Scientists believe site in Guangxi with trees up to 40 metres tall may contain undiscovered species An ancient forest has been found at the bottom of a giant sinkhole in China, with trees up to 40 metres (130ft) tall. Scientists believe it could contain undiscovered plant and animal species. Continue reading…
More than 500 larvae already set free in Hampshire and Cornwall as part of project to revive declining species They once lit up summer nights, people read by their luminescence and they've been celebrated by everyone from William Shakespeare to Crowfoot, a 19th-century North American chief. But glowworms have had their lights dimmed by a cult of tidiness in the countryside, the loss of wild meado
Carnage in the cryptocurrency market is nothing new. Over the past decade, even as the value of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether has risen sharply, crashes have been a regular feature of the market. (There's a reason HODL—"Hold on for dear life"—is a mantra among crypto believers.) But even by crypto standards, the destruction of value over the past six months—and in particular, over the p
Four people have been hospitalized in Mexico after a humpback whale breached and landed on top of their boat. Local authorities have suggested that the juvenile cetacean intentionally body-slammed the boat after being harrassed.
As physicists delve deeper into the quantum realm, they are discovering an infinitesimally small world composed of a strange and surprising array of links, knots and winding. Some quantum materials exhibit magnetic whirls called skyrmions—unique configurations described as "subatomic hurricanes." Others host a form of superconductivity that twists into vortices.
Completing a nearly 30-year marathon, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has calibrated more than 40 "milepost markers" of space and time to help scientists precisely measure the expansion rate of the universe—a quest with a plot twist.
As NASA's James Webb Space Telescope moves through the final phases of commissioning its science instruments, we have also begun working on technical operations of the observatory. While the telescope moves through space, it will constantly find distant stars and galaxies and point at them with extreme precision to acquire images and spectra. However, we also plan to observe planets and their sate
A critical goal in genetics and evolution is predicting the effects of mutations that may happen in the future and inferring the effects of those that happened in the past. To make these predictions, scientists generally assume that a mutation's effects tested in the present apply to past and future versions of the same gene.
When sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests, typically at night, they crawl toward the ocean in what is known as "seafinding." They have to discriminate between the brighter seaward versus a dimmer landward horizon and then move toward the source of the light. That difference in radiance between opposing horizons enables them to find the ocean even when the uneven surface of the beach precl
Labels like indica, sativa and hybrid—commonly used to distinguish one category of cannabis from another—tell consumers little about what's in their product, and could be confusing or misleading, suggests a new study of nearly 90,000 samples across six states.
New research suggests an unseen 'mirror world' of particles that interacts with our world only via gravity that might be the key to solving a major puzzle in cosmology today — the Hubble constant problem. The Hubble constant is the rate of expansion of the universe today. Predictions for this rate are significantly slower than the rate found by our most precise local measurements. This discrepanc
A controversial new study zeroes in on a possible — and potentially habitable — star system candidate that may have been the origin of the "Wow! signal," one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy that has puzzled scientists ever since its detection in 1977. The signal, a 72 second data sequence of narrowband radio waves, first observed by Jerry Ehman using the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio Stat
Too Smart Artificial intelligence researchers are doubling down on the concept that we will see artificial general intelligence (AGI) — that's AI that can accomplish anything humans can, and probably many we can't — within our lifetimes. Responding to a pessimistic op-ed published by TheNextWeb columnist Tristan Greene , Google DeepMind lead researcher Dr. Nando de Freitas boldly declared that "
Feline Fine Honestly? You better work, bitch . An OnlyFans creator who goes by the name Kitty Lixo said on the podcast "No Jumper" that after her Instagram account got banned, she managed to get it reinstated by systematically having sex with Meta employees ( formerly known as Facebook employees ). Lixo didn't say what got her banned in the short clip podcast host Adam Grandmaison posted on Twitt
Earlier this week, one Twitter user made the bold prediction in response to a flurry of strange tweets from SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk that there was a "story coming out soon that he's trying to get ahead of." The hunch turned out to be correct when Insider dropped an alarming story reporting that SpaceX paid one of its employees $250,000 to keep quiet about an alleged improper sexual advance
The sinkhole spans an area nearly three football fields long and is deep enough to hide the Washington Monument. Explorers descended into the pit, where they found ancient trees and other plant life. (Image credit: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images)
Galaxy Brain In an extremely cosmic- brain take, University of Rochester astrophysics professor Adam Frank suggests that a civilization could advance so much that it could eventually tinker with the fundamental laws of physics. It's a mind-bending proposition that ventures far beyond the conventional framework of scientific understanding, a reminder that perhaps we should dare to think outside th
What do you do when somebody credibly accuses you of sexual misconduct? For SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the answer seems to be to jet off Brazil and meet with the country's president about business matters, while posting a Twitter tirade about how you didn't try to trade a horse for a sexually-charged massage from your flight attendant. As a quick refresher, the allegations are that the world
Backup Failure Engineers at Boeing can let out a big sigh of relief. The defense contractor's much-delayed Starliner spacecraft finally made its way into stable orbit Thursday evening, after launching atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the culmination of years of setbacks and complications. But even in the course of that small victory, not everything went
Intestinal parasites recovered from prehistoric rubbish dumps shine light on lives and diet of builders Parasite eggs found in 4,500-year-old human faeces suggest the builders of Stonehenge took part in winter feasts that included the internal organs of animals, researchers have revealed. The huge stone circle of Stonehenge is thought to have been built around 2,500BC, with evidence suggesting th
Updated at 9:51 a.m. on May 20, 2022 Yesterday afternoon, I called the UCLA epidemiologist Anne Rimoin to ask about the European outbreak of monkeypox—a rare but potentially severe viral illness with dozens of confirmed or suspected cases in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal . "If we see those clusters, given the amount of travel between the United States and Europe, I wouldn't be surprised
Facebook's dream of the metaverse, a VR hellscape stuffed with annoying ads and screeching children , is as incoherent and confusing as ever after reading an 8,000 word essay by Nick Clegg, the president of global affairs at Facebook's parent company Meta. In the rambling piece, Clegg reveals that Facebook isn't planning to build its own metaverse after all. "There won't be a Meta-run metaverse,
Exhausting It looks like the exhaust fumes from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets (and others like it, including Blue Origin) are actually toxic to humans — and to the planet we call home. A new paper in the journal Physics of Fluids details how researchers digitally modeled the type of fumes that come from rockets like those made by SpaceX, Blue Origin, and other private rocket manufacturers — and their
For the past two years, Americans who hold student-loan debt have had a reprieve. At the outset of the pandemic, lawmakers agreed that a pause on debt payments was in order; this stopgap measure has been extended six times. The current restart date is slated for the end of August, though experts already suspect that politicians will want to wait until after the midterm elections. Eventually, thou
