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From housing to vaccine passports, politicians act as if young people don't exist | Zoe Williams
The UK's young have become the pigeons of the public realm, only remarked upon when they leave litter in the park House prices were having a mini-boom by last July, buoyed up by what felt like the windfall of a stamp duty holiday and the pent-up demand of the first lockdown. By the autumn, prices were still climbing, but not to worry, said the experts: they'll crash again when people start to los
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I don't blame colleagues for leaving the NHS: the government has betrayed them | Samantha Batt-Rawden
I thought this crisis had shown who the key workers of the UK were. So why are things now getting worse for us? Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden is president of the Doctors' Association UK and a senior registrar in intensive care medicine. It's 4am and resus looks like a bomb has hit it. We have had to open almost every piece of kit available to keep the patient in front of us alive. Wearily, I register t
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New Russian Weapon Is Designed to Unleash "Radioactive Tsunamis"
Testing Grounds Russia appears to have developed a nuclear weapon capable of sneaking along the bottom of the sea and detonating along the coastline to flood the area with what one official described as "radioactive tsunamis." The nuclear weapon, called the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo, has experts concerned, CNN reports , as the radioactive waves could potentially devastate coastal cities and render hu
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Hubble spots double quasars in merging galaxies
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is "seeing double." Peering back 10 billion years into the universe's past, Hubble astronomers found a pair of quasars that are so close to each other they look like a single object in ground-based telescopic photos, but not in Hubble's crisp view.
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Model reveals surprising disconnect between physical characteristics and genetic ancestry in certain populations
A new study by Stanford University biologists finds an explanation for the idea that physical characteristics such as skin pigmentation are "only skin deep." Using genetic modeling, the team has found that when two populations with distinct traits combine over generations, traits of individuals within the resulting "admixed" population come to reveal very little about individuals' ancestry. Their
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A diversity of wildlife is good for our health
A growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity loss increases our exposure to both new and established zoonotic pathogens. Restoring and protecting nature is essential to preventing future pandemics. So reports a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper that synthesizes current understanding about how biodiversity affects human health and provides recommendations for
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Female sheep found to prefer less dominant males when mating
A team of researchers from Universidad Autónoma del Estrado de Morelos and Universidad de la República, has found that given the choice, female sheep prefer to mate with less domineering males. In their paper published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, the group describe experiments they conducted with male and female sheep and what they learned from them.
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Dark Energy Survey physicists open new window into dark energy
The universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, and while no one is sure why, researchers with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) at least had a strategy for figuring it out: They would combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies and galaxy clusters to better understand what's going on.
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Structural biology opens new perspectives for treating psychiatric disorders
Glycine is the smallest amino acid—one of the building blocks of proteins. It acts also as a neurotransmitter in the brain, enabling neurons to communicate with each other and modulating neuronal activity. Many researchers have focused on increasing glycine levels in synapses to find an effective treatment for schizophrenia. This could be done using inhibitors targeting Glycine Transporter 1 (GlyT
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Impacts of biodiversity and biodiversity loss on zoonotic diseases [Ecology]
Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases of humans caused by pathogens that are shared between humans and other vertebrate animals. Previously, pristine natural areas with high biodiversity were seen as likely sources of new zoonotic pathogens, suggesting that biodiversity could have negative impacts on human health. At the same time, biodiversity…
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Ranking the risk of animal-to-human spillover for newly discovered viruses [Applied Biological Sciences]
The death toll and economic loss resulting from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic are stark reminders that we are vulnerable to zoonotic viral threats. Strategies are needed to identify and characterize animal viruses that pose the greatest risk of spillover and spread in humans and inform…
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'Impossible' EmDrive Actually Is Impossible, Comprehensive Test Shows
Humanity has come a long way in understanding the universe. We've got a physical framework that mostly matches our observations, and new technologies have allowed us to analyze the Big Bang and take photos of black holes. But the hypothetical EmDrive rocket engine threatened to upend what we knew about physics… if it worked. After the latest round of testing, we can say with a high degree of cert
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Understanding how cancer can relapse
In the fight against cancers, activating mutations in the RAS family of genes stand in the way of finding viable treatment options. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri and Yale University have discovered that one of these mutations — oncogenic RAS or RASV12 — is also responsible for the regrowth of cancer cells following genotoxic therapy treatment, or drugs that cause damage to a canc
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4E-BP2-dependent translation in parvalbumin neurons controls epileptic seizure threshold [Neuroscience]
The mechanistic/mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) integrates multiple signals to regulate critical cellular processes such as mRNA translation, lipid biogenesis, and autophagy. Germline and somatic mutations in mTOR and genes upstream of mTORC1, such as PTEN, TSC1/2, AKT3, PIK3CA, and components of GATOR1 and KICSTOR complexes, are associated…
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Humans were apex predators for two million years, study finds
In a new study, researchers were able to reconstruct the nutrition of stone-age humans. The study's authors collected about 25 lines of evidence from about 400 scientific papers from different scientific disciplines, dealing with the focal question: Were stone-age humans specialized carnivores or were they generalist omnivores?
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NASA Releases Breathtaking Rover Photo of "Rainbow" on Mars
Update 4/6/2021: NASA got back to us with an explanation for the image — we've updated the post below, and you can also read our new story about the agency's explanation right here . There shouldn't be any rainbows on Mars. To get rainbows on Earth, you need both sunlight and raindrops in the sky. The thin Martian atmosphere, however, is far dryer than Earth's, to say the least. That's why a new
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The Urgency of Vaccinating Kids
Kim Hagood hates needles. But as a middle-aged adult with chronic conditions, she got vaccinated against COVID-19 without delay. "I never thought I'd be so excited to get a shot," she told me, giddily, hours before her appointment. A single mother in Trussville, Alabama, Hagood is less certain about vaccinating her 10-year-old son when the time comes. The fact that the mRNA technology in Pfizer's
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New Facebook Leak Was So Huge It Included Mark Zuckerberg's Personal Data
Indiscriminate Hacking Back in 2019, hackers stole the personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from around the world. Now that information is available online, according to Insider , and it turns out that it's so expansive that it even includes Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal data . The leaked data appeared on a hacking forum on Saturday. First spotted by Alon
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Is Online and Just Sent Back a Photo
First Color Snap NASA's Mars helicopter, dubbed Ingenuity, is online and just snapped its first color photo over the weekend. The agency's Perseverance rover recently lowered the four-pound rotocopter to fend for itself on the rugged Martian surface. Since then, it's weathered its first chilly night alone in the surrounding Jezero Crater, where temperatures can drop down to -130 degrees Fahrenhei
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Misinformation Platform Facebook employees are raising concerns internally about the company's role in enabling the Chinese government to further persecute its Muslim Uyghur population. The Chinese government has been committing acts of genocide against Uyghurs, forcing them into camps in its Xinjiang region and forcibly sterilizing them — all while paying for ads on Facebook saying that people i
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Your Diet Is Cooking the Planet
What's for dinner? On a planet wracked by rising seas, expanding deserts, withering biodiversity, and hotter temperatures, that's a fraught question to answer. Food production accounts for roughly a quarter of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions, and scientists have found that limiting global warming will be impossible without significant changes to how the world eats . At the same time, climate
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The Forgotten History of the Western Klan
The Ku Klux Klan was on the rise in the spring of 1869. Vigilantes could measure their success that season by the carnage they left behind: marauded homesteads, assaulted politicians, a church burned to the ground. According to a local report, insurance companies considered canceling their policies, "owing to the Ku Klux threats." A school serving students of color was supposedly next on the Klan
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Global rollout of vaccines is no longer a guarantee of victory over Covid-19 | Susan Michie, Chris Bullen, et al
New variants of concern have changed the game, spreading worldwide and threatening to derail pandemic control efforts At the end of 2020, there was a strong hope that high levels of vaccination would see humanity finally gain the upper hand over Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. In an ideal scenario, the virus would then be contained at very low levels without further societal disruptio
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Report claims watchdog looking into use of AstraZeneca jab for under-30s
Channel 4 News cites sources saying issue being considered, but regulator says no decision made Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK's medicines regulatory body has said that no decision has been made on any regulatory action relating to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine following reports it is considering restricting use of the vaccine in younger people. Channel 4 Ne
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Survives First Night On Its Own
Bitter Cold NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has officially survived its first night alone after being deployed by the agency's Perseverance rover. It was a bitterly cold night: temperatures can drop to -130 degrees Fahrenheit (-90 Celsius) in the surrounding Jezero Crater, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory — so the fact that the Marscopter has survived its first night is a promising
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Americanized Diets Linked to "Neurocognitive Dysfunction," Doctors Warn
In some unfortunate medical news, it turns out that eating lots of delicious calorie- or sugar-rich snacks and junk foods can likely lead to neurological and cognitive impairments later in life. A massive literature review by University of Southern California, Los Angeles scientists pulled the results from dozens of mouse studies found that a high-calorie, high-fat diet — dubbed the "Western diet
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Navy Official: Mysterious Drones Are Also Swarming Other Countries' Ships
Drone Swarms Reports of mysterious swarms of drones buzzing US Navy ships in July 2019 have top military officials puzzled. A series of lights appeared to "swarm" a fleet of American destroyers off the coast of Southern California, The Drive reported at the time. The Navy still has no idea what could be behind the lights, which were traveling far too fast to be consumer drones. "No, we have not,"
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Scientists About to Start Testing a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine in Humans
Imagine how differently the past year of our lives would have gone if we already had a vaccine that prevented SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. That's what scientists want to be the case next time a dangerous coronavirus rolls around. Multiple teams of researchers from various institutions are working on universal coronavirus vaccines, New Scientist reports , and clinical experime
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'Woke Capital' Doesn't Exist
Republicans are ready to take on "woke capital." After losing elections for president and U.S. Senate, Georgia Republicans passed a series of restrictions that specifically targets the voting methods used disproportionately by Democratic constituencies during the unusual circumstances of the pandemic. Whether those restrictions will have the desired effect of either placating the conservative bas
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NASA: That's Not a Rainbow We Photographed on Mars
A new image taken by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover shows what appears to be a rainbow . But since there are no rain droplets in the dry Martian atmosphere, it couldn't have been a rainbow as we experience them back on Earth — so what was it? After the image went viral , netizens offered up several possible explanations: it either could have been a "dustbow" caused by dust particles in the air, o
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Researchers develop materials for oral delivery of insulin medication
A revolutionary technology developed within the Trabolsi Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) could dramatically improve the wellbeing of diabetic patients: an insulin oral delivery system that could replace traditional subcutaneous injections without the side effects caused by frequent injections.
