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Pence in the Wings
Updated on October 3, 2020, at 11:35 a.m. ET. Above the fireplace in the vice-presidential residence hangs a plaque with a verse from the Bible: " For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." The passage is one of Mike Pence's favorites, and the subtext is hard to ignore. His rise from beleaguered small-s
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Weekend reads: 'Unicorn poo' and other fraudulent COVID-19 treatments; disgraced researchers and drug company payouts; a fictional account of real fraud
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: Two retractions of an Oxford lab's papers from a major … Continue reading
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1969: Aarhus skal have en busgade
Århus Sporveje forbereder overgangen til ren busdrift og har opgivet at køre med busser på hovedstrøget Søndergade, når den omdannes til gågade. En ny busgade skal bryde gennem blokkene mellem Asylgade og Åboulevarden.
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 3)
COMPUTING Trapped-Ion Quantum Computer Sets New Mark for Quantum Volume John Timmer | Ars Technica "While [the system's 32 qubits] still [trail] the offerings of companies that are using superconducting qubits, the high fidelity of the trapped ions makes them far less prone to errors and far easier to link into complex configurations. …IonQ's CEO told Ars that it expects to be able to double the
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Falcons, the 'Top Gun' of the Skies, Are Helping Farmers Scare Away Pests
Farmers are turning to trained raptors to protect our produce from field pests and foodborne pathogens.
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Diagnosing COVID From a Person's Voice
Researchers are exploring ways to use people's vocalizations to diagnose coronavirus infections, dementia and depression — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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What books would be a good primer on how the mind works?
I'd like some recommendations of books that have up-to-date information regarding how the mind works. Some topics I'd be interested in: -current understanding of memory -how e.g. sensations are registered. (I've heard in some talks that current research shows that we react to e.g. a pinch stimuli and then we start feeling the pain in response to our reaction) -role of emotions Thanks submitted by
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We Learn Faster When We Aren't Told What Choices to Make [Scientific American]
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Paying Evil Corp Ransomware Might Land You a Big Federal Fine
Plus: A Grindr bug, a Joker explosion, and more of the week's top security news.
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Reports of Rising UFO Sightings are Greatly Exaggerated
The pandemic has not sparked a shocking rise in UFO sightings, experts say. But the public is growing increasingly confused by ordinary objects they see in the sky.
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Readers Respond to the June 2020 Issue
Letters to the editor from the June 2020 issue of Scientific American — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Presidential Physicians Don't Always Tell the Public the Full Story
The public may have a right to know about their president's health, but a president's physicians are beholden only to their patient, not to the American people. Historical examples suggest that Americans have had reason to be skeptical of what a president's physician reported, especially when the news seemed to be suspiciously positive or selectively vague. In the summer of 1893, Grover Cleveland
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Did You Wake Anyone Up to Tell Them Trump Has COVID-19?
When Mira Assaf Kafantaris's husband woke her up late Thursday night, she was worried that something had happened to her parents. They live in Lebanon, she told me, and because of the time difference, she's always afraid that if they were ever hurt, she would get a call while she was asleep. But her husband had less personal news to share—he wanted to tell her that President Donald Trump and his
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74 and Overweight, Trump Faces Extra Risks From 'a Very Sneaky Virus'
The president has boasted of his health and is sure to receive the best possible care, but he carries a number of risk factors as he begins his battle with Covid-19.
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Surge of Covid cases in London health workers sparks fear of spread on wards
Scientists concerned that soaring infection rates in capital's care homes and hospitals may be occurring in other UK regions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid infection rates among doctors, nurses, and other hospital and care home staff have risen more than fivefold over the past month in London, scientists have discovered. The figures – provided by the Francis C
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'Playful teasing' in apes could provide clues to the evolutionary roots of early humor
Anthropologist Erica Cartmill explores jokelike behaviors in our evolutionary cousins
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Australia's Koalas Are 'Sliding Towards Extinction'
The species is among 28 animals being assessed for potential upgrade of their threat status as their numbers plummet following sweeping bushfires.
