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autisme – pseudomedicin Ayurveda med koens urin mod autisme

[In Depth] Critics assail India's attempt to ‘validate’ folk remedy
According to Hindu tradition, Indian cows are not only sacred—they are the source of a cure-all for everything from schizophrenia and autism to diabetes and cancer. That elixir is panchagavya, a drink made of cow urine, dung, milk, yogurt, and clarified butter prescribed by practitioners of Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine, and spread on fields as well to boost crop yields. Now, India's sc

autisme – årsag til stigning diskuteres

The Real Reasons Autism Rates Are Up in the U.S.
A hard look at whether the rise comes from more awareness, better diagnosis—or something else —

genom-database af 1,5 mill arter blandt eukaryoter

[In Depth] Sequencing all life captivates biologists
At a biogenomics meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, researchers publicly unveiled the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP). The audacious goal of the still-unfunded effort is to decipher the genomes of every species, starting with the 1.5 million named eukaryotes—the group of organisms that includes all plants, animals, and single-celled organisms such as amoebas. Researchers drew parallels to the H

hjernen – empati-anordning lader en vens hjernesignal styre din hånd i et muskelstimuleringssystem der skal kommunikere humør og empati

Empathy device lets a friend’s brain signals move your hand
One person’s brain activity triggers hand gestures in another person in a muscle stimulation system aimed at communicating mood and encouraging empathy

hjernen – påvisning af ny mekanisme til styring af informationsstrøm i hjernen – specialiserede somatostatin-udtrykkende interneuroner

Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain
A team of neuroscientists has found that specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) — play a key role in controlling how information flows in the brain when it is awake and alert.

kræft – blodkræftbehandling mulig med epigenetisk lægemiddel der virker på immunsystemet

Combination of ground-breaking treatments offer powerful new path for blood cancer therapies
Researchers have identified for the first time how a new class of epigenetic drug engages with the immune system to kill off cancer cells, offering powerful new pathways for enhanced blood cancer therapies.

RNA-baseret teknologi til terapi

Powerful RNA-based technology could help shape the future of therapeutic antibodies
Using antibodies to treat disease has been one of the great success stories of early 21st-century medicine. Already five of the ten top-selling pharmaceuticals in the United States are antibody products. But antibodies are large, complex proteins that can be expensive to manufacture. Now, a team of scientists demonstrates in an animal model a new way to deliver safer and more cost-effective therap

Trump – og antivaccinebevægelsen

Will an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health?
We've made great gains in fighting infectious diseases in the last 50 years—but those gains are fragile —

antibiotikaresistens – MRSA-bakterier kan fjernes med friskluft og støvmasker

Forskere: Kan frisk luft og støvmasker bremse MRSA?
MRSA-bakterierne binder sig til støvet i svinestalden, men svin og mennesker bliver hurtigt fri for MRSA, når de forlader staldene, viser nye forsøg.

astma-forekomst hos børn blev nedsat da bilskat medførte mindre bilkørsel i Stockholm

Tax on downtown driving cuts kids’ asthma attacks
A “congestion tax” that discourages downtown driving not only cuts traffic and pollution, but also sharply reduces children’s asthma attacks. The tax levied by Stockholm, Sweden, reduced air pollution levels between 5 and 10 percent, and eventually dropped the rate of pediatric asthma attacks by nearly 50 percent. The health improvement appeared more gradually than the decline in pollution, sugge

billeder af sygdomme med billedteknologi

With new imaging technology, scientists and clinicians can visualize biological systems
A picture may be worth a thousand words. But new imaging technology that harmonizes mighty and distinctive microscopes may tell a complex story about a disease or condition – how it develops and how it can be treated precisely.

brystkræft – en årsag til tilbagefald efter kemoterapi påvist

How some breast cancer cells return after chemo
Researchers have identified a biochemical chain of events that allows some breast cancer cells to survive chemotherapy and restart tumor growth. The recurrence of cancer stem cells is tied to the drug resistance that develops in many breast tumors. Because of that resistance, the benefits of chemo are short-lived for many patients. Cancer recurrence after chemotherapy is frequently fatal. “These

celler – stort atlas over forskellige menneskelige celler

[Business Office Feature] Webinar | A high-resolution look at the human cell: Introducing the Human Cell Atlas
Resolving the spatial distribution of the human proteome at a subcellular level greatly increases our understanding of human biology and disease. A high-resolution map of the human cell has been generated—part of the Human Protein Atlas database—that provides the in situ localization of 12,036 human proteins at a single-cell level, covering 30 subcellular structures, and enabling 14 major organell

CO2 omdannes til olie og carbonhydrider

Unique photo-catalyst material turns CO2 emissions into renewable hydrocarbon fuels
Researchers with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University are making the best use of our energy waste—turning one of our most potent pollutants and greenhouse gasses, carbon dioxide (CO2), into hydrocarbon fuels that can help the environment and solve growing energy needs.


MIT’s Crispr Guy Braves Enemy Territory at UC Berkeley
Student planned a protest against Feng Zhang's appearance at UC Berkeley, the home of competing Crispr inventor Jennifer Doudna, and then canceled it.

CRISPR – domesticering af planter

Want more crop variety? Researchers propose using CRISPR to accelerate plant domestication
Out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species—rice, wheat, and maize—account for most of the plant matter that humans consume, partly because in the history of agriculture, mutations arose that made these crops the easiest to harvest. But with CRISPR technology, we don't have to wait for nature to help us domesticate plants, argue researchers at the University of Cope

CRISPR – domesticering af planter

Want more crop variety? Researchers propose using CRISPR to accelerate plant domestication
Out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species — rice, wheat, and maize — account for most of the plant matter that humans consume, partly because in the history of agriculture, mutations arose that made these crops the easiest to harvest. But with CRISPR technology, we don't have to wait for nature to help us domesticate plants, argue researchers.

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

[In Depth] Close relative of Neandertals unearthed in China
Ever since their discovery in 2010, the extinct ice age humans called Denisovans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. Now, two partial skulls from eastern China are emerging as prime candidates for showing what these shadowy people may have looked like. In a paper published on p. 969 of this issue, a Chinese-U.S. team presents

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

Morphological mosaics in early Asian humans

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

[Report] Late Pleistocene archaic human crania from Xuchang, China
Two early Late Pleistocene (~105,000- to 125,000-year-old) crania from Lingjing, Xuchang, China, exhibit a morphological mosaic with differences from and similarities to their western contemporaries. They share pan–Old World trends in encephalization and in supraorbital, neurocranial vault, and nuchal gracilization. They reflect eastern Eurasian ancestry in having low, sagittally flat, and inferio

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

Ancient skulls give clues to China human history
Two skulls found in China shed light on the ancient humans who inhabited the region before the arrival of our own species.

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

'Patchwork' Early Human Fossils Suggest Intermixing
Fossils unearthed in China show a strange patchwork of features, with the large brains of modern humans; the low, broad skulls of earlier humans; and the inner ears of Neanderthals.

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

100,000-year-old human skulls from east Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, space
Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the immediate predecessors of modern humans in eastern Eurasia.

Denisovan-mennesket – to delvise kranier fundet i Kina

100,000-year-old human skulls from east Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, space
Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the immediate predecessors of modern humans in eastern Eurasia.

DNA-computer – hurtig

First hint of how DNA calculators could supercharge computing
A machine made of DNA offers a new concept for a non-deterministic universal Turing machine that could solve problems faster than existing computers

DNA-computer – forskere lagrer software og kort video på DNA

Researchers store computer operating system and short movie on DNA
Humanity may soon generate more data than hard drives or magnetic tape can handle, a problem that has scientists turning to nature's age-old solution for information-storage—DNA.

DNA-computer. Molekylrobotter – der kan ændre deres form – responderer på DNA-signaler og kan starte og stoppe formændringen som respons på et specifikt DNA-signal

Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
A research group at Tohoku University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a molecular robot consisting of biomolecules, such as DNA and protein. The molecular robot was developed by integrating molecular machines into an artificial cell membrane. It can start and stop its shape-changing function in response to a specific DNA signal.

DNA-deletion kan laves med hurtigt værktøj

Genome editing: Pressing the 'delete' button on DNA
Until recently, genomics was a "read-only" science, but scientists have developed a tool for quick and easy deletion of DNA in living cells. This software will boost efforts to understand the vast regions of non-coding DNA, or "Dark Matter", in our DNA and may lead to discovery of new disease-causing genes and potential new drugs.

durum hvede – genetisk undersøgelse

First genetic radiography of the wheat from 21 Mediterranean countries used to make pasta
A team of Spanish scientists, with the participation of the University of Granada, has carried out the first durum wheat genetic, phenotypic and geographic adaptation study to date. Durum wheat is mostly used for the production of pasta and semolina in the Mediterranean area.

elbiler – Danmark fører på standard for integration af elbiler i elnettet

Danmark fører an: Ny standard til integration af elbiler i elnettet
Bilindustrien går sammen om definition af, hvordan elstikket skal kommunikere, når elbilen skal levere strøm tilbage til nettet. DTU går i spidsen.

elefanter sover kun i 2 timer om dagen

Elephant All-Nighters? Giant Beasts Sleep Only 2 Hours
The enormous African elephant doesn't need that much sleep, a new study finds.

elefanter sover kun i 2 timer om dagen

The ultimate power nap: Researchers use 'Fitbits' to track elephant sleep in the wild
Behavioral studies of elephant sleep in zoos record that they sleep around four hours per day and can sleep standing up or lying down — but how much do they sleep and how do they sleep in their natural environment? Researchers have made use of small activity data loggers, scientific versions of the well-known consumer fitness and wellness tracker, Fitbit, to study the sleeping patterns of elephan

embryon – af menneskelige stamceller – frembragt i et New York laboratorium

Embryo Experiments On Human Development Raise Ethical Concerns
Embryo-like entities are being created in a New York lab using human embryonic stem cells. Scientists hope to learn more about the earliest stages of human development without using actual embryos.

embryon – af menneskelige stamceller – frembragt i et New York laboratorium

Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate
Researchers who study developing human embryos have long limited their experimentation to lab embryos that are no more than 14 days into development. Some scientists are now pushing that boundary.

embryon – kunstig embryo af mus – forskning i Cambridge England

Scientists create 'artificial embryos'
Scientists have created a functioning mouse embryo in the lab

embryon – kunstig embryo af mus – forskning i Cambridge England

Scientists create artificial mouse 'embryo' from stem cells for first time
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have managed to create a structure resembling a mouse embryo in culture, using two types of stem cells – the body's 'master cells' – and a 3D scaffold on which they can grow.

embryon – kunstig embryo af mus – forskning i Cambridge England

Artificial embryo grown in a dish from two types of stem cells
For the first time, researchers have made something resembling a mouse embryo without using an egg cell, allowing them to probe the early steps of development

embryon – kunstig embryo af mus – forskning i Cambridge England

Scientists create artificial mouse 'embryo' from stem cells for first time
Scientists have managed to create a structure resembling a mouse embryo in culture, using two types of stem cells — the body's 'master cells' — and a 3-D scaffold on which they can grow.

falsk medicin er sundhedsrisiko

Counterfeit drugs are putting the whole world at risk
Even if you don't buy the fake pharmaceuticals yourself Poor quality and outright fake medicines are a serious public health threat. .

fisk – sundt eller ej – ny app giver svar

New online tool allows consumers to assess the health benefits and risks of seafood
FishChoice, a new online tool to help consumers and professionals efficiently and effectively balance the benefits and risks of eating seafood, has been launched by the EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project at .

forklaring på dyrs pletter – ujævn fordeling

Scientists explain uneven color of spotted animals
Researchers have proposed a new mechanism for the dynamic self-organization of spatial structures in embryogenesis. Using mathematical modeling methods, the researchers have demonstrated that this self-organization may be due to a significant difference in the mutual penetration rates (diffusion) of morphoge

hjernen – kan MRI tolke en persons emotionelle tilstand?

