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Things Apparently Got Awkward During Movie Night on the Space Station
Movie Night Things have been a little more tense than usual on board the International Space Station lately, given the geopolitical crisis brewing back on the ground . For the most part — with the exception of several bizarre incidents — operations have largely continued as planned , with American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts working alongside one another peacefully. NASA astronaut Mark Vand
Being Gay Was the Gravest Sin in Washington
O n November 23, 1963 , the morning after he swore the oath of office in an impromptu ceremony aboard Air Force One, President Lyndon B. Johnson called Bob Waldron to commiserate about the colossal burden that had just been placed upon his shoulders. A native of Arp, Texas, a town of fewer than 1,000 inhabitants some 125 miles east of the city where Johnson's predecessor, John F. Kennedy, had jus
When Your Vote Doesn't Matter, Try Switching Ballots
Pundits and voters of all stripes lament just how extreme, polarized, and ideological American politics has become. But such grievances rarely come with advice for how ordinary people can address this problem, other than by voting for their preferred political party's candidates in general elections. Even that advice isn't very helpful: Voters in many parts of the country do not have the chance t
Watching less TV could cut heart disease, study finds
About 11% of cases could be prevented if people reduced TV watching from two or more hours to less than an hour a day More than one in 10 cases of coronary heart disease could be prevented if people reduced their TV viewing to less than an hour a day, research suggests. Coronary heart disease occurs when fatty material builds up inside the coronary arteries causing them to narrow, reducing the he
Fossil Fuel Consultant Quits In Disgust, Tired of Destroying Environment
Ouch A just-departed consultant for the fossil fuel industry has harsh words for her former employer. As Politico reports , former Shell safety consultant Caroline Dennett sent a strongly-worded missive to the company's executive committee — and more than 1,000 of her ex-coworkers. In the email, obtained by Politico , Dennett accused Shell of "failing" on a "planetary scale" to live up to its pur
The People Who Hate People
S ome propositions are so obvious that no one takes the time to defend them. A few such propositions are that human life is good, that people can and often do provide more benefits to the world than they take away, and that we should design society to support people in leading lives that are good for themselves and others. These ideas came under attack, sometimes subtly and sometimes overtly, by
Life's First Peptides May Have Grown on RNA Strands
The idea that life's deepest, oldest roots were laid down by RNA molecules that evolved ever more complexity has dominated the origins-of-life field for the past few decades, reigning over competing theories that started instead with peptides or DNA. But recently, the field has shifted toward theories that include more than one protagonist. One that's gained particular momentum is the idea that..
The walls are closing in on Clearview AI
Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined almost $10 million by the UK's data protection watchdog for collecting the faces of UK citizens from the web and social media. The firm was also ordered to delete all of the data it holds on UK citizens. The move by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is the latest in a string of high-profile fines against the compa
Don't Look Away From Philip Guston's Cartoonish Paintings of Klansmen
A nybody who has seen one of Philip Guston's representational paintings knows the rest of them. I mean that in a strictly literal sense: The visual universe that Guston began creating in the late 1960s, when he rejected the abstraction that was then dominating the New York art world, is impossible not to recognize. Guston painted in thick, fleshy pinks, commonly outlining his figures in red or bl
China Is Doing Biden's Work for Him
If President Joe Biden's trip to Asia—marked as it was by his comments on the defense of Taiwan, announcements on a proposed new regional trade pact, and meetings with leaders who exhibit similar levels of concern about a rising China—has shown the persistence of American global power, it has also revealed something of equal importance: Beijing's failure to translate economic might into political
A Twisted, Ugly Betrayal of the Church
"I knew it was rotten , but it's astonishing and infuriating. This is a denomination that is through and through about power. It is misappropriated power. It does not in any way reflect the Jesus I see in the scriptures. I am so gutted." That's what Jennifer Lyell, a survivor who was an executive at the Southern Baptist Convention and whose story of sexual abuse at a Southern Baptist seminary is
Reference genomes provide first insights into genetic roots of mustelid physiological and behavioral diversity
Mustelids are the most ecologically and taxonomically diverse family within the order Carnivora. From the tayra in the neotropics to the wolverine in the subarctic, they inhabit a variety of ecological niches and developed corresponding species-specific traits related to their diet, reproductive strategy and morphology. An international team of scientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and W