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Nyt eksperiment afviser teori for bølgefunktionens kollaps
PLUS. I et underjordisk eksperiment er det undersøgt, om tyngdekraften kan være årsag til, at makroskopiske objekter ikke kan være i en superposition.
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Update: Here's what is known about Trump's COVID-19 treatment
President was given an antibody cocktail, still being evaluated in clinical trials, that targets a surface protein of the new coronavirus
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A Brief History of Presidents Disclosing–Or Trying to Hide–Health Problems
President Trump was direct about his COVID diagnosis, but many former presidents have been less forthcoming about their illnesses — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Best Roller Skates (2020): Helmets, Protection, and More
Recently jumped on the skating craze? If you're confused about what gear to get, our recommendations on skaters, helmets, and more can help.
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Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest
The company's Q3 report exceeded analysts' expectations, but its stock still fell about 3 percent in Friday morning trading.
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15 Great Weekend Deals: TVs, Gaming Gear, and Headphones
You don't have to wait until Amazon's big Prime Day—there are some killer discounts out there right now.
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Radish seeds, meats and cheeses launched to space station
A space station cargo ship rocketed into orbit Friday carrying a 360-degree camera for spacewalking, radish seeds for growing and a smorgasbord of fancy meats and cheeses for feasting.
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Subsidized cars help low-income families economically, socially
For one low-income woman, not having a car meant long commutes on public transit with her children in tow, sometimes slogging through cold or inclement weather. But after buying a subsidized car through a Maryland-based nonprofit, she was able to move to a home located farther from bus stops, send her children to better schools and reach less expensive medical services.
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Antarctic Peninsula at warmest in decades: study
The year 2020 is the hottest in the Antarctic Peninsula in the past three decades, a study by the University of Santiago de Chile out Friday found.
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Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, basic science may pay off
While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week's Nobel Prizes remind us that in science, slow and steady pays off.
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'A crash could have left us rolling through space': an extract from Tim Peake's autobiography
The British astronaut describes a close call on arriving at the International Space Station • 'Coming home was a harsh transition. Gravity sucks!': read an interview with Tim Peake Yuri Malenchenko is one of the most accomplished Russian cosmonauts in history. By December 2015 he is already the veteran of five separate missions and has logged just over 641 days in orbit, which means he has spent
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Here's what is known about President Trump's COVID-19 treatment
President was given an antibody cocktail, still being evaluated in clinical trials, that targets a surface protein of the new coronavirus
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Algoritme gjorde Dubais nye øje muligt
PLUS. Det spektakulære Museum of the Future var en kolossal konstruktionsmæssig udfordring, som aldrig var blevet realiseret uden en ny computerbaseret metode – udviklet af en dansker.
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The Challenge of Observing American Democracy
A majority of American voters believe that the upcoming presidential election stands to be the most important of their lifetime, yet it is also one that many believe will not be easy, free, or fair. This contest, after all, is taking place amid a global public-health crisis that is changing the way voters cast their ballots, and within a political environment where the incumbent has refused to co
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A history of secrecy when it comes to presidential illness
The White House has historically played down the ill health of US leaders
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UK hospitals already using Trump antibody drug, says expert
Oxford University professor says experimental treatment is promising and 'very potent' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The experimental coronavirus drug that Donald Trump is receiving is in use in a small number of UK hospitals, according to an Oxford University professor. The US president was given an artificial antibody treatment at the White House on Friday after
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Efter 160 år langt slagsmål: Forskere mener at have løst gåde om dinosaur-fjer
Der har længe været uenighed om, hvorvidt fjeren stammer fra kendt dinosaur eller ej.
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Will America's disregard for science be the end of its reign?
From America's inception, there has always been a rebellious, anti-establishment mentality. That way of thinking has become more reckless now that the entire world is interconnected and there are added layers of verification (or repudiation) of facts. As the great minds in this video can attest, there are systems and mechanisms in place to discern between opinion and truth. By making conscious ef
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Some Insurers Stop Waiving Fees or Deductibles for Telemedicine
The coronavirus outbreaks had prompted the nation's largest insurers to stop charging co-pays or requiring deductibles for virtual visits, but some consumers will now have to pay those fees again.
