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Fauci Warns Dangerous Delta Variant Is The Greatest Threat To U.S. COVID Efforts2d
More contagious than other variants, and maybe more likely to cause severe disease, Delta is spreading so fast in the U.S. it could cause another surge this summer or fall, according to new research. (Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)
Here's how to watch June's 'Strawberry' supermoon this Thursday2d
The Strawberry supermoon happens on Thursday, June 24.
DNA Test Fails to Find Any Tuna in Subway Tuna Sandwiches3d
Tuna Trouble After a lawsuit claimed that the gigantic sandwich chain Subway was lying about using real tuna in its food, a reporter from The New York Times decided to investigate. After buying up tuna sandwiches from a few different Subway locations, freezing the mystery meat, and sending it to a fish testing lab, the NYT investigation found that there was absolutely zero trace of any DNA from t
When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That's a Moray2d
Moray eels can hunt on land, and footage from a recent study highlights how they accomplish this feat with a sneaky second set of jaws.
Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted1d
By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.
Scientist Finds Early Coronavirus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted1d
By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.
Stephen Hawking's black hole theory proved right1d
A new paper confirms Stephen Hawking's black hole area theorem. The researchers used gravitational wave data to prove the theorem. The data came from Caltech and MIT's Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. The late Stephen Hawking's black hole area theorem is correct, a new study shows. Scientists used gravitational waves to prove the famous British physicist's idea, which
A Tiny Planet Will Soon Drift Nearer to Earth Than Since Caveman Times3d
Passing Ships Scientists have spent the last few years tracking a curious space rock called 2014 UN271, which is a little too big to be a comet and a little too small to be a planet, as it careens through the solar system. And pretty soon, they'll finally be able to get an even better look at it, according to New Atlas , when 2014 UN271 reaches the closest point to Earth in its orbit in 2031, whe
The Japanese Government Is Strongly Encouraging Four-Day Work Weeks1d
Four-Day Work Week Japan's government is now recommending that companies allow their staff to work for four rather than five days a week, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports . In newly released economic policy guidelines, the government is aiming at improving the country's work-life balance by allowing workers to get a long weekend — every weekend. It's a bold new stance, given Japan's famo
Scientists identify 29 planets where aliens could observe Earth1d
Astronomers estimate 29 habitable planets are positioned to see Earth transit and intercept human broadcasts For centuries, Earthlings have gazed at the heavens and wondered about life among the stars. But as humans hunted for little green men, the extraterrestrials might have been watching us back. In new research, astronomers have drawn up a shortlist of nearby star systems where any inquisitiv
A Coronavirus Epidemic Hit 20,000 Years Ago, New Study Finds15h
A few dozen human genes rapidly evolved in ancient East Asia to thwart coronavirus infections, scientists say. Those genes could be crucial to today's pandemic.
What is your cat thinking? Here's what your furry friend is trying to tell you17h
These sociable animals communicate verbally and visually, but how can we learn to think like a feline?
John McAfee Found Dead in Prison Cell•1d
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John McAfee, an eccentric software pioneer who lived on the lam for many years, was found dead in a Spanish prison cell Wednesday evening. According to a statement released by the Catalan justice department and obtained by Reuters , suicide is the most likely cause. The news comes just hours after news emerged that McAfee would face extradition to the US after a Spanish High Court ruling. McAfee
Tiny ancient bird from China shares skull features with Tyrannosaurus rex1d
Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered a 120-million-year-old partial fossil skeleton of a tiny extinct bird that fits in the palm of the hand and preserves a unique skull with a mix of dinosaurian and bird features.
First Patient Injected With Cancer Vaccine in Phase II Trial3d
The pharmaceutical company BioNTech has officially begun injecting participants with an experimental cancer vaccine in a new phase II clinical trial. Preclinical and earlier clinical data showed that the vaccine is safe enough to progress along the clinical research pipeline, according to Clinical Trials Arena . So now, BioNTech plans to measure how well the vaccine, in concert with the medicatio
3,000-Year-Old Bones Reveal The Oldest Shark Encounter Victim Ever Discovered1d
Nearly 800 injuries.
The mRNA Vaccines Are Extraordinary, but Novavax Is Even Better18h
At the end of January, reports that yet another COVID-19 vaccine had succeeded in its clinical trials—this one offering about 70 percent protection—were front-page news in the United States, and occasioned push alerts on millions of phones. But when the Maryland-based biotech firm Novavax announced its latest stunning trial results last week, and an efficacy rate of more than 90 percent even agai
Gray Hair Can Return to Its Original Color–and Stress Is Involved, of Course2d
The universal marker of aging is not always a one-way process — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Geochemical study confirms cause of end-Permian mass extinction event3d
The most severe mass extinction event in the past 540 million years eliminated more than 90 percent of Earth's marine species and 75 percent of terrestrial species. Although scientists had previously hypothesized that the end-Permian mass extinction, which took place 251 million years ago, was triggered by voluminous volcanic eruptions in a region of what is now Siberia, they were not able to expl
On Prime Day, Organizers Want You to Think of the Workers3d
Amazon's annual sales event this year is unfolding against a backdrop of mounting pressure from labor activists.
The World's First Lab Grown Meat Factory Just Opened Up10h
Growing Burgers Israeli biotech company Future Meat has opened what it claims to be the "world's first industrial cultured meat facility," a watershed moment in the development of futuristic meat alternative products. They say the facility is capable of producing 1,100 pounds of lab grown — rather than plant-based — meat products a day, or roughly the equivalent of 3,000 medium-sized hamburgers.
A Scary Parasite Is Spreading From Dogs to Humans17h
A parasite that can jump to humans from dogs has spread to Canada, experts warn. According to recent research, a cancer-like parasitic disease caused by tapeworms was identified in patients in the Canadian province of Alberta, Gizmodo reports . The researchers believe the parasite was brought over by dogs from Europe and is now making its presence felt in North America. "Alberta is clearly the ho
A Possible Link between 'Oumuamua and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena2d
If some UAP turn out to be extraterrestrial technology, they could be dropping sensors for a subsequent craft to tune into. What if 'Oumuamua is such a craft? — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Is dark matter real, or have we misunderstood gravity?2d
For many years now, astronomers and physicists have been in a conflict. Is the mysterious dark matter that we observe deep in the Universe real, or is what we see the result of subtle deviations from the laws of gravity as we know them? In 2016, Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde proposed a theory of the second kind: emergent gravity. New research, published in Astronomy & Astrophysics this week, pushe
Could there be a link between interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua and unidentified aerial phenomena?17h
If some UAP turn out to be extraterrestrial technology, they could be dropping sensors for a subsequent craft to tune into. What if 'Oumuamua is such a craft?
The Coelacanth May Live for a Century. That's Not Great News1d
Scale markings reveal that this weird fish's lifespan is double what scientists first estimated. That also means they're closer to extinction than we thought.
The Four Stages of Intelligent Matter That Will Bring Us Iron Man's 'Endgame' Nanosuit2d
Imagine clothing that can warm or cool you, depending on how you're feeling. Or artificial skin that responds to touch, temperature, and wicks away moisture automatically. Or cyborg hands controlled with DNA motors that can adjust based on signals from the outside world. Welcome to the era of intelligent matter—an unconventional AI computing idea directly woven into the fabric of synthetic matter
Maybe the Aliens Really Are Here3d
But if so, it's probably in the form of robotic probes—something both UFO enthusiasts and SETI scientists should be able to agree on — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
USA advarer om mulige bivirkninger: Mænd ramt af betændelse i hjertet efter vaccine19h
Der er stadig langt flere fordele end ulemper ved at tage en Pfizer eller Moderna-vaccine, siger ekspert.
CDC panel finds 'likely association' between mRNA jabs and heart inflammation•1d
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US health agency says Covid-19 vaccine benefits still outweigh small risk of rare condition in adolescents
NASA's Webb Telescope will use quasars to unlock the secrets of the early universe1d
Quasars are very bright, distant and active supermassive black holes that are millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun. Typically located at the centers of galaxies, they feed on infalling matter and unleash fantastic torrents of radiation. Among the brightest objects in the universe, a quasar's light outshines that of all the stars in its host galaxy combined, and its jets and winds shap
Researchers find 3,000-year-old shark attack victim1d
Newspapers regularly carry stories of terrifying shark attacks, but in a paper published today, Oxford-led researchers reveal their discovery of a 3,000-year-old victim—attacked by a shark in the Seto Inland Sea of the Japanese archipelago.
ATLAS experiment measures top quark polarization1d
Unique among its peers is the top quark—a fascinating particle that the scientific community has been studying in detail since the 90s. Its large mass makes it the only quark to decay before forming bound states (a process known as hadronisation) and gives it the strongest coupling to the Higgs boson. Theorists predict it may also interact strongly with new particles—if it does, the Large Hadron C
These sea anemones eat ants1d
The giant plumose anemone is an animal, but it looks a bit like an underwater cauliflower. Its body consists of a stalk-like column that attaches to rocks and other surfaces on one end, and to a crown of tentacles on the other.
Radio waves from Earth have reached dozens of stars1d
For billions of years, Earth has been playing a cosmic game of hide-and-seek. New research published today in Nature posits that roughly 1,700 stars are in the right position to have spotted life on Earth as early as 5,000 years ago. These stars, within 100 parsecs (or about 326 light-years) of the sun, were found using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the European Space
DNA from sediment reveals epic history of Denisova Cave1d
In a landmark study, scientists from Australia, Germany and Russia have used ancient DNA recovered from sediment samples from Denisova Cave in Siberia to reveal a detailed occupational history of this unique site by three distinct groups of ancient humans and a variety of animals over the past 300,000 years.
Life in these star-systems could have spotted Earth1d
Scientists at Cornell University and the American Museum of Natural History have identified 2,034 nearby star-systems—within the small cosmic distance of 326 light-years—that could find Earth merely by watching our pale blue dot cross our sun.
Africa's third wave: 'What haunts me a lot is the Indian scenario'2d
Cases surge across the continent as vaccine rollout moves slowly
New possibilities for detecting Hawking radiation emitted by primordial black holes3d
While many physicists have predicted the existence of dark matter, a type of matter that does not absorb, reflect or emit light, so far no one has been able to observe it experimentally or determine its fundamental nature. Light primordial black holes (PBHs), black holes the formed in the early universe, are among the most promising dark matter candidates. However, the existence of these black hol
John McAfee Dies in Spanish Prison After Extradition Order•1d
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The antivirus pioneer and alleged cryptocurrency scammer was 75 years old.
Stop Putting Pressure on Developers to Rush Games to Market1d
If you hate buggy new releases, then you're just going to have to learn to wait.
The Thorny Ethics of Displaying Egyptian Mummies to the Public1d
Mummy exhibits are big draws for museums, but curators are grappling with issues of cultural and racial sensitivity. Advocates for greater modesty say mummies did not agree to have their bodies put on public display, while others say ancient Egyptians embraced the union of death and life.
An ally for alloys: AI helps design high-performance steels2d
Machine learning techniques have contributed to progress in science and technology fields ranging from health care to high-energy physics. Now, machine learning is poised to help accelerate the development of stronger alloys, particularly stainless steels, for America's thermal power generation fleet. Stronger materials are key to producing energy efficiently, resulting in economic and decarboniza
Exotic superconductors: The secret that wasn't there2d
A single measurement result is not a proof—this has been shown again and again in science. We can only really rely on a research result when it has been measured several times, preferably by different research teams, in slightly different ways. In this way, errors can usually be detected sooner or later.
Preferences for nutrients and sensory food qualities identify biological sources of economic values in monkeys [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]2d
Value is a foundational concept in reinforcement learning and economic choice theory. In these frameworks, individuals choose by assigning values to objects and learn by updating values with experience. These theories have been instrumental for revealing influences of probability, risk, and delay on choices. However, they do not explain how…
Study sheds more light on the properties of open cluster IC 14342d
Astronomers have performed a detailed photometric and kinematical study of an open cluster known as IC 1434. Results of the research provide essential information regarding the properties of this stellar grouping. The study was detailed in a paper published June 10 on the arXiv pre-print server.
Researchers propose the use of quantum cascade lasers to achieve private free-space communications2d
Free-space optical communication, the communication between two devices at a distance using light to carry information, is a highly promising system for achieving high-speed communication. This system of communication is known to be immune to electromagnetic interference (EMI), a disturbance generated by external sources that affects electrical circuits and can disrupt radio signals.
'Flashed' nanodiamonds are just a phase, research team finds3d
Diamond may be just a phase carbon goes through when exposed to a flash of heat, but that makes it far easier to obtain.
UK warned overseas travel will not return to normal before next year3d
Johnson says priority is to keep people safe in Britain but suggests relaxation of quarantine rules being examined
One of the largest ever land mammals evolved into extinct dwarf elephant3d
An extinct species of dwarf elephant experienced a weight and height reduction of 8,000kg and almost two meters after evolving from one of the largest land mammals that ever lived, a new study has confirmed.
Astronomers inspect the formation of millisecond pulsar PSR J1946+34173d
A team of Chinese astronomers has conducted a study aimed at inspecting formation scenarios for the millisecond pulsar PSR J1946+3417. They found that the pulsar was most likely formed as a result of a phase transition. The research was published June 10 on the arXiv pre-print server.
Cosmic dawn occurred 250 to 350 million years after Big Bang13h
Cosmic dawn, when stars formed for the first time, occurred 250 million to 350 million years after the beginning of the universe, according to a new study led by researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge.
Genome study reveals East Asian coronavirus epidemic 20,000 years ago16h
An international study has discovered a coronavirus epidemic broke out in the East Asia region more than 20,000 years ago, with traces of the outbreak evident in the genetic makeup of people from that area.
Shifting sands, creeping soils, and a new understanding of landscape evolution23h
A new study published in Nature Communications finds that piles of sand grains, even when undisturbed, are in constant motion. Using highly-sensitive optical interference data, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University present results that challenge existing theories in both geology and physics about how soils and other types of disordered materials behave.
Odd smell: Flies sniff ammonia in a way new to science1d
The stink of ammonia in urine, sweat, and rotting meat repels humans, but many insects find ammonia alluring. Now, UConn researchers have figured out how the annoying insects smell it, a discovery that could lead to better ways to make them buzz off.
Stewardship of global collective behavior [Sustainability Science]2d
Collective behavior provides a framework for understanding how the actions and properties of groups emerge from the way individuals generate and share information. In humans, information flows were initially shaped by natural selection yet are increasingly structured by emerging communication technologies. Our larger, more complex social networks now transfer high-fidelity…
Nrf2: The custodian regulating oxidative stress and immunity against acrylamide toxicity3d
A study using genetically modified mice shows that a protein called Nrf2 increases the expression of protective genes in the acrylamide-induced toxic response.
Asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs still shaping life beneath impact crater17h
Curtin University researchers studying rock-dwelling microorganisms deep beneath the site of the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs have discovered the ancient impact continues to influence the type of microbial life found there today.
Pulp fiction: Japanese university revokes two dentistry PhDs in case involving two dozen retractions3d
The misconduct case of an endodontics researcher in Japan who already has lost at least 24 papers for data problems has claimed two more casualties: the PhD theses of a pair of scientists he once helped train. As we reported last year, Nobuaki Ozeki, who retired from Aichi Gakuin University in 2018, was found to … Continue reading
Dual oxidase 1 promotes antiviral innate immunity [Immunology and Inflammation]10h
Dual oxidase 1 (DUOX1) is an NADPH oxidase that is highly expre-ssed in respiratory epithelial cells and produces H2O2 in the airway lumen. While a line of prior in vitro observations suggested that DUOX1 works in partnership with an airway peroxidase, lactoperoxidase (LPO), to produce antimicrobial hypothiocyanite (OSCN−) in the…
Scientists can predict and design single atom catalysts for important chemical reactions13h
Researchers at Tufts University, University College London (UCL), Cambridge University and University of California at Santa Barbara have demonstrated that a catalyst can indeed be an agent of change. In a study published today in Science, they used quantum chemical simulations run on supercomputers to predict a new catalyst architecture as well as its interactions with certain chemicals, and demo
With age, insufficient tryptophan alters gut microbiota, increases inflammation1d
With age, a diet lacking in the essential amino acid tryptophan — which has a key role in our mood, energy level and immune response — makes the gut microbiome less protective and increases inflammation body-wide, investigators report.
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds' Magnetic Sense1d
A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors' assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.
Language trade-off? No, bilingual children reliably acquire English by age 51d
A new study in U.S.-born children from Spanish-speaking families finds that minority language exposure does not threaten the acquisition of English by children in the U.S. and that there is no trade-off between English and Spanish. Rather, children reliably acquire English by age 5, and their total language knowledge is greater to the degree that they also acquire Spanish. Children's level of Engl
Pleistocene sediment DNA reveals hominin and faunal turnovers at Denisova Cave1d
Nature, Published online: 23 June 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03675-0 Ancient mitochondrial DNA from sediments reveals the sequence of Denisovan, Neanderthal and faunal occupation of Denisova Cave, and evidence for the appearance of modern humans at least 45,000 years ago.
Toxic workplaces increase risk of depression by 300%1d
A stressful workplace can take its toll on our mental health, and new evidence published in the British Medical Journal backs up this belief. A year-long population study by the University of South Australia reveals that toxic workplaces can increase full time workers' risk of depression by 300%.
It's true: Stress does turn hair gray (and it's reversible)2d
A new study offers quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to graying hair in people.
Summer catch-up programs need to focus on teens' wellbeing, not just academic progress3d
Summer holiday school catch-up programs to address gaps in knowledge after school closures need to support children who are still struggling due to social isolation.
Nerve tumor in children: better tolerable chemotherapy without loss of efficacy3d
The initial chemotherapy of aggressive childhood nerve tumors, so-called high-risk neuroblastomas, is crucial for ultimate survival. It has now been shown that the chemotherapy regimen used by the European Neuroblastoma Study Group is equally efficacious but better tolerated than a highly effective regimen from the US. This was the conclusion of an international trial coordinated by St. Anna Child
New research finds GCSE results linked to child's enjoyment of school aged six2d
A child's enjoyment of school at six years old is linked to their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) results aged 16, according to new research.
