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Coronavirus in the US: Latest COVID-19 news and case counts
The U.S. has now confirmed more than 1.45 million COVID-19 cases. To date, at least 87,991 individuals in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus causing COVID-19.
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'Worst-case scenario' predicts $500bn of cuts to global dividends
Fund manager Janus Henderson says investor payouts could fall by more than a third
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Elon Musk teases Neuralink advancements: 'Reality is getting weird fast
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Marijuana Is The Fastest-growing Industry In The US Job Market
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Jewelry inspired by the architecture of global cities
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Is there any AI model that mixes different types of data to build meaning behind any encoding or representation of trained data?
Language to humans means nothing if we don't know the meaning behind the words, children learn by experiencing objects sounds, touch, and taste. I would assume that we'd need to train AI models to mix different types of data that builds an internal representation of objects, as we do as humans. One of the challenges behind NLP is to make models understand the meaning behind words in a sentence, b
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Ray Kurzweil prediction on fat gene therapies to fight obesity
Hello, Does anyone know the latest developments in fat gene therapies to fight obesity? Ray Kurzweil made predictions regarding it for the 2020's. What are the latest developments in it? submitted by /u/remotemass [link] [comments]
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OpenAI Finds Machine Learning Efficiency Is Outpacing Moore's Law
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Jet propulsion by microwave air plasma in the atmosphere
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Mosquito night navigation inspires new drone obstacle avoidance system
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Antiviral Nanotechnology for Smartphones
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Robot adoption key factor in productivity growth post-Covid-19
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UK watchdog seeks powers to tackle coronavirus profiteering
CMA unable to take companies to court over price gouging without emergency legislation
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FirstFT: Today's top stories
Your daily news briefing
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Live Coronavirus News Updates
Seeking to encourage testing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has a nasal swab on live television.
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Nigerian Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights Emerging Threat in Africa: Live Coverage
China has quarantined thousands of people after a resurgence of cases in the Northeast. The leaders of Italy and Britain warned that a vaccine may be a long time coming.
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Space Plane: Mysterious US military aircraft launches
The Atlas V rocket, carrying the X-37B space plane, launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday.
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Immersive Violence
Virtual reality could help domestic batterers identify with victims — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Immersive Violence
Virtual reality could help domestic batterers identify with victims — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Space Force launches robotic X-37B space plane on new mystery mission
The U.S. Space Force's mysterious X-37B space plane successfully launched on its sixth mystery mission from Florida today (May 17).
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Launch of secret X-37B space plane delayed by bad weather
The U.S. Space Force's next secret mission of a robotic X-37B space plane has been delayed at least 24 hours after bad weather thwarted a launch attempt today (May 16).
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Viking 'treasure' of rare artifacts revealed on a long-lost mountain trail
Melting ice revealed a long-lost trail in Norway that was strewn with objects dating to the Viking Age.
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1st super-fast pulsar found snacking on its companion in far-flung star cluster
China's FAST radio telescope has uncovered the first known pulsar in the star cluster Messier 92. The super-fast pulsating object forms one part of an eclipsing binary.
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South Carolina: Latest updates on Coronavirus
Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in South Carolina and the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Pennsylvania: Latest updates on Coronavirus
Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania and the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Oklahoma: Latest updates on Coronavirus
Here's information on the number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma and the latest news on the COVID-19 outbreak.
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New Hampshire: Latest updates on coronavirus
Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in New Hampshire and the latest news on the COVID-19 outbreak.
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2 Washington cases of 'COVID-19-like illness' in December raise questions about when disease arrived in US
The findings suggest the virus might have arrived in the U.S. earlier than thought.
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Why a microwave-beam experiment will launch aboard the Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane
There's a microwave power experiment heading to space Saturday (May 16) aboard the Air Force's secretive X-37B spaceplane. Researchers hope it could lead to a new global power source.
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Maine: Latest updates on Coronavirus
Here is the COVID-19 situation in Maine.
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Magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Nevada has a long history of temblors
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake rattled western Nevada just before sunrise today (May 15), waking up people at 4:03 a.m. local time (11:03 UTC), well before their morning alarms went off, according to news reports.
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Kansas: Latest updates on Coronavirus
Here's a look at the number of coronavirus cases in Kansas and the latest news about the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Should researchers deliberately infect volunteers with coronavirus to test vaccines?
More than 20,000 people around the world have already expressed interest in participating in such a challenge, if it were ever to be brought to light.
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Florida: Latest updates on Coronavirus
There are 42,038 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida
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Connecticut: Latest updates on Coronavirus
There are 35,464 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Connecticut.
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Moon's mysterious disappearance 900 years ago finally gets an explanation
A series of 'forgotten' volcanic eruptions could explain accounts of the moon 'vanishing' in A.D. 1110.
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Fungus is destroying a buried Viking ship. Here's how Norway plans to save it.
Archaeologists in Norway are racing to save a buried Viking ship from fungus.
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German police crack down on anti-lockdown protesters
Thousands take to streets as authorities warn rallies could be infiltrated by far-right
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UK plans £38m centre to start production of coronavirus vaccine
Centre will allow manufacture to begin this summer before it is known whether vaccine works Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An experimental coronavirus vaccine will go into production this summer at a "rapid deployment facility" before clinical trials have established whether the shots are safe and protect against the infection. The business secretary, Alok Sharma, s
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US relief should help those who need it most
The question of who receives fiscal support has become highly politicised
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Wisconsin: Images of the Badger State
The terrain of Wisconsin was heavily shaped by glaciation during the last Ice Age, and today, much of its population lives in the lowlands along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is the 20th-most-populated state, with more than 5.8 million residents, and the 23rd-largest state at 65,500 square miles. Here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Wisconsin and some of the wildlife and people
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El Salvador heads for constitutional crisis over lockdown
Attorney-general to challenge President Bukele's tough Covid-19 decree in Supreme Court
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Ease quarantine for 'low-risk' flights, says Heathrow boss
Call comes after UK government proposes 14-day self-isolation for overseas arrivals despite business warnings
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Covid-19 test results could mislead public | Letters
Dr Michael Browning is concerned by the limitations of the Roche antibody test, while Dennis Sherwood is worried about the reliability of self-administered swabs Public Health England's report on its validation of the Roche Covid-19 antibody test (which the government is promoting for widespread use) reveals a number of limitations that were not mentioned in the public briefings ( Public Health E
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What Is the 'Bystander Effect' and How Do People Overcome It?
In emergency situations, what separates onlookers from action-takers?
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First 'socially distanced' concert a test for live music industry
Plan by Travis McCready to play restricted Arkansas gig has divided opinion
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Europe reopens but travel operators fear tourists will stay away
Revenues will be hard to come by with quiet destinations, poolside time limits and quarantine measures
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Cheer spreads through US oil market as lockdowns ease
Prices climb after operators cut output faster than many analysts expected
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Tree Beyond Your Window
One day you look up and all that's left of leaves is a twisted trunk, thick at the base, an obelisk, split at the top like an ungulate's hoof, a shaft riddled with holes, hopeful places for birds to make their fastidious nests. And if you look closer, you'll see a tortoise, head as big as a howitzer shell and two legs, trying calmly to swim out from the leathery bark of which it's made. It wants
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Secretive agency uses AI, human "forecasters" to predict the future
IARPA, a research arm of the U.S. government intelligence community, is focused on predicting the future. The organization uses teams of human non-experts and AI machine learning to forecast events. IARPA also conducts advanced research in numerous other fields, funding rotating programs. As far as secretive government projects go, the objectives of IARPA may be the riskiest and most far-reaching
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UK hospital tackles PPE shortage by making 5,000 visors a day
Hospital in Wolverhampton believed to be first in NHS to resort to in-house production Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage With hospitals across the country struggling to get enough visors for their frontline staff, one has come up with a clever solution – make your own. New Cross hospital in Wolverhampton has turned its library into a mini-factory and has called in its
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Jay Powell warns US recovery could take until end of 2021
Fed chair says economy may not fully bounce back until virus vaccine is available
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This video demo shows just how impressive next-gen game console graphics will be
Video game developers often talk about immersion—a title's ability to draw players in and create a realistic experience that helps players forget about the outside world and its litany of horrors. Battling in-game orcs sometimes sounds a lot better than tackling real-world issues—like now, for instance. But creating immersion isn't easy. Subtle details like textures on backgrounds, light bouncing
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US successfully launches unmanned reusable drone for space experiments
The US Air Force on Sunday successfully launched its high-tech drone X-37B, placing the reusable vehicle into orbit for its sixth secretive mission in space.
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Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed cases in each region
Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. Find out how many confirmed cases have been reported in each of England's local authorities Coronavirus – live news updates Find all our coronavirus coverage here How to protect yourself from infection Please note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report sympt
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Plan to study nicotine patches as potential coronavirus treatment
Doctors in Wales could stage trial after suggestion smokers may be less at risk of Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Plans are being made to investigate the potential of nicotine patches to combat Covid-19 after the idea was raised by doctors at a hospital in Wales where the improvised treatment is being practised. France moved last week to prevent the stockpi
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Doctors raise hopes of blood test for children with coronavirus-linked syndrome
UK researchers believe blood markers may help them identify those most at risk Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Doctors have identified a group of blood compounds that may help to reveal which children are most at risk of developing a rare but life-threatening immune reaction to coronavirus. The new syndrome emerged last month after hospitals in London admitted a numb
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OpenAI Finds Machine Learning Efficiency Is Outpacing Moore's Law
Eight years ago a machine learning algorithm learned to identify a cat —and it stunned the world. A few years later AI could accurately translate languages and take down world champion Go players . Now, machine learning has begun to excel at complex multiplayer video games like Starcraft and Dota 2 and subtle games like poker . AI, it would appear, is improving fast. But how fast is fast, and wha
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The Commons
How to Destroy a Government The president is winning his war on American institutions, George Packer wrote in April. On the fifth night of my coronavirus quarantine, I sat and read "How to Destroy a Government" in one sitting. Although my attention had been scattered all week, bouncing between worrying about suddenly teaching an online class and worrying about getting sick, I could not peel my ey
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US military's mystery space plane rockets back toward orbit
The U.S. military's mystery space plane rocketed toward orbit again Sunday, this time with an extra load of science experiments.
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Chinese survey team plans to summit deserted Everest
A Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers.
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This App Uses Karaoke to Get You Speaking New Languages
Decades of research have found that learning a second language has both short-term and long-lasting cognitive benefits, regardless of age, including language proficiency, social skills, and a broader awareness of other cultures. Not only that, but it can also open the door to new opportunities at work , potentially help with neurological health , and lead to a better understanding of other cultur
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UK wrong to rule out global coronavirus comparisons, experts say
Exclusive: academics' data on excess deaths shows peak in England was higher than Italy's Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Government ministers are wrong to say that the impact of coronavirus on health in the UK cannot yet be compared with other countries, according to leading academics whose data shows the peak of deaths in England was higher than that in Italy. Inte
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New ECU research finds 'Dr. Google' is almost always wrong
Many people turn to 'Dr. Google' to self-diagnose their health symptoms and seek medical advice, but online symptom checkers are only accurate about a third of the time, according to new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.