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Toyota's robotic butler will serve you from the ceiling
Toyota's home robot will do your housework, but you'll have to teach it how first. (Toyota Research Institute/) Five years ago, Toyota announced a $1 billion commitment to its Research Institute (TRI) and hired hundreds of engineers to work on forward-thinking robotics and AI-driven products, such as self-driving cars. This week, TRI gave journalists a chance to attend a virtual open-house (part
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Keylogger: Hackernes lille it-spion har det for nemt
Keyloggere er et enkelt værktøj for hackere. Derfor burde sikkerheden på offentlige computere på biblioteker være på plads – men det er den langtfra.
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Stimulera hjärnan med filosofiska noveller
För några år sedan gick filmen Arrival på bio – den handlar om märkliga utomjordingar med ett väldigt annorlunda språk. Filmen är baserad på novellen Berättelsen om ditt liv av Ted Chiang. Han har gjort sig känd för finslipade noveller som utgår från olika "tänk om"-scenarier. Tänk om den babyloniska kosmologin hade varit en korrekt fysikalisk beskrivning av världen – hur hade universum fungerat d
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Astronaut Tim Peake: 'Coming home was a harsh transition. Gravity sucks!'
Four years after leaving orbit, and with a second mission on the horizon, how is life on Earth for the first Briton to walk in space? • Read an exclusive extract from Limitless, Tim Peake's autobiography When the astronaut Tim Peake was living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) back in 2016 – he was the first Briton ever to do so – he got into the habit of taking his toothbrush to the e
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Boris Johnson turned green, or did he?
Are Boris Johnson's pledges at this week's UN general assembly a landmark for the environment?
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Ny upptäckt: Syrgas kan flerdubbla batteriers liv
Forskare vid Stockholms universitet har utvecklat en teknik som kan förlänga ett laddningsbart batteris livslängd med 60-100 år. Spela videon för att se hur det fungerar.
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Trump's positive coronavirus test will cement US divisions
Electorate is riven by pandemic and protests against police violence
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Getting Ready for the 2020 Nobel Prizes
Beginning early Monday morning, Inside Science will cover the three most anticipated science prizes of the year. nobel_2020_top2.jpg Image credits: Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator Rights information: Copyright American Institute of Physics Culture Friday, October 2, 2020 – 22:00 Chris Gorski, Editor (Inside Science) — Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Inside Science staff will rise early in
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Sloths Slowly Cavort by Day Now
The disappearance of their predators in a disturbed ecosystem has turned Atlantic forest sloths from night creatures to day adventurers.
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Sloths Slowly Cavort by Day Now
The disappearance of their predators in a disturbed ecosystem has turned Atlantic forest sloths from night creatures to day adventurers. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Here's what's known about President Trump's COVID-19 treatment
President was given an antibody cocktail, still being evaluated in clinical trials, that targets a surface protein of the new coronavirus
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The logic of universalization guides moral judgment [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]
To explain why an action is wrong, we sometimes say, "What if everybody did that?" In other words, even if a single person's behavior is harmless, that behavior may be wrong if it would be harmful once universalized. We formalize the process of universalization in a computational model, test its…
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Cis-regulatory units of grass genomes identified by their DNA methylation [Commentaries]
With the large number of genomes currently being sequenced, detailed annotation of these sequences has now become the bottleneck of genome analysis. Identification of protein-coding genes and transposable elements is easy compared with the difficult task of annotating the regulatory regions upstream of core promoters. These regions are relatively small…
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Dynamic phase transitions in freestanding polymer thin films [Physics]
After more than two decades of study, many fundamental questions remain unanswered about the dynamics of glass-forming materials confined to thin films. Experiments and simulations indicate that free interfaces enhance dynamics over length scales larger than molecular sizes, and this effect strengthens at lower temperatures. The nature of the influence…