Best In-Wall Speakers in 2022
In-wall speakers seamlessly integrate into your home and provide professional, immersive sound. Whether you're looking for big sound that doesn't take up a lot of space, or to create a true surround-sound environment that places you at the center of the action of whatever you're watching, in-wall speakers can help you achieve your audio goals. As in-wall speaker technology has improved , the days
Blue Apron review
We tested the Blue Apron meal delivery kit to see how the service and meals stacked up against the competition
Human influence is the culprit for warm and wet winters in northwest Russia
During the smoldering hot days of summer, people miss the cool breeze of winter. Both intense cold and heat are unbearable, but warm and wet winters also lead to problems. For example, northwest Russia experienced the warmest and wettest 2019/20 winter on record since 1902. Because of this, the permafrost melted, raising the risk of floods and landslides in the following spring, as well as rapid m
Human or seal? Who has the best underwater hearing?
We humans do better on land than under water — also when it comes to our hearing. But now a new study shows that we actually have better underwater hearing than previously thought — at certain frequencies we hear just as well as the seal.
Checklist of vascular plants unveils flora of Taita Hills in Kenya
As a global biodiversity hotspot, the Taita Hills forests, located in Taita Taveta County in southeastern Kenya, forms the northernmost tip of the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are highly fragmented forests embedded in a human settlements and farms on the slopes and hilltops that caused the loss of 98% of the original forest cover on those mountains.
How price shocks in formative years scar consumption for life
Were you a teenager in the 1970s when gasoline got costlier and later found yourself driving less? If yes, you may be part of a generation whose "later-life travel behavior" was shaped by gas price shocks in its formative years, according to a research paper titled "Formative Experiences and the Price of Gasoline" by Christopher Severen, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelph
The case for speaking politely to animals
How we speak matters to animals. Horses, pigs and wild horses can distinguish between negative and positive sounds from their fellow species and near relatives, as well as from human speech, according to new research in behavioral biology at the University of Copenhagen. The study, published in BMC Biology, provides insight into the history of emotional development and opens up interesting perspec
Astronomers find hidden trove of massive black holes
Astronomers have found a previously overlooked treasure trove of massive black holes in dwarf galaxies. The newly discovered black holes offer a glimpse into the life story of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Scientists find sea corals are source of sought-after 'anti-cancer' compound
The bottom of the ocean is full of mysteries but scientists have recently uncovered one of its best-kept secrets. For 25 years, drug hunters have been searching for the source of a natural chemical that had shown promise in initial studies for treating cancer. Now, researchers report that easy-to-find soft corals — flexible corals that resemble underwater plants — make the elusive compound.
What's Your Biological Age? A New 'Aging Clock' Has the Answer
How old are you, really? It seems like a simple question. It's based on when you're born. Yet we all know people who seem much younger than their chronological age. They have radiant skin and hair. They seem sharper than their age would suggest. They're highly active with astonishing energy. Why? Studies have repeatedly shown that cells, tissues, and people have a "biological age" that may or may
How is your city tackling the climate crisis? | Marvin Rees
"If we can unlock the full potential of our cities, we can minimize the price the planet pays for hosting us in our growing numbers," says Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, UK, who understands deeply how cities can help (or hurt) the environment. Rees notes that while sustainable infrastructure already exists in many parts of the world — like electric buses in Colombia and freshwater reserves in
Team takes a step toward nanoparticle drugs
A new machine learning model that predicts interactions between nanoparticles and proteins is a step toward engineered nanoparticles that fight infection. The rise of antibiotic resistance motivates the researchers. "We have reimagined nanoparticles to be more than mere drug delivery vehicles . We consider them to be active drugs in and of themselves," says J. Scott VanEpps, assistant professor o
War, social media and the urgent need to update how we teach English
The war in Ukraine is being described as the first social media war, even as "the TikTok war." Memes, tweets, videos and blog posts communicate both vital information and propaganda, potentially changing the course of history. This highlights the importance of agile and critical social media use.
