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Looking up in wonder: humanity and the cosmos (part one) – podcast
The history of humanity is intimately entwined with the cosmos. The stars have influenced religion, art, mathematics and science – we appear naturally drawn to look up in wonder. Now, with modern technology, our view of the cosmos is changing. It is in reachable distance of our spacecrafts and satellites, and yet because of light pollution we see less and less of it here on Earth. Joined by the au
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Trump's Erratic Election-Eve Rally
During an election-eve rally in Dalton, Georgia, tonight, President Donald Trump offered a wide range of lies, conspiracy theories, and hogwash, but he also said one thing that was unimpeachably true. "I don't do rallies for other people," he said. "I do rallies for me." Ostensibly, Trump was in Georgia to campaign for Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the two Republicans vying to keep th
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Who Is at Risk of Long COVID? Here's What Scientists Know So Far
Some of the symptoms are quite mysterious.
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Schools caught out by government Covid U-turn on closure
Anger and relief among parents and teachers on what was to be first day of term
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Routing-fejl sendte Nem-login til tælling i 17 timer: Borgere kunne ikke få corona-svar
Der er pres på tjenester som Sundhed.dk under pandemien, og derfor var det ubelejligt for mange, da NemLog-in var nede i knap et døgn i slutningen af oktober. Nu viser en aktindsigt, at nedbruddet skyldes koks i kommunikationen mellem de to leverandører.
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Furthering my education and career in Cog Sci
Hello all, I am a software professional and I've been working in video games for a decade now. A couple of years ago I decided that I may not want to stick around in the AAA industry for the rest of my life and started looking at other paths. After a lot of soul searching I found that the three things I unequivocally enjoy doing are Learning about Philosophy, learning different schools of thought
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Kurshop på bitcoins sender valutaens strømforbrug mod nye højder
PLUS. Bitcoins værdi er næsten tredoblet i løbet af 2020. Et nyt studie peger på, at den stigende valutakurs vil få endnu flere til at mine kryptovalutaen på ineffektive maskiner og dermed øge strømforbruget.
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The Atlantic Daily: Mitch McConnell's Slippery Grip on the GOP
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 . LAMBERT / GETTY In his latest attempt to undermine the results of the 2020 election, President Donald Trump turned to a familiar medium : the combative phone call. This time, it was with Georgia'
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The true cost of chemotherapy
New research reveals the non-healthcare costs of chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.It includes the cost of lost productivity, work absence, and 'out-of-pocket' personal costs such as paying for transport and parking for treatment, the cost of wigs and new bras, and over the counter medications.The research team say that better targeting of treatment could help avoid placing unnecessary costs
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A Plan Made to Shield Big Tobacco From Facts Is Now E.P.A. Policy
The E.P.A. has finalized a so-called transparency plan that it says will improve the credibility of science. Scientists say it is designed to stop new public health protections by limiting what research the agency can consider.
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In 2021, a new wave of evictions could also fuel a rise in COVID cases
In many cases, an eviction filing is enough to get tenants to move out, even though it technically is only the start of a larger process and tenants are not legally required to move out upon receiving the notice. (Pixabay/) Millions of Americans are at risk of being evicted from their homes in 2021. Research shows that evictions often result in a myriad of bad public health outcomes, including an
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Real Estate Investing Has Never Been Easier Thanks to Roofstock
When it comes to investing, real estate has always been tough. Some investors shied away from real estate investing since it was often nerve-racking and overly complicated. Others simply didn't have easy access to the information required to make a solid investment decision. However, thanks to an online real estate investment marketplace called Roofstock , real estate investing is now as easy as
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Why We're Prone to Denial
When it comes to the Freudian defense mechanism that's been all over the news, there's more going on than meets the eye.
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Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions
Geyser eruptions, like volcanic eruptions, are a mystery, so the reactivation of Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone in 2018 provided an opportunity to explore why geysers turn off and on, and what determines their periodicity. Researchers found little evidence of magma moving below the geyser, meaning no sign of imminent hydrothermal eruptions, but did discover a relationship between the height of th
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Scientists develop new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions
An international volcanology team has created a first-of-its kind tool that can aid scientists in understanding past explosive eruptions that shaped the earth and improve the way of estimating hazards of future eruptions.
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Uncovering how plants see blue light
Plants can perceive and react to light across a wide spectrum. New research shows how plants can respond to blue light in particular by revealing the structure of cryptochrome-2, the molecule that reacts to blue light.
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Did early humans hibernate?
Neanderthal bone fragments discovered in northern Spain mimic hibernating animals like cave bears. Thousands of bone fragments, dating back 400,000 years, were discovered in this "pit of bones" 30 years ago. The researchers speculate that this physiological function, if true, could prepare us for extended space travel. Humans have a terrible sense of time. We think in moments, not eons, which acc
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State laws promoting flu vaccination for hospital workers may help prevent deaths from flu and pneum
Research suggests that state laws promoting influenza vaccination for hospital workers can be effective in preventing deaths from pneumonia and influenza, particularly among the elderly. Findings from a quasi-experimental observational study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine .
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More women embracing 'going flat' after mastectomy
A growing number of women forgoing reconstruction after a mastectomy say they're satisfied with their choice, even as some did not feel supported by their physician, according to a new study.
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Vaping combined with smoking is likely as harmful as smoking cigarettes alone, study finds
People who smoked traditional cigarettes in addition to using e-cigarettes experienced health effects as harmful as those who smoked cigarettes exclusively; those effects are associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a new study has found. In a large data analysis of more than 7,100 U.S. adults, researchers examined the association of cigarette and e-cigarette use with in
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Why Do Men Have Nipples?
Anatomical development is well underway before sex determination in an embryo. And, according to evolutionary theory, the better question may be: Why not?
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Scientists Are Worried Vaccines Won't Protect Against New COVID Strains
According to several UK experts, there's a chance that vaccines currently being administered in the country won't provide sufficient immunity against new strains of the coronavirus emerging in both the UK and South Africa, Reuters reports . The scientists are most concerned about several mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that it uses to enter human cells. Such mutations "may m
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Bacteriophage has important role in agriculture and aquaculture
Crop plants and animals can be infected by bacterial pathogens that reduce yield, cause food wastage, and carry human pathogens that spread disease on consumption. Bacteriophage can play an important role in microbial control
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Author Correction: An atlas of dynamic chromatin landscapes in mouse fetal development
Nature, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-03089-4
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Traditional stereotypes about masculinity may help explain support for Trump
American politicians have long been expected to uphold a certain veneer: powerful, influential and never vulnerable. New Penn State research has found that these idealized forms of masculinity may also help explain support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and in the days leading up to the 2020 election.
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Scrambled supersolids
Supersolids are fluid and solid at the same time. Physicists from Innsbruck and Geneva have for the first time investigated what happens when such a state is brought out of balance. They discovered a soft form of a solid of high interest for science. As the researchers led by Francesca Ferlaino and Thierry Giamarchi report in Nature Physics, they were also able to reverse the process and restore s
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Largest, most diverse ever study of prostate cancer genetics brings disparities into focus
The largest, most diverse study of genetic variations related to prostate cancer shows evidence that genetics play some part in health disparities among different racial groups. The analysis includes 269 genetic variations that increase risk, 86 of them newly discovered by the researchers. Assessing risk based on a model incorporating these genetic factors researchers showed that men of African an
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A high order for a low dimension
Spintronics refers to a suite of physical systems which may one day replace many electronic systems. To realize this generational leap, material components that confine electrons in one dimension are highly sought after. For the first time, researchers created such a material in the form of a special bismuth-based crystal known as a high-order topological insulator.
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Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions, study shows
Geyser eruptions, like volcanic eruptions, are a mystery, so the reactivation of Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone in 2018 provided an opportunity to explore why geysers turn off and on, and what determines their periodicity. A team led by UC Berkeley researchers found little evidence of magma moving below the geyser, meaning no sign of imminent hydrothermal eruptions, but did discover a relationshi
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Brain cancer linked to tissue healing
Brain tumours might arise from an injury that could not heal properly, Canadian scientists have found. The researches detected an increase in inflammation markers typical of injury response in the cells that give rise to glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, indicating the cancer cells' potential role in tissue healing. The unexpected findings open new ideas about how
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Using artificial intelligence to find new uses for existing medications
Scientists have developed a machine-learning method that crunches massive amounts of data to help determine which existing medications could improve outcomes in diseases for which they are not prescribed.
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Subscriptions to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa
Deforestation dropped by 18 percent in two years in African countries where organizations subscribed to receive warnings from a new service using satellites to detect decreases in forest cover in the tropics.
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Study explains why patients with cancer spread to the liver have worse outcomes
A new study finds that tumors in the liver siphon off critical immune cells, rendering immunotherapy ineffective. But coupling immunotherapy with radiotherapy to the liver in mice restored the immune cell function and led to better outcomes.
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Surprising news: drylands are not getting drier
Columbia Engineering study is the first to show the importance of long-term soil moisture changes and associated soil moisture-atmosphere feedbacks in future predictions of water availability in drylands. The researchers identified a long-term soil moisture regulation of atmospheric circulation and moisture transport that largely ameliorates the potential decline of future water availability in dr
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For moms, oxygen during childbirth often unnecessary
A comprehensive analysis – led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis – has found no benefit in providing supplemental oxygen to mothers during labor and delivery, a decades-long and common practice. Infants born to women who received supplemental oxygen fared no better or no worse than those born to women who had similar labor experiences but breathed room air.
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Long live the efficient, pure-blue OLED
In work that could help to solve the challenge of finding blue light sources matching the performance of red and green ones for displays using organic light-emitting diodes, researchers in Japan have demonstrated devices that produce pure-blue emission with high efficiency, maintain brightness for relatively long times, and lack any expensive metal atoms–a set of properties that has so far been d
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Charging ahead for electric vehicles
Roads installed with wireless charging technology could become an integral feature of our cities in an electric vehicle future.
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OSU studies find Oregon's Medicaid expansion improved prenatal care access, birth outcomes
A pair of recent studies from Oregon State University found that Oregon's Medicaid expansion in 2014 has led to increased prenatal care among low-income women, as well as improved health outcomes for newborn babies.
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Tracking COVID-19 in transmission in Chicago schools: Public health officials take data-driven approach to reopening city public schools
Data on COVID-19 transmission among Chicago youth – particularly in the city's extensive network of Catholic schools – supports a strategy for gradual reopening of the city's public school system, according to a report in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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More South Koreans Died Than Were Born in 2020
Sudden Drop The year 2020 marks the first time that South Korea recorded more deaths than it did new births. That has officials concerned about the long-term implications of a declining population, the BBC reports . Soon, they say the government will make "fundamental changes" to prevent the population decline from getting any steeper. Baby Bonus The population drop wasn't massive. The tally of 3
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Four scenarios for the next supercontinent
We're halfway through a 'supercontinent cycle'. The next one is due in 200-300 million years. Here are four plausible scenarios of what it will look like. Moving at fingernail speed For things so massive and seemingly immovable, continents are pretty hard to pin down. Of course, that's because they do move, if only at the speed at which your fingernails grow: about two inches (5 cm) per year. Acc
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Vaccine rollout hampered by red tape and lack of back-up stocks
UK aims to administer 2m doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine a week by end of January
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Scientists develop new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions
A geosciences team led by the University of South Florida (USF) has developed a new way to reconstruct the sizes of volcanic eruptions that occurred thousands of years ago, creating a first-of-its kind tool that can aid scientists in understanding past explosive eruptions that shaped the earth and improve the way of estimating hazards of future eruptions.
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Uncovering how plants see blue light
Plants can perceive and react to light across a wide spectrum. New research from Prof. Nitzan Shabek's laboratory in the Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences shows how plants can respond to blue light in particular.
