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The future of food from the warming sea
Scientists believe expanding marine aquaculture (or mariculture) will be a vital step in feeding the billions of extra people expected to populate the globe by the end of the century.


Mars Helicopter Flies Over NASA Wreckage
Piece of Home NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has officially spotted the remains of the parachute and back shell that allowed it and the much bigger Perseverance rover to touch down on the surface of the Red Planet over a year ago. Earlier this month, images taken by the rover's mast cam showed glimpses of the remains of the parachute from an estimated half a mile away. Now, we get a much closer
RNA binding proteins help T cells pick their weapons before battle
Scientists at the Babraham Institute have shown that two RNA binding proteins hold the key to a stronger immune response to influenza in mice. Their findings, published today in Nature Communications, reveal that the absence of these proteins changes the potency of T cells that arise at the start on an infection. Further research could lead to implications for therapies that harness the immune sys
Elon Musk Isn't Buying Twitter to Defend Free Speech
Conservatives on Twitter have greeted Elon Musk as a liberator. The mega-billionaire is in the process of purchasing the social-media platform and reorienting it toward what he calls "free speech." The conservative columnist Ben Shapiro celebrated the news of the new free-speech era by insisting that Musk engage in politically motivated mass firings of Twitter workers based on their perceived pol
Measles cases surge nearly 80% in wake of Covid chaos, with fears other diseases could follow
Unicef says virus is 'canary in the coalmine' that shows up the gaps in vaccination campaigns for preventable illness Measles cases have surged nearly 80% worldwide this year amid disruption caused by Covid-19, the UN has said, warning that the rise of the "canary in a coalmine" illness indicated that outbreaks of other diseases were likely to be on the way. The coronavirus pandemic has interrupt
Twitter Says It Might Start Allowing Hate Speech
It looks like some well-known Nazi accounts that were previously banned on Twitter are already trying to come back to the platform since Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to buy the entire thing in the name of "free speech." Nick Martin, a reporter who covers extremism, posted screenshots showing four prominent accounts that were suspended pretty quickly after they-resurfaced. "A bunch of lon
Brownies to learn coding in bid to involve more girls in technology
Research shows more than half of girls think science and technology careers are preserve of boys Brownies are to learn coding and Guides will investigate chatbots in a bid to shift stubborn attitudes among girls that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) careers are just for boys. The drive to engage thousands more girls in technology comes after research by Girlguiding found mo
Still whanging? Dialect hunt aims to update prized English language archive
Leeds University shares library of 1950s vernacular and launches project to preserve today's phrases Was you or were you having your tea, dinner or supper last night? Before it, were you feeling clammish, clemmed, starving, hungry, leary or just plain clempt? Are you still whanging in Yorkshire? Haining in Somerset? Hocksing in Cambridgeshire? Hoying in Durham? Pegging in Cheshire? Pelting in Nor
Giant ichthyosaur's huge tooth points to sea creatures with robust bite
Rare fossils from three of the late-Triassic marine reptiles found in Swiss Alps include 10cm tooth – big enough to snag giant squid The remains of a huge sea creature with enormous teeth that could have helped it capture giant squid have been found in the Swiss Alps. Ichthyosaurs were large marine reptiles with an elongated, snakey shape. They first emerged after the end of the Permian extinctio
Dr. Fauci Says the "Pandemic Phase" of COVID Is Over, Then Says Pandemic Is Actually Still Happening
US officials are still struggling to communicate about COVID-19 with the public. Take president Joe Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, who attempted to say today that the US has weathered the storm, entering a new and less dangerous phase of the crisis. "We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase," he said during an interview with PBS NewsHour on Tuesday — a ra
New study finds climate change could spark the next pandemic
As the earth's climate continues to warm, researchers predict wild animals will be forced to relocate their habitats—likely to regions with large human populations—dramatically increasing the risk of a viral jump to humans that could lead to the next pandemic.
