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World's vast networks of underground fungi to be mapped for first time
Project aims to help protect some of trillions of miles of the 'circulatory system of the planet' Vast networks of underground fungi – the "circulatory system of the planet" – are to be mapped for the first time, in an attempt to protect them from damage and improve their ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide. Fungi use carbon to build networks in the soil, which connect to plant roots and a
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Someone Paid $650,000 for a Nonexistent Yacht in the Metaverse
Ghost Yacht Listen, we're not here to lecture you about how you should and shouldn't spend your money — but you definitely should never spend more than half a million dollars on a make-believe yacht you'll never be able to physically step foot on. And yet, it happened. Somebody paid roughly $650,000 in ethereum for an NFT yacht that only exists in an also-ran metaverse platform last week. The sal
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Scientists Create Synthetic Organisms That Can Reproduce
Scientists have created synthetic organisms that can self-replicate. Known as "Xenobots," these tiny millimeter-wide biological machines now have the ability to reproduce — a striking leap forward in synthetic biology. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , a joint team from the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and Harvard University used Xenopus laevis frog em
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Chris Cuomo Must Go
Andrew Cuomo's resignation as governor of New York might have been a godsend for CNN. The network faced a nearly intractable conflict of interest: The governor was a major national figure, but his brother, Chris, was also one of CNN's prime-time stars. Instead, the fallout from Andrew Cuomo's departure has made Chris Cuomo's position untenable. He should resign; if he doesn't, CNN should sack him
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Pharma Company to Start Human Trials of HIV Cure Next Year
British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is ready to start human trials of its potential cure for HIV some time next year, Bloomberg reports . Kimberly Smith, head of research and development at Glaxo, told investors that she's hoping the company will come up with the cure "by 2030 if not sooner." The potential HIV treatment could potentially give those who have been infected by the virus a
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B.1.1.529 Covid variant 'most worrying we've seen', says top UK medical adviser
Dr Susan Hopkins says R value of variant first found in Gauteng, South Africa, is now 2 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The chief medical adviser to the UK Health and Security Agency has warned that a newly identified Covid-19 variant in southern Africa is the "most worrying we've seen", with transmission levels not recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr Su
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Scientist Says That Humans Are Almost Certainly Going Extinct
Apocalypse When Our days on Earth may be numbered. In fact, by the end of this century, the global population could start its inevitable decline, paleontologist and Nature editor Henry Gee argued in a new opinion piece for Scientific American — and he's not shy about using the word "extinction." "I suspect that the human population is set not just for shrinkage but collapse — and soon," he wrote.
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New study shows the largest comet ever observed was active at near-record distance
A new study by University of Maryland astronomers shows that comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein (BB), the largest comet ever discovered, was active long before previously thought, meaning the ice within it is vaporizing and forming an envelope of dust and vapor known as a coma. Only one active comet has been observed farther from the sun, and it was much smaller than comet BB.
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Experts Say Fusion Power Is Finally Starting to Look Imminent
Bet On It? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, right? Normally we'd say yes, but experts around the globe say nuclear fusion power, which holds the promise of clean and virtually limitless electricity, could be just around the corner. After nearly six decades with many promises but few results, new advancements may finally tip the scale, according to the Financial Times . "Fusion is
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Very Large Telescope uncovers closest pair of supermassive black holes yet
Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT), astronomers have revealed the closest pair of supermassive black holes to Earth ever observed. The two objects also have a much smaller separation than any other previously spotted pair of supermassive black holes and will eventually merge into one giant black hole.
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Californian firm touts 'mushroom leather' as sustainability gamechanger
Vegan leather alternative isn't just the hot fashion must-have – it could teach us about consumption and waste Vegan alternatives to leather could save more than just animals. The scientists behind fashion's new latest must-have – the "mushroom leather" handbag – believe that mycelium, a material grown from fungi which can be engineered to look and feel like calfskin or sheepskin, could help save
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Elon Musk Proposes Setting an Age Limit on US Politicians
Go the Limit SpaceX CEO and noted cyberbully Elon Musk seemed to take another shot at President Joe Biden early Thursday morning via Twitter — and added a trademark man-childish joke while doing so. "Let's set an age limit after which you can't run for political office, perhaps a number just below 70," the billionaire tweeted . Yes, that appears to be a crude, shoehorned-in 69 joke on top of his
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Omicron's Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios
World, meet Omicron; Omicron, meet a lot of people who are very, very anxious to know more about you. The arrival of the newest coronavirus variant, first identified in Botswana and South Africa and now present in the United States , might be bad news, or it might be terrible news—or maybe it's just a temporary distraction from Delta. Ultimately, Omicron's effect on the course of the pandemic wil
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Molecular analysis reveals the oldest Denisovan fossils yet
An international team, led by researchers from the Universities of Vienna and Tübingen, and the Max Planck Society, has identified five new human fossils from the key site of Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. The remains, which include three Denisovans and one Neanderthal, were found in a secure and well dated ~200,000-year-old context. Surrounded by archaeological remains such as stone tools and
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The value of kindness at work | James Rhee
Kindness can go a long way when it comes to reshaping a business. Having saved a fashion company from the brink of bankruptcy, entrepreneur James Rhee shares the value of investing in a culture of compassion at work — and shows why we should all lead with our hearts.
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Scientists fling model stars at a virtual black hole to see who survives
Watch as eight stars skirt a black hole 1 million times the mass of the Sun in these supercomputer simulations. As they approach, all are stretched and deformed by the black hole's gravity. Some are completely pulled apart into a long stream of gas, a cataclysmic phenomenon called a tidal disruption event. Others are only partially disrupted, retaining some of their mass and returning to their nor
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Advancing mathematics by guiding human intuition with AI
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04086-x A framework through which machine learning can guide mathematicians in discovering new conjectures and theorems is presented and shown to yield mathematical insight on important open problems in different areas of pure mathematics.
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Mystery solved: Footprints from site at Laetoli, Tanzania, are from early humans, not bears
The oldest unequivocal evidence of upright walking in the human lineage are footprints discovered at Laetoli, Tanzania in 1978, by paleontologist Mary Leakey and her team. The bipedal trackways date to 3.7 million years ago. Another set of mysterious footprints was partially excavated at nearby Site A in 1976 but dismissed as possibly being made by a bear. A recent re-excavation of the Site A foot
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Virtual Land in the Metaverse Is Selling for Millions of Dollars
The trading volume of NFTs reached $10.67 billion in the third quarter of this year, with more people apparently willing to shell out huge sums of money for art that will never actually hang on their walls or adorn their homes in any way (with the exception of artist Beeple's newest piece , which lives in a 3D box the buyer can put wherever he chooses). Now there's a related, equally bizarre item
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Researchers propose a simpler design for quantum computers
Today's quantum computers are complicated to build, difficult to scale up, and require temperatures colder than interstellar space to operate. These challenges have led researchers to explore the possibility of building quantum computers that work using photons—particles of light. Photons can easily carry information from one place to another, and photonic quantum computers can operate at room tem
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Creating a less fragile diamond using fullerenes
A team of researchers from China, Germany and the U.S. has developed a way to create a less fragile diamond. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their approach to creating a paracrystalline diamond and possible uses for it.
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'Gangotri wave' connecting two of Milky Way's spiral arms discovered
A team of researchers from Germany, France and the U.K. has discovered a long thin filament of dense gas connecting two of the Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the group describes their work studying carbon monoxide gas in the galaxy.
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Stress in Utero: Covid Chaos and Babies' Future Health
Research going back decades shows that in-utero stress of the type U.S. parents are experiencing during the pandemic can cause physical and psychological harm that lingers throughout their children's lifespan. Though the individual effect is likely small, experts warn it could have a large social impact.
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2021 Top 10 Innovations
The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. Biomedical innovation has rallied to address that pressing concern while continuing to tackle broader research challenges.
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Three-dimensional imaging with optical frequency combs
Holography is a powerful technique of photography of a light field without a lens for 3D imaging and display. Now, scientists at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics are moving holography forward by implementing it with optical frequency combs. Thousands of holograms over all colors of the rainbow can be recorded. Via digital processing, each hologram provides a three-dimensional image of th
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Bizarre tail weaponry in a transitional ankylosaur from subantarctic Chile
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04147-1 Stegouros elengassen, an ankylosaur from the late Cretaceous of Chile, has a large tail weapon, named a macuahuitl after the Aztec club, with a frond-like structure formed by seven pairs of laterally projecting osteoderms encasing the distal half of the tail.
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Can selfie software predict if you'll develop Parkinson's?
Machine learning lets researchers accurately identify signs of Parkinson's disease by analyzing facial muscles. Every day, millions of people take selfies with their smartphones or webcams to share online. And they almost invariably smile when they do so. "What if, with people's permission, we could analyze those selfies and give them a referral in case they are showing early signs?" Computer vis
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A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll
Protein subunit vaccines work by injecting people with a tiny portion of a virus. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, that tiny portion is the spike protein that the coronavirus uses to enter cells. (Image credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
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Psychedelics can change humanity for the better. It's time to unlock their power | Rick Doblin
Studies of MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics have shown tremendous potential for therapeutic applications I study psychedelics. The organization I work for – the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) – has been researching MDMA since 1992, seven years after the substance was prohibited. Our organization was founded in 1985. One of a few treatments
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Failure to share Covid vaccines 'coming back to haunt us', says Gordon Brown
Ex-PM says world was 'forewarned' of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant 'New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines' Coronavirus – latest updates The failure of wealthy nations to get vaccines to the developing world is "coming back to haunt us", Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence of variants such as B.1.1.529 co
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Omicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant
Key questions answered about coronavirus variant first detected in southern Africa Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The variant was initially referred to as B.1.1.529, but on Friday was designated as a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization because of its "concerning" mutations and because "preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfect
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Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let's ensure they don't regret it | Jeffrey Barrett
The teams in Africa who detected the new Covid genome moved quickly. Their actions should not result in economic loss • Coronavirus – latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverage One of the positive experiences during two years of pandemic gloom has been the speed of scientific progress in understanding and treating Covid. Many effective vaccines were launched in less than a year and rapid la
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In Leaked Email, Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Facing Bankruptcy
Things are getting dire at SpaceX — according to its CEO and founder Elon Musk, at least. In a leaked company-wide email from Musk, first obtained by Space Explored and later confirmed by CNBC , the billionaire said that the lack of progress towards the company's Raptor engines puts the company at a "genuine risk of bankruptcy." The situation is so dire, Musk said in the email, that SpaceX will n
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San Francisco Is Sinking Into the Earth, Scientists Say
A US Geological Survey research geophysicist named Tom Parsons says that San Francisco is sinking into the Earth. NBC Bay Area reports that Parsons examined every single building in the Bay Area, using satellite images captured by European Space Agency's Sentinel 1 satellite. Most of the settling appears to be taking place downtown, because of the staggering weight and density of the buildings. O
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COVID Parenting Is Reaching a Breaking Point
Parents know that winter is the season of sickness. Your kid will have approximately infinite colds. You, too, will have approximately infinite colds. Last winter, COVID precautions kept sickness at bay. But this year, school is in session, day-care colds are spreading fast , and the only cohort of people in America not yet eligible for COVID vaccination is our youngest children. Aside from promi
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We Know Almost Nothing About the Omicron Variant
As fall dips into winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the coronavirus has served up the holiday gift that no one, absolutely no one, asked for: a new variant of concern , dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization on Friday . Omicron, also known as B.1.1.529, was first detected in Botswana and South Africa earlier this month, and very little is known about it so far. But the variant is moving
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'If it prevents lockdown, I've no problem': England wakes to mask mandate
In London and Manchester more people have face coverings but some complain of being 'controlled' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The new masks mandate on public transport and in shops in England was patchily observed in London and Manchester on Tuesday morning, judging by a Guardian snapshot survey. But as the public balanced frustration at new restrictions with the
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The Judge Who Told the Truth About the Mississippi Abortion Ban
O f all the arguments that animate the anti-abortion cause, two stand out as particularly far-fetched: that banning abortion protects women's health and shields African Americans from genocide. Yet for years, these arguments have driven debates over state laws, served as justifications for court decisions upholding those laws, and even appeared on billboards warning women in predominantly Black c
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Harvard Student Says Harvard Students Are Horrible
Harvard's incoming Undergraduate Council president has penned a scathing op-ed about his fellow council members — and it reveals a lot about the inner workings of America's next generation of movers and shakers in tech, science, and beyond. In a Wall Street Journal editorial — because of course Harvard undergrads are able to get published in the WSJ — senior and president-elect Michael Cheng decr
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How Black tech entrepreneurs are tackling health care's race gap
Determined to improve the way doctors connect with their patients, a new wave of innovators are using technology to match people of color with culturally competent professionals. (Image credit: Kevin Dedner; Kolin Mendez Photography; Aaron Gang Photography; Starboard & Port Creative)
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What does appearance of Omicron variant mean for the double-vaccinated?
