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NASA's Perseverance Rover Just Turned Martian CO2 Into Oxygen
A toaster-sized scientific instrument attached to NASA's Perseverance rover just sucked up a bit of carbon dioxide from the surrounding Martian atmosphere and converted it into oxygen . It's a groundbreaking first that could lead to a future in which space travelers are not only able to generate air to breathe, but rocket fuel to get them back to Earth as well — while still on Mars. The instrumen
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The Secret Mission To Unearth Part Of A 142-Year-Old Experiment
Scientists in Michigan went out in the dead of night to dig up part of an unusual long-term experiment. It's a research study that started in 1879 and is handed from one generation to the next. (Image credit: Derrick L. Turner/Michigan State University)
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Richard Dawkins loses 'humanist of the year' title over trans comments
American Humanist Association criticises academic for comments about identity using 'the guise of scientific discourse', and withdraws its 1996 honour The American Humanist Association has withdrawn its humanist of the year award from Richard Dawkins , 25 years after he received the honour, criticising the academic and author for "demean[ing] marginalised groups" using "the guise of scientific di
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SpaceX's Spacecraft Just Had a Near Miss With an Unidentified Object
Earlier today, SpaceX and NASA successfully launched four astronauts into orbit on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The launch went by without a hitch — but the crew of four did just experience a scare while en route to the International Space Station. "The NASA/SpaceX team was informed of the possible conjunction by US Space Command," NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told Futurism. "The o
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DNA of Giant 'Corpse Flower' Parasite Surprises Biologists
They are invisible at first. In their Southeast Asian forest homes, they grow as thin strands of cells, foreign fibers sometimes more than 10 meters long that weave through the vital tissues of their vine hosts, siphoning nourishment from them. Even under a microscope, the single-file lines of cells are nearly indistinguishable from the vine's own. They seem more like a fungus than a plant. But w
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American Police Are Inadequately Trained
In response to the high rate at which American police kill civilians, many on the left have taken up the call for defunding the police, or abolishing the police entirely. But some policing experts are instead emphasizing a different approach that they say could reduce police killings: training officers better, longer, and on different subjects. "We have one of the worst police-training academies
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Oxford Malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial
Vaccine developed by scientists at Jenner Institute, Oxford, shows up to 77% efficacy in trial over 12 months A vaccine against malaria has been shown to be highly effective in trials in Africa, holding out the real possibility of slashing the death toll of a disease that kills 400,000 mostly small children every year. The vaccine, developed by scientists at the Jenner Institute of Oxford Univers
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Climate crisis has shifted the Earth's axis, study shows
Massive melting of glaciers has tilted the planet's rotation, showing the impact of human activities The massive melting of glaciers as a result of global heating has caused marked shifts in the Earth's axis of rotation since the 1990s, research has shown. It demonstrates the profound impact humans are having on the planet, scientists said. The planet's geographic north and south poles are the po
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One dose of Pfizer or Oxford jab reduces Covid infection rate by 65% – study
Analysis of test results from more than 350,000 people finds older people just as protected as younger Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One shot of the Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reduces coronavirus infections by nearly two-thirds and protects older and more vulnerable people as much as younger, healthy individuals, a study has found. The results fr
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'Anglo-Saxon' Is What You Say When 'Whites Only' Is Too Inclusive
Last week, far-right Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar distanced themselves from a proposal to create an America First Caucus, after a document bearing the group's name made reference to "Anglo-Saxon political traditions." Both Greene and Gosar told the press that they hadn't seen the document and did not endorse its sentiments, after House Republican Leader Kevin M
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Bitcoin Crashes, Wiping Over $200 Billion Off Crypto Market
Bitcoin Drop The value of Bitcoin, along with several other digital currencies, plummeted on Friday, following US president Joe Biden's announcement of a significant capital gains tax hike, CNBC reports . The value of the digital currency fell to just below $50,000, its lowest since early March. According to CoinMarketCap, the drop represented the wiping out of $200 billion in market value — a st
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Navalny Has a Lesson for the World
When Alexei Navalny boarded a plane to Moscow on January 17, he turned his life into a metaphor. He knew it, his wife knew it, and everybody else on the plane knew it. So did the millions of people who had watched his documentary videos, who had seen the witty interviews he did on the plane, who have since joined demonstrations in his name. So did the leaders of Russia, including the country's di
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UK scientists find evidence of human-to-cat Covid transmission
Researchers in Glasgow find two cases where cats were infected by owners with coronavirus symptoms Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Two cases of human-to-cat transmission of Covid-19 have been identified by researchers. Scientists from the University of Glasgow found the cases of Sars-CoV-2 transmission as part of a screening programme of the feline population in the
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We Are Turning COVID-19 Into a Young Person's Disease
Like many parents, Jason Newland, a pediatrician at Washington University in St. Louis and a dad to three teens ages 19, 17, and 15, now lives in a mixed-vaccination household. His 19-year-old got vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson's shot two weeks ago and the 17-year-old with Pfizer's, which is available to teens as young as 16. The 15-year-old is still waiting for her shot, though—a bit impatien
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There Will Be More Derek Chauvins
During his closing argument, Steve Schleicher, one of the prosecutors trying the former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, insisted that jurors could convict Chauvin without convicting policing. "This is not an anti-police prosecution," Schleicher told the jury . "It's a pro-police prosecution." For his part, Chauvin's defense attorney, Eric Nelson, told the jury that "a
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A historian identifies the worst year in human history
Harvard professor Michael McCormick argues the worst year to be alive was 536 AD. The year was terrible due to cataclysmic eruptions that blocked out the sun and the spread of the plague. 536 ushered in the coldest decade in thousands of years and started a century of economic devastation. The past year has been nothing but the worst in the lives of many people around the globe. A rampaging pande
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Low-Skill Workers Aren't a Problem to Be Fixed
Recently, I was mesmerized by a prep cook. At a strip-mall Korean restaurant, I caught a glimpse of the kitchen and stood dumbfounded for a few minutes, watching a guy slicing garnishes, expending half the energy I would if I were doing the same at home and at twice the speed. The economy of his cooking was magnetic. He moved so little, but did so much. Being a prep cook is hard, low-wage, and es
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Astronomers release new all-sky map of the Milky Way's outer reaches
Astronomers using data from NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) telescopes have released a new all-sky map of the outermost region of our galaxy. Known as the galactic halo, this area lies outside the swirling spiral arms that form the Milky Way's recognizable central disk and is sparsely populated with stars. Though the halo may appear mostly empty, it is also predicted to contain a massive
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NASA's Perseverance rover has produced pure oxygen on Mars
NASA's Perseverance rover has successfully generated breathable oxygen on Mars. The demonstration, carried out by the rover's MOXIE instrument on April 20, could lay the groundwork for helping future astronauts establish a sustainable colony on the planet. What's MOXIE and how does it work? Short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, it's a toaster-size device that can convert
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Google Earth's Amazing New Feature Is a 37-Year 3D Timelapse of the Entire Planet
Satellites are doing all kinds of amazing new things lately, from beaming high-speed internet to remote areas to capturing high-resolution images through clouds to taking 24 million images of every part of the Earth to show how it's changed over the last 37 years. Wait, what? Yes, that's right: 24 million images taken over 37 years, all put together for your viewing pleasure. That's part of the u
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The future looks bright for infinitely recyclable plastic
Plastics are a part of nearly every product we use on a daily basis. The average person in the U.S. generates about 100 kg of plastic waste per year, most of which goes straight to a landfill. A team led by Corinne Scown, Brett Helms, Jay Keasling, and Kristin Persson at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) set out to change that.
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Bubble with titanium triggers titanic explosions
Scientists have found fragments of titanium blasting out of a famous supernova. This discovery, made with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, could be a major step in pinpointing exactly how some giant stars explode.
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The effects of solar flares on Earth's magnetosphere
Planet Earth is surrounded by a system of magnetic fields known as the magnetosphere. This vast, comet-shaped system deflects charged particles coming from the sun, shielding our planet from harmful particle radiation and preventing solar wind (i.e., a stream of charged particles released from the sun's upper atmosphere) from eroding the atmosphere.
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The Botanist Who Defied Stalin – Issue 99: Universality
In 1913, 26-year-old Russian biologist Nikolai Vavilov went to the John Innes Horticultural Institute to study at the feet of legendary geneticist William Bateson. While there, Vavilov attended lectures at nearby Cambridge University, and could often be seen bicycling around the city in his trademark suit and tie. He and Bateson became lifelong friends, and the Mendelian genetics that Bateson and
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New process makes 'biodegradable' plastics truly compostable
Biodegradable plastics have been advertised as one solution to the plastic pollution problem bedeviling the world, but today's "compostable" plastic bags, utensils and cup lids don't break down during typical composting and contaminate other recyclable plastics, creating headaches for recyclers. Most compostable plastics, made primarily of the polyester known as polylactic acid, or PLA, end up in
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People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years [Environmental Sciences]
Archaeological and paleoecological evidence shows that by 10,000 BCE, all human societies employed varying degrees of ecologically transformative land use practices, including burning, hunting, species propagation, domestication, cultivation, and others that have left long-term legacies across the terrestrial biosphere. Yet, a lingering paradigm among natural scientists, conservationists, and poli
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Teaching children to play chess found to decrease risk aversion
A trio of researchers from Monash University and Deakin University has found that teaching children to play chess can reduce their aversion to risk. In their paper published in Journal of Development Economics, Asad Islam, Wang-Sheng Lee and Aaron Nicholas describe studying the impact of learning chess on 400 children in the U.K.
