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The Criminal Case Against Trump Is Getting Stronger
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 . Federal and state prosecutors may soon need to decide whether to bring charges against a former president and current front-runner for the Republican nomination. But first, here are three new stories
Monkeypox declared global health emergency by WHO as cases surge
Declaration is strongest call to action agency can make, with most recent such announcement being for Covid The global monkeypox outbreak has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) – the strongest call to action the agency can make. It is the seventh time such a declaration has been made since 2009, the most recent being for Covid-1


The Torment of Odesa
A most predictable rocket attack hit Odesa today—announced shortly before it happened by an air-raid alert on my phone, but also a full day before, when Russia and Ukraine struck a tentative deal to let Ukraine ship grain from Odesa and two other ports. This morning, rockets landed at the port itself, which was soon in flames. Russia could not let a point of accord pass without spicing it up with
Wind Turbine Catches on Fire, Creates Spiral-Shaped Smoke Pattern
Big Shocker A Texas windmill struck by lightning yesterday made more than a few smoke rings that could rival even Gandalf's best . One Texas resident captured the flames on video as he was passing by, in 45-second clip that even got picked up by local news . The footage shows a flaming blade spinning around as the turbine still churns, creating a spiral of smoke rings. Seconds later, the flames i
'We're all tired': the everyday exhaustion of Australia's third Covid winter
After enduring more than two years of pandemic, we're facing yet another fresh wave. How can we push through the malaise? Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app , morning email briefing and daily news podcast When Angie attended a funeral last week, she wore a mask. "I was very much a minority," she says. As a close family member of the deceased, the musi
Hyundai Busted Using Child Labor in Alabama
The Runaround In a damning exclusive report published yesterday, Reuters confirmed that the Korean carmaker Hyundai has been using child labor near its flagship factory in Montgomery, AL. Metal stamping plant SMART LLC has been employing workers as young as 12 years old. SMART provides parts for Hyundai's SUV and car models and is a majority-owned unit. Although Hyundai didn't respond to Reuters
Robot Designed to Tunnel Through the Earth Incredibly Fast Using Plasma
Make Way If Cali-based startup EarthGrid has its way, downed power lines and faulty electric transformers may soon be a problem of the past. Science and tech pub New Atlas explained the company's patent-pending process on Thursday and said the plasma boring robot it's developing can dig underground tunnels as much as 100 times faster than the competition, all while costing about 98 percent less.
Ask anything about the research of cognitive science of one research group!
Hai! The lead of the Qualia Research Institute, researchers trying to mathematically understand phenomenological features of our experience, both sober and altered by substances, trying to connect it with the mathematics of the brain activity, advancing our understanding of the mind so that we can design more advanced and efficient neurotechnology, fix negative states of mind such as chronic pain
It's time to make science in remote places family-friendly
Nature, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-02048-5 Melissa Ward Jones and Mette Bendixen share their stories of juggling parenting and fieldwork, and argue that more should be done to help retain scientist-parents, particularly women, in academia.
Shockingly, Crypto Project That Promised 5% Returns Per Week Turned Out to Be a Ponzi Scheme
Back in May, the FBI took EminiFX founder Eddy Alexandre into custody after accusing him of fraud. In June, the Justice Department and Commodity Futures Trading Commission accused his cryptocurrency company EminiFX of being a Ponzi scheme, arguing that it had cheated $59 million out of thousands of investors. And now, according to a preliminary report, it sounds like the company made out with far
Best Netflix VPNs of 2022
If you want to watch content from around the world, you'll lock in two major advantages over regular streaming if you sign up for the best Netflix VPN: zero throttling from your ISP and access to Netflix libraries outside of your current region. By keeping your traffic completely private, your internet service provider (ISP) won't be able to target you by throttling (intentionally slowing) your c
Supercurrent diode effect and magnetochiral anisotropy in few-layer NbSe2
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31954-5 The supercurrent diode effect was recently observed in a Nb/V/Ta superlattice thin film with Rashba-type spin-orbit coupling. Here, the authors observe this effect in few-layer NbSe2 crystals driven by valley-Zeeman-type spin-orbit coupling and find that the effect is proportional to out-of-plane magnetic field.
