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Don't Be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected
It's hard to know when exactly the first cases appeared. But certainly by January's end, a slow trickle of post-vaccination infections had begun in the United States. They arose in the West, making headlines in Oregon ; they sprouted in the Midwest and the South . Some of the latest reports have come out of Florida , Texas , and Hawaii . These breakthrough cases—discovered in people more than two
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The Science of Making Americans Hurt Their Own Country
The National Intelligence Council has released an unclassified repor t assessing, retrospectively, foreign threats to the 2020 election . It has a few twists and turns: The Iranian government attempted to run some kind of online influence campaign; the Chinese government considered doing the same but then dropped the idea. But most of the report is about Russia. Unlike in 2016, Russian intelligen
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'Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination': the scientists turning the desert green
In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai Flying into Egypt in early February to make the most important presentation of his life, Ties van der Hoeven prepared by listening to the podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon – the story of how Nasa accomplished the lunar landings. The mission he was discussing
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Young Female Twitter Star Turns Out to Be 50-Year-Old Man Using Deepfakes
Take Them For A Ride You might want to double check that influencer you just followed on Twitter — they might actually be a deepfaked persona. Or at least that was the case with Twitter user @azusagakuyuki , who tricked followers into thinking they were a young female motorbike enthusiast but actually turned out to be a 50-year-old Japanese man named Zonggu using deepfake technology , according t
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Powerful stratospheric winds measured on Jupiter for the first time
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner, a team of astronomers has directly measured winds in Jupiter's middle atmosphere for the first time. By analyzing the aftermath of a comet collision from the 1990s, the researchers have revealed incredibly powerful winds, with speeds of up to 1450 kilometers an hour, near J
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Cern experiment hints at new force of nature
Experts reveal 'cautious excitement' over unstable particles that fail to decay as standard model suggests Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva have spotted an unusual signal in their data that may be the first hint of a new kind of physics. The LHCb collaboration, one of four main teams at the LHC, analysed 10 years of data on how unstable particles called B mesons, created moment
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Bill Gates Attempts to Explain Why He Bought More Farmland Than Anyone Else in America
You might remember an intriguing story from earlier this year, when an investigative journalist discovered that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had been quietly buying up so much farmland that he now appears to own more of it than anybody else in America. The story — that the guy behind MS-DOS and Internet Explorer was going all in on agriculture — raised eyebrows in the media , but we never got
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Elon Musk Shows Off Photo of SpaceX's First Starship Super Heavy Booster
Super Heavy SpaceX has reached a milestone in the long journey of getting its Mars-bound Starship rocket off the ground. A picture uploaded by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shows off his space company's first Super Heavy booster, a massive 230-foot rocket meant to get Starship, a gargantuan spacecraft in itself, into orbit. In fact, as Teslarati points out , it's likely the largest rocket booster ever bui
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Pollution Is Shrinking Human Penises, Warns Famous Environmentalist
Synthetic chemicals and plastics can be found in almost every corner of the world, from the deepest depths of the oceans to the insides of human children . And that could wreak havoc on our reproductive system, as famed environmentalist Erin Brockovich argues in a recent piece for The Guardian , in which she explores the ramifications of a new book about reproductive epidemiology by Shanna Swan c
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New study shows microplastics turn into 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria
It's estimated that an average-sized wastewater treatment plant serving roughly 400,000 residents will discharge up to 2,000,000 microplastic particles into the environment each day. Yet, researchers are still learning the environmental and human health impact of these ultra-fine plastic particles, less than 5 millimeters in length, found in everything from cosmetics, toothpaste and clothing micro
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Lab one step closer to understanding how life started on Earth
How did life begin on Earth and could it exist elsewhere? Researchers at Simon Fraser University have isolated a genetic clue—an enzyme known as an RNA polymerase—that provides new insights about the origins of life. The research is published today in the journal Science.
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Researchers find evidence of elusive Odderon particle
For 50 years, the research community has been hunting unsuccessfully for the so-called Odderon particle. Now, a Swedish-Hungarian research group has discovered the mythical particle with the help of extensive analysis of experimental data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
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Bernie Sanders Slams Elon Musk for "Unsustainable" Greed
Progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders suplexed tech billionaire Elon Musk in a Sunday tweet , excoriating the SpaceX CEO for pouring money into interplanetary space travel ambitions while inequality persists here on Earth. "Space travel is an exciting idea, but right now we need to focus on Earth and create a progressive tax system so that children don't go hungry, people are not homeless an
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COVID Vaccine Developer: Cancer Shots Are Next
Özlem Türeci, the scientist who cofounded the company BioNTech — of " Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine " fame — says that we might have working vaccines for cancer within the next few years. Developing a vaccine that prevents cancer was actually Türeci's original goal for BioNTech, she told the Associated Press . But now, after the company's resounding success and the influx of funding stemmin
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Research finds surprising electron interaction in 'magic-angle' graphene
In 2018, physicists showed that something interesting happens when two sheets of the nanomaterial graphene are placed on top of each other. When one layer is rotated to a "magic angle" of around 1.1 degrees with respect to the other, the system becomes a superconductor—meaning it conducts electricity with zero resistance. Even more exciting, there was evidence that it was an unconventional form of
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Explosive origins of 'secondary' ice—and snow
Where does snow come from? This may seem like a simple question to ponder as half the planet emerges from a season of watching whimsical flakes fall from the sky—and shoveling them from driveways. But a new study on how water becomes ice in slightly supercooled Arctic clouds may make you rethink the simplicity of the fluffy stuff. The study, published by scientists from the U.S. Department of Ener
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Scientists observe complex tunable magnetism tied to electrical conduction in a topological material
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have observed novel helical magnetic ordering in the topological compound EuIn2As2 which supports exotic electrical conduction tunable by a magnetic field. The discovery has significant implications for basic research into functional topological properties and may one day find use in a number of advanced technology applications.
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Sperm whales have a surprisingly deep—and useful—culture
Sperm whales are a rare sight. (Pxhere/) Hal Whitehead, a biologist at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, has spent decades following sperm whales around on boats, trying to figure out their intricate social structures. "About 20 years ago, it came to us that culture—in the sense of what they're learning from each other—is very important for sperm whales," Whitehead says. A new study by Whitehe
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Solving 'barren plateaus' is the key to quantum machine learning
Many machine learning algorithms on quantum computers suffer from the dreaded "barren plateau" of unsolvability, where they run into dead ends on optimization problems. This challenge had been relatively unstudied—until now. Rigorous theoretical work has established theorems that guarantee whether a given machine learning algorithm will work as it scales up on larger computers.
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Tilting rotors could help make Bell's speedy new aircraft the next Black Hawk
The V-280 resembles a traditional aircraft in forward flight. (Bell/) Two companies are vying to produce the next Black Hawk for the Army. The next-gen aircraft could speed quickly into harm's way, drop off troops, and then zoom out again. Sikorsky, which makes the current-generation Black Hawk helicopters, recently revealed their progress on a futuristic machine with two counter-rotating rotors
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Scientists Find New Patterns In Mysterious Radio Pulses From Distant Galaxies
Microsecond Burst The strange signals known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs) have long mystified the astronomy community. The sudden, strong radio pulses, often emanating from distant galaxies, appear at regularly timed intervals, from every few of milliseconds to weeks — and we still aren't entirely sure what they are or why they exist. Now, a new team of astronomers has taken an even closer look.
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Large asteroid to (safely) zip past Earth
The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year will swing closest on Sunday, giving astronomers a rare chance for a good look at a space rock that formed at the dawn of our solar system.
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How organisms filter out the noise to make accurate predictions
A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago and the French National Centre for Scientific Research shows how organisms filter information from their environment differently for a wide range of biological processes—from visually tracking the motion of objects to immune cells responding to pathogens—and then select the most useful inputs to respond accordingly.
