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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.
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
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
Human Trials Hiv Cure
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
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
General Fusion CFS
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
Covid South Africa
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
Nano Camera Grain Salt
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
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.
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
Stanford VTT Quantum
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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
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!
'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
Court Roe Mississippi
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.
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.
Covid: scientists find possible trigger for AstraZeneca jab blood clots•8h
Blood AstraZeneca Covid
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
COVID Omicron mRNA
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.
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
Omicron Covid Delta
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
Africa Omicron Covid
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
WHO Omicron South Africa
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
Pratt & Whitney 100% SAF
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
Scientists Cause Alzheimer
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
Xenobots AI Living
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.
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
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
The small nuclear power plants billed as an energy fix1d
A host of firms are developing mini nuclear reactors but questions remain over safety and costs.
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
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
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
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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.
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
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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 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
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
UK drugs watchdog approves new Covid treatment Xevudy•7h
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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Hackers have targeted the country's trains, gas stations, and airline infrastructure, as cyber conflict with Israel continues to escalate.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
We built a database to understand the China Initiative. Then the government changed its records.4h
Since the US government launched the China Initiative in 2018, the main source of information about it has been press releases on the Department of Justice's China Initiative webpage announcing arrests, charges, and indictments. But the record is incomplete. Civil rights groups that have been concerned about the initiative from the start—especially its potential for racial profiling—have seen gap
Unlocking the biogeographical secrets of deep-sea limpets1d
Researchers from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have decoded for the first time the demographic history, genetic structure, and population connectivity of a deep-sea limpet widely distributed in vent and seep ecosystems in the Northwest Pacific. This study not only enhances our knowledge of the historical population divergence and
253 Last-Chance Cyber Monday Deals You Can Still Get Now1d
These discounts are the last ones standing—for the moment.
New discovery opens the way for brain-like computers2d
Research has long strived to develop computers to work as energy efficiently as our brains. A study has now succeeded in combining a memory function with a calculation function in the same component. The discovery opens the way for more efficient technologies, everything from mobile phones to self-driving cars.
Pac-Man-shaped blobs become world's first self-replicating biological robots4h
Biological robots made from frog cells can self-replicate like no other organism, by moving around raw materials to build more of themselves.
Why Do Games Still Struggle With Trans Inclusion?5h
AAA titles often feel exploitative of trans people and trauma. But some indie games are getting it right.
7 Groundbreaking Ancient Civilizations That Influence Us Today20h
Groups including the Maya and Romans first flourished thousands of years ago, but we can still see traces of these sophisticated societies today.
Welcome to Work in Progress22h
Sign up for Derek's newsletter here . I've been writing for The Atlantic for more than 13 years about economics, technology, politics, and culture. My newsletter, Work in Progress, is about all those things, with a special focus on the future of work—how the changing nature of our jobs is shaping life, politics, and society—and the future of progress: How we solve the most important problems in A
New understanding of Patagonian long-necked dinosaur1d
Paleontologists of the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (SNSB-BSPG) examined the remains of the long-necked dinosaur Patagosaurus fariasi (175 million years) from Argentina as part of a new description. These investigations have great significance for the understanding of sauropod evolution. The researchers published their results in the scientific journal Geodiversitas.
This Is What It Will Take to End Deforestation by 20305h
Nations around the world made a vital climate crisis declaration to save forests within the next decade. Can they actually do it?
Barndommens modelracerbane gav inspiration til svensk elvej6h
PLUS. Ingeniøren har kørt i en svensk elbus, der bliver opladet under kørslen. Udviklerne håber, at systemet kan føre til mindre batterier i såvel busser som lastbiler og personbiler.
Why Mars-bound astronauts may go to Iceland first23h
With a similar landscape to other worlds, it could aid research into extra-terrestrial missions.
Early dinosaur breathed like a bird1d
Pelecanimimus polyodon from the Lower Cretaceous (125 Ma) is the first predatory dinosaur found in Spain. An international team of paleontologists have now discovered features on the fossil that are typical of birds and dinosaurs closely related to birds. The researchers have published their findings in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Paper microfluidic implementation of loop mediated isothermal amplification for early diagnosis of hepatitis C virus2d
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 November 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27076-z Current HCV nucleic acid-based diagnosis is largely performed in centralised laboratories. Here, the authors present a pan-genotypic RNA assay, based on reverse transcriptase loop mediated isothermal amplification and develop a low-cost prototype paper-based lateral flow device for point-of-care use, providi
How Texas' Abortion Law Is Impacting Patients and Providers2d
On Sept. 1, a new Texas law made it illegal to perform abortions once the embryo is showing cardiac activity. Since then, providers have worked in limbo as they wait to see if it passes the Supreme Court's review. Even if the court rules in their favor, they worry the law has already had a chilling effect.
Eight worst wildfire weather years on record happened in the last decade2d
The world's eight most extreme wildfire weather years on record have occurred in the last decade, according to a new study that suggests extreme weather is being driven by a decrease in atmospheric humidity coupled with rising temperatures.
The secret to DNA packing to one-millionth its size3d
Threads or earphone cables placed in tight spaces get easily tangled. On the contrary, our body's long and loose DNA packs into rod-shaped chromosomes one-millionth its size when the cell divides. If cell division occurs with DNA that is almost two meters in length, there is the risk of damage or loss in genetic information. Therefore, the condensation of chromosomes is essential to accurately tra
How explosion in ocean life built the first mountains3d
An unprecedented abundance of oceanic life played a crucial role in the creation of Earth's mountains, a landmark study led by scientists at the University of Aberdeen has revealed.
Gravel or Green: What Will Become of Alaska's Coastal Plain?6h
The ghosts of abandoned oil wells and pipelines threaten to haunt Alaska's wildlife long after the equipment itself is gone. For the region to have any chance of recovering, industry executives and land management officials will need to invest heavily — and entertain new approaches to restoration.
In Editing RNA, Researchers See Endless Possibilities1d
RNA editing has been in DNA editing's shadow for nearly a decade, but recent investments in the technology could bring it into the limelight.
Facebook Will Force More At-Risk Accounts to Use Two-Factor3min
The platform joins Google and others in requiring stronger protections for its most vulnerable users.
Övervakning av koldioxidutsläpp från rymden9min
Lundaforskare har tagit fram en modell som från rymdobservationer kan beräkna enskilda länders koldioxidutsläpp. De nya resultaten kan bli användbara i arbetet med de satelliter som EU de kommande åren ska skicka iväg inom jordövervakningsprogrammet Copernicus. Vid klimattoppmötet COP26 enades världens länder om ett dokument som för första gången nämner avveckling av kol och fossila bränslen. För
Volcanic fertilization of the oceans drove severe mass extinction13min
Scientists have discovered that two intense spells of volcanic activity triggered a period of global cooling and falling oxygen levels in the oceans, which caused one of the most severe mass extinctions in Earth history – the 'Late Ordovician Mass Extinction', 450 million years ago.
How digital and molecular data can be integrated and used to improve health13min
Analysing molecular characteristics and their variation during lifestyle changes, by combining digital tools, classical laboratory tests and new biomolecular measurements, could enable individualised prevention of disease. The researchers show what a proactive healthcare model could comprise and how it could help in maintaining good health.
Peace Is More Than War's Absence, And New Research Explains How To Build It14min
A new project measures ways to promote positive social relations among groups — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Our Favorite Cell and Molecular Biology Stories of 202120min
Beyond The Scientist's coverage of COVID-19's molecular underpinnings were many other stories highlighting the advances made in scientists' understanding of the biology of cells.
Researchers develop rapid, highly accurate test to detect viruses24min
Researchers have developed a device that detects viruses in the body as fast as and more accurately than current, commonly used rapid detection tests. The optical sensor uses nanotechnology to accurately identify viruses in seconds from blood samples. Researchers say the device can tell with 95 percent accuracy if someone has a virus.
Human blastoids model blastocyst development and implantation25min
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04267-8
Small Jupiter-like planets hint we need to rethink how gas giants form27min
We thought young gas giant planets would be large and low-density, but the gas giants around a star that is just 20 million years old don't fit this model
Scientists raise concerns over UK baby genome sequencing plan31min
Exclusive: experts say scheme seems designed to create valuable dataset rather than improve screening Scientists have raised concerns about a proposed overhaul of newborn screening that could lead to the UK becoming the first country to offer whole-genome sequencing for every baby. Speaking before the publication of plans for an NHS pilot study in which up to 200,000 babies' genomes will be seque
The Best 3D Printer for Beginners for 202240min
The best 3D printer for beginners make it simple for hobbyists to take advantage of this innovative technology. While 3D printing has been around for a while, it's only recently become more accessible to the mainstream consumer market. Desktop 3D printers bring this exciting technology to your home. How 3D Printing Works 3D printers use a process called additive manufacturing (or more colloquiall
Fossils of 400-million-year-old 'Excalibur worm' discovered in Australia40min
Researchers discovered the fossils of two previously unknown armored marine worms named Excalibur and Shuriken.
A pair of gold flakes creates a self-assembled resonator44min
For exploring materials right down to the nano-level, researchers often need to construct a complex structure to house the materials — a time-consuming and complicated process. But imagine if there was a way the structure could simply build itself?
