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3 rules for a zero-carbon world | Nigel Topping
Every human and natural system — from oil extraction to the flight of a flock of starlings — can be seen as a set of repeating patterns. These patterns can be disrupted for good or for bad, says Nigel Topping, the High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26, the UN's climate change conference set to take place in November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. He shares three rules of radical collaboration
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Battery Startup Claims Dramatic Improvement in Industrial Battery Life
A new startup is claiming it can deliver a dramatic improvement over existing battery designs. Stories like this often elicit rightful skepticism from readers. While battery technology absolutely improves over time, virtually all of that improvement comes from enhancements to existing Li-ion chemistry rather than brand-new ideas. That's actually one reason why this announcement might lead to some
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International experts call for a unified public health response to NAFLD and NASH epidemic
There is an urgent need to develop and implement effective screening, diagnosis and treatment strategies for patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), common liver conditions with a rising burden in the U.S. and globally. This is particularly important for the most at-risk patients, those with diabetes and obesity.
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Model predicts process of obsolescence, impacts on manufacturing
Research published in the International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management has looked at the concept of obsolescence. A. Sánchez-Carralero and C. Armenta-Déu of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain explain how they have developed a model to simulate the obsolescence process that leads to the need to replace durable goods.
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Bioplastic made of nanocellulose and mango to improve food preservation
A research team at the University of Cadiz (Spain), together with researchers from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) from the research group Biopol4fun, have developed a bioactive or functionalised plastic made from nanofibrillated cellulose and mango leaf extracts that preserves food longer than non-functionalised plastics.
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Anthropogenic climate change affects marine plankton populations in the Mediterranean Sea
Anthropogenic climate change is already affecting the marine plankton populations present in the western Mediterranean Sea. This is the result of a study led by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) thatwarns on the increasing surface ocean temperature lowering organic matter production (primary production), which has negative imp
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How South Korea is bringing back bears in a country of 52 million people
The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 popularized the idea of reintroducing long-lost species to modern habitats. While scientists are still trying to fully understand the ecological consequences, the wolf's reintroduction likely benefited other species, illustrating how conservation can not just slow biodiversity loss, but even reverse it.
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Team ignites 'cool flames' in microgravity of space
Researchers have documented an entirely new class of fire, spherical cool diffusion flames, appropriately referred to as "cool flames." Creating this unique fire required an equally unique laboratory: the microgravity environment of space. Researchers documented these dim, quiet flames aboard the International Space Station. "The Space Station is a lab like no other," says Richard Axelbaum , prof
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Video: Counting carbon
The Paris Agreement adopted a target for global warming not to exceed 1.5°C. This sets a limit on the additional carbon we can add to the atmosphere—the carbon budget. Only around 17% of the carbon budget is now left. That is about 10 years at current emission rates.
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Chemical modelling with a sense of touch
Nature, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02042-3 Computational chemist Mona Minkara simulates the molecular dynamics required for lung function and boosts access for visually impaired chemists.
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International collaboration of scientists rewrite the rulebook of flowering plant genetics
Scientists around the world are collaborating on a project that is changing the way they trace the evolutionary history of flowering plants. By using new technology allowing them to rapidly retrieve and compare DNA sequences from among any of the 300,000 species of flowering plants, scientists are unraveling the 140-million-year history of the largest group of land plants on Earth and providing a
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Discrimination against mothers mars hiring
An impossible standard is at the root of gender inequalities in the workplace, according to two new studies on inflexibility and discrimination against mothers. Put simply: Working mothers are often expected to work like they don't have children and raise children as if they don't work. The research papers, published separately ( first , second ) in Demography , demonstrate how inflexible schedul
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SuperBIT Will Send Telescopes to the Edge of Space With a Giant Balloon
Hubble has been orbiting Earth for decades, capturing incredible images of the cosmos that aren't possible with other instruments. That's not because Hubble is the biggest, and it's certainly lacking in modern technology. Hubble is unmatched because of where it is, far above Earth's murky atmosphere. A new project from Durham University, Princeton University, NASA, and others envisions a cheaper
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Clariti: it's like desktop folders, but smarter
There's one reason that businesses use software suites from Microsoft and Google to facilitate their work: simplicity. These companies allow users to toggle between different apps for email, video chat, documents and more, which lets a workplace conduct all of its work in one place. Well, not exactly. If, for example, you're looking to collect various documents and correspondences for a recent hi
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Facebook Plans VR Metaverse
Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that he plans to transition Facebook from a social media company to one that build and manages an immersive virtual reality "metaverse". The idea sounds a lot like Oasis from Ready Player One . The term itself was coined in the 1992 science fiction novel, Snow Crash , by Neal Stephenson. The basic idea is of a joining of physical, virtual, and augmented reality into o
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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that global supply chains are a huge house of cards
COVID-19 has laid bare many uncomfortable truths regarding society's overall preparedness for low-probability but high-impact events, especially global ones. These range from issues pertaining exclusively to pandemic readiness (like our domestic capacity to produce personal protective equipment, ventilators, sanitizer and vaccines) to matters that are considerably less esoteric, like the ability o
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Biodiversity needs every tool in the box: use OECMs
Nature, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02041-4 To conserve global biodiversity, countries must forge equitable alliances that support sustainability in traditional pastoral lands, fisheries-management areas, Indigenous territories and more.