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Arctic methane release due to melting ice is likely to happen again
Beneath the cold, dark depths of the Arctic ocean sit vast reserves of methane. These stores rest in a delicate balance, stable as a solid called methane hydrates, at very specific pressures and temperatures. If that balance gets tipped, the methane can get released into the water above and eventually make its way to the atmosphere. In its gaseous form, methane is one of the most potent greenhouse
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Researchers confirm accuracy of cosmological data analysis technique using mock data
Astronomers have played a game of guess-the-numbers with cosmological implications. Working from a mock catalog of galaxies prepared by a Japanese team, two American teams correctly guessed the cosmological parameters used to generate the catalog to within 1% accuracy. This gives us confidence that their methods will be able to determine the correct parameters of the real universe when applied to
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Manta-like planktivorous sharks in Late Cretaceous oceans
The ecomorphological diversity of extinct elasmobranchs is incompletely known. Here, we describe Aquilolamna milarcae , a bizarre probable planktivorous shark from early Late Cretaceous open marine deposits in Mexico. Aquilolamna , tentatively assigned to Lamniformes, is characterized by hypertrophied, slender pectoral fins. This previously unknown body plan represents an unexpected evolutionary
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Arctic was once lush and green, and could be again, new research shows
Imagine not a white, but a green Arctic, with woody shrubs as far north as the Canadian coast of the Arctic Ocean. This is what the northernmost region of North America looked like about 125,000 years ago, during the last interglacial period, finds new research from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine completely prevents severe illness and death
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine could be in the US soon. (AstraZeneca/) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. A fourth drug manufacturer, AstraZeneca, has announced positive results in Phase III COVID vaccine trials in the United States. The vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, and with some funding from Operation Warp Speed, is in widespread use outside the US
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Mural shows earliest known record of salt being sold at a marketplace in the Maya region
The first documented record of salt as an ancient Maya commodity at a marketplace is depicted in a mural painted more than 2,500 years ago at Calakmul, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. In the mural that portrays daily life, a salt vendor shows what appears to be a salt cake wrapped in leaves to another person, who holds a large spoon over a basket, presumably of loo
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The process sea slugs use to regrow severed body parts is surprisingly common
Kleptoplasty, the ability to steal another organism's photosynthetic powers, in animals is thought to be extremely rare in animals. Its this skill that allows the slug pictured above to survive and regrow its body after being decapitated. (Sayaka Mitoh/) Some sea slugs can live without their bodies. Cut their heads off, and the noggins can still survive for months, scientists recently discovered
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Talking to horses as we talk to young children
Many people instinctively use baby-talk when talking to their pets, often characterized by a high-pitched voice and exaggerated intonations. The same is true for many riders with their horses. But are horses sensitive to this type of speech? Ethologists from INRAE and IFCE (French Horse and Riding Institute) have decided to find out. Their results, published on 18th March in Animal Cognition, show
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No threat to Earth as huge asteroid zooms past
The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year has made its closest approach, posing no threat of a cataclysmic collision but giving astronomers a rare chance to study a rock formed during the beginning of our solar system.
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Multiple migrations to the Philippines during the last 50,000 years [Anthropology]
Island Southeast Asia has recently produced several surprises regarding human history, but the region's complex demography remains poorly understood. Here, we report ∼2.3 million genotypes from 1,028 individuals representing 115 indigenous Philippine populations and genome-sequence data from two ∼8,000-y-old individuals from Liangdao in the Taiwan Strait. We show that the…
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Meet the medical resident who had his wife peer review five of his papers
The pantheon of husband-wife teams in science includes Marie and Pierre Curie, Gerty and Carl Cori, even Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci, the founders of BioNTech, which collaborated with Pfizer on a Covid-19 vaccine. To that list we hesitatingly add Ahmed Elkhouly and his spouse. Elkhouly, a medical resident at St. Francis Medical Center, in … Continue reading
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2 mouthwashes disrupt the coronavirus in lab tests
Two types of mouthwash disrupt SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, preventing it from replicating in a human cell, a new study suggests. The study in the journal Pathogens finds that, in a laboratory setting, Listerine and the prescription mouthwash Chlorhexidine disrupted the virus within seconds after researchers diluted it to concentrations that would mimic actual use. Further studies
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Scientists Created an Artificial Early Embryo From Human Skin Cells
We all know how human reproduction works: sperm meets egg, fertilized egg kicks off its journey, transforms into a human embryo, then becomes a fetus and ultimately a baby. But what if boy meets girl isn't the only way? Last week, two studies in Nature torpedoed the classic narrative of the beginning of life. Two independent teams coaxed ordinary skin cells into a living cluster that resembled a
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Landmarks of human embryonic development inscribed in somatic mutations
Although cell lineage information is fundamental to understanding organismal development, very little direct information is available for humans. We performed high-depth (250 x ) whole-genome sequencing of multiple tissues from three individuals to identify hundreds of somatic single-nucleotide variants (sSNVs). Using these variants as "endogenous barcodes" in single cells, we reconstructed early
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Removing Space Debris
Right now there are about 3,000 active satellites in Earth orbit. About 1,000 of those satellites are part of the Starlink project to provide internet access everywhere on the planet, with a planned 42,000 total when complete. that is a massive increase in the number of active satellites. At the same time there another 3,000 defunct satellites that are no longer operational but remain in orbit. T
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Big breakthrough for 'massless' energy storage
Researchers have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fiber that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material. Their latest research breakthrough paves the way for essentially 'massless' energy storage in vehicles and other technology.
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Does 'harsh parenting' lead to smaller brains?
A study shows that harsh parenting practices in childhood have long-term repercussions for children's brain development. Repeatedly getting angry, hitting, shaking or yelling at children is linked with smaller brain structures in adolescence, according to a new study
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The evolution of pelvic limb muscle moment arms in bird-line archosaurs
Bipedal locomotion evolved along the archosaurian lineage to birds, shifting from "hip-based" to "knee-based" mechanisms. However, the roles of individual muscles in these changes and their evolutionary timings remain obscure. Using 13 three-dimensional musculoskeletal models of the hindlimbs of bird-line archosaurs, we quantify how the moment arms (i.e., leverages) of 35 locomotor muscles evolve
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Therapy for most common cause of cystic fibrosis safe and effective in 6-11
An international, open-label Phase 3 study, co-led by Susanna McColley, MD, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, found that a regimen of three drugs (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor) that targets the genetic cause of cystic fibrosis was safe and effective in 6-11-year-olds with at least one copy of F508del mutation in the CFTR gene, which is estimated to represent almost 90
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Hemmajobbare sover längre men är lika produktiva
Människor som jobbar hemma sover mer, enligt en studie från Högskolan i Gävle. – Ja, de sover längre, producerar lika mycket och rör sig lika mycket som när de jobbar på kontoret, säger David Hallman, docent i arbetshälsovetenskap. I en undersökning har forskarna, i samarbete med Gävle kommun, under pandemin kunnat jämföra samma person hemma och på jobbet. Testpersonerna har burit rörelsemätare i
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Lettuce grows just fine in solar-panel greenhouses
It's possible to grow lettuce in greenhouses that filter out wavelengths of light used to generate solar power, according to a new study. The findings demonstrate the feasibility of using see-through solar panels in greenhouses to generate electricity. "We were a little surprised—there was no real reduction in plant growth or health," says Heike Sederoff, a professor of plant biology at North Car
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Experimental competition induces immediate and lasting effects on the neurogenome in free-living female birds [Evolution]
Periods of social instability can elicit adaptive phenotypic plasticity to promote success in future competition. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms have primarily been studied in captive and laboratory-reared animals, leaving uncertainty as to how natural competition among free-living animals affects gene activity. Here, we experimentally generated social competition among wild,…
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Supercell tornadoes are much stronger and wider than damage-based ratings indicate [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]
Tornadoes cause damage, injury, and death when intense winds impact structures. Quantifying the strength and extent of such winds is critical to characterizing tornado hazards. Ratings of intensity and size are based nearly entirely on postevent damage surveys [R. Edwards et al., Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 94, 641–653 (2013)]. It…
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Isotopic evidence for the formation of the Moon in a canonical giant impact
Nature Communications, Published online: 22 March 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22155-7 Here, the authors show that Earth and Moon are characterized by different vanadium isotope compositions, which is most likely resulting from vanadium isotope fractionation of the bulk silicate proto-Earth during the main stage of terrestrial core formation—followed by a canonical giant impact scenario, where 80
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Overdispersion in COVID-19 increases the effectiveness of limiting nonrepetitive contacts for transmission control [Biophysics and Computational Biology]
Increasing evidence indicates that superspreading plays a dominant role in COVID-19 transmission. Recent estimates suggest that the dispersion parameter k for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is on the order of 0.1, which corresponds to about 10% of cases being the source of 80% of infections. To investigate…
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Happiness can be learned
Is it possible to learn to be happier? Well, it seems it is. At least according to a scientific study coordinated by the University of Trento and carried out in collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome that has been recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. In this study, researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of an integrated mental training program in which the participants on the
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Transcendental Meditation effective in reducing PTSD, sleep problems, depression symptoms
Veterans with PTSD who practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique showed significant reductions in PTSD symptom severity, according to a new study published in Journal of Traumatic Stress. Fifty percent of the meditating veterans no longer met criteria for PTSD after three months compared to only 10 percent of controls. The randomized controlled study also showed significant reductions in v
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Vaccines alone may not be enough to end pandemic
Even as vaccines are becoming more readily available in the U.S., protecting against the asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 is key to ending the pandemic, say disease experts in a new article.
