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A 3,400-year-old city emerges from the Tigris River
A team of German and Kurdish archaeologists have uncovered a 3,400-year-old Mittani Empire-era city once located on the Tigris River. The settlement emerged from the waters of the Mosul reservoir early this year as water levels fell rapidly due to extreme drought in Iraq. The extensive city with a palace and several large buildings could be ancient Zakhiku—believed to have been an important center


Antarctica's only active volcano shows how CO2 allows volcanoes to form persistent lava lakes at the surface
Antarctica has long been a land of mystery and heroic feats made famous by the explorations of James Ross, Roald Amundsen, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. A key piece of the puzzle for understanding global continental evolution, Antarctica contains examples that define the spectrum of Earth's volcanic processes. Now, a joint University of Utah and University of Canterbury New Zealand study sho
Chip-scale Floquet topological insulators to enhance 5G wireless communications
Floquet topological insulators are materials with topological phases that originate from tailored time-dependent perturbations of their crystal structure. These materials have been proved to feature highly unusual electron conduction properties. In recent years, there has been significant interest in exploring analogous features for electromagnetic waves using tailored metamaterials, which promise
Astrophysicists simulate a fuzzy dark matter galactic halo
Dark matter is a type of matter in the universe that does not absorb, reflect or emit light, which makes it impossible to directly detect. In recent years, astrophysicists and cosmologists worldwide have been trying to indirectly detect this elusive type of matter, to better understand its unique features and composition.
Plastic Recycling Doesn't Work and Will Never Work
Americans support recycling. We do too. But although some materials can be effectively recycled and safely made from recycled content, plastics cannot. Plastic recycling does not work and will never work. The United States in 2021 had a dismal recycling rate of about 5 percent for post-consumer plastic waste, down from a high of 9.5 percent in 2014, when the U.S. exported millions of tons of plas
Dear Therapist: My Daughter's Boundaries Are Preventing Us From Having a Relationship
Editor's Note: On the last Monday of each month, Lori Gottlieb answers a reader's question about a problem, big or small. Have a question? Email her at . Don't want to miss a single column? Sign up to get "Dear Therapist" in your inbox. Dear Therapist, My daughter is in her late 20s and I am 65. She was married last summer and has no children. I have felt for many y
'It's Extremely Important That We Don't Forget the Brutality'
T he Western world must prepare itself for a long war in Ukraine that will require ongoing support for Kyiv to guarantee Russia's defeat, as well as reinforced defenses across Europe to ensure that Vladimir Putin does not underestimate NATO's readiness to defend "every inch" of its territory, Jens Stoltenberg, the military alliance's secretary-general, told me recently. The warning came in an in-
China Launching Three Astronauts As It Expands Its Space Station
Tiangong China might be sending three of its astronauts into space as soon as the first week of June. Yesterday's SpaceNews report said that the Long March 2F rocket was rolled out slowly to the pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Sunday. The rocket had been on standby for just shy of a year in case it was needed for an emergency mission to the country's space station, and the three crew me
Starting Over When You Think It's Too Late
Listen and subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Googl e | Pocket Casts A professional change in midlife can provide a much-needed reset—at least when you're looking for a career that more closely aligns with your passion. But finding what you love, especially once you've gone down an entirely different path, can feel impossible. How do we redirect our efforts away from what we're used
How censoring China's open-source coders might backfire
On May 18, thousands of software developers in China woke up to find that their open-source code hosted on Gitee, a state-backed Chinese competitor to the international code repository platform GitHub, had been locked and hidden from public view. Later that day, Gitee released a statement explaining that the locked code was being manually reviewed, as all open-source code would need to be before
Medical research stalled as NHS focuses on small number of trials, experts say
Report outlines 'research waste' that occurred during the pandemic, with weakly designed trials exposing millions to unproven treatments Government efforts to focus NHS resources on a smaller number of well-designed clinical trials could inadvertently be contributing to a backlog of stalled medical research, and result in some important trials being scrapped, researchers say. Their warning comes
Locking People Up Is No Way to Treat Mental Illness
Mental illness has touched nearly every family in America in one way or another. Recent reports suggest that the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated this situation, particularly for young people and children , as well as for health-care workers . Despite the ubiquity of mental illness, our ability to help those who have behavioral disorders recoup lives interrupted by them is deeply inadequ
Astronomers investigate highly variable polar V496 UMa
By analyzing data from ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft and NASA's TESS telescope, German astronomers have inspected a highly variable polar known as V496 UMa. Results of the study, published May 20 on, deliver more hints into the properties and nature of this object.
