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Empatiska råttor kan hjälpa mot psykopati

Ny forskning visar att råttor väljer bort belöning i utbyte mot att andra råttor inte skadas. I en sådan situation aktiveras samma del av hjärnan hos råttor som den som kopplas till empati hos människor. Nu frågar sig forskarna: Kan vi "skapa" mänsklig empati utifrån vad vi vet om råttors empati?

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'We're concerned but calm': five voices from the frontline against Covid-19

In a week when the UK's defences were ramped up, five workers describe coping with a climate of fear Headteacher of a primary school in Nottingham Continue reading…

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'When we heard about the lockdown we rushed to the station'

Milan region in state of shock as citizens face hastily erected cordon sanitaire against coronavirus

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coronavirus crisis shows office workers what we miss

Remote working has unearthed unexpected challenges — and surprises

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coronavirus Live Updates: Shunned Cruise Ship to Dock in California on Monday

About 21 people on board the Grand Princess tested positive for the virus. Passengers will disembark in Oakland and be taken to quarantine facilities.

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coronavirus risks emergency landing for airlines

Targeted intervention could help carriers weather the turbulence

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coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor?

What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? Find all our coronavirus coverage here How to protect yourself from infection It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shop

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coronavirus won't end globalisation, but change it hugely for the better | Will Hutton

An unregulated world can be blamed for its spread, but collective action based on evidence could be the best way to stop it In 2008, the world successfully pulled together – with Britain playing a catalytic role – when faced with the threat of financial collapse. In 2020, confronted with the threat of a global pandemic, it is every country for itself. There has been no international health summit

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coronavirus: Foreign Office advice over Italy confuses British holidaymakers

FCO updates advice after saying travel to Lombardy largely safe despite mass quarantine coronavirus – live updates Leaked plan to quarantine 16m Italians sparks chaos The Foreign Office is facing a backlash over its lack of clear advice for British people with holidays booked in northern Italy and those currently in areas locked down as a result of its escalating coronavirus crisis. The departmen

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coronavirus: key developments over the weekend

Italy imposes lockdown while Germany weighs banning mass gatherings

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coronavirus: should we keep calm and carry on? | Letters

Readers are pragmatic in the face of growing panic over the spread of Covid-19 Simon Jenkins gives a list of "scares" that have not reached the predicted body count ( Let them wash your hands, but not your brain , Journal, 7 March). He does not discuss HIV/Aids and the 1918 flu epidemic, which had devastating consequences. All the medical experts he speaks to are "calm". Yet the World Health Organ

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coronavirus: the outbreak in numbers

We review the grim statistics from the week that infections passed the 100,000 mark The coronavirus outbreak continued its remorseless spread around the globe with authorities reporting major variations in the disease's impact in different countries. The figures revealed by doctors included: • 105,820 The total number of people infected by the coronavirus passed a grim milestone last week when it

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Chancellor hints fiscal rules could flex to fight coronavirus

Sunak refuses to say he will honour commitment to balance day-to-day spending by 2023

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China has shut all of its wild animal markets – it was long overdue

In an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus, China has shut its wildlife markets for good. It is a welcome move, says Adam Vaughan

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Climate crisis on back-burner as pandemic threat looms

Economic shock waves from the coronavirus outbreak have curbed carbon pollution from China and beyond, but hopes for climate benefits from the slowdown are likely to be dashed quickly, experts say.

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Fears of virus risk to grandparents offering emergency childcare

School closures could force parents to call on older relatives for help – perhaps exposing them to infection Grandparents are expected to come under pressure to step in to provide childcare if schools shut as a result of the coronavirus, but this could increase their already heightened risk of contracting the illness. Boris Johnson last week played down the prospect of widespread school closures,

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Gyms and coronavirus: What Are the Risks?

Sweat cannot transmit the virus but high-contact surfaces, such as barbells, can pose a problem, a doctor said.

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How to boost your immune system to avoid colds and coronavirus

You're washing your hands 10 times a day and have stopped touching your face. What else can you do to improve your health and avoid bugs? It's been a long, wet winter. Everybody has got colds, and now we are braced for a coronavirus epidemic. Boosting our immune system has rarely felt more urgent, but, beyond eating more tangerines and hoping for the best, what else can we do? Sheena Cruickshank,

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How will the ECB respond to the coronavirus threat?