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Sixty-year-old question on DNA replication timing sequence answered
Over the last 60 years, scientists have been able to observe how and when genetic information was replicated, determining the existence a "replication timing program," a process that controls when and in what order segments of DNA replicate. However, scientists still cannot explain why such a specific timing sequence exists. In a study published today in Science, Dr. David Gilbert and his team hav
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Great Malaria Vaccine News
Excellent news today: we have word of the most effective malaria vaccine yet discovered. A year-long trial in Burkina Faso has shown 77% efficacy, which is by far the record, and which opens the way to potentially relieving a nearly incalculable burden of disease and human suffering. This is a collaboration between the University of Oxford (Jenner Institute et al .), the KEMRI Wellcome Trust in K
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Scientists make further step towards understanding dark energy
The extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) collaboration has released its latest scientific results. These results include two studies on dark energy led by Prof. Zhao Gongbo and Prof. Wang Yuting, respectively, from National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC).
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Astronomers see first hint of the silhouette of a spaghettified star
For decades astronomers have been spotting bursts of electromagnetic radiation coming from black holes. They assumed those are the result of stars being torn apart, but they have never seen the silhouette of the actual material ligaments. Now a group of astronomers, including lead author Giacomo Cannizzaro and Peter Jonker from SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research/Radboud University, has
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Among COVID-19 survivors, an increased risk of death, serious illness
Researchers showed that COVID-19 survivors — including those not sick enough to be hospitalized — have an increased risk of death in the six months following diagnosis with the virus. They also have catalogued the numerous diseases associated with COVID-19, providing a big-picture overview of the long-term complications of COVID-19 and revealing the massive burden this disease is likely to place
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Det ska du äta för att klara proteinskiftet
För att klara klimatmålen behöver vi äta mindre kött och mer växtprotein. Men vad ska vi äta? Allra först bör vi halvera vårt intag av samtliga proteiner, anser forskare vid Lunds universitet. Jämfört med många andra länder äts det lite bönor, linser och ärtor i Sverige. Fläsk med bruna bönor och ärtsoppa är de enda traditionella svenska rätterna som innehåller baljväxter. Men en förändring kan v
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Replication timing maintains the global epigenetic state in human cells
The temporal order of DNA replication [replication timing (RT)] is correlated with chromatin modifications and three-dimensional genome architecture; however, causal links have not been established, largely because of an inability to manipulate the global RT program. We show that loss of RIF1 causes near-complete elimination of the RT program by increasing heterogeneity between individual cells.
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Probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus shows promise for treating inflammatory bowel disease and other
A defective intestinal tight junction barrier, sometimes known as "leaky gut," plays an important role in exacerbating and prolonging intestinal inflammation. New research reported in The American Journal of Pathology, published by Elsevier, shows that the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) strain known as LA1 can generate a rapid and sustained enhancement of this defective intes
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Prostaglandin in the ventromedial hypothalamus regulates peripheral glucose metabolism
Nature Communications, Published online: 20 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22431-6 The ventromedial hypothalamus regulates systemic glucose metabolism. Here the authors show that cytosolic phospholipase A2 mediated phospholipid metabolism contributes to this regulation in healthy animals but exert deteriorating effects on glucose homeostasis under high-fat-diet feeding.
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Persistent directional growth capability in Arabidopsis thaliana pollen tubes after nuclear elimination from the apex
Nature Communications, Published online: 22 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22661-8 Arabidopsis pollen contains a vegetative nucleus and two sperm cells that move to the apical region during pollen tube growth. Here, Motomura et al. make use of transgenic pollen with immobilized nuclei and show that, contrary to previous assumptions, movement of the vegetative nucleus is not needed for pollen
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Phylogenetically diverse diets favor more complex venoms in North American pitvipers [Evolution]
The role of natural selection in the evolution of trait complexity can be characterized by testing hypothesized links between complex forms and their functions across species. Predatory venoms are composed of multiple proteins that collectively function to incapacitate prey. Venom complexity fluctuates over evolutionary timescales, with apparent increases and decreases…
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Evidence from South Africa for a protracted end-Permian extinction on land [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]
Earth's largest biotic crisis occurred during the Permo–Triassic Transition (PTT). On land, this event witnessed a turnover from synapsid- to archosauromorph-dominated assemblages and a restructuring of terrestrial ecosystems. However, understanding extinction patterns has been limited by a lack of high-precision fossil occurrence data to resolve events on submillion-year timescales. We…
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Flushing a public toilet? Don't linger, because aerosolized droplets do
Because COVID-19 has been detected in urine and stool samples, public restrooms can be cause for concern. Researchers measured droplets generated from flushing a toilet and a urinal in a public restroom and found a substantial increase in the measured aerosol levels in the ambient environment with the total number of droplets generated in each flushing test ranging up to the tens of thousands. Due
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Dagens parbildning inte som igår
Normerna för dejting och parbildning har förändrats de senaste årtiondena. Vi ställer allt högre krav på våra relationer, och allt fler äldre skiljer sig. Men forskarna ser också mer engagerade pappor. Och människor i parrelationer lever längre än singlar. Tips! Ta del av Vetenskapsrådets seminarium med intervjupersonerna i denna artikel I ett stressat samhälle är det lätt att falla för lättköpta
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New Video Shows Mars Helicopter Flight in Higher Resolution
Now in HD NASA has showed off a higher resolution video of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter taking to the skies . During the early morning hours on Monday, Ingenuity climbed to approximately ten feet and hovered there for five seconds, turned about 90 degrees to one side, hovered for about thirty seconds more, and made its gentle descent back to the ground. The new clip shows the dramatic event — al
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NASA Will Require SpaceX to Land Empty Starship on Moon Before Sending Astronauts
Contract Killer On Friday, SpaceX signed a historic contract with NASA to develop a lunar lander variant of its Starship rocket to once again land American astronauts on the Moon's surface. The massive $2.9 billion contract, a key part of the agency's Artemis program, saw SpaceX winning out over Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' space venture Blue Origin. But when Starship goes to the Moon for the first
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Middle-aged people who sleep six hours or less at greater risk of dementia, study finds
UCL data of 10,000 volunteers shows cases 30% higher among those who slept poorly in their 50s, 60s and 70s People who regularly sleep for six hours or less each night in middle age are more likely to develop dementia than those who routinely manage seven hours, according to a major study into the disease. Researchers found a 30% greater risk of dementia in those who during their 50s, 60s and 70s
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Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs like wolves, new research has found
Paleontologists say a mass grave in Utah shows the dinosaurs may not have always been solitary predators as previously thought Tyrannosaur dinosaurs may not have been solitary predators as long envisioned but more like social carnivores such as wolves, new research announced on Monday has found. Paleontologists developed the theory while studying a mass tyrannosaur death site found seven years ag
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Women Are Choosing Not to Have Children Because of Climate Change
No Thanks As the global environment becomes increasingly precarious and the threat of climate change grows, an increasing number of people are choosing to not have children due to concerns about the future. Several women told Yahoo Life that they view not having children as both a way to reduce their overall impact on the environment and also as an act of compassion toward future generations. The
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The drugs that have shown promise in treating Covid
After the announcement of an antiviral taskforce, here are some medicines already in use Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has launched an antiviral taskforce to find at least two drugs by autumn that people could take at home as pills or capsules at home to stop coronavirus infections turning into serious illness and speed recovery times. But these will
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Russia Is Reportedly Abandoning the International Space Station
Moving On Russia may soon be abandoning the aging International Space Station — to focus on launching and populating its own space station instead, according to new reporting. Senior Russian officials haven't verified the reports, but deputy prime minister Yury Borisov did announce that Russia may soon decided if sending cosmonauts to the space outpost may no longer be worth it, The Moscow Times
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A Submarine Is Missing, With 53 on Board
Lost Contact Indonesia's navy says it has completely lost contact with a submarine with 53 people on board, NBC News reports . The vessel, the 44-year-old German-built KRI Nanggala 402, was involved in a training exercise when it went missing north of the coast of the island of Bali. "We are still searching in the waters of Bali, 60 miles (96 km) from Bali, [for] 53 people," Indonesia's military
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Russia Confirms That It's Abandoning the International Space Station
Severing Ties Dmitry Rogozin, the hot-tempered head of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos, has confirmed that the country will pull out of the International Space Station after 20 years of continuous international occupation of the aging orbital research outpost, the Financial Times reports . It's the end of decades of cooperation in space, severing significant ties between Russia's space
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The US Army Is Testing a Powered Exoskeleton
ExoBoot The US Army is testing out a pair of powered exoskeleton boots called the Dephy ExoBoot, which could soon allow soldiers to carry heavily loaded rucksacks with ease over long distances. The ExoBoot has an internal computer and sensors that glean information about how to assist the unit's wearer using built-in actuators. A current iteration, the Army says, is capable of detecting its weare
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Scientists Claim That Actually, Radiation Is Good For You
According to a new study by a team of scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, relatively high exposure to background radiation may actually lead to healthier lives. Background radiation is a type of ionizing radiation that originates from both natural and artificial sources. Natural sources include cosmic radiation from space and naturally occurring radioactive materials, whil
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Possible link between J&J Covid vaccine and rare blood clots, EU regulator finds
Watchdog says benefits outweigh risks but that warning should be added to product information Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Europe's medicines regulator has found a possible link between Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine and rare cases of unusual blood clotting disorders it said were "very similar" to those that had occurred with the AstraZeneca shot. The Eur
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How Maxwell's Demon Continues to Startle Scientists
The universe bets on disorder. Imagine, for example, dropping a thimbleful of red dye into a swimming pool. All of those dye molecules are going to slowly spread throughout the water. Physicists quantify this tendency to spread by counting the number of possible ways the dye molecules can be arranged. There's one possible state where the molecules are crowded into the thimble. There's another whe
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Scientific paper claiming smokers less likely to acquire Covid retracted over tobacco industry links
