now's the time to buy gear from Apple and Amazon at a discount, or to snag a 65-inch TV to improve your Netflix binge sessions.

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Why Trump Keeps Losing at the Supreme Court

Donald Trump has been having a rough go of it in the nation's highest court. A year ago, he lost the biggest case of last year's Supreme Court term—a challenge to his addition of a citizenship question to the census. This week, Trump lost what is so far the biggest case of this Court term—a challenge to his termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows Dreamers t

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To Avoid Integration, Americans Built Barricades in Urban Space

George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer at the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. The location is significant. It lies in a part of the city wedged between two freeways and not far from an unofficial boundary separating neighborhoods with large populations of black and Latino residents from the mostly white neighborhoods to the south. For decades, this boundary was legally

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Breakthrough discovery to transform prostate cancer treatment

A novel formulation of the prostate cancer drug abiraterone acetate – currently marketed as Zytiga – will dramatically improve the quality of life for people suffering from prostate cancer, as pre-clinical trials by the University of South Australia show the new formulation improves the drug's effectiveness by 40 per cent.

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UK seeking to scale back plans for independent satnav, report says

Ministers reportedly exploring alternatives to plan announced in 2018 to build rival to EU's Galileo project British ministers are seeking to scale back plans for a £5bn satellite navigation system that was introduced in 2018 as an alternative to the E U 's Galileo project , it has been reported. The ministers are exploring other options, which include using OneWeb, the UK satellite operator that

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Van(d)vittigt? Her er vandet fra kunstgræsbanen renere end det fra vandhanen

Flere hundrede kunstgræsbaner er blomstret op i Danmark. Nu skal der tænkes på miljøet, før de bliver anlagt.

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The Star Wars: Squadrons gameplay trailer promises cross-platform starfighter battles

Even if you're not a huge Star Wars fan, the appeal of plunking down into an X-wing or some other slick space fighter has almost undeniable appeal. At least that's what EA hopes for its upcoming outer space dogfight title, Star Wars: Squadrons . EA unveiled the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Star Wars title at an event last night and, even with massive hype going in, the video delivered

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Rare 'ring of fire' annular solar eclipse to cast shadow over Africa and Asia

Event will be visible across a narrow band from Congo-Brazzaville to southern China Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian peninsula, India and southern China will witness the most dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse in years on Sunday. Annular eclipses occur when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, but not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure t

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Den store matematiske fejde om løsningen af tredjegradsligningen – med svar på udfordring til læserne

PLUS. Italienske matematikere lå i 1500-tallet i konstant kappestrid med hinanden og udvekslede grove fornærmelser, mens de nidkært bevogtede deres matematiske hemmeligheder.

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"Nyfikenhet har satt människan i rörelse"

Hur är det att komma med denna bok under pågående coronapandemi när så många är starkt begränsade i just sin rörelse? – Det är förstås märkligt. Jag tycker det är hemskt att vara instängd och känner verkligen att jag vill komma ut. Jag tar promenader och cyklar – ändå känns det lite som att sitta i fängelse. Då är ändå vi i Sverige privilegierade som får röra oss relativt fritt. I andra länder är

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Chemical Engineer Explains Why Pepper Spray Is So Intense

'Less-lethal' but not always non-lethal.

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Greta Thunberg: Climate change 'as urgent' as coronavirus

Greta Thunberg says the world needs to treat climate change with similar urgency to Covid-19.

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Climate change: Sport heading for a fall as temperatures rise

A new analysis says global sport faces major disruption from climate change in coming decades.

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Pernille kæmper for, at alle børn bliver gode til matematik: Nu har hun vundet Ph.d. Cup

Næsten alle børn kan blive bedre til matematik, hvis de lærer at forstå tal fra 3-5 års alderen.

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Summer Solstice 2020 and the Search for Life in the Galaxy

As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth's tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible.

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Shining light on a malignant lung cancer

Treating a rare type of malignant lung cancer could improve, thanks to near-infrared irradiation and a cancer-targeting compound. Nagoya University oncologist Kazuhide Sato and colleagues tested the treatment and published their findings in the journal Cells.

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7 ud af 10 angreb på SMV'erne kan stoppes med enkle metoder

PLUS. Med simple teknologiske løsninger og opmærksomme medarbejdere kan SMV'erne stoppe langt de fleste cyberangreb.

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Label-free hematology analysis using deep-ultraviolet microscopy [Engineering]

Hematological analysis, via a complete blood count (CBC) and microscopy, is critical for screening, diagnosing, and monitoring blood conditions and diseases but requires complex equipment, multiple chemical reagents, laborious system calibration and procedures, and highly trained personnel for operation. Here we introduce a hematological assay based on label-free molecular imaging…

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Hedgehog-FGF signaling axis patterns anterior mesoderm during gastrulation [Developmental Biology]

The mechanisms used by embryos to pattern tissues across their axes has fascinated developmental biologists since the founding of embryology. Here, using single-cell technology, we interrogate complex patterning defects and define a Hedgehog (Hh)–fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling axis required for anterior mesoderm lineage development during gastrulation. Single-cell transcriptome analysis.

