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EU unveils plan for 'largest ever ban' on dangerous chemicals
Up to 12,000 substances could fall within the scope of the new 'restrictions roadmap' Thousands of potentially harmful chemicals could soon be prohibited in Europe under new restrictions, which campaigners have hailed as the strongest yet. Earlier this year, scientists said chemical pollution had crossed a "planetary boundary" beyond which lies the breakdown of global ecosystems. Continue reading
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New and surprising duality found in theoretical particle physics
A new and surprising duality has been discovered in theoretical particle physics. The duality exists between two types of scattering processes that can occur in the proton collisions made in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland and France. The fact that this connection can, surprisingly, be made points to the fact that there is something in the intricate details of the standard model o
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Don't insist on being positive – allowing negative emotions has much to teach us
Leaning into difficult feelings can help you find the way forward, according to a refreshing new wave of books, says Jamie Waters Eight years ago, when Whitney Goodman was a newly qualified therapist counselling cancer patients, it struck her that positive thinking was being "very heavily pushed", both in her profession and the broader culture, as the way to deal with things. She wasn't convinced
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Elon Musk Reportedly in Final Stages of Deal to Buy Twitter
Dealer's Choice Twitter is seriously considering Elon Musk's offer to buy the company, The New York Times reports , in an indication that the Tesla CEO may soon add the social media network to his already lengthy list of businesses. According to NYT , negotiations went on into the early morning hours of Monday. The news, corroborated by Reuters and Bloomberg , comes after Musk claimed to have sec
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Mitch McConnell's Nightmare Scenario
T he names Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle, and Christine O'Donnell have been lost to history, consigned to the dustbin of Beltway barroom trivia. For Mitch McConnell, however, they remain an all-too-fresh reminder of opportunities squandered. McConnell became Senate majority leader in 2015, but had it not been for those four flawed and ultimately defeated Republican candidates, he mig
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New double neutron star millisecond pulsar discovered
An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a rare double neutron star millisecond pulsar. The newfound binary pulsar, designated PSR J1325−6253, consists of two neutron stars orbiting one another every 1.8 days. The finding is detailed in a paper published April 14 on arXiv.org.
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At least one child has died from mystery strain of severe hepatitis, WHO confirms
Strain reported in 12 countries causing at least 169 cases in young children, most of them in the UK At least one child has died from a mystery strain of severe hepatitis which has now been reported in 12 countries, the World Health Organization has confirmed. The UN body said on Saturday that it is aware of 169 rare cases of acute hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, in young children. Of th
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Emmanuel Macron's Win Offers Him a Chance to Be Great
Winston Churchill was once asked whether he thought that Charles de Gaulle was a great man. "He is selfish, he is arrogant, he believes he is the center of the world," Churchill replied . "You are quite right. He is a great man." Something similar might be true of Emmanuel Macron. The French president, who is projected to be reelected for a second five-year term today, is certainly selfish, and a
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The hidden long-term risks of surgery: 'It gives people's brains a hard time'
Operations can have cognitive side-effects, particularly in the over-65s but also in the very young. How can science minimise the danger? In 2004, Mario Cibelli was preparing a 75-year-old patient for a big cardiac operation when the patient's daughter asked for a quick word. "She explained to me how worried she was about the surgery," says Cibelli, a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care
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Only 29% of UK Covid hospital patients recover within a year
Of the 750,000 hospitalised, many still report fatigue, muscle pain, insomnia and breathlessness, with women worst affected Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Fewer than one in three people who have been hospitalised with Covid-19 have fully recovered a year after they succumbed to infection. That is the shock finding of a survey into the impact of long Covid in the UK
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Pigs can pass deadly superbugs to people, study reveals
Research into C difficile found antibiotic resistance is growing as a result of overuse on farm stock Scientists have uncovered evidence that dangerous versions of superbugs can spread from pigs to humans. The discovery underlines fears that intensive use of antibiotics on farms is leading to the spread of microbes resistant to them. The discovery of the link has been made by Semeh Bejaoui and Do