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Rare long-necked dinosaur that roamed the polar world unearthed in Australia
Discovery of a single vertebra of an elaphrosaur in Victoria hugely expands known range of the group, which had teeth as juveniles but beaks as adults A dinosaur relative of T. rex and Velociraptor with an unusually long neck, and which may have transitioned from predator to plant-eater as it reached adulthood, has been unearthed in Victoria. The elaphrosaur was a member of the theropod family of
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COVID-19 updates: Africa, Italy, surgery and inequality
Scientists explore the unfolding ramifications.
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Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU
Google developers have built a feature to help you avoid abusive ads. Here's how to turn it on now.
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Marine life struggling to breathe free
Study highlights another impact of global warming.
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Science helps ensure The Scream continues
Paint choice found to be a preservation problem.
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Why astronomy matters in times of crisis
It's about international bonds and inspiration, not just technology
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Science history: Thank Valdemar Poulsen for your music collection
The telegraphone made all formats possible.
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Tænkeboks: Hvor mange kokke fordærver maden?
Nu kan du dykke ned i ugens tænkeboks.
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A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous
Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to community services such as grocery stores. Urban density also supports faster emergency-response times, better hospital staffing, and a greater concentration of intensive-care beds and other health-care resources.
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A volcano big for its apparent size
Researchers award top billing to Pūhāhonu.
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Coronavirus World News: Live Tracker
Nigeria's second-largest city is in the midst of an unchecked outbreak. China has quarantined thousands of people after a resurgence of cases in the Northeast.
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What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows
Fed up with the rising cost and declining quality of Apple laptops, I migrated to Microsoft. It has been both a total joy and a complete pain in the neck.
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Bryan Adams' Instagram Rant Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup
Last week Canadian rocker Bryan Adams got called out on social media for a coronavirus rant he posted on Instagram.
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Can you count all the triangles in these images? (Hint: There are more than you think.)
How many triangles are actually pictured here? (Gordon Burgin/) 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. Whether it's a simple square or a wonky equilateral, every polygon contains multitudes. These shapes are no different; each has dozens of smaller geometric units ne
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Naked in Shark Infested Waters | Naked and Afraid XL (Season 5)
The survivalists scramble for a 5-mile extraction journey through shark-infested water Don't miss a new season of Naked and Afraid XL Sunday, May 24 8/7c! Stream Full Episodes of Naked and Afraid XL: https://go.discovery.com/tv-shows/naked-and-afraid-xl/ Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NakedandAfraid https://www.facebook.com/D
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The Special Child
Karolis Strautniekas A s he passed his 70th birthday , J. M. Coetzee—South African–born Nobel laureate, two-time winner of the Booker Prize, among the greatest living writers in the English language—embarked on a highly atypical series of works. His previous 14 novels, all shorter than 300 pages, possessed a spare, compressed intensity of language and design. Now he has completed a trilogy— The C
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Flat Earthers Are Flat Wrong
Those who doubt the planet is spherical often wind up subscribing to a host of other nonsensical notions — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Monster That Expands Our Mathematical Imaginations
Ben Orlin shares his favorite fractal curve — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Live Coronavirus News: Full Analysis and Updates
Former President Barack Obama criticized the pandemic response of the nation's current leaders: "A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge."
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US and UK 'lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs'
Efforts to dilute world health assembly resolution on open licensing decried as 'appalling' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expected to be dominated by efforts to stop rich countries monopolising drugs and future vaccines against Covid-19. As so
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Would you dare to dye your partner's hair?
As grey roots appear, imagine the plight of a wary partner asked to stand in for the experts… A cautionary tale Recently, my wife has started walking towards me and bowing her head, as if in penitence. In fact, she's showing me the roots of her hair. "Howdsit look?" she asks. Yesterday, she sent me an email from her "office" in the kitchen to mine in the converted loft upstairs. This contained a
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Baggrund: Algoritmeudvikling er den nye flaskehals i AI
PLUS. Mængden af data er steget til astronomiske størrelser, og computerne bliver hurtigere og hurtigere. Nu er det udvikling af avancerede algoritmer, der er blevet flaskehalsen, når det gælder kunstig intelligens (AI).
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The Best Weighted Blankets (2020): Yaasa, Bearaby, Casper, and More
These accessories might not cure your anxiety or insomnia, but they can feel like a hug when you really need one.
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Will the New York Times Ever Stop Reporting on UFOs?
By far the weirdest thing about this story is that it keeps on showing up.
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'Milestone' Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles
Physicists have long known that the universe is made from two kinds of particles: fermions and bosons. Now there's a third that behaves totally differently.
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UK on course to launch contact tracing by end of May
Gove says recruitment drive for tracers already nearing 18,000 target
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State and Federal Data on COVID-19 Testing Don't Match Up
Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here . How many coronavirus tests have been conducted in the United States? For the first time since February, the federal government has an answer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now say that 10,847,778 coronavirus tests have been conducted nationwide. These tests
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My Brother's Death Didn't Have to Happen
Senator Elizabeth Warren's oldest brother, Donald Reed Herring, died of COVID-19 in late April, and I heard that she sometimes mentioned this in conversations about policy, though she was reluctant to talk about it publicly. So when I interviewed her for a story about her pandemic-response work (and her prospects of getting picked to be Joe Biden's running mate), it was only natural to ask how th
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Stuck at Home With My 20-Year-Old Daughter
M y daughter, Kate , arrived in the world on the first vernal equinox of the new millennium—a healthy, full-term baby born under a full moon. As a nursing infant, she spent her first Thanksgiving in Tallahassee, in the thick of the 2000 Florida presidential recount. As a toddler, she experienced the 9/11 attacks in Washington, D.C., and the nanny of one of her playmates was killed by the D.C. sni
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Barr's Flynn Dismissal Motion Portends Greater Abuses Ahead
The government's motion to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn has brought a new urgency to long-standing concerns about Attorney General William Barr's handling of his job. In the past 15 months, the combination of Barr's belief in an all-powerful chief executive and a president who thinks that he can do anything he desires has resulted in many actions that have severely undermined trust in a
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Tech Could Be Used to Track Employees—in the Name of Health
Makers of product-tracking beacons suggest using the tools to help enforce social distancing in the workplace.
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'You're Not Alone': How One Nurse Is Confronting the Pandemic
The adrenaline of the first days of the Covid response has drained away, leaving sore muscles, heavy hearts, and a creeping awareness that the grind is here to stay.
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A Guide to Tony Soprano's Many Robes
Get the robe. Don't ask questions.
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How to Sleep When the World Is Falling Apart
It's not easy to relax in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. But there are some simple tips and techniques that can help you get some shut-eye.
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The Lessons of the Great Depression
A mericans are out of work. More than 20 million lost their jobs in April alone. Lines at food banks stretch for miles. Businesses across the country are foundering. Headlines scream that the coronavirus has brought about the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The economic collapse of the 1930s, one of the defining traumas of the 20th century, is still the benchmark against which r
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In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk
Nationwide, poor communities are exposed to much more air pollution than wealthier ones. Scientists are racing to understand what role this may play in Covid-19.
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Efter 37 år får digitale instrumenter en tiltrængt opdatering
PLUS. For første gang i 37 år bliver den digitale kommunikationsprotokol der forbinder instrumenter med hinanden opdateret. Det giver nye og bedre muligheder for at optage ikke-vestlige musikgenrer digitalt.
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The Rise of the Chaplains
The pandemic has thrown into sharp relief a shift in American religious life. Growing numbers of Americans, especially under the age of 30, are not religiously affiliated or involved with spiritual or religious organizations. They do not have local religious leaders to call in a crisis like their grandparents did. Instead, in moments of great need, many are turning to chaplains and spiritual-care
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IP is not a hindrance but a help to end Covid-19
We must not send the wrong message to pharma companies that have taken huge risks
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Første udspil til en klimahandlingsplan: Op til hver 4. olie- og gasfyr skal skrottes
Dyrere olie og gas kombineret med billigere el til elvarme, samt tilskud til varmepumper skal få sendt op til 120.000 opvarmingsfyr baseret på fossile brændsler til skrotning.
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Maybe it's time to retire the idea of "going viral"
For years we've been using the phrase "gone viral" to describe something that becomes wildly popular on the internet. But it strikes a different note in the middle of a global pandemic, especially when the viral content is about an actual virus that is killing people. It's even worse when you're talking about "viral" content containing dangerous misinformation and conspiratorial thinking about su
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Yes, staying at home works: debunking the biggest US coronavirus myths
Where did the virus come from? And can hydroxychloroquine treat it? Some answers to fight the misinformation out there Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage There are questions central to the Covid-19 pandemic that scientists across the world long to be able to answer. Where exactly did the coronavirus come from? How can it be treate
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Are we living in a simulation?
Elon Musk famously believes we're living in a simulation, that constant technological improvement means we could be trapped inside a video game console created by a more advanced civilization. In this video, Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, Joscha Bach and Donald Hoffman, both cognitive psychologists, all weigh in on whether this is base reality or a realistic fiction. What insight from th
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Flood of bankruptcies must not overwhelm the recovery
Policymakers should enable companies to restructure so they can survive
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Meet the baby orangutans learning to climb trees
Baby orangutans are learning new skills from their human surrogate parents.
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Scientists divided over coronavirus risk to children if schools reopen
Some studies show pupils are less likely to become ill if infected, while others show they are as infectious as adults Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The most striking feature about the impact of Covid-19 on children is how little research has been conducted in the field. Only a handful of studies have been carried out across the world, and scientists are divided ov
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Elektrotekniker: Byg din egen genbrugs-elcykel
Ved hjælp af en elmotor, ti 12V-batterier og en remskive fra en gammel vaskemaskine byggede en ikke særligt atypisk Ingeniøren-læser i 2001 sin Long John om til elcykel og opfordrede i et læserbrev sine opfinder-kolleger til at følge eksemplet.
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Will Italy's borrowing costs rise even further?
Market Questions is the FT's guide to the week ahead
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Majority of UK public supports windfall taxes
Deficit expected to be more than £300bn in current financial year because of virus impact
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Did singing together spread coronavirus to four choirs?
In Amsterdam, 102 members of one choir fell ill, and cases have been reported in Europe, America and the UK. But scientists cannot agree on the cause Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage On 8 March this year, the Amsterdam Mixed Choir gave a performance of Bach's St John Passion in the city's Concertgebouw auditorium. It was one of the last major classical concerts to be
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Hjemmekontoret: Det kan have konsekvenser, hvis du glemmer at fortælle kollegerne hvad du laver
Det kræver mere af os at få samarbejdet til at fungere, når vi ikke er fysisk sammen….