We find out how much protection Covid vaccines may offer amid speculation new variant could be more resistant Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The emergence of Omicron has prompted widespread speculation that it may be more resistant to Covid-19 vaccines than existing variants, including Delta. But what does that mean for the average double-vaccinated person? All the
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Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; Israel bans all visitors
Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England ; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US ; Australia scrambles to prevent outbreak Johnson ignored my plan to deal with new variants – ex-official Omicron's worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination rates What do we know about the new 'worst ever' Covid variant? See all our coronavirus coverage Aus
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US to restrict travel from southern Africa over Omicron Covid variant fears
WHO names variant found in Belgium and Israel Omicron White House adviser Fauci: no indication variant is in US BioNTech says vaccine can be tweaked in 100 days if needed Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Friday there was "no indication" the new " Omicron " coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa had reached the US. Nonetheless, the Biden administration – along w
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A new Covid variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines | Gordon Brown
Western countries are destroying surplus doses of vaccine while the poorest nations go without. This must change Despite the repeated warnings of health leaders, our failure to put vaccines into the arms of people in the developing world is now coming back to haunt us. We were forewarned – and yet here we are. In the absence of mass vaccination, Covid is not only spreading uninhibited among unpro
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The Deadly Myth That Human Error Causes Most Car Crashes
More than 20,000 people died on American roadways from January to June, the highest total for the first half of any year since 2006 . U.S. road fatalities have risen by more than 10 percent over the past decade, even as they have fallen across most of the developed world. In the European Union , whose population is one-third larger than America's, traffic deaths dropped by 36 percent between 2010
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Covid: scientists find possible trigger for AstraZeneca jab blood clots
Experts hope better understanding of rare side effect of vaccine could help 'turn the tide' on pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists believe they may have found the trigger behind the extremely rare blood clot complications stemming from the Oxford/AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine. According to a team of researchers from Cardiff and the US, the reaction can
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Bad News, Boys! Vaping Linked to Erectile Dysfunction
Scientists have discovered yet another reason why vaping sucks, and this time, it's affecting a whole different organ from your lungs. A joint study conducted by New York University and Johns Hopkins has found that men who smoke e-cigarettes are more 2.4 times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than their non-vaping counterparts — a sorry state of affairs for those who use e-cigs because th
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Misinformation fuelled by 'tsunami' of poor research, says science prize winner
Dutch microbiologist Elisabeth Bik, winner of prestigious John Maddox prize, says trust in science is being undermined A "tsunami" of poor quality research is fuelling misinformation and could undermine trust in science, the winner of the prestigious John Maddox prize has warned. Elisabeth Bik, a Dutch microbiologist turned science sleuth who on Wednesday evening won the John Maddox prize for sta
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Scientists Say the Sun May Have Kinda Sprayed the Earth With Water
Scientists may have answered a longstanding question about exactly where Earth's huge supply of water came from. A new study published in Nature Astronomy postulates that there may have been an additional step to the commonly-held theory that terrestrial water comes from carbonaceous asteroids — and it involves the sun. The root of the initial question about Earth's water, which covers about 70 p
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What J&J Can Still Teach Us
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, perhaps more than any other COVID shot, knows what it is to be bullied by the American public. Since the spring, the shot's been roasted, and roasted, and roasted again—first for its late arrival and its imperfect performance in trials, then for a rare but concerning side effect that temporarily halted its distribution in April . Tweets , memes , and listicles dragg
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Omicron Covid variant 'present in Europe at least 10 days ago'
Two cases of new Covid variant found in Netherlands predate last week's alert from South Africa The Omicron variant of Covid-19 was present in Europe at least 10 days ago and already appears to be spreading in the Netherlands and elsewhere. "We have found the Omicron coronavirus variant in two test samples that were taken on November 19 and 23," the Dutch health ministry said in a statement on Tu
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The Mantra of White Supremacy
B elow a Democratic donkey , the Fox News graphic read ANTI-WHITE MANIA . It flanked Tucker Carlson's face and overtook it in size. It was unmistakable. Which was the point. The segment aired on June 25—the height of the manic attack on, and redefinition of, critical race theory, which Carlson has repeatedly cast as "anti-white." It was one of his most incendiary segments of the year. "The questi
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A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi | Toby Kiers and Merlin Sheldrake
Mycorrhizal fungal networks are a major global carbon sink. When we destroy them, we sabotage our efforts to limit global heating If we want to tackle the climate crisis, we need to address a global blindspot: the vast underground fungal networks that sequester carbon and sustain much of life on Earth. Fungi are largely invisible ecosystem engineers. Most live as branching, fusing networks of tub
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The New COVID Drugs Are a Bigger Deal Than People Realize
Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET on November 29, 2021 Although masks, distancing, ventilation, testing, and contact tracing have all helped forestall a collapse of the American health-care system under the weight of COVID-19, the pandemic will come under control in only two ways: Preventives—specifically vaccines—will harness people's immune system to keep them from becoming infected, getting sick, and sp
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'Land Acknowledgments' Are Just Moral Exhibitionism
In David Mamet's film State and Main , a Hollywood big shot tries to shortchange a set hand by offering him an "associate producer" credit on a movie. A screenwriter overhears the exchange and asks, "What's an 'associate producer credit'?" The big shot answers: "It's what you give your secretary instead of a raise." The practice of "land acknowledgment"—preceding a fancy event by naming the Indig
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Boris Johnson 'ignored' my plan to tackle deadly Covid variants – senior official
Former head of vaccine taskforce says No 10 has not acted on his blueprint to prepare UK for new strains Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has been accused of ignoring a senior official's plan to prepare Britain for the emergence of vaccine-resistant Covid variants, the Observer can reveal. With the government announcing on Saturday that the first UK case
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Universities Try to Force a Consensus About Kyle Rittenhouse
At universities, the recent acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse should be an opportunity to study a divisive case that sparked complex debates about issues as varied as self-defense laws, guns, race, riots, the rights of defendants, prosecutorial missteps, media bias, and more. If administrators were doing their jobs, faculty and students would freely air a wide variety of viewpoints and have opportuni
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Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky
Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say. (Image credit: Brian Munoz/St. Louis Public Radio)
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An Omicron Cryptocurrency Started Spiking, Because We Are Doomed
Omicron First there was the "Squid Game"-inspired crypto token that ended up being a sham . Then we got Thanksgiving parade balloons being used to sell NFTs . Absolutely nothing is sacred, with the crypto world sticking its fingers in practically every pie. In fact, not even the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is safe — one new cryptocurrency hit the crypto market this month with the same name as the sc
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'Traitor': the Australian researchers working under the weight of pandemic misinformation
Scientists face barrage of conspiracy theories and falsehoods at unprecedented levels, study finds Download the free Guardian app ; get our morning email briefing None of the people who bombard virologist Prof Dominic Dwyer with emails calling him a "traitor", or who urge him to recommend unproven Covid-19 treatments, have his four decades of medical experience. Nor have they spoken to those most
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Covid-19 variants may not evolve to be less dangerous, says Neil Ferguson
Senior UK scientist says extent of threat posed by Omicron will not be clear until end of year Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People should not assume that Covid will evolve to become a milder disease, a senior scientist has warned, adding that the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant will not be clear until the end of December. Prof Neil Ferguson, head o
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Russia Legally Threatens NASA Astronaut for Allegedly Sabotaging Space Station
Drill, Baby, Drill The saga of the hole in the International Space Station (ISS) could come to a head as Russia might soon press criminal charges against a NASA astronaut for allegedly sabotaging a module of the station. Roscosmos, the country's space agency, said it has completed its investigation into the 2018 incident in which its cosmonauts discovered a hole drilled into its Soyuz spacecraft,
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The New Right's Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness
Last month, at the National Conservatism conference , a gathering of hundreds of leaders and members of a movement that hopes to represent a new, less libertarian American right, one of the speakers, a lawyer named Josh Hammer, delivered a strange denunciation of "fusionism." For those not steeped in the language of conservatism, fusionism refers to the alliance among economic conservatives, soci
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Beautiful, mysterious and misunderstood, mushrooms are finally having a moment | Lucy Jones
Fungi provide awe in abundance so get out there and forage in the mulch, while there's still time Mushrooms are having a moment. Cultural depictions of fungi are proliferating: from Seana Gavin's psychedelic mushroom collages shown at Somerset House last year; to the bestselling book Entangled Life, by the mycologist Merlin Sheldrake ; we're seeing there is more to the fungus than meets the eye.
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Rock cakes? Stonehenge builders may have enjoyed mince pies
Archaeologists say neolithic version of energy bars may also have been eaten at midwinter feasts After a day enduring midwinter winds whipping off Salisbury Plain, the ancient builders of Stonehenge may have warmed up with a prehistoric version of the mince pie, archaeologists have suggested. The hardy engineers of the great Wiltshire monument might also have kept themselves going by nibbling on
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Older unvaccinated people should delay travel, says WHO, as Omicron restrictions spread
US, Japan and Singapore tighten rules for travellers but WHO says 'blanket bans' won't contain the new Covid strain Follow updates in the pandemic here See all our coronavirus coverage here The World Health Organization has said those not fully vaccinated who are vulnerable to Covid-19, including over-60s, should delay travel to areas with community transmission, as more countries imposed curbs t
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Leaked Video Appears to Shows Interior of SpaceX's Starship
Interior Design It's not every day we're treated to a leaked video from inside a prototype spacecraft. But a newly-surfaced video appears to show the astonishingly roomy interior of SpaceX's Starship spacecraft prototype, as spotted by SpaceExplored . The shaky footage — fittingly overlaid with the words "Hell yeah!" — shows off the cavernous space, featuring several tanks designed to hold high-p
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Gorgeous New Animation Shows Starship Going Orbital
Going Orbital Animator and SpaceX enthusiast Corey Bass has rendered a near-photorealistic video of a Starship and Super Heavy booster launching to Earth's orbit. The animation shows the massive spacecraft taking off and separating from its Super Heavy booster before propelling itself into orbit. The sleek video also illustrates the space company's plans to catch the Super Heavy booster using a m
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Airbus Tests Jetliner Powered by "100 Percent" Renewable Fuel
For the first time ever, a commercial airliner has taken flight with both its engines running entirely on sustainable fuel recycled from waste products, a collaboration between Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and the German space agency (DLR). The plane, an Airbus A350, took off from southern France and spent about 30 minutes airborne on three separate occasions back in April. Now, the results are in — and
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Ingenious Devices Extract Power From the Ocean's Tides
Electric Kites Swedish engineering firm Minesto has designed special gliders that look a lot like airborne drones — except that they're meant to capture power from underwater currents and use it to generate electricity, down near the ocean floor. The company is hoping to deploy the latest iteration, a massive kite some 39 feet across, to provide the Faroe islands in the middle of the Atlantic wit
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Scientists May Have Found the Molecular-Level Cause for Alzheimer's
Researchers may have found the molecular-level cause for Alzheimer's disease by looking deeper into the DNA tangles in the brains of dementia patients. New research by scientists at the University of California — Riverside indicate that the key to understanding Alzheimer's may lie in the "tau" proteins that make up these tangles, found in the brain of patients with dementia. Doctors generally det
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Elon Musk Says Cybertruck Will Be an "Insane Technology Bandwagon"
Cybertruck Woes Two years after it was announced, Tesla has yet to bring its much-hyped Cybertruck to market. That means Tesla CEO Elon Musk has to dig deep to keep the spirits up for over a million people who shelled out for a $100 refundable deposit. "Oh man, this year has been such a supply chain nightmare and it's not over!" Musk responded on Twitter to a user asking for a Cybertruck update.