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You Won't Remember the Pandemic the Way You Think You Will
Illustrations by Chloe Scheffe This article was published online on April 6, 2021. M y plague year began on the evening of Wednesday, March 11, 2020, when I was compelled to cancel the Atlanta-to-Denver plane tickets my husband and I had purchased for the next day, for a long visit with our oldest son, daughter-in-law, and small grandson. I was all packed. For the first half of the week, I'd trie
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James Mcallister was a much-loved family man. Did the Christmas mixing confusion cause his death?
In the run-up to Christmas, the government dithered and made last-minute rule changes that left many people baffled. A surge in coronavirus cases soon followed All through the spring of 2020, and into the summer, Michelle Mcallister carefully shielded her husband, James Mcallister. Michelle, 39, who lives in the Wednesfield area of Wolverhampton, was a full-time carer to James, 52. A former used
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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and collaborators have demonstrated an atom-based sensor that can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal, another key part for a potential atomic communications system that could be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional technology.
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Scientists Race To Develop Next Generation Of COVID Vaccines
The three vaccines available in the U.S. are safe and effective, but not ideal. Now, work is underway to create more convenient and potent vaccines, including a tablet and nasal spray. (Image credit: Government Pharmaceutical Organization of Thailand via Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)
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This High Tech COVID Mask Was Designed by SpaceX's Spacesuit Creator
William "Will.i.am" Adams, rapper and founder of the Black Eyed Peas, is back with another gadget that may or may not be way ahead of its time. His newest creation is a smart facemask. But it isn't just any mask. The " Xupermask ," a collaboration with N95 face mask manufacturer Honeywell, is a mask that arguably has more bells and whistles than sense. It costs $299 and is partly made of silicon 11h Canada's Vaccine Mess By the time you read this, at least a quarter of Americans will have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. It's a stunning turnaround for a country where a bungled early response, inadequate financial support to keep people home, and a mishmash of mask requirements have led to more than 30 million infections and more than 554,000 deaths. Just north of the border, Canadians—usually so 13h Research team discovers use of elasticity to position microplates on curved 2D fluids A team of polymer science and engineering researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has demonstrated for the first time that the positions of tiny, flat, solid objects integrated in nanometrically thin membranes—resembling those of biological cells—can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane itself. This research milestone is a significant step toward 1d Elon Musk Reveals Why Last Starship Prototype Exploded Before Landing SpaceX's Starship prototype SN11 wasn't long for this world. During its fateful launch last week, the massive spacecraft took off inside a cloud of heavy fog at the company's facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, obscuring its ascent to roughly ten kilometers completely. Several minutes into the flight, SpaceX's official video feeds cut out. Shortly after, a massive explosion could be heard on various 1d The Biggest Party of 2021 Is About to Start A lot can change in 17 years. The last time the cicadas were here, the virus behind the SARS outbreak had finally retreated. George W. Bush was campaigning for his second presidential term, and Myspace had commenced its meteoric rise . Tobey Maguire was still the reigning Spider-Man. The year was 2004, and a roaring mass of red-eyed, black-bodied insects had just mated and died—and left behind bi 1d Ancient atmospheric oxygen sleuthing with ocean chromium Found in jewelry, car parts, pigments, and industrial chemical reactions, the metal chromium and its compounds are often employed for their color, finish, and anti-corrosive and catalytic properties. Currently, geoscientists and paleoceanographers from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are looking to add another use to that list: as a way to examine chemical shifts in ancient 14h UK star count shows drop in light pollution under lockdown Highest proportion of participants since 2013 saw 30 or more stars in Orion constellation The number of stars visible in the skies above Britain increased in this year's annual count, indicating a lessening of light pollution in lockdown. CPRE, the countryside charity, said 51% of people taking part in its citizen science count in February noted 10 or fewer stars in the Orion constellation , indi 22h April Blooms: Spring Is on the Way Spring started about two weeks ago, and the Northern Hemisphere has begun to warm, with flowers and trees in bloom. Gathered here today, a small collection of images from the past few weeks from North America, Asia, and Europe, of tulips, sunshine, and cherry blossoms—surely signs of warmer days to come. 1d New 'quantum' approach helps solve an old problem in materials science One of the most important classes of problems that all scientists and mathematicians aspire to solve, due to their relevance in both science and real life, are optimization problems. From esoteric computer science puzzles to the more realistic problems of vehicle routing, investment portfolio design, and digital marketing—at the heart of it all lies an optimization problem that needs to be solved. 1d Chronic pain sufferers should take exercise, not analgesics, says Nice Medicines watchdog recommends physical and psychological therapies when treating pain with no known cause People suffering from chronic pain that has no known cause should not be prescribed painkillers, the medicines watchdog has announced, recommending such patients be offered exercise, talking therapies and acupuncture instead. In a major change of pain treatment policy, the National Institute 4h NASA's first weather report from Jezero Crater on Mars The weather often plays a role in our daily plans. You might put on a light jacket when the forecast calls for a cool breeze or delay your travel plans because of an impending storm. NASA engineers use weather data to inform their plans, too, which is why they're analyzing the conditions millions of miles away on Mars. 7h An international study reveals how the 'guardian' of the genome works Scientists from the Genomic Integrity and Structural Biology Group led by Rafael Fernández-Leiro at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have discovered how certain proteins ensure the repair of errors introduced into the DNA during its replication. Using cryo-electron microscopy, they made the MutS protein, also known as the guardian of our genome, visible. That enabled them to desc 12h An Unexpected Boon to America's Vaccine Towns At 8 a.m. on February 14, the very minute New York made me eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, I fired up my laptop and started looking for a shot. Over the course of five torturous minutes, I blasted my way through a laggy eligibility screener, waited for the confirmation page to unfreeze, and finally landed on the portal listing the state's mass-vaccination sites. "Appointments available," promise 16h Scientists Want to Replace Seeing Eye Dogs With Robodogs Workplace Automation Artificial intelligence technology threatens to automate yet another job into nonexistence. This time, it's coming for seeing-eye dogs that help visually impaired people safely navigate the world . A team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley have developed a four-legged robodog that they say can autonomously steer people around obstacles, New Scientist re 1d Iceland's Eruptions Reveal the Hot History of Mars After 15 months of increasingly intense and disruptive earthquakes on Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula, the region finally let off some pressure. On March 19, lava roared out of the ground in the uninhabited valley of Geldingadalur, marking the first time in 800 years that this southwesterly strip of land has been rocked by an eruption. Volcanologists are thrilled, but this spectacle isn't just an o 11h The future of work is uniquely human The disruptive shifts of 2020, including covid-19 shutdowns that led to millions of workers working remotely, forced organizations to radically rethink everything from worker well-being, business models and operations to investments in cloud-based collaboration and communication tools. Across every industry, last year's best-laid plans were turned upside down. So it's not surprising that technolo 11h First US trachea transplant offers hope to Covid patients with windpipe damage Social worker, 56, treated at Mt Sinai hospital in New York Some patients left with serious damage from ventilators Surgeons in New York City have performed the first windpipe transplant in the US, giving a woman who suffered severe asthma a new trachea, the tube that transports air from the mouth to the lungs. Doctors say such operations could help Covid-19 patients left with serious windpipe da 12h An Interstellar Visitor Had a Sad Story to Tell In 2019, Gennady Borisov, an amateur astronomer in Crimea, discovered his seventh comet. This icy object wasn't like the others Borisov had found, or like any of the other comets in the solar system. This one wasn't orbiting the sun. Instead, it had been drifting alone in interstellar space, following its own path, until one day, it entered our solar system and grazed past the sun. Warmed by the 12h Curbing coronavirus spread in enclosed spaces means better masks, adequate ventilation With research increasingly showing the COVID-19 virus is transmissible via smaller droplets suspended in air, there is a growing concern current public health guidelines of mask wearing and social distancing are insufficient in combating its spread in indoor environments, like prisons, hospitals, and meatpacking plants, where people tend to be in close quarters. 12h Fire on Australia's Antarctic resupply vessel leaves expeditioners shaken Australian Antarctic Division says 109 people on board were uninjured, but the incident was 'potentially traumatic' for some An engine room fire that destroyed two vessels on board Australia's Antarctic resupply ship has left expeditioners shaken as they begin their journey home. The vessel, the MPV Everest, was in the middle of the Southern Ocean, four days into a two-week journey, when the ship 20h The CDC's$1.75 billion sequencing boom may be throwing money at the wrong problem
Shortly after President Biden was inaugurated, the man who was being given command of his coronavirus response had a message about what America needed to do. "We're 43rd in the world in genomic sequencing," said Jeff Zients at a press conference in January . "Totally unacceptable." The answer, he suggested, was to "do the appropriate amount of genomic sequencing, which will allow us to spot varia
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New method expands the world of small RNAs
A team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has developed a new RNA-sequencing method— "Panoramic RNA Display by Overcoming RNA Modification Aborted Sequencing," or PANDORA-seq—that can help discover numerous modified small RNAs that were previously undetectable.
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New web app ranks spillover risk for newly detected viruses
SARS-CoV-2 showed the world with devastating clarity the threat undetected viruses can pose to global public health. SpillOver, a new web application developed by scientists at the University of California, Davis, and contributed to by experts from all over the world, ranks the risk of wildlife-to-human spillover for newly-discovered viruses.
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Study reveals uncertainty in how much carbon the ocean absorbs over time
The ocean's "biological pump" describes the many marine processes that work to take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transport it deep into the ocean, where it can remain sequestered for centuries. This ocean pump is a powerful regulator of atmospheric carbon dioxide and an essential ingredient in any global climate forecast.
