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Cool oasis for Cretaceous feathered dinosaurs
The Jehol Biota, an ancient ecosystem in Liaoning province in northeastern China, includes a dense and diverse array of Cretaceous flora and fauna and is a hot spot of feathered dinosaur fossils. A new study reconstructs a cool climate and high elevation at the site, providing critical environmental context for the wide array of dinosaurs preserved there.


Nobel prize in medicine awarded to US duo for work on sense of touch
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian share 10m-kronor prize for discovery of receptors for temperature and touch Two US researchers have won the 2021 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for work that unlocked the secrets of the sense of touch. Prof David Julius, a physiologist at the University of California in San Francisco, and Prof Ardem Patapoutian, a neuroscientist at Scripps Research in La
Sicilian coffee dream a step closer as climate crisis upends farming
As temperatures rise, one family hopes to establish the world's northernmost coffee plantation For more than 30 years the Morettino family had been trying to produce their own coffee on a small piece of land in Sicily. And for 30 years they had failed. But last spring 66 seedlings produced about 30kg of coffee, in a development that could turn the Italian island into the northernmost coffee plant
Shapps criticised for remarks on wearing masks in enclosed spaces
Covid experts warn against complacency after transport secretary hails lack of face coverings at Tory conference event Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccinations have made people more confident to sit in enclosed spaces without masks, Grant Shapps has said, prompting scientists to warn that such messages risked complacency, and that mask use was vital in limiting t
Can you solve it? Another game of brutal genius from South Korea
Will you make the cut? UPDATE: The solution can be seen here. Today's three challenges are from Han Dongkyu, a talented young puzzle designer from South Korea. The first two will warm you up for the third, which is probably the most stunning example of a dissection puzzle I have ever seen. Prepare to be awed – and have your brain twisted inside out. 1. Librarian's Nightmare Part I Continue readin
William Shatner confirms he will go into space on Blue Origin rocket
90-year-old actor who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek will become the oldest person to reach space William Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek, has confirmed that he will go to space this month at the age of 90, thereby becoming the oldest person ever to escape the confines of Earth. Shatner will take a seat on Blue Origin's second launch from west Texas on 12 October, the spac
Simulations suggest an Earth or Mars size planet may be lurking out beyond Neptune
A team of space scientists has published a paper in Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics suggesting that there may be an Earth- or Mars-sized planet orbiting beyond Neptune. They further suggest that simulations of the creation of the solar system show that such a planet may have been pushed from the outer regions of the solar system by the gas giants.
The Myth That Democracies Bungled the Pandemic
The idea that dictatorships get things done while democracies dither has an ancient provenance and enduring appeal. When times were tough in the ancient Roman republic, the Senate appointed a strongman with virtually unlimited powers (but a temporary term of office) to tackle the crisis. Abraham Lincoln, the savior of American democracy and the Great Emancipator, suspended the writ of habeas corp
Is Boris Johnson a Liar?
A few months ago , I saw Boris Johnson recount a story about his life that I'd never heard before—and he said something that was not, strictly speaking , true. With most politicians, hearing a new tale can be unremarkable, but with Johnson—the subject of at least two biographies, countless newspaper and magazine articles, and someone who has been at the center of British political life for decade
Does practice make perfect?
Prodigies such as Emma Raducanu spend thousands of hours honing their skills, but could anyone deliver a world-class performance with enough dedication? At the end of every edition of his children's TV show Record Breakers, Roy Castle used to sing: "If you want to be the best, if you want to beat the rest, dedication's what you need ." But is it all you need? Tennis star Emma Raducanu seemingly c
Woman successfully treated for depression with electrical brain implant
'Stunning' neuroscientific advance gives hope to those with mental illness not helped with drugs A woman with severe depression has been successfully treated with an experimental brain implant in a "stunning" advance that offers hope to those with intractable mental illness. The device works by detecting patterns of brain activity linked to depression and automatically interrupting them using tin
Amazon's Astro robot is stupid. You'll still fall in love with it.
