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Covid pressure on health visitors puts generation of babies at risk, charities say
NSPCC and others urge government to fund rebuilding of struggling support service Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A generation of babies born during the Covid-19 pandemic may be at risk because they and their parents are not being fully supported by health visitors in the weeks and months after birth, a coalition of children's charities has said. The NSPCC and nine o
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This Flying Car Costs $599K—and It's Now Street Legal in Holland
We've all had the experience of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic with nothing but miles of red taillights ahead, wishing we could somehow break away from the pack and zoom off to our destination traffic-free. Now drivers in the Netherlands are one step closer to making this vision a reality, as a commercial flying car has just been approved for use on roads there. The car is called the PAL-V L
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How Twitter takes votes away from Trump but not from Republicans
In the 2016 US presidential election, Twitter made independent voters less likely to vote for Donald Trump, finds new study from Bocconi University and Princeton
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A new method to measure optical absorption in semiconductor crystals
Tohoku University researchers have revealed more details about omnidirectional photoluminescence (ODPL) spectroscopy – a method for probing semiconducting crystals with light to detect defects and impurities.
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Advanced facade material for urban heat island mitigation
A joint research team of Toyohashi University of Technology and Osaka City University has proposed two analytical models to evaluate the reflection directional characteristics of retro-reflective (RR) materials applied to building envelopes for urban heat island (UHI) mitigation, based on the measured data of optical experiments. The predication result of the anisotropic body of rotation of the no
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Chemical scissors snip 2D transition metal dichalcogenides into nanoribbon
One of the biggest challenges in making hydrogen production clean and cheap has been finding an alternative catalyst necessary for the chemical reaction that produces the gas, one that is much cheaper and abundant than the very expensive and rare platinum that is currently used. Researchers in Korea have now found a way to 'snip' into tiny nanoribbons a cheap and plentiful substance that fits the
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Knee OA guidance for clinicians simplified and streamlined
Researchers review the similarities and differences between OARSI and ESCEO 2019 guidelines for the management of knee OA and provide a narrative to help steer health-care providers through the complexities of non-surgical management of the disease.
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Academies' report reviews debate on genome editing for crop improvement
Since the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU of 2018, which placed genome-edited crops under the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) legislation, the scientific community has passionately debated the future of these new breeding techniques.The report "Genome Editing for Crop Improvement" presents the state of the art of scientific evidence in the field and explores paths to harmonise EU leg
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Scientists discover new structures in the smallest ice cube
A research team led by Prof. JIANG Ling and Prof. YANG Xueming from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Prof. LI Jun from Tsinghua University, revealed the coexistence of five cubic isomers in the smallest ice cube, including two with chirality.
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Boo! How do mexican cavefish escape predators?
When startled, do all fish respond the same way? A few fish, like Mexican cavefish, have evolved in unique environments without any predators. To see how this lack of predation impacts escape responses that are highly stereotyped across fish species, scientists explored this tiny fish to determine if there are evolved differences in them. Findings reveal that the dramatic ecological differences be
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Standardized measures needed to screen kinship foster placements
New research is proposing a novel screening tool to assess the quality of care in kinship foster care placement settings.Kinship caregiving–placing a child in a relative's home if the child cannot safely stay in the family home–is becoming more common and is a preferred option for children, says UBC Okanagan Assistant Professor Sarah Dow-Fleisner.
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Researchers find direction decided by rate of coin flip in quantum world
Flip a coin. Heads? Take a step to the left. Tails? Take a step to the right. In the quantum world? Go in both directions at once, like a wave spreading out. Called the walker analogy, this random process can be applied in both classical and quantum algorithms used in state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence and data search processes. However, the randomness also makes the wal
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Synskadade hundar kan hjälpa människor att se
Stargardts sjukdom och Bardet-Biedls syndrom är obotliga ärftliga sjukdomar som drabbar näthinnans celler och leder till synnedsättning eller blindhet hos människor. Sjukdomarna kan också drabba hundar av raserna labrador och golden retriever, visar forskning vid SLU. Resultatet kan leda till bättre hälsa hos hundar, men också till utveckling av nya behandlingar för både hundar och människor, men
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Radical diagnostic could save millions of people at risk of dying from blood loss
Engineers at Monash University in Australia have developed a fast, portable and cheap diagnostic that can help deliver urgent treatment to people at risk of dying from rapid blood loss. This portable diagnostic measures fibrinogen concentration in blood.
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Cancer-fighting gene restrains 'jumping genes'
About half of all tumors have mutations of the gene p53, normally responsible for warding off cancer. Now, UT Southwestern scientists have discovered a new role for p53 in its fight against tumors: preventing retrotransposons, or "jumping genes," from hopping around the human genome. In cells with missing or mutated p53, the team found, retrotransposons move and multiply more than usual. The findi
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Early results from DETECT study suggest fitness trackers can predict COVID-19 infections
Examining data from the first six weeks of their landmark DETECT study, a team of scientists from the Scripps Research Translational Institute sees encouraging signs that wearable fitness devices can improve public health efforts to control COVID-19.
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Waiter! This soup is not fly
Black Soldier Fly larvae contains more zinc and iron than lean meat and its calcium content is higher than milk. Less than half a hectare of black soldier fly larvae can produce more protein than cattle grazing on around 1200 hectares, or 52 hectares of soybeans. New research has identified the barriers for introducing fly protein into Western human diets as a sustainable, healthy alternative to b
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Severe form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease linked to a strain of mouth bacteria
Bacteria from the mouth could hold clues to understanding – and potentially treating – severe ulcerative colitis, a painful bowel disease.
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Motivation to seek cocaine is driven by elegant cellular communication
In response to cocaine, the connections between neurons, or brain cells, strengthen due to signaling that starts outside those cells, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and the National Institutes of Health in the Journal of Neuroscience. The strengthening of neuronal connections makes it more difficult to stop seeking drugs. These results provide potentially targetable
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Study tracks public concerns on Twitter about COVID-19
Twitter users initially didn't feel positive about the state of the economy, prevention, treatment and recovery concerning COVID-19. That changed by the end of March 2020. In contrast, throughout the period examined from January to May 2020, the public, in general, felt negative about the way the pandemic had been handled by political leadership.
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Cut chores and kill chill time: new advice to boost children's academic achievement
Determining a child's best daily balance of sleep, activity and relaxation can be a challenge, but if you're hoping to improve their academic results, then it's time to cut back on chores and chill time, according to new research from the University of South Australia.
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Study reveals robust performance in aged detonator explosive
High-speed video (39,000 frames per second) of the initiation of a detonator holding 40 milligrams of PETN, encased in an acrylic holder.
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Flyvende bil godkendt til europæiske veje
Det hollandske vejdirektorat har godkendt den flyvende bil PAL-V Libery til kørsel på europæiske veje. Produktionen forventes at sættes i gang næste år.
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Scientists discover key pathway in lysosomes that coronaviruses use to exit cells
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered a biological pathway that the novel coronavirus appears to use to hijack and exit cells as it spreads through the body. A better understanding of this important pathway may provide vital insight in stopping the transmission of the virus—SARS-CoV-2—which causes COVID-19 disease.
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Covid vaccine tracker: when will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?
More than 170 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Here is their progress Researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, with more than 170 candidate vaccines now tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO). Continue reading…
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Top medical advisers arguing for tighter coronavirus restrictions in England
Sir Patrick Vallance and Prof Chris Whitty fear deaths this winter could exceed those in spring Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sir Patrick Vallance and Prof Chris Whitty, the government's top scientific and medical advisers, are understood to be arguing hard with ministers for tighter restrictions across England ahead of Christmas. The pair are calling for tougher m
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Scientists discover key pathway in lysosomes that coronaviruses use to exit cells
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered a biological pathway that the novel coronavirus appears to use to hijack and exit cells as it spreads through the body. A better understanding of this important pathway may provide vital insight in stopping the transmission of the virus—SARS-CoV-2—which causes COVID-19 disease.