Big Success for Anti-obesity Drug
When I saw this headline on an article in The Week magazine, I was impressed. Diet and exercise, when combined with existing obesity drugs, typically result in only a 10% weight loss; this new drug produced a 22.5% weight loss, or about 52 pounds. That sounds fantastic, but my enthusiasm quickly abated as I learned more. In the first place, it was […] The post first appeared on Science-Based Med
Report highlights impact of changes in Antarctica
A new report published Tuesday 24 May sends a strong message to countries responsible for Antarctic governance meeting this week in Berlin, that there's a need for urgent action on minimizing climate change impacts in Antarctica and their far-reaching global consequences.
The hydroxylation of ASPP2 and other ankyrin repeat domain proteins
Factor Inhibiting Hypoxia Inducible Factor (FIH) has an important role in the response to low oxygen (hypoxia) in animals. FIH adds a hydroxyl (-OH) group onto the master regulator Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF), influencing its ability to activate hundreds of genes that mediate the body's response to hypoxia. It also hydroxylates members of the ankyrin repeat domain protein family, including addi
Five facts about the gruesome beauty of solitary wasps
Most people recognize a wasp as those stripy insects who ruin our summer picnics. They live in huge societies, much the same as the honeybee; you might even have a nest in your loft or shed. But there's a lot more to wasps than these socialites. In fact, the vast majority of wasp species (almost 99%) prefer to go it alone and don't live in colonies.
Hver tredje astmapatient bliver ikke korrekt udredt
Udredning af danske astmapatienter er mangelfuld og kun 69 pct. får de test, som er nødvendige for at fastslå, om patienten har astma eller en anden luftvejssygdom. Testene er helt afgørende for en effektiv behandling, siger speciallæger i lungemedicin.
Investing more in cycling far outweighs the costs
The Dutch have long been recognized as leaders in cycling. Denmark is not far behind, with more bikes than cars in its capital Copenhagen. This is the result of many years of investment. Even the U.K., with less of a cycling tradition, is investing and showing growth in cycling.
Forget about Mars, when will humans be flying to Saturn?
It might be hard to fathom now, but the human exploration of the solar system isn't going to stop at the moon and Mars. Eventually, our descendants will spread throughout the solar system—for those interested in space exploration, the question is only of when rather than if. Answering that question is the focus of a new paper released on arXiv by a group of researchers from the U.S., China, and th
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Study establishes key areas for tiger movement in central India
Tigers across central India traverse long distances to get from one protected area to another. Maintaining safe areas for the big cats to move through—known as wildlife corridors—is essential for allowing tigers to thrive and avoid inbreeding. However, different studies and institutions have provided conflicting messages on which areas are most important to tiger movement.
Newly engineered enzyme speeds up slow organic reaction
Versatile catalysts with new features and functions could revolutionize scientists' synthetic strategies, paving the way for high-value chemicals and a greener chemical industry. In search of such catalysts, scientists have engineered an enzyme that can speed up an organic reaction well known for its extremely slow reaction rate.