Can You Tell Someone's Emotional State from an MRI?
The quest to read emotions from brain scans —

hjernen er anderledes hos fattige mennesker

This Is Your Brain on Poverty
Data visualizations highlight the surprising connections between income and brain structure —

hjertet benytter sig af hydrauliske kræfter – svensk forskning

Hydraulic forces help to fill the heart
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have contributed to a recent discovery that the heart is filled with the aid of hydraulic forces, the same as those involved in hydraulic brakes in cars. The findings, which are presented in the journal Scientific Reports, open avenues for completely new approaches to the treatment of heart failure.

hvede og ris angribes af svamp Magnaporthe oryzae (Pyricularia oryzae)

[Perspective] Durable resistance to rice blast
The blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae (Pyricularia oryzae) destroys rice crops worldwide (see the photo) (1) and now threatens global wheat production as well. Wheat blast disease has been spreading in South America since 1985, and last year it devastated wheat crops in Bangladesh (2, 3). Incorporation of resistance (R) genes into rice presents an effective, economical, and environmentally sound way

hvede og ris angribes af svamp Magnaporthe oryzae (Pyricularia oryzae)

[Report] Epigenetic regulation of antagonistic receptors confers rice blast resistance with yield balance
Crop breeding aims to balance disease resistance with yield; however, single resistance (R) genes can lead to resistance breakdown, and R gene pyramiding may affect growth fitness. Here we report that the rice Pigm locus contains a cluster of genes encoding nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) receptors that confer durable resistance to the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae without yield penalty.

insekter – antal arter fordobles når skov skades af stormfald

Insects love windthrows
A study conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) shows that storm-ravaged woodland is approximately twice as rich in insect species as undamaged forest. This is because many endangered forest insects benefit from the open forest areas left behind by storms.

insekter – stueflue kan omdanne madrester

Housefly's love of manure could lead to sustainable feed
Could the common housefly, which has evolved to recycle nutrients from waste products, help address the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' warning that food production will need to double by 2050 to feed a growing world population?

internettet kommer til at savne plads – men plasmoner kan måske løse problemet – det er kortlægning af fotoner til en metaloverflade og omdannelse af dem til en særlig elektron-oscillation kaldet plasmoner

Plasmonic device offers broadband modulation to optical links at 100Gbit/s
Today's society is growing in population and productivity puts ever higher demands on the Internet, and without scientific developments to provide ways meeting our traffic needs, it will begin to clog. Mapping photons to a metal surface and converting them to a particular kind of electron oscillations, called plasmons, researchers from Switzerland, Germany and the US collaborated to develop a new

Internet-trolde begrænses hvis de tvinges til at læse artiklerne som de vil kommentere

Norway 'anti-troll' site makes you read before commenting
Victims of online "trolling", rejoice. A Norwegian site may have found the key to muzzling malicious commenters on the internet: requiring people to read an article before discussing it.

job mistes – 35% af jobbene i Storbritannien er væk om 20 år

35 percent of UK jobs may be at risk from automation
Fear of losing our jobs to those who can perform tasks faster, cheaper and perhaps with more creativity, has been longstanding. Equally, the introduction of a new leisure class with more free-time to spend once liberated from mundane, repetitive and boring tasks has also long been promised. With some forecasts indicating that within 20 years, 35 % of UK jobs are at risk from automation, it might b

kræft pga histon-deacetylaser – molecular bait – dvs. at udfiske et protein

Supramolecular protein fishing with molecular baits
Scientists from the Center for Self-assembly and Complexity (CSC) successfully isolated a cancer-prone protein by fishing out the proteins using 'molecular bait'. Cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, affects 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women, with prostate and breast cancer the most common types afflicting adults. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are an important family of proteins that regulat

kæledyrfoder forfalskes og svindles med i USA

Recalls protect animals from low-quality and tainted food
Pet food recalls have made headlines in recent weeks, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that eight brands of cat, dog and rabbit food have been pulled from store shelves since the start of 2017. These foods have been recalled for containing possibly low levels of vitamin B1 and for carrying disease-causing bacteria, pieces of metal, and traces of the animal euthanasia agent pe

lasere bruges i medicin og i hverdagen – kan forbedres med kvantefysik

Researchers demonstrate new type of laser
Lasers are everywhere nowadays: Doctors use them to correct eyesight, cashiers to scan your groceries, and quantum scientist to control qubits in the future quantum computer. For most applications, the current bulky, energy-inefficient lasers are fine, but quantum scientist work at extremely low temperatures and on very small scales. For over 40 years, they have been searching for efficient and pr

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

DNA clues to why woolly mammoth died out
The last woolly mammoths were wracked with genetic disease and had a strange shiny coat, say scientists.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

DNA Mutations May Have Doomed the Woolly Mammoth
By the end of the ice age, the last remaining woolly mammoths had acquired so many genetic mutations that their numbers were practically guaranteed to spiral toward extinction, a new study has revealed.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

Dying woolly mammoths were in ‘genetic meltdown’
Genomic study of extinction in progress may offer insights for modern conservation.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

The Woolly Mammoth’s Last Stand
A new study shows how an endangered or declining species may result in an irreversible genetic meltdown.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

The woolly mammoth die-off was even sadder than you think
Environment Rest in peace, big guys A new study documents the woolly mammoth's final somber centuries in isolation and the devastating “genomic meltdown” that killed the species off for good.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

Woolly mammoths experienced a genomic meltdown just before extinction
Dwindling populations created a "mutational meltdown" in the genomes of the last wooly mammoths, which had survived on an isolated island until a few thousand years ago. Rebekah Rogers and Montgomery Slatkin of the University of California, Berkeley, report these findings in a study published March 2nd, 2017 in PLOS Genetics.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

Woolly mammoths experienced a genomic meltdown just before extinction
Dwindling populations created a 'mutational meltdown' in the genomes of the last woolly mammoths, which had survived on an isolated island until a few thousand years ago, report researchers.

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

See-Through Hair and Awkward Sexual Problems: The Woolly Mammoth's Bitter End
After genetic meltdown the last of the species died a lonely death, languishing on a windswept island tundra and unable to attract mates with the scent of its urine —

mammut – genetisk årsag til uddøen

Last Woollies Had Mammoth Mutations
The final holdout woolly mammoths had large numbers of harmful mutations—which would have given them satiny coats and a weakened sense of smell. Christopher Intagliata reports. —

methanhydrat – i år 2100 vil måske 3,5% af verdens methanhydrat være sluppet fri til atmosfæren

3.5 percent of global methane deposits could be melted by 2100 due to climate change
A team of researchers from the Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute and the University of Cambridge has proven that 3.5 percent of the world's deposits of methane hydrate (equivalent to about 60,000 million tons of carbon) could begin to melt by 2100 due to climate change and the warming of ocean waters, a fact that would cause tons of this potent greenhouse gas to be discharged into the atmosphere

methanhydrat kan indesluttes i is

[Perspective] Clathrates grow up
Although methane is a volatile gas, it can be efficiently trapped in ice, which can then be readily set on fire. Beyond the curiosity of this “burning ice,” caged methane is of great importance as one of the world's largest natural gas resources (1). In these materials, known as clathrates, methane molecules are tightly bound in nanometer-sized, regularly interspaced cages. Other inorganic materia

mitokondrier har betydning for styring af calcium-indstrømning – koblet til oxidativt stress

Moonlighting function for mitochondrial-calcium influx machinery MCU complex
Mitochondria — the energy-generating powerhouses of cells — are also a site for oxidative stress and cellular calcium regulation. The latter two functions have long been suspected of being linked mechanistically, and now new research shows precisely how, with the common connection centering on a protein complex known as the mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter (MCU).

morfin-lignende stof er smertestillende men uden risiko for tilvænning

A new opioid could provide pain relief—without causing addiction
If it works in humans, anyway A group of researchers have developed a new opioid pain medicine that selectively targets inflamed tissues only. .

mountainbikere skræmmer rovfugle væk fra skove

Mountainbikere og sportsfolk tvinger rovfugle fra rederne
Både mennesker og fugles behov skal tilgodeses, mener ornitologer, der vil have stillezoner i skovene.

mountainbikere skræmmer rovfugle væk fra skove

Naturstyrelsen: Der ER plads til både mennesker og rovfugle i naturen
Det er en hårfin balancegang, når mountainbikere og ynglende rovfugle skal deles om skovene, men Naturstyrelsen gør sit bedste for at tilgodese alle behov.

musik: Er musikskalaen opstået ud fra hvad der passer menneskets stemme?

Are musical scales tuned to suit how humans sing?
There is a long-standing belief that musical scales arose from simple harmonic ratios. But scientists are proposing a different source: the mistuning of the human voice. The Greek mathematician Pythagoras found that plucking a string at certain points produced pleasing steps similar to the progression heard in musical scales—Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. Scales came about as a way of getting as close

pesticid-sprøjt forhindres ved tilsætning af særlig salt

A certain type of salt added to pesticide found to help prevent waste due to splashing
(—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has found that adding a certain type of salt to liquid pesticides greatly reduces waste due to splashing. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their research and the properties of the salt that help prevent splashing.

phosphat – livet er startet uden phosphat

Biochemical 'fossil' shows how life may have emerged without phosphate
One major mystery about life's origin is how phosphate became an essential building block of genetic and metabolic machinery in cells, given its poor accessibility on early Earth. Researchers have used systems biology approaches to tackle this long-standing conundrum, providing compelling, data-driven evidence that primitive life forms may not have relied on phosphate at all. Instead, a few simple

plastaffald fra havet bliver til solbriller – firma Norton Point

Scientists and engineers turn ocean plastic into new products
Two years ago, socially conscious entrepreneurs Rob Ianelli and Ryan Schoenike founded their company, Norton Point, to manufacture sunglasses made from the huge amounts of plastic cleaned up from ocean coastlines.

sandheder og løgne

When the Big Lie Meets Big Data
The same techniques used to identify and motivate likely voters can also be used to spread false information —

sociale medier – narcissisme og svagere følelse af at tilhøre en gruppe – registreret blandt de unge

Narcissism and desire to belong leading to deception on social media, study suggests
High levels of narcissism and a weaker sense of peer belonging is leading millions of young adults to take part in deceptive like-seeking avenues on Instagram, a recent Western study revealed.

stygofauna er en underjordisk verden – organismer i grundvand

Saving the Underworld: Clarifying the stygofauna classification for improved conservation
Inevitably, many habitats, including the particularly vulnerable subterranean ones, will continue being erased from our planet as a result of human activities and interests. The challenge is to protect the ones that are the sole habitats to certain organisms, so that their species are safe from extinction. Hence, it is essential that the distribution of every each one of them is clearly defined.

sædbank – for bevaring af sjældne dyrearter

First Clouded Leopard Cub Born Using Cryopreserved Semen
A statement from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Nashville Zoo said Thursday that the accomplishment is "a giant step for global conservation efforts."

tarmbakterier mod eksem

It May Be Your Microbiome Will Become Your Personal Pharmacy
It may be possible to treat eczema with a super-effective ointment made from your own microbes.

tobak (plasmote smoke) forhindrer lungernes selvheling – kan føre til KOL

plasmote smoke curbs lung's self-healing
Smoke from plasmotes blocks self-healing processes in the lungs and consequently can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), reports an international team of researchers.

