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Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly4d
When it comes to receiving organ transplants, patients are not usually judged on prior behavior, but some doctors are questioning whether unvaccinated COVID patients should qualify for new lungs. (Image credit: Vezna Hang )
World's vast networks of underground fungi to be mapped for first time2d
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
Oldest Remains of Mysterious, Extinct Human Ancestors Unearthed in Siberian Cave2d
And they weren't alone.
Molecule Derived From Poisonous Plant Blocks All SARS-CoV-2 Variants in Cell Cultures5d
This could be huge one day!
Someone Paid $650,000 for a Nonexistent Yacht in the Metaverse2d
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
Plants Used by The First Australians Seem to Stop Cancer Cells Rejecting Treatment4d
They may fight antibiotic resistance, too.
Scientists Create Synthetic Organisms That Can Reproduce2d
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
Chris Cuomo Must Go•2d
CNN Chris Cuomo Suspension
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
Pharma Company to Start Human Trials of HIV Cure Next Year•2d
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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
B.1.1.529 Covid variant 'most worrying we've seen', says top UK medical adviser6d
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
Cyclist deaths soar on rural roads in England1d
The number of cyclists being killed on rural English roads rose sharply over the last year.
Scientist Says That Humans Are Almost Certainly Going Extinct1d
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.
New study shows the largest comet ever observed was active at near-record distance2d
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.
Experts Say Fusion Power Is Finally Starting to Look Imminent•3d
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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
Trust in Science and Scientists Increased Globally, Poll Finds1d
An international survey found that the pandemic had enhanced public faith in researchers and science, up from 2018.
Humans Are Doomed to Go Extinct2d
Habitat degradation, low genetic variation and declining fertility are setting Homo sapiens up for collapse — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Heavily Mutated Omicron Variant Puts Scientists on Alert•3d
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Researchers are racing to determine whether a fast-spreading coronavirus variant poses a threat to COVID vaccines' effectiveness — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Very Large Telescope uncovers closest pair of supermassive black holes yet2d
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.
Researchers shrink camera to the size of a salt grain•2d
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Micro-sized cameras have great potential to spot problems in the human body and enable sensing for super-small robots, but past approaches captured fuzzy, distorted images with limited fields of view.
Astronomers observe a new type of binary star long predicted to exist23h
Researchers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian have observed a new type of binary star that has long been theorized to exist. The discovery finally confirms how a rare type of star in the universe forms and evolves.
Earth's earliest water may have come from solar wind and space rocks2d
Samples from asteroid Itokawa collected by a Japanese space probe suggest that Earth's water may have come from the sun.
Californian firm touts 'mushroom leather' as sustainability gamechanger7h
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
Elon Musk Proposes Setting an Age Limit on US Politicians1h
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
Omicron's Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios•20h
Omicron COVID Delta
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
Biggest eagle to ever live plunged headfirst into dead prey to eat the organs1d
Haast's eagle may have hunted large prey like an eagle, but its eating habits — targeting the internal organs — were more like those of a vulture.
Molecular analysis reveals the oldest Denisovan fossils yet2d
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
Moderna chief predicts existing vaccines will struggle with Omicron•2d
Moderna Covid Omicron
Stéphane Bancel foresees 'material drop' in current jabs' effectiveness, sending stocks and oil prices lower
4-legged 'snake' fossil is actually a different ancient animal, new study claims5d
A new study claims that a fossil previously believed to be the first known four-legged snake is actually more lizard-like than serpentine.
The Pentagon Has Set Up a UFO Office5d
Plus: An Apple lawsuit, a GoDaddy breach, and more of the week's top security news.
Study shows people who believe in astrology tend to be less intelligent and more narcissistic5d
A trio of psychologists at Lund University has found via online questionnaire, that people who believe in astrology tend to be less intelligent than the norm and more narcissistic. In their paper published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, Ida Andersson, Julia Persson and Petri Kajonius describe their study and what they learned from it.
The value of kindness at work | James Rhee1d
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.
How Brains Seamlessly Switch Between Languages2d
Bilingual people engage the same brain region that monolingual individuals use to put together words—even when combining different languages — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Researchers develop ice cube that doesn't melt or grow mold2d
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new type of cooling cube that could revolutionize how food is kept cold and shipped fresh without relying on ice or traditional cooling packs.
Your Brain Is an Energy-Efficient 'Prediction Machine'4d
Results from neural networks support the idea that brains use predictions to create perceptions—and that they work that way to conserve power.
Handeln med rött kött leder till ökning av folksjukdomar5d
Ökad handel med rött och processat kött är kopplat till en ökning av livsstilssjukdomar, visar en ny studie. Det styrker tidigare forskning som visar att rött kött kan leda till sjukdom.
Countries are scrambling to stop a new covid variant•5d
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How big a threat is Omicron?
Scientists fling model stars at a virtual black hole to see who survives5d
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
Efter to år med corona: 'Det kan tage flere år før pandemien er under kontrol'23h
Eksperter giver deres bud på, hvordan pandemien ender.
Advancing mathematics by guiding human intuition with AI1d
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.
Maths researchers hail breakthrough in applications of artificial intelligence1d
For the first time, computer scientists and mathematicians have used artificial intelligence to help prove or suggest new mathematical theorems in the complex fields of knot theory and representation theory.
Mystery solved: Footprints from site at Laetoli, Tanzania, are from early humans, not bears1d
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
Virtual Land in the Metaverse Is Selling for Millions of Dollars•1d
Metaverse Real Estate
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
How the act of measuring a quantum particle transforms it into an everyday object2d
The quantum world and our everyday world are very different places. In a publication that appeared as the "Editor's Suggestion" in Physical Review A this week, UvA physicists Jasper van Wezel and Lotte Mertens and their colleagues investigate how the act of measuring a quantum particle transforms it into an everyday object.
Researchers propose a simpler design for quantum computers•2d
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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
Living robots made from frog cells can replicate themselves in a dish2d
Swarms of tiny "xenobots" can self-replicate in the lab by pushing loose cells together – the first time this form of reproduction has been seen in multicellular organisms
Study suggests Sun is likely an unaccounted source of the Earth's water3d
Curtin University researchers have helped unravel the enduring mystery of the origins of the Earth's water, finding the Sun to be a surprising likely source.
Möbius strip microlasers for non-Euclidean photonics applications3d
Photonics is a branch of technology development that specializes in the creation of devices that can generate, detect or manipulate light. Recently, researchers at Université Paris-Saclay coined a new term for a new photonics sub-field called non-Euclidean photonics.
Creating a less fragile diamond using fullerenes4d
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.
Mere end hver sjette fugl er forsvundet i Europa4d
Landbruget har udryddet mange af de insekter, som fugle lever af.
'Gangotri wave' connecting two of Milky Way's spiral arms discovered5d
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.
Ex-Googler Timnit Gebru Starts Her Own AI Research Center•4h
Google Timnit Gebru AI
The researcher, who says Google fired her a year ago, wants to ask questions about responsible use of artificial intelligence.
GSK says early data suggest its Covid drug is effective against Omicron•9h
UK GSK Drug Omicron
UK medicines regulator approves antibody treatment sotrovimab for high-risk patients
Stress in Utero: Covid Chaos and Babies' Future Health1d
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.
Omicron Is WHO's Fifth Variant of Concern, Experts Urge Patience1d
Preliminary data suggest that the newly dubbed Omicron variant may be more infectious than previous versions of the virus, but it will take time to obtain the reliable data needed to answer pressing questions about its biology.
Malicious Google Play Apps Stole User Banking Info•1d
Google Banking Trojan
Using tricks to sidestep the app store's restrictions, malware operators pillaged passwords, keystrokes, and other data.
Rare hunting scene raises questions over polar bear diet4d
A polar bear chases a reindeer into the water, drags it ashore and devours it, in a striking scene caught on film for the first time.
Beads of glass in meteorites help scientists piece together how solar system formed8h
Ever since scientists started looking at meteorites with microscopes, they've been puzzled—and fascinated—by what's inside. Most meteorites are made of tiny beads of glass that date back to the earliest days of the solar system, before the planets were even formed.
Footprint evidence of early hominin locomotor diversity at Laetoli, Tanzania1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04187-7 Reanalysis of bipedal trackways from Laetoli site A in Tanzania suggest that the footprints were made by a hominin that coexisted with at least one other hominin species.
2,000-Year-Old Salmon DNA Reveals Secret to Sustainable Fisheries2d
Genomic analysis of ancient chum salmon bones and cultural knowledge from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation suggest that people in the Pacific Northwest managed fisheries for thousands of years by harvesting males and releasing females.
50 Years Ago, a Forgotten Mission Landed on Mars1d
Here's why the Mars 3 mission deserves more acclaim than history ever gave it.
2021 Top 10 Innovations1d
The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. Biomedical innovation has rallied to address that pressing concern while continuing to tackle broader research challenges.
How Do You Tell a Neanderthal From a Denisovan?1d
Our partial ancestors differed a little in appearance from modern humans.
Three-dimensional imaging with optical frequency combs3h
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
Within an Antarctic sea squirt, scientists discover a bacterial species with promising anti-melanoma properties20h
There are few places farther from your medicine cabinet than the tissues of an ascidian, or "sea squirt," on the icy Antarctic sea floor—but this is precisely where scientists are looking to find a new treatment for melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer.
Bizarre tail weaponry in a transitional ankylosaur from subantarctic Chile1d
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.
Grad student finds a new saber-toothed species in a museum collection1d
There's a new saber-toothed predator in town—and it's been hiding in plain sight.
Ubiquitous food additive alters human microbiota and intestinal environment1d
New clinical research indicates that a widely used food additive, carboxymethylcellulose, alters the intestinal environment of healthy persons, perturbing levels of beneficial bacteria and nutrients. These findings demonstrate the need for further study of the long-term impacts of this food additive on health.
Team builds first living robots that can reproduce2d
Scientists have discovered a new form of biological reproduction — and created self-replicating living robots. Made from frog cells, these computer-designed organisms gather single cells inside a Pac-Man-shaped 'mouth' — and release Xenobot 'babies' that look and move like themselves. Then the offspring go and do the same — over and over.
Winter diet of Japanese macaques from Chubu Sangaku National Park, Japan incorporates freshwater biota3d
Scientific Reports, Published online: 29 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-01972-2
Synthetic tissue can repair hearts, muscles, and vocal cords1d
Combining knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering, scientists from McGill University develop a biomaterial tough enough to repair the heart, muscles, and vocal cords, representing a major advance in regenerative medicine.