Climate modeling confirms historical records showing rise in hurricane activity44min
Scientists have now used climate modeling, rather than storm records, to reconstruct the history of hurricanes and tropical cyclones around the world. The study finds that North Atlantic hurricanes have indeed increased in frequency over the last 150 years, similar to what historical records have shown.
Mouse study suggests manipulation of certain nerve cells can help regenerate lost heart muscle44min
Human heart muscle cells cease to multiply after birth, making any heart injury later in life a permanent one, reducing function and leading to heart failure. Now, however, researchers say they have new evidence from mouse experiments that manipulating certain nerve cells or the genes that control them might trigger the formation of new heart muscle cells and restore heart function after heart att
Cannabis impacts sperm counts, motility in two generations of mice44min
An intense but short-term exposure to cannabis vapor lowered sperm counts and slowed sperm movement, or motility, not only in the directly exposed male mice but also in their sons, according to a new study. The findings build on other human and animal research, showing that cannabis can impede male reproductive function. The current study uses more controlled circumstances than human studies, whic
Septic system waste pervasive throughout Florida's Indian River lagoon44min
There are more than 300,000 septic systems permitted in six counties adjacent to the 156-mile-long Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in Florida. Researchers assessed water quality and measured stable nitrogen isotopes in groundwater, surface water, and macrophyte tissue to identify nitrogen sources impacting the lagoon. Sucralose, an artificial sweetener that is not completely broken down by septic system
Improving perceptions of emerging technologies can help ease strain on health-care systems44min
More attention must be paid to improving perceptions of emerging technologies like AI-powered symptom checkers, which could ease the strain on health-care systems, according to a recent study.
Ocean plastic is creating new communities of life on the high seas44min
Coastal plants and animals have found a new way to survive in the open ocean — by colonizing plastic pollution. A new commentary reports coastal species growing on trash hundreds of miles out to sea in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, more commonly known as the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch.'
Breastmilk for baby brains44min
For such a natural part of being a human, breastfeeding has had a controversial past whether in private or in public- in fact, it only became legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states in 2018, when Utah and Idaho were the last to legalize it. While this trend of normalizing breastfeeding seems recent, […]
How gratitude rewires your brain | Christina Costa46min
When a psychologist who studies well-being ends up with a brain tumor, what happens when she puts her own research into practice? Christina Costa goes beyond the "fight" narrative of cancer — or any formidable personal journey — to highlight the brain benefits of an empowering alternative to fostering resilience in the face of unexpected challenges: gratitude.
Voice assistants aren't great at giving quality health information52min
Research shows Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant aren't equal in providing answers to our health questions. According to Google, one in 20 Google searches seek health-related information. And why not? Online info is convenient, free, and occasionally provides peace of mind. But obtaining health information online can also cause anxiety and drive people to delay essential treatment or seek unneces
Guldsmycken från Nefertitis tid hittade i bronsåldersgrav på Cypern53min
Över 150 mänskliga skelett och närmare 500 föremål – bland annat guldsmycken, ädelstenar och keramik – från omkring 1350 f.Kr. Det är några av fynden utgrävningen av två gravar i bronsåldersstaden Hala Sultan Tekke på Cypern. Den svenska arkeologiska expeditionen The Söderberg Expedition har grävt på Cypern i olika omgångar grävt sedan 2010. 2018 upptäckte arkeologerna två gravar, utformade som u
Live imaging of transcription using active RNA polymerase II-specific probes54min
A genetically encoded "live-cell" probe designed by researchers from Tokyo Tech has been able to identify phosphorylated Ser2 in the enzyme RNA polymerase II, subsequently identifying sites of the elongation phase of active transcription in living cells. This probe could be used to specifically image transcription elongation in real time in living animals, furthering gene regulation research by le
Growing carbon footprint for plastics54min
Plastics are useful, cheap and extremely popular. Global demand has quadrupled in the last forty years and is expected to continue to rise, with correspondingly negative consequences for the environment and human health. The public is generally aware of the environmental harm caused by plastics at the end of their life cycle in particular, such as when they release greenhouse gasses and air pollut
Silver plate showing topless Scythian goddess unearthed in Russia1h
Archaeologists in Russia have unearthed a Scythian-crafted silver plate depicting a fertility goddess.
From corals to humans, a shared trigger for sperm to get in motion1h
Coral sperm require a specific pH to move, which identified a signaling pathway that is shared by organisms including humans. The results have implications for how corals may fare in shifting marine conditions due to climate change.
New review highlights cancer-crushing viruses1h
In a recent review article researchers describe a class of viruses that act to combat rather than cause deadly disease. Such oncolytic viruses as they are known, have a remarkable ability to target and destroy cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells untouched.
Researchers discover a unique bacterial property, potential target for treating and diagnosing Lyme disease•1h
Virginia Lyme Disease
Researchers have discovered that the bacterium that causes Lyme disease has a highly unusual modification in its protective molecular bag — its peptidoglycan, which is common to all bacteria.
Three-body interactions bring egoists into the collective comfort zone – even penguins1h
A research team has examined the group dynamics of communicating active particles. These particles are consistently focused on self-optimization. By always endeavoring to maintain their own personal comfort, they also help the other group members. Such self-optimization is a common multi-body phenomenon which can occur for penguins and bacteria.
COVID's Cardiac Connection•1h
COVID Heart Athletes
Coronavirus infections might cause lasting harm to the heart even in those who have never had symptoms — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Volcanic fertilization of the oceans drove severe mass extinction, say scientists1h
Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that two intense periods of volcanism triggered a period of global cooling and falling oxygen levels in the oceans, which caused one of the most severe mass extinctions in Earth history.
Climate adaptation of households compared internationally1h
The climate is changing, not only in the Netherlands, but far beyond, as well. The U.N. climate conference in Glasgow in 2021 had a clear message: Climate adaptation is required of everyone, from governments to individuals around the world. Researchers from Delft University of Technology and Twente University investigated the drivers of what motivates or hinders people in different cultures in cli
Autoimmune Diseases Are on the Rise, Along With More Promising Preventative Measures1h
New research reveals who is at increased risk and how vitamin D and omega-3 fish oil might help prevent troubling diagnoses.
Sleeping sickness and its kin may have arrived via beehives1h
Bees may be a link in the chain leading to three nasty diseases
Sun-like stars may go through brighter phases as they grow up1h
Computer modelling supports the idea that nascent stars brighten dramatically during growth spurts, which could explain an astrophysical mystery
Freeze-dried vaccine could one day be used for COVID-191h
Researchers report that they have successfully freeze-dried a liposome-based liquid vaccine formula that could be developed for potential use in COVID-19 vaccines. Freeze-drying is a method for removing water from a product. First, you freeze the item you're trying to dehydrate, causing any water in it to become ice. Then, you remove the ice through a process called sublimation, in which ice turn
Using Raman spectroscopy and computational techniques to study interfacial water on Pd single-crystal surfaces1h
A team of researchers affiliated with a number of institutions in China and one in the U.K. has used Raman spectroscopy and computational techniques to study the interfacial water on Pd single-crystal surfaces. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their study of the dynamics and structure of water at the solid-liquid interface and what they learned from it. Matthias
Some polycrystal grain boundaries feel the heat more than others1h
Polycrystals are solid materials that are made up of lots of small crystals. The points where the crystals meet are known as grain boundaries (GBs). GBs are important because they can affect the way the solid behaves. However, conventional analysis techniques are unable to measure the nanoscale detail at GBs. Now, researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science have used e
Septic system waste pervasive throughout Florida's Indian River lagoon2h
For more than a decade, fertilizer leaching and associated stormwater runoff were thought to be the major drivers of harmful algal blooms in Florida's Indian River Lagoon. Despite the numerous residential fertilizer ordinances passed since 2011, water quality, harmful algal blooms, and seagrass loss, which has resulted in mass deaths of the threatened Florida manatee, have continued to worsen.
Perceiving sound-letter associations in English can help people learn to read it better2h
Learning to read in English is not just about using context (e.g., pictures) to guess the meaning of the words on the page but also about being aware of the sounds in words and their use. This ability, called "phonological awareness" (PA), is the foundation of learning how to read in an alphabetic language like English. Traditionally, L2 (second and foreign language) reading has not focused on usi
People with anxiety, depression may use 'sextech' to ease distress2h
People who report higher rates of anxiety and depression—but not loneliness—are more likely to use emerging digital sexual technologies, or "sextech," a new study shows. Sextech includes sending sexually explicit images or videos and visiting erotic webcam sites. The findings suggest that people with impaired mental health may use sexual technologies to experience temporary relief from their psyc
Novel quantum device design promises a regular flow of entangled electrons on demand2h
Quantum computer and many other quantum technologies rely on the generation of quantum-entangled pairs of electrons. However, the systems developed so far typically produce a noisy and random flow of entangled electrons, which hinders synchronized operations on the entangled particles. Now, researchers from Aalto University in Finland propose a way to produce a regular flow of spin-entangled elect
Swimming Naked with Sharks | Naked and Afraid2h
Stream Naked and Afraid on discovery+ ► https://www.discoveryplus.com/show/naked-and-afraid About Naked and Afraid: What happens when you put two complete strangers – sans clothes – in some of the most extreme environments on Earth? Each male-female duo is left with no food, no water, no clothes, and only one survival item. #NakedAndAfraid #Discovery #Survival Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.l
Up to Half of Earth's Water May Come From Solar Wind and Space Dust2h
Water is vital for life on Earth, and some experts say we should all drink around two liters every day as part of a healthy lifestyle. But beyond the tap, where does our water come from? It flows from local rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers. But where has that water originated from? Over geological time , Earth cycles water through living organisms, the atmosphere, rivers, oceans, the rocks beneat
Study finds at least some auditing expertise applies across industry sectors2h
A new study finds the expert skills developed by auditing offices that specialize in working with specific industries are actually applicable across industry sectors, improving the quality of their audits regardless of the industry sector they are auditing.