In 1985, the Yale anthropologist James C. Scott published a study of how subordinated populations can resist the powerful and dominant. He introduced the idea of "weapons of the weak": "foot-dragging, evasion, false compliance, pilfering, feigned ignorance, slander and sabotage." Pilfering aside, Scott anticipated many of the management techniques of the modern university administrator. For more
I loved strawberry shortcake as a child in New York City. The sliced strawberries, the juice, the softest of cake, that whipped cream. I loved it all individually. And together? Pure bliss. Celestine Chaney loved strawberry shortcake too. A 65-year-old mother and grandmother of six, Chaney took strawberry-shortcake making to another level. She'd buy "those little cake cups," her son, Wayne Jones,
Makers of Prehistoric Planet say it was perfect time to make show as new species are found at rate of one a week A "dinosaur revolution" is taking place with a new species being discovered every week, the makers of a groundbreaking new docuseries exploring life on Earth 66m years ago have said. Prehistoric Planet, produced by BBC Studios' Natural History Unit and premiering on Apple TV on Monday,
Drink Up Throughout the ups and downs of the American economy, one thing has been astonishingly constant: the price of AriZona Iced Tea drinks, which always has been, and hopefully always will be, 99 cents. In other words, can you imagine any better asset to back a new "stable" cryptocurrency? The website for USDTea , a new AriZona Iced Tea-backed crypto, calls the iconic beverage "America's most
It's not the first time the virus has been found in Britain but now there are chains of transmission The person was sick when they boarded the plane. Five days before leaving Nigeria for Britain, they noticed a rash that spread into a scattering of fluid-filled bumps. When the plane touched down on 4 May, they wasted no time. The person attended hospital where doctors, alerted by their recent tra
Lighting up the TED stage, Nobel laureate Al Gore takes stock of the current state of climate progress and calls attention to institutions that have failed to honor their promises by continuing to pour money into polluting sectors. He explains how the financial interests of fossil fuel companies have blocked the policymaking process in key countries — and calls for a global epiphany to take on th
The baby-formula shortage has been something of a nightmare for Aleisha Velez, a 25-year-old mother of two who lives in Philadelphia. Velez relies on the federal government's Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to get free formula, which means she can't just get the product shipped to her home. So over the past two months, she has called store after store to find in-stock formula before tr
Crawl Pit A team from the University of Cambridge has created the first-ever detailed map of the mysterious layer of rocks forming the boundary between the Earth's core and the mantle, a thick layer of solid rock that's hot enough to slowly pass convection currents to the surface. It's a scientific breakthrough that could give us a rare glimpse of what's lurking deep beneath the surface — and may
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Sally Jaspars says novelist's rock collection shows youngest Brontë sister 'was in tune with the scientific inquiry of the time' A student has helped reveal that one of Britain's most famous authors was not only a talented writer but also a skilled rock collector with an active interest in geology. Anne Brontë, the youngest of the three Brontë sisters, built up a collection of attractive specimen
Pregnancy, in this age of modern medicine, comes with a series of routinely recommended prenatal tests: At 11 weeks, a blood draw and an ultrasound to check for conditions such as Down syndrome. At 15 weeks, another blood test, for anomalies such as spina bifida. At 18 to 22, an ultrasound anatomy scan of the baby's heart, brain, lungs, bones, stomach, fingers, and toes. This is when many parents
A unique compound bow from the Bronze Age nearly 2 meters tall was reconstructed from authentic materials by SUSU specialists as part of an international team. This weapon had the greatest accuracy, shooting distance and killing power in its time.
A new analysis of ancient faeces found at the site of a prehistoric village near Stonehenge has uncovered evidence of the eggs of parasitic worms, suggesting the inhabitants feasted on the internal organs of cattle and fed leftovers to their dogs.
Astronaut Farmer If there's one thing Russia's top space chief is good at — spoiler: it might not be actual space stuff — it's complaining about Americans . Today's presentation by Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin certainly delivered in that regard. Speaking to an audience of what appear to be Russian university students, Rogozin touted the superiority of Russia's space program — which, by the way,
Password123 According to new research from password manager NordPass, countless high-level executives and CEOs are using mind-meltingly terrible passwords, including — we are not joking — "123456" and "password." In other words, it's not just us average Joes being dangerously lax about cybersecurity — even high-ranking managers and business owners make shockingly bad decisions that could easily l
Researchers observe that dolphins in a pod in the Red Sea regularly rub against certain corals and sponges, perhaps to sooth their skin by prompting the invertebrates to release mucus that contains antimicrobial compounds.
A few years ago , heart surgery forced Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, the Kenyan writer and perennial Nobel shortlister , to give up driving. He misses it. He misses getting behind the wheel for a few hours with no end point in mind, randomly exploring the roads. "Like writing a story," he said. So when I offered to visit and take him for an afternoon drive, he accepted. For reasons unknown to me, my rental
Scientists went to extraordinary lengths to eradicate smallpox from the world. Rahima Banu is now recorded as having the last known naturally-occurring case of the deadly form. (Image credit: Daniel Tarantola/WHO)
One family says their child was left with hearing damage after the boy's Apple AirPods blasted a super-loud Amber Alert in his ears. Reuters reported this week that a family has filed suit against Apple claiming the company didn't give them adequate warning about the risk. The suit says his volume was set to "low" and that the kid was watching Netflix from a connected iPhone. The Amber Alert — wh
Forming metal into the shapes needed for various purposes can be done in many ways, including casting, machining, rolling, and forging. These processes affect the sizes and shapes of the tiny crystalline grains that make up the bulk metal, whether it be steel, aluminum or other widely used metals and alloys.
Few countries currently have covid vaccines available for very young children. With US approvals likely in the next month, here is what you need to know about the vaccines – including why they are still important for kids already exposed to covid
The company hopes to send a manned crew to the International Space Station later this year after two prior test flights failed Boeing's crew capsule rocketed into orbit on Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft. Only a test dummy was aboard. If the capsule reaches the International Space Station on Friday a
R ussia's invasion of Ukraine has resurrected Cold War hostilities, harkening back to a world in which the United States saw itself pitted in a Manichaean struggle, facing a choice between good and evil. The U.S. is using similar rhetoric today to persuade countries to isolate and punish Moscow. President Joe Biden has garnered support among his NATO allies to impose crippling sanctions on Russia
The entire genomic material of a cell must be packed into a tiny cell nucleus in such a way, that on the one hand, it can be stored in an organized manner and, on the other hand, it can be transcribed, duplicated or repaired as needed. Different proteins are responsible for space-saving packaging, which can roll up or loop the DNA. Scientists Kikuë Tachibana and Karl Duderstadt from the Max Planck
Unlike fictional laser swords, real laser beams do not interact with each other when they cross—unless the beams meet within a suitable material allowing for nonlinear light-matter interaction. In such a case, wave mixing can give rise to beams with changed colors and directions.
