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Sir David Attenborough answers dinosaur query from Otis, 43d
Four-year-old Otis's mum was stumped, so they wrote to Sir David Attenborough… and he replied.
Icelandic volcano erupts near Reykjavik3d
Meteorologists say the last known eruption in the area was about 800 years ago.
'Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination': the scientists turning the desert green3d
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
Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid14h
It looks like the viruses that cause colds wins in the battle to infect our cells.
Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor3d
More containers have fallen off ships in the past four months than are typically lost in a year. Blame heavy traffic and rolling waves.
Colorado's legal cannabis farms emit more carbon than its coal mines1d
Cannabis growing, now legal in many US states, emits significant amounts of greenhouse gases due to the climate-control systems used by indoor farms
Bizarre 'manta shark' slowly cruised the oceans 93 million years ago1d
A Mexican fossil belongs to a shark that lived more than 90 million years ago and had wings like a manta ray, which may have helped it swim in place while feeding on plankton
Young Female Twitter Star Turns Out to Be 50-Year-Old Man Using Deepfakes2d
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
Cern experiment hints at new force of nature15h
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
Bill Gates Attempts to Explain Why He Bought More Farmland Than Anyone Else in America1d
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
Dr Wu Lien-teh: Face mask pioneer who helped defeat a plague epidemic1d
Dr Wu Lien-teh helped to end the Manchurian plague outbreak of 1910-11 with the use of face masks he had designed made from cotton and gauze, and stopped the disease from reaching other parts of China
Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon2d
Is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or to get "back to normal?" — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
A Bronze Age queen was buried wearing a priceless silver crown1d
Women may have ruled in a western European society that existed 4000 years ago – which may explain why a woman wearing a silver crown was buried beneath an ancient palace
Some sea slugs behead themselves and then regrow their bodies1d
Two species of sea slugs take drastic measures to get rid of parasites – they separate their head from their body and then regrow a new one over a few weeks
New study shows microplastics turn into 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria4d
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
Noisy Cicadas Are Emerging Earlier1d
More and more broods are crawling out of the ground sooner than expected — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Bernie Sanders Slams Elon Musk for "Unsustainable" Greed1d
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
COVID Vaccine Developer: Cancer Shots Are Next4d
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
Explosive origins of 'secondary' ice—and snow1d
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
Scientists observe complex tunable magnetism tied to electrical conduction in a topological material1d
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.
Giant armoured dinosaur may have dug in the ground for food and water1d
The partial skeleton of a 6-metre-long ankylosaurid, excavated from the Gobi desert, suggests the armoured herbivore was adapted to digging soft earth
No indication AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots, says regulator1d
More countries suspend the coronavirus jab over fears of blood clots, despite EU regulators remaining firmly convinced that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risks
Wooden floors rotted by fungi generate electricity when walked on1d
Compressing wood generates tiny amounts of electricity through the so-called piezoelectric effect – and if the wood is partially rotted by fungi first the effect is 55 times stronger
AstraZeneca US trial shows 79% efficacy against Covid1d
Trial found no increased risk of blood clots and 100% efficacy against severe or critical disease
Scientists Find New Patterns In Mysterious Radio Pulses From Distant Galaxies8h
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.
Chilean researchers investigate chemical composition of globular cluster NGC 65531d
Using the Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers from Chile have performed a chemical analysis of a sample of stars in the globular cluster NGC 6553. Results of this study, available in a paper published March 12 on the arXiv pre-print server, shed more light on the chemical composition of this cluster.
Electric catfish cannot be shocked and scientists don't know why1d
Electric catfish use shocks to stun their prey, but they are immune to their own jolts – and tests suggest they may be immune to being shocked at all
4.6-billion-year-old meteorite is the oldest volcanic rock ever found1d
A meteorite that formed just 2 million years after the solar system is the oldest volcanic rock ever found, and it is different from any other meteorite in our collection
Coronavirus vaccines may reduce or eliminate symptoms of long covid1d
People with lasting symptoms after a covid-19 infection, known as long covid, are more likely to recover than get worse after receiving a vaccine, according to an online survey
Large asteroid to (safely) zip past Earth2d
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.
How to get pregnant: Tips and facts to increase fertility10h
Here are some tips for how to get pregnant successfully, including information on how to conceive if you have PCOS or endometriosis.
New basalt type discovered beneath the ocean1d
A new type of rock created during large and exceptionally hot volcanic eruptions has been discovered beneath the Pacific Ocean.
Arctic methane release due to melting ice is likely to happen again1d
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
Pollinators are our secret weapon in the fight against global warming1d
Pollinators have a critical, but largely unappreciated, role to play when it comes to climate change, says ecologist Jeff Ollerton
Nordic nations hold off on AstraZeneca jab as scientists probe safety concerns2d
Caution after Oslo experts said link between blood disorders and vaccine highly likely
Carbon pawprint: is man's best friend the planet's enemy?3d
Is your adorable puppy as bad for the planet as a gas-guzzling SUV?
Push to make Covid vaccines causes US drug shortages4d
Pfizer warns of supply interruptions as other pharma groups struggle for materials
Archaeologists Have Found Prehistoric Rock Structures Under the Great Lakes. Here's What the Stones Can Tell Us7h
A Doggerland of the Great Lakes? Underwater rock formations on the lakebed of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron may have been created by hunters thousands of years ago.
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine completely prevents severe illness and death1d
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
Mural shows earliest known record of salt being sold at a marketplace in the Maya region1d
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
The process sea slugs use to regrow severed body parts is surprisingly common1d
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
Talking to horses as we talk to young children1d
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
No threat to Earth as huge asteroid zooms past1d
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.
Amazon 'river monster' turns up dead in Florida4h
A dead "river monster" from the Amazon was discovered in Florida, leading to concerns that the fish might become an invasive species there.
Multiple migrations to the Philippines during the last 50,000 years [Anthropology]5h
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…
Want to improve your health? Head to a national park, and absorb the sounds1d
Wolves howling, birds singing, rain falling—natural sounds inspire us and connect us to nature. New research by a team of scientists shows that natural sounds are also good for our health.
Should You Walk or Run for Exercise?1d
Walking is good for you, but running might be twice as beneficial. Here's why.
Scientists Created an Artificial Early Embryo From Human Skin Cells9h
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
Natural variations help resolve a climate puzzle11h
New research shows that naturally occurring climate variations help to explain a long-standing difference between climate models and satellite observations of global warming.
Sea-level rise in 20th century was fastest in 2,000 years along much of East Coast5h
The rate of sea-level rise in the 20th century along much of the U.S. Atlantic coast was the fastest in 2,000 years, and southern New Jersey had the fastest rates, according to a Rutgers-led study.
Removing Space Debris9h
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
High vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19, especially for Black people, study suggests21h
In a retrospective study of individuals tested for COVID-19, vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient were associated with a lower risk of COVID-19.
A strong coffee half an hour before exercising increases fat-burning22h
In the afternoon, the effects of the caffeine are more marked than in the morning.
Big breakthrough for 'massless' energy storage1d
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.
Does 'harsh parenting' lead to smaller brains?1d
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
The evolution of pelvic limb muscle moment arms in bird-line archosaurs4d
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
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Shot Completely Prevented Severe Disease1d
The vaccine was 79 percent effective at blocking symptomatic infections, according to data from a Phase 3 trial in the US, Chile, and Peru. A US safety oversight board says the data might be incomplete.
Hemmajobbare sover längre men är lika produktiva1d
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
Eating processed meat could increase dementia risk, researchers say1d
Eating processed meat has been linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, say researchers exploring a potential link between consumption of meat and development of dementia.
Genetic evidence suggests men can develop PCOS-like condition3d
New genetic research suggests men can develop characteristics of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)–a common metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women. The study was presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
Experimental competition induces immediate and lasting effects on the neurogenome in free-living female birds [Evolution]5h
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,…
Supercell tornadoes are much stronger and wider than damage-based ratings indicate [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]5h
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…
Don't let the small stuff get you down — your well-being may depend on it1d
Psychologists suggest that the longer negativity lingers in your brain, the unhappier you may be.
Isotopic evidence for the formation of the Moon in a canonical giant impact1d
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
Overdispersion in COVID-19 increases the effectiveness of limiting nonrepetitive contacts for transmission control [Biophysics and Computational Biology]4d
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…
Science behind Pfizer covid vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs 'within a couple of years', says co-creator1d
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Scientist behind coronavirus shot says next target is cancer3d
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Scientists created edible food films for food packaging10h
An international group of scientists from India and Russia has created edible food films for packaging fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat, and seafood. Films consist of natural ingredients, they are safe for health and the environment.
