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Sky News Australia banned from YouTube for seven days over Covid misinformation
Digital giant issues strike after channel posted videos denying the existence of disease and encouraging people to use discredited medication Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Sky News Australia has been banned from uploading content to YouTube for seven days after violating its medical misinformation
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The Anti-Vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable
Something very strange has been happening in Missouri: A hospital in the state, Ozarks Healthcare, had to create a "private setting" for patients afraid of being seen getting vaccinated against COVID-19. In a video produced by the hospital, the physician Priscilla Frase says , "Several people come in to get vaccinated who have tried to sort of disguise their appearance and even went so far as to
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Dogs know when people are lying
A study of 260 dogs found that, in some cases, dogs can tell when people are lying. The experiments involved giving dogs information about the location of food. The majority of the dogs did not follow false suggestions when they knew humans were lying. Is humanity's best friend catching on to our shenanigans? Researchers at the University of Vienna discovered that dogs can in certain cases know w
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Your Vaccinated Immune System Is Ready for Breakthroughs
A new dichotomy has begun dogging the pandemic discourse. With the rise of the über-transmissible Delta variant, experts are saying you're either going to get vaccinated , or going to get the coronavirus . For some people—a decent number of us, actually—it's going to be both. Coronavirus infections are happening among vaccinated people . They're going to keep happening as long as the virus is wit
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The MyPillow Guy Really Could Destroy Democracy
When you contemplate the end of democracy in America, what kind of person do you think will bring it about? Maybe you picture a sinister billionaire in a bespoke suit, slipping brown envelopes to politicians. Maybe your nightmare is a rogue general, hijacking the nuclear football. Maybe you think of a jackbooted thug leading a horde of men in white sheets, all carrying burning crosses. Here is wh
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Scientists Warn That the Earth Is Literally Dying
Code Blue Dot A team of scientists just took the planet's vitals and delivered a grim prognosis: the damage that humanity is causing may be terminal. In other words, the planet is in really, really bad shape — out of the 31 metrics of ecological health that a team of prominent scientists from a long list of universities around the world looked at, 18 are facing all-time poor results, they told Ag
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Why Managers Fear a Remote-Work Future
In 2019, Steven Spielberg called for a ban on Oscar eligibility for streaming films , claiming that "movie theaters need to be around forever" and that audiences had to be given "the motion picture theatrical experience" for a movie to be a movie. Spielberg's fury was about not only the threat that streaming posed to the in-person viewing experience but the ways in which the streaming giant Netfl
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'I Would Go Tomorrow to Get the Third Shot'
And just like that, it's Groundhog Day. The news from the CDC is bad. Yes, we have vaccines—and they are miraculously effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19. Thank goodness for that. But the CDC now says that when vaccinated people are infected, they may spread the coronavirus just as easily as the unvaccinated do. On top of that, the Delta variant is tremendously contagi
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Republicans Refuse to Reckon With January 6
All along the hallways of the Capitol complex today, members of the Capitol Police stared at their phones and nearby TV screens. Four of their fellow officers were testifying before Congress for the first time about the treatment they'd endured on January 6. They described being beaten with metal flagpoles, sprayed in the eyes with wasp repellent, and shocked with their own Tasers. One of the men
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Researcher Stands by Prediction of 2040 Civilization Collapse
Right on Track Earlier this month, sustainability researcher Gaya Herrington made headlines when she examined claims from a 1972 MIT study predicting the end of civilization — and found that we're indeed on track for a collapse around the year 2040. Now, she's standing by her grim forecast. The moral of the story, Herrington told The Guardian , is that business as usual — an approach that's worse
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Delta Is Ruining the Summer, and It's Anti-vaxxers' Fault
"Just think back to where this nation was a year ago," an ebullient Joe Biden said on July 4 , as he gave remarks billed as a celebration of U.S. independence—and independence from COVID-19. "Think back to where you were a year ago. And think about how far we've come." You might not have to work very hard to remember. Across the country, summer 2021 is starting to look distressingly like summer 2
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Astronomers detect light behind black hole for first time
Telescope picks up unexpected 'luminous echoes' – smaller, later and of different colour to bright flares Astronomers have detected light behind a black hole deep in space for the first time. Bright flares of X-rays were spotted bursting from a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy 800m light years away, which is relatively normal. Continue reading…
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Simone Biles's Critics Don't Understand This Generation of Athletes
Simone Biles was expected to be the story of the Tokyo Olympics because of her long series of jaw-dropping performances up to now. Instead, she's become the story of these Olympics because she's not performing. Citing her mental health, Biles removed herself from the women's gymnastics team final after one rotation on Tuesday night. A day later, she withdrew from the individual all-around competi
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The Earth's Interior Is Sucking Up Huge Amounts of Carbon, Scientists Say
Big Suck Our planet is sucking up way more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought, according to new research. We're not out of the woods yet, however — though the research could help us make more accurate projections about a drastically changing climate, and even perhaps provide clues about how to artificially remove carbon from the atmosphere and lock it beneath the planet's surface.
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Image: Hubble spots squabbling galactic siblings
A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captures a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. This system—known as Arp 195—is featured in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, a list which showcases some of the weirder and more wonderful galaxies in the universe.
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Time for Covidnomics
First Canada overtook the United States in the vaccination race. Now the European Union has done so. Even poor European countries such as Greece, Lithuania, and Poland have surpassed vaccine-resistant U.S. states such as Ohio, Arkansas, and Missouri. Why is this happening? Facebook exists on the other side of the Atlantic as much as it does on ours. Europeans do not lack for far-right political p
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Exploring blood types of Neanderthal and Denisovan individuals
An analysis of the blood types of one Denisovan and three Neanderthal individuals has uncovered new clues to the evolutionary history, health, and vulnerabilities of their populations. Silvana Condemi of the Centre National de la Research Scientifique (CNRS) and colleagues at Aix-Marseille University, France, present hese findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on July 28, 2021.
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Gentle Encouragement Wasn't Going to Be Enough
Here's something I almost never say: The NFL is right. When pro football announced last week that it will impose stiff penalties on teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak involving unvaccinated players, it exposed a serious vaccination divide among its athletes. Fans also learned in real time that some of their favorite NFL stars are not only vaccine-hesitant but also susceptible to some of th
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Mammals dream about the world they are entering even before birth
Researchers find that babies of mammals dream about the world they are entering. The study focused on neonatal waves in mice before they first opened their eyes. Scientists believe human babies also prime their visual motion detection before birth. Imagine opening your eyes for the first time as a brand new baby. The world is so mysterious, full of obstacles and strange shapes. And yet it does no
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The Insurrection Was Just Part of the Plot
For raw emotional content, Tuesday's hearing of the new House select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection was nonpareil. Four police officers who fought to hold back armed hordes seeking to disrupt Congress told stories of physical injury, racist abuse, and post-traumatic distress. Even for Americans who paid close attention to the crisis, these stories added new texture and horror
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What Simone Biles Understands About Greatness
Central to Simone Biles's appeal as an athlete, even to viewers only flimsily acquainted with the rules and rituals of her sport, is the clarity of her gift. You do not have to know the specs of the original "Biles," a double layout with a half twist and blind landing that distinguishes her floor routine, to wonder over her straightened limbs blurring and her equilibrium compensating. By the same
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Scientists discover how high-energy electrons strengthen magnetic fields
More than 99% of the visible universe exists in a superheated state known as plasma—an ionized gas of electrons and ions. The motion of these charged particles produces magnetic fields that form an interstellar magnetic web. These magnetic fields are important for a wide range of processes, from the shaping of galaxies and the formation of stars to controlling the motion and acceleration of high-e
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She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she's telling her story.
The world first learned of Sophie Zhang in September 2020, when BuzzFeed News obtained and published highlights from an abridged version of her nearly 8,000-word exit memo from Facebook. Before she was fired, Zhang was officially employed as a low-level data scientist at the company. But she had become consumed by a task she deemed more important: finding and taking down fake accounts and likes t
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Fermi spots a supernova's 'fizzled' gamma-ray burst
On Aug. 26, 2020, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a pulse of high-energy radiation that had been racing toward Earth for nearly half the present age of the universe. Lasting only about a second, it turned out to be one for the record books—the shortest gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the death of a massive star ever seen.
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Large meteor lights up skies in Norway
Norwegian experts say an unusually large meteor was visible over large parts of southern Scandinavia and illuminated southeast Norway with a powerful flash of light for a few seconds as many observers were reported to also hear a roaring sound afterwards.
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In the absence of genetic variation, asexual invasive species find new methods of adapting to their environment
Without the benefits of evolutionary genetic variation that accompany meiotic reproduction, how does an asexual invasive species adapt over time to a new environment to survive? In all-female weevil species that produce only female offspring from unfertilized eggs, the insects' survival techniques have led to the surprising discovery that these creatures can pass down gene regulation changes to fu
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Chemists discover a key to greener food production
Arguably the most important (if least well known) industrial advancement of the 20th century, the Haber-Bosch ammonia synthesis process essentially conquered food scarcity by creating the means to mass produce fertilizer—fertilizer then used to fortify food harvests around the world.
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Non-linear effects in coupled optical microcavities
Scientists from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw have demonstrated exciton-polariton lasing and parametric scattering of exciton-polaritons in a system of coupled optical microcavities. The results have been published in the prestigious journal Nanophotonics.
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Finding the source of the impactor that wiped out the dinosaurs
The impactor believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs and other life forms on Earth some 66 million years ago likely came from the outer half of the main asteroid belt, a region previously thought to produce few impactors. Researchers from Southwest Research Institute have shown that the processes that deliver large asteroids to Earth from that region occur at least 10 times more frequently than p
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'Talking drum' shown to accurately mimic speech patterns of west African language
Musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton are considered virtuosos, guitarists who could make their instruments sing. Drummers in west Africa who play hourglass-shaped percussion instruments called dùndúns can make their instrument not only sing, but talk. New research published in the journal Frontiers in Communication is one of the first to show the high degree of acoustic correlation betw
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Through the thin-film glass, researchers spot a new liquid phase
Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a new type of liquid in thin films, which forms a high-density glass. Results generated in this study, conducted by researchers in Penn's Department of Chemistry, demonstrate how these glasses and other similar materials can be fabricated to be denser and more stable, providing a framework for developing new applic
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Vanderbilt engineer the first to introduce low-power dynamic manipulation of single nanoscale quantum objects
Led by Justus Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Vanderbilt researchers are the first to introduce an approach for trapping and moving a nanomaterial known as a single colloidal nanodiamond with nitrogen-vacancy center using low power laser beam. The width of a single human hair is approximately 90,000 nanometers; nanodiamonds are less than 100 nanometers. These carbon-based
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Italian astronomers discover new star cluster
Astronomers from Italy report the detection of a new star cluster as part of the YMCA (Yes, Magellanic Clouds Again) survey. The newly discovered stellar grouping, designated YMCA-1, may be an old and remote star cluster of our Milky Way galaxy. The finding is detailed in a paper published July 21 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
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Exercise may boost kids' vocabulary growth
Swimming a few laps likely won't turn your child into the next Katie Ledecky or Michael Phelps, but it just might help them become the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. A recent study suggests aerobic exercise, such as swimming, can boost kids' vocabulary growth.
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The mortality cost of carbon
Nature Communications, Published online: 29 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24487-w Climate change is expected to have impacts on human mortality, e.g. through increases in heat waves. Here, the author proposes a new metric to account for excess deaths from additional CO2 emissions, which allows to assess the mortality impacts of marginal emissions and leads to a substantial increase in the soc
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Prominent behavioral scientist's paper earns an expression of concern
A journal has issued an expression of concern for a 17-year-old paper by one of the world's most prominent behavioral psychologists after it partly failed a statistical stress test conducted by a group that has been trying to reproduce findings in the field. The 2004 article, by Dan Ariely, of Duke University but then at … Continue reading
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Postmenopausal women can dance their way to better health
Women often struggle with managing their weight and other health risk factors, such as high cholesterol, once they transition through menopause. A new study suggests that dancing may effectively lower cholesterol levels, improve fitness and body composition and in the process, improve self-esteem.
