Photographs by Jonno Rattman "B efore I turn to the Word," the preacher announces, "I'm gonna do another diatribe." "Go on!" one man yells. "Amen!" shouts a woman several pews in front of me. Between 40 minutes of praise music and 40 minutes of preaching is the strangest ritual I've ever witnessed inside a house of worship. Pastor Bill Bolin calls it his "diatribe." The congregants at FloodGate C
It's not every day that someone comes across a new state of matter in quantum physics, the scientific field devoted to describing the behavior of atomic and subatomic particles in order to elucidate their properties.
Burn Baby Burn It appears that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may be enamored of a totalitarian communist state. And no, we're not talking about California. In a wide-ranging appearance at the Financial Times ' Future of the Car summit yesterday , Musk told the crowd that he believes the Chinese workforce is harder working than Americans — a complex admission, because while China hosts some of Te
Failsafe The crypto wallet company Coinbase appears to have quietly snuck a mutually-assured destruction clause into its latest earnings report. As Fortune observed , the fine print in Coinbase's quarterly earnings report — which details both a $430 million loss and a 19 percent drop in users per month — explains that if the company goes bankrupt, it could possibly take all the crypto in its user
Sign up for The Weekly Planet, Robinson Meyer's newsletter about living through climate change, here. MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—On Monday night, I saw one of the most despair-inducing performances about the hope of climate action that I've witnessed in years. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, took the stage here at the Aspen Ideas: Climate festival to discuss what congressional Democrats are doing
The protagonist of Penelope Mortimer's 1958 novel, Daddy's Gone a-Hunting , is a 37-year-old housewife named Ruth, who is sliding into a madness of midlife suffocation and despair. Alone in her kitchen early in the novel, Ruth drinks gin and tentatively confesses to an imagined listener the source of all her angst. When she married Rex, her trivial bully of a husband, at 18, she was three months
In Soviet films, on Soviet posters, in Soviet poetry and songs, the typical Red Army soldier was hale and hearty, simple and straightforward, untroubled by trauma or fear. He cheerfully marched all day, slept on the ground at night, never complained, and never even used swear words. When the British historian Catherine Merridale was collecting the lyrics of Red Army songs for her 2005 book, Ivan'
A paper on the potential use of ivermectin to treat Covid-19 has been retracted for a litany of flaws, joining at least 10 other articles on the therapy some liked to promote without evidence to fall. The article was part of a special issue of Toxicology Reports on Covid-19 that has received an expression of … Continue reading
The go-to materials for building home furniture, décor and floors are composite wood products that come in large sheets. But the glues and resins holding together particleboard, fiberboard and plywood usually contain formaldehyde and could release this probable carcinogen into the air. To develop a nontoxic adhesive, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have combined glucose
A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports has revealed the strongest evidence to date that all bison in North America carry multiple small, but clearly identifiable, regions of DNA that originated from domestic cattle.
Jules Verne could not even dream of this: A research team from the University of Bayreuth, together with international partners, has pushed the boundaries of high-pressure and high-temperature research into cosmic dimensions. For the first time, they have succeeded in generating and simultaneously analyzing materials under compression pressures of more than one terapascal (1,000 gigapascals). Such
With the help of the world's most powerful supercomputer and new artificial intelligence techniques, an international team of researchers has theorized how the extreme conditions in stars produce carbon-12, which they describe as "a critical gateway to the birth of life."
When stars like our sun use up all their fuel, they shrink to form white dwarfs. Sometimes such dead stars flare back to life in a super-hot explosion and produce a fireball of X-ray radiation. A research team from several German institutes including Tübingen University, and led by Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), has now been able to observe such an explosion of X-ray ligh
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04676-3 Peptide synthesis can take place directly on RNA, which suggests how a nucleic acid–protein world might have originated on early Earth.
The 66-year-old wrote in a tweet Tuesday that he is experiencing mild symptoms and is "following the experts' advice" by isolating himself until he's healthy. (Image credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Hawksbill turtles often travel circuitous routes for short distances – one swam 1,306km to reach an island just 176km away Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing How migrating animals like sea turtles navigate hundreds to thousands of kilometres across the open ocean has intrigued biologists since Charles Darwin. But some
Here's a riddle for you. How can a country with enough resources to 3D print a new hydroelectric dam using artificial intelligence, driverless trucks and seemingly the best construction equipment money can buy still somehow lack the ability and resources to deliver food to starving residents trapped in a COVID-19 lockdown ? While you're mulling that one, we're willing to admit China's newest cons
Payload Prototype Something interesting has been spotted on Ship 24, a prototype of SpaceX's Mars-bound Starship rocket. A tweet posted yesterday by superfan Starship Gazer showed a wide, odd-looking hatch on the side of the ship as it sits on the launch pad at SpaceX's Boca Chica, Texas test site. Starship Gazer's photo shows the side of Starship as it's being built. The payload door — if that's
Sign up for Derek's newsletter here . What if we invented a technology to save the planet—and the world refused to use it? This haunting hypothetical first popped into my head when I was reading about Paxlovid, the antiviral drug developed by Pfizer. If taken within a few days of infection with COVID-19, Paxlovid reduces a vulnerable adult's chance of death or hospitalization by 90 percent. Two m
So Long Erosion, storms and climate change — oh my! The perfect combination is likely what's behind two North Carolina houses that collapsed into the ocean less than 24 hours apart. The most recent of the two homes was located in Rodanthe, NC, and wasn't occupied when it was destroyed. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore tweeted video yesterday that shows the moment the house falls off its stilts
With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade , abortion access for tens of millions of women and girls across the nation may soon be a matter of the past. For many women of means, who can travel and pay for child care, the loss of Roe will be disruptive. For many poor women—particularly poor women of color—the loss will be deadly. This is the coming of the new Jane Crow. Certain aspects
M y kids love my mom, but they haven't spent much time with her—at least not in person. They videochat with Gramma about once a week. We Zoomed into her 65th birthday party in March, and the girls held the pictures they'd colored for her up to the camera. But they've never actually been to her house. I can count on one hand the number of times she's babysat either of my kids. (It's one time.) Tha