Can selfie software predict if you'll develop Parkinson's?1d
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
MRI reveals altered brain structure in fetuses exposed to alcohol1d
In the first MRI-based study to investigate pre-natal alcohol exposure, researchers found significant changes in the brain structure of fetuses exposed to alcohol compared to healthy controls.
Living robots made in a lab have found a new way to self-replicate, researchers say•1d
Living Robots Xenobots
Xenobots, a type of programmable organism made from frog cells, can replicate by spontaneously sweeping up loose stem cells, researchers say. This could have implications for regenerative medicine. (Image credit: Douglas Blackiston & Sam Kriegman)
Conservationists flew 30 white rhinos to Rwanda in a huge operation to protect them1d
The roughly 2,000-mile journey took the rhinos to their new home in Akagera National Park, where advocates hope the animals will be able to establish a new breeding stronghold and evade poachers. (Image credit: Martin Meyer & African Parks)
How vaccine-makers plan to address the new COVID-19 omicron variant4d
A new coronavirus variant, first discovered in South Africa, has begun to spread around the globe. Vaccine producers say they're working to get ahead of the new strain. (Image credit: Jerome Delay/AP)
A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll22h
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)
The omicron variant spreads across Europe as new travel bans take effect5d
Cases of the latest COVID variant of concern — first identified in South Africa — have been reported in the U.K., Germany, Italy and elsewhere. Travel from southern Africa is now restricted. (Image credit: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images)
Hubble telescope captures stunning image of the star-forming Prawn Nebula6d
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning view of the Prawn Nebula floating through deep space.
For patients with long COVID, chronic fatigue syndrome may offer a guiding star3d
Long COVID has been a reality since the beginning of the pandemic. The patients who have it are desperate for answers that doctors don't yet have. (Image credit: Helena Kubicka de Bragança)
The mystery of where omicron came from — and why it matters21h
How did this new strain of the novel coronavirus evolve? Researchers are investigating various possibilities. One leading theory involves … just one person. (Image credit: Uma Shankar sharma/Getty Images)
Psychedelics can change humanity for the better. It's time to unlock their power | Rick Doblin6d
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
New UK bill recognizes cephalopods and some crustaceans as sentient beings6d
The U.K. government has included cephalopods and some crustaceans in a new bill that recognizes sentient animals.
A 100,000-Year-Old Mammoth Tusk Has Been Discovered Off The Coast of California6d
What secrets does it hold?
Ancient footprints mistakenly attributed to bears were made by early humans1d
A new look at nearly 3.7 million-year-old fossil footprints uncovered in Tanzania shows that multiple species of early humans lived together at the same time. (Image credit: Ellison McNutt)
Failure to share Covid vaccines 'coming back to haunt us', says Gordon Brown•6d
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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
Omicron: everything you need to know about new Covid variant•6d
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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
Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let's ensure they don't regret it | Jeffrey Barrett4d
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
In Leaked Email, Elon Musk Says SpaceX Is Facing Bankruptcy2d
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
Declining Eyesight Could Be Given a Boost by Short Morning Doses of Seeing Red4d
A red light for aging.
San Francisco Is Sinking Into the Earth, Scientists Say5d
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
COVID Parenting Is Reaching a Breaking Point3d
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
We Know Almost Nothing About the Omicron Variant•5d
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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
Australian Zoo Adopts a 'Megaspider' So Big Its Fangs Can Pierce Human Fingernails6d
And they plan to milk it.
Physicists Confirm The Existence of Time Crystals in Epic Quantum Computer Simulation1d
This is no longer theoretical.
Bizarre Creatures Are World's First Self-Replicating 'Living Robots', Scientists Say2d
They look just like Pac-Man!
Physicists Detect Elusive 'Ghost Particles' in The LHC For The Very First Time3d
What a milestone to celebrate!
Mysterious Vanishing of Advanced Chinese Civilization 4,000 Years Ago Finally Solved3d
The epic rise and fall of Liangzhu.
Will the Covid Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.•3d
SA WHO Omicron Covid
A "Frankenstein mix" of mutations raises concerns, but the variant may remain vulnerable to current vaccines. If not, revisions will be necessary.
Merck Says Its Covid Pill Is Less Effective in a Final Analysis5d
The drug, molnupiravir, reduced the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk Covid patients by 30 percent. An earlier analysis had found a 50 percent reduction.
Merck says its antiviral pill is less effective in a final analysis.•5d
Merck COVID Effective
The drug, molnupiravir, reduced the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk Covid patients by 30 percent. An earlier analysis had found a 50 percent reduction.
'If it prevents lockdown, I've no problem': England wakes to mask mandate2d
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
The Judge Who Told the Truth About the Mississippi Abortion Ban•2d
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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
Omicron Has Scary Mutations. That Doesn't Mean They Work Well Together2d
Mutations can work together to make a virus more fearsome, but they can also cancel one another out. This phenomenon, called epistasis, is why scientists are reluctant to speculate on Omicron.
Does Omicron Cause Only Mild Illness? Too Early to Tell, Experts Say•3d
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Should the Omicron variant cause severe illness, that will become apparent if there is a significant rise in hospitalizations over the next week or two, one expert said.
Physicists detect signs of neutrinos at Large Hadron Collider6d
The international Forward Search Experiment team, led by physicists at the University of California, Irvine, has achieved the first-ever detection of neutrino candidates produced by the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland.
Over 350 Exoplanets Have Been Found, Bringing Us Close to an Incredible Milestone6d
It's an exoplanet bonanza!
Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known1d
With evidence growing that a worrisome new coronavirus variant is highly contagious, health officials issued warnings that vulnerable people should not travel.
Harvard Student Says Harvard Students Are Horrible1d
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
Major Discovery Challenges Decades of Advice to Avoid All Saturated Fats2d
We missed one crucial detail.
How Black tech entrepreneurs are tackling health care's race gap3d
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)
Jaw-Dropping Simulation Shows Stars Shredded as They Get Too Close to a Black Hole3d
The cosmos is forever stunning.
What does appearance of Omicron variant mean for the double-vaccinated?•3d
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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
Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; Israel bans all visitors4d
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
COVID hit 13 members of their family the first time. A year later it struck again5d
The second time Vanessa Quintero's family caught the virus, probably from her 8-year-old daughter, fewer people got sick. They and their doctors credit the protection of vaccination. (Image credit: Beth LaBerge/KQED)
New 'Omicron' Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines May Still Work•5d
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The Omicron variant carries worrisome mutations that may let it evade antibodies, scientists said. But it will take more research to know how it fares against vaccinated people.
US to restrict travel from southern Africa over Omicron Covid variant fears•5d
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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
A new Covid variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines | Gordon Brown6d
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
The Deadly Myth That Human Error Causes Most Car Crashes6d
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
Covid: scientists find possible trigger for AstraZeneca jab blood clots•8h
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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
Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists13h
Many public health experts were opposed to a boosters-for-all approach. The new variant is changing some minds.
1,200-Year-Old Mummy of a Young Man Tied With Rope Discovered in Peru16h
What was his story?
This 'Very Weird' Newly Discovered Dinosaur Was Armed With a Slashing Weapon17h
We've never seen this before.
Bad News, Boys! Vaping Linked to Erectile Dysfunction21h
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
Misinformation fuelled by 'tsunami' of poor research, says science prize winner22h
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
Scientists Say the Sun May Have Kinda Sprayed the Earth With Water23h
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
What J&J Can Still Teach Us•1d
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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
Astronomers Just Found The Closest Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Ever Detected1d
And they have broken two records!
Omicron Covid variant 'present in Europe at least 10 days ago'2d
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
The Mantra of White Supremacy2d
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
A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi | Toby Kiers and Merlin Sheldrake2d
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
Counterfeit Covid Masks Are Still Sold Everywhere2d
Rising Covid cases have spurred a return to mask-wearing in the U.S. and overseas, at a time when flawed KN95s from China continue to dominate e-commerce sites.
The Sun Could Be The Mystery Source of Earth's Unexplained Water, Scientists Say2d
Why didn't we think of that?
Upcoming Moon missions spur the search for new spacesuits2d
Nasa has asked the private sector to design new spacesuits that can be used on the Moon.
Oldest-known fossils of mysterious human lineage uncovered in Siberian cave3d
Scientists have unearthed the oldest fossils to date of the mysterious human lineage known as the Denisovans.
The New COVID Drugs Are a Bigger Deal Than People Realize3d
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
'Land Acknowledgments' Are Just Moral Exhibitionism4d
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
New 'Super Jelly' Is 80 Percent Water And Can Survive Being Run Over by a Car4d
Our kind of material.
Boris Johnson 'ignored' my plan to tackle deadly Covid variants – senior official4d
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
How Did the New Covid Variant, Omicron, Get Its Name?•5d
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The World Health Organization began naming the variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigma.
Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish5d
Thousands of new cases have been reported among vulnerable elderly residents in the last several months, as the virulent Delta variant fuels outbreaks.
Scientists Did an Actual Study on Hugs, And It's Making Us Feel Warm Inside5d
Here's how you do it.
Universities Try to Force a Consensus About Kyle Rittenhouse6d
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
Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky7h
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)
An Omicron Cryptocurrency Started Spiking, Because We Are Doomed20h
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
Elusive Neutrino Candidates Detected in Breakthrough Physics Experiment21h
At long last, researchers have glimpsed ghostly particles produced by CERN's Large Hadron Collider — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
'Traitor': the Australian researchers working under the weight of pandemic misinformation1d
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
Covid-19 variants may not evolve to be less dangerous, says Neil Ferguson•1d
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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
An Unknown Human Ancestor May Have Left 3.7-Million-Year-Old Footprints in Africa1d
Lucy and her kin were likely not alone…
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on track for Dec. 22 launch1d
The generational observatory is nearly ready for space after years of delays.
Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries•1d
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Vaccines are finally available in many African countries, but an underfunded public health system has slowed their delivery, and some people there, as well as in South Asia, are wary of taking them.
Russia Legally Threatens NASA Astronaut for Allegedly Sabotaging Space Station1d
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,
History of computers: A brief timeline1d
The history of computers began with primitive designs in the early 19th century and went on to change the world during the 20th century.
The New Right's Strange and Dangerous Cult of Toughness1d
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
Beautiful, mysterious and misunderstood, mushrooms are finally having a moment | Lucy Jones1d
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.
Rock cakes? Stonehenge builders may have enjoyed mince pies1d
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
Older unvaccinated people should delay travel, says WHO, as Omicron restrictions spread•1d
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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
Leaked Video Appears to Shows Interior of SpaceX's Starship1d
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
Gorgeous New Animation Shows Starship Going Orbital1d
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
What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron•2d
Omicron Covid Variant
Intense research into the new coronavirus variant first identified in southern Africa has just begun. World leaders have urged people not to panic — and to get vaccinated, if they can.
