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2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, July 10, 2022 through Sat, July 16, 2022. The following articles sparked above average interest during the week (bolded articles are from SkS authors): Cranky Uncle Cartoon 5/20 – Dark Night , Cranky Uncle Cartoon 7/20 – Dinosaurs , Cranky Uncle Cartoon 4/20 – Cold Weather , Cranky Uncle Cartoon 6/20 –
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Sleep Tech to Help You Get Some Zzzzzzzzs
If home is where the heart is, the bedroom is where the heart rests. Sleeping under the same thick comforter and heavy sheets can make you toss and turn during these hot summer nights, but upgrading your bedroom to more modern sleep technology can make you a lot cheerier on Monday mornings. These sleep aids will help you get the best rest possible. Yana 360° Body Pillow Key Selling Point: This bo
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Please No! Lawsuit Claims Toxic Ingredient in Delicious Skittles
The rainbow might not taste quite as good as we thought if a lawsuit filed the candy company that makes Skittles turns out to have substantial evidence. The Guardian reported yesterday that a California resident filed suit against Mars Inc, on Thursday because they claim the company doesn't properly inform customers that the candy contains titanium dioxide. The dye was banned in France in 2016, a
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Linkin Park Singer Creates Technology to Turn You Into a Human NFT in Online Meetings
Linkin Up You might think you've become so numb to NFT headlines, but there's one you might just get caught in the undertow of. Cheesy Linkin Park jokes aside, the band's lead singer is investing in a new company that turns users and their avatars into human NFTs in video meetings. Mike Shinoda might be best known for a cofounding one of the most popular 90s and early-aughts rock bands of all tim
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How blood vessels remember a stroke
Networks adapt over time and in this way form a kind of memory. Researchers show that the structure of blood vascular network is dynamic and can adapt to external factors. In particular, the scientists found that rarely used connections are weakening more and more until they disappear eventually.
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Competing cells: Cleaning up after yourself brings benefits
When different cell types compete in a confined space, those which remove debris faster have a better chance to dominate their environment. Researchers showed in a new model that not only a higher net proliferation rate, but also the swift removal of dead cells provides a competitive advantage. They mixed two cell populations only differing in debris removal rate and showed that already after a fe
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Deformable pump gives soft robots a heart
Researchers have leveraged hydrodynamic and magnetic forces to drive a rubbery, deformable pump that can provide soft robots with a circulatory system, in effect mimicking the biology of animals.
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Medical Examiner Releases Details About Death of Ivana Trump
Less than 24 hours after her death, New York City's chief medical examiner completed 73-year-old Ivana Trump's autopsy and said she died from blunt force trauma to the torso. Yesterday, NBC New York reported that the death was officially ruled an accident after the medical examiner said Trump fell down the stairs in her home. The Guardian also reported that she was found at the bottom of her stai
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Air samples from Arctic region show how fast Earth is warming
Researchers report direct observations of size-resolved ice nucleating particles in the central Arctic, spanning the entire sea ice growth and decline cycle. Their results show a strong seasonality of these particles, with lower concentrations in the winter and spring, and enhanced concentrations during summer melt from local biology.
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Studies: France is a melting pot but discrimination lurks
Two landmark new studies in France are bursting myths about immigration at a time when xenophobic far-right discourse has gained ground. They show that the children of immigrants are increasingly melting into French society but some with African and Asian backgrounds face persistent discrimination.
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Companies Are Turning Coal Plants Into Solar Farms
New Life A select few coal-powered plants in the US are getting the opportunity to rehabilitate their reputation a bit by being reborn as solar farms. The New York Times reported yesterday that at least nine coal-burning plants should become solar farms or battery storage facilities in the next three years in Illinois alone. Similar plans are set for seven more states in a similar time frame. The
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Best Firestick VPNs of 2022
Just like your Firestick made your TV smart, getting the best Firestick VPN improves your entire streaming experience by eliminating throttling and giving you more access to streaming content. Like they do for other devices, a virtual private network (VPN) for Firestick encrypts your internet traffic and hides your IP address. This makes it impossible for your internet service provider (ISP) to k
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Study reveals new mode of triggering immune responses
Small proteins, called chemokines, that direct immune cells toward sites of infection can also form DNA-bound nanoparticles that can induce chronic, dysfunctional immune responses, according to a new study. The surprising discovery of this new activity for this well-studied class of immune signaling molecules could shed light on some types of immune disorders.
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Urban agriculture can promote bee communities in tropical megacities
Urbanization is a primary threat to biodiversity. However, scientists know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical regions of the Global South. An international research team has investigated the effects of urbanization on bee communities in smallholder farms in and around Bangalore — a South Indian city with more than 13 million inhabitants. They fou
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Crypto Founders Say It's Not Their Fault They're Enabling Ponzi Schemes
Aaron Davis and Dan Finlay, both cofounders of the cryptocurrency wallet service MetaMask, are well aware that the tech is tied up in all sorts of fraud, according to a new interview with Motherboard . But that hasn't really fazed them — after all, these operations are operating within a massive legal gray area with regulators, particularly in the United States. "It feels too little too late, but
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NASA May Cancel Mission to Zillion Dollar Asteroid
Poor Psyche Well, a $10 quintillion asteroid to be exact. Announced back in 2017 and originally slated to launch this summer, NASA's much-delayed Psyche mission is — or, perhaps, was — an endeavor to explore the metallic asteroid Psyche , a uniquely resource-laden celestial body sandwiched between Mars and Jupiter. The venture was touted as an incredible opportunity to study a world vastly differ
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California Complains Its Junkyards Are Filling With Toxic Solar Panels
Pros and Cons After more than two decades of incentivizing homeowners to install solar panels on their roof, California's landfills are starting to notice toxic waste from broken and discarded units people have thrown away. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that heavy metals like selenium and cadmium can pollute groundwater and are used to make all the panels people are now tossing in the
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National study offers new bike count models: Combining traditional counters and emerging GPS data
To ensure bicyclists' needs are considered when improving a transportation system, planners and engineers need to know how many people are biking, and where. Traditional bike counters provide data for limited sections of the bike network, often these counters are installed at important locations like trails or bridges. While limited in location, they count everyone who bikes through. Meanwhile, GP
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Journey to the mystery planet: why Uranus is the new target for space exploration
The last time a probe visited the distant ice giant was in 1986, yet learning more about this cold world could tell us a lot about the galaxy On the night of 13 March 1781, William Herschel was peering through his telescope in his back garden in New King Street, Bath, when he noticed an unusual faint object near the star Zeta Tauri. He observed it for several nights and noted that it was moving s
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Compounds activating VCP D1 ATPase enhance both autophagic and proteasomal neurotoxic protein clearance
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31905-0 Several neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the aggregation of cytoplasmic proteins. Here, the authors demonstrate that the small molecule SMER28 activates VCP, which enhances both autophagic and proteasomal clearance of aggregate-prone proteins.
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NHC-Ni(II)-catalyzed cyclopropene-isocyanide [5 + 1] benzannulation
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31896-y The direct addition of isocyanides to cyclopropenes is challenging. Here, the authors report a catalytic cyclopropene-isocyanide [5 + 1] benzannulation catalyzed by an (N-heterocyclic carbene)Ni(II) complex; this method enables the preparation of fused and multi-substituted anilines and unsymmetrically functiona
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Sentences have their own timing in the brain
Our brain links incoming speech sounds to knowledge of grammar, which is abstract in nature. But how does the brain encode abstract sentence structure? In a neuroimaging study, researchers report that the brain encodes the structure of sentences ('the vase is red') and phrases ('the red vase') into different neural firing patterns.
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Uyghur Poems From a Chinese Prison
For many Uyghurs, poetry is less a niche literary exercise than a vital part of everyday life. Uyghur culture has become a target of the Chinese government's crackdown in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, a persecution of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities that the United States has said amounts to genocide . The authorities have destroyed Uyghur holy sites , censored Uyghur books , and sup
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 16)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Meet Plato, an AI That Gains Intuition Like a Human Baby Monisha Ravisetti | CNET "In collaboration with AI research laboratory DeepMind in the UK, this team developed an artificial intelligence system that learned 'intuitive physics,' that is, commonsense understanding of how our universe's mechanics work, just like a human baby. 'Current artificial intelligence systems p
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Freddy Mines a LIFE CHANGING Gold Haul! | Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue
Stream Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue on discovery+ ▶︎ https://www.discoveryplus.com/show/gold-rush-freddy-dodges-mine-rescue #GoldRush #discovery #FreddyDodge Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/SubscribeDiscovery Follow Us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@Discovery We're on Instagram! https://instagram.com/Discovery Join Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Discovery Follow Us on
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is knowing too much a curse?
Flair : philosophy with intricate pathways through psychology. Disclaimer : I'm barely turning 20, european and an "old soul" child (basically means so traumatised I had to develop critical thinking faster) I look back at my years of bliss sometimes, when I hadn't watch over 14,500 movies, tv shows, filmed theater/ballet/opera/orchestra representations, read all the biggest books I could find sin
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ZnT8 loss-of-function accelerates functional maturation of hESC-derived β cells and resists metabolic stress in diabetes
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31829-9 Immature function and fragility hinder application of hESC-derived β cells (SC-β cell) for diabetes cell therapy. Here, the authors identify ZnT8 as a gene editing target to enhance the insulin secretion and cell survival under metabolic stress by abolishing zinc transport in SC-β cells.
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Realizing quantum convolutional neural networks on a superconducting quantum processor to recognize quantum phases
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31679-5 Quantum neural networks could help analysing the output of quantum computers and quantum simulators of growing complexity. Here, the authors use a 7-qubit superconducting quantum processor to show how a quantum convolutional neural network can correctly recognise the phase of a quantum many-body state.
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Quantum trajectory framework for general time-local master equations
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31533-8 Quantum trajectory frameworks describe systems weakly coupled to their environment. Here, by including an extra 1D variable in the dynamics, the authors introduce a quantum trajectory framework for time local master equations derived at strong coupling while keeping the computational complexity under control.