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Study resolves long-running controversy over critical step in gene silencing
A long-running debate over how an important gene-silencing protein identifies its targets has been resolved by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Their findings, reported in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, also explain certain mysteries about the behavior of this protein, known as Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2).
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Gas pressure depletion and seismicity
Europe's largest gas field, the Groningen field in the Netherlands, is widely known for induced subsidence and seismicity caused by gas pressure depletion and associated compaction of the sandstone reservoir. Whether compaction is elastic or partly inelastic, as implied by recent experiments, is key to forecasting system behavior and seismic hazard.
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Uncovering how plants see blue light
Plants can perceive and react to light across a wide spectrum. New research from Prof. Nitzan Shabek's laboratory in the Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences shows how plants can respond to blue light in particular.
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Study resolves long-running controversy over critical step in gene silencing
A long-running debate over how an important gene-silencing protein identifies its targets has been resolved by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Their findings, reported in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, also explain certain mysteries about the behavior of this protein, known as Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2).
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Scientists Are Using Bread as a Scaffold for Human Cells
Carb Loading A team of scientists took pandemic baking to a new level — by using their doughy creations as a scaffold for lab-grown human cells. "It seemed like a fitting project for these times," lead author and University of Ottawa researcher Andrew Pelling told New Scientist . The project, shared on the preprint server BioRxiv , sounds like a bit of a stunt. But if the cells end up being viabl
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Publisher Correction: Autophagy facilitates adaptation of budding yeast to respiratory growth by recycling serine for one-carbon metabolism
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20648-5
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Publisher Correction: Increasing the reproducibility of fluid biomarker studies in neurodegenerative studies
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20693-0
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Author Correction: Prediction-based highly sensitive CRISPR off-target validation using target-specific DNA enrichment
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20559-5
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Publisher Correction: An epigenetic gene silencing pathway selectively acting on transgenic DNA in the green alga Chlamydomonasis
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20623-0
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Author Correction: De novo emergence of adaptive membrane proteins from thymine-rich genomic sequences
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20609-y
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Author Correction: An investigation of causal relationships between prediabetes and vascular complications
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20663-6
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Author Correction: Charge-generating mid-gap trap states define the thermodynamic limit of organic photovoltaic devices
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20626-x
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Scientists develop new approach to understanding massive volcanic eruptions
An international volcanology team has created a first-of-its kind tool that can aid scientists in understanding past explosive eruptions that shaped the earth and improve the way of estimating hazards of future eruptions.
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Johnson orders third lockdown for England
All primary and secondary schools to close immediately until mid-February and people told to stay at home
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You Can Now Get a COVID Test in a Vending Machine
Students at the University of California in San Diego are now able to get a coronavirus test kit from a vending machine, local LA news station KTLA5 reports . The machines are part of a program in which students and employees will be provided with free tests. The university will cover the cost, but students will have to complete daily symptom and exposure screenings. Twenty vending machines conta
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Video Shows Blue UFO Falling Into Ocean in Hawaii
Blue Shift Unsuspecting Hawaiians spotted something strange last week: a large blue unidentified object falling out of the sky and into the ocean, as local news station ABC 11 reports . Videos show a strange, longish object floating in the air near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli on Oahu island. After several 911 calls, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that there weren't any aircraft di
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Focusing on diversion yields positive results for kids with behavioral issues
Researchers found that focusing on diversion — instead of detention — yields positive results for youth with behavioral health issues.
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Fluoride to the rescue?
Scientists have long been aware of the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant microbes that have resulted. While over-prescription of antibiotics for medicinal use has unsettling implications for human health, so too does the increasing presence of antibiotics in the natural environment. The latter may stem from the improper disposal of medicines, but al
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In kefir, microbial teamwork makes the dream work
While scientists know that microorganisms often live in communities and depend on their fellow community members for survival, mechanistic knowledge of this phenomenon has been quite limited. Researchers have now combined a variety of state-of-the-art methods to better understand the microbial communities. This revealed that cooperation allows the microbes to do something they can't do alone.
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Surprising news: Drylands are not getting drier
A new study shows the importance of long-term soil moisture changes and associated soil moisture-atmosphere feedbacks in future predictions of water availability in drylands. The researchers identified a long-term soil moisture regulation of atmospheric circulation and moisture transport that largely ameliorates the potential decline of future water availability in drylands, beyond that expected i
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Control group outperforms mediums in psychic test
A control group outperformed professional mediums in a psychic test. This contradicted previous research the team performed in which mediums scored above chance levels. For this study, every volunteer had to guess the cause of death after being given three choices. Magician and renowned skeptic James Randi passed away in October. In 1996, he famously offered $1,000 to anyone that could prove they
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Traditional stereotypes about masculinity may help explain support for Trump
American politicians have long been expected to uphold a certain veneer: powerful, influential and never vulnerable. New Penn State research has found that these idealized forms of masculinity may also help explain support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and in the days leading up to the 2020 election.
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Reawakened geyser does not foretell Yellowstone volcanic eruptions, study shows
When Yellowstone National Park's Steamboat Geyser—which shoots water higher than any active geyser in the world—reawakened in 2018 after three and a half years of dormancy, some speculated that it was a harbinger of possible explosive volcanic eruptions within the surrounding geyser basin. These so-called hydrothermal explosions can hurl mud, sand and rocks into the air and release hot steam, enda
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'The Secret History of the Moon': The Epic Story of How the Moon Was Made
Where did the moon come from? The leading theory suggests the moon was formed after a massive collision between a Mars-sized planet Theia and Earth in the early days of the solar system. Theia was smashed apart and reformed in Earth's orbit as the moon. Called the giant impact theory, the general idea is solid but the exact details remain a work in progress . In recent years, scientists have prop
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Uncovering how plants see blue light
Plants can perceive and react to light across a wide spectrum. New research from the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences shows how plants can respond to blue light in particular by revealing the structure of cryptochrome-2, the molecule that reacts to blue light.
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New USC study on circadian clock shows "junk DNA" plays a key role in regulating rhythms
Researchers have been trying to figure out what regulates molecular circadian clocks, in search of new insights into diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer and diabetes. Until now, that research has focused on what is known as clock genes. But new research reveals the discovery of a new cog in the circadian clock – a genome-wide regulatory layer made up of small chains of non-coding nucleotides known a
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People Have Used They/Them as Singular Pronouns for Hundreds of Years
How a common word is reshaping the English language, along with our notions of gender and equality.
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Study resolves long-running controversy over critical step in gene silencing
Researchers have identified a molecular "address" that explains how the cancer-related protein PRC2 binds to RNA to silence genes. The study resolves a longstanding debate about the contradictory behavior between PRC2 and RNA. The findings could have important implications for development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.
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Gas pressure depletion and seismicity
Europe's largest gas field, the Groningen field in the Netherlands, is widely known for induced subsidence and seismicity caused by gas pressure depletion and associated compaction of the sandstone reservoir. Whether compaction is elastic or partly inelastic, as implied by recent experiments, is key to forecasting system behavior and seismic hazard.
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New tool for reconstructing ancient sea ice to study climate change
A previously problematic molecule turns out to be a reliable proxy for reconstructing sea ice, a new study by Brown University researchers shows.
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Supercapacitors challenge batteries
A team has developed a highly efficient supercapacitor. The basis of the energy storage device is a novel, powerful and also sustainable graphene hybrid material that has comparable performance data to currently utilized batteries.
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Pandas' popularity not protecting neighbors
Doubt is cast on the long-held hope that the conservation protections granted pandas and other adored threatened species extended to their wildlife neighbors, calling for broader conservation efforts.
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Single-cell analysis of metastatic gastric cancer finds diverse tumor cell populations associated with patient outcomes
Researchers who profiled more than 45,000 individual cells from patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC), a specific form of metastatic gastric cancer, defined the extensive cellular heterogeneity and identified two distinct subtypes correlated with patient survival.
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First glimpse of polarons forming in a promising next-gen energy material
Polarons are fleeting distortions in a material's atomic lattice that form around a moving electron in a few trillionths of a second, then quickly disappear. As ephemeral as they are, they affect a material's behavior, and may even be the reason that solar cells made with lead hybrid perovskites achieve extraordinarily high efficiencies in the lab.
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Fluoride to the rescue? Addressing the challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Scientists have long been aware of the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant microbes that have resulted. While over-prescription of antibiotics for medicinal use has unsettling implications for human health, so too does the increasing presence of antibiotics in the natural environment. The latter may stem from the improper disposal of medicines, but al
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Mathematician: Here's Why the Simulation Theory Is Stupid
Reality Check One of the most unusual speculations in the realm of science and tech is that the universe itself isn't real. Simulation theory, or the notion that our entire perceived reality is a virtual creation of some sophisticated alien — or future human — society, has a lot of support among big names like SpaceX CEO Elon Musk , Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom , and most recently a bunch of k
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Brilliant X-rays reveal what might be a new type of star
Nature, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03654-x A strange and unstable astronomical object seems to have formed from the merger of two white dwarfs.
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Boost your mood with emotional brain training
It's all about releasing negative emotions to make room for positive actions. (Charles Postiaux/Unsplash/) After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health, and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward. Brain science has led to some drug-free techniques that you can put to use right now. I
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Ingen pasning – men masser af plads: Se de pelsede dyr, der skal få naturen i balance igen
Ved Skovsgaard Gods på Langeland skal køer leve uden, at menneskerne blander sig.
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Fluoride to the rescue? Addressing the challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Scientists have long been aware of the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant microbes that have resulted. While over-prescription of antibiotics for medicinal use has unsettling implications for human health, so too does the increasing presence of antibiotics in the natural environment. The latter may stem from the improper disposal of medicines, but al
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Geology is at a Crossroads
Geology is changing, but have colleges and universities caught up with that change?
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Farmtogether Is a Crowdfunding Platform That Lets Anyone Invest in US Farmland
There's never been a better time to get creative with how you invest your money . Thanks to the democratization of investment techniques brought about by investment apps, cryptocurrencies, and other platforms, you have more options than ever to make it work for you. And FarmTogether is one such platform that specializes in one of the smartest investments you can make: US farmland. Historically, f
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Do plants grow differently in space?
Researchers are starting to figure out how a plant system—which helps plants manage various types of Earthly stresses, such as extreme heat—might function in space. To grow food beyond planet Earth is tricky. Crop plants face unusual conditions for them, like microgravity, radiation, freezing temperatures, and a lack of natural light The new research in the journal Astrobiology starts to reveal h
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Focusing on diversion yields positive results for kids with behavioral issues
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found that focusing on diversion–instead of detention–yields positive results for youth with behavioral health issues
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More women embracing 'going flat' after mastectomy
A growing number of women forgoing reconstruction after a mastectomy say they're satisfied with their choice, even as some did not feel supported by their physician, according to a study led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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One in four doctors attacked, harassed on social media
The first known study to describe physician experiences with online harassment found one in four physicians report being personally attacked on social media, including being barraged by negative reviews, receiving coordinated harassment and threats at work, and having their personal information shared publicly. Some attacks were particularly disturbing, such as threats of rape and death. Although
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Japanese researchers hope to launch a satellite made of wood in 2023
Orbiting around Earth are hundreds of thousands of bits of space debris. Some of this stuff comes plummeting down eventually, but not enough of it. Wood satellites would burn up in the atmosphere without falling on anyone or anything. It makes sense that this idea comes from the country that brought us origami, those lovely and often diabolically complicated artworks of folded paper. With Earth n
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This Is the Cost of a Failed Impeachment
If your memory can reach back to the time before COVID-19—no shame if it can't—you may recall the last big story before the pandemic struck: the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In December 2019, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, all stemming from a ploy in which he attempted to extort the Ukrainian government into assisting his ree
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AI microscope could check tumor removal in minutes
A new microscope can quickly and inexpensively image large tissue sections, potentially during surgery, to figure out if surgeons removed all cancer cells. The microscope can rapidly image relatively thick pieces of tissue with cellular resolution, and could allow surgeons to inspect the margins of tumors within minutes of their removal. "The main goal of the surgery is to remove all the cancer c
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Scientists discover how mother-of-pearl self-assembles into a perfect structure
Researchers describe, how structural defects in self-assembling nacre attract and cancel each other out, eventually leading to a perfect periodic structure.