Trump – og forsvarsudgifter

How Trump Should Spend That Extra $54 Billion on Defense
Even if all of President Trump's proposed new defense spending goes through, figuring out what to spend it on will be its own battle

== Trump – og milj==ø
[In Brief] News at a glance
In science news around the world, the World Health Organization releases a new list of microbes for which new drugs are most critically needed, U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order that paves the way to eliminate a 2015 expansion of the Clean Water Act, the less-aggressive HIV-2 may be more deadly than previously thought, a promising dengue vaccine developed in Brazil faces an unce

== Trump – og milj==ø
The Department of Defense Wants to Double Down on Renewables
As clean energy and environmental protection look set to suffer under Trump’s budget cuts, at least the military will do its bit to reduce emissions.

Trump – og science

How the fallout from Trump's travel ban is reshaping science
Researchers are cutting short travel, ending collaborations and rethinking their US ties. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21579

Trump – og vælgere

Trump's Appeal: What Psychology Tells Us
Behind his unforeseen success in the 2016 election was a masterful use of group psychology principles —

Trump – vælgeres psykologi

[Policy Forum] The need for a translational science of democracy
The bitterly factious 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign was the culmination of several trends that, taken together, constitute a syndrome of chronic ailments in the body politic. Ironically, these destructive trends have accelerated just as science has rapidly improved our understanding of them and their underlying causes. But mere understanding is not sufficient to repair our politics. The

Tuberkulose på grund af bakterien Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – to proteiner der bindes til hinanden hæmmer en kemisk reaktion der er central for sygdommen

Frozen chemistry controls bacterial infections
Chemists and molecular biologists have made an unexpected discovery in infection biology. The researchers can now show that two proteins that bind to one another slow down a chemical reaction central to the course of the disease in the bacteria Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.

VX giftgas

Assassins may have made a binary weapon of Kim Jong-nam’s face
The man may have been murdered by two women each wiping a different chemical onto his face, which then blended together to make the deadly nerve gas VX

Zika – 35 myggearter kan sprede virusset

Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say
Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists and published Tuesday in the journal, eLife.

Zika – og skader på nyfødte pga virusinfektionen

Birth Defects Rise Twentyfold in Mothers With Zika, C.D.C. Says
The agency estimated that 60 of every 1,000 pregnancies involved some type of severe defect caused by infections from the mosquito-borne virus.

A mean-field model for conductance-based networks of adaptive exponential integrate-and-fire neurons
Voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDi) has revealed fundamental properties of neocortical processing at mesoscopic scales. Since VSDi signals report the average membrane potential, it seems natural to use a mean-field formalism to model such signals. Here, we investigate a mean-field model of networks of Adaptive Exponential (AdEx) integrate-and-fire neurons, with conductance-based synaptic interact

From AI to Anxiety Relief, The Brain Needs a Body
Cognitive scientist Guy Claxton believes we should think of our entire body as our brain.

4 Reasons Why People Choose to Remain Ignorant
If you think we're talking about someone else, don't be so hasty. One study highlights how the vast majority of people choose ignorance over knowing.

By Mapping Buildings' Interiors, Your Phone Could Save Your Life
What if we told you that, right now, your phone was making a map of your interior surroundings — whether you're at work or at home — and sending that data to places unknown?

Biocentrism Posits That Death Is Merely Transport into Another Universe
Apparently, Einstein shared a similar outlook on time as what’s proposed here.

NASA Reveals the Naming Themes For Pluto's Geographical Features
Glacier McGlacierface? Not likely. NASA has set some classy themes that will guide the naming of geographical features of Pluto and its moons.

These Maps Compare Your Good Fortune to that of People in Other Countries
The Vatican is world leader in one particular variable. Can you guess which?

Does War Bring out the Worst in Us?
How likely are you to help a stranger? What if you were in a war zone? If you think that the desperation of conflict really brings out the worst in people, you might be surprised.

Anæstesiolog: Sundheds­platformen kan drive mig til vanvid
Det kan godt være, at anæstesiologien er kommet bedre fra start med sundhedsplatformen end de fleste specialer. Ikke desto mindre melder en narkoselæge og tillidsrepræsentant fra Rigshospitalet, at sundhedsplatformen giver mere end almindelige udfordringer i hverdagen.

Dansk Ortopædisk Selskab vil være bedre i medierne
Dansk Ortopædisk Selskab (DOS) synes ikke, at de altid har fremstået helt skarpt og troværdigt i medierne. Selskabet er derfor ved at indhente tilbud på medietræning hos forskellige udbydere.

Elektronisk overvågning skal forhindre slag­tilfælde blandt svage ældre
I et nyt forskningsprojekt udstyres ældre, der mistænkes for at have hjerteproblemer, med en sensor, der måler hjerterytme og registrerer, om den ældre har rytmeforstyrrelser. Håbet er på sigt at henlægge de regelmæssige hospitalskontroller og i stedet lade hovedparten af monitoreringen foregå i almen praksis.

En gåtur i solen
Glæden over det moderne sundhedsvæsen blandede sig med en trist fornemmelse af, at vi er ved at glemme noget.

Enhedslisten: Investér lige så meget i psykiatri som i kræft
Massive investeringer i bl.a. forebyggelse på kræftområdet har fået udgifterne til behandlingen til at falde dramatisk. Staten burde forfølge samme strategi på psykiatriområdet, mener Enhedslisten.

Genetik påvirker effekten af statiner
Høj genetisk risiko for hjerte-kar-sygdom spiller også ind på effekten af behandling med kolesterolsænkende statiner, viser skotsk undersøgelse.

Kvantespringsstudiet’, der forsvandt ad regionerne til
Sidste år var der ingen tvivl: Hjerteforeningen og Dansk Cardiologisk Selskab var klar til at søsætte DANNOAC. For første gang ville man gennemføre et gigantisk reallife studie, hvor fire lægemidler bedømmes i forhold til hinanden for at sikre patienterne den bedst mulige antikoagulerende behandling. Men det højt profilerede studie er aldrig kommet i gang. Dagens Medicin udfolder her de stridsemne

App holder styr på børns medicinforbrug og bivirkninger
En app skal hjælpe gigt- og leukæmiramte børn og deres forældre med at holde styr på medicinforbrug og bivirkninger.

Regions­direktør om Sundheds­platformen: Jeg fortryder ikke
Listen af it-skandaler vidner om, at man ikke kan gøre et gigantisk nyt it-system færdigt og fejlfrit før implementering, mener regionsdirektør Hjalte Aaberg. Selvom den kaotiske implementeringsmodel har sat hospitalerne under pres, fortryder han intet.

Styrelse præciserer anbefalinger for medicinsk behandling af alkoholmisbrug
Tillæg til kliniske retningslinje giver anbefalinger for indbyrdes brug af godkendte lægemidler til behandling af alkoholafhængighed.

Sundhedsplatformen er ikke perfekt, men på vej
Kritikken af Sundhedsplatformens problemer bliver ensidigt fremstillet, og det skygger for en mere konstruktiv tilgang.

Sådan tackler du medierne som læge
Ny bog er et slags crash-kursus til læger og forskere, som har brug for at få formidlet historier om forskningen eller måske bare ønsker at være bedre forberedt den dag, hvor telefonen ringer, og en journalist i den anden ende af linjen ønsker et interview.

Værdibaseret styring er som vand i hånden
Findes der realistisk set et alternativ til det nuværende styringssystem i sundhedsvæsenet? Det kan lyde fristende at erstatte kvantitet med kvalitet som målestok, men det ‘nye sort’ — værdibaseret ledelse — bør underkastes en kritisk analyse.

[In Depth] Global telescope gears up to image black holes
Last year researchers "heard" black holes for the first time, when they detected the gravitational waves unleashed as two of them crashed together and merged. Now, they want to see a black hole, or at least its silhouette. Next month, astronomers will harness radio telescopes across the globe to create the equivalent of a single Earth-spanning dish—an instrument powerful enough, they hope, to imag

[In Depth] Test blasts simulate a nuclear attack on a port
At a time when a nuclear bomb smuggled by terrorists is as big a concern as one from a foreign power, delivered by missile or airplane, an attack at a port is likely scenario. But nuclear forensic specialists, who rely largely on nuclear test data collected years ago in western deserts, lack a clear picture of how energy from a detonation would propagate in the highly saturated geology of many U.S

[Feature] Into the Twilight Zone
A teenaged diving accident and crippling brush with the bends propelled ichthyologist Richard Pyle into the world of technical diving, where he emerged as a pioneering rebreather diver, using the technology to reach greater and greater depths. Pyle has carved out a niche as an explorer of the still-mysterious, dimly lit coral habitat that thrives from about 30 to 150 meters below the surface, in w

[Feature] Can deep reefs rescue shallow ones?
The colorful and diverse ecosystems of shallow coral reefs are threatened by pollution, overfishing, and global warming. Scientists wonder whether the little-studied, dimly lit deep coral reefs may serve as a lifeboat for shallow reefs under stress. Studies are just getting started to rigorously test this "deep reef refuge hypothesis," first proposed in 1996. A recent paper in Science Advances is

[Perspective] Membrane proteins scrambling through a folding landscape
Single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) (1) measures the extension of a molecule when subjected to force. The folding of a protein can be explored by pulling on one terminus to unfold it; upon relaxation, it may refold toward its native states (2, 3). Transmembrane proteins typically unfold stepwise as structural segments (which can consist of parts of single or multiple secondary structures) ar

[Perspective] A measure of mantle melting
Earth's interior is hot, as is evident from geothermal heat flow, the existence of volcanoes, and the mobility of tectonic plates. But just how hot is it? The temperature increases rapidly with depth through the rigid lithosphere in order to conduct geothermal heat flow, but this cannot continue downward indefinitely without reaching the melting point of rocks. Yet there is no global molten layer

[Perspective] Watching speciation in action
Charles Darwin closed his first edition of On the Origin of Species with the poetic words: “There is grandeur in this view of life,…whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved” (1). Today, scientists are using genetics to understand how species multiply, an

[Book Review] Deep exposures
Crystalline, a new exhibition showcasing the work of Irish artist Siobhán McDonald at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France, brings together works created from relics of past scientific ventures to the frozen north and materials developed for an upcoming exploration of the Sun. The items are recomposed into artistic pieces that convey a melancholic contemplation of human striving and its

[Book Review] Troubled waters
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is unusual for a new book, having already netted a "work-in-progress" award from the Columbia Journalism School and Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism in 2015. Living up to this early acclaim, the book, which documents the ecological demise of the Great Lakes, is easy to read, offering well-paced, intellectually stimulating arguments, bolstered by well

Australia needs a wake-up call

Panama's impotent mangrove laws

Protect Iran's ancient forest from logging

Turning colloidal gold into clathrates

A framework for molecular assembly

Navigating regulated cell excitation

Past human influences on Amazonian forest

Boron choreographs a double reaction

Layer-specific interneuron activity

Climate-driven selection

Pulling apart protein unfolding

How new species evolve

Protecting the heart from bad stress

An on-chip microwave source

Indirect military alliances reduce war

Turning up the mantle temperature

A reliable and efficient DNA storage architecture

Widespread resistance, localized relief

A pain killer without side effects

Nanowarming improves cryopreservation

[Editors' Choice] Heal our breaking hearts

[Editors' Choice] The search for cancer cell vulnerabilities

[Editors' Choice] The PACE of clean energy development

[Editors' Choice] Immunotherapy—the forest and the trees

[Editors' Choice] Live birth in a new lineage

[Editors' Choice] Signatures of chiral anomaly multiply

[Editors' Choice] Lighting the way to fluorine placement

[Research Article] Persistent effects of pre-Columbian plant domestication on Amazonian forest composition
The extent to which pre-Columbian societies altered Amazonian landscapes is hotly debated. We performed a basin-wide analysis of pre-Columbian impacts on Amazonian forests by overlaying known archaeological sites in Amazonia with the distributions and abundances of 85 woody species domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples. Domesticated species are five times more likely than nondomesticated species t

