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For First Time Ever, Scientists Create Part-Human, Part-Monkey Embryos
For the first time ever, NPR reports , an international team of scientists have created chimera embryos that are made up of both human and monkey cells. The research, as detailed in a paper published in the journal Cell today, is meant to help scientists find new ways to grow organs intended for human transplants. Finding organs available for transplant is becoming increasingly difficult in the U
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Welcome to the New Progressive Era
W ashington in the first days of the Biden administration is a place for double takes: A president associated with the politics of austerity is spending money with focused gusto, a crisis isn't going to waste, and Senator Bernie Sanders is happy. People like to tell you they saw things coming. But as I talked to many of the campers in Joe Biden's big tent, particularly those who, like me, were sk
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Rapid Covid testing in England may be scaled back over false positives
Exclusive: In leaked emails, Matt Hancock's adviser says there is 'urgent need for decisions' on asymptomatic testing Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Senior government officials have raised "urgent" concerns about the mass expansion of rapid coronavirus testing, estimating that as few as 2% to 10% of positive results may be accurate in places with low Covid rates, su
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Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows
New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioning The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis. The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat through the atmosphere into space. In tests, it cooled surf
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The mRNA Vaccines Are Looking Better and Better
A year ago, when the United States decided to go big on vaccines, it bet on nearly every horse, investing in a spectrum of technologies. The safest bets, in a way, repurposed the technology behind existing vaccines, such as protein-based ones for tetanus or hepatitis B. The medium bets were on vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, which use adenovirus vectors, a technology that had
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SETI Research Director Warns of "Malevolent" Alien Civilizations
Unfriendly Skies While many scientists are trying their hardest to make first contact, or at least find evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization, others are asking a crucial question: Are we sure we would really want aliens to find us? "We have no reason to believe that technological advancement and altruism or morality are somehow linked," SETI researcher Andrew Siemion told Inverse . "There
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What Ever Happened to Donald Trump?
The president was insistent as he left office: "We're not going anywhere." It had been a turbulent end of the presidency—impeachment, appalling pardons, and a lengthy dispute over the outcome of the presidential election—but he knew that he had a devoted following, and he had every intention to remain a force in politics. And not just him: His family was eager to cash in on his electoral success,
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The obscure maths theorem that governs the reliability of Covid testing
There's been much debate about lateral flow tests – their accuracy depends on context and the theories of a 18th-century cleric Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Maths quiz. If you take a Covid test that only gives a false positive one time in every 1,000, what's the chance that you've actually got Covid? Surely it's 99.9%, right? No! The correct answer is: you have no
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Weed Absolutely Wrecks Your Vision, According to New Research
It turns out that smoking weed can utterly mess with your vision, according to a new study by University of Granada scientists. Maybe that's not a surprise to the average drug-doer , but it still might come as shock to many who think they're still operating at 100 percent. While smoking impaired volunteers' visual acuity, depth perception, and ability to focus, a surprisingly high percentage of v
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Multi-wavelength observations reveal impact of black hole on M87 galaxy
In 2019, a worldwide collaboration of scientists used a global collection of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) to make the first-ever image of a black hole—the supermassive black hole at the core of the galaxy M87, some 55 million light-years from Earth. This long-sought achievement was an important scientific landmark. However, any image at a single wavelength can give onl
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The Blood-Clot Problem Is Multiplying
For weeks, Americans looked on as other countries grappled with case reports of rare, sometimes fatal blood abnormalities among those who had received the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. That vaccine has not yet been authorized by the FDA, so restrictions on its use throughout Europe did not get that much attention in the United States. But Americans experienced a rude awakening this week w
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3,500-year-old honeypot is the oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa
Honey is humankind's oldest sweetener—and for thousands of years it was also the only one. Indirect clues about the significance of bees and bee products are provided by prehistoric petroglyphs on various continents, created between 8,000 and 40,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptian reliefs indicate the practice of beekeeping as early as 2600 year BCE. But for sub-Saharan Africa, direct archaeological e
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Parents Are Sacrificing Their Social Lives on the Altar of Intensive Parenting
Over the past few decades, American parents have been pressured into making a costly wager: If they sacrifice their hobbies, interests, and friendships to devote as much time and as many resources as possible to parenting, they might be able to launch their children into a stable adulthood. While this gamble sometimes pays off , parents who give themselves over to this intensive form of child-rea
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NASA has selected SpaceX's Starship as the lander to take astronauts to the moon
Later this decade, NASA astronauts are expected to touch down on the lunar surface for the first time in decades. When they do, according to an announcement made by the agency, they'll be riding inside SpaceX's Starship vehicle. NASA's award of a $2.9 billion contract to build Starship, first reported by the Washington Post on April 16 and later confirmed by NASA, is a huge achievement for the sp
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Two Die in Fiery Tesla Wreck, Seemingly in Self-Driving Mode
A Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and burst into flames on Saturday evening in Spring, Texas, not far from Houston — but investigators of the wreck found neither of its occupants in the driver's seat. Following the fatal crash, two bodies were removed from the wreck, neither of which was actually behind the wheel. One person was in the front passenger seat, while the other body was found in the
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Hubble watches cosmic light bend
This extraordinary image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy cluster Abell 2813 (also known as ACO 2813) has an almost delicate beauty, which also illustrates the remarkable physics at work within it. The image spectacularly demonstrates the concept of gravitational lensing.
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Parker Solar Probe sees Venus orbital dust ring in first complete view
NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission has given scientists the first complete look at Venus' orbital dust ring, a collection of microscopic dust particles that circulates around the Sun along Venus' orbit. Though earlier missions have made some observations of Venus' orbital dust ring, Parker Solar Probe's images are the first to show the planet's dust ring for nearly its entire 360-degree span around
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Achieves Flight on Red Planet
NASA's Mars helicopter has made history. Ingenuity , a small, four-pound rotorcraft that was dropped off by the agency's Perseverance rover earlier this year, became the first manmade object to achieve powered, controlled flight on the surface of another planet earlier this morning. It's a feat that could revolutionize the way we explore the surface of other planets, including Mars, in the medium
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Forskare: Plasten vi använder i vardagen gör oss mer infertila
Ungefär var tionde kvinna i världen kämpar nu med infertilitet i minst 12 månader samtidigt som mängden och kvaliteten på spermier drastiskt minskat de senaste årtiondena. Enligt forskare är en av bovarna bakom våra fertilitetsproblem hormonstörande tillsatser i den plast som vi använder i vardagen. – All plast innehåller tillsatsämnen och all plast är ett problem, säger Pauliina Damdimopoulou, se
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Absolute abundance and preservation rate of Tyrannosaurus rex
Although much can be deduced from fossils alone, estimating abundance and preservation rates of extinct species requires data from living species. Here, we use the relationship between population density and body mass among living species combined with our substantial knowledge of Tyrannosaurus rex to calculate population variables and preservation rates for postjuvenile T. rex . We estimate that
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The Interior Lives of Hoarders
Tomas Schuler / EyeEm / Getty I cannot remember whether I knew what compulsive hoarding was before 2009. Likely not. That year, the TV network A&E put the disorder on the cultural radar in an unparalleled way with its show Hoarders. The series introduced a public audience to a sometimes-private struggle—the obsessive need to acquire objects, coupled with the fear of letting them go—and offered it
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Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?
Last week, I covered my nose and mouth with close-fitting fabric like a good citizen and walked to a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where I de-masked at a patio table to greet a friend. I sat with my chair facing the entrance and watched dozens of people perform the same ritual, removing a mask they'd worn outside and alone. It seemed like the most normal thing in the world. Until, suddenly, it
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Materials challenges and opportunities for quantum computing hardware
Quantum computing hardware technologies have advanced during the past two decades, with the goal of building systems that can solve problems that are intractable on classical computers. The ability to realize large-scale systems depends on major advances in materials science, materials engineering, and new fabrication techniques. We identify key materials challenges that currently limit progress
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Comprehensive omic characterization of breast cancer in Mexican-Hispanic women
Nature Communications, Published online: 14 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22478-5 Cancers in different populations have been shown to be genetically distinct. Here, the authors sequence breast cancers from Mexican-Hispanic patients and find that these patients have a higher percentage of Akt1 mutations compared to Caucasian and Asian populations, suggesting these are clinically actionable.
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Research investigates radio galaxy 3C 84
An international team of astronomers has conducted a detailed kinematic study of a radio galaxy known as 3C 84. The research sheds more light on the properties of this source and its connection to gamma-ray emission. The study was detailed in a paper published April 7 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
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NASA's New Horizons reaches a rare space milestone
In the weeks following its launch in early 2006, when NASA's New Horizons was still close to home, it took just minutes to transmit a command to the spacecraft, and hear back that the onboard computer received and was ready to carry out the instructions.
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University in Japan revokes doctorate for plagiarism of text, image
A researcher in Japan has been stripped of his doctorate after a university investigation found that his thesis contained seven lines of plagiarized text and an image pulled from the internet without attribution. Takuma Hara received his PhD in medical sciences from Tsukuba University in March 2019, writing a thesis about a genetic mutation's role … Continue reading
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Scientists generate human-monkey chimeric embryos
Researchers have injected human stem cells into primate embryos and were able to grow chimeric embryos for a significant period of time — up to 20 days. The research, despite its ethical concerns, has the potential to provide new insights into developmental biology and evolution. It also has implications for developing new models of human biology and disease.