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Better together: Scientists discover applications of nanoparticles with multiple elements
As catalysts for fuel cells, batteries and processes for carbon dioxide reduction, alloy nanoparticles that are made up of five or more elements are shown to be more stable and durable than single-element nanoparticles.
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Prediabetes subtypes identified
All prediabetes is not the same: in people in the preliminary stages of type 2 diabetes, there are six clearly distinguishable subtypes, which differ in the development of the disease, diabetes risk, and the development of secondary diseases. The new classification can help in the future to prevent the manifestation of diabetes or the development of diabetes complications through targeted preventi
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Sweetened beverage sales bounced back quickly after Cook County tax repealed
Following the repeal of the short-lived Cook County, Illinois Sweetened Beverage Tax, sales of sweetened beverages went right back to where they were before the tax went into place, according to a new study.
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Fluoride to the rescue?
Scientists have long been aware of the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant microbes that have resulted. While over-prescription of antibiotics for medicinal use has unsettling implications for human health, so too does the increasing presence of antibiotics in the natural environment. The latter may stem from the improper disposal of medicines, but al
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California Is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes
The state aims to reduce natural gas use for home heating and hot water as part of its bid to lower emissions — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Tenet Is a Must-Watch for Fans of Action Movies
Christopher Nolan's latest has lots of mind-bending action scenes, but not much character development.
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Astronomers agree: Universe is nearly 14 billion years old
From an observatory high above Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers have taken a new look at the oldest light in the universe. Their observations, plus a bit of cosmic geometry, suggest that the universe is 13.77 billion years old – give or take 40 million years.
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First glimpse of polarons forming in a promising next-gen energy material
Polarons affect a material's behavior, and may even be the reason that solar cells made with lead hybrid perovskites achieve extraordinarily high efficiencies in the lab. Now scientists have used an X-ray free-electron laser to directly see and measure the formation of these ephemeral atomic lattice distortions for the first time.
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A high order for a low dimension
Spintronics refers to a suite of physical systems which may one day replace many electronic systems. To realize this generational leap, material components that confine electrons in one dimension are highly sought after. For the first time, researchers created such a material in the form of a special bismuth-based crystal known as a high-order topological insulator.
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This Might Be the Dumbest Vaccine Conspiracy Theory We've Ever Seen
Conspiracy theorists in Italy are sharing an image of a circuitry diagram they claim is a 5G chip that has been inserted into the COVID-19 vaccine. Not surprisingly, the theory is nonsense. And as it turns out, as Boing Boing points out , the diagram is the schematic of a popular electric guitar pedal by music gear maker Boss. So if it were in the vaccine, which it's not, it would absolutely shre
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Psychological distress during first months of pandemic equal to that during prior year
The first longitudinal study of psychological distress during the coronavirus pandemic shows that more than 10% of Americans reported experiencing symptoms of significant psychological distress during April and May of 2020 — the same amount that reported experiencing distress during the prior year. Distress was most common among people who reported distress during the prior year.
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Europe's false start with vaccine rollout
Governments grapple with vaccination campaigns as EU is criticised for being slow to act
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Watch a man eat cake with mind-controlled robot arms
A new system that merges artificial intelligence, robotics, and a brain-machine interface takes a step toward restoring function and autonomy for people without full use of their limbs. For more than 30 years—following an accident in his teens—Robert "Buz" Chmielewski has been a quadriplegic with minimal movement and feeling in his hands and fingers. But in November he manipulated two prosthetic
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How I Learned to Love and Fear the Riemann Hypothesis
I first heard of the Riemann hypothesis — arguably the most important and notorious unsolved problem in all of mathematics — from the late, great Eli Stein , a world-renowned mathematician at Princeton University. I was very fortunate that Professor Stein decided to reimagine the undergraduate analysis sequence during my sophomore year of college, in the spring of 2000. He did this by writing a r
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'Blood test' can pinpoint overheated, unhealthy corals
Researchers have found a new way to identify heat-stressed corals. The work could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change. "This is similar to a blood test to assess human health," says senior author Debashish Bhattacharya, a professor in the biochemistry and microbiology department in the School of Environmental and Biolo
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Variants and Vaccines
Well, here I am with the first "In the Pipeline" post of 2021, and damn itall, I'm right back to the stuff I was writing about last time. I still expect this year to be the time when we beat back the coronavirus pandemic, and (as a minor side effect for me) to be the year when I can spend more time blogging about other things than viruses and vaccines. But that time is not yet. No, definitely not
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Scientists seek faster route to treat depression
The Brazilian research group used epigenetic modulators to try to 'erase' the damage done by stress to neuroplasticity. The study showed that acute intervention in epigenetic mechanisms produces antidepressant-like effects more rapidly than conventional drugs.
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COVID Vaccines Focus on the Spike Protein – But Here's Another Target
New research shows why the N protein might be a good target.
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Scientists Invent Gun That Shoots "Skin Substitute" onto Burn Victims
Israeli biotech company Nanocare says it's created a gun that can spin out "Spider-Man"-like webs that can cover burns and wounds, The Guardian reports . The artificial skin being shot out of the company's "Spincare Portable Wound System" allows patients to move around and shower, unlike bandages. It even allows health practitioners to watch the wound healing below, because it's translucent. Whil
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Florida Is Doling out Coronavirus Vaccines Over Eventbrite
If you live in Florida and want to get your COVID-19 vaccine, you may find yourself watching Eventbrite as if you were trying to nab concert tickets before they sell out. Florida's state health department and the health departments of eight Florida counties have partnered with the event management site to schedule vaccination appointments, Motherboard reports . But the first-come-first-served app
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The world may be at risk of a new COVID-19 surge
Virologists and other researchers believe a new COVID-19 mutation first identified in the U.K. is more infectious than other strains of the novel virus. (Pexels/) With a new year upon us and vaccines continuing to be approved and administered across the country and the world, there is hope that the pandemic could get a lot better in the months to come. However, cases are still surging across the
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First glimpse of polarons forming in a promising next-gen energy material
Polarons affect a material's behavior, and may even be the reason that solar cells made with lead hybrid perovskites achieve extraordinarily high efficiencies in the lab. Now scientists have used an X-ray free-electron laser to directly see and measure the formation of these ephemeral atomic lattice distortions for the first time.
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New clues on why pregnancy may increase risk of organ transplant rejection
A research study at the University of Chicago has found that in pregnancy, while the T cell response to a fetus becomes tolerant to allow for successful pregnancy, the part of the immune system that produces antibodies (known as the humoral response) becomes sensitized, creating memory B cells that can later contribute to the rejection of a transplanted organ.
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Why do males have to wait for 'round 2'? The reason may be different from what we think
New study refutes dominant theory claiming the hormone prolactin induces the male post-ejaculatory refractory period.
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To 'Keep Sharp' This Year, Keep Learning, Advises Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta
CNN's chief medical correspondent says it's never too late to develop new brain pathways. Even small changes, like switching up the hand you use to hold your fork, can help optimize brain health. (Image credit: Simon & Schuster)
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Lake Washington sockeye hit record low, another signature Seattle fish at brink of extinction
They are as Seattle as the Space Needle. But Lake Washington sockeye, once the largest run of sockeye in the Lower 48, are failing.
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Lake Washington sockeye hit record low, another signature Seattle fish at brink of extinction
They are as Seattle as the Space Needle. But Lake Washington sockeye, once the largest run of sockeye in the Lower 48, are failing.
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Astronomers agree: Universe is nearly 14 billion years old
From an observatory high above Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers have taken a new look at the oldest light in the universe.
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Experiment to precisely measure electrons moves forward
A new probe of the humble electron may provide insight into the forces at work inside the heart of matter. Now, the MOLLER experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is one step closer to carrying out an experiment to gain that new insight. The experiment has just received a designation of Critical Decision 1, or CD-1, from the DOE, which is a gree
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A robotic revolution for urban nature
Drones, robots and autonomous systems can transform the natural world in and around cities for people and wildlife.
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Chemists succeed in synthesis of aminoalcohols by utilizing light
Whether in beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure or in natural products, so-called vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday items. However, their production is difficult, and for a long time, chemists have been trying to develop efficient methods of synthesizing them. In their recent study published in the journal Nature Catalysis, scientists le
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Fires, flooding before settlement may have formed the Amazon's rare patches of fertility
Phosphorous, calcium and charcoal in spotty patches of fertile soil in the Amazon rainforest suggest that natural processes such as fires and river flooding, not the ingenuity of indigenous populations, created rare sites suitable for agriculture, according to new research.
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Pandas' popularity not protecting neighbors
Forgive Asiatic black bear if they're not impressed with their popular giant panda neighbors.
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A robotic revolution for urban nature
Drones, robots and autonomous systems can transform the natural world in and around cities for people and wildlife.
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Pandas' popularity not protecting neighbors
Forgive Asiatic black bear if they're not impressed with their popular giant panda neighbors.
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Galloping sea lions could inspire land-sea robots
Amphibious marine mammal quite agile, even on land
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Powerful graphene hybrid material for highly efficient supercapacitors
A team working with Roland Fischer, Professor of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM) has developed a highly efficient supercapacitor. The basis of the energy storage device is a novel, powerful and also sustainable graphene hybrid material that has comparable performance data to currently utilized batteries.
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Better together: Scientists discover applications of nanoparticles with multiple elements
An emerging type of alloy nanoparticle proves more stable, durable than single-element nanoparticles.
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Scientists discover how mother-of-pearl self-assembles into a perfect structure
In a new study published in Nature Physics, researchers from the B CUBE—Center for Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble describe, for the first time, that structural defects in self-assembling nacre attract and cancel each other out, eventually leading to a perfect periodic structure.
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Researchers discover a new tool for reconstructing ancient sea ice to study climate change
Sea ice is a critical indicator of changes in the Earth's climate. A new discovery by Brown University researchers could provide scientists a new way to reconstruct sea ice abundance and distribution information from the ancient past, which could aid in understanding human-induced climate change happening now.
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New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments
Cities only occupy about 3% of the Earth's total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change, researchers said. Global climate models are set up for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly represented. In a new study, researchers take a closer look at how climate change affects cities by using data-driven statistical models combined with
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Elephant ivory continues to be disguised and sold on eBay
Research from the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has found that elephant ivory is still being sold on the online marketplace eBay, despite its 10-year-old policy banning the trade in ivory.
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New uses for dead ash, fir and tamarack trees could help restore Minnesota's forests
One invasive beetle is ready to devour just about every ash tree left in Minnesota's woods. A caterpillar has killed more than 200,000 acres worth of balsam fir trees in just the last year. Another beetle, a native in the midst of a population boom, has already destroyed about half of the state's tamaracks.
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Elephant ivory continues to be disguised and sold on eBay
Research from the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has found that elephant ivory is still being sold on the online marketplace eBay, despite its 10-year-old policy banning the trade in ivory.
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New uses for dead ash, fir and tamarack trees could help restore Minnesota's forests
One invasive beetle is ready to devour just about every ash tree left in Minnesota's woods. A caterpillar has killed more than 200,000 acres worth of balsam fir trees in just the last year. Another beetle, a native in the midst of a population boom, has already destroyed about half of the state's tamaracks.