Photographs by Niall McDiarmid The wind turbine judders to life with a boom that echoes down its central shaft. It rotates slowly at first, then gathers speed as its blades pick up the direction of the wind. Andy Clements, who looks after the small wind farm on the tiny Scottish Isle of Gigha, steps out of the control hub at the base of the turbine and looks up with satisfaction. A minor problem
Condition of rodents with spinal cord damage improved after they had lung disease drug, say researchers Mice with spinal cord injuries have shown remarkable recovery after being given a drug initially developed for people with lung disease, researchers have revealed, saying the treatment could soon be tested on humans. It is thought there are about 2,500 new spinal cord injuries in the UK every y
Researchers at Northeastern have discovered a new quantum phenomenon in a specific class of materials, called antiferromagnetic insulators, that could yield new ways of powering "spintronic" and other technological devices of the future.
This weekend, Australians will vote in the country's federal elections. The process will likely be seamless, transparent, and punctuated by countless civic-minded barbecues affectionately known as sausage sizzles . This is how elections generally go in Australia, but for those in New South Wales, that wasn't the case late last year. The state had encouraged a significant number of voters to move
The short story " Go, Team ," by Samantha Hunt, traces a series of conversations within a group of mothers after a woman disappears into the woods during a children's soccer game. They aren't sure if the vanished woman is a mom, though they wonder if she might be. But even when it's only suspected, motherhood is such an all-consuming identity that the possibility suffuses every element of their d
Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) conducted a multi-year empirical study to assess the impact of trees on city temperatures. Taking the city of Würzburg as an example, the researchers showed that vegetation cover of approximately 40 percent is needed to bring about lower summer temperatures.
Smile! Your job might just depend on it. According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation , human rights experts are worried about Zoom's plans to develop emotion-detecting software for its products. In an April blog post , the company announced plans for the tech, arguing that emotion and sentiment surveillance could drives sales and productivity. Therefore, it should be measured on a scale. "Sentime
Pyongyang has left its people highly vulnerable to this outbreak. But rich countries have a responsibility for the lack of protection in other places When Covid-19 first emerged, the "Hermit Kingdom" lived up to its nickname – shutting its borders in January 2020, long before most of the world had taken real heed of the disease spreading in China. With healthcare already on its knees and a malnou
Production of animal protein in China has increased by 800% over the past 40 years, driven by population growth, urbanization and higher worker wages. However, the amount of climate-warming nitrous oxide released from animal farming in the country has not risen as quickly, thanks to science-led policy and farm management interventions in the way animals are fed and their manure recycled.
So much music exists to provoke bold emotions—ecstasy, amazement, deep blues. Other music conjures pastel feelings, soft and in-between. For example, much of Harry Styles's third album, Harry's House , imparts the mild joy that one might get from completing a list of chores. Some songs spark the regret of failing to book the ideal dinner reservation. Over multiple listens, another sensation, like
Ural paleontologists discovered the lower jaws of an Etruscan bear from the Early Pleistocene (2–1.5 million years ago) in the Taurida Cave (Crimean Peninsula). Scientists reported the finding in the international journal of paleobiology Historical Biology.
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. What you need to know the monkeypox outbreak The news: Monkeypox infections are spreading around the world, with 62 confirmed cases so far, and 55 suspected, according to a database compiled by researchers at the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School
Fifteen years on, what can we learn from how the movie Knocked Up treated abortion, pregnancy, and women's bodily autonomy? And what does it say in the era of a leaked Supreme Court opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade as we know it? Join The Review as Sophie Gilbert, Megan Garber, and Hannah Giorgis dissect Judd Apatow's 2007 film. Listen to the discussion here: The following transcript has b
Sitting atop each kidney and measuring only around two centimeters long, the adrenal glands are tiny but mighty. These glands produce steroid hormones, including those involved in stress response, blood pressure maintenance, and fertility. When their development goes awry, it can cause a life-threatening condition called primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison's disease. Many of the g
A small team of researchers with members from Thailand, Finland and China, has found that there is a very large and active trade in arachnids across the internet. In their paper published in the journal Communications Biology, the group describes their study of arachnid trade via the internet and possible repercussions of so many of the creatures being traded across the world.
Each installment of " The Friendship Files " features a conversation between The Atlantic 's Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship. This week she talks with two men who first met while doing national military service in Singapore. They didn't talk much then. More than a year later, they reconnected online, took a hike together, and found
A family of proteins that have a role in ensuring many types of cells move and maintain their shape may promote disease when they act like workaholics and disrupt the cellular environment, new research suggests.
You've probably heard the term " the Great Resignation " in the last year or so, as millions of people reportedly quit their jobs during the pandemic. Hospitality was one of the hardest-hit industries, and multiple sectors of the economy felt (and are still feeling) the pain. Trucking wasn't spared, and it's been a blow to a crucial piece of the supply chain that was already experiencing labor sh
Trinity scientists, along with international colleagues, have explored the importance of sea travel in prehistory by examining the genomes of ancient Maltese humans and comparing these with the genomes of this period from across Europe. Previous findings from the archaeological team had suggested that towards the end of the third millennium BC the use of the Maltese temples declined.
A fashion show in Burkina Faso, images from battlefields in Ukraine, the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, the Witches and Wizards Convention in Brazil, a sandstorm in Iraq, a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy, electric-scooter racing in England, and much more
Optical imaging and characterization of weakly scattering phase objects, such as isolated cells, bacteria and thin tissue sections frequently used in biological research and medical applications, have been of significant interest for decades. Due to their optical properties, when these 'phase objects' are illuminated with a light source, the amount of scattered light is usually much less than the
Scientific Reports, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41598-022-12589-4 A facile hydrothermal synthesis of high-efficient NiO nanocatalyst for preparation of 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2(1 H )-ones
Once dubbed 'forever chemicals,' per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, might be in the market for a new nickname. Adding iodide to a water treatment reactor that uses ultraviolet (UV) light and sulfite destroys up to 90% of carbon-fluorine atoms in PFAS forever chemicals in just a few hours, reports a new study led by environmental engineers. The addition of iodide accelerates the speed of
Detecting these T cells may lead to diagnostics to better detect heart disease–and disease severity–through a blood sample. The knowledge also brings researchers closer to developing a vaccine that dampens this dangerous immune cell activity to prevent atherosclerosis.