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How relaxing COVID-19 restrictions could pave the way for vaccine resistance
A new article outlines how relaxing Covid-19 restrictions could pave the way for new vaccine-resistant virus mutations. It describes how we are in an 'arms race' with the virus and how rising cases could provide opportunities for it to evolve into even more transmissible variants. The researchers say that any new variants could be more virulent, more vaccine resistant, and more dangerous for child
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Elite party cues increase vaccination intentions among Republicans [Social Sciences]
Overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic requires motivating the vast majority of Americans to get vaccinated. However, vaccination rates have become politically polarized, and a substantial proportion of Republicans have remained vaccine hesitant for months. Here, we explore how endorsements by party elites affect Republicans' COVID-19 vaccination intentions and attitudes. In a…
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Estimating SARS-CoV-2 infections from deaths, confirmed cases, tests, and random surveys [Social Sciences]
There are multiple sources of data giving information about the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the population, but all have major drawbacks, including biases and delayed reporting. For example, the number of confirmed cases largely underestimates the number of infections, and deaths lag infections substantially, while test positivity rates tend…
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Vaccinated America Has Had Enough
In the United States, this pandemic could've been over by now, and certainly would've been by Labor Day. If the pace of vaccination through the summer had been anything like the pace in April and May, the country would be nearing herd immunity. With most adults immunized, new and more infectious coronavirus variants would have nowhere to spread. Life could return nearly to normal. Experts list ma
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The Geniuses at Fox News Said That a New Jet Flies at Twice the Speed of Light
Screw Your Physics If you watch Fox News ' morning talk show "Fox and Friends," you may have heard some unsettling news about Russia's military prowess. Apparently, Russia has learned to violate the singular, most unbreakable law of physics , the speed limit of the universe that allows every other law of science to fall into place, all in the name of building a fast jet plane. That's right — "Fox
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The insect apocalypse: 'Our world will grind to a halt without them'
Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they perform I have been fascinated by insects all my life. One of my earliest memories is of finding, at the age of five or six, some stripy yellow-and-black caterpillars feeding on weeds in the school playground. I put them in my empty lunchbox, an
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Artificial intelligence helps improve NASA's eyes on the Sun
A group of researchers is using artificial intelligence techniques to calibrate some of NASA's images of the Sun, helping improve the data that scientists use for solar research. The new technique was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on April 13, 2021.
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'Be interested, be curious, hear what's not said': how I learned to really listen to people | Annalisa Barbieri
Being a good listener isn't just about shutting up and not interrupting – it's about really taking in what someone is telling you When I was a young girl, a fabulous woman called Pam who lived opposite us would come to do my mum's hair once a week. Pam was a retired hairdresser and beautician who had been taught partly by Vivien Leigh's mother. I knew this because I listened as she and my mother
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Australia squandered its Covid advantage – and wealth is deciding who makes it home | Jennifer Mills
It would be easy enough to get home quickly if we had money to burn Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Restrictions: NSW ; Vic ; Qld ; SA ; WA and NT ; border restrictions Hotspots: NSW map ; Vic list ; Qld ; WA Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing "But aren't you a citizen?" That's the first thing most Italians ask when I tell them I can
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Pfizer vaccine second dose has 'sweet spot' after eight weeks, UK scientists say
Longer schedule led to more Covid antibodies and higher proportion of helper T-cells, supporting immune memory – researchers See all our coronavirus coverage An eight-week gap between the first and second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is a "sweet spot" when it comes to generating strong immune response while protecting the UK population against the Delta variant of coronavirus, sc
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Bezos Says He'll Give NASA Billions of Dollars If It'll Just Give Him a Contract
Flying to the near reaches of space wasn't enough for the richest person in the world. In an open letter published today, Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos offered NASA billions of dollars to give his space tourism company a Human Landing System (HLS) contract. "Blue Origin is committed to building a future where millions of people live and work in space to benefit the Earth," the let
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Tennessee radio host doubted and mocked vaccines – now he has Covid
Phil Valentine's family urges listeners to get the shot Host sang 'Vaxman' Beatles parody and touted choice Tennessee hospital grapples with Delta and vaccine hesitancy A conservative radio host in Tennessee who urged listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has changed track and called on listeners to get the shot, after contracting the virus and ending up in hospital in "very serious co
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Android has won the phone world war
When Android was launched soon after Apple's own iPhone, Steve Jobs threatened to "destroy" it. Ever since, and across the world, the rivalry between both systems has animated users. Now the results are in: worldwide, consumers clearly prefer one side — and it's not Steve Jobs'. A woman on her phone in Havana, Cuba. Mobile phones have become ubiquitous the world over — and so has the divide betwe
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Elon Musk Reportedly Demanded to Be Made CEO of Apple
Power Play According to explosive allegations in a new book, Elon Musk once demanded to be made CEO of software megacorporation Apple — prompting Tim Cook, the actual CEO, to hang up the phone in disgust. Here's how things went down during a 2016 call, according to the Los Angeles Times ' synopsis of " Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century ," by Wall Street Journal reporter Tim
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Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract
Billionaire lost out to Elon Musk's SpaceX in lunar bid Bezos claims Nasa's decision will delay moon mission Jeff Bezos has offered Nasa $2bn – if the US space agency reverses course and chooses his company, Blue Origin, to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon. Related: Why does Jeff Bezos's rocket look like that? An inquiry Continue reading…
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Scientists Claim That More and More Schizophrenia Cases Are Linked to Marijuana
An alarming new research study found a strong — and growing — correlation between smoking lots of weed and mental illness. A team of scientists pored over health records of nearly 7.2 million people in Denmark and identified a link between cannabis use disorder — defined as a heavy reliance on weed to the point of neglecting other aspects of their lives — and the neurological condition schizophre
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'Record-shattering' heat becoming much more likely, says climate study
More heatwaves even worse than those seen recently in north-west of America forecast in research "Record-shattering" heatwaves, even worse than the one that recently hit north-west America, are set to become much more likely in future, according to research. The study is a stark new warning on the rapidly escalating risks the climate emergency poses to lives. The shocking temperature extremes suf
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What the Ben & Jerry's Decision Reveals About Israel
No company does progressive politics quite like Ben & Jerry's. The Vermont-based ice-cream maker has a reputation for corporate activism , owing to its support for a wide array of left-wing causes, including marriage equality, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter. But when the company announced this week that it will no longer sell its products in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territorie
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New Paper Warns That Environmental Collapse Will Lead to "Untold Suffering"
Dying Earth The ecological vital signs of the planet are in dire shape, according to an updated report endorsed by almost 14,000 scientists. Even before it came out , we knew that the paper would present a grim outlook for the future of life on Earth. And now, the very first sentence of the study, published Wednesday in the journal BioScience , points out that the panel of scientists declared a c
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A new theory to explain the transparency of metallic oxides
The electrons of some metal oxides, due to their large effective mass when coupled with the ionic lattice of the material, cannot follow the electric field of light and allow it to pass through the material. Transparent and conductive materials are used in smartphone touch screens and solar panels for photovoltaic energy.
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Ink positive: how tattoos can heal the mind as well as adorn the body
Forget the stereotypes – getting inked can be a powerful means of reclaiming your body and processing grief or trauma If one thing has become obvious in the summer heat and the inevitable baring of flesh, it's the degree to which body art is now the norm. At the pool, the park, or the pub beer garden, you'll find an enormous variety of designs inked on the skin representing the breadth of human c
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Who Owns Amanda Knox?
Does my name belong to me? Does my face? What about my life? My story? Why is my name used to refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions again and again because others continue to profit off my identity, and my trauma, without my consent. Most recently, there is the film Stillwater , directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin, which was, in McCarthy's
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Congressman Proposes Four-Day Work Week
Three Day Weekend If US Congressman Mark Takano has his way, most Americans will end up working four days — that's just 32 hours — instead of the more-or-less universally accepted five day, 40 hour week that we have today. The Californian Democrat introduced new legislation on Tuesday that, if enacted, would change the threshold for overtime work throughout the country, according to a press relea
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Renewables Overtook Coal and Nuclear Power Generation in the US Last Year
Number Two For the first time in US history, renewables became the second-most prevalent electricity source in 2020 after natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In 2020, renewable energy sources —including wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal — accounted for 21 percent of all the electricity generated in the country. Coal represented just 19 percent, while
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New Gaming PC Consumes so Much Power That It's Banned in California
Power Overwhelming Alienware, a gaming-specific computer company owned by Dell, now sells PCs that are so powerful and energy-intensive that several states have banned them. Thanks to newly-implemented restrictions on the energy usage of specific consumer electronics including personal computers, the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 or R12 gaming computers cannot be legally sold in California o
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As Covid Cases Mount, Missouri Legislators Oppose Vaccine Efforts
As the number of coronavirus infections rises around the country, lawmakers have adopted responses that trouble many health officials. In Missouri, where the dangerous delta variant is taking hold, these attitudes are accelerating anti-vaccine sentiment that has run strong in the state legislature for years.
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Elon Musk Says It's Totally Possible to Build "Extremely Safe" Nuclear Plants
Pro Nuclear Tesla CEO Elon Musk is totally on board when it comes to nuclear energy. The billionaire discussed the topic during this week's B-Word crypto innovation conference. "I think modern nuclear power plants are safe contrary to what people may think," he said during the conference, as quoted by CNBC . "I really think it's possible to make very, extremely safe nuclear." He even went as far
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Businesses that had no downturn from Covid crisis received $12.5bn jobkeeper windfall
Payments described as 'waste of public money' represent almost 14% of the $90bn program Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Restrictions: NSW ; Vic ; Qld ; SA ; WA and NT ; border restrictions Hotspots: NSW map ; Vic list ; Qld ; WA Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Businesses that did not suffer any downturn in revenue as a result of t
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Uber and Deliveroo discounts to lure young people in UK to get Covid jab
Companies will offer credit and price reductions in government push to boost vaccination rates Cheap taxi rides and discounts from the biggest takeaway companies are to be deployed by the government in a desperate effort to boost Covid vaccination rates among the young, amid growing legal and political pressure on Boris Johnson over the use of vaccine passports. With figures inside the cabinet co
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Crisis Briefly Spins International Space Station Out of Control
Russia's brand new Nauka module, which docked to the International Space Station today, unexpectedly fired its thrusters just hours afterward — prompting a serious crisis on board the orbital outpost. "The crew was never in any danger," NASA said in a statement, according to the Houston Chronicle . "We do not know why the Nauka thrusters began to fire. That is not clear at this point." The entire
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Elon Musk Employees Are Instructed to Tell People He's "Awesome" and "Inspiring"
Dear Leader If you take a ride on Loop, Elon Musk's underground tunnel transportation system in Las Vegas, you might get a bizarrely rosy portrait of the enigmatic megabillionaire during your journey. That's because The Boring Company provides drivers — yes, the high-tech underground transportation of the future is no different than driving through a tunnel — with a specific script to help them f
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Why information is central to physics and the universe itself
The most important current topic in physics relates to a subject that hardly seems physical at all — information, which is central to thermodynamics and perhaps the universe itself. The "dataome" is the way human beings have been externalizing information about ourselves and the world since we first began making paintings on cave walls. The dataome is vast and growing everyday, sucking up an ever
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Extreme weather will be the norm and UK is not prepared, scientists warn
Last year was first to be in top 10 for heat, rain and sunshine, as scientists say UK's mild climate is at an end Extremes of weather will strike the UK more frequently owing to the climate crisis, scientists said after data showed that last year was one of the warmest, as well as one of the wettest and sunniest, on record. Last year was the first to figure in the top 10 for heat, rain and hours
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Vaccines Are Great. Masks Make Them Even Better.
