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No, Vaccinated People Are Not 'Just as Likely' to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People
For many fully vaccinated Americans, the Delta surge spoiled what should've been a glorious summer. Those who had cast their masks aside months ago were asked to dust them off. Many are still taking no chances. Some have even returned to all the same precautions they took before getting their shots, including avoiding the company of other fully vaccinated people. Among this last group, a common r
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Adam Kinzinger: Republicans Are 'Frigging Crazy'
In each edition of my newsletter, I'll bring readers inside The Atlantic , and discuss the issues that concern us the most. Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here to get future issues of Notes from the Editor in Chief . Political courage is a fascinating phenomenon, particularly at moments when it is largely absent. Which is why I'm so interested in the imperiled career of Representative A
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Scientists May Have Discovered the Cause of Alzheimer's Disease
For years, scientists have been studying how the buildup of toxic molecules in the brain might cause or contribute to Alzheimer's disease. But much more difficult has been figuring out what sets off the process that makes those molecules begin to accumulate in the first place. Now, a team of researchers from Curtin University say that "leakage" of a toxic compound called beta-amyloid from the blo
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Evidence that a cosmic impact destroyed ancient city in the Jordan Valley
In the Middle Bronze Age (about 3,600 years ago or roughly 1650 BCE), the city of Tall el-Hammam was ascendant. Located on high ground in the southern Jordan Valley, northeast of the Dead Sea, the settlement in its time had become the largest continuously occupied Bronze Age city in the southern Levant, having hosted early civilization for a few thousand years. At that time, it was 10 times larger
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Ancient Mayans built pyramid partly from ash after catastrophic volcanic eruption
Akira Ichikawa, an archaeologist at the University of Colorado Boulder, has found evidence of Mayans returning to a part of Central America that was destroyed after a catastrophic volcanic eruption, much sooner than previously thought. In his paper published on the Cambridge University Press site Cambridge Core, he describes his study of the area around what was once the site of San Andrés in the
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Autism therapy aimed at infants may reduce likelihood of later diagnosis
Study suggests tailored therapy could help some children develop social skills before school age Doctors have shown for the first time that a new therapy aimed at infants can reduce autistic behaviour and the likelihood the children will go on to be diagnosed with autism before they reach school age. Infants who received the therapy after displaying early signs of potential autism, such as avoidi
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Tiny Neural Implant Could Give Spinal Injury Patients Control Over Their Own Limbs Again
A team of scientists recently published intriguing research on a tiny, splinter-like brain implant that doctors can slide deep into the folds of the brain and use to restore both muscular control over and sensation from a paralysis patient's limbs. In a pair of scientific papers about research on three patients, one published in the journal Brain Stimulation and the other in Frontiers in Neurosci
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NYT Confirms Israel Killed an Iranian Nuclear Scientist With a Robot Sniper
AI Assassination Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated by an AI-assisted sniper rifle remotely controlled by Israeli operatives, reports The New York Times . This confirms Iran's Revolutionary Guard's account of the events of November 27, 2020 when they claimed a "smart satellite-controlled machine gun" killed the scientist as he was driving his wife to their country ho
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Melting of polar ice shifting Earth itself, not just sea levels
The melting of polar ice is not only shifting the levels of our oceans, it is changing the planet Earth itself. Newly minted Ph.D. Sophie Coulson and her colleagues explained in a recent paper in Geophysical Research Letters that, as glacial ice from Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic Islands melts, Earth's crust beneath these land masses warps, an impact that can be measured hundreds and perha
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The Conservatives Who'd Rather Die Than Not Own the Libs
At Breitbart News , the politics of vaccination have taken a strange turn. A longtime writer at the populist-right website who wants to save his Donald Trump–supporting readers from COVID-19 is speculating that the left has tricked them into rejecting safe and effective vaccines. John Nolte is vaccinated himself and, in an article this week, correctly notes that the shots are "a lifesaver." But e
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Human footprints thought to be oldest in North America discovered
Ancient tracks found in New Mexico are believed to be between 21,000 and 23,000 years old, study says New scientific research conducted by archaeologists has uncovered what they believe are the oldest known human footprints in North America. Research done at the White Sands national park in New Mexico discovered the ancient footprints, with researchers estimating that the tracks were between 21,0
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Fraudulent ivermectin studies open up new battleground between science and misinformation
Studies suggesting ivermectin is an effective Covid treatment relied on evidence 'that has substantially evaporated under close scrutiny', fresh research shows Follow the Australia coronavirus blog Covid vaccine rollout and rates tracker ; Cases, trends and data tracker Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Dr Carlos Chaccour ran into difficulty when he and his colleagues began r
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The smart toilet era is here! Are you ready to share your analprint with big tech?
Loo design has barely changed in 150 years – until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste? For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets – and more specifically what we deposit into them. "We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool," says the Duke University research professor, with all the unselfconsciousness of some
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Research suggests a diet rich in dairy fat may lower the risk of heart disease
Study's lead author says evidence shows 'type of dietary fat, or the source of dietary fat, is actually more important than the amount' Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing A higher consumption of dairy fat may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new research that suggests choosing full-fat dairy options is no worse for heart health. The study, from
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Organic molecule remnants found in nuclei of ancient dinosaur cells
A team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and from the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) has isolated exquisitely preserved cartilage cells in a 125-million-year-old dinosaur from Northeast China that contain nuclei with remnants of organic molecules and chromatin. The study was published in Communication
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Democrats' Free Pass on Immigration Is Over
Throughout the last administration, Department of Homeland Security officials at all levels—from Senate-confirmed power brokers in Washington to rank-and-file agents along the border—often complained that they were facing a double standard: They were doing the same work, using the same methods, as they had under previous presidents, they said, but because their boss was now Donald Trump, the publ
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Microneedle patch delivers COVID-19 DNA vaccine, doesn't require cold storage
More than 2 billion people worldwide are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, many who live in resource-limited countries haven't been able to get vaccines, partly because these areas lack temperature-controlled shipping and storage facilities. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Nano have developed a microneedle patch that delivers a COVID-19 DNA vaccine into the skin, causing strong immune
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Ancient DNA analysis sheds light on a dark event in medieval Spain
An international team of researchers led by the University of Huddersfield's Archaeogenetics Research Group, including geneticists, archeological scientists, and archeologists, has published the genome sequence of a unique individual from Islamic medieval Spain—al-Andalus—the results of which have shed light on a brutal event that took place in medieval Spain.
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Carbon dioxide reactor makes Martian fuel
Engineers at the University of Cincinnati are developing new ways to convert greenhouse gases to fuel to address climate change and get astronauts home from Mars.
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Cloud-spotting on a distant exoplanet
An international team of astronomers has not only detected clouds on the distant exoplanet WASP-127b, but also measured their altitude with unprecedented precision. A presentation by Dr. Romain Allart at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2021 shows how, by combining data from a space- and a ground-based telescope, the team has been able to reveal the upper structure of the planet's atmosphere
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Intensified water cycle slows down global warming, new study finds
A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, in collaboration with scientists at Princeton University, shows that the intensification of global hydrological cycle drives more ocean heat uptake into the deep ocean and moderates the pace of global warming.
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Can we see quantum correlations at the macroscopic scale?
One of the most fundamental features of quantum physics is Bell nonlocality: the fact that the predictions of quantum mechanics cannot be explained by any local (classical) theory. This has remarkable conceptual consequences and far-reaching applications in quantum information.
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Nano-scale discovery could help to cool down overheating in electronics
A team of physicists at CU Boulder has solved the mystery behind a perplexing phenomenon in the nano realm: why some ultra-small heat sources cool down faster if you pack them closer together. The findings, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could one day help the tech industry design faster electronic devices that overheat less.
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Extreme volcanism did not cause the massive extinction of species in the late Cretaceous
A study published in the journal Geology rules out that extreme volcanic episodes had any influence on the massive extinction of species in the late Cretaceous. The results confirm the hypothesis that it was a giant meteorite impact what caused the great biological crisis that ended up with the non-avian dinosaur lineages and other marine and terrestrial organisms 66 million years ago.
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Exotic mix in China's delivery of moon rocks
On 16 December 2020 the Chang'e-5 mission, China's first sample return mission to the Moon, successfully delivered to Earth nearly two kilograms of rocky fragments and dust from our celestial companion. Chang'e-5 landed on an area of the Moon not sampled by the NASA Apollo or the Soviet Luna missions nearly 50 years ago, and retrieved fragments of the youngest lunar rocks ever brought back for ana
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Solar electric propulsion makes NASA's Psyche spacecraft go
When it comes time for NASA's Psyche spacecraft to power itself through deep space, it'll be more brain than brawn that does the work. Once the stuff of science fiction, the efficient and quiet power of electric propulsion will provide the force that propels the Psyche spacecraft all the way to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The orbiter's target: A metal-rich asteroid also called
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Tiny porous crystals change the shape of water to speed up chemical reactions
Chemical engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign now understand how water molecules assemble and change shape in some settings, revealing a new strategy to speed up chemical reactions critical to industry and environmental sustainability. The new approach is poised to play a role in helping chemical manufacturers move away from harmful solvent catalysts in favor of water.