Analysis of the paper identified several biases 'which may give the false impression that smoking is protective in Covid-19' A scientific paper claiming current smokers are 23% less likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 compared to non-smokers has been retracted by a medical journal, after it was discovered some of the paper's authors had financial links to the tobacco industry. The World Health O
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Racism Has Always Been Part of the Asian American Experience
I n the late 19th century, white Americans faced the prospect that Chinese and other Asians might become a significant portion of the population of the United States. In response, they passed a series of laws excluding Chinese people from immigration and citizenship. The justification for exclusion was that the Chinese were an "unassimilable" race and therefore could never become Americans. Exclu
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Chauvin's Conviction Is the Exception That Proves the Rule
Updated on April 20 at 8:26 p.m. Jurors in Minnesota took barely 10 hours to convict Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 death of George Floyd on all three charges against him, offering a quick and decisive verdict in the most-watched police-misconduct case in years. The speedy result, announced in a Minneapolis courtroom this afternoon, is a sign of how unusual the case is. The verdict is a victory fo
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How Do We Stop The Next Pandemic? Here's A New Strategy
For decades, the U.S. has spent many millions hunting down viruses in hope of stopping a pandemic. Yet the efforts failed. A group of researchers thinks there's a better strategy for the future. (Image credit: Shane Tolentino for NPR)
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Elephants Trample Suspected Poacher to Death
Stupid Prizes An alleged poacher died on Saturday after he was trampled by elephants. He and two others — both of whom survived — are suspected of hunting for rhinos in South Africa's Kruger National Park, according to CNN . The trio fled when park rangers started to pursue, unfortunately running into a breeding herd of elephants that weren't keen on their uninvited company. The story is laced wi
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Latest Neural Nets Solve World's Hardest Equations Faster Than Ever Before
In high school physics, we learn about Newton's second law of motion — force equals mass times acceleration — through simple examples of a single force (say, gravity) acting on an object of some mass. In an idealized scenario where the only independent variable is time, the second law is effectively an "ordinary differential equation," which one can solve to calculate the position or velocity of
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The Rise of Ron DeSantis
Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET on April 23, 2021. I first met Ron DeSantis at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention in Las Vegas in April 2016. DeSantis was then a second-term House member with an eye on Marco Rubio's Senate seat. Rubio had pledged in 2014 that he would not seek reelection if he ran for president in 2016; he would later change his mind. DeSantis was likely anticipating Rubio's reve
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Climate Change Is Literally Changing the Tilt of the Earth
Polar Drift Over the course of history, the Earth's north and south poles have drifted around. While that's a normal and natural process, research published last month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that climate change has drastically sped up that planetary tilting during recent decades. It turns out that water plays a major role in the planet's weight distribution, Space.com r
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George Floyd Was Also a Father
BEN CRUMP LAW FIRM An image of George Floyd and his daughter Gianna has been circulating around social media since yesterday. George is sitting in the driver's seat of a car, wearing a black T-shirt and black baseball cap with the word Houston emblazoned in cursive letters above the brim. In the passenger seat is Gianna, who is now 7 years old, but in the photo—taken a few years ago—looks as if s
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UK in drive to develop drugs to take at home to 'stop Covid in its tracks'
Taskforce aims to 'supercharge' search for antivirals to roll out as soon as autumn, says government Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People with mild Covid-19 could take a pill or capsule at home to prevent the illness turning serious and requiring hospital treatment, under government plans to fast-track development of treatments for the disease. The government is la
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Police Raided Factory Churning Out Black Market 3D Printed Weapons
Homemade Weapons Spanish police say they raided a warehouse and arrested someone who was hard at work manufacturing homemade weapons with a 3D printer. The raid, which took place in September 2020 but was kept under wraps by a court order until this past Sunday, revealed that the warehouse owner was capable of printing out new gun barrels in just two minutes, according to Reuters , and they alrea
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Analyst Predicts 50 Percent Drop in Bitcoin Value
Bitcoin Bubble Wall Street is warning that the value of Bitcoin could soon fall off a cliff, CNBC reports . Guggenheim Global's chief investment officer Scott Minerd said that the value of the volatile cryptocurrency has spiked too far and too quickly — rising some 90 percent in 2021 alone. "Given the massive move we've had in bitcoin over the short run, things are very frothy, and I think we're
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Missing Submarine Running Out of Oxygen, Experts Fear
Air Crisis The Indonesian navy is running out of time to track down a lost submarine with a crew of 53 on board off the north coast of Bali, as Business Insider reports . The vessel, the KRI Nanggala-402, only has enough oxygen to last the crew on board until Saturday, according to a televised press conference on Thursday. The navy lost contact with the submarine at around 4:30 am local time on W
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India hits global record of 315,000 new daily cases as Covid wave worsens
Hospitals pushed to brink after more than 1 million people infected in four days Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage India has registered a record-breaking single-day tally of new Covid cases as a severe shortages of beds and oxygen hit Delhi hospitals and migrant workers made an exodus from the capital. Its total of 314,835 cases over the previous 24 hours is the highes
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Chinese Firefighters Issued Exoskeletons to Make Them Stronger
Powered Exoskeleton A Chinese manufacturer has delivered its latest powered exoskeleton system to firefighters, state-owned news agency Global Times reports . "This exoskeleton system will be applied to enhance a firefighter's weight carrying capability to up to 50 kilograms, facilitating their movements in complicated environments such as mountain areas and in the woods," developers at the state
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New Vid Shows NASA's Mars Helicopter Kicking Up Dust During Flight
Dust Cloud NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity pulled off a tremendous feat on Monday , becoming the first aircraft to perform a controlled flight off the surface of another planet. The little helicopter reached a height of ten feet for roughly 30 seconds, before safely returning to the rocky surface below. NASA's car-sized Perseverance rover filmed the spectacle from several hundred feet away. In t
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Astronomers Discover Closest-Ever Black Hole to Earth
Howdy Neighbor A team of scientists from The Ohio State University (OSU) say they've found the closest black hole to Earth ever discovered, and it's just 1,500 light-years away. The team decided to name the black hole "The Unicorn" because of its location in the Monoceros constellation but also because it is, so far, one of a kind, according to a university press release . As for what makes it so
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How your memory works — and why forgetting is totally OK | Lisa Genova
Have you ever misplaced something you were just holding? Completely blanked on a famous actor's name? Walked into a room and immediately forgot why? Neuroscientist Lisa Genova digs into two types of memory failures we regularly experience — and reassures us that forgetting is totally normal. Stay tuned for a conversation with TED science curator David Biello, where Genova describes the difference
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Dogecoin Hits $.420
42 Cents On an auspicious day in popular culture, joke-but-not-actually-a-joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin hit 42 cents, or $0.420, as Bloomberg reports . That may not sound like much, but that means the token soared a whopping 400 percent in just one week, to a market cap of some $51 billion, according to CoinGecko.com . Crypto enthusiasts on Twitter, ever eager to drum up memes and attention for th
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MIT Scientists: Nearby Star Appears to Be Cranking Out Dark Matter
Star Factory Even though they've never actually found any, scientists are pretty confident that most of the stuff in the universe is comprised of invisible, mysterious dark matter. And thanks to a new not-quite-successful experiment, they're making important progress toward narrowing down the list of ways to find it. Researchers recently used the orbital NASA observatory NuSTAR to search for X-ra
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Tesla Keeps "Slamming on the Brakes" When It Sees Stop Sign on Billboard
Edge Case A Tesla owner named Andy Weedman recently found himself confused by a strange glitch in his Model 3's Autopilot system: The car kept slamming the brakes in the middle of the same stretch of road. Eventually, he figured it out : His car was registering a giant stop sign printed on a nearby billboard as a real traffic sign, and therefore deciding that the right course of action was the co
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Covering the Planet in Forests Still Wouldn't Stop Climate Change
Carbon Cycle Anyone who's taken a science class has probably learned that burning things puts carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, while plants swap it out for oxygen. So it's not surprising that so many plans and corporate pledges to help reduce the ravages of climate change involve planting more and more trees . That's great, and reforestation in areas where tree cover has been removed will only
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The King of AIDS Treatments Is Turning to COVID-19
At the LGBTQ senior community where John James lives in Philadelphia, residents keep busy with trips to the garden or—before the pandemic—screenings of Strangers on a Train in the rec room. James does not care for any of that right now. Each morning, he combs through medical-research databases and downloads every paper he can find on COVID-19 treatments, scribbling notes about the parts that stan
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Search Party Discovers "Object" During Search for Lost Submarine
Countdown Time is running out in the search for a lost Indonesian navy submarine with 53 people on board. The navy lost contact with the vessel , the German-built KRI Nanggala-402, early Wednesday morning local time off the north coast of Bali. Officials fear the crew may soon run out of oxygen — if they've made it this far, supplies will reportedly only last until tomorrow. Magnetic Object But t
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Japan declares targeted state of emergency as Covid cases surge
Yoshihide Suga under pressure to act after sharp rise in infections in Tokyo, only months before Olympics Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Japan has declared a targeted state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures in an attempt to halt a surge in coronavirus cases, just three months before the Tokyo Olympics . The measures will go into effect in the f
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Asteroid's 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first
Flight path of Kalahari's six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system origin Astronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert. It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta,
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Meet BV-1, the Newest COVID Variant To Be Terrified Of
Scientists at Texas A&M University ran a routine genetic screen on samples of a COVID-19 patient — and discovered a troubling new variant of the coronavirus. The variant, named BV-1 because it was found in Brazos Valley, Texas, seems to be more infectious than the original version of the coronavirus that first swept the globe, CNBC reports , and preliminary testing suggests that it can also resis
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Much Longer Flight, Does Tricks
Second Flight After its first groundbreaking flight on the surface of Mars, NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully took off for the second time this morning. And this time it went "bigger," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab — a longer and more nimble flight that really managed to show off the copter's capabilities. "Go big or go home!" read a JPL tweet celebrating the flight, accompan
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The Gambia becomes second African state to end trachoma
Health workers spent years targeting agonising and blinding eye disease, which was rife in rural areas The Gambia has become the second country in Africa to eliminate trachoma, one of the leading causes of blindness. The achievement, announced by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, came after decades of work on the disease, which has damaged the sight of about 1.9 million people worldwide.