Next Pandemic: Scientists Fear Another Coronavirus Could Jump From Animals To Humans4d
Researchers worry another coronavirus will spill over from a bat or some other creature. They're hunting for sources — and finding evidence that a new pandemic could be around the corner. (Image credit: Steeve Jordan/AFP via Getty Images)
COVID-19 Vaccination Has Been Conjuring Up Emotions And Memories2d
Some who have received the vaccine say it was an emotional experience. The feeling is similar for others who've survived previous epidemics ended by medical advancement. (Image credit: David Anderson /Gloria Anderson )
The 65+ Crowd Is Vaccinated and Ready to Party2d
Older Americans still make up a majority of those who have been inoculated, and many are taking advantage and venturing out.
Canadian Conservative party votes not to recognize climate crisis as real3d
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
Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World2d
Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic.
Volcano Erupts In Southwestern Iceland After Thousands Of Earthquakes3d
There hadn't been an eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in nearly 800 years. A different volcano in Iceland erupted in 2010, spewing ash that caused long-lasting trouble for international air travel. (Image credit: Icelandic Coast Guard/AFP via Getty Images)
Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK3d
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
'Sonic boom' in Dorset blamed on 'fireball meteor'2d
People in parts of south-west England report seeing a "streak of light" hurtling across the sky.
New Effort To Clean Up Space Junk Reaches Orbit1d
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)
UK to test existing drugs as treatment for MS in world-first trial1d
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
They Had Mild Covid. Then Their Serious Symptoms Kicked In.14h
A new study illuminates the complex array of neurological issues experienced by people months after their coronavirus infections.
AstraZeneca's Covid-19 Vaccine Is Found to Be 79% Effective in U.S. Study•1d
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The company is preparing to apply for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. But the shot may not be needed in the United States.
We Finally Know How Sperm 'Remember' And Pass on Non-DNA-Coded Traits to Embryos3d
This explains a lot.
Why McConnell Gets Away With Filibustering2d
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
The Republican Party's Irrational War on Voting Rights3d
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
New 'Map of Life' Reveals Where Unknown Animals May Still Live on Earth21h
Here's why we need to find them.
How Much Weight Did We Gain During Lockdowns? 2 Pounds a Month, Study Hints1d
Many Americans know they've put on weight during the pandemic, but it's been difficult for experts to detail the scope of the problem.
European Scientists Zero In On AstraZeneca Blood Clot Link2d
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)
Tardigrades: nature's great survivors3d
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
U.S. Health Officials Question AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Results•12h
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According to federal officials, an independent panel of medical experts said the encouraging results announced on Monday might have relied on outdated information.
Israel's 'Cave of Horrors' Has Yielded a Treasure Trove of Startling New Discoveries1d
Including a mummified 6,000-year-old child.
Vaccinated People Can Get Covid, but It's Most Likely Very Rare7h
"Breakthrough" cases, though quite uncommon, are a sharp reminder that vaccinated people should wear masks while the virus is circulating widely.
UK 'heading towards digital skills shortage disaster'1d
Demand for AI, robotics and cloud skills is up amid news young people are shunning IT skill courses.
Sperm Whales Learned How to Dodge Harpoons And Taught The Skills to Others3d
Cultural evolution at work.
America Has Forgotten How to Forgive4d
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
Dexamethasone hailed as lifesaver for up to a million Covid patients worldwide23h
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
Glimpses of Sudan's Forgotten Pyramids1d
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.
How the World's Oldest Wooden Sculpture Is Reshaping Prehistory1d
At 12,500 years old, the Shigir Idol is by far the earliest known work of ritual art. Only decay has kept others from being found.
Covid: AstraZeneca vaccine 79% effective with no increased blood clot risk – US trial•1d
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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
Covid: why has the fall in UK infection rate stalled despite vaccinations?2d
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
Some Generous Apes May Help Explain The Evolution Of Human Kindness3d
Research on bonobos, one of our closest and gentlest relatives, may show how humans evolved to share and cooperate on a massive scale. (Image credit: Ley Uwera for NPR)
NOAA Upgrades Forecasts As Climate Change Drives More Severe Storms23h
The computer model that predicts the weather is getting more power. Climate change is upping the stakes for forecasters as extreme weather gets more common and residents demand earlier warnings. (Image credit: GOES-East CONUS/NOAA/NASA)
Decolonizing the Hunt for Dinosaurs and Other Fossils1d
Younger paleontologists are working to overcome some historical legacies of their discipline and change how people learn about natural history.
The Real Reason Republicans Couldn't Kill Obamacare1d
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
Uprooting Colonialism From the Fossil-Finding Field1d
Younger paleontologists are working to overcome some historical legacies of their discipline and change how people learn about natural history.
How People Are Dealing with Distorted Smell1d
Parosmia, a condition that causes phantom odors and a lingering symptom of Covid-19 for some people, has been affecting relationships.
This New AI Exists For The Sole Purpose of Arguing With Humans1d
Does it have any sick burns?
California Has A New Idea For Homes At Risk From Rising Seas: Buy, Rent, Retreat2d
Sea level rise is threatening billions in coastal property. A California lawmaker is proposing a novel way to retreat from the threat: buying and renting out properties as long as they're habitable. (Image credit: Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Melting Glaciers May Be Playing a Subtle But Key Part in Alaska's Earthquakes2d
What happens when all that weight lifts?
Glynn Lunney, NASA Flight Director With A Key Role In Saving Apollo 13, Dies At 843d
Lunney, who played an integral role in the agency's Apollo program, died Friday. He was credited for his quick decision-making during the race to save the lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts. (Image credit: James Blair/NASA)
Police warn students to avoid science website3d
Universities are urged to block a science research website, which police say could put data at risk.
'What appointments did these dogs have to keep?': long lunches and brief liaisons in a radical new dogumentary13h
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
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Data Questioned By Safety Board•13h
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In an unusual post-midnight statement, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said AstraZeneca might have used old data for its COVID-19 vaccine trial. (Image credit: Matthias Schrader/AP)
Machine finds tantalising hints of new physics15h
A team working at the Large Hadron Collider finds signs of new physical laws.
The World's Oldest Known Wooden Statue Is Over 7,000 Years Older Than Stonehenge17h
How did it survive?
How to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors? Take the Shots to Them.1d
Millions of older Americans, chronically ill and trapped at home, pose a big challenge to inoculation efforts. Doctors are on it.
Does Your Bad Mood Stick Around? Neuroscientists Find Key Brain Region Involved1d
The struggle is real.
The innovations we need to avoid a climate disaster | Bill Gates1d
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
More than 50 new environmental chemicals detected in people1d
The vast majority of these chemicals are mysterious compounds with unknown sources.
The US Just Vaccinated 6+ Million People Against COVID-19 in Just 2 Days1d
An exciting record!
The Maker of M&Ms Built a Robot to Chase You Around the Store With Candy2d
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
Vets warn of new Covid variant's possible link to heart problems in pets2d
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China's Military Just Banned Teslas, Citing Security Concerns•4d
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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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Anti-feminist YouTube and Reddit content is a gateway to the alt-right1d
An analysis of 300 million comments on both YouTube and Reddit have found that people who engage with anti-feminist content are more likely to start engaging with alt-right communities online
Meteorite recovered in the UK after spectacular fireball in the sky1d
After a huge fireball streaked through the skies over the UK on 28 February, a team of scientists recovered meteorite fragments in and around the English town of Winchcombe
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Pedestrians should wear radar reflectors to avoid being hit by self-driving cars, says a team of researchers that has created a device to make people more visible to a vehicle's artificial intelligence
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Iceland volcano: Lava-spewing Fagradalsfjall 'subsiding'3d
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The Calved Brunt Ice Shelf Reveals a Seafloor Teeming With Life Hidden For 50 Years3d
Some creatures were a surprise.
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Kvinde fra USA føder barn med corona-immunitet efter vaccinestik3d
I Danmark anbefaler man ikke coronavacciner til gravide.
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Independent board tells US authorities outdated information may have provided 'incomplete view' of efficacy
Former US Director of National Intelligence Says He's Seriously Puzzled by UFOs1d
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How Microbiologists Craft Stunning Art Using Pathogens1d
Scientists mix microorganisms with agar, a jelly-like substance from seaweed, to create amazing illustrations in petri dishes
Where Science and Miracles Meet1d
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A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.
