E ugene Goodman is an American hero. At a pivotal moment on January 6, the veteran United States Capitol Police officer single-handedly prevented untold bloodshed. Staring down an angry, advancing mob, he retreated up a marble staircase, calmly wielding his baton to delay his pursuers while calling out their position to his fellow officers. At the top of the steps, still alone and standing just a
The race to vaccinate as many people as possible against covid-19 is under way, but unless countries track who receives the vaccine we won't be able to ensure the benefits are spread equitably, says Layal Liverpool
Demographic data about vaccination programmes could reveal problems early on. So far, no figures about ethnicity have been released in England, even though people from BAME backgrounds are at greater risk from covid-19
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has set a target of 15 February by which 13.9 million people in high-priority groups should be vaccinated against covid-19, but manufacturing, safety checks and distribution logistics will make that difficult
More electric cars were sold last year than in the previous decade. Fossil fuel-powered cars are not yet consigned to the scrapheap, but they are travelling fast down a one-way road towards it, says Adam Vaughan
The new tunnel is intended to replace a congested road that disrupts the landscape around the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, but some argue it will cause irreparable damage to archaeological deposits
Coronavirus vaccine roll-out cannot happen fast enough as second and third waves of covid-19 continue to grow around the world, and countries that had coronavirus under control are now losing their grip
If current agriculture growth continues, nearly 90 per cent of land animal species could lose some habitat by 2050. However, steps such as changing our eating habits could prevent almost all of the projected loss
The idea of universal basic income, which would see everyone receive a regular sum of money from the government regardless of status, has become more popular following successful trials and the coronavirus pandemic
En beräkningsmodell från Imperial College förklarade nästan hela vårens minskande smittspridning med lockdown i tio av elva länder. Undantaget var Sverige som inte införde någon lockdown. Men modellen har stora brister, menar forskare från bland annat Lunds universitet. Forskare från Imperial College tog fram en modell för att bedöma effekter av olika åtgärder våren 2020, för att minska spridning
Human Genome Project co-leader to be chief science voice Biden must find words for a wounded nation Joe Biden has named the geneticist Eric Lander as his top scientific adviser and will elevate the position to the cabinet for the first time, a move meant to indicate a decisive break from Donald Trump's treatment of science. Related: History-maker Kamala Harris will wield real power as vice-presid
Supporters insist that storage technology is not a costly mistake but the best way for UK to cut emissions from heavy industry Engineers and geologists have strongly criticised green groups who last week claimed that carbon capture and storage schemes – for reducing fossil fuel emissions – are costly mistakes. The scientists insisted that such schemes are vital weapons in the battle against globa
This story contains mild spoilers for the first three episodes of WandaVision. After 23 films, even a casual Marvel fan knows what it means to be an Avenger: fighting for those who can't, against any threat, be it corporate greed or the surveillance state or a purple alien . Yet, in the series WandaVision , which premiered yesterday on Disney+, one of these storied Avengers rejects her duty in th
Your internal monologue shapes mental wellbeing, says psychologist Ethan Kross. He has the tools to improve your mind's backchat As Ethan Kross, an American experimental psychologist and neuroscientist, will cheerfully testify, the person who doesn't sometimes find themselves listening to an unhelpful voice in their head probably doesn't exist. Ten years ago, Kross found himself sitting up late a
A study led by Berkeley Lab suggests axions may be present near neutron stars known as the Magnificent Seven. The axions, theorized fundamental particles, could be found in the high-energy X-rays emitted from the stars. Axions have yet to be observed directly and may be responsible for the elusive dark matter. A study tantalizingly promises a possible location for new elementary particles called
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Engines of Boeing rocket fired for only a minute, potentially delaying push to return humans to the moon by 2024 Nasa's Boeing-built deep space exploration rocket has cut short a crucial test, after briefly igniting all four engines of its core stage for the first time. Mounted in a test facility at Nasa's Stennis space centre in Mississippi, the Space Launch System's (SLS) 64-metre core stage ro
CRYPTOCURRENCY Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes Nathaniel Popper | The New York Times "Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has two guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million. The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains the private keys to a digital
Every year around this time, people start thinking about ways to save money and plan for their financial future. If that's you, and you happen to own your own home, one avenue you definitely need to explore is making the switch to solar energy . For decades, anybody who wanted to go green and make the switch to solar had to be prepared to take a bath on installation costs, because they were astro
T he next time an insurgent mob arrives to sack the Capitol, if one happens to try between now and Inauguration Day, mere strength of numbers will not overwhelm the defenses. In the 10 days since the January 6 assault on Congress, the Secret Service has overseen the establishment of an instant "green zone ," fortified by eight-foot steel barriers and patrolled by some 20,000 National Guardsmen. T