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Weekend reads: How to fix peer review; a research ethics oath; papers become less readable
Would you consider a donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Author objects to "irrelevant reviewers" as journal retracts four papers Meet the hijacked journal that keeps rising from the ashes Engineering researcher who cast blame on co-author will soon have 12 retractions Lawsuit prompts retraction … Continue reading
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You've Never Seen Anything Quite Like The Rehearsal
A certain video by the comedian Nathan Fielder has never failed to make me laugh. In it, he's dressed as a pharmacist and prepares a prescription—except instead of pills, he's using raisins. The joke is nonsensical and immediately obvious, but it keeps going: Fielder carefully measures out the dosage, packs the bottle of raisins into a paper bag, says, "Here you are, ma'am," while dropping the ba
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Russia's Invasion Is Making Ukraine More Democratic
O n a recent trip to a village near Ukraine's border with Russia, during a break between the seemingly constant explosions and skirmishes taking place nearby, a teenage Ukrainian soldier told me of how he did not want to live under a leader like Vladimir Putin, someone "who believes he may tell others what they should do." Another volunteer fighter, a former Thai-boxing coach, chimed in that wher
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Super-broadband on-chip continuous spectral translation unlocking coherent optical communications beyond conventional telecom bands
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31884-2 Continuous spectral translation could allow expansion of the bandwidth available for communication without having to develop transceivers for the new bands. Here, the authors demonstrate this using AlGaAsOI nanowaveguides as spectral translators between the mature telecom C band and the 2-μm wavelength band.
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Därför luktar det sommar
Mustig jord, uppfriskande sommarregn och multnande löv – olika årstider bjuder på olika dofter. Mest luktar sommaren, till och med åskväder har sin specifika doft. Men varför luktar det? Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
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Nanoparticle elasticity affects systemic circulation lifetime by modulating adsorption of apolipoprotein A-I in corona formation
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31882-4 Nanoparticle elasticity is known to affect physiological fate but how this occurs is largely unknown. Here, the authors report on a study using nanoparticles differing in elasticity alone to show a difference in the protein corona, in particular apolipoprotein A-1 absorption, corresponds to differences in circul
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Efficient spatially targeted gene editing using a near-infrared activatable protein-conjugated nanoparticle for brain applications
Nature Communications, Published online: 16 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31791-6 Spatial control of gene expression allows precise control over biological processes. Here, the authors develop an efficient light-responsive formulation based on upconversion nanoparticles, and demonstrate on-demand genetic manipulation in deep brain tissue.
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The Shame of the Secret Service
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 . When people say the Secret Service's job is to protect the president, they usually mean it in a physical way—not a political one. But first, here are three new stories from The Atlantic . Nature's res
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The Devil You Know: Head of Russian Space Agency Dmitry Rogozin 'Dismissed' From Roscosmos
It's official: Dmitry Rogozin has been ousted from his cushy position as head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, effective immediately. But now that the Kremlin has 'dismissed' Rogozin as CEO of Roscosmos — what happens next? And what do we know about Rogozin's successor? The news of Rogozin's departure comes directly from the Kremlin. In a press release, ardent nationalist and longtime Putin
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How did my friend score different on the same iq test without cheating?
Day before yesterday I and my friend were trying out the Mensa Norways iq challenge, at first he scored a 118 and on the second day he tried it again and scored a 125, which is surprising, when I asked him did see the answers beforehand, he said no, this time I was somehow able to solve the problems that I couldn't solve yesterday. What could be the reason for this, and how do you think it happen
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Can someone explain this video?
https://youtu.be/lyV8rx2PrYw . Apperently this guy has increased his IQ by 13 points and in other of his videos, he claims he's gained a little bit more. Is this possible? If so, wouldn't this contradict the claim that IQ can't be increased? submitted by /u/Icy_Blacksmith6028 [link] [comments]
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NASA Seeks Funding to Send Scientists to Space Station
NASA is hoping to send scientists to the International Space Station on private missions, but the space agency says it'll need more money to make it happen. Yesterday, SpaceNews reported that Craig Kundrot, NASA's biological and physical sciences division director, told a National Academies committee this week that the agency wants more funding in the fiscal year 2023 to send specialized research
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FedEx Apologies for Losing Human Skeleton Shipped Via Its Service
After somehow losing a human skeleton in transit, FedEx used perhaps the milquetoast possible way to apologize for the loss — a generic Twitter reply. This bizarre story begins three year ago, when per an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation a Georgia medical examiner attempted to send the remains of one Jeffrey Merriweather to a lab in St. Louis to try to determine how he went from full-bo
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Best Electric Bikes Under $500 in 2022
The best electric bikes under $500 was a price point that simply didn't exist just a few years ago. It used to be that even an affordable e-bike would set you back a few thousand dollars. But with improving battery and e-bike motor technology, those prices have come down, creeping below (or at least close to) the $500 mark. Though e-bikes at this price point may not offer the range and features o
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Top NFT Marketplace OpenSea Fires 20 Percent of Its Employees
Winter Blues The crypto winter has apparently reached the high seas. OpenSea, the world's most popular NFT marketplace, has announced widespread layoffs, joining several other industry leaders which have had to make major workforce cuts amid the cryptosphere's catastrophic slump . OpenSea CEO David Finzer announced the culling of 20 percent of company staff in a Thursday tweet , which included an
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Joe Manchin's Fickleness Is a Needless Catastrophe
For its many flaws, the world of cryptocurrency has bequeathed to the English language a vivid new verb: rug-pulling . As its idiom-derived name suggests, rug-pulling is when a crypto developer hypes up a new coin or new project, gets ordinary people to invest in it, and then—all at once—shuts it down in such a way that they take all of their investors' cash with them. It is a spectacular act of
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Magnetically steerable bacterial microrobots moving in 3D biological matrices for stimuli-responsive cargo delivery
Abstract Bacterial biohybrids, composed of self-propelling bacteria carrying micro/nanoscale materials, can deliver their payload to specific regions under magnetic control, enabling additional frontiers in minimally invasive medicine. However, current bacterial biohybrid designs lack high-throughput and facile construction with favorable cargoes, thus underperforming in terms of propulsion, payl
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Ultrastable tip-enhanced hyperspectral optical nanoimaging for defect analysis of large-sized WS2 layers
Abstract Optical nanoimaging techniques, such as tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), are nowadays indispensable for chemical and optical characterization in the entire field of nanotechnology and have been extensively used for various applications, such as visualization of nanoscale defects in two-dimensional (2D) materials. However, it is still challenging to investigate micrometer-sized sam
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Pluripotency factors regulate the onset of Hox cluster activation in the early embryo
Abstract Pluripotent cells are a transient population of the mammalian embryo dependent on transcription factors, such as OCT4 and NANOG, which maintain pluripotency while suppressing lineage specification. However, these factors are also expressed during early phases of differentiation, and their role in the transition from pluripotency to lineage specification is largely unknown. We found that
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Leptin receptor signaling sustains metabolic fitness of alveolar macrophages to attenuate pulmonary inflammation
Abstract Alveolar macrophages (AMs) are critical mediators of pulmonary inflammation. Given the unique lung tissue environment, whether there exist AM-specific mechanisms that control inflammation is not known. Here, we found that among various tissue-resident macrophage populations, AMs specifically expressed Lepr , encoding receptor for a key metabolic hormone leptin. AM-intrinsic Lepr signalin
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Global protein dynamics as communication sensors in peptide synthetase domains
Abstract Biological activity is governed by the timely redistribution of molecular interactions, and static structural snapshots often appear insufficient to provide the molecular determinants that choreograph communication. This conundrum applies to multidomain enzymatic systems called nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs), which assemble simple substrates into complex metabolites, where a dy
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ZMYND8 is a master regulator of 27-hydroxycholesterol that promotes tumorigenicity of breast cancer stem cells
Abstract 27-Hydroxycholesterol (27-HC) is the most abundant oxysterol that increases the risk of breast cancer progression. However, little is known about epigenetic regulation of 27-HC metabolism and its role in breast tumor initiation. Using genetic mouse mammary tumor and human breast cancer models, we showed here that the histone reader ZMYND8 was selectively expressed in breast cancer stem c
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Microbial genomic trait evolution is dominated by frequent and rare pulsed evolution
Abstract On the macroevolutionary time scale, does trait evolution proceed gradually or by rapid bursts (pulses) separated by prolonged periods of stasis or slow evolution? Although studies have shown that pulsed evolution is prevalent in animals, our knowledge about the tempo and mode of evolution across the tree of life is very limited. This long-standing debate calls for a test in bacteria and
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Targeting oxidized phospholipids by AAV-based gene therapy in mice with established hepatic steatosis prevents progression to fibrosis
Abstract Oxidized phosphatidylcholines (OxPCs) are implicated in chronic tissue damage. Hyperlipidemic LDL-R-–deficient mice transgenic for an OxPC-recognizing IgM fragment (scFv-E06) are protected against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). To examine the effect of OxPC elimination at different stages of NAFLD progression, we used cre-dependent, adeno-associated virus serotype 8–mediated e
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Investigating trends in those who experience menstrual bleeding changes after SARS-CoV-2 vaccination
Abstract Early in 2021, many people began sharing that they experienced unexpected menstrual bleeding after SARS-CoV-2 inoculation. We investigated this emerging phenomenon of changed menstrual bleeding patterns among a convenience sample of currently and formerly menstruating people using a web-based survey. In this sample, 42% of people with regular menstrual cycles bled more heavily than usual
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Mapping microstructural gradients of the human striatum in normal aging and Parkinson's disease
Abstract Mapping structural spatial change (i.e., gradients) in the striatum is essential for understanding the function of the basal ganglia in both health and disease. We developed a method to identify and quantify gradients of microstructure in the single human brain in vivo. We found spatial gradients in the putamen and caudate nucleus of the striatum that were robust across individuals, clin
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Resolving the molecular architecture of the photoreceptor active zone with 3D-MINFLUX
Abstract Cells assemble macromolecular complexes into scaffoldings that serve as substrates for catalytic processes. Years of molecular neurobiology research indicate that neurotransmission depends on such optimization strategies. However, the molecular topography of the presynaptic active zone (AZ), where transmitter is released upon synaptic vesicle (SV) fusion, remains to be visualized. Theref
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A limit on the evolutionary rescue of an Antarctic bacterium from rising temperatures
Abstract Climate change is gradual, but it can also cause brief extreme heat waves that can exceed the upper thermal limit of any one organism. To study the evolutionary potential of upper thermal tolerance, we evolved the cold-adapted Antarctic bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis to survive at 30°C, beyond its ancestral thermal limit. This high-temperature adaptation occurred rapidly and in
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Debunking the myths that discourage public funding of clean energy
To spur decarbonization, public investments must go beyond government support of research and development and expand into the manufacturing and deployment of new technology. To do this, governments must move beyond the myths surrounding public investment in clean energy that discourage use of public funds, a newly published Yale School of the Environment-led commentary in Nature Energy explains.