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The Whole Point Was to Avoid Mob Violence1d
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Horses may recognise themselves in a mirror, hinting at self-awareness1d
Horses seem to recognise themselves in mirrors, and they may even use the information in their reflection to recognise their face is dirty and needs wiping clean
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A satellite that grabs potentially dangerous space debris with a magnet and drags it to a fiery demise is about to launch and perform its first tests in orbit
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The 2000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, a bronze device that displayed the motion of the sun, moon and planets, may have used rings with gems to represent celestial bodies
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The rising use of IVF, families having children later in life and medical advances are all contributing to growing numbers of twins being born and surviving – but the rate of twin births may now be at its peak
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There are a growing number of people who deny the threats that many species face. It is a worrying trend, writes Graham Lawton
Physicists have measured gravity on the smallest scale ever1d
The smallest-scale measurements of gravity ever made show that a tiny gold ball weighing 90 milligrams can move another gold ball just a few nanometres through gravitational pull
US allows people vaccinated against covid-19 to mix indoors again1d
Vaccination means freedom to mix in private properties without social distancing or wearing masks, US authorities have said, but the guidance is deemed too risky for the UK
Keep warming under 1.5°C to stop tropics becoming too hot to live1d
If global warming exceeds 1.5°C, some places in the tropics will start becoming too hot and humid for people to survive
Carbon-negative crops may mean water shortages for 4.5 billion people1d
Harvesting energy crops and capturing the carbon released when they are burned is seen as central to fighting climate change – but could leave 4.5 billion people facing water shortages
How will zero-covid countries safely reopen their borders?1d
As plans are made for international travel to resume, covid-free countries may have to achieve herd immunity through vaccination before letting the rest of the world in
Effects of Finnish evacuation during second world war visible in DNA1d
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People of European descent evolved resistance to TB over 10,000 years1d
Analysis of ancient DNA shows that a genetic variant that increases susceptibility to tuberculosis has drastically decreased in Europe since the Bronze Age
Some frogs have noise-cancelling lungs to dampen other species' calls1d
To better hear a male's mating call, some female frogs have noise-cancelling lungs, which resonate at frequencies that filter out the sounds of other species
Over one-sixth of all food produced ends up being thrown in the bin1d
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Benefits of microdosing psychedelic drugs may be due to placebo effect1d
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What a weird planet.
Rare Daytime Meteor Fell Over England, Caused House-Shaking Boom2d
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Leo pulls on a shiny, silver suit and places the helmet gingerly over his head before marching with the other budding astronauts towards their spaceship.
Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing2d
Researchers found that social media users are generally adept at identifying fake news. But that doesn't always affect their decision to repost it.
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The asteroid "2001FO32," is big, it's fast, but it poses no danger to Earth.
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Some on the islands are looking to the Faroes for inspiration in tackling transport issues.
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Bottom Trawling in The Ocean Is Running The Tap on Earth's Largest Carbon Sink3d
We need far more protected areas.
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The webs of life are unraveling.
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The effects could be far-reaching.
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My unarticulated suspicions about Asian women being objectified, dehumanized targets have been confirmed.
Scientists uncover Antarctic sea creatures 'trapped under ice' for 50 years4d
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NASA Ingenuity Mars
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NASA Ingenuity Mars
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Women in managerial roles seem to sleep better if they live in a country with greater gender equality. The same isn't true for male managers, who sleep better in countries with higher GDP
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Mass graves in France belonged to opposing soldiers in medieval war1d
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Altered bioelectric genes give zebrafish wings like flying fish1d
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Fingerprint ridges carry nerve endings that make us hypersensitive1d
Often overlooked as just a mark of identity, fingerprints actually give us our precise sense of touch through nerve endings in the fingerprint ridges
Seven alien space rocks should pass through our solar system each year1d
An estimate of the number of interstellar objects passing through the solar system suggests we should expect seven visitors a year, and some – three per century – could even be from another galaxy
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Signs that Earth was once almost entirely molten found in ancient rock1d
Chemical signatures in 3.7-billion-year-old basalt rocks from Greenland support the long-held theory that Earth was once almost entirely molten
Some Amazon jaguars have adapted to live in treetops to avoid flooding1d
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More than 4000 cheetahs have been trafficked in the past decade1d
Wild cheetah populations have declined drastically over the past century, with just 7100 cheetahs left in the wild – and trafficking is one of the causes
Nano-engineered sponge could soak up oil spills in cold Arctic waters1d
A sponge coated with a paraffin-like material can suck up 99 per cent of oil from water at 5°C, offering a solution to crude oil spills in Arctic environments
DNA reveals ancient Croatian massacre was an indiscriminate killing1d
A genetic analysis of prehistoric remains found in a mass grave in Croatia reveals the victims were men, women and children with few family links, suggesting an indiscriminate massacre
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Machine learning, a process used to train artificial intelligences, can take an extremely long time – but a quantum trick could massively speed things up for tasks involving particles of light called photons
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The strategy of vaccinating the eldest first may save the most lives in the short term, but also has the greatest risk of creating variants that escape vaccine immunity
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The distribution of matter throughout the universe may not be the same in every direction, which could upend a fundamental tenet of cosmology and rewrite what we know about the moments after the big bang
Photonic laser thruster could power spacecraft from Earth1d
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Green plan to upgrade homes was 'botched', say MPs1d
A scheme offering people up to £10,000 for insulation has only reached 10% of its target, MPs say.
Tons of Old People Are Smoking Weed — And Doctors Are Worried2d
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Tesla's "Fully Self Driving" Beta Would Fail A Driver's License Test•3d
Tesla Self Driving Beta
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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Whitehall departments remain at odds over how rapidly to lift ban on most overseas trips
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The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.4d
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Mystery unsolved: ghost ships circling off California4d
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WWII-era stimulant drug discovered in weight loss supplements6h
The drug was one of nine prohibited stimulants found in sports and weight loss supplements.
Genes of 500 million-year-old sea monsters live inside us8h
Primeval sea creatures share genes with humans, suggesting that we're more like ancient animals than previously thought.
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Did a scholar really find an early copy of the Ten Commandments?1d
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A new poll reveals split opinions on how—and when—police body cam footage is released1d
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Human skin cells altered to mimic early stage of embryo development1d
Structures that model early human embryonic development, created from reprogrammed skin cells, could be used to study infertility, early miscarriage, and the earliest stages of development in utero
Your leg muscles automatically act to stop you falling when you trip1d
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Miniature human tear glands grown in a lab cry real tears just like us1d
Tiny organoids that function like human tear glands have been grown in the lab – eventually they could be transplanted into people to treat dry eye diseases
Mars's crust may have sucked up most of the planet's water1d
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Hibernating marmots don't seem to age – could humans do the same?1d
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Early humans may have turned to small game after wiping out big beasts1d
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Heart Problems in Pets Could Be Linked to COVID Variant. Here's What You Must Know1d
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Scientists Detect Chemicals Inside Pregnant Women They Can't Even Identify2h
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To be declassified: UFO broke sound barrier with no sonic boom6h
Former Trump intelligence director John Ratcliffe told Fox News that more unexplained sightings of flying objects will soon be declassified.
Caltech Scientists Say They Can Read Human Brain With Ultrasound6h
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Covid vaccine used on apes at San Diego zoo trialled on mink11h
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'Netanyahu Is Playing With Fire With the Democrats'18h
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Clouds over the Oxford-made jab and dispute over supplies leave Brexiters feeling vindicated and Europhiles confused
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This Group Wants to 'Ban Surveillance Advertising'1d
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A material that is superconductive at room temperature and lower pressure1d
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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Jaw-dropping Milky Way mosaic took 12 years to create. Here's why.1d
A new mosaic of the Milky Way galaxy took 12 years and 1,250 hours of photographic exposure to create.
Airline shares fall sharply as doubts over summer travel grow1d
Analysts expect airlines to need more cash if the summer is a write-off
Llamas and alpacas carry genes from mysterious 'ghost' relatives1d
Preserved DNA from animals that lived over 2400 years ago suggests that present-day llamas and alpacas are descended in part from an extinct population of camelids called guanacos
Recent Australian wildfires led to record atmospheric pollution1d
The 2019–20 bushfire season in Australia led to record levels of stratospheric aerosols over the southern hemisphere, according to satellite data
Should you get a test to measure antibodies after a covid-19 vaccine?1d
New "immunity tracker" tests that claim to measure your precise antibody levels after infection or a covid-19 vaccine are for sale, but the results might not be as useful as they seem
Facebook AI learned object recognition from 1 billion Instagram pics1d
Artificial intelligence built by Facebook has learned to classify images from 1 billion Instagram photos. The AI used a different learning technique to many other similar algorithms, relying less on input from humans.