Doug Liman has never shied away from big challenges. He's directed genuinely great films such as Swingers, Go , and Edge of Tomorrow ; he launched the Jason Bourne franchise; and he once re-edited and re-released his little-seen flop Fair Game mostly for fun. For his next project, he'll literally travel to space alongside Tom Cruise to film in orbit. So it's no wonder that, a few months into the
O n July 1 , a few days after a woman in India registered for an account on the careers site Naukri.com and uploaded a resume, a recruiter called her: One of the country's leading real-estate companies was hiring for a senior position, and more details would follow soon. The woman had posted her details on the site, whose name means "job" in Hindi, because she feared losing her current role as a
As states suddenly expand the categories of people eligible for the first scarce shipments of vaccine, who will be watching to make sure those hit hardest by the pandemic aren't left behind? (Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
As the coronavirus vaccines have rolled out across the US, the process has been confusing and disastrous. States, left by the federal government to fend for themselves, have struggled to get a handle on the logistics of distribution. Many, including Georgia, Virginia, and California, have fallen woefully behind schedule . But even if there were a perfect supply chain, there's another obstacle: No
Later this month, the Senate will come back into session and will soon consider whether to convict Donald Trump, following his bipartisan impeachment by the House of Representatives. The Senate must vote to convict Trump, even though by then he will be out of office and a private citizen. The reason is that only by convicting Trump can the Senate proceed to an even more important vote: to disqual
As terrifying as it was to watch the attempted coup unfold on January 6, the news that afternoon offered some cause for relief. Although the U.S. Capitol was overrun, few injuries were initially reported. At first, it appeared that only one woman died in the melee. No lawmakers were harmed. The Electoral College certification went forward, despite some delay. Every day since, as more videos and r
A charitable reading of those involved in the atrocities of January 6 is that they believed they were acting in the best interests of the country. Given the facts, as they proclaimed them, they were striving to protect the nation from an election that had been illegally stolen. The trouble is these facts are false. The country faces a divide between those who inhabit a common world of truth, and
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed global migration by nearly 30 percent, with around two million fewer people than predicted migrating between 2019 and 2020, according to a UN report released on Friday.
The head-up display shows information like speed in the near view, and augmented-reality data superimposed over real-world features in the far view. (Panasonic /) Glancing down at an analog gauge in your vehicle to see if you're pushing the speed limit, or need to find a gas station, is a reliable method for finding the information you need while driving. But of course, in-vehicle screens have al
8. januar var det 100 år siden, at Danmarks største vandkraftværk, Tangeværket, blev indviet. Tre dobbelte radial-reaktionsturbiner med tilkoblede drejestrømsgeneratorer skulle omsætte vandets kræfter til 10.000 volt. Og Tangeådalen blev til Tange Sø.
I sin senaste bok The world according to physics berättar Jim Al-Khalili om hur fysiken som vetenskap beskriver världen. Vi får en presentation av grundpelarna i form av relativitetsteori, kvantmekanik och termodynamik. Utöver det bjuds det på diskussioner om vad fysiken ägnar sig åt i dag, vad vi kan få för nytta av det, och hur fysiker tänker.
Hur kan algoritmer användas för att göra samhället bättre? Budskapet i Algoritmmakaren är att rätt utformade algoritmer kan fungera som smarta beslutsstöd i frågor där det är svårt för en människa att överblicka situationen. Boken handlar till viss del om hur algoritmerna fungerar, men mycket mer om vilka olika parametrar och omständigheter den som vill implementera en algoritm måste ta hänsyn til
Den globala uppvärmningen kan hejdas samtidigt som ekonomin fortsätter att växa. Det hävdar den amerikanska ekonomen Andrew McAfee som skrivit Från mer till mindre. Men det är bråttom och kräver ett pris på kol. 1 | Greta Thunberg kallade "evig ekonomisk tillväxt" för en "saga" när hon talade i FN. Går det att förena tillväxt och minskade utsläpp av västhusgaser? – Att frivilligt anamma negativ ti
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered that fruit flies with genetic modifications to enhance glucose uptake have significantly longer lifespans. Looking at the brain cells of aging flies, they found that better glucose uptake compensates for age-related deterioration in motor functions, and led to longer life. The effect was more pronounced when coupled with dietary restri
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox . Erik Carter; Rebecca Cook / ReuterS The country is on the eve of a transfer of power. But federal officials warn that more violence is possible ahead of next week's inauguration. Here's that, and
Yesterday was the day that NASA, NOAA, the Hadley Centre and Berkeley Earth delivered their final assessments for temperatures in Dec 2020, and thus their annual summaries. The headline results have received a fair bit of attention in the media ( NYT, WaPo , BBC , The Guardian etc.) and the conclusion that 2020 was pretty much tied with 2016 for the warmest year in the instrumental record is robu
BioNyt Videnskabens Verden (www.bionyt.dk) er Danmarks ældste populærvidenskabelige tidsskrift for naturvidenskab. Det er det eneste blad af sin art i Danmark, som er helliget international forskning inden for livsvidenskaberne.
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