The shape of U.S. research is at stake as Congress tries to reconcile competing versions of a massive bill, 2 years in the making, aimed at bolstering U.S. competitiveness with China in research and high-tech manufacturing. The bills would not only authorize spending hundreds of billions of additional dollars on research, but also set out new policies on the government's approach to supporting sc
The shape of U.S. research is at stake as Congress tries to reconcile competing versions of a massive bill, 2 years in the making, aimed at bolstering U.S. competitiveness with China in research and high-tech manufacturing. The bills would not only authorize spending hundreds of billions of additional dollars on research, but also set out new policies on the government's approach to supporting sc
The structure of the universe is often described as being a cosmic web of filaments, nodes, and voids, with the nodes being clusters of galaxies, the largest gravitationally bound objects known. These nodes are thought to have been seeded by small-amplitude density fluctuations like those observed in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) which grew until they collapsed into the structures seen tod
For nearly 40 years, drugmakers have used genetically engineered cells as tiny drug factories. Such cells can be programmed to secrete compounds that yield drugs used to treat cancer and autoimmune conditions such as arthritis.
A new study combining climate data with fossil records of large mammals that lived across Africa during the last 4 million years casts doubt on a long-standing hypothesis that repeated shifts in climate acted as major drivers of evolutionary change in mammals, including human ancestors.
Study of tubes between windpipe and lungs could help explain Covid variant's rapid transmission Coronavirus – latest updates The Omicron Covid variant has been found to multiply about 70 times quicker than the original and Delta versions of coronavirus in tissue samples taken from the bronchus, the main tubes from the windpipe to the lungs, in laboratory experiments that could help explain its ra
You already follow your favorite blogs, news sites, research journals, and more in Feedly. But when you come upon a site without an RSS option, what do you do? Manually opening separate tabs and remembering to check the RSS-less sites can get tedious and confusing. And some of the RSS builder tools out there
New research reveals that neurons in the visual cortex — the part of the brain that processes visual stimuli — change their responses to the same stimulus over time. Although other studies have documented 'representational drift' in neurons in the parts of the brain associated with odor and spatial memory, this result is surprising because neural activity in the primary visual cortex is thought
After gaining world attention by 'unboiling' egg protein, Flinders University scientists have now used an Australian-made novel thin film microfluidic device to manipulate Beta-lactoglobulin (β-lactoglobulin), the major whey protein in cow, sheep and other mammal milks.
Teleost fishes comprise one-half of all vertebrate species and possess a duplicated genome. This whole-genome duplication (WGD) occurred on the teleost stem lineage in an ancient common ancestor of all living teleosts and is hypothesized as a trigger of their exceptional evolutionary radiation. Genomic and phylogenetic data indicate that WGD…
"Taste-like" tuft cells in the intestine trigger type 2 immunity in response to worm infection. The secretion of interleukin-13 (IL-13) from type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) represents a key step in the tuft cell–ILC2 cell–intestinal epithelial cell circuit that drives the clearance of worms from the gut via type…
Efter over en måned i sikkerhedstilstand og slukkede instrumenter får forskere verden over nu igen billeder fra rumteleskopet Hubble. En defekt strømforsyning fik teleskopets computere til at lukke ned. Senere i år skal Hubble-afløseren, James Webb-teleskopet, sendes i kredsløb.
PLUS. Sommerens Paralympiske Lege kan blive et gennembrud for 3D-printede sprøjtestøbeforme. Team Danmark har sammen med DTU, IPU og AddiFab digitaliseret og fremstillet en kopi af bordtennisspilleren Peter Rosenmeiers håndprotese.
Overlæge Claus Ziegler Simonsen er ny klinisk professor på Aarhus Universitet. Han forsker i, hvordan akut behandling af blodpropper i hjernen kan forbedre patienternes mulighed for hurtig restitution.
PLUS. Flere af Teslas elbiler markedsføres med tilkøbsfunktionen 'fuldt selvkørende egenskaber', og det er misvisende, lyder det fra FDM. Den hastige digitale udvikling af nye biler gør det svært for bilister og forhandlere at finde hoved og hale i hvilke funktioner der reelt fungerer på hvilke biler. …
Any life identified on planets orbiting white dwarf stars almost certainly evolved after the star's death, says a new study led by the University of Warwick that reveals the consequences of the intense and furious stellar winds that will batter a planet as its star is dying. The research is published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and lead author Dr. Dimitri Veras will prese
A team of researchers from the University of California, Colorado State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has discovered a new kind of extrachromosomal element (ECE) living inside of a methane-metabolizing archaea. The paper describing their findings is available on the bioRxiv preprint server.
MIT physicists have observed signs of a rare type of superconductivity in a material called magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene. In a study appearing in Nature, the researchers report that the material exhibits superconductivity at surprisingly high magnetic fields of up to 10 Tesla, which is three times higher than what the material is predicted to endure if it were a conventional superconducto
NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. The six-wheeled geologist is searching for a scientifically interesting target in a part of Jezero Crater called the "Cratered Floor Fractured Rough."
The world's first 3D-printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam. It was created by robotic arms using welding torches to deposit the structure of the bridge layer-by-layer using 4500 kilograms of stainless steel
More than 1.5 million children around the world are estimated to have lost at least one parent, custodial grandparent, or grandparent who lived with them due to death related to COVID-19 during the first 14 months of the pandemic, according to a new study.
A team of researchers from the University of California, Colorado State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has discovered a new kind of extrachromosomal element (ECE) living inside of a methane-metabolizing archaea. The paper describing their findings is available on the bioRxiv preprint server.
A finger-sized fossil from 308 million years ago unearthed in the United States gives tantalizing clues to the habits of tiny dinosaur-like creatures that may be the forerunners of reptiles, researchers revealed Wednesday.