Airbus Tests Jetliner Powered by "100 Percent" Renewable Fuel•2d
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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
Ingenious Devices Extract Power From the Ocean's Tides2d
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
Facial reconstruction shows powerful Bronze Age woman's serene expression and huge earrings2d
A scientific illustrator has made a facial reconstruction of a powerful woman who lived during the Bronze Age in what is now Spain.
Scientists May Have Found the Molecular-Level Cause for Alzheimer's•2d
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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
Elon Musk Says Cybertruck Will Be an "Insane Technology Bandwagon"•2d
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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.
'Amazing science': researchers find xenobots can give rise to offspring•2d
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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
Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?3d
The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.
Jack Dorsey Is Reportedly Stepping Down as CEO of Twitter•3d
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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.
Antiviral Covid Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?3d
The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.
Why Some People Find It Harder to Be Happy, According to Science3d
Nature versus nurture.
Better Language For Endometriosis Pain Could Lead to Faster Diagnosis. Here's How3d
"As if somebody is repeatedly stabbing me with a large knife".
As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash3d
A chilling effect has taken hold on American campuses, contributing to an outflow of academic talent that may hurt the United States while benefiting Beijing.
How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar4d
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
What Stephen Sondheim Knew About Endings•4d
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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
What We Know So Far About Omicron, The Latest COVID 'Variant of Concern'4d
"The sky is not falling in."
Omicron: How dangerous is the new variant first found in South Africa?4d
There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 that was first detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far
Plot of Metaverse "Land" Sells for $2.4 Million5d
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
Why Do DVDs Still Exist?5d
Some people still buy them—though not necessarily who you'd think.
Omicron Covid variant: Greg Hunt backflips as Australia shuts border to southern Africa5d
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
Shock AI Discovery Suggests We've Not Even Discovered Half of What's Inside Our Cells6d
More than a few 'unexpected' discoveries.
B.1.1.529: How dangerous is the new variant found in South Africa?6d
There are many open questions about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in South Africa. Here's what we know so far
Thermoelectric crystal conductivity reaches a new high6d
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
Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies6d
Doctors in Texas say they cannot head off life-threatening medical crises in pregnant women if abortions cannot be offered or even discussed.
The Psychological Differences between Those Who Love and Loathe Black Friday Shopping6d
Some people are more "task-oriented," while others focus more on making social connections — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
NASA Is Practicing Asteroid Deflection. You Know, Just in Case.6d
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
Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon6d
Even Amazon's new AI-powered machines aren't nearly capable enough to handle the most important fulfillment tasks.
Merging black holes may create bubbles that could swallow the universe6d
The area between a pair of large black holes on the verge of colliding could provide the conditions to create dangerous bubbles of "true vacuum"
We All Nearly Missed The Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Detected6d
It was lucky someone was taking photos at the right time….
Plants And Animals Have Started Living on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch7h
This is not a good thing.
Earth's Fluctuating Orbit May Be Impacting Evolution, New Evidence Suggests10h
Life dances to the rhythms of celestial bodies.
What You Really Need to Know About That Asteroid Flying 'Towards' Earth Next Week16h
Three guesses on whether it will hit us!
Prints Long Thought to Be Bear Tracks May Have Been Made by Human Ancestor17h
New research published in the journal Nature suggests that the prints, discovered in Tanzania in 1976, were left by an unidentified hominin, or early human ancestor, more than 3.6 million years ago.
The End of Roe•18h
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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
NASA Scientists: SpaceX Starship "Revolutionary" for Exploring Solar System19h
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
Hubble Space Telescope Calls Out "Hot Mess" Galactic Collision19h
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
A Day Before the Bankruptcy Leak, Musk Quietly Hinted at Taking SpaceX Public19h
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
Safely delivering radiation to cancer patients in a 'FLASH'20h
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.
Climate Scientist Warns That Countries Are Going to Start Geoengineering the Earth21h
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
Elon Musk Tersely Addresses SpaceX Bankruptcy Leak22h
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
Fossil footprints hint at mystery hominin with unusual walking style1d
A set of 3.7-million-year-old footprints were initially thought to have been left by a bear walking upright, but have now been reinterpreted as the prints of an unidentified hominin that walked a little bit like a modern catwalk fashion model
Elon Musk Says Starlink Satellites Had to Swerve Out of the Way of Debris1d
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,
Gold jewelry from the time of Nefertiti found in Bronze Age tombs in Cyprus1d
Archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg have concluded an excavation of two tombs in the Bronze Age city of Hala Sultan Tekke in Cyprus. The finds include over 150 human skeletons and close to 500 objects—including gold jewelry, gemstones and ceramics—from around 1350 BCE.
Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data1d
Scientists say they have made a major step forward in storing information in molecules of DNA.
Starship engine 'crisis' poses possible bankruptcy risk for SpaceX, Elon Musk says: report1d
Elon Musk thinks that problems with SpaceX's Raptor engine production pose potentially dire consequences for the company, according to media reports.
The Biggest 'Oh No' Moment in the Solar System1d
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
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 .
Ants vomit into each other's mouths to form social bonds1d
Ants are highly social animals that have social networks, and they exchange info through vomit.
Mysterious clouds could offer new clues on dark matter1d
The hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time caused by major cosmic cataclysms, could help solve one of the Universe's other burning mysteries—boson clouds and whether they are a leading contender for dark matter.
When did Omicron Covid variant arrive in UK and is it spreading?1d
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
This 3D-Printer Uses Ink Made From Microbes to Print Blobs That Are Alive1d
This is very weird.
Is Omicron More Contagious Than Delta? A Virus Expert Explains What We Know So Far1d
The low-down on the most heavily mutated variant yet.
High-Speed Space Junk Risk Forces NASA Astronauts to Abandon Spacewalk1d
This is getting to be a real problem.
Man With Tesla Face Tattoo Gets Slapped With DUI While Driving an Old Minivan•1d
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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
Blaze It! Scientists Finally Discovered What Makes Weed Dank1d
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
Stephen Sondheim's Knotty Vision of Musical Theater1d
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
Elon Musk Forced Employees to Work Over Holiday Weekend Amid SpaceX Bankruptcy "Disaster"1d
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
Can omicron-specific vaccines arrive fast enough to make a difference?1d
Vaccine-makers are already adapting vaccines to fight the omicron coronavirus variant, but it will probably already have swept the world by the time these arrive
Scientists Identify Brain Switch That Controls a Vital Survival Instinct in Organisms2d
Feast or forage?
Covid booster shots are pushing protection to unexpected heights•2d
COVID Booster Protection
Evidence suggests that vaccine booster programmes can take people's covid-19 protection to unexpectedly high levels, but we don't yet know how effective existing vaccines will be against the omicron variant
This doomed alien planet has a year that lasts just 16 hours — and it's getting faster2d
Astronomers spotted a new gas giant with the shortest known orbit. The world takes just 16 hours to circle its star — but someday, the dance may come to an abrupt end.
Will We Ever Get Rid of COVID-19?2d
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
Arctic may switch from snow to rain-dominated as early as 20602d
A rain-dominated Arctic is expected to arrive up to two decades earlier than expected, and in many parts of the region it will happen even at 1.5°C of global warming rather than 2°C as previously thought
New microscopy technique for quantum simulation2d
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.
Ti år med tomme løfter: Danmarks vilde natur har det elendigt2d
Det er især i skovene, at truede planter og dyr er pressede.
What Conservative Critics of Higher Education Share2d
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
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
Nasa postpones spacewalk citing 'debris notification' for ISS2d
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
Creator of "Second Life" Issues Warnings for Those Building Metaverses2d
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
Six Questions About Waning Immunity to Covid-19 Answered2d
Experts weigh in on when a reduced immune response occurs and how boosters can help restore defenses
Canine teeth shrank in human ancestors at least 4.5 million years ago2d
The extra-large, dagger-like canine teeth seen in male great apes have been missing from human ancestors for at least 4.5 million years – possibly because females opted for less aggressive partners
Crypto Bro Claims They're Losing Their Wife and Kids Because They Bought a Super-Expensive NFT2d
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
Killer asteroids abound. NASA is ready to do something about it2d
The Russia incident was a warning.
Material inspired by blood vessels can extract uranium from seawater3d
The oceans are a huge untapped store of uranium, which is vital for nuclear energy, and new technology could ensure a long-lasting supply
Climate change is making one of the world's strongest currents flow faster3d
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), the only ocean current that circumnavigates the planet, is speeding up. For the first time, scientists are able to tell that this is happening by taking advantage of a decades-long set of observational records.
The New COVID Variant Isn't Just in South Africa, You Idiots•3d
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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
Whatever Happened to the Exceptions for Rape and Incest?•3d
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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
The Inventors of America's Most Dangerous Idea3d
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
The Surprising Architecture in Bees' Honeycombs3d
The insects' hives are more complicated than researchers thought — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Hill Staffers Are Wearing Sneakers Now3d
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
Stamping Bar Codes on Cells to Solve Medical Mysteries3d
By tracking every cell in an organism, scientists are working out why certain cancer treatments fail, which could lead to improved medicine.
Could the Omicron variant have been avoided? It could set back vaccine successes around the world | Meru Sheel•3d
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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
Several Manufacturers Are Already Testing Their COVID-19 Vaccines Against Omicron3d
It's too soon to tell if we'll need new ones.
As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the U.S. Wants to Talk•3d
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The Pentagon thinks Beijing may build 1,000 or more weapons by 2030. But it's the new technologies that worry strategists.
People Furious at Robot Serving Pancakes at Denny's3d
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
Kids Start Appreciating Humor And Cracking Jokes Surprisingly Early, Survey Reveals3d
The horse says 'quack'!
Tolkien's Estate Shuts Down "Lord of the Rings" Cryptocurrency4d
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
Testing social scientists with replication studies shows them capable of changing their beliefs4d
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
Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs4d
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
Humans Have Evolved to Stay Active Even in Old Age, New Hypothesis Claims4d
This could explain a lot…
Paris Will Use Electric Flying Cars to Get Passengers to the Olympics5d
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
The James Webb space telescope: in search of the secrets of the Milky Way5d
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
How would we give aliens directions to Earth?5d
Giving aliens directions to Earth might be tricky, but scientists have some ideas for how to do it.
Not Every Character Needs an Origin Story5d
From 'Home Sweet Home Alone' to 'Cruella,' prequels and reboots increasingly rely on cheap and clichéd explanations for villains.
What Secrets Can The World's 1st Magma Observatory Discover 1 Mile Inside a Volcano?5d
Machine learning solves the who's who problem in NMR spectra of organic crystals5d
Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy—a technique that measures the frequencies emitted by the nuclei of some atoms exposed to radio waves in a strong magnetic field—can be used to determine chemical and 3D structures as well as the dynamics of molecules and materials.