Eagle-inspired robot flies by flapping its feather-covered wings1d
A robot that looks like a bird, flaps its wings like a bird and flies like a bird could be used as a stealthy, camouflaged drone
Sport urged to drop high carbon sponsorship deals1d
Sports teams and competitions are urged to drop sponsorship deals from companies that promote "high carbon lifestyles, products and services".
Can you solve it? The crazy maths of crypto1d
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Using Windows or Android no longer shuts you out from Apple services—here's how to access them.
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You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps3d
Install these tools to supercharge the capabilities of your Apple wearable.
Laser detection and GPS guide this new mortar to its target with better accuracy3d
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A SpaceX Engineer's Dark Web Insider Trading Sparks SEC First4d
"MillionaireMike" allegedly ran a stock tip scam that earned him $27,000 in bitcoin payments.
Was the Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua a Nitrogen Iceberg?4d
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Building tough 3D nanomaterials with DNA4d
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Our Brains Could Be Directly Involved in Processing Alcohol, Mouse Study Hints6h
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After a 900-year nap, a volcano in Iceland erupted Friday (March 19), spewing tendrils of molten lava down its flanks and bathing the cloudy night sky in an ominous orange-red.
Why There's a Partisan Split on Sexual Harassment12h
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For centuries, people thought it was a forgery.
Cuts and budget delays are undermining UK science sector, warns Labour1d
No funding earmarked for research agency and Europe's Horizon scheme despite imminent start to financial year The government risks creating a serious funding gap for science, Labour has warned, saying that delays over budgets and cuts to research are undermining the sector and giving the lie to ministers' boasts about Britain's status as a science superpower. The party has highlighted a continued
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COVID-19 may trigger diabetes in some people1d
Scientists don't know exactly why the conditions are linked.
Watch Tesla's Full Self-Driving Mode Steer Toward Oncoming Highway Traffic1d
Safety First A harrowing new video shows a Tesla, with its Full Self Driving Beta system engaged, begin to drift into multiple lanes of oncoming highway traffic before the driver slams on the brakes at the last second. YouTuber and Tesla owner Chuck Cook recently uploaded footage from inside his Tesla Model Y and from an overhead drone as he makes unprotected left turns across a three-lane highwa
To produce more food, scientists look to get more mileage out of plant enzymes1d
Enzymes play essential roles in the cells of every living thing, from bacteria, to plants to people. Some do their jobs a few times and fizzle out. Others can repeat a task hundreds of thousands of times before they quit.
A single day of competition in the wild is encoded in the songbird brain, finds study1d
Fighting among social animals is common as they compete for the resources they need to survive and reproduce. A winner and a loser will inevitably result from these interactions, but do these challenges also leave an unseen, lasting mark?
Countries resume use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after new data shows it's safe1d
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An Entire 3D-Printed Neighborhood Is Springing Up in a California Desert1d
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Faster fusion reactor calculations thanks to machine learning1d
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"Riddled with errors": Study of cell phones and breast cancer retracted1d
A journal has retracted a study that said exposure to radiofrequency radiation increased the risk of breast cancer after an epidemiologist found that some of the papers it relied upon did not measure radiofrequency radiation at all, in a decision that the lead author has called "unfair." The study, titled "Exposure to radiofrequency radiation increases … Continue reading
US refuses to extend time between coronavirus vaccine doses1d
The US won't be following the UK's example of extending the interval between covid-19 vaccine doses amid concerns it could increase risk of dangerous variants emerging. Meanwhile, Canada increases its interval up to four months
Male toadfish protect the eggs in their care with antibacterial fluid1d
Toadfish eggs need protection from harmful bacteria – and the fluid that the fish produce for the task is unlike any known antibacterial agent
Robots increase the gender pay gap despite raising wages overall1d
Industrial automation raises wages for men and women because of productivity increases, but could erode progress made over recent years to narrow the gender pay gap
Covid-19 stimulus plans are undermining conservation efforts1d
Attempts to boost economies are undermining protections for wildlife and habitats more often than not, according to an analysis that identified 64 cases of environmental rollbacks such as opening up areas to oil and gas wells
Food allergies could soon become a thing of the past – here's why1d
Allergic reactions to foods are a growing, potentially life-threatening problem. The good news is we can turn this around, says Kari Nadeau
Fukushima 10 years on: How locals are returning after nuclear disaster1d
The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant saw locals evacuate the area. Ten years later, they have begun to return
Fairy lantern flower has a gaping 'mouth' and saps energy from fungi1d
Fairy lanterns (Thismia) are parasitic plants that steal nutrients from fungi – and a newly discovered species has hooded flowers unlike those seen among known species
AI has a specific Spider-Man 'brain cell' just like humans do1d
Human brains have neurons related to specific people, called grandmother cells, and now these have also been identified in artificial neural networks
X-raying eggs while they cook reveals how egg white becomes solid1d
When an egg is heated, its proteins unfold and form bonds with each other – an X-ray analysis has shown this happening on the micrometre scale over the first 160 seconds of cooking
Bla bla bla: Sådan slutter du en samtale, uden det bliver akavet2d
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16 values children learned from pop culture in the past 50 years2d
A new study tracked changes in values tweens (8-12 years old) get from popular culture. The researchers compared 16 values over a 50-year-period. The report was created by the UCLA's Center for Scholars and Storytellers. A new report from UCLA's Center for Scholars and Storytellers focused on values espoused by television programs that were popular with children 8-12 between over half a century,
Call for UK to share spare doses as Unicef launches global vaccine drive2d
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A year has passed since the coronavirus started to dominate every conversation, large sporting events were canceled, and offices began to close their doors. Slowly and then suddenly, normal life went on pause. After months during which many journalists and politicians dismissed the dangers of COVID-19, Americans realized that they were in the midst of the most serious pandemic in a century. Soldi
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New York Man Pleads Guilty to Keeping Sharks in Basement3d
Basement Dwellers New York law enforcement officials made an unusual discovery in 2017 when they found seven sharks swimming in a pool in a man's basement. According to the New York Attorney General's office , Joshua Seguine, 40, pleaded guilty to illegal possession with intent to sell seven sandbar sharks this week. He was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and sentenced to a conditional discharge. "T
Spring returns with a not-so-equal vernal equinox of 20213d
Spring will officially arrive on Saturday morning (March 20) with the occurrence of the vernal equinox.
A Homecoming Queen Was Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking3d
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Take in The Colorful Beauty of Perseverance's Landing Courtesy of Talented Mars Fans3d
Citizen scientists at work!
Biofluorescent Fish Have Finally Been Spotted in Arctic Waters, And They're a Little Unusual3d
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Facebook wants to remove the 'friction' between you and your computer using augmented reality4d
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In the summer of 2020, the Trump administration followed through on a promise it had made a year earlier . It would, after a 17-year hiatus, resume federal executions. That original announcement detailed plans to execute five people on death row; by the end of the Trump presidency, the number had ballooned to 13—more executions than in the previous 67 years combined . The eighth person executed w
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The latest entry in the long-running series offers a familiar experience, but separates itself enough to keep the game fresh and exciting.
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The Bale Mountains in south-central Ethiopia are considered to be one of the most unique centers of endemism, with an extraordinary number of plants and animals that can only be found there. Numerous species are already known from this Afromontane high-elevation plateau, making it a biodiversity hotspot, but ongoing research continues to reveal the presence of so far unknown and undescribed organi
A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges6h
This week's Big Tech hearing will surely be a waste of Congress's time, again. But the DOJ and SEC could buy time by raising the stakes.
I Just Want to Date Like Every Other 20-Something6h
Two months into the pandemic, I gave in and tried Zoom dating. After a few days of chatting on OKCupid, I found myself across the screen from a perfectly nice match. It was one hour in hell: Trapped in a two-way-hostage video, I was hyperaware of everything that was missing—the smell of her perfume, how she moved through space, seeing the way she ordered a drink. If I was going to date, it had to
Announcing the WIRED Resilience Residency7h
We're looking for new voices to provide an insider perspective on rapidly changing industries.