On September 28, Amazon introduced Astro, a "household robot." Amazon's launch video promises that the $999 robot, which is squat with two wheels and a rectangular screen that features two orbs for eyes, will be able to do things like watch your home or join impromptu dance parties. This being Amazon, there's good reason to be skeptical, especially since Astro is essentially a giant camera on whe
Jonathan Franzen's Best Book Yet
J onathan Franzen writes big books about small lives. This may sound like a curious characterization of a writer who has sweated to position himself as an encyclopedic chronicler of wide-scale cultural change in each of his five fat novels to date, the shortest of them clocking in at 517 pages. Yet his fiction is typically set in claustrophobic enclaves. His characters don't hail from New York or
This woman's brain implant zaps her with electricity when it senses she's getting depressed
Sarah, a 36-year-old woman living in California, had lived with chronic depression for five years. She felt suicidal multiple times an hour and was unable to make decisions about basic questions like what to eat. Nothing she had tried to treat it, including electroconvulsive therapy, had helped. Then, in June 2020, she had an implant inserted into her skull that zaps the parts of her brain that c
Japanese astronomers investigate magnetar XTE J1810-197
Using four radio telescopes, astronomers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and elsewhere have conducted multi-frequency multi-epoch radio observations of a radio-loud magnetar known as XTE J1810-197. Results of the study, presented September 24 on the arXiv pre-print repository, could help us better understand the nature of this peculiar object.
Medicine Nobel Prize Goes for Temperature and Touch Discoveries
We often appreciate the world around us in terms of its glorious sights, stirring sounds and evocative smells, all of which mark important stimuli and changes in our environment. But senses that are no less crucial to our survival yet often taken for granted are our abilities to register heat, cold and touch, a form of perception called somatosensation. Because of them, we can feel the warmth of.
For 'unrecognised black women': statue of Henrietta Lacks unveiled in Bristol
Lacks, whose cells were used in multiple medical advances, is honoured by the city's university There were tears of joy and pride as the first statue of a black woman created by a black woman for a public space in the UK was unveiled in a sunlit garden at the University of Bristol. Three generations of of Henrietta Lacks' family travelled from the US for the unveiling of the bronze statue of her,
Is new finding an asteroid or a comet? It's both
The newest known example of a rare type of object in the Solar System—a comet hidden among the main-belt asteroids—has been found and studied, according to a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Henry Hsieh.
Earliest evidence yet of huge hippos in Britain
Palaeobiologists have unearthed the earliest evidence yet of hippos in the UK. Excavations at Westbury Cave in Somerset have uncovered a million-year-old hippo tooth which shows the animal roamed Britain much earlier than previously thought.
Failed herd immunity strategy demands honesty | Letter
The UK public health community, along with the government, ignored the evidence that Covid could be suppressed, writes Dr Greg Philo Laura Spinney offers a defence for the worst public health disaster in a hundred years, saying that "scientists were in the dark" ( Covid lawsuits and inquiries are looming – but blame won't prevent future pandemics , 29 September). In fact, a section of the UK publ
Straight Out of Science Fiction: Scientists Create a Crystal Made Solely of Electrons
It's not often that messing around in the lab has produced a fundamental breakthrough, à la Michael Faraday with his magnets and prisms. Even more uncommon is the discovery of the same thing by two research teams at the same time: Newton and Leibniz come to mind. But every so often, even the rarest of events does happen. The summer of 2021 has been a banner season for condensed-matter physics. Th
A Home Equity Investment Lets You Tap Your Home's Value With No Monthly Payments
If you're looking for a way to help make your financial goals a reality, you're not alone. An insane amount of homeowners are taking advantage of today's housing market. Gaining equity off your property can be done in a variety of ways, including home loans and HELOCs. But if none of these options sound right for you, you may be interested in a Home Equity Investment . An equity investment means
Man Dressed as Ninja Attacks Army Special Ops Soldiers With Katana Sword
Street Ninja Ever wondered what would happen if you brought a literal katana to a potential gun fight? Last month, a man dressed in "full ninja garb" attacked a US Army special operations unit in the middle of the California desert, resulting in two injuries, according to a Facebook post by the local Kern County Sheriff's Office. Deputies "discovered the suspect had assaulted a victim at the scen
