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Tesla Locks Down Patent for Laser Windshield Wipers
Laser Windshield Wipers Tesla has managed to lock down a rather unusual patent: using laser beams as windshield wipers, as first spotted by Electrek . Textbook over-engineering or a huge advancement in the car industry? We're not entirely sure. The patent application details a "cleaning system" that "includes a beam optics assembly that emits a laser beam to irradiate a region on a glass article
Study links too much free time to lower sense of wellbeing
Research shows there is a 'sweet spot' and subjective wellbeing drops off after about five hours The lesson of Goldilocks, that one can have too much of a good thing, even when it comes to the size of a chair, has applied in fields from astrobiology to economics. Now, it seems it may even govern our free time. Researchers have found that while levels of subjective wellbeing initially rise as free
Details of rare bronze age coffin found in golf course pond revealed
Size of telephone box, coffin thought to be 4,000 years old and includes well-preserved axe among remains Golfers are forever trying to avoid everything from bunkers, the rough and water to other players' putting lines . In Lincolnshire the hazard was almost an incredibly rare telephone box-sized early bronze age coffin. Historic England on Friday revealed details of a remarkable discovery as wor
NASA is going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Things might get chaotic.
The dinosaurs didn't have a space program, so when an asteroid headed toward Earth with their name on it 65 million years ago, they had no warning and no way to defend themselves. We know how that turned out. Humans are, understandably, keen to avoid the same fate. Later this year, NASA will launch a mission to practice how we might deflect a future Earthbound asteroid. The Double Asteroid Redire
Facebook: Taping Over Camera LED on Our Glasses is a TOS Violation
Creeper Glasses Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban to come up with a pair of smart sun glasses that absolutely nobody asked for. The design is as creepy as it is familiar. There's a tiny, spy-sized camera mounted to the sunglasses frame so everybody can creep on their neighbor while going unnoticed. No fancy augmented reality here — they're essentially a smartphone camera strapped to a pair of g
The Roe Baby
N early half a century ago , Roe v. Wade secured a woman's legal right to obtain an abortion. The ruling has been contested with ever-increasing intensity , dividing and reshaping American politics. And yet for all its prominence, the person most profoundly connected to it has remained unknown: the child whose conception occasioned the lawsuit. Roe 's pseudonymous plaintiff, Jane Roe, was a Dalla
We're Asking the Impossible of Vaccines
In 1846, the Danish physician Peter Ludvig Panum traveled to the Faroe Islands in search of measles. The rocky archipelago, which sits some 200 miles north of Scotland, had been slammed with an outbreak, and Panum was dispatched by his government to investigate. The trip predated the formal discovery of viruses and antibodies by several decades, but Panum still stumbled upon a beguiling immunolog
Kentucky Lawmakers Scrap Statewide Mask Mandate In Schools
Lawmakers voted late Thursday to scrap a statewide mask mandate in public schools and shifted decision to local school boards as the state's worst COVID-19 surge threatens to overwhelm hospitals. (Image credit: Timothy D. Easley/AP)
Every Dog Is a Rescue Dog
Painting by Happy Menocal There are two ways to walk the dog. In one, our dog, George, picks the path. In the other, we do. This is an illusion he allows us. In truth, he controls both routes. Our morning walk in the park is unfocused. George guides us by his nose—what he smells on the asphalt, the tree box, the grass. He doubles back. We double back with him. (We've already checked in with the m
When 'Talk to Your Doctor' Goes So, So Wrong
In the battle against vaccine hesitancy, many officials have suggested that people talk with their doctor if they have concerns about getting vaccinated. This advice makes a certain amount of sense. Primary-care physicians are typically the doctors patients trust most, and doctors deeply understand the benefits of vaccines. The American Medical Association has claimed, based on a survey it conduc
Upside down rhinos and nose-clearing orgasm studies win Ig Nobel prize
Research from the more unusual realms of science is recognised every year at this alternative awards ceremony Groundbreaking studies into how well beards soften punches to the face, the benefits of transporting rhinoceroses upside down, and orgasms as a nasal decongestant were honoured on Thursday night with one of the most coveted awards in science: the Ig Nobel prize . Not to be confused with t
SpaceX Installs Rocket Engines on Starship Booster to Spell "420"
420 Vision It seems that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has once again professed his love for the weed number . Two adjacent Raptor engines recently installed on the space company's Super Heavy booster prototype on Wednesday were numbered "RB4" and "RB20," as spotted by one eagle-eyed Twitter user , who was following yesterday's events on a live stream courtesy of NASASpaceFlight . Together the engines for
New Math Book Rescues Landmark Topology Proof
One of the most important pieces of mathematical knowledge was on the verge of being lost, maybe forever. Now, a new book hopes to save it. The Disc Embedding Theorem rewrites a proof completed in 1981 by Michael Freedman — about an infinite network of discs — after years of solitary toil on the California coast. Freedman's proof answered a question that at the time was one of the most important.