An insightful cross-disciplinary team of University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa researchers, working for over a decade, published a study recently revealing that a key number of hours of darkness during the lunar cycle triggers mature "Hawaiian box jellyfish" (Alatina alata) to swim to leeward O'ahu shores to spawn.
Mysterious fast radio bursts release as much energy in one second as the Sun pours out in a year and are among the most puzzling phenomena in the universe. Now researchers at Princeton University, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have simulated and proposed a cost-effective experiment to produce and observ
Texas A&M University researchers Dr. Sam Noynaert and Fred Dupriest recently presented results from a geothermal project that drastically reduced well-completion times and drill bit changeouts to an audience of mostly petroleum drillers. The Department of Energy (DOE) funded the project, which improves geothermal drilling practices with physics-based instruction and oil and gas techniques to lower
New research by a team of researchers at the NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Smart Materials Lab published today in the journal Nature Communications demonstrates that organic crystals, a new class of smart engineering materials, can serve as efficient and sustainable energy conversion materials for advanced technologies such as robotics and electronics.
Fewer Australians are following the headlines – but there's a fine line between switching off and staying connected to the world Get our weekend culture and lifestyle email and listen to our podcast It was during the second Sydney lockdown, in 2021, that Cass decided to unplug. "I was finding myself really anxious about the state of the world. And when I looked at the news, I was like, there's ac
http://www.iBiology.org Dirt is anything but dumb. Inside soil lives a community of microbes that play an important role in everything from the environment to agriculture. In this Share Your Research talk, Dr. Julia Nepper describes her postdoctoral research to model and understand the microbial community inside the rhizosphere, the soil adjacent to plant roots. Dr. Nepper performed a series of e
Unlike fictional laser swords, real laser beams do not interact with each other when they cross — unless the beams meet within a suitable material allowing for nonlinear light-matter interaction. In such a case, wave mixing can give rise to beams with changed colors and directions.
Researchers have reported new evidence that cognitive abnormalities seen in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia may be traceable to altered activity in the thalamus during adolescence, a time window of heightened vulnerability for schizophrenia.
New research aims to measure the friendly microbes in raw and fermented foods. "Ultimately we want to understand if there should be a recommended daily intake of these microbes to keep us healthy, either through the foods or from probiotic supplements," says Maria Marco, a professor in the food science and technology department at the University of California, Davis. "In order to do that, we need
An expert has tips to help you navigate the national shortage of baby formula, which has many parents worried they won't be able to feed their babies. More than 40% of top-selling formula brands are reportedly out of stock at stores around the country. The shortage stems from pandemic supply issues worsened by recalls and the shutdown of an Abbott Laboratories production plant in February. Unders
If you've been having the sneaking suspicion that TVs have been slowly creeping up in size, you're not alone. We've come a long way since the heyday of boxy CRT tube TVs, which have made way for increasingly small flat-panel models. In fact, as the TVs get thinner, their screens tend to get larger, since TV manufacturers are able to shrink their bezel (borders). This allows them to maximize the s
http://www.iBiology.org In The Century of Biology, noted bioethicist R. Alta Charo ponders the ever-shifting interrelationship between humans and nature. The power of CRISPR and genome editing fundamentally reshapes the realm of the possible, as humans can manipulate life with precision on the molecular level. What we will do with this power is a question that far exceeds the limits of biology an
Most research looking at the impact of climate change on human life has focused on how extreme weather events affect economic and societal health outcomes on a broad scale. Yet climate change may also have a strong influence on fundamental daily human activities — including a host of behavioral, psychological, and physiological outcomes that are essential to wellbeing. Investigators now report th
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft onboard is seen as it is rollout out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 ahead of the Orbital Flight Test mission, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Orbital Flight Test with be Starliner's maiden mission to the International Sp
Scientists discover superconductivity and charge density waves are intrinsically interconnected at the nanoscopic level, a new understanding that could help lead to the next generation of electronics and computers.
Scientists have described a novel preclinical drug that could have the potential to combat depression, brain injury and diseases that impair cognition. The drug, which notably is brain-permeable, acts to inhibit the kinase enzyme Cdk5.
http://www.iBiology.org The fat layer in our skin has the ability to expand and shrink. Yet, the regulatory mechanisms for skin fat growth and shrinking are not well understood. In this Share Your Research Talk, Edriss Yousuf describes his thesis research on the regulation of skin fat. He discovered a non-immune function of regulatory T cells and showed that they can induce autophagy in skin fat
Recent studies have found evidence of microplastics in the human body, including the bloodstream and lungs. But that's not the only way plastic can affect human health. While studying mosquito-borne viral infections (arboviruses) in Kenya, Desiree LaBeaud and collaborators realized that the mosquitoes were coming from the plastic trash. "This work has changed me forever," says LaBeaud, an infecti
Researchers from the B.S.R.C. "Alexander Fleming" in Greece have optimized a method to characterize DNA traces in honey, revealing the species that honeybees interact with. This collaborative work led by researcher Dr. Solenn Patalano allowed the monitoring of the variability of bee diets across the year, revealing bee microbiota in a non-invasive way, as well as identifying pathogenic species the
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a phenomenon responsible for transporting ocean heat northward through the Atlantic Ocean. This process significantly influences the Arctic and North Atlantic oceanic climate and the Eurasian continental climate. The corresponding cross-equatorial northward heat transport also determines the location of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (I
Im someone with a philosophy background who got into cogsci and neuropsychology through Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology and for the past month or so Ive brushed up my knowledge on biology and read cogsci's history. Ive enjoyed the field(s) quite a bit but more of a leisure activity kind of enjoyment. My obsessive intrest viz. our formation/conception of the world, phenomenological/ecological appr
In the midst of traumatic events, such as a neighborhood shooting, positive classroom behavior management interventions may not work as well for all kids, a new study shows. In general, offering students positive encouragement rather than negative reprimands not only reduces disruptive student classroom behavior but can also improve students' academic and social outcomes, says Keith Herman, profe
Soil fauna, especially termites, are essential for sustainable forest ecosystems and significantly influence soil quality. The community composition and activity density of termites can influence nutrient cycling and other ecological functions.
In a stopgap measure to help struggling spring- and winter-run Chinook salmon spawn in the face of rising water temperatures and lower water levels due to climate change, state and federal wildlife officials in Northern California have begun trucking adult fish to cooler waters.