[Report] Clathrate colloidal crystals
DNA-programmable assembly has been used to deliberately synthesize hundreds of different colloidal crystals spanning dozens of symmetries, but the complexity of the achieved structures has so far been limited to small unit cells. We assembled DNA-modified triangular bipyramids (~250-nanometer long edge, 177-nanometer short edge) into clathrate architectures. Electron microscopy images revealed tha

[Report] Radical-polar crossover reactions of vinylboron ate complexes
Vinyl boronic esters are valuable substrates for Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions. However, boron-substituted alkenes have drawn little attention as radical acceptors, and the radical chemistry of vinylboron ate complexes is underexplored. We show here that carbon radicals add efficiently to vinylboron ate complexes and that their adduct radical anions undergo radical-polar crossover: A 1,2

[Report] Demonstration of an ac Josephson junction laser
Superconducting electronic devices have reemerged as contenders for both classical and quantum computing due to their fast operation speeds, low dissipation, and long coherence times. An ultimate demonstration of coherence is lasing. We use one of the fundamental aspects of superconductivity, the ac Josephson effect, to demonstrate a laser made from a Josephson junction strongly coupled to a multi

[Report] Experimental constraints on the damp peridotite solidus and oceanic mantle potential temperature
Decompression of hot mantle rock upwelling beneath oceanic spreading centers causes it to exceed the melting point (solidus), producing magmas that ascend to form basaltic crust ~6 to 7 kilometers thick. The oceanic upper mantle contains ~50 to 200 micrograms per gram of water (H2O) dissolved in nominally anhydrous minerals, which—relative to its low concentration—has a disproportionate effect on

[Report] Hidden dynamics in the unfolding of individual bacteriorhodopsin proteins
Protein folding occurs as a set of transitions between structural states within an energy landscape. An oversimplified view of the folding process emerges when transiently populated states are undetected because of limited instrumental resolution. Using force spectroscopy optimized for 1-microsecond resolution, we reexamined the unfolding of individual bacteriorhodopsin molecules in native lipid b

[Report] DNA Fountain enables a robust and efficient storage architecture
DNA is an attractive medium to store digital information. Here we report a storage strategy, called DNA Fountain, that is highly robust and approaches the information capacity per nucleotide. Using our approach, we stored a full computer operating system, movie, and other files with a total of 2.14 × 106 bytes in DNA oligonucleotides and perfectly retrieved the information from a sequencing covera

[Report] Layer-specific modulation of neocortical dendritic inhibition during active wakefulness
γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic inputs are strategically positioned to gate synaptic integration along the dendritic arbor of pyramidal cells. However, their spatiotemporal dynamics during behavior are poorly understood. Using an optical-tagging electrophysiological approach to record and label somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons (GABAergic neurons specialized for dendritic inhibition), we

[Report] Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection
Climate change has the potential to affect the ecology and evolution of every species on Earth. Although the ecological consequences of climate change are increasingly well documented, the effects of climate on the key evolutionary process driving adaptation—natural selection—are largely unknown. We report that aspects of precipitation and potential evapotranspiration, along with the North Atlanti

[Report] A nontoxic pain killer designed by modeling of pathological receptor conformations
Indiscriminate activation of opioid receptors provides pain relief but also severe central and intestinal side effects. We hypothesized that exploiting pathological (rather than physiological) conformation dynamics of opioid receptor-ligand interactions might yield ligands without adverse actions. By computer simulations at low pH, a hallmark of injured tissue, we designed an agonist that, because

[New Products] New Products
A weekly roundup of information on newly offered instrumentation, apparatus, and laboratory materials of potential interest to researchers.

[Working Life] Sailing through uncertainty

[Review] The atom, the molecule, and the covalent organic framework
Just over a century ago, Lewis published his seminal work on what became known as the covalent bond, which has since occupied a central role in the theory of making organic molecules. With the advent of covalent organic frameworks (COFs), the chemistry of the covalent bond was extended to two- and three-dimensional frameworks. Here, organic molecules are linked by covalent bonds to yield crystalli

[Research Article] Structure of a eukaryotic voltage-gated sodium channel at near-atomic resolution
Voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels are responsible for the initiation and propagation of action potentials. They are associated with a variety of channelopathies and are targeted by multiple pharmaceutical drugs and natural toxins. Here, we report the cryogenic electron microscopy structure of a putative Nav channel from American cockroach (designated NavPaS) at 3.8 angstrom resolution. The volta

Stories from a home for terminally ill children | Kathy Hull
To honor and celebrate young lives cut short, Kathy Hull founded the first freestanding pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children's House. Its mission: to give terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye. She shares stories brimming with wisdom, joy, imagination and heartbreaking loss.

Huge Large Hadron Collider experiment gets 'heart transplant'
One of the Large Hadron Collider's huge experiments has been given what's described as a "heart transplant".

Weather supercomputing ‘heads to Italy’
Europe's medium-range weather forecasts will cease to be constructed in the UK from 2020.

What's secretly in the swimming pool water?
Scientists have found something – but no one will admit to causing it.

Amazon forest 'shaped by pre-Columbian indigenous peoples'
Ancient Amazon peoples planted a vast number of trees for food or building materials, a study argues.

Korallerne i Great Barrier Reef lider mere end nogensinde
I 2016 døde rekordmange koraller af koralblegning. 2017 ser ud til at blive værre.

Kunstig intelligens skal forhindre Facebook Live-selvmord
Efter en række selvmord på Facebook Live, annoncerer tjenesten nu en række "intelligente" værktøjer, der skal forsøge at hjælpe.

How your T-shirt could ‘speak’ via FM radio
A new technique lets everyday objects like posters and T-shirts communicate directly with your car radio or smartphone. For example, bus stop billboards could send digital content about local attractions. A street sign could broadcast the name of an intersection or notice that it is safe to cross a street, improving accessibility for people with disabilities. In addition, clothing with integrated

Can green LED light ease your chronic pain?
It wasn’t the first time that Mohab Ibrahim’s brother, Wael, had called complaining of a headache. Ibrahim suggested that he take some ibuprofen. Wael declined his brother’s advice. “No, I’m going to go and sit among the trees, and that will make me feel better,” he said. “While the pain-relieving qualities of green LED are clear, exactly how it works remains a puzzle.” “It didn’t occur to me unt

Happy couples can’t always detect undercover emotions
Even happy couples can be pretty clueless about the ploys each partner uses to avoid dealing with their feelings, new research suggests. “Happier couples see their partners in a more positive light than do less happy couples,” says Lameese Eldesouky, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. “They tend to underestima

Probiotic combo may ease your spring sneezing
A new probiotic combination taken during allergy season may help reduce hay fever symptoms. Many published studies have shown a probiotic’s ability to regulate the body’s immune response to allergies, but not all of the probiotics show a benefit. “Not all probiotics work for allergies. This one did,” says Jennifer Dennis, a doctoral student in the food science and human nutrition department at th

Synthetic tooth enamel could shield stuff from vibration
Designing rigid structures to mimic tooth enamel could prevent the aging and cracking caused by vibration, such as a flight computer on an airplane. Most materials that effectively absorb vibration are soft, so they don’t make good structural components such as beams, chassis, or motherboards. For inspiration on how to make hard materials that survive repeated shocks, the researchers looked to na

To avoid heart disease, walk like you’re delivering mail
We may need to walk seven miles a day and spend seven hours on our feet to avoid heart disease, a study with postal workers suggests. Of the 111 participants in the study, those who had desk jobs, not walking delivery routes, had a bigger waist circumference—97 cm compared to 94 cm—and approximately one BMI unit difference. They also had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease—2.2 percent compare

Moon Casts Shadow Over Patagonia in Stunning 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Photo
The moon's shadow throws shade over Patagonia in new satellite image.

Streaming Science: What's New to Netflix in March
What's new on Netflix this month in science- and technology-themed entertainment? Take a peek with Live Science.

Balmy! Antarctica Hit Record-Breaking 63 Degrees F in 2015
Temperatures on the Antarctic continent reached a record-breaking high of 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) in 2015, according to a new report of balmy records for the bottom of the world.

Photos: Renaissance Husband's Heart Buried with Wife
Images reveal the mummified body of Louise de Quengo, who was buried in Rennes in 1656 with her husband's preserved heart in a lead urn on top of her coffin.

Floating Ice Diamond Dazzles from Space
The northern Caspian Sea sparkles in an icy new satellite image.

Their Hearts Were in It: One Renaissance Couple's Final Gesture
A Renaissance couple made the ultimate romantic gesture in death.

The Real Reasons People Troll
You might think that trolling on the internet is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopaths. But what if all trolls aren't born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me?

VSS Unity’s Latest Glide Forum For Branson’s Spaceflight Optimism | Video
“By the end of this century I hope that hundreds of thousands of people will have had the chance to become astronauts,” says Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson on Feb. 24, 2017, the date of the latest glide flight of the SpaceShipTwo space plane.

Safer Weed? Experts Call for Research to Reduce Marijuana's Harms
As marijuana use becomes increasingly legal, researchers need to explore new ways to make the drug safer for people to use, some experts say.

Misuse of Hand Sanitizer Linked to Poisoning Cases in Kids
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are meant to help keep kids safe from germs, but when kids misuse them, the sanitizers may cause harm.

Antarctica's Record-Breaking Heat Studied by WMO | Video
Antarctica broke three records for high temperatures ― in 1980, 1982 and 2015, the World Meteorological Organization has announced.

Watch Water Droplets Explode When Frozen from Outside-In | Video
A team of researchers filmed in slow-motion what happens when water is frozen from the outside-in.

Could This Hat-Camera Combo Be Google's Next Hit?
The Google Hat is for social media sharing and personal safety.

Here's Why Couples Without Kids Are Stigmatized
A person's decision to not have children can spark "moral outrage" in others, even total strangers, a new study finds.

How Healthy Is Your City? Check with Interactive Map
How sleepy or boozy is your city? You can find out with a new interactive health map.

Meet a New Kind of Zombie, in the Film 'The Girl with All the Gifts'
A zombie outbreak in a new apocalyptic film has an unusual inspiration — a species of parasitic fungus that causes zombie-like behavior in ants.

Earth's Mantle Is More Than 100 Degrees F Hotter Than Scientists Thought
How hot are Earth's scorching insides? A sweltering 2,570 degrees Fahrenheit (1,410 degrees Celsius), a new study finds.

Reviving Frozen Organs: Nanotech May Pave the Way
Scientists have found a way to thaw out frozen organs that won't destroy the organs in the process.

Something's Missing: Penis-Less Worm Discovered in Spain
A rare new nematode has been found in compost on the Iberian Peninsula. Here's why the worm is so odd.

Most of US Had a Freakishly Warm Winter
Meteorological winter is officially over, but it felt like it ended long before its Feb. 28 expiration date. Much of the U.S. basked in relentless warm weather throughout February, turning the clock forward to spring.

Amazon rainforest was shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts
People living in the area thousands of years ago may have changed the forest around them in ways that are still visible today. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21576

Amazon Rainforest Was Shaped by an Ancient Hunger for Fruits and Nuts
People living in the area thousands of years ago may have changed the forest around them in ways that are still visible today —

How rival bots battled their way to poker supremacy
Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21580

Old Penicillin Mold Auctioned For More Than $14,000
An auction house in London has sold a dish containing a sample of the original mold that made Penicillin for over $14,000.

Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators
Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.

Rick Perry Sworn In As Energy Secretary
The former Texas governor was confirmed Thursday by a 62-37 vote in the Senate. While running for president in 2011, Perry pledged to eliminate the department, but he says he's changed his mind.

First Seen 30 Years Ago, a Supernova Refuses to Be Ignored
New images from the Hubble Space Telescope have been released of the supernova called SN1987A, first detected in February 1987.