COVID-19: The coronavirus's tangled strands of RNA could offer new ways to treat people who get infected5d
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.
The Guardian view on the Omicron variant: caution needed | Editorial5d
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
Tesla Fan Page Relentlessly Mocked for Incredibly Stupid Post5d
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
Interior Dept. Report on Drilling Is Mostly Silent on Climate Change•6d
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The department recommended higher fees for oil and gas leases, but there was no sign the government planned to take global warming into account when weighing new applications.
Using molecules and atoms to conduct the double-slit experiment6d
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.
Spiderweb as inspiration for creating of one of the world's most precise microchip sensors6d
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
Trees found to reduce land surface area temperatures in cities up to 12°C6d
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.
America's Gambling Addiction Is Metastasizing6d
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
The need to trespass: let people in to protect nature, says guerrilla botanist6d
Naturalist and campaigner Dave Bangs says limiting access to the countryside makes it harder to save our ancient landscapes In a prehistoric bog where iguanodons once roamed and the early Britons first smelted ore into iron, what looks like a tiny orange candle peeps through the mire. It sends my companion into a paroxysm of joy. "That's good! That's new!" Continue reading…
Roman Britain is still throwing up secrets – and confounding our expectations | Charlotte Higgins6d
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
Stocks and oil prices fall as new Covid variant spooks markets•6d
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Travel shares among worst hit as investors fear potential impact of B.1.1.529 strain on economy
Influential Astronomers Call Out NASA For Telescope With Offensive Name19h
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
The Scariest Movie of the Year Isn't a Horror Movie21h
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
2021 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar1d
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
DeepMind AI collaborates with humans on two mathematical breakthroughs1d
Humans and AI working together can reveal new areas of mathematics where data sets are too large to be comprehended by mathematicians
Researchers develop nanometer-scale adaptive transistor1d
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
Why COVID Deaths Have Surpassed AIDS Deaths in the U.S.1d
On World AIDS Day, why global COVID deaths are a fraction of global AIDS deaths — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Famous T. rex had a bone infection, new medical scans reveal1d
Scientists used a special technique to examine the fossil without damaging it.
Will Covid vaccines have to be updated for Omicron?•1d
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Drugmakers are stress-testing existing jabs while preparing new formulas
Planetary scientists discover brief presence of water in Arabia Terra on Mars1d
As part of a team of collaborators from Northern Arizona University and Johns Hopkins University, Northern Arizona University (NAU) Ph.D. candidate Ari Koeppel recently discovered that water was once present in a region of Mars called Arabia Terra.
Extreme Snowstorm Traps 60 People in Pub with Oasis Cover Band1d
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 —
NASA Postpones Spacewalk Due to Deadly Debris•2d
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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
What the Peng Shuai Scandal Is Really About•2d
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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
Vegan Anti-Vaxxer Dies of COVID After Opposing Vaccine Animal Testing2d
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
Stem cell memories may drive wound repair, and also chronic disease2d
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,
Exquisitely-preserved mammoth tusk found 10,000 feet underwater2d
Researchers discovered the 100,000 year old tusk of a mammoth off the coast of California
Ancient wisdom for healing the planet | Shweta Narayan3d
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
A single vaccine could protect against many mosquito-borne diseases3d
A vaccine that changes the way our body responds to mosquito bites could protect us from diseases the insects carry, and also seems to make mosquitoes lay fewer eggs
Covid-19 news: More cases of omicron found in the UK3d
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to 'Divorce,' Study Finds3d
Warming oceans are sending the monogamous sea birds farther afield to find food, putting stress on their breeding and prompting some to ditch their partners.
Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures4d
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
Startup Tests Rocket Powered by Recycled Plastic4d
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
Early action against Omicron is imperative to avoid devastating consequences | Ewan Birney4d
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
Why did ancient Egyptian pharaohs stop building pyramids?6d
Modern Egyptologists have several ideas as to why the ancient Egyptians stopped building pyramids.
Cancel Mel Gibson3h
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
The Largest Comet We've Ever Seen Just Delivered a Curious Surprise11h
Well, that's unexpected.
Trump Tested Positive for COVID Before Breathing His Germs on Hundreds of People•18h
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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
The Norwegian wolf is extinct19h
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.
America Is Running on Fumes20h
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
Characterizing tardigrades' disordered protein to understand their resilience1d
A team of researchers from the University of Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA Institut de Biologie Structurale and one with the National (Taiwan) University has learned more about the unique protein made by tardigrades that allows them to survive in extremely hostile conditions. They've published their findings in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
The Matrix Is the Best Hacker Movie1d
Most people point to Sneakers or WarGames. They're all wrong. The Wachowskis actually invented the ultimate cyber superhero.
Space Force General Says China and Russia Are Attacking US Satellites "Every Single Day"•1d
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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
Flu virus shells could improve delivery of mRNA into cells•1d
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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.
Vaccine makers split on protection against Omicron variant•2d
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WHO says differing predictions from Oxford, BioNTech and Moderna are 'premature'
Radio emission detected from the Vela X-1 bow shock2d
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.
A pair of nearby supermassive black holes are heading for a collision2d
Two supermassive black holes have been discovered just 1600 light years apart, and they are likely to collide in about 250 million years
Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering2d
Someone's bound to hack the atmosphere to cool the planet. So we urgently need more research on the consequences, says climate scientist Kate Ricke.
Researchers prove theorized electron spin-pairing crossover deep inside the Earth2d
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
Gold: The rich element2d
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.
UK companies adopt new office rules in response to Omicron variant2d
Executives hope Covid restrictions such as wearing masks will help prevent a return to working from home
Experimental Chewing Gum That Traps Virus Particles Could Help Fight COVID-192d
We have lots of questions.
Satellites reveal Arctic rivers are changing faster than we thought2d
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
SpaceX Is Hiring a… "Spaceport Mixologist"?3d
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
What Happens When You're the Investment3d
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
Nations race to contain Omicron variant as more cases detected4d
Efforts to limit spread around world with travel bans and quarantines prompt S African anger
Looking for Alien Life? Seek Out Alien Tech4d
Shifting the search for extraterrestrial life from biological to technological signs could break us out of anthropocentrism and help guide humanity's future.
This Fire-Loving Fungus Eats Charcoal, if It Must4d
Some fungi sprout in fiery shades of orange and pink after wildfires, feasting on what was left behind by the burn.
Every good dog deserves a musical tribute4d
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
A 3D ink made of living cells for creating living structures5d
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.
Omicron's full impact will be felt in countries where fewer are vaccinated•5d
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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-
Parker Solar Probe completes a record-setting swing by the sun5d
Blazing along at space-record speeds that would get it from Earth to the Moon in under an hour, NASA's Parker Solar Probe completed its 10th close approach to the sun on Nov. 21, coming within 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers) of the solar surface.
New research reveals the mechanism of ion transport in aqueous lithium ion batteries5d
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
Biologists reveal how obesity damages the skeletal muscle metabolism5d
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
Doing photon upconversion a solid: Crystals that convert light to more useful wavelengths5d
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
Researchers develop multicomponent nanopore machine that approaches single molecule protein sequencing6d
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
Will we ever cure the common cold? We ask the expert6d
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
The Rise of Déjà Zoom5h
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
When You Can't Change the World, Change Your Feelings6h
" 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
COP26: UK 'nowhere near' meeting targets agreed at Glasgow climate summit9h
Ministers are told they must agree tougher policies to get the UK on track to meet goals set at COP26.
1 Out of Every 15 Lights in The Sky Could Soon Be a Satellite, an Astronomer Warns11h
Polluting the night skies our ancestors admired for millennia.
The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain11h
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 –
New plan to pay farmers who protect winter soil14h
The empty brown fields of winter countryside could be transformed under new land subsidy rules for England.
This Dinosaur Found in Chile Had a Battle Ax for a Tail•18h
Dinosaur Tail Chile
While ankylosaurs are already known for their armor and club tails, this specimen from South America had a unique way of fighting predators.
Jack Dorsey's Square Is Now Block•19h
Jack Dorsey Square Block
Payments company Square has a new name befitting its CEO's blockchain obsession.
'Very weird' ankylosaur's tail looked like an Aztec war club22h
Paleontologists in Chile have found the remains of an ankylosaur that represents a new dinosaur lineage.
New species of armoured dinosaur had a tail shaped like a fern frond1d
Stegouros elengassen, unearthed in Chile, had a strange flattened tail that looked like a fern frond – a feature never seen before in an ankylosaur dinosaur
Eruption of Vesuvius on Herculaneum 'like Hiroshima bomb'1d
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
Methane is much worse than CO2 – here's what we should do about it1d
Methane is an underappreciated but potent greenhouse gas. How we deal with it will have a massive impact on averting the worst consequences of climate change
Atoms vibrating in a twisted crystal spin waves that carry heat1d
A discovery by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers may aid the design of materials that better manage heat. The team observed that atoms vibrating in a twisted crystal drive winding energetic waves that carry heat, like a corkscrew drives a cork from a bottle.
Regulators Look to Protect a Seabird Hotspot in the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean1d
Scientists have identified a key seabird feeding ground in need of safeguarding
How Leisure Time Became Work1d
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,
These Startups Deliver Groceries Fast—Without Gig Workers1d
Facing a tight labor market and even tighter schedules, some companies are hiring employees, with benefits.
We can prevail over Omicron. We just need to use the tools we have | Eric Topol1d
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
Stones smashed by horses can be mistaken for ancient human tools1d
Horses kick and stamp on rocks to keep their hooves in good shape, and archaeologists have now realised this can result in a collection of sharp stones that look like the work of an ancient human toolmaker
Welcome to the (Synthetic) Meatspace1d
Reactor-grown nuggets, human-edited genetic code, and new mRNA technologies could change our relationship to life itself.
Risso's dolphins have invented rapid spin-dive technique for hunting1d
A species of dolphin that hunts prey living 600 metres below the surface spins its body as it dives so it can drill down through the water rapidly
The Escapist Fantasy of NFT Games Is Capitalism•1d
Axie Infinity Fantasy NFT
In blockchain-based video games like 'Axie Infinity,' wealthier players are becoming bosses in a flourishing international labor market.
Quantum computers getting connected for multiple task-optimized smaller systems•2d
A promising route towards larger quantum computers is to orchestrate multiple task-optimized smaller systems. To dynamically connect and entangle any two systems, photonic interference emerges as a powerful method, due to its compatibility with on-chip devices and long-distance propagation in quantum networks.
