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The Atlantic

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There Is No Defense—Only Complicity

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To understand what was at issue in the impeachment proceedings today, it helps to look at a video released yesterday by Senator Marco Rubio. Few Republican officials have more reason to hate former President Donald Trump than the defeated rival Trump so memorably nicknamed " Liddle Marco ." Trump brutally bullied Rubio throughout the presidential primary campaign in 2015 and 2016. Over the five y

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Perseverance rover in 'great shape' after landing

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Perseverance will now spend at least two years looking for evidence of past life on the Red Planet.

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NPR

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8-Year-Old Calls Out NPR For Lack Of Dinosaur Stories

How can All Things Considered consider all things without considering dinosaurs? That's the question posed by 8-year-old Leo Shidla of Minneapolis. (Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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NYT > Science

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NASA's Mars Rover Landing: Launch Time, Streaming and Details

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The Perseverance rover will attempt to touch down in one piece on Thursday. Here's what you need to know.

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NYT > Science

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Highlights From NASA's Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

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The spacecraft's journey to the red planet was a success, extending the American record of safe landings there to six.

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The Atlantic

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Ted Cruz Is No Hypocrite. He's Worse.

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Updated on February 18 at 2:29 p.m. ET Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Ted Cruz jetted to Cancún. And although the emperor was at least ensconced in a lavish, louche palace, the senator from Texas was stuck in economy class with the peasantry. Cruz's appeal as a politician, such as it is , has never been about being lovable or relatable, but the latest incident is embarrassing even by his standar

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The Atlantic

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It'll Do

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In 1955, a junior United States senator named John F. Kennedy published Profiles in Courage , a collection of short essays about eight of his predecessors who had risked their careers for their ideals over the previous 150 years. In one single day in 2021, that many senators showed courage worth enduring historical honor. Seven were Republicans: Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Mur

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Science | The Guardian

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Dramatic discovery links Stonehenge to its original site – in Wales

Find backs theory that bluestones first stood at Waun Mawn before being dragged 140 miles to Wiltshire An ancient myth about Stonehenge, first recorded 900 years ago, tells of the wizard Merlin leading men to Ireland to capture a magical stone circle called the Giants' Dance and rebuilding it in England as a memorial to the dead. Geoffrey of Monmouth's account had been dismissed, partly because h

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NYT > Science

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A Glimpse of America's Future: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Rare Nasa photos reveal Amazon 'gold rivers'

The satellite images reveal miles of unregistered gold mining in Peru's Amazon rainforest, Nasa says.

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NPR

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My Mother Got Vaccinated. Is It Now Safe To Visit?

I haven't seen my mother in over a year. I was going to visit in April to celebrate her 90th birthday but the pandemic put that on hold. Now that she's been vaccinated is it time for the birthday hug? (Image credit: Solskin/Getty Images)

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Science | The Guardian

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Pfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new Covid variants

Study finds patients have strong T-cell response after one jab, and second boosts antibody response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People who have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been found to have strong T-cell responses against the Kent and South African variants of Covid, suggesting that the vaccine will continue to protect against serious disease i

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Futurism

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Elon Musk, Who Moved to TX For Less Regulation, Is Furious That the Power Went Down

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk moved to Texas earlier this year to escape stiff regulations and high taxes, he couldn't have predicted a cold snap that brought the state's infrastructure to its knees. In a tweet this week, Musk lashed out at the state's energy agency, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), quipping that the body is "not earning that R." The historic deep freeze caused sever

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Coronavirus: Bat scientists find new evidence

Experts say coronaviruses related to Sars-CoV-2 may be found in bats across many parts of Asia.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

The test is first step towards all-paper bottle that can withstand pressure from fizzy drinks.

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Wired

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Scientists Find Strange Critters Under a Half Mile of Ice

Researchers only drilled through an Antarctic ice shelf to sample sediment. Instead, they found animals that weren't supposed to be there.

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The Atlantic

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Why Jamie Raskin's Speech Resonated

The emotional high point of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial probably came in its first hours. Closing out the opening presentation from the Democratic House managers, Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland offered a powerful speech in which he choked back tears as he recalled the attempted coup of January 6. The speech was poignant for personal reasons—as members of Congress know, and as

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NPR

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Ancient Trees Show When The Earth's Magnetic Field Last Flipped Out

A precise record of the last major reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles can be found in ancient trees. Researchers say this event 42,000 years ago had a huge impact on the planet and ancient humans. (Image credit: Kim Westerskov/Getty Images)

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Big Think

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Texas snowstorms are due to rapid heating of the Arctic, say scientists

Winter Storm Uri brought snow and freezing temperatures to Texas this week, causing multiple deaths and damage to infrastructure. Climate scientists have spent years exploring the relationship between extreme winter weather and warming temperatures in the Arctic Circle. Some studies suggest that the warming Arctic disrupts a natural phenomenon known as the polar vortex, which normally contains co

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The Atlantic

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I'm Freezing Cold and Burning Mad in Texas

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The great winter storm of 2021 has terrorized Texans, overwhelmed our energy grid, and made a mockery of our politicians and our much-vaunted independence. Here in Dallas, my family and I have intermittently been without power for three days. On Monday night, the coldest night on record in three decades, we were without power for 12 long hours. I pitched a tent in my children's bedroom, and all o

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The Atlantic

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The Founders Were Wrong About Democracy

I f there was one idea shared by just about every author of the Constitution, it was the one articulated by James Madison at the convention on June 26, 1787. The mass of the people would be susceptible to "fickleness and passion," he warned. They would suffer from "want of information as to their true interest." Those who must "labour under all the hardships of life" would "secretly sigh for a mo

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Science | The Guardian

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Europe's oldest person survives Covid and set to celebrate 117th birthday

French nun Sister Andrée tested positive in her retirement home in Toulon but had no symptoms Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A French nun who is Europe's oldest person has recovered from Covid-19 after it swept through a nursing home in the south of France, and will celebrate her 117th birthday this week. Sister Andrée, born Lucile Randon in 1904, tested positive fo

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NYT > Science

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A Few Covid Vaccine Recipients Developed a Rare Blood Disorder

A link to the vaccines is not certain, and investigations are underway in some reported cases.

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The Atlantic

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The Unlikeliest Pandemic Success Story

O n January 7 , a 34-year-old man who had been admitted to a hospital in Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, with preexisting liver and kidney problems died of COVID-19. His was the country's first death from the coronavirus. Not the first death that day, that week, or that month: the very first coronavirus death since the pandemic began. How is this possible? Since the novel coronavirus was first identif

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The Atlantic

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The Republican Party Is Radicalizing Against Democracy

T he Republican Party is radicalizing against democracy. This is the central political fact of our moment. Instead of organizing its coalition around shared policy goals, the GOP has chosen to emphasize hatred and fear of its political opponents, who—they warn—will destroy their supporters and the country. Those Manichaean stakes are used to justify every effort to retain power, and make keeping

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NYT > Science

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No, Wind Farms Aren't the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts

The state's widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn't stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

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The Atlantic

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Why Did We Ever Send Sick Kids to School?

Staying home to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus during the pandemic, for all the fear and anxiety it has caused, has come with one unexpected benefit for my family: My kids haven't been sick once, not even with the common cold. My husband and I noticed this with a sense of relief after months of virtual schooling. We're extremely fortunate that none of us have caught the coronavirus,

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Bill Gates: Solving Covid easy compared with climate

Solving global warming would be "the most amazing thing humanity has done", says the billionaire.

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NYT > Science

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What Caused the Blackouts in Texas?

The state's widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn't stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

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Futurism

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Blue Dogs Discovered Near Abandoned Chemical Plant

Blue Dogs Stray dogs with bright blue fur have been spotted roaming the streets near an abandoned chemical plant in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, Newsweek reports , about 230 miles east of Moscow. Animal activist groups suspect exposure to harmful chemicals may have resulted in the animals' furs taking on the blue hue, as state-owned news outlet RIA Novosti suggested in a Monday tweet. They fou

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The Atlantic

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What If We Never Reach Herd Immunity?

Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here . Let's begin by defining our terms. Herd immunity is the hazy, long-promised end of the pandemic, but its requirements are quite specific. Jennie Lavine, a biologist at Emory University, likens it to wet logs in a campfire. If there's enough water in the logs—if there's enou

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MIT Technology Review

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Bill Gates: Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef

In his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster , Bill Gates lays out what it will really take to eliminate the greenhouse-gas emissions driving climate change. The Microsoft cofounder, who is now cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and chair of the investment fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures , sticks to his past argument that we'll need numerous energy breakthroughs to have any ho

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NYT > Science

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Texas Blackouts Hit Minority Neighborhoods Especially Hard

As the freak winter storm raged, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages, experts say.

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The Atlantic

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The Problem With Mandatory Patriotism in Sports

Playing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" at sporting events has become an empty gesture of patriotism—so empty that, when the NBA's Dallas Mavericks quietly began skipping the ritual, 13 preseason and regular-season games passed before anyone noticed. On Tuesday, The Athletic reported that the Mavericks had abandoned the national anthem, making them the first team in the recent history of major pro

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Scientific American Content

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Hope Probe Enters Orbit around Mars

The United Arab Emirates' first interplanetary mission reaches its destination scarcely a decade after the country's first satellite launch — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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NYT > Science

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David Katzenstein, AIDS Researcher With Focus on Africa, Dies at 69

He honed methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and made them accessible to underserved populations in sub-Saharan Africa. He died of Covid-19.

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NYT > Science

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Arianna Rosenbluth Dies at 93; Pioneering Figure in Data Science

Dr. Rosenbluth, who received her physics Ph.D. at 21, helped create an algorithm that has become a foundation of understanding huge quantities of data. She died of complications of the coronavirus.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance about to touch down

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Nasa releases an astonishing image of its new Mars robot taken just moments before touchdown.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Bitcoin consumes 'more electricity than Argentina'

The rising value of Bitcoin leads to ever-higher energy consumption, researchers say.

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The Atlantic

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The Trump Crew's Incompetence Lasted to the End

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If future generations of law professors want to teach a class in what never to do, the belligerent and self-indulgent performance of Michael van der Veen, one of Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers, could provide a lot of the video content. Deep into his defense of the former president today, van der Veen broke into a highly personal complaint. More than 140 law professors—including President Rona

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NYT > Science

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On W.H.O. Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data

The information could be key to determining how and when the outbreak started, and to learning how to prevent future pandemics.

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NYT > Science

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On W.H.O. Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data

The information could be key to determining how and when the outbreak started, and to learning how to prevent future pandemics.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Stonehenge: Did the stone circle originally stand in Wales?

Archaeologists now believe the stone circle stood 150 miles from its current location in Wiltshire.

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The Atlantic

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Trump's Lawyers Lost the Day

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"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like." That's what Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had to say on January 21. McConnell did not rise to the leadership of the Senate Republicans by speaking idly. If he f

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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US cold snap: Why is Texas seeing Arctic temperatures?

Freezing temperatures have been recorded across the usually hot southern US state.

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NYT > Science

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Thieves Nationwide Are Swiping Catalytic Converters

The pollution-control gadgets are full of precious metals like palladium, and prices are soaring as regulators try to tame emissions. Crooks with hacksaws have noticed.

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Science | The Guardian

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End of Neanderthals linked to flip of Earth's magnetic poles, study suggests

Event 42,000 years ago combined with fall in solar activity potentially cataclysmic, researchers say The flipping of the Earth's magnetic poles together with a drop in solar activity 42,000 years ago could have generated an apocalyptic environment that may have played a role in a major events ranging from the extinction of megafauna to the end of the Neanderthals, researchers say. The Earth's mag

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Livescience.com

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Original 'Stonehenge' discovered, echoing a legend of the wizard Merlin

The earliest megalithic circle at Stonehenge, now in the southwest of England, was first built in the west of Wales more than 5,000 years ago.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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'Game-Changer' Drug Promotes Weight Loss Like No Medicine Ever Seen, Scientists Say

Participants in the trial lost up to 20% of their body weight.

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NYT > Science

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NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars to Renew Search for Extinct Life

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Perseverance's arrival extends the successful U.S. landing record on the planet, and brings sophisticated tools to the hunt for alien life.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Scientists Found a Way to Communicate With People Who Are Asleep And Dreaming

They even got them to solve math problems!

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Futurism

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There's a Crowdfunding Campaign to Send a Flat-Earther to Space

Look Down In the year 2021, there are still some folks who deny that the Earth is a three-dimensional orb — and that efforts to convince them that it's not flat are part of a vast conspiracy. So to help prove that the Earth is a sphere once and for all, Marc Gauld, a man from Bucksburn, Scotland, is raising money to send one of these flat-earthers into space. His ongoing GoFundMe campaign says th

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Science | The Guardian

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Meaty meals and play stop cats killing wildlife, study finds

Millions of pet cats are estimated to kill billions of animals a year but grain-free food can change cat behaviour Feeding pet cats meaty food and playing with them to simulate hunting stops them killing wildlife, according to a study. Eating grain-free food led to the cats depositing a third fewer mouse and bird corpses on doorsteps, while just five to 10 minutes of play with a toy mouse cut the

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NYT > Science

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U.K. Virus Variant Is Probably Deadlier, Scientists Say

New research finds that the British variant is "likely" to be linked to a higher risk of hospitalization and death, laying bare the danger facing countries that ease restrictions.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Pablo Escobar: Why scientists want to kill Colombia's hippos

Illegally brought to Colombia by drug baron Pablo Escobar, the animals have become a major headache.

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The Atlantic

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There's Nothing Fun or Funny About Marjorie Taylor Greene

The day after she was stripped of her committee assignments in the U.S. House of Representatives, Marjorie Taylor Greene said that she found the whole thing very funny. "I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time," the congresswoman from Georgia tweeted on Friday, referring to the lawmakers—th

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Futurism

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You Can Now 3D Print an Entire Semi-Automatic Rifle at Home

Home Brewing 3D-printed guns, or functional firearms that can be mostly or entirely manufactured at home with a 3D printer, are getting more sophisticated and more dangerous. For a long time, 3D-printed guns were still quite slapdash. Early homemade handguns would break apart after firing once, and they served as more of a symbolic middle finger to government firearm regulation than a tangible th

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Futurism

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Greta Thunberg Slams Mars Exploration, Says Earth Needs Help Instead

The Great Escape A new satirical video ad created by the Fridays for Future (FFF) campaign, an environmental movement founded by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg, pokes fun at the idea of having the "one percent" escape from a planet that's in dire straits to settle on Mars. It's a provocative idea — but the execution arguably paints a much rosier picture of a one-way trip to Mars, rather

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Ozone layer 'rescued' from CFC damage

A steady decline in the levels of ozone-harming CFCs in the atmosphere has resumed, scientists say.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Oral Ketamine Experiment Reduces Suicidal Thoughts in Over Two-Thirds of Patients

We can't ignore these results.

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Scientific American News

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Perseverance Has Landed! Mars Rover Begins a New Era of Exploration

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NASA's latest mission to the Red Planet will seek out signs of ancient life, gather samples for return to Earth, and even fly a first-of-its-kind interplanetary helicopter — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Futurism

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Bill Gates Says All Wealthy Nations Should Switch to Synthetic Beef

Got Beef During the 1990s, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates picked up a bad boy reputation for taking a hard line in the company's antitrust spat with the United States government. But for decades since stepping away from the software giant, Gates has rebranded as a philanthropist and policy advocate for humanitarian and policy issues including public health, climate change, and hunger. Now, in an

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The Atlantic

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It's Not Only Trump on Trial

On the second day of the impeachment trial, the House managers laid the case that violence was integral from the very start of the political career of Donald Trump. From his first days as a candidate in 2015, Trump incited, invited, glorified, and condoned violence by his supporters. As the coronavirus pandemic weighed upon the country—and his own reelection hopes dwindled—Trump's turn to violenc

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NYT > Science

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Can't Find an N95 Mask? This Company Has 30 Million That It Can't Sell.

Health workers are still being forced to ration protective masks, but small U.S. manufacturers can't find buyers, and some are in a danger of going under.

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NYT > Science

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Could a Single Vaccine Work Against All Coronaviruses?

Scientists are working on a shot that could protect against Covid-19, its variants, certain seasonal colds — and the next coronavirus pandemic.

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Futurism

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BREAKING: NASA Successfully Lands Perseverance Rover On Mars

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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has successfully landed in the Jezero crater, a region believed to be an ancient dried up river delta. Touchdown was confirmed at 3:56 pm Eastern time. The news was met with loud cheering and whooping at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab mission control. It was a daring landing as the crater is lined with cliffs, sand dunes, and boulders. Thanks to Perseverance's sophistica

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Scientific American Content

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Perseverance Has Landed! Mars Rover Begins a New Era of Exploration

NASA's latest mission to the Red Planet will seek out signs of ancient life, gather samples for return to Earth, and even fly a first-of-its-kind interplanetary helicopter — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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NYT > Science

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Semaglutide Brings Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients

In a clinical trial, participants taking semaglutide lost 15 percent of their body weight, on average.

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NYT > Science

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'A Game Changer': Drug Brings Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients

In a clinical trial, participants taking semaglutide lost 15 percent of their body weight, on average.

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The Atlantic

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A Forgotten Black Founding Father

This article was published online on February 10, 2021. M assachusetts abolished enslavement before the Treaty of Paris brought an end to the American Revolution, in 1783. The state constitution, adopted in 1780 and drafted by John Adams, follows the Declaration of Independence in proclaiming that all "men are born free and equal." In this statement Adams followed not only the Declaration but als

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NYT > Science

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Texas Blackouts Point to Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one-third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

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Science | The Guardian

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Coronavirus R number falls below one in UK for first time since July

Reproduction number estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9, suggesting epidemic is shrinking The reproduction number, or R value, of coronavirus has fallen below one for the first time since July and is estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9 across the UK. In a sign that lockdown restrictions may be having an impact and the epidemic is shrinking, scientists advising the government gave their most optim

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NYT > Science

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Meet Elizabeth Ann, the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret

Her birth represents the first cloning of an endangered species native to North America, and may bring needed genetic diversity to the species.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Covid-19: How England's hotel quarantine will differ from Australia's

Rules for those arriving into England from "red list" countries differ from those enforced Down Under.

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Science | The Guardian

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Conch shell in French museum found to be 17,000-year-old wind instrument

Conch, unearthed in cave in Pyrenees in 1931, had been carefully drilled and shaped to make music A 17,000-year-old conch shell that lay forgotten for more than 80 years in a museum collection has been discovered to be the oldest known wind instrument of its type, after researchers found it had been modified by its prehistoric owners to be played like a horn. First unearthed in a richly decorated

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Watch a Billion Years of Shifting Tectonic Plates in 40 Mesmerising Seconds

This is incredible.

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Science | The Guardian

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Mars rover landing: Nasa's Perseverance touches down safely in search of life

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Radio signals confirmed that the six-wheeled rover had survived its perilous descent and arrived within its target zone Nasa's science rover Perseverance, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, streaked through the Martian atmosphere on Thursday and landed safely on the floor of a vast crater, its first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life on the Re

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Science | The Guardian

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Covid infections in England fall by two-thirds but spreading fastest among young

Experts urge care over opening schools as children aged 5-12 now in one of most common groups for virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid infections have fallen by two-thirds in a month in England but the virus is now spreading most among primary-age children and young people, research suggests. The React 1 study from Imperial College London points to the third n

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Futurism

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Bill Gates Says the Next Horrible Virus Could Be Engineered by Terrorists

In a chat with Derek Muller's popular YouTube channel Veritasium, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said that the world is facing two big threats: climate change and bioterrorism. Gates predicted that investing "very little in a system to stop an epidemic" would end in disaster during a 2015 TED Talk , almost five years before the current coronavirus pandemic. "If anything kills

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Science | The Guardian

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Japan to discard millions of Pfizer vaccine doses because it has wrong syringes

Japan has secured 144m shots of the vaccine, but it does not have enough of the specialised syringes to be able to draw six shots from each vial Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Millions of people in Japan will not receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine as planned due to a shortage of specialist syringes – an oversight that could frustrate the country's inoculation prog

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Science | Smithsonian Magazine

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Oldest DNA Sequenced Yet Comes From Million-Year-Old Mammoths

Genetic material from three ancient molars reveals secrets of about how the Ice Age elephants evolved

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Science | The Guardian

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The next pandemic? It may already be upon us | Laura Spinney

Antimicrobial resistance won't race across the world like Covid-19, but its effects will be devastating. Thankfully, we already know what we need to do to defeat it Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a silver lining to this pandemic? If history is anything to go by there may actually turn out to be a number of them, though we can't

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New Scientist

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Wood can easily be turned transparent to make energy-saving windows

Glass windows are notoriously bad at keeping buildings insulated, and a simple new process for making sturdy transparent wood could provide a solution

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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A Peculiar Side Effect of Prozac: Fish Swimming in Our Waste Lose Their Individuality

A prescription for disaster.

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NYT > Science

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Study Finds People With Dementia Are Twice as Likely to Get Covid

The analysis of nearly 62 million electronic medical records in the U.S. also found that Black people with dementia were at an even greater risk.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Earth's Magnetic Field Flipped 42,000 Years Ago. The Consequences Were Dramatic

This is a warning.

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Science | Smithsonian Magazine

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Yes, You Should Still Wear a Mask After Covid-19 Vaccination

Experts don't yet know if Covid-19 vaccines prevent the virus' spread—and it may take months to find out

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Livescience.com

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Rare snow covers Acropolis of Athens in dazzling white blanket

Unusual weather blanketed the Acropolis with snow on Tuesday (Feb. 16), turning the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site in Athens into a scene from a holiday card.

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Livescience.com

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Snow blankets Hawaii volcanoes in stunning satellite image

Hawaii has seen the second-largest covering of snow on the mountain peaks of Big Island since recordings began.

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Phys.org

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Astronomers confirm orbit of most distant object ever observed in our solar system

A team of astronomers, including associate professor Chad Trujillo of Northern Arizona University's Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science, have confirmed a planetoid that is almost four times farther from the Sun than Pluto, making it the most distant object ever observed in our solar system. The planetoid, which has been nicknamed "Farfarout," was first detected in 2018, and the team has

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NYT > Science

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People Who Have Had Covid Should Get Single Vaccine Dose, Studies Suggest

New studies show that one shot of a vaccine can greatly amplify antibody levels in those who have recovered from the coronavirus.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Texas weather: Are frozen wind turbines to blame for power cuts?

Frozen wind turbines are being blamed for power failures – but problems with fossils fuels are a bigger issue.

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Futurism

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Texas Snap Freeze Causes Electricity Prices to Soar 10,000 Percent

Cold Snap Texas is trapped in a bizarre cold snap, unlike any others in recent history. And plunging temperatures are wreaking havoc with the state's electrical grid, the second largest in the country. Several of its energy facilities have been knocked offline entirely, resulting in electricity prices spiking to more than 10,000 percent this week, according to CNN — a grim market response that co

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Mystery Lifeforms Have Been Found in The Hostile Darkness Beneath Antarctica

Incredible.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Quantum Theory May Twist Cause And Effect Into Loops, With Effect Causing The Cause

Huh?

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The Atlantic

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Freedom of Speech Doesn't Mean What Trump's Lawyers Want It to Mean

Front and center in former President Donald Trump's defense this week will be the argument that convicting him and disqualifying him from holding future office would violate his First Amendment rights—that it would essentially amount to punishing him for speaking his mind. His new lawyer, David Schoen, has warned that convicting Trump "is putting at risk any passionate political speaker, which is

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The Atlantic

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A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer

Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here . The summer of 2021 is shaping up to be historic. After months of soaring deaths and infections, COVID-19 cases across the United States are declining even more sharply than experts anticipated . This is expected to continue, and rates of serious illness and death will plumm

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Science | The Guardian

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Covid: vaccinated Israelis to enjoy bars and hotels with 'green pass'

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Norway has highest share of women scientists and engineers in Europe

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Guinea enters 'epidemic situation' as seven Ebola cases confirmed

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Health minister says officials 'really concerned' after three deaths from the infectious disease Guinea has entered an Ebola "epidemic situation" with seven cases confirmed, including three deaths, a leading health official in the west African nation has said. "Very early this morning, the Conakry laboratory confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus," Sakoba Keita said after an emergency meeting

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Diabetes drug led to dramatic weight loss in large trial

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Researchers rethink life in a cold climate after Antarctic find

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7 Virus Variants Found in U.S. Carrying the Same Mutation

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AstraZeneca says vaccine against new Covid variants may take six months

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Astronomers Just Confirmed The Most Distant Known Object in The Solar System

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Pigs can be trained to use computer joysticks, say researchers

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Dog show: Pet pooches play more when humans are watching

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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine reducing viral load, data from Israel suggests

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Researchers observe stationary Hawking radiation in an analog black hole

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Mars landing: Excitement builds over new images from Nasa Perseverance rover

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The rover touched down successfully on Thursday in Mars' Jezero Crater.

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Artificial Neural Nets Finally Yield Clues to How Brains Learn

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COVID-19 Cases Are Dropping Fast. Why?

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UK companies look to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory

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Russian lab to research prehistoric viruses in animals dug from melted permafrost

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Cause of mysterious dark streaks on Mars found

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Coronavirus may infect key brain cells, causing neurons to die

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Bars and pubs still pose Covid risk despite safety efforts, experts say

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Hockey Has a Gigantic-Goalie Problem

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Egypt unearths 'world's oldest' mass-production brewery

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Exercise can help prevent cancers, new research finds

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Taylor Swift Misses the Old Taylor Swift, Too

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It's Time to Take the Penis off Its Pedestal

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After Second Death, Experts Fear New Ebola Outbreak

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In Violation of Einstein, Black Holes Might Have 'Hair'

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NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts

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Americans Must Ensure Masks Fit Snugly or Double Up, C.D.C Says

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With the vaccine rollout moving slowly and contagious coronavirus variants spreading, the agency said masks still offered powerful protection — if worn correctly.

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Is It a Planet? Astronomers Spy Promising Potential World around Alpha Centauri

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The Killer All Around Us: Fossil Fuels Caused 20% of All Adult Deaths in 2018

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China Scores a Public Relations Win After W.H.O. Mission to Wuhan

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Experts with the global health agency endorsed critical parts of Beijing's narrative, even some parts that independent scientists question.

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With Mission to China, W.H.O. Tries to Rehabilitate Its Image

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A lead scientist said the research showed that the virus most likely spread naturally from animals to humans, playing down the possibility that it emerged from a laboratory.

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Learning a second language early might have ripple effects throughout your life

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Researchers control a magnet's state by optically shaking its atomic lattice

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Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life's Essential Elements

I n a field of sugar beets outside Cambridge, England, Simon Kelly stands above a narrow trench gouged into the rusty earth, roughly 15 feet deep and 30 feet long. "Welcome to the pit," says Kelly, a bespectacled, white-bearded geologist in a straw hat and khaki shirt. "You're seeing something that hasn't been seen in a long time." The rock layers exposed in the trench date back more than 100 mil

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A Historic Union Vote Gets Underway at Amazon

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US Formally Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement

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Incredible Photo Shows NASA Mars Rover Hanging Below "Sky Crane"

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Jetpack Snapshot NASA has released a new photo sent to us all the way from Mars courtesy of its Perseverance rover, which successfully landed on the Red Planet on Thursday. The incredible image shows the rover hanging below the probe's "sky crane," a rocket-powered device that lowered Perseverance from an altitude of about 70 feet down to the surface below. A similarly designed crane also was use

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Scientists Communicate With Lucid Dreamers During Sleep

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Origin of life: Did Darwinian evolution begin before life itself?

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Origin of life: Did Darwinian evolution begin before life itself?

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The Border Mess That Trump Left Behind

As President Joe Biden tries to undo the damage that his predecessor did to America's immigration system, three problems are getting in the way: The nation's existing laws are outmoded and overly restrictive, the United States hasn't devoted the resources necessary to review individual cases, and the Biden administration has little control over when migrants will arrive at the border and seek ent

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How Did Texas Electricity Grid Fail Residents So Catastrophically? An Expert Explains

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Nasa mission control erupts as Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars – video

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Nasa's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars' Jezero Crater to search for ancient microbial life after a journey of almost seven months from Earth, beaming back an image of the surface of the red planet Mars rover landing: Nasa's Perseverance safely touches down in search of life Continue reading…

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Pigs proven intelligent enough to play video games

A quartet of porcine subjects at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science learned to play a simple video game. All of the pigs scored well at the games' hardest level. Gaming skills were improved with human verbal and tactile encouragement. As evidence keeps mounting in support of the idea that pigs are highly intelligent—and despite some researchers viewing the species merely as a source of

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YES! NASA's Perseverance Just Successfully Landed on Mars

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Europe's largest meteorite crater is home to deep ancient fungi

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Europe's largest meteorite crater is home to deep ancient fungi

Fractured rocks of impact craters have been suggested as suitable environments for deep colonization of microbial communities. In a new study published in Communications Earth & Environment, a team of researchers shows that fungi has colonized deep parts of the largest impact crater in Europe, the Siljan impact structure, Sweden. Intriguingly, the fungi seem to have been fueling methane production

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Isle of Man Viking jewellery found by metal detectorist

A retired police officer found the rare silver and gold jewellery, which has been declared treasure.