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Dynamical structure factors of dynamical quantum simulators [Physics]
The dynamical structure factor is one of the experimental quantities crucial in scrutinizing the validity of the microscopic description of strongly correlated systems. However, despite its long-standing importance, it is exceedingly difficult in generic cases to numerically calculate it, ensuring that the necessary approximations involved yield a correct result. Acknowledging…
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Robust parallel decision-making in neural circuits with nonlinear inhibition [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
An elemental computation in the brain is to identify the best in a set of options and report its value. It is required for inference, decision-making, optimization, action selection, consensus, and foraging. Neural computing is considered powerful because of its parallelism; however, it is unclear whether neurons can perform this…
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Signatures of a liquid-liquid transition in an ab initio deep neural network model for water [Chemistry]
The possible existence of a metastable liquid–liquid transition (LLT) and a corresponding liquid–liquid critical point (LLCP) in supercooled liquid water remains a topic of much debate. An LLT has been rigorously proved in three empirically parametrized molecular models of water, and evidence consistent with an LLT has been reported for…
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Reduced volume and reflection for bright optical tweezers with radial Laguerre-Gauss beams [Physics]
Spatially structured light has opened a wide range of opportunities for enhanced imaging as well as optical manipulation and particle confinement. Here, we show that phase-coherent illumination with superpositions of radial Laguerre–Gauss (LG) beams provides improved localization for bright optical tweezer traps, with narrowed radial and axial intensity distributions. Further,…
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Dynamic and reversible shape response of red blood cells in synthetic liquid crystals [Engineering]
Mammalian cells are soft, and correct functioning requires that cells undergo dynamic shape changes in vivo. Although a range of diseases are associated with stiffening of red blood cells (RBCs; e.g., sickle cell anemia or malaria), the mechanical properties and thus shape responses of cells to complex viscoelastic environments are…
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Point process temporal structure characterizes electrodermal activity [Neuroscience]
Electrodermal activity (EDA) is a direct readout of the body's sympathetic nervous system measured as sweat-induced changes in the skin's electrical conductance. There is growing interest in using EDA to track physiological conditions such as stress levels, sleep quality, and emotional states. Standardized EDA data analysis methods are readily available….
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CO2-leakage-driven diffusiophoresis causes spontaneous accumulation of charged materials in channel flow [Applied Physical Sciences]
We identify a phenomenon where the onset of channel flow creates an unexpected, charge-dependent accumulation of colloidal particles, which occurs in a common-flow configuration with gas-permeable walls, but in the absence of any installed source of gas. An aqueous suspension of either positively charged (amine-modified polystyrene; a-PS) or negatively charged…
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How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump
Covid-19's path through the president's world is an epidemiological mystery. We know why it spread, but not if it spread via a single infectious event.
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Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits
Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment — and it will boost farmers' willingness to establish buffers.
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New research sheds light on the reluctance of farmers to adopt new technologies
Research sheds new light on a long-standing obstacle to improving agricultural productivity in developing countries: the reluctance of small-scale farmers to adopt modern technologies because of the risks associated with them.
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Biomedical sciences researchers find new way to prevent and cure rotavirus, other viral infections
A combination of two substances secreted by the immune system can cure and prevent rotavirus infection, as well as potentially treat other viral infections that target epithelial cells, which cover body surfaces such as skin, blood vessels, organs and the urinary tract, according to researchers.
