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Making matter out of light: high-power laser simulations point the way
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Spain approves national minimum income scheme
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This Is Our Chance to Redesign Work. Let's Make It Better
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This $350 "Anti-5G" Device Is Apparently Just a USB Stick
Plus: A LiveJournal hack, Qatar's contact-tracing privacy failure, and more of the week's top security news.
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Trump's Executive Order Is the Most Futile Attack on 230 Yet
Though his executive order follows a line of misguided, bipartisan swings at the protections for online platforms, this one is distinctively terrible.
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Is Star Wars Dying?
The fanbase is fractured and the future seems unclear.
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If SpaceX's Rocket Fails, an Emergency Escape System Will Save The Astronauts Onboard
NASA's calculated a 1-in-60 chance of that happening.
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Weekend reads: Hydroxychloroquine paper earns correction; company allegedly fakes COVID-19 data; why retractions fail
Before we present this week's Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: A clinical trial about COVID-19 by a convicted felon A … Continue reading
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The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators
Rats, weasels, and other imported mammals have destroyed native bird populations. Local group Predator Free Wellington wants to turn the tables.
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Brightline Sonic Rechargeable Toothbrush Review: The Best Brush, and Only $30
This inexpensive electric is better than the high-end brushes that cost many times more.
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What Do the Quark Oddities at the Large Hadron Collider Mean?
Measurements of particles called B mesons deviate from predictions. Alone, each anomaly looks like a fluke, but their collective drift is more suggestive.
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1971: Giftudledning i Øresund er som pulverkaffe i Furesøen
Ingeniørens bagsideredaktør tog Politikens beregningsmetoder under kærlig behandling, efter at dagbladet havde berettet om Københavns udledning af gift i Øresund. Det meste var praktisk talt uskadelige giftopløsninger, som hurtigt ville blive fortyndet, påpegede han.
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Rethinking Easter Island's Historic 'Collapse'
Controversial new archaeological research casts doubt on a classic theory of this famous island's societal collapse — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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NASA And SpaceX Launch First Astronauts To Orbit From U.S. Since 2011
After an aborted launch attempt to the International Space Station on Wednesday, the weather cleared and the launch went ahead on Saturday. (Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)
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Coronavirus latest: at a glance
A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak Follow our latest coronavirus blog for live news and updates Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Continue reading…
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Kemo- og immunterapi i kombination kan forlænge progressionsfri overlevelse
Pembrolizumab, etoposid og platinbaseret kemoterapi forlænger den progressionsfrie overlevelse som førstelinjebehandling hos lungekræftpatienter.
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Studie på jagt efter sensitive metoder til at diagnosticere lungekræft
Læge Sara Witting Christensen Wen fra Vejle Sygehus præsenterer studie om tumor-DNA i skylleprøver fra lungerne på ASCO. Studiet er et blandt flere i jagten på en kombination af diagnostiske undersøgelser, som både giver høj sensitivitet og specificitet.
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Sent rygestop øger også chancerne for at overleve lungekræft
Personer, der er stoppet med at ryge, selv inden for to år fra en diagnose med lungekræft, kan se frem til bedre muligheder for at overleve sygdommen. Forskere kalder forskningsresultat for endnu et argument for, at det aldrig er for sent at stoppe med at ryge.
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Lungekræft: Osimertinib efter kirurgi forlænger den progressionsfrie overlevelse
Behandling med osimertinib efter kirurgi i forbindelse med behandling af patienter med lokal ikke-småcellet lungekræft forlænger den tid, som patienter kan leve uden sygdom.
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Science Weekly in the pandemic: 'Every day you wake up to a discovery'
The team behind our popular podcast reflect on how the threat of Covid-19 has galvanised the scientific community Nicola Davis is one of Science Weekly's presenters, alongside Ian Sample and Hannah Devlin . Madeleine Finlay is one of its regular producers, alongside Max Sanderson and David Waters Continue reading…
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Immunterapi fordobler progressionsfri overlevelse hos patienter med endetarmskræft
Keytruda har i et fase 3-studie vist lovende resultater i forhold til at forlænge den progressionsfrie overlevelse for patienter med fremskreden endetarmskræft. Forskningsresultaterne bør lede til praksisændring, siger forsker.
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15 Best Weekend Deals: Phones, Earbuds, and More
You can get two Borderlands games for free right now, and plenty of other gadgets and gizmos for nice discounts.