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Ukraine and the Words That Lead to Mass Murder
I n the terrible winter of 1932–33, brigades of Communist Party activists went house to house in the Ukrainian countryside, looking for food. The brigades were from Moscow, Kyiv, and Kharkiv, as well as villages down the road. They dug up gardens, broke open walls, and used long rods to poke up chimneys, searching for hidden grain. They watched for smoke coming from chimneys, because that might m
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Don't call them anti-vaxxers – that just further erodes people's trust | Gary Finnegan
There's been a worrying decline in diphtheria, polio and measles jabs. We should heed the lessons of Covid-19 We forgot about measles. And tetanus and diphtheria. And polio. In the race to vaccinate the world against Covid-19, the global drive to suppress some of the biggest killers in history has fallen back. Almost 12bn doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in less than 18 months – a
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The Space Station Has to Swerve to Avoid Debris from Satellite Russia Blew Up
Close Call Space vacations may not be as fun as we thought. Imagine being the first space tourist to land on the International Space Station only to get stuck for days and then narrowly avoid colliding with a piece of satellite Russia blew up — scary. Yet that's exactly what's happening to several crew members, because CBS space news reporter William Harwood broke the news yesterday that the ISS
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Man Who Set Himself on Fire to Protest Climate Change Has Died
In Protest A man who set himself on fire in front of the US Supreme Court to protest climate change died this week, according to an NBC report published yesterday. Metro Police identified the man as Wynn Alan Bruce of Boulder, Colorado. Police said he died from his injuries on Saturday. According to NBC , Bruce started the incident at around 6:30 pm. Within minutes a medical helicopter took him t
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Brexit row threatens £250m in UK research funding from EU
Dispute over Northern Ireland protocol puts associate membership of Horizon Europe scheme in doubt British universities are facing a brain drain as the row over Brexit in Northern Ireland threatens £250m in research funding from the EU, it has emerged. The European Research Council (ERC) has written to 98 scientists and academics who were recently approved for €172m (£145m) in grants telling them
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There's No Knowing What Will Happen When Roe Falls
Everything about the American abortion war has taken on an air of inevitability. The Supreme Court will reverse Roe v. Wade , the landmark abortion decision establishing a constitutional right to end a pregnancy . The United States will divide along expected lines, with abortion broadly accessible in blue states and all but entirely criminalized in red states. This narrative is not completely wro
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Leaked Photo Shows SpaceX's New Prototype Damaged
Trouble in Prototype A new photo leaked online this week shows a damaged SpaceX prototype experts can't seem to agree on. Some describe the incident as a mild setback while others say the downcomer is likely toast. Matt Lowne, a space YouTuber with half a million subscribers, tweeted the pic yesterday and said it had been circulating on social media. He said the metal column in the middle of the
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COVID Cases Keep Rising in China in Spite of Huge Crackdown
China's COVID zero policy isn't exactly going as planned. According to a new Bloomberg report published Friday , COVID-19 cases are still on the rise and causing civilian deaths despite strict lockdown rules. According to the outlet there were 23,370 new local infections reported in Shanghai on Friday, a sharp increase from the previous day's total of 7,629 new cases. Of the 12 deaths reported on
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The Puzzle That Will Outlast the World
The package I've been impatiently waiting for finally arrives: A cardboard box about as tall as your average Olympic gymnast. It's covered in yellow packing tape, stamped fragile , and has a return address in a town in the Netherlands. Inside this box is a thing of beauty—and absurdity. It's a one-of-a-kind puzzle created just for me by one of the greatest puzzle makers in the world. It is, almos
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The father of lateral thinking pulls posthumous tricks out of his hat
The newly published will of philosopher, self-help maverick and 'one-man global industry' Dr Edward de Bono reveals surprises about his children – and his wealth Edward de Bono, the late philosopher, author and bestselling mental strategist, was famous for solving problems in an unconventional manner. Indeed, he actually invented the term lateral thinking in 1967. But the publication of De Bono's
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Impossible Choices in the Battle for the Donbas
S oon after Russia invaded Ukraine , Pavlo Kyrylenko and Serhiy Gaidai received phone calls from men they believed to be Russians, based on their accents. Kyrylenko and Gaidai, the governors of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, respectively, were being enticed to defect. The pair—the top Ukrainian officials in parts of their country racked for years by conflict with Moscow-backed sepa