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Uncovering how T-cells recognise the SARS-COV-2 virus spike protein
The immune system is vitally important for resolving COVID-19 when individuals are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Moreover, the vaccines that are being administered to millions of people across the globe are designed to 'pre-warn and arm' the immune system so that if infected with SARS-CoV-2, individuals are significantly less likely to develop severe disease or die. Here, two crucial arms of
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Hormoner hämmar signalsubstans bakom migrän
Hur kan det komma sig att många kvinnor får migrän vid mens? Forskarna tror att nivåerna av hormonerna oxytocin och östrogen kan spela in. Omkring en miljard människor drabbas av migrän i varierande grad. Kvinnor i fertil ålder påverkas i tre gånger så hög grad som män. Sedan länge har vetenskapen antagit att det till stor del beror på kvinnors reproduktionscykel och att hormoner spelar in. Exakt
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Researchers call for a focus on fitness over weight loss for obesity-related health conditions
The prevalence of obesity around the world has tripled over the past 40 years, and, along with that rise, dieting and attempts to lose weight also have soared. But according to a new article, when it comes to getting healthy and reducing mortality risk, increasing physical activity and improving fitness appear to be superior to weight loss. The authors say that employing a weight-neutral approach
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Using internet in retirement boosts cognitive function
Scientists have studied the effect of internet usage on cognitive function. Examining more than 2000 retirees from 10 European countries, researchers found that, on average, retirees who used the internet were able to recall 1.22 extra words in a recall test compared to non-internet users (which equates to performing around 8 per cent better in the tests). The effects were more significant in wome
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Stop Calling It a 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated'
"Your refusal has cost all of us," President Joe Biden said to unvaccinated people last week, as he announced a new COVID-vaccine mandate for all workers at private companies with more than 100 employees. The vaccinated, he said, are angry and frustrated with the nearly 80 million people who still haven't received a vaccine, and their patience "is wearing thin." He's not wrong about that. For peo
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The Quietest Emmys Speech Was the Loudest
When the camera turned to Michaela Coel after she won an Emmy for limited-series writing, she looked overwhelmed. The creator, star, writer, and co-director of I May Destroy You kept her head down, her shoulders slouched. Next to her, Coel's former co-star Cynthia Erivo whispered something into her ear—a pep talk, maybe. But for a few seconds, Coel remained still, as if the weight of her first, h
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Trump's Plans for a Coup Are Now Public
L ast year, John Eastman, whom CNN describes as an attorney working with Donald Trump's legal team, wrote a preposterous memo outlining how then–Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election by fiat or, failing that, throw the election to the House of Representatives, where Republicans could install Trump in office despite his loss to Joe Biden. The document, which was first reported
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Trump Put Milley in an Impossible Position
Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, violate the Constitution? The answer, at least on the current available evidence, is no. In a new book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write that Milley contacted his opposite number in China just before and just after the 2020 election. Milley, according to Woodward and Costa, was reaching out to General Li Zuocheng to calm jangled nerves
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Scientists find evidence of humans making clothes 120,000 years ago
Tools and bones in Moroccan cave could be some of earliest evidence of the hallmark human behaviour From the medieval fashion for pointy shoes to Victorian waist-squeezing corsets and modern furry onesies, what we wear is a window to our past. Now researchers say they have found some of the earliest evidence of humans using clothing in a cave in Morocco, with the discovery of bone tools and bones
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Joe Biden's New World Order
A new world is beginning to take shape, even if it remains disguised in the clothes of the old. The United States, Britain, and Australia have announced what is in effect a new "Anglo" military alliance. The basics are these: In 2016, Australia struck a deal with France to buy a fleet of diesel-powered submarines, rejecting an Anglo-American alternative for nuclear-powered vessels. In March this
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Norm Macdonald Wanted Laughter, Not Applause
Norm Macdonald, the brilliant and lacerating stand-up comedian who died yesterday of cancer, once told one of the best jokes about the disease that I've ever heard. "In the old days, they'd go, 'Hey, that old man died.' Now they go, 'Hey, he lost his battle.' That's no way to end your life!" he said. "I'm pretty sure if you die, the cancer also dies at exactly the same time. So that, to me, is no
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Say Goodbye to Your Manager
Lars Tunbjörk / Agence VU / Redux A merica has too many managers. In a 2016 Harvard Business Review analysis , two writers calculated the annual cost of excess corporate bureaucracy as about $3 trillion, with an average of one manager per every 4.7 workers. Their story mentioned several case studies—a successful GE plant with 300 technicians and a single supervisor, a Swedish bank with 12,000 wor
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Woman Resurrected After Being Clinically Dead for 45 Minutes
Kathy Patten, a grandmother from Baltimore, suffered a heart attack and spent 45 long minutes clinically dead. But some intense CPR actually managed to bring her back to life, giving her a second chance that local news stations are calling a "medical miracle." Patten has reportedly made an almost full recovery, something that is exceedingly rare . While TV dramas give the impression that CPR is o
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Warp Drive Scientist Took All His Equipment With Him When He Left NASA
Warp Drive Inc Traveling at faster than the speed of light has been the subject of countless works of science fiction. Most notably, the "warp drive" in "Star Trek" allowed cosmic travelers to break the lightspeed barrier to traverse vast galactic distances. In the real world, research into potential warp drive technologies has been slow, but significant enough to attract the interest of NASA and
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Six Rules That Will Define Our Second Pandemic Winter
Updated at 9:28 a.m. on September 21, 2021. For nearly two years now, Americans have lived with SARS-CoV-2. We know it better than we once did. We know that it can set off both acute and chronic illness, that it spreads best indoors, that masks help block it, that our vaccines are powerful against it. We know that we can live with it— that we're going to have to live with it —but that it can and
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Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows
In the run-up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook's most popular pages for Christian and Black American content were being run by Eastern European troll farms. These pages were part of a larger network that collectively reached nearly half of all Americans, according to an internal company report, and achieved that reach not through user choice but primarily as
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Startup Says Its Tech Can Kill Hurricanes Before They Get Strong
Hurricane Killer A Norwegian company called OceanTherm says it has a novel solution to stopping a hurricane in its tracks: bubbles. More specifically, it wants to use bubbles to cool down sea temperatures in order to cut off a hurricane's supply of warm water, according to WFTX . Since hurricanes typically "feed" off waters 80 degrees fahrenheit or higher — allowing them to intensify and grow mor
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There's a Hole in the Ozone Layer Bigger Than Antarctica, Scientists Sigh
Looming Problem Whelp, the hole in the ozone layer is as big as ever. Scientists with the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service announced that the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole is now larger than Antarctica, according to a press release from the organization. Researchers say that the hole has grown "considerably" in the past two weeks, and is currently larger than 75 percent of h
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NASA confirms thousands of massive, ancient volcanic eruptions on Mars
Some volcanoes can produce eruptions so powerful they release oceans of dust and toxic gases into the air, blocking out sunlight and changing a planet's climate for decades. By studying the topography and mineral composition of a portion of the Arabia Terra region in northern Mars, scientists recently found evidence for thousands of such eruptions, or "super eruptions," which are the most violent
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Grimes Brings Sword Made Out of an AR-15 to Met Gala
The Cutting Edge Pop star and noted AI communist Claire "Grimes" Boucher showed up at the Met Gala dressed to kill — and we mean that literally, as she brought a sword made out of an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to the swanky event Monday night. This year, the event was themed after its new exhibit "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," according to Vogue . Celebrities typically enjoy stretching the l
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Harvard Study: Melting Polar Ice Is Physically Warping the Planet
Elastic Earth As rising temperatures melt Arctic ice at an alarming rate, the resulting rise in the sea level stands to reshape coastlines around the world. But the effects on the planet itself may be even more dramatic, according to a new study on how melting ice physically reshapes the Earth's crust. The outermost layer of our planet is surprisingly elastic, according to research published in t
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This Solar-Powered RV Looks Absolutely Awesome
Solar RV A team of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have created an awesome-looking RV that depends entirely on massive solar panels mounted to its roof for power. The students claim their solar RV, dubbed Stella Vita, can cover 454 miles in one (sunny) day using solar energy, an impressive feat for a vehicle that can double as a home away from home. Off the
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Coronavirus: plans to end free rapid tests in England 'reckless'
Mayors, teaching unions and health chiefs say decision will speed up spread of virus and deepen health inequalities Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage England's coronavirus testing strategy has been been criticised as "reckless" amid plans to end the free provision of rapid tests and relax the monitoring of cases from abroad. Families and businesses will have to pay for
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Gen Z Kids Apparently Don't Understand How File Systems Work
Giant Bucket Over the past few years, many professors have noticed an alarming trend among their students. Overall, members of Gen Z, even those studying technical scientific fields , seem to have a total misunderstanding of computer storage, The Verge reports , and many fail to conceptualize the concept of directories and folders filled with digital files. "The most intuitive thing would be the
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China Makes Crypto Transactions Illegal, Prompting Bitcoin Market Crash
Crypto Crackdown China has declared all cryptocurrency transactions and any related activities within its borders illegal — a massive crackdown that has sent Bitcoin plummeting yet again. The cryptocurrency fell from highs of just over $45,000 early Friday morning down to under $41,000 around 7 am Eastern. The People's Bank of China made the announcement in a Q&A posted to its website . "Overseas
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Scientists Manage to Study Weather on Planet in Different Solar System
Weather Channel Thanks to a combination of observations from both terrestrial and orbital telescopes, a team of scientists got their closest look yet at the distant exoplanet WASP-127b. Not only were scientists able to determine the chemical composition of the exoplanet's atmosphere, but they even managed to study its clouds at an unprecedented level of detail, according to research presented at
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Scientists Build World's Tiniest Flying Machines, Smaller Than a Grain of Sand
A team of engineers at Northwestern University have built tiny microchips with wings that glide like a maple tree's winged seeds — and they're only about the size of a grain of sand, making them the "smallest-ever human-made flying structures," according to a statement by the university. The tiny "microfliers" could serve an important purpose by monitoring pollution, airborne diseases, and other
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Brain Protein Named After Sonic the Hedgehog May Be Key to Treating Parkinson's
A team of scientists say they've identified a possible new way to treat Parkinson's disease and improve the quality of life for patients — thanks, in a strange twist, to a protein named after the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. In patients with Parkinson's, the brain loses the neurons that produce the brain molecule dopamine. Treatments exist to replace dopamine with a molecule called L-
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Thrusters on New NASA Spacecraft Are Solar Powered
Psyche Hall Problem NASA is building a spacecraft designed to travel about 1.5 billion miles through our solar system — using propulsion that's almost entirely solar electric . The small probe, called Psyche, was named after a 140-miles-across space rock in the asteroid belt believed to be the building block of an early rocky planet. NASA scientists are hoping to learn about the formation of othe
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'Post-Vax COVID' Is a New Disease
Boghuma Kabisen Titanji was just 8 years old when the hyper-contagious virus swept through her classroom. Days later, she started to feel feverish, and developed a sparse, rosy rash. Three years after being fully dosed with the measles vaccine, one of the most durably effective immunizations in our roster, Titanji fell ill with the very pathogen her shots were designed to prevent. Her parents rus
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63 Endangered Penguins Die After Being Attacked by Enraged Bees
Birds vs. Bees Last week, enraged Cape Honey bees killed 63 highly endangered South African penguins during an attack at the penguins' colony in Simon's Town, South Africa. While conservationists say that the freak incident is unlikely to bring about the species' extinction, Reuters reports that the sudden, dramatic loss of dozens of healthy adults puts the birds in a dire position. Fair warning:
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Parents Are Lying to Get Their Little Kids Vaccinated
These days, the distance between ages 11 and 12 is more than a year. It is a chasm between danger and safety. Vaccines promise people 12 and older protection from COVID-19, but aren't yet approved in the U.S. for younger children, and it isn't clear exactly when they will be. Frustrated by the wait and desperate to protect their children, some parents are sneaking their 10- and 11-year-old kids a
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Are we eating ourselves to extinction?
It's not just animals that are at risk of dying out, the world's crops are in rapid decline. Here's why it matters what is on your plate In eastern Turkey, in a golden field overshadowed by grey mountains, I reached out and touched an endangered species. Its ancestors had evolved over millions of years and migrated here long ago. It had been indispensable to life in the villages across this plate
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Sorry, a Coronavirus Infection Might Not Be Enough to Protect You
Immune cells can learn the vagaries of a particular infectious disease in two main ways. The first is bona fide infection, and it's a lot like being schooled in a war zone, where any lesson in protection might come at a terrible cost. Vaccines, by contrast, safely introduce immune cells to only the harmless mimic of a microbe, the immunological equivalent of training guards to recognize invaders
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There Are More People in Orbit Right Now Than at Any Other Point in Human History
Crowded Orbit There are a total of 14 humans in space right now, circling the Earth on board three different spacecraft. It's a new (off) world record, breaking the previous record by one additional astronaut, according to Space.com . Let's tally them up. There are currently four space tourists traveling on board SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. The International Space Station is hosting seven as
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Israel Shows Off Massive Military Robot With a Huge Machine Gun
Death Robots The Israeli military has unveiled a brutal-looking, remote-controlled — but, ominously, also somewhat autonomous — robot that can be outfitted with two large machine guns, CBS News reports . The semi-autonomous killing machine, developed by the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, is designed to protect soldiers while patrolling battle zones — but critics who oppose the use of su
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Have we detected dark energy? Scientists say it's a possibility
A new study, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and reported in the journal Physical Review D, suggests that some unexplained results from the XENON1T experiment in Italy may have been caused by dark energy, and not the dark matter the experiment was designed to detect.