We Have Liftoff On Tuesday, world's richest man Jeff Bezos almost-kind-of made it to space as part of Blue Origin's first crewed mission. The mission went off without a hitch — but questions remain about why Blue Origin's New Shepherd spacecraft looks so much like a gigantic, metallic dong. Whether that's an ode to Bezos and other billionaires' exhausting conquest of space or an unfortunate coinc
Experts weigh in on the 'anthropomorphic' design of New Shepard, the Amazon CEO's Blue Origin rocket Jeff Bezos's 11-minute trip aboard a Blue Origin rocket to the edge of space on Tuesday left the world's richest man feeling "unbelievably good" and his crew "very happy". But afterwards, as he wondered aloud how fast he could refuel, the rest of the world was left pondering just why the New Shepa
Stepping Down Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, the top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), resigned on Tuesday when someone obtained and deanonymized data from his cell phone showing that he frequented gay bars and regularly used the dating app Grindr. News of the targeted hack was first published by the Catholic newsletter The Pillar , which gained access to Burrill's cel
At a county health department near my hometown in rural Arkansas, almost everyone who comes in for a COVID-19 test is congested and short of breath, with a sore throat and muscle aches. They might have the flu, except for the added telltale symptom of this coronavirus: the loss of taste and smell. Many of the patients now are younger than those in previous months; a nurse who works there told me
Common yeast are able to adapt and thrive in response to a long-term rise in temperature by changing the shape, location and function of some of their proteins. The surprising findings demonstrate the unappreciated plasticity in the molecular and conformational level of proteins and bring the power of molecular biology to the organismal response to climate change. Results from the Zhou lab at the
Just like people, stars are born, grow old, and die. Astrophysicists figured this out by studying stars' brightness and temperatures. This data is beautifully and powerfully captured in the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram. Stars are just like us! I don't mean that in a "Dua Lipa likes to wear pajamas when she shops for milk" kind of way. What I'm talking about are life cycles. Stars are born, li
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian in New York have discovered that injecting mice with pulmonary endothelial cells–the cells that line the walls of blood vessels in the lung–can reverse the symptoms of emphysema. The study, which will be published July 21 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), may lead to new treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disea
Babies who were breastfed, even for a few days, had lower blood pressure at 3 years of age than children who had never been breastfed.Toddlers who had been breastfed had lower blood pressure regardless of their body mass index or their mothers' social, health or lifestyle factors.
A global multidisciplinary group of HIV experts led by CUNY SPH Senior Scholar Jeffrey Lazarus and including Distinguished Professor Denis Nash and Associate Professor Diana Romero developed a consensus statement identifying the key issues health systems must address in order to move beyond the longtime emphasis on viral suppression to instead deliver integrated, person-centered healthcare for peo
Recently, experimental and theoretical works have reported evidence indicating that photochemical processes may significantly be accelerated at heterogeneous interfaces, although a complete understanding of the phenomenon is still lacking. We have carried out a theoretical study of interface and surface effects on the photochemistry of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) using high-level…
Nuclear envelope budding (NEB) is a recently discovered alternative pathway for nucleocytoplasmic communication distinct from the movement of material through the nuclear pore complex. Through quantitative electron microscopy and tomography, we demonstrate how NEB is evolutionarily conserved from early protists to human cells. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, NEB events…
Cellulose is synthesized at the plasma membrane by cellulose synthase (CESA) complexes (CSCs), which are assembled in the Golgi and secreted to the plasma membrane through the trans-Golgi network (TGN) compartment. However, the molecular mechanisms that guide CSCs through the secretory system and deliver them to the plasma membrane are…
Transcription initiation is highly regulated by promoter sequence, transcription factors, and ligands. All known transcription inhibitors, an important class of antibiotics, act in initiation. To understand regulation and inhibition, the biophysical mechanisms of formation and stabilization of the "open" promoter complex (OC), of synthesis of a short RNA–DNA hybrid upon…
The ability to distinguish lifelike and non-lifelike movements is an important survival skill. Harvard scientists discovered that at least one invertebrate can do this. Scientists tested jumping spiders as they watched an animation and scuttled about on a floating treadmill. The ability to discern living beings from inanimate objects is a useful skill. Lifelike movement is an important clue here:
People want to live longer, but only if those years are healthy. A new study argues that targeting the underlying cause of aging could yield trillions of dollars of economic benefits. This could be, by far, the best way to "stimulate" the economy in the long-term. With greater age comes greater wisdom and (often) happiness. But biologically speaking, everything else pretty much sucks. Age is a ri
The term may sound like an oxymoron, but genetically-edited "sterile parent" salmon might prevent escaped farmed salmon from interbreeding with their wild counterparts, one of the most pressing problems facing salmon aquaculture today. Whether the public will accept such a fish is an open question.
An incredibly light new material that can reduce aircraft engine noise and improve passenger comfort has been developed at the University of Bath.The graphene oxide-polyvinyl alcohol aerogel weighs just 2.1kg per cubic metre, making it the lightest sound insulation ever manufactured.
A large study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that both parents with a baby in the NICU are at risk, with depression symptoms identified in 33 percent of mothers and 17 percent of fathers. Strikingly, the probability of reporting depression symptoms declined significantly for mothers but not for fathers after the baby came home.
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The critical step for future quantum industry demands realization of efficient information exchange between different-platform hybrid systems that can harvest advantages of distinct platforms. The major restraining factor for the progress in certain hybrids is weak coupling strength between the elemental particles. In particular, this restriction impedes a promising field of hybrid magnonics. In
Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) have uncovered a new role for a distinct inhibitory cell cluster in the amygdala, acting to dynamically modulate synaptic connections during fear learning.
Researchers have discovered a key molecule that allows cancer stem cells to bypass the body's natural immune defenses, spurring the growth and spread of head and neck squamous cell cancers. Their study, conducted in mice, also demonstrates that inhibiting this molecule derails cancer progression and helps eliminate these stem cells.
Modelling was presented to government before decision to allow three-household festive 'bubbles' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 infections could double over Christmas, scientists advising the government have said. The warning comes in the latest tranche of files from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). The documents were presented to gover
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Jake Belcher "I've disguised the ugly truth in a kind of spiffy noir package," Ottessa Moshfegh said about her debut novel, Eileen , published in 2015 . Convinced that readers wouldn't pick up a novel about a self-loathing woman with little desire to please others, she masked her " freak book" as a mystery. To Moshfegh's frustration, readers still fixated on the grossness of Eileen—a laxative-add
A team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells.
Researchers have developed a membrane that can be attached to a regular N95 mask and replaced when needed. The filter has a smaller pore size than normal N95 masks, potentially blocking more virus particles.
Archaeological evidence shows that the first brown hares and chickens to arrive in Britain were buried with care and intact. There is no signs of butchery on bones examined and the ongoing research suggests the two animals were not imported for people to eat.
Both surgical and cotton masks were found to be ineffective for preventing the dissemination of SARS-CoV-2 from the coughs of patients with COVID-19. A study conducted at two hospitals in Seoul, South Korea, found that when COVID-19 patients coughed into either type of mask, droplets of virus were released to the environment and external mask surface. A brief research report is published in Annals
NASA's long-running Commercial Crew Program is a major part of the agency's plans to expand spaceflight, but the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) is almost as important. As we look toward new moon landings, the CLPS will get the supplies and instruments we need to the lunar surface. Now, NASA has developed a possible way to land them there cheaply and easily. NASA calls it a lunar lander
The molecules of life are twisted. But how those familiar strands in DNA's double helix manage to replicate without being tangled up has been hard to decipher. A new perspective from physicists is helping unravel the mystery.
