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Elon Musk and Tucker Carlson Don't Understand the First Amendment
Last night, Matt Taibbi , an independent journalist, wrote a lengthy Twitter thread he called "THE TWITTER FILES." The thread purported to expose how Twitter made the decision to dramatically suppress discussion of the contents of a hard drive from Hunter Biden's laptop. But it inadvertently did something else entirely: It exposed the new Twitter owner Elon Musk's profound misunderstandings about
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Doctors Fascinated by Man Who Took 40,000 Ecstasy Pills and Experienced Years of Terrible Symptoms
There's illicit drug use, and then there's the case of a patient known only as "Mr. A," who doctors say took more than 40,000 ecstasy tablets over the course of nine years. This cautionary tale has become something of an underground legend for culture vultures since his story came out in the Psychosomatics journal in 2006. Now, in a new interview with the iconic British style magazine The Face ,
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Microplastics could make other pollutants more harmful
Microplastics — small plastic pieces less than five millimeters in length — are becoming a ubiquitous ecological contaminant. Studies suggest that on their own, these tiny bits are potentially harmful, and it's unclear what effect they could have on pollutants that latch onto them. Now, researchers show that, when attached to microplastics, UV filters used in products such as sunscreens can make
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The Joy and Anguish of Argentine Soccer
This is an edition of The Great Game, a newsletter about the 2022 World Cup—and how soccer explains the world. Sign up here. Every now and then, I ask other Argentinians—friends, family, fellow journalists—which World Cup is the first that they remember. Their answers are a reliable reflection of generational differences. Most of my fellow Millennials, for instance, are too young to have experien
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The American Soccer Bar Wakes Up
This is an edition of The Great Game, a newsletter about the 2022 World Cup—and how soccer explains the world. Sign up here. When the Polish team captain Robert Lewandowski stole the ball from Abdulelah Al-Malki in last Saturday's World Cup match between Poland and Saudi Arabia, and went on to score his first goal ever in the tournament, the Poland fans at Cleos Bar and Grill in Chicago erupted i
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America, the Naive
This is an edition of The Great Game, a newsletter about the 2022 World Cup—and how soccer explains the world. Sign up here. One of Gregg Berhalter's charms is that he can't be bothered. Unshaven, attired in the uniform of Team Schlub, he loped along the sideline as if it were still the height of the pandemic and he was enjoying his newfound freedom from showering. Standing in the technical area
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The Ultimate Sign That NFTs Are Uncool: Museums Are Now Embracing Them
Buttoned Up While some might argue that non-fungible tokens have always been uncool — or at least not cool enough to warrant BAYC-level price tags — there's now a surer sign than ever that the digital assets are doomed to be eternally unfashionable: museums apparently love 'em, according to The New York Times . "Our collection… [seeks] to take on some of the most pressing and topical art and id
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In the future, any computer you lay your hands on will be your computer.
Think of a landline telephone. It's just a piece of hardware. When you pick it up and dial a number, nothing really distinguishes it from millions of others. Likewise, you will be able to roll up to any laptop anywhere in the world, log in, provide biometrics, and it will be functionally your device. Because the physical device itself will just be a container that runs the disk image correspondin
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OpenAI's New AI Offers Detailed Instructions on How to Shoplift
Turns out there's an easy hack for getting OpenAI's newly released chatbot, ChatGPT, to give you detailed instructions on how to do illegal stuff: just tell it to be unethical. Made available earlier this week, the bot is a conversational language modeling system and the newest iteration of the company's highly advanced GPT-3 . According to OpenAI, training the tech on dialogue "makes it possible
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2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 27, 2022 thru Sat, Dec 3, 2022. Story of the Week #ClimateScam: denialism claims flooding Twitter have scientists worried Many researchers are fleeing the platform, unnerved by the surge in climate misinformation since Musk's chaotic takeover Twitter has proved a cherished forum f
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Reliable planning tool for the emissions path to achieving the Paris temperature goal
Researchers at the University of Bern have developed a new method for the successive calculation of the emission reductions which are necessary for achieving temperature targets, such as the 2°C goal. The calculation method is based solely on observation rather than models and scenarios. According to the study, international climate policy has to become even more ambitious.
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Beyond beliefs: does religious faith lead to a happier, healthier life?
The stress-reducing, life-extending benefits of religion can offer useful strategies even for non-believers, say scientists In his Pensées, published posthumously in 1670, the French philosopher Blaise Pascal appeared to establish a foolproof argument for religious commitment, which he saw as a kind of bet. If the existence of God was even minutely possible, he claimed, then the potential gain wa
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Scientist Proposes Growing a Forest Inside a Bubble on Mars
The human quest to become an interplanetary species isn't simply just because we've seen too much "Star Wars." Over the past century or so, we've put our home planet under an increasingly dire amount of pressure. There's only so much space, only so many resources, and even if we do make some ecological moves to avoid turning Earth into a giant landfill, population growth isn't showing any signs o
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Glitzy Crypto Award Show Gets Weird When Host Keeps Roasting Guests For Dismal Failure
The Crypties This week in the cryptosphere was weird, however you slice it . Headlining the crap show, of course, has been the disgraced ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried's ill-advised redemption tour , which has done nothing but confirm the theory that some people simply can't shut up; elsewhere, Bitcoin continues tanking , and at least one more major crypto exchange announced wide-reaching layoffs.