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Activity-regulated synaptic targeting of lncRNA ADEPTR mediates structural plasticity by localizing Sptn1 and AnkB in dendrites
Activity-dependent structural plasticity at the synapse requires specific changes in the neuronal transcriptome. While much is known about the role of coding elements in this process, the role of the long noncoding transcriptome remains elusive. Here, we report the discovery of an intronic long noncoding RNA (lncRNA)—termed ADEPTR—that is up-regulated and synaptically transported in a cAMP/PKA-de
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Punctuated ecological equilibrium in mammal communities over evolutionary time scales
The study of deep-time ecological dynamics has the ability to inform conservation decisions by anticipating the behavior of ecosystems millions of years into the future. Using network analysis and an exceptional fossil dataset spanning the past 21 million years, we show that mammalian ecological assemblages undergo long periods of functional stasis, notwithstanding high taxonomic volatility due t
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Mindfulness can make you selfish
A new article demonstrates the surprising downsides of mindfulness, while offering easy ways to minimize those consequences — both of which have practical implications for mindfulness training.
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Harnessing psilocybin: antidepressant-like behavioral and synaptic actions of psilocybin are independent of 5-HT2R activation in mice [Neuroscience]
Depression is a widespread and devastating mental illness and the search for rapid-acting antidepressants remains critical. There is now exciting evidence that the psychedelic compound psilocybin produces not only powerful alterations of consciousness, but also rapid and persistent antidepressant effects. How psilocybin exerts its therapeutic actions is not known, but…
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A translational riboswitch coordinates nascent transcription-translation coupling [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Bacterial messenger RNA (mRNA) synthesis by RNA polymerase (RNAP) and first-round translation by the ribosome are often coupled to regulate gene expression, yet how coupling is established and maintained is ill understood. Here, we develop biochemical and single-molecule fluorescence approaches to probe the dynamics of RNAP–ribosome interactions on an mRNA…
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The SARS-CoV-2 Spike variant D614G favors an open conformational state
The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic underwent a rapid transition with the emergence of a dominant viral variant (from the "D-form" to the "G-form") that carried an amino acid substitution D614G in its "Spike" protein. The G-form is more infectious in vitro and is associated with increased viral loads in the upper airways. To gain insight into the molecular-level underpinnings of thes
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Good dental health may help prevent heart infection from mouth bacteria
Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are the most important ways to reduce risk of a heart infection called infective endocarditis caused by bacteria in the mouth. There are four categories of heart patients considered to be at highest risk for adverse outcomes from infective endocarditis, and only these patients are recommended to receive preventive antibiotic treatment prior to invasive den
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Early, intensive marine resource exploitation by Middle Stone Age humans at Ysterfontein 1 rockshelter, South Africa [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]
Modern human behavioral innovations from the Middle Stone Age (MSA) include the earliest indicators of full coastal adaptation evidenced by shell middens, yet many MSA middens remain poorly dated. We apply 230Th/U burial dating to ostrich eggshells (OES) from Ysterfontein 1 (YFT1, Western Cape, South Africa), a stratified MSA shell…
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Magic mushrooms show promise in treatment for depression, study says
Trial suggests psilocybin combined with psychological therapy is as effective as antidepressant drug Magic mushrooms have a long and rich history. Now scientists say they could play an important role in the future, with their active ingredient a promising treatment for depression. The results from a small, phase two clinical trial have revealed that two doses of psilocybin appears to be as effect
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Single Pfizer or AstraZeneca dose produces strong antibody response
Scientists say AstraZeneca vaccine has greater effect when it comes to cellular response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A single dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine generates a big protective antibody response against the coronavirus in people 80 and over, researchers have found. The first study to look at the comparative performance
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Roman site uncovered in Scarborough hailed as first of its kind in UK
Remains of buildings near Yorkshire town said to be 'most important Roman discovery of last decade' When developers broke ground on the outskirts of Scarborough, they were hoping to build a housing estate ideal for first-time buyers, families and professionals, with en suites, off-street parking and integrated kitchens galore. But before shovels had even hit earth, they found someone else had got
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Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research 'was 97% publicly funded'
Analysis rebuts claim by Boris Johnson that jab was developed 'because of greed' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage At least 97% of the funding for the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been identified as coming from taxpayers or charitable trusts, according to the first attempt to reconstruct who paid for the decades of research that led to the
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How UK doctor linked rare blood-clotting to AstraZeneca Covid jab
Prof Marie Scully developed a diagnostic test at University College London hospital after seeing rare side-effect in patient Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Marie Scully was alarmed and puzzled. "It didn't make sense," she said. The consultant haematologist at University College London hospital (UCLH) had seen patients with blood clots in the brain and low platelets
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Apparently just by talking about it, I'm super-spreading long Covid | George Monbiot
A professor has suggested that press coverage could make people believe they have the condition Rejoice! A mystery has been solved. We now have an explanation for long Covid, a condition afflicting many thousands of people . A super-spreader has been identified. Important as this finding is, I'm reluctant to call for the vector to be eradicated. Why? Because it's me. In a presentation to the rein
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Hundreds Of Companies Call For U.S. To Slash Carbon Emissions
In a move to curb climate change, an open letter from companies including Apple and Walmart calls on the Biden administration to cut U.S. emissions to at least half of 2005 levels by 2030. (Image credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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America Has Pandemic Senioritis
On February 25, I got my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine bright and early, picked up a breakfast burrito on the walk home, and spent the rest of the day sitting in my desk chair, doing what can only be described as vibing. I felt a little bit stoned, like I had taken a low-grade edible instead of being shot up with cutting-edge technology that would help end a year-long global disaster. This acu
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Taylor Swift Knew Everything When She Was Young
At 18, Taylor Swift had some regrets. Across her smash second album, Fearless , Swift sang about moments she wanted to relive and, in some cases, rewrite. "Wish you could go back / And tell yourself what you know now," she said on "15," a reminiscence about her freshman year of high school. On "White Horse," she chided, "Stupid girl, I should've known," as she thought back to a breakup. The album
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Tinnitus helpline reports a surge in calls since start of the coronavirus pandemic
Scientists are concerned virus or medication used for treating Covid-19 is causing ear damage Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More people are complaining of developing tinnitus for the first time or have found their symptoms have worsened since the start of the pandemic, according to scientists and other leading experts who specialise in the condition. The British Ti
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A Lawsuit Over Frozen Embryos
Elaine Meyer and Barry Prizant had given up on having more than one child. Then, in their 60s, they got a letter from the hospital where they'd long ago had IVF treatment.