The big myth of government deficits | Stephanie Kelton
Government deficits have gotten a bad rap, says economist Stephanie Kelton. In this groundbreaking talk, she makes the case to stop looking at government spending as a path towards frightening piles of debt, but rather as a financial contribution to the things that matter — like health care, education, infrastructure and beyond. "We have the resources we need to begin repairing our broken systems
Smoke Alarms Go Off, Fire Reported in Russian Segment of Space Station
Both the fire and smoke alarms were triggered early Thursday morning on board the Russian Zvezda module of the International Space Station, according to a report by Russian state-owned news agency RIA . The crew reportedly noticed smoke and the smell of burnt plastic — a terrifying prospect for anybody trapped inside a tiny outpost in the vastness of space. It's especially worrying considering th
Ministers hoping vaccines watchdog will back mass rollout of booster jabs
Government awaits JCVI decision as MHRA says third jab of Pfizer or AstraZeneca would be safe Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers have piled pressure on the vaccines watchdog to approve a large-scale programme of Covid booster injections ahead of the winter, as the number of people in hospital with the virus exceeded 8,000 for the first time since March . On Th
Stop Waiting for Your Soul Mate
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. D o you believe in true love? Probably so: 94 percent of Americans say they do, according to one 2019 survey by the data-collection company Statista. I am one of them, after 30 years of marriage to my true love. True love isn't too controversial, I think. But a large portion of Americans also
Scientists' egos are key barrier to progress, says Covid vaccine pioneer
Prof Katalin Karikó of BioNTech says she endured decades of scepticism over her work on mRNA vaccines Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists would make swifter progress in solving the world's problems if they learned to put their egos aside and collaborate better, according to the leading researcher behind the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine. Prof Katalin Karikó ,
Elon Musk: Next Full Self-Driving Beta "Will Blow Your Mind"
Blowing Minds According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the next beta version of the company's Full Self-Driving beta (FSD) will " blow your mind ." The driver assistance feature — which doesn't actually allow Tesla vehicles to fully drive themselves, as the name suggests, but does provide a growing degree of self-driving capability for drivers who remain attentive on the road — first went out to a small
Oh Great, Another Giant Ship Blocked the Suez Canal
Knot Again It happened again: Another gigantic shipping vessel temporarily blocked the Suez Cana on Thursday, temporarily stopping traffic at what's one of the most important waterways for global trade. A ship from Panama called the Coral Crystal got stuck after traveling about 33 miles into the canal, as originally reported by the Arabic language news outlet Al-Ain , blocking one lane and forcin
Scientists Fire Up World's Biggest Carbon Capture Machine
Firing Up On Wednesday, engineers in Iceland powered up the largest carbon capture device in the world. The plant, named "Orca" after the Icelandic word for energy "Orka," is expected to scrub about 4,400 tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere every year once it's running at full capacity, according to Agence France-Presse . That accounts for the emissions of roughly 870 cars, meaning Orca
Why Afghan Refugees Aren't Actually Welcome in California
T he city of Fremont, California , home of the Tesla manufacturing plant, is located 50 minutes southeast of San Francisco. In addition to being a popular bedroom community for well-to-do tech employees, Fremont is home to what is likely the largest community of Afghan immigrants in the United States. Official counts have found as many as 5,000 Afghans in the area known as "Little Kabul," but the
Smoke and fire alarms go off on International Space Station
Crew in Russian segment report smoke and smell of burnt plastic possibly linked to battery recharge Fire and smoke alarms went off at the Russian segment of the International Space Station in the early hours of Thursday, and the crew reported noticing smoke and the smell of burnt plastic. Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said the incident took place in the Russian-built Zvezda module and occurre
The west has more vaccine doses than it needs – and no excuse not to share them | Gordon Brown
Covid vaccine production is now so high that millions of doses risk going to waste while poorer countries struggle for supplies Gordon Brown was UK prime minister between 2007 and 2010 Soon, the ten-billionth Covid vaccine will roll off the production lines. By January, according to a recent report from the data research agency Airfinity, a tipping point will be reached when there will be enough
UK Covid booster not necessary for all, says Oxford jab scientist Sarah Gilbert
Gilbert suggests extra doses should go instead to countries with low vaccination rates Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the leading scientists behind the Oxford vaccine for Covid-19 has said she does not support a widespread booster jab campaign in the UK as immunity among fully vaccinated people is "lasting well". Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert, who developed the Oxf
'Maybe the guy's a masochist': how Anthony Fauci became a superstar