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Two COVID Strains Appear to Have Merged Into a "Heavily Mutated" Hybrid

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NASA's Perseverance rover is about to start searching for life on Mars

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The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

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Scientists Call on CDC to Set Air Standards for Workplaces, Now

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The Haunting Music of Whale Song Is an Ocean of Untapped Seismic Data, Scientists Say

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A backward-spinning star with two coplanar orbiting planets in a multi-stellar system

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Supercomputer turns back cosmic clock

Astronomers have tested a method for reconstructing the state of the early universe by applying it to 4000 simulated universes using the ATERUI II supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). They found that together with new observations, the method can set better constraints on inflation, one of the most enigmatic events in the history of the universe. The method can s

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Don't Miss 2nd Dose Because Of Scheduling Glitches

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In a Grim Development, There's Officially a New Ebola Epidemic

After seven people fell ill and three people died of Ebola in the country, Guinea declared that it's now facing a new Ebola epidemic. The Sunday announcement linked the outbreak to a nurse's funeral at the beginning of the month, The Washington Post reports . While it remains unclear whether the nurse died of Ebola or not, all seven of the people who caught the infectious disease were at her buri

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Astrophysicists Chart Source of Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs

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Birds Use an Invisible 'Map' to Find Their Way in Faraway Places They've Never Seen

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Mature Red-Bellied Lemur Seeks Soul Mate for Cuddles and Grooming

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Genetics leaves little doubt that humans wiped out passenger pigeons

Analysis of museum specimens shows that the passenger pigeon and other North American birds weren't in genetic decline before they vanished, suggesting their sudden extinction was down to humans

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Sharks at unprecedented risk of extinction after 71 per cent decline

Numbers of oceanic sharks and rays have declined at an "alarming" 71 per cent over almost half a century, leading to an unprecedented increase in their risk of extinction

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3 Million Vaccine Shots a Day

After nearly a year of social isolation and sacrifice in the long war on COVID-19, the end stage of the pandemic is finally in sight. Millions of Americans are being vaccinated each week, and the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the United States has plunged by more than 40 percent in the past month. But this final stage will still be lethal—perhaps more so than most people imagi

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Electron refrigerator: Ultrafast cooling mechanism discovered in novel plasma

Researchers from the Cluster of Excellence "CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter" have achieved a breakthrough—creating a completely new type of plasma by combining state-of-the-art technologies using ultrashort laser pulses and ultracold atomic gases. They report on a novel electron cooling mechanism occurring in such plasmas in the journal Nature Communications.

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The Body Is Far From Helpless Against Coronavirus Variants

To locate some of the world's most superpowered cells, look no further than the human immune system. The mission of these hometown heroes is threefold: Memorize the features of dangerous microbes that breach the body's barriers. Launch an attack to bring them to heel. Then squirrel away intel to quash future assaults. The immune system is comprehensive, capable of dueling with just about every mi

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Fauci: We're Now Testing Whether COVID Vaccines Work on Kids

So far, everything that we know about the coronavirus vaccines comes from research that was conducted on adults. But that could soon change, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci told ProPublica : Researchers are starting to test the vaccines on children and teens, in hopes of rolling out the shots to both groups by later this year. "We're in the process

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Whales' Long, Loud Calls Reveal Structure beneath Ocean Floor

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HS2: Next phase of controversial rail network gets green light

Legislation needed to clear the next stage of the controversial project has passed through Parliament.

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AEgIS on track to test freefall of antimatter

It's a fundamental law of physics that even the most ardent science-phobe can define: matter falls down under gravity. But what about antimatter, which has the same mass but opposite electrical charge and spin? According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, gravity should treat matter and antimatter identically. Finding even the slightest difference in their free-fall rate would therefore l

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The GOP Cheat Code to Winning Back the House

Democrats face a daunting future of severe Republican gerrymandering that could flip control of the House in 2022 and suppress diverse younger generations' political influence for years to come, according to a new study released today. Those findings underscore the stakes in Democrats' efforts to pass national legislation combatting such electoral manipulation. The four big states to watch are Te

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I Was an Enemy of the People

Thrilling, without a single boring day: That's how I'd describe my four years as an enemy of the people, a lanyard-wearing member of the " Lügenpresse ," a term some Donald Trump supporters borrowed from the Nazis to refer to insufficiently flattering coverage of their movement, or of the man who led it. I miss it already. I miss it terribly, even if I miss little else about the past four years.

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Listen to an 18,000-Year-Old Instrument Sing Once More

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A team of researchers may have spotted evidence for a new planet orbiting one of the closest stars to our own solar system, in the star system Alpha Centauri, The Guardian reports . It could end up being the first time we've ever imaged a planet orbiting a nearby star — but for now, the sighting orbiting Alpha Centauri A, referred to as a "planet candidate," came in the form of a bright spot that

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O ne of the most consequential episodes in the history of American sports began with an All-Star Major Leaguer's simple wish to avoid the Philadelphia Phillies. The year was 1969, and not only were the Phillies next-level terrible, but they had signed their first African American player only 12 years ago, in 1957 . The team's fan base also had a reputation for being hostile and racist. So it was

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Pablo Escobar's hippos must be culled to halt biodiversity disaster – scientists

Huge animals abandoned on Colombian drug lord's hacienda zoo are loved by locals but their sheer numbers threaten environment Hippos imported illegally into Colombia for Pablo Escobar's private zoo have gone feral in the lush tropical countryside and must be culled before their invasive presence starts to wipe out indigenous flora and fauna, scientists have warned. One of the notorious drug lord'

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Physical closeness isn't necessary for us to have a profound effect on one another's biology, for good or ill Last week, my whole outlook on the world was transformed by a sheet of blank paper. Not just any paper, but beautifully embossed stationery, silky to the touch and decadent to write on. It was a gift from a dear friend and colleague. We collaborate over Zoom every week, so I could have th

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Before Uttarakhand Flood, India Ignored Warnings

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'It Seems That I Know How the Universe Originated'

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The Key to West Virginia's Vaccine Success

As a physician focused on public health in West Virginia, I am accustomed to our state scoring low in all national measures of health. We have high rates of obesity , chronic diseases, and fatal opioid overdoses . Now, however, we are leading in the country's most important health initiative: We are one of the states with the highest per capita distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, just behind Alask

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Nomadland Is a Gorgeous Journey Through the Wreckage of American Promise

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Quantum Holograms Could Make Ridiculously Detailed Images of Our Bodies And Cells

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Another new coronavirus variant now detected in 13 countries

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Photos Show NASA Perseverance Rover Landing on Mars

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Scientists working on the mission are eagerly scrutinizing the first images sent back to Earth by the robotic explorer.

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Nasa scientists release new image of Perseverance rover on Mars at news briefing – live

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Team of experts answer questions about mission following safe landing on the red planet on Thursday – follow the briefing live In pictures: Perseverance mission to Mars 6.40pm GMT The landing site, Jezero crater, was picked from more than 60 candidates because of its promise for preserving signs of life. Billions of years ago the site was once home to an ancient lake and river delta that may have

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Hiking Is an Ideal Structure for Friendship

Each installment of The Friendship Files features a conversation between The Atlantic 's Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship. This week she talks with a group of friends who have been going on monthly hikes for 25 years. They discuss why the hike organizer has absolute authority, how they've shown up for one another through tragedies, a

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20.5m years of life may have been lost to Covid across 81 countries, study finds

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Mars Is Radiating Gravity Waves, Which Is Bad News For Human Settlers

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DNA Points to Single Coyote in Series of Attacks in California

Since July, four attacks on Bay Area residents have involved the same coyote, according to DNA taken from the victims' bite wounds and clothing.

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The real story behind the Texas power outages

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Pfizer Says Its COVID Vaccine Is 93% Effective After Just One Shot

According to a new letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine , the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech is 92.6 percent effective after just one out of two doses. The results from the lab trial have significant implications. Thanks to a highly protective first dose, it strongly suggests that countries are able to safely delay giving out second doses to ensure that fi

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Meet the Newest Member of the Fluorescent Mammal Club

The springhare — whose coat glows a patchy pinkish-orange under UV light — joins the platypus and other mammals with this perplexing trait.

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Mutation in SARS-CoV-2 spike protein renders virus up to eight times more infectious

A mutation in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2—one of several genetic mutations in the concerning variants that have emerged in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil—makes the virus up to eight times more infectious in human cells than the initial virus that originated in China, according to research published in the journal eLife.

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Mutation in SARS-CoV-2 spike protein renders virus up to eight times more infectious

A mutation in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2—one of several genetic mutations in the concerning variants that have emerged in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil—makes the virus up to eight times more infectious in human cells than the initial virus that originated in China, according to research published in the journal eLife.

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A spiky flea could ruin Midwestern ecosystems and kill native fish

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The Moon's Biggest Crater Is Revealing Lunar Formation Secrets We Never Knew

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Russian Scientists Are Probing Prehistoric Viruses Emerging From Siberian Permafrost

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Scientists Show That Algae Could Grow Using Only Mars Resources

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Bernard Lown, Inventive Heart Doctor and Antiwar Activist, Dies at 99

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The smallest galaxies in our universe bring more about dark matter to light

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Study reveals a "boring" era when Earth was flat, with no mountains

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How to Avoid Phishing Emails and Scams

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What History Tells Us Will Happen to Trumpism

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Who should get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over the mRNA vaccines?

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Earth's mountains disappeared for a billion years, and then life stopped evolving

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We All Believe in Conspiracies a Little, But Here's When It Gets Out of Control

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Teen With 'Rapunzel Syndrome' Requires Surgery After Giant Hairball Fills Stomach

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Planet Nine Might Be a Giant Illusion, Scientists Say, And Here's Why

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Pillagers Of Tropical Forests Can't Hide Behind Clouds Anymore

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There's a Link Between Air Pollution And Irreversible Vision Loss, Study Reveals

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'Defining Moment' as Hope Probe Transmits Its Breathtaking First Image of Mars

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Stonehenge was built with bits of an older Welsh Stone Age monument

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UK coronavirus variant gets nastier as South African variant spreads

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Biodiversity report urges nations to consider nature an economic asset

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How effective are coronavirus vaccines at stopping transmission?

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A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes—on Purpose

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Covid: experts warn of huge UK wave if restrictions lifted too soon

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Image: Hubble takes portrait of nebula

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CaSSIS mission: The camera capturing Mars' craters and canyons

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Wolves use ambush tactics to hunt unsuspecting beavers

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China's Mars probe sends back video of Red Planet

China's space agency released video footage from its spacecraft circling Mars on Friday, two days after it successfully entered the planet's orbit in Beijing's latest ambitious space mission.

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Stonehenge likely made with stones from older monument: study

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NASA Is Hunting Alien Civilizations by Looking for Their Pollution

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Study: One Particular Vaccine Protects Against Deadly New COVID Variants

According to a new study by researchers from the University of Oxford, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provides a strong enough immune system response to protect against the new variants of the coronavirus found in the UK and South Africa, The Guardian reports. The study, which has yet to be peer reviewed, had mixed but informative results. While the antibodies in those who had received thei

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CDC: People Who Have Been Fully Vaccinated Don't Need to Quarantine

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Whales' Long, Loud Calls Reveal Structure beneath Ocean Floor

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Whales' Long, Loud Calls Reveal Structure beneath Ocean Floor

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Arthritis drug that helps Covid ICU patients has wider benefits, trial finds

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Leslie Robertson, Who Engineered the World Trade Center, Dies at 92

He remained proud of the towers, which stood long enough for thousands to escape on 9/11, but carried with him "a troubled heart."

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Vaporised crusts of Earth-like planets found in dying stars

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Pigs show potential for 'remarkable' level of behavioral, mental flexibility in new study

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Pigs show potential for 'remarkable' level of behavioral, mental flexibility in new study

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China Just Successfully Put a Spacecraft Into Orbit Around Mars For The First Time

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Scientists detect water vapour emanating from Mars

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Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Reduces Viral Load: Study

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China's First Mars Mission, Tianwen-1, Reaches the Red Planet

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Giant Panda Cub Xiao Qi Ji's Best Moments—in Video

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The Very First Signs of an Immune Response Have Been Filmed in a Developing Embryo

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New Algorithm Generates Synthetic Human Genetic Code

We've seen AI algorithms create mostly-believable pictures of people's headshots , works of art , news articles , and even pokémon . But now a team of scientists is taking things a step further, with an algorithm to generate the entire genetic code of nonexistent people. Using a type of AI called a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), in which two algorithms rapidly generate some sort of output,

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Pfizer Says It Can Cut Vaccine Manufacturing Time in Half

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Before you compare the Covid vaccines, here are five things to know | Adam Finn

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ATLAS finds evidence of a rare Higgs boson decay

Since the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, scientists in the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have been hard at work characterizing its properties and hunting down the diverse ways in which this ephemeral particle can decay. From the copious but experimentally challenging decay to b-quarks, to the exquisitely rare but low-background decay into four leptons, each

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Coronavirus latest: UK health secretary launches Covid-19 quarantine plan

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For The First Time, Physicists Encode Information in a Hologram Using Quantum Leap

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Stories of Slavery, From Those Who Survived It

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We Were the Last of the Nice Negro Girls

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Hacker Infiltrates Water Treatment Plant, Attempts to Poison City

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Water Hacker According to local law enforcement, a hacker remotely accessed a computer system at Oldsmar, Florida's water treatment plant and attempted to increase the amount of sodium hydroxide 100 fold, the Tampa Bay Times reports — a chilling sign of how cybercrime can endanger lives in the real world. Sodium hydroxide, more commonly known as lye, is a corrosive compound used in small amounts

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Deepfake detectors can be defeated, computer scientists show for the first time

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Why Did Ancient Indigenous Groups in Brazil Hunt Sharks?

New studies show that shark meat may have constituted half of their diet and that the beasts' teeth were used as arrow tips and razor blades

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Mars landing team 'awestruck' by photo of descending rover

The world got its first close-up look at a Mars landing on Friday, as NASA released a stunning picture of its newest rover being lowered onto the dusty red surface.

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A speed limit also applies in the quantum world

Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now shown what the speed limit is for complex quantum operations. The study also involved scientists from MIT, the universities of Hamburg, Cologne and Padua, and the Jülich Research Center. The results are important for the realization of quant

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Time-lapse reveals the hidden dance of roots

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Time-lapse reveals the hidden dance of roots

Duke researchers have been studying something that happens too slowly for our eyes to see. A team in biologist Philip Benfey's lab wanted to see how plant roots burrow into the soil. So they set up a camera on rice seeds sprouting in clear gel, taking a new picture every 15 minutes for several days after germination.

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The US is back in the Paris Agreement. What's next? | John Kerry and Al Gore

On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a letter of acceptance that set in motion the 30-day process for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate. On the day the US returns to the accord, John Kerry, the US Special Envoy for Climate, sits down with Nobel Laureate Al Gore to discuss the make-or-break decade ahead of us. Listen as Kerry lays out how the US fits into the gl

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CRISPR-Edited Bananas

In the British Drama, Years and Years , they imagine the very near future. I do wonder what someone from 2010 would have thought about a tv show accurately depicting 2020. In any case, one of the throw-away lines of the show was that there are no more bananas. The writers did their research – that the Cavendish banana will disappear sometime in the 2020's is extremely likely. It is being threaten

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The AI Research Paper Was Real. The 'Coauthor' Wasn't

An IBM researcher found his name on two papers with which he had no connection. A different paper listed a fictitious author by the name of "Bill Franks."

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Astronomers Mapped The Spectacular Accelerating Outflows of a Stellar Explosion

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Look! Perseverance's Very First Images From Mars, Sent Seconds After Landing

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Ted Cruz's Trip to Mexico Looks Bad. But This Is Worse.

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This is the first image taken by NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. Now the hunt for life begins.

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NASA's Perseverance rover has landed safely on Mars. The spacecraft survived its journey through the Martian atmosphere and made a soft touchdown at Jezero crater. Shortly after landing, it sent back this picture from the surface using its Hazard Avoidance Cameras , which it will use when on the move. The image is partially obscured by a dust cover. What happened: Perseverance began its descent i

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Investigating the wave properties of matter with vibrating molecules

The working group led by Prof. Stephan Schiller, Ph.D. from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has used a novel, high-precision laser spectroscopic experiment to measure the internal vibration of the simplest molecule. This allowed the researchers to investigate the wave character of the motion of atomic nuclei with unprecedented accuracy. They present their findings in the current edition

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A Hitchhiker's Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Disruption

A shift in Earth's poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet's climate, scientists have found — and they're naming the period after the author Douglas Adams.

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DARPA's new combat drones could catch a ride from other aircraft

This Reaper drone is armed with a AIM-9X Block 2 missile. (Senior Airman Haley Stevens / US Air Force/) Imagine an unmanned aircraft that is able to launch its own air-to-air weapon. That agile machine would itself first deploy from a bigger, crewed airplane, meaning that the entire system would involve missiles inside a drone that detaches from an airplane—like airborne Russian nesting dolls. Th

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Coronavirus Cases Around the World Are Finally Dropping

The number of new coronavirus cases decreased in 44 US states this past week — an improvement that's mirrored by much of the rest of the world. On average, there were about 82,000 new confirmed COVID-19 infections per day throughout the United States over the last week, according to Axios . Case numbers in a handful of states are still on the rise, but the numbers represent a 24 percent drop in o

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Like it or not, history shows that taxes and bureaucracy are cornerstones of democracy

The media has been rife with stories about democracy in decline: the recent coup in Myanmar, the ascent of strongman Narendra Modi in India, and of course ex-President Trump's attempts to overturn the U.S. presidential election—all of which raise alarms about the current status of democracies worldwide. Such threats to the voices of the people are often attributed to the excesses of individual lea

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The Evolution of Trump's Threat to America

In folklore and rhetoric, there's a concept known as the "rule of three." A trio of events, characters or ideas, the reasoning goes, is for some reason more engaging to the human mind than collections of two or four. The major crises that will define Donald Trump's attacks on democracy and the rule of law over the course of his presidency have now reached that crucial number. First, there was the

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Smart materials: From tiny robots to colour-swapping clothes

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Dramatisk Mars-landing venter i aften: Værste scenarie er en eksplosion

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Researchers discover a new route to forming complex crystals

When materials reach extremely small size scales, strange things begin to happen. One of those phenomena is the formation of mesocrystals.

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Winners of the 2020 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest

The judging for the ninth annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest , organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has wrapped up, and the winning images and photographers have been announced. Gaetano Dario Gargiulo took Best in Show with his image of an octopus in a tide pool. The organizers of the contest have once again shared with us some of the winners and honorable mentions, shown below,

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China and Russia Agree to Collaborate on Lunar Base

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What Are The Chances of Another COVID? Much Greater Than We Realised

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Millions of Americans Have No Power in This Extreme, Nation-Wide Storm. Here's Why

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A New Measurement of Quantum Space-Time Has Found Nothing Going On

Space remains a continuum.

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Etna spews smoke and ashes in spectacular new eruption

Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, belched smoke and ashes in a new eruption on Tuesday, but Italian authorities said it posed no danger to the surrounding villages.

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The Dark Side of CRISPR

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The Type of Love That Makes People Happiest

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How a 'False Flag' Cry Has Divided Republicans in Oregon

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WHO recommends use of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for all adults

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Single dose of Pfizer vaccine shows signs of success in UK

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Whitehaven coal mine plan to be re-examined by council

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China's Mars Mission Begins Orbit of the Red Planet

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Human eye beats machine in archaeological color identification test

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Preparing for "Yardi Gras" in New Orleans

Most of the traditional Mardi Gras activities in New Orleans have been canceled this year because of the ongoing pandemic. But locals have spent their time and effort working on safe alternative celebrations to keep the spirit of Carnival alive—including the decoration of hundreds of houses in the style of Mardi Gras floats. The Krewe of House Floats has worked with people across the city and is

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Arctic permafrost releases more carbon dioxide than once believed

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An Eight-Story Fish Farm Will Bring Locally Produced Food to Singapore

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Craig Kelly banned from Facebook for a week for posting Covid misinformation

Liberal MP, who has continued to use social media to defy conventional medical wisdom, posted three links to unproven views on Covid treatments Australia's Covid vaccine rollout: how will it happen and when can you get it? Liberal MP Craig Kelly has revealed Facebook has banned him for one week for posting three links to medical experts' unproven views on Covid-19 treatments. Despite Scott Morris

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'New Car Smell' Is The Scent of Carcinogens, And Even Short Trips May Overexpose Us

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Coronavirus latest: Melbourne residents warned of lockdown extension as resumption of flights is delayed

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The Pandemic Has Shattered Young People's Mental Health

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization officially declaring COVID a pandemic, the state of young people's mental health is in serious trouble. After many months of isolation, economic instability piling on an already-fraught job market, and the enduring stress of worrying about their and their loved ones' health, doctors and researchers are reporting a serious do

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Underlige væsner dukker frem fra dybet under Antarktis' enorme is-hylder

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Hyundai's walking concept car promises to go where other vehicles can't

Back in 2019, Hyundai debuted a concept for a car with legs that it called Elevate. Each of the four wheels sits at the end of an articulating leg that would allow the vehicle to change its orientation. It was built for hauling people, mostly on city or suburban streets. Now, the company has refined the idea with a concept called Tiger that's designed for carrying cargo over even tougher terrain

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An Inside Look at Cuba's Constant Struggle for Clean Water

Across the country, battling water scarcity requires a vast array of workers, from inspectors and fumigators to truck drivers and pipe layers.

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Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right

Projections of rising sea levels this century are on the money when tested against satellite and tide-gauge observations, scientists find.

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Membrane building blocks play decisive role in controlling cell growth

Lipids are the building blocks of the cell membrane. In addition to their structural function, some lipids also play a regulatory role and decisively influence cell growth. This has been investigated in a new study by scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The impact of the lipids depends on how they are distributed over the plasma membrane. The study was published in The P

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Membrane building blocks play decisive role in controlling cell growth

Lipids are the building blocks of the cell membrane. In addition to their structural function, some lipids also play a regulatory role and decisively influence cell growth. This has been investigated in a new study by scientists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). The impact of the lipids depends on how they are distributed over the plasma membrane. The study was published in The P

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How Pandemic Lunches Gave Me Hope for the Planet

My daughter's lockdown achievement is that she does not let food go to waste. It's reminded me that humans don't have to leave a mass of trash in their wake.

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Comet or asteroid: What killed the dinosaurs and where did it come from?

It forever changed history when it crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago.

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HS2: Aerial footage shows what London to Birmingham route looks like now

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Capuchin monkey genome reveals clues to its long life and large brain

An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of a capuchin monkey for the first time, uncovering new genetic clues about the evolution of their long lifespan and large brains.

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Capuchin monkey genome reveals clues to its long life and large brain

An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of a capuchin monkey for the first time, uncovering new genetic clues about the evolution of their long lifespan and large brains.

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Doctor Warns That Teens Are Already Clogging Their Arteries

Along with getting their driver's licenses and posting the perfect TikTok video, there's something else teenagers should worry about: heart disease. Dr. Robert Lager, president of the cardiac practice MedStar Cardiology Associates, says that there's a rise in teenagers with plaque buildup in their arteries. This could lead to a greater chance of heart disease and complications later in their life

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First Arab Nation to Orbit Mars Snaps Instagram-Worthy Planet Pic

Picture Perfect The first spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to reach the orbit of Mars took a stunning photograph of the planet. T he satellite, which is also the first mission by an Arab nation to reach Mars, is a part of the UAE's Hope mission to study the Red Planet's climate and atmosphere. But before it does any of that, the team behind the probe made sure to snap a gorgeous pic

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What Happens When You Swap a Human Gene With a Neanderthal's?

Now that we've gotten a look at the genomes of archaic humans, researchers are trying to determine whether our differences are due to genetics.

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See a Billion-Year Dance of Earth's Tectonic Plates in 40 Seconds

Modern life can feel dizzying, like everything is motion and change. But there are some constants we set our lives against: the relative position of the stars wheeling above, the mountaintops below, and the continents on which we walk. These things feel immutable. Of course, they aren't. The beauty of science is how far it extends our view into space and time. We now know the sun and stars whip a

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Even Lifelong Environmentalists Have Not Considered Green Burial Options

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Brist på rovdjur skapade kaos – då inplanterades vildhundar

Afrikanska vildhundar har importerats till Gorongosa nationalpark i Moçambique för att skapa rädsla hos betesdjuren. – Utan ett rädslans landskap kan bytesdjur gå överallt och äta allt. De vanliga gränserna mellan arter i andra ekosystem har upplösts, säger ekologen Robert Pringle i Vetenskapens värld.

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The Best Way to Find Aliens on Other Worlds May Be to Search For Signs of Their Smog

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Where are Cape Town's great white sharks?

Barely a single great white shark has been spotted off the city's coast for two years, where once there were hundreds.

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Did the coronavirus really come from frozen food, as the WHO suggests?

Is it credible that coronavirus can stay infectious and jump to humans via frozen food, as findings from a Chinese and World Health Organization investigation suggest?

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Lines on Mars could be created by salty water triggering landslides

Strange dark streaks on the Martian surface called recurring slope lineae may be caused by salty water forming a crust, which later collapses in a landslide

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Why the universe can be described by the equations of fluids

Studying the universe and the flow of fluids may seem worlds apart, but they involve some of the same equations, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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Vaccine nationalism will leave everyone more at risk of coronavirus

The fastest way to end the covid-19 crisis is for countries to put the interests of the world ahead of their own, says Seth Berkley

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Australian government may use herpes virus to control invasive carp

New figures show just how abundant ecologically destructive carp are in Australia's waterways – now the government is considering using a herpes virus to reduce the population

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Physicists finally figured out why food sticks to a frying pan

Uneven heating in a frying pan causes variance in the surface tension of cooking oil and leads to dry patches that can make food to stick to pans

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Human placentas are full of mutated cells dumped by the embryo

The genetic history of individual placentas suggests that they can tolerate cancer-like mutations and act as a place for the developing embryo to shunt abnormal cells

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A new species of baleen whale has been found in the Gulf of Mexico

Baleen whales include the largest animals ever to exist, but despite their size, they remain mysterious – and a new species has just been found near the US south coast

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An unscientific debate over breast milk is spilling into food banks

An overzealous push for breastfeeding is affecting availability of baby formula in food banks, worsening problems for the poorest people, writes Clare Wilson

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New coronavirus variants detected in sewage before showing up in tests

Potentially dangerous new coronavirus variants can be detected more easily by monitoring sewage systems for virus shed in faeces than by testing people directly

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Climate change seen as global emergency by 64 per cent of people

The biggest ever poll of climate change views, canvassing 1.4 million people in 50 countries, has found that 64 per cent of people think the issue is a global emergency

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AI can tell what song you are listening to from your brainwaves

Artificial intelligence has learned to identify the song someone is listening to from scans of their brain, with an accuracy of 85 per cent

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Boys grow at slower rate if they were given antibiotics as newborns

Boys given antibiotics in the first two weeks of life are more likely to gain weight and height at a lower than average rate – but the effect is not seen in girls

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Covid: case of South African variant prompts surge testing in Hampshire

Local authorities say transmission risk from single case found in village of Bramley 'very low' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A case of the South African variant of coronavirus has been identified in the village of Bramley, near Basingstoke in Hampshire, leading to surge testing in the area next week. Simon Bryant, the director of public health at Hampshire county

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These Three Things Are More Likely to Make Someone a Superspreader

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An Ever-Moving, Unloved Fish Is Stirring Chaos in the North Atlantic

The Northeast Atlantic mackerel is a small fish with grey or greenish-blue scales and tigerlike black stripes from mouth to tail. Lacking a swim bladder—the gas-filled organ that helps most fish move up and down in the water—the mackerel would sink and die if it ever stopped. So it is always on the move, looking for plankton, crustaceans, and other small fish. It travels in shoals that can be mor

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Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Researchers spend long periods of time around the organisms they study. Sometimes, that exposure has unintended—and potentially deadly—effects.

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Don't Erase What Happened at the Capitol

On the evening of February 5, as Representative Andy Kim of New Jersey retraced the steps he'd taken nearly one month earlier, hours after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, he saw little remaining evidence of destruction. The shattered glass where Ashli Babbitt was shot outside the Speaker's Lobby? Repaired. The statues defaced by cigarette butts? Fixed. The broken windows? Boarded up. The be

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Why a failure to vaccinate the world will put us all at risk

Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer currently works remotely from Colombia. As an epidemiologist, she has been watching from afar as her colleagues back at the University of California, San Francisco, have started receiving vaccines available to lab workers. The situation is very different where she now lives. Colombia is suffering a massive covid-19 outbreak and is still waiting to see the first doses of

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He started a covid-19 vaccine company. Then he hosted a superspreader event.

On Sunday, January 24, with Southern California's intensive-care units (ICUs) at full capacity, a shuttle bus made the short trip from a beachfront hotel in Santa Monica to an open-plan office in Culver City, carrying business executives from as far away as Israel, Hawaii, and Vancouver. Some had paid upwards of $30,000 to attend a pandemic-year rarity: an indoor, in-person, mostly unmasked busin

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Unge sagsøger Sverige for at svigte klimaet: Sådan er det gået i tre lignende sager

I Irland og Holland har unge vundet klimaretssager ved Højesteret.

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Can Frozen Food Spread The Coronavirus?