Region Hovedstaden opretter ny lægefunktion, som skal hjælpe de svageste i sundhedsvæsenet2h
Mathilde Pihl Badse tiltræder den ene af to nyoprettede stillinger som socialoverlæge. Hun kommer til at have sin gang på Frederiksberg og Bispebjerg Hospital.
Republicans lost faith in 2020 election results, and Fox News played pivotal role2h
In the days following the 2020 presidential election, as states re-counted and certified votes and President Joe Biden's win became more objectively certain, Republicans, paradoxically, became less confident in the legitimacy of the vote, according to new CU Boulder research published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
Test tanks fuelled for ESA's Themis reusable first stage2h
Recently completed tests of two propellant tanks set a first technological milestone in the ESA reusability roadmap towards the demonstration of a reusable first stage vehicle called Themis.
Two versions of a Curiosity selfie: narrow and wide2h
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took this 360-degree selfie using the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI, at the end of its robotic arm. The selfie comprises 81 individual images taken on Nov. 20, 2021—the 3,303rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
A one-way phone call from Mars2h
This November, ESA's Mars Express spacecraft carried out a series of experimental communication tests with the Chinese (CNSA) Zhurong Mars rover. Mars Express successfully caught data sent up 'in the blind' by the rover and relayed them to Earth where they were forwarded to the Zhurong team in China.
Tracking contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear accident2h
In a paper published in the National Science Review, a team from Tsinghua University analyzed the diffusion process of the treated Fukushima accident contaminated water to be discharged into the Pacific Ocean from 2023. Results show that the tritium, the main pollutant in the radioactive water, will spread to the whole North Pacific in 1200 days, which is important to formulate global coping strat
Climate mapping algorithm shows temperatures rising, especially daily lows2h
Oregon State University's new maps of 30-year U.S. climate "normals" show the area east of the Rockies is getting wetter, the Southwest is getting drier, and temperatures are inching upward—with daily lows rising faster than daily highs.
Climate change is making monogamous albatrosses divorce2h
Not all relationships end in "happily ever after," and birds are no exception. While more than 90% of bird species form monogamous couples, many of these will end in divorce.
New evidence hints at volcanic activity within Venuses' Idunn Mons2h
An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests possible volcanic activity involving Venuses' Idunn Mons. In their paper published in The Planetary Science Journal, the group describes the evidence they found, but also note that their theories cannot be confirmed until new spacecraft are sent to Venus.
Impossible Foods in talks with UK farmers to swap livestock for trees2h
Exclusive: Pat Brown, chief executive of the plant-based meat firm, wants pilot to show economic and climate change benefits of taking farmland out of cattle and sheep production to lock up carbon
Plastic food packaging gets a bad rap, but does it always deserve it?2h
When you look at the research evidence, it soon becomes clear that calls to ban all plastic wrap on fresh fruit and veg could do more harm than good
Dorset wind farm secures refurbished turbines – four Vestas V80 2MW wind turbines, tower components are being transported from Belgium, where they have been operational for 10 years2h
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Reith Lectures – a.i.2h
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Back from the brink: Helping coral reefs recover2h
Stabilizing reef rubble may help corals recover faster after being damaged by the impacts of climate change and natural degradation.
Author documents ancient graffiti of North Korea2h
The elites of premodern Korea carved their names into rocks in the sacred mountains of Kŭmgangsan for much the same reason that today's graffiti taggers wield cans of spray paint: reputation and control.
Yes, Vikings Really Did Live in the Americas 1,000 Years Ago2h
New techniques for tree-ring analysis solidify the dates of North America's earliest known European settlers.
Deer can catch COVID: Here's what hunters should know2h
Research has shown that deer can become infected with COVID-19, raising questions among some hunters about whether field-dressing deer or eating venison can pose a risk of contracting the disease.
New method to determine how proteins are organized on the surface of cells2h
Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new method to determine how proteins are organized on the surface of cells. Insights gained with the technology could lead to the development of novel drugs to fight cancer.
IEA: Europa og Kina når grønne mål år før tid2h
Prisen for både solceller og vindmøller er faldet og det går stærkt med udrulningen af bæredygtig energiproduktion.
Solvinden kan ha skapat en del av jordens vatten3h
Solvinden är den ström av laddade partiklar som sveper genom rymden från vår sol. Bland dessa partiklar finns protoner, som är enkla väteatomkärnor. När de krockar med ett gruskorn som innehåller syre kan vattenmolekyler bildas. Forskare från Australien, Storbritannien och USA har analyserat stoftkorn från en asteroid och kommit fram till att den här processen kan ha bidragit med en andel av jorde
Amyloid Precursor Protein Linked to Brain Development Mechanisms3h
Researchers provide evidence that the Alzheimer's-associated protein calibrates a signaling pathway that is conserved across the animal kingdom.
Opinion: Using Data to Hire High-Impact Faculty3h
Selecting researchers who will drive research agendas forward requires a more quantitative approach to interviewing.
Medusafishes Are Grouped by Shared, Odd Traits: Study3h
Shared features, such as thick, slimy skin and a throat filled with teeth, suggest that medusafishes are all related.
Infographic: RNA Editing Approaches3h
RNA editing platforms leverage the natural activity of ADAR enzymes to make key changes to messenger RNAs before they are translated into proteins.
Brooke Gardner Probes the Cell's Peroxisomes3h
The University of California, Santa Barbara, cell biologist is investigating the formation and functions of the peroxisome, an organelle which exists in many copies in each cell and can be created, lost, or altered to meet the cell's metabolic needs.
Aktiva inlärningsmetoder stärker minnet3h
Vilken metod för inlärning som används i skolan påverkar hur elevernas hjärnor aktiveras när de testas på sina kunskaper. Elever som undervisats med aktiva lärandemetoder hade högre aktivitet i områden i hjärnan som kopplas till återaktivering av väl befästa minnen. Studiens resultat tyder på att aktiva lärandemetoder, oberoende av ämne, kan stimulera processer i hjärnan som är bra för elevens pr
Is There More to a Healthy-Heart Diet Than Cholesterol?3h
A high-fat diet is thought to increase the risk of a heart attack. But some say that the long-held dogma of "bad" cholesterol might be flawed — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Does police outreach cut crime? Efforts in six nations give a bleak answer3h
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03580-6 Community policing in the global south fails to reduce crime rates or public mistrust.
"I nuläget finns inget som tyder på att omikron ger allvarligare sjukdom"3h
Den senaste veckan har fokus legat på omikron – den nyupptäckta varianten av coronaviruset. F&F ställer 5 frågor till Niklas Arnberg, professor i virologi vid Umeå universitet, om omikron och antivirala läkemedel mot covid-19.
Central banks do not have the luxury of time in tackling inflation3h
New variants are a reminder that the US Fed and others are setting policy for an uncertain world
Team creates new phase of matter, the 'time crystal'•3h
Stanford Time Quantum
A team of researchers has created and observed a new phase of matter, popularly known as a "time crystal." There is a huge global effort to engineer a computer capable of harnessing the power of quantum physics to carry out computations of unprecedented complexity. While formidable technological obstacles still stand in the way of creating such a quantum computer , today's early prototypes are st
Eksperter: Gigtpatienter tager unødig omvej forbi hospital før kommunale træningstilbud3h
Det er uhensigtsmæssigt, at den ikke operative behandling af slidgigt som f.eks. kommunal træning ikke er mere systematisk, mener to professorer. Lige nu tager for mange slidgigtpatienter en unødig omvej forbi hospitalet, inden de får træningstilbud.
'Xenobot' Living Robots Can Reproduce3h
Biological robots made from frog cells can replicate by smooshing loose cells into new robots — a reproduction method not seen in any other organism.
Omicron case with no known travel link detected in England3h
Infection follows similar pattern in Scotland, suggesting community transmission is occurring in the UK
Stop and search: New data shows continued ethnic disproportionality3h
Each year the Home Office publishes data on stop and search from all 43 police forces in England and Wales. The latest figures for the year ending March 2021 reveal a familiar pattern: stop and search disproportionately affects black people and targets drugs, not serious violence.
This 130 million-year-old ichthyosaur was a 'hypercarnivore' with knife-like teeth3h
A newly identified species of ichthyosaur had big teeth to attack large prey, possibly including other marine reptiles.