NGC 541 fuels an irregular galaxy in new Hubble image
This striking pair is an elliptical galaxy NGC 541 and an unusual star-forming, irregular dwarf galaxy known as Minkowski's object (the bluish object to the lower left of NGC 541). Elliptical galaxies are nearly spherical to egg-shaped groups of stars that form when galaxies merge. NGC 541 shoots out radio jets that are invisible to human eyes but detectable by radio telescopes. These jets origina
'Rotini' robot moves through mazes on its own
New soft robots can navigate complex environments like mazes without input from humans or computer software, new research shows. "These soft robots demonstrate a concept called 'physical intelligence,' meaning that structural design and smart materials are what allow the soft robot to navigate various situations, as opposed to computational intelligence," says Jie Yin, an associate professor of m
Alger ska rena avloppsvatten
Algblomning gillar vi inte. Men i avloppsvattnet kan de små snabbgroende organismerna göra nytta. Forskare har testat hur olika slags alger kan rena avloppsvattnet. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Gemensam lärarinsats kan stärka undervisningen i särskolan
Inom grundsärskolan kan undervisningen hamna i bakgrunden när mycket av verksamheten istället kretsar kring omsorg. Men ökad samverkan mellan lärarna kan vara nyckeln till elevernas möjlighet att utveckla kunskap och få inflytande, visar en avhandling. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Så kan hemlig data gömmas i videoklipp
En avhandling visar hur data kan gömmas i 360-videor och hur detta kan göras effektivt men säkert sätt – utan att upplevelsen av videons kvalitet försämras. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Så kan tryggheten ökas för barn som ska opereras
Låt barnet hålla andningsmasken själv när det ska sövas och bestämma vilket finger syremätaren ska sitta på. Forskning visar att små förändringar har stor betydelse för hur barn upplever en operation. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Svenska mäklare är lugna som filbunkar
Under flera år har ett forskningsprojekt testat svenska mäklares personlighetsdrag. Som mäklare är det en fördel att vara känslomässigt stabil, för att klara de stressiga arbetstiderna och orka ha många bollar i luften. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Så reagerar växter på beröring
Vi vet sedan tidigare att beröring kan utlösa stressreaktioner hos växter, men har inte vetat varför. Nu har forskare hittat nya genetiska nycklar till varför växter reagerar så kraftfullt på mekanisk stimulering. Inlägget dök först upp på .
The chaotic early phase of the solar system
Before the Earth and other planets formed, the young sun was still surrounded by cosmic gas and dust. Over the millennia, rock fragments of various sizes formed from the dust. Many of these became building blocks for the later planets. Others did not become part of a planet and still orbit the sun today, for example as asteroids in the asteroid belt.
NASA is building a mission that will refuel and repair satellites in orbit
NASA is planning a mission to demonstrate the ability to repair and upgrade satellites in Earth orbit. The mission, called OSAM-1 (On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing-1), will send a robotic spacecraft equipped with robotic arms and all the tools and equipment needed to fix, refuel or extend satellites' lifespans, even if those satellites were not designed to be serviced on orbit.
Human-made iron inputs to the Southern Ocean ten times higher than previously estimated
Although it is important to control emissions of CO2 to mitigate global warming, atmospheric levels of the gas are also related to how quickly it is removed from the air by the means of land and ocean storage. The micronutrient iron is crucial for oceanic carbon storage because it can support the production of chemical energy in marine ecosystems by photosynthesis (known as iron fertilization). Th
Swarm satellites unveil magnetic waves that sweep the outermost part of Earth's outer core
While volcanic eruptions and earthquakes serve as immediate reminders that Earth's insides are anything but tranquil, there are also other, more elusive, dynamic processes happening deep down below the Earth. Using information from ESA's Swarm satellite mission, scientists have discovered a completely new type of magnetic wave that sweeps across the outermost part of Earth's outer core every seven
Sustained weight loss may improve semen quality
Men with obesity can improve their semen quality if they lose weight and maintain the weight loss, a new study shows. Men all over the world are suffering from deteriorating semen quality—often referred to as an outright fertility crisis. The new study offers good news for some men experiencing problems. "It was surprising to us that such a big improvement can be shown in the semen quality in con
The Download: Clearview AI's hefty fine, and countries' monkeypox preparation
This is today's edition of The Download , our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what's going on in the world of technology. The walls are closing in on Clearview AI Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined more than $10 million by the UK's data protection watchdog for collecting the faces of UK citizens from the web and social media. The firm was also or