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Severe sepsis predicted by common protein
A sugar-binding protein could fuel terrible inflammation and worsen sepsis, a disease that kills more than 270,000 people every year in the US alone, reports a team of researchers led by immunologists at UConn Health.
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Prediabetes subtypes identified
All prediabetes is not the same: in people in the preliminary stages of type 2 diabetes, there are six clearly distinguishable subtypes, which differ in the development of the disease, diabetes risk, and the development of secondary diseases. The new classification can help in the future to prevent the manifestation of diabetes or the development of diabetes complications through targeted preventi
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Astronomers agree: Universe is nearly 14 billion years old
From an observatory high above Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers have taken a new look at the oldest light in the universe. Their observations, plus a bit of cosmic geometry, suggest that the universe is 13.77 billion years old – give or take 40 million years.
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Public health messaging in era of social media
The rapid spread of scientific misinformation on social media platforms throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is discussed in this Viewpoint, which also proposes strategies to counteract its adverse effects including surveillance of digital data and partnering with trusted messengers to engage the public and advance scientifically sound public health measures.
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Changes in abortion in Texas following executive order ban during pandemic
Changes were assessed in abortions performed and at what gestational age following a Texas order postponing nonmedically necessary surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic compared with abortions performed during the same months in 2019.
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Super surfaces
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces, Princeton researchers have created a key component toward unlocking a communications band that promises to dramatically increase the amount data wireless systems can transmit.
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Chemists succeed in synthesis of aminoalcohols by utilizing light
So-called vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday products. However, their production is difficult. In their recent study published in the journal Nature Catalysis, scientists led by Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius of Münster University have found a solution for the production of a special variant of aminoalcohols.
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London hospital halts urgent cancer surgery due to Covid cases
Concern among staff as King's College postpones operations amid shortage of ICU beds Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the NHS's biggest hospitals has had to cancel urgent cancer surgery this week because so many of its intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients. King's College hospital in south London called off all "priority two" cancer operations i
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Put On a Hat, Please
Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET on Jan. 5, 2021. At last, the days are getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere, a change that feels particularly welcome now, given, well, everything. But winter is just getting started. In any other year, we'd be firmly in a season of cozy indoor gatherings. This year, however, requires that we avoid anything of the sort , especially as America's coronavirus epidemic c
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Book excerpt from The Puzzle Solver
In Chapter 3, "The Adventure," author Tracie White meets Whitney Dafoe, a young man imprisoned by a chronic disease.
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Research shows a few beneficial organisms could play key role in treating type 2 diabetes
Researchers have found that a few organisms in the gut microbiome play a key role in type 2 diabetes, opening the door to possible probiotic treatments for a serious metabolic disease affecting roughly one in 10 Americans.
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Inflammation from ADT may cause fatigue in prostate cancer patients
Researchers are investigating whether inflammation in the body, a side effect of ADT, contributes to these symptoms in prostate cancer patients. They pinpoint a specific inflammation marker that is associated with increased fatigue in this group of patients.
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The pandemic's darkest hour is yet to come
Fresh lockdowns are needed to slow the rapid spread of new Covid-19 variants and inevitable deaths
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Public concern about violence, firearms, COVID-19 pandemic in California
The findings of a survey study using data from California suggests the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with increases in self-reported worry about violence for oneself and others, increased firearm acquisition and changes in firearm storage practices.
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Risk factors associated with all-cause 30-day mortality in nursing home residents with COVID-19
In this observational study of 5,256 U.S. nursing home residents with COVID-19, increased age, male sex and impaired cognitive and physical function were independent risk factors for all-cause 30-day mortality.
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A robotic revolution for urban nature
Drones, robots and autonomous systems can transform the natural world in and around cities for people and wildlife.
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Scientists discover how mother-of-pearl self-assembles into a perfect structure
In a new study published in Nature Physics, researchers from the B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering at TU Dresden and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble describe, for the first time, that structural defects in self-assembling nacre attract and cancel each other out, eventually leading to a perfect periodic structure.
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This new harness lets military dogs parachute safely and with style
The dog is in a flight pod, and that pod rests in a taco-shell-like tray. (Paratec/) Military dogs and their handlers play vital roles, particularly in covert operations. But when these missions occur miles away from base and the humans parachute in, how do you get the dog there too? The latest piece of kit in Europe to enable this extreme maneuver is the K9F Para-fox, presented at the Defense In
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Missions to Mars, the Moon and Beyond Await Earth in 2021
Here's a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.
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New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments
Cities only occupy about 3% of the Earth's total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change, researchers said. Global climate models are set up for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly represented. In a new study, researchers take a closer look at how climate change affects cities by using data-driven statistical models combined with
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Alert system shows potential for reducing deforestation, mitigating climate change
Forest loss declined 18% in African nations where a new satellite-based program provides free alerts when it detects deforestation activities.
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Using artificial intelligence to find new uses for existing medications
Scientists have developed a machine-learning method that crunches massive amounts of data to help determine which existing medications could improve outcomes in diseases for which they are not prescribed.
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Why patients with cancer spread to the liver have worse outcomes
A new study finds that tumors in the liver siphon off critical immune cells, rendering immunotherapy ineffective. But coupling immunotherapy with radiotherapy to the liver in mice restored the immune cell function and led to better outcomes.
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A guide to the solar system's biggest secrets
From the sun to Pluto and beyond, our solar system holds the ghosts of mysterious celestial bodies. (Sara Chodosh/) Astronomers have spent centuries filling in their sketches of our corner of the Milky Way. But these charts, like all maps, are only approximations of reality. Their blind spots likely harbor some unknown entities—bodies too small, too close to the sun, or too far away for us to see
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SpaceX Wants to Catch Starship Booster With Its Own Launch Tower
Trust Fall SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company plans to eventually try to catch a Super Heavy booster — the rocket that will launch the SpaceX Starship — with its own launch tower. It's an extremely bold idea, and one that would put both the Super Heavy booster and the launch tower itself at risk of catastrophic failure, according to Ars Technica . But if it does work, the accomplishment would
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Experts: New SARS-CoV-2 strain isn't a reason to panic
The new, reportedly faster spreading strain of SARS-CoV-2, shouldn't cause alarm, but does underscore the importance of following established prevention procedures, two experts say. In recent weeks, genetically divergent strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, have been reported to be rapidly spreading in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and other nations, fueling fears that a darker c
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Stuff in sunscreen may play a part in breast cancer
The common sunscreen ingredient benzophenone-3, also known as oxybenzone or BP-3, can play a role in the development of mammary gland tumors, according to new research in mice. "Our set of results suggest caution in using BP-3 and the need to dig deeper to understand what it can do in mammary glands and tumorigenesis," says Richard Schwartz, professor in the microbiology and molecular genetics de
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Risk of substance use disorder among patients with autism
Researchers used health insurance data from Taiwan to investigate the risk of substance use disorder among patients with autism spectrum disorder and its associations with risk of death.
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Public mobility, social media attention in response to COVID-19 in Sweden, Denmark
Denmark was one of the first countries to enforce lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent gradual reopening, whereas Sweden has had few restrictions, largely limited to public recommendations. Researchers assessed public mobility and social media attention associated with COVID-19 spread and societal interventions from February to June in Denmark and Sweden.
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Fires, flooding before settlement may have formed the Amazon's rare patches of fertility
Phosphorous, calcium and charcoal in spotty patches of fertile soil in the Amazon rainforest suggest that natural processes such as fires and river flooding, not the ingenuity of indigenous populations, created rare sites suitable for agriculture, according to new research.
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Single-cell analysis of metastatic gastric cancer finds diverse tumor cell populations associated with patient outcomes
Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center who profiled more than 45,000 individual cells from patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC), a specific form of metastatic gastric cancer, defined the extensive cellular heterogeneity and identified two distinct subtypes correlated with patient survival.
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Immunology study finds protein critical to T cell metabolism and anti-tumor immune response
Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that a protein called NF-kappa B-inducing kinase (NIK) is essential for the shift in metabolic activity that occurs with T cell activation, making it a critical factor in regulating the anti-tumor immune response.
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Pandas' popularity not protecting neighbors
Doubt is cast on the long-held hope that the conservation protections granted pandas and other adored threatened species extended to their wildlife neighbors, calling for broader conservation efforts.
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Are we living in a baby universe that looks like a black hole to outsiders?
Researchers recently used a huge telescope in Hawaii to study primordial black holes. These black holes might have formed in the early days from baby universes and may be responsible for dark matter. The study also raises the possibility that our own universe may look like a black hole to outside observers. A new paper takes a deep dive into primordial black holes that were formed as a part of th
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Some Republicans Have Finally Found a Line They Won't Cross
"So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, " Donald Trump told Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's Republican secretary of state, during an astonishing hour-long conversation on Saturday . It was the latest gambit in the president's effort to overturn the free and fair election in that state, which President-elect Joe Biden won by 11,799 votes. The Washington Post , which obt
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Supercapacitors challenge batteries
A team working with Roland Fischer, Professor of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM) has developed a highly efficient supercapacitor. The basis of the energy storage device is a novel, powerful and also sustainable graphene hybrid material that has comparable performance data to currently utilized batteries.
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Better together: Scientists discover applications of nanoparticles with multiple elements
As catalysts for fuel cells, batteries and processes for carbon dioxide reduction, alloy nanoparticles that are made up of five or more elements are shown to be more stable and durable than single-element nanoparticles.
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Researchers discover a new tool for reconstructing ancient sea ice to study climate change
A previously problematic molecule turns out to be a reliable proxy for reconstructing sea ice, a new study by Brown University researchers shows.
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Inflammation from ADT may cause fatigue in prostate cancer patients
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers are investigating whether inflammation in the body, a side effect of ADT, contributes to these symptoms in prostate cancer patients. In a new study published in the journal Cancer, they pinpoint a specific inflammation marker that is associated with increased fatigue in this group of patients.
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Impact of COVID-19 on children with disabilities, caregivers and healthcare providers
Pediatric rehabilitation experts assess the impact of the pandemic on pediatric rehabilitation patients and the increasing use of telemedicine and provide insights and recommendations for mitigating the impact of the virus, in this special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
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Study of 50,000 people finds brown fat may protect against numerous chronic diseases
By far the largest of its kind in humans, the study confirms and expands the health benefits of brown fat suggested by previous research.
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New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments
Cities only occupy about 3% of the Earth's total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change, researchers said. Global climate models are set up for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly represented. In a new study, researchers take a closer look at how climate change affects cities by using data-driven statistical models combined with
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Long live the efficient, pure-blue OLED
In work that could help to solve the challenge of finding blue light sources matching the performance of red and green ones for displays using organic light-emitting diodes, researchers have demonstrated devices that produce pure-blue emission with high efficiency, maintain brightness for relatively long times, and lack any expensive metal atoms — a set of properties that has so far been difficul
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Risk of extinction cascades from freshwater mussels to a bitterling fish
Reproduction of native and invasive bitterling fishes and their hybridisation was studied in Japan. We collected mussels in which these bitterlings lay their eggs, kept them in aquaria, collected eggs/larvae ejected from mussels, and genotyped them. We found that hybrids occurred when local mussel density was low. The rapid decline of the host mussels and artificial introduction of an invasive con
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A polarization-driven guide to making high-performance, versatile solar cells
When solar cells are exposed to sunlight, certain bound 'charge pairs' are generated in its components, which need to be separated for photocurrent generation. Ferroelectric materials, due to their spontaneous electric polarization, are highly efficient at charge separation but do poorly in light-to-electricity conversion. Now, scientists have demonstrated using theoretical calculations that antip
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Innovative battery chemistry revolutionizes zinc-air battery
The zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the future. Based on an innovative, non-alkaline, aqueous electrolyte, an international research team has developed a new battery chemistry for the zinc-air battery which overcomes the previous technical obstacles.