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Poorer middle-aged men most at risk from suicide in pandemic, say Samaritans
Charity raises concerns over 'hidden victims' in a socioeconomic group known to be reluctant to seek help Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Middle-aged men from poor backgrounds have been identified as potential "hidden victims" of the Covid-19 pandemic, and urgent government intervention is required to protect them, the Samaritans charity has warned. Analysing feedbac
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Reopen the schools or a generation will bear the mental health scars
Children's Covid symptoms are usually mild, but a lack of education can be severe Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The plan for children to start returning to school in England has caused much debate about safety. Understandably, parents and teachers are worried about what this will mean for risk to children, and teachers are justifiably concerned about risk to themse
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Hjemmearbejde kan gøre dig mistroisk overfor dine kolleger: Sådan undgår du et dårligt samarbejde
Professor forklarer, hvordan du selv er en god kollega foran skærmen derhjemme.
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Llama antibodies could help fight coronavirus, study finds
Researchers hope llama antibodies could help protect humans who have not been infected Coronavirus – latest US updates C oronavirus – latest global updates The solution to the coronavirus may have been staring us in the face this whole time, lazily chewing on a carrot. All we need, it seems, is llamas. A study published last week in the journal Cell found that antibodies in llamas' blood could of
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Coronavirus World Updates
Officials have also imposed new travel restrictions in northeastern China. Brazil is an emerging center of the pandemic after the government's contradictory response.
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Så mycket smartare blir du av träning
Myndigheterna rekommenderar minst 150 minuter fysisk aktivitet i veckan. Det ger bland annat positiva effekter på hjärnan. Nu ska amerikanska forskare ta reda på om mer träning förbättrar utfallet ytterligare.
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Forskare vill rädda korallreven med transplanterade alger
Australienska forskare har anpassat alger som lever i koraller till högre temperaturer. Metoden skulle kunna göra världens rev mer motståndskraftiga mot klimatförändringarna.
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S Africa's digital health travails provide useful lessons
Country yet to match ambition for data-fed, unified system with investment in skills and infrastructure
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A lot of things should stay the same when this crisis ends
The coronavirus pandemic could usher in changes that will make life better
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Plastic surgery: under the knife
Surgeons hope for full waiting rooms once restrictions are lifted but the outlook may be less pretty
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Transforming telemedicine to combat a health crisis
Amwell's founders had to rapidly expand the company to meet a surge in demand for virtual doctors
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Mystery of prolonged Covid-19 symptoms adds to unknowns
Growing evidence some sufferers endure problems from fatigue to organ pains for six weeks or more
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Egyptians face economic pain despite looser lockdown
Construction sites, factories and public transport are busy but business is still struggling
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Can fast fashion's $2.5tn supply chain be stitched back together?
Shuttered shops in London and New York translate into closed factories in Bangladesh and stockpiles of cotton in India
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Virus brings France's 'number-one car region' to a standstill
Pandemic hits Grand Est region, which is at the heart of the auto industry, with particular ferocity
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Dollar liquidity measures leave some countries out in the cold
Schemes from US Fed and IMF leave big emerging markets struggling to find finance
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Government to invest £93m in UK vaccine manufacturing centre
Facility to open next summer, with earlier deployment possible to make coronavirus vaccine Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The British government will invest up to £93m to bring forward construction of a new vaccine manufacturing centre, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on Saturday. The funding will ensure the new centre opens in summe
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Pharmaceutical dealers not staying in their lane
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Parents Change Each Other's Brain Activity When with Children
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Her er første udspil til klimaplanen: Flere olie- og gasfyr skal skiftes ud
Som at klippe hæk med en neglefil, lyder en af reaktionerne på regeringens første udspil til en klimaplan.
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Exotic Lizards Creep Into Georgia. Don't Expect Southern Hospitality.
State wildlife officials have warned residents to be on the lookout for the Argentine black and white tegu, an invasive lizard species that is threatening native creatures.
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Using big data to design gas separation membranes, reduce CO2
Researchers have developed a method that combines big data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their study is the first to apply an experimentally validated machine learning method to rapidly design and develop advanced gas separation membranes.
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Live Coronavirus News Updates
Investigators have uncovered a fraud ring that may have siphoned millions of dollars in unemployment payments. With more than two-thirds of states significantly relaxing restrictions, an uptick in cases is predicted.
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Scientists create single-atom devices to supercharge computers
Researchers were able to create single-atom transistors for only the second time ever. They also achieved an unprecedented quantum mechanics feat, allowing for the future development of computers. The tiny devices could be crucial in creating qubits, leading to next-generation technology. Tiny technologies could have tremendous effects on the next generation of computers, supercharging memory and
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Heart attack prevention lags for people with stroke, peripheral artery disease
Although all three conditions can lead to heart attack, people with stroke or peripheral artery disease were less likely to receive preventive treatments to prevent heart attack than people with coronary artery disease. Stroke survivors were more likely to report poor health care satisfaction and more emergency room visits.Patients with peripheral artery disease had the highest out-of-pocket healt
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Using big data to design gas separation membranes, reduce CO2
Researchers have developed a method that combines big data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their study is the first to apply an experimentally validated machine learning method to rapidly design and develop advanced gas separation membranes.
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Ocean 'breathability' key to past, future habitat of West Coast marine species
Ocean breathability, which combines the oxygen levels, a species' oxygen needs and the water temperature, matches the shifts in northern anchovy populations from the 1950s to today. Under climate change, this key forage fish may no longer be able to survive in the southern part of its range, off Mexico and southern California.
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Food webs determine the fate of mercury pollution in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon
In the Grand Canyon reach of the Colorado River, two species play an outsized role in the fate of mercury in the aquatic ecosystem, and their numbers are altered by flood events.
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Observation of intervalley transitions can boost valleytronic science and technology
An international research team has observed light emission from a new type of transition between electronic valleys, known as intervalley transmissions. The research provides a new way to read out valley information, potentially leading to new types of devices.
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Finding Inner Harmony: The Underappreciated Legacy of Karen Horney
She believed in the great potential for growth and development — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2D sandwich sees molecules with clarity
A 2D platform of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium is adept at detecting biomolecules via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Its nonmetallic nature helps by curtailing background noise.
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'Lean lab' approach enables quick research ramp down
New 'lean lab' management principles are demonstrating benefits that include cost savings, increased productivity, and a strong safety record.
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New Orleans Begins Re-Opening
The city began allowing some businesses such as gyms, salons and movie theaters, as well as churches to re-open — or expand their operations — in a limited capacity on Saturday. (Image credit: Rebecca Santana/AP)
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Foolproof new test to track the fats we eat
A team of researchers has developed a reliable and accurate blood test to track individual fat intake, a tool that could guide public health policy on healthy eating.
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Metagenomics reveals distinct microbiotypes of giant clams
New research highlights the impacts of benthic species assemblages on the giant clams Tridacna maxima.
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Binge drinkers beware, Drunkorexia is calling
Mojito, appletini or a simple glass of fizz — they may take the edge off a busy day, but if you find yourself bingeing on more than a few, you could be putting your physical and mental health at risk according new research.
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New bone-graft biomaterial gives patients a nicer smile and less pain
A new recipe for a bone-graft biomaterial that is supercooled before application should make it easier to meet dental patients' expectation of a good-looking smile while eliminating the pain associated with harvesting bone from elsewhere in their body.
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Tiny pop-up devices work relentlessly, even under extreme pressure
Miniature devices, notably those that bulge out from 2D surfaces like pop-up greeting cards, have seamlessly found their way into pressure-sensing and energy-harvesting technologies because of their ability to be frequently stretched, compressed or twisted. Despite their force-bearing abilities, it is still unclear if repeated physical stress can damage the working of these miniature devices, part
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Commercial airliners monitoring CO2 emissions from cities worldwide
Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from cities is important in order to support climate mitigation activities in response to the Paris Agreement. An international research team examined carbon dioxide (CO2) data collected over 34 global cities by Japan's commercial airliners. Their study revealed a relationship between urban atmospheric CO2 signals and emissions from cities for the first time. Th
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2D sandwich sees molecules with clarity
A 2D platform of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium is adept at detecting biomolecules via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Its nonmetallic nature helps by curtailing background noise.
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'Lean lab' approach enables quick research ramp down
New 'lean lab' management principles are demonstrating benefits that include cost savings, increased productivity, and a strong safety record.
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Retinal texture could provide early biomarker of Alzheimer's disease
Biomedical engineers have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring both the thickness and texture of the various layers of the retina. The advance could be used to detect a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease, potentially offering a widespread early warning system for the disease.
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Genetic origins of hybrid dysfunction
Evolutionary biologists studying populations of hybrid fish have found two genes that contribute to melanoma – only the second time people have identified specific genes associated with dysfunction in hybrid vertebrates.
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Saving livestock by thinking like a predator
Humans have struggled to reduce the loss of livestock to carnivores for thousands of years, and yet, solutions remain elusive. According to a new study, solving this ancient puzzle requires going back to Ecology 101. Simply put, getting in the mind of predators — considering how they hunt, how their prey behaves and the landscape — will help wildlife managers discourage wild carnivores from prey
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Finding Inner Harmony: The Underappreciated Legacy of Karen Horney
She believed in the great potential for growth and development — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Designing vaccines from artificial proteins
Scientists have developed a new computational approach to create artificial proteins, which showed promising results in vivo as functional vaccines. This approach opens the possibility to engineer safer and more effective vaccines.
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'Metabolic signature' can determine adherence to Mediterranean diet, help predict CVD risk
A newly identified 'metabolic signature' can evaluate an individual's adherence and metabolic response to the Mediterranean diet and help predict future risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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New research into stem cell mutations could improve regenerative medicine
Research has given new insight into the cause of mutations in pluripotent stem cells and potential ways of stopping these mutations from occurring.
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Large rockfish leave Chesapeake Bay to become ocean migrators; smaller fish remain
A new electronic tagging study of 100 Potomac River striped bass sheds light on rockfish migration in Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast. Researchers found that when rockfish reach 32 inches in length they leave Chesapeake Bay and become ocean migrators. Small fish stayed in the Bay had higher mortality rates than those that undertook ocean migrations.
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Mouse and human eye movements share important similarity
Scientists have used a lightweight eye-tracking system composed of miniature video cameras and motion sensors to record head and eye movements in mice without restricting movement or behavior. Measurements were made while the animals performed naturalistic visual behaviors including social interactions with other mice and visual object tracking.
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New model to accurately date historic earthquakes
Three earthquakes in the Monterey Bay Area, occurring in 1838, 1890 and 1906, happened without a doubt on the San Andreas Fault, according to a new article.
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Topological waves may help in understanding plasma systems
A research team has predicted the presence of 'topologically protected' electromagnetic waves that propagate on the surface of plasmas, which may help in designing new plasma systems like fusion reactors.
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Cahokia's rise parallels onset of corn agriculture
Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still debated. In a new study, scientists report that corn was not grown in the ancient metropolis of Cahokia until sometime between A.D. 900 and 1000, a relatively late date that corresponds to the start of the city's rapid expansi
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New ways to nudge the brain
For army scientists, the goal of neuroscience research is pursuing the inner workings of the human brain to advance scientific understanding and improve soldier performance.
