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Scientists uncover the genomic differences of marine and freshwater microalgae
Associate Professor of Biology Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani and NYUAD Senior Research Scientist David Nelson report in a new study that they have successfully cultured and sequenced 107 microalgae species from 11 different phyla indigenous to varied locations and climates to gain insights on genomic differences in saltwater and freshwater microalgae. The researchers have also discovered that these alga
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Why has the US COVID-19 vaccine roll out been so slow?
COVID-19 vaccines have been the subject of speculation and anticipation for months—so why hasn't the US made more progress on vaccination? It's been three weeks since the COVID-19 vaccines began arriving at hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. Operation Warp Speed—the US vaccination development, testing, and distribution effort—had made 20 million vaccine doses available by the end of 2020. Yet th
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Researchers find Mars has a Chandler wobble
A combined team of researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and the Royal Observatory of Belgium, has found evidence that Mars has a Chandler wobble. In their paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the group describes their study of decades of data from Mars probes and what it showed them.
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Measurements of pulsar acceleration reveal Milky Way's dark side
It is well known that the expansion of the universe is accelerating due to a mysterious dark energy. Within galaxies, stars also experience an acceleration, though this is due to some combination of dark matter and the stellar density. In a new study to be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters researchers have now obtained the first direct measurement of the average acceleration taking place
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Motherhood does not drive support for gun control
Moms are not more likely than other women to support gun control efforts. In fact, a new study finds that parenthood doesn't have a substantial effect on the gun control views of men or women.
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Scientists uncover the genomic differences of marine and freshwater microalgae
Associate Professor of Biology Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani and NYUAD Senior Research Scientist David Nelson report in a new study that they have successfully cultured and sequenced 107 microalgae species from 11 different phyla indigenous to varied locations and climates to gain insights on genomic differences in saltwater and freshwater microalgae. The researchers have also discovered that these alga
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Watch a Samsung Robot Load Dirty Dishes Into the Dishwasher
Bot Handy South Korean tech giant Samsung has teased its new domestic household helper robot at this year's virtual-only CES. The company showed a new video in which the robot, which has the eyebrow-raising name "Bot Handy," taking on one of the most odious tasks in a kitchen: loading dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Not coming to a home near you soon: Samsung's Handy robot is the most complicat
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Researchers engineer novel disease model to identify potential targets for ulcerative colitis drugs
As reported in Nature Communications, researchers from Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute have developed a novel, patient-derived model of ulcerative colitis, which will help advance studies into new treatments for the chronic inflammatory bowel disease. The team used the model to identify a promising target that could be inhibited to slow disease progression.
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Study: New insights on the role of the MLL4 gene in Kabuki syndrome
Research suggests that MLL4 controls the production of neurons that secrete growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus.
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Researchers acquire 3D images with LED room lighting and a smartphone
In The Optical Society (OSA) journal Optics Express , the researchers demonstrate that 3D optical imaging can be performed with a cell phone and LEDs without requiring any complex manual processes to synchronize the camera with the lighting.
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To understand periodontal disease, researchers examine the surprising behavior of T cells
In diseases characterized by bone loss -such as periodontitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis- there is a lot that scientists still don't understand. What is the role of the immune response in the process? What happens to the regulatory mechanisms that protect bone? In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports , researchers from the Forsyth Institute and the Universidad de Chile des
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A safer, less expensive and fast charging aqueous battery
Researchers have developed a new battery anode that overcomes the limitations of lithium-ion batteries and offers a stable, high-performance battery using seawater as the electrolyte.
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Motherhood does not drive support for gun control
Moms are not more likely than other women to support gun control efforts. In fact, a new study finds that parenthood doesn't have a substantial effect on the gun control views of men or women.
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Discovery pinpoints new therapeutic target for atopic dermatitis
Researchers have discovered a key mechanism underlying bacterial skin colonization in atopic dermatitis, which affects millions around the globe. By identifying a major mechanism through which Staphylococcus aureus binds to the skin of patients with AD the team has opened the possibility of targeting this pathway as a therapeutic option in AD.
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More management measures lead to healthier fish populations
Fish populations tend to do better in places where rigorous fisheries management practices are used, and the more measures employed, the better for fish populations and food production, according to a new article.
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New climate change study: Number of people suffering extreme droughts will double
Michigan State University is leading a global research effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the decades to come.
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Material for future electronics: New method makes graphene nanoribbons easier to produce
Russian researchers have proposed a new method for synthesizing high-quality graphene nanoribbons—a material with potential for applications in flexible electronics, solar cells, LEDs, lasers, and more. Presented in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, the original approach to chemical vapor deposition, offers a higher yield at a lower cost, compared with the currently used nanoribbon self-assembl
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Pillar-like molecules as biosensors for metabolites
Metabolites are organic molecules that take part in or are created during the biochemical reactions constantly taking place in an organism. For the human body, more than 110,000 metabolites have been identified. Metabolites play a role in metabolic syndrome, which is the situation in which several medical conditions occur simultaneously; the conditions include obesity, high blood pressure and high
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Unveiling the double origin of cosmic dust in the distant Universe
Two billion years after the Big Bang, the Universe was still very young. However, thousands of huge galaxies, rich in stars and dust, were already formed. An international study, led by SISSA—Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, now explains how this was possible. Scientists combined observational and theoretical methods to identify the physical processes behind their evolution and,
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New process more efficiently recycles excess carbon dioxide into fuel, study finds
For years, researchers have worked to repurpose excess atmospheric carbon dioxide into new chemicals, fuels and other products traditionally made from hydrocarbons harvested from fossil fuels. The recent push to mitigate the climactic effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has chemists on their toes to find the most efficient means possible. A new study introduces an electrochemical reactio
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Astronomers Are Keeping a Close Watch on the Next Star Over
Last month, as 2020 drew to a close and we on Earth completed one of our strangest orbits around the sun, news broke that astronomers had picked up a mysterious signal from another star. Astronomers could tell, from the specific properties of the beam of radio waves, that it wasn't made by an act of nature, such as a cosmic explosion. The signal coming from the star's direction was produced by te
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Researchers build artificial chromosome
Biotechnologists at Delft University of Technology have built an artificial chromosome in yeast. The chromosome can exist alongside natural yeast chromosomes, and serves as a platform to safely and easily add new functions to the micro-organism. Researchers can use the artificial chromosome to convert yeast cells into living factories capable of producing useful chemicals and even medicines.
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2021 planning: New business models, big opportunity
When the pandemic threw the world into disarray in spring 2020, most organizations responded by holding on—barely, at times. Executives assessed the impact on operations and dealt with the immediate emergency. Now businesses are ready to move beyond resilience and recovery and capture growth. Certainly, corporate execs and finance professionals have to focus on the future and take advantage of em
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Pillar-like molecules as biosensors for metabolites
Metabolites are organic molecules that take part in or are created during the biochemical reactions constantly taking place in an organism. For the human body, more than 110,000 metabolites have been identified. Metabolites play a role in metabolic syndrome, which is the situation in which several medical conditions occur simultaneously; the conditions include obesity, high blood pressure and high
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Electrically switchable qubit can tune between storage and fast calculation modes
To perform calculations, quantum computers need qubits to act as elementary building blocks that process and store information. Now, physicists have produced a new type of qubit that can be switched from a stable idle mode to a fast calculation mode. The concept would also allow a large number of qubits to be combined into a powerful quantum computer, as researchers from the University of Basel an
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Researchers build artificial chromosome
Biotechnologists at Delft University of Technology have built an artificial chromosome in yeast. The chromosome can exist alongside natural yeast chromosomes, and serves as a platform to safely and easily add new functions to the micro-organism. Researchers can use the artificial chromosome to convert yeast cells into living factories capable of producing useful chemicals and even medicines.
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Liquid metal ink liberates form
Today's electronic devices strive for new form factors—to make them foldable, stretchable, and deformable. To produce such devices that are highly stretchable or deformable, it is necessary to develop electrodes and circuit lines whose electrical properties can withstand harsh deformation or mechanical damage. To this, POSTECH-Yonsei University joint research team has recently developed liquid met
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Invasive Brown Tree Snakes Stun Scientists With Amazing New Climbing Tactic
The successful predator, which has decimated bird populations on Guam, lassoes its body around poles in order to propel itself upwards
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Measurements of pulsar acceleration reveal Milky Way's dark side
It is well known that the expansion of the universe is accelerating due to a mysterious dark energy. Within galaxies, stars also experience an acceleration, though this is due to some combination of dark matter and the stellar density. In a new study to be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters researchers have now obtained the first direct measurement of the average acceleration taking place
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NYUAD scientists uncover the genomic differences of marine and freshwater microalgae
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Associate Professor of Biology Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani and NYUAD Senior Research Scientist David Nelson report in a new study that they have successfully cultured and sequenced 107 microalgae species from 11 different phyla indigenous to varied locations and climates to gain insights on genomic differences in saltwater and freshwater microalgae.
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Simple monitoring could reduce medicine misuse in care homes
Nurse-led monitoring of patients for signs and symptoms associated with documented 'undesirable effects' of medicines has potential to prevent avoidable harm, and optimize prescribing.
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Early warning system fills in gaps in infectious disease surveillance
Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health developed an infectious disease early warning system that includes areas lacking health clinics participating in infectious disease surveillance. The approach compensates for existing gaps to support better observation and prediction of the spread of an outbreak, including to areas remaining without surveillance.
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New climate change study: Number of people suffering extreme droughts will double
Michigan State University is leading a global research effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the decades to come. By the late 21st century, global land area and population facing extreme droughts could more than double — increasing from 3% during 1976-2005 to 7%-8%, according to Yadu Pokhrel, associate professor of c
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How the circadian clock regulates liver genes in time and space
EPFL scientists have carried out the first comprehensive study of how genes in the liver perform their metabolic functions in both space and time of day. Monitoring almost 5000 genes at the level of the individual cell across a 24-hour period, the researchers have modelled how the circadian clock and liver functions crosstalk throughout the day in sync with the feeding-fasting cycle.
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'Galaxy-sized' observatory sees potential hints of gravitational waves
Scientists believe that planets like Earth bob in a sea of gravitational waves that spread throughout the universe. Now, an international team has gotten closer than ever before to detecting those cosmic ripples.
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NIH study suggests using cannabis while trying to conceive may reduce pregnancy chances
Women who use marijuana could have a more difficult time conceiving a child than women who do not use marijuana, suggests a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Marijuana use among the women's partners–which could have influenced conception rates–was not studied.
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Implant uses light to tell your brain you're not hungry
A new implantable medical device might offer a less invasive method than gastric bypass to help with weight loss, a new study shows. Gastric bypass surgery is sometimes the last resort for those who struggle with obesity or have serious health-related issues due to their weight. The invasive procedure, which involves making a small stomach pouch and rerouting the digestive tract, can prolong the
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'Galaxy-sized' observatory sees potential hints of gravitational waves
Scientists have used a "galaxy-sized" space observatory to find possible hints of a unique signal from gravitational waves, or the powerful ripples that course through the universe and warp the fabric of space and time itself.
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These Snakes Found a New Way to Slither
The novel technique is great news for Guam's brown tree snakes, bad news for the island's nesting birds.
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Broken promises: How Singapore lost trust on contact tracing privacy
For Singaporeans, the covid-19 pandemic has been closely intertwined with technology: two technologies, to be specific. The first is the QR code, whose little black-and-white squares have been ubiquitous all over the country as part of the SafeEntry contact tracing system rolled out in April and May. Under SafeEntry, anyone entering a public venue—restaurants, stores, malls—must scan a code and r
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Computer scientists: We wouldn't be able to control super intelligent machines
We are fascinated by machines that can control cars, compose symphonies, or defeat people at chess, Go, or Jeopardy! While more progress is being made all the time in Artificial Intelligence (AI), some scientists and philosophers warn of the dangers of an uncontrollable superintelligent AI. Using theoretical calculations, an international team of researchers shows that it would likely not be possi
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This tree snake climbs with a lasso-like motion
Researchers have discovered that invasive brown tree snakes living on Guam can get around in a way that had never been seen before. The discovery of the snake's lasso-like locomotion for climbing their way up smooth vertical cylinders has important implications, both for understanding the snakes and for conservation practices aimed at protecting birds from them.
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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create 'living materials'
Engineers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the 'kombucha mother' used to ferment tea. Using this mix, called a Syn-SCOBY (synthetic symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), they produced cellulose embedded with enzymes that can perform a variety of functions, such as sensing environmental pollutants.
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Robot displays a glimmer of empathy to a partner robot
Like a longtime couple who can predict each other's every move, a new robot has learned to predict its partner robot's future actions and goals based on just a few initial video frames. The study is part of a broader effort to endow robots with the ability to understand and anticipate the goals of other robots, purely from visual observations.