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EVGA's RTX 3090 Ti is The Most Outlandish GPU Ever Made
Step aside Voodoo 5 6000, there's a new monster GPU in town so over the top you can't help but admire the audacity of it. (As a onetime functional Voodoo 5 6000 owner, I take exception to this statement – Ed) EVGA has released its most premium Ampere GPU, the RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin. As you may know, the Kingpin moniker is reserved for the company's extreme overclocking GPU. It's also designed in coo
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James Webb Picture of Jupiter So Crisp You Can See Its Moon Europa
Jupiter So Bright NASA has released stunning new images of Jupiter, taken by its groundbreaking new James Webb Space Telescope. One new infrared image of the gas giant is so detailed, the telescope even managed to get Jupiter's moon Europa in the frame. The shots are also notable for what they represent: that the new telescope could be capable of such detailed observations that they could answer
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Japanese Workplaces Installing Vertical "Nap Boxes" for Employees
Sleep It Off The workforce in Japan is apparently so overwhelmed that two companies are partnering up to create new upright "nap boxes." Illustrations of the new design show neutral, innocuous-looking tubes with midcentury-inspired wooden legs. The shelves inside act like full-body armrests, Bloomberg reported today — helpful for preventing users from falling over as they doze off between meeting
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Fermi surface tomography
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31841-z The Fermi surface is related to the energy distribution of electrons in a solid, and governs physical properties of metals and semiconductors. A new type of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, probing the Fermi surface and combining short recording time with high resolution, is now presented.
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US and Russia agree to fly each other's astronauts to the ISS as tensions thaw
Nasa and Roscosmos made the announcement of integrated flights shortly after the Russian space program leader was replaced The US and Russia have struck a deal to fly each other's astronauts to the International Space Station, an apparent break in tensions between the nations over the war in Ukraine that includes the removal of the Russian space program's bellicose leader. Nasa and Russia's space
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Thousands report unusual menstruation patterns after COVID-19 vaccination
Kathryn Clancy got her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021 and 10 days later found herself sitting uncomfortably in a work Zoom meeting during one of the heaviest periods she'd experienced. "I had what's often called menstrual flooding," says Clancy, a biological anthropologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Clancy wouldn't have thought to connect the experience to th
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NASA Intrigued by Noodle-Like Object Found on Mars
Chef's Kiss NASA's beloved Perseverance Mars rover discovered something particularly strange as it traversed the Red Planet — a coiled mess of unidentified, string-like material that almost resembles a swirl of noodles. Alas, while we wouldn't be surprised to learn that extraterrestrial life also enjoys a delicious linguine, ramen, or any other pasta-centric meal, it's most likely that this oddit
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The Medical Segmentation Decathlon
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30695-9 International challenges have become the de facto standard for comparative assessment of image analysis algorithms. Here, the authors present the results of a biomedical image segmentation challenge, showing that a method capable of performing well on multiple tasks will generalize well to a previously unseen ta
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Bacteria-based biohybrid microrobots on a mission to one day battle cancer
A team of scientists in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have combined robotics with biology by equipping E. coli bacteria with artificial components to construct biohybrid microrobots. First, as can be seen in Figure 1, the team attached several nanoliposomes to each bacterium. On their outer circle, these spherical-shaped carriers enclose a
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Protein parts must wiggle and jiggle to work right, new research suggests
Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report they have probed the atomic structure of proteins to add to evidence that the wobbles, shakes and quivers of proteins play a critical role in their ability to function. The findings of the research may help scientists design new drugs that can modify or disrupt the intricate "dances" of proteins to alter their functions.
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Toward sustained, stable Raman imaging of large samples at the nanoscale
Raman spectroscopy, an optical microscopy technique, is a non-destructive chemical analysis technique that provides rich molecular fingerprint information about chemical structure, phase, crystallinity, and molecular interactions. The technique relies on the interaction of light with chemical bonds within a material. However, since light is a wave, optical microscopes are unable to resolve distanc
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Protein parts must wiggle and jiggle to work right, new research suggests
Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report they have probed the atomic structure of proteins to add to evidence that the wobbles, shakes and quivers of proteins play a critical role in their ability to function. The findings of the research may help scientists design new drugs that can modify or disrupt the intricate "dances" of proteins to alter their functions.
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It's Joe Manchin's America
O n March 6, 2021, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia delivered the decisive 50th Democratic vote to help pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The stimulus package provided relief checks to most American families, expanded a child tax credit to combat poverty, and bolstered federal support to fight the coronavirus pandemic. That moment briefly raised hopes on the left
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel
I n search of atmosphere and inspiration as I contemplated Walter Russell Mead's magisterial new book about Israel and Jews in the American imagination, I took the bus from my street in Jerusalem across town to the American Colony. Founded in 1881 by fervent Protestants from Chicago, the colony was one of several attempts by 19th-century Americans to settle the Holy Land. Part of the idea was to
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Zombie fungus drives flies to mate with the dead
A unique fungus survives by getting male houseflies to mate with the fungal-infected corpses of dead females, according to a new study. After infecting a female fly with its spores, the fungus Entomophthora muscae spreads until its host has slowly been consumed alive from within. After roughly six days, the fungus takes over the behavior of the female fly and forces it to the highest point, wheth
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June Huh, deep thinking and the value of idleness | Letters
Trevor Jones and Tim Watson reflect on an editorial about the mathematician and would-be poet Prof June Huh With reference to your editorial on maths and poetry (8 July) and the mathematician and would-be poet Prof June Huh, there is a parallel with Sir Christopher Wren and Le Corbusier, as Wren was a professor of astronomy and Le Corbusier had an honorary doctorate in mathematics and philosophy.
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The Guardian view on the James Webb telescope: a window on the unknown | Editorial
Ravishing new images of deep space, from the world's most advanced telescope, raise as many questions as they answer The first images from Nasa's James Webb telescope, released this week , offer wondrous glimpses into stars and planets billions of light years away: in what is truly a space opera, the telescope shows them being born and dying, and cosmic material being sucked into black holes. The
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A primary standard for measuring vacuum
A novel, quantum-based vacuum gauge system invented by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has passed its first test to be a true primary standard—that is, intrinsically accurate without the need for calibration.
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Laser tool that measures glaciers fits in a backpack
A new portable tool uses lasers to measure the composition of glacier ice. That data can help determine how fast that ice is melting. The instrument can be used to study glaciers in remote wilderness areas, like those in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. And it can help verify satellite data collected about bigger glaciers, like those in Greenland and Antarctica. Oregon's glaciers feed mountain streams
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Crop protection: Biohacking against fungal attacks
Harmful fungi cause enormous agricultural losses. Conventional techniques for combating them involve the use of poisonous fungicides. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), working with partners from Germany, France, and Switzerland on the DialogProTec project, have developed environmentally safe alternatives that trick the pathogens' chemical communication with plants. Now that t
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Nitrogen footprint: Heavy pollution and resource losses due to liquid manure
Factory farming for meat production is harmful to the environment. In addition to its direct emissions of methane, its use of liquid manure releases climate-damaging nitrogen compounds such as ammonia and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere and pollutes the groundwater with nitrates. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have analyzed how the liquid manure produced by livestock
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Crop protection: Biohacking against fungal attacks
Harmful fungi cause enormous agricultural losses. Conventional techniques for combating them involve the use of poisonous fungicides. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), working with partners from Germany, France, and Switzerland on the DialogProTec project, have developed environmentally safe alternatives that trick the pathogens' chemical communication with plants. Now that t
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Examining rocking shadows in protoplanetary disks
Astronomers from the University of Warwick reveal a new phenomenon dubbed the "rocking shadow" effect that describes how disks in forming planetary systems are oriented, and how they move around their host star. The effect also gives clues as to how they might evolve with time. Dr. Rebecca Nealon presented the new work this week at the 2022 National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Warwick.
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Nitrogen footprint: Heavy pollution and resource losses due to liquid manure
Factory farming for meat production is harmful to the environment. In addition to its direct emissions of methane, its use of liquid manure releases climate-damaging nitrogen compounds such as ammonia and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere and pollutes the groundwater with nitrates. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have analyzed how the liquid manure produced by livestock
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Astrophysicists break down the impact of newly released NASA images
The first images from NASA's new space telescope unveiled this week include a new look at the universe, expanding our view of the galaxy as we know it. The images include a high resolution "window" to millions of stars through the Milky Way's dust, a new look at galaxies lightyears away for the first time in 30 years. LSU Astrophysicists share their reactions to the photos and how the Webb telesco
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Protein-modified solid electrolyte interphase formation and evolution in Li metal batteries
Numerous studies focused on developing safe and long-term cycling Li-metal batteries (LMBs) have been reported. However, transferring these high-performing LMBs from lab-scale to industrial-scale production remains challenging. Most studies on LMBs are limited to solving the issue of Li dendrite formation via an in situ or ex situ formed layer on the Li anode, while the formation and evolution of
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Russian Space Chief Leaving Post, May Be Headed to War Zone
It's official. The ever controversial head of the Russian space program, Dmitri Rogozin, is being replaced by deputy prime minister Yury Borisov, according to an official statement by the Kremlin. "Bye, Dmitri!" tweeted Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. It's unclear what Rogozin's next gig will be, but according to Russian news site Meduza ,
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Urban agriculture can promote bee communities in tropical megacities
Urbanization is a primary threat to biodiversity. However, scientists know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical regions of the Global South. An international research team led by the Universities of Göttingen and Hohenheim in Germany, in collaboration with the University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore in India, investigated the effects of urb
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Tiny limbs and long bodies: Coordinating lizard locomotion
Snakes and lizards have distinct body movement patterns. Lizards bend from side to side as they retract their legs to walk or run. Snakes, on the other hand, slither and undulate, like a wave that travels down the body. However, there are species of lizards that have long, snakelike bodies, and limbs so tiny even scientists have wondered about their purpose. Understanding how these hybrid-looking
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Brains love bone juice
Skeletons as a hormone-secreting organ In the early 2000s, researchers in Dr. Gerard Karsenty's group were studying a protein secreted by bones named osteocalcin (OCN) to see if it played a role in bone mineralization (i.e. how our skeleton attracts the minerals needed for its structure). Even though they found that OCN isn't involved in […]
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Urban agriculture can promote bee communities in tropical megacities
Urbanization is a primary threat to biodiversity. However, scientists know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical regions of the Global South. An international research team led by the Universities of Göttingen and Hohenheim in Germany, in collaboration with the University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore in India, investigated the effects of urb
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Tiny limbs and long bodies: Coordinating lizard locomotion
Snakes and lizards have distinct body movement patterns. Lizards bend from side to side as they retract their legs to walk or run. Snakes, on the other hand, slither and undulate, like a wave that travels down the body. However, there are species of lizards that have long, snakelike bodies, and limbs so tiny even scientists have wondered about their purpose. Understanding how these hybrid-looking
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Opening new doors: First synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel
Intrigued by the properties of ion channel proteins commonly observed in cells, researchers have developed the first synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel using a newly developed aromatic fluorinated amphiphilic cyclophane. Displaying both 'stimuli responsiveness' and 'selective ion transport' abilities, their new ion channel could open new doors for the future therapeutic and industrial us
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Does this ring a bell? Wild bats can remember sounds for years
There are certain skills that once we acquire them, we rarely have to relearn them, like riding a bike or looking both ways before crossing a street. Most studies on learning and long-term memory in the wild focus on a handful of animal species. Now, in a publication in Current Biology, researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) share the first report of long-term me
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Russian scientist facing treason charges dies in custody
Last month, Dmitry Kolker, 54, director of the Laboratory of Quantum Optics at Novosibirsk State University, was dealing with late-stage pancreatic cancer. But on 30 Junе, agents with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) removed him from a cancer clinic, flew him to Moscow, and detained him on charges of treason. By 2 July, he was dead. His family learned of his fate via a curt telegram. Kolke
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Opening new doors: First synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel
Intrigued by the properties of ion channel proteins commonly observed in cells, researchers have developed the first synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel using a newly developed aromatic fluorinated amphiphilic cyclophane. Displaying both 'stimuli responsiveness' and 'selective ion transport' abilities, their new ion channel could open new doors for the future therapeutic and industrial us
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A million-word novel got censored before it was even shared. Now Chinese users want answers.