New position statement declares that sleep is essential to health3d
A new position statement emphasizes that sleep is a biological necessity, and insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are detrimental for health, well-being, and public safety.
3,000-year-old shark attack victim found by Oxford-led researchers1d
In a paper published today, Oxford-led researchers reveal their discovery of a 3,000-year-old victim – attacked by a shark in the Seto Inland Sea of the Japanese archipelago.
Men who perceive their marriage as unsuccessful are at high risk for premature death3d
The researchers found that dissatisfaction with marriage is a predictor of CVAs and premature death as much as physical indexes, including smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.According to the findings, the risk is higher among relatively young men, aged 50 and under.
Starting the day off with chocolate could have unexpected benefits1d
A new study of postmenopausal women has found that eating a concentrated amount of chocolate during a narrow window of time in the morning may help the body burn fat and decrease blood sugar levels.
Vaccine side effects should be welcomed as a sign of efficacy, immunologists say in new focus2d
The rapid development of safe and efficacious vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 has offered hope that the global COVID-19 pandemic may soon be under control.
As Seagrass Habitats Decline, Florida Manatees Are Dying Of Starvation3d
The mammals were removed from the endangered species list in 2017, but algae blooms and overdevelopment have killed 46,000 acres of seagrass, leaving manatees without enough to eat. (Image credit: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)
What Quitters Understand About the Job Market3d
Quitting your job is hot this summer. More Americans quit in May than any other month on record going back to the beginning of the century, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . For every 100 workers in hotels, restaurants, bars, and retailers, about five of them quit last month. Low-wage workers aren't the only ones eyeing the door. In May, more than 700,000 workers in the bureau's mostl
Heart Inflammation In Teens And Young Adults After COVID-19 Vaccine Is Rare, CDC Says1d
The cases have been seen mostly in teens and young adults between 12 and 39 years old. No deaths have been associated with this side effect of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. (Image credit: Scott Heins/Getty Images)
Leaked UN Climate Report: The Apocalypse Is Almost Here1d
Doomsday Report A draft climate change report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issues a dire warning that we are on the cusp of planetary destruction thanks to the myriad dangers of worsening climate change. The report, which was leaked to Agence France-Presse , is 4,000 pages long but it's central message can be summarized very clearly: Humanity has screw
It's Looking Possible That the Hubble Is Dead Forever2d
Orbital CPR The Hubble Space Telescope is still offline nine days after it first failed , despite numerous attempts to bring its payload computer back online. NASA still doesn't know for sure what caused the computer glitch that brought the orbital observatory offline, according to Insider . But after three failed attempts to switch to a backup version of the memory module that NASA believes to b
Researchers Claim Collapsing Ocean Ecosystem Will Devastate Humanity Within 25 Years2d
Acid Oceans As the oceans grow increasingly acidic — a particularly dangerous side effect of greenhouse gas emissions — the global food web could collapse and humanity could face utter devastation within just a few decades, according to an alarming new paper . The paper, penned by two entrepreneurs and researchers working to provide access to clean water who are affiliated with Edinburgh Universi
Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca? The ridiculous, diverting rise of vaccine envy4d
Casual vaccine chat is today's only form of small talk, so it's not surprising it would take a lightheartedly tribal turn. Ultimately, of course, gratitude is at the heart of the conversation Last week, I had cause to go searching for images of men getting vaccinated (it's not a fetish – it was for work) and I turned up a photo from a flu vaccination drive in 2012. I tried to think back nine year
An Unexpected Planetary Feature Has Just Been Found on Venus2d
Something is moving down there.
Every 27.5 million years, the Earth's heart beats catastrophically2d
It appears that Earth has a geologic "pulse," with clusters of major events occurring every 27.5 million years. Working with the most accurate dating methods available, the authors of the study constructed a new history of the last 260 million years. Exactly why these cycles occur remains unknown, but there are some interesting theories. Our hearts beat at a resting rate of 60 to 100 beats per mi
White House Says The U.S. Will Narrowly Miss Its Vaccination Goal2d
President Biden set a goal of 70% of U.S. adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4. The White House is acknowledging Tuesday that it will likely come up short of that. (Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP)
Iron age people were emotionally attached to objects, research shows2d
Dilemma of finding it hard to part with 'problematic stuff' we no longer need could date back more than 2,000 years From outgrown baby clothes to hideous mugs once used by a parent, there are certain items it is curiously hard to part with. Now research suggests difficulty of what to do with such objects could date back at least 2,000 years. Writing in the journal Antiquity, Dr Lindsey Büster, an
Drinking coffee may cut risk of chronic liver disease, study suggests•3d
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UK analysis shows people who drank coffee had 49% reduced risk of dying from the condition From espresso to instant, coffee is part of the daily routine for millions. Now research suggests the brew could be linked to a lower chance of developing or dying from chronic liver disease. Chronic liver disease is a major health problem around the world. According to the British Liver Trust , liver disea
Video Shows Man Flying Through Times Square on Giant Drone3d
Green Goblin IRL A new video going viral on social media shows a helmeted daredevil shooting through Times Square in New York City — on what appears to be a giant, eight-rotor drone, cruising a solid ten feet above the ground. It's a stunt particularly reminiscent of the Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe, flying through NYC in director Sam Raimi's blockbuster "Spider-Man" (2002). Is this reall
The Authoritarian Instincts of Police Unions3d
This article was published online on June 21, 2021 and updated at 11:43 p.m. ET on June 22, 2021. I n May 2020 , Darnella Frazier, a 17-year-old with a smartphone camera, documented the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Most Americans who watched the video of Floyd begging for his life, as Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck, saw a human being. Robert Kroll did not. T
I rested my way to recovery from 'long-haul Covid'. I urge others to do the same | Fiona Lowenstein3d
Rest and pacing, rather than graded exercise, seem the most effective treatments to prescribe widely to long Covid patients Within a few days of being discharged from the hospital in March last year, it was clear I was not improving in any sort of recognizable way. My Covid symptoms morphed, and any attempt to push through the fatigue, migraines and flu-like symptoms failed, often exacerbating th
Flu could be a 'bigger problem than Covid in UK this winter'3d
Low prevalence of flu during pandemic may have led to drop in immunity among population Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Flu could be a "bigger problem" than Covid-19 in the UK this winter, a senior government vaccine adviser has said, with low prevalence over the past months possibly leading to a drop in immunity among the population. Anthony Harnden, the deputy chai
A Key Property of Life Has Been Detected From High Altitude For The First Time3d
This could be how we find aliens!
Annoying mispronunciations: do they make you go nucular? Probly21h
How did specific become pacific and neckties become assessories? If you're regularly annoyed by the misuse of language, a new survey shows you are certainly not alone Name: Annoying mispronunciations. Age: No pacific age. Continue reading…
More than 2m adults in England have had long Covid for over 12 weeks – study•1d
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Research says people tend to fall into two categories: those with respiratory illness and those with fatigue-related symptoms Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than 2 million adults in England have experienced coronavirus symptoms lasting over 12 weeks, government data suggests – double the previous estimate for long Covid. The study, one of the largest to date, f
NYC Just Shut Down a Tesla Taxi Fleet in Favor of Gas Guzzlers1d
Grounded Fleet New York City regulators stepped in to quash a planned fleet of Tesla taxis in the city, and the logic behind the decision is baffling. Tesla had partnered with the electric scooter startup Revel to launch a fleet of 50 Tesla Model Y taxis in the Big Apple, according to the New York Post . But the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) blocked the companies from buying the necessa
Towing a Tesla Recharges It Really Quickly Due to Regenerative Braking1d
Regen Hack The idea is deceptively simple: thanks to regenerative braking, an electric vehicle can technically charge its batteries while being being towed by another vehicle. But according to a recently uploaded YouTube video, the efficiency at which this works is pretty surprising — and proof that regenerative breaking can significantly extend the range of any electric vehicle. As seen in a vid
A Strawberry Moon Will Rise Tonight — No, It Won't Be Red Or Pink2d
Its name has ties to strawberry picking season, and when the strawberry moon appears above the horizon, the marginal supermoon will look large and gold. (Image credit: Valerie Gache/AFP via Getty Images)
Giant Arc of Galaxies Is Way Too Big to Exist, Scientists Say2d
Arc of the Universe A team of scientists has found a gigantic structure in space, called the Giant Arc, that's way too big to exist based on what we thought we knew about the universe. The Giant Arc is a massive collection of galaxies, galactic clusters, and other space stuff that measures 3.3 billion light-years across, according to Live Science , blanketing about seven percent of the known univ
Cancel Amazon Prime2d
T oday is Prime Day. Imagine trying to explain that to an alien or to a time traveler from the 20th century. "Amazon turned 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduced Prime Day, a global shopping event," reads Amazon's formal telling of the ritual's 2015 origins. "Our only goal? Offer a volume of deals greater than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members." The holiday was inven
Our New Postracial Myth2d
T he signposts of racism are staring back at us in big, bold racial inequities. But some Americans are ignoring the signposts, walking on by racial inequity, riding on by the evidence, and proclaiming their belief with religious fervor. "America is not a racist country," Senator Tim Scott said in April. Black babies die at twice the rate of white babies. Roughly a fifth of Native Americans and La
The Red Plains of Pluto's Cthulhu Macula May Not Be What We Thought3d
So what are they…?
Remember Who Tucker Carlson Is3d
In November 2018, The Washington Post published a disturbing headline: "'They Were Threatening Me and My Family': Tucker Carlson's Home Targeted by Protesters." The Post story quoted the prime-time Fox News host at length. "Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door," Carlson claimed. "It wasn't a protest. It was a threat … They weren't protesting
GPU Prices Plummet After China Cracks Down on Bitcoin Mining3d
Price Chopper Chinese authorities are cracking down on cryptocurrency mining , which is causing an interesting side effect: the price of graphics cards is plummeting, the South China Morning Post reports . Graphics cards, with their powerful Graphics Processing Units, (GPUs) are a critical piece of the energy-intensive mining process. Growing demand for GPUs has caused their market price to soar
New type of ancient human discovered in Israel11h
Researchers working in Israel have identified a previously unknown type of ancient human.
Elon Musk's New House Is a $50,000 Shack12h
Musk Mahal SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has chosen to move into a $50,000 prefabricated house that's only about 400 square feet, on-site at the company's South Texas testing facilities, Teslarati reports . The news comes after Musk announced last week he had "decided to sell my last remaining house" in a tweet . "Just needs to go to a large family who will live there," he added. "It's a special place." I
A Previously Unknown Type of Ancient Human Has Been Discovered in The Levant13h
How many have we missed?
Dinosaurs lived in the Arctic, research suggests15h
Discovery of tiny fossils indicates dinosaurs raised young in freezing region – and may have been warm-blooded It had long stretches of winter darkness, freezing temperatures and often scarce resources, but an array of tiny fossils suggests dinosaurs not only roamed the Arctic, but hatched and raised their young there too. While dinosaur fossils have previously been found in the Arctic, it was un
Strawberry moon 2021: how to photograph the full supermoon on your phone or camera1d
Guardian Australia picture editor Carly Earl explains the dos and don'ts of shooting June's super moon on Thursday night With another full supermoon rising – this time the June 'strawberry moon' on Thursday night across the world – many people will pull out their mobile phones to try and get an Instagram-worthy photograph, but unfortunately it's really challenging to take a great picture of the m
Texas Hospital Fires Over 150 Employees For Refusing To Get Vaccinated1d
Earlier this month, the Houston Methodist hospital system informed 178 anti-vaxxer employees who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine that they had two weeks to either get the shot or get the boot. Some of them got with the program, Ars Technica reports , but 153 of them dug in their heels and either quit or allowed themselves to be fired. The hospital did grant exemptions to employees who could n
Bringing Back Trees To 'Forest City's' Redlined Areas Helps Residents And The Climate1d
In Cleveland, as in other cities, a move for "tree equity" is bringing more trees to low-income neighborhoods that often lack them. It also helps neighborhoods stay cooler as the planet heats up. (Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR)
Intensifying Thunderstorms Today Echo an Ancient Pattern at Least 50,000 Years Old1d
Somebody stop the ride.
Harvard Professor Says Alien Spacecraft May Have Dropped Sensors2d
We Get Signal An ancient alien civilization may have seeded the Earth with sensors providing a readout on what it's like within our solar system's habitable zone, Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb suggests, and new unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP) sightings might be a sign of extraterrestrials following up. Specifically, he says the interstellar object 'Oumuamua might have been a spacecraf
NASA's Mars Lander Is Dying2d
Dusty Lander After spending a little over two and a half years on the surface of Mars, NASA's Insight Mars Lander is looking a little worse for the wear. The lander is getting pummeled with Martian dust, which is accumulating on top of its solar panels. That means the amount of power it can generate is being drastically reduced, SpaceNews reports , which is endangering the entire mission . The mi
China Orders Banks to Stop Handling Crypto, Bitcoin Plummets•2d
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Crackdown Continued Things are not looking good for Bitcoin right now. Chinese officials continued their crackdown on cryptocurrencies this week, the BBC reports , ordering banks to stop supporting any transactions involving the digital currencies. Unsurprisingly, the value of Bitcoin slumped yet again in light of the news, dropping below $30,000 for the first time since early January — back when
Petition urges Jeff Bezos to blast into space – and stay there2d
Change.org effort has gathered tens of thousands of signatures Bezos to go into space in July on first human Blue Origin flight A growing group of earthlings is banding together in an effort to keep Jeff Bezos off the planet, after he leaves it in late July. Related: Sold! Bidder pays $28m for spare seat on space flight with Jeff Bezos Continue reading…
Archaeologists Propose 4,500-Year-Old Burial Mound Was World's First Military Memorial3d
Mesopotamians turned a community tomb on the Euphrates into a battle monument
'It's going to come as a big shock': UFO experts await Pentagon report3d
UK ufologists are worlds apart on the importance of a hotly anticipated US intelligence release Nearly 75 years after Roswell, the possibility that we are not alone in the universe is once again the talk of mainstream politics. The impending release of a Pentagon report on the activities of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) has sparked a wave of interest and recent pron
Study: A Comet Hitting Earth May Have Helped Spark Civilization13h
Trigger Point 13,000 years ago, fragments of a comet that exploded in space screamed through the atmosphere and crashed into the Earth around what ' s now the Middle East, North America, and Greenland. And according to a new study, there's a growing body of evidence suggesting that the impact helped trigger human civilization. For now, most of the work involved in the paper , published in the jou
Biden Administration Backs Oil Sands Pipeline Project14h
The administration urged a court to throw out a challenge brought by tribal and environmental groups, backing a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Astronomers work out when the first stars shone17h
Called the "cosmic dawn", this period happened between 250 and 350 million years after the Big Bang.
The Democrats Are Already Losing the Next Election20h
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell knew that winning reelection in her swingy Florida district would be difficult. But it wasn't until one night in February last year that the 50-year-old Democratic representative started to worry. That was the evening when then-presidential-candidate Bernie Sanders, in a 60 Minutes interview, showered praise on Cuba's literacy programs under the Castro regime. "Is that a ba
Brain Inflammation From COVID-19 Looks Eerily Similar to That From Alzheimer's1d
Even without any cognitive symptoms.
More Than Half Of U.S. Buildings Are In Places Prone To Disaster, Study Finds1d
Buildings are concentrated in places that are likely to be hit by a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or wildfire, researchers found. That includes both urban and rural hotspots. (Image credit: Matt McClain/AP)
Ministers 'should urge public to eat less meat'•1d
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The UK public should be urged by the government to eat less meat and dairy produce, advisers say.
A Scientist Found Deleted Coronavirus Sequences. Here's What That Means For SARS-CoV-21d
These were some of the earliest cases of COVID-19.
Scientist recovers coronavirus gene sequences secretly deleted last year in Wuhan1d
A researcher in Seattle has dug up deleted files from Google Cloud that reveal 13 partial genetic sequences for some of the earliest cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan.
Heart Problems After Vaccination Are Very Rare, Federal Researchers Say1d
More than 1,200 cases have been reported, mostly mild and more often in young men and boys. The benefits of vaccination still far outweigh the risks, experts said.
New Video Shows Chinese Astronauts Hanging Out in Brand-New Space Station1d
Life in Space In a new "vlog" released on Chinese social media, three astronauts can be seen living on board the Tianhe module, the first section of the country's Tiangong, or "Heavenly Palace," space station. The clip shows the crew sleeping, waking up, brushing their teeth, and shaving while floating in relatively cramped quarters — a reminder of just how far China's space program has come. Fir
The international date line, explained1d
The international date line is a concept often fraught with misunderstanding and confusion. But it plays an important role in our lives and a central role in timekeeping.
NASA Says It's Still Trying to Fix Damaged Hubble1d
Off and On Again NASA scientists are still furiously trying to fix the main payload computer onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. A serious glitch with the telescope's payload computer put the Hubble's various scientific instruments into a safe mode configuration last week. Since then, the team has tried and failed to remotely revive the computer, which was built in in the 1980s, at least three
Clues to how birds migrate using Earth's magnetic field1d
Scientists think they may have pinpointed an elusive "living compass" behind birds' epic migrations.
Alien Planet-Hunters In Hundreds Of Nearby Star Systems Could Spot Earth1d
Potentially, observers in plenty of star systems could have detected Earth sometime in the last 5,000 years. More stars will soon move into positions that would let them see our planet.
Scientists Puzzled by Giant Red Patches on Pluto1d
Red Spots A team of researchers from the Netherlands have recreated the conditions observed in Pluto's atmosphere in a laboratory chamber, and then shot it with plasma to simulate space radiation. Their goal was to investigate a strange phenomenon on the surface of the dwarf planet, first spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft back in 2015, New Scientist reports : huge reddish patches that dot
Smitter corona mere, når man står op? Derfor skal du stadig bruge mundbind i bus og tog1d
Folk er tættere på hinanden, når de står op.