Black women have nearly 3X higher triple negative breast cancer risk
Black women have nearly a three-fold increased risk of triple negative breast cancers, according to a new study. These types of cancer have a poor prognosis. The analysis of nearly 200,000 patients who received mammograms between 2006 and 2015 across three US health systems underscores the importance of understanding the heterogeneity of breast cancer risk factors for women of differing races, ag
Sju av tio nyheter handlade om corona
I början av pandemin handlade 70 procent av artiklarna på svenska nyhetssajter om coronaviruset. Den mest omnämnda personen i artiklar om corona var USA:s före detta president Donald Trump. Från det att världshälsoorganisationen WHO deklarerade att spridningen av covid-19 var en pandemi dominerade det nya coronaviruset nyhetsflödet i flera veckor. 70 procent av artiklarna på Aftonbladets, DN:s oc
Spectral resolution of superconducting single photon detectors more than doubled
Scientist use superconducting detectors (MKIDs) to capture single photons coming from exoplanets. MKIDs constantly monitor their own kinetic inductance, which changes proportionally to the energy of an incoming photon. Researchers from SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research have now more than doubled their spectral resolution by re-trapping most of the leaked energy. The research was publis
App-based drivers report COVID-19 stress and isolation
The majority of app-based drivers report high levels of stress and concern about exposure to COVID-19, a survey finds. Roughly 30% thought they had already had the virus. Drivers face a number of concerns : Is this passenger ill? Are they properly masked? Will they pull it down once seated? Will they cough, blowing air around? Are they in a bad mood? Did they just get out of a rough meeting or a
Cracking the blue crab's genetic code
Scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have sequenced the genome of the blue crab. The best way to understand an organism is to understand its genetic makeup, also known as its genome. Once the code is understood, it reveals many secrets of how the organism works. Researchers plan to investigate the genetics of growth and reproduction, and the genome will be made
I Didn't Know My Mom Was Dying. Then She Was Gone.
The pink notebook my mother kept when she was sick contains 18 entries, most of them shorter than a haiku. The pages list medications and surgeries, the names of family members who sent money, and which body parts hurt and how badly. One entry, from October 1995, reads: "Neck (severe pain) Coming out of the mall to cold air." I was 5 that day; my sister was 3. We were leaving the mall after takin
America Is Losing Its Black Police Officers
When Ray Kelly was appointed commissioner of the New York Police Department, in 1992, he announced that his No. 1 priority was to recruit more Black officers to the force. "Without these actions, there will be increased tension between the communities and the police," Kelly told The New York Times . "Tension leads to hostilities and that will lead to more cries of racism in the department." Kelly
Scientists confirm decrease in Pluto's atmospheric density
When Pluto passed in front of a star on the night of August 15, 2018, a Southwest Research Institute-led team of astronomers had deployed telescopes at numerous sites in the U.S. and Mexico to observe Pluto's atmosphere as it was briefly backlit by the well-placed star. Scientists used this occultation event to measure the overall abundance of Pluto's tenuous atmosphere and found compelling eviden
Do 'Dear CEO' letters make a difference?
For several years now, large investment firms have used public proclamations, like BlackRock's "Dear CEO" letters, to signal their commitment to corporate social responsibility. New research shows the companies these firms invest in are picking up the signal and repeating the message.
Comb breathalyzer is now a thousandfold more sensitive to disease biomarkers
JILA scientists have boosted the sensitivity of their decade-old frequency comb breathalyzer a thousandfold and can detect additional biomarkers of disease—four now, with the potential for six more. When validated and engineered into a portable design, the comb system could offer real-time, noninvasive analysis of human breath to detect and monitor diseases. JILA is jointly operated by the Nationa
Urban mining for metals flashes forward
In what should be a win-win-win for the environment, a process developed at Rice University to extract valuable metals from electronic waste would also use up to 500 times less energy than current lab methods and produce a byproduct clean enough for agricultural land.