Amazon Echo and the internet of things that spy on you
An upcoming court case could determine the sanctity of what is said between a person and a bot in a home Amazon doesn't need to, but in a recent court case it makes a broad argument for the privacy of conversations with robots. Read on.

A mystery with a shocking twist: Death by indoor lightning
An illuminating study on a very strange demise Recently, in an undisclosed place and time, police wandered onto a grisly and unusual scene.

Why hasn't anyone invented electricity-generating rain gutters?
The power they would provide isn't worth the effort Electricity-generating rain gutters are possible, yes. But effective? Not so much.

12 ways to introduce your kids to their new best friend: science
DIY Kits to get them hooked. 12 awesome kits to get your kids hooked on science. .

Is the Anthropocene really a thing? Minerals humans have helped create rekindle the debate.
These 208 minerals were all caused by human activities Minerals are tricky things. We just made it even more difficult.

Someone paid $15,000 for a chunk of mold and honestly what a steal
It probably saved your life You probably owe your life to fungus. And someone just paid almost $15K for it. But it might not be the original.

Researchers in Japan just created a tiny, amoeba-inspired robot
Micrometer machines This tiny robot flails around like an amoeba. Check it out.

Data limits are the worst—here's how to stay under yours
DIY The data must flow Your phone data allowance can disappear very quickly thanks to today's data-hungry apps, but there are some simple ways of putting up limits on your phone or tablet.

How Does the Public's View of Science Go So Wrong?
It happens because some people reject expert information when it goes against their personal values —

Using Natural Gas to Reduce Energy Poverty
It’s not a carbon-free, but it has a transformative role to play in energizing developing nations —

Why Democrats and Republicans are Both Right on Climate
Two very different action plans from opposite sides of the aisle could be even more effective if both are implemented —

Why a Cat's Tongue Is Like No Other [Video]
It's embedded with tiny, spiky structures that let the animal both comb its fur and lap up water —

Danskere udrydder ødelæggende bakterier i Kuwaits olieudvinding
Det system, der injicerer vand for at opretholde trykket i oliefelter, bliver angrebet af mikrober. Teknologisk Institut skal nu hjælpe Kuwaits olieselskab med at bekæmpe dem.

EU strides om CO2-kvoter for skibstransport
Med 1000 millioner ton om året står shipping for 2,5 procent af den globale CO2-udledning. Nu vil EU-Parlamentet have skibsfarten med i kvotesystemet, men Ministerrådet vil satse på en international aftale.

Fængsler kan snart jamme mobilsignaler
To fængsler skal udstyres med radiosendere, så fængselsfunktionærer kan forstyrre særlige frekvensområder og dermed slukke udvalgte mobilsignaler.

Leder: Lyt til vismænd og forskere – vi skal ikke brænde mere træ af

Minister: Nej til forbud mod fossilbiler
Regeringen vil arbejde for, at Danmark er uafhængig af fossile brændsler i 2050, men et egentligt forbud mod biler, som kører på fossile brændsler, er der umiddelbart ikke udsigt til.

Ministrømforsyning skal drive fremtidens Internet of Things
Forskere ved DTU har udviklet en strømforsyning, der ikke fylder mere end én kvadratcentimeter. Målet er at fjerne flere komponenter og gøre den endnu mindre. Strømforsyningen skal blandt andet bruges i fremtidens IoT.

Nissan viser selvkørende biler frem i Londons gader
For første gang har den japanske bilproducent Nissan vist sin teknologi til selvkørende biler frem i Europa. Funktionsmæssigt minder teknologien om det, Tesla S er i stand til i dag.

Ny nanostrå-teknologi tager celleprøver uden at cellen sprænges
Tænk den som en pipette. Den er blot 600 gange mindre end et hår og kan gå gennem celler.

Ny testcenter: Vindmøllevinger skal testes i flere retninger samtidig
DTU Vind er i gang med at bygge et testcenter til vindmøllevinger. Formålet er at udvikle nye testmetoder, da de gamle tests bliver mere og mere forældede og ikke er egnet til de store vinger, der ses i dag.

Pain: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it
Imagine what life would be like with no pain. No headaches or sore throats. You would never experience the anguish of a papercut or a stubbed toe or a sprained ankle. No stomach cramps or muscle soreness. Childbirth or getting kicked in the balls? Piece of cake. Thrown from a moving car? Don’t feel a […]

Adolescent bully and peer intervention
It starts with a joke, then maybe a jab. Then another joke, another jab. Then maybe the bullying escalates, or maybe it stays at a low simmer, barely even acknowledged except by the victim. Does anyone say anything to stop the situation? Or does the situation continue to simmer, or even come to a boil?

Airlines could reduce climate impact by 10% by making these small changes to flights
Airlines could reduce their climate impact by up to 10% by making small changes to some flight routes, research by University of Reading scientists has shown.

The Amazon's ancient human history is written in its trees
When I started doing fieldwork in Borneo 17 years ago, most people thought of tropical forests as wildernesses, hostile to civilised human life and home only to vagrant, primitive people. Major textbooks portrayed these forests as largely unchanging over several million years.

Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest
An international team of ecologists and social scientists has shown in a new study published 3 March in the journal Science that tree species domesticated and distributed throughout the Amazon basin by indigenous peoples before 1492 continue to play an important role in modern-day forests. These new findings strongly refute the idea that Amazonian forests have been largely untouched by humans.

New app for matching electric cars to the driver
A new app helps drivers decide if switching from a petrol-driven car to an electric car is a viable solution for them – and which vehicle model would be best suited to their individual requirements. It was developed by engineers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum under the auspices of Prof Dr Constantinos Sourkounis. Using the smartphone app, drivers can record their typical routes while, for instance, us

Researchers measure Big Ben's bong
A team from the University of Leicester's Department of Engineering has, for the first time ever, vibration-mapped the famous London bell Big Ben in order to reveal why it produces its distinct harmonious tone.

The 2013 Bingham Canyon landslide, moment by moment
In spring 2013, observation systems at Utah's Bingham Canyon copper mine detected ground movement in a hillslope surrounding the mine's open pit. Out of caution, mine managers evacuated personnel and shut down production, waiting for the inevitable.

Biochemical 'fossil' shows how life may have emerged without phosphate
One major mystery about life's origin is how phosphate became an essential building block of genetic and metabolic machinery in cells, given its poor accessibility on early Earth. In a study published on March 9 in the journal Cell, researchers used systems biology approaches to tackle this long-standing conundrum, providing compelling, data-driven evidence that primitive life forms may not have r

Computer model shows breakup of iceberg logjams
Projections of how much the melting of ice sheets will contribute to sea-level rise can vary by several meters based on the rate of iceberg calving at the edges of those ice sheets. To provide climate scientists with models that make more accurate forecasts, a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech has created a computer simulation of one of the key processes controlling glacial calving.

Cannons, laser, radars planned to keep birds from toxic pit
After thousands of snow geese died in the toxic water of a former open-pit mine in Montana last fall, the companies responsible for the pit are bringing out the big guns. Literally.

China seeks global support for cyber sovereignty framework
Chinese officials on Thursday laid out an argument for China to play a leading role in global internet governance as they solicited international support for a new framework based on regulation and order rather than Western values of unfettered access and openness.

Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design
The most complex crystal designed and built from nanoparticles has been reported by researchers at Northwestern University and confirmed by researchers at the University of Michigan. The work demonstrates that some of nature's most complicated structures can be deliberately assembled if researchers can control the shapes of the particles and the way they connect.

Researchers find cost-effective solutions to sediment runoff and other land-based pollution affecting West Maui reefs
Land-based pollutants have been linked to the degradation of several Hawaiian reefs. Take West Maui, for instance, where coral ecosystems are so impacted that reefs and watersheds have been recognized by multiple state and federal programs as in need of special protection.

Critical, contextualised journalism needed in the face of AI-produced copy
In spite of its limitations, automated journalism will expand. According to media researchers, this development underlines the need for critical, contextualised journalism.

Going deep to learn the secrets of Japan's earthquakes
The 11 March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake was the largest and most destructive in the history of Japan. Japanese researchers—and their Norwegian partners—are hard at work trying to understand just what made it so devastating.

Ditch computers to save democracy: ethical hacker
In an age of superfast computers and interconnected everything, the only sure way to protect the integrity of election results is to return to paper and pen.

Don't fear your mobile wallet
Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories—cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swap the wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts.

Leading economists promote guaranteed minimum income
Inequalities are increasing globally. Millions of people work for an income that does not provide them with a living, and welfare states and trade unions are under pressure. A basic wage that increases in line with economic progress can reverse this development, according to two leading economists.

Egg mythbuster—why some eggs are pear shaped
Guillemot eggs are widely considered as one of the most beautiful and extraordinary eggs in the bird world and now scientists have debunked a centuries-old myth about why they have such a peculiar shape.

Electrically tunable metasurfaces pave the way toward dynamic holograms
(—Dynamic holograms allow three-dimensional images to change over time like a movie, but so far these holograms are still being developed. The development of dynamic holograms may now get a boost from recent research on optical metasurfaces, a type of photonic surface with tunable optical properties.

Europeans get more digital but continent divided
The European Union says Europeans' online connections and skills are improving but there's still too large a gap between the Nordic front-runners and laggards in the continent's south and east.

The evolution of Japanese color vocabulary over the past 30 years
Color plays an important role in conveying visual information. For example, color can help the observer find an object in a cluttered environment. Although the human eye can distinguish millions of colors, human languages have only a few color terms, such as "red," "green," "blue" and "yellow," which speakers can use to communicate about colors in everyday life. These color terms change over time

Exploring the world of the Madeleine McCann trolls
A decade has passed since the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann on holiday in Portugal, but activity online regarding the case is constant, with some of this commentary being directed in the form of abuse, a behaviour commonly referred to as 'trolling'. It is estimated that every hour there are more than 100 tweets posted using the McCann hashtag.

Sharing extra spots could ease West End parking woes
Renting out unused residential parking could be the answer to chronic parking shortages in Vancouver's West End, according to a new University of British Columbia study that compared residential parking stalls with building occupancy in the neighbourhood.

Fat finger: Typo caused Amazon's big cloud-computing outage
Amazon says an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system caused the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services servers on Tuesday.

Some active process is cracking open these faults on Mars—but what is it?
Mars has many characteristics that put one in mind of Earth. Consider its polar ice caps, which are quite similar to the ones in the Arctic and Antarctic circle. But upon closer examination, Mars' icy polar regions have numerous features that hint at some unusual processes. Consider the northern polar ice cap, which consists predominantly of frozen water ice, but also a seasonal veneer of frozen c

Study finds firms that owed more also laid off more workers during the 2007-2009 recession
The debt levels of large companies just before the Great Recession of 2007-2009 are strongly linked to local unemployment spikes during that time, a novel study co-authored by an MIT professor finds—adding another dimension to our picture of the recent economic crisis.

Food on Mars, food on Earth: NASA taps USU scientists for space quest
Can earthlings live on Mars? They can if they develop self-sufficiency. NASA is betting on a multi-institution team of the best and brightest, including Utah State University scientists, to create the necessary technology and put it in the hands of future Mars pioneers.

Fragmented asteroid pair develops twin comet-like tails
Asteroids on the main belt, situated between Mars and Jupiter, move around the sun in quasi circular orbits, so they do not undergo the temperature changes which, in comets, produce the characteristic tails. Nevertheless, some twenty cases have been documented of asteroids which, for various reasons, increase their glow and unfurl a tail of dust. Among the latter stands P/2016 J1, the youngest kno

Fukushima cleanup chief urges better use of probe robot
The head of decommissioning for the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday that more creativity is needed in developing robots to locate and assess the condition of melted fuel rods.

A new game theory algorithm could one day help detect election tampering
America's president isn't the only one considering the possibility of rigged elections.