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Män med bra kondition får fler barn
Hög inkomst, hälsosamt BMI och hög IQ ökar mäns chanser att få barn. Men även att ha bra kondition. – Jag blev överraskad av att sambandet mellan kondition och antalet barn var så starkt, säger forskaren Martin Kolk. Enligt data från mönstringen från 1950–1970-talen har faktorerna hög inkomst, bra kondition, hälsosamt BMI och hög IQ var och en för sig ett starkt samband med mäns chanser att få ba
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For the first time, an Alpine-wide study shows that snow cover has been declinin
Up until now, the studies conducted had been limited to individual areas in the Alpine region and been based on data from at most, a few hundred, measuring stations. Now, for the first time, a recent study coordinated by Eurac Research, has collected and systematically evaluated snow data from more than 2000 measuring stations in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland and France.
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CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6
In many places, the 6-foot guidance was interpreted as requiring schools to operate on part-time schedules in order to reduce class sizes. A 3-foot rule would allow many more schools to reopen fully. (Image credit: Yalonda M. James/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
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Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different
"The indignity of being Asian in this country has been underreported," the poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong writes in Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Hong, 44, is the daughter of Korean immigrants and was raised in Los Angeles. Although she has written about race in her poetry, Minor Feelings is her first nonfiction book, a blend of memoir and cultural criticism. Her essays explore
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Canadian Conservative party votes not to recognize climate crisis as real
Delegates vote 54%-46% against policy change request Leader O'Toole has sought ambitious climate change agenda Canada's main opposition Conservative party members have voted down a proposal to recognize the climate crisis as real, in a blow to their new leader's efforts to embrace environmentally friendly policies before a likely federal election this year. Related: 'Climate facts are back': EPA
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When depression wears a smile, even psychiatrists like me can be deceived | Rebecca Lawrence
By the time mental ill health is visible, it's probably very bad. The best risk assessment is to listen rather than look In my everyday life, when I see someone who looks happy, I expect them to feel like that, too. I don't think about it particularly – it's a reflex. I glance casually at a smiling face and am reassured that all is well. It takes a conscious effort to remind myself of a fact that
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Your Unvaccinated Kid Is Like a Vaccinated Grandma
President Joe Biden wants all adults to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. In a speech last week, he suggested that Americans should be able to celebrate July 4 with (smallish) barbecues. For many people, this was the first hopeful vision in a while. We still have a ways to go, but the speed of the vaccination process in recent days makes quasi-normalcy by July seem not completely out o
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Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK
Charles Oti should be in his NHS job fighting the virus. Instead, the Home Office wants to send him to Nigeria An infection control specialist who has been offered a job as a senior NHS biomedical scientist to help tackle the pandemic is facing deportation by the Home Office, prompting fresh calls for a more "humane" approach to skilled migrants. The government has refused Charles Oti, 46, from N
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They Could Have Saved the Royal Family
L ooks like Prince Harry married a girl just like the one who married dear old Dad. We recognized all of it: the desperate unhappiness, the adoration of the masses, the beautiful clothes worn beautifully—but especially the easy and immediate way of reaching out to commoners and blessing them with the life-changing gift of her attention. He found—and then gave to us, the grateful public—another Di
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The Clearest Sign the Pandemic Could Get Worse
The number of people hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States has been plummeting since early January. Until about three weeks ago, hospitalizations in Michigan were following the same pattern: More people with COVID-19 were leaving the hospital than were being admitted. But in the past few weeks, data from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services have sh
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New Effort To Clean Up Space Junk Reaches Orbit
Known as ELSA-d, the mission will exhibit technology that could help capture space junk, some of the millions of pieces of orbital debris that float above Earth. (Image credit: Astroscale)
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UK to test existing drugs as treatment for MS in world-first trial
Researchers will test several drugs at once to speed up identification of those that slow or reverse symptoms Doctors in the UK are to launch a world-first clinical trial to assess whether drugs already on the market can prevent multiple sclerosis (MS) from worsening over time and even reverse the disabilities it causes. The groundbreaking Octopus trial, so named because of its various arms, will
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Why McConnell Gets Away With Filibustering
The filibuster is in trouble. President Joe Biden has come out in favor of reforming it , and Democrats in the Senate are weighing alternatives. But the strongest sign that its days are numbered is that the Republican leader Mitch McConnell is threatening Armageddon if the other party touches it. No one presently—or perhaps ever—in the Senate has practiced the dark art of obstruction as relentles
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The Republican Party's Irrational War on Voting Rights
In February, Arizona state senators tried to have the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors thrown in jail. The legislators had demanded that the county officials hand over documents relating to the 2020 presidential election in the state, which Democrat Joe Biden won by fewer than 11,000 votes. Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, had already audited its results and found no evidence of fraud. The b
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Doctors suggest Covid-19 could cause diabetes
More than 350 clinicians report suspicions of Covid-induced diabetes, both type 1 and type 2 A cohort of scientists from across the world believe that there is a growing body of evidence that Covid-19 can cause diabetes in some patients. Prof Francesco Rubino, from King's College London, is leading the call for a full investigation into a possible link between the two diseases. Having seen a rise
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European Scientists Zero In On AstraZeneca Blood Clot Link
A rare blood clotting condition has occurred in some people after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. If the new research is correct, it could mean that blood clots could be easily treated. (Image credit: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)
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Tardigrades: nature's great survivors
The microscopic animals can withstand extreme conditions that would kill humans, and may one day help in the development of Covid vaccines. How do they do it? On 11 April 2019, a spacecraft crashed on to the Moon. The Israeli Beresheet probe was supposed to land gently in the Mare Serenitatis, a huge plain of basalt rock formed in a volcanic eruption billions of years ago. It would have been the
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America Has Forgotten How to Forgive
Yesterday afternoon, Condé Nast, the publisher of Teen Vogue , announced that Alexi McCammond, a 27-year-old former reporter for Axios , would not be taking over as editor of the magazine after all. She had been done in by her own social-media posts , little time bombs she'd unwittingly armed when she tweeted them at age 17. Those posts groaned about her "stupid asian T.A." and mocked Asians' "sw
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AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe and effective, says European regulator
EMA says benefits outweigh risks but also that it is continuing to study possible link with very rare blood clotting disorder Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy, France and Ireland will resume administering AstraZeneca jabs from Friday after Europe's medicines regulator said the vaccine was "safe and effective" and its benefits outweighed its risks. The European M
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Australian government backs psychedelic drug clinical trials to treat mental illness
$15m grant comes despite TGA's failure to reschedule MDMA and psilocybin from a prohibited substance to a controlled medicine The use of magic mushrooms, ecstasy and other psychedelic drugs to treat mental illnesses, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, may be a step closer in Australia, with clinical trials given a $15m grant. Despite international evidence suggesting the med
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A mouse embryo has been grown in an artificial womb—humans could be next
The photographs alone tell a fantastic story—a mouse embryo, complete with beating heart cells, a head, and the beginning of limbs, alive and growing in a glass jar. According to a scientific group in Israel, which took the picture, the researchers have grown mice in an artificial womb for as long as 11 or 12 days, about half the animal's natural gestation period. It's record for development of a
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Dexamethasone hailed as lifesaver for up to a million Covid patients worldwide
Results of Recovery drug trial also credited with successful treatment of 22,000 people in the UK, says NHS England Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dexamethasone – the inexpensive steroid that quickly emerged as a highly effective Covid therapy thanks to a large drug testing programme pioneered by UK scientists – has so far saved the lives of an estimated million peo
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Glimpses of Sudan's Forgotten Pyramids
Desecrated by plunderers, threatened by floodwaters and largely overshadowed by their Egyptian counterparts, Sudan's ancient archaeological sites may finally be poised to receive broader recognition.
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Covid: AstraZeneca vaccine 79% effective with no increased blood clot risk – US trial
Study of over 32,000 people included review of risks of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in a large trial in the US, Chile and Peru, the company said on Monday, paving the way for it to apply for US approval. The vacc
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Covid: why has the fall in UK infection rate stalled despite vaccinations?