Imagine you are working on your novel on your home computer. It's nearly finished; you have already written approximately one million words. All of a sudden, the online word processing software tells you that you can no longer open the draft because it contains illegal information. Within an instant, all your words are lost. This is what happened in June to a Chinese novelist writing under the al
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Breaking new ground: Sustainability in Malaysia
"We're dealing with a crisis here, folks." The warning from John Kerry, the US president's top climate envoy, to global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos in May 2022 couldn't have been clearer. And Asia Pacific—home to 60% of the global population and responsible for more than half of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—is pivotal in the battle to stop global warming . Especiall
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The search for ancient life on Mars
The first year of the Perseverance rover mission on Mars captured the imaginations of scientists and the public alike with an interplanetary helicopter flight and the first chance to hear the sounds of the red planet.
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Is declaring a climate emergency enough to stop the climate crisis? What we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr. Jordi Mazon is professor of meteorology at the Department of physics in the Technical University of Catalonia (BarcelonaTech) and teaches higher-level physics in the international baccalaureate in Aula higher school in Barcelona. In addition, he is currently Deputy Mayor of energy transition, mobility, and city cleaning management in Viladecans, a municipality of the metropolitan area of Barce
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A new and easy-to-use web server to identify genome edited cells
A team of scientists from the IUF—Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf developed and validated a computational webserver that allows scientists to genotype mutations using nanopore sequencing. The results of this study were published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research.
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Why don't insects freeze solid in the Arctic?
Life in the Arctic is harsh. Arctic temperatures are punishing, making life difficult for many animals to survive. Yet lots of insects, including mosquitoes, manage to thrive in the frozen region. So why don't they freeze themselves?
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Predicting equatorial plasma bubbles with SWARM
Changes in atmospheric density after sunset can cause hot pockets of gas called "plasma bubbles" to form over the Earth's equator, resulting in communication disruptions between satellites and the Earth. New AI models are now helping scientists to predict plasma bubble events and create a forecast. The work was presented this week at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2022) by Sachin Reddy, a Ph.
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Social support found to reduce stress levels in orphaned wild elephants
A team of researchers from Colorado State University, the Smithsonian Conservative Biology Institute and the Save the Elephants program in Kenya reports that social support by members of elephant herds in African savanna elephants reduces stress levels of orphaned youngsters. In their paper published in the journal Communications Biology, the group describes their study of stress levels in orphane
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Best Gaming VPNs of 2022
Not everyone needs the best gaming VPN — but serious, competitive gamers find the anonymity and location freedoms offered by VPNs to be indispensable. DDoS attacks and other hacking attempts can't target you when a VPN is hiding your IP address. Location-swapping abilities provided by VPNs also give gamers an edge, and even allow for early access to new titles. All of our picks for the best gamin
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Elon Musk Disgusted by Dad Bragging About Impregnating Stepdaughter
While the two have been estranged for many years, Elon Musk does have one core belief in common with his father Errol: they both believe it's humanity's duty to have as many children as possible. Musk's father, however, seems to really have taken that pursuit to heart — by literally raising two kids with his stepdaughter, British tabloid The Sun reports . "The only thing we are on Earth for is to
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Studio Power Goes Out While Weatherman Warns About Rolling Blackouts
Pure Poetry They say timing is everything. A Houston weatherman was caught by surprise this week when, while attempting to warn fellow Texans that the state's ongoing heat wave might cause widespread power outages, the studio's electricity suddenly shut off. Luckily, the power was only out for a few minutes, and the studio's backup generator kept the cameras rolling. Still, the ironic clip highli
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Social support found to reduce stress levels in orphaned wild elephants
A team of researchers from Colorado State University, the Smithsonian Conservative Biology Institute and the Save the Elephants program in Kenya reports that social support by members of elephant herds in African savanna elephants reduces stress levels of orphaned youngsters. In their paper published in the journal Communications Biology, the group describes their study of stress levels in orphane
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Seriously, What's Making All These Mysterious Space Signals?
Astronomy can be, in some ways, a bit like the classic board game Clue. Scientists explore a sprawling but ultimately contained world, collecting pieces of information and testing out theories about a big mystery. You can't cover every corner, but with the right combination of strategy and luck, you can gather enough clues to make a reasonable guess at the tidy answer —who, where, and how—enclose
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The Ways We Make a Living
When they write, authors can choose to imagine fantastical worlds, or to follow the lives of celebrities or presidents. Describing the banality of the day-to-day—our relationships, the spaces we inhabit, and our jobs—can seem less glamorous and more difficult. But there's plenty of fascinating territory to explore in writing about the workplace—including the blurry line, especially in modern time
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When Iran Says 'Death to Israel,' It Means It
In the days leading up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, distinguished journalists , analysts , and activists argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin was unlikely to green-light an assault that could go wrong in so many ways and instead might be bluffing. They employed a variety of political rationales to explain away the military buildup and escalating rhetoric. At the core of each explanati
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A newly identified stem cell regulator enables lifelong sperm production
Scientists have discovered only a handful of genes responsible for stem cell self-renewal, a property that allows stem cells to continue giving rise to a variety of cell types during an organism's lifespan. Now, a team has identified a new stem cell self-renewal factor, one essential for mice to produce sperm throughout their adult lives.
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Rocking shadows in protoplanetary discs
Astronomers reveal a new phenomenon dubbed the 'rocking shadow' effect that describes how discs in forming planetary systems are oriented, and how they move around their host star. The effect also gives clues as to how they might evolve with time.
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Deep dive into the dusty Milky Way
An animated dive into the dusty Milky Way reveals the outlines of our galaxy taking shape as we look out further and further from Earth. Based on new data from an interactive tool that exploits data from the European Space Agency's Gaia mission and other space science data sets, astronomers have created an animation to model dust in the Milky Way.
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Predicting equatorial plasma bubbles with SWARM
Changes in atmospheric density after sunset can cause hot pockets of gas called 'plasma bubbles' to form over the Earth's equator, resulting in communication disruptions between satellites and the Earth. New AI models are now helping scientists to predict plasma bubble events and create a forecast.
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An Achilles heel shared by plants and animals
The biomolecule diphthamide is essential for the proper formation of proteins in cells. When humans are infected with diphtheria, diphthamide is altered by the diphtheria toxin so that life-threatening complications can arise as a consequence of an impaired formation of proteins. Up to now, diphthamide was only known to occur in animals and fungi. A research team has now demonstrated that the biom
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A new treatment approach for cystic fibrosis
Antisense oligonucleotides, or ASOs, are molecules that can be used to control protein levels in cells. Scientists have discovered a new way ASOs may help cells produce a protein missing in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The discovery sets the stage for a new therapeutic approach that may help reduce CF symptoms and improve patients' quality of life.
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In defense of ants
To the uninitiated there are two types of ants in the U.K.: the red ones that bite and black ants which invade our kitchens. Even more alarming is when hundreds of local ant colonies swarm and create a regional "flying ant day."
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Biden Stops Shaking Hands to Fight COVID Spread, Forgets Minutes Later
Some things last forever. Others, like President Joe Biden's no-handshake policy for his ongoing visit to the Middle East, last just a few minutes. According to the New York Times , President 46 and his team had decided that in light of the newest coronavirus subvariant, Biden was to avoid shaking hands during his latest international trek to Israel and beyond. "We're in a phase of the pandemic n
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Stories of photographing monumental people — from Michelle Obama to Stephen Hawking | Platon
With his art, photographer Platon seeks to strip away assumptions and leave viewers with a window into his subject's character, filling our eyes with wonder and curiosity. Sharing extraordinary stories of what it's like to photograph some of the world's most prominent figures — from Michelle Obama and Pussy Riot to Vladimir Putin and Muhammad Ali — Platon captures the disarming power of empathy
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The Hippo and the Hydra: Examining how genetic alteration affects body axis development
A new study describes the formation of the body axis in the immortal freshwater polyp Hydra. It is controlled by the so-called Hippo signaling pathway, a molecular biological process that, among other functions, ensures that our organs do not continue to grow indefinitely. The study was led by the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto and the Washington University School of Medicine. T
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Zombie fly fungus lures healthy male flies to mate with female corpses
Entomophthora muscae is a widespread, pathogenic fungus that survives by infecting common houseflies with deadly spores. Now, research shows that the fungus has a unique tactic to ensure its survival. The fungus "bewitches" male houseflies and drives them to necrophilia with the fungal-infected corpses of dead females.