The US diseases expert has been spoofed by Brad Pitt and lauded as the 'sexiest man alive'. Now the pop culture phenomenon is the focus of a documentary Beer and bobbleheads. Candles, colouring books, cupcakes and cushions. Dolls, doughnuts, hoodies, mugs and socks. T-shirts and yard signs that declare "Dr Fauci is my hero" and "In Fauci we trust". Anthony Fauci, an 80-year-old scientist, doctor
'Revolutionary' lung cancer drug made available on NHS in England
Patients in England first to benefit from Sotorasib after drug proven to halt growth of tumours for seven months Lung cancer patients in England will become the first in Europe to benefit from a "revolutionary" new drug that can halt the growth of tumours by targeting the so-called "Death Star" mutation. The medication, Sotorasib, will be fast-tracked to NHS patients after it was proven in clinic
Reusable cloth masks hold up after a year of washing, drying
The reusable cloth masks people have been using for the past year or more may look a little worse for the wear. But new research from the University of Colorado Boulder finds that washing and drying them doesn't reduce their ability to filter out viral particles.
UK scientists win £2.2m Breakthrough prize for DNA reading advances
Creators of next-generation genome sequencing take science's most lucrative award Two British researchers have won the most lucrative prize in science for work that dramatically improved the speed and reduced the cost of reading DNA, the molecular instructions for life. Sir Shankar Balasubramanian and Sir David Klenerman, both professors at the University of Cambridge, share the $3m (£2.2m) Break
ESO captures best images yet of peculiar "dog-bone" asteroid
Using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT), a team of astronomers have obtained the sharpest and most detailed images yet of the asteroid Kleopatra. The observations have allowed the team to constrain the 3D shape and mass of this peculiar asteroid, which resembles a dog bone, to a higher accuracy than ever before. Their research provides clues as to how this astero
Edward Snowden Predicts Massive Bitcoin Adoption by Governments
Early Adopters El Salvador became the first country in the world to officially recognize the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as legal tender this week. The news comes after its president, Nayib Bukele, introduced legislation to accept the digital currency — alongside the US dollar — back in June and started to build out new financial infrastructure with the digital wallet platform company Strike. Now, fam
'I Was Responsible for Those People'
Photographs by Devin Oktar Yalkin Updated at 11:30 a.m. on September 10, 2021. O n the evening of September 4, 2021, one week before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Glenn Vogt stood at the footprint of the North Tower and gazed at the names stamped in bronze. The sun was diving below the buildings across the Hudson River in New Jersey, and though we didn't realize it, the memorial was shut off to t
How Hollywood Sold Out to China
C hloé Zhao , the director of Nomadland , is new Hollywood royalty. In April, she made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director at the Oscars. In November, her big-budget Marvel movie, Eternals , will arrive in theaters. She commands so much admiration from the industry right now that she gets away with showing up to the red carpet of a film premiere in jeans. Zhao was, for a time
The California Recall Could Be a Road Map for Democrats
California Governor Gavin Newsom is confronting the toughest challenge Democrats may face in next year's midterm election—and guiding his party toward a possible solution as the Republican-driven recall against him enters its final days. One key reason the president's party historically fares so poorly in midterm elections is that its supporters turn out at lower rates than voters of the party no
Boys more at risk from Pfizer jab side-effect than Covid, suggests study
US researchers say teenagers are more likely to get vaccine-related myocarditis than end up in hospital with Covid Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Healthy boys may be more likely to be admitted to hospital with a rare side-effect of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine that causes inflammation of the heart than with Covid itself, US researchers claim. Their analysis of
Watch a Tesla Model S Set a World Record on a Racetrack
New Record Tesla has shared a video of its Model S Plaid supercar ripping around the world-famous Nürburgring racecar track in Germany, setting an official full lap time of 7:35, a world record for a production EV. It's an impressive feat for what was the already quickest production car ever made. "Tesla Model S Plaid just set official world speed record for a production electric car at Nurburgri
New Roomba Boasts Dog Poop-Avoiding AI
Wet Paint Finally, the autonomous robot vacuum-maker iRobot has developed a new model that reportedly solves one of the greatest challenges still facing the artificial intelligence community. That's right, the new Roomba j7+ comes with advanced AI that can automatically detect and avoid dog poop, Ars Technica reports . That should, iRobot claims, prevent the new model from following in its predec
From coffee to microchips – how the supply chain crisis is disrupting UK plc
All you need to know about who is affected and why it's the worst supply chain crisis since the 1970s Fast food chains are running out of chicken. Hauliers' wage bills are going through the roof. Crops are rotting in the fields. The scale of Britain's supply chain meltdown is the worst since the 1970s, when the three-day week, power cuts and industrial disputes saw rubbish pile up in the streets.