Author Correction: A quantitative approach for trap analysis between Al0.25Ga0.75N and GaN in high electron mobility transistors3h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02854-3 Author Correction: A quantitative approach for trap analysis between Al 0.25 Ga 0.75 N and GaN in high electron mobility transistors
Peloton Is Stuck, Just Like the Rest of Us4h
It was the best of pelotimes, it was the worst of pelotimes. If the graph of Peloton's stock-price fluctuations were the blueprint for a new roller coaster, it would be a terrifying ride for anyone brave enough to strap in. The line undulates with disasters: Since the fitness-tech company went public in late 2019, it has weathered a virally bad holiday ad campaign , pandemic delivery delays so ex
Is SpinLaunch Viable4h
Recently on the SGU we talked about a new company, SpinLaunch , which just conducted a test of their system to hurl satellites into orbit by spinning them up to high speeds then releasing them. We also did a follow up discussion on the show which will release this Saturday. It's an interesting case study in how to assess the plausibility and viability of potential new technology. The basic idea i
Kiwi kids who read for pleasure will do well in other ways, and it's everyone's responsibility to encourage them4h
Summer's here and the school holidays are coming. For many parents, of course, it's all a bit academic—pandemic lockdowns and other disruptions have blurred the line between home and school, with no guarantee things will return to normal in 2022.
DJI's Action 2 Camera Adds Magnets—and Fresh Flaws4h
This new modular camera borrows some ideas from competitors like Insta360 and GoPro—and it holds it all together with magnets.
Nu er der hjælp til at afdække uønsket seksuel opmærksomhed på jobbet4h
Nyt spørgeskema udviklet af Statens Institut for Folkesundhed og Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø kan bruges til at få afdækket omfanget af uønsket seksuel opmærksomhed og chikane på arbejdspladsen.
Less snow, more rain in store for the Arctic, study finds4h
The Arctic is often thought of as a cold, white and snowy region, but this image is rapidly changing. The Arctic is currently warming much faster than the rest of the planet and is experiencing rapid sea ice loss.
Vetenskapsreportern: Det här talar för och emot fler restriktioner4h
Munskydd, avstånd och videomöten. Folkhälsomyndighetens besked under torsdagen var att flera restriktioner kan vara tillbaka igen redan nästa vecka. Och det finns mycket som talar för det – samtidigt som det också finns skäl att inte ta i med hårdhandskarna, menar SVT:s vetenskapsreporter Bodil Appelquist.
Omicron-variant border bans ignore the evidence, say scientists4h
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03608-x Researchers say travel restrictions in response to the newly detected coronavirus variant come too late and could even slow studies of Omicron.
This enormous eagle could have killed you, probably4h
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03585-1 The extinct Haast's eagle — known from fossils found in New Zealand — hunted like its modern relatives, but also had habits of a scavenger.
The US supply chain was a ticking time bomb: How to rebuild it4h
Nick Vyas settles into his office chair in front of his computer for a Zoom meeting. One by one, dozens of Los Angeles-area sixth graders populate the screen.
Do La Nina's rains mean boom or bust for Australian farmers?4h
After years of punishing drought in some areas, many farmers in Australia's east were hoping the newly declared La Niña event would bring them good rains.
Delhi shuts schools again after court warning to curb pollution4h
India's polluted capital again ordered schools closed on Thursday over dangerous smog levels, as the country's top court demanded officials take action to address the toxic haze.
3,6 millioner år gamle og gådefulde fodspor kan være sat af ukendt abemenneske4h
Indtil nu har forskere troet, at fodsporene tilhørte en bjørn på to ben.
Numbers in decline for a giant among salamanders4h
Eric Teitsworth waded through tall grasses and shrubs along a river bank while on the lookout for a giant salamander found only in North Carolina. Every few feet, he pulled on the string of traps he'd placed in the water to look inside.
Farm animals suffered in B.C. floods despite existing disaster management guidelines4h
When an atmospheric river hit British Columbia in mid-November, it unleashed record-breaking rainfall triggering devastating floods and mudslides. The provincial government declared a state of emergency on Nov. 17, activating evacuation orders for Merritt, Abbotsford and other communities.
Researcher discusses community policing in the Global South4h
Community policing is meant to combat citizen mistrust of the police force. This policing model was developed in the mid-20th century to help officers work more collaboratively with the communities they are assigned to. The hope was that activities such as town hall meetings and "meet and greet" foot patrols would create a partnership between citizens and the police force, increasing trust and ult
What big data reveals about online extremism4h
As extremist groups and fringe movements like QAnon have gained mainstream awareness, their ability to rapidly proliferate misinformation and conspiracies has put social media platforms under heightened public scrutiny. Facebook, Twitter, and other tech companies have been reprimanded by Congress and media outlets alike for failing to seriously address online radicalization among their users. As t
Stemming the tide of invasive weeds with world-first herbicide capsules4h
An innovative herbicide delivery system could revolutionize the way agricultural and environmental managers battle invasive weeds.
What do voice assistants know about you based on voice and speech characteristics? Researcher summarizes how advances in speech data mining impact our privacy.5h
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Famous space family has a surprisingly peaceful history5h
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03584-2 The seven planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1 were largely spared cosmic collisions, raising questions about where these worlds got their water.
Spørg Fagfolket: Beskytter drivhuseffekten ikke Jorden mod indstråling?5h
Hjælper drivhuseffekten ikke også med at skabe balance mellem ind- og udstråling af varme, spørger en læser. Det svarer lektor fra Aarhus Universitet på.
Techtopia #216: Mød robothunden Spot5h
Den livagtige firbenede robothund fra Boston Dynamics blev demonstreret på havnekajen ved IDA-huset af Teknologisk Institut.
Ta av lurarna när du ska tänka5h
En del föredrar att jobba eller plugga med musik. Andra vill ha tyst. Hur vi uppfattar ljud är väldigt individuellt. Musik sägs ofta öka kreativiteten, men nu tyder forskning på att det kan vara precis tvärtom. Många lyssnar på musik när de jobbar eller pluggar, och menar att det hjälper dem att prestera. Men enligt forskare från Högskolan i Gävle och Leeds universitet stämmer inte denna, ganska
Publisher Correction: Single-photon nonlinearity at room temperature5h
Nature, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04113-x
Daily briefing: Omicron was already spreading in Europe5h
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03610-3 The Omicron coronavirus variant was present in the Netherlands before it was identified in southern Africa. Plus, Anthony Fauci on four decades of progress against HIV, and the ripple effect of the Moderna–NIH vaccine-patent fight.
The Benefits of Vaccinating Kids against COVID Far Outweigh the Risks of Myocarditis•5h
COVID Myocarditis Israel
Vaccination is likely to prevent many more COVID cases than it is to cause a rare and nonfatal heart side effect in 5–11-year-olds — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Humans have been relatively short for thousands of years5h
Until around 150 years ago, humans were relatively short – but our recent growth spurt may have more to do with social factors than dietary ones
Authors retract, resubmit "very poorly conducted" meta-analysis of COVID-19 treatment5h
A journal has retracted a meta-analysis on Covid-19 after concerned readers complained about the quality — or lack thereof — of the study. The article, "A meta-analysis of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients," appeared in Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, a SAGE title. According to the retraction notice: At the request … Continu
Lost Women of Science Podcast: Season One, The Pathologist in the Basement6h
Lost Women of Science digs deep to uncover stories of scientists that have long been overlooked — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Medicinrådet med ny behandlingsvejledning for type 2-diabetes6h
Medicinrådet er kommet ud med en ny behandlingsvejledning for brug af antidiabetika til personer med type 2-diabetes. Særligt anbefalingen til højrisikopatienter uden erkendt hjertekarsygdom er nyt i behandlingsvejledningen.
Mechanism of phosphate sensing and signaling revealed by rice SPX1-PHR2 complex structure6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27391-5 SPX proteins sense phosphate levels in plant cells by binding to inositol polyphosphates (InsP) and suppressing the activity of PHR transcription factors. Here the authors show that when bound to InsP6, the rice SPX1 protein inhibits the activity of PHR2 by attenuating both its dimerization and DNA binding a
Discovery of an exosite on the SOCS2-SH2 domain that enhances SH2 binding to phosphorylated ligands6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26983-5 SOCS2 is a key regulator of growth hormone and cytokine signaling, which recognizes phosphotyrosine (pTyr)-modified targets via a central SH2 domain. Here, the authors discover and characterize an exosite on this SH2 domain that can bind a non-phosphorylated peptide to enhance SOCS2:pTyr affinity.
Mapping the serum proteome to neurological diseases using whole genome sequencing6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27387-1 Serum proteins are easily accessible biomarkers and drug targets. Here, the authors use whole genome sequencing data to describe the genetic architecture of neurologically-relevant serum proteins and establish causal protein-neurological disease relationships.
Theta rhythmicity governs human behavior and hippocampal signals during memory-dependent tasks6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27323-3 The hippocampus is a central memory hub and exhibits prominent theta oscillations. Here the authors show that oscillations are visible in behavior when decisions depend on memory, paralleled by theta phase synchronization in hippocampal recordings.