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Did you solve it? A head for hats
The solution to today's problem Earlier today I set you the following puzzle, about three extremely logical people in a line. Each person can only see who is in front of them. A hat seller shows them three white and two black hats. She places a hat on each person and hides the remaining two. Continue reading…
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Material for future electronics: New method makes graphene nanoribbons easier to produce
Russian researchers have proposed a new method for synthesizing high-quality graphene nanoribbons — a material with potential for applications in flexible electronics, solar cells, LEDs, lasers, and more. Presented in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C , the original approach to chemical vapor deposition, offers a higher yield at a lower cost, compared with the currently used nanoribbon self-ass
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Youth with family history of suicide attempts have worse neurocognitive functioning
Children and adolescents with a family history of suicide attempts have lower executive functioning, shorter attention spans, and poorer language reasoning than those without a family history, according to a new study by researchers from the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. The study is the largest to date to examine
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Big data analysis finds cancer's key vulnerabilities
A new analysis of almost 10,000 patients found that tumors could be stratified into 112 subtypes regardless of the cancer's origin.
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An augmented immune response explains the adverse course of COVID-19 in patients with hypertension
COVID-19 patients who also suffer from high blood pressure are more likely to fall severely ill with the disease, which also leaves them at greater risk of death. Scientists from the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in collaboration with partners in Heidelberg and Leipzig, have now found that the immune cells of patients with hypertension are already pre-a
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Pillar-like molecules as biosensors for metabolites
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in Communications Chemistry that a molecule known as pillar[6]arene can form a host-guest compound with a cancer-associated metabolite. The phenomenon can be used to efficiently detect the metabolite in crude biological samples, which is important for preventing and treating metabolic syndrome and associated pathologies.
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EU races to control Covid variant
France and European neighbours face spread of highly infectious mutation from UK
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Martian Satellite Photos Show Dynamic Planet
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter celebrated its 15th year circling Mars — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create 'living materials'
Engineers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the 'kombucha mother' used to ferment tea. Using this mix, called a Syn-SCOBY (synthetic symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), they produced cellulose embedded with enzymes that can perform a variety of functions, such as sensing environmental pollutants.
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Skorstensfejeres protest mod brændeovnsforbud afvist
Domstol har afvist skorstensfejere, der stævnede Lejre Kommune for at forbyde skorstene i lokalplaner. Afgørelsen er anket.
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Middelhavet udsat for ødelæggende tab af havliv
Højere temperaturer som følge af klimaforandringerne har ført til et biodiversitetskollaps i den østlige del af Middelhavet og har sandsynligvis allerede spredt sig til flere områder, advarer forskere.
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Russerne har afsløret nanochip i Pfizer-vaccine….eller var det en guitarpedal?
Konspirationsteoretikerne mente omsider at sidde med beviset på en hjernekontrollerende nanochip. Men så kom en softwareingeniør og dryssede malurt i deres bæger.
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DARPA Working on Night-Vision Goggles the Size of Normal Glasses
Eyes Up DARPA, the research and development division of the Pentagon, is working to give bulky night-vision goggles a major overhaul. The ultimate goal is to make night-vision goggles that look like any other pair of glasses and do away with the giant headgear currently in use , according to a DARPA press release on Monday, citing neck strain and limited fields of view caused by existing gear. Ne
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Is Trump Actually Still in Control?
Who is steering the American ship of state? This isn't a philosophical question; we've spent four years wondering about the roots and motivations of Trumpism. It's a specific question: Who is in charge right now when the White House has to make a decision? On paper, the answer is simple: Until noon on January 20, Donald Trump is the president. Then Joe Biden will be sworn in and become president.
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Construction sites are aiding spread of Covid | Letters
A construction worker says they are being forced to work under unsafe conditions, Shirley Osborn highlights the gaps in financial support for low-paid workers and John Lynham laments the absence of effective government communication I have been closely following the Guardian's reporting of NHS workers treating Covid patients and their pleas for the public to follow the lockdown restrictions ( ICU
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New process more efficiently recycles excess CO2 into fuel, study finds
For years, researchers have worked to repurpose excess atmospheric carbon dioxide into new chemicals, fuels and other products traditionally made from hydrocarbons harvested from fossil fuels. The recent push to mitigate the climactic effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has chemists on their toes to find the most efficient means possible. A new study introduces an electrochemical reactio
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Bacterium produces pharmaceutical all-purpose weapon
For some years, an active substance from the leaves of an ornamental plant has been regarded as a possible forerunner of a new group of potent drugs. So far, however, it has been very laborious to manufacture it in large quantities. That could now change: Researchers at the University of Bonn (Germany) have identified a bacterium that produces the substance and can also be easily cultivated in the
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One in five brain cancers fueled by overactive mitochondria
A new study has found that up to 20% of aggressive brain cancers are fueled by overactive mitochondria and new drugs in development may be able to starve the cancers.
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A CNIO study links severe COVID-19 disease to short telomeres
The data show that telomeres are shorter in patients suffering more severe COVID-19 pathologies. The researchers propose that one of the consequences of the viral infection is shortening of the telomeres, which, in turn, hampers the regeneration of lung tissue and causes prolonged sequelae in some patients. The study, published in the journal 'Aging', suggests the usefulness of a possible therapy
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Evidence of huntsman spider creating leaf trap for a frog found in Madagascar
A team of researchers from the Centre of the SAVA Region and the University of Antananarivo, both in Madagascar, and one from the University of Goettingen in Germany, has found evidence of a huntsman spider living in a northeastern part of Madagascar creating a trap for tree frogs. In their paper published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, the group describes their observation of a huntsman sp
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New theory for how snowflakes grow
Scientists have discovered what drives the delicate and complex microcosm of tiny terraces, pyramids and craters found on the surface of ice. These miniature structures, hidden beneath a thin premelting layer of water, develop and evolve because of a dynamic interplay between the gas, liquid and solid phases—which exist simultaneously.
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Researchers perform largest-ever supersonic turbulence simulation
Early astronomers painstakingly studied the subtle movements of stars in the night sky to try and determine how our planet moves in relation to other celestial bodies. As technology has increased, so has the understanding of how the universe works and our relative position within it.
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Evidence of huntsman spider creating leaf trap for a frog found in Madagascar
A team of researchers from the Centre of the SAVA Region and the University of Antananarivo, both in Madagascar, and one from the University of Goettingen in Germany, has found evidence of a huntsman spider living in a northeastern part of Madagascar creating a trap for tree frogs. In their paper published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, the group describes their observation of a huntsman sp
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Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans
A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans, and established which animals have cellular receptors that allow the virus to enter their cells most effectively.
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Förväntningar på coronavaccin ger slarv med distansering
När vaccinationerna mot covid-19 startat, och slutet på pandemin känns närmare, riskerar vi att slarva med åtgärder som social distansering. En enkätstudie visar att information om vaccinerna paradoxalt nog kan accelerera spridningen av viruset. När spridningen av covid-19 når nya höjder vädjar myndigheter runt om i världen till ökad social distansering. Samtidigt sprids hoppfull information om d
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The Curious Strength of a Sea Sponge's Glass Skeleton
In 1841, the English biologist Richard Owen marveled at the intricate skeleton of a new sea sponge species found near the Philippines. It resembled "a delicate cornucopia," he wrote, one woven from "stiff, glistening, elastic threads, resembling the finest hairs of spun glass." The skeleton is indeed made of glass, which the animal, Euplectella aspergillum — nicknamed "Venus' flower basket," — cr
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Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans
A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans, and established which animals have cellular receptors that allow the virus to enter their cells most effectively.
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Coronal holes during the solar maximum
Sunspots were first seen by Galileo, and in the eighteenth century Rudolf Wolf concluded from his study of previous observations that there was a roughly eleven-year solar cycle of activity. In 1919 the astronomer George Ellery Hale found a new solar periodicity, the twenty-two year solar magnetic cycle which is composed of two eleven-year cycles and today is referred to as the Hale cycle. The ele
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How different plants can share their genetic material with each other
The genetic material of plants, animals and humans is well protected in the nucleus of each cell and stores all the information that forms an organism. For example, information about the size or color of flowers, hair or fur is predefined here. In addition, cells contain small organelles that contain their own genetic material. These include chloroplasts in plants, which play a key role in photosy
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Stem cells use a piston-like engine to 'drive' to their destinations
Our bodies often dispatch stem cells to mend or replace biological damage, but how these repair agents make their way through dense tissue to arrive at the scene had been a mystery. "How stem cells squeeze through tissue openings a hundred to a thousand times smaller than themselves had been a perplexing question," says Ovijit Chaudhuri, professor of mechanical engineering.
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Same difference: Predicting divergent paths of genetically identical cells
A set of biomarkers not traditionally associated with cell fate can accurately predict how genetically identical cells behave differently under stress, according to a UT Southwestern study. The findings, published by Cell Reports as a Dec. 1 cover story, could eventually lead to more predictable responses to pharmaceutical treatments.
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How different plants can share their genetic material with each other
The genetic material of plants, animals and humans is well protected in the nucleus of each cell and stores all the information that forms an organism. For example, information about the size or color of flowers, hair or fur is predefined here. In addition, cells contain small organelles that contain their own genetic material. These include chloroplasts in plants, which play a key role in photosy
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Stem cells use a piston-like engine to 'drive' to their destinations
Our bodies often dispatch stem cells to mend or replace biological damage, but how these repair agents make their way through dense tissue to arrive at the scene had been a mystery. "How stem cells squeeze through tissue openings a hundred to a thousand times smaller than themselves had been a perplexing question," says Ovijit Chaudhuri, professor of mechanical engineering.
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Same difference: Predicting divergent paths of genetically identical cells
A set of biomarkers not traditionally associated with cell fate can accurately predict how genetically identical cells behave differently under stress, according to a UT Southwestern study. The findings, published by Cell Reports as a Dec. 1 cover story, could eventually lead to more predictable responses to pharmaceutical treatments.
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Toothpaste chemical can fight antibiotic resistance
Replacing antibiotics in the lab with fluoride is a simple method to address both antibiotic resistance and containment of genetically modified organisms, researchers say. "The issue of antibiotic resistance is a grand challenge of our time, one that is only growing in its importance." Scientists have long been aware of the dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-
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Expanding the boundaries of carbon dioxide fixation
Photorespiration is a highly energy consuming process in plants that leads to the release of previously fixed CO2. Thus, engineering this metabolic process is a key approach for improvement of crop yield and for meeting the challenge of ever-rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Researchers led by Tobias Erb from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany, have now su
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Construction of carbon-based cell-like-spheres for robust potassium anode
With the rapid development of smart portable electronics and electric vehicles, the consumption of lithium resources will increase dramatically and the cost of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) may increase significantly in the future. In addition, the shortage (0.0017 wt% in the Earth's crust) and uneven crustal distribution of lithium also limit its further development and application. Potassium (2.7
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Expanding the boundaries of carbon dioxide fixation
Photorespiration is a highly energy consuming process in plants that leads to the release of previously fixed CO2. Thus, engineering this metabolic process is a key approach for improvement of crop yield and for meeting the challenge of ever-rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Researchers led by Tobias Erb from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany, have now su
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A charge-density-wave topological semimetal
Topological materials are characterized by unique electronic and physical properties that are determined by the underlying topology of their electronic systems. Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Microstructure Physics (Halle) and for Chemical Physics of Solids (Dresden) have now discovered that (TaSe4)2I is the first material in which a charge density wave induces a phase transition be
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Brown Tree Snakes Twist Themselves into 'Lassos' to Climb
The reptiles scale trees with a technique never before observed in any snake — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Unveiling the double origin of cosmic dust in the distant Universe
Two billion years after the Big Bang, the Universe was still very young. However, thousands of huge galaxies, rich in stars and dust, were already formed. A new study explains how this was possible. Scientists identified the processes behind their evolution and found evidence for a rapid growth of dust due to a high concentration of metals in the distant Universe. The study offers a new approach t
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SARS-CoV-2 infection demonstrated in a human lung bronchioalveolar tissue model
Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 replicates efficiently in their model resembling the human bronchioalveolar system that is thought to play a critical role in progression of infection towards pneumonia and ARDS.
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Turbo boosters for the immune system
Immunologist Prof. Dr. Olaf Groß of the Medical Center – University of Freiburg receives a Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project IMMUNOSTIM.
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Landmark study reveals link between gut microbes, diet and illnesses
Diets rich in healthy and plant-based foods encourages the presence of gut microbes that are linked to a lower risk of common illnesses including heart disease, research has found.