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In the Walking Capitals of the World, Drivers Still Rule the Road
In sub-Saharan Africa, about half of travelers move around by foot. Yet in its cities, conditions for pedestrians remain incredibly dangerous.
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Trump Tries to Sink Twitter, His Oldest Enabler
Tweets can be career-enders for the twits who post them. Remember the Taco Bell employee from 2012 who didn't reckon it a firing offense to tweet a video of himself peeing onto a sumptuous heap of Nachos BellGrande. To no one's surprise but his own, he reckoned wrong. I've often wondered whether President Donald Trump, with his impulsive, counterproductive, inadvertently self-revealing tweets, co
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Space Force Tells a Terrible Joke About America
If there were a way to watch Netflix's new series Space Force without any of the dialogue, you might mistake it for a drama from happier times. The show's score, which pops up intermittently in wafts of softly rousing strings and trumpets, seems to consciously evoke The West Wing ; in one episode, it crescendos emphatically while a troupe of astronauts marches out from an aircraft hangar toward a
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England 'risks Covid-19 surge' without test-and-trace safety net
One scientist says Cummings affair 'not a recipe for public trust' at key stage of lockdown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is facing increasing pressure from its scientific advisers over the decision to ease England's lockdown, with one warning that the Dominic Cummings affair has eroded trust in its authority. Prof Robert West, a member of the Scient
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SpaceX to reattempt manned rocket launch in Florida
Elon Musk's firm plans flight with Nasa astronauts, following Wednesday's cancellation Elon Musk'sSpaceX is due to undertake a repeat attempt at launching two Americans into orbit from Florida, in a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of Nasa astronauts from US soil in nine years. The mission's first launch attempt on Wednesday was called off with fewer than 17 minutes remaining on the
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The Utter Incoherence of Trump's Battle With Twitter
Donald Trump has used Twitter to do many things: accuse a man of murder, incite insurrection , harass private citizens, block critics, lie about voting systems, threaten war crimes, promote unproven drug treatments, and divert attention from the 100,000 deaths of Americans on his watch. He has done all of this, and more, for years without the slightest interference by the platform. Even as he rep
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Trump wants America looking at the stars as he drags it through the gutter
The president is due to attend the rescheduled launch of a manned SpaceX rocket – a welcome diversion from the coronavirus crisis Making America great again just wasn't enough. "President Trump is making space great again," the Republican National Committee declared this week. Donald Trump returns to Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday to witness the rescheduled launch of a SpaceX rocket carryi
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Threat of negative rates hangs over $4.8tn US money fund industry
Thin margins and fee waivers to jeopardise profitability as part of coronavirus disruption
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Small signs of life return to US economy
Hidden in the grim data are hints of recovery from the pandemic recession
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FTSE 100 faces big reshuffle as pandemic takes its toll
EasyJet and Carnival expected to drop out after chaos in travel industry
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'No decision' on next launch attempt for historic SpaceX-NASA mission
A final decision on a launch attempt for SpaceX's milestone mission to the International Space Station on Saturday afternoon will take place after assessing the weather that morning, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said Friday.
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Ugens debat: Er der en anden vej til immunitet?
PLUS. Fem eksperter har foreslået en alternativ corona-strategi, der kan føre til flokimmunitet uden titusindvis af dødsfald. Det fik læserne på ing.dk til bl.a. at diskutere, om flokimmunitet over­hovedet er mulig.
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What you need to know about SpaceX's 'Demo-2' mission
SpaceX's "Demo-2" mission from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida this weekend will be the first flight with astronauts aboard the Crew Dragon capsule built by entrepreneur Elon Musk's commercial space company.
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Singapore otters' lockdown antics spark backlash
Singapore's otters, long adored by the city-state's nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull.
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Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water
Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate.
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Singapore otters' lockdown antics spark backlash
Singapore's otters, long adored by the city-state's nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the coronavirus lockdown but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull.
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Nikotin er lige så vanedannende som heroin: Her er rygestop-eksperternes bedste råd
Abstinenserne kommer, så du skal forberede dig, lyder det blandt andet.
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Hvad er det lige, der sker? Færre føder for tidligt under corona, og ingen ved hvorfor
Nyt studie viser et stort fald i antallet af meget for tidligt fødte børn.
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1926: Ingeniørforeningen anlægger forsøgsvejbane på Roskildevej
Slider hestevogne, lastautomobiler eller personvogne med luftringe mest på forskellige vejbelægninger? Det skulle et forsøgsvejanlæg med chaussebrolægning, cementbeton og asfaltbeton give svaret på.