Greenhouse gases may get more attention, but aerosols — from car exhaust to volcanic eruptions — also have a major impact on the Earth's climate. Using a massive NASA dataset, researchers have created a framework that helps explain just how sensitive local temperatures are to aerosols.
Though it looks like it to us, Jupiter's clouds do no form a flat surface. Some of its clouds rise up above the surrounding cloud tops. The two bright spots in the right center of this image are much higher than the surrounding clouds.
Almost half of accused sexual harassers can go back to work after arbitrators or third-parties settle disputes, according to a new study. The findings closely examine the outcomes of arbitration awards involving harassers, as well as providing insight as to whether arbitration is the best solution to addressing workplace harassment. "With all of the issues our society is facing right now, I wante
Climate change could cause the range of Valley fever, a potentially deadly fungal infection in the lungs, to more than double in size this century, a new study warns. Currently endemic to hot and dry regions such as the southwestern United States and California's San Joaquin Valley, scientists predict it will reach previously unaffected areas across the western US. Valley fever is a burgeoning pu
Cells equipped with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs) can be directed to a specific location by an external magnetic field, which is beneficial for tissue repair. Researchers have now taken the important step of evaluating the safety and efficacy of magnetically labeled mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for use in repairing cartilage defects.
Medical experts hail 'paradigm shift' of implant that transmits video images directly to the visual cortex, bypassing the eye and optic nerve Partial sight has been restored to six blind people via an implant that transmits video images directly to the brain. Some vision was made possible – with the participants' eyes bypassed – by a video camera attached to glasses which sent footage to electrod
Researchers have found that neural signatures in sleeping zebrafish are analogous to those of humans, suggesting that the brain activity evolved at least 450 million years ago, before any creatures crawled out of the ocean.
Military Mammal In 2017, Zvezda, a TV station owned by Russia's Defence Ministry, reported that the nation's military was training white whales, seals, and dolphins for Arctic missions — and now it seems one of those recruits may be guilty of desertion. A group of fishers recently told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that they found a white beluga whale wearing a strange harness with the words "Equipme
Heart attack patients treated at hospitals with low care scores are at greater risk for another heart attack and/or death due to cardiovascular causes, Rutgers researchers found. Their study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, compared care scores in the New Jersey Hospital Performance Reports with one-month and one-year rates of readmission for heart attack or death due to cardiovas
A new study by researchers at Michigan State University and Portland State University has found that when there's an imbalance in support among nurses at work, tempers flare and risk of injuries can go up.
Many historians agree that the North American figure of Santa Claus can be traced back to a monk named Saint Nicholas of Myra, a bearded fourth-century Greek Christian with a penchant for charitable giving. St. Nicholas was presumably the basis for the Dutch Sinterklaas, patron saint of children, who donned a big, red cape and rode around on a white horse to visit children on the name day of Sain
Research suggests the winter blues are triggered by specialized light-sensing cells in the retina that communicate directly with brain areas involved in mood. (Image credit: Omikron /Getty Images/Science Source)
Naturalist tells leaders at UN climate summit that fate of world is in their hands The collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough has told the UN climate change summit in Poland. The naturalist was chosen to represent the world's people in addressing delegates of almost 200 nations who are in Katowice to negotiate how to turn pledges made in the 2015
Environment Deforestation could be devastating for indigenous peoples—and for the whole planet. President-elect Jair Bolsonaro now governs an incomparable resource—the Amazon. What he does with it could affect the whole planet.
Starting in the spring of 2010, farmers from Sicily—the major pistachio production area of Italy—have been reporting a previously unknown disease on the trees. Characterised by cankers and declines, it sometimes leads to the collapse of the entire plant.
The study of the relative size of the prime counting function $\pi(x)$ and the logarithmic integral li$(x)$ has led to a wealth of results over the past century. One such result, due to Rubinstein and Sarnak and conditional on the Riemann hypothesis (RH) and a linear independence hypothesis (LI) on the imaginary parts of the zeros of $\zeta(s)$, is that the set of real numbers $x\ge1$ for which $\
A pair of Italian researchers, one a forensic anthropologist, the other a chemist, has conducted tests to determine the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin and report that their analysis indicates that the shroud is a forgery. In their paper published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Matteo Borrini and Luigi Garlaschelli describe the tests they conducted and what they found. A separate paper p
A model developed by researchers at Indiana University can help experts estimate the likelihood of landslides that will be caused by earthquakes anywhere in the world. The estimates can be available within minutes.
A group of scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute have zeroed in on a new defense against HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS. Led by Ruth Ruprecht, M.D., Ph.D., the team used an animal model to show for the first time that an antibody called Immunoglobulin M (IgM) was effective in preventing infection after mucosal AIDS virus exposure.
Researchers have shown that a chip-based device measuring a millimeter square could be used to generate quantum-based random numbers at gigabit per second speeds. The tiny device requires little power and could enable stand-alone random number generators or be incorporated into laptops and smart phones to offer real-time encryption.
Scientists may finally have an answer as to what led to the red-and-yellow sky in Edvard Munch's painting The Scream . "What's screaming is the sky and the person in the painting is putting his or her hands over their ears so they can't hear the scream." Some say his inspiration was a volcanic sunset after the 1883 Krakatau eruption. Others think the wavy sky shows a scream from nature. Now, a ne
Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed magnetic elastomeric composites that move in different ways when exposed to light, raising the possibility that these materials could enable a wide range of products that perform simple to complex movements, from tiny engines and valves to solar arrays that bend toward the sunlight. The research is described in an article publish
The bad news: Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa — totaling a staggering 2 to 9 trillion pounds worldwide — has been almost a biblical plague on Texas and much of the Southern United States in recent weeks. The good news: the same dust appears to be a severe storm killer.
Kristian Egersgård har genfundet glæden som praktiserende læge ved at flytte ind i Fredericias nye sundhedshus, indrettet i byens gamle hospital. Her får han bedre faciliteter og kollegialt fællesskab. Det er dyrere for ham, men han har ikke været i tvivl.
The 2018 report is out: two wolves, almost 1,500 moose and an ecosystem in transition. In its 60th year, the research conducted at Isle Royale National Park is the longest running predator-prey study of its kind.