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Electrically switchable qubit can tune between storage and fast calculation modes
To perform calculations, quantum computers need qubits to act as elementary building blocks that process and store information. Now, physicists have produced a new type of qubit that can be switched from a stable idle mode to a fast calculation mode. The concept would also allow a large number of qubits to be combined into a powerful quantum computer, as researchers from the University of Basel an
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Asian water towers on tighter budget despite a warmer and wetter climate
Asian Water Towers will have to struggle to quench the thirst of downstream communities despite more river runoff brought on by a warmer climate, according to a recent study led by the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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Robot displays a glimmer of empathy to a partner robot
Like a longtime couple who can predict each other's every move, a Columbia Engineering robot has learned to predict its partner robot's future actions and goals based on just a few initial video frames. The study, conducted at Columbia Engineering's Creative Machines Lab led by Mechanical Engineering Professor Hod Lipson, is part of a broader effort to endow robots with the ability to understand a
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Clinical trial of antibiotic strategies for uncomplicated acute appendicitis
This randomized clinical trial compares the effects of two antibiotic strategies (oral moxifloxacin versus intravenous ertapenem followed by oral levofloxacin) on hospital discharge without surgery and recurrent appendicitis over one year among adults presenting to the emergency department with uncomplicated acute appendicitis.
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Trained medical staff can perform safe, effective hernia surgery
Many low and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, don't have enough surgeons to perform vital surgeries, such as groin hernia repairs. Training non-doctor associate clinicians in this procedure provides a safe and effective solution, a new study shows.
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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create "living materials"
Engineers at MIT and Imperial College London have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the "kombucha mother" used to ferment tea. Using this mix, called a Syn-SCOBY (synthetic symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), they produced cellulose embedded with enzymes that can perform a variety of functions, such as sensing environment
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Landmark human study is first to reveal strong links between gut microbes, diet and health
The largest and most detailed study of its kind uncovered strong links between a person's diet, the microbes in their gut (microbiome) and their health. Some of the identified microbes are so novel that they have not yet been named. These findings could be used to provide personalized dietary advice for better health, based on gut microbiome testing.
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Nurse involvement promotes discussion of advanced care planning during office visits
Most doctors would agree that advanced care planning (ACP) for patients, especially older adults, is important in providing the best and most appropriate health care over the course of a patient's life.
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COVID-19 drug prospects boosted by discovery of short form of coronavirus's 'entry point'
A shadow over the promising inhaled interferon beta COVID-19 therapy has been cleared with the discovery that although it appears to increase levels of ACE2 protein – coronavirus' key entry point into nose and lung cells – it predominantly increases levels of a short version of that protein, which the virus cannot bind to.
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Researchers use LRZ HPC resources to perform largest-ever supersonic turbulence simulation
A multi-institution collaboration being led by Australian National University Associate Professor Christoph Federrath and Heidelberg University Professor Ralf Klessen has been using HPC resources at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre to study turbulence's influence on galaxy formation. The team recently revealed the so-called 'sonic scale' of astrophysical turbulence–marking the transition moving
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Galaxy mergers could limit star formation
Astronomers have looked nine billion years into the past to find evidence that galaxy mergers in the early universe could shut down star formation and affect galaxy growth.
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More than just a sun tan: Ultraviolet light helps marine animals to tell the time of year
Changes in daylength are a well-established annual timing cue for animal behavior and physiology. An international collaboration of scientists led by Kristin Tessmar-Raible at the Max Perutz Labs, a joint venture of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna, now shows that, in addition to daylength, marine bristle worms sense seasonal intensity changes of UVA/deep violet light
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ALMA captures distant colliding galaxy dying out as it loses the ability to form stars
Galaxies begin to "die" when they stop forming stars, but until now astronomers had never clearly glimpsed the start of this process in a far-away galaxy. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have seen a galaxy ejecting nearly half of its star-forming gas. This ejection is happening at a startling rate, equivalent to 10 000 Suns-worth of gas a year. The team b
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More management measures lead to healthier fish populations
Fish populations tend to do better in places where rigorous fisheries management practices are used, and the more measures employed, the better for fish populations and food production, according to a new paper published Jan. 11 in Nature Sustainability .
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Team creates hybrid chips with processors and memory to run AI on battery-powered devices
Transactions between processors and memory can consume 95 percent of the energy needed to do machine learning and AI, which severely limits battery life. A team led by Stanford engineers has designed a system that can run AI tasks faster, and with less energy, by harnessing eight hybrid chips, each with its own data processor built right next to its own memory storage.
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Study reveals strong links between gut microbes, diet and metabolic health
The largest and most detailed study of its kind has uncovered strong links between a person's diet, the microbes in their gut (microbiome) and their health. This interrelationship appears to associate with an individual's risk of some serious conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. The study shows that gut microbe composition is highly individualized, and these findings could be used to
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Race in clinician documentation
Medical records for patients admitted to an urban academic medical center were analyzed for race and ethnicity for evidence of racial bias in clinician documentation.
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Pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19
Researchers examined pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization trends in 22 states for both severity among this population and spread of the virus.
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This tree snake climbs with a lasso-like motion
Researchers reporting in Current Biology on January 11 have discovered that invasive brown tree snakes living on Guam can get around in a way that had never been seen before. The discovery of the snake's lasso-like locomotion for climbing their way up smooth vertical cylinders has important implications, both for understanding the snakes and for conservation practices aimed at protecting birds fro
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Scientists discover bizarre new mode of snake locomotion
Researchers have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake to ascend much larger smooth cylinders than any previously known behavior.
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Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Small Trial
Participants with the disease still declined, but much more slowly than those receiving a placebo, investigators say.
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Syv uger i Danmark: Britisk variant smitter 70 procent mere herhjemme
PLUS. Kontakttallet skal ned på rekordlave niveauer, hvis vi skal holde smittetrykket i ro trods den nye variants øgede smitsomhed.
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Transporting and concentrating vibrational energy to promote isomerization
Nature, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-03081-y Infrared absorption by a thick CO crystal produces many vibrational quanta that can be transported and concentrated at a salt interface to drive orientational isomerization of CO molecules with enhanced efficiency.
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My lockdown literature-review challenge
Nature, Published online: 08 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00010-5 With his lab closed, Saurja DasGupta had the time to write his first review as sole author. It was rejected. But he persisted, and learnt a lot.
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Sanofi/Kymab: reliance on science
Deal is latest in string of acquisitions that have given drugmaker access to new technologies
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Climate change: Africa's green energy transition 'unlikely' this decade
Hopes that Africa could "leapfrog" fossil fuels and move to renewables are not being realised.
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UK allows emergency use of bee-harming pesticide
In 2018, the EU and UK imposed an almost-total ban because of the serious damage it could cause.
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Monkeys stick with stuff that isn't working, too
Capuchin monkeys and rhesus macaques have the same reluctance to give up on something they've already committed time and effort to as humans, researchers report. The researchers also say it occurs more often when the monkeys are uncertain about the outcome. "We're predisposed to keep trying. And when we find ourselves sticking with things, we should also be a little reflective. Do I have a good r
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More management measures lead to healthier fish populations
Fish populations tend to do better in places where rigorous fisheries management practices are used, and the more measures employed, the better for fish populations and food production, according to a new paper published Jan. 11 in Nature Sustainability.
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Scientists discover bizarre new mode of snake locomotion
A team of researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake to ascend much larger smooth cylinders than any previously known behavior.
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Guam's invasive tree snakes loop themselves into lassos to reach their feathered prey
New "lassoing" technique has never been seen before in snakes
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Johnson under fire for bike ride as warning of tighter lockdown issued
Prime minister's trip to Olympic Park complied with Covid-19 guidelines, insists Number 10
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£3bn UK climate finance to be spent on supporting nature
The PM says investment is needed to protect marine life, forests and sustainable food production.
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SpaceX Building Bar and Restaurant at Starship Testing Facility
Bar None SpaceX is building a restaurant and a "futuristic bar" at its Starship testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas, according to CEO Elon Musk. Tim Dodd, better known on social media as Everyday Astronaut, spotted a "Tiki bar" near the company's Texas facilities that has the space company's Starship's aerodynamic flaps, opining that "sorry, but that's the coolest thing ever." "Fun to imagine t
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More management measures lead to healthier fish populations
Fish populations tend to do better in places where rigorous fisheries management practices are used, and the more measures employed, the better for fish populations and food production, according to a new paper published Jan. 11 in Nature Sustainability.
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Scientists discover bizarre new mode of snake locomotion
A team of researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake to ascend much larger smooth cylinders than any previously known behavior.
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Ultraviolet light helps marine animals to tell the time of year
Most organisms on Earth depend on the energy from the sun. Sunlight is also an important coordinator of life's timers. Animals take important cues for proliferation, activity, feeding, or sleep from changing light conditions. These rhythms also exist in humans—as changing light conditions across the year can strongly impact human mood and psychology.
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Galaxy mergers could limit star formation
Astronomers have looked nine billion years into the past to find evidence that galaxy mergers in the early universe could shut down star formation and affect galaxy growth.
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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create 'living materials'
Engineers at MIT and Imperial College London have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mixture of bacteria and yeast similar to the "kombucha mother" used to ferment tea.
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New Research Could Enable Direct Data Transfer From Computers to Living Cells
As the modern world produce s ever more data, researchers are scrambling to find new ways to store it all . DNA holds promise as an extremely compact and stable storage medium, and now a new approach could let us write digital data directly into the genomes of living cells. Efforts to repurpose nature's built-in memory technology aren't new, but in the last decade the approach has gained renewed
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Ultraviolet light helps marine animals to tell the time of year
Most organisms on Earth depend on the energy from the sun. Sunlight is also an important coordinator of life's timers. Animals take important cues for proliferation, activity, feeding, or sleep from changing light conditions. These rhythms also exist in humans—as changing light conditions across the year can strongly impact human mood and psychology.
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Brown Tree Snakes Twist Themselves into 'Lassos' to Climb
The reptiles scale trees with a technique never before observed in any snake — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Unravelling the mystery that makes viruses infectious
Researchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus 'package up' their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells.
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Research shapes safe dentistry during Covid-19
Leading research at Newcastle University has been used to shape how dentistry can be carried out safely during the Covid-19 pandemic by mitigating the risks of dental aerosols.
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Discovery pinpoints new therapeutic target for atopic dermatitis
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a key mechanism underlying bacterial skin colonisation in atopic dermatitis, which affects millions around the globe. By identifying a major mechanism through which Staphylococcus aureus binds to the skin of patients with AD the team has opened the possibility of targeting this pathway as a therapeutic option in AD.
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Brown Tree Snakes Twist Themselves into 'Lassos' to Climb
The reptiles scale trees with a technique never before observed in any snake — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The WNBA Can't Keep Kelly Loeffler Around
Last week, soon after Georgia chose its first Black senator, an idea began to circulate on Twitter: Perhaps the Reverend Raphael Warnock, who will be the 11th Black senator in United States history, should wear the WNBA's signature orange hoodie when he is sworn in . After all, the women's professional basketball league and its players share credit for Warnock's victory. Last summer, members of t
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6 essential lessons for women leaders | Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
In a rich conversation full of practical insights, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reflect on their experiences as women leaders in positions of global power — and share six standout lessons on what it takes to lead and build solidarity in the face of gender bias and stereotypes.
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Forskaren om satsning på långtidscovid: "Måste förstå varför vissa drabbas"
Regeringen föreslår nu att 50 miljoner kronor läggs på forskning om långtidscovid – ett välkommet tillskott anser forskare som nu hoppas förstå varför vissa individer drabbas och andra inte.
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Why the Covid crisis in UK hospitals is likely to get worse
With virus admissions greater than discharges, the quality of care is expected to decline and death rates to rise
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Breakthrough on diarrhea virus opens up for new vaccines
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have for the first time at the atomic level succeeded in mapping what a virus looks like that causes diarrhea and annually kills about 50,000 children in the world. The discovery may in the long run provide the opportunity for completely new types of treatments for other viral diseases such as COVID-19.
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Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B volume 10, issue 12 publishes
Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B Volume 10, Issue 12 PublishesThe Journal of the Institute of Materia Medica, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B (APSB) is a monthly journal, in English, which publishes significant original research articles, rapid communications and high quality reviews of recent advances in all areas of phar
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Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years—systems for managing e-waste aren't keeping up
It's hard to imagine navigating modern life without a mobile phone in hand. Computers, tablets and smartphones have transformed how we communicate, work, learn, share news and entertain ourselves. They became even more essential when the COVID-19 pandemic moved classes, meetings and social connections online.
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Elon Musk Says He Would Take a Salary in Bitcoin
Blockchain Boy It's been days since Bloomberg declared Elon Musk to be the richest person on Earth , surpassing even Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with an estimated net worth north of $200 billion. Now, the billionaire has an idea on how to make some extra cash — not that he'd probably need it . Responding to writer Ben Mezrich, who said that he's "never turning down getting paid in bitcoin again" in
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How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit
People will recycle if they can make money doing so. In places where cash is offered for cans and bottles, metal and glass recycling has been a great success. Sadly, the incentives have been weaker for recycling plastic. As of 2015, only 9% of plastic waste is recycled. The rest pollutes landfills or the environment.