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Decoding the massively complex gut microbiome
For something that has evolved with us over millions of years, and remains part of our physiology over our entire lives, our gut microbiome, oddly, remains somewhat of a mystery. Comprised of trillions of microbes of at least a thousand different species, this community of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi in our gastrointestinal tracts is unique to each individual and has been found to be int
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For all its sophistication, AI isn't fit to make life-or-death decisions | Kenan Malik
'Following the science' is a disingenuous policy because mathematical reckoning and human judgments are very different things Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Artificial intelligence is searching for the drugs to combat Covid-19. It enabled the pandemic to be tracked and information about it to be synthesised. It is diagnosing patients, triaging them , and identifying
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The World Is Running Out of Elements, and Researchers Are Looking in Unlikely Places for Replacements
Researchers prospect for increasingly essential elements from both natural ores and human-made wastes.
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Peter Brancazio, Who Explored the Physics of Sports, Dies at 81
He used science to demystify the myths of rising fastballs and Michael Jordan's seemingly long hang time. He died from complications of the novel coronavirus.
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Education secretary says science backs phased return to school
Gavin Williamson insists plan is based on 'best advice' but BMA and teaching unions fear rise in infections
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Coronavirus World Live Coverage: Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, China, Netherlands
At least 100 babies born into Ukraine's booming surrogate motherhood business have become marooned in the country, and more are coming. Saudi Arabia's planned transformation has been thrown off course by the pandemic.
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Repurposed drug helps obese mice lose weight, improve metabolic function
An off-label experiment in mice using disulfiram, which has been used to treat alcohol use disorder for more than 50 years, consistently normalized body weight and reversed metabolic damage in obese middle-aged mice of both sexes.
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One-two punch may help fight against Salmonella
Researchers found that dephostatin does not kill Salmonella or stop it from growing. Instead, dephostatin prevents Salmonella from causing infection in two ways: it blocks its ability to resist being killed by immune cells and it enhances its sensitivity to colistin.
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Blockchain Is Good for More than Just Crypto. These Courses Show You How to Use It
From hacking our brains with Neuralink to having an AI do our homework , we're living on the cutting edge of some seriously incredible tech innovations. But, if there's one technology that everyone should be keeping a close eye on, it's blockchain. Chances are you're already somewhat familiar with blockchain, or, at the very least, have heard of Bitcoin, its perhaps most famous application. For t
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The flaw in Johnson's 'common sense' lockdown logic
From an economic and social perspective, the government has got the balance and the emphasis wrong
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First wild white stork chick 'in centuries' hatches in UK
The chick is part of a programme to reintroduce breeding pairs of the birds in the south of England.
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East of Siberia: Owls and the Meaning of April
Spring was always the annual end point for my work studying owls in Russia; this year, the coronavirus ensured that the expedition would leave me behind — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Vitamin B3 revitalizes energy metabolism in muscle disease
Scientists have reported that vitamin B3, niacin, has therapeutic effect in progressive muscle disease. Niacin delayed disease progression in patients with mitochondrial myopathy, a progressive disease with no previous curative treatments.
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Reptile poaching in Balochistan (Pakistan) is on a decreasing trend but still troublesome
Since 2013, following strict enforcement of provincial wildlife legislation in the less studied regions of Asia, the overall trend of illegal reptile poaching is steadily decreasing. Despite that, the issue is not yet resolved and poached reptiles are largely destined not only for the international pet trade, but also utilized in folk medicines and snake charmer shows, according to a recent study.
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The revolt of the plants: The Arctic melts when plants stop breathing
Researchers have identifies a physiologic mechanism in vegetation as cause for Arctic warming.
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How coronavirus is driving a revolution in travel
Manchester is spearheading a new effort to create space for walking and cycling.
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Discovering Joyful Math Away from the Classroom
Here are resources for students, parents and other learners — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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East of Siberia: Owls and the Meaning of April
Spring was always the annual end point for my work studying owls in Russia; this year, the coronavirus ensured that the expedition would leave me behind — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Fast-charging super-capacitor technology
Experts believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled their ground-breaking super-capacitor technology that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications.
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Spain's prime minister seeks one last lockdown extension
Pedro Sánchez says cautious approach is warranted but it infuriates regional authorities in Madrid
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How particulate matter arises from pollutant gases
When winter smog takes over Asian mega-cities, more particulate matter is measured in the streets than expected. An international team has now discovered that nitric acid and ammonia contribute to the formation of additional particulate matter. Nitric acid and ammonia arise in city centers predominantly from car exhaust. Experiments show that the high local concentration of the vapors in narrow an
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Oyster farming and shorebirds likely can coexist
Oyster farming as currently practiced along the Delaware Bayshore does not significantly impact four shorebirds, including the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile annually, according to a new study. The findings likely apply to other areas around the country including the West Coast and Gulf Coast, where oyster aquaculture is expanding, according to experts.
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'Lettere patenti' help assess intensity of historic central Italian earthquakes
Three hundred-year-old administrative documents from the Roman government, granting residents permission to repair damage to their buildings, can help modern-day seismologists calculate intensities for a notable sequence of earthquakes that struck central Italy in 1703.
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Scientists discover why some birds live fast and die young
Size, safety and parenting all have an impact on how quickly a species of bird matures, according to new research that could help scientists to understand and predict how animals will respond to climate breakdown and the destruction of habitats.
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Electrolysis: Chemists have discovered how to produce better electrodes
Another step forward for renewable energies: The production of green hydrogen could be even more efficient in the future. By applying an unusual process step, chemists have found a way to treat inexpensive electrode materials and considerably improve their properties during electrolysis.
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Minimum legal age for cannabis use should be 19, study suggests
The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new study.
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Designing flexible and stretchable single crystal electronic systems
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with a Purdue team have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. These new materials could therefore be used for making sensors and in robotics.
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Microbiome therapy protects against recurrent bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most frequent bacterial infections, affecting nearly 30% of women of reproductive age in the United States, and anywhere from 15 to 50% of women around the world. It is associated with the spread of HIV in Africa, where women make up the majority of those infected, as well as preterm birth and low-birth weight around the world.
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The OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone's infrared camera is accidentally creepy
One of the best examples 🤯 #OnePlus8Pro Color Filter Camera can see through some plastic pic.twitter.com/UkaxdyV6yP — Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) May 13, 2020
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Will A.I. Make Medicine More Human?
Cardiologist Eric Topol explores how machine learning could help doctors reconnect with patients.
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How a mint became catnip
Catmint — or catnip — is well-known for its intoxicating effect on cats. The odor responsible for the cats' strange behavior is nepetalactone, a volatile iridoid. Researchers have now found that the ability to produce iridoids had already been lost in ancestors of catmint. Hence, nepetalactone biosynthesis is the result of 'repeated evolution.' However, nepetalactone differs considerably from ot
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Atomically thin magnets for next generation spin and quantum electronics
In 2005, Science asked if it was possible to develop a magnetic semiconductor that could work at room temperature. Now, just fifteen years later, researchers have developed those materials in two-dimensional form, solving one of science's most intractable problems.
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Coronakrise svækker ingeniørdimittenders tro på jobchancer
PLUS. Næsten hver anden ingeniørstuderende, der bliver færdig i år mener, at deres jobmuligheder er blevet dårligere, viser ny rundspørge fra IDA. AR-formand er bekymret og efterlyser øget støtte til SMV'er, mens studiemedlemmerne er mere fortrøstningsfulde.
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Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call
Before it crashed onto Saturn, the spacecraft captured images of the most photogenic planet in our Solar System.
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The Best Outdoor Furniture and Gear to Campout in Your Backyard (2020)
If you have access to some private outdoor space, even just a fire escape, we can help you make the most of your time at home.
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 16)
AUTOMATION The Pandemic Is Emptying Call Centers. AI Chatbots Are Swooping In Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review "Over the last few years, advances in natural-language processing have also dramatically improved on the clunky automated call systems of the past. The newest generation of chatbots and voice-based agents are easier to build, faster to deploy, and more responsive to user inquiries. Once
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For 60 år siden så verden sin første laser: I dag kan du takke den for både internet og operationer
Laserlyset gik hurtigt fra at være en sjov gimmick til at blive brugt overalt i samfundet.
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On Starships, Humans Will Not Be Pulling the Trigger
Max Barry's new novel envisions a future where artificial intelligence handles most of the fighting—until people start to question it.
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Tap Strap 2 Review: An Answer in Search of a Question
Can a wearable that simulates a mouse and keyboard combined compete with the real things?
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Hackers Claim to Have 'Dirty Laundry' About Donald Trump
Plus: Warrantless surveillance, an iOS zero-day glut, and more of the week's top security news.
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Weekend reads: Revelations about a controversial COVID-19 study; weaponizing uncertainty; a 'super-spotter' of duplicated images
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. Sending thoughts to our readers and wishing them the best in this uncertain time. The week … Continue reading
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Will the Nature-Nurture Debate Ever End?
Biology writer Carl Zimmer answers questions on heredity, CRISPR, human enhancement, immortality and the coronavirus — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Will the Nature-Nurture Debate Ever End?
Biology writer Carl Zimmer answers questions on heredity, CRISPR, human enhancement, immortality and the coronavirus — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Even small disturbances can trigger catastrophic storms
Researchers used numerical models that started with simple conditions to better understand exactly how hurricanes arise.
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The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year
Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make 'all-plant' drinks bottles Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from "all-plant" bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers. A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rat
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Trump says US is developing a 'super duper' missile – video
Unveiling the flag for his new space force , Donald Trump said the US was developing a 'super-duper missile' to outpace its military adversaries. 'We have no choice, we have to do it with the adversaries we have out there. We have, I call it the super duper missile and I heard the other night [it's] 17 times faster than what they have right now,' the US president said on Friday Trump says US will
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In the Social Distance
Raymond Meeks Walking. Away. Lost, In thought— That engine of deceit, Eater of distance. Still, new green reassures, even In the breath-stealing planetary smog. Cardinals shock. Really? Red? Now? Optimistic, As are pale pink magnolias, Naked on their branches, Making a brave show, In April's cruel cold. Peepers screech and exult, Some hibernations over. Taunting squirrels make dog-defying Dashes.
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Why Birds Do What They Do
Sacrée Frangine B ushtits—almost impossibly tiny gray birds that live in flocks across the western United States—are not hard to spot in the Bay Area. I usually become aware of them by noticing a chorus of peeping in part of an oak tree that seems to be jiggling. Their nests, though, are well hidden, and they're different from what most people would expect. Made out of spiderwebs, fur, lichen, an
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Live Coronavirus News Updates: States Reopen With Outbreak Control 'Right on the Edge'
With more than two-thirds of states significantly relaxing restrictions, an uptick in cases is widely predicted. A divided House narrowly passed a $3 trillion pandemic relief package, but it stands little chance of becoming law.
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Sådan fjernes alkohol fra øllet med en gang damprens
PLUS. Alfa Laval har udviklet en metode, hvor damp ved få sekunders kontakt fjerner alkohol fra øl.
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It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity
A new study shows rising humidity and temperatures are colliding in places like the US Gulf Coast, decades ahead of projections, and it's likely to cause deaths.