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Historiker: Virksomheder trækker sig fra Danmark, hvis ikke politikerne tager dem med i beslutningerne
Ikke kun teknologiske landvindinger, men også politiske diskussioner og beslutninger har haft stor betydning for det seneste halve århundredes udvikling i industrien, påviser dansk industrihistoriker.
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Det findes i smøger, snus og plastre fra apoteket: Hvor giftigt er nikotin egentlig?
Nikotin er giftigt, men tyggegummi er bedre end rygning.
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Individen träder fram ur historiens mörker
De första någorlunda naturtrogna avbildningarna av människors ansikten dyker upp på svenskt område kring 100 f.Kr. Det är några pyttesmå "masker" från Öland med androgyna drag, en del ganska otydliga. Otydligheten kan tyda på att individen inte var så intressant, resonerar Kent Andersson, som är chef för samlingarna på Statens historiska museer.
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Coronavirus latest: at a glance
A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak Follow our latest coronavirus blog for live news and updates Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Continue reading…
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Nanoparticles can make home refrigeration more accessible for low-income households
Power consumption of a home refrigerator can be cut by 29% while improving cooling capacity. Researchers replaced environmentally-unfriendly R134a refrigerant with the more energy-efficient R600a. They dosed R600a with multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanoparticles. Drop-in refrigerant replacement in the field by trained technicians is possible, says an engineer from the University of Johannes
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The fight goes on: Clinical trial shows promising new treatment for rare blood cancer
Although lymphoma is one of the most common types of blood cancer, it has a rare subtype for which no effective treatment regimens are known. For the first time, Nagoya University researchers and colleagues in Japan have conducted clinical trials for a new treatment protocol and report it to be quite promising.
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Coronavirus Live: Global Updates
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a California church's challenge to public gathering restrictions. President Trump said the United States would end its relationship with the W.H.O.
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What Time Is the SpaceX Launch? How to Watch
What you need to know about the mission taking two NASA astronauts to the space station on Saturday.
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The most common organism in the oceans harbors a virus in its DNA
The most common organism in the world's oceans — and possibly the whole planet — harbors a virus in its DNA. This virus may have helped it survive and outcompete other organisms.
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Space economy: rocket fuel
The cost of getting into orbit are going down while the profit potential is going up
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Astronomer har hittat universums saknade materia
Ljuset från universums avlägsna radioblixtar har löst ett drygt 20 år gammalt mysterium. För första gången har astronomer observerat tunn gas som ligger mellan galaxerna. Den utgör hälften av all vanlig materia i universum. Spela klippet ovan för att se hur astronomerna gjorde.
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Fearful Great Danes provide new insights to genetic causes of fear
Researchers have identified a new genomic region and anxiety-related candidate genes associated with fearfulness in dogs. Findings support their hypothesis that fearfulness and anxiety are hereditary traits in dogs, and there may be shared factors underlying anxiety in both humans and dogs.
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How toxic protein spreads in Alzheimer's disease
Toxic versions of the protein tau are believed to cause death of neurons of the brain in Alzheimer's disease. A new study shows that the spread of toxic tau in the human brain in elderly individuals may occur via connected neurons. The researchers could see that beta-amyloid facilitates the spread of toxic tau.
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Anesthesia's effect on consciousness solved, settling century-old scientific debate
How does general anesthesia cause loss of consciousness? Despite its 175-year-history of use by the U.S. medical system, science has been unable to definitively answer that question, until now. The lipid-based answer could open other brain mysteries.
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Solution to century-old math problem could predict transmission of infectious diseases
An academic has achieved a milestone in statistical/mathematical physics by solving a 100-year-old physics problem — the discrete diffusion equation in finite space.
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Researchers discover new high-pressure material and solve a periodic table puzzle
In the periodic table of elements there is one golden rule for carbon, oxygen, and other light elements. Under high pressures they have similar structures to heavier elements in the same group of elements. Only nitrogen always seemed unwilling to toe the line. However, high-pressure researchers have actually disproved this special status.
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Listen: Is Anyone Else Not Showering?
James Hamblin spent years writing a book on hygiene beliefs and the new science of the skin microbiome. In it, he suggests that some people overuse cleansers and soaps, and may benefit from doing less. But now there's a pandemic, and he also really wants to remind people to wash their hands. Jim tries to explain the nuances of good cleaning and bad cleaning—and why he does not shower in the tradi
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Nitrogen-responsive transcription factor kinetics meter plant growth [Commentaries]
The wealth of data provided by large-scale -omics studies empowers the discovery of gene regulatory networks and molecular mechanisms that underlie specific phenotypes. Most transcriptomic studies provide a snapshot of how organisms interact with their environment, recording change after a given time or in response to a single environmental variable….