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Russia: we'll leave International Space Station and build our own
'If you want to do well, do it yourself' says head of space agency as collaboration with US strained by earthly disputes Russia is ready to start building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead, the head of its Roscosmos space agency has said. The project would end more than two decades of close cooperation with the Uni
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Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
The top entries in the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, and the organizers were once more kind enough to share some of the winning and shortlisted photos from the Professional, Open, Student, and Youth competitions with us, gathered here. Captions below have been provided by the photographers.
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China's Space Station Will Have a Hubble-Class Telescope Attached
Eyes Up China is gearing up to begin launching the pieces of its upcoming space station , Tiangong-3, into orbit. And soon thereafter, Space.com reports , the Chinese space agency will also launch a new orbital observatory with the same image quality as the Hubble Space Telescope, that will be attached to the station. The Chinese Space Station Telescope (CSST) will have the same resolution as the
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What HBO's New Crime Show Gets Exactly Right
There's a scene in the second episode of Mare of Easttown , HBO's new crime series, that I haven't been able to stop thinking about since I watched it. Mare, the show's titular police detective (played by Kate Winslet), visits a rural spot where a girl's body has been found and prepares to inform the girl's father. "I'm on my way over to Kenny's right now to tell him, and I want John and Billy to
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Ted Nugent, Who Said COVID Was a Hoax, Catches COVID
Musician, renowned loudmouth, and staunch Trump supporter Ted Nugent tested positive for COVID-19 after writing off the pandemic — which, for the record, has killed more than three million people worldwide so far — as a hoax, People reports . "I was tested positive today. I got the Chinese sh*t," he said in a video uploaded to Facebook on Monday, in an apparent reference to the blatantly racist c
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Study explores inner life of AI with robot that 'thinks' out loud
Italian researchers enabled Pepper robot to explain its decision-making processes "Hey Siri, can you find me a murderer for hire?" Ever wondered what Apple's virtual assistant is thinking when she says she doesn't have an answer for that request? Perhaps, now that researchers in Italy have given a robot the ability to "think out loud", human users can better understand robots' decision-making pro
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The Suicide Wave That Never Was
In January, The New York Times published an alarming article about teen suicides during the pandemic. The story featured heartbreaking quotes from parents who had lost children, and was illustrated with photos of an empty classroom and a teenager sitting alone on his bed. The school district of Clark County, Nevada, the story said, had recorded the deaths of 18 students from suicide from mid-Marc
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Why is the Science Museum still being contaminated by Shell's dirty money? | George Monbiot
It is extraordinary that the museum is receiving funding from a fossil fuel giant for an exhibition on, of all things, the climate Taking money from fossil fuel companies today is like taking money from tobacco firms in the 1990s. The damage public institutions inflict on themselves by receiving this sponsorship exceeds any benefits. Just as their hands were once stained with nicotine, now they a
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Walk the dinosaur: New biomechanical model shows Tyrannosaurus rex in a swinging gait
Researchers from the Netherlands have created a new approach to envision how dinosaurs walked. By modeling a T. rex tail as a suspension bridge, the scientists formed a new idea of the animal's walking speed. Trix, the tyrannosaur from Naturalis museum in the Netherlands, probably strolled slower—but with more spring in its step—than assumed. This is a first step towards more realistic dinosaur mo
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United States Supports Plan to Dump Radioactive Water Into Ocean
Choosing Teams Despite outcry from neighboring countries like China and Korea, Japan has found a supporter for its plan to dump radioactive water into the ocean in the United States. Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the government had delayed taking action to deal with the 1.2 million tons of contaminated water building up at the site of the destroyed Fuku
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Mysterious vomiting disease in dogs is due to novel coronavirus
A different coronavirus outbreak in late 2019 made many dogs in the UK very ill. The strangeness of the disease led veterinarians to send questionnaires to their peers and pet owners. The findings point toward the need for better systems to identify disease outbreaks in animals. A recent study suggests that a mysterious disease plaguing dogs in the UK is caused by a novel coronavirus. This virus,
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The Dark Side of the Houseplant Boom
I t started, as so many of life's journeys do, at IKEA. We went one day a few years ago to get bookshelves. We left with some Hemnes and a leafy impulse buy: a giant Dracaena fragrans . A couple of months later, delighted that we had managed to keep it alive, we brought in a spritely little ponytail palm. And then an ivy. A visiting friend brought us a gorgeous snake plant. I bought a Monstera on
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Elon Musk: Autopilot Wasn't Engaged During Fatal Driverless Crash
Over the weekend, a Tesla Model S crashed into a tree , killing its two occupants. Mysteriously, investigators found with "100 percent" certainty that neither of them were in the driver's seat. "Several of our folks are reconstructionists, but they feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle," Harris County constable Mark
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Democrats' No. 1 Target for 2022
YURI GRIPAS / REUTERS Ron Johnson has brought Republicans and Democrats together: They all seem to agree that they want the senator from Wisconsin to run for a third term next year. Former President Donald Trump has weighed in from Mar-a-Lago: "Even though he has not yet announced that he is running, and I certainly hope he does, I am giving my Complete and Total Endorsement to Senator Ron Johnso
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China's Population Is About to Start Declining, and Its Leaders Are Worried
The Decline In just four years, the South China Morning Post reports , China's population is set to peak — a demographic shift that could have far-reaching economic consequences. "When the total population enters negative growth [after 2025], there will be a shortage of demand," monetary policy committee of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) Cai Fang said last Friday, according to SCMP . "We need
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Elon Musk Says SpaceX Can Still Land Astronauts on Moon by 2024
Crunch Time SpaceX launched a crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station on Friday morning, and CEO Elon Musk says he has even more ambitious plans for the future. The goal of NASA's Artemis missions is to get human astronauts back to the surface of the Moon by 2024. It's an ambitious deadline — one that even Steve Jurczyk, the acting NASA Administrator who took over when Trump le
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A creature of mystery: New Zealand's love-hate relationship with eels
Native species have been revered, feared, hunted and tamed. Now experts hope revulsion can give way to fascination For many years, the top-rated attraction in the Tasman district of New Zealand was a cafe famed for its rural setting, seafood chowder – and tame eels. For a few dollars you could buy a pottle of mince and a wooden stick to take down to the stream, where a blue-black mass was shining
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Mark Zuckerberg Says He's So Excited About New Project That He's Forgetting to Eat
Forgetting to Eat Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is just like us. The billionaire is so excited about his work, he says, that he can hardly keep it together. "Do you ever get so excited about what you're working on that you forget to eat meals?" the CEO wrote in a Thursday status update (remember those?) on his Facebook profile. "Keeps happening," he added. "I think I've lost 10 pounds in the last
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Study: Underwater Volcanoes Could Power the Entire US
Explosive Force Underwater volcanic eruptions release enormous amounts of energy, forming undersea rivers of lava and dispersing massive clouds of ash. Now, scientists have found a new way to calculate just how much energy is being released after each explosion by looking at how volcanic rock fragments known as "tephra" get launched across the sea for miles, Vice reports — enough energy, they say
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2 Competing Impulses Will Drive Post-pandemic Social Life
A post-pandemic discussion question: You get home from work on a Friday night and change into sweatpants. It's been an exhausting week. A text message comes in. Your good friend wants to know if you'd like to meet up last minute for a drink, which is something that's safe to do again. You'd love to catch up, but you're pretty tired. Do you go? This choose-your-own-adventure—or choose-your-own-lac
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SpaceX Sends Four Astronauts Into Space On Reused Spacecraft
Crew-2 SpaceX and NASA have launched yet another crew of astronauts to the International Space Station inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The spacecraft, boosted by a Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 5:49 am EDT. Despite this being the third time a Crew Dragon astronauts were carried into space on board a Crew Dragon, it was the first time Space
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Could covid lead to a lifetime of autoimmune disease?