America's split with masks turned out to be a brief hiatus. After getting their shots in the spring and early summer, many people figured they could dump their face coverings for good—a sentiment the CDC crystallized in May , when the agency gave fully immunized people its blessing to largely dispense with masking, indoors and out. Yesterday, the agency pivoted back , recommending that even fully
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The Green Knight Is One of 2021's Best Movies
King Arthur's Round Table is an impressively austere sight in The Green Knight : a circle of white stone bathed in dim light where mythic figures sit like statues, ready to be venerated. Tucked in the background of this scene is Gawain (played by Dev Patel), a young warrior eager to prove his mettle by going on the same journey as his idols. But David Lowery's adaptation of the epic poem Sir Gawa
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Lucasfilm Hires Random Guy Who Made Amazing Luke Skywalker Deepfake
Better Deepfakes Legendary production company Lucasfilm Ltd. has hired a YouTuber who impressed them with stunning, photorealistic deepfakes of "Stars Wars" franchise characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Grand Moff Tarkin — results that looked even better than the company's own attempts, IndieWire reports . It's a stunning new milestone in the advancement of computer generated imagery, g
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Video Shows Massive Meteor Lighting Up Entire Night Sky
Meteor Strike A large meteor hurtled over Norway on Monday night, lighting up the sky over most of southern Scandinavia in a burst of light. It was such a violent event, the Associated Press reports , that onlookers heard a roaring sound — a breathtaking example of our planet's protective atmospheric layer in action. The meteor was visible for about five seconds at around 1 am local time, accordi
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HBO's Woodstock '99 Documentary Is a Dark Warning
We're halfway through the first summer of full-capacity crowds at American arenas and nightclubs after pandemic-induced hibernation. Have you attended a glorious, mythmaking concert to mark the occasion? Perhaps Foo Fighters reopening Madison Square Garden gave you chills, or maybe you air-tromboned to the band Chicago at New Jersey's first big comeback show ( NJ.com's review : "Enjoyment came in
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The Time Tax
N ot long ago, a New York City data analyst who had been laid off shortly after the pandemic hit told me she had filed for unemployment-insurance payments and then spent the next six months calling, emailing, and using social media to try to figure out why the state's Labor Department would not send her the money she was owed. A mother in Philadelphia living below the poverty line told me about h
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People shielding five times more likely to die of Covid, Scottish study finds
High-risk individuals were still much more vulnerable to catching virus and dying in first wave of pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People advised to shield in the first wave of the pandemic were five times more likely to die after a confirmed Covid infection than those considered at low risk from the disease, according to research in Scotland. The study, led
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The 'Weirdest' Matter, Made of Partial Particles, Defies Description
Your desk is made up of individual, distinct atoms, but from far away its surface appears smooth. This simple idea is at the core of all our models of the physical world. We can describe what's happening overall without getting bogged down in the complicated interactions between every atom and electron. So when a new theoretical state of matter was discovered whose microscopic features stubbornly
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Planetary remnants around white dwarf stars
When a star like our sun gets to be old, in another seven billion years or so, it will no longer be able to sustain burning its nuclear fuel. With only about half of its mass remaining it will shrink to a fraction of its radius and become a white dwarf star. White dwarf stars are common; over 95% of all stars will become white dwarfs. The most famous one is the companion to the brightest star in t
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Dietary supplements causing severe liver injuries in Australians, with some requiring transplants, study shows
Researchers say cases linked to products claiming to promote muscle growth or weight loss are rising and more rigorous oversight is needed The number of patients being admitted to hospital with severe liver injuries caused by herbal and dietary supplements claiming to promote muscle growth or weight loss is increasing, with some people harmed so severely they required a liver transplant. A study
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What Those in Power Are Missing About the Opioid Epidemic
Trish Perry organizes weekly outreach for homeless populations in Newark, Ohio. (William Widmer / Redux) Updated at 10 a.m. ET on July 25, 2021. On a street corner in Newark, Ohio, every Saturday, rain or shine, Trish Perry distributes harm-reduction supplies—syringes, Neosporin, saline, and the overdose-reversal drug naloxone—to people who use drugs. She also provides food, clothing, tents, and
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Study: These Countries Are Most Likely to Survive Collapse of Civilization
Civilization Collapse While Australians are fighting over rat carcasses in a "Mad Max" scenario, it might be pretty much business as usual in New Zealand. At least, that's the conclusion of a new study by researchers at the UK's Anglia Ruskin University, who examined which places on Earth would be best prepared to deal with breakdowns in global supply chains, financial structures, and other compl
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95% of British adults still wearing a mask when out, says survey
Figure same as before legal requirement relaxed, while most still feel that complying with other Covid safety measures is important Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Only one British adult in 20 is no longer wearing a mask outside their homes despite the relaxing of legal mask-wearing requirements earlier this month, according to the first official survey on complying
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Russia Says Don't Worry, It's No Big Deal That We Threw the ISS Into a Tailspin
Shrug It Off On Thursday, Russia docked its new Nauka module to the International Space Station — and, just three hours later, sent the entire orbital facility careening off course when it suddenly and unexpectedly fired up its thrusters . Now, the Russian space agency Roscosmos says that a software glitch is to blame, Reuters reports . Apparently the module received the command to "withdraw," se
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How Did It Come to This?
The CDC's color-coded coronavirus case map , if you can find it, is easy enough to read. It's a county-by-county snapshot of viral transmission—the agency's new fallback for advising fully vaccinated people on whether they need to don a mask indoors. The parts painted in those scary shades of orange or red are areas of substantial or high transmission, respectively; they're the places where you s
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Down With Morning People
Tim Lahan This article was published online on July 30, 2021. M e, I can fake it. Stale as I may be from the night before, one foot—one leg—stuck in the underworld, I can still crank up the sociability. I can manufacture perkiness at an early hour. Good morning! Good morning! Am I even faking it? Perhaps not. It is good to wake up. I do rejoice in the restoration of consciousness, the grand democ
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Germany Found a Way to Reduce Polarization. Could It Work in the U.S.?
W hen Edmund Schechter, a Viennese Jew who fled the Nazis, arrived in postwar Germany in 1945, he encountered a "wasteland"—not just physically, he said, but "psychologically." All newspapers had ceased publication. Radio stations were destroyed and devoid of their Nazi staff. The "silent" media landscape provided "virgin territory" to "do all sorts of things really from scratch," recalled Schech
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Founder of Tesla Wannabe Charged With Fraud for Lying About Hydrogen-Electric Truck
Hot Seat The US Justice Department charged Travis Milton, the founder of the controversial electric and hydrogen automaker Nikola, with fraud today. If you've been following along then you already know that Nikola, the name of which is a not-so-subtle jab at Elon Musk's rival automaker Tesla, has already had a spectacular fall from grace. In February 2020, Nikola unveiled and made bold claims abo
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Scientists Surprised by Objects of "Complex Organic Matter" in Asteroid Belt
Red Rocks A team of astronomers have spotted two mysterious objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that appear to be loaded with organic matter, possibly including the building blocks of life on Earth, The New York Times reports . The two rocks, dubbed 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia, showed up as glowing red in astronomical observations, far redder than any other known object in the
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Why So Many Millennials Are Obsessed With Dogs
Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin This article was published online on July 29, 2021. S ince the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I have asked one question more than any other. It's come up time and again, day and night, as frequently in my post-vaccination spring and summer as it did in the dark moments of the pandemic's first wave: Are you my booboo? The question is never answered by Midge
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Making memories actually involves breaking our DNA, study shows
The urgency to remember a dangerous experience requires the brain to make a series of potentially dangerous moves: Neurons and other brain cells snap open their DNA in numerous locations — more than previously realized , according to a new study — to provide quick access to genetic instructions for the mechanisms of memory storage. The extent of these DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in multiple k
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Australia Covid live update: 2 million in western Sydney face tougher lockdown as some construction resumes
Residents of eight local government areas banned from leaving hotspots unless they are essential workers; tradespeople now allowed into clients' homes. Follow all the day's news Just 39% of NSW residents over 70 are fully vaccinated NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; border restrictions Vic hotspots ; Vic restrictions ; border restrictions Qld hotspots ; Qld restrictions ; border restrictions Vacc
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Experimental Male Birth Control Is Magnets That Heat Up Your Testicles
A team of scientists from China's Nantong University just completed animal tests for an interesting new approach to male birth control — but you probably won't enjoy hearing how they got there. The one-simple-trick involved injecting mice with magnetic nanomaterials, using external magnets to guide the particles into their testicles, and then using another magnetic field to heat their you-know-wh
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Indiana Prepares To Test New Roads That Charge Electric Vehicles
Free Charge A German company called Magment has partnered with the Indiana state government and Purdue University to test out new, high tech streets that automatically charge the battery of any electric vehicle outfitted with a special receiver that's driving down them. The roads rely on magnetic particles mixed into concrete which, when electrified, can transfer power with 95 percent efficiency,
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China Is Building Even More Nuclear Missile Launchers
Silo Madness Last month, reports emerged of China constructing 119 identical missile silos in a desert near the city of Yumen in northwest China. Satellite images showed a massive desert expanse pockmarked by individual silos. Now, the Chinese government is digging a second field of an additional 110 silos for launching nuclear missiles, The New York Times reports , a worrying sign that China may
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Elon Musk: Population Collapse Is "Potentially the Greatest Risk to the Future of Civilization"
Population Collapse Tesla CEO Elon Musk is worried about stalling population growth. On Monday, the billionaire shared an alarming Wall Street Journal report that shows the US population growth rate grinding to a halt. "Population collapse is potentially the greatest risk to the future of civilization," he said — adding to the chorus over growing concerns that stalling birth rates worldwide could
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YouTube Channel That Hunts Scammers Falls for Scam, Deletes Itself
Con Plan The hunter becomes the hunted. A YouTube channel called Tech Support Scams, dedicated to trolling and unmasking scammers, fell victim to a tech support scammer — who convinced creator Jim Browning to delete the entire channel, The Register reports . The irony is palpable. And the incident also comes as a warning to anybody out there talking to tech support: If it seems suspect, it's prob
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The Unraveling of the Trump Era
A s president, Donald Trump wasn't known for his mastery of the federal regulatory process. The "Muslim ban" is perhaps the most famous example of a Trump policy that was enacted hastily, challenged repeatedly , and ultimately undone by his successor; others, like his attempted changes to the census , methane emissions, and payday lending , fell flat for similar reasons. Trump's failures to perma
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A Surprising Side Effect of Giving Birth
As a mom who had just escaped the two-under-2 phase, I felt like my long-overdue trip to the dentist was a vacation: I was child-free, my feet were up, and I almost fell blissfully asleep as I waited for the perfect report I had received from every dentist I had visited in my 40 years of life. Then the dentist walked in and my streak was broken. I had my first cavity ever. Not to worry, he told m
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Companies Want Remote Workers in All States but 1
Some remote workers would do anything to burn their sweatpants and get back to cubicle life. Aaron Batilo is not one of them. The Denver-based software engineer is the Roger Federer of working from home: He's gone commute-less for several years now, "way before it was the cool thing to do," he told me. The remote-work revolution was supposed to bring Colorado a lot more Aaron Batilos. If you've b
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Johnson rejects Gove remark that Covid vaccine refusers are 'selfish'
PM emphasises positive benefits of having jab and appears to distance himself from vaccine passport plan Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has rejected Michael Gove's assertion that people who refuse to be vaccinated are "selfish", as he and another minister argued that it was better to encourage people to see the positive benefits of receiving the jab. I
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The End of Free Speech in Hong Kong
Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times. For 15 days this month, prosecutors and defense lawyers in a Hong Kong courtroom wrangled over the history and parsed words in this phrase. The back-and-forth included numerous forays into the obscure in an attempt to pinpoint the exact meaning of the slogan, created five years ago and popularized during 2019's pro-democracy protests. There were divers
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A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change