Cephalopods: Older than previously thought?9h
Possibly the oldest cephalopods in the Earth's history stem from the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland (Canada) discovered by scientists from Heidelberg University. The 522-million-year-old fossils could turn out to be the first known form of these highly evolved invertebrate organisms, whose living descendants today include species such as the cuttlefish, octopus and nautilus. The find would indic
Microbe somehow survives without the proteins for replicating its DNA9h
A microbe called Carpediemonas membranifera lacks the set of proteins thought essential for copying DNA, and therefore for reproduction
Garden hoses help explain why mammals can maintain stiff erections9h
Physicists looking for something to do during lockdown turned to studying garden hoses, and have used their findings to explain how a rare feature of mammalian penises helps them maintain stiff erections
Vladimir Putin to have Russian-made Covid vaccine in private10h
Russian president won't have first dose in public after delaying jab for months Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vladimir Putin is scheduled to receive his first dose of a Russian-made coronavirus vaccine later on Tuesday, after months of delaying his jab, in an apparent effort to boost Russia's fledgling vaccination drive. A Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday said that Put
Will Trackless Trams Gain Traction in the U.S.?10h
A hybrid form of transportation could be an alternative to buses or light rails — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
B2 1420+32 is a changing-look blazar, study finds10h
An international team of astronomers has performed multi-wavelength photometric and spectroscopic observations of a blazar known as B2 1420+32. The observational campaign found that the object exhibits a large scale spectral variability and is the so-called "changing-look" blazar. The findings are reported in a paper published March 15 on arXiv.org.
'Browser Isolation' Takes On Entrenched Web Threats10h
Cloudflare says it's possible to build a version of the notoriously slow and buggy tool without compromising on speed.
'Informal workers' around the globe face a stacked deck, but labor organizing has led to wins10h
A UCLA-led study of informal laborers in six countries found that despite differences in local laws and cultures, domestic workers and construction workers in each of those countries, who are most often migrants, are often exploited by their employers because government labor protections are weak or not enforced.
Image: Mont Mercou on Mars10h
Here are a few stunning views of the Curiosity Rover's current location, Mont Mercou in Gale Crater on Mars. This towering outcrop provides a great look at layered sedimentary rock structures. On Earth, it's common to find layered rock like the ones within this cliff face, especially where there were once lakes. The pancake-like layers of sediment are compressed and cemented to form a rock record
Keeping track of spacecraft as Earth's water alters its spin11h
Mass is constantly being redistributed around our planet, as Earth's atmosphere, oceans and other bodies of water on and under the surface melt, shift and stir. This mass redistribution alters Earth's center of gravity, which in turn speeds up and slows down the planet's spin—and so the length of the day—as well as changing the orientation of its spin axis. These changes to Earth's spin and orient
How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself12h
A post-pandemic rush back onto the field could lead to a spike in injuries. Here's how to prevent them.
Taking Action Can Cure Your Climate Grief12h
Personal changes can empower people to reduce emissions and also widen public support for bold carbon policies — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
World's oldest meteor crater isn't what it seems13h
The world's oldest meteor impact crater is not a crater at all, say scientists of a new study suggesting natural forces put the giant indent into Earth's surface. But the jury is still out.
Didier Raoult fraud: "Je ne regrette rien"14h
One year on: more fake data, financial fraud and illegal and falsified clinical trials by the chloroquine guru Didier Raoult.
US weather model upgraded to better forecast extreme events15h
The National Weather Service has turbocharged its lagging forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather.
How to Virtually Become a Doctor16h
Medical schools and students alike have had to adapt to remote cadaver dissections and bedside-manner training via Zoom.
Starving tumors by blocking glutamine uptake22h
Scientists have identified a drug candidate that blocks the uptake of glutamine, a key food source for many tumors, and slows the growth of melanoma.
What early-budding trees tell us about genetics, climate change22h
Late frosts have caused millions of dollars in losses for orchards over the years. Scientists are investigating the genes that tell trees when to bud out and blossom. A deep understanding of the genetics of bud-break enables scientists to modify or select crop varieties more resilient to late frost, warming winters, diseases and pests.
Widening political rift in U.S. may threaten science, medicine1d
Public participation is critical to the success of medical research. Yet recruiting volunteers for trials is increasingly challenging. New research suggests the widening ideological gap in the U.S. may be to blame.
Researchers develop ultra-sensitive flow microsensors1d
A team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed the thinnest and most sensitive flow sensor, which could have significant implications for medical research and applications, according to new research published recently in Nature Communications.
Planting the seed for DNA nanoconstructs that grow to the micron scale1d
A team of nanobiotechnologists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) led by Wyss Founding Core Faculty member William Shih, Ph.D., has devised a programmable DNA self-assembly strategy that solves the key challenge of robust nucleation control and paves the way for applications such as ultrasensitive diagnostic biomarker detec
Scientists Link Eating This Common Baseball Stadium Food With Dementia Risk1d
A massive new study found that there seems to be a correlation between a diet heavy in processed meats — think hot dogs, bacon, and the like — and an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. It's probably not a huge surprise that the hot dog, nachos, and large coke you grabbed at a baseball game (remember those?) wasn't the most health-conscious choice. But Gizmodo reports that a team
Lululemon's New Yoga Mat Uses 3D Ridges to Perfect Your Poses1d
The mat's soft bumps and ripples are meant to guide at-home yogis who don't have a watchful instructor to correct their alignment.
The Guardian view on pandemic politics: we need cooperation, not confrontation | Editorial1d
Vaccinating the world is the only way out of Covid, but a mixture of nationalism and protectionism is blocking the exit Covid-19 has proved to be the greatest humanitarian and economic disaster of the century. A reported 2.7 million people have already died from the pathogen. Its recession is estimated to be twice as deep as that associated with the 2008 crash. Ultimately, the only way out of the
Deep seafloor nutrient vital in global food chain1d
Eroded seabed rocks are providing an essential source of nutrition for drifting marine organisms at the base of the food chain, according to new research.
You Should Definitely Try These Horrible Pickup Lines Written by AI1d
Love Machine Maybe you struck out this past Valentine's Day. Maybe you aren't quite sure how to start dating again once you're vaccinated and the pandemic eases up enough for it to be safe. Thankfully, romantic artificial intelligence is here to get back on your feet. Janelle Shane, a research scientist and noted AI tinkerer, is here to help. She trained variants of one of the most sophisticated
How to Photograph a (Possible) Alien Artifact1d
We don't know if the interstellar object 'Oumuamua was natural or artificial—but a new telescope coming online in a few years could help us identify the next one — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Jose Baselga, Renowned Oncologist, Dies at 611d
The cancer researcher and executive vice president of AstraZeneca's oncology research and development is well known for his role in the development of pivotal breast cancer therapies.
Link between diabetes and coronavirus infections | Letters1d
Dr Tony Hulse and Dr Caroline Ponmani say they are seeing evidence of diabetes being triggered by the virus in children, while JK Cruickshank explains why there is a likelihood of the condition arising after a Covid-19 infection The possibility that Covid-19 could trigger diabetes ( Doctors suggest Covid-19 could cause diabetes , 19 March) fits with the experiences of paediatricians treating diab
Virtual lab finds the right AI tool for each chemistry problem1d
Having the right tool for the job makes the job a lot easier, less expensive and faster. Chemical engineering researchers have now developed a virtual laboratory that can be used to determine the artificial intelligence (AI) tools best suited for addressing various chemical synthesis challenges in flow chemistry systems.
GPs overwhelmed as website prematurely allows bookings for second Covid vaccination1d
Three-month gap between vaccinations is recommended but HealthEngine website allows bookings for second jab within days of first One of the booking websites contracted by the federal government for the Covid vaccine rollout is erroneously allowing Australians to book in for their second dose within days of their first shot, a problem general practitioners say is compounding demand on their clinic
Democratizing data for a fair digital economy1d
The digital revolution is here, but not everyone is benefiting equitably from it. And as Silicon Valley's ethos of "move fast and break things" spreads around the world, now is the time to pause and consider who is being left out and how we can better distribute the benefits of our new data economy. "Data is the main resource of a new digital economy," says Parminder Singh, executive director at
Researchers create map of undiscovered life1d
Less than a decade after unveiling the "Map of Life," a global database that marks the distribution of known species across the planet, Yale researchers have launched an even more ambitious and perhaps important project—creating a map of where life has yet to be discovered.
Researcher recommends systematic approach to forest and water supply management1d
As World Water Day is observed around the globe, new research from UBC Okanagan suggests a systematic approach to forest and water supply research may yield an improved assessment and understanding of connections between the two.
Catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol1d
Efficient conversion of CO2 is strategically significant for alleviating the energy crisis and achieving the goal of carbon neutrality. One promising conversion route is the hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol using a renewable energy-based "green hydrogen" source.