Wafer-scale integration of stretchable semiconducting polymer microstructures via capillary gradient6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27370-w Though stretchable semiconducting polymers are advantageous for electronic applications requiring low cost, the low performance of patterned microstructures remains a challenge. Here, the authors realize high mobility, stretchable polymer microstructures via a capillary-gradient assembly method.
Catalytic flexibility of rice glycosyltransferase OsUGT91C1 for the production of palatable steviol glycosides6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27144-4 Steviol glycosides from the plant Stevia rebaudiana are already used as lowcalorie sweeteners, but the most abundant naturally occurring compounds have a bitter aftertaste. Here, the authors characterize and engineer rice glycosyltransferase OsUGT91C1 to facilitate the large-scale production of naturally rar
Hydroxylamine-mediated C–C amination via an aza-hock rearrangement6h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27271-y Syntheses of anilines occur through a variety of methods, most requiring transition metals or multiple steps. Here the authors disclose a protocol to form anilines from benzyl alcohols via an aza-Hock rearrangement that uses only a sulfonyl hydroxylamine and solvent.
Survey on blockchain implementation6h
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Scientists say they have made a major step forward in efforts to store information as molecules of DNA, which are more compact and long-lasting than other options.6h
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GALLERI: Svensk elvej gøres klar6h
PLUS. Dan Zethraeus er idemanden bag det svenske projekt Elonroad. Ideen til en elvej, hvor lastbiler, busser og personbiler kan oplade mens de kører, kom fra den type legetøjsracerbaner, hvor en lille metalnet rammer en strømførende skinne i midten af banen. Det førte til udviklingen af en skinne der i version 2 (det er den, som ses på billederne), fungerer ved, 1 meter lange stykker hhv. er plus
Author Correction: The first observation of osmotically neutral sodium accumulation in the myocardial interstitium6h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02956-y
Study on valuable metal incorporation in the Fe–Al precipitate during neutralization of LIB leach solution6h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02019-2
Sinonasal quality of life in patients after an endoscopic endonasal surgery of a sellar tumour6h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02747-5
Lifestyle and mental health 1 year into COVID-196h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02702-4
Trends in lung cancer incidence by age, sex and histology from 2012 to 2025 in Catalonia (Spain)6h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02582-8
A new method for evaluating air quality using an ideal grey close function cluster correlation analysis method6h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02880-1
Clinical effects of cervical conization with positive margins in cervical cancer6h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02635-y
Forskere finder mulig behandling mod meningitis i forsøg med rotter7h
I et nyt studie med rotter har forskere fra Københavns Universitet og Lunds Universitet fundet en mulig måde at behandle bakteriel meningitis på uden brug af antibiotika. De er samtidig blevet klogere på, hvad der sker i en hjerne ramt af bakteriel meningitis.
United States is world's biggest plastic polluter, report finds7h
The United States is by far the biggest contributor to global plastic waste in the world, according to a new report submitted to the federal government Wednesday that called for a national strategy to tackle the growing crisis.
What is the status of ACT-R?8h
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The Experiment Podcast: When It Comes to Murder, Does Intent Matter?8h
Listen and subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts This week, The Experiment takes a look at the charge that sent Anissa Jordan to prison for a crime she didn't even know had been committed. We consider how the felony-murder rule disproportionately punishes youth of color and women, and the debate over whether the same rule is key to holding police officers responsible in
Which role models are best for STEM? Researchers offer recommendations in new analysis8h
An analysis of the effect role models have on students' motivation in studying STEM subjects points to new ways to deploy these leaders in order to encourage learning across different populations. The recommendations provide a resource for parents, teachers, and policymakers seeking to maximize role models' impact in diversifying the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Cell wall remodeling enables fungal network development in grasses8h
Scientists now have a deeper understanding of how a fungus develops a symbiotic lifestyle inside grass leaf and why the grass leaf fails to defend itself against the intruder, thanks to research coming from Massey University in New Zealand and the University of Münster in Germany.
European stocks dip after Wall Street closes lower•8h
Omicron Powell European
Emergence of Omicron coronavirus variant drives week of volatility in equities
Researchers whose funding applications were rejected win appeal to Australian Research Council8h
Of 32 reassessed applications, six were ranked high enough to be recommended for potentially career-defining funding Researchers who challenged the Australian Research Council's rejection of critical funding applications on the basis of a controversial rule change have been vindicated, with their appeal upheld and 32 previously rejected projects deemed eligible for funding. Researchers across the
Svenska arkeologer har hittat guldgravar på Cypern9h
Guld, silver och ädla stenar har hittats i bronsåldersgravar på Cypern av arkeologer vid Göteborgs universitet. Sannolikt har en eller flera ledande familjer, som blivit rika på långväga kopparexport, begravts där.
South Korean inflation races to fastest pace in a decade•11h
Inflation Decade November
Consumer prices jump in Asia's fourth-biggest economy amid Covid outbreak and supply chain turmoil
Skeptical Science New Research for Week #48, 202111h
117 articles in 88 journals by 779 contributing authors Physical science of climate change, effects Relative humidity gradients as a key constraint on terrestrial water and energy fluxes Kim et al. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Open Access pdf 10.31223/x59880 Improving Ground Heat Flux Estimation: Considering the Effect of Freeze/thaw Process on the Seasonally Frozen Ground Wang et al. Jour
Emergence of a neopelagic community through the establishment of coastal species on the high seas11h
Nature Communications, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-27188-6 Discoveries of persistent coastal species in the open ocean shift our understanding of biogeographic barriers. Floating plastic debris from pollution now supports a novel sea surface community composed of coastal and oceanic species at sea that might portend significant ecological shifts in the marine enviro
For the First Time, Scientists are Mimicking the Sounds of a Healthy Ocean to Help Rebuild Reefs and Underwater Habitat12h
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3,6 miljoner år gamla fotspår tillhörde okänd förmänniska12h
Fossila avtryck från en primitiv förfader till människan har hittats i Norra Tanzania. Det här visar att minst två olika människoarter spatserat i Afrika. – Det är två väldigt olika arter som varit ute och lufsat, men vem är egentligen nykomlingen? Säger Per Ahlberg som är professor i evolutionär organismbiologi.
En retstolk kan oversætte 'forkert' og stadig være god til sit arbejde13h
Tolkningen i de danske retssale er ikke god nok, har kritikken lydt i flere år. Men hvad er god…
Dec 1, 2021- #ViDEO: Wave Neuroscience and Wounded Warrior Project Team Up to Help Military Members Deal with Mental Health…13h
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New computational approach predicts chemical reactions at high temperatures13h
Engineers invent 'green' method that combines quantum mechanics with machine learning to accurately predict oxide reactions at high temperatures when no experimental data is available; could be used to design clean carbon-neutral processes for steel production and metal recycling.
Why cannabis smells skunky13h
As cannabis is legalized in more areas, it has become increasingly popular as a medicinal and recreational drug. This plant produces a pungent, skunk-like odor that is pleasing to some but repulsive to others. Now, researchers have discovered a new family of prenylated volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that give cannabis its characteristic skunky aroma. The findings open up opportunities to investi
Shrinking qubits for quantum computing with atom-thin materials13h
Current approaches to create superconducting qubits for quantum computers yield chips that are substantially larger than those found in classical computers. To shrink things down, researchers have taken advantage of atomically thin, 2D materials to construct the necessary capacitors for superconducting qubits. Their two-qubit chip is 1,000x smaller than those made with conventional fabrication tec
Altered DNA repair and DNA damage in neurodegenerative conditions13h
Researchers have confirmed a link between altered DNA repair and increased DNA damage associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7), a debilitating, sometimes deadly neurodegenerative condition causing movement disorders. Their work also revealed a potential therapeutic target for the currently incurable and difficult to treat condition.
Unforced Variations: Dec 202114h
This month's open thread on climate science topics. The post first appeared on RealClimate .
What Industrial Societies Get Wrong About Childhood – Issue 108: Change14h
Each year across the world, kids of roughly the same age are packed into classrooms and confined to desks with the intent of learning from an adult teacher. But is this how children were adapted to learn? In today's technologically dependent, economically complex world in which a particular subset of skills is critical, fact-based knowledge is no doubt best imparted from those with experience—whi
The Power of the Waves – Issue 108: Change14h
Sea waves are among the world's most misunderstood phenomena. When an incoming wave breaks on the shoreline, it appears as though the water has come to the end of a long journey, but in fact the water itself has hardly moved. Most surface sea waves transmit energy, not water, and the turbulence at the surf zone is the result of that moving energy encountering a solid obstruction—usually the shelv
A Lab of Her Own – Issue 108: Change14h
On a cold, dry Tuesday in December, 1940, Rita Levi-Montalcini rode a train from the station near her home in Turin, Italy, for 80 miles to Milan to buy a microscope. Milan had not seen bombings for months. On her return to the Turin train station, two police officers stopped her and demanded to see inside the cake-sized box that she was carrying. With wartime food rationing, panettone cakes were
Distortion: Researchers discover new strategy for antibodies to disable viruses•14h
Antibody C10 Zika Dengue
It is widely understood that antibodies neutralize viruses by latching onto their surfaces and blocking them from infecting host cells. But new research reveals that this barrier method isn't the only way that antibodies disable viruses. An international team of researchers has discovered that antibodies also distort viruses, thereby preventing them from properly attaching to and entering cells.