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Father Andrews
Illustrations by Miki Lowe Thomas Lynch has written six poetry collections, five books of essays, and one volume of short stories; in 1997, he was a finalist for the National Book Award. Writing isn't even Lynch's day job. Since 1974, he's been a funeral director in the town of Milford, Michigan. The life of an undertaker might seem radically different from that of a writer, but there are some me
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How a Polarizing Best Seller Became Required Reading for Orthodox Jewish Women
The book, with its kitschy cover illustration of a red rose, has made the rounds for years. By the time I became a bride in 2015, it was status quo, passed around alongside the traditional recommended readings on ritual purity and Jewish marriage. The Surrendered Wife is a title frequently invoked among Orthodox Jewish women, quoted during mom walks with strollers and discussed in WhatsApp groups
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In Inadvertently Cyberpunk News, Florida Is Dissolving Disney's Private Government
Magic Kingdom If you didn't already know, Florida's Disney World resort has its own tiny, private government. Well, it did until this week. Governor Ron DeSantis took the magic mouse's opposition to his anti-LGBTQ bills personally, and decided he's dissolving the Vatican City-esque tiny government that contained and regulated the theme park. According to a report published this week in the Guardi
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Scientific review articles as antivaccine disinformation
Antivaxxers have always written dubious scientific review articles to try to make their wild speculations about vaccine science seem credible. Usually such articles wind up in bottom-feeding journals. Unfortunately a recent pseudo-review article was published by an Elsevier journal, making it seem more credible when it isn't. The post first appeared on Science-Based Medicine .
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Space Blocs: The Future of International Cooperation in Space Is Splitting Along Lines of Power on Earth
Even during times of conflict on the ground, space has historically been an arena of collaboration among nations. But trends in the past decade suggest that the nature of cooperation in space is shifting, and fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has highlighted these changes. I'm an international relations scholar who studies power distributions in space—who the main players are, what capabi
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This $1.5 billion startup promised to deliver clean fuels as cheap as gas. Experts are deeply skeptical.
Last summer, investors gathered in the parking lot of a converted warehouse in Santa Cruz, California. Rob McGinnis, the founder and chief executive of Prometheus Fuels, was ready to show off his "Maxwell Core." The pipe-shaped device is packed with a membrane riddled with carbon nanotubes, forming pores that separate alcohols from water. That day, it was connected to a tank filled with both. As
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WeChat wants people to use its video platform. So they did, for digital protests.
On the night of April 22, millions of people in China watched the same video on their phones: a six-minute montage of audio clips from the covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai, titled "The Voice of April." Its emphasis on the lockdown's human toll struck a chord, and people shared it widely on WeChat and other messaging sites. Soon, though, Chinese state censors began scrubbing it from these platforms,
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Starwatch: search the skies for Venus and Jupiter in conjunction
The two brightest planets will be a beauty to spot if you can find somewhere with a low enough eastern horizon We will end the month as we started it: with a tricky planetary conjunction. Although challenging, it will be a beauty if you can find somewhere with a low enough eastern horizon. The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will draw exquisitely close. The chart shows the view looking
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Japanese Company Creates Suit That Turns You Into a Towering Mecha
Mecha Boxer A Japanese exoskeleton maker called Skeletonics has created a suit that turns its wearer into a fighting exoskeleton, ready for the boxing ring of the future. The company's latest model is a fun upper body suit that requires no power supply beyond its wearer's own strength, and turns the wearer into a beastly boxer, as seen in a recently shared video . The video shows a man in a suit
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Hubble observations used to answer key exoplanet questions
Archival observations of 25 hot Jupiters by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have been analyzed by an international team of astronomers, enabling them to answer five open questions important to our understanding of exoplanet atmospheres. Amongst other findings, the team found that the presence of metal oxides and hydrides in the hottest exoplanet atmospheres was clearly correlated with the atmo
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Macron Won. And So Did the Far Right.