Hospital admissions and deaths are declining as priority groups vaccinated but number of new diagnoses has stabilised Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK's Covid-19 statistics remain encouraging despite continuing rows over vaccine deliveries in Europe. Admissions to hospital and daily deaths from the disease continue to decline with numbers in the latter category
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Second vessel in two weeks appears to float above UK waters
'Superior mirage' illusion resurfaces in Dorset a fortnight after similar pictures taken near Falmouth If the sight of a ship apparently hovering above the sea is a very rare event in the UK, then two in a fortnight must be an even more unlikely occurrence. But 13 days after a giant tanker was pictured floating above the water off Cornwall, the effect of an optical illusion known as a superior mi
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The mystery of the lightning-produced Schumann Resonances
The Schumann Resonances are a set of frequencies produced by electromagnetic waves in Earth's lower ionosphere. The frequencies, created from thunderstorms and lightning, range from 7.83 Hz, called the Earth's "heartbeat," to 33.8 Hz. The Schumann Resonance has been studied for its effect on the planet as well as on humans. Flashes of lightning that strike around the earth about 50 times every se
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Plastic particles pass from mothers into foetuses, rat study shows
Nanoparticles found in foetal brains and hearts, but impact on human health is as yet unknown Tiny plastic particles in the lungs of pregnant rats pass rapidly into the hearts, brains and other organs of their foetuses, research shows. It is the first study in a live mammal to show that the placenta does not block such particles. The experiments also showed that the rat foetuses exposed to the pa
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The Real Reason Republicans Couldn't Kill Obamacare
Adapted from The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage , St. Martin's Press 2021. T he Affordable Care Act , the health-care law also known as Obamacare, turns 11 years old this week. Somehow, the program has not merely survived the GOP's decade-long assault. It's actually getting stronger, thanks to some major upgrades tucked in the COVID-19 relief package tha
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'What appointments did these dogs have to keep?': long lunches and brief liaisons in a radical new dogumentary
To mark National Puppy Day, Elizabeth Lo's acclaimed film Stray gives humans rare insight into the canine gaze, courtesy of homeless mutts in Istanbul From the moment Zeytin makes her first appearance in Elizabeth Lo 's feature Stray, there is no doubt you are in the presence of a unique spirit. As she surveys an Istanbul side street at dawn, her features are alert, her gaze is uncompromising and
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The innovations we need to avoid a climate disaster | Bill Gates
The single most important thing for avoiding a climate disaster is cutting carbon pollution from the current 51 billion tons per year to zero, says philanthropist and technologist Bill Gates. Introducing the concept of the "green premium" — the higher price of zero-emission products like electric cars, artificial meat or sustainable aviation fuel — Gates identifies the breakthroughs and investme
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The Maker of M&Ms Built a Robot to Chase You Around the Store With Candy
Sweets Cyborg As if avoiding impulse purchases at the grocery store wasn't hard enough, the company behind M&Ms has created an autonomous robot that follows you around as you shop for groceries to tempt you with candy. The Mars Inc. candy company developed the robot — nicknamed "Smiley" — to follow shoppers around and offer them snacks long before they reach the checkout line, according to Gizmod
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Vets warn of new Covid variant's possible link to heart problems in pets
Specialist hospital stresses: 'We have strong suspicion of transmission from human to pet, not vice versa' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vets are warning of a possible link between a new variant of coronavirus and heart problems in cats and dogs after a increase in pets presenting with myocarditis at a specialist veterinary hospital in Buckinghamshire during the pa
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Climate fight 'is undermined by social media's toxic reports'
Scientists warn that Nobel summit and long-term decisions to save the planet are at risk from targeted attacks online Fake news on social media about climate change and biodiversity loss is having a worrying impact in the battle to halt the growing environmental threats to the planet, a group of scientists and analysts have warned. In a report published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, th
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China's Military Just Banned Teslas, Citing Security Concerns
Tesla Ban China has barred all Tesla vehicles from its military complexes and housing compounds in light of privacy concerns, Bloomberg reports . The military order instructs Chinese Tesla drivers to park their vehicles outside of military property, according to Bloomberg 's sources. Officials are reportedly concerned over the cars' many cameras and the data they may be able to collect, running t
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The SLS Is Probably the Last Rocket NASA Will Ever Build
Last Rocket It took almost a decade and tens of billions of dollars to get to this point. NASA's Space Launch System completed a major milestone this week. The massive rocket, standing taller than the Statue of Liberty, completed its second successful hot-fire test this week. The rocket roared to life, blowing a gigantic white cloud into the forest nearby the agency's Stennis Space Center in Miss
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Architect Sells Rendered 3D House as $500,000 NFT
Virtual Real Estate Contemporary artist Krista Kim has sold a house for $500,000. But it's not any house — the "Mars House" is a purely virtual piece of real estate and was sold for 288 ether, worth over half a million dollars, as a non-fungible token or NFT, CNBC reports . Kim is hoping to take what NFTs can be to the next level with her Mars House, which is an immersive 3D experience rather tha
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America Is Now in the Hands of the Vaccine-Hesitant
It's official: America's vaccine-supply crunch is over. The U.S. has ordered, optioned, or procured enough doses to immunize every single member of the population more than five times over , and all adults will be eligible for the shots by May 1. In other words, after months of careful rationing and distribution snafus , we've finally hit a new phase of the pandemic endgame: vaccines galore. Next
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Vesuvius killed people of Pompeii in 15 minutes, study suggests
Cloud of ash and gas engulfed Roman city within minutes and suffocated inhabitants, research says A giant cloud of ash and gases released by Vesuvius in 79 AD took about 15 minutes to kill the inhabitants of Pompeii, research suggests. The estimated 2,000 people who died in the ancient Roman city when they could not escape were not overwhelmed by the lava, but rather asphyxiated by the gases and
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The US is about to reach a surprise milestone: too many vaccines, not enough takers
The US has administered more than 118 million doses of covid-19 vaccines so far, and millions more are being injected every day. So far, demand from people who are desperate to get vaccinated has outstripped supply of the drugs, and when vaccine appointments are released, they're quickly scooped up. But jurisdictions across the country may soon face the opposite problem. As production ramps up, t
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Photos of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall Volcano
After several weeks of earthquakes, an eruption began about 25 miles from Reykjavik, Iceland, as Fagradalsfjall volcano began spewing lava into a small valley on March 19. Collected below, some early images from the event.
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Millennials Are Aging Really Badly, Experts Say
They may be the harbingers of doom for countless industries , but it seems like millennials aren't doing too hot themselves. At least, that's according to a team of Ohio State University sociologists who uncovered a disturbing trend: Generations X and Y — that second group are generally known as millennials — are aging really poorly. According to their research , which was published Thursday in t
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China Is Selling Deadly "Pterodactyl" Drones Around the World
Drone Swarm The combat drone business is booming in China, where the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) has been making a killing selling its heavily-armed combat drones to countries around the world. In recent years, AVIC has sold hundreds of its Wing Loong II — the name translates to the dinosaur "Pterodactyl" — drone, which carries a dozen missiles, to 16 countries including Nigeria, th
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A Gruesome Feeding Frenzy in the Atlantic Ocean
A dead whale can mean many things, but to sharks, it means a feast. This is the scene Chip Michalove encountered on March 4, when he saw the dead right whale bobbing in the ocean, getting torn to pieces by great whites. Even he, a South Carolina fisherman who has caught and released enough sharks to be nicknamed the "Shark Whisperer," had never seen a feeding frenzy like it. "It was a once-in-a-l
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WHO Investigators Think They Found Where the Pandemic Really Began
After conducting an exhaustive probe into how the coronavirus pandemic actually began within China, World Health Organization (WHO) investigators believe they've figured it out. The WHO plans to release a full report on the investigation in the coming weeks, but one member of the team told NPR this week that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 likely first jumped from animals to humans in one of several w
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Scientists Dump Telescope Into the World's Deepest Lake to Hunt for Dark Matter
Plunk! A team of Russian scientists is taking an unusual approach to finding neutrinos, a type of particularly elusive subatomic particle that might make up dark matter. Instead of pointing an observatory up at the cosmos and trying to detect neutrinos as they blast through the planet, these researchers dunked an orb-shaped telescope called the Baikal Gigaton Volume Detector (Baikal-GVD) almost a
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Watch This Awesome Video of Clouds Drifting Across the Martian Sky
Martian Storm A stunning video that went viral over the weekend shows a fierce, dark cloud passing over a rocky landscape. But this isn't Arizona — it's the desolate surface of Mars. Clouds in the sky, gently passing overhead. On Mars, Friday, March 19, 2021. pic.twitter.com/jJpemPefIV — Prof. Paul Byrne (@ThePlanetaryGuy) March 20, 2021 The eight images were taken by NASA's Curiosity rover on Ma
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The Dehumanizing Logic of All the 'Happy Ending' Jokes
Almost a week has passed since the shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, which resulted in the death of eight people, six of them Asian or Asian American women. The Atlanta police have yet to say that the incidents were motivated by racism, seemingly in part because the shooting suspect told them that he suffers from a "sex addiction." FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, acco
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How the U.S. Tax Code Privileges White Families
Soon after I got my master's degree in tax law from NYU in 1984, I started preparing my parents' tax returns. They filed jointly, and what always stuck out to me was how comparable their incomes were. My mother worked as a nurse at an assisted-living facility, and my father was a plumber with the New York City Housing Authority. Some years, my father's overtime would put him on top by a few hundr
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Biden Just Showed Us What He Really Values
In September, one political observer cast a gimlet eye on then-candidate Joe Biden's theory about contemporary politics: He believes that once Trump is gone, Republicans on Capitol Hill will return to the low-key, courteous mien that Biden remembers (or thinks he remembers) from his long career in the Senate. Rather than relentlessly attacking these Republicans, Biden has chosen to reach out to t
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We Must Confront Anti–Asian American Hate Crimes
The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, but Americans of Asian descent have had to deal with an additional crisis that accompanied the arrival of COVID-19: an alarming increase of hate, vitriol, and harassment directed at them simply because of their ethnic backgrounds or national origin. This disturbing reality has only recently spilled out into public view, but it's nothing new for Ame
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The Curious Case of Florida's Pandemic Response
I started reporting this essay with a clear thesis: Florida is having a moment. To the extent that winning a pandemic is possible, Florida seemed to be winning the pandemic. Despite criticism from liberals for its laissez-faire approach to COVID-19, Florida has been "booming," according to CNN , and the state's success is "a vindication for their policies." Governor Ron DeSantis bragged that Flor
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The Show That Changed Television Forever
Adapted from Rock Me on the Water , HarperCollins Publishers, 2021. W hen CBS first placed All in the Family on the air, on January 12, 1971, it irrevocably transformed television. After a shaky first season in which it struggled to find an audience, the show prospered, rising to become No. 1 in the ratings for five consecutive years, a record unmatched at the time. All in the Family commanded na
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US agency questions AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine trial data
Drug firm may have provided incomplete view of efficacy data from US trial, says safety monitor Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has been dealt another blow within hours of AstraZeneca posting excellent results from its long-awaited big trial in the US. Questions have been raised in the US by the independent Data and Safety
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Former US Director of National Intelligence Says He's Seriously Puzzled by UFOs
UFO Sighting In an eyebrow-raising segment on Fox News , former US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made some intriguing claims about the federal government's tracking of unidentified flying objects (UFOs.) "Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public," he told Fox personality Maria Bartiromo. "Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sig
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Can the UK avoid a third wave of Covid?