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UK to move to highest coronavirus alert level as full lockdowns loom
Boris Johnson to make TV announcement on Monday night after pressure to tackle soaring infection rate Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is expected to announce new steps to control the spread of coronavirus, as the chief medical officers recommended that the UK move to the highest coronavirus alert level. Boris Johnson is due to make a TV address on Mond
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Covid deaths in UK could exceed 100k before end of month, data shows
Experts say that based on current figures, milestone likely to be passed before February Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK could exceed 100,000 Covid-related deaths before the end of the month, government scientific advisers have said amid increasingly urgent calls for action. According to government figures, a total of 75,024 people had died within 28 days of h
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Scientists appeal for calm over new Covid variant in South Africa
Questions raised over potential effect on vaccines as health secretary says he is 'incredibly worried' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists are appealing for calm following suggestions that Covid vaccines might not protect people against a new variant of the virus that has emerged in South Africa. Experts say there is no need for panic, even though the health s
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Landau quantization and highly mobile fermions in an insulator
Nature, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-03084-9 Pronounced quantum oscillations in magnetoresistance, a phenomenon that was only expected in metals with highly mobile carriers, are observed in the strongly insulating state of two-dimensional WTe2.
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We Can't Let Our Elections Be This Vulnerable Again
The 2020 election and its aftermath have laid bare an unhappy truth: Many of the familiar procedures for translating the people's will into the choice of a president depend on norms of behavior, not laws. Just this past weekend—two months after Election Day—remarkable efforts to mess with election results became apparent, including the revelation of a recording of, on Saturday, President Donald T
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Greener chemistry through new approach to catalysis
Researchers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have developed a catalyst that is effective in negligible amounts. Due to its form and durability, the catalyst lasts much longer in reactions, saving a great deal of energy, preventing waste and reducing costs. The results have been published in Nature Communications.
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In kefir, microbial teamwork makes the dream work
To make kefir, it takes a team. A team of microbes.
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In kefir, microbial teamwork makes the dream work
To make kefir, it takes a team. A team of microbes.
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Alert system shows potential for reducing deforestation, mitigating climate change
Forest loss declined 18% in African nations where a new satellite-based program provides free alerts when it detects deforestation activities.
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In kefir, microbial teamwork makes the dream work
While scientists know that microorganisms often live in communities and depend on their fellow community members for survival, mechanistic knowledge of this phenomenon has been quite limited. Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory combined a variety of state-of-the-art methods to better understand the microbial communities. This revealed that cooperation allows the microbes to
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Research shows a few beneficial organisms could play key role in treating type 2 diabetes
Researchers have found that a few organisms in the gut microbiome play a key role in type 2 diabetes, opening the door to possible probiotic treatments for a serious metabolic disease affecting roughly one in 10 Americans.
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Elephant ivory continues to be disguised and sold on eBay
Research from the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) has found that elephant ivory is still being sold on the online marketplace eBay, despite its 10-year-old policy banning the trade in ivory.
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Convex to concave: More metasurface moiré results in wide-range lens
The odd, wavy pattern that results from viewing certain phone or computer screens through polarized glasses has led researchers to take a step toward thinner, lighter-weight lenses. Called moiré, the pattern is made by laying one material with opaque and translucent parts at an angle over another material of similar contrast.
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Trapping light without back reflections
Researchers demonstrate a new technique for suppressing back reflections of light—better signal quality for sensing and information technology.
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Carmaker Challenges Cybertruck to Off-Road Race Against Fuel Cell Vehicle
Baja Challenge The Baja 1000 has long been the ultimate test for off-road vehicles. The international race stretches over 1,000 miles of dirt track, sand dunes, and steep inclines on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. Tesla CEO Elon Musk bragged in April that the electric car company's much-hyped Cybertruck would pass the challenge with flying colors. "We're working on increasing dynamic ai
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Innovative battery chemistry revolutionizes zinc-air battery
The zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the future. Based on an innovative, non-alkaline, aqueous electrolyte, an international research team led by scientist Dr. Wei Sun of MEET Battery Research Center at the University of Muenster has developed a new battery chemistry for the zinc-air battery which overcomes the previous technical obstacles.
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Parents' finances differently affected by having a child diagnosed with cancer
Mothers and fathers of children diagnosed with cancer are affected financially in different ways. While mothers' incomes fall in the short term and then rise, the adverse financial repercussions on fathers occur later. Researchers at Uppsala University have investigated the socioeconomic impact on parents of having a child diagnosed with cancer. The study is published in the International Journal
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Soil moisture exerts a negative feedback on surface water availability in drylands: study
Scientists have thought that global warming will increase the availability of surface water—freshwater resources generated by precipitation minus evapotranspiration—in wet regions, and decrease water availability in dry regions. This expectation is based primarily on atmospheric thermodynamic processes. As air temperatures rise, more water evaporates into the air from the ocean and land. Because w
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Subscriptions to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa
Deforestation dropped by 18 percent in two years in African countries where organizations subscribed to receive warnings from a new service using satellites to detect decreases in forest cover in the tropics.
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Novel crystal confines electrons to one dimension for spintronic applications
Spintronics refers to a suite of physical systems which may one day replace many electronic systems. To realize this generational leap, material components that confine electrons in one dimension are highly sought after. For the first time, researchers have created such a material in the form of a special bismuth-based crystal known as a high-order topological insulator.
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Scrambled supersolids: Researchers discover a soft form of a solid
Supersolids are materials that are fluid and solid at the same time. Physicists from Innsbruck and Geneva have for the first time investigated what happens when such a state is brought out of balance. They discovered a soft form of a solid of great interest for science. As the researchers led by Francesca Ferlaino and Thierry Giamarchi report in Nature Physics, they were also able to reverse the p
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Novel approach shows promise for overcoming the bottleneck of blue emission in displays using OLEDs
Using a new combination of emitter molecules, researchers in Japan have demonstrated the promise of a novel approach to overcome a major challenge facing displays using organic light-emitting diodes: a blue light source matching the excellent performance of red and green ones.
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A novel film that that evaporates sweat six times faster and holds 15 times more moisture
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a novel film that is very effective in evaporating sweat from our skin to keep us cool and comfortable when we exercise, and the moisture harvested from human sweat can be used to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.
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Pollutants rapidly changing the waters near Ieodo Island
There has been frequent occurrence of red tides in coastal waters around Korea. Red tide is a phenomenon in which phytoplankton proliferate as nutrient or sewage flow into seawater, making it appear red. This not only causes damage to the fisheries industry but also affects the marine ecosystem.
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Model estimates subsidence risks across the globe
An international team of researchers has created a model that can be used to make estimates about the degree of subsistence risk for different parts of the world. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the factors that went into creating their model, and what it showed.
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This Advanced CBD Muscle Rub Brings Superior Relief to Your Aches and Pains
If regular exercise or other strenuous physical activity has you suffering from chronic muscle pain , you've likely tried to find a good topical rub to relieve the pain. But if your go-to muscle rub isn't giving you the results you need, it's time to upgrade to the advanced pain relief of Quanta CBD Muscle Rub Plus . The secret to this fastest-acting CBD topical rub lies in Quanta's own proprieta
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Sea ice algae could shed light on past and future climate
A previously problematic molecule turns out to be a reliable proxy for reconstructing sea ice, a new study shows. The research could help understand human-induced climate change happening now. In the study in Nature Communications , the researchers show that an organic molecule often found in high-latitude ocean sediments, known as tetra-unsaturated alkenone (C37:4), is produced by one or more pr
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What Would Earth Look Like to Alien Astronomers?
A new paper asks which exoplanets could find Earth. Such worlds could be targets for SETI searches.
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Convex to concave: More metasurface moiré results in wide-range lens
The odd, wavy pattern that results from viewing certain phone or computer screens through polarized glasses has led researchers to take a step toward thinner, lighter-weight lenses. Called moiré, the pattern is made by laying one material with opaque and translucent parts at an angle over another material of similar contrast.
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Alpha-ray missile therapy: tumor cells attacked from intracellular region
Researchers from Osaka University have innovated a technique of irradiating cancer from within. They tagged α-methyl-L-tyrosine with 211 Astatine, an α-emitter, to prepare 211 At-AAMT; this radiopharmaceutical was effectively conveyed into cancer cells by the amino acid transporter LAT1. Alpha radiation combines high linear energy transfer with minimal tissue penetration, damaging cancer cells let
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A polarization-driven guide to making high-performance, versatile solar cells
When solar cells are exposed to sunlight, certain bound "charge pairs" are generated in its components, which need to be separated for photocurrent generation. Ferroelectric materials, due to their spontaneous electric polarization, are highly efficient at charge separation but do poorly in light-to-electricity conversion. Now, scientists from Korea have demonstrated using theoretical calculations
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Six space missions to look forward to in 2021
Space exploration achieved several notable firsts in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including commercial human spaceflight and returning samples of an asteroid to Earth.
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Risk of extinction cascades from freshwater mussels to bitterling fish
Reproduction of native and invasive bitterling fishes and their hybridisation was studied in Japan. We collected mussels in which these bitterlings lay their eggs, kept them in aquaria, collected eggs/larvae ejected from mussels, and genotyped them. We found that hybrids occurred when local mussel density was low. The rapid decline of the host mussels and artificial introduction of an invasive con
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Risk of extinction cascades from freshwater mussels to a bitterling fish
Reproduction of native and invasive bitterling fishes and their hybridisation was studied in Japan. We collected mussels in which these bitterlings lay their eggs, kept them in aquaria, collected eggs/larvae ejected from mussels, and genotyped them. We found that hybrids occurred when local mussel density was low. The rapid decline of the host mussels and artificial introduction of an invasive con
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Risk of extinction cascades from freshwater mussels to bitterling fish
Reproduction of native and invasive bitterling fishes and their hybridisation was studied in Japan. We collected mussels in which these bitterlings lay their eggs, kept them in aquaria, collected eggs/larvae ejected from mussels, and genotyped them. We found that hybrids occurred when local mussel density was low. The rapid decline of the host mussels and artificial introduction of an invasive con
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Enrichment of light-absorbing impurities in snow might accelerate snowmelt in southern Altai Mountains
Light-absorbing impurities (LAIs) (such as black carbon, organic carbon, mineral dust, etc.) deposited onto the snow surface can darken the snow and cause decrease in snow surface albedo, resulting in increasing the absorption of solar energy, thereby accelerating snowmelt, shrinking snow cover duration and impacting hydrological cycle.
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Fashion brands should engage 'more proactively' around sustainability on social media
Fashion brands should engage "more proactively" with social media users around sustainability and ethics, after University of Liverpool analysis suggested their current approach may be "counter-productive."
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The UK Denies Assange's Extradition, Citing Suicide Risk
The ruling is based not on whether the WikiLeaks founder violated the Espionage Act, but on the implications of subjecting him to the US carceral state.
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Drug discovery study identifies promising new compound to open constricted airways
In a preclinical study, researchers identified and characterized 18 new compounds (agonists) that activate bitter taste receptor subtype TAS2R5 to promote relaxation of human airway smooth muscle cells. The cross-disciplinary team found 1,10 phenanthroline-5,6-dione (T5-8 for short) was 1,000 times more potent than some of the other bronchodilator agonists tested, and it demonstrated marked effect
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Frequent travel could make you 7% happier
People dreaming of travel post-COVID-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A new study shows frequent travelers are happier with their lives than people who don't travel at all.