A breakthrough in droplet manipulation
Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have made a key breakthrough in droplet manipulation. They have discovered an innovative way to navigate liquids on a surface in the absence of external force or energy.
New model simplifies orbital radar trade-off studies for environmental monitoring
Skoltech researchers Alessandro Golkar and Ksenia Osipova, and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student Giuseppe Cataldo (now working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) have developed, within the framework of a Skoltech-MIT collaboration, a model to help engineers create and select the most promising conceptual designs of satellite radar systems. By optimizing the design of t
Growing droplets in the matrix
The mechanism of molecular self-organization was assessed in a new model by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS). In their study, they simulated how environmental factors such as temperature influence the size of oil droplets in elastic matrices. The study will also help understanding droplet formation in biological cells, where biological molecules
New study capture sugar transport fundamental to plants
In plants, Sugar Transport Proteins (STPs) are key for uptake of glucose. They are responsible for sugar import into plant organs such as seeds, pollen and fruit and are essential for correct tissue development. Moreover, controlling sugar uptake through STPs is used by plants as a vital defense strategy against microbial infection, by using starvation and competition for sugar to restrict microbi
Sarahs depression släppte efter ny el-behandling
Sarah, 36, fick alla slags behandlingar mot sin svåra depression. Inget fungerade. I fjol blev hon först med att testa en ny variant av så kallad DBS (deep brain stimulation). Hon minns en känsla av lättnad, och att hon log. – Det var första gången på fem år som jag fått till ett leende utan fejka, säger Sarah. Tidigare elbehandlingar mot depression har gått ut på att stimulera ett visst område i
Fault-tolerant control of an error-corrected qubit
Nature, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03928-y Fault-tolerant circuits for the control of a logical qubit encoded in 13 trapped ion qubits through a Bacon–Shor quantum error correction code are demonstrated.
Foundational step shows quantum computers can be better than the sum of their parts
Pobody's nerfect—not even the indifferent, calculating bits that are the foundation of computers. But JQI Fellow Christopher Monroe's group, together with colleagues from Duke University, have made progress toward ensuring we can trust the results of quantum computers even when they are built from pieces that sometimes fail. They have shown in an experiment, for the first time, that an assembly of
Henrietta Lacks' estate sues drug company that sold her cells
Lacks's estate is asking Thermo Fisher to pay back the full profits gained over 70 years of using her cells without consent The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a pharmaceutical company on Monday, accusing it of selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital took in 1951 without her knowledge or consent. The cells taken from Lacks , a Black woman who died of cervical cancer, are known has HeL
Skogens ekonomiska värde
Vi bad en av Sveriges främsta skogsekonomer att räkna på vad det skulle kosta om man helt stoppade all skogsavverkning under ett år som vissa forskare i Slaget om skogen föreslagit för klimatets skull.
USB-IF Rolls Out Logos for new 240W USB-C Cables
USB Type-C only appeared on the scene a few years ago, but it has already become almost ubiquitous on phones, tablets, laptops, and more. The EU is even considering making USB-C a requirement on a huge swath of consumer electronics. However, just because you see the distinctive oval-shaped USB-C plug on a device does not mean it automatically supports high-speed data or fast charging. The non-pro
Nobelpristagare − viljestarka med tilltro till sig själva
De flesta nobelpristagare arbetar väldigt hårt och är mycket kunniga inom sina respektive ämnen. Ofta har vinnarna en stark vilja och litar på sig själva. I början av oktober tillkännages vilka som belönas med årets Nobelpris. Vid Göteborgs universitet finns det forskare som redan innan vet vilka som får några av prisen. En av dem är Claes Gustafsson, sedan många år ledamot i Nobelkommittén för k
The hidden talent of fungi
Researchers at TU Wien propose a new method to interpret and mine the genomes of fungi. The goal: prediction of essential genes for the production of valuable substances.