The superfoods that fueled ancient Andeans through 2,500 years of turmoil2d
What if Indigenous diets could save our politically and ecologically strained planet? The answer may lie in the success of an ancient civilization high in the Andes Mountains, where not much grows.
Covid-19 news: All UK adults to be offered boosters to tackle omicron2d
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
When Multilevel Marketing Met Gen Z2d
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
UK man stumbles upon 800-square-foot Roman mosaic on his father's farm2d
A Roman villa was discovered beneath a U.K. farm.
Online Gaming Is the New Therapist's Office2d
Plenty of us play to let off steam, but online multiplayer and single-player gaming can be healing in the hands of mental health professionals.
Wood Wide Web: Scientists to map hotspots of fungal life2d
The fungal networks in soil can help fight climate change but are under threat, experts say.
The Atlantic Daily: What We Know About the Omicron Variant•2d
Omicron South Africa
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
The Omicron variant: What we know so far2d
On Nov. 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) named a new coronavirus variant "Omicron" and designated it as a "variant of concern."
Jack Dorsey Was the Soul of Twitter2d
The quirky CEO announced his departure on Monday. His record at the company is mixed, but his impact is undeniable.
New video reveals how 'caterpillar soup' transforms into shimmering butterfly wings2d
Scientists watched butterfly wing scales form within the chrysalis.
Mysterious origin of Earth's water may be explained by solar wind3d
Evidence from asteroids shows that charged particles from the sun can turn dust grains into water – a process that could be useful for space exploration too
We Could Save Up to 12 Million Lives by Retiring This Technology Right Now3d
The work starts now.
UK to expand Covid booster jab campaign to all adults•3d
UK Covid Vaccine Omicron
Gap between second and third injections to be halved as contingencies prepared for more stringent curbs
Study inspects subdwarf B stars in the open cluster NGC 67913d
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.
NASA wants to put a nuclear power plant on the moon by 2030 — and you can help•3d
NASA Nuclear Moon Mars
NASA and the Department of Energy hope to put a nuclear fission reactor on the moon by 2030, and they need your help.
We still don't know enough about the omicron variant to panic•3d
Omicron South Africa
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
When Hell Is a Wealthy Man's Birthday Party3d
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
Worrying new strain shows the virus is not beaten3d
Omicron variant highlights need to speed up vaccines to poorer nations
The Android 12 Privacy Settings You Should Update Now•4d
Android 12 Settings
Google's new mobile operating system is finally rolling out to more phones. Here's what you need to tweak.
The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial4d
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
Sea Lions' Whiskers Help Them Touch The World Around Them, Just Like Our Fingertips4d
Reach out and touch some fish.
Massachusetts Residents Alarmed by Plan to Dump Radioactive Water Into Ocean5d
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
Beijing Keeps Trying to Rewrite History5d
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
The Arctic Ocean Was Invaded by Its Neighbor Earlier Than Anyone Thought5d
The saltier Atlantic broke through layers of ice and freshwater, contributing to the Arctic's warming.
The new variant is worrying – but it doesn't change how we tackle Covid | Kit Yates6d
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
Male-biased protein expression discovered in fruit flies6d
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
Bolometers operate at higher temperatures using new superconducting material6d
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
Amazon Is Quietly Researching How to Block Out the Sun40min
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
NASA Rover's New Selfie Will Make You Feel Like You're on Mars, and Maybe a Little Drunk40min
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
We Opened the Schools and … It Was Fine4h
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
The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam5h
A New York City law requires algorithms used in hiring to be "audited" for bias. It's the first in the US—and part of a larger push toward regulation.
Biden to unveil free rapid tests to curb Omicron7h
White House will announce measures including mask mandate to combat spread of new coronavirus strains
Lunar radar data uncovers new clues about moon's ancient past20h
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
Renewables are set to soar•21h
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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
Omicron variant detected in the US for first time21h
Case discovered in California as Biden administration weighs new restrictions to slow spread
18 Hours of Omicron Chaos at Schiphol Airport22h
On November 25, two planes took off from South Africa for Amsterdam. By the time they landed, the Omicron variant had thrown the world into chaos.
Uncertainty about Omicron does not excuse inaction23h
There is a narrow window for the world to put in place the lessons we learnt during the first phase of the pandemic
Astronomers discover strangely massive black hole in Milky Way satellite galaxy1d
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
We won't know how bad omicron is for another month•1d
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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
Particle accelerator magnet sets record using high-temperature superconductor1d
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.
New dinosaur species from Chile had a unique slashing tail1d
Fossils found in Chile are from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday.
This pair of merging black holes is the closest to Earth we've ever found1d
A pair of supermassive black holes that will soon become one has been discovered hiding in a nearby galaxy.
Physics-informed deep learning to assess carbon dioxide storage sites1d
Pumping carbon dioxide underground may help combat the warming of the atmosphere but finding appropriate underground sites that could safely serve as reservoirs can be complicated.
Iran Feels Cornered by the Biden Administration•1d
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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
WIRED Peers Into the Future of Reality1d
Two decades after The Matrix, technologies have emerged that make us question what is real—in ways stranger, if less sinister, than the movie imagined.
Peru archeologists find mummy up to 1,200 years old1d
Archeologists in Peru working on a site in the outskirts of the capital Lima have unearthed a mummy believed to be between 800 and 1,200 years old—and, surprisingly, bound with rope.
UK refuses to release document showing Net Zero Strategy CO2 savings•1d
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has refused a freedom of information request that would allow independent scrutiny of the measures in its flagship green plan.
World's First COVID-19 Pill Closer to Reality After Green Light From FDA Panel1d
But not without controversy.
Nytt par av supermassiva svarta hål upptäckta – närmaste jorden hittills1d
Astronomer på European Southern Observatory, ESO, har upptäckt det närmaste paret av supermassiva svarta hål hittills. De befinner sig "bara" 89 miljoner ljusår bort från jorden, jämfört med det förra rekordet på 470 miljoner ljusår.
Rules to create gene-edited farm animals must put welfare first – review1d
Ethics experts publish a report as the government considers whether to allow gene-edited farm animals.
Bringing 400-million-year-old fossilized armored worms to 'virtual' life1d
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
Watch a black hole rip 4 stars to shreds in epic new NASA simulation1d
NASA astronomers flung 8 stars into a black hole's path in a new simulation that tests the limits of stellar survival in the face of space's most destructive objects
Markets and Omicron: more questions than answers1d
Eventual impact of the new strain on inflation is still uncertain
Boris Johnson pledges Covid boosters for all adults in England by end of January2d
Effort to stop Omicron variant from spreading will be challenge for NHS, health leaders warn
To Conserve More Species, Act while Their Numbers Are High2d
On Remembrance Day for Lost Species, mourn what's lost, but also be grateful for the species we still have — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
MPs vote for stricter Covid rules on mask-wearing and isolation in England2d
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
What South Africa and Omicron tell us about inequality2d
For months, scientists have warned about the folly of leaving huge swaths of the world's population unvaccinated
Study: Humpback whale song is about finding, not attracting, whales2d
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
A unique quantum-mechanical interaction between electrons and topological defects in layered materials2d
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.
Duck-billed dinosaur may be one of many at Missouri site2d
Finding the fossils of a large duck-billed dinosaur in southern Missouri is exciting enough, but a paleontologist who helped lead the dig believes there are many more in the same area.
Strong winds power electric fields in the upper atmosphere, NASA's ICON finds2d
What happens on Earth doesn't stay on Earth.
EasyJet warns of 'softening' demand as Omicron worries consumers•2d
easyJet Softening COVID
Fresh travel restrictions to stem spread of new coronavirus variant have dented bookings
Do You Need Daily Treatment to Repair Damaged Enamel?2d
Does a toothpaste provide "next level" fluoride technology that you need to use every day? You know the answer. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
US Sanctions Chinese Quantum Computing Firms for… Reasons•2d
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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
This Bizarre Hell Planet Might Be the Most Brutal Ever Discovered2d
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
Biden rules out using lockdowns to tackle Omicron threat2d
US president pledges to contain any new Covid surge with more vaccinations
Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out How to Kill Stars with Black Holes2d
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
Innovative silicon nanochip can reprogram biological tissue in living body•2d
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
Scientists 3D-Print Programmable Living Structures With New Microbial Ink3d
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
Seeking Certainty on Climate Change: How Much Is Enough?3d
Two physicists object to a Scientific American essay calling for an end to one climate report. A science historian counters that the report has done its job — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Inside the Innovative Lab Growing Mammal Tissue Using Plants as Scaffolds3d
Researchers at the University of Ottawa have used apple flesh to create human tissue in the shape of an ear and asparagus stalks to regenerate spinal cords
What Is Web3, Anyway?3d
Gavin Wood, who coined the term Web3 in 2014, believes decentralized technologies are the only hope of preserving liberal democracy.
Medicinalgiganter kan opdatere coronavaccine til Omikronvariant på 100 dage3d
Det er endnu uklart, om det er nødvendigt at opdatere coronavaccinerne.
Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions3d
Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it's hard to place sensors at sea—unless you've got a bird with a backpack.
Whistleblower Frances Haugen Still Believes in Silicon Valley3d
The face behind the Facebook papers tells how she became Mark Zuckerberg's nightmare—and thinks people can still make a positive impact at the company.
Climate 'overwhelming' driver of Australian bushfires: study3d
Climate change is the "overwhelming factor" driving the country's ever-more intense bushfires, Australian government scientists believe—directly contradicting claims by the country's political leaders.
More work needed to create green jobs, report says3d
Efforts to create "green jobs" need to intensify if the government is to meet its target, a report says.
Omicron in Australia: what does the new Covid variant mean, and how worried should we be?•3d
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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
What to do about covid-19's threatening new variant•3d
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South Africa's scientists have bought the world time on Omicron. It should use it
Community policing found to be ineffective in improving trust or reducing crime3d
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
What Is a Watering Hole Attack?•4d
Watering Hole Attack
It's a technique that can hit thousands of victims—through no fault of their own.
What if the speed of sound was as fast as the speed of light?4d
The speed of light moves 1 million times faster than the speed of sound. What would happen if the speed of sound sped up to match it?
UK poised to expand Covid booster programme to all adults4d
Further six cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant confirmed in Scotland
With Covid studies, the quality of the evidence matters | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters4d
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
Laszlo Z. Bito, Scientist, Novelist and Philanthropist, Dies at 874d
He fled communist rule in Hungary, discovered a treatment for glaucoma in the U.S., then became an author and a voice against authoritarianism in his homeland.
Curb Your Food Tech Enthusiasm5d
Innovation might help us create a low-carbon food system, but that's not the same thing as a sustainable or ethical one.