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'Amazing science': researchers find xenobots can give rise to offspring
Xenobots are synthetic lifeforms made by cells from frog embryos and assembling them into clusters Some species do it in pairs, some without knowing the other parties involved, and some even do it on their own: when it comes to replication, nature is nothing if not versatile. Now researchers say they have found that clusters of frog cells can undergo a form of replication never before seen in pla
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Jack Dorsey Is Reportedly Stepping Down as CEO of Twitter
It's the end of an era. Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is reportedly stepping down from his role at the social media company, according to CNBC . Dorsey has been an enigmatic leader at the company, maintaining an active presence on the platform, as well as cultivating an alternative personal look that's set him apart visually from other tech leaders. It might be time for a change, though.
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How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar
A new variant identified in southern Africa is causing global panic – but its real impact will be shown by the data that scientists are racing to establish Prof Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Omicron, the name of the new Covid-19 variant that is sending worrying signals from southern Africa
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What Stephen Sondheim Knew About Endings
Back in 2020, I might've imagined the end of the pandemic being something like that gum commercial : everyone together, vaccinated, picking the same time to come safely and communally out of lockdown and get back to the way things were before, so grateful to be alive we practically leapt into one another's arms as soon as we got the chance. That is not, of course, the way things have gone in 2021
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Plot of Metaverse "Land" Sells for $2.4 Million
A blockchain investor called Tokens.com announced this week that it had purchased a virtual real estate lot, in what it says is the largest metaverse land acquisition to date. According to a press release, the "land" purchased is located in a metaverse environment called Decentraland, in an area called the "Fashion Street district," and it cost 618,000 MANA, an Ethereum-based token the project us
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Omicron Covid variant: Greg Hunt backflips as Australia shuts border to southern Africa
Australians attempting to return home from southern Africa will be allowed into the country, but ordered into mandatory hotel quarantine Follow the Australia news live blog Omicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant Omicron variant spreads to Europe as UK announces countermeasures Covid live: world scrambles to combat Omicron variant; New York declares 'disaster emergency' Get o
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Thermoelectric crystal conductivity reaches a new high
Just as a voltage difference can generate electric current, a temperature difference can generate a current flow in thermoelectric materials governed by its "Peltier conductivity" (P). Now, researchers from Japan demonstrate an unprecedented large P in a single crystal of Ta2PdSe6 that is 200 times larger than the maximum P commercially available, opening doors to new research avenues and revoluti
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NASA Is Practicing Asteroid Deflection. You Know, Just in Case.
The last thing anyone needs to think about right now is a catastrophic asteroid impact. And, thankfully, most of us don't have to! Earth is not in immediate threat of a space rock. The chance that a known asteroid big enough to really do damage—or, you know, imperil our entire existence—will strike the planet in the next 100 years is insignificant . (If you want to worry about extinction, conside
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The End of Roe
Anyone listening to today's oral argument on abortion could not miss that something historic was happening. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization , involves a Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks. Such a ban is clearly unconstitutional under current law— Roe v. Wade and its successor case, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey , recognize a right to c
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NASA Scientists: SpaceX Starship "Revolutionary" for Exploring Solar System
NASA scientists are really starting to get fired up about the idea of SpaceX's Starship, a massive spacecraft with the goal of lugging unprecedented amounts of cargo and passengers to distant corners of our solar system, Ars Technica 's Eric Berger reports . "You can really take advantage of the Starship architecture and get to the outer Solar System in ways we haven't thought about before," NASA
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Hubble Space Telescope Calls Out "Hot Mess" Galactic Collision
Hot Mess NASA is throwing shade at some colliding galaxies as they merge into what's known as "interacting galaxies," which is astrophysics speak for when galaxies, uh, collide . "This galaxy is kind of a hot mess," NASA's Hubble Space Telescope tweeted in reference to galaxy ESO 239-2, which is located a cool 550 million lightyears away from Earth. The account noted that eventually, galaxy ESO 2
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A Day Before the Bankruptcy Leak, Musk Quietly Hinted at Taking SpaceX Public
So we're doing this whole thing again, huh? About two months ago, a Twitter user posted screenshots of a 2013 email SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sent to employees, in which he elaborated on why he wanted to keep SpaceX private. Then, the day before yesterday, Musk suddenly replied to the months-old tweet, saying cryptically that "a lot has happened in eight years" — perhaps a hint that the billionaire is
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Safely delivering radiation to cancer patients in a 'FLASH'
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have shown for the first time the potential for linear induction accelerators (LIAs) to deliver effective, targeted doses of "FLASH" radiation to cancer patients. The new technique selectively kills cancer cells with minimal damage to healthy cells. The approach is outlined in a Scientific Reports paper.
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Climate Scientist Warns That Countries Are Going to Start Geoengineering the Earth
DIY Geoengineering Surprise: It'd actually be much cheaper to artificially change the world's climate than you probably think. So cheap, in fact, that one scientist believes that some countries might soon geoengineer the planet in response to climate change. Kate Ricke, a climate scientist and researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told Wired that since geoengineering is actually
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Elon Musk Tersely Addresses SpaceX Bankruptcy Leak
Fixer Upper It's rare to find SpaceX CEO Elon Musk not in the mood to crack a joke on Twitter — but it turns out one of the few things he won't wisecrack about is his company's money issues. Yesterday, an internal email Musk sent to his SpaceX employees leaked and revealed that the company is, in Musk's telling , on the brink of bankruptcy. Th e key issue seems to be lack of progress in the devel
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Elon Musk Says Starlink Satellites Had to Swerve Out of the Way of Debris
Heads Up! SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed yesterday that some of the company's internet-beaming Starlink satellites had to swerve out of the way of space debris, which also forced NASA to abruptly call off a spacewalk on Tuesday. "We had to shift some Starlink satellite orbits to reduce probability of collision," Musk wrote on Twitter , notably declining to say the origin of the debris. "Not great,
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The Biggest 'Oh No' Moment in the Solar System
You know that feeling when you're playing Jenga, and the blocks are stacked remarkably high, and then someone bumps the table? And as the tower wobbles, everyone just watches in wide-eyed panic, willing it to stabilize with a desperate, silent prayer: Please don't fall, please don't fall. I can only assume that's how it felt last month, when technicians were working on NASA's new space telescope
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Omicron
is the latest variant of concern. It's too early to know what this means, but there is reason for concern. The post Omicron first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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When did Omicron Covid variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?
Analysis: scientists are working full tilt to answer these vital questions that may give clues as to what is to come Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage As new cases of Omicron continue to emerge in the UK, scientists are working full tilt to answer two vital questions: when did the variant arrive and is it spreading? While at first glance those queries may seem less imp
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Man With Tesla Face Tattoo Gets Slapped With DUI While Driving an Old Minivan
Epic Fail An apparent Tesla fanboy, who sports the company's logo inked on his cheek, was arrested over the holiday weekend and charged with driving under the influence in Illinois — and no, he was not driving a Tesla. As The Smoking Gun reports , 25-year-old Jordan Lindsey was, according to police, drunk on Thanksgiving when he crashed his uninsured and unregistered 1992 GMC Safari. He was arres
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Blaze It! Scientists Finally Discovered What Makes Weed Dank
The distinctive aroma of cannabis has something in common with eggs, skunk spray, and hops, researchers have discovered. As Science News reports , a new study conducted by cannabis industry researchers found for the first time that weed does, in fact, contain sulfur — and that a little goes a long, long way. Using instruments that detect sulfur chemiluminescence, gas chromatography, and mass spec
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Stephen Sondheim's Knotty Vision of Musical Theater
It was Madonna who first introduced me to Stephen Sondheim, which sounds infinitely more chic than what happened in reality: Someone gave a 7-year-old girl a cassette of I'm Breathless , the 1990 album Madonna recorded during her gauzy showgirl period, pegged to her role as Breathless Mahoney in the movie adaptation of Dick Tracy. At the time, Cats had been running on Broadway for eight years. I
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Elon Musk Forced Employees to Work Over Holiday Weekend Amid SpaceX Bankruptcy "Disaster"
It looks like Elon Musk is placing the burden of SpaceX's imminent bankruptcy squarely on the shoulders of his employees, as new leaked emails reveal that he expected them to work through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. "Unless you have critical family matters or cannot physically return to Hawthorne," Musk wrote in an email obtained by Space Explored , "we will need all hands on deck to recove
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Will We Ever Get Rid of COVID-19?
As the end of the year approaches, we are nearing the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, over 5 million have died, and that's almost certainly an undercount, especially in countries that still lack the resources to properly test and vaccinate their populations. The U.S. has reported more than 750,000 COVID-19 deaths, and we've seen four surges of cases since early 2020… So
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New microscopy technique for quantum simulation
Researchers from the Institute of Laser Physics at Universität Hamburg have developed a new technique for quantum gas microscopy that now allows imaging of three-dimensional quantum systems. In the journal Nature, they report on the new method, which can be used to explore entirely new regimes.
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What Conservative Critics of Higher Education Share
S eventy years ago, William F. Buckley Jr. published his keening lament for American higher education, God and Man at Yale. Chagrin pervaded GAMAY, as Buckley later branded the book, but it also stung in a satisfying way—a high-handed swat at the Ivy League by a debonair twerp who'd only recently graduated. GAMAY has since inspired seven decades of tribute acts by more and less debonair conservat
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Pence 2024?
Mike Pence spent much of his vice presidency quietly catering to the whims of President Donald Trump. But on January 6, he broke with Trump by refusing to overturn the 2020 election results. And now, Pence is eyeing a presidential run of his own, even though his old boss hasn't ruled out a 2024 campaign. Pence wouldn't necessarily stay out of the race even if Trump jumps in. "If you know the Penc
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Nasa postpones spacewalk citing 'debris notification' for ISS
Postponement comes a day after Nasa official warned of elevated debris risk due to Russian missile test Nasa has postponed a planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station due to flying "debris", two weeks after Russia blew up one of its own satellites in a missile test that created clouds of zooming shrapnel in orbit. Washington's space agency did not mention the Russian test in its a
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Creator of "Second Life" Issues Warnings for Those Building Metaverses
As hype around metaverses steadily rises to a fever pitch, many early innovators of digital worlds have been quick to offer up their advice — and stern warnings — to those building them. Such was the case with Philip Rosedale, the founder of the virtual world "Second Life," who recently spoke to Time along with anthropologist and author of Coming of Age in Second Life Tom Boellstorff about their
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Crypto Bro Claims They're Losing Their Wife and Kids Because They Bought a Super-Expensive NFT
Everyone loves a trainwreck Twitter rant, but who in the world has time to read 147 tweets about how non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the future and also, uh, how they're causing one guy's divorce? If you hadn't noticed, NFT madness has become one of our top beats here at Futurism, and we're pleased to announce that this reporter sifted through all 147 sad, goofy, desperate, and unhinged tweets fro
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The New COVID Variant Isn't Just in South Africa, You Idiots
South African officials announced that they detected a new COVID-19 variant, dubbed the omicron variant, last Wednesday — prompting multiple nations to impose travel restrictions on countries throughout Africa. However, there's just one big problem: The omicron variant was just discovered in South Africa. We actually have no idea where it came from. In fact, it's also been detected in countries i
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Whatever Happened to the Exceptions for Rape and Incest?