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What I Saw at the White House
On the White House grounds this morning, senior West Wing aides walked around without masks. They spoke with the press without masks. They huddled privately with one another and didn't wear masks. When I visited the White House in August, no one checked to see if I was running a fever or suppressing a hacking cough as I passed through the security booth. The ritual was the same today: I showed up
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The Atlantic Daily: What We Know About Trump's Health
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 . OLIVER CONTRERAS / GETTY The early-morning revelation that the president tested positive for the coronavirus set off a cascade of questions. When did Trump catch the coronavirus? What does his di
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Coronavirus live news: Australia tracks Sydney flight passengers; Trump in hospital; WHO approves rapid test
Health body gives green light to second test that gives results in up to 30 minutes ; Madrid is Europe's worst hotspot Scramble under way in Washington to trace spread of Covid among US leadership Joe Biden and his wife test negative for coronavirus US coronavirus updates – live Australia-New Zealand travel bubble to partially open 1.28am BST Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, who downplayed the
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Personalized cancer therapy improves outcomes in advanced disease
Patients receiving care for advanced cancer were more likely to survive or experience a longer period without their disease progressing if they received personalized cancer therapy, report researchers.
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Future climate changes in nature reserves
The Earth's nature reserves are set to be affected by future climate change in very different ways. Detailed local knowledge of climate change impacts can therefore make a significant contribution to the management of protected areas and the preservation of their ecological function. A study draws attention to this fact. It is based on climate forecasts for more than 130,000 nature reserves worldw
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Researchers demonstrate how changing the stem cell response to inflammation may reverse periodontal disease
Scientists have discovered that a specific type of molecule may stimulate stem cells to regenerate, reversing the inflammation caused by periodontal disease.
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New clues about the link between stress and depression
Researchers have identified a protein in the brain that is important both for the function of the mood-regulating substance serotonin and for the release of stress hormones, at least in mice. The findings may have implications for the development of new drugs for depression and anxiety.
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Climate change responsible for record sea temperature levels
Global warming is driving an unprecedented rise in sea temperatures including in the Mediterranean, according to a major new report.
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Potential new tool for frost screening in crops
Agricultural scientists and engineers have identified a potential new tool for screening cereal crops for frost damage.
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Searching for the chemistry of life
In the search for the chemical origins of life, researchers have found a possible alternative path for the emergence of the characteristic DNA pattern: According to the experiments, the characteristic DNA base pairs can form by dry heating, without water or other solvents.
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Coastal flooding will disproportionately impact 31 million people globally
Researchers analyzed these geographic regions, which include cities like New Orleans, Bangkok, and Shanghai, using a new global dataset to determine how many people live on river deltas, how many are vulnerable to a 100-year storm surge event, and the ability of the deltas to naturally mitigate impacts of climate change.
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Drink coffee after breakfast, not before, for better metabolic control
The new study looked at the combined effects of disrupted sleep and caffeine on our metabolism – with surprising results.
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Donald Trump receiving Covid-19 treatment yet to be peer-reviewed
President's doctor reveals treatment with experimental antibody cocktail REGN-COV2 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Donald Trump is being treated with an experimental antibody drug that has shown promising initial early results but has yet to be peer-reviewed. According to statement from his doctor, the president has received a single eight-gram dose of an antibody co
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Searching for the chemistry of life
In the search for the chemical origins of life, researchers have found a possible alternative path for the emergence of the characteristic DNA pattern: According to the experiments, the characteristic DNA base pairs can form by dry heating, without water or other solvents.
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The Electoral Politics of Trump's Diagnosis
No one knows what the president's case of Covid will mean for the end of the campaign, but here's what to keep your eye on.
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How does contact tracing work, and how extensive will it be for Trump?
Contact tracing apps are an increasingly important way for officials to help corral the spread of COVID. ( Markus Winkler/Pexels/) On Thursday night, the news of President Donald Trump's positive diagnosis of COVID-19 swept the internet. Epidemiologists say that officials like Donald Trump, as well as First Lady Melania Trump and former Press Secretary Hope Hicks, both of whom also tested positiv
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The mode of detection of high-risk breast cancers is linked to patient prognosis
Breast cancers that are detected in the interval between national screening programme mammograms have a worse prognosis than those detected at the time of a screening, even if they have the same biology, according to research presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference.
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COVID in the White House Should Be America's Wake-Up Call
This pandemic is far from over, and we aren't doing enough to stop it — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Trump's Test Highlights Importance Of Masks. Here's How To Make Safer DIY Coverings
Experts say that cloth face coverings are one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here are three tips to make safer, homemade masks.