Pfizer accused of holding Brazil 'to ransom' over vaccine contract demands
Leaked supply document reveals clauses to protect US pharma company from legal action in the event of serious side-effects Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Pfizer has been accused of holding Brazil "to ransom" over demands to shield itself from possible vaccine side-effect lawsuits in its contract to supply the country with 100m Covid jabs. In its $1bn (£700m) deal wi
The Atlantic Hires Roye Segal to Lead Atlantic Re:think
The Atlantic has hired Roye Segal to lead Atlantic Re:think , Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Hayley Romer announced today. Segal joins The Atlantic to head the award-winning creative studio, which is part of Atlantic Brand Partners , an interdisciplinary collective within The Atlantic that offers brands an integrated experience across platforms. Segal was most recently at NBCUniversal, where
Researchers report an insulator made of two conductors
Ohm's law is well-known from physics class. It states that the resistance of a conductor and the voltage applied to it determine how much current will flow through the conductor. The electrons in the material—the negatively charged carriers—move in a disordered fashion and largely independently of each other. Physicists find it far more interesting, however, when the charge carriers influence one
A customer-centric approach is key in a post-pandemic world
Quoting Vladimir Lenin, Bill Kanarick describes the tectonic industry shifts brought on by the pandemic: "There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen." After months of hunkering down at home, consumers got used to online shopping, telehealth doctor's appointments and contactless and curbside pickup, effectively doubling e-commerce sales in the last 18 months.
A Famous Mike Tyson Quote Is the Key to Biden's Foreign Policy
The accidental political scientist Michael Gerard Tyson once provided an apt summary of America's foreign policy: " Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth ." For nearly a decade, Tyson reigned as the most feared fighter on the planet, with a single unchanging strategy: intimidate, dominate, overpower. When he encountered an adversary who couldn't be intimidated, dominated, or ov
How China Weaponized the Press
E arly one morning a couple of years ago, at the height of Hong Kong's prodemocracy protest movement , Ta Kung Pao , a Chinese-government-owned newspaper based in Hong Kong, published what it claimed was a major scoop. An American diplomat had met with a group of high-profile activists, including Joshua Wong. A photo accompanied the piece, a low-angle shot from across the lobby of the hotel where
What's the Most Crucial Part of the Clinton Affair?
If you're in the mood for '90s nostalgia, the first episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story is a scrunchie-wearing, SlimFast-drinking, Jane magazine–reading coast down memory lane. It has shopping malls and step-aerobics classes and pagers and the Gap, where Monica Lewinsky bought a sapphire-blue collared dress that would become one of that decade's most defining emblems. The cleverest thing
COVID Test Made Man's Head Leak Cerebrospinal Fluid for Nine Months
After enduring months and months of what seemed like an endlessly runny nose, a man from the Czech Republic finally got answers. It turns out that the problem ran deeper than he thought. The fluid that had drained from his right nostril for nine months straight wasn't snot. It was actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the liquid that helps cushion the brain and spinal cord inside the skull, flowing
Pulsar PSR J0250+5854 investigated by researchers
Using ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has conducted a broadband radio study of a slowly rotating radio pulsar known as PSR J0250+5854. Results of this investigation, published September 1 on the arXiv pre-print server, provide more insights into the nature of this source.