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The Hippo and the Hydra: Examining how genetic alteration affects body axis development
A new study describes the formation of the body axis in the immortal freshwater polyp Hydra. It is controlled by the so-called Hippo signaling pathway, a molecular biological process that, among other functions, ensures that our organs do not continue to grow indefinitely. The study was led by the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto and the Washington University School of Medicine. T
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Research uncovers mechanism of plant hormone signaling
The plant hormone jasmonate (JA) regulates plant immunity and adaptive growth through orchestrating a genome-wide transcriptional program, which is mainly regulated by the master transcription factor MYC2. It's well known that MYC2 is repressed by the conserved Groucho/Tup1-like co-repressor TOPLESS (TPL) in the resting state. However, the mechanisms underlying TPL-mediated transcriptional repress
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Research uncovers mechanism of plant hormone signaling
The plant hormone jasmonate (JA) regulates plant immunity and adaptive growth through orchestrating a genome-wide transcriptional program, which is mainly regulated by the master transcription factor MYC2. It's well known that MYC2 is repressed by the conserved Groucho/Tup1-like co-repressor TOPLESS (TPL) in the resting state. However, the mechanisms underlying TPL-mediated transcriptional repress
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People with underactive thyroid may face higher dementia risk
Older people with hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid, may be at increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new study. The risk of developing dementia is even higher for people whose condition required thyroid hormone replacement medication, the researchers report. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormones, which can slow metabolism.
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Teaching computational maker skills through gaming
The early stages of teaching maker skills, such as digital fabrication, typically involve simple exercises like laser cutting or 3D printing basic shapes and objects. In our hyperconnected, hyperstimulated world, this learning activity can feel a bit underwhelming—a sentiment that caused Dishita Turakhia, an MIT Ph.D. student in electrical engineering and computer science and an affiliate of the C
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Chemists change the bonds between atoms in a single molecule for the first time
A team of researchers from IBM Research Europe, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and the University of Regensburg has changed the bonds between the atoms in a single molecule for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their method and possible uses for it. Igor Alabugin and Chaowei Hu, have published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue
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Global warming causes northward shift in southern limit of seagrass Zostera marina
Global warming has caused an increase of the average upper ocean temperature by 0.07°C per decade. These temperature increases affect marine species and ecosystems in many ways, including enhanced mortality of key habitat-forming species such as seagrass, changes in species distributions, and a greater incidence of disease.
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New catalysts make efficient use of precious metals
Nanoscientists from Utrecht University have devised a new and promising way to make catalysts in which the amount of precious metals needed is reduced by a factor of 10. Those precious metals are scarce, but essential in many existing and future sustainable chemical processes. The publication appeared on 8 July in Science.
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Blood clots can kill cats injured in urban wildfire
Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in urban California wildfires are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science , follows up on a previous discovery that cats injured in urban wildfires had a high incidence of heart problems. "Prior to these two papers, we didn't realize that cats impacted by urban
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When a Troubling Book Gets a Hollywood Makeover
In the best-selling 2018 novel Where the Crawdads Sing , the author Delia Owens describes the marshlands surrounding a fictional North Carolina town vividly and reverently. They're a dangerous setting teeming with wildlife, and they toughen up their human inhabitants, including the young Kya. Abandoned by her family, Kya endures one "stinky-hot" day after the next alone, living in a shack with "g
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A synaptic signal for novelty processing in the hippocampus
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31775-6 Memory formation and recall are complementary processes within the hippocampus. Here the authors demonstrate a synaptic signal of novelty in the hippocampus and provide a computational framework for how such a novelty-driven switch may enable flexible encoding of new memories while preserving stable retrieval of
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A New Era in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life: We Can Finally Analyze Exoplanet Atmospheres
The ingredients for life are spread throughout the universe . While Earth is the only known place in the universe with life, detecting life beyond Earth is a major goal of modern astronomy and planetary science . We are two scientists who study exoplanets and astrobiology . Thanks in large part to next-generation telescopes like James Webb, researchers like us will soon be able to measure the che
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Jake's Incredible Haul Makes Rip Furious! | Deadliest Catch
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Diphthamide is an Achilles heel shared by both plants and animals
The biomolecule diphthamide is essential for the proper formation of proteins in cells. When humans are infected with diphtheria, diphthamide is altered by the diphtheria toxin so that life-threatening complications can arise as a consequence of an impaired formation of proteins. Up to now, diphthamide was only known to occur in animals and fungi. A research team headed by Professor Ute Krämer, ho
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NASA releases Webb images of Jupiter
On the heels of Tuesday's release of the first images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, data from the telescope's commissioning period is now being released on the Space Telescope Science Institute's Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The data includes images of Jupiter and images and spectra of several asteroids, captured to test the telescope's instruments before science operations off
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EMIT instrument will help researchers model climate effects of dust
A new instrument headed to the International Space Station (ISS) will help researchers learn how dust storms heat or cool the planet. NASA's Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission, which launched today, will greatly broaden scientists' view of areas affected by mineral dust.
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Diphthamide is an Achilles heel shared by both plants and animals
The biomolecule diphthamide is essential for the proper formation of proteins in cells. When humans are infected with diphtheria, diphthamide is altered by the diphtheria toxin so that life-threatening complications can arise as a consequence of an impaired formation of proteins. Up to now, diphthamide was only known to occur in animals and fungi. A research team headed by Professor Ute Krämer, ho
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Elephant genes could hold the key to avoiding cancers
Scientists from seven research institutions including the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh have used pioneering bioinformatic modeling to investigate the molecular interactions of the p53 protein known to give protection against cancers.
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Opening new doors: First synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel
Intrigued by the properties of ion channel proteins commonly observed in cells, Tokyo Tech researchers have developed the first synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel using a newly developed aromatic fluorinated amphiphilic cyclophane. Displaying both "stimuli responsiveness" and "selective ion transport" abilities, their new ion channel could open new doors for the future therapeutic and in
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Opening new doors: First synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel
Intrigued by the properties of ion channel proteins commonly observed in cells, Tokyo Tech researchers have developed the first synthetic mechanosensitive potassium channel using a newly developed aromatic fluorinated amphiphilic cyclophane. Displaying both "stimuli responsiveness" and "selective ion transport" abilities, their new ion channel could open new doors for the future therapeutic and in
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Deleting period apps doesn't clinch post-Roe privacy
Deleting your period tracking app won't keep your health data private, says information security expert Anton Dahbura. As soon as news leaked in May of the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade , a drumbeat began on social media: Delete your period trackers. "I'm concerned that people will be lulled into a false sense of security if they're led to believe that their phone itself is somehow safe." With
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Ecological restoration priorities must be informed by marginalized people
The United Nations has declared the 2020s as the decade of ecosystem restoration, a call for countries around the world to dedicate resources towards healing the earth. While the goal of ecosystem restoration is to reverse the degradation of the world's landscapes and waterways, the movement runs the risk of destroying the lives of millions of the world's poorest people if their farmlands and past
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The Week in Space: Breakthroughs for the James Webb Space Telescope, Vega-C Rocket
What a week! Hello, everyone, and welcome back to your favorite Friday-morning roundup of space news great and small. Let's start with the big story: After weeks of suspense, we finally have the first science images from the fully commissioned James Webb space telescope! We also have updates from Psyche, Ingenuity, Vega-C, and SpaceX. Then, we'll look at the intersection between aerospace and geo
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Ecological restoration priorities must be informed by marginalized people
The United Nations has declared the 2020s as the decade of ecosystem restoration, a call for countries around the world to dedicate resources towards healing the earth. While the goal of ecosystem restoration is to reverse the degradation of the world's landscapes and waterways, the movement runs the risk of destroying the lives of millions of the world's poorest people if their farmlands and past
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Julia Sweeney: When it's finally time to have "The Talk"
Talking with kids about sex can be awkward – for children and parents. Comedian Julia Sweeney remembers having "The Talk" with her daughter, and how it went in some unexpected directions. (Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/James Duncan Davidson / TED)
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Carin Bondar: Eggs and the genius of bird moms
Laying eggs may seem like a simple way to reproduce compared to human birth, but biologist Carin Bondar says bird moms are the micromanagers of the animal kingdom. (Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/James Duncan Davidson / TED)
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Noah Wilson-Rich: How city habitats help honeybees to thrive
On a rooftop garden in the middle of Manhattan, honeybee colonies are flourishing. Biologist Noah-Wilson Rich explains how collecting data from honeybee hives can help ensure a healthy future for all. (Image credit: Karchmer Photography / TED)
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Post-recovery COVID-19 and incident heart failure in the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) study
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31834-y The relationship between post-recovery COVID-19 and incident heart failure has not been investigated at scale. Here, the authors use electronic health records for ~600,000 patients in the US and find a higher rate of post-discharge incident heart failure in those hospitalised with COVID-19 than without.
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The surfaceome of multiple myeloma cells suggests potential immunotherapeutic strategies and protein markers of drug resistance
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31810-6 The myeloma cell surface proteome regulates plasma cell biology and delineates therapy targets. Here, the authors profile the myeloma surfaceome at baseline and in drug resistance, finding the potential target CCR10, and include a streamlined approach to primary sample analysis.
