This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series Midnight Mass. The Exorcist is a film I've long loved because it raised the bar not just for horror, but also for movies that explore questions of faith and doubt, good and evil, life and death. I know all of its beats by heart, but when I recently rewatched the 1973 classic, the ending hit differently. The movie concludes with an exorcism, natu
Big Order Rental car company Hertz has ordered 100,000 Tesla Model 3s as part of a massive push to electrify its fleet — the largest purchase of electric vehicles ever, according to Bloomberg . It's a massive deal reportedly worth $4.2 billion, pushing the automaker's valuation past the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever. Shares were just two dollars shy of reaching the $1,000 mark on Monda
Quarter Trillionaire As if being a billionaire wasn't enough, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is gunning to seize the title of world's first-ever trillionaire. The CEO's net worth has now officially grown past a quarter trillion dollars, Bloomberg reports , leaving the second richest person in the world, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, in the dust. It's an obscene amount of wealth for a single human being — and i
B efore I tell you what happened at exactly 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the White House—and how it elicited a very specific reaction, some 2,400 miles away, in Menlo Park, California—you need to remember the mayhem of that day, the exuberance of the mob as it gave itself over to violence, and how several things seemed to happen all at once. At 2:10 p.m., a live microphone captured
A team of international researchers led by the University of Arizona reported last year that they had uncovered the largest and oldest Maya monument—Aguada Fénix. That same team has now uncovered nearly 500 smaller ceremonial complexes that are similar in shape and features to Aguada Fénix. The find transforms previous understanding of Mesoamerican civilization origins and the relationship between
Most elements lighter than iron are forged in the cores of stars. A star's white-hot center fuels the fusion of protons, squeezing them together to build progressively heavier elements. But beyond iron, scientists have puzzled over what could give rise to gold, platinum, and the rest of the universe's heavy elements, whose formation requires more energy than a star can muster.
The sharpest images ever of living bacteria have been recorded by UCL researchers, revealing the complex architecture of the protective layer that surrounds many bacteria and makes them harder to be killed by antibiotics.
Protein intake is known to be vital for maintaining brain function in older individuals. Now, using a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have shown that the intake of a specific set of amino acids can inhibit the death of brain cells, protect the connections between them, and reduce inflammation, preserving brain function. Their research suggests that this amino acid combination calle
Photographer David Doubilet first dove below the surface at age 8 and has spent a lifetime making underwater images. He talks to NPR about his new book: Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea . (Image credit: David Doubilet)
Bill Cash says UK still not being made full member of Horizon Europe science programme linked to dispute over NI protocol UK scientists are being "frozen out" of the £80bn EU research programme Horizon Europe because of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, a House of Commons committee has claimed. Participation in the science research programme is being hampered by the o
Does your internal monologue play out on a television, in an attic, as a bickering Italian couple – or is it entirely, blissfully silent? Claudia*, a sailor from Lichfield in her late 30s, is not Italian. She has never been to Italy. She has no Italian family or friends. And she has no idea why a belligerent Italian couple have taken over her inner voice, duking it out in Claudia's brain while sh
Discovery of foundations of 'industrial scale' medieval tannery at abbey has astonished experts It is Britain's biggest and most famous monastic ruin and one that conjures up bucolic images of peace, reflection and very little noise apart, perhaps, from the occasional waft of Gregorian chanting. In reality, archaeologists have revealed, Fountains Abbey near Ripon was as busy, noisy and industrial
Zero-Click Exploit In a chilling cautionary tale, a New York Times journalist says a hacker was able to access his iPhone after sending him a text message — even though he never clicked anything. Ben Hubbard, a NYT reporter covering the Middle East, said that hackers used something called a "zero-click exploit" in order to get into his phone in 2020 and 2021, according to an article he wrote in t
Launching the Sexbomb A Canadian aerospace company has chosen an eyebrow-raising name for a hypersonic space plane it plans to launch in 2022: "Sexbomb." Space Engine Systems (SES) announced that it wants to launch the, uh, Sexbomb in Manitoba, according to a press release from the company . The vehicle will be used to test the company's spacecraft engine prototype. Of course, you might be wonder
The United States' top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, is no stranger to criticism — but the latest claims that he helped fund cruel experiments that infected dozens of puppies with parasites might be some of his most sordid yet. The White Coat Waste Project, a conservative nonprofit, claims that the National Institute of Health (NIH) helped fund several tests on 44 beagle puppies with
Tearing It Up As the release of Tesla's Cybertruck approaches, excitement for the electric pickup truck is starting to ramp up. A newly leaked showroom video shows the hard-edged stainless steel vehicle tearing it up on dirt roads, riding through fields, and doing some sick donuts. The news comes days after Lars Moravy, Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla, confirmed that the Elon Musk-
The infamous twin paradox sends the astronaut Alice on a blazing-fast space voyage. When she returns to reunite with her twin, Bob, she finds that he has aged much faster than she has. It's a well-known but perplexing result: Time slows if you're moving fast. Gravity does the same thing. Earth — or any massive body — warps space-time in a way that slows time, according to Albert Einstein's genera
I n the fall of 2019 , Facebook launched a massive effort to combat the use of its platforms for human trafficking. Working around the clock, its employees searched Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram for keywords and hashtags that promoted domestic servitude in the Middle East and elsewhere. Over the course of a few weeks, the company took down 129,191 pieces of content, disabled more than 1,0
Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French philosopher who wears elegant suits, cites Hegel, and visits war zones. The first part of his new book, The Will to See , references conversations with Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze, among other French postmodernists; the latter part describes horrific scenes of violence in Somalia, Nigeria, and Ukraine, among other places. We i
A new poll finds more than 55% of Black and Latino households have faced serious financial problems in recent months. And more than a quarter have depleted their savings. (Image credit: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
Minister 'quite concerned' about delay to finalising UK's participation in €80bn Horizon Europe scheme A fresh Brexit row has been blown open with Brussels after David Frost accused the EU of being close to breaching the trade deal struck last Christmas. He said the UK was "getting quite concerned" about Brussels delaying ratification of the UK's participation in the €80bn (£67bn) Horizon Europe
Indris sound like 'bagpipes being stepped on' but their 1:2 beats are the first to be identified in non-human mammals They have fluffy ears, a penetrating stare and a penchant for monogamy. But it turns out that indris – a large, critically endangered species of lemur – have an even more fascinating trait: an unexpected sense of rhythm. Indri indri are known for their distinctive singing, a sound
A new carbon-based air filtration nanomaterial capable of capturing and destroying various viruses, including animal coronavirus, a close relative of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—has been developed by Cambridge scientists and engineers.
Even after more than 30 years of research, high-temperature superconductivity is still one of the great unsolved mysteries of materials physics. The exact mechanism that causes certain materials to still conduct electric current without any resistance even at relatively high temperatures is still not fully understood.
In 1999, Karen Knierman picked up a free mug at her first big astronomy conference, just before she started grad school. It bore the logo of an ambitious observatory, designed to peer at the most distant galaxies in the universe: NGST, short for Next Generation Space Telescope . The mug was on Knierman's desk in 2002 when NASA made a surprise announcement: NGST was going to become JWST, after Jam
In the latest edition of Physical Review B, UvA Ph.D. candidate Xuanbo Feng (QuSoft and IoP) and colleagues write about their recent experiments on a material that can go from a normal metal state to a more exotic state known as a "charge density wave state."
In a Season 4 episode of Friends , Ross is about to get married (again). At his bachelor party, Joey and Chandler argue over who will serve as his best man. Their bickering devolves into pettiness, until a fed-up Chandler makes an announcement about one of their guests, the barista at their favorite coffee shop: When he gets married, Chandler says, he'll just ask Gunther to be his best man. Gunth
Australia's Parkes Observatory detected an ET-like pattern that suggested something was out there. But it was just a case of mixed signals Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Astronomers searching for alien life thought they'd spotted signs of intelligence beyond the solar system – but the signals turned out to be human. Parkes Observatory's Murriyang radio telescope detected "
Researchers find compounds can act as a trail of breadcrumbs, attracting white blood cells to help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Australian scientists have discovered a way of making drugs more effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or superbugs. A new method that heightens the body's immune response to bacteria by harnessing
A breakthrough in the fight against hunger, three Nobel Prizes, and 150 million tonnes of annual production—yet still a tricky topic for research: For over 100 years, the chemical industry has been using the Haber-Bosch process to convert atmospheric nitrogen and hydrogen into ammonia, an important component of mineral fertilizers and many other chemical products. Scientists at the Max-Planck-Inst
When considering the implications of thawing permafrost, our initial worries are likely to turn to the major issue of methane being released into the atmosphere and exacerbating global warming or issues for local communities as the ground and infrastructure become unstable. While this is bad enough, new research reveals that the potential effects of permafrost thaw could also pose serious health t
If you paid attention to the news this summer about the release of 2020 census data, you probably heard that America's white population is in free fall. Big, if true. The statistic that launched a thousand hot takes and breathless voice-overs about racial change was a supposed 8.6 percent, or 19 million, drop in the number of white Americans since 2010. Headlines cast this decline as unprecedente
It's rare to see a bad photo today. If, by chance, a bad photo is taken and cannot be filtered, edited, or otherwise enhanced into something visually acceptable, it is swiftly deleted. Why hold on to anything less than perfect? Why, when with a cost-free click you can disappear it from your digital life, lest it ever inadvertently make its way onto someone else's social feed, where it might be sc
Katherine D. Morgan was "super burnt out" on dating apps. She'd seen people using services like Tinder and Bumble—but they didn't make a lot of sense to her. "A lot of my friends were talking about how they had had success, and I was just like, 'I wish there was another way,'" she says. So she took matters into her own hands. In July, she made a Twitter thread, inviting people to put themselves o
A major climate meeting is about to get underway in Glasgow, Scotland. It's a pivotal moment in the struggle against climate change. But it's taking place in the midst of political tensions. (Image credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
This story contains spoilers for the second episode of Succession Season 3. Before he joined Succession , the actor James Cromwell insisted that his character have some scruples. In a recent interview , Cromwell said that the show's original scripts portrayed the stone-faced Ewan Roy as holding a personal grudge against his brother, the right-wing-media baron Logan Roy. Cromwell lobbied for Ewan'
How can doctors make sure a dressed wound is healing without taking off the bandage? This is a conundrum, because removing a bandage can disrupt the healing process. Technology presented in a new study in open-access journal Frontiers in Physics could help.