For the second time in a row, Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious against his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in what was a tighter contest than their one five years ago. But Le Pen didn't sound defeated. In her concession speech last night, she praised the results , her best electoral performance to date, as a "resounding victory" and suggested that this election would not mark the end of her polit
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Breakthrough for efficient and high-speed spintronic devices
Sharing real-time information requires complex networks of systems. A promising approach for speeding up data storage devices consists of switching the magnetization, or the electrons' spin, of magnetic materials with ultra-short femtosecond laser pulses. But, how the spin evolves in the nanoworld on extremely short time scales, in one millionth of one billionth of a second, has remained largely m
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Elegant Six-Page Proof Reveals the Emergence of Random Structure
When the mathematicians Jeff Kahn and Gil Kalai first posed their "expectation threshold" conjecture in 2006, they didn't believe it themselves. Their claim — a broad assertion about mathematical objects called random graphs — seemed too strong, too all-encompassing, too bold to possibly be true. It felt more like wishful thinking than a reflection of mathematical truth. Even so… Source
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Best 12-Inch Subwoofers in 2022
The best 12-inch subwoofers combine a mix of sound and power to deliver resonant bass both inside and outside your vehicle. But like everything else with stereo equipment the right sound is a combination of art and science. It's easy to overwhelm your car stereo with power, but there's more to it than sheer volume. Likewise, an underpowered subwoofer or a poor-quality one will sound muddy. The re
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Learning from endangered zebra stem cells
Scientists have produced stem cells from the endangered Grévy's zebra using human reprogramming factors. Further comprehensive gene analyses identified key genes that are also found in human and mouse cells, providing insight into evolutionary conservation between mammals.
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Exotic magnetic structures created with laser light
Research has found a new way to create nano-sized magnetic particles using ultrafast laser light pulses. The discovery could pave the way for new and more energy-efficient technical components and become useful in the quantum computers of the future.
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Automated analysis of animal behavior
Researchershave developed a new method that uses artificial intelligence to analyze animal behavior. This opens the door to longer-term in-depth studies in the field of behavioral science — while also helping to improve animal welfare.
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Ecotourism is having a negative effect on primate's behavior
New research shows that the increase in primate ecotourism is having a negative effect on monkey's behavior. The study found that this fast-growing tourism sector where tourists can conveniently reach primates via motor boats is causing stress-related behaviors in monkeys.
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Computing: Resilient system using only non-volatile memory
A research team has developed hardware and software technology that ensures both data and execution persistence. The Lightweight Persistence Centric System (LightPC) makes the systems resilient against power failures by utilizing only non-volatile memory as the main memory.
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Building healthy relationship skills supports men's mental health
Healthy relationships positively influence men's well-being. Men who are partnered or married live longer lives than single men, and they have better mental health than women and unpartnered men. Marriage appears to offer a protective influence on men's health, reducing loneliness, depression and suicidality, and is associated with less substance and alcohol use.
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Study examines resilience of immigrant youth in various living arrangements
A new study is the first to examine the resilience and emotional well-being of adolescent migrants from Latin America who came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors, with special attention to the impact of household composition. The majority of youth interviewed for the study were resilient without signs of problematic emotional health, despite past exposures to violence and limited access to school
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Time travel could be possible, but only with parallel timelines
Have you ever made a mistake that you wish you could undo? Correcting past mistakes is one of the reasons we find the concept of time travel so fascinating. As often portrayed in science fiction, with a time machine, nothing is permanent anymore—you can always go back and change it. But is time travel really possible in our universe, or is it just science fiction?
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Planetary Decadal Survey says it's time for a mission to Uranus (and Enceladus too)
Since 2002, the United States National Research Council (NRC) has released a publication that identifies objectives and makes recommendations for science missions for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other government agencies for the next decade. These reports, appropriately named Planetary Science Decadal Surveys, help inform future NASA missions that address the mysteries that persist
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What choices does the world need to make to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius?
When the 2015 Paris Agreement set a long-term goal of keeping global warming "well below 2 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels" to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, it did not specify how its nearly 200 signatory nations could collectively achieve that goal. Each nation was left to its own devices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the 2 C target. Now a ne
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Innovations in sustainable fashion
The global fashion sector, mainly the apparel and footwear industry, produced more greenhouse gases than France, Germany, and the UK combined in 2018, around 2.1 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions—approximately 4% of total global emissions, according to research by McKinsey.