Nuclear Strategists Know How Dangerous the Debt Fight Is5d
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
Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors5d
The federal government recently lifted most visitation restrictions at nursing homes. But concerns linger that a full reopening could leave residents vulnerable to another coronavirus surge.
NHS England to test Netflix-style subscriptions for antibiotics5d
Two drug firms will be paid up to £10 million a year for an antibiotic by NHS England, no matter how much or little of the medicines are used
How Science And Your Taste in Music Can Guide You to The Right Headphones5d
Make some sound waves.
New Russian module docks with International Space Station5d
A Russian cargo craft carrying a new docking module successfully hooked up with the International Space Station Friday after a two-day space journey.
Two exoplanets orbiting a sun-like star discovered6d
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.
Licorice Pizza Is a Tragicomic Tale of 1970s Hollywood6d
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
Why Is It So Hard to Believe In Other People's Pain?6d
People—and groups—who are suffering are often dismissed. Scarry's axiom might help us understand why.
The EU wants to stop flights from southern Africa over a new COVID variant6d
The European Union said Friday it's planning to stop air travel from southern Africa to counter the spread of a new COVID-19 variant as the 27-nation block battles a massive spike in cases. (Image credit: Denis Farrell/AP)
Photos of the Week: Apple Crisp, Squirrel Tea, Floating Pumpkin6d
A crab migration on Christmas Island, dengue-fever outbreaks in Pakistan, a castle in eastern France, migrants crossing the English Channel, illegal gold miners on a Brazilian river, a candlelight vigil in Wisconsin, the opening of an ancient walkway in Egypt, and much more
Scientists determine the mode of action of essential proteins involved in cancer and Alzheimer's disease2d
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
High-flying morpho butterflies evolved into efficient gliders3d
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.
Snake photo posted on Instagram leads to the discovery of a new species from the Himalayas2h
Intrigued by a photo shared on Instagram, a research team from India discovered a previously unknown species of kukri snake.
How warm weather or bright lights can influence tree greening5d
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
The US National Space Council Is Back and Focused on Security•20h
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Led by vice president Kamala Harris, the first council meeting of the Biden administration drew attention to keeping space safe for NASA and industry players.
Extinct New Zealand bird hunted like an eagle and ate like a vulture1d
The Haast's eagle had a beak and talons suited for capturing live prey, but its skull was adapted for ripping out organs
Early tests show Regeneron drug may be less effective against Omicron•2d
Regeneron Antibody Omicron
Biotech says some antibody therapies may need to be modified to tackle new coronavirus variant
How calories are calculated: The science behind your food2d
A main technique people use when trying to lose weight is to calculate calories in their meals. But what exactly are calories, and how do food scientists determine whether a granola bar has 100 or 300 calories?
Soon, 1 out of every 15 points of light in the sky will be a satellite1d
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
The Benefits of Emodiversity6d
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
AI can reliably spot molecules on exoplanets, and might one day even discover new laws of physics1d
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
Medborgarforskare sökes: skidnördar och nybörjare i fjällen4d
Andrea Mannberg var nära att mista livet i en lavinolycka i Kittelfjäll för sju år sedan. Nu leder hon ett stort forskningsprojekt som ska kartlägga riskbeteenden i fjällmiljöer. Och hon efterlyser människor som vill delta i projektet. – Det handlar om medborgarforskning som kan rädda liv, säger hon.
A catalytic recipe for transforming quantum states•2d
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.
A Chinese Company Kinda Cloned Tesla's Cybertruck4d
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
25 Cyber Monday Deals on Cameras and Gear4d
A full-frame mirrorless Nikon for less than $1,000? A Moment phone lens for $50? These discounts are a photo enthusiast's dream.
New photocatalyst could enable more efficient hydrogen production2h
Aerogels are extraordinary materials that have set Guinness World Records more than a dozen times, including as the world's lightest solids.
Playing it safe: Scientist creates energetic compounds with isotopic labels1d
Ana Racoveanu is able to do something most others throughout the nuclear security enterprise cannot do—something challenging and extremely valuable throughout the complex.
Intestinal Worms Inspire New Experimental Therapeutics1d
Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.
Wildfires of Varying Intensity Can Be Good for Biodiversity3d
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.
The 18 Best Cyber Monday Pet Gear and Accessory Deals3d
It's a good time to spoil your cats, dogs, reptiles, or hamsters with discounts on some of our favorite products.
Omicron Is Here: A Lack of COVID Vaccines Is Partly Why1d
Global players need to get more vaccines to African nations, and convince more people to take them — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Milliondyrt klimaprojekt har fået et dødeligt slag: Eksperter frygter mangel på grøn strøm21h
Hensynet til fugle, natur og naboer bremser grønne energiprojekter. Meget tyder på, at vi ikke har nok strøm i 2030, lyder det fra professor.
"Spøgelsespartikler" fanget i LHC for første gang: Åbner for studier af mørkt stof2d
For første gang er neutrinoer blevet skabt og detekteret i et partikelbrag i LHC. Nu har forskerne teknikken til at jagte Universets mindste dele.
The US crackdown on Chinese economic espionage is a mess. We have the data to show it.4h
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
The FDA has narrowly backed Merck's covid pill—but it's not that effective•1d
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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
Flagship UK vaccine manufacturing centre put up for sale3d
Companies submit bids for plant that has received £200m of government funding
Are water plumes spraying from Europa? NASA's Europa Clipper is on the case1d
Finding plumes at Europa is an exciting prospect, but scientists warn it'll be tricky, even from up close.
Iceland's journey to the centre of the Earth6d
With its large crater lake of turquoise water, plumes of smoke and sulphurous bubbling of mud and gases, the Krafla volcano is one of Iceland's most awe-inspiring natural wonders.
This Extinct Eagle May Have Gulped Guts Like a Vulture1d
Scientists suggest the largest eagle that ever existed hunted down its 500-pound prey and then stuck its head inside to gorge on organs.
A retina-inspired device that can detect and recognize movements in the environment2d
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
This hot 'stream' of star gas will collide with our galaxy sooner than we thought3d
Researchers rewound the history of the Magellanic Stream, and found it is 5 times closer to Earth that previously thought
UK drugs watchdog approves new Covid treatment Xevudy•7h
UK GSK Drug Omicron
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
Abstract linking COVID-19 vaccines to heart trouble risk earns expression of concern1d
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
Study highlights diversity of the gorilla gut microbiome2d
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
Drugmakers race to test vaccines against new coronavirus variant•5d
BioNTech Covid Omicron
Pharma groups run lab tests after WHO raises alarm about strain with worrying array of mutations
Like Watching Six Different Marriages Fall Apart6h
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
Bald Haast's eagle feasted on moa guts1d
New Zealand's extinct Haast's eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is Ready to Blow Your Mind1d
The actor isn't just the new Morpheus. He's the future of Hollywood.
Hormones, harmonics help explain sex differences in sound processing6d
A new Northwestern University study suggests sex hormones differentiate hearing in male versus female brains.
The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online Right Now6d
These are the very best discounts we've found at all the major tech retailers. There's a stellar pick here for everyone.
Økonomisk eventyr eller gakket eksperiment? Kom med til El Salvador, hvor 'sej' præsident har indført bitcoins som valuta4d
Nogle salvadoranere så hellere, at præsidenten skaffede dem rent vand og strøm.
The Atlantic Daily: To Shop or Not to Shop?5d
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
Probing helium dimer by relativistic highly charged projectiles5d
In a recent theoretical work published in Physical Review Letters, researchers at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and their collaborators suggested probing helium dimer by relativistic highly charged projectiles.
This Drone Uses Piercing Talons to Perch—or Snatch Things22h
What do you get when you slap 3D-printed raptor legs on a quadcopter? A robot that can land like a falcon to keep an eye on the forest.
The Atlantic Daily: Does the GOP Have a Path Forward Without Trump?1d
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
Omicron variant found around world as more nations tighten travel rules•1d
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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
Giving male Bornean rock frogs testosterone found to exaggerate their kicking gestures5d
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
Omicron variant was in Nigeria weeks before South Africa raised alarm1d
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
Gene-edited livestock: robust rules needed before approval, say ethicists1d
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
Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier5d
When ice goes, lichens and mosses move in and an entirely new ecosystem starts to take shape.
Quantifying phosphorus needs of smallholder farms in tropical regions5d
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.
Comet A1 Leonard brightens in December3d
Now is the time to start tracking Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard, as it starts its dawn dive sunward.
Scientists reveal zipper head mechanism of telomere synthesis by human telomerase6d
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
Doctors Treat Girl's Genetic Disorder with Repurposed Drug1d
In just 16 months, physicians went from identifying a novel rare disease in three-year-old Marley to successfully treating her with a drug previously used to treat African sleeping sickness and pediatric cancer.
Get More From Your Multicooker With These 5 Cookbooks2d
If you've got an Instant Pot (or something like it), let these books guide you toward some exciting new flavors.
The Watch That Made Everything Now2d
When the Pulsar debuted in 1972, the first digital watch offered a new concept of time—and foreshadowed our fraught relationship with instantaneity.
Covid-19: how worried should we be about Omicron? | podcast2d
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
Rewriting the History of American Food6d
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
Can Afghanistan's underground "sneakernet" survive the Taliban?6d
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
The Guardian view on vaccines and Omicron: upping the antibodies | Editorial2d
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
The Most Efficient Way to Debug the Simulation1d
Look, some of these tickets just have to be marked WONTFIX so everyone can move on.
A dinosaur trove in Italy rewrites the history, geography and evolution of the ancient Mediterranean area2h
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
UK gene-edited food plans must not harm animal welfare, say ethicists1d
Gene-edited foods may one day be sold in UK shops, but ethicists warn that using the technology in livestock may exacerbate animal welfare issues if, for example, it leads to the creation of disease-resistant animals that can be housed together more densely
Miniature grinding mill provides observation of 'green' chemical reactions2d
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new approach for observing mechanochemical reactions—where simple ingredients are ground up to make new chemical compounds and materials that can be used in anything from the pharmaceutical to the metallurgical, cement and mineral industries.
Risso's dolphins found to use spin move to dive deep for prey1d
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.
Using a pore structure inspired by biological fractals to collect uranium from seawater2d
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
Omicron: entry bans spread as China pledges 1bn jabs for Africa2d
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
Decisive early action key to suppressing Omicron variant | Letters4d
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
David Attenborough's Unending Mission to Save Our Planet5h
"We tend to think we are the be all and end all—but we're not. The sooner we can realize that the natural world goes its way, not our way, the better."
Artificial intelligence helps speed up ecological surveys1d
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.
1st case of omicron variant in US confirmed in California20h
U.S. officials confirmed the first U.S. case of omicron in California.