A mid all the attention paid to the legal drama surrounding both Mississippi's and Texas's contested abortion laws, one striking detail seems to have escaped much notice: Neither state makes an exception for rape or incest. This is a major departure, a sign of how extreme America's abortion politics have become. For decades, exceptions to abortion bans for rape and incest were a rare source of co
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The Inventors of America's Most Dangerous Idea
Conservatives in America have, in recent months, used the idea of freedom to argue against wearing masks , oppose vaccine mandates , and justify storming the Capitol . They routinely refer to themselves as " freedom-loving Americans ." Freedom, as a cause, today belongs almost entirely to the right . This was not always the case. In the early 1960s, civil-rights activists invoked freedom as the p
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Hill Staffers Are Wearing Sneakers Now
Congress has never been a place known for cutting-edge fashion. Instead, a stuffy formality has long been its trademark. As Allbirds and preppy quarter-zips swept into boardrooms and C-suites across the rest of the country, Capitol Hill remained one of the last bastions of traditional American business attire—the global headquarters of wing tips and ill-fitting suits, Tory Burch flats and bland B
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Could the Omicron variant have been avoided? It could set back vaccine successes around the world | Meru Sheel
The new Covid-19 variant highlights the inequity that leaves poorer countries unprotected, posing a risk to their populations – and all of us I am an epidemiologist working in global health, and have worked in the field of vaccines for nearly 15 years. While the scientific successes of Sars-CoV-2 vaccine development have been surreal, the inequity of the pandemic and access to vaccines has left m
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People Furious at Robot Serving Pancakes at Denny's
Imagine sitting down at your favorite breakfast restaurant only to be greeted by a robot, which brings your pancakes and sides instead of a human server. Well, that's not exactly what happened at one Denny's location, but to hear the comments tell it, our robot overlords are taking over — and should be boycotted before they're serving us pancakes and eggs all over the world. TikTok user Miabellac
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Tolkien's Estate Shuts Down "Lord of the Rings" Cryptocurrency
And My Blockchain In what may be the hardest block of the most entertaining pun we've ever heard, JRR Tolkien's estate has shut down a crypto-token called — wait for it — JRR Token. The UK-based estate for the famed "Lord of the Rings" author filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization one day after the cryptocurrency went on sale, according to the BBC . Apparently, the la
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Testing social scientists with replication studies shows them capable of changing their beliefs
A team of researchers from the University of Alabama, the University of Melbourne and the University of California has found that social scientists are able to change their beliefs regarding the outcome of an experiment when given the chance. In a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes how they tested the ability of scientists to change their beliefs about a scie
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Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs
Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as 'arks' best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhere A Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say. Researchers at Australia's University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed b
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Paris Will Use Electric Flying Cars to Get Passengers to the Olympics
French officials announced Thursday that Paris will begin testing electric air taxis at a new test site just outside the French capital, with the ultimate goal of creating at least two flight paths for Olympic passengers during the 2024 summer games. French Minister of Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari attended Thursday's inauguration of the new air mobility testing site at at an airfield a few mi
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The James Webb space telescope: in search of the secrets of the Milky Way
Billions of dollars over budget and years late, the most expensive, complex telescope to be sent into space will launch next month. What will it learn? In a few weeks, the most ambitious, costly robot probe ever built, the £6.8bn James Webb space telescope, will be blasted into space on top of a giant European Ariane 5 rocket. The launch of the observatory – which has been plagued by decades of d
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COVID-19: The coronavirus's tangled strands of RNA could offer new ways to treat people who get infected
To the untrained eye, the loops, kinks and folds in the single strand of RNA that makes up the coronavirus genome look like a jumble of spaghetti or tangled yarn. But to researchers like Amanda Hargrove, a chemistry professor at Duke University, the complex shapes that RNA takes on as it folds upon itself could have untapped therapeutic potential in the fight against COVID-19.
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The Guardian view on the Omicron variant: caution needed | Editorial
We do not yet know how much of a threat it poses, but the pandemic has already shown it is better to act early Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hearts are sinking. Many had hoped the worst of the pandemic was over, enjoying a return to quasi-normality despite warnings that this winter could prove punishing. Now Covid cases are surging across Europe ; rates are rising
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Tesla Fan Page Relentlessly Mocked for Incredibly Stupid Post
Thanksgiving is upon us — and that means endless stretches of soul-crushing traffic jams, if you happen to live in a busy metropolitan area. But Tesla fans have a solution in mind: endure the same soul-crushing traffic jams, except underground. "This reality is insane and here we are in 2021 and this hasn't been solved," the Twitter account of the Tesla Silicon Valley Club wrote, accompanied by a
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Using molecules and atoms to conduct the double-slit experiment
A team of researchers at Stanford University has developed a way to conduct the famous double-slit experiment at the molecular level. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their technique and suggest that it could be used to assist with other molecular experiments.
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Spiderweb as inspiration for creating of one of the world's most precise microchip sensors
A team of researchers from TU Delft managed to design one of the world's most precise microchip sensors. The device can function at room temperature—a 'holy grail' for quantum technologies and sensing. Combining nanotechnology and machine learning inspired by nature's spiderwebs, they were able to make a nanomechanical sensor vibrate in extreme isolation from everyday noise. This breakthrough, pub
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Trees found to reduce land surface area temperatures in cities up to 12°C
A team of researchers with the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, has found evidence that indicates that stands of trees can reduce land surface area temperatures in cities up to 12°C. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes how they analyzed satellite imagery for hundreds of cities across Europe and what they learned.
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America's Gambling Addiction Is Metastasizing
G ambling has become one of the defining pleasures of our time, the perfect accompaniment to an era of high-risk, rigged economies and a looming sense of collapse. Once there was Las Vegas; now there's a Las Vegas in every phone. You can bet on almost anything today. Elections. Literary prizes. If you have a feeling that, say, Lapuan Virkiä is going to beat Porin Pesakarhut in the women's Superpe
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Roman Britain is still throwing up secrets – and confounding our expectations | Charlotte Higgins
The discovery of a splendid mosaic in a villa buried under farmland is a thrilling find that sets the imagination racing Walking the local landscape was a feature of many lives during the lockdowns in Britain last year. Not everyone discovered a ravishing Roman mosaic while rambling across the family farm, but Jim Irvine did. He contacted archaeologists at Leicestershire county council. That led
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Influential Astronomers Call Out NASA For Telescope With Offensive Name
J*mes W*bb Space Telescope The controversy continues for NASA's newest space telescope. The American Astronomical Society (AAS), an influential organization of professional astronomers, has penned a letter to NASA head Bill Nelson asking for a report on the agency's investigation into the naming of the controversial James Webb Space Telescope. "At the Nov AAS Board meeting, a letter to NASA Admin
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The Scariest Movie of the Year Isn't a Horror Movie
The Humans features no ghosts, monsters, or poltergeists. It's not set inside a haunted house, an abandoned building, or a tract of shadowy woods. And yet, it might be the scariest movie of the year. Based on Stephen Karam's Tony-winning play, and adapted and directed by Karam himself, The Humans centers on the Blake family as they gather in lower Manhattan for a Thanksgiving dinner. The mood is
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2021 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar
It's time again for one of my favorite holiday traditions: the 14th annual Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Every day until Saturday, December 25, this page will present one new incredible image of our universe from NASA's Hubble telescope. Be sure to come back every day until Christmas, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for daily updates. I hope you can enjoy these amazing and awe-insp
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Researchers develop nanometer-scale adaptive transistor
Normally, computer chips consist of electronic components that always do the same thing. In the future, however, more flexibility will be possible: New types of adaptive transistors can be switched in a flash, so that they can perform different logical tasks as needed. This fundamentally changes the possibilities of chip design and opens up completely new opportunities in the field of artificial i
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Extreme Snowstorm Traps 60 People in Pub with Oasis Cover Band
Snowstorm Supernova Sure, there's nothing quite like scream-singing "Wonderwall" with your friends at a bar — but imagine if you were forced to listen to it. For three days. And it's a cover band. That was the case for 60 unfortunate souls who were trapped at the Tan Hill Inn after a snowstorm dropped three feet of snow in Swaledale, England, according to CNN . All roads leading out of the pub —
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NASA Postpones Spacewalk Due to Deadly Debris
Dodging Debris Deadly debris continues to haunt the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA postponed a spacewalk scheduled for today after receiving a "debris notification" for the ISS, according to an updated press release from the agency . The astronauts were slated to replace a broken antenna system before the spacewalk was called off. "Due to the lack of opportunity to
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What the Peng Shuai Scandal Is Really About
Every now and then, China's Communist insiders, in their frantic attempts to shield themselves against international criticism, inadvertently let slip what truly scares them. So it was recently in the tragic case of Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis star who disappeared after accusing one of China's most senior leaders of sexual assault. The scandal has embarrassed the Communist Party and posed a ne
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Vegan Anti-Vaxxer Dies of COVID After Opposing Vaccine Animal Testing
A British anti-vaxxer has died of COVID-19 after opposing the vaccine on animal rights grounds — but there may be more to the story than meets the eye. First reported by the Birmingham Mail and soon after aggregated by the infamous Daily Mail tabloid, 54-year-old Glynn Steel died of COVID in November after getting what at first seemed like a common cold. Though his wife was reportedly double-vacc
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Stem cell memories may drive wound repair, and also chronic disease
A trifling paper cut is a site of frenzied activity. Within it, a squad of epidermal stem cells briskly regenerate to patch up the wound. A closer inspection of this war-torn swath of epidermis will reveal that while some of the stem cells are native to the area, others are newcomers—former hair-producing stem cells, that—upon sensing nearby injury—migrated from the hair follicle to the wound bed,
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Ancient wisdom for healing the planet | Shweta Narayan
The doctrine of "first, do no harm" is the basis of the Hippocratic Oath, one of the world's oldest codes of ethics. It governs the work of physicians — but climate and health campaigner Shweta Narayan says it should go further. In this essential talk, she highlights the interdependence of environmental and human health and emphasizes the necessity of placing health at the heart of all climate so
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Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures
Swiss skiing holidays in doubt as country joins Spain in tightening travel rules to contain Omicron variant Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Tour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant. From Saturday night, Switze
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Startup Tests Rocket Powered by Recycled Plastic
A UK startup called Pulsar Fusion test-fired a hybrid rocket engine last week that was partially powered by waste plastic. The "green" rocket uses a hybrid fuel made with high density polyethylene (HDPE) and nitrous oxide oxidizer, according to New Atlas . HDPE is used in a wide variety of plastic products including detergent and beverage bottles — making it an intriguing way to power energy-inte
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Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney
Scientists have sprung into action to identify the new Covid variant. We don't yet know if it is a major threat – but we should not take any chances Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It was only a matter of time before a new Sars-CoV-2 variant of concern emerged, requiring an urgent global response. It would seem that the Omicron variant, identified by scientists acros
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Cancel Mel Gibson
Every day, as dawn's rosy fingers reach through my window, I arise and check in with Twitter, to see what fresh hell awaits. Generally, by about 6:30, I've been made furious by the outrage du jour. But recently, I experienced more of a sense of bemusement than ire, as I took in Deadline 's headline: " Mel Gibson in Talks to Direct Lethal Weapon 5 ." Gibson is a well-known Jew-hater ( anti-Semite
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Trump Tested Positive for COVID Before Breathing His Germs on Hundreds of People
A new book penned by one of former President Donald Trump's high ranking staffers claims that the commander-in-chief tested positive for COVID-19 before interacting, mostly maskless, with countless hundreds of people in the fall of 2020. As The Guardian reported , the forthcoming book from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows describes a tense scene aboard Air Force One when it emerged
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The Norwegian wolf is extinct
There' s no longer any doubt—the wolves found in Norway and Sweden today are actually Finnish, according to extensive studies done on their genetic makeup. Humans wiped out Norway's original wolf population in the wild around 1970.