At a news conference this week, the World Health Organization made a surprising statement: The coronavirus could possibly be transmitted on frozen packages of food. (Image credit: Wu Zheng/VCG via Getty Images)

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Some Cultures Have Fared Better With COVID-19. Here's What They Have in Common

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New AI Detects Your Emotions by Scanning You With Radio Signals

Checking In If new research is to believed, you may find yourself coming home from work one day in a rotten mood — just to have your smart speaker automatically scan your emotions and start to play soothing music. That's one use case for a new neural network that Queen May University of London engineers taught how to automatically interpret certain human emotions — by blasting people with radio w

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More trees do not always create a cooler planet, geographer finds

New research by Christopher A. Williams, an environmental scientist and professor in Clark University's Graduate School of Geography, reveals that deforestation in the U.S. does not always cause planetary warming, as is commonly assumed; instead, in some places, it actually cools the planet. A peer-reviewed study by Williams and his team, "Climate Impacts of U.S. Forest Loss Span Net Warming to Ne

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TESS discovers new worlds in a river of young stars

Using observations from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international team of astronomers has discovered a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a much younger version of our Sun called TOI 451. The system resides in the recently discovered Pisces-Eridanus stream, a collection of stars less than 3% the age of our solar system that stretches across one-third of the s

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The Lessons Biden and the Democrats Learned From the First Impeachment

Midway through his speech at the Pentagon last Wednesday, President Joe Biden veered from global threats to a personal promise. The visit was Biden's first to the building as commander in chief, and he was surrounded by symbols of power and position. He stood in front of four American flags, behind a lectern adorned with the presidential seal. He would never "dishonor" or "disrespect" the militar

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NASA Contractor Signs Deal to Build Greenhouses in Earth's Orbit

Space Farming Private space company Nanoracks recently signed a deal with investors in the United Arab Emirates to build orbital greenhouses and grow extremely-resilient crops out in space. It sounds like an unusual idea, to say the least. But Nanoracks CEO Jeffrey Manber told Space.com that he believes any crops capable of surviving the extremes of life in space could go a long way toward solvin

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Was Stonehenge a 'Secondhand' Monument?

The Neolithic site appears to have begun as a monument in Wales that was dismantled and carried 175 miles east as part of a larger migration, a new study suggests.

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Scientists study moving worm "blobs" to create robot swarms

Researchers at Georgia Tech adapt the behavior of worm "blobs" to robotic swarms. The goal is to utilize useful aspects of living systems in human-created ones. When part of a "blob," worms tend to survive better and have more capabilities than individually. A new study looked at how California black worms work together to form "worm blobs" in order to model their behavior in moving swarms of sim

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Evolution Could Explain Why Psychotherapy May Work for Depression

Persistent rumination may be an attribute that lets us think our way out of despair—a process enhanced through talk therapy — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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England and Wales hit target to vaccinate top four priority groups

Milestone means 65 to 69-year-olds will be invited for jab and those with underlying conditions are expected to follow Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage England and Wales have said they have met the government's target of offering a coronavirus vaccine to the top four priority groups by 15 February amid growing warnings that the supply of vaccines would be cut for the

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Hackers, Mason Jars, and the Science of DIY Shrooms

The history of home cultivation methods of Psilocybe is more connected to early internet culture than you'd think.

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Science Photographer of the Year winners revealed

From microscopic observations to images showing climate change in action.

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Your ancestors might have been Martians

Many researchers wonder if microbes once lived in these ancient riverbeds. A few wonder if they might have been our ancestors. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL/) NASA's most specialized life-hunting laboratory to date is currently hurtling toward the Red Planet, where it will attempt a landing next week. After the crimson dust settles, if all goes according to plan, the Perseverance rover will star

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Amazon Has Transformed the Geography of Wealth and Power

This article was published online on February 12, 2021. I n the mid-1990s , when I was in middle school, my family moved to the suburbs of Seattle, where my father had gotten a job at Boeing. My parents would drive my sister and me down I-90 to the Bellevue Square mall on weekends, and I'd sit on the carpet of the B. Dalton bookstore, reading magazines. A mile and a half up Bellevue Way, in the g

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Wales is first UK nation to offer Covid jab to top four priority groups

Everyone in top four categories has been offered first vaccine dose, says first minister Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Wales has become the first UK nation to have offered a Covid jab to everyone in the top four priority groups, the first minister, Mark Drakeford has announced. Last month, Drakeford was forced to defend Wales's vaccination programme after criticism

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Venus flytrap jaws create tiny magnetic fields when they snap shut

Venus flytrap leaves shut in response to physical touch, salt water, or thermal stimuli. A team of scientists from Berlin have captured the magnetic charge that accompanies the closing of the plant's trap. Incredibly sensitive, non-invasive atomic magnetometers picked up the elusive signal. For many children, the revelation that there's such a thing as a Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula , is an a

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The Pandemic's Deadly Winter Surge Is Rapidly Easing

Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here . Nationally, all signs point to continued rapid easing of the pandemic's deadly winter surge. Cases are down 23 percent from the previous week and down 57 percent from the country's all-time peak in early January when the U.S. recorded 1.7 million new cases in a single week.

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Teaching an old spacecraft new tricks to continue exploring the moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has far exceeded its planned mission duration, revealing that the Moon holds surprises: ice deposits that could be used to support future lunar exploration, the coldest places in the solar system in permanently shadowed regions at the lunar poles, and that it is an active world that is shrinking, generating moonquakes and changing in front of ou

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White Chicago Cops Use Force More Often Than Black Officers

New study of the city's policing also shows differences between male and female cops — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The effects of school closures on SARS-CoV-2 among parents and teachers [Economic Sciences]

To reduce the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), most countries closed schools, despite uncertainty if school closures are an effective containment measure. At the onset of the pandemic, Swedish upper-secondary schools moved to online instruction, while lower-secondary schools remained open. This allows for a comparison of…

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Tiny Blobs of Brain Cells Could Reveal How Your Mind Differs From a Neanderthal's

Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.

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Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

The aquatic mammals' sound waves penetrate into the rocks under the waves, which could assist seismologists' surveys.

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Scientists Taught Pigs to Play a Video Game

A team of researchers at Purdue University have successfully taught four pigs how to use a joystick — novel research that demonstrates a "remarkable" level of behavioral and mental flexibility, according to the team. As detailed in a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology , the four pigs were able to play a simple joystick-controlled video game, demonstrating basic understandi

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New prostate cancer scan 'could replace invasive exam and save lives'

Prostagram found to be almost twice as effective at detection as standard blood test in trials, say scientists Scientists say they have developed a prostate cancer scan accurate enough to potentially replace current invasive examination techniques and save thousands of lives each year. Prostagram, developed by experts at Imperial College London, employs MRI scanning and is modelled on breast canc

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Eerie Figures With Huge Heads Found Painted in a Rock Shelter in Tanzania

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Congress Bars NASA From Working With China. That's Likely a Mistake.

For years, China and the United States have pursued similar missions in space. They're both aiming to land on Mars , keep crewmembers in orbit on a space station , and explore the Moon , But for years, the two superpowers have done so almost entirely independently of one another, with brief periods of scientific and industrial cooperation snuffed out by political tension. And that's no oversight.

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Technology can't fix inequality — but training and opportunities could | 'Gbenga Sesan

Centuries of inequality can't be solved with access to technology alone — we need to connect people with training and support too, says tech inclusionist 'Gbenga Sesan. Sharing the work behind the Paradigm Initiative, a social enterprise in Nigeria that's empowering young people with digital resources and skills, Sesan details a vision for creating life-changing opportunities for generations of p

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Doctor Fired for Giving Out Vaccine Doses That Were About to Expire

Hasan Gokal, a doctor in Texas, found himself in the dramatic position of having only six hours to find ten people to receive an already-opened vial of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine in December, The New York Times reports . After several house calls, Gokal invited the ten individuals, including a woman in her 80s with dementia and a mother whose child was on a ventilator, to his home to administer

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To find an extraterrestrial civilization, pollution could be the solution, NASA study suggests

If there's an advanced extraterrestrial civilization inhabiting a nearby star system, we might be able to detect it using its own atmospheric pollution, according to new NASA research. The study looked at the presence of nitrogen dioxide gas (NO2), which on Earth is produced by burning fossil fuels but can also come from non-industrial sources such as biology, lightning, and volcanoes.

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A Windows Defender Flaw Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

Microsoft has finally patched the bug in its antivirus program after researchers spotted it last fall.

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Ancient bone sheds light on Slav alphabet history

An inscribed cow bone dating back to the seventh century proves that Germanic runes were the oldest script ever used by the ancient Slavs, Czech scientists said Thursday.

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Everybody Knew Teenie

Photographs by Charles "Teenie" Harris Image above: Small crowd gathered outside Studio Dee, WHOD radio station, Herron and Centre Avenues, Hill District, August 1, 1951 A thing you should probably know about Black Pittsburgh's relationship with Teenie is that we love to lie about him. Charles "Teenie" Harris captured at least 125,000 people in the tens of thousands of photos he took during the 4

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India's Deadly Glacier Collapse This Week Is Just The Beginning

"The impacts of climate change in the Himalayas are real."

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Pigs show potential for 'remarkable' level of behavioral, mental flexibility in new study

A study involving two different pig species demonstrated that the animals are capable of remarkable behavioral and mental flexibility. The pigs learned to play a simple video game, connecting the movement of the cursor on the computer screen to the joystick they manipulated using their snouts. The researchers say understanding the depth of an animal's intelligence can provide insight into its evol

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Bill Nye Implores Biden to Protect Earth From Dangerous Asteroids

Beloved pop science communicator and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye released an open letter today addressed to president Joe Biden in which he and the Society call on the White House to deepen its commitments to NASA's science programs. The Planetary Society has been advocating for space exploration since 1980 after being co-founded by famed astronomer Carl Sagan. Nye became executive director of

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Mutated COVID Virus Evolved Inside One Person, Scientists Believe

Scientists are still trying to figure out a how highly-transmissible variant of the coronavirus currently spreading through a growing number of countries came to be. But they suspect a single COVID-19 patient may be to blame. Typically, coronavirus mutations are incremental in scale and fail to propagate or really take off, Wired reports . That made the B.1.1.7 variant — the highly infectious ver

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Fish had the genes to adapt to life on land—while they were still swimming the seas

Genome studies and CRISPR experiments in fish have tracked down when DNA important to terrestrial life evolved

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The Birth Rate in China Dropped Substantially This Year

Baby Bust China's birth rate took a steep dive last year, with a drastically lower number of babies being born in 2020 than in 2019. China's Ministry of Public Security reported on Monday that just 10.03 million babies were born in China in 2020. That's nearly 14.9 percent lower than the 11.79 million born in 2019, according to CNN . It could be a temporary blip, but experts warn that a shrinking

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First record of the sound produced by the oldest Upper Paleolithic seashell horn

Anthropologists and ethnomusicologists assert that there is no society without song, and more specifically, there is no ritual or celebration without accompanying sound. The production of sounds in social contexts is very ancient. Here, we report on the study of a seashell from the decorated cave of Marsoulas and demonstrate that the Magdalenian occupants of this site transformed this shell into

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New Browser App Lets You Create Photorealistic Fake People

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Metahumans Epic Games announced today that it plans to release a new browser-based app that will let anyone create and animate nearly-photorealistic computer-generated people. The tool, dubbed MetaHuman Creator , would let game studios or everyday hobbyists create real-looking human models, facial expressions, and other animations in the Unreal Engine, according to The Verge . Slated for release

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What Shape Is the Universe?

As far as cosmologists can tell, space is almost perfectly flat. But what does this mean?

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Genes in The Placenta Appear to Determine a Baby's Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

Is this where it all begins?

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There's a tantalizing sign of a habitable-zone planet in Alpha Centauri

An international team of astronomers has found signs that a habitable planet may be lurking in Alpha Centauri, a binary star system a mere 4.37 light-years away. It could be one of the closest habitable planet prospects to date, although it's probably not much like Earth if it exists. What's Alpha Centauri? It's the closest star system to our own, comprising three different stars. There are Alpha

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Chinese spacecraft enters Mars' orbit, joining Arab ship

A Chinese spacecraft went into orbit around Mars on Wednesday on an expedition to land a rover on the surface and scout for signs of ancient life, authorities announced in a landmark step in the country's most ambitious deep-space mission yet.

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The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

Balancing a studio's desire to create a challenging game and casual players' demands for something lighter can be tough. Control did it very well.

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The way we teach science misses something key: Human context

The teaching of science must and can be humanized at all levels, from nonscience courses to technical advanced courses. By teaching science only as a technical endeavor, we deprive students and future scientists of a more inclusive worldview where science is seen as part of our human need to make sense of the world. The challenges we face in the modern world call for an engagement of the sciences

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Discovery of a new law of phase separation

Researchers from Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo investigated the mechanism of phase separation into the two phases with very different particle mobilities using computer simulations. They found that slow dynamics of complex connected networks control the rate of demixing, which can assist in the design of new functional porous materials, like lithium-ion batteries.

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Leave Your Antibodies Alone

Antibody tests for the coronavirus have just one scientifically sanctioned job in the clinic . Designed to detect a delayed immune response to the virus, they can help patients determine whether they were once infected—effectively, a retroactive diagnosis. That's not how a lot of antibody tests are being used. Across the country, people have flocked to test sites to determine whether they are "im

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The Digital Divide Is Giving American Churches Hell

Covid-19 has upended churchgoing in the US. Like so much else with the pandemic, the impacts are not felt equally.

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Ursula von der Leyen admits failings in EU Covid vaccine rollout

European commission leader says bloc late to authorise jabs and 'not where it wants to be' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU is "not where it wants to be" with its coronavirus immunisation programme, Ursula von der Leyen has conceded, as she faced MEPs in the European parliament amid mounting criticism of the bloc's slow deployment of vaccines. "We were late to

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Nicaragua leaders face backlash after forming space agency amid human rights crisis

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Researchers Exchange Messages with Dreamers

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Thousands of Sea Turtles Immobilized by Brutal Texas Winter Storm

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Nasa's 'Perseverance' rover lands on Mars

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NASA rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life

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LSD alters consciousness by breaking down barriers in the brain

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Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life, a new United Nations report says.

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Dogs may have body-awareness and understand consequences of own actions

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Scientists recently captured a high-resolution video of DNA shimmying into weird shapes in order to squeeze inside cells.

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Facebook announces UK trial to tackle climate misinformation

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Perseverance Set to Land on Mars

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What You Gain When You Give Things Up

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Physicists Thought The Atomic Giant Flerovium Was 'Magical', But It Was Just a Mirage

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Nasa Perseverance rover: How this Mars landing will be different

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Nasa's Perseverance rover is aiming for Jezero Crater, considered "too dangerous" for previous spacecraft.

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BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine is less potent against South African variant

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New research on sea urchins challenges long-held assumptions about marine reserves

Deprive a mountain range of its wolves, and soon the burgeoning deer population will strip its slopes bare. "I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer," wrote ecologist Aldo Leopold in his landmark 1949 title "A Sand County Almanac."

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Phys.org

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New research on sea urchins challenges long-held assumptions about marine reserves

Deprive a mountain range of its wolves, and soon the burgeoning deer population will strip its slopes bare. "I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer," wrote ecologist Aldo Leopold in his landmark 1949 title "A Sand County Almanac."

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Phys.org

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3-D-printing perovskites on graphene makes next-gen X-ray detectors

Since Wilhelm Röntgen discovered them in 1895, X-rays have become a staple of medical imaging. In fact, barely a month after Röntgen's famous paper was published, doctors in Connecticut took the first ever radiograph of a boy's broken wrist.

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Stop Domestic Terrorism

Our national leaders must take on racist-driven violence in the U.S. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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NASA Will Listen for Thumps on Mars From Perseverance Rover's Arrival

NASA Perseverance Mars

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Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft's seismometer.

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Science

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World's first trial of deliberate coronavirus infection is approved

Challenge study in London will provide platform for future vaccine development

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Phys.org

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Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog's nose

Numerous studies have shown that trained dogs can detect many kinds of disease—including lung, breast, ovarian, bladder, and prostate cancers, and possibly COVID-19—simply through smell. In some cases, involving prostate cancer for example, the dogs had a 99 percent success rate in detecting the disease by sniffing patients' urine samples.

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Futurism

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Scientists Are About to Give Research Subjects COVID on Purpose

Scientists at Imperial College London's Royal Free Hospital are about to deliberately infect 90 volunteers with the coronavirus to see what happens. The UK's Ethics Committee approved what's called a "human challenge study," or research designed to figure out how the coronavirus infects and spreads among people in an extremely controlled environment, according to CNBC . For instance, the first pa

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Livescience.com

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Giant 14-foot-long crocodile found with human remains in stomach

The remains likely belong to a local fisherman who went missing last week, the government said.

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Tre råd fra forskere: Sådan forbereder du din krop på COVID-vaccination

Moderat motion kan øge antallet af antistoffer hos udsatte grupper, viser ny undersøgelse.

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Scientific American Content

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Mammoth Genomes Shatter Record for Oldest DNA Sequences

Researchers extracted DNA from fossils that are more than a million years old, illuminating the origins of the woolly mammoth and the Columbian mammoth — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Vetenskap | SVT Nyheter

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Världens äldsta DNA hittat i Sibirien – 1,2 miljoner år gammalt

Världens äldsta DNA kommer från mammutar i Sibirien och är 1,2 miljoner år gammalt. – Det tidigare äldsta DNA:et som analyserats är ungefär 600 000 år gammalt. Så vi dubblerar rekordet, säger en av forskarna bakom studien.

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Where Does the Columbian Mammoth Come From?

Genomic data — the oldest ever recovered from a fossil — reveals the origin and evolution of the Columbian mammoth.

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Will Quantum Computers Truly Serve Humanity?

Let's take advantage of this early stage of their development to avoid the mistakes of past technological upheavals — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Atlantic

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It's All Rigged

As of January 10, nine brokerages had set the one-year target stock price for GameStop at about $10. But that's not where it would stay—at least for a while. It climbed in price because a subreddit, r/WallStreetBets, engineered a short squeeze. That kicked off a wild ride, revealing many things not just about how digital technologies are transforming our world, but also about how they are not. It

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Phys.org

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THYME project discovers a sub-Neptune exoplanet orbiting young star

Astronomers report the discovery of a new sub-Neptune exoplanet as part of the TESS Hunt for Young and Maturing Exoplanets (THYME) program. The newly found alien world, designated HD 110082 b, is about three times larger than the Earth and orbits a relatively young star. The finding is reported in a paper published February 11 on arXiv.org.

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Wired

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Parler Says It's Back

The platform was kicked off Amazon's servers. Now it says it no longer relies on "Big Tech" for its infrastructure.

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Big Think

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Astronomers detect signs of "galactic cannibalism"

The Milky Way is surrounded by dozens of dwarf galaxies that are thought to be relics of the very first galaxies in the universe. Among the most primitive of these galactic fossils is Tucana II — an ultrafaint dwarf galaxy that is about 50 kiloparsecs, or 163,000 light years, from Earth. Now MIT astrophysicists have detected stars at the edge of Tucana II, in a configuration that is surprisingly

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Livescience.com

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Here's how NASA will safely land a $2.7 billion rhino-sized rover in a dangerous Martian crater

When NASA's $2.7 billion Perseverance rover plunges like a meteor into the Martian atmosphere on Thursday (Feb. 18), it will put on a show unlike any before in the five-decade history of Red Planet exploration.

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Science | The Guardian

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Israel allows 1,000 Covid vaccines into blockaded Gaza after hold up

Sputnik vaccines being sent to frontline medical workers after previous shipment was blocked Israel has permitted Palestinian officials to send the first shipment of 1,000 coronavirus vaccines to the blockaded Gaza Strip, after the Palestinian Authority accused it of holding up vital shipments intended for frontline medical workers. "This morning, an amount of 1,000 Sputnik vaccines donated by Ru

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Science | The Guardian

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UK Covid live: PM planning nationwide mass rapid testing as lockdown is eased, report claims

Latest updates: millions in England may face 'surge' in rapid testing as Covid curbs are relaxed Cutting Covid top-up 'will put 700,000 people into poverty' Quarantine hotels 'a death sentence' for at-risk Britons, says cancer patient Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.21am GMT PA Media reports: The "classic triad" of cough, fever and loss of smell (anosmia) – the sy

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Plantwatch: fungus creates fake fragrant flowers to fool bees

Fusarium xyrophilum hijacks yellow-eyed Xyris grasses from Guyana to create forgeries made of fungal tissue Fungi have been discovered making fake flowers that look and even smell like the real thing, fooling bees and other pollinating insects into visiting them. The fungus Fusarium xyrophilum infects the beautiful yellow-eyed grasses of Xyris from Guyana in South America. The fungus stops the pl

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CT scans of Egyptian mummy reveal new details about the death of a pivotal pharaoh

A CT scan study of the mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre-Taa-II, an Egyptian ruler whose death eventually helped reunite the kingdom, revealed new details about how the king died. A recent paper suggests that the pharaoh died close to the battlefield and was ceremoniously executed by several people using Hyksos weapons. Additionally, the computer-processed X-rays revealed his embalmers had skillfully con

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Climate change: Don't raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers

The government hopes to claw back money from a £1.5bn fund to promote home insulation.

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Futurism

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Doctors Find Drug That Seems to Treat Long-Hauler COVID Symptoms

One of the problems with battling the coronavirus pandemic is that some survivors will continue to face serious, sometimes-debilitating symptoms that persist for many months after their infection. One of these long-hauler symptoms is a condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a nervous system disorder that causes people's heart rates to spike out of control. But a new cl

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Livescience.com

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A new 7 minutes of terror: See the nail-biting Mars landing of NASA's Perseverance rover in this video

Perseverance will attempt to land inside Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. A new video shows how the spacecraft's harrowing entry, descent and landing will work.

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Phys.org

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Common weed killers favor antibiotic resistant bacteria, new study shows

The use of weed killers can increase the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in soil, a new study from the University of York shows.

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Common weed killers favor antibiotic resistant bacteria, new study shows

The use of weed killers can increase the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in soil, a new study from the University of York shows.

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SpaceX Starship Testing Shut Down by Huge Snowstorm

Frosty the Starship As if launching a 165-foot spacecraft prototype wasn't complicated enough, SpaceX now has to contend itself with extreme winter weather hitting its Texas testing facilities. Development of its Starship program has slowed to a crawl as a result of freezing temperatures and high winds, Teslarati reports — though it'll probably be back to business as usual once the weather clears

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Livescience.com

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Hundreds of animal species could harbor novel coronaviruses

A new model predicts which mammals might be likely hosts for new coronaviruses.

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Science | The Guardian

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Oldest skink fossil found in Australian outback may hold key to lizard evolution

The 25m-year-old find that will help fill in the gaps in the record of one of the continent's most diverse species A tiny fossil pulled from the edge of a scorching salt lake in the South Australian outback is the oldest known remains of a skink ever found on the continent and may provide a vital clue to the lizard's evolution. The team of palaeontologists and volunteers from Flinders University

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Science | The Guardian

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Revealed: NHS could offer Covid vaccine to 32m in priority groups by Easter

Analysis suggests everyone in first nine priority groups could get jab four weeks ahead of schedule Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage At current rates, the NHS could offer a coronavirus vaccine to the 32 million people in the first nine priority groups by Easter – four weeks ahead of the official schedule – according to analysis by the Guardian. Government and health s

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Phys.org

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Cells use concentration gradients as a compass

Biophysicists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munch have developed a new theory, which accounts for the observation that cells can perceive their own shapes, and use this information to direct the distribution of proteins inside the cell.

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EurekAlert! – Breaking News

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A genetic variant inherited from Neanderthals reduces the risk of severe COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 impacts people in different ways after infection. Some experience only mild or no symptoms at all while others become sick enough to require hospitalization.Now, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany have found that a group of genes that reduces the risk of sever

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Science

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UK anticipating dip in Covid vaccine supply in coming weeks

At current rates, all over-50s could be inoculated by end of March

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Science | Smithsonian Magazine

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Ten Research-Backed Tips on Parenting in a Digital Era

With screen time at a high during the Covid-19 pandemic, two educators offer some advice

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Another Potentially Immunity-Evading SARS-CoV-2 Variant Detected

B.1.525 shares a mutation with B.1.351 first detected in South Africa that seems to allow the virus to dodge the immune system.

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Futurism

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Planet Nine Might Not Actually Exist, Scientists Say

For years now, a team of astronomers have supported a controversial theory that a ninth planet is circling the Sun at an orbit beyond Neptune. Their evidence: clusters of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) appear to orbit together, around what they hypothesize to be a massive object lurking in the far reaches of our star system. Since 2016, Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin from the California Instit

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Science

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Vaccinating the world is a test of our ability to co-operate

It is also a trial of our enlightened self-interest and will need G20 leadership to succeed

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Livescience.com

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Spectacular 45-foot-tall 'ice volcano' appears in Kazakhstan

An 'ice volcano' has formed above a hot spring in the Almaty region of southeastern Kazakhstan. What is causing this unusual phenomenon?

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Scientific American Content

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The Epic, Absurdly Complex Battle between a Zombie Maker and Its Victim

The emerald jewel wasp is a cockroach's worst nightmare — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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ScienceDaily

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Climate change likely drove the extinction of North America's largest animals

A new study suggests that the extinction of North America's largest mammals was not driven by over-hunting by rapidly expanding human populations following their entrance into the Americas. Instead, the findings, based on a new statistical modelling approach, suggest that populations of large mammals fluctuated in response to climate change, with drastic decreases of temperatures around 13,000 yea

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Researchers reveal the biogeographical patterns of fern diversity

Earth is home to millions of known species of plants and animals, but by no means are they distributed evenly. For instance, rainforests cover less than 2 percent of Earth's total surface, yet they are home to 50 percent of Earth's species. Oceans account for 71 percent of Earth's total surface but contain only 15 percent of Earth's species. What drives this uneven distribution of species on Earth

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Phys.org

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Researchers reveal the biogeographical patterns of fern diversity

Earth is home to millions of known species of plants and animals, but by no means are they distributed evenly. For instance, rainforests cover less than 2 percent of Earth's total surface, yet they are home to 50 percent of Earth's species. Oceans account for 71 percent of Earth's total surface but contain only 15 percent of Earth's species. What drives this uneven distribution of species on Earth

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Science

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On the Covid frontline: photo diary of an ICU consultant

The FT shadows Dr Charlotte Summers at work in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

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Science | The Guardian

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Slow responses more likely to be perceived as lies, study finds

Research could have implications for scenarios from job interviews to court trials, say psychologists The longer a person takes to respond to a question the more likely it is they will be perceived as lying – whether it is a question about a crime or a friend's baking skills. Beyond volume, tenor and the pitch of an answer, response time also appears to play a role in the way people perceive the

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Phys.org

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Planetary scientists discover evidence for a reduced atmosphere on ancient Mars

Both Earth and Mars currently have oxidising atmospheres, which is why iron-rich materials in daily life develop rust (a common name for iron oxide) during the oxidation reaction of iron and oxygen. The Earth has had an oxidising atmosphere for approximately 2.5 billion years, but before that, the atmosphere of this planet was reducing—there was no rust.

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Stonehenge har ikke altid ligget i England: Sten blev flyttet hundredvis af kilometer

Arkæologer har fundet spor efter stenene i Wales. 225 kilometer fra deres nuværende placering.

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Phys.org

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A tiny crystal device could boost gravitational wave detectors to reveal the birth cries of black holes

In 2017, astronomers witnessed the birth of a black hole for the first time. Gravitational wave detectors picked up the ripples in spacetime caused by two neutron stars colliding to form the black hole, and other telescopes then observed the resulting explosion.

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Wired

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If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

Google, Facebook, and others promise more flexibility to work from home. But they're charging ahead with plans for more offices.

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The Atlantic

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The 1970s Black Utopian City That Became a Modern Ghost Town

V isit Soul City, North Carolina, today, and you won't find much: an abandoned health-care clinic stripped by vandals; a pool and recreation center with a no trespassing sign; a 1970s subdivision with streets that are cracked and crumbling; and an industrial plant that has been converted into a prison. If not for the concrete monolith with the words Soul City cast in red iron, you might not know

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Livescience.com

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Bones of St. James the Younger, one of the 12 apostles, belong to someone else

Bone fragments long thought to have come from St. James the Younger, one of the 12 apostles who may have been Jesus' brother, couldn't have come from him, a new study finds.

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Livescience.com

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Hidden world of bizarre creatures discovered deep beneath Antarctic ice

All the knowledge we have of these animals comes from a single video.

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Livescience.com

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Why do the queen's guards wear such tall hats?

To scare off the queen's enemies.

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Livescience.com

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Scientists prepare for their last good look at asteroid Apophis before 2029 flyby

On March 5, wave hello to the most infamous asteroid that won't slam into Earth in 2029. Scientists sure will.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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How Congo-Brazzaville's shark population came under threat

The shark population off Congo-Brazzaville is threatened as desperate fishermen search deeper waters.

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Wired

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France Ties Russia's Sandworm to a Multiyear Hacking Spree

A French security agency warns that the destructively minded group has exploited an IT monitoring tool from Centreon.

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Wired

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How to Calculate the String Angle of a Kite vs. a Balloon

It's a beautiful day to go outside with a kite or a balloon, and compute how wind speed alters their flight.

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NYT > Science

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Norman Golb, Dead Sea Scrolls Contrarian, Is Dead at 92

He challenged the conventional wisdom about a major archaeological discovery. He also led a successful effort to open it for study by a wide range of researchers.