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Another Unpretentious, Melancholy Farewell From Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood's first Hollywood swan song was 1992's Unforgiven , a dark, bitter Western that bade goodbye to the genre that had made him famous. He was 62 at the time, and after some 30-plus years of riding horses on-screen, the actor-director seemed ready to retire from the fictional range. Since Unforgiven , Eastwood has made 23 more films, starring in 10 of them, and many of those projects c
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A Hinge Point for Voting Rights
A my Klobuchar, Joe Manchin , and several of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate have produced the Freedom to Vote Act , a stellar election-protection compromise bill that safeguards both the right to vote and the integrity of future federal elections. Before skeptics start questioning whether the bill will attract the 10 Republican votes necessary to overcome a filibuster, let's acknowledg
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The Real Game Changer at the Met Gala
To celebrities, the red carpet of the Met Gala is like an average person's front lawn: a place for making bold statements. The event, an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, is made for flaunting ostentatious couture. The dress code is determined by a theme—this year's was "American Independence," in honor of a forthcoming exhibition —that can be interpreted h
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Elon Musk and Grimes Just Broke Up After Dating Three Years
Big Breakup According to an exclusive by celebrity gossip magazine Page Six , SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and acclaimed musician Claire "Grimes" Boucher, who had been dating for three years, have broken up. "We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms," Musk told the publication. "It's mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primari
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Doctor's 'brilliant' new first aid technique can stem blood loss after shark attack
Described by another expert as a 'fantastic life-saving idea', the simple procedure could save lives by stopping catastrophic blood loss from shark bites Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing An emergency department doctor says he has developed a simple new way to help save the lives of shark attack victims in the crucial moments after a bite. The technique is described in a pape
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Dinosaur fossil with 'totally weird' spikes in skeleton stuns experts
Extraordinary ankylosaur remains dating back 168m years a first for Africa Fossil hunters have unearthed remnants of the oldest – and probably weirdest – ankylosaur known so far from a site in the Middle Atlas mountains in Morocco. The remains of the heavily armoured animal are extraordinary in being the first to have defensive spikes that are fused to the skeleton, a feature researchers say is u
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Covid-19: how effective are face masks, really? – podcast
Since the start of the pandemic, face coverings and their ability to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 have been under constant scrutiny by scientists, politicians and the public. More than a year and a half in, what do – and don't – we know? Madeleine Finlay speaks to Prof Cath Noakes about how effective different face coverings are, how best to use them, and when we should be masking-up Cont
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Genetics reveal how humans island-hopped to settle remote Pacific
Study using DNA analysis reveals not only are statues on these distant islands connected, but inhabitants too Easter Island's famous megaliths have relatives on islands thousands of miles to the north and west, and so did the people who created them, a study has found. Over a 250-year period separate groups of people set out from tiny islands east of Tahiti to settle Easter Island, the Marquesas
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Scientists Alarmed by Telltale Sign of Global Mass Extinction
Mass Extinction About 251 million years ago, roughly 90 percent of the species on Earth went extinct in what's called the "Great Dying" at the end of the Permian era. Now, researchers say that human activity has brought back one of the top warning signs that preceded it. Toxic algal and bacterial blooms — in which algae and other microbes rapidly blanket freshwater systems and essentially choke o
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The Autumnal Equinox Is This Afternoon. Fall Is Here
According to the National Weather Service, at 3:20 p.m. EDT today, the Autumnal Equinox (the moment when the length of daylight and darkness are almost perfectly equal) occurs. (Image credit: DAVID GANNON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Video Shows SpaceX Tourists Opening Spacecraft's Glass Dome For the First Time
Pod Bay Doors After much waiting , we're finally getting to some of the footage recorded during last week's historic all-civilian flight into orbit. SpaceX tourist and science communications specialist Sian Proctor shared a video of a truly precious moment: the first time the Inpsiration4 crew got to open the hatch to the Crew Dragon's massive glass dome — a "true highlight of the Inspiration4 mi
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Insects are vanishing from our planet at an alarming rate. But there are ways to help them | Dave Goulson
In Germany, flying insects have declined by 76% in 26 years. In the UK, common butterfly populations have fallen by 46% since 1976. We should be alarmed by this insect apocalypse Insects have been around for more than 400m years, their ancestors crawling from the oceans to colonise the land long before dinosaurs appeared. They have been enormously successful, evolving into a staggering diversity
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Elon Musk welcomes SpaceX crew home with $50m donation to charity
Four-person crew asked for the public's help in reaching fundraising target of $200m for the children's charity St Jude Elon Musk surprised his first all-private crew of space tourists with a welcome home gift after their trailblazing trip to orbit ended on Saturday night: a $50m donation to the children's charity St Jude. Related: 'The point is ambition': are we ready to follow Netflix into spac
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Why Biden Bet It All on Mandates
When President Joe Biden rolled out his plan requiring vaccinations on a mass scale, he sounded a bit like a gambler at a point of desperation. Biden's presidency, and much of his legacy, hinges on defeating the prolonged pandemic. During a dismal summer of rising infections and deaths due to vaccine holdouts and the Delta variant, the pandemic seemed to have defeated him . Under the new rules, B
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To mask or not to mask? Opinion split on London underground
Commuters explain their reasons for not covering up Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The "do as I say, not as I do" approach to political messaging was again displayed last week when Boris Johnson urged people to wear masks in enclosed spaces, shortly after leading a cabinet meeting of 27 maskless ministers and eight similarly uncovered observers. Studies suggest mask
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Hardly Anyone Showed Up at the 'Justice for J6' Rally
No one overran the U.S. Capitol this time or tried to subvert American democracy. What the people who came to the rally on a stretch of grass near the Capitol Reflecting Pool on Saturday afternoon really wanted to do was talk. Talk and argue. And then talk and argue some more. The "Justice for J6" rally was supposed to highlight the plight of those charged with nonviolent crimes in the January 6
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Moral Perfection Can Wait
Let's start with what's undeniable: Justin Trudeau has achieved a progressive's wish list of policy accomplishments. Since becoming Canada's prime minister in 2015, he has raised taxes on the rich, legalized marijuana, put a rising price on carbon, renegotiated NAFTA, centered women's rights in the country's foreign policy, reduced child poverty to its lowest level in decades, and resettled tens
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SpaceX Tourists Reportedly Refusing to Release Photos Inside Spaceship
Aside from gathering some scientific data , the Inspiration4 all-space-tourist crew currently circling the Earth inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is kicking off a new era in spaceflight: some honest-to-God tourism . Think less scientific rigor and more sightseeing and Las Vegas gambling (to the degree that one scientist involved with the launch even told Futurism that "the data might not ev
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Effect of electrons with negative mass in novel semiconductor nanostructures
A large international research collaboration led by Dr. Kai-Qiang Lin and Professor John Lupton from the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at the University of Regensburg has been able to measure the effect of electrons with negative mass in novel semiconductor nanostructures. The international team includes scientists from Berkeley and Yale (U.S.), Cambridge (England) and Tsukuba (Jap
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NASA Awards $26.5 Million to Company That Sued It
Consolation Prize NASA has announced that it will award contracts to five US companies to help support the Artemis Moon program — including one company that's currently suing the space agency. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is receiving $25.6 million as part of the agency's Artemis program to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2024, according to a NASA press release . That's less than one percent of th
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Rules on GM farming and cars to be top of UK bonfire of EU laws
Minister reveals plans to change laws inherited from EU, with rules on medical devices also in crosshairs Rules on genetically modified farming, medical devices and vehicle standards will be top of a bonfire of laws inherited from the EU as the government seeks to change legislation automatically transferred to the UK after Brexit. Thousands of laws and regulations are to be reviewed, modified or
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Your gas stove is polluting your own home. Go electric | Brady Seals
Gas stoves can produce air pollution levels indoors that would be illegal outside I traveled around the developing world for more than a decade seeing and studying first-hand the damage that wood and charcoal do to the lungs of people – mostly women and children – who use it for cooking. Nearly half the world's population cooks with solid fuels, and I was proud of my work to bring cleaner options
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SpaceX's Inspiration4 Already Blasted Past Jeff Bezos' Highest Point
Blast Off On Wednesday evening, SpaceX blasted off the Inspiration4 crew, the first all-private team to venture into orbit, on board its Crew Dragon spacecraft. After the Falcon 9 rocket took off at around 8 pm EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, it took just three minutes to blast past the Kármán line, the internationally agreed upon edge of space — and, in doing so, it literally blasted past
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SpaceX Successfully Launches First All-Civilian Space Mission
SpaceX has successfully launched the its first all-civilian crew into orbit on board its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Falcon 9 rocket took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:02 pm EDT. It's a major milestone in the history of private spaceflight. None of the four passengers went through NASA's rigorous astronaut training, and now they'll spend the next three days watching the Ear
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'Larger than usual': this year's ozone layer hole bigger than Antarctica
Scientists say ozone hole is unusually large for this stage in season and growing quickly The hole in the ozone layer that develops annually is "rather larger than usual" and is currently bigger than Antartica, say the scientists responsible for monitoring it. Researchers from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service say that this year's hole is growing quickly and is larger than 75% of ozone
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Four Patients Die After Experimental Gene Therapy
A fourth patient in a clinical trial for an experimental gene therapy died last week — highlighting that alongside the immense promise of the nascent field, there also come grisly risks. The patient was a young boy who developed liver abnormalities after being treated in a drug trial called ASPIRO from Astellas Pharma, according to BioPharma Dive . Tragically, t hat makes him the fourth to die ov
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Something Big Appears to Have Just Smashed Into Jupiter
Bright Flash Astronomers watching Jupiter got a surprise on Monday when a large unknown object appeared to smash into the gas giant. At the time, many amateur astronomers were watching an ongoing transit of the shadow of Io, one of Jupiter's moons, according to SpaceWeather.com . Suddenly a "bright flash of light" appeared, German astrophotographer Harald Paleske told the site. "It could only be
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The trans story includes you | Nicole Maines
As actress Nicole Maines points out, we all unwittingly play supporting roles in each others' life stories — for better or worse. With charm and aplomb, she shares her experience growing up as a trans youth, emphasizing the big and small ways community acceptance can affect the course of a deeply personal journey.
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The Experts Somehow Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left
D onald Trump's rise to power generated a flood of media coverage and academic research on authoritarianism—or at least the kind of authoritarianism that exists on the political right. Over the past several years, some researchers have theorized that Trump couldn't have won in 2016 without support from Americans who deplore political compromise and want leaders to rule with a strong hand. Althoug
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The Lab-Leak Debate Just Got Even Messier
As the pandemic drags on into a bleak and indeterminate future, so does the question of its origins. The consensus view from 2020, that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally , through a jump from bats to humans (maybe with another animal between), persists unchanged. But suspicions that the outbreak started from a laboratory accident remain, shall we say, endemic. For months now, a steady drip of revelati
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The Redemption of a Televangelist
A memorable scene in the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye encapsulates the biopic's modern perspective on its much-maligned subject. A dashing and boyish TV preacher named Pat Robertson (played by Gabriel Olds) has thrown a swanky poolside soiree at his palatial Virginia mansion. The era is the early 1970s, and fundamentalist Christians are alarmed that progressive cultural movements—for civil rig
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Fully Vaccinated Is Suddenly a Much Less Useful Phrase
The definition of full vaccination against COVID-19 has, since the winter, been somewhat difficult to nail down. It takes one dose of Johnson & Johnson, but two doses of an mRNA vaccine. The CDC counts you as fully vaccinated as soon as you get your last shot, but tells you that you won't be fully vaccinated until two weeks after that. People have a hard time knowing exactly when it might be safe
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Many Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids. Here's Why.
The announcement that the Pfizer vaccine appears to work in children ages 5 to 11 is welcome news for many families across the United States. Parents who expect their children's classrooms to soon be full of vaccinated students shouldn't be overly optimistic, though. Many moms and dads will wait to get their kids immunized, if they do at all—and that includes those who are vaccinated themselves.