I've Cracked Zodiac Killer Code, a French Engineer Claims1d
Fayçal Ziraoui caused an online uproar after saying he had cracked unsolved ciphers attributed to the Zodiac killer in California and identified him, potentially ending a 50-year-old quest.
Ancient Rocks Reveal How Volcanos Unleashed The Mother of All Extinctions2d
We've found the bullet.
Covid's Delta Variant: What We Know•2d
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The variant is gaining traction worldwide. But vaccines are driving down coronavirus case numbers in the U.S., and it's unclear whether Delta will reverse that trend.
The Navy Says Its Nuclear Submarines Are Beat Up Pieces of Crap2d
Sub-Optimal The US Navy is having some serious issues with procuring replacement parts for its nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines. According to Bloomberg , more than 1,600 parts had to be swapped among the Navy's Virginia-class submarines since 2013 just to keep them operational. Many of these components were meant to be good for 33 years — but started wearing out decades early. The submarine
Against Expectations, Southwestern Summers Are Getting Even Drier2d
The finding by researchers runs counter to a basic tenet of climate change — that warming increases humidity because hotter air holds more moisture. It's also bad news for fire seasons.
Tesla Built One of the World's Most Powerful Supercomputers to Train Its Self-Driving System2d
Tesla Supercomputer Tesla just showed off its massive new supercomputer — and according to the figures it's released, Electrek reports , it may be the fifth most powerful unit in the world. The car company says it's using its newly gained computing power to train its vehicles' Autopilot feature, as well as still-unreleased self-driving artificial intelligence systems. It's an incremental step tow
Galactic wind from early universe detected2d
A new study finds the oldest galactic wind yet detected, from 13.1 billion years ago. The research confirms the theory that black holes and galaxies evolve together. The galactic wind was spotted using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile. An enormously powerful galactic wind generated by a supermassive black hole 13.1 billions years ago has been discovered by researchers. Th
Unesco: Great Barrier Reef should be listed as 'in danger'2d
Canberra lashes out as the UN says the reef should join a list of World Heritage Sites "in danger".
Experts study viability of giving flu and Covid jabs at same time2d
Findings on side-effects and vaccine efficacy expected by August or September as NHS prepares for potential flu surge Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Researchers are working to establish whether the flu jab and a Covid vaccine can be given at the same time, as the NHS braces itself for a potential surge in cases of flu this winter. Giving the two shots at the same ti
Photos: Spiders feast on deadly snakes2d
From the Goliath birdeater tarantula to black widows, spiders are not shy around deadly snakes, often taking down the juveniles and feasting on their meaty bodies for days.
Leader behind bleach 'miracle cure' claims Trump consumed his product2d
Mark Grenon says in interview from prison he gave Trump the product and was the source of Trump's fixation with disinfectant The leader of a spurious church which peddled industrial bleach as a "miracle cure" for Covid-19 is claiming that he provided Donald Trump with the product in the White House shortly before the former president made his notorious remarks about using "disinfectant" to treat
Clever Experiment Reveals How Our Ancestors Used Lighting Sources in Caves3d
A light in the dark.
US Navy Sets Off Giant Explosion That Registers as 3.9 Magnitude Earthquake3d
Big Boom The US Navy detonated 40,000 pounds worth of explosives right next to a a warship to make sure it can withstand battle conditions — and the aerial footage picked up by a nearby helicopter is unreal. The explosion was so massive, in fact, that it registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake about 100 miles away on the coast of Florida, as ABC Australia reports . The intentional explosion was
Hubble telescope spends a week in 'safe mode' following mysterious computer error3d
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been offline for a week following a mysterious computer crash.
The Fight Over Canada's Founding Prime Minister3d
Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET on June 22, 2021 T he memory of John A. Macdonald , Canada's first prime minister, is not thriving these days in the country he brought into being. In 2018, his image was removed from the Canadian $10 bill, which it had decorated since 1971. His name has been quietly scrubbed from the Ottawa airport named in his honor in 1993 . In August 2020, vandals toppled a statue of M
The Countries Stuck in Coronavirus Purgatory3d
On a recent day at Hong Kong's Kerry Hotel, a few city dwellers escaped the late-spring heat by wading in the property's shallow pool, which, with its infinity edges, gave the illusion of spilling into the harbor. A few others lay on chaise lounges under umbrellas, reading books and lazily scrolling on their phones. These guests were not staying at the hotel; they had purchased day passes to use
Robots may soon be able to reproduce – will this change how we think about evolution? | Emma Hart3d
Nature is full of examples of biology adapting to its surroundings. Technology may just be about to catch up From the bottom of the oceans to the skies above us, natural evolution has filled our planet with a vast and diverse array of lifeforms, with approximately 8 million species adapted to their surroundings in a myriad of ways. Yet 100 years after Karel Čapek coined the term robot , the funct
The White House Wants To Fight Climate Change And Help People. Cleveland Led The Way3d
The White House wants to fight climate change in ways that also remove economic and racial disparities. The city of Cleveland has a plan that describes what that might mean. (Image credit: Ryan Kellman/NPR)
Earth emerges from shadow in Nasa time lapse of astronauts installing solar panels – video4d
French and American astronauts have completed a six-hour spacewalk as they installed new solar panels to boost power supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). In time lapse footage taken at 10x speed, Earth pulls into frame as astronauts float outside the station on Sunday 20 June as they begin the 19-metre panels, which will power daily operations and the research and science projects c
COVID-19 Survivors May Experience Loss of Brain Tissue, According to New Data4d
Compared to brain scans before the pandemic.
Startup Successfully Tests Space Hotel Building Robot10h
Robot Space Assembly Orbital Assembly Corporation, a company that claims to be the "first large-space space construction company" on its website , has unveiled an early prototype robot capable of churning out parts for a ring-shaped luxury hotel that it says will one day orbit the Earth. "Today we achieved our milestone in validating the Demonstrator Structural Truss Assembly Robot (DSTAR) fabric
What Did Stonehenge Sound Like?12h
Researchers have developed a new understanding of what it meant to be a member of the inner circle
We've Never Heard Britney Spears Like This•13h
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When typed out in full , the chilling speech that Britney Spears gave to a Los Angeles judge yesterday afternoon comes to more than 4,500 words. Those words are now circulating online as quotations about how Spears lived in "denial" about the legal and medical arrangement that has given other people control over her life for 13 years. She says this "abusive" conservatorship forced her to take deb
'Chirps' in space: new album captures the sound of black holes colliding13h
Scientists have turned electromagnetic and gravitational waves – which, unlike sound waves, can travel in a vacuum – into musical tracks If two black holes collide in the vacuum of space, do they make a sound? Sound waves can't travel in the almost perfect vacuum of space – no one can hear you scream, as the tagline from Alien goes. But electromagnetic and gravitational waves can, and a new album
Britney Spears Says She's Being Forced to Take Psychiatric Medication, Stay on Birth Control•13h
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American pop icon Britney Spears spoke out in explosive testimony on Wednesday about the troubling situation surrounding her conservatorship, a contractual agreement that she says has resulted in trauma and abuse. "I've been in denial; I've been in shock; I am traumatized," Spears said during the hearing, as quoted by The New York Times . "I just want my life back." "I truly believe this conserva
Manchin and Sinema Now Face the Weight of History•15h
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The battle over access to the ballot is entering a precarious new stage. Democrats and civil-rights groups are pursuing a two-track strategy to preserve their embattled hopes of passing federal legislation establishing a nationwide floor of voting rights. What happens next will likely determine whether Congress can act at all. Advocates are betting that a combination of what might be called insid
Nathan Seiberg on How Math Might Complete the Ultimate Physics Theory16h
Nathan Seiberg, 64, still does a lot of the electrical work and even some of the plumbing around his house in Princeton, New Jersey. It's an interest he developed as a kid growing up in Israel, where he tinkered with his car and built a radio. "I was always fascinated by solving problems and understanding how things work," he said. Seiberg's professional career has been about problem solving… S
Wildfires Threaten Urban Water Supplies, Long After the Flames Are Out21h
After a forest burns, the resulting erosion can contaminate drinking water supplies for up to a decade.
Antallet af hjerneceller afgør ikke din intelligens: Danske forskere sår tvivl om IQ-teori22h
I forsøget er der blevet talt hjerneceller fra 50 afdøde mænd.
More Than Half of All Buildings in The US Are at Risk of Natural Disasters23h
We have a situation here.
The longest of Covids: the man infected for 10 months1d
Dave Smith, 72, from Bristol, tells of an experience including 42 positive tests and seven hospital admissions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Like thousands of people, Dave Smith became infected with coronavirus at the start of the first wave in the UK in 2020. But while most people, including those who suffer "long Covid", eliminate the live virus from their bodies
John McAfee's Instagram Posted Something After He Died1d
After news emerged that John McAfee died of a suspected suicide in his jail cell in Barcelona, Spain, his official Instagram account posted a black and white image of the letter "Q." After reports of John McAfee's death, his social media team just posted a "Q" to his Instagram account. McAfee has alleged a ton of global conspiracies against him in the past, and done plenty of media stunts. It was
Astronomers Identify The Star Systems That Could Be Watching Earth From Space1d
From their point of view, we're the aliens.
This 'charming' particle could have saved the universe1d
Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider obtained the result by analyzing over 30.6 million particle decays, and are aiming to look with more precise detectors when the atom smasher powers up again in September.
Same or Different? The Question Flummoxes Neural Networks.1d
The first episode of Sesame Street in 1969 included a segment called "One of These Things Is Not Like the Other." Viewers were asked to consider a poster that displayed three 2s and one W, and to decide — while singing along to the game's eponymous jingle — which symbol didn't belong. Dozens of episodes of Sesame Street repeated the game, comparing everything from abstract patterns to plates of..
In a Remote Amazon Region, Study Shows Indigenous Peoples Have Practiced Forest Conservation for Millennia1d
Smithsonian researcher Dolores Piperno says native people have always played an important role in sustainability
Delta Plus Covid variant: what is it and should we be concerned?1d
Same mutation of Delta Plus is found in Beta variant, which is partially resistant to vaccines Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the latest coronavirus variants to raise concern is the Delta Plus. But what is it and why is it a potential problem in the fight to suppress the virus? Continue reading…
Strawberry moon 2021: how to take a good photograph of the full supermoon on your phone or camera with the right settings1d
Guardian Australia picture editor Carly Earl explains the dos and don'ts of shooting June's super moon With another full supermoon rising – this time the June 'strawberry moon' on Thursday night across the world – many people will pull out their mobile phones to try and get an Instagram-worthy photograph, but unfortunately it's really challenging to take a great picture of the moon. Two reasons:
How to Prevent Air Conditioners from Heating the Planet1d
Manufacturers are competing to minimize power consumption and refrigerants as the machines multiply — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Venus has a gooey flowing mantle jostling crust chunks on its surface1d
Venus may still be geologically active today, which could mean that Earth's planetary sibling is a good place for scientists to learn about early Earth and faraway worlds.
Scientists spot earliest-known supermassive black hole 'storm'1d
Scientists have found the earliest known "storm" generated by a supermassive black hole, a discovery that could shed considerable light on the coevolution of galaxies and their central black holes.
The High Cost of Divorce1d
S ara met her future husband when she was 18. He struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, but Sara thought marriage would change him for the better. It didn't. Sara gave birth to two kids before the age of 25, and she says her husband grew controlling and abusive. A few weeks ago, he got drunk and punched her in the face repeatedly, she says, and she realized they had to divorce. Sara's divorce
Some Republicans Find Failure to Grapple With Climate Change a 'Political Liability'1d
A small but growing number of Republicans say the G.O.P. needs a coherent climate strategy and formed a "Conservative Climate Caucus" on Capitol Hill.
Cancer Cells Grown in The Lab Revealed as Very Different to Those in Humans2d
They're really not the same thing.
A Single Shocking Statistic Reveals Why Global Herd Immunity Is Out of Reach2d
We have to fix this.
Signs of geological activity found on Venus2d
Scientists find evidence parts of Venus's rocky surface move around like bits of ocean pack ice.
Space object with orbit stretching into the Oort cloud discovered2d
Astronomers Pedro Bernardinelli and Gary Bernstein discovered a space object recently that has an orbit around the sun and also stretches into the Oort cloud—they have named it 2014 UN271. The researchers made the discovery while studying archival images collected for the Dark Energy Survey over the years 2014 to 2018. Since its discovery, entities such as the MMPL forum, the Minor Planet Center a
Trump's Campaign to Overturn the Election Was Inane2d
In October 2006, just as bankers all over Wall Street were realizing that maybe, just maybe, they should be a little more circumspect about their adventures in subprime-mortgage bundling, some financiers at Goldman Sachs dreamed up a code for use in email: LDL. "Let's discuss live." In one notorious example , someone on the mortgage-securities desk mentioned Goldman's urgent need to sell off "jun
The real urban jungle: how ancient societies reimagined what cities could be2d
They may be vine-smothered ruins today, but the lost cities of the ancient tropics still have a lot to teach us about how to live alongside nature Visions of "lost cities" in the jungle have consumed western imaginations since Europeans first visited the tropics of Asia, Africa and the Americas. From the Lost City of Z to El Dorado, a thirst for finding ancient civilisations and their treasures i
Tasmanian devils devastate penguin population on Australian island2d
A conservation group says a project to protect the predators has dealt a "major blow" to seabirds.
Plants Are Vanishing From California's Deserts, And 'Nothing's Replacing Them'3d
It's been happening for decades.
Why Geology Is Our Destiny3d
A visit to the renovated hall of gems and minerals at the American Museum of Natural History reveals how the cosmos works in the real world.
The Tragedy of the White Tiger3d
The animals are vastly more common in captivity than in the wild—the result of inbreeding that's good for pulling in gawkers but bad for the big cats themselves — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
How clocks have shaped civilisations – podcast3d
Since the dawn of time, clocks have shaped our behaviour and values. They are embedded in almost every aspect of modern life, from the time on your smartphone to the atomic clocks that underpin GPS. Anand Jagatia talks to horologist David Rooney about his new book, which tells the history of civilisation in twelve clocks Continue reading…
These Glorious Snapshots of Earth From The Juno Probe Will Melt Your Heart3d
Our beautiful home.
US COVID Recovery Is Under Threat From The Delta Variant. Here's Why3d
It's spreading rapidly.
Video Reportedly Shows Chinese Rocket That Smashed Into Earth3d
Rocket Crash A video shared by aerospace reporter Andrew Jones on Twitter shows a massive rocket booster, reportedly part of China's Long March 2F rocket that launched three astronauts into orbit on June 16, lying in the middle of the field, leaking what appears to be nitrogen tetroxide. Another problematic inland launch leads to an inevitably dangerous situation with Chinese rocket debris Whoeve
Scientists Built a Walking Mars Rover That Can Climb Steep Hills3d
Mars Walker Engineers from ETH Zurich in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute in Germany built a small quadrupedal robot meant to leap around on the surface of the Moon, much like the Apollo astronauts did half a century ago. Now SpaceBok, named after the bounding springbok antelope, is getting a Mars upgrade — on the Red Planet, it will have to weather much stronger gravity than on the Moon
We Need to Manage a Careful Retreat From Climate Change, Scientists Urge3d
It's not the same as defeat.
The Earth Suffers a Regular Cycle of Horrific Catastrophes, Scientists Say3d
Beating Heart Every 27.5 million years or so, the Earth's heart "beats." That's according to a new study published in the journal Geoscience Frontiers , by a team of geologists who found that our planet goes through a cycle of severe geological events, much like the biological heartbeat that reverberates through a living organism. "Many geologists believe that geological events are random over ti
Secret Workings of Smell Receptors Revealed for First Time3d
Smell, rather than sight, reigns as the supreme sense for most animals. It allows them to find food, avoid danger and attract mates; it dominates their perceptions and guides their behavior; it dictates how they interpret and respond to the deluge of sensory information all around them. "How we as biological creatures interface with chemistry in the world is profoundly important for understanding
Heliogen: concentrated solar power plant produces temperatures of 2700° F3d
A new advance in concentrated solar power makes temperatures of 2700° F possible from nothing but sunlight. The heat produced can be used to produce electricity, make clean fuels, or power industrial processes. Founder Bill Gross sees these plants as part of a grand design to wean the world off oil. The need for clean, consistent, renewable energy sources has never been more pressing. Rising ener
New Coronavirus Variants Are Urgently Being Tracked around the World3d
Genomic sequencing efforts are limited in developing countries, but scientists are mobilizing to help — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
No, Covid-19 Vaccines Won't Make You Magnetic. Here's Why3d
No matter how many videos you've seen of people sticking spoons to their faces, that's just not how magnets work.
UK Covid live: Hancock suggests 'stress' was factor in Boris Johnson calling him 'totally useless'3d
Latest updates: health secretary refuses to say whether he and PM have spoken about issue, but says it feels like 'ancient history' UK reports 9,284 Covid cases on day before lockdown was due to end No increase in UK young adults living with parents after Covid – study Flu could be a 'bigger problem than Covid in UK this winter' Global coronavirus updates – live 10.28am BST A "do or die" meeting
While World Fights The Pandemic, a Different Outbreak Was Just Quashed in Guinea4d
It could have been much worse.
Fossilised bones found in Israel could belong to mystery extinct humans12h
Remains with combination of Neanderthal and early human features date back 100,000 years Fossilised bones recovered from an ancient sinkhole in Israel may belong to a previously unknown group of extinct humans that lived in the Levant more than 100,000 years ago. Researchers unearthed the bones alongside stone tools and the remains of horses, fallow deer and wild ox during excavations at the Nesh
Dinosaurs Nested in the High Arctic14h
Tiny fossils of polar dinosaurs suggest that the reptiles stayed year-round
Genetics of unexplained sudden cardiac arrest16h
Soccer player Christian Eriksen of Denmark recently collapsed on the field from a cardiac arrest. Thankfully, he survived. A new study examined the genetics underlying unexplained sudden cardiac death. About 20 percent of these unexplained deaths are likely due to genetics. The football world was rocked recently when Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapsed while suffering from cardiac arrest on the
US says Chinese scientists asked for removal of virus records from database1d
Deletion of early Wuhan cases evidence of 'deliberate obfuscation' of Covid's origins, expert says
Musical Chairs? Why Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols.1d
Moving super-spreading instruments, like the trumpet, closer to air vents could limit the aerosol buildup on stage, according to a new study.
Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols.1d
Moving super-spreading instruments, like the trumpet, closer to air vents could limit the aerosol buildup on stage, according to a new study.
The Only Way We'll Know When We Need COVID-19 Boosters1d
Midway through America's first mass-immunization campaign against the coronavirus, experts are already girding themselves for the next. The speedy rollout of wildly effective shots in countries such as the United States, where more than half the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, has shown remarkable progress—finally, slowly, steadily beating the coronavirus back. Bu
Covid Delta strain risks spreading 'like wildfire' among unvaccinated in US•2d
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More contagious variant accounts for over a third of new cases, raising fears of another surge
The UN Is Warning That The Great Barrier Reef Is in Serious Danger. Here's Why2d
This is no surprise at all.
The Democrats' Dead End on Voting Rights•2d
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D emocrats have cast in dire terms their push to protect and expand voting rights before the next national elections. "Failure is not an option," Senate Majority Chuck Schumer has repeatedly declared , making the oft-broken vow that leaders in both parties assign to their tippy-top priorities. This afternoon, Schumer brought up his party's broad election-reform bill for an initial procedural vote
Earth has a 'pulse' of 27.5 million years2d
Most major geological events in Earth's recent history have clustered in 27.5-million-year intervals — a pattern that scientists are now calling the "pulse of the Earth."
Artificial Proteins Never Seen in the Natural World Are Becoming New COVID Vaccines and Medicines2d
Researchers have begun to crack the code of protein structure, allowing them to remake, well, everything — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Producing hydrogen using less energy2d
The way in which a compound inspired by nature produces hydrogen has now been described in detail for the first time by an international research team from the University of Jena, Germany and the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy. These findings are the foundation for the energy-efficient production of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source.
Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?2d
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
Dozens of Hawaiian baby squid aboard space station for study2d
Squid used by researchers to study effects of spaceflight Tiny creatures will come back to Earth in July Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are aboard the International Space Station, for a study which scientists hope can help bolster human health during long space missions. Related: SpaceX rocket heads to ISS with squid, toothpaste and avocados Continue reading…
U.N. Says Great Barrier Reef Is 'in Danger.' Australia Bitterly Disagrees.•2d
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UNESCO has called on the government to quickly mitigate the effects of climate change on the natural wonder and tourist destination, but officials say they are already doing plenty.
Physicists create platform to achieve ultra-strong photon-to-magnon coupling3d
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Loki Has Always Been Marvel's Most Queer Character3d
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The Very First Case of COVID-19 Was Much Earlier Than We Knew, New Study Indicates4h
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Tasmanian devils wipe out colony of little penguins in major conservation backfire15h
Tasmanian devils introduced to Maria Island for their own conservation have created an ecological disaster in their new home by wiping out an entire population of little penguins.
Scientist Says Early Chinese COVID Data Was Mysteriously Deleted16h
According to a new analysis by a Seattle-based researcher, early genetic sequences linked to the initial outbreaks of the coronavirus in Wuhan prior to December 2019 were mysteriously deleted, the New York Times reports . Roughly a year ago, genetic sequences from more than 200 samples disappeared from an online scientific database, raising questions about their abrupt disappearance. It "seems li
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Climate change: Large-scale CO2 removal facility set for Scotland22h
A plant that could remove the equivalent to 40 million trees every year is planned for Scotland.
Professor Mocked for Claiming to Have Disproved Einstein1d
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Joe Manchin Was Never a Mystery•1d
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The failure of the For the People Act in the Senate yesterday evening didn't provide much drama. All 50 Democrats backed the voting-rights bill, but with no Republican support, they didn't have enough votes to break a filibuster. That Democrats didn't have the votes was clear from the start of the Congress. But journalism requires drama, which means that over the past few months Senator Joe Manch
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Engineers examine urban cooling strategies using reflective surfaces2d
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A Disaster Expert Says These 6 Steps Could Help The World Recover From The Pandemic2d
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Photos: Turkey's Sea-Snot Disaster3d
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Birthdays linked to spread of Covid in areas with high transmission3d
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Standard antidepressant medications don't work for many people who need them. With ketamine showing potential as an antidepressant, researchers investigate another anesthetic: nitrous oxide, commonly called "laughing gas." Researchers observe that just a light mixture of nitrous oxide for an hour alleviates depression symptoms for two weeks. The usual antidepressants don't work for everyone. That
PhD student obtains the Higgs mode via dimensional crossover in quantum magnets3d
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Iran Stops Pretending•4d
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T ipping points in the fortunes of opaque, authoritarian regimes are often predicted but never predictable. The rigged "election" of Ebrahim Raisi, an uncharismatic, 60-year-old hard-line cleric, as Iran's next president has the potential to be such a moment, although its significance will be fully understood only in hindsight. Will Raisi's anointment be remembered, as some historians have assert
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A Eulogy for the Free Press•17h
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UK Covid live news: ministers set to announce additions to green list for international travel•22h
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Why One Particular Strain of COVID-19 Could Represent Its 'Peak Fitness'1d
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Hubble Trouble: NASA Can't Figure Out What's Causing Computer Issues On The Telescope1d
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Metal detectorist unearths rare gold coins from Black Death period1d
Two gold coins dating to Black Death period in England shed light on medieval coin usage.
Cat-born parasite Toxoplasma induces fatally bold behavior in hyena cubs1d
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Boiling 'baby bubble' where stars are born comes into view1d
A gorgeous new image of Westerlund 2 shows a birthplace of new stars in the Milky Way in unprecedented detail.
Astronomers discover three new faint dwarf galaxies1d
By analyzing the data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), an international team of astronomers has conducted a search for nearby faint dwarf galaxies. In result, they detected three such objects around the Sculptor Galaxy. The finding is reported in a paper published June 16 on arXiv.org.
Space telescopes could provide next-level images of black hole event horizons1d
Back in 2019, the world was treated to the first-ever image of a black hole, which was originally captured in 2017. The feat was widely heralded as a leap forward for astrophysics, supporting Einstein's theory of relativity. Now, a team led by the Radboud University proposes sending instruments into space to estimate black hole parameters more accurately by an order of magnitude. The newest paper,
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To find out how galaxies grow, we're zooming in on the night sky and capturing cosmic explosions1d
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LinkedIn's job-matching AI was biased. The company's solution? More AI.1d
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Synthetic tree enhances solar steam generation for harvesting drinking water2d
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China Is Now Letting Scientists Study the Rocks It Took From the Moon Last Year2d
Rock Loans The China Academy of Space Technology is finally prepared to loan out the precious lunar samples it brought back from the Moon last year using its Chang'e-5 lander. The Moon rocks are a hot commodity for scientists, especially since these are the first samples brought back to Earth in the nearly 50 years since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 spacecraft did so in 1976. Now, applications from
A Major New Index Fund Should Unnerve Climate-Skeptical CEOs2d
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How farmers and scientists are engineering your food2d
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The Forgotten French Scientist Who Courted Thomas Jefferson, Then Betrayed Him2d
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A New Way To Understand Automation2d
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I do love getting older. Here are five infuriating reasons why3d
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Lead from leaded petrol persists in London air despite '90s ban3d
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Watch Israel's Military Shoot Down Drones With a Laser•3d
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Skeet Shooting The Israeli military just demonstrated a powerful new laser capable of shooting down drones in midair — a first for the country — and even released video of the system in action. The High-Power Laser Weapon System was equipped to a plane that could target drones while both traveled through the air, according to Insider . In video footage shared on Twitter by Israel's Ministry of De
Scientists might have spotted tectonic activity inside Venus3d
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The Most Effective Way to Thank Your Significant Other3d
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Democrats hope to include climate and clean energy in a second bill. It could be Biden's last chance to pass major global warming legislation.
A Startup Is Working on Gene Hacked Trees to Gobble Up Tons of Climate-Destroying Carbon Dioxide9h
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We're Planning Moon Missions But We've Only Mapped 20 Percent of the Ocean Floor11h
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Mysterious human may have been the ancestor of Neanderthals.
Arctic Circle is already recording 118 F degree days (and summer is just heating up)13h
EU satellites recorded ground temperatures above 118 degrees Fahrenheit in Arctic Siberia on June 20 — the 2021 summer solstice.
Cosmic 'hand' hitting a wall13h
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Biden Doesn't Have an Answer to America's Crime Spike14h
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Birds Collected Nearly Two Centuries Ago Still Help Scientists Today14h
The specimens gathered during an illustrious expedition by naturalist John Kirk Townsend continue to provide value to researchers
Tiny Fossils From Alaska Reveal Dinosaur Life in the Arctic15h
Baby dinosaur "microfossils" suggest that many species lived and thrived in some of the coldest parts of the planet.
Fauci says delta variant is the 'greatest threat' in our fight against COVID-19. Why?•16h
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A highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variant called "delta" has spread to nearly 100 countries around the world, including to the U.S., where it's likely to soon become the dominant variant.
Comet strike may have sparked civilisation shift17h
A cluster of comet fragments believed to have hit Earth nearly 13,000 years ago may have shaped the origins of human civilisation, research suggests.
Cosmic dawn: scientists hope to peer back in time to see birth of stars17h
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Unusual coronavirus protein is potential drug target to fight COVID-1917h
The SARS-CoV-2 virus contains a gene that codes for a strange protein that could be a good target for drugs to fight COVID-19 and possibly other coronavirus infections, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rich countries 'deliberately' keeping Covid vaccines from Africa, says envoy17h
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The race to build a commercial fusion reactor hots up18h
A Canadian firm plans a demonstration machine in Britain
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The Untold Story Behind Lev's Voice in The Last of Us Part II19h
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A Well-Meaning Feature Leaves Millions of Dell PCs Vulnerable21h
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Summer books of 2021: Environment1d
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Nu kan der fanges CO2 fra skorstenen på Amager Bakke1d
Allerede fra 2025 skal der pumpes store mængder CO2 ned i undergrunden i Nordsøen, lyder det fra regeringen.
Facebook Is Working on an Amazingly Hideous Augmented Reality Fedora1d
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French Spyware Executives Are Indicted for Aiding Torture1d
The managers are accused of selling tech to Libya and Egypt that was used to to identify activists, read private messages, and kidnap, torture, or kill them.
The Pride Flag Has a Representation Problem1d
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Project to map entire ocean floor by 2030 passes 20% mark1d
An ongoing project to map 100% of the global ocean floor by 2030 just passed the 20% mark.
Using machine learning to build maps that give smarter driving advice1d
If you drive in the United States, chances are you can't remember the last time you bought a paper map, printed out a digital map, or even stopped to ask for directions. Thanks to Global Positioning System (GPS) and the mobile mapping apps on our smartphones and their real-time routing advice, navigation is a solved problem. But in developing or fast-growing parts of the world, not so much. If yo
Aliens in 1,700 star systems could have seen civilization emerge on Earth1d
If aliens are out there, are any of them looking at us?
An 'Uncrashable' Car? Luminar Says Its Lidar Can Get There1d
As a recent New York Times article highlighted, self-driving cars are taking longer to come to market than many experts initially predicted. Automated vehicles where riders can sit back, relax, and be delivered to their destinations without having to watch the road are continuously relegated to the "not-too-distant future." There's not just debate on when this driverless future will arrive, there
Mars helicopter Ingenuity nails 8th flight on the Red Planet1d
NASA's experimental Mars helicopter has now flown eight times on the Red Planet, traveling farther than scientists hoped would be possible.
These Startups Are Betting on a Remote-First World1d
As people redefine their relationship to the office, some entrepreneurs see an opportunity to reimagine everything from housing to education.
Will the Oceans of 2030 Brim With Reef Robots and Other Fancy Stuff?1d
Imagine a world where an Indigenous fisher can get forecasts of local marine life from a smartphone, or robots offer real-time data on coral reef health
Advances in psychedelics could change investors' minds2d
Potential treatments for addiction and mental illnesses are gathering pace
Climate change: Set target to cut car use, minister told2d
Shifting to electric vehicles will still leave the UK with transport problems, a report says.
Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Dies at 852d
His work in creating a method to build complex organic molecules applied to everything from pharmaceutical manufacturing to electronics.
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Typisk gik der over 90 dage, før de smittede kunne lugte og smage igen.
Is it ethical to pay people to get vaccinated?2d
A financial shot in the arm could be just what is needed for Americans unsure about vaccination. On May 12, 2021, the Republican governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, announced five US$1 million lottery prizes for those who are vaccinated. Meanwhile, in West Virginia, younger citizens are being enticed to get the shot with $100 savings bonds, and a state university in North Carolina is offering students
US to miss 70% vaccination target by Fourth of July, White House admits2d
Biden wanted to administer at least one shot to 70% of adults About 56% of Americans are fully vaccinated, CDC data shows The White House admitted on Tuesday that it will miss an ambitious Covid-19 vaccination goal: administering at least one jab to 70% of US adults by the Independence Day holiday. Related: Anti-vax group mounts legal blitz to sow disinformation against vaccinations Continue read
Why China's kicking out the crypto miners•2d
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The news: China's intensifying crackdown has sent cryptocurrency prices tumbling. China has been upping its regulatory squeeze on cryptocurrencies for some time, but it now looks likely that over 90% of Bitcoin mining capacity in the country will shut down, according to a report in the Global Times , which is published by the Chinese state. Last Friday, authorities in the southwestern province of
Watch Dudes Tow a Pickup With a Giant Mecha Suit2d
Mecha Tow Have you ever seen a giant mech suit pull a pickup truck in the desert? Neither did we. Back in 2019, the folks behind the startup Furrion Exo-Bionics took their fully-functioning, 9,000 pound mechanized suit , called Prosthesis, for a spin in the Mojave Desert in California. As seen in recently released footage, the massive suit was capable of pulling a pickup truck, along with a massi
Gas Giants' Energy Crisis Solved After 50 Years2d
Living as they do in the distant, sun-forsaken reaches of the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, the gas giants, and Uranus and Neptune, the ice giants, were always expected to be frosty realms. But when NASA's Voyager spacecraft sailed past them in the late 1970s and 1980s, scientists found that all four worlds were running planetary fevers — a revelation as jarring as finding a bonfire inside…
Worrying insights into the chemicals in plastics2d
Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly popular. Every year, more than 350 million tons are produced worldwide. These plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles—including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been exten
Why our dogs don't look like wolves: Research uncovers genetic clue in domestic animals2d
If you've ever wondered how your beloved pet pooch came to look so different from its wild relatives, biologists now have another piece of the puzzle.
These spiders take down snakes hundreds of times their size2d
Venomous spiders prey upon snakes many times their size, a new study finds — and often emerge victorious against snakes as venomous as they are.
This Agency Wants to Figure Out Exactly How Much You Trust AI2d
The National Institute of Standards and Technology measures how many photons pass through a chicken. Now, it wants to quantify transparency around algorithms.
Zoom Nearly Broke My Body. Here's How to Protect Yours2d
During a year of teaching over Zoom, I developed some preventable injuries and a new outlook on what it means to stay healthy at home.
The Rich, Weird, and Frustrating World of Depression-Era Travel Guides2d
Imagine stopping someone on a Manhattan street and asking for directions to Times Square. If that person launched into a monologue beginning, "It is the district of glorified dancing girls and millionaire playboys and, on a different plane, of dime-a-dance hostesses and pleasure-seeking clerks. Here, too, in a permanent moralizing tableau, appear the extremes of success and failure characteristic
Why suggesting mandatory Covid vaccines is an ethical minefield | Melinda Mills2d
It's not only the UK's public sector that is mulling compulsory jabs. Often the carrot can be more powerful than the stick Last week we learned of a government consultation expected to announce mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for care home staff, and possibly NHS staff too. This sparked debate as to the ethics and legality of such a move, not to mention the strain it could put on an already belea
He Thought He Could Outfox the Gig Economy. He Was Wrong2d
Jeffrey Fang was a ride-hailing legend, a top earner with relentless hustle. Then his minivan was carjacked—with his kids in the back seat.
When Done Right, Lighter Pavement Cools U.S. Cities2d
Research shows that building lighter-colored, more reflective roads could lower air temperatures by more than 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit and reduce the frequency of heat waves by 41 percent across U.S. cities. But reflective surfaces have to be used strategically, otherwise they may heat nearby buildings.
Researchers trace dust grain's journey through newborn solar system2d
A research team led by the University of Arizona has reconstructed in unprecedented detail the history of a dust grain that formed during the birth of the solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago. The findings provide insights into the fundamental processes underlying the formation of planetary systems, many of which are still shrouded in mystery.
Indonesia tightens restrictions as it confirms record new coronavirus infections3d
The country's infections, the worst in south-east Asia, have passed two million See all our coronavirus coverage Indonesian health authorities are battling a new surge in coronavirus infections, as the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported the highest one-day total, with 14,535 cases confirmed in the 24 hours to Monday. Daily case totals are reaching levels last seen in January,
Could Misbehaving Muons Upend the Known Laws of Physics?3d
A tiny particle's unexpected magnetism is shaking up what physicists thought they knew about the universe.
Special Straw May Be Reliable Cure for Hiccups: Study3d
The device helps control diaphragm contractions, preventing hiccup-causing muscle spasms.
Sunak was worried about Johnson's handling of Covid, says Cummings3d
Former adviser, in online Q&A on time in No 10, describes PM as 'pundit who stumbled into politics'
A Slimy Calamity Is Creeping Across the Sea3d
Divers who have seen the phenomenon firsthand describe many types of underwater sea snot. There are the "stringers," which most resemble the sticky goo that might actually come out of your nose. But there are also floating "clouds," white and ethereal, so delicate that they break apart in your fingers. Then there are the tiny flakes of "marine snow," which begin as drops of mucus and accumulate o
Danger and demons: Yemen's mysterious 'Well of Hell'3d
Surrounded in mystery and tales of demons, the Well of Barhout in Yemen's east—known as the "Well of Hell"—is a little-understood natural wonder.