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NYT > Science

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Where Did the Dinosaur-Killing Impactor Come From?

A new study blames a comet fragment for the death of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But most experts maintain that an asteroid caused this cataclysmic event.

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Biology News – Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology

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Where did brains come from?

Charles Darwin wrote a book called "The Power of Movement in Plants" with his son Francis in which they first identified the root apex as the central command center of plants. In contrast to our own orientation with respect to Earth's gravitational field, Darwin proposed that the root apices represented the anterior cognitive pole of the plant or tree, while the shoot apices represented the poster

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Phys.org

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Where did brains come from?

Charles Darwin wrote a book called "The Power of Movement in Plants" with his son Francis in which they first identified the root apex as the central command center of plants. In contrast to our own orientation with respect to Earth's gravitational field, Darwin proposed that the root apices represented the anterior cognitive pole of the plant or tree, while the shoot apices represented the poster

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Wired

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Underwater Meditation and the Therapeutic Benefits of VR

Virtual reality can be a supportive tool for people with disabilities or anxiety, or who just need help getting up and moving.

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Phys.org

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First humans in Tasmania must have seen spectacular auroras

Drilling a 270,000-year old core from a Tasmanian lake has provided the first Australian record of a major global event where the Earth's magnetic field 'switched'—and the opportunity to establish a precedent for developing new paleomagnetic dating tools for Australian archaeology and paleosciences.

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Science | The Guardian

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First travellers arrive at Covid quarantine hotels in England

Arrivals from 33 countries must book stay, but hotel industry source says government may struggle to secure enough beds Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first arrivals from 33 countries on the UK government's "red list" have begun checking in to designated quarantine hotels . Anyone arriving in England from a country deemed a Covid-19 hotspot must book a 10-day qu

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The Atlantic

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An Ode to Low Expectations

Tim Lahan This article was published online on February 15, 2021. S o there I was , staring at my mug of tea. It was 1993. I was sitting over a plate of eggs in the New Piccadilly Café in Soho, London. Things were not going well. As a man, as a person, as a unit of society, I was barely functioning. More acutely, I was having panic attacks, in an era when people didn't yet say "panic attack." The

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Phys.org

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Neanderthals and Homo sapiens used identical Nubian technology

Long held in a private collection, the newly analyzed tooth of an approximately nine-year-old Neanderthal child marks the hominin's southernmost known range. Analysis of the associated archaeological assemblage suggests Neanderthals used Nubian Levallois technology, previously thought to be restricted to Homo sapiens.

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BBC News – Science & Environment

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Computer says go: Taking orders from an AI boss

As artificial intelligence systems get more prevalent, some of us already have computers as managers.

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Nautilus

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The Alien-Haunted World – Facts So Romantic

To shield one's pet hypothesis of an alien object by suggesting that it is not being taken seriously because of a flaw in how we do science is playing a disingenuous game with the facts. Illustration by ktsdesign / Shutterstock Did you know that there are many scientists who devote their working lives to skillfully charting out the most unassuming chunks of our solar system—chunks that none of ou

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Science | The Guardian

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Middlesbrough council withheld details of outlay on unusable Covid tests

Mayor Andy Preston disregarded advice from director of public health and ordered pinprick antibody tests Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Middlesbrough council withheld potentially embarrassing details of how – against the advice of its own public health expert – it ordered £24,000 worth of Covid tests that it could not use, emails reveal. The independent mayor of Mid

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EurekAlert! – Breaking News

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Strange creatures accidentally discovered beneath Antarctica's ice shelves

Prior research has suggested that the watery depths below the Antarctic ice shelves are too cold and nutrient poor to sustain much life. But a new study from British Antarctic Survey published in Frontiers in Marine Science reveals the discovery of a colony of sponges and other animals attached to a boulder on the sea floor – challenging researchers' understanding about the existence of life in ex

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Science

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South African scientists on pandemic's frontline

Decision to halt AstraZeneca roll-out highlights vital role played by country's experts

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Phys.org

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UAE's 'Hope' probe sends home first image of Mars

The UAE's "Hope" probe sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said Sunday, days after the spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit.

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Science | The Guardian

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Dominic Raab rejects Tory demands for easing of Covid rules

Foreign secretary says 'we're on track' to meet vaccine targets, but cautions against making any promises on reopening Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dominic Raab has hit back at what he called "arbitrary" targets demanded by some Conservative MPs to lift coronavirus restrictions in England, urging caution even as he said the government was on track to meet its targ

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Science | The Guardian

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Two-thirds of Britons do not want rich countries to have vaccine priority

Poll backs call for western governments to share Covid vaccine formulae for global rollout Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nearly two-thirds of people in the UK say they do not want rich countries to get priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations over poorer countries amid warnings that a huge swathe of the world is yet to administer a single dose of the life-saving ja

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Science | The Guardian

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Has Covid changed the price of a life?

A pandemic is a moral and economic minefield. How should governments weigh up the difficult choices – and are they getting it right? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The dilemmas are achingly familiar by now. Should we lock down or stay open? If we lock down, when and in what order should the different sectors of the economy open up? What about schools? Places of wors

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Science | The Guardian

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The Observer view on British scientific success on Covid-19

Our scientists' accomplishments on vaccines and genome sequencing are exemplary and must be shared with the rest of the world A remarkable milestone will be passed today when government figures reveal that more than 15 million people in Britain have received at least one dose of a vaccine that will protect them from the severest impacts of Covid-19. It is a striking achievement. In just over two

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Why It Matters That Some Pigs Are Actually Pretty Good at Playing Video Games

Press O to oink.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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Here's a Reason We Prefer Rocking Out to Music From Our Youth

Musical memories.

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New Scientist

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Bill Gates took private jet to Paris climate summit, his book reveals

Bill Gates has admitted to flying on a private jet to the Paris climate change summit in 2015. Green campaigners say the revelation, made in his new book on reducing carbon emissions, undermines the billionaire philanthropist's message

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New Scientist

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Mini brains genetically altered with CRISPR to be Neanderthal-like

Miniature brains grown in the lab are helping to reveal how modern humans survived when other hominins died out, by comparing their development when a key gene is altered

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New Scientist

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2700-year-old face cream was made from animal fat and cave 'milk'

Cream preserved in an ancient bronze jar shows that men in ancient China were using cosmetics 2700 years ago – and it was made using a soft white mineral found in certain caves

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New Scientist

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Salt marsh fairy circles go from rings to bullseyes to adapt to stress

Transient fairy circles – rings of grass that can morph into a bullseye shape – found in Chinese salt marshes can indicate that the ecosystem is resilient to climate change

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New Scientist

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Chemical signature of Malbec wines backs up concept of 'terroir'

Chemical analysis supports the idea that the combination of local environment and winemaking practices gives wines a unique flavour – which could help prevent fraud

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New Scientist

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The United Arab Emirates' Hope orbiter is about to arrive at Mars

The Hope spacecraft will enter orbit around Mars on 9 February, which will require a tricky manoeuvre on autopilot to get into position for observing the planet's atmosphere

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New Scientist

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Bats soar to heights of 1600 metres by riding late night winds

By fitting bats with GPS collars we have discovered that the nocturnal fliers seek out slopes where late night winds are swept upwards, carrying them high into the air

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New Scientist

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Greeks domesticated grapes about 4000 years ago to improve wine-making

We know that the ancient Greeks made wine as early as 4300 BC, but a new analysis of preserved seeds suggests grapes were domesticated around 2000 BC

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New Scientist

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Sputnik V vaccine is 91.6% effective against symptomatic covid-19

Interim results indicate that Russia's covid-19 vaccine is 91.6 per cent effective, and data on the jab is being submitted to EU regulators for approval

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New Scientist

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Novavax coronavirus vaccine found 89 per cent effective in trials

Clinical trials show that a new covid-19 vaccine developed by Novavax is highly effective against a variant of the coronavirus vaccine circulating widely in the UK, but less effective against a variant in South Africa

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New Scientist

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Slow vaccination in low-income countries will delay the pandemic's end

Covid-19 vaccines are not being rolled out equally – in Guinea, 25 doses have been administered, while 7 million have gone out in the UK alone – which could prolong the pandemic and increase the risk of more transmissible mutations

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New Scientist

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Microplastic fibres affect plants by impacting soil as much as drought

Polyester microfibres are similar in shape to small plant roots, and they may have a detrimental impact on soil properties that is similar to the effects of drought

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New Scientist

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Naked mole rats mimic the dialect of their colony's queen

Colonies of naked mole rats share the same dialect, which may help them recognise friend from foe – and these are set by the colony's queen

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New Scientist

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Strange death of Russian mountaineers may be due to unusual avalanche

The Dyatlov Pass incident, which saw nine Russian mountaineers die in mysterious circumstances in 1959, has been the subject of many conspiracy theories, but now researchers say an unusual avalanche is to blame

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New Scientist

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How much does one coronavirus vaccine dose protect you and others?

From efficacy after one dose, to whether you can still transmit the coronavirus to others and how to find out if the vaccine has worked for you, here's everything you need to know after one dose of the covid-19

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EU begins to clamp down on vaccine exports as supplies fall short

Vaccine-makers are set to deliver fewer coronavirus vaccine doses to the European Union than expected, leading the bloc to require pharmaceutical firms to notify it before exporting vaccines

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New Scientist

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CRISPR-like tool for RNA editing could temporarily alter your proteins

A method for editing RNA that works similarly to the CRISPR genome-editing tool could be used to temporarily change the way genes are expressed, which could be helpful in treating conditions such as chronic pain

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World's Second Oldest Person Survives COVID, Celebrates With Champagne

The world's second oldest person has survived the coronavirus — just in time for her 117th birthday. The New York Times reports that Sister André, a Catholic nun born Lucille Randon in 1904, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid January. She showed no symptoms other than feeling "off color" and sleeping an unusual amount, a spokesman for her nursing home in Toulon, France, told the Times . André was

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The Atlantic

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Listen: A Forever Pandemic

Vaccine shortages frustrate countries around the world. The lines for vaccines are illogical . But residents of wealthy nations will likely get access to doses in the coming months. It may be much longer for the rest of the world—and, as epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves explains on the podcast Social Distance , that affects us all and should prompt dramatic action. Listen to his conversation with c

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Science | The Guardian

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When you can't quit a crush

Falling head over heels in love is one thing, but if it becomes all-consuming you may be in 'limerence' A few years ago I was at my university's library, frantically refreshing a dating app. Under my crush's photo there was a location setting that told me how far she was from me. "One mile away!" I felt a surge of adrenaline and my mind started racing. I was a promoter for a gay nightclub in Lond

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Wired

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A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

The "big hack" redux, riot planning on Facebook, and more of the week's top security news.

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NASA Picks SpaceX to Launch Crew Quarters of Lunar Gateway Station

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome May Be Inherited Epigenetically

Female mice modeling the hormonal disorder can pass symptoms down for several generations, likely via changes in genome methylation that are similarly observed in women with PCOS.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook's Watch

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Welcome to the Post-pandemic Dream Home

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Porous materials unfavorable for coronavirus survival

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A series of knocks: Oxford/AstraZeneca's bumpy road to Covid vaccine confidence

From doubts about efficacy in older people to questions about variants, scientists have faced a battle to convince the public and regulators Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has barely been out of the news from the moment the race to protect the world's population from the novel coronavirus began. But not always

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A looming climate disaster threatens the lives of 6,000 Peruvians

Lake Palcacocha in 1939 (Innsbruck University Institute of Geograph/) For the past 25 years, Lake Palcacocha, perched above the Peruvian city of Huaraz high in the Andes, has been filling up with water. It sits just at the foot of a glacier, and as the glacier has retreated, the lake has flooded to six times its 1995 levels. It now covers an area the size of about 200 football fields and is nearl

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WHO dismisses coronavirus lab leak theory as 'extremely unlikely'

Scientists visiting Chinese city of Wuhan conclude that bats were most plausible source of virus

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All in the head? Brains adapt to support new species

Scientists studying forest dwelling butterflies in Central and South America have discovered that changes in the way animals perceive and process information from their environment can support the emergence of new species. The study led by the University of Bristol, and published today [9 February] in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), has implications for how new species

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Phages can anticipate bacteria's location and destroy them before they cause an infection

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions have identified a novel strategy that can eliminate bacteria in a specific location before they cause an infection. The strategy uses a phage, a virus that infects and destroys bacteria, that can specifically locate in the same place the bacteria live in the gastrointestinal tract. The proximity between phage and bacteria facilitates

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Phages can anticipate bacteria's location and destroy them before they cause an infection

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions have identified a novel strategy that can eliminate bacteria in a specific location before they cause an infection. The strategy uses a phage, a virus that infects and destroys bacteria, that can specifically locate in the same place the bacteria live in the gastrointestinal tract. The proximity between phage and bacteria facilitates

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How virally derived transposons are domesticated to evolve new forms of life

About half of our genome is made up of transposable elements (TEs), also known as transposons. These 'jumping genes' are short stretches of DNA that have the unique ability to duplicate themselves and change their position within our code. While these philanderings play an essential role in the evolution of the species, if unchecked, transposons can wreak havoc on the genome.

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How virally derived transposons are domesticated to evolve new forms of life

About half of our genome is made up of transposable elements (TEs), also known as transposons. These 'jumping genes' are short stretches of DNA that have the unique ability to duplicate themselves and change their position within our code. While these philanderings play an essential role in the evolution of the species, if unchecked, transposons can wreak havoc on the genome.

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Artists Reimagine How Covid-19 Will Shape the Art World

When galleries and museums closed, artists found new ways to present their work. Now they're looking ahead to what their craft will look like after the pandemic.

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Would You Trade a Bitcoin for a Tesla?

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The maker of electric vehicles said it had invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin and plans to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars.

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Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five deaths globally: study

Fossil fuel pollution caused more than eight million premature deaths in 2018, accounting for nearly 20 percent of adult mortality worldwide, researchers reported Tuesday.

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The UAE's Hope probe is about to arrive at Mars in a historic first

Update 11:20 a.m. Eastern: The Hope probe is officially in orbit around Mars. Fewer than half of all the spacecraft that have been sent to Mars have actually made it. For every celebrated mission like NASA's Curiosity Rover, there's a story of failure like the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli lander, which crashed into the Martian surface upon descent in 2016. So on Tuesday, February 9, when

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Climate change: New targets to eliminate Wales' gases

Changes could mean replacing gas boilers in homes and finding new ways to make steel without coal.

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A Priceless Archive of Ordinary Life

W illiam Henry Dorsey was an information hoarder. An African American of means who lived in 19th-century Philadelphia, Dorsey suffered from a "malady" that afflicted others of his era: archive fever. He spent much of his long life—he was born in 1837 and died in 1923—clipping newspaper articles and pasting them into one or another of nearly 400 scrapbooks, organized by topic. Dorsey's scrapbooks

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Illuminating the Whole American Idea

This article was published online on February 9, 2021. I n 1862 , an abolitionist from Philadelphia named Charlotte Forten decided to go south to the Sea Islands of South Carolina. She was taking up an important mission: teaching Black children, newly liberated by the Union Army, how to read. Two years later, she would describe for readers of The Atlantic the exhilaration she felt as she traveled

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The bacteria in our guts can tell time

For the first time, nonphotosynthetic bacteria are shown to have a circadian clock. B. subtilis thrives in the gastrointestinal tracts of humans as well as grass-feeding ruminants. The researchers believe that this rhythm provides bacteria with an advantage. Despite an ancient warning from the Buddha, we still like to pretend that we're one self—a unified biological animal that persists through t

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Mountains, Ice and Climate Change: A Recipe for Disasters

Shrinking and thinning of glaciers is one of the most documented signs of global warming caused by rising levels of greenhouse gases.

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Why the U.S. Is Underestimating COVID Reinfection

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A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise

Air quality is improving in one of the continent's fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

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Do we really need to walk 10,000 steps a day?

When it comes to being fit and healthy, we're often reminded to aim to walk 10,000 steps per day. This can be a frustrating target to achieve, especially when we're busy with work and other commitments. Most of us know by now that 10,000 steps is recommended everywhere as a target to achieve – and yet where did this number actually come from? The 10,000 steps a day target seems to have come about

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Bolivia investigates death of 35 condors

The birds were found dead in southern Bolivia and there are fears they may have died from poisoning.

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Vaccines Versus the Mutants

Facing new variants of SARS-CoV-2, some vaccines may offer more robust protection or be more easily redesigned to target them.

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Brain changed by caffeine in utero

New research finds caffeine consumed during pregnancy can change important brain pathways that could lead to behavioral problems later in life. Researchers analyzed thousands of brain scans of nine and ten-year-olds, and revealed changes in the brain structure in children who were exposed to caffeine in utero.

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Climate change: Erratic weather slows down the economy

If temperature varies strongly from day to day, the economy grows less. Through these seemingly small variations climate change may have strong effects on economic growth. This shows data analyzed by researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Columbia University and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). In a new study in Nature C

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Hormone Levels Are Being Used to Discriminate against Female Athletes

Despite slim evidence, testosterone is keeping some women off the field — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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A billion years in 40 seconds: Video reveals our dynamic planet

New research has allowed geoscientists to show the uninterrupted movement of Earth's tectonic plates over the past billion years.

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How to prepare for getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Rolling up your sleeve is easy, but there are some things you should know first. (Gustavo Fring / Pexels /) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. Although mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus is still months away for most of the country, states are expanding eligibility. Now, essential workers, people 65 and older, or with underlying conditions, may be able to get inocula

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The Secret, Essential Geography of the Office

A workplace has its own informal cardinal directions: elevatorward, kitchenward, bathroomward. It's a map we share.

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Is America's Educational System Becoming More Pluralistic?

President Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to "reopen school doors as quickly as possible," and that he's willing to spend generously to make this happen. But he's not going to get his wish. Even if Congress passes the president's pandemic-relief plan, which includes $130 billion for the reopening of K–12 schools, in addition to the $67.2 billion Congress has already authorized under the

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Why thousands of turtles were paralyzed off the coast of Texas this week

Here's why thousands of sea turtles were paralyzed in the frigid waters along the Texas coastline during the unprecedented winter storm that swept across the country this week.

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Why France's New Tech 'Repairability Index' Is a Big Deal

Liberté, égalité, reparabilité.

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Astronomers publish map showing 25,000 supermassive black holes

An international team of astronomers has published a map of the sky showing over 25,000 supermassive black holes. The map, to be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, is the most detailed celestial map in the field of so-called low radio frequencies. The astronomers, including Leiden astronomers, used 52 stations with LOFAR antennas spread across nine European countries.

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To Meet Ambitious Emissions Goals, Large Food Companies Are Looking to Lock Carbon in Soil

But the logistics of moving farmers in their supply chains to regenerative agriculture practices can be complicated

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Stromatolites—fossils of earliest life on Earth—may owe existence to viruses

As the Mars Rover sets out to look for evidence of life on another planet, scientists back on Earth suggest viruses played a key role in creating stromatolites, our planet's earliest lifeforms.

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Stromatolites—fossils of earliest life on Earth—may owe existence to viruses

As the Mars Rover sets out to look for evidence of life on another planet, scientists back on Earth suggest viruses played a key role in creating stromatolites, our planet's earliest lifeforms.

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A first-of-its-kind geoengineering experiment is about to take its first step

Trapped inside a long glass tube in a ground-floor lab at Harvard University is a miniature copy of the stratosphere. When I visited Frank Keutsch in the fall of 2019, he walked me down to the lab, where the tube, wrapped in gray insulation, ran the length of a bench in the back corner. By filling it with the right combination of gases, at particular temperatures and pressures, Keutsch and his co

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The Mars Landing Was the Best Thing on TV This Week

Apologies to all other TV.

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When World of Warcraft Is an Escape—and a Memorial

As kids, my cousin Kano and I spent hours together in this fantastical world. During quarantine, and for the first time since his death, I logged in again.

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Dødelighed under corona overstiger influenza: Over 20 millioner leveår er gået tabt

Nye data viser, at coronavirussen har en langt højere dødelighed end tidligere influenzaepidimier.

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FN advarer: Menneskets ødelæggelse af naturen er 'meningsløs og selvmorderisk'

En ny rapport fra FN gennemgår menneskets rolle i klimaforandringerne og fremlægger konkrete tiltag, der kan være med til at rette op på skaderne.

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Unusual creatures uncovered beneath an Antarctic ice shelf

A new study details the discovery of sessile organisms living under the Antarctic's Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. In recent years, scientists have discovered more creatures living in environments once thought inhospitable to life. It's currently unknown how these new organisms find food in such an environment, nor how plentiful they are beneath the continent's ice-blanketed coastlines. Life finds a w

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Climate Change: How much did it cost US economy in 2020?

Last year saw a record numbers of costly extreme weather events.

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The Grim Consequences of a Misleading Study on Disinformation

An influential study relies too heavily on news media reporting—which has only recently acknowledged the social media manipulation problem at all.

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How does it feel to be a bee? The quest to understand animal sentience

What is it like to be a bee? Or a spider? Does a crab feel pleasure or pain? Behavioural and welfare science have moved on considerably in the past 20 years, but there is still a huge amount we don't know about how animals actually feel—or, indeed, whether they all do.

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Planet 9 probably doesn't exist, new paper argues

Does the solar system really have a big, dark ninth planet drifting somewhere far beyond the orbit of Neptune? A new paper argues that Planet 9 is a statistical mirage.

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Lakes beneath the Antarctic ice could be teeming with microbial life

Heat from the Earth's interior may help sustain life in this bizarre environment.

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Mindfulness, laughter and robot dogs may relieve lockdown loneliness – study

University of Cambridge researchers identify potentially effective interventions to help people Robotic dogs, laughter therapy and mindfulness could help people cope with loneliness and social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found. The team at the university's School of Medicine, led by Dr Christopher Williams, reviewed 58 existing studies o

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Severe COVID-19 may damage the eyes, small study hints

The researchers saw "nodules" at the back of patients' eyes, which can be signs of inflammation or direct damage to the eye.

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Malware Is Now Targeting Apple's New M1 Processor

Two distinct strains of malware have already adjusted to the new silicon just months after its debut.

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Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots

These crawlers form clumps to protect the collective. Understanding their movement gives engineers a model for shape-shifting robot swarms.

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Entitled People Are More Likely To Be Angry at Bad Luck

Even when nobody is to blame, some feel they were victimized — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Stained-glass 'graphic novel' reveals miracles of Archbishop of Canterbury

Thomas Becket's miraculous acts — presented "graphic-novel-style" in stained glass — leave Canterbury Cathedral for a museum exhibit.

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The Pandemic Holds These Keys to a Better Education

First of all, shorten your lectures. Now is the time to rethink the way that schools should accommodate students and teachers from all backgrounds.

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Queensland says new Covid variant was detected in Brisbane quarantine

Queensland health department says variant B1525 was identified in returned travellers in January Follow Wednesday's live blog Australia's Covid vaccine rollout: how will it happen and when can you get it? Melbourne hotspots ; Victoria rules and restrictions Follow our global coronavirus live blog The Queensland government has revealed that a new coronavirus strain with a "worrying" set of mutatio

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COVID-19 More Deadly with Blood than Solid Cancer: Study

Death rates among blood cancer patients who contract COVID-19 are higher than for those with other cancers, pointing to impaired immunity that makes it hard to overcome the virus.

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Pigs can play video games. Here's why that matters.

We knew pigs were smart, but no one could have imagined they'd be owning at arcade games. (Benjamin Wedemeyer//) Rebecca E. Nordquist is an assistant professor of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. This story originally featured on The Conversation . Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study , researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown th

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Experimental tests of relativistic chemistry will update the periodic table

All chemistry students are taught about the periodic table, an organization of the elements that helps you identify and predict trends in their properties. For example, science fiction writers sometimes describe life based on the element silicon because it is in the same column in the periodic table as carbon.

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Owning more guns may mean lower risk of suicide

Handgun ownership, but not shotgun ownership, is associated with greater odds of a person having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound rather than another suicide method, a new study shows. Researchers surveyed surviving loved ones of 121 handgun and shotgun owners who died by suicide—93 of whom died with a firearm and 28 who died through other means—and asked about the numbers and types of fi

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AI used to 'predict the next coronavirus'

Scientists use AI to tackle the puzzle of where a new coronavirus could emerge.

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Potential for New Coronaviruses May Be Greater Than Known

Researchers calculated the likelihood of different viruses recombining in the same animal to make new disease-causing pathogens.

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What Killed North America's Megafauna?

Before around 13,000 years ago large mammals walked North America – the Mammoth, most famously, but also giant beavers, giant tree sloths, glyptodonts, and the American cheetah among them. By around 11,000 years ago they were all gone (38 genera, mostly mammals). Extinction is a natural part of the cycle of ecosystems, and no species lasts forever. But when paleontologists identify a pulse of ext

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Graphene 'nano-origami' creates tiniest microchips yet

The tiniest microchips yet can be made from graphene and other 2-D-materials, using a form of "nano-origami," physicists at the University of Sussex have found.

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Life Is Tough for Teenage Parasites

In my personal opinion, the greatest coming-of-age story on Earth does not take place in a Dickens novel or a Disney movie, but rather in a white fish at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The fish in question, called a zoarcid, looks like a creature caught in an identity crisis, too long to be a fish but too short to be an eel, its lips permanently drooping in a sullen pout. Otherwise, the fish ha

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Printing a Brain Aneurysm in a Dish

Scientists make and treat a 3-D-printed model of a ballooning blood vessel — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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5 must-know tips for safely wearing a mask over facial hair

Do. Not. Touch. That. Mask. Unless your hands are super clean, of course. (Gustavo Fring / Pexels/) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. Wearing a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19 is easy for most people, but for those who've invested their time into growing a most-luxurious beard, things are not so simple. You may be trying your best, but we have to break the unfortunate news:

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A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

Yes, it's creepy when companies can track your every move. But that's not the only problem.

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England hotel quarantine begins for arrivals from high-risk countries

UK nationals and residents must pay for a 10-day stay in government-approved hotels from Monday All UK nationals or residents arriving back in England from high-risk countries will begin checking into government-designated accommodation on Monday as the hotel quarantine regime to prevent the spread of new coronavirus cases begins. People returning to England from 33 "red list" countries – compris

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Our understanding of Covid and the vaccines is constantly evolving. That's a good thing | Abby Bloom

There will continue to be plenty more data gaps because the Covid-19 strain simply behaves like all influenzas and mutates continuously By the time you read this it will be out of date. Why? Because every day we receive new data that causes us to rethink and rewrite our response to Covid-19, notably vaccine programs. This is good. I will explain. Continue reading…

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The Untold History of America's Zero-Day Market

The lucrative business of dealing in code vulnerabilities is central to espionage and war planning, which is why brokers never spoke about it—until now.

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Astronomers Discover Hannibal Lecter Stars That Wear Planet Corpses

Hello, Clarice Researchers have discovered chunks of planet corpses embedded in the atmosphere surrounding dead stars — the ghastly remnants of star systems that may have once looked somewhat like our own. In a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy , a team of European scientists detail how they examined data from the Gaia space observatory to identify the elemental composition of the a

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Some spiders use their silk to hoist helpless prey so it cannot escape

Common spiders sometimes capture prey much larger than themselves, and they use many strands of silk to lift their prey off the ground and render it helpless

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Smart speakers could hear your heart beating from across the room

By broadcasting ultrasound waves and analysing the reflections, a computer can detect the chest movements caused by a human heartbeat – and the system could run on a smart speaker

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Miniature Satellites Reveal Cause of Deadly Uttarakhand Flood That Devastated Hydroelectric Dams

The disaster draws attention to the controversial hydropower projects in the Himalayas — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Recalling the Thrill of Pathfinder's Mission to Mars

Almost three decades ago, Americans were awed by the pitch-perfect airbag-assisted landing and the deploying of the rover Sojourner

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Birds can 'read' the Earth's magnetic signature well enough to get back on course

Birdwatchers get very excited when a 'rare' migratory bird makes landfall having been blown off-course and flown beyond its normal range. But these are rare for a reason; most birds that have made the journey before are able to correct for large displacements and find their final destination.

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Birds can 'read' the Earth's magnetic signature well enough to get back on course

Birdwatchers get very excited when a 'rare' migratory bird makes landfall having been blown off-course and flown beyond its normal range. But these are rare for a reason; most birds that have made the journey before are able to correct for large displacements and find their final destination.

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Vaccine, test og antistoffer: Netcompany klar med bud på digitalt coronapas

Firmaet har vundet to lignende opgaver på over 26 millioner kroner for sundhedsmyndighederne i Storbritannien.