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COP1 destabilizes DELLA proteins in Arabidopsis [Plant Biology]
DELLA transcriptional regulators are central components in the control of plant growth responses to the environment. This control is considered to be mediated by changes in the metabolism of the hormones gibberellins (GAs), which promote the degradation of DELLAs. However, here we show that warm temperature or shade reduced the…
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Combined inhibition of JAK/STAT pathway and lysine-specific demethylase 1 as a therapeutic strategy in CSF3R/CEBPA mutant acute myeloid leukemia [Medical Sciences]
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a deadly hematologic malignancy with poor prognosis, particularly in the elderly. Even among individuals with favorable-risk disease, approximately half will relapse with conventional therapy. In this clinical circumstance, the determinants of relapse are unclear, and there are no therapeutic interventions that can prevent recurrent disease….
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Developmental plasticity shapes social traits and selection in a facultatively eusocial bee [Evolution]
Developmental plasticity generates phenotypic variation, but how it contributes to evolutionary change is unclear. Phenotypes of individuals in caste-based (eusocial) societies are particularly sensitive to developmental processes, and the evolutionary origins of eusociality may be rooted in developmental plasticity of ancestral forms. We used an integrative genomics approach to evaluate…
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Redox controls metabolic robustness in the gas-fermenting acetogen Clostridium autoethanogenum [Systems Biology]
Living biological systems display a fascinating ability to self-organize their metabolism. This ability ultimately determines the metabolic robustness that is fundamental to controlling cellular behavior. However, fluctuations in metabolism can affect cellular homeostasis through transient oscillations. For example, yeast cultures exhibit rhythmic oscillatory behavior in high cell-density continuo
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Longitudinal analysis reveals transition barriers between dominant ecological states in the gut microbiome [Systems Biology]
The Pioneer 100 Wellness Project involved quantitatively profiling 108 participants' molecular physiology over time, including genomes, gut microbiomes, blood metabolomes, blood proteomes, clinical chemistries, and data from wearable devices. Here, we present a longitudinal analysis focused specifically around the Pioneer 100 gut microbiomes. We distinguished a subpopulation of individuals with…
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HTLV-1 induces T cell malignancy and inflammation by viral antisense factor-mediated modulation of the cytokine signaling [Microbiology]
Human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is the etiologic agent of a T cell neoplasm and several inflammatory diseases. A viral gene, HTLV-1 bZIP factor (HBZ), induces pathogenic Foxp3-expressing T cells and triggers systemic inflammation and T cell lymphoma in transgenic mice, indicating its significance in HTLV-1–associated diseases….
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The frontier of simulation-based inference [Statistics]
Many domains of science have developed complex simulations to describe phenomena of interest. While these simulations provide high-fidelity models, they are poorly suited for inference and lead to challenging inverse problems. We review the rapidly developing field of simulation-based inference and identify the forces giving additional momentum to the field….
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Scribble and Dlg organize a protection racket to ensure apical-basal polarity [Commentaries]
In these interesting times, attention is being paid to borders, which regulate traffic into and out of our nations. Evolution long ago crafted a solution to a similar dilemma in the animal body, with epithelial tissues serving as barriers and regulating traffic. The skin, the lining of the gut, and…
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Evidence that hurricanes are getting stronger [Commentaries]
On average, over the past 50 y, tropical cyclones have killed 10,000 people and incurred damages of $15 billion annually around the globe, while, over this interval, the population exposed to tropical cyclone hazards tripled, owing to migration into coastal areas (1). Theoretical work published more than 30 y ago…
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Systemic signaling during abiotic stress combination in plants [Plant Biology]
Extreme environmental conditions, such as heat, salinity, and decreased water availability, can have a devastating impact on plant growth and productivity, potentially resulting in the collapse of entire ecosystems. Stress-induced systemic signaling and systemic acquired acclimation play canonical roles in plant survival during episodes of environmental stress. Recent studies revealed…
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The Race for COVID-19 Solutions
New tests, masks, and ventilators developed this month may help fight the pandemic. 2_crop_231774_web.jpg A newly designed non-invasive ventilator. Image credits: Lawson Health Research Institute Technology Friday, May 29, 2020 – 17:45 Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator (Inside Science) — Around the world, people in medical and engineering laboratories are working tirelessly to address the COVID
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Ruby Princess passengers warned after crew member tests positive to tuberculosis
Scientists prepare to examine sewage in attempt to try to find the source of a Covid-19 infection that killed Nathan Turner Passengers on the ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise ship have been sent another warning from the New South Wales health department, warning that they could have been exposed to tuberculosis. The Ruby Princess voyage which arrived in Sydney on 19 March is responsible for about 1
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Doctor Answers Listener Questions About The Latest Information On The Pandemic
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, answers listener questions about immunity, the probability for another pandemic and the latest information on the coronavirus.