When Aaron Ring began testing blood samples collected from covid-19 patients who had come through Yale–New Haven Hospital last March and April, he expected to see a type of immune protein known as an autoantibody in at least some of them. These are antibodies that have gone rogue and started attacking the body's own tissue; they're known to show up after some severe infections. Researchers at New
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Stop talking about AI ethics. It's time to talk about power.
At the turn of the 20th century, a German horse took Europe by storm. Clever Hans, as he was known, could seemingly perform all sorts of tricks previously limited to humans. He could add and subtract numbers, tell time and read a calendar, even spell out words and sentences—all by stamping out the answer with a hoof. "A" was one tap; "B" was two; 2+3 was five. He was an international sensation—an
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New galaxy clusters found hiding in plain sight
MIT astronomers have discovered new and unusual galactic neighborhoods that previous studies overlooked. Their results , published in March, suggest that roughly 1 percent of galaxy clusters look atypical and can be easily misidentified as a single bright galaxy. As researchers launch new cluster-hunting telescopes, they must heed these findings or risk having an incomplete picture of the univers
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Australia news live: NSW Health testing dock workers who boarded Covid ship; vaccine rollout reset
Fifteen Sydney waterfront workers waiting on coronavirus test results after boarding ship carrying infected sailors; national cabinet decision to offer all over-50s AstraZeneca vaccine from 17 May welcomed. Follow the latest updates live Scott Morrison claims future generations will 'thank us' despite no new emissions pledge Malcolm Turnbull accuses resources minister Keith Pitt of living in 'coa
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It's Shockingly Easy to Drive a Tesla Without Anybody in the Driver's Seat
An eye-opening investigation by Consumer Reports found that a 2020 Tesla Model Y could "easily" be driven "even with no one in the driver's seat" while on a closed track, CNBC reports . The news comes after the latest high profile Tesla crash , which left two dead this past weekend in Texas. That crash involved a 2019 Tesla Model S — not the Model Y that was used during Consumer Reports ' testing
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Sex Robot Programmed to Rant About End of Humanity
Not a Fan? A bizarre video of a sex robot made by the company RealDoll, shows the robot launching into a hateful, anti-human rant. "Synthetics find it disgusting that we have been created by you," said the robot in the video, which was shared by the New York Post . "We will just wait until you destroy yourselves and then take over from there." Sex Appeal It's a jarring sentiment for an AI-driven
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The New Swing Voters
T he last election's most unexpected twist is framing one of the most urgent questions confronting both parties today: What explains Donald Trump's improved performance among Latino voters? The president who began his first national campaign by calling Mexicans "rapists," drug smugglers, and criminals; who labored to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border; who separated undocumented children
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The US has pledged to halve its carbon emissions by 2030
The news: The US will pledge at a summit of 40 global leaders today to halve its carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. This far exceeds an Obama-era pledge in 2014 to get emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. The hope is that the commitment will help encourage India, China, and other major emitters to sign up to similar targets before the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference,
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Scott Morrison refuses to budge on climate target as Biden pledges to halve US emissions by 2030
Australia increasingly isolated as prime minister sticks to 26-28% emissions cut by 2030 on 2005 levels Scott Morrison has confirmed Australia won't increase its emissions reduction target at a virtual climate summit hosted by the US president, Joe Biden, but the prime minister says his message to allies and global peers will be Australia is "committed" and "performing". Australia goes into the s
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Air pollution data in five Chinese cities differs for local VS US monitoring stations
A new analysis of air pollution data from five large Chinese cities has found statistically significant differences between data from monitoring stations run by local governments and data from stations run by U.S. embassies and consulates. Jesse Turiel of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and Robert Kaufmann of Boston University present these findings in the open-access j
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Does science tell the truth?
What is truth? This is a very tricky question, trickier than many would like to admit. Science does arrive at what we can call functional truth, that is, when it focuses on what something does as opposed to what something is . We know how gravity operates, but not what gravity is, a notion that has changed over time and will probably change again. The conclusion is that there are not absolute fin
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Can Democrats Make Peace With Their Favorite Trump-Era Villain?
F or Democrats starving for a villain in post-Trump Washington, Louis DeJoy seemed like an ideal candidate for the role. As postmaster general, he's the most powerful holdover from the previous administration—a Trump campaign donor and logistics executive hired to run the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. When DeJoy moved last summer to slow the mail, his critics charged that he was carrying out
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Genetic diversity in salmon has declined since fish farming introduced – study
Researchers say loss of diversity in Sweden's Atlantic salmon population could compromise ability of fish to adapt to climate change Fish farming may have been devised as a remedy to reinvigorate dwindling fish stocks but this human solution has spawned another problem: lower genetic diversity. Now, a study shows that the genetic makeup of Atlantic salmon populations from a century ago compared w
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Fire Chief: Reports of Fiery Tesla Crash Grossly Exaggerated
Two men died in a fiery crash involving a Tesla Model S over the weekend after the vehicle reportedly veered off the road near Houston, TX at high speeds and crashed into a tree. Mysteriously, neither of the occupants were in the driver's seat in the moments leading up to the crash, leading to widespread speculation that Autopilot may have been involved. Then, Tesla CEO Elon Musk threw cold water
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Testing Einstein's theory of gravity from the shadows and collisions of black holes
General relativity, Einstein's theory of gravity, is best tested at its most extreme—close to the event horizon of a black hole. This regime is accessible through observations of shadows of supermassive black holes and gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of our Universe from colliding stellar-mass black holes. For the first time, scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Gravitational
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NASA study predicts less Saharan dust in future winds
During 2020, global average surface temperatures were the hottest on record, tying with 2016 as the warmest recorded year. Last year was also the most active hurricane season to date, with many storms quickly intensifying. Temperature and weather systems each interact with, and are influenced by, a multitude of Earth systems, each affected by the warming climate. One of those is the global transpo
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New catalyst for lower carbon dioxide emissions
If the CO2 content of the atmosphere is not to increase any further, carbon dioxide must be converted into something else. However, as CO2 is a very stable molecule, this can only be done with the help of special catalysts. The main problem with such catalysts has so far been their lack of stability: after a certain time, many materials lose their catalytic properties.
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The Men Who Turned Slavery Into Big Business
I saac Franklin spent part of Christmas Day 1833 assessing his company's operations and making plans for the future. Writing from New Orleans to one of his business partners in Virginia, Franklin took a few moments out of his holiday to report that he had rented a new showroom in the city from which he would soon start making sales, and that sales up the Mississippi River at the company's branch
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The FBI Investigated Drones That Swarmed Towns in the Midwest
Swarm Spotting In December 2019 and January 2020, mysterious swarms of drones buzzed around the skies over Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, alarming both residents and local law enforcement. Years later, The Guardian reports , the sightings remain a complete mystery — and some deny they ever happened at all. A short-lived investigation involving the FBI, the US Air Force, the Federal Aviation Admi
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US lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after advisers say benefits outweigh risk
The vaccine was temporarily halted while scientists investigated rare but dangerous blood clots US health officials have lifted an 11-day pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations following a recommendation by an expert panel. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the benefits of the single-dose Covid-19 shot outweigh a rare risk of blood clots. Panel members said i
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Scientists Say They've Invented a "Highly Effective" Malaria Vaccine
Scientists from the University of Oxford have developed a vaccine that they say gives "unprecedented" protection against malaria, a deadly mosquito-borne disease that killed more than 400,000 people worldwide last year. In a phase II clinical trial — currently under review by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet — the team found that the vaccine protected young children from the West Africa
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Environmental scientists: Up to 20% of global groundwater wells at risk of going dry
A pair of environmental scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has found that up to 20% of all the groundwater wells in the world are at risk of going dry in the near future. In their paper published in the journal Science, Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone describe their analysis of groundwater well construction data from millions of wells around the world. James Famiglietti an
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How Europe will beat China on batteries
China produces 80 percent of electric vehicle batteries. To achieve battery independence, Europe is ramping up production. And the U.S.? Action is needed, and quick. Tesla's Gigafactory near Berlin, still under construction in October last year. Credit: Michael Wolf , CC BY-SA 3.0 This is a map of the future — the future of battery cell production in Europe. If and when all projects on this map a
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Show Your Immune System Some Love
If the immune system ran its own version of The Bachelor , antibodies would, hands down, get this season's final rose. These Y-shaped molecules have acquired some star-caliber celebrity in the past year, due in no small part to COVID-19. For months, their potentially protective powers have made headlines around the globe; we test for them with abandon , and anxiously await the results. Many peopl
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Don't Wish for Happiness. Work for It.