The hope was that the soil might save us. With civilization continuing to pump ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, perhaps plants — nature's carbon scrubbers — might be able to package up some of that excess carbon and bury it underground for centuries or longer. That hope has fueled increasingly ambitious climate change–mitigation plans. Researchers at the Salk… Sour
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Advisers Reportedly Begged Jeff Bezos Not to Copy Elon Musk So Much
Rumor Mill Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is hungry to conquer space. But in typical Amazon fashion, that plan seems in many ways to essentially boil down to beating the competition by copying it . That's according to new reporting by Ars Technica , which reveals that Blue Origin's "Project Jarvis" was born from Jeff Bezos' desire to replicate key aspects of SpaceX's Starship spacecraft, includin
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Elon Musk Warns That Each Cybertruck Could Cost "Literally a Million Dollars"
Tesla's Cybertruck could be extremely expensive if the company doesn't figure out the production of its next-generation 4680 battery cells. Both the Cybertruck and the company's Semi truck are both designed around the new battery units — meaning that if the company can't lock down their production, it will endanger its next phase of heavy electric vehicles. If Tesla were to produce the Cybertruck
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Progressive Denial Won't Stop Violent Crime
In early April, Mahmood Ansari was working at his souvenir store in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when a pair of minors, one armed with a knife, robbed him. After a brief altercation, he collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead. After Ansari's death, I spoke with Rizwan Malik, one of his friends . Malik said that he and other business owners had unsuccessfully begged
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Why Isn't the Military Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccination has become yet another front in the war by elected officials and media figures to draw the military into politics. Representative Thomas Massie , a Kentucky Republican, has introduced legislation to prohibit vaccinations being made mandatory in the armed forces and has been scaremongering on Twitter about potential dangers that vaccine mandates pose to military readiness. A g
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The US Is Getting Smashed by Another Brutal Heat Wave
Endless Barrage Another week, another massive heat wave that's expected to bombard most of the continental United States with sweltering, unrelenting heat. A new "heat dome" arrived on Monday, stretching across vast swathes of the central and western regions of the country, The Guardian reports . The new heatwave — poised to be the most massive of what's already been a brutal summer, will cause e
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Bitcoin Price Suddenly Shoots Up
Bitcoin's Back Is Bitcoin's slide into oblivion finally over? The cryptocurrency's value shot up above $39,000 last night, according to CoinDesk — a jump of almost 12 percent within the last 24 hours, and just the latest tailspin of drama for the unpredictable digital money. Fueling Bitcoin's rise from the dead was speculation that Amazon is getting into the crypto space, CNBC reports . News emer
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Valve Says it Hasn't Found a Game the Steam Deck Can't Handle
Steam deck. Image by Valve. According to Valve, the Steam Deck is more than capable of chewing through titles on the PC platform, despite its relatively low hardware specs. Whether an APU has the necessary chops to drive traditional PC gaming is a valid question. While Nintendo has sold a huge number of Switches with weaker hardware than the Steam Deck. Nintendo also has an army of developers who
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Stop calling people 'toxic'. Here's why | Hannah Baer
Believing others have fixed traits which don't change yields defensiveness, failure to listen, and failure to set boundaries Over the past few years I've noticed a rise in the label "toxic" as a response to difficult or destructive behavior. Media outlets from Psychology Today to Harvard Business Review run articles on how to identify or avoid toxic people. Politicians like Mitch McConnell use th
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Why so gassy? Mysterious methane detected on Saturn's moon
A new study looked to understand the source of methane on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The scientists used computer models with data from the Cassini spacecraft. The explanation could lie in alien organisms or non-biological processes. Something is producing an overabundance of methane in the ocean hidden under the ice of Saturn's moon Enceladus. A new study analyzed if the source could be an alien l
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How Islam conquered my mother's fear of cats
She'd always found them evil and scary, but when I wanted a cat in lockdown I appealed to my mum's faith Cats are perfect to most people, but not to my 42-year-old mother. She is just like any of my 17-year-old friends' parents – she is spirited, sparky, generous and can be feisty when she needs to be. She cooks arguably the best chicken parmesan in the world, and also has impeccable taste in Bol
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3 Rules for Middle-Age Happiness
Illustrations by Liana Finck May 2011 "The only thing a uterus is good for after a certain point is causing pain and killing you. Why are we even talking about this?" Nora jams a fork into her chopped chicken salad, the one she insisted I order as well. "If your doctor says it needs to come out, yank it out." Nora speaks her mind the way others breathe: an involuntary reflex, not a choice. (Obvio
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Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists
'Disastrous' energy policies of China, Russia, Brazil and Australia could stoke 5C rise in temperatures if adopted by the rest of the world A key group of leading G20 nations is committed to climate targets that would lead to disastrous global warming, scientists have warned. They say China, Russia, Brazil and Australia all have energy policies associated with 5C rises in atmospheric temperatures
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Under-30s reluctant to take Covid vaccine cite fertility and side-effect concerns
Fears over 'experimental' inoculation show that more needs to be done to counter harmful misinformation Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Since the vaccine rollout began last year, the journey has been relatively smooth. The few bumps that the jab juggernaut has encountered, mostly hiccups in the supply chain, have been successfully navigated. Yet there are now concern
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Image: Hubble views a faraway galaxy through a cosmic lens
The center of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is framed by the tell-tale arcs that result from strong gravitational lensing, a striking astronomical phenomenon which can warp, magnify, or even duplicate the appearance of distant galaxies.
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'Trust the science' is the mantra of the Covid crisis – but what about human fallibility? | Margaret Simons
Science is the only method we have of understanding the world, making predictions, and rationally adapting our own behaviour Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Restrictions: NSW ; Vic ; Qld ; SA ; WA and NT ; border restrictions Hotspots: NSW map ; Vic list ; Qld ; WA Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Anyone else nostalgic for a time w
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41 Percent of Those Planning to Buy a Car May Go Electric, Study Finds
(Photo: Ernest Ojeh/Unsplash) (Photo: Ernest Ojeh/Unsplash) A new study from Ernst & Young has revealed that out of those looking to buy their next car, 41 percent are interested in going electric. EY surveyed consumers from 13 major international markets (Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, and the US) and found that the de
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Weather App Now Warns You When It's Hot Enough To Drop Dead
Wet Bulb Warning The weather app Carrot, which is known for peppering its weather reports with sardonic jokes, just implemented a key update: the app will now warn you when it's so hot that going outside could cause you to simply drop dead. Specifically, Carrot now includes a "wet bulb" readout, Gizmodo reports , which is a measurement based mostly on temperature and humidity. When the number get
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Not all narcissists are grandiose – the 'vulnerable' type can be just as dangerous
The introverted narcissist is harder to spot and may be more sinister We pretty much know what narcissism is by now. The description "narcissist" is a buzzword, a darling of amateur analysts. Those needy, charismatic attention-grabbers stride across the world's stage, using and confusing those who fall for their charms. They have the perfect platform in a culture obsessed with both celebrity and
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Australia Covid live update: Queensland braces for more cases on first full day of lockdown; Victoria records four new cases
Queensland authorities expect case numbers and exposure sites to grow today as three million across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria has recorded four new local cases . Follow all the day's news NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing 12.41am BST Will NSW consider putting limit
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UK can expect thousands of Covid deaths every year, warn scientists
Disease will circulate alongside flu and other seasonal viruses and become part of accepted winter illness Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain faces the prospect of thousands of annual Covid deaths for years to come, scientists have warned. They say waves of cases are likely to sweep the country every winter as Covid-19 joins other seasonal viruses, including inf
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Why the U.S. and Belgium are culture buddies
This map replaces geography with another type of closeness: cultural values. Although the groups it depicts have familiar names, their shapes are not. The map makes for strange bedfellows: Brazil next to South Africa and Belgium neighboring the U.S. Some countries value self-expression more than others. Credit : Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images Question: On what map is Lithuania a neighbor of Ch
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NSW Covid outbreak: death toll rises as two-thirds of 210 new cases under 40
Man in his 60s dies at home in south-west Sydney as state reports new locally acquired cases Follow our coronavirus live blog State v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns From social distancing bracelets to vaccine priority: how NSW supermarkets are tackling Covid NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; ge
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One Day of Greenland's Ice Melt Could Submerge Florida
It shouldn't be surprising by now to learn that the Arctic is melting at an alarming rate thanks to worsening climate change — and spelling bad news for the rest of the planet. But sometimes it can be hard to conceptualize the vast scale of the problem , or how big of an impact it'll have on the rest of us, thousands of miles away. Well, new World Meteorological Organization data may help paint a
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Scandal-Plagued Robinhood Suffers Worst IPO in History
New Record! The scandal-ridden stock trading app Robinhood went public on Thursday with a record-shattering IPO. The only problem? It broke the record in the wrong direction. Robinhood's IPO is officially the worst-performing out of all 51 American companies that raised at least the same amount of money, according to analysis from Bloomberg . Trading began at $38 per share in the company, which w
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Nikola's Fake Hydrogen Truck Was Actually Plugged In During Demo, According to Lawsuit
One-Way Trip Nikola became the laughingstock of the automotive world last year when it emerged that it had rolled its (purportedly) hydrogen-electric semi truck down a hill in a high-profile demo because it couldn't actually drive yet. Now, though, it turns out the ruse may have been even more pathetic — federal prosecutors in the new fraud charges levied against Nikola founder Trevor Milton now
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Why Sweat Is A Human Superpower
Sweat is an "evolutionary marvel," says Sarah Everts, the author of The Joy of Sweat. In her new book, Everts delves into the science of perspiration and how this trait has enabled humans to thrive. (Image credit: Cavan Images/Getty Images)
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We're Talking About Vaccines All Wrong
So far this year, freshman Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has outraised all of her GOP colleagues in the House, raking in $4.53 million in the first six months of 2021. (Among congressional Republicans, only Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have raised more.) Yes, Greene is paying quite a bit to raise those funds, but it remains a staggering amount for an incumbent in a safe red district,
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Women participate less at conferences, even if gender-balanced – study
Exclusive: small changes in conference design can make big difference to female inclusion, say researchers Women are less likely to participate in proceedings at medical and scientific conferences, even with gender-balanced delegates, although simple interventions in conference design sparked a significant improvement in female inclusion, a study has found. Medical and scientific conferences are
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Elon Musk Shows Off Pic of Monstrous Super Heavy Booster Engine System
Musk's Monster It's no secret that SpaceX's Starship Super Heavy Booster will be an absolute beast. The rocket stage, meant to launch the also-huge Starship spacecraft into orbit, will be sporting an outrageous number of individual rocket engines — 29 to be exact — making it one of the biggest rocket boosters in history. A photo shared by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk today on Twitter shows the sheer scal
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Weapon grave of Suontaka, Hattula in Finland reveals flexible gender roles in the early Middle Ages
The modern re-analysis of a weapon grave found in Suontaka, Hattula in Finland over 50 years ago challenges the traditional beliefs about gender roles in the Iron Age and Early Medieval communities and reveals information about the gender expressions of the period. The grave also functions as a proof of how non-binary people could have been valued and respected members of their communities.
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The Lines of Connection
Updated at 8:07 p.m. ET on July 29, 2021 In the opening pages of her new memoir, Somebody's Daughter, the writer Ashley C. Ford describes growing up with an incarcerated father, who was sentenced when she was just 10 months old. He would spend the next 30 years in prison; he was released in 2019. In the book, part of what Ford writes about is how so much of her life—and the lives of those around
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The first three minutes: going backward to the beginning of time with Steven Weinberg (Part 1)
The recent passing of the great theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg brought back memories of how his book got me into the study of cosmology. Going back in time, toward the cosmic infancy, is a spectacular effort that combines experimental and theoretical ingenuity. Modern cosmology is an experimental science. The cosmic story is, ultimately, our own. Our roots reach down to the earliest moment
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Superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates: 'From maximal to minimal dissipation'—a new paradigm?