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Flogistonteorin
Vad händer när någonting brinner? Under lång tid och redan i antiken ansågs eld vara en typ av grundelement, traditionellt vid sidan om luft, jord och vatten. På 1600-talet tog … Continued Inlägget dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
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Generation of non-stabilized alkyl radicals from thianthrenium salts for C–B and C–C bond formation
Nature Communications, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24716-2 The generation of non-stabilized alkyl radicals from sulfonium salts has been a challenge for several decades. Here, the authors show the treatment of S-(alkyl) thianthrenium salts, which can generate non-stabilized alkyl radicals as key intermediates that enable controlled and selective reactions under mild pho
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Single pixel imaging at megahertz switching rates via cyclic Hadamard masks
Nature Communications, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24850-x Imaging rates in single-pixel imaging has been limited by the dependence on configurable spatial light modulators. Here, the authors use cyclic Hadamard patterns coded onto a spinning mask to demonstrate dynamic imaging with rates up to 72 frames per second and real time reconstruction capabilities.
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Giving superabsorbent polymers a second life as pressure-sensitive adhesives
Nature Communications, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24488-9 For many polymers, recycling via mechanical processes is not feasible and these materials are destined for landfills or incineration. Here the authors show an open-loop recycling method for superabsorbent polymers that involves decrosslinking via hydrolysis, an optional chain-shortening step via sonication, and
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Thickness-independent scalable high-performance Li-S batteries with high areal sulfur loading via electron-enriched carbon framework
Nature Communications, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24873-4 Improving the energy density of lithium-sulfur batteries is necessary for their practical application. Here, the authors report free-standing and low-tortuosity carbon frameworks as host for sulfur and lithium, enabling scalable thickness independent electrochemical performance.
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Rapid ecosystem-scale consequences of acute deoxygenation on a Caribbean coral reef
Nature Communications, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24777-3 How acute deoxygenation events affect tropical marine ecosystems remains poorly understood. This study integrates analyses of coral reef benthic communities with microbial community sequencing to show how a deoxygenation event rapidly altered a shallow tropical coral reef ecosystem in the Caribbean.
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New statement provides path to include ethnicity, ancestry, race in genomic research
Historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups and Indigenous peoples have significant cardiovascular health inequities, and these groups are underrepresented in genetic and genomic research.Almost 80% of participants in genomic research are of European ancestry, yet this group makes up just 16% of the global population.Heart-disease risk calculations and information about how different popula
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Richard R. Ernst (1933—2021)
Nature, Published online: 26 July 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02040-5 Nobel prizewinner who revolutionized nuclear magnetic resonance.