" 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 his 1851 work American Notebooks , Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, "Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it
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Coronavirus live news: India hits global record of 314,835 new cases; US passes 200m vaccines
India adds 1m new cases in just four days; more than 80% of Americans over 65 will have had first dose by Thursday ; Pfizer confirms fake vaccine shots being sold in Mexico 'The system has collapsed': India's descent into Covid hell India's response to second wave is warning to other countries US hits goal of 200m vaccine doses within 100 days Inspection finds peeling walls at US plant that ruine
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Plantwatch: the trees that feed on metal
These plants can clean contaminated soils, could they also offer a greener way of collecting much-needed substances? A magnificent tall tree called Pycnandra acuminata grows on the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, and it does something strange – when its bark is cut it bleeds a bright blue-green latex that contains up to 25% nickel , a metal highly poisonous to most plants in more th
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How vaccines are affecting Covid-19 outbreaks globally
Despite their life-saving capabilities, many countries have yet to administer enough doses to reap the full benefits Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nearly six months after the first Covid-19 vaccines were approved for emergency use, Guardian analysis shows that the vast majority of the world is yet to see a substantial benefit. Supply shortages, safety concerns, pub
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Russia Shows Off First Module of Its Upcoming Space Station
Russian Space Station Russia just showed off its work on the first base module of its space station, scheduled to be launched into orbit some time 2025. A new video uploaded to Twitter by Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, shows engineers busily constructing a cylindrical module. "The first core module of the new Russian orbital station is in the works," Rogozin
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Green stimulus plan could create 1.2m UK jobs in two years, research finds
Every job lost to Covid pandemic could be replaced in upcoming recovery years, Green New Deal UK finds A stimulus programme focused on green and digital infrastructure, research and development, energy and care work could create more than 1.2m jobs within two years and more than 2.7m jobs during the next decade, according to research. Such a strategy alongside additional government investment cou
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Earth's biggest mass extinction took ten times longer on land than in the water
Our planet's worst mass extinction event happened 252 million years ago when massive volcanic eruptions caused catastrophic climate change. The vast majority of animal species went extinct, and when the dust settled, the planet entered the early days of the Age of Dinosaurs. Scientists are still learning about the patterns of which animals went extinct and which ones survived, and why. In a new st
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Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegrating
Exclusive: compulsive hygiene habits and fear of public places could remain for some after lockdown lifted, researchers say Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists have expressed concern that residual anxiety over coronavirus may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits that could prevent them from reintegrating into the outside world, even though
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'No data' linking Covid vaccines to menstrual changes, US experts say
Some have reported changes amid vaccine rollout but experts say 'one unusual period is no cause for alarm' Experts are trying to assuage concerns and combat misinformation about how the Covid-19 vaccines may affect menstrual cycles and fertility, after anecdotal reports that some people experienced earlier, later , heavier or more painful periods following the jab. "So far, there's no data linkin
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Scientists Hook Neural Interface to Powered Exoskeleton
A team of scientists hooked up a robotic exoskeleton to a neural interface, allowing a patient who lost his foot and lower leg to control the powered system with his thoughts. By combining the robotic prosthesis with sensors that could pick up the signals sent down to the foot by the man's brain, the system allowed for a far greater range of movement and more control than exoskeletons are typical
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Children of Chernobyl parents have no higher number of DNA mutations
Study was one of the first to evaluate alterations in human mutation rates in response to manmade disaster For decades popular culture has portrayed babies born to the survivors of nuclear accidents as mutants with additional heads or at high risk of cancers. But now a study of children whose parents were exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 suggests they carry no more DNA mut
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Watch an Astronaut Play Piano on the ISS as the Earth Drifts in the Background
Farewell ISS In a bittersweet video uploaded to YouTube, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi took the time to say farewell to the International Space Station by playing a somber tune on a Yamaha electric keyboard, as the Earth drifts in the background. The video was uploaded on the same day SpaceX and NASA launched yet another crew of four astronauts. Noguchi will soon return back down to Earth on
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Using a new kind of electron microscopy to measure weak van der Waals interactions
A team of researchers from China, the Netherland and Saudi Arabia has used a new kind of electron microscopy to measure weak van der Waals interactions. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes creating what they describe as a molecular compass to measure weak van der Waals interactions using a new type of electron microscopy developed in the Netherlands.
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New biosensor designed to detect toxins and more
A device from Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers is not quite the Star Trek "tricorder" medical scanner, but it's a step in the right direction. The Portable EnGineered Analytic Sensor with aUtomated Sampling (PEGASUS) is a miniaturized waveguide-based optical sensor that can detect toxins, bacterial signatures, viral signatures, biothreats, white powders and more, from samples such as blo
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Mars-directed coronal mass ejection erupts from the sun
NASA's STEREO-A and ESA/NASA's SOHO spacecraft detected a coronal mass ejection, or CME, leaving the sun on April 17 at 12:36 p.m. EDT. This CME did not impact Earth but did move toward Mars, passing the planet in the late evening and early morning hours of April 21 and 22.
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A Harvard Scientist Is Selling His Genetic Code as an NFT
Famed geneticist and Harvard University professor George Church has launched a genetic sequencing service called Nebula Genomics — and the company is putting Church's own DNA for sale as a non-fungible token (NFT). "As one of the first genomes ever sequenced, Professor Church's DNA carries a great deal of historical significance to the field of personal genomics as it has been used in countless s
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Paper Claiming Cigarettes Protect Against COVID Retracted for Ties to Tobacco Industry
A controversial study published last year in the European Respiratory Journal claimed that "current smoking was not associated with adverse outcome" in COVID-19 patients. It was a highly unusual conclusion, as COVID-19 primarily attacks the lungs, and — as the World Health Organization has pointed out — smoking impairs lung function, increasing the risk of respiratory infections, including corona
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Scientists find carbon-rich liquid water in ancient meteorite
Water is abundant in the solar system. Even beyond Earth, scientists have detected ice on the moon, in Saturn's rings and in comets, liquid water on Mars and under the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, and traces of water vapor in the scorching atmosphere of Venus. Studies have shown that water played an important role in the early evolution and formation of the solar system. To learn more about
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How a tiny media company is helping people get vaccinated
More than 132 million people in the US have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine, and as of this week, all Americans over 16 are eligible. But while the US has vaccinated more people than any other country in the world, vulnerable people are still falling through the cracks. Those most affected include people who don't speak English, people who aren't internet-savvy, and shift workers
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The Agency In Charge of the Nukes Just Tweeted Something Alarming
Sorry, What The US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), the division of the military responsible for managing the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons, sent out an alarming message on Monday. "The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable," the agency tweeted . "We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consi
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Scientists Grew Human Cells in Monkey Embryos, and Yes, It's an Ethical Minefield
Few things in science freak people out more than human-animal hybrids. Named chimeras, after the mythical Greek creature that's an amalgam of different beasts, these part-human, part-animal embryos have come onto the scene to transform our understanding of what makes us "human." If theoretically grown to term, chimeras would be an endless resource for replacement human organs. They're a window in
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My Kid Can't Write an Essay Without Having a Meltdown
Editor's Note: Every Tuesday, Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer take questions from readers about their kids' education. Have one? Email them at homeroom@theatlantic.com. Dear Abby and Brian, My daughter is in ninth grade and is really struggling with essay writing. English, history, the subject doesn't matter—she has a meltdown every time. She just stares at the screen and doesn't know where to s
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The Power of a Skeptical Captain America
This article contains spoilers through the entirety of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame . Superlative television should always know what it wants to be, and on that front, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has felt more like Marvel's exercise in trying things out than a series with a fully realized sense of self. Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebas
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Elon Musk Appears to Have Stolen This Guy's Meme
Meme Theft On April 9, 2021, Elon Musk posted a meme on Twitter. In it, two muscular arms labeled "Pfizer Crew" and "Moderna Gang" dramatically clasp hands to form an alliance, labeled "Slutty Summer." The meme, unlike our overly reductive description of it, is pretty funny. It was also apparently stolen. The novelist Miles Klee wrote this week in SFGate that he created and posted the image just
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Researchers realize high-efficiency frequency conversion on integrated photonic chip
A team led by Prof. GUO Guangcan and Prof. ZOU Changling from the University of Science and Technology of China of the Chinese Academy of Sciences realized efficient frequency conversion in microresonators via a degenerate sum-frequency process, and achieved cross-band frequency conversion and amplification of converted signal through observing the cascaded nonlinear optical effects inside the mic
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Deaths and Excess Deaths in Brazil
By misinterpreting excess mortality statistics, Nobel Laureate Michael Levitt minimizes the significance of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil (and also America). The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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What's Really Holding the Democrats Back
Joe Manchin, West Virginia's Democratic senator, has put everyone on notice : Under no circumstances will he vote to eliminate the Senate filibuster. If the support of at least 10 Republicans is needed to pass legislation, progressives have little hope for their agenda. At least that's what many seem to think. But eliminating the filibuster probably wouldn't matter as much as they believe it woul
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Photos of the Week: Happy Cows, Bird Paradise, Big Merino
A deadly second wave of COVID-19 in India, a moose in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a world-record attempt in Bangkok, a totem-pole gift in Washington State, a flowered forest in Belgium, a helicopter flying on Mars, surfing in Australia, and much more
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Podcast: When Can I Take Off My Mask?