New programmable gene editing proteins found outside of CRISPR systems
Within the last decade, scientists have adapted CRISPR systems from microbes into gene editing technology, a precise and programmable system for modifying DNA. Now, scientists at MIT's McGovern Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have discovered a new class of programmable DNA modifying systems called OMEGAs (Obligate Mobile Element Guided Activity), which may naturally be involve
Why you should be more concerned about internet shutdowns
Deliberate internet shutdowns enacted by governments around the world are increasing in frequency and sophistication, according to a recent report. The study , published by Google's Jigsaw project with the digital rights nonprofit Access Now and the censorship measurement company Censored Planet, says internet shutdowns are growing "exponentially": out of nearly 850 shutdowns documented over the
Exploring eruptions from the Sun
In our solar system, solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME) are the most spectacular eruptive activities. Large solar flares and CMEs may bring us disastrous space weather, destroy our satellite and navigation system, and cause a large-scale blackout on the Earth.
Finding Earthlike planets in other solar systems by looking for moons
Finding an exact copy of the Earth somewhere in the universe sounds like a far-fetched notion, but scientists believe that because Earth happened in our solar system, something similar is bound to exist someplace else. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researcher Siegfried Eggl and his colleagues say orbiting moons may play a key role in keeping planets habitable over long periods and identi
The Messy Truth About Carbon Footprints
Whether we're biking to work or reducing our meat intake, skipping flights or buying green power, our efforts to curtail our personal carbon footprints are best viewed not merely as individual lifestyle choices but as acts of strategic mass mobilization.
Researchers discover an important role for hydrogen bonding in mitochondrial disease mutation
Researchers from the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland and Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland found that a subtle hydrogen bonding rearrangement caused by an exercise-intolerance related mitochondrial disease mutation can perturb the normal functioning of the respiratory chain complex III. Complex III is one of the key enzymes that contributes to energy (ATP) generation i
9 PC Games You Can Play Forever
There's always something new to play, but these are our favorites when you're seeking something tried and true.
Scientists Monitoring Radioactive Snakes Near Fukushima Meltdown Site
Curving Snakes Nine years after the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, scientists are left wondering how dangerous the surrounding area still is. To investigate, a team of researchers unlisted unlikely help: nine Japanese rat snakes that live in the region. The scientists, using some handy duct tape and superglue, attached GPS trackers and radiation dosimeters to the varmin
Prehistoric primates had a sweet tooth
Dental fossils belonging to a species of prehistoric primate, Microsyops latidens, which date to the Early Eocene (around 54 million years ago) display the earliest known evidence of dental caries in mammals, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.
There's a gig-worker-sized hole in Biden's vaccine mandate plan
The news: President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that will require millions of American workers to get vaccinated against covid-19. The order mandates all companies with more than 100 workers to require employees to be vaccinated or get tested weekly. Employers will have to provide paid time off for employees to get their shots. The order also covers most health-care workers and worker
Photos of the Week: Depleted Lake, Wayward Cow, Alligator Reef
A "Tribute in Light" in New York City, lingering power outages in Louisiana, students' return to school in Indonesia, rice harvesting in Japan, final scenes from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, a Neanderthal in the Netherlands, the Fallas Festival in Valencia, women's pro wrestling in Japan, and much more
Tissue abnormalities found in oysters years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) petroleum drilling rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, resulting in the world's worst oil spill in history with more than 4 million barrels of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico. Though the short-term impact of the oil spill on local wildlife was widely researched among scientists and discussed in the media, there has been relatively little res
A recent reversal in the response of western Greenland's ice caps to climate change
Greenland may be best known for its enormous continental scale ice sheet that soars up to 3,000 meters above sea level, whose rapid melting is a leading contributor to global sea level rise. But surrounding this massive ice sheet, which covers 79% of the world's largest island, is Greenland's rugged coastline dotted with ice capped mountainous peaks. These peripheral glaciers and ice caps are now
Ask Us What We've Seen
Photographs by Adam Ferguson I n 2009 and 2010 , while on assignment in Afghanistan's Helmand, Kunar, and Wardak provinces, the photographer Adam Ferguson took a break from his journalistic work documenting the war to create portraits of American service members. The movement that accompanies a firefight is exchanged for stillness in these images. Yet violence stalks them. In one, a Marine riflem
Oxford Covid biotech firm plans £2.4bn flotation on LSE
Business founded in 2005 has won contracts worth £144m from the UK government during pandemic Oxford Nanopore, whose Covid-19 technology was snapped up by the UK government and used to track variants of the virus globally, has unveiled its plans to float in one of the biggest London debuts this year. The company, a startup spun out from Oxford University, hopes to exceed a £2.4bn valuation achiev
Exposure of faked dishonesty study makes me proud to be a behavioural scientist
The story has a lot to recommend it: psychologist Dan Ariely, the author of a bestselling book on the behavioral science of dishonesty, retracts his study because the data was faked. No wonder it's been picked up by the world's media. Buzzfeed declared this "the latest blow to the buzzy field of behavioral economics." Psychologist Stuart Ritchie, himself a scientist, wrote about the case under the
Ocean hypoxia off Pacific Northwest coast more troubling than ever
Rather than ocean oxygen levels improving as they usually do this time of year, hypoxia off the Pacific Northwest coast is as bad as it's been at any point in 2021, according to collaborative research by Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and Oregon's crabbing industry.