Researchers model circadian clock neurons in a day-active animal for the first time2d
It's no secret that jet lag and night-shift work can wreak havoc on the way our body's internal clock syncs up our daily wake-sleep cycle, known as circadian rhythm, but now researchers say they are a step closer to understanding how the brain creates behavioral rhythms optimized for diurnal, rather than nocturnal, life.
ESA's riskiest flyby3d
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.
Your Holiday Gifts Could Be Shipped by Robot Semi, Courtesy of UPS and Waymo6d
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
Unknown human ancestor may have walked a bit like a bear on its hind legs21h
Ancient footprints reveal a mysterious relative of humans may have lived at the same time and in the same area as the famous human ancestor "Lucy" in Tanzania.
A Hacking Spree Against Iran Spills Out Into the Real World•2d
US Officials Israel Iran
Hackers have targeted the country's trains, gas stations, and airline infrastructure, as cyber conflict with Israel continues to escalate.
The 61 Best Cyber Monday Deals for $50 or Less3d
Treat yourself or someone else to WIRED-recommended deals that won't break the bank.
Could we really deflect an asteroid heading for Earth? An expert explains NASA's latest DART mission6d
A NASA spacecraft the size of a golf cart has been directed to smash into an asteroid, with the intention of knocking it slightly off course. The test aims to demonstrate our technological readiness in case an actual asteroid threat is detected in the future.
Quack Protection Acts advance in state legislatures11h
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 .
26% off Dino-Egg Dig kit for limited Cyber Monday deal2d
This Cyber Monday dino egg dig kit deal from Amazon is perfect for a young paleontologist.
What The Matrix Got Wrong About Cities of the Future1d
Where the movie foresaw a distinction between digital and physical reality, modern cities are merging them, and not necessarily in a good way.
Terrawatch: what the world can learn from China's sinking city1d
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
Climate change 2021: There's no turning back now2d
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.
Was Stonehenge constructed by builders fueled on 'energy bars'?4h
Historians have found tasty new evidence that the people who built Stonehenge supplemented their meat and dairy diets with nut and fruit "energy bars" made with animal fat.
Microscopy opens doors for studying neurological diseases1d
The intricate functions of cellular processes have mystified scientists for decades. But with the help of tools like cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM), researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are starting to see the previously unseen.
Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?•1d
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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
The 77 Best Cyber Monday Deals at Amazon This Year3d
We've found great deals on a ton of gear we like, from smartphones to soundbars.
What we know about Omicron variant that has sparked global alarm•5d
Delta PCR DiaCarta Omicron
Scientists fear emerging strain could be more transmissible and have higher resistance to vaccines
TRAPPIST-1 solar system that's home to potentially habitable planets was not bombarded by rocks like early Earth6d
Earthlike planets that dance in sync around a nearby dim star couldn't have been bombarded by space rocks in their early formative years like our planet was, a study suggests.
Covid limits migration despite more people displaced by war and disasters1d
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
Hong Kongers chafe under 'inhumane' quarantine regime3d
Carrie Lam says she will not risk the city's safety but some foreigners have had enough
Will the Omicron Covid variant cancel Christmas?14h
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
Decades-Old 'Water Pill' Opens New Avenues for Alzheimer's Treatment•2d
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
How Does Climate Change Affect Human Health?3d
Climate change isn't just a threat to our planet's wellbeing, but our own, too.
Inspecting an ultraluminous X-ray source in the galaxy NGC 556d
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.
Readout of an antiferromagnetic spintronics system by strong exchange coupling6d
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.
Our global agreement on AI could reduce bias and surveillance6d
Nearly 200 countries have signed up to UNESCO's agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence. This could help make the technology fairer for all, says Gabriela Ramos
Chemists design 'molecular sea of flags' as basis for novel catalysts3d
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
The 17 Best Pet Gear and Accessory Deals5d
It's a good time to spoil your cats, dogs, reptiles, or hamsters with deals on some of our favorite products.
The Watch World Is Finally Being Forced to Embrace Ecommerce6d
Digital retail came into its own during lockdown, yet amazingly some watch brands still haven't committed to online sales. Now time is running out.
Researchers Have a Method to Spot Reddit's State-Backed Trolls1d
Academics claim they can sniff out the telltale signs of troll-like behavior. But is it really as simple as monitoring cute animal postings?
An ultra-hot gas giant exoplanet orbits its star once every 16 hours2d
The second hottest planet ever found is being pulled into its star faster than any planet we have seen before
Covid: is it safe to kiss this Christmas? It's a risk, say scientists4h
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
Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists8h
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.
Thinking of Sending That Quick 'Love You' Text? Just Do It3d
Even one message can mean a lot to your family and friends.
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
Newly improved quantum algorithm performs full configuration interaction calculations without controlled time evolutions6d
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.
WIRED's Picks for the 7 Books You Need to Read This Winter6d
Now is the perfect time to curl up with a good read. From pop culture histories to time-traveling immortals, here are some of our favorites.
What is melatonin — and should you take it to fall asleep? | Matt Walker21h
Melatonin is the hormone that tells our brains and bodies it's time to sleep. But if you think melatonin supplements will significantly improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, you may have been misled. Sleep scientist Matt Walker shares how this "hormone of darkness" really works.
Fagligt talt: Behovet for kantstensladere kan reduceres markant2d
I dag bliver der installeret mange AC-ladestandere langs med fortovene i de større byer. Men det er en dyr og besværlig løsning for brugerne, skriver elektroingeniør Andreas Barnekov Thingvad, som har en bedre løsning.
The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Laptops and Home Office Gear3d
We scoured the web to find the best discounts on notebooks, Chromebooks, external monitors, keyboards, and other peripherals.
DNA damage in tissue-infiltrating macrophages triggers an exosome-based metabolic reprogram6d
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.
Leading researchers publish new definition of quantum nanoscience3d
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
Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine8h
Don't blame climate change for the devastating Madagascar drought and famine, scientists said in a new analysis Wednesday.
Drought Study on Madagascar Underlines Complexity of Climate•18h
Low rainfall has caused a humanitarian crisis in Madagascar, but common assumptions about drought didn't hold up to scrutiny.
Climate Advocates Are Gambling With Fate•21h
Climate China California
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
Preservation Work Begins On Dugout Canoe Found At The Bottom of Wisconsin's Lake Mendota1d
After being exhumed from the depths of a lake, this 1200-year-old dugout canoe has a long way to go before it's properly preserved.
Scientists discover a promising biological control agent for tree-of-heaven in France1d
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and collaborators confirmed the presence of a newly described Eriophyid mite, a potential biological control agent for the invasive tree-of-heaven, in France.
It's Time to Reimagine the Future of Cyberpunk1d
In the 20th century, the genre imagined the body modifications and protective streetwear that could save us from our own future. Now it needs to envision humanity anew.
Why we must avoid temperature overshoot in climate policy2d
A new international study coordinated by IIASA shows how near-term mitigation can help to prevent an overshoot in global temperatures, thereby reducing climate risks and bringing long-term economic gains.
Climate change and city lights are tricking trees into growing leaves too soon2d
A study of trees in dozens of cities found that urban heat and light pollution are pushing urban trees to sprout leaves about a week earlier than trees in more rural settings.
Oil prices drop more than 10% as virus variant threatens blow to demand•6d
Friday Oil Variant
Brent and WTI crude grades record biggest one-day losses since April 2020
How Science Will Solve the Omicron Variant's Mysteries•1d
Omicron Variant Delta
So far, panic about the mysterious new Covid variant has outpaced actual information. Here's what scientists around the world are trying to uncover.
46 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Smart Home Gear and Furniture3d
Revamp an office or refresh a living room with discounted security cameras, smart displays, and more.
Are Instagram's Aesthetic Moms Hindering Kids' Development?6d
Taupe and cream nurseries are in vogue right now. They're beautifully beige, but some worry they might be bad for babies.
44 Relaxing Cyber Monday Beauty and Self-Care Deals3d
Can your home use some calming vibes? Is your frizzy hair desperate for some love? We found the best deals to glam up or chill out.
Testing confirms Webb Telescope on track for targeted Dec. 22 launch5d
Engineering teams have completed additional testing confirming NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is ready for flight, and launch preparations are resuming toward Webb's target launch date of Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7:20 a.m. EST.
EU-politiker, ekspert og NGO: Vi kan kræve langt grønnere biler af bilindustrien1d
PLUS. Europæisk miljø-NGO kritiserer EU for at være for slap med deres krav til bilproducenters reduktion af drivhusgasser. EU-politiker og ekspert giver dem ret og ønsker stramning.
Molding, patterning and driving liquids with light2d
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.
How to Not Melt Down Over Our Warming Planet4h
WIRED spoke with Maria Ojala, a psychologist studying climate anxiety, about how you can stay focused and active in the face of dread.
Satellites reveal Ethiopian elephants under threat, study shows2d
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.
Geologists peer into the past to answer one of the Grand Canyon's oldest questions3d
On a recent 11-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon, geologists gathered evidence in hope that it would allow them to peer billions of years into the past. Using a relatively new technique, they were able to estimate the age of a mysterious section of the national landmark.
Identifying highly recombinant plants for breeding3d
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
Probing the dysregulation of ubiquitin-specific protease 8 activity in Cushing's disease5d
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
Arecibo data still yielding galactic insights1d
Data collected by the Arecibo Radio Telescope before it collapsed late last year will help astronomers better understand how our local neighborhood of galaxies formed.
Successful fertilization requires careful coordination of chromosomes5d
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.
Republicans Hope Their Assault on Democracy Will Stop a Post-Roe Backlash42min
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
What to Know Before You Take a Job in a Hybrid Workplace4d
Here's now to sniff out good company culture while you're interviewing—and what to do once you've landed the gig.
A Better Conversation Than Social Media21h
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
High-speed holography of cells spots physical beacons of disease•1d
Single Cell Raman December
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have engineered a holographic system capable of imaging and analyzing tens of thousands of cells per minute to both discover and recognize signs of disease.
Heirloom tomatoes are less genetically diverse than standard varieties3d
A study of traditional 'heirloom' tomato varieties from Europe has revealed little genetic diversity despite their enormous variety in size, shape and colour
Cyber Monday augmented reality globe deals: Kids can explore Mars and Earth4d
Save 31% this Cyber Monday on an augmented reality globe of Earth, an excellent science toy to expand the mind of any child ages 4 to 10.
Why Cheap At-Home Covid Tests Are Hard to Find•6d
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.
Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds23h
The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather.
Image: Hubble's view of planetary nebula reveals complex structure1d
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
Time crystal in a quantum computer•1d
Finland Finnish Quantum
Researchers have created and observed a new phase of matter, popularly known as a time crystal.