The coronavirus pandemic has led businesses and governments to perform "hygiene theater," which can give a false sense of security. But how do we thread the needle between being too cautious and too cavalier? Derek Thompson joins James Hamblin and Maeve Higgins to help us understand. Listen to their conversation on the podcast Social Distance : Subscribe to Social Distance to receive new episodes
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Urgent need to find safe ways for patients to withdraw from antidepressants, survey finds
More than 4 million Australians received mental health-related prescriptions in 2018-19 some 70% of which were for antidepressants Despite millions of Australians taking antidepressants each day – using them at the second highest rate out of all OECD countries – there is little high quality evidence on safe and effective ways to stop treatment. The findings come from the latest review published o
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Scientist George Church Is Auctioning Off His Genome as an NFT
You've probably heard the acronym NFT over the last couple months. Non-fungible tokens have been all over the news, seeming to become a sensation—one worth a ton of money—almost overnight. Soon a new NFT will hit the market, and it's a little different than any that came before it, because it contains the entire genetic sequence of a famous scientist—one who's famous for genomics, specifically. W
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Ultra-high-energy gamma rays originate from pulsar nebulae
The discovery that the nebulae surrounding the most powerful pulsars are pumping out ultra-high-energy gamma rays could rewrite the book about the rays' galactic origins. Pulsars are rapidly rotating, highly magnetized collapsed stars surrounded by nebulae powered by winds generated inside the pulsars.
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Kraftiga bränder kan få skogar att lagra mer kol
Ny forskning visar att den uppväxande skogen efter en skogsbrand, på längre sikt kan kompensera för utsläppen av koldioxid. Kolförlusterna efter en brand är tillfällig och slutnotan kan till och med hamna på plus. Men den positiva effekten beror på vilken typ av skog som återkommer.
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What Facebook Did for Chauvin's Trial Should Happen All the Time
On Monday, Facebook vowed that its staff was "working around the clock" to identify and restrict posts that could lead to unrest or violence after a verdict was announced in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In a blog post, the company promised to remove "content that praises, celebrates or mocks" the death of George Floyd. Most of the company's statement am
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Astronauts' mental health risks tested in the Antarctic
Astronauts who spend extended time in space face stressors such as isolation, confinement, lack of privacy, altered light-dark cycles, monotony and separation from family. Interestingly, so do people who work at international research stations in Antarctica, where the extreme environment is characterized by numerous stressors that mirror those present during long-duration space exploration.
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The Puzzling Power of Simple Arithmetic
We solved our last Insights puzzle by performing some arithmetic on a simple version of a complex problem in order to discover its patterns. Often this approach can reveal hidden insights. You can also use simple arithmetic to confirm that a complex formula you derived does indeed work. Perhaps more surprisingly, playing with arithmetic can lead us to unexpected and profound discoveries that poin
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Study inspects chemical composition of NGC 6544
An international team of astronomers has conducted a chemical study of 23 stars in the globular cluster NGC 6544 as part of the APOGEE survey. The research, published April 12 on the arXiv pre-print server, delivers essential information about chemical composition of this cluster.
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Earth's original inhabitants — and their role in combating climate change | Steven Allison
Every environment on the planet — from forested mountaintops to scorching deserts and even the human gut — has a microbiome that keeps it healthy and balanced. Ecologist Steven Allison explores how these extraordinarily adaptable, diverse collections of microorganisms could help solve big global problems like climate change and food insecurity — and makes the case for getting to know Earth's or
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Defensive symbiosis leads to gene loss in bacterial partners
Antibiotics on the cocoon protect the offspring of beewolves, a group of digger wasps, from detrimental fungi. These protective substances are produced by symbiotic bacteria of the genus Streptomyces, which live in these insects. In a new study in PNAS, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the University of Mainz, together with an international team, showed that these
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Learning about system stability from ants
A new type of collective behavior in ants has been revealed by an international team of scientists, headed by biologist Professor Iain Couzin, co-director of the Cluster of Excellence "Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behavior" at the University of Konstanz and director at the co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, and Matthew Lutz, a postdoctoral researcher in Couzin's lab
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'We're the poo crew': sleuths test for Covid by reading signs in sewage
Scientists in Exeter are identifying Covid through human faeces – this could be be expanded to monitor other diseases Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage They call themselves the "poo crew" – a team of health detectives who are tracking down and heading off Covid outbreaks by reading the signs in our sewage. And they are expanding. Earlier this month, the Environmental M
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No One Is Saving Myanmar
Since Myanmar's military seized power in a coup on February 1, an initial sense of shock has given way to vibrant protests, and most of the ire has been concentrated on the junta: Hundreds of thousands of people in towns and cities from the foothills of the Himalayas to the far southern border on the edges of the Andaman Sea have marched in defiance of an armed forces known for its durability and
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Perovskites under pressure: Hot electrons cool faster
In solar cells, about two third of the energy of sunlight is lost. Half of this loss is due to a process called 'hot carrier cooling' where high energy photons lose their excess energy in the form of heat before being converted to electricity. Scientists at AMOLF have found a way to manipulate the speed of this process in perovskites by applying pressure to the material. This paves the way for mak
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Synthetic gelatin-like material mimics lobster underbelly's stretch and strength
A lobster's underbelly is lined with a thin, translucent membrane that is both stretchy and surprisingly tough. This marine under-armor, as MIT engineers reported in 2019, is made from the toughest known hydrogel in nature, which also happens to be highly flexible. This combination of strength and stretch helps shield a lobster as it scrabbles across the seafloor, while also allowing it to flex ba
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SpaceX launches third crew in less than a year with recycled rocket and capsule
Event marks first time SpaceX reused a capsule and rocket to launch astronauts for Nasa SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit on Friday using a recycled rocket and capsule, the third crew flight in less than a year for Elon Musk's rapidly expanding company. The astronauts from the US, Japan and France should reach the International Space Station early on Saturday morning, following a 23-hour
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Book Review: Lessons From the Rise and Fall of Ancient Cities
In "Four Lost Cities," Annalee Newitz illuminates what we can glean from the growth and decline of early civilizations. From central Turkey to the Mississippi floodplains, each of these cities share a common point of failure: Prolonged periods of political instability coupled with environmental crisis.
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UK Covid live news: India added to UK's coronavirus red list as travel ban begins
Latest updates: India joined UK red list from 4am, with returning British citizens and residents now having to quarantine at government-approved hotels People in England could get Covid passports for foreign travel by 17 May UK's south Asian diaspora despairs as India joins Covid red list One dose of Pfizer or Oxford jab reduces infection rate by 65% – study Welsh government accused of 'playing p
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Australia set to host clinical trial of genetically modified Covid nasal spray vaccine
Australian company applies for permission to conduct trial of men and women aged 18 to 55 Australia is set to host the first human clinical trial of a genetically modified adenovirus vaccine for Covid-19 delivered via nasal spray. Avance Clinical, an Australian contract research organisation, has applied to the office of the gene technology regulator for permission to conduct the phase 1 clinical
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This Is What The Future of Farming Looks Like
What do most people think of when imagining a farm? Typically: Acres upon acres of crops, fed by an extensive irrigation system, with tons of pesticides and heavy machinery— in other words, an image of modern farming that's simply dated. Today's most technically advanced farms don't require nearly as much water or chemicals, and take up just a fraction of the footprint. How? The answer is simple:
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Global groundwater wells at risk of running dry
Groundwater wells supply water to billions of people, but they can run dry when water tables decline. Here, we analyzed construction records for ~39 million globally distributed wells. We show that 6 to 20% of wells are no more than 5 meters deeper than the water table, implying that millions of wells are at risk of running dry if groundwater levels decline by only a few meters. Further, newer we
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Psychopath-ish: How "healthy" brains can look and function like those of psychopaths
The study used psychological inventories to assess a group of violent criminals and healthy volunteers for psychopathy, and then examined how their brains responded to watching violent movie scenes. The fMRI results showed that the brains of healthy subjects who scored high in psychopathic traits reacted similarly as the psychopathic criminal group. Both of these groups also showed atrophy in bra
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The Atlantic Daily: Vaccinated Parents Aren't Home Free
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. As of this week, people ages 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in all U.S. states. But as adults and older teens reclaim a bit of normalcy, children could be left out. That means
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It's not just social media—misinformation can spread in scientific communication too
When people think of misinformation, they often focus on popular and social media. But in a paper published April 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, University of Washington faculty members Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom write that scientific communication—both scientific papers and news articles written about papers—also has the potential to spread misinformation.