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Coronavirus live news: Biden says Trump 'did not do his job'; Amazon variant 'three times more contagious'

US vaccination programme in 'much worse shape' than first thought, Biden says; Irish lockdown set to be extended until April . Follow latest updates Pfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new variants CDC: people with two vaccine doses can skip quarantine Arthritis drug that helps Covid ICU patients has wider benefits AstraZeneca says vaccine against new variants may take six mont

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Seismic crustal imaging using fin whale songs

Fin whale calls are among the strongest animal vocalizations that are detectable over great distances in the oceans. We analyze fin whale songs recorded at ocean-bottom seismometers in the northeast Pacific Ocean and show that in addition to the waterborne signal, the song recordings also contain signals reflected and refracted from crustal interfaces beneath the stations. With these data, we con

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Meet the eerily realistic digital people made with Epic's MetaHuman Creator

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Video games have come a long way when it comes to letting players design their own characters. It's easy to spend hours tweaking every aspect of your avatar in Cyberpunk 2077 (assuming that the model doesn't glitch out before you can finish your work). This week, however, Epic showed off a preview of its new MetaHuman Creator platform, which could help creators make ridiculously detailed human mo

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Why you shouldn't ever wear your mask around your neck

It's best to only touch the ear loops of any mask you use. (Kobby Mendez/Unsplash/) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. At this point in the pandemic, you're probably wearing some kind of face mask while out and about. Depending on how long it's been on your face, you may crave a "mask break" and be tempted to take it off. But removing your face covering without being careful cou

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WandaVision Brought the Multiverse to Marvel

And just like at DC, and maybe even at Star Wars, I promise you it will end in tears.

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Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there's no easy fix

I'm at home playing a video game on my computer. My job is to pump up one balloon at a time and earn as much money as possible. Every time I click "Pump," the balloon expands and I receive five virtual cents. But if the balloon pops before I press "Collect," all my digital earnings disappear. After filling 39 balloons, I've earned $14.40. A message appears on the screen: "You stick to a consisten

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Audi's e-Tron GT charges up fast, but turns even faster

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With access to the right charger, the e-tron can go from five percent to 80 percent charge in just over 20 minutes. (Audi/) In the era of electric cars , it's no longer surprising when a luxury vehicle ships with enough power to do 0-60 in roughly three seconds . It's even less surprising in the case of Audi's new e-tron sedan, which draws heavily on tech and designs from the speedy Porsche Tayca

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Placing cosmological constraints on quantum gravity phenomenology

A description of gravity compatible with the principles of quantum mechanics has long been a widely pursued goal in physics. Existing theories of this 'quantum gravity' often involve mathematical corrections to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (HUP), which quantifies the inherent limits in the accuracy of any quantum measurement. These corrections arise when gravitational interactions are consid

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Erdoğan unveils 10-year Turkish space programme

President says he is aiming for 'top league in space race' as rival UAE basks in Mars success The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan , has unveiled an ambitious 10-year space programme, a first for the country that highlights Ankara's plans to compete with other countries both on the world stage and beyond. Speaking on Tuesday evening during a live televised event laced with special effects,

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WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab

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An investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of COVID-19 will instead focus on the virus's animal origins and the possibility of spread through frozen foods.

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Hackers accessed a Florida water treatment plant's system and tried to make a dangerous change

Water treatment plants constantly monitor and adjust the chemical makeup of the water many people use every day in an attempt to make it clean and safe. Last Friday however, hackers accessed a computer in a water processing plant in Oldsmar, Florida's and made a dangerous change to the water's chemical composition. The plant reportedly caught and fixed the issue quickly, but it's a worrisome even

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Tyske og canadiske atomkraftværker sætter nye verdensrekorder

Grohnde-atomkraftværket i Tyskland har som den eneste reaktor i verden produceret over 400 terawatt-timer strøm. Samtidig har en enhed på det canadiske Darlington-anlæg sat ny verdensrekord for antal dage i drift.

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx to fly a farewell tour of Bennu

On April 7, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will give asteroid Bennu one last glance before saying farewell. Before departing for Earth on May 10, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will perform a final flyby of Bennu—capturing its last images of sample collection site Nightingale to look for transformations on Bennu's surface after the Oct. 20, 2020, sample collection event.

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Biologists uncover forests' unexpected role in climate change

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Eating grapes can reduce UV damage from the Sun

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Unique feeding behavior of Asian kukri snakes gutting frogs and toads

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Nursing Home Workers Had One of the Deadliest Jobs of 2020

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Texas weather: How to stay safe in freezing conditions

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Long-Lost Neanderthal Tooth Reveals a Surprising Unknown Link to Modern Humans

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Himalayan Songbirds Adapted to the Cold by Sporting Thicker Down 'Jackets'

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Feds Indict North Korean Hackers for Years of Heists

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World's oldest DNA reveals how mammoths evolved

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World's oldest DNA reveals how mammoths evolved

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One year of COVID-19: What will we learn?

The US is approaching 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. What can we learn from one year of loss and chaos? The lessons are clear. Among them are realizing our fragility as a species, our codependence as humans, and the urgent need to move beyond social injustice and inequity. As with the Renaissance following the Black Plague of the 14th century and the explosive creativity of the 1920s post Spanish influ

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NASA's next Mars rover is ready for the most precise landing yet

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Mars Relay Network connects Earth to NASA's robotic explorers

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CT scans of Egyptian mummy reveal new details about the death of a pivotal pharaoh

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Taiwan suggests China to blame after deal for 5m Covid vaccine doses is put on hold

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Private equity group buys into UK's vaccine rollout success

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Neandertal gene variants both increase and decrease the risk for severe COVID-19

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Europe Invites People With Disabilities to Become Astronauts

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Moon's largest crater holds clues about early lunar mantle

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Particles zipping around Earth at near light-speed finally explained

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African nations lead the world in offering PrEP HIV prevention drug

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AI art critic can predict which emotions a painting will evoke

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Using hand gestures when we talk influences what others hear

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US raises 'deep concerns' over WHO report on Covid's Wuhan origins

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Miniature Satellites Reveal Cause of Deadly Uttarakhand Flood That Devastated Hydroelectric Dams

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Population collapse in Congo rainforest from 400 CE urges reassessment of the Bantu Expansion

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Ford's electric Mustang Mach-E is an important leap into the future

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Evolution Could Explain Why Psychotherapy May Work for Depression

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More Florida manatees have been crushed by flood gates, contributing to a deadly year

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How Big is the Solar System?

Like many things in the universe, the complexity of reality defies our attempts at simple categorization or clean demarcation lines. One humorous example sometimes offered – is a taco a sandwich? But there are many serious challenges in categorization: What is a planet? There are reptiles that give birth to live young and two mammals that lay eggs. Disease classification in medicine is often a me

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The Dark Fate of Clarice Starling

If metaphor is art, then consider Thomas Harris an old master: His finest work, 1988's The Silence of the Lambs , is a Gothic carnival of symbolism and allusion. The substance of the novel is how society ritualistically depersonalizes, objectifies, and consumes women. Jame Gumb, the serial killer being pursued by the novice FBI agent Clarice Starling, takes this mission literally, stalking and sk

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How a single gene alteration may have separated modern humans from predecessors

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Neandertalized 'Mini Brains' Yield Clues to Modern Human Uniqueness

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Neandertalized 'Mini Brains' Yield Clues to Modern Human Uniqueness

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Play and meaty food reduce hunting by cats

Domestic cats hunt wildlife less if owners play with them daily and feed them a meat-rich food, new research shows.

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Study identifies never-before-seen dual function in enzyme critical for cancer growth

Considered the most lethal form of DNA damage, double-strand breaks must be repaired to prevent cell death. In developing therapies for hard-to-treat breast and ovarian cancers in patients with BRCA gene mutations, scientists aim to identify ways to keep cancer cells from using DNA break repair pathways. New findings demonstrate a previously-unknown capability for polymerase theta (pol theta) – a

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Study identifies never-before-seen dual function in enzyme critical for cancer growth

Considered the most lethal form of DNA damage, double-strand breaks must be repaired to prevent cell death. In developing therapies for hard-to-treat breast and ovarian cancers in patients with BRCA gene mutations, scientists aim to identify ways to keep cancer cells from using DNA break repair pathways. New findings demonstrate a previously-unknown capability for polymerase theta (pol theta) – a

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Big Think

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Inspirational quotes from famous people on the autism spectrum

Autism (commonly referred to as ASD, autism spectrum disorder) refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. The effects of ASD and the severity of symptoms can be very different in each person. Additionally, these things can also change over time. This is why it's considered a spectrum. Many people

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Wired

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Games Don't Judge You for Expressing Your True Self

Players in Stardew Valley and other titles are experiencing a kind of gender euphoria—and it's helping them be themselves.

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Det kan blive nødvendigt at tvinge priser på opladning ned, siger transportminister Benny Engelbrecht.

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The Atlantic

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Why Did It Take a Coup?

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What took them so long? For years, Thinzar Shunlei Yi's activism against the brutality of Myanmar's military, at best, was met with tepid enthusiasm or, at worst, set her up as a target, putting her on a collision course with the country's most prominent voices—including Aung San Suu Kyi. But after the military took power in a shock, predawn coup last week, detaining Suu Kyi and returning the cou

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Sawfish face global extinction unless overfishing is curbed

Sawfish have disappeared from half of the world's coastal waters and the distinctive shark-like rays face complete extinction due to overfishing, according to a new study by Simon Fraser University researchers, published in Science Advances.

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Sawfish face global extinction unless overfishing is curbed

Sawfish have disappeared from half of the world's coastal waters and the distinctive shark-like rays face complete extinction due to overfishing, according to a new study by Simon Fraser University researchers, published in Science Advances.

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Tiny population of neurons may have big role in depression

Medical College of Georgia scientists and their colleagues report the first evidence that, not short-term stress, like a series of tough college exams, rather chronic, unpredictable stress like that which erupts in our personal and professional lives, induces changes in the function of AgRP neurons that may contribute to depression

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Mediterranean-style diet linked to better thinking skills in later life

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet — particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat — are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows. Closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet was associated with higher scores on a range of memory and thinking tests among adults in their late 70s, the research found. The study found no link, however, between the Medite

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NASA Is Using Fitbits to Prevent COVID Spread Among Astronauts

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 across its facilities, NASA is handing out Fitbit devices to 1,000 of its employees, including 150 astronauts. The wrist-worn devices can track several key health metrics, including body temperature. By logging all that data, the agency is hoping to get ahead of any outbreaks of COVID in any of its facilities, which stretch across the entire country. "There is ev

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Lifestyle and mental health disruptions during COVID-19 [Economic Sciences]

Using a longitudinal dataset linking biometric and survey data from several cohorts of young adults before and during the COVID-19 pandemic (N=682), we document large disruptions to physical activity, sleep, time use, and mental health. At the onset of the pandemic, average steps decline from 10,000 to 4,600 steps per…

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Vaccination passports are nothing new – and the sooner we have them, the better | Letter

I still have the stamped and dated certificates for smallpox and yellow fever that were required for travel in the 1950s and 60s, writes Dr David Boswell Just before the inoculation programme was rolled out, I wrote to my GP pointing out that soon travel agents, airlines and other countries would require certificates of vaccination against Covid-19, and asking what was being done to provide these

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China's Emissions of Ozone-Harming Gas Are Declining, Studies Find

New research confirms that emissions from China of CFC-11, a banned gas that harms Earth's ozone layer, have fallen sharply, reversing a dangerous spike.

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A new anomaly detection pipeline for astronomical discovery and recommendation systems

The SNAD team, an international network formed by researchers from Russia, France and the U.S., has developed a pipeline to find rare and exotic objects among the haystacks of data from astronomical surveys.

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Observations inspect radio emission from two magnetars

Using the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have conducted a study of two magnetars known as PSR J1622−4950 and 1E 1547.0−5408. Results of this investigation, published February 4 on arXiv.org, provide important information about radio emission from these two sources.

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Study reveals platinum's role in clean fuel conversion

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University (SBU), and other collaborating institutions have uncovered dynamic, atomic-level details of how an important platinum-based catalyst works in the water gas shift reaction. This reaction transforms carbon monoxide (CO) and water (H2O) into carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen gas (H2)—an important step

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Is It Safe to Delay a Second COVID Vaccine Dose?

Some evidence indicates that short waits are safe, but there is a chance that partial immunization could help risky new coronavirus variants to develop — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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A new way to look for life-sustaining planets

It is now possible to capture images of planets that could potentially sustain life around nearby stars, thanks to advances reported by an international team of astronomers in the journal Nature Communications.

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Dragonflies perform upside down backflips to right themselves

The findings add to current knowledge of how insects fly and keep stable in the air. They could also help to inspire new designs in small aerial vehicles like drones, which can be useful for search-and-rescue attempts and building inspection.

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Dragonflies perform upside down backflips to right themselves

The findings add to current knowledge of how insects fly and keep stable in the air. They could also help to inspire new designs in small aerial vehicles like drones, which can be useful for search-and-rescue attempts and building inspection.

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UK total of 170 cases of South Africa Covid variant 'reassuring'

Public Health England expert says figure suggests B1351 has not taken hold in Britain Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Public Health England has uncovered a total of 170 confirmed or probable cases of the South Africa variant of coronavirus that appears less susceptible to vaccines. Routine and surge testing revealed 151 cases in England, six in Scotland and 13 in Wal

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What's driving 'brain fog' in people with COVID-19

Researchers report an underlying cause of COVID brain: the presence of inflammatory molecules in the liquid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (called the cerebrospinal fluid). The findings suggest that anti-inflammatory drugs, such as steroids, may be useful for treating the condition, but more research is needed.

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Exhaled aerosol increases with COVID-19 infection, age, and obesity [Engineering]

COVID-19 transmits by droplets generated from surfaces of airway mucus during processes of respiration within hosts infected by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. We studied respiratory droplet generation and exhalation in human and nonhuman primate subjects with and without COVID-19 infection to explore whether SARS-CoV-2 infection, and…

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For første gang er arabisk fartøj ankommet til Mars: Klima og kvinder er i fokus

Mere end en tredjedel af holdet bag rumsonden Hope er kvinder.

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Tribal Coal Fields Will Test Biden's Environmental Justice Goals

A massive coal plant, demolished in December, was a linchpin of the Navajo and Hopi economies for nearly 50 years — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How cells recycle the machinery that drives their motility?

Research groups at University of Helsinki and Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, discovered a new molecular mechanism that promotes cell migration. The discovery sheds light on the mechanisms that drive uncontrolled movement of cancer cells, and also revises the 'text book view' of cell migration.

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Phys.org

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How cells recycle the machinery that drives their motility?

Research groups at University of Helsinki and Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, discovered a new molecular mechanism that promotes cell migration. The discovery sheds light on the mechanisms that drive uncontrolled movement of cancer cells, and also revises the 'text book view' of cell migration.

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Online classes are difficult for the hard of hearing. Here's how to fix that.

Wearing a headset is a good way to ensure your voice comes through clearly for anyone who's hard of hearing, but this kind of lighting might make it hard to read your lips. (Fausto Sandoval/Unsplash/) Over the last several months, schools across the nation have opened and closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic . Regardless of where you teach or go to school, there is a chance you're involved

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Phys.org

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The invisible killer lurking in our consumer products

Consumer products such as food, cosmetics and clothes might be filled with nanomaterials, unbeknownst to us. The use of nanomaterials remains unregulated and they do not show up in lists of ingredients. This is a cause of concern since nanomaterials can be more dangerous than COVID-19 in the long term if no safety action is taken: They are tricky to measure, they enter the food chain, and most ala

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Wired

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in School—With Games

Teaching my high school class remotely hasn't been easy. But it has taught me a lot about how to use interactive tools to keep their attention.

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Phys.org

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New study finds climate change shrinks and shifts juvenile white shark range

New research led by Monterey Bay Aquarium reveals that even the revered white shark cannot escape the impacts of a changing ocean. The study, published in Scientific Reports, finds that unprecedented sightings of juvenile white sharks at the northern end of Monterey Bay signal a significant shift in the young white sharks' range.

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New study finds climate change shrinks and shifts juvenile white shark range

New research led by Monterey Bay Aquarium reveals that even the revered white shark cannot escape the impacts of a changing ocean. The study, published in Scientific Reports, finds that unprecedented sightings of juvenile white sharks at the northern end of Monterey Bay signal a significant shift in the young white sharks' range.

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Noise pollution is threatening life in the 'Anthropocene ocean'

The new paper notes three major factors that have changed the ocean soundscape: human activity, climate change, and "massive declines in the abundance of sound-producing animals." Noise pollution threatens marine animals because many rely on sound to communicate with each other and sense predators and prey. The paper noted several solutions for decreasing human-caused noise pollution, including f

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Wuhan mission unlikely to settle charged debate on virus origins

Beijing's tight grip on WHO team casts doubt on prospects for scientists' visit

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Talking with your hands alters the perception of your words

A team of researchers from the Netherlands found that hands gestures, when used strategically, influence how certain words are heard. Participants were 20% more likely to hear and interpret the words being spoken when accompanied by a matching hand gesture, and 40% as likely to hear the wrong word when the gestures did not match. Previous research has suggested that certain hand gestures can sign

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China Blocks Explosively Viral App Clubhouse

Private Party After a period of explosive worldwide growth for the voice chatroom app Clubhouse, Chinese authorities have decided to shut the service down in the country, TechCrunch reports . The drop-in audio platform has been around for ten months or so, but it saw a massive surge in users when big names, notably Elon Musk , decided to make an appearance in recent weeks. The Silicon Valley-base

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Happiness really does come for free

Economic growth is often prescribed as a way of increasing the well-being of people in low-income countries. A new study suggests that there may be good reason to question this assumption. The researchers found that the majority of people in societies where money plays a minimal role reported a level of happiness comparable to that found in Scandinavian countries which typically rate highest in th

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Biologist Deliberately Infects Himself With 50 Hookworms

Nearly a year ago, marine biologist Jimmy Bernot decided to let 50 hookworms dig their way into his wrist and multiply inside his body — all in the name of vaccine research. Bernot, a crustacean expert at the National Museum of Natural History, was paid to be injected with either an experimental hookworm vaccine or a placebo — he never learned which — in order to see what happens after the worms

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Where should future astronauts land on Mars? Follow the water

So you want to build a Mars base. Where to start? Like any human settlement, it would be best located near accessible water. Not only will water be crucial for life-support supplies, it will be used for everything from agriculture to producing the rocket propellant astronauts will need to return to Earth.

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Yes, allergy seasons are getting worse; blame climate change

If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than in 1990—meaning more days of itchy, sneezy, drippy misery.

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Yes, allergy seasons are getting worse; blame climate change

If you live with seasonal allergies and feel like the pollen seasons feel longer and longer every year, you may be right. New research shows that pollen seasons start 20 days earlier, are 10 days longer, and feature 21% more pollen than in 1990—meaning more days of itchy, sneezy, drippy misery.

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Biden Pushes U.S.–and the World–to Help Climate Migrants

He has ordered a government study of climate change's impact on migration, including options for refugee resettlement — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Ulykke efterlod 20-årige Joe forbrændt over hele kroppen: Transplantation giver ham nyt ansigt og nye hænder

Operationen tog 23 timer, og 140 fagfolk deltog i det risikable indgreb.

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Everyone on Twitter Needs an Etiquette Manual

After a year of quarantine, we could all use help relearning how to connect to people in a healthy way.

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How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel?

They talk about something called state vectors. What the heck are those, and would it really work?

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All These Mutant Virus Strains Need New Code Names

As potentially more dangerous variants of Covid-19 spread, scientists are taking a crack at giving them clearer names that'll help in the fight.

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Sites Have a Sneaky New Way to Track You Across the Web

Plus: A LastPass rate change, Clubhouse concerns, and more of the week's top security news.

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6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt

A rundown of things you can do faster, easier, and with less hassle, all just by peeking under the hood.

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'An exciting time': European Space Agency takes diversity to space

Helen Sharman, the UK's first astronaut, praises the agency as it begins a search for 26 recruits Helen Sharman, the UK's first astronaut, has welcomed the European Space Agency's decision to improve diversity among crew as an "exciting time for human space flight expansion". Esa announced earlier this week that as part of its bid to recruit up to 26 new astronauts it was casting its net wider th

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Coronavirus: UK should donate vaccines to poorer nations now, says new WTO chief; two die amid lockdown protests in Gabon

Thousands of China's Sinovac vaccine on way to Mexico France reports increase in daily Covid death toll Ireland reports three cases of Brazilian variant See all our coronavirus coverage 9.50am GMT A year ago, Laura Ricevuti and Annalisa Malara – both doctors at Codogno hospital in Italy – had a hunch something was different about a patient in the intensive care ward. As Reuters reports, their dec

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Superspridarna oftare äldre och överviktiga

Varför vissa blir superspridare av covid-19 har hittills varit en gåta för forskarna. En ny studie visar att det kan hänga ihop med infektionsgrad, ålder och övervikt.

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Wired

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The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber

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The country's highest court ruled that the 25 drivers who filed a lawsuit should be considered workers and entitled to minimum wage and vacations.

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Eating more refined grains increases risk of heart attack, early death

A new study found consuming a high number of refined grains, such as croissants and white bread, is associated with a higher risk of major cardiovascular disease, stroke and early death.

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30% of people with COVID-19 experience symptoms up to 9 months later

Most participants in the study initially had mild cases of COVID-19.

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Celtic god or 1980s hockey player? Ancient deity statue wears a mullet and mustache

A tiny statue of a deity dating to the Iron Age has a surprisingly modern hairstyle.

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Why 'no jab' should not always mean 'no job'

A combination of vaccinations and testing will make for a safer workplace

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The Coronavirus is Here to Stay–Here's What That Means

A Nature survey shows many scientists expect the virus that causes COVID-19 to become endemic, but it could pose less danger over time — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The government failed Texans—so people on the internet stepped in

On Valentine's Day, Texas plunged into a polar vortex the likes of which hadn't been seen since 1899. Freezing temperatures led to widespread power outages. Homes more used to the swampy heat were useless against the wind and cold, with pipes bursting and ceilings caving in. Where water, clothing, and food were being distributed, lines snaked around the block. Hundreds of people in Texas have bee

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How Antidepressants Work, At Last?

Over the years I've very much enjoyed being startled by the scientific literature, and there haven't been many times when I've been more surprised than I was this morning. I've been making references on this blog for years about how we don't even know how antidepressants work, but if this new paper is correct, then perhaps now we do. I'm amazed. It's from a multinational team led out of the Unive

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Perseverance's mission to Mars – in pictures

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Nasa's rover, the most advanced astrobiology laboratory ever sent to another world, landed safely on the floor of a vast crater on Thursday, the first stop on its search for life on the red planet Mars rover landing: Nasa's Perseverance touches down safely in search of life Continue reading…

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Boys who play video games have lower depression risk

Boys who regularly play video games at age 11 are less likely to develop depressive symptoms three years later, finds a new study.

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Ultraviolet 'television' for animals helps us better understand them

University of Queensland scientists have developed an ultraviolet 'television' display designed to help researchers better understand how animals see the world.

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Ultraviolet 'television' for animals helps us better understand them

University of Queensland scientists have developed an ultraviolet 'television' display designed to help researchers better understand how animals see the world.

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Massive Power Failure Could Finally Cause Texas to Connect with the Nation's Power Grids

Energy from neighboring states could have helped Texans survive their extreme winter storm — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Massive Power Failure Could Finally Cause Texas to Connect with the Nation's Power Grids

Energy from neighboring states could have helped Texans survive their extreme winter storm — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Arctic and tropical Pacific synergistic effects cause extremely cold winter in China

China is just one of many countries in the Northern Hemisphere experiencing an extremely cold winter due in part to both the tropical Pacific and the Arctic, according to an analysis of temperatures from Dec. 1, 2020 to mid-January of 2021.

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Gut microbiome implicated in healthy aging and longevity

The gut microbiome is an integral component of the body, but its importance in the human aging process is unclear. Researchers have identified distinct signatures in the gut microbiome that are associated with either healthy or unhealthy aging trajectories, which in turn predict survival in a population of older individuals.

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Pfizer Vaccine Has Weaker Response Against South African COVID Variant, Study Hints

Don't panic just yet.

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NASA's Perseverance Rover Successfully Lands on Mars

After years of development and seven months in space, NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars today, kicking off what we can only hope will be years of groundbreaking science. NASA used Curiosity as a model for this new robot, but its instrument suite is upgraded to scour the red planet for signs of ancient life. This mission will also be the first leg in a three-part process to get bits o

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The US Military Is Getting 3D Printing "Factories" Inside Shipping Containers

Portable Factory The United States Department of Defense just awarded a contract to additive manufacturing company ExOne to develop 3D printing mini-factories that could be deployed into the field during a military operation. The factories are essentially complete 3D printing labs that can be housed entirely within a shipping container, according to Interesting Engineering . It's an intriguing —

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Phys.org

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Explainable AI for decoding genome biology

Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, in collaboration with colleagues at Stanford University and Technical University of Munich have developed advanced explainable artificial intelligence (AI) in a technical tour de force to decipher regulatory instructions encoded in DNA. In a report published online February 18, 2021, in Nature Genetics, the team found that a neural network

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Explainable AI for decoding genome biology

Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, in collaboration with colleagues at Stanford University and Technical University of Munich have developed advanced explainable artificial intelligence (AI) in a technical tour de force to decipher regulatory instructions encoded in DNA. In a report published online February 18, 2021, in Nature Genetics, the team found that a neural network

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Phys.org

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Engineers place molecule-scale devices in precise orientation

Engineers have developed a technique that allows them to precisely place microscopic devices formed from folded DNA molecules in not only a specific location but also in a specific orientation.

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ExtremeTechExtreme – ExtremeTech

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WATCH: Perseverance Lands on Mars Today in '7 Minutes of Terror'

About eight and a half years ago, I stayed up until well after midnight to watch Curiosity make Marsfall. At the time, all eyes were glued to what is euphemistically referred to as the "seven minutes of terror." It took Curiosity and will take Perseverance approximately that long to descend from the top of the Martian atmosphere to the ground below. It takes 11 minutes for a signal from Mars to r

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Big Think

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What democracy and science demand: The 'Smartmatic vs Fox News' case

Smartmatic, an election technology company, has filed a $2.7-billion-dollar defamation suit against Fox News for making false claims about its voting machines during Fox's dishonest campaign against the 2020 US presidential election results. The lawsuit opens with three powerful statements of fact: A scientific truth, a mathematical proof, and an objective political fact: More people voted for Jo

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The Atlantic

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Chloé Zhao Is About to Be Huge

Chloé Zhao is having a very busy 2021. She's buried in postproduction on a Marvel movie, Eternals , due out this November. Her third feature film, Nomadland , will be released wide tomorrow, screening both on Hulu and in open theaters around the country. It's a big, bold rollout for an ostensibly intimate drama. But Zhao's films have always had a grand scale to them, even though they're made on t

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Scientists Really, Really Want a Piece of Mars

Updated at 2:06 p.m. ET on Feb. 19, 2021. When Mike Zolensky saw the night sky over the Australian desert glow red in June of 2010, he knew: The long-awaited object had plunged through the atmosphere and fallen to Earth. Zolensky, a curator of astromaterials, and dozens of others leapt into action. The team dispatched a helicopter to find the fallen object in the darkness. At daybreak, elders fro

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Years of life lost to COVID-19 in 81 countries

Scientific Reports, Published online: 18 February 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-83040-3

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Scientists identify over 140,000 virus species in the human gut

Viruses are the most numerous biological entities on the planet. Now researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have identified over 140,000 viral species living in the human gut, more than half of which have never been seen before.

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Scientists identify over 140,000 virus species in the human gut

Viruses are the most numerous biological entities on the planet. Now researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have identified over 140,000 viral species living in the human gut, more than half of which have never been seen before.

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What A 30,000-Person Survey Reveals About Day-To-Day Life In The Pandemic

The responses reveal the impact on living standards in nine low- and middle-income countries — and may help governments find a way to help citizens most in need. (Image credit: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images)

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Studie: Derfor slår børns immunforsvar covid-19 ned mere effektivt

PLUS. Et australsk studie peger på, hvordan celler i børns medfødte immunforsvar beskytter dem mod covid-19. Måske kan denne viden bruges i behandlingsøjemed, vurderer dansk professor.

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Wired

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'Valheim' Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

After a few hours with Steam's newest Early Access success, which surpassed 2 million sales in less than two weeks, the game's allure becomes clear.

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Scientific American Content

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Booster Shots Against Scary COVID Virus Variants Are In the Works

Vaccine makers are designing follow-up shots, based on new mutations, to keep the disease at bay — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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forskning.se

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En av fem har mutation som ger ökad tolerans mot kyla

Närmare en av fem personer saknar proteinet α-aktinin-3 i sina muskelfibrer. Nu visar forskare vid Karolinska Institutet att dessa personers skelettmuskler består av en större andel långsamma muskelfibrer, som är mer uthålliga och energieffektiva och ger bättre tolerans mot kyla än snabba muskelfibrer. Skelettmuskler består av snabba (vita) muskelfibrer som är snabbt uttröttbara och långsamma (rö

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Science | The Guardian

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The NHS rose to the challenge of Covid, but its next test may be even harder | Bruce Keogh

The health service needs modernising if it is to maintain its position at the forefront of patient care and medical research Bruce Keogh is a former national medical director of NHS England Over the past year, our NHS has risen to the challenges of the pandemic. But it's been a very close-run thing. There have been well-publicised difficulties such as the shortage of ventilators , ICU beds and PP

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Science | The Guardian

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UK Covid live: Britain hard hit by coronavirus due to years of Tory rule, Starmer to say

Latest updates: Labour leader to use speech to outline vision for economic recovery from Covid crisis ; chancellor's budget to provide fresh rescue package Covid hit UK hard because of years of Conservative rule, Starmer to say Infections in England fall by two-thirds but spreading fastest among young Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.24am GMT The number of students

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Phys.org

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NASA rover streaks toward a landing on Mars

A NASA rover streaked toward a landing on Mars on Thursday in the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet.