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COVID-19 Vaccines Are Entering Uncharted Immune Territory
In early March 2020, Rick Phillips, 63, and his wife, Sheryl Phillips, quietly cloistered themselves in their Indianapolis home. They swore off markets, movie theaters, the gym, and, hardest of all, visits with their three young grandchildren. This April, three weeks after receiving her second shot of Pfizer's vaccine, Sheryl broke her social fast and walked into a grocery store for the first tim
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The Blue States That Make It Hardest to Vote
I f President Joe Biden wants to vote by mail next year in Delaware, he'll have to provide a valid reason for why he can't make the two-hour drive from the White House back to his polling place in Wilmington. Luckily for him, Biden's line of work allows him to cast an absentee ballot: Being president counts as "public service" under state law. Most Delaware residents, however, won't have such a c
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Outcry as Video Shows Robodog Patrolling With NYPD
A new video going viral on Twitter shows a robot police dog patrolling with cops from the New York City police department. The unit, a Spot robodog built by Boston Dynamics, can be seen going for a walk around a public sidewalk, surrounded by several police staff. Nah they really got these robot police dogs in NYC. This is wild pic.twitter.com/iG7CTPFevH — THEE DON (@1800SPOILED) April 12, 2021 T
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The New Face of Trumpism in Texas
I n 2015, in the Dallas suburb of Irving, the fates of two very different Texans collided. One was 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a precocious kid in a NASA T-shirt who had built a clock out of spare parts and brought it to school in a pencil case. His English teacher decided it might be a bomb, and the school called the police, who arrested Mohamed for bringing in a " hoax bomb ." Because Mohamed's
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This Theory Could Explain Many Military UFO Sightings
A fascinating clip of what appeared to be triangular or "pyramid" shaped UFOs flying over a US Navy warship circulated online earlier this month. The footage, obtained by filmmaker Jeremy Corbell, shows the mysterious objects caught on a night vision camera aimed at the skies over the warship. "I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel," Department of Defens
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The Rural Pandemic Isn't Ending
Americans will soon begin to fall back into the rhythms of pre-pandemic life—attending sunny summer weddings, squishing into booths at chain restaurants, laughing together at movies on the big screen—and it will feel like a victory over the coronavirus. But the virus might not actually be gone. In pockets of the country, vaccination rates could stay low, creating little islands where the coronavi
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MIT Researchers Release Music Made by Spiders
Great Acoustics Scientists from MIT just dropped an incredible piece of a brand-new music genre that we think could really take off: spider music. They created 3D scans of spider webs that they then imported into a virtual environment, allowing them to manipulate webs in different ways and convert the resulting structures and their acoustic qualities into music, according to a press release about
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Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine to be paused in US over rare blood clots
FDA and CDC release statement recommending pause Six reported US cases of 'rare and severe problem' US health agencies have recommended states pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, after reports of rare and severe blood clots emerged in six women. More than 6.8m doses have been administered nationally. Related: Coronavirus live news: US agencies call for pause of
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Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist
Indian coronavirus variant has potential to 'scupper' lockdown easing, says professor of immunology Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage India should be placed on the UK's "red list" for travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to a leading scientist. Prof Danny Altmann, from Imperial College London, said it was "mystifying" and "confounding" tha
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Japanese Prime Minister Challenged to Drink Radioactive Water Before Dumping It Into the Ocean
Shots Shots Shots Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the government could no longer delay its plan to dump radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean. The Japanese government has repeatedly insisted that the plan won't put biodiversity or people in the area at risk, but plenty of residents of Japan and neighboring countr
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Dogecoin Is Spiking and People Are Losing Their Minds
At first, it was meant to be a joke. But now the market capitalization of Dogecoin, a popular altcoin, has spiked to $40 billion, CNBC reports , after values skyrocketed and added $20 billion in value in just 24 hours. The shiba inu-emblazoned token was created as a "fun" alternative to Bitcoin back in 2013. But thanks to a massive surge in interest, led by communities on Reddit — and some promin
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Artist Sells NFT of Single Pixel for $1.7 Million
The Pixel The NFT isn't dead. A single pixel, a part of an NFT by digital artist Pak, sold for $1.36 million worth of Ether, Reuters reports , at the famed auction house Sotheby's. The work was part of a larger series of digital artworks that sold for a whopping $16.8 million combined. Most notable among them was "The Pixel," which as its name suggests, was an image of a single grey block. Three
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NASA Takes Emergency Action to Save Dying Mars Lander
Battery Saver NASA's InSight lander is in trouble. InSight, which has been conducting important research on the surface of Mars since it landed in 2018, is caked in so much dust that its solar panels can't harness enough energy to stay operational, Insider reports . NASA has been gradually powering down InSight's instruments and putting the lander into hibernation mode to save energy, and the age
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The United States Says It's Finally Cracking Down on Robocalls
When was the last time you answered a call from an unknown number? Robocalls have gotten incredibly bad in the US with untold millions of people plagued constantly by pesky calls from scammers. So far, the Federal Communications Commission has arguably done little to make a dent in the number of automated calls Americans receive. According to the latest numbers, Americans were hit by almost 46 bi
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Hundreds capture spectacular fireball pass uncomfortably close to Earth
More than 200 people submitted reports and videos of a fiery trail and apparent space-rock explosion To the American Meteor Society it was simply Event 2281-2021 , an unremarkable name for a spectacular fireball that made an uncomfortably close pass to Earth on Monday. A fiery trail and apparent space-rock explosion was captured on doorbell cameras and dashcams and was visible to stargazers from
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NASA Reportedly Chooses SpaceX to Develop Moon Lander
NASA Leak NASA officially announced that it's going to announce who it will choose to build a rocket capable of bringing the first astronauts to the Moon's surface since the Apollo missions. But news of the decision may have just leaked to The Washington Post a little early. According to documents obtained by the newspaper, NASA has officially chosen Elon Musk's SpaceX to to build a lunar lander
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Restoring the 'Soul of the Nation' Means Taking in Refugees
One of the Trump administration's early priorities was engineering a whiter America through immigration restrictions. We know this because it told us so. "U.S. demographics have been changing rapidly—and undesirably in the eyes of top Trump aides, including his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, and domestic policy advisor Stephen Miller," the Los Angeles Times reported in February 2017. The tr
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Mobile Weapon System Kills Entire Drone Swarms Using Microwaves
Microwave Blast Los Angeles-based startup Epirus has an idea to take out enemy drone swarms: a weapon that blasts out beams of high-power microwaves. The weapon, dubbed Leonidas, is small enough to fit on the back of a pickup truck and can emit powerful microwaves that force target drones out of the sky, New Scientist reports . "Our systems allow us the capability to widen or narrow the beam and
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The science of hugging, and why we're missing it so much during the pandemic | Susannah Walker
To understand why so many are craving human touch we can look to our evolutionary history – and the secrets of our skin Dr Susannah Walker is a reader in behavioural neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University "What I miss," said one colleague last spring, during one of our weekly online team meetings, "are hugs, great big man-hugs, like I share with my dad and close male friends." The sense
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Atom interferometry demonstrated in space for the first time
Extremely precise measurements are possible using atom interferometers that employ the wave character of atoms for this purpose. They can thus be used, for example, to measure the gravitational field of the Earth or to detect gravitational waves. A team of scientists from Germany has now managed to successfully perform atom interferometry in space for the first time—on board a sounding rocket. "We
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Not Very Surprisingly, NFT Prices Are Now Crashing
They were meant to revolutionize the art collection market — but just as many predicted , as Bloomberg reports , the prices of non-fungible tokens or NFTs are now crashing. According to a recent report by NonFungible.com , an NFT marketplaces tracker, the value of NFTs has collapsed by almost 70 percent from its peak in February. Earlier this year, the blockchain-based digital certificates that g
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'Like hunting for unicorns': Australians on the search for adequate, affordable mental healthcare
Countless inquiries have found the same problems afflicting the mental health system, but cost and access barriers still leave those seeking and providing care in despair 'The worst it's ever been': Guardian readers tell us about Australia's mental health system Many Australians experience the country's mental health system as inadequate, dangerous and financially punishing, saying they often fee
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Wilhelm Reich: the strange, prescient sexologist who sought to set us free
He believed orgasms could be a healing force and coined the term 'sexual revolution'. Reich's understanding of the body is vital in our age of protests and patriarchy, writes Olivia Laing There are certain people who speak directly into their moment, and others who leave a message for history to decipher, whose work gains in relevance or whose life becomes uncannily meaningful decades after their
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Study: Humanity Has Ravaged All But 3 Percent of The Land on Earth
Global Domination New research shows that humanity's influence has already altered about 97 percent of the land on the planet. Very little of the land surface on the Earth — just 2.8 percent — can still be considered "functionally intact," according to a study published Thursday in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change . Therefore, the study's authors, who hail from a long list of un
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Oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel identified on ancient shard of pottery
A team of researchers from the Austrian Academy of Science's, Austrian Archaeological Institute, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archeology, has identified a piece of writing on a shard of pottery unearthed in 2018 at the Lachish archaeological site as the oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel. In their paper published in Cambridge University Press's, Antiquity, the gr
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India Covid variant found in UK specimens taken in February
Researchers worry that 'variant under investigation' contains mutations that could help it evade immune response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first of the 77 cases of the India variant of coronavirus found in the UK were detected in specimens dating back to February, the Guardian has learned. On Thursday Public Health England (PHE) revealed that 77 cases of a
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'That's a lot of teeth': 2.5 billion T rex walked the earth, researchers find
Experts calculate the total number of the dinosaurs that lived over 127,000 generations One Tyrannosaurus rex seems scary enough. Now picture 2.5 billion of them. That's how many of the fierce dinosaur king probably roamed Earth over the course of a couple of million years, a new study finds. Using calculations based on body size, sexual maturity and the creatures' energy needs, a team at the Uni
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Researchers establish the first entanglement-based quantum network
A team of researchers from QuTech in the Netherlands reports realization of the first multi-node quantum network, connecting three quantum processors. In addition, they achieved a proof-of-principle demonstration of key quantum network protocols. Their findings mark an important milestone toward the future quantum internet and have now been published in Science.
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Nuclear DNA from sediments helps unlock ancient human history
The field of ancient DNA has revealed important aspects of human evolutionary past, including relationships with Denisovans and Neandertals. These studies have relied on DNA from bones and teeth, which store DNA and protect it from the environment. But such skeletal remains are exceedingly rare, leaving large parts of human history inaccessible to genetic analysis.