Reducing plastics in gardens
With plastic waste a worldwide problem, consumers are taking steps to reduce use and recycle more household packaging—including in their own backyard.
Healthy soil, healthy farms
Soils, like people, can be healthy or unhealthy. We've recently learned how important the microbes inside our bodies are to human health. Likewise, soil health depends on a complex group of microbes. These bacteria and fungi recycle nutrients and prepare the soils to better support plants.
New discovery of the earliest known hippo fossil in the UK
A fossil of an extinct species of hippo that is over one million years old has been discovered in Somerset by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Leicester. This finding surpasses the previous oldest record of hippo in the UK by at least 300,000 years.
BepiColombo gets first close-up look at Mercury
Nature, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02685-2 The European and Japanese mission performed the first of six slingshot manoeuvres around the planet. It will ultimately insert two probes into orbit in 2025.
Study shows protein hydrophobic parts do not hate water
Proteins are the workers, messengers, managers, and directors of nearly all inter- and intra-cellular functions in our body. So, all advances in biology, pharmaceuticals, and related fields hinge on having a fundamental understanding of how proteins work. For over half a century, one key theory that has informed scientific and technological advancement in the biosciences is the classical theory on
How Quantum Computers Can Be Used to Build Better Quantum Computers
Using computer simulations to design new chips played a crucial role in the rapid improvements in processor performance we've experienced in recent decades. Now Chinese researchers have extended the approach to the quantum world. Electronic design automation tools started to become commonplace in the early 1980s as the complexity of processors rose exponentially, and today they are an indispensab
Transport pricing in practice
In the largest worldwide pricing experiment to date, researchers have demonstrated that road users change their behavior when they must pay for the social and environmental effects of their transportation. The study was led by researchers from the University of Basel, ETH Zurich and ZHAW.
Plastic with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions is possible
Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to economically produce plastics that have a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions balance over their entire life cycle. And they may cost less, too. Since the early 1950s, plastics have found their way into almost every area of modern life. Between 1964 and 2014, plastic consumption increased twenty fold, from 15 to 311 million tonnes (around 16.5 to 342.
Multistep mechanism of nanostructure formation in liquid crystal
Most of our daily commodities, such as plastics, alloys and processed foods, are provided as solids, and they are often processed by a controlled cooling process from a liquid mixture to a solid. Liquid crystals, solutions, polymers, and biomaterials form a wide variety of structural patterns arising from differences in the cooling processes. These patterns provide a diversity of functions, and ca
Review: I'm Not Anxious And Sleep Fine. Can CBD Oil Help Me?
So, CBD is just a trend, right? While manufacturers are pumping out all manner of cannabidiol-infused products, can we expect to find them clogging up the back of our closets one day soon? Will they be hiding out back there with the Jazzercise VHS videos, bottles of ephedra and the Shake Weight? If you're expecting the current fad of CBD oils, balms, gummies and other extract goodies to gradually
Hungry microbes found responsible for stealing medicine from Shedd Aquarium's animals
For months, veterinarians put medicine into the animals' quarantine habitats at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, ensuring that animals entering the building did not bring dangerous pests or pathogens with them. And for months, the medicine consistently kept disappearing. Where was it going? Who was taking it? And what was their motive?
Study provides rare window into work life of app-based drivers during pandemic
When you get into the car of the app-based driver you just tapped up on your phone, you expect and hope the driver and the car are safe and capable of getting you where you need to go. Apps rate drivers, which you can see. But what if the driver is sick? What if the car has a mechanical problem? What if the driver has simply had a bad day?
Crucial step identified in the conversion of biomass to methane
Microbial production of methane from organic material is an essential process in the global carbon cycle and an important source of renewable energy. This natural process is based on a cooperative interaction between different types of microorganisms: the fermenting bacteria and the methane-producing archaea. The former converts so-called primary fermentation products from biomass decomposition, i
What do you think about buying a house in a coastal area for the long term in the age of climate change?