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America Is Running on Fumes
Sign up for Derek's newsletter here . Let's start with a simple mystery: What happened to original blockbuster movies? Throughout the 20th century, Hollywood produced a healthy number of entirely new stories. The top movies of 1998—including Titanic , Saving Private Ryan , and There's Something About Mary —were almost all based on original screenplays. But since then, the U.S. box office has been
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Space Force General Says China and Russia Are Attacking US Satellites "Every Single Day"
Growing Threats You might not realize it, but there could be a heated space battle happening right above right this moment. At least that's what General David Thompson, the US Space Force's vice chief of space operations, told Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin . Thompson said that US government satellites are undergoing attacks from China and Russia "every single day." However, he describes th
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Flu virus shells could improve delivery of mRNA into cells
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new and potentially more effective way to deliver messenger RNA (mRNA) into cells. Their approach involves packing mRNA inside nanoparticles that mimic the flu virus—a naturally efficient vehicle for delivering genetic material such as RNA inside cells.
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Radio emission detected from the Vela X-1 bow shock
An international team of astronomers has conducted radio observations of a bow shock in the X-ray binary Vela X-1 using MeerKAT telescope. The observational campaign resulted in the detection of radio emission from this source. The finding is detailed in a paper published November 19 on arXiv.org.
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Researchers prove theorized electron spin-pairing crossover deep inside the Earth
Most are aware that electrons are negatively charged particles that surround the nucleus of atoms and whose behavior governs chemical interactions. However, it is less commonly known that electrons come in two distinct kinds: spin-up and spin-down. The tendency for pairing between up and down spin electrons, forming "dance partners" with one another, is one of the most important behaviors affectin
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Gold: The rich element
Gold formed in stars, coalesced in our planet's core, was forced to the surface by heat and pressure, and met human eyes for the first time. Since then, the element's unique combination of properties has gripped human interest like no other.
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Satellites reveal Arctic rivers are changing faster than we thought
A civil and environmental engineering researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has, for the first time, assimilated satellite information into on-site river measurements and hydrologic models to calculate the past 35 years of river discharge in the entire pan-Arctic region. The research reveals, with unprecedented accuracy, that the acceleration of water pouring into the Arctic Ocean
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SpaceX Is Hiring a… "Spaceport Mixologist"?
Cocktails to Cockpit So you're looking for a good way to unwind before you launch yourself into orbit. Might we recommend a delicious cocktail from the SpaceX mixologist? The aeronautics company posted a job listing — first spotted by Benzinga — for a "passionate, experienced" spaceport mixologist for it s launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas. More specifically, it's looking for a bartender who c
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What Happens When You're the Investment
A lex Masmej revered Steve Jobs—his favorite shirt was emblazoned with Apples that changed the world: Adam's, Isaac's, Steve's . Masmej dreamed of moving to Silicon Valley to start his own company, but he just didn't have the money. In April 2020, as the world reeled from the coronavirus pandemic, Masmej found himself stuck in his home city of Paris. So Masmej did something few 23-year-olds would
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Every good dog deserves a musical tribute
Hector, dog of dogs, is the most glorious companion. Simon Tiffin reveals how he came to commission a piece of music that would evoke his spirit when he finally departs this world One of the earliest signs of spring in my garden is a ring of snowdrops and winter acconites that encircles the trunk of a medlar tree outside the greenhouse. This yellow-and-white display was planted to complement a co
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A 3D ink made of living cells for creating living structures
A team of researchers from Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, has developed a type of living ink that can be used to print living materials. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes how they made their ink and possible uses for it.
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Omicron's full impact will be felt in countries where fewer are vaccinated
Analysis: the new coronavirus variant seems highly transmissible, but the big question is whether it causes severe disease. Either way, poorer nations will be hit hardest Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In early August Gideon Schreiber and a team of virologists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began playing around with the spike protein of the Sars-CoV-
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New research reveals the mechanism of ion transport in aqueous lithium ion batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are notorious for being a fire hazard due to their flammable organic electrolytes. As such, there has been much effort to utilize water-based electrolytes as a safer alternative. However, this is hampered by the problem of water molecules undergoing electrolysis into hydrogen and oxygen within the battery, which causes various problems such as poor efficiency, short device lo
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Biologists reveal how obesity damages the skeletal muscle metabolism
A decline in metabolism and endurance of skeletal muscle is commonly observed in obese patients, but the underlying mechanism is not well-understood. A research team led by Dr. Chi Bun Chan, Assistant Professor from School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), uncovers a new mechanism to explain how obesity jeopardizes the functions of skeletal muscle and p
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Doing photon upconversion a solid: Crystals that convert light to more useful wavelengths
Solid-solution organic crystals have been brought into the quest for superior photon upconversion materials, which transform presently wasted long-wavelength light into more useful shorter wavelength light. Scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology have revisited a materials approach previously deemed lackluster—using a molecule originally developed for organic LEDs—and have achieved outstandi
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Researchers develop multicomponent nanopore machine that approaches single molecule protein sequencing
A team of researchers at the University of Groningen has developed a multicomponent nanopore machine that approaches single molecule protein sequencing—it uses a design that allows for unfolding, threading and degrading a desired protein. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group describes their nanopore machine, how it works and how close it comes to allowing single mole
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Will we ever cure the common cold? We ask the expert
Prof Sheena Cruickshank, an immunologist at the University of Manchester, on the possibility of a cold vaccine Famously, there is no cure for the common cold. But with the success of the Covid vaccine, could it finally be in grabbing – or, rather, jabbing – distance? I asked Prof Sheena Cruickshank, an immunologist at the University of Manchester, about the possibility of a cold vaccine. I have j
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The Rise of Déjà Zoom
If 2020 was a year of isolation, 2021 has been a year of reunions. Hugging and sharing meals with loved ones you haven't seen for months is great. But seeing someone in the flesh can feel weird if you previously knew them only from virtual meetings and videochats. Meeting Zoom friends in real life reveals how much is omitted when your computer's graphics card renders someone: their height, whethe
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When You Can't Change the World, Change Your Feelings
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. Click here to listen to his new podcast series on all things happiness, How to Build a Happy Life . E veryone—even the most privileged among us—has circumstances they would like to change in their life. As the early sixth-century Roman philosopher Boethius put it, "One has abundant riches, bu
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The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain
Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have had unexpected effects on our general health This year, out of nowhere, my left heel has started hurting. Is it the onset of some degenerative condition, a normal byproduct of ageing, or simply pandemic life, I wonder. After all, living through this period has had surprising health consequences –
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Eruption of Vesuvius on Herculaneum 'like Hiroshima bomb'
Archaeologist compares eruption at Roman town close to Pompeii to dropping of WW2 atomic bomb An Italian archaeologist has compared the impact of the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius on Herculaneum – the ancient Roman beach town close to Pompeii – to the dropping of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during the second world war. Such was the heat of the pyroclastic surge produced by
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How Leisure Time Became Work
When Jon Schneider watches Saturday Night Live , he doesn't just tune into NBC at 11:30 p.m. eastern on Saturdays. He also takes notes on his laptop, and as soon as the episode ends, at about one in the morning, he goes live on his YouTube account to discuss the sketches for a small but dedicated following. During the week, he rewatches every sketch and tracks show-related data on a spreadsheet,
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We can prevail over Omicron. We just need to use the tools we have | Eric Topol
Masks, vaccines, boosters, rapid tests and anti-Covid pills will all be essential in the months ahead Last week, we learned from virus sequencing and rapid reporting by South African scientists that there is a new variant with 50 mutations compared with the original Wuhan strain. It quickly was named Omicron and categorized as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, a designation t
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When Multilevel Marketing Met Gen Z
So you've been scrolling through Facebook for a while—dull, dull, dull—when you hear the sound of tropical bird chatter. You glimpse a 20-something woman floating in a natural pool of water with her eyes closed, and then she starts to talk to you about her passion for "manifesting money" and how every little thing she's ever wanted is now hers. What's this? She's looking out the window of an airp
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The Atlantic Daily: What We Know About the Omicron Variant
The coronavirus is flying through the Greek alphabet . On Friday, the World Health Organization designated Omicron a "variant of concern"—spooking stock markets and triggering a new round of international travel bans. Today, President Joe Biden echoed the WHO's language, calling Omicron a "cause for concern," but warned Americans not to panic. Little is known about the variant so far , my colleag
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Study inspects subdwarf B stars in the open cluster NGC 6791
Using NASA's Kepler spacecraft and the MMT telescope in Arizona, an international team of astronomers has investigated a population of subdwarf B stars in an open cluster known as NGC 6791. Results of the study, published November 18 on arXiv.org, deliver essential information regarding the properties of these stars, which could be crucial in advancing our knowledge about this cluster.