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Image: Cosmic neon lights
This image shows a new type of star that has never been seen before in X-ray light. This strange star formed after two white dwarfs—remnants of stars like our sun—collided and merged. But instead of destroying each other in the event, the white dwarfs formed a new object that shines bright in X-ray light.
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I am a data scientist and I decided to change my career.
Now I want to study psychiatry and neuroscience, but I don't know where to start. I read some articles and books on the subject, but I don't know which course or university I do, maybe Biology, Medice, psicology… submitted by /u/Popota_killer [link] [comments]
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I want to study cognitive sciences in the future, what would you advise me to read?
Books, researches, all is okay. I just recently came into conclusion that I can pursue my passion for psychology, linguistics and overall the way brain works under one name and I would like to get started. What would you advise me to read or watch? submitted by /u/minsuni [link] [comments]
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Six tips for looking after your new puppy, according to science
Puppies have the potential to bring enormous benefits to their owners' lives and can be an asset during uncertain times, including lockdown. That said, caring for a young animal is not without its challenges. With more than one in four puppy buyers during the pandemic admitting it was an impulse decision, there are genuine concerns for the future of the animals taken on during this time.
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A charge-density-wave topological semimetal
A novel material has been discovered that is characterised by the coupling of a charge density wave with the topology of the electronic structure.
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Expanding the boundaries of CO2 fixation
Design and realization of synthetic enzymes open up an alternative to natural photorespiration.
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"I was no longer pretending or hiding": a trans scientist finds a lab to call home
Nature, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00024-z Materials scientist Clara Barker praises the University of Oxford for creating a welcoming space.
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Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B volume 10, issue 11 publishes
Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B Volume 10, Issue 11 PublishesSpecial Issue: Tumor Microenvironment and Drug DeliveryGuest Editors: Huile Gao, West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; Zhiqing Pang, Fudan University, Shanghai, China and Wei He, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
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Core design strategy for fire-resistant batteries
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology(KIST) is proud to announce that the research team of Dr. Sang-baek Park at the Center for Energy Materials Research, in collaboration with the research team of Professor Hyun-jung Shin of Sungkyunkwan University, has developed a breakthrough material design strategy that can overcome the problem of high interfacial resistance between the solid electrol
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Non-Hispanic Black patients are disproportionately left off liver transplant waitlists
A new study of liver transplant centers confirms that non-Hispanic white patients get placed on liver transplant waitlists at disproportionately higher rates than non-Hispanic Black patients.
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Six tips for looking after your new puppy, according to science
Puppies have the potential to bring enormous benefits to their owners' lives and can be an asset during uncertain times, including lockdown. That said, caring for a young animal is not without its challenges. With more than one in four puppy buyers during the pandemic admitting it was an impulse decision, there are genuine concerns for the future of the animals taken on during this time.
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Denial Is the Heartbeat of America
"Let me be very clear: The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. Do not represent who we are," President-elect Joe Biden said during Wednesday's siege. "The behavior we witnessed in the U.S. Capitol is entirely un-American," read a statement from a bipartisan and bicameral group of elected officials that included Senators Joe Manchin, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and Mark W
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Probiotic coffee and tea drinks
Good news for those who need a cuppa to start the day. Food scientists have created new probiotic coffee and tea drinks that are packed with over 1 billion units of gut-friendly live probiotics. These non-dairy and plant-based beverages are can be stored chilled or at room temperature for more than 14 weeks.
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A charge-density-wave topological semimetal
A novel material has been discovered that is characterised by the coupling of a charge density wave with the topology of the electronic structure.
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New nanostructured alloy for anode is a big step toward revolutionizing energy storage
Researchers have developed a battery anode based on a new nanostructured alloy that could revolutionize the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
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Expanding the boundaries of CO2 fixation
Design and realization of synthetic enzymes open up an alternative to natural photorespiration.
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Scientists identify workflow algorithm to predict psychosis
Cleverly combining artificial and human intelligence leads to improved prevention of psychosis in young patients.
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TU Graz identifies bacterium that protects rice plants against diseases
With their expertise in microbiome research, the researchers at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology were able to demonstrate how a specific bacterium inside the seeds of rice plants effectively and in an eco-friendly way inhibits destructive plant pathogens.
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Are autism drugs on the horizon?
Are Autism Drugs on the Horizon? Hebrew University Identifies Genetic Mutation Associated with Autism, Offering Hope for Effective Therapeutics
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Laypeople have difficulty estimating severity of blood loss
When an accident occurs, the reactions of bystanders are important. Researchers have studied whether laypeople realise the severity of the situation when someone in their proximity begins to bleed, and whether they can estimate how much the person is bleeding. The results show a discrepancy related to the victim's gender: for a woman losing blood, both blood loss and life-threatening injuries were
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Computer scientists: We wouldn't be able to control super intelligent machines
We are fascinated by machines that can control cars, compose symphonies, or defeat people at chess, Go, or Jeopardy! While more progress is being made all the time in Artificial Intelligence (AI), some scientists and philosophers warn of the dangers of an uncontrollable superintelligent AI. Using theoretical calculations, an international team of researchers, including scientists from the Center f
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Chloroplasts on the move
How different plants can share their genetic material with each other
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The polar vortex is about to split in two. But what does that actually mean?
The polar vortex might mean cold weather—but it's not clear how much snow or ice that might mean. (Jaymantri/Pexels/) A blob of warm air high in the atmosphere has pushed the polar vortex off its axis over the past week. In the coming days, it's likely to split into pieces, with possible ripple effects on weather across the northern hemisphere. But don't start stocking soup for a blizzard yet; al
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Latinx low-income workers hardest hit by SF COVID surge
In September, Unidos En Salud previously conducted one of the first field tests of the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test, manufactured by Abbott. In a much larger holiday testing event in November, the group put the BinaxNOW tests to use for the first time as a proof-of-concept of their potential usefulness in broader surveillance testing efforts.
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Study shows meaningful lockdown activity is more satisfying than busyness
With much of the world practicing varying degrees of social distancing and lockdown, researchers have been investigating the key to happiness in isolation.
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Biomarkers in fathers' sperm linked to offspring autism
Epigenetic biomarkers in human sperm have been identified that can indicate a propensity to father children with autism spectrum disorder. In the study, researchers identified a set of genomic features, called DNA methylation regions, in sperm samples from men who were known to have autistic children. Then in a set of blind tests, they were able to use the presence of these features to determine w
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Liquid metal ink liberates form
POSTECH-Yonsei University joint research team develops liquid metal ink for 3D circuit lines.
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NUS researchers concoct probiotic coffee and tea drinks
Good news for those who need a cuppa to start the day. Food scientists from the National University of Singapore have created new probiotic coffee and tea drinks that are packed with over 1 billion units of gut-friendly live probiotics. These non-dairy and plant-based beverages can be stored chilled or at room temperature for more than 14 weeks.
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First human culture lasted 20,000 years longer than thought
Homo sapiens emerged in Africa around 300 thousand years ago, where their fossils are found with the earliest cultural and technological expressions of our species. This repertoire, commonly referred to as the 'Middle Stone Age', remained widely in use across much of Africa until around 60-30 thousand years ago. New research in Senegal shows this 'first human culture' persisted until 11 thousand y
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Study identifies exposure to common food-borne pathogen linked to rare brain cancer
A new study suggests a link between toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) infection and the risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer, in adults.
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Understanding origins of Arizona's Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago
Scientists have been working to solve the mysterious root cause of the Sunset Crater eruption and any lessons learned to better understand the threats similar volcanoes may pose around the world today. But as to why it erupted, that has remained a mystery, until now. Recent research shows the importance of carbon dioxide in volcanic eruptions.
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Extreme weather from the stratosphere
ETH climate researcher Daniela Domeisen has documented how the stratosphere influences extreme weather events. What surprised her was the sheer range of potential impacts. She explains what this means for climate research and long-term weather forecasts.
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Combinations of marginalized identities can limit climate adaptation in Peru
New research focuses on the fact that individuals, households, and groups within the agricultural sector of Peru often adapt in different and unequal ways to the challenges that result from the changing climate. This study promotes comprehensive solutions that do not further compound the marginality that rural Indigenous people have long faced.
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Motionsappar ökar antalet steg om dagen
Att komma i form är kanske det mest klassiska nyårslöftet av alla, med goda skäl. I hälsoväg är all motion bättre än ingen, enligt Världshälsoorganisationen, WHO.
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1 antibody blocks dengue virus infection in mice
One antibody can block the ability of the dengue virus to cause disease in mice, researchers have found. The findings open the potential for developing effective treatments and designing a vaccine for dengue and similar diseases. Dengue virus, a member of a group of viruses called flaviviruses, causes 50 to 100 million cases of dengue disease each year, with no effective treatment or vaccine. Oth
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Clues link gut disease and brain injury in preemies
New research may clarify the link between necrotizing enterocolitis in premature babies and the development of a severe brain injury in those who survive. The means by which the diseased intestine "communicates" its devastation to the newborn brain has remained largely unknown. Now, working with mice, researchers have identified that missing link—an immune system cell that they say travels from t
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Researchers identify bacterium that protects rice plants against diseases
With their expertise in microbiome research, the researchers at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology were able to demonstrate how a specific bacterium inside the seeds of rice plants effectively and in an eco-friendly way inhibits destructive plant pathogens.
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How city roads trap migrating fish
Greater London is crisscrossed by 14,800km of public roads, each with an average width of 8m. This network accounts for 8% of the metropolitan area, and motorways and A-roads alone cross the Thames and its tributaries at least 400 times. A similar picture is seen in cities across the world.
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How probability forecasts are phrased affects how people make predictions
A regular traveler is planning an overseas trip but hasn't purchased her plane ticket. So she visits various websites that can predict whether the cost of her ticket will rise or fall.
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Researchers identify bacterium that protects rice plants against diseases
With their expertise in microbiome research, the researchers at the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology were able to demonstrate how a specific bacterium inside the seeds of rice plants effectively and in an eco-friendly way inhibits destructive plant pathogens.
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Teachers are on the front lines with students in the coronavirus pandemic
Anxieties among Canadian teachers are heightened. Confronted with rising second wave COVID-19 cases, some provinces extended holiday school closures. Meanwhile, many teachers have had to put aside concerns about their own health and safety with in-person learning.
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Self‐folding 3-D photosensitive graphene architectures
Stimuli-responsive, self-folding, two-dimensional (2-D) layered materials have interesting functions for flexible electronics, wearables, biosensors, and photonics applications. However, limits with scalability and a lack of design tools can prevent high integration and their reliable function. In a new report now published on Advanced Intelligent Systems, Qi Huang, and a team of scientists in che
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Ferrofluid surface simulations go more than skin deep
Computer models efficiently and accurately simulate the magnetic responses of ferrofluids by considering only the fluid's surface.
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How city roads trap migrating fish
Greater London is crisscrossed by 14,800km of public roads, each with an average width of 8m. This network accounts for 8% of the metropolitan area, and motorways and A-roads alone cross the Thames and its tributaries at least 400 times. A similar picture is seen in cities across the world.
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4 steps to teacher recovery from compassion fatigue and burnout during COVID-19 and beyond
The teachers are not alright. As families across Canada juggle a variety of states of lockdown due to COVID-19, many teachers continue to voice concerns that government plans to keep students and teachers safe in schools are inadequate.
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Bizarre cloud patterns: Kármán's vortices caused by air wrapping around tall islands
This is an image of some of the islands that make up the nation of Cape Verde. While most in that group of ten islands are flat, some are very tall: Fogo, Santa Antão, and São Nicolau. Those three stand well above their compatriots, with Fogo reaching an altitude of 2,829 meters (9,281 feet).
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New nanostructured alloy for anode is a big step toward revolutionizing energy storage
Researchers have developed a battery anode based on a new nanostructured alloy that could revolutionize the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
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Impacts of climate change on our water and energy systems: it's complicated
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara have developed a science-based analytic framework to evaluate the complex connections between water and energy, and options for adaptations in response to an evolving climate.
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Same difference: predicting divergent paths of genetically identical cells
DALLAS – Jan. 11, 2021 – A set of biomarkers not traditionally associated with cell fate can accurately predict how genetically identical cells behave differently under stress, according to a UT Southwestern study. The findings, published by Cell Reports as a Dec. 1 cover story, could eventually lead to more predictable responses to pharmaceutical treatments.