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Pollutants rapidly changing the waters near Ieodo Island
A research team identifies the cause of ocean fertilization in northeast Asian waters.
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Oregon's Medicaid expansion improved prenatal care access, birth outcomes
A pair of recent studies found that Oregon's Medicaid expansion in 2014 has led to increased prenatal care among low-income women, as well as improved health outcomes for newborn babies.
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A guide to the solar system's biggest secrets
What comes after Pluto? (Sara Chodosh/) Astronomers have spent centuries filling in their sketches of our corner of the Milky Way. But these charts, like all maps, are only approximations of reality. Their blind spots likely harbor some unknown entities—bodies too small, too close to the sun, or too far away for us to see. Here are some celestial objects that stargazers have suspected of dodging
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The long shadow of colonial forestry is a threat to savannas and grasslands
Tree planting to restore forests, capture carbon and improve the land has gained strong momentum in recent years. The Bonn Challenge and its offshoots such as AFR100, initiatives focused on forest restoration, have persuaded developing countries to commit millions of hectares of land to these projects. Funding for AFR100 has been secured from international donors with more than a billion US dollar
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Study reveals how C:N:P stoichiometry responds to agricultural land use and climate
Carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) are three bioelements with maximal accumulations in areas of abundant life. C:N:P stoichiometry in soils greatly determines nutrient availability for plants and soil microorganisms, and further reflects the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.
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Researchers establish molecular link between rice clock components and salt tolerance
Excess sodium ion (Na+), the most widespread soluble cation in salinized soil, can damage plants by the sequential osmotic stress and oxidative stress, especially for glycophyte crops including rice.
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Researchers reveal effects of magnetic activity on mass transfer of binary
Algol-type binary systems consist of a B-A-F type main-sequence primary component and an F-G-K type giant or subgiant secondary component. According to the explanation of the Algol paradox, the initially more massive component evolves to fill the Roche lobes first and transfer material to another component, which results in the inversion of mass ratio and the formation of the Algol-type systems. H
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Deadly COVID Outbreak Linked to Inflatable Christmas Tree Costume
In what can only be described as an extremely unfortunate event, a San Jose hospital staff member who dressed in a self-inflating Christmas tree costume likely caused a COVID-19 outbreak, which the The Washington Post reports has infected 43 and killed one so far. "Obviously this is a highly unusual situation involving a well-intentioned staff member acting on their own without advance notice or
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Researchers establish molecular link between rice clock components and salt tolerance
Excess sodium ion (Na+), the most widespread soluble cation in salinized soil, can damage plants by the sequential osmotic stress and oxidative stress, especially for glycophyte crops including rice.
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Scientists reach limit of multi-parameter quantum measurement with zero trade-off
Real-life applications like magnetometry or quantum gyroscope typically involve precise measurement on multiple parameters. How to achieve the ultimate precision limits simultaneously is a long sought-after grail in the field.
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BioNTech warns 'no data' to support UK plan to space out Covid shots
German manufacturer says vaccine was only tested on basis of two doses 21 days apart
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Researchers synthesize light aromatics from carbon dioxide hydrogenation
Aromatics are usually produced from petroleum via chemical conversion processes, which are energy-intensive and accompanied by high CO2 emissions.
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A snake catcher explains why our fear of brown snakes is misplaced
Sun, sea … snakes: all three are synonymous with the Australian summer, but only the first two are broadly welcomed. And of all Australia's snake species, brown snakes are among the most feared.
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A snake catcher explains why our fear of brown snakes is misplaced
Sun, sea … snakes: all three are synonymous with the Australian summer, but only the first two are broadly welcomed. And of all Australia's snake species, brown snakes are among the most feared.
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Novel film that that evaporates sweat six times faster and holds 15 times more moisture
Researchers from NUS Faculty of Engineering created a novel film that is very effective in evaporating sweat from our skin. Promising applications include shoe insoles and linings, as well as underarm pads for sweat absorption.
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Pollutants rapidly changing the waters near Ieodo Island
Professor Kitack Lee's research team identifies the cause of ocean fertilization in northeast Asian waters.
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Drug discovery study identifies promising new compound to open constricted airways
In a preclinical study led by the University of South Florida, researchers identified and characterized 18 new compounds (agonists) that activate bitter taste receptor subtype TAS2R5 to promote relaxation of human airway smooth muscle cells. The cross-disciplinary team found 1,10 phenanthroline-5,6-dione (T5-8 for short) was 1,000 times more potent than some of the other bronchodilator agonists te
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Scientists discover plants' roadblock to specialty oil production
Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making lubricants, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more—if they could be produced at large scale by crop plants. But attempts to put genes for making these specialty building blocks into crops have had the opposite effect: Seeds from plants with genes added to make specialty f
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Why Aotearoa New Zealand's early Polynesian settlement should be recognised with World Heritage Site status
Aotearoa New Zealand likes to think it punches above its weight internationally, but there is one area where we are conspicuously falling behind—the number of sites recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
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Hard magnetic coatings for high-precision microscopy
Microscopy is at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus. Special microscopes, which enable scientists to view minute cell structures, are an indispensable tool in the development of vaccines and new therapies. Such equipment comprises not only a microscope with high optical resolution but also a high-precision microscope stage. Hard-magnetic coatings from the Fraunhofer Institute for S
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January 2021 Interactive Crossword Puzzle
Try your hand at a sciency brainteaser.
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Scientists discover plants' roadblock to specialty oil production
Hundreds of naturally occurring specialty fatty acids (building blocks of oils) have potential for use as raw materials for making lubricants, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and more—if they could be produced at large scale by crop plants. But attempts to put genes for making these specialty building blocks into crops have had the opposite effect: Seeds from plants with genes added to make specialty f
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The uncertainties in measuring cosmic expansion
Ninety years after Edwin Hubble discovered the systematic motions of galaxies and George Lemaitre explained them as cosmic expansion from a point using Einstein's equations of relativity, observational cosmology today is facing a challenge. Values deduced from the two primary methodologies—the properties of galaxies and the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR)—disagree with each other at r
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Aerosols from pollution, desert storms, and forest fires may intensify thunderstorms
Observations of Earth's atmosphere show that thunderstorms are often stronger in the presence of high concentrations of aerosols—airborne particles too small to see with the naked eye.
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Why people use their smartphones at cafés
Maybe you're like us. We're the folks who are on our smartphones almost all the time, even when we're with others. We know it annoys a lot of people, but we do it anyway. Why?
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Studying abstract mathematical equations using tangible surfaces
On January 5, Rosa Winter will obtain her doctorate in arithmetic geometry. She researched solutions of equations that define so-called 'del Pezzo surfaces." "I like geometry because I can imagine and draw the shapes and objects," says Winter. "That makes abstract mathematics feel more tangible."
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New findings could improve understanding of potentially damaging solar storms
When fast-moving particles from the sun strike the Earth's magnetic field, they set off reactions that could disrupt communications satellites and power grids. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have learned new details of this process that could lead to better forecasting of this so-called space weather.
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Why do men have to wait for 'round 2'?
If you type into a search engine—"why do men have to wait before having sex again?"—the results will include many references to prolactin. This hormone is thought to be involved in hundreds of physiological processes in the body. Among them is the male post-ejaculatory refractory period. This period begins when a male ejaculates and ends when he recovers his sexual capacity.
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Layers upon layers of rock in Candor Chasma on Mars
In many ways, Mars is the planet that is most similar to the Earth. The red world has polar ice caps, a nearly 24-hour rotation period (about 24 hours and 37 minutes), mountains, plains, dust storms, volcanoes, a population of robots, many of which are old and no longer work, and even a Grand Canyon of sorts. The "Grand Canyon" on Mars is actually far grander than any Arizonan gorge. Valles Marine
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Why do men have to wait for 'round 2'?
If you type into a search engine—"why do men have to wait before having sex again?"—the results will include many references to prolactin. This hormone is thought to be involved in hundreds of physiological processes in the body. Among them is the male post-ejaculatory refractory period. This period begins when a male ejaculates and ends when he recovers his sexual capacity.
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Årets folkbildare och förvillare 2020
Föreningen Vetenskap och Folkbildning har för 34:e året i rad utsett Årets folkbildare och Årets förvillare. Åsa Wikforss och Fri Tanke Förlag är Årets folkbildare 2020 Priset som Årets folkbildare […] The post appeared first on Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
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How Much Did Grandmothers Influence Human Evolution?
Scientists debate the evolutionary benefits of menopause
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What Japan's Wild Snow Monkeys Can Teach Us About Animal Culture
Scientists have been studying the primates at some of the nation's hot springs, and what they have learned about evolution is astonishing
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Young children are intuitive urban planners—we would all benefit from living in their 'care-full' cities
In an age of climate crisis, unaffordable housing and increasing disparities of wealth, the livability and functionality of our cities are more important than ever. And yet, important voices are missing from urban planning debates—the voices of those who will one day inherit those cities.
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Study reveals 3-D landscape of how hepatitis B virus interacts with human chromatins
Hepatitis B virus (HBV), a small enveloped DNA virus belonging to the Hepadnaviride family, remains a serious global health problem. Uncontrolled chronic HBV infection can lead to life-threatening end-stage chronic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and Hepatocellular carcinoma.
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Results of comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 animal model study published in Nature Microbiology
Findings by Texas Biomed and SNPRC scientists support the rhesus macaque as an excellent animal model for vaccine development; suggest baboon as an animal model for drug development. Results provide insight on the complex lung immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Defining animal models has been a critical step in advancing COVID-19 vaccines & therapeutics
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Frequent travel could make you 7% happier
People dreaming of travel post-COVID-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A new study in the journal of Tourism Analysis shows frequent travelers are happier with their lives than people who don't travel at all.
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Study reveals 3-D landscape of how hepatitis B virus interacts with human chromatins
Hepatitis B virus (HBV), a small enveloped DNA virus belonging to the Hepadnaviride family, remains a serious global health problem. Uncontrolled chronic HBV infection can lead to life-threatening end-stage chronic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis and Hepatocellular carcinoma.
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Avoiding animal experimentation with improved chemical risk assessment methods
It is still the case that data from animal studies is required in order to evaluate the safety of a substance for humans. However, the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM has teamed up with 39 partners from 13 countries on a range of projects, all of which have a common aim: to bring about a paradigm shift—away from animal experimentation and towards a deeper underst
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Saudi Arabia warns oil producers over fragile market
Opec+ talks to continue on Tuesday as split with Russia on output leaves resolution at risk
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Researchers convert methane to formic acid at high efficiency under mild conditions
Methane is promising energy resources for producing high-value-added chemicals. Methane conversion to value-added chemicals or fuels under mild conditions has become one of the hottest topics in energy and catalysis.
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3-D simulation helps revealing accretion process in progenitor of tycho's supernova
Dr. JIAO Chengliang from Yunnan Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, collaborating with Prof. XUE Li's group from Xiamen University, performed three-dimensional (3-D) simulations of the accretion flow in the progenitor of Tycho's supernova, which helps identifying the physical properties of the accretion process.
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Avoiding animal experimentation with improved chemical risk assessment methods
It is still the case that data from animal studies is required in order to evaluate the safety of a substance for humans. However, the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM has teamed up with 39 partners from 13 countries on a range of projects, all of which have a common aim: to bring about a paradigm shift—away from animal experimentation and towards a deeper underst
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Fungus as a sound absorber
As healthy and tasty as mushrooms might be, they are good for much more than just the dinner plate. The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT has now teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP to investigate the use of fungus-based materials for the fabrication of eco-friendly sound absorbers.