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Scientists Finally Explain Mysterious "Spiders" Spotted on Mars
Creepy Crawlies For decades, scientists have been baffled by bizarre formations on Mars' south pole that look like gigantic spiders. That's not to say that astronomers were concerned that future Martian outposts would be attacked by giant alien arthropods, but the unusual geologic formations still eluded explanation for years, Live Science reports . Now, a team of scientists from the UK seems to
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CRISPR-SNP-chip enables amplification-free electronic detection of single point mutations
Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Assistant Professor and University of California, Berkeley Visiting Scientist Dr. Kiana Aran first introduced the CRISPR-Chip technology in 2019. Now just two years later, she has expanded on its application to develop CRISPR-SNP-Chip, which enables detection of single point mutations without amplification in Sickle Cell Disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
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AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: weighing up the risks and rewards
Despite scientific advice to continue getting the jab, answers about fatal blood clots are urgently needed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccines have side-effects, as do all medicines. Most often, jabs cause sore arms, a headache or a bit of nausea – none of which would be very significant when weighed against the toll of a serious virus such as Covid-19. But some
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Check Out This Deadly Robot Arm With an Actual Chainsaw
Stay Back It's like something straight out of a sci-fi horror movie. YouTube tinkerer Shane Wighton, behind the channel Stuff Made Here, built a giant chainsaw-wielding robotic arm that can chisel a dog shape out of bits of foam board. Wighton's original plan was to use his invention to create a bear cut out of a piece of wood, like the ones you see at the entrances to state parks. But several it
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Great tits change their traditions for the better
Researchers at the University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany have found that birds are able to change their culture to become more efficient. Populations of great tits were able to switch from one behavior to a better alternative when their group members were slowly replaced with new birds. Published today as open access in the journal Current Biology, this res
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Starship Exploding in the Fog Looks Amazing in Slow Motion
Now in Slow Motion On March 30, SpaceX's Starship SN11 prototype blew up in a massive cloud of orange light — a side effect of the space company having launched the full-scale spacecraft inside a thick layer of dense fog. Livestreams of the event didn't catch much of the explosion, except for massive pieces of debris raining down from the skies, wreaking havoc with the remotely controlled cameras
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A novel form of cellular logistics
Biophysicists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have shown that a phenomenon known as diffusiophoresis, which can lead to a directed particle transport, can occur in biological systems.
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The Guardian view on the pandemic: a universal crisis is revealing our divisions | Editorial
The UK must tread carefully. While some countries seem to be emerging from the shadows, no one is safe when Covid spreads so freely The pandemic has transformed the lives of billions around the globe, but beyond that common experience, it has highlighted and deepened divides rather than closed them. On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund warned that inequality both within and between countri
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Americans are super-spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation: study
Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading from the United States into Canada, undermining efforts to mitigate the pandemic. A study led by McGill University shows that Canadians who use social media are more likely to consume this misinformation, embrace false beliefs about COVID-19, and subsequently spread them.
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Stimulation of tiny areas on cellular surfaces with free radicals using a microfluidic probe
Could there be a way to chemically manipulate small, confined areas on cellular surfaces? Scientists have developed a microfluidic probe to send a flow of free radicals on live cells and track the outcome using fluorescence imaging. As outlined in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this approach makes it possible for the first time to generate a reaction zone of free radicals with controlled size and
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Researchers reveal elusive inner workings of antioxidant enzyme with therapeutic potential
Mitochondria, known as the powerhouses within human cells, generate the energy needed for cell survival. However, as a byproduct of this process, mitochondria also produce reactive oxygen species (ROS). At high enough concentrations, ROS cause oxidative damage and can even kill cells. An overabundance of ROS has been connected to various health issues, including cancers, neurological disorders, an
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How Scientists Grew Human Muscles in Pig Embryos, and Why It Matters for Organ Transplants
The little pigs bouncing around the lab looked exceedingly normal. Yet their adorable exterior hid a remarkable secret: each piglet carried two different sets of genes. For now, both sets came from their own species. But one day, one of those sets may be human. The piglets are chimeras—creatures with intermingled sets of genes, as if multiple entities were seamlessly mashed together. Named after
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A safer way to deploy bacteria as environmental sensors
In recent years, scientists have developed many strains of engineered bacteria that can be used as sensors to detect environmental contaminants such as heavy metals. If deployed in the natural environment, these sensors could help scientists track how pollutant levels change over time, over a wide geographic area.
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How baked bat guano helped archaeologists understand our ancient past
In an experiment to understand better how ancient artifacts are altered by the sediment in which they are buried for thousands of years, Australian archaeological scientists buried bones, stones, charcoal and other items in bat guano, cooked it, and analyzed how this affected the different items.
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Democrats Are Short on Votes and Long on Irony
Call it a catch-535: Democrats in Congress are trying to pass a huge slate of voting-related reforms, under the name of the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, that could aggressively reshape U.S. elections, change the way Americans vote, and also go a long way toward alleviating the Democratic Party's structural electoral disadvantages. But the Democrats have to pass this bill with the tight margins
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The Biggest Problem for America's Schools
B rian Woods has seen a lot in his nearly 30 years as an educator in the Northside Independent School District, in San Antonio. Tornadoes and storms have damaged buildings and left area campuses without power for weeks. Hurricanes have sent an unexpected surge of students into the district. In hindsight, each of those disruptions seems temporary—minor, even—compared with what he's seen over the p
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UK Covid live news: Labour hardens opposition to 'digital ID card' Covid passports plan
Latest updates: Labour scepticism over Covid-status certificates intensifies, meaning government may lose vote in Commons on issue Keir Starmer likely to oppose Covid status certificates if put to vote What are Covid-status certificates and how might they work? Boris Johnson confirms easing of England lockdown next week Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.23am BST Las
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Bat catchers fight the next pandemic – in pictures
Researchers at the University of the Philippines Los Baños aim to catch thousands of bats to develop a Japanese-funded simulation model over the next three years that they believe could help avert potential pandemics. They hope the bats will help in predicting the dynamics of a coronavirus outbreak by analysing factors such as climate, temperature and ease of spread Continue reading…
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Why has the African elephant been split into two species? – podcast
Recently, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessed the African elephant as two separate species – the forest elephant and savannah elephant. The move has increased these animals' ' red list ' categorisation to endangered for savannah elephants and critically endangered for forest elephants. In an Age of Extinction extra for Science Weekly, Patrick Greenfield asks why
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The CEO of Apple Thinks People Will Use Augmented Reality for Something Absolutely Hilarious
During a chat with Kara Swisher for The New York Times today, Apple CEO Tim Cook sang the praises of the company's upcoming augmented reality glasses. Basically, he suggested that AR is going to turn regular conversations into Powerpoint presentations — complete with "graphs" that'll pop up while you're talking to illustrate the point you're trying to make. "Well, I can't talk about anything that
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Medical tests promoted in media with no mention of potential harm, Australian study finds
Stories all reported potential benefits of tests, some using smartphone or watch, but 60% failed to mention limitations Medical tests often offered through smartphones and watches and designed to detect the early signs of disease are being promoted by media without mention of their potential harms, an Australian study published in the leading US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found. R
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Biodiversity's healthy byproduct—nutrient-rich seafood
High levels of biodiversity in aquatic settings offers a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids crucial for human health, a range of nutrients that are lacking in ecosystems where the number of species have been reduced by overfishing, pollution, or climate change, researchers report April 5 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Simulation Shows This Fusion Reactor Doing Something Amazing
Simulation Theory A team of scientists may have cracked the code for self-sustaining nuclear fusion reactors that actually produce more electricity than they consume — an amazing accomplishment, at least in theory. In a series of simulations, the team from the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the private company General Atomics demonstrated how a tiny tokamak reactor cou
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Nearly 40,000 kids who lost a parent to COVID-19 need immediate support
Approximately 40,000 children in the United States may have lost a parent to COVID-19 since February 2020, according to a statistical model created by a team of researchers. The researchers anticipate that without immediate interventions, the trauma from losing a parent could cast a shadow of mental health and economic problems well into the future for this vulnerable population.
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In Mauritius, Locals United to Keep an Oil Spill at Bay
In July 2020, a cargo-ship ran aground in the pristine waters off the island of Mauritius. To protect the coast and the economy the from the resulting oil spill, hundreds of locals made DIY booms from any absorbent material they could find, eventually removing 75 percent of the oil from the coastline.
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How preprints accelerated science communication during the pandemic
During the early phase of the pandemic, approximately 40% of the COVID-19 literature was shared as preprints—freely available manuscripts that are shared prior to peer-review. In a new study publishing in the open access journal PLOS Biology, researchers led by Dr. Jonathon Coates (Queen Mary University of London), Dr. Nicholas Fraser (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany) and Dr. Lia
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New batteries give jolt to renewables, energy storage
Researchers have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporating aluminum results in rechargeable batteries that offer up to 10,000 error-free cycles.
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Investigating the interplay of topology and non-Hermitian physics with nonlinear effects
An international team of researchers has investigated the interplay of topology and non-Hermitian physics with nonlinear effects. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes contructing an optical waveguide lattice using a biased photorefractive crystal and experiments introducing nonlinear effects. Piotr Roztocki and Roberto Morandotti with INRS-Énergie, Matériaux et Télé
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Potential ecological impacts of climate intervention by reflecting sunlight to cool Earth [Environmental Sciences]
As the effects of anthropogenic climate change become more severe, several approaches for deliberate climate intervention to reduce or stabilize Earth's surface temperature have been proposed. Solar radiation modification (SRM) is one potential approach to partially counteract anthropogenic warming by reflecting a small proportion of the incoming solar radiation to…
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Homeroom: My Daughter Is Lying to Me About School
Editor's Note: Every Tuesday, Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer take questions from readers about their kids' education. Have one? Email them at homeroom@theatlantic.com. Dear Abby and Brian, I'm writing about my daughter, a seventh grader whom I'll call Z. Her school has been fully remote since last spring. Z used to love school, but after a year of remote classes, she is totally unmotivated. I'm
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Watching mRNA Do Its Thing, In Living Cells
This is a nice chemical biology paper that hits on a hot topic of the day: the uptake and function of mRNA when administered to cells. You can always look for downstream effects to show that you achieved both those goals, but it would be very useful to get images of this process in real time. Here's a heavily cited paper from 2013 that was able to do this for siRNA species, but the colloidal gold
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Outside factors may help children develop internal control
The ability to control your own behavior, known as executive function, might not exist all in your head. A new theory proposes it develops with many influences from outside the mind. It draws on dynamic systems theory which has been used to describe complex organizing phenomena like cloud formation. Now, researchers are applying it to executive function, which affects everything from children's re
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New blueprint of brain connections reveals extensive reach of central regulator
Researchers have generated a new map of connectivity from a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, a hub for regulating motor and behavior functions. The breadth of connections revealed could potentially open avenues for intervention of Parkinson's disease and other disorders such as Tourette's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Study finds psychiatric disorders persist 15 years after youth are detained
Research shows nearly two-thirds of males and more than one-third of females with one or more existing psychiatric disorders when they entered detention, still had a disorder 15 years later. The findings are significant because mental health struggles add to the existing racial, ethnic and economic disparities as well as academic challenges from missed school, making a successful transition to adu
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Global warming is causing a more pronounced dip in marine species richness around the equator [Ecology]
The latitudinal gradient in species richness, with more species in the tropics and richness declining with latitude, is widely known and has been assumed to be stable over recent centuries. We analyzed data on 48,661 marine animal species since 1955, accounting for sampling variation, to assess whether the global latitudinal…
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Bättre återhämtning för vältränade efter kirurgi
Personer som är fysiskt aktiva återhämtar sig bättre efter att de opererats för tjock- eller ändtarmscancer. Men att börja träna när diagnosen är ett faktum hjälper inte. I sin avhandling har Aron Onerup, disputerad i kirurgi vid Sahlgrenska akademin, studerat patienter diagnosticerade med tjock- eller ändtarmscancer. De deltagare som varit fysiskt inaktiva visade sig ha högre risk att inte känna
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Toward a better understanding of 'fake news'
Duncan Watts, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and computational social scientist with appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication, School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School, has published a new framework for studying media bias and misinformation. Publishing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and co-authored by colleagues at Mic
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Key brain molecule may play role in many brain disorders
Scientists have identified a molecule called microRNA-29 as a powerful controller of brain maturation in mammals. Deleting microRNA-29 in mice caused problems very similar to those seen in autism, epilepsy, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The results, published in Cell Reports, illuminate an important process in the normal maturation of the brain and point to the possibility that disrupti
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School integration isn't a panacea for Black students
Integrating American classroom has not produced all the benefits ascribed to it, report researchers. Integrating schools has long been a goal of many who seek to eradicate racial discrimination. But the new paper from four economists suggests Black students do not always benefit from attending racially balanced schools. Instead, Black adults who attended racially balanced high schools in the mid-
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Is Coffee Good for You or Not?