Gas mileage up a gallon since early '90s
Despite advancements in fuel-saving technologies over the last 25 years, on-road fuel economy for all vehicles is up only one mile per gallon during that time.

New projects to make geothermal energy more economically attractive
Geothermal energy, a clean, renewable source of energy produced by the heat of the earth, provides about 6 percent of California's total power. That number could be much higher if associated costs were lower. Now scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have launched two California Energy Commission-funded projects aimed at making geothermal ene

What global climate change may mean for leaf litter in streams and rivers
Carbon emissions to the atmosphere from streams and rivers are expected to increase as warmer water temperatures stimulate faster rates of organic matter breakdown.

Group blazes path to efficient, eco-friendly deep-ultraviolet LED
The darkest form of ultraviolet light, known as UV-C, is unique because of its reputation as a killer – of harmful organisms.

Group reports new Ethiopian wolf pups after years of losses
A wildlife charity says rare Ethiopian wolves are making a comeback after losses from disease and drought.

Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques
Timing the harvest and transport of highly perishable, hand-picked crops such as strawberries so these delicate products reach consumers at peak flavor and freshness is an intricate dance that partners Mother Nature with manual labor.

High-throughput computing plays pivotal role in knee biomechanics research
Unlike the assembly of a machine, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to medicine. Darryl Thelen, Harvey D. Spangler Professor in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducts research with this notion in mind while using computational models of the musculoskeletal system and high-throughput computing resources to refine knee surgical proce

HIGH-TOOL supports transport planning in Europe
Research of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) supports the European Commission in transport planning: With the help of the new HIGH-TOOL model, long-term impacts of transport policy measures on economy, society, and environment can be assessed. HIGH-TOOL is an open-source model that embraces modules for demography, economy and resources, vehicle stock, passenger demand, freight demand, as we

Calculations show close Ia supernova should be neutrino detectable offering possibility of identifying explosion type
(—A team of researchers at North Carolina State University has found that current and future neutrino detectors placed around the world should be capable of detecting neutrinos emitted from a relatively close supernova. They also suggest that measuring such neutrinos would allow them to explain what goes on inside of a star during such an explosion—if the measurements match one of two mod

Image: Copernicus Sentinel captures Botswana
Sentinel-2A takes us over part of Botswana's Central District in this false-colour image captured on 22 March 2016.

Image: Full-circle vista with a linear-shaped Martian sand dune
The left side of this 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the long rows of ripples on a linear shaped dune in the Bagnold Dune Field on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp.

Image: Juno captures Jupiter cloudscape in high resolution
This close-up view of Jupiter captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft.

Key experiment at world's biggest atom smasher gets upgrade
Scientists are upgrading one of the four main experiments on the world's biggest atom smasher in hopes it will help them discover previously unknown particles or physical properties.

Knowledge boost for pharma industry
The pharmaceutical industry has created value primarily by generating, and assembling information into knowledge applicable to human health," explains Elham Elshafie Mohamed of the Business School at King Saud University in Riyadh. "Therefore, it is critical to improving R&D productivity and reduce product cycle time." Critical to successful knowledge management in this context is to capture inter

Lawyers sue Chinese authorities for not getting rid of smog
Lawyer Cheng Hai has an itemized list of compensation demands from Beijing authorities over the city's smog: 65 yuan ($9) for having to buy face masks, 100 yuan ($15) for seeing a doctor for a sore throat and 9,999 yuan ($1,500) for emotional distress.

A new long-term ecological research site announced for the northeast U.S. shelf
The Atlantic Ocean off the Northeast U.S. coast is known for its productive fisheries and abundant harvests. As in other coastal oceans, human activities, short-term environmental variability, and long-term trends all affect the region's complex food web and may threaten the viability of commercial fish populations.

Mako shark makes a 5,000-mile sprint to South Florida in just 142 days
Nova Southeastern University shark scientists are marveling at the stamina of a mako named Hypower making a sprint from Maryland to South Florida – a 5,000-mile journey – in just 142 days.

When mammals took to water they needed a few tricks to eat their underwater prey
Have you ever watched a dog retrieve a ball thrown into water? On land, dogs are swift and agile, but in water they become slow and ungainly.

Making math more Lego-like—3-D picture language has far-reaching potential, including in physics
Galileo called mathematics the "language with which God wrote the universe." He described a picture-language, and now that language has a new dimension.

Researchers create new form of matter—supersolid is crystalline and superfluid at the same time
MIT physicists have created a new form of matter, a supersolid, which combines the properties of solids with those of superfluids.

Microbes in soil are essential for life and may help mitigate climate change
Kate Scow, a professor of soil science and soil microbial ecology at UC Davis, keeps plastic bags filled with soil on her desk.

Mid-Mesozoic beetle in amber stirs questions on rise of flowering plants and pollinators
Named for Charles Darwin, the only known specimen of a newly discovered beetle, Darwinylus marcosi, died in a sticky gob of tree sap some 105 million years ago in what is now northern Spain. As it thrashed about before drowning, more than 100 clumped pollen grains were dislodged from its body and released into the resin. Five grains remained stuck to the beetle itself. Preserved with the beetle in

Millions of years of evolutionary history recorded in teeth
"Show me your teeth and I'll tell you who you are." These words, attributed to 19th-century naturalist George Cuvier, couldn't be more correct. The pearly whites we use every day over and over and over again are clues not just to our own individual lives but also to our evolutionary history.

Moonlighting function for mitochondrial-calcium influx machinery MCU complex
Mitochondria – the energy-generating powerhouses of cells – are also a site for oxidative stress and cellular calcium regulation. The latter two functions have long been suspected of being linked mechanistically, and now new research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) shows precisely how, with the common connection centering on a protein complex known as the mitochon

Mussel byssus threads produced by a combination of self-assembly processes and biologically active steps
The chemical industry can learn a lot from the common mussel. Not only are the mollusc's mother of pearl and tough threads with which it clings to the seafloor remarkable, but the way in which these materials are produced could also serve as a blueprint for the environmentally friendly production of complex polymer structures. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have

Cracking the mystery of perfect superconductor efficiency
In 1911, physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes aimed to lower mercury's temperature to as close to absolute zero as possible. He hoped to win a disagreement with Lord Kelvin, who thought metals would stop conducting electricity altogether at extremely low temperatures. Carefully manipulating a set of glass tubes, Kamerlingh Onnes and his team lowered the mercury's temperature to 3 K (-454 F). Suddenly,

Nanoengineers 3-D print lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have 3D printed a lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs and regenerative therapies.

NASA proposes a magnetic shield to protect Mars' atmosphere
NASA proposes a magnetic shield to protect Mars' atmosphere

NASA orbiter steers clear of Mars moon Phobos
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.

NASA, satellite company team up to explore unique asteroid
Mention the word "asteroid" and you'll probably think about the downfall of the dinosaurs, or perhaps Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck duking it out in the movie "Armageddon."

NASA scientists demonstrate technique to improve particle warnings that protect astronauts
Our constantly-changing sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energized particles—collectively, these events contribute to space weather. In a study published Jan. 30, 2017, in Space Weather, scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado, have shown that the warning signs of one type of space weather event ca

NASA study improves forecasts of summer Arctic sea ice
The Arctic has been losing sea ice over the past several decades as Earth warms. However, each year, as the sea ice starts to melt in the spring following its maximum wintertime extent, scientists still struggle to estimate exactly how much ice they expect will disappear through the melt season. Now, a new NASA forecasting model based on satellite measurements is allowing researchers to make bette

Newborn harbour porpoises have the fastest hearing development among mammals
All mammals can hear—but it is not an ability that is fully developed at birth. Some mammals like humans take years to fully develop their hearing abilities, but for a newborn harbour porpoise it takes less than 30 hours. This is the fastest in any studied mammal.

Welcome to your new office: A stranger's living room
Claire Brynteson had a house, a job and a dining table that was empty once she got her three children out the door every morning.

Researcher examines public opinion on policing issues
Data from a recent survey by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg shows how Pennsylvanians view key policing topics, including what defines police legitimacy and whether or not police wearing body cameras makes us feel safer.

New optical nanosensor improves brain mapping accuracy, opens way for more applications
A new optical nanosensor enabling more accurate measurement and spatiotemporal mapping of the brain also shows the way forward for design of future multimodal sensors and a broader range of applications, say researchers in an article published in the current issue of Neurophotonics. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Parasitic worm gene regulates behaviors used to track down new insect hosts
Researchers have developed and demonstrated the potential of a method that could be used to study how genes influence host-sensing behaviors in a parasitic worm, according to a new study in PLOS Pathogens.

New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal.

Researchers discover new penis-lacking microworm species
Found in the most arid areas in which there is little to no water, nematodes of no more than 1 mm feed on bacteria and help to mineralise soil and produce nutrients. In an orchard of Jaén, researchers have discovered a new species with a feature that makes them unique on the Iberian Peninsula: the males lack penises.

Phonemakers focus on flicks on the fly
The mobile phone industry is racing to improve its ability to deliver content as the popularity of watching TV series and films on small screens surges, forcing a shift in focus for the sector.

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask
Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science.

Researchers find positive long-term colic surgery results in horses
Many horse owners and equine veterinarians find themselves facing a difficult decision when it comes to treating a horse surgically for colic, with concerns including postoperative performance and expense. Now, a recently published study funded by Morris Animal Foundation shows that colic surgery results in overwhelmingly positive outcomes for both horses and owners.

Changes in precipitation patterns influence natural selection at global scale
What matters more for the evolution of plants and animals, precipitation or temperature? Scientists have found a surprising answer: rain and snow may play a more important role than how hot or cold it is.

Improve primary maths skills through storytelling, researcher says
An education researcher at the University of Reading has led a new project exploring the effectiveness of using imaginative storytelling to boost maths performance of primary school children.

Probing seven worlds with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
With the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star 40 light years away, astronomers are looking to the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to help us find out if any of these planets could possibly support life.

Professor discusses what it takes to keep, communicate with Facebook friends
Social media forums like Facebook fail to provide opportunity for users to express nuances of emotion, a feature which makes thoughtful and productive discussions about politics and other sensitive topics difficult, says a Purdue University communication expert.

Protectionism would be 'disaster' for autos: Renault-Nissan's Ghosn
Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn warned Thursday that protectionist trade policies could spell "disaster" for an automotive sector that depends on open borders for a complex supply chain.

Quantum entanglement between a single photon and a trillion rubidium atoms
A group of researchers from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has shed new light on the famous paradox of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen after 80 years. They created a multidimensional entangled state of a single photon and a trillion hot rubidium atoms, and stored this hybrid entanglement in the laboratory for several microseconds. The research has been published in Optica.

Investigating the relationship between the environment and the food industry
Chances are that you don't think about industrial agriculture and its effect on the environment and local farming when you're going through the drive-through of your favorite fast-food restaurant. You are hurriedly trying to grab a bite during your lunch hour or before getting the kids off to soccer practice, so it probably doesn't occur to you that your choices may be hurting local farmers, not t

Remnants of a mega-flood on Mars
ESA's Mars Express has captured images of one of the largest outflow channel networks on the Red Planet.

Study reveals the atmospheric footprint of global warming hiatus
The increasing rate of the global mean surface temperature was reduced from 1998 to 2013, known as the global warming hiatus, or pause. Researchers have devoted much effort to the understanding of the cause. The proposed mechanisms include the internal variability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system, ocean heat uptake and redistribution, and many others. However, scientists also want to underst

Snow and sand erosion explained
Scientists at EPFL and SLF describe with precision how snow and sand surfaces erode when exposed to wind. Their description can contribute to better predictions of dust emissions from deserts and snow transport in Antarctica, and can be adapted to other planets.