Upgrade for CRISPR/Cas: Researchers knock out multiple genes in plants at once1d
Using an improved version of the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers knocked out up to twelve genes in plants in a single blow. Until now, this had only been possible for single or small groups of genes. The approach was developed by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB). The method makes it easier to investigate
Uncovering how physical structure of dietary fiber underpins its benefits to health1d
A new study has shown how food processing changes dietary fiber structure and so affects the nutritional value of food.
New Eruption Finally Starts on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland1d
The first eruption on the peninsula in over 1,200 years is a small one (so far), but has produced spectacular lava flows.
AstraZeneca's US Vaccine Trial Data1d
Update: this has turned into a stupid, needless, mess. Which frankly seems to be AstraZeneca's pandemic brand so far. It turns out that the company's press release (as discussed below) is apparently more of an interim read than reflective of the final data. The NIH took the extraordinary step of stating its concerns about this late last night, and there's all sorts of fallout today – see this art
The pandemic echoes a history of disruption for Black families stretching back to slavery1d
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the disease has killed approximately one of every 1,000 Black Americans—about twice the rate of death among white Americans killed by the disease.
Scientists Figured Out How to Turn Food Waste Into Jet Fuel1d
Aviation is a major contributor to climate change, and also one of the hardest sectors to wean off fossil fuels. New research suggests we could reduce the carbon footprint of jet fuel by 165 percent by making it out of food scraps. Many sectors are making solid progress towards reducing their climate impact. The growing proportion of renewable energy in the grid is reducing reliance on polluting
'There are times when I've been in tears': a year of Covid in the UK1d
As Britain prepares for a 'national day of reflection', an imam, an ex-nurse's daughter and a community volunteer recall events of the past year Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A minute's silence will be held at noon on Tuesday as a "national day of reflection" is held to mark the first anniversary of the UK going into lockdown, and to remember the 126,000 people who
Cells burn more calories after just one bout of moderate aerobic exercise, OSU study finds1d
In a recent study testing the effects of exercise on overall metabolism, researchers found that even a single session of moderate aerobic exercise makes a difference in the cells of otherwise sedentary people.
Roli's Lumi Keys Taught Me How to Play Piano … Sort Of1d
The portable Bluetooth keyboard is the modern-day Lite-Brite of musical instruments. Just don't expect to master Chopin.
Hubble captures re-energized planetary nebula1d
Located around 5,000 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan), Abell 78 is an unusual type of planetary nebula.
Toxic PAH air pollutants from fossil fuels 'multiply' in sunlight1d
When power stations burn coal, a class of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, form part of the resulting air pollution. Researchers have found that PAH toxins degrade in sunlight into child compounds and byproducts.
Breaking Through the Uncanny Valley1d
In 1970 robotics professor Masahiro Mori observed, "Bbukimi no tani genshō," which was later translated into "uncanny valley". This refers to an observed phenomenon (first in robots, but also applies to digital recreations) that the more human-like the robot the greater the emotional affinity of people. However, as imitation approaches complete imitation it takes a sharp dip where people actually
Legal standards invoke the 'reasonable person'. Who is it?1d
Countless legal standards ask what the 'reasonable person' would do. But who is this person? The reasonable person is not just the average person. That's easily seen. Sometimes, average people do unreasonable things. This insight has led theorists to propose the reasonable person as some 'ideal person', such as the virtuous person, the person who achieves the best consequences, or the person who
How Sea Chanteys Made Me Love Video Games Again1d
I really thought I'd given up playing PC games, but then centuries-old songs got me swashbuckling my way through Sea of Thieves.
Ancient Maya power broker died in obscurity, hieroglyphics show1d
Hieroglyphics in a stairway near a burial tell the tale of an elite Maya ambassador's life.
Woman cries blood tears during menstruation in 'rare and unusual clinical case'1d
In "a rare and unusual clinical case," doctors described a young woman whose menstrual cycle made her weep tears that were made of blood.
Why people cared less about catching COVID when it mattered most1d
Data as of mid-March 2020. (Graphic by Sara Chodosh/) This winter, a worrying trend emerged: although COVID-19 cases were at an all-time high, polling data indicated that many Americans were taking more risks and fewer precautions against the virus. Even as case counts rose, people seemed to care less. The national third wave peaked at more than 300,000 cases in a single day on January 8. Yet dat
NASA's InSight lander has measured the size of Mars's molten core1d
The InSight lander has observed more than 500 marsquakes so far, and it has used these ripples to measure the size of Mars's core and confirm that it is liquid
Parasites may make dogs smell good to disease-spreading sandflies1d
A parasite that causes visceral leishmaniasis, a disease that can be fatal, ups its chances of spreading by making the dogs it inhabits smell good to sandflies that can go on to bite humans
Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in poorest countries is lower than in US1d
The overwhelming majority of people surveyed in 10 low and middle-income countries said they would take a covid-19 vaccine, in the first study to look at the question
UK still using racially biased passport tool despite available update1d
The UK government has failed to deploy an updated version of a face analysis algorithm used for checking passport pictures, despite knowing it works poorly for people with very light and very dark skin
Small device could warn you if you've been too still at your desk1d
A small sensor worn on the neck can monitor how much you move while sedentary and give a prompt to get up and exercise
Tattoos reveal secrets of man whose flayed skin was nailed to a board1d
For reasons unclear, the skin of a 19th century man was removed after his death and nailed to a wooden board. An analysis of the man's tattoos suggest he was French, a seafarer – and a prisoner
AI can stop the cybersickness some people get when using VR headsets1d
When using VR headsets, differences between what the inner ear feels and what the eyes see can create nausea, but better tracking of the head's position in space can reduce the effect
Hackers act differently if accessing male or female Facebook profiles1d
Cybercriminals seem to behave differently depending on the age and gender of the owner of the Facebook accounts they hack into
Magnetic boost helps to squeeze more data onto computer hard discs1d
Miniaturising hard discs make it more difficult to 'write' new data onto them without using new technology such as focused microwave energy – but a magnetic boost offers a near-term solution
Planet hotter than most stars spotted 25 light years away1d
Astronomers may have detected a planet around one of our closest stars that is potentially the second hottest exoplanet ever found
Changing sounds reveal impact of Amazon fires on animal life1d
Recordings reveal that the Brazilian Amazon sounds different after it has been burned several times, suggesting acoustic monitoring as a tool to measure ecosystem degradation
Coronavirus variant names are too confusing – there is a better way1d
The names given to new coronavirus variants and bacteria can be difficult to use or understand. Using a pre-generated list of names would be better, says Mark Pallen
In both gorillas and humans, it takes a village to raise a child1d
A study by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund shows that gorilla families come together to support young gorillas that lose their mothers.
Slovak PM ready to step down over Russian vaccine feud1d
Coalition in crisis after Matovic announced purchase of 2m doses of Sputnik V Covid jab
Grønt søslag forude: Energiøer og naturvenner ønsker sig samme dele af Nordsøen1d
PLUS. Mens Danmarks Naturfredningsforening og Danmarks Fiskeriforening er blevet enige om, hvor der kan ligge uberørte områder på dansk hav, er de i direkte konflikt med planerne om vindmøller ved Nordsøens energiø.
Study shows stronger brain activity after writing on paper than on tablet or smartphone1d
A study of university students and recent graduates has revealed that writing on physical paper can lead to more brain activity when remembering the information an hour later. Researchers say that the unique, complex, spatial and tactile information associated with writing by hand on physical paper is likely what leads to improved memory.
Benjamin Abeles obituary2d
My father, Benjamin Abeles, who has died aged 95, was a renowned physicist whose research led to the technology used to power the Voyager spacecraft. An incredibly hard-working man, he overcame tremendous obstacles in his youth. Born in Vienna, the youngest of two children of Selma (nee Kronberger), a leather artisan, and Ernst Abeles, a businessmen, Benjamin arrived in the UK from Prague as a ch
Extraterrestrial Life Could Be Hiding in Our Galaxy's Interior Ocean Worlds2d
In the search for extraterrestrial life, liquid water is crucial. Life as we know it can't exist without water. This fact has led scientists to look for twins of our planet around other stars in humanity's ongoing quest for company in the universe. Twin-Earths would be rocky planets about the size of ours that orbit their stars in the habitable zone—a band of temperatures within which liquid wate
5 ways to keep your computer from slowing down2d
Your machine gets old and slow. And then you get old waiting for your websites to load. (Tim Gouw / Unsplash/) Neither you nor your gadgets can escape the passage of time. But when it comes to your computer, you can at least make sure it has a long and full life by minimizing some of the creeping effects of old age. Some regular maintenance can work wonders, so don't just sit back and accept the
How to Teach Your Kids About Money2d
Financial know-how can set your little one up for lifelong well-being. These child-friendly apps can help manage allowances and even create savings goals.
