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Traffic-light system of 'eco-scores' to be piloted on British food labels
UK government and major brands back bid to help consumers assess environmental impact of products A new traffic light system on food and drinks packaging is being launched to allow consumers to make more environmentally friendly choices. The scheme has been put together by Foundation Earth, a new non-profit organisation backed by the government, global food giant Nestlé and British brands includi
Males help keep populations genetically healthy
A few males are enough to fertilize all the females. The number of males therefore has little bearing on a population's growth. However, they are important for purging bad mutations from the population. This is shown by a new Uppsala University study providing in-depth knowledge of the possible long-term genetic consequences of sexual selection. The results are published in the scientific journal


Welp, the Hubble Backup Computer Just Broke Too
Orbital Mystery For nearly two weeks now, NASA has been attempting to bring the Hubble Space Telescope back online after it mysteriously stopped working on June 13 . But fixing the 31-year-old telescope just got a lot more complicated. After a series of tests this week, researchers discovered that the Hubble's backup payload computer — the computer they planned to switch to in case their attempts
Cause of worst mass extinction ever found
A new paper claims to identify the cause of the Great Dying that occured nearly 252 million years ago. During the worst mass extinction event ever, most of Earth's life perished. The study suggests a volcanic eruption in Siberia spread aerosolized nickel particles that harmed organisms on the planet. Dinosaurs are the most infamous victims of a mass extinction event 66 million years ago. But an e
The Pentagon Just Released Its UFO Report
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence just dropped its hotly-anticipated declassified report on "unidentified aerial phenomena," which are essentially a wordy rebranding of "unidentified flying objects" (UFOs). The major takeaway of the Friday evening release: disappointingly, very little. In the 9-page document , the Pentagon's best and brightest essentially threw up their hands an
Physicist: The Universe Has Likely Been Expanding "Eternally"
Rewriting History In the beginning, there was a singularity. Then, in a flash, the Big Bang caused a rapid, still-accelerating expansion that led to the creation of everything in the universe. At least, that's how the common story goes, representing a general consensus among space scientists that the universe must have had a beginning point in time. But that idea is subject to increasing scrutiny
Carlo Rovelli: 'My work in physics is endlessly creative'
The scientist, 65, talks about quantum gravity, LSD, free love, escaping a bear and his lifetime in radical politics Verona was a beautiful place to grow up, but the town was close-minded and provincial. Dad, a gentle and hard-working man, ran a business. Mum was intelligent and bored – a lethal combination. They encouraged my independence from a young age, which I took too far. At 14, I ran away
The Oxford vaccine: the trials and tribulations of a world-saving jab
Amid bemusement from scientists at the deluge of often undeserved criticism, the Guardian pieces together the story behind the vaccine's successes and failures Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In January 2020, when most of the world slept soundly in ignorance of the pandemic coming its way, a group of scientists at Oxford University got to work on a vaccine to save th
Scientists Just Discovered Something Horrifying About Artificial Sweeteners
According to a new study, some of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners could potentially cause serious health issues by making the bacteria in our gut invade our intestinal walls. The study underlines that there's still a lot we don't understand about the sweeteners being added to many diet products — and demonstrates that further research is needed. "There is a lot of concern about the c
Before The Horrific Florida Condo Collapse, the Building Owners Were Warned
"Major Structural Damage" The owners of the Florida condos that collapsed on Thursday night were warned of "major structural damage" to the building by engineers three years before the disaster. Consultants reported damage that included cracks in support columns and walls to the building's managers in 2018, according to The New York Times . The report influenced a major multimillion-dollar repair
FDA Adds Heart Inflammation Warning to Moderna, Pfizer Vaccines
The US Food and Drug Administration added a warning about the potential risk for heart inflammation to the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday. The respective vaccines' fact sheets now say that they carry a slight risk for myocarditis and pericarditis amongst vaccine recipients, according to CNN . The addition of the warnings come on the heels of a CDC announcement that it received arou
Elon Musk Criticizes NASA, Says Spaceships Should Fly Between Space Stations
Big Bad Wolf Amendment Elon Musk took to Twitter (surprise!) to criticize NASA for signaling it would continue prohibiting direct cooperation between the agency and China indefinitely. During testimony to a congressional committee on Wednesday, NASA head Bill Nelson said that he supported making the Wolf Amendment — a 2011 law that prohibits cooperation between NASA and the Chinese government — p