How low can you go? New project to bring satellites nearer to Earth
The University of Manchester is leading a multi-million pound project to develop satellites which will orbit much closer to the Earth – making them smaller, cheaper, helping to dodge space debris and improving the quality of images they can send back.

The next scientific breakthrough could come from the history books
The idea that science isn't a process of constant progress might make some modern scientists feel a bit twitchy. Surely we know more now than we did 100 years ago? We've sequenced the genome, explored space and considerably lengthened the average human lifespan. We've invented aircraft, computers and nuclear energy. We've developed theories of relativity and quantum mechanics to explain how the un

Scientists discover magnetic 'persuasion' in neighboring metals
Like a group of undecided voters, certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Scientists study ways to preserve world heritage sites damaged in armed conflicts
Ancient heritage sites caught in the crossfire of war are, in many ways, little different from civilian populations trapped in the midst of armed conflict: Even when they continue to stand, they are crumbling inside.

Sentinel-2B poised for liftoff
With liftoff just few days away, the next Sentinel satellite for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme is positioned in the launch tower at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Smartphones have you pegged, and for better or worse they'll soon ID you
The things that make human beings unique – fingerprints, irises, facial features – have become the preferred way to sign onto banking accounts online or other sensitive websites, the newest solution to the problem of hackable and forgettable passwords.

Social media complaints can be alternative to market discipline, study shows
Nothing inspires consumer frustration quite like an airline flight delay. Researchers from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management have used those meltdown moments – and the complaints they produce via the social media platform Twitter – to study how consumer "voice" may influence business behaviour.

Sociology professor's work on immigration's impact on crime proves timely
Even before the recent presidential executive order limiting overseas travel from certain countries, the potential link between immigration and crime was a big question, according to William & Mary Professor and Sociology Department Chair Graham Ousey. But there is just no compelling evidence that the one increases the other.

SOI wafers are suitable substrates for gallium nitride crystals
In cooperation with Okmetic Oy and the Polish ITME, researchers at Aalto University have studied the application of SOI (Silicon On Insulator) wafers, which are used as a platform for manufacturing different microelectronics components, as a substrate for producing gallium nitride crystals. The researchers compared the characteristics of gallium nitride (GaN) layers grown on SOI wafers to those gr

Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Eruptions on the Sun's surface send clouds of electrically charged particles towards Earth, producing solar storms that—among other things—can trigger the beautiful Northern Lights over the Arctic regions.

Study sheds new light on how species extinction affects complex ecosystems
Research by the University of Southampton has found that methods used to predict the effect of species extinction on ecosystems could be producing inaccurate results. This is because current thinking assumes that when a species vanishes, its role within an environment is lost too.

Researchers study new strategies to help feed those fleeing conflict and famine
As the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis continues to dominate international news, it has given new urgency to an age-old question: What is the best way to get desperately needed food to people who have been forced to flee their homeland because of war, natural disaster or persecution?

'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior
Researchers at Tohoku University believe that it is possible for natural diamonds to form at the base of the Earth's mantle (Fig.1). The formation of such "super-deep" diamonds was simulated using high-pressure and high-temperature experiments by the Japanese research team, led by Fumiya Maeda.

Researchers obtain supersolidity state experimentally
When matter is cooled to near absolute zero, intriguing phenomena emerge. These include supersolidity, where crystalline structure and frictionless flow occur together. ETH researchers have succeeded in realising this strange state experimentally for the first time.

Switchgrass may unlock the future of biofuel
If you live east of the Rocky Mountains, you've probably encountered switchgrass, perhaps without even realizing it. A hardy perennial, the roadside and prairie grass is as ubiquitous as it is unassuming.

Team discovers many new twists in protein folding
Biophysicists at JILA have measured protein folding in more detail than ever before, revealing behavior that is surprisingly more complex than previously known. The results suggest that, until now, much about protein behavior has been hidden to science—happening on faster timescales and with finer changes in structure than conventional methods could detect.

Team develops sustainable, high energy density battery
Researchers at The City College of New York-based CUNY Energy Institute announce the development of a novel low cost, rechargeable, high energy density battery that makes the widespread use of solar and wind power possible in the future. It is based on manganese dioxide (MnO2), an abundant, safe and non-toxic material.

Taking earth's inner temperature: Surprising new study finds that the mantle is hotter than we thought
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet.

Researchers can predict terrorist behaviors with more than 90 percent accuracy
Government agencies cannot always use social media and telecommunication to uncover the intentions of terrorists as terrorists are now more careful in utilizing these technologies for planning and preparing for attacks. A new framework developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York is able to understand future terrorist behaviors by recognizing patterns in past att

New system estimates traffic from mobile device signals
A team of scientists from the universities of Granada and Jaén has designed a new computer method to monitor the movement of people or vehicles using the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals emitted by their mobile devices.

Five trends at Mobile World Congress
The phone industry's largest annual trade fair, the Mobile World Congress which wrapped up in Barcelona on Thursday, was dominated by fast-charging phone batteries, virtual reality and connected objects, from toothbrushes to cars.

Virgin Galactic makes satellite launch service new company
Virgin Galactic's California-based small satellite launch provider is now a separate company.

Virtual simulation will test new transport services
As part of the Mobility on Demand Laboratory Environment (MODLE) project, Transport Systems Catapult, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Esoterix Systems are developing a micro-simulation platform. The MODLE Simulation Platform gives new, dynamic insight into where people are moving to, from, how and why in much greater detail than previous transport modelling systems.

Volkswagen's excess emissions will lead to 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, study says
In September 2015, the German Volkswagen Group, the world's largest car producer, admitted to having installed "defeat devices" in 11 million diesel cars sold worldwide between 2008 and 2015. The devices were designed to detect and adapt to laboratory tests, making the cars appear to comply with environmental standards when, in fact, they emitted pollutants called nitric oxides, or NOx, at levels

Water-repellent nanotextures found to have excellent anti-fogging abilities
Some insect bodies have evolved the abilities to repel water and oil, adhere to different surfaces, and eliminate light reflections. Scientists have been studying the physical mechanisms underlying these remarkable properties found in nature and mimicking them to design materials for use in everyday life.

Wearable computing market grows as gadgets evolve: IDC
The global market for "wearable" computing such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, and software-infused ear pieces is growing strong, according to figures release Thursday by International Data Corporation.

A new way of assessing winter driving conditions and associated risks
A new study, published today in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, presents a risk-based approach for classifying the road surface conditions of a highway network under winter weather events. This approach includes an explicit account of the driving risk that a motorist may experience on a highway.

Women who commit violent crimes need programs to help them while in prison
Women make up a small segment (8%) of the Australian prisoner population. The majority have committed minor non-violent offences.

Influenza Vaccine and Health Care Workers. More than one way to skin a literature
There are many ways to apply the medical literature. For me it starts with the premise that health care workers may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Climbing plants use taste to avoid clinging to other weak vines
Vines seem able to detect chemicals in vines of their own kind when they touch them, and will uncoil their tendrils to seek a sturdier plant to climb up

Why the dark net is more resilient to attack than the internet
The dark net is less vulnerable to massive cyberattacks than the regular internet. A network theory analysis puts this down to its unique structure

Image recognition app scans paintings to act like Shazam for art
A smartphone app uses image recognition to let users scan artworks in galleries for extra information and curate their own digital collection

New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes
In 1847, Gabriel Lamé proved Fermat’s Last Theorem. Or so he thought. Lamé was a French mathematician who had made many important discoveries. In March of that year he sensed he’d made perhaps his biggest: an elegant proof of a problem that had rebuffed the most brilliant minds for more than 200 years. His method had been hiding in plain sight. Fermat’s Last Theorem, which states that there are n

Testing program monitors stability of vaccines for neglected tropical diseases
A new generation of vaccines for neglected tropical diseases is moving into clinical trials, and understanding the long-term stability and effectiveness of these vaccines over periods of storage is key to their success. Now, for the first time, researchers have developed a testing program to study the potency of a vaccine over years of storage.

2017 forecast: Significant chance of earthquake damage in the Central and Eastern US
A one-year seismic hazard model for 2017 from the US Geological Survey, forecasts lower damaging ground shaking levels in the central and eastern US compared to the previous forecast, in areas where there have been numerous earthquakes induced by wastewater disposal from industrial activities. Despite the recent drop in earthquake rates, Oklahoma and southern Kansas still face a significant risk o

Food subsidies, taxes significantly improve dietary choices
Lowering the cost of healthy foods significantly increases their consumption, while raising the cost of unhealthy items significantly reduces their intake, a new systematic review and meta-analysis finds.

War less likely between nations that are 'friends of friends'
Even nations can have friends of friends, a new study has found. Results suggest these indirect relationships have a surprisingly strong ability to prevent major conflicts, and that international military alliances may matter more than we typically expect.

Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon
Iron particles generated by cities and industry are being dissolved by human-made air pollution and washed into the sea — potentially increasing the amount of greenhouse gases that the world's oceans can absorb, a new study suggests.

Absent tumor-suppressors allow melanoma to thwart immunotherapy
It’s what’s missing in the tumor genome, not what’s mutated, that thwarts treatment of metastatic melanoma with immune checkpoint blockade drugs, researchers report.

Study identifies strategies to improve knee replacement outcomes in patients with obesity
Obesity affects 35 percent of the adult population in the US. A new literature review identifies strategies to improve total knee replacement outcomes in patients with obesity.

Concurrent heat waves, air pollution exacerbate negative health effects of each
The combination of prolonged hot spells with poor air quality greatly compounds the negative effects of each and can pose a major risk to human health, according to new research.

Musical scales may have developed to accommodate vocal limitations
For singers and their audiences, being 'in tune' might not be as important as we think. The fact that singers fail to consistently hit the right notes may have implications for the development of musical scales as well.

Unequal distribution of power in young adult relationships more harmful to women
Power imbalances in heterosexual relationships are common, but having less power takes a greater toll on young women than young men, according to a recent study.

How can we predict whose multiple sclerosis will worsen?
In older people with MS, having fatigue and limited leg function is more often seen in people with MS progression than in those without, according to a preliminary study.

Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
A molecular robot consisting of biomolecules, such as DNA and protein, has now been developed by a team of scientists.

2013 Bingham Canyon landslide, moment by moment
Geoscientists have revisited the 2013 Bingham Canyon landslide with a combined analysis of aerial photos, computer modeling, and seismic data to pick apart the details.

New research could trigger revolution in computer electronics manufacturing
A pioneering new technique to produce cutting-edge, versatile microchips could revolutionize the speed, efficiency and capability of the next generation of computers.

Scientists wage fight against aging bone marrow stem cell niche
As people get older so do the hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that form their blood, creating an increased risk for compromised immunity and certain blood cancers. Now researchers are reporting that the bone marrow niche where HSC's form also ages, contributing to the problem. Scientists propose rejuvenating the bone marrow niche where HSCs are created.

Hydraulic forces help to fill the heart
Researchers have contributed to a recent discovery that the heart is filled with the aid of hydraulic forces, the same as those involved in hydraulic brakes in cars. The findings open avenues for completely new approaches to the treatment of heart failure.

In a bad flu season, high-dose flu vaccine appeared better at preventing deaths in seniors
Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. H3N2 influenza viruses typically hit this age group particularly hard and have been associated with higher mortality than infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses. During the 2012-2013 season, when H3N2 viruses were dominant, high-dose flu vaccine was 36 percent

Hearing aid outcomes in older adults
The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use.

While most melanoma survivors limit sun exposure, some report getting suntans and sunburns
Survivors of melanoma were more likely to limit exposure to the sun than people who had never had the disease, but some still reported seeking out suntans and getting sunburns.

Multicenter study finds no benefit to treating mild thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy
Treating pregnant women for mildly low thyroid function does not improve the IQs of their babies or reduce preterm births or other negative outcomes, a large national study suggests.