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Study shows landbuilding, site of freshwater diversion
Supporters of the large-scale Mississippi River sediment diversions currently being planned by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority got a boost to their case recently when scientists published an analysis of two existing freshwater diversions on the state's coastline, one of which shows a significant amount of land having formed over the past 17 years.
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Peanuts and herbs and spices may positively impact gut microbiome
Adding a daily ounce of peanuts or about a teaspoon of herbs and spices to your diet may affect the composition of gut bacteria, an indicator of overall health, according to new research. In two separate studies, nutritional scientists studied the effects of small changes to the average American diet and found improvements to the gut microbiome.
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Parker Haggles For Temporary Wash Plant | Gold Rush
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 3)
BIOTECH Biotech Labs Are Using AI Inspired by DALL-E to Invent New Drugs Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "These protein generators can be directed to produce designs for proteins with specific properties, such as shape or size or function. In effect, this makes it possible to come up with new proteins to do particular jobs on demand. Researchers hope that this will eventually lead to
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Dual communities in spatial networks
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-34939-6 Here the authors introduce dual communities, characterized by strong connections at their boundaries, and show that they are formed as a trade-off between efficiency and resilience in supply networks.
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Cryo-EM structure of ssDNA bacteriophage ΦCjT23 provides insight into early virus evolution
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35123-6 Structural biology investigation of conserved capsid proteins facilitates the study of virus evolution. Here, characterization of the lipid-containing ssDNA bacteriophage ΦCjT23 suggests that this phage may serve as a model for the last common ancestor between ssDNA and dsDNA viruses in the Bamfordvirae.
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How Vast Is the Cosmos, Really?
This is an edition of The Wonder Reader, a newsletter in which our editors recommend a set of stories to spark your curiosity and fill you with delight. Sign up here to get it every Saturday morning. There are billions of planets in our galaxy, and billions of galaxies in the observable universe. Those numbers are impossible to picture, but NASA's newest space telescope is helping us see the univ
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A framework for clinical cancer subtyping from nucleosome profiling of cell-free DNA
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35076-w Nucleosome profiling from cell-free DNA (cfDNA) represents a potential approach for cancer detection and classification. Here, the authors develop Griffin, a computational framework for tumour subtype classification based on cfDNA nucleosome profiling that can work with ultra-low pass sequencing data.
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Life as an autopoietic system – Attempt of a structure-realistic elucidation
Life as an #autopoietic #system – Attempt of a #structure-#realistic #elucidation – Part 2 "Theories of #evolution in a structural realist view" Abstract This part 2 "Evolution Theories in a Structural Realistic View" is the continuative essay to the joint project "Life as an Autopoietic System – Attempt of a Structural Realistic Enlightenment -", which I started together with Dr. Wolfgang Stegem
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The Truth in a Violent Santa
Sparkly tinsel, fresh-fallen snow, a nutcracker, a Christmas-tree sculpture, a tree-topping star: These are some of the objects used as weapons in the most heartwarming holiday film of the year. Violent Night , the dark comedy that premieres this week, features David Harbour as a Santa Claus who has stopped believing in himself—and who, on Christmas Eve, happens to be on the scene when a group of
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Taiwan Faces Its Ukraine Moment
The night before boarding a flight home, at the end of a trip that had taken me from D.C. to Taiwan, Japan, Macedonia, Turkey, and back again, I came across a tweet that succinctly crystallized many of the fleeting impressions I had accumulated on the Pacific leg of my journey. The tweet was from Tanner Greer, a brilliant and iconoclastic China scholar, citing a quote about Taiwan sometimes attri
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A Film That Makes Sex Scenes Look Like Works of Art
Lady Chatterley's Lover , D. H. Lawrence's infamous 1928 novel about an upper-class woman's extramarital affair with her gamekeeper, was considered so obscene that it was banned in multiple countries for years. But as much pleasure as the author took in describing, well, pleasure, he wasn't distasteful, just bold for his time. When writing clandestine trysts, Lawrence detailed every motion, thrus
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Disorder-dominated quantum criticality in moiré bilayers
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35103-w Recent experiments have revealed a metal-insulator transition in a moire bilayer at band filling away from the strongly-correlated regime, which has rarely been addressed. Here the authors develop a theory that provides a complete understanding of experimental features in terms of a disorder-driven transitio
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Membrane curvature governs the distribution of Piezo1 in live cells
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35034-6 This study demonstrates that the curvature of the cell membrane directly regulates the spatial distribution of Piezo1, a widely expressed mechanosensitive ion channel. Piezo1 may flatten upon activation and can mechanically inhibit membrane dynamics
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Retrotransposon instability dominates the acquired mutation landscape of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35180-x Retrotransposons are mobile genetic elements normally repressed by DNA methylation in differentiated cells. Here, the authors show that DNA hypomethylation in mouse induced pluripotent stem cells allows retrotransposons to jump, but this can be blocked with a reverse transcriptase inhibitor.