Europe Went Bananas for Gorillas. Then Its Workers Rose Up2d
The delivery app raced to a $1 billion valuation, promising to transform a problem-prone industry. Striking riders say it's no different from its peers.
All of Our Favorite Couches are on Sale for Black Friday5d
They're comfy, cheaper than usual, and will ship right to your door.
Covid-19 news: Omicron linked to sharp rise in cases in South Africa•3h
One US Omicron Covid
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
Uncovering a promising use case for exosomes2d
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
Eight worst wildfire weather years on record happened in the last decade: study2d
The world's eight most extreme wildfire weather years have occurred in the last decade, according to a new study that suggests extreme fire weather is being driven by a decrease in atmospheric humidity coupled with rising temperatures.
The Best Cyber Monday Deals on STEM Toys for Kids3d
These games and services can help your little ones explore science, technology, engineering, math, or the arts. They won't even know they're learning.
Så får fjärilens vingar sina avancerade egenskaper5d
För första gången kan vi se detaljerade bilder över hur fjärilarnas vingar utvecklas. Det här ger ny inblick i en miljontals år gammal evolution och inspirerar oss till att försöka efterlikna naturens ingenjörskonst.
Tracing European conflicts using lead isotopes in paints used by Dutch masters2h
A team of researchers from Vrije University, Conservation & Science, Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam has found that it is possible to trace conflicts in Europe by analyzing lead isotopes in paint used by Dutch master painters. They have published their results in the journal Science Advances.
How the New Antiviral Pills Help Thwart COVID•1d
FDA Merck Antiviral COVID
A drug made by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics—which an FDA panel recently greenlit—and one made by Pfizer work in different ways, but both prevent the virus from replicating — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Researchers generate, for the first time, a vortex beam of atoms and molecules1d
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
Is it really that bad to marry my cousin? | Mona Chalabi2d
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
My Music App Knows Me Way Too Well. Am I Stuck in a Groove?3d
WIRED's spiritual advice columnist on predictability, freedom—and the duality of rebellion.
The Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals Online Right Now3d
These are the very best discounts we've found at all the major tech retailers. There's a stellar pick here for everyone.
Researchers hope to breed Great Barrier Reef corals more resilient to extreme heat events – video5d
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
Will Nathan Drake Make This Jump in the Uncharted Trailer?6d
Leaping into an airborne cargo plane might not be impossible, but the numbers have to work out just right.
The shortest-period gas-giant exoplanet discovered with TESS2h
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
Sikkerhedsniveau under normkrav: Sådan vil Bach Gruppen forstærke Bølgen4h
PLUS. En del af byggeriet Bølgen i Vejle skal forstærkes for at leve op til lovens krav. Rådgiver foreslår at afstive elevatorkerner med fladstål.
Study links high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease to plastics1d
In a mouse study, a team led by a biomedical scientist found a phthalate — a chemical used to make plastics more durable — led to increased plasma cholesterol levels.
Jam Out To the Best Cyber Monday Headphone and Speaker Deals3d
From smart assistants to portable Bluetooth companions, upgrade the sound in your life with these great audio discounts.
74 Best Cyber Monday Video Game and Accessory Deals3d
We found some great gear and games on sale for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, VR, and PC.
Playing Games Has Helped Humans Learn—and Survive5d
The purpose of play runs deeper than fun and social connection. It might even help kids practice for real-world dangers.
New Omicron coronavirus variant is 'of concern', says WHO5d
Decision over heavily mutated strain comes as more countries tighten travel from southern Africa
Theoretical framework helps understanding complex morphologic events in developing neurons5d
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
New research effort shines more light on black hole collisions1d
While light can't escape the monstrous gravity of a black hole, that hasn't kept researchers on a team that includes UO scientists from taking a big step forward in the effort to reveal their secrets.
The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Fitness and Outdoor Gear3d
Gear up for next year's adventures or plunge into a winter wonderland with these deals on ebikes, outdoor clothing, and fitness trackers.
In the Russian Arctic, One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth3d
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."
The 43 Best Black Friday Deals at Target Today6d
It's your mom's favorite place on earth, and there's a lot of stuff on sale. From headphones to security cams, these are our favorite picks.
The Twitter Wildfire Watcher Who Tracks California's Blazes6h
When fire ignites, the race begins to alert the state's residents of the path of destruction. One of the leading voices lives on the other side of the world.
Welcome to Up for Debate22h
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
More Companies Offer Fertility Benefits. It's Only the Beginning1d
Employer support for staff who wish to freeze their eggs has great potential—but broader support for parents still lags behind.
Extroverted? You may have better financial outcomes1d
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.
How dangerous is the Omicron variant?2d
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
Solar Orbiter flies by Earth before beginning final journey to Sun3d
The Solar Orbiter space probe had a brief encounter with its home planet on Saturday morning when it circled the Earth for the first and last time while executing a gravity assist to slow itself down before setting off for the Sun.
Big-city coastal whales consume millions of microplastics every day3d
Whales in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf consume about three million microplastics per day, a new study has found.
Non-targeted aquatic species found to adapt to both traditional and organic pesticides1d
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.
A Crackdown on Illegal Gold Dredging in Brazil1d
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,
51 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Phones, Tablets, and Smartwatches3d
Come for the discounts on MagSafe cases, Apple Watches, Google Pixels, and wireless chargers. Stay for that shiny "Add to cart" feeling.
WHO calls for balanced response to new virus variant5d
Growing evidence that Omicron has spread to Europe
South African anger over 'rushed' Covid travel restrictions•6d
South Africa Ramaphosa
Scientists say they are being punished for transparency over their discovery of new variant
Sustainable agriculture: Mobile weed killer for tree nurseries1d
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
Lakes freezing later in winter leads to less algae in the spring1d
A unique experiment in a Canadian lake has found that the timing of when ice forms can have a big impact on the organisms that live in it the following year
Scientists can control brain circuits, behavior, and emotion using light1d
. Researchers developed a new optogenetic tool, 'Opto-vTrap', which is expected to contribute to treatment for epilepsy, muscle spasms, and skin wrinkles.
Arctic rainfall could dominate snowfall earlier than expected: study2d
Rainfall could start replacing snowfall in the Arctic decades sooner than previously thought, a study found Tuesday, warning the change caused by global warming could have effects beyond the region.
A Timeline of How Abortion Laws Could Affect Pregnancy Decisions2d
If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in a Mississippi abortion case, numerous state laws will interfere with key biological and social decisions during pregnancy — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Omicron variant and Fed chief deliver one-two punch to stocks•2d
Omicron US European
Fears over economic fallout from new coronavirus and more hawkish tone from Jay Powell hit S&P 500 and Nasdaq
15 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Google Devices We Like3d
Our favorite Pixel phone is $50 off, plus there are discounts on Nest security cameras and smart speakers.
7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 114d
Some very simple settings can help you get more juice between charges on that new (or upgraded) laptop.
Howard the Duck Is Even Worse than You Remember6d
Watching the 1986 movie now, it's easy to see why it bombed.
44 Best Black Friday Deals on Phones, Tablets, and Smartwatches6d
Come for the discounts on Google Pixels, Fire HD tablets, Apple Watches, iPhone 13 cases, and wireless chargers. Stay for that shiny "Add to cart" feeling.
Efforts to restore Indonesian peatlands could save billions in wildfire costs7h
Plans to restore Indonesian peatlands are a cost-effective strategy for reducing the impacts of peatland fires to the environment, climate and human health, says a new study.
Breaking the symmetry of sound waves allows the sound to be directed to a certain place2d
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
Titusindvis af danske patienter skal have udskiftet søvnapparater: Lydabsorberende skum er sundhedsskadeligt3d
Philips Respironics vil udskifte skum på en lang række respirations- og søvnapparater eller helt udskifte udstyret, fordi en lydabsorberende skum udsender sundhedsskadelige dampe når det nedbrydes. I Danmark benytter over 33.000 patienter den type medicinsk udstyr.
Hideouts, harbours and homes: How vikings may have owed their success to their encampments3d
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
The Best Cyber Monday Vacuuming and Cleaning Deals3d
The humble vacuum is a staple in every home. These are our favorite picks from iRobot, Roborock, and more.
WHO: Covidvacciner har reddet mindst 470.000 liv i Europa4d
I WHOs europæiske region er næsten en halv million dødsfald blevet afværget af covid-vaccination i aldersgruppen 60+.
All the Black Friday Deals on Subscription Services5d
Keep your belly full, your kids busy, and your digital life secure with these Black Friday deals on subscription services.
Rates of type 2 diabetes are higher in people with one of various common psychiatric disorders1d
A new study finds that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) is elevated in people with a psychiatric disorder compared with the general population.
Rich countries must divert Covid jabs to developing world, says Covax executive•1d
Omicron Covid Vaccine
Scientists have warned uneven vaccine coverage makes it more likely variants will emerge
Parallels in human, dog oral tumors could speed new therapies2d
Recent research compared the genetic expression profiles of a nonlethal canine tumor and the rare, devastating human oral tumor it resembles, laying the groundwork for potential translational medicine down the road.
The Best Cyber Monday Deals on PC Components2d
You can get (nearly) everything you need to build your work station or gaming rig today.
All the Cyber Monday Deals on Subscription Services3d
Keep your belly full, your kids busy, and your digital life secure with these Black Friday deals on subscription services.
24 Best Cyber Monday Deals on Coffee Makers and Gear3d
Coffee gear can be expensive, but we've found quite a few great deals on brewing supplies and accessories.
Our Favorite Mattress Deals for Cyber Monday3d
Trouble sleeping? A bunch of our favorite WIRED-Reviewed hybrid, organic, and foam mattresses are on sale right now.
5 Animals that Changed Humanity Forever6d
Domestication was a game-changer for us, and the creatures we took into our care.
Coffee time: Caffeine improves reaction to moving targets1d
In the first study of its kind to explore caffeine's effects on dynamic visual skills, researchers concluded that caffeine increases alertness and detection accuracy for moving targets. Caffeine also improved participants' reaction times.
WHO warns of 'very high' risk from Omicron coronavirus variant3d
Japan moves to ban foreign visitors to limit spread of heavily mutated strain
Klimarådet om biogas-støtte: »Det er helt oplagt at stille modkrav«3d
Klimarådet anbefaler betingelser, som biogasanlæg skal leve op til for at opnå tilskud. Biogasbranchen er enig.
The 57 Best Cyber Monday Deals at Best Buy3d
The retailer's holiday sale event is in full swing, with discounts on smart speakers, watches, headphones, laptops, and more.
How to read a jellyfish's mind6d
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