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Scientists Use AR to Make Arachnophobes See Huge Spiders
A new app takes a gamified approach to exposure therapy, using augmented reality to make it look like an arachnophobic user is surrounded or even covered by huge, realistic-looking spiders. Scientists at the University of Basel recently developed and tested an app called Phobys in order to make it easier for people to face and hopefully overcome their fears, according to a university announcement
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The Most Important Vaccine I'll Get This Fall
On Saturday morning, I finally rolled up my sleeve for the vaccine I'd been waiting for all summer: my annual flu shot , a technological marvel that I opt to receive every fall. During non-pandemic times, the flu vaccine is a hot autumn commodity that holds a coveted place in the public-health spotlight. As of late, though, the shot's been eclipsed by the prominence of its COVID-blocking cousins,
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American Gentry
American wealth and power usually have a certain look: glass-walled penthouse apartments in glittering urban skyscrapers, sprawling country mansions, ivy-covered prep schools, vacation homes in the Hamptons. These are the outward symbols of an entrenched oligarchy, the political-economic ruling class portrayed by the media that entertains us and the conspiracy theories that animate the darker cor
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Wall Street Glitch Showed Bitcoin Crashing to $5,400
Bubble Burst On Monday, some crypto investors may have noticed that the price for Bitcoin plummeted down to about $5,400. That would be catastrophic, coming down from around $50,000 earlier this month. But the price never actually dropped — at least not that much. The precipitous devaluation was a glitch on Pyth, a crypto data platform that's contributed to by several finance giants on Wall Stree
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More microplastics in babies' faeces than in adults' – study
Researchers say children's mouthing behaviour and products such as bottles may be to blame Infants have more microplastics in their faeces than adults, a study has found. Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm in size that have been released into the environment from the breakage of bigger plastic objects. They are a threat to the environment because they do not easily biodegrade, a
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Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs
Conspiracy theorists who discount the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and other public-health mandates are often portrayed in the media as right-wing. That's for good reason: a not-insignificant number of the most vocal conspiracists tie their ideology firmly to President Donald Trump and the right-wing MAGA movement he inspired. Videos of angry red-state demonstrators pushing back again
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The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden
A t some point in the coming weeks, hundreds of thousands of dollars will be funneled to the son of the sitting American president—and none of us will know anything about who sent the money, or where it originally came from, or why anyone chose to send it in the first place. The transactions will nominally center on artwork created by Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son. After spending years
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Mathematicians discover music really can be infectious – like a virus
New music download patterns appear to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease, study finds Pop music is often described as catchy, but it seems you really can infect friends with your music taste. The pattern of music downloads after their release appears to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease – and electronica appears to be the most infectious genre of all. Do
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Doctors Intrigued by Man Who Jizzed Out of Butthole
Scientists were puzzled by a bizarre case stdy: a 33-year-old male with a history of illicit drug use who'd been experiencing "a substantial amount of sperm passage from his rectum with ejaculation for the past two years," according to study titled " A Curious Case of Rectal Ejaculation ," published last month in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science . In crude terms, the unfortunate patient was
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Volcano Flings Lava Nearly a Mile High, Swallows Houses Whole
Kaboom! On Sunday, a powerful volcanic eruption rocked the small island of La Palma, sending lava flying 5,000 feet into the air — reaching heights twice that of the world's tallest skyscraper. After 50 years of dormancy — aside from the occasional rumbling — the Cumbre Vieja volcano burst open at several different points at once, National Geographic reports . Dramatic footage of the eruption sho
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Mathematician Answers Chess Problem About Attacking Queens
If you have a few chess sets at home, try the following exercise: Arrange eight queens on a board so that none of them are attacking each other. If you succeed once, can you find a second arrangement? A third? How many are there? This challenge is over 150 years old. It is the earliest version of a mathematical question called the n-queens problem whose solution Michael Simkin… Source
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Texas Is Alienating Abortion Moderates
Since September 1, about 6 million Texans of childbearing age have been living under one of the strictest abortion laws in the developed world. Texas Republicans wrote the law in part to score points with the state's staunch opponents of abortion rights. But this time, they might have gone too far: Even some people who support certain abortion restrictions, or would not themselves get an abortion
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Get Your Flu Shot!
COVID-19 vaccines are important, but so are flu shots. They are safe, effective, and protect others (the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those too young to get the vaccine). The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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In Response to Dip, El Salvador Buys a Bunch More Bitcoin
Buying the Dip El Salvador recently became the first country to accept Bitcoin as legal tender — and thanks to a recent dip in the value of the digital currency, president Nayib Bukele is looking to cash in. Bukele announced he bought 150 bitcoins over the weekend, equivalent to around $6.7 million. "We just bought the dip," he wrote in a tweet early Monday morning. "150 new coins! El Salvador no
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SpaceX Says It May Build Starships Exclusively for Space Tourism
Soaring Demand SpaceX successfully sent four space tourists on a three day joyride around the Earth inside its Crew Dragon spacecraft last week — and the mission has sent demand soaring, according to the company. "The amount of people who are approaching us through our sales and marketing portals has actually increased significantly," the company's senior director of human spaceflight programs Be
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Billionaire Space Tourist Tries to Explain Lack of Footage From Inside Spaceship
The four space tourists on board SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft had very little footage to share while on their three day journey circling the Earth last week. Apart from a brief, scheduled broadcast on Friday evening , we heard almost nothing from any of the four civilians — leaving us with plenty of questions , especially in the era of ubiquitous social media. The unusual silence from the crew
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Starwatch: the arrival of autumn brings the lovely harvest moon
This is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, the day when the lengths of day and night are equal This week watch for the beautiful harvest moon to rise above the horizon on Tuesday. The harvest moon is defined as the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. This year, the equinox falls on the 22 September, and the moment of full moon takes place on 21 September at 00.54 BST. The moon wi
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'Highly effective' ovarian cancer treatment could help thousands of women
New drug combination shrunk tumours significantly in 46% of patients with treatment-resistant form of disease Thousands of women with ovarian cancer could benefit from a revolutionary drug combination after it was shown to shrink tumours in half of patients with an advanced form of the disease. The pair of drugs – which work together to block the signals cancer cells need to grow – could offer a
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'I felt this huge relief': how antibody injections could free the immunosuppressed under Covid
FDA expected to issue full emergency authorization for periodic antibody injections, or PrEP, to complement vaccinations A proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son's Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field. Related: Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue Continue reading…
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Companies Are Ditching Drug Tests Because They're Blocking Good Candidates
Just Say No More and more companies around the world are getting rid of drug screening policies in an attempt to attract employees. A new poll conducted by staffing company ManpowerGroup showed that roughly nine percent of employers are doing away with drug testing during the application process in order to "attract and retain in-demand talent." The company surveyed 45,000 employers across 43 cou
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You Might Want to Wait to Get a Booster Shot
After a long and tense meeting today, an FDA committee unanimously recommended that the agency authorize third shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Americans who are over 65 or at high risk of severe COVID. The vote came after the panel voted overwhelmingly against the original question up for its consideration: authorizing boosters for everyone over 16. If the FDA follows the committee's rec
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Rolls-Royce Tests Sci-Fi-Looking All-Electric Aircraft
Spirit of Innovation An all-electric aircraft called Spirit of Innovation, built by British manufacturer Rolls-Royce, took to the skies for the very first time this week — and it looks hella cool. The sleek single-seater prop plane, a design reminiscent of racing planes from the 1930s , took off at the UK Ministry of Defense's Boscombe Down site on Wednesday. It spent 15 minutes in the air, a mil
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China Analyzing Moon Rocks as Potential Fusion Power Source
Moon Fusion Chinese scientists are studying lunar rock samples to assess whether or not they're a good fuel source for nuclear fusion. Researchers at the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology are analyzing a 50-milligram rock sample, according to Space.com , obtained during the country's Chang'e-5 lunar return mission . The scientists are analyzing the rocks for an isotope called helium-3
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Long Covid in children and adolescents is less common than previously feared
Review of 14 international studies suggests long Covid symptoms in children rarely last longer than 12 weeks Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing Children and adolescents who are infected with Covid-19 rarely have symptoms that last for longer than 12 weeks, according to a review of international research. The review, published i
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Plants evolved complexity in two bursts—with a 250-million-year hiatus
A Stanford-led study reveals that rather than evolving gradually over hundreds of millions of years, land plants underwent major diversification in two dramatic bursts, 250 million years apart. The first occurred early in plant history, giving rise to the development of seeds, and the second took place during the diversification of flowering plants.
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Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells' Molecular Signals
Back in 2000, when Michael Elowitz of the California Institute of Technology was still a grad student at Princeton University, he accomplished a remarkable feat in the young field of synthetic biology: He became one of the first to design and demonstrate a kind of functioning "circuit" in living cells. He and his mentor, Stanislas Leibler, inserted a suite of genes into Escherichia coli bacteria.
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​Fossilised long-legged giant penguin identified as new species
Skeleton found by children in New Zealand helps fill in gaps in natural history In January 2006 a group of children in summer camp in Waikato, New Zealand, went on a fossil-hunting field trip with a seasoned archaeologist. They kayaked to the upper Kawhia harbour, a hotspot for this sort of activity, and they expected to find fossils of shellfish and the like, as they regularly did on these Hamil
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Gold Teeth Are Beautiful on Their Own Terms
Photographs and Video by Akilah Townsend There's a poem most Black people know, and even if you don't know it, at one time or another you've lived it or seen someone you love live it. It's a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar called "We Wear the Mask," his seminal ode to how Black folks must show one face to the world and another to ourselves. The verse begins, "We wear the mask that grins and lies" an
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Scientists pretend to be Neanderthals to explore how they caught birds in caves for food
Neanderthals, our closest relatives, became extinct between 40,000 to 35,000 years ago. Since the discovery of the first Neanderthal fossil 165 years ago, scientists have learned more about Neanderthals—including their culture, sociality, ecology, diet, control of fire, production and use of tools, physiology, and even their genomic code—than about any other non-human hominin. Here, Spanish resear
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Elon Musk: Tesla Self-Driving Will Be Able to Dodge UFOs That Crash Into Roadway
Swerve! Tesla recently released the 10th version of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software feature , an optional $10,000 add-on that allows its vehicles to take care of a good deal of driving — but not all of it, as the name deceptively suggests. And the feature may have yet another quirky ability hidden up its sleeve, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested on Twitter this week. "FSD 10 predicts height f
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Parents of America, Unite!
Tens of millions of children are awaiting the approval of a vaccine to protect them from COVID-19. Their impatient parents should know that they don't just have to sit around and wait. Consider, for example, what happened during the AIDS epidemic, when the advocacy group ACT UP, but a scant year old at the time, figured out where the holdup in dealing with the AIDS crisis was: a featureless build
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Ancient spider mom preserved in amber found to be protecting her young
A trio of researchers with Capital Normal University in China has found evidence of a mother spider protecting her young in an amber sample dated back to 99 million years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Xiangbo Guo, Paul Selden and Dong Rend describe where the sample was found and what they learned about the spider it contains.
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Martin Luther King Knew That Fighting Racism Meant Fighting Police Brutality
In a lesser-known part of his March on Washington speech, Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed , "We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality." Many people, upon hearing this, might assume that King was simply referring to the violence wreaked by the police department in Birmingham, Alabama, and its commissioner, Bull Connor, during the
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How to understand Einstein's equation for general relativity
The Einstein field equations appear very simple, but they encode a tremendous amount of complexity. What looks like one compact equation is actually 16 complicated ones, relating the curvature of spacetime to the matter and energy in the universe. It showcases how gravity is fundamentally different from all the other forces, and yet in many ways, it is the only one we can wrap our heads around. A
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William Shatner Is Reportedly Taking a Ride on Jeff Bezos' Rocket
Kirk in Space Beam me up, Scotty! Acting legend William Shatner, who famously played the role of Captain Kirk on the original run of "Star Trek," will reportedly go to space during an upcoming Blue Origin launch slated for later this year, according to TMZ . The 90-year-old Canadian actor will be part of the second crew to fly to the edge of space on board the Jeff Bezos-led company's New Shepard
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Scientists Say New Technique Could Turn Martian Air Into Rocket Fuel
Fueling Up Scientists say they've developed a trick that can turn Martian air into rocket fuel — and that it's so efficient that a spacecraft wouldn't need to bother carrying any extra fuel for its return mission. A reactor using new chemical catalysts can efficiently convert carbon dioxide into methane and ethylene, essentially turning the greenhouse gas into a useful building block for fuels, e
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Prosecutors in Mexico seeking arrest warrants for more than 30 scientists
Scientific community is outraged, saying charges of organised crime are an attempt by Mexico's president to silence them Mexico's scientific community has reacted with outrage after the country's chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants for 31 scientists, researchers and academics on accusations of organised crime, money laundering and embezzlement – charges that could land them alongside drug
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Why Can't Democrats Pass Gun Control?
P resident Joe Biden was dealt a significant setback this month when he was forced to abandon David Chipman, his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The nomination was only the second he was forced to withdraw, and it was a blow to the gun-control groups who had backed Biden's pick. What went wrong? One explanation gun-control advocates often lean on when the
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Return of the common cold: infections surge in UK as autumn arrives
After 18 months of social distancing, scientists believe people's immune defences have weakened The return of schools and the arrival of autumn means common colds and other respiratory infections are firmly on the rise, spreading coughs and sneezes, more severe illnesses, and prompting some to report their worst colds ever . According to Public Health England, there is no particularly nasty new v
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Several People in ICU After Attending "COVID Party"
A number of misguided residents in Edson, Alberta, a small Canadian town two hours west of the city of Edmonton, organized a "COVID party" intended to infect as many guests as possible with the coronavirus to "build up natural immunity," local news station CityNews reports . Unsurprisingly, several partygoers ended up in the ICU. After all, COVID-19 isn't the common flu — nor is it chicken pox. L
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Astronaut Who Helped Build Space Station Says Damage Is "Serious"
Warning Signs Bill Shepherd, the retired NASA astronaut who served as captain of the first crew to work on the International Space Station, just issued a serious warning to Congress. The space station has been showing its age, with new damage and other signs of wear being found in various modules. Most recently, Russian cosmonauts spotted about half a dozen new cracks in their Zarya module . And
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Come on in, the water is superionic
The interiors of Uranus and Neptune each contain about 50 000 times the amount of water in Earth's oceans, and a form of water known as superionic water is believed to be stable at depths greater than about one-third of the radius of these ice giants.