In a mildly vampiric finding, spinal fluid from young mice appears to make their elders smarter. A new study published in the journal Nature details how, when injected with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from their younger counterparts, older mice appear to gain better memory recall — an experiment that could also have great implications for human memory improvement as well. Conducted by Stanford medi
Last summer, three researchers took a small step toward answering one of the most important questions in theoretical computer science. To paraphrase Avi Wigderson of the Institute for Advanced Study, that question asks something simple but profound: Can we solve all the problems we hope to solve? More precisely, computer scientists want to know whether all the problems we hope to solve can be…
Somehow, NFTs are even worse than we realized. A report from cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes found that there's been a marked increase in malware campaigns geared towards the NFT community, where enthusiasts seem to be the perfect marks, not only because they're often technically naïve enthusiasts but also because they often have high value digital assets on their computers. In other words, total
President Joe Biden arrived in office with a throwback theory of how to expand his party's support. He sought to focus his presidency on delivering kitchen-table benefits to low- and middle-income families—for example, with stimulus checks and an expansive child tax credit—while downplaying his involvement in high-profile cultural disputes and emphasizing bipartisanship. Harry Truman or Hubert Hu
Staff officers often seethe quietly at an absence of precise political objectives for a war. After all , they frequently think, the really hard part is the marshaling and direction of air, land, and sea forces against a reacting enemy. Surely politicians could make that task easier by providing clear and constant purposes . Alas, the officers are invariably disappointed, and the war in Ukraine sh
During the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, the commentators on the television broadcast began discussing the chances that Jason Kidd, then a second-year guard for the Dallas Mavericks, would make that year's U.S. men's Olympic basketball team. Kidd was a prodigious young talent, the commentators agreed, but his outside shooting remained a problem. "It might be the one thing that could keep him off," Matt
A Curse Upon You Boeing's Starliner, it seems, may be cursed. As Reuters reports , Boeing and its supplier, Aerojet Rocketdyne, are playing the blame game as the May 19 launch date for Starliner approaches swiftly — even as the rocket itself continues to have major issues. Just a week after a part appeared to fall off of Starliner as it was being taken to the launchpad for tests, this latest trou
EPFL scientists have developed a digital model of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, that realistically simulates the movements of the animal. The twin is a big step towards reverse engineering the neuromechanical control of animal behavior, and developing bioinspired robots.
A thought experiment called Maxwell's demon, long hypothesised to break the laws of physics, could be made using simple electronic devices at macroscopic scales – without upsetting the laws of thermodynamics
Plane Punked A Turkish flight aborted takeoff yesterday after passengers on board starting receiving creepy photos of plane crashes on their phones. According to a BBC report , AnadoluJet passengers with iPhones started getting AirDrop requests, which is a pretty common prank to pull when you're in public with a bunch of strangers. Most of the time, though, the prank doesn't seem to threaten dead
A study led by scientists at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and University of Kent uncovers how the genome three-dimensional structure of male germ cells determines how genomes evolve over time. Published in Nature Communications and carried out in rodent species, the study shows that the distinctive events occurring during egg and sperm cell production have a different impact on geno
This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Every Monday, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Question of the Week This week's question is an experiment for me and a creative challenge for you: In two paragraphs or less,
Astronomers from the Astronomical Observatory of Padova, Italy, and elsewhere have conducted observations of 25 stars as part of the COPAINS Pilot Survey. As a result, they detected four new brown dwarfs that received designations HIP 21152 B, HIP 29724 B, HD 60584 B and HIP 63734 B. The finding is reported in a paper published May 4 on the arXiv pre-print server.
E lection , the satirical movie directed by Alexander Payne, met with critical euphoria when it opened in 1999. Election the satirical novel had occasioned less fuss when it came out the year before; indeed, its then-unknown author, Tom Perrotta, had barely managed to get it published. ("People don't know whether it's YA or adult," his agent had told him . "They don't know what to do with it.") B
The traditional approach to work needs a redesign, says economist Juliet Schor. She's leading four-day work week trials in countries like the US and Ireland, and the results so far have been overwhelmingly positive: from increased employer and customer satisfaction to revenue growth and lower turnover. Making the case for a four-day, 32-hour work week (with five days of pay), Schor explains how th
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. Russia hacked a US satellite company one hour before the Ukraine invasion What happened: Just an hour before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Russian government hackers targeted the American satellite company Viasat, officials from the US, EU, and UK have confi
CRISPR-Cas9 is considered a revolutionary gene editing tool, but its applications are limited by a lack of methods by which it can be safely and efficiently delivered into cells. Recently, a research team from Kumamoto University, Japan, have constructed a highly flexible CRISPR-Cas9 carrier using aminated polyrotaxane (PRX) that can not only bind with the unusual structure of Cas9 and carry it in
Be advised: This story contains mention of suicidal thoughts and ideations. If you are in danger because of similar thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free at 800-273-8255 . Posts on a Reddit forum dedicated to cryptocurrency token LUNA have skyrocketed as the coin has fallen into crisis over the past day — and gotten very dark in tone, once again illustrating the
One of the most dangerous elements of Donald Trump's attempt to steal the 2020 election is how it collapsed the gap between two distinct functions: electioneering and election administration. Both are political, insofar as elected officials oversee elections, but they begin from different premises. Election administration starts out with rules for the election and then uses those rules to determi
By Lori Valigra (Bangor Daily News) and Caitlin Looby (Climate Central) with Jen Brady (Climate Central) contributing to data reporting Maire Lenihan coaxes organic Keuka Gold potatoes into a washing machine at Goranson Farm in Dresden on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN Maine farmer Ryan Guerrette irrigated his 1,200 acres of potatoes in Caribou more often in the past few
Researchers have shown for the first time in mice that heart problems associated with the flu are not caused by raging inflammation in the lungs, as has long been predicted. Instead, the electrical malfunctions and heart scarring seen in some of the sickest flu patients are caused by direct influenza infection of cardiac cells.