Confused by the dizzying array of studies that seem contradictory at times? You've come to the right place. Here's what to know about coffee's — mostly beneficial — health impacts.
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Womens' pain not taken as seriously as mens' pain
Researchers found that when male and female patients expressed the same amount of pain, observers viewed female patients' pain as less intense and more likely to benefit from psychotherapy versus medication as compared to men's pain, exposing a significant patient gender bias that could lead to disparities in treatments.
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Deep learning networks prefer the human voice — just like us
A study proves that AI systems might reach higher levels of performance if they are programmed with sound files of human language rather than with numerical data labels. The researchers discovered that in a side-by-side comparison, a neural network whose 'training labels' consisted of sound files reached higher levels of performance in identifying objects in images, compared to another network tha
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The Atlantic Daily: Index Funds Could Hurt the Economy
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. While meme stocks and NFTs draw headlines, a group of economists and Wall Street experts worries that a much more traditional style of investing is stifling the economy, our staff writer Annie Low
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Lessons from the past: Protecting women and girls from violence during COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted women and girls around the globe in adverse ways. However, little attention has been paid to women and girls in humanitarian settings, those whose safety has already been reduced due to conflict, natural disaster or displacement. For these women and girls, COVID-19 has made them particularly vulnerable to increases in gender-based violence.
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Impact of prenatal maternal cytokine exposure on sex differences in brain circuitry regulating stress in offspring 45 years later [Neuroscience]
Stress is associated with numerous chronic diseases, beginning in fetal development with in utero exposures (prenatal stress) impacting offspring's risk for disorders later in life. In previous studies, we demonstrated adverse maternal in utero immune activity on sex differences in offspring neurodevelopment at age seven and adult risk for major…
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Maddening itch of liver disease comes from a surprising source
A devastating itching of the skin driven by severe liver disease turns out to have a surprising cause. Its discovery points toward possible new therapies for itching, and shows that the outer layer of the skin is so much more than insulation. The finding indicates that the keratinocyte cells of the skin surface are acting as 'pre-neurons.'
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Screening for skin disease on your laptop
A biomedical engineer is reporting a new deep neural network architecture – to be used on a standard laptop – that provides early diagnosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a rare autoimmune disease marked by hardened or fibrous skin and internal organs.
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Watch as NASA Drops a Spacecraft Into a Huge Dunk Tank
Dunk Tank On Tuesday afternoon, NASA Dropped a 14,000-pound model of its Orion spacecraft into a gigantic swimming pool. The test, which looked like a scaled-up version of a carnival dunk tank — minus the stuffed animal prize — seems silly at first glance. In video footage , the mock Orion fell a few feet before floating to the side while various NASA techs murmured their approval. But as Gizmodo
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Musk Blames Starship SN11 Failure on Methane Fuel Leak
We've been treated to a series of spectacular rocket tests lately, courtesy of SpaceX and the Starship development process. Of course, most of these rockets are exploding, but that only makes the tests more dramatic for outside observers. The most recent Starship rocket blew up in mid-air while beginning its landing burn. Now, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced a cause: a leaky pipe. We've all be
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Aquatic biodiversity enhances multiple nutritional benefits to humans [Sustainability Science]
Humanity depends on biodiversity for health, well-being, and a stable environment. As biodiversity change accelerates, we are still discovering the full range of consequences for human health and well-being. Here, we test the hypothesis—derived from biodiversity–ecosystem functioning theory—that species richness and ecological functional diversity allow seafood diets to fulfill multiple…
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Microbial production of a natural red colorant carminic acid
A research group at KAIST has engineered a bacterium capable of producing a natural red colorant, carminic acid, which is widely used for food and cosmetics. The research team reported the complete biosynthesis of carminic acid from glucose in engineered Escherichia coli. The strategies will be useful for the design and construction of biosynthetic pathways involving unknown enzymes and consequent
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Finding gene neighbors leads to new protein functions
Access to sequenced genomes was a watershed moment in life science research. Genome sequences spell out an organism's DNA, the genetic code for how the organism develops, reproduces, and functions. As new technologies have developed, the availability of these gene sequences has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, scientists' ability to decipher the functions encoded in these sequences has not kept
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COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse gains made on Sustainable Development Goal 1 and 2
A new study analyzing bean production and food security across 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, found COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions to significantly impact bean production. Border controls and high transport costs have led to drops in production of the key food security crop, threatening to reverse gains made in achieving Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2, towards no poverty and ze
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Atom-based radio communications for noisy environments
Researchers have demonstrated an atom-based sensor that can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal, another key part for a potential atomic communications system that could be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional technology.
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Scientists unlock the secrets of glacier-fed streams, from Greenland to Switzerland
The field scientists working on the Vanishing Glaciers project aren't afraid of heights. They climb to the icy peaks of mountain ranges from the Himalayas to the Alps, equipped with vials, pipettes, thermometers and liquid-nitrogen cylinders (which they've nicknamed Dido and Fido). Their goal is to collect samples of the microorganisms living in glacier-fed streams and bring them back to EPFL for
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Nonlinear wave mixing facilitates subwavelength imaging
The diffraction limit, also known as the Abbe diffraction limit in optics, poses a great challenge in many systems that involve wave dynamics, such as imaging, astronomy, and photolithography. For example, the best optical microscope only possesses resolution around 200 nm, but the physical size of the photolithography process with an excimer laser is around tens of nanometers. Meanwhile, physical
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Combat stress in a small-scale society suggests divergent evolutionary roots for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms [Anthropology]
Military personnel in industrialized societies often develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during combat. It is unclear whether combat-related PTSD is a universal evolutionary response to danger or a culture-specific syndrome of industrialized societies. We interviewed 218 Turkana pastoralist warriors in Kenya, who engage in lethal cattle raids, about their combat…
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For 80% of Americans with resolved drug problem, significant personal achievements
This study is the first to report the national prevalence of personal, civic and economic achievements among people in addiction recovery. The majority of Americans who have resolved an alcohol or other drug problem report achievements related to self-improvement, family engagement, and civic and economic participation since resolving their addiction. It appears these achievements accumulate with
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A new, positive approach could be the key to next-generation, transparent electronics
A new study could pave the way to revolutionary, transparent electronics for potential integration in glass, flexible displays and smart contact lenses — bringing to life futuristic 'scifi-like' devices. A decades-long search for electronics based on semiconducting oxides could also find use in power electronics and communications, reducing the carbon footprint of our utility networks. The introd
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New report shows high levels of arsenic and uranium in some wells
A new U.S. Geological Survey study provides an updated, statewide estimate of high levels of naturally occurring arsenic and uranium in private well water across Connecticut. This research builds on a USGS report published in 2017, with the new study including additional groundwater samples and focusing on previously underrepresented areas.
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'Brain glue' helps repair circuitry in severe TBI
In a new study, researchers have demonstrated the long-term benefits of a hydrogel, which they call 'brain glue,' for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. The gel protects against loss of brain tissue after a severe injury and might aid in functional neural repair.
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COVID-19: Tsunami of chronic health conditions expected, research and health care disrupted
Cardiometabolic diseases including heart disease, obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are at the crest of an impending tsunami of chronic health conditions as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic that will affect society for decades. Interventions and universal health care are recommended to focus on prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, including programs that support healthy lifestyle be
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What are thoughts? Where do they come from – and where do they go?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts What are thoughts? Where do they come from, and where do they go when they disappear? Are they "filed" somewhere, a bit like memories, where we can find them again, or once a thought has gone is that it? Sue Christian, Oswestr
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Team uses mass spectrometry to study composition of meteorites
Scientists from Russia and Germany studied the molecular composition of carbonaceous chondrites—the insoluble organic matter of the Murchison and Allende meteorites—in an attempt to identify their origin. Ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry revealed a wide diversity of chemical compositions and unexpected similarities between meteorites from different groups. The research was published in Scie
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Going deep: Artificial intelligence improves accuracy of breast ultrasound diagnoses
Ultrasound is widely used to detect breast cancer early, but misdiagnosis of benign lesions as malignant tumors sometimes leads to unnecessary biopsies. To tackle this problem, scientists conducted a large multi-center study involving 13 hospitals in China to train deep learning models to accurately classify breast masses. Their results, published in Chinese Medical Journal, showcase how artificia
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Being top baboon costs males their longevity
A male baboon's social dominance requires constant physical defense and leaves its mark on his genes. Tracing the activity of 500 methylation sites on the baboon genome, a team of researchers working with the famous Amboseli baboon troop has found that the dominant males trade longevity for fecundity. The dominant males get more babies, but they have fewer years. If a male drops in social status,
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Separating beer waste into proteins for foods, and fiber for biofuels
All brewers experience the same result of the beer-making process: leftover grain. Once all the flavor has been extracted from grains, what's left is a protein- and fiber-rich powder that is used in cattle feed or put in landfills. Scientists now report a new way to extract the protein and fiber and use it to create new types of protein sources, biofuels and more.