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We still don't know enough about the omicron variant to panic
The news: Just five days ago, South African scientists informed the World Health Organization that they'd identified a new covid-19 variant. The situation has escalated rapidly since then. The variant, known as B.1.1.529, has already been found in many countries across the world. On Friday it was designated a variant of "concern" by the WHO, which opted to name it "omicron," the 15th letter of th
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When Hell Is a Wealthy Man's Birthday Party
This article contains spoilers through the seventh episode of Succession Season 3. Given how this season of Succession has gone so far, the Roy siblings should have reason to celebrate. They held on to control of the family's company, Waystar Royco, after a Hail Mary negotiation. They helped choose the Republicans' next presidential nominee from the comfort of their father's hotel suite. And in t
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The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial
This time we've acted quickly. But there are still lessons to learn • Coronavirus – latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists have always warned that the biggest risk to the UK at this stage of the pandemic is the emergence of a more infectious, virulent and vaccine-resistant variant of the virus. It remains to be seen whether Omicron, the new variant of concern identified by th
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Massachusetts Residents Alarmed by Plan to Dump Radioactive Water Into Ocean
Nuclear Option Residents near Cape Cod are worried that the decommissioned Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will dump more than one million gallons of potentially radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay. According to the Cape Cod Times , a company called Holtec International bought the plant in 2019 as part of a deal to decommission it. For its part, Holtec says it's not sure about the dumping yet. "We
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Beijing Keeps Trying to Rewrite History
Under the relentless crush of Beijing, the courtrooms of Hong Kong have become some of the few venues safe for protest in the city. Defendants accused or convicted of political crimes have turned otherwise banal hearings and bail applications into opportunities to voice dissent and challenge the arduous legal process. In mid-November Lee Cheuk-yan, a veteran prodemocracy figure, used his mitigati
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The new variant is worrying – but it doesn't change how we tackle Covid | Kit Yates
The only way to stop B.1.1.529 and other mutations is through testing, masks, and getting vaccines to everyone in the world Many of the world's leading Covid-19 experts are raising the alarm about a new variant which has been described as " horrific " and " the worst ever ". Authorities are understandably worried. But it's important to place their concerns in context. We have detected variants be
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Male-biased protein expression discovered in fruit flies
Fruit flies (Drosophila) are important model organisms for biological research. Molecular tools exist that can turn on (or induce) gene expression in fruit flies, allowing researchers to learn more about the functions of the genes that they manipulate. Researchers at the University of Tsukuba were studying one such system when they unexpectedly noticed that protein expression was higher in primord
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Bolometers operate at higher temperatures using new superconducting material
Receivers combining a superconducting hot electron bolometer (HEB) with a reference oscillator are the work horses of supra-terahertz astronomy, observing for example star formation and galaxy evolution. Until now, mainly niobium nitride HEBs—that have to be operated at low temperatures of 4 Kelvin—have been selected for space and balloon borne telescopes. A team of scientists at SRON, TU Delft, C
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Amazon Is Quietly Researching How to Block Out the Sun
Dim the Sun A billionaire researching plans to dim the Sun might seem like the plot of a famous "The Simpsons" episode — but that's exactly what Jeff Bezos seems to be doing. Bezos' megaretailer Amazon has partnered with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the geoengineering nonprofit SilverLining to help create models that show what exactly would happen if we blocked out some of the
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NASA Rover's New Selfie Will Make You Feel Like You're on Mars, and Maybe a Little Drunk
360 View NASA has shared a brand new selfie its Curiosity Mars rover took late last month — and it's a real doozy. A whopping 81 images were stitched together to form a massive 360-degree panorama. Thanks to some clever editing, the entire vista was squished into one convenient frame, a beautifully warped — and slightly nausea-inducing — mess. Rock Hopping The unique image also gives us a tantali
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We Opened the Schools and … It Was Fine
When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, many states and towns closed everything, including schools . Public-health experts didn't know enough about how COVID was spread or how contagious it was, and the health-care system was overwhelmed in parts of the country. The American public could see the disaster unfolding in Italy, and many people believed that the U.S. needed to act before things got o
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Lunar radar data uncovers new clues about moon's ancient past
The dusty surface of the moon—immortalized in images of Apollo astronauts' lunar footprints—formed as the result of asteroid impacts and the harsh environment of space breaking down rock over millions of years. An ancient layer of this material, covered by periodic lava flows and now buried under the lunar surface, could provide new insight into the Moon's deep past, according to a team of scienti
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Renewables are set to soar
Construction of solar farms, wind turbines, and other sources of renewable power will soar over the next five years as nations set stricter climate policies and more ambitious emissions targets. New renewable electricity capacity will set another record this year, at 290 gigawatts, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. That's roughly equivalent to building nearly 300 nuc
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Astronomers discover strangely massive black hole in Milky Way satellite galaxy
Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory have discovered an unusually massive black hole at the heart of one of the Milky Way's dwarf satellite galaxies, called Leo I. Almost as massive as the black hole in our own galaxy, the finding could redefine our understanding of how all galaxies—the building blocks of the universe—evolve. The work is published in a recent iss
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We won't know how bad omicron is for another month
The discovery of the omicron variant of covid-19 in southern Africa shows how sequencing the genes of a virus can give an early alert to dangerous-looking changes in its genome. Omicron has more than 30 mutations, some of which have previously been seen in other variants and are thought to make viral transmission faster. Others are alarming because researchers have no idea what they mean. The wor
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Particle accelerator magnet sets record using high-temperature superconductor
Cost- and energy-efficient rapid cycling magnets for particle accelerators are critical for particle physics research. Their performance determines how frequently a circular particle accelerator can receive a bunch of particles, propel them to higher energy, send them to an experiment or target station, and then repeat all over again.
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Iran Feels Cornered by the Biden Administration
F ew Saudi officials are more candid or colorful these days than Prince Turki al-Faisal, a son of the late King Faisal and former ambassador to Washington. Although he no longer holds a government position, the prince retains influence and insight into the kingdom and, thanks to a two-decade-long career as Riyadh's intelligence chief, understands better than anyone its rivalry with Iran. So I was
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Bringing 400-million-year-old fossilized armored worms to 'virtual' life
An international team of scientists from the United States and Australia, led by Sarah Jacquet at the University of Missouri, has documented the discovery of two new species of fossilized armored worms in Australia—Lepidocoleus caliburnus and Lepidocoleus shurikenus—dating from about 400 million years ago. Then, using the micro-CT imaging capabilities of the MU X-ray Microanalysis Core facility, t
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MPs vote for stricter Covid rules on mask-wearing and isolation in England
Parliament formally endorses Boris Johnson's plans to limit spread of Omicron variant Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage MPs have approved tougher Covid rules that came into force overnight making masks mandatory in more places in England and changing isolation requirements due to concern over the Omicron variant . Parliament had 28 days from the new regulations coming
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Study: Humpback whale song is about finding, not attracting, whales
Think of common courtship displays in the animal kingdom, like the flashy display of a peacock's tail or the treetop melody of a songbird's tune. Each is relatively constant. The brilliant colors in a male peacock's plumage do not change during its attempts to attract a female. And songbirds rely on repetition, like top-40 radio stations, singing the same songs in the same kinds of ways during the
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A unique quantum-mechanical interaction between electrons and topological defects in layered materials
An international team led by EPFL scientists, has unveiled a unique quantum-mechanical interaction between electrons and topological defects in layered materials that has only been observed in engineered atomic thin layers. The phenomenon can be reproduced by the native defects of lab grown large crystals, making future investigation of Kondo systems and quantum electronic devices more accessible.
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US Sanctions Chinese Quantum Computing Firms for… Reasons
The US government has slapped sanctions on several Chinese quantum computing organizations, barring any American companies from doing business with them unless expressly permitted. As PC Magazine reported , these eight companies have been added to the US Department of Commerce's very normal-sounding "Entity List," for their work helping the Chinese government advance military applications for qua
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This Bizarre Hell Planet Might Be the Most Brutal Ever Discovered
Ultrahot Jupiter Researchers have discovered a planet that's five times bigger than Jupiter and orbits so closely to its sun that its daytime heat shreds molecules apart into atoms — which makes it one of the most metal planets to ever exist (besides the ones actually made of metal , of course). The planet is dubbed TOI-2109b, according to a paper published in The Astronomical Journal last week t
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Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out How to Kill Stars with Black Holes
It's not a fight you'd want ringside tickets to, but scientists tossed eight stars against a black hole one million times the mass of the Sun in a simulated battle to see which intergalactic contender would win. According to a NASA press release , a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany named Taeho Ryu led the simulations, which were the first to combine the physical effe
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Innovative silicon nanochip can reprogram biological tissue in living body
A silicon device that can change skin tissue into blood vessels and nerve cells has advanced from prototype to standardized fabrication, meaning it can now be made in a consistent, reproducible way. As reported in Nature Protocols, this work, developed by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, takes the device one step closer to potential use as a treatment for people with a var
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Scientists 3D-Print Programmable Living Structures With New Microbial Ink
Our mastery of biology has improved dramatically in recent decades , but we are still largely restricted to n ature's repertoire of forms. That could be about to change with the creation of a living ink made out of microbes that can be printed into a variety of 3D shapes. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing , is promising to rewrite the way we build and manufacture everything from consumer pro
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What Is Web3, Anyway?
Gavin Wood, who coined the term Web3 in 2014, believes decentralized technologies are the only hope of preserving liberal democracy.
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Omicron in Australia: what does the new Covid variant mean, and how worried should we be?
We know the latest 'variant of concern' has arrived in the country, but we shouldn't assume the worst Follow our live blog for the latest Covid developments Download the free Guardian app ; get our morning email briefing On Friday, a new Covid-19 variant first identified in southern Africa was revealed, and by Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) had named it Omicron and declared it a "v
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Community policing found to be ineffective in improving trust or reducing crime
An international team of researchers has found that instituting community policing into several communities in six countries in the Southern Hemisphere did little to improve trust in police and did not reduce crime rates. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they conducted experiments designed to test the effectiveness of community policing and what they learned
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With Covid studies, the quality of the evidence matters | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Putting many low-quality studies together cannot provide reliable answers about masks and ivermectin In The Adventure of the Copper Beeches , Sherlock Holmes says: "Data! Data! Data! I can't make bricks without clay." Recent claims of massive benefits from wearing masks and using ivermectin against Covid-19 depended on mainly low-quality clay. Meta-analysis is a technique for pooling the results f
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Nuclear Strategists Know How Dangerous the Debt Fight Is
Republicans and Democrats alike have characterized the debt-ceiling fight as a game of chicken, in which two drivers barrel toward each other and each hopes that the other swerves away first. Political pundits have described some strategies for resolving the conflict, such as changing the Senate's filibuster rules to allow a simple majority to raise the debt limit, as " nuclear options ." Languag
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Two exoplanets orbiting a sun-like star discovered
An international team of astronomers reports the detection of two new exoplanets orbiting an evolved sun-like star known as HD 137496. The newly found extrasolar worlds, identified using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, were classified as hot super-Mercury and cold Jupiter. The discovery is detailed in a paper published November 16 on arXiv.org.
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Licorice Pizza Is a Tragicomic Tale of 1970s Hollywood
Alana Kane (played by Alana Haim), the wayward 25-year-old at the center of Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Licorice Pizza , is very bored and a little broke. Stuck in odd jobs and still living with her family in the San Fernando Valley, Alana finds herself drawn to a fast-talking, hilariously self-possessed 15-year-old named Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a child actor bounding from one adven
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Scientists determine the mode of action of essential proteins involved in cancer and Alzheimer's disease
The proteins that belong to the HAT family are essential for life as they transport amino acids across the cell membrane. Although the members of this family are practically identical, some transport certain amino acids and not others. This specialization determines their involvement in specific functions, such as cell growth or neuronal functions, and consequently in related diseases like cancer
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High-flying morpho butterflies evolved into efficient gliders
Some morpho butterflies live and fly high in the canopy of the Amazonian rainforest, and have evolved into highly-efficient gliding flyers. These results revealed by Wageningen University & Research and published in Science show that the switch from the understory to the canopy habitat strongly influenced the evolution of flight in morpho butterflies.
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How warm weather or bright lights can influence tree greening
Lin Meng has been named the grand prize winner of this year's Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists for research she conducted on how both global warming and bright city lights can impact phenology in trees (when they begin to grow leaves in the spring). In her paper published in the journal Science, Meng outlines her study of satellite data showing green areas in cities along with artif
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Soon, 1 out of every 15 points of light in the sky will be a satellite
I'm outside at my rural Saskatchewan farm, chatting with my neighbors who I've invited over to appreciate the night sky through my telescope. After exclamations and open-mouthed wonder over Saturn's rings, and light that has been traveling through space for more than two million years to reach our eyes from the Andromeda Galaxy, our conversation inevitably turns to the pandemic, our work-from-home
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The Benefits of Emodiversity
Photographs by Thea Traff About 20 years ago, I think, I started experiencing obscure emotions. Sometime around the winter of 2001, I started feeling gezelligheid , the cozy sense of being at home with friends while it's storming outside. The following spring, I endured bouts of what the French call ilinx, the sudden urge to perform minor and unnecessary destructive acts— smashing plates or knock
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AI can reliably spot molecules on exoplanets, and might one day even discover new laws of physics
Do you know what the Earth's atmosphere is made of? You'd probably remember it's oxygen, and maybe nitrogen. And with a little help from Google you can easily reach a more precise answer: 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% Argon gas. However, when it comes to the composition of exo-atmospheres—the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system—the answer is not known. This is a shame, as atmospheres
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A catalytic recipe for transforming quantum states
Quantum physicists at the University of Warsaw have discovered new applications for quantum catalysis—the quantum equivalent of chemical catalysis used in industry—revealing that quantum catalysts are useful in many more setups than previously known. The breakthrough could prove pivotal in future quantum key distribution networks or distributed quantum computing.