How to Un-Setup Your Smart Home When Someone Moves Out2d
It's easy enough to connect most smart gadgets, but what about disconnecting? Here's how to untangle shared devices and accounts securely.
Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love2d
There's a psychology behind our affection for retro gaming, and it's only partly to do with nostalgia for the past.
Din ekskærestes parfume eller mormors småkager: Derfor kan dufte frembringe stærke minder2d
Lugtesansen har en tættere forbindelse til hukommelsen end de andre sanser.
How Trump Broke—And Then Saved—Impeachment2d
"I mpeachment is a farce which will not be tried again." Those words were written in 1807 , about 140 years before the birth of the first president ever to have been impeached twice, and Thomas Jefferson wrote them. At the time, Jefferson wasn't thinking about presidential impeachments. A few years before, he had participated behind the scenes in a successful effort to impeach Federal District Ju
Virus Cases Delay Effort to Bring Indoor Dance Back to New York3d
The Park Avenue Armory is postponing "Afterwardsness" after three members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dance company tested positive for the coronavirus.
We're living in a time of high stakes and scientific risks need to be taken | Sonia Sodha3d
It's not enough now for science to move in a stately fashion with great caution There's nothing like living through a global pandemic to engender a dawning realisation that real-world science is a different beast from the "hypothesise, test, repeat" science we learn at school. And that just because a claim is made by an eminent scientist it is not automatically elevated to a gold standard truth.
This Guy Made a CGI Version of Himself to Fool His Friends on Videochat3d
Do You Believe It? Robert Zemeckis, eat your heart out. A YouTuber has created a CGI version of himself using a powerful new app to trick his friends into thinking he was video chatting them in person. The video's creator, who goes by Ferdi, used an app called MetaHuman to create the CGI duplicate of himself. Rather than use the tool to join Zoom business meetings from his bathroom or in his unde
¿Cómo era esa canción? Este pájaro no sabe3d
Las nuevas generaciones de una especie de pájaro cantor en grave peligro de extinción no consiguen aprender las melodías para el cortejo. Esto podría llevarlos a desaparecer.
Why Less Exercise Can Bring Better Results3d
As long as we keep up the intensity, both pro athletes and the general population can occasionally benefit from fewer workout sessions.
How Finland embraced being 'world's happiest nation'3d
Once notorious for its bland food and long, harsh winters, Finland's repeated success in the annual happiness rankings has helped transform the country's global reputation, boosting tourism and business.
Icelandic volcano subsiding after first eruption in 900 years3d
A volcano that spewed glowing red lava near Iceland's capital Reykjavik after awakening for the first time in 900 years appeared to be subsiding on Saturday, posing no danger to people, experts said.
The Best Music Streaming Apps to Get Your Groove On3d
These services share similar music libraries, but some offer up a much better experience than others.
How Fantasy Soccer Keeps My Kids Connected and Happy3d
When soccer practice was practically grounded by the pandemic, my kids turned an analog pastime into a fresh way to keep up with friends around the world.
The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Robot Vacuums, Legos, and More3d
Distract yourself from thinking about your upcoming vaccine appointment (if you have one!) with discounts on Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and more.
What messages have we sent to aliens?3d
The most important thing we've communicated? That we exist.
Tang i foderet får køer til at udlede 82 procent mindre metan3d
Bioaktive stoffer i tangen modvirker, at køer danner metan i vommen, når de fordøjer deres fiberrige foder.
NASA's Perseverance records first-ever sounds of rover driving on Mars3d
NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18, and is currently preparing to begin its main mission of searching for signs of ancient life. The rover contains two microphone systems, one of which was recently used to capture sounds of the rover traveling at speeds below .01 mph. NASA hopes to return Perseverance's rock collection to Earth by 2031. It's been nearly a month since Persever
Feeding cattle seaweed reduces their greenhouse gas emissions 82 percent3d
A bit of seaweed in cattle feed could reduce methane emissions from beef cattle as much as 82 percent, according to new findings from researchers at the University of California, Davis.
Chemists use supercomputers to understand solvents4d
To understand the fundamental properties of an industrial solvent, chemists with the University of Cincinnati turned to a supercomputer.
Wisconsin permitted people to hunt a contentious species. That might change next year.4d
Wisconsin wolf hunters may face new restrictions next year. (Christel SAGNIEZ from Pixabay/) This article originally featured on Field & Stream . Wisconsin's controversial wolf season might look a lot different next year. The recent weeklong February hunt closed after just three days as hunters and trappers exceeded the harvest quota by 82 percent, prompting outrage from far beyond the state's bo
Here's What a Metal Volcano Would Look Like4d
Metal Volcano A team of scientists is hard at work on an important project: Figuring out what a volcano made of metal instead of rock would look like. The answer? Pretty cool. Scientists have never seen ferrovolcanism — the eruption of a metal volcano — in action, so they had to build their own in a lab. What they found was that the iron magma flowed faster and farther than rock, according to the
100 Million Vaccines, New School Guidelines, and More News4d
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
COVID-19 transmission rare in schools with masking, distancing, contact tracing, study finds4d
Wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing have kept in-school COVID-19 transmission low, according to results of a pilot study in Missouri aimed at identifying ways to keep elementary and secondary schools open and safe during the pandemic.
Tropical species are moving northward as winters warm4d
Notwithstanding last month's cold snap in Texas and Louisiana, climate change is leading to warmer winter weather throughout the southern U.S., creating a golden opportunity for many tropical plants and animals to move north, according to a new study appearing this week in the journal Global Change Biology.
COVID-19 pandemic severely impacts mental health of young people20h
The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the mental health of young people, with increased levels of clinical depression being identified, a new study reports. A decrease in alcohol consumption was also identified amongst young people during the pandemic.
Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus10h
A crop of new, weird, and expressive photography games get players to look around, create digital mementos, and say "I was here."
Multitalented mangroves: Spotlight on the trees that could save the planet1d
Picture the perfect tree. In your mind's eye it is probably as majestic as a mighty oak, as tall as a towering redwood, bursting with fragrant, brightly coloured blossom and weighed down with succulent fruit. Mangroves are none of these things, but in their own inimitable way they are so much more.
Lista: Så kan du förbättra din sömn2d
Genom uthållighetsträning och bestämda ättider kan du förbättra din sömn. Forskare menar också att vi kan anpassa när på dagen vi tar en tupplur, beroende på om vi till exempel behöver plugga eller komma med kreativa idéer.
Tang-foder giver mindre metan i køers bøvser: Alligevel er det ikke på vej til stalden3d
Den særlige tang indeholder stoffer, der er mistænkt for at være kræftfremkaldende.
Haunting Photos Show Missiles Milliseconds Before Exploding4h
Fatal Frame If you're interested in seeing some images taken just moments before (intentional, well-planned) disaster, boy do we have a highlight reel for you. Live weapon tests are an important part of making sure that new bombs, missiles, and drones actually do what the military wants them to do upon impact, lest the armed forces accidentally fire a dud during actual combat. Now, The Drive put
AI helps assess pain levels in people with sickle cell disease1d
It can be hard to prescribe effective pain treatment while limiting the risk of addiction to the drugs. Artificial intelligence may help – and one that relies on someone's vital signs outperforms existing algorithms
Stroke risk higher than expected among COVID-19 patients4d
Analysis of data from the American Heart Association's COVID-19 CVD Registry of more than 20,000 U.S. adults hospitalized with COVID-19 through November 2020 found that, overall, COVID-19 patients had an increased risk of stroke compared with patients who had influenza or sepsis. COVID-19 patients with ischemic stroke were more likely to be older, male, Black race or have high blood pressure, Type
Long-haul COVID: Physicians review what's known21h
With more patients complaining of lingering and chronic effects from COVID-19, experts review what's known and why care for long-haulers requires an interdisciplinary approach.