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What Happened Today: Ex-Police Officer In Minneapolis Arrested, Pandemic Questions
NPR's Ari Shapiro and Michel Martin are joined by NPR's science correspondent Jon Hamilton to talk about the information about the coronavirus learned since the beginning of the pandemic.
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The Atlantic Daily: Trump Stokes the Fire in Minnesota
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 . SHUTTERSTOCK / THE ATLANTIC This week, two high-profile incidents laid bare America's racial contract . Both found accelerants in social media and provoked questions about its role in society. In
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Scientists Question Major Hydroxychloroquine Study
Experts demanded verification of data and methods used in a study of drugs to treat Covid-19. The study suggested the drugs might have increased deaths.
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Trump declaration to terminate WHO relationship puzzles experts
Exactly how the US will extricate itself from the international body remains unclear
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Coronavirus live news: deaths surge in Brazil and Russia as Trump says US is quitting WHO
President claims body has 'failed to reform'; UK expert says country not ready to ease lockdown; Australia to relax rules on 1 June. All the developments live Trump announces severing of ties with WHO Coronavirus latest: at a glance 1.41am BST Primary school students in Melbourne, Victoria have been placed into home quarantine after one member of the grade two class at the Holy Eucharist primary
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New technology enables fast protein synthesis
Chemists have developed a protocol to rapidly produce protein chains up to 164 amino acids long. The flow-based technology could speed up drug development and allow scientists to design novel protein variants incorporating amino acids that don't occur naturally in cells.
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New method to map cholesterol metabolism in brain
Researchers have developed new technology to monitor cholesterol in brain tissue which could uncover its relation to neurodegenerative disease and pave the way for the development of new treatments.
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A hormone — plant style
Researchers have now found a method that might make the production of a biologically significant precursor of jasmonic acid more efficient and cheaper. Their innovation: they imitate how plants produce the hormone. The result is 12-OPDA, a central precursor of jasmonic acid. In the long term, it could also be a potential precursor for high-quality perfume.
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Wildfires can alter Arctic watersheds for 50 years
Climate change has contributed to the increase in the number of wildfires in the Arctic and can dramatically shift stream chemistry. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that some of the aftereffects, like decreased carbon and increased nitrogen, can last up to five decades and could have major implications on vital waterways like the Yenisei River and the Arctic Ocean.
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New technology enables fast protein synthesis
Chemists have developed a protocol to rapidly produce protein chains up to 164 amino acids long. The flow-based technology could speed up drug development and allow scientists to design novel protein variants incorporating amino acids that don't occur naturally in cells.
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Gold mining with mercury poses health threats for miles downstream
Small-scale gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon poses a health hazard not only to the miners and communities near where mercury is used to extract gold from ore, but also to downstream communities hundreds of kilometers away where people eat mercury-contaminated river fish as part of their diet. Downstream children under 12 with the highest levels of mercury in their bodies were found to have lost
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Researchers identify mechanisms that make skin a protective barrier
A research team has identified one of the mechanisms that establish the skin as a protective barrier, a breakthrough that is critical to understanding and treating common skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, according to a new study.
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An imbalance of electrons in the liver may be a common risk factor for disease
Researchers have uncovered an unexpected connection between an imbalance of electrons in liver cells and many metabolic problems that increase the risk for conditions such as cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.
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As hospitals walk the tightrope of patient data-sharing, one system offers a new balance
Every major medical center in America sits on a gold mine of patient data that could be worth millions of dollars to companies that could use it to develop new treatments and technologies. A new framework could help them do so more responsibly, going beyond the minimum legal requirements and respecting patients by giving them more say in how their individual data may be used.
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Trump's Tweets Force Twitter Into a High-Wire Act
By hiding but not deleting the president's tweets, the platform has struck a difficult balance to approach a nearly impossible situation.
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Blaming China for Pandemic, Trump Says U.S. Will Leave the W.H.O.