Scientists describe a process for converting non-neuronal cells into functioning neurons able to take up residence in the brain, send out their fibrous branches across neural tissue, form synapses, dispense dopamine and restore capacities undermined by Parkinson's destruction of dopaminergic cells.
For patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), becoming a mother is fraught with difficult questions: is it acceptable to continue disease modifying treatment during pregnancy and breastfeeding to keep the disease at bay, or does this put the child at risk? A study on the drug glatiramer acetate can relieve mothers of this concern during the breastfeeding period. A comparative study between
In this, the season of Bill Gates's atonement, the billionaire is willing to acknowledge that things don't always turn out as they should have, and that—at least in some cases—that's on him. There was the high-profile divorce from his wife of 27 years, Melinda French Gates (" definitely a sad thing ," he said); allegations of an affair and inappropriate flirting at work ("false, recycled rumors,"
As many chemists know, the membrane distillation (MD) process has gained increasing popularity and attention for saline treatment, especially because of its extremely high salt rejection (the theoretical value up to 100%). In MD, the hydrophobic membrane serves as a core and significant part of realizing two-phase separation. However, the existing membrane wetting phenomenon always restricts the l
In diverse schools, friends of the same race or ethnicity are influential in shaping teenagers' sense of belonging, finds new research by a multidisciplinary team including Cornell's Adam Hoffman, an expert in psychology and human development.
When the producer Patrick Walters first read the romance comic Heartstopper , he knew it had to be a TV show. There was something about the way the author, Alice Oseman, had illustrated the story that gave him "butterflies," he told me over Zoom. The characters—a pair of teen boys falling in love—were adorably expressive, all wide eyes and furtive glances captured in fine strokes. Their dialogue
A team of scientists is making inroads in understanding the relationship between certain enzymes that are normally produced in the body and their role in regulating obesity and controlling liver diseases. Researchers studied male mice that lacked the Cyp2b enzyme and how the lack of the enzyme affected the mice's metabolism.
Scientists have published a ground-breaking study of the structure and function of a central protein in the liver: NTCP, a cellular-entry pathway for bile salts, but also for certain hepatitis viruses. These results reveal the 3D structure of NTCP and two architectures it can adopt. One may be helpful in the development of therapeutic tools against hepatitis viral infection.
Researchers show that different patient responses to statins can be explained by the variation in the human microbiome. The findings suggest that microbiome monitoring could be used to help optimize personalized statin treatments.
Researchers have traced the cause of increased numbers of mutations in children to a higher rate of random mutations in sperm cells of the biological father, associated with rare genetic defects in DNA repair or chemotherapy.
Liquid fuels with high energy density are essential in many applications where chemical energy is converted into controlled motion, such as in rockets, gas turbines, boilers, and certain vehicle engines. Besides their combustion characteristics and performance, it is also important to guarantee the safety and stability of these fuels when in use as well as during transport and storage.
Primary fluid inclusions in bedded halite from the 830-million-year-old Browne Formation of central Australia contain organic solids and liquids, as documented with transmitted light and UV-vis petrography. These objects are consistent in size, shape, and fluorescent response to cells of prokaryotes and algae, and aggregates of organic compounds. This discovery shows that microorganisms from salin
The shallow sea that covered much of western North America 95 million years ago was as warm as today's tropics, according to a new study that used fossil oyster shells as paleothermometers. The study provides the first direct temperature data from that vast mid-latitude sea during the height of the Cretaceous Thermal Maximum, one of the planet's hottest climate intervals of the past several hundr
Hybrid school during the COVID-19 pandemic—and working from home—were both associated with worse parental mental health, a new study finds. Having a child attend a private school or school with above-average instructional quality was associated with better mental health of parents, according to the study, among the first to present the interaction of school and workplace policies and other enviro
A new study has discovered the functions of hundreds of genes in algae, some of which are also present in plants. The achievement will help efforts to genetically engineer algae for biofuel production and develop strains of agricultural crops that can withstand climate change.
The first whole genome sequences of the ancient people of Uruguay provide a genetic snapshot of Indigenous populations of the region before they were decimated by a series of European military campaigns.
A receptor that was first identified as necessary for insulin action, that also is located on the neural stem cells found deep in the brains of mice, is pivotal for brain stem cell longevity, according to a new study, a finding that has important implications for brain health and future therapies for brain disorders.
Scientists explore the growing threat that extreme heat poses to workforce health in three of the hottest cities in North America — Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Their study results hold important findings for outdoor workers, their employers, and policymakers across the Southwestern U.S.
A study has identified a binding protein in cancer cell's nucleus, known as CHD4, as a critical agent keeping Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) dormant and undetected by the body's immune system. CHD4 is linked to cancer cell growth in many types of cancers.
People with type 2 diabetes may need to reduce their blood sugar levels sooner after diagnosis than previously thought, to prevent major cardiovascular events such as heart attacks, according to new research.
In addition to increased morbidity and impaired lung function after a Streptococcus pneumoniaeinfection in older mice, the researchers also found elevated levels of gut-derived bacteria in the lungs, suggesting that bacteria that migrate from the intestine to the lungs may partially be responsible for the poor outcomes in older individuals.