Researchers from the University of Bristol's School of Physics used some of Europe's strongest continuous magnetic fields to uncover evidence of exotic charge carriers in the metallic state of copper-oxide high-temperature superconductors (high-Tc cuprates). Their results have been published this week in Nature. In a related publication in SciPost Physics last week, the team postulated that it is
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Proof Assistant Makes Jump to Big-League Math
Computer proof assistants have been an intriguing subplot in mathematics for years — promising to automate core aspects of the way mathematicians work, but in practice having little effect on the field. But a new result, completed in early June, has the feel of a rookie's first hit in the big leagues: At last, a proof assistant has made a real contribution to the leading edge of mathematical… S
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A third of middle-aged UK adults have at least two chronic health issues – study
Childhood poverty and health issues before adulthood all factors in decline in mid-life wellbeing More than one in three middle-aged British adults are suffering from at least two chronic health conditions, including recurrent back problems, poor mental health, high blood pressure, diabetes and high-risk drinking, according to research that warned that health in midlife is on the decline. The stu
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Australia Covid live update: Sydney lockdown to be extended as millions in Victoria and SA awake to eased restrictions
Simon Birmingham labels NSW jobkeeper pleas 'political bickering' ; Gladys Berejiklian expected to announce four-week extension as single bubbles, rapid testing and accelerated vaccination rollout considered . Follow all the day's news Vaccination rates for workers in home aged care as low as 5%, but 'not a focus' for government Builders plea for home renovations to be included in financial suppo
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Facebook's Oculus Gave Thousands of Customers Face Rashes and Hives
If you've been using your Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset lately, you may want to take a quick break to scrub your face. Facebook, which owns the VR company, announced on Tuesday that it was recalling "about 4 million" headsets after thousands of customers — 45 of whom needed medical attention — reported various forms of irritation on their face including hives, rashes, and burning sensati
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Elon Musks Criticizes "Some Companies," Then Fake-Coughs and Mutters "Apple"
Tesla CEO Elon Musk took a major jab at Apple during this week's Q2 earnings call. "I think we want to emphasize that our goal is to support the advent of sustainable energy," Musk said during the call . "It is not to create a walled garden and use that to bludgeon our competitors which is used by some companies." As CNBC reported , though, he accompanied those remarks by fake-coughing and mutter
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Democratic Leaders Are Betraying Black Voters
Democratic leaders have a plan for overcoming the Republican Party's attempts to restrict the franchise : Just vote harder. Civil-rights leaders expressed their frustrations to The New York Times last week, telling the outlet that "White House officials and close allies of the president have expressed confidence that it is possible to 'out-organize voter suppression.'" Following Donald Trump's de
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Galileo Project: scientists to search for signs of extraterrestrial technology
Team will search for evidence of extraterrestrial life by looking for advanced technology it may leave behind A team of scientists will embark on a new international research project led by Harvard University to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life by looking for advanced technology it may leave behind. The Galileo Project is led by the Harvard astronomy professor Avi Loeb. Loeb co-founde
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Three dwarf spheroidal galaxies found to rotate
An international team of astrophysicists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), the University of La Laguna (ULL) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI, U.S.) has discovered the presence of transverse rotation (in the plane of the sky) in three dwarf spheroidal galaxies. These are a very faint type of galaxy and are quite difficult to observe. These new findings help to tr
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Don't blame men for the climate crisis – we should point the finger at corporations | Arwa Mahdawi
Male spending – on petrol and meat – is apparently worse for the environment than women's. But it's the system, not individuals, that needs to change Sorry, boys, but it's all your fault. Melting ice caps , flash floods , rising sea levels : men are to blame for the lot of it. Please don't drown the messenger, I'm just relaying the results of a Swedish study that found that men's spending habits
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The Climate Change Link To More And Bigger Wildfires
Researchers who study evidence of fires through the millennia say to expect more and bigger fires as the climate continues to warm. Fire season is already months longer than in the 1970s. (Image credit: inciweb.nwcg.gov)
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Who Will Pay To Protect Tech Giants From Rising Seas?
Coastal cities need billions of dollars to build defenses against sea level rise. Tensions are rising over where that funding will come from: taxpayers or private companies with waterfront property? (Image credit: ESRI; NPR)
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Tesla Is Reportedly Trying to Make People Delete Mean Posts About Elon Musk
Thin Skin Tesla's solar energy subsidiary, Tesla Energy, reportedly asked a team of more than 20 employees to scan social media posts to find customer complaints, notably including ones that badmouthed Tesla CEO Elon Musk, an unnamed former employee told Insider . The company is even trying to get people on social media to delete the mean posts, according to Insider 's reporting. It's a strange a
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Simple, inexpensive method for guarding carbon fiber
For the past 50 years, manufacturers have considered carbon fiber a dream material: Though individual fibers are thinner than a strand of human hair, they can be twisted together and fused with a matrix material to form a lightweight composite that is stronger than steel, twice as stiff and a good conductor of heat. And, unlike metals, the material doesn't crack over time. It's been used in a wide
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The Fastest-Growing Group of American Evangelicals
In 2007, when Obe and Jacqueline Arellano were in their mid-20s, they moved from the suburbs of Chicago to Aurora, Illinois, with the dream of starting a church. They chose Aurora, a midsize city with about 200,000 residents, mostly because about 40 percent of its population is Latino. Obe, a first-generation Mexican American pastor, told me, "We sensed God wanted us there." By 2010, the couple h
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Meet the people who warn the world about new covid variants
In March, when covid cases began spiking around India, Bani Jolly went hunting for answers in the virus's genetic code. Researchers in the UK had just set the scientific world ablaze with news that a covid variant called B.1.1.7—soon to be referred to as alpha—was to blame for skyrocketing case counts there. Jolly, a third-year PhD student at the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
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CRISPR therapy cures first genetic disorder inside the body
This article was originally published by our sister site, Freethink. For the first time, researchers appear to have effectively treated a genetic disorder by directly injecting a CRISPR therapy into patients' bloodstreams — overcoming one of the biggest hurdles to curing diseases with the gene editing technology. The therapy appears to be astonishingly effective, editing nearly every cell in the
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Space-sized egos, tiny tax bills… Billionaires should be jettisoned | Eva Wiseman
The new space race between the world's richest men proves one thing to the rest of us – the sooner they leave this planet the better The time has come to abolish billionaires. I mean, it's been coming for a while, but now the alarm is ringing. It started ringing when it first became clear that the existence of billionaires revealed a huge failure in our economic system. When it first became clear
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Jeremy Farrar: 'A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives'
The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiry Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Jeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (S
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The Missing Pieces of Anthony Bourdain
Regardless of whether you loved Anthony Bourdain—and the striking thing is that so many people who had even a spotty acquaintance with him or his work felt like they did—the end of Roadrunner is devastating to watch. Morgan Neville's new documentary about the chef and TV star runs through two decades of Bourdain's life onscreen before concluding with present-day scenes of his friends still strugg
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Covid Australia live news updates: Victoria reports 12 new coronavirus cases as NSW Health lists dozens of new exposure sites
Virus fragments found in NSW southern highlands town of Moss Vale amid 'national emergency' NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing 11.58pm BST There's also another anti-lockdown protest planned for today, AAP reports. Police say they are concerned about "entitled" protesters planning to mass in Melbour
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Planetary nebulae in distant galaxies
Using data from the MUSE instrument, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) succeeded in detecting extremely faint planetary nebulae in distant galaxies. The method used, a filter algorithm in image data processing, opens up new possibilities for cosmic distance measurement—and thus also for determining the Hubble constant.
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Sarah Perry: As an author, I felt useless in the pandemic. So I trained to be a vaccinator
Inspired by a desire to be good and help others during the pandemic, novelist Sarah Perry trained to vaccinate people. But what does it mean to be good when there is so much bad faith? Earlier this year – lockdown three: no sign of spring – I travelled to an airport to try to be good. Dogged for months by the sense of my own uselessness, and having wept with relief and accumulated sorrow when the
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Covid Australia live news update: NSW police brace for lockdown protests as almost 50 new exposure sites listed
Anti-lockdown protests planned in Sydney after Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders back pathway out of rolling lockdowns Can Australia fix its CovidSafe app and turn the pandemic into a 'pingdemic'? State v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns From social distancing bracelets to vaccine priority: how NSW supermarkets are tackling Covid NSW restrictions ; NSW
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Space Station Astronauts Threw Their Own Zero-G Olympic Games
Space Olympics The Olympic spirit has become so infectious that even astronauts stationed on board the International Space Station were inspired to put on their own microgravity games — a heartwarming example of international camaraderie . "Today the Olympics start in Tokyo, but we held the very first space Olympics last week," European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet wrote in a caption of
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Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?
More than 2bn Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Find out which countries are vaccinating the most Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Since the first Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 was injected into the arm of a British woman in December 2020, hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Dozens of countries now have adva
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Chaotic electrons heed 'limit' in strange metals
Electrons in metals try to behave like obedient motorists, but they end up more like bumper cars. They may be reckless drivers, but a new Cornell-led study confirms this chaos has a limit established by the laws of quantum mechanics.
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Pine sap–based plastic: A potential gamechanger for future of sustainable materials
Over the past 100 years, plastics and polymers have changed the way the world operates, from airplanes and automobiles to computers and cell phones—nearly all of which are composed of fossil fuel-based compounds. A Florida State University research team's discovery of a new plastic derived from pine sap has the potential to be a gamechanger for new sustainable materials.
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The New Moral Code of America's Elite
E very striver who ever slipped the rank of their birth to ascend to a higher order has shared the capacity to ingratiate themselves with their betters. What the truly exceptional ones have in common is the ability to connect not only with their superiors but also with their peers and inferiors. And only the rarest talents among them can bond authentically—not just transactionally—with the people
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New Harvard Project Will Investigate Alien Technology
A strange space object, seemingly from another star system, has mystified astronomers ever since it was first spotted back in 2017 — and Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb is hellbent on finding out what it was. To Loeb, the object — dubbed 'Oumuamua — could be the smoking gun in a much larger scientific question. The astronomer has loudly expressed the belief that 'Oumuamua could be evidence of an alie
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Oral biome change during shift from foraging to farming not as dramatic as in recent years
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Italy, the US and Austria has found that changes to the human oral biome during the shift from foraging to farming were not nearly as dramatic as those that have occurred in modern times. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their analysis of dental records covering thousands o
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The Long Recovery After a Spouse Gets Out of Prison
Crystal Bermudez met her husband, Fernando, while he was being held in New York City's Rikers Island jail in 1991. At the time, she was 18 years old and living with her parents in Oklahoma. She told me she saw Fernando's father on the national news, proclaiming his son's innocence in the shooting outside a nightclub for which he'd been charged. Something about the story "pierced my heart," and sh
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Has England reached a peak in Covid infections? | Graham Medley
The trajectory of the pandemic might look more like a range of hills rather than a single mountain While the government's decision to remove most lockdown measures in England was widely expected to result in a large wave of infection and disease, the number of new cases of Covid-19 has been falling over the last five days. Many hope this could mean that we're past the peak. Yet the reality is mor
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Dinah Murray obituary
Champion of autistic people who explored the attention that they devote to a leading interest Dinah Murray, who has died aged 75 of pancreatic cancer, was a key figure in autism studies, and an indefatigable advocate for autistic people for three decades. Her acute insight lay in the importance of attention and interests to an understanding of the condition. On the autistic spectrum herself and fa
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This Court Has Abandoned the Most Essential Element in American Democracy: Voters
Some Supreme Court watchers found relief in the Court's recent decisions, many of which were narrow and stopped short of overturning major precedents. But two rulings underscore what Americans need to know about the post-Trump Court: It isn't invested in defending the rights of American voters, the Constitution's core demographic, with the same vigor that it applies to the interests of nonpersons
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The Hate-Crime Case in Which No One Was Intimidated
Earlier this month, a California college student passing through Utah wanted to show contempt for a sheriff's deputy who stopped her friend, so she defiled a pro-police sign. The cop watched, then arrested her. Now she has been charged with a hate crime and faces possible jail time under a bipartisan hate-crime law passed in 2019. The law allows prosecutors to seek harsher punishments for crimina
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Billionaire space cowboys could become heroes by focusing on the climate crisis
Bezos, Musk and Branson have achieved much – but the biggest challenge facing humanity is not the stars, but our planet For three of the world's most famous billionaires, space is indeed the final frontier – for their egos. Jeff Bezos, the planet's richest man, launched into the great beyond last week via his Blue Origin venture, days after Sir Richard Branson did the same on a Virgin Galactic cr
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How a Rising Trump Critic Lost Her Nerve
Lauren Tamaki N ancy Mace was on a mission to find a gun that would fit inside her purse. It was the first Friday in March, and we'd come to a shooting range in North Charleston to try out the Sig Sauer P365. She strode to a shooting lane, her high-heeled leather boots clomping across the concrete, slapped a magazine into the squat black pistol, and fired a few rounds at the human outline on the
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If the Hardiest Species Are Boiled Alive, What Happens to Humans?