Mechanochemistry-driven engineering of 0D/3D heterostructure for designing highly luminescent Cs–Pb–Br perovskites
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31924-x While emission and stability of metal–halide perovskites can be enhanced through heterostructural encapsulation, a controlled synthesis route to such structures is not trivial to realize. Here, the authors design a mechanochemistry-driven protocol for synthesizing highly luminescent CsPbBr3/Cs4PbBr6 heterostruct
Natural variation of DROT1 confers drought adaptation in upland rice
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31844-w Genetic basis of the drought tolerance of upland rice is unclear. Here, the authors report the cloning of a COBRA-like protein encoding gene DROT1 and reveal that it is repressed by ERF3 and activated by ERF71 to help control the balance between growth and drought tolerance in upland rice.
If our datacentres cannot take the heat, the UK could really go off the rails | John Naughton
It is understandable that railway infrastructure could not cope with last week's temperatures, but why did Google and Oracle's facilities go offline? One of the unexpected delights of the heatwave was the sound of a Conservative transport secretary talking sense. Grant Shapps was on the Today programme on Tuesday morning explaining a basic principle of good engineering design: get the specificati
Tesla Semi Spotted With Huge Mysterious Mural on Its Side
Keep Truckin' There may not be many Tesla Semis on the road yet — the truck is still under active development, with plans for commercial production not planned until 2023 — but a prototype spotted by a Reddit user yesterday would stand out from the rest regardless. The electric tractor trailer was filmed in a short 11-second clip heading west on I-80 in California, and it sports a pretty gnarly m
Declaring monkeypox an international emergency, WHO chief rejects expert panel's advice
The World Health Organisation (WHO) today declared the global spread of monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), even though a special advisory committee has declined, again, to recommend the action. This is the first time since the PHEIC system was created in 2005 that the agency has made such a declaration without the panel's endorsement. "This is big, unprecedented
New System Creates Jet Fuel From Water, CO2 and Sunlight
Light Work Scientists in Switzerland say they've figured out how to make jet fuel from nothing more than water, carbon dioxide and sunlight. New research published in the journal Joule this week explains how the team built a solar tower to handle the entire process. The tower uses solar energy to produce synthetic alternative fuels instead of ones derived from fossil fuels. The kerosene the solar
Diver Comes Face to Face with TWO 20-Foot Sharks! | Shark Week
Stream Jaws Awakens: Phred vs Slash on discovery+ ► #discovery #sharkweek #shark About Jaws Awakens: Phred vs Slash: Rumor has it that two of the largest sharks in existence have been recently roaming New Zealand waters, but nobody knows which one is the largest. Brandon McMillan and Dickie Chivell are heading out to see which one
This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 23)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI Is Ready to Sell DALL-E to its First Million Customers Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "'We've seen much more interest than we had anticipated, much bigger than it was for GPT-3,' says Peter Welinder, vice president of product and partnerships at OpenAI. Paying customers will now be able to use the images they create with DALL-E in commercial projects, s
Chinese Scientists Show Off Laser That Can Write Words in Mid-Air
Magic Pen Scientists at Hongtuo Joint Laboratory in Wuhan, China, have invented what sounds like a mysterious yet fascinating laser pen that can write in mid-air — an intriguing approach that could, theoretically, be an onramp to "Star Wars"-esque hologram technology. The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that the pen uses ultra-short laser pulses to strip the electrons from air particl
Weekend reads: Harvard sued over retracted paper; 'retraction with honor'; critiquing our fake peer review coverage
Would you consider a donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Papers in Scientific Reports – and their expressions of concern – raise questions 250th COVID-19 retraction is for faked ethics approval Papers in Croce case with "blatantly obvious" problems still aren't retracted after misconduct investigation: … Continue reading
Multiple anthropogenic pressures eliminate the effects of soil microbial diversity on ecosystem functions in experimental microcosms
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31936-7 It is unclear whether the positive effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning are maintained under multifaceted anthropogenic disturbance. In this experiment, the authors show that multiple simultaneous stressors can negate the positive effect of microbial diversity on soil functions.