Graphyne Made for First Time
By now many people have heard of graphene, an allotrope of carbon that is "2-Dimensional", meaning that it is a sheet of carbon one atom thick. The carbon atoms are arranged like in a chicken wire. Graphene is considered a modern "wonder material" because it is flexible yet strong and has superior temperature and electrical conducting properties. You can also "dope" the graphene with many other e
The Viral Online Challenge Is Never Coming Back
Ten years ago this month, the Harvard men's baseball team put a video on YouTube in which they danced and lip-synched to Carly Rae Jepsen's No. 1 hit, "Call Me Maybe." It was funny because, well, you know: They were muscle-y boys with serious jawlines, and they were doing choreography that involved punching the ceiling of a van; this was back when a lot of people thought that pop songs were reall
Navy Vessels in 2019 Were Swarmed by Drones, Not UFOs
(Photo: Albert Antony/Unsplash) Remember when a swarm of unidentified flying objects flew over a handful of US Navy ships off the southern California coast? (If you don't, that's okay—a lot has taken priority since then.) It turns out those mysterious lights were drones, not extraterrestrial aircraft, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). Last week the House of Representatives' Intelligen
Hacks Rewrites the Road-Trip Comedy
Deborah Vance, the caustic stand-up played by Jean Smart in HBO Max's Hacks , likes to live large. Take her new ride, for instance: It's a gussied-up tour bus with her initials emblazoned in hot pink on the side, and it's equipped with a soda machine and a regenerative light-therapy bed. It also has a "much better master bedroom than the last time I was on one of these things," Deborah coos as sh
Competent immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 variants in older adults following two doses of mRNA vaccination
Nature Communications, Published online: 24 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30617-9 mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines can induce protective immunity in older individuals, but whether they encompass new variants is not clear. Here the authors assess mRNA vaccine responses in both younger ( 55) cohorts to find slightly delayed humoral and cellular immunity in the latter but, more importantly, reactiv
Exceptional parallelisms characterize the evolutionary transition to live birth in phrynosomatid lizards
Nature Communications, Published online: 24 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30535-w There have been five independent transitions from egg laying to live birth in the phrynosomatid lizards. Here, Domínguez-Guerrero et al. identify parallel changes in physiology, life history and behaviour that characterize these transitions to live birth.
Functional expression of opioid receptors and other human GPCRs in yeast engineered to produce human sterols
Nature Communications, Published online: 24 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30570-7 The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is powerful for studying human G protein-coupled receptors as they can be coupled to its mating pathway. Here the authors engineer baker's yeast to produce human sterols and show that vertebrate G protein coupled receptors are more sensitive in this membrane environment.
Ring walking as a regioselectivity control element in Pd-catalyzed C-N cross-coupling
Nature Communications, Published online: 24 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30255-1 The phenomenon of „ring-walking‟, wherein a metal catalyst remains bound to a pi system as it migrates to another coupling site, is supported largely by circumstantial evidence. Here the authors perform an in-depth kinetic study of Buchwald- Hartwig animations with several catalytic systems delineating the phenom
Auditory processing remains sensitive to environmental experience during adolescence in a rodent model
Nature Communications, Published online: 24 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30455-9 Anbuhl et al. identify adolescence as a time of vulnerability to sensory deprivation. They find that even a transient loss of auditory experience causes long-lasting perceptual deficits that originate, in part, from a cortical processing deficit.
On-chip integrated process-programmable sub-10 nm thick molecular devices switching between photomultiplication and memristive behaviour
Nature Communications, Published online: 24 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30498-y Developing molecular electronics is challenged by integrating fragile organic molecules into modern micro/nanoelectronics based on inorganic semiconductors. Li et al. apply rolled-up nanotechnology to assemble on-chip molecular devices, which can be switched between photodiodes and volatile memristors.
Tuesday briefing: Everything you need to know about monkeypox
In today's newsletter: rising cases of an infectious disease will naturally cause alarm – but Guardian science editor Ian Sample tells Nimo Omer why we shouldn't be too concerned Sign up here for our new daily newsletter, First Edition Good morning. As the seemingly never-ending fiasco of Partygate rumbles on (new pictures, that were obtained by ITV News, appear to show the prime minister drinkin
Sustainable investing as the new investing?