Boeing's Starliner capsule was preparing to dock with the International Space Station Friday, in a high-stakes uncrewed test flight key to reviving the US aerospace giant's reputation after a series of failures.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, ESA, NASA and JAXA worked closely together to create an open-source platform, based on the Euro Data Cube, that used a wealth of data from Earth-observing satellites to document the worldwide changes happening to our society and the environment. Now, the COVID-19 Earth Observing Dashboard has been expanded to contain six new focus areas which offers a p
Wildlife trade is a multimillion dollar industry. While some animals are traded legally, in compliance with legislation that aims to protect populations, wildlife trafficking continues to thrive in many places, threatening precious species with extinction.
An international research collaboration has discovered how to exploit certain defects to protect confined energy in acoustics systems. Their experimental approach provides a versatile platform to create at-will defects for further theoretical validation and to improve control of waves in other systems, such as light, according to principal investigator Yun Jing, associate professor of acoustics an
Heatwaves are extreme climatic events that occur in the atmosphere and even the oceans. Recent research indicates that marine heatwaves (MHWs) will become more frequent and intense under global warming conditions.
This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image looks at one of the nearest, massive lenticular galaxies to Earth, NGC 1023 some 36 million light-years away. Lenticular galaxies get their names from their edge-on appearance that resembles a lens. They are intermediate galaxies between ellipticals and spirals. Lenticular galaxies have a large central bulge and a flattened disk like spirals, but no spira
Expanding roads and completion of a planned railway in Nepal's Chitwan National Park could increase deaths of endangered tigers, disrupt habitats, and exacerbate other threats to biodiversity, a new study shows. Using an advanced simulation model, researchers investigated how the rapid development of transport infrastructure, which is a major threat to endangered species worldwide, could affect f
Energy storage with rechargeable battery technologies powers our digital lifestyles and supports renewable energy integration into the power grid. However, battery function under cold conditions is an ongoing challenge, motivating researchers to improve low temperature performance of batteries. Aqueous batteries (in a liquid solution) do better than non-aqueous batteries in terms of rate capabilit
The Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court proceedings in the United States have put the spotlight on the issue of abortion rights. Limiting access to safe abortions has many consequences, including increases in poverty, unemployment and pregnancy-related deaths. Another key area of impact from restricting abortion access is on family well-being and child development.
Diversifying the species in forest plantations has a positive impact on the quality of woodlands, according to an international study involving a CNRS researchers published on May 20, 2022, in the journal Science.
Nature, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01421-8 Scientists are trying to understand why the virus, a less lethal relative of smallpox, has cropped up in so many populations around the world.
Olive oil is one of the most prestigious agri-foods in Spain and it is the base of the Mediterranean diet. Adulteration and commercial fraud cases occur when it comes to the origin and varieties of a product with such an economic and business interest. Now, a team from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, Torribera Food and Nutrition Campus and the Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety Res
In 2020, two police officers in Hackney strip-searched a 15-year-old Black girl at her school. Police conducted the search of this child, known as Child Q, without the consent of her parents, without an appropriate adult present (despite this being required by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984), and with the knowledge that she was menstruating.
For a limited time, Apple is offering free access to its services for six months . Apple is betting you'll love their full suite of services that spans everything from entertainment to lifestyle that they're offering half a year of full access to new subscribers. For the uninitiated, here's what you can expect from your free trial. — Jam Out With Apple Music : A destination for the ultimate in mu
Researchers at the 5th Physical Institute of the University of Stuttgart have verified a novel binding mechanism forming a molecule between a tiny charged particle and a gigantic (in molecular terms) Rydberg atom. The scientists observed the molecule with the help of a self-built ion microscope. The results are published in Nature.
Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of people across the region rely on.
Inflation rates have become almost impossible to ignore. In the U.K., inflation has soared in recent months, now reaching 9%—the highest rate for 40 years. The Bank of England expects it to rise to 10% this year and for the economy to slow down.
Nations in the G20 group of major economies have yet to strengthen greenhouse gas reduction goals despite agreeing to revisit their plans ahead of critical UN climate talks in November, according to an analysis by leading research NGOs seen exclusively by AFP.
High temperature superconductivity is something of a holy grail for researchers studying quantum materials. Superconductors, which conduct electricity without dissipating energy, promise to revolutionize our energy and telecommunication power systems. However, superconductors typically work at extremely low temperatures, requiring elaborate freezers or expensive coolants. For this reason, scientis
New findings clarify how plant life established itself on the surface of our planet. Specifically, the researchers demonstrate that two genes are indispensable for allowing terrestrial plants to defend themselves against fungal attack—a defense mechanism that they trace back 470 million years. They say it's likely that these defenses paved the way for all terrestrial plant life. When plants evolv
Spanning from 2003 to 2021, this collection of images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features galaxies that are all hosts to both Cepheid variables and supernovae. These two celestial phenomena are both crucial tools used by astronomers to determine astronomical distance, and have been used to refine our measurement of Hubble's constant, the expansion rate of the universe
Some metals are in liquid form, the prime example being mercury. But there are also enormous quantities of liquid metal in the Earth's core, where temperatures are so high that part of the iron is molten and undergoes complex flows. A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has now simulated a similar process in the laboratory and made a surprising discovery: Under certain circumst
One of the most exciting moments of the new Jurassic Park sequel, "Jurassic World Dominion," is when the Quetzalcoatlus swoops down from the sky and attacks the heroes' aircraft. With its gigantic wings reaching 10 meters in length end to end, the Quetzalcoatlus was the largest pterosaur that ever existed. However, an aerodynamic analysis led by researchers from Nagoya University suggests that "Ju
In February 2020, a group of musicians from around the world living in China recorded their cover of a song by Michael Jackson on video to express their support to the families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to those working in the frontline. The video went viral. Now, in a study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine and by the Institut de Neurociències (INc-UAB) a
The US FDA's decision not to grant an emergency use authorization for the antidepressant as a COVID-19 treatment highlights a lack of consensus among researchers about how to interpret clinical data on the drug.