Analysis: as lockdown restrictions ease, the country now faces a race between vaccination and infection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain's latest lockdown has dramatically reduced cases of coronavirus, and the number of people being admitted to hospital and dying from the disease. What the country faces now is essentially a race between vaccination and infecti
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You Recovered From COVID-19. Now Your Coffee Smells Like Sewage.
Ruby Martinez was eating a banana when she noticed the nothingness. She chewed but tasted no sweetness. She sniffed but got none of the fruit's redolent musk. "I started freaking out," she says. She smelled a bottle of perfume. Nothing. She ate a pickle. Still nothing. That was in June. Since then, her senses of smell and taste have started to come back—but intermittently and in strange ways. The
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Where Science and Miracles Meet
Photographs by Balarama Heller O n the morning of October 13, 1917, a year from the end of World War I, a crowd of tens of thousands gathered in the town of Fátima, Portugal. They came to witness a miracle. Three shepherd children had prophesied that the Virgin Mary would miraculously appear on that day and give the world a sign. In the previous several months, the three children—Lúcia Abobora, a
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The Whole Point Was to Avoid Mob Violence
Two months after the January 6 Capitol riot, it's now obvious that the threat of mob attacks on the government will continue to hang over the rest of the Biden years. That continuing threat was clear on March 4, America's original Inauguration Day, when the House suspended business following rumors of another armed assault on the Capitol. This time, the mob never materialized, but, unfortunately,
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Rare Daytime Meteor Fell Over England, Caused House-Shaking Boom
Daytime Fireball A rare meteor soared across the skies of southern England on Saturday causing a sonic boom loud enough to shake people's homes. The fireball streaked across the sky over Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and Jersey on Saturday afternoon, according to the BBC . Though it was daytime, the meteor was bright enough to be spotted by those below. It was followed by a booming noise that was so l
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The New QAnon Docuseries Is a Gamified Mess
Early in the first episode of Q: Into the Storm , the filmmaker Cullen Hoback makes a confession. "QAnon creeps into your thoughts," he says, describing how years of investigating the false conspiracy theory that a cabal of powerful elites is engaging in ritualistic child abuse has warped his thinking. "It changes the lens with which you see the world." Hoback can't see the number 17 without thin
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The U.S. and China Finally Get Real With Each Other
Thursday night's very public dustup between United States and Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska, during the Biden administration's first official meeting with China, may have seemed like a debacle, but the exchange was actually a necessary step to a more stable relationship between the two countries. In his brief opening remarks before the press, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that h
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A New Object Just Appeared In This Constellation
New Nova Just Dropped A recent addition to the night sky last week should excite stargazers everywhere: a bright new nova in the Cassiopeia constellation. Yuji Nakamura, a Japanese amateur astronomer, discovered the new light source in Cassiopeia last Thursday, according to Astronomy . Researchers at Kyoto University verified the findings at the Okayama Observatory as a "classical nova," a phenom
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Zack Snyder's Justice League Indulges the Fans and No One Else
The film's official title is Zack Snyder's Justice League. So when Zack Snyder popped up on the video screen during an HBO Max–hosted virtual watch party last night, the fans went wild—as wild as they could in a chat box, anyway. "This movie is a masterpiece," a commenter wrote before the film started playing. "Zack I respect you so much," another gushed. Snyder, the director, choked up as he res
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Our Asian Spring
M y mother's name is Tin Swe Thant. She was born just outside the former capital of Burma (now known as Myanmar), in a humid city on the delta of the Irrawaddy River called Rangoon (now known as Yangon). Names are always changing for the Burmese, and that includes our own names: My mother grew up during the sunset of British colonialism and attended English schools, where she was not allowed to b
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Rain uncovers bull idol at ancient Olympia
'Chance discovery' near the temple of Zeus was probably used as votive offering, Greek ministry says Rain has helped uncover a small bull idol at ancient Olympia in what the Greek culture ministry said on Friday was a "chance discovery". It said the bronze idol, found intact, was spotted by an archaeologist at the sprawling ancient site that inspired the modern Olympic Games during a scheduled vi
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Billions of cicadas may be coming soon to trees near you
Abig event in the insect world is approaching. Starting sometime in April or May, depending on latitude, one of the largest broods of 17-year cicadas will emerge from underground in a dozen states, from New York west to Illinois and south into northern Georgia. This group is known as Brood X, as in the Roman numeral for 10.
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Particulates are more dangerous than previously thought
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have for the first time observed photochemical processes inside the smallest particles in the air. In doing so, they discovered that additional oxygen radicals that can be harmful to human health are formed in these aerosols under everyday conditions. They report on their results today in the journal Nature Communications.
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Underfunded but 'fabulously well organised': a hospital trust chief on the NHS
University College London's Marcel Levi talks openly about what he loves and loathes about the health service A service so underfunded that hospital roofs leak, is worryingly reliant on overseas staff and with an "insular" culture that repels fresh ideas – but which has also performed superbly to save lives during the Covid pandemic. After four years running one of Britain's biggest hospitals Pro
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Covid: viral shedding is greatest in afternoon, study suggests
Study comes as separate research indicates that school attendance has minimal impact on serious infections Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People may shed more coronavirus in the afternoons, suggesting this may be the best time of day to take tests, while separate research indicates that school attendance has a minimal impact on serious Covid-19 infections. The phase
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New bacteria lurking on ISS no space oddity, says scientist
New species were discovered in the International Space Station – but they probably didn't come from outer space Four species of bacteria – three of them previously unknown to science – have been discovered onboard the International Space Station (ISS), begging questions about how they got there, and how they have managed to survive. Their discovery may also bolster future efforts to cultivate cro
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3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better
This has been a year of terrible loss. People have lost loved ones to the pandemic. Many have gotten sick, and some are still suffering. Children have lost a year of school. Millions have lost a steady paycheck. Some have lost small businesses that they'd built for decades. Almost all of us have lost hugs and visits and travel and the joy of gathering together at a favorite restaurant and more. A
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Prehistoric armoured dinosaur may have been able to dig
Newly excavated skeletal remains of an ankylosaurid—a large armored herbivore that lived during the Cretaceous Period—may indicate that members of this family of dinosaurs were able to dig, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The specimen, known as MPC-D 100/1359, may further our understanding of ankylosaurid behavior during the Late Cretaceous (84-72 million years ago).