Why Flying Cars Could Be Here Within the Decade3d
Flying cars are almost a byword for the misplaced optimism of technologists, but recent news suggests their future may be on slightly firmer footing. The industry has seen a major influx of capital and big automakers seem to be piling in. What actually constitutes a flying car has changed many times over the decades since the cartoon, The Jetsons , introduced the idea to the popular imagination.
New research into the spreading of infections reveals need for greater collaboration between biology and physics3d
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, together with epidemiologist Lone Simonsen from Roskilde University form part of the panel advising the Danish government on how to tackle the different infection-spreading situations we have all seen unfold over the past year. Researchers have modeled the spread of infections under a variety of scenarios, and the Coronavirus has p
Northern Farms Are Releasing Massive Amounts of Carbon3d
Humans have been draining peatlands to grow crops for centuries. It's a huge, underestimated source of greenhouse gas, scientists say.
Prime Day 2021: The 66 Absolute Best Deals (Updated)3d
The best stuff! From Instant Pots to Echo Dots, here are all the greatest tech deals at Amazon's big sale.
It took a pandemic, but the US finally has (some) centralized medical data3d
Throughout the pandemic, there has been serious tension between what the public wants to know and what scientists have been able to say for certain. Scientists have been able to learn more about covid, faster, than about any other disease in history—but at the same time, the public has been shocked when doctors can't answer seemingly basic questions: What are the symptoms of covid-19? How does it
Researchers develop new software for designing sustainable cities3d
New technology could help cities around the world improve people's lives while saving billions of dollars. The free, open-source software developed by the Stanford Natural Capital Project creates maps to visualize the links between nature and human wellbeing. City planners and developers can use the software to visualize where investments in nature, such as parks and marshlands, can maximize benef
Ivermectin is the new hydroxychloroquine, take 23d
A few months ago, Scott Gavura wrote about how the veterinary deworming drug ivermectin has become the new hydroxychloroquine in that it is being promoted as a highly effective treatment against COVID-19—and by many of the same people who previously promoted HCQ—despite evidence that is, at best very weak and at worst completely negative. Unfortunately, with the publication of two new and biased
Smaller bodies, longer wings, earlier migrations: Untangling the multiple impacts of climate warming on birds4d
When a University of Michigan-led research team reported last year that North American migratory birds have been getting smaller over the past four decades and that their wings have gotten a bit longer, the scientists wondered if they were seeing the fingerprint of earlier spring migrations.
Strange 'blinking star' defies all explanation2d
Astronomers have no idea what to make of a star that dimmed by 97 percent and then brightened again.
Will AI replace mathematicians?3d
Most everyone fears that they will be replaced by robots or AI someday. A field like mathematics, which is governed solely by rules that computers thrive on, seems to be ripe for a robot revolution. AI may not replace mathematicians but will instead help us ask better questions. The following is an excerpt adapted from the book Shape . It is reprinted with permission of the author. Will machines
Climate change: Stripes campaign 'started conversations'2d
Coloured graphics designed by a Reading academic represent changing temperatures over time
The Delta and Gamma Covid-19 Variants Are Taking Over the US•18h
COVID India Delta Variant
The two variants are threatening Alpha's reign—and the country's path out of the pandemic.
Out-group animosity drives engagement on social media [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]1d
There has been growing concern about the role social media plays in political polarization. We investigated whether out-group animosity was particularly successful at generating engagement on two of the largest social media platforms: Facebook and Twitter. Analyzing posts from news media accounts and US congressional members (n = 2,730,215), we…
Retail's evolution depends on edge computing1d
What It Means That Kickstarter Is Trying a 4-Day Workweek2d
Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET on June 22, 2021. Next year, Kickstarter, the 12-year-old crowdfunding platform, will experiment with a four-day workweek, a spokesperson for the company told The Atlantic . The unconventional move of reducing its employees' hours without reducing their pay will be a valuable test of the theory that a shorter schedule can—on top of improving workers' lives—be good, or at
Common perovskite superfluoresces at high temperatures3d
A commonly studied perovskite can superfluoresce at temperatures that are practical to achieve and at timescales long enough to make it potentially useful in quantum computing applications. The finding from North Carolina State University researchers also indicates that superfluorescence may be a common characteristic for this entire class of materials.
How physics breaks down in a black hole17h
One of the most cherished laws of physics—the conservation of charge—has come under fire in "startling" research by physicists.
Finally, a scientific cure for the hiccups18h
Hiccups are an occasional annoyance to most people, but some get them frequently. Others suffer from episodes that last days, months, or even years. A new "suction and swallow" tool stops hiccups 92% of the time by activating the same muscles and nerves that are involved during the hiccup reflex arc. Although the new tool may be convenient, you can probably mimic its function with a glass of wate
First clear view of a boiling cauldron where stars are born1d
University of Maryland researchers created the first high-resolution image of an expanding bubble of hot plasma and ionized gas where stars are born. Previous low-resolution images did not clearly show the bubble or reveal how it expanded into the surrounding gas.
Navigating a surprising pandemic side effect: AI whiplash3d
Amid the many business disruptions caused by covid-19, here's one largely overlooked: artificial intelligence (AI) whiplash. As the pandemic began to upend the world last year, businesses reached for every tool at their disposal—including AI—to solve challenges and serve customers safely and effectively. In a 2021 KPMG survey of US business executives conducted between January 3 and 16, half the
MXenes; The future of nanotechnology16h
Artificial kidneys, powerful batteries and efficient water purification are some of the future applications of a group of ultrathin materials known as MXenes. This opinion is expressed in an article in the journal Science, whose authors include one from Linköping University.
The Pandemic Showed What Can Be Done Without Parachute Science2d
With international scientists barred from traveling, local scientists in the Pacific islands are taking the chance to lead.
Makeup fails to solve mystery of why jumping spiders have back stripes2d
Scientists were surprised by results of painting eyeliner on shells of jumping spiders to change their appearance Researchers have come up with an ingenious way to test the theory that male jumping spiders have evolved colourful stripes to ward off predators – they have put makeup on them. Unlike the females of the species, the male Habronattus pyrrithrix come in vivid hues to attract mates. But
Photovoltaic-driven microbial protein production can use land and sunlight more efficiently than conventional crops [Sustainability Science]2d
Population growth and changes in dietary patterns place an ever-growing pressure on the environment. Feeding the world within sustainable boundaries therefore requires revolutionizing the way we harness natural resources. Microbial biomass can be cultivated to yield protein-rich feed and food supplements, collectively termed single-cell protein (SCP). Yet, we still lack…
The Dos and Don'ts of Hot Vax Summer12h
If your wanderlust is coming on extra strong this summer, you may be wondering what to do with it. Being vaccinated may feel like a superpower, but what exactly is safe—or not? The CDC suggests, for example, that this may be the summer for road-tripping by RV. "If traveling in a RV, you may have to stop less often for food or bathroom breaks, but you could still be in close contact with others wh
Multiple dinosaur species not only lived in the Arctic, they also nested there16h
In the 1950s, researchers made the first unexpected discoveries of dinosaur remains at frigid polar latitudes. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on June 24 have uncovered the first convincing evidence that several species of dinosaur not only lived in what's now Northern Alaska, but they also nested there.
Psychology is a powerful tool, but Britain's Covid response has given it a bad name | Stephen Reicher22h
There is huge potential in an approach that tackles crises not by dominating or manipulating people, but by working with them For many years, psychology has largely been relegated to the "and finally …" section of the news, down there with dogs on surfboards and siblings reuniting after a lifetime apart. I recall, for instance, during the Scottish independence referendum, being asked to comment o
Surprise at fossil discovery made in Tanzania1d
Ancient animal tracks dated almost two-million years old have been unearthed accidentally by Heriot-Watt University scientists from the Lyell Center in Edinburgh.
Black bears: The most common bear in North America2d
American black bears are the smallest and most common bear in North America. They are highly adaptable, with a diet that includes honey and moose.
Physicists use electric fields to induce oscillations in tiny particles23h
A challenging frontier in science and engineering is controlling matter outside of thermodynamic equilibrium to build material systems with capabilities that rival those of living organisms. Research on active colloids aims to create micro- and nanoscale "particles" that swim through viscous fluids like primitive microorganisms. When these self-propelled particles come together, they can organize
Robert Hooke: English scientist who discovered the cell15h
Robert Hooke was the English polymath who discovered the building blocks of all life.
Ranked Choice Voting Reveals the Weird Math of Elections2d
The New York City mayoral race could show whether a new way of measuring voter desires can actually be an alternate timeline for democracy.
Classic magic trick may enable quantum computing2d
Quantum computing could solve problems that are difficult for traditional computer systems. It may seem like magic. One step toward achieving quantum computing even resembles a magician's trick: levitation. A new project at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will attempt this trick by levitating a microscopic particle in a superconducting radiofrequency
The Most Important Things Microsoft Announced Today•8h
Microsoft Windows 11
After leaks and rumors, we got our first look today at Windows 11 and the future of Windows as a platform. Here's what you have to look forward to this fall.
NASA balloon detects California earthquake—next stop, Venus?3d
Between July 4 and July 6, 2019, a sequence of powerful earthquakes rumbled near Ridgecrest, California, triggering more than 10,000 aftershocks over a six-week period. Seeing an opportunity, researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech flew instruments attached to high-altitude balloons over the region in hopes of making the first balloon-borne detection of a naturally occurring
I'm Scared of the Person TikTok Thinks I Am3d
Something is wrong with me, and TikTok knows it. I can tell because its recommendation algorithm keeps providing me with videos that only a horrible person would like. One morning last week, the app recommended a video of a girl in a red dress saying slowly, "I'm officially at the age where I can date you … or your dad." In the next video, a "doctor" tried to sell me some kind of coffee-based wei
NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone12h
Flaws in card reader technology let a security firm consultant wreak havoc with point-of-sale systems and more.
How to Watch Microsoft's Windows 11 Event—and What to Expect1d
The next version of Windows will finally be unveiled—officially, at least. Here's how to watch live, and the features that will be on their way to your PC soon.
Perception of invisible masked objects in early infancy [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]1d
Recurrent loops in the visual cortex play a critical role in visual perception, which is likely not mediated by purely feed-forward pathways. However, the development of recurrent loops is poorly understood. The role of recurrent processing has been studied using visual backward masking, a perceptual phenomenon in which a visual…
Beyond the two cultures: rethinking science and the humanities1d
There is a great disconnect between the sciences and the humanities. Solutions to most of our real-world problems need both ways of knowing. Moving beyond the two-culture divide is an essential step to ensure our project of civilization. For the past five years, I ran the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth , an initiative sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. Our missi
The next pandemic is already here. Covid can teach us how to fight it.1d
It was August 2017, and pleasant and breezy in the central mountains of Madagascar. The passengers loading their bags into the minibus leaving Ankazobe, a small town in the highlands, were grateful for the morning coolness. It would be warm and sticky on the trip they were taking to Antananarivo, the island's million-person capital 100 kilometers to the south, and then to Toamasina on the coast,
Switching from Western diet to a balanced diet may reduce skin, joint inflammation2d
Diet rich in sugar and fat leads to disruption in the gut's microbial culture and contributes to inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis. Research shows that switching to a more balanced diet restores the gut's health and suppresses inflammation.
Petrol lead still exists in London air 22 years after ban2d
Up to 40% of lead in airborne particles comes from the legacy of leaded petrol, researchers say.
Butterflies cross the Sahara in longest-known insect migration3d
A species of butterfly found in Sub-Saharan Africa is able to migrate thousands of miles to Europe, crossing the Saharan Desert, in years when weather conditions are favorable, scientists have found.
Pandemic air quality due to weather, not just lockdowns1d
Headlines proclaiming COVID lockdowns drastically reduced pollution were mostly referring to nitrogen dioxide, NO2, a reactive gas emitted from burning fuel. There had been less understanding of how lockdowns affected PM2.5, tiny particulate matter that can penetrate a person's lungs, leading to a host of health problems, including increased risk for heart attack and cancer.
Tree pollen carries SARS-CoV-2 particles farther, facilitates virus spread2d
Most models explaining how viruses are transmitted focus on viral particles escaping one person to infect a nearby person. A study on the role of microscopic particles in how viruses are transmitted suggests pollen is nothing to sneeze at.
I've Recovered From Long Covid. I'm One of the Lucky Ones.3d
Much of the country is moving past the pandemic. But many people still can't, and I know exactly how that feels.
An artificial leaf made from semiconducting polymers17h
EPFL scientists are generating oxygen from sunlight, water and semiconducting polymers. They present a promising way towards economical and scalable solar fuel production.
Changes Are Coming to Google Chat and Meet. Here's What's New2d
So long, Hangouts. Hello, revamped apps for instant messaging, video calls, and collaboration.
The first observation of the superscattering effect of metamaterials1d
Entering an invisible doorway to catch a train at King's Cross station in London is a renowned fictional scene from the Harry Potter series. In recent decades, physicists have been trying to produce a similar effect by focusing their research efforts on illusion devices.
An Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed3d
A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.
Why is humidity so uncomfortable?3d
Here's why "It's not the heat; it's the humidity" rings true.
The Biggest Windows 11 News Is an App Store Overhaul•8h
Microsoft Windows 11
By playing nice with Android and letting developers use their own payments system, Microsoft has fashioned itself as the anti-Apple for developers.
Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth1d
Swabbing infants born by Cesarean-section with a gauze harboring their mother's vaginal fluids made their skin and gut microbiota more closely resemble that of vaginally born babies.
Venus Lacks Plate Tectonics. But It Has Something Much More Quirky.2d
Scientists say giant slices of rock may move across the surface of Earth's closest neighbor like pack ice floating in the sea.
Researchers develop a model to better understand the forces that generate tsunamis3d
The word "tsunami" brings immediately to mind the havoc that can be wrought by these uniquely powerful waves. The tsunamis we hear about most often are caused by undersea earthquakes, and the waves they generate can travel at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour and reach tens of meters high when they make landfall and break. They can cause massive flooding and rapid widespread devastation in coasta
Andreessen Horowitz Goes Ham on Crypto with a New $2.2B Fund•19h
After its wildly successful Coinbase exit, the VC firm signals its commitment to cryptocurrencies with a third fund.
Powerful people are less likely to be understanding when mistakes are made1d
Those with power, such as the wealthy are more likely to blame others for having shortcomings and they are also less troubled by reports of inequality, according to recent research.
Urban green space brings happiness when money can't buy it anymore2d
Urban green spaces, such as parks, backyards, riverbanks, and urban farmlands, are thought to contribute to citizen happiness by promoting physical and mental health. While a number of previous studies have reported the mental benefits of green space, most had been conducted in the affluent parts of the world like the United States and Europe, and only a few involved a multi-country setting.
What it will take to achieve affordable carbon removal13h
A pair of companies have begun designing what could become Europe's largest direct-air-capture plant, capable of capturing as much as a million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year and burying it deep beneath the floor of the North Sea. The sequestered climate pollution will be sold as carbon credits, reflecting the rising demand for carbon removal as a drove of nations and corporations lay out
Acetaminophen: Dosage, side effects & overdose3d
Acetaminophen belongs to two classes of drugs: analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers).
Cities 'must become car-free to survive'1d
Cities must become fully car-free in order to be liveable in the future, according to the UCL experts behind a new modeling report looking at urban car use.
Researchers discover how the intestinal epithelium folds and moves by measuring forces3d
An international team led by Xavier Trepat at IBEC measures the cellular forces in mini-intestines grown in the laboratory, deciphering how the inner wall of this vital organ folds and moves. The study, published in Nature Cell Biology, opens the doors to a better understanding of the bases of diseases such as celiac disease or cancer, and to the ability to find solutions for gut diseases through
Quantum simulation: Measurement of entanglement made easier16h
University of Innsbruck researchers have developed a method to make previously hardly accessible properties in quantum systems measurable. The new method for determining the quantum state in quantum simulators reduces the number of necessary measurements and makes work with quantum simulators much more efficient.
Less metal, more X-rays: New research unlocks key to high luminosity of black holes1d
A recent article published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, led by Dr. Kostas Kouroumpatzakis, of the Institute of Astrophysics at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (IA-FORTH), and the University of Crete, provides new insights into the connection between the X-ray luminosity of accreting black holes and neutron stars and the composition of the stellar pop
Google Launches a New Medical App—Outside the US1d
The dermatology AI app won approval for use in the EU but not with the FDA, an odd twist on Europe's reputation for tough rules on tech.
Childhood trauma can make people like morphine more2d
People who have experienced childhood trauma get a more pleasurable 'high' from morphine, new research suggests.
High-efficiency formamidinium-based perovskite solar cells with operation lifetime over 2000 hours2d
Solar cells, which convert sunlight to electricity, have long been part of the global vision for renewable energy. Although individual cells are very small, when upscaled to modules, they can be used to charge batteries and power lights. If laid side-by-side, they could, one day, be the primary energy source for buildings. But the solar cells currently on the market utilize silicon, which makes th
Future wood use assures long-term climate benefit from commercial forests2d
A new study published in Nature Communications demonstrates the important role that planting new commercial forests could play in the fight against climate change by including new accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation achieved from future use of harvested wood.
The fine nose of storks: Birds are drawn to scent of grass, leafy greens3d
The sharp eyes of an eagle, the extraordinary hearing of an owl—to successfully find food, the eyes and ears of birds have adapted optimally to their living conditions. Until now, the sense of smell has played a rather subordinate role. When meadows are freshly mowed, storks often appear there to search for snails and frogs. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Radolfzell
9 Prime Day PC Parts Deals to Build Your Own PC (2021)3d
Can you build almost an entire PC with just Amazon Prime Day deals? Yes. Yes, you can.