For years, Sandra Emry, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, has been studying the potential impact of future heat waves on rockweed, a species of brown alga that provides a habitat for marine life on both coasts of North America. To simulate a June heat wave in the year 2060 or 2080 in the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland,
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I Watched Cuba Crumble From the Inside
The author standing with a tank by Havana's Malecon in 1988 (Courtesy of Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez) Every Thursday at 5 p.m., my grandmother would go into her bedroom in Havana, lock the door, and tune her Soviet-made radio to Radio Martí , a Miami-based station run by Cuban exiles who had fled Fidel Castro's revolution. She always set the volume barely above a whisper. "Walls have ears," she would s
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Eutelsat Quantum: breakthrough reprogrammable satellite launches
Transmission beams can be reconfigured from the ground, whereas most commercial satellites are hard-wired before launch The world's first commercial fully reprogrammable satellite has been launched, ushering in a new era of more flexible communications. Unlike conventional models that are designed and "hard-wired" on Earth and cannot be repurposed once in orbit, the UK-engineered Eutelsat Quantum
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Fire Breaks Out at Tesla Battery Power Station
Battery Blaze On Thursday night, a Tesla Megapack battery system burst into flames at a facility in Australia. It's still not entirely clear why the massive energy storage unit caught fire, according to Electrek . But the fact that the blaze happened while running initial tests on the batteries suggests that there are still kinks to sort out before Tesla is fully able to help stabilize Australia'
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Russia rocket mishap briefly nudges International Space Station out of position
After several 'hiccups' on the journey to the ISS, the Nauka lab module accidentally fired its rockets after docking Russia's troubled Nauka laboratory module has caused a fright when its rockets accidentally fired after docking the with the International Space Station, briefly throwing the station out of position. A few hours after docking, Nauka's propulsive devices unexpectedly fired, forcing
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More carbon emissions will kill more people; here's how many
A just-published study coins a new metric: the "mortality cost of carbon." That is, how many future lives will be lost—or saved—depending on whether we increase or decrease our current carbon emissions. If the numbers hold up, they are quite high. The study was published today in the journal Nature Communications.
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Unfortunately, I Care About Power Lines Now
Every week, our lead climate reporter brings you the big ideas, expert analysis, and vital guidance that will help you flourish on a changing planet. Sign up to get T he Weekly Planet , our guide to living through climate change, in your inbox . A terrible thing happened to me recently. I started to care about electricity-transmission policy. In energy circles, the people who work on transmission
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China Discovers the Limits of Its Power
"Chewing gum stuck on the sole of China's shoes." That's how Hu Xijin, the editor of the Chinese Communist Party–run Global Times , described Australia last year. The disparaging description is typical of the disdain that China's diplomats and propagandists have often shown toward governments that challenge Beijing—like Australia's. China is now the great power of Asia—or so Beijing believes—but
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Optical innovation could calm the jitters of high-power lasers
The Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has developed and tested an innovative optical system to precisely measure and control the position and pointing angle of high-power laser beams with unprecedented accuracy—without interrupting or disturbing the beams. The new system will help users throughout the sc
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How quantum fields could be used to break low-temperature records
At first glance, heat and cold do not have much to do with quantum physics. A single atom is neither hot nor cold. Temperature can traditionally only be defined for objects that consist of many particles. But at TU Wien, in collaboration with FU Berlin, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of Lisbon, it has now been possible to show what possibilities arise when thermod
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The IRS Is Targeting the Poorest Americans
Senate Republicans recently killed a proposed increase in funding for the IRS that would have helped pay for the Biden administration's infrastructure bill. The beneficiaries of that omission will be wealthy taxpayers, who regularly manage to stay just beyond the law's reach with their tax-avoidance strategies. This is all too familiar. As my research shows, rich white Americans tend to get tax r
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Life expectancy lower for white and mixed ethnic people than Black and Asian groups – study
Findings of Office for National Statistics analysis consistent with previous research say experts People from white and mixed ethnic groups had lower life expectancy compared with Black and Asian groups in England and Wales between 2011 and 2014, according to analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The study linked 2011 census and death registration data to produce estimates of life
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Astronomers uncover briefest supernova-powered gamma-ray burst
Astronomers have discovered the shortest-ever gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the implosion of a massive star. Using the international Gemini Observatory, a program of NSF's NOIRLab, astronomers identified the cause of this 0.6-second flurry of gamma rays as a supernova explosion in a distant galaxy. GRBs caused by supernovae are usually more than twice as long, which suggests that some short GRBs
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Combining two approaches to advance quantum computing
Quantum computers hold the potential to out-perform all conventional computing systems. Two promising physical implementations for the storage and manipulation of quantum information are the electromagnetic modes of superconducting circuits and the spins of small numbers of electrons trapped in semiconductor quantum dots.
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Arm's New Flexible Plastic Chip Could Enable an 'Internet of Everything'
The ultimate goal of the Internet of Things (IoT) is to build computing capabilities into every object in the world, but that's a pipe dream with today's chips . Now British chip designer Arm thinks it might have the solution after unveiling the most powerful plastic microprocessor to date. The falling cost and size of silicon chips has made it possible to integrate sophisticated electronics into
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Attention
All day, the world makes its demands. There's so much of it, world, begging to be noticed. Two seconds past dreaming, the cat's there kneading claws into my chest, a truck outside coughs, and a buzz alerts me to the newest dispatch of love. The beginning of devotion , the poet said, and I devote myself to everything, I try to be fair—to the kettle's fussy squall, and the eggs' expiration date, th
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UK Covid live news: more than 800,000 people had coronavirus last week, ONS estimates – as it happened
Cases increased in all four nations , says Office for National Statistics ONS estimates more than 800,000 people in UK had Covid last week ONS estimates for rates of Covid in England, by region and age group BMA calls for 'urgent rethink' of government's Covid strategy Eustice: 10,000 food industry staff benefit from isolation rule change 'Pingdemic' effect: how different sectors in England have
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New 'atlas' charts how antibodies attack spike protein variants
As the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 continues to evolve, immunologists and infectious diseases experts are eager to know whether new variants are resistant to the human antibodies that recognized initial versions of the virus. Vaccines against COVID-19, which were developed based on the chemistry and genetic code of this initial virus, may confer less protection if the antibodies they hel
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NHS urged to redistribute near-expiry vaccines as take-up slows in young
Doctors across England raise alarm as 170,000 Moderna doses at risk of expiry within fortnight Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The NHS is facing pressure to redistribute tens of thousands of vaccine doses nearing expiry as demand from younger adults drops. An internal email seen by the Guardian warned of 170,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine at risk of expiry within t
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Sydney anti-lockdown protest blocked as organisers vow to regroup in August
Anti-lockdown protests planned in Sydney fail to materialise as police enforce exclusion zone Follow our coronavirus live blog NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; border restrictions Qld Covid restrictions and lockdown: Brisbane and regional Queensland coronavirus rules explained Vccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Anti-lockdown protests planned in Sydney
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Lil Nas X, DaBaby, and the Incoherence of Homophobia
One big reason HIV/AIDS remains a deadly crisis despite the existence of lifesaving drugs is stigma: Fear of shame and ostracization discourages people from accessing testing, preventive measures, and treatment. In other words, a factor causing needless suffering is people like DaBaby, one of the hottest names in hip-hop . Performing in Miami this past weekend, the rapper asked fans to raise thei
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Israel to offer Pfizer Covid booster shots to people over 60
Announcement makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of a western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale See all our coronavirus coverage Israel's prime minister has announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster shot to those people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel, which launched one of the world's most succes
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A Baby Was Born With Her "Parasitic" Twin Inside Her Stomach
Earlier this month, doctors were alarmed by a baby girl who was born with an unusually enlarged stomach. When the doctors took a closer look, they found a partially developed human embryo resting inside, The Times of Israel reports — likely a sign of what could have been a twin sibling that got absorbed during prenatal development. The phenomenon, called fetus in fetu — literally "fetus in fetus"
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Small proteins discovered to be regulators of the aging process
Scientists have discovered that the protein ubiquitin plays an important role in the regulation of the aging process. Ubiquitin was previously known to control processes such as signal transduction and metabolism. Prof. Dr. David Vilchez and his colleagues at the CECAD Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research at the University of Cologne performed a comprehensive quantitative analysis of ubiquitin
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Tiny Neuralink Rival Wins Race for Approval To Test Brain Implant in Humans
On Wednesday, a small neurotech startup called Synchron was granted regulatory approval by the FDA to start testing out its brain implant on human volunteers. The news puts the upstart Synchron way ahead of rival companies in the industry, including Elon Musk's lavishly-funded Neuralink, which has yet to make the jump from experimenting on animals to humans. With that go-ahead, Synchron announced
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Photos of California's Dixie Fire
The Dixie Fire, which started two weeks ago in California's Plumas County, has grown to become the state's largest wildfire this year, burning more than 215,000 acres so far. Thousands of residents are under evacuation orders as the blaze has burned several dozen buildings, and threatens thousands more. Gathered here are images of the residents and firefighters working to save what they can and s
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One More Thing We Have in Common With Cats
The genome of a mouse is, structurally speaking, a chaotic place. At some point in its evolutionary past, the mouse shuffled its ancestral genome like a deck of cards, futzing up the architecture that makes most other mammalian genomes look, well, mammalian. "I always consider it the greatest outlier," Bill Murphy, a geneticist at Texas A&M University, told me. "It's about as different from any o
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'Wiggly' fossils found in Canada may be oldest known sign of animal life
Scientists believe the unusual tubular structures may be the remnants of prehistoric sponges Intricate patterns of tubular structures discovered in giant ancient reefs may be the remnants of prehistoric horny sponges and the oldest known fossils of animal life on Earth. Researchers found the unusual features in vast reefs that were built by bacteria 890m years ago and then pushed up by geological
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The Quiet Courage of Bob Moses
Bob Moses at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964. (Danny Lyon / Magnum) In 1960, 25-year-old Bob Moses, who died over the weekend at the age of 86 , arrived at the Cleveland, Mississippi, home of a World War II veteran named Amzie Moore. Moses was coming from the Atlanta offices of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). A New York City teacher,
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Engineer Builds Voice-Controlled Exoskeleton So His Son Could Walk
In order to help his son get around without a wheelchair, a French robotics engineer named Jean-Louis Constanza built a robotic exoskeleton that lets his son stand up and walk around by issuing voice commands. "My son Oscar, one day he said to me 'Dad, you're a robotics engineer, why don't you make a robot that would allow us to walk?'" Constanza sad in a video interview with the BBC , as transla
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Want to reduce cockroach sex? Block an enzyme
It's not the look in her compound eyes or the shape of her carapace that really attracts the male cockroach to his mate. Instead, it's all those 29-carbon hydrocarbons in her cuticle that drive him wild. How the female cockroach regulates production of these contact sex pheromones, and what happens when she produces too few, is the subject of a new study publishing on July 27th in the open-access
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Pollution Runoff Causes Entire Lake to Turn Bright Pink
Pink Lake A lagoon in the southern Patagonia region of Argentina has turned a strikingly bright shade of pink, Agence France-Presse reports , the result of chemicals being dumped by a nearby plant. The Trelew industrial park nearby uses sodium sulfite, an anti-bacterial, to preserve prawns for export. Sodium-sulfite runoff from the plant is now contaminating the Chubut river that flows into the C
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Plant root–associated bacteria preferentially colonize their native host-plant roots
An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the University of Aarhus in Denmark have discovered that bacteria from the plant microbiota are adapted to their host species. In a newly published study, they show how root-associated bacteria have a competitive advantage when colonizing their native host, which allows them to invade an already esta
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Rumbling meteor lights up Norway, prompting search for meteorites
Hunt begins near Oslo for fragments after sightings of large space rock hurtling across night sky An "unusually large meteor" briefly lit up southern Norway on Sunday, creating a spectacular sound and light display as it rumbled across the sky, and a part of it may have hit Earth, possibly not far from the capital, Oslo, experts said. Reports of sightings started arriving at around 1am, and the p
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The Limits of Sex Positivity
For more than half a century , the modern industry of sex therapists, educators, and experts has been eager to tell us whether we're having enough sex, or the right kind of sex. But this industry is, like any other, shaped by the broader culture—it took for granted that the goal was to "get everybody to the point where they have a type of desire and quality of desire that fits within the cultural
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Autonomous self-healing seen in piezoelectric molecular crystals
A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and RWTH Aachen University, has found a type of piezoelectric molecular crystal that is capable of autonomous self-healing. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work with piezoelectric molecular crystals and the crystals th
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The Awful Coincidence of 2 Friends Who Got the Same Cancer
Each installment of " The Friendship Files " features a conversation between The Atlantic 's Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship. This week she talks with two friends who were both diagnosed with the same cancer—acute myeloid leukemia—one right after the other. They discuss how this unhappy coincidence shaped their friendship and their
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Martian global dust storm ended winter early in the south
A dust storm that engulfed Mars in 2018 destroyed a vortex of cold air around the planet's south pole and brought an early spring to the hemisphere. By contrast, the storm caused only minor distortions to the polar vortex in the northern hemisphere and no dramatic seasonal changes. Dr. Paul Streeter of The Open University's Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will present t
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Stillwater Isn't a Typical True-Crime Drama
Stillwater 's premise is simple: What if you were Amanda Knox's father? This Matt Damon–starring project from the director Tom McCarthy is only loosely based on reality, but the dilemma facing roughneck Oklahoma dad Bill Baker (played by Damon) has the same sensational hook: His daughter is imprisoned in Europe after being found guilty of murdering her roommate in a splashy trial. Most viewers wi
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Boeing's second Starliner mission to the ISS is a make-or-break moment
December 20, 2019, was supposed to be a landmark moment for the US space program and the US space industry, Boeing in particular. Boeing has been a partner of NASA since the agency's inception in 1958—the company or those it acquired built the capsules that took Apollo astronauts to the moon and later built the space shuttle, and it helps operate the International Space Station. On that day, Boei
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Queensland Covid lockdown: 'enormous number' of hotspots expected after six new cases
Eleven LGAs locked down from 4pm on Saturday as deputy premier says state must 'go hard and go early' Follow our coronavirus live blog Qld Covid restrictions and lockdown: Brisbane and regional Queensland coronavirus rules explained State v state: war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing South-east Q
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Covid clusters among the vaccinated are killing our back-to-normal dreams
They were gold miners in French Guiana, revelers in Cape Cod, and Indian health-care workers. Even though they inhabit worlds apart, they ended up having two things in common. All were vaccinated against covid-19. And they all became part of infection clusters. In recent weeks, cases like these are proving that covid-19 transmission chains and superspreading events can occur even in groups where
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A single cell type map of human tissues
In a study published in the US journal Science Advances, a single cell type map of human tissues is presented. An open access atlas has been launched with more than 250,000 interactive plots to allow researchers to explore the expression in individual single cell types for all protein-coding genes in these tissues.