America's decades-long relationship with the organization has been instrumental in improving health around the world.
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New study connects cardiovascular exercise with improved memory
Researchers at UT Southwestern observed a stark improvement in memory after cardiovascular exercise. The year-long study included 30 seniors who all had some form of memory impairment. The group of seniors that only stretched for a year did not fair as well in memory tests. When sheltering at home began in Los Angeles, a crew of ambitious Angelenos didn't let gym closures stop their workouts. #10
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There Are Rumors 'Kingdom Hearts' Is Getting a Disney+ Show
Also, the next 'Fortnite' season is being pushed back again.
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COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery are at increased risk of postoperative death
Patients are at increased risk of dying after surgery if they contract COVID-19. Non-critical surgery should be postponed during COVID-19 outbreaks. Investment is urgently needed to increase safety of surgery during COVID-19 outbreaks.
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Please see special handling
A new study highlights the risks of pulmonary complications in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection who undergo surgery, according to an observational study of 1,128 patients across 24 countries, published in The Lancet. The study was conducted between 1 January and 31 March 2020 and included data from hospitals mainly in Europe and America with ongoing SARS-CoV-2 infection outbreaks.
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U.S. move imperils effort to reduce weapons risk from Iranian reactor
Trump administration will no longer waive sanctions for project
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SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts begin historic mission on private spaceship
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken head out on a mission to initiate a new, commercial era in spaceflight.
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What a U.S. Exit from the WHO Means for COVID-19 and Global Health
As President Trump terminates the U.S.'s relationship with the agency, experts foresee incoherence, inefficiency and a resurgence of deadly diseases — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Hydroxychloroquine isn't the miracle COVID-19 treatment many hoped it would be
In a large review in The Lancet, people who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate than those with COVID-19 who didn't take the medication. (Pixabay/) Hydroxychloroquine has had a bit of a notorious reputation since the drug was first proposed as a treatment for COVID-19. Without much experience to go on, researchers and doctors jumped into trials in the hopes that the medicine would
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Inuit Hunters Help Researchers Listen to Narwhals Up Close
Narwhal vocalizations are not well understood, but Inuit whale hunters helped scientists get close enough to listen. narwhal_cropped.jpg Image credits: Dotted Yeti/ Shutterstock Creature Friday, May 29, 2020 – 18:00 Meredith Fore, Contributor (Inside Science) — The skittish narwhal is nearly impossible for scientists to study up close. But with the help of Inuit whale hunters, a geoscientist an
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A steaming cauldron follows the dinosaurs' demise
A new study reveals the Chicxulub impact crater may have harbored a vast and long-lived hydrothermal system after the catastrophic impact event linked to the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
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Scientists develop method to help epidemiologists map spread of COVID-19
Rochester Institute of Technology scientists have developed a method they believe will help epidemiologists more efficiently predict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their new study, published in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, outlines a solution to the SIR epidemic model, which is commonly used to predict how many people are susceptible to, infected by, and recovered from viral epidemics.
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Study Reveals Why Large Groups of Humans Are Hopeless in a Crisis
People, we're objectively not good at this kind of thing.
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Want to Start a Vegetable Garden? Here's How, According to Science
You don't need a proven green thumb to give it a shot. Expert horticulturalists share their top tips for planting sprouts at home.
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Retired Astronauts Discuss the Future of Spaceflight Ahead of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch
NASA veterans Nicole Stott and Cady Coleman ponder humanity's future in space and the role women will play in it.
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SpaceX's Starship rocket prototype explodes during test
394ft rocket designed to carry humans and cargo to moon and Mars No immediate indication of injuries after explosion in Texas A prototype of SpaceX's upcoming heavy-lift rocket, Starship, exploded on Friday during ground tests in south Texas as Elon Musk's space company pursued an aggressive development schedule to fly the launch vehicle for the first time. The testing explosion was unrelated to
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Largest study of its kind of women in labor finds nitrous oxide safe, side effects rare
Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and the School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that the use of nitrous oxide (N2O) as a pain relief option for individuals in labor is safe for newborn children and laboring individual, and converting to a different form of pain relief such as an epidural or opioid is influenced by a woman's
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Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans
A team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells.
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Using brain imaging to demonstrate weaker neural suppression for those with autism
A new study shows the differences in visual motion perception in autism spectrum disorder are accompanied by weaker neural suppression in the visual cortex of the brain.