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Living Without a Pulse
I just watched a documentary about artificial hearts. The old school designs try to mimic an actual heart, and they've gotten pretty polished over the years, but they have a fundamental problem. The mechanical components wear out really fast when you have a membrane that's constantly flexing, so even the best ones only last a few years. One guy came up with a version that basically lasts forever
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Joe Mercola: An antivaccine quack tycoon pivots effortlessly to profit from spreading COVID-19 misinformation
Joe Mercola is a physician whose nearly quarter-century of promoting quackery and antivaccine misinformation has garnered him a net worth north of $100 million. It is therefore not surprising that in the age of the pandemic, he has pivoted to fatten his bottom line promoting misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the COVID vaccines. The post first appeared on Science-Based Med
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Development of a novel technology to check body temperature with smartphone camera
A research team in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology(KIST) has announced the development of a thermal-imaging sensor that overcomes the existing problems of price and operating-temperature limitations. The sensor developed in this work can operate at temperatures upto 100 °C without a cooling device and is expected to be more affordable than standard sensors on the market, which would
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New research identifies cancer types with little survival improvements in adolescents and young adul
Survival rates for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer have varied considerably depending on cancer type. A new study indicates that survival for multiple cancer types in such patients has improved in recent years, but some patients diagnosed with common cancer types still show limited survival improvements. The results are published by Wiley early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed
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Anxiety, depression, burnout rising as college students prepare to return to campus
A new survey led by The Ohio State University's Office of the Chief Wellness Officer finds students are excited to get back to campus after a long and difficult year. But the trauma of the pandemic is still affecting their mental health. The survey found anxiety, depression and burnout are all on the rise among students, even as they find normalcy again. Those issues have also led to increases in
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Protect Your Online Privacy With A Highly Rated VPN And 10TB Of Cloud Storage
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Harness Artificial Intelligence For Your Copywriting With Writesonic
Artificial intelligence is bringing narrators back from the dead and replacing low-level fast food jobs , but can it help you conquer writer's block and get that Facebook ad for your business written? With the Writesonic starter plan , the answer is yes. Valued at $5340, a lifetime subscription is on sale now for just $69.99. Writing Copy With AI Unlike longer forms of writing, copywriting has ti
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/r/Futurology is looking for more moderators!
A sub as large and active as /r/Futurology needs love and care and more of it. We're looking for more moderators to help out and if you're interested, please apply here. We start most people out as comment moderators and ask for a minimum contribution of about 60 minutes per month (100 actions minimum). You can spread that out as a few minutes at a time here & there, approving or removing comment
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How do you think we can deal with microplastics out in the ocean and in the wild without creating the grey goo scenario?
I do realise that even if we managed to phase out most plastic production to the point that we reduced most of its use down to the area where it's absolutely required (for specific material quality, in medicine or industrial setting, but gone away in most consumers products, for example), while carrying out macroplastics ocean and landfill cleanup… We're going to be saddled with a lot of contam
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Climate adaptation should be based on robust regional climate information
Climate adaptation steams forward with an accelerated speed that can be seen through the Climate Adaptation Summit in January (see previous post ), the ECCA 2021 in May/June, and the upcoming COP26 . Recent extreme events may spur this development even further (see previous post about attribution of recent heatwaves). To aid climate adaptation, Europe's Climate-Adapt programme provides a wealth o
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Automation in the future and whether people will be open to using it
I was reading the impacts of automation replacing every single establishment and this person brought up an interesting observation. https://imgur.com/a/YEEOGX2 ​ Will people(customers) trust automated systems to help them in potentially dangerous activity like being in a plane without human supervision? submitted by /u/Ultimate_N [link] [comments]
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Typhoon In-Fa drenches eastern China
Typhoon In-Fa uprooted trees and drenched communities in knee-deep water in parts of eastern China, but there were no reports of major damage as it made landfall on Sunday.
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Colonize Mars or invest in Earth's environment
As we all know, the Earth has a lot of pollution and that stuff… and when we launch things to space we pollute our planet more. What would be better, in the future, colonize other planets as Mars, some moons, … or try really hard to keep Earth safe and green (being that so, se couldn't launch any rocket)? submitted by /u/obliviatous [link] [comments]
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This Ingenious Device Makes It Safe and Easy To Remove Unwanted Back Hair
Have some of your personal hygiene and grooming routines fallen by the wayside over the past year? If so, there's no need to feel ashamed. It happened to a lot of us. When there's nothing to do and nowhere to go, it can be hard to find the motivation to make yourself look presentable. That being said, now that things are finally going back to normal, it's probably time to get your grooming game b
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