They Were Reckless and in Love, and They Were the New Hollywood
American idylls have unusual roots, and so it's no great surprise to consider that the "New Hollywood" that found its full flourish in the early 1970s had origins all the way back in 1961 with the improbable union of two artists who met and married that year. To understand the last great period of widespread creative freedom in mainstream American cinema, a period in which the movies offered not
Best Audio Interfaces of 2022
The best audio interfaces deliver clean, high-resolution analog-to-digital audio conversion directly to your computer for recording podcasts, voiceovers, music, and other professional content. While audio interfaces come in a wide range of designs set apart by number of inputs, expandability, and onboard digital signal processing, even the best budget interfaces on the market today include featur
Understanding gender dysphoria in transgender teenagers
The teenage years are a tumultuous time in one's life, especially for transgender teens. On top of typical social, mental, physical and emotional changes, they might also experience gender dysphoria—the psychological distress caused by a mismatch between a person's assigned sex and gender identity. Also, unlike adults, transgender teenagers might not have access to treatments like surgery or hormo
Nanoengineers boost signals from fluorescent sensors
Fluorescent sensors, which can be used to label and image a wide variety of molecules, offer a unique glimpse inside living cells. However, they typically can only be used in cells grown in a lab dish or in tissues close to the surface of the body, because their signal is lost when they are implanted too deeply.
A new quantum technique could enable telescopes the size of planet Earth
There's a revolution underway in astronomy. In fact, you might say there are several. In the past 10 years, exoplanet studies have advanced considerably, gravitational wave astronomy has emerged as a new field, and the first images of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) have been captured. A related field, interferometry, has also advanced incredibly thanks to highly sensitive instruments and the abi
The importance of anthropogenic vapors on haze pollution over Hong Kong and mainland China's megacities
Prof. Wang Zhe, assistant professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)'s Division of Environment and Sustainability, has collaborated with international scientists to reveal the significant roles of anthropogenic low-volatility organic vapors on the secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in four megacities in China, providing new insights for effectively mitigating th
Bear Grylls Goes Spear Fishing and Climbs a Waterfall | Man vs. Wild
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Light-triggered multifunctional nanoplatform for efficient cancer photo-immunotherapy
Cancer immunotherapy is a treatment modality against tumor growth and metastasis via stimulating host immune responses. Phototherapy, including photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT), is a less invasive treatment compared to chemotherapy. To be specific, PDT and PTT-induced immunogenic cell death can release tumor-associated antigens and damage-associated molecular patterns, sti
Fjords emit as much methane as all the deep oceans globally
During heavy storms, the normally stratified layers of water in ocean fjords get mixed, which leads to oxygenation of the fjord floor. But these storm events also result in a spike in methane emissions from fjords to the atmosphere. Researchers have estimated that the total emissions of this climate-warming gas are as great from fjords as from all the deep ocean areas in the world put together.
Cooperative molecular networks may have been the spark of life on other planets
Darwin's theory of evolution probably isn't the full explanation for the emergence of life. Even in a barren environment conducive to fierce competition, cooperation between molecular networks may have spawned life on Earth and, by extension, elsewhere in the universe. And molecular cooperation may occur much more readily than expected in nature.
Mens fortfarande tabubelagt
Att menstruera kan vara både känslomässigt jobbigare och praktiskt krångligare än det behöver vara. Det menar forskning från Göteborgs universitet, som visar att mensperioden för många innebär dubbel börda. Inlägget dök först upp på .
Upconversion-based nanosensor developed for chemotherapy drug detection
As an important regional antidote for protecting the urinary system of chemotherapy patients, mesna (a drug given with chemotherapy to reduce bleeding in the bladder) needs to be monitored in real-time to ensure a curative effect. The fluorescence method is a powerful tool in real-time detection, with the advantages of fast response and visualization. However, background interference limits its ap
Strong gap between motivation to act green and the impact of clothing consumption
What psychological factors make us act green? Classic scientific models identified the psychological predictors of pro-environment behavior, like our attitudes and personal norms. A new study now questions the link between these predictors and actual environmental impact for clothing. The study exposes a strong gap between our motivation to act green and the impact of our clothing consumption. Thi
Coherent oscillation between phonons and magnons
Two different waves with the same frequency and wavelengths can be coupled, so that the amplitude alternates periodically between the two to form a phenomenon known as a coherent beating oscillation. The process can be observed often with a coupled pendulum, and at the cosmic scale as neutrino oscillations that occur due to fluctuations between diverse neutrinos. Solids too can equally maintain va
Researchers realize efficient hydrogen-peroxide production in acid
As one of the 100 most important chemicals in the world, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is mainly produced by the energy- and waste-intensive anthraquinone oxidation (AO) method. Replacing the AO method with a more environmentally-benign electrochemical two-electron oxygen reduction reaction (2e- ORR) depends on cheap and efficient catalysts.