Cricut, the go-to name in DIY tech, has released the third iteration of its popular shirt press, the Cricut EasyPress 3 . It works in conjunction with its line of popular vinyl cutters to personalize canvas bags, coasters, pillows, and of course, every kind of T-shirt. Just like the Cricut vinyl cutters, EasyPress 3 is incredibly user-friendly, and you don't have to have any serious crafting back
Scientific Reports, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41598-022-11757-w Cyanidin-3- O -glucoside inhibits the β-catenin/MGMT pathway by upregulating miR-214-5p to reverse chemotherapy resistance in glioma cells
For 15 years, researchers have been using the IUCN's Red List criteria to assess reptile species across the world. Scientists recently found that a fifth of those are now at risk of extinction, and experts say their work helps to better target conservation efforts.
The famous double slit experiment shows that particles can travel on two paths at the same time — but only by looking at a lot of particles and analysing the results statistically. Now a two-path-interference experiment has been designed that only has to measure one specific particle to prove that it travelled on two paths.
New research charts the surprisingly widespread response in multiple brain areas when the eyes of two individuals meet and social gaze interaction happens. "There are strong robust signals in the brain that are signatures of an interactive social gaze," says Steve Chang, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Yale University, a member of the Wu-Tsai Institute and the Kavli Institut
A team of international researchers has discovered a way to produce higher quality wheat. The scientists from the University of Adelaide and the UK's John Innes Centre have identified a genetic driver that improves yield traits in wheat, which unexpectedly can also lead to increasing protein content by up to 25 percent.
In a new study, a brief, audio-guided, befriending-themed meditation reduced affective polarization between people on the "Remain" versus "Leave" sides of the U.K.'s Brexit referendum. Otto Simonsson of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on May 11, 2022.
A study employing hypothetical restaurant menus suggests that climate-friendly default options and labels indicating the carbon footprint of each dish may influence diners' dish selections and the resulting environmental effects. Ann-Katrin Betz and colleagues at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany, present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Climate.
So like..here's the main idea..what would happen if my higher perceptual areas receive input from somebody elses sensory input. I do not have a concrete answer and so would love to have a stimulating discussion on this. What could be the consequences? submitted by /u/confused_8357 [link] [comments]
Jules Verne could not even dream of this: A research team has pushed the boundaries of high-pressure and high-temperature research into cosmic dimensions. For the first time, they have succeeded in generating and simultaneously analyzing materials under compression pressures of more than one terapascal (1,000 gigapascals). Such extremely high pressures prevail, for example, at the center of the pl
The best things in life are unlikely to occur. In many situations, taking at least moderate risks yields higher expected rewards. Yet many people struggle with taking such risks: they are overly cautious and forego high payoffs. "However, we are not alone in this struggle, but we can observe and learn from others," says Wataru Toyokawa. "We therefore wanted to find out whether social learning can
A purely mechanical method can produce a novel, more sustainable fertilizer in a less polluting way. That is the result of a method optimized at DESY's light source PETRA III. An international team used PETRA III to optimize the production method that is an adaptation of an ancient technique: by milling two common ingredients, urea and gypsum, the scientists produce a new solid compound that slowl
People exposed to wildfires have a higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors, a new study finds. Researchers tracked over two million Canadians over a period of 20 years. They say the study is the first to examine how proximity to forest fires may influence cancer risk. " Wildfires tend to happen in the same locations each year, but we know very little about the long-term health effects of
During the 1950s and 1960s, Minamata Bay in Japan was the site of widespread mercury poisoning caused by the consumption of fish containing methylmercury—a toxic form of mercury that is synthesized when bacteria react with mercury released in water. Mercury poisoning caused deaths and widespread neurological disorders, as well as intergenerational harm as many of the survivors had children with bi
A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the estimated average rate of officer-involved shootings increased by 12.9 percent in 10 U.S. states that relaxed restrictions between 2014 and 2020 on civilians carrying concealed firearms in public.
How would afforestation and restoration of large areas worldwide affect water-fluxes world wide? A new study led by Wageningen University researcher Anne Hoek van Dijke with contributions from Martin Herold, GFZ, has interesting answers. Impacts on precipitation reach far beyond country or even continent level: Tree restoration in the Amazon can, for example, affect rainfall in Europe and Eastern
New research finds that policies granting permanent residency to immigrants conditional on acquiring host country skills—like language—are most likely to generate higher fiscal contributions to the host country through income taxes. In fact, immigrants with a preference for remaining in the host country develop social contacts and other specific skills that allow them to find better paid jobs and
Dust and smoke blowing in from fires, dry land and construction this spring periodically have turned Colorado's blue skies red, and air quality experts anticipate more crazy haze in the future as wind scours particles from the arid Southwest.
With smoggy Southern California poised to miss a critical clean air goal next year, local regulators are now threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the federal government has made their job "impossible."
Orbex's Prime rocket reaching technical readiness represents a significant achievement that brings together key elements of the ground infrastructure and prototype launch vehicle for the first time and is a major step forward for the company and for the U.K. launch industry.
Occupational therapy researchers find women living with and beyond breast cancer in Ireland are not aware of their employment entitlements and in response to findings have developed the occupational therapy-led "Work and Cancer" program that focuses on these entitlements and strategies for managing physical and psychological health in the workplace.
From balaclavas to cowgirl hats—and even the return of low-rise jeans—whatever the latest trends, they're sure to fly from catwalks to consumers the moment that models leave the stage at the Australian Fashion Week next week.