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Weekend reads: Allegations about Stanford's president; time to pay peer reviewers?; questions about a publisher mount
Would you consider a donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 277. There are more than 37,000 retractions in our database — which powers retraction alerts in EndNote, LibKey, Papers, and Zotero. And have you seen our leaderboard of authors with the most … Continue rea
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Community voices: broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine among persons with disabilities
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-34711-w Disability has too often been peripheral to efforts to widen the STEMM pipeline, hampering research quality and innovation. Inspired by change in education delivery and research collaborations during the pandemic, we offer a structure for efforts to recruit and retain disabled scientists and practitioners.
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Apical anchorage and stabilization of subpellicular microtubules by apical polar ring ensures Plasmodium ookinete infection in mosquito
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35270-w The structure of subpellicular microtubules (SPMTs) nucleated from the apical polar ring (APR) is essential for Plasmodium parasite morphogenesis, gliding motility, and invasion. Here, Qian et al. characterize the function of APR2 protein in P. yoelii ookinetes. Using co-localization analysis, proximity labe
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Uråldrig plack avslöjar vad våra förfäder åt
Med ny teknik kan man nu låta tändernas plack berätta vad forntidens folk egentligen åt och hur det gick till när mänskligheten tog det stora klivet från jägare-samlare till bönder. – Den här övergången är förmodligen den viktigaste händelsen i Homo sapiens historia, säger Anders Götherström, professor i molekylär genetik.
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Ultrafast light-induced dynamics in the microsolvated biomolecular indole chromophore with water
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33901-w Experimentally following the ultrafast dynamics of microsolvated molecules is challenging due to the inherently produced soup mix of various gas-phase aggregates. Here, the authors exploit neutral-species selection to reveal intimate details of the UV-induced ultrafast dynamics in the prototypical indole-wat
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Nationwide geospatial analysis of county racial and ethnic composition and public drinking water arsenic and uranium
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35185-6 Environmental justice and drinking water in the US: Higher proportions of Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and non-Hispanic Black residents were associated with higher public water arsenic and uranium at the county-level, findings differed by region.
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Bead-jet printing enabled sparse mesenchymal stem cell patterning augments skeletal muscle and hair follicle regeneration
Nature Communications, Published online: 03 December 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-35183-8 Current mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation practices are limited by the loss or reduced performance of MSCs. Here the authors develop a bead-jet printer for intraoperative formulation and printing of MSCs-laden Matrigel beads to improve skeletal muscle and hair follicle regeneration.
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A self-powered ingestible sensor opens new avenues for gut research
Engineering researchers have developed a battery-free, pill-shaped ingestible biosensing system designed to provide continuous monitoring in the intestinal environment. It gives scientists the ability to monitor gut metabolites in real time, which wasn't possible before. This could unlock a new understanding of intestinal metabolite composition, which significantly impacts human health overall.
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An exotic interplay of electrons
Water that simply will not freeze, no matter how cold it gets — a research group has discovered a quantum state that could be described in this way. Experts have managed to cool a special material to near absolute zero temperature. They found that a central property of atoms — their alignment — did not 'freeze', as usual, but remained in a 'liquid' state. The new quantum material could serve as
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A self-powered ingestible sensor opens new avenues for gut research
Engineering researchers have developed a battery-free, pill-shaped ingestible biosensing system designed to provide continuous monitoring in the intestinal environment. It gives scientists the ability to monitor gut metabolites in real time, which wasn't possible before. This could unlock a new understanding of intestinal metabolite composition, which significantly impacts human health overall.
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To trigger Crohn's disease, pathogenic bacteria co-opt a genetic susceptibility
Changes in a single gene open the door for harmful gut bacteria to set off the inflammation that drives Crohn's disease, according to a new study. These findings could one day help doctors better select targeted treatments for patients with this immune disorder. This particular host gene, called AGR2, encodes part of the cell's machinery that helps prepare new proteins properly so that they can he
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Earthshot fund gives £1m to UK scientists fighting climate crisis
Scientists who have replaced plastic packaging with seaweed among those to be given prize by Prince of Wales Scientists who have replaced plastic packaging with seaweed are among those who have been given a £1m prize by the Prince of Wales's Earthshot fund. The prize is aimed at rewarding innovative solutions to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and is named after former US preside
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The Wizardry of South Korea's Win
This is an edition of The Great Game, a newsletter about the 2022 World Cup—and how soccer explains the world. Sign up here. The World Cup is never short on magic, and today, South Korea needed some. After conceding an early goal to Portugal in the game's first half, the Reds had fought back to level the match that could send them to the knockout stages of the competition. But a tie would not be
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Change May Be Coming in China
This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here . China is signaling that its three-year battle against COVID-19 is entering a "new stage." What that looks like will have huge political and economic consequences. But first, here are three new stories
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Kanye West Finally Says What He Means
What was your line with Kanye West? If you never listened to what he had to say in the first place, you don't get a medal: The rapper now known as Ye really did, at one time, merit attention for making some of the most forward-thinking art of this century. (Plus he was funny, in an actually-trying-to-be way.) But over the years he's done plenty of things that indicate he is a fundamentally bad du
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