Some metals are in liquid form, the prime example being mercury. But there are also enormous quantities of liquid metal in the Earth's core, where temperatures are so high that part of the iron is molten and undergoes complex flows. A team has now simulated a similar process in the laboratory and made a surprising discovery: Under certain circumstances, the flow of liquid metal is far more turbule
A research team has mapped out the development and genetic trajectory of previously understudied macrophages associated with the central nervous system. Among other things, the team found that meningeal macrophages are formed during gestation and develop in the same way as microglia, while perivascular macrophages develop after birth. Their new insights could pave the way for better understanding
(Photo: Harpreet Singh/Unsplash) A new type of contact lenses capable of detecting pressure build-up and releasing drug reserves could be used to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma—which is technically a group of ophthalmic conditions—typically occurs in older adults and results in gradual vision loss, with some patients experiencing total blindness. The most common form of the condition is called open-ang
Good morning, fellow space cadets, and welcome to the latest edition of your weekly space news briefing. It's finally Friday! This week, NASA has been the main mover and shaker. Today, we've got NASA mission updates from Voyager and Perseverance, and an updated launch timetable for Artemis. We'll hear from the ESA's Great Mission Control Bake-Off. Finally, we'll leave you with some can't-miss pho
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have developed several new varieties of wheat that tolerate soils with higher salt concentrations. After having mutated a wheat variety from Bangladesh, they now have a wheat with seeds that weigh three times more and that germinate almost twice as often as the original variety.
Giraffes have the highest blood pressure of all mammals—up to 300/200, more than double that of a typical human. But pregnant giraffes don't suffer from pre-eclampsia, a dangerous disorder caused by hypertension.
Containing specimens from different locations, sometimes spanning across centuries, museum collections can teach us a lot about how some animals are built and how we can protect them. Properly labeled, preserved specimens can show us how the environment and species distribution has changed over extended time periods. Because in many cases these collections remain largely unexplored, a revision can
The murder of African-American George Floyd in May 2020 led to worldwide protests against police violence. Not least because of these developments, in Europe, too, the relationship between the police and ethnic minorities has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past.
Holographic devices are used for security enhancement, entertainment, 3D display technologies and augmented reality and more. Due to their high information capacity, the ability to track ongoing external processes by assessing changes in the diffraction pattern, as well as well-established and simple methods for their production from various materials, holograms are finding new applications in var
(Photo: Marcelo Leal/Unsplash) Researchers at California's City of Hope National Medical Center have created a virus that kills cancer cells, and its first human trial is officially underway. The CF33-hNIS virus (referred to as Vaxinia) is an oncolytic virus, a genetically-engineered variety that habitually targets cancer cells while ignoring healthy cells. But beyond infecting and killing cancer
A CRISPR-based system that reverses epigenetic changes caused by adolescent binge drinking reduces adult addiction-like behaviors in rats, a study finds, suggesting that an epigenomic approach could someday help treat people with alcohol use disorder.
Researchers from the Microbeam Technology and Applications Group at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have discovered the high turnover and rescue effect of an important scaffold protein in response to heavy charged particle radiation. The results were published in the Biophysical Journal.
Scientists on Earth will soon see our planet's atmospheric dust sources in high resolution, as a new state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer—developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Cornell University—aims to survey the land surface from 250 miles above us on the orbiting International Space Station.
Nature, Published online: 19 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01427-2 How to build a better mask to protect again pollution and pathogens. Plus, monkeypox has been detected in Europe and the United States, and pollution causes one in six deaths worldwide.
Microfluidic devices use tiny spaces to manipulate very small quantities of liquids and gases by taking advantage of the properties they exhibit at the microscale. They have demonstrated usefulness in applications from inkjet printing to chemical analysis and have great potential in personal medicine, where they can miniaturize many tests that now require a full lab, lending them the name lab-on-a
In a quieter era when a ship's progress at sea arrived only through the courtesy of the wind, sailors told stories of intriguing sounds coming from humpback whales. If conditions were curiously calm and a vessel through coincidence or pursuit found itself in the close company of humpbacks, crews could hear a mysteriously beautiful call coming from the ocean that seemed to softly shimmer through th
In most mammals, females have two X chromosomes and males have one X and one Y chromosome in each of their cells. To avoid a double dose of X-linked genes in females, one of the Xs is silenced early in the developmental process. This silencing is critical, yet how it happens has been relatively mysterious. Two new U-M studies reveal more about this silencing process and insights that could improve
How does cancer arise? How does cellular composition influence tumor malignancy? These questions are profound and challenging to answer, but are crucial to understand the disease and find the right cure. Now, a German-Danish team led by Professor Matthias Mann has developed a ground-breaking technology called deep visual proteomics. This method provides researchers and clinicians with a protein re
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins appear to line up to treat skin conditions by rubbing against corals, researchers report. In the journal iScience , researchers show that these corals have medicinal properties, suggesting that the dolphins are using the marine invertebrates to medicate skin conditions. "…these coral reefs are bedrooms for the dolphins, and playgrounds as well." Thirteen years ago
Regeringen og aftalepartierne lægger i den første del af sundhedsreformen op til, at apotekerne skal varetage flere opgaver, end de gør i dag. Desuden overvejes en efterspurgt ændring af medicintilskudssystemet.
Danskerne skal have 5.000 praktiserende læger at vælge imellem i 2035, fremgår det af den nye sundhedsreform, som blev præsenteret fredag. Udmeldingen vækker glæde hos PLO, der dog understreger, at 5.000 læger ikke kommer rendende af sig selv.
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Satellites and drones can provide key information to protect pollinators. A new study examines new ways of using these technologies to track the availability of flowers, and says this could be combined with behavioral studies to see the world through the eyes of insects.
A substantial part of the trade in blood pythons in Indonesia is illegal and underreported, a new study has found. The study found no convincing evidence that the harvest of blood pythons in the area is sustainable. Even though the harvest and trade of the species are regulated by a quota system, misdeclared, underreported and illegal trade remain a serious challenge to its sustainable exploitatio
The Spiral of Silence Problem As climate communicator John Cook cleverly illustrates below, a big obstacle to raising awareness about climate change is the "spiral of silence," a reluctance to talk about it. There are many reasons for this reluctance we can speculate about. Perhaps people don't want to be "Debbie Downers," or don't feel knowledgeable enough to bring it up, or wish to avoid being
En ny rapport sætter fokus på overgreb og svigt af tusinder af børn og voksne, som var anbragt under sær- og åndssvageforsorgen i det meste af det 20. århundrede. Dengang kom samfundets tarv før individets, og overlægerne havde stor magt, forklarer historieprofessor Poul Duedahl, der er en af forfatterne bag rapporten.
Den danske stat har allerede sagt undskyld til de anbragte på børnehjemmet Godhavn og 22 grønlandske børn, der var en del af et socialt eksperiment. Nu kan der komme en undskyldning til tidligere anbragte i særforsorgen, vurderer ekspert i officielle undskyldninger.