Halterna av kolidoxid, metan och lustgas i atmosfären fortsätter att stiga. Enligt en ny rapport från den Meteorologiska världsorganisationen WMO är halten växthusgaser just nu förmodligen den högsta på 3 miljoner år.
A multi-disciplinary project driven by EMBL Australia researchers at Monash University and Harvard University has found a way to make antibiotics more effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria—also known as 'superbugs.
Dr Karen Postle says Tory MPs' views on masks would be mildly amusing if it weren't for the gravely serious consequences, while Susannah Kipling despairs that 'virtue' is being hijacked as a term of abuse. Plus letters from Emma Blashford-Snell , Mike Terry , Rosemary Gill and Christine Gallagher Are Tory ministers vying with one another in a contest to portray the most libertarian, populist view
A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), finds that black spruce trees—a key species on the boreal landscape for millennia—are losing their resilience and capacity to regenerate in the face of warming temperatures and increasingly frequent Arctic wildfires. A continuation of this trend could result in a landscape-wide ecological shift that would have a
An urgent increase in policy support and investment would be needed for carbon capture and storage (CCS) to achieve the scale needed to meet global decarbonisation goals, according to University of Queensland and Princeton University researchers.
The cremation process destroys a lot of information that can usually be obtained from the human skeleton. Diseases are especially difficult to observe. This has caused a paucity in our knowledge of the disease load in populations that practiced cremation as their main funerary ritual. Dr. Barbara Veselka and Prof. Christophe Snoeck, of the Brussels Bioarchaeology Lab and research groups MARI and A
Songbirds share the human sense of rhythm, but it is a rare trait in non-human mammals. An international research team led by senior investigators Marco Gamba from the University of Turin and MPI's Andrea Ravignani set out to look for musical abilities in primates. "There is longstanding interest in understanding how human musicality evolved, but musicality is not restricted to humans," says Ravig
Seventh-largest constellation is most easily spotted by finding the square denoting the horse's body We began the month with a look at the constellation of Cassiopeia , the vain queen who inspired the wrath of Poseidon, so we will end it with a look at another constellation derived from that same myth: Pegasus, the winged horse. In the Greek myth, the hero Perseus rode Pegasus to the shoreline to
Like many viruses, SARS-CoV-2 relies on lipid modifications carried by host enzymes to organize their membrane structure and coordinate the function of virulence proteins. Scientists at EPFL have discovered the enzymes that transfer fatty acids to one of the main components of SARS-CoV-2, its fusion protein Spike. The findings reveal that such fatty acids are important for the production of infect
Nature, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02815-w Despite 30 years of climate diplomacy, urgent and aggressive action is needed to halt global warming. Nature explains what success looks like, and what's on the line.
Astronomers have used the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT) to probe a blazar known as J1415+1320. Results of the study deliver essential information regarding the variability of this peculiar source. The research was detailed in a paper published October 14 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
Methane emissions from the distribution and use of natural gas across U.S. cities are 2 to 10 times higher than recent estimates from the Environmental Protect Agency, according to a new study from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
Researchers from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University and Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University have developed a ferritin (Fn)-based nanomedicine for targeted delivery of arsenic (As) and efficient therapy against diverse leukemia types.
In one of nature's unexpected bounties, a harmless food-grade solvent has been used to extract highly sought rare-earth metals from coal ash, reducing the amount of ash without damaging the environment and at the same time increasing an important national resource.