Earth's atmosphere may be source of some lunar water
Hydrogen and oxygen ions escaping from Earth's upper atmosphere and combining on the moon could be one of the sources of the known lunar water and ice, according to new research by University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute scientists.
FT The Americas' Fastest Growing Companies
The third annual ranking of the region's businesses by revenue growth rate. Plus: US medtech takes the top spot; Calgary tech scene rivals energy sector; ecommerce giant aims to 'democratise finance'; why LatAm risks squandering pandemic gains
Team creates map for production of eco-friendly metals
In work that could usher in more efficient, eco-friendly processes for the production of important metals like lithium, iron and cobalt, researchers from MIT and SLAC have mapped what is happening at the atomic level behind a particularly promising approach called metal electrolysis.
Minneapolis police used fake social media profiles to surveil Black people
The Minneapolis Police Department violated civil rights law through a pattern of racist policing practices, according to a damning report published today by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The report, which is the result of a two-year inquiry, found that officers stop, search, arrest, and use force against people of color at a much higher rate than white people, and covertly surveilled
We Created the Pandemicene
For the world's viruses, this is a time of unprecedented opportunity. An estimated 40,000 viruses lurk in the bodies of mammals, of which a quarter could conceivably infect humans. Most do not, because they have few chances to leap into our bodies. But those chances are growing. Earth's changing climate is forcing animals to relocate to new habitats, in a bid to track their preferred environmenta
The Communities Trapped on Facebook
When Briana Goodman gave birth to twins in 2015, she found herself surrounded by people telling her the best way to take care of her newborns. Any time she would bring up using a sleep-training method that encourages babies to cry it out and self-soothe, everyone seemed to have a judgmental opinion to share. But there was one place that Goodman, a clothing reseller in a suburb of Baltimore, could
Daily briefing: A fresh focus on research ethics in China
Nature, Published online: 27 April 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01210-3 China focuses on ethics to deter another 'CRISPR babies' scandal, a robot that jumps near the mathematical limit for jump height and how to base edit your way to better crops.
Sustainable Jet Fuels
As we try to transition as much as possible away from fossil fuels, jet fuel remains a tricky problem to solve. Jets, like rockets, require a fuel with a high energy density (energy per volume) and specific energy (energy per mass). For rockets the specific energy is far more important – mass is everything, due to the rocket equation – and so perhaps the ideal fuel for rockets is hydrogen, becaus
Bättre hälsa för boende när bussarna går på el
Boende längs en busslinje i Göteborg mådde betydligt bättre när hybridbussar byttes mot helt eldrivna bussar. Med sänkta bullernivåer minskade också sömnstörningar, trötthet och nedstämdhet. Det visar en studie vid Göteborgs universitet. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Criminal-Justice Reform Takes Time. California Might Be Out of Patience.
San Francisco and Los Angeles are two of America's most liberal large counties. Democrats dominate their elected offices up and down the ballot. Yet in both places, serious efforts are under way to recall left-leaning district attorneys who have not even completed their first term. San Francisco's Chesa Boudin and L.A.'s George Gascón each ran for office on confronting structural racial inequitie
Why Hunter Biden's Laptop Will Never Go Away
A year and a half ago, less than three weeks before the presidential election, the New York Post published a story about the recovery of a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden, and a trove of personal emails and photographs allegedly found on it. Many were embarrassing; a few were interesting enough to become memes. (The most indelible —the authenticity of which I have not personally ve
'E-nose' Can Detect Fine Whiskey, Counterfeit Perfume
(Photo: Adam Jaime/Unsplash) Some high-end whiskeys and perfumes are able to command astronomical prices, which creates a perfect "business opportunity" for scam artists. Shoppers, whether individual or wholesale, have to be careful not to purchase fakes of either product. But how do you tell them apart? Enter the electronic nose, or "e-nose," developed by the researchers at the University of Tec
Student-Loan Forgiveness Wouldn't Solve Much
In March 2020, the government stopped bugging me—and 40 million other Americans—for student-loan payments. It also stopped collecting interest on outstanding debt. And with so many other things to worry about, I largely stopped thinking about that debt. Some survey data indicate that many of my peers became similarly disengaged. Two years later, one estimate from the Committee for a Responsible F
Never Freak Out
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. Click here to listen to his podcast series on all things happiness, How to Build a Happy Life . Americans are emerging from the pandemic more stressed out and reactive than ever. For example, in a typical year, the United States sees about 100 to 150 cases of " air rage "—passengers becoming
They Called Her 'Black Jet'
It is late evening on Tuesday, May 25, 1971, in Sunflower County, Mississippi, in the small Delta town of Drew. A young Black woman stands on Union Street in a yellow dress. She is a teenager, thin, pretty, and dark-skinned, with straight black hair and thick bangs. At this moment, she is chatting with friends near Eddie's and Susie's Cafe, a popular hangout, at the end of a day of celebration. A
What Actually Counts as Cancel Culture?