What the U.S. Loses When Americans Save Too Much
For two generations, economists and other custodians of financial propriety have chastised Americans for not saving enough. Getting the public to pay attention took a pandemic. Facing a real possibility that COVID-19 and the resulting economic havoc might leave them unable to pay their mortgages and feed their families, moderate- and middle-income Americans began saving as much as they could —and
NSW Covid outbreaks: Gladys Berejiklian locks down Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong
New South Wales premier says lockdown will last two weeks and new restrictions will be in place for rest of state Australia Covid live updates: NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian flags more restrictions after coronavirus cases surge Australian woman in Sydney quarantine told to charter flight to see dying father in Melbourne Sydneysiders divided by Covid lockdown, united in confusion Sydney Covid loc
Military Report Says Space Force Must Prepare for Moon Warfare
Moon Warfare When former reality TV star and US president Donald Trump formed a new branch of the military called the Space Force, it wasn't exactly clear what it would accomplish or how its existence would impact existing peace treaties that prevent military activity in space. For better or worse, we now seem to be approaching some answers — and according to a new report by the Air Force Researc
Ancestors by Alice Roberts review – a story of movement and migration
A brilliant scientific storyteller reads stone, pottery and bones to bring us the latest moving updates about our prehistoric ancestors In 2002, not far from Amesbury in southern Wiltshire and a mile or so from Stonehenge, archaeologists were investigating the site of a new school when they discovered something remarkable. It was the grave of a man, aged between 35 and 45, who died more than 4,00
Summer Is Hot, but This Is Abnormal
Summer is hot. This is among the most basic weather concepts that we learn as children and accept without question. Heat and even heat waves have always been a reliable hallmark of the season between the June solstice and the September equinox. And yet recent weather has far outstripped that norm. For most of last week, the daily high temperature in Phoenix reached or exceeded 115 degrees , break
Elon Musk: First SpaceX Starship Booster Prototype "Almost Done"
Almost Done According to a recent tweet by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the space company's first flightworthy prototype of its Starship booster Super Heavy is "almost done." The massive rocket booster is meant to carry a prototype of SpaceX's Mars-bound Starship spacecraft into orbit as soon as this summer — if, that is, all goes according to plan. "We're almost done with first prototype booster," Musk
The Long-Awaited UFO Report Was Honestly Kind of Disappointing
Welp, that was underwhelming. After keeping the public waiting for months, the Pentagon finally released its hotly anticipated declassified report on "unidentified aerial phenomena" (government speak for UFOs) on Friday. You might think the public learned the truth about UFOs, aliens, what they're keeping at Area 51, and who really built the pyramids . In reality, what the Pentagon released was a
Elephants solve problems with personality
Just as humans have their own individual personalities, new research in the Journal of Comparative Psychology shows that elephants have personalities, too. Moreover, an elephant's personality may play an important role in how well that elephant can solve novel problems.
This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 26)
CRYPTOCURRENCY Andreessen Horowitz Goes Ham on Crypto With a New $2.2B Fund Arielle Pardes | Wired "The $2.2 billion Crypto Fund III will be among the largest capital commitments to the crypto ecosystem in history, and about four times the size of the firm's second cryptocurrency fund a year ago. …With its massive new fund, Andreessen Horowitz plans to do more than just meet those challenges ahea
New kind of molten salt reactor to be built at retiring coal plant
This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink. A nuclear power startup founded by Bill Gates has announced plans to build a new kind of molten salt reactor at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming. This reactor will be the first real-world demonstration of the startup's technology, which could help power the world — without warming the climate. Nuclear power: Splitting atoms (kno
Optical tweezer technology tweaked to overcome dangers of heat
Three years ago, Arthur Ashkin won the Nobel Prize for inventing optical tweezers, which use light in the form of a high-powered laser beam to capture and manipulate particles. Despite being created decades ago, optical tweezers still lead to major breakthroughs and are widely used today to study biological systems.
This Non Alcoholic 'Euphoric Beverage' Might Just Be Better Than Booze
If you've already heard of euphoric beverages , you probably already know that they're an exciting alternative to alcohol, with none of the unwanted side effects that alcohol drinkers have to deal with. And in the world of non alcoholic euphorics, Kin is a brand that stands above all the rest. Their newest product, Kin Lightwave is more than worth checking out whether you've decided to quit alcoh
Cryonics During the Pandemic
The business of cryopreservation — storing bodies at deep freeze until well into the future — got a whole lot more complicated during the pandemic.