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The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unity
If you've ever taken an algebra or physics class, then you've met a parabola, the simple curve that can model how a ball flies through the air. The most important part of a parabola is the vertex — its highest or lowest point — and there are many mathematical techniques for finding it. You can try vertex form, or the axis of symmetry, or even calculus. But last week one of my students located the
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The Bunks in the Chinese Space Station Are Absolutely Enormous
A new image shared by Chinese state-owned news agency CGTN shows astronaut Tang Hongbo relaxing on board the country's brand new space station — and the amenities are surprisingly luxurious. The photo shows Hongbo's sleeping quarters, a large section of the side of the Tianhe core module of China's brand new Tiangong space station. The astronaut appears to have stuck manuals, headphones, and phot
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Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years
To human eyes, the dominant form of life on Earth is multicellular. These cathedrals of flesh, cellulose or chitin usually take shape by following a sophisticated, endlessly iterated program of development: A single microscopic cell divides, then divides again, and again and again, with each cell taking its place in the emerging tissues, until there is an elephant or a redwood where there was non
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A new therapy for children who may have autism risks carrying a hidden cost | James Cusack
Support that boosts toddlers' social development can lead to them missing out on a diagnosis that secures ongoing help James Cusack is chief executive of Autistica, a British autism research charity Being autistic, for me and the 700,000 other autistic people in the UK, often means spending a lot of time inhabiting a world that doesn't work well for you. This is why it's vital that the needs and
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Arctic Horror Is Having a Comeback
This article contains spoilers for The Terror and The North Water . Of all the horrors of a 19th-century European voyage to the Arctic—noses and cheeks turned necrotic by frostbite, snow blindness, sea madness, broken bones badly knit—perhaps most ghastly was scurvy . The disease often starts with stiff limbs and ulcerating skin. Gums bleed and blacken, then engorge and protrude over the teeth or
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The State of Texas v. Jesus Christ
Charles Ommanney / Getty Devotees to the cause of religious liberty may be startled to discover during the Supreme Court's upcoming term that the latest legal-theological dispute finds the state of Texas locked in conflict with traditional Christian practice, where rites for the sick, condemned, and dying disrupt the preferences of executioners. A recent stay in Ramirez v. Collier has again put T
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Cyberattack on Farming Group Could Lead to Food Shortages
Hunger Strike A new ransomware attack on a major agricultural services provider could lead to food shortages down the road if the hackers and target don't come to an agreement. The hacking group BlackMatter forced the agricultural company NEW Cooperative to bring its systems offline and is holding them hostage for $5.9 million, Ars Technica reports . NEW Cooperative, which says it provides softwa
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Americans Have No Idea What the Supply Chain Really Is
At this point, the maddeningly unpredictable Delta variant has changed the expected course of the coronavirus pandemic so much that it can be hard to know exactly what you're waiting for, or if you should continue waiting at all. Is something like before-times normalcy still coming, or will Americans have to negotiate a permanently changed reality? Will we recognize that new normal when it gets h
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Elon Musk Confirms "Challenges" With Toilet on Tourist Spacecraft
What's That Smell? As if going to the bathroom in microgravity wasn't complicated enough . It sounds as though the four space tourists on SpaceX's historic Inspiration4 flight last week had a bit of a smelly mishap. The Waste Management System experienced an "anomaly" — that's code of "uh oh" in space jargon — with its suction fan causing the crew to struggle with doing their business while float
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The Democrats' Greatest Delusion
Democrats in Congress are divided on a slew of important issues right now, leaving President Joe Biden's signature $3.5 trillion spending plan in jeopardy. What unites them is the illusion that the way they handle the plan will make or break the party's fortunes in next year's midterms. If only things worked that way. The election is almost certainly a lost cause for Democrats, and, if it's not,
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When a Hit Musical Becomes a Bad Movie
When Dear Evan Hansen premiered on Broadway in 2016, it drew near-universal praise from New York's theater critics. Ben Platt, playing an anxious teenager who becomes an internet celebrity after misrepresenting his role in a local tragedy, was showered with plaudits, and the show ended up winning six Tony Awards—the most of the season—including Best Musical and a leading-actor trophy for Platt. A
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The World Won't Miss Angela Merkel
D uring the darkest days of Donald Trump's presidency, Angela Merkel looked like the last adult on the world stage. With the United States led by an extremist, the United Kingdom in chaos, India barreling toward autocracy, and Russia and China ever more repressive, the German chancellor was widely hailed as the "leader of the free world." Now that Merkel is about to step down from the post she ha
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Where Is the Reckoning Over Disability Rights?
Photographs by Dannielle Bowman W hen Angel Love Miles arrived at Penn State in 1998, she realized she was going to have to fight to finish school. To begin with, Miles was a low-income Black student, and Penn State was mostly white. In addition, she has spina bifida, a condition that affects spinal development in utero. In Miles's case, this means she uses crutches or a wheelchair. As a child, s
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The bias that blinds: why some people get dangerously different medical care
Medical research and practice have long assumed a narrow definition of the 'default' human, badly compromising the care of anyone outside that category. How can this be fixed? I met Chris in my first month at a small, hard-partying Catholic high school in north-eastern Wisconsin, where kids jammed cigarettes between the fingers of the school's lifesize Jesus statue and skipped mass to eat fries a
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Human whistled languages may offer model for how to study dolphin communication
Whistling while you work isn't just a distraction for some people. More than 80 cultures employ a whistled form of their native language to communicate over long distances. A multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that some of these whistled languages can serve as a model for elucidating how information may be encoded in dolphin whistle communication. They made their case in a new paper publ
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Brain Implant Entrepreneur Says His Inbox Is Filled With Furries
Fursona Non Grata Max Hodak, who cofounded Neuralink with Elon Musk and served as president until he left the neural implant company this May, tweeted out an unusual request this weekend. "To all the furries in my inbox," Hodak tweeted on Sunday, "patience please. Hopefully technology will enable everyone to be their best selves." Hodak didn't specify what, exactly, the furries were asking of him
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Elon Musk Mocks Joe Biden for Not Congratulating SpaceX Fast Enough
Notice Me Last week, SpaceX successfully completed the first all-civilian spaceflight with the successful splashdown of its Inspiration4 mission. Shortly thereafter, the company and CEO Elon Musk racked up praise and congratulations from government officials including NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and spaceflight industry competitors including Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos . But apparently that was
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Defying Congress, Elon Musk Calls for Cooperation Between NASA and China
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is calling for at least "some amount of cooperation" between NASA and China — despite legislation that restricts NASA from using any federal funds to engage with the Chinese government. The Wolf Amendment, passed by Congress in 2011, severely restricts any bilateral cooperation with the Chinese government — an effort to put a stop to espionage, effectively painting China as a
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Mathematical Analysis of Fruit Fly Wings Hints at Evolution's Limits
Two years ago, to prepare for an unusual photo shoot, a team of scientists plucked the wings from thousands of fruit flies and pressed each flake of iridescent tissue between glass plates. As often as not, the wing tore or folded, or an air pocket or errant piece of dust got trapped along with it, ruining the sample. Fly wings are "not like Saran wrap," said Madhav Mani… Source
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A World Without Children
Miley Cyrus vowed not to have a baby on a "piece-of-shit planet." Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mused in an Instagram video about whether it's still okay to have children. Polls suggest that a third or more of Americans younger than 45 either don't have children or expect to have fewer than they might otherwise because they are worried about climate change. Millennials and Gen Z are not
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America's China Strategy Is Working
Executives at the fashion brand Eileen Fisher are no strangers to China—or to its enormous benefits and dangerous pitfalls: The American outfitter began manufacturing its clothing there about a quarter century ago, but last year, it realized that working in China could no longer be business as usual. The catalyst was Beijing's repression of China's Uyghurs in the far-west province of Xinjiang. A
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Elon Musk Must Be Pretty Relieved
The space tourists are back. On Saturday night, the private astronauts braced themselves as their spacecraft streaked through Earth's atmosphere, deployed parachutes, and then drifted down off the coast of Florida. When the capsule touched the waves, they might have heard a voice from mission control radio in: " Thanks for flying SpaceX ." As if the passengers had just touched down on a runway at
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Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row
England's deputy medical chief asked for data to be withheld unless British vaccine guinea pigs allowed to travel abroad • Coronavirus – latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverage England's deputy chief medical officer asked ministers to withhold all UK clinical trial data from the EU if European countries continued to deny entry to British vaccine trial volunteers, the Observer can reveal
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Boston Dynamics Deploys Robot Guard Dog at Factory
See Spot Guard Robotics company Boston Dynamics has announced that it's started a pilot program for a robot guard dog on Friday. The guard dog is known as Spot and is technically known as a "Factory Safety Service Robot," according to a press release from Hyundai , which acquired Boston Dynamics in June 2021. The carmaker says that the robot has begun operations at a Kia plant in South Korea. "Th
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UK teachers targeted by Covid anti-vaxxers as schools prepare to vaccinate pupils
One headteacher threatened with legal action by own governor over student jabs Secondary schools in the UK have been plunged into the centre of the row over Covid vaccines for 12- to 15-year-olds , with anti-vaxxers at school gates and a headteacher threatened with legal action by one of his own governors. Letters circulated by campaign groups and parents are accusing schools of sanctioning "medi
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Arizona's Audit Continues to Be a Chaotic Mess
If you've forgotten about the Arizona "audit" of Maricopa County's votes in the 2020 election, you can be forgiven. At times, it seems like the audits' backers have forgotten about it too. Arizona state-Senate Republicans launched the process this spring as a response to false claims of election fraud spread by several of themselves, as well as former President Donald Trump. The Senate hired Cybe
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Texas Democrats Have an Opportunity
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has leaned into the culture war, signing laws effectively banning abortion and critical race theory, loosening gun restrictions , and approving an almost certainly unconstitutional law barring social-media companies from moderating content . He has thwarted coronavirus restrictions in a state that has seen hospitals become overwhelmed with patients and more than 6,000 d
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People with chronic conditions among most at risk from Covid even after jabs
Research finds those with Down's syndrome, Parkinson's and other conditions may benefit from booster dose Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People living with chronic conditions such as Down's syndrome and dementia remain among the most vulnerable to Covid-19 even after vaccination, research has found. The study, based on data from more than 6.9 million vaccinated adul
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Chris Hemsworth Used a Grotesque Hack to Get Swole Enough to Play Thor
You might wish you had the body of a Marvel superhero like Thor — but the workouts to actually get there might convince you otherwise. Actor Chris Hemsworth recently posted a video of once such workout to Instagram. In it, he claimed that a monstrous-sounding blood-flow restriction technique he used during his workouts was the key to his massive arms. "By restricting blood-flow and oxygen the mus
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First-of-its-kind quantitative assessment for sustainable agriculture
For the first time, scientists have assembled a quantitative assessment for agriculture sustainability for countries around the world based not only on environmental impacts, but economic and social impacts, as well. The Sustainable Agriculture Matrix, or SAM, provides independent and transparent measurements of agricultural sustainability at a national level that can help governments and organiza
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The untapped energy source that could power the planet | Jamie C. Beard
Deep beneath your feet is a molten ball of energy the same temperature as the surface of the sun — an immense clean energy source that could power the world thousands of times over, says technologist and climate activist Jamie C. Beard. How do we tap it? She lays out a surprising solution, and an unlikely alliance, to harvest geothermal energy from the Earth's core and get it to anywhere in the w
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The Culture War Over 'Pregnant People'
Last year, a brand-new labor-and-delivery hospital opened on the well-to-do Upper East Side of New York City. Its name, the Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, might strike most people as innocuous or straightforward. But to some people, the suggestion that a hospital where babies are born is for women is offensive, because transgender and nonbinary people who do not identify as wome
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Social Media Is Attention Alcohol
L ast year, researchers at Instagram published disturbing findings from an internal study on the app's effect on young women. "Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse," the authors wrote in a presentation obtained by The Wall Street Journal . "They often feel 'addicted' and know that what they're seeing is bad for their ment
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UK scientist warns over relaxation of Covid travel rules
Prof Alan McNally says genome surveillance remains vital, as ministers prepare to overhaul travel rules Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the scientists behind the UK's testing network for quickly identifying Covid variants of concern has urged the government to continue surveillance of coronavirus cases brought in to the UK from abroad. Alan McNally, a professo
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Jeff Bezos Grits Teeth to Congratulate Elon Musk, Who Makes Fun of Him Constantly
Gritted Teeth Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos congratulated his rival and occasional cyberbully Elon Musk for the successful launch of Inspiration4 on Thursday — which may have been difficult for the billionaire to do, considering reports of his personal jealousy toward Musk. "Congratulations to @ElonMusk and the @SpaceX team on their successful Inspiration4 launch last night," Bezos tweeted . "Anothe
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SpaceX Launch Spits Out Epic, Firey Jellyfish in Night Sky
Fireworks SpaceX launched the first-ever all-tourist mission into orbit Wednesday evening. When the Falcon 9 rocket took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at around 8 pm Eastern time, about half an hour after sunset, onlookers were treated to an incredible sight: a hazy, jellyfish-like "nebula" caused by the rocket burning its propellant during its ascent into space. One image share
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The Cult of Virginity Just Won't Let Go
Adam Maida / The Atlantic In the Middle Ages, a royal bride would be inspected before her wedding night to make sure she was a virgo intacta —a virgin with an intact hymen covering the entrance to her vagina. "The Hymen is a membrane not altogether without blood," wrote the 17th-century court obstetrician Louise Bourgeois. "In the middle it hath a little hole, through which the menses are voided.