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Saudi wealth fund snaps up $7.7bn of blue-chip stocks
Investment vehicle chaired by crown prince takes advantage of knockdown share prices during pandemic
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The Board Game That Turns Feminism Into a Joke
First we have to choose the pieces we'll play with. There are many options: an airplane ("It's how I get around the world at a moment's notice!" the game's packaging explains), a barbell ("Love my mornings at the gym!"), a journal ("It's full of ideas!"), a wine glass ("Put your energy into empowering others, and your glass will always be half full!"), and a watch ("Don't you agree it's time for
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How We'll Learn to Sing Together When We're Far Apart
Making music with a group, whether it's crowded into a bar or standing in a church, fulfills in a way that singing alone does not. But we can still try.
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How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information
The next time you sign up for a coupon code or retail promotion, use these apps to avoid spam text and email messages.
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Don't Anguish Over Whom to Believe
Do you believe Tara Reade or Joe Biden? Did you believe Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh? My emphatic answer to both questions is the same: I pass. I punt. I vote present. And that dodge causes me no guilt, anxiety, or nagging discomfort. If these questions cause you distress, try it yourself: When pressured to pick a side in a public controversy without definitive evidence, just politely
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Surrendering to Uncertainty
The RNA molecule that causes COVID-19 contains just 15 genes and is responsible for shutting down schools, businesses, weddings, funerals. That our lives could get thrown upside down by something so small seems absurd. But I'm accustomed to my world getting upended by a handful of genes. Eight years ago this spring, I was told my nine-month-old baby would maybe walk someday or maybe not. She migh
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A Ramadan and Eid in Isolation
I started my Ramadan prep late this year. Usually, I would have spent the weeks leading up to Islam's holiest month taking a careful inventory of supplies and preparing the staples and treats that help my husband, my two sons, and me weather long days of fasting. Every family has a different traditional early-morning meal, or suhoor . In my household, we make homemade egg muffins, fruit salad, an
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Government faces legal action over refusal to publish Sage minutes
Businessman Simon Dolan says ministers must disclose science behind lockdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A millionaire businessman is launching legal action against the government after it refused to disclose minutes of the Sage meetings that informed its decision to impose the coronavirus lockdown. Simon Dolan, who owns Jota Aviation, said he received an unsatis
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10 Ways Our Search For Alien Life Is Evolving
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Coronavirus Is Making Universal Basic Income Look Better
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New algorithm predicts optimal materials among all possible compounds
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Twenty Six Predictions for the Next Eleven Months, and Two Technology Predictions for the Years 2022-2025
Predictions for the Next Eleven Months (For this, I am re-posting what I wrote in another forum about a month ago without any edits.) What follows presumes (and this is important) that a vaccine will not be procured any time soon, and that due to the real world being the way it is the virus will instead continue to grow. These are all things that the world can anticipate in the coming year (eleve
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Steel, Hydrogen And Renewables: Strange Bedfellows? Maybe Not…
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Taiwan Declares War On Plastic Waste, Completely Ban Plastics By 2030
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Forget Exercise—These Mice Got Ripped With Gene Therapy
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The Impacts of A Permanent Shift To Remote Work
The remote work revolution, long predicted, oft delayed, seems to be finally happening thanks to COVID-19. Nationwide, PSA, Twitter, and Dell have said they are moving some or all of their workers to remote status permanently. Many others, including the big banks that occupy a disproportionate share of downtown office space, have said they will not need as much space in the future. This is going
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Will there be a future for accountants
Hello I am somewhat worried about the future of accounting and if jobs in this sector will be completely automated away. I wanted to get the opinions of people immersed in tech with hopefully some experience/knowledge in higher level accounting/finance (work at the level that CPAs would be doing etc.), since I am looking to become a CPA. Demand for CPAs seems to be strong now but I'm worried abou
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Singapore scientists part of project to map human brain by 2024
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Forget Exercise—These Mice Got Ripped With Gene Therapy
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COVID-19 Brings Back Andrew Yang's Universal Basic Income Idea
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Naturens folkemøde går digitalt: Du kan se med fra toilettet hele weekenden
Ifølge arrangørerne er der tale om 'verdens første digitale folkemøde'.
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French boy dies of coronavirus-linked Kawasaki disease
Nine-year-old from Marseille had been 'in contact with' virus before dying in hospital Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A nine-year-old boy from Marseille is reported to have died of Kawasaki disease, the mysterious inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus. The boy is believed to be the first victim of the disease in France and only the second in Europe after a tee
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Ugens debat: Fastnet vil ikke dø!
Nye tal fra Danmarks Statistik viser, at rygterne om fastnettelefonens død stadig er overdrevne. Tallene vakte en vis tilfredshed blandt læsere på ing.dk, som dog også havde gode forklaringer på paradokset.
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America's hungry turn to food banks as unemployment rises
Relief group reports 70% increase in people seeking assistance since virus crisis began
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One-fifth of FTSE 100 companies tap government wage scheme
Only five of the UK's largest listed businesses have made permanent job cuts
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Meet the people who could change the way we live
The UK's first climate assembly is holding its final sessions this weekend.
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Why contact tracing may be a mess in America
Dozens of states across the US are pinning their hopes on contact tracing to control the spread of the coronavirus and enable regions to reopen without sparking major resurgences of the outbreak. Alaska, California, Massachusetts, New York, and others are collectively hiring and training tens of thousands of people to interview infected patients, identify people they may have exposed, and convinc
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Travels with John Conway, in 258 Septillion Dimensions
The Princeton mathemagician, who died in April, left an engaging legacy of numerical gamesmanship.
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Trump's Cordon Un-sanitaire
No White House reporter I've ever known was looking to harm anyone, much less the president of the United States, but the federal government never took chances. Covering Barack Obama and now Donald Trump, I can't recall a single instance when the security cordon surrounding the president frayed. On every trip, my press colleagues and I were searched before we got anywhere near the commander in ch
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'Golden tongue' helps ensure maple syrup quality
Scientists use the precious element to grade the quality of the natural sweetener.
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Covid-19: Inside the UK's top-secret military lab
Military scientists at Porton Down have shown the BBC the work they are doing investigating coronavirus.
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Nu kan vi höra stjärnornas basstämmor
Nu har astronomer för första gången lyckats fånga ljudet från stjärnornas basstämmor. Det är stjärnor som pulserar i så låg frekvens att det förut inte har gått att identifiera frekvensen. Spela klippet ovan och lyssna på stjärnorna.
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Leopards spotted in Pakistan capital's park as virus clears way
Leopards, jackals and other creatures living in Islamabad's tree-covered hills have been enjoying a rare respite from the throngs of hikers and joggers that normally pack the trails.
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Leopards spotted in Pakistan capital's park as virus clears way
Leopards, jackals and other creatures living in Islamabad's tree-covered hills have been enjoying a rare respite from the throngs of hikers and joggers that normally pack the trails.
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Is This Taiwan's Moment?
Taiwanese media this week became enraptured by photos of prominent White House officials wearing surgical masks. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's jack-of-all-trades son-in-law, sported one, as did National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The face coverings themselves didn't drive the intrigue so much as what was imprinted in tiny block font
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Transport for London rescue package fuels City Hall feud
Row over bailout reignites tensions between government and city's local authority
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IDAs Klimasvar: Frivillig roadpricing-model skal begrænse bilkørsel
For at få os til at køre mindre og skifte til elbiler skal afgiftssystemet strikkes om. Ifølge IDAs Klimasvar er roadpricing – i første omgang frivilligt – et væsentligt element.
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BAME women make up 55% of UK pregnancy hospitalisations with Covid-19
Study prompts experts to issue guidance for maternity workers about increased risk Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than half of pregnant women who were admitted to hospital with coronavirus in the UK were from a black and minority ethnic background, a study has found, prompting experts to issue guidance for midwives to remain on high alert and lower the threshol
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"Evolutionen är satt ur spel"
1 | Vissa tycker att du borde ha fokuserat på hoppfulla historier eftersom människor behöver hopp. Varför har du valt att fokuserat på utdöenden? − Jag är journalist. Jag fokuserar på sanningen och sanningen är inte hoppfull. Så är det. Vad folk behöver eller vill ha, det var inte min prioritet. Folk vill bli lugnade men jag ville inte erbjuda det. Utdöenden pågår rakt framför våra ögon, men på gr
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Coronavirus World Updates
Germany's top soccer league is restarting. Britain's testing push has left labs short of supplies.
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Thailand's travel industry readies for relaunch
Bangkok, the world's most visited city, could give a glimpse of tourism's new normal
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Drugmakers get hooked on data
Pharma groups hope troves of patient records hold key to faster cures and bigger profits
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Topoisomerase II{alpha} is essential for maintenance of mitotic chromosome structure [Cell Biology]
Topoisomerase IIα (TOP2A) is a core component of mitotic chromosomes and important for establishing mitotic chromosome condensation. The primary roles of TOP2A in mitosis have been difficult to decipher due to its multiple functions across the cell cycle. To more precisely understand the role of TOP2A in mitosis, we used…
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Host nutrient milieu drives an essential role for aspartate biosynthesis during invasive Staphylococcus aureus infection [Microbiology]
The bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus is capable of infecting a broad spectrum of host tissues, in part due to flexibility of metabolic programs. S. aureus, like all organisms, requires essential biosynthetic intermediates to synthesize macromolecules. We therefore sought to determine the metabolic pathways contributing to synthesis of essential precursors during…
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Epigenetic conversion of conventional T cells into regulatory T cells by CD28 signal deprivation [Immunology and Inflammation]
Foxp3-expressing regulatory T cells (Tregs) can be generated in vitro by antigenic stimulation of conventional T cells (Tconvs) in the presence of TGF-β and IL-2. However, unlike Foxp3+ naturally occurring Tregs, such in vitro induced Tregs (iTregs) are functionally unstable mainly because of incomplete Treg-type epigenetic changes at Treg signature…
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The Veiled Virgin illustrates visual segmentation of shape by cause [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]
Three-dimensional (3D) shape perception is one of the most important functions of vision. It is crucial for many tasks, from object recognition to tool use, and yet how the brain represents shape remains poorly understood. Most theories focus on purely geometrical computations (e.g., estimating depths, curvatures, symmetries). Here, however, we…
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Tibetan PHD2, an allele with loss-of-function properties [Evolution]
Tibetans have adapted to the chronic hypoxia of high altitude and display a distinctive suite of physiologic adaptations, including augmented hypoxic ventilatory response and resistance to pulmonary hypertension. Genome-wide studies have consistently identified compelling genetic signatures of natural selection in two genes of the Hypoxia Inducible Factor pathway, PHD2 and…
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Multivalent assembly of KRAS with the RAS-binding and cysteine-rich domains of CRAF on the membrane [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Membrane anchoring of farnesylated KRAS is critical for activation of RAF kinases, yet our understanding of how these proteins interact on the membrane is limited to isolated domains. The RAS-binding domain (RBD) and cysteine-rich domain (CRD) of RAF engage KRAS and the plasma membrane, unleashing the kinase domain from autoinhibition….