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The most effective ways to reduce car traffic
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified the top 12 ways European cities have been able to curb car use and published their results in Case Studies on Transport Policy. The most effective measure was applying a congestion charge, with the notable case of London, where city traffic dropped by 33% following the change. Most success stories involved both "carrots" to encourage sustain
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Anthropology and neuropsychology to study how the brain evolved
Emiliano Bruner, a paleoneurologist at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), has just published a review article in the journal Brain Structure and Function that brings anthropology and neuropsychology together to investigate the evolution of the parietal lobes in hominins and, in particular, to consider those aspects that could have influenced the evolution of m
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A catalyst for the development of carbon-neutral technology of the radiation accelerator
The importance of "carbon neutrality" is growing more than ever, as climate change caused by global warming threatens even the human right to live. The Republic of Korea has declared "carbon neutrality by 2050" and is exerting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to realize carbon neutrality, along with green hydrogen production that reduces the generation of carbon dioxide, CCU te
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How equal charges in enzymes control biochemical reactions
It is well known in physics and chemistry that equal charges repel each other, while opposite charges attract. It was long assumed that this principle also applies when enzymes—the biological catalysts in all living organisms—form or break chemical bonds. It was thought that enzymes place charges in their "active centers," where the chemical reactions actually take place, in such a way that they r
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Magnets could guide tiny needle through the body during surgery
Untethered magnetic needles can perform less invasive, more precise surgery, researchers report. Imagine a tiny, untethered needle that can enter the body through an incision no larger than a pin prick to perform biopsies, suture wounds, and even deliver cancer-fighting chemotherapy directly to tumors. Controlled by externally applied magnetics forces—no attached, guiding wires, or human or robot
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A new era of mitochondrial genome editing has begun
Researchers from the Center for Genome Engineering within the Institute for Basic Science developed a new gene-editing platform called transcription activator-like effector-linked deaminases, or TALED. TALEDs are base editors capable of performing A-to-G base conversion in mitochondria. This discovery was a culmination of a decades-long journey to cure human genetic diseases, and TALED can be cons
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These male spiders catapult at impressive speeds to flee their mates before they get eaten
After males of the orb-weaving spider Philoponella prominens mate with a female, they quickly launch themselves away, researchers report on April 25 in the journal Current Biology. Using a mechanism that hadn't been described before, the male spiders use a joint in their first pair of legs to immediately undertake a split-second catapult action, flinging themselves away from their partners at impr
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Scientists have discovered how bloodworms make their unique copper teeth
Bloodworms are known for their unusual fang-like jaws, which are made of protein, melanin, and concentrations of copper not found elsewhere in the animal kingdom. Scientists have observed how these worms use copper harvested from marine sediments to form their jaws, and the process, described in research publishing in the journal Matter on April 25, may be even more unusual than the teeth themselv
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Scientists discover mechanism behind chemically induced suppression of fearful memories
Fearful events negatively impact the brain. For instance, war veterans often go through post-traumatic stress disorder months after the cessation of the triggering event. Now, the precise mechanism of suppression of such fearful memories has been uncovered. Using a mouse model, the researchers identified the associated biochemical pathways, thus paving the way for the development and clinical eval
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Volcanoes at fault if the Earth slips
A new study has attributed the root cause of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes to specific geological damage. A relatively large dip-slip displacement was discovered at the site. The Futagawa strike-slip fault is a vertical break in the ground tracing a line southwest originating from Mount Aso.
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How the James Webb Space Telescope will unfold the universe | John C. Mather
The James Webb Space Telescope is a miracle of modern science and engineering. With a 21-foot, gold-coated mirror protected by a sunshield that's the size of a tennis court, it's the world's most powerful telescope and humanity's latest attempt to answer questions like: "Where did we come from?" and "Are we alone?" (It also needed to be folded up like origami in order to launch into space.) Nobel
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How an Organ-Transplant Company Ended Up Making Bacon
A few months ago, Candice Matthis and Debbie Nichols sat down with their husbands to have some bacon. It was an unremarkable scene, except for two details. First, there were the EpiPens, which Matthis and Nichols both had ready in case of emergency. The two women can't eat red meat, not after they were each diagnosed with a dangerous red-meat allergy that develops, oddly enough, after tick bites.