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Six Galaxies Trapped in the Web of an Ancient Supermassive Black Hole
Astronomers have discovered a half-dozen galaxies, which formed within the first billion years of the universe, blockading a supermassive black hole.
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Sex-specific adverse drug effects identified by Columbia University algorithm
Columbia University researchers developed an algorithm that uses real-world data to identify sex-specific adverse drug effects, the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
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DECT in the ED: better diagnoses, less follow-up, more savings
According to an open-access article in ARRS' American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), dual-energy CT (DECT) added value to routine interpretation of emergency department (ED) imaging studies by increasing radiologists' diagnostic confidence, leading to a reduction in downstream imaging and associated costs.
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Trump's Travail: A Virus That Thrives Indoors
The coronavirus can linger in the air in tiny particles. The president has disdained precautions in a variety of indoor settings.
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Leicester offers lessons for local lockdown
Better co-ordination between local and national authorities could make restrictions more effective, say officials
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How Trump's COVID Diagnosis Could Affect Public Perceptions
A noted bioethicist says the president's case could trigger calls for greater transparency about his health—and spawn conspiracy theories — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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How Trump's COVID Diagnosis Could Affect Public Perceptions
A noted bioethicist says the president's case could trigger calls for greater transparency about his health—and spawn conspiracy theories — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Yan report's claims that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Chinese lab are misleading, unethical
In the first published scholarly peer reviews of this controversial research, reviewers Robert Gallo, Takahiko Koyama, and Adam Lauring, write that its "claims are at times baseless and are not supported by the data and methods used."
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Subsidized cars help low-income families economically, socially
Nicholas Klein, assistant professor of city and regional planning at Cornell University, conducted interviews with 30 people who gained access to inexpensive, reliable cars through the nonprofit Vehicles for Change (VFC).
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Masks Still Aren't Required on White House Grounds, Official Says
The same day that the President of the United States announced that he's sick with COVID-19, the White House says face masks are still merely "recommended" on White House grounds. A White House official told Axios that even Trump's recently-announced illness won't prompt staff to mandate the use of protective face masks on the grounds. Instead, it sounds like business as usual. Whether it's becau
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UK Military Develops Drone With a Double Barreled Shotgun
Shotgun Drone The UK military has designed a hexacopter drone that's equipped with two shotgun barrels. The drone, called i9, is capable of flying indoors and identifying targets using artificial intelligence, according to The Times . While the current design is outfitted with a "twin barrel stabilized shotgun," the aircraft could get a rocket or chain gun upgrade in the future. Excl: A shotgun-a
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'A brutal blow': A bill threatens dozens of trust funds that support Mexican science
Government seeks to eliminate funds that pay for research and use the money to help cope with the pandemic
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With to-do list checked off, U.S. physicists ask, 'What's next?'
Giant neutrino experiment is the only sure thing for the field
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The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed
The finals mean the league's experiment will soon be over. But the bubble was a triumph for what it let in—the real-world concerns of its players.
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Don't Expect Trump's Diagnosis to Change the Minds of Pandemic Skeptics
Donald Trump announced early this morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Details are still emerging about his condition—so far, he has reportedly exhibited only minor symptoms of COVID-19 —but his diagnosis illustrates the dangers of disregarding the virus's threat: The president has routinely downplayed it, which has inspired many of his supporters to do the same. One might hop
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Sexual, gender minorities much likelier to be crime victims
The first study of its kind found that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or gender non-confirming are nearly four times as likely to be victims of violent crime than those outside such communities.