Researchers have discovered that finding that blue light kills cells in flies' eyes, causing blindness. While it had long been known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, it wasn't clear why until now. The findings could further scientists' understanding of human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration. In their study, researchers compared older fruit flies susceptible to vision lo
The coordination of carbon and nitrogen metabolism is essential for bacteria to adapt to nutritional variations in the environment, but the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. In autotrophic cyanobacteria, high CO2 levels favor the carboxylase activity of ribulose 1,5 bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) to produce 3-phosphoglycerate, whereas low CO2 levels promote…
The neuroscientist giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas lectures on doing standup comedy and why rats laugh Sophie Scott is a senior fellow at University College London. She is an expert in cognitive neuroscience, particularly in relation to communications. This year, she is giving the Royal Institution Christmas lectures looking at how evolution has shaped our bodies to communicate with
Happy Friday! Here are all changes on Eyewire since the last report, even if there was a separate post about something big, so that you have a comprehensive picture of everything new from the last few weeks. On Hunt cells, cube information in the Toolbox now completely masks player names for non-admins. This means that for future Hunts, Scythes can not only clean the original cell but also grow t
Motivation, rather than habit, drives addictive behavior in the face of adverse consequences and constantly changing circumstances, new research suggests. "We're challenging the definition of addiction as a habit…" The researchers studied how male rats solved increasingly difficult puzzles to receive a cocaine reward. This concept differs from other studies in which rats and other animals repeat
Enlarge / All the Cores are affected by a major vulnerability in management firmware—as are Xeon servers and Atom, Celeron and Pentium devices. (credit: Intel ) Intel has issued a security alert that management firmware on a number of recent PC, server, and Internet-of-Things processor platforms are vulnerable to remote attack. Using the vulnerabilities, the most severe of which was uncovered by
Mark Zuckerberg, designer of a platform that has made the world an objectively worse place, on November 9, 2017 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Last year, an explosive investigation by ProPublica revealed that Facebook was allowing advertisers to discriminate in housing ads by enabling landlords to filter out people who might view a given ad by their race. And today ProPublica released a follow-up to th
Photo: AP Electronic Art's Star Wars Battlefront II , one of the biggest video game titles of the year, debuted to disaster in recent weeks after both consumers and the gaming press revolted against the $60 game's reliance on microtransaction-fueled, pay-to-win loot boxes. At launch, the title prevented players from accessing key features of the game like playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader
Image: Warner Bros. Blade Runner 2049 was a critical darling, getting a largely raving reception, but audiences didn't seem to reciprocate. The movie had lackluster success, failing to bring in little more than half its budget domestically. And while it's done better overseas, director Denis Villeneuve is struggling to understand why the movie was such a box office disappointment—though it could
Image: Disney John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animations Studios, is taking a six-month leave of absence from the company after allegations that he made several unwanted advances toward his female co-workers. The news was reported by The Hollywood Reporter , who obtained a note Lasseter sent Disney employees internally. The statement, published
Update: You can now update existing keyword alerts. See Step 5 below to learn more. Keyword alerts are a great way to create your own custom newsroom. Anytime there's a new article on Google News mentioning one of the topics or keywords you've set, it will appear in your Feedly. It can power your competitive intelligence, brand monitoring, PR, trend research, and more. Following a blog or website
Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth's rotation Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth's rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions. Al
The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business. (Image credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC)
Mapping the genomes of our ancestors has allowed scientists to uncover secrets and discover new mysteries in our evolution Scientists made a remarkable discovery at Trou Al'Wesse in Belgium earlier this year. Inside a cave that overlooks the Hoyoux river they found clear evidence it had been occupied by Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago. Yet the cave contained no skull fragments, no teet
Image: Disney/Lucasfilm Forty years ago, Luke Skywalker boarded a ship, and his whole life changed. Mark Hamill's did, too. The first Star Wars film rocketed him to international stardom, and a legacy that he can't ever escape. Forty years later, returning to that legacy, in the form of the literal cockpit set of the Millennium Falcon, was more emotional than he expected. Advertisement "I was the
Enlarge / A nori farm off the coast of Japan. (credit: H. Grobe) The tasty Japanese seaweed nori is ubiquitous today, but that wasn't always true. Nori was once called "lucky grass" because every year's harvest was entirely dependent on luck. Then, during World War II, luck ran out. No nori would grow off the coast of Japan, and farmers were distraught. But a major scientific discovery on the oth
Image: Cherry Tree The visual style of the Borg in Star Trek —with its protruding cables, dark metals, and monolithic sameness—is unmistakable, and has become, since the collective's introduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation , iconic science fiction. They're cool villains, and now you can merge your own technological uniqueness with theirs. Courtesy of hardware creator Cherry Tree, it's now
The writer, actor and comedian on the joys of cheap restaurants, Otto Dix and that single seat under the stairs on London buses Born in Anfield, Liverpool, Alexei Sayle studied art before training to be a further-education teacher. When London's Comedy Store opened in 1979, he became its first MC and, over the following decade, became a central figure in the alternative comedy movement. He has sta
Despite mounting calls for his resignation, Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay on as president of Zimbabwe, further extending his nearly four-decade reign in office. The next 48 hours will be crucial, as Mugabe could be impeached when parliament reconvenes on Tuesday. The unfolding political drama in Zimbabwe remains muddled at best and follows a stunning series of events, including a de facto milit
In 1972, the Staple Singers lodged themselves at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and cemented their place in soul history by singing of a place where nobody's crying, nobody's worrying, and nobody's "lying to the races." "I'll take you there," Mavis Staples and her family promised. As neatly as could be, the song distilled gospel and soul's deepest yearning: for deliverance. Over the last 45 years,
Argentine Navy sailors in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2005. Photo: Getty Images The ARA San Juan, a Argentine Navy diesel-electric attack submarine built in 1983, has been missing since November 15th with a crew of 44 sailors on board, CNN reported . Per CNN, the vessel was last spotted in the San Jorge Gulf a few hundred miles off the coast of Patagonia while traveling north from a base in Tierra del
Enlarge / Kaitlin Myers, a shopper for Instacart, studies her smartphone as she shops for a customer at Whole Foods in Denver. Myers received a grocery list for a shopper and then completed the shopping on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (credit: Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon) OAKLAND, Calif.—Seated at a dimly-lit bar, a gregarious man dressed in a scarf and beanie reflecting his favorite local
Image: The CW Melissa Benoist can sing. Her breakout TV role was on Glee , after all. But it's still a delight to hear her bring her Supergirl charisma to bear with a song. Recently, she took to using those super vocal chords in an ad for MineCon, the annual Minecraft convention hosted by developers Mojang. While the musical ad does a good job of promoting the upcoming graphics update to the bloc
Playing Thatcher? Dab on Bluebell. Got a part in Hairspray? Reach for the Madame Rochas. We lift the lid on how actors use smells – from the finest fragrances to cheap tinned mackerel – to nail a role Before I go on stage, says Michael Ball, I ask myself a question: "Do I smell nice for all the ladies and gentlemen?" The actor chooses a signature scent for each of his roles, from bay rum for the