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Nutrient dose-responsive transcriptome changes driven by Michaelis-Menten kinetics underlie plant growth rates [Plant Biology]
An increase in nutrient dose leads to proportional increases in crop biomass and agricultural yield. However, the molecular underpinnings of this nutrient dose–response are largely unknown. To investigate, we assayed changes in the Arabidopsis root transcriptome to different doses of nitrogen (N)—a key plant nutrient—as a function of time. By…
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Two auxiliary factors promote Dmc1-driven DNA strand exchange via stepwise mechanisms [Biochemistry]
Homologous recombination (HR) is a universal mechanism operating in somatic and germ-line cells, where it contributes to the maintenance of genome stability and ensures the faithful distribution of genetic material, respectively. The ability to identify and exchange the strands of two homologous DNA molecules lies at the heart of HR…
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Distinct activities of Scrib module proteins organize epithelial polarity [Developmental Biology]
A polarized architecture is central to both epithelial structure and function. In many cells, polarity involves mutual antagonism between the Par complex and the Scribble (Scrib) module. While molecular mechanisms underlying Par-mediated apical determination are well-understood, how Scrib module proteins specify the basolateral domain remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate dependent…
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Redundant and additive functions of the four Lef/Tcf transcription factors in lung epithelial progenitors [Developmental Biology]
In multicellular organisms, paralogs from gene duplication survive purifying selection by evolving tissue-specific expression and function. Whether this genetic redundancy is also selected for within a single cell type is unclear for multimember paralogs, as exemplified by the four obligatory Lef/Tcf transcription factors of canonical Wnt signaling, mainly due to…
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Functional stability of water wire-carbonyl interactions in an ion channel [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Water wires are critical for the functioning of many membrane proteins, as in channels that conduct water, protons, and other ions. Here, in liquid crystalline lipid bilayers under symmetric environmental conditions, the selective hydrogen bonding interactions between eight waters comprising a water wire and a subset of 26 carbonyl oxygens…
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Contact-ID, a tool for profiling organelle contact sites, reveals regulatory proteins of mitochondrial-associated membrane formation [Chemistry]
The mitochondria-associated membrane (MAM) has emerged as a cellular signaling hub regulating various cellular processes. However, its molecular components remain unclear owing to lack of reliable methods to purify the intact MAM proteome in a physiological context. Here, we introduce Contact-ID, a split-pair system of BioID with strong activity, for…
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Kinetic analysis of amino acid radicals formed in H2O2-driven CuI LPMO reoxidation implicates dominant homolytic reactivity [Biochemistry]
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) have been proposed to react with both O2 and H2O2 as cosubstrates. In this study, the H2O2 reaction with reduced Hypocrea jecorina LPMO9A (CuI-HjLPMO9A) is demonstrated to be 1,000-fold faster than the O2 reaction while producing the same oxidized oligosaccharide products. Analysis of the reactivity in…
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Fluorescent Janus emulsions for biosensing of Listeria monocytogenes [Chemistry]
Here we report a sensing method for Listeria monocytogenes based on the agglutination of all-liquid Janus emulsions. This two-dye assay enables the rapid detection of trace Listeria in less than 2 h via an emissive signal produced in response to Listeria binding. The biorecognition interface between the Janus emulsions is…
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The {beta}-arrestin-biased {beta}-adrenergic receptor blocker carvedilol enhances skeletal muscle contractility [Pharmacology]
A decrease in skeletal muscle strength and functional exercise capacity due to aging, frailty, and muscle wasting poses major unmet clinical needs. These conditions are associated with numerous adverse clinical outcomes including falls, fractures, and increased hospitalization. Clenbuterol, a β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) agonist enhances skeletal muscle strength and hypertrophy; however,…
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Catalytic prior distributions with application to generalized linear models [Statistics]
A catalytic prior distribution is designed to stabilize a high-dimensional "working model" by shrinking it toward a "simplified model." The shrinkage is achieved by supplementing the observed data with a small amount of "synthetic data" generated from a predictive distribution under the simpler model. We apply this framework to generalized…
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In situ X-ray diffraction of silicate liquids and glasses under dynamic and static compression to megabar pressures [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]
Properties of liquid silicates under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions are critical for modeling the dynamics and solidification mechanisms of the magma ocean in the early Earth, as well as for constraining entrainment of melts in the mantle and in the present-day core–mantle boundary. Here we present in situ structural measurements…
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Liquid-liquid phase separation of type II diabetes-associated IAPP initiates hydrogelation and aggregation [Biochemistry]
Amyloidoses (misfolded polypeptide accumulation) are among the most debilitating diseases our aging societies face. Amyloidogenesis can be catalyzed by hydrophobic–hydrophilic interfaces (e.g., air–water interface in vitro [AWI]). We recently demonstrated hydrogelation of the amyloidogenic type II diabetes-associated islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a hydrophobic–hydrophilic interface-dependent p
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Dynamics and functional diversity of the smallest phytoplankton on the Northeast US Shelf [Ecology]
Picophytoplankton are the most abundant primary producers in the ocean. Knowledge of their community dynamics is key to understanding their role in marine food webs and global biogeochemical cycles. To this end, we analyzed a 16-y time series of observations of a phytoplankton community at a nearshore site on the…
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Kinetic diversity of amyloid oligomers [Chemistry]
The spontaneous assembly of proteins into amyloid fibrils is a phenomenon central to many increasingly common and currently incurable human disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Oligomeric species form transiently during this process and not only act as essential intermediates in the assembly of new filaments but also represent major…
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Cooperatively enhanced reactivity and "stabilitaxis" of dissociating oligomeric proteins [Applied Physical Sciences]
Many functional units in biology, such as enzymes or molecular motors, are composed of several subunits that can reversibly assemble and disassemble. This includes oligomeric proteins composed of several smaller monomers, as well as protein complexes assembled from a few proteins. By studying the generic spatial transport properties of such…
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Epic Games' New Unreal Engine 5 Looks Pretty Incredible
The game engine won't be released until next year, but man it looks nice.
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What Happened Today: President Trump Outlines New Vaccine Plan, Economy Questions
Wall Street Journal chief economics commentator Greg Ip updates listeners on the state of the U.S. economy during the pandemic and answers their questions.
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The Atlantic Daily: What to Read This Weekend
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox . Step one: Pour the evening beverage of your choice—beer, wine, tea, seltzer, or, my personal favorite, a tall glass of water. Step two: Pick something to read from the list below, find the cozies
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Coronavirus live news: US deaths headed for 100,000 by June, Brazil health minister resigns
Beijing pressures Europe to stop Taiwan joining WHO; record increase in daily Brazil cases; Covid-19 spreads in Yemen. Follow the latest updates Europe could face deadly second wave of winter infections Brazil loses second health minister in less than a month US deaths projected to reach 100,000 by 1 June – CDC Australia coronavirus updates – live Coronavirus latest: at a glance 1.43am BST Hundre
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UK researchers hope dogs can be trained to detect coronavirus
£500,000 government funding for project that 'could revolutionise' screening Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dogs are to be trained to try to sniff out the coronavirus before symptoms appear in humans, under trials launched with £500,000 of government funding. Dogs have already been successfully trained to detect the odour of certain cancers, malaria and Parkinson's
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Doctors face uphill struggle to meet post-pandemic demand
BMA survey lays bare worries that treatment and care available for other illnesses will suffer
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Voluntary collective isolation is best response to COVID-19 for indigenous populations
A team of anthropologists, physicians, tribal leaders and local government authorities developed and implemented a multi-phase COVID-19 prevention and containment plan among the Tsimane, an indigenous group in the Bolivian Amazon. The researchers believe that their approach with the Tsimane can be adapted to tribal and aboriginal populations throughout the world to prevent widespread mortality. Th
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Indigenous protection
The global reach of COVID-19 is unquestionable. Every day, news reports highlight the disease's increasing toll on countries and major cities around the world.
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The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Sociodemographic factors associated with a positive test for COVID-19 in primary care
Older age, being male, deprivation, living in a densely populated area, ethnicity, obesity, and chronic kidney disease are associated with a positive test for COVID-19, according to results from 3,802 people tested for SARS-CoV-2 (including 587 positive tests) in the UK. The observational study was conducted in between Jan 28 and April 4 using routine electronic health records data from GP practic
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Home health care after a heart attack may lower patients' hospital readmission rates
Almost 10% of US heart attack patients receive home health care after hospital discharge. Older patients, women and people with diabetes or heart failure are more likely to receive home health care. Use of home health care may be associated with lower 30-day hospital readmission rates for heart attack patients.
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On the road to non-toxic and stable perovskite solar cells
The promising halide perovskite materials for solar energy conversion show high efficiencies, but this comes at a cost: The best perovskite materials incorporate toxic lead which poses a hazard to the environment. Researchers have now engineered a new hybrid perovskite material with promising efficiency and stability.
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Further evidence does not support hydroxychloroquine for patients with COVID-19
The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine does not significantly reduce admission to intensive care or death in patients hospitalized with pneumonia due to COVID-19, finds a study from France. And a randomized clinical trial from China shows that hospitalized patients with mild to moderate persistent covid-19 who received hydroxychloroquine did not clear the virus more quickly than those recei
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COVID-19 economics — first book hits shelves
Nature, Published online: 15 May 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01487-2 Breakneck triage nails many diagnoses, but deeper treatment is needed.
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Detailed analysis of immune response to SARS-CoV-2 bodes well for COVID-19 vaccine
A new study documents a robust antiviral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 in a group of 20 adults who had recovered from COVID-19. The findings show that the body's immune system is able to recognize SARS-CoV-2 in many ways, dispelling fears that the virus may elude ongoing efforts to create an effective vaccine.
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Global spread of the multi-resistant pathogen Stenotrophomonas maltophilia
Researchers have found a remarkable global spread of strains of a multi-resistant bacterium that can cause severe infections — Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. The study provides for the first time a systematic understanding of the global phylogeny of S. maltophilia strains and shows ways to efficiently monitor the pathogen using a genomic classification system.
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Buying Giphy Gives Facebook a New Window Into Its Rivals
The social media giant acquires another rich source of data, this time in the form of the internet's favorite GIF library.
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Federal program leads to intensified treatment for high-risk heart patients
A program that offers financial incentives to health care providers to measure and reduce heart attack and stroke risk among Medicare patients resulted in increased preventive medications prescribed to patients in high-risk and medium-risk categories.The Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model provides financial incentives to health care providers to reduce heart and stroke ris
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Amazon says it will begin reopening warehouses in France
Agreement reached with unions after legal battle over coronavirus protections for workers
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Model of critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities
Researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding — a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Social good creates economic boost
As unemployment rates skyrocket around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study out of Australia and Sweden has found social venture start-ups not only alleviate social problems but are also much more important for job creation than previously thought.
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Quantifying the impact of interventions in COVID-19 pandemic
Since the beginning of March, public life in Germany has been severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following the encouraging decline in the number of new cases of COVID-19, the debate on the effectiveness of interventions taken to date and on further relaxation of the restrictions is meanwhile gaining momentum.