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How Nobel-Winning Research is Helping Battle Covid-19
The unprecedented pace of scientific progress on Covid-19 builds on groundbreaking discoveries from the past. Behring-serum_cropped.jpg A German caricature showing Emil von Behring extracting diphtheria antitoxin from a horse through a tap. Von Behring won the very first Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on diphtheria antitoxin in 1901. Image credits: The Wellcome Collection Rig
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Study Shows Ancient Americans Bred Dogs for Their Wool
New research reveals the economic importance of "wool dogs" to the Indigenous peoples of the Salish Sea. dog-hair_cropped.jpg Image credits: evgengerasimovich via Shutterstock Culture Friday, October 2, 2020 – 15:00 Tom Metcalfe, Contributor (Inside Science) — Some people indigenous to the Pacific Northwest selectively bred special "wool dogs" to make blankets from their hair, perhaps thousands
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Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits
Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment—and it will boost farmers' willingness to establish buffers.
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Those 'Doomsday Planes' Have Nothing to Do With Trump's Covid-19 Test
Yes, two Boeing E-6B Mercury were flying last night. No, that's not because of the president's positive test.
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Trump just got a dose of Regeneron's unapproved antibody drug for covid
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, tested positive for covid-19 and within 24 hours had received an experimental, cutting-edge antibody treatment not available to other Americans. In a statement released Friday, the White House said Trump had received "a single 8-gram dose" of the biotech treatment, which belongs to a promising new class of antiviral drugs. The president "remains f
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Scientists Suggest Teaching Ships to Speak Whale Language
Decoder Ring A team of scientists has a new idea for how to save migrating blue whales from dangerous collisions with ships: shut up and listen. It turns out that there's a distinct change in the blue whale's song just before it begins its annual migration south, Popular Science reports . By paying attention to those changes, the Stanford University scientists say, they might be able to warn ship
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Huge Machine Captures Energy From Ocean Waves
Riding Waves Teams of scientists around the world are once more trying to perfect devices that generate electricity from the force of the ocean's rolling waves . It's an idea that's ebbed and flowed within the energy community, but now teams are trying to make the new source of clean energy a commercial reality, according to Greentech Media . Many are still undergoing tests, but one company, Ocea
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Biden's Negative Test Result Isn't Enough to Say He's in the Clear
"I don't wear masks like him," President Donald Trump said during Tuesday night's presidential debate, deriding his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. "Every time you see him, he's got a mask." But at nearly 1 a.m. eastern time today, Trump announced that he had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. As president, Trump's dire mishandling of the U.S. pandem
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Why Has the President Gone Silent?
Updated at 6:06 p.m. ET on October 2, 2020. It is a peculiar calm in the midst of the wild storm. Even as the nation descended into a frenzy over President Donald Trump's positive coronavirus test, there was silence from the one reliable source of noise for the past five years: the president himself. At 12:54 this morning, Trump tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive. Si
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Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
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Could a fecal transplant one day be the secret of eternal youth?
Fecal transplants could one day be used to restore cognitive decline among the elderly – according to new research. A new study shows how fecal transplants from older to younger mice altered their gut microbiome, which in turn impacted their spatial learning and memory. The research team hope the reverse could also be true, and one day used as a therapy to restore cognitive function in older peopl
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Woodpeckers' drumming: Conserved meaning despite different structure over the years
How do animals produce and perceive biological information in sounds? To what extent does the acoustic structure and its associated meaning change during evolution? An international team has reconstructed the evolutionary history of an animal communication system, focusing on drumming signals of woodpeckers.
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Laundry lint can cause significant tissue damage within marine mussels
Research showed that ingesting lint caused significant abnormality within the mussels' gills, as well as atrophy or deformities leading to loss of definition in digestive tubules.
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Physicists build circuit that generates clean, limitless power from graphene
Physicists have successfully generated an electrical current from the atomic motion of graphene, discovering a new source of clean, limitless power.
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Babies' random choices become their preferences
When a baby reaches for one stuffed animal in a room filled with others just like it, that random choice is very bad news for those unpicked toys: the baby has likely just decided she doesn't like what she didn't choose. Researchers have known that adults build unconscious biases over a lifetime of choosing between things that are essentially the same, but finding that even babies do it demonstrat
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Research may curb economic losses to power plants after earthquakes
Sitting atop power transformers are bushing systems that play a critical role in supplying communities with electricity. However, these objects are also susceptible to breaking during earthquakes. Once damaged, bushings can cause widespread outages and burden a state with expensive repairs.
