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A more efficient, safer alternative to sourcing copper via bacteria
Copper remains one of the single most ubiquitous metals in everyday life. As a conductor of heat and electricity, it is utilized in wires, roofing and plumbing, as well as a catalyst for petrochemical plants, solar and electrical conductors and for a wide range of energy related applications. Subsequently, any method to harvest more of the valuable commodity proves a useful endeavor.
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Gender Reveal Explosion Was So Strong It Cracked Home Foundations
Gender Bender New Hampshire police say that the blast from a "gender reveal" event — a party in which expecting parents dramatically reveal the anticipated gender of their baby — was so powerful that it frightened neighbors, cracked the foundations of nearby homes, and could even be heard across state lines. "We heard this God-awful blast," neighbor Sara Taglieri told NBC 10 Boston . "It knocked
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Debris Found From Missing Submarine, All Crew Presumed Dead
In a grim development, officials say they've found debris from the Indonesian Navy's missing submarine that they believe escaped through a crack in the hull — meaning, experts say, that all crew on board are almost certainly now dead. "We have now moved from the 'sub miss' phase to 'sub sunk,'" Indonesian Navy spokesperson Yudo Margono said at a press conference, according to NBC News . Margono a
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Secrets of a tree whisperer: 'They get along, they listen – they're attuned'
Suzanne Simard revolutionised the way we think about plants and fungi with the discovery of the woodwide web. The ecologist's new book shares the wisdom of a life of listening to the forest When Suzanne Simard made her extraordinary discovery – that trees could communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi – the scientific establishment underreacted. Even though her doctoral re
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The Anti-Vaccine Influencers Who Are Merely Asking Questions
L ife can go back to normal in the United States only if millions more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19. The problem is that today's communication environment is perfectly engineered to discourage that. Wild claims go viral, and partisans exploit any scientific uncertainty for political advantage. So when the FDA and the CDC paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week, the
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Your Moviegoing Experience Is About to Change
When 2020 began, the future of movie theaters looked bright. Seemingly every major Hollywood studio was pursuing its own cinematic universe, and every big-budget film was seeking a sequel. Viewers were promised a slew of surefire hits, including a new Christopher Nolan thriller, Daniel Craig's last outing as James Bond, and the next era of Marvel movies. "There's no way one can say theatrical is
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Elon Musk's SpaceX delivers new crew to International Space Station
Tech boss 'proud' to be working with space agencies as astronauts begin six-month mission Four astronauts on board Elon Musk's SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft have successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month mission. Frenchman Thomas Pesquet is the first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to fly in the billionaire tech entrepreneur's space capsule, alongside Nasa
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The city my grandfather used to call home no longer exists – except in our minds
After his death, I wanted to know more about his life, and the city that made him and very nearly killed him Every Hanukkah through my childhood, if I was visiting my grandparents' Liverpool home, my Grandpa Oskar told me the exact same story. With a pickle on his side plate – my grandma serving up his favourite dinner of latkes, vusht (smoked sausage) and eggs – he'd recount the night during thi
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'Smell training' recommended for Covid anosmia
Scientists advise 'simple and side-effect free' exercise for patients who have lost sense of smell due to virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists are recommending "smell training" for people who have lost the sense due to Covid, as one in five with the symptom report it has not returned to normal eight weeks after becoming ill. The exercise involves sniffing
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California to ban new fracking from 2024
California plans to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024, Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday, as the state looks toward progressively halting fossil fuel extraction in the coming decades.
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Weekend reads: Prof resigns as student's suicide is investigated; the 'Stanford' mask study that Stanford disowned; indictments and a prison sentence
Before we present this week's Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: "[N]o intention to make any scientific fraud" as researchers lose … Continue reading
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From Eno to Dua Lipa, why musicians are fascinated by outer space
Artists have long been seduced by galactic themes. Now Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes is releasing a celestial epic Nick Rhodes, the most concept-friendly and new-romantic of Duran Duran's line-up, has been in contemplation. Mostly he's been thinking about the movements of the heavens and their travelling companion, mythology. If the gods are angry, this thinking goes, their mood swings might be inter
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Flexible diet may help leaf-eating lemurs survive deforestation
A new study sequencing the genome of four species of sifakas (Propithecus), a genus of lemurs found in Madagascar's forests, reveals that these animals' taste for leaves runs all the way to their genes, which are also more diverse than expected for an endangered species. But they can also thrive on fruit and flowers, which may be an advantage over being strictly leaves-only or fruit-only in the fa
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 24)
COMPUTING Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code Will Knight | Wired "It can take years to learn how to write computer code well. SourceAI, a Paris startup, thinks programming shouldn't be such a big deal. The company is fine-tuning a tool that uses artificial intelligence to write code based on a short text description of what the code should do. Tell the company's tool to 'multiply tw
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[AMA] (April 23 1 pm EDT) Hi r/Futurology! We're Alex Howlett and Derek Van Gorder, hosts of the Boston Basic Income Podcast. Ask us anything!
I'm Alex Howlett. Derek Van Gorder ( u/DerekVanGorder ) and I are hosts of the Boston Basic Income podcast and YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/bostonbasicincome The term "basic income" can mean different things to different people. The definition that we use is essentially equivalent to the one used by the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). A Basic Income is a periodic cash payment uncon
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Study highlights risks of anxiety and depression after cardiac device implantation
Patients receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) should be regularly screened for anxiety and depression, according to research presented at EHRA 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1Study author Professor Susanne Pedersen of Odense University Hospital, Denmark said: "Most patients adapt well to living with an ICD. For others it complet
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The Atlantic Daily: 6 Movies We Didn't Love
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. The Oscars aim to showcase the best of the year's cinema, bold acts of storytelling that captivated audiences. These are not those films. As Hollywood's finest creators prepare their acceptance sp
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SpaceX: astronauts arrive at International Space Station on 'recycled' rocket – video
Four astronauts on board Elon Musk's SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft shared hugs and greetings with the incumbent crew on the International Space Station after successfully docking. It is the first time SpaceX has reused a capsule and rocket to launch astronauts for Nasa, after several years of proving the capability on station supply runs. Elon Musk's SpaceX delivers new crew to International Spac
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Om at lave stenuld uden koks i processen
PLUS. Rockwool indså for 15 år siden, at det ikke er nok, at stenuld er godt for miljøet, når det isolerer vores bygninger. Nu skulle produktionsprocessen også være grøn – men det er lettere sagt end gjort.
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Learn Python Programming By Paying What You Want For This 13-Course Bundle
Programming is part of the future , and learning to code is becoming more important as part of any career. Python is one of the most useful coding languages to pick up to boost your career, as it's used to drive a wide range of coding projects. Yet if you're new to the language, or coding as a whole, it can be hard to know where to get started. This pay-what-you-want bundle makes picking up this
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