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Go for a Walk
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. L ast month, a survey by the travel industry found that a majority of Americans changed their vacation plans this summer because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. But not everyone canceled their vacations entirely; travel spending has been almost as high this summer as it was in the sum
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The California Recall's Warning for Democracy
Governor Gavin Newsom of California defeated yesterday's recall election by a large enough margin to squash earlier Republican threats to challenge the results no matter the outcome. But the proliferation of those allegations of voter fraud before the election, including ungrounded claims from former President Donald Trump that the contest was "rigged," points toward an ominous future in which mo
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Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds
As Cop26 meeting approaches, analysis shows world is on track for 3C temperature increase if present trends continue Every one of the world's leading economies, including all the countries that make up the G20, is failing to meet commitments made in the landmark Paris agreement in order to stave off climate catastrophe, a damning new analysis has found. Less than two months before crucial United
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Chinese Scientists Working on Mars Drone That Flies Faster Than Sound
Drone Zone Scientists in China have created a proposal for a hypersonic aircraft to travel between future Mars colonies. The team has developed a concept for a drone that weighs 1,100 pounds and could travel at five times the speed of sound, according to the South China Morning Post , with a cruising altitude of 5,000 meters. This is all still in its very early stages, though, and is expected to
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A Massive Subterranean 'Tree' Is Moving Magma to Earth's Surface
Réunion, a French island in the western Indian Ocean, is like a marshmallow hovering above the business end of a blowtorch. It sits above one of Earth's mantle plumes — a tower of superheated rock that ascends from the deep mantle and flambés the bases of tectonic plates, the jigsaw pieces that make up the ever-changing face of the world. The plume's effects are hard to miss: One of the island's.
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A new window to the early universe (and aliens?)
Astrophysicists anxiously await the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, slated for December 18. Things can go wrong. This spectacular giant will be the most powerful space telescope ever built, opening new windows to nascent galaxies and stars from billions of years ago, as well as to planets circling other stars in our cosmic neighborhood. It will help us refine our own story — a
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Missouri Is the Next Front in the COVID Culture War
T here's a particular spot in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital, where you can walk a few yards and pass through three different sets of masking rules. Struggling against the heavy wooden doors of the state-supreme-court building and stepping through, you leave the zone of the city and county recommendations—mask when you can't keep distance—and enter a space where masks are required by
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NASA Testing Spacesuits by Shooting Them With a Giant Gun
Space Shoots NASA is putting its lunar spacesuit through its paces. As part of testing, engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center's Ballistic Impact Lab are shooting prototype spacesuits with a 40-foot air gun that fires steel ball bearings at 3,000 feet per second, roughly two and a half times the speed of sound, in order to simulate extraterrestrial hazards like micrometeorite strikes. "If the
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All Is Not Well That Ends Well in Arizona
The so-called audit of votes in Maricopa County, Arizona, will confirm that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election there, and all it took was five months, millions of taxpayer dollars to replace voting machines tainted by the audit, and a full-frontal assault on faith in elections, the foundation of American democracy. The review didn't merely confirm that Biden won Maricopa County—it reported
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Driver Claims Tesla Locked Up in Middle of Six-Lane Highway
Close Call A bizarre failure brought a Tesla to a complete stop in the middle of traffic, according to the driver's account of the incident. Alan "Pooch" Puccinelli, owner of 3D printing supply company called R3PKORD, tweeted the harrowing saga of how his Tesla Model S locked up in the middle of a six-lane highway in North Auburn, California on Wednesday night. Thankfully, Puccinelli managed to a
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NASA satellites show how clouds respond to Arctic sea ice change
Clouds are one of the biggest wildcards in predictions of how much and how fast the Arctic will continue to warm in the future. Depending on the time of the year and the changing environment in which they form and exist, clouds can both act to warm and cool the surface below them.
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Murders Are Spiking in America
If 2020 was a year of death, COVID-19 was not the only culprit. Last year saw the largest increase in murders on record, according to new federal-government data. There were some 21,500 murders in 2020—nearly 5,000 more than in 2019. That's a 29 percent spike, far outpacing the previous record increase, 12.7 percent, set in 1968. Those numbers come from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, an annual r
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Study unveils the minimum temperature for droplets levitating from smooth surfaces
The Leidenfrost effect is a well-known physical phenomenon first discovered in 1756. It occurs when a liquid is in the proximity of a surface that is significantly warmer than its boiling point. This produces an insulating vapor layer that prevents the liquid from quickly boiling. Due to this effect, a droplet would hover over the surface instead of physically touching it.
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The Difference Between Hope and Optimism
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. D uring the Vietnam War, a U.S. Navy vice admiral who was held for more than seven years in a North Vietnamese prison noticed a surprising trend among his fellow inmates. Some of them survived the appalling conditions; others didn't. Those who didn't tended to be the most optimistic of the gr
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2021 has broken the record for zero-day hacking attacks
A zero-day exploit—a way to launch a cyberattack via a previously unknown vulnerability—is just about the most valuable thing a hacker can possess. These exploits can carry price tags north of $1 million on the open market. And this year, cybersecurity defenders have caught the highest number ever, according to multiple databases, researchers, and cybersecurity companies who spoke to MIT Technolo
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Music download patterns found to resemble infectious disease epidemic curves
A team of mathematicians at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind in Canada, has found that music download patterns resemble the patterns found in disease epidemics. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the group describes applying a standard model used to describe the spread of disease to a large database of downloadable music.
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Blast More Powerful Than Tunguska May Have Devastated Ancient City
(Image: Ted E. Bunch et al/Nature) People have been in the valley of the Jordan River for a long, long time. Long enough, in fact, that we're aware of a strange gap in the physical record of human history there, beginning with the mass abandonment of almost every city, village, and settlement in the area, around 3,600 years ago. When the entire population of a twenty-mile-wide metropolitan center
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Infants have more microplastics in their feces than adults, study finds
Microplastics—tiny plastic pieces less than 5 mm in size—are everywhere, from indoor dust to food to bottled water. So it's not surprising that scientists have detected these particles in the feces of people and pets. Now, in a small pilot study, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology Letters discovered that infants have higher amounts of one type of microplastic in their
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Democrats May Be on the Verge of Climate Disaster
This is an excerpt from The Atlantic 's climate newsletter, The Weekly Planet. Subscribe today . Updated at 11:26 a.m. on September 23, 2021 I'm starting to become concerned about President Joe Biden's ability to pass a climate bill . They're speaking sotto voce, but still: In the past few days, Democrats on the party's left and right flanks have started to hint that, well, in some circumstances,
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Einstein's handwritten calculations for theory of relativity to be auctioned for €3m
The rare document, which records attempts to explain an anomaly in the orbit of Mercury, is 'a fascinating dive into the mind of the greatest scientist of the 20th century' A crucial series of Albert Einstein's calculations, scrawled down as the physicist struggled to account for an anomaly in the orbit of Mercury while developing his theory of general relativity, is set to be auctioned for an ey
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Darwin's short-beak enigma solved: Mutation in the ROR2 gene is linked to beak length in domestic pigeons
Charles Darwin was obsessed with domestic pigeons. He thought they held the secrets of selection in their beaks. Free from the bonds of natural selection, the 350-plus breeds of domestic pigeons have beaks of all shapes and sizes within a single species (Columba livia). The most striking are beaks so short that they sometimes prevent parents from feeding their own young. Centuries of interbreeding
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Trials begin on Covid booster jab hoped to protect against new variants
Self-amplifying mRNA jab aims to trigger immune response towards virus's spike and non-spike proteins Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first trials have begun of a Covid booster jab that it is hoped will offer good protection against a wide range of variants, researchers have revealed. Covid jabs currently used in the UK trigger an immune response towards the coro
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Hard Work Isn't the Point of the Office
As the Age of Delta scrambles back-to-office timelines, I find myself wondering what offices are good for in the first place. I am pro-office. I miss a good eavesdropping, the promise of midday gossip, the "quick random question" that blooms into a half-hour conversation, and, theoretically, the magical combustion of creativity forged by these connections. These things aren't what I'm directly pa
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Palomar 6 globular cluster investigated in detail
An international team of astronomers has conducted a detailed study of a globular cluster known as Palomar 6 (or Pal 6 for short). Results of the research could help us better understand the nature of this cluster. The study was detailed in a paper published September 9 on arXiv.org.
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Is It Time to Rethink Hyper-Minority Districts?