Image: YouTube When Bruce Wayne invites the people of the community into his lavish mansion for a food drive on Thanksgiving, he probably views it as a part of his overall mission, a mission that culminates in his work as Batman. According to some of the citizens he's helping, though, that might not be the case. In a funny sketch on Saturday Night Live , featuring Chance the Rapper and Leslie Jon
Photo: AP NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a "series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites," NASA announced on Saturday, with the agencies touting they expect significant improvements to their weather-forecasting abilities when JPSS-1 comes online in three months. "Emergency managers increasingly rel
Photo: Toyota According to a report on Carscoops and a Toyota press release , Toyota is recalling around 28,600 2018 Toyota C-HRs for a faulty electronic parking brake. Toyota is also recalling nearly 39,900 2012-2015 PHEV Prius models for a fuse that may malfunction during driving resulting in a loss of power. Toyota's press release describes the issues involving the C-HR: In the involved C-HR v
Photo: AP There's a popular conception that whatever you post online lives eternal—and while it's probably true, the reality is that for most people hitting that delete button is usually sufficient to at least hide an embarrassing post from prying family, friends, and potential employers. Anyone who's ever been on Facebook or sent a tweet knows the true nightmare scenario would be losing the abil
Samsung 28" 4K Quantum Dot Monitor | $330 | Amazon You might have heard of quantum dots in the context of TVs, but Samsung uses them in a 4K computer monitor as well , and their 28" model just got a massive price drop. You can read all about quantum dots here , but the long and short of it that they're the backbone of a backlighting technology that can produce OLED-quality images and ri
Boosting activity in brain areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also protect against worsening anxiety, suggests a new study. Using noninvasive brain imaging, the researchers found that at-risk people were less likely to develop anxiety if they had higher activity in a region of the brain responsible for complex mental operations. The results may be a step towards tailoring psychologi
The immune cells that are trained to fight off the body's invaders can become defective. It's what allows cancer to develop. So most research has targeted these co-called effector T-cells. But a new study takes a step back and considers: What if the problem isn't with the effector T-cells but starts higher up the cellular chain?
Image courtesy of Instacart At least some delivery workers for Instacart, a so-called gig economy app that dispatches an army of shoppers and drivers to deliver groceries and other supplies directly from retail stores to customers, have launched a two-day strike from Sunday to Monday in protest of what they claim are abusive working conditions and pay rates below the minimum wage. Instacart is va
Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant's destroyed reactors—a major discovery, but one that took a long and painful six years to achieve. In the meantime, the program to clean up the destroyed reactors has seen numerous setbacks and concerns, including delays on Japanes
A map of the area on the northern Russian steppes where the sacrificial dogs were found. The Krasnosamarskoe settlement was a tiny ritual center, part of the larger Indo-European Srubnaya culture in the late Bronze Age. (credit: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology) 4,000 years ago in the northern steppes of Eurasia, in the shadow of the Ural Mountains, a tiny settlement stood on a natural terr
Wildlife species are going extinct faster than humankind can reliably keep track of. Meanwhile, wildlife crime evolves quickly, with new tricks fueling a lucrative illegal global trade. As a result, customs and other port-of-entry officials confronted with unidentifiable bits of animals and plants need to make rapid decisions based on reliable information. LifeScanner LAB-IN-A-BOX, a portable DNA
Wildlife traffickers do their best to make animal and plant parts unidentifiable. When customs officials find bones, maybe all they can say, is that the bones belonged to large cats. Then they have to ask: are those tiger bones? Tigers are threatened with extinction and an international convention (CITES) forbids any trade of any parts. Or are those African lion bones? No parts from wild populatio
How do trees adjust to the effects of global warming? EPFL researchers have studied how beech and spruce trees – two of the most common plant species in Europe – react to changing temperatures. And they discovered that the amount of moisture in the air plays a decisive role.
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With the busy holiday shopping season in full swing, have you ever thought about the carbon footprint of where and how you shop? The latest episode of the "Climate Lab" video series—produced jointly by the University of California and the news site Vox—explores the answers to those questions.
Nitrogenase is central to life on our planet. It provides most of the nitrogen (N) that is used in proteins and nucleic acids and it's essential in creating plants, animals and other organisms, making ammonia (NH3) which is then used in the biosynthesis of amino acids and then proteins. But while nitrogenase is at work, it's also creating something else: dihydrogen (H2). Scientists have known for
ESA's Integral space observatory has been orbiting Earth for 15 years, observing the ever-changing, powerful and violent cosmos in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light. Studying stars exploding as supernovas, monster black holes and, more recently, even gamma-rays that were associated with gravitational waves, Integral continues to broaden our understanding of the high-energy Universe.
Scientists from ITMO University have suggested a new solar cell coating that combines features of an electrode and those of a light-trapping structure. The coating enabled researchers to cut down on reflected light and avoid solar cell overheating, thus increasing its overall efficiency by 20 percent. Moreover, the suggested method may be attractive for industrial applications due to its relativel
With a miniaturised space probe capable of accelerating to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, the nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to slow it down, the space probe could only collect data from the star and its planets as it zoomed past. A theoretical physicist at Goethe University Frankfurt has now examined whether interstellar spacecraft c
Cooking in a frying pan with oil can quickly become dangerous if "explosive" hot oil droplets jump out of the pan, leading to painful burns. But these droplets may be doing something even more damaging: contributing to indoor air pollution.
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet—when and how the small moons formed.
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The Central Iberian Peninsula was characterised by an arid savanna during the middle Miocene, according to a study led by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) comparing mammal populations from different localities in Africa and South Asia with those that inhabited the Iberian central area 14 million years ago.
The researchers estimate that from 1975 to 2015, the yearly biomass of chinook salmon consumed by pinnipeds (sea lions and harbor seals) and killer whales increased from 6,100 to 15,200 metric tons, and from five to 31.5 million individual salmon.
Drugs designed to halt cancer growth may offer a new way to control high blood pressure (hypertension), say Georgetown University Medical Center investigators. The finding could offer a real advance in hypertension treatment because although a number of high blood pressure drugs are now available, they work by different mechanisms that are not suited for all patients.
MIT researchers have shown that they can use a new type of measurement to predict how drugs will affect cancer cells taken from multiple myeloma patients. Their predictions correlated with how those patients actually fared when treated with those drugs.
Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become large, according to a new study. Researchers said the findings suggest that women with higher BMI may need shorter intervals between mammography screening exams.
New research shows that countries with populations that value autonomy and harmony tend to have higher average levels of alcohol consumption than countries with more traditional values, such as hierarchy and being part of a collective. The findings have implications for tackling problems associated with alcohol consumption.