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NYT > Science

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Blue-Light Glasses: Should I Buy Them?

"Computer glasses" are a booming category, thanks to increased screen time, but scientists say they don't do much.

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EurekAlert! – Breaking News

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Oil spill has long-term immunological effects in dolphins

A study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has found long-term impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico on bottlenose dolphins' immune function.

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Science | The Guardian

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Why do humans struggle to think of ourselves as animals? – podcast

The pandemic has demonstrated why humans are ultimately an impressive species. From monitoring the genetic evolution of Sars-CoV-2 to devising vaccines in record time, we have put our minds together to reduce the impact of Covid-19. Yet, the global spread of a new disease is a reminder that we are not invincible, and remain at the mercy of our biology and the natural world. Speaking to author Mel

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'Horrifying' death toll prompts calls to prioritise jabs for disabled people

Charities say UK government must do more to address disparities in life expectancy after pandemic

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ScienceDaily

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Wolves, dogs and dingoes, oh my

Dogs are generally considered the first domesticated animal, while its ancestor is generally considered to be the wolf, but where the Australian dingo fits into this framework is still debated, according to a retired anthropologist.

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ScienceAlert – Latest

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New 'Radically Different' Map Is Said to Be The Most Accurate 2D Map Ever Made

See the world in a whole new way.

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Phys.org

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Edible holograms could someday decorate foods

Holograms are everywhere, from driver's licenses to credit cards to product packaging. And now, edible holograms could someday enhance foods. Researchers reporting in ACS Nano have developed a laser-based method to print nanostructured holograms on dried corn syrup films. The edible holograms could also be used to ensure food safety, label a product or indicate sugar content, the researchers say.

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Severe COVID-19 Might Lead to Strange Growths Behind the Eyes

When they were examining the brain scans of COVID-19 patients hospitalized for particularly severe infections, French doctors found something unusual: inflamed growths called nodules directly behind their eyes. The University of Paris scientists studied 129 patient MRIs and found nodules behind the eyes of nine of them, eight of whom had nodules behind both eyes, Live Science reports . The discov

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Scientific American Content

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Texas Power Outage Underscores Looming Climate Tests

Extreme weather is increasingly likely to test electric grids and energy supply systems — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Phys.org

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Lakes isolated beneath Antarctic ice could be more amenable to life than thought

Lakes underneath the Antarctic ice sheet could be more hospitable than previously thought, allowing them to host more microbial life.

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What Scientists Have Learned from 100 Years of Bird Banding

A rich archive of data has illuminated the secret lives of birds — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Leo Goodman, Who Transformed Sociology With Stats, Dies at 92

He developed tools for researchers to analyze categorical data, revolutionizing the study of poverty, income inequality and social mobility. He died of Covid-19.

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Scientific American

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Mammoth Genomes Shatter Record for Oldest DNA Sequences

Researchers extracted DNA from fossils that are more than a million years old, illuminating the origins of the woolly mammoth and the Columbian mammoth — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Mammoth Genomes Shatter Record for Oldest DNA Sequences

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These Cockroaches Start Eating Each Other After Sex, And Not Because They're Hungry

Eternal love.

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Dinosaur Discoveries Are Booming

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A 'twisted elevator' could be key to understanding neurological diseases

A University of Sydney-led international team of scientists has revealed the shape of one of the most important molecular machines in our cellsthe glutamate transporter, helping to explain how our brain cells communicate with one another.

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A 'twisted elevator' could be key to understanding neurological diseases

A University of Sydney-led international team of scientists has revealed the shape of one of the most important molecular machines in our cellsthe glutamate transporter, helping to explain how our brain cells communicate with one another.

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Radiological images confirm 'COVID-19 can cause the body to attack itself'

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Study predicts where new coronaviruses might originate

The potential scale of novel coronavirus generation in wild and domesticated animals may have been highly underappreciated, suggests new University of Liverpool research.

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Entitled People Are More Likely To Be Angry at Bad Luck

Even when nobody is to blame, some feel they were victimized — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Keep This Gear at Home In Case of Emergencies

From flashlights to water purifiers, these items can be of immense help in case of a natural disaster or power outage.

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Scottish government inadequately prepared for Covid – watchdog

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How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America

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Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip

At a glacier near the South Pole, earth scientists have found evidence of a quiet, slow-motion fault slip that triggers strong, fast-slip earthquakes many miles away, according to Cornell University research published in Science Advances.

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New hope for treating chronic pain without opioids

According to some estimates, chronic pain affects up to 40% of Americans, and treating it frustrates both clinicians and patients — a frustration that's often compounded by a hesitation to prescribe opioids for pain.

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Cloudy eyes caused by protein imbalance

Cataracts are the most common eye ailment in humans. However, the exact processes leading to this condition are not fully understood. A team of researchers headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that the composition of the protein solution plays a decisive role. Their conclusions are contrary to prevailing opinion in the field.

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4 sustainability experts on how they'd spend Elon Musk's $100 million climate commitment

New tech is certainly one way to go, but so many areas need funding as well. (Pexels/) If you had $100 million to spend, what would you do with it? That's the amount of money Elon Musk has stated he'll be spending on combating climate change, though he's set on one particular type of technology: carbon capture . Unlike renewable energy or energy efficiency projects, carbon capture aims to zap car

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TV Characters Don't Have Text History. This Is Not OK

You've seen it before: If a show includes a shot of a texting app, it looks like characters who are intimate have somehow never texted each other before.

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ASASSN-18aan is an unusual cataclysmic variable, study finds

An international team of astronomers has performed photometric and spectroscopic observations of a binary star system known as ASASSN-18aan and have found that the object is an unusual cataclysmic variable with a relatively long orbital period. The findings were presented February 9 on the arXiv pre-print server.

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Questions Raised About Widely Used Blood-Brain Barrier Model

A study has sparked controversy by suggesting that cells made using a popular lab protocol have been misidentified, with potentially serious repercussions for brain research. Critics say the significance of the findings has been overstated.

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Aging: What underlies the mitochondrial stress response

Scientists at EPFL have discovered certain enzymes that play a central role in the stress responses that defend mitochondria from stress, and promote health and longevity.

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New From Lego: AR Llamas That Dance to Katy Perry

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Why do we breathe so loudly when we sleep?

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Giant hair ball tears through teen's stomach, requiring surgery

The hair ball was more than a foot long and completely filled her stomach.

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CDC issues new guidelines for safely reopening schools

The recommendations provide a "long-needed road map" for reopening schools, officials said.

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Climate change likely drove the extinction of North America's largest animals

A new study published in Nature Communications suggests that the extinction of North America's largest mammals was not driven by overhunting by rapidly expanding human populations following their entrance into the Americas. Instead, the findings, based on a new statistical modelling approach, suggest that populations of large mammals fluctuated in response to climate change, with drastic decreases

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Perseverance rover lands on Mars this week

After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on Thursday after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.

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UK looks at rapid testing to allow return of mass gatherings

Plan would enable venues that cannot comply with social distancing to resume events

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CO2 dip may have helped dinosaurs walk from South America to Greenland

A new paper refines estimates of when herbivorous dinosaurs must have traversed North America on a northerly trek to reach Greenland, and points out an intriguing climatic phenomenon that may have helped them along the journey.

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Millions without power in Texas as snow storm slams US

A frigid blast of winter weather across the U.S. plunged Texas into an unusually icy emergency Monday that knocked out power to more than 2 million people and shut down grocery stores and dangerously snowy roads.

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Birds use massive magnetic maps to migrate—some could cover the whole world

Every year, billions of songbirds migrate thousands of miles between Europe and Africa—and then repeat that same journey again, year after year, to nest in exactly the same place that they chose on their first great journey.

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Kagome graphene promises exciting properties

Researchers around the world are searching for new synthetic materials with special properties like superconductivity—that is, the conduction of electric current without resistance. These new substances are an important step in the development of highly energy-efficient electronics. The starting material is often a single-layer honeycomb structure of carbon atoms (graphene).

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Gigantisk brint-satsning skal udnytte sydeuropæisk solskin

Solceller i blandt andet Spanien skal leverer energi til produktion af 3,6 millioner ton brint om året. I 2030 skal prisen svare til fossile brændstoffers.

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Random twists of place: How quiet is quantum space-time at the Planck scale?

Fermilab scientists have been conducting experiments to look for quantum fluctuations of space and time at the smallest scale imaginable according to known physics. At this limit, the Planck length, our classical notions of space and time break down.

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How Covid Gums Up the Court System

Videofeeds sometimes fail, defense attorneys can't confer with clients, and witnesses have a hard time reviewing documents.

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Electric vehicles may not be the climate answer after all

As with Covid vaccines, governments should enable scientists to find the best solution, not dictate what it should be

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As Perseverance Approaches Mars, Scientists Debate Its Sampling Strategy

The car-sized rover is the first step in an ambitious effort to bring pieces of the Red Planet back to Earth, but some crucial details remain undecided — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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As Perseverance Approaches Mars, Scientists Debate Its Sampling Strategy

The car-sized rover is the first step in an ambitious effort to bring pieces of the Red Planet back to Earth, but some crucial details remain undecided — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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UK Covid live: next phase of coronavirus vaccine rollout begins in England

Latest updates: rollout in England expanded to over-65s and younger people in at-risk groups after target reached to offer jabs to most vulnerable UK reaches milestone of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people EHRC urged to investigate 'equality failures' in Covid response Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.30am GMT Coronavirus case rates have fallen across

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Authoritarian Regimes Could Exploit Cries of 'Deepfake'

Identifying doctored videos is essential. But assuming everything is faked allows autocrats to cast doubt on real videos of their violence.

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Noisy, Ugly, and Addictive

This article was published online on February 14, 2021. I n music and on roller coasters , speediness makes for the fun kind of scariness. When young punk rockers raised on the Ramones began to play their own music in the early 1980s, the rat-a-tat rumble of "Blitzkrieg Bop" accelerated into something called the blast beat: an all-out rhythmic carpet-bombing over which vocalists would groan about

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How to Level Up Your At-Home Recording Studio

Ready to upgrade your USB microphone or headset to something better? Here's how to make sense of pro(ish) audio gear.

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Evidence for a hidden 'Planet Nine' beyond Neptune has weakened

Strange clustering of objects in the outer solar system once seemed to point to the existence of a huge, mysterious planet out there – but that clustering may not exist after all

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England's quarantine hotels won't stop spread of coronavirus variants

Decision that visitors to England from some countries must quarantine in hotels ignores scientific advice for mandatory quarantine of all visitors, making it unlikely it will stop the spread of new coronavirus variants

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Mathematician makes breakthrough on 100-year-old problem about knots

Some tangles that look like knots are actually "the unknot", which can be untangled into a simple loop, and a new algorithm has sped up the process of finding them

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Bats that eat insects should be able to taste sweet food but can't

Insectivorous bats have the same sweet taste receptors as fruit bats, but have lost the ability to actually taste sweet food

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US cities under-report carbon emissions by 18 per cent on average

A study of greenhouse gas emissions from 48 US cities has found that the vast majority are underestimating their emissions, suggesting the need for a more consistent approach

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No, native plants aren't always the best choice for gardens

There's a tendency among horticulturists to prefer native plant species, but we shouldn't assume they are better, writes James Wong

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Sharks' tooth-like scales help to boost their acceleration rates

We suspected that tooth-like scales help sharks slip more easily through water, and now we know the effect is most pronounced when the sharks accelerate

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Sparrows are healthier living in groups with diverse personalities

Individual house sparrows show distinct personality types, and they are healthier when they live in groups that reflect a diversity of sparrow personalities

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The Atlantic Daily: The Pandemic Can Still End Without Herd Immunity

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 . SIMOUL ALVA Immunity is unintuitive. And yet it "lies at the heart of many of the COVID-19 pandemic's biggest questions," my colleague Ed Yong warned last year . I've been thinking about Ed's pie

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1967: Statens to nye isbrydere klarer snildt to meter istykkelse

De to nye statsisbrydere, Danbjørn og Isbjørn, er afprøvet med stor succes i Østersøen, men ifølge Istjenestens chef mangler man stadig en mindre isbryder, der kan sættes ind i fjorde med lavere vanddybde.

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Victoria's coronavirus lockdown sabotages terminally ill Australian man's year-long fight to get home

John Jobber's flight home, after being stuck in Ireland, will not be accepted due to lockdown restrictions Follow today's live coronavirus coverage Epidemiologists back Victoria's lockdown but say evidence not yet in on 'shorter incubation' Patient diagnosed with Covid-19 dies in New Zealand hospital Terminally ill Australian man John Jobber is running out of time to make it back from Ireland and

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These Lab-Grown Follicles Could Offer New Treatment for Baldness

A team of scientists in Japan used stem cells to engineer hair follicles that can actually grow back when they inevitably fall out. One of the key components of natural hair growth is that it's cyclical: When you lose hair, new strands will grow in their place. The team of researchers from the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research seems to have found a way to actually bioengineer this cyc

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Epidemic possibly caused population collapse in Central Africa 1400-1600 years ago

A new study published in the journal Science Advances shows that Bantu-speaking communities in the Congo rainforest underwent a major population collapse from 1600 to 1400 years ago, probably due to a prolonged disease epidemic, and that significant resettlement did not restart until around 1000 years ago. These findings revise the population history of no less than seven present-day African count

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Mrs. Coulter Is One of the Best Villains on TV

Ruth Wilson's character is the highlight of HBO's His Dark Materials.

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The Atlantic Daily: The Growing Threat to the Voting Rights Act

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 . Dan Budnik / Contact Press Images; Flip Schulke / Corbis / Getty "You were born on July 9, 1964, in Greenwood, Mississippi, delivered into the cradle of white supremacy," our senior editor Vann R

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New York City's Surveillance Battle Offers National Lessons

A lack of police transparency highlights how citizens need to remain vigilant to take back control over their privacy.

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Optimizely's Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Plus: The Obama campaign's data wiz, the limits of content moderation, and a video filter gone awry.

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Mechanism responsible for creating halogenated organic compounds in fracking discovered

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," relies on water, sand and other chemicals to clear the way for engineers to remove oil or gas from shale—porous rocks below the ground.

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The Wanting Mare Is the Most Visual Fantasy in Recent Memory

It asks you to dig into your past—with the help of some magic horses.

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Moray eels thrive on coral reefs close to people—overfishing of other predators, like sharks, may be the cause

Coral reefs that are in close proximity to larger populations of people tend to have fewer sharks and other fish due to higher fishing pressure. But new research shows there's one group of predators that's the exception—moray eels.

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COVID-19-patienter står i kø til landets senfølgeklinikker

  1. januar 2021 åbnede landets senfølgeklinikker efter COVID-19, og der er allerede meldinger om op til fem-seks ugers ventetid på flere af klinikkerne. Ledende overlæger er klar til at skalere op, hvis det bliver nødvendigt.

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Leder: Vi skal ikke acceptere brug og smid-væk kulturen uden kamp

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Choir singing can improve cognitive functioning among the elderly

Researchers have made new discoveries on the benefits of choir singing which may include positive effects on cognitive functioning similar to playing an instrument.

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Scientist proposes a new timeline for Mars terrains

A Southwest Research Institute scientist has updated Mars chronology models to find that terrains shaped by ancient water activity on the planet's surface may be hundreds of millions of years older than previously thought. This new chronology for Mars, based on the latest dynamical models for the formation and evolution of the solar system, is particularly significant as the days count down until

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Masks Can Be Detrimental to Babies' Speech and Language Development

The good news is that parents can take action to compensate — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Atlantic Daily: The Rioters Got Chillingly Close

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 rioters came just 58 steps away from fleeing senators, and within feet of the hiding vice president . Today's Senate impeachment proceedings told horror stories—and detailed just how close of

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Ny studie: Så kan covid-19 spridas inomhus

En ny studie visar i detalj hur covid-19 kan ha spridit sig på en restaurang i Guangzhou i Kina. Flera personer blev smittade av samma person och inandningen är den sannolika smittvägen. Hur smittan sprider sig i luften påverkas av storleken på viruspartiklarna, ventilationen, temperaturen och hur högt vi pratar.

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Tiny microorganisms in the Southern Ocean affect how the rest of the world's seas respond to carbon

In the ocean that surrounds Antarctica, deep water wells up to the surface, carrying nutrients and other dissolved materials needed by light-loving ocean life. One of these materials is calcium carbonate, which, when dissolved, raises seawater alkalinity and helps the ocean respond to increasing carbon dioxide levels. Ocean currents carry this alkalinity-enriched water northward—unless tiny organi

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Bringing bad proteins back into the fold

A study led by UT Southwestern has identified a mechanism that controls the activity of proteins known as chaperones, which guide proteins to fold into the right shapes. The findings, published online today in Nature Communications, could shed light on hundreds of degenerative and neurodegenerative diseases caused by protein misfolding, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's, potential

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Bringing bad proteins back into the fold

A study led by UT Southwestern has identified a mechanism that controls the activity of proteins known as chaperones, which guide proteins to fold into the right shapes. The findings, published online today in Nature Communications, could shed light on hundreds of degenerative and neurodegenerative diseases caused by protein misfolding, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's, potential

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Listen: 56 Years

Listen and subscribe : Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts Nineteen sixty-four. Freedom Summer. Marylin Thurman Newkirk was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in a county where just about 250 Black adults out of more than 13,000 were registered to vote. She would grow up as part of the first generation of Americans who lived in a true democracy, according to her son Vann R. Newkirk

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Digging Deeper Into Holocaust History – Issue 95: Escape

On a trip to Warsaw, Poland, in 2019, Richard Freund confronted the history of resistance against the Nazis at a Holiday Inn. Freund, an archaeologist, and professor of Jewish Studies at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, was led by the hotel manager into the basement. "Lo and behold," Freund says, a section of the Warsaw Ghetto wall was visible. Freund was in Warsaw accompanied by scien

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Why Computers Will Never Write Good Novels – Issue 95: Escape

You've been hoaxed. The hoax seems harmless enough. A few thousand AI researchers have claimed that computers can read and write literature. They've alleged that algorithms can unearth the secret formulas of fiction and film. That Bayesian software can map the plots of memoirs and comic books. That digital brains can pen primitive lyrics1 and short stories—wooden and weird, to be sure, yet eviden

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Vaccines vs variants: the race to immunise the developing world

The spread of new Covid strains has made it even more urgent to launch rapid vaccination programmes in poorer countries

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Conch Horn Finds Its Song Again After 17,000 Years

Listen to a musicologist blow through the oldest known shell horn.

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Astronomers confirm solar system's most distant known object is indeed Farfarout

Astronomers have confirmed that a faint object discovered in 2018 and nicknamed 'Farfarout' is indeed the most distant object yet found in our Solar System. The object has just received its designation from the International Astronomical Union.

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Rapid ice retreat during last deglaciation parallels current melt rates

Imagine an ice chunk the size of Hawaii disappearing, almost instantaneously, from an ice sheet. That is what happened in the Storfjorden Trough in the Arctic Ocean some 11,000 years ago.

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'Handy pen' lights up when exposed to nerve gas or spoiled food vapors

Exposure to some odorless, colorless and tasteless gases, such as nerve agents, can be toxic or even lethal. And having the ability to detect other types of vapors could save people from eating spoiled or rotten food. Easy-to-use portable devices could, therefore, go a long way toward protecting the public. Now researchers reporting in ACS Materials Letters have created a pen-like sensor that chan

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Judas and the Black Messiah Is an American Tragedy

Judas and the Black Messiah begins with William O'Neal (played by Lakeith Stanfield) getting ready for the only TV interview he ever gave about his role in the death of the Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). O'Neal appears sweaty and uncomfortable. Before he starts speaking, the director, Shaka King, cuts to archival footage of the Black-liberation movement in the 1960s—speeches

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On the origin of our species

New research suggests that genetic and fossil records will not reveal a single point where modern humans originated

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Zen and the Art of Puzzle Solving

In five years of Insights puzzles , we've tried to present questions that lived up to the column's name. Sometimes the intended insights have relied on simplified scenarios that shed light on scientific questions, such as Bell's theorem or heredity , or on philosophical questions, such as elegance in mathematics or randomness . At other times, we've explored cutting-edge discoveries such as super

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Check out the first images of Mars from China's Tianwen-1 probe

This black-and-white photo of Mars showcases many of the planet's noteworthy features. (CNSA/PEC/) Late last week, China's uncrewed Tianwen-1 spacecraft sent its first postcard back to Earth: a black-and-white image of the surface of Mars. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) released the photo last Friday and confirmed that the craft is preparing to enter Mars orbit later today. The im

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Spider legs build webs without the brain's help—providing a model for future robot limbs

Arachnophobes often cite spiders' unpredictable movement as the basis of their fear, pointing out how each spindly leg seems to lift, flex and probe with a menacing degree of autonomy.

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Sleep keeps teens on track for good mental health

As families settle back into a new school year, sleep experts are reminding parents about the importance of teenagers getting enough sleep, cautioning them that insufficient sleep can negatively affect their mental health.

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The Best Mirrorless Cameras to Level Up Your Photos

Want the image quality of a DSLR without the bulk? These mirrorless cameras do more with less.

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Vestas klar med kæmpemølle

Ny 15 MW-offshoremølle fra Vestas får en rotordiameter på 236 meter. Første prototype skal stå klar i 2022 og serieproduktionen går i gang i 2024.

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Is It Safe to Delay a Second COVID Vaccine Dose?

Some evidence indicates that short waits are safe, but there is a chance that partial immunization could help risky new coronavirus variants to develop — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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India is betting on glitchy software to inoculate 300 million people by August

On January 28, a physician at a hospital in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad received an SMS with the date and time for his first shot of a covid-19 vaccine. He'd been toiling away in the covid ward, where he'd watched many breathe their last since April, and the vaccine was the one thing he was looking forward to. But he wasn't thrilled when he read the message: it wasn't addressed to him.

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The Enduring Mystery of Critchfield's Spruce

At the center of the so-called Quaternary conundrum — the mismatch between how mathematical models project a changing climate will affect living things in the future compared to how fossil records show it seems to have affected them in the past — is the mystery of the Critchfield's spruce.

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Baby vampire bat adopted by mom's best friend

During a study with captive vampire bats at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, a young vampire bat pup was adopted by an unrelated female after its mother died. Although this observation was not the first report of adoption in vampire bats, it is uniquely contextualized by more than 100 days of surveillance-camera footage. This footage captured by STRI research associate

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Baby vampire bat adopted by mom's best friend

During a study with captive vampire bats at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, a young vampire bat pup was adopted by an unrelated female after its mother died. Although this observation was not the first report of adoption in vampire bats, it is uniquely contextualized by more than 100 days of surveillance-camera footage. This footage captured by STRI research associate

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Brain hemispheres swap memories to help you see the big picture

Each hemisphere of your brain stores memories of the visual input from your opposite side. Your working memory needs information from both hemispheres for you to effectively function. To keep us aware of what's all around us, each hemisphere copies relevant memories to the other side when your gaze shifts. Imagine you're about to cross a busy street. You look right and see a car coming towards yo

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What archaeologists got wrong about female statues, goddesses, and fertility

How modern society views art can be totally different from the way it was intended. (Adam Wilson via Unsplash/) The following is an excerpt adapted from Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz. Excerpted from Four Lost Cities by Annalee Newitz, published by W. W. Norton & Company. Reprinted with permission. All other rights reserved. Sometimes a naked woman isn't a n

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Coronavirus latest: South Korea approves Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for all adults

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Google News' "Genetics" Section Is Full of Articles About People Named Gene

Celebrity Gossip If you try to look up the latest genetics news on Google News right now, you'll find less information on the latest biomedical research and perhaps a little bit more about celebrities than you expected. Google News' algorithm seems to be pulling stories about people named Gene into the mix — the news feed is full of articles about KISS frontman Gene Simmons, comedian Amy Schumer'

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New CRISPR tech targets human genome's complex code

Finding a needle in a haystack is hard enough. But try finding a specific molecule on the needle.

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New CRISPR tech targets human genome's complex code

Finding a needle in a haystack is hard enough. But try finding a specific molecule on the needle.

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Four wild animals that are thriving in cities

Many wild game species, including mallard ducks and other waterfowl, are thriving in urban settings. (Robert Patrick Doyle/Splash/) This story originally featured on Outdoor Life . I was walking across campus one morning when I got a text from my dad. It was an image of a dead woodcock lying on the street in New York City. The message read, "Found another one on my way to work today." This wasn't

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The Weekly Planet: Hail! It's America's Most Underrated Climate Risk

Every Tuesday, our lead climate reporter brings you the big ideas, expert analysis, and vital guidance that will help you flourish on a changing planet. Sign up to get T he Weekly Planet , our guide to living through climate change, in your inbox . America's 18,000-odd car dealerships face many threats. They are unpopular. Younger generations are driving less. Electric cars require less maintenan

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The Atlantic Daily: Impeachment Still Sends a Powerful Public Message

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 . Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial begins tomorrow afternoon . Here are two things to expect: 1. The Senate seems likely to acquit. Republicans have signaled they'll break i

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Arctic permafrost releases more CO2 than once believed

There may be greater CO2 emissions associated with thawing Arctic permafrost than ever imagined. An international team of researchers has discovered that soil bacteria release CO2 previously thought to be trapped by iron. The finding presents a large new carbon footprint that is unaccounted for in current climate models.

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Retesting of ancient teeth found in China shows they are 16,000 years old—not 120,000

A team of researchers affiliated with a host of institutions in China, along with one from Australia, one from Taiwan and one from the U.S., has found evidence that contradicts the finding of a prior effort that reported ancient human teeth found at a dig site in China were 120,000 years old. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they

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The Benefits of Being Yourself Online

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The Benefits of Being Yourself Online

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Animal venoms as natural resource for new drugs

Currently there are more than 80 peptide drugs on the global market and about twice as many in clinical development. Due to their beneficial properties, these biomolecules play already an important role in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, hormone disorders, HIV infection, and multiple sclerosis. In the recent issue of Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, a team of Austrian and Austral

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Animal venoms as natural resource for new drugs

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Nudging Behavior

Like it or not, we live in a society of other people, and we share resources, the environment, and infrastructure. This means that how other people behave and the choices they make affect you, as your choices affect others. Even if you live alone in the woods, your behavior affects the local environment, even if in a small way. As a result there are multiple layers of complex rules governing how

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Top UK scientist warns 'unpredictable' Covid evolution threatens vaccine success

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Safely Reopening Requires Testing, Tracing and Isolation, Not Just Vaccines

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The AirPods Max Are Insanely Great—and Insanely Expensive

Apple's flagship noise-canceling headphones have a premium build and a premium price tag, but they also sound better than the rest.

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Humans Are Pretty Lousy Lie Detectors

Whenever we hear someone speak, we form an opinion about their believability. But our eyes and ears can lead us astray — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Evidence for SARS-CoV-2 related coronaviruses circulating in bats and pangolins in Southeast Asia

Nature Communications, Published online: 09 February 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21240-1 A bat origin for SARS-CoV-2 has been proposed. Here, by sampling wild Rhinolophus acuminatus bats from Thailand, the authors identified a SARS-CoV-2-related coronavirus (SC2r-CoV), designated as RacCS203, with 91.5% genome similarity to SARS-CoV-2, and show that sera obtained from bats and Malayan pangolin n

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Coffee lovers, rejoice! Drinking more coffee associated with decreased heart failure risk

nalysis of three large, well-known heart disease studies found drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee was associated with decreased heart failure risk. Drinking decaffeinated coffee did not have the same benefit and may be associated with an increased risk for heart failure. There is not yet enough clear evidence to recommend increasing coffee consumption to decrease risk of heart disease

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Arab spacecraft closes in on Mars on historic flight

A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates was set to swing into orbit around Mars in the Arab world's first interplanetary mission Tuesday, the first of three robotic explorers arriving at the red planet over the next week and a half.

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Biologists uncover forests' unexpected role in climate change

Biologists shows that trees around the world are consuming more carbon dioxide than previously reported, making forests even more important in regulating the Earth's atmosphere and forever shift how we think about climate change.

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A Federal Judge Ditches EPA's Science Transparency Rule

The Trump-era regulation, which allowed certain studies to be downplayed in the development of environmental regulations, drew sharp criticism from scientists and environmental groups.

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How rocks rusted on Earth and turned red

How did rocks rust on Earth and turn red? A Rutgers-led study has shed new light on the important phenomenon and will help address questions about the Late Triassic climate more than 200 million years ago, when greenhouse gas levels were high enough to be a model for what our planet may be like in the future.

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Is your dog actually smart? Depends on its memory.

A new study shows how you can check your canine's comprehension score with a few simple games. (Jamie Street/Unsplash/) Jan Hoole is a lecturer in biology at Keele University. This story originally featured on The Conversation . Anyone who has lived with a dog will know their capacity for learning the meaning of words, even ones you don't want them to know. How many times have you had to spell th

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Six Ways to Celebrate Perseverance This February

Be a part of NASA's Perseverance rover landing this February with these six ways to celebrate the mission to Mars

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Johnson confident in AstraZeneca vaccine after S Africa move

UK prime minister insists jab effective in preventing death and serious illness from new variants

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High carbon dioxide to slow tropical fish move to cooler waters

Under increasing global warming, tropical fish are escaping warmer seas by extending their habitat ranges towards more temperate waters.