The majority of Americans who insist that "cancel culture" is a problem and the minority who counter that it is a fraud, a myth, or a moral panic are too often talking past one another. One faction invokes the term cancel culture as shorthand for a range of complaints: for instance, that figures such as the political analyst David Shor and Emmanuel Cafferty , a California utility-company worker,
GPU-based NVMe RAID Melts Your Face at 110 Gigabytes Per Second
Graid Technology has released the latest version of its NVMe RAID solution, and it's a scorcher. Instead of using a typical hardware RAID controller it uses a GPU to do the heavy lifting. The goal is to squeeze the absolute maximum level of performance from NVMe drives. Apparently, that's exactly what it can do. The product is called the SupremeRAID SR-1010, and it is a hardware RAID controller f
Glycaemic control is associated with SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections in vaccinated patients with type 2 diabetes
Nature Communications, Published online: 28 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30068-2 In this study, Marfella et al. show that patients with diabetes and poor glycaemic control have a blunted response to COVID-19 vaccine and are more prone to develop breakthrough infections, with further analysis suggesting smoking and male sex as potential risk factors to get COVID-19 despite vaccination.
An efficient approach to angular tricyclic molecular architecture via Nazarov-like cyclization and double ring-expansion cascade
Nature Communications, Published online: 28 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29947-5 Effective methods for accessing polycarbocycles are scarcely reported and generally involve complex, multistep transformations, thus restricting practical utility. Here, the authors construct tri-to-penta- cyclic frameworks containing at least two quaternary carbon centers via a tandem Nazarov-like cyclization
Hypoxia-activated neuropeptide Y/Y5 receptor/RhoA pathway triggers chromosomal instability and bone metastasis in Ewing sarcoma
Nature Communications, Published online: 28 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29898-x Ewing sarcoma tumour cells frequently metastasize to the bone but the molecular mechanisms governing this process are not well understood. Here, the authors show that neuropeptide Y/Y5 receptor pathway is activated in the hypoxic tumour microenvironment, which results in cytokinesis defects and chromosomal inst
A parallel randomised controlled trial of the Hypoglycaemia Awareness Restoration Programme for adults with type 1 diabetes and problematic hypoglycaemia despite optimised self-care (HARPdoc)
Nature Communications, Published online: 28 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29488-x Impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia (IAH) is a risk for severe hypoglycaemia in insulin treatment of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Here the authors report that a group programme focussing on changing cognitive barriers to avoiding hypoglycaemia (HARPdoc) does not reduce severe hypoglycaemia more than a programme focus
Comprehensive view of microscopic interactions between DNA-coated colloids
Nature Communications, Published online: 28 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29853-w A quantitative prediction of DNA-mediated interactions between colloids is crucial to the design of colloidal structures for optical applications. Cui et al. measure the interaction potential with nanometer resolution and propose a theory to accurately predict adhesion and melting at a molecular level.