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Physician-pharmacist collaboration may increase adherence to opioid addiction treatment
A collaborative approach to treating opioid use disorder that relies heavily on community pharmacists is feasible and may increase adherence and participant satisfaction, according to a pilot study published today in Addiction. The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, through the NIDA Center for the Clinical Trials Network.
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The parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium infects marine crustaceans
https://doi.org/10.1007/s42995-020-00061-z Announcing a new publication for Marine Life Science & Technology journal. In this review article the authors Caiwen Li, Meng Li and Qian Huang from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China consider the impact of the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium on aquaculture of marine crustaceans in China.
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Metabolic potential and molecular diversity of natural products from microorganisms
https://doi.org/10.1007/s42995-020-00077-5 Announcing a new publication for Marine Life Science & Technology journal. In this review article the authors consider the metabolic potential and molecular diversity of natural products from microorganisms.
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Ferrofluid surface simulations go more than skin deep
Computer models efficiently and accurately simulate the magnetic responses of ferrofluids by considering only the fluid's surface.
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Scientists identify workflow algorithm to predict psychosis
Cleverly combining artificial and human intelligence leads to improved prevention of psychosis in young patients
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Construction of carbon-based cell-like-spheres for robust potassium anode
Inspired by the structure of a biological cell, biomimetic carbon cells (BCCs) were synthesized and used as potassium ion batteries (PIBs) anodes. The unique structural characteristics of the BCCs resulted in PIBs that showed a high reversible capacity, excellent cycle stability and rate performance. The present strategy provides a new way for the design and manufacture of new biomimetic battery m
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Expanding the boundaries of CO2 fixation
Design and realization of synthetic enzymes open up an alternative to natural photorespiration
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Confined growth of ZIF-8 in organosilica nanoparticles to regulate mRNA translation
mRNA based technology is a hot topic particularly in light of the recent clinical trials of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic. However, the hard-to-transfect nature in antigen presenting cells (APCs) has been a long-standing challenge for mRNA expression to proteins. Scientists in Australia developed dendritic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (DMONs) with ZIF-8 grown partially inside th
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A charge-density-wave topological semimetal
A novel material has been discovered that is characterised by the coupling of a charge density wave with the topology of the electronic structure.
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Accelerating AI computing to the speed of light
A University of Washington-led team has come up with a system that could help speed up AI performance and find ways to reduce its energy consumption: an optical computing core prototype that uses phase-change material.
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Convalescent plasma does not help severely ill Covid patients – trial
NHS urges people to continue donating blood as research will continue on moderately ill patients Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Convalescent plasma from people who have had Covid-19 does not help those who are severely ill in intensive care to recover, a major international trial has found. No more very sick people will be recruited to the trial, known as Remap-Cap
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Sundheds­styrelsen opruster med ekspert på vaccinationsområdet
Lone Graff Stensballe bliver Sundhedsstyrelsens nye sagkyndige rådgiver på vaccinationsområdet. Hun tiltræder 15. januar.
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The interplay between scientific progress and violence in modern war
Scientific advancements can both heal and harm. The discoveries that underlie technologies from the gun to the atomic bomb emerged from the minds of scientists. Consequently, the creators of those and many other technologies have found themselves in moral quandaries resulting from the violent application of their insights.
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Digitalization did not increase productivity as expected
Big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 and later, 5G and artificial intelligence were presented as drivers of productivity, and experts predicted that the productivity of industry and services will increase significantly thanks to digitalisation. For example, Accenture predicted that artificial intelligence alone would provide an annual 2% rise in value ad
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Scientists reach new milestone in vaccine development for leishmaniasis
Researchers have taken an important step forward in developing a controlled human infection model to test leishmaniasis vaccines.
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Uncovering basic mechanisms of intestinal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation
The gut plays a central role in the regulation of the body's metabolism and its dysfunction is associated with a variety of diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, colitis and colorectal cancer that affect millions of people worldwide. Targeting endocrine dysfunction by stimulating the formation of specific enteroendocrine cells from intestinal stem cells could be a promising regenerative approach fo
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Big differences in how coral reef fish larvae are dispersed
How the larvae of colorful clownfish that live among coral reefs in the Philippines are dispersed varies widely, depending on the year and seasons – according to a new finding that could help scientists improve conservation of species. Right after most coral reef fish hatch, they join a swirling sea of plankton as tiny, transparent larvae. Then currents, winds and waves disperse them, frequently t
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Megalodons gave birth to large newborns that likely grew by eating unhatched eggs in womb
A new study shows that the gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, which lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years ago and reached at least 50 feet (15 meters) in length, gave birth to babies larger than most adult humans.
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Positive 'tipping points' offer hope for climate
Positive 'tipping points' could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.
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The new UK Covid variant: your questions answered
You asked us about the fast-spreading coronavirus variant, here are the answers Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage How do scientists know the new UK variant is 70% more transmissible, and how certain are they of this figure? Our gift to the world: the UK variant of S ars-CoV-2. There are sufficient data to quote 70% greater infectivity, but how was this figure ascertain
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Shriners Hospitals for Children study reveals new link to arthritis
A new study by investigators at the Shriners Hospital for Children — St. Louis suggests the damaging effects of obesity are not due to body weight but rather come from something much smaller – biochemical signals released by fat cells.
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Stem cells use a piston-like engine to 'drive' to their destinations
Researchers extracted stem cells from bone marrow and used hydrogels to mimic the tissues that compose their biological environments. They found that stem cells propel their nucleus into a needle-like protrusion that penetrates the physical barriers inside the body. The nucleus moves into the protrusion and, through a complex biochemical mechanism, inflates the protrusion like a balloon, creating
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New findings help explain how COVID-19 overpowers the immune system
Seeking to understand why COVID-19 is able to suppress the body's immune response, new research from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology suggests that mitochondria are one of the first lines of defense against COVID-19 and identifies key differences in how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, interacts with mitochondrial genes when compared to other viruses.
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Lovgivning er den eneste måde, vi kan beskytte raske drenge mod omskæring
Det er skuffende, at Lægeforeningen på den ene side kalder det uetisk at omskære drenge uden medicinsk indikation, men på den anden side ikke vil kæmpe for et forbud, skriver Louise Inkeri Hennings, 1. reservelæge på Holbæk Sygehus.
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Eight binary millisecond pulsars examined by researchers
Using the Arecibo 305-m radio telescope, an international team of astronomers has investigated eight binary millisecond pulsars (MSPs). Results of this study, presented in a paper published December 30 on the arXiv pre-print server, provide important information about the properties of these sources.
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Sensing bacterial communication
They may not have mouths or even vocal chords, but tiny organisms do communicate with one another. A Florida Tech study may give researchers and students further insight into that process.
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There's no way to measure the speed of light in a single direction
Special relativity is one of the most strongly validated theories humanity has ever devised. It is central to everything from space travel and GPS to our electrical power grid. Central to relativity is the fact that the speed of light in a vacuum is an absolute constant. The problem is, that fact has never been proven.
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Advances in research on the most general type of stem cells
Stem cell research is the prerequisite for regenerative medicine, which with the help of the body's cells recreates and heals important organs. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet, SickKids in Canada and KU Leuven in Belgium have found a method for defining the most general type of stem cells, that can develop into all cell types in the body. The study of totipotent stem cells in mice has be
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New nanostructured alloy for anode is a big step toward revolutionizing energy storage
Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed a battery anode based on a new nanostructured alloy that could revolutionize the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.
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Sensing bacterial communication
They may not have mouths or even vocal chords, but tiny organisms do communicate with one another. A Florida Tech study may give researchers and students further insight into that process.
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Advances in research on the most general type of stem cells
Stem cell research is the prerequisite for regenerative medicine, which with the help of the body's cells recreates and heals important organs. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet, SickKids in Canada and KU Leuven in Belgium have found a method for defining the most general type of stem cells, that can develop into all cell types in the body. The study of totipotent stem cells in mice has be
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Bees Use 'Bullshit' Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay
The prospect of death by giant hornet has pushed some Asian honey bees to resort to a poop-based defense system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A Doomed Arctic Expedition, Number-Free Math and Other New Books to Read
These five January releases may have been lost in the news cycle
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Deep History
You may have heard before that Cleopatra was born closer in time to the Space Shuttle (or Moon landing, or launch of the iPhone – basically today) than she did to the building of the pyramids. The first time you hear this it may seem odd. We have a tendency to compress ancient history, as if it were one time period. It is also difficult for modern people to imagine the incredibly deep history of
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Bees Use 'Bullshit' Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay
The prospect of death by giant hornet has pushed some Asian honey bees to resort to a poop-based defense system
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Your phone's home screen can hold more than just apps. Here's what else you should add.
Why diving into every app when you can get what you need at a tap or a glance? (David Grandmougin / Unsplash/) You spend a lot of each day staring at your phone's home screen, so it's natural you'd want it tailored precisely to your needs—with the right apps, shortcuts, and settings just a tap away. If you've never dug deep into the options available on your phone, you might not have realized tha
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Scientists Devise New Way to Treat World's Most Potent Toxin
The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces the world's most potent poison, which can cause paralysis, labored breathing, and death — it's called botulism. The same toxin also smooths wrinkles in the skin at low concentrations because nature is weird like that. There's an approved treatment for botulism, but it's not perfect. Two different teams have devised a new way to treat botulism that coul
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The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations
A lot of thermal energy is trapped in the ocean. An ex-NASA researcher has figured out how it might generate unlimited clean power for aquatic robots.
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How to Get More Plant-Based Meat Onto Plates in 2021
The consequences of industrial livestock farming are severe. It's time for investors and policymakers to put resources toward the alternatives.
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2021 and the Conspiracies of Johnny Mnemonic
William Gibson was wrong about the wetware implants (not that he wanted to make predictions), but you're still rooting for his dark, techno-druggy future anyway.
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Bees Use 'Bullshit' Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay
The prospect of death by giant hornet has pushed some Asian honey bees to resort to a poop-based defense system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Dust fluxes recorded in peat reveal abrupt climate changes since the last deglaciation
Atmospheric mineral dust from diverse natural sources plays a multifaceted role in the Earth-climate system. Dust fluxes and sources will lay a foundation for understanding long-term scale atmospheric circulation and how the terrestrial ecosystem reacts to climate changes.
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Sanofi acquires immunotherapy biotech Kymab
French group also weighs possibility of manufacturing rival Covid-19 vaccines
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Global warming intensifies precipitation extremes in China
Changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather and climate events have impacted human safety and the natural environment. Global warming increases holding capacity for atmospheric water vapor, and therefore escalates water/energy circulation, which changes the occurrence of precipitation extremes.
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Do as the Romans: Power plant concrete strengthens with time
A rare mineral that has allowed Roman concrete marine barriers to survive for more than 2,000 years has been found in the thick concrete walls of a decommissioned nuclear power plant in Japan. The formation of aluminous tobermorite increased the strength of the walls more than three times their design strength, Nagoya University researchers and colleagues report in the journal Materials and Design
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Researchers tailor rapid and effective N-phosphopeptides enrichment strategy
Protein N-phosphorylation plays a critical role in central metabolism and two/multicomponent signaling of prokaryotes. Furthermore, it exists as intermediates of some important enzymes in mammals.
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Researchers obtain new results on dielectronic recombination precision spectroscopy
Researchers at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and their collaborators recently obtained new results on dielectronic recombination precision spectroscopy. The results were published in the Astrophysical Journal and Physical Review A.
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Warming and acidification form dual threat to corals
A quarter of the carbon emissions that are warming the Earth dissolve into oceans, making them more acidic. Carbon emissions and warming are also causing ocean heat waves, which in turn is bleaching the world's coral reefs.
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NASA extends exploration for two planetary science missions
As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars, the agency's quest to seek answers about our solar system and beyond continues to inform those efforts and generate new discoveries. The agency has extended the missions of two spacecraft, following an external review of their scientific productivity.
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Image: Hubble views a dazzling 'fireworks galaxy'
The galaxy NGC 6946 is nothing short of spectacular. In the last century alone, NGC 6946 has experienced 10 observed supernovae, earning its nickname as the Fireworks Galaxy. In comparison, our Milky Way averages just one to two supernova events per century. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the stars, spiral arms, and various stellar environments of NGC 6946 in phenomenal detail.
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First human culture lasted 20,000 years longer than thought
Fieldwork led by Dr. Eleanor Scerri, head of the Pan-African Evolution Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and Dr. Khady Niang of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, has documented the youngest known occurrence of the Middle Stone Age. This repertoire of stone flaking methods and the resulting tools includes distinctive ways of producin
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Amazon has pulled Parler offline
What's happening: Parler, a site that bills itself as a "free speech social network" and that was widely used to coordinate the storming of the Capitol last week, has gone offline after Amazon stopped hosting it on Sunday night, citing violations of the terms of service. Why?: BuzzFeed obtained a copy of the email from Amazon informing Parler of the decision. It said: "Recently, we've seen a stea
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Warming and acidification form dual threat to corals
A quarter of the carbon emissions that are warming the Earth dissolve into oceans, making them more acidic. Carbon emissions and warming are also causing ocean heat waves, which in turn is bleaching the world's coral reefs.