As well as polluting our seas with microplastics, the devilish dandruff turns up all over my house and about my person – I applaud those schools banning it What will the rocks record about the lives we lead? What might a future palaeontologist, human or otherwise, make of the structures that will come to signify these moments in which you and I live our lives? They will notice extinctions, of cour
Recovering populations of killer whales, sea lions and harbor seals on the West Coast have dramatically increased their consumption of chinook salmon in the last 40 years, which may now exceed the combined harvest by commercial and recreational fisheries, a new study finds.
For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing. (Image credit: Austin Hellwig Collection/Tulsa City-County Library)
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Last week, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what "integrative oncology" is. The definition, when it isn't totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine.
The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African Americans—the most ever in a single Rhodes class—as well as a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before.
Treated excrement from turkeys, chickens and other poultry, when converted to combustible solid biomass fuel, could replace approximately 10 percent of coal used in electricity generation, reducing greenhouse gases and providing an alternative energy source, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.
Motorcycle accidents are costly in terms of lives and health care costs. Compared with car accidents, motorcycle accidents cause three times the injuries, six times the medical costs and 5 times the deaths, found new research in CMAJ. Despite better motor vehicle safety, injuries from motorcycle crashes have not improved.
A recent study showed approximately one-fifth of patients with cancer experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) several months after diagnosis, and many of these patients continued to live with PTSD years later.
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Young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, such as oral and anal sex, with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago, according to new analysis by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL.
In his new book, author David Pellow argues that environmental issues and social justice are connected. In What is Critical Environmental Justice? (Polity Press, 2017), Pellow, a chair in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, examines the complicated connections between humans and ecosystems. He provides a framework for making environmental justice more inclusive a
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Enlarge / Morgan Marquis-Boire, then a security researcher at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs' Citizen Lab, seen here on July 24, 2012. (credit: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. On Sunday, The Verge published a report saying that it had spoken with 10 women
Centuries of study have yielded many theories about how the brain gives rise to human intelligence. Some think it arises from a single region or neural network. Others argue that metabolism is key. A new paper makes the case that the brain's dynamic properties — how it is wired but also how that wiring shifts in response to changing intellectual demands — are the best predictors of intelligence
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is known to cause memory loss and cognitive decline, but other functions of the brain can remain intact. The reasons cells in some brain regions degenerate while others are protected is largely unknown. Researchers have found that factors encoded in the DNA of brain cells contribute to the patterns of degeneration, or vulnerability, in AD.
Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study. This study is among the first demonstrations of using coherent control to regulate function in a living cell.
A pilot study finds that large mammals are more likely to use wildlife crossing structures than move past a random location in the surrounding habitat. Animal movement also varied between crossing structures in different locations, suggesting that location might be more important than design. These findings are a first step towards a better understanding of the effectiveness of wildlife crossing s
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Kyle Orland At this point, I don't have much patience for the argument that eSports fans should stop watching other people play video games and just play those games themselves. For one, it's an argument that few people make about spectator sports like basketball and football, where the skill difference between a pro and a novice is roughly the same as in eSports. For another, the thrill of watch
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Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77.
A throne with a built-in commode for a French monarch takes pride of place at a New Delhi museum trying to break taboos surrounding toilets in a country where such convenience remains a sensitive issue.
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday.
Many of the body's cells regenerate – but not the brain's, explains Daniel Glaser We are being treated to a spectacular display of autumn colour this year, but it isn't only trees that share this pattern for periodic shedding and regrowth. Our own skin cells, for example, are renewed every month or so, but we replenish less than 10% of our bone each year. Certain types of human cells do not seem
Answer our questions to see whether you 'read' an awkward situation well How good are you at reading other people's feelings? And does this vary with gender – both theirs and yours? To find out, read the vignette below. Sandra is hosting a dinner party. Cliff arrives first and the two enjoy talking about his recent holiday to Sweden. But then Michael turns up. He dominates the conversation and ta
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Using more than half a century of observations, astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles.
In December, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology will be awarded for the identification of genes that control the inner clock. The honored academics examined fruit flies to determine the biorhythm.
Germanium was the material of choice in the early history of electronic devices, and due to its high charge carrier mobility, it's making a comeback. It's generally grown on expensive single-crystal substrates, adding another challenge to making it sustainably viable for most applications. To address this aspect, researchers demonstrate an epitaxy method that incorporates van der Waals' forces to
In the fight against brain damage caused by stroke, researchers have turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: hibernating ground squirrels. While the animals' brains experience dramatically reduced blood flow during hibernation, just like human patients after a certain type of stroke, the squirrels emerge from their extended naps suffering no ill effects. Now, scientists have identified a pote
When children become upset, showing negative emotions or behaviors, some parents become distressed, while others are able to talk their child through the difficult situation. Studies have shown that a mothers' reaction — positive or negative — to her child's negative emotions can predict whether her child develops the ability to effectively regulate his emotions and behavior. A new study explore
A family studies researchers believed that if the attention restoration theory, which describes how interaction with natural environments can reduce mental fatigue and restore attention, worked for individuals it might also work for families to help facilitate more positive family interactions and family cohesion. They tested their theory by looking at sets of moms and daughters who were asked to
When seeking a cure for a disease, early detection is often the key. The same is true for eliminating invasive species. Identifying their presence in a lake before they are abundant is vital. A recent study successfully used environmental DNA to detect invasive clams in California and Nevada lakes. Researchers believe this tool can help identify pests before they become a problem.
Researchers conducted a critical review of existing literature to determine whether social media big data can be used to understand communication and behavioral patterns related to prescription drug abuse. Their study found that with proper research methods and attention to privacy and ethical issues, social media big data can reveal important information concerning drug abuse, such as user-report
Researchers found that conditional deletion of Sox2 – the gene encoding the SOX2 stem cell transcription factor – and the associated dampening of astrocyte reactivity appear to promote functional recovery, including behavioral recovery, after traumatic brain injury.
A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite.
German regulators have banned certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, saying the devices have been used to listen in on school classrooms and run afoul of Germany's surveillance restrictions.