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A Chinese Company Kinda Cloned Tesla's Cybertruck
Two for One It might make you do a double take, but you're not seeing double — the new electric pickup concept created by Chinese electric car startup EdisonFuture just looks a lot like Tesla's Cybertruck. The electric and solar truck debuted this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, according to AutoWeek , and it's dubbed the EF1-T. And yeah, we gotta just say it: it has a very similar shape to Te
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Wildfires of Varying Intensity Can Be Good for Biodiversity
I met up with Jay Roberts in what had been the parking lot of hell. On that warm morning last September in the heart of Sonoma's wine country, it was just another dusty stretch of gravel in front of a roadside diner. But in October 2017, the Tubbs wildfire had raged on three sides of the building, and red flashing lights from fire trucks blinked through the acrid, black smoke as the air crackled.
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The US crackdown on Chinese economic espionage is a mess. We have the data to show it.
A visiting researcher at UCLA accused of hiding his connection to China's People's Liberation Army. A hacker indicted for breaking into video game company servers in his spare time. A Harvard professor accused of lying to investigators about funding from China. And a man sentenced for organizing a turtle-smuggling ring between New York and Hong Kong. For years, the US Department of Justice has us
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The FDA has narrowly backed Merck's covid pill—but it's not that effective
The news: A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted by 13 to 10 to recommend that the government authorize Merck's antiviral pill for patients with early covid-19 who are at high risk for severe infection. The drug, called molnupiravir, has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, although by less than previously thought. Initial results in October found it cut the risk
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A retina-inspired device that can detect and recognize movements in the environment
Devices that can automatically detect and recognize moving objects have numerous valuable applications, for instance, enhancing remote environmental monitoring. Most existing motion detection and recognition (MDR) technologies are based on image sensors made of complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS). Compared to the human retina, these systems are often bulky and ineffective, as they requ
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UK drugs watchdog approves new Covid treatment Xevudy
Drug found in trials to cut vulnerable adults' risk of hospital admission and death by 79% Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK drugs watchdog has approved a new Covid treatment after trials found it cut the likelihood of hospital admission and death by 79% in high-risk adults. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has authorised Xevudy (so
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Abstract linking COVID-19 vaccines to heart trouble risk earns expression of concern
A leading heart journal has issued an expression of concern for a meeting abstract it published earlier this year by a cardiac surgeon who sells dietary supplements of questionable utility. The case is the second involving a recent meeting of the American Heart Association. The abstract, titled "Mrna COVID Vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers … Continue reading
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Study highlights diversity of the gorilla gut microbiome
A new study led by North Carolina State University and the Denver Zoo sheds light on the gut microbiome of gorillas, moving researchers closer to developing tools that can use the microbiome to diagnose potential health challenges for gorillas in human care. Specifically, the study found significant diversity among gorilla microbiomes, suggesting that what constitutes a "healthy" microbiome can va
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Like Watching Six Different Marriages Fall Apart
What is happening to the Beatles? Whose idea was this? What is going on ? It's January 1969, and look at them: stuck on a soundstage in Twickenham Film Studios—the Beatles!—sitting around like a bunch of YouTubers, idly generating content. They burble; they dawdle; they pick up their instruments and put them down again. They are of the '60s and they are above the '60s. "I think your beard suits y
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The Atlantic Daily: To Shop or Not to Shop?
Ah, Black Friday—the Super Bowl of marketing, when a million tiny voices in your inbox shout in staccato: Hurry! Wow! Look! Now! Given the current supply-chain snarls , should you rethink jumping on that irresistible deal? I caught up with our in-house consumerism maven, Amanda Mull, who writes our "Material World" column , to discuss the annual avalanche of sales and her recent argument that the
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The Atlantic Daily: Does the GOP Have a Path Forward Without Trump?
Donald Trump is maybe running for president in 2024. Mike Pence might be too. What's the future of the Republican Party? As Congress and the courts pick up the pieces from Donald Trump's first presidency , the country is already wondering whether it might see a second. The former president is flirting with a 2024 bid —and may have a shot at winning fair and square if he does . But his command of
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Omicron variant found around world as more nations tighten travel rules
US among more than 50 nations bringing in stricter border controls as variant is identified in 24 countries Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been identified in new countries around the globe, including the US, west Africa, the Gulf and Asia, as American authorities indicated they would further tighten border controls over concerns t
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Giving male Bornean rock frogs testosterone found to exaggerate their kicking gestures
A team of researchers from Brown University, the University of Vienna and Smith College has found that giving male Bornean rock frogs testosterone pushes them to exaggerate their provocative kicking gestures. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group suggests their experiments show that the kicking gesture evolved as a means to intimidate other males by taking advan
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Omicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarm
Authorities retrospectively identified case of Covid variant from October, raising fears of global spread Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nigerian health officials say they have retrospectively identified a case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant dating from October, meaning it was present in Africa weeks before South Africa alerted the world to it last week. The announ
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Gene-edited livestock: robust rules needed before approval, say ethicists
Techniques could help make farm animals resistant to disease but there are fears welfare standards could drop Robust regulations must be put in place to protect the welfare of farmed animals before genome-editing procedures are approved for commercial livestock, ethicists have warned. Powerful gene-editing techniques have the potential to improve modern farming by making animals resistant to heat
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Quantifying phosphorus needs of smallholder farms in tropical regions
Smallholder farms in tropical regions can double their crop production by 2030 compared to 2015, finds a study to which José Mogollón (Institute of Environmental Sciences) contributed. But to achieve this, the farmers must increase the input of phosphorus beyond what is currently foreseen. The study is published in Nature Sustainability.
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Scientists reveal zipper head mechanism of telomere synthesis by human telomerase
A telomere is a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences associated with specialized proteins located at the ends of linear eukaryotic chromosomes to protect the chromosomes from progressive degradation and ensure its integrity. During cell division, telomeres will shorten gradually in human somatic cells, which limits the number of times they can divide. Therefore, telomeres are considered to be
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The Watch That Made Everything Now
When the Pulsar debuted in 1972, the first digital watch offered a new concept of time—and foreshadowed our fraught relationship with instantaneity.
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Covid-19: how worried should we be about Omicron? | podcast
Last week, a new variant of Covid-19 was detected by scientists in South Africa. Since then, additional cases have been reported beyond southern Africa, including Belgium, Canada, Israel, Australia and the UK. And with the WHO warning that the Omicron variant poses a very high global risk , scientists around the world are scrambling to uncover clues about its transmissibility and how effective th
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Rewriting the History of American Food
When considering the history of American food, a few notable figures, such as James Beard and Julia Child, invariably come to mind. But our nation's culinary roots are so much broader and more diverse than what can be captured by considering the work of such a small number of individuals. For one, even the famous names didn't work on their own. The author John Birdsall may have written that James
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Can Afghanistan's underground "sneakernet" survive the Taliban?
When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August, Mohammad Yasin had to make some difficult decisions very quickly. As the country reeled from the shock of the insurgent takeover, the 21-year-old—whose name has been changed to protect his safety—snuck into his small place of business and got to work. He began erasing some of the sensitive data on his computer and moving the rest onto two of his lar
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The Guardian view on vaccines and Omicron: upping the antibodies | Editorial
The best weapon against the new Covid variant is boosters. But ministers should take aim at misinformation too It is by now fairly well known that the most serious cases of Covid-19 in the UK, and other rich countries, are increasingly concentrated among unvaccinated people . Between January and September, there were 34,474 deaths from Covid in England of unvaccinated people aged 10 or over, comp
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A dinosaur trove in Italy rewrites the history, geography and evolution of the ancient Mediterranean area
Italy is not exactly renowned for dinosaurs. In comparison to its excellent artistic and archaeological heritage, dinosaur fossils are very rare. Not surprisingly, the discovery of the first isolated dinosaurs in the early 1990s generated excitement, but are now considered nothing more than an exception to a general rule. During the reign of dinosaurs, between 230 and 66 million years ago, the anc
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Risso's dolphins found to use spin move to dive deep for prey
A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in the Netherlands and one in the U.S. has found that Risso's dolphins use a special type of spin move to conserve energy and oxygen when they dive deep for prey. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of the underwater mammals living near Portugal's Terceira Island.
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Using a pore structure inspired by biological fractals to collect uranium from seawater
Inspired by biological fractals, a team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in China has developed a new pore structure for a membrane used to separate uranium from seawater. In their paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability, the group describes their pore structure and how well it worked when tested. Alexander Wiechert and Sotira Yiacoumi with the Georgia Institute of
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Omicron: entry bans spread as China pledges 1bn jabs for Africa
Hong Kong and Ecuador join ranks of countries imposing new restrictions, cases rise in Australia and Canada, but stock markets bounce back Follow updates in the pandemic here See all our coronavirus coverage here More countries have imposed travel restrictions on visitors from other parts of the world in order to try to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, as China pledged to se
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Decisive early action key to suppressing Omicron variant | Letters
Des Senior calls for the government to immediately introduce basic measures to contain the new Covid variant, while Duncan McCallum would like to see a more coordinated global response With regard to tackling the Omicron variant ( Omicron variant spreads to Europe as UK announces countermeasures, 26 November ), closing our borders buys us a little time, nothing more. So what are we going to do wi
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Artificial intelligence helps speed up ecological surveys
Scientists at EPFL, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Wageningen University & Research have developed a new deep-learning model for counting the number of seals in aerial photos that is considerably faster than doing it by hand. With this new method, valuable time and resources could be saved which can be used to further study and protect endangered species.
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ESA's riskiest flyby
The chance that ESA's Solar Orbiter spacecraft will encounter space debris during its upcoming Earth flyby is very, very low. However, the risk is not zero and is greater than any other flyby ESA has performed. That there is this risk at all highlights the mess we've made of space—and why we need to take action to clean up after ourselves.
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Your Holiday Gifts Could Be Shipped by Robot Semi, Courtesy of UPS and Waymo
Between a supply chain full of holes, labor shortages across various sectors of the economy, and rising inflation, it's shaping up to be a somewhat chaotic holiday season. Technology can't fix all of these problems—or even most of them—but it can help get holiday shipments from point A to point B faster, cheaper, and without as many humans involved. Waymo's partnership with UPS could mean some of
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Quack Protection Acts advance in state legislatures
Proposed laws in Wisconsin and Michigan would protect quacks who defraud patients with useless, and sometimes dangerous, nostrums, by essentially allowing them to practice medicine without a license. These Quack Protection Acts should not pass. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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Terrawatch: what the world can learn from China's sinking city
A feat of engineering is tackling subsidence in Shanxi province, but water conservation and tree planting can also help Fissures and sinkholes are the norm in China's Shanxi province. Intensive agriculture combined with major coal production has put huge pressure on water resources and sucked the earth dry, leaving the city of Taiyuan, with a population of 5 million, and the surrounding area suff
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Climate change 2021: There's no turning back now
Across a quarter century of UN climate conferences tasked with saving humanity from itself, one was deemed a chaotic failure (Copenhagen/2009), another a stunning success (Paris/2015), and the rest landed somewhere in between.
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Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?
More than 2bn Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Find out which countries are vaccinating the most Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Since the first Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 was injected into the arm of a British woman in December 2020, billions of vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Dozens of countries now have advanced vaccina
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Covid limits migration despite more people displaced by war and disasters
IOM report finds 9m more people displaced globally but mobility restricted due to pandemic, with vaccination proving a key factor The coronavirus pandemic had a radical effect on migration, limiting movement despite increasing levels of internal displacement from conflict and climate disasters, the UN's International Organization for Migration said in a report on Wednesday. Though the number of p
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Will the Omicron Covid variant cancel Christmas?