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Breaking up is hard to do (especially for sex chromosomes)
A team of scientists has discovered how the X and Y chromosomes find one another, break, and recombine during meiosis even though they have little in common.
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A community's fecal matter could give early warning of COVID-19 outbreaks, study finds
By studying sewage at a New Haven wastewater treatment facility, a team of Yale researchers has determined that genetic code embedded in feces could be used as an early warning sign of COVID-19 outbreaks.
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'Something to hide': UK government accused over Covid-19 tests
Number of people tested for coronavirus for seventh day running has not been disclosed The government has failed to disclose the number of people tested for Covid-19 for the seventh day running, prompting criticism from senior scientists who said this risked a perception that there is "something to hide". On Friday, figures showed that less than 131,500 daily tests were carried out the previous d
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RIT scientists develop method to help epidemiologists map spread of COVID-19
Rochester Institute of Technology scientists have developed a method they believe will help epidemiologists more efficiently predict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their new study, published in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, outlines a solution to the SIR epidemic model, which is commonly used to predict how many people are susceptible to, infected by, and recovered from viral epidemics.
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Oesophageal surgery: Quality increases with larger case volumes
Oesophageal surgery: quality increases with larger case volumes. Greater survival probabilities in hospitals where complex oesophageal surgery is performed more frequently.
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How the coronavirus could be prevented from invading a host cell
How might the novel coronavirus be prevented from entering a host cell in an effort to thwart infection? A team of biomedical scientists has made a discovery that points to a solution. The scientists, led by Maurizio Pellecchia in the UC Riverside School of Medicine, report in the journal Molecules that two proteases — enzymes that break down proteins — located on the surface of host cells and r
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What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?
On Saturday, the company will take a second run at launching astronauts to the International Space Station. But only if a lot of things go right.
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Smart windows that self-illuminate on rainy days
A research team develops self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors. Applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care and safety management.
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New view on how tissues flow in the embryo
Watching and measuring what happens in tissues inside the human embryo is currently not possible, and it's difficult to do in mammalian models. Because humans and the fruit fly Drosophila share so many biological similarities, researchers tackled this problem by focusing on fruit flies. The team reports today that they can predict when the tissue will begin to rapidly flow just by looking at cell
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Imaging reveals unexpected contractions in the human placenta
High-resolution imaging of the human placenta provides new insights into blood circulation patterns that are crucial for fetal development, according to a new study. These findings improve our understanding of the functioning of this understudied organ, both in healthy pregnancies and in serious medical conditions such as pre-eclampsia.
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Environmental groups moving beyond conservation
Although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become powerful voices in world environmental politics, little is known of the global picture of this sector. A new study shows that environmental groups are increasingly focused on advocacy in climate change politics and environmental justice. How they do their work is largely determined by regional disparities in human and financial resources.
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Combination therapy well-tolerated and highly effective for patients with IDH1-mutated AML
A combination therapy of ivosenidib (IVO) plus venetoclax (VEN) with or without azacitidine (AZA) was found to be effective against a specific genetic subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in a Phase Ib/II trial.
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Immune landscape of multiple brain cancers charted
A new study has profiled, in a sweeping comparative analysis, the distinct immune landscapes of tumors that arise in the brain, or gliomas, and those that metastasize to the organ from the lungs, breast and skin.
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Mergers between galaxies trigger activity in their core
Active galactic nuclei (AGNs) play a major role in galaxy evolution. Astronomers from SRON and RuG have now used a record-setting sample of galaxies to confirm that galaxy mergers have a positive effect on igniting AGNs. They were able to compile about 10 times more pictures of merging galaxies than previous studies by using a machine-learning algorithm.
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A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world
A recent study explores the ways parasitism will respond to climate change, providing researchers new insights into disease transmission.
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Yes, your dog wants to rescue you
Imagine you're a dog. Your owner is trapped in a box and is crying out for help. Are you aware of his despair? If so, can you set him free? And what's more, do you really want to? That's what researchers wanted to know when they gave dogs the chance to rescue their owners.
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Mercury levels in shark fins illegal and dangerous to human health
Shark fins recently sampled from markets in China and Hong Kong contained dangerously high levels of mercury.
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Mercury levels in shark fins illegal and dangerous to human health
Shark fins recently sampled from markets in China and Hong Kong contained dangerously high levels of mercury.
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Asymptomatic coronavirus: how common is it and can its spread be contained?