Termination is a necessarily element of successful franchises, say researchers. Franchises are the dominant retail model in the United States, and underpinning their success are franchisors who grow a network of franchisees who use their own resources to open and run brick-and-mortar stores . But Stephen Kim, a marketing professor at Iowa State University, says focusing on growth alone misses a b
Nature, Published online: 18 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01413-8 A fossilized tooth unearthed in a cave in Laos might have belonged to a young Denisovan. Plus, climate change boosts extreme heat in India and videos reveal how Asian elephants mourn.
Scientific Reports, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41598-022-12821-1 Author Correction: Leaf 13 C and 15 N composition shedding light on easing drought stress through partial K substitution by Na in eucalyptus species
Researchers in China have lost a 2019 paper on sedation in people undergoing cardiac surgery after readers complained that the authors had failed to properly register the trial. The paper, "Effect of Perioperative Administration of Dexmedetomidine on Delirium After Cardiac Surgery in Elderly Patients: a Double-Blinded, Multi-Center, Randomized Study," appeared in Clinical Interventions in Aging, …
Image Credit: NASA / JPL Tech NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer solar system. The mission has run much longer than anyone expected, but 45 years is a long time for a piece of hardware exposed to the harsh environment of deep space. Therefore, it's not a big surprise that NASA is reporting that Voyager 1 has started sending back scrambled telemetry data . Engi
Nature Communications, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30469-3 In this study, the concept of dynamic character displacement among interacting bacterial species from leaf-colonizing families was empirically tested using a proteomics approach. A phenotypic shift towards the utilization of alternative carbon sources was observed during coexistence, thereby minimizing niche over
Nature Communications, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30424-2 In biology, information is stored and processed using highly evolved molecules in bistable states. Here, the authors demonstrate bistability in a synthetic system without the need for evolved biomolecules or autocatalytic networks.
Nature Communications, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30113-0 The use of Mn-rich layered cathodes in Na-based batteries is hindered by inadequate cycling reversibility and sluggish anionic redox kinetics. Here, the authors report a strategy to stabilize the structure and promote anionic redox via configurational entropy and ion-diffusion structural tuning.
Nature Communications, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30127-8 When light hits organic semiconductors, bound charge pairs, called excitons, are usually produced. Here, the authors show that in the best performing organic solar material to date, free charges, rather than excitons, are directly created by light.
Nature Communications, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30264-0 CDK2 can drive the proliferation of cancer cells. Here, the authors screened for a non-ATP competitive inhibitor of the CDK2/cylinA complex and find that Homoharringtonine can disrupt the complex and promote the degradation of CDK2.
Ifølge Steven Hawking vil selv de største sorte huller forsvinde over tid, men hvad der er i dem – elefanter eller folkevogne – finder vi aldrig ud af. I ugens Transformator bevæger vi os ud i gråzonen mellem videnskab og tankespind, hvor teorierne er svære at efterprøve med eksperimenter.
In "Ever Green," John W. Reid and Thomas E. Lovejoy offer a surprisingly hopeful look at the five largest forests remaining on Earth — in New Guinea, the Congo, the Amazon, the North American boreal zone, and the Russian taiga — and their critical role in trapping carbon to help curb global warming.
A new paper published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, entitled "Taste and Smell: A Unifying Chemosensory Theory," proposes the unification of all chemosensory modalities into a single sense, moving toward an interconnected perspective on the gradual processes by which a wide variety of chemicals have become signals that are crucially important to communication among and within cells, organs, a
Nature, Published online: 20 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01384-w Scientists hope an ambitious agreement to arrest species extinction will be finalized in China later this year, but the country's pandemic response puts that in doubt.
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Newly developed flexible, porous and highly sensitive nitrogen dioxide sensors that can be applied to skin and clothing have potential applications in health care, environmental health monitoring and military use, according to researchers.
Many wild salmon populations in British Columbia (B.C.) have experienced substantial declines over the last three decades. New UBC research published in FACETS helps chart a course towards better protection of wild salmon.
Nature, Published online: 19 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01418-3 The genetically modified organs seemed to function for more than two days but some researchers are sceptical that the experiments had value.
A researcher reports evidence of a gall-forming aphid defending itself against predators, a first for the species, Mordwilkoja vagabunda. The insects inject saliva into leaf stalks, inducing the plant to form small growths called galls that the aphids live inside.
Engineers have developed a low cost, low power technology to help robots accurately map their way indoors, even in poor lighting and without recognizable landmarks or features. The technology uses WiFi signals, instead of light, to help the robot 'see' where it's going.
Some 1.7 million Americans each year acquire hospital infections, resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths from infection-related complications. The biggest culprits: medical devices like catheters, stents and heart valves, whose surfaces often become covered with harmful bacterial films. A novel surface treatment developed by a UCLA-led team of scientists stops microbes from adhering to medical devices
People with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) develop tumors on nerves throughout their bodies. Researchers have discovered that nerve cells with the mutation that causes NF1 are hyperexcitable and that suppressing this hyperactivity with the epilepsy drug lamotrigine stops tumor growth in mice.
Nature, Published online: 19 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01410-x Researchers say a cosmic collision could have created two galaxies that don't contain the mysterious substance — but others cast doubt on the claim.
A new study takes a data-driven look at influenza viruses circulating among different groups of birds and characterizes which types of birds are involved in spreading the virus. This paper publishes at a time when a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been spreading across North America.
In studies with mouse and human tissue, as well as live mice, researchers report that a snag in the normal process of cleaning up broken DNA in brain cells may hasten the progression of Parkinson's disease. Specifically, the researchers found that a protein dubbed 'STING' responds to clean-up signals in brain cells damaged by Parkinson's disease by creating a cycle of inflammation that may acceler
What are the barriers to the adoption of electric cars? Although the main financial and technological obstacles have been removed, their market share still needs to increase. In a recent study, a team investigated the cognitive factors that still dissuade many people from switching to electric cars. They found that car owners systematically underestimate the capacity of electric driving ranges to
Thought to enhance muscle recovery, compression garments are commonly worn by athletes and people engaging in exercise. Yet, an international research team's systematic review provides evidence to the contrary.
An international study provides the first global evaluation of all terrestrial vertebrate species that have not been declared extinct and identifies more than 500 species considered to be "lost"—those that haven't been seen by anyone in more than 50 years.
A new University of Michigan study that forecasts the impacts of expanding roads and a planned railway on endangered tigers in Nepal's Chitwan National Park has yielded important findings that can aid conservation efforts.
Using the eyes and ears of public volunteers can stretch the reach of science, according to a new analysis from Erica Stuber from the Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center. Stuber and a team of researchers examined the accuracy of information produced by citizen science apps for monitoring bird populations. They compared publicly-produced data with officially tracked numbers from
Teaching the benefits of affirmative sexual consent while also validating anxieties people might experience about consent communication is an important step for improving sexual health and well-being, according to a new study.