Nesher Ramla Homo: New fossil discovery from Israel points to complicated evolutionary process13h
Analysis of recently discovered fossils found in Israel suggest that interactions between different human species were more complex than previously believed, according to a team of researchers including Binghamton University anthropology professor Rolf Quam.
The Atlantic Daily: Joe Manchin Was Never a Mystery15h
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. Well, what now? Five months into the Biden presidency, Democrats' signature voting-rights legislation—the bill they symbolically introduced as the first one of the 117th Congress—met an excruciati
Are we really ready to live with Covid-19? – podcast19h
Throughout the pandemic, but increasingly in recent weeks, some senior scientists and politicians have been saying that, at some point, we're going to have to learn to live with coronavirus. On the other hand, just last week, there was a vote in the Commons to delay the easing of restrictions – a date dubbed by some as 'freedom day'. Speaking to Prof Siân Griffiths and Prof David Salisbury, Ian S
Abortion Is at the Supreme Court Again–It's Different This Time1d
In the wake of state-level restrictions, a reshaped court could pose a profound threat to abortion rights — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Tradition of keeping mementos in memory of loved ones dates back at least 2,000 years3d
Holding onto everyday items as keepsakes when a loved one dies was as commonplace in prehistory as it is today, a new study suggests.
How to Survive the Worst Tornado in US History21h
It blew an entire town to pieces, flipping trains and flattening banks. But there's one place you might try to hide.
Experts discover camp used by 10,000 Roman soldiers sent to conquer Northwest Iberia17h
Pioneering technology has helped experts find a lost camp built and used by thousands of Roman soldiers sent to conquer Northwest Iberia.
Twenty-year study links childhood depression to disrupted adult health and functioning3d
Depression in youth, between the ages of 10 and 24 years, is both a leading cause of stress and a possible risk factor for future diseases and impairment. Now, a study confirms that depression in childhood or adolescence is associated with higher levels of adult anxiety and substance use disorders, worse health and social functioning, less financial and educational achievement, and increased crimi
How do developing spinal cords choose 'heads' or 'tails'?3d
The progression from a round ball of cells to an embryo with a head and a tail is one of the most critical steps in an organism's development. But just how cells first start organizing themselves with directionality along this head-to-tail axis is hard to study because it happens in the earliest days of embryonic development, in the confines of a mammal's uterus.
Scientists may need to rethink which genes control aging16h
To better understand the role of bacteria in health and disease, National Institutes of Health researchers fed fruit flies antibiotics and monitored the lifetime activity of hundreds of genes that scientists have traditionally thought control aging. To their surprise, the antibiotics not only extended the lives of the flies but also dramatically changed the activity of many of these genes. Their r
Do bubble cascades form only in a glass of Guinness beer?2d
As far back as 1959, brewers at Guinness developed a system that fundamentally altered the texture of their draft beer. Now, researchers from Japan have solved the physics of Guinness' cascading flow, which will have widespread applications to technology in life and environmental sciences.
Physics for babies: This ultra-cool board book set is 47% off for Prime Day3d
Interested in kickstarting your little one's fascination with all things astrophysics? This Baby University Physics Board Book Set could be just what you're looking for.
Herbivore gut fungi found to produce unique building blocks of antibiotics10h
For the past several years, chemical engineer Michelle O'Malley has focused her research on the anaerobic fungi found in the guts of herbivores, which make it possible for those animals to fuel themselves with sugars and starches extracted from fibrous plants. O'Malley's work, reflected in multiple research awards and journal articles, has centered on how these powerful fungi might be used to extr
Dinosaurs once flourished near the North Pole15h
The bones of their young suggest they were permanent residents, not migrants
An Observatory Spied on LA's Carbon Emissions—From Space2d
The instrument reads sunlight intensity to determine carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Its findings could help reduce our carbon footprint.
European regulator urges banks to evaluate climate risks1d
The European Banking Authority called Wednesday upon banks to better take into account climate-related risks when setting their business goals and strategies.
Ethical hacking: saving society with computer code1d
Hackers' motivations range from altruistic to nihilistic. Altruistic hackers expose injustices, while nihilistic ones make society more dangerous. The line between ethical and unethical hacking is not always clear. The following is an excerpt from Coding Democracy by Maureen Webb, which is publishing in paperback on July 21. Reprinted with Permission from The MIT PRESS. Copyright 2020. As people
Why Utilities Want to Control Your Smart Thermostat2d
Don't mess with Texans' air conditioning. Here's why some customers in the state had their thermostats remotely controlled.
When 'the Aliens Are Us'•1d
Aliens Earth 29 Planets
For astronomers, a tiny blip in data can signal the existence of an entire world. It happens when a planet far beyond our solar system passes in front of its own star. The planet blocks a tiny bit of light, making the shining star appear fainter to us. Scientists have used these moments to discover thousands of exoplanets in the Milky Way—icy planets and lava planets, hot Jupiters and miniature N
What the Muon g-2 results mean for how we understand the universe2d
The news that muons have a little extra wiggle in their step sent word buzzing around the world this spring.
32 Best Camping and Outdoors Deals for Amazon Prime Day (Day 2)3d
Prep yourself for summer with these Prime deals on camping gear, hiking gear, fitness trackers, biking accessories, and more.
10 Million Data Requests: How a Times Team Tracked Covid21h
The project began 18 months ago as a simple concept: Count every known U.S. case at the time. When the virus grew exponentially, so did the efforts to document it.
Simulations guide rapid engineering of new functions in mammalian cells1d
A change of instructions in a computer program directs the computer to execute a different command. Similarly, synthetic biologists are learning the rules for how to direct the activities of human cells.
America's Alcohol Industry Needs a Drink2d
In the spring of 2020, as a brand-new disease spread rapidly across the United States, millions of Americans arrived at the same conclusion: They wanted a beer. This was, to be fair, the same conclusion that many of us were coming to before the pandemic began, but the ways we could satisfy that thirst had changed dramatically. As beer spoiled in kegs inside idle bars and restaurants, Americans se
Skies alive with UFOs? Government report on mysterious sightings due soon2d
The U.S. government is set to release a UFO report soon, perhaps sometime this week. What will it say?
Some blood pressure-lowering meds linked to less memory decline in older adults, study finds3d
High blood pressure is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. Studies have shown that commonly prescribed high blood pressure medications, or antihypertensives, may have a positive, beneficial impact on cognitive function including memory. This meta-analysis compares the impact on memory over time associated with taking antihypertensives that cross the blood-brain barrie
Stay or Go? Climate Disaster Victims Face Wrenching Decision1d
Experts also say low-income people, communities of color and Indigenous peoples have fewer options — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Strong earthquake shakes Peru's capital Lima1d
A strong earthquake shook Lima and regions of central coastal Peru late Tuesday, causing fear among the population and some damage, but no deaths or serious injuries.
Climate Change Could Fuel the Spread of a Flesh-Eating Parasite2d
Scientists caution that as the planet warms, more Americans could be exposed to varieties of the Leishmania parasite — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
The Unintended Consequences of Returning the National Parks to the Tribes2d
This article was published online on June 22, 2021. Return the National Parks to the Tribes The jewels of America's landscape should belong to America's original peoples, David Treuer argued in May. David Treuer suggests that the tribes deserve to have the parks under their management. As a former public servant on national-park and forest land, I believe his suggestion misses the National Park S
Women who lose close elections are just as likely to run again as men3d
Women who lose local or state elections are just as likely to run for office again as men, suggesting the recent surge in women running for office may have a long-term impact on women's political representation, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard and the University of California, Davis.
Scientists present new measurements of β-delayed two-proton decay of 27S17h
Two-proton decay is a quantum tunneling process. The tunneling probability depends on the available energy and the height of the Coulomb barrier, which in turn depends on the nuclear charge Z (number of protons). Two-proton emission is a typical three-body breakup process, including the daughter nucleus and two protons, in which pairing correlations play an important role. Therefore, a detailed st
From Poverty To Stanford, Memoir Tells A Physicist's Remarkable Tale2d
A Quantum Life is an important book to help understand the institutional hurdles that have kept science mostly white and male — and how the fire of inquiry can take root in a heart and lift it up. (Image credit: Ballantine Books )
Using satellite data to warn people about volcanic eruptions3d
A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, Wairakei Research Center and National Isotope Center, GNS Science, has found that it is possible to use satellite data to detect the early stages of a volcanic eruption. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of satellite data that captured the early stages of the New Zealand, Whakaari, erup
Western high-fat diet can cause chronic pain, according to new study1d
A typical Western high-fat diet can increase the risk of painful disorders common in people with conditions such as diabetes or obesity, according to a new study.
Children's Birthdays May Have Spread COVID Infections3d
The risk of infection increased by up to 30 percent or so among people with observances in the first 10 months of 2020 — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
A New Wave of Dating Apps Takes Cues From TikTok and Gen Z3d
Online dating exploded in popularity during the pandemic, and the number of new startups has grown. But will they last?
Research connects air pollution to worst Taiwanese drought in nearly 60 years11h
A new study co-published by researchers at the University at Albany and National Central University (NCU) has linked air pollution to the worst drought that Taiwan has experienced in more than a half-century.
Observing a prethermal discrete time crystal16h
A framework of statistical physics can be extended to the nonequilibrium setting to discover previously unidentified phases of matter catalyzed by periodic driving. Scientists aim to reduce the runaway heating associated with driving a strongly interacting quantum system in order to investigate newly discovered phases.
How astronauts deal with the boring parts of being in space1d
Mundane tasks suddenly become extremely complex in space. I spoke with former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, who flew two missions to space, to learn about how astronauts handle the day-to-day. Here are a few of the highlights. When it comes to everyday, mundane tasks you needed to relearn to do in space, what are some of the things that first stood out to you? When you go up, all of your clothes
The very venomous caterpillar2d
The venom of a caterpillar, native to South East Queensland, shows promise for use in medicines and pest control, Institute for Molecular Bioscience researchers say.
Are you following the rules of life?2d
Most parts of everyday life involve accepting and applying various rules, from the words we speak to the cultural norms we insist on. These rules are learned largely by observation of others and are very rarely taught explicitly. Saul Kripke asks us how it is that we can ever be sure that we're following the rules correctly? And does it matter? Imagine you're out with some friends and you have to
New molecules could be used to treat autoimmune diseases in the future2d
When something is awry with your immune system, your digestion or your endocrine systems, nuclear receptors, as they are called, may well be involved. If need be, the operation of these regulator proteins can be altered with medicinal drugs, but this carries the very real risk of unpleasant side effects. Doctoral candidate Femke Meijer looked for—and found—molecules that might well be used as medi
Transit Agencies Are Trying Everything to Lure You Back3d
Systems in Boston, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and the San Francisco Bay Area are offering reduced fares or free rides. Others are considering abolishing fares altogether.
48 Awesome Prime Day Deals for $50 or Less3d
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Evolutionary and phylogenetic insights from a nuclear genome sequence of the extinct, giant, "subfossil" koala lemur Megaladapis edwardsi [Anthropology]1d
No endemic Madagascar animal with body mass >10 kg survived a relatively recent wave of extinction on the island. From morphological and isotopic analyses of skeletal "subfossil" remains we can reconstruct some of the biology and behavioral ecology of giant lemurs (primates; up to ∼160 kg) and other extraordinary Malagasy…
Where did Sierra snow go this spring? Not into California rivers and water supplies1d
California's severe drought was made worse this year by a shocking surprise.
How to detect the enemy when they are underground1d
A new system of sensors can manage it
Vladimir Shatalov obituary2d
Space race pioneer as the commander of Soviet-era rockets In 1941, the 13-year-old Vladimir Shatalov was working on the defences around Leningrad as the Soviet city faced annihilation at the hands of the Nazis. By 1969, from the Soviet base at Baikonur in Kazakhstan, he was soaring into orbit aboard the Soyuz 4 spacecraft. The world had turned. The aim that day – 14 January 1969 – was to dock with
Scientists invent an artificial nose for continuous bacterial monitoring3d
A team of scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have invented an artificial nose that is capable of continuous bacterial monitoring, which has never been previously achieved and could be useful in multiple medical, environmental and food applications.
Lanthanide nanoparticles enable continuous-wave NIR STED microscopy3d
National University of Singapore researchers have developed a new generation of near infra-red (NIR)-emitting nanoprobes for super-resolution imaging in deep tissues. These nanoprobes are based on lanthanide-doped nanomaterials with rich energy levels, high photostability and programmable optical kinetics.
Children's beat gestures predict the subsequent development of their oral skills11h
New research shows that the early production of beat gestures with the hands (i.e., gestures normally associated with emphasis that do not represent the semantic content of speech) by infants between 14 and 58 months of age in natural interactions with their carers predicts that in their later development, nearing the age of five, these children obtain better results insofar as their oral narrativ
Starchy snacks may increase CVD risk; fruits and veggies at certain meals decreases risk1d
Eating fruits with lunch, vegetables at dinner and a dairy snack in the evening was associated with a reduced risk of early death by cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, according to a study of U.S. adults. Eating a Western lunch (typically containing a high quantity of refined grains, cheese and cured meat) was associated with an elevated risk of CVD and all-cause mortalities in
Trees Are Missing in Low-Income Neighborhoods2d
More tree cover would lower disproportionately high levels of heat and pollution — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
GRINS: Genetic elements that recode assembly-line polyketide synthases and accelerate their diversification [Genetics]1d
Assembly-line polyketide synthases (PKSs) are large and complex enzymatic machineries with a multimodular architecture, typically encoded in bacterial genomes by biosynthetic gene clusters. Their modularity has led to an astounding diversity of biosynthesized molecules, many with medical relevance. Thus, understanding the mechanisms that drive PKS evolution is fundamental for both…
Sexual Cannibalism: Why Females Sometimes Eat Their Mates After Sex3d
Species from praying mantises to snakes have been observed engaging in sexual cannibalism. Like most things in nature, there's a reason behind the behavior.
Looming climate impacts: 10 takeaways from draft UN report1d
A draft report from the UN's climate science advisory panel is the most exhaustive scientific review ever compiled of how global warming impacts the planet, ecosystems and ourselves.
In many cases, MS starts long before the diagnosis2d
Years before they are diagnosed, persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) make significantly more visits to doctors and hospitals than others. Specialists have recently discussed whether this might represent a preliminary phase of MS – known as a prodrome. A new study suggests that, in many cases, the complaints may relate to unrecognized early clinical MS events.
New research unlocks the mystery of New England's beaches3d
Millions of Americans will visit New England's beaches this summer to cool off, play in the waves and soak up the sun. Until now, the factors governing which beaches slope gradually to the sea and which ones end abruptly in a steep drop-off have been largely unknown. However, new research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst reveals, with unprecedented detail, how the grain size of beach s
Hate-Crime Laws Don't Work as Their Supporters Intended2d
The recent congressional vote to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act was notably bipartisan. Sponsored by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Democratic Representative Grace Meng of New York, the bill was signed by President Joe Biden on May 20 after it passed a nearly unanimous Senate (with only Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, opposed ) and was approved 364–62 by the House. The
Using visible light to efficiently decompose carbon dioxide3d
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activities have risen drastically over the last century and a half and are seen as the primary cause of global warming and abnormal weather patterns. So, there has been considerable research focus, in a number of fields, on lowering our CO2 emissions and its atmospheric levels. One promising strategy is to chemically break down, or 'reduce,' CO2 using phot
Half of young adults with COVID-19 have persistent symptoms 6 months after, study finds1d
A new paper describes persistent symptoms six months after acute COVID-19, even in young home isolated people. The most common symptoms were loss of smell and/or taste, fatigue, shortness of breath, impaired concentration, and memory problems.
Quantum birds: Shedding light on the mechanism of magnetic sensing in birds1d
Humans perceive the world around them with five senses—vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Many other animals are also able to sense the Earth's magnetic field. For some time, a collaboration of biologists, chemists and physicists centered at the Universities of Oldenburg (Germany) and Oxford (UK) have been gathering evidence suggesting that the magnetic sense of migratory birds such as Europ
Coastal cities face their mortality on the climate 'frontline'1d
For thousands of years, people have built their great metropolises right up against the contours of coasts, in estuaries and deltas, confident of the ebb and flow of the tides.
Russia and China team up to build a moon base1h
International Lunar Research Station is intended to be ready for crewed visits by 2036 Russia and China have presented a plan to build the joint International Lunar Research Station (ILRS). The proposed lunar base is intended to be ready for crewed visits by 2036 and is unrelated to the American-led Artemis programme, which has pledged to land "the first woman and person of color" on the moon by
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Did the ancient Maya have parks?2d
The ancient Maya city of Tikal was a bustling metropolis and home to tens of thousands of people.
Using nanoscale 3D printing to create high-resolution light field prints2d
Wouldn't it be amazing if printed images can look three-dimensional (3D)? Unfortunately, conventional prints like photographs display two-dimensional (2D) images with a fixed appearance as they contain only intensity and color information. These prints are unable to display a 3D image because they lack directional control of light rays, hence resulting in the loss of depth information.
Researcher introduces new CRISPR 3.0 system for highly efficient gene activation in plants13h
In a study in Nature Plants, Yiping Qi, associate professor of Plant Science at the University of Maryland (UMD), introduces a new and improved CRISPR 3.0 system in plants, focusing on gene activation instead of traditional gene editing. This third generation CRISPR system focuses on multiplexed gene activation, meaning that it can boost the function of multiple genes simultaneously. According to
White House concedes US will miss Biden's July 4 Covid vaccination goal2d
Country's inoculation drive has faltered after a blistering start
Vegetation growth in Northern Hemisphere is stunted by water constraints in warming climate11h
A first-of-its-kind large-scale study of vegetation growth in the Northern Hemisphere over the past 30 years has found that vegetation is becoming increasingly water-limited as global temperatures increase.