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Newly identified protein enables cells to sense surroundings and anchor in the right places
A combined team of researchers from the University of Geneva and the University of Tampere has identified a protein that plays a major role in enabling cells to perceive their environment and also to anchor in the right places. In their paper published in the journal Communications Biology, the group describes experiments they conducted that involved combining photoactivation, FA isolation and mol
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Fossil discovery deepens snakefly mystery
The recent discovery of four new species of ancient insects are leading scientists to question the evolutionary history of the snakefly. The fossils, discovered in British Columbia and Washington State, are estimated to be 52 million years old and were unearthed in a region once thought uninhabitable.
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Leptin puts the brakes on eating via novel neurocircuit
A new study in mice describes novel neurocircuitry between midbrain structures that control feeding behaviors that are under modulatory control by leptin, a hormone made by body fat. Since the discovery of leptin in the 1990s, researchers have wondered how leptin can suppress appetite.
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Scientists reveal elusive inner workings of antioxidant enzyme with therapeutic potential
The enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) plays a critical role in maintaining human health by keeping the amount of harmful reactive oxygen molecules in cells under control. By using neutron scattering, researchers have now obtained a complete atomic portrait of the enzyme, revealing key information about its catalytic mechanism. The work could help experts develop MnSOD-based treatments
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Tattoo made of gold nanoparticles revolutionizes medical diagnostics
Scientists have developed a novel type of implantable sensor that continuously transmits information on vital values and concentrations of substances or drugs in the body and can be operated in the body for several months. The sensor is based on color-stable gold nanoparticles that are modified with receptors for specific molecules.
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Molybdenum titanium carbide viable in additive manufacturing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists proved molybdenum titanium carbide, a refractory metal alloy that can withstand extreme temperature environments, can also be crack free and dense when produced with electron beam powder bed fusion. Their finding indicates the material's viability in additive manufacturing.
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The Deep-time Digital Earth program: Data-driven discovery in geosciences
Humans have long explored three big scientific questions: the evolution of the universe, the evolution of Earth, and the evolution of life. Geoscientists have embraced the mission of elucidating the evolution of Earth and life, which are preserved in the information-rich but incomplete geological record that spans more than 4.5 billion years of Earth history. Delving into Earth's deep-time history
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Elasticity to position microplates on curved 2D fluids
A team of polymer science and engineering researchers has demonstrated for the first time that the positions of tiny, flat, solid objects integrated in nanometrically thin membranes – resembling those of biological cells – can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane itself. This research milestone is a significant step toward the goal of creating ultrathin flexible
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Ammonia decomposition for hydrogen economy, improvement in hydrogen extraction efficiency
For the implementation of an effective hydrogen economy in the forthcoming years, hydrogen produced from sources like coal and petroleum must be transported from its production sites to the end user, often over long distances and to achieve successful hydrogen trade between countries. Drs. Hyuntae Sohn and Changwon Yoon and their team at the Center for Hydrogen-fuel Cell Research of the Korea Inst
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Raindrops also keep fallin' on exoplanets
Researchers found that raindrops are remarkably similar across different planetary environments, even planets as drastically different as Earth and Jupiter. Understanding the behavior of raindrops on other planets is key to not only revealing the ancient climate on planets like Mars but identifying potentially habitable planets outside our solar system.
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What can we learn from vanishing wildlife species: The case of the Pyrenean Ibex
Likely the first extinction event of the 2000s in Europe, the sad history of the Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) is a powerful example of the ever-increasing species loss worldwide due to causes related to human activity. It can, however, give us valuable information on what should be done (or avoided) to halt this extinction vortex.
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Understanding fruit fly behavior may be next step toward autonomous vehicles
With over 70% of respondents to a AAA annual survey on autonomous driving reporting they would fear being in a fully self-driving car, makers like Tesla may be back to the drawing board before rolling out fully autonomous self-driving systems. But new research shows us we may be better off putting fruit flies behind the wheel instead of robots.
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Is there a way to chemically manipulate small, confined areas on cellular surfaces? Scientists have developed a microfluidic probe to send a flow of free radicals on live cells and track the outcome using fluorescence imaging. This approach makes it possible for the first time to generate a reaction zone of free radicals with controlled size and concentration for subcellular research.
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First air quality profile of two sub-Saharan African cities finds troubling news
Ambient air pollution is a global public health crisis, causing more than 4.9 million premature deaths per year around the world. In Africa, it has surpassed AIDS as the leading cause of premature death. According to one study, air pollution—specifically, fine particulate matter (PM2.5)—may cause at least as many as 780,000 premature deaths annually in Africa and worsen a significant number of dis
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Tibetan Plateau will warm faster than expected
The Tibetan Plateau, known as 'the roof of the world,' has warmed more rapidly than global average in the past decades. The observed warming of the Tibetan Plateau since 1960s can be attributed to human activities, particularly greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, the Plateau may warm faster in the future than climate models projected, according to a study recently published in Environmental Resear
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Mapping North Carolina's ghost forests from 430 miles up
Throughout the U.S. East Coast, trees are dying off as rising seas and higher storm surges push saltwater farther inland. While these 'ghost forests' are becoming more common in North Carolina's coastal plain, scientists had only a rough idea of their extent. A new study mining 35 years of satellite images of a 245,000-acre area in the state's Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula shows that, between 1985 a
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A sun reflector for earth?
Every month since September 2019 the Climate Intervention Biology Working Group, a team of internationally recognized experts in climate science and ecology, has gathered remotely to bring science to bear on that question and the consequences of geoengineering a cooler Earth by reflecting a portion of the sun's radiation away from the planet — a climate intervention strategy known as solar radiat
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Not all face mask materials give you the same protection
Wearing a face mask can protect you and others from COVID-19, but the type of material and how many fabric layers used can significantly affect exposure risk, according to a new study. Researchers measured the filtration efficiency of submicron particles passing through a variety of different materials. For comparison, a human hair is about 50 microns in diameter while 1 millimeter is 1,000 micro
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Development of source technology for the use of wearable devices without recharging
Despite the continued development and commercialization of various wearable electronic devices, such as smart bands, progress with these devices has been curbed by one major limitation, as they regularly need to be recharged. However, a new technology developed by a South Korean research team has become a hot topic, as it shows significant potential to overcome this limitation for wearable electro
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The Lancet Psychiatry: Largest study to date suggests link between COVID-19 infection and subsequent mental health and neurological conditions
One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an observational study of more than 230,000 patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal estimates. The study looked at 14 neurological and mental health disorders [1].
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Secure type: Consumers say compact logos signal product safety
Compact logos can encourage favorable brand evaluations by signaling product safety, according to a new study by researchers at Boston College's Carroll School of Management and Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, who reviewed the opinions of 17,000 consumers and conducted additional experiments with a variety of logos.
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REPORT | Future Flood Risk: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Climate Central used its public and proprietary tools to assess the current and future coastal flood risk to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. The Byway is a 125-mile, self-guided, scenic tour, originating along Maryland's Eastern Shore and ending in Philadelphia. The 45 sites along the Byway include the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, historic sites connected to
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Gained in translation: Subgenome fractionation determines hybrid vigor in maize
The adage goes, "Two is better than one." Well, that might be true for endeavors involving human heads, but when it comes to ears, hybrid maize tends to have a superior advantage over the parental stocks in most cases. This phenomenon, called hybrid vigor or "heterosis," has been used by agriculturalists across ages to create higher-yielding, more resistant varieties of maize all over the world.
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This Ultra High Tech Head and Eye Tracker Is the Future of Gaming
A lot of the predictions about the future depicted in Back to the Future Part II never came true. We never got flying cars, or hoverboards, or those tiny freeze-dried pizzas that can be rehydrated and ready to eat in just five seconds. However, there were some predictions in that movie that did come true. The Cubs really did win the World Series, for example, albeit one year late. We also have fl
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New firefly species turns up in Singapore swamp forest
Researchers have discovered a new species of firefly in Singapore's last remaining freshwater swamp forest. It's the first time since 1909 that anyone has discovered a new species of luminous firefly in the city-state. The research on the newly identified Singapore firefly ( Luciola singapura ) appears in the journal Animals . "When we first encountered this species, we knew it was interesting be
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No pain, no gain in exercise for peripheral artery disease
No pain means no gain when it comes to reaping exercise benefits for people with peripheral artery disease, reports a new study. In people with peripheral artery disease, walking for exercise at an intensity that induces ischemic leg pain (caused by restricted blood flow) improves walking performance — distance and length of time walking — the study found. Walking at a slow pace that does not in
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Higher income makes people feel more confident
Earning a higher income makes people feel more contented, confident, and have a greater sense of self-pride, researchers report. The new study also found that current income can predict the types of emotions people may feel over the long-term. Financial wealth predicts better psychological health, with past studies revealing that income shapes the way people think about their lives. However, it w
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Researchers find a connection between Trump's tweets and the exchange rate of the rouble
Tweets about Russia by Donald Trump during his presidency caused short but noticeable depreciations of the rouble. Meanwhile, the introduction of new sanctions, upon which the president did not comment, had no such effect. This was the finding of a group of researchers, which included Elena Fedorova, Professor of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of HSE University. The group published their finding
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Opioid prescribing for analgesia after common otolaryngology operations
The American Academy of Otolaryngology?Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published the Clinical Practice Guideline: Opioid Prescribing for Analgesia After Common Otolaryngology Operations today in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This specialty-specific guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on postoperative management for pain in common otolaryngologic procedures, with a focus on o
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40K kids in the US may have lost a parent to COVID-19
Approximately 40,000 children in the United States may have lost a parent to COVID-19 since February 2020, according to a statistical model. The researchers anticipate that without immediate interventions, the trauma from losing a parent could cast a shadow of mental health and economic problems well into the future for this vulnerable population. In the researchers' model, for approximately ever
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The sea urchin microbiome
Sea urchins receive a lot of attention in California. Red urchins support a thriving fishery, while their purple cousins are often blamed for mowing down kelp forests to create urchin barrens. Yet for all the notice we pay them, we know surprisingly little about the microbiomes that support these spiny species.