Seeing a larger number of species on urban coastlines—from marine animals to seaweed—is likely to improve the well-being of local people and visitors, new research from a team at Swansea University has revealed. The findings provide further evidence that biodiversity brings wide-ranging benefits.
PLUS. Gammeldags telefonkabler vil i mange lande skulle bruges til transmission af højhastigheds internetforbindelser i mange år endnu. Britiske forskere har undersøgt hvor høje frekvenser, der kan overføres på disse kabler.
Is there a proper name for the ability to hold multiple ideas, data, abstractions, etc. in one's mind simultaneously? And is there evidence that it is a skill that can be developed? For example, let's say I'm working on a multi-step math problem in my head. Arrival at the solution requires the successful execution of 5+ consecutive operations. At present, I find that as soon as I am holding 3+ pi
Seeing a larger number of species on urban coastlines — from marine animals to seaweed — is likely to improve the wellbeing of local people and visitors, new research has revealed. The findings provide further evidence that biodiversity brings wide-ranging benefits. Studies of land-based environments such as meadows, woodlands, and city parks have shown that people often find places that contain
Many doctors caution their pregnant patients to avoid cat feces; even the family pet's litter box is off-limits. Now a group of researchers from Clemson University have discovered a promising therapy for those who suffer from toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the microscopic protozoa Toxoplasma gondii.
Families in some of the poorest parts of the world turned to buying bottled water as the pandemic sent countries into lockdown, with larger chunks of incomes being spent on drinking water, SciDev.Net analysis shows.
A leading report into gender parity in education has found a complete lack of data on science education from low-income countries, exacerbating a situation where pockets of "extreme exclusion" still exist.
Amid the often-distressing news about climate change, some good news: Existing strategies could mitigate livestock methane emissions by enough to help the sector limit its share of global warming to the 1.5°C target by 2030.
The condition, known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), can result in severe brain damage, which is why researchers are studying the condition to evaluate how HIE is treated and develop new, more effective options.
The best smart scales available right now don't simply tell you your weight — though, they do that pretty well. They can also give you a peek into your body fat percentage, BMI, muscle mass, and in some cases, even how much water weight you're carrying. Even better, you won't have to catalog these health metrics in an old-fashioned notebook. Smart scales usually come with companion apps, so you c
Five years ago, a startup called Semtive Energy took the concept of a wind turbine, shrank it down to the size of a garden shrub, and started marketing it directly to households; much like rooftop solar panels, the mini turbine is intended to help homeowners rely less on the grid and produce their own clean energy. Now another startup has taken a wind turbine, shrunk it down even more, and is mar
Learning from others can mitigate harmful risk aversion, even if the others we learn from tend to avoid risky, but profitable decisions themselves. This is shown in mathematical modelling and large-scale online experiments by social psychologists.
Stress and trauma during adolescence can lead to long-term health consequences such as psychiatric disorders, which may arise from neurodevelopmental effects on brain circuitry. A new study has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the effects of acute stress and 'polyvicitimization,' or repeated traumas, on three brain networks in adolescents.
A purely mechanical method can produce a novel, more sustainable fertilizer in a less polluting way. Scientists have optimized a production method that is an adaptation of an ancient technique: by milling two common ingredients, urea and gypsum, the scientists produce a new solid compound that slowly releases two chemical elements critical to soil fertilization, nitrogen, and calcium. The milling
Ever smaller and more intricate — without miniaturization, we wouldn't have the components today that are required for high-performance laptops, compact smartphones or high-resolution endoscopes. Research is now being carried out in the nanoscale on switches, rotors or motors that comprise of only a few atoms in order to build what are known as molecular machines.
Chemists have developed a new machine-learning (ML) framework that can zero in on which steps of a multistep chemical conversion should be tweaked to improve productivity. The approach could help guide the design of catalysts — chemical 'dealmakers' that speed up reactions.
Male testicular tissue that is cryopreserved can be reimplanted after more than 20 years and will go on to make viable sperm, according to a new study with rats. The findings hold implications for childhood cancer survivors, researchers say. The rate of survival for childhood cancers has increased dramatically in the last several decades, but a serious side effect of treatment is diminished ferti
When the 10,000th observation was submitted to Mountain Rain or Snow on the morning of March 15th, wet snow was falling on much of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service was predicting slick mountain passes and possible delays due to rain for commuters in the city, but Mountain Rain or Snow observers were eager to share real-time updates of precipitation. What is falling from the sky righ
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04550-2 Pressures of up to 900 gigapascals (9 million atmospheres) are achieved in a laser-heated double-stage diamond cell, enabling the synthesis of Re7N3, and materials characterization is performed in situ using single-crystal X-ray diffraction.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04699-w Cryo-electron microscopy and crystal structures of Arabidopsis NPR1—a bird-shaped homodimer—and its complex with the transcription factor TGA3 provide an explanation for a direct role of salicylic acid and enhanceosome assembly in regulating NPR1-dependent gene expression.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04635-y Novae are caused by runaway thermonuclear burning in the hydrogen-rich envelopes of accreting white dwarfs, which leads to a rapid expansion of the envelope and the ejection of most of its mass1,2. Theory has predicted the existence of a 'fireball' phase following directly on from the runaway fusion, which should be observable
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04713-1 A single-cell Poisson model is used to analyse eQTLs in memory T cells across continuous, dynamic cell states, revealing that the cell context is critical to understanding variation in eQTLs and their association with disease.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04718-w Complementary single-cell approaches show that a population of regulatory T cells co-expressing ICOS and IL-1 receptor type 1 is highly enriched in tumours but not in site-matched inflamed non-malignant tissue.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04709-x Experiments measuring light-evoked responses in postmortem mouse and human retinas are used to quantify decay of photoreceptors following death and optimise conditions for reviving trans-synaptic transmission.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04608-1 A study reporting optical and near-infrared observations of quasars at redshifts 5.8–6.6 shows that about half have strong winds, up to 17% the speed of light, suppressing black-hole growth.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04723-z Structural studies of human Na+–taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide in complex with nanobodies reveal mechanisms for bile salts transport and HBV recognition involving an open-pore intermediate state.