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Researchers identify five double star systems potentially suitable for life
Almost half a century ago the creators of Star Wars imagined a life-sustaining planet, Tatooine, orbiting a pair of stars. Now, 44 years later, scientists have found new evidence that that five known systems with multiple stars, Kepler-34, -35, -38, -64 and -413, are possible candidates for supporting life. A newly developed mathematical framework allowed researchers at New York University Abu Dha
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Climate Research Station Abandoned Because It's Falling Into the Sea
Cruel Fate Scientists recently abandoned a climate research outpost in Cape Cod Massachusetts — because climate change struck back. Rising sea levels and an eroding coastline could engulf the National Weather Service station in a matter of months, The Guardian reports , so the station is being demolished before it falls into the sea. It's a bit ironic, but the research station's demolition serves
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Will Covid vaccines protect us against new variants? | Julian Tang
Outbreaks such as the South African variant that's emerged in south London will require constant vigilance as lockdown eases All viruses mutate. They do this to adapt and survive better in their specific host. The virus that causes Covid-19 is no different: it has moved from the animal realm, where it most likely originated in bats , to the human world. Since then, scientists have been locked in
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Carbon Emissions Could Plummet. The Atmosphere Will Lag Behind
The U.S. plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in the next decade. Scientists say it's crucial that the U.S. succeed. Still, many of the positive effects won't arrive for decades. (Image credit: Expedition 28 Crew/International Space Station/NASA)
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3 Different Futures for the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has entered regulatory purgatory. This morning, the CDC and FDA jointly recommended, "out of an abundance of caution," a nationwide halt to the single shot's rollout. The two agencies are investigating a rare blood-clotting disorder: In the six cases reported so far , all in the United States, women ages 18 to 48 developed an unusual type of blood clot within about t
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Snow chaos in Europe caused by melting sea-ice in the Arctic
They are diligently stoking thousands of bonfires on the ground close to their crops, but the French winemakers are fighting a losing battle. An above-average warm spell at the end of March has been followed by days of extreme frost, destroying the vines with losses amounting to 90 percent above average. The image of the struggle may well be the most depressingly beautiful illustration of the comp
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NASA Says Oops, Mars Helicopter Needs Software Update to Fly
Software Update NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity was meant to take flight in the early morning hours of Monday , marking the first time a spacecraft has lifted off the surface of another planet. But now it sounds like we'll have to be a little more patient. Over the weekend, Ingenuity's team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had to delay the mini-chopper's maiden voyage thanks to a software iss
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Special Ops Soldier With Jetpack Boards Ship in Amazing Video
Special Jet Suit Ops In a new video released by jetpack maker Gravity Industries, a jetsuit-wearing special ops soldier from the Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force can be seen boarding a ship — by flying there from a nearby pursuit vessel. It's a spectacular demonstration of Gravity Industries' flying technology. Rather than having to pursue and approach the ship in the tailing vessel,
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Nasa's Mars helicopter in first powered, controlled flight on another planet
Ingenuity successfully takes flight, hovering at height of about 3 metres before touching back down Nasa is celebrating the first powered, controlled flight on another planet after its Ingenuity helicopter rose into the Martian sky, hovered for a moment, and then gently returned to the dusty surface. The robotic craft climbed to an altitude of about 3 metres on its maiden flight on Monday morning
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Photos: The Culture Of Whales
Belugas play, a sperm whale nurses, and orcas teach their pups to hunt in a series of photographs from National Geographic photographer and explorer Brian Skerry. (Image credit: Brian Skerry/National Geographic)
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FAQ: America's New Promise On Climate
The U.S. is planning to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is America's return to the international climate stage. We break it down for you. (Image credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)
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UK Covid news: Boris Johnson cancels trip to India as pressure grows for it to be added to travel red list
Latest updates: PM's forthcoming trip to India cancelled as country's total cases reach 15m 'If we catch Covid, we die': UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafe Oxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.29am BST Matt Hancock, the health secretary, is making a statement to MPs on coronavirus at 3.30pm. Two maj
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Mars helicopter Ingenuity: Nasa about to try historic flight
If all goes to plan, craft will ascend to 10 feet above the surface of Mars, hover for 30 seconds, then rotate before descending Nasa on Monday will attempt to fly a miniature helicopter above the surface of Mars in what would be the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. If all goes to plan, the 1.8kg helicopter will slowly ascend to an altitude of three metres above
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OPINION: Doctors Should Be More Candid With Their Patients
As a doctor, I was eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in December, but I also was pregnant, and there wasn't yet much data to inform my decision. What I needed was a different kind of information. (Image credit: DrAfter123/Getty Images)
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A Distinctly American Problem Needs Systematic Investigation
Aviation deaths once looked like an intractable problem. Then the federal government began probing every plane crash with an eye toward preventing future loss of life. Our skies got much safer as a result. A similar approach could reduce police killings. A federal agency should investigate every single killing and significant injury caused by American police officers, who have long killed people
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Så minskar du riskerna med plast i ditt hem
Hormonstörande tillsatser i plast har flera negativa effekter för vår hälsa. Men genom att dra ned på mängden plast som kommer i kontakt med din mat, använda oparfymerade hygienprodukter och vädra dina nya möbler kan du dra ned på din exponering för kemikalierna.
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Så kyler trädens gaser ner planeten
Att träd binder koldioxid är välkänt. Men träd håller även ner temperaturen på fler sätt än många tidigare har trott. Träd släpper ifrån sig gaser och de gaserna har en nedkylande effekt på atmosfären. – Den ljuvliga doften av en tallskog är just sådana gaser, säger klimatforskaren Catherine Scott vid Leeds universitet.
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Who Wants to Watch Black Pain?
Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET on April 17, 2021. In the trailer for Amazon's new horror series, Them , Diana Ross's "Home" soundtracks a tender scene: A Black husband and wife in the 1950s survey their new house in wonder and dance in the living room with their two daughters. "When I think of home / I think of a place where there's love overflowing," Ross sings. But, as in the song, the tenor of the tr
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Walking or running in nature with a therapist is helping people heal
Outdoor therapy can help people to become reflective and their body language while moving gives clues to their feelings Covid has transformed the way many of us work and that includes the people who look after our mental health. For much of lockdown, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists have all had to venture into the world of online therapy, tackling their clients' iss
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AI ethicist Kate Darling: 'Robots can be our partners'
The MIT researcher says that for humans to flourish we must move beyond thinking of robots as potential future competitors Dr Kate Darling is a research specialist in human-robot interaction, robot ethics and intellectual property theory and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab . In her new book, The New Breed , she argues that we would be better prepared for the fu
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Pandemic made 2020 'the year of the quiet ocean', say scientists
Human-generated sounds faded substantially at height of Covid lockdown, studies show Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Covid-19 lockdown has produced the quietest year for the world's oceans in recent memory, according to a group of scientists working on a global map of underwater soundscapes. Noise pollution from ship engines, trawling activities, oil platforms, s
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Nasa picks Elon Musk's SpaceX to build spacecraft to return humans to moon
Space agency breaks with tradition by awarding $2.9bn contract to single company in 'big step' for moon-to-Mars strategy Nasa has chosen SpaceX to build the next-generation spacecraft that will return humans to the moon, further strengthening Elon Musk's grip on the burgeoning public-private space industry. The $2.9bn contract to build the lunar lander that will spearhead the Artemis program , Na
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What are the new Covid variants and what do they mean for the pandemic?
From Doug to Nelly and Eeek, we look at how mutations are affecting the battle against the virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage From the moment public health officials started to track new variants of coronavirus, it became clear that the same mutations were cropping up time and again and making the virus more troublesome. What are these mutations, what do they do,
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Pfizer CEO Says You'll "Likely" Need a Third Dose of COVID Vaccine
Getting both shots of the Pfizer vaccine may not be enough to permanently protect you against the coronavirus. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC yesterday that we may eventually need a third injection of the vaccine to serve as a booster when its protective benefits start to wane, or if the company reworks its formula to better protect against new variants of the coronavirus. "A likely scenario
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87 Neanderthal footprints found on an ancient Iberian shoreline
A team of researchers from Spain, Argentina and France has identified 87 Neanderthal footprints found on an ancient shoreline on the Iberian Peninsula. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes their study of the footprints and what they learned about them.
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A rich marine algal ecosystem existed 600 million years earlier than previously thought
The first photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms on Earth were cyanobacteria. Their evolution dramatically changed the Earth allowing oxygen to accumulate into the atmosphere for the first time and further allowing the evolution of oxygen-utilizing organisms including eukaryotes. Eukaryotes include animals, but also algae, a broad group of photosynthetic oxygen-producing organisms that now domi
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A Huge New Kroger Warehouse Is Staffed by 1,000 Grocery-Picking Robots
With the pandemic at long last starting to wind down, many of us are beyond eager to get back to "the way things used to be," that is, being able to interact with other humans, spending time in public places, and getting some measure of joy out of life. But some of our habits may be permanently changed , like doing meetings over Zoom, working from home, and shopping online. One grocery store chai
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How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 2030
Environmental groups and business leaders are pushing President Biden to cut U.S. emissions 50% by 2030. The question is: what kind of climate policies will work that fast? (Image credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL)
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Women in England almost twice as likely as men to be prescribed opiate painkillers
Experts worried about high use of drugs such as codeine and tramadol after prescriptions rose during Covid pandemic 'I was told to live with it': women tell of doctors dismissing their pain Women in England are almost twice as likely as men to be prescribed powerful and potentially addictive opiate painkillers, prompting experts to warn that female pain is overly medicated and not properly invest
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The universe is expanding – but what is it expanding into?