How insect wings withstand collisions without breaking1d
About once a second wings of foraging bees collide with small obstacles such as flowers, leaves or branches during flight without suffering major long-term damage. At the same time, they withstand aerodynamic loads effortlessly—yet the fragile structures make up just two percent of the total mass of an insect's body. Scientists from the Zoological Institute at Kiel University (CAU) are investigati
Fire safety app simulates wildfires and shows a route to avoid them1d
An app that uses fire simulations based on local geography, weather and vegetation can tell people how to avoid the path of a wildfire
Biden's $1.9tn stimulus set to return global economy to pre-Covid path2d
Manufacturers hope US consumers will spend their portion of relief package on imported consumer goods
Adorable Video Shows Elon Musk's Baby Playing a Synthesizer3d
X Æ A-XII Drops a Beat Elon Musk and Claire "Grimes" Boucher might have a future music producer on their hands. Grimes posted a video to her Instagram Story of the couple's baby, X Æ A-XII, playing with her synthesizer and making some impromptu beats. The adorable baby beamed with joy as he composed loops and flexed his inherited melodic abilities. At one point, he stared up at his mother to laug
Dennis Mileti, Expert on Preparing for Disasters, Dies at 754d
He was dismayed at the mixed messaging on Covid-19. The virus killed him.
Fungal species causing candidiasis use distinct infection strategies7h
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast called Candida. It is a serious global health problem and it can be vaginal, oral or systemic. The latter is the most severe form of infection, as it can lead to death, but vaginal candidiasis infection is the most prevalent, affecting 80% of women at some point in their lives.
Homeroom: My Son Spends Hours Studying. Then He Forgets Everything.11h
Editor's Note: Every Tuesday, Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer take questions from readers about their kids' education. Have one? Email them at email@example.com. Dear Abby and Brian, I don't know if it has to do with remote learning or if this would have come up anyway, but my sixth grader, whom I'll call "Tom," immediately seems to forget everything he studies. He remembers non-school-re
Why commercialization of carbon capture and sequestration has failed and how it can work22h
There are 12 essential attributes that explain why commercial carbon capture and sequestration projects succeed or fail in the U.S., researchers say.
Bacteria may aid anti-cancer immune response1d
Cancer immunotherapy may get a boost from an unexpected direction: bacteria residing within tumor cells. Researchers have discovered that the immune system "sees" these bacteria and shown they can be harnessed to provoke an immune reaction against the tumor. The study may also help clarify the connection between immunotherapy and the gut microbiome, explaining the findings of previous research tha
How do humpback whales rest?4d
An international research collaboration has used an omnidirectional camera attached to humpback whale to reveal how these creatures rest underwater. These findings demonstrate how wide-angle lens cameras can be useful tools for illuminating the ecology of difficult-to-observe animals in detail.
Turn yourself into an illustrated avatar for free1d
That disturbing moment Avatoon tells you you look a lot like your mother. ( Nathana Rebouças / Unsplash/) As popular as selfies are, some people just don't like taking pictures of themselves. But in the Work-From-Home Era, your name on the screen or a colored dot with your initials just won't cut it. An illustrated avatar may be the perfect middle ground. Do a quick search for "avatar generator"
Inflammation and pressure-sensing leads to 'feed-forward' loop in osteoarthritis22h
An unfortunate biological 'feed-forward' loop drives cartilage cells in an arthritic joint to actually contribute to progression of the disease, say researchers. Excessive loading under inflammatory conditions can create a situation that can lead to progressive cartilage degeneration.
'Hunger hormone' ghrelin affects monetary decision making1d
Higher levels of the stomach-derived hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, predict a greater preference for smaller immediate monetary rewards over larger delayed financial rewards, a new study finds.
An exotic metal-insulator transition in a surface-doped transition metal dichalcogenide7h
Metal-insulator transition (MIT) driven by many-body interactions is an important phenomenon in condensed matter physics. Exotic phases always emerge around the metal-insulator transition points where quantum fluctuations arise from a competition among spin, charge, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom. Two-dimensional (2D) materials are a large class of materials. Their simple structure, low d
Parents: Step away from that focused little kid1d
Too much parental involvement when children are focused on an activity can undermine their behavioral development, research finds. Parents today often look for teachable moments and find plenty of opportunities. When reading a book with a child, for example, it might mean discussing story plots with them. If they aren't allowed to play a video game, it means explaining why. "When parents let kids
A synthesis of health benefits of natural sounds and their distribution in national parks [Environmental Sciences]5h
Parks are important places to listen to natural sounds and avoid human-related noise, an increasingly rare combination. We first explore whether and to what degree natural sounds influence health outcomes using a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. We identified 36 publications examining the health benefits of natural sound. Meta-analyses of…
Elon Musk Has an Interesting Argument Against UFOs2h
The Strongest Argument Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk waded in to the world of UFO sightings this week, claiming his latest meme is the "strongest argument against aliens." Strongest argument against aliens pic.twitter.com/eF2FFZpJQE — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2021 The graph shows how the resolution of cameras has risen since the 19th century — even while images of UFO sightings have remai
Did you solve it? The crazy maths of crypto1d
The solution to today's puzzle about trust, secrets and the world's weirdest proof Earlier today I set the following puzzle, based on the remarkable mathematical concept of a 'zero-knowledge proof,' which has applications in cyber security. (To find out why this concept is so revolutionary, and how it relates to the puzzle, you can read the original article here .) The stolen paper clip Continue
The best tablet for gaming, drawing, editing and more: Our picks for all ages and activities1d
Take your office on the go or find your inner artist with the best tablet for your lifestyle. (Daniel Romero via Unsplash/) Tablets have come a long way in the last decade. While portable touchscreen devices have been prototyped and produced since the 1970s, and they even enjoyed the spotlight when Type-A personalities made the PalmPilot the handheld PC du jour in the late '90s, the tablet comput
Engineering of the Mississippi River has kept carbon out of the atmosphere, says new study4h
A new study co-authored by a Tulane University geoscientist shows that human efforts to tame the Mississippi River may have had an unintended positive effect: more rapid transport of carbon to the ocean.
Plasmonic nanoreactors regulate selective oxidation via energetic electrons and nanoconfined thermal fields1d
When optimizing catalysis in the lab, product selectivity and conversion efficiency are primary goals for materials scientists. Efficiency and selectivity are often mutually antagonistic, where high selectivity is accompanied by low efficiency and vice versa. Increasing the temperature can also change the reaction pathway. In a new report, Chao Zhan and a team of scientists in chemistry and chemic
As more are vaccinated, it makes economic sense to gradually open the economy: study1d
A University of New Mexico research team conducted a data analysis that has found that as a larger portion of the population gets vaccinated against COVID-19, it becomes economically advantageous to start relaxing social distancing measures and open businesses.
OnePlus Finally Brings Its Phone Cameras up to Speed•8h
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It's still missing that special something, but the OnePlus 9 Pro can at least capture photos that match and sometimes surpass its peers.
Evidence suggests that many tornados are bigger and stronger than reported9h
A small team of researchers with the Center for Severe Weather Research, in Boulder, Colorado, has found evidence that suggests many tornados in the U.S. are bigger and stronger than their classification would suggest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of tornadic activity in the U.S. and what they found.
The CysLT2R receptor mediates leukotriene C4-driven acute and chronic itch [Neuroscience]5h
Acute and chronic itch are burdensome manifestations of skin pathologies including allergic skin diseases and atopic dermatitis, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs), comprising LTC4, LTD4, and LTE4, are produced by immune cells during type 2 inflammation. Here, we uncover a role for LTC4…
Babies prefer baby talk, whether they're learning one language or two7h
A study finds babies prefer baby talk, whether they're learning one language or two. Scientists knew infants learning one language preferred the sing-song tones of parents' baby talk, and now scientists have found babies learning two languages are developmentally right on track. Bilingual babies showed the same interest in baby talk, at the same age, as monolingual babies.
Worth one's salt: An ancient Maya commodity1d
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. Salt cakes could have been easily transported in canoes along the coast and up rivers in southern Belize, according to archaeologists.
Forvirrede forskere kan ikke forklare, hvorfor havdyr svømmer i mystiske cirkler1d
Èn teori er, at de gør det for at finde vej ved hjælp af Jordens magnetfelt.
Substantially higher burden of COVID-19 compared to flu, new research shows4d
A new study compares the impact of COVID-19 on patients and hospital resources versus the impact of influenza.
Rare genetic variant puts some younger men at risk of severe COVID-195h
A subset of young men carry a genetic variant that dampens innate immunity to COVID-19 and may benefit from genetic testing and interferon treatment, according to a new study.
Weekly insulin helps patients with type 2 diabetes achieve similar blood sugar control to daily insulin1d
A new once-weekly basal insulin injection demonstrated similar efficacy and safety and a lower rate of low blood sugar episodes compared with a daily basal insulin, according to a phase 2 clinical trial. The study results compared an investigational drug called basal insulin Fc (BIF) with insulin degludec, a commercially available long-lasting daily insulin, in patients with type 2 diabetes.