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When will Britain's Covid lockdown be lifted? Three scenarios
At best, vaccines and lockdown could make life more normal by May. But at worst, a new mutation could undo any progress Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hopes are rising that Britain may soon put the worst of Covid-19 behind it. After a year in which the disease has paralysed the nation, killed more than 100,000 people, closed schools and universities, and brought the
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Are we losing the rat race? How rodents took over our offices
Rats are clever, resilient, horrifying and yet somehow admirable. And, while we've been away, they've been colonising our office spaces An empty office building is a good place to shelter if you're a rat in a crisis. It will be warm and dry and, if you're lucky, one of the humans who hastily vacated before the last coronavirus lockdown will have left a half-eaten Pret flapjack in a drawer for you
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Tensions rise as rival Mars probes approach their final destination
Anxious moment for scientists in US, China and UAE as spacecrafts enter crucial stages of long journey to red planet The skies above Mars will witness some startling aeronautical displays in the next few days when three rival space robot probes reach the red planet after journeying for millions of miles across space. Related: US billionaires vie to make space the next business frontier Continue r
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Things To Do At Home
This week, learn about the African-American chefs who supported the White House kitchen, listen to a family-friendly concert or attend a poetry reading.
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Discord server dedicated to intellectual discussion
Hi, I help to run a discord server dedicated to intellectual discussion called Classical Thinkers. There you'll find people who are interested in a wide variety of topics from psychology and philosophy to computer science and mathematics. If you enjoy speaking about such things, we'd love to have you be a part of the community! Link: https://discord.gg/Q5f6DMy3qV submitted by /u/HonourableLautrec
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What are the actual traits that intelligence enhancement can improve?
What are the fundamental traits that intelligence enhancement (be it through a BCI, a pharmacological intervention, some sort of training, etc) can take place through? Increasing working memory capacity Increasing long term memory capacity Increasing speed of recall from long term memory Facilitating encoding to long term memory Extending maximum duration of sustained attention Making it possible
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What makes an individual effective at learning foreign languages? A Basque word-learning experiment
Hello everyone! I am a final year Psychology student currently recruiting participants for my dissertation project in psycholinguistics. My research is attempting to answer the question above by looking at the effects of potential factors, such as already known languages, on someone's ability to learn and acquire foreign languages. I need a few volunteers aged 18 or over whose first language is E
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AstraZeneca set to weather Covid in better health than rivals
The Anglo-Swedish firm already had a strong lineup of cancer drugs when vaccine success gave it a further boost Before the pandemic, AstraZeneca was highly regarded in the business and pharmaceutical world – seen as one of the UK's best companies. Now, thanks to Britain's successful vaccine programme, it is a household name. The Anglo-Swedish firm, which publishes annual results on Thursday, has
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Oxford Covid jab less effective against South African variant, study finds
University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University research shows vaccine has reduced efficacy against mutation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Saturday that its vaccine developed with the University of Oxford appeared to offer only limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African variant of Covid-19, based
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U.S. Navy controls inventions that claim to change "fabric of reality"
U.S. Navy holds patents for enigmatic inventions by aerospace engineer Dr. Salvatore Pais. He came up with technology that can "engineer" reality, devising an ultrafast craft, a fusion reactor and more. While mostly theoretical at this point, the inventions could transform energy, space, and military sectors. The U.S. Navy controls patents for some futuristic and outlandish technologies, some of
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Crossrope Weighted Jump Ropes Are a Deceptively Simple Tool for Killer Home Workouts
Most people tend to associate jump ropes with games that kids play in the school yard. But jump rope isn't just for kids. It's actually one of the best and most effective exercises you can do, provided you have the right equipment and a little guidance. And the Crossrope Get Fit Jump Rope Bundle gives you all you need to be successful, and more, in achieving your fitness goals. Crossrope has comp
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Nearly 11.5m get first Covid jabs and over 500,000 second doses in the UK
Latest figures show 17.2% of the UK population have now received their first vaccination Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Almost 11.5 million people have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with more than 500,000 now fully vaccinated after receiving a second dose, the latest government data shows. The figures mark an increase of 494,163 first
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Fungi in the gut prime immunity against infection
Common fungi, often present in the gut, teach the immune system how to respond to their more dangerous relatives, according to new research from scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine. Breakdowns in this process can leave people susceptible to deadly fungal infections.