Kæmper for statsstøtte: Her kommer Danmarks største biogasanlæg14h
PLUS. Seks biogasanlæg har fået dispensation – og kan se frem til samlet at modtage milliarder i statsstøtte, selv om de endnu ikke er i drift. Professor er bekymret.
Vind med Ingeniørens julekalender: 2. december14h
Vær med i Ingeniørens julekalender 2021. Hver dag med nye præmier!
Making predictions with the CMIP6 ensemble15h
The CMIP6 multi-model ensemble is a unique resource with input from scientists and modeling groups from around the world. But as we've discussed before ( #NotAllModels ) there are some specific issues that require users to be cautious in making predictions. Fortunately, there are useful 'best practices' that can help avoid the worst pitfalls. A new paper by McCrystall et al that has just appeared
Novel immune cell population may trigger inflammation in multiple sclerosis and other brain disorders•15h
A group of immune cells that normally protect against inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract may have the opposite effect in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other brain inflammation-related conditions, according to a new study. The results suggest that countering the activity of these cells could be a new therapeutic approach for such conditions.
Researchers develop model for treating HIV/AIDS, depression15h
With a shortage of mental health professionals, an international team trained nurses to treat clinically depressed HIV-positive people in South Africa — the HIV/AIDS capital of the world.
What's the secret to making sure AI doesn't steal your job? Work with it, not against it15h
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Just as convincing images of cats can be created using artificial intelligence, new proteins can now be made using similar tools. In a report in Nature, researchers describe the development of a neural network that "hallucinates" proteins with new, stable structures15h
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DeepMind claims AI has aided new discoveries and insights in mathematics15h
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Eye imaging technology breaks through skin by crossing beams15h
Biomedical engineers have demonstrated a method for increasing the depth at which optical coherence tomography (OCT) can image structures beneath skin. The new 'dual-axis' approach opens new possibilities for OCT to be used in applications such as spotting skin cancer, assessing burn damage and healing progress, and guiding surgical procedures.
Engineers create perching bird-like robot•15h
SNAG Bird Stanford
With feet and legs like a peregrine falcon, engineers have created a robot that can perch and carry objects like a bird.
Compound shows promise for minimizing erratic movements in Parkinson's patients16h
A new study has identified a promising drug candidate to minimize uncontrolled, erratic muscle movements, called dyskinesia, associated with Parkinson's disease.
New way of identifying early risk of cardiovascular disease•16h
The risk of developing cardiovascular disease is strongly associated with 'bad' LDL cholesterol. A large study now shows that two proteins that transport cholesterol particles in the blood provide early and reliable risk information. The researchers now advocate introducing new guidelines for detecting cardiac risk and say the results may pave the way for early treatment, which could help lower mo
Targeting the brain's immune cells may help prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease16h
A gene mutation linked to Alzheimer's disease alters a signaling pathway in certain immune cells of individuals with the disease, according to a new study. The team also found that blocking the pathway — with a drug that's currently being tested in cancer clinical trials — protects against many features of the condition in a preclinical model. The results could lead to new strategies to block th
Effectiveness of ointment that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria shown16h
New research shows that use of a topical drug, called AB569, a combination of acidified nitrite and EDTA (or ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) promotes killing of antibiotic-resistant bacteria while enhancing the healing of wounds in a variety of burn injuries.
Lunar radar data uncovers new clues about moon's ancient past16h
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 s
Research reveals new evidence that sugary beverage tax impacts are sustainable, effective16h
Two new studies based in Seattle provide evidence that public policies to reduce consumption of added sugars through taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are effective and sustainable.
World commits to a pandemic response pact: what's next17h
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03596-y Following a failure to rein in COVID, world leaders begin shaping an accord to prevent future disasters — one that holds them accountable.
Author Correction: Early impoverished environment delays the maturation of cerebral cortex18h
Scientific Reports, Published online: 02 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-00562-6
UK purchases additional 114m coronavirus vaccine doses•18h
Covid UK Pfizer Omicron
Government aims to 'future proof' programme with BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna orders
Headwater refuges: Combined effect of drought and fire on stream communities18h
Life is water, and water is life. This truism certainly applies to the Pacific coast, where streams and rivers function as the region's arteries. The water they carry fosters plant life and wildlife in Southern California's Mediterranean climate. They provide sanctuary during droughts and often serve as the nexus for recovery after fires.
Researchers identify key RNA 'gatekeeper' in gene expression, pointing to possible new drug targets18h
Researchers have identified the first non-coding RNA that controls formation of chromosome loops, which govern gene expression. Jpx RNA was previously thought to be involved only in X chromosome inactivation, a necessary step in development of female embryos. This discovery could create new targets for drug developers.
Arecibo data still has astronomers in a spin18h
Data collected by the Arecibo Radio Telescope before it collapsed late last year will help astronomers better understand how our local neighbourhood of galaxies formed. Arecibo was the world's largest single-dish radio telescope until it was surpassed in 2016 by China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). At the end of 2020, Arecibo's 900-ton receiver platform suddenly and spec
Discovery of a Stem-like T cell in type 1 diabetes holds potential for improving cancer immunotherapy18h
As an autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes raises important questions about immune cell activity that have broad implications for immunotherapy.
Biosensor barcodes identify, detail 'chatting' among cancer cells18h
Ever since the first barcode appeared on a pack of chewing gum in 1974, the now-ubiquitous system has enabled manufacturers, retailers and consumers to quickly and effectively identify, characterize, locate and track products and materials. Scientists now demonstrate how they can do the same thing at the molecular level, studying the ways cancer cells 'talk' with one another.
Humidity changes in dead fern fronds drives unique timing of spore dispersal in a widespread fern species18h
Botonists reveals that the unique timing of spore dispersal in the sensitive fern, known as Onoclea sensibilis, is determined by a structural mechanism of humidity-driven movement in spore bearing leaves.
Unorthodox 'exercise in a pill' could offer simple solution for at-risk patients19h
Unique molecular signals in the body sent to our brain and potentially our eyes immediately after we exercise could be key to helping scientists 'bottle up' the benefits of exercise in a pill for at-risk patients.
The secret life of Tasmanian devils is hiding in their whiskers19h
Researchers have mapped the timescale of the Tasmanian devils' whiskers, showing that their whiskers can capture seasonal dietary changes over at least nine months and potentially up to a year.
Parental stress is a contributing factor linking maternal depression to child anxiety and depressive symptoms19h
A secondary analysis of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (Fragile Families) found a bi-directional relationship where a mother's mental health symptoms impacted the child's mental health symptoms and vice versa, according to researchers.
Footprints from site a at Laetoli, Tanzania, are from early humans, not bears19h
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
When variations in Earth's orbit drive biological evolution19h
Coccolithophores are microscopic algae that form tiny limestone plates, called coccoliths, around their single cells. They are responsible for half of the limestone produced in the oceans and therefore play a major role in the carbon cycle and in determining ocean chemistry. A team of scientists show that certain variations in Earth's orbit have influenced the evolution of coccolithophores.
Possibility to reduce climate emissions with Phosphorescent cement. "Glow-in-the-dark aggregates could be a stepping stone to reducing energy consumption."19h
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Renewable energy has 'another record year of growth' says IEA – Renewables will account for about 95% of growth in global power-generation capacity up to the end of 2026, finds energy agency19h
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America is looking down the barrel of population collapse19h
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The underwater 'kites' generating electricity as they move19h
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Emerging trends in genetic counseling and personalized medicine19h
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AI can reliably spot molecules on exoplanets – and might one day even discover new laws of physics19h
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Lithium from German geothermal plants could supply a million electric vehicles a year from 202519h
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Nuclear-fusion startup lands $1.8 billion as investors chase star power19h
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Shutting 'super-polluters' slashes greenhouse gases — and deaths19h
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03581-5 Early retirement for climate-damaging power plants would also cut emissions of air pollution that endanger human health.
Across the Sahara in a day: swifts zip across the desert at amazing rates19h
Nature, Published online: 30 November 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03582-4 A species of swift lives up to its name as it migrates from southern Europe to central Africa.
Deep learning dreams up new protein structures•19h
Using artificial intelligence and deep learning, researchers have developed a neural network that 'hallucinates' the structures of new protein molecules. The scientists made up completely random protein sequences and introduced mutations into them until the neural network predicted they would fold into stable structures. The software was not guided toward a particular outcome; the proteins were ju
Researchers unlock biogeographical secrets of deep-sea limpets19h
Researchers have decoded for the first time the demographic history, genetic structure, and population connectivity of a deep-sea limpet widely distributed in vent and seep ecosystems in the Northwest Pacific. This study not only enhances our knowledge of the historical population divergence and contemporary gene flow of deep-sea organisms under the intricate interactions amongst local habitats, s
Machine learning helps mathematicians make new connections19h
Mathematicians have partnered with artificial intelligence to suggest and prove new mathematical theorems.