I've had this idea for a while now, I am going to move to Melbourne Australia in a year or two, and I would like to take a mortgage on a house because I know population is increasing there and therefore property values are and will continue to rise. I have this idea of being able to pass on my house to my descendents- because my grandparents worked their entire lives with the goal of saving money
Frankenstein TS Book Club Discussion
We will discuss the book, raise questions, and share observations in this webinar attended by special guest Roslynn Haynes, author and associate professor of English at the University of New South Wales.
What's the Biggest Laser in the World?
Here at ET we occasionally delve into topics for no particular reason beyond curiosity. In this case, that's lasers. At the consumer level, we're surrounded by products that rely on lasers — optical media, barcode scanners, fiber optics, and printers are all common — but for this article, we decided to scale up a bit. There are a couple contenders for the world's biggest laser, and they're all in
What idle thoughts reveal about mental health
Analyzing 10 minutes of people's idle thoughts indicates two tendencies: one that veers toward rumination, and the other toward inspiration. As reported in the journal Scientific Reports , 78 participants were trained to voice their thoughts aloud for 10 minutes while sitting alone in a room without access to electronic devices. Researchers used audio equipment to record those thoughts, then tran
Amazonian river winds unraveled by air pollution observations
River winds are induced by the daily thermal contrast between the land and the river. During the daytime, warmer temperatures over the land lead to lighter air masses that are lifted. The air masses in turn drive onshore air movement from the river toward the land. Subsequently, the air subsides over the river. The result is a closed local air circulation cell in the vertical plane (Figure 1). At
Incremental Advance for Quantum Computing
Quantum computing is an exciting technology with tremendous potential. However, at present that is exactly what it remains – a potential, without any current application. It's actually a great example of the challenges of trying to predict the future. If quantum computing succeeds, the implications could be enormous. But at present, there is no guarantee that quantum computing will become a reali
First European map of the insulating effect of forests
To cool off in summer, there's nothing better than a walk in the woods. Trees act as a buffer that cools the air beneath their foliage in summer and warms it in winter. This phenomenon is caused not only by the protection that the forest canopy provides, but also by the transpiration of trees in summer: trees absorb cooler water from the soil, and this water is then transported up to the leaves, e
Social science for algorithmic societies
Machine learning algorithms pervade modern life. They shape decisions about who gets a mortgage, who gets a job, and who gets bail, and have become so enmeshed in our political and economic processes that some scientists argue we are witnessing the emergence of "algorithmically infused societies."
Stellar winds and evaporating exoplanet atmospheres
Most stars including the sun generate magnetic activity that drives a fast-moving, ionized wind and also produces X-ray and ultraviolet emission (often referred to as XUV radiation). XUV radiation from a star can be absorbed in the upper atmosphere of an orbiting planet, where it is capable of heating the gas enough for it to escape from the planet's atmosphere. M-dwarf stars, the most common type
Image: Hubble views galaxy NGC 5728
Meet NGC 5728, a spiral galaxy around 130 million light-years from Earth. This image was acquired using Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), which is extremely sensitive to visible and infrared light. Therefore, it beautifully captures the regions of NGC 5728 that are emitting light at those wavelengths. However, there are many other types of light that galaxies such as NGC 5728 emit, which WFC3 c
This robot vapes for science
Nature, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02679-0 A tabletop device that can 'inhale' nicotine-laden vapour could help to explain why some e-cigarettes cause grave lung injury.
Academia's ableist culture laid bare
Nature, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02695-0 Four group leaders with disabilities share their thoughts on how to make laboratories and fieldwork more accessible and inclusive.
Clean air for a sustainable world
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25885-w Air pollution is a cause of disease for millions around the world and now more than ever urgent action is required to tackle the burden of its impacts. Doing so will not only improve both life expectancy and quality of life, but will also lead to a more just and sustainable world.
A conversation on the impacts and mitigation of air pollution
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25518-2 Air pollution is an environmental and health concern affecting millions globally every day. Dr Audrey de Nazelle, an expert in air pollution risk assessment and exposure science at Imperial College London, shares with Nature Communications their thoughts on the impacts of air pollution and the policies needed
Electron penetration triggering interface activity of Pt-graphene for CO oxidation at room temperature
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26089-y Achieving CO oxidation at room temperature is significant for gas purification but remains challenging to perform. Here, the authors report design of graphene-isolated Pt from cobalt-nickel nanoparticles for efficiently catalytic CO oxidation in an oxygen-rich atmosphere.