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Study probes connection between diet quality and environmental sustainability
A healthy diet means a healthier you, which also means a healthier planet, right? Well, it's complicated.
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Directly observing intracellular nanoparticle formation with nano-computed tomography
It is currently challenging to directly observe the formation of intracellular nanostructures in the lab. In a new report, Miaomiao Zhang and a research team in chemistry, life sciences, medical engineering and science and technology, in China, used a rationally designed small molecule abbreviated NBC-Iod-CBT (short for 4-nitrobenzyl carbamate–Cys(SEt)-Asp-Asp-Phe(iodine)–2-cyano-benzothiazole) an
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Remdesivir for COVID-19: FDA approved but still unproven
In a review of evidence from the most reliable data from randomized trials to find likely small-to-moderate effects of remdesivir, researchers say that totality of evidence compiled before the WHO trial results justifies compassionate use of remdesivir for severely ill patients. A smaller trial in China showed significantly decreased mean recovery time but no suggestion of a mortality benefit. ACT
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Positive student-teacher relationships benefit students' long-term health, study finds
Teens who have good, supportive relationships with their teachers enjoy better health as adults, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Perhaps surprisingly, although friendships are important to adolescents, the study did not find the same link between good peer relationships and students' health in adulthood.
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An Earth-sized rogue planet discovered in the Milky Way
Our Galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets, gravitationally unbound to any star. An international team of scientists, led by Polish astronomers, has announced the discovery of the smallest Earth-sized free-floating planet found to date.
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Smart solution to detect seafood spoilage
Existing methods for detecting seafood spoilage are far from satisfactory for ensuring food safety and security. To solve this problem, Flinders University researchers have constructed and tested a solid-state fluorescent sensor loaded on filter papers that can instantly and accurately measure the rate of spoilage in Atlantic salmon – and can easily be applied to other seafood.
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Early economic action in response to pandemic mitigated downturn
Decisive action taken by monetary and fiscal policymakers mitigated the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
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Study finds female authors underrepresented as sole authors, first authors, part of authorship teams
Female authors are underrepresented as sole and first authors and as members of authorship teams in readings for undergraduate college courses, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Bumper crop of black holes in new gravitational wave paper
Only a few years ago, scientists the world over celebrated as the first-ever gravitational waves were detected—confirming a long-held scientific theory and opening up an entirely new field of research.
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Study sheds light on critically endangered beluga whale population
A team of scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and NOAA Fisheries are collaborating to help stem the decline of a critically endangered population of beluga whales in the Cook Inlet, Alaska. A study recently published in Animal Microbiome outlines important first steps in understanding epidermal microbial communities in beluga whales, as well as their role in beluga health.
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Genome and satellite technology reveal recovery rates and impacts of climate change on southern right whales
After close to a decade of globe-spanning effort, the genome of the southern right whale has been released this week, giving us deeper insights into the histories and recovery of whale populations across the southern hemisphere.
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Pterosaurs undergo dental examination to reveal clues about diets and lifestyles
Microscopic analysis of the teeth of pterosaurs has revealed new insights into the diets and behaviours of Earth's earliest flying reptiles.
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Study sheds light on critically endangered beluga whale population
A team of scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and NOAA Fisheries are collaborating to help stem the decline of a critically endangered population of beluga whales in the Cook Inlet, Alaska. A study recently published in Animal Microbiome outlines important first steps in understanding epidermal microbial communities in beluga whales, as well as their role in beluga health.
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Genome and satellite technology reveal recovery rates and impacts of climate change on southern right whales
After close to a decade of globe-spanning effort, the genome of the southern right whale has been released this week, giving us deeper insights into the histories and recovery of whale populations across the southern hemisphere.
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NASA's Webb to examine objects in the graveyard of the solar system
Beyond the orbit of Neptune, a diverse collection of thousands of dwarf planets and other relatively small objects dwells in a region called the Kuiper Belt. These often-pristine leftovers from our solar system's days of planet formation are called Kuiper Belt objects, or trans-Neptunian objects. NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will examine an assortment of these icy bodies in a series
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Tracking the Source of Illegal Sand Mining
Sand might seem like an everyday material, but we're running out of it for industrial uses — and that means people are willing to mine it illegally (or worse) to make money.
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Novel approach in organic chemistry enables boron to be added to molecules with high precision
A major goal in organic synthesis is to develop efficient reactions to convert feedstock chemicals (otherwise known as raw or natural materials) into valuable reagents that can be used to create pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.
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Teachers among happiest professionals
The wellbeing and mental health of teachers in England is similar to those in other professions and teachers are less likely to report feelings of 'low self-worth', according to new research from academics at the UCL Institute of Education.
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Study investigates symbiotic recurrent nova V3890 Sgr
Using India's AstroSat space observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have carried out X-ray observations of a symbiotic recurrent nova known as V3890 Sgr during its outburst in 2019. Results of this study, available in a paper published October 22 on arXiv.org, shed more light on the properties of this source.
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CU Denver study looks into the connection between religion and equal pay
Traci Sitzmann, an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, and Elizabeth Campbell, an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, provide empirical evidence and an explanation into why religion perpetuates the gender wage gap.
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Bioenergy research team sequences miscanthus genome
An international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops.The genome project — led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy (DOE) bioenergy research center — provides a road map for researchers explori
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How Do We Prevent War in Space?
There are defensive, offensive and diplomatic options for averting conflicts in orbit — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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It Looks Good, but the Pricy Our Place Pan Flops
Yes, the design is very stylish, but for the money you should really just buy an All-Clad.
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NASA Created a Collection of Spooky Space Sounds for Halloween
Spooky sounds are a mainstay of Halloween, but there's no sound in space. That doesn't mean it's not scary, though. Black holes can vacuum up light and spaghettify matter, but it turns out they have a Halloween vibe if you give them a listen. NASA's latest data release turns signals from beyond Earth into spooky sounds that are sure to send a chill up your spine. NASA's new spooky playlist is ava
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Study shows comets impacted start of life on earth
The Big Bang may have started the universe, but it's likely that littler bangs played a key role in life on Earth, say Albion College Physics Professor Nicolle Zellner and Chemistry Professor Vanessa McCaffrey. They (along with former student Jayden Butler, '17) share their fascinating findings on the interspace dispersal of glycolaldehyde (GLA) in an article recently published by the journal Astr
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Your dog's nose knows no bounds – and neither does its love for you
I have discovered one positive amid the pandemic: I love working with two dogs at my feet.
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International team tracks record-setting smoke cloud from Australian wildfires
Researchers with the University of Saskatchewan's Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies are part of a global team that has found that the smoke cloud pushed into the stratosphere by last winter's Australian wildfires was three times larger than anything previously recorded.
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Seesaw of Indo-Pacific summer monsoons triggered by the tropical Atlantic Ocean
The Indian summer monsoon (ISM) and western North Pacific summer monsoon (WNPSM) are two major subcomponents of the Asian summer monsoon. The monsoon rainfall is the life-blood of more than half the world's population. A better understanding of the ISM and WNPSM variability is of vital importance both in a socio-economic and scientific sense.
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Your dog's nose knows no bounds – and neither does its love for you
I have discovered one positive amid the pandemic: I love working with two dogs at my feet.
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4.5-bil­lion-year-old ice on comet 'fluffi­er than cap­puc­ci­no froth'
After years of detective work, scientists working on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission have now been able to locate where the Philae lander made its second and penultimate contact with the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014, before finally coming to a halt 30 metres away. This landing was monitored from the German Aerospace Center Philae Control Center. Ph
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Water quality: a matter of perspective
There are so many ways to assess water quality: if you fish, your idea of "good" water is whether it supports trout, bass or walleye; if you farm, there must be enough clean water to irrigate your crops; if you're a recreational swimmer, you like your water to be clear and safe.