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04542-2 A study realizes a photonic emulator to probe the temporal evolution of light in a non-Hermitian system, and reports the observation of chiral state transfer without encircling an exceptional point.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04719-9 A mouse model of gliomagenesis reveals that olfaction can directly regulate the genesis of gliomas, showing that sensory experience and gliomagenesis are linked and providing insight into the neural circuitry involved.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04712-2 A study of 21,879 families with rare genetic diseases identifies 12 with 2- to 7-fold excess of germline mutations, most of which are due to DNA repair defects or exposure to mutagenic chemotherapy, although most individuals with a hypermutated genome will not have a genetic disease.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04717-x Group A Streptococcus secretes a protease, SpeB, that directly cleaves and activates gasdermin A to induce pyroptosis of infected keratinocytes, demonstrating a role for gasdermin A in immune defence against invasive microorganisms.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04672-7 A deep learning model trained on prompt elastogravity signal (PEGS) recorded by seismometers in Japan predicts in real time the final magnitude of large earthquakes faster than methods based on elastic waves.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04696-z A mathematical framework to estimate the fitness of cancer driver mutations by integrating mutational bias, oncogenicity and immunogenicity finds fundamental trade-offs in cancer evolution.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04588-2 Single-crystalline perovskite membranes with an ultrahigh dielectric constant show potential as a gate dielectric for two-dimensional field-effect transistors.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04722-0 Fgf17 in young CSF boosts oligodendrocyte progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation in the aged hippocampus, improving memory function.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41586-022-04623-2 Standards and recommendations for transitioning organizations to quantum-secure cryptographic protocols are outlined, including a discussion of transition timelines and the leading strategies to protect systems against quantum attacks.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00860-7 Infusion of cerebrospinal fluid from young mice into old mice restores memory recall in the aged animals by triggering production of the fatty myelin sheath that insulates neurons in the brain.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01252-7 Japan, South Korea, Russia, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States aim to send missions to the Moon in the next year. But will they all make it?
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01255-4 A rare event has been identified in a brief detection of X-rays. Serendipity only pays off when you know what to do with it, and researchers have used the finding to verify a long-standing theory about a class of exploding star.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01250-9 The Artemis mission plans to send astronauts to the Moon in 2025 — a worthy goal for science and humanity in bleak times. The US Congress should cough up the cash.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01253-6 The world's most powerful rocket will make a trip around the Moon in 2022 — a step towards landing people there in 2025, and part of the US Artemis programme.
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01138-8 Various theories have tried to explain the frequency and consistency of 'hotspot' mutations in many tumour-driving genes across different cancers. A model of the fitness benefit of these mutations shows that fundamental trade-offs occur between a tumour's growth and its visibility to the immune system, with potential therapeuti
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01256-3 How did the biological machinery for protein synthesis evolve from simple chemicals on ancient Earth? Experiments suggest an intriguing role for modified RNA nucleotides in directing stepwise peptide synthesis.
This week, AMD is officially announcing its refreshed family of RDNA2 GPUs. The Radeon 6950 XT, Radeon 6750 XT, and Radeon 6650 XT are replacements and/or additions to the Radeon 6900 XT, 6700 XT, and 6600 XT. Minimum prices for each card are $1099, $549, and $399 each. The Radeon 6800 XT isn't being refreshed, but it isn't being replaced either and will remain in-market, as will the Radeon 6700
Satellites help run the internet and television and are central to the Global Positioning System. They enable modern weather forecasting, help scientists track environmental degradation and play a huge role in modern military technology.
An analysis of 11 major psychiatric disorders offers new insight into why comorbidities are the norm when it comes to mental illness. The study suggests that while there is no single gene or set of genes underlying risk for all of them, subsets of disorders — including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and major depression and anxiety –s hare
Poor sleep, difficulty moving and injuries from hitting something accidentally are just some of the challenges faced by suffers of often-painful involuntary muscle spasms. However, a new study investigating motoneurons in the spine has revealed two methods can make our spinal cords less 'excitable' and could potentially be used to treat muscle spasms.
Ribonucleic acids (RNAs), which decode the genetic code stored in DNA and produce proteins, fold into diverse structures to govern fundamental biological processes in all life forms, including humans. Targeting disease-associated RNA structures with drug-like small molecules has been one of the gold standards for developing RNA-targeting drugs in the scientific field. Recently, a research team at
Modern computers use electrons to process information, but this design is starting to reach theoretical limits. However, it could be possible to use magnetism instead and thereby keep up the development of both cheaper and more powerful computers, thanks to work by scientists from the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) and University of Copenhagen. Their study is published in the journal Nature Communicat
A research group led by Prof. Wu Aiguo at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in cooperation with Prof. Dan Larhammar's group at Uppsala University, has proposed a D-peptide ligand of neuropeptide Y receptor Y1, which can serve as nanocarriers to facilitate the traversal of the blood brain barrier (BBB) and thus targets gli
In the near future, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), China, and Roscosmos all mount crewed missions to the moon. This will constitute the first time astronauts have walked on the lunar surface since the Apollo era. But unlike the "race to the moon," the goal of these programs is not to get there first and leave only a few experiments and landers behind (i.e., "footprints and flags" missions)
Neoliberalism has resulted in both preference and support for greater income inequality over the past 25 years, research finds. Neoliberalism calls for free-market capitalism , regressive taxation, and the elimination of social services . The findings, which appear in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science , stem from an analysis of attitudes in more than 160 countries. "Our institutio
Toxoplasmosis is one of the most widespread zoonoses worldwide. It is an infectious disease that can be transmitted from cats to humans. People can also become infected by consuming raw or undercooked meat. Infection is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause fetal deformities.