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Coordination polymer glass provides solid support for hydrogen fuel cells
Scientists are synthesizing stronger and more efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cell membranes. Most fuel cells currently on the market employ liquid membranes. A new coordination polymer glass membrane works just as well as its liquid counterparts with added strength and flexibility.
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Inexpensively locating friendly (and unfriendly) radio waves
Electrical engineers have devised a low-cost method for passively locating sources of radio waves such as Wi-Fi and cellular communication signals. The technique could lead to inexpensive devices that can find radio wave devices like cellular phones or Wi-Fi emitters and cameras that can capture images using the radio waves already bouncing around the world all around us.
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Material manufacturing from particles takes a giant step forward
Tiny fibrils extracted from plants have been getting a lot of attention for their strength. These nanomaterials have shown great promise in outperforming plastics, and even replacing them. A team has now shown another remarkable property of nanocelluloses: their strong binding properties to form new materials with any particle.
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An Alien War Took Over Grand Theft Auto V. It Could End Tonight
A month-long battle between gangs of green and purple aliens has spilled beyond GTA V's boundaries.
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New helmet and tent aim to protect health care workers from the coronavirus
Devices would use negative pressure to capture virus-laden particles during medical procedures
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How to exit lockdown? Elementary, my dear Watson
Crime and disease share a common language. They both need other bodies to thrive
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Pharma Company Claims to Find Part of COVID-Fighting Cocktail
Pharmaceutical firm Sorrento Therapeutics claims to have found the first ingredient for a "cocktail" of antibodies that could be used to act as a "protective shield" against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. In an announcement , the company said it had found a new antibody, called STI-1499, that was able to provide "100% inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection of healthy cells after four day
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Samsung Announces Phone With 'Quantum' Security Technology
The first 5G phones have launched over the past year, and you might even have one now that Qualcomm has pushed OEMs to include the next-generation tech on all flagship devices. However, you probably don't have a quantum 5G phone. Yes, that's a thing thanks to a partnership between South Korea's SK Telecom and Samsung. It's also, surprisingly, not as useless as it sounds. The new Galaxy A Quantum
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Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools
Salt Lake County, Utah's air pollution varies over the year, and at times it is the worst in the United States. The geography traps winter inversions and summertime smog throughout the Salt Lake Valley, but underserved neighborhoods—and their schools—experience the highest concentrations. Previous research has shown pollution disparities using annual averages of PM 2.5 levels, the tiny breathable
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Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud
Over the last 20 years, the rapid development of digital communication technology has given rise to new forms of social interaction on social media. Digital communication technologies can overcome physical, social and psychological barriers in building romantic relationships. Around 1400, dating sites/chats have been created over the last decade in North America alone. Solely in the UK, 23% of Int
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SARS-CoV-2-Fighting T Cells Found in Recovered Patients
While the finding doesn't prove people become immune to the virus after infection, it is good news for vaccine development.
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How a Lost Apollo Rocket Returned to Earth
An amateur astronomer's discovery kicked off a Space Age detective story.
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Some Types of Coronavirus Only Cause Colds — What Makes This New Virus Different?
Odds are, you'll get a normal cold from at least one of four kinds of coronavirus varieties in your life.
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Federal Reserve warns of potential strains on US banks
Financial stability report highlights elevated risks from loan losses and falling asset prices
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Saving Our Planet Starts With the Soil
A new documentary 'carbon cowboys' by Peter Byck brings to light a host of farmers promoting soil health as a great business plan
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Why nature vs. nurture is 'zombie idea' we need to kill
Despite the fact that scientists have long known that behavior is caused by complex interactions between genes and environment, the debate still persists in the culture today. A new paper outlines three reasons why this debate persists, and why behavior isn't special — it abides by the same evolutionary processes as other traits. The authors say rejecting the false nature-nurture dichotomy can he
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COVID-19 infection control, radiographer protection in CT exam areas
Radiologists from Shanghai discuss modifying exam process and disinfecting exam room, while outlining personal protection measures during the coronavirus disease outbreak.
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Blood clotting abnormalities reveal COVID-19 patients at risk for thrombotic events
A new article highlights early research on blood clotting evaluation work that may help identify and treat dangerous complications of the infection.
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Heart attacks, heart failure, stroke: COVID-19's dangerous cardiovascular complications
A new guide from emergency medicine doctors details the potentially deadly cardiovascular complications COVID-19 can cause.
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Antiviral drug can speed up recovery of COVID-19 patients, study shows
Research shows for the first time that interferon-alpha2b improves virus clearance and decreases levels of inflammatory markers in COVID-19 patients.
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Scientist Discovers Gross New Fungus on Twitter
Biologist Ana Sofia Reboleira from the University of Copenhagen's Natural History Museum of Denmark discovered a previously undocumented species of fungus that likes to ride on the surface of millipedes — and named it after something equally disgusting. It's new official Latin name: troglomyces twitteri, an ode to the social media platform that allowed it to be discovered. Reboleira discovered th
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Tiny pop-up pressure sensors can take major squishing
Miniature electronics based on the Japanese art of kirigami are ideal for pressure sensing, researchers report. Miniature devices, notably those that bulge out from 2D surfaces like pop-up greeting cards, have seamlessly found their way into pressure-sensing and energy-harvesting technologies because it's possible to frequently stretch, compress, or twist them. Despite their force-bearing abiliti
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The Horror of the Coronavirus Data Lag
The most universal experience of the coronavirus pandemic in America might not be a sense of fear or anxiety, but a profound confusion over what exactly is going on. Novel pathogens are confounding by definition, and since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the United States, in January, information about severity, spread, and a seemingly ever-expanding list of symptoms has trickled slowly
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Trädkronorna skyddar livet i skogen mot global uppvärmning
Klimatet i skogen är inte likadant som klimatet utanför skogen. Så mycket står klart för alla som har dragit till skogs för att få svalka under en varm sommardag. Nu kommer de första konkreta uppgifterna om klimatuppvärmning under skogens tak, och därmed om hur uppvärmningen i skog skiljer sig från den på öppna ytor. Trädkronornas kylande bladverk skyddar livet i skogen från extrema temperaturer,
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Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools
Salt Lake County, Utah's air pollution varies over the year, and at times it is the worst in the United States. The geography traps winter inversions and summertime smog throughout the Salt Lake Valley, but underserved neighborhoods — and their schools — experience the highest concentrations. A new study utilized a community-university partnership of nearly 200 PM 2.5 sensors through the Air Qua
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Tesla May Deploy 'Million-Mile' Batteries in China Later This Year
Tesla's lithium-ion battery technology is already the envy of the automotive industry, and the company may be moving even further into the lead soon. A new report from Reuters claims Tesla will begin deploying its new "million-mile" battery in late 2020 or early 2021. That's not the official name, of course, but it's a reference to how much longer the cells can operate before failing. That's abou
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Wound-healing patch of blue-green algae mends skin quickly
A skin patch filled with living blue-green algae pumps oxygen into wounds to help them mend faster, and may help people with chronic wounds caused by diabetes
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Coronavirus Roundup for May 9-May 15
Pandemic news highlights for the week — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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SARS lessons for COVID-19 vaccine design
Important lessons learned from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-2003 could inform and guide vaccine design for COVID-19, according to a new article.
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COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine
Risks and Impact of ACEIs or ARBs in Adults With SARS-CoV-2 Infection
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Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud
This paper presents a scoping review of the quantitative and qualitative evidence on this issue, focusing on epidemiological aspects, relational dynamics, and the psychological characteristics of victims and scammers.
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What We Know About Your Chances of Catching the Virus Outdoors
A stir-crazy nation wonders: Is it safe to stroll on the beach in a deadly pandemic? How about a picnic in the park? Or coffee with a friend at an outdoor table? The risk is in the details.
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Our schools are built differently. That's how we're weathering this pandemic.
During the coronavirus pandemic, students in close to 200 Big Picture Learning (BPL) schools worldwide have continued their education, thanks to BPL's unique school design. At BPL, each student is part of a small learning community of 15-20 students called an Advisory, led by a teacher called an Advisor. Students have community mentors, do off-campus internships, and even tackle college courses.
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Modern sea-level rise linked to human activities
New research reaffirms that modern sea-level rise is linked to human activities and not to changes in Earth's orbit. Surprisingly, the Earth had nearly ice-free conditions with carbon dioxide levels not much higher than today and had glacial periods in times previously believed to be ice-free over the last 66 million years, according to a new article.
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Key to preserving The Scream
Moisture is the main environmental factor that triggers the degradation of the masterpiece The Scream (1910) by Edvard Munch, according to new findings using a combination of in situ non-invasive spectroscopic methods and synchrotron X-ray techniques.
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Shrub encroachment on grasslands can increase groundwater recharge
A new study modeled shrub encroachment on a sloping landscape and reached a startling conclusion: Shrub encroachment on slopes can increase the amount of water that goes into groundwater storage. The effect of shrubs is so powerful that it even counterbalances the lower annual rainfall amounts expected during climate change.
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Innovative virus research may save wheat and other crops
Scientists have solved a 20-year-old genetics puzzle that could result in ways to protect wheat, barley, and other crops from a devastating infection.
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Acclaimed mentor of minority mathematicians relied on tough love—but some say he went too far
Carlos Castillo-Chavez resigns administrative posts and retires after student complaint
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Coronavirus Roundup for May 9-May 15
Pandemic news highlights for the week — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Welcome to the Coronavirus Class War
If you're getting your information from a cursory consumption of the news, from conservative media, or from President Donald Trump's Twitter feed, it's easy to form an impression of public opinion on social-distancing measures: The country is deeply split between Republicans, who want to reopen the country, and Democrats, who want to keep things closed. More specifically, it's split between well-
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Gauging water loss from northern peatlands, a likely accelerant of climate change
A team of 59 international scientists, including at McMaster University and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, pooled their data and discovered boreal peatlands lose more water than do forests in response to drying air. This has important implications not only for projections of water availability in the boreal biome but for global carbon-climate feedbacks.
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Early humans thrived in this drowned South African landscape
Scientists have reconstructed the paleoecology the Paleo-Agulhas Plain, a now-drowned landscape on the southern tip of Africa that was high and dry during glacial phases of the last 2 million years and may have been instrumental in shaping the evolution of early modern humans.
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The dreaming brain tunes out the outside world
Scientists have shown that the brain suppresses information from the outside world, such as the sound of a conversation, during the sleep phase linked to dreaming. This ability could be one of the protective mechanisms of dreams.
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Scientists break the link between a quantum material's spin and orbital states
Until now, electron spins and orbitals were thought to go hand in hand in a class of materials that's the cornerstone of modern information technology; you couldn't quickly change one without changing the other. But a new study shows that a pulse of laser light can dramatically change the spin state of one important class of materials while leaving its orbital state intact.
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Eavesdropping on single molecules with light by replaying the chatter
Scientists have pioneered a new technique to expose hidden biochemical pathways involving single molecules at the nanoscale.