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Team maps effects of human activity on marine species over time
Researchers have created the first global assessment of cumulative human impacts to at-risk marine species over time. Despite the fact that our planet is mostly ocean and human maritime activity is more intense than ever, we know remarkably little about the state of the ocean's biodiversity—the variety and balance of species that support healthy and productive ecosystems. And it's no surprise—mar
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Measuring voluntary and policy-induced social distancing behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic [Environmental Sciences]
Staying home and avoiding unnecessary contact is an important part of the effort to contain COVID-19 and limit deaths. Every state in the United States enacted policies to encourage distancing and some mandated staying home. Understanding how these policies interact with individuals' voluntary responses to the COVID-19 epidemic is a…
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(Mis)informed about what? What it means to be a science-literate citizen in a digital world [Colloquium Paper]
Science literacy is often held up as crucial for avoiding science-related misinformation and enabling more informed individual and collective decision-making. But research has not yet examined whether science literacy actually enables this, nor what skills it would need to encompass to do so. In this report, we address three questions…
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Identification of a micropeptide and multiple secondary cell genes that modulate Drosophila male reproductive success [Genetics]
Even in well-characterized genomes, many transcripts are considered noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) simply due to the absence of large open reading frames (ORFs). However, it is now becoming clear that many small ORFs (smORFs) produce peptides with important biological functions. In the process of characterizing the ribosome-bound transcriptome of an important…
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Integrins protect sensory neurons in models of paclitaxel-induced peripheral sensory neuropathy [Neuroscience]
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a major side effect from cancer treatment with no known method for prevention or cure in clinics. CIPN often affects unmyelinated nociceptive sensory terminals. Despite the high prevalence, molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to CIPN are still poorly understood. Here, we used a genetically…
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The pentatricopeptide repeat protein Rmd9 recognizes the dodecameric element in the 3'-UTRs of yeast mitochondrial mRNAs [Cell Biology]
Stabilization of messenger RNA is an important step in posttranscriptional gene regulation. In the nucleus and cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells it is generally achieved by 5′ capping and 3′ polyadenylation, whereas additional mechanisms exist in bacteria and organelles. The mitochondrial mRNAs in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae comprise a dodecamer sequence…
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A neural circuit for competing approach and defense underlying prey capture [Neuroscience]
Predators must frequently balance competing approach and defensive behaviors elicited by a moving and potentially dangerous prey. Several brain circuits supporting predation have recently been localized. However, the mechanisms by which these circuits balance the conflict between approach and defense responses remain unknown. Laboratory mice initially show alternating approach and…
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Primate phageomes are structured by superhost phylogeny and environment [Evolution]
Humans harbor diverse communities of microorganisms, the majority of which are bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. These gut bacterial communities in turn host diverse bacteriophage (hereafter phage) communities that have a major impact on their structure, function, and, ultimately, human health. However, the evolutionary and ecological origins of these human-associated…
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Confidence intervals for policy evaluation in adaptive experiments [Economic Sciences]
Adaptive experimental designs can dramatically improve efficiency in randomized trials. But with adaptively collected data, common estimators based on sample means and inverse propensity-weighted means can be biased or heavy-tailed. This poses statistical challenges, in particular when the experimenter would like to test hypotheses about parameters that were not targeted…
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Alternative splicing redefines landscape of commonly mutated genes in acute myeloid leukemia [Genetics]
Most genes associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are mutated in less than 10% of patients, suggesting that alternative mechanisms of gene disruption contribute to this disease. Here, we find a set of splicing events that alter the expression of a subset of AML-associated genes independent of known somatic mutations….
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Biological structure and function emerge from scaling unsupervised learning to 250 million protein sequences [Computer Sciences]
In the field of artificial intelligence, a combination of scale in data and model capacity enabled by unsupervised learning has led to major advances in representation learning and statistical generation. In the life sciences, the anticipated growth of sequencing promises unprecedented data on natural sequence diversity. Protein language modeling at…
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The contributions of individual countries and regions to the global radiative forcing [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]
Knowing the historical relative contribution of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) to global radiative forcing (RF) at the regional level can help understand how future GHGs emission reductions and associated or independent reductions in SLCFs will affect the ultimate purpose of the Paris Agreement. In this study,…
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Modular complement assemblies for mitigating inflammatory conditions [Applied Biological Sciences]
Complement protein C3dg, a key linkage between innate and adaptive immunity, is capable of stimulating both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, leading to considerable interest in its use as a molecular adjuvant. However, the potential of C3dg as an adjuvant is limited without ways of controllably assembling multiple copies of…
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Immune cells fold and damage fungal hyphae [Immunology and Inflammation]
Innate immunity provides essential protection against life-threatening fungal infections. However, the outcomes of individual skirmishes between immune cells and fungal pathogens are not a foregone conclusion because some pathogens have evolved mechanisms to evade phagocytic recognition, engulfment, and killing. For example, Candida albicans can escape phagocytosis by activating cellular morphogen
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Heritable variation in telomere length predicts mortality in Soay sheep [Evolution]
Telomere length (TL) is considered an important biomarker of whole-organism health and aging. Across humans and other vertebrates, short telomeres are associated with increased subsequent mortality risk, but the processes responsible for this correlation remain uncertain. A key unanswered question is whether TL–mortality associations arise due to positive effects of…
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Human hand as a powerless and multiplexed infrared light source for information decryption and complex signal generation [Engineering]
With the increasing pursuit of intelligent systems, the integration of human components into functional systems provides a promising route to the ultimate human-compatible intelligent systems. In this work, we explored the integration of the human hand as the powerless and multiplexed infrared (IR) light source in different functional systems. With…
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Accurate modeling of DNA conformational flexibility by a multivariate Ising model [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
The sequence-dependent structure and deformability of DNA play a major role for binding of proteins and regulation of gene expression. So far, most efforts to model DNA flexibility are based on unimodal harmonic stiffness models at base-pair resolution. However, multimodal behavior due to distinct conformational substates also contributes significantly to…
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Myristoylation alone is sufficient for PKA catalytic subunits to associate with the plasma membrane to regulate neuronal functions [Cell Biology]
Myristoylation is a posttranslational modification that plays diverse functional roles in many protein species. The myristate moiety is considered insufficient for protein–membrane associations unless additional membrane-affinity motifs, such as a stretch of positively charged residues, are present. Here, we report that the electrically neutral N-terminal fragment of the protein kinase…
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Mechanics of two filaments in tight orthogonal contact [Engineering]
Networks of flexible filaments often involve regions of tight contact. Predictively understanding the equilibrium configurations of these systems is challenging due to intricate couplings between topology, geometry, large nonlinear deformations, and friction. Here, we perform an in-depth study of a simple, yet canonical, problem that captures the essence of contact…
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Structural basis for GTP-induced dimerization and antiviral function of guanylate-binding proteins [Microbiology]
Guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs) form a family of dynamin-related large GTPases which mediate important innate immune functions. They were proposed to form oligomers upon GTP binding/hydrolysis, but the molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we present crystal structures of C-terminally truncated human GBP5 (hGBP51–486), comprising the large GTPase (LG) and middle (MD)…
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Architecture of the mycobacterial succinate dehydrogenase with a membrane-embedded Rieske FeS cluster [Biochemistry]
Complex II, also known as succinate dehydrogenase (SQR) or fumarate reductase (QFR), is an enzyme involved in both the Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation. Mycobacterial Sdh1 has recently been identified as a new class of respiratory complex II (type F) but with an unknown electron transfer mechanism. Here, using cryoelectron…
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Direct coordination of pterin to FeII enables neurotransmitter biosynthesis in the pterin-dependent hydroxylases [Biochemistry]
The pterin-dependent nonheme iron enzymes hydroxylate aromatic amino acids to perform the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters to maintain proper brain function. These enzymes activate oxygen using a pterin cofactor and an aromatic amino acid substrate bound to the FeII active site to form a highly reactive FeIV = O species that…
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Conditional destabilization of the TPLATE complex impairs endocytic internalization [Plant Biology]
In plants, endocytosis is essential for many developmental and physiological processes, including regulation of growth and development, hormone perception, nutrient uptake, and defense against pathogens. Our toolbox to modulate this process is, however, rather limited. Here, we report a conditional tool to impair endocytosis. We generated a partially functional TPLATE…
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Size dependence of hydrophobic hydration at electrified gold/water interfaces [Chemistry]
Hydrophobic hydration at metal/water interfaces actively contributes to the energetics of electrochemical reactions, e.g. CO2 and N2 reduction, where small hydrophobic molecules are involved. In this work, constant applied potential molecular dynamics is employed to study hydrophobic hydration at a gold/water interface. We propose an adaptation of the Lum–Chandler–Weeks (LCW)…
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Topological defects produce kinks in biopolymer filament bundles [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Bundles of stiff filaments are ubiquitous in the living world, found both in the cytoskeleton and in the extracellular medium. These bundles are typically held together by smaller cross-linking molecules. We demonstrate, analytically, numerically, and experimentally, that such bundles can be kinked, that is, have localized regions of high curvature…
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Mechanosensitive remodeling of the bacterial flagellar motor is independent of direction of rotation [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Motility is important for the survival and dispersal of many bacteria, and it often plays a role during infections. Regulation of bacterial motility by chemical stimuli is well studied, but recent work has added a new dimension to the problem of motility control. The bidirectional flagellar motor of the bacterium…
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Structural basis for Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin targeting of claudins at tight junctions in mammalian gut [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
The bacterium Clostridium perfringens causes severe, sometimes lethal gastrointestinal disorders in humans, including enteritis and enterotoxemia. Type F strains produce an enterotoxin (CpE) that causes the third most common foodborne illness in the United States. CpE induces gut breakdown by disrupting barriers at cell–cell contacts called tight junctions (TJs), which…
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An incorrect wetness-based correction method for deuterium offset [Biological Sciences]
Isotope-based plant–soil water tracing assumes that the isotope signal in the plant xylem does not fractionate (1). However, this assumption has been questioned increasingly in recent years with numerous reports for different plants of deuterium depletion in xylem water, particularly for halophyte and xerophytes (2). Chen et al. (3) go…
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Capture and metabolomic analysis of the human endometrial epithelial organoid secretome [Cell Biology]
Suboptimal uterine fluid (UF) composition can lead to pregnancy loss and likely contributes to offspring susceptibility to chronic adult-onset disorders. However, our understanding of the biochemical composition and mechanisms underpinning UF formation and regulation remain elusive, particularly in humans. To address this challenge, we developed a high-throughput method for intraorganoid…
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Reply to Zhao: The demonstrated magnitude of artifact during stem water extraction signals a clear need for deuterium correction [Biological Sciences]
Zhao (1) considers our examination (2) of the relationship between deuterium offset (hereafter "Δ") and stem gravimetric water content (hereafter "W") across all the study species to be misleading, and instead suggest that data should be analyzed by individual habitat type based on a vague argument that "different habitats/species will…
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Inherited deficiency of stress granule ZNFX1 in patients with monocytosis and mycobacterial disease [Genetics]
Human inborn errors of IFN-γ underlie mycobacterial disease, due to insufficient IFN-γ production by lymphoid cells, impaired myeloid cell responses to this cytokine, or both. We report four patients from two unrelated kindreds with intermittent monocytosis and mycobacterial disease, including bacillus Calmette–Guérin-osis and disseminated tuberculosis, and without any known inborn…
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Exploring comet thermal history: Burnt-out comet covered with talcum powder
The world's first ground-based observations of the bare nucleus of a comet nearing the end of its active life revealed that the nucleus has a diameter of 800 meters and is covered with large grains of phyllosilicate; on Earth large grains of phyllosilicate are commonly available as talcum powder. This discovery provides clues to piece together the history of how this comet evolved into its current
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How the fly selects its reproductive male
A team has discovered an RNA coding for a micro-peptide – a very small protein – that plays a crucial role in the competition between spermatozoa from different males of the Drosophila with which the female mates. In addition to shedding new light on this biological mechanism, this work highlights the importance of small peptides, a class of proteins that is now emerging as a key player in complex
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Rising Sika deer populations linked to bovine TB infections
New research suggests Ireland's increasing populations of Sika deer may be linked to local outbreaks of TB infection in cattle. Although TB infection rates have decreased in general in recent decades, county-level data shows a correlation between higher Sika numbers and higher local TB infections – with County Wicklow a particular hotspot.