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UK appears to defy dire 'freedom day' predictions as Covid cases fall
Government will not say they believe worst is over, but cases fell for seven consecutive days this week Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As England's "freedom day" dawned on 19 July, Boris Johnson was grumpily confined to his 16th-century grace-and-favour mansion, humiliated by the row over a bungled quarantine exemption. Cases were at more than 46,000 per day as all
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American imperialism: fat-shaming Uncle Sam
In the years before 1900, the United States was experiencing a spectacular spurt of growth. Not everyone approved: many feared continued expansionism would lead to American imperialism. To illustrate the threat, Uncle Sam was depicted as dangerously or comically fat. Detail from "Charge of the 24th and 25th Colored Infantry, July 2nd 1898", depicting the Battle of San Juan Hill – a turning point
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Astronomers discover how to feed a black hole
The black holes at the centers of galaxies are the most mysterious objects in the Universe, not only because of the huge quantities of material within them, millions of times the mass of the sun, but because of the incredibly dense concentration of matter in a volume no bigger than that of our solar system. When they capture matter from their surroundings they become active, and can send out enorm
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The magnetic field in the galactic outflow of M82
Messier 82 (M82) is a luminous infrared galaxy about twelve million light-years away from the Milky Way. Its burst of star formation powers the radiation and drives a bipolar superwind that originates near the core of the galaxy. The wind extends perpendicular to the galactic plane out into the halo and intergalactic medium; ionized gas in the wind traces a continuous structure that is about thirt
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Experiment with working poor in India finds no impact from more night sleep
Subjectively, getting more sleep seems to provide big benefits: Many people find it gives them increased energy, emotional control, and an improved sense of well-being. But a new study co-authored by MIT economists complicates this picture, suggesting that more sleep, by itself, isn't necessarily sufficient to bring about those kinds of appealing improvements.
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AstraZeneca sales of Covid vaccine triple to $1.2bn in first half of 2021
Not-for-profit pledge sees British firm's sales revenue fall significantly short of US rival Pfizer Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine has brought in $1.2bn (£900m) in the first half of this year, with sales tripling in the second quarter from the first – but its earnings remained significantly below those of its US rival Pfizer. Britain's
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Machine-learning technique used to pinpoint quantum errors
Researchers at the University of Sydney and quantum control startup Q-CTRL today announced a way to identify sources of error in quantum computers through machine learning, providing hardware developers the ability to pinpoint performance degradation with unprecedented accuracy and accelerate paths to useful quantum computers.
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The second-coldest imaged exoplanet found to date
Astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets—planets beyond our solar system—but few have been directly imaged, because they are extremely difficult to see with existing telescopes. A University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) graduate student has beaten the odds and discovered a directly imaged exoplanet, and it's the closest one to Earth ever found, at a distance of only 35 light
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'How Does One Process Defeat?'
A few days ago I heard from a former student of mine, whom I will refer to as Scott. He began by assuring me that he, his wife, and their three children were all well, and filled me in on his career since a period of extended service in Afghanistan as a civilian. He wrote the following: You might have seen the news earlier this week that Spin Boldak, the Afghan border town in Kandahar, is now und
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What Immigrants Know About Happiness
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. The most vitriolic immigration debates tend to be unhappy affairs all around. One side favors looser restrictions on immigrants, typically because of the misery they endure in their home country and in their hardships during migration. The other side argues that they will cause unhappiness am
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Nasa's InSight lander reveals internal structure of Mars
Analysis of marsquakes captured since probe landed in 2018 shows the Martian crust is between 12 and 23 miles thick Nasa's InSight lander has revealed the depth of Mars's crust and the size of its central core by using data from dozens of marsquakes captured since the probe landed in 2018. The Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) is a dome-shaped instrument that sits on the surface of
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Israel begins investigation into NSO Group spyware abuse
Israeli government officials visited the offices of the hacking company NSO Group on Wednesday to investigate allegations that the firm's spyware has been used to target activists, politicians, business executives, and journalists, the country's defense ministry said in a statement today. An investigation published last week by 17 global media organizations claims that phone numbers belonging to
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Genetic engineering test with mosquitoes 'may be game changer' in eliminating malaria
UK scientist says gene-drive study rendering female insects infertile may lead to 'self destruct mosquito' field tests within 10 years Scientists have successfully wiped out a population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes by using a radical form of genetic engineering to render the females infertile – in the most advanced and largest ever test of use of the technology to fight the disease. As wel
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Suspicions Grow That Worker Caught Deadly Brain Disease at Lab
Research labs in France are scrambling to get to the bottom of the alarming news that a now-retired lab worker seems to have caught a deadly brain disease while on the job. The unnamed patient used to work at a federal research lab that studied prions, a class of misfolded proteins that are dangerous and infectious. She was diagnosed last week with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the most common
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Astronomers have spotted x-rays from behind a supermassive black hole
When gas falls into a black hole, it releases an enormous amount of energy and spews electromagnetic radiation in all directions, making these objects some of the brightest in the known universe. But scientists have only ever been able to see light and other radiation from a supermassive black hole when it's shining directly toward our telescopes—anything from behind it has always been obscured.
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I Found the Feminism I Was Looking For in the Lost Writings of a 17th-Century Priest
This article was published online on July 28, 2021. W hat if I told you that the first modern feminist was a man, lived in the 17th century, and was a priest? I'm guessing you'd be especially skeptical about the priest part, so I'll add that when this father of feminism wrote his vindications of women's rights, he wasn't a priest yet. He became one later, probably because he was broke. His name w
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Cautious welcome for rapid antigen tests to control Sydney Covid outbreak, despite reliability concerns
Premier indicates rapid tests may be used by year 12 students returning to school as well as some businesses Follow the Australia Covid liveblog NSW Covid update: 177 new cases as some construction restrictions lifted and Sydney lockdown extended by a month Vaccine advisory group urged Australian health department in 2020 'to get as much as you can' NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; Vic restricti
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Are Covid jabs 'Trump vaccines'? No, but I'll call them that if it means people will take them | Arwa Mahdawi
Trump sycophant Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the ex-president deserves credit for the jab rollout. If that's the price of herd immunity, so be it Forget Pfizer or AstraZeneca, the hottest shot this summer is the Trump vaccine. Hang on, you might cry: there is no such thing. Well, Donald Trump's former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders – a woman who has always had an unusual relati
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The incredible true story of the cancer patient who didn't have cancer | Ranjana Srivastava
People deserve better than a never-ending stream of unproven practices dangled before them in the guise of hope Ten years ago a desperate young woman walked into my office and declared: "I need your help. I am dying of cancer." Her story was incredible. At an integrative medicine seminar she had won a special blood test as a door prize. Thinking of having some bloods done anyway, she had taken ad
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Robot Runs 5K Foot Race, Trips and Falls Repeatedly
Participation Trophy How are your pandemic fitness goals going? There's no wrong answer to that question, of course, but we only ask so that we can make you aware of Cassie, a bipedal robot that just ran its first 5K race. Cassie, a robot built by the Oregon State University spinout Agility Robotics that looks more like the half of Darth Maul that got left behind on Naboo than its more humanoid c
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On the hunt for 'hierarchical' black holes
Black holes, detected by their gravitational wave signal as they collide with other black holes, could be the product of much earlier parent collisions. Such an event has only been hinted at so far, but scientists at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., and Northwestern University in the U.S., believe we are getting close to tracking down the first of these so-called "hierarchical" black hole
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What Does California Owe Its Incarcerated Firefighters?
When I first met Alisha Tapia, in 2017, she was incarcerated in Puerta la Cruz, an all-female fire camp north of San Diego. Tapia was a swamper—a crew leader who relayed instructions from her captain and foreman to 12 other women on the fire line. She'd already worked two fire seasons in collaboration with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the middle of an extreme droug
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Tokyo 2020: Images From the First Weekend of the Olympics
Despite a year of postponement and continuing health and safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are now under way. More than 11,500 athletes from some 205 national Olympic committee teams have gathered in Japan to compete in 339 events among 33 different sports. New sports added this year include skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Collected here a
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Pragmatism: How Americans define truth
Pragmatism is an American philosophical movement that originated as a rebuke to abstract European philosophy. The pragmatic theory of truth argues that truth and reality only can be understood in their relation to how things work in the real world. The trouble is that the theory devalues the term "truth," such that it only applies to one particular moment in time. But Charles Sanders Peirce offer
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America's Investing Boom Goes Far Beyond Reddit Bros
On a Wednesday in June, deep in a corner of the Reddit message board r/WallstreetBets, a user going by Your_Boy_Roy_ published a lengthy post. The subreddit, which now has almost 11 million members (or "Degenerates," as the page officially lists them), has become an epicenter for crowdsourced, short-term, high-risk stock speculation and analysis. Roy had been a member of the group since "its prim
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"We never created a supervirus." Ralph Baric explains gain-of-function research.
In May, the longtime coronavirus researcher Ralph Baric found himself at the center of the swirling debate over gain-of-function research , in which scientists engineer new properties into existing viruses. And during a congressional hearing, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky implied that the National Institutes of Health had been funding such research at both the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Bari
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The mechanics of puncture finally explained
The feeling of a needle piercing skin is familiar to most people, especially recently as COVID-19 vaccinations gain momentum. But what exactly happens when a needle punctures skin? The answer is revealed in a new paper published recently in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.
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I struggled with office life. Now others are alive to benefits of remote working
People with invisible disabilities have long asked for flexible options such as working from home. Then came the pandemic I struggle with a mild form of face blindness, or prosopagnosia. The condition, usually associated with autism, makes it difficult to remember people's faces. This means that, in high-stress situations, I am often unable to match someone's face to their name or even remember i
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"We'll Have Herd Immunity by April": Reflections on a Failed Prediction
Surgical oncologist Dr. Marty Makary predicted in February that we would have herd immunity to COVID-19 in April. In late July now, it is clear that we do not, but Dr. Makary continues to make dubious and outright incorrect statements about COVID-19 on national platforms to which he has access. Why can't he just admit that his prediction had been in error? The post first appeared on Science-Base
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Jeff Bezos's vision of life among the stars won't mend a broken world
The Amazon founder returned to Earth last week with a pledge to help save the planet, but technology alone is not the answer So Jeff Bezos made it safely back to the universe that most of us lesser mortals inhabit. He graciously thanked his Amazon employees and customers (that's you and me, folks) who made the realisation of his childhood Star Trek dreams possible. "I want to thank every Amazon e
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Move to Berrien County, Michigan, for the Beaches—And the $15,000
Berrien County, Michigan, is not the kind of place you would expect to be losing residents. Perched on the coast of Lake Michigan, " the Hamptons of the Midwest " is widely known for its sandy beaches and vineyards, which draw plenty of tourists from nearby Chicago and Indianapolis. But the county hasn't yet persuaded those tourists to stay, and its population has been declining since the 1970s.