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Cutaneous and acral melanoma cross-OMICs reveals prognostic cancer drivers associated with pathobiology and ultraviolet exposure
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31488-w While cutaneous melanoma is linked to UV radiation, acral melanoma is not. Epigenetic mechanisms function as sensors to exposures and determinants of cell identity. Here, the authors use DNA methylation data to identify dysregulated pathways associated with UV radiation and pathobiology in cutaneous and acral me
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The Download: tracking teachers online, and how influencers navigate algorithms
This is today's edition of The Download , our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what's going on in the world of technology. The book ban movement has a chilling new tactic: harassing teachers online Nancy Vera was awakened suddenly at midnight on July 12 by the sound of a single gunshot, the bullet ricocheting off her home. She looked at a security camera just in time to see a truc
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Netflix's Persuasion Tries to Have It All
The banner year for onscreen Jane Austen adaptations will always be 1995. That year, the BBC aired Andrew Davies's Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, a pitch-perfect, six-episode version of Austen's novel that remains one of the best miniseries in the broadcaster's history. That same year also saw the release of Amy Heckerling's Clueless , a loose take on Austen's Emma th
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The Supreme Court Has Ushered In a New Era of Religion at School
Religious conservatives have been fighting for years to get prayer back into America's schools, and this year, the Supreme Court gave them what they wanted. In Kennedy v. Bremerton , the six conservative justices affirmed a coach's right to offer a prayer after a football game. But what is really astonishing is that this decision will over time prove to be less monumental than the Court's other b
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Velkommen til fremtidens murstensløse hospital
Vi skal tænke i nye løsninger, når borgere skal modtage samme behandling i eget hjem, som de i dag er indlagt for. Ikke mindst skal der udvikles nye digitale løsninger, når personalet skal overvåge patienter i eget, hjem og sikre, at deres tilstand ikke forværres under behandling og eventuelt kræver intensiveret behandling i en hospitalsseng, skriver Kirsten Wisborg, lægefaglig vicedirektør på Bi
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Mother Nature Dissents
Mother Nature is entering a dissenting opinion on last month's Supreme Court decision that weakened the federal government's ability to combat climate change. With record heat in Texas that is testing the state's power grid, a California wildfire that has threatened an ancient grove of sequoias considered a foundation stone of the national-park system, and persistent drought across the West that
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Timing is everything: structural insights into the disease-linked Kv3 channels controlling fast action-potential firing in the brain
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31537-4 Kv3 channels enable neurons to fire at very high frequencies (>100 Hz) which is fundamental to brain development and our ability to make sense of the world at large. Cryo-EM and structure-function studies by Chi et al. now uncover Kv3 channel gating mechanisms and support new precision medicine approaches for CN
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Impact of the global chip shortage on the development of in-memory chips
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31598-5 Lockdowns due to the pandemic in the last two years forced a critical number of chip-making facilities across the world to shut down, giving rise to the chip shortage issues. Prof. Meng-Fan (Marvin) Chang (National Tsing Hua University, TSMC—Taiwan), Prof. Huaqiang Wu (Tsinghua University—China), Dr. Elisa Viane
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Cryo-EM structure of the human Kv3.1 channel reveals gating control by the cytoplasmic T1 domain
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29594-w Here, Chi et al. report cryo-EM structures of the human Kv3.1a channel, revealing a unique arrangement of the cytoplasmic T1 domain, which allows the interactions with the C-terminal axonal targeting motif and key components of the gating machinery. These findings provide insights into the functional relevance o
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Planar chiral metasurfaces with maximal and tunable chiroptical response driven by bound states in the continuum
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31877-1 Here, the authors employ the physics of chiral bound states in the continuum and suggest planar chiral metasurfaces with simultaneous ultrahigh quality factor and near-perfect circular dichroism in both linear regime and nonlinear regime.
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The book ban movement has a chilling new tactic: harassing teachers on social media
Nancy Vera was awakened suddenly at midnight on July 12 by the sound of a single gunshot, the bullet ricocheting off her home. She looked at a security camera just in time to see a truck speed away. Vera was shocked but not surprised. The president of the Corpus Christi, Texas, branch of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), she had recently handed out books with LGBTQ characters at a pride
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Mechanical intelligence for learning embodied sensor-object relationships
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31795-2 Information-based search strategies are relevant for the learning of interacting agents dynamics and usually need predefined data. The authors propose a method to collect data for learning a predictive sensor model, without requiring domain knowledge, human input, or previously existing data.
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Recovery of Lutacidiplasmatales archaeal order genomes suggests convergent evolution in Thermoplasmatota
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31847-7 Genome recovery of the order Lutacidiplasmatales reveals that key genes for environmental specialisation were acquired multiple times in the Thermoplasmatota phylum, suggesting a crucial role of convergent evolution in archaeal habitat adaptation.
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Hepatic non-parenchymal S100A9-TLR4-mTORC1 axis normalizes diabetic ketogenesis
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31803-5 Excess ketogenesis can lead to ketoacidosis, a serious complication in patients with diabetes. Here the authors report an insulin independent pathway, the hepatic nonparenchymal S100A9-TLR4-mTORC1 axis, that is able to normalize diabetic ketogenesis and pre-clinical data to suggest potential for development of S
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WP Multibyte Patchとは?|導入方法と使い方を初心者向けに解説(日本語WordPressの文字化け対策)
WP Multibyte Patch の導入方法と使い方 WordPress をはじめてまずは導入しておきたい定番プラグインの WP Multibyte Patch について、概要・導入方法・使い方をブログ初心者さん向けに解説していきます。 「 WP Multibyte Patch 」は、日本語で WordPressで運用している場合ありがちな文字化けを防いでくれるプラグインです。プラグインを「 インストール>有効化 」すれば、後は自動で動いてくれます。 そんな「 WP Multibyte Patch 」について、2つのポイントで解説していきます 「WP Multibyte Patch」の概要 「WP Multibyte Patch」の導入手順と使い方 ≫いちばんやさしいWordPressテーマ MERIL(メリル)の魅力を徹底解説! ≫おすすめプラグイン7選 WordPressに必須
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Ignore the Chaos. Britain's System Is Working.
In times of crisis, Britain's arcane constitution seems absurd—often because it is absurd. Questions emerge to which no one ever seems entirely sure of the answer. What if, for example, Boris Johnson had not resigned last week but instead sought to cling to power by asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament to hold new elections? At this point, somebody is sure to cite some old but meaningful conve
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Photos of the Week: Elephant Rescue, Buck Moon, Love Parade
Severe flooding in western Virginia, anti-government protesters at the president's office in Sri Lanka, a massive bonfire in Northern Ireland, the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, Eid al-Adha prayers in Thailand, scenes from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the running of the bulls in Spain, the Tour de France in the Swiss Alps, and much more
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What Joe Biden Should Know About Jamal Khashoggi
"I know that there are many who disagree with my decision to travel to Saudi Arabia," President Joe Biden wrote last week in an op-ed in The Washington Post . Among those disagreeing is the publisher of The Washington Post , who denounced Biden for "going … on bended knee" (surely he meant " meeting on bended knee," unless Biden is flying to Jeddah from Tel Aviv on a magic carpet) to "shake the b
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Spin-related symmetry breaking induced by half-disordered hybridization in BixEr2-xRu2O7 pyrochlores for acidic oxygen evolution
Nature Communications, Published online: 15 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31874-4 While water electrolysis offers a potential path for renewable hydrogen fuel, water oxidation electrocatalysts typically suffer from poor stabilities in acid. Here, authors prepare ruthenium-based pyrochlores and demonstrate promising activities and durabilities for acidic water electro-oxidation.
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Big Butterfly Count in UK begins with eyes on declining numbers
Citizen science survey should aid knowledge of populations, including that of small tortoiseshell 'missing' from buddleias The apparent alarming absence of butterflies feeding on buddleia flowers this summer will be tested by the launch of the world's largest insect survey. People are being urged to take part in the Big Butterfly Count today to help discover if anecdotal reports of a lack of butt
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Tre saker du inte visste om myggor
Få saker kan vara så irriterande som myggor. Men faktum är att långt ifrån alla är myggor är törstiga blodsugare. – Mygg äter primärt nektar faktiskt. Det är bara honorna som suger blod och det gör de bara några få gånger i livet, säger Marcus Stensmyr, lektor och myggforskare vid biologiska institutionen vid Lunds universitet.
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California's trees are dying, and might not be coming back
The State of California is banking on its forests to help reduce planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But that element of the state's climate-change solution arsenal may be in jeopardy, as new research reports that trees in California's mountain ranges and open spaces are dying from wildfires and other pressures — and fewer new trees are filling the void.
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Bacteria in donor organs complicate immune response after transplantation
Organ transplant recipients take life-long immunosuppressive drugs to prevent their bodies from mounting an immune response against the donated organ, yet a substantial number of them still reject the organs. A new study shows that transplant recipients also mount an immune response against commensal bacteria in the organ graft, adding to the immune response against the genetic makeup of the tissu
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Geological activity can rapidly change deep microbial communities
New research reveals that, rather than being influenced only by environmental conditions, deep subsurface microbial communities can transform because of geological movements. The findings advance our understanding of subsurface microorganisms, which comprise up to half of all living material on the planet.
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Music-making and the flow of aerosols
If simply breathing can spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus to others nearby, what about blowing into a tuba? Researchers used fluid mechanics to study the movement of aerosols generated by professional musicians.
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Get the Job Done With These 5 Work Totes
If you're adjusting to being back in an office for the first time after two years of working from home, you might have realized that your work bag is a little out of date. Whether you're looking for a bag that won't look out of place at happy hour, or you want something that can withstand your morning commute, these work bags will have you looking forward to going back into the office. Jemma Jule
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Skin cancer death rates for men in UK have tripled since 1970s
Men 69% more likely to die from melanoma than women, says Cancer Research UK, warning that lack of sun protection is a factor Skin cancer death rates among men have more than tripled since the 1970s, research reveals, prompting fresh warnings from experts to stay safe in the sun. Since 1973, death rates from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – have increased by 219% in men, compared wi
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Crypto Lender That Kept Bragging About How Great It Was Files for Bankruptcy
Golden Child Embattled crypto lender Celsius finally filed for bankruptcy yesterday, and there's still no telling when, or even if, customers will ever get their money back. The cryptosphere titan, which boasted a loud-and-proud "Unbank Yourself" motto, attracted bigwig and amateur investors alike with a wildly high-yield savings system marketed as a fee-free alternative to traditional banking. W
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Texas Gets So Hot That Crypto Miners Call It Quits
Good Call Crypto miners finally made at least one eco-conscious decision this week when they shut down temporarily to avoid overloading Texas' electric grid. On Monday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, asked Texans across the state to reduce energy consumption to prevent blackouts and power outages during an intense heat wave, with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees Fahren
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Tesla Employee Alarmed When They Arrive at Work and Everybody's Crying
You're Fired Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced he was cutting ten percent of the company's workforce because he had a "super bad feeling" about the economy. In an essay for Insider , a former worker recalled what it was like to be laid off in the ensuing chaos — and the details aren't pretty. The employee was working in the IT department for just three months before being fired, a whiplas
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For people with heart defects, mental health support is essential to care at every age
Resilience and a high quality of life are demonstrated by many individuals born with heart defects; however, they may face a range of health-related psychological and social challenges throughout their lives. A new scientific statement reviews potential psychological and social challenges that occur from infancy through adulthood among people born with heart defects and the types of mental health
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Local Prosecutors Can't Protect Abortion Rights
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 . In the aftermath of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade , some prosecutors say they simply won't enforce abortion laws. It's an audacious gesture—that probably won't make much difference. But fi
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Neutrino factories in deep outer space
Highly energetic and difficult to detect, neutrinos travel billions of light years before reaching our planet. Although it is known that these elementary particles come from the depths of our Universe, their precise origin is still unknown. Researchers are now shedding light on one aspect of this mystery: neutrinos are thought to be born in blazars, galactic nuclei fed by supermassive black holes.