Researchers find 70 percent increase in atmospheric hydrogen over the past 150 years
Earth system scientists at UCI studied air trapped in compacted layers of Antarctic ice and snow to come up with some answers and a few new questions about the amount of molecular hydrogen in our planet's atmosphere. H2 is a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, biomass burning and the oxidation of methane, among other sources, and has an impact on global warming and the ozone layer. The UCI resear
The Atlantic Daily: The Fight Over Pandemic Mandates Is Different Now
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. John Lamparski / NurPhoto / AP Vaccinated Americans are over it and have been over it for a while now . Recent polling suggests that those who went out and got their shots—including a large portio
How Long Will Twitter Cling to Its Dumbest Feature?
#NoPawsLeftBehind. Last Tuesday, I glanced at the "What's happening" sidebar on Twitter and saw that nearly 32,000 people were tweeting about this topic; therefore, it was "trending." A description of the trend, presented just beneath the hashtag, explained that it was "commemorating the service dogs left behind following the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan." Clicking through the has
Scientists Use Lasers to See Inside a Locked Room
The unaided human eye will never be able to see around corners, but anything is possible with enough fancy imaging technology. So-called non-line-of-sight (or NLOS) tech is an increasingly common area of study in the age of self-driving cars, which would benefit hugely from being able to see what's around the bend. Now, a team from the Stanford Computational Imaging Lab has taken the idea a step
Link between ADHD and dementia across generations
A large study has found a link between ADHD and dementia across generations. The study shows that parents and grandparents of individuals with ADHD were at higher risk of dementia than those with children and grandchildren without ADHD.
Unprecedented plasma lensing for high-intensity lasers
High-power laser pulses focused to small spots to reach incredible intensities enable a variety of applications, ranging from scientific research to industry and medicine. At the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center, for instance, intensity is key to building particle accelerators thousands of times shorter than conventional ones that reach the same energy. However, laser-plasma accelerat
The Experiment Podcast: Mourning Bobby McIlvaine
Listen and subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts On September 11, 2001, Bobby McIlvaine was killed, along with nearly 3,000 other Americans. In the 20 years since, his parents and brother have searched for ways to live through, and with, their grief. The writer Jennifer Senior's brother was Bobby's roommate when he died, and in the cover story for The Atlantic 's Septem
Amazon community transforms residues into resources
A novel form of citizenship and community action is on view in a few small towns in the Brazilian Amazon. According to a field survey conducted in Carauari—which is a two-hour flight or a five-day boat trip away from Amazonas state capital Manaus—the townspeople are highly organized to practice a type of circular economy that converts waste into resources. The experience underway in the area can s
Obama intelligence official shortchanged grad student in 2015 book
A top intelligence official in the Obama administration failed to adequately credit a research assistant for a 2015 book but eventually relented after the grad student refused to back down about the slight, Retraction Watch has learned. Gregory Treverton, who served as chairman of President Obama's National Intelligence Council, wrote "National Intelligence and Science: Beyond … Continue reading
Covid cases rising in Wales but more lockdowns 'not inevitable'
Mark Drakeford, first minister, insists it is possible to avoid further lockdowns if people behave sensibly Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has warned that Covid infections are rising sharply, with the current wave expected to peak at the end of this month. However, he said it was possible to avoid further lockdowns if people
NASA drought research shows value of climate mitigation, adaptation
Seasonal summer rains have done little to offset drought conditions gripping the western United States, with California and Nevada seeing record July heat and moderate-to-exceptional drought according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Now, new NASA research is showing how drought in the region is expected to change in the future, providing stakeholders with crucial inf
What Is Crime in a Country Built on It?