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Why Extraterrestrial Life May Not Seem Entirely Alien
On the website for the department of zoology of the University of Cambridge, the page for Arik Kershenbaum lists his three main areas of research, one of which stands out from the others. Kershenbaum studies "Wolves & other canids," "Dolphins & cetaceans" — and "Aliens." Granted, science hasn't yet found any aliens to study, but Kershenbaum says that there are certain things we can still say abou
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The UAE Is Using Drones to Manipulate Weather
Rain Drop The United Arab Emirates is about to test an unusual, high-tech way of triggering more rainfall: flying drones into clouds and zapping them with electricity to trigger showers. Scientists from England's University of Reading helped develop a series of drones that can fly up into existing clouds and alter water droplets' electrical charge so they clump together "like dry hair to a comb,"
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Facebook is making a bracelet that lets you control computers with your brain
Facebook says it has created a wristband that translates motor signals from your brain so you can move a digital object just by thinking about it. How does it work? The wristband, which looks like a clunky iPod on a strap, uses sensors to detect movements you intend to make. It uses electromyography (EMG) to interpret electrical activity from motor nerves as they send information from the brain t
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Space oddity Oumuamua probably shard of Pluto-like world, scientists say
Interstellar visitor likely made of frozen nitrogen, cookie-shaped rather than cigar, and not a comet or asteroid – while some stick to alien theory Our solar system's first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar. A new study says the mystery object is likely a remnant of a Pluto-like world and shaped like a cookie. Arizona Sta
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Older people more likely to catch Covid a second time
Study finds under-65s have about 80% protection from virus for at least six months but over-65s only 47% Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Older people who have recovered from Covid cannot assume they are immune from a second attack, according to a new study that shows the under-65s are much less susceptible to reinfection. The study carried out in Denmark found that t
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Scientists Grew Mouse Embryos in an Artificial Womb
A team of researchers in Israel have managed to keep mice embryos alive inside an artificial womb as far as day 12, MIT Technology Review reports , which is about half of the animal's gestation period. The same technique, as detailed in a paper published in the reputable journal Nature today, could perhaps be used on human embryos — a highly controversial topic in the scientific field that raises
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There's Growing Suspicion That The Universe Is Filled With Invisible "Ghost Stars"
Ghost Stars It's a common assumption among scientists that galaxies are held together by invisible clumps of dark matter, an invisible substance that's never been observed directly. Now, several recent studies have started to piece together a provocative idea: Particles either made of or related to dark matter might clump together to form invisible "ghost stars," according to the BBC 's Science F
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New research reveals why some octopuses punch fish
Octopuses are part of multispecific collaborative hunting groups with bottom-feeding fish. New research shows octopuses defending their territory by punching fish. The team believes this research helps reveal underlying game structures in the deep sea. The psychologist William James noted that consciousness did not arrive in the universe fully formed. Phenomena like perception and memory are in n
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Just-Launched Spacecraft Will Use Grappling Hook to Destroy Space Junk
Drag and Drop A Japanese company called Astroscale is tackling the increasingly dangerous cloud of space junk orbiting our planet and the real threat it poses to satellites and other spacecraft. The company launched a new kind of satellite called the End of Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) on Monday, Quartz reports . Soon, ELSA-d will use a powerful magnet to latch onto a doomed
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NASA Chooses "Airfield" Location for Mars Helicopter
NASA has chosen the location where it will attempt a historic first: the first time a manmade object will try to take flight off the surface of another planet. As early as April , NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter will attempt to fly to roughly ten feet, according to acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk, who spoke during a Tuesday media briefing . The agency has officially chosen the "airfield"
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Plans Unveiled for Grand Mars City
Breaking Ground The architecture firm ABIBOO just released the plans for its — and perhaps the — first human city on Mars. Nüwa City, as it's called, would house 250,000 people and be built into the side of a giant Martian cliff, according to ABIBOO's press release , where residents would get the benefit of sunlight access while also being protected from the deadly onslaught of cosmic radiation.
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Covid-19 has shown humanity how close we are to the edge | Toby Ord
To prevent catastrophe, governments must transform our resilience to climate breakdown, AI and engineered pandemics It is profoundly difficult to grapple with risks whose stakes may include the global collapse of civilisation, or even the extinction of humanity. The pandemic has shattered our illusions of safety and reminded us that despite all the progress made in science and technology, we rema
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Sturgeon criticised by MSPs over Alex Salmond day after being cleared over ministerial code breach – live
Holyrood committee highly critical of Scottish first minister's accounts of meeting with former mentor Nicola Sturgeon accused of misleading parliament over Alex Salmond Nicola Sturgeon vows to focus on elections after being cleared by inquiry What did report that cleared Sturgeon of misleading parliament say? Timeline: major developments so far in the Sturgeon and Salmond affair Global coronavir
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Lockdowns return or are extended as third wave of Covid sweeps Europe
Plans to ease restrictions have been rolled back in several countries owing to new variants taking hold Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Several European countries are extending or reintroducing lockdown measures as a third wave of the pandemic sweeps the continent fuelled by more contagious new variants of coronavirus such as the B117 mutation first detected in the U
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Mystery of the walrus spotted on rocks on the Welsh coast
Experts have different theories as to how the cow-sized Arctic animal ended up so far south It could have been the incongruity of the walrus turning up on the Welsh coast . Or perhaps it was the discovery that the creature appeared to be on something of a tour of the British and Irish Isles while the human population remained in lockdown, their own chances of a foreign getaway shrinking daily. Ma
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Anticipating Robot Soldiers, Britain Is Downsizing Its Human Troops
Military Downsizing As part of a major military overhaul, the United Kingdom's Army is about to shrink by 10,000 soldiers. Or at least, that's the number of human soldiers. Part of the move to restructure the military, the BBC reports , is to invest more heavily in military robots, drones, and other tools of high-tech combat. Overall, the update represents an adaptation to the changing face of wa
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Five myths about the Big Bang
The whole universe was packed together in an infinitely small point, then it exploded, and the entire mass that made up the universe was sent out into space.