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 Scientists and astronomers tell us that the universe is expanding. But what is it expanding into, ie what's beyond the universe? Phil Town, Lisbon Post your answers (and new questions) below or send them to nq@theguardian.com
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La Soufrière Volcano: A Growing Humanitarian Crisis
Between 16,000 and 20,000 people were evacuated from the area around the volcano on St. Vincent. Some evacuees are with family and friends; others are fleeing the island entirely. (Image credit: Orvil Samuel/AP)
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US Spies Warn That China Is Building Space Weapons
Weaponizing Space The US intelligence community issued a dire warning that China, perceived to be "the top threat" to America's dominance in space, is taking steps to weaponize space. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a new Global Risk Assessment report last week in which it details an upswing in China's military and commercial activity in Earth's orbit. Chief am
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Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest
The winning entries of the annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced. This year, according to organizers, 74,470 images were submitted for judging, made by 4,315 photographers from 130 different countries. Winners in eight categories were announced, including Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports, and Spot News. World Press
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While species come and go, their ecosystems persist over millions of years
Mammal communities underwent long periods of so-called functional stability despite the waxing and waning of their constituent species over tens of millions of years, even persisting through several environmental crises. This is the main conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science by an interdisciplinary team from Spain and Germany.
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Human cells grown in monkey embryos reignite ethics debate
Scientists confirm they have produced 'chimera' embryos from long-tailed macaques and humans Monkey embryos containing human cells have been produced in a laboratory, a study has confirmed, spurring fresh debate into the ethics of such experiments. The embryos are known as chimeras, organisms whose cells come from two or more "individuals" , and in this case, different species: a long-tailed maca
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The Brain 'Rotates' Memories to Save Them From New Sensations
During every waking moment, we humans and other animals have to balance on the edge of our awareness of past and present. We must absorb new sensory information about the world around us while holding on to short-term memories of earlier observations or events. Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act and to think all depend on constant, nimble interactions between percepti
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SpaceX COO: "We Will Fly Large Numbers of People on Starship in Five Years"
Starship Transporter During a conference hosted by MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SpaceX COO and president Gwynne Shotwell reiterated the space company's desires to get its Mars-bound spacecraft Starship off the ground. "Starship is an amazing machine," she said, as quoted by SpaceNews . "I could not be more excited about a vehicle than I am about Starship," she added. "That is
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Harvard/MIT Researcher: COVID Definitely Could Have Leaked From a Lab
Despite a team of World Health Organization (WHO) investigators ruling that it was " extremely unlikely " that the coronavirus was accidentally released from a research lab in China, the idea continues to persist. Most notably, the head of the WHO said last month that he remained unconvinced by the investigation, especially because it was difficult for the investigators to access any raw data, an
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Expert: Neuralink Could Sell Your Private Thoughts to the "Highest Bidder"
Last week, Elon Musk's neural implant company Neuralink released a video of a primate, who'd been implanted with its technology, playing the game "Pong" with its thoughts. The technologically flashy but otherwise disappointing demo — neuroscientists first developed and demonstrated mind-control tech in primates decades ago — represented Neuralink's growing prominence in the public sphere, and rai
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Johnson & Johnson Halt Isn't Just A U.S. Problem
Soon after U.S. regulators paused the use of the J&J single-dose vaccine, health authorities in many European countries and in South Africa announced that they were also putting it on hold. (Image credit: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images)
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The J&J Vaccine Is Not a Tainted Cantaloupe
I am one of the nearly 7 million Americans with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine percolating through my tissue at this very moment. It feels good. The sensation of rising immunity to COVID-19 would almost certainly still feel good if I were a woman between the ages of 18 and 48, like all six of the vaccine recipients who later suffered from blood clots. The clots, which might or might not be related
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The New Historian of the Smash That Made the Himalayas
Earth is unique in plenty of ways. But Lucía Pérez-Díaz , a geologist at the University of Oxford, reckons that one of its most stunning novelties is its ability to constantly change its face. Our planet's ever-metamorphosing veneer is made up of colossal slabs of rock named tectonic plates: wafers of crust stuck atop Earth's upper mantle. They drift around at roughly the rate your nails grow, cr
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Flying giant pterosaurs had longer neck than a giraffe, say experts
Intact remains, discovered in Morocco, may help engineers create stronger lightweight structures Pterosaurs, one of the first and largest vertebrates to learn to fly, have often been seen as the cool cousins of the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. Now scientists have discovered the 100m-year-old secret to the success of the flying pterosaur: a neck longer than a giraffe. Continue reading…
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Study explores extremely luminous infrared galaxy WISEJ0909+0002
An international team of astronomers has investigated an extremely luminous infrared galaxy known as WISEJ090924.01+000211.1 (or WISEJ0909+0002 for short) as part of the eROSITA final equatorial depth survey (eFEDS). Results of this study, published April 6 on the arXiv pre-print server, provide important insights into the properties of this galaxy.
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What Was America Doing in Afghanistan?
T he soldiers living in the concrete maze of Combat Outpost (COP) Michigan treated the Taliban fire that poured in from the mountains as though it were weather: Bursts of machine-gun bullets were akin to drizzle, volleys of rocket-propelled grenades more like heavy rain. "It might not be worth going out into that," a tall, blond soldier remarked to a colleague, after the thump of an explosion on
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UK study on mixing Covid vaccines between jabs to be expanded
Researchers to examine whether mixing vaccines may give longer-lasting immunity against virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A major UK study examining whether Covid vaccines can be safely mixed with different types of jabs for the first and second doses is to be expanded. Researchers running the Com-Cov study , launched in February to investigate alternating doses
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Exit Strategy
In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy, the Biden administration is really the Trump administration but with civilized manners. In no respect is that more true than in the president's announcement of a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11 of this year, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought the United States to that country's star
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Watch This Breathtaking Time-Lapse Taken From Inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon
Crew Dragon Time Lapse NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, one of the ten crew members currently residing on board the International Space Station, shared a gorgeous time lapse taken by crew mate and Japanese space agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The stunning time lapse was taken from inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule nicknamed Resilience, which will soon be joined by a second capsule on April
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Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakomoto Is Now One of the World's Wealthiest People
High Score Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous figure who created Bitcoin back in 2009, is now one of the richest people alive — assuming the unidentified coder is still alive in the first place. Based on Bitcoin.com' s calculations , the roughly 1 million Bitcoin in Nakamoto's account is worth around $59 billion today. With additional funds like various Bitcoin caches, that would make Nakamoto th
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Study cements age and location of hotly debated skull from early human Homo erectus
A new study verifies the age and origin of one of the oldest specimens of Homo erectus—a very successful early human who roamed the world for nearly 2 million years. In doing so, the researchers also found two new specimens at the site—likely the earliest pieces of the Homo erectus skeleton yet discovered. Details are published today in the journal Nature Communications.
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Novel theory addresses centuries-old physics problem
The 'three-body problem,' the term coined for predicting the motion of three gravitating bodies in space, is essential for understanding a variety of astrophysical processes as well as a large class of mechanical problems, and has occupied some of the world's best physicists, astronomers and mathematicians for over three centuries. Their attempts have led to the discovery of several important fiel
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Domino's Starts Autonomous Robot Pizza Deliveries
R2-D(omino's)-2 Pizza giant Domino's is partnering with robotics company Nuro to bring autonomous robot pizza deliveries to Houston, Texas. Customers in the area can now have their pizza delivered by an adorable robot called R2, built by Nuro. The four-wheeled vehicle was first introduced back in February 2020 and became the first fully autonomous on-road delivery vehicle to be approved by the De
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Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows
While most followed restrictions, one in seven admitted to decreasing levels of compliance Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People under 30 were less compliant with Covid rules over the past year, according to survey data from more than 50,000 adults in the UK. While the still to be peer-reviewed analysis suggests most people followed lockdown and social distancing ru
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Microbes are 'unknown unknowns' despite being vital to all life, says study
Understanding these tiny organisms could be crucial to tackling threats such as coronavirus, but new research shows how little we know A new study has highlighted how little is known about microbes – the hidden majority of life on Earth. Life on the planet relies on an enormous quantity of bacteria, fungi and other tiny organisms. They generate oxygen, keep soils healthy and regulate the climate.
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Covid: trial to study effect of immune system on reinfection
Oxford scientists will track whether participants are reinfected when re-exposed to coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The immune response needed to protect people against reinfection with the coronavirus will be explored in a new human challenge trial, researchers have revealed. Human challenge trials involve deliberately exposing healthy people to a diseas
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New Warp Drive Research Dashes Faster-Than-Light Travel Dreams—but Reveals Stranger Possibilities
In 1994, physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed a radical technology that would allow faster-than-light travel: the warp drive , a hypothetical way to skirt around the universe's ultimate speed limit by bending the fabric of reality. It was an intriguing idea—even NASA has been researching it at the Eagleworks laboratory—but Alcubierre's proposal contained problems that seemed insurmountable. Now,
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Readers reply: the universe is expanding – but what is it expanding into?
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 Scientists and astronomers tell us that the universe is expanding. But what is it expanding into, ie what's beyond the universe? Phil Town, Lisbon Please email new questions to nq@theguardian.com Continue reading…
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Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air
An exhibition at London's Science Museum shows how far carbon capture research has come Tackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London's Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste, pens and y
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Tarantula's ubiquity traced back to the cretaceous
Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don't know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only mature males will wander to seek out a mate. How then did such a sedentary spider come to inhabit six out of seven continents?