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Uncovering basic mechanisms of intestinal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation
The gut plays a central role in the regulation of the body's metabolism and its dysfunction is associated with a variety of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, colitis and colorectal cancer that affect millions of people worldwide. Targeting endocrine dysfunction at an early stage by stimulating the formation of specific enteroendocrine cells from intestinal stem cells could be a promising regener
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Uncovering basic mechanisms of intestinal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation
The gut plays a central role in the regulation of the body's metabolism and its dysfunction is associated with a variety of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, colitis and colorectal cancer that affect millions of people worldwide. Targeting endocrine dysfunction at an early stage by stimulating the formation of specific enteroendocrine cells from intestinal stem cells could be a promising regener
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Transition metal 'cocktail' helps make brand new superconductors
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University mixed and designed a new, high-entropy alloy (HEA) superconductor, using extensive data on simple superconducting substances with a specific crystal structure. HEAs are known to preserve superconducting characteristics up to extremely high pressures. The new superconductor, Co0.2Ni0.1Cu0.1Rh0.3Ir0.3Zr2, has a superconducting transition at 8K, a relati
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Sharper signals: how machine learning is cleaning up microscopy images
Nature, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00023-0 Computers trained to reduce the noise in micrographs can now tackle fresh data by themselves.
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Did the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine cause a fatal case of ITP?
Last week, a post by Heidi Neckelmann, the wife of Miami obstetrician Dr. Gregory Michael describing his death from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) 16 days after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine went viral. Unsurprisingly, in her grief she blamed the vaccine for her husband's death from a rare autoimmune condition that destroys platelets and causes bleeding. Un
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If You Are Going to Survive, You Must Prepare to Fail
Whether you are ejecting from a fighter jet or psyching yourself up for a meeting, plan for the worst—over and over and over again. And don't forget to breathe.
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CES Day 3: Health Tech, Cool Cars, and the Future of School
The consumer tech show is virtual this year, and the WIRED Gear crew is watching all the Zooms to bring you up-to-the-minute highlights of news from CES.
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Towering Sequoias Are Even Bigger Than Thought, Laser Scans Suggest
Laser light reveals the structure of the planet's tallest trees — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Science of Spiritual Narcissism
Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool some of us into thinking we're evolving and growing when all we're growing is our ego — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Science of Spiritual Narcissism
Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool some of us into thinking we're evolving and growing when all we're growing is our ego — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Conservative Cult of Victimhood
Many of President Donald Trump's crooked schemes are so ill-thought that even his intimates cannot take them seriously. Asking Russia to hack your opponent's emails during a press conference? Who would do that? He must have been joking! So it was on January 6. What Trump was trying to achieve that day was so flat-out delusional as to defy belief. Trump had gotten it into his head that the vice pr
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Towering Sequoias Are Even Bigger Than Thought, Laser Scans Suggest
Laser light reveals the structure of the planet's tallest trees — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Southend hospital's oxygen supply reaches 'critical situation'
Staff told to reduce amount used to treat people amid rising number of Covid inpatients Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An NHS hospital's oxygen supply has reached a "critical situation" as staff treat a rising number of Covid-19 patients. Mid and South Essex NHS foundation trust said in a letter to staff that the amount of oxygen used to treat patients at Southend U
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Godt nyt for dine øjne: Nye OLED-skærme udsender mindre blåt lys
Bedre nattesøvn og mindre digital øjentræthed. Det håber skærmproducenter som LG og Samsung at opnå ved at skifte fra konventionelle LED-skærme til OLED.
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Dykkere nærmer sig de sorte bokse fra indonesisk flystyrt
De indonesiske myndigheder lokaliserede søndag de sorte bokse fra Sriwijaya Air-flyet, der lørdag styrtede i havet med 62 personer ombord.
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The Gun-Rights Movement Fed America's Insurrectionist Fever Dreams
Much of the blame for last week's horrific assault on the Capitol lies with the president and his allies; that much is clear. But another force in society has done more than its part, inculcating insurrectionist fantasies in the American mind for decades: the gun-rights movement. Since the 1990s, the idea that Americans would need to band together and violently overthrow the government has been t
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These Old Evils Require Old Remedies
Of all the painful and grotesque images from January 6, the most important was the sight of a bearded man in jeans proudly carrying the flag of treason through the Capitol. It taught us that the evils of that day—which will live in infamy no less than December 7—were old evils. The Confederate battle flag was the symbol of secession, of treason, of chattel slavery, and, in the years after the Civ
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Study identifies exposure to common food-borne pathogen linked to rare brain cancer
A new study suggests a link between toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) infection and the risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer, in adults.
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Everything Is Different Now
I flew past the buildings two days before the planes hit them. In those days planes bound for LaGuardia often lapped Lower Manhattan before making the final turn, steering remarkably close to the skyscrapers massed just below. They did not seem at all vulnerable but rather impregnable and permanent, fixed points for pilots who had lost their way. As gigantic as they were, as out of human scale, t
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The Utter Familiarity of Even the Strangest Vaccine Conspiracy Theories
Long before the first needle pierced the skin to deliver Pfizer/BioNTech's highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, social media was rife with speculation and fearmongering. Alongside pertinent questions about safety, efficacy, and the historic rapidity of the vaccine's production were conspiracy theories: that the vaccine was unsafe, unhealthy, itself the product of a conspiracy. Some claimed that t
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Circuits between infected macrophages and T cells in SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia
Nature, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-03148-w
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My international career journey as a disabled scientist
Nature, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00025-y How Christopher Rensing's diagnosis with a physical disability spurred him to form a microbiology research group.
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Sisters who kicked down the door of the US medical establishment
Nature, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00020-3 Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell fought to be doctors in the mid-nineteenth century, and to train more women as physicians.
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Techtopia #176: Bitcoinkurs går gennem loftet
Bitcoin er blevet et anerkendt investeringsobjekt for både fonde, banker og virksomheder. Hans Henrik Hoffmeyer fra den danske børs for kryptovalutaer, Coinify, fortæller hvorfor.
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Antibiotikaresistensens ursprung kartlagd
Genom att jämföra arvsmassa från tusentals bakterier har forskare vid Göteborgs universitet kunnat kartlägga varifrån antibiotikaresistensgener kommer. Nästan alla gener, där man kunde identifiera ett ursprung, började spridas från sjukdomsframkallande bakterier. Människors dna sprids enbart genom biologiskt arv, medan bakterier har för vana att dela med sig en del av sina gener också till andra
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When it comes to COVID-19 risk, what counts as 'outdoor' dining?
The key to COVID-safe dining is plenty of ventilation, which means keeping structures to a minimum. (Pixabay/) Even in the chilliest of weather, a trip out for a tasty dinner can provide some much-needed excitement. However, with COVID-19 still looming , eating inside with people from outside your household is a definite no-no . In some of the balmier spots around the country, you still might be
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France's anti-vaxxers show deepening distrust of elites
A mix of medical scandals and anti-establishment sentiment have fuelled high vaccine hesitancy
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Democratic sweep offers hope to cash-strapped states
Control of US Senate opens possibility of fresh stimulus to plug budget holes caused by coronavirus
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Ultraviolet radiation drives mutations in a subset of mucosal melanomas
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20432-5 Mucosal melanomas are not thought to be UV radiation (UVR)-driven, yet some present UVR-related mutations. Here the authors show that some mucosal melanomas, especially conjunctival, present mutations characteristic of UVR exposure, yet share structural variants typical of other mucosal melanomas.
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Efficient carbon dioxide hydrogenation to formic acid with buffering ionic liquids
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20291-0 Basic ionic liquids provide a buffering effect that enables the efficient synthesis of free formic acid from CO2 hydrogenation. Here, a highly efficient catalytic system that transforms CO2 to formic acid without the need of strong bases is demonstrated, avoiding the formation of formate salts.
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Synthesis of arylamines and N-heterocycles by direct catalytic nitrogenation using N2
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20270-5 Ammonia and nitric acid are key platform chemicals to introduce nitrogen into organic molecules, however gaseous N2 would be a more direct and available source of nitrogen. Here, the authors report a direct catalytic nitrogenation to afford valuable arylamines and N-heterocycles from organohalides using dinit
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Synthesis of molecular metallic barium superhydride: pseudocubic BaH12
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20103-5 Metallization of pure hydrogen via overlapping of electronic bands requires high pressure above 3 Mbar. Here the authors study the Ba-H system and discover a unique superhydride BaH12 that contains molecular hydrogen, which demonstrates metallic properties and superconductivity below 1.5 Mbar.
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Stable, high-performance, dendrite-free, seawater-based aqueous batteries
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20334-6 Metal anode instability due to several intrinsic factors limits their widespread use in energy storage. Here, the authors report a 3D alloy anode via a universal alloy electrodeposition approach to overcome the anode instability issues and demonstrate a seawater-based aqueous battery.
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Antibody neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 through ACE2 receptor mimicry
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20501-9 Here, the authors compare the crystal structures and investigate the neutralization mechanisms of three neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and find that one antibody, P2C-1F11, closely mimics binding of receptor ACE2 and displays the most potent neutralizing activity in vitro, as well as conferring pr
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Cryo-EM structure of Helicobacter pylori urease with an inhibitor in the active site at 2.0 Å resolution
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20485-6 Infection by Helicobacter pylori is associated with peptic ulcers and gastric cancer. H. pylori urease is required for colonization of the stomach and thus an attractive antimicrobial drug target. Cryo-EM analyses of the H. pylori urease with inhibitors bound reveal structural details useful in rational drug
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Data-independent acquisition method for ubiquitinome analysis reveals regulation of circadian biology
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20509-1 Protein ubiquitylation is often studied by proteomics but how data independent acquisition (DIA) may advance these studies remains to be explored. Here, the authors show that DIA improves ubiquitylation site identification and quantification, enabling them to characterize the circadian ubiquitinome in human c
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Medicinrådet fastholder anbefaling af nye migrænemidler: Patienter har fået et 'nyt' liv
Trods en uventet stigning i udgifterne fastholder Medicinrådet sin anbefaling af CGRC-antistoffer til behandling af patienter med kronisk migræne. Ifølge formanden for Dansk Hovedpine Selskab kan en effektiv behandling give patienter livskvaliteten tilbage.
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Understanding origins of Arizona's Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago
Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona's elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life. Among the 600 or so volcanoes that dot the landscape of the San Francisco volcanic fields, this one blew. It was the very first (and last) eruption for what came to be known as Sunset Crater, aptly named for its multi-hued, 1,000
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Effect of domperidone, ondansetron, olanzapine-containing antiemetic regimen on QTC interval in patients with malignancy: a prospective, observational, single-group, assessor-blinded study
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79380-1 Effect of domperidone, ondansetron, olanzapine-containing antiemetic regimen on QT C interval in patients with malignancy: a prospective, observational, single-group, assessor-blinded study
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Defining a therapeutic range for regeneration of ischemic myocardium via shock waves
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79776-z
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Any modality of renal replacement therapy can be a treatment option for Joubert syndrome
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-80712-4
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Clinical characteristics and long-term prognosis of autoimmune pancreatitis with renal lesions
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79899-3
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CircRNA GFRA1 promotes hepatocellular carcinoma progression by modulating the miR-498/NAP1L3 axis
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79321-y
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Green algae scatter off sharp viscosity gradients
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79887-7
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Clinical application of the experimental ADL test for patients with cognitive impairment: pilot study
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-020-78289-z
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Scientists reach new milestone in vaccine development for leishmaniasis
Researchers have taken an important step forward in developing a controlled human infection model to test leishmaniasis vaccines.
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First human culture lasted 20,000 years longer than thought
Homo sapiens emerged in Africa around 300 thousand years ago, where their fossils are found with the earliest cultural and technological expressions of our species. This repertoire, commonly referred to as the "Middle Stone Age", remained widely in use across much of Africa until around 60-30 thousand years ago. New research in Senegal shows this 'first human culture' persisted until 11 thousand y
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Understanding origins of Arizona's Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago
ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration scientist Amanda Clarke and her team have been working to solve the mysterious root cause of the Sunset Crater eruption and any lessons learned to better understand the threats similar volcanoes may pose around the world today. But as to why it erupted, that has remained a mystery, until now. Clarke's group is among the first to show the importance of carb
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Study finds new evidence of health threat from chemicals in marijuana and tobacco smoke
Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have uncovered new evidence of the potential health risks of chemicals in tobacco and marijuana smoke.