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Aquatic invasive species cause billions of dollars in damage
The global movement of goods and people, in its modern form, has many unwanted side effects. One of these is that animal and plant species travel around the world with it. Often they fail to establish themselves in the ecosystems of the destination areas. Sometimes, however, due to a lack of effective management, they multiply to such an extent in the new environment that they become a threat to t
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AGA recommends intragastric balloons as an additional weight loss strategy for obese patients
After a detailed review of available literature, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has released new clinical guidelines recommending the use of intragastric balloons (IGB) for patients with obesity who have not been able to lose weight with traditional weight-loss strategies. This treatment is most successful with accompanying therapy, such as lifestyle modifications and pharmacol
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People with HIV at high risk for intimate partner violence
New CDC data show that people with HIV who experienced IPV in the past 12 months were more likely to engage in behaviors associated with elevated HIV transmission risk, were less likely to be engaged in routine HIV care and more likely to seek emergency care services and have poor HIV clinical outcomes. The findings are reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier
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New wasp species discovered in Norway
Cuckoo wasps—also called emerald wasps—are some of the most beautiful insects we have, with colorful exteriors that shine like jewels. However, these beauties have also created a lot of headaches.
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Study analyzes the effect of sexual orientation on wages in Spain
Spain is among the five countries in the world with the highest levels of social acceptance of LGBTIQ+ people and rights, and was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages, in 2005. In 2019, 3.1% of marriages were between same-sex couples (INE 2020). In this context, it would seem consistent that sexual orientation should not determine wage inequalities. But is this really so?
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How do lakes affect energy, heat, and carbon exchange processes in mountainous areas?
Lakes act as an important part of the Earth system. They have special functions in regulating regional climate and maintaining regional ecological balance. More than 39.2% of the lakes in China are distributed in the plateau. The topography around the plateau lake area is complex and diverse. It leads to a complex and unique local circulation characterized by the superposition of lake-land breeze
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Genetic link between face and brain shape
Researchers have identified 76 overlapping genetic locations that shape both our face and our brain. What the researchers didn't find is evidence that this genetic overlap also predicts someone's behavioral-cognitive traits or risk of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. This means that the findings help to debunk several persistent pseudoscientific claims about what our face reveals about us.
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Aquatic invasive species cause damage worth billions of dollars
When plants or animals establish in ecosystems outside their natural range due to human activity, they can cause considerable economic damage. An international research team, led by GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany has now published the worldwide costs of aquatic invasive alien species for the first time. According to the study these costs will amount to more than 20 billion US dollars in 2020 alone.
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Breast cancer survivors' fear of cancer returning linked to genomic testing, psychological factors
Breast cancer survivors with a higher risk of cancer recurrence based on genomic testing may experience greater fear of their cancer returning, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. However, psychological factors such as anxiety are the best predictors of survivors' fear of their cancer recurring.
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Towards the in vivo detection of cancer progression using circularly polarized LEDs
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have experimentally demonstrated a novel cancer diagnosis technique based on the scattering of circularly polarized light. Computational studies revealed that this technique can detect the progression of precancerous lesions and early cancer. This method can be implemented using an endoscope equipped with spin-LEDs–devices that emit circul
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Mario Kart has lessons for fighting inequality
The Nintendo racing game Mario Kart has important lessons for social and economic programs that could benefit the world's developing regions, says an environmental expert. Many Mario Kart enthusiasts are familiar with the rush of racing down Rainbow Road, barely squeaking around a corner, and catching a power-up from one of the floating square icons on the screen—or, less ideally, slipping on a b
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A study by UPF analyses for the first time in Spain the effect of sexual orientation on wages
Spain is among the five countries in the world with the highest levels of social acceptance of LGBTIQ+ people and rights, and was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages, in 2005. In 2019, 3.1% of marriages were between same-sex couples (INE 2020). In this context, it would seem consistent that sexual orientation should not determine wage inequalities. But is this really so?
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Tiny brains grown in 3D-printed bioreactor
Scientists have grown small amounts of self-organizing brain tissue, known as organoids, in a tiny 3D-printed system that allows observation while they grow and develop. The advance uses 3D printing to create a reusable and easily adjustable platform that costs only about $5 per unit to fabricate, and the design includes imaging wells for the growing organoids and microfluidic channels to provide 12h Distinctive MJO activity during 2015/2016 super El Nino El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is one of the most prominent ocean-atmosphere interactions that varies year-to-year. This process exerts significant impacts on global weather and climate. El Niño is the warm phase of ENSO, which can be strong, moderate, or even weak. Within the past four decades, climatologists observed three super El Niño events (1982/83, 1997/98 and 2015/16). These extreme p 12h US politics isn't broken. It's fixed | Katherine M. Gehl The "broken" US political system is actually working exactly as designed, says business leader and activist Katherine Gehl. Examining the system through a nonpartisan lens, she makes the case for voting innovations, already implemented in parts of the country, that give citizens more choice and incentivize politicians to work towards progress and solutions instead of just reelection. 12h Persisting endangered status of Serianthes nelsonii reveals need for adaptive management A University of Guam review of published research on the critically endangered Serianthes nelsonii tree has revealed a reason why the population of the trees continues to be endangered despite a long history of funded conservation projects and a national recovery plan implemented 26 years ago. The review article, co-authored by biologists of the Plant Physiology Laboratory of UOG's Western Pacific 12h Inflammation may be a warning sign of frailty after chemo For women with breast cancer, frailty is linked to inflammation levels in the blood, according to a new study. Higher inflammation prior to chemotherapy can predict frailty after chemotherapy ends, the researchers report. Characterized by weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and slow walking speed, frailty is associated with cancer and its treatments. Scientists are studying the factors that lead to f 13h This High Tech Sauna Blanket Uses Infrared Light To Burn Calories as You Relax If you're like most Americans, you know you need to squeeze in that workout, but just can't figure out how. Especially now that you're accomplishing the delicate balancing act of being the perfect pandemic working-from-home-employee, a teacher, a gardener, and housekeeper. But what if you could simply make the time while also giving yourself that much-needed break? According to a study conducted 13h Glass nanopore pulls DNA like spaghetti through a needle Nanopore sensing can extract cell-free DNA from a liquid sample. Researchers used electric current to direct free-floating DNA into the 20 nanometer opening of a glass tube. The DNA concentrated near the surface, making it relatively easy to collect numerous samples. 13h For chronic kidney disease, an ounce of prevention can be economical A University of Tsukuba study created a mathematical model to justify the cost-effectiveness of dietician-led behavior modification interventions for treating chronic kidney disease (CKD). As such interventions have little economic incentive for general physicians under the current guidelines, they seldom occur. The researchers started with a proven-effective CKD intervention and successfully form 13h Cardiac care during pandemic reveals digital shifts New research from the Smidt Heart Institute shows that more patients–specifically those with medical risk factors or from underserved communities–opted into telehealth appointments for their cardiovascular care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data also suggests these telehealth patients underwent fewer diagnostic tests and received fewer medications than patients who saw their doctors in perso 13h Thinking with your stomach? The brain may have evolved to regulate digestion University of Tsukuba researchers have found that light modulates digestive system function in sea urchin larvae, even in the absence of food stimuli. Opsin cells, which are involved in light-dependent systems, mediated the effect of light in the sea urchin digestive system. These results shed light on the role of Opsins in animals from different taxonomic groups, and indicate that primitive brain 13h New material for catholytes and anolytes in organic redox flow batteries Researchers from Skoltech and their collaborators have designed, synthesized and evaluated new compounds that can serve as catholytes and anolytes for organic redox flow batteries, bringing this promising technology closer to large-scale implementation. The two papers were published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Chemical Communications. 14h COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgent global need to control air pollution A new commentary published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society provides an exhaustive examination of published research that discusses whether air pollution may be linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes. The studies that the authors examined look at several potential disease mechanisms, and also at the relationship between pollution, respiratory viruses and health disparities. 15h Despite pandemic, less than half of older adults have formally recorded healthcare wishes As the toll of COVID-19 continues to climb, newly released poll data suggest an opportunity to use the pandemic as a prompt for discussing and documenting older adults' wishes for their care, if they get seriously ill or injured for any reason. Overall, 59% had had a conversation with loved ones about their preferences. Just 7% said COVID-19 had motivated them to have such conversations. 15h Songbird implant alters songs to study speech A tiny, wireless implant can rapidly change the pitch of adult songbirds' songs. The goal is to study and better understand human communication and speech. There's limited scientific understanding of how human brain regions responsible for speech and communication work. Consequently, knowledge of how to improve challenges such as speech impediments or language acquisition is limited as well. Usin 15h How can remote workers best manage work-home conflict? What are the secrets to maintaining a productive home office? Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make sure your noisy neighbors know your work schedule, and resist the temptation to check work-related technology after logging off at the end of the workday. These are some of the tips that Timothy D. Golden, a professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic In 15h Protect Your Online Privacy With the Winston Hardware Filter As we conduct more of our lives online, we're realizing just how much we do in public, whether we realize it or not. And while some violations of privacy are more egregious than others , you don't have to put up with them. The Winston Privacy Filter makes privacy as simple as plugging it into your router, and right now you can get it for$179, a savings of 10% . When you connect Winston, you have
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An author asked for multiple corrections to a paper. PLOS ONE decided to retract it.