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4 big ideas on fixing American schools
The path to graduation needs to be smoother—and less uniform. (Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz/Unspa/) In the American education system, the kids are not all right. Recent tests show that high schoolers haven't improved in math or reading for the past 20 years , and middle schoolers have gone backward in their comprehension skills . All this comes after years of expensive education programs like No Chi
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Discoveries at the edge of the periodic table: First ever measurements of einsteinium
Since element 99 — einsteinium — was discovered in 1952 from the debris of the first hydrogen bomb, scientists have performed very few experiments with it because it is so hard to create and is exceptionally radioactive. A team of chemists has overcome these obstacles to report the first study characterizing some of its properties, opening the door to a better understanding of the remaining tran
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Arctic stew: Understanding how high-latitude lakes respond to and affect climate change
To arrive at Nunavut, turn left at the Dakotas and head north. You can't miss it—the vast tundra territory covers almost a million square miles of northern Canada. Relatively few people call this lake-scattered landscape home, but the region plays a crucial role in understanding global climate change. New research from Soren Brothers, assistant professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences and
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Whole of the moon: Tim Easley's lunar photography – in pictures
London-based photographer and designer Tim Easley has spent the past few years taking emotive monochrome photographs of the moon. "I've always loved it," he says, "and, being from the city, it's often the only celestial object that you can see." The 60 or so images have now been collected in a book, The Moon , available from his website. "The moon invokes so much wonder and awe, so I wanted to re
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US billionaires vie to make space the next business frontier
Technological advances mean taking humans to play among the stars is just one of the aims of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and a host of eager investors Later this year Jeff Bezos, the first person to have led a business from nothing to a trillion-dollar valuation, will step down from his job as head of Amazon. But as you'd expect from a tech multibillionaire, his eyes are on a potentially bigger prize:
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"No Chance Is a Corporation Going Near My Brain": Futurism Mailbag
We've had a heck of a week at Futurism. Now it's time for the Futurism Mailbag . You probably noticed our completely redesigned website , and that's without mentioning the jam-packed news cycle. Here's our week in review — and what you, our Futurism readers, have had to say about it via social media and email. >> Also… To submit your own thoughts to the Futurism Mailbag, email us ! Some comments
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 6)
SPACE SpaceX Announces First 'All-Civilian' Mission to Space Joey Roulette | The Verge "Elon Musk's SpaceX is planning to send its first 'all-civilian' crew to space at the end of 2021 in a charity-focused mission commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman. The company said in a press release it'll pick three people to ride alongside Isaacman to orbit aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule." 3D P
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Ugens debat: Hvornår skal vi lade bilen op?
PLUS. Ingeniørens artikler i sidste uge om den dårlige dækning med offentlige ladestandere til elbiler trak mange debatindlæg på ing.dk. Mange tog fat i problemet om, hvorvidt en ladeplads er en P-plads. Andre i, hvornår vi egentlig skal lade bilen op.
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A Novel That Captures the Allure of the Scam
MICHELLE MISHINA KUNZ / New York Times / Redux If you've ever been lured into a mediocre dining establishment by the promise of unlimited food, you're not alone. In 2017, TGI Fridays made endless appetizers a permanent part of its menu because they had, in the words of the chain's CEO, become such a "pop-culture phenomenon, as evidenced by the outcry we heard every time the limited-time offer exp
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Ultra-fast Fashion Is Eating the World
This article was published online on February 6, 2021. L ast February , on a sunny afternoon in West Hollywood, two girls with precise eye makeup paused on Melrose Avenue and peered in the windows of a building whose interior was painted a bright, happy pink. Two pink, winged unicorns flanked racks of clothes: ribbed crop tops, snakeskin-print pants, white sleeveless bodysuits. One of the girls t
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How to have a better relationship with your tech
Our dependency on tech has soared during the pandemic. The app analytics company App Annie found that people spent around 4 hours and 18 minutes per day on mobile devices in April 2020. That's a 20% increase from the year before, equating to an extra 45 minutes per day of screen time. Research shows that there's nothing intrinsically wrong with spending more time on screens—especially right now.