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Criminals specializing in illicit tobacco sales shun the dark web
The dark web holds little appeal for criminals specializing in the illicit sale of tobacco, according to a study by criminologists at Université de Montréal.
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Reimagining education for today's complex and fast-changing world
Many educators and employers agree there's a disconnect between the skills today's workers need on the job and what students are taught in school.
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Sea turtle nesting season winding down in Florida, some numbers are up and it's unexpected
Florida's sea turtle nesting surveying comes to a close on Halloween and like everything else in 2020, the season was a bit weird. The number of green sea turtle nests on central and southern Brevard County, Florida beaches monitored by University of Central biologists were way up during a year they should have been down based on nearly 40 years of historical data.
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Nucleus accumbens recruited by cocaine, sugar are different
In a study using genetically modified mice, a University of Wyoming faculty member found that the nucleus accumbens recruited by cocaine use are largely distinct from nucleus accumbens recruited by sucrose, or table sugar. Because they are separate, this poses the possibility that drug use can be addressed without affecting biologically adaptive seeking of reward.
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Felriktade antikroppar en orsak till svår covid-19
Äldre har ökad risk att drabbas av svår covid-19, men även vissa unga kan få mycket allvarliga symtom och avlida – frågan har varit varför. I två studier har svenska och internationella forskare försökt ringa in vad som kan ligga bakom detta, vilket de skriver om i den vetenskapliga tidskriften Science. En del tycks vara att patienterna saknar ett slags proteiner som kallas typ 1-interferoner. Des
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India's COVID-19 cases have declined rapidly—but herd immunity is still far away, scientists say
Encouraging national trends hide a complex picture of "100 epidemics," some rising, some falling
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Life after death: How insects rise from the dead and transform corpses into skeletons
It's that time of the year when skeletons, skulls and bones have found their way onto cookies, porches and storefront windows.
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Researchers reveal the origins of merging black holes
Over the past five years, astronomy has been revolutionised as scientists have used ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, to reveal the secrets of the previously hidden world of black holes. Gravitational waves are created when two black holes merge in a cataclysmic release of energy, but until now, there were few clues as to how and why black holes merge.
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Smart solution to detect seafood spoilage
Importantly, Flinders University's Professor of Aquaculture Jian Qin—who led the study with Flinders colleague Professor Youhong Tang—says this simple device could become commercially viable and enable a "real-time" monitoring of spoilage in seafood to ensure food safety for consumers.
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Living with the train wreck: how research can harness the power of visual storytelling
Mesmerised by the cats of YouTube? Tumbled down the rabbit holes that are Insta Stories? Horrified by the US presidential debate, but kept watching regardless?
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Rather than recalling unsafe products, why not ensure they're safe in the first place?
The death of Brittney Conway, the three-year-old Gold Coast girl killed by swallowing a button battery, has again drawn attention to deaths and injuries caused by consumer goods—and to a longstanding deficiency in Australia's consumer safety laws.
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How smog leads to tons of plastic trash
When air pollution is high, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch—increasing plastic waste from food packaging—research finds. "Plastic waste is a growing global environmental concern. While we see more research on the impact plastic pollution is having on the natural environment, there has been less work trying to understand the human behavior that drives pl
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Falsk trygghet när du köper skydd mot covid-19 på nätet
Lite över en miljon personer kan ha handlat icke godkända skydd mot covid-19 på nätet, produkter som kanske inte fungerar eller är förfalskade, visar en enkätundersökning gjord av Lunds universitet med hjälp av KANTAR Sifo. Endast hälften av de som handlat skyddsprodukter på nätet hade kontrollerat om den källa de gjort inköp från hade någon sorts certifiering, som till exempel godkända nätapotek
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Svårt att bilda familj efter exponering för kemiska vapen
Personer som utsatts för kemiska stridsmedel upplever osäkerhet kring både överlevnad och förmåga att bilda familj, decennier efter exponeringen, visar en studie från Göteborgs universitet. Kvinnor drabbas hårdare än män. Studien bygger på kvalitativa djupintervjuer med 16 personer som överlevde den svåra gasattacken mot kurdiska Halabja i Irak 1988, där 5 000 personer dog och dubbelt så många sk
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Life after death: How insects rise from the dead and transform corpses into skeletons
It's that time of the year when skeletons, skulls and bones have found their way onto cookies, porches and storefront windows.
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Two million lost health coverage, thousands died prematurely in Trump's first 3 years
A new Harvard study finds that even before COVID-19, more than 2 million individuals lost health coverage during the first three years of the Trump Administration. This contraction of coverage since 2016 caused as many as 25,180 excess deaths, even before the pandemic. If the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act, the researchers estimate that nearly 20 million Americans would lose cover
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'Religious Equality' Is Transforming American Law
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide a case this term that, once again, pits religious freedom against the rights of the LGBTQ community. Earlier this month, Justice Clarence Thomas, in a concurrence written on behalf of himself and Justice Samuel Alito, attacked Obergefell v. Hodges , the decision that established a constitutional right to LGBTQ marriage. His criticism revolved around its
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Stor forskel på tilliden til grønne frivillige
Der er mange gode argumenter for at involvere frivillige i natur- og parkforvaltning, men i nogle kommuner…
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Brain-Machine Interface with Stentrode
Brain-Machine interface (BMI) technology continues to incrementally but steadily progress, and I do think this is one of the technologies that will transform our future. Studies have already demonstrated that there are no biological or theoretical limitations to such technology – the brain happily communicates with computers and seamlessly incorporates signals to and from them through the existin
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Zelenko and Raoult fall in each other's arms
The marriage of love between Didier Raoult and Vovka Zelenko is now official. It was ordained by the International Society for Microbial Chemotherapy. No COVID-19 restrictions apply, and there's enough chloroquine for everyone.
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PLO vil obstruere regionernes brug af lovgivningen
PLO viser, at borgerne rager dem en papand, når det gælder egne subjektive interesser, skriver Torben Kjær, Medlem Danske Regioners Sundhedsudvalg, Hovedstadens Regionsråd, om et ændringsforslag, hvor PLO skal tage stilling til, om man skal ekskludere læger ansat i regions- og udbudspraksis.
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Så påverkar träning immunförsvaret och motverkar cancertillväxt
Cancerdrabbade som tränar har generellt en bättre prognos än otränade. Nu har forskare vid Karolinska Institutet hittat en möjlig förklaring till varför träning hjälper att bromsa tillväxten av cancer. Fysisk aktivitet ändrar metabolismen hos immunförsvarets cytotoxiska T-celler och stärker därmed deras förmåga att angripa cancerceller. Cancerdrabbade som tränar har generellt en bättre prognos än
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Forskere om design af jobcenter-algoritmer: At få et job er ikke altid det rigtige mål
Algoritmer, der vurderer borgeres risiko for at gå ledige, afprøves i øjeblikket i en…
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Seven pro tips for the new Chromecast with Google TV
One watchlist, no wasted subscriptions. (Google /) Google has pushed out a brand new streaming dongle—the Chromecast with Google TV. This new gadget was designed to be a one-stop solution for all your audio and video streaming needs, and it's part Chromecast , part Android TV , with an extra layer of Google TV on top. If you've never heard of it before, you're not alone. Google TV is a more moder
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The Senate's Section 230 Circus Sent a Bad Global Signal
The exhausting, partisan shouting match of a hearing showed that the US isn't ready to regulate tech with facts and good faith.
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How to Get Started With Dungeons & Dragons
D&D can look difficult to get into, but with the right tools and a community you can vibe with, it's much easier than it looks.
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These Hassle-Free Speakers Add Cinema Sound to Your Home
Enclave Audio's CineHome Pro merges THX-certified surround sound and wireless tech to effortlessly bring you the movie theater audio experience.
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Prisen for Aula stiger med 50 millioner kroner
Skolernes kommunukationsplatform, Aula, har kostet flere penge end forventet, og derfor stiger prisen på systemet nu med 50 millioner kroner, oplyser Kombit, der er leverandøren bag projektet.