NATO troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, a focus of the leaked data archives, in 2012. Photo: AP The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download the data, PC Mag reported . The data archive was origi
The Punisher , Netflix and Marvel's new 13-episode drama about a superhero whose superpower is killing people with guns, is debuting in a very different environment to the one the character was conceived in. When the vigilante Frank Castle first appeared in an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1974, the American psyche was more preoccupied with serial killers and mob violence than with mass shoo
The visualization shows spring coming earlier and the Arctic ice caps receding over time Nasa has captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of planet Earth. The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth's fluctuations as seen from space. Continue reading…
While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise. (Image credit: Daniella Cheslow for NPR)
A Nasa oceanographer explains how the US space agency successfully captured 20 years of changing seasons to form a striking new global map. The projection of the Earth and its biosphere is derived from two decades of satellite data from September 1997 to September 2017 Continue reading…
(credit: Wikipedia) A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, researchers from security
Enlarge / John Draper, seen here in 2011. (credit: campuspartycolombia ) John Draper , a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as "phreaking," has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News , Draper, who is also known as "Captain Crunch," acted inappropriately with six adult men
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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com . How do you follow the most popular board game ever made ? In a world where three separate versions of Smurfs Monopoly exist , Pandemic Legacy: Season One (PL:S1) isn't the biggest-selling game of all time—but it has topped the popularity charts at Board Game Ge
How does the Japanese tree frog figure into the latest work of a noted mathematician? As it turns out, quite prominently. Researchers used the curious mating ritual of male Japanese tree frogs as inspiration for their exploration of 'swarmalators' — their term for systems in which both synchronization and swarming occur together.
Scientists looked at the relationships among maternal snoring, childhood snoring and children's metabolic characteristics — including body mass index (BMI) and insulin resistance, which reflects future risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease — in approximately 1,100 children followed from gestation through early adolescence.
It's winter time, and infection is certainly a cause of a sore throat. But what else can cause throat discomfort? What signs and symptoms should you be worried about? And when should you see your… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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PARIS—"War happens to people, one by one. That is really all I have to say and it seems to me I have been saying it forever." That's Martha Gellhorn in The Face of War , a collection of her dispatches from war zones from the 1930s through the 1960s. I contemplated that line after getting lost in " The List ," a dark compendium of the names of 33,293 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have
I graduated from high school six weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My parents—with whom my older brother and I had emigrated from Berlin five and a half years earlier—wanted me to enroll in Queens College, one of New York City's tuition-free schools. But high school had been too much of a bore for me. Although I earned good grades, easily making the honor roll every term, I had no taste fo
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The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected yet another black hole merger — their fifth since 2015, and involving some of the lightest black holes the instrument has ever detected.
A new study points to yet another human factor that is hampering the ability of fish to reproduce: the timing of our fishing seasons. The study considers how the timing of fishing efforts might disproportionately target certain fish and change the life history patterns of entire populations.
Photo: AP Nearly all the ice on Earth is in some state of meltdown . As it spills into the ocean, it raises sea levels. But if you're curious to know exactly which glaciers are going to drown your corner of the planet, NASA's got some answers. A new study published in Science Advances this week provides a super detailed look at local sea level rise using seemingly backwards physics and high tech
If you were an elephant, you might be puzzling over human behavior this week. On Monday, the animal-rights attorney Steven Wise filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of three privately owned Asian elephants, arguing that the animals are "legal persons" who have a right to bodily liberty and should be free to live in a sanctuary. Then, on Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced th
There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge.
Predators hunt out their victims, like pigs sniffing out truffles. Knowing what narcissistic behaviour to look out for can preempt danger Twenty people have now made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Kevin Spacey, the majority from his time as the Old Vic's artistic director. Fourteen of the allegations are so serious that complainants have been advised to go to the police. Managers a
In the Museum of the Bible, a new state-of-the-art institution dedicated to the world's bestselling book, you can stroll through a recreation of first-century Nazareth, take a break in the biblical garden plotted with sage and hyssop, have a falafel at Manna restaurant, or grab a quick snack in the Milk and Honey café. Visitors with Middle Eastern roots might find comfort in these familiar themes
Image: Funny or Die The problem with calling in the big guns is that sometimes, the big guns are busy. They've got important big gun stuff to do, after all. But when a hero like Batman needs help, he really needs it. So, uh, well, let's see who we can find. That's the implicit premise of Funny Or Die's Justice League parody, which rebuilds the film's trailer to follow Batfleck's increasingly dire
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Image: CBS You'll never think of teenage turtles the same way again. On the latest episode of Nerdist's Talkin' Toons , host and voice actor Rob Paulsen reunited with his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles buddies to voice the infamous "The Contest" scene from Seinfeld , where the four characters bet money to see who could go the longest without masturbating. Advertisement Paulsen (as Raphael) read Jer
Graphene Flagship research demonstrates large scale, fully integrable arrays of single photon quantum dots in layered materials, which may lead to hybrid on-chip photonics devices for networks and sensing. This method is transforming the way researchers work with transition metal dichalcogenide quantum dots.
Stories about feral children always seem to go viral. But are they true? And what does our fascination with the story of a monkey girl really reveal? In 2011, I made a TV documentary series for Discovery, researching the truth behind stories of feral children. Are they ever true? How might a child be affected by growing up in a jungle, or chicken coop, or with dogs? We found witnesses and scraps
We demonstrate that behavioral probabilities of human decision makers share many common features with quantum probabilities. This does not imply that humans are some quantum objects, but just shows that the mathematics of quantum theory is applicable to the description of human decision making. The applicability of quantum rules for describing decision making is connected with the nontrivial proce
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https://www.ibiology.org/ibioseminars/alternating-access-glucose-transporter.html In this seminar, Dr. Nieng Yan explores the different mechanisms that cells have to exchange material with its environment: vesicular transport, passive transport, and active transport. In her second talk, Dr. Yan explains how glucose transporters facilitate the intake of glucose into the cell. Talk Overview: Membra
https://www.ibiology.org/ibioseminars/introduction-membrane-transport-proteins-mandarin.html In this seminar, Dr. Nieng Yan explores the different mechanisms that cells have to exchange material with its environment: vesicular transport, passive transport, and active transport. In her second talk, Dr. Yan explains how glucose transporters facilitate the intake of glucose into the cell. Talk Overv
https://www.ibiology.org/ibioseminars/introduction-to-membrane-transport-proteins.html In this seminar, Dr. Nieng Yan explores the different mechanisms that cells have to exchange material with its environment: vesicular transport, passive transport, and active transport. In her second talk, Dr. Yan explains how glucose transporters facilitate the intake of glucose into the cell. Talk Overview: M
Computer models of tobermorite, a key element in the superior concrete Romans used in ancient times, suggest how to make modern concrete that's less likely to crack under stress. Researchers performed an atom-level computer analysis of tobermorite, a naturally occurring crystalline analog to the calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H) that makes up cement, which in turn holds concrete together. Their re
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People say a lot of things about millennials—but if it's true that they only hate driving a little bit and don't mind minivans, Chrysler has some ideas. The post Chrysler's 'Portal' Concept Minivan Is for … Millennials? appeared first on WIRED .