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Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice's evolution, spread across Asia
A major global cooling event that occurred 4,200 years ago may have led to the evolution of new rice varieties and the spread of rice into both northern and southern Asia, an international team of researchers has found.
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Big data and synthetic chemistry could fight climate change and pollution
Scientists at the University of South Carolina and Columbia University have developed a faster way to design and make gas-filtering membranes that could cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pollution.
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What's the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?
The spate of inflammatory symptoms has sparked anxiety in parents, but experts say the big picture hasn't changed: The kids are still (mostly) alright.
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Modern sea-level rise linked to human activities, Rutgers research reaffirms
New research by Rutgers scientists reaffirms that modern sea-level rise is linked to human activities and not to changes in Earth's orbit.
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Eavesdropping on single molecules with light by replaying the chatter
Scientists have pioneered a new technique to expose hidden biochemical pathways involving single molecules at the nanoscale.
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Ocean 'breathability' key to past, future habitat of West Coast marine species
Marine life off the West Coast, from Mexico up through Canada, inhabit the California Current. The cool, nutrient-rich water supports life from invisible phytoplankton to the economically important salmon, rockfish and Dungeness crab to the majestic orcas.
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Face-off over timetable to reopen schools in England
June 1 target for some classes to restart after lockdown meets strong union resistance over safety for staff and pupils
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Trump hopes to deliver virus vaccine by end of year
US president taps former GlaxoSmithKline executive to lead 'Operation Warp Speed' project
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USGS reports magnitude-6.5 earthquake in western Nevada
Authorities in western Nevada checked for possible highway damage following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in a remote area early Friday.
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Typhoon leaves 1 dead, extensive damage in Philippine towns
Strong winds and rain from Typhoon Vongfong left at least one person dead and damaged hundreds of homes and coronavirus isolation facilities along with rice and corn fields in five hard-hit eastern towns, a governor said Friday.
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Scientists break the link between a quantum material's spin and orbital states
In designing electronic devices, scientists look for ways to manipulate and control three basic properties of electrons: their charge; their spin states, which give rise to magnetism; and the shapes of the fuzzy clouds they form around the nuclei of atoms, which are known as orbitals.
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Ocean 'breathability' key to past, future habitat of West Coast marine species
Marine life off the West Coast, from Mexico up through Canada, inhabit the California Current. The cool, nutrient-rich water supports life from invisible phytoplankton to the economically important salmon, rockfish and Dungeness crab to the majestic orcas.
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Good News: Human Body Builds "Robust" Immune Response to COVID
A new study by researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California suggests that the body builds a robust antiviral immune response after fighting the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. "If we had seen only marginal immune responses, we would have been concerned," Allesandro Sette, a professor at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research and author of a study about the findings p
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To Track Massive Locust Swarms, Officials Use Tool that Forecasts Smoke Plumes
The pests that have been laying waste to crops across Africa follow the winds, just like smoke — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Shrub encroachment on grasslands can increase groundwater recharge
Grasslands across the globe, which support the majority of the world's grazing animals, have been transitioning to shrublands in a process that scientists call "woody plant encroachment."
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Food webs determine the fate of mercury pollution in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon
In the Grand Canyon reach of the Colorado River, two species play an outsized role in the fate of mercury in the aquatic ecosystem, and their numbers are altered by flood events. So reports new research, published in Science Advances, that is among the first to meld ecotoxicology and ecosystem ecology to trace how mercury flows through aquatic food webs and then spreads to land.
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Decades of Tree Data Reveal Forests Under Attack
Smithsonian researchers with ForestGEO found that invasive species are linked to roughly one in four tree deaths in a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains
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NASA analyzes developing System 90L in Straits of Florida
A low-pressure area designated as System 90L appears to be developing in the Straits of Florida, located between Southern Florida and Cuba. NASA's Aqua satellite measured cloud top temperatures within the developing system and found some stronger storms.
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Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice's evolution, spread across Asia
A major global cooling event that occurred 4,200 years ago may have led to the evolution of new rice varieties and the spread of rice into both northern and southern Asia, an international team of researchers has found.
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Controlling cells with light
Photopharmacology investigates the use of light to switch the effect of drugs on and off. Now, for the first time, scientific teams from Jena, Munich, and New York have succeeded in using this method to control a component of cells that was previously considered inaccessible.
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Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice's evolution, spread across Asia
A major global cooling event that occurred 4,200 years ago may have led to the evolution of new rice varieties and the spread of rice into both northern and southern Asia, an international team of researchers has found.
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Controlling cells with light
Photopharmacology investigates the use of light to switch the effect of drugs on and off. Now, for the first time, scientific teams from Jena, Munich, and New York have succeeded in using this method to control a component of cells that was previously considered inaccessible.
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Early humans thrived in this drowned South African landscape
Early humans lived in South African river valleys with deep, fertile soils filled with grasslands, floodplains, woodlands, and wetlands that abounded with hippos, zebras, antelopes, and many other animals, some extinct for millennia.
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Big data and synthetic chemistry could fight climate change and pollution
Designed by a machine learning algorithm and created by synthetic chemistry, new materials outperformed all other membranes used to filter CO2 from methane.
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Using big data to design gas separation membranes
Researchers at Columbia Engineering and the University of South Carolina have developed a method that combines big data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their study, published today in Science Advances, is the first to apply an experimentally validated machine learning method to rapidly design and develop advanced gas se
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Study finds association between atherosclerosis and changes in the structure, heart function
Even among individuals free of heart failure and myocardial infarction, there appears to be evidence of an association between calcium buildup in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis) and changes in the structure and function of the heart.
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Ocean 'breathability' key to past, future habitat of West Coast marine species
Ocean breathability, which combines the oxygen levels, a species' oxygen needs and the water temperature, matches the shifts in northern anchovy populations from the 1950s to today. Under climate change, this key forage fish may no longer be able to survive in the southern part of its range, off Mexico and southern California.
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Food webs determine the fate of mercury pollution in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon
In the Grand Canyon reach of the Colorado River, two species play an outsized role in the fate of mercury in the aquatic ecosystem, and their numbers are altered by flood events.
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Modern sea-level rise linked to human activities, Rutgers research reaffirms
New research by Rutgers scientists reaffirms that modern sea-level rise is linked to human activities and not to changes in Earth's orbit. Surprisingly, the Earth had nearly ice-free conditions with carbon dioxide levels not much higher than today and had glacial periods in times previously believed to be ice-free over the last 66 million years, according to a paper published in the journal Scienc
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Researchers find the key to preserving The Scream
Moisture is the main environmental factor that triggers the degradation of the masterpiece The Scream (1910?) by Edvard Munch, according to the finding of an international team of scientists led by the CNR (Italy), using a combination of in situ non-invasive spectroscopic methods and synchrotron X-ray techniques.
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Regulation and dynamics of force transmission at individual cell-matrix adhesion bonds
Integrin-based adhesion complexes link the cytoskeleton to the extracellular matrix (ECM) and are central to the construction of multicellular animal tissues. How biological function emerges from the tens to thousands of proteins present within a single adhesion complex remains unclear. We used fluorescent molecular tension sensors to visualize force transmission by individual integrins in living
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The RNA binding protein CPEB2 regulates hormone sensing in mammary gland development and luminal breast cancer
Organogenesis is directed by coordinated cell proliferation and differentiation programs. The hierarchical networks of transcription factors driving mammary gland development and function have been widely studied. However, the contribution of posttranscriptional gene expression reprogramming remains largely unexplored. The 3' untranslated regions of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) contain combinatorial en
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Inconsistent sexual signaling degrades optimal mating decisions in animals
Like political stump speeches and product advertisements, animal signals are highly repetitive and function to persuade receivers to adopt behaviors benefiting the signaler. And like potential constituents and consumers, receivers assess signals to inform their behavioral decisions. However, inconsistency in sexual signals is widespread and potentially injects uncertainty into mating decisions. H
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Inhibition of IRF5 cellular activity with cell-penetrating peptides that target homodimerization
The transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) plays essential roles in pathogen-induced immunity downstream of Toll-, nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain–, and retinoic acid–inducible gene I–like receptors and is an autoimmune susceptibility gene. Normally, inactive in the cytoplasm, upon stimulation, IRF5 undergoes posttranslational modification(s), homodimerization, and n
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Climate-driven aerobic habitat loss in the California Current System
Climate warming is expected to intensify hypoxia in the California Current System (CCS), threatening its diverse and productive marine ecosystem. We analyzed past regional variability and future changes in the Metabolic Index (), a species-specific measure of the environment's capacity to meet temperature-dependent organismal oxygen demand. Across the traits of diverse animals, exhibits strong se
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Nanoscale optical pulse limiter enabled by refractory metallic quantum wells
The past several decades have witnessed rapid development of high-intensity, ultrashort pulse lasers, enabling deeper laboratory investigation of nonlinear optics, plasma physics, and quantum science and technology than previously possible. Naturally, with their increasing use, the risk of accidental damage to optical detection systems rises commensurately. Thus, various optical limiting mechanis
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Probing the chemistry of CdS paints in The Scream by in situ noninvasive spectroscopies and synchrotron radiation x-ray techniques
The degradation of cadmium sulfide (CdS)–based oil paints is a phenomenon potentially threatening the iconic painting The Scream (ca. 1910) by Edvard Munch (Munch Museum, Oslo) that is still poorly understood. Here, we provide evidence for the presence of cadmium sulfate and sulfites as alteration products of the original CdS-based paint and explore the external circumstances and internal factors
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A hydrodynamic analog of Friedel oscillations
We present a macroscopic analog of an open quantum system, achieved with a classical pilot-wave system. Friedel oscillations are the angstrom-scale statistical signature of an impurity on a metal surface, concentric circular modulations in the probability density function of the surrounding electron sea. We consider a millimetric drop, propelled by its own wave field along the surface of a vibrat
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Electrochemical oxidation-induced etherification via C(sp3)boxhH/OboxhH cross-coupling
Direct electrochemical construction of CO bonds through C(sp 3 )H functionalization still remains fundamentally challenging. Here, electrochemical oxidation-induced benzylic and allylic C(sp 3 )H etherification has been developed. This protocol not only offers a practical strategy for the construction of CO bonds using nonsolvent amounts of alcohols but also allows direct electrochemical benzylic
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Cenozoic sea-level and cryospheric evolution from deep-sea geochemical and continental margin records
Using Pacific benthic foraminiferal 18 O and Mg/Ca records, we derive a Cenozoic (66 Ma) global mean sea level (GMSL) estimate that records evolution from an ice-free Early Eocene to Quaternary bipolar ice sheets. These GMSL estimates are statistically similar to "backstripped" estimates from continental margins accounting for compaction, loading, and thermal subsidence. Peak warmth, elevated GMS
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Yu-Shiba-Rusinov bands in ferromagnetic superconducting diamond
The combination of different exotic properties in materials paves the way for the emergence of their new potential applications. An example is the recently found coexistence of the mutually antagonistic ferromagnetism and superconductivity in hydrogenated boron-doped diamond, which promises to be an attractive system with which to explore unconventional physics. Here, we show the emergence of Yu-
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