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

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Italy extends coronavirus lockdown in Lombardy – in pictures

Italy announced a sweeping quarantine on Sunday for its northern regions, igniting travel chaos as it restricted the movement of a quarter of the countries population in an effort to halt the relentless march of the coronavirus Continue reading…

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Italy's coronavirus Response Is a Warning From the Future

Italians woke up on Sunday morning, and it was already the future. Overnight, the government announced the most dramatic measures yet taken by a democracy to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Other Western countries are watching closely, worried they may soon have to follow Italy's lead. Rome placed severe travel restrictions on the entire Lombardy region surrounding Milan—the country

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May I have a word about… Cobra and coronavirus | Jonathan Bouquet

Why did it take so long for the government to summon its emergency committee? Perhaps it should be renamed Exactly how powerful is a cobra? I only ask because it seems the species is getting something of a bad name. It can move at up to 12mph, a damn sight quicker than I can run, and the amount of venom it can deliver in a single bite is enough to kill 20 people, or even an elephant. So not to be

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Not His First Epidemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci Sticks to the Facts

Where politicians fumble and other government health officials step back, he steps up to explain.

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Rishi Sunak: NHS will get whatever it needs to deal with coronavirus

Chancellor indicates he is willing to write blank cheque to cope with a pandemic coronavirus – live updates Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, has promised to give the NHS "whatever it needs" to tackle the coronavirus crisis, as he looks at loosening the fiscal rules to allow for more borrowing and spending. Before this week's budget, Sunak did not say how much in additional resources the NHS would get

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Sports bodies and TV bosses summoned for coronavirus crisis talks

Government officials to discuss plans for staging sporting events without fans if crisis worsens Sports bodies and broadcasters have been summoned by the government to discuss plans for staging sporting events without fans if the coronavirus crisis worsens. Officials at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will host the meeting on Monday to look at how to handle events if mass gat

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Suntory chief warns of coronavirus hit

Takeshi Niinami,expects turmoil in China to trigger return of production to Japan

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The eurozone is too complacent about the coronavirus threat

Ideally governments would co-ordinate fiscal policy but there is no sense of urgency

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The experts who have guided the British public through coronavirus outbreak

Advisers such as chief medical officer Chris Whitty have restored the public's faith in officialdom The public has relied on a number of key individuals to keep them informed of developments in the spread of the coronavirus, including doctors, epidemiologists, researchers and health officials. Here are five of the main players who have helped to restore British faith in the value of experts. • Chr

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The ideologues of Downing St now face the opposition of events

The Covid-19 outbreak means Johnson and Cummings now need the help of the government machine they have attacked When Harold Macmillan, British prime minister 1957-63, was asked what worried him most, his celebrated reply was "the opposition of events". This somehow got revised, as such quotes tend to, to "events, dear boy, events". The beauty of the original reply was that, with his characteristi

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Twitter's Fleets Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Last week there was a lot of news about coronavirus, Super Tuesday, and disappearing tweets. Catch up here.

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What Could Happen if the coronavirus Closed Schools for Days, Weeks, or Even Months

On Wednesday afternoon, Pete Lewis—the superintendent of the public-school district of the small town of Colville, in the northeast corner of Washington State—was awaiting the test result that would determine whether Colville schools would stay closed for a fourth consecutive day. Over the previous weekend, administrators had received word that a member of the Colville School District community w

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White House expert warns on 'community spread' of virus

Anthony Fauci says tracing how Americans contracted the disease is becoming harder

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Why most deadly viruses arise in Africa or Asia

And it's expected to get worse.

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More accurate climate change model reveals bleaker outlook on electricity, water use

A new model more accurately captures how climate change will impact electricity and water use. The researchers recommend that city planners use the model now to better evaluate potential risk of power shortages and blackouts.

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The Climate Changes Before Your Eyes

The American Museum of Natural History focuses on science, not politics, in its display of an environmentally challenged planet.

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Dyr og planter udryddes i højt tempo – forskere bygger en frossen Noas ark

Forskere håber, at nedfrosne celler i fremtiden vil kunne redde de mange dyr, der er truet af udryddelse.