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Yuri Orlov, physicist and Soviet dissident, dies
Activist spent years in Siberian work camp before being expelled to the United States
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Our health: New focus on the synergy effect of nanoparticles
Nanoparticles are valuable and useful in many products, but according to a new study, they can also damage our cells. Researchers are concerned about the effect of lifelong exposure to the human organism.
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Trump Exposed Countless People to COVID-19 After Learning He Might Have It
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he had tested positive for COVID-19 , but some of his close aides suspected he was sick as early as Wednesday. And he knew by Thursday morning that his senior adviser Hope Hicks, who he had traveled with on Marine One the previous day, had tested positive for the virus. But he didn't stop meeting with officials and supporters until Thursda
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The Covid Information War Is Entering a Frightening New Phase
Communication from the White House about Donald Trump's infection will be opaque at best. Into that vacuum, misinformation will flow.
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All the conditions we know increase your risk of dying from COVID-19
A number of factors may make a COVID-19 infection especially risky. (Pixabay/) Early Friday morning, news broke that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received tests that confirmed active cases of COVID-19 . And while most of us know what the symptoms may look like , both in the short and long term , understanding what factors raise your risk of a deadly case of the disease can
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This Website Makes It Easy To Find The Best Investment For Your Money
Today, there are a ton of different online investing platforms to choose from. This is great news for investors—particularly young tech-savvy ones—because they now have access to investment opportunities that didn't exist just a few years ago. That said, the abundance of options makes choosing the best investment opportunity that much more difficult. How do you know which platform or platforms ar
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Rare genetic form of dementia discovered
A new, rare genetic form of dementia has been discovered by researchers. This discovery also sheds light on a new pathway that leads to protein build up in the brain — which causes this newly discovered disease, as well as related neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's Disease — that could be targeted for new therapies.
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More crickets and katydids 'singing in the suburbs'
The songs that crickets and katydids sing at night to attract mates can help in monitoring and mapping their populations, according to US researchers, whose study of Orthoptera species in central Pennsylvania also shed light on these insects' habitat preferences.
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Tool helps clear biases from computer vision
Researchers have developed a tool that flags potential biases in sets of images used to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The work is part of a larger effort to remedy and prevent the biases that have crept into AI systems that influence everything from credit services to courtroom sentencing programs.
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Bright light bars big-eyed birds from human-altered landscapes
New research shows the glaring light in human-altered landscapes, such as livestock pastures and crop fields, can act as a barrier to big-eyed birds, potentially contributing to their decline.
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Chemical innovation stabilizes best-performing perovskite formulation
Researchers have successfully overcome a limiting problem with stabilizing the best-performing formulation of metal-halide perovskite films, a key player in a range of applications, including solar cells.
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Our health: New focus on the synergy effect of nanoparticles
Nanoparticles are valuable and useful in many products, but according to a new study, they can also damage our cells. Researchers are concerned about the effect of lifelong exposure to the human organism.
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Nurture trumps nature in determining severity of PTSD symptoms
Researchers previously identified a host of genetic risk factors that help explain why some veterans are especially susceptible to the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Scale-adaptive auto-context-guided fetal US segmentation with structured random forests
https://doi.org/10.15212/bioi-2020-0016Announcing a new article publication for BIO Integration journal. In this article the authors Xin Yang, Haoming Li, Li Liu, and Dong Ni from Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China and Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China consider Scale-adaptive Auto-context-guided Fetal US Segmentation with Structured Random Forests.
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New COVID test doesn't use scarce reagents, catches all but the least infectious
Scientists at the University of Vermont and the University of Washington have developed an accurate COVID-19 test doesn't use scarce reagents, paving the way for wide testing in both developing countries and industrialized nations like the United States, where reagent supplies are again in short supply.
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Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits
Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment — and it will boost farmers' willingness to establish buffers.
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