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Breathing Life Into the Corpse Flower
Faced with a lack of genetic diversity in the corpse flower and six other species with shallow gene pools, the Chicago Botanic Garden spearheaded a program in 2019 to share knowledge — and plant material — with other gardens in a bid to improve genetic health and ensure the survival of these finicky flora.
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Revealed: The Shipworm Sex Tapes
Nature's weirdest clam surprises scientists once again, this time in video footage of its mating habits.
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Mystik om forurening: Høj koncentration af ulovligt fluorstof ender i Storebælt
PLUS. Et større opsporings-arbejde er igangsat omkring et renseanlæg i Korsør i jagten på det giftige fluorstof PFOS.
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Resistente bakterier truer vores helbred: Endelig kan ny antibiotika være på vej
De sidste 30 år er der ikke opfundet et eneste nyt antibiotikum.
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David Attenborough won't return to Instagram
The broadcasting legend reveals to Radio 1's Greg James he's busy enough replying to letters.
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Terra Carta: Prince Charles asks companies to join 'Earth charter'
He wants businesses to do more to protect the planet as he marks 50 years of environmental campaigning.
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Covid vaccine: How does a vaccine get approved?
The NHS is carrying out the biggest vaccination campaign in its history – what safety checks were made?
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COP26: Alok Sharma leaves business job to focus on climate role
Business Secretary Alok Sharma becomes full-time president of November's COP26 conference in Glasgow.
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Spain shovels out of snowdrifts left by Storm Filomena
Emergency crews in central Spain cleared 500 roads and rescued over 1,500 people stranded in their vehicles, allowing Madrid and other areas on Sunday to slowly shovel out of the country's worst snowstorm in recent memory.
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Big differences in how coral reef fish larvae are dispersed
How the larvae of colorful clownfish that live among coral reefs in the Philippines are dispersed varies widely, depending on the year and seasons—a Rutgers-led finding that could help scientists improve conservation of species.
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Big differences in how coral reef fish larvae are dispersed
How the larvae of colorful clownfish that live among coral reefs in the Philippines are dispersed varies widely, depending on the year and seasons—a Rutgers-led finding that could help scientists improve conservation of species.
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Nu fjernes absurd bestemmelse om naturgas-tvang på blokcentraler
Ny bekendtgørelse fjerner aftage-pligten for naturgas i såkaldte blokvarmecentraler – og gør det dermed lovligt for varmekunderne at droppe de fossile brændsler og skifte til varmepumper eller fjernvarme.
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England at risk of health emergency, chief medical officer warns
Chris Whitty says NHS will be overwhelmed unless people obey lockdown rules
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Megalodons gave birth to large newborns that likely grew by eating unhatched eggs in womb
A new study shows that the gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, which lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years ago and reached at least 50 feet (15 meters) in length, gave birth to babies larger than most adult humans.
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Positive 'tipping points' offer hope for climate
Positive "tipping points" could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.
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Can you solve it? A head for hats
A Q about a queue UPDATE: solution is now up Today's puzzle concerns these three folk standing in a line, as illustrated below. They are all extremely logical people, and they can only see who is in front of them. A hat seller shows them three white and two black hats. She places a hat on each person and hides the remaining two. Continue reading…
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Artrosportalen – ny källa till kunskap direkt från forskare vid Lunds universitet
Artrosportalen.se är en ny satsning från forskare vid Lunds universitet för att förmedla korrekt och uppdaterad information om ledsjukdomen artros direkt till patienter, anhöriga eller andra intresserade i allmänheten.
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The Undoing of China's Economic Miracle
China's economic "miracle" wasn't that miraculous. The country's high-octane ascent over the past 40 years is, in reality, a triumph of basic economic principles: As the state gave way to the market, private enterprise and trade flourished, growth quickened, and incomes soared. This simple lesson appears, however, to be lost on Xi Jinping. China's leader is rejecting decades of tried-and-true pol
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Folkvett
Började i all blygsamhet Vetenskap och Folkbildning bildades officiellt i december 1982 och redan tidigt 1983 kom det första "medlemsbladet" av totalt sex det året. Förstasidan på det allra första […] The post appeared first on Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
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Look out for the bright jewel of Mercury in the evening sky
Northern hemisphere skywatchers can search for the planet this month as it rises higher each night For northern hemisphere skywatchers, 2021 presents a chance to catch the bright jewel of Mercury in the evening sky. Continue reading…
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Steven Houser and the Temple of Fraud
"We all hype our work. We want to tell people our work is important. These patients, many of them coming to enroll in these trials, they have no other hope." -Steven Houser, Hero of Research Ethics, Temple University
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Big differences in how coral reef fish larvae are dispersed
How the larvae of colorful clownfish that live among coral reefs in the Philippines are dispersed varies widely, depending on the year and seasons – a Rutgers-led finding that could help scientists improve conservation of species. Right after most coral reef fish hatch, they join a swirling sea of plankton as tiny, transparent larvae. Then currents, winds and waves disperse them, frequently to dif
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Uncovering basic mechanisms of intestinal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation
The gut plays a central role in the regulation of the body's metabolism and its dysfunction is associated with a variety of diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, colitis and colorectal cancer that affect millions of people worldwide. Targeting endocrine dysfunction by stimulating the formation of specific enteroendocrine cells from intestinal stem cells could be a promising regenerative approach fo
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Marijuana use typically drops at the beginning of the year, then climbs in summer and fall
Marijuana use increases throughout the calendar year, with use up 13 percent on average at the end of each year compared to the beginning.
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Youth using e-cigarettes three times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers
University of California San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Sciences researchers report that starting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, before the age of 18 is a major risk factor for people becoming daily cigarette smokers.
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Canada must dismantle anti-Black racism in medicine
Canada must dismantle anti-Black racism in health care to address its harmful effects on people's health, argue authors of a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.201579
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Timing and intensity of oral sex may affect risk of oropharyngeal cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can infect the mouth and throat to cause cancers of the oropharynx. A new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, has found that having more than 10 prior oral sex partners was associated with a 4.3-times greater likelihood of having HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.
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U.S. mental health system needs broad changes to improve access and quality
The U.S. mental health system for decades has faced challenges such as the underdevelopment of community-based supports, high levels of unmet need and inequities in care. A new comprehensive analysis outlines the building blocks needed to bring about transformative change to the system, including integrating behavioral health care into general health care settings, providing supportive housing to
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Baby shark! Newborn megalodons larger than humans, scientists say
Creatures that patrolled the oceans 3m years ago were about two metres long at birth, researchers find Enormous megatooth sharks, or megalodons, which patrolled the world's oceans more than three million years ago, gave birth to babies larger than most adult humans, scientists say. Researchers made the unsettling discovery when they X-rayed the vertebra of a fossilised megalodon and found that it
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Learning Guided Electron Microscopy with Active Acquisition
Single-beam scanning electron microscopes (SEM) are widely used to acquire massive data sets for biomedical study, material analysis, and fabrication inspection. Datasets are typically acquired with uniform acquisition: applying the electron beam with the same power and duration to all image pixels, even if there is great variety in the pixels' importance for eventual use. Many SEMs are now able t
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Sundhedsplatformen på kant med loven: Regioner skal i kritiske forhandlinger med Epic
Schrems II-dommen giver alvorlige udfordringer for Sundhedsplatformen, der giver amerikanske Epic-ansatte adgang til danske sundhedsdata.
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Forsker tvivler på gevinst ved 'second opinion' om nyt skrapt kvælstofmål for landbruget
PLUS. Blå blok ønsker sammen med dansk landbrug at få en 'second opinion' om DCE's kvælstofsmål. Forskningscenteret er åben for at få deres arbejde set igennem, men efterspørger, at man ikke spilder forskeres tid.
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Research Says Alzheimer's Is Actually 3 Distinct Disease Subtypes
Only one-third of patients fit the mould.
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Baby Megalodons Were 6-Foot-Long Womb Cannibals, Study Suggests
The research appears to confirm that, even as newborns, the extinct sharks were very, very big.
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Positive 'tipping points' offer hope for climate
Positive 'tipping points' could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.
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Megalodons gave birth to large newborns that likely grew by eating unhatched eggs in womb
A new study shows that the gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, which lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years ago and reached at least 50 feet (15 meters) in length, gave birth to babies larger than most adult humans.
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Coronavirus live news: New York opens mass vaccination sites as global cases pass 90m
South Korea daily virus cases under 500 for first time since record highs in December ; one in five people in England may have had coronavirus ; New Covid variant from Brazil detected in Japan UK Covid variant extremely unlikely to evade vaccines, say scientists Brazilian Covid sleuth shames party people as deaths pass 200,000 'South Africa is going to get a third wave, even a fourth' Vaccine exp
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Baby Megalodons Were 6-Foot-Long Womb Cannibals, Study Suggests
The research appears to confirm that, even as newborns, the extinct sharks were very, very big.
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Vaccine makers prepare for game of Covid cat and mouse
Manufacturers and regulators need to be ready if shots prove less effective against any new variant
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More efficient maize growth
Plant researchers have investigated the transport of compounds in maize. They focused on the mechanism used to transport the products of photosynthesis for further distribution in the plant through its phloem loading pathways. They describe how this mechanism has potentially created a special evolutionary advantage for maize.
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Bats with white-nose syndrome prefer suboptimal habitats despite the consequences
Bats are mistakenly preferring sites where fungal growth is high and therefore their survival is low.
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New analysis highlights importance of groundwater discharge into oceans
An invisible flow of groundwater seeps into the ocean along coastlines all over the world. Scientists have tended to disregard its contributions to ocean chemistry, focusing on the far greater volumes of water and dissolved material entering the sea from rivers and streams, but a new study finds groundwater discharge plays a more significant role than had been thought.
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New statistical method exponentially increases ability to discover genetic insights
A test of the Sum-Share statistical method with only summary-level data found 1,734 genetic variations associated with cardiovascular-related conditions when just one had previously been likely.
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Scientists discover slimy microbes that may help keep coral reefs healthy
Microbes living within the slimy biofilms of some coral species may help protect the coral against excess nitrogen levels, according to new research.
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A beginner's guide to DNA origami
Researchers, who have studied DNA origami for years, have compiled the first detailed tutorial on the technique.
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Gene therapy strategy found effective in mouse model of hereditary disease TSC
Patients with a genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex have noncancerous tumors growing in numerous organs, and their treatment options are limited. A gene therapy strategy effectively treated mice that express one of the mutated genes that cause the disease.
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Lax approach to England lockdown raises prospect of stricter rules
Government insiders say priority for now is to enforce existing measures amid fears over public fatigue
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One in five in England have had Covid, modelling suggests
Analysis shows 12.4 million people infected since start of pandemic, against 2.4 million detected by test and trace Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One in five people in England may have had coronavirus, new modelling suggests, equivalent to 12.4 million people, rising to almost one in two in some areas. It means that across the country as a whole the true number of
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Omanis revive memory of village swallowed by desert
Encroaching sands have left little evidence that the Omani village of Wadi al-Murr ever existed, but former inhabitants and curious visitors are coming to rediscover the hamlet engulfed by the desert.
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Unusual snow kills 4, brings much of Spain to a standstill
A persistent blizzard blanketed large parts of Spain with an unusual amount of snow on Saturday, killing at least four people and leaving thousands trapped in cars or at train stations and airports that suspended all services.
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Key step taken toward cleaner, more sustainable production of hydrogen
Efficiently mass-producing hydrogen from water is closer to becoming a reality thanks to new findings.
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Including unhealthy foods may diminish positive effects of an otherwise healthy diet
Researchers have reported diminished benefits of a Mediterranean diet among those with high frequency of eating unhealthy foods.
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Key step taken toward cleaner, more sustainable production of hydrogen
Efficiently mass-producing hydrogen from water is closer to becoming a reality thanks to new findings.
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Bacteria can tell the time
New research reveals that bacteria have internal clocks that align with the 24-hour cycle of life on Earth.
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Unravelling the mystery that makes viruses infectious
Researchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus 'package up' their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells. The findings open up the possibility that drugs or anti-viral agents can be developed that would stop such infections.
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Botulism breakthrough? Taming botulinum toxin to deliver therapeutics
Currently there's no treatment for botulism once the toxin gets into neurons. This novel treatment neutralized the toxin with a second, modified botulinum toxin that delivered a mini antibody into the cells – reversing paralysis in mice.
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More than half of people using cannabis for pain experience multiple withdrawal symptoms
More than half of people who use medical marijuana products to ease pain also experience clusters of multiple withdrawal symptoms when they're between uses, a new study finds. And about 10% of the patients taking part in the study experienced worsening changes to their sleep, mood, mental state, energy and appetite over the next two years as they continued to use cannabis.