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Stopping SARS-CoV-2 in its tracks by blocking its main protease
Inasmuch as therapeutic options against coronavirus have been focused mainly on blocking the interaction between its spike protein and the ACE2 receptor on host cells, SARS-CoV-2 has several additional critical proteins that could potentially be targeted with drugs that have already been approved for use against other viruses. One of these viral proteins is the main protease (Mpro) that is needed
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Basking sharks travel in extended families with their own 'gourmet maps' of feeding spots, genetic tagging reveals
Picture the scene. Swimming off Scotland's west coast during a summer holiday you notice a large dark shark nearly 10 meters long headed towards you. A prominent triangular dorsal fin cuts the surface, the powerful rhythmically beating tail driving it silently through the cloudy green depths. You're transfixed by a cavernous mouth large enough to swallow a seal.
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BISTRO explores complex magnetic field structure of Cat's Paw Nebula
An international team of astronomers has investigated a nearby emission nebula and star-forming region dubbed the Cat's Paw Nebula as part of the B-field In STar-forming Region Observations (BISTRO) survey. Results of this study, presented in a paper published December 24 on arXiv.org, provide essential information about the structure of the object's complex magnetic field.
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Stopping SARS-CoV-2 in its tracks by blocking its main protease
Inasmuch as therapeutic options against coronavirus have been focused mainly on blocking the interaction between its spike protein and the ACE2 receptor on host cells, SARS-CoV-2 has several additional critical proteins that could potentially be targeted with drugs that have already been approved for use against other viruses. One of these viral proteins is the main protease (Mpro) that is needed
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Basking sharks travel in extended families with their own 'gourmet maps' of feeding spots, genetic tagging reveals
Picture the scene. Swimming off Scotland's west coast during a summer holiday you notice a large dark shark nearly 10 meters long headed towards you. A prominent triangular dorsal fin cuts the surface, the powerful rhythmically beating tail driving it silently through the cloudy green depths. You're transfixed by a cavernous mouth large enough to swallow a seal.
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Comb of a lifetime: A new method for fluorescence microscopy
Fluorescence microscopy is widely used in biochemistry and life sciences because it allows scientists to directly observe cells and certain compounds in and around them. Fluorescent molecules absorb light within a specific wavelength range and then re-emit it at the longer wavelength range. However, the major limitation of conventional fluorescence microscopy techniques is that the results are ver
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Putty-like composites of gallium metal with potential for real-world application
Gallium is a highly useful element that has accompanied the advancement of human civilization throughout the 20th century. Gallium is designated as a technologically critical element, as it is essential for the fabrication of semiconductors and transistors. Notably, gallium nitride and related compounds allowed for the discovery of the blue LED, which was the final key in the development of an ene
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New microscopy technique images live cells with 7 times greater sensitivity
Experts in optical physics have developed a new way to see inside living cells in greater detail using existing microscopy technology and without needing to add stains or fluorescent dyes.
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Scientists find the error source of a sea-ice model varies with the season
Arctic sea ice has been rapidly declining in recent decades. These changes can have a significant impact on global weather and climate through interactions with the atmosphere and oceans. In addition, the Arctic shipping routes are a shortcut to connect the major countries in the Northern Hemisphere. The Arctic region is also rich in natural resources and biological resources. Simulation of the Ar
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Bionic idea boosts lithium-ion extraction
Lithium is an energy-critical element that has become a geopolitically significant resource. However, the supply of lithium may not be enough to meet continuously increasing demand. As a result, scientists are looking for new ways to extract lithium ions.
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Roll over, Fido: Half of pet owners say dogs co-sleep in their beds
Forget buying a dog bed. New research shows that nearly half of pet parents say their pooches co-sleep in their owner's bed.
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Bionic idea boosts lithium-ion extraction
Lithium is an energy-critical element that has become a geopolitically significant resource. However, the supply of lithium may not be enough to meet continuously increasing demand. As a result, scientists are looking for new ways to extract lithium ions.
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Roll over, Fido: Half of pet owners say dogs co-sleep in their beds
Forget buying a dog bed. New research shows that nearly half of pet parents say their pooches co-sleep in their owner's bed.
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New COVID Vaccines Need Absurd Amounts of Material and Labor
Companies are scrambling to obtain supplies for hundreds of millions of doses of a type of vaccine that has never been made at this scale before — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Can CBD help you chill? Here's what we know so far.
CBD comes from the same plants as the psychoactive chemical THC. But it carries a different set of effects, benefits, and complexities. (Deposit Photos/) In 2013, Charlotte Figi made national news by becoming the youngest patient in Colorado to receive cannabidiol (CBD) therapy to soothe her seizures. The five-year-old had struggled with severe epilepsy since infancy, sometimes experiencing 50 or
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Video: Huse skyllet væk i mudderskred – skete også i sommer
Mudderskredet i norske Gjerdrum, der indtil videre har kostet syv mennesker livet, er en almindelig hændelse i Norge. I juni oplevede beboerne i byen Alta, at otte huse skyllede i havet i en lignende hændelse. Omkring 100.000 mennesker bor på den usikre kvikler, der bliver flydende, når saltet bl…
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Se luftfoto af norske huse skyllet væk af mudderskred
Jorden skred pludselig under mennesker og boliger i Gjerdrum kommune i Norge og skyllede alt med sig i et mudderskred af kvikler. Indtil videre er syv meldet omkomne.
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Advarsel på advarsel før fatalt jordskred i Norge: Nu er syv døde
PLUS. Hydrologer og myndigheder i Norge advarede om faren ved jordskred i Gjerdrum, hvor det lumske kvikler var synderen. Nu endevender man ruinerne efter overlevende.
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New COVID Vaccines Need Absurd Amounts of Material and Labor
Companies are scrambling to obtain supplies for hundreds of millions of doses of a type of vaccine that has never been made at this scale before — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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New App Tracks Black Rhinos through Their Footprints
Indigenous trackers inspire a safer way to help rhinoceroses — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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SpaceX Plans to 'Catch' Super Heavy Rockets With Launch Tower
Up until now, SpaceX rockets have always landed by deploying legs around the rocket as it returned to earth. If new remarks from Elon Musk are accurate, the company wants to get rid of that method to save weight. Future spacecraft may not sport legs at all. The Super Heavy launch vehicle is the first-stage launcher for the second-stage craft known as Starship. Super Heavy will still use its engin
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How to identify heat-stressed corals
Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change, according to a new study.
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Dredging up fish dinners does lasting damage to the sea floor
Nature, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03625-2 Bottom trawling not only erodes the sea bed, but also reduces its carbon-storage capacity.
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Hair ice: The strange phenomenon of 'candy floss' on trees
The unusual phenomenon looks like candy floss on the trees – but touch it and it melts away.
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First patient receives Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine – video
An 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world outside clinical trials to receive the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Brian Pinker, a dialysis patient, received the jab at 7.30am on Monday from Sam Foster, a nurse at Churchill hospital, part of the Oxford University hospitals NHS foundation trust. Oxford man, 82, first in world to get O
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This Home COVID Test Kit Is Fast, Discreet, and Surprisingly Simple
The FDA recently granted emergency use authorization to the first at-home COVID test that consumers can purchase and use without a prescription from a doctor. Unfortunately, while these tests will certainly be helpful in the fight to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, they may not be quite as helpful as we would like. The reason for this is that the particular test that was approved is an antigen tes
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Geofencing can level up your smart home if you set it up properly
Why turning on the lights as you get home when your house can do it for you? ( Binyamin Mellish / Pexels/) I dream of a truly smart home . But I don't just want light bulbs I can turn on with my phone—I want a fully automated, Tony Stark-style robot house that talks to me and anticipates my every need before I even ask. Consumer technology is still far from this fantasy, but with geofencing you'l
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Voldsom vækst i bygningsintegrerede solceller i Norge
PLUS. Den lavtstående vintersol gør ydervægge i Norge ekstra velegnede til solceller. Og prisen for en facade med og uden solceller er stort set den samme.
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The Evolution of Telemedicine
One of the side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was an exponential increase in the use of telemedicine – doctor visits over the phone or video. But the rapid adoption of this technology has had some growing pains, including exposing a predictable divide in socioeconomic status, age, and people of color. There are also technical issues that are still being tweaked. But overall, the adoption of te
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Wikipedia's Biggest Challenge Awaits in 2021
Changes proposed by the Wikimedia Foundation to diversify its community of editors raise existential questions for the online encyclopedia.
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Cholesterol Drops in the West and Rises in the East
Blood levels change as people alter diets and the use of statin medications — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Dear Therapist's Guide to Starting Over
The start of this new year is bringing one change that will disappoint many Atlantic readers: Our much beloved "Dear Therapist" column is going on hiatus for a few months, while its author, Lori Gottlieb, works on her next book. In her stead, as the editor of "Dear Therapist," I have been tasked with revisiting some of Lori's best work to keep us thinking about emotional health until she returns.
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How modelling Covid has changed the way we think about epidemics | Adam Kucharrski
The pandemic has created a tragic 'natural experiment' – a once-in-a-century jolt that could produce unexpected insights Adam Kucharski is an associate professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Think back on some of the things you learned about Covid-19 in 2020: information such as "fatality risk" and "incubation pe
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David Argyle: can bullying lead to bad science?
David Argyle was about to become President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. But then bullying allegations emerged, which the University of Edinburgh swiftly dismissed and suppressed. Now they can do same with the data integrity concerns in Argyle's research.
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In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice
About 200 million women in the country are illiterate. But voice memo and image-sharing apps make it easier to connect, communicate, and run businesses.
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This Drone Sniffs Out Odors With a Real Moth Antenna
Researchers slap a living antenna on a drone to give the machine an insanely keen sense of smell. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the "Smellicopter."
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Meet the nurse who's running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all on her own
The BIS Community Clinic has one room and one attending health care practitioner for all of its patients in and around Bedias, Texas. (Google Street View/) There's only one health clinic for the northern half of Grimes County, a fairly large rural county in southeastern Texas, 80 miles northwest of Houston. At this sole clinic, there is a sole health care provider: nurse practitioner Elizabeth El
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India Is Targeting Defenders of Indigenous Rights as 'Terrorists'
Adivasis and their allies are being persecuted for protesting development that destroys the environment — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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How to identify heat-stressed corals
Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change, according to a Rutgers-led study.
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Klimatilpasning i Sierra Leone: Afvandingskanal blev stoppet med skrald
PLUS. Manglende affaldssortering udgør et problem, når Ingeniører Uden Grænser sammen med lokale unge arbejder med klimatilpasning i Sierra Leones hovedstad.
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Nyt lovforslag om it-kriminalitet: Politiet skal have lov til at gå uden om domstolene
Et nyt lovforslag vil betyde, at politiet ikke længere skal forbi domstolene for at få blåstemplet adgang til informationer fra banker og teleudbydere.
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How to identify heat-stressed corals
Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change, according to a Rutgers-led study.
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Audio long-read: Controlling COVID with science – Iceland's story
Nature, Published online: 30 December 2020; doi:10.1038/d41586-020-03608-3 Lessons from Iceland, which utilised huge scientific resources to contain COVID-19.
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Journal becomes "victim of an organized rogue editor network"
We're not accustomed to seeing journal article titles that end in exclamation points. But that's what a title did earlier this month: "The Journal of Nanoparticle Research victim of an organized rogue editor network!" The journal, a Springer Nature title, wrote the editors, "has been attacked in a new way by a sophisticated and organized … Continue reading
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How to identify heat-stressed corals
Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change, according to a Rutgers-led study.