Ovarian cancer target molecule may be key to blocking its spread
Blocking a protein found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells could prevent or reduce the spread of the disease to other organs, according to new research.

New treatment for fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes burns up fat in liver
Researchers are planning the clinical trial of a new treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes which harnesses liver cells’ own ability to burn accumulated fats.

A SOI wafer is a suitable substrate for gallium nitride crystals
Improved characteristics in power electronics and radio applications can be achieved by using a SOI wafer for gallium nitride growth.

Insects love windthrows
Storm-ravaged woodland is approximately twice as rich in insect species as undamaged forest, new research concludes. This is because many endangered forest insects benefit from the open forest areas left behind by storms.

Air pollution can alter the effectiveness of antibiotics and increases the potential of disease, new study reveals
New research has explored the impact of black carbon on bacteria in the respiratory tract. The study specifically looked into how air pollution affects the bacteria living in our bodies, specifically the respiratory tract — the nose, throat and lungs.

Scientists discover magnetic 'persuasion' in neighboring metals
Certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new study. The researchers found that as electrons flowed out of the manganite into the neighboring nickelate, the non-magnetic nickelate suddenly became magnetic — but not in a typical way.

Is anything tough enough to survive on Mars?
Two separate investigations determine that microorganisms can survive on the surface of Mars, and deep in its subsurface.

Newborn harbour porpoises have the fastest hearing development among mammals
All mammals can hear — but it is not an ability that is fully developed at birth. Some mammals like humans take years to fully develop their hearing abilities, but for a newborn harbor porpoise it takes less than 30 hours. This is the fastest in any studied mammal.

New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Scientists offer a glimpse into a possible new path toward the production of energy through nuclear fusion in a new report.

Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques
Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper. A researcher has developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a grower's strawberries from the field to cold storage.

Scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees
A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.

Water-repellent nanotextures found to have excellent anti-fogging abilities
Nanotextures inspired by the cone-shaped structures found on the surface of cicada wings could inform new designs for materials prone to fogging, such as car and aircraft windshields.

Scientists discover new mechanism that leads to inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
New research findings suggest that synovial CD4+ T cells that produce IL-21 contribute to joint inflammation by activating synovial fibroblasts in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Horse-riding can improve children's cognitive ability
Recent research shows that the effects of vibrations produced by horses during horse-riding lead to the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which improves learning in children.

New autoimmune disease triggered by thymomas
A newly-identified autoimmune endocrine disease that leads to hypopituitarism is caused by thymomas (a type of tumor originating from the thymic gland), a research group has discovered. These underlying mechanisms could help to understand and develop a treatment for similar autoimmune diseases.

From mother to baby: 'Secondhand sugars' can pass through breast milk
Add breast milk to the list of foods and beverages that contain fructose, a sweetener linked to health issues ranging from obesity to diabetes. The proof-of-concept study involving 25 mothers and infants provides preliminary evidence that even fructose equivalent to the weight of a grain of rice in a full day's serving of breast milk is associated with increased body weight, muscle and bone minera

Supramolecular protein fishing with molecular baits
Scientists have successfully isolated a cancer-prone protein by fishing out the proteins using 'molecular bait'.

Nanoengineers 3-D print biomimetic blood vessel networks
Nanoengineers have 3-D printed a lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs and regenerative therapies. The new research addresses one of the biggest challenges in tissue engineering: creating lifelike tissues and organs with functioning vasculature — networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials

Researchers report first known case of CTE in patient with no known head trauma
Researchers have discovered the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of a deceased patient with no known history of traumatic brain injury or concussion, the first known case of its kind.

Link between microbiome in the gut, Parkinson's discovered
Parkinson's disease, and medications to treat Parkinson's, have distinct effects on the composition of the trillions of bacteria that make up the gut microbiome, new research shows.

Novel calculator more easily identifies patients who will benefit from neoadjuvant chemoradiation
A calculator to guide treatment choice in esophageal cancer has been developed by a team of researchers. The tool helps identify which patients may benefit from treatment before surgery.

More bang for the buck
Researchers have found cost-effective solutions to sediment runoff and other land-based pollution affecting West Maui reefs.

Taking Earth's inner temperature
A new study suggests the mantle — the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer — may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding could change how scientists think about many issues in Earth science including how ocean basins form.

Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest
We often think of the Amazon rainforest as a vast expanse of nature untouched by humans. But a new study suggests that's not true — in fact, today's rainforest is shaped by trees that were cultivated by indigenous peoples thousands of years ago.

Computer operating system and short movie stored on DNA
An algorithm designed for streaming video on a cellphone can unlock DNA's nearly full storage potential by squeezing more information into its four base nucleotides, say researchers. They demonstrate that this technology is also extremely reliable.

Research team discovers many new twists in protein folding
Biophysicists have measured protein folding in more detail than ever before, revealing behavior that is surprisingly more complex than previously known. The results suggest that, until now, much about protein behavior has been hidden to science — happening on faster timescales and with finer changes in structure than conventional methods could detect.

Poker-playing AI program first to beat pros at no-limit Texas hold 'em
A team of computing scientists is once again capturing the world's collective fascination with artificial intelligence. In a historic result for the flourishing AI research community, the team has developed an AI system called DeepStack that defeated professional poker players in December 2016.

Cherry Blossoms May Bloom Earlier Than Ever This Year
The National Park Service predicts peak cherry blossom bloom will occur sometime March 14 to 17, possibly the earliest on record —

Deploying Deception on the Battlefield
To avoid or at least control conflict, militaries often play tricks on their opponents’ perceptions —

Driverless Big Rigs Nearly Road Ready–That's a Big 10–4
Experts argue that self-driving trucks are even more important than autonomous passenger cars, and they’re easier to program —

NASA's Mission to Europa Enters Design Phase
Although it won't launch until the 2020s, the spacecraft's key components are being designed right now —

Our Voting System Is Hackable by Foreign Powers
The Russian hacks of Democratic e-mails expose only part of the problem —

Time to Fold, Humans: Poker-Playing AI Beats Pros at Texas Hold'em
The feat represents a leap forward in developing artificial intelligence that can learn with incomplete information —

Wireless Phone Charging Picks Up Steam
Newer technologies, growing consumer interest and adoption by gadget makers are breathing fresh air into the concept —

This Beat-Bot's Got Groove!
Could the drummer robot lead its cyber brethren to march in sync—or maybe someday even start a band? —

New Advance May Help Organs Survive Deep Freeze
Early work suggests nanoparticles may help rewarm cryopreserved tissue —

Gates Foundation Renews Search for Male Birth Control Pill
Picking up a quest abandoned by Big Pharma, academic labs are using new technology to develop contraceptive drugs for men.

This Is Why Encryption Is a Such a Headache for Lawmakers
A new report starts to quantify the effect that popular encryption products have on law enforcement.

Moscow Billboard Targets Ads Based on the Car You’re Driving
The rise of digital billboards spawns the idea of targeted highway ads, with tests in the U.S. planned for this summer.

Targeted Ads Along the Highway
When it comes to advertisers, you are what you drive.

The Download, Mar 2, 2017: Human-Robot Mind-Meld, Stiff VR Competition, and Defrosting Organs
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Winners and Losers Begin to Emerge in VR Hardware Race
As we predicted in the past, affordability and convenience seem to be driving sales of headsets.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Redefines Technology Services Organization: Pointnext
Built on a heritage of technology leadership with 25,000 specialists in 80 countries delivering 11,000 successful digital transformation engagements per year

How Google Street View Images Reveal the Demographic Makeup of the U.S.
A deep-learning machine has learned to tease apart the income and education levels of an area just by looking at Google Street View images.

Benhård kurs mod it-leverandører: Efter to år ryger I ud Styrelsen for Arbejdsmarked og Rekruttering arbejder med nyskabende it-strategi: Nul bøder ved fejl, men de skal frem i lyset – og leverandører skiftes ofte ud.

Cloud computing bliver fundamentet for 5G 5G bliver en hel ny måde at opbygge tjenester på for teleselskaberne. Alt skal være virtuelt, og der er lagt op til en infrastruktur baseret på cloud computing.

IDA: Hver tredje dansker er imod logning af vores færden Dansk mobillogning er 'helt ude af proportioner', mener Ingeniørforeningen.

Rettighedsalliancen: Brug af ulovligt indhold skal straffes hårdere Samfundet skal bakke op, hvis kampen mod pirateri skal vindes. Det fastslår Rettighedsalliancen til en høring i Folketingets Retsudvalg.

Justitsminister beordrer teleselskaber til at fortsætte masseovervågning af danskerne Søren Pape Poulsen udskyder den planlagte ændring af de danske logningsregler, selv om de strider mod EU-retten. Oppositionen er utilfreds.

Ny løsning fra Mobilepay går i kødet på Nets' guldæg: Betalingsservice MobilePay validerer i ny betalingsløsning automatisk betalingskort og kommunikerer til brugeren, hvis et kort er udløbet og skal skiftes.

Banal slåfejl lagde Amazons servere ned En fejlindtastning af en kommando under vedligeholdelse af Amazons S3-storagetjeneste førte til det omfattende nedbrud tidligere på ugen.

Snart vil du bede din virtuelle assistent købe ind
Emner Forbrugerelektronik Tænd lyset med stemmen, og køb ind med en tekstbesked. It-giganter og analytikere udpeger virtuelle assistenter styret af naturligt sprog som det næste paradigmeskift i vores omgang med teknologi.

Ann Arbor Is Fighting Traffic With Software—and Winning
Big Blue picks green over red.

California’s Looking for New Tax Revenue? Weed ’em and Reap
The stoners have spoken: California is set to become the country's largest legal marijuana market . But the path to legit pot isn't straight and narrow.

Snap’s IPO Could Kill What Makes It Great
How does Snap grow while retaining the "cool kids' secret club" feel on the platform?

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives
It's a one-of-a-kind geological artifact. What's it worth? Maybe $100 million, maybe nothing. But those who've pursued it have definitely paid a price.

Listen, We Love Natural History Museums. But They Can Be Weird
They're not so natural.

The Story Behind That ‘Future That Liberals Want’ Photo
The meme exploded today, but the photo's genesis—and the internet's battle over it—says a lot about the redemptive power of online culture.

Hack Brief: A Slack Bug Could Have Been Everyone’s Worst Office Nightmare
A vulnerability in Slack left every account potentially exposed. Thank goodness the caught it in time.

Lasers and Galoshes: How the Feds Divine if Rivers Need Help
Federal protection for water is way bigger—and way more technical—than the Clean Water Rule.

All Hail Wolverine, King of the X-Men’s Terrifying Future
The beclawed mutant might be retiring from the movies, but he's the foundation of the X-Men's pessimistic worldview.

Logan Review: This Is How Wolverine Was Supposed to End
Hugh Jackman's final turn in the claws is his best yet.

Mass Spying Isn’t Just Intrusive—It’s Ineffective
Mass surveillance seems like it would be a valuable national security tool. In reality, it's doesn't help much at all.

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare
More internet-connected medical devices flood into healthcare industry every day, but we're not moving fast enough to defend them.

The Best Phones and Gadgets We Saw at Mobile World Congress
New phones from Nokia, Sony, and Motorola, plus a robotic car, an electric scooter, and a 360 camera.

Pluto’s Defenders Prepare to Fight for Its Planethood (Again)
What is a planet? It all depends on your perspective.

Cringe All You Want, Porsche’s Still Making a Station Wagon
Meet the $96K Panamera Sport Turismo.

Military-Grade Camera Produces Eerie Photos of Refugees
Richard Mosse uses a camera meant for warfare to talk about humanity.

Want to Explore the Deep Sea? The Secret Is Sound
A team of scientists just mapped over 4,000 square miles of seafloor in stunning detail.

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