A weak ferromagnetic (FM) ground state at low temperature in few-layered van der Waals (vdW) magnetic Ni1-xCoxPS3 nanosheets containing sulfur vacancies (Sv) was discovered by a research team led by Prof. He Jun from National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in collaboration with Prof. Jin Song from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This wo
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have found new ways of controlling how heat flows through thin materials by stacking atomically thin layers of atoms into van der Waals heterostructures. By comparing different stacks of different materials, or even the same material after heat treatment, they found that weak coupling and mismatch between layers helped significantly reduce heat transp
Virulent diseases which devastate food crops like coffee, almond, citrus and grapevines with serious global economic and environmental consequences, could be controlled by large-scale aerial scanning, says new collaborative research involving Swansea University.
Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to new treatments for axial spondyloarthritis (SpA), a painful and debilitating form of arthritis which causes inflammation in the spine, joints, eyes, gut and skin.
There's a widespread hypothesis that links the resilience of coral reefs with their remoteness from human activities — the farther away they are from people, the more likely corals are to bounce back from disturbances.
Metal catalysts are widely used in the production of drugs, dyes, adhesives, and plastics. Researchers have now discovered an intriguing property of nickel as a catalyst: it is able to catalyze the coupling of aromatic hydrocarbons in its anionic form, the nickelate ion. In this form, the two metals, lithium and nickel, work in cooperation in a unique manner, explain the authors.
Immunotherapy may benefit people with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare but serious complication of cancer that has spread to the brain and/or spinal cord. Treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors caused notable changes in the characteristics of immune cells within the cerebrospinal fluid of patients. In a phase II clinical trial, treatment extended overall survival in patients compared wit
Researchers have uncovered a fundamental role of glial cells in the nervous system of the gut in maintaining a healthy intestine. These cells have been found to coordinate the immune responses of the gut following pathogen invasion and could be key targets when exploring new treatments for inflammatory bowel conditions.
Researchers have discovered that people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a protein in their lungs that leaks a small molecule into their bloodstream that restricts their breathing instead of relaxing their airways. The findings will help clinicians diagnose and determine the severity of chronic lung diseases and make bronchodilators more effective.
Once plastic products are used and discarded, they can linger in oceans, collecting in large 'garbage patches' and harming sea life. One potential solution, a biodegradable polymer called polylactide (PLA), has so far not fully lived up to its promise, showing little sign of breakdown once in seawater.
Gateway to Mars SpaceX has shared a new 90-second montage dubbed "Gateway to Mars," showing its Starship spacecraft prototypes being built, launched, and safely returned back to the surface. It's a reminder of how far the company has come in realizing its vision. The footage shows several early iterations of the Mars-bound launch vehicle being put through their paces — albeit without the ensuing
Futurism Readers – As ever, we've got some news about the future to share with you. This time, it's about our site. Thanks to your support, we've been able to secure Futurism's continued operation, in two ways. The first big change is one of two reasons we'll able to keep going, bigger and better than ever, no less: In July 2021, Futurism was acquired from its previous owners by Recurrent Venture
The cremation process destroys a lot of information that can usually be obtained from the human skeleton. Especially diseases are difficult to observe. Researchers have now found a way to reveal some of the information. For the first time, they have succeeded in detecting vitamin D deficiency in cremated human remains.
A paper claiming that cases of myocarditis spiked after teenagers began receiving COVID-19 vaccines that earned a "temporary removal" earlier this month will be permanently removed, according to a publisher at Elsevier. As we reported last week, the article, "A Report on Myocarditis Adverse Events in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in … Continue reading
Air humidity is more important than soil moisture in influencing whether it rains in the United States Corn Belt, an agricultural area in the Midwest, stretching from Indiana to Nebraska and responsible for more than 35% of the world's most important grain crop, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.
A new paper by the Peter group of the ETH Zurich's Institute of Biochemistry (IBC) finds that the human GID E3 ubiquitin ligase forms a tetrameric complex with two distinct substrate-recruitment modules, namely WDR26-RanBP9 and GID4-ARMC8a. Although the shorter ARMC8b isoform stably assembles into the hGID complex, it lacks the ability to recruit the GID4 substrate-receptor.
There are a number of G protein-coupled receptors in human cells. As an important component of the cell membrane, these proteins are responsible for detecting different stimuli in the surroundings of a cell within the body and transferring this information to the cell interior. They may act individually or in pairs, and this can have a crucial effect on their function. Together with colleagues fro
EMBL Hamburg's García Alai Team has released eSPC, a freely available online platform for analyzing molecular biophysics data from a range of experimental techniques. The tool enables scientists around the world to easily analyze their data without the need to travel to the laboratory where the data was generated.
Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has announced ambitious plans for a new commercial space station called Orbital Reef — and it's hoping to begin operations before 2030. The massive station — or at least its design — is a collaborative effort with spaceflight company Sierra Space, a Sierra Nevada Corporation subsidiary. Blue Origin says it has the backing of several industry leaders including
När de första hästarna blev tämjda ersatte de alla andra hästar på bara några århundraden. Ett stort internationellt forskarteam har löst det mångåriga mysteriet kring var och när den moderna hästen tämjdes först. – Dna-studier av husdjur kan ge lika viktiga bidrag till kunskapen om förhistorien som mänskligt dna, säger Kristian Kristiansen, professor i arkeologi vid Göteborgs universitet, som bi
Zero Gravity While space travel is slowly becoming slightly more accessible, there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome — especially for would-be astronauts who are physically disabled. That could be starting to change as well, now that a nonprofit called AstroAccess launched a parabolic flight — a planes that flies in large arcs to simulate zero gravity — last Sunday that included 12 disabled
The COP26 climate summit will be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November and will include more than 100 heads of state, who will hash out timetables to limit carbon emissions and address other issues such as adaptations to climate change
Scientific Reports, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41598-021-00840-3 Author Correction: Identification of loci associated with susceptibility to bovine paratuberculosis and with the dysregulation of the MECOM , eEF1A2 , and U1 spliceosomal RNA expression
It's hard to know what climate change will mean for Earth's interconnected and interdependent webs of life. But one team of researchers at Duke University says we might begin to get a glimpse of the future from just a few ounces of microbial soup.
Lung cancer can be elusive to spot and difficult to treat because the markers for it are found in other tissues, too. Now, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a finely tuned molecular agent that can target lung and other cancer cells for imaging and treatment.
Nature, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02945-1 COVID-19 vaccine technology could help to protect us from other diseases. Plus: the genetic origins of modern domestic horses and a false-alarm 'alien' signal.
Inspired by a concept for discovering exoplanets with a giant space telescope, a team of researchers is developing holographic lenses that render visible and infrared starlight into either a focused image or a spectrum.
A water-borne fungus that has led to the extinction of several species of amphibians that spend all or part of their life cycle in water is also threatening terrestrial amphibians. In Brazil, researchers supported by FAPESP detected unprecedented mortality among a genus of tiny frogs known as pumpkin toadlets that live in the Atlantic Rainforest far from any aquatic environments. The animals were
Det finns ingen gräns för hur gammal en människa kan bli. Det är slutsatsen i en nyligen publicerad vetenskaplig studie. I över hundra år har människans förväntade livslängd i de mest utvecklade länderna ökat stadigt med tre år per decennium. Men hur länge kommer den ökningen att fortsätta? Frågan är föremål för livliga diskussioner bland forskarna inom området. År 2017 publicerade Chalmersforska
As the dominant seagrass species on the U.S. West Coast, eelgrass supports a wide range of ecosystem services and functions, making its preservation and restoration a top priority for the region. Eelgrass restoration has a spotty record of success, however, and studies of restoration sites have rarely assessed the full range of ecosystem functions.
The latest round of national emissions cutting plans submitted under the Paris Agreement will make no material dent in short-term carbon pollution levels and still put Earth on course to warm 2.7C, the UN said Monday.
Limiting climate change to the 1.5°C target set by the Paris Climate Agreement will likely require coal and gas power use to decline at rates that are unprecedented for any large country, finds an analysis of decadal episodes of fossil fuel decline in 105 countries between 1960 and 2018. Furthermore, the findings suggest that the most rapid historical cases of fossil fuel decline occurred when oil
Mangrove trees straddle the boundary between land and ocean, in harsh environments characterized by rapidly changing levels of salinity and low oxygen. For most plants, these conditions would mark a death sentence, but mangroves have evolved a remarkable resistance to the stresses of these hostile locations.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new process that makes use of existing industry standard techniques for making III-nitride semiconductor materials, but results in layered materials that will make LEDs and lasers more efficient.
Baby Planet Astronomers have discovered the youngest planet ever observed — and they say it's even bigger than Jupiter. The international team of researchers, led by the University of Hawaii, discovered the planet — dubbed 2M0437b — in a "stellar nursery" roughly 450 light-years away, according to a press release from the university about their findings in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomica
If you've ever wanted to help find an exoplanet, this is your chance. There's a new open research initiative that invites participants to help identify exoplanets using simple visual pattern matching — and it's open to anybody who wants to help. You don't even have to own a telescope. The project is an open, distributed search for exoplanets, in cooperation with a planet-hunting telescope array c
A new study provides deep insights into how the brain's hippocampus works, involving networks of millions of neurons. That knowledge could be an important step toward the development of treatments for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and epilepsy, all of which are related to dysfunction in the hippocampus.
Just as humans may leave their home five minutes early to avoid a talkative neighbor or depart work late to avoid a rude coworker, carnivorous mammals may go out of their way to avoid other species. But they're not trying to navigate awkward social interactions; rather, they are negotiating space and resources for survival.