Can we effectively "vote with our dollars" through sustainable investing? I've recently heard about this automated impact investing app called FLIT. They'll let you rank causes important to you and indicate your financial goals and then will create a custom portfolio of companies aligned with your interests. They then let you track your portfolio's impact, like its CO2 footprint. Seems intersting
What will the cost of living crisis do to our health?
Millions around the world are struggling with higher food and energy prices. In the UK inflation has reached a 40-year high of 9% in the 12 months to April, leaving many struggling to pay bills and shoulder normal living costs. When the weekly shop gets smaller and the flat gets colder, it's our health that suffers. Madeleine Finlay speaks to health inequity expert Prof Michael Marmot about the w
Method gets hydrogen gas out of liquid carriers faster
A new technique for extracting hydrogen gas from liquid carriers is faster, less expensive, and more energy efficient than previous approaches, say researchers. "Hydrogen is widely viewed as a sustainable energy source for transportation, but there are some technical obstacles that need to be overcome before it can be viewed as a practical alternative to existing technologies," says Milad Abolhas
Finding may explain variation in similar painkillers
New research identifies a previously unknown process that clarifies why similar painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin produce a range of clinical outcomes. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat pain and inflammation. But even at similar doses, different NSAIDs can have unexpected and unexplained effects on many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Un
Journal about 'ambient intelligence' retracts more than 50 papers at once
Perhaps the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing needs to look for a different kind of smarts. The journal – a Springer Nature title – has just retracted 51 papers. The episode is the latest in a string of high-volume retractions by major publishers of papers included in special issues. In at least five … Continue reading
Great, NASA Says an Underwater Shark Volcano Has Erupted
Sharkcano's Revenge As if we needed anything else to worry about, a Pacific underwater volcano that's home to a bunch of sharks has erupted. As NASA's Earth Observatory announced , the Kavachi Volcano, located in the Solomon Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea, has been erupting since October. In case you were worried about a B-movie scenario featuring ferocious lava-infused sharks, the rea
Novel AI algorithm for digital pathology analysis
Digital pathology is an emerging field which deals with mainly microscopy images that are derived from patient biopsies. Because of the high resolution, most of these whole slide images (WSI) have a large size, typically exceeding a gigabyte (Gb). Therefore, typical image analysis methods cannot efficiently handle them. Seeing a need, researchers developed a novel artificial intelligence (AI) algo
The future of the world – [In depth]
O ne way the world could go if we are not careful. (Russia uses illegal weapons in Ukraine, US, China civil war, EU collapse, nuclear war.) Any comments or criticism is appreciated. 2022: ​ June 2022: Russia uses chemical weapons at the front line in Ukraine. Some EU countries decide to cut Russian gas over Chemical weapon use, but the largest importers do not. ​ July 2022: A terrorist attack aga
Orbital ring??
Hi, so humour me and hear me out please. I have something to say and I think it's important. The earth has reached optimal population for a planet this size. This means that within 100 years or so we will start to feel the affects of overpopulation. I have an idea to combat this. Pls criticise constructively. I'm serious about this. we build an orbital ring around the planet. It's main purpose wo
Glass and the energy reform: Sustainable production thanks to electricity?
2022 is the international year of glass. And yet many glass factories are struggling to survive. High energy costs and considerable CO2 emissions mean that glass production faces a challenging future. Researchers at FAU and Technische Hochshchule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm are currently conducting research aimed at finding a solution to make glass production more sustainable without relying on fossi
Microbes can degrade the toughest PFAS
Engineers now report selective breakdown of a particularly stubborn class of PFAS called fluorinated carboxylic acids (FCAs) by common microorganisms. Under anaerobic conditions, a carbon-carbon double bond is crucial for the shattering the ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bond by microbial communities. The resulting products could be relayed to other microorganisms for defluorination under in aerobic

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