After an author requested a slew of changes to a published paper, journal editors reviewed the study and spotted "additional concerns" that led to its retraction. The study, titled "Pressure regulated basis for gene transcription by delta-cell micro-compliance modeled in silico: Biphenyl, bisphenol and small molecule ligand models of cell contraction-expansion," was published in PLOS … Continue re
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Benzylic C−H acylation by cooperative NHC and photoredox catalysis
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22292-z Direct acylation of sp3 C−H bonds in complex organic molecules is not well established compared to that of sp2 C−H bonds. Here, the authors report the combination of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and photoredox catalysis for the direct and site-selective acylation of benzylic C−H bonds.
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A policy roadmap for negative emissions using direct air capture
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22347-1 Negative emission technologies are central to avoiding catastrophic climate change. Deploying engineered solutions such as direct air capture requires a policy sequencing strategy that focuses on "incentives + mandates" in early adopters, while creating positive spillovers that incentivize follower countries to
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Discovery of $${\hat{\boldsymbol{C}}}_2$$ C ̂ 2 rotation anomaly in topological crystalline insulator SrPb
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22350-6 New class of topological crystalline insulators (TCI) have been proposed, but are yet to be experimentally evidenced. Here, the authors evidence two massless Dirac fermions protected by the combination of time-reversal symmetry T and Ĉ2y on the (010) surface of SrPb, confirming the Ĉ2 rotation anomaly in the ne
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Robustness and plasticity in Drosophila heat avoidance
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22322-w Simões, Levy et al. use a combination of experiments and models to study how Drosophila flies steer away from dangerous heat. They discover that flies use small temperature differences between the antennae to turn clear of thermal danger; they also demonstrate that heat avoidance, a simple innate behavior, cont
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Bioengineered bacteria-derived outer membrane vesicles as a versatile antigen display platform for tumor vaccination via Plug-and-Display technology
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22308-8 Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs), non-replicative particles secreted by Gram-negative bacteria, are known for their immunostimulatory and adjuvant properties. Here, by employing a Plug-and-Display technology, the authors engineer OMVs to display tumor antigens on the surface, a platform that promotes anti-tumor i
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Dominant role of CDKN2B/p15INK4B of 9p21.3 tumor suppressor hub in inhibition of cell-cycle and glycolysis
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22327-5 The human chromosome locus 9p21.3 is a tumour suppressor hub which encodes three CDK inhibitors, p15INK4B, p14ARF and p16INK4A. Here, the authors show that p15INK4B inhibits the cell cycle and glycolysis in a murine model of HRas + ‐mediated urothelial carcinoma and has a more relevant role as a tumour suppress
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Biochemical and structural characterization of the BioZ enzyme engaged in bacterial biotin synthesis pathway
Nature Communications, Published online: 06 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22360-4 Biotin is an essential enzyme cofactor and two pathways for the generation of the biotin precursor pimeloyl-ACP are known. Here, the authors identify and characterize a third pathway for biotin precursor synthesis involving BioZ and they also present the Agrobacterium tumefaciens BioZ crystal structure.
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Fiskar blir nervösa och fega av antidepressiva läkemedel
Hotet att bli uppäten av en rovfisk – men också rester av antidepressiva läkemedel – kan få fiskar att ändra beteende. Även utseendet kan förändras, visar en avhandling. Rester av antidepressiva läkemedel i vattnet kan leda till att fiskar av arten ruda ändrar beteende och blir nervösa och fega. Det visar Jerker Vinterstare, vid Biologiska institutionen på Lunds universitet, i sin avhandling. Han
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COVID-19: Tsunami of chronic health conditions expected, research & health care disrupted
Cardiometabolic diseases including heart disease, obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are at the crest of an impending tsunami of chronic health conditions as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic that will affect society for decades.Interventions and universal health care are recommended to focus on prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, including programs that support healthy lifestyle beh
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Växters upptag av koldioxid riskerar att minska
Hittills har växter dämpat klimatförändringen genom att ta upp en del av den koldioxid som släpps ut. Men upptaget kommer sannolikt att minska i framtiden. – Växterna behöver koldioxid för sin fotosyntes, men högre halter av koldioxid i atmosfären leder inte nödvändigtvis till ökad tillväxt i vegetationen, säger Jürgen Schleucher, professor vid Umeå universitet. I studien har en grupp internation
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Techtopia #187: Kampen om sikkerhed på nettet
Hvad er vigtigst: at bekæmpe bedrageri eller pædofili på nettet? Spørgsmålet er sat på spidsen, men det er centralt i diskussionen om, hvem der skal styre sikkerheden i din færd på nettet. Skal det være tech-giganten Google eller din lokale internetudbyder med politiet som mulig gæst?
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Why isn't CRISPR/Cas9 talked about more in the context of a cure for cancer or viral infections?
I feel very very dumb when I can't find anything about this on the internet, as if this application is already figured out to be impossible and its inherent to the system, I just don't know it. But I've reviewed it a few times over, I can't see any contradictions with this thinking. CRISPR/Cas9 can cut a specific sequence of DNA apart after being exposed to it once. It's takes the guesswork out o
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Därför tappar amerikaner förtroende för varandra
Medan den sociala tilliten i Sverige och i andra västeuropeiska länder ligger på en relativt stabil och hög nivå, så dalar den i USA. Hur kan man förklara detta? "Skulle du säga att man i allmänhet kan lita på de flesta människor eller att man inte kan vara nog försiktig när man har med andra människor att göra?" Denna fråga har ställts till över 35 000 amerikaner mellan åren 1973 och 2018 genom
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A New Medication to Combat Obesity
New study in The New England Journal of Medicine finds impressive evidence that weekly semaglutide injections produce clinically significant weight loss as well as many other benefits, approaching the improvements seen with weight loss surgery. Not a definitive answer to obesity, but a very encouraging step in the right direction. Science works. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine
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Nytt biobläck – ett steg närmare 3D-printade mänskliga organ
Forskare vid Lunds universitet har utformat ett nytt biobläck som gör det möjligt att använda 3D-bioskrivning för att skapa luftvägar i naturlig storlek och med hjälp av mänsklig vävnad. De utskrivna luftvägarna är biokompatibla och forskarna har i djurmodeller sett att materialet stöder tillväxt av blodkärl inne i luftvägens vägg. Detta är ett viktigt första steg på vägen mot att skriva ut biokom
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Always Have a Metronome to Keep You On Beat With the Soundbrenner Smart Watch
Every musician knows the steady click-click-click of the metronome. It's a tool so powerful, it can teach physics as well as music. Yet you can't always bring one with you, and they can be distracting as well as helpful. The Soundbrenner smartwatch changes all of that by bringing wearable technology to the metronome. The Soundbrenner is a vibrating metronome, so right away you get rid of the clic
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Are you using antihistamines properly?
People need to rethink what they stock in their home cabinets as allergy medicines, what hospitals keep on formulary, and what policymakers recommend. There are new modern second generation antihistamines that are potent, specific, fast acting and of proven safety which everyone should be using to treat allergic rhinitis and hives.
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Why has the African elephant been split into two species?
Recently, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessed the African elephant as two separate species – the forest elephant and savannah elephant. The move has increased these animals' ' red list' categorisation to endangered for savannah elephants and critically endangered for forest elephants. In an Age of Extinction extra for Science Weekly, Patrick Greenfield asks why i
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VoF Göteborg har haft årsmöte 2021
Den 28:e mars har VoF Göteborg haft sitt årsmöte. Årsmöte hölls helt online via Zoom. Den nya styrelsen består av Anna Wallman, Anders Tryggvesson, Edit Helgee, Per Frost och Staffan … Continued Inlägget dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
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ACP best practice advice: Shorter course of antibiotics may be appropriate for some common infection
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued Best Practice Advice suggesting that a shorter course of antibiotics may be appropriate for some common bacterial infections, as overuse, resistance, and long and unnecessary use remain major health care issues. The paper addresses best practices for prescribing appropriate and short-duration antibiotics for patients presenting with these infecti
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Virtual "urgent care" may lead to higher rates of downstream follow-up care
Even before the pandemic made telehealth a hot topic, people with minor urgent health needs had started to turn to companies that offer on-demand video chats with physicians that they don't normally see.Insurers and employers even started buying access to this direct-to-consumer form of virtual care, hoping it might reduce in-person care, including emergency department visits. But a new study cast
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Urgent care centers deter some emergency department visits, but costs remain high
A study published today in Health Affairs documents for the first time that urgent care centers are associated with increased spending for lower-acuity visits across Emergency Departments and urgent care centers. Urgent care centers increase the number of people seeking care. For every 37 urgent care visits, one fewer lower acuity ED visit occurs. Urgent care centers increase access, but pose risk
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Medication access for opioid use disorder lower among those involved with criminal justice
Among people with opioid use disorder (OUD), more than half have reported contact with the criminal justice system. A new study published today in Health Affairs reveals that Medicaid expansion is associated with substantial improvements in access to medications for OUD. However, the study also reveals that individuals referred for treatment by the criminal justice system were substantially less l
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Health policy researchers propose filling health care coverage gap to help 'near poor'
"Near-poor" Americans – people just above the federal poverty level but still well below the average U.S. income – who rely on Medicare for health insurance face high medical bills and may forgo essential health care, according to new research led by health policy scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. This is due to a coverage "cliff" in Medicaid, which suppl
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Low Light Laser Therapy Is the at-Home Hair Growth Treatment You've Been Waiting For
Starting to get frustrated with your increasingly thinning hair ? Join the club. Experts say 42 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 49 experience moderate to extensive hair loss, and about 85 percent will experience visible hair loss by the time they turn 50. And it is not just men who suffer from hair loss, either. An estimated 40 percent of women are likely to experience thinning hair by
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Morning chemo could add months to glioblastoma patient survival
Giving chemotherapy in the morning rather than the evening could add a few months to patient survival, a new study shows. Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of brain cancer with no cure. Patients survive an average of 15 months after diagnosis, with fewer than 10% of patients surviving longer than five years. Average overall survival for all patients in the study, which appears in Neuro-Oncology
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