Scientists develop lead-absorbing tape to boost viability of rising star in solar power industry•20h
99.9% Lead Absorbing
Scientists describe development of a cost-effective Scotch-tape-like film that can be applied to perovskite solar cells and capture 99.9% of leaked lead in the event of solar cell damage.
3D printing of blood plasma may speed up wound healing20h
New research suggests that effective wound healing may be aided by replicating a crucial component of our blood.
2021 hurricane season was third most active20h
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has now officially ended, and it's been the third most active on record.
Food paradox answer shows how ocean life survives20h
Ocean predators cannot survive on average concentrations of food found in the water. Instead, they survive by exploiting small patches of food-rich areas peppered throughout the world's waterways.
Observing the base-by-base search for native structure along transition paths during the folding of single nucleic acid hairpins [Biophysics and Computational Biology]20h
Biomolecular folding involves searching among myriad possibilities for the native conformation, but the elementary steps expected from theory for this search have never been detected directly. We probed the dynamics of folding at high resolution using optical tweezers, measuring individual trajectories as nucleic acid hairpins passed through the high-energy transition…
Topological liquid crystal superstructures as structured light lasers [Physics]20h
Liquid crystals (LCs) form an extremely rich range of self-assembled topological structures with artificially or naturally created topological defects. Some of the main applications of LCs are various optical and photonic devices, where compared to their solid-state counterparts, soft photonic systems are fundamentally different in terms of unique properties such…
An ancient antimicrobial protein co-opted by a fungal plant pathogen for in planta mycobiome manipulation [Plant Biology]20h
Microbes typically secrete a plethora of molecules to promote niche colonization. Soil-dwelling microbes are well-known producers of antimicrobials that are exploited to outcompete microbial coinhabitants. Also, plant pathogenic microbes secrete a diversity of molecules into their environment for niche establishment. Upon plant colonization, microbial pathogens secrete so-called effector proteins
Collective self-optimization of communicating active particles [Applied Physical Sciences]20h
The quest for how to collectively self-organize in order to maximize the survival chances of the members of a social group requires finding an optimal compromise between maximizing the well-being of an individual and that of the group. Here we develop a minimal model describing active individuals which consume or…
Tryptophan metabolism and bacterial commensals prevent fungal dysbiosis in Arabidopsis roots [Plant Biology]20h
In nature, roots of healthy plants are colonized by multikingdom microbial communities that include bacteria, fungi, and oomycetes. A key question is how plants control the assembly of these diverse microbes in roots to maintain host–microbe homeostasis and health. Using microbiota reconstitution experiments with a set of immunocompromised Arabidopsis thaliana…
Convergence of undulatory swimming kinematics across a diversity of fishes [Evolution]20h
Fishes exhibit an astounding diversity of locomotor behaviors from classic swimming with their body and fins to jumping, flying, walking, and burrowing. Fishes that use their body and caudal fin (BCF) during undulatory swimming have been traditionally divided into modes based on the length of the propulsive body wave and…
Mg2+-dependent conformational rearrangements of CRISPR-Cas12a R-loop complex are mandatory for complete double-stranded DNA cleavage [Biophysics and Computational Biology]20h
CRISPR-Cas12a, an RNA-guided DNA targeting endonuclease, has been widely used for genome editing and nucleic acid detection. As part of the essential processes for both of these applications, the two strands of double-stranded DNA are sequentially cleaved by a single catalytic site of Cas12a, but the mechanistic details that govern…
Sensory computations in the cuneate nucleus of macaques [Neuroscience]20h
Tactile nerve fibers fall into a few classes that can be readily distinguished based on their spatiotemporal response properties. Because nerve fibers reflect local skin deformations, they individually carry ambiguous signals about object features. In contrast, cortical neurons exhibit heterogeneous response properties that reflect computations applied to convergent input from…
Canine sexual dimorphism in Ardipithecus ramidus was nearly human-like [Anthropology]20h
Body and canine size dimorphism in fossils inform sociobehavioral hypotheses on human evolution and have been of interest since Darwin's famous reflections on the subject. Here, we assemble a large dataset of fossil canines of the human clade, including all available Ardipithecus ramidus fossils recovered from the Middle Awash and…
Core Concept: Green ammonia could produce climate-friendly ways to store energy and fertilize farms [Chemistry]20h
Curbing climate change goes hand-in-hand with decarbonizing energy production. But how can communities continue to meet the global demand for electricity without releasing more CO2? A cadre of chemists says one solution may be hiding in an unlikely source: ammonia—the pungent, clear, nitrogen-rich gas, or liquid, that's most often used…
'Paradox brands' hold strong appeal for bicultural consumers20h
Bicultural consumers such as Asian Americans or Hispanic Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the U.S., and one of the challenges marketers face is how to build brands that resonate with consumers who have assimilated norms from different cultures and are able to code-switch between behaviors in response to social cues.
Successful treatment in mice for severe childhood cancer20h
In mice with high-risk neuroblastoma, tumors disappeared in response to a new combination treatment with precision medicines, a recent study shows. This is a vital step toward a potentially curative treatment for a form of cancer affecting young children that is currently difficult to treat.
10 Best Ebikes of 2022 for Commuting and Fun20h
Since ebikes emerged onto the scene some 20 years ago, they've only grown in popularity as people look to abandon their cars for greener and healthier alternatives to commuting. Improvements to battery technology have made these power-assisted bikes lighter while improving their range. Batteries and motors have also become smaller, allowing them to fit into sleeker-looking bike frames, making ebi
Racial stereotypes shape our perceptions of risk-takers as reckless or responsible, new study finds20h
Do others see you as a reckless risk-taker who behaves compulsively without weighing potential consequences? Or a courageous risk-taker who takes responsible risks?
Researchers investigate combined effect of drought, fire on stream communities, highlighting importance of headwaters20h
Life is water, and water is life. This truism certainly applies to the Pacific coast, where streams and rivers function as the region's arteries. The water they carry fosters plant life and wildlife in Southern California's Mediterranean climate. They provide sanctuary during droughts and often serve as the nexus for recovery after fires.
De novo protein design by deep network hallucination21h
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04184-w The trRosetta neural network was used to iteratively optimise model proteins from random 100-amino-acid sequences, resulting in 'hallucinated' proteins, which when expressed in bacteria closely resembled the model structures.
The diabetes medication that could revolutionize heart failure treatment•21h
Heart Failure Ejection
A medication originally used for patients with diabetes is the first to help people with heart failure and could revolutionize treatment. Early research had shown that SGLT2 inhibitors could help around half of heart failure patients — those with a condition known as reduction ejection fraction. But a new study shows that the medication could be beneficial for all heart failure patients — includ
The Atlantic Continues Newsletter Expansion With Work in Progress, Up for Debate, and The Good Word22h
Today The Atlantic is inviting readers to subscribe to five new newsletters and alerts , anchored by staff writer Derek Thompson on the world's most important mysteries, with a special emphasis on the future of work and the future of societal progress; staff writer Conor Friedersdorf on a better way to talk about the most intriguing and timely public debates; and crossword editor Caleb Madison on
3D laser nanoprinters become compact22h
Lasers in conventional laser printers for paper printouts are very small. 3D laser printers for 3-dimensional microstructures and nanostructures, by contrast, have required big and expensive laser systems so far. Researchers now use another process for this purpose. Two-step absorption works with inexpensive and small, blue laser diodes. As a result, much smaller printers can be used.
Constraining quantum measurement22h
The quantum world and our everyday world are very different places. Physicists now investigate how the act of measuring a quantum particle transforms it into an everyday object.
Aerogels: Airy and efficient22h
Researchers have developed a new photocatalyst made from an aerogel that could enable more efficient hydrogen production. The key is sophisticated pretreatment of the material.
Diversity of the gut microbiome in gorillas22h
A new study 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 vary between individuals.
Breakthrough tool to show how much exoskeletons reduce back injury risk22h
A study reveals a breakthrough tool to assess the effect of exoskeletons on injury risk. The tool, called Exo-LiFFT, is an interactive calculator that will help companies looking for ways to overcome workforces struggling with musculoskeletal injuries, missed work, and accelerated retirement amongst skilled laborers.
Cell types of the iris in mice22h
Researchers report they have genetically mapped the cell types that make up the mouse iris — the thin disc of pigmented tissue that, in humans, gives eyes their distinct colors.
How Will the Infrastructure Bill Boost the Nation's Technology?22h
As President Biden signs the new bill into law, what sort of technological advancements will we see?
Correcting inherited gene alterations speeds up22h
Researchers have developed a method to precisely and rapidly correct genetic alterations in the cultured patient cells.