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Osteoporose: Forebyggelse er vigtigere end medicinsk behandling
Osteoporose er en alvorlig lidelse for mange, men det er også en tilstand, som vi alle kommer i, hvis vi lever længe nok. Derfor er det en samfundsopgave, og ikke kun en opgave for almen praksis, at sikre, at alle lever en knoglevenlig livsstil.
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Facts: Why they matter and how to check them
We seem to be living in the golden age of misinformation, and while cognitive biases and motivated reasoning have always existed, they seem to have reached epidemic levels in recent years, with attacks on the very nature of facts coming … Continue reading →
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Psychogenic shivers: Why we get the chills when we aren't cold
A few years ago, I proposed that the feeling of cold in one's spine, while for example watching a film or listening to music, corresponds to an event when our vital need for cognition is satisfied. Similarly, I have shown that chills are not solely related to music or film but also to the practice of science (mainly physics and mathematics) and to the social logic of religious rituals. I believe
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Why schools probably aren't COVID hotspots
Nature, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02973-3 Young children are unlikely to spread the virus — but older kids are more at risk, say researchers.
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Dwight Schrute Was a Warning
T hese are boom times for the lolsob . Watching the news, I sometimes find myself staring at the screen, eyes wide, brain broken, not sure whether to laugh or cry. The farce and tragedy tangle so tightly that it can be hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. How do you make sense, for example, of a leader who, in the midst of a deadly pandemic, muses about the curative powers of bleach
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Graphene-based memory resistors show promise for brain-based computing
As progress in traditional computing slows, new forms of computing are coming to the forefront. At Penn State, a team of engineers is attempting to pioneer a type of computing that mimics the efficiency of the brain's neural networks while exploiting the brain's analog nature.
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'Moderate to strong' La Niña weather event develops in the Pacific
The phenomenon results in the large scale cooling of ocean surface temperature.
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Nyt nationalt forsknings­center for hjernekræft
Forskningscenter for Målrettet Behandling af Hjernetumorer bliver det første af sin slags i Danmark. Til en begyndelse vil fokus være på gliobastom-hjernekræft, men på sigt skal centret fokusere på flere forskellige former for hjernekræft.
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Äldre med sambo som jobbar har högre risk att dö i covid-19
60 procent högre. Så mycket högre är risken för personer som är 70 år eller äldre i Stockholms län, som är sambo med en person i arbetsför ålder, att dö i covid-19. Detta jämfört med äldre som bor med andra äldre. Däremot är trångboddhet ingen riskfaktor i sig för äldre, visar en studie från Stockholms universitet. – Äldre människor som bor med någon i arbetsför ålder, det vill säga med någon und
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The Tech Antitrust Problem No One Is Talking About
Americans pay more for broadband internet service and have fewer choices than consumers in other countries.
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A New Way to Plug a Human Brain Into a Computer: via Veins
Electrodes threaded through the blood vessels that feed the brain let people control gadgets with their minds.
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Gamers Forge Their Own Paths When It Comes to Accessibility
Players with disabilities and chronic illnesses haven't waited around for console manufacturers to look their way. Here's how far we've come—and how far we have to go.
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Climate Change Is Central to California's Wildfires
Conservative pundits who tout land management as the main issue fail to see the big picture — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time
A pushback has arisen to seasonal clock changes that affect mood, sleep and general well-being — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time
A pushback has arisen to seasonal clock changes that affect mood, sleep and general well-being — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time
A pushback has arisen to seasonal clock changes that affect mood, sleep and general well-being — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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James Randi (1928–2020)
Nature, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03050-5 Illusionist who exposed fraud to showcase the perils of credulity.
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Eksperter: Varmepumpen kan sagtens erstatte fyret – også i ældre huse
PLUS. Centralvarmesystemet i mange ældre huse er dimensioneret efter høje fremløbstemperaturer, som varmepumper typisk ikke kan levere. Men det er ingen hindring for at udskifte olie- eller gasfyret med en varmepumpe, lyder det fra Teknologisk Institut.
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Author Correction: Winter-to-summer seasonal migration of microlithic human activities on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-75952-3
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Metal–insulator transition tuned by oxygen vacancy migration across TiO2/VO2 interface
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-75695-1 Metal–insulator transition tuned by oxygen vacancy migration across TiO 2 /VO 2 interface
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Snow water scarcity induced by record-breaking warm winter in 2020 in Japan
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-75440-8
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Computational modelling of patient specific spring assisted lambdoid craniosynostosis correction
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-75747-6
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Graphene-based memory resistors show promise for brain-based computing
As progress in traditional computing slows, new forms of computing are coming to the forefront. At Penn State, a team of engineers is attempting to pioneer a type of computing that mimics the efficiency of the brain's neural networks while exploiting the brain's analog nature.
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Why people with dementia go missing
People with dementia are more likely to go missing in areas where road networks are dense, complicated and disordered – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers studied hundreds of 'missing person' police reports for people with dementia and compared each case to the surrounding road network.They hope their findings could help inform future safeguarding guidelines.
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Don't Sweat the Polls
"I want to feel hopeful about Joe Biden's chances this year, but I just can't," my neighbor confessed to me, as we stood in line outside a coffee shop. What had begun as pleasant conversation—dogs, the temperature, clouds—had been pulled, through the vortex known as Late October in an Election Year, into an airing of political anxieties. "I'm still so afraid that 2016 is going to happen again and
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Melania's Plastic Camelot
S tephanie Winston Wolkoff is one of those patriotic Americans who went to work in the Trump White House, only to come soaring back over the gates, rejected by the host organism. Like many before her, she decided to write a book about her experiences, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady , and she proffers it to us as an act of public service, although possibly a
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How 'America First' Became America Alone
I t took only three and a half years for Donald Trump to solidify and formalize the United States' comprehensive international isolation. In August, the Trump administration demanded the extension of restrictions against Iran for breaking the terms of a nuclear deal that Trump himself had withdrawn from. All but one of the other members of the United Nations Security Council voted against the mov
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New data show a number of opportunities exist for states to lift working families out of poverty with the earned income
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), in place in over half of all US states, are estimated to help lift 5.6 million out of poverty, yet gaps remain, according to new data published today to LawAtlas.org.
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Engineering active sites on hierarchical transition bimetal oxides/sulfides heterostructure array enabling robust overall water splitting
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19214-w While water splitting is an appealing carbon-neutral strategy for renewable energy generation, there is a need to develop new active, cost-effective catalysts. Here, authors prepare a nickel-molybdenum oxide/sulfide heterojunctions as bifunctional H2 and O2 evolution electrocatalysts.
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Controlling the dimension of the quantum resonance in CdTe quantum dot superlattices fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19337-0 Designing quantum dot superlattices remains a challenge. Here, the authors present CdTe quantum dot superlattices via the layer-by-layer assembly and verify the miniband formation by measuring the excitation energy the dependence of the photoluminescence spectra and the detection energy dependence of the exci
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Molecular mechanism of the MORC4 ATPase activation
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19278-8 Human Microrchidia 4 (MORC4) ATPase has been implicated in acute and chronic pancreatitis, inflammatory disorders and cancer. Here the authors describe the structure–function relationship of MORC4 and define the molecular mechanism for MORC4 activation.
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Intellectual disability-associated factor Zbtb11 cooperates with NRF-2/GABP to control mitochondrial function
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19205-x ZBTB11 mutations have been identified in patients with intellectual disability and morphological brain and neuromuscular defects, although the etiology was unknown. Here, the authors demonstrate that ZBTB11 regulates mitochondrial function by facilitating NRF-2-mediated activation of complex I and mitoribosom
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Engineered fluoride sensitivity enables biocontainment and selection of genetically-modified yeasts
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19271-1 Non-antibiotic selection systems could also serve as biocontainment strategies. Here the authors present a fluoride sensitivity selection system for use in yeast.