The Soft Radicalism of Erotic Fiction
Pleasure, in the novels of Jackie Collins, tends to be abundant but hard-earned—imagine Pandora, having opened the box containing every sin plaguing humanity, retiring to a beach house in Malibu with two Weimaraners and a finely muscled masseur. The titles of her later books nod to desire and its cost: Lethal Seduction , Deadly Embrace , Dangerous Kiss . And in life, the British-born author emana
The Atlantic Daily: Pride Is Expanding Exactly as It Should
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. Lucy Jones The first Pride marches were intended to be a radical reclaiming of personhood and power by a community that society had shunned. More than 50 years later, when airlines sponsor parade
The next 20 years of humanity will redefine the rules of society as we know it
it's always been universally known that stealing is wrong in every single culture around the world, throughout all of human history. But over the past Century, the shift of wealth from the working class to the wealthy has resulted in this rule somehow being Rewritten. Now, it acceptable for the rich to steal by not having to pay taxes, by not being legally obligated to pay Healthcare, or respect
Unbroken: New soft electronics don't break, even when punctured
A team of researchers has created a new type of soft electronics, paving the way for devices that are self-healing, reconfigurable, and recyclable. These skin-like circuits are soft and stretchy, sustain numerous damage events under load without losing electrical conductivity, and can be recycled to generate new circuits at the end of a product's life.
One 'ring' to rule them all: Curious interlocked molecules show dual response
Scientists design polymers infused with a stress-sensitive molecular unit that respond to external forces by switching on their fluorescence. The researchers demonstrate the fluorescence to be dependent on the magnitude of force and show that it is possible to detect both, reversible and irreversible polymer deformations, opening the door to the exploration of new force regimes in polymers.
The renegade WW2 pilots who tried to end war as we know it | Malcolm Gladwell
Much has been written about World War II in the seven and a half decades since it ended in 1945. But as writer Malcolm Gladwell shows with his new book "The Bomber Mafia," some incredible stories and perspectives have been largely forgotten. A group of pilots, led by Brigadier General Haywood Hansell, earned the derogatory nickname Bomber Mafia because of a not-widely-shared dream that they could
People across the world favor paid parental leave, study finds
Although the United States is the only wealthy nation that doesn't guarantee paid leave to mothers or fathers after the arrival of a new child, Americans endorse providing paid time off for parents nearly as much as people from other countries. About 82% of Americans support paid maternity leave, just slightly less than the 86% who support it in 26 wealthy nations, a new study shows.
Using radio signals to image hidden and speeding objects
Researchers have developed a method for using radio signals to create real-time images and videos of hidden and moving objects, which could help firefighters find escape routes or victims inside buildings filled with fire and smoke. The technique could also help track hypersonic objects such as missiles and space debris.
AI used to predict unknown links between viruses and mammals
A new study could help scientists mitigate the future spread of zoonotic and livestock diseases caused by existing viruses. Researchers have used a form or artificial intelligence (AI) called machine-learning to predict more than 20,000 unknown associations between known viruses and susceptible mammalian species.
Scientists develop CRISPR/Cas9-based gene drive in plants
Researchers have created a CRISPR-Cas9-based gene drive designed for plants. The new technology, which allows scientists to cut and copy key genetic elements, helps scientists breed plants that defend against crop diseases and withstand the impacts of climate change.
Alaska infrastructure at risk of earlier failure
Roads, bridges, pipelines and other types of infrastructure in Alaska and elsewhere in the Arctic will deteriorate faster than expected due to a failure by planners to account for the structures' impact on adjacent permafrost, according to new research.
How immune cells can be trained to fight infections
The body's immune cells fight off microbes and other invaders, and can also be reprogrammed or 'trained' to respond even more aggressively to such threats, report scientists who have discovered the fundamental rule underlying this process in a particular class of cells. Their findings could help pave the way for targeted strategies to enhance the immune system.
Ugens debat: Opdatering af Tesla førte til en nedgradering
Danske Tesla-ejere kan nu deltage i et gruppesøgsmål mod Tesla, som kritiseres for med en opdatering at have forlænget ladetiden og forringet rækkevidden for ældre Model S-biler. Debatten under artiklen på handlede ikke kun om biler – også om andre produkter, der forringes med software-'op…
This Desk Toy Uses The Power Of Magnets To Achieve Awesome Effects
The cutting edge of physics can seem more like fiction than reality, as scientists argue over whether information is a form of matter and if you can find dark matter at the bottom of a lake . Yet, even the established laws of physics can pull out some surprises, which is where the Skill Flux stands out. Typically $99, the Skill Flux Scientific Desk Toy + Magnet Shield Bundle is on sale for only $
Rewarding people for Real World Information…Are Blockchain projects like Everipedia, an Encyclopedia like Wiki built on Blockchain the way of the future?
I've just started to explore many exciting projects that blockchain is bringing to the world, especially when there is the opportunities to bring Real World Information and knowledge to the people. I'd like to see more people who work within the Crypto communities, support and contribute to projects such as Everipedia, that are built to provide genuine and reliable information and reward the comm
Toxicity of protein involved in Alzheimer's triggered by a chemical 'switch'
Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered that a specific chemical feature of a key protein known as tau may cause it to accumulate in the brain and trigger illnesses like Alzheimer's. They found that disulfide bonds on certain amino acids act to stabilize tau and cause it to accumulate, an effect that got worse with increased oxidative stress . The identificati

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