Welcome to The Good Word22h
Sign up for Caleb's newsletter here . I've been writing and editing crossword puzzles since I was a teenager, for publications ranging from BuzzFeed to The New York Times . I worked at the Oxford English Dictionary for three summers. Placed in a few spelling bees here and there. I promise I'm not sharing this to bait you into going back in time and bullying me. It may come as no surprise that I l
Common food additive messes with gut bacteria•22h
Common Food Additive Gut
A widely used food additive, carboxymethylcellulose, alters the intestinal environment of healthy people, perturbing levels of beneficial bacteria and nutrients, a new study shows. The findings, published in the journal Gastroenterology , demonstrate the need for further study of the long-term impacts of this food additive on health. "It certainly disproves the 'it just passes through' argument…"
How to generate better, cheaper, more abundant random numbers23h
And why that is important
Can windy days shield you from COVID-19?23h
Low wind speeds and stale air are associated with a higher incidence of contracting COVID-19 when people socialize outside, perhaps as much as 45% more, a new study shows. While it may not be the season for beach going and barbecues, people continue to work and gather outside in many settings. Is that cause for concern in these latest stages of the pandemic, and new variants? Not necessarily, the
Potential new treatment for Alzheimer's disease would be relatively cheap23h
Researchers have discovered a protein involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Studies in mice showed that eliminating this protein entirely or using drugs to block its function reduced physical changes in the brain associated with the disease and improved memory. Drug therapy that aims to block the protein's activity could be a more effective treatment than what is currently available,
Warm-water habitat 'pays the bills,' allowing cold-water fish to fuel up23h
New research shows that warm-water habitats can be critically important for the survival of cold-water fish such as trout and salmon.
Unbreakable phone screens could be made with a new material23h
Perovskites toughen up displays
Modified protein from rattlesnake venom permits development of drug to modulate blood clotting23h
Researchers in Brazil and Belgium have developed a molecule of pharmaceutical interest from collinein-1, a protein found in rattlesnake venom. They used a technique called PEGylation to make the molecule, now called PEG-rCollinein-1, more stable in the organism and resistant to the immune system, obtaining a drug candidate to modulate blood clotting.
To Better Persuade a Human, a Robot Should Use This Trick23h
A new study finds that, for robots, overlords are less persuasive than peers.
Arctic Snow Is Shifting to Rain As Temperatures Rise23h
The change in precipitation may happen faster than scientists previously predicted — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Resolute scientific work could eliminate wheat disease within 40 years23h
Wheat and barley growers know the devastating effects of Fusarium head blight, or scab. The widespread fungal disease contaminates grain with toxins that cause illness in livestock and humans, and can render worthless an entire harvest. As Fusarium epidemics began to worsen across the eastern U.S. in the 1990s and beyond, fewer and fewer farmers were willing to risk planting wheat.
DeepMind's AI helps untangle the mathematics of knots23h
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03593-1 The machine-learning techniques could benefit other areas of maths that involve large data sets.
Science report: US should make less plastic to save oceans23h
America needs to rethink and reduce the way it generates plastics because so much of the material is littering the oceans and other waters, the National Academy of Sciences says in a new report.
Bacteria and plants fight alike23h
A brown blotch on a plant leaf may be a sign that the plant's defenses are hard at work: When a plant is infected by a virus, fungus or bacterium, its immune response keeps the disease from spreading by killing the infected cell, as well as a few surrounding ones. A new study at the Weizmann Institute of Science points to the evolutionary origins of this plant immune mechanism. The study may help
Less ploughing enables carbon storage in agricultural soils23h
The value of long-term studies can be found when you're ready to dig deep. WUR scientists and European partners asked: what happens when organic farmers stop plowing? In a joint effort, we sampled nine field trials across Europe and assessed the impact of reduced tillage versus plowing on soil carbon storage: Humus was always enriched in the soil surface layer in reduced tillage systems, which is
Researchers identify key RNA "gatekeeper" in gene expression, pointing to possible new drug targets23h
An important player in the healthy development of female embryos turns out also to play a key role in regulating the behavior of chromosome loops and gene expression in both sexes, according to a new study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). These findings, reported in the journal Cell, could help create new targets for drug development.
Earthquakes and tsunamis in Europe?23h
Since the tsunami that devastated coasts around the Indian Ocean in December 2004 and the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, people worldwide are aware that geological processes in the ocean can cause significant damage. From a European perspective, such events are seen to occur mostly in distant regions. "It is often forgotten that the European coasts are also located in areas that are tectonicall
Thriving in non-equilibrium23h
Equilibrium may be hard to achieve in our lives, but it is the standard state of nature.
Presidential Pox, 18631d
Researchers continue to debate whether US president Abraham Lincoln was coming down with smallpox as he delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, and if he had been immunized.
Deep breath video can calm a child in 1 minute1d
Taking a few slow, deep breaths significantly reduces children's physiological arousal in everyday settings, research shows. It's one of the first things parents and teachers tell a child who gets upset : "Take a deep breath." But research into the effect of deep breathing on the body's stress response has overwhelmingly ignored young children—and studies done with adults typically take place in
How we found a way to track alien marine species along South Africa's coast1d
Saldanha Bay harbor on the west coast of South Africa has long been an important point for global shipping routes. It was also the port of entry for an unwanted stow-away: the Mediterranean mussel. The species first appeared in South Africa in the late 1980s, and has spread along the west and south coasts. It has displaced native species, increased the areas covered by mussel beds, and damaged inf
Small-group learning can mitigate the effects of school closures, but only if teachers use it well1d
Schools aren't just where kids go to learn reading, math, science and history. The social skills they learn—like how to build and maintain relationships with peers—are also critical. This is particularly true as schools grapple with the aftereffects of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Africa's cave-dwelling bats need more protection, which will keep people safe too1d
Caves are overlooked but essential parts of the natural world. Many animals use caves for shelter and for raising their young—bats among them. Caves are often home to multiple bat species. Bats may also use different caves for specific reasons; some travel to particular selected caves, known as maternity caves, just to have their pups. This means that large populations of bats rely on a small numb
Decomposition of rhizospheric soil organic carbon is more sensitive to climate warming than non-rhizosphere carbon1d
The rhizosphere is the narrow region where plant roots and the soil interact vigorously and intensive microbial metabolism occurs. The properties of rhizosphere soil are usually different from that of non-rhizosphere soil. This is called rhizosphere effects (REs).
Patient Receives First 3D Printed Prosthetic Eye•1d
Fraunhofer 3D Printed
(Photo: Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) A patient in London has received the first 3D printed prosthetic eye. National Health Service patient Steve Verze visited Moorfields Eye Hospital last week to receive the new left eye after it had been printed by Fraunhofer IGD, an international institute for applied research in visual computing. To print the eye, Fraunhofer devised a process
Using less-profitable farmland to grow bioenergy crops also supports biodiversity1d
An analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory showed that using less-profitable farmland to grow bioenergy crops such as switchgrass could fuel not only clean energy, but also gains in biodiversity.
Illegal wildlife trade: Is there a better way to solve this problem?1d
What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear about a poaching incident on the news? Catching the poachers? Punishing them with imprisonment? Sadness over another animal or plant being taken from the wild and the impact on the species as a whole?
Non-trivial role of internal climate feedback on interglacial temperature evolution1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03930-4
What's the best diet for people and the planet?1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-03601-4 Designing a nutritious and planet-friendly diet, and an AI that guides mathematicians.
In situ Raman spectroscopy reveals the structure and dissociation of interfacial water1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04068-z Interfacial water consists of hydrogen-bonded water and Na·H2O, its structure changes at hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) potentials, and when structurally ordered it aids interfacial electron transfer, resulting in higher HER rates.
Reply to: Non-trivial role of internal climate feedback on interglacial temperature evolution1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03931-3
Optomechanical dissipative solitons1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04012-1 Stable, dissipative optomechanical solitons are realized using optical fields in a whispering gallery mode resonator by balancing the optomechanical nonlinearities with a tailored modal dispersion.
Antiviral activity of bacterial TIR domains via immune signalling molecules1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04098-7 The mechanism of Thoeris—a bacterial anti-phage defence system—is described in detail, revealing that bacterial TIR-domain proteins recognize infection and produce signalling molecules to execute cell death, akin to the roles of these proteins in plants.
Antigen-presenting innate lymphoid cells orchestrate neuroinflammation1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04136-4 A subset of inflammatory group 3 innate lymphoid cells, here termed iILC3s, infiltrate the central nervous system and promote neuroinflammation and disease progression in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.
Local circuit amplification of spatial selectivity in the hippocampus1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04169-9 Single-cell tracing and optogenetics manipulation in mice are used to show how spatial tuning of individual pyramidal cells in CA1 can propagate to and be amplified by their local subnetwork of neurons.
Cyclic evolution of phytoplankton forced by changes in tropical seasonality1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04195-7 .Morphometric analysis of coccolith assemblages spanning the last 2,800,000 years suggests that the evolution of coccolithophores is linked to seasonality changes, paced by Earth's orbital eccentricity with implications for the carbon cycle.
Accuracy mechanism of eukaryotic ribosome translocation1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04131-9 Structural analysis of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 80S ribosome trapped in an intermediate translocation state shows stabilization of codon–anticodon interactions by eukaryote-specific elements of the 80S ribosome, eEF2 and tRNA and demonstrates a major role for eEF2 in maintaining the directionality of translocation.
Quantifying social organization and political polarization in online platforms1d
Nature, Published online: 01 December 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04167-x A new method quantifies the social makeup of online communities, and applying it to 14 years of commenting patterns on Reddit shows increased polarization in 2016, driven by new users to the platform.