Alzheimer's disease affects more than 35 million people, a number that is expected to increase in the coming years. Currently, Alzheimer's diagnoses rely on clinical neuropathologic assessment of amyloid-beta peptide aggregates (plaques) and neurofibrillary tangles. But now researchers reveal that an enzyme already implicated in a host of neural disorders could someday serve as a biomarker.
Manh(a)ttan re-creates the race to Trinity. Working near the original test site revealed personal stories from the dawn of the nuclear age to the show's cast and crew. Photo courtesy of U.S…. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Researchers have succeeded in experimentally realizing metallic graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) that are only 5 carbon atoms wide. In their article, the research team demonstrated fabrication of the GNRs and measured their electronic structure. The results suggest that these extremely narrow and single-atom-thick ribbons could be used as metallic interconnects in future microprocessors.
A landmark new study explores the fascinating, little-known natural history of the face mite species Demodex folliculorum, using genetic testing to link the microscopic animal's evolution to our own ever-evolving human story. By zooming in on mite mitochondrial DNA from around the world, scientists discovered that different human populations have different mites, that those mites follow families t
Albert Ter Harmsel/Flickr CC by 2.0 Dry Ground It's getting hot in here. In a poster presented at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union, researchers from Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory found that over the next 45 years, intense heat conditions could become not only stronger, but also more frequent, eventually exposing 250 million people to potentially dange
If physics problem makes you break out in a cold sweat, you are not alone. And yet thousands of students enroll yearly in university classes to undertake the daunting task of solving questions far more complex than that. Many of them have difficulty overcoming their physics-induced anxiety. One researcher has a solution: flip the traditional classroom on its head.
Our drinking water is to a large extent purified by millions of "good bacteria" found in water pipes and purification plants, Swedish researchers have found. So far, the knowledge about them has been practically non-existent, but this new research is about to change that.
Star Wars/Disney/Lucasfilm Star Wars: The Force Awakens chase still Still of a chase scene from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Popular Science photo director Thomas Payne is a lifelong Star Wars fan, and he was one of the lucky few who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night, before its official release date of December 17, 2015. Read on to discover his initial thoughts and appraisal. We've k
The key to helping animals evolve quickly in response to climate change could actually be their predators, according to a new study. The study is one of the first to show that species interactions, meaning the way species interact with each other in an ecosystem, like in a predator-prey relationship, is important to understanding how animals will respond to climate change.
Evidence of autism may be found in the composition and malfunction of the brain's blood vessels, a team of scientists has found. Their research sheds new light on the causes of autism, which previously had pointed to neurological make-up rather than to the vascular system, and identifies a new target for potential therapeutic intervention.
Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists. » E-Mail This
The human brain expanded dramatically in size during evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities. Scientists have now shown that it's possible to pick out key changes in the genetic code between chimpanzees and humans and visualize their respective contributions to early brain development in mouse embryos. The findings may lend insight what makes the human brain special and why people get som
Individuals with type 2 diabetes have heightened amounts of sugars and fats in their blood, which increases their risks for cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. Exercise is a popular prescription for individuals suffering from the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Now, researchers have found that individuals with type 2 diabetes can lower their risks of cardiovascular diseases mor
Switchgrass successfully removed up to 40 percent of the PCBs from contaminated soils in lab experiments. When a PCB-oxidizing microorganism joined in, the removal rate reached 47 percent. The finding may lead to a natural, environmentally friendly approach to reducing PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), toxic chemicals used for cooling and other industrial purposes. The US Congress banned their us
The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the center of Christopher Nolan's epic 'Interstellar' have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes.
If you've ever been told that you're 'tone deaf' or 'can't carry a tune,' don't give up. New research suggests that singing accurately is not so much a talent as a learned skill that can decline over time if not used. The ability to sing on key may have more in common with the kind of practice that goes into playing an instrument than people realize, according to experts.
Scientists have shown an unprecedented degree of connectivity reorganization in newly-generated hippocampal neurons in response to experience, suggesting their direct contribution to the processing of complex information in the adult brain.
Some people have non-human neighbors of the usual, inspiring kind: Bald eagles and bears, sea lions and salamanders, the sort of creatures found in nature documentaries intoned by deep-voiced narrators who plead on our planet's behalf. But I live in New York City. The star of this show, a charismatic megafauna of my own particular wilderness, is none other than the rat — and what science is teach
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem that affects about 1.5 million people per year in the US, with direct and indirect medical costs of over $50 billion. Rapid intervention to reduce the risk of death and disability is crucial. The diagnosis and treatment of TBI is an active area of preclinical and clinical research funded by NIH and other federal agencies. But during
The Incredible Grow Your Own Brain ( Barron Bob ) Using super absorbent material from disposable diapers, MIT neuroengineers Ed Boyden , Fei Chen , and Paul Tillberg went well beyond the garden variety novelty store "Grow Brain" to expand real brain slices to nearly five times their normal size. Boyden, E., Chen, F. & Tillberg, P. / MIT / Courtesy of NIH A slice of a mouse brain (left) was expand
The Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013 killed three people and injured hundreds of others near the finish line of the iconic footrace. The oldest and most prominent marathon in the world, Boston attracts over 20,000 runners and 500,000 spectators. The terrorist act shocked and traumatized and unified the city. What should the survivors do with their traumatic memories of the event? Many w
"It is feasible to recruit and retain a cohort of female participants to perform a functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI] task focused on making decisions about sex, on the basis of varying levels of hypothetical sexual risk, and to complete longitudinal prospective diaries following this task. Preliminary evidence suggests that risk level differentially impacts brain activity related to se
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In the initial article [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 044301 (2013), arXiv:1208.4611] it was claimed that human hearing can beat the Fourier uncertainty principle. In this Comment, we demonstrate that the experiment designed and implemented in the original article was ill-chosen to test Fourier uncertainty in human hearing.
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On Episode 12 of The Connectome Podcast , Ben talks with Michael Hausser , a researcher who reads and writes information to and from brain cells with laser signals. This area of neuroscience – known as optogenetics – is one of the fastest-moving fields in science today, and Hausser and his team are on the cutting edge of it. They've just designed a new system that can read output from networks of
What is a spike train? How is a spike train generated (i.e. does it have to be caused from a constant stimuli)? How long does a typical spike train last? — Justin Hi Justin, In a nutshell, spike trains are the language in which the external world is encoded into our brains. To understand spike trains, let us first take a look at spikes. Our brains have about a hundred billion neurons that fir
How can you tell if you are experiencing anterograde amnesia? Are there certain memory tests? Thank you! — Julie Amnesia refers to the loss of memory. Anterograde amnesia, in particular, refers to the ability to lay down new memories. Persons with anterograde amnesia may not remember a conversation that occurred just minutes ago but are likely to remember basic facts ("who is the president of
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