A common gout medication, colchicine, significantly improved survival rates for patients hospitalized with worsening heart failure, a new study found. The researchers believe colchicine could also reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke in patients with a buildup of cholesterol in their arteries.
Dads: As old as the hills, rustic as the smell of gasoline — or maybe just that guy who taught you 782 different ways to make spaghetti with butter and parmesan. When Father's Day rolls around and it's time to honor your dad, you may find yourself thumbing through the gift rack at the mall, vacantly searching for another printed tie. But never fear: whatever sort of father you've got, we have the
Leicester researchers searching for a "golden spike" to formally define humanity's current geological period—and acknowledge human impact on our planet—have announced a major step in their analysis at an international conference on Wednesday.
From extreme weather to another wave of COVID-19, forecasts give decision-makers valuable time to prepare. When it comes to COVID, though, long-term forecasting is a challenge, because it involves human behavior.
The high content of nitrogen-containing organic compounds (NOCs) in biocrude obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae is one of the most concerning issues on the applications and environment. The biocrude obtained by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) needs further refining optimization, and the high concentration of nitrogen-heterocyclic compounds such as quinoline, pyridine, etc., will
Scientists have explored the importance of sea travel in prehistory by examining the genomes of ancient Maltese humans and comparing these with the genomes of this period from across Europe. Previous findings from the archaeological team had suggested that towards the end of the third millennium BC the use of the Maltese temples declined. Now, using genetic data from ancient Maltese individuals th
Repurposed drugs may have a speedier path to clinical use because they have already been shown to be safe in people. A new study suggests clofoctol may be an effective treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infections in mice.
How will future warming of the planet impact cold-water corals? A new analysis of ancient evidence from the last major global warming event identifies food and oxygen supply as key environmental factors that influence the vitality of cold-water corals in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Researchers have developed a low-cost device that can selectively capture carbon dioxide gas while it charges. Then, when it discharges, the CO2 can be released in a controlled way and collected to be reused or disposed of responsibly.
Electronic devices generate heat, and that heat must be dissipated. The high temperatures can compromise device function or even damage the devices and surroundings if it isn't. Now, a team has detailed a new cooling method that offers a host of benefits, not the least of which is space efficiency which offers a substantial increase over conventional approaches in devices' power per unit volume.
New research has shown that molecular profiling of the diseased joint tissue can significantly impact whether specific drug treatments will work to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. The researchers also identified specific genes associated with resistance to most available drugs therapies, commonly referred to as refractory disease, which could provide the key to developing new, successful
Epoxides belong to a class of organic compounds called "cyclic ethers" that are characterized by a three-atom ring. They are readily available compounds found in medicinal and agrochemical agents, as well as natural products. Epoxides are a valuable industrial precursor as they allow the synthesis of a diverse range of important alcohols, functional polymers, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals thr
American aerospace giant Boeing is making a third attempt to reach the International Space Station Thursday in a critical uncrewed test flight for its Starliner capsule, which has been beset by numerous failures and false starts.
Nature, Published online: 19 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01363-1 With cases of sexually transmitted infections growing, researchers hope self-tests — made popular by the pandemic — could stem the tide.
In a recent survey of more than 6,500 physicians from across the United States representing a broad spectrum of racial and ethnic diversity, nearly 30% of respondents reported experiencing discrimination and mistreatment from patients or patients' family members or visitors.
Researchers have verified a novel binding mechanism forming a molecule between a tiny charged particle and in atomic measures gigantic Rydberg atom. The scientists could observe spatially resolved the molecule with the help of a self-build ion microscope.
NASA's InSight lander arrived on the surface of Mars in late 2018, designed to explore the interior of the red planet for the first time. While some aspects of the mission have not gone to plan, the lander has lasted longer in the harsh conditions than expected. However, nothing can last forever, and NASA now says the mission is coming to an end later this year . It will begin shutting off InSigh
Many important ocean regions off the coasts of the mainland United States are significantly unprotected, according to a new analysis of marine protected areas. The study finds that large portions of the coast have only 5% or less of its area conserved and a vast majority of the Mid-Atlantic coast unprotected. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a key tool for achieving goals for biodiversity, conse
The U.S. is on pace to recover all 22 million jobs wiped out in the COVID-19 recession as early as July, but the milestone will obscure sharp differences among industries and an economy transformed by the crisis.
In the days of cable TV, melancholy commercials pleading for donations to help save big animals on the brink of extinction—such as elephants, polar bears, gorillas, and pandas—landed on screens across the United States.
When President Joe Biden went to Capitol Hill in October to arm-twist for his signature environmental and economic legislation, many Democrats remained hopeful the bill's climate provisions would survive.
A new examination of the way different tissues read information from genes has discovered that the brain and testes appear to be extraordinarily open to the use of rare codons to produce a given protein. Testes of both fruit flies and humans seem to be enriched in protein products of these rarely-used pieces of genetic code, suggesting another layer of control in the genome.
If a human comes down with a rash, they might go to the doctor and come away with some ointment to put on it. Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins get skin conditions, too, but they come about their medication by queuing up nose-to-tail to rub themselves against corals. Researchers now show that these corals have medicinal properties, suggesting that the dolphins are using the marine invertebrates to
Researchers have discovered a specific combination immunotherapy that shows promise in the fight against liver cancer. The therapy involves a tumor-suppressing lipid molecule called nanoliposome C6-ceramide (LipC6) and an antibody for cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA4). "This represents a new and powerful therapeutic approach." When used together in this study, LipC6 and the anti-CTLA4 anti
Researchers looking at COVID-19's lingering impacts on survivors and local communities found that having a mild case of COVID-19, smoking status, comorbidities, or your sex aren't significant predictors to tell if you are less likely to develop long-term symptoms, but age is.
Students at four-year colleges and universities drink nearly twice as much alcohol as their peers in two-year colleges, according to a survey of college students in the Seattle area. On the other hand, students in community colleges and other two-year institutions use marijuana nearly twice as often as four-year students.
Like storm waves battering a ship, new versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have buffeted the world one after another. Recently, scientists keeping tabs on these variants noticed a trend: Many carry the same set of three mutations. In a new study, researchers examined how these mutations change the way a key piece of the virus functions. Their experiments show how this triad alters traits it needs to
Nature, Published online: 13 May 2022; doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01331-9 Viral fragments in the gut, found lingering months after infection, are offering tantalizing new hints as to the causes of long COVID.
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