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Elon Musk Takes Cybertruck for Off-Road Joyride
Off-Road Joyride During a recent visit to Tesla's factory in Austin, Texas, CEO Elon Musk decided to take a prototype of the company's long-awaited electric pickup, the Cybertruck, out for a spin. Videos of the event showed the brutalist truck drive over the site's dirt-covered grounds. Cybertruck at Gigafactory Texas! $TSLA #Tesla #Cybertruck #EV @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/g90Ml0NWTF — Tesla New
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What the Pandemic Has Done to the Class of 2020
Nina Berman / NOOR / Redux Noah Baumbach's 1995 film, Kicking and Screaming , opens at a college-graduation party. Students dressed in boxy suits and flouncy dresses mill around campus, savoring their final moments of collegiate aimlessness: Today I am a student, an English major. Tomorrow these identities will fall away and I will have no idea who or what I am anymore. A group of friends gathers
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Laos jars are slowly revealing their secrets
In the rugged province of Xieng Khoaung in upper northern Laos are scattered more than 2,000 large carved stone jars. They vary in size, with the biggest standing at just over 2.5 meters tall and weighing in at 30 tons. The jars are believed to have been used for funerary purposes, with human remains (including teeth) found buried around some of the jars.
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'They Just Feel That They've Been Violated'
People come to Shelly Hughes to get better. Most patients at the Washington State long-term-care facility she works at are there for the express purpose of getting well enough to go home. In a typical year, she would rarely see cases of "failure to thrive," the technical term for a sharp and sudden decline in health. But last year, multiple people who were expected to make a full recovery went in
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Surrendering Our Cities to Cars Would Be a Historic Blunder
Amid the devastation caused by the pandemic, an urban awakening occurred. It would have been international news on its own, had the health crisis not overshadowed it. As businesses and offices closed their doors, cities opened their streets for residents and restaurants hungry for space and socially distant outdoor activity—a radical transformation of asphalt into active places at an astonishing
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Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what's next for AI
Back in November, the computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Geoffrey Hinton had a hunch. After a half-century's worth of attempts—some wildly successful—he'd arrived at another promising insight into how the brain works and how to replicate its circuitry in a computer. "It's my current best bet about how things fit together," Hinton says from his home office in Toronto, where he's been se
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NYPD Robodog Involved in Arrest of Man With Gun
To the dismay of local residents, the New York City police department rolled out its newest toy earlier this week: a four-legged robot dog. The robot, a modified Spot model manufactured by Boston Dynamics, made an appearance at a public housing building . Videos taken at the scene show the robot dog entering and exiting the building's lobby. Now, new details are emerging about the incident. Polic
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Terrifying Mutated-Looking "Creature" Turns Out to Be a Croissant
Pastry Panic A mysterious creature caught in a tree caused residents in Krakow, Poland, to shut their windows and hunker down. "People aren't opening their windows because they're afraid it will go into their house," a woman recalled, as quoted by the BBC . The putative creature spent two days in the tree worrying onlookers. Eventually the Krakow Animal Welfare Society was called in, not sure wha
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Is it good for you? According to Nietzsche, it's better to ask, "Does it dance?"
Friedrich Nietzsche's body of work is notoriously difficult to navigate. He wrote in multiple styles, including essays, aphorisms, poems, and fiction. He introduced idiosyncratic concepts such as the free spirit, the Übermensch , eternal recurrence, ressentiment , the ascetic ideal, the revaluation of values, and the affirmation of life. He shifted allegiances: writing books, for example, in supp
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The $1 billion Russian cyber company that the US says hacks for Moscow
The hackers at Positive Technologies are undeniably good at what they do. The Russian cybersecurity firm regularly publishes highly-regarded research, looks at cutting edge computer security flaws, and has spotted vulnerabilities in networking equipment, telephone signals, and electric car technology. But American intelligence agencies have concluded that this $1 billion company—which is headquar
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Russia Is Planning a Moon Landing Later This Year
Luna 25 Russia is planning to launch a mission to the Moon's south pole — and it's scheduled for launch this October, Space.com reports . The mission, dubbed Luna 25, could be the first Russian moon landing since Luna 24, the country's third lunar sample return mission, which launched in 1976. The goal of the mission is to investigate ice deposits suspected to be buried beneath the Moon's south p
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Deciduous trees offset carbon loss from Alaskan boreal fires, new study finds
More severe and frequent fires in the Alaskan boreal forest are releasing vast stores of carbon and nitrogen from burned trees and soil into the atmosphere, a trend that could accelerate climate warming. But new research published this week in the journal Science shows that the deciduous trees replacing burned spruce forests more than make up for that loss, storing more carbon and accumulating it
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Ford CEO Mocks Tesla For Rolling Out Half-Finished Autonomous Driving
US carmaker Ford just announced its answer to Tesla's Autopilot. The hands-free highway driving system, called BlueCruise, is making its way into the Mustang Mach-E, the company's latest flagship electric vehicle. CEO Jim Farley took the opportunity to take potshots at the competition. "BlueCruise! We tested it in the real world, so our customers don't have to," the executive wrote in a tweet, an
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Why corporate diversity programs fail — and how small tweaks can have big impact | Joan C. Williams
Companies in the US spend billions of dollars each year on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, but subtle (and not so subtle) workplace biases often cost these initiatives — and the people they're meant to help — big time by undermining their goals. DEI expert Joan C. Williams identifies five common patterns of bias that cause these programs to fail — and offers a data-driven approach
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Researchers generate human-monkey chimeric embryos
Investigators in China and the United States have injected human stem cells into primate embryos and were able to grow chimeric embryos for a significant period of time—up to 20 days. The research, despite its ethical concerns, has the potential to provide new insights into developmental biology and evolution. It also has implications for developing new models of human biology and disease. The wor
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Anomaly in Earth's Magnetic Field May Be Caused by Buried Fragment of Ancient Planet
Scientists have long observed a growing "dent" in the Earth's magnetic field just above the southern Atlantic Ocean. The " South Atlantic Anomaly ," as it has become known, can wreak havoc with satellites and spacecraft that happen to pass over it. Now, scientists suspect it may have a connection to two mysterious blobs of dense material discovered in the Earth's mantle that recent research sugge
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How to Buy Happiness
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. Arthur C. Brooks will discuss the science of happiness live at 11 a.m. ET on May 20. Register for In Pursuit of Happiness here . I n 2010 , two Nobel laureates in economics published a paper that created a tidal wave of interest both inside and outside academia. With careful data analysis, th
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sucked Into Feud With Processed Meat Brand (Again)
Twitter can be an unusual place for internet discourse. It's a bizarre melting pot, where anthropomorphized spacecraft , outspoken political pundits, and billionaire CEOs meet to shout into the void of the world wide web. Sometimes, things can get a little heated — no matter how mismatched the two bickering parties might be. Most recently, the social media manager of Steak-umm, a processed meat t
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A NASA astronaut's lessons on fear, confidence and preparing for spaceflight | Megan McArthur
How does an astronaut prepare physically and mentally to launch into space? NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, who will take part in the SpaceX Crew-2 mission later this month, shares stellar life lessons on how to cultivate the resolve to do incredible things through preparation — and a dash of bravery. A rare glimpse at what it takes to literally shoot for the stars. (This virtual conversation, hos
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Sitting in a tin can: why sci-fi films are finally telling astronaut life like it is
New Netflix drama Stowaway is the latest in a crop of movies that suggests space travel is more random death and boredom than warp speed nine Anybody who fancies watching a new science fiction film this month can count their lucky stars. A Netflix drama, Stowaway , features Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim as a trio of astronauts who are on their way to Mars when they discover that
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The new lawsuit that shows facial recognition is officially a civil rights issue
On January 9, 2020, Detroit police drove to the suburb of Farmington Hill and arrested Robert Williams in his driveway while his wife and young daughters looked on. Williams, a Black man, was accused of stealing watches from Shinola, a luxury store. He was held overnight in jail. During questioning, an officer showed Williams a picture of a suspect. His response, as he told the ACLU , was to reje
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Indian jumping ants have ability to shrink brain and re-grow it — study
Colony does not perish when queen dies as 'chosen' workers shrink brains and expand their ovaries Few species in the animal kingdom can change the size of their brain. Fewer still can change it back to its original size. Now researchers have found the first insect species with that ability: Indian jumping ants. They are like catnip to researchers in the field. In contrast to their cousins, Indian
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NASA Considering Reality TV Show Filmed on Space Station
New Deal NASA has signed paperwork to explore the prospect of letting a company film what would be the first reality show set in space Space.com reports . The show, titled "Space Hero," claims to be "the world's first ever global casting show where contestants compete for a trip to the International Space Station," according to a statement, with flights being offered up by Axiom Space. Despite th
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Indian astronomers detect over 200 variable stars
Using the ARIES telescope, astronomers from India have inspected a young open cluster known as NGC 281, searching for new variable stars. As a result of this investigation, they detected 228 new variables. The finding is detailed in a paper published April 5 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
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The Alt-Right Has Lost Control of Redpill
Have you fallen for a famous great ape, the most lovable star of something called the "MonsterVerse"? You're Kong-pilled . Have you been convinced by a local restaurateur that an imported Italian oil is actually worth the expense? You're truffle-pilled . Have you inadvertently become entranced by Marxist perspectives on mass media and popular culture? You're Horkheimer and Adorno–pilled . All ove
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Watch Humanity Mold the Planet in Amazing Google Earth Time-Lapse
Fast Forward Google Earth just unveiled its biggest update in several years, a tool that shows 35 years of satellite footage to create a 3D time-lapse of how the planet has changed between 1984 and 2020 in a matter of seconds. The tool (you can access it here and yes, you can look up your house) represents a major upgrade over the existing Google Earth time-lapse feature, Gizmodo reports , which
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Study uses plankton genomes as global biosensors of ocean ecosystem stress
By analyzing gains and losses in the genes of phytoplankton samples collected in all major ocean regions, researchers at the University of California, Irvine have created the most nuanced and high-resolution map yet to show where these photosynthetic organisms either thrive or are forced to adapt to limited quantities of key nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus and iron.