Researchers have developed 'mini brains' that allow them to study a fatal and untreatable neurological disorder causing paralysis and dementia — and for the first time have been able to grow these for almost a year.
It is estimated that 80% of women will suffer from vaginal candidiasis at least once in their lives. In addition to superficial infections, which can be oral or vaginal and do not usually have a serious prognosis, fungi of the Candida genus can cause systemic diseases in immunocompromised individuals and these are fatal in 40% of cases. Drugs are available to treat these conditions, but doctors ar
Scientists at St Petersburg University together with researchers from St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPC RAS) and the Scientific Research Centre for Ecological Safety of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a new organic compound demonstrating a laser-induced enhancement in its biological activity. The discovered phosphonate will enable the sci
Many curious animals can be found on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi—such as the deer-hog and the midget buffalo. But the island's tropical forests hide a diversity of tiny insects that still remains largely unexplored. Museum scientists from Indonesia and Germany have just discovered 28 new species of beetles, all belonging to the weevil genus Trigonopterus.
Plants are not entirely at the mercy of their herbivore enemies. Often, chemical defenses ensure that the plants are inedible, or even toxic, and as a result insects and other hungry animals steer clear of them. A new study has shown, for the first time, that the degradation of plants' defense substances by insects' digestive enzymes can influence the insects' preference for certain food plants. R
Nature, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02873-0 The protein-coding portions of more than 450,000 individuals' genomes have been sequenced, and analysed together with the individuals' health data, revealing rare and common gene variants linked to various health-related traits.
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, the University of Surrey has published a paper in Sustainability detailing how it will reduce its carbon emissions and reach Net-Zero by 2030. In the paper, Surrey's researchers share ideas and provide guidance on how other universities can apply the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
This study is led by Dr. Bin He (College of Global Change and Earth System Science, Beijing Normal University) and Dr. Wenping Yuan (School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University). Terrestrial ecosystem, as a major carbon sink, plays an important role in regulating the global carbon cycle and atmospheric CO2 mixing ratio. Traditionally, atmospheric temperature or land water availability h
As the population of people of color grows across the United States, white Americans are still prone to move when neighborhoods diversify, and their fears and stereotypical beliefs about other racial and ethnic groups may help maintain segregation, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
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Nature, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02778-y Natural killer cells can destroy cells infected by SARS-CoV-2, but this immune-system defence malfunctions in people with severe COVID-19. Will this finding drive a search for ways to reinvigorate natural killer cells in such cases?
Ögonsjukdomen keratokonus betyder konformad hornhinna och drabbar unga. En ny avhandling visar att de i tidiga stadier av sjukdomen ofta underbehandlas trots att de patienterna ofta har mest att vinna på en behandling där man droppar B-vitamin på hornhinnan och sedan lyser på den med UV-ljus så att den blir stelare.
Nature, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02776-0 Efforts to generate nanoscale-resolution images of cell interiors have gained ground through the development and refinement of a microscopy method. The data sets are publicly available as resources for further discoveries.
Digitala läromedel som är utformade för att anpassa sig till varje elevs individuella kunskapsnivå skapar problem. Den inbyggda tekniken är inte tillräckligt transparent och riskerar att vägleda eleverna utan att lärarna blir delaktiga. Digitala läromedel kan försvåra för lärarna, visar en avhandling vid Göteborgs universitet som undersökt hur digitala matematikläromedel förändrar förutsättningar
Among people who gave birth after an unintended pregnancy, a top explanation was the belief they couldn't get pregnant and therefore didn't need contraception, research finds. "Among women who weren't using contraception when they got pregnant, the primary reason was because they didn't think they could get pregnant," explains Sarah Cowan, an assistant professor of sociology at New York Universit
The release of the Oculus Go in 2018 was an important step for Facebook's Virtual Reality division, but the product was short-lived. After being made obsolete by the Oculus Quest, the company discontinued the Go in 2020. Still, Facebook sold millions of the standalone headsets, and now they're even more capable thanks to an unlocked software update . That means anyone with an Oculus Go will be ab
Ullhåriga mammutar överlevde i Sibirien nästan 7 000 år längre än man tidigare trott. Det visar dna-spår i tundran, som också avslöjar att de långhåriga elefantdjuren antagligen dog ut av svält – inte på grund av blodtörstiga jägare. Med hjälp av dna-teknik har forskare lyckats skapa en unik bild av hur Arktis vegetation och djurliv utvecklats under de senaste 50 000 åren. Enligt sibirisk folklor
Researchers have uncovered for the first time how mollusks build ultradurable structures with a level of symmetry that outstrips everything else in the natural world, with the exception of individual atoms. The research could inform future high-performance nanomaterials. "We humans, with all our access to technology, can't make something with a nanoscale architecture as intricate as a pearl," say
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The deep learning neural networks at the heart of modern artificial intelligence are often described as " black boxes " whose inner workings are inscrutable. But new research calls that idea into question, with significant implications for privacy. Unlike traditional software whose functions are predetermined by a developer, neural networks learn how to process or analy z e data by training on ex