Topological surface currents accessed through reversible hydrogenation of the three-dimensional bulk
Nature Communications, Published online: 28 April 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29957-3 Hydrogen can be incorporated within a solid and drastically modify its electronic and structural state. Here, the authors report reversible binding of H+ ions to chalcogens in the Bi2Te3 class of topological insulators and magnets, allowing Fermi level tuning into the bulk gap without altering carrier mobility
Partially Destroying Tumors With Sound Allows the Immune System to Finish the Job
The team's 700kHz, 260-element histotripsy ultrasound array transducer. (Photo: Marcin Szczepanski, Michigan Engineering) New research reveals we may be able to assist organisms' immune systems in clearing away tumors by first destroying part of the tumor with sound. Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a form of noninvasive sound technology that destroys a significant part
The US Government May Have Wasted $22 Billion on HoloLens
A US government watchdog is warning that the Pentagon may have wasted more than $22 billion on Microsoft's HoloLens by failing to ask if the soldiers who would be theoretically responsible for deploying the hardware actually wanted to use it or perceived any benefit from doing so. This is an observation so banal, one might wonder why the government needed to put it in an audit in the first place.
Climate change is making India's brutal heat waves worse
Heat waves are scorching India and Pakistan this week, breaking records as the region enters the hottest time of the year. Some states in India have seen temperatures top 43 °C (110 °F), with northwest India likely to see even higher temperatures in the coming days, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Extreme heat can be deadly, especially for a region where many lack access
Utrecht or VU for cognitive sciences
I have been admitted to utrecht and VU for a masters programme in neuroscience and cognition, and neuropsychology respectively. Im really confused between the two options as they both seem great. Can anyone guide me into choosing the better university based on the faculty, career prospects and research being carried out? Thank you submitted by /u/bigskippah [link] [comments]
Skeptical Science New Research for Week #17 2022
We can't go on like this Past and future warming – direct comparison on multi-century timescales walks us through the improvements in methods between the IPCC AR5 and AR6 leading to the latest report's startling conclusion about our rapid, ongoing effect on global mean temperature. Unleashing the fossil hydrocarbon genie has raised the temperature of the planet in the blink of an eye. We've incre
What's behind the mysterious global rise in childhood hepatitis? – podcast
Over the past few weeks, countries around the world have reported an unexpected increase in the number of children with hepatitis. So far about 200 cases have been reported. More than half have come from the UK, but there have also been reports from Spain, Japan and the US, among others. Although this is still a very rare disease, it is severe, with 10% of affected children needing a liver transp
What's behind the mysterious global rise in childhood hepatitis?
Over the past few weeks, countries around the world have reported an unexpected increase in the number of children with hepatitis. So far about 200 cases have been reported. More than half have come from the UK, but there have also been reports from Spain, Japan and the US, among others. Although this is still a very rare disease, it is severe, with 10% of affected children needing a liver transpl
A new polymer system to revolutionize the delivery of therapeutics
Researchers recently announced that they have engineered a new class of material, called a 'polyzwitterionic complex,' or 'pZC,' which is able to both withstand the harsh acidic conditions of the stomach and then dissolve predictably in the comparatively gentle environment of the small intestine. This property means that pZCs could help revolutionize the delivery of medicines of all sorts, from fa
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter spots gear that helped Perseverance rover land
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed both the parachute that helped the agency's Perseverance rover land on Mars and the cone-shaped backshell that protected the rover in deep space and during its fiery descent toward the Martian surface on Feb. 18, 2021. Engineers with the Mars Sample Return program asked whether Ingenuity could provide this perspective. What resulted were 10 aerial
In Florida panther, multi-pronged approach critical to disease management
The Florida panther, an endangered subspecies of mountain lion found exclusively in southern Florida, is being affected by a viral disease called feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FeLV can spread from domestic cats and cause large outbreaks in panthers, resulting in severe illness or death. While a domestic cat vaccine is available, it has uncertain efficacy in panthers. New research led by the Univer

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