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Vladimir Putin Is Reportedly Terrified of Gene-Hacking Experiments
Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly horrified that human gene editing will result in someone developing a weapon capable of wiping out entire populations and demographics at once. Insiders at Russia's genetics research programs say that idea is far-fetched, according the investigative news outlet Meduza . But military and security concerns are at the front of Putin's mind as the countr
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A Kidnapping Gone Very Wrong
Illustrations by Leonardo Santamaria This article was published online on April 15, 2021. T he Motel El Encanto in Hermosillo, Mexico, served a lavish breakfast that John and Andra Patterson liked to eat on the tiled deck near their suite. The couple would discuss the day ahead over fresh pineapple and pan dulces while their 4-year-old daughter, Julia, watched the gray cat that skulked about the
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Short duration of the Yixian Formation and 'Chinese Dinosaur Pompeii'
The Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota, renowned for its exceptionally well preserved volcanic-influenced ecosystem, was buried in lacustrine and occasionally fluvial sediments in northern Hebei and western Liaoning, China. It includes large amount of evolutionarily significant taxonomy, e.g. feathered dinosaurs, early birds, mammals and flowering plants, representing one of the most diversified terrest
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Vaccine Side Effects Q and A
So what's the side effect that caused the J&J vaccine pause? Blood clotting – but not the usual kind. This appears to be the same (or very similar) to the problem seem with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe, and both are very similar to a known syndrome called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia . That involves unusual binding to a blood protein, platelet factor 4, and it occurs in rare patie
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How Domestic Labor Became Infrastructure
Since the Biden administration released its infrastructure proposal, a semantic debate has arisen around a specific provision: the $400 billion in spending for at-home care for the elderly and disabled. Many Republicans and some Democrats have bristled that such spending—along with more robust family-leave mandates and investments in child-care access that are expected in a second package—is not
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Stellar feedback and an airborne observatory: Team determines a nebula to be much younger than previously believed
In the southern sky, situated about 4,300 light years from Earth, lies RCW 120, an enormous glowing cloud of gas and dust. This cloud, known as an emission nebula, is formed of ionized gases and emits light at various wavelengths. An international team led by West Virginia University researchers studied RCW 120 to analyze the effects of stellar feedback, the process by which stars inject energy ba
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The US Government Is Trying to Figure Out the Best Way to Nuke an Asteroid
Nuclear Deterrence When the almost-certainly-inevitable day comes that we spot an asteroid hurtling toward the Earth, our best chance for survival may be launching a rocket to destroy or deflect it away from the planet before it frizzles us up like the dinosaurs. It sounds like a pretty straightforward plan: Just shoot at the killer space rock and make it go boom , like in a game of "Asteroids."
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Surge testing may not be enough to curb Covid variants in UK, say scientists
Local restrictions may be needed, specialists warn, as South Africa strain is identified in London Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Local restrictions should be imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus variants when clusters emerge to avoid local or national lockdowns, scientists have said after the UK's biggest surge testing operation got under way. In south London,
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Henry Glassie: Field Work review – hypnotic glimpses of folk art in the making
This documentary about the celebrated folklorist also takes a leisurely look at the working methods of the artists he reveres There's an unmistakable slow-cinema vibe to this scrupulously observational documentary, which seems somehow to go on for weeks despite its 100-minute running time. The ostensible subject matter is American anthropologist Henry Glassie , who is college professor emeritus i
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Is the 'new muon' really a great scientific discovery? For now, I'm cautious | Carlo Rovelli
Physicists are always looking for eureka moments – but we should be careful with headline-grabbing announcements There is something curious about the great experiments and discoveries in fundamental physics from the past few decades. They have covered black holes , gravitational waves , the Higgs particle and quantum entanglement . They have led to Nobel prizes, reached the front pages of newspap
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4,000 to attend FA Cup semi-final as live sport cautiously reopens
Largest crowd at a major British stadium for more than a year will aid research into events reopening this summer Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A sporting record will be broken on Sunday when 4,000 football fans gather at Wembley to watch the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton. It will be the largest crowd to have watched a football match in a
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Left-Behind Suburbs Are a Civil-Rights Battleground
The death of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist killed by police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is a window into the future of civil-rights conflict in America. That Black Lives Matter was launched after a police shooting in a similar community outside St. Louis—Ferguson, Missouri—is not a coincidence. Both Brooklyn Center and Ferguson are small, older suburbs. Both have be
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The Danger of a 'Dudes Only' Vaccine
The Johnson & Johnson shot is teetering on the precipice of becoming America's "dudes only" vaccine. On Tuesday, the CDC and FDA advised halting the vaccine's nationwide rollout to investigate six cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder that's occurred in people within about two weeks of receiving the vaccine—all of them women under the age of 50. In an emergency meeting convened Wednesday by the
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Tesla Helps Cops Catch Man Who Committed Racial Hate Crime
Hello There A federal court charged 44-year-old Dushko Vulchev with repeatedly setting fire to a predominately Black church in Massachusetts thanks, in part, to video footage captured by a nearby Tesla's cameras . Vulchev reportedly set the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church on fire several times and slashing the tires of cars in the area, according to Gizmodo . Vukchev, who was
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NASA rocket to survey the solar system's windshield
Eleven billion miles away—more than four times the distance from us to Pluto—lies the boundary of our solar system's magnetic bubble, the heliopause. Here the Sun's magnetic field, stretching through space like an invisible cobweb, fizzles to nothing. Interstellar space begins.
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With the right price path, there is no need for excessive carbon dioxide removal
Technologies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, such as reforestation or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), are an indispensable part of limiting climate change in most scenarios. However, excessive deployment of such technologies would carry risks such as land conflicts or enhanced water scarcity due to a high demand for bioenergy crops. To tackle this trade-off, a team of researc
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Surge testing for Covid expanded to two more London postcodes
Households in Southwark and Barnet added to test drive in effort to curb spread of South African variant Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Surge testing has been expanded in London to two further postcodes in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa. On Tuesday it was announced that surge testing would be carried out in La
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Boomerangs return with greater insights into ample uses
If you thought all boomerangs were used solely for throwing and—hopefully—returning then think again, because new research by a team of Griffith University archaeologists suggests that Aboriginal Australians employed the traditional curved wooden objects for so many more purposes.
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Biden Can Redeem His Mistake
If the purpose of the Afghan War was to prevent terrorists from using Afghanistan to stage attacks on the United States, America could have declared victory and gone home years ago. But if the purpose was also to help build a durable state—to prevent the Taliban from taking power again, destroying the hard-won progress made by millions of Afghan citizens, and perhaps allowing radical Islamists to
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The Weekly Planet: The 1 Thing to Understand About Biden's Infrastructure Plan
Every week, our lead climate reporter brings you the big ideas, expert analysis, and vital guidance that will help you flourish on a changing planet. Sign up to get T he Weekly Planet , our guide to living through climate change, in your inbox. There are some real numerical humdingers in President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan . It pledges to fix 10,000 bridges and repair 20,000 mil
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The US says not to give Johnson & Johnson vaccines after a woman died from a rare blood clot
The US took the dramatic step of recommending that health-care providers stop giving people the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against covid-19 after six women who received it developed serious blood clots and one died. The US Food and Drug Administration described its action as a temporary halt to give regulators time to understand the apparent side effect. "We are recommending a pause in the use of
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Smoking cannabis significantly impairs vision, study finds
A study carried out by the University of Granada indicates that smoking cannabis significantly alters key visual functions, such as visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, three-dimensional vision (stereopsis), the ability to focus, and glare sensitivity. Yet, more than 90% of users believe that using cannabis has no effect on their vision, or only a slight effect.