Astrophysicists prepare for age of multi-messenger astronomy, build galaxy catalog to study black holes17h
Led by postdoctoral fellow researcher Maria Charisi, a team of international researchers known as the NANOGrav collaboration has created a catalog of 45,000 galaxies to detect gravitational waves created by pairs of black holes known as binaries. Using pulsars—the most precise clocks of the sky—a galactic scale detector dubbed a pulsar timing array and infrared data from across the sky, Charisi us
Midwest bumble bees declined with more farmed land, less diverse crops since 18701d
As farmers cultivated more land and began to grow fewer types of crops over the last 150 years, most native bumble bee species became rarer in Midwestern states.
Intriguing structure revealed of a photosynthetic supercomplex in bacteria2d
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have uncovered the atomic structure of a special photosynthetic supercomplex to determine how it forms and performs efficient electron transfer.
Use of tobacco pipes by Native groups tells story of regional diversity1d
Nineteenth- and 20th-century archaeologists often made sweeping claims about Native cultures, suggesting that everyone who lived in a particular region at a given time shared the same attitudes and practices. A new study of pipes recovered from Hopewell sites in Illinois and Ohio challenges this assumption, revealing that the manufacture, import, export and use of pipestone pipes for smoking varie
How elements are made: Analyzing dust from exploding stars that rains down on Earth2d
It is all around us. Every day in our lives we are in contact with it. In fact, we are made from it: ancient stardust.
SARS-CoV-2 infections may trigger antibody responses against multiple virus proteins3d
All coronaviruses produce four primary structural proteins and multiple nonstructural proteins. However, the majority of antibody-based SARS-CoV-2 research has focused on the spike and nucleocapsid proteins. A new study suggests that immune responses may develop against other proteins produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Vegetation of planet Earth: Researchers publish unique database as open access3d
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Rearranging orchestral musicians to reduce disease-spreading aerosols15h
A team of researchers at the University of Utah Salt Lake City has found, via simulation, that it is possible to rearrange musicians playing wind instruments in an orchestra to reduce the spread of disease-laden aerosols. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes simulations they ran that showed airflow patterns during orchestral performances and what they found
Higher selenium and manganese levels during pregnancy may protect babies from future high blood pressure1d
Children who were exposed to higher levels of trace minerals manganese and selenium during their mothers' pregnancy had a lower risk of high blood pressure in childhood, according to a new study.
Machine learning for solar energy is a supercomputer killer1d
Supercomputers could find themselves out of a job thanks to a suite of new machine learning models that produce rapid, accurate results using a normal laptop.
33 Prime Day Deals for Your Post-Vax Summer Adventures3d
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Major ocean-observing satellite starts providing science data3d
After six months of check-out and calibration in orbit, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will make its first two data streams available to the public on June 22. It launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Nov. 21, 2020, and is a U.S.-European collaboration to measure sea surface height and other key ocean features, such as ocean surface wind speed and wave height.
China's efforts to save its wandering elephants are laudable, but let's not forget its bloody conflicts with the giants3d
Wild elephants are awe-inspiring—even if they're trying to kill you, as I discovered in 2004.
Sports: Men and women react differently to a missing audience2d
Without an audience, men run slower and women faster: The lack of spectators during the coronavirus pandemic appears to have had a noticeable effect on the performance of athletes at the 2020 Biathlon World Cup, a new study shows. According to the new analysis, women also performed better in complex tasks, such as shooting, when an audience was present while men did not.
Research shows how carrion beetles turn death into life2d
It was Halloween and the discussion had inevitably turned to death – and flesh-eating zombies. I had just finished lunch at a "research away day" when I got caught up in a conversation about carrion beetles with a new colleague of mine, Sheena Cotter.
Gut microbiota mediate the FGF21 adaptive stress response to chronic dietary protein-restriction in mice2d
Nature Communications, Published online: 22 June 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24074-z Dietary protein restriction induces a hepatic stress response mediated by the endocrine molecule FGF21, which triggers host adaptive pathways. Here the authors demonstrate that the gut microbiome is required to trigger the FGF21 response and can be manipulated through dietary fiber supplementation.
Australia's Plague of Mice Is Devastating and Could Get a Lot Worse3d
Drought and extreme rainfall led to an infestation in the nation's farming areas — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
California May Buy Up Beach Houses Threatened by Sea Level Rise13h
Municipalities would then rent the homes until they are doomed — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Powerful people are less likely to be understanding of mistakes, research finds1d
Those with power, such as the wealthy, are more likely to blame others for having shortcomings and they are also less troubled by reports of inequality, according to recent research from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management.
Help! How Do I Make My Workplace More Diverse?1d
Megan offers advice for casting your net—because there's no excuse for a hiring pool where everyone looks the same.
Study shows brain differences in interpreting physical signals in mental health disorders2d
Researchers have shown why people with mental health disorders, including anorexia and panic disorders, experience physical signals differently.
Universal mechanism of regulation in plant cells discovered3d
All plant cells obtain their energy mainly from two organelles they contain – chloroplasts (responsible for photosynthesis) and mitochondria (responsible for the biochemical cycle of respiration that converts sugars into energy). However, a large number of a plant cell's genes in its mitochondria and chloroplasts can develop defects, jeopardising their function. Nevertheless, plant cells evolved a
There's more to genes than DNA: How Mum and Dad add something extra3d
Biologists at the Universities of Bath and Vienna have discovered 71 new 'imprinted' genes in the mouse genome, a finding that takes them a step closer to unraveling some of the mysteries of epigenetics—an area of science that describes how genes are switched on (and off) in different cells, at different stages in development and adulthood.
Prime Day deals on DNA kits: Here's what these genetic tests might tell you3d
What can you expect from DNA kits that are on sale on Prime Day?
Gut Reactions: Microbes in the Digestive Tract Influence COVID Severity13h
Our resident bacteria help regulate the immune system and response to infections — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Theoretical proof that a strong force can create lightweight subatomic particles17h
Using only a pen and paper, a theoretical physicist has proved a decades-old claim that a strong force called Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD) leads to light-weight pions, reports a new study published on June 23 in Physical Review Letters.
Rising greenhouse gases pose continued threat to Arctic ozone layer1d
A new study shows that extremely low winter temperatures high in the atmosphere over the Arctic are becoming more frequent and more extreme because of climate patterns associated with global warming. The study also shows that those extreme low temperatures are causing reactions among chemicals humans pumped into the air decades ago, leading to greater ozone losses.
What if Shopping on Amazon Was Just … Better?•1d
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From reselling old purchases to shipping new ones more efficiently, Amazon's shopping model needs improving. These two visionaries have some fresh ideas.
Moscow battered by historic June heat wave2d
Moscow has been hit by a historic heat wave this week, with temperatures reaching a 120-year record due to the effects of climate change, Russia's weather service said Tuesday.
Nearly 800 archeological finds stolen from Italy returned3d
Italy said Monday it had recovered from a Belgian collector hundreds of illegally gathered archeological finds dating as far back as the sixth century BC, worth 11 million euros.
A colorful look at fast-ﬂying particles3d
The strong nuclear force is one of the four fundamental forces of nature, along with the electromagnetic, gravitational and weak nuclear forces. The branch of particle physics that deals with the strong nuclear force is called quantum chromodynamics (QCD). The term "chromo" refers to the charge in the theory, which is called color (not related to the everyday meaning of the word in terms of visibl
Artificial intelligence breakthrough gives longer advance warning of ozone issues10h
Ozone levels in the earth's troposphere (the lowest level of our atmosphere) can now be forecasted with accuracy up to two weeks in advance, a remarkable improvement over current systems that can accurately predict ozone levels only three days ahead. The new artificial intelligence system developed in the University of Houston's Air Quality Forecasting and Modeling Lab could lead to improved ways
Light-harvesting nanoparticle catalysts show promise in quest for renewable carbon-based fuels10h
Researchers report that small quantities of useful molecules such as hydrocarbons are produced when carbon dioxide and water react in the presence of light and a silver nanoparticle catalyst. Their validation study—made possible through the use of a high-resolution analytical technique—could pave the way for CO2-reduction technologies that allow industrial-scale production of renewable carbon-base
A Glitch Has Knocked the Hubble Space Telescope Offline–for Now19h
Although mission controllers have yet to identify the source of the problem, confidence is high the iconic observatory will soon return to normal operations — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Nightside radio could help reveal exoplanet details1d
We can't detect them yet, but radio signals from distant solar systems could provide valuable information about the characteristics of their planets.
28 Best Gaming Gear Deals for Prime Day 2021: PC, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox3d
Amazon's big sale event is here, and it's hot out. Let's build an indoor oasis with these video game peripherals.
'It's a plague': Croatian farmers incensed by wolf attacks22h
The wolf corpse hanging from a road sign outside a small Croatian town warned that farmers had been pushed too far—attacks on their livestock were driving them to desperation.
COVID-19 vaccine benefits 'clearly' outweigh risks of rare myocarditis in teens, CDC says•1d
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The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone ages 12 and older.
Is 'weaponized' religion a threat to democracy?1d
While Americans seemed as politically divided as possible on January 6, 2021, the day that hundreds of insurgents stormed the Capitol, David Elcott believes many more threats to democracy are in the offing. On that day, a cluster of insurgents lifted a wooden cross with a banner that proclaimed "Jesus is My Savior, Trump is My President." For Elcott , professor of practice in public service and l
Study: Environmental risks exacerbated for vulnerable populations in small towns1d
A new study of small Iowa towns found that vulnerable populations within those communities face significantly more public health risks than statewide averages.
Running to music combats mental fatigue, study suggests1d
Listening to music while running might be the key to improving people's performance when they feel mentally fatigued a study suggests. The performance of runners who listened to a self-selected playlist after completing a demanding thinking task was at the same level as when they were not mentally fatigued, the research found. The study is the first to investigate the effect of listening to music
UN draft climate report: Impacts on people1d
A draft report from the UN's climate science advisory panel offers the most exhaustive look yet at how our warming planet will impact humankind's health, wealth and well-being.
Asymmetry in carbon dioxide emissions and removals could skew climate targets: research1d
Changes in climate resulting from carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the Earth's atmosphere are not equal to the climate changes from deliberate CO2 removals—and assuming such a balance could lead to different climate outcomes that may skew climate targets, according to new Simon Fraser University-led research.
13 Best Coffee Maker Deals for Amazon Prime Day (2021)2d
Need a new French press, burr grinder, or scale? We've found discounts on WIRED-tested gadgets.
US faces critical blood supply shortage2d
Many blood centers report having just a one-day supply or less of blood.
A new type of Homo unknown to science11h
The bones of an early human, unknown to science, who lived in the Levant at least until 130,000 years ago, were discovered in excavations at the Nesher Ramla site, near the city of Ramla. Recognizing similarity to other archaic Homo specimens from 400,000 years ago, found in Israel and Eurasia, the researchers reached the conclusion that the Nesher Ramla fossils represent a unique Middle Pleistoce
A high-resolution microscope built from LEGO and phone bits16h
Microscopy is an essential tool in many fields of science and medicine. However, many groups have limited access to this technology due to its cost and fragility. Now, researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Münster have succeeded in building a high-resolution microscope using nothing more than children's plastic building bricks and affordable parts from a mobile phone. They then went o
Rock crystals from the deep give microscopic clues to earthquake ground movements16h
Microscopic imperfections in rock crystals deep beneath Earth's surface play a deciding factor in how the ground slowly moves and resets in the aftermath of major earthquakes, says new research involving the University of Cambridge.
The Climate Emergency Calls for a New Approach to Mental Health21h
A combination of cascading disruptions to essential systems and acute disasters generated by rising temperatures could produce individual and collective traumas at levels the U.S. has never before seen. We must expand our approach to mental health to build universal mental wellness and resilience.
Hunger, drought, disease: UN climate report reveals dire health threats1d
Hunger, drought and disease will afflict tens of millions more people within decades, according to a draft UN assessment that lays bare the dire human health consequences of a warming planet.
Before Guitar Hero, Gamers Rocked Out to Gitaroo Man16h
Sure, you can play the guitar and be a star, but what if you could play the guitar, be a star, and save the universe? Twenty years ago, you could.
Slamming political rivals may be the most effective way to go viral—revealing social media's 'perverse incentives'3d
Social media posts about the "political outgroup"—criticizing or mocking those on the opposing side of an ideological divide—receive twice as many shares as posts that champion people or organizations from one's own political tribe.
There's more to genes than DNA: How Mum and Dad add something extra, just for you3d
Biologists have discovered 71 new 'imprinted' genes in the mouse genome, a finding that takes them a step closer to unravelling some of the mysteries of epigenetics – an area of science that describes how genes are switched on (and off) in different cells, at different stages in development and adulthood.
An at-risk species of fish has established itself in lochs across Scotland3d
with the help of conservation managers and by rapidly adapting to its new environment, resulting in changes to their DNA, their ecology, and body shape, according to a new study.
Study shows potential dangers of sweeteners7h
New research has discovered that common artificial sweeteners can cause previously healthy gut bacteria to become diseased and invade the gut wall, potentially leading to serious health issues. The study, published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, is the first to show the pathogenic effects of some of the most widely used artificial sweeteners – saccharin, sucralose, and asparta
A New Study Suggests Dinosaurs Might Not Have Been As Cold-Blooded As We Thought10h
Researchers have found hundreds of baby dinosaur bones in the Alaskan Arctic, suggesting that dinosaurs may have lived at cold northern latitudes year-round. (Image credit: James Havens /Courtesy University of Alaska Fairbanks)
A 'tasty' protein may lead to new ways to treat metabolic and immune diseases11h
The same taste-sensing molecule that helps you enjoy a meal from your favorite restaurant may one day lead to improved ways to treat diabetes and other metabolic and immune diseases.
Yellowstone is losing its snow as the climate warms, foretelling widespread problems for water and wildlife17h
When you picture Yellowstone National Park and its neighbor, Grand Teton, the snowcapped peaks and Old Faithful Geyser almost certainly come to mind. Climate change threatens all of these iconic scenes, and its impact reaches far beyond the parks' borders.
Pandemic drives largest decrease in U.S. life expectancy since 194318h
U.S. life expectancy decreased by 1.87 years between 2018 and 2020, according to new research. The numbers are worse for people of color. On average, whereas life expectancy among white Americans decreased by 1.36 years in 2020, it decreased by 3.25 years in Black Americans and 3.88 years in Hispanic Americans.
Roadmap to HIV eradication via stem cell therapy1d
A groundbreaking study found that stem cells reduce the amount of virus causing AIDS, boost the body's antiviral immunity, and restore the gut's lymphoid follicles damaged by HIV. It provided a roadmap for multi-pronged HIV eradication strategies.
Canine-9-9: UK police set up dog DNA database1d
Dog theft was the scourge of the coronavirus lockdown across Britain. Now a police force is doing something about it—by setting up a canine DNA database.
After COVID, could the next big killer be heatwaves?1d
Searing, unrelenting heat scorches large swathes of the Earth, killing millions who have no means to escape. Shade is useless, and shallow bodies of water are warmer than the blood coursing through people's veins.
What causes earthquake foreshocks?2d
On the morning of July 4, 2019, a series of very small earthquakes began to rumble in the Mojave Desert, not far from the southern California town of Ridgecrest.
Amazon Prime Day 2021 Phone Deal: The OnePlus 8 Is Only $3503d
The powerful device launched more than a year ago for double the price. This deal makes it one of the cheapest Android phones around.
Precise dating technique shows Boltysh impact not involved in dinosaur extinction3d
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.K. has used an advanced dating technique to find out how long ago the Boltysh crater in Ukraine was formed. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes how they dated the crater, what they found and what their findings suggest about the events that led to the dinosaurs going extinct.
Molecule layer aids chemoselective hydrogenation on solid palladium catalysts3d
Chemical reactions don't always go to plan. Unwanted by-products lead to extra costs and waste resources. Selective catalysts can help, but chemists have to test out large numbers before they find the right fit. Researchers have now investigated, on an atomic level, how to obtain a palladium catalyst for the selective hydrogenation of acrolein. The key appears to be a dense, convertible layer of l
UN draft climate report: Impacts on nature1d
Climate change threats to life on Earth are systemic, interconnected and on a scale unprecedented in human history, the UN's climate science advisors have warned in a draft report seen exclusively by AFP.
Stickleback fish provide genetic road map for rapid evolution2d
What happens when you dump an ocean fish into a freshwater lake?
Landmark field trials show potential of gene-editing in crops3d
Field trials investigating healthy compounds in agronomically important brassica crops have underlined the "immense potential" of gene editing technology, say researchers.
Scientists may need to rethink which genes control aging, study suggests10h
Researchers fed fruit flies antibiotics and monitored the lifetime activity of hundreds of genes that scientists have traditionally thought control aging. To their surprise, the antibiotics not only extended the lives of the flies but also dramatically changed the activity of many of these genes. Their results suggested that only about 30% of the genes traditionally associated with aging set an an
Preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics13h
With less than a month left until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, organizers and athletes are making final preparations. Originally set to be held last year, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were postponed until this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers in Tokyo have stated that the games will definitely be taking place, despite ongoing protests and public-health concerns. Wh
The Quest for Cancer-Detecting Blood Tests Speeds Up1d
Liquid biopsies show promise for early detection of deadly tumors — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Southern Norway was more genetically isolated than previously thought1d
There is less genetic variation in the South than in the rest of Norway. Rogaland, Agder and Telemark have seen surprisingly little migration over the last couple of hundred years, according to a new genetic study that is the first of its kind in Norway.
Can Some Classy Cookware Zap the Microwave's Bad Rap?1d
Anyday's cooking bowls—and their companion recipes—are meant to help you harness the time-saving power of the microwave you already have in your kitchen.
Putting makeup on spiders does not change their chances of being eaten by a predator1d
A team of researchers from the University of Florida and Arizona State University has found that removing black stripes on male jumping spiders does not increase their chances of being captured by prey. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes experiments they conducted with jumping spiders.
Antelope's fate shrouded by social, political forces2d
If only it were as simple as finding more grassland for an antelope.