Syringomyelia is a spinal cord disease characterized by fluid-filled cavities within the spinal cord tissue, which was first described over 400 years ago. However, the mechanism by which these cavities are formed is still not fully understood. In 1980, neurosurgeon Bernard Williams hypothesized that pressure changes due to coughing, sneezing, and straining, caused fluid in the cavity to "slosh" th
Brain cancer is difficult to contain and is often resistant to conventional treatment methods. Predicting tumor cell behavior requires a better understanding of their invasion mechanism. Now, researchers from University of Fukui, Japan, have used high-density nanofibers that mimic the microenvironment of the brain to capture these tumor cells, opening doors to novel therapeutic solutions for aggre
Earth's ocean is clearly rising. Between the loss of land and sea ice and warmer waters expanding, rising sea level is a global issue. But the equation governing exactly where the land meets the ocean also depends on the land itself. For instance, various forces such as the motion of tectonic plates can cause vertical land motion (VLM) that either exacerbates or mitigates the threat of sea level r
Gun violence increased by more than 30% in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. The researchers say that stress, domestic violence, lack of social interaction, and greater access to firearms might have contributed to the increase. According to the researchers, these findings come at a time when many hospitals remain inundated with COVID-19 cases and face chall
Biologists from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have discovered in Hong Kong waters a new species of hard coral and two new species of nudibranch, a type of marine mollusc, that have never been identified anywhere else in the world. The discoveries of new species from these commonly seen animal groups are a vivid reflection of Hong Kong's rich marine biodiversity.
A week from today, a crucial round of United Nations climate change negotiations will begin in Glasgow and the stakes could not be higher. By the end, we'll know how far nations are willing to go to address humanity's biggest challenge.
New research links conditions at the beginning of the start of the growing season to grain prices in five African countries. The first rains that signal the beginning of the growing season kick off a flurry of activities in rural, agricultural communities. Farmers decide when to plant, how much labor to allocate, how many resources to devote to that season's crop and so on. For those in the famin
Some 87 percent of UK secondary schools report making substantial changes to history teaching to address issues of diversity, according research by the universities of Oxford and Reading, based on an Historical Association survey of history teachers.
A new statistical engine that can systematically pinpoint how accurately gymnastics judges apply required marking guidelines has been developed by researchers in Switzerland. The results are published in De Gruyter's Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.
The time has come for Canada and other rich nations to pony-up and pay for the devastation they have caused countries in the Global South. That means, for a start, providing far greater climate adaptation financing to low-income countries and plugging the holes that siphon their limited fiscal resources to tax havens.
Dutch climate experts warned Monday that the low-lying Netherlands could face higher sea level rises than previously forecast as well as the threat of extreme rainfall and other dangerous weather events caused by climate change.
A volcano erupting for the past five weeks on the Spanish island of La Palma is more active than ever, officials said Monday, after new lava flows following a partial collapse of the crater threatened to engulf previously unaffected areas.
Climate change policy has finally reached the center of the political agenda as President Biden and other world leaders prepare to discuss how the planet can collectively mitigate this grave threat. There are many other issues of environmental sustainability that receive less attention but also pose substantial threats to human and ecological well-being. While all new drugs are reviewed by medical
The potential for major earthquakes around the southern end of the Gulf of Aqaba may be lower than geophysicists feared. Separate studies by two students, using quite different approaches but arriving at similar findings, give hope that there will be low risks for emerging cities on the nearby shores of the Red Sea.
A week out from the COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow, all eyes are on two nations: China and the United States. Together, the superpowers are responsible for more than 40% of global carbon emissions. US-China relations have been fractious in recent years, and whether they can cooperate on climate action is crucial to success at COP26 and beyond.
Muskelceller hos patienter med typ 2-diabetes har en rubbad inre biologisk klocka. Det tyder på att behandlingar för typ 2-diabetes kan vara mer eller mindre effektiva beroende på vilken tid på dagen de sätts in. Det visar en studie vid Karolinska Institutet och Köpenhamns universitet. Nästan alla celler i kroppen reglerar sina biologiska processer över en 24-timmars period, även kallad cellens d
New research links the genetic disorders Fragile X and SHANK3 deletion syndrome to walking patterns. The researchers examined microscopic movements of study participants wearing motion-sensored sneakers. The method, published in a new study in the journal Scientific Reports , detects gait problems 15 to 20 years before their clinical diagnosis and could help advance intervention models to preserv
Silicate minerals are the major components of most rocks. When these minerals on the Earth's surface come into contact with water, they partially dissolve as they react with carbon dioxide in the water. This dissolved material is then transported via rivers to the ocean, where it is ultimately used by organisms to make marine carbonates such as limestone. In this way, carbon dioxide is removed fro
Crosstalk among Abscisic acid (ABA), auxin, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays critical roles in modulating seed germination, root growth, and suberization. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely elusive.