Seeing the intrinsic emission from a single natural protein with ultraviolet optical antennas
One of the ultimate goals of molecular biology is to watch how single proteins work in their native state. However, the current mainstream approach of single-molecule fluorescence relies on introducing external fluorescent markers which can lead to severe issues affecting the experimental results. As an alternative to fluorescence labeling, working in the ultraviolet is appealing to take advantage
The Download: Open source censorship in China, and US kids are more anxious than ever
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. How censoring China's open-source coders might backfire Earlier this month, thousands of software developers in China woke up to find that their open-source code hosted on Gitee, a state-backed Chinese competitor to the international code repository platform G
Key insights into a protein linked to diabetes and hypertension
The amount of salt and water in our cells and their pH is strictly controlled for cell survival. To maintain the necessary balance, special proteins perform the essential role of exchanging protons (hydrogen ions, or H+) for sodium (Na+) or lithium (Li+) ions across cell membranes. These proteins are called sodium-proton exchangers (Na+/H+ exchangers, or NHEs). Found in every cell, NHEs tightly re
Why Fangirls Scream
On the morning of August 25, 2014, a 16-year-old girl arrived at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in baffling condition. She was short of breath but had no chest pain. She had no history of any lung condition, and no abnormal sounds in her breathing. But when the emergency-room doctor on duty pressed on her neck and chest, he heard noises like Rice Krispies crackling in a bowl
How to Fix the US Baby Formula Shortage
Importing formula will provide quick relief, but reforming the program that provides free formula to low-income families would help more in the long term.
To koncerndirektører konstitueret i Region Midtjylland
Efter Ole Thomsens exit i kølvandet på amputationssagen har Region Midtjylland konstitueret to nye koncerndirektører. Der er tale om lægefaglig direktør på Aarhus Universitetshospital Jørgen Schøler Kristensen og vicedirektør i Sundhedsplanlægning Rikke Skou Jensen.
Observation of an intermediate state during lithium intercalation of twisted bilayer MoS2
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30516-z Li intercalation of MoS2 induces a transition from the insulating H-phase to the metallic T-phase, with a sharp boundary in between. Here the authors stabilize the intermediate phase in twisted bilayer MoS2, by leveraging the Moiré potential which facilitates fast Li diffusion and uniform intercalation.
Observation of a phase transition within the domain walls of ferromagnetic Co3Sn2S2
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30460-y In the Bloch or Neel domain walls in ferromagnets, the magnetization rotates smoothly from up to down, preserving its magnitude. Here, Lee et al show that Co3Sn2S2 exhibits a phase transition within its domain walls to a state in which the magnetization passes through zero rather than rotating as the wall is trav
Eminuscent phase in frustrated magnets: a challenge to quantum spin liquids
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30739-0 A spin-glass forms in frustrated magnetic systems when at low temperatures impurity sites "freeze" into a random spin configuration. Here, by looking back at previous experimental results, Syzranov and Ramirez show that the glass-transition temperature grows with decreasing impurity concentration.
Simultaneous nanocatalytic surface activation of pollutants and oxidants for highly efficient water decontamination
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30560-9 Removal of organic micropollutants from water through advanced oxidation processes is hampered by the excessive input of energy and/or chemicals as well as the large amounts of residuals resulting from incomplete mineralization. Here the authors present a new alternative water purification technology to adsorptio
Open-source personal pipetting robots with live-cell incubation and microscopy compatibility
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30643-7 Liquid handling and pipetting tools can automate repetitive tasks but are far from universally used. Here the authors report the Pipetting Helper Imaging Lid (PHIL), an open-source liquid handling robot designed for inexperienced users, that they use for automated pipetting.
Wireless implantable optical probe for continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation in flaps and organ grafts
Nature Communications, Published online: 30 May 2022; doi:10.1038/s41467-022-30594-z Although continuous monitoring of tissue oxygenation is critically important after tissue/organ graft procedures, current technologies have key limitations. Here, the authors develop a miniaturized, minimally invasive, self-anchoring optical probe and demonstrate continuous monitoring of oxygenation in porcine fl
Wickedly Fast Frontier Supercomputer Officially Ushers in the Next Era of Computing
Today, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer was crowned fastest on the planet in the semiannual Top500 list. Frontier more than doubled the speed of the last titleholder, Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, and is the first to officially clock speeds over a quintillion calculations a second—a milestone computing has pursued for 14 years. That's a big number. So before we go on, it's w
Starwatch: Virgo is at its most visible in northern spring skies
Constellation is now on opposite side of sky to the sun and best placed for night-time observation Virgo, the virgin, is a prominent constellation in the northern spring skies. It is one of the zodiacal constellations, sandwiched between Libra to the east and Leo to the west. Being in the zodiac means the sun, moon and planets all pass through its boundaries at certain times; the moon every month
Can you solve it? Intrigue at the pet hotel
Purr-plexing problems from Japan Today's brain-manglers come from Tadao Kitazawa, a prolific creator of maths and logic puzzles from Japan. Over the last two decades he has introduced many original ideas, and given new twists to established genres. Puzzles, he writes, are about having fun with limited information. He tries to devise problems that look complicated at first sight, but that are very
Miraklen i Lourdes
Bernadette Soubirous ca 1858 Bernadette Soubirous Mellan februari och juli 1858 rapporterade den då 14-åriga flickan Bernadette Soubirous att hon flera gånger hade haft visioner av "en liten ung dam" … Continued Inlägget dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
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