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Major 'State of the Planet' report out in advance of first Nobel Prize Summit
Human actions are threatening the resilience and stability of Earth's biosphere—the wafer-thin veil around Earth where life thrives. This has profound implications for the development of civilization, say an international group of researchers in a report published for the first Nobel Prize Summit, a digital gathering to be held in April to discuss the state of the planet in the wake of the COVID-1
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Following Your Gut Isn't the Right Way to Go
I've spent years telling people, usually with exasperation and a certain amount of petulance, to trust experts and to stop obsessing about the rarity of their failure. But that was before a crisis in which millions of lives were dependent on a working relationship between science and government. Now that I must take my own advice, I feel the same anxiety I've so often dismissed in others. We—and
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Tons of Old People Are Smoking Weed — And Doctors Are Worried
Don't be surprised if you see smoke drifting out of your grandma's retirement home when you visit her — she could just be hot boxing in the bingo hall with her friends. That's because there's been a rise of older adults smoking marijuana in recent years, and some researchers believe it's only heightened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times . A study from the National
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Sherry Turkle: 'The pandemic has shown us that people need relationships'
The acclaimed writer on technology and its effect on our mental health talks about her memoir and the insights Covid has given her Sherry Turkle, 72, is professor of the social studies of science and technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was one of the first academics to examine the impact of technology on human psychology and society. She has published a series of acclaimed bo
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This Is What It Would Be Like to Ride Starship During Its Epic "Belly Flop" Maneuver
If you've watched any of SpaceX's recent test launches, Starship prototypes have engaged in a white-knuckles mid-flight maneuver before descending back to Earth. Before landing, the Starship prototypes are designed to pull off a "belly flop" in which they switch off their engines, flip onto their front, and freefall horizontally before righting themselves — almost like a dolphin leaping out of th
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Tesla's "Fully Self Driving" Beta Would Fail A Driver's License Test
Needs Improvement Tesla's complete autopilot feature is being rolled out to more test users and it… uh, needs a little work. YouTuber AI Addict posted a video of a drive through downtown San Jose in a Tesla Model 3 using the company's "Full Self Driving" (FSD) Beta, according to Road and Track . In it, the semi-autonomous electric car can be seen swerving, attempting to drive down railroad tracks
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My son Felix was 20 when he died. Better awareness of epilepsy might have saved him
It's been the hardest four years of my life but now I know my son will always be a part of me It's 9 March 2017. I am sitting in an ambulance, holding a plastic cup which contains tea from a machine. I've just been told my son is dead. I'm in a kind of paralysis. I feel the cold, smooth vinyl of the trolley I'm sitting on beneath me and look vacantly at the equipment and signs around me. Mind You
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Our Kids Are Not Broken
Our kids have lost so much—family members, connections to friends and teachers, emotional well-being, and for many, financial stability at home. And, of course, they've lost some of their academic progress. The pressure to measure—and remediate—this "learning loss" is intense; many advocates for educational equity are rightly focused on getting students back on track. But I am concerned about how
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Researchers just measured Jupiter's stratospheric winds for the first time—and they're a doozy
This view of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere from NASA's Juno spacecraft includes several of the planet's southern jet streams. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/) An international team of astronomers just measured Jupiter's raging stratospheric winds for the very first time—and they used a 27-year-old comet to do it. Scientists had already measured wind speeds down in Jupiter's troposphere—where the pl
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Mystery unsolved: ghost ships circling off California
'Circle spoofing' is an as-yet unexplained version of GPS interference. It shows ships moving in virtual circles while they're somewhere else. Is this the cheaper, off the shelf version of a well-known cyberweapon? Impossible journey On June 5, 2019, the Nigerian crew boat Princess Janice made an impossible journey. Instead of ferrying crews to and from oil rigs in the Gulf of Guinea, it was some
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Biden Admin Gives Out 100 Million Vaccine Doses in Just 58 Days
President Joe Biden has announced that his administration has distributed 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in just 58 days — beating its initial goal of 100 shots in 100 days by a wide margin. "Before President Biden took office, he set a goal of administering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days, which meant increasing vaccine supply and then turning vaccines into vacci
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Researchers design a biological device capable of computing by printing cells on paper
The Research Group on Synthetic Biology for Biomedical Applications at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, has designed a cellular device capable of computing by printing cells on paper. For the first time, they have developed a living device that could be used outside the laboratory without a specialist, and it could be produced on an industrial scale at low cost. The study is published
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DARPA Is Funding Nanoparticles That Permeate Brain to Read Neural Signals
Instead of getting invasive neural implants needled into your brain , doctors may someday be able to flood your head with millions of nanoparticles that can read your neural signals from inside and relay them to a nearby computer. At least, that's the future that University of Miami engineer Sakhrat Khizroev is hoping for. He's developed magnetoelectric nanoparticles (MENPs) that can travel throu
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The UK will never become a 'science superpower' if it's cutting research budgets | Jeremy Farrar
The government promised to increase funding for vital scientific R&D to 2.4% of GDP – but its target is already slipping Earlier this week, the government put science at the heart of its strategy for the UK's place in the world. In its integrated review , it argued that cutting-edge science and strong leadership from the UK could make a huge difference for humanity. Researchers in the UK could be
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Blad under isen visar att Grönland varit isfritt
Under kalla kriget upprättade amerikanerna en forskningsstation på Grönland, som dessutom var en hemlig militärbas. Där studerade forskarna den mer än kilometertjocka isen men fick också med sig jordprover från botten som aldrig undersöktes utan glömdes bort. Nu, över 50 år senare, har de analyserats och avslöjar att Grönlands inlandsis varit helt bortsmält någon gång under de senaste 1,1 miljoner
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Data from Insight reveals size of Mars's core
An international team of researchers studying seismic data collected by NASA's Insight spacecraft has used the data to calculate the size of Mars' core. The group plans to discuss their findings at this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, which will be held virtually due to the pandemic. As a prelude to the conference, team member Simon Stähler has made available a prerecorded presentat
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Can you be scientific and spiritual?
While the anti-scientific bias of religious fundamentalism requires condemnation, if we take a broader view, does the human inclination towards spiritual practice still require the same antagonism? The answer, I think, is a definitive "No." Rather than ontological claims about what exists in the universe, the terms spiritual and sacred can describe the character of an experience. Instead of a "th
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Be more Alice! The fictional characters with lessons for lockdown
Anxiety, boredom, claustrophobic relationships… characters from Jane Eyre to Mrs Dalloway can provide vital insights into how to live in these anxious times, writes Josh Cohen Should we be suspicious of the idea that fiction can help us to live meaningful lives? After all, as Plato observed (via a fictionalised Socrates), Homer's stories were composed to stir and entertain rather than to instru
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Schumann Resonances: Is the Earth's 'heartbeat' influencing human behavior?
The Schumann Resonances are a set of frequencies produced by electromagnetic waves in Earth's lower ionosphere. The frequencies, created from thunderstorms and lightning, range from 7.83 Hz, called the Earth's "heartbeat," to 33.8 Hz. The Schumann Resonance has been studied for its effect on the planet as well as on humans. Flashes of lightning that strike around the earth about 50 times every se
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Clot theory curdles into junkets for migrants on Isle of Man
PM welcomes vaccine safety vow, then spots new offshore home for folk trafficked here under false pretence – of getting a welcome After a morning spent painting flowers at a primary school in his Uxbridge constituency, Britain's prize clot returned to Downing Street to lead a press conference on clots. Blood clots to be precise. Following the decision of some countries to suspend their Oxford Ast
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Coronavirus Vaccines Seem to Treat Long-Hauler Symptoms
As the pandemic rages on, a growing number of people are coming to the unfortunate realization that their coronavirus symptoms aren't going away after the expected amount of time. These COVID-19 long-haulers, as the phenomenon has come to be known, can last for weeks or even months . Between 10 and 30 percent of coronavirus survivors experience long-hauler symptoms including persistent fatigue, b
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Facebook's Neural Wristband Actually Sounds Pretty Cool
Facebook has teased a wristband-based augmented reality controller that could integrate the technology into our daily lives more seamlessly than ever — if the company is to be believed. Last year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was getting set to release a pair of AR glasses as soon as 2021. Since then, we've gotten sparse details about the project, run by Facebook Reality Labs (FRL)
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It's Time to Lift the Female Lockdown
"Dear Sarah," read the note left on the makeshift memorial, "we are so sorry. You did nothing wrong." It was just after 5 p.m., an hour from sunset, on March 13 and women were already beginning to gather at the park in Clapham, South London, to remember Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman kidnapped from the capital's streets on March 3. Her body was found a week later in a woodland 50 miles away,
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What A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff Taught Me About Mourning
Was it only a year ago when theaters around the country went dark , save for a lingering ghost light onstage? It feels more like 525,600 minutes , give or take a few—a period of ever-accumulating loss, with the odd glimmer of daylights and sunsets. I've been thinking about how we measure these elegiac anniversaries, in part because they line up with memories of loss in my own family. One of my be
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Found in space: Complex carbon-based molecules
Much of the carbon in space is believed to exist in the form of large molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Since the 1980s, circumstantial evidence has indicated that these molecules are abundant in space, but they have not been directly observed.
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Did the coronavirus leak from a lab? These scientists say we shouldn't rule it out.
Nikolai Petrovsky was scrolling through social media after a day on the ski slopes when reports describing a mysterious cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, caught his eye. It was early January 2020, and Petrovsky, an immunologist, was at his vacation getaway in Keystone, Colorado, which is where he goes most years with his family to flee the searingly hot summers at home in South Australi
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Biden Reportedly Picks Former Astronaut as a New Head of NASA
New Admin, Who Dis According to anonymous sources, president Joe Biden is eying former Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) for the role of NASA administrator, The Verge reports . The nomination comes at a very important and turbulent time for NASA. The agency is accelerating its efforts to return American astronauts to the Moon as part of its Artemis mission — and as soon as 2024. The Biden administration
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Scientists take step towards quantum supremacy
A Russian-German research team has created a quantum sensor that grants access to measurement and manipulation of individual two-level defects in qubits. The study by NUST MISIS, Russian Quantum Center and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, published in npj Quantum Information, may pave the way for quantum computing.
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How to End a Conversation Without Making Up an Excuse
Later this year, if all goes well, Americans will be awash in social interactions again. At offices and schools, on sidewalks and in coffee shops, we'll be bumping into one another like it's 2019. The resulting flood of conversations will be extremely welcome. But less front of mind, at this still socially stifled moment, are the awkwardness and discomfort that will return along with day-to-day i
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NASA Releases Beautiful New Renders of Lunar Gateway Space Station
Extra Large NASA has released a number of gorgeous digital renders of a SpaceX Dragon XL lunar resupply spacecraft rendezvousing with the agency's planned lunar Gateway, an outpost that's meant to serve as a stepping stone for future astronauts on their way to the surface of the Moon. The images, spotted by Teslarati senior spaceflight reporter Eric Ralph, show the massive cylindrical spacecraft
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Experiments show distracted pedestrians can slow people behind them
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and Nagaoka University of Technology has found that distracted pedestrians walking on crowded sidewalks can slow the pace of those people behind them. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes experiments they conducted with pedestrians distracted by their smartphones and what they found.