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High carbon dioxide to slow tropical fish move to cooler waters

Under increasing global warming, tropical fish are escaping warmer seas by extending their habitat ranges towards more temperate waters.

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Why you never forget how to ride a bike

Surprisingly, its the colossal load of cerebral coordination required to ride a bike that ensures the skill sticks around. (Ana Galvañ/) Learning to pedal is no easy feat. But forgetting is harder. For most people, even after decades-long hiatuses, cruising still feels like a breeze. The key is how the brain remembers the task. Mastering cycling requires a ton of higher-level thinking: Your noggi

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Hormone Levels Are Being Used to Discriminate against Female Athletes

Despite slim evidence, testosterone is keeping some women off the field — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Complete characterization of the full mitochondrial kinome

The human cellular kinome contains over 500 kinases, accounting for almost 2% of all our genes. It is currently impossible to gauge the phosphorylation status, or even phosphorylation potential, of the entire proteome of any cell. Mitochondria, on the other hand, use just 25 kinases. Moreover, their entire proteome contains only 1,136 proteins, at least according to the latest version of the Mitoc

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NASA Picks SpaceX to Launch SPHEREx Space Telescope

SpaceX already has a number of lucrative contracts with NASA thanks to its reusable Falcon 9 rocket, not least of which is the recently realized Commercial Crew Program. NASA isn't just using SpaceX for crewed flights, though. The agency has just awarded SpaceX another cargo contract, this one to deploy the upcoming SPHEREx space telescope . This instrument will scan the entire sky over two years

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Films of the Era Will Be as Unbalanced as the Pandemic Itself

What will films look like because of Covid-19? The same as during any other traumatic event. Some good, some bad, some brilliant.

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How AI Is Learning to Identify Toxic Online Content

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CLOUD at CERN reveals the role of iodine acids in atmospheric aerosol formation

In a paper published today in the journal Science, the CLOUD collaboration at CERN shows that aerosol particles made of iodic acid can form extremely rapidly in the marine boundary layer—the portion of the atmosphere that is in direct contact with the ocean. Aerosol particles in the atmosphere affect the climate, both directly and indirectly, but how new aerosol particles form and influence clouds

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How a Democratic plan to reform Section 230 could backfire

Over the last few years, Section 230 of the 1996 US Communications Decency Act has metamorphosed from a little-known subset of regulations about the internet into a major rallying point for both the right and left. So when Democrats unveiled their attempt to overhaul the law on Friday , the technology world took notice. There have been other suggestions for how to change Section 230, and many thr

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Perseverance Team Works on Jet-Lag Inducing 'Mars Time' For The Mission

The minutes add up.

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See the wonderful world of fermented foods on one delicious chart

From snacks to sauces, fermentation is an important culinary tool across eras and cultures. (Mona Chalabi/) No matter who you are or where you live, you've almost certainly eaten something fermented . Humans have been processing food this way for at least 10,000 years in cuisines on every populated continent. Microbes like bacteria and fungi flourish when feeding off carbohydrates, turning sugars

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Best heated slippers: Say goodbye to cold feet

Don't fear the chilly floor. (Dima Pechurin via Unsplash/) When it's cold out, warmth is always welcome inside, especially from your head to your toes. To keep your feet as toasty as possible, slip into a pair of heated slippers and get instant relief from cold floors and draughty indoor air. But it's not just about the heat this footwear provides. Winter weather can leave feet dry, chapped, and

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America has sent five rovers to Mars—when will humans follow?

With its impeccable landing on Thursday, NASA's Perseverance became the fifth rover to reach Mars—so when can we finally expect the long-held goal of a crewed expedition to materialize?

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Drug companies look to AI to end 'hit and miss' research

Technology that speeded the development of Covid vaccines has potential to transform the pharmaceutical industry The hunt for new medicines has often been more like a game of roulette than high-end science. But now the pharmaceutical sector is on the cusp of a transformation, as it delves into cutting-edge technology to come up with new treatments for diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis

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The U.S. Needs a Federal Department of Science and Technology

Currently, STEM-related policy is administered by a bewildering array of entities, which dilutes its effectiveness — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Can Hamburger Buns Save Your Pipes from Freezing?

Water expands when it freezes, and that's bad for plumbing. Insulation—any insulation—is better than nothing.

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What we can learn from the Facebook-Australia news debacle

Democracies around the world are all mired in one crisis or another, which is why measures of their health are trending in the wrong direction. Many look at the decline of the news industry as one contributing factor. No wonder, then, that figuring out how to pay for journalism is an urgent issue, and some governments are pushing ahead with ambitious plans. Big ideas for ways to funnel billions o

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Gamify Your Workouts With Ergatta's Rowing Machine

This internet-connected rower makes sweating fun by adding a layer of video game logic to your exercise routine.

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How The Military Helped Bring Back The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

The U.S. military and conservation groups forged an unusual alliance to help save the red-cockaded woodpecker, but a Trump-era move to take the bird off the endangered list could threaten the species.

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The Atlantic

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Inside the Strange World of the Police

Photographs by Joseph Rodríguez "Police work is doing what people in the city want done," Willie Williams, the Los Angeles Police Department chief, told me in 1994. Williams, the agency's first Black chief, had been brought in from Philadelphia to make changes after LAPD officers beat Rodney King in 1991, the incident that ultimately led to the Los Angeles riots. A commission that year concluded

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When did lap dogs become popular?

Trends, set by royals and movies, help to influence a dog breed's popularity.

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Storing the Pfizer vaccine could get a lot simpler in coming weeks

The Pfizer vaccine can actually be stored in normal freezers. (Pixabay/) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. In an announcement this morning, Pfizer and BioNTech described new findings showing that their COVID vaccine could be stored for at standard freezing temperatures, setting the stage for a dramatically simplified vaccine distribution effort. That's a big step for Pfizer's v

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Researchers find evidence of protein folding at site of intracellular droplets

Scientists have discovered the first evidence of protein folding driven by liquid-liquid phase separation, a phenomenon in which fluids form into microscopic droplets and separate inside cells—like drops of oil in water.

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Researchers find evidence of protein folding at site of intracellular droplets

Scientists have discovered the first evidence of protein folding driven by liquid-liquid phase separation, a phenomenon in which fluids form into microscopic droplets and separate inside cells—like drops of oil in water.

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The melting of large icebergs is a key stage in the evolution of ice ages

A new study, in which the Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute (IACT) (CSIC-UGR) participated, has described for the first time a key stage in the beginning of the great glaciations and indicates that it can happen to our planet in the future. The study claims to have found a new connection that could explain the beginning of the ice ages on Earth.

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Nasa reveals new colour images of Mars from Perseverance rover – video

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Adam Steltzner, the chief engineer on the Perseverance project, said his team was 'overwhelmed with excitement and joy' as he revealed new colour photographs beamed back from Nasa's Perseverance rover Nasa scientists release new images of Perseverance rover on Mars at news briefing Nasa scientists hail Perseverance rover's arrival on Mars with stunning images Continue reading…

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L.L.Bean's Extra-Warm Bean Boots Are $140 Off Right Now

The limited-edition, Gore-Tex lined, insulated version of the classic duck boot is $129 at the moment.

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How the brain processes sign language

Over 70 million deaf people use sign languages as their preferred communication form. Although they access similar brain structures as spoken languages, it hasn't been identified the brain regions that process both forms of language equally. Scientists have now discovered that Broca's area in the left hemisphere, central for spoken languages, is also crucial for sign languages. This is where the g

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Listen: 'A Disaster for Feminism'

Nearly a year ago, Atlantic staff writer Helen Lewis predicted that the pandemic would be " a disaster for feminism ," and far too many of her predictions have proved true. With women leaving the workforce at unprecedented rates, why has the pandemic's burden fallen so much harder on them? And what can we, as a society, do about it? Lewis joins staff writer James Hamblin and comedian Maeve Higgin

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Artificial Intelligence-Worshipping Church Officially Shuts Down

Closed Doors Remember that artificial intelligence-worshipping church, the Way of the Future? Well, first of all: Yes, that existed . But secondly, founder Anthony Levandowski told TechCrunch this week that he has now decided to dissolve the church and donate all of its funds — just over $175,000 — to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Levandowski still supports the church's mission to r

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Escaping lockdown: when will life return to normal?

Boris Johnson reveals his road map for lifting restrictions on Monday. The world will be watching to see how far he goes

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Study reveals energy sources supporting coral reef predators

Since Charles Darwin's day, the abundance of life on coral reefs has been puzzling, given that most oceanic surface waters in the tropics are low in nutrients and unproductive.

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Study reveals energy sources supporting coral reef predators

Since Charles Darwin's day, the abundance of life on coral reefs has been puzzling, given that most oceanic surface waters in the tropics are low in nutrients and unproductive.

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Nasa rover to begin search for ancient Mars life after safe landing

Largest vehicle sent from Earth will conduct experiments and prepare samples for future missions to bring back

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Insight-HXMT gives insight into origin of fast radio bursts

The latest observations from Insight-HXMT were published online in Nature Astronomy on Feb. 18. Insight-HXMT has discovered the very first X-ray burst associated with a fast radio burst (FRB) and has identified that it originated from soft-gamma repeater (SGR) J1935+2154, which is a magnetar in our Milky Way.

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Abandoned moonshine still linked to Al Capone uncovered in South Carolina woods

Archaeologists uncovered an illegal 1920s-era liquor still in South Carolina that may have been linked to Al Capone's criminal empire.

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Lab-grown 'mini-bile ducts' used to repair human livers in regenerative medicine first

Scientists have used a technique to grow bile duct organoids – often referred to as 'mini-organs' – in the lab and shown that these can be used to repair damaged human livers. This is the first time that the technique has been used on human organs.

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Handheld DNA sequencers show promise for monitoring microbes during food production

Handheld devices are well suited to environmental monitoring during food production, and have key advantages in ease of use and in identifying a broad variety of bacteria, according to a new study published in the journal npj Science of Food.

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Cold dust cores in the central zone of the Milky Way

The Milky Way's central molecular zone (CMZ) spans the innermost 1600 light-years of the galaxy (for comparison, the Sun is 26,600 light-years away from the galactic center) and includes a vast complex of molecular clouds containing about sixty million solar-masses of molecular gas. The gas in these clouds exists under more extreme physical conditions than elsewhere in the galaxy on average, with

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What Would It Take to Actually Settle an Alien World?

David Gerrold's new novel Hella is about a low-gravity planet inhabited by dinosaur-like creatures—and it doesn't skip the logistical details of human habitation.

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Frigid Temperatures Bring Disaster to Texas

A pulse of frigid Arctic air sent temperatures dropping to record lows in Texas this week, leading to widespread power outages and dozens of deaths. The disruptions have raised questions about how well the country's second-largest state is prepared for natural disasters in the face of climate change.

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New-found molecular signature keeps key genes ready for action

During development, scores of molecular signals prod cells to take on specialized identities and functions. In response to some of these signals, the cellular machinery awakens specific genes called 'immediate early genes' within minutes. The Rijli group has now identified a unique molecular signature that keeps immediate early genes quiet yet poised for rapid activation. Working out how immediate

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A powerful, pocket-sized optical imager, no longer science fiction

Before Wilhelm Röntgen, a mechanical engineer, discovered a new type of electromagnetic radiation in 1895, physicians could only dream of being able to see inside the body. Within a year of Röntgen's discovery, X-rays were being used to identify tumors. Within 10 years, hospitals were using X-rays to help diagnose and treat patients.

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New-found molecular signature keeps key genes ready for action

During development, scores of molecular signals prod cells to take on specialized identities and functions. In response to some of these signals, the cellular machinery awakens specific genes called 'immediate early genes' within minutes. The Rijli group has now identified a unique molecular signature that keeps immediate early genes quiet yet poised for rapid activation. Working out how immediate

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Asthmatics at no higher risk getting or dying from COVID-19, assessment of studies consisting of 587,000 people shows

A review of 57 studies shows people with asthma had a 14 percent lower risk of getting COVID-19 and were significantly less likely to be hospitalized with the virus.

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Preschoolers with higher cardiorespiratory fitness do better on cognitive tests

Researchers report that 4-6-year-old children who walk further than their peers during a timed test – a method used to estimate cardiorespiratory health – also do better on cognitive tests and other measures of brain function. The study suggests that the link between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognitive health is evident even earlier in life than previously appreciated.

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Earth's magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused massive sudden climate change

The world experienced a few centuries of apocalyptic conditions 42,000 years ago, triggered by a reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles combined with changes in the Sun's behavior. That's the key finding of our new multidisciplinary study, published in Science.

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Bacterial magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Magnetic nanoparticles biosynthesized by bacteria might soon play an important role in biomedicine and biotechnology. Researchers of the University of Bayreuth have now developed and optimized a process for the isolation and purification of these particles from bacterial cells. In initial tests, magnetosomes showed good biocompatibility when incubated with human cell lines. The results, presented

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Skanska slår fast: Højhastighedsjernbane mellem Göteborg og Stockholm kan bygges på ni år

En højhastighedsforbindelse mellem Göteborg og Stockholm til godt 150 milliarder danske kroner kan blive en realitet på bare ni år, viser ny rapport fra Skanska Sverige.

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Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Plus: Google's ad software, the future of space travel, and the Texas governor's weird tune.

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The future of electronics is stretchy

Stretchable electronic circuits are critical for soft robotics, wearable technologies, and biomedical applications. The current ways of making them, though, have limited their potential.

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Coronavirus latest: US carriers to send overseas passengers' contact tracing data to CDC

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Widely shared vitamin D-COVID-19 preprint removed from Lancet server

A preprint promoted by a member of the UK Parliament for claiming to show that vitamin D led to an "80% reduction in need for ICU and a 60% reduction in deaths" has been removed from a server used by The Lancet family of journals. The preprint, "Calcifediol Treatment and COVID-19-Related Outcomes," was posted to … Continue reading

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It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Get a PlayStation 5

This week, we share our horror stories about trying to procure Sony's elusive new gaming console. We also share tips for testing your own luck.

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Christian Happi: 'With pathogens, we need to play offence'

The scientist who helped beat Ebola in Nigeria on Africa's success against Covid-19 — and his trailblazing plans to preempt future pandemics

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Read a free issue of How It Works magazine!

Our sister publication is the action-packed magazine that's bursting with the answers to your curious questions

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UK Covid live: Johnson to make vaccine pledge to poorer nations as he chairs G7 meeting

Latest updates: PM expected to say that the UK will share any surplus vaccines; primary school students to return to class in Wales on 15 March Boris Johnson to pledge surplus Covid vaccine to poorer countries at G7 New universal credit claimants forced to skip meals in Covid crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.19am GMT Sadiq Khan has insisted there should be n

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Nasa-robotten er landet på Mars: Se de første billeder her

Robotten, der har været undervejs i seks måneder, har dansk udstyr ombord.

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Ny teknologi skal afsløre skjulte lungeskader efter COVID-19-infektion

Nyt billeddiagnostisk udstyr hentet i England skal give forskere på Aarhus Universitetshospital en unik mulighed for at afdække skjulte skader i lungerne hos personer med senfølger efter COVID-19. Professor håber på hurtig myndighedsgodkendelse

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Spacewatch: Hope spacecraft sends back pictures of Mars volcanoes

Hope mission is to study Martian atmosphere to help understand how water has been lost The first photograph of Mars taken by the Emirates Mars Mission's Hope spacecraft has been released by the UAE Space Agency and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre . Captured at 20:36 GMT on 10 February 2021, one day after the Hope probe successfully entered orbit around the red planet, the image shows sunlight cr

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Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital

Around 50 percent of patients who have been hospitalized with severe COVID-19 and who show raised levels of a protein called troponin have damage to their hearts. The injury was detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at least a month after discharge, according to new findings.

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Pandemic got you down? A little nature could help

Researchers have long been aware of the positive impact of a connection with nature on psychological health and, according to a new study, the pandemic hasn't decreased the power of nature to improve mental well-being.

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Friends fur life help build skills for life

A new study finds children not only reap the benefits of working with therapy dogs — they enjoy it too.

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Vinder: »I virkeligheden er det nok vores sekretærer, der har størstedelen af æren«

Stefan Sneftrup er overlæge på Lungemedicinsk Klinik på Regionshospitalet Horsens, der indtager pladsen som Danmarks bedste til astmabehandling.

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Entire Brazilian city will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in giant experiment

Scientists will vaccinate all the adults in a single city to see whether a COVID-19 vaccine will reduce cases.

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In dueling ants vying to become queen, behavioral and molecular cues quickly determine who will win

In one species of ants, workers duel to establish new leadership after the death of their queen. While these sparring matches stretch for more than a month, changes in behavior and gene expression in the first three days of dueling can accurately predict who will triumph, according to a New York University study published in the journal Genes & Development.

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In dueling ants vying to become queen, behavioral and molecular cues quickly determine who will win

In one species of ants, workers duel to establish new leadership after the death of their queen. While these sparring matches stretch for more than a month, changes in behavior and gene expression in the first three days of dueling can accurately predict who will triumph, according to a New York University study published in the journal Genes & Development.

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Researchers eavesdrop on cellular conversations

An interdisciplinary team of biologists and mathematicians at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new tool to help decipher the language cells use to communicate with one another.

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Researchers eavesdrop on cellular conversations

An interdisciplinary team of biologists and mathematicians at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new tool to help decipher the language cells use to communicate with one another.

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Is odor the secret to bats' sex appeal?

When falling in love, humans often pay attention to looks. Many non-human animals also choose a sexual partner based on appearance. Male birds may sport flashy feathers to attract females, lionesses prefer lions with thicker manes and colorful male guppies with large spots attract the most females. But bats are active in the dark. How do they attract mates? Mariana Muñoz-Romo, a senior Latin Ameri

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Migratory birds track climate across the year

As climate change takes hold across the Americas, some areas will get wetter, and others will get hotter and drier. A new study of the yellow warbler, a widespread migratory songbird, shows that individuals have the same climatic preferences across their migratory range. The work is published Feb. 17 in Ecology Letters.

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In dueling ants vying to become queen, behavioral and molecular cues quickly determine who will win

In one species of ants, workers duel to establish new leadership after the death of their queen. While these sparring matches stretch for more than a month, changes in behavior and gene expression in the first three days of dueling can accurately predict who will triumph, according to a New York University study published in the journal Genes & Development.

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Metabolic mutations help bacteria resist drug treatment

Bacteria have many ways to evade the antibiotics that we use against them. Each year, at least 2.8 million people in the United States develop an antibiotic-resistant infection, and more than 35,000 people die from such infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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Metabolic mutations help bacteria resist drug treatment

Bacteria have many ways to evade the antibiotics that we use against them. Each year, at least 2.8 million people in the United States develop an antibiotic-resistant infection, and more than 35,000 people die from such infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

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Scientists: Chemical pollution is a global threat that needs global action

An international group of scientists is calling for a global intergovernmental science-policy body for informing policymakers, business, and the public about reducing harm from chemical pollution. In a paper published today in Science, the group explains how limited and fragmented science-policy interactions on chemicals and waste have contributed to widespread health and environmental problems.

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An Unexpected Flash Point in the Battle Over Biden's Agenda

Burnt buildings were still smoldering when Bill Clinton toured South Central Los Angeles, the historic center of the city's Black community, in early May 1992. The presidential candidate had flown cross-country from the East Coast as the city was being consumed by waves of unrest following the acquittal of four police officers who had savagely beat Rodney King the year before. By this point in th

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Coronavirus Variants: Down to the Details

It's my impression that the pace of headlines and tweets, etc. about the many COVID-19 variants has increased recently (and it wasn't exactly an unexplored topic before). Some of the coverage is just horse-race stuff (here comes this one, around the curve comes that one), but some of it is downright alarmist. And while I'm not here to tell you that everything is peachy, I wanted to add my voice t

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Real-time dialogue with a dreaming person is possible

Dreams take us to what feels like a different reality. They also happen while we're fast asleep. So, you might not expect that a person in the midst of a vivid dream would be able to perceive questions and provide answers to them. But a new study shows that, in fact, they can.

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Physics of tumours: Cancer cells become fluidised and squeeze through tissue

Working with colleagues from Germany and the US, researchers at Leipzig University have achieved a breakthrough in research into how cancer cells spread. In experiments, the team of biophysicists led by Professor Josef Alfons Käs, Steffen Grosser and Jürgen Lippoldt demonstrated for the first time how cells deform in order to move in dense tumor tissues and squeeze past neighboring cells. The rese

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Australians fear climate change more than catching Covid, survey shows

Edelman Trust Barometer records big gains for attitudes towards government, media and business, but not technology A new survey has found Australians are more afraid of climate change than catching Covid-19 – and they want government to do something about it. The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer asked 1,350 Australians questions on a range of topics between October and November 2020. Continue reading

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Oil spill has long-term immunological effects in dolphins

A study has found long-term impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico on bottlenose dolphins' immune function.

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Long-term, heavy coffee consumption and CVD risk

In a world first genetic study, researchers found that that long-term, heavy coffee consumption – six or more cups a day – can increase the amount of lipids (fats) in your blood to significantly heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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Study finds real-time dialogue with a dreaming person is possible

Dreams take us to what feels like a different reality. They also happen while we're fast asleep. So, you might not expect that a person in the midst of a vivid dream would be able to perceive questions and provide answers to them. But a new study reported in the journal Current Biology on February 18 shows that, in fact, they can.

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At least 20 million years of life have been lost to COVID-19, study suggests

On average, each COVID-19 death resulted in 16 years of life lost.

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People Answer Scientists' Queries in Real Time While Dreaming

Researchers demonstrate that during REM sleep, people can hear—and respond to—simple questions (What is eight minus six?) — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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People Answer Scientists' Queries in Real Time While Dreaming

Researchers demonstrate that during REM sleep, people can hear—and respond to—simple questions (What is eight minus six?) — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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People Answer Scientists' Queries in Real Time While Dreaming

Researchers demonstrate that during REM sleep, people can hear—and respond to—simple questions (What is eight minus six?) — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The search for life beyond Earth

Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life?

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D-Wave demonstrates performance advantage in quantum simulation of exotic magnetism

D-Wave Systems Inc. today published a milestone study in collaboration with scientists at Google, demonstrating a computational performance advantage, increasing with both simulation size and problem hardness, to over 3 million times that of corresponding classical methods. Notably, this work was achieved on a practical application with real-world implications, simulating the topological phenomena

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The shoulders of Homo antecessor and modern humans are similar

The shape of our shoulders was already present in the Lower Pleistocene, according to a pioneering study published today in the journal Scientific Reports, carried out by Daniel García Martínez and José María Bermúdez de Castro, paleoanthropologists at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), in collaboration with David Green of Campbell University (South Africa).

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The shoulders of Homo antecessor and modern humans are similar

The shape of our shoulders was already present in the Lower Pleistocene, according to a pioneering study published today in the journal Scientific Reports, carried out by Daniel García Martínez and José María Bermúdez de Castro, paleoanthropologists at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), in collaboration with David Green of Campbell University (South Africa).

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Quantum leap: how we discovered a new way to create a hologram

Once, holograms were just a scientific curiosity. But thanks to the rapid development of lasers, they have gradually moved center stage, appearing on the security imagery for credit cards and bank notes, in science fiction movies—most memorably Star Wars—and even "live" on stage when long-dead rapper Tupac reincarnated for fans at the Coachella music festival in 2012.

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Best space heater: Stay warm in every space, from the garage to the basement

A space heater is a great addition to any room that you'll spend a lot of time in. (Zachary Kyra-Derksen via Unsplash/) If you're tired of stockpiling blankets, extra socks, and heating pads to keep you warm, it might be time to consider getting a space heater. These powerful appliances are a great way to get cozy without installing a complicated heating system. If your radiator just isn't cuttin

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Using persistently luminescent nanocrystals to create 3-D X-rays

A team of researchers with members from China and Singapore has found that it is possible to use persistently luminescent nanocrystals to create 3-D X-rays. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes a means for creating nanocrystals that can hold onto excited charge carriers, and how they used those crystals to fashion a bendable sheet that could be used to create 3-D ima

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Wired

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4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

They stay at their desks for hours at a time, communicate with the world, and look great in the process. Here's what they can teach us.

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Coronavirus control and big spending prove a magic economic mix

But the economic winners and losers of 2020 may not be the same in 2021

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Increasingly fragmented tiger populations may require 'genetic rescue'

Despite being one of the world's most charismatic species, tigers face uncertain futures primarily due to habitat fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict and poaching. As global tiger populations decline, so does their genetic diversity. But until now it's been unclear how the animals' dwindling numbers are affecting them at the genetic level.

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Increasingly fragmented tiger populations may require 'genetic rescue'

Despite being one of the world's most charismatic species, tigers face uncertain futures primarily due to habitat fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict and poaching. As global tiger populations decline, so does their genetic diversity. But until now it's been unclear how the animals' dwindling numbers are affecting them at the genetic level.

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Researchers improve the efficiency of CRISPR

CRISPR deletion (CRISPR-del) is a new genome editing tool that can delete or cut out certain pieces of DNA in living cells with surgical precision. This allows researchers to study the functions of the diverse and poorly understood non-protein coding DNA elements—sometimes called the 'dark matter' of our genome.

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Phys.org

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Researchers improve the efficiency of CRISPR

CRISPR deletion (CRISPR-del) is a new genome editing tool that can delete or cut out certain pieces of DNA in living cells with surgical precision. This allows researchers to study the functions of the diverse and poorly understood non-protein coding DNA elements—sometimes called the 'dark matter' of our genome.

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Researchers demonstrate new method to track genetic diversity of salmon and trout

Scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service have demonstrated that DNA extracted from water samples from rivers across Oregon and Northern California can be used to estimate genetic diversity of Pacific salmon and trout.

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Phys.org

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Researchers demonstrate new method to track genetic diversity of salmon and trout

Scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service have demonstrated that DNA extracted from water samples from rivers across Oregon and Northern California can be used to estimate genetic diversity of Pacific salmon and trout.

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Phys.org

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New crystalline ice form: Scientists elucidate crystal structure for exotic ice XIX

Three years ago, chemists at the University of Innsbruck found evidence for the existence of a new variety of ice. Until then, 18 types of crystalline ice were known. The team led by Thomas Loerting now reports in Nature Communications on the elucidation of the crystal structure of ice XIX using neutron diffraction.

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The Atlantic

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America's Health Will Soon Be in the Hands of Very Minor Internet Celebrities

To celebrate the holidays, the fitness influencer Cory Boling did mountain climbers in his apartment in a pair of camouflage swim trunks. His twin brother, Calvin, did squats while holding a kitchen stool. The duo—muscular, cheerful, constantly shirtless—were two of the most eager participants in a holiday-season Instagram campaign run by the Oklahoma City County Health Department with the help o

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Tired? Here's What Happens to The Body And Brain After Pulling an All-Nighter

Oh boy.

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Online Meetups Are Sad, but What If You Were a Cute Animal?

A conference organizer's solution to virtual gatherings during the pandemic is equal parts audio chat, serendipity, and Animal Crossing.

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Booster Shots Against Scary COVID Virus Variants Are In the Works

Vaccine makers are designing follow-up shots, based on new mutations, to keep the disease at bay — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Dansk teknologi er afgørende for Nasa-mission: 'Det er os, der finder livet på Mars'

DTU står bag kamera, der skal lede efter tegn på forhistorisk liv, når Nasa i aften lander på Mars.

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Discover Magazine

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If Perseverance Finds Evidence of Life on Mars, How Will We Recognize It?

Deputy project scientist Ken Williford shares his hopes about what NASA's latest rover might discover on the Red Planet.

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Coronavirus: UK airlines push for plan on easing travel restrictions — as it happened

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The Code Breaker and Crispr People — the ethics of editing humanity

Two books, by Walter Isaacson and Henry Greely, seek to start the public debate on whether we should alter our genomes

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Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog's nose

A new system can detect the chemical and microbial content of an air sample with even greater sensitivity than a dog's nose. Researchers coupled this to a machine-learning process that can identify the distinctive characteristics of the disease-bearing samples.

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Biochemistry Research News — ScienceDaily

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Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog's nose

A new system can detect the chemical and microbial content of an air sample with even greater sensitivity than a dog's nose. Researchers coupled this to a machine-learning process that can identify the distinctive characteristics of the disease-bearing samples.

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This robot doesn't need any electronics

Engineers have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant source of pressurized air for all its functions, including its controls and locomotion systems.

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New link between personality and risk of early death

Ground-breaking research has revealed for the first time that the immune system directly links personality to long-term risk of early death.

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Most teen bullying occurs among peers climbing the social ladder

New findings suggest why anti-bullying programs don't work. A new study demonstrates that teens' rivals are often their own friends.

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Big Think

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Stonehenge stones came from an even older Welsh stone circle

New research finds that Stonehenge's' bluestones were taken from another, older stone circle in Wales. The site of the older circle is near the quarry from which the bluestones likely came. Researchers believe that at some point the original Welsh builders moved en mass eastward to England, bringing their stones with them. Ancient Stonehenge stands silently on the U.K.'s Salisbury Plain amidst th

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Mummified Remains of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Reveal a Reign Ended in Violence

Horrific.

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Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas

Residents, some of whom lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes due to the unusually chilly weather, have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and taking them to a convention center in a South Texas resort town.

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Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas

Residents, some of whom lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes due to the unusually chilly weather, have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and taking them to a convention center in a South Texas resort town.