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A role for NPY-NPY2R signaling in albuminuric kidney disease [Medical Sciences]

Albuminuria is an independent risk factor for the progression to end-stage kidney failure, cardiovascular morbidity, and premature death. As such, discovering signaling pathways that modulate albuminuria is desirable. Here, we studied the transcriptomes of podocytes, key cells in the prevention of albuminuria, under diabetic conditions. We found that Neuropeptide Y…

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TERT promoter mutation determines apoptotic and therapeutic responses of BRAF-mutant cancers to BRAF and MEK inhibitors: Achilles Heel [Medical Sciences]

Combination use of BRAF V600E inhibitor dabrafenib and MEK inhibitor trametinib has become a standard treatment for human cancers harboring BRAF V600E. Its anticancer efficacies vary, however, with dramatic efficacy in some patients and drug resistance/tumor recurrence in others, which is poorly understood. Using thyroid cancer, melanoma, and colon cancer…

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A wealth of genotype-specific proteoforms fine-tunes hemoglobin scavenging by haptoglobin [Biochemistry]

The serum haptoglobin protein (Hp) scavenges toxic hemoglobin (Hb) leaked into the bloodstream from erythrocytes. In humans, there are two frequently occurring allelic forms of Hp, resulting in three genotypes: Homozygous Hp 1-1 and Hp 2-2, and heterozygous Hp 2-1. The Hp genetic polymorphism has an intriguing effect on the…

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Primordial emergence of a nucleic acid-binding protein via phase separation and statistical ornithine-to-arginine conversion [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

De novo emergence demands a transition from disordered polypeptides into structured proteins with well-defined functions. However, can polypeptides confer functions of evolutionary relevance, and how might such polypeptides evolve into modern proteins? The earliest proteins present an even greater challenge, as they were likely based on abiotic, spontaneously synthesized amino…

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Silencing the genome with linker histones [Commentaries]

Eukaryotic genomes at their core consist of a nucleoprotein complex termed chromatin. The subunit of chromatin is the nucleosome, which is formed from 146 bp of DNA wrapped around an octamer of core histone proteins (H2A, H2B, H3, and H4). An array of nucleosomes connected by intervening linker DNA segments…

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Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions

By hardening the nation's streets and highways, trucks would use less fuel and spare the planet carbon emissions. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions

By hardening the nation's streets and highways, trucks would use less fuel and spare the planet carbon emissions. Christopher Intagliata reports. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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US Has an 'Anti-Science Bias' Problem, Says Fauci

"They just don't believe science and they don't believe authority."

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Conspiracy theories flourish as coronavirus resurfaces in China

Secretive brotherhoods, financiers and frozen fish have been fingered as the culprits behind a second wave

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Younger Adults Are Increasingly Testing Positive For The Coronavirus

In parts of the country, more people in their 20s and 30s are testing positive for the coronavirus. Experts say this is likely due to more testing and less adherence to distancing and mask guidelines. (Image credit: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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These sudoku puzzles only use 1s and 0s. Can you crack them?

Can you solve this pair of puzzles? (PopSci/) We know you are bored at home right now—we are too. Here are some puzzles and brainteasers to challenge your family and friends with, either in person or over video chat. The cool thing about this enigma is that only two possible answers can fill each blank: zero and one—and each grid has a sole solution. But only two consecutive zeros or ones can sit

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Use of forests to offset carbon emissions requires an understanding of the risks

Given the tremendous ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions — a sort of climate investment. But as with any investment, it's important to understand the risks. If a forest goes bust, researchers say, much of that stored carbon could go up in smoke.

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An Open Letter: Scientists and Racial Justice

What we can and must do to make science more equitable.

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Studies Report Rapid Loss of COVID-19 Antibodies

The results, while preliminary, suggest that survivors of SARS-CoV-2 infection may be susceptible to reinfection within weeks or months.

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

A 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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Renewed hope for treatment of pain and depression

Researchers have developed LIH383, a novel molecule that binds to and blocks a previously unknown opioid receptor in the brain, thereby modulating the levels of opioid peptides produced in the central nervous system (CNS) and potentiating their natural painkilling and antidepressant properties.

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New light shone on inflammatory cell death regulator

Australian researchers have made significant advances in understanding the inflammatory cell death regulatory protein MLKL and its role in disease.

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Uncovering the genetic basis of hermaphroditism in grapes, the trait that allowed domestication

Plant experts at UC Davis have defined the genetic basis of sex determination in grapevines, one of the oldest and most valuable crops worldwide. In new research biologists propose a novel model of sex evolution before and during grapevine domestication nearly 8,000 years ago. Their work could have broad application in breeding grapes and other plant species.

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How cancer drugs find their targets could lead to a new toolset for drug development

Cellular processes such as transcription often take place in tiny cellular droplets called condensates. A new study shows the mechanism by which small molecules, including cancer drugs, are concentrated in these droplets — a finding that could have implications for the development of new cancer therapeutics. If researchers could tailor a chemical to seek out and concentrate in one kind of droplet

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Scientists solve a thorny problem: Applications for citrus groves

"Why do plants have thorns?" is an easy question: The thorns help protect against hungry animals that like to munch on the plants. "Where do thorns come from?" is a more complicated question — but scientists have found an answer. Their insight may help change the way oranges and other crops are grown.

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The Animal Kingdom Should Have Father's Day Too – Facts So Romantic

A concerned clownfish father looking after his nest of tiny, orange eggs. Justin Rhodes Becoming a parent brings out the best in many animals. Although parenting is usually left to the females, males from many species go above and beyond to care for the offspring. Take anemonefish. In Finding Nemo, Marlin swims over 1,000 miles from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney to rescue his son Nemo, who had

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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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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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New production method for heterostructure devices

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

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Coronavirus FAQs: Home Repair Guidelines, Toilet Plumes, Manicures And Self-Spraying

By popular demand, we've updated our guidelines for repair people in the home — and taken on new topics as well. (Image credit: Malaka Gharib/ NPR)

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'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will occur this weekend. Here's how to watch.

An annular eclipse is a type of solar eclipse where the edge of the Sun remains visible around the Moon. The June 21 annular eclipse will occur when the Moon is nearly at its apogee, the point in the lunar orbit when the Moon is farthest away from Earth. Only some countries will be able to see the eclipse in person, but several organizations plan to livestream the event. The Moon will briefly blo

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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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