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Novel RNA factors may help cancer cells thrive
Recent work pinpoints critical changes in an enzyme known as DICER, which create a cascade of effects on this microRNAome. The team identified primary actors circ2082, a circular RNA, and RBM3, an RNA-binding protein, which form a complex with DICER to trap it in the nucleus of glioblastoma cells, therefore disrupting the cytoplasmic microRNAome.
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This Amazing Plant Delivery Service Brings New Plants To Your Door Every Month
As Americans took up hobbies to get them through 2020 , gardening emerged as one of the top ways to alleviate stress and bring the feeling of the outdoors into their home. And if you're one of the 55-percent of Americans who started gardening last year, you don't need us to tell you the amazing benefits of caring for greenery. From improving mood to relieving stress and anxiety, plants offered pe
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Make face masks compulsory outdoors | Letters
Face coverings should be mandatory the moment you step outside, writes Christine Whatford , while Michael Weedy wants joggers to wear masks "It is inescapable that the facts are changing and we must change our response," Boris Johnson told the Commons last week ( Boris Johnson 'extremely cautious' on when England's schools will reopen , 6 January), so I am surprised this changed response doesn't
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The World's Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About 'Seven Sisters' Stars May Reach Back 100,000 Years
In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, or the "seven sisters." Look carefully and you will probably count six stars. So why do we say there are seven of them? Many cultures around the world refer to the Pleiades as "seven sisters," and also tell quite similar stories about them. After studying the motion of the stars very closely, we believe these s
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Salim Abdool Karim: 'None of us are safe from Covid if one of us is not. We have mutual interdependence'
The face of South Africa's Covid science on why Africa has been hit less hard than Europe, the new variant in the region, and the danger of vaccine nationalism Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim could be considered South Africa's Anthony Fauci . As co-chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19, he is the g
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The U.S. Must Now Repair Democracy at Home and Abroad
Wednesday's insurrection laid bare the fragility of democracy in the United States. It is unsurprising that many Americans feel their confidence in the country's democratic ideals deeply shaken. The expressions of concern from American allies, and the schadenfreude from autocrats , including Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, are sobering. Writing in Foreign Policy , Emma Ashford, a senior fellow at
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Time for Consequences
The most immediate challenge any new president faces is deciding what not to do. For Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the catastrophes of the past four days have not radically changed the way they should make those choices. One week ago, it was imperative that they mainly look forward, to the public-health, economic, and foreign-affairs emergencies that they are inheriting. That is still their duty a
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Our Improbable Existence Is No Evidence for a Multiverse
Experts in probability have spotted a logical flaw in theorists' reasoning — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Mind reading using brain computer interface
The idea of combining 5G to fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance imaging); Could that facilitate remote acquisition of brain waves data, using our mobile phones and malwares or something? and furthermore, could that relate to silent brain to brain communication? Like integrate sound and visuals back and forth wirelessly into minds? submitted by /u/ME_89_0 [link] [comments]
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Notes on technology in the 2020s
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Could the pandemic cause economists to rethink welfare?
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What's something that's really popular now, but in 5 years everyone'll look back on embarrassed by?
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Greener planes of the future… or just pretty plans?
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These Futuristic Flying Ambulances May Soon Be Zooming Around New York
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Robot Made of Ice Can Repair and Rebuild Itself
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Solar-plus-pumped hydro project will bring Hawaiian island of Kaua'i to 80%+ renewables
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Beam me up? The paradoxes and potential of human teleportation
Teleporting humans presents technical and philosophical challenges. A recent experiment achieved tremendous accuracy in quantum teleportation over 27 miles. Human teleportation may be possible with advances in technology to process huge amounts of data. How close are we to teleporting humans over distances? This staple of science fiction assumes the eventual existence of technical wizardry, where
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UK Covid variant extremely unlikely to evade vaccines, scientists say
Antibodies collected from former patients very rarely target parts of virus mutated in new variant, research finds Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The new coronavirus variant that is sweeping the UK is extremely unlikely to evade immune responses generated by vaccines or a previous Covid infection, scientists say. Researchers in the US found that antibodies collected
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Worst Revolution Ever
Getty/ Johanna Goodman Updated at 12:32 p.m. ET on January 11, 2021. Here they were, a coalition of the willing: deadbeat dads, YouPorn enthusiasts, slow students, and MMA fans. They had heard the rebel yell, packed up their Confederate flags and Trump banners, and GPS-ed their way to Washington. After a few wrong turns, they had pulled into the swamp with bellies full of beer and Sausage McMuffi
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GPs in England see big drop in common cold and flu cases
Exclusive: coronavirus restrictions and increased uptake of flu vaccine is likely explanation, say experts Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage GPs in England have reported a big drop in cases of influenza, colds and other common infections – with cold rates now about a quarter of the five-year average, and flu at about a 20th of the usual level for this time of year. Soc
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How This Spot (in Mozambique) Got Its Leopard
Gorongosa National Park, steadily recovering from the ravages of civil war, recently added to its list of resident predators.
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These apps bring the magic of a house party online
Virtual house parties are not exactly like this, but at least you won't have to worry about cleaning up in the morning. (Maurício Mascaro / Pexels/) Since the pandemic began, we've learned to appreciate the upsides of virtual parties (no parking problems, no heels, no designated drivers). But house party classics, like moving from room to room and striking up conversations with random people in t
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A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement
Sometimes my work feels more like ministry than therapy. As a psychologist specializing in family estrangement, my days are spent sitting with parents who are struggling with profound feelings of grief and uncertainty. "If I get sick during the pandemic, will my son break his four years of silence and contact me? Or will I just die alone?" "How am I supposed to live with this kind of pain if I ne
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A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life
Inside cells, droplets called condensates merge, divide, and dissolve. Their dance may regulate vital processes.
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Metroselskabet: Corona kan fordyre og forsinke Sydhavnsmetroen
PLUS. Efter den første corona-bølge meldte Metroselskabet om 3 måneders forsinkelser. Nu hejses advarsels-flaget igen.
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The Cairo Apartments
The cousins as barefoot children floating out of polished rooms. Together we clattered between floors in each other's jalabiyas, spectacular games of hide & seek, three floors & a roof to search. I can't remember if we made the songs up ourselves, where is the bride's house? Ali Alloy prayed his prayers boarded the boat worked his labors . The specter of our adults in the mornings & nights, their
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Why it's time to stop pursuing happiness
Positive thinking and visualising success can be counterproductive – happily, other strategies for fulfilment are available Like many teenagers, I was once plagued with angst and dissatisfaction – feelings that my parents often met with bemusement rather than sympathy. They were already in their 50s, and, having grown up in postwar Britain, they struggled to understand the sources of my disconten
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Are our personalities set in stone, or can we work on – even improve – them?
Ask yourself what your ideal personality will be and, with self-awareness and repetitive practice, traits will follow At some point most of us have been assigned a neat label for our personality, as if it were a brand of clothing. It could have occurred during a job interview, for an online dating profile, or in a social-media quiz that matches your traits with a character from Game of Thrones .
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Number of UK vaccination mega-centres to be expanded sevenfold
Prime minister wants 50 sites to be operating as soon as possible, Whitehall insiders say
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Trump Rallies Were a Preview of the Capitol Attack
M y first Donald Trump campaign rally was memorable in all the wrong ways. I can't recall anything Trump said that night in Pennsylvania during the 2016 race, but I won't forget a tense exchange with one of his supporters. Minutes after I walked in, a man who looked to be in his 20s spotted the press pass pinned to my jacket: "Are you Jewish?" he asked. I bristled and, for the first time covering
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6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money
New year, new recurring subscriptions you've probably forgotten about. Here's how keep track of them.
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A Digital Picture Frame Is My Favorite Way to Keep in Touch
The devices have come a long way and are especially great right now, since they offer a way to connect with long-distance family.
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Big Tech's attention economy can be reformed. Here's how.
This week a violent mob mounted the biggest attack on the Capitol, the seat of American democracy, in more than 200 years, driven by the false belief that the presidential election had been stolen. The chief author of that claim was President Donald Trump, but the mob's readiness to believe it was in large part a product of the attention economy that modern technology has created. News feeds on F
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Det store batterikapløb er skudt i gang – det handler om arbejdspladser og teknologi
PLUS. Store batterifabrikker skyder op overalt, mens der er fuld tryk på udviklingen af fremtidens batteritype med faste elektrolytter og andre materialer. Danske forskere er godt med.
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Americans Were Worried About the Wrong Threat
The attack Wednesday on the U.S. Capitol was a product of the modern internet. The far-right extremists who forced their way into the building had consumed viral conspiracy theories about "stolen" elections and a "deep state" cabal—theories that President Donald Trump himself amplified . The attackers had been radicalized. They saw themselves as heroes and truth-tellers. Wednesday was not the fir
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Does vitamin D combat Covid?
It's cheap, widely available and might help us fend off the virus. So should we all be dosing up on the sunshine nutrient? In March, as coronavirus deaths in the UK began to mount, two hospitals in northeast England began taking vitamin D readings from patients and prescribing them with extremely high doses of the nutrient. Studies had suggested that having sufficient levels of vitamin D, which i
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Female Athletes Need to See Puberty as a Power, Not a Weakness
Updated at 1:06 p.m. ET on January 10, 2021. When I was growing up, my natural ability was a big factor in my athletic prowess. With a wiry body and unusually long limbs, I managed to become one of the top young runners in California. I finished fourth in the state in my sophomore year of high school. At the same time, I was also developing an interest in other activities—student government, thea
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Isn't She Good—For a Woman?
Artemisia Gentileschi is a painter who makes you feel like a mind reader. Even by the high standards of 17th-century Europe, her work is impressively sensuous, dynamic, and psychologically acute. This winter, she became the first woman in the 197-year history of Britain's National Gallery to receive a solo exhibition. The reviews have been adulatory . The paintings on show include a significant p
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Vil du have en mere bæredygtig garderobe? Her er fire råd til at få dit tøj til at leve længere
Opbevar dit tøj korrekt og vask kun, når det er nødvendigt.
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At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don't Qualify Are Vaccinated
Administrators and young graduate students have been inoculated at leading research hospitals, contrary to state and federal guidelines.
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Waymo: Nu hedder det ikke længere "selvkørende biler"
PLUS. Udtrykker "selvkørende biler" få folk til at tro, at de kan slippe rattet og det går ud over trafiksikkerheden. Derfor vil den den amerikanske virksomhed Waymo ikke længere bruge udtrykket "selvkørende biler.
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How race to track mystery gene with links to three cancers saved millions
25 years ago, a mutation was discovered that makes some people susceptible to the disease, and now it has transformed treatment Ten years ago, Tony Herbert developed a lump on the right side of his chest. The clump of tissue grew and became painful and he was tested for breast cancer. The result was positive. "I had surgery and chemotherapy and that worked," he said last week. But how had Herbert
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The age of national self-interest must end if we are to vanquish the pandemic | Will Hutton
Libertarianism has led to rich countries vying for vaccines. Collaboration, not competition, is the only the way forward Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last week, the "age of I" finally peaked. The 45-year rise of libertarianism reached its high tide. The doctrine that gave us Brexit, Trump and a wholly inadequate response to a global pandemic has been exposed for w
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Plan for the future now or Covid will last for years, UK scientists warn
Experts condemn government's 'short-term' response and urge it to rethink its approach Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Senior British scientists have warned that a lack of long-term planning in the battle against Covid is leaving the nation vulnerable to major outbreaks of the disease for at least another year. The rollout of vaccines currently under way would cut ho
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Interview with Berkeley Professor Alison Gopnik: Child-Inspired AI
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Aaron Courville, "A Latent Cause Theory of Classical Conditioning"
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What'a the state of the art for neuromarketing in 2021?
Right now I'm studying a cognitive science MA but I may be interested in pursuing a career in marketing or advertising after graduation. I heard it's not unusual to find people working in that area with unrelated degrees. However, I thought neuromarketing may be an option, but I don't know if there's a lot of jobs in that area. So, I don't know whether I'm better off looking for marketing interns
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Talking to yourself behind a face mask may do you good. Just ask Boswell | Rachel Cooke
Literature and now science suggest muttering in the second or third person can help with anxiety in difficult moments No one actively likes wearing a mask, but for some of us putting one on does more than merely help to stop the spread. Last week, I interviewed a neuroscientist and experimental psychologist who told me that a few people have told him that if they wear theirs outside, at least no
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Rapid Covid testing across England will help identify symptomless carriers
Tens of thousands are unwittingly spreading coronavirus – lateral flow devices will confirm infection in under 30 minutes Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rapid testing to find symptomless carriers of Covid-19 is to be launched in England this week. The aim of the programme is to identify some of the tens of thousands of infected people who are unwittingly spreading t
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