M ost members of Congress crave political security, and Terri Sewell has it. For more than a decade, she's represented Alabama's Seventh District, a 61 percent Black hodgepodge that awkwardly links the bustling cities of Birmingham and Montgomery via the sprawling, agriculturally rich Black Belt (named for the region's dark topsoil), where more than a quarter of residents still live below the fed
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Seven simple steps to sounder sleep
How I overcome my chronic insomnia with science Everything about our day impacts our sleep. How many minutes we spend outside, what and when we eat, what's happening with our hormones, our habits, emotions, stress and thoughts – all this feeds into the sleep we end up with at night. All of which I was completely oblivious to when battling chronic insomnia for years on end. Sleep anxiety can creat
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SpaceX Launched Tourists With Zip Ties, Sedatives In Case Someone Gets Dangerous
Liberate Ex Inferis You're probably familiar with the trope of space travelers losing their grip on reality in movies like "Event Horizon" and "Solaris." But the idea, it turns out, is actually enough of a concern that both NASA and SpaceX have taken steps to ensure that their astronauts are prepared to restrain anyone who becomes a danger during a space mission. Take SpaceX's Inspiration4 missio
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SpaceX launches world's first 'amateur astronaut' crew to orbit Earth
Launch marks biggest advancement so far in space tourism as Elon Musk's company conducts first chartered passenger flight SpaceX has launched the world's first crew of "amateur astronauts" on a private flight to circle Earth for three days. Wednesday night's successful launch marked the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It's the first chartered passenger flight for Elon Musk's space compa
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Fauci: "No Evidence" That COVID Vaccine Injured Nicki Minaj's Cousin's Friend's Testicles
Rapper Nicki Minaj claimed on Twitter this week that her cousin in Trinidad "won't get the vaccine cuz his friend got it [and] became impotent." "His testicles became swollen," she added, evocatively. "His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding." All told, it's a bit of a COVID-19 misinformation disaster. Nicki Minaj has a massive following, with 22.6 mill
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More Than Half of Young Adults Think "Humanity Is Doomed," According to New Poll
Humanity is Doomed In news that shouldn't surprise anyone who's met a young person in 2021, a new study shows that more than half of young adults believe that "humanity is doomed" and "the future is frightening." The poll makes a strong connection between environmental concerns with government inaction, resulting in a heightened sense of fear and anxiety amongst teens and young adults. "This stud
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Startup Says Anyone New Jetpack Is So Simple That Anyone Can Fly It
Just Add Jets Engineers in England say they've developed a jetpack so simple that anyone can safely fly it with minimal training. Maverick Aviation says the jetpack can travel up to 30mph, according to a statement obtained by Construction Global . It's designed come with an easy learning curve, and even has an auto-pilot system installed. "What is unique about what we're doing is the computer-con
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In Newly Released Text, Elizabeth Holmes Called Herself "Best Business Person of the Year"
New private text messages have surfaced between Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her then-boyfriend Sunny Balwani. The nearly 600 pages of private text and Skype messages, sent between June 2011 and July 2016, were obtained by CNBC earlier this week. The texts demonstrate how Holmes professed full confidence in her blood-testing company — despite the venture imploding spectacularly in 2015.
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Decoding human history with ancient DNA
This year is the 20th anniversary of sequencing the human genome. In honor of this event, a research team led by Prof. FU Qiaomei from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reviewed the most recent progress in the field of ancient DNA (aDNA), i.e., DNA obtained from the remains of past organisms.
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White dwarfs become magnetic as they get older
At least one out of four white dwarfs (WDs) will end its life as a magnetic star, and therefore magnetic fields are an essential component of WD physics. New insights into the magnetism of degenerate stars from a recent analysis of a volume-limited sample of WDs have provided the best evidence obtained so far of how the frequency of magnetism in WDs correlates with age. This could help to explain
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'We haven't finished the job': JVT reflects on 18 months of Covid
Exclusive: Listen to the experts, says deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, not the celebrities They didn't ask for the spotlight, and sometimes they didn't always seem comfortable under the media glare. But the scientists who came into our lives at the start of the coronavirus pandemic became household names. None more so than Prof Jonathan Van-Tam. Continue reading…
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Bitcoin.org, Which Taught Users Not to Get Scammed, Gets Hacked and Replaced With Scam
Giveaway Scam Bitcoin scams are getting more brazen than ever. Bitcoin.org, which is the first Google search result for "bitcoin," got hacked and led visitors to an apparent giveaway scam, CoinDesk reports . The website was originally owned and operated by the pseudonymous bitcoin developers Satoshi Nakamoto, alongside others. Ironically, the website aims to "inform users to protect them from com
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Bat guts become less healthy through diet of 'fast food' from banana plantations
Nectar-feeding bats foraging in intensively managed banana plantations in Costa Rica have a less diverse set of gut microbes in comparison to bats feeding in their natural forest habitat or organic plantations, reveals new research published today in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. This the first study to show an association between habitat alteration, sustainable agriculture and the gut micro
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Dr. Joseph Ladapo of "America's Frontline Doctors" is now in charge of public health in Florida
Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a member of the fringe medical group "American's Frontline Doctors" and signer of the widely criticized Great Barrington Declaration, is Florida's new Surgeon General, appointed because he agrees with the dubious COVID-19 policies of Gov. DeSantis and, like the Governor, allows ideology to trump science. The post Dr. Joseph Ladapo of "America's Frontline Doctors" is now in char
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Scientists use AI to create drug regime for rare form of brain cancer in children
Hopes that breakthrough marks new era where artificial intelligence can develop treatments for all types of cancer Scientists have successfully used artificial intelligence to create a new drug regime for children with a deadly form of brain cancer that has not seen survival rates improve for more than half a century. The breakthrough, revealed in the journal Cancer Discovery, is set to usher in
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Member Nations Alarmed by Bleak Future During "Dire" UN Meeting
The tone at the first in-person United Nations meeting since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which kicked off on Tuesday at the General Assembly in New York, was "dire," the Associated Press reports . The topics of conversation were familiar. Climate change is rearing its ugly head , while the availability of COVID-19 vaccines is driving wealthy and poor nations even further apart. The co
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Tesla Driver Caught at Charging Station After Intentionally Running Over Pedestrian
Hit and Run The Moses Lake Police Department in Washington were practically handed a hit and run suspect this week. A red Tesla intentionally hit a male pedestrian on Sunday afternoon after a verbal altercation, the cops say, and tried to flee the scene afterward. But officers caught up with him while illegally parked at a nearby charging station — a hilariously convenient and somehow obvious pla
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The genetic rescue of Earth's endangered species | Ryan Phelan
From a special black-footed ferret to coral that can withstand warming waters, genetic rescue efforts that use genomics and synthetic biology are helping nature thrive. But despite the huge successes of this kind of intervention, conservation innovator Ryan Phelan points out that fear of unintended consequences often stifles innovation — risking further extinction. She makes the case for embracin
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Alphabet's Project Taara Is Using Lasers to Beam Internet Across the World's Deepest River
A little over a year ago, Google's Project Loon launched in Kenya, 35 giant balloons with solar-powered electronics inside beaming a 4G signal to the central and western parts of the country. The project was ambitious; each balloon, when fully extended, was the size of a tennis court, and the plan was for them to hover in the stratosphere (20 kilometers above Earth), forming a mesh network to pro
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Vampire fish could be hitching rides from larger hosts
A team of researchers with Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande and Washington and Lee University has found evidence of candiru (aka vampire fish) attaching themselves to hosts but not feeding off of them. The team has published findings in Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria.
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RNA-targeting enzyme expands the CRISPR toolkit
Researchers at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research have discovered a bacterial enzyme that they say could expand scientists' CRISPR toolkit, making it easy to cut and edit RNA with the kind of precision that, until now, has only been available for DNA editing. The enzyme, called Cas7-11, modifies RNA targets without harming cells, suggesting that in addition to being a valuable research to
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Photos: A Destructive Eruption on the Canary Islands
A recent burst of seismic activity on the volcanic island of La Palma, part of Spain's Canary Islands, prompted authorities to evacuate about 5,000 residents. On Sunday, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted near the town of El Paso, spewing ash and jets of lava into the air and triggering lava flows that have destroyed more than 100 homes so far. Lava continued to flow slowly on Monday, with no injur
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Empty Liquor Bottles Found Inside In-Development Air Force One
Getting Sauced It's not unusual to head to happy hour after work to kick back with a few drinks — but your boss probably wouldn't like it if you were kicking back during work hours. Your boss especially wouldn't like it if your work involved building one of the most highly-classified jets in the world. That's the situation Boeing has found itself in after two empty miniature bottles of tequila we
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Use of 10p statins in organ donation 'could save thousands of lives'
Exclusive: NHS launching large trial of approach that could boost number of transplants and their success rate Thousands of lives could be saved globally by giving patients a 10p statin before transplants, doctors have said, as the NHS launches the world's largest clinical trial in organ donors. The medical breakthrough is predicted to dramatically increase the supply of organs for transplant. Cu
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Australia Covid live news update: NSW reports 1,331 cases and six deaths; Victoria records 535 cases and one death as police move to block protests; ACT has 15 new cases
One new case in Queensland as Melbourne CBD turned into no-go zone and police prepare to disrupt protest planned in Sydney New Doherty modelling advises 'medium' Covid restrictions until 80% vaccination target reached Youth corrections officer dies from Covid Covid vaccine rollout and rates tracker ; Cases, trends and data tracker Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing 2.58am BST
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Lil Nas X Isn't a Fad. He's the Future of Pop.
Charlotte Rutherford / Sony One of the great mysteries of our lifetime is how the banjo loop and fake drawl of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" blew up into one of the biggest hits ever. The common explanations for its popularity just don't suffice. Yes, Montero Lamar Hill is a marketing genius and meme master, but jokes alone don't get auditoriums of children to sing your song. Yes, he linked up coun
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The kids are not all right: Australia's mental health system is struggling and so are our young | Omar Khorshid
Amid Covid, young people are facing challenges unthinkable for their parents at the same age. Only a long-term commitment to fix the system can help them Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates NSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburb NSW restrictions ; border restrictions Covid vaccine rollout and rates tracker ; cases, trends and data tracker Get our free news app ;
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COVID-19 virus is evolving to get better at becoming airborne, new study shows
A new study finds that SARS-CoV-2 is evolving toward more efficient aerosol generation, and loose-fitting masks provide significant but only modest source control. Until vaccination rates are very high, continued layered controls, including improved ventilation, increased filtration, UV air sanitation, and tight-fitting masks are critical to protect people in public-facing jobs and indoor spaces,
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Startup's Mushroom Leather Ready for Commercial Production
A new biotech materials startup called Bolt Threads has created a leather-like material it calls Mylo that could revolutionize the fake leather market — and it's ready to go mainstream, Fast Company is now reporting . Bolt Threads says it's ready to produce the material on a commercial scale, according to the report, producing as much as a million square feet a year. Adidas and Lululemon are alre
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Study suggests earliest use of bone tools to produce clothing in Morocco 120,000 years ago
A new study led by Arizona State University paleoanthropologist Curtis Marean and ASU doctoral graduate Emily Hallett details more than 60 tools made of bone and one tool made from the tooth of a cetacean, which includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. These finds, first unearthed from Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco in 2011, are highly suggestive proxy evidence for the earliest clothing in the arch
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Part of the universe's missing matter found
Galaxies can receive and exchange matter with their external environment thanks to the galactic winds created by stellar explosions. Via the MUSE instrument from the Very Large Telescope at the ESO, an international research team, led on the French side by the CNRS and l'Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, has mapped a galactic wind for the first time. This unique observation, which is detailed in a
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The Dark Underside of Representations of Slavery
Artwork by Alanna Fields T he photographs are about the size of a small hand. They're wrapped in a leatherette case and framed in gold. From the background of one, the image of a Black woman's body emerges. Her hair is plaited close to her head, and she is naked from the waist up. Her stare seems to penetrate the glass of the frame, peering into the eyes of the viewer. The paper label that accomp
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How to Watch SpaceX's Historic All-Civilian Space Launch Tonight
Going Live SpaceX is about to launch four average Joes on a trip to space, marking the first time an all-civilian crew has ever done so — and we get to watch it live from the comfort of our own homes. SpaceX's five-hour launch window opens at 5:02 pm tonight. The Falcon 9 rocket boosting the space company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is already on the launchpad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Flori
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Putting a face to Krijn, the Netherland's oldest Neanderthal man
A group of paleo-anthropological artists at Kennis & Kennis Reconstructions have put their skills to good use—reconstructing the face of Krijn, the earliest known Neanderthal living in what was once Doggerland. The results have been included in Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, a Dutch national museum dedicated to exhibiting material from the antiquities.
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Captured water, carbon dioxide from car exhaust could help grow food
What if both the water and carbon dioxide (CO2) produced from a vehicle's exhaust system could be captured and used for growing food? Repurposing these two wasted products would be a game changer for reducing the carbon footprint of roadway traffic and helping the agricultural industry feed a growing human population.