The Era of Climate Change Has Created a New Emotion
From above, an open-cut coal mine looks like some geological aberration, a sort of man-made desert, a recent volcanic eruption, or a kind of terra forming. When the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht first gazed at a series of such mines while driving through his home region in southeast Australia, he stopped and got out of his car, overcome "at the desolation of this once beautiful place," he
Is Democracy Constitutional?
Every American child in public school learns that the U.S. political system is one of checks and balances, in which the judicial, executive, and legislative branches constrain one another to ensure that no one branch of government exercises too much power. One pending case before the Supreme Court asks: What if they didn't? In Moore v. Harper , North Carolina Republicans are arguing that no other
Monkeypox is in Bay Area wastewater
Last month, Stanford's Sewer Coronavirus Alert Network, or SCAN, added monkeypox to the suite of viruses it checks wastewater for daily. Since then, monkeypox has been detected in 10 of the 11 sewer systems that SCAN tests, including those in Sacramento, Palo Alto, and several other cities in California's Bay Area. As of July 21, the US had recorded 2,593 monkeypox cases. Globally, the virus has
Mike Pence Is Trying to Send a Message
You may not have predicted that Mike Pence—a man who once praised Donald Trump 14 times in a span of three minutes—would ever publicly defy his former boss. But 2022, it seems, is a brave new world in Republican politics. In the Arizona GOP primary for governor, Pence is, in essence, campaigning against Trump. The former vice president has endorsed Karrin Taylor Robson, a former developer and lan
Stress-testing the resilience of the Austrian healthcare system using agent-based simulation
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31766-7 As mass quarantines, absences due to sickness, or other shocks thin out patient-physician networks, the system might be pushed to a tipping point where it loses its ability to deliver care. Here, the authors propose a data-driven framework to quantify regional resilience to such shocks via an agent-based model.
Extensive co-binding and rapid redistribution of NANOG and GATA6 during emergence of divergent lineages
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31938-5 The authors show that the transcription factors NANOG and GATA6 co-bind the same enhancers in common progenitors before divergent epiblast and primitive endoderm lineages emerge. This may help maintain plasticity at early stages and facilitate bifurcation into distinct lineages
A proteolytically activated antimicrobial toxin encoded on a mobile plasmid of Bacteroidales induces a protective response
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31925-w The bacterium Phocaeicola vulgatus is commonly found in the human gut. Here, the authors show that the microorganism produces an antibacterial toxin that targets the LPS core glycan of closely related species and induces a response that partially protects cells from multiple antimicrobial toxins.
Scientists encode 'Wizard of Oz' in a vanishingly small plastic
Imagine being able to hide an extremely complex encryption password or detailed financial information for an organization inside the chemical structure of ink. It might sound like something out of a spy movie, but scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Massachusetts Lowell recently proved it possible.
'I'm very pleased we've got the same name': Brian Cox meets Brian Cox
The actor Brian Cox used to be irked by the success of his upstart namesake. Now, for the first time, he and Prof Brian Cox talk science, Succession and what Shakespeare and black holes have in common When anyone mentions Brian Cox, the first question invariably asked is: which Brian Cox are you talking about? Do you mean Prof Brian Cox, physicist, or actor Brian Cox, from Succession? So imagine
A phylogenetically-restricted essential cell cycle progression factor in the human pathogen Candida albicans
Nature Communications, Published online: 23 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31980-3 Chromosomal instability caused by cell division errors is associated with antifungal drug resistance in fungal pathogens. Here, Jaitly et al. identify several genes involved in chromosomal stability in Candida albicans, including a phylogenetically restricted gene encoding an essential cell-cycle progression fac
Halos and dark matter: A recipe for discovery
About three years ago, a team of astronomers went looking for the universe's missing mass, better known as dark matter, in the heart of an atom. Their expedition didn't lead them to dark matter, but they still found something that had never been seen before, something that defied explanation. Well, at least an explanation that everyone could agree on.