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People with low BMI aren't more active, they are just less hungry and 'run hotter'
To date most research on obesity has focused on studying those with a high body mass index (BMI), but a research group is now taking a different approach. The scientists looked at individuals with a very low BMI. Their findings reveal that these individuals are actually considerably less active than people with a BMI in the normal range, contrary to speculation that they have a metabolism that mak
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Estimating impact of data breaches on brands across industries and defining a future-ready strategy
Thank you for joining us on "The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity." Vishal Salvi, CISO and head of cybersecurity at Infosys, and Ameya Kapnadak, chief growth officer and head of consulting at Interbrand, discuss with Bill Mew, digital ethics campaigner and CEO of CrisisTeam.co.uk, the steps that brands must take to safeguard themselves and how to consider security as a differentiator. Click
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Researchers measure rare particle decay with high precision
At CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), studies of rare processes allow scientists to infer the presence of heavy particles, including undiscovered particles, that cannot be directly produced. Such particles are widely anticipated to exist beyond the Standard Model, and could help explain some of the enigmas of the universe, such as the existence of dark matter, the masses of neutrinos (elusive par
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Organic TFTs exhibiting band-like transport
Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) are the basic building blocks for flexible and stretchable electronics. As organic semiconductor films usually contain significant structural and energetic disorder, charge carriers hop between localized states for charge transport, and thus the mobility of OTFTs generally shows thermally activated behavior, i.e., the mobility increases with increasing tempera
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Influence of nanoparticles, surrounding ions on formation of β-sheet structure in amyloid β proteins
Protein function and activity are determined by both their assembly and secondary structure. Abnormalities related to either protein aggregation or secondary structure can lead to neurodegenerative diseases. In a new study, an international research team reveals how fluoride nanoparticles, materials used in in vivo imaging, affect the assembly and structure of the amyloid β protein. Their results
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Eco-friendly sound absorbers from seaweed
From airplanes to apartments, most spaces are now designed with sound-absorbing materials that help dampen the droning, echoing and murmuring sounds of everyday life. But most of the acoustic materials that can cancel out human voices, traffic and music are made from plastic foams that aren't easily recycled or degraded. Now, researchers have created a biodegradable seaweed-derived film that effec
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Woodpeckers' heads act more like stiff hammers than safety helmets
Scientists had long wondered how woodpeckers can repeatedly pound their beaks against tree trunks without doing damage to their brains. This led to the notion that their skulls must act like shock-absorbing helmets. Now, researchers have refuted this notion, saying that their heads act more like stiff hammers. In fact, their calculations show that any shock absorbance would hinder the woodpeckers'
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North American birds not fully adjusting to changing climate
Some species of birds in North America have not fully adjusted their distributions in response to ongoing climate change. The places these birds live have become more decoupled from their optimal climate conditions, while other features of the environment become more constraining. This trend of climate decoupling is more pronounced for habitat specialists and for species declining in abundance.
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Researchers discover DNA copy number alterations lead to changes in RNA circuits that impact melanoma metastasis
Most cancer research and available anticancer drugs focus on the impact of DNA and protein alterations that contribute to cancer; however, it is now understood that RNA molecules can also both positively and negatively impact the development of cancer. Researchers now describe how RNA molecules promote the development of melanoma metastasis by impacting anti-tumor microRNA.
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Infosys Energy fireside chat: The future of automation with BP
Thank you for joining us on "The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity." Watch Davesh Sharma, senior principal portfolio leader at BP, share the company's automation journey with Joseph Alenchery, vice president at Infosys. He discusses how BP's automation CoE has delivered value and kept pace with shifts in the technology landscape. Click here to continue.
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Religious Zealots Think Bitcoin Was Created by God
Bitcointed We are very sorry to inform you that the Bitcoin bros are so not okay, and that some of them have started believing that the cryptocurrency was sent down by the Christian God. "This is the genius of God," Tomer Strolight, a former nonbeliever who got into Bitcoin and subsequently got baptized because of it, told Slate . No, this isn't the the start of a 60 Minutes investigation. Instea
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Moderate drinking linked to brain changes and cognitive decline
Consumption of seven or more units of alcohol per week is associated with higher iron levels in the brain, according to a study of almost 21,000 people. Iron accumulation in the brain has been linked with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and is a potential mechanism for alcohol-related cognitive decline.
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Research probes how people control unwanted thoughts
When trying to avoid an unwanted thought, people often reactively reject and replace the thought after it occurs. But proactively avoiding an association in the first place can be much more efficient, and help prevent the repetitive looping of unwanted thoughts, according to a new study.
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Could eating fruit more often keep depression at bay?
A study surveyed 428 adults and looked at the relationship between their consumption of fruit, vegetables, sweet and savoury food snacks and their psychological health. The more often people ate fruit, the lower they scored for depression and the higher for mental wellbeing.
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Coastal glacier retreat linked to climate change
The world's coastal glaciers are melting faster than ever. New research gives scientists a way to unravel the causes of glacial retreat, and in turn, reveal how much can be attributed to human-caused climate change. Attributing the human role for coastal glaciers — which melt directly into the sea — could pave the way to better predictions about sea level rise.
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Making the invisible visible: Doing more with data
Thank you for joining us on "The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity." Theodora Lau, founder of Unconventional Ventures, shares her view on how organizations need to move beyond leveraging data to drive efficiency and focus on delivering unique value for their customers. Click here to continue.
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Cats injured in wildfires at risk of deadly blood clots
Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in urban California wildfires are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, follows up on a previous discovery that showed cats injured in urban wildfires had a
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Cats injured in wildfires at risk of deadly blood clots
Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in urban California wildfires are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, follows up on a previous discovery that showed cats injured in urban wildfires had a
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Creating hydrogen storage materials from industrial waste
Whether it is cars, energy or mobile phones, modern society is built on metals, and our future strongly depends on these materials, too. To store hydrogen in a safe, compact and still environmentally friendly way is still a major challenge. Metal hydrides could be an appealing solution, especially for those applications where the volume and safety of the storage system is an issue—for example, in
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The historical roots of a contemporary groundwater crisis
For well over a century the immense biodiversity of the lands that constitute Spain's Doñana National Park has attracted the attention of hunters, nature-lovers, and natural scientists from across the Western world. Iberian lynx, fallow and red deer, wild boar, badgers, and vast flocks of migratory and endemic birds thrived in wetlands, dunes, and forests, which have collectively long been conside
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California's trees are dying, and might not be coming back
The State of California is banking on its forests to help reduce planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But that element of the state's climate-change solution arsenal may be in jeopardy, as new research from the University of California, Irvine reports that trees in California's mountain ranges and open spaces are dying from wildfires and other pressures—and fewer new trees are filling
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MIT Scientists Discover Deep Space Signal, Pulsing Like Heartbeat
Astronomers have identified a mysterious new fast radio burst (FRB) that beats at regular intervals, much like a heart. The signal, dubbed FRB 20191221A, is the longest-lasting FRB ever discovered and has a clear periodic pattern, repeating every 0.2 seconds for up to three seconds. That's about 1,000 times longer than other signals like it, according to a statement . FRBs have puzzled astronomer
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Physicists measure joint polarization of carriers of the weak force
In the Standard Model of particle physics, the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism provides mass to elementary particles. While physicists are carrying out direct studies of the Higgs boson to test this mechanism, probes of other particles that have mass can also provide insight. For instance, the W and Z bosons—the carriers of the weak force—get their mass from the Higgs mechanism. This impacts their p
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Physicists use AI to find the most complex protein knots so far
The question of how the chemical composition of a protein—the amino acid sequence—determines its 3D structure has been one of the biggest challenges in biophysics for more than half a century. This knowledge about the so-called "folding" of proteins is in great demand, as it contributes significantly to the understanding of various diseases and their treatment, among other things. For these reason
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Differences in barriers for controlled learning about safety between biotechnology and chemistry
Nature Communications, Published online: 14 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31870-8 In contrast to chemical industry, biotechnology is still not competitive for the production of chemicals, materials, and biofuels. Here, the authors discuss the underlying reasons and propose to address the problem through regulatory changes and risk management.
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Greenfield transformation with BECU's Fumbi Chima
Thank you for joining us on "The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity." Fumbi Chima, chief information officer at BECU discusses BECU's early stages of a greenfield migration to cloud computing. The discussion covers digital transformation, fintechs, and employee experience. Click here to continue.