I have been writing a lot about energy recently, partly because there is a lot of energy news, and also I find it helpful to focus on a topic for a while to help me see how all the various pieces fit together. It is often easy to see how individual components of energy and other technology might operate in isolation, and more challenging to see how they will all work together as part of a complet
Nature, Published online: 22 October 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02935-3 Researchers have dated a Norse settlement in Canada to ad 1021. Plus: why elephants are evolving to lose their tusks, and how mix-and-match COVID vaccines have aced the effectiveness test.
If you're working more from home like so many others nowadays, you likely spend a good amount of that time in online meetings. Like them or not, they're a convenient way to keep from convening at the office. While the commute might be improved, the increased amount of distractions we experience at home can severely diminish the quality of our interactions. The unwanted sounds picked up by the sen
As a newcomer in the alloy material world, high-entropy alloys exceed the traditional alloy design concept as they possess more than five elements, and generally exhibit a simple solid solution structure due to their high configuration entropy. With excellent mechanical properties, ability to withstand heat, as well as their resistance to wear, corrosion and irradiation, high-entropy alloys have g
The World Meteorological Organization reported Monday that greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and increased at a faster rate than the annual average for the last decade despite a temporary reduction during pandemic-related lockdowns.
In 2016 Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers published a paper on osteoarthritis by a group at Linyi People's Hospital in China. Five years later, the authors contacted the journal asking for the correction of a pair of figures — but, as the publisher, Mary Ann Liebert, explained, the new files were "not workable." In May … Continue reading
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26387-5 Oligofurans have attracted great attention because of their strong fluorescence, charge delocalization, and increased solubility. Here the authors show a bottom-up modular construction of chemically and structurally well-defined oligo(arylfuran)s by de novo synthesis of α,β′-bifuran monomers and late-stage br
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26496-1 Investigations of human cardiac disease involving human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes are limited by the disorganized presentation of biomechanical cues resulting in cell immaturity. Here the authors develop a platform of micron-scale 2D cardiac muscle bundles to precisely deliver physiologic c
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26432-3 The RNA polymerase L of arenaviruses is of interest for drug design and its activity is inhibited by the matrix protein Z. Here, the authors present the cryo-EM structure of the Machupo virus polymerase L in complex with matrix protein Z and discuss the inhibitory mechanism.
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26465-8 Experimental data obtained in single-particle tracking experiments are challenging to interpret. The authors propose an approach for determining the dynamics of the stochastic motion of molecules based on the power spectrum, relevant to various non-stationary scale-free random walks.
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26409-2 The recently identified Wuhan spiny eel influenza virus (WSEIV) sequence is more closely related to influenza B than A viruses. Here, the authors functionally characterize the putative surface glycoproteins of WSEIV and show that its NA-like protein has sialidase activity and its HA-like protein binds monosia
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26244-5 Antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus is associated with reduced neutrophil recruitment. Here, Payne et al. link formylated peptides, which act as chemoattractants for neutrophils, with the antibiotic vancomycin and show that these hybrid compounds improve clearance of S. aureus by neutrophils.
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26327-3 It is unclear how distinct concepts are processed in the brain. Here, the authors recorded from concept cells in human subjects with epilepsy and found that a subset of concept cells responded to non-preferred concepts if those non-preferred concepts required comparison to a preferred concept.
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 October 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-26374-w Individual addition of O or Al is known to deteriorate ductility of Ti alloys, especially at cryogenic temperatures. Here the authors demonstrate a counter-intuitive effect where significant addition of both Al and O substantially improves both strength and ductility in a Ti-6Al-0.3 O ternary alloy.
Prescribed fire helps protect forests by giving trees like Ponderosas a healthy pruning that allows them to survive a future blaze, while reducing the fuel available to power a wildfire. In north-central Washington, those who manage and study these forests are seeing their prescribed burns bear fruit.
Leaders may be going into the UN climate summit in Glasgow with the do-or-die goal of limiting global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, but breaching that cap is not what keeps scientists awake at night.
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Ars Technica recently published a story about Hacker X, who helped Mike Adams expand his online empire of health fraud into an empire of fake news and political disinformation, thus intertwining health and political misinformation into the deadly combination we see now. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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Omkring 1700 kirkeværger har siden 2011 kunnet finde hemmelige adresser gennem it-systemet GIAS, men nu har man lukket for funktionen. Systemet har nemlig udfordringer med at flage problematiske opslag, fortæller leverandøren.
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