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CDC Says Don't Take J&J Vaccine While We Figure Out Clotting Risk
On Tuesday morning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the federal government would be pausing its rollout of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine due to concerns about possible side effects. So far, 7 million people in the US have been given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of them, six women developed a rare
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How Radio Astronomy Reveals the Universe
If you ask an astronomer to choose the single most exciting picture in all of astronomy, many of us will point to a familiar orange ring . At a glance it may not look like much — a fuzzy glowing doughnut, bulging slightly at the bottom and, as of last month , streaked with curving lines — but in reality this unassuming circle is humanity's first glimpse of a black hole, with the colors chosen not
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Most-Vaccinated Country on Earth Has "Pretty Much Eradicated" COVID
According to a new paper published in the journal Nature today, the evidence is overwhelming: COVID-19 vaccines work, and they work well. In fact, Israel's vaccination program — the most expansive on Earth — has been so successful that it has "pretty much eradicated COVID-19 from Israel, at least for the time being," Weizmann Institute researcher and co-author of the new paper Eran Segal wrote in
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Astronomers Surprised to Find That Stars Compete With Each Other
Gas Guzzlers In a new study, Japanese scientists found that a star's final size doesn't depend on how big its initial core was but rather how successful it was at competing with its neighbors for resources. That came as a shock, as the astronomy community long assumed that the mass of a newly-formed core or one collapsed from a dead star — both the seeds of new star formation — had a much larger
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The Two Memos With Enormous Constitutional Consequences
One conclusion is apparent following Donald Trump's four years in office: A sitting president is perhaps the only American who is not bound by criminal law, and thus not swayed by its disincentives. What's astonishing is that this immunity has no grounding in actual law. It's not in the Constitution or any federal statute, regulation, or judicial decision. It is not law at all. Instead, the ban o
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I'm Not Ready to Perform
Last October, before the second pandemic wave took off in New York City, I had one last band practice in my backyard in South Brooklyn. Five of us were working on songs from my new solo record. Normally we'd play in the basement, but it's pretty low-ceilinged, and we'd read Zeynep Tufekci's recent Atlantic article on viral spread, so we were all hyper-focused on air circulation. My bandmate Sara
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An Ode to the Left Hand
Tim Lahan This article was published online on April 17, 2021. I raised the drumstick , brought it down, and a dreamworld opened beneath me. A dreamworld, to be clear, of incompetence. A dreamworld of crapness and debility. A slump in tempo, an abyss. I was sitting at my practice drum kit, attempting one of the signature moves of the late John "Bonzo" Bonham, of Led Zeppelin: triplets with a left
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New Details Emerge About Fatal Jetpack Crash
Jetpack Crash Daredevil jetwing pilot Vince Reffet tragically passed away in November 2020 during a training accident. While details about the cause of his death remained scarce at the time, we're finally starting to get a sense of what may have happened. According to a new report from the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority, as obtained by the Associated Press , Reffet didn't
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Analysing long Covid and managing anxiety | Letters
There is a greater need than ever for measured, up-to-date information about this condition, writes Prof Michael Sharpe. Plus letters from Robin Davies and Prof Paul Garner George Monbiot has written about post Covid-19 illnesses ( Apparently just by talking about it, I'm super-spreading long Covid , 14 April). He referred to slides he had obtained from a talk I was invited to give because of my
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When Your Best Friend Becomes an 'Aunt' to Your Kids
Each installment of " The Friendship Files " features a conversation between The Atlantic 's Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship. This week she talks with Judie, an introvert, and Kristi, an extrovert, about their opposites-attract friendship, and how Judie leaned on it when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer during the pandemic. Th
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You're Gonna Miss Zoom When It's Gone
I f there's a villain of the pandemic, other than COVID-19, it's probably Zoom. The videochatting platform is making people tired , it's making people awkward , and it's making people sick of their own faces. Zoom is such a shoddy substitute for real life that, according to o ne survey , nearly one in five workers has illicitly met up in person with colleagues to discuss work. And in another poll
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Britain must harness the social sciences to fight post-pandemic deprivation | Will Hutton
The wealth of research going on around Covid and inequality could be used to help everyone lead healthier lives Will Hutton is the incoming president of the Academy of Social Sciences For the past year the repeated government invocation has been that it will " follow the science ". As the world knows, the general direction of scientific advice, although there have been occasional dissenters and d
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3500 year-old honeypot: Oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa
Before sugar cane and sugar beets conquered the world, honey was the worldwide most important natural product for sweetening. Archaeologists at Goethe University in cooperation with chemists at the University of Bristol have now produced the oldest direct evidence of honey collecting of in Africa. They used chemical food residues in potsherds found in Nigeria. (Nature Communications, DOI 10.1038/s
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Ancient DNA hints at diverse Stone Age traditions of kinship
Genomes from University of Liverpool excavations of burials around some of the earliest houses in history contributed to a major study by an international team of geneticists, anthropologists and archaeologists, revealing more about the remarkable diversity of kinship types in ancient human societies.
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The Sun Never Set on the British Empire's Oppression
Late last month, the leader of Myanmar's junta, Min Aung Hlaing, stood on a huge parade field to recount the military's "immense prestige etched in the annals of history." Hundreds of soldiers who had not been deployed to quell an uprising against the country's coup marched in formation at dawn. Armored vehicles spewing black smoke rumbled alongside them. The speech marked Myanmar's annual Armed
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Why is it so hard to review the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? Data.
The future of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson covid vaccine remains in limbo after an advisory panel recommended taking a deeper look into reports of rare—and sometimes fatal—side effects. The US Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration advised suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday , after reports that six people who had received a dose developed rare bl
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Famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B just barely lets itself be captured
Two international teams of astronomers (with significant Dutch involvement) have published two scientific papers with new information about the famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B. In a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, they measured the radiation from the bursts at the lowest possible frequencies. In a study published in Nature Astronomy, they examined the bursts in the great
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Could muons point to new physics?
The first question ever asked in Western philosophy, "What's the world made of?" continues to inspire high energy physicists. New experimental results probing the magnetic properties of the muon, a heavier cousin of the electron, seem to indicate that new particles of nature may exist, potentially shedding light on the mystery of dark matter. The results are a celebration of the human spirit and
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'Polluter elite' needs to act first on climate change
A new report by the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behavior Change calls on policymakers to target the UK's 'polluter elite' to trigger a shift to more sustainable behavior, and provide affordable, available low-carbon alternatives to poorer households.
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Neglected tropical diseases are the landmines of global health | Albert Picado and John H Amuasi
They are 20 disparate diseases that, like mines, unduly affect the world's poorest people. Now there's a plan to eradicate them by 2030 In January the World Health Organization launched a new strategy for eradicating neglected tropical diseases, boldly setting targets to eliminate 20 of them by 2030. But what are neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)? There is no easy answer. The concept was first p
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A Tiny Ant Brain Is Still Too Big for Reproduction
For most ant species, nothing spells apocalypse quite like the death of a queen. A colony stripped of its monarch, the group's only fertile female and the sole source of eggs, quickly unravels, then dies—an entire society snuffed out. The captain does not go down with her ship; the ship goes down with her captain. Indian jumping ants do not abide by such dictatorial dramatics. They've evolved a w
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Protecting Crops Against a Spring Frost
Unseasonably cold temperatures across parts of Western Europe have threatened vineyards and groves of fruit trees, as frost damages delicate new buds. Days of record-low overnight temperatures have spurred winegrowers and other farmers to take action to protect their crops—some opting to spray water on their plants so a layer of ice will shield them from the frost, and others choosing to light ma
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A new warning sign to predict volcanic eruptions?
A recent study used data collected by NASA satellites to conduct a statistical analysis of surface temperatures near volcanoes that erupted from 2002 to 2019. The results showed that surface temperatures near volcanoes gradually increased in the months and years prior to eruptions. The method was able to detect potential eruptions that were not anticipated by other volcano monitoring methods, suc
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Megafauna extinction mystery unlocked
The rapid extinction of giant animals including wombat-like creatures as big as cars, birds more than two meters tall, and lizards more than seven meters long that once roamed the Australian continent is a puzzle that has long engaged researchers.
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Using emotion and humor to combat science misinformation
Misinformation in public debates about scientific issues such as vaccinations and climate change can be found all over the internet, especially on social media. In a new study, Sara K. Yeo, associate professor of communication at the University of Utah, examines why it's so difficult to detect science misinformation and suggests that using humor may help combat the issue.
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The DNA of lettuce unraveled: 6000 years from weed to beloved vegetable
Iceberg lettuce, oakleaf lettuce, romaine, and all other lettuces that we eat nowadays, descend from wild plants that were modified 6000 years ago in the Caucasus so that plant oil could be harvested from the seeds. After the ancient Greek and Romans further bred the plants to use them as leafy vegetables, lettuce also ended up on our plates over time. The special history of lettuce has been descr
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The observation of Kardar-Parisi-Zhang hydrodynamics in a quantum material
Classical hydrodynamics laws can be very useful for describing the behavior of systems composed of many particles (i.e., many-body systems) after they reach a local state of equilibrium. These laws are expressed by so-called hydrodynamical equations, a set of mathematical equations that describe the movement of water or other fluids.
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MIT Researcher: Sex Robots May Sell In-App Purchases During Intercourse
Superliminal Advertising As new robots are built to be increasingly social and designed to appeal to our need for emotional connections, a prominent AI ethicist warns that humanity may end up being exploited. MIT Media Lab researcher Kate Darling, an expert on tech ethics and the relationships and interactions between humans and robots, warned The Guardian that the way we talk and think about rob
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