Self-reported declines in cognition may be linked to changes in brain connectivity2d
A research team recently published the results of a three-year study of cognitive changes in older adults who complained that their cognitive ability was worsening though clinical assessments showed no impairments. The MRI studies showed significant changes in functional connectivity in two areas of the brain.
Hybrid Energy Production Gets a Serious Look3d
Engineers study solar and wind at the same power plant; nuclear reactors that also make hydrogen — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Smaller bodies, longer wings, earlier migrations: Untangling the multiple impacts of climate warming3d
When a research team reported last year that North American migratory birds have been getting smaller over the past four decades and that their wings have gotten a bit longer, the scientists wondered if they were seeing the fingerprint of earlier spring migrations.
19 Best Prime Day Deals on Amazon Devices 2021: Kindle, Echo, Fire (Day 2)3d
Many of Amazon's best discounts are on its own devices, including Kindles, Echo speakers, Fire tablets, and more.
A novel energy storage solution featuring pipes and anchors1d
What do pipes and anchors have to do with storing energy? More than you might think! A new study explored the potential of a lesser known, but promising sustainable energy storage system called Buoyancy Energy Storage.
Sneeze cam reveals best fabric combos for cloth masks1d
Researchers have used high-speed videos of a person sneezing to identify the optimal cloth mask design.
Venomous caterpillar has strange biology2d
The venom of a caterpillar, native to South East Queensland, shows promise for use in medicines and pest control, researchers say.
The Joy and Liberation of Customizing Your Avatar2d
The act of personalizing the character you'll play in a game is more than fun, it empowers you—and pulls you into the fantasy you're about to enjoy.
Health disadvantages of LGB communities increase among younger generations3d
The first population-based national study comparing mental and physical health of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans to their straight counterparts revealed that younger generations are worse off than Baby Boomers.
Stanford researchers develop new software for designing sustainable cities3d
By 2050, more than 70% of the world's population will live in cities. Stanford Natural Capital Project researchers have developed software that shows city planners where to invest in nature to improve people's lives and save billions of dollars.
Tens of Thousands of Viruses Found in Human Poop Are Previously Unknown to Science1h
The team identified 54,118 virus species living in the human gut.
Earth's Atmosphere Could Be a Truly Rare Thing, Thanks to One Chemical Process1h
There's no place like home.
Photos of the Week: Rain Vortex, Floating Flowers, Fire Dancing2h
A midsummer sunset in Denmark, a COVID-19 memorial on a Brazilian beach, the Foo Fighters in New York's Madison Square Garden, Pope Francis and Spider-Man in the Vatican, Olympic swimming trials in Nebraska, fawn tagging in Ireland, yoga practitioners in Venezuela, and much more
COVID-linked multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children diagnosed more in Black and Latino child2h
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) significantly affected more Black and Latino children than white children, with Black children at the highest risk, according to a new observational study of 124 pediatric patients treated at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Researchers also found cardiac complications, including systolic myocardial dysfunction and valvular regu
Can a calculator predict your risk of dementia?2h
Researchers have built and validated an online calculator that empowers individuals 55 and over to better understand the health of their brain and how they can reduce their risk of being diagnosed with dementia in the next five years.
Efter fire år fik Køge endelig sit geriatriske afsnit2h
Specialeansvarlig overlæge Ellen Holm kunne ikke slippe ideen om, at Sjællands Universitetshospital, Køge burde have en geriatrisk afdeling. Sådan havde den nye ledende overlæge på Medicinsk Afdeling det heldigvis også. Med opbakning fra hospitalsledelsen og sammen med tre yngre geriatere er Ellen Holm nu i fuld gang med at bygge op fra bunden.
Geriatrien breder sig2h
Med udsigt til flere og flere ældre bliver der særligt brug for det geriatriske speciale i fremtiden, men samtidig betyder den brede uddannelse, at andre specialer 'stjæler' geriaterne.
Geriatriske patienter er ligesom Pandoras æske2h
Hvad de ikke har i erfaring, har de i ambitioner og begejstring for bredden i specialet. På Sjællands Universitetshospital, Køge er fremtidens geriatri sikret med et nyt, ungt hold speciallæger.
Det dårlige liv efter kræft2h
Senfølgeklinikker efter kræft skyder op rundt omkring i landet, men de ligger spredt, har meget forskellige tilgange, og nogle hviler på et usikkert finansielt fundament. Patientforeninger efterlyser ensartethed, men regionerne foretrækker lokale løsninger.
Patienter får livet tilbage efter senfølger2h
Farvel til job. Farvel til sport og andre fritidsaktiviteter. Farvel til et normalt socialt liv. Patienter med senfølger efter tarmkræft døjer med gener, som gør det vanskeligt eller ligefrem umuligt at leve et godt liv.
Midtjysk læge opdagede de skjulte patienter2h
Nogle af de redskaber, der bruges verden over til opsporing og diagnostik af senfølger efter kræft i tarmen, er udviklet i Aarhus og omegn.
Kræftbørn har særlige udfordringer med senfølger2h
Patienter, der får kræft i en alder, hvor de ikke er fuldt udvoksede, reagerer anderledes end voksne. To klinikker i hhv. København og Aarhus specialiserer sig i behandling og forskning i kræftbørns senfølger.
Conevski-sagen er blevet en kamp mellem politi og læger2h
I en ny bog fortæller journalist Anders Lomholt historien om Naum Conevski, der gennem tiden er blevet kaldt 'Danmarks farligste fange' og fortsat afsoner sin straf for dobbeltmordet på Femøren i midten af 1980'erne.
Der er brug for en ny politisk samtale om sundhed2h
Dansk sundhedspolitik er præget af for mange mavefornemmelser og fokus på de samme sygdomme igen og igen. Der er behov for nye samtalesteder, hvor vi som fagpersoner og sammen med patienter og pårørende kan debattere fremtidens sundhedsvæsen.
Når tiden ikke slår til2h
Why phoney medicine has such lasting allure3h
Turns out there's a good reason snake oil still sells
Fascineret af fortidens kulturelle skattekiste3h
KULTURKANYLEN Fertilitetslæge Peter Humaidan var i en ung alder tæt på at forlade lægefaget til fordel for antikvitets- og auktionsverdenen. Han beholdt dog den hvide kittel på, men passionen for kunsthåndværk lever stadig. For et par måneder siden bidrog Peter Humaidan selv til det kulturelle landskab med udgivelsen af sin nye bog 'Supersæd – En effektiv guide til mænd, der vil booste deres sæd'
New album, Celestial Incantations, captures the 'sounds' of space – video3h
It's true that sound waves can't travel in space. However electromagnetic and gravitational waves can. Now, a new album, Celestial Incantations, has turned these signals such as the oscillations of a comet, radiation from a galactic pulsar and the merger of two black holes into musical tracks. The album is a collaboration between Kim Cunio, an associate professor and convenor of musicology at the
Most Popular Machine Learning Libraries – 2014/20213h
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Intan Recording System3h
Has anybody worked with s/Amps for any research? If you've used it for ECoG that would be cool, EEG would be cooler but I doubt anybody else does that. We are using one (details are less important, just know that we need to use it and can't use alternatives) and I'm having a hard time finding external sensors that are compatible with the Intan itself. I very much want to have a photosensor on t
Science schools and R&D spending at forefront of UK innovation plans4h
Ministers draw up strategy that aims to make Britain a 'global leader'
Efter årtier i jorden: Nu begynder oprydningen af fluorstofferne6h
PLUS. PFAS-stofferne har ligget i jorden i årtier og ventet, men en omfattende forurening fra brandskum ved en øvelsesplads i Korsør har nu sat skub i oprensningen.
Bagsiden: Doseringsudfordret ingeniør6h
Bagsiden: Et værktøj til læderarbejde?6h
Der bliver dykket dybt i dimseskufferne i disse dage, og denne gang har vi et 28 cm langt aggregat med hjul på. Hvad er mon det?
Adolescent marijuana, alcohol use held steady during COVID-19 pandemic6h
Adolescent marijuana use and binge drinking did not significantly change during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite record decreases in the substances' perceived availability, according to a survey of 12th graders in the United States. The study's findings challenge the idea that reducing adolescent use of drugs can be achieved solely by limiting their supply.
The lysosomal Rag-Ragulator complex licenses RIPK1- and caspase-8-mediated pyroptosis by Yersinia7h
Host cells initiate cell death programs to limit pathogen infection. Inhibition of transforming growth factor–β–activated kinase 1 (TAK1) by pathogenic Yersinia in macrophages triggers receptor-interacting serine-threonine protein kinase 1 (RIPK1)–dependent caspase-8 cleavage of gasdermin D (GSDMD) and inflammatory cell death (pyroptosis). A genome-wide CRISPR screen to uncover mediators of caspa
Work undone–HIV/AIDS in the USA7h
FDA's green light, science's red light7h
Delta variant triggers new phase in the pandemic•7h
Covid India Delta Variant
For WHO leader, a 'feeling that we're failing7h
Botox depression treatment raises eyebrows7h
What went wrong with CureVac's mRNA vaccine?7h
A change in the air7h
Two-dimensional ferroelectricity by design7h
Repeat after Me(CP2)!7h
The chains of stress recovery7h
The complex landscape of recent human evolution7h
Amping up HIV antibodies7h
David B. Wake (1936-2021)7h
Cultivating discerning citizens7h
Envisioning the emotive mind7h
Biodiversity research in a changing Afghanistan7h
Developing countries must fund local research7h
Science transcends national borders7h
Fellowship highlights need for science communicators7h
Screeners needed for journalism awards7h
Thriving in the benthic zone7h
Imaging an exotic state7h
Methyl readers that repress transcription7h
Easing oxygen into arenes7h
Rewiring aged T cells7h
Rhodium atoms for alkane dehydrogenation7h
The making of a monolith7h
Masking out air sharing7h
Boosterism could save lives7h
Adapting to the new normal7h
Tailoring stress responses7h
MeCP2 binds hydroxymethylated CA repeats7h
Cell death limits pathogens7h
Stacking a ferroelectric7h
Middle Pleistocene Homo in the Levant7h
A role for IgA in malaria7h
Delayed repression of a tumor suppressor7h
HIV antibody treatments7h
A boost from infection7h
Beef and more than two veg7h
Acceptable algorithms for radiotherapy7h
Grassroots effort for change7h
Graphene growth on molten copper7h
Revealing hotspots for interaction7h
mRNA vaccination boosts cross-variant neutralizing antibodies elicited by SARS-CoV-2 infection7h
Emerging severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants have raised concerns about resistance to neutralizing antibodies elicited by previous infection or vaccination. We examined whether sera from recovered and naïve donors, collected before and after immunizations with existing messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, could neutralize the Wuhan-Hu-1 and B.1.351 variants. Prevaccin
Prior SARS-CoV-2 infection rescues B and T cell responses to variants after first vaccine dose7h
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine rollout has coincided with the spread of variants of concern. We investigated whether single-dose vaccination, with or without prior infection, confers cross-protective immunity to variants. We analyzed T and B cell responses after first-dose vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech messenger RNA vaccine BNT162b2 in health care work
A Middle Pleistocene Homo from Nesher Ramla, Israel7h
It has long been believed that Neanderthals originated and flourished on the European continent. However, recent morphological and genetic studies have suggested that they may have received a genetic contribution from a yet unknown non-European group. Here we report on the recent discovery of archaic Homo fossils from the site of Nesher Ramla, Israel, which we dated to 140,000 to 120,000 years ag
Middle Pleistocene Homo behavior and culture at 140,000 to 120,000 years ago and interactions with Homo sapiens7h
Fossils of a Middle Pleistocene (MP) Homo within a well-defined archaeological context at the open-air site of Nesher Ramla, Israel, shed light on MP Homo culture and behavior. Radiometric ages, along with cultural and stratigraphic considerations, suggest that the fossils are 140,000 to 120,000 years old, chronologically overlapping with H. sapiens in western Asia. Lithic analysis reveals that M
MBD5 and MBD6 couple DNA methylation to gene silencing through the J-domain protein SILENZIO7h
DNA methylation is associated with transcriptional repression of eukaryotic genes and transposons, but the downstream mechanism of gene silencing is largely unknown. Here, we describe two Arabidopsis thaliana methyl-CpG–binding domain proteins, MBD5 and MBD6, that are recruited to chromatin by recognition of CG methylation, and redundantly repress a subset of genes and transposons without affecti
Face masks effectively limit the probability of SARS-CoV-2 transmission7h
Airborne transmission by droplets and aerosols is important for the spread of viruses. Face masks are a well-established preventive measure, but their effectiveness for mitigating severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission is still under debate. We show that variations in mask efficacy can be explained by different regimes of virus abundance and are related to popul
First-principles design of a single-atom-alloy propane dehydrogenation catalyst7h
The complexity of heterogeneous catalysts means that a priori design of new catalytic materials is difficult, but the well-defined nature of single-atom–alloy catalysts has made it feasible to perform unambiguous theoretical modeling and precise surface science experiments. Herein we report the theory-led discovery of a rhodium-copper (RhCu) single-atom–alloy catalyst for propane dehydrogenation
Discovery of a Cooper-pair density wave state in a transition-metal dichalcogenide7h
Pair density wave (PDW) states are defined by a spatially modulating superconductive order parameter. To search for such states in transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), we used high-speed atomic-resolution scanned Josephson-tunneling microscopy. We detected a PDW state whose electron-pair density and energy gap modulate spatially at the wave vectors of the preexisting charge density wave (CDW)
A tautomeric ligand enables directed C-H hydroxylation with molecular oxygen7h
Hydroxylation of aryl carbon–hydrogen bonds with transition metal catalysts has proven challenging when oxygen is used as the oxidant. Here, we report a palladium complex bearing a bidentate pyridine/pyridone ligand that efficiently catalyzes this reaction at ring positions adjacent to carboxylic acids. Infrared, x-ray, and computational analysis support a possible role of ligand tautomerization
Stacking-engineered ferroelectricity in bilayer boron nitride7h
Two-dimensional (2D) ferroelectrics with robust polarization down to atomic thicknesses provide building blocks for functional heterostructures. Experimental realization remains challenging because of the requirement of a layered polar crystal. Here, we demonstrate a rational design approach to engineering 2D ferroelectrics from a nonferroelectric parent compound by using van der Waals assembly.
Interfacial ferroelectricity by van der Waals sliding7h
Despite their partial ionic nature, many-layered diatomic crystals avoid internal electric polarization by forming a centrosymmetric lattice at their optimal van der Waals stacking. Here, we report a stable ferroelectric order emerging at the interface between two naturally grown flakes of hexagonal boron nitride, which are stacked together in a metastable non-centrosymmetric parallel orientation
Pressure-driven fusion of amorphous particles into integrated monoliths7h
Biological organisms can use amorphous precursors to produce inorganic skeletons with continuous structures through complete particle fusion. Synthesizing monoliths is much more difficult because sintering techniques can destroy continuity and limit mechanical strength. We manufactured inorganic monoliths of amorphous calcium carbonate by the fusion of particles while regulating structurally boun
Hear all voices7h
Ubiquitination is essential for recovery of cellular activities after heat shock7h
Eukaryotic cells respond to stress through adaptive programs that include reversible shutdown of key cellular processes, the formation of stress granules, and a global increase in ubiquitination. The primary function of this ubiquitination is thought to be for tagging damaged or misfolded proteins for degradation. Here, working in mammalian cultured cells, we found that different stresses elicite
MeCP2 is a microsatellite binding protein that protects CA repeats from nucleosome invasion7h
The Rett syndrome protein MeCP2 was described as a methyl-CpG-binding protein, but its exact function remains unknown. Here we show that mouse MeCP2 is a microsatellite binding protein that specifically recognizes hydroxymethylated CA repeats. Depletion of MeCP2 alters chromatin organization of CA repeats and lamina-associated domains and results in nucleosome accumulation on CA repeats and genom
Ubiquitination of G3BP1 mediates stress granule disassembly in a context-specific manner7h
Stress granules are dynamic, reversible condensates composed of RNA and protein that assemble in eukaryotic cells in response to a variety of stressors and are normally disassembled after stress is removed. The composition and assembly of stress granules is well understood, but little is known about the mechanisms that govern disassembly. Impaired disassembly has been implicated in some diseases
Transformative climate adaptation in the United States: Trends and prospects7h
As climate change intensifies, civil society is increasingly calling for transformative adaptation that redresses drivers of climate vulnerability. We review trends in how US federal government, private industry, and civil society are planning for climate adaptation. We find growing divergence in their approaches and impacts. This incoherence increases maladaptive investment in climate-blind infr
The Atlantic Daily: Why Are Ketchup Bottles So Hard to Use?7h
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 world works in strange ways, and interesting design choices can often be found in the everyday objects we overlook. Here are two to think about just in time for summer. Ketchup bottles. If you
Burnout is a widespread reality in today's NHS7h
An editorial published by The BMJ today raises important concerns about the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce after a parliamentary report found "burnout is a widespread reality in today's NHS."
10 Surprising Animals that Make 'Milk and Aren't Mammals7h
It's not just mammals that nurse their young. These unexpected animals do, too.
When did the first COVID-19 case arise?8h
Using methods from conservation science, a new analysis suggests that the first case of COVID-19 arose between early October and mid-November, 2019 in China, with the most likely date of origin being November 17.
Genetic study of liver cancer reveals new drug target8h
Drugs targeting the gene MAGEA3 may help block the growth of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in the country. That's one conclusion of a new study analyzing the genetics of HCC tumors.
Rude behavior at work not an epidemic, new study shows8h
Prior research shows 98 percent of employees experience rude behavior at work, but that statistic may be misunderstood, according to new study.
National Academy of Sciences ejects biologist Francisco Ayala in the wake of sexual harassment findings9h
Prominent evolutionary biologist is the second to be removed from prestigious group for sexual misconduct
I was thinking about other areas AI could infiltrate and… hopefully help in our lives, and I had the idea for this dark comedy film about a hypercritical smart-fridge who fat shames her owner after catching him eating ice-cream…9h
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