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Food scientists slice time off salmonella identification process

Researchers have developed a method for completing whole-genome sequencing to determine salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole identification process within eight hours.

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Layered solar cell technology boosts efficiency, affordability

Researchers have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to date, by layering cells and using a unique combination of elements.

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Progress in developing an accurate, noninvasive urine test for prostate cancer

Researchers have made significant progress toward development of a simple, noninvasive liquid biopsy test that detects prostate cancer from RNA and other specific metabolic chemicals in the urine.

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Uråldrig trädsläkting hittad i Kina

Landlevande träd och växter tros vara besläktade med grönalger. Nu har forskare kommit över den äldsta fossilen av grönalger någonsin.

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US Navy robot submarine would be able to kill without human control

A secret US Navy project known only as CLAWS will equip armed robot submarines with sensors and algorithms enabling them to destroy targets without explicit human control

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$100 Genome Sequencing Will Yield a Treasure Trove of Genetic Data

What would the implications be if decoding your genes cost less than a pair of designer jeans? We might soon find out after a Chinese company claim ed it can sequence the human genome for $100 . The speed at which the price of genetic sequencing has fallen has been astonishing, from $50,000 a decade ago to roughly $600 today . For a long time, the industry saw the $1,000 genome as the inflection

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*Final Fantasy VII* *Remake* Overwhelms With Spectacle

Playing the demo currently available on the PlayStation 4, you can feel the effort—and money—that went into every second of this game.

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2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #10

Story of the Week… Toon of the Week… Coming Soon on SkS… Climate Feedback Claim Reviews… SkS Week in Review… Poster of the Week… Story of the Week… Want to Go for Inclusive Climate Action? Then Start with Integrating Gender Equality into Climate Finance This article is part of special IPS coverage of International Women's Day on March 8 2020 Credit: We Can International UNITED NATIO

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2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #10

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 1, 2020 through Sat, Mar7, 2020 Editor's Pick Women Fighting Climate Change Are Targets For Misogynists Rude jokes, hate mail and violent threats—for climate experts, it's all part of the job. That's especially true for the women. (Illustration: Alex Nabaum c/o THEISPOT)

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A Computer Science Proof Holds Answers for Math and Physics

An advance in our understanding of quantum computing offers stunning solutions to problems that have long puzzled mathematicians and physicists.

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A filter for cleaner qubits

Researchers show theoretically how coupling an additional filter qubit to the control line of a quantum computer can greatly increase the lifetime of the information stored in it. This work can help make quantum computers more robust and accurate.

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A hunt without a kill

Mary Anning showed there's no barrier to age in scientific discoveries.

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A Yotam Ottolenghi miracle in wildest Suffolk | Brief letters

The Pale Blue Dot | Misheard interview question | Breakdown coach | Marmalade gin | Tahini chicken schnitzel Your report (6 March) suggests that astronauts have seen the Earth "as a pale blue dot". The Earth will have appeared large to any human spacefarers, as none have travelled beyond the moon. The famous image known as Pale Blue Dot was taken, at the instigation of Carl Sagan, by one of the Vo

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Beer and bagels please: New York rats evolve to mirror human habits

Changes in rodents' DNA means they are now prone to similar health threats to humans, scientists discover Humans are not alone in suffering from the stresses of modern city life. Researchers have found the brown rats of New York are struggling just as hard to adapt to urban existence. Indeed it is possible, they say, that both humans and rats have undergone parallel shifts in their genetic make-u

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Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

Airlines are trimming their schedules and cleaning their remaining planes more thoroughly, as fears of Covid-19 cut air travel.

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Cosmic impact caused destruction of one of world's earliest human settlements

Before the Taqba Dam impounded the Euphrates River in northern Syria in the 1970s, an archaeological site named Abu Hureyra bore witness to the moment ancient nomadic people first settled down and started cultivating crops. A large mound marks the settlement, which now lies under Lake Assad.

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Don't blame the messenger — unless it's all stats and no story

In some cases of ineffective messaging, it might be appropriate, despite the aphorism to the contrary, to blame the messenger.