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Bermuda's hurricanes are twice as strong as they were six decades ago

Hurricanes have more than doubled in strength since 1955, increasing at a rate of 6mph every decade. Now researchers better understand exactly why.

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Scientific American Content

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COVID Vaccines Are Safe and Effective–What the Research Says

As more coronavirus vaccines are rolled out, researchers are learning about the extent and nature of side effects — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Study uses CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing to study function of insect salivary enzyme

Like a scene from a horror movie, tomato fruitworm caterpillars silence their food plants' cries for help as they devour their leaves. That is the finding of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who said the results may yield insights into the abilities of crop plants—such as tomato and soybean—to withstand additional stressors, like climate change.

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Study uses CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing to study function of insect salivary enzyme

Like a scene from a horror movie, tomato fruitworm caterpillars silence their food plants' cries for help as they devour their leaves. That is the finding of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who said the results may yield insights into the abilities of crop plants—such as tomato and soybean—to withstand additional stressors, like climate change.

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Phys.org

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Researchers develop tiny sensor for measuring subtle pressure changes inside the body

Researchers have developed an extremely sensitive miniaturized optical fiber sensor that could one day be used to measure small pressure changes in the body.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences current issue

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Receptor-like role for PQLC2 amino acid transporter in the lysosomal sensing of cationic amino acids [Cell Biology]

PQLC2, a lysosomal cationic amino acid transporter, also serves as a sensor that responds to scarcity of its substrates by recruiting a protein complex composed of C9orf72, SMCR8, and WDR41 to the surface of lysosomes. This protein complex controls multiple aspects of lysosome function. Although it is known that this…

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ScienceDaily

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How the 'noise' in our brain influences our behavior

The brain's neural activity is irregular, changing from one moment to the next. To date, this apparent 'noise' has been thought to be due to random natural variations or measurement error. However, researchers have shown that this neural variability may provide a unique window into brain function.

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Scientists Reconstruct Warrior Pharaoh's Murder Using CT Scans

A forensic investigation of Seqenenre Taa II's traumatic injuries suggests he died with his hands tied behind his back, perhaps the end result of fighting to liberate his kingdom.

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What Scientists Have Learned from 100 Years of Bird Banding

A rich archive of data has illuminated the secret lives of birds — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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One in five has a mutation that provides superior resilience to cold

Almost one in five people lacks the protein alpha-actinin-3 in their muscle fiber. Researchers now show that more of the skeletal muscle of these individuals comprises slow-twitch muscle fibers, which are more durable and energy-efficient and provide better tolerance to low temperatures than fast-twitch muscle fibers.

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Phys.org

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Mystery of amorphous perovskite solved

AMOLF researchers Erik Garnett, Susan Rigter, and colleagues are the first to have irrefutably demonstrated that amorphous perovskite exists. The material can significantly increase the efficiency of solar cells produced from perovskite. The research is published today in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

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Phys.org

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More sustainable recycling of plastics

Plastics are among the most widely used materials, and they are vital components of all modern technologies. So far, it has been possible to recycle these valuable materials only to a limited extent. In order to offer novel solutions, chemists from Professor Stefan Mecking´s group at the University of Konstanz developed a more sustainable method for chemically recycling polyethylene-like plastics.

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Scientists Have Sequenced Mammoth DNA That's Over a Million Years Old

The oldest DNA ever sequenced.

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Science

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Scientists extract million-year-old DNA from Siberian mammoth remains

Genetic material taken from fossilised teeth found buried in permafrost

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Undark Magazine

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A New Strategy to Reduce Suicide by Pesticide Poisoning

In many developing countries, ingesting hazardous chemicals is a leading method of suicide. A recent study by the World Health Organization urges national bans on the most hazardous pesticides. Since the impulse to suicide is often momentary, this could buy time for the impulse to pass, or for interventions.

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How NASA Aims to Achieve Perseverance's High-Stakes Mars Landing

The robotic rover's touchdown is meant to be the most accurate ever attempted on the Red Planet, opening the way for future pinpoint landfalls throughout the solar system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Singularity Hub

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An Israeli Startup Is 3D Printing Cultured Ribeye Steaks

The market for meat alternatives is booming, but s o far most p roducts are only able to replicate the formless ground meat found in burgers, sausages, and nuggets. The world's first 3D printed steak may be set to change that, opening the door to replicating any cut of meat we want. Growing sensitivity to the environmental and ethical impacts of industrial animal agriculture has seen interest in

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Science

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Covid infections dropping fast across England, study shows

Positive tests less than one-third of level three weeks ago with London falling the most

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How NASA Aims to Achieve Perseverance's High-Stakes Mars Landing

The robotic rover's touchdown is meant to be the most accurate ever attempted on the Red Planet, opening the way for future pinpoint landfalls throughout the solar system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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How sessile seahorses speciated and dispersed across the world's oceans in 25 million years

Seahorses are extremely poor swimmers. Surprisingly, however, they can be found in all of the world's oceans. On the basis of almost 360 different seahorse genomes, a group of researchers studied how these special fish were able to spread so suc-cessfully worldwide. Based on an evolutionary tree of 21 species it was possible to reconstruct the dispersal routes of seahorses worldwide and to explain

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Ingeniøren

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Forskere: Snestormene i Texas kommer delvist fra global opvarmning i Arktis

Selvom Nordpolen bliver varmere, tyder forskning på, at årets hårde vintervejr i Europa og det sydlige USA hænger sammen med den store opvarmning af Arktis.

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Evidence of Planet Nine diminishing as researchers find no evidence of clustering

An international team of researchers has found no evidence of trans-Neptunian object clustering as part of an effort to refute the idea of the existence of Planet Nine. The group has written a paper describing their findings and have uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server.

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First videos to show the helix of 'dancing DNA' developed by scientists

Videos allowing us to see for the first time how small circles of DNA adopt dance-like movements inside a cell have been developed by researchers at universities in Yorkshire.

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Phys.org

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First videos to show the helix of 'dancing DNA' developed by scientists

Videos allowing us to see for the first time how small circles of DNA adopt dance-like movements inside a cell have been developed by researchers at universities in Yorkshire.

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The Atlantic

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The Atlantic Daily: What's Next for Trumpism?

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 . GETTY / THE ATLANTIC Donald Trump's second impeachment trial provided little closure. "If you looked to the U.S. Senate for a full measure of accountability, you did not receive it," my colleague

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Publisher retracting five papers because of "clear evidence" that they were "computer generated"

A publisher is retracting five papers from one of its conference series after discovering what it says was "clear evidence" that the articles were generated by a computer. The five papers were published from 2018 to 2020 in IOP Publishing's "Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science." According to an IOP spokesperson, the retraction notices will … Continue reading

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Study predicts where new coronaviruses might originate

The potential scale of novel coronavirus generation in wild and domesticated animals may have been highly underappreciated, suggests new University of Liverpool research.

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Eating soy does not make men grow boobs

Eating tofu and drinking soy milk won't give you man boobs. (Pexels/) What's the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you'll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci's hit podcast . The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week hits Apple , Anchor , and everywhere else you listen to podcasts every-other Wednesday morning. It's your new favorite source for the

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Electricity source determines benefits of electrifying China's vehicles

Each year an estimated 1.2 million Chinese citizens die prematurely due to poor air quality. And public health consequences are particularly dire during extreme air quality events, such as infamous "Airpocalypse" winter haze episodes.

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Radioactive bone cement may be safer in treating spinal tumors

A radioactive bone cement that's injected into bone to provide support and local irradiation is proving to be a safer alternative to conventional radiation therapy for bone tumors, according to a new study.

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Genetic study of Lewy body dementia supports ties to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

Scientists found that five genes may play a critical role in determining whether a person will suffer from Lewy body dementia, a devastating disorder that riddles the brain with clumps of abnormal protein deposits called Lewy bodies. The results also supported the disorder's ties to Parkinson's and Alzheimer diseases.

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Auckland lockdown to end despite three new cases of Covid-19

Jacinda Ardern said she does not believe community transmission is widespread Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New Zealand has reported three new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, as prime minister Jacinda Ardern surprised many by announcing Auckland's three-day lockdown would end at midnight. Ardern said she did not believe community transmission was "widespread

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Science

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Coronavirus latest: Japan delivers first jab in belated start to vaccination campaign

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Researchers measure photosynthesis from space

As most of us learned in school, plants use sunlight to synthesize carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into carbohydrates in a process called photosynthesis. But nature's "factories" don't just provide us with food—they also generate insights into how ecosystems will react to a changing climate and carbon-filled atmosphere.

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Phys.org

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San Diego launches campaign to make city more resilient to climate change

Faced with several recent studies showing climate change will make San Diego highly vulnerable to sea level rise and severe wildfires, city officials are launching a campaign to make the city more resilient and better prepared.

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Phys.org

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A sharper look at the interior of semiconductors

Images provide information—what we can observe with our own eyes enables us to understand. Constantly expanding the field of perception into dimensions that are initially hidden from the naked eye, drives science forward. Today, increasingly powerful microscopes let us see into the cells and tissues of living organisms, into the world of microorganisms as well as into inanimate nature.

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The two types of fungi you want in your fire-starting kit

Fomes fomentarius Fomes fomentarius is known as "horse hoof fungus" because, well, look at it. It's also quite flammable. (Wikimedia/) This story was originally featured on Outdoor Life . You might not expect tree fungus to be particularly useful, but—surprise—it's often very handy. If you have birch or black locust trees growing near you, then you probably have some highly flammable species of f

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Wired

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What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet

The first generation of girls to grow up on the internet are now parents themselves. That might mean a new approach to sex education.

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ScienceDaily

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Psychotherapy for panic disorder shows positive long-term effects

Psychotherapy for panic disorder produces good results, and the effects are lasting. That is the result from a large long-term study. Two years after treatment were 70 per cent of the patients clearly improved and 45 per cent were remitted.

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This Skin Patch Can Detect Alcohol and Caffeine in Your Blood

A team of engineers at the University of San Diego have come up with a futuristic skin patch that can not only track a wearer's blood pressure and heart rate but even levels of glucose, alcohol, and caffeine. The team claims it's the first all-in-one patch to both monitor cardiovascular signals as well as several biochemical levels in the blood. "This type of wearable would be very helpful for pe

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Crocodile evolution rebooted by Ice Age glaciations

Crocodiles are resilient animals from a lineage that has survived for over 200 million years. Skilled swimmers, crocodiles can travel long distances and live in freshwater to marine environments. But they can't roam far overland. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are found in the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of the Neotropics but they arrived in the Pacific before Panama existed, according t

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Phys.org

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Crocodile evolution rebooted by Ice Age glaciations

Crocodiles are resilient animals from a lineage that has survived for over 200 million years. Skilled swimmers, crocodiles can travel long distances and live in freshwater to marine environments. But they can't roam far overland. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are found in the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of the Neotropics but they arrived in the Pacific before Panama existed, according t

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Phys.org

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Tiny light-emitting probes give researchers a better option for noninvasive imaging of living tissue

A polymer that is custom designed to produce light that penetrates murky environments has shown promise in bioimaging trials, where it can detect nano-sized particles underneath the surface of realistic tissue models.

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The Atlantic

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Scenes From the 2021 Australian Open

The 109th edition of the Australian Open tennis tournament is currently under way in Melbourne—despite a five-day COVID-19 lockdown put in place by the state government. Players from all over the world have been competing in empty arenas in the heat of the Australian summer. This week, matches are progressing into the semifinals, with the final day of the tournament coming on February 21. Collect

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Phys.org

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Cloudy eyes caused by protein imbalance

Cataracts are the most common eye ailment in humans. However, the exact processes leading to this condition are not fully understood. A team of researchers headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that the composition of the protein solution plays a decisive role. Their conclusions are contrary to prevailing opinion in the field.

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Vetenskap | SVT Nyheter

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Stora variationer av virushalterna i avloppsvattnet ute i landet

Samtidigt som det kommer nya rapporter om att den brittiska mutationen sprider sig i Sverige så kommer nya resultat för mängden virushalter i avloppsvattnet. Uppsala visar på tre gånger så höga halter jämfört med årets första fem veckor. Örebro och Umeå visar sina första resultat för en längre mätperiod och där är trenden nedåtgående.

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ViralLink identifies key proteins in SARS-CoV-2-infected cells: workflow open to all

Finding effective treatments for SARS-CoV-2 means identifying key pathways to target, which is made all the more difficult when facing a completely new disease. Researchers in the Korcsmaros Group at EI are therefore applying their expertise in systems biology to tackle the problem from a holistic perspective.

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Phys.org

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ViralLink identifies key proteins in SARS-CoV-2-infected cells: workflow open to all

Finding effective treatments for SARS-CoV-2 means identifying key pathways to target, which is made all the more difficult when facing a completely new disease. Researchers in the Korcsmaros Group at EI are therefore applying their expertise in systems biology to tackle the problem from a holistic perspective.

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Science | The Guardian

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Medicinal cannabis firm buoyed by London stock market debut

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New discovery may enable accurate prediction of cancer spread before cancer develops

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2034, Part IV: The Spratly Islands Ambush

"In a thousand years America won't be remembered as a country, but simply as a fleeting moment."

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Is champagne stronger than non-bubby alcoholic drinks?

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Groundwater recharge rates mapped for Africa

Effective governance and investment decisions need to be informed by reliable data, not only about where groundwater exists, but also the rate at which groundwater is replenished. For the first time using ground measurements, a recent study has quantified groundwater recharge rates across the whole of Africa—averaged over a fifty-year period—which will help to identify the sustainability of water

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Latest updates: details of plan to reopen classrooms in Scotland due at midday; Zahawi says rapid testing could be key to reopening sporting and entertainment venues Boris Johnson says 'very low' Covid case rate key to easing lockdown Johnson does not rule out staggered return to school in England Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage 10.31am GMT Travellers in quarantine h

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Covid-19: why mix and match vaccines? – podcast

The Com-Cov trial run by the Oxford Vaccine Group in the UK will be testing the efficacy and safety of a 'mix and match' approach to immunisation. By giving some participants either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and a second dose of the other, the trial aims to find out if combining different jabs offers sufficient protection. Sarah Boseley speaks to Dr Peter English about wh

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Gas-direktør: Lad brint overtage biomassens rolle i energiforsyningen

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These oranges are for a lot more than juicing

The inimitable Seville orange has a flavor and fragrance that, when used in savory cooking, gives dishes a subtle tartness and slight bitterness. (Chloe Zale/) This story originally featured on Saveur . In Latin American and Caribbean markets, next to the mountain of limes, you will almost always find a bin of wrinkly, splotchy citrus fruit. These humble orbs—Seville oranges—shouldn't be overlook

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Corn belt farmland has lost a third of its carbon-rich soil

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In predicting shallow but dangerous landslides, size matters

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Counterintuitive approach may improve eyewitness identification

Experts have devised a novel approach to selecting photos for police lineups that helps witnesses identify culprits more reliably.

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New immunotherapy target discovered for malignant brain tumors

Scientists say they have discovered a potential new target for immunotherapy of malignant brain tumors, which so far have resisted the ground-breaking cancer treatment based on harnessing the body's immune system. The discovery emerged from laboratory experiments and has no immediate implications for treating patients.

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Tropical paper wasps babysit for neighbors

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Tropical paper wasps babysit for neighbors

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Birds use massive magnetic maps to migrate—some could cover the whole world

Every year, billions of songbirds migrate thousands of miles between Europe and Africa—and then repeat that same journey again, year after year, to nest in exactly the same place that they chose on their first great journey.

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Phys.org

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Video: A signal from beyond

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'Everyone else does it, so I can too': How the false consensus effect drives environmental damage

There's a useful concept from psychology that helps explain why good people do things that harm the environment: the false consensus effect. That's where we overestimate how acceptable and prevalent our own behavior is in society.

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Higher elevation birds sport thicker down 'jackets' to survive the cold

Feathers are a sleek, intricate evolutionary innovation that makes flight possible for birds, but in addition to their stiff, aerodynamic feathers used for flight, birds also keep a layer of soft, fluffy down feathers between their bodies and their outermost feathers to regulate body temperature.

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Higher elevation birds sport thicker down 'jackets' to survive the cold

Feathers are a sleek, intricate evolutionary innovation that makes flight possible for birds, but in addition to their stiff, aerodynamic feathers used for flight, birds also keep a layer of soft, fluffy down feathers between their bodies and their outermost feathers to regulate body temperature.

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The cataclysm that killed the dinosaurs

Scientists have put forth a new theory that could explain the origin and journey of the comet that killed the Chicxulub impactor and others like it.

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Commuters are inhaling unacceptably high levels of carcinogens

New research shows the average commuter in California is breathing unsustainably high levels of benzene and formaldehyde, two Prop. 65-listed, carcinogenic chemicals.

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Wired

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How to Use Your PS5 or Xbox Controller Everywhere Else

Want to play games on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet? If you own a console, you probably don't need a separate controller.

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IBM's New Software Will Make Quantum Programs Run 100 Times Faster

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Large proto-cluster of galaxies discovered in the midst of clearing the cosmic fog

When the universe was about 350 million years old it was dark: there were no stars or galaxies, only neutral gas—mainly hydrogen—the residue of the Big Bang. That foggy period began to clear as atoms clumped together to form the first stars and the first quasars, causing the gas to ionize and high-energy photons to travel freely through space.

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Citizen scientists discover companion star of APMPM J2036-4936

A low-mass companion to a distant star known as APMPM J2036-4936 has been recently detected as part of the citizen science project Backyard Worlds: Planet 9. The finding of the star, which received designation CWISE J203546.35-493611.0, was detailed in a paper published February 4 on the arXiv pre-print repository.

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter gets an upgrade to capture new perspectives of the moon

Eleven years into its mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is starting to show its age, but a recent software update promises to give the spacecraft a new lease on life. As NASA's eye in the sky over the moon, the LRO has been responsible for some of the best Lunar observations since the days of Apollo. This new upgrade will allow that legacy to continue.

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Science | The Guardian

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Sir Peter Harper obituary

Researcher into the genetics of neurological disorders whose work has provided hope for a cure for muscular dystrophy Peter Harper, who has died aged 81, was a world expert on the genetics of inherited neurological disorders, particularly Huntington's disease and muscular dystrophy . He also advocated the idea of genetic counselling – helping people to understand the implications of inherited dis

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Neanderthals and Homo sapiens used identical Nubian technology

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What Are The Limits on Caffeine During Pregnancy? It Depends Which Scientists You Ask

Mixed signals.

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Coronavirus latest: UK will 'study data' before plotting route out of lockdown, says Hancock

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How One Scientist Is Giving Old Phones a Second Life With E-Waste Microfactories

Veena Sahajwalla launched a new way to recycle electronic waste that skips tons of transit and re-forms materials on-site. She's since added plastics to the mix, and is expanding her microfactories across Australia.

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Ny plan for København H: Fjernbaner skal have separate spor

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Når verden åbner igen: Her er 3 positive ting, du kan tage med videre fra lockdown

Mange har blandt andet fået mere kvalitetstid med familie og venner og er blevet mere taknemmelige.

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Hvorfor begrave folk i et skib? Forklaring bag historisk fund i Netflix-film skal findes i ældgammel myte

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Nasa set to land Perseverance rover and mini helicopter on Mars

Most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to red planet will search for signs of life and prepare way for human visits

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Flower Petal Poem Game

On Valentine's Day, what could be better than a puzzle that combines flowers, poetry and secret codes?

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Glædelig 'Galentines Day': Giraffer med mange 'veninder' lever længere

Modsat mange andre flokdyr, der bliver i én gruppe, skifter hun-giraffer ofte 'vennerne' ud.

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Covid-19 news: Vaccinations of people under 70 begin in England

The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic

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NASA is about to land a helicopter on Mars that might glow in the dark

NASA's Perseverance rover is due to touch down on Mars on 18 February, and it is carrying the first helicopter to attempt a flight on another planet. Now it seems the tiny drone may also glow in the dark when it flies

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New Scientist

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We can see evidence of the ancient Snowball Earth in bacterial DNA

The photosynthetic bacteria that thrive in warm ocean waters today nearly died out when the entire planet froze over 680 million years ago – and there is evidence of that frozen world in their DNA

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A dead star may have munched down on an icy exomoon

We have yet to confirm the existence of moons beyond the solar system, but astronomers say they may have found exomoon remains in the atmosphere of a dead star

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New Scientist

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'Splat chemistry' creates substances by chucking molecules at a wall

Breaking the chemical bonds in large molecules to form a desired substance can be a fiddly task, but simply chucking molecules at a wall can get the job done

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Flying robots suggest bees can't rely on instinct to land on flowers

We thought bees relied on hardwired instinct to land, but a study involving flying robots suggests that bees may also need to learn about specific surface textures before they can touch down

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Robot that looks like a bin bag can understand what a hug is

Translucent robots with cameras inside can detect human touch and differentiate between prods, strokes or hugs, which can help us communicate with them non-verbally

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NHS England criticised over missing ethnicity data for covid-19 jabs

NHS England is facing growing criticism from public health leaders over its failure to publish data on the ethnicity of people who have been vaccinated against covid-19

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Phys.org

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Dutch get their skates on in Amsterdam before the thaw

Dozens of skaters took to the frozen surface of Amsterdam's historic Prinsengracht canal Saturday as the deep freeze gripping Europe briefly made it possible to skate on a small section of the canal for the first time since 2018.

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Hør tonerne: 18.000 år gammel konkylie fra fransk grotte er et verdens ældste instrumenter

Konkylien har ligget glemt på et museum i 90 år, fordi arkæologerne troede, den var noget helt andet.

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The Best Presidents' Day Deals for the Home, Phones, and More

Take advantage of the many sales going on this weekend and save on gear you might need.

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InSight is meeting the challenge of winter on dusty Mars

As dust collects on the solar panels and winter comes to Elysium Planitia, the team is following a plan to reduce science operations in order to keep the lander safe.

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How self-driving vehicles of the future could curb carsickness

Riding in the back of a car while starting at a screen is a recipe for motion sickness. (Photo by Max De Angelo on Unsplash/) Motion sickness is a miserable feeling. The queasiness it causes can strike people on an airplane , playing video games , or, commonly, when riding in a car. In a future where folks may find themselves zipping around streetscapes in self-driving vehicles, the problems coul

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Ny forskning: Reumatikermedicin minskar dödlighet hos inlagda covid-patienter

Medicin som används av reumatiker räddar livet på de allra sjukaste covid-patienterna, visar en ny studie.

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Phys.org

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Psychology professor's 'couple simulation' model helps us dive into the mysteries of mate selection

In your quest for true love and that elusive happily ever after, are you waiting for the "right" person to come along, or do you find yourself going for the cutest guy or girl in the room, hoping things will work out? Do you leave your options open, hoping to "trade-up" at the next opportunity, or do you invest in your relationship with an eye on the cost-benefits analysis?

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Researchers propose that humidity from masks may lessen severity of COVID-19

Masks help protect the people wearing them from getting or spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but now researchers from the National Institutes of Health have added evidence for yet another potential benefit for wearers: The humidity created inside the mask may help combat respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.

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Gene-Edited Organoids Explore Neanderthal Brain Function

Using CRISPR to swap an archaic variant of the NOVA1 gene into human stem cells, researchers create organoids with neurodevelopmental differences from those carrying modern DNA.

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Skills-adjusted human capital shows rising global gap [Social Sciences]

Human capital, broadly defined as the skills acquired through formal education, is acknowledged as one of the key drivers of economic growth and social development. However, its measurement for the working-age populations, on a global scale and over time, is still unsatisfactory. Most indicators either only consider the quantity dimension…

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Cacao growers are bugging out about our chocolate supply

Pollination is an essential step in cacao cultivation. But it's just as important to know who's doing the pollinating. (Kyle Hinkson/Unsplash/) DeWayne Shoemaker is a professor and department head of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee. This story originally featured on The Conversation . It's almost impossible to imagine a world without chocolate. Yet cacao trees, which

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Science Advances current issue

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Climate impacts of U.S. forest loss span net warming to net cooling

Storing carbon in forests is a leading land-based strategy to curb anthropogenic climate change, but its planetary cooling effect is opposed by warming from low albedo. Using detailed geospatial data from Earth-observing satellites and the national forest inventory, we quantify the net climate effect of losing forest across the conterminous United States. We find that forest loss in the intermoun

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Like dissolves like: A first-principles theory for predicting liquid miscibility and mixture dielectric constant

Liquid mixtures are ubiquitous. Miscibility and dielectric constant are fundamental properties that govern the applications of liquid mixtures. However, despite their importance, miscibility is usually predicted qualitatively based on the vaguely defined polarity of the liquids, and the dielectric constant of the mixture is modeled by introducing mixing rules. Here, we develop a first-principles

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'See through soil' could help farmers deal with future droughts

In research that may eventually help crops survive drought, scientists at Princeton University have uncovered a key reason that mixing material called hydrogels with soil has sometimes proven disappointing for farmers.

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Science Songs: A Spotify Playlist

Aerodynamics, androids and fly larvae feature in our curated collection of top indie tunes inspired by science — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Vaccine Progress, New Mask Guidelines, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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10 animal sex rituals you need to read about right now

Dolphins have fewer sexually inhibitions than humans do. (Pixabay/) For most denizens of the animal kingdom, sex is primarily a means to an end: spreading your genes around for the next generation. But as you may know, that doesn't mean animal sex needs to be mundane or vanilla. Some, like humans, go great lengths to make their sex lives interesting. Whether through incredible stamina, creative c

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Dr. John Bentson, Who Invented a Better Brain-Imaging Tool, Dies at 83

He was a neuroradiologist who came up with an improved way to provide imaging of problems in the brain and spinal cord. He died of complications of Covid-19.

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Big Think

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Ornamental dinosaur frills seem to have evolved thanks to sexual selection

New research seeks to explain why dinosaurs featured an elaborate diversity of ornamentation in their frills and crests. A team at the Natural History Museum in London investigated a sheep-size Gobi Desert dweller known as Protoceratops. While sex alone does not explain the design, "socio-sexual selection" seems to have played an essential role. Fewer than 1 percent of all animals that ever lived

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UK vaccine rollout success built on NHS determination and military precision

Lessons were learnt from litany of previous failures in the pandemic, such as test and trace

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UTEP professor's study may lead to solutions for overeating

The 10-member team made discoveries about a specific area of the brain tied to recollection and the desire to seek and consume food. It could lead to a way to inhibit the desire to overeat.

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'Snow apocalypse' batters Moscow

A record-breaking snowstorm descended on Moscow on Friday, paralysing traffic, grounding flights and straining efforts of local authorities to respond to the "snow apocalypse".

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Environmental scientists cite need for studies looking into impact of microplastics

A pair of environmental scientists are warning that the worldwide population could be facing another health crisis—ailments that impact people due to ingestion of microplastics. In their Perspectives piece published in the journal Science, A. Dick Vethaak, with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Juliette Legler, with Utrecht University, note that the effects of ingesting microplastics on the human b

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Scientists identify how harmless gut bacteria 'turn bad'

An international team of scientists has determined how harmless E. coli gut bacteria in chickens can easily pick up the genes required to evolve to cause a life-threatening infection. Their study warns that such infections not only affect the poultry industry but could also potentially cross over to infect humans.

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Instant death from heart attack more common in people who do not exercise

An active lifestyle is linked with a lower chance of dying immediately from a heart attack, according to a new study. Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally and prevention is a major public health priority.

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When Two Tibetan Glaciers Collapsed, the Whole Landscape Changed

The avalanches, linked to climate change, could alter local ecology and increase flood risks — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Virushalterna i avloppsvattnet har stabiliserats

Virushalterna i avloppsvattnet har på flera håll i Sverige nu stabiliserats efter att tidigare ha ökat. På ett ställe har virushalterna till och med sjunkit.

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Using genetic sequencing to determine if bird and mammal brains work the same

A team of researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of California–San Francisco and the University of Texas has used genetic sequencing to compare the brains of birds and mammals. They've published their results in the journal Science. Maria Antonietta Tosches with Columbia University, has published a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue outlining the work by the

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Using genetic sequencing to determine if bird and mammal brains work the same

A team of researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of California–San Francisco and the University of Texas has used genetic sequencing to compare the brains of birds and mammals. They've published their results in the journal Science. Maria Antonietta Tosches with Columbia University, has published a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue outlining the work by the

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All the Coronavirus in the World Could Fit Inside a Coke Can, With Plenty of Room to Spare

When I was asked to calculate the total volume of SARS-CoV-2 in the world for the BBC Radio 4 show " More or Less ," I will admit I had no idea what the answer would be. My wife suggested it would be the size of an Olympic swimming pool. "Either that or a teaspoon," she said. "It's usually one or the other with these sorts of questions." So how to set about calculating an approximation of what th

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Brain Cells Blinking in Rhythm May Hold Clues to Alzheimer's Disease

Pulses of light and sound helped mice predisposed to the disease. They hope to investigate the potential therapy for humans with neurons created in a petri dish — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Pfizer-vaccine viser stærk immunitet over for coronavarianter

Immunsystemet hos de personer, der har modtaget Pfizer-vaccinen, har en stærk respons på både den engelske og sydafrikanske variant af Covid-19, viser britisk undersøgelse.

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Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro Are the Best Premium Earbuds

Samsung's AirPods Pro competitors have better battery life, better sound, and a more comfortable fit than Apple's buds.

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