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'I'd call for a tow': Mars Perseverance rover sounds a bit scratchy in first recorded drive
Perseverance could perhaps do with a service as Nasa experts investigate unexpectedly high-pitched scratching noise Nasa's newest Mars rover has sent back the first-ever sounds of driving on the red planet – a grinding, clanking, banging affair that by Earth standards would be pretty worrisome. The noises made by Perseverance's six metal wheels and suspension on the first test drive two weeks ago
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Moderna is now testing its COVID-19 vaccine on kids. Here's everything you need to know.
Pediatricians say children should not be left behind when studying how well a vaccine works. (Thomas Park/Unsplash /) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. Kids are now receiving their first doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, as the company begins phases two and three of their new vaccine trials. About 6,750 healthy children aged 6 months to 11 years will take part in this two-pa
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Elvis (the helicopter) is cheating death by becoming a drone
Elvis is on the right. (Dave Soderstrom / Erickson/) The makers of an old workhorse helicopter named Elvis are converting their venerable flying machine into an autonomous robot. Aircraft maker Erickson and helicopter giant Sikorsky are working together to retrofit the cargo helicopter into a flying robot, one that could both fight forest fires and resupply military missions, all without risking
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Scientists: 'Oumuamua Was Likely a Chunk of a Pluto-Like Planet
When a Canadian astronomer spotted what appeared to be an object hurtling through the solar system, accelerated by an unknown force back in 2018, the astronomy community didn't know what to make of it. It didn't have a tail like a comet, seemed to be flat like a pancake or cigar-like in shape, and also appeared to be pushed away from the Sun by an unknown force. Since then, many scientists have m
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How a top-secret nuclear project became a gold mine for data on Greenland's ice sheet
A forgotten ice core has given researchers new information about when Greenland's ice sheet may have previously melted. (Joshua Brown/UVM/) In 1966, in the middle of the Cold War, scientists extracted a nearly mile-long core of ice and sediment from Greenland's ice sheet. The scientists' work was a cover for "Project Iceworm," an effort by the U.S. military to potentially store and launch nuclear
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Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal
For computer scientists and mathematicians, opinions about "exponent two" boil down to a sense of how the world should be. "It's hard to distinguish scientific thinking from wishful thinking," said Chris Umans of the California Institute of Technology. "I want the exponent to be two because it's beautiful." "Exponent two" refers to the ideal speed — in terms of number of steps required — of perfo
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Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli review – the mysteries of quantum mechanics
Having altered how we think about time, the physicist sets his sights on perhaps the most maddeningly difficult theory of all Carlo Rovelli, the Italian theoretical physicist, is one of the great scientific explicators of our time . His wafer-thin essay collection, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics , sold more than 1m copies in English translation in 2015 and remains the world's fastest-selling scie
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A new poll reveals split opinions on how—and when—police body cam footage is released
Since the peak of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, body cameras have been the focus of changes to increase transparency in police departments across the country. (Sean Lee/Unsplash/) Dan Bromberg is an associate professor of Public Administration and Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. Étienne Charbonneau is an associate professor and Canada research chair in Compara
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Scientist bridges the gap between quantum simulators and quantum computers
A researcher from Skoltech has filled in the gaps connecting quantum simulators with more traditional quantum computers, discovering a new computationally universal model of quantum computation, the variational model. The paper was published as a Letter in the journal Physical Review A. The work made the Editors' Suggestion list.
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We are all either desperately lonely – or desperate for alone time. Which are you? | Emma Beddington
I have had no more than a few hours on my own in a year. All this time with my family means I never have time to think What would you give for a day on your own? Fifty pounds, £1,000, a toe? Perhaps that feels offensive: it depends, of course, how you have spent the past 365. You might sacrifice a digit for a soft body to slump against on the sofa, for the hot, heavy weight of a sleeping child nu
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You Probably Don't Remember the Internet
For many of us, for better or for worse, the internet is home. Our communities are here, because many of them could not exist any other way. Superfans , shitposters , amateur experts , wiki nerds , grizzled forum moderators , obsessive sneaker enthusiasts, and hobbyists who spend a substantial amount of their time photographing vintage Furbies in human clothes, for example—the cultural and creati
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Ode to Tortillas
there's two ways to be a Mexican writer that we've discovered so far. you can be the Mexican writer who writes about tortillas or you can be the Mexican writer who writes about croissants instead of the tortillas on their plate. (can you be a Mexican writer if you're allergic to corn?) there's two ways to be a Mexican writer that are true & tested. you can write about migration or you can write a
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Covid vaccine side-effects: what are they, who gets them and why? | Nicola Davis
Most side-effects are mild and short-lived, and some groups are more likely to get them than others Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage According to Public Health England , most side-effects from the Covid vaccines – Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca – are mild and short-lived. These include soreness where the jab was given, feeling tired or achy and headaches. Unco
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We now know babies can be born with COVID-19 antibodies
The concept of COVID-19 antibodies crossing the placenta is not unheard of. Over the past year, there have been a few documented cases. (Pixabay/) Scientists have documented the first known case of a baby being born with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after their parent's vaccination. The mother, a south Florida frontline healthcare worker, was given the Moderna vaccine, the first dose of which she receiv
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Here's 10,000 Hours. Don't Spend It All in One Place.
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. O n October 20, 1874 , in Danbury, Connecticut, a child was born who would grow up to be one of the greatest American composers of classical music. More than a half-century ahead of his time, he combined late romanticism, American folk, and avant-garde techniques in a way that revolutionized
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Scientists Detect Chemicals Inside Pregnant Women They Can't Even Identify
An alarming new study found dozens of "mystery chemicals" inside the bodies of pregnant women, leaving scientists both concerned and confused. Of the 109 unusual, human-made chemicals identified in the study, 55 had never been found inside the human body before, according to research published last week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology . Another 42 were complete mysteries — both
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Caltech Scientists Say They Can Read Human Brain With Ultrasound
A new trick uses precise ultrasound imaging — the same kind that lets parents-to-be see their kid before it's born — to read and even predict activity within the brain. Scientists at Caltech were able to use ultrasound to listen in as blood sloshed around in different parts of the brain, which they quickly realized was a proxy for which neural regions were active at any given moment, according to
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Covid vaccine used on apes at San Diego zoo trialled on mink
Experimental animal jabs could stop spillover back to humans, says firm behind vaccines for primates At the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo's western lowland gorilla troop had caused panic among staff after the virus spread to the animals, probably from an asymptomatic zookeeper.
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'Netanyahu Is Playing With Fire With the Democrats'
Today, Israel will hold its fourth election in two years. This is a sign not of democracy on steroids, but instead of acute dysfunction, a semipermanent paralysis brought about, strangely, by the extreme stability of Israeli voting patterns: Neither the incumbent, Benjamin Netanyahu, nor his various opponents have been able to change enough minds to build a durable parliamentary majority. Netanya
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Chasing the Elusive Numbers That Define Epidemics
Variables in epidemiological models aren't usually well known to the general public, but one has had a genuine movie star moment. "What we need to determine is this," says a scientist played by Kate Winslet in the film Contagion . "For every person who gets sick, how many other people are they likely to infect?" On a whiteboard, she writes down the answer for several familiar diseases: around 1 f
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A material that is superconductive at room temperature and lower pressure
A team of researchers from the University of Rochester, the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Nevada Las Vegas has reduced the amount of pressure required to force a material to become superconductive at room temperature, improving on their own previous results. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group outlines their technique and plans
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Can you solve it? The crazy maths of crypto
A puzzle about trust, secrets, and the world's weirdest proof UPDATE: The solution can be read here Today's puzzle is based on a ground-breaking mathematical concept which last week won one of its pioneers the Abel Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of maths. The concept is the zero-knowledge proof , and it has many applications in digital cryptography . Let me briefly explain. Continue reading…
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UK's drastic cut to overseas aid risks future pandemics, say Sage experts
Major research projects will be cancelled, including those designed to head off future disease threats, warn scientists The government's drastic cut to overseas aid risks damaging the world's ability to fight the next global health disaster and keep Britain safe, some of its own scientific advisers on Covid are warning. In a significant escalation of the backlash against the cut, which will see m
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Laser detection and GPS guide this new mortar to its target with better accuracy
A traditional US Army 120mm mortar firing in 2017. (Killo Gibson / US Army /) A mortar is artillery at its most simple. A shooter angles the mortar's tube just right, drops the bomb in, and then the round rockets out, arcing a high trajectory up and over any protective walls between the shooter and its target. The "Iron Sting," a new kind of mortar-launched bomb made by Israel's Elbit Systems, ai
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