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Boris Johnson says he will not rule out 'plan B' of vaccine passports, masks and homeworking – as it happened
Prime minister sets out more details of government winter plans after announcement of 'plan A' booster jabs Bring in measures soon or risk 7,000 daily hospitalisations, Sage warns Vallance advises PM to 'go early' if new Covid restrictions needed Summary of Boris Johnson's press conference Mandatory masks could return this winter, says Sajid Javid Nightclubs urged to make contingency plans for us
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Okay, These Jokes About Elon Musk and Grimes Breaking Up Are Pretty Funny
When news of Elon Musk and Claire "Grimes" Boucher's split broke, the Internet responded with an outpouring of sadness at the deterioration of a once beautiful, promising relationship, causing many to ruminate on the nature of love and its ultimate brevity in the grand scheme of human existence. Just kidding. People responded with jokes and memes, of course. A lot of folks on Twitter in particula
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Math Is Personal
The mathematician Federico Ardila-Mantilla grew up in Colombia, an indifferent student but gifted in math. He was failing most of his classes at his high school in Bogotá when someone suggested he apply to MIT. He had not heard of the school. To his surprise, he got in, and he went on scholarship. Mathematically, he did well. One of his professors—an acid-tongued theoretician known to compare hi
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Se de 23000-år gamla mänskliga fotspåren i Nordamerika
Fotspår ingjutna i naturligt gips avslöjar att det fanns människor i Nordamerika redan för 23 000 år sedan. Människan kom invandrande över det som idag är Berings sund mellan Ryssland och Alaska, och fortsatte sedan söderut. Spela videon för att se fotspår av barn och ungdomar som levde för 23 000 år sedan.
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Quasi-particles with tunable interactions
The laws of quantum mechanics allow for the existence of 'quasi-particles': excitations in materials that behave exactly like ordinary particles. A major advantage of quasi-particles over ordinary particles is that their properties can be engineered. In a Nature Materials News & Views article this week, IoP physicist Erik van Heumen describes recent experiments where even the interactions between
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Guiding microbes along their path
The interdisciplinary field of active matter physics investigates the principles behind the behavior and self-organization of living organisms. The goal is to reveal general principles that allow to describe and predict the performance of living matter and thereby support the development of novel technologies. Recently, the groups of Oliver Bäumchen and Marco Mazza from the MPIDS, the University o
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Where's the Cheap Beef?
Grocery prices are rising. Meat prices are rising more than most other grocery prices. Beef prices are rising more than most other meat prices. But on the ranch, these are not prosperous times. Even as ground chuck costs more than $5 a pound at Walmart , ranchers complain that they are receiving less for their animals than it costs to feed them. Rising food prices are likely depressing President
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Lions Led by Donkeys, 1917
Those who sent unprotected children into classrooms filled with COVID-19 must be remembered for more than their unparalleled capacity for self-pity, inglorious oppression fantasies, and juvenile trolling of public officials. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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What It Was Like for Me to Watch Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony
C hristine Blasey Ford's testimony during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings was the first thing on my mind when I woke up on September 27, 2018. From my own experience in 1991, I knew that from the minute Ford began her testimony, her life would never be the same. Some parts of my heart, stomach, and head were with Ford as she testified in the Hart Senate Office Building, thou
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Two-legged dinosaurs may have swung tails to run faster, say scientists
A computer simulation could help us better understand the evolution of movement in animals Two-legged dinosaurs may have swung their tails as they crashed through the undergrowth – just like humans swing their arms – according to scientists who have modelled their movements in 3D at Harvard University. Until now, it was widely believed that bipedal (two-legged) dinosaurs grew long tails to counte
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A Question Only Elon Musk Can Answer
Updated at 11:51 a.m. ET on September 22, 2021. On the day that SpaceX's first space tourists launched, Elon Musk was there at Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, to see them off, cheering as the private astronauts walked to the Teslas that would take them to suit up. And after they landed safely, having orbited Earth about 45 times, Musk was there again to congratulate them in person. The Inspirat
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AI Is Penalizing Amazon Delivery Drivers for Errors They Aren't Making
Concerns about artificial intelligence and its impact on work are not new, but as more companies deploy these solutions we're seeing decided snags in the process. One point many of these conversations take for granted is that AI-powered tools work. What happens if they don't? The pandemic has fueled an explosion in semiconductor sales and a significant rise in the number of employees who are kept
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New York Times Compares Astronauts to Dung-Eating Fungus
Seems Rude! Last week, the first-ever space mission made up of an entirely-civilian crew launched, spent some time in orbit, and successfully splashed back down to Earth. It's a remarkable achievement for the growing private spaceflight industry and, if you're feeling optimistic, a significant moment in human history that's prompted praise and congratulations from all sorts of prominent figures i
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A Sea of Flags: Commemorating More Than 675,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19
The number of deaths in the United States due to COVID-19 has now passed 675,000—more than the number of Americans who died during the 1918 influenza pandemic. In Washington, D.C., a new temporary art installation named "In America: Remember," commemorates the many Americans who have died of COVID-19 over the past year and a half. Hundreds of thousands of small white flags were planted on 20 acre
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NASA Is Trying to Rent a Private Space Station
Time to Downsize When it finally comes time for the International Space Station to be retired, at which point it will most likely be incinerated into nothingness by the Earth's atmosphere, NASA has no intention of replacing it. Instead, the space agency says it wants to save money by leaving space station — and orbital destination — development to private companies, CNBC reports , and it's offeri
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'Black widow' pulsar detected in globular cluster NGC 6712
Using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), astronomers have discovered a new pulsar in the globular cluster NGC 6712. The newly found object is a so-called "black widow," and the first radio pulsar identified so far in this cluster. The finding is detailed in a paper published September 14 on arXiv.org.
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Not Every Question Has a Scientific Answer
When President Joe Biden announced last month that the U.S. would offer a third vaccine dose to Americans who had already received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, he exposed a divide between an administration that has pledged to "follow the science" and many prominent health experts who disagreed with the decision. I am a physician and public-health professional specializing in infec
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Another Truth About Remote Work
About six months ago, a colleague asked me to guess what percentage of Americans were still working from home. I was still spending eight hours a day making calls just a few feet from my fridge. So were most of my friends. Maybe 40 percent? I guessed. I was off by half. Twenty-one percent of Americans were still teleworking as of March 2021; the other 79 percent were leaving their home like the o
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The Liberal Attack on Government
"Let the public service be a proud and lively career," President John F. Kennedy proclaimed in his January 1961 message to Congress. "Let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government," he continued, "say with pride and with honor in future years: 'I served the United States government in that hour of our nation's need.'" Kennedy's message succeeded: Young Democrats, heedin
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Nike and Amazon among brands advertising on Covid conspiracy sites
Household names may have unwittingly helped spread fake news, investigation reveals Dozens of the world's biggest brands, including Nike, Amazon, Ted Baker and Asos, have been advertising on websites that spread Covid-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories, it has emerged. The companies, as well as an NHS service, are among a string of household names whose ads appear to have helped fund websi
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Evacuations Are Admissions of Failure
Because the United States has no real plan to handle climate change, average citizens end up in situations like this: At 6 a.m. the day before Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana late last month, my wife and I joined half of New Orleans's population in evacuating. The drive to our daughter's home in Houston, usually a six-hour trip, took 18 grueling hours. Stuck in stop-and-go traffic, we inched along at
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The Morning Show Has Become a Camp Masterpiece
About four episodes into the new season of Apple TV+'s The Morning Show , I stopped expecting it to have the qualities of a prestige television series—narrative complexity, emotional resonance, logic—and began simply appreciating it for what it is: one of the most batshit-expensive soap operas ever made. And that's perfect. Ink-dark dramas in which Oscar winners suck wearily on vape pens or try t
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Broken Sestina Reaching for Black Joy
Photographs by Donavon Smallwood Yesterday I was smashed with the rush of fresh honeysuckle from the greenway near my house where I walk every day. I've been trying to write a poem about buried Black bodies but all I want to write about is Black joy and my pleasure and Black love and Black lives that don't end with viral death, so I've stopped consuming the news. I've logged off of social media f
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Book Review: An Emergency Room Doctor's View of the Covid Crisis
ER doctor Robert Meyer and journalist Dan Koeppel's "Every Minute is a Day" documents the gruesome early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City. In a diary of sorts, the story is told through the lens of Koeppel and Meyer's frequent text messages as Meyer witnessed the breakdown of the medical system.
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Jaws made us scared of sharks but is a lack of sharks scarier? – podcast
Last week, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) world conservation congress took place in Marseille. Guardian biodiversity reporter Phoebe Weston was there and heard about the latest updated 'red list' of threatened species, which included a warning that over a third of all shark and ray species now face extinction. To find out more, Anand Jagatia spoke to Phoebe about th
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SpaceX's Private Passengers Are Flying Higher Than the Space Station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Before liftoff, the moon was the brightest object in the sky, followed by the tiny, shining pinpricks of Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Then the rocket rose with a roar, a white-hot needle casting the dark evening in a soft gold. A crew of four sat atop it, strapped inside a small capsule. And none of them—not one—were professional astronauts. The passengers who launched today a
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This US company sold iPhone hacking tools to UAE spies
When the United Arab Emirates paid over $1.3 million for a powerful and stealthy iPhone hacking tool in 2016, the monarchy's spies—and the American mercenary hackers they hired—put it to immediate use. The tool exploited a flaw in Apple's iMessage app to enable hackers to completely take over a victim's iPhone. It was used against hundreds of targets in a vast campaign of surveillance and espiona
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Scenes From Greenland
Hannibal Hanschke, a photographer with Reuters, has spent the past week and a half traveling around the west coast of Greenland, capturing images of the landscape, its glaciers, the residents, and their homes. I'm happy to be able to share some of these photos here, snapshots from the largest island in the world (that isn't a continent ) .
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Scientists Plan to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth This Decade
Graphic: Mark Garlick/Getty Images Graphic: Mark Garlick/Getty Images Thousands of years ago, herds of woolly mammoths roamed the tundra of Asia, Europe, and North America. Then, they vanished along with most other megafauna. That was right around the time humans began spreading across the globe. Weird, right? Whether or not our ancestors were directly responsible for the extinction of the woolly
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Inspiration4: Why SpaceX's first all-private mission is a big deal
When 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, it didn't feel like a stretch to dream of lounging in a space hotel, sipping a martini while watching Earth drift by. This vision got a boost in the early 1980s, when the space shuttle program heralded a future of frequent and routine trips to orbit. And when the first paying space tourists rocketed into space in the 2000s, many began wondering whe
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This CGI Influencer Is Shilling For More Than 100 Brands
CGI Influencer A Korean startup has developed a virtual influencer who — it? — advertises for more than 100 companies. Dubbed "Rozy," the CGI influencer was created by Korean media company Sidus Studio X, according to Korea.net . Sidus debuted Rozy last August and has since been able to sign her to a wide variety of advertising contracts, it says, anticipating nearly a million dollars in marketin
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LuLaRich Reveals a Hole in the American Economy
People who have heard of LuLaRoe have usually come across it for one of two reasons. Either someone they know has tried to sell them the company's stretchy leggings and fit-and-flare dresses over Facebook, or they've seen some of the gleeful coverage of LuLaRoe's very public disintegration as a brand: the lawsuits , the bankruptcies filed by its sellers, the boxes of apparently moldy clothing shi
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William Shatner will boldly go into space with Bezos's Blue Origin – report
Neither actor nor Blue Origin has commented on mission as some point out report appears same day as promotion for his new album He was once Starfleet's youngest captain, a fearless explorer leading the USS Enterprise on an intergalactic odyssey. Now the actor who famously portrayed Captain James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek for four decades is reportedly set to boldly go on a real-life space advent
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Tucker Carlson Makes a Play for the Barbz
Nicki Minaj appears to be taking a break from Twitter. The rapper, who has more than 22 million followers on the platform and is known for spending nearly every day joking and bickering with them, has been uncharacteristically silent for the past week. The last entry in her feed is from September 15— a retweet of a fan 's post reading, in part, "When will people learn NICKI MINAJ is NOT going to
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New Tech Cooks and 3D Prints Chicken Simultaneously
Prototype Replicator A team of Columbia University scientists built a sort of robot "chef" that 3D prints chicken breast cutlets — and cooks them with powerful lasers at the same time. The lasers allowed for incredible cooking and heating precision, according to research published in the journal npj Science of Food earlier this month. The researchers behind the system told Ars Technica that they
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Earth and Venus grew up as rambunctious planets
What doesn't stick comes around: Using machine learning and simulations of giant impacts, researchers at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory found that the planets residing in the inner solar systems were likely born from repeated hit-and-run collisions, challenging conventional models of planet formation.
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