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Something Something Alice Munro
Editor's Note: Read an interview with Robert McGill about his writing process. N essa was sitting in Hadi's car, letting the AC run with the engine off, thinking that if the battery died, it served him right for taking so long in the pharmacy, and surveying the main street of Bayfield, which was nearly deserted even on a sunny summer morning, when whom did she see approaching the discount rack ou
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All Crime Is Local
Americans are freaked out about crime in the United States. As many as eight in 10 say it's a major problem. They rank it ahead of health care and poverty, perennial priorities. Solid majorities believe that crime is worse today than it was 30 years ago, which is not even close to true, despite record increases in homicides in 2020. This fear about crime has potentially large implications. Presid
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Book Review: Tales of Scientists Gone Rogue (or Worse)
From ice-pick lobotomies to gruesome pirate raids, in "The Icepick Surgeon," Sam Kean catalogues the long trail of amoral scientists, and their justifications. Through his comprehensive and complex portraits of these scientists, Kean excels at conveying their deceptively slow slide into corruption.
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This Robot Taught Itself to Run, Then Proceeded to Knock Out a 5K
In the last few months, robots have learned some pretty cool new skills, including performing a sweet coordinated dance routine and making pizzas from start to finish. Now there's another accomplishment to add to the list: a bipedal robot named Cassie just ran a 5K . Made by Agility Robotics , which was spun out of Oregon State University, Cassie was developed using a $1 million grant from DARPA.
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Interoception: how to improve your "gut feeling"
Our surroundings contain far more information than our conscious minds can process. Our non-conscious minds are constantly gathering information and identifying patterns. By being interoceptively attuned — that is, aware of the inner state of the body — we can tap into what our non-conscious mind is trying to tell us. The following is an adapted excerpt from the book The Extended Mind . It is rep
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When Pursuing Love Is the Only Option
In the final episode of The Pursuit of Love , Linda Radlett (played by Lily James), the dazzlingly romantic and impractical heroine of Nancy Mitford's 1945 novel, is taken shopping by a formidable French aristocrat. Linda parades a series of outfits, blowing kisses and laughing, then feigns abashed surprise when Fabrice (Assaad Bouab), her new lover, declares that they'll take it all. Later, she
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Nearly half of surveyed female surgeons experienced major pregnancy complications
Researchers surveyed 1,175 surgeons and surgical trainees from across the U.S. to study their or their partner's pregnancy experiences. They found that 48 percent of surveyed female surgeons experienced major pregnancy complications, with those who operated 12-or-more hours per week during the last trimester of pregnancy at a higher risk compared to those who did not.
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The pandemic slashed the West Coast's emissions. Wildfires already reversed it.
Wildfires raging across the US West Coast have filled the air with enough carbon dioxide to wipe out more than half of the region's pandemic-driven emissions reductions last year. And that was just in July. The numbers illustrate a troubling feedback loop. Climate change creates hotter, drier conditions that fuel increasingly frequent and devastating fires—which, in turn, release greenhouse gases
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What you need to know about the CDC's new mask guidelines
On Tuesday, July 27, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor spaces in communities where covid cases are spiking. Along with the new policy, the CDC recommends that children in grades K–12 attend school in person while continuing to wear masks inside. Why is the CDC making this switch? The announcement comes on the heels of
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Searching for dark matter inside the Earth
Dark matter remains one of the greatest mysteries in science. Despite decades of astronomical evidence for its existence, no one has yet been able to find any sign of it closer to home. There have been dozens of efforts to do so, and one of the most prominent just hit a milestone—the release and analysis of eight years of data. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory will soon be releasing results from t
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Zoo ethics: free-range prisons or centers for global conservation?
Zoos present a dilemma. On the one hand, they benefit conservation and research; on the other hand, placing animals (particularly intelligent ones) in captivity is ethically questionable. The more we learn about animals — especially how advanced or intelligent they are — the louder the debate will grow surrounding their captivity. Could zoos of the future feature realistic robots in place of anim
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NSW records 172 new Covid cases as Berejiklian flags greater Sydney lockdown lasting into September
NSW premier expected to announce Covid roadmap as Blacktown apartment block locked down Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates NSW restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing The New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has hinted at a prolonged lockdown in greater Sydney well into September as c
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Ana Raquel Nunes: 'Extreme weather reveals the fragility of people and places'
The environmental social scientist and expert on the impact of heatwaves on why we must prepare for dangerous heat Ana Raquel Nunes is a senior research fellow at Warwick medical school who studies the links between global heating and human health. She has leant her expertise to the World Health Organization, the intergovernmental panel on climate change, the International Science Council and mor
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Nearly 14,000 Scientists Warn Against Ignoring Climate Change
(Image: Luca Bravo/Unsplash) (Photo: Luca Bravo/Unsplash) According to a panel of 14,000 scientists, ignoring our current climate crisis could lead to "untold suffering." Their warning comes in the form of a paper published in the scientific journal BioScience and undersigned by experts from around the world. The paper, published Tuesday, emphasizes the need for "short, frequent, and easily acces
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The Atlantic Daily: How to Process the New CDC Mask Guidelines
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. The CDC is now recommending fully vaccinated Americans return to wearing masks in indoor spaces in communities where coronavirus transmission is substantial or high. And that news might just make
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The Haunting, Ambivalent Olympics Opening Ceremony
Five years ago, in the closing ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the then–prime minister of Japan popped out of a green tube wearing the red hat of the world's most amusing plumber. The stunt signified the handoff of the Olympics mantle to Tokyo, and the sight of Shinzo Abe as Mario gave a hint of what Japan might try to project in 2020: Its status as a cultural powerhouse whose innovatio
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The Atlantic Daily: Unvaccinated Is Different From Anti-Vax
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. Delta is spoiling America's summer respite. Cases are up. Mask restrictions are coming back. Vaccination rules are tightening. The fully vaccinated may feel fed up with their unvaccinated peers fo
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This Is the End of Affirmative Action
Illustration by Dakarai Akil* This article was published online on July 26, 2021. O ne afternoon, during my freshman year at Alabama A&M University, my homework was piling up, and I was feeling antsy. I needed a change of scenery from Foster Hall. I'd heard that the library at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, 10 minutes away, was open three hours longer than our own. So I loaded up my bac
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The Day the Space Station Lurched
Mission control in Houston first noticed it Thursday morning. The International Space Station was drifting. The station is always moving, of course, in a looping trajectory around Earth. But this, what mission control was seeing in the latest data, was unexpected, and unnerving. On Thursday morning, the space station was suddenly and mysteriously deviating from its course . The massive pieces of
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Why Do We Look Down On Lonely People?
Excerpted from Seek You , by Kristen Radtke. Copyright © 2021 by Kristen Radtke. Excerpted by permission of Pantheon. All rights reserved. Last month at a bar, a man called me a bitch. I had let him sit with me at my table and he was peppering me with questions. I was working on a deadline and snapped at him, uncharacteristically. He seemed genuinely hurt. Women, he said, always gave him an openi
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Russia's Space Station Module Launch Was Filled With Drama
From Russia With Love Despite confirming it would eventually abandon the International Space Station , Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos had one last contribution to make. Russia's brand new space station module called Nauka successfully launched into space on Wednesday — but there was a change of plans once it entered space. Unconfirmed reports emerged of a main engine failure cutting the
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The Return of Hypocrisy
Governments, even democratic ones, are often ineffective or simply bad. Elections sometimes produce uninspiring results, particularly when a patchwork of parties forms an unwieldy coalition government that struggles to get much of anything done. This doesn't mean it should be overthrown. Nor should the United States ignore coup attempts staged in the name of bypassing the messiness of democracy.
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Remains of ancient dogs found among early human ancestral remains in Georgia
A team of researchers from Italy, Spain and Georgia has found the remains of ancient hunting dogs at a dig site in what is now modern Georgia. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes the fossils they found, their attempts to classify them and the possibility of the dogs interacting with early human ancestors.
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When a Show About Kindness Gets Darker
This article contains spoilers for Season 2 of Ted Lasso . This week, the richest man in the world took a jaunty tour of space , and then thanked the workers who labor in his warehouses for providing him with the opportunity. This week, the coronavirus has continued to surge in states where vaccine uptake is slow—some people echoing the idea, as one man put it this week, that the medical establis
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Babble hypothesis shows key factor to becoming a leader
A new study proposes the "babble hypothesis" of becoming a group leader. Researchers show that intelligence is not the most important factor in leadership. Those who talk the most tend to emerge as group leaders. If you want to become a leader, start yammering. It doesn't even necessarily matter what you say. New research shows that groups without a leader can find one if somebody starts talking
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'Greening' biomaterials and scaffolds used in regenerative medicine
Green manufacturing is becoming an increasingly critical process across industries, propelled by a growing awareness of the negative environmental and health impacts associated with traditional practices. In the biomaterials industry, electrospinning is a universal fabrication method used around the world to produce nano- to microscale fibrous meshes that closely resemble native tissue architectur
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We just got our best-ever look at the inside of Mars
NASA's InSight robotic lander has just given us our first look deep inside a planet other than Earth. More than two years after its launch, seismic data that InSight collected has given researchers hints into how Mars was formed, how it has evolved over 4.6 billion years, and how it differs from Earth. A set of three new studies, published in Scienc e this week, suggests that Mars has a thicker c
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French astronomers explore supercluster PLCK G334.8-38.0
Using ESA's XMM-Newton telescope, a team of French astronomers has conducted an X-ray study of a supercluster known as PLCK G334.8-38.0. Results of this research, published July 16 on the arXiv pre-print server, deliver important insights into the nature of this structure.
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Is the UK's pingdemic good or bad? Yes.
Oscar Maung-Haley, 24, was working a part-time job in a bar in Manchester, England, when his phone pinged. It was the UK's NHS Test and Trace app letting him know he'd potentially been exposed to covid-19 and needed to self-isolate. The news immediately caused problems. "It was a mad dash around the venue to show my manager and say I had to go," he says. The alert he got was one of hundreds of th
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The Atlantic Daily: The Delta Whiplash Is Here
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. The Delta whiplash is here. A leaked CDC report , along with some new data released by the agency , put this week's updated mask rules in context: This variant is more worrisome than previously th
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What will happen to sediment plumes associated with deep-sea mining?
In certain parts of the deep ocean, scattered across the seafloor, lie baseball-sized rocks layered with minerals accumulated over millions of years. A region of the central Pacific, called the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ), is estimated to contain vast reserves of these rocks, known as "polymetallic nodules," that are rich in nickel and cobalt—minerals that are commonly mined on land fo
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Tiny insects cause big threat to woodland caribou
Threats to Canada's endangered woodland caribou can be traced back to spruce budworm infestations and salvage logging, says a paper co-authored by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Philip McLoughlin (Ph.D.).
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New research helps explain diversity of life and paradox of sex
There are huge differences in species numbers among the major branches of the tree of life. Some groups of organisms have many species, while others have few. For example, animals, plants and fungi each have over 100,000 known species, but most others—such as many algal and bacterial groups—have 10,000 or less.
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Hubble finds evidence of water vapor at Jupiter's moon Ganymede
Astronomers have uncovered evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. This water vapor forms when ice from the moon's surface sublimates — that is, turns from solid to gas. Astronomers re-examined Hubble observations from the last two decades to find this evidence of water vapor.
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Research illuminates earliest part of phase separation
Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are studying liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), a biophysical process through which proteins and nucleic acids in a cell are compartmentalized without a membrane. The work provides new insight into how the strength of the forces that drive phase separation are linked to the speed at which it occurs. The findings were published today in Nature
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'Digging' into early medieval Europe with big data
During the middle of the sixth century CE a dramatic transformation began in how the people of western Europe buried their dead. The transition from 'furnished' inhumation (those with grave goods to include jewellery, dress accessories, tools and personal items etc) to 'unfurnished' (those without grave goods) was widespread and by the early eighth century an unfurnished inhumation was by far the
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