A new series launched today in The Lancet Global Health provides the building blocks for a global standard to measure the sustainability of cities worldwide and to assess policy to make cities healthier and more sustainable.
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A small international team of researchers has found that hawksbill turtles take a circuitous route during migration, suggesting they have relatively crude navigational skills. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes tagging multiple turtle specimens and tracking their movements to better understand their navigational skills.
Materials scientists aim to identify the atomic arrangement of 2D Ruddlesden-Popper hybrid perovskites (RPP) using non-invasive imaging; however, the process is challenging due to the insulating nature and softness of the organic layers. In a new report now published in Science Advances, Mykola Telychko, Shayan Edaltmanesh, and Kai Leng, and a team of scientists in physics, chemistry, and material
Because so many deer hunters are aging out of the sport—and new hunters are not being recruited to replace them—deer management strategies will need to change to manage populations of whitetails in many states.
In 2008 and 2009, a severe drought swept through much of Kenya and Tanzania. Nomadic herders, or pastoralists, such as the Maasai people in Tanzania, pushed south in search of greener expanses, bringing tens of thousands of cattle with them.
Women and men in coworking couples are disproportionately more likely to have similar earnings, new research finds. Existing research believed that the reason for an apparently excessive number of couples where women earn just a bit less than their partners is the existence of gender norms according to which women should avoid earning more than their partners.
Using terminology such as "female" and "male," or "feminine" and "masculine" affects how people perceive gender when hearing someone's voice, according to a study from researchers at the Acoustic Phonetics and Perception Lab (APPL) at NYU.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that leads to a stressed, swollen heart muscle. Due to a poor understanding of underlying mechanisms, effective clinical treatments are not available. Patients receive generic heart medication and sometimes need open-heart surgery to remove excess tissue. Researchers have now successfully applied a new revolutionary technology (scRNA-seq) to uncover u
Scientists describe the design and construction of artificial membrane channels, engineered using short segments of DNA. The DNA constructions behave much in the manner of natural cell channels or pores, offering selective transport of ions, proteins, and other cargo, with enhanced features unavailable in their naturally occurring counterparts.
Research that examines how the body adapts to new movements is shedding new light on how the nervous system learns, and could help to inform a wide range of applications, from customized rehabilitation and athletic training to wearable systems for healthcare.
Humans are undoubtedly altering the natural environment. But how wild animals respond to these changes is complex and unclear. Scientists have now discovered significant differences in how the brain works in two distinct personality types: those who act fearless and those who seem afraid of new things. Being fearless can help wildlife, specifically birds, find new food sources, explore new nesting
A low-cost and easy-to-manufacture lighting technology can be made with light-emitting electrochemical cells. Such cells are thin-film electronic and ionic devices that generate light after a low voltage is applied. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Turin have now used extensive data analysis to create first-class electrochemical cells from copper comple
Past neuroscience research suggests that biological neural networks in the brain could self-organize into a critical state. In physics, a critical state is essentially a point that marks the transition between ordered and disordered phases of matter.
The South Korean tech giant makes everything from refrigerators to soundbars, the best Samsung TVs are big enough to turn heads. Admit it: when you're inside an electronics store, your eyes tend to gravitate towards Samsung models, even if those price tags may make you settle for one of the more affordable brands. Samsung makes televisions for every room, every lighting situation, and every lifes
A team of researchers at Istituto Sistemi Complessi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, UOS Sapienza and a colleague from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies has created a model that demonstrates how flocking birds regulate their speed. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their mathematical model and its performance when compared against video of real
En femtedel af patienter, som har været indlagt med COVID-19, oplever psykiske eftervirkninger i en sådan grad, at de opfylder kriterierne for en psykiatrisk diagnose som depression, angst og PTSD et halvt år indlæggelsen. Nogenlunde det samme gælder også for patienter, der har været indlagt for andet end COVID-19, viser ny forskning.
Emissions, like smoke from wildfires and exhaust from vehicles, go through chemical changes when they enter the atmosphere. New research from the University of Georgia shows, for the first time, that these changes may affect what kind of treatment patients need to combat exposure to such pollutants.
Genom en ny metod har forskare kunnat studera katalysprocessen när koldioxid reduceras till metanol. Bättre förståelse av denna process är viktigt för att i framtiden minska fossilberoendet inom kemiindustrin. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
Prognosen vid prostatacancer är sämre för rökare. De har däremot en lägre risk att utveckla sjukdomen. Det visar en stor epidemiologisk studie från Lunds universitet. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
En speciell sorts antikroppar visar lovande resultat för att bekämpa infektioner som orsakas av virusfamiljen hantavirus, där bland annat sorkfeber ingår. Det visar en studie av forskare vid Umeå universitet. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
Forskare har kartlagt hur parasiten Trypanosoma cruzi lurar immunförsvaret genom att bilda nya varianter som är blandningar av olika stammar. Kunskapen kan leda till nya metoder för att diagnostisera, förebygga och behandla den tropiska sjukdomen Chagas. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
Öronmärkta projekt inom forskning och utveckling rankas lägre när de granskas av sakkunniga. Men enligt en internationell studie saknas stöd för att dessa projekt underpresterar i jämförelse med annan forskning. Inlägget dök först upp på forskning.se .