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Iowans Were Scared Into Taking the Virus Seriously
Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET on February 6, 2021. Public-health experts predicted a tsunami of COVID-19 infections in Iowa this winter. Doctors and researchers told me in November that they expected thousands of Iowans to travel to visit family over Thanksgiving and Christmas. They worried that people would continue to pack into crowded bars and go maskless in public, and they thought that, by Januar
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How One Supreme Court Decision Increased Discrimination Against LGBTQ Couples
Over the past few years, the Supreme Court has been sketching the outline of a broad compromise on LGBTQ rights. Civil-rights protections will shield people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. At the same time, religious objectors will have their own set of robust rights. For example, the Court recently clarified that Title IX, the federal antidiscriminatio
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The Chinese 'Debt Trap' Is a Myth
China, we are told, inveigles poorer countries into taking out loan after loan to build expensive infrastructure that they can't afford and that will yield few benefits, all with the end goal of Beijing eventually taking control of these assets from its struggling borrowers. As states around the world pile on debt to combat the coronavirus pandemic and bolster flagging economies, fears of such po
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You should update your iPhone and Chrome browser ASAP
This could be you updating your browser. (Keira Burton from Pexels/) Generally speaking, you should keep your gadgets and apps updated as much as humanly possible. The nagging reminders are a pain, and having to stop what you're doing to apply a software patch is annoying, but it's an important step to take if you're trying to achieve any kind of real security and privacy online. In just the past
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People urged to count stars to see if lockdown has cut light pollution
Results of England mapping will be used to lobby against 'bleaching' of night sky People are being urged to take part in a nationwide star count to see if lockdown has had an impact on light pollution. By counting stars within the constellation of Orion, "citizen scientists" will help map the best and worst places in England to enjoy a star-filled night sky, organisers said. Continue reading…
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Star buys: celebrities send meteorite prices into orbit
Elon Musk, Steven Spielberg and Nicolas Cage among those who collect rocks that can cost millions They really are from out of this world, and the prices are astronomical. For those who have everything they need on Earth, what they now want is a little bit of space. Meteorites are attracting the attention of celebrity collectors who have pushed the price of the rocks – which have hurtled through s
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Shuffling bubbles reveal how liquid foams evolve
Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University studied the dynamics of foams. When a drop of water was added to a foam raft, the bubbles rearranged themselves to reach a new stable state. The team found that bubble movement was qualitatively different depending on the range of bubble sizes present. Along with analogies with soft-jammed materials, these findings may inspire the desig
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Tianwen1 probe sends back its first picture of Mars
Chinese spacecraft aiming to enter orbit in days before putting down lander and rover months later China's Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first picture of Mars, the Chinese space agency has said, as the mission prepares to touch down later this year. The spacecraft, launched in July around the same time as a US mission , is expected to enter Mars orbit around 10 February. Continue reading…
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Physical discipline and cognitive deprivation associated with specific types of developmental delay
A study reports that in a diverse, cross-national sample of youth, physical discipline and cognitive deprivation had distinct associations with specific domains of developmental delay. The findings are based on the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, which is an ongoing, international household survey initiative coordinated and assisted by the United Nations agency, UNICEF.
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New research sheds light on vision loss in Batten disease
Progressive vision loss, and eventually blindness, are the hallmarks of juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL) or CLN3-Batten disease. New research shows how the mutation associated with the disease could potentially lead to degeneration of light sensing photoreceptor cells in the retina, and subsequent vision loss.
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Civil engineers find link between hospitals and schools key to community resilience
Health care and education systems are two main pillars of a community's stability. How well and how quickly a community recovers following a natural disaster depends on the resilience of these essential social services. New research has found hospitals and schools are interdependent, suggesting their collective recovery must be considered in order to restore a community in the wake of disaster.
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Breakthrough in quantum photonics promises a new era in optical circuits
Researchers have shown that single photons can be emitted in a uniform way from quantum dots arranged in a precise pattern. The team has used such methods to create single-quantum dots, with their remarkable single-photon emission characteristics. It is expected that the ability to precisely align uniformly-emitting quantum dots will enable the production of optical circuits, potentially leading t
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Researchers identify 'rescue' mechanism that helps cells survive malfunctioning split
Cells replicate their genetic material and divide into two identical clones to perpetuate life. Some cells pause in the process with a single, undivided nucleus. When the cell resumes division after such a pause, the nucleus can become caught in the fissure, splitting violently, and killing both cells. But that is not always the case. Researchers are starting to understand how active nuclear displ
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How air pollution may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease
A new study has found a link between high levels of air pollution at an individual's home address and an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Air pollution exposure appears to heighten the production of inflammatory cells in the bone marrow, triggering inflammation of the arteries.
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