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Don't Despair
The most apt coinage of recent years is doomscrolling . Early in the morning or late at night, you can scan through an app on your handheld device for infection numbers, test-positivity rates, and news of vaccine shortages. If your interests range more widely, you can monitor domestic-abuse and murder rates, cases of depression and anxiety, crumbling small businesses, and the lonely snuffings-out
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The Debate About School Safety Is No Longer Relevant
Getty / the atlantic For months, the debate about whether to open schools has centered on one question: Are schools safe? The only trouble is, this hardly matters anymore. Except in the few remaining regions with modest rates of viral spread, the transmission risk from and within schools is now beside the point. So many teachers and staff members are sick, quarantining, or have stepped down that
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Dykkere finder legendarisk krypteringsmaskine i Flensborg Fjord
Nazisterne troede, at koden fra deres Enigma-maskiner var umulig at læse, men britiske og polske matematikere havde knækket den allerede i 1941.
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David Mildner obituary
My friend David Mildner, who has died aged 76, was a leading figure in atomic research, hailed as "neutron scattering's first rock star" at the Center for Neutron Research of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland. The second of the seven children of Raymond Mildner, an electrical engineer then serving as a Flight Lieutenant in the wartime RAF, and his wife, Betty Hasla
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Danske vindmøller satte i 2020 ny rekord
I 2020 producerede danske vindmøller mere energi til danskerne end nogensinde før. Men på grund af nedregulering overgik andelen af danskernes samlede elforbrug dog ikke året før, oplyser Wind Denmark.
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Cultivation of elusive microbes unearthed exciting biology
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20393-9 Many newly-discovered microbial phyla have been studied solely by cultivation-independent techniques such as metagenomics. Much of their biology thus remains elusive, because the organisms have not yet been isolated and grown in the lab. Katayama et al. lift the curtain on some intriguing biology by cultivati
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Neutralizing antibody titres in SARS-CoV-2 infections
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20247-4 Here, the authors perform plaque reduction neutralization (PRNT) assays quantitating SARS-CoV-2 specific neutralizing antibodies from 195 patients in different disease states and find that patients with severe disease exhibit higher peaks of neutralizing antibody titres than patients with mild or asymptomatic
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The origin of the Moon's Earth-like tungsten isotopic composition from dynamical and geochemical modeling
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20266-1 Tungsten isotopes between the Earth and Moon are compared in this new study. The authors find that traditional models of Moon formation are very unlikely to reproduce the Moon's Earth-like isotopic composition.
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Nanoscale decoupling of electronic nematicity and structural anisotropy in FeSe thin films
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20150-y Here, in contrast to previous observations in Fe-based superconductors, scanning tunnelling microscopy of strain-patterned FeSe thin films reveals a local decoupling of electron nematicity and structural anisotropy, pointing towards a stiffness of the nematic order parameter at the nanoscale.
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Atomically thin photoanode of InSe/graphene heterostructure
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20341-7 Achieving efficient photoelectrochemical cells requires insights into the ion kinetics at the surface of photoelectrode. Here, the authors show a new platform for investigating strong coupling between hydroxide ions and surface charge carriers by using monolayer InSe as the anode with high photocurrent densit
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Synthesis of bio-based methylcyclopentadiene via direct hydrodeoxygenation of 3-methylcyclopent-2-enone derived from cellulose
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20264-3 Synthesis of methylcyclopentadiene (MCPD) with abundant biomass is appealing. Here the authors show that cellulose-derived 3-methylcyclopent-2-enone can be directly hydrodeoxygenated to MCPD over a partially reduced Zn-Mo oxide catalyst.
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Robust and efficient hydrogenation of carbonyl compounds catalysed by mixed donor Mn(I) pincer complexes
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20168-2 Manganese-based hydrogenation catalysts are sensitive to high temperatures and may degrade under industrially relevant conditions. Here, the authors report a highly efficient manganese pincer pre-catalyst displaying high TOF values (up to 41 000 h−1) and stability (TON up to 200 000) at loadings as low as 5-2
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Unified divergent strategy towards the total synthesis of the three sub-classes of hasubanan alkaloids
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20274-1 Several Hasubanan alkaloids have been synthesized in the past decades, however a divergent approach to access the 3 subclasses of such natural products has not been reported yet. Here, the authors show the enantioselective total syntheses of four representative members via a unified strategy leading to the th
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Worse Than Treason
"We are what we pretend to be," Kurt Vonnegut wrote in the opening of his 1962 novel, Mother Night , "and so we must be careful what we pretend to be." Republicans in Congress are pretending to be seditionists—and so they have become, in fact, seditionists. Forget all the whispered denials and the off-the-record expressions of concern in private; ignore the knowing smirks on camera from GOP offic
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Vaping combined with smoking is likely as harmful as smoking cigarettes alone
People who smoked traditional cigarettes in addition to using e-cigarettes experienced health effects as harmful as those who smoked cigarettes exclusively; those effects are associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and death.In a large data analysis of more than 7,100 U.S. adults, researchers examined the association of cigarette and e-cigarette use with inflammation and oxidative
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Techtopia #173: Robotter skriver din avis
Det bliver stadigt mere almindeligt, at algoritmer og softwarerobotter skriver artikler og hjælper journalister med research.
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Mitch McConnell's Slipping Grip on the Republican Party
M itch McConnell begins the new year with his hold on the Senate, and on his own party, loosening by the hour. A pair of runoff elections in Georgia tomorrow could end the Kentucky Republican's six-year reign as majority leader, and on Wednesday, he'll have to watch as nearly a quarter of his members challenge the clear results of the presidential election in defiance of McConnell's explicit wish
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Online Misinformation Fuels a Fight Over Folic Acid
Despite the link between low dietary folate and neural tube defects, some holistic practitioners on the internet are urging pregnant people to avoid taking folic acid supplements and remove fortified foods from their diets. Frustrated medical experts worry that this puts babies at unnecessary risk.
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Michio Kaku: 3 mind-blowing predictions about the future
Carl Sagan believed humanity needed to become a multi-planet species as an insurance policy against the next huge catastrophe on Earth. Now, Elon Musk is working to see that mission through, starting with a colony of a million humans on Mars. Where will our species go next? Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku looks decades into the future and makes three bold predictions about human space travel, t
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Playing the 'Green Lottery': Life Inside Colombia's Emerald Mines
For many of the men who hunt for the country's prized gems, the mines are like casinos in the middle of the Andes: One stone could change it all.
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What Drove The Drop In Kids' Asthma ER Visits At A Boston Hospital During Lockdown?
Boston Children's Hospital saw a precipitous drop in cases during the spring shutdown, and the trend continues. Researchers are asking why — and what it would take to keep up the change post-pandemic. (Image credit: PixelsEffect/Getty Images)
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The 11 biggest space missions of 2021 (and their chances of success)
Spaceflight in 2020 did not go as planned. Like nearly everything else in the world, space activity was hit hard by the pandemic . Last year we listed the seven space missions that we were most excited to see take flight throughout 2020. Some of those went brilliantly: SpaceX sent astronauts into space ! China brought moon rocks back to Earth ! But unfortunately, a lot of other stuff didn't happe
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Suga warns Tokyo faces state of emergency as Covid cases soar
Prime minister says Japan is unlikely to roll out vaccinations till the end of next month
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Poachers' paradise: Gulf hunts fuel Pakistan falcon trafficking
Since learning to capture birds as a teen, Muhammad Rafiq has amassed a small fortune in Pakistan trapping and trafficking falcons—including some endangered species—for wealthy Gulf Arabs.
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UK becomes first country to administer Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
Ministers consider tougher measures as country faces race against time to fight a new coronavirus strain
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Poachers' paradise: Gulf hunts fuel Pakistan falcon trafficking
Since learning to capture birds as a teen, Muhammad Rafiq has amassed a small fortune in Pakistan trapping and trafficking falcons—including some endangered species—for wealthy Gulf Arabs.
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Australian 'lives and homes' at risk as fire nears Perth
An out-of-control bushfire threatened lives and homes in Australia's west coast city of Perth Monday, with locals told to shelter in place from toxic fumes.
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Race to save Bangladesh hound from extinction
In a rickety hut on the border with Bangladesh and India, two brothers are among the last local breeders of the Sarail hound, a dog on the brink of extinction.
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Race to save Bangladesh hound from extinction
In a rickety hut on the border with Bangladesh and India, two brothers are among the last local breeders of the Sarail hound, a dog on the brink of extinction.
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Covid vaccine: Oxford man, 82, first in world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca jab
Dialysis patient Brian Pinker received jab at Oxford's Churchill hospital on Monday morning Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An 82-year-old retired maintenance manager has become the first person in the world outside clinical trials to get the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Speaking after getting the jab at Oxford's Churchill hospital at 7.30a
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Spider-Man-style medical gun spins out 'skin substitute' for burns
Israeli firm claims device allows patients to move freely and does away with painful dressings Doctors in Europe and Israel have begun using a medical gun that spins out a protective web to cover burns and wounds, hoping the breathable "skin substitute" will help patients recover without the need for painful bandage changes. Nanomedic, the Israeli company that designed the Spincare system , claim
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Germ theory denial in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic
As hard as it is to believe, in the middle of a global pandemic that's claimed so many lives and so thoroughly disrupted society, there are people who still deny germ theory. How can this be? The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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Lavinartad ökning av dieter i Sverige
Du är vad du äter. Eller snarare vad du inte äter. Från ett diskret petande på tallriken har specialkost blivit något vi ställer krav på och gärna skyltar med. Att vilja ha specialkost handlar inte längre bara om hälsa utan bygger också identitet.
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Starwatch: Crescent moon slips past Spica in early morning sky
Virgo's brightest star is 250 light years away, with a diameter more than seven times larger than the sun's This week, the waning crescent moon slides past Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo, the virgin. The passage takes place in the morning sky. Continue reading…
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Ekspert: Ny EU-lov vil fragmentere internettet
EU's nye lovpakke, Digital Services Act, kan lede til fragmentering af internettet og til tech-giganternes monopol på lovpligtige algoritmer. Det frygter The Internet Society's direktør for politisk strategi og udvikling i dette interview med Version2.
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Women
have too long been an afterthought: denied equal opportunity at home and in society and ignored by science. Recent decades brought progress toward some measure of parity, but yawning gaps… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Øboerne frygter, at havet kommer: 'Vi kan lige så godt købe waders alle sammen'
Vi kan være nødt til at opgive dele af landet, når vandet stiger som følge af klimaforandringer, vurderer professor og kommuner.
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Boris Johnson warns of tougher Covid-19 restrictions for England
Ministers review whether tier 4 measures will be enough to control spread of virus
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200 miljoner år gamla löv kan ge svar om massdöd
Hur har djur och växter klarat de förhistoriska massutrotningar som drabbat jorden? Den frågan hoppas forskare i ett nytt projekt vid Naturhistoriska riksmuseet kunna svara på med hjälp av rester från 200 miljoner år gamla löv.
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Professor: Lyntest bør kunne holde samfundet mere åbent
PLUS. Lyntest og færre PCR-cykler burde effektivt kunne hjælpe med at åbne samfundet op igen, mener professor i global sundhed. SSI advarer mod at ændre for meget på teststrategien lige nu.
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What could we acomplish but didn't
I think everyone can agree that if we wanted we could have a colony on Moon or Mars. We could start to work on neurolink earlier but nobody thought about that seriously or had enough money to spend for that. What do you think, what else could we accomplish? submitted by /u/KarolKonopacki [link] [comments]
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Is transhumanism the future? New David Wood (London Futurists) interview
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How far away is biotech that grants enhanced intelligence?
Ive read some comments saying that by 2045 we already could simply buy some super intelligence. Is that true? It sounds terrifying that just by that time everyone could easily gain such abilities,easily. How far away is such tech? I mean it cant be that easy and cheap,and by that time already? Its scary.. submitted by /u/JuhpPug [link] [comments]
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Solar cheapest electricity in history
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The Future Of Prosthetics Depends On A.I. – The Medical Futurist
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