The anti-choice movement has taken its playbook from the women's suffrage movement, says political scientist Dawn Teele. On May 2, Politico published a leaked draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn two precedent-setting cases— Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey —establishing the right to a safe, legal abortion in America. What comes next is unknown, but there's no
COVID-19-efterslæb og flere vakante stillinger holder fortsat den særlige drop-in-røntgenordning i Region Hovedstaden lukket. Det ærgrer flere praktiserende læger, som håber på en snarlig genoplivning af den populære ordning.
Frank Wilczek, the Nobel-winning theoretical physicist whose research transformed humanity's understanding of the fundamental forces of nature, was announced Wednesday as the winner of the prestigious 2022 Templeton Prize.
As yet there was only one sister, still too young for school. We three brothers weren't much older. I suspect that what I say is more than a bit sentimental and may not have a basis in what was real back then. So be it but let me keep it, the four of us hearing the tune, the strings and horns so alive. It's good to be where we are, near our parents' new hi-fi, which spills into every corner. The
Nature, Published online: 09 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01307-9 Scientists note that variants now seem to emerge roughly every six months — but say we shouldn't rule out more surprises from SARS-CoV-2. Plus, the hidden chokepoints in global financial systems and childcare crowdfunding campaigns for academic parents.
Nature, Published online: 05 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01270-5 Infection in a genetically edited pig heart could have contributed to the transplant recipient's death. Plus, meat-free Monday could halve deforestation and graphics illuminate the inconceivable toll of the pandemic.
One of the best-known public intellectuals of the pandemic gives her account of two years that shook the world Professor Nabila Sadiq was only 38 when she died of Covid-19. Unable to find a hospital bed in her native India, which had been overwhelmed by the virulent new Delta variant, her heart-rending Twitter messages pleading for help were picked up around the world. The story clearly hit home
Der er sket en menneskelig fejl i Region Midtjyllands indberetning af tal for amputationer, så et af hospitalerne er talt med to gange. Derfor nedjusterer regionen nu antallet af årlige amputationer, der kunne være undgået, fra 92 til 47.
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30333-4 This study explores the scientific potential of crowdsourced observations during volcanic eruptions, using the 2021 Fagradalsfjall (Iceland) and Cumbre Vieja (Canary Islands) events as case studies.
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30286-8 Asymmetric construction of alkyl C–C bonds with good stereocontrol of the two connecting carbons, particularly when using alkenes as feedstocks, is challenging. Here, the authors show a catalytic method to form multiple adjacent carbon stereocentres in a single operation.
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30256-0 The preparation of disulfides mainly relies on oxidative couplings of two sulfur-containing compounds, a strategy which has side reactions and other shortcomings. In this work, the authors present a reductive nickel-catalyzed cross-electrophile coupling of unactivated alkyl bromides with symmetrical tetrasulfides
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30115-y Manipulation of sample volume by spin current could lead to spintronics-based mechanical devices, such as actuators operating without electricity. Here, the authors report that the thickness of thin films of the ferromagnetic material Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe2 changes in response to a spin current injected by means of spin H
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30070-8 Computational methods to analyse microbial systems rely on reference databases which do not capture their full functional diversity. Here the authors develop a deep learning model and apply it using transfer learning, creating biologically useful models for multiple different tasks.
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30078-0 Achieving high output powers in dual-comb sources is important for possible applications like deep UV high resolution spectroscopy. Here the authors demonstrate a fully passive scheme of generating a set of high-power dual-combs from a thin-disc gain medium.
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30221-x Domesticated industrial yeast strains are sterile, which hampers to breed strains with novel properties. Here, the authors employ the genetics paradigm return-to-growth to induce genome wide recombination in two sterile polyploid industrial yeasts and identify clones with superior biotechnological traits.
Nature Communications, Published online: 11 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30349-w The role of translaminar feedback projections between layer 5 and layers 2/3 in sensory processing remains unclear. Here, the authors show that ascending projections from layer 5 suppress superficial layers, and that this translaminar feedback sharpens feature selectivity in the primary auditory cortex.
Neoliberalism, which calls for free-market capitalism, regressive taxation, and the elimination of social services, has resulted in both preference and support for greater income inequality over the past 25 years, shows a new study by a team of psychology researchers.
In a push to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint, the steel industry is testing new manufacturing technologies that don't rely on fossil fuels. Still, experts say transforming a global industry that turned over $2.5 trillion in 2017 and employs more than 6 million people will take enormous effort.
En tidig diagnos är avgörande för att kunna behandla hudcancer innan den sprider sig. Men finns det enklare metoder som inte kräver att man tar ett traditionellt vävnadsprov? Doktorander från Malmö universitet har testat och utforskat olika alternativa metoder i två nyligen presenterade avhandlingar.
Join us on 18 May for the 'Diversity in brain research: Does it matter?' webinar! Register here: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/follow-hbp/news/2022/05/09/webinar-18-may-2022-diversity-brain-research-does-it-matter/ In this webinar, the Human Brain Project encourages scientists to consider sex, gender and additional diversity factors in neuroscience and related fields: because biology, socia
Hypothesis Humans are always transmitting our thoughts to outside world even without speaking. If we can make a device Which is able to listen in to those thoughts that would make lots of opportunities in the defence sector. Observation As per my experience, kids are highly receptiable to human thoughts. If you sit next to a child with lots of annoying thoughts, you can see changes in kids behavi
New homes built in California starting in 2026 need to be powered by all-electric furnaces, stoves and other appliances if California is to meet its ambitious climate change goals over the next two decades, according to a state pollution-reduction plan released Tuesday.
More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, Australian government scientists said.
Computational detective work by physicists has confirmed cerium zirconium pyrochlore is a 3D quantum spin liquid, a solid material in which quantum entanglement and the geometric arrangement of atoms cause electrons to fluctuate between quantum magnetic states no matter how cold they become.
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