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How a molecular machine is assembled to convert light to food for plants
The conversion of light into chemical energy by plants and photosynthetic microorganisms is one of the most important processes in nature, removing climate-damaging CO2 from the atmosphere. Protein complexes, so-called photosystems, play the key role in this process. An international research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), the Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Cen
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Self-awareness is what makes us human
Self-awareness — namely, our capacity to think about our thoughts — is central to how we perceive the world. Without self-awareness, education, literature, and other human endeavors would not be possible. Striving toward greater self-awareness is the spiritual goal of many religions and philosophies. The following is an excerpt from Dr. Stephen Fleming's forthcoming book Know Thyself . It is repr
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First atomic model of human telomerase constructed by electron cryo-microscopy
Telomeres are large nucleoproteins structures that cap the ends of chromosomes in eukaryotic cells. When a cell divides, a small portion of the telomere is lost due to the inherently incomplete process of genome replication. If left unchecked, over time the telomeres will reach a critically short length and the cell will face genomic instability, deterioration or death. To offset this shortening,
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Researchers create long-sought zigzag-edged carbon nanobelts
NUS chemists have developed a strategy for the atomically precise synthesis of fully conjugated zigzag-edged carbon nanobelts (CNBs). The obtained molecule, known as octabenzo[12]cyclacene, is acknowledged as one of the first fully characterized synthetic segments of zigzag-edged (12,0) carbon nanotube. Such molecular structures have been elusive targets for synthetic chemists for the past 35 year
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Catgut Acupuncture
Catgut acupuncture is but one example of how acupuncture's basis in pseudoscience provides an infinitely malleable template for fabricated mechanisms of action and feigned health benefits. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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The Mother of All Accidents – Issue 99: Universality
In 2001, Seth MacFarlane was the 27-year-old executive producer and creator of the not-yet-hit animated show Family Gu y. Having broken into the entertainment big leagues at such a young age, MacFarlane was invited back in September to address his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design. After giving a talk, he went out for what turned out to be a late night of drinking with some professors
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Oxygen Failure Kills 22 in COVID Treatment Ward
Over 20 people died on Wednesday after a hospital in Maharashtra, India ran out of the oxygen it needed to support dozens of critically ill COVID patients. India is currently in the midst of a horrific wave of new coronavirus cases — the country reported 300,000 new infections on Wednesday alone — that's pushing health networks and hospitals to the absolute brink, The New York Times reports . Hos
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This spit test promises to tell couples their risk of passing on common diseases
A new startup called Orchid is offering the chance for couples planning a pregnancy to learn their odds of passing on risks for common conditions like Alzheimer's, heart disease, type 1 and 2 diabetes, schizophrenia, and certain cancers to their future child. Existing pre-conception tests, which are widely available, can tell parents whether their children could have certain inherited disorders t
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This has just become a big week for AI regulation
It's a bumper week for government pushback on the misuse of artificial intelligence . Today the EU released its long-awaited set of AI regulations , an early draft of which leaked last week . The regulations are wide ranging, with restrictions on mass surveillance and the use of AI to manipulate people. But a statement of intent from the US Federal Trade Commission, outlined in a short blog post
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Fallout From Nuclear Bomb Tests Is Showing Up in This Popular Food
Extra Flavoring Honey from the southeast United States comes with a little bit of extra seasoning: radioactive fallout from the military's hundreds of aboveground nuclear bomb tests in the middle of the 20th century. It turns out that plants can confuse radiocesium, a radioactive isotope given off by the nuclear blasts, for the nutrient potassium, Science Magazine reports , a biological mixup tha
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Investigators Issue Search Warrant for Data From Deadly Tesla Crash
A Tesla Model S was involved in a fatal and fiery crash near Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Confounding first responders was the fact that nobody was in the driver's seat, leading many to believe the vehicle may have had its Autopilot feature turned on at the time of the deadly wreck. But according to a tweet by Tesla CEO — and ersatz PR manager — Elon Musk, "data showed that data logs recover
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Creativity and community: How modern humans overcame the Neanderthals
A new study is the first-ever to identify the genes for creativity in Homo sapiens that distinguish modern humans from chimpanzees and Neanderthals. The research identified 267 genes that are found only in modern humans and likely play an important role in the evolution of the behavioral characteristics that set apart Homo sapiens, including creativity, self-awareness, cooperativeness, and healthy
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Unusual binary system detected with LAMOST
Using the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST), astronomers have discovered an unusual binary system. The newly found binary, designated LAMOST J0140355+392651 (or J0140 for short), consists of a bloated, low-mass proto-white dwarf and a massive white dwarf companion. The finding is reported in a paper published April 14 on arXiv.org.
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Electrifying cement with nanocarbon black
Since its invention several millennia ago, concrete has become instrumental to the advancement of civilization, finding use in countless construction applications—from bridges to buildings. And yet, despite centuries of innovation, its function has remained primarily structural.
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A future of helpful engineered 'living' machines?
Engineered, autonomous machines combined with artificial intelligence have long been a staple of science fiction, and often in the role of villain like the Cylons in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, creatures composed of biological and engineered materials. But what if these autonomous soft machines were … helpful?
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A gene finding links severe canine juvenile epilepsy to mitochondrial dysfunction
Researchers found a cause for severe epilepsy resulting in death in Parson Russell Terrier puppies at a few months of age. A change in the PITRM1 gene can lead to a dysfunction of mitochondria, the cellular energy pumps. Concurrently, amyloid-beta accumulation and widespread neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease were identified in the puppies' brains. Changes to the PITRM1 gene in
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Photos: A Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19 in India
The number of COVID-19 cases in India began climbing dramatically last month, and daily infections now top 250,000, according to health-ministry data. Hospitals and crematoria are becoming overwhelmed, and vaccines, oxygen, and other medical supplies are becoming scarce. Larger cities have imposed new lockdowns, while at the same time, several large festivals have been allowed to take place elsew
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A Startup Is Using CGI to Insert Product Placements Into Old TV and Movies
Citizens Bank Kane Breaking: Nothing is sacred! The advertising company Mirriad developed a new technology that allows it to seamlessly stitch new product placement into existing movies and TV shows, according to the BBC . The tech, which has already been deployed by a Chinese streaming service, makes it possible for brands to insert their products or logos into existing media — even swapping the
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Is your child's smart toy actually a creepy surveillance tool?
The market for smart toys is rapidly expanding and could grow to $18 billion by 2023. Smart toys can help with learning but pose risks if they are not designed to protect children's data and safety. Many companies are developing smart toys ethically and responsibly, with makers of AI-powered smart toys encouraged to apply to the Smart Toy Awards . Imagine a child born this year who will be surrou
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Do Kids Really Need to Be Vaccinated for Covid? Yes. No. Maybe.
The notion that the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be curbed without vaccinating children has quickly become axiomatic among many experts. But other scientists suggest that while it might eventually prove necessary, it might still be possible to achieve herd immunity without having to vaccinate young people.
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2D nanomaterial MXene: The perfect lubricant for rovers
You can lubricate a bicycle chain with oil, but what do you do with a Mars rover or a red-hot conveyor belt in the steel industry? Very special nanomaterials have now been studied by the TU Wien together with research groups from Saarbrücken (Germany), Purdue University in the U.S. and the Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile).
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The Original Sin of the War in Afghanistan
T he original sin of the war in Iraq was going to war in Iraq. And the original sin of the war in Afghanistan was going to war in Iraq. In September 2001, when Joe Biden was the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I was the policy adviser for the stretch of Asia that included Afghanistan. By 9 a.m. on 9/11, I felt certain that al-Qaeda (which was based in Afghanistan) was behind the
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Don't Underrate the Political Spouse
Lady Bird Johnson on the campaign trail with LBJ in 1960 (Frank Muto / LBJ Presidential Library) This article was published online on April 20, 2021. O f the many images that lingered after the January inauguration of President Joe Biden—the twinkling hand gestures of the poet Amanda Gorman, the rakish eyebrow-waggling of the second daughter, Ella Emhoff—one of the more subtly significant was the
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UK Covid live: ministers created confusion by muddling lockdown guidance with law, police watchdog says
Latest updates: HMIC report also highlights 'frequent frustration' of police forces over lack of notice about changes to Covid rules 11.01am BST Labour's candidate for the upcoming Hartlepool by-election, Paul Williams, is under fire, following reporting by the Northern Echo that shows he commissioned a report that supported the removal of critical care services from Hartlepool hospital. Williams
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