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An Army of Coders Takes on the Time Tax
A mother in Louisiana is struggling to pay her bills and decides to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, better known as food stamps. She starts to fill out the state's 26-page, 8,350-word application . Page one instructs her to distinguish between SNAP and two other programs, the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program
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LOFAR survey aids in study of clustering property of radio galaxies
A research team led by Dr. Zhao Gongbo from the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), in collaboration with scientists from the U.K. and Germany, investigated the large-scale structure distribution of radio galaxies observed by Low Frequency Array telescope (LOFAR), and determined the galaxy bias, which could help to better understand the clustering propert
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DNA fish leave behind unveils hidden reef dwellers
Researchers are using a new method involving environmental DNA left behind by fish to figure out which species are living hidden in coral reefs. Tropical coral reefs are colorful, beautiful—and rich in species. The diversity among fish is particularly high. Researchers estimate that coral reefs are home to as many as 8,000 species of fish worldwide. However, global warming and human activities ar
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Newly discovered protein in fungus bypasses plant defenses
Scientists have identified a protein that allows the fungus which causes white mold stem rot in more than 600 plant species to overcome plant defenses. Knowledge of this protein, called SsPINE1, could help researchers develop a new, more precise system of control measures for the Sclerotinia sclerotiorum fungus, which attacks potatoes, soybeans, sunflowers, peas, lentils, canola, and many other br
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Neutral Atom Quantum Computers Edge Closer to Reality With Two New Breakthroughs
Neutral atom quantum computers promise solutions to many of the problems that beset today's devices, but the technology is still nascent. Recent breakthroughs in the ability to control and program these devices suggest they may be nearing prime time. The most well-developed quantum technology today relies on superconducting qubits, which power both IBM and Google's processors. But while these dev
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Rick Lets Inexperienced Miner Run His Plant Alone | Gold Rush
Stream Gold Rush on discovery+: https://www.discoveryplus.com/show/gold-rush #GoldRush #ParkerSchnabel #Discovery Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Follow Us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@Discovery We're on Instagram! https://instagram.com/Discovery Join Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discovery Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Discovery From: Discove
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Algorithm finds signs of slavery in Amazon rainforest
Artificial intelligence and low-cost satellite imagery combine to spot forced labor at deforestation sites in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Both legal and illegal deforestation efforts routinely rely on forced labor, and Brazilian prosecutors have been chasing down those abuses for years. But the sites are remote and transitory, often abandoned before inspectors can reach them. The new system addre
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Why stored linseed oil tastes bitter and how to correct it
A team of scientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich, in cooperation with the Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science at the Technical University of Munich, has now uncovered new molecular details relevant to the bitterness of stored linseed oil. The new findings should help to develop suitable technological processes or bre
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Varied strength training doesn't boost muscle growth
Varied strength training has a positive effect on developing strength, but not on muscle growth, a new study finds. For years, the word around gyms has been that to put on muscle, you need to vary your training with regards to weight, repetitions, and exercises. "…periodized strength training is conducive to the development of strength, but not muscle mass." But the new findings show that so-call
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The Download: Questions over a clean fuel startup, and Chinese lockdown censorship
This is today's edition of The Download , our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what's going on in the world of technology. This $1.5 billion startup promised to deliver clean fuels as cheap as gas. Experts are deeply skeptical Last summer, Rob McGinnis, the founder and chief executive of startup Prometheus Fuels, gathered investors in a parking lot in Santa Cruz, California, to sh
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Scalar Energy Scam
Because I host a popular podcast , I often get solicitations to offer people to be interviewed on the show. They are mostly scientists and science-communicators with a new book to promote. This is actually a helpful resource, although I end up booking very few. One of the reasons for the low hit rate is that the promoters are surprisingly undiscriminating, sometimes laughably so. Recently I recei
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Daily briefing: The NIH is at a crossroads
Nature, Published online: 21 April 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01155-7 The future of the world's biggest biomedical research funder. Plus, the biodiversity footprint of the University of Oxford shows how to achieve net gain, and a fossil hints at colourful pterosaur feathers.
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Daily briefing: How to stave off malnutrition for millions of people
Nature, Published online: 20 April 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01163-7 How the world can act to protect generations from the effects of malnutrition precipitated by the war on Ukraine. Plus, clues to the origins of cancer in a trove of tumour genomes, and the highest resolution image of the Sun's disc and corona.