Sustainable way to extract value from microalgae
To save the world's fish stocks and oceans, scientists are racing to find better and sustainable ways to make healthy nutritional products such as Omega-3 fatty acids, biodiesel, aquaculture and livestock food from fast-growing microalgae. New research has discovered a simple, low-cost and effective way to extract high-value bioactives from single-cell algae oil — using waste sulfur from industri
Colorectal cancer tumors both helped and hindered by T cells
Colorectal tumors are swarming with white blood cells, but whether these cells help or hinder the cancer is hotly debated. While some studies have shown that white blood cells heroically restrict tumor growth and combat colorectal cancer, equally compelling evidence casts the white blood cells as malignant co-conspirators — bolstering the tumor and helping it spread.
Genetic defect leads to motor disorders in flies
Researchers have discovered a protein whose defect causes motor disorders in flies. The protein had also previously been found in human patients with Parkinson's disease. So far, however, it was not known what function it has in the cell. The study now provides an answer to this question.
Nonthermal plasma-promoted CO2 hydrogenation in presence of alloy catalysts
Nonthermal plasma (NTP) is used to activate CO2 molecules for hydrogenation into alternative fuels at low temperatures, also enabling the conversion of renewable electricity to chemical energy. Researchers from Tokyo Tech combined experimental and computational methods to investigate the hydrogenation pathway of NTP-promoted CO2 on the surface of Pd2Ga/SiO2 catalysts. The mechanistic insights from
Scientists expand entomological research using genome editing
Researchers have developed a work-flow method, called Fanflow4Insects, that annotates gene functions in insects. In functional annotation, scientists collect information about a gene's biological identity. The team's new method uses transcribed sequence information as well as genome and protein sequence databases. With Fanflow4Insects, the team has annotated the functional information of the Japan
Porous crystals bind fluorine-containing greenhouse gases
Fluorine-containing gases — including so-called per- or polyfluorinated hydrocarbons, or PFCs — have a significant share in global warming. Researchers recently developed new crystalline materials that can selectively adsorb the molecules of such carbon-fluorine bonds. They hope that these porous crystals may be useful for targeted binding and recovery of PFCs.
Strengthening the immune response to cancer
A team of medical researchers want to improve our immune defenses against cancer. They have recently shown in human cells what was previously only possible in mouse models. Their findings have raised the chances of a highly effective immunotherapy being developed for blood cancer.
Light polarization creates art, explains mathematical concepts
Scientists explore the physics of how polarization-filtered colors emerge, how they can be controlled, and why subtle changes in viewing angle, sample orientation, and the order of layers of films between polarizers can have dramatic effects on the observed colors. The research emphasizes visual examples of concepts related to birefringence, such as addition, subtraction, and order-of-operations.
Potential target for Type 1 diabetes treatment
Scientists have discovered a pathway to the regeneration of insulin in pancreatic stem cells, a major breakthrough toward new therapies to treat Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Using the pancreas stem cells of a type 1 diabetic donor, researchers were able to effectively reactivate them to become insulin-expressing and functionally resemble beta-like cells through the use of a drug approved by the US
Emergency triage of brain computed tomography via anomaly detection with a deep generative model
Nature Communications, Published online: 22 July 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31808-0 Triage is essential for the early diagnosis and reporting of emergency patients in the emergency department. Here, the authors develop an anomaly detection algorithm with a deep generative model that reprioritizes radiology worklists and provides lesion attention maps for brain CT images with critical findings.

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