Magnetic-field-controlled spin fluctuations and quantum critically in Sr3Ru2O7
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26068-3 Sr3Ru2O7 exhibits a quantum critical point tunable by magnetic field and has been widely used in the study of criticality. Here, by using inelastic neutron scattering, the authors measure collective magnetic excitations near the quantum critical point and relate them to thermodynamic properties and spin densi
A moisture-tolerant route to unprotected α/β-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides and facile synthesis of hyperbranched polypeptides
Nature Communications, Published online: 04 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25689-y Synthetic polypeptides are biomimetic materials that are commonly prepared by ring-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs), but the methods for NCA synthesis usually require anhydrous and air-free conditions. Here, the authors report a method for the synthesis of NCAs under atmospheric
Government Food Aid Programs Need a Digital Facelift
The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in the U.S., but it may have also provided a roadmap for mitigating the problem. The crisis fueled the growth of a vast online marketplace for food and grocery delivery — a marketplace that can be tapped to modernize government nutrition assistance.
Hopp om nytt läkemedel för sexmissbrukare
Ett läkemedel mot alkoholism visar lovande resultat som möjlig behandling för personer med sexmissbruk. Det visar en avhandling från Umeå universitet. Nu görs en större studie av medicinen. – Sexmissbruk är en sjukdom som innebär lidande och riskerar att leda till allvarliga konsekvenser för såväl personen själv som för omgivningen. Därför är det välkommet med fler möjliga behandlingsalternativ,
"Natural immunity" versus the vaccine for COVID-19
Antivaxxers have long appealed to "natural immunity" as being somehow inherently superior to vaccine-induced immunity, which is apparently "artificial". This is a trope that comes from alternative medicine concepts about purity and contamination that is now endangering us in the age of the pandemic. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
Finland finns inte
Karta som illusterar myten om Finland Efter andra världs­kriget kom Ryssland och Japan överens om en lösa ett stort gemensamt problem – matbristen. De lade helt enkelt beslag på en … Continued Inlägget dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
Coronavirus live news: new rules for travel in England; New Zealand to phase out elimination strategy
England's traffic light system for international travel replaced by one red list ; Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will 'transition' towards new policy Inside Missouri's Covid culture wars 'We lost him': how Covid tore one Sydney family apart Brazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisis See all our coronavirus coverage Teachers in New York are supposed to be fully vaccinated aga
Starwatch: five- star Cassiopeia is a queen chained to her throne
Constellation represents boastful woman punished by Poseidon, and shares mythical roots with its neighbours This week, search out the constellation Cassiopeia. For northern hemisphere observers it is going to be high in the sky throughout the coming winter months. Indeed, for much of the northern hemisphere, it is a circumpolar constellation visible all year round. For most southern hemisphere ob
Laven försvinner och renarna svälter
Om inte sättet att bruka skogen förändras finns risk att den traditionella rennäringen försvinner. Det menar forskare som studerar renarnas vinterföda, laven. Laven håller nämligen på att ta slut. På bara drygt 30 år har hälften av laven i de lavrika skogarna försvunnit, och utan stödfoder svälter renarna.
Dags för Nobel: Hörsel, gener eller vaccin
Klockan 11.30 får vi veta. Då kommer Nobelförsamlingen på Karolinska Institutet meddela vem eller vilka som får årets Nobelpris i medicin eller fysiologi. Bodil Appelquist, vetenskapsreporter på SVT, hoppas på ett pris till en upptäckt som betytt ofantligt mycket för världen de senaste åren.
The Truth About Truth Serum
It doesn't actually exist, but plenty of drugs are purported to ferret out the facts. These methods, sometimes used in law enforcement, raise scientific and ethical questions.


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