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Risk för cancer långt efter barndom med högt BMI
Personer som haft högt BMI som barn har högre risk för cancer relaterad till fetma senare i livet, även om de varit normalviktiga som unga vuxna. Det visar en studie från Göteborgs universitet. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
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Äldsta fågeln i Sverige blev 48 år
En sillgrissla som ringmärktes som unge 1973 på Stora Karlsö, Gotland, har nu hittats död i Skåne, mellan Trelleborg och Höllviken. Åldern blev 48 år och sju månader, vilket gör den till den äldsta kända ringmärkta fågeln i Sverige. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
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James Webb Space Telescope Might Be Able to Detect Alien Agriculture
If you were an alien looking at Earth from a great distance, it would have looked mostly the same right up until 10,000 years ago. That's when humans invented agriculture, and the planet has never been the same since. Farming allowed humans to proliferate, and the scale at which we now produce food has changed the way Earth would appear to an outside observer. The same could be true of an inhabit
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How to handle a supervisor's sudden departure
Nature, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01116-0 Principal investigators change institutions, take sabbaticals, retire and sometimes depart academia altogether — leaving their PhD students and postdocs to wonder what's next.
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You Have $1 Billion. How Do You Change the World?
This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Soon after, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week I asked, if given $1 billion to improve the world however you see fit, how would you spend it? And while some of you co
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Dear Therapist: My Dad Is Trying to Force His Way Into My Life
Editor's Note: On the last Monday of each month, Lori Gottlieb answers a reader's question about a problem, big or small. Have a question? Email her at dear.therapist@theatlantic.com . Don't want to miss a single column? Sign up to get "Dear Therapist" in your inbox. Dear Therapist, My parents divorced more than a decade ago after nearly 30 years of marriage. My dad has always been verbally abusi
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Why Americans Are Leaving Downtowns in Droves
Sign up for Derek's newsletter here . Pop quiz: What do the metros of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., have in common? They are all among the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the country. All of their populations were growing in 2011. And then, in 2021, they all shrank by a combined 900
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The risks and rewards of paying off student debt on the blockchain
Robin Kim graduated from New York University in 2015 with a degree in economics. He borrowed more than $100,000 from the US government and quickly became locked in to high interest rates. He has been trying to pay off his student loans ever since. Eventually, Kim refinanced through a private lender to lower the interest rate, but he wondered if there was another way out. "I was paying $1,500 a mo
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Shaky Science Instruction Pervades Middle School Classrooms
Early adolescence is a time of huge cognitive change and a critical time to build students' understanding of science, yet almost a quarter of middle school science teachers in the U.S. have no scientific background. Geographically, this shortage coincides with attitudes toward Covid prevention.
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Brillouin Klein bottle from artificial gauge fields
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29953-7 Topological states are exploited based on crystalline symmetry, but under artificial gauge fields, symmetries may satisfy projective algebras, which remains less studied. Here, the authors reveal that projective symmetry algebra leads to momentum-space nonsymmorphic symmetry, resulting in new topological states
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Towards actinide heterostructure synthesis and science
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29817-0 Controlling dimensionality and strain in actinide heterostructures will provide unrivaled opportunities for exploring novel quantum phenomena. We discuss the promises, challenges, and synthesis routes for these actinide-bearing heterostructures with complex electron correlations for functional and energy materi
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An unexpected strategy to alleviate hypoxia limitation of photodynamic therapy by biotinylation of photosensitizers
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29862-9 Type I photodynamic therapy (PDT) sensitizers show good hypoxia tolerance but only few strategies are available for the design of purely organic Type I photosensitizers (PS). Here, the authors use biotinylation as design strategy to obtain PS-Biotin sensitizers with high efficiency for the generation of superox
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Reduced chromatin accessibility correlates with resistance to Notch activation
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29834-z Notch signalling plays a key role in cell fate transitions, but how Notch activates distinct regulatory networks in closely related cell types is not well understood. Here the authors profile Notch and RBPJ targets in the developing mouse cortex and reveal how transcription factor occupancy and chromatin remode
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Unveiling the charge transfer dynamics steered by built-in electric fields in BiOBr photocatalysts
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29825-0 While internal electric fields alter charge-separation dynamics in solar-to-chemical conversions, a greater understanding of such processes is necessary. Here, authors analyze charge transfer dynamics modulated by built-in electric fields and identify carrier drift distances as a critical parameter.