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Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds

View this post on Instagram Look at this #beauty …. I spent some time watching #birds while out in the field yesterday and it dawned on me how cool #whitebreastednuthatch feet are! Their monstrous #toes allow them to orient in any direction they want to when clinging to a tree. Their bill is an impressive #tool too, they hammer open seeds and will even widen nest cavities with it! 💪🏼#beastmod

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Eyetracking afslører: Kraftig A-stolpe på biler kan give blind vinkel

PLUS. Efter rekonstruktion af dødsulykke konstaterer forskere, at den stadigt kraftigere A-stolpe mellem forruden og sideruderne reducerer førerens udsyn og skjuler fodgængere og cyklister.

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First guide of center white-matter associations of human cerebrum created at USC

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How do birds dazzle with colour and stay camouflaged?

Researchers unravel the mystery with Australasian lorikeets.

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I have culled my friends to just the ones I value

I've always had loads of friends but recently decided that many of them had to go. It has simplified and enriched my life One night about six months ago, as I was tidying up for the babysitter at the same time as battling to put the kids to bed, all while trying to answer a multitude of suddenly-urgent questions they'd had all day to ask, and put lipstick on, I caught sight of my frantic-looking

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Japan väntar på nästa stora tsunami: räknar med upp till 350 000 dödsoffer

Japanska myndigheterna förbereder sig inför en tsunami som beräknas kräva upp till 350 000 liv. – Ett jordskalv med magnitud nio och en efterföljande tsunami kommer med all säkerhet att inträffa, säger ingenjören Tetsuya Hiraishi i Vetenskapens värld.

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Lego's colourful plastic bricks to go green

There may be a global revolt against plastic, but Danish toymaker Lego, famous for its multi-coloured plastic building bricks, remains a raging success, even if it, too, aims to go green.

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Marine Microbe Performs Animal Trick

A cup of cells can both bend and "see," feats rarely seen outside of animals — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Meet 10 Women in Science Who Changed the World

Science is often considered a male-dominated field. But these female scientists broke boundaries and made important discoveries.

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Psychedelics May Aid in Deprogramming Addiction

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Readers Respond to the November 2019 Issue

Letters to the editor from the November 2019 issue of Scientific American — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Rengøringsmaskine mindsker mikroplast, men bruges ikke i Danmark

En rengøringsmaskine fjerner mikroplast fra kunststofbaner i flere europæiske lande. Men i Danmark kører den ikke, selvom banerne forurener.

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Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

It's easier than ever to restore your Mac, PC, or Chromebook to factory conditions—and you'll be surprised at how much zip it'll add.

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Science history: Paul Erdös goes in search of coffee

A mathematician for whom maths was life.

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Seismic imaging technology could deliver finely detailed images of the human brain

Scientists have developed a new computational technique that could lead to fast, finely detailed brain imaging with a compact device that uses only sound waves.

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Sidder der tarmbakterier på din tandbørste?

Dråber fra toilettet kan sprede sig i badeværelset, når du skyller ud.

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Starwatch: blood-red Antares, the brightest star in Scorpio

This week will offer an opportunity to see the giant star that is 750 times the diameter of the sun Early risers should look south this week for a nice view of blood-red Antares above the horizon. Often referred to as the heart of the scorpion, Antares is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpio, the scorpion. The star is a red supergiant about 12 times the mass of the sun, 750 times the d

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The Guardian view on scientific progress: it's important to get things wrong | Editorial

A scientific theory aims to understand the world. It is only when nature reveals an error that it can be refined Albert Einstein once remarked that God is subtle, but not malicious. The material world, he thought, was unpredictable. This made the world interesting but not impenetrable. Einstein, who brought lucidity to the deeply hidden, reasoned that " nature hides her secret because of her essen

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The Trump Administration's Misinformation Machine

Mere lying is one thing; silencing the voices of those who disagree is something far more serious and more dangerous — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The U.S. Isn't Ready for What's About to Happen

For the professionals who try to manage homeland-security threats, reassuring the public after a natural disaster or terrorist attack—or amid a coronavirus outbreak like the one the world now faces—is just part of the job. I am a former federal and state homeland-security official. I study safety and resiliency issues in an academic setting, advise companies on their emergency-response plans, and

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Tænkeboks: Hvor lang er hurtigste rute gennem krattet?

Nu kan du dykke ned i ugens tænkeboks.

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Ældre end pyramiderne: Oplev fortiden i den danske natur

Overalt i Danmark kan du opleve imponerende gravmonumenter.

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