A new Covid variant first identified in South Africa is spreading around the world, with leaders rushing to respond. Our science correspondent Nicola Davis outlines what we know so far about the Omicron variant The identification of a new Covid variant has sent shockwaves around the world as leaders scramble once again to close borders and reintroduce measures aimed at slowing the spread of the v
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Decades-Old 'Water Pill' Opens New Avenues for Alzheimer's Treatment
The cause of Alzheimer's was supposedly simple. Mangled proteins aggregate into tangles and clumps. These clumps overwhelm neurons. Neurons lose their function and eventually die, leading to cognitive troubles that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease . But this central dogma is only a fraction of the story. This month, two studies broadened the scope, taking a slightly different approach to u
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Inspecting an ultraluminous X-ray source in the galaxy NGC 55
Using data from NASA's Swift and NuSTAR spacecraft, as well as from ESA's XMM-Newton satellite, Indian astronomers have investigated spectral and temporal properties of an ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) in the spiral galaxy NGC 55. The study, published November 12 on arXiv.org, sheds more light on the nature of this source.
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Readout of an antiferromagnetic spintronics system by strong exchange coupling
Within spin-based electronics (spintronics), a novel approach promising ultrafast and stable magnetic memory is based on antiferromagnets as active elements. These materials without macroscopic magnetization but with a staggered orientation of their microscopic magnetic moments display intrinsic dynamics in the Terahertz (THz) range and are robust against magnetic fields.
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Chemists design 'molecular sea of flags' as basis for novel catalysts
Researchers at the University of Bonn have developed a molecular structure that can cover graphite surfaces with a sea of tiny flagged "flagpoles." The properties of this coating are highly variable. It may provide a basis for the development of new catalysts. The compounds could also be suitable for measuring the nanomechanical properties of proteins. The results were published online in advance
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Covid: is it safe to kiss this Christmas? It's a risk, say scientists
Boris Johnson may have given parties go-ahead but experts warn against sharing air space in poorly ventilated rooms Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Christmas parties and nativity plays may have been given the go-ahead by Boris Johnson, but a government minister had science on her side when she warned against festive kissing this Christmas. Speaking on ITV's Peston, t
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Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists
They come with eagle-eyed drones and high-precision instruments. Aided by satellites, they analyze gas emissions and the flows of molten rock. On the ground, they collect everything from the tiniest particles to "lava bombs" the size of watermelons that one of nature's most powerful forces hurl as incandescent projectiles.
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The Game
Illustrations by Miki Lowe Childhood is a fruitful source of inspiration for artists, but some return to it more than others. The poet Marie Howe is one of them. She grew up in a large Catholic family, the oldest of nine siblings and one of 100 first cousins; she said in 2017 that family is "where everything happens." If the image that comes to mind is a hectic and happy, Cheaper by the Dozen –ty
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Newly improved quantum algorithm performs full configuration interaction calculations without controlled time evolutions
In a continuing effort to improve upon previous work, a research team at the Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University, has applied its recently developed Bayesian phase difference estimation quantum algorithm to perform full configuration interaction (full-CI) calculations of atoms and molecules without simulating the time evolution of the wave function conditional on an ancillary qubit.
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DNA damage in tissue-infiltrating macrophages triggers an exosome-based metabolic reprogram
Research carried out at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of FORTH, provides evidence that persistent DNA damage triggers an exosome-based, metabolic reprogramming that leads to chronic inflammation and tissue pathology in DNA repair-deficient progeroid syndromes and likely also during aging.
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Leading researchers publish new definition of quantum nanoscience
The scale of investment in quantum computation, simulation and sensing is growing at a tantalizing pace. Harnessing the nanoscale to engineer useful quantum effects is a transformative capability of huge relevance to industries and governments. By summarizing the current state and the future directions of quantum nanoscience, a review defining quantum nanoscience published in Nature Nanotechnology
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Climate Advocates Are Gambling With Fate
Over the past few years, climate advocates have gained two atypical allies. For the cosmopolitan progressives who normally dominate environmental policy making, these two new groups are somewhat embarrassing to rub shoulders with, which is why discussion of the two shifts has been rejected or muted. But they signal that a new era has begun in climate politics—one that advocates have long wished f
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Molding, patterning and driving liquids with light
Jiming Bao, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston, has developed a new fluid that can be cut open by light and demonstrated macroscopic depression of ferrofluid, the kind of fluid that can be moved around with a magnet.
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Satellites reveal Ethiopian elephants under threat, study shows
Tens of thousands of illegal human settlements pose a real threat to the continued existence of an endangered elephant population, according to satellite analysis of the Babile Elephant Sanctuary in eastern Ethiopia by University of Oxford researchers and the Born Free Foundation.
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Identifying highly recombinant plants for breeding
For plant breeding, it is important to create as many combinations as possible of genetic variants within a short time to select the most suitable candidates between plants with many different characteristics. The working group of Prof. Dr. Benjamin Stich from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has now developed a method for using natural variations to identify what are referred to as "hig
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Probing the dysregulation of ubiquitin-specific protease 8 activity in Cushing's disease
The molecular mechanism underlying enzyme activity regulation of ubiquitin-specific protease 8 (USP8) has been decoded by researchers at Tokyo Tech. USP8 has been implicated in Cushing's disease pathogenesis. They have identified an autoinhibitory region on the enzyme that interacts with its catalytic region. They also provide first evidence on the release of autoinhibition due to USP8 mutations a
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Successful fertilization requires careful coordination of chromosomes
RIKEN researchers have shown how the genomic sorting that occurs during fertilization—the incorporation of genomic material from both parents and the elimination of excess maternal DNA from the egg—takes place in mice. If the same process occurs in humans, the finding could help to improve some assisted reproductive technologies.
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Republicans Hope Their Assault on Democracy Will Stop a Post-Roe Backlash
Women's constitutional right to decide whether to bear children appears to be hanging by a thread. At yesterday's oral argument in the case of ​​Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization , the Supreme Court's Republican-appointed justices displayed an eagerness to overturn Roe v. Wade , the legal precedent that prevents states from banning abortion. This is no surprise—the conservative legal m
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A Better Conversation Than Social Media
Sign up for Conor's newsletter here . I once hoped that Facebook and Twitter would enable better conversations among strangers trying to think through our complicated world together. And I've learned a lot and interacted with wonderful people on social media. But many of the most thoughtful people I know no longer engage there. It is too hostile, too time-consuming, and too influenced by outrage
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Why Cheap At-Home Covid Tests Are Hard to Find
The U.S. produced Covid-19 vaccines in record time, but, nearly two years into the pandemic, consumers have few options for cheap tests that quickly screen for infection, though they are widely available in Europe. Experts say the dearth of tests and high prices undermine efforts to return to normal life.
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Image: Hubble's view of planetary nebula reveals complex structure
NGC 6891 is a bright, asymmetrical planetary nebula in the constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin. This Hubble image reveals a wealth of structure, including a spherical outer halo that is expanding faster than the inner nebula, and at least two ellipsoidal shells that are orientated differently. The image also reveals filaments and knots in the nebula's interior, surrounding the central white dwarf
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Uncovering a promising use case for exosomes
Extracellular vesicles—or exosomes, as they are more commonly known—continue to be a curious research focus for the scientific community. Once assumed to be waste materials secreted by cells, exosomes have recently been identified as mail carriers, serving an essential role in cell-to-cell communication by acting as delivery vehicles between cells. New research from Carnegie Mellon University and
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Researchers generate, for the first time, a vortex beam of atoms and molecules
Vortices may conjure a mental image of whirlpools and tornadoes—spinning bodies of water and air—but they can also exist on much smaller scales. In a new study published in Science, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science, together with collaborators from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University, have created, for the first time, vortices made of a single atom
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Is it really that bad to marry my cousin? | Mona Chalabi
There are things we accept as obvious truths that aren't necessarily backed up by data. A primary example: cousin marriage being taboo. In this episode, data journalist Mona Chalabi looks at the numbers behind our family trees to reveal that cousin marriage is much more common and much less "ick" than you might think. Want to hear more from Mona? Check out her podcast Am I Normal? with Mona Chalab
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Researchers hope to breed Great Barrier Reef corals more resilient to extreme heat events – video
Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science are hoping to breed corals that are more resilient to extreme heat events. The researchers collected hundreds of coral samples from the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef that have survived three mass bleaching events since 2016. The samples have to be collected before they spawn which occurs only once a year, several days after a f
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The shortest-period gas-giant exoplanet discovered with TESS
Using NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international group of astronomers has detected a new, ultra-hot gas giant exoplanet with an extremely short orbital period. The newfound alien world, designated TOI-2109b is about five times more massive than Jupiter and turns out to be the shortest-period gas giant known to date. The finding is reported in a paper published November 2
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Theoretical framework helps understanding complex morphologic events in developing neurons
Understanding how the complex geometry of branching tissues takes shape during embryonic development or the growth of any organisms has long been a fascinating subject. Neuroscientists at Karolinska Institutet, together with theoretical physicists from IST-Austria, have now combined live imaging in a zebrafish model system with analytical theory to uncover a generic design principle to predict 3D
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In the Russian Arctic, One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth
Originally built as a resource colony by prisoners in the Soviet Gulag, the town of Norilsk has been a metal making center for 80 years. Norilsk Nickel has poisoned rivers, killed off boreal forest, and caused the largest oil spill in Arctic history. Now it wants to produce more metal for the "green economy."
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Welcome to Up for Debate
Sign up for Conor's newsletter here . When the social-media era began, I hoped that Facebook and Twitter would enable better conversations among people trying to think through our complicated world together. I've learned a lot and interacted with wonderful strangers on both platforms. But over time they've become hostile time-sucks warped by bad actors, flawed algorithms, and perverse incentives
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Extroverted? You may have better financial outcomes
You might think the way you approach money is based on financial advice or past experiences, but new research from the University of Georgia shows that your personality may have a big impact on financial decision making and risk taking.
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How dangerous is the Omicron variant?
The Omicron variant of Covid has prompted governments around the world to reintroduce border restrictions, with Australia shutting the border to southern Africa and delaying the reopening date for international students and visa holders. The federal government has called for calm, describing the variant as 'manageable', but what do we actually know about it? Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to medical e
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Non-targeted aquatic species found to adapt to both traditional and organic pesticides
A team of researchers with the Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, in Belgium has found that non-targeted creatures that are impacted by nearby pesticide applications adapt to both traditional and organic pesticides. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes testing pond-dwelling water fleas in a variety of environments.
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A Crackdown on Illegal Gold Dredging in Brazil
Rumors of a gold discovery recently spread through parts of Brazil, attracting hundreds of wildcat gold miners to the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon. Lashing their floating dredges together in broad rafts, the illegal mining operations have been active for weeks, sucking silt and mud from the river bottom to be processed, while environmentalists and officials sound alarms. On November 28,
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Sustainable agriculture: Mobile weed killer for tree nurseries
Fraunhofer researchers have collaborated with partners to develop a platform to remove weeds fully automatically. The mobile AMU-Bot robot system navigates using optical sensors and removes weeds mechanically without the need for chemicals. The researchers have also been working on a comprehensive, data-supported ecosystem for the resource-efficient and environmentally friendly automation of agric
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Breaking the symmetry of sound waves allows the sound to be directed to a certain place
Research undertaken by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has concluded that sound can be directed to a certain place if the sound waves' symmetry is broken. In order to carry out this work, recently published in the journal Nature, researchers used the whispering gallery phenomenon, a circular, vaulted room in which you can hear what is being said in a specific part of the room from anyw
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Hideouts, harbours and homes: How vikings may have owed their success to their encampments
For many years, archaeologists and historians have provided an increasingly informed insight into the dynamic world of the vikings, chipping away at the clichés of a crazed, capricious people preoccupied with beards and bloodshed. One particular approach to understanding viking activity has been to study the encampments they set up along the coasts and rivers of western Europe, allowing them to su
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How to read a jellyfish's mind
The human brain has 100 billion neurons, making 100 trillion connections. Understanding the precise circuits of brain cells that orchestrate all of our day-to-day behaviors—such as moving our limbs, responding to fear and other emotions, and so on—is an incredibly complex puzzle for neuroscientists. But now, fundamental questions about the neuroscience of behavior may be answered through a new and
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