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Cell-lineage controlled epigenetic regulation in glioblastoma stem cells determines functionally distinct subgroups and predicts patient survival
Nature Communications, Published online: 25 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29912-2 The epigenetic regulation of glioblastoma stem cell (GSC) function remains poorly understood. Here, the authors compare the chromatin accessibility landscape of GSC cultures from mice and patients and suggest that the epigenome of GSCs is cell lineage-regulated and could predict patient survival.
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Your Mum and Dad review – Larkin-inspired essay on a family's psychological wounds
Film-maker Klaartje Quirijns turns the camera on her mother and father as they open up about the trauma of her elder sister's death There is some insightful material in this personal essay-film from Dutch documentary maker and journalist Klaartje Quirijns, avowedly inspired by Philip Larkin's poem This Be the Verse about your mum and dad fucking you up. It's a painful probing of a psychological w
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"Birds Aren't Real"
© Madeline Houston / Birds Aren't Real Alla fåglar har utrotats och ersatts med robotar 2017, strax efter Donald Trump valts till president i USA, dök en ny konspirations­teori upp … Continued Inlägget dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
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Join Our WhatsApp Group, To Make Friends, Combat Depression, Anxiety, Traumas & The Loneliness Epidemic, Together.
"Be The Change You Want To See." Join The Conversation. Share Your Struggles, Express Yourself, Or Simply Tell Us About Your Day. We're A Team Of People Who Are Always Willing To Listen." "Fighting Depression, Anxiety and The Loneliness Epidemic, Together. 🤝" Click the link below, to join the Western Epic Wall group, where our Admins will assess you then place you in one of core WhatsApp chat gr
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types of contemporary cognitive science
What are the types or approaches towards cognitive science, founders, main books? Im really into Merleau-Ponty rn which got me into cognitive science but I cant find a resource that gives me a thumbnail sketch of the histroy and current schools of cognitive science . submitted by /u/da_real_MassacREEE [link] [comments]
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Career Advice Needed!
Hi everyone, I'm about to enter university in a couple of months and I was initially planning on majoring in psych but I would have to pursue a masters or PhD to get into the field so I've decided not to do that. My university offers a Cognitive systems course and I've become very interested in it because I love psychology, philosophy and neuroscience. The problem is I have little to no knowledge
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Best Wireless Headphones for TV in 2022
Wireless headphones for TV are the best solution for late-night movie binges. They give you the freedom to watch TV anytime, without waking up partners, children, or neighbors. Besides keeping the house quiet, good wireless headphones can make watching TV sound better than ever, without the need for a surround-sound setup. The standout options are comfortable to wear and offer excellent performan
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Authors retract second Majorana paper from Nature
A year after retracting a Nature paper claiming to find evidence for the elusive Majorana particle that many hope would have paved the way for a quantum computer, a group of researchers have retracted a second paper on the subject from the same journal. In the August 2017 paper "Epitaxy of advanced nanowire quantum devices," … Continue reading
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Wordle
Since many of my regular commenters are intent on talking about their scores in the comments, you can now use this thread rather than my Topic Suggestions. Please put the following phrase at the top of every comment to avoid spoilers (fresh comments appear on the homepage, so people can see them even if they are not reading this post). "To all WORDLE fans We are discussing today's WORDLE puzzle.
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Mark and Digger Finally Test Their Milk Liquor | Moonshiners
Stream Moonshiners on discovery+ ► https://www.discoveryplus.com/show/moonshiners #Moonshiners #Moonshine #DiscoveryChannel Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Follow Us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@Discovery We're on Instagram! https://instagram.com/Discovery Join Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discovery Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Discovery Fro
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2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #16
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, April 17, 2022 through Sat, April 23, 2022. The following articles sparked above average interest during the week (bolded articles are from SkS authors): The Greenhouse Effect , 1.5 vs 2C: What difference can a lousy half a degree of global warming make? , To fight climate despair, this Christian ecolo
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