Though they display less viral shedding, asymptomatic people can still spread Covid-19 Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, many have been concerned about asymptomatic spread – that is, people who have the virus but show no symptoms, so therefore don't take measures to quarantine themselves. As the virus spreads throughout the world more research can be gathered, and scientists are learning more ab
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Turns Out, You Can't Blame Your Personality on Birth Order — Unless You're a Twin
In the debate about birth order, twins appear to be an anomaly. Parents and scientists are starting to get answers.
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Paid sick leave mandates hold promise in containing COVID-19
Mandates like those found in the federal government's Families First Coronavirus Response Act may be helping to slow the pandemic.
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Older men worry less than others about COVID-19
Older men may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because they worry less about catching or dying from it, according to a new study.
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When COVID-19 meets flu season
As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn't scary enough, the flu season is not far away. How severe will the flu season be as it converges with the COVID-19 outbreak? What can we do to prepare?
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Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique
Scientists have developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of the virus in 10 minutes. It uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a color change when the virus is present.
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Using riboflavin, UV light reduces SARS-CoV-2 pathogens in plasma, whole blood
Researchers used existing technologies to show that exposing the coronavirus to riboflavin and ultraviolet light reduces blood-borne pathogens in human plasma and whole-blood products.
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Growing evidence that minority ethnic groups in England may be at higher risk of COVID-19
Evidence available to date suggests that minority ethnic groups in England, particularly black and south Asian people, may be at increased risk of testing positive for Covid-19, compared to people from white British backgrounds, according to a new study.
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Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique
Scientists have developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of the virus in 10 minutes. It uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a color change when the virus is present.
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Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington
A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here.
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What Scientist Do And Don't Know About The Spread Of The Coronavirus
Scientists are trying to answer various questions about the coronavirus four months after the first confirmed case in the U.S.: why it spreads, who transmits it and where the spread is happening.
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Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington
A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here.
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Simulating dead bodies could help calculate an accurate time of death
Forensic scientists currently use basic temperature measurements to determine time of death, but a 3D simulation of the entire body could give much more accurate estimates
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Bangladeshi eggplant farmers reap rewards via genetics
Farmers in Bangladesh achieved significantly higher yields and revenues by growing insect-resistant, genetically engineered eggplant, a new Cornell study has found.
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A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world
Warming events are increasing in magnitude and severity, threatening many ecosystems worldwide. As the global temperatures continue to climb, it also raises uncertainties as to the relationship, prevalence, and spread of parasites and disease.
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The future of capitalism, commerce and cash | Dan Schulman
Capitalism needs an upgrade, says PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, and it starts with paying people enough to actually invest in their futures. He discusses why companies need to cultivate trust to recover and rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic — and how we can use this defining moment to create a more inclusive, ethical economy. (This virtual conversation, hosted by TED business curator Corey Hajim and
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Six-month-olds recognize (and like) when they're being imitated
Scientists speculate imitation helps develop social cognition in babies. A new study out of Lund University shows that six-month-olds look and smile more at imitating adults. Researchers hope the data will spur future studies to discover what role caregiver imitation plays in social cognition development. The human mind is one of evolution's marvels, and it's never more marvelous than in our yout
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Bangladeshi eggplant farmers reap rewards via genetics
Farmers in Bangladesh achieved significantly higher yields and revenues by growing insect-resistant, genetically engineered eggplant, a new Cornell study has found.
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A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world
Warming events are increasing in magnitude and severity, threatening many ecosystems worldwide. As the global temperatures continue to climb, it also raises uncertainties as to the relationship, prevalence, and spread of parasites and disease.
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George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress
One image from the Minneapolis protests is snapshot of an America that has not changed all the much.
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'Watcher' tracks coronavirus in Cincinnati and beyond
As cases of COVID-19 soar, two University of Cincinnati students develop an interactive dashboard that shows cases and deaths related to the novel coronavirus throughout the nation.
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New model predicts the peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic
Researchers describe a single function that accurately describes all existing available data on active COVID-19 cases and deaths — and predicts forthcoming peaks.
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Your Brain, Free Will and the Law
Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky talks about human behavior, the penal system and the question of free will. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Virginia Church Pivots to Drive-In
On Sunday morning in Sandy Level, Virginia, about an hour southeast of Roanoke, upbeat gospel music blares from speakers as cars pull past the sign that advertises the drive-in church. Churchgoers tune into 87.9 FM and honk their horns in greeting. This isn't a usual weekend, but Sandy Level Baptist Church is no stranger to unconventional forms of worship. Every summer Sunday, from May until Sept
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