Matt Williams W hen I was 7 years old , I went with my friends to a nearby corner store after school. I remember the outing vividly—even the brands of chocolate-chip cookies I was torn between buying. Just when I had settled on Famous Amos, I felt a hard push, then heard the words "Get out! Get out!" We were stealing, the shop owner said. "Don't come back!" Not long after, I recall being inside a
How serotonin curbs cocaine addiction
Contrary to common thinking, cocaine triggers an addiction only in 20% of the consumers. But what happens in their brains when they lose control of their consumption? Thanks to a recent experimental method, neuroscientists have revealed a brain mechanism specific to cocaine, which has the particularity of triggering a massive increase in serotonin in addition to the increase in dopamine common to
La Nina climate cycle may reemerge in 2021: UN
The weather phenomenon La Nina could resurface before the end of 2021, after petering out four months ago, the UN said Thursday, predicting above-average temperatures despite its generally cooling influence.
Skin healing gene tweaks may play a role in diabetic wounds
Researchers have uncovered a new mechanism that promotes wound healing in skin. The molecular pathway identified is controlled by an evolutionary conserved gene called a Grainyhead like 3 (GRHL3), which is a gene required for mammalian development. Without this gene, several abnormalities may occur, including spina bifida, defective epi­dermal barrier, defective eyelid closure, and soft-tissue sy
Making (and breaking) eye contact makes conversation more engaging
Making eye contact repeatedly when you're talking to someone is common, but why do we do it? When two people are having a conversation, eye contact occurs during moments of "shared attention" when both people are engaged, with their pupils dilating in synchrony as a result, according to a Dartmouth study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Driver Escapes Michelle Rodriguez's Obstacle Course! | Getaway Driver
Stream Getaway Driver on discovery+ ► About Getaway Driver: Michelle Rodriguez brings the ultimate driving fantasy to life as 24 elite drivers get behind the wheel in a real-life high-speed chase. Can the getaway drivers evade their pursuers, find an exit and escape, or will their cars pay the ultimate sacrifice? #GetawayDriver #MichelleRodrigu
Weighing 3 factors could better personalize COPD treatment
New research sheds light on how to personalize treatments for people with COPD to optimally balance benefits and side effects. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) suffer from a permanent narrowing of the airways making breathing difficult. The narrowing is caused by inflammation of the small airways, resulting in mucus production and destruction of lung tissue. Patients wit
What Have We Learned From 20 Years of 9/11 Comedy?
A now-familiar joke that started circulating within the first year or two after September 11, 2001, goes like this: "Knock-knock!" "Who's there? "9/11." "9/11 who?" "You promised you'd never forget." The punch line, of course, refers to the refrain that became ubiquitous in the United States following the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people and shattered the country. "Never forget" embodied t
Early humans migrated in and out of Arabia — based on the climate
Despite being the only bridge early hominin species could have crossed to enter Eurasia, the Arabian Peninsula bears little to no evidence of early human occupation. Subverting expectations, a recent excavation in the Nefud Desert found tools dated to different stages of hominin evolution. It turns out that early humans moved in and out of the peninsula whenever the climate allowed them to do so.
Environmental conditions of early humans in Europe
The conditions under which early members of the genus Homo dispersed outside Africa were analysed on a broader scale, across Europe during the Early and Middle Pleistocene. The model is based on the comparison of functional trait distribution of large herbivorous mammals in sites with archaeological or fossil evidence of human presence and in sites, which lack evidence of human presence.
The Guardian view on unorthodox thinking: science would not get far without it | Editorial
The Ig Nobels are a reminder that Jonathan Swift was wrong about reason. Without research driven by curiosity, there would be far fewer breakthroughs In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift mocked the assumption that the scientific revolution had transformed European culture for the better. The satirical novel, published in 1726, has its eponymous hero stumbling upon " the Academy " in the fictiona

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