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Japan May Need Nine Nuclear Reactors Turned On to Get Through Winter
In an effort to prevent power outages this winter, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida asked that as many as nine of the country's nuclear reactors be brought online. Earlier today Bloomberg reported that Kishid a is expecting the shortage because of extreme weather as well as delays in opening other nuclear power stations. That's in addition to Japan's decision to use fewer energy sources from
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Post-Prime Day Deals That Are Still Pretty Good If You Missed Out
Prime Day 2022 may be over, and you may be kicking yourself for sleeping on all the amazing deals. It doesn't have to be all sour grapes. We believe in second chances, and so does Amazon it seems, considering tons of great stuff, from exercise equipment to espresso machines are still on sale for unbeatable prices. It's like Prime Day never ended! Here's a selection of the best post-Prime Day deal
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The First Webb Photo Will Blow Your Wig Off If You Zoom Out
My Stars The first photo from the James Webb Space Telescope is already awe-inspiring enough — but zooming out will give you a sense of the absolutely jaw-dropping scale of it. In the wake of the Webb's historic drop this week, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) released an interactive sky map , via its WorldWide Telescope (WWT), that allows users to zoom in and out of the part of space capt
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Researchers develop a new peptide system for the targeted transport of molecules into living mammalian cells
A novel peptide developed at the Universities of Bayreuth and Bristol is eminently suited for the targeted transport of molecules⁠—for example, of active substances and dyes⁠—into the cells of mammals. The peptide is characterized by a dual function: It can enter the cell from the outside and interact there with a partner peptide. The partner peptide must have previously been placed inside the cel
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Researchers develop a new peptide system for the targeted transport of molecules into living mammalian cells
A novel peptide developed at the Universities of Bayreuth and Bristol is eminently suited for the targeted transport of molecules⁠—for example, of active substances and dyes⁠—into the cells of mammals. The peptide is characterized by a dual function: It can enter the cell from the outside and interact there with a partner peptide. The partner peptide must have previously been placed inside the cel
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Geological activity can rapidly change deep microbial communities
In the deep subsurface that plunges into the Earth for miles, microscopic organisms inhabit vast bedrock pores and veins. Belowground microorganisms, or microbes, comprise up to half of all living material on the planet and support the existence of all life forms up the food chain. They are essential for realizing an environmentally sustainable future and can change the chemical makeup of minerals
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Men lose Y chromosomes as they age. It may be harming their hearts
As men get older, they don't just lose their hair, muscle tone, and knee cartilage. They also start to lose Y chromosomes from their cells. Scientists have linked this vanishing to a long list of diseases and a higher risk of death, but the evidence has been circumstantial. Now, researchers report that when they removed the Y chromosome from male mice, the animals died earlier than their Y-carryi
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News at a glance: Beijing's vaccine flip, EU energy flap, and Marburg virus in West Africa
PALEONTOLOGY Dino's puny arms resemble T. rex 's For dinosaurs, tiny arms may have been the price of a giant, carnivorous head , according to a study of a new species. In Argentina's Patagonian Desert, paleontologists discovered a halfcomplete, 11-meter-long skeleton that's a Tyrannosaurus rex doppelgänger, with stubby arms and a cartoonishly big cranium, but is only distantly related to the tyra
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In Utah, researchers are trying to unlock Earth's heat and make geothermal energy a reality
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Y chromosome loss causes heart failure and death from cardiovascular disease
Loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells of men is associated with disease and mortality, but no clear, causal relationship has been identified. Now, researchers from Uppsala University show in an international study in the journal Science that loss of the Y chromosome in white blood cells causes development of fibrosis in the heart, impaired heart function and death from cardiovascular diseases in
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Y chromosome loss causes heart failure and death from cardiovascular disease
Loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells of men is associated with disease and mortality, but no clear, causal relationship has been identified. Now, researchers from Uppsala University show in an international study in the journal Science that loss of the Y chromosome in white blood cells causes development of fibrosis in the heart, impaired heart function and death from cardiovascular diseases in
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High-tide floods surge as climate changes and sea level rises
Over recent decades, coastal cities in the U.S. have experienced significant increases in floods that occur during high tide, which create dangerous driving conditions, road closures, groundwater contamination and other safety issues. Climate change and sea level rise have facilitated more of these high-tide floods, according to new research in AGU's Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans.
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Scientist reviews the key technologies for space-based situational awareness
Since the launch of the first man-made earth satellite, the number of space objects has been rapidly increasing. According to the authoritative statistics from NASA, over 6,400 orbiting spacecraft still existed until early 2021. Furthermore, the total number of rocket debris above 10 cm has exceeded 16,000. The space environment has become highly congested due to the increasing space debris, serio
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YouTuber Who Blasted Friend With Explosive Diarrhea Selling NFTs to Children Now
To get a sense of the current NFT market, consider the case of Stevin John, much better known as "Blippi" on YouTube. As BuzzFeed News revealed in an eyebrow-raising 2019 report, John used to perform gross-out stunts under the pseudonym "Steezy Grossman," even going so far as to blast a friend with "explosive diarrhea" in a gag he later told the outlet was "stupid and tasteless, and I regret havi
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C. difficile may cause colorectal cancer
Clostridioides difficile , or C. diff , a bacterial species well known for causing serious diarrheal infections, may also drive colorectal cancer, research in mice finds. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Discovery , and may expose another troublesome role for this microbe, which causes approximately 500,000 infections a year in the United States—many of which prove incredibly difficult t
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France reenters medical marijuana industry after more than a half-century hiatus
Early in 2022, the French legislature greenlighted the cultivation of cannabis inside French territory to supply the nation's ongoing pilot program in medical marijuana. The clinical trials were launched in March 2021 with cannabis supplied from abroad and have been overseen by the country's food and drug office, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, or the National Agency for the Safety
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A brain network for social attraction
How does an animal's brain recognize other animals of its own kind? Scientists studying this process in young zebrafish have now discovered a neuronal circuit that mediates social attraction. This specialized pathway, which runs from the retina deep into the brain, enables zebrafish to detect and approach nearby conspecifics.
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Testing lice traps on the Hardanger coast
Salmon lice are one of the biggest challenges for the Norwegian aquaculture industry today and pose a threat to wild salmon. The authorities have therefore introduced several measures to reduce the lice levels in production facilities and the infection pressure on wild fish.
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Poll shows employees plan to seek workplaces with mental health supports
Eight in 10 U.S. workers say that how employers support their employees' mental health will be an important consideration when they seek future job opportunities, while 71% believe their employer is more concerned about the mental health of employees now than in the past, according to a survey from the American Psychological Association.
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WebSubの概要・導入方法・使い方|【インデックスを促進するプラグイン】
プラグイン WebSub の使い方 この記事では、投稿・更新記事を自動でインデックス促進してくれる便利なWordpressプラグイン WebSub(旧:PubSubHubbub) の概要・導入方法・使い方を紹介します。 少し前までは、 PubSubHubbub って「ぱぶさぶはぶばぶ・・・何て読むんですかぁ?」という感じでした。読み方は、「パブサブハバブ」が正しい読み方です。 現在は、 WebSub となり短くてすっきりしたプラグイン名になりましたね。 WebSub は、プラグインをインストールして有効化すればあとは自動で動いてくれるので、そのあと何か設定するとかはなく導入も簡単ですよ。 ということで、今回は3つのステップで簡単に解説していきます。 WebSub の機能 WebSub を使い、不正コピーサイト対策 WebSub の導入手順と使い方 WebSub の機能 WebSub とは
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Study finds plus size models a rising presence on social media
With the changing societal body image in America, plus size models have gained in popularity and positively impacted a body inclusive model of beauty. As such, plastic surgeons will likely see an increased demand for procedures that enhance the plus size body type according to researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).
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Discovery of extragalactic neutrino factories
Highly energetic and difficult to detect, neutrinos travel billions of light years before reaching our planet. Although it is known that these elementary particles come from the depths of our universe, their precise origin is still unknown. An international research team, led by the University of Würzburg and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), is shedding light on one aspect of this mystery: neutri
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Human and machine intelligence work together to find 40,000 ring galaxies
Human and machine intelligence worked together to find 40,000 ring galaxies, scientists at the National Astronomy Meeting will announce this week. Dr. Mike Walmsley of the University of Manchester and the Galaxy Zoo collaboration will present the new work, describing how this "cyborg" approach measured the shapes of millions of galaxies.
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The first CERN-driven satellite successfully launched
CELESTA, the first CERN-driven satellite, successfully entered orbit during the maiden flight of Europe's Vega-C launch vehicle. Launched by the European Space Agency from the French Guiana Space Center (CSG) at 13.13 UTC on 13 July 2022, the satellite deployed smoothly and transmitted its first signals in the afternoon.
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Head of Tesla's Self-Driving Abruptly Leaves Company as Efforts Sputter
Major Departure Andrej Karpathy, the head of Tesla's AI department, has left the company, in a high profile departure from a department that oversees the company's controversial Autopilot driving assistance feature. The news also comes on the heels of major layoffs for the company, with Musk announcing ten percent of Tesla employees would be laid off last month because he had a "super bad feeling
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NYC Issues PSA on How to Survive Nuclear Attack
Public Freakout New York City residents were treated to a public service announcement (PSA) about how to survive nuclear fallout earlier this week — because apparently we all need one more thing to freak out about. In an interview with the New York Daily News , Mayor Eric Adams defended the decision to release the PSA, in spite of criticisms that it was "alarmist" to do so, especially given the c
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Best Cable Modems for 2022
Internet providers typically provide cable modems for a monthly fee, but buying one of your own can save money and take advantage of your internet package's speeds. The differences between modems are generally small, but the subtle differences can affect the price and performance. However, there are a few circumstances, such as if you regularly game or have a gigabit internet package, where you m
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Physicists harness quantum 'time reversal' to measure vibrating atoms
The quantum vibrations in atoms hold a miniature world of information. If scientists can accurately measure these atomic oscillations, and how they evolve over time, they can hone the precision of atomic clocks as well as quantum sensors, which are systems of atoms whose fluctuations can indicate the presence of dark matter, a passing gravitational wave, or even new, unexpected phenomena.
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Crystal phase engineering offers glimpse of future potential, researchers say
Atomic rearrangement changes a material's physical and chemical properties, which may lead to potential applications across disciplines, including in sustainable energy. With two decades of focused attention on how regulating such rearrangements—a process called phase engineering—may enable sustainable energy conversion processes, researchers in China have summarized the work so far, including how
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A collapsing glacier in Kyrgyzstan sends worrying signal to Central Asia
On July 8, a glacier collapsed in the mountains of the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, triggering an avalanche. There was little knowledge of this incident for two days, until it was publicized by foreign tourists who witnessed it. These events took place at the Dzhuku pass on the Terskey Ala-Too ridge on the side of Central Asia's biggest gold mine, Kumtor.
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Lawsuit prompts retraction of book chapter on outdated birth surgery
Springer Nature has retracted a 2020 chapter in a digital book – along with a related introduction – after a judge in Ireland ruled that the paper defamed another researcher and two attorneys. "Truth or Dare; Women, Politics, and the Symphysiotomy Scandal", was written by Oonagh Walsh, a professor of gender studies at Glasgow Caledonian … Continue reading
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Beyond the clouds: Finding galaxies behind galaxies
There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe, each containing billions of stars, and found in every part of the sky. But in some directions, nearby galaxies block the view of the more distant cosmos. Now a team from the University of Keele have created the largest ever map of previously hidden galaxies. Jessica Craig is presenting their work this week at the National Astronomy Meetin
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