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Electro-reduction of carbon dioxide at low over-potential at a metal–organic framework decorated cathode
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19236-4 Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide is a highly attractive strategy for the production of organic products of economic value. Here, the authors report the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid over a copper-based metal–organic framework decorated electrode at low over-potential.
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Acute EPA-induced learning and memory impairment in mice is prevented by DHA
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19255-1 Acute administration of EPA impairs learning and memory and hippocampal LTP in mice that was mediated through enhancing GABAergic transmission via the 5-HT6R. DHA can prevent EPA-induced impairments at a ratio of EPA to DHA similar to that in marine fish oil via the 5-HT2CR.
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Voters should resist blaming every election glitch on political interference
Early voting data shows that voter participation in the 2020 US presidential election is already at an all-time high in many states. With only days remaining before voting ends on November 3, more than 70 million Americans have cast ballots. This unprecedented early turnout, and the complications presented by the covid-19 pandemic, have brought intense scrutiny to election administrators nationwi
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Researchers publish the same COVID-19 paper three times
If you're looking for more evidence that researchers are flooding the zone with COVID-19 papers that do little to advance the state of the science, we present Psychology, Health & Medicine. The journal, a Taylor & Francis title, in April published "Mental health burden for the public affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in China: Who … Continue reading
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Dansk diabetesforskning modtager millioner i støtte
Fire forskningsprojekter har modtaget i alt 2,7 mio. kr. i støtte fra Diabetesforeningen. Personer med diabetes og pårørende har været med til at udvælge projekterne.
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Professor besvarer læserspørgsmål om fusionsreaktoren W7-X
En læser vil vide meget mere om superledere, magnetfelter og materialdegradering i fusionsreaktorer. Professor Thomas Sunn Pedersen giver her svarene.
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A Lesson of the Pandemic: All Prints Should Be Preprints
Although peer review has long been held up as the gold standard of academic publication, the rise of preprints during the pandemic gives the lie to the fiction that pre-publication peer review is essential to scholarly rigor. In the fast-moving digital era, preprints should become the new normal.
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New strategies suggested for critical heart care in the ICU
Critically ill heart patients are at increased risk of complications that are potentially preventable and associated with death, longer hospital stays and higher costs.Best practices to prevent complications include meticulous hand hygiene among the health care team, prompt removal of invasive medical devices and implementing a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals from various speci
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Lung scans for stroke patients could provide earlier COVID-19 detection
Examination of the lungs via computed tomography angiogram (CTA) scans helped researchers screen for and detect COVID-19 earlier than traditional nasal swab tests in acute stroke patients.Using CTA scan results in combination with COVID-19 symptom questionnaires, researchers were able to detect COVID-19 with 83% accuracy.
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Joe Biden's Man on the Left
(NAte Palmer) N ot long after the 2008 election , Jared Bernstein caught a predawn Amtrak train to Wilmington, Delaware, and then schlepped several miles to Joe Biden's house for a job interview. As Biden walked him into the kitchen, Bernstein spotted a brand-new espresso machine, the kind you might hear squealing away at an overpriced coffee shop. "Want a cup?" Biden asked Bernstein. He reached
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Why Many White Men Love Trump's Coronavirus Response
The far-right group Super Happy Fun America protests in Boston on October 18. (Mark Peterson / Redux) K urtis, a young accountant in McKinney, Texas, likes the thing that many people hate about Donald Trump: that the president has left the pandemic response almost entirely up to local officials. "He left it up to each state to make their own decision on how they wanted to proceed," Kurtis told me
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As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions
Some of the first GMOs – corn and cotton plants that have been genetically modified to fend off insects – are running into problems. Bugs have become resistant to them because they've been overused. (Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
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Light pollution's wasted energy seen from space
Entire city dims its streetlights, enabling scientists to measure light pollution from space.
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Kronik: Kinas nye mål er godt nyt for kloden og for Danmark
Det kom som en overraskelse, at Kina satser på at være CO2-neutral i 2060. Det kan give gode muligheder for eksport af dansk energiteknologi.
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Death Rates Have Dropped for Seriously Ill Covid Patients
Survival rates have improved with medical advances and less crowded hospitals, studies say. But the latest record-breaking surge in infections could reverse the gains.
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How Suckerfish Surf Across Blue Whales Without Falling Off
Remoras — known for hitching rides on whales and sharks — swim surprisingly freely over the surfaces formed by their hosts.
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America's technological leadership is at stake in this election
The US presidential election next Tuesday will shape the world for years, if not decades, to come. Not only because Joe Biden and Donald Trump have radically different ideas about immigration, health care, race, the economy, climate change, and the role of the state itself, but because they represent very different visions of the US's future as a technology superpower. As a nonprofit, MIT Technol
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Ep. 49: When Wildfires and a Pandemic Collide
As smoky summers resulting from wildfires have become the new normal across much of the West Coast, communities have tried to put better systems in place protect their most vulnerable residents. But this year, they didn't plan on dealing with a smoke wave in the middle of a pandemic. How are they coping?
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Black hole 'family portrait' is most detailed to date
An international research collaboration including Northwestern University astronomers has produced the most detailed family portrait of black holes to date, offering new clues as to how black holes form. An intense analysis of the most recent gravitational-wave data available led to the rich portrait as well as multiple tests of Einstein's theory of general relativity. (The theory passed each test
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Maersk-skib sejler græsk minestryger midt over: Kaptajn arresteret
Maersk Launcetons kaptajn er efter kollisionen med det græske flådeskib Kallisto blevet arresteret og sigtet for uagtsomhed af det græske politi.
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Doubts about safety of Flint's water 6 years after crisis
Authorities say Flint's water meets federal safety guidelines, outperforming comparable cities. Residents remain unconvinced.
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Giant metallic 'steed' traverses Iceland's threatened glacier
Instead of a slow slog on snowshoes, a giant bus sweeps passengers at up to 60 kilometres an hour across Iceland's second largest glacier, which scientists predict will likely be nearly gone by the end of the century.
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Hurricane Zeta slams into Louisiana coast
Hurricane Zeta barreled through the southern United States as a Category 2 storm Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and surging ocean waves as New Orleans residents were left without power.
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Red coating contaminates SpaceX rockets, delays crew launch
SpaceX's second astronaut flight is off until mid-November because red lacquer dripped into tiny vent holes in two rocket engines that now must be replaced.
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Male fin whales surprise scientists by swapping songs
Until now, scientists believed the male fin whale sings just one song pattern, which is unique to the males in his particular group—but new research has blown this theory out of the water. The study, published in Frontiers in Marine Science, suggests that these endangered deep-sea giants actually sing multiple different songs, which may spread to different parts of the ocean through migrating indi
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Plans to dredge notorious 'ship swallower' sandbank condemned
Removal of millions of tonnes of material from Goodwin Sands, the watery grave of hundreds of ships in the English Channel, would make a mockery of marine protection pledges, critics say Six miles off the coast of Deal, in Kent, lies Goodwin Sands, a 10-mile sandbank known as the "ship swallower". Seals bask there at low tide, belying its reputation as one of the most treacherous spots in the Cha
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Falsk trygghet när du köper skyddsprodukter mot covid-19 på nätet
Lite över en miljon personer kan ha handlat icke godkända skydd mot covid-19 på nätet, produkter som kanske inte fungerar eller är förfalskade. Detta visar en enkätundersökning gjord av Lunds universitet med hjälp av KANTAR Sifo.
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Male fin whales surprise scientists by swapping songs
Until now, scientists believed the male fin whale sings just one song pattern, which is unique to the males in his particular group—but new research has blown this theory out of the water. The study, published in Frontiers in Marine Science, suggests that these endangered deep-sea giants actually sing multiple different songs, which may spread to different parts of the ocean through migrating indi
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Diabetes kan ødelægge effekten af dexamethason som behandling for COVID-19
Mange patienter med COVID-19 behandles med dexamethason, men effekten forsvinder måske, hvis man har diabetes.
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Watching my cancer patients go through treatment alone is heartbreaking
Covid-19 has made this year tougher for those experiencing treatment and those of us who work in cancer care In March, just before the UK locked down, I speculated about the challenges Covid-19 might pose to people undergoing cancer treatment . Now, with apprehension building as we dive headfirst into the second wave of Covid-19, I reflect on my past seven months as an oncologist. There is no dou
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Experter på sorg och död
Tungt både fysiskt och psykiskt. En ny svensk studie har kartlagt arbetssituationen för en bortglömd yrkesgrupp – begravningsentreprenören. För att bearbeta svåra känslor betyder kollegorna allt.
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Brain Scans Show a Whole Spectrum of COVID-19 Abnormalities We Can't Fully Explain
"These findings tell us that there might be long-term issues."
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Effective stroke drugs are saving the NHS millions
Drugs prescribed to high-risk stroke patients are costing the NHS hundreds of millions each year – but they are so effective, the service is actually saving money.
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New evidence shows microbe strain can orally treat systemic inflammation in psoriasis
New data published today shows the first clinical evidence of modulating systemic inflammation by oral delivery of a non-living single strain commensal microbe.
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New analysis reveals 'long-hauler' COVID-19 patients with prolonged skin symptoms
Some COVID-19 patients experience long-lasting skin symptoms that vary according to type of COVID-19 skin rash
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Some COVID-19 "long haulers" experience lasting skin problems
Some patients with COVID-19 have persistent skin-related symptoms long after their initial infection has cleared, according to a new analysis. The findings, presented at the 29th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, point to another burden experienced by so-called "long haulers" who get better but don't seem to fully re
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Male fin whales surprise scientists by swapping songs
The world's second largest mammal varies its song structure and picks up songs from other whale groups, a new study suggests. Understanding the complexity of their song improves scientists' understanding of how fin whale populations change over time, allowing them to better manage these endangered giants.
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Journey into a black hole: part 2 – podcast
They are among the most enigmatic phenomena in the universe, confounding physicists and mathematicians alike. Black holes pull in the matter around them and anything that enters can never escape. Yet they contain nothing at all. Guided by the physicist and author of the Black Hole Survival Guide, Janna Levin, Madeleine Finlay takes Science Weekly on an interstellar voyage to visit one of these in
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Journey into a black hole: part 2
They are among the most enigmatic phenomena in the universe, confounding physicists and mathematicians alike. Black holes pull in the matter around them and anything that enters can never escape. Yet they contain nothing at all. Guided by the physicist and author of the Black Hole Survival Guide, Janna Levin, Madeleine Finlay takes Science Weekly on an interstellar voyage to visit one of these inc
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The next pandemic: where is it coming from and how do we stop it?
As deforestation and climate change increase spread of new diseases, meet the virus-hunters trying to prevent the next Covid-19
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Scientists warn of new coronavirus variant spreading across Europe
Genetic mutation that originated in Spain transmitted by returning holidaymakers, researchers find
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Kan det genbruges? Må andre røre det? Her er 5 ting, du skal vide om dit engangsmundbind
Mundbindet kan godt bruges mere end én gang, hvis du opbevarer det korrekt, mener professor.
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Study measures effectiveness of different face mask materials when coughing
A team of researchers have tested everything from t-shirts and socks to jeans and vacuum bags to determine what type of mask material is most effective at trapping the ultrafine particles which may contain viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
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Seesaw of Indo-Pacific summer monsoons triggered by the tropical Atlantic Ocean
The increasing influences from the tropical Atlantic sea surface temperature could trigger the observed multidecadal seesaw of Indo-Pacific summer monsoons in terms of their intensity of interannual variability and monsoon-ENSO biennial relationship variability.
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International team tracks record-setting smoke cloud from Australian wildfires
Researchers with the University of Saskatchewan's Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies are part of a global team that has found that the smoke cloud pushed into the stratosphere by last winter's Australian wildfires was three times larger than anything previously recorded.
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Long Covid casts a lasting shadow over workers
Prolonged coronavirus symptoms present a challenge for both employers and staff
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European markets steady after steepest global sell-off since June
Investors on watch for hints on easing from ECB chief Christine Lagarde and US GDP data
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Aalborg Universitet efter hack: »Jeg vil ikke sige, vi er foran, men vi har arbejdet med sikkerhed i mange år«
It-direktøren på Aalborg Universitet føler sig godt rustet til at modstå fremtidige angreb, selvom universitetets blev hacket tidligere på året.
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Forskarnas upptäckt: Korallrev högre än Empire state building
Forskare i Australien har upptäckt ett 500 meter högt korallrev i närheten av Stora Barriärrevet. Korallrevet är därmed högre än några av världens högsta skyskrapor – däribland Empire state building.
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Skæve klimaafgifter: Seks gange billigere at svine med oliefyr end med benzinbil
PLUS. Hvis CO2-afgifterne skal ensrettes, som både Klimarådet og Cepos anbefaler, rammer det erhvervslivet, landbruget og private med fossil opvarmning.
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How Eugenics Shaped Statistics – Issue 92: Frontiers
In early 2018, officials at University College London were shocked to learn that meetings organized by "race scientists" and neo-Nazis, called the London Conference on Intelligence, had been held at the college the previous four years. The existence of the conference was surprising, but the choice of location was not. UCL was an epicenter of the early 20th-century eugenics movement—a precursor to
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Preserving a Sense of Wonder in DNA – Issue 92: Frontiers
Not long ago, Joe Davis, the "artist-scientist" in George Church's genetics lab at Harvard Medical School, was in Brittany, France. The region is known for thousand-year-old salterns that produce fleur de sel , or flower of salt—salt that forms as seawater evaporates. Davis was there sampling these brightly colored ponds with a microscope, and found in the shallow waters an abundance of diverse h
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How to Stop Feeling Crushed for Time – Issue 92: Frontiers
Sparingly these days do I find myself thinking I've got some time to kill . Time has a way of making itself scarce. I'm like some Pleistocene hunter-gatherer, always scavenging for more. For that matter, isn't "killing time" a rather misleading phrase? As Christopher Hitchens once observed, time "is killing us." Well, I hope you find it bracing to hear, as I did, that we don't have to be passive
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Artificial intelligence-based algorithm for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's
In a recent study, scientists employed machine-learning algorithms to classify fMRI data.
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Election Science Stakes: Climate
Scientific American 's associate editor for sustainability Andrea Thompson talks about how climate science and policy will be affected by this election.
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Secret surfing life of remoras hitchhiking on blue whales
A new study of blue whales off the coast of California has given researchers the first ocean recordings of their famous hitchhiking partner — the remora — revealing the suckerfish's secret whale-surfing skills as well as their knack for grabbing the most flow-optimal spots while riding aboard the world's largest vertebrate.
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A drop in temperature
In the nearly two centuries since 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37.0 degrees Celsius) was established as the standard 'normal' body temperature, it has been used as the measure by which fevers have been assessed. Over time, however, lower body temperatures have been widely reported in healthy adults — for example, in recent studies in the UK and the US. Researchers have now found a similar decrease am
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Election Science Stakes: Climate
Scientific American's associate editor for sustainability Andrea Thompson talks about how climate science and policy will be affected by this election. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Black hole 'family portrait' is most detailed to date
An international research collaboration including Northwestern University astronomers has produced the most detailed family portrait of black holes to date, offering new clues as to how black holes form. An intense analysis of the most recent gravitational-wave data available led to the rich portrait as well as multiple tests of Einstein's theory of general relativity. (The theory passed each test
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The Atlantic Daily: The Coronavirus Election
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 . THE ATLANTIC On the eve of President Donald Trump's inauguration, our staff writer Ed Yong wondered how the incoming administration might handle a pandemic . In 2020, America got the answer. Now,
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The universe teems with weird black holes, gravitational wave hunters find
First significant tallies find black holes more common and stranger than expected
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Global heating threatens UK wildlife's ability to adapt and survive
Restoring and connecting habitat across Britain could save a fifth of species by 2030, says report by Rewilding Britain Global heating is shifting Britain's climatic zones by up to 5km each year, outpacing wildlife's ability to adapt and survive, according to a new report by Rewilding Britain. If species cannot adapt to higher temperatures or relocate elsewhere, they will be threatened with extin
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10% of England's population could be tested for Covid-19 every week
Exclusive: NHS test and trace asks public health directors to sign up to rapid saliva testing plan Covid testing: does Operation Moonshot have a shot at success? Coronavirus – latest updates Up to 10% of England's population could be tested for coronavirus every week after government officials asked local health chiefs to deploy 30-minute saliva kits in an acceleration of Boris Johnson's controve
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Minister rejects calls for lockdown in England as Covid infections soar
R number estimated at 1.6, despite efforts to keep it below 1, says study
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Coronavirus live news: France second wave likely 'harder and more deadly' says Macron; global daily cases pass 500,000
France reimposes national lockdown; Germany imposes drastic curbs; Italy sets daily infection record. Follow latest updates Germany to bring in new rules after record surge in cases EU leaders urged to aid transfer of patients between countries US adds nearly 500,000 cases in a week; Europe faces more lockdowns 12.47am GMT Mainland China reported 47 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on 28 October, up
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Astronaut Terry Virts Discusses Junk Food and Sublime Moments From His Six and a Half Months on the ISS
Virts discusses the highs and lows of a long-duration tour on the space station
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Author Correction: A System of Cytokines Encapsulated in ExtraCellular Vesicles
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-75735-w
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Publisher Correction: Semi-transparent graphite films growth on Ni and their double-sided polymer-free transfer
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 October 2020; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-75524-5
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The 'very, very bad look' of remdesivir, the first FDA-approved COVID-19 drug
The Food and Drug Administration held no advisory meeting on antiviral, and the European Union signed contract without knowing of failed trial
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Ancient marine predator had a built-in float
About 240 million years ago, when reptiles ruled the ocean, a small lizard-like predator floated near the bottom of the edges in shallow water, picking off prey with fang-like teeth. A short and flat tail, used for balance, helps identify it as a new species, according to research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
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International study uncovers secret surfing life of remoras hitchhiking on blue whales
A new int'l study of blue whales off the coast of California has given researchers the first ocean recordings of their famous hitchhiking partner — the remora — revealing the suckerfish's secret whale-surfing skills as well as their knack for grabbing the most flow-optimal spots while riding aboard the world's largest vertebrate.
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What we want from horror is a cardiac jump-start, study suggests
Researchers from a Danish Recreational Fear Lab investigate fear's Goldilocks zone. People love a good fright that stops short of being genuinely worrisome. The study tracks the heart rates of haunted-house visitors. There's been a fair amount of research into why people enjoy being scared by movies, haunted houses, and so on. A recent study looked at a good fright's capacity for creating a sort
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Heavy media multitasking might make you more forgetful
In a new study, psychologists found that consuming multiple forms of media often can later have effects on memory. (Unsplash/) Consuming multiple forms of media simultaneously, like answering an email or scrolling Instagram while watching TV, has become a regular part of daily life. But for the past couple decades, psychologists have been studying the effect this can have on our brains. In a new
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International study uncovers secret surfing life of remoras hitchhiking on blue whales
Sticking to the bodies of sharks and other larger marine life is a well-known specialty of remora fishes (Echeneidae) and their super-powered suction disks on their heads. But a new study has now fully documented the "suckerfish" in hitchhiking action below the ocean's surface, uncovering a much more refined skillset that the fish uses for navigating intense hydrodynamics that come with trying to
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International study uncovers secret surfing life of remoras hitchhiking on blue whales
Sticking to the bodies of sharks and other larger marine life is a well-known specialty of remora fishes (Echeneidae) and their super-powered suction disks on their heads. But a new study has now fully documented the "suckerfish" in hitchhiking action below the ocean's surface, uncovering a much more refined skillset that the fish uses for navigating intense hydrodynamics that come with trying to
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Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age
Neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit critical for learning to make decisions that require evaluating the cost or reward of an action. They showed this circuit is negatively affected by aging and in Huntington's disease.
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Trump's path to victory narrows as Covid cases surge in Midwest
President reliant on sweep of sunbelt battlegrounds as Biden cements lead in areas where virus rages
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Study finds seabird ecosystem shift in Falkland islands
The 14,000-year-old record raises a very troubling question about where seabirds in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean will go as the climate continues to warm.
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Video provides guidance on surgery to wean patients with COVID-19 off ventilators
A temporary tracheostomy can be essential for allowing a critically ill patient to come off a ventilator. A new article, with an accompanying video, published in the New England Journal of Medicine by clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital offers valuable guidance on how to safely perform the procedure in patients with COVID-19.
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'Watch Dogs: Legion' Tackles Surveillance Without Humanity
The game envisions a near future full of techno-dystopian surveillance, but it doesn't have much to say about the people it affects.
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Location and extent of coral reefs mapped worldwide using advanced AI
Nearly 75% of the world's coral reefs are under threat from global stressors such as climate change and local stressors such as overfishing and coastal development. Those working to understand and protect coral reefs are building the know-how to mitigate the damage but doing so requires first knowing where reefs are located.
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Nitrogen-Fixing Microbes Found in Antarctic Sea
The discovery puts a nail in the coffin of a long-held assumption about the limits of where the essential process can occur.
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Astronomers Found Unusual Activity on a "Centaur" Planetary Object
Make A Wish A team of scientists tracked down a distant Centaur , or a planet-like space rock that orbits deep between Jupiter and Neptune, and finally made sense of its unusual, comet-like behavior. Centaurs are particularly elusive due to their distant, highly-irregular orbits. As a result, active Centaurs — those that show comet-like behavior like creating off bright tails — remain poorly unde
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Reliable quality-control of graphene and other 2-D materials is routinely possible, researchers say
Graphene and other single-atom-thick substances are a category of wonder materials, with researchers the world over investigating their electronic properties for potential applications in technologies as diverse as solar cells, novel semiconductors, sensors, and energy storage.
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Dull-colored birds don't see the world like colorful birds do
Fall is here, and we see the leaves turning yellow, orange or red thanks to a trick of our vision: our brains categorize colors. Scientists have learned that birds with colorful markings do this too. But what about drab birds that don't rely on color?
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Dull-colored birds don't see the world like colorful birds do
Fall is here, and we see the leaves turning yellow, orange or red thanks to a trick of our vision: our brains categorize colors. Scientists have learned that birds with colorful markings do this too. But what about drab birds that don't rely on color?
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Why Did Carnivorous Plants Become Meat Eaters?
Meet the predators of the plant world. Scientists are beginning to understand how they acquired a taste for insects and other small critters.
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What Is Consciousness? | Theory: Human Mind Is Electromagnetic
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Radiation Cancer Therapy Without Side Effects
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New Nuclear Engine Concept Could Get Us to Mars in 3 Months
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It's 2023. Here's How We Fixed the Economy.
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With trust in AI, manufacturers can build better
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America needs to adapt to the transition economy
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Block-laying robot Hadrian builds first two-storey house
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Tiny Brain Implants Hold Big Promise for Immobilized Patients
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AI Robots to Repair Potholes for Fraction of the Cost of Humans
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Harley-Davidson unveils a gorgeous new electric bike called Serial 1
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Dutch flying car PAL-V gets permission to drive on European roads
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U.S. Government Invests in Lab-Grown Meat Research for The First Time
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Shot of alcohol can help an irregular heartbeat
Research out in this week's issue of JAMA confirms the success of a treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation (AFib) that combines the standard treatment, catheter ablation, with a separate infusion of ethanol, or alcohol, to the vein of Marshall.
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Location and extent of coral reefs mapped worldwide using advanced AI
researchers from the Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science have generated a global coral reef extent map using a single methodology capable of predicting the location of shallow coral reefs with nearly 90% accuracy.
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New sulfur dioxide conversion method may transform current industrial techniques
A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current multistage thermal, catalytic and absorptive processes, according to scientists at Penn State.
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SoundWatch: New smartwatch app alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to birdsong, sirens and other desired sounds
University of Washington researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for deaf, Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds.
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Anonymous Failed
When a "senior official" in the Trump administration published an op-ed in The New York Times in September 2018, detailing how he and others had worked to sabotage President Donald Trump, it seemed like an important moment for the emerging "resistance" movement. No longer was it only angry liberals, disaffected moms, and disillusioned old-school Republicans. Suddenly we had evidence of the resist
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New sulfur dioxide conversion method may transform current industrial techniques
A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current multistage thermal, catalytic and absorptive processes, according to scientists at Penn State.
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New K-Pop Band Will Include an Entirely CGI Singer
ae-KARINA K-pop girl band aespa has announced that it's adding a new member to its ranks named "ae-KARINA." There's something different about her though. She's an entirely virtual, computer generated avatar, not a real singer like her fellow band members . The band, licensed under SM Entertainment, confirmed that its work will feature both real life and "virtual" band members. Digital Doppelgange
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Forecasting elections with a model of infectious diseases
Forecasting elections is a high-stakes problem. Politicians and voters alike are often desperate to know the outcome of a close race, but providing them with incomplete or inaccurate predictions can be misleading. And election forecasting is already an innately challenging endeavor—the modeling process is rife with uncertainty, incomplete information, and subjective choices, all of which must be d
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Physicists circumvent centuries-old theory to cancel magnetic fields
A team of scientists including two physicists at the University of Sussex has found a way to circumvent a 178-year old theory which means they can effectively cancel magnetic fields at a distance. They are the first to be able to do so in a way which has practical benefits.
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Reliable quality-control of graphene and other 2D materials is routinely possible
Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered and confirmed a method which could serve as an easy but reliable way to test the quality of graphene and other 2D materials.
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Forecasting elections with a model of infectious diseases
Election forecasting is an innately challenging endeavor, with results that can be difficult to interpret and may leave many questions unanswered after close races unfold. In a paper publishing in SIAM Review, researchers borrowed ideas from epidemiology to develop a new method for forecasting elections. The team hoped the multidisciplinary nature of their infectious disease model could expand the
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Researchers uncover health disparities in childhood obesity and access to treatments
The use of bariatric surgery to treat severe obesity in adolescents, and the racial disparities in access to that treatment, were analyzed in a retrospective study published in Annals of Surgery by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
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Trump's Head of COVID Testing Says Trump Is Totally Wrong About COVID Testing
Right now, the U.S. is experiencing its third surge of new COVID-19 cases. With it comes new record-breaking tallies of confirmed daily and weekly new coronavirus cases. Yet U.S. President Donald Trump, as he's done since the pandemic began , continues to wrongfully claim that the higher numbers are merely caused by an increase in testing. This attempt to downplay the dangers of the pandemic is u
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Raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail
Engineers have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility.
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Multi-drone system autonomously surveys penguin colonies
A new multi-drone imaging system was put to the test in Antarctica. The task? Documenting a colony of roughly 1 million Adélie penguins.
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Models for potential precursors of cells endure simulated early-Earth conditions
Membraneless compartments — models for a potential step in the early evolution of cells — have been shown to persist or form, disappear, and reform in predictable ways through multiple cycles of dehydration and rehydration.
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New dataset provides county-level exposure numbers for tropical cyclones, human health
The new open source data set can be used for epidemiological research on tropical cyclones.
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A patch that could help heal broken hearts
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide in recent years. During a heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), a blocked artery and the resulting oxygen deprivation cause massive cardiac cell death, blood vessel impairment and inflammation. Now, researchers have developed a cardiac patch with tiny engineered blood vessels that improved rec
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Raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail
Engineers have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility.
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This robotic hawk can shape-shift as it flies
The LisHawk. (Enrico Ajanic, EPFL/) Drones are common enough that it's easy to picture their basic design variations. Fixed-wing drones look like miniature airplanes . Others use propellers—typically four of them—to pull themselves up into the sky, kind of like helicopters. A few drones combine those ideas by using props to get off the ground and then rotating position as they fly, so the sides o
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The best cookware sets for every aspiring chef
Upgrade your cookware. (Janko Ferlič via Unsplash/) A chef's kitchen requires the right set of tools, so nothing is more essential than a good quality cookware set. Prepared kitchens will have a variety of sauté pans, stock pots, saucepans, and chef pans. Each piece should be well designed for strength, function, and, of course, aesthetics. Whether you want to revamp your kitchen with better qual
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Artificial intelligence (AI)-aided disease prediction
Artificial Intelligence (AI)-aided Disease Prediction https://doi.org/10.15212/bioi-2020-0017Announcing a new article publication for BIO Integration journal. In this review article the authors Chenxi Liu, Dian Jiao and Zhe Liu, from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China consider artificial intelligence (AI) aided disease prediction.
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Scientists Find Cells In The Human Brain Responsible For Episodic Memory
Many memories are like short movies. People relive experiences such as arriving for the first day of school or falling off a bike. Scientists have shown how the brain organizes these episodes.
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Section 230: Senators grandstand during hearing with Big Tech bosses
What happened: Less than a week before the US presidential elections, the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.The four-hour hearing was meant to focus on Section 230, the regulation that has shielded internet companies from liability for user content. Most questions, however, had little to do with Section 230, instead
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NASA Releases Playlist of Spooky Space Sounds
Space Spooktacular In space, nobody can hear you scream. NASA just dropped its hottest mixtape on Soundcloud — and it's the agency's hand-picked selection of creepy sounds from space, to celebrate this year's All Hallow's Eve. "You've heard the creaks, cracks, and cackling noises of our universe before," reads the playlist's description. "Using data from our spacecraft, our scientists gathered NE
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Leaving more big fish in the sea reduces carbon dioxide emissions
Leaving more big fish — like tuna, sharks, mackerel and swordfish — in the sea reduces the amount of carbon dioxide released into the Earth's atmosphere. This is because when a fish dies in the ocean it sinks to the depths and sequestrates all the carbon it contains with it. This is a form of 'blue carbon'. Big fish are about 10 to 15 percent carbon.
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Using a volcano's eruption 'memory' to forecast dangerous follow-on explosions
Stromboli, the 'lighthouse of the Mediterranean', is known for its low-energy but persistent explosive eruptions, behaviour that is known scientifically as Strombolian activity. Occasionally, however, more intense and sudden explosions occur, most recently in July and August last year (2019). These are known as 'Strombolian paroxysms'. During such events several of Stromboli's craters are active s
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Researchers map genomes of agricultural 'monsters'
Biologists are unlocking the genomes of creepy agricultural pests like screwworms that feast on livestock from the inside out and thrips that transmit viruses to plants.
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Cracking the secrets of dinosaur eggshells
Since the famous discovery of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert in the early 1920s, the fossilized remains have captured the imaginations of paleontologists and the public, alike. Although dinosaur eggs have now been found on every continent, it's not always clear to scientists which species laid them. Now, researchers have narrowed down the list for an unknown eggshell from Mexico by comparing its
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Trump's Campaign Site Got Hacked for Spreading "Fake News"
Fake News On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign website was temporarily hijacked by a team of still-unidentified hackers. The site was restored after just half an hour, according to The New York Times . But during that time, the hackers accused Trump — without evidence — of somehow helping create the coronavirus, as well as helping "foreign actors manipulating the 2020 el
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Physicists circumvent centuries-old theory to cancel magnetic fields
A team of scientists including two physicists at the University of Sussex has found a way to circumvent a 178-year old theory which means they can effectively